1. Harvest Homecoming opening ceremony and parade
When: opening ceremony, 10:30 a.m.; parade at noon
Where: opening ceremony at Seventh and Spring streets; parade begins at New Albany High School, 1020 Vincennes St.
A ceremony with music kicks-off the festivities for this year’s Harvest Homecoming. The parade will begin at noon at New Albany High School and end at the intersection of Bank and Elm streets near the Carnegie Center. In line with the bicentennial celebration of historic New Albany, the theme for this year’s festival is “Harvest of History.” Sherry Scribner Brown is returning to the city her great-great-great-great grandfather Joel helped put on the map 200 years ago. Brown, along with 12 other Scribner descendants, will serve as grand marshals for the annual Harvest Homecoming parade. New Albany was founded in July 1813 by three brothers from Albany, N.Y. — Joel, Abner and Nathaniel Scribner, so what better way to celebrate the city’s bicentennial and the kick-off of one of the region’s largest festivals than by having their descendants participate in the parade.
2, Blessing of the pets [Two events combined into one Top 5 entry!]
Where: Jacobs Chapel United Methodist Church, 4725 Charlestown Road, New Albany [6 to 8 p.m. today]; First Presbyterian Church, 222 Walnut St., Jeffersonville [5 p.m. Sunday]
From 6 to 8 p.m. today, Jacobs Chapel United Methodist Church will be celebrating a service of Blessing of the Pets. In this special service, the church will remember that God created and cares about our pets as well as the rest of creation. The service will take place is the shelter house next to the church parking lot. It’s a casual service so pets need not be in dresses and ties. All pets are welcome. Jacobs Chapel will also be collecting supplies for the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter. Donations will be accepted along with paper towels, bleach, liquid dish soap, liquid laundry soap, peanut butter, gently used towels and blankets, dog/cat toys, and dog/cat collars. For more information, call 812-944-8017 or visit our website at jacobschapel.com.
A Community Blessing of the Animals will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 222 Walnut St., Jeffersonville. Bring your animals, on leashes or in cages, for a brief, fun service. Bug juice and animal crackers will be served afterward. Contact the First Presbyterian Church office for more information at 812-283-8606.