October in Old Village – Pumpkins and Play

October is nearly over, this Sunday is Halloween and I am really hoping we get some Trick or Treaters this year (please please please)

Pumpkins galore at the gazebo.

October has been a busy month. At the start we had our very first Old Village Pumpkin Path, 23 businesses donated funds to the OVA and in return we gave them a pumpkin and the encouragement to let their creative juices flow. We were blown away by the results.

He Just a few of the amazing pumpkin designs our local businesses came up with.

A BIG BIG thank you to the following Kiloh & Co, My Little Needle Tattoo Shop, Namaste Piercing Shop, Detroit Aesthetics Company, JoJo’s Treats, Eats and Sweets, Lacquer & Co, Henna Leaf Art Space, Hermanns Old Towne Grille, R3 Reflexology, Clear AutoBra, Piano Crafters, Denny’s Auto Repair, Certa Pro Plymouth, Love Kate’s Kitchen, The Blu Kitchen, Avabelle, Comfort Keepers, Growing Wisdom Integrative Counseling, Barkers Pet Salon, the Plymouth Pollinators, White Buffalo Yoga Studio and our good friends the Masons at Plymouth Rock Lodge #47.

Your creativity brightened Old Village as the skies got grayer and your donations meant we were able to bring back a great Old Village tradition – the Halloween Block Party.

Friends and families having some spooky fun.

There were a few differences – we moved the venue to Farmer, next to Starkweather Park and in these post Covid days we were a little cautious so no bounce house this year and we decorated our pumpkins with stickers, but there were games to play, pumpkins to stack, a kiddie train ride, a costume contest and lots and lots of candy. We had a good number of families show up and we saw some wonderful costumes on 2 and 4 legged friends. Here are some shots from the day.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success – many neighbors came out to help set up and take down decorations and games. We were so fortunate to have the Guardians of Hope join us – this is a local group of cosplayers who love to dress up as your favorite heroes and villains from movies and animation. They volunteer their time to visit sick children in hospital, fundraise for the Make A Wish foundation and show up to community events like ours. If you want to know more about the Guardians you can find them on Facebook and Instagram @guardiansofhopeMI

We also need to give a big shout out to the students of PCEP’s Park Players Theater Company and Thespian Society #354. A large group of students came dressed up and ready to get spooky with our young friends, they ran games, sold cider and donuts and made the train ride a spooky experience. Thank you to all of them for volunteering their time – the Park Players will be performing their first LIVE shows since March 2020 starting with The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 in November and 12 Angry Women in December – dates and ticket information can be found at www.pcepparkplayers.com

The Park Players Theatre Company

At the end of the day we had a lot of happy children with lots of candy to take home and some tired volunteers who I’m sure had a nap after!

If you would like to get more involved with the comings and goings of Old Village, the Old Village Association meets every second Wednesday of the month at 6.30pm at the Mason’s Lodge on Farmer and Amelia – residents and business owners welcome!

Jan x

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