Special Events & Festivals

Lighting up the night

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Several bursts of fireworks explode in the sky above Huntington North High School as part of the Huntington fireworks show presented by the Huntington Fireworks Committee earlier this evening, Saturday, July 4.

Renaissance in Roanoke also cancels

The Renaissance in Roanoke committee has decided to cancel this year’s event, originally scheduled for Oct. 10.

The committee released a statement saying if they moved forward with this year’s event they would have had to take many more precautions to protect the public and incur so many unexpected expenses that they felt it would be better to make the call to cancel the event.

Cancel 2020 Roanoke Fall Festival

The Roanoke Civic Association Board of Directors has voted to unanimously cancel the 2020 Roanoke Fall Festival, scheduled for Sept. 11 and 12.

The board has had several meetings over the last few months to discuss how to plan the festival in light of the ongoing concerns with COVID-19.

The discussions included how organizers could safely hold the 2020 festival and comply with state and local recommendations and guidelines
pertaining to COVID-19.

Pioneer Festival Committee cancels event for 2020

The Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival Committee has announced the cancellation of this year’s festival.

Festival Co-Chair Lori Satchwill said issues involving budgeting and vendors, combined with problems arising from the COVID-19 pandemic proved to be too much to hold the festival, which had been set for Sept. 26 and 27, and would have been the 45th year for the event.

Episcopal Diocese of NI website sets upcoming Holy Week Services

The Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Worship website, https://ednin. org/virtual-worship-for-holy-week-and-easter will present a full slate of Holy Week Services.

The schedule of services will be:   
• Palm Sunday – April 5, at 10:15 a.m.

• Wednesday in Holy Week – April 8, at 7:30 p.m.

• Maunday Thursday – April 9, at 7:30 p.m.

• Good Friday-Station of the Cross – April 10, at noon.

• Good Friday Veneration of the Cross – April 10, at 7:30 p.m.

• The Great Vigil of Easter – April 11, at 9 p.m.

Heritage Days Brat Tent set for return this summer

The Heritage Days Brat Tent will return for the 2020 Heritage Days Festival, moving to a new location with a new sponsor.

The brat tent will be sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689. Located at the VFW lot on West Park Drive, brats, hot dogs, chips and beverages will be served under the brat tent, one day, Friday, June 19, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Andrews fire station to be site of egg hunt

The Andrews Fire Station will be the location of an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 11.

The hunt, for ages birth to fourth grade, will begin at noon, rain on shine.

Donations for the hunt are welcomed.

Lending a hand

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Weicht (left) helps London Haddock try on a pair of sneakers during the 20th annual Shop with A Cop on Tuesday night, Dec. 17, at the Huntington Walmart. Looking on is Madison Cole. The event pairs needy youth with area law enforcement officers for a night of Christmas shopping with money donated by area businesses and individuals.

Several area churches announce special Christmas, NY services

Several area churches have set special Christmas and New Year’s service dates and times, all open to the community. They are:

Christ the King Episcopal Church
1224 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. – Christmas Eve Holy Communion service.
Dec. 25, at 9 a.m. – Christmas Day service with Holy Communion.
Dec. 29, at 9 a.m. – Christmas lesson and carols.

College Park Church
1936 College Ave., Huntington.

‘… and I want …’

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Sophia Schultz, 3, of Huntington, is excited as she chats with Santa Claus at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 14. Children sang songs with Santa and lined up for a personal visit. Sophia is the daughter of Karen Schultz.

Community Christmas dinner

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Volunteer Robin Ness adds a dollop of mashed potatoes and gravy to the plate of her father, Phillip Hamilton, of Huntington, at the Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church Community Christmas Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 14. This was the ninth year the church held the dinner, which included, turkey, ham, sides and dessert.

Let's see, Santa

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Oliver Sellers, 4, of Markle, tells Santa what he wants for Christmas during Santa's visit to the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 14. The youth is the son of evan and Morrey Sellers.

Festival of Wreaths

Photo by Steve Clark.

Nickie Little (left) and Laura Summers look over one of the entries at the Festival of Wreaths at Heritage Pointe of Warren on Friday afternoon, Dec. 13.

Meeting Santa at the Forks

Photo by Steve Clark.

Diem Rosemeyer poses for a picture with Santa Claus at the Historic Forks of the Wabash, in Huntington, on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Historic Forks gave children the opportunity to meet Santa, plus have breakfast and see a lineup of decorated Christmas trees.

High-five for Santa

Photo by Steve Clark.

Lawson Lemon, held by caregiver Shellie Brown, gives a high-five to Santa Claus on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. Santa met a number of children during his appearance at the YMCA, which furnished cookies for children to snack on after telling Kris Kringle their Christmas wishes.