It's the second week of Noblesville Schools' fall break. And while I've seen tons of photos on friends' Facebook pages of their fabulous travels, from Florida to South Dakota and China to Italy, we've been having so much fun that we haven't even traveled out of the area.
Our break kicked off with Noblesville Main Street's First Friday Fall Festival, with trick-or-treating at the many downtown merchants, who graciously opened their doors. We enjoyed a hayride around the downtown provided by Stonycreek Farm, grilled cheese sandwiches made by Noblesville Lions Club and soup from eateries around the downtown.
We gathered to shoot the breeze with friends at Sid Davis' annual fall party and pitch-in, where the guys manned a big grill, cooking tasty pork, fish and burgers. We attended the Noblesville First Presbyterian Church's first-time free lunch program with a meal meal, crafts and movie. We played games, took another hayride and competed in a costume contest at Hamilton County 4-H Junior Leaders Community Halloween Party.
We got up early and went to IKEA's grand opening and spent four hours touring the new Fishers store. We strummed guitar and sang with musician Legacy Keepers' director Janet Gilray at Old Picket Fence. We went to Build-A-Bear workshop with family in celebration of a cousin's first birthday. We gathered for a reunion with former Noblesville Ledger newspaper staff at the Jim Dandy.
Last Friday, we spent the evening at Conner Prairie's Headless Horseman, which has changed up the haunted hayride with a new boarding area that features a wonderful musical skit featuring actors/interpreters and a longer hayride path. We got lost in Conner Prairie's new corn mazes, visited the Conner "Scarie" expanded midway, where we sang Scarie-Okie, and participated in a magic act featuring Noblesville illusionists C.R. Ryan & Sons, who told visitors that he was selected to compete this fall on "America's Got Talent."
Saturday, we dressed in costume for The Times' columnist State Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson's annual Halloween party at Forest Park Inn, where we danced, dined and competed for Scariest, Cutest and Best costumes, while getting to hobnob with Kathy and her guests who included Sen. Victoria Spartz' family of Noblesville.
So far, our break has been filled with lots of things to do. And I'm sure we'll find even more fun things to do this week, including a visit to the new TopGolf in Fishers and traveling with our Mudsockers 4-H Club to Russell Farms for pumpkins, a corn maze and a hayride.
During this second week of Noblesville Schools' fall break, I'm taking a break from my daily column to spend more time with my sixth-grade daughter who, after break, will be busy with rehearsals for Noblesville East Middle School's musical, "Guys & Dolls," on stage Veteran's Day weekend at Ivy Tech Community College in Noblesville; and with rehearsals for "The Homecoming, A Christmas Story," a play based on the series pilot of The Waltons" on stage three weekends in December at Westfield Playhouse.
For those still seeking ways to spend their fall break, Noblesville Boys & Girls Club is open during this "Mighty Monsters" themed week featuring games, pie-eating contests, marathon and roller skating; plus the Club's Camp Crosser has zip lining, campfire cooking, outdoor games, crafts and more. Noblesville Parks has day camp at Forest Park. Conner Prairie's Headless Horseman program continues Thursdays through Sundays. The local libraries are open with activities. And Hamilton County Parks' Strawtown Koteewi Park offers its Koteewi (archery) Range, Koteewi Aerial Adventure (zip lining and tree-top trails) and Koteewi Stables with K-Trails Equestrian Adventures horseback riding.
My daily column will return to print on Wednesday, Oct. 25.