It’s Friday the 13th and only the second of two Fridays that fall on the 13th in 2020.
Fear of the No. 13 is common and even has a name for it, triskaidekaphobia.
On this day filled with superstitions and before I get to my list of things to do for this weekend and beyond, I share a handful of events that have already been canceled, due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic.
Gov. Eric Holcomb this week announced an executive order beginning this Sunday with social gatherings in Hamilton County be limited to 50 people, due to the increase in COVID cases.
The Westfield Playhouse production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” which had been postponed in the spring due to the COVID-19 and which was to open last night and run through Nov. 22, directed by Nancy Lafferty, was canceled/postponed this week due to sickness among the cast.
Lafferty’s “Drinking Habits” comedy, which was expected to have auditions in early December and performances in February at The Belfry Theatre in Noblesville, was also canceled Wednesday.
The Switch Theatre holiday production, “Heck the Dolls with Chardonnay,” directed by Noblesville’s Andrea Odle and scheduled for Dec. 17-20 in Fishers, was canceled on Wednesday.
Brian Koning’s musical performance was canceled for tonight and Dec. 11 at Spencer Farm Winery in Noblesville.
Roy Reynolds’ “Tribute to Elvis,” scheduled for Nov. 28 at Noblesville Moose Lodge, was also canceled due to the increased COVID cases, he said.
Now, we’re back to the events that were still on at press time.
Her are 13 things to do now through the holidays.
1. Schedule a time to visit Noblesville First United Methodist Church’s Bags, Baskets & Blessings fundraiser, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The bags, baskets and items for purchase will be on display in Celebration Hall and available for guests to "stroll" through and take home. Proceeds benefit the many ministries and missions supported by the United Methodist Women. Call or text Phyllis Hunter at 317-946-0960 to schedule a time.
2. Friday 13th Westfield Haunted Underground Ghost Walk is at 7 p.m. today in Westfield. Join for a brief encounter with Westfield's most haunting legends and folk tales. Tour is filled with stories of ghosts of the Underground Railroad and those who helped them escape mixed with modern day gangsters and mischief from Westfields haunted history. Register at unseenpress.com.
3. A Nefarious Noblesville Ghost Walk is at 7 p.m. Saturday in downtown Noblesville. Hear about the haunted historic jail, business, residential homes and more. Visit a haunted and historic cemetery, too. Meet south side of Historic Courthouse Square. Register at unseenpress.com.
4. Car buffs can head to the Square for Central Indiana Vintage Vehicles’ weekly Saturday night Cruise-in on the Courthouse Square. Lawn chairs and old-car conversations invited.
5. K-Trails Equestrian Adventures in Noblesville offers trail riding at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville through Sunday, when the season closes. Visit https://www.ktrails.com/
6. Hamilton County Community Band will have open rehearsals from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 15 and 22, at The Auditorium at The Annex at Ivy Tech Community College in Noblesville. The band will participate at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 5 at Noblesville Parks’ new “Holidays at the Hill” at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville.
7. Noblesville Parks’ new “Holidays at the Hill,” Nov. 21-Jan. 3, will offer ice skating (at the 56-foot by 100-foot temporary ice rink), walking light tour, carriage rides, ice-carving demonstration (Nov. 28) holiday market (Dec. 5) and visits with Santa (beginning Dec. 3) in the Christmas Cottage at Federal Hill Commons.
8. Entry Point Church, with Pastor Nancy Lafferty, offers the final in-person outdoor service for the season, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday (Times Like These) at Conner Prairie’s Bayt Pavilion next to the Apple Store in Fishers.
9. Nickel Plate Express brings the holiday spirit to Forest Park, beginning Saturday, with a Christmas Caboose, a smaller and safer alternative to the popular Reindeer ride, which will return in November of 2021. The holiday experience will host about 25 passengers per ride, allowing for social distancing and minimized contact. The Christmas Caboose, sponsored by Noblesville’s Harbour Market on Hague Road, will allow passengers to enjoy a festive 35-minute ride through Hamilton County. While on board passengers will hear a holiday story, enjoy cookies and cocoa and visit with Santa from a distance.
10. Small Business Saturday is being extended all weekend, Nov. 27-29, in downtown Noblesville.
11. A Noblesville Christmas Parade entry form was quietly posted last week on the City of Noblesville website, with the $20 entry fee (due by Nov. 24) waved for nonprofits. The parade, with the official arrival of Santa, presented by Gaylor Electric, is scheduled for the traditional 2 p.m. start time on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29. To sign up for the parade, visit https://bit.ly/3kq4uND
12. Noblesville Main Street’s “Deck the Downtown” is 5 p.m. Dec. 4 in downtown Noblesville, with Midnight Madness and festivities for all ages. Lights Over Seminary, powered by Duke Energy, is at 5:30 p.m., with lights on at 6 p.m.
13. En Pointe Indiana Ballet’s holiday program is at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at The Palladium at Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel with ticket link to go live on Wednesday.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.