Don’t you just love fall? The leaves on the trees turn vibrant colors of red, orange and yellow. Children are excited to be back in school, yet they’re already looking forward to the upcoming holidays.
Sumner is always bustling with activity this time of year. Between the schools, the downtown merchants and the downtown association, there will be plenty of goings-on for folks of all ages during the next two months.
MultiCare’s Come Walk With Me Cancer Walk will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse, and the kids’ 50-yard dash will be held at 8:30 a.m. Lots of activities will follow the event at the Cannery, including a Bedazzle Bra contest, a pancake breakfast and more. For more information, go to www.multicare.org/hone/come-walk-with-me.
On the same day, visitors can attend Sumner’s Autumn Evening event, during which they can enjoy special fall sales offered by our downtown merchants, and they can be entertained by Act 1 Theatre’s Dancing Scarecrows.
Next will be the Sunset Festival of Bands on Oct. 26 at Sunset Chev Stadium. The ever-growing event, put on by the Sumner Band Parent Association, is for more than just bragging rights. With numerous Northwest high school bands, as well as a special guest drum line — the Seattle Seahawks’ Blue Thunder — the event will surely entertain and dazzle audiences.
Tickets are available at the gate, which opens at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Children 5 and younger will be admitted for free. For more information, go to www.sunsetfestivalofbands.org.
Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without our Street of Treats. Between 5 and 7 p.m. Oct. 31, children can safely trick or treat in historic downtown Sumner. Merchants will stay open late to hand out candy to the little ghosts and goblins, and Act 1 Theatre will present its famous Dancing Scarecrows as they perform to the song “Thriller.”
The Hometown Holiday Celebration has become a much-beloved shopping day, as well. Locals begin their holiday shopping between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 9 as they wander from store to store and check out the specials.
This also is the time we present the Normal Rockwell Live Windows as Art, created this year by ManeStage Theatre. The Sumner Downtown Association will welcome back the Victorian Carolers (ManeStage Theatre) as they stroll Main Street and sing the carols of the season.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters will offer hot coffee and tea selections for a small donation. All proceeds will support the Sumner Food Bank. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has done this for a few years now and continues to lead the way in community involvement, both as a company and through staff volunteers.
One great gift for those who enjoy history may be the new book co-authored by Carmen Palmer and Paul Rogerson, both of whom work for the City of Sumner. “Sumner, Images of America” is filled with many great photographs of Sumner in its early beginnings to wonderful little snippets of information about our town, businesses and the people who settled here. All royalties will be reinvested back into the City of Sumner. Congratulations to Carmen and Paul for a job well done. For more information, visit www.sumnerdowntown.com.
Finally, Nov. 29 will be the night we welcome in the Christmas season through the Bridge Lighting. Presented by The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse, IT has become one event, rain or shine, that draws hundreds to historic downtown Sumner.
With the construction of a new bridge in our near future, this year’s Bridge Lighting will be extra special. The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. So come on down early, check out the holiday window displays, do a little shopping, have a little dinner and then join The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse for a memorable bridge lighting, followed by an amazing fireworks display.
Spend some time in Sumner, the rhubarb pie capital of the world.Laurie Miller is the executive director of the Sumner Downtown Association. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.