Shelby Park Centennial Celebration

When: Sat., Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2012

In addition to a historical exhibit and a bird-watching hike, this celebration of the one-century-old Shelby Park will also give fans of the East Side green space a chance to show their love — in the form of various dubious athletic activities. While I won’t be participating, I’m very intrigued by the improbably named Goo Goo Clusters Jog ’n’ Hog: An event that finds participants running about two miles before stopping to eat half-a-dozen of the sponsor’s chocolate-covered caramel, marshmallow and peanut confections, only to turn and sprint back to the starting line. Perhaps a better name for this contest would be the Goo Goo Spew, or the Cluster Hurl. The celebration will also feature modern dance performances, live music by The Gypsy Hombres, the Shelby Bottom String Band and others, and an art exhibition in the Shelby Park Nature Center. That display will include work by more than a dozen artists including Alan LeQuire, Andee Rudloff, Annie Freeman, Bill Brimm, Don Evans, John Guider, John Reed and Stacey Irvin. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the work will go directly to Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms. The celebration is free, but some events require registration fees. Go to shelby100.com for all the details.

Joe Nolan

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