Monday, 12 November 2018 14:50

Place of Grace Goes Back in Time for Fall Festival

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A car decorated with a jukebox and records sits outside Place of Grace Oct. 31 for its '50s on the Hill fall festival. A car decorated with a jukebox and records sits outside Place of Grace Oct. 31 for its '50s on the Hill fall festival. Betty McIntyre

The sight and the sounds of the ‘50s came to life Oct. 31 as Place of Grace Campus hosted its first annual Fall Festival. The community began arriving around 6 p.m. dressed in their ‘50s best.

The festivities began at 6:30 p.m. and lasted until 8:30 p.m. A large homemade jukebox greeted everyone as they arrived dressed in poodle skirts, rolled-up blue jeans and leather jackets. 

The weather was perfect for the trunk or treat as children collected candy from vehicles that were also showing their spirit dressed in ‘50s style. Music from the era played throughout the night as folks danced to the oldie-but-goody tunes with “The Twist” being a hit.

Pastors Gary Richardson, Ernie Walters and Gerald Goins also came dressed in their ‘50s best as they helped with the event throughout the night. Children watched the classic cartoon “Tom and Jerry” as they ate popcorn, cotton candy, and cupcakes. Coke and root beer floats were also available to satisfy one’s thirst. 

Many games were played which included a crowd favorite — the Cakewalk. 

“Everyone seemed to enjoy the entire night, especially the children,” said Diane Radford. “The Cakewalk was a blast, as we had an abundance of cupcakes. The kids loved it!

“It really turned out good; we were happy to see everyone enjoying it,” she continued. “Overall, it was a success, and the lively mood set the night. We look forward to hosting the event again next year.” 

Place of Grace is the home of New Life Church as well as the Place of Grace Rescue Mission. They are geared towards community outreach as well as helping others better their lives and will be hosting more events in the near future.