By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
After many of Ste. Genevieve signature events were canceled by COVID-19 in 2020, the year is beginning to take on a little normality.
The second half of October sees several activities taking place that give the fall a more normal feel.
This Thursday, drive-by flu shots are available at the Ste. Geneviebe Fire Departent on Pine drive. Residents may stay in their vehice and receive their shots.
More fun will be events the following Saturdays.
On Oct. 17, noted Creole fiddle player Dennis Stroughmatt will perform behind the Jean Baptiste Valle House at Main and Market, 5-7 p.m.
That same night, another French Canadian tradition will be honored – the loup garou. Night of the Werewolf will again be put on by the Centre For French Colonial Life. Traditional stories will be told aroudn bodn fires, whiel s’mores are offered.
Meanwhile, eth Ste. Genevieve Milice will be un uniform, patrolling the streets, in search of marauding lycanthropes, which have a habit of prowling the downtown streets on this night each year.
On Oct. 24, another Haloween-themed event will see the annual Deja vu Spirit Reunion at Memorial Cemetery. Some 25 locals will protray spirits of colonial era community leaders who are buried in the historic graceyard, telling tehir stories to visitors. Proceeds go to the upkeep of the cemtery, which closed in 1882.
That same night, a newer tradition continues. The third annual Pumplin Glow, put on by teh Ste. Genevieve Parks and Recreation Board, will be held at Main Street Park, 4-8 p.m., weather-permitting.
Finally, on Halloween evening, Oct. 31, the annual Halloween Spook-Tacular will take place. Participating downtown businesses will have treats for young Trick-or-Treaters, 2-5 p.m.
The Farmers Market also runs through the end of October. Fresh produce and plants are sold behin the Knights of Clulumbus Hall, at 600 Market Street, 7 a.m. till noon, each Saturday.