The sites and sounds of the season were alive in McPherson Town Thanksgiving weekend as the neighborhood hosted the bi-annual holiday historic home tour. Guests enjoyed touring the interiors of 10 historic homes all fancied up for the holidays, as well as fresh-baked treats and cider. We hope you’ll mark your calendars for Thanksgiving weekend 2018 when the holiday home tour returns.
Photos by the talented Lisa Powell
Twenty crockpots and a record number of neighbors filled the Stewart-Powell garage for the 10th Annual McPherson Town Chili Cook-off in October.
Competition was fierce this year. The top winners were each separated by a single vote.
- First place went to “Betty White Sweet and Spicy.”
- The silver ladle was awarded to “Chili So Good It Will Make You Build a Wall and Pay For It. ”
- Our Gold winner from 2015 took home the bronze with her concoction, “Thai Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
- The green ladle went to the vegetarian entry, “Red Lentil-Coconut Chili.”
And during the course of the night, the Buckeyes pulled off an overtime victory over Wisconsin to stay undefeated, dispelling any superstition to avoid the neighborhood during game days.
For our monthly dining out gathering in June, neighbors hosted a progressive brunch in the neighborhood. With 4 stops, attendees enjoyed yogurt parfaits, bacon-wrapped pineapple, french toast casserole, mimosas and more!
McPherson Town residents participated in Five Rivers MetroParks’ Adopt-A-Park event on April 18 to clean up the northern banks of the Great Miami River bordering the neighborhood. About 20 neighbors joined forces to pick up debris and litter along the river from Main Street to I-75.
In addition to supporting Adopt-a-Park, the effort also supported an experiment with the Miami Conservancy District to see whether letting grass grow along the river’s edge reduces the goose droppings on the adjacent Great Miami Bikeway. 2014’s trial seemed to be effective. We’re looking for more success in 2015!
Thanks everyone for another unbelievable McPherson Town Chili Cook-off!. We had a super field of 15 entries.
Thai Fusion Chili took the gold this year. The not-now-secret ingredients were peanut butter and chocolate. Who can go wrong with that? So close to the top overall voting was an exquisite Turkish 7 Spice Chili that took the silver ladle and Bison and Beer Chili took the bronze. A Lentil and Sweet Potato Chili won the first green ladle ever presented in the new vegetarian category.
Congratulations winners! And thanks again to everyone who came to share another great evening with friends and neighbors. Already looking forward to next year!
Residents gathered in the McPherson Town park for a movie night in September and again in October for the Ohio State vs. Penn State football game. A great time was had by all! We hope to continue this tradition in 2015.
Over 20 neighbors joined forces for the annual spring and alley cleanup on May 31. Brush, bulk trash and other large items were removed across the neighborhood, in addition to sprucing up streets. Thanks to all who participated!