Bluffton, Indiana, was nicknamed “The Parlor City” over a century ago because its paved streets (a new phenomenon at the time) made the city “as clean as your parlor."
Saturday offers several options for fun, food and fellowship in Bluffton. Whether its pancakes that fly, Valentine treats or ethnic cuisine, there's plenty of "let's eat out" options and more on the calendar. Here are the details:
Cupid's Cupboard and Cafe
Cupid's Cupboard and Cafe is coming to St. John's United Church of Christ from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11.
The event includes a bake sale with Valentine treats packaged and wrapped.
The cafe menu includes homemade soups, sandwiches, relishes, pies and beverages. $5 for a meal or $2 for ala cart items.
Proceeds from the event go toward a church kitchen sink and counter fund project. The church is located at the corner of West College Avenue and South Jackson Street.
It's not your ordinary pancake breakfast. From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at Maple Crest Senior Living, Bluffton, pancakes will "fly" right into your plate.
The breakfast, in the Patio Room of Maple Crest Senior Living, 700 Maple Crest Ct., Bluffton, is a fundraiser for the Maple Crest Memory Garden Project, according to Laura Voth, CEO of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio.
The pancake event, open to the public, is an interactive experience that is fun for all ages. Pancakes provided by Chris Cakes of Columbus, works this way: you have the option of catching your pancakes as they are tossed through the air to your plate.
If that sounds too scary, you may simply have your pancakes placed on your plate. The breakfast features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and orange juice.
"The event is a fundraising kick off for the Memory Garden project at Maple Crest," said Voth. "The Memory Garden will be located by the main pond at Maple Crest. It will include a dock, screen house, walkway and reflection area, all surrounded by a beautifully planned garden of trees, shrubs and perennials."
All proceeds from the breakfast will go toward the project. Donations are also accepted. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older and $5 for children 5 and under.
Film, food and entertainment are planned for Global Weekend at Bluffton University on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11.
The weekend will begin Friday with a 7:30 p.m. screening of the 2010 South African film "Life, Above All" in Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall.
The Commons in Marbeck Center will host Saturday's events. An ethnic meal will be served from 5-6 p.m. and an international variety and fashion show will follow at 6:30 p.m. A pi~nata will be available for children before the show, at 6:20 p.m.
Sponsoring the weekend is Bluffton's International Connection group. All of the events are open to the public and free except for the meal, which costs $6 for children ages 7-12 and $9 for ages 13 and up. Children under 7 may eat for free.