We have since learned that Jeter was inducted into the Kalamazoo Central’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. It also renamed its baseball field in his honor in 2011. So, when Jeter’s time comes to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, we suspect we might not be the only Kalamazooites in town.
We were somewhat surprised to read that the Cooperstown PumpkinFest will be no more. Unfortunately, it was one of those events we were always going to attend, but never did. And now it seems we won’t. However, from what we have read, it will be replaced by another event, “Fall into Cooperstown ... Where Pumpkins Fly,” which will transform Cooperstown into a “magical fall-inspired village.” It almost sounds like something out of the Magic Kingdom at Disney World.
It reminds of the time when we were planning the 1986 Cooperstown Bicentennial when a representative from I Love New York came to give us some pointers. And the one thing that we really remember was her advice concerning organic versus synthetic events. The organic events, which she felt tended to be more successful, grew naturally out of a community in that they were related somehow to the comings and goings of the community. Synthetic events were imposed on the community even though they had little, if anything, to do with the community. And thus we tend to use this explanation when judging various events.
And while we don’t think Cooperstown was known for its growing of large pumpkins, we always thought that at least the pumpkin growing spoke to our agricultural background, making it an organic event. And for us at least, it also reminded us of the rather unusual pumpkins which our late husband’s grandfather used to produce. Somehow, the man was able to write the he-we’s name on the pumpkin seed which would result in a pumpkin vine producing a pumpkin with the he-we’s name on it. And we understand this was done for other members of the family as well.