While Bachman Community Center is not holding its annual fall festival and chili cook-off this year, there are several new autumn events planned to take its place.
First up is a reunion and open house for former students and staff of Bachman Elementary being held Saturday, Nov. 4.
"We're trying to get as many folks who went here to come back and see what we've got going on in the building now," said Liz Hickman, operations manager for the community center.
People are invited to bring old photos of their own and check out Bachman's archive as they enjoy refreshments, visit with old friends and enter to win door prizes. Local historian the Rev. Jim Douthat will be telling stories and answering questions about the history of the building, which is 80 years old this year.
Instead of holding the chili cook-off, Bachman volunteers will be preparing chili from a recipe that combines aspects of several of the winning recipes from years past, Hickman said. People can place orders through Monday, Nov. 6 for chili, which includes four servings and comes ready to heat along with a large loaf of the Bread Basket's sourdough bread for $25. A drive-thru station will be set up at Bachman Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for people to pick up their orders.
"Fall has been so busy that it would have been hard to keep doing it the way we had been," Hickman said of the typical cook-off, adding that offering "meal pickup is good for fall and winter," when falling temperatures and dwindling daylight often translate to less time and energy.
Money raised through the chili sales will go toward building maintenance, she said.
Bachman Community Center is at 2815 Anderson Pike. To place a chili order, stop by the center, call 886-4842 or visit bachmancc.org.