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Dogs, doughnuts and more

BY CAROLINE EGGERS - ceggers@perutribune.com

Expect a big crowd in downtown Peru this weekend – ReDiscover Downtown Peru’s Second Saturday is occurring simultaneously with the Cole Porter Festival.

“Lots of folks come from out of town for the festival,” said Kassi Kotkoski, Peru’s Second Saturday coordinator.  

So expect a lot of Cole Porter zest intertwined throughout the downtown fun, too. 

At Kid’s Corner, “Donuts with Dad” is the theme this month. Kids can create pedal carts with Oakbrook Church, or build a woodworking project with the local carpenter’s union.

But you don’t have to like donuts or have a dad to attend the event, which will take place next to the Miami County Courthouse, according to Kotkoski.

“Mom, grandma, stepdad, it can even be the neighborhood mom,” Kotkoski said.

Also on the courthouse lawn, Peru Police Department K-9 duos Jeremy Brindle and Darro and Samantha Raber and Fargo will be performing a demonstration.

Adjacent to the kid activities, Jason Gornto and Grant Ebert will be supplying Cole Porter tunes from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by Mathew Ball from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Miami County Artisan Gallery is also offering a musical treat—with actual treats gifted from Smiley Face Chocolate—of hit songs from the Cole Porter musical, “Kiss Me Kate,” played by Aaron Birnell.  

“It’s neat that some of the events are planned with the Cole Porter theme,” Kotkoski said.

And right outside of Arnie’s Ace Hardware, Don Smith will be providing some toe-tapping beats.

Other special events include an opportunity to create “WWI remembrance poppies” at Potter’s Bench, summer-style lessons at Hairtique, rock painting at What’s Blooming and “grab and go sushi” at Voodoo Public House.

Love Your Hair Salon and Day Spa is presenting permanent make-up demos—think tattoo eyeliner—with snow cones, and Terrie and Co. is keeping mommas in mind with Mother’s Day makeovers.

The Peru High School Art Gallery is offering special hours on Saturday, and will remain open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you’ve never been, it’s a unique opportunity to see artworks by George Braque, Milton Avery and Benjamin Kopman in the multimillion dollar collection.

The full itinerary is posted on Peru’s Second Saturdays Facebook page.