NEW TROY — An Outdoor Chili Cook Off, Music & Movie event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the New Troy Community Center.

A fun evening of chili, live entertainment and the world premiere of a local history film are planned.

Competing chilis will be provided by area restaurants — Mesa Luna (two chilis!), Greenbush, Peasant’s Pantry, Metal Munchiez, and another anonymous restaurant.

The movie, “Claim to Fame” provides an intimate look into the lives of people in and around New Troy in the 1800s, brought to life by readings, remembrances from pioneers, photos, and an original soundtrack by musicians from the Three Oaks School of American Music (SAM).

SAM instructor, Garth Taylor, and his students created the melody to accompany lyrics written in the 1870s about the Center of the World General Store. Taylor and Tara Dodge will perform in the gazebo during the chili sampling.

“Claim to Fame” is the third local history documentary produced by Terry Hanover.  

Originally planned as a celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of Friends of New Troy, the event was cancelled in March due to the pandemic.

“We’ve learned a lot since then about how to gather safely, how to manage traffic flow and social distancing,” says Lorraine Hanover, who is helping to organize the event.

Masks — required when not seated — will be available for those who don’t have one, along with plenty of hand sanitizer. Community Center access will be limited to restrooms or for safe passage to the Gazebo Garden for those who have difficulty walking on uneven ground.

Guests should bring their own folding chairs and beverages. Coolers are welcome. Each ticket holder will receive six chili samples, corn bread, and a cookie. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at, under the “Shop” heading,or by e-mailing or leaving a message at 269-469-5687. Tickets already purchased for the cancelled March event will be honored.

With gatherings capped at one hundred, including volunteers, organizers recommend reserving tickets early.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the New Troy Community Center, which depends on fund raisers, memberships, rentals, donations and grants to operate.

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