If you are longing to enjoy the relaxing sounds of a string quartet, comprised of true professionals, then you will want to read below for the upcoming performances this year for the 37th annual Chanticleer String Quartet Music Festival:
July 27 & 28 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. you can experience how Annie Oakley lived as she toured in her little tent which includes historic pieces displayed. There will also be the regular festival fare including good food, fun competitions and vendors –all at the Darke County Fairgrounds.
Just a 30 mile drive from Wayne County, this is a fun excursion for the whole family. (The fairgrounds is next to the Greenville Park which also has a nice public pool).
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Superbowl On the site you will see pictures of stars who are reported to be attending this years Superbowl in Indianapolis–including Cee Lo Green, Diddy and Nelly. We’ve heard from several people in the area who plan to take a trip either tonight or tomorrow night- so remember your cameras! If you get exciting pictures of/with any celebs- please share.
Send Superbowl weekend pictures to: Karole@GoWayneCounty.com or Constance@GoWayneCounty.com and we will post them with your byline. Let us know what you were doing and where you were when you took the pictures if you can.
We would also like to post pictures from the Wayne County area of Super Bowl celebrations- either family gatherings or public events. Send these pictures to the same addresses listed above.
Be safe this weekend and enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity however you are celebrating!
We are getting mobile uploads sent in from Richmond native, Jessica Kendall Thomas, who has been in the thick of things in downtown Indy. As you can see the excitement there is growing with each day that draws nearer to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.
If you have mobile pics to send us we would love to post them, whether they are from Indy or Richmond, one of the designated celebration towns for this years Super Bowl. Just send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Board the train at Grand Central Station in Connersville to pick up Santa Claus along the way. Once on board Santa will come and visit with each child on the train. Train departs at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.” The cost is 7.00 each for ages 2 and up.
Many people may not be aware that a fully functioning passenger train station is located just 30 miles or so from all points Wayne County. This year they have offered the Easter Bunny Express, the Dinner Train and many other fun excursions- both long and short.
Also for the holidays you can get tickets (26.00 each) to ride the Polar Express. This train experience will last for several weekends and is starting soon. (space is limited- all days are sold out except for November 18th, 2011, 5:00 p.m., so call soon if interested.)
For more information you can visit the website for the Whitewater Valley Railroad.Grandparents and parents who love trains- this information is especially for you and the kids you will take with you to make it seem like it’s for them.
Visitor opportunities in the Whitewater Valley have improved significantly with the recent addition of three “loop routes” to the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway (WCSB). The primary route of the Byway, which follows the course of the historicWhitewater Canal from Hagerstown to Lawrenceburg, was designated as a State Byway in 2008.
Byways in Indiana are designated by the Department of Transportation, and then approved by the Lieutenant Governor. The primary route of the WCSB travels through Wayne, Fayette, Franklin and Dearborn County in Indiana, and through the western part of Hamilton County in Ohio. The addition of the loop routes also ties in Union and Ripley counties.
The three loop routes will offer Byway visitors a better opportunity to experience the history and scenery of the Whitewater Valley; to visit its towns and stores; and to take advantage of its many recreational options.
Byway President, Candy Yurcak, says that the added route will encourage visitors to spend two or three days in the region, instead of traveling the main route in a day or less. “They can enjoy some fried chicken, stay at a quaint B&B, shop for antiques, and visit local craftspeople.” For those who do not have a lot of time, the loops will enable a visitor to travel part of the historic canal route, and then explore some of the surrounding countryside on the return trip.
The East Fork loop travels east from Cambridge City along Route 40 (the Historic National Road) to Richmond, then south on SR 101, returning to the canal route in Brookville.
The Oldenburg-Batesville Loop travels south on SR 229, through these two distinctive towns, turns east on SR 46 to St. Leon, then north on SR 1, returning to the canal route near Cedar Grove.
The Dearborn-Ripley Loop goes from Lawrenceburg to Aurora, travels northeast on SR 350 to Milan, north to Sunman on SR 101, east to Dover on North Dearborn Road, then returns to the canal route in Lawrenceburg via SR 1.
When the Whitewater Canal was built 175 years ago, it connected the WhitewaterValley to the rest of the country. Today, visitor can come to the valley, explore that historic route and enjoy a wide variety of informative and recreational activities. See the WCBA website http://www.whitewatercanalscenicbyway.org/ for more information.
DATE: Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th
TIME: 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
For our 4th Annual Powwow, we have a Native American Dancer coming in to Dance from Nova Scotia, Canada! Others will be coming in from various places in North America. We have a New Learning Center in The Goodrich Park that will display items that will show how the Woodland Indians lived, including wig-wams and drying racks to see how they gathered their clay and made their pots. You can even throw a tomahawk or grind some grain the Native way. Come dance and try some Native food. This is a Great Family Event!
Community, Family and Spirituality
The Powwow is an event that reflects upon many important aspects of Native American society. Amidst the beat of the Drum and stunning regalia, there are other traditions and activities whose purpose is to communicate and strengthen the ways of the Native American community, family life and spirituality.
Native Americans wear their Regalia’s that are very personal and artistic expressions of the dancers’ lives, feelings, interests, family and spiritual quest. Often elements of the regalia are gifts from elders or treasured people in the dancers’ lives and are honorings to be worn with pride.
Since the regalia expresses the life of each individual dancer, design elements from many different sources are appropriate. At the Arbor the Powwow drum is a large base covered with hide (buffalo, deer, or cow). Forming a circle, eight or more men strike the drum in unison with covered mallets. The men then blend their voices with the beating of the Drum to create the song. The songs are often in the Indian language of the drum members. It is the responsibility of the drum members and especially the lead singer to be able to sing and play whatever kind of song is requested by the master of ceremonies or the arena director for any given event (i.e. flag raising, honoring ceremony, different kinds of dances.
For more information, contact:
616 Residence Street
Winchester, In. 47394
It has been tradition, since I met my husband, to spend the 4th of July weekend in Greenville OH for their annual horseshoe tournament. For John, it has been the place he has visited to pitch since he was a child.
The annual tournament brings in pitchers from all over the country and sometimes Canada. But from the calm atmosphere you would not know you were witnessing the country’s/worlds best horseshoe pitchers in action, including Alan Francis who has won more world tournaments than any other pitcher in the US. (see video below)
You see, horseshoe tournaments are the most laid back of all sports and are a great place to spend the day with family listening to the clink of a ringer or the miss of a shoe. Set in the midst of a shaded park in Greenville OH, home of Annie Oakley Days, down the hill you hear the peacocks calling and across the road on the ponds you can see the many ducks–and sometimes swans float on the water.
Spectators do get very involved in the sport especially when two world tournament champs are pitching against one another and coming up with “4 dead” each time. (which means they continue to get all their shoes on).
Greenville Ohio is only about 35 minutes from Wayne County/Richmond and is a great weekend trip for the family. Good restaurants, an historic downtown and a beautiful city park which includes a large mostly shallow pool with a water slide are some of the things you will enjoy there. The last weekend in July is Annie Oakley Days at the fairgrounds with reenactors, displays, good food and lots of fun.
This Saturday, July 9th Richmond is hosting a sanctioned tournament
To get an idea of what a horseshoe tournament is like, you can watch the video below of Alan Francis and Brian Simmons- both world champion pitchers. And to see a tournament in person, this Saturday, July 9th Richmond is hosting its own sanctioned tournament at Clear Creek on the west side. For more information, you can contact John Passmore at 765-993-3855.
If you have a traditional day or weekend trip you take with your family that you think others in Wayne County might enjoy–please share by making a comment below.
By Karole Passmore, GWC
Wayne County has a long history with the Indianapolis 500, and if you read the article in our GoWayneCounty print edition by Carolyn Lafever you know that this is the 100th Anniversary. Hagerstown IN in particular has a long standing with the 500, since 1911, and will have their own celebrations this year, which are outlined in the print edition as well.
If you are looking for a place to stay….Richmond/Wayne County is your place!
Just a little over an hour from the track, you have your choice of beautiful Bed & Breakfasts as well as many hotels. You can also sample some of the local cuisine and visit quaint shops in our Depot District and Uptown Richmond. Follow antique alley while you are here and go on a trail that spans Centerville, Cambridge City, Hagerstown and Richmond. There is so much to do and see while you are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Indy 500 just a little over an hour from the track.
And the events leading up to the race itself are starting already! Read below to see what is coming this weekend….and we will update you on more events both in Indy at the tracks and in our own Hagerstown IN, Wayne County.
Allison Transmission Balloon Festival
Building on the sucesss of the popular return of hot-air balloons to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2009, the Allison Transmission Centennial Era Balloon Festival will take place on Saturday, May 7, where 33 balloons from across the United States will take to the sky in a “Hare and Hound” race that morning and return to entertain families on the IMS grounds that evening with a Balloon Glow. Both events are free to the public. MORE
Emerging Technologies Day
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway continues its legacy as an incubator and proving ground of automotive innovation for more than a century through the 100th Anniversary Indy 500 Emerging Technologies Day on Saturday May 7 at IMS. Some of the best, brightest young minds in America will display innovative renewable technologies for the automotive industry on this day. The event will feature exhibition competition at IMS by alternative-power vehicles in the Formula Hybrid Challenge, Formula Sun Grand Prix, and the Purdue evGrandPrix.
Emerging Tech Day will begin at 1 p.m./ET after the 40,000 runners competing in the Indianapolis Life 500 Festival Mini-Marathon have completed their 2.5 mile circuit around the fabled IMS track.
Stay tuned for more updates on events at the tracks and in Wayne County to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Indy 500! And let us know if you have plans to celebrate.