The Wall That Heals: Richmond IN, 9-20 to 9-25



Local veterans and those who wish to visit the traveling wall, The Wall That Heals, will have the opportunity this week from September 22 to September 25, 2016 in the Veteran’s Memorial Park located in Richmond IN.

Traveling all over the country year round, the Wall That Heals is a a half scale replica of the Vietnam War Veteran’s Memorial in DC.  Visiting the Wall is said to be an emotional experience for many.

“We are really excited to be a part of this, shares Denise Retz, Director of Parks and Recreation in Richmond IN.  “The veterans in our area have done a lot to see that all of the efforts made are top notch.”  She goes on to explain that the next time the wall will come through this area will be in five years so, “I hope that people will take the time to see it.”

The last time the wall was in the area was in 2011 and hundreds of Wayne County residents and others from near the area came to pay tribute, and for some it was a time to remember.

For more information about the traveling Wall you can visit their site here.


Veteran’s Memorial Park, Richmond IN



Monument in Veteran’s Park, Richmond IN, homage to women veteran’s.

Bloom & Glow is Coming!


Do you love hot air balloons and roses?  Then you will be excited to hear that the annual BLOOM & GLOW is coming June 8, 2016, to the Glen Miller Rose Garden & former golf course.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will run until dusk when the balloons will be lit up causing an amazing glow over the former golf course.  (Those who want to see the balloon glow only should arrive after 8:00 p.m.)  Live music will add to the ambiance of the evening, provided by local musician Pat O’Neal.

Tickets for the food and soft drinks, which will be provided by five local caterers, will be $20, and  will be sold in advance.  Food will be served from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., however there is no cost to attend the balloon glow at dusk.  Wine and beer will be available for purchase as well.

You can get updates on the rose garden on Facebook (search for Richmond Rose Garden Inc.)  For tickets and information: please contact Ann Herrman, event chairman, (765) 962-8914.

This annual event raises money for the Rose Garden and is a celebration of this unique Wayne County tourism treasure that draws visitors each year to our area.  It has also been a favorite venue for weddings and other celebrations for local residents.

  • Location:  2500 block East Main Street, Richmond
  • When:   Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (food will be available from 6:30- 8:30 p.m.)
  • Tickets are available at the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau’s Welcome Center, 5701 National Road E., Richmond. They are also available from event committee members.  This event is open to the public.

Hoosier-Buckeye Challenge at Clear Creek Park, Richmond IN

Press release, GWC

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Alan Francis, reigning world champion pitcher in Class A 2015, at the Greenville OH tournament 2015. Karole Passmore, GWC

Competitive horseshoe pitchers from all over Indiana and Ohio will converge on the Richmond Clear Creek courts, Saturday, August 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Class A competition starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, and will include players from Plainfield, Kennard, Williamsburg, New Castle, Fountain City, Muncie, Hope, and Arcanum Ohio. Pitchers include Julia Charlton, with a ringer percentage of 58.86, who is a local teacher from Centerville Indiana and one of the top female pitchers in Indiana. The highest percentage for this class of pitchers tomorrow is Phil Gross, from Plainfield Indiana, with a 71.31 percentage.

Class B will take the courts at 2:00 p.m. and includes John Passmore, who is organizing the annual tournament again this year. John has pitched competitively since he was 11 years old, and in his younger years pitched alongside his father at the Clear Creek courts. Horseshoe pitching has been a passion for John, who in his heyday was at the top of the game, winning world tournaments or placing high at a young age. While living in the DC area, Passmore was asked to instruct the then- President George W. Bush in the fundamentals of the game. He spent an afternoon at the White House doing just that, always happy to teach the art of the game to anyone who is interested and honored that is was a sitting President. He also was instrumental in forming leagues and designing courts in the Maryland area.

Class C will also play at 2:00 p.m., and Class D will pitch at 10:00 a.m. alongside the Class A pitchers. Some of the pitchers in the tournment are well-seasoned, having pitched for decades. All pitchers must complete three tournaments prior to the State Horseshoe Tournament in September in order to compete at State level.

If you have never experienced this level of competitive horseshoes before, this is your chance to see some masters at work. The sound of horseshoes hitting the stakes can be a relaxing and exciting experience all at once. The court area is nicely shaded for those who want to enjoy an afternoon watching top notch horseshoe pitching.

Refreshments will be available to purchase for spectators and players, beginning at noon, and will include lemonade, hot dogs, chips and cookies. Come on down and enjoy a great American pastime, while seeing some of the best pitchers Indiana has to offer!

Live in the Glen FREE Concert Series!

liveintheglenRichmond Parks and Recreation is doing it again this summer with free concerts in Glen Miller Park!

Every Saturday in August will be a live performance for your entertainment.

Here’s the lineup:

August 3, 8-10 p.m.:   The Sweet Beats 

The Midwest’s Finest Beatle’s Tribute Band

August 10, 8-10 p.m.: Little Frank & the Premiers

Keeping the traditional roots of blues alive!

August 17, 8-10 p.m.: Parrots of the Caribbean

A Jimmy Buffet tribute band

August 24, 8-10 p.m.: After Midnight

Bringing you 70’s music

August 31, 6-10 p.m.: Musicians Showcase

Local Musicians and Kids activities

Movies In The Glen: A Double Header This Weekend

ghost busters posterYou can enjoy two nights of movies at Glen Miller Park this weekend.  Tonight enjoy Ghostbusters, a classic from way back.  And then Saturday night bring the family to Men In Black 3.

The Movies in the Glen are brought to you by the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department.

Activities will begin around 8:30 with the movie starting at dusk.  Concessions are generally available at the movies. 

Oh and best of all …the movies are FREE.  So bring a lawn chair or blanket and be sure to have a jacket ready in case it gets cool.  

men in black posterIt is a great way to spend time with family and friends on the Hill.

Don’t Miss The Last Two Neighborhood Movies: Brought To You By Parks & Rec

Madagasgar 3 will be playing this Saturday night, with activities starting at 8:30, at Westview Elementary school.  And next Saturday night?….see for yourself below:

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“Amazing” Events Coming Soon: Brought to you by Richmond Parks and Recreation

If you are looking for a couple of fun, free, family events, here are a couple of great ideas for June!

Coming soon you can enjoy both an Amazing Walk and Hook a Kid on Fishing.  For more information on these great events you can read the flyers below.  For information on other upcoming events brought to you by the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department–stay tuned to and you can also call 765-983-7275.  Or visit the new city website.  Get moving this summer with fun activities all over Wayne County!

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First Movie of the Summer Parks and Rec Season

It’s the kickoff of the outdoor neighborhood movie series this weekend!!  See below for more details:

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Richmond Parks & Recreation Summer Event Schedule is Here!

sunSummer Fun Begins Soon!  Mark your calendars with Events Below!


1st –   Wreck it Ralph @ Vaile -Arrive at 8:30 –

3rd-12th –JUKO

4th – July 11th– Art in the Park and Talented Tykes

8th – City Fit @ Glen Miller -9:00am-2:00pm-

15th –  Amazing Race Walk @ The Municipal Pool -Registration Starts at 3:30-

22nd–  Hook a Kid on Fishing @ Middlefork Reservoir -10:00 to 1:00-

22nd –  Madagascar 3 @ Westview -Arrive at 8:30-

29th –  Hotel Transylvania @ Fairview -Arrive at 8:30-


6th –   Ghostbutsers @ Glen Miller – Arrive at 8:30-

11th –  Father-Daughter take a walk @ Glen Miller Golf Course -6:00 pm to 8:00pm-

13th –  Men in Black 3 @ Glen Miller -Arrive at 8:30-

20th –  The Lion King @ Glen Miller -Arrive at 8:30 –

22nd- Aug 2nd– – LIL JUKO

27th –  The Hunger Games @ Glen Miller -Arrive at 8:30-


2nd –  Sweet Beats @ Glen Miller -Starts at 8:00pm-

8th – Back to School Splash Bash @ The Municipal Pool

10th –   Lil’ Frank and the Premiers @ Glen Miller -Starts at 8:00pm-

17th –  Parrots of the Caribbean @ Glen Miller – Starts at 8:00pm-

24th –  After Midnight @ Glen Miller – Starts at 8:00pm-

31st –   Local Musician Showcase @ Glen Miller -Starts at 6:00pm-


7th –  Walk of Fame @ The Gorge – 1:00pm to 6:00pm-

21st – Family Fun Fest @ 10th Street Park – 11:00am to 1:00pm-


Here Comes Peter Cottontail…Hoppin Over To McBride Stadium

Looking for a fun activity with the kids, while being able to support good safe fun for kids this summer?  Check this out:

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More Fun Halloween Events In Wayne County

Halloween Howl, 2011

Upcoming Halloween Happenings

Discover some of the spooktacular events coming up to celebrate Halloween, as you read below.  From  costume contests to alternative trick-or-treat options, choices abound for young and old in Wayne County.

Halloween Howl, Wednesday, October 24th, presented by Richmond Parks and Recreation at Tom Raper Center from 6-8:30 pm.

A Halloween Party at Veach’s in uptown Richmond, on Friday, October 26th, 4-7 pm; featuring a Spooky Jr. Haunted House, a costume contest for ages 10 and under, games, and refreshments. This is a free event.

Little Sheba’s Halloween Party, October 27th.  Trick or Treat? It’s the best party in town. Come dressed or not. We’ll have a costume contest with prizes. Music provided by Garcia and Scott. Let’s get ghoulish. It’s “Better Than Being Home.”

Costume contest at Roscoe’s Coffee Bar & Tap room, on October 27th at 10:00 pm.

Safety Village, October 29th on the State Hospital grounds from 5-7 pm

Trunk ‘n’ Treat, Wednesday, October 31st , 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., In the Reid Church parking lot on the corner of North B & 11th Streets. Come dressed in Costume!


Trick or Treat Nights:

October 31st
Cambridge City, IN 6p-8p
Centerville, IN 5p-7p
Fountain City, IN 5p-7p
Hagerstown, IN  6:30p-8:30p
Milton, IN  6p-8p
Richmond, IN 5-7p
Winchester, IN 5-8p

Halloween Howl Coming Soon Presented By Richmond Parks & Recreation

Free Family Fun This Weekend Presented By Richmond Parks & Recreation

Looking for something to do tonight and tomorrow night with family and friends?  Check out these two opportunities brought to you by the Richmond Parks Department.  Both are free.  Both are fun.  And both are on nice cool nights.  Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy live music tonight and a movie tomorrow night.   (Donations for the Puss & Boots movie will go to support HELP the Animals)



Tomorrow Night:

Dedication Ceremony For New Fountain Sunday, August 5, 2012

news release 

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Richmond, Indiana—Honorable Mayor Sally Hutton announced August 1, 2012 that there will be a dedication ceremony for the new fountain installation at Glen Miller Park Lake held on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 3:00pm.  Mayor Hutton welcomes and encourages the public to come out and help celebrate this exciting and event.

“Water park ride here I come!”

The fountain was given to the community by an anonymous donor and has been installed in the lake at Glen Miller Park.  It is reported that the fountain will spout at over 25 feet in the air.  This will add a lot to the beauty of the park while circulating water causing it to look and smell cleaner.  As for the ducks it will be like a day at a water park.  All are welcome to come to the park and participate in the dedication.   And who knows, you may also get some great pictures of reactions from our feathered friends.

Father/Daughter “Take A Walk Together Day” July 12, 2012

The Father/Daughter Take A Walk Together Day will be on July 12 on the former Glen Miller Golf Course at 6 p.m.

The free event includes refreshments, games, giveaways and photos in the adjacent Rose Garden. This is the third year the event has taken place. Local businesses are participating in the event through donations. Refreshments will come from Clear Creek Food Co-op, Townsend Food Project, Richmond Baking, Kroger and Walmart.  Photos will be taken by Walgreens.

The Richmond Parks and Recreation department sponsors these events to provide for the positive development and well being of the Richmond community through the provision of parks, greenways, trails and recreational programming and facilities. The department works in cooperation with other service providers and partners in the community to maximize all available resources. To learn about this event or other programs available this summer, please visit

“Captain America” Movies On The Hill Series Independence Week, July, 7th, 2012

Captain America

The last Independence Week Celebration event will occur on July 7 with the showing of Captain America.  Kids activities begin at 8:30 p.m. and the movie will play at dusk on Roosevelt Hill in Glen Miller Park.  This movie is rated PG-13, 124 minutes.  This movie starts off the Movies on the Hill Series sponsored by Wayne Bank and Trust Co. A different movie will be shown each Saturday night in July.

The Richmond Parks and Recreation department sponsors these events to provide for the positive development and well being of the Richmond community through the provision of parks, greenways, trails and recreational programming and facilities.  The department works in cooperation with other service providers and partners in the community to maximize all available resources.  To learn about this event or other programs available this summer, please visit

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