Wernle’s Golf Classic & Auction

wernlegolfThere’s a special treat coming up in Richmond for golfers and lovers of the Cincinnati Reds.

A veteran pitcher and the speediest young player in Major League Baseball will take part on
Monday, May 12, in the annual Wernle Coaches for Kids golf event.
Golfers will have the opportunity to meet pitcher Mat Latos and rookie outfielder Billy
Hamilton during the event at Forest Hills Country Club.

To sign up as sponsor or a team, contact Marci or Jodi at Wernle by calling (765) 939-4575 or
visiting development@wernle.org. Individual golfers can sign up, too.
The event also will include an auction that will feature lots of sports-related memorabilia.
Latos has won 14 games in each of the last two seasons, while Hamilton is considered one of
the speediest players ever in the game.

May 12 is a day off on the Reds’ schedule.

They play homes games on Sunday against the Colorado Rockies and Tuesday against the San
Diego Padres.

The annual event is one of the top fund-raisers each year for the Wernle Youth & Family
Treatment Center. Wernle has served children of need in Richmond and the region for 135
years. It can house, treat, supervise and educate 75 young men at one time. A girls program is
starting soon on a campus that has expanded with new and renovated buildings.

Previous hosts of the golf event have included college basketball coaches Steve Alford of
UCLA and Mike Brey of Notre Dame, legendary NBA coach Del Harris and NBA player Ken
Barlow, and NCAA football stars Tony Rice, Pat Terrell and Allen Pickett from Notre Dame.

Wernle CEO Darrell Gordon was a starting linebacker on the 1988 Notre Dame football team,
the last Irish squad to win the championship.

Click Here for Team and Sponsorship Information

Scenes From Vintage Baseball Night At McBride Stadium

A cool breeze swept across the grandstand as onlookers enjoyed a step back in history at McBride Stadium last night.  Questions about the rules of the game in the 1860’s were answered by a dapper umpire/announcer.  If you weren’t able to make it to the vintage baseball match, look below for a peek at an evening of fun. (For more photos of Vintage Baseball go to GoWayneCounty on Facebook).

Abraham Lincoln was on hand to throw out the first pitch


First Up


Keeping Score 1860’s Style


Bat Boy Taking a Break With “Clod” Team Member

Vintage Baseball Game At McBride Stadium July 11, 2012

Dayton Clodbusters

Take a step back in time tonight at 7:00 p.m., while you watch the Indianapolis Blues vs the Dayton Clod Busters at McBride Stadium  (rain date July 12th).

Bring the whole family to enjoy a truly old fashioned ball game with teams dressed in uniforms of days gone by.  A community event presented by the Richmond Noon Kiwanis, tickets are only 5.00/person.

Friends enjoying a game at McBride Stadium

We’ll see you there as we enjoy a piece of history and a whole lot of family fun!

RiverRats Opening Game May 29th Tickets Now Available

Take me out to the ballgame!  The season is here already and the first two home games are in just a couple of weeks.  See the schedule below for summer fun at the RiverRats 2012 season. (Home games are in blue).  Visit the RiverRats website for more details.


Pro Players “Fore” Parkinsons This Weekend

Pro Players “Fore” Parkinsons

…is a 36-hole,  5 person scramble with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, April 28, at Richmond Elks Country Club and concluding on Sunday, April 29, at Forest Hills Country Club with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.  Proceeds from this event go to finding a cure for Parkinsons. 

The 5K Awareness Run will also be held, Saturday April 28, 11 a.m. at the Richmond Elks Country Club.

“Fore” more information you can email: dougkuntz76@parallax.ws.  Or to make a contribution to Parkinsons research: Please make check out to: Elks Parkinsons Fund and Mail to: 2100US27 SouthRichmond, IN 47374.

The planners of this annual event are passionate about raising funds to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, and have worked hard to set up a fabulous tournament to raise money for this worthy cause.


Dire Skates Bout to Benefit Girls Inc.

 The Dire Skates will be battling the Diesel Dollz from Columbus, Indiana.
Proceeds of this bout will benefit Girls Incorporated of Richmond Indiana.
dire skates, richmond roller derby
When:   Saturday, March 10th
Time:  Doors open at 5:00 p.m., Bout begins at 6:0 p.m.
Where:  Tom Raper Center
Cost:  Presale tickets available for $6.00, At the door, tickets are $8.00 each or 2 for $15.00, ages 12 and under $4.00
Photo courtesy of Siegfried Von Der Reider, Team Photographer

Winter Guard Competition at Tiernan Center

Support your Richmond High School Devilettes as they compete in the Ohio Indoor Performance Association’s Winter Guard Competition. World Class groups like Onyx Winter Guard, Matrix Drum Line, and top performing Guards such as Phoenix Independent will be performing also.

Where: Tiernan Center

When:  Sunday, March 4th  11:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Price: $8.00

Be There to Show Your Red Devil Pride!

Devilette Clinic 2012

devilette clinic, rhs, richmondDevilette Clinic 2012 Come spend a day with the RHS Devilettes learning a dance routine to perform at the Varsity Basketball Halftime.

Game Time is 3:00. Each participant receives a T-shirt, lunch, and ticket for admission into the game. We start at 11:00, feed everyone lunch after we practice, sit together in the stands for the first half, then perform at half-time.

You’ll be with the Devilettes from 11:00 until after you perform.

WHO: Ages 4 through Grade 6

WHERE: Richmond High School—Tiernan Center—Enter Tiernan Center Doors off SW 2nd Street by the Tennis Courts

WHEN: Saturday, February 11, 11:00 a.m. Students should not arrive prior to 11:00 a.m.

COST: $25.00—checks payable to Richmond High School Devilettes.
This includes: free admission into the game for the performer, learning a routine taught by the Devilettes, performing at half time with the Devilettes, and lunch.

HOW: Mail form & money post-marked by Wednesday , February 1 to: Terry Runnels, Richmond High School, 380 Hub Etchison Pkwy, Richmond, IN 47374.

Questions-call 973-3377. OR—return completed form and money in an envelope to your school’s main office or the high school office by Wednesday , February 1.

Registrations not postmarked or turned into the school’s office by Wednesday , February 1, are not guaranteed a clinic t-shirt in your choice of size.

The t-shirt is worn for the half-time performance. The clinic price, however, would remain the same–$25.00. For the performance, wear the clinic t-shirt, dark shorts (black preferred), tennis shoes, socks, and hair out of your face to show your great Smiles!!!!

Registration form is available at www.weRrichmond.com

Richmond Baseball Father-Son Clinic

Richmond Community Schools, Richmond Baseball, Richmond High SchoolWhen: February 27-March 1

Grades 3-5:  6:30-7:30 p.m.

Grades 6-8: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

Where: Tiernan Center, Richmond High School

Cost:  $30 if registered before February 20th, $40 if registered after February 20th

Players who reserve a spot by February 20th will also receive a T-shirt!  Dads and coaches can also receive a T-shirt for an extra $10

Clinic Details:

All Clinic Sessions will take place at the Tiernan Center at Richmond High School.  Each session will provide quality instruction to both player and coach of his choice.  Focus will be on drills that can be incorporated inside or outside.

Players are to bring own bat and glove.

Each player will get instruction on infield, outfield, and hitting.  Players who would like to focus on pitching/catching will have an opportunity to do so on the last 2 days of clinic.

Program Information:

17 Conference Titles since joining the N.C.C.

16 Sectional Titles, 11 Semi-State Titles, and 3 Final Four Appearances since 1986

The Red Devils take pride in their history and plan on continuing a strong winning tradition.

Focus of program’s activities is to encourage young athletes to perform well on the baseball field as well as in life.  There is a strong emphasis on education before baseball as the key to success.

In order to accomplish these things, emphasis is on respect, dedication, discipline, and teamwork.

For more information and/or to get a registration form, please contact one of the following:

Coach Josh Amyx via email at josh1@rcs.k12.in.us or phone at 765-277-0765

RHS Athletic Office at 765-973-3316

NOTE: If money is an issue, please contact Coach Amyx BEFORE the clinic begins.  They are more interested in teaching baseball than anything else!



Celebrities Coming To Indy Superbowl 2012

If you are planning to take a ride over to Indy to go to the Superbowl, or hang out in the village to see if you can spot some celebs- you may want to check out this Indy Facebook site:

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!


Fantastic Souper Bowl Experience

souper bowl, wayne county fairgrounds, super bowl party, richmond indianaCome Celebrate the Super Bowl!

When:  Thursday February 2nd-6 to 8 p.m.

Where:  Tom Raper Center
Wayne County Fairgrounds
861 Salisbury Road North  Richmond, IN

FREE Admission, but please bring a can of soup or other item.  Donations go to the community food pantry.

Wear your favorite team jersey or other apparel!

Activities include:

Cheerleading Clinic ran by RHS Cheerleaders

Football Challenge Stations from Richmond Family YMCA

Fitness Challenge Course from Family Fitnessworks

Face Painting & More from Morrison Reeves Library

Hops Sports Demonstration from the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County

Ribbie the RiverRat and Jack the Donkey f rom Richmond RiverRats & RMD Patti

Carnival Games from Richmond Parks & Recreation

Inflatable Obstacle Course, Bungee Run, and LOTS MORE!


For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/richmondparks or call 765-983-7275

Brought to you by organizations, businesses, and merchants listed above as well as Meijer and Wayne County Fairgrounds

Additional Super Bowl Super Service Training Sessions Being Offered

The Center City Development Corporation and the Wayne County Tourism Bureau are offering two additional FREE Super Service Training programs which are designed to prepare Richmond’s hospitality/frontline community with valuable information, tools and resources needed to meet our NFL visitors’ needs and questions.

Because Richmond restaurants and pubs will be natural gathering places for Super Bowl visitors and travelers, and our lodging facilities will be at full capacity, all area staff who will be interacting with Super Bowl Visitors are encouraged to attend a Super Service Training session.

Both Super Service Training programs will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 8:00-10:00 a.m. OR 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Uptown Innovation Center, 814 E. Main St., Richmond (downtown). There is FREE 3-hour parking available at the City Parking Garage between S. 7 and 8 Streets. The presentations will cover:

  •  Super Service – exceeding guests’ expectations
  • NFL Super Bowl Impact on the area and Indy
  • Transportation/parking in Indy
  • Lucas Oil Stadium/Game Information
  • Where to obtain event updates and resource information
  • Fan Events in Indy and the area
  • Around Indiana (attractions, restaurants, culture, etc.)
  • Telling our Story – key story lines to share with visitors, and give some important  fun facts about Indiana 

Richmond has been designated as a Celebration Site by the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee because of its location on I-70 and US-40 and its close proximity toIndianapolis.  Two Eastern teams will be competing in the Super Bowl – New York Giants and New England Patriots – so Richmond will have an influx of football fans heading to the big game who will need lodging, food, fuel, etc. The Super Service Training will help frontline/hospitality staff exceed visitors’ service expectations.  A Super Service Training was previously held on January 6th with 50 participants.

If you or your staff would like to attend the Super Service program and become “Super Service” certified,  call the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau at 765-935-8687.  Or, email: askus@visitrichmond.org to register for the Super Service training session.

Those who attended the January 6th training are encouraged to forward this information on to other businesses and attractions or to their staff members who weren’t able to attend previously.

Dire Skates Red Hot Bout to Help the Local Food Bank

dire skates roller derby richmond indianaJoin us for a night of derby, music and good food to support the community food bank. Bring two food items to replenish the local food banks and get $1.00 off your ticket!*

Where: Kuhlman Center  861 N. Salisbury Road, Richmond, IN

When: Saturday, January 7  Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and Startime at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets at the Door: $8.00 each or 2 for $15.00 Adults; $4.00 each for kids 12 and under

Presale Tickets: $6.00 each; contact your favorite derby girl

Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.  Come early and bring your appetite for derby and also for delicious food and beverage.

Buffalo Wings and Rings will be set up selling food and beer.
Featured band, Lipstick, will be playing at half time and after the bout.

Stay after the bout to get your favorite derby girl’s autograph!

 *Maximum discount $1.00 per ticket

Dire Skates Derby Bout to Fight Childhood Cancer

dire skates, richmond roller derbyJoin the Dire Skates for a night of derby, music, and good food to support St. Judes Children’s Hospital!

WHERE: Kulman Center  861 N. Salisbury Road, Richmond, IN
WHEN: Saturday, November 19th  Doors open at 7:00 p.m., Start time at 8:00 p.m.
TICKETS: Advance tickets $6.00 each, At Door for adults $8.00 each or 2 for $15.00
Kids 12 years and younger $4.00 each

The feature band, Dalaid, will be playing before the show and during halftime.  Buffalo Wings and Rings will be set up selling food and beverages.
Advance tickets can be purchased from your favorite Derby Girl or on the Brown Paper ticket website: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/209694

Interested in being a sponsor for this event?  This upcoming Bout is a benefit for St Jude’s Children’s hospital.  Anyone interested in being a sponsor for $100.00, can set up a table to pass out information about their company, they will be announced throughout the Bout, and also get their names printed in the programs!

For more information or to be a sponsor, contact them here: http://thedireskates.com/contact/

Photos provided for this post by Siegfried Von Der Reider, the team photographer.

Dire Skates Holding Open Tryouts for Men and Women

dire skates, roller derbyRichmond’s Roller Derby Team, The Dire Skates, is having open tryouts for men and women on August 21st at 4pm at the Richmond Skate.   The team is  recruiting both Men and Women this year!  They are looking for referees and enough men and women to  start a new co-ed team as well as adding to their current women’s team.

Wondering what it’s like to be a part of the Dire Skates?  Well, GWC asked just that to team member, Chrissy Bahnweg (“Princess Die”):

My team mates are the most fearless women I know. We are mothers, sisters, daughters, nurses, bankers, teachers, business owners off the track. But all have a story that has made us stronger as a person;  and its great to have Roller Derby as an outlet.  Being on the Dire Skates team is the best support system anyone could ever have.  We bond and have this wonderful sisterhood. We all have jobs on the team that make everything run more smoothly. I have been on a lot of competitive teams in my life, but this team is so organized it makes everything about it easy.

For those interested in becoming a part of this team as a member or referee, get down the The Skate on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.  Skate rental will be available, but you are to bring skates and pads if you have them.

Interested in seeing them in action,? Check the GoWayneCounty Events Calendar for their Bouts,  and come down to support  “Richmond’s Derby Little Secret!”

Skate rental available, but you are to bring skates and pads if you have them.

For more information on tryouts, send an email to: recruit@thedireskates.com

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Final Home Game Of Richmond RiverRats Season Plays To Packed Stadium

Rivie entertains the crowd

Excitement was in the air as hundreds of people lined the streets with cars and walked to the final home game of the season, packing the stadium. (See video below)

Some said as they enjoyed the game that they had intended to go all summer and didn’t realize that the final game was here so soon.  And what a game to end the season at home.  After going into an extra inning the RiverRats won it all with bases loaded and scoring a run to win the night.

The crowd cheered for the victory, but the excitement didn’t end there.  Several host families were honored for their efforts this summer in housing and caring for one or more players.

Finally came the fireworks and they were awesome!  Gleeful cheers could be heard from children all over the stadium (young and old) who were astonished by the display both in brightness and the overpowering force.  Just as they seemed to end another round would go up to the amazement of all present.

What a great season!  We are proud to have the RiverRats as our home team. Season tickets are already on sale for next year- so plan ahead to see exciting baseball played right in our own backyard.