If you haven’t been inside the Firehouse BBQ & Blues yet, but you’ve heard about “the” mural…here is a sneak preview. The mural was painted by the well known artist, Pamela Bliss, who has been director of the Murals Project in Wayne County. She also painted the Single G mural in Cambridge City as well as many others in Wayne County. This mural is located behind the stage where live music is played every weekend, and depicts the old fire wagon and horses racing to put out a fire. The Firehouse BBQ & Blues is actually housed in what was the first firehouse in the area and has been remodeled with much of its historic value preserved, by two firefighters who took on this project over two years ago. It is a must -see destination!
Information submitted by site member, Keith Cozart:
Performing locally, the Doug Hart Band, doughartband.com, from Dayton, will be at the Firehouse BBQ and Blues in Richmond’s Depot district this weekend Saturday, January 7th from 8 p.m.-12. Come out for a bit, support live music and enjoy a great new club that is SMOKE FREE.
Just a reminder about the Old Fashioned Christmas Festival in the Depot District in Richmond tonight!! There are only two more, next Tuesday is the last of the season, so make plans to head down there.
There will be live miniature reindeer, Santa & Elves, a balloon artist, English double decker bus rides, model trains, kids train rides, face painters, and a luminary walk! And, of course, we can’t miss the horse-drawn carriage rides!
See you there between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m.!
Oktoberfest 2011 In The Depot District
This year’s Octoberfest did not disappoint as it was bigger and better than last year! There was something for everyone from live music, delicious foods of all kinds, face painting, fresh baked goods, German foods cheesecake….and so much more!
The crowd gathered as the tricycle races began with teams competing for over 150.00 worth of gift certificates from area merchants. (see video below) After several “heats” the overall champions of the day were the Johnson Boys team.
Two stages of live music played throughout the day, one in front of Steve Terzini’s Little Shebas and another stage in the beer garden by Joe’s Pizza. (See more videos of live music at our Go Wayne County youtube site).
Kids enjoyed the bouncers throughout the fest as well as yummy soft ice cream and cotton candy- there were even hot apple dumplings.
If you missed Oktoberfest this year
- no worries it will be back next year at the same time. It gets better every year, thanks to all the sponsors and people who help organize this event.
For many more pictures of Oktoberfest visit our Go Wayne County facebook site.
It’s what we have all been waiting for…Oktoberfest with live music, great food, vendors, sidewalk sales and much much more! See below for the schedule for the Beer Gardens and other great events during Oktoberfest Saturday. And be sure to get down to the historic Depot District- you’ll be glad you did!
Today to a room filled with supporters of the proposal to bring the Model T museum to the Depot District, several people spoke for 45 minutes in favor of the resolution. Concerned business owners, enthusiastic community members, historians and others stepped up to be counted in what may be an historic moment for Richmond/Wayne County.
In addition to bringing the museum, added parking was a part of the resolution to be passed at this meeting. The first speaker, following Mayor Sally Hutton, was the president of the Model T association, Jay Klehfoth. He reported that the Board of Directors of the Model T Association would like to see the museum stay in this area. He also read excerpts from some enthusiastic emails, numbering about 150, in support of the museum moving to the Depot District.
Some of the emails came from folks as far away as France and Australia who had been to Richmond in 2008 for the Model T event. One supporter from France who visited here in 2008, wrote “it is an excellent idea and should be welcomed by everyone concerned.” Another email message stated that “some of us will consider retiring there,” and went on to say they would volunteer at the museum once they move to the area and were interested in working with outreach for youth.
Ben Young, who moved to the area in 1990, said that bringing the Model T’s here “brought out the best in Richmond” and spoke of the efforts of the 830 volunteers who helped with the 2008 Model T event that brought hundreds of the cars to our area and revenue–later quoted in the meeting–of 7-12 million dollars in just one week.
Many spoke of the economic impact that bringing the museum would have on the community by pulling in tourists as well as creating jobs while supporting the many businesses that are in the Depot District.
Roger Richert spoke of what the Depot District had to offer and its ever growing expansion. He listed six restaurants already established with three more opening soon. Also at least two new businesses will be opening in the near future. And he added with the cruise-in at the Depot sponsored by Rick Parker, the Model T would fit nicely with what is already offered. He shared that events like Oktoberfest in September and the Avenue of Flags will be a draw to the area as well.
Matt Stegall commented that the “impact would have a good long term affect on the Starr District development,” adding that what we have to draw people to our community “is our rich history.” And Steve Holthouse, with Lingle Real Estate, added from his perspective of touring people around the area that people are really impressed with the arts we have in this town as well as places like the Depot District. His words were they are “blown away.”
After the open discussion was over, Larry Parker brought forward a few concerns from the council members. Mainly there was concern over this happening so quickly. Another concern was that by taking five properties from taxable to non taxable status there could be an impact to the city financially. However the latter concern was addressed by making an agreement to pay some kind of rent by the museum to help cover the money lost through taxes.
The resolution was to allow the city to enter into a purchase agreement. A motion was made to accept the resolution and passed, followed by applause from the crowd. There will be new resolutions in the future, but for now we witnessed a very exciting hour of the community coming together in support of what may be a very big step in bringing economic growth and industry to Richmond and Wayne County.
Press Release 9/14/11
We need your support!
Where: Richmond City Building
When: Noon on Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Bring Yourself! To show support for the Depot District
The Redevelopment Commission will be meeting this week to vote on Building a PUBLIC PARKING LOT and bringing the MODEL T MUSEUM to the Historic Richmond Depot District. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
This Thursday, September 15th
2nd floor of the City Building , In the Community Room
The Depot District has been growing with new businesses and business expansions. A new restaurant (Firehouse BBQ and Blues Club) and a new Coffee Shop (Roscoe’s) will be opening soon. Plus, we are bringing new business to Richmond with the I-70 Billboard Campaign and Attraction Maps. We have all been working together to bring new jobs to Richmond . A few years ago the streets were bare, but now the District needs more parking. This is a wonderful problem to have, and now we can help bring more people into the Historic Downtown Depot District with the addition of a Public Parking lot at the S.E. corner of N. 8th and N.”D” St.
We can also bring the Model T Museum to Richmond! The current Model T Museum is being torn down to make room for an expansion at Warm Glow Candle Outlet and they want their new home to be in the Depot District. The Model T Association is a not-for-profit organization. They hosted the largest event ever held in Wayne County: The Model T Party and Parade. Jay and Barb Klehfoth showed us what can be done when a community works together. We can really make things happen. It is our turn to help them. Other communities want the museum to move to their state. We have an opportunity to bring a NATIONAL ATTRACTION to Richmond that will bring in more tourists, more business and create more jobs for our community. And just think of the charm of Model T’s driving daily on our streets!
Please be at the meeting to show your support
We need the Parking lot to make the District grow. We need the Model T Museum to help us grow faster.
Please FORWARD this e-mail to anyone you know who wants to see this Community Grow and Prosper.
On September 10th, Good Life Emporium, located at 191 Fort Wayne Avenue in The Historical Depot District, will re-open its doors. GLE will have a fresh, new look and brand new agenda. There will be various modalities of massage and energy therapy, as well as space for yoga, educational classes, and meditation. For those who love retail therapy, there will be a selection of quality products that can improve your health, bring you joy, and soothe your soul, all while treading lightly on mother earth.
Last night the place to be was in the Depot District, to begin the long 4th of July weekend.
As the steam of the day started to leave issuing in a cool breeze, people gathered to enjoy the Cruise In.
Timeless music filled the air as the crowd milled about listening to the live band, eating, visiting with one another and taking a tour of the many classic cars surrounding the beer garden.
The parking lot and under the overpass was filled to capacity with vehicles of all eras from the 1920’s to the 60’s.
Next to the beer garden, Joe’s pizza was filled to capacity with people enjoying the amazing sounds of Carol Lou and friends. Decades of musical talent were there last night as the oldies were enjoyed over pizza and laughter.
Carol Lou is a regular at Joe’s pizza on Friday nights, and the Cruise –In at the Depot is a new regular – every first Friday of the month.
Also on tap this weekend will be the Blast At The Overpass in the Depot District on Sunday. Gates will open at 3:00 with bands playing up to the arrival of the special guest band. (see article- what’s happening this weekend). Cost is 8.00/person and tickets can be purchased ahead at Mitriones and Joes Pizza.
The Blast At The Overpass is part of the InConcert series also sponsored by Warm Glow Candles. Rick Parker of Parker’s General Store, Mitrione’s and 4th Floor Blues is to be thanked for bringing this kind of “big city” entertainment to our town.
This was a great way to start the weekend with more to come. (For more pictures of this event go to the Go Wayne County Facebook site).
If you are craving some real home cooked food that is hot and fresh, then you need to take a trip to Mitrione’s. I L-O-V-E their cabbage rolls and I am not a regular meat eater. But I break my special diet for them–that is how good they are.
Their menu changes each week so check in regularly to their site and sign up for email updates with Dawn Berry, events coordinator, at 765-939-4152. Also, see the message below for the upcoming InConcert event at 4th Floor Blues–all brought to you by Parker Company in Richmond IN, at the Depot District.
Monday – Homecookin’
Tuesday – Italian
- Penne Alfredo
- Soup – Soffrito
Wednesday – German
- Cabbage Balls
- German Potato Salad
- Soup – Garlic Potato
- Enchilidas – Chicken
- Spanish Rice
- Soup – Taco
Friday – Around the World
- Pulled Pork
- Loaded Potato Skins
- Baked Beans
- Soup – Clam Chowder
- Italian Meatloaf
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Soup – Vegetable
Each day there are also Hot Dogs (available Chicago Style) and Messy Guiseppe’s (Sloppy Joe’s) available too. Don’t forget Saturday, February 19th is the InCONCERT 5 Course Full-Meal Dinner Party featuring Maria Mitrione’s Italian Market. Entertainment will be by Sean Lamb. Tickets are $15. Must be 21. Call (765) 939-4152 for reservations. Dawn Berry.
On a radio talk show this morning (WHON) Jason Whitney discussed his decision to sell Joe’s Pizza and move on to other ventures.
After many great years of food and fun at Joe’s this is a sad day for many. Jason has been a help to the community in several ways during his time at Joe’s Pizza which he purchased in December 2004, later opening a branch of Joe’s Pizza at I.U. East in 2007.
Numerous non-profits have received gift certificates for their fundraisers, parties for children have been a common sight at the pizzeria, and many other people have been given jobs and support from Jason. He has helped to organize community events such as the Farmer’s market at the Depot as well.
Jason has also served on the Planning Commission of the City of Richmond during his time with Joe’s Pizza. And he has supported groups such as the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County, Richmond Urban Enterprise Association, Indiana Historic Landmark Foundation and several others.
The hope is that he continues in this same spirit to influence our community. Stay tuned to see where Jason goes from here. He will be an asset to any endeavor that promotes Wayne County. During his radio interview he shared some ideas for making Richmond better. On his wish list he added lowering the littering as well as unwanted Graffitti ( he added that the latter was being taken care of for the most part).
Thank you Jason for all you have done to bring joy to the lives of many, as well as your down to earth ideas for making our community a better place. We at GoWayneCounty.com appreciate your service.
Make sure to come and enjoy carriage rides, lights, carolers, and train rides inside the Richmond Furniture Gallery, and the biggest model train display around– and much much more! All shops will be open later in the evening for buying local and supporting local businesses. The Festival is from 5 – 9 p.m.
Stop off at Joe’s Pizza for a slice of pizza and salad, Mitriones and Parker’s Old Fashioned General store will be open and offers unique foods and gifts–and a visit from the Grinch. Little Sheba’s will also be open with yummy foods and desserts to offer.
For More Holiday Gift Ideas…
stop at the Good Life Emporium for natural cotton shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, bags and more. Also the Railroad Store on the corner will be open late offering handmade crafts & antiques by local vendors-designer clothes and sweater coats by Laurel Whitt–and many other beautiful things.
So much to see and many more shops open including Foster’s Antiques, one of the oldest family owned antique stores in Wayne County. Also stop in at Terz for designer t-shirts by artist Jon Terzini. Live deer will be outdoors and Santa will be inside for pictures with children–something for everyone to enjoy.
Watch the video of this event at GoWayneCounty.com. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to usher in the holiday season. This is the first Tuesday of the festival, and run each Tuesday through December 21st 2010.
According to Natalie at Richmond Furniture gallery this annual event is even bigger and better this year. Tuesdays from November 30 – December 21, from 5-9 p.m. you can go back in time and enjoy an old fashioned holiday experience.
Every Tuesday night there will be special performances by local talent, including a visit from the Grinch at Parker’s Old Fashioned Market and live music by the community orchestra. Watch the video below prepared by Jim Hair for the Depot Old Fashioned Christmas for all the details of this years festival. Enjoy the video!
Where: West Richmond Friends \ Corner of SW 7th Street and West Main
Homecoming : Richmond High School
This traditional German festival is 200 years old. Now replicated across the globe, Oktoberfest is most often celebrated around the third weekend of September.
Since the late 1800′s, Oktoberfest has centered around the heritage of beer making (and drinking). This famed Bavarian beverage is also part of Richmond’s new Oktoberfest. The DepotDistrict will host two beer gardens while celebrating its new micro brewery.
New Boswell Brewing Company is the first area brewery in over 100 years.
J&J Winery – Wine Festival
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