A Weekend Full of Entertainment & Remembrance In Wayne County IN

By KPass | Featured

Sep 12

Enjoying Mo' Blues In A Jazzy Hat At Starr Gennett

This past weekend was overflowing with events, and it was hard to make it to them all. But we did our best and are pleased to be able to report back about three special activities in Wayne County.

Mo Blues sponsored by the Starr Gennett Foundation

was filled with special things for kids to do – crafts, games and climbing, as well as good foods, live music and beautifully crafted art and sculpture. An annual event, this one lived up to its reputation for bringing the finest food, arts and music to the public in a unique public venue. And it was affordable. (see more photos on our Facebook site).

Sweet Sounds of Starr Valley, a musical club which features mountain dulcimer, violin, guitar and banjo were under the kids tent playing for the crowd at the Mo Blues festival. The club meets on Wednesdays from 9 am. – 11 a.m. at the Senior Center for anyone who would like to join. You can also call Carla Stidham for more information at 765-962-3712

9/11 Memorial Service

Mayor Hutton Reading 9/11 Proclamation

Sunday Marked the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and brought many down to Veterans Memorial Park in Richmond to commemorate the day with messages from local pastors, Mayor Sally Hutton who read a proclamation, as well as first responders and firefighters. At the stroke of 1:00 sirens and bells were heard ringing all around Wayne County as part of a nationwide moment of remembrance. It was moving tribute followed by a 21 gun salute and taps for the fallen.

Heritage Festival 2011

"Shawl Dance" American Indians Reenact Scene At WCHM

Later that day we attended the Heritage Festival and enjoyed the now 2nd annual tent show. A melodrama, The Lost Treasure of Blackbeard, was enjoyed by many as boos, hisses and popcorn flew up to the stage to antagonize the villain. Again, it was a great performance–featuring characters such as Ernest Dewgood, played by Kyle Turner, and Femoria Fatale (Fem for short), played by Mary Gross. It was well worth the mere 2.00 to enter and enjoy such great performances by seasoned actors from RCT. People of all ages cheered for the hero and heroine and laughed at the antics on stage. Later we enjoyed the beautiful crafts and other vendors such as homemade ice cream at the old bakery.

Reenactors of both Civil War as well as American Indians entertained the crowd with gunfire, music and activities for all to enjoy. It was truly like stepping back into many days gone by.

If you missed these events–there is always next year and you can check out more pictures and video by going to our Go Wayne County Facebook site. Remember to keep up on events in Wayne County by going to GoWayneCounty.com/event calendar.

About the Author

Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.