By Whitney Hall
Dubois County Visitors Center
Embrace the sounds of JAZZ pouring through the air in Huntingburg, Indiana during the Garden Gate Festival, taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
Now in its sixth year, the Garden Gate Festival returns once again to feature Jazz, Art, Wine, and Craft Beer as well as other additions.
The Garden Gate festivities begin at 8 a.m. Eastern Time (EDT) with the Huntingburg Kiwanis Car Show. Be sure to make plans to see classic and antique cars lined up on Huntingburg’s Historic 4th Street. The car show is scheduled to last until 2:30 p.m.
This fun-filled day continues as individuals put on their running shoes and participate in the “JazzedUP” 5K and 10K, beginning along Huntingburg 4th Street. Proceeds from this run/walk benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
At 11 a.m., Kimball Electronics presents The Art Garden, featuring over twenty different artisan vendors with handcrafted items, art pieces, and vintage finds.
The Art Garden takes place behind the Old Town Hall located on Geiger Street and just steps away from Huntingburg’s 4th Street. The Art Garden continues well into the evening and will be joined with food, wine, craft beer, and jazz music.
Hungry? Along with art, Old National Bank presents the Food Garden, featuring delicious local and regional food booths. The Food Garden opens at 11 a.m. and features a wide variety of snacks and entrees. The sweet aromas will make mouths water.
Admission for the festival is free for children; for adults, the cost for general admission is $5. For those 21 years and older, the sampling admission is available for $15, including entry, wine and craft beer samples, and a commemorative glass.
Wine enthusiasts will be overjoyed with The Wine Garden presented by The City of Huntingburg and the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce, featuring thirteen Indiana wineries in attendance, including Best Vineyards, Blue Heron, Buck Creek Winery, Cedar Creek Winery, Easley Winery, Ertel Cellars, Huber Orchard Winery, Madison County Winery, Monkey Hollow Winery, Patoka Lake Winery, Pepper Ridge, Windy Knoll Winery, and Winzerwald Winery.
Wine will be available to be purchased by the bottle. Craft beer lovers will be happy to hear that over ten different craft beers will be available at The Beer Garden presented by OFS Brands, including options from Basket Case Brewing Co., Breckenridge, Carson’s, Dogfish Head, Quaff On!, Schnitz Brewery & Pub, St. Benedict’s Brew Works, and Urban Chestnut. 12 oz. craft beer pulls will be available for $4.00 each. Also, the Dubois County Suds Club will be offering samples of home brew.
Redstone Car Service will be having vehicles on 4th street that people can pay to take them to their destination after the festival. The Garden Gate Committee and community partners wants everyone to make it home safe and make smart decisions.
While all this is taking place, a wonderful lineup of jazz ensembles will be featured on the stage in The Jazz Garden presented by Jasper Engines & Transmissions. The first jazz performance begins at 12:30 p.m. with the Vincennes University Jazz Ensemble. This jazz ensemble performs traditional big-band arrangement of various styles including swing, Latin, and popular jazz.
At 2:00 p.m., After Hours takes the stage, specializing in jazz and pop with jazz styling. After Hours has performed at hundreds of area events, and we are happy to welcome them for the first time to the Garden Gate Festival.
At 4:15 p.m., welcome the original stylings of Hot Jive Stew on the stage, with their premier guitarist Brian Curella. Curella has been performing in the Louisville region for over 25 years. He is known for his skilled guitar playing as well as his powerful tenor with a smooth voice. His jazz stylings feature aspects of Bossa Nova, Swing, Hard Bop, and Blues.
At 6:30 p.m., the Wade Baker Quintet takes the stage. It is the Wade Baker Quintet’s goal to play an eclectic fusion of jazz, hip-hop, funk and groove music while keeping the integrity and spirit of the traditions of the jazz masters we respect so much. Most of the tunes performed live are original compositions or compositions by other band members/close friends which makes the listener’s experience truly experimental, new and exclusive. In addition to playing new music, the band also performs standard jazz repertoire with more modern arrangements of the tunes, developed by members of the group.
In between these jazz ensembles, the award-winning Jasper High School band will be performing. Recently, this band was an ISSMA State Jazz Finalist, receiving a Gold rating with distinction in Group I, as well as taking second place at the Ball State Jazz Festival.
The Garden Gate Festival is coordinated by the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce and Garden Gate Advisory Committee. A portion of proceeds from this event are given back to the Huntingburg community.
Coolers, pets, smoking, weapons of any kind, and pop-up tents are not permitted.
For more information, go to www.gardengatefestival.com.
By Kendal Miller
RISING SUN, IND.: The Ohio County Historical Society and the Sunshine Stitchers announce the annual Rising Sun QuiltFest. The event will be held March 31-April 2, 2017, at the Rising Sun History Museum located at 212 S. Walnut Street in Rising Sun.
The Rising Sun quilt event originated inside long-time residents Betty Ann and Lloyd Pavy’s former furniture store. After the couple’s retirement, the Ohio County Historical Society continued the tradition by hosting the event.
The public is invited to participate in the annual quilt contest. Entries will be received at the Rising Sun History Museum no later than Wednesday, March 22. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. A $10 fee per judged entry will be required. The number of non-judged entries accepted will be determined by available space.
Entries will be accepted in: applique, pieced, mixed technique, novelty, art quilt, art work and emerging quilter. Cash awards will be given for first and second place provided there are sufficient entries. Monetary awards will also be given for a Best in Show, People’s Choice, and the Rising Sun Mayor’s Award.
For a complete list of rules, log on to the QuiltFest website at risingsunquiltfest.com. Additional information is available by calling (812) 438-4915, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or liking the Rising Sun QuiltFest Facebook page.
Along with the quilt contest, the event features special exhibits, raffles, door prizes, live music, vendors, and daily demonstrations.
Three-day admission to the annual QuiltFest is $5, with limited $1 off postcards available at various businesses/organizations while supplies last.
For more information on lodging, eateries, tourist attractions, contact Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism at (888) 776-4786. Additional information is available on their website at enjoyrisingsun.com. Follow Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB
Some of the country’s finest fingerstyle guitar players will return to Brown County at the end of this month for the fifth annual Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival. From a world-class competition and concert to guitar workshops led by the pros, July 29-31, 2016, are sure to be three days of pickin’ perfection.
A weekend filled with toe-tapping fun, guests will be dazzled by the art of fingerstyle playing and the sheer talent of top guitarists.
Festivities will get underway on Friday, July 29 with a free Friday Night Kick-Off Party from 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. This year’s opening party is bigger and better than ever. Not one, but two stages of music will be running at the Brown County Inn in the Corn Crib Lounge and in the Town Hall Room.
Not only will guests be treated to performances by nationally-ranked acoustic guitarists, but local favorites Cari Ray & The Loaners as well. The Pine Room Tavern also will have live strumming on Friday night, including past Fingerstyle Festival winners, such as Kade Puckett, along with other guitar greats. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at both locations.
The tunes will continue on Saturday, July 30, with the Festival’s main events: the competition and concert. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brown County Playhouse, 40 of the country’s top fingerstyle guitarists will battle it out for a grand prize and bragging rights as the best during the Fest’s competition. Spectators are sure to be amazed by the skill flowing from the fingertips of this year’s competitors.
At 7:30 p.m. the top three finishers from the day’s competition will take the Playhouse stage during the evening concert, delighting guests with their pickin’ prowess. Nationally-acclaimed father/son duo Tim and Myles Thompson will then deliver a show stopping performance of their own. The evening concert also will feature Michael Kelsey, who is ranked among the top 100 guitarists in the world!
All-day passes, which include admission to both the competition and concert, are available for $22.50. Guests can upgrade their ticket to VIP status for $32.50. VIP tickets include admission to the competition and concert, as well as a swag-bag valued at $50 and reserved seating at evening concert. All-day and VIP ticket holders will receive a wristband allowing them to come and go at their own leisure. Evening concert only tickets also are available for $17.50. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Brown County Playhouse or online atwww.browncountyplayhouse.org/tickets.
That’s not all! To cap off a weekend filled with great music, guitar workshops will be offered on Sunday, July 31. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brown County Community Foundation, eager guitarists will be able to learn the ins and outs of fingerstyle fun from experts Lance Allen and David Youngman, two of the top players in North America.
From strumming for beginners and intermediate level techniques to guitar competition tips and strategies, workshop-goers will learn how to perfect their pickin’ game. Workshops are $20 per class and can be paid upon arrival.
A complete list of workshops and additional details can be found online athttp://indianastringfest.com/schedule/workshops/.
Experience the world of fingerstyle firsthand at the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, July 29-31 in Brown County. It is sure to be a finger pickin’ good time!
For more information on the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, please visit http://indianastringfest.com/ or call 812-750-0257.
By Sarah Howard
Central Indiana Community Foundation
What does our city have in common with London, Prague and Amsterdam? From 8:52 p.m. to 1:02 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, Indianapolis will harness the power of light, technology and creativity for a world-class event unlike anything the Circle City has seen before.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of The Indianapolis Foundation, the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), in partnership with Northern Lights.MN, is producing IN Light IN, a dazzling, free, two-day interactive light festival, featuring artists and performers from Indianapolis and beyond, plus some of the city’s most inspiring places.
The event, sponsored by The Indianapolis Foundation, Efroymson Family Fund, Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Lilly Endowment and many other generous sponsors, will feature more than 20 light installations and programming on the Downtown Canal and along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail on Walnut Street.
“The Indianapolis Foundation has been a leading force in community-building for 100 years.” said Brian Payne, president and CEO of CICF, “As the Foundation looks forward to its next 100 years of service, it is fitting that we will honor the organization by creatively transforming some of our city’s most inspiring places in ways that could not have been technologically possible even a few years ago,”
CICF announced plans for the IN Light IN festival yesterday at a press conference on Monument Circle. The announcement included a sneak peek at At Night We Light Up, a digital installation by Brooklyn-based artist Amanda Browder on the IPL building. Amanda’s digital installation on the IPL building can also be seen on July 5-7, July 21-23, July 28-31, Aug. 8-10, and Aug. 21-27.
Other art and experiences participants can explore include a large-scale, interactive video projection installation by New York City collective, YesYesNo on the entire facade of the Scottish Rite Cathedral; a roving light-based fashion showcase by Indianapolis’ own Pattern collective; a 24-foot illuminated canopy by the Muncie-based PROJECTiONE on the pergola of the Marriott Residence Inn on the Canal; and an immersive 360-degree sound and video installation by Big Tent. For more information about IN Light IN, including a full list of artists, performances and installations, visit http://www.INlightINfestival.org/.
Celebrating 100 Years of Indianapolis Philanthropy
In 1916, former U.S. vice president Charles Warren Fairbanks, Eli Lilly and Company president Josiah K. Lilly, civic leader Henry H. Hornbrook and others formed the first Board of Trustees of The Indianapolis Foundation—one of the first community foundations in America. Over the next century, the foundation helped launch or support a great number of the city’s most important not-for-profits. Today, vital community organizations like Second Helpings, The Mind Trust, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and United Way of Central Indiana exist thanks in part to grants or support from The Indianapolis Foundation.
The organization’s centennial is being marked with a yearlong celebration, including IN Light IN and a gala on Saturday, Aug. 27, which will feature $1 million in surprise grants to organizations that reflect the values, history and mission of The Indianapolis Foundation and a commitment to the future of Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Foundation also established two $100,000 Ben Franklin Funds, built from gifts of $100 and $1,000 from community donors. Each fund will be invested in CICF’s endowment investment pool and will not be accessed until The Indianapolis Foundation’s bicentennial in 2116, when the funds, valued at an estimated $100 million, will be released and used for the public good. For more information and to donate to Ben Franklin Funds, visit www.BeIN2016.org/BFF.
Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $701 million public foundation transforming the lives of Central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to address community needs and seize opportunities. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991.
For more information about CICF, call 317-634-2423 or visit http://www.cicf.org/.