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Bean Blossom Biker Fest, Sept. 6-11, 2016

September 5, 2016 Leave a comment
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Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground, Bean Blossom, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

NASHVILLE, Ind., (September 2, 2016) – Brown County’s rolling hills, scenic switchback roads, and smooth riding have long been a draw for motorcyclists.

One of the Midwest’s top destinations for bikers, Brown County provides the perfect atmosphere for two wheel exploring and experiencing the “freedom of the ride” at its best. From peaceful winding roads in the countryside to the quaint Village of Nashville, open roads await in Brown County, a true rider’s retreat.

This September Brown County welcomes all bikers, as the Bean Blossom BikerFest returns for a 14th year, September 6-11, 2016. Presented by Scootermania Productions, Inc., not only is BikerFest a great opportunity to test out the local terrain, it is also six full days of fun motorcycle mania.

Taking place at the historic Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom, this festival is far from ordinary. Nationally known as the largest bike event in the Midwest, BikerFest will feature daily live entertainment, a scavenger hunt ride, hilarious field events and Redneck Olympics, a beer garden with full bar, games and contests, on-site camping, and more. The festival will even include an Easyriders judged bike show, along with its famous Hoosier Honey’s Contest.

With plenty of things to do and bikes to admire, no wonder BikerFest has become a favorite among motorcycle patrons everywhere. Kicking off Tuesday, September 6, festivities will continue throughout late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Festival-goers can expect performances by a stellar line-up of musicians to complement ongoing games, such as corn hole, hillbilly golf, and other exciting field events.

Summertime, the Black and White Blues Band, Silverado, The Flying Toasters, Dr. Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio, Bionic Monks, Eliminator – the original ZZ Top tribute band, and The Farrell Webber Band are all slated to perform.

Additionally, the Ridge Runners Juke Joint will open daily beginning at 10 a.m., providing “music, fun, and friendship” for bikers. Offering a full service bar, games and activities, and daily karaoke, Ridge Runners is the go-to spot for a good time. Each day at Ridge Runners, a DJ also will spin tunes beginning at midnight for the late-night crowd.

Tickets for the Bean Blossom BikerFest range from $30 for Saturday single-day admission to $60 for full festival access. Tickets can be purchased online at ballsbiker.com/tickets.

Only adults 18 and over will be admitted to the festival, which will take place rain or shine. Ticket prices also include primitive tent camping on-site. Additional camping options are available through Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground.

From music and contests to a bike show and scavenger ride, the 14th annual Bean Blossom BikerFest is your ticket to biker bliss. Explore Brown County’s beautiful open roads and experience the largest bike event in the Midwest, September 6-11.

For more information on the Bean Blossom BikerFest, including tickets and a complete schedule of events, please visit ballsbiker.com or call 812-988-9151.

Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, July 29-31, 2016

July 24, 2016 Leave a comment
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Brown County Visitors Center in Nashville, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

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.

National Maple Syrup Festival in Brown County, Mar. 5-6, 2016

February 7, 2016 Leave a comment
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National Maple Syrup Festival Tapping in southern Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

Maple mania has officially struck Brown County as the National Maple Syrup Festival is fast approaching! The fun, sticky, and oh so sweet Festival returns to Brown County for a second year, March 5-6, 2016.

Originating in Medora, Indiana, in 2010, the Festival moved to Brown County in 2015. Geographically, Indiana holds the southern and westernmost position in the United States’ Maple Sugar Belt meaning as winter gives way to spring the sap flows first in Indiana’s maple stands. As Indiana’s most densely forested county, Brown County is an ideal location for the National Maple Syrup Festival as it is rich in natural resources, home to a wide variety of maple trees, and reflects the pioneering essence and history of maple sugar production.

The grand celebration of all things maple, the Festival will bring together maple sugar producers and hobbyists, maple syrup connoisseurs, and visitors of all ages for a weekend full of activities and events. From live sugaring demonstrations and guided hikes to warm maple syrup flights, kids activities, a pancake breakfast, and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the National Maple Syrup Festival.

New to the 2016 Festival is Tap the Town on February 27. Taking place the weekend before the Festival, this hands-on experience provides guests with the unique opportunity to tap their own maple tree in the Village of Nashville! Tap the Town at Creekside Retreat includes a maple sugaring program with brunch beginning at 11 a.m. The event also will include a visit to Hinkle-Garton Farmstead, a commemorative bottle of pure Indiana maple syrup, and tickets to the National Maple Syrup Festival on March 5-6.

Visitors will learn the ropes of tapping before searching out the perfect tree in town. After inserting their tap, they will be able to watch firsthand as the sap begins to flow, officially kicking off Brown County’s maple festivities. Participants also will receive sap production updates on their tree and the sap collected will be used for demonstrations during the National Maple Syrup Festival. This one-of-a-kind event costs $125 per couple or $150 for a group of four. A $20 fee will be charged for each additional person after that. Tickets are available online atwww.browncounty.com/national-maple-syrup-festival.

With the sap freely flowing, maple mania will continue the following weekend at the National Maple Syrup Festival, March 5-6. This year Festival headquarters will be at the Brown County State Park. Not only will festival guests learn the basics of maple syrup and the sugaring process, they also will be able to see for themselves how it is done.

The State Park’s Lower Shelter will serve as the hub for all the maple excitement. Inside and surrounding the Lower Shelter, guests will be able to freely explore the Festival’s maple marvels. There will be live reenactments of Native American and French Colonial maple sugaring techniques, as well as modern day sugaring demonstrations. Festival-goers also will have the opportunity to attend Sap School, where they will learn from sugaring experts all there is to know about the maple biz and sugaring in general.

Kids will be able to test their sugar making skills too during Sugaring for Small Folks, a fun and interactive experience showcasing the sap to syrup process. After the kiddos have mastered maple sugaring, they can take on the Maple Syrup Heist Challenge Course, an obstacle course modeled after the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist of 2012.

Festivities also will include guided interpretive hikes along State Park trails. Groups will depart from the Lower Shelter for a leisurely stroll, where they will identify maple trees and learn their role in sugar and syrup production. Of course, there will be syrup sampling as well. For a small fee, festival-goers will be able to try a variety of syrups produced in multiple states as they dive into a warm maple syrup flight. Sponsored by Rawhide Ranch, guests will have the opportunity to create their serving tray and souvenir by branding a piece of wood.

As if all that wasn’t enough, the Festival’s Maple Market will offer maple-related merchandise, a beer and wine garden, live acoustic music, and food, all under a heated tent. There will even be a culinary competition featuring maple recipes at the Abe Martin Lodge on Saturday!

The National Maple Syrup Festival will take place on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 6 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Weekend admission is $10; children 6 and under are free. Festival-goers can park in town and board the Maple Motor Coach for a park tour ending at the Festival gates. Minimal parking also will be available within the State Park. Tickets can be purchased online at www.browncounty.com/national-maple-syrup-festival, at the Festival gate, or in the Visitors Center.

While Festival headquarters will be buzzing with activity all weekend long, there will be plenty of maple fun going on in town as well. No maple syrup festival would be complete without pancakes, which is exactly why Chris Cakes will be serving up delicious hotcakes with a side of entertainment during the Festival’s Pancake Breakfasts on March 5 and 6. Hosted by the Brown County High School Student Council, these breakfasts are an all-you-can-eat steal. The breakfasts will be held at Brown County High School from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-18, or $30 for the entire family. Children 2 years and younger are free. Tickets are available online at www.browncounty.com/national-maple-syrup-festival or can be purchased at the door.

Guests can definitely expect to find plenty of Maple on the Menu around town too. During the Festival, some of Brown County’s finest restaurants and treat shops will be serving sweet and savory maple-infused items. Look for items that bring a unique maple twist to classic favorites, as well as truly one-of-a-kind maple creations. Participating restaurants and shops will be designated with a “Maple on the Menu” sign. Special Maple on the Menu dishes will be available for three weekends: February 26-28, March 4-6, and March 11-13.

While the National Maple Syrup Festival may end on March 6, maple festivities continue during Indiana’s first-ever Maple Weekend, March 12-13. Presented by the Indiana Maple Syrup Association and the National Maple Syrup Festival, Indiana Maple Weekend will provide guests with an exclusive look inside various sugar camps around the state. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, attendees will be able to see how trees are tapped, how sap gets to the sugar house, and how it becomes maple syrup and other maple products. Details about Indiana Maple Weekend can be found at www.facebook.com/IndianaMapleWeekend/.

There is no doubt about it, Brown County has been struck with maple mania. From Tap the Town and the National Maple Syrup Festival to Indiana Maple Weekend, there is definitely something sweet happening in Brown County. Come check it out for yourself. It is guaranteed to be a memorable maple experience!

More information on Brown County’s maple-related events, including tickets to Tap the Town and the National Maple Syrup Festival, are available online at www.browncounty.com/national-maple-syrup-festival or by calling 812-988-7303.

Brown County Leaf Cam Up and Running

September 19, 2015 Leave a comment
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Brown County Fall Colors. Photo provided by the Brown County CVB and used with written permission.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

It is that time of year again. With the first official day of fall right around the corner, the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce that its ever popular Leaf Cam is officially up and running! After much anticipation, the Leaf Cam has been carefully placed and secured high above one of the area’s magnificent overlooks to provide a stunning view for visitors.

Capturing the ever-changing show of the leaves as they don their bright autumn colors, visitors can tune in to the Leaf Cam for a daily look at Brown County’s famous fall foliage. This year, the Leaf Cam is back and better than ever, calling a new spot in the county home. While it may be a different view than return leaf peepers have seen in the past, this year’s shot is guaranteed to please, as multiple layers of tree lines can be seen in the distance.

Each year as the Brown County Visitors Center prepares for and moves into its busy fall season, countless questions are asked about the area’s beautiful foliage, with the most anticipated and frequently asked question being: “When is the peak time for the leaves to change?”

If only we knew! Pinpointing an exact date or even week that the leaves will reach their full color potential is easier said than done. Weather plays a major role in the changes each year, so as the weather is never the same, the time of year the leaves change always varies. Typically, the second and third weeks of October are peak times. However, a wonderful array of color as early as late September stretching into the beginning of November can still be seen.

Tune in and watch the show for yourself on the Leaf Cam. Experience Brown County’s famous foliage and see if you can predict the peak of the leaves this fall. The Leaf Cam can be found online atwww.browncounty.com/leaf-cam, as well as on the Discover Brown County app.

Also, this year the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau has put together an Insider’s Guide to Fall to help make visitors’ autumn getaways to Brown County as enjoyable as possible. The guide, which is full of fall travel tips, is designed to help visitors better navigate their way around the Village of Nashville and the county in general. In addition to hitting on hot visitor questions such as parking, restrooms, and dining, the Insider’s Guide also provides helpful advice to bypass some of the busy fall traffic and crowds, as well as suggests a few off-the-beaten-path activities for guests to try. The Insider’s Guide to Fall can be found on Brown County’s blog at http://blog.browncounty.com/insiders-guide-to-fall/.

For more information about Brown County, including fall attractions, events, and inquiries, please visit http://www.browncounty.com/ or call 812-988-7303.

February Events in Brown County, Indiana

January 31, 2014 Leave a comment
Brown County Visitors Center, Nashville.

Brown County Visitors Center, Nashville.

By Jamie Newton
Brown County CVB
http://www.browncounty.com/

Here are a few of the many interesting events taking place in Brown County, Indiana, during February 2014.

Event: Sweethearts Zip and Kiss
Date: February 1-19
Time: Varies
Place: eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat
Phone/Website: 812-988-7750 http://www.explorebrowncounty.com
Admission: $25-$80
About: Romance is in the air at eXplore Brown County. The brisk winter air feels cozy warm as your honey hugs you 90 feet in the air and displays their devoted love. It is nice to know someone special is waiting for you as you soar on up to 15 different zip lines included in 4 tour ranging from 80 to 1220 feet in length. Just in case your honey didn’t hug you tightly enough or the adrenaline has not kicked in, there is hot cocoa waiting for you in the nice warm Harvest Hall. Don’t forget the marshmallows! 15 zip lines rated excellent by over 300 reviews. eXplore Brown County was voted by Trip Advisor the #1 Activity and Thing to Do in Brown County!

Event: Get Craftea at Sweetea’s!
Date: February 5, 12, 19
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am and 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Place: Sweetea’s Tea Shop
Phone/Website: 812-988-6515 http://www.sweeteasteashop.com
Admission: Varies – cost of materials
About: Join us for craft classes on Wednesdays. We will host a variety of craft classes – card making, jewelry making, floral arranging and crochet/knitting classes while enjoying tea by the fire at Sweetea’s! Classes will be conducted by various artists from the community. Schedule below.
January 8th – cork coasters with Nancy Crocker of 4th Sister Furniture company. 9:30AM, $12 per person includes tea.
January 15th – Jewelry with Laura Boyer of Sweetea’s Tea Shop, 9:30AM, $12 per person includes tea
January 22nd – Vintage Welcome sign with Nancy Crocker of 4th Sister Furniture Co at 9:30AM, $12 per person includes tea.

Event: The Cabin Fever Concert
Date: February 7
Time: 7pm-midnight
Place: The Seasons Lodge and Conference Center
Phone/Website: 317-383-6450 http://www.morelfestival.com/cabin-fever-concert.html
Admission: $20
About: An evening of some of the greatest singer songwriters of this generation. Featuring: Willie
Watson (formerly of Old Crow Medicine Show), Chicago Farmer, Indiana Boys & More! The Seasons
Lodge is offering discounted lodging for this awesome night. 10% of all ticket sales will go to Elder
Heart, a veteran Non-Profit raising awareness for the veteran suicide epidemic as well as PTSD & TBI’s

Event: Mid-Winter Eagle Count
Date: February 8
Time: 9am
Place: Brown County State Park Nature Center
Phone/Website: 812-988-5240 http://www.browncountystatepark.us/
Admission: Park entry fee
About: Meet at the Nature Center to carpool to nearby Monroe Reservoir to look for overwintering
eagles.

Event: Chocolate! Chocolate!
Date: February 9
Time: 1-4pm
Place: Seasons Lodge Conference Center
Phone/Website: 812-988-7362 http://www.bchumane.org/upcoming-events/chocolate-chocolate/
Admission: $12-$15
About: Mark your calendars! The annual Brown County Humane Society Chocolate! Chocolate!
fundraiser is Sunday, February 9, 2014, from 1-4pm. Sample from a buffet of wonderful chocolates and
buy a to-go box of your favorites for future enjoyment. Donations of your favorite homemade chocolate
treats are welcome. There will also be a Silent Auction of exquisite, luxury items with some practical,
commonsense items thrown in. We are seeking new and antique items including fine art, crafts, jewelry,
specialty food items, handcrafted wearables, travel packages, luxury specialty items, animal themed
items, sports related items, novelties, and celebrity autographs. Antiques and new items can include
lamps, glass, silver, rugs, quilts, pottery, sculpture, paintings, and collector memorabilia. Everything
should be in good condition. Donate to help support the shelter and be sure to attend this event –
everything will go to help the animals. Musical entertainment TBA. Tickets to Chocolate! Chocolate!
are $12 prior to Feb 1 and $15 from Feb 1-9.

Event: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
Date: February 15
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Place: Artists Colony Inn and Restaurant
Phone/Website: 812-988-0600 http://www.artistscolonyinn.com
Admission: $45.00
About: Talent for Murder. The home for Over-the-Hill celebrities is in a financial crisis. The 99th Annual
Talent Show & Fund Raiser is the only thing that can save them from bankruptcy. The legendary comedy
team headlining the show is feuding, the leading lady hasn’t spoken in years, and the staff will do
anything to save their jobs. Doors open at 6:00. The show starts at 6:30. A dinner buffet is served while
the mystery is performed. Call 812-988-0600 for tickets. Limited number of seats available. Tickets are
non-refundable.

Event: Bluebird Box-Building Workshop
Date: February 22
Time: 9am
Place: Brown County State Park Nature Center Auditorium
Phone/Website: 812-988-5240 http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2988.htm
Admission: Park entry fee + $15/kit
About: Learn how to build a Bluebird Box! Meet in the Nature Center Auditorium

For more information about Brown County events, visit http://www.browncounty.com/, or call 800-753-3255.