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Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars, Apr. 29, 2017

January 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Hendricks County Fairgrounds. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Deanna Hindsley
Hendricks County Historical Museum

(January 20, 2017, Danville, IN)—The staff of the Arthur Murray Dance Center in Avon, IN, hosted an outstanding kick-off event for Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars 2017, January 17, 2017.

The contestants for this year’s Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars are Nina Criscuolo, Journalist, WISH TV, Yvonne Culpepper, COO Hendricks Regional Health, Dennis Dawes, retired after serving 40 years as CEO, Hendricks Regional Health, and his wife Yao-Hsin Dawes, Bible Study Fellowship Children’s Leader, Bill Franklin, owner, Courthouse Grounds, Reverend Father Michael C. Fritsch, pastor, Mary Queen of Peace, Eric Hessel, Hendricks Community Foundation, Jill Lees, captain, Plainfield Police Department, Ed Martin, retired CEO Wabash Valley Power Association, Faith Toole, writer for Hendricks County ICON and Tracy Whetstone, Visit Hendricks County.

A relaxed atmosphere in the dance studio, complete with a generous array with refreshments, provided a perfect opportunity for the dancers to get to know each other and meet their Arthur Murray professional dance partners.

Deanna Hindsley, president, board of directors, Hendricks County Museum, reflected on the evening, “Arthur Murray Dance Center gave a wonderful welcome to our dancers and committee at the Kick-0ff where we all learned a few basic steps to get started. What a fun event and a great introduction to the 2017 ‘Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars!”

Mark Adang, manager of Arthur Murray Avon, stated, “The kick-off event was a terrific start to the Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars 2017 season. The staff and dancers are excited and energized to make this the best Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars ever”.

This year features a married couple, Dennis and Yao-Hsin Dawes, competing together. Like all the contestants, they will be working with a dance professional throughout a series of lessons on choreography and technique. The night of the competition, however, they will compete on stage as a couple.

This year’s event will be at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds on the evening of Saturday, April 29. Tickets will be available for purchase on March 1. The price of the tickets includes dinner and the show. A silent auction will once again take place prior to the competition and a cash bar will be available.

Corporate tables and sponsorships are currently available. For more information or if you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, contact Deanna Hindsley at, or call 317-695-5602.

All proceeds benefit the Hendricks County Historical Museum.

Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars, Apr. 9, 2015

March 8, 2015 Leave a comment
Hendricks County Fairgrounds

Hendricks County Fairgrounds. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Deanna Hindsley
Hendricks County Historical Museum

The Hendricks County Historical Museum will present the county’s first “Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars” on April 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm.

Patterned after the popular TV show, the event will feature 12 Hendricks County residents, six of whom will be staff members from each of the Hendricks County high schools:

Avon: Matt Schockley, Principal
Cascade: Jon Acton, Principal
Danville: Government teacher, Mike Nielsen
Plainfield: Brett Schwanekamp, Assistant Principal
Tri West: Chuck Jones, Sheriff’s Department Dare Officer
Brownsburg: Bret Daghe, Principal

Among others participating are:

Jay Puckett, Hendricks County Council President
Kathy Linton, Hendricks County Flyer Editor
Harold Allen, Hendricks County Flyer Publisher
Suzanne Whicker, retired Executive Director of Leadership Hendricks County
Deanna Hindsley, Museum Board President
Dr. Charles Tripple

Emcee will be Hendricks County Superior Court Judge Rhett Stuard.

The event will be held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds, 1900 East Main Street, Danville, Indiana, with doors opening at 5:30. It will also include dinner and a silent auction.

Tickets are $50 each, and available at all North Salem State Banks and Hendricks County Bank and Trust locations or

Arthur Murray Studios in Avon will provide instructors / performance partners for participants, and also judges, including Carlos and Mary Kay Hood. There will be a trophy for the best dance performance and also for the “Star” who raises the most funds for the museum.

If you would like to vote for your favorite dancer, or purchase tickets, you can send your check to the Hendricks County Historical Museum at 170 S. Washington St., Danville, IN 46122. If supporting a dancer, state the dancer’s name you vote for.

Hendricks County Historical Museum is located south of the courthouse square in Danville in the former sheriff’s residence and jail.

Throughout the museum, rooms are furnished with period pieces reflecting the life of its residents from its inception in 1866 through mid-nineteen hundreds. It is a great resource for history of county residents, schools, and businesses and an educational experience for all.

The museum is open Saturdays, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. With new displays of railroad history, county sports heroes and Indian arrowheads. The event will help to fund operations and increase membership and volunteers to allow the museum to be open more hours.

Museum Board President, Deanna Hindsley said, “This promises to be the biggest event ever presented by the Hendricks County Historical Museum and we hope to raise enough funds to allow us to improve displays and also to be open more hours! We are looking forward to a great crowd!”

For more information, visit or call Deanna Hindsley at 317-695-5602.

Mayberry in the Midwest Festival, May 15-17, 2015

February 26, 2015 Leave a comment
Mayberry in the Midwest Festival.

Mayberry in the Midwest Festival in Danville, Indiana, May 15-17, 2015.

By Josh Duke

Welcoming and entertaining more than 4,000 visitors over two days in 2014, the first-ever Mayberry in the Midwest proved to be a rousing success. Expecting more visitors in its second year, organizers want to do even more as they have added another day, more ticketed events and additional free activities to the zany fun that made last year’s festival so popular.

The quiet Hendricks County seat of Danville will transform again into the iconic 1960s fictional community that was home to Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee and Barney for the Mayberry in the Midwest festival May 15-17, 2015. Former cast members, amazing tribute artists and even Don Knotts’ real-life daughter, Karen Knotts, will take visitors on a journey inside their televisions to experience life in Mayberry.

“We have been to other Mayberry festivals, and although it was Danville’s first year hosting Mayberry in the Midwest, they did a great job making Danville feel like the fictitious town of Mayberry,” said Tena MacDonald, an Indianapolis resident who attended last year’s Mayberry in the Midwest with her husband. “Having the tribute artists really takes you there and brings Mayberry to life. We were so excited to hear that Karen Knotts is going to be in Danville this year. We saw her one-woman show in Mt. Airy (N.C.), and it was fantastic. It should draw a lot of people.”

The three-day festival will surround the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square with numerous themed activities including a Mayberry parade, Opie’s World, Tractor Town, Squad Car Nationals, reruns of the show on the big screen at the historic Royal Theater, food and vendor booths and much more. Two original Andy Griffith Show cast members, Maggie Peterson Mancuso, who portrayed Charlene Darling on the show, and Rodney Dillard, who played one of the Darling boys, also will return. Tribute artists reprising many of the show’s most popular characters including Barney, Goober, Gomer, Floyd the Barber, Ernest T. Bass and others will sign autographs, mingle with the crowd and perform on stage.

But organizers also wanted to infuse new activities into this year’s festival including:

Karen Knotts – She will share hilarious stories from life with her legendary dad.
Mayberry After Dark – This activity billed as part scavenger hunt, part pub crawl and part walking tour will include a one-of-a-kind keepsake and other surprises.
Mike Toomey Comedy Show – National comedian Mike Toomey will present his “Mayberry Centric” stand-up routine.
Game Shows – Mayberry-themed game shows requiring audience participation.

“Mayberry fans are loyal, dedicated and willing to travel a long way to be part of a Mayberry celebration,” said Christine Born, owner of the Mayberry Cafe and event organizer. “Danville is a perfect community to host this event with its Main Street charm and hometown Americana personality, so we want to enhance that with new and creative ideas to keep this event entertaining and interesting. We learned a lot last year and a lot of what we changed and added reflects an effort to make this festival stand out.”

The festival and most of the activities are free. However, a few ticketed events will be held throughout the event.

Limited tickets just went on sale for a VIP Meet & Greet Party inside the Hendricks County Courthouse Rotunda, Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band concert, Karen Knotts’ retrospective, Mike Toomey Comedy Show and Mayberry After Dark. For more information or to purchase tickets,

National Powwow in Hendricks County, July 3-6

June 25, 2014 Leave a comment
National Powwow in Danville, Indiana, July 3-6.

National Powwow in Danville, Indiana, July 3-6.
Photo provided by Visit Hendricks County and used with written permission.

By Josh Duke
Visit Hendricks County

Hendricks County will once again host one of the nation’s biggest events promoting awareness and education of the American Indian culture.

National Powwow XVI, which has been held every three years since its inception in 1969, returns to Danville July 3-6, 2014, at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 East Main Street. The four-day event introduces visitors to a cultural experience filled with traditional singing and dancers in full regalia, primitive skills demonstrations, a living history tipi village, ethnic foods, crafts, artisans, kids’ activities, bird shows and so much more.

“We are so glad to be back in Hendricks County again,” said Chris Bryant, festival organizer. “All of our participants raved about the facilities three years ago. They were truly second to none.”

The festival, which debuted in Danville in the summer of 2011 after previous stops in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Tipton, Ind., attracted more than 700 participants and 2,000 visitors to Hendricks County. Bryant said he hopes to see those numbers double this year with its return to the same location. Organizers also are expecting about 100 vendors at the event, whose wares will include American Indian jewelry, musical instruments, art and crafts.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. daily. A full schedule of festivities continues throughout all four days, transforming the 110-acre fairgrounds into an American Indian experience with something of interest for everyone in the family. Participants will come from all over the country and even Canada to provide daily activities such as educational seminars focusing on tribal customs and history and various craft instruction. Highlights of the event include a special dance to honor Veterans on July 4, a parade and children’s powwow on July 5, daily Birds of Prey shows, a national craft contest, the crowning of the National Powwow princess and many other interactive activities designed to educate and entertain visitors.

“It’s a pleasure to have National Powwow returning to Hendricks County this year,” said Jaime Bohler Smith, executive director of Visit Hendricks County. “We are thrilled to host the thousands of visitors and participants who stay, eat, shop and dine in our communities while showcasing the unique educational and entertainment options of the event to our residents. This is one of those activities that not only leaves a lasting economic impact, but enhances the quality of life in our area as well.”

Admission is $5 daily for adults, $2 for children ages 5-12 while children under 5 get in free. Select groups can receive a special discounted $1 admission throughout the event. Those special days include:

  • Thursday, July 3 – Seniors (age 50+).
  • Friday, July 4 – Servicemen including Active Duty Military, Veterans, EMS, Police and Fire Services with identification.
  • Saturday, July 5 – 4-H members.
  • Sunday, July 6 – Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the National Powwow website at

‘Mayberry in the Midwest’ Festival, May 17-18

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment
Mayberry in the Midwest

Logo provided by Visit Hendricks County and used with written permission.

By Josh Duke
Visit Hendricks County

Since 1992, Danville, Indiana’s Mayberry Cafe has served up down-home cooking and plenty of Andy Griffith Show nostalgia to thousands of people who come to Hendricks County every year from around the region, country and even the world.

Restaurant owners Brad and Christine Born, with the help of the Downtown Danville Partnership, plan to take that success and notoriety to a new level this spring with a first-ever, two-day festival called Mayberry in the Midwest, May 17-18, 2014. The Downtown Danville celebration will pay homage to the 1960’s show, its characters and its wholesome, small-town persona.

“For years, people would ask us why we didn’t have a Mayberry-themed festival here in town,” said Christine Born. “We have been thinking about this for a while because the Mayberry theme really meshes well with Danville’s hometown values. Danville knows how to put on a festival, so we feel the time is right for this to be successful and sustainable.”

The two-day festival will primarily surround the Hendricks County Courthouse Square with numerous themed activities both days including appearances by two original cast members, Maggie Peterson, who played Charlene Darling on the show, and Rodney Dillard, who portrayed one of the Darling boys.

A number of tribute artists will join the celebration reprising many of the show’s most popular characters including Barney Fife, Floyd the Barber, Otis, Goober, Gomer, Ernest T. Bass and others. Those artists will sign autographs, mingle with the crowd and perform on stage on the west side of the Courthouse Square.

Fun contests, including a whistling contest, Miss Mayberry, Opie look-a-like, trivia and more, will add to the festivities. More details about all the contests and how to register can be found at Other activities include a Mayberry Parade, Opie’s World for kids, a concert at Ellis Park featuring Dillard and his band, a church service on Sunday morning by Dillard who is now a minister, Squad Car Nationals in the park and much more.

Organizers even have a Mayberry Downhill Derby planned near Ellis Park that includes a “Just for Fun” category that is open to anyone and any car and a competitive division for the more serious Soap Box Derby racers. Online registration will begin for both categories by March 1. Participants must be at least 8 years old to participate as each category will be divided into two age groups: 8-16 and 16 and up.

Similar festivals in North and South Carolina, one of which the Borns visited last year, provided inspiration for some of the activities. But local organizers also came up with fresh ideas for Mayberry in the Midwest, Born said.

Organizers expect thousands of visitors both days. They will host a Meet and Greet event with limited tickets available the Friday night before the festival at Twin Bridges Golf Course. The Dugan Family has stepped up as a title sponsor for Mayberry in the Midwest, but the town is seeking additional sponsors and volunteers, said Laura Parker, Danville Assistant Town Manager and Downtown Danville Partnership board member.

“We have been building our reputation as a town that offers great festivals and events, so Mayberry in the Midwest is another opportunity for Danville to shine,” Parker said. “Because of Mayberry’s appeal and Danville’s reputation, this festival is bound to be the biggest by far. We can’t wait to roll out the red carpet for Mayberry fans from across the country.”

For more information, go online to or visit its Facebook page by searching for Mayberry in the Midwest.