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Brown County Music Center Opens August 2019

April 5, 2019 Leave a comment
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Artist’s rendering of the Brown County Music Center.
Image courtesy browncountymusiccenter.com.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

NASHVILLE, Ind., (April 4, 2019) – Brown County’s new 2000-seat indoor entertainment venue has been designated with its official name, the Brown County Music Center, and is scheduled to open in late summer.

In the works for nearly two years and under construction for the past eight months, the venue has been moving along as planned in conjunction with branding, marketing, and staffing efforts.

Initially named the Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center, it was decided to officially brand the venue with Brown County’s strong identity as a beloved Indiana destination, as well as clearly denote what guests can expect to experience.

Throughout the facility’s construction, the venue’s board of directors, multiple committees, and new executive director have been busy securing top-notch performers of all genres.

Working with well-known national booking and ticketing agencies, the Brown County Music Center will host several national acts, with regional and local performances mixed in to keep the venue’s schedule chock full of great entertainment!

From rock, blues, and oldies to country, jazz, bluegrass, and even pop, performances at the Brown County Music Center will run the gamut, stretching across all musical styles and will appeal to a wide audience.

While the opening act, as well as others, have not been announced, interested concert-goers can expect to hear names and other details on upcoming performances later this month. Tickets also will go on sale in April.

Determined to provide the highest quality experience possible, once completed, the Brown County Music Center will be a world-class entertainment destination.

For more information on the Brown County Music Center, please visit www.browncountymusiccenter.com.

National Maple Syrup Festival Mar. 2-3, 2019 @iluvbrowncounty

February 13, 2019 Leave a comment
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The historic Story Inn in Brown County, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

NASHVILLE, Ind., (February 12, 2019) – Maple mania has struck in Brown County again! After a two-year hiatus, the National Maple Syrup Festival is back! This year’s fun, sticky, and oh-so-sweet festival will be held at the one and only Story Inn on March 2-3, 2019.

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.

A 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.

Taking place at the beautiful and historic Story Inn, festival-goers will see first-hand how the magic is made during Native American, early French American, and modern-day sugaring demonstrations. Arts and crafts from Indiana Artisans also will be on display for admiring and purchasing. There will even be dutch oven cooking demos by none other than the Dutch Oven Diva Lesley Tennessen herself and a couple of pals. Recipes will feature maple syrup, of course!

The National Maple Syrup Festival also will include local and regional food vendors, beer, wine, and spirits, including Brown County’s Bear Wallow Distillery who will be debuting a special release maple-finished Gnaw Bone Bourbon. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of maple syrup from Indiana producers for sale too! Festival-goers also will be able to enjoy live music by local musicians Silver Sparrow and Will Scott. Tickets to the main festival grounds are $10 for adults and free for children under 12. Tickets include admission for both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.browncounty.com/event/national-maple-syrup-festival/all/ or at the festival entrance gate.

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 2 and 3. Dig into all-you-can-eat pancakes with 100% pure maple syrup, sausage, and tasty breakfast beverages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Story Inn. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for kids 11 and under. Tickets to pancake breakfasts can only be purchased the day of.

The National Maple Syrup Festival also will include a special Maple-Inspired Dinner at the Story Inn on Saturday, March 2 at 6 p.m. Four delicious, maple-infused courses will be skillfully paired with local brews and spirits for your dining pleasure. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased online at www.facebook.com/events/355393145293879/. Must be 21 or older to attend this dinner.

Another fun foodie event will be the Sweet Victory Challenge on Sunday, March 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A festival tradition, this cooking competition gathers recipes from across the nation featuring maple syrup in breakfast, savory, and sweet categories. Then, the top five recipes from each are picked and prepared in-house at the Story Inn, where they are presented to judges to pick their favorites. The audience will even get to taste-test a few too! The Sweet Victory Challenge is free and open to the public but has limited seating.

While festival headquarters will be buzzing with activity all weekend long, there will be plenty of maple fun going on in the Village of Nashville as well. Check out Sap School at the Visitors Center on Saturday, March 2. Learn the basics of maple syrup from a Brown County producer, then head out for a short walk where you’ll learn how to identify maple trees and even get to see a tree or two get tapped! This event is free and begins at 10 a.m.

There’s also Maple on the Menu too! The whole month of March, some of Brown County’s finest restaurants and snack shops will be serving sweet and savory maple-infused items. Look for dishes and goodies that bring a unique maple twist to classic favorites, as well as truly one-of-a-kind maple creations. Participating restaurants and shops will have “Maple on the Menu” signs in their windows. The full list of Maple on the Menu items will be announced on February 18 at www.browncounty.com/event/maple-on-the-menu/.

There is no doubt about it, there is something sweet happening in Brown County this March. Come see for yourself. It’s guaranteed to be a memorable maple experience!

More information on the National Maple Syrup Festival is available at https://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/ or by calling 812-988-2273.

Hoosier Hops and Harvest Festival, Sept. 10, 2016

September 5, 2016 Leave a comment
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The historic Story Inn in Brown County, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

NASHVILLE, Ind., (September 2, 2016) – Local lagers, regional refreshments, area ales…there will be no shortage of spirits at the 7th annual Hoosier Hops & Harvest Festival on September 10, 2016.

Presented by the Story Inn, this event is a beer-lovers dream come true. Featuring libations from several craft and micro-breweries, Hoosier Hops & Harvest is an all-out attempt to wean the Hoosier palate from tried-and-true factory beers.

Taking place at the historic Story Inn, participating microbreweries will serve up samples of their best stouts, ales, pilsners, porters, and more. The Story Inn’s rural setting provides the perfect atmosphere for guests not only to soak up their suds, but also Brown County’s rustic beauty.

Live music and local food will complement unique regional brews, making Hoosier Hops & Harvest a one-of-a-kind experience unlike any other beer fest around.

Gates will open and the beer will begin to flow at 1 p.m. Two-ounce samples will be doled out by participating breweries until 6 p.m. Beer also will be available for purchase by the glass.

Live music also will be ongoing throughout the event, with performances by the Flatland Harmony Experiment and the Indiana Boys. Flatland Harmony Experiment, a three piece vocally-driven string band from Indianapolis, will take the stage at 1 p.m., dazzling fest-goers with their unique sound.

The Flatland Harmony Experiment will be followed by the Indiana Boys at 3:30 p.m. Kick back and relax to the acoustic instrumentation of these local musicians, who have mastered a blend of both Americana and bluegrass to create an innovative style that is all their own.

Tickets for Hoosier Hops & Harvest are $30 and may be purchased online through September 9 or at the gate. The cost for designated drivers is $10. Only adults 21 and over will be admitted to the festival; no outside food or drinks are allowed.

Great regional beers, live music, local food…what’s not to love! Savor the flavor at the 7th annual Hoosier Hops & Harvest, September 10, and experience a Brown County brew bash like none other.

For more information on Hoosier Hops & Harvest and to purchase tickets, please visit www.hoosierhopsandharvest.com or call 812-988-2273.

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.

Taste of Brown County, May 16, 2015

Brown County Visitors Center, Nashville

Brown County Visitors Center, Nashville. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

Bring the entire family to the Village of Nashville for the 8th Annual Taste of Brown County on May 16, 2015. From noon to 5 p.m., local restaurants, confectioners, and vendors will serve up samples of specialty dishes and sweets that can only be found in Brown County.

The event also will feature plenty of kids’ activities, live music, a family-friendly beer and wine garden, as well as hourly giveaways and prizes. Savor the local flavor and treat your taste buds to a day of food, fun, and entertainment at the Taste of Brown County.

Presented by the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County, this year’s Taste event is chock-full of exciting new features.

In addition to its new central location at the Courthouse parking lot and grounds, this year’s event will provide the opportunity for guests to win several top-notch prizes, including an overnight getaway for two to Brown County.

Not only will guests be able to sample the best dishes, treats, and drinks Brown County has to offer, but they also can kick back and relax to an afternoon of live music, performed from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

After filling up on delicious local fare in the sampling area and family-friendly wine garden, guests are encouraged to bring along their blankets and chairs and stay a while.

The Taste of Brown County will have plenty of activities to keep the kids busy as well. A kid zone, complete with a bounce house and other fun games, will be a guaranteed good time for children of all ages.

A People’s Choice Award winner for best sample also will be announced at 5 p.m., as guests are encouraged to vote throughout the day for their favorite.

Laura Moses, Program Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County and Bartholomew County encourages everyone to check out the event, “Brown County is such a gorgeous community with so much talent and lots of energy.”

“The Taste of Brown County is a great opportunity to experience cuisine maybe you haven’t before and to support the local community,” says Moses. “Maybe you will even find a restaurant or two to add to your annual bucket list while you’re at it.”

Admission to the event is $5; children 5 years and younger are free. Samples and other food items will be available for purchase, with no samples exceeding $5.

General admission also includes free entry into the Pioneer Village, a museum complex designed to collect and preserve the history of the county, complete with live demonstrations of weaving, blacksmithing, and more.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County. Tickets are available online at www.TasteofBrownCounty.com, and will be sold the day of the event.

All those purchasing tickets will automatically be entered into Taste giveaways and must be present to win. Prize winners will be announced hourly beginning at 1 p.m., with the overnight getaway winner being announced between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

For more information on the Taste of Brown County and for a full list of participating vendors, please visit http://TasteofBrownCounty.com/, or call 812-988-7303.

With plenty of food and entertainment to satisfy even the hungriest of appetites, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Taste of Brown County. Come hungry, leave happy, and savor the local flavor in Brown County on May 16.