Reily Historical Society Museum
Photo thanks to Sandy Campbell
December 10-16, 2013
Centerville Christmas offerings
you are either a Jane Austen or a Christmas fan, Centerville could keep you
occupied this Saturday. Your Jane Austen op comes with the periodic Jane Austen
Movie Series which screens at two this Saturday afternoon in the Centerville
Unlike watching a Jane Austen movie alone or with unenlightened family
members, here you actually have the opportunity to interact with your fellow
The film screens from two until four, then at 5 pm the Centerville
Library will be hosting its Christmas party which will include a number of
local authors signing their books. Like we said last week, a local book signed
by the author would make a great stocking stuffer, unless the book is a coffee
table edition then the stocking may be a little small.
A quartet of Christmas Carol performances
we should all know by now ‘A Christmas Carol’ unscrews the ultra-conservative
Scrooge and turns him into a liberal, human-loving philanthropist, which, of
course, saves his soul. In an effort to duplicate that holiday miracle, the
Dickens favorite will be performed four times this weekend near the north pole,
that is the north pole of the Whitewater Valley, aka Centerville.
that happy and auspicious day Friday the 13th, ‘A Christmas Carol’
will be performed back-to-back, if you can believe that, at Centerville
Christian Church at 5 pm and again at 7:30 pm. We are told this is a
family-friendly version, slightly abridged from the original which could (and
should) scare the bejeebies out of little kids.
Then on Sunday at the Central United Methodist Church in Richmond you
will have a chance to see ‘A Christmas Carol’ at 2 pm and again at 4:30 pm. If
you’ve been counting, that makes four.
Now here comes the miraculous part, the cost of putting on the
performances has been covered by an unnamed conglomeration best known at this
time of the year as Santa Claus. And that means, all the funds raised by the
$10 admission charge will go directly to Hope House and the good work they do
helping men recover from alcohol and drug abuse as well as homelessness.
So, by going to see any of these performances you will be donating to a
cause even the newly re-minted Ebenezer Scrooge would praise.
Local Music Scene
The only listing of a Nutcracker performance so far this season in the
Whitewater Valley is coming up this Saturday at Lew Wallace Auditorium,
Franklin County High School, Brookville. The Nutcracker will be
performed by the Anna Von Oettingen Ballet Corps and is one night only at
bargain rates. Would you believe eight bucks for adults and $4 for the rest of
Holt and the Wildwood Boys got weathered
out of their gig last Friday at the Connersville Bluegrass Music Association,
but there is another chance to hear this great Whitewater Valley group this
Saturday at the Milan VFW Hall. The program is called Bluegrass Christmas which
makes for an interesting song list. How many Bluegrass Christmas songs can you
Historical Societies sprouting museums
Last Saturday the Harrison Village Historical Society Museum officially
opened with a ribbon cutting and the whole works. It is located at 115 North
Walnut one block off Harrison Avenue aka Old US 52. The holiday theme during
their first go-round is Toys from Grandma’s Attic.
(If you can help with contact info, hours, etc. email me firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Speaking of museum openings, Reily
Historical Society Museum held its holiday open house on the first Sunday of
December. That’s the key to remember when it comes to visiting Reily for its
history, Reily Historical Society Museum is open the first Sunday of each month
from 1 to 4 pm.
local patron brought over a sled which was set up on the front lawn of the
museum and Santa Claus made his appearance.
Sandy Campbell runs the website for the Museum as well as Indian Creek
Tavern which is across the road.
Find one, you find the other, and if you find Reily, you find Indian
Creek Tavern and the Museum.
But if you are determined to do it digitally, there are some interesting
facts and factoids at www.reilyhistory.net.
Sandy reports “We have some very old and interesting things and are constantly
getting in more everyday from the members and the community.”
the site we read, “The last bear seen in Reily Township was in the northeast
corner of section six in 1809. In 1815 Brumfield Boone killed one of the
largest panthers ever seen in Butler County on a farm then owner by John Boone,
his father. The animal measured seven feet from tip to tip. People came from
all directions to see it and its skin was kept a good while in the
complete our Ohio Historical Society trifecta, Gustave Tafel’s The
Cincinnati Germans in the Civil War is the
basis of a PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann. Dr. Don is
president of the German-American Citizens League, Curator of the German Heritage
Museum and Historian of the Roebling Suspension Bridge Committee in Cincinnati.
He will speak to the Morgan Township Historical Society this Saturday, 10 am in
the Administration Building, 3141 Chapel Road, Okeana, Ohio.
RAMp up to the Plastic Phantastic Phantoscope Film
Richmond Art Museum film festival is movin’ on up to the big time, if
Indianapolis is the big time. RAM’s eighth annual Phantoscope High School Film
Festival will be held at Indiana State Museum next year, May second to be
exact. (Consult your calendar for the proper year if necessary.)
Richmond bred and educated,
C. Francis Jenkins “created the first projection device
which he called a Phantoscope,” according to a release we received Dec. 3 from
Lance M. Crow, education direction of RAM.
Phantoscope Film Festival will be “highlighting the talents of our young
filmmakers, and giving them a chance to screen films in front of a live
audience on the big screen is a unique and important aspect of Phantoscope,”
Another aspect of some import is the $1,000 cash prize for best film.
Prizes will also be awarded for a list of bests: cinematography, screenplay,
editing, and documentary.
deadline for submission is March 1, 2014. So if you’re thinking of taking RAM
up on this phantastic Phantoscope Film Festival. Click here for the entry form.
Jenkins was a great man
Francis Jenkins was born in Dayton and grew up in Richmond. His alma mater is
Earlham College which later awarded him an honorary doctor of science degree.
It was his projector, the Phantoscope, which Thomas Edison used in the first
public showings of motion pictures for admission. It’s not too much to say, the
Phantoscpope was a cornerstone of the film industry as we know it today.
was also a television engineering pioneer. His company Jenkins Television
Corporation opened the first broadcast television station in the United States
in 1928. It went belly-up four long Depression years later.
is recognized by his peers during the Emmy Awards when The Charles F. Jenkins
Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a special engineer who made significant
contributions to television technology and engineering over his or her career.
also founded the Society of Motion Picture Engineers. From which we conclude,
he was a great man, and he was shaped by Richmond and Earlham College.
Gaya's ethereal breast
December 3-9, 2013
Holiday is the highlight
You’d expect Christmas and the Holiday Season to top the charts when it
comes to stuff on the calendar this week. So don’t be surprised.
couple of the holiday highlights from Saturday tie together nicely in Richmond
with the Holiday Dreams Parade carousing down East Main across the main
north-south corridors through town at 4 o’clock and the Celebration of Lights
beginning at Glen Miller Park 12 blocks (or so) east two hours later.
The Celebration lights up at 6 pm, so you might practice the slow stroll
down part of Richmond’s part of the National Road from the parade, but I’d
recommend a slow, early supper at one of Richmond’s many fine restaurants and
Local book holiday gifts
A fine gift is one that gives joy
when it is given. An even finer gift is one that not only gives joy when given,
but increase in value. We can’t be sure that a new book signed by the author
will do either but if it’s worth a try to you, get to Metamora this Sunday
between 2 and 4 pm.
Local author Valerie Woebkenberg will be at Keleidosaurus Books in Duck
Creek Crossing signing both hard copy and soft cover copies of her book The
Story the Little Christmas Tree Told. As the name implies, it is the adventure
of a little pine tree and was adapted from a short story written in 1923 by
Alice Manley, a lifelong resident of Laurel, Indiana.
And speaking of local books, we got an email from Donna Cronk,
newsgirl/editor at the Courier-Times in New Castle. She reports she is a Union
County native and “have just written a fictional novel inspired by Liberty.”
She expects it out in “late winter 2014” which we read as March. So look for
another local book signing/investment op by the Ides of March.
Doll Tea in
Saturday you can get all dolled up at the Wayne County Historical Museum where
you are encouraged to bring your favorite doll to tea. While this sounds like a
very civilized date, the doll you’d be bringing is the collectible kind. The conversation
will center on dolls and doll collecting and there will be a silent auction of
several ‘original’ mini-American Girl Dolls.
Guests will arrive at noon and the museum will be decorated throughout
with table top trees, wreaths, and gift baskets, all available in silent
auction format. We are told, “Bidders are encouraged to return several times to
bid on their favorites. Return trips are free admission with bidder card.”
Living the season
Live Nativity for Christmas is a fine thing to behold. Smyra Missionary
Baptist Church in New Trenton holds their’s this Friday at 6 pm. A half hour
later the Live Nativity is displayed at the Brookville Library.
Local Music Scene
Feel in the mood for some real good Bluegrass? Check out www.wildwoodvalleyboys.net.
Once the site comes up the music begins but instead of playing an entire
song, you get a good taste of four or five by Tony Holt and the Wildwood Valley
Boys. One thing all the songs have in common is, you want to hear more, and you
can this Friday at the Connersville Bluegrass Music Association on Western
The group’s first four gigs next year are in Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky
and Oklahoma. Then in June they play Bean Blossom at the Bill Monroe Music
Park. In other words, they are sought after and, this week only, easy to find.
— Free music is always a treat and free jazz is even better.
This Saturday’s Jazz and Percussion Jam in Goddard Auditorium, Earlham College,
National Road West, Richmond, is a great way to step out of the holiday tape
Road Rally in Dearborn County
Saturday looks to be bright and cold. Great weather to explore. This
week we can line you up with two opportunities to explore our beautiful and
flexible Whitewater Valley, one by car and one by armchair or whatever chair
we’re assuming is under you when you read this.
First Satolli Glassmeyer is hosting a road rally through northern
Dearborn County this Saturday. He writes, “The northern part of Dearborn County
is filled with one room school houses, former black smith shops, historic
churches, ghost roads, phantom bridges and the one and only Pepsi-Cola barn!”
The tour begins and ends in St. Leon. Pre-register at 812 623-5727.
The second opportunity begins:
Driving Tour of Ripley County-1
You know how we like to get a long running start on our holidays these
days? Well, here it is December and the Whitewater Valley Guide is already
starting its Black History Month program. February will be on us before we know
it and when it gets here we want to be ready to hold up our end of the
Our focus is on the Underground Railroad in southern parts of the
Whitewater Valley. Specifically, we want to feature five driving tours,
themselves already featured in the Ripley County Tourism Booklet aptly titled,
‘5 Driving Tours.’
All five tours start at the Ripley County Historical Society Archives
Building on Courthouse Square in Versailles. This is also where you can pick up
the booklet which contains a fold out map. You may also purchase a DVD of the
driving tours for $10 at the same location. Call them for arrangements 812
Travel US 421 south to where SR 129 cuts off left, not far up. Six miles
south is the site of the old Olean German settlement where immigrant Charles F.
Steyer “took an active part in the Underground Railroad activities in Olean and
Benham.” The historic farmsted was torn down in 2001.
About a mile south of that on SR 129 you come to Raccoon Creek where
you’ll find Tour Stops #3 & #4, the (Weakman) Pleasant Hill Cemetery and
the Free Church which was part of the Raccoon Creek Free Black Community. This
church was purchased by the Methodists after the Civil War. They moved it to
its present location at CR 450S and US 421. It was renamed Pleasant View
Methodist Episcopal Church and is Tour Stop #10 on Trial 1.
The booklet tells us “the most famous local conductor was Dunk McDowell
who lived in the deep woods near Bethel Hole.” Imagine, the stereotype loner
living in the woods, antisocial, unkempt, angry and outlawish. But here’s
Duncan McDowell somehow in touch with the outside world and caring enough,
passionate enough to come out of the woods and conduct soon to be free blacks
along a specific link in the Underground Railroad.
Travel a mile south to Cross Plains and make a right on CR 900. There
are no trail stops in Cross Plains but maybe there should be. The booklet tells
the story of a white teenager from Cross Plains who blackened his face and let
the local pro-slavery people on a wild goose chase. (Talk about an event to
hang a local pageant on . . . .)
The oldest fugitive slave trail which came through Cross Plains from
Canaan was maintained by the Separate Baptists of Rev. Alexander Sebestian.
Tour Stop #5 on SR 900 marks the site of Squire Paugh’s old mill which was a
safe house for this Separate Baptist section of the Underground Railroad.
Tour Stop #6 tells the story of Edward McGuiness who brought his slaves
up from Kentucky in 1817 and freed them. It is this side of Haney Corner a few
miles up 900.
From the booklet we learn that the diabolical Indiana Fugitive Slave Act
of 1850 “required federal marshals and local authorities to help slave owners
regain their runaway slaves.” (It also made it mandatory for free blacks to
register every year at the county seat and would not allow people of color into
Indiana. It was responsible for entire agricultural communities of blacks
moving away, many times leaving only their cemeteries behind.)
Tour Stop #7 takes you to Sylvan Grove which was engulfed by the former
Jefferson Proving Grounds, now Big Oaks Wildlife Refuge. Sylvan Grove was the
estate of the Honorable James Cravens, an anti-slavery lawyer in Indiana. We
are warned visiting the property could be dangerous because of all the
unexploded ordinance left behind by the US military in their haste. To get
where we do not know.
Rexville is Tour Stop #8 on CR 800W and was the home of the Knights of
the Golden Circle, a group who targeted free blacks and abolitionists for
harassment and probably worse.
Continuing left or north on US 421 about 2 ½ miles, turn right on CR
450S to Samm’s Schoolhouse where arms and ammunition were found hidden after
the Civil War. Local speculation is that the arms were put there by the Knights
of the Golden Circle in preparation for the Confederate victory which never
came, at least not to date.
back across US 421 to Tour Stop #10, the aforementioned Pleasant View Church,
then back north on 421 to Versailles where the tour ends and the world begins
Like a good driving tour, history allows us to contemplate in layers,
and you can quote me on that.
Also noted in Green
Green Umbrella is holding six first round meetings at different
locations throughout our region. Two of them are within the Whitewater Valley
itself. Next one is tomorrow, Wednesday, 6 pm at East Central High in St. Leon.
The Butler County Green Umbrella first round session is December 10 from
6 to 8 pm at Hamilton City Hall.
The object of this Regional Sustainability Alliance’s effort is to focus
a lot of otherwise unconnected groups involved in trials, the creation, care
and maintenance thereof, on the bigger picture. The bigger picture is a
comprehensive vision for trails in the area under the Green Umbrella.
expect since this is the first round, the ideas and directions gathered from
these sessions will get amalgamated into fodder for the second round. And so on
until perfection is reached. Perfection in this effort would be bicycling to
Cincinnati and beyond from Metamora without riding on a public road.
The area map provided looks like the coverage area of any of your garden
variety Cincinnati television stations. Counties in the Valley include Franklin
and Dearborn in Indiana and Butler and Hamilton in Ohio. There are two counties
in Kentucky, two in Indiana and four in Ohio under the Green Umbrella.
reflection of Mt. Metamora off the hood
Deck the Halls
Parents with creative kids and who are fast on their feet could start a holiday tradition this afternoon at Brookville and Laurel Libraries. The annual Deck the Halls program happens simultaneously at both libraries from 3 to 7 pm today, like right now.
Your kids will leave with an ornament they have made. And since the program runs for the next three Tuesdays (same time, same stations) Deck the Halls will provide one kid with enough ornaments to cover a quarter section of the family Christmas tree. Where that quarter faces depends on forces out of our control.
Local Music Scene
want to thank Randy’s Roadhouse in Batesville for keeping alive the relatively
new concept Thanksgiving Eve. It’s a holiday celebration waiting to happen. A
few years back in the Whitewater Valley we hit a lively streak where you could
have moved from Brookville all the way to Lawrenceburg stopping off at
Thanksgiving Eve events at several spots along the way.
Last year, Thanksgiving Eve slipped past us with nary a mention. This
year it appears again but only in one place Randy’s Roadhouse. Consequently we
recommend a pile on at Randy’s where we may dance to The Next Episode until
we’re sure we’ve made enough room for the feast on the morrow.
Besides Wednesday night at Randy’s, there’ll be good music on Black
Friday at the Cat and the Fiddle. Dean Phelps and Brian Keith Wallen are
getting together again which is always something to see and even more to hear.
They form the core of a floating group of musicians who’ve appeared under
various names at venues around the Valley.
This Friday evening they’ll be mixing and matching with Rick and Holly
Garrett who first appeared in Metamora as Patchwork on the big stage at the
Music Festival. Rick and Holly love Metamora so much they were married here, on
the trail actually with the permission of Whitewater Canal Trail, Inc.
Since Rick is also a stand-up comic, you can expect some laughs with
your good music and Catrina’s good cooking.
Joint holiday concert
the first day of Christmas the RCO gave to me, a free concert in a pear tree,
if and only if Goddard Auditorium is also a pear tree. And another thing, can
we call December 1st the first day of Christmas? Well, if an auditorium can be
a pear tree, why the heck not?
This free concert at 3:30 features the Eaton Area Community Chorus under
the direction of Jay Conard. It is the annual joint holiday concert of these
two groups who reach across state lines to embrace in music through songs of
joy and peace on Earth.
Carpenter Hall where you’ll find Goddard Auditorium is on
the Richmond campus of Earlham College.
Gaar House holiday twists
Maybe it’s much too early in the game.
Ah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same: What’re ya doin’ next Fourth of
It looks like Gaar House and Richmond Symphony
Orchestra plus friends and relatives are gearing up for another sensational, if
the first one was evidence, way and place to spend the Fourth.
Imagine yourself blanket sprawled on a
posh lawn sipping something that tingles, listening to Beethoven, looking down
on the backs of birds flying and up at the red glare of rockets launched from
Glenn Miller Park below.
Tickets went crazy last year, so you
might think about reserving now. For those on your list with patience, a pair
of tickets would make a good Christmas present.
And speaking of Christmas present, oh how
we love the odd twists of the young holidays. Gaar House is bringing noted
‘after-life archaeologist’ to the mansion on the hill. Through the years
visitors have asked is the Gaar House haunted. Until now the answer had been,
Who knows? For the stout of heart and those braced with holiday cheer, you
could be the first to find out definitively.
Anthony Truitt, the famed investigator of
the paranormal, will be testing the house on three different tours at 6, 7 and
8 pm, Saturday, December 14th. Each 45-minute tour will, of course, contain
different people and therefore each tour will have its own energy as it travels
through the holiday decorated, three-story, tower-topped Victorian home.
Because of this, Anthony stresses he can not know what may occur.
As in year’s past, the Gaar House &
Farm Museum will be highly dressed for the holidays and with yet another
holiday twist, many of the decorations may be purchased with the proceeds going
to the Gaar Foundation for the upkeep of the house. The decorations are by
Cathy Brunner of Jack Daggy Floral.
Tours of the holiday Gaar House (19 and
older $5, 18 and younger $2) will also include a pass by some of Rebecca’s
Creative Designs. Rebecca is Becky Cranor. She can help you with updated
touches to your family heirlooms which will answer the question, what to do
with Grannie’s doilies and things. She will also have her own unique heirloom
creations like beautiful one-of-a-kind purses.
The Gaar House & Farm Museum will be
open on four Sundays in December, the 1st, 8th, 15th and the 22nd with guided
tours at 1, 2, 3, & 4 pm. The tours take about 45 minutes. It is
located at 2593 Pleasant View Road in Richmond.
To reserve for the Fourth or for the
Christmas house-haunting investigation call 765-966-1262. Visit www.thegaarhouse.com
Here’s a heads-up for birders from
Joe Robb. Big Oaks NWR Annual Bird Count is happening Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 at
where else but the Big Oaks National Wildlife Reserve north of Madison,
Indiana. Big Oaks is designated as a Globally Important Bird Area.
The message continues, ‘Volunteers are needed for all-day or half-day
counts at the Big Oaks National Wildlife Reserve. Dress warm and be ready to count birds by 8am!’ Notice the
Browse www.bigoaks.org for a digital overview. It is
a product of Big Oaks Conservation Society, but digital-smidgital. Hands on,
feet on the ground, nose in the air has got to be the best way to get to know
Big Oaks and Big Oaks is worth getting to know for outdoor folk in the
It’s a 50,000 acre nature preserve. There are large grasslands where the
male Henslow sparrow gather at times to sing together and sometimes in
competition. Big Oaks hosts school groups from elementary to graduate school.
Email Joe Robb at email@example.com
to register. Contact the Refuge office at (812) 273-0783.
You will notice as you read the calendar this week there appears a
classified ad, specifically a goat for sale. We’ve never done this before and
only have the one so we decided to drop it into the calendar where you’d be
sure to read it. You do read the calendar every week, don’t you? As I’ve said
before, over time patterns begin to appear and you are made wiser simply for
exercising your discipline by reading week after week.
as I very well doubt there is suddenly a trickle of people who want to list
their items for sale in the Whitewater Valley Guide, who am I to stop them? For
a consideration yet to be determined, I will tuck your hand-written classified
away in the calendar of the week. Should the trickle become a flood, we will
create a Classified section and become rich beyond our wildest dreams, which
obviously aren’t very wild.
of a classified? How about $5 per week for five lines (lines not to exceed 45
characters each) with a minimum of a four week run because PayPal takes
payments in $20 increments.
Let this be the last experiment with Trickle Down Theory in the United
States of Indiana and Ohio.
Email classifieds or classified inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this is my
We have been bitten
by a snake as we slept
The bite has awakened
us to the fact it was a dream
There is no snake.
There is no bite.
It awoke us — but to
Everywhere there is
as it always has been
The truth is,
everywhere we go Earth tumbles on.
Yet amidst this
tumble and turbulence
there is the wisdom
of a goldfish in a pond:
It is our world.
It is our pond.
It is our point of
Quality not quantity
is the basis of reality.
How well, not how
much, is what matters.
Radiating light up
from the pond
like the bellow of a
I ascribe infinite
my hand upon the plow
my heart to my
my will to the
Impulse of my being.
In this is my
freedom, my reality, my infinity.
Gary August Schlueter
Cave Mountain in a cave
Local Music Scene
The mandolin player in Cave Mountain commented on Saturday night at the Bluegrass show in Metamora’s old
blacksmith shop that while the band’s name is Cave Mountain, he didn’t expect
to be playing in one. The old creek rock walls from floor to ceiling kind of
give it that appearance.
through the small print we found a world premier happening in the Whitewater
Valley this week, Friday to be exact at Hall Auditorium in collegiate Oxford.
Although the obscure marks on this modern archeological find have not been
completely decyphered yet, it appears as ‘Rhapsody on Gabriel???s Theme’.
Also on the musical docket are works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Glinka
performed by Miami University Symphony Orchestra for simply the price of going there, sitting down and listening.
It wouldn’t be fair not to mention the weekend performances of ‘Yes
Virginia, the Musical’ at the Performing Arts
Center in Harrison High.
all know the poem and those of us who have visited any of the past several
Metamora Christmas tree lighting ceremonies have heard Steve Collier read it,
but who knew there was a musical? And why isn’t it more popular.
These things and more you will discover this Friday, Saturday and/or
Sunday at the high school in Harrison, Ohio.
since Limelight Monday went viral back in our analog days on St. Thomas, we
have looked on Monday’s as a sleeping giant when it comes to music
entertainment possibilities. The conventional thinking is usually that nobody
wants to do anything on Monday, but Limelight Monday proved that’s not always
experiment in that direction happens next Monday at the Lawrenceburg Public
Library over the noon hour, or make that two hours. What appears to be a series
is called Music on Mondays and some
part of the library will probably be converted into Annie’s Classics Café.
You’ve heard of thinking outside of the box? Well this is putting a box
inside a box, a café du jour inside a library.
And what are Classics anyway? we wonder.
Running of the mice
The cornfield behind my new house in Metamora was harvested starting
Thursday evening. They worked late into the night. The result of that eerie
view of small beady headlights illuminating the dark work of giant cultivating
machines growling down the rows was to release the field mice.
This, of course, upset the balance of nature resulting in a distinct
diminishing of the number of street cats prowling for handouts in Metamora. As
Connie Cookie Jar reported the field mice migrate towards town at harvest time.
started in my little household with Alice, the inside cat, catching a mouse in
the kitchen on Thursday and devouring it in the small, entirely enclosed music
room. Not a trace was found, but unlike other locked room mysteries, we know
who done it.
Next evening the field was down and on Saturday morning there were cat
smiles all around as Madam New, the outdoor cat, showed Alice what was going
Now it’s Sunday morning and with the warm temperatures all night, both
cats are nowhere to be seen, not even showing up for their morning feed. But I
understand. Last night was cat heaven. They had a full moon to hunt by and a
sea of mice coming toward them through the corn rubble wave after wave. Like I
said, cat heaven.
And Connie says it happens every year. Therefore, with all the authority
we can muster, we declare November moon in Metamora, Mice Running Moon.
Metamora is always looking for something to celebrate. I wonder if an
annual Running of the Mice ordeal would be something worth considering. If so,
I suggest we discuss it at Mousies, one of the best restaurants in
Twice is not enough at Mousie’s.
I were a Connersvillian, I would hang out at Mousie’s Cafe. Mousie’s cooks
good! Ask anybody who’s eaten there, probably since it opened in 1953. It has
the air of an institution but is disguised as a bar. That’s what you see when
you walk in the side door from the parking lot which has to be ample enough to
hold between 150 and 200 people, about the same number who could be seated in
first glance you wouldn’t think it would be that many, but Mousie’s is deceptive.
The first time in I thought all there was to it was the bar and the booths
along the wall. I saw people occasionally disappearing into the small, dark
hallway but that’s what you’d expect with the bathrooms that way.
my second visit I was led through that small dark chamber to the full, bright
expanse of dining room where large parties might gather and mingle with other
large parties. Plenty of room for more than one large party at Mousie’s and
that’s just the first thing you see.
The dining room winds to the right and finishes in an upper chamber with
two eight top round tables and a mirrored cabinet along one wall making the
room seem larger than it is.
But that’s just the where of Mousie’s Cafe, the what is the cooking. The
kitchen is the thing that allows Mousie’s to fill 150 seats. The kitchen is
good and it’s going to get better.
According to one of the owners who was kind enough to show a
photographer (which I obviously was at the time) around, they are struggling to
find the right place to fit a grill into the kitchen-scape.
You’d imagine a place that has been around since before pizza and rock
and roll, would have had a grill before now. Maybe they felt constricted
somehow by the name. According to the menu cover, it is Mousie’s Café, not
have been to Mousie’s Café twice which as I said somewhere before, is not
enough. The first time I had the chicken quesadilla from the appetizer list and
would recommend it as a solo meal or a dish to share as it was probably
intended. On the second trip I tried the fish, a large breaded, deep-fried
Walleye. It came on an almost fitting bun with nothing else on the plate which
made it seem lonely or sparse.
The sandwich was ala carte, meaning I had to pay extra for the cole
slaw, and I’d do it again. The cole slaw was excellent which is not usually the
case here in the Whitewater Valley. Having to pay for each item is an idea that
might cost the patron a little more, but gives them only what they want. It
also allows for patron creativity. It follows the Spanish tapas idea where you
have this spread of options and arrange your plate to suit your taste. But it
makes Mousie’s a few dollars more than your average community café/
grill/restaurant where your Walleye sander comes with a side or two at or less
than the same price.
wouldn’t say Mousie’s food is cheap. It is reasonable and taking advantage of
the special of the day will keep you away from single-iteming your bill up into
the double digits, if that’s a concern.
On-line reviews claim the burgers are the best in Connersville. They
also complain about the gravelly voiced waitresses and the smokey bar. My
experience was younger, smiling waitresses and clean air due to the new Indiana
(Thank you California wherever you are.)
Last patch of first snow, 1 pm, Nov. 12, 2013
Local Music Scene
seems just as they begin, they are doing their last show of the season. They
are the Bluegrass plank of the newly building Metamora Performing Arts ship.
They are also GI and Jo Ball who put on the Bluegrass shows across US 52 in the
Gateway Park’s facility a few years ago.
Ball is bound and determined to bring Bluegrass music to Metamora on a regular
basis. So he and his wife Jo put on the GI Jo Show (though they don’t call it
that) bringing in music and providing home-cooked food and light refreshments.
Where their first iteration was in collaboration with the Whitewater
Canal Byway Association, the owner of Gateway Park and its restaurant facility
(where GI built the present still-standing stage, thank you very much) this
time the GI Jo Show is a production of Metamora Performing Arts, itself a most
active off-shoot of Historic Metamora, a proper 501c3.
Instead of playing at the Gateway Park, their show this Saturday at 6 pm
is at one of the town’s original blacksmith shops on the corner of Clayborn and
Columbia in downtown Metamora, which since it’s hardly a town might be a
stretch to call it downtown. Say rather in the heart of Metamora.
say ‘one of the’ because my house is founded on another old blacksmith shop.
It, too, on Clayborn Street but up Gravel Hill.)
For six bucks, the same price as Connersville Bluegrass MA on Friday
nights, you can hear Cave Mountain, a Bluegrass band from Northern Kentucky
this Saturday. GI said the house band will start the show. GI plays the
mandolin with Metamora’s Baggy Bottom Boys and you can bet he’ll be a key part
of the house band.
The old blacksmith shop is an experience in and of itself, wooden
floors, rock walls and open rafters. They (meaning GI) built a little stage and
there’s a small wooden dance floor for when things get out of hand. The main
room is big and square, not gigantic but big enough.
will be interesting to see where Jo will put her food and if that stage holds
when things get to stompin’ on Saturday night.
Richmond Pre-Holiday Give-a-Thon
Friday a musical fundraiser in Richmond bears the Whitewater Valley’s biggest
city’s name, Heart Strings of Richmond. For a $25 donation, which will also get
you a place at the table with plate, Heart Strings of Richmond will ‘discover
the remarkable history of our city through the legacy of music.’
And here’s a most intriguing note from the producers, Gateway Vineyard
Fellowship, ‘Music from Richmond created a unique sound that impacted the
entire world.’ So, for your donation you get an interesting, educational
musical program, good fellowship, a meal and the long, warm afterglow of
knowing you supported a good cause, Gateway Vineyard Fellowship’s Food
* We wonder if
Youth Spotlight Night is another name for an Idol competition? You be the
judge. Talented teenagers from Wayne County and surrounds, which we loosely
interpret as the rest of the Whitewater Valley, are asked to perform at
Spotlight Night at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond Saturday evening at
5. Performers get in free while the audience, dba ‘the screaming fans’, pay $5
There is no mention of a panel of judges, but since the top three
performers will receive cash prizes, judgments must be made somehow. Money
raised after the prizes are paid will go to Youth As Resources which “empowers
youth to find their potential and positively affect their community.”
There will refreshments available and items for raffle.
* On Sunday
afternoon Circle U Help Center will sponsor a fundraising concert featuring
performers from Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Ball State University
Singers at Civic Hall thus completing a three-day weekend where philanthropic
Valley citizens can get all of their holiday giving done before they start
their holiday shopping.
Hoops and the hungry
Hoops houses extend the growing season. Oxford Farmers Market is
extending its market season in part because one of their farmers is proving the
truth of that statement. In other words, hoop houses, under whatever name, are
extending not only the growing season, but the Farmers Market season in Oxford.
Tunnels or hoop houses are temporary agricultural structures with arched
or hoop frames covered with clear plastic. They can easily be covered,
uncovered, assembled and disassembled in order to adjust to the weather and
move to a different field site.
that’s something that peaks your interest you should hie yourself to Michaela
Farm in Oldenburg this Wednesday afternoon for an important program called Extending
the Growing Season.
Here’s what Anna Morrow wrote: “The afternoon will begin with a tour of
the low tunnels and vegetable gardens at Michaela Farm. After the tour, we will
go indoors to the classroom and connect with the field day at Pinney Purdue Ag
Center via the web.
“Matt Kleinhenz will discuss using mid-size and low tunnels for cool
season crops in fall and winter. Valerie and Doug will share their knowledge
about growing winter vegetables in high tunnels. The afternoon will end with
time for discussion by all participants.”
Michaela Farm calls them low tunnels, Valerie and Doug use high tunnels,
but a hoop house by any name would smell as sweet, especially growing greens in
low sun February.
* Acclaimed as
one of the most powerful and innovative female leaders in the world, Ellen
Gustafson is co-founder of Food Tank: the
Food Think Tank, a new organization highlighting innovative ideas in
agriculture and food systems that help alleviate hunger, obesity and poverty.
She probably already knows about hoop houses, but you might ask her, if you get
Gustafson will be delivering the convocation, well if not ‘the’, ‘a’
convocation at Earlham College also on Wednesday afternoon. For those
interested in applying her food-thinking thoughts immediately, it would be
possible to hustle from the completion of Ms Gustafson’s undoubtedly inspiring
words to Michaela Farm still in time for the garden tour and low tunnel experience.
A Guide to the possible
Mia culpa if you ever go to one of the events listed in the calendar and
it’s not happening when or where we said. It’s my fault because I don’t call up
each of these events to verify they are in fact going to happen with the
where’s and when’s all coordinated as per our calendar.
Nope, the Whitewater Valley Guide is a labor of love and that we would
not love. If you could dial the number and get an answer, that would be one
thing, but there would be call backs, wrong persons, unanswered phones, etc.
The answer, come to think of it, is email. It really is. If every
listing had an email address I could see a way to almost universal (which is
another way of saying not universal at all) validity, of attaining that lofty
end so seldom achieved, pure credibility. Then there would be almost (that word
again) absolute assurance that when you see it in the Guide, it’s so.
But short of email verification demanded before a listing may appear in
the Guide you gotta take some of the responsibility yourself. I mean now that
you know we, editorial ‘we’ meaning ‘me’) are flawed, you’ll think twice and
verify it yourself.
the past, I have tried to make sure every listing had a phone number so you
would be able to call, verify and maybe get some insight. But once in awhile
for reasons of special interest I have listed an event without a phone number.
an effort to tighten up the holes in the process of providing you with a more
reasonably accurate calendar of events for the entire Whitewater Valley, more
or less and give or take, I, meaning editorial ‘we’, will no longer publish
listings in the Whitewater Valley Calendar of Events without either a phone
number or an email address.
That way if you take me and us seriously, drive 40 miles and find out I,
you and we were wrong, I alone can blame you in that same state of singularity.
After all, this is a Guide to the possibilities not a guarantee of those
Gary August Schlueter
Two anniversaries feted
This appears to be the week of the anniversary. In Metamora on Saturday
folks will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the platting of the
town with a kind of show and tell. Metamorans alive and passed are invited but
of the former branch things are asked, like if you have items of interest to
Metamora’s history, bring ‘em.
Some items from Historic Metamora’s collection will be on display along
with a slide show of old Metamora photos. There will be a scanner on hand to
digitize any old photos of Metamora you might have in your collection. A copy
of any digi-pix gathered will be shuffled off to Julie at Brookville Library
for the permanent local history files. And remember, those photos don’t have to
be from the 19th Century.
While you may have been looking the other way 1975 has suddenly slipped
into history. So if you grew up in Metamora in the golden luster days before
Duck Creek Crossing was built and tourism crowded out the old townies and the
old town, bring your memories to share. It goes on from 4 to 6 pm and light
refreshments will be served.
Next, it’s the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg
Address and the Sixth Ohio Living History Association along with the Sons of
Union Veterans of the Civil War are bringing Lincoln back to life to celebrate
at the pioneer village at Governor Bebb Park in Okeana. The program fits the
setting and vice versa.
you haven’t been to Governor Bebb Park this Saturday or Sunday might be a good time
to do a little local touring. The activities are designed to keep you moving
through the village, from the military drill on the village green to meeting
the 16th President in the schoolhouse to seeing him again in Bebb
Cabin as he would have been when he left Springfield.
There will be stories from the battlefield, music by Cincinnati Dulcimer
Society, a procession to the cemetery stage where Edward Everett will give his
opening speech, followed by the address itself. And that’s just Saturday.
Similar things happen on Sunday
with the addition of a divine service at the schoolhouse at 10:15 and a ladies
fashion show on the main stage at noon.
Local Music Scene
could do a Friday, Saturday, Sunday music thing in Richmond this weekend and
spend absolutely nada.
Earlham Rhythm Project is jumping off-campus to play Common Grounds
Coffeehouse on not-far-away West Main in Richmond. The music is free as are the
grounds. Coffee, on the other hand, might cost you something.
(Quick musical reminder: All the Earth around is our common ground.)
The African Children’s Choir at Civic Hall in Richmond this Saturday
evening would be a great way to spoon feed the kids some global culture. The
bad news is you’ll need a ticket; the good news is tickets are free.
The Chamber Music Concert on Sunday afternoon at Earlham College’s Stout
Meetinghouse would make a great lure to folks out of town for a slow Sunday
exploration of some of the things Richmond has to offer. Like food, food and
more food. (Must be near lunchtime.)
Beware the spirit of Pontiac
You’d think it’s a little late in the year for a PowWow, but that’s only
if you thought PowWows needed to be held outdoors in the slowly chilling
November winds. The Native PowWow this Saturday and Sunday will be held indoors
at Richmond’s National Guard Armory in the hopefully warm and glowing confines
of this military stronghold.
An armory is a place where arms are kept, right? Therefore,
‘stronghold’ is not to strong a word.
here’s where fantasy kicks in. Sort of the curse of the fictitious mind.
have been struck by how much deference is paid to the U. S. military in every
PowWow or Native Gathering I’ve been to. There are always dances honoring
veterans and sometimes flag ceremonies. The American flag is always prominent
at a PowWow, but what if that were all a smokescreen.
What if this week at the Richmond National Guard Armory the spirit of
Pontiac is invoked and once inside the armory, they lock the doors, take the
janitor captive, break out the arms and go on the war path again? I mean
wouldn’t you want to be there to see that?
We’ve got a lot of food news to share this week, sort of sustenance for
the brain rather than the belly. In order to accommodate a local farmer who is
using hoop houses to extend the growing season, Oxford Farmers Market Council
has decided to offer mini-markets from 10 to noon most Saturdays during
winter. OFM will continue their
main market winter schedule every third Saturday.
These hoop houses and other growing season extension systems are the
topic of a special program coming up on Wednesday, November 13 at Michaela
Farms in Oldenburg. More about that next week.
‘Robust’ as opposed to ‘Go bust’
Sister Claire Whalen in Oldenburg wants to remind users of food (that’s
us) that our opinions about locally food could help shape federal rules and
regulations. The USDA Food and Drug Administration is requesting comments about
its rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) before November
FDA’s public affairs for Indiana is Carol Gallagher. Here’s how to reach
Public Affairs Technician
(317) 226-6500 x 109
FAX (317) 226-6506
FDA – Indianapolis
101 W. Ohio St, Suite
Indianapolis, IN 46204
She doesn’t seem to have a counterpart in Ohio, so if I was a Buckeye
I’d send my comments to Ms Gallagher. It’s a federal law so it shouldn’t matter
who funnels your comments to D.C.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition represents many groups advocating
for organically and naturally grown food on small to mid-sized farms.
A feed posted Friday, November 1, on the National Sustainable
Agriculture website reported, 29 organizations sent a letter to House and
Senate members of the Farm Bill conference which met for the first time, last
They asked those representatives to “provide a robust Rural Development
title that promotes economic growth and stability in rural areas.”
The easiest single thing for you to say to FDA is Congress should
provide the same $400 million it has provided in the last three farm bills
(1996, 2002, 2008) for rural development programs. The Senate bill presently
has a $228 million mandatory funding level. The House bill is worse.
This is not a case where less is more. Four hundred million should be
the floor, the least weasel, so to speak.
Some of the potentially unfunded rural ag programs in the new Farm Bill
include Value-Added Producer Grant program, Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance
Program, Rural Water/Wastewater projects.
Heartland security discount
There’s something to be said about rural diversification and homeland
security. We, the rurally diversified, provide our own homeland security. In
our neck of the woods we might call it heartland security and it comes about by
our not being clustered together like 10 million New Yorkers.
Fly a plane into them and thousands of people are killed, fly a plane
into us and it lands in a field we have to use 4x4’s to get to.
ruralites spend a lot of money on homeland security for those at-risk
metropolites. We should get some kind of a discount because we are properly
diversified across the land and are not the target for terrorist attacks. These
rural assistance programs in the Farm Bill are just a small step towards
fulfilling that discount.
Zen mind and empty bowls
One of the coolest, most integrated programs for helping the poor (other
than Halloween) is Oxford Empty Bowls. At a $10 fixed price luncheon, guests
choose from amongst a collection of beautiful bowls created, decorated and
donated by Miami University students and Oxford area potters.
Zen you are asked to look into your empty bowl contemplating the many
other empty bowls in the world.
Then and only then, you may have it filled with your choice of soups
made by local cooks. When you leave you take your again empty bowl home to
serve as a reminder of that brief contemplation and what it means to ‘them
that’s got’ and ‘them that’s not.’
Oxford Empty Bowls happens this Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm in the
fellowship hall of Oxford United Methodist Church. It raises ‘much-needed’
funds for Oxford Community Choice Food Pantry programs.
Wolverine’s little brother
received a great story from Frank Page which we’ve been sitting on for a few
months while we tried to figure out what to do with it. We can honestly report,
in all this time, nothing came to mind. So without fanfare here’s Frank’s story
about how the Miami U.’s Natural History Museum acquired a once living replica
of the Wolverine’s smallest relative, the Least Weasel.
The Least Weasel Story
By Frank Page
me are huge animal lovers and outdoorsy people, and before we hunted geocaches,
we hunted animals...in a purely nonviolent way. Our first animal we
wanted to see in the wild was the bald eagle. We live in SE Indiana and
they were slowly coming back in to this area. After seven long years we
finally saw one in the wild in Toledo and Kentucky.
Our next animal became the least weasel. We learned of this, the
smallest and most ferocious carnivore on Earth, from a sign at the Miami Valley
Whitewater forest. We thought he was very cute because he is no bigger
than a Bic pen and because his name was funny. We imagined with big
smiles a most weasel and a middling weasel, and made finding
him our next goal.
is native to our area, and most of the US, and for the next seven years we
searched for any evidence at all of this reclusive creature. While they
are not uncommon, they are rarely seen, photographed or filmed because
they are so fast and live underground.
About once every three years someone posts a good video or pic of a
least weasel on the internet. Exasperated, we then decided to plan our
family vacation around visiting the only known least weasel in captivity,
Lester, who was hit by a car and lives in a nature center in Asheville, NC.
As plans were developed for our
trip, an important date in my career as a chef arrived...my certification
practical exam. This three-hour cooking practical went horribly for
me. From the moment I entered the building wearing my Miami
University baseball hat that was standard garb at work, things went
The American Culinary Federation president Chef Kinsella loudly
berated me at the door shouting, "Show some pride in yourself
and get that damn hat off your head" and I never recovered. I bumbled
through my exam and after making me wait two hours they informed me that I had
failed. This was the first failure on any kind of exam in my
life. As I was leaving, they told me I could try again in six
first, this felt good in a cowardly way as I knew that that much time would
pass before I had to stress out about or think about this again, but soon
thereafter I began to explore if it was indeed true that I could not try again
for such a long time. Three days later, on a fateful Friday, I discovered
that the test was being offered in two weeks time at the same place. I
called to see if I could participate, since I had just failed and been told
I had to wait six months and they told me I could. Over the next
several hours at work I made the loathsome decision to not do it and wait the
six months. I went home feeling ashamed but resolute to stand by my
cowardly decison, as the whole experience had been so awful.
That night it happened.
Around 10 pm, 4G and me laying in bed heard a sound that immediately made us
stiffen with primal fear. It was a rolling, somewhat high-pitched growl
coming from our computer room. We cautiously walked to the room and
immediately determined that our big black and white rescue cat Poptiar had a critter
and was in a serious fight. This in itself was not so unusual as we have
a cat door and he frequently drags in prey, but the noises and ferocity of the
fight were new.
resolved to let it continue as the week prior I had separated him from his
prey and that bloody mouse escaped and ended up dead in a pair of pajamas
I slipped on a week later....nasty! The noise and fight continued on and
off over the course of the night with the creature finding temporary
havens before emerging for more action.
woke up several times during the night and finally, around 5 am, 4G walked
out to discover the corpse of Poptiar's prey. Typically the prey is
consumed entirely except for the liver, but this one was whole with just a
small disturbance on the skin around its neck. It immediately came
to her that she was looking at a least weasel! It was long and
thin and had a stubby tail and white underbelly.
The least weasel that we had sought for over seven years had been
brought in to our own house from our own yard by our own
cat! We have tons of mole holes on our one acre rural property and
that is exactly where they like to live. In shock and slightly unable to
process what had just occurred that night, 4G woke me and showed me the
find. Not exactly sure why, I scooped up the least weasel and bagged
him and put him in the freezer, where he would remain for the next five
4G and I marveled at the fact that this
creature we had sought for so many years, and around whom we had planned a
whole summer vacation, had been living in our yard the whole time!
We were sad that he was dead, but happy Poptiar was unhurt. We came
to find out that the least weasel is extremely ferocious and capable of killing
a bunny six or seven times its size.
The next day, I signed up for the practical exam, realizing that to
me....the least weasel's appearance was a sign from a higher
power telling me to reverse my poor and uncharacteristically cowardly
decision. I passed with flying colors and was informed of my success by
the same Chef Kinsella who had handled me so roughly before. We went on
our vacation and arrived at the nature center where Lester resided fifteen
minutes before the facility closed and fifteen minutes after they quit letting
dour Scandinavian woman told me there was nothing she could do and after the
utterance of this line" Ma'am, we have been planning to see this
creature for the last five months, and in a way, the last seven years, and
have driven all the way from Indiana, and are willing to pay full price for
fifteen minutes with Lester...is there any thing in your power
that you can do for us?" She caved and in we went, for
free. Lester was asleep in a small ball and we were beginning to feel
disappointed when he sprang up and put on a show that delighted us
When we returned home we began to ponder
what we would do with our frozen least weasel. One day I saw a video on a
facility in Missouri where pets are being freeze-dried, as a more realistic-looking alternative to
taxidermy. It would be $185 and take three months but we decided to go
for it. I went to the package store and got him weighed and paid for and
off he went....in to the teeth of the worst blizzard in the south central US in
had failed to be aware of this and when we found out, we imagined the
least weasel sitting in some warehouse getting hot and stinky and were certain
we ruined him. Anticipation mounted, and finally he was returned to
When it arrived, we were blown away by its beauty. Mounted on a
water softened piece of black locust wood, and posed in an aggressive and
fearful stance, jaws agape and teeth snarling, we all fell in love. It
had always been my plan to donate the weasel to a museum, but 4G, Dr. Takamatsu
and Pinecone did not want to let it go.
we argued over the weeks, Poptiar nailed the least weasel again, who had been
carelessly left on a table he could reach. His skin was ripped and his
hair was all mussed up like he had had a long night of weasel passion. We
had him repaired and our battle over what would become of him continued.
Before it was over, the family was ready to let him go and I started having
misgivings. Finally the donation was made to the Natural History Museum
in Upham Hall on the campus of Miami University of Ohio, where he proudly
resides to this day. That is the story of the least weasel and how
it changed our lives.
What’s culture anyway?
There’s a lot of good cultural stuff happening this week in the
Whitewater Valley. If you hurry you could catch violinist Ray Chen at Hall
Auditorium in Oxford on Tuesday.
Rent, the musical play, is having two performances on Tuesday and
Wednesday also in Oxford this time at the Center for Performing Arts. Miami
University Symphony Orchestra performs for free on Wednesday at Hall
Finally leaving Oxford and bending culture to another extreme the Navy
Bean Fall Festival is happening this Friday and Saturday in Rising Sun.
Ertel Cellars Wine Festival features music on Saturday and Sunday along
with samples of the latest vintage.
Wolf Creek Habitat holds two Native American Gatherings each year and
this is the weekend for the fall celebration. It’s located on Wolf Creek Road
just inside the Greenville Treaty Line.
mention this because 11 years ago I met a neighbor of the habitat and he
described where his land was by saying it was near the Greenville Treaty Line.
I had never lived in a place where an Indian treaty line from 1795 was still
part of everyday conversation.
that’s not culture, I don’t know what is.
Halloween season kick-off?
you think we’re in the first flirting steps of Halloween and if Halloween is
your favorite holiday, you might be interested in extending the season to
include what could be called a Halloween kick-off party but is billed as ‘A
Fairy Exciting Event.’
Where Brookville has its chickens and is the source of the Chicken Trail
with participating fried chicken joints proudly claiming their presence on the
Chicken Trail by displaying a large usually concrete chicken painted to fit (or
not) some whimsy of the owners, Wayne County has its fairies.
The Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau has persuaded about 20
local places to challenge their imaginations and create small, enchanted
dwellings which then compose the Wayne County Enchanted Fairy Trail.
The Enchanted Fairy Trail has a map of 20 spots with around 50 fairy or
fairly-like dwellings all toll. The object of the Fairy Trail is children but
those who see through the eyes of a child are also welcome.
are told, “Each location will have free fairy themed activities for children to
participate in including; face painting, fairy dust tattoos, fairy themed
crafts, snacks, coloring contests, games, fairy necklaces and much more”
The Enchanted Fairy Trail begins at the Old National Road Welcome Center
in Richmond and is manned this Saturday, from 9 am through 3 pm.
We’ve also created a special section in the calendar with listings and
as much info as we could gather without trying too hard about the many
Halloween Holiday Happenings. The weirdest one is the new zip line service in
Brookville which is holding a Zombie Trail along with the already scary idea of
riding a zip line to your ultimate doom or destination whichever comes first.
The story of Jericho
first heard the sound of Jericho when they played very enthusiastically for
next to nobody, at least not much more than crowds of ten but mostly less,
sometimes just the historic re-creators with Jericho up there on the gazebo in
Tow Path Park wailing away and having fun as though the music itself was
enough. Imagine that.
Then a duo from the sextet, Warren and Judy Waldron showed up Canal Days
Saturday in the yard on Clayborn Street that has prominently displayed a full
sized, once floatable replica canal boat called Native Son. How that canal boat
came to be sitting there is a story itself, maybe even history, but not
Judy and Warren are old friends of Artistry Farms aka Debra Bowles who
is a Canal Days institution selling her handmade soap in that very yard where
also is the dark performance barn challenging the Native Son for local
Warren plays fiddle and Judy plays guitar. They located near the open
gate facing Clayborn where most of the traffic was. The duo, especially the
fiddle, reminded me of music by the Red Clay Ramblers and in an email
afterwards Judy said, “We ‘borrowed’ Tell It to Me and The Telephone Girl from
musical taste rambles to the Red Clay Ramblers you might see if Warren’s fiddle
doesn’t remind you of Bill Hicks on one or two Jericho songs. They’ll be
performing this Second Friday as the featured band at this Oxford Community
Arts Center monthly.
Second Friday is from 6-9 pm. Jericho will perform in the North Parlor
at 8 pm. As always on Second Friday the art studios on the third floor of the
old college will be open along with the Art Shop.
The featured artists this month are Billy Simms who “works in print
making, sculpture, collage, and photography. He lives in Hamilton with his wife
and two cats.”
Jack Williams’ ‘A Journey in Sketches’ represents his travels to cities
throughout the world. Both will be there to add a spark to their work that only
the maker can bring, the makers mark, so to speak.
Missed opportunity with alpacas
inadvertently put a notice we wanted to feature last week in this week’s file,
Issue 118 to be exact and anyone who sees this notice would notice it is
obviously right for Issue 117, the week before. The dates are the big
give-away. Here’s an example of what you missed:
“Mel-O Alpacas in Batesville, Indiana will hold their annual Farm
Days/Open House on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 11:00 –
4:00 each day.
“This is an opportunity to learn about raising alpacas. On Saturday,
there will be an opportunity to see how a sheared fleece is made ready for
processing, participate in weaving a community cloth and view products made
from alpacas. On Sunday, a hand spinner and a weaver will be demonstrating
their craft using alpaca fiber.
“Admission is free. Come and meet the alpacas, enjoy the family farm and
relax by the pond.
“The farm is located at 23164 Vote Road, Batesville, In (near Oldenburg)
For additional information, email or call Mel and Deb at email@example.com
pass this along to you so you may contact Mel and Deb on your own especially if
you have a group which needs something different to do. I’ll bet the Mel-O
people would be up for arranging something.
While searching through the various digital sources to create the
Whitewater Valley Guide Calendar we found three farmers markets still operating
and since supporting them is important we shall list them and any others we
hear about as part of the weekly calendar.
For the record we found Oxford, Richmond and Batesville (maybe) still
holding forth. There are probably others. If you know of any still open, email
By the way, to receive a free copy of the Whitewater Valley Calendar of entertainment activities for the week, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Calendar
See what I told ya about September, like a scone, it’s gone. Still,
don’t tell the weather it’s October and maybe we’ll be okay for a while
Beautiful days and beautiful nights have a feeling of eternity to them
or at least how it should be weather-wise in eternity. Heaven would be like
this with the river just warm enough and the air just cool enough.
Hot times in the Valley
couple of big events attract us to the northern and southern extremes of our
Whitewater Valley this weekend, Aurora Farmers Fair in the south and the Fall
Gathering near Eaton in the north.
Preble County Historical Society’s Fall Gathering promises ‘something
for everyone this year’ and closes with an exclamation mark ‘!’ so who knows?
It is 11 am to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday, which makes scheduling easy to
Some of the highlights are, an auction and collections of living history
tableau, ham & bean soup and homemade ice cream (not necessarily one on top
of the other). There will be music in The Amphitheatre from 2 pm with John
Kogge, Cecilia’s Rant and Hibberd Connection Bluegrass playing one hour shows
Sunday appears to be flute day at The Amphitheater starting at 12:30
when Mystic Flutes & Tribal Drums perform. Flute artist and storyteller
John DeBoer follows at 1:30 then the Celtic Knots flute followed finally and
effectively by Higher Vision Bluegrass.
Other storytellers and historical impersonators will spice the human
stew. Then there’s that auction on Saturday.
Along the Ohio from Wednesday through Saturday, Aurora Farmers Fair
turns a good section of the old river town into a carnival, but Hoosier style.
There will be music, food and plenty of old friends catching up and new friends
to be made.
Then in the center of the Valley it’s the 43rd Canal Days in
Metamora on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Canal Days: Tubesocks to treasures in
a vendors extravaganza amidst a background of unique historical authenticity.
Hot times in the Valley — up, down and middle.
Picture The Aqueduct with a name
The Preble County Historical Society built an amphitheater and
apparently have named it The Amphitheater. I suggest we, our society in
general, name the aqueduct carrying the Whitewater Canal over Duck Creek in
Metamora The Aqueduct for the same reason, eminent practicality.
Michael Martone reads
Today (Tuesday, for those who may have advanced past it) one of the most
prominent and celebrated authors writing about Indiana today, will read from
his work at Earlham College, 7 pm.
Michael Martone grew up in Fort Wayne and is now a professor and
director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama
continues to focus in his writing on Indiana and the Midwest. His books include
Alive and Dead in Indiana, The Blue Guide to Indiana, The Flatness, Racing in
Place, Double-Wide, and, most recently, Four for a Quarter.
Local Music Scene
On Saturday, Ben Crawford will release his second solo CD,
"Love & War" in a street concert in front of Roscoe's Coffee Bar
& Tap Room. Fort Wayne Avenue will be blocked off for this outdoor event
probably before the starting time of 7:30 pm.
You are invited to relax in beautiful Versailles State Park this
Saturday and Sunday (camping of
course is one of the highlights of the park), while you enjoy the Versailles
Bluegrass Festival. Twelve regional bluegrass bands are scheduled. It’s five
dollars per day plus park entrance fee.
Walking, talking cemetery
This Saturday’s experience in Earlham Cemetery ‘Tales from the Departed’
is a great example of how to capitalize on what is unique about the Whitewater
Valley, the people who came before and built this Valley.
It’s billed as a ‘wonderful fall walking tour of Earlham Cemetery.
Several departed people will be re-enacted by actors at their gravesides. Learn
local history as these stories come to life.’
The cost is $10 per carload which is a family-friendly way of creating
the magic of marketplace economics locally.
Box: Vision 2020
Dave White of White’s Farm and head of the CIC in Franklin County posed
an interesting question which John Estridge quoted in last week’s Brookville
Democrat. Mr. White was speaking specifically about Franklin County but his
words could be applied to the rest of us who do not live along an interstate
said if he was going to build a new factory, it would be along the interstate.
His point was about the relative wisdom of communities in the hinterlands (the
backcountry where the freeways are not) chasing smokestack industry.
know it’s true that industry these days follows transportation corridors. It’s
certainly not new. Older towns like Penntown, Indiana which was established on
an old trail which became SR 46 lost ground to towns like Sunman a couple of
miles south along SR 101 when the railroad came through in the late 1800s. But
unlike many other towns where this happened, with an I-74 interchange as its
doorstep Penntown will have its revenge.
Mr. White said it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing not having a whiz-bang,
roll-fast commercial dynamo in your backyard. But, he said, “What we need to do
is figure out what our position is given the surrounding territory and the
people that live here.”
When I moved to Carpinteria, California in 1998, the small, seaside town
in southern Santa Barbara County had just finished publishing a document called
Vision 2020. It was created by the townspeople under the leadership of their
town council and was truly a successful example of community consensus. It told
everyone what everyone had decided they wanted the town to look like in 2020.
publishing it as a booklet which every citizen, even new ones, could read it
effectively gave marching orders to those council-people. It actually made
governance easier because it told them exactly what the community wanted on a
number of specific fronts. It also attracted the kinds of industry the towns
people wanted and served those industries by letting them know they were
Vision 2020 also held the various council-toes to the fire, for if they
didn’t perform or began to deviate they’d feel the consequences. In the two election cycles I reported
on for the Carpinteria Coastal View people were voted in or out of office based
in large part on Vision 2020.
This seems to be along the lines of what Mr. White meant when he said,
“Knowing what we have, then have a vision of what we can become.” Getting it in
writing like the Vision 2020 document is one way of keeping it all up front.
2020 is a little over six years away, still it’s never too late to begin
looking forward together.
Building the Cedar Grove bridge in 1914.
Photo courtesy Don Fohl
Show, Show, Fest
The three biggies in the
Whitewater Valley this weekend are, in no particular order, Franklin County
Antique Machinery Show, Versailles Pumpkin Show and Lawrenceburg’s Fall Fest.
like three things about the Versailles Pumpkin Show, the first is that it’s a
show, the second is that it’s in Versailles and the third is, at 111 it’s been
going on longer than any of us reading this have, if like me you consider your
life a goings on.
The Pumpkin Show from Wednesday through Sunday is made up of lots of
music. “Rain or shine, the stage shows go on, so bring your lawn chairs and
umbrellas or ponchos to ward off any precipitation!’ says their website where
you find the Show’s schedule. www.ripleycountytourism.com/pumpkin/
There will be vendors, food, games, craft booth, talent show, art show
and to keep with the theme, a pumpkin baking contest on Thursday morning from 8
to 10 am.
Lawrenceburg Fall Fest is always one of those over-the-top experiences,
armchair judging by what we’ve reported for the past three years. We’ve never
actually been but this year the music calls in the form of Dave Mason, whom we
interviewed when he moved to St. Thomas many, short years ago.
Other stars from Rock’s classic period due at Fall Fest this year
include Richie Furay, Burton Cummings and Dickey Betts. The names of the bands
these gentlemen once belonged to is pretty scary, The Allman Brothers, the
Guess Who, Poco/Buffalo Springfield and Traffic. Far out, man!
BBQ cook-off and a chili cook-off will join a variety of food booths and rides
to create a carnival atmosphere. The entertainment starts on Thursday at 5 pm.
Music continues through Saturday with the aforementioned performing Saturday
afternoon at 3:30.
Every year the Franklin County Antique Machinery Show features a
particular maker and this year it’s Massey Harris and Ferguson Tractors and
such. Old fashioned ways are on display in more than just machinery of another
age. Wander through the village of bygone crafts-makers creating brooms or soap
or ice cream. Talking with the costumed folk artists is the closest you can
come to speaking to the people of the past. Give it a try.
Friday evening there’s an antique tractor pull and on Saturday a horse pull.
Canal Trail & the Great Outdoors
The Whitewater Canal Trail people are going to be busy this weekend and
you’re invited to jump in to any and all of their doings. First off it’s
‘Grilling for Dollars’ at the Brookville IGA at lunchtime (11-2) on Friday and
The Franklin County Antique Machinery Show is also happening at the same
time on those same days and since the IGA is located at US 52 and Blue Creek
Road, there will be plenty of traffic and reasons for you to do more than one
Besides Grilling for Dollars, WCT is holding its annual garage sale at
Hoosier Pete’s gas station on Saturday morning from 0700 ‘til noon. Look for
the biggest chicken on Main Street in Brookville and you’ll have found Hoosier
Pete’s. There is a replica fuel pump out front and the roofed drive-in bay
holds scads and scads of brochures and hand-outs from various attractions and
businesses around the area.
Behind Hoosier Pete’s, which is at the bottom of Oregon Hill if that
helps, is the short trail to WCT’s Tecumseh Landing. There is a WCT replica
Indian long house there and, of course, the beautiful West Fork. The trail down
has traditionally been a fishing path and donkey years ago Brookville used to
hang people there.
The Whitewater Valley Walkers, an off-shoot of WCT, is holding its
second sanctioned hike on Saturday. The Brookville 10K Hike will pass Hoosier
Pete’s (Checkpoint #1) on one of its circuits. American Volkssport Association
sanctioning calls for 10k walks and it took a bit of twisting and turning,
especially since the path also needed to pass as many Brookville historic sites
WCT is also part of greater Cincinnati’s The Great Outdoors Weekend
which offers more than 150 free events this weekend. On Sunday WCT invites you
to a walking tour to Whitewater Canal Lock 21. Meet WCT volunteers at the Trail
parking lot at Moster’s Turf on US 52 near Yellow Bank Road at 1 pm for an easy
stroll to the lock.
Hike, Hike, Bike
we’re on the subject of being greatly outdoors, Hike-A-Thon Plus is giving out
“Take A Hike” tee shirts, while they last on Saturday from 8 to 5. It starts at
a parking lot near downtown Oxford. Since among the many activities being
planned is geocaching, we suggest you use this to locate the parking lot. The
directions say ‘at the intersection of Rt. 27 and Rt. 73 go east .07 miles.’ So
if you haven’t got your geocatcher we hope you at least have a compass to point
you find the place you will also find live music, natural roods, live raptors,
hikes and bird walks. So if you’ve been practicing your chicken walk this is
the place to roll it out.
The Oxbow Nature Conservancy on US 50 in
Greendale, Indiana is observing the Great Outdoor Weekend this Saturday with a
‘chance to explore our region’s natural resources.’ You want to be there at 6
pm for the 1.5 mile hike called Evening Settles on the Floodplain.
On the Cardinal Greenway they are holding
BikeTOURberbest which if you look closely and close one eye you might see as
almost an Oktoberfest thing, but not quite. This starts at 9 am in Richmond on
Saturday and costs either $25 or $15. See the calendar for more details.
Local Music Scene
Both Firehouse BBQ and Little Shebas, two Richmond hot spots for musical
entertainment, are holding Octoberfest celebrations this Saturday. Jay Jesse
Johnson and his band are playing outside at Little Shebas and Sean Lamb and his
band are playing Firehouse BBQ. But Firehouse is also having The Doug Hart Band
and the Funkyard Dogs on their Octoberfest menu.
you’ve been listening while watching television commercials lately you may have
noticed an up-surge of
poly-rhythmic Indian music. If you like what you hear, stop at Oxford’s
Hall Auditorium this Saturday for Global Rhythms: Headlamps of Many Eyes. It
features over 200 performers from around the world. The project aims to go
deeper in uncovering the beauty of several cultures.
‘Tis the season for Common Grounds. The coffee house acoustic music
venue at the West Richmond Friends Meeting on West Main in Richmond is
celebrating its 10th season of being a “friendly space to feed the
body and sole through food, fellowship and artistic expression.” To which we
Joshua Brown is the featured artist this Friday from 7 to 10 pm. The
folksinger plays dulcimer, banjo and guitar and covers everything from gospel
to sea chanties.
Music in Metamora this weekend includes the
monthly open mike Acoustic Final Friday from seven onwards and on Saturday
Bomar & Ritter are featured at Country Cooking’s Blues & BBQ series.
It's all how you look at it, says the curious alpaca on Pipe Creek Road.
September 17-23, 2013
Weekend connection between Pork and Coffin
Preble County Pork Festival and Levi Coffin Days combine (in vicinity
alone) to form a good reason for a northern Whitewater Valley tour this
The Preble County Pork Festival happening on Saturday and Sunday at the
county fairgrounds in Eaton is “always the third full weekend in September.”
Both admission and parking are free and it carries on from 6:30 in the morning
until 9 pm on Saturday and 5 on Sunday.
other words, just about any time you find yourself at the Preble County
Fairgrounds this weekend you’re bound to find something going on. Here’s the
festival schedule for the devout planners amongst us http://porkfestival.org/schedule/.
Levi Coffin Days is a huge flea market like Canal Days in Metamora, but
unlike Canal Days, it features more than just dealers selling everything from
treasures to tube socks, there’s a parade and kids games, and a queen to be
crowned and dancing in the evening. In other words its more festival than
happens on Main Street in Fountain City on US 27 about seven miles north of
Richmond near the very source of the Whitewater River. The drive between Eaton
and Fountain City could be as dull as an Interstate or could be fancied up to
pass through New Paris, ‘the Village for All Seasons,’ and to ride upon roads
named Primrose, Love, Abba and East Fountain City Pike.
recommend you use your imagination first and only after all else fails, your
Art opportunities in the Ohio Southwest
You might open the conservation with any or all of the eight artists you
could visit on their home turf during the Art All Over tour this Sunday with a
burning question. We suggest, ‘What artwork best illustrates the connection or
disconnection of body and soul to you?’
That is the question inspiring Preble County Art Association’s 2013
Theme Show entitled Body & Soul which local artists are encouraged to
enter. It was suggested by Louise Bennett before she passed away according to
the association’s call for entrants. Deadline for entry is September 27th
at 5 pm and woe be the artist who shows up at a fashionable 5:20. More details
are available at the association’s website www.takepartinart.net.
Art All Over is an invitation to drive through Oxford and the
surrounding countryside on Sunday stopping off occasionally to visit any of the
following, doing any of the following things:
Artisty Farm-goatmilk soap, barn tour; Marjorie Bowers,
watercolor; HighFire Studio, pottery, glass jewelry; Sondra Karipides, pottery,
watercolor batik; Michele Lea, quilts/fibers, beads & buttons; Silvia
Rothschild, jewelry; Jean Vance, painting, copper emamel; Marcia Waller,
watercolor. For a map and more, visit www.artallovertour.weebly.com
Be Victorian at Carnegie Hall
There are a lot of things happening in places we don’t usually get the
opportunity to list on our weekly calendar, places like Bright, Moores Hill and
to a lesser extent Friendship all have happenings happening which you could
take-in in one or two fell swoops.
make it brighter, friendlier and more hillish you could consider doing this
loop on Saturday in costume. You’d be more than welcome at the Moores Hill
Heritage Festival at Carnegie Hall in Victorian costume and in muleskinners
garb you’d be considered a friend in Friendship during the Muzzle Loading
National Championships. We don’t know how bright or beneficial you might look
in your muleskinners getup at Bright’s St. Teresa Benedicta Festival, though.
Local Music Scene
* Rural Alliance for the Arts
occasionally loads up its gun and makes a big bang. This Saturday is one
example. At RomWeber Marketplace in Batesville RRA brings us the Indianapolis
Jazz Orchestra at 7 pm. And to make things more interesting, at 6 pm you can
brush up on your fox trot with free big band and swing dance lessons. For those
moments when your feet aren’t flying a cash bar will avail to slack your
* A few miles east of Batesville at a new
flash venue, the St. Leon BBQ Festival and Chili Cook-off, on Saturday night
Scott Siefferman will provide undescribed acoustic music to be followed by the
presumably louder band The Renegades. On Friday night it will be Christopher
Bischoof, acoustic, and the Jamison Road Band.
Food, music and all will be in St. Leon Community Park for only $2. St.
Leon is small enough so once you find the town, you can easily find the
recommended on Friday evening starting around 5:30 at the Uptown Parks in
Oxford is the Latin American & Caribbean UniDiversity Festival with both
kinds of salsa, the music and the sauce. Music in the crisp open air includes
the Eastern Kentucky University Percussion Ensemble, Oxford Gourd and Drum
Ensemble also known as OGADE, Latin jazz vocalist Stacie Sandoval and the Salsa
band Grupo Tumbao.
Poetry of the Borderlands
Did you know that Indiana has a poet laureate? It does and her name is
Karen Kovacik. If that’s not exciting enough for you how about this: Karen is
coming to visit us this Thursday at Earlham’s Stout Meetinghouse. And she’s
bringing some friends for a poetry reading.
is part of The Borderlands Project and Ms Kovacik is the host. In the one-hour
program, sixteen Indiana and Ohio poets will read poems about home, borders,
migration, and immigration.
The project is called Borderlands not just for the subject matter but
also for the performance venues. This enriched hour in Richmond is the third of
four scheduled and is free as all good poetry should be.
BBQ on the big stage
St. Leon BBQ Festival and Chili Cook-off this Friday and Saturday will
have Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) competition teams firing up their
smokers and grills for cash and prizes. Backyarder teams will compete to
determine who has the best tasting BBQ ribs and BBQ chicken in Southeast
Indiana. Local chili teams will be doing the same for bragging rights for the
best tasting chili.
This is the first year for St. Leon’s Cook-off and since it carries the
names of two major sponsors, Hoosier Lottery and Art’s Rental, it probably
won’t be the last. Other commercial hooks include the Kroger Stage, Coors Light
Beer Garden, St. Leon BP Car Show and Enhanced Telecommunications Kids Zone.
Maybe this is why the entrance fee is a mere two bucks.
Brilliant producing! St. Leonites, we presume, and thank you for the
fine boilerplate. We’re sure the barbecue will be good, too.
Fairy Trails do come true!
Moving people around is an essential part of the tourism product of the
Whitewater Valley. The recently opened Visitors Pavilion in Gateway Park is
dedicated to informing visitors of what we have to offer in the Whitewater
Valley and sending them out to enjoy it.
Richmond/Wayne County Tourism Bureau has refined that notion and has
also made it clear by their new Enchanted Fairy Trail that the Whitewater
Valley Cemetery Trail we suggested last week is not as crazy as it might sound
to the otherwise living.
“The Enchanted Fairy Trail takes visitors on a fun and unique adventure
through Wayne County stopping at 37 locations offering 42 fairy homes and
gardens with more being built and added to the trail.”
“All across Wayne County, fairy doors, houses, and gardens have
magically appeared in various locations. These whimsical settlements include
working lights, windows you can peek through to see tiny furniture, décor and
even a mystical farm.” (Obviously, this is a conspiracy of the little people.)
“The Visitors Bureau invites you to search for the tiny houses, doors
and gardens that are located both indoors and outdoors of local shops, cafes,
museums, gardens and businesses in Wayne County.”
Moving people around is one thing, moving them to a specific café,
museum, shop or business makes the enchanted practical, two words which could
be seen as mutually neutralizing until we consider the enchanted practicality
“Visitors will be amazed by the colorful array of materials used and the
ability to leave letters or small gifts for the fairies at some locations.
Those who choose to take off on the trail will enjoy discovering the enchanted
world that has come to reside in Wayne County.
“Enchanted Fairy Trail brochures are available at the Old National Road
Welcome Center, 5701 National Road East. If you are a local business and would
like to participate by building a fairy door, house or garden of your own,
please contact Nancy Sartain at (765) 935-8687.”
Spotlight: Farmers Markets
The theme for the Food and Growers Association of Laughery Valley and
Environs (FGA) annual meeting this Thursday in Batesville is ‘Food as
Medicine,’ a concept which can make the old feel young and the young feel
super. Learn about super suppers from dietician Kathy Cooley and two people who
will testify how eating healthy has changed their lives, Randy and Debbie
Big Four Café Chef Adam Israel will bring locally grown ‘medicine’ to
the buffet table. See this week’s calendar for details.
FGA is an initiative to build a sustainable local market for foods
produced in and around Laughery Valley. Join them for only $20 or support
at any level you wish. www.foodandgrowers.org
* Spotlight: Farmers Market is sponsored by Oxford Farmers Market. Oxford Farmers Market is open from 8 am until noon every Saturday. Find it in Uptown Oxford behind Memorial Park. Visit their website at Oxford Farmers Market.
* Visit Whitewater Valley Guide Farmers Market List for information on times and places of all (we hope) farmers markets in our Valley.
Lawrenceburg has time on its side of the Ohio River.
September 10-16, 2013
First sighting of October
Each year Lawrenceburg gives the Whitewater Valley our first shot at Oktoberfestivies. This
Friday evening the Walnut Street party, which we are all invited to, features
the traditional German harvest fete materials like beer and brats and lots of
While in the vicinity you could also take in the monthly Art on the
Corner in nearby Aurora. The Art Guild Studio gathering starts at 6 pm and the
Lawrenceburg street party starts at 7.
do both you might think it environmentally cool to ride your bike between them
on the rail trail along the beautiful Ohio River, but we’d suggest you start in
Aurora because after an Oktoberfest outing, biking might, just might, get
Totally tubular, dude
Other fall cultural events in the Whitewater Valley this week include
Coco Fusco’s Visual Lecture at Earlham College on Friday. Coco Fusco is an
interdisciplinary artist combining electronic media and performing arts and
whatever else strikes her, we assume, fancy.
Several things about this take it over the top when it comes to your
usual, more passive art appreciation experience. From the information we’ve
received, “Participants relinquish their worldly possessions before entering a
darkened theater. Traditional seating is replaced by inner tubes.”
The inner tubes are important because this is a simulation of a voyage
from Cuba by sea which if heading north would mean about 90 miles of open, not
always friendly, ocean. Perhaps that’s why the event is entitled ‘And the Sea
Will Talk to You.’ Our advice is to read Hemingway’s ‘Old Man and the Sea’
before relinquishing your worldly possessions and embarking in the tube. That’s
in case the sea speaks Spanish and you don’t.
Local Music Scene
and Polly Brown have been doing good things for the Brookville Community since
they arrived from Virginia. One of their continuing events is free concerts at
their Upper Room Event Center, and the one they have planned for this Saturday
looks to be a goody.
It’s a concert by current and former homeschool students. The evening
begins around seven with “beautiful singing and music by local artist Emily
Edwards.” It is followed by Adam Brown with Carissa and S. R. Brandon playing
guitar, piano, and singing contemporary and original tunes. As always,
see the Guide’s Calendar for more details.
Novel set in Richmond
Richmond is the setting for a recent novel by Dr. Gary R. Shiplett who
will be reading from it and signing copies at the Morrisson-Reeves Library next
The author, who now lives in Michigan, was born in Richmond and received
most of his public education there. His recent novel The Crystal Bell is
set in Richmond where the principle character Caleb Grant is a reporter working
at the Palladium-Item Newspaper.
Dr. Shiplett is a retired United Methodist pastor. The book, his first
novel, came to him pretty much whole cloth in a dream. “This has never happened
to me before,” he said.
a future book about growing up in Richmond, Glen Miller Park plays an important
role. He said, “I had a great childhood here and a fine education with some
outstanding teachers and wonderful cultural advantages. I come through Richmond
several times a year and enjoy visiting familiar places and dear friends. Of
course, my favorite place is always the Glen Miller Park.”
Cemetery tour starts with the oldest
someone were going to put the Whitewater Valley Cemetery Tour together one
place to start might be the Old Baptist Cemetery on New Haven Road less than a
mile west of New Haven, Ohio. Or maybe not.
recent story in the Harrison Press called this particular cemetery “the oldest
landmark for religious history in the Whitewater Valley,” but a little virtual
research showed at least one more potential contender for that lofty title.
The story by Andre Zeiser explained how Harrison Township Trustee Fred
Dole spearheaded a $12,000 restoration.
Most of the money was spent updating records yet Mr. Dole said it still
remains unclear just how many people are buried there. In an email he wrote,
“Our main goal was to try to get some records of the cemetery.”
One positive outcome of the effort, Harrison Township now has grave
information available on their website at www.harrisontownshipohio.com.
The newspaper story helped.
Mr. Dole wrote, “Since the article in the Harrison Press I have had
people more than willing to help provide additional information.” One woman who
had done earlier work on the cemetery records shared a report from the Ohio
Prior to that they only had a short piece by a local historian now
deceased, Stanley McClure, which dated the Baptist church to 1803. Mr. McClure
reported it as the only church in the Whitewater Valley until 1811. He may have
been wrong about that, though.
Indian Creek Pioneer Church and Burial Ground on Indian Creek Road in
Reily Township a few miles north of Harrison was occupied as a church from 1810
through 1879, according to a report I wrote in 2010 in the Whitewater Valley
Getaway, a predecessor to the Guide. The Baptist church still standing there
was built in 1829.
Daniel Boone’s cousin Thomas Boone (1759-1831) is buried there along
with Pliny Barnum and his wife Rachel who were related to P.T. Barnum. Check
out the entire story by clicking ‘Thoughts Through the Week’ in the masthead
The oldest church still standing in Indiana is the Little Cedar Grove
Baptist Church on US 52 and Little Cedar Road. The brick church, complete with
rifle openings in the walls to fight off the Indiana Indians, was built in
1812, but Wikipedia reports Little Cedar Grove Baptist Church was organized in
1797 by some of the early settlers of Franklin County. They were Primitive
Baptists who came with Elder William Tyner from Virginia that same year. It
calls Little Cedar Grove Baptist Church “the first church in the Whitewater
article published by the Indiana Baptist Historical Society also calls Little
Cedar Grove Church “the first church organized in the Whitewater Valley,” but
says it was organized in 1806. It recounts the voyage of Elder Tyner from
Virginia to South Carolina to Kentucky to Ohio then Indiana, saying Mr. Tyner
left South Carolina in 1802 and arrived in the Brookville area in 1805.
(Brookville was founded in 1808, btw.)
The Baptist Society article says the New Madrid Earthquakes in 1811 were
so devastating to the local area around Brookville and “the entire mid-west”
that “church members took it as a sign of judgment from God for their failure
to build a proper church.” They vowed to build that “proper church” and the
result is the building we can visit today.
Obviously this leaves us with plenty of room for speculation about which
is the oldest cemetery and church (not necessarily in that order) in the
Whitewater Valley. Your thoughts and/or information on this issue would be
gratefully received and studiously disseminated.
Spotlight: Farmers Markets
found this in a recent email we received from the Food & Growers
Association: Referring to the diabetes and obesity crisis we find ourselves in,
Dr. Mark Hyman said, “We’ve eaten our way into this problem, and now we have to
eat our way out.”
Farmers markets and local foods are the place to begin, of course.
Here’s a suggestion of how that can be done from Larry Slocum:
Oxford Farmers Marketeer “Bryan Wolford has prepared his farm by adding
hoop houses and other ways to extend the growing season. He anticipates
that he will have fresh produce all winter long. So our market council
has voted to keep the market open every Saturday during the winter
“We will still have our 3rd Saturday of the month larger
market but for the other Saturdays we will be able to enjoy a
mini-market. Hooray for Bryan and thank you for growing great food for
There are a few important points here.
The first is that extending the local food season to last the entire
year is a mind-blowing concept, and a powerful, at least in potential, tool in
the ever-expanding battle of obesity.
The second thing is what it says about another potentiality, whole-life
farming (again). If local food can be grown and marketed 12 months a year,
which is pretty much the whole thing, local farmers could turn from Corporate
Corn to Locavore Sustainably. Heck, this is a revolutionary idea when you think
The third is the picture of a farmers market that is flexible and
tremendously supportive. One with a contagious enthusiasm for providing and
thus being provided for on a community level, an open community, the other half
of the farmers market equation, customers like you and me.
Bubbles the Clown made a colorful appearance Sunday at the Metamora Music Festival.
Issue 113 draft
September 3, 2013
American Blues Day
early September our social calendar suffers a fall off based on school
starting. Trouble is school doesn’t start in September anymore. It starts in
August and I’m sure we’re all the better for it, but there’s still this problem
with holiday hangover.
The holiday is Labor Day which we believe was created or at least placed
where it is to mark the end of summer vacation. Now it just appears like a bump
in the road. Suddenly the government’s closed and most working people have the
Trouble is the day doesn’t have the pizzazz it had when Labor Day was
the deadline of summer. Still this gives those of us who believe in more not
less holidays a chance to create another last-day-of-summer-vacation
suggest we give it the name American Blues Day, because if I remember correctly
that was what most returning students felt back in the good old days when Labor
Day meant school starts tomorrow.
American Blues Day should be celebrated across the breadth and heighth
of this golden land (slightly tarnished) with blues music of all varieties and
not once on this special day would be heard a tuba of Sousa or an errant Aaron
Local Music Scene
were wrong last week when we said the summer free festivals were over. Music on
the River in Lawrenceburg continues this Thursday with Blue Stone Ivory. The
music begins at 7 pm in and around High and Short Streets in more or less
downtown Lawrenceburg; ‘downtown’ being another of those flexible terms.
* This is absolutely your last call when
it comes to Sweet Honey in the Rocks tickets. Their Saturday matinee
performance at Earlham College’s Goddard Auditorium starts at 4 pm and as of
noon on Labor Day, a day on which some of us labor, there were still tickets at
a mere $15 each.
* This being First Friday week enjoy
Vevay’s monthly street party with live music by Greg Ziesemer & Kriss
Luckett (Roots/Folk/Rock), Patchwork (Traditional Americana), David Dwyer (Folk
Rock), and Mark Louden (Alternative/Experimental).
Proof Twang and 650 North are the featured bands at the 2013 Sunman Wine and
Fireworks Festival this Saturday at Sunman Community Park.
You don’t know Jack (Reno)?
Jack Reno is known in these parts as a country DJ in Cincinnati and for
the catchy tune “14 Miles to Vevay”. In the spirit of celebrating the 2013
Vevay-Switzerland County’s Bicentennial, Vevay Main Street has selected “14 Miles to Vevay” as its First Friday
theme. Written by long time resident, Tim Shackleford, the song was recorded by
country music singer and radio personality, Reno played with legends such as
Waylon Jennings and Dolly Parton. He recorded seven albums and scored 12 hits
on the American country music charts, including “Hitchin’ a Ride”, “Repeat
After Me” and “I Want One”.
Reno was a long-time country music DJ, with stints in Cincinnati, Ohio
and Omaha, Nebraska. Music Mirror magazine named him America's greatest disc
jockey in 1967. In 1978, the Country Music Association named him top country
disc jockey for markets larger than 500,000. He received the honor on CBS-TV's
awards show in Nashville.
Reno died in 2008 in Florence, Kentucky.
Moontree, a Greensburg High Point
Two things we immediately like about the Moontree Music Fest in
Greensburg coming up this Saturday: One is they have Laura Simmonds and Michael
Nahmias doing comedy between musical sets. The second is the location, High
Point Orchard, a working country estate.
few years ago Kermit Weeks of the Fantasy of Flight Museum in Polk City,
Florida, (highly recommended btw) held annual concerts where he’d put a small
solo stage off to the side of the main stage to entertain the audience while
they changed bands. It added a certain variety to the experience.
That’s why we like this Moontree Music Fest twist of using comedians
between bands to add even more variety in the form of the spoken word. It adds
more depth to the entertainment experience; music moves you, laughter cleanses.
Not that Moontree isn’t already filled with plenty of entertaining
depths to explore including a wine tasting with offerings from High Point
Orchard, Buck Creek Winery, Easley Winery and Ertel Winery. Artists will display
their latest work and crafts vendors will be making the most of their time and
talents. Food from the High Point Festival Menu will be abundant as will
commercial beers and lots of fun.
The setting is the elegant house and grounds of High Point Orchard. High
Point Orchard is a destination for food and country fun on an 18-acre orchard
of apples, peaches and pears two miles north of I-74 near Greensburg on US 421.
Moontree Music Fest begins at 4 pm and featured bands The Slinkys, the
Warrior Kings, the Jester Kings and Kink Ador will keep the music going until
11:30. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit www.artsingreensburg.org for more
details and to purchase tickets.
Valley Visitors Pavilion opening set
Candy Yurcak is back from her month cooking in early Americana costume
at the Indiana State Fair where she regularly rubs elbows with highly placed
government officials. The first thing she did upon returning was to send out invitations
to the opening of the new Whitewater Valley Visitors Pavilion at Gateway Park
in Metamora on Thursday, September 12th.
The governor was invited by word of mouth and by the same he begged off,
but promised to visit Gateway Park and Metamora before a month has passed, but
not necessarily in September. Details are sketchy but include a motorcycle gang
the governor either belongs to or closely supports.
The ‘gang’ are veterans who ride around the countryside doing good, or
at least their version of it. Good, too, is a malleable word, as in able to
adjust to changing circumstances.
She and Paul Baudendistel, both of the Whitewater Canal Byway
Association, are working daily if not longer to put the pavilion in order.
Paul’s amazing scale models of a canal boat and lock and the Metamora aqueduct
enclosed in a plexiglass-like case will be a continuing highlight of the two
main pavilion rooms.
More about this next week, but mark your calendar, all ye citizens of
the Whitewater Valley.
Of motto and bridges
The new motto of the Whitewater Valley Guide is Accuracy First Then Flavor.
Not particularly to that end we’ve added an Historic Bridges page to the
Whitewater Valley Guide Website. We have a copy of the report you will read
below and pictures of historic bridges we have known and loved. So far we have
pictures of about a half a dozen bridges.
you also are a bridge lover we ask you to send us your favorite photos with any
stories or information you might have. We’ll post all or some of it on a page
of its own. The goal being, to have an accurate catalog or almanac of all the
historic bridges in the Whitewater Valley.
Much adieu about Historic Bridges
There are bridges over rivers as pretty as you please,
But the bow that bridges heaven
And over the tops of trees
And builds a road from Earth to sky
prettier far than these, or so the poem about rainbows goes. Still, beauty is
in the eye of the beholder, especially when it comes to bridges.
learned recently the Whitewater Valley has four bridges in INDOT’s Historic
Bridges Marketing Program which is derived from the state’s Historic Bridge
Inventory. (That word ‘historic’ is an organic term in that the dates when
things become ‘historic’ flow westward with the passage of time.)
The Mineral Springs Road bridge, Wayne County Bridge #173 over Greens
Fork on Mineral Springs Road, is listed on the HBM Program. It was originally
intended to be rehabbed in order to mitigate the traffic flow when another
bridge was taken out. But Mineral Springs Road bridge was deemed not suited for
vehicle or pedestrian use so it was listed on the Program as available “for
re-use by interested parties,” according to an official posting.
engineer working on the project emailed that “Bridge 173 will be demolished
and replaced with a modern
structure in the existing location” sometime in 2014 or 2015 should it not, in
fact, be re-used.
Dearborn County has two bridges in the HBM Program. The bridge over
Tanners Creek on US 50 was built in 1938. The other Dearborn County bridge in
the program is Dearborn County Bridge #24 Cold Spring Road built in 1910.
Cedar Grove Bridge is also on the HBM Program but it’s not officially
called Cedar Grove Bridge, apparently. It is listed as SR 1 Bridge over the
Whitewater River in Franklin County.
appears bridges in INDOT’s HBM Program are taken from the Historic Bridge
Inventory and while they are in the Program, do not appear there. Apparently,
so they are listed twice.
Dearborn County has 10 bridges on INDOT’s Historic Bridge Inventory.
Among them George Street Bridge in Dearborn County is listed in the National
Register as is Dearborn County Bridge #0095 over a branch of Laughery Creek.
Ripley County has 13 on the Inventory which seems to have been created
by INDOT to determine eligibility to be listed in the National Register of
Historic Places and as a place to announce historic bridges as available (or
not) for re-use.
Wayne County has eight. Fayette County has one and there are none listed
in Union County, which may win it the nickname New Bridge County.
Franklin County has 15, two of which (Snowhill Road Covered Bridge and
Enochsburg Covered Bridge) are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
all toll by our count on August 22, 2013, there were 47 bridges in the
Whitewater Valley in Indiana’s Historic Bridge Inventory. When we add the four
historic bridges in INDOT’s Marketing Program . . . well, you do the math.
Also it looks like we have four bridges in the Valley recognized in the
National Register. Cedar Grove Bridge is presently under consideration to be NR
listed. It would make the third bridge NR listed in Franklin County and bring
number on the Indiana side of the Whitewater Valley to five.
Gary August Schlueter
August 27, 2013
‘Slow down, September’
Our chant this time of year is ‘Slow down, September!’ This issue
stepping into the first week of actual September it wouldn’t be right not to
acknowledge this beautiful August we are rapidly stepping out of. Never mind
the hot days, that’s August. Remember the cool nights, that’s September, the
best part of September.
Specifically remember last Saturday, August 24th, late in the
morning when the temperature was 70 degrees and the sky the blue that only
comes after a thunderstorm, mountain air cool and mountain sky clear. It was
September and still August. That’s one way to ‘Slow down, September.’
‘Voyage Through Time’
One of the best months to visit Metamora is September, one of the best
reasons to visit Metamora is when it’s dressed up with historic demonstrations.
And the only time those two good reasons come together is on Saturday,
September 14th when ‘Voyage Through Time: Life Along the Whitewater
Canal’ comes to life.
From noon to 3 pm the canal town will reflect its original roots with
performances by storytellers, music by Jericho and demonstrations of old
village crafts like blacksmithing, coppersmithing, chair caning, fiber, rope
and stained glass making.
“There is something special about reconnecting people to the process
used to make everyday items they own,” said Bev Wiwi, who with her husband Paul
will share their skills in chair caning and basket weaving.
point is this free event is more than entertainment. It is education designed
to reconnect you with our common past. “Voyage Through Time” is a great program
for families or anyone interested in learning more about historical crafts and
trades,” said Anne Fairchild, Indiana State Historic Sites Program Manager.
The first ‘Voyage Through Time’ several years ago took the locals by
surprise with its sincerity and the surprisingly large number of costumed
artisans plying their crafts. The back-drop of the Metamora Grist Mill with its
canal lock water fall is perfect for an afternoon adventure.
Early season quality theatre
Act quickly and you have time to catch a free performance of Shakespeare
in the park. Today, Tuesday, August 27th, the Cincinnati Shakespeare
Company will be doing ‘A Midsummers Night Dream’ in Oxford’s nebulous ‘Uptown’
park at 7 pm. If you live in Oxford you know right where I’m talking about, if
you don’t just wander High Street until you come to Main.
And if you really want to get into the spirit of the age, don your
renaissance faire duds because several art organizations have joined together
to create a pre-performance art festival. When you find it you know the
Shakespeare must be near.
Pack a picnic, bring your lawn chair and come Uptown for a great evening
of theatre and Shakespeare fun.
word to the wise, this could be your last chance this year to explore Oxford
before the insufficiently aged arrive to again rightfully claim the town as
their own. Opps, too late. The fall semester began yesterday.
Fresh from the experience of its first two weeks at Richmond Civic
Theatre, ‘Les Miserables’ is poised to wallop your emotions and uplift your
spirit. Directed by Ruth Brown this ‘sung-through pop opera overflows with
melodies that are already standards.’
The last two shows are this Friday and Saturday at the beautiful Murray
Theatre on East Main in Richmond.
Local Music Scene
Last week it was Whispering Beard
folk festival creating a Woodstock scene in Friendship; this week it’s the
Prophet Fest doings on Woods (tock) Road three miles south of Richmond.
The object is camping out, getting away from the boxes and baggage we
inhabit and exhibit in the normal world. Whispering Beard and Prophet Fest
create abnormal worlds where everything is meant to be goovy and you can let
your hair down, the longer the better.
Prophet Fest music showcases reggae, funk, rock and electronic music.
The Irie Heights should be attained by midnight when Saturday melds for an
instant with Sunday.
* Thursday will
be the last day for the summer music festivals in Lawrenceburg and Oxford.
Oxford is saying goodbye to summer with a pig roast and music by After
Midnight. Lawrenceburg is going all long-hair with the Cincinnati Metropolitan
Acoustic Open Mike night on Jim and Connie Wendle’s Lovers Lane stage on
the evening before Metamora Old Time Music Festival is probably the best time
to stop in. The tent will be up, benches will be in place and there will be
that pre-festival electricity in the air. On top of that the music will be the
best because a lot of the pickers and grinners come early to play on the big
* The Whipstitch Sallies, a contemporary,
‘Folkgrass’ music group of four “lovely, lively and talented young
women,” will appear at Lew Wallace Auditorium at Brookville High this Friday at
7 pm. Tickets are $3 at FCN Bank and at the door.
This Indianapolis group were nominated for Best New Group and Best CD in
the 2013 Brown County Music Awards. Their style is ‘Folkgrass’ but they have
been called ‘Bluegrass rockers’ as well. I’m imagining folk-rock meets
bluegrass in a beautiful quartet.
* If you
act quickly you might, just might, score a few tickets to Sweet Honey in the
Rock’s 40th anniversary tour coming to Goddard Auditorium for two
concerts. The shows are Friday and Saturday, September 6&7, but Friday’s
show is already sold out.
Lynn Knight of Earlham College said the second show still has general
admission tickets available. Nowhere could we find the price, but with this
one-time event, cost should be no object, he said coughing dryly into his
almost empty hand.
The event kicks off this year’s Gennett Records Walk of Fame Music
Festival and Sweet Honey inspired the choice of the Walk’s 2013 signature
artist the Pace Jubilee Singers, an early gospel group which recorded at
Gennett in the Richmond Gorge.
“Gennett certainly made some of the earliest recordings and, I believe,
was the first to record black gospel music,” said Dave Fulton of the
Starr-Gennett Foundation board. According to Lynn Knight, “Some of the songs
Sweet Honey does were recorded in the gorge.”
sample in person the Sweet Honey in the Rock, call Earlham’s ticket office 765
40 groups for free @ Metamora Old Time Music Festival
Here’s what Gail Ginther sent us regarding this year’s festivities:
“There will be three performance areas, plus a couple of events scheduled at
the Grist Mill. The Back Porch of Lane's End Barn, the Mid-Town Stage at the
Banes House and the Wagon Stage in Duck Creek Crossing. Bringing your own
chair is always a good idea.
“The Making Music lot will have the ongoing jam of the Shawnee Valley
Dulcimer Society, several instrument builders from around the region, and will
be the location for the workshops. There will be a hammered dulcimer workshop
at noon each day in the Making Music area.
“We're going to have over 40 music groups again this year. Many
favorite repeats such as Magnolia Mountain headlining on Saturday and Shiny and
the Spoon on Sunday.
Yoder, the 2010 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, will be returning this
year with a solo performance on the Mid-Town Stage. He will also make an
appearance with Brian Wallen as the Champions on the Back Porch.
“Some other returning bands are Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, Hickory
Robot, Old Truck Revival, Blue Caboose, Diamond Hill Station, and Patchwork
“Some of the groups new to the Festival this year will be The Whipstitch
Sallies from Indianapolis, CPR Revival from Indiananpolis, The Repeating Arms
from western Ohio, Year of the Buffalo from Columbus, Ohio, The Tadcasters from
Cincy, Will Kimble String Band from Cincy, James Funk of Red Beard's Revenge
Click here for http://metamoramusic.pbworks.com/w/page/20798739/Schedule
Besides BYO chairs, we recommend BYO money. Consider this a free live
music sampler by these groups and support your favorites by buying their CDs
and stuff. As the old song and the
portly banker sang, ‘Money makes the world go around.’
Spotlight: Farmers Markets
It’s time we get serious about our farmers market shopping. We’re in the
sweet spot and it won’t last forever. Three things caught our eye from Larry Slocum’s
Market Minute last week, ‘fabulous white peaches and delicious European blue
“Both are seasonal delights,” Larry reminds us.
The third thing has been in the air since the apples started falling
from the trees last week and got crunched under by foot or better yet by car.
That is the aroma of apple juice better known as cider.
have been cider-starved for almost two years now. The drought pinched the crop
dead last year in many orchards. Now it’s time to take our revenge on that too
long a dry spell.
Buy a gallon of cider and slosh it all over yourself on your front lawn.
If we coordinate events with our neighbors we could make it a seasonal rite of
passage. I can hear the drum circle now, see the dances that would be done
beneath the flow of cool amber cider. Imagine the taste with your head thrown
back and your cider cheeks overflowing.
could call it the Whitewater Valley One Gallon Rite. One caveat though, be sure
to be properly attired when participating. We wouldn’t want things to seem too
wild in case the media show up and labels are applied.
Farmers Market is sponsored by Oxford Farmers Market. Oxford Farmers Market is open from 8 am until noon
every Saturday. Find it in Uptown Oxford behind Memorial Park. Visit their
website at Oxford Farmers Market.
* Visit Whitewater Valley
Guide Farmers Market List for information on times and places of all (we
hope) farmers markets in our Valley.
August 20, 2013
Archway Days in festive Centerville
Artists on the Green sounds like a fun and informal way to stretch your
legs after driving to Archway Days. Local artists will be painting in the
courtyard or otherwise demonstrating what they do to make art. It happens this
Saturday in the courtyard next to the Mansion House at 214 E. Main in
Centerville. Main in Centerville is, of course, the National Road.
This is part of Archway Days Festival happening this weekend all over
Centerville. The group Historic Centerville will be having its annual Quilt and
Needlework Show this Friday and Saturday from 10-5 pm each day at the Mansion
There are five existing archways from Centerville’s Pikeville
architectural period. From 1820 through 1836 buildings with common walls were
built shoulder to shoulder along the sidewalk. Behind these buildings were the
original buildings. The archways were needed to get from the street to the
original buildings behind the newer façade.
Archway Days Festival has been celebrating this Whitewater Valley
architecture every year since 1988 when it was called Hoosier Celebration.
Local Music Scene
Metamora Performing Arts is excited to introduce the Bloomington-area
blues duo Jason & Ginger to all of their new friends in this area. Jason
& Ginger have performed at Folk Alliance conferences and were
semi-finalists in the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
The stage is at Country Cooking, the former Cabana, which is outdoorsy
feeling dining room next to the canal in the old section of Metamora.
Eight-dollar tickets include a meal of pork BBQ sandwich plate or chicken
Fresh from hosting guitarist Johnny A, Preble County’s The Amphitheater
is featuring Grammy Award winning singer-songer Carrie Newcomer. She is said to
perform with genuine depth, wisdom and whimsy. Her trio you might say.
Carrie Newcomer's music has always explored the intersection of the
spiritual and the daily, the sacred and the ordinary. Over the course of her
career she has become a prominent voice for progressive spirituality, social
justice and interfaith dialogue.
The most active Preble County Historical Society continues to populate
the new outdoor amphitheater with top quality talent like Sunday evening’s
performance by Carrie Newcomer. John Kogge will be opening for her at 5:30.
Whispering Beard verbatim
The following was taken from the Whispering Beard website: “Whispering
Beard Folk Festival was a dream, a vision, the kind of once in a lifetime
opportunity to do something greater than ourselves.
“Founded in 2008 by Matthew Wabnitz and Katfish Williams with the idea
that many of our friends had these amazing bands, so why not put on an outdoor
show for all them to play and all of our friends to show up. They maybe didn't
realize the community they were building back then. How it would grow to be as
big as y'all have gotten.
“Over the past five years WBFF has done things their own way, without
the help of big corporate sponsorship, with just word of mouth and a lot of
pounding the pavement. We've passed out flyers and sent online posts. We've
gone to some of the finest theaters and some of the dumpiest watering holes
just to show our support for all the great local, regional, and national talent
we find to be of the utmost caliber.??
“We've picked with you and sang with you. Danced, dream and laughed with
you. Because WBFF isn't about any one person, or one group, it’s about the
community. It's about the need to preserve traditional folk music as well as
encourage a new wave of younger folk-inspired musicians. It's about the soil in
bluegrass, the dirt behind the fingernails. It’s about banjos and brothers, and
fiddles and sisters. And soul possessed country singers. Its about you and
about me and everywhere any of us have ever been.??
“WBFF isn't just a festival, its something greater than that. It's
something you just feel in the pit of your stomach like a first kiss or spring.
It's about you and me and us...for three days it's just about us.”
get the spirit, bring yourself to Friendship, Indiana this weekend for the
weaving of whispering beards into fine folk music.
Cedar Grove Bridge update
INDOT has muzzled the Cedar Grove Bridge, literally. Both ends of the bridge
have been sealed off with fencing stopping any passage across the Whitewater
River on the old SR 1 route. We assume the reason is liability. People were
using the bridge daily until both entrances were blocked a few months back.
The Friends of Cedar Grove Bridge stand ready to accept the bridge from
INDOT in order to refurbish it and turn it into a park and bike trail route.
But INDOT will not release the bridge to a non-profit organization. It was
willing to hand the bridge over to Franklin County when negotiations were
underway between the two over building another bridge over Duck Creek and
transferring ownership of old SR 1 between the bridge and new SR 1 from INDOT
to the county. They couldn’t come to an agreement and negotiations were suspended.
The Friends would still like to move forward with its plans but needs a
sympathetic government agency recognized by INDOT to serve as a momentary
change agent. Ideally for the Friends the government agency would accept the
bridge from INDOT and then transfer it to the Friends, all at the same table,
all at the same time.
All this is predicated on the notion that INDOT would be willing to
transfer to the Friends the estimated $200,000 it would take to demolish the
bridge and cart it away. In the past INDOT has agreed to use the funds
earmarked for demolition for restoration. So it is a notion with precedent.
The Friends continue to meet regularly and have a detailed plan in place
for how the restoration money would be spent including a set-aside to cover
insurance and long-term maintenance. The group is made up of high-level experts
in bridges and restoration as well as local historical bridge enthusiasts and
active Cedar Grove residents.
Sunman Area Farmers Market
Proving there is always room for improvement, we’ve improved our
Whitewater Valley Farmers Market list by including Sunman Area Farmers Market.
Through their vendors Sunman Area Farmers Market decided to hold its
market on Friday afternoons from 3 to 6 pm and Saturday mornings from 8 to 11
am ‘to enable everyone to enjoy local produce, homemade edible goods, and
locally produced arts and crafts.’
Sunman Area Farmers Market opened in May and will remain open through
the middle of October. The location is once again at the Old Nedderman Feed
Mill, now owned by Wiedeman Heating and Electric, Inc.
“Many thanks to the Wiedeman Family for the use of their lot!” says
Oxford Farmers Market the apples are in and better than they have been for a
couple of years. Make sure you pick up several varieties for baking and eating.
Spotlight: Farmers Market is sponsored by Oxford Farmers Market. Oxford Farmers Market is open from 8 am until noon
every Saturday. Find it in Uptown Oxford behind Memorial Park. Visit their
website at Oxford Farmers Market.
Valley Guide Farmers Market List for information on times and places of all
(we hope) farmers markets in our Valley.
Aug 13-19, 2013
Festival weekend in Hagerstown
Nettle Creek Lions Club Jublilee Festival which is happening this Friday
and Saturday might be better known as Hagerstown Jubilee Festival since it
happens on the streets of Hagerstown. But Nettle Creek is nearby so when you
hear something Nettle Creek or, conversely, Nettle Creek anything, you can bet
Hagerstown won’t be far off.
Things begin at 4 pm on Friday with the opening of the Festival Market
and a half hour later with the Lions Club Fish Fry, both on Plum Street. The
Classic Car Show takes up the rest of the evening with DJ music and a trophy
presentation followed by live music at 7:30 on the Plum Street Stage. We hear
there will be music all over Hagerstown with plenty of it unscheduled at least
Saturday things seem to begin to happen simultaneously. There’s practice
for the Grand Prix starting on South Washington Street at 8 am, then at nine
the parade begins on Main Street. Over on the Plum Street stage at 11 is a
magic show by Wayne Hinkle followed at noon by the Pinewood Derby. To see the
entire schedule click
Local Music Scene
Ten bands are scheduled to play Bacon, Blues & Brew Walhill Farm’s
music and arts festival this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The flyer promises
“incredible blues music, gourmet food, international fine artists and craft
beer.” No mention is made of the pig.
Music starts at 5:30 on Friday with the Dex Romweber Duo, followed by
the New Orleans rock group The Iguanas and then Noah Hunt and the 420 Allstars.
Saturday six bands are scheduled from 11 am until 11 pm. Then on Sunday Michael
Kelsey plays from noon to 2 pm but for VIP ticket holders only.
Allan Coe is headlining again this year at Indian Creek Tavern. This Saturday
the Akron-born outlaw music star, himself a mere 73 years young, will be
performing in Reily for the first time since his accident in March when
Wikipedia says he ran a red light in Florida where he now has a home and a bar
called the Iron Horse Saloon.
The opening bands are Jim Burns Band and Kelly Crank. A few years ago
Indian Creek Tavern created an outdoor performance area and David Allan Coe
might have been their debut performer. Don’t hold me to that though.
Dinosaur Train teaches with fun
When you’re a T. Rex adopted by a Pterandon family you have a greater
curiosity about things than maybe your siblings who themselves are simply
Pterdandon’s raised by normal Pterdandon parents. That’s the story line for
PBS’ popular kids television series Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train which will make
a stop in Connersville for the next two weekends.
The T. Rex is Buddy, his siblings are Tiny, Shiny and Don, and they
travel the Mesozoic era aboard the Dinosaur Train where learning about the
differences between dinosaurs is what the journey is all about.
This same Dinosaur Train with Buddy and his pals has jumped the Mesozoic
track and is making an appearance in Connersville here in the Whitewater Valley
and very much in this present epoch which we believe is called the Plasticscene
Era. In fact, Dinosaur Train is here for a two-week run and when we say here we
mean like not in Indy, Cincy or Dayton.
that’s not a 40-year anniversary present we don’t know what is. The Whitewater
Valley Railroad has been chosen for this honor in no small part because of the
integrity it takes to keep a crew of trained volunteers together and chugging
forward for forty years.
Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train departs Connersville from the always
interesting Grand Central Station at 9 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm on
Saturday and Sunday, August 17 & 18 and again the following week August 24
& 25 for a two-hour adventure. The cost is $26 per person over one year
old. The trains are expected to sell out so reserving in advance is
recommended. Call 765 825-2054 or visit http://tickets.whitewatervalleyrr.org.
What happens with the Dinosaur Train is families will board a real train
bound for the Nature Trackers Adventure Area. There they will find fossil dig
sites, dinosaur tracking and other outdoor challenges to teach natural science,
natural history and, of course, paleontology to even the youngest researchers.
Travel Through Time is the Whitewater Valley Railroad’s motto and with
the Dinosaur Train they have stretched Time and Travel beyond history.
Roaring in Rising Sun
Roar of Thunder Regatta has found a new home and is looking for more sponsors
and volunteers to continue this annual powerboat racing event. From the Web we
learn, “The race has been held for the past 14 years in Aurora but is being
moved for this year due to logistical issues at the original site.”
Rising Sun is now the place to see, feel, smell and experience A Roar of
Thunder. The regatta will be held this Saturday and Sunday as part of a
nationally sanctioned circuit of the Powerboat Superleague, we are told. Call
812 438-4933 to volunteer or to discuss sponsorship.
Presently the sponsors are the City of Rising Sun, Ohio County
Convention, Tourism and Visitor Commission, and the Ohio County Economic
Development Corporation so you’ll be in good company.
Beatles music, a T-rex and the first glimpse of
Brookville has taken to blocking off Seventh Street and using the
Brookville Tire Company’s large triangular parking lot on Main as headquarters
for Brookville Third (or 3rd) Friday which is coming up this week
believe it or not. It is the second Tuesday but the third Friday, which means
we just slipped towards Fall or will have by Friday.
And remember, unlike what the proverb says, it is not pride
that goeth before a fall, it’s a slip.
The Sweet Beats who recently played Lawrenceburg’s Music on the River
which happens every Thursday evening for free, will be featured on the stage at
Seventh and Main this Friday. We are told you will not believe your eyes or
ears when you hear and see them.
And you are asked to ‘dig out those 60’s clothes for a costume contest
to see who can bring the 60’s back.’ Have we ever left? That’s news to me. I
thought this last 50 years was all adjunct, so to speak, to the 60’s.
seems rock and roll is here to stay. Who’d a thunk it? Maybe rock and roll will
fade away like other popular music forms over the past 200 years when someone
comes up with a band better than the Beatles.
Generation Baby Boom hung on every album and for a few years there,
every Beatles album moved pop music in subtle new directions. They were on the
apex of a new technology which has grown beyond human capacity. The Beatles
were recording when the technological capacity for experimentation was only
mildly over their heads so they were able to still embrace it. Now for the
recording musician, technology engulfs us like an oversized Marshall McLuhan
Besides the groovy and far-out, this Third Friday in Brookville also
The Mini Museum of Dinosaurs from the Connersville Education
Coalition features hundreds of real fossils in a hands-on display. Kids will
want to have their picture taken with Roary, a three-foot high T-Rex
couple of other things make this August Third Friday special and one of a kind.
Special is the annual United Way A-Main-zing Race which is a team performance,
crazy course race where you might be asked to put a little down on the team or
teams of your choice, not as a bet, but as a donation to help reduce their
The newly named Brookville Lodge is holding a one of a kind event, their
first open house from 5 to 7 pm. A lot of time and effort has gone into
transforming the building on the corner of Eighth and Main into a must-see.
Brookville Lodge was originally described as being designed for outdoor lovers
with amenities like a fish cleaning station in back.
The weather looks to be perfect with a high of 80 and a low of 63 so if
you had ever thought of taking in a Brookville Third Friday this would be the
Murality comes to Wayne County
The invitation comes on fine letterhead with a scrolling script spelling
out ‘Festival of The Arts,’ beneath it in a stand-up sans-serif half tone
‘Wayne County, Indiana’ with an artistic graphic next to it. (Wouldn’t it add
an element of pride of place if under Wayne County, Indiana was written
Special artists from everywhere and anywhere are invited to make a scene
in Wayne County. Murals and sculptures are the main product but the byproduct
is communicating arts or the art of communication if they are not the same
thing. With murals and sculptures space is needed preferably public space. This
adds the element of negotiation or at least collaboration ergo the art of
communication. The artist Christo’s whole-process Art comes to mind.
The murals must be on interior walls somewhere in Wayne County and have
public access. Sculptors/3D may be located in exterior or interior locations
and must also be available to the public. Cash prizes of $1,000 each will be
awarded for one mural and one sculpture/3D.
Artists and property owners will collaborate to submit an intent to
enter and create a work of art. Deadline to express intent to enter is
September 15th. Artists looking for location and property owners
looking for an artist are encouraged to submit their names for information
exchange. Projects must be
completed by December 1st.
request entry information or submit a name or location, email email@example.com or call
317.696.7349 or pick up hard-copy information at the Richmond City Building in
Mayor Hutton's office at 50 N. 5th St., Richmond, In.
Spotlight: Farmers Markets
The concept of buying and eating local has its own name, Locavores, and
Locavores have their own website www.locavores.com. According to Oxford Farmers Market
Master Larry Slocum, “At the grocery store the produce is picked early to
survive the average 1,000 mile journey to the store. Vote with your
dollars to keep our local market strong.”
there’s more than just good health to this Locavore thing. There’s an economic
component and where there’s an economic component there’s a social component.
In other words, this Locavore thing is a holistic movement which you may jump
into and out of on a whim or fancy. But you may also take much more seriously.
We recommend the latter, especially at this time of year. Go Locavore!
Visit Whitewater Valley
Guide Farmers Market List for information on times and places of all (we
hope) farmers markets in our Valley.
Spotlight: Farmers Market is
sponsored by Oxford Farmers Market. Oxford Farmers Market is open
from 8 am until noon every Saturday. Find it in Uptown Oxford behind Memorial
Park. Visit their website at Oxford