Metamora Christmas lights reflected in the Whitewater Canal
Getting’ Jazzy Concert
Adding to the growing list of Richmond orchestras is the Richmond Jazz
Orchestra which is giving its premiere performance this Thursday at the
Morrison-Reeves Library in Richmond, of all places.
Jazz and Richmond go back a long
way. Golden Age jazzerinos like Hoagy Carmichael (for whom the Hoagie sub
sandwich was not named), Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong recorded in
Richmond. In fact, Hoosier Hoagy recorded his song Star Dust at the Gennett
Records studio in 1927.
fully expect Hoagy to be at Morrisson-Reeves in spirit and he will hear local
Richmond performers you may already know as they create this new and certainly
necessary Richmond Jazz Orchestra. Holiday songs will be in evidence.
Refreshments follow and the concert is free.
Vying for the longest name of an event on our holiday calendar, the
Oxford Community Square Dance Holiday Extravaganza this Friday features some
new names to our ears. T-Claw will be calling the dance and the folk group The
Corn Potato String Band will perform.
Originally hailing from Tennessee, T-Claw is a renowned caller of square
dances, barn dances, hootenannies and hoedowns. He travels the nation to
introduce people to traditional American bluegrass and folk music.
The Corn Potato String Band is an Appalachian folk trio consisting of
Aaron Jonah Lewis, Lindsay McCaw and Ben Belcher. All three band members play
multiple instruments, including banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass,
accordion and piano.
The event is part of the Jericho Old Time Band’s Oxford Community Square
Dance series which continues on January 16th, followed by dances on February
6th, March 6th and April 3rd.
If you come, bring five bucks for the door, a dish to dance with and a
dessert to share.
Paint winter colorfully
spotted a trend this year that continues into the holiday season. It is adult
art gatherings where burgeoning artists get together, imbibe beverages of their
own choosing and paint pictures all in the spirit of camaraderie and
Preble County Visual Art Center it is a monthly event called Unwind and Create
and this Friday you are invited to join them and “sink into the holiday spirit
by creating a wintry painting.”
Members pay ‘only’ $20 each. Non-members are also invited.
Create a courthouse trail, anyone?
a 2011 report to the Indiana General Assembly the Indiana Courthouse
Preservation Advisory Commission advised the Indiana Division of Tourism to
“consider acknowledging and promoting the obvious, natural attraction of
historic courthouses and their squares for tourists and other visitors through
a statewide tourism campaign.”
Without going into too much detail we float the idea that tourism
professionals in the Whitewater Valley create a Courthouse Trail, complete with
map, fanfare and promotion.
the Commission reported, while commercial activity has moved to the outskirts
of town in many cases, the courthouses anchor the legal and political communities to the center of
town, insuring their viability as long as justice prevails.
The beauty of these buildings is something we do not take for granted.
Drive through Liberty some time and you will be inclined to rubber-neck when you
pass the Union County courthouse.
But the histories of these buildings is something we take for granted.
Creating a Whitewater Valley Courthouse Trail will put that history at our
fingertips and will increase the value of our overall tourism product.
Odd Fellows Christmas spirit?
On Saturday evening just after sundown as the streets of Metamora were
filling with Christmas walkers enjoying the extravagant light show reflecting
in the Whitewater Canal, a small group across from the old Odd Fellows Hall
wondered why the building’s owner was pacing back and forth on the usually
abandoned third floor.
few weeks before the owner had put a light in the window for the holiday season
and the group who maintain the two horse-drawn carriages plying the streets of
Metamora saw him pacing and commented to each other about this singular
The next day when one of them met the owner she asked what he was doing
up there. He said he wasn’t up there. There is no heat on the third floor and
he never goes up there at night because it’s too spooky.
When asked who these folks saw pacing back and forth he suggested it
could have been the fellow who committed suicide years ago by jumping off the