Hillforest to Host First Ladies Tea

Stepping into Hillforest Victorian House Museum is like stepping back in time.  That’s because the 1855 historic mansion has been painstakingly restored to reflect how it would have looked in the mid-nineteenth century.

Hillforest hosts many programs and special events throughout the year to raise needed operating support for the museum.  This year, the first of these events is “A Tip of the Hat to Our First Ladies Tea,” scheduled Saturday, April 22, at 1pm.  The tea will highlight some our nation’s great first ladies and showcase what types of hats they would have worn in their respective eras.  A few of their favorite recipes will also be shared.

The delicious three-course tea will be served in the Hillforest parlors followed by a tour of the museum, including this year’s featured exhibit, “Bags, Bonnets, & Baubles."  Reservations are required and may be placed by calling Hillforest at 812-926-0087 or online by clicking here.  Hillforest will remain open through the end of the year.  For a full schedule of what the museum has planned, visit their 2017 Calendar of Events or follow Hillforest on Facebook.

Lawrenceburg Event Center to Host National Collegiate Boxing Championships

The 2017 National Collegiate Boxing Championships are coming to Lawrenceburg!  The 41st-annual event is open to the public and will be held April 6-8 at the Lawrenceburg Event Center.

Sanctioned by both the NCBA and USA Boxing, the event will feature collegiate boxers from 22 different schools from across the country who have qualified through competitive regional tournaments.  These student-athletes have been training since August to earn the designation of All-American and will now compete to earn the title of champion.  

As a group member of USA Boxing, the NCBA follows amateur boxing rules with additional safety measures that include enforced eligibility rules, more weight classes, mandatory use of headgear, and pre-matching of bouts by weight and experience for single day events.  The NCBA consists of three regions which each host a Regional Championship that qualify boxers for the National Championships.

Admission to the Quarterfinals on April 6 and Semifinals on April 7 is free.  For more information or to purchase tickets for the Finals on April 8, click here.  Then, explore all the things to see and do in Southeast Indiana this spring.    

Spring Art Show Planned for April

The vibrant colors of spring will take center stage beginning this week as the Southeastern Indiana Art Guild prepares for its upcoming Spring Art Show.  The annual spring event will feature original artwork on display and for sale starting this weekend and running through mid-April.

Comprised of artists from throughout Southeast Indiana and the entire Tri-State, the Art Guild works to promote an appreciation of the visual arts in a variety of mediums.

The show will run from April 1-15 at the Art Guild Studios in downtown Aurora.  The event is free and open to the public.  Visitors can browse and purchase art during the Opening Reception (Sat., April 1, 6-8pm) or throughout the show’s regular hours as follows:

Sunday, April 2: 1-4pm

Mon-Fri, April 3-7: 11am-7pm

Saturday, April 8: 11am-4pm

Sunday, April 9: 1-4pm

Mon-Fri, April 10-14: 11am-7pm

Saturday, April 15: 11am-4pm

Located along the Ohio River, the City of Aurora is known for its 19th-century churches, historic architecture and well-preserved National Historic district.  Art lovers will also want to check out the Windows of Aurora, a public art project (and mobile app) featuring a selection of murals throughout the city.  Created by a number of Art Guild artists, the murals depict early 1900-era street scenes that transport visitors back in time to the period when Aurora was a thriving river port and important steamboat stop along the busy Ohio. 

Welcome Spring at Hillforest

One of Southeast Indiana’s greatest cultural attractions opens this week for the 2017 touring season.  Hillforest Victorian House Museum, the gracious Italianate mansion overlooking historic downtown Aurora, officially opens to visitors April 1 and will remain open through the end of December.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark, Hillforest is the original home of the Gaffs, a locally prominent family whose presence can still be felt within its historic walls.

This year’s featured exhibit is Bags, Bonnets & Baubles, showcasing the museum’s collection of ladies’ hats and handbags rarely on display.

For more information on visiting the mansion – including a list of the museum’s 2017 Calendar of Events – contact Hillforest at 812-926-0087 or become a fan of the museum on Facebook.  Then mark your calendar for a special First Lady Tea scheduled for April 22.