Nov 13th, 2014 10:14pm
Even though it’s only November, we’re gearing up for the holidays here in Southeast Indiana, with a variety of seasonal celebrations and holiday open houses guaranteed to get you in the spirit. Visitors of all ages can experience the magic of Christmas past at historic Hillforest, where the mansion will be decked out in its Christmas finest from Nov. 20 through Dec. 30. Or, check out one of Hillforest’s many holiday events, which include several three-course Victorian Christmas teas as well as a Holiday Open House featuring costumed docents, entertainment and refreshments.
Action-packed holiday weekends will also be on the agenda in downtown Aurora, where “Miracle on Main” is the theme of the season. In addition to the city’s tree-lighting ceremony on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the event will feature weekend activities throughout December, including a large Dickens Village and toy display, breakfast and visits with Santa, the “Aurora Express” train rides, live entertainment, live reindeer and more.
Over at Lawrenceburg’s Winter Wonderland, visitors can enjoy the seasonal outdoor ice skating rink (open Nov. 29-Jan. 25), then attend Winter Wonderland’s Opening Day on Sat., Nov. 29, which includes the opening of the ice rink, the city’s tree lighting ceremony downtown at the levee, and several “Small Business Saturday” activities in the shops downtown. Then in December, mark your calendar for the annual Winter Wonderland Celebration – an all-day event scheduled for Dec. 6 which features breakfasts and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a special Winter Wonderland art show, Christmas parade, prizes and more.
Nov 8th, 2014 10:26pm
Lawrenceburg’s Whiskey City Festival continues this evening with a variety of whiskey-related activities, including whiskey and craft beer vendors, a signature cocktail contest, food vendors and more. The event, which will run through 8pm, costs $30 at the door, which includes ten tastings.
The Whiskey City event will also include a performance by legendary rockers REO Speedwagon, who will take the stage at the Lawrenceburg Event Center following Saturday evening’s activities at approximately 8pm. Tickets for this special performance are $65/floor and $55/riser.
To learn more, visit www.whiskeycityfestival.net.
Oct 8th, 2014 7:26pm
We’re kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month this week with the launch of a free giveaway contest on our Tour for the Cure® Facebook page. Known as the Awesome October Giveaway, the contest will feature four weeks of great prizes including gift cards, Vera Bradley merchandise in the latest breast cancer awareness pattern, and more.
Our Awesome October giveaways include:
WEEK 1 - “McCabe’s Greenhouse & Floral and Vera Bradley Prize Pack”
--$100 Gift Card to McCabe’s Greenhouse & Floral
WEEK 2 - “Girls’ Day Out and Vera Bradley Prize Pack”
--Lunch for four at Whisky’s Family Restaurant
--Fused glass class for four at The Framery
--Tour for four at Hillforest Victorian House Museum
--$25 gift certificate to Beiersdorfer Orchard
--Four Vera Bradley luggage tags in Pink Swirls (breast cancer awareness) pattern
WEEK 3 - “Parlour of Aurora and Vera Bradley Prize Pack”
--$100 Gift Card to the Parlour of Aurora (full-service salon and day spa)
--Vera Bradley Shower Caddy in Pink Swirls (breast cancer awareness) pattern
WEEK 4 - “Fall Along the Ohio River Scenic Byway & Vera Bradley Prize Pack”
October 28-November 3
--Overnight accommodations for two at Hollywood Casino Hotel
--Tour for two at Hillforest Victorian House Museum
--Final Cut Steakhouse - $165 gift card
--Vera Bradley Snap-on Case for iPhone5 in Pink Swirls (breast cancer awareness) pattern; (iPhone not included)
Through a variety of overnight travel packages, day trips, “make it and take it” projects, group excursions and special events, our Tour for the Cure® initiative has raised more than $47,000 for the Vera Bradley Foundation since 2008. A nonprofit foundation affiliated with Vera Bradley Designs, Inc., the Foundation works to support breast cancer research through their endowed chair at Indiana University.
In order to participate in the Awesome October Giveaway, all entrants must be 21 years of age, must have a Facebook account, and must “like” the Tour for the Cure® Facebook page. It’s free to enter, and you can enter each contest once per week. Good luck, and we hope you have an awesome October!
Sep 30th, 2014 7:12pm
The streets of downtown Aurora will come alive this week with the sights and sounds of the Aurora Farmers Fair, a large multi-day festival that has been a tradition in the community for more than a century.
One of Indiana’s oldest street fairs, the Farmers Fair offers activities for all ages, including carnival rides and games, food and information booths, an exhibit hall, car show, unique contests, and more. The fair will run from Wed., October 1 through Sat., October 4.
Organized by the Aurora Lions’ Club and the Aurora Farmers Fair Association, the festival will also offer a full lineup of free live entertainment. On Wednesday night, attendees can enjoy Main Stage performances by The Nelons and LeFerve Quartet, while Friday will feature The Van Dells Next Generation followed by The Van Dells. Saturday’s headliners include After Midnight and The Rusty Griswolds. Additional performances will also take place throughout the festival.
On Saturday, come out early for the annual Farmers Fair parade, which will start at 9:30 and run approximately two hours. In addition to a number of floats and decorated entries, the event will showcase marching bands from throughout the region.
As in years past, the Aurora Farmers Fair will offer free admission again this year. To learn more, contact the Farmers Fair Information Line at 812-926-1300 or “like” the Aurora Farmers Fair on Facebook.