May 15th, 2013 1:39pm
The Southeast Indiana summer festival season officially kicks off this week with the arrival of the Dillsboro Homecoming Festival, an annual street fair that will bring food, fun and festival entertainment to the streets of downtown Dillsboro.
Scheduled for May 15-18, the event features activities the entire family will enjoy, including carnival rides and games, a midway with food and informational booths, live music (including a performance by BritBeat, a Beatles tribute band on Saturday night), unique contests (such as the always popular frog jumping contest), a large Saturday morning parade and more.
The Dillsboro Idol contest – a singing competition modeled after the popular American Idol series – promises to be another big draw. Planned for this evening (May 15), the contest will feature eight finalists selected from several preliminary competitions.
Located off U.S. 50, the town of Dillsboro is an easy day-trip for visitors, and the free event makes for a fun – and economical – family outing. For a complete schedule of festival events, click here to visit our online Calendar of Events.
May 1st, 2013 2:03pm
Spring is a great time to check out Veraestau Historic Site, the early-19th-century country estate located high on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River outside of the small town of Aurora. A private estate managed by Indiana Landmarks and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Veraestau is known for its sweeping panoramic views of the Ohio River and the countryside beyond. The summer home and gentleman’s farm property maintain features going back at least 200 years.
This Saturday, May 4, Veraestau (a combination of the Latin words for spring, summer and fall) will open its doors to the public for a special Derby Day outdoor event in honor of the many Kentucky Derby parties thrown by its original owners, the O’Brien/Gibson family. Traditional refreshments will be served, including mint juleps and burgoo. Guests can also enjoy Dixieland music, games, and a Derby hat contest before watching the Run for the Roses on the big screen. The event will benefit the preservation of Veraestau, which is owned and operated by Indiana Landmarks.
To learn more – or to order your tickets – click here, or contact Veraestau directly at 812-926-0983.
Apr 23rd, 2013 11:01am
Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to get racing! The 2013 season of the Lawrenceburg Speedway is now underway, with a full schedule of automotive racing events planned for weekends throughout the upcoming spring and summer months.
Located off of U.S. 50 at the Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds, the facility features a 3/8 mile, high-banked clay oval track and offers racing in a variety of classes, including sprint car, modified, pure stock and hornet racing, plus motorcycle racing on Friday nights beginning in May. Fans can also enjoy amenities such as onsite parking and concessions, special children’s and group pricing, pit passes and more. Want to make a weekend of it? The track is conveniently located across the street from Hollywood Casino and is likewise close to several additional Lawrenceburg hotels and attractions.
Want to check out the Speedway for yourself? To learn more, or for a complete 2013 schedule, visit the Lawrenceburg Speedway website or connect with the track on Facebook or Twitter. Fans can also call the Speedway directly at 812-539-4700.
Apr 5th, 2013 12:32pm
The Southeastern Indiana Art Guild will host a special Spring Art Show & Floral Exhibition starting this weekend, and you’re invited to join in the fun! Scheduled for April 8–13 at the Art Guild Studios in historic downtown Aurora, the free show will bring together some of the region’s best artists and floral designers for a stunning showcase of original fine art and floral arrangements designed to get you in the mood for spring. Stop by daily from 11am-7pm, or check out the free Grand Reception (Sat., April 6, 5-8pm) or Opening Reception and “Meet the Artists” Event (Sun., April 7, 1-5pm). The show will also be open during select weekends in April, with a complete list of dates and times listed on our online Calendar of Events.
After you’ve had a chance to view the artwork, take a stroll around charming Aurora, where you’ll find historic architecture, quaint shops and the Windows of Aurora, a public art project 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 an important steamboat stop along the Ohio River. Later this spring, visitors will be able to download a special Windows of Aurora app directly onto their smartphone or tablet. The free app will be available in the Apple iTunes store beginning next month.