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Apr 24th, 2012 12:16pm
Murder, mayhem, mystery and more are on the menu this month at Hillforest Victorian House Museum in Aurora, where a unique Mystery Dinner Theatre performance will take place Fri., April 27 at the nineteenth-century Italianate mansion renowned for its period architecture and historic ambience.
Performed by local theater troupe Rivertown Players, the Hillforest Murder Mystery Dinner will feature an ensemble presentation of “A Door in the Dumpster,” an original Hillforest mystery written and performed by members of the Rivertown Players cast. The live performance features an assortment of ghosts, goblins and a number of over-acting actors who play a variety of "true characters" of Hillforest.
The ghostly figure of Thomas Gaff greets Mystery Dinner Theatre guests
Originally built in 1855 by industrialist and financier Thomas Gaff, Hillforest is located at the top of Main Street overlooking the Ohio River and city of Aurora. The mansion was acquired in 1956 by the Hillforest Historical Foundation, which then opened the home as a museum. Over the years Hillforest has been restored it to its original beauty and today depicts the graceful lifestyle of the Victorian period. Open for tours from April through December, Hillforest is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
Hillforest’s Murder Mystery Dinner will take place at 6:30pm on April 27, with advance reservations required. Dinner and a tour of the house are included in price. For more information or to reserve your ticket ($35 for Hillforest members; $40 for non-members), please contact Hillforest at 812-926-0087 or visit http://www.hillforest.org/.
Mar 27th, 2012 12:34am
Hillforest Victorian House Museum will begin its 2012 season next week, when it re-opens its doors to the public on April 1. Located in downtown Aurora, the 157-year-old Italianate-style mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has also been designated as a National Historic Landmark. It is open for tours from 1-5pm every day with the exception of Mondays and major holidays.
Famous for its steamboat-style architecture, Hillforest is a graceful reminder of days gone by
Operated by the non-profit Hillforest Historical Foundation, the mansion has been restored to Victorian splendor, reflecting the way it might have looked in the mid-to-late-nineteenth century when it was occupied by the Gaffs, a locally prominent family.
The historic mansion, which is decorated in a period style that reflects its elegant architecture, will host a variety of unique exhibitions and special events throughout the year, including a special “Quilts of Yesteryear Exhibit” that features the museum's collection of antique quilts beginning April 1. Other April events include Hillforest’s Mystery Dinners – two mystery dinner theater performances scheduled for April 27 and 28. For more information or a complete listing of Hillforest’s 2012 calendar, contact the museum at 812-926-0087, find Hillforest on Facebook, or visit Hillforest’s online Calendar of Events.
Want to get a sneak peek at the museum before you go? Click on the video link here to check out Hillforest in all its splendor!
Mar 12th, 2012 4:21pm
Warmer weather and sunnier skies are a sure sign that spring is getting closer! Can’t wait to hit the links? Grab your clubs and head for Southeast Indiana, where our area golf courses are counting down the days until spring. Popular with golfers throughout the region, Dearborn County is home to four public courses, including Country View Golf Course, Dearborn Country Club, Grand Oak Golf Club, and Sugar Ridge Golf Club. All are fun, challenging courses you’ll enjoy playing no matter what your skill level or ability.
For more information on golfing in Southeast Indiana, including a complete list of area courses, click here or contact the Dearborn County Visitors Center at 800-322-8198. Then, be sure to mark your calendar for our 2012 Tour for the Cure® Golf Day, scheduled for Fri., June 15 at Grand Oak Golf Club.
Feb 6th, 2012 3:06pm
Aurora’s Great Crescent Brewery is rolling out the welcome mat with a new monthly event designed to showcase their signature beer. Scheduled for the third Saturday of each month, "Rhythm, Bites and Brews" will feature a new beer each month that is created just for that event and is paired to go with an accompanying food selection.
For $35 per person, the event will include dinner, a complimentary pint of the featured beer, two drink tickets and music. This month, the event has been scheduled for Feb. 18 and will feature Great Crescent Brewery’s Chocolate Porter, a delicious catered prime rib and chicken dinner, plus music by Karl Dappen. To learn more, click here or contact the brewery directly at 812-655-9079.