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Apr 1st, 2013 5:26pm
Spring has arrived at Hillforest Victorian House Museum, the gracious Italianate mansion overlooking historic downtown Aurora. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark, Hillforest is one of Aurora’s best-known historic buildings and is renowned for its steamboat-style architecture and stately presence.
Operated by the non-profit Hillforest Historical Foundation, the 1855 mansion was once home to the Gaffs, a locally prominent family whose business and social interests shaped the community of Aurora in the mid-to-late nineteenth century, when sternwheelers plied the Ohio River and the thriving river town was a hub of progress and industry.
Hillforest is open to visitors this year from April 2 through Dec. 29, with tours provided from 1-5pm everyday except Monday. The museum also hosts a variety of unique exhibitions and special events throughout the year – including "A Century of Brides," a special exhibit this spring featuring a stunning display of bridal gowns dating from the 1850s-1950s.
For more information on visiting Hillforest, contact the museum at 812-926-0087 or become a fan of Hillforest on Facebook.
Mar 12th, 2013 1:38pm
Spring is always a busy time at the Dearborn Highlands Arts Council, where a variety of great events have been planned for this month and next.
This month, enjoy a performance by Christian music's most predominate quartet, The Kingsmen, whose Grammy-award winning music in the Southern Gospel style has been wowing listeners since 1956. The group will perform at the Lawrenceburg High School Auditorium this coming Sunday, March 17. Then, on March 23, stop by the Lawrenceburg Public Library for a special performance by Silver Arm. The Irish-inspired group will play a variety of traditional Celtic music in addition to beautiful ballads and a selection of Swedish, French and Romanian pieces.
In April, enjoy the neo-traditionalist country sound of Shenandoah, a Grammy Award-winning American country music band known for its bluegrass and gospel-influenced style. The band will take the stage on Sat., April 20 at the Lawrenceburg High School Auditorium. Finally, mark your calendar for Feller & Hill, a bluegrass/country duo who will perform on Sat., April 27 at the Lawrenceburg Public Library.
Feb 4th, 2013 3:50pm
If you’ve always wanted to learn the secret to great craft brewing, now’s your chance! That’s because Great Crescent Brewery, the popular microbrewery located in downtown Aurora, will be offering a new brewing series designed to show you the ropes. Classes for the Great Crescent Brewery University begin Sat., Feb. 9 with a Brewing Basics class, the first in a series. Topics covered will include beer types, brewhouse operations, quality and process control, and more. Tuition for the course is $25 and, in addition to the Brewing Basics class, includes one pizza by J. Damon’s Woodfired Pizza or one smoked meat patter by Great Crescent Brewery. To reserve your place, contact Great Crescent at 812-655-9079 or click here to visit the brewery’s website. Happy brewing!
Jan 15th, 2013 5:09pm
For the fifth year in a row, we’re teaming up with Perfect North Slopes for a special event to benefit breast cancer research next month. Scheduled for Feb. 19-21, our Perfectly Pink: Tubing for Tour for the Cure® event is a great way to “Have Fun and Give Hope” through a fun activity with family and friends.
When you buy a regular $25 snow tubing pass during Perfectly Pink Tubing Days, you’ll receive one day of unlimited tubing from 1pm-9:30pm on the day of purchase. At the end of the three-day promotion period, Perfect North will make a special donation to help benefit Tour for the Cure®.
Through a variety of overnight travel packages, day trips, luncheons, group excursions and special events, the bureau’s Tour for the Cure® initiative has raised more than $27,000 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.
Perfectly Pink participants are invited to wear pink to show their support throughout the three-day event. Also new this year is a special $5 off Perfectly Pink Tubing coupon available on www.tourforthecure.info. Participants must print and present the coupon at time of purchase in order to be eligible for the discount.
See you on the tubing hill!