Gather at the gardens, and walk where Lincoln walked.
Take a leisurely stroll among the unique handmade treasures created by artisan vendors.
These opportunities are coming Saturday, as the Paris Altrusa Club and First United Methodist Church offer an “Art Faire and Garden Walk” for visitors.
“This event has been a project of the First United Methodist Church for several years,” said Sandy Randall, coordinator for the church. “The Altrusa Club joined us last year, and that success led to a repeat performance,” she said. Representing the Altrusa Club as co-chairmen are Chris Sunkel and Pam Anderson.
The Art Faire and Garden Walk are two events, combined into one.
The Art Faire will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. at Methodist Park in the 300 block of West Court Street, in Paris, Ill. The Garden Walk will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets cost $5, and maps for the Garden Walk may be purchased the day of the event in Methodist Park, or in advance from the First United Methodist Church, Shank’s Paint and Glass, Weir’s Florist or Pearman Pharmacy.
“The Art Faire is different every year,” Randall said.
This year, visitors can expect to find a variety of artistic creations for sale scattered throughout Methodist Park.
“We expect to have hand-woven baskets for all occasions, crocheted necklaces, handcrafted soaps and lotions, pottery, photography, paintings and drawings, and a variety of plants and hanging baskets. Food will be offered throughout the day, as well,” Randall said.
Also in Methodist Park, returning for another year, are young members of the church who will demonstrate and sell creations they have made using their talents and a sewing machine.
Altrusa’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library book wagon, offering books to youngsters, will also be available in the park.
“People can learn about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, which provides a free book each month to young children of Edgar County,” said Chris Sunkel of the Altrusa Club.
While participants enjoy meandering through a total of seven gardens, they can also support this literacy program for children as well.
Featured area gardens this year include the homes of Randy and Penny Peterson, Gordon and Jeanne Board, Gwen Gosnell, Brian and Lisa Gates, Donnie and Brenda Wright, the vegetable garden of Mike Martin, and Barkley Farms, a family-owned nursery.
“Preparations have been under way for weeks, and the event is quickly approaching,” said Altrusa’s Pam Anderson. “I have visited the homes and had a preview of the gardens. Everyone attending will be in for a real treat!”
Also ready for visitors will be the gardens in Methodist Park, where many old plant varieties — such as peonies, hibiscus, rare plantain lilies, wisteria and others — have existed since the mid-1850s. These gardens were planted among the native trees on the property by Colonel William Palmer Dole and his wife. Later, the gardens were cared for and shared with the community by his granddaughter, Mary Dole Bryant, during her lifetime of residency on the property.
The Dole grounds of Methodist Park were the site of many gatherings for the infant Republican Party in the 1850s. Abraham Lincoln, who visited to Paris on a regular basis as a young attorney on the judicial circuit, stayed at the home of his friend, Col. Dole, and attended gatherings in the gardens. When Lincoln became president in 1861, he appointed Col. Dole as the United States Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
These gardens are now under care by the adjacent church, which recently acquired the property. The purchase covenant was that the grounds would remain a quiet garden sanctuary for future generations.
The garden theme continues inside the church, where stained glass windows more than 100 years old can be seen. The sanctuary will be open on the day of the Art Faire and Garden Walk, so visitors may see the windows from the inside. Brochures will be available to explain the symbolism used in the art glass.
“Our church enjoys sharing the gardens and our windows with the community, and welcomes visitors anytime, but especially when preparations have been made for the Art Faire,” Randall said.
Gather at the gardens, and walk where Lincoln walked.
‘Dinosaur Zoo Live’ brings prehistoric creatures to life
Kids of all ages will have the chance to get up close and personal with a menagerie of prehistoric creatures at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday when Erth’s “Dinosaur Zoo Live” comes to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Hatfield Hall for two shows.
Gallery presents ‘Halcyon Days’ exhibit
Halcyon Art Gallery is presenting the regional juried exhibition, “Halcyon Days 2014,” on view from Friday until March 28. The opening reception will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday. This is the ninth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the best of contemporary art in all media.
See dinosaurs, Dr. Seuss characters at Children's Museum
On Sunday, March 9, Terre Haute Children’s Museum guests will be in for a special treat. Prehistoric creatures from Erth’s “Dinosaur Zoo” will be roving the museum, and Dr. Seuss characters will come to life when the Children’s Theatre of Terre Haute presents “Seussical Jr.”
Make a toast March 7 to benefit Susan G. Komen
The community is invited to drink in the sights of the restored Indiana Theatre at “A Taste … A Toast … A Cure,” an event to benefit Susan G. Komen of the Wabash Valley.
Dinner/auction event March 9 to benefit heart patient
“A Heart for Dustin” benefit will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in AMVETS Post 222 on Fifth Avenue in Terre Haute.
March library exhibit inspired by ‘Magnificent Ambersons’
Artists from River City Art Association and the Wabash Valley Art Guild in Terre Haute will feature works inspired by the 2014 Wabash Valley Big Read selection, “The Magnificent Ambersons.”
White Violet Center to host March 8 nuno felting class
A new fiber class at White Violet Farm Alpacas, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, was so popular the organization is offering it again in March.
Country singer/songwriter from Illinois to perform at The Verve
Up-and-coming country singer/songwriter Troy Stone of Paris, Ill., will perform from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 14 in The Verve at 677 Wabash Ave.
Meet and greet March 7 at Tater & Joe’s Coffee Grounds
An informal meet and greet at the new Tater & Joe’s Coffee Grounds ,423 Wabash Ave., begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.
- Museums/Exhibitions: March 6, 2014
- Concert listings: March 6, 2014
- Theater listings: March 6, 2014
Party New Orleans-style at Swope Mardi Gras celebration
The Swope Art Museum’s fifth annual Mardi Gras celebration is this weekend. Enjoy a visit to the Big Easy on the museum’s third floor from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.
‘A complete meal of classical music’ at Central Presbyterian
Beethoven composed his masterpieces nearly two centuries ago. George Gershwin wrote “Rhapsody in Blue” a few years after World War I.
Lizzy Long, Little Roy Lewis to perform at Union Christian Church in March
Lizzy Long and Little Roy Lewis are scheduled to take the stage at 7 p.m. March 28 at Union Christian Church, 5350 E. Hulman Drive.
Final Fridays: Lunes Domingo at Verve
Lunes Domingo returns to the Verve this Friday with special guests The Brown James.
The show starts at 10 p.m. Admission is $3.
- Theater listing: Feb. 27, 2014
‘Les Miserables’ tickets available Feb. 27
Tickets for Lincoln Trail College’s spring production of “Les Miserables” are now available to the public.
Performances of “Les Miserables,” written by Alain Boubil, Claude-Michel Schoenberg and Herbert Kretzmer, will be at 7 p.m. March 28, 29, April 4 and 5 in the Zwermann Arts Center Theater. In a break from tradition, there also will be two Sunday matinees, at 2 p.m. March 30 and April 6.
Sing Our Jingle winners announced Feb. 27
Winners in ISU Credit Union’s Sing Our Jingle Contest were Jonathan Boes, first place; Jennifer Turner, second place; and Solly Burton, third place. Cash awards were given to the top three places.
Paint ‘Spring Rain’ March 4 at Gaslight Colony
For over a year, Gaslight Art Colony has introduced painting to many groups of adults and children with a class called Canvas at the Colony. The next session, “Spring Rain,” will take place at 6 p.m. CST on Tuesday at the gallery, 516 Archer Ave., Marshall, Ill. The fee is $35 if paid in advance, or $45 at the door.
- Live events listings: Feb. 27, 2014
FACT fundraising breakfast set for March 8
The Fontanet Action Community Team will serve a fundraising breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon March 8 in the FACT team building at Fontanet.
St. Patrick’s Irish Dash walk/run March 15
The Irish Dash, now in its 11th year, is a 5K run/walk and a one-mile fun run down Ohio Boulevard in Terre Haute. This family-friendly event will take place on March 15. It serves as a fundraiser for the St. Patrick’s School class of 2015, and is part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration at St. Patrick’s Church.
Be part of on-the-spot portrait exhibit March 14-16 at Indiana Historical Society
The Indiana Historical Society will offer its guests the opportunity to have their portraits both taken and incorporated into an on-the-spot exhibition with #300in3. The free event will take place March 14 through 16, from noon to 4 p.m. each day.
The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of the IHS, is at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.
- Concert listings: Feb. 27, 2014
Clay Theatre to present dinner show Feb. 27-March 1
The Clay Community Theatre in Brazil will be presenting “The 1940s Radio Hour,” a dinner theater, today through Saturday.
Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., with the play at 7.
- Museums/Exhibitions: Feb. 27, 2014
Shawnee announces summer lineup; youth theater offerings
The Shawnee Theatre in Greene County announces its Summer 2014 season filled with timeless tales and American favorites.
Eric Bibb, Ruthie Foster to bring ‘Joy!’ to Rose-Hulman
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Yara to bring international sounds to ISU performance
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