Rendezvous recalls pioneer ways April 27, 28
The 21st annual Mountain Man Rendezvous is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in Bridgeton.
The event features a “mountain man” encampment, complete with trading posts and pioneer goods for sale, recreating pre-1840s living.
Other events include live black powder muzzle loader shooting, a primitive bow shoot, a canoe race on Raccoon Creek, and knife and tomahawk throwing demonstrations. Pioneer crafters will be at work and authentic old-time activities are planned for children.
The Bridgeton Volunteer Fire Department. will host a Jonah Fish Fry from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the new firehouse.
The 1822 Case log cabin will feature a lesson in authentic pioneer hearth cooking, including “chicken-on-a-string.” The Bridgeton Grist Mill will hold a live 1800s corn-grinding demonstration.
All events are free.
Bridgeton is in southern Parke County, nine miles south of Rockville. To get there take Indiana 59 north from Brazil to the Bridgeton billboard or travel east of Rosedale six miles.
For more information, call 765-548-2136 or 765-548-0114.
Greene gardeners to offer how-to tips April 27
The Greene County Master Gardener’s Association has scheduled the 2013 Greene County Flower and Patio Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Greene County 4-H Extension Community Building at 4503 W. Indiana 54, between Bloomfield and Switz City.
Vendors will offer garden art, landscaping information, tools and perennial plants for sun and shade, hanging baskets and planters, vegetable plants, fruit and ornamental trees and bushes.
There will also be items for outdoor living areas, such as birdbaths, wind chimes, feeders, pottery, stoneware and garden art.
The Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions and distribute information on the Purdue Master Gardening program.
The Master Gardeners will also be giving away free trees, while supplies, last and will have a container gardening demonstration.
The Kids Booth will feature a “grass worm” that the kids can make and take home, and other activities.
Attendance and parking are free.
WTH tavern to host ‘Kisses for Chloee’ April 28
A “Kisses for Chloee” benefit is set for Sunday at Tecumseh Tavern in West Terre Haute.
Chloee Hurst, the 12-year-old daughter of Jim and Tammy Hurst, granddaughter of Arlie Duane Parker, has been diagnosed with parasinol osteosarcoma, a cancerous (malignant) bone tumor.
The benefit will include a motorcycle poker run, live auction, food for donation and free music by The Country Music Makers.
The signup for the poker run begins at 10 a.m. with first bike out at 11 a.m. Costs are $10 per driver, $5 per rider.
Food will be available at noon.
A live auction is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. and to resume at 3:45.
The band is on stage from 3 to 3:45.
For more information, call Jennifer at 812-298-4918 or Darlene at 812-230-7605.
The tavern is at 129 Durkees Ferry Road in West Terre Haute, 1 mile east of Indiana 63.
Youth campground planning fish fry May 4
The Friendly Benwood Community Christian Youth Campground will be holding an all-you-can-eat County Rhodes fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 4 at the campground.
Cost is $9 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under. The menu will include walleye, popcorn shrimp, chicken strips, steak fries and sides. Dessert will be available at an additional cost.
The campground is at 525 E. County Road 1200 North (Rio Grande Road), 11⁄2 miles east of Shopmeyer Farm Supply off of Indiana 59 north of Brazil.
For more information, call 765-592-1575.
Charleston to host 18th St. Block Party May 4
The third annual 18th Street Block Party is set for May 4 in Charleston, Ill.
Attendees can enjoy shopping specials, food vendors and live music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Black and Blue Band, featuring Jackie Lawson and Tad Freezland, will perform acoustic music from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Home Again Consignment Shop at 830 18th St.
For more information, call Steve Runyon at 217-345-4700.
Riley school to be site of May 11 bicycle rodeo
Riley, Seelyville, and Honey Creek Fire Departments are teaming up with the Indiana State University Police Department to host the annual Bicycle Rodeo at 9 a.m. on May 11 at Riley Elementary School.
The rodeo is free, and open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade who live in Honey Creek, Lost Creek and Riley townships.
Bicycle officers from Indiana State University will instruct children on safely operating their bikes.
Following a short safety briefing, children will pedal through a simulated road course set up on the school’s parking lot.
Fire department personnel will also be available to safety information for parents while children complete the course.
Each child is asked to bring his or her bicycle and helmet. Bicycles will be inspected for safe use, and each helmet will be inspected to ensure proper use and fit.
The fire department will provide helmets for children who do not have one or if their helmet does not fit properly or is found to be defective or unapproved.
At the end of the rodeo, all student participants will be entered into a drawing for a new bicycle.
Registration forms are available at www.rileyfire.com and must be submitted to the Riley Fire Department by May 1.
Annual herb faire May 11
The Wabash Valley Herb Society is preparing for its annual Spring Thyme Plant and Herb Faire, set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 11, rain or shine, at Fairbanks Park.
The society is expecting more than 90 vendors will be present, selling garden-related items, food and handmade crafts.
The group is an non-profit corporation organized and operated for educational and civic purposes related to herbs. The society is dedicated to educating the public about herbs and their many uses.
The faire is the club’s only fundraiser, and proceeds will fund special events, educational sessions, college scholarships, an annual bus trip, maintenance required for the learning garden in Deming Park and donations to other non-profit organizations.
Society meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. All events are open to the public. For more information, email WVHSi@sbcglobal.net.
Musicians group seeks bands, vendors for September festival
The Wabash Valley Musicians Group’s inaugural Valley United Music Festival is set for Sept. 27-29 at Wolfe Ranch, 8355 E. Margaret Drive.
About 40 bands and assorted musicians are expected to perform during the festival.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the United Way of the Wabash Valley’s “Success by 6” program.
According to a United Way brochure: “‘Success By 6’ is a community-based program designed to provide every child with the opportunity to develop basic reading skills so that they may enter kindergarten ready to learn.
United Way of the Wabash Valley has multiple programs under the ‘Success By 6’ umbrella that make sure our children are ready to learn.”
Matthew Westerfield, a singer/songwriter from Terre Haute, has organized the effort.
“I’m a single father of three,” Westerfield said. “I see this program as giving back to those people and groups that help my kids.”
All musicians performing at the festival are donating their time, Westerfield added.
Two performance stages will operate throughout the festival to keep music playing constantly.
Camping is available, and there will be vendors, crafts, food and a beer garden.
The Wabash Valley Musicians Group is seeking area businesses interested in becoming corporate sponsors of the event.
Current business partners include Ambrosini’s Pizzeria, B3 Entertainment, CLH Sound, The Doumer Group and Wolfe’s Auto Auction.
The group is also seeking additional artists and vendors. Spots are limited, and anyone interested can contact Westerfield at 812-878-0588.