Band brings ‘Not Too Bad’ bluegrass to Sullivan
Indiana’s official statewide folklife program will join the Sullivan County Public Library to bring a free concert by The Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 4 in Crossroads Church at 2 S. Court St. in downtown Sullivan.
River of inspiration: Adventurous spirit leads artist to paint sights up, down the Wabash
Nancy Nichols-Pethick slogged through knee-deep mud in the woods near New Harmony last month. Her quest was to find the ideal view of the Wabash River and sketch the scenery.
YOUR GREEN VALLEY: Midwest cities changing ordinances to allow chicken raising
As Americans become more disconnected from the farm, we lose our understanding of where our food comes from. Eating locally and naturally has countless health benefits. To combat the growing epidemic, Champaign, Ill., is in the process of adopting an ordinance that will allow residents to have backyard chickens. Across the state line in Terre Haute, having chickens in an area, unless zoned agricultural, is illegal.
Middle Eastern Festival set for Oct. 6 at St. George
“Food for one is enough for two.”That’s one of the proverbs, along with “God Fed You, Eat and Feed,” that Wabash Valley cookbook author Helen Corey uses in her speeches when preparing cooking classes. She likes to talk about her culture and tradition evident with all of the Syrian/Lebanese families living in Terre Haute.
And what better way to spread that culture than to let the public become aware of a smorgasbord of delicacies at the upcoming annual Middle Eastern Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 6?
‘Stop, Look, & Listen!’: Symphony set to open season
The Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra opens its 88th season, “Stop, Look, & Listen!”, on Sept. 28 with Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring 17-year-old violin prodigy Stephen Kim.
Valley farms open for National Alpaca Farm Days
Don and Jane Conner of Lookout Farm Alpacas are hosting a two-day open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 29. The event is a part of the Alpaca Farm Days in the United States and Canada.
Food and fanfare next weekend at Cory Apple Festival
The Cory Apple Festival is just around the corner — Sept. 27-29.
Featured meals at the firehouse include a pulled pork dinner, Jonah fish fry and chicken noodle dinner.
Events include a karaoke singing contest, golf scramble at Hoosier Hills, cornhole tournament, kiddie pedal tractor pull, kids’ games, car and motorcycle show, Fatboy Dan’s Redneck Lawn Mower Derby, garden tractor pull, parade and entertainment.
Practical knowledge: Retired Parke County resident dedicated career to values, educational bent Extension offers
Being a “guide on the side” with a desire to serve others recently garnered Parke County resident Mark Spelbring the Indiana Extension Educator’s Association’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Career Award.
GRAPE SENSE: Pairing fruit wine with dinner? It’s a matter of experimentation
Michigan has long been known for its apples, cherries, blueberries and more. Indiana has raspberries, blackberries, peaches and more. Winemakers have been turning those fruits to wines for decades.
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: It’s close: Use zucchini for Mock Apple Butter
Jim Hunter has given me so many of his wife’s recipes. With zucchini being so plentiful this time of year, I thought I’d share one of them. Jim found a scrapbook where she had collected recipes. She has written whether they are good, Jim’s favorite, or a “no-no.”
The Leonard Washingtons reunite for festival
The formula appears impossibly magical.
A handful of former high school buddies, scattered by life to three different cities, remain the core of a blues-funk-jazz-R&B band. Their sound is tight, yet fluid and spontaneous. They reunite just a few times a year, like an alignment of the stars, but turn in crowd-pleaser performances.
Seventh annual Bat Festival coming up next weekend
Indiana State University’s Center for Bat Research, Outreach and Conservation will host its seventh annual Bat Festival on Sept. 21.
Watch Walldogs paint mural during Marshall Autumn Festival
You can watch a mural come to life as four Walldog artists come to Marshall, Ill., to paint a picture on the side of the Genealogical Library, 521 Locust St., during Marshall’s annual Autumn Festival.
‘The road less traveled’: The Indiana National Road Association encourages exploration, preservation of ‘the road that built America’
Its significance cannot be overstated. Its past is our past. Our future will be a product of the opportunities it provided. In a young, thriving nation, it loosened the dam on economic development and provided a route for the open floodgates of prosperity. It was the great migration route west. It holds 200 years of history to be uncovered and discovered.
“It” is the Historic National Road, the nation’s first “superhighway.”
YOUR GREEN VALLEY: Learning the economics of conservation
When Indiana first became a state in 1816, there were more than 200 million acres of wetlands in the United States. These areas were considered useless for farming. As a result, Congress passed the Swamp Land Act of 1850, which encouraged settlers to dredge, drain and tile water-logged areas and convert them into farm land. In Indiana, more than a million acres of wetlands were drained.
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: Still have rhubarb? Try this pie with apples
It will soon be time for apples. If you still have rhubarb, try this pie.
‘Between Heaven and Earth’: Artist takes a dramatic look at the horizon in Swope exhibit
The fall exhibition season at the Swope Art Museum begins with “Between Heaven and Earth,” an introspective and dramatic look at the endless horizon line of the west central Indiana plains by artist Jonathan Soard, a native of Dana.
Oktoberfest celebrates German culture, kicks off downtown today
The Oktoberfest, a Wabash Valley tradition of hospitality, food, drink and music offered by the German Oberlandler Club since 1973, opens today at the Clabber Girl Festival Marketplace, at Ninth and Cherry streets.
Marshall Library displays Illinois Civil War soldier exhibit
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Marshall (Ill.) Public Library is presenting an exhibit, “Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections through Art and Artifacts.”
Visiting Emily: 'New feet within my garden go...'
In an early stillness that belied the busy streets just outside the door, my wife and I stood in the cool back porch of poet Emily Dickinson’s imposing old house. It was a humid June morning, one that had turned warm after an overnight rain, and there were few visitors to the home of the strange woman who once said, “I sing, as the boy does by the burying ground, because I am afraid.”
GRAPE SENSE: Ridiculous, confusing wine laws only about greed
Anyone who has tried to buy wine at a winery, take a special bottle to a restaurant or buy wine on a Sunday knows Indiana’s laws are confusing and restrictive.
CHRIS DAVIES: Fewer calories, more movement. It’s that simple.
Food is vital to sustaining life. Too much or too little food can negatively impact your health and eventually lead to disease that can kill you. Just enough food, coupled with consistent physical activity and the occasional splurge, can have you at a healthy weight, full of energy, and living well.
TRIED 'N' TRUE: Here’s a different take on rhubarb pie: Try pineapple
I’ve had a good supply of rhubarb this year. I’ve come across two different rhubarb pies. They were sent to me by an anonymous person. I want to thank the person who sent them.
ISU series to offer mentalist, acrobats, iconic singer
Through the years Indiana State University’s Performing Arts Series has drawn exceptional talent to the Wabash Valley, but the 2013-2014 season is shaping up to be its best year yet, with stars and acts from all over the world coming to town.
Going ‘This Way’: New single for As Girls Go duo shows Randle exploring as singer-songwriter
The harmonic blend of Hutsonville, Ill., native Roxie Randle’s voice with Kimber Cleveland sounds instantly natural.
Their vocal pairing shines on the single “This Way,” released independently Wednesday on iTunes.
Little Italy comes to Clinton
The 2013 Little Italy Festival will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday in Clinton.
Points of interest along the Wabash: Small towns along southern stretch of river offer peaceful sights, historic stops
A drive along highways running parallel to the Wabash River’s southern miles offers peaceful sights.
YOUR GREEN VALLEY: Growers offer fresh, local produce
A handful of roadside stands with folks selling fresh, local produce line the Haythorne Avenue block in North Terre Haute. The signs aimed at diverting you to the stands range from a tiny piece of cardboard bent in half, to a professionally made vinyl sign. There is a common theme among many of the front yard entrepreneurs; the green thumb has been passed down generation after generation.
TRIED ‘N’ TRUE: Cool down with this Paper Cup Salad
When summer heats up, we want something to cool us that isn’t unhealthy for us. I have fixed this salad for years. I took it into the fields when our boys were small and later when our grandkids worked the fields.
Music, wheels, food, games to highlight Block Party
Music, wheels, food, arts and crafts, games and high-flying fun highlight the third annual Downtown Terre Haute Block Party on Saturday, from 1 p.m. to midnight. The Block Party spans Wabash Avenue from Fourth to Ninth streets and features five stages of live entertainment. Event admission and stage entertainment are free.
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