TERRE HAUTE —
There’s nothing to do in Terre Haute or in Vigo County.
Or Marshall, Ill. Or Brazil. Or Paris.
Nothing but watch paint dry, listen to the bullfrogs and smell the corn grow.
You’ve heard that, but it’s so wrong.
Look no farther than our recent editions of ’BASH, our arts and entertainment section published each Thursday, and you will find lots for you and your family and friends to do.
Today, ’BASH features Saturday’s Alabama Street Festival in Brazil, a chicken noodle dinner in Montezuma, “Art Affair on the Square” in Rockville, the Tailgate Taste-off in Terre Haute, the results of a juried art show at Terre Haute’s Swope Art Museum ... and lots more.
In last week’s ’BASH, you would have been enticed by the sweet, seasonal news of Terre Haute’s downtown Strawberry Fest, by an art fair and garden walk in Paris, by “You Can’t Take It With You” at ISU’s Crossroads Repertory Theatre, by a block party in the Twelve Points neighborhood, by a pasta dinner in Fontanet, by news of the Brazil Concert Band … and by lots more.
And in the previous week’s ’BASH, you would have read about the Coon Holler Kids bluegrass group scheduled to play in Rosedale, about an upcoming quilt and woodworking show in Bridgeton, about Heritage Days in Martinsville, Ill., about a workshop on fiber dyeing and yarn colors at St. Mary-of-the-Woods, about summer shows at Shawnee Theatre in Bloomfield, about that weekend’s pottery festival in Clay City and about the Marshall Band’s first summer concert on the courthouse lawn … and about a lot more.
And this doesn’t even mention activities that our staff writes about and photographs for the news, sports and lifestyle pages in the daily and Sunday versions of The Tribune-Star.
OK, so it’s not the bright-lights, big-city buzz you would find in Times Square, on Sunset Boulevard, down the Magnificent Mile or on Beale Street. Those are all exciting places to visit.
But there’s a lot to do right here in and near River City. Lots that’s close and inexpensive. And those things to do will only grow as summer comes on full bloom. Some of the things to do might seem square (L-7, as Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs sang in “Wooly Bully”) at first, but a lot of them are fun and instructive. They can bring a smile to your face and exercise to your brain. Consider them simple pleasures.
And they also build our sense of community between towns and across that artificial line that divides Indiana and Illinois. They can extend us beyond our self-isolation in our little corners of the world. If you live in Terre Haute, visit an event in Marshall, Ill. If you live in Clinton, try an event in Merom. If you live in Paris, go to Brazil. If you live in Robinson, come to Terre Haute. Your adopted neighbors will greet you warmly, of that we are sure.
And you’ll find lots to do.
Lots of activity if you look around
TERRE HAUTE —
There’s nothing to do in Terre Haute or in Vigo County.
Editorial: Take control on icy roads
Weather-related news reports have been punctuated the past couple weeks by gut-wrenching stories of death and serious injuries in vehicular accidents on the roadways. No part of our state and region have escaped these sad stories in which icy or snow-covered roadways have led to terrible tragedies.
- Readers’ Forum: Dec. 18, 2013
RONN MOTT: Media merry-go-round
One day David Wire was there doing his job as Chief Meteorologist at WTHI-TV, then one day shortly after, he was gone.
LIZ CIANCONE: Nothing like the silence of a winter snowfall
I’m not a big fan of cold and snow, but …
TRIBUNE-STAR EDITORIAL: Reprieve from partisan battle
Compromise, unfortunately, has all too frequently been interpreted as a dirty word in American politics.
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 16, 2013
Leadership from Ritz is lacking
Raising the bar
Around coffeeshops, kitchen tables and office watercoolers, Hoosiers have cussed and discussed the federal health care law.
EDITORIAL: Negatives outweigh positives of business property tax cut
A tax cut benefits the payer of that tax.
People relying on the services provided by the tax feel the negative impact of the cut.
GUEST EDITORIAL: Auto bailout all but forgotten as sales surge
When President Obama orchestrated the multibillion-dollar bailout of the U.S. auto industry in 2009 — GM and Chrysler were headed into bankruptcy, Ford was struggling — his many critics derided it as either a nefarious socialist plot or an attempt to buy the votes of autoworkers about to lose their jobs.
FLASHPOINT: America’s major policy shift on Iran
In a recent address to the nation, President Barack Obama acknowledged Iran “has been unwilling to meet its obligations to the international community.” In the same speech the president vowed to “prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 15, 2013
Work to save jobs in manufacturing
Great story on visit to Debs home
Health care signup positive experience
Help America by buying America
Have a fiscally sound Christmas
T’is the season to be thankful
Suspend Muslim immigration now
RONN MOTT: Thanks to those who go ‘extra’ mile
Many an old movie will show you a newsboy … he’s standing on a corner or in the middle of a block yelling, “Extra, extra, read all about it!”
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 14, 2013
The treatment of American Indians was unjust
Thanks for help
Editorial: Racing with momentum
The news from the NCAA on Wednesday was very, very good. Terre Haute’s LaVern Gibson Championship Course will host the 2014 and 2016 national cross country championships and the 2017 Great Lakes Regional, one of the feeder regionals for the national championship foot races.
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 13, 2013
Let voters speak on marriage ban
High praise for those who help
RONN MOTT: Christmas 2013
Sitting on the front porch in my favorite chair, I began to count the buds and flowers on the Christmas cactus that is on the porch all year. The legend is it will bloom for Christmas and true to the legend this cactus has bloomed consistently around the Christmas season. I counted 40 buds and flowers and I stopped when I reached 40 with more left on the plant. I guess without hesitation that means Christmas is for sure about to arrive.
Editorial: Intriguing option for ISU towers
It’s appropriate that Indiana State University’s Recycling Center on North Ninth Street sits in the shadow of two hulking, well-used, 15-story towers that, if things develop as they might, could themselves be recycled rather than imploded.
- Readers’ Forum: Dec. 12, 2013
Noteworthy in the news: Another landmark for Pat Rady
A few weeks ago, Pat Rady embarked on his 50th year as a head basketball coach. Last weekend, he punctuated his landmark season at Cloverdale High School in Putnam County with the 724th victory of his stellar career, a mark that makes him the second winningest coach — and tops among active coaches — in Indiana basketball. It’s a remarkable achievement, and he appears to be going strong.
- Readers’ Forum: Dec. 11, 2013
RONN MOTT: Seeds from the same tree
Mahatma Gandhi, who was born in India before the turn of the 20th Century, went to England to study law and decided to settle in South Africa, and he did for 20 years. His work in South Africa was involved in the right of his Indian neighbors to have equal access to civil rights. He also worked for the indigenous people as well. When the people of India became restive during the early days of World War I, Gandhi came home.
READERS’ FORUM: Dec. 10, 2013
• Proud of diploma from McLean HS
• Sports could use drone’s eye view
• Another great downtown fest
• ISU’s silence is disappointing
MS. TAKES: Important date passes by without much notice
Recently we were asked to share our memories of the Kennedy assassination. Folks were interviewed for television or radio, or were asked to recall exactly what they were doing when they got word that our president had been murdered.
GUEST EDITORIAL: Lack of vaccinations puts children, community at risk
U.S. vaccination programs appear to have become a victim of their own success. Because many parents have never experienced the effects of childhood diseases such as mumps or measles — let alone polio — they don’t always appreciate the health risks the diseases pose and the continuing need for vaccinations.
Readers’ Forum: Dec. 9, 2013
Remove politics from education
Bill Walton, Larry Bird visit Eugene V. Debs Museum
There’s an essay-type question that shows up on history exams, college applications, “Saturday Night Live” skits and quite possibly requests for platinum credit cards.
FLASHPOINT: Dealing with hunger requires less rhetoric, more action
In November, millions of families in Indiana and across the nation saw their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits cut through a planned phase-out of a temporary increase in funding that originally took place during the 2009 recession.
READER FORUM: Dec. 8, 2013
• Diving in to pool project
• A timely review of food basics
• Name-calling shows sad state of our politics
• Republicans their own worst enemy
• Full attack on common sense
EDITORIAL: Refusing to accept injustice, Mandela made world a better place
Injustice seldom ceases easily. Humans rationalize entrenched systems of persecution. Oppressed people or ideas get painted as a danger to the peaceful social order — the status quo. Cast in that image, inequality appears acceptable, even necessary, to the masses.
GUEST EDITORIAL: Congress now free from the threat of too much work
The headline on the Congress-watching newspaper Politico said it all: “Done.”
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