Friday, May 17, 2013

Join us for Will Read (and sing) For Food this Sunday at Old Jasper Day/Strawberry Festival

Will Read (and sing) For Food will perform as part of the Old Jasper Day/Strawberry Festival activities Sunday, May 19, 5 p.m., at the Jasper Riverwalk gazebo.  

Musicians include Billie and Buddy Hart, Ed Walston, Kathy Herndon, Marc Steczyk, Jim Showalter, Kasha Schwartz Phillips and Rob Zaricki. Humor essayists include Scott Saalman, Abbie Rumbach, Marty Vaught and Stan Levco.

 The show will benefit Community Food Bank. Admission: a canned good item or monetary donation. IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, THE SHOW WILL MOVE TO THE NEARBY TRAIN STATION.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Patoka Lake Marina launches Beer cruises

 Patoka Lake Marina again creates another first in the State of Indiana with its beer cruises on Patoka Lake. The voyage features only Indiana breweries with heavy hors d’oeuvre food pairings.
Unspoiled views of Indiana sunsets from Patoka Lake combine with Indiana beers, cheeses and desserts to make for a relaxing summer evening, as Patoka Lake Marina and several Indiana breweries offer the state’s first sunset beer cruises beginning May 31.

The sunset beer cruises departs the Marina at 6:30 pm and offers a two-hour excursion aboard the 65-foot Patoka Voyager, which will cruise Patoka Lake. Because this 8,800-acre man-made lake is surrounded by the Hoosier National Forest, visitors will get a scenic tour that includes lush forest and plenty of wildlife, including the popular osprey and nesting bald eagles. 

Each cruise serves up to 54 guests.  They have the opportunity to sample beers made in Indiana. Each cruise will feature a different Indiana brewery with the brewer or representative discussing each beers creation. Bouquet, swirl and taste will be addressed with a complementing food item.
“It’s a way to give visitors another chance to enjoy and experience Patoka Lake while supporting Indiana breweries”, said Stephen Bartels, a co-owner of Patoka Lake Marina, which hosts thousands of visitors to tiny Wickliffe Indiana every summer for fishing and boating.  

Upland Brewing Company will be highlighted May 31.  The schedules of Indiana breweries are posted on . You can also view our upcoming wine cruise schedules on our website.

The sunset cruise will cost $75 per couple or $39.95 per individual. The price includes boat cruise, beer tasting, hors d’oeuvres/desserts, 2 full glasses of beer and a souvenir beer glass for each guest, persons must be 21 years of age and have photo identification.  Reservations are required by calling 888-819-6916.

Patoka Lake Marina is on the second largest lake in Indiana. It rents a variety of watercraft, including fishing, pontoons and houseboats, and became the first and only marina in the state to rent and sell floating cabins, as alternative to houseboats.

For more information on Patoka Lake, or sunset cruises, visit

WHAT:  Sunset cruise with beer tasting on Patoka Lake
WHEN:  6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 31
WHERE:  Cruises depart from Patoka Lake Marina, Wickliffe, IN.
COST:  $75 per couple or $39.95 per individual
INFO:  888-819-6916 or

Monday, April 29, 2013

May in Harrison County

Hayswood Theatre Presents Rumors
May 10 to May 26
Hayswood Theatre on Capitol Avenue in Historic Downtown Corydon, Indiana, announces Neil Simons Rumors opening on May 10 and running through May 26. As the play begins, Ken Gorman and his wife, Chris, arrive early at his client’s anniversary party to find the house empty except for his client who is upstairs in the bedroom, face down in a pool of blood. The good news is it isn’t as bad as it seems. The bad news is that the couple have to act like nothing is wrong, despite the fact that there is no food, no help and no hosts. As the guests continue to arrive, the stories told, assumed, implied and discovered become more and more tangled until the entire party finds themselves working together to hide what they do know . . .which they all agree isn’t much. Visit for more info.

A Taste of Southern Indiana Wines
 May 25
The 6th annual Southern Indiana Uncorked will take place May 25 at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. The festival features the regions wineries, breweries, artists, and musicians. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit a local charitable organization. Advacne tickets are $15 and include a souvenir glass, live entertainment, and free sampling. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Cellar on the Square. Tickets purchased the day of the festival are $20.Festival hours are from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information visit or call 812.968.5510.
Salute National Travel and Tourism Week!
 May 4th to 12th
The first full week of May is recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week. It is locally known as Harrison County Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition since 1984 after Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. Between May 4th and 12th, the Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau invites the local community to “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” and discover everything there is to do in your own backyard.
The HCCVB works throughout the year to design special advertising and promotional programs that will encourage out-of-town visitors to come to Harrison County for overnight visits. During “Tourism Week”, the HCCVB focuses on the community’s awareness of the importance of tourism as a major industry that is vital to the economic stability and growth in Harrison County. Stop by the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitors Center May 4-12 for an open house.

Friday Night Summer Band Concerts
Every Friday Night at 7:30p.m.
The May 24 concert features the Holy Name Concert Band and the May 31 concert features Derby City Brass. They will be held at the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand. Food sales start at 6:00 pm and the music starts at 7:30 pm. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back and enjoy the music! Concert schedules available at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center and other various downtown Corydon locations. For last minute concert changes due to inclement weather, call or visit or call 812.738.2138.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Patoka 2000 Duck Race

     The 21st annual Patoka 2000 Duck Race will be held on Sunday, May 19th at 1:00 p.m. near the gazebo in the RiverWalk plaza area. Hundreds of cute little toy ducks will compete in this unique event! You can sponsor a duck for $5 each or 3 for $10.  Volunteers will man a table at Home Town IGA in Jasper various times throughout April and May.  You can also stop in daily at the Jasper Chamber of Commerce at 302 West 6th Street and at various businesses in the downtown area.
     Old Jasper Day and the Jasper Lions Club Strawberry Festival will also be held on that same day.  It is a day full of excitement and activities including train rides, carriage rides, great food, concerts featuring Danielle Lee Wehr (2-3) and then Scott Saalman and his group will “Read (and sing) For Food” (5-6), and the Jasper City Mill will be open, too.
    Funds raised during the Duck Race will support the continuing efforts of Patoka 2000:
•Semi-annual clean-up of the Patoka Bridge Area
•Beautification of the Patoka Bridge Area, planting of flowers,
     spreading mulch, etc.
•Planting the flowers on the bridge for each season.  Flags have now been
     added for added beautification.  New flower pots have been added in 2013, courtesy of
     the Rotary Club of Jasper.
•Re-greening and tree planting in the downtown areas of Jasper.
•One of our purposes is to plant trees where appropriate, preserve
     existing trees, promote the proper trimming of trees, and to be
     an educational resource to the community.
•Every tree we plant strengthens the global forest…
     connecting us to all who have gone before us and all who will follow.
•Annual tree recognition of an historical tree in Jasper on  
     Arbor Day.
•Supporting the efforts to make Jasper a Tree City USA community.
•Making Earth Day and these events important for this area.
•Coordinating with VUJC in their terrific efforts in having a Green Campus
     and applauding them on becoming an official Tree Campus USA.

     The Patoka 2000 beautification committee meets the second Thursday of each month at Azura CafĂ© and Deli at 8:00 a.m.  If you are interested in joining Patoka 2000, wish to make a financial contribution or would just like to get involved – show up at a meeting or call the Jasper Chamber of Commerce for more information:  812/482-6866.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Join Us for Spring in Southern Indiana

Derby in Perry County

Crawford County

Spencer County
French Lick,  Orange County
Crawford County
 Blue Springs Cavern, Lawrence County
 Patoka Lake Marina

French Lick Railway, Orange County

 Spirit of Jasper, Dubois County
Monastery Immaculate Conception, Dubois County
 Squire Boone Caverns, Harrison County
Corydon, Harrison County
Hindostan Falls, Martin County

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Mark Your Calendars: Things to Do in Harrison County

Civil War Encampment
On April 12-13 visit an authentic Civil War camp on the downtown square and see how soldiers lived, worked, and played!  The Ohio Valley Civil War Association will be encamped on the downtown square and provide demonstrations on marching, rifle firing, cooking, and cannon loading and firing.  Take part in an authentic Civil War cricket match to see how soldiers enjoyed themselves in their time off. Explore their camp and ask questions about their museum-quality displays.  Rifle and cannon firing demonstrations are at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm on Saturday. This event is entirely free and open to the public! Visit for more info.

Finding Heaven on Earth

April 12 through May 19 The Artisan Center will exhibit works by local painter Rosamond Sample. Rosamond O'Bannon Sample (1927-2005) studied art at Miami of Ohio and the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York City. A native to Harrison County and Corydon, she was noted for her white on white abstract collages in particular, although she worked with pastel, pen and ink and paint also. Visit for details.

Other Harrison County Events
March 23-April 13
Under Ground Adventures
Marengo Cave

April 2-May 19

9 to 5 - The Musical
Derby Dinner Playhouse

April 6
Horseshoe Southern Indiana

Every Saturday Night
The Corydon Jamboree
7:30 p.m.

For more information about Harrison County and things to do, click here.