In honor of President’s Day, Knox County acknowledges the Presidents who graced us with their presence. William Henry Harrison was governor of the Indiana Territory and later the 9th U.S. President. His home, Grouseland, remains open to the public in Vincennes. It is said that President Abraham Lincoln stayed in two different homes in Vincennes around the 1840’s. Local attorney, Cyrus Allen was a personal friend of his and Lincoln was a guest at the Allen Mansion, now Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home. Vincennes Mayor, Abner T. Ellis, hosted Lincoln while he was in town campaigning for Henry Clay. Today the Harmony Society occupies the Ellis Mansion. In June of 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Vincennes to dedicate the George Rogers Clark Memorial. In July of 1966, Lyndon Johnson came to the Memorial for a celebration designating the site as a member of the National Park Service.
Vincennes’ own Red Skelton had contact with many Presidents throughout his career. The Red Skelton Museum has a special exhibit highlighting those events open until March 31st. There will be a reception on Monday, February 20th from 5pm to 7pm.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we have put together a list of gift ideas that can be bought locally.
If your partner has a sweet tooth, treat them to cupcakes, cookies or candy! Gracies bakes a variety of options daily. Charlies Caramel Corn and Candy shop is decked out for the holiday with a variety of sweet treats including heart shaped boxed chocolates and caramel corn tins. The Melon Patch makes wonderful fudge and can be packaged in heart shaped boxes.
If sweets don’t interest you visit Main Street for unique gifts. Pretty Posies is taking orders for fresh floral Valentine’s arrangements. They also carry a wide variety of gift items including costume jewelry. The Northwest Territory Art Guild has handmade goods created by local artisans including jewelry, paintings, pottery and more. Visit Jewel Craft Jewelry for fine jewelry and gold dipped roses. Shop for your sports fan at Farm and Sport.
The Windy Knoll Winery has a selection of wine and gifts items that will satisfy the wine enthusiast. If gifts aren’t your thing, treat your sweetheart to dinner instead. Check out local restaurants for Valentine’s Day specials.
If you haven’t heard, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday which means we will see 6 more weeks of winter! To help beat the winter blues we have put together 10 things to do in Knox County in the cold weather.
Bundle up and get moving on the trails at Fox Ridge Nature Park or on the newly opened Riverwalk.
Grab a friend and go sample wine at our local winery, Windy Knoll.
Feed your creative side by attending the First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vincennes.
Brush up on your local history at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Vincennes State Historic Sites, Grouseland and the Indiana Military Museum.
Attend a Free Funny Film at the Red Skelton Museum. Check their website for schedule and movie line-up, http://redskeltonmuseum.org/events-view
Go on a treasure hunt at one of our local antique shops, Riverwalk Antiques or Shakers Landing.
Feed your sweet tooth at Charlie’s Caramel Corn and Candy Shop.
Warm up with a good book in the sun room at the Knox County Library.
Get some retail therapy by shopping downtown Main Street.
Take your family or meet up with a friend and dine out at one of our locally owned restaurants.
Check our website calendar to stay up to date on upcoming events, http://www.vincennescvb.org/events/2017/02/3
Today is National Popcorn Day! Visit Pop Around the Clock or Charlies Caramel Corn and Candy Shop and celebrate with some of their specialty popcorn.
VINCENNES, Ind. – According to the legendary comedian Ed Wynn, “A comic says funny things. A comedian says things funny.” The late Red Skelton embodied the spirit of a true comedian, engaging and entertaining audiences for decades through beloved characters, physical comedy, corny jokes, and the humor found in ordinary life.
To recognize and honor comedians past and present, the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy has established the “Red Skelton: America’s Clown” award that will be presented at the Annual Red Skelton Festival in July 2017. Nominations are being accepted now through Jan. 31.
“I like to believe that Red Skelton was honored to be a clown. He was a humble man who didn’t want to be thought of as the greatest,” said Anne Pratt, president of the Red Skelton Museum Foundation. “I would like this award to recognize others who feel the same.”
To qualify for the award, nominees must be a living comedian that is/was active within the past 100 years in the medium of stage, radio, film, or television. Nominees must also engage in a ‘family-friendly’ comedy style.
Nominations may come from all public – social media, community members, fellow comedians, show people – anyone who is interested in promoting a comedian who demonstrates the Red Skelton style of entertainment.
Individuals may nominate up to three comedians for the award and should send the name and a brief description for each to email@example.com or through a Facebook message on the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy page.
The recipient will be selected by a committee comprised of the museum staff, members of the Red Skelton Museum Foundation, professional entertainers, and popular culture educators. Presentation of the inaugural award, nicknamed ‘The Freddie,’ will take place at the Red Skelton Festival in July 2017.
Ring in the New Year at the Watermelon Drop in downtown Vincennes! This years event featuring music by Dave and the Coatney’s in the heated tent, food vendors and fireworks. The band starts at 9pm and will play until midnight when 17 watermelons drop from the giant watermelon hoisted in the sky to signify the New Year.
Enjoy the twinkling holiday lights now through Christmas at our local parks. Wabash Trails Park is all decked out for the season with many new additions. The display is open daily 5:30 to 9:30 pm through December 26th. Santa will be available for photos this weekend December 16th and 17th. Visit Gregg Park to enjoy the decorated light poles by local organizations. There are many unique holiday themes.
This weekend is jam packed full of Christmas fun! Friday night starts with the First Friday Art Walk downtown. Admire works of artists at one or all four of the participating galleries. The Parade of Lights kicks off at 6:30 and ends bringing Santa into town. There are several opportunities to get a photo with Santa over the weekend. Experience Christmas at Grouseland as it would have been when the Harrison family lived there. The festivities continue on Saturday with Breakfast with Santa, a recipe walk, live nativity scene and giant tree lighting. For a complete list of times and events visit our website at, http://www.vincennescvb.org/events/2016/12/02/#first-friday-art-walk-christmas-shopping-downtown-galleries-shircliff-gallery-vincennes
The weather is cooling down and Fall is finally upon us. Knox County has several events in place for the month of November, the first week in particular. On Friday the 4th feed your creative side at the First Friday Art Walk on Main Street. The three downtown galleries have works on display many of which are for sale. Stay and dine downtown too! On Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th the State Historic Sites will host the Muster on the Wabash at Fort Knox II. Its a great living history event with re-enactors, demonstrations and skits plus food and merchant vendors. Saturday is also the Annual VU Auto Club Car Show held on the parking lot of the PE Complex. The show is open to the public and all types of cars and motorcycles are welcome. Visit our calendar for details on these events and a complete list of events.
Fort Fright continues this weekend at Fort Knox II, Friday October 21st and Saturday October 22nd. Children’s activities will begin at 6pm and run until 7:30pm and the full scare for the older group begins at 7:30pm and runs until 10pm. This event is hosted by the Vincennes State Historic Sites. On Saturday October 22nd Wabash Trails Park will host their Annual Halloween Festival. The event begins at 2pm and includes; fun Booths, Trick-or-Treating, Guided Haunted Trails, a Haunted House, a costume contest and FREE Children’s Games. The event runs until 10pm.
Local trick or treating opportunities include downtown Main Street on Saturday October 29th from 2pm to 4pm. Look for balloons on the participating store fronts. Hart Street Halloween Safe Stop will be held on October 31st from 5pm to 7pm. Look for lighted pumpkins in the store fronts to indicate participating businesses.
Stay safe and enjoy your Halloween season!