Rendezvous Photo Contest

Are you an aspiring photographer or just enjoy it as a hobby? If so the Spirit of Vincennes is having the Rendezvous photo contest again this year. Cash prizes will be awarded. Last year’s winning photo, below, was taken by Josh Neukam of Boonville. For more information or to register call the George Rogers Clark NHP at 812.882.1776 ext. 210.

Rendezvous Buttons are now available

The Spirit of the Vincennes Rendezvous is right around the corner on May 28th and 29th and two day buttons are now available.  Get your buttons today at the Visitors Bureau, 779 South 6th Street.  This is year is sure to be one of the best events yet.  There will be battle enactments, encampments, entertainment, food and merchant vendors.  New this year, is an evening battle on Saturday at 8pm.  Grouseland and the State Historic Sites will host candlelight tours on Saturday evening as well.  For a complete list events visit http://spiritofvincennes.org/

 

Voyage to Vincennes a PBS Special

PBS recently visited Vincennes and put together an episode titled Voyage to Vincennes.  It’s  a really nice piece highlighting Vincennes history and a few of our treasures.  I encourage you to view it by clicking on the link below,

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365700376/

 

Preserving Historic Places Conference is Coming to Vincennes

The Preserving Historic Places Conference hosted by the Indiana Historic Landmarks will be held in Vincennes on April 27th through the 29th.  This conference will highlight Vincennes historic gems such as George Rogers Clark National Historical park, the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, Grouseland and more.  Educational sessions include community revitalization, preservation technology and social media strategies to name a few.  For more information or to register visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/4463.htm

It’s sure to be a conference that you wont want to miss!

 

Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sackville

Plan to attend the Battle of Fort Sackville Anniversary
The Annual Battle of Fort Sackville Ceremony will take place at the George Rogers Clark Memorial on Thursday February 25th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Mr. Perry T. Hammock, Executive Director of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, will be the speaker. Following the ceremony at noon, there will be a luncheon at the Vincennes Fortnightly Club. Mr. Hammock will again speak. The lunch will be catered by Pea-fections and is $13.00 per person.

 

Reservations can be made by calling Dennis Latta at 812-726-5333. Reservations should be made by Tuesday evening.

 

Following Clark’s Footsteps

Join the staff of the George Rogers Clark NHP this Saturday February 20th as they follow the path Clark and his small army marched as they entered Vincennes.  Participates can join the 5 mile or 10.5 mile routes.  Park Rangers will provide interpretation along the trip.  For more information visit http://www.vincennescvb.org/events/2016/02/20

 

Pickin and Grinnin

Attend the Old Post Bluegrass Jam for a toe tapping good time this Sunday February 14th from to 10am to 5pm.  Admission and parking is free.  No registration required just bring your acoustic instrument and join in the fun.

It’s time to Mardi Gras

The Knox County Public Library and the Grouseland Foundation will host a Mardi Gras event on Saturday February 6th.  Music, dancing and food.  Tickets are $15 each and are available at the VTB office, Library and Grouseland during normal business hours.  For more information call Grouseland at 812.882.2096.

Stay Warm this Winter

Available now at the Vincennes/Knox County Visitors Bureau, 779 S. Sixth Street, Vincennes logo wear and historic afghans.  Sweatshirts are available in sizes small – 3 XLarge in both red or gray, crew-neck or hooded.  The afghans are available in navy and great for gift-giving!  We also have t-shirts for our warm weather friends.

Ring in the New Year in Vincennes

Celebrate at the 8th “Annual Watermelon Drop” held in downtown Vincennes! The evening begins with a nighttime air show.  Be ready to dance in the streets to the music of Hot Rod Lincoln at 6:00pm. Chef Poon will be with us to demonstrate his fantastic watermelon carved creations, children are invited to watch movies in a heated movie tent, and food and novelty vendors will be on site.  At the stroke of midnight the 18-foot, 500-pound watermelon will rise in the sky and drop sixteen watermelons while fireworks simultaneously mark the year 2016.  As the first Indiana Bicentennial sanctioned event, there will be a ceremonial firing of a replica of the Official Rifle of the State of Indiana created by Sheriff John Small.

Vincennes and Knox County are well-known for the multi-million dollar melon crops produced and shipped throughout the United States. For more information visit http://www.vincennescvb.org/events/2015/12/31