Welcome to Indiana’s Territorial Past, located in Vincennes and Knox County.

Indiana’s first city is the perfect getaway for history enthusiasts.

Tis the Season for Apples

Apples are in season and Knox County has several locations to get them!  Whether you like them plain, in a slushie or covered in caramel you can find them all here.

Charlie’ Caramel Corn and Candy Shop is making their famous caramel apples.  Do you like yours with or without nuts?  They have wonderful popcorn and candies too.

Pop around the Clock is popping up their popular fall flavors including green apple, caramel apple, and candy apple.  If you’re not into the apple flavored choices they have many sweet and savory varieties to choose from.

The Farmers Market features in season produce including many apple varieties.  Visit the market on Saturday from 8am to 1pm.

Windy Knoll Winery has a great apple wine for the season.

Head up Highway 41 for more applicious options, Apple Hill Orchard has many varieties of apples as well as baked goods.  Apple pie and donuts are made daily.  Enjoy fresh pressed cider or a cider slushie.

The Big Peach has several varieties of apples as well as other in season produce.  Shop for Fall décor items and gifts.

The Big Peach is decked out for fall and cooking up their popular apple fudge.  Shop for in season décor and gift items or have lunch at the Delish Deli.

Happy Fall!

Welcome Autumn this Weekend

Greet the beginning of a new season at “Autumn on Main” and the “First Friday” Art Walk!  This popular event features vibrant new art exhibits at the Main Street galleries including “Portraits of Water: Watercolors by Amy Arntson” at Art Space Vincennes, Father-Son Show featuring nature themed artwork of Tony Bouillet and his father Jules Bouillet at Northwest Territory Art Guild, and “New Work”, embroidery pieces by textile artist Erin Bowen at the Open Gallery.  V.U.’s Shircliff Gallery located on the corner of 2nd and Harrison Streets will be exhibiting “Skimming Boundaries”, paintings by Lindsey Dunnagan.

The evening continues with street food vendors, craft beer and wine tasting, a classic vehicle show, live music, kids pumpkin painting and canvas painting class by Amanda Oakes.   Many downtown businesses will remain open for shopping during the event.

Visit the Farmers Market on Saturday from 8am to 1pm to shop for fall décor items and in season produce.

 

Great Places to Picnic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the cooler weather and the change in seasons, now is a perfect time to get out and enjoy nature with a picnic.  We’ve compiled a list of picnic spots in Knox County to get you started.

Gregg Park is set on 40 acres and offers a walking trail, playground equipment and picnic tables, two shelter houses, as well as two tennis courts with lights, a sand volleyball court, a fenced-in area for horse shoes with eight clay horse shoe pits.

Ouabache Trails Park is two miles north of Vincennes off of Ft. Knox Road.  The 254-acre park on the Wabash River features four miles of marked trails, picnic areas & playgrounds in a beautiful wooded setting.

Fox Ridge Nature Park is a 95-acre public use nature park. The focus of the park is to allow the public a space for recreation, which means walking and hiking, bicycling, fishing and exploring the natural world that inhabits the park.  There are picnic tables and a shelter house on site.

Visit the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park for a picnic.  Take a tour of the largest federal monument outside of Washington DC.  The park has tables near the parking lot.

Kimmell Park offers panoramic views of the Wabash River and an overlook with scenic stair-step seating leading to the water’s edge.  Park benches and picnic tables provide a perfect setting for a picnic on the river.  Walking trails welcome students and the community to take in views of the river.

Where is your favorite place to have a picnic?

This Weekend’s Lineup

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend kicks off with Lincoln High School’s Homecoming Celebration!  On Friday the annual parade steps off at 3:45pm for participating classes. Beginning at 3:00pm, area alumni can gather at the Riverfront Pavilion to reminisce with old friends and beer garden will be open from 6:00pm until midnight. Saturday, September 22, the Vincennes Education Foundation will host a mixer from 5:00pm – 11:00pm for all area alumni at Adams Coliseum.

Head up the road to Sandborn for their “Fall Festival and Sesquicentennial”.  Enjoy great music, food, hayrides, 60+ vendors, kids activities and much more.  For a complete list of events visit the event website.

Saturday begins with the Hoosier Cruisers classic car show at Gregg Park on Saturday from 9:00am – 2:00pm. The public is invited to enjoy this great show, food vendors, music and prizes!  Beginning at 11:00am the Knox County Bicentennial Commission and Knox County Library will hold a special presentation of the permanent Bicentennial Torch on the lawn in front of the McGrady Brockman Annex after which the torch will be displayed at the Library.  Enjoy French Creole music Dennis Stroughmatt  from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Alumni can browse local high school yearbooks available to view.

Saturday also brings the first day of Fall or the Fall Equinox.  The Fall Equinox, marks the beginning of fall with daylight hours continuing to shorten until the winter solstice. The equinox (meaning “equal night” or 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night) will happen at 9:54pm Eastern time on Saturday. The intensity of fall colors and how long they linger is dependent on light, temperature and weather.

Spend some time in the Great Outdoors this weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend’s forecast looks great for some hiking.  The George Rogers Clark National Historical Park is hosting the Hike with a Ranger series on Thursday and Saturday morning at 10am through September.   Walk from the park’s visitor center, 401 N. Second Street, to the Riverwalk and beyond. The rangers will discuss the historical significance of several sites on the way.  Hikers will also have the option to take the “Monuments and Markers Scavenger Hunt”.  There is no charge for the walking tour and should take approximately one hour.  Walkers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring drinking water.

If you can’t make the Park Ranger walk, visit Fox Ridge Nature Park or Ouabache Trails Park.  Both parks offer great walking trails in a natural environment.

Saturday evening George Rogers Clark NHP will host “Astronomy Night” the last event offered in the 2018 Junior Rangers Series.  Attendees can participate in astronomy themed crafts and games and look through 1 of 4 telescopes.

Great things happening in Vincennes this weekend!

Art exhibitions, a nature walk along the Wabash River, USO stage entertainment, and a vintage vehicle show are all on the calendar for the weekend.

Start your weekend at the “First Friday” Art Walk from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, the Main Street art galleries, Art Space Vincennes, the Northwest Territory Art Guild and the Open Gallery will have new works of art on exhibit as well as returning exhibitions. Browse through mixed media sculpture, watercolor art, photography and much more presented by accomplished artists.

On Saturday, September 8 the Hoosier Cruisers are hosting a vintage vehicle cruise leaving from Gregg Park, 2204 Washington Avenue, at 7:00pm traveling to the Riverfront Pavilion, 102 N. Second Street. The public is invited to greet them at the pavilion for food, music and prizes! On Sunday, September 9 from 9:00am – 2:00pm these vintage vehicles will be on display at Gregg Park and the public will be able to enjoy food, music and prizes again!

Saturday evening the Vincennes Stage Door Canteen presents the 10th Anniversary “USO Night”! This fabulous FREE WWII-Korean War variety show will be held at Green Activities Center, 102 W. Harrison Street, on Saturday, September 8. The event begins at 6:00pm, doors open at 5:00pm, and will feature local entertainment and music by the “Temple-Airs” Big Band.

Meet with Master Naturalist Terri Talarek King on Sunday, September 9, 2:00 p.m. Eastern, to share this special Nature Exploration Walk at Ouabache Trails Park, just north of Vincennes, Indiana.  Take a casual walk to the mighty Wabash River through the floodplain. Learn how water flows to the Wabash, and where the waters of the Wabash (Ouabache) River go. Look for animal tracks, birds, trees and plants along stream, floodplain and riverside.

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day honors the working people of the United States and Canada on the first Monday of September annually making for a three day weekend.

Celebrate at the Bicknell Heritage Labor Day Festival. Events include a community picnic, yard sales, a car show, and end with a parade on Monday.  Visit the Bicknell Kiwanis Club Facebook page for a complete list of events and times.

The Indiana Military Museum will host its 11th Annual Salute to Veterans of WWII event on Saturday and Sunday.  The event features WWII Veteran speakers, authentic camps. battle enactments and more.  Visit the Indiana Military Museum Facebook page for a complete list of events and times.

All of the local historic sites and museums welcome you to visit them this weekend as well.

Weekend Happenings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This weekend in Knox County offers something for everyone…

Vincennes Historic Farmers Market – Riverfront Pavilion, Vincennes

Come enjoy Vincennes Historic Farmers Market on Saturday from 8am – 1pm.  Shoppers can find freshly-picked produce from local farmers, vendors with artisan breads, “General Store” specialty items and much more!

“Moonglow” (Comedy/Drama) – Old Town Players Theatre, Vincennes

When: 8/24/2018 to 8/26/2018

Don’t miss this hilarious comedy drama at Old Town Players this weekend featuring two Senior Citizens who find each other and share their love of dancing!  For information and show times, please contact Old Town Players at 812.882.8269 or visit the website.

“Dutchtown Days” – Freelandville

When: 8/24/2018 to 8/26/2018

Don’t miss “Dutchtown Days” as Freelandville celebrates its German heritage.  The weekend’s events begin on Friday with a fish fry and musical entertainment and a jam-packed schedule through Sunday including a co-ed softball tournament, 5K run/walk and great food.  Grab your lawn chairs and check out what is happening the rest of the weekend!

“Arts in a Park Day”, Junior Ranger Event – George Rogers Clark NHP, Vincennes

When: 8/25/2018 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Bring your kids to the park!!!  At George Rogers Clark’s “Arts in a Park” Day Native American re-enactors will be demonstrating different arts and crafts, including finger weaving. Great activities for children include trying their hand at oil pastel painting using pastel crayons and baby oil to create the effect of a painting and bracelet-making using UV color-changing beads, and a lot more! For more information please contact Ranger Jason Collins at 812.882.1776, ext. 4.

Second Annual “Festival Latino” – Riverwalk, Downtown Vincennes

When: 8/25/2018

The Riverwalk will set the scene for the Second Annual “Festival Latino” on Saturday, August 25! Enjoy live Mariachis and Salsa Music, dancing, great food, vendors, information booths and activities for the kids. This event is being hosted by Wabash Valley Progressives. For more information, please visit for more information.

 

This Weekend’s Outlook!

Looking for some last minute plans for the weekend? Look no further! The Germanfest is happening all weekend at the Highland Woods Park! Searching for a fun event for the whole family? Check out the “Climbing, Clinging, and Grabbing” Nature Walk taking place on Saturday afternoon at Ouabache Trails Park! There is something for everyone to enjoy this weekend in Vincennes/Knox County!


Celebrate Vincennes’ German heritage at this year’s Germanfest!

The 46th annual Germanfest returns this Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11. Come out and enjoy German food, beverages, music and fellowship! The event will run from 6:00pm – midnight both nights at Highland Woods Park!

Family meals will be available inside the Highland Woods Community Center from 6:00 – 8:00pm both Friday and Saturday. Evening entertainment will be provided by The Prost Band, playing from 8:00pm – midnight both Friday and Saturday.

Admission is $5 a person, ages 21+ ONLY after 8:oopm! Germanfest serves as one of the big fundraisers for the Vincennes Catholic Schools.


“Climbing, Clinging, and Grabbing” Nature Walk

Some plants need to reach the sunlight by climbing up other plants or obstacles. During the “Climbing, Clinging, and Grabbing” nature walk, Terri Talarek King, master naturalist, will lead a casual walk to look for these plants and see how they accomplish the task. Join in on the fun happening August 12th!

Participants will be using Trail 7 at Ouabache Trails Park. You will first explore the wetland area and then an upland portion, which include some steep slopes. Magnifiers and insect repellent are recommended.

All ages are welcome! There is no registration fee for this event. Meet at 2:00pm at the Sacajawea Shelter House!

2018 Knox County Watermelon Festival

The Annual Knox County Watermelon Festival is this Friday and Saturday at Patrick Henry Square, Vincennes, IN. The festival is a free two-day event filled with contests, concerts, and of course, FREE watermelon! There will be food booths set up both days of the festival. Be sure to stop by either Friday or Saturday for a great family-friendly event!

The festival begins Friday the 3rd at 5:00pm and on Saturday the 4th at 9:00am. The schedule will proceed as listed:

Friday

5:00pm – Vendor Booths Open

  • Food and craft vendors will be lining the street both Friday and Saturday.

5:00pm – Carnival Opens

  • Bring your kids down to Patrick Henry Square for some kids attractions and carnival rides!

5:30pm – Miss Amazing Pageant

  • The mission of Miss Amazing is to provide an opportunity for girls and young women with disabilities to build confidence in a supportive environment. Come out and cheer these amazing ladies on!

7:00pm – Free Concert by Jared & Luke

  • Jared & Luke are a Knox Co. favorite! Be sure to stay for their show Friday night.

Saturday

10:00am – Baby/Toddler Contest

  • All babies are cute, but sign your baby or toddler up for the Baby/Toddler contest to kick off the festival Saturday morning.

1:30pm – 3:30pm – Free Concert by Heath Eric & Molly G

  • Heath & Molly present a professional, passionate, and authentic blend of Rock and Americana. You won’t want to miss this performance!

3:30pm – Seed Spitting Contest

  • Think you can spit watermelon seeds further than your friend? Bring your competition and spit those seeds as far as you can!

4:30pm – Pet Contest

  • Do you have the cutest pet in Knox County? Be sure to register for the Cutest Pet Contest! All proceeds go to the Vincennes Animal Shelter.

6:00pm – Miss Watermelon Pageant

  • The purpose behind this pageant is to award on deserving female high school student a one-time $500 scholarship for their chosen field. This scholarship is made possible by the Illiana Watermelon Association.

The Farbest Foods BBQ Grill Off will take place all day on Saturday.

  • Think you’re BBQ is the best of the best? Test your skills at the Farbest Foods Grill Off!

 

Also be sure to check out The Vincennes Brewing Co. this weekend! They will be releasing their Watermelon Wheat Beer that is made with melons from Mouzin Brothers and helped made by the Knox County Home Brewers Association.

For more information on how to enter these contests, check out the official 2018 Knox County Watermelon Festival page on Facebook, hosted by the Knox County Chamber of Commerce!