National Popcorn Day

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.

Nominations Sought for Red Skelton Comedy Award

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 redskelton@vinu.edu 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.

Watermelon Drop

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.

Knox County Holiday Lights

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.

Catch the Holiday Spirit this Weekend

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

 

November Happenings

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.

Scare Up Some Fun in Knox County

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!

 

 

Autumn on Main Street

Celebrate the fall season in downtown Vincennes on Friday October 7th from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.  Enjoy live music, food, beer and wine tasting, art and a car show.  Dave Parman and the Coatney’s will perform in concert.  Sign up for canvas painting with Heartworks by Amanda by calling the Visitors Bureau at 812.886.0400.  The event is held in conjunction with the First Friday Art walk that includes the three Main Street art galleries.  All proceeds from the event go to INVin for downtown restoration.

Summer Bucket List

Summer is officially here and we have put together a Summer Bucket List for ideas for fun and entertainment.  There are also many festivals and events throughout the summer, visit our calendar of events to stay informed.  Enjoy!

Splash around at Rainbow Beach Aquatic Center.

Show support for your favorite summer sports team with memorabilia from FarmandSport.com.

Check out the authentic WWII German bunker and more at the Indiana Military Museum and relive the life of a soldier.

Watch the sunset over the Wabash River from the steps of the George Rogers Clark Memorial.

Find your funny bone at the Red Skelton Museum.

Shop for the best of Knox County’s harvested fruits and vegetables at the Historic Vincennes Farmers Market & bring home “Bobe-BQ” for dinner.

Treat your creative self and attend the “First Friday Art Walk” each month.

Pack your picnic basket and dine al fresco at Historic Fort Knox II.

The Melon Patch is a one stop shop for in season produce, gas, specialty gift items, fudge and the Delish Deli offers sandwiches.

Hike the trails at Ouabache Trails Park.

Pick up some farm-fresh produce or a delicious pie at The Big Peach.

Unwind at Windy Knoll Winery with a wine slushie.

Cool off with an iced coffee at I’Mpressed Coffee.

Beat the heat with indoor tours of William Henry Harrison’s Presidential Mansion, Grouseland and the Vincennes State Historic Sites.

Visit Prairie Acres gift shop for that perfect item and treat yourself to ice cream.

Cool off with a good book at the Knox County Public Library.

Take in a good play at the Old Town Players theatre.

When you are in the mood for something else, take in the area’s most exciting racing action at Lyons Raceway Park in next door Green County.

Summer Junior Ranger Series

The Summer Junior Rangers Series starts this weekend at the George Rogers Clark NHP.  “Three Forts Day”, one of five events of the 2016 Junior Rangers Series will be held on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. On Saturday, from 11:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday, from 11:00am – 3:00pm, children of all ages will see life as it was for a French marine unit and a Spanish militia unit, learn of the three different forts built inside what is now George Rogers Clark NHP, how the forts were constructed with 18th century tools and so much more! Prizes will be awarded for participation. Upcoming events in the series are as follows; Ranger Career Day on July 23, Native American Culture Day on August 20, Natural Resources Day on  September 17.  Participate in 1 event, get a Junior Ranger Patch; participate in 2 events, get a Junior Ranger Badge and participate in 3 events, get a 2016 Junior Ranger T-Shirt. For more information please contact Ranger Jason Collins at 812.882.1776, ext. 207.