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‘Arts & Culture’ Category

March On Down Main Street

Welcome the Spring season downtown!   Participating galleries have new exhibitions with many varied forms of art, Friday, March 2 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.  Art Space Vincennes LLC will open “Place or NonPlace: Paintings by Courtland Blade”.  Indianapolis artist Courtland Blade earned his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  He will show oil paintings some of which explore ideas of place-making, and others that investigate the idea of “non-place”.

The Northwest Territory Art Guild will feature works by Olney, Illinois artist Mary Pat Nash. Nash is an experienced and versatile watercolor artist who has also been experimenting with collage in recent years. Other seasonally-themed art and craft items created by guild members will be on display and for sale.

The Open Gallery will present Imagine the People, paintings by Bob Mathews. Omaha-based physician Mathews is largely self-taught and has exhibited his work widely across the U.S. He will be on hand to discuss his exhibit at the First Friday event.

The Shircliff Gallery will introduce the work of Texas mixed-media artist Samantha Parker Salazar. Parker Salazar creates large-scale installations and works on paper resulting is environments that play with light and shadow. Parker Salazar will present an artist’s talk Friday, March 16 at 11:00am at the gallery.

Make and evening, dine and shop downtown!  Several businesses are open for First Friday as well as our downtown restaurants.

Six More Weeks of Winter

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning which means we can expect six more weeks of winter weather.  To help you pass the time we have put together a list of Winter Activities to consider.

Visit 1972 for laser tag, video games, rock climbing, foot darts, and more!  Admission is charged.

Bundle up and hike the trails at Ouabache Trails Park or take a stroll on the Riverwalk.

Take in a production at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center or other local theater.

Visit the Red Skelton Museum and you’re sure to leave laughing.  The fully interactive Museum explores Red’s life and career as well as American Comedy.

Warm up with a coffee drink at I’Mpressed Coffee Shop.

Take a swim at the YMCA during open swim times.  Membership is required, visit their website or app for swim times.

Feed your creative side at one of the downtown art galleries.  Exhibits are changed regularly and many pieces are available for sale.

Check out a new book at the Knox County Public Library.  Stay and read or cuddle up with the book at home.

Brush up on your Indiana history by touring our local historic sites, George Rogers Clark NHP, Grouseland, and the Vincennes State Historic Sites.  George Rogers Clark has free admission.

Meet a friend at the newly opened Vincennes Brewing Company or Windy Knoll Winery for an adult beverage!  Must be 21 to visit either location.

Tour the Indiana Military Museum for look at military artifacts spanning the Civil War through current military engagements.

Ladies can get some retail therapy shopping downtown at several of the new boutiques and some of their old favorites too!

Stop by the Visitors Bureau, 779 South 6th Street, to pick up 2018 Indiana Festival or Travel guides and explore our great state!

New Year, New Opportunity

We are well into 2018 and have already had our first big snow of winter.  For your convenience, we have compiled a list of new local businesses.  If you haven’t already done so, check them out.

The Hampton Inn is now open for guests!  Located off of Hart Street at 2863 Ford Road.

1972 has something for everyone!  Open Monday through Saturday at 711 Old Wheatland Road.  Basketball, rock climbing, karaoke, laser tag and art classes to name a few.  Admission is charged.

If getting fit in the new year is your resolution, check out Planet Fitness or Lester Square Fitness Park (weather permitting).

Yamato Steakhouse opened in the 6th Street Plaza, serving Japanese fare and Sushi Hibachi.

The Vincennes Brewing Company, pictured above, specializes in craft brews.  Located in the heart of downtown at 124 Main Street.

Several new ladies boutiques have opened downtown in the last year.

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions may be we hope that 2018 will be a great year for you!

Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy

Summertime is Fun Time at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy!  With over 3500 sq. ft. of fun and laughter, this interactive museum is great for kids of all ALL ages!  Experience Red’s legacy of laughter as you trace his life and career from his humble beginnings in Vincennes, Indiana to his rise to super stardom as a comedian and star of radio, TV and film.  Visitors will pantomime with Red on a green screen, create a virtual clown face, and enter sound effects into some of his radio shows.  Pictures and letters from Red’s personal collection abound in this comprehensive museum. TV’s throughout the museum play clips from Red’s TV shows and movies.  The museum showcases the original costumes Red wore during the 20 year span of “The Red Skelton Show” along with a special exhibit dedicated to his iconic Pledge of Allegiance.  Red was a creative genius and the Red Skelton Museum has a gallery of some of his original paintings, musical compositions, and original stories.  There is truly something for everyone at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy.  Whether you are a longtime fan or just learning about Red Skelton for the first time, take some time to visit and spend the day laughing with Red and some of his characters including, Freddie the Freeloader, Clem Kadiddlehopper and Sheriff Deadeye.  Don’t miss the Red Skelton Festival on Saturday, July 15, 2017!

Submitted by Red Skelton President, Anne Pratt

Weekend Entertainment

This weekend is full of activities.  Check our website calendar for all the details on any of the events listed below. 

Friday, April 21st

“Dearly Departed”, Comedy – Old Town Players Theatre

Spring Block Party, McGrady-Brockman House & Parking lot

Essence of Worship Choir, Performance, “Sunday’s Best” – Red Skelton Performing Arts Ctr.

Saturday, April 22nd

Knox co. Public Library’s Spring Block Party, McGrady-Brockman House & Parking lot

“The Many Hats of a Ranger Day”, Summer Junior Ranger Series – George Rogers Clark NHP

“March for Science” – Riverfront Pavilion

A Broadway Cabaret – Jefferson Student Center

“Dearly Departed”, Comedy – Old Town Players Theatre

Sunday, April 23rd

“Dearly Departed”, Comedy – Old Town Players Theatre

Weekend Happenings

This weekend is full of events.

Friday April 7th, First Friday Art Walk in downtown Vincennes.  Art Space, the Open Gallery and the Northwest Territory Art Guild have great exhibits and will be open from 5pm to 8pm.

Saturday April 8th, History Quiz Bowl from 9am to noon at the VU Shircliff Auditorium. The Harmony Society Brunch and Style Show begins at 10am, tickets can be purchased by calling 812-882-3273.  Red’s Dueling Pianos spring fundraiser event will begin at 6:30pm, tickets can be purchased by calling , 812-888-4184.

Sunday April 9th, Spring Wildflowers Walk at Wabash Trails Park begins at 2pm, meet at the park office.

Lets Go Fly a Kite

“Lets Go Fly a Kite”  on Saturday, April 1, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park is offering an opportunity for fliers of all ages to take to the air! Bring your kite or build a kite there. Registration begins at 12:30pm and this FREE event will be held until 4:00pm. For more information please contact Ranger Jason Collins at 812.882.1776, ext. 207.

Gift Ideas for your Sweetheart

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.

Six More Weeks of Winter

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

 

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.