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‘Arts & Culture’ Category

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.

13th Annual Red Skelton Festival!

The 13th Annual Red Skelton Festival is this Saturday, July 21st at the Red Skelton Museum. Join us in celebrating the comedy genius that was Red Skelton. Festivities begin on Friday at 6pm.

Friday

6pm –

A VIP Meet and Greet Reception with Mrs. Lothian Skelton will be held from 6-7pm in the museum gallery including appetizers, iced tea and lemonade. The tickets can be purchased for $20 here, but hurry because only 60 tickets will be sold!

7pm –

The Red Skelton – America’s Clown Award will be presented to this years winner, Carol Burnett via video acceptance on Friday night at 7pm.

7:15pm –

A family friendly comedy show it to follow with John Pate. Through the years of 1991-1997, Pate performed with Red who called him “The funniest young comedian I know!” this performance is at The Red with $10 admission; $5 for kids 12 and under. You may get tickets for this show here!

Saturday

10am –

Begin the day off with a Beginner Balloon Twisting Clinic. You can register online for $10 here.

11am –

Be sure to get your seat for one of the funnest parades that Vincennes has to offer! The parade will run down Main Street and finish up at the Red Skelton Museum.

11:45am –

Storyteller, Stephanie Holman, will be presenting “Red Skelton: Good Night and May God Bless.” at the Lab Theater.

12pm –

Enjoy stage performances with the Clowns and Camp Kids directly after.

1pm –

Do you love donuts? Join in on the Donut Eating Contest at the Outdoor Stage.

1:30pm –

Catch John Pate in action again for Remembering Red at the Lab Theater.

2pm –

A crowd favorite, the Bath Tub Race will take place on Red Skelton Boulevard.

3pm –

The day ends with the Clown Band Performance on the Circle at 3pm. The museum will close shortly after, at 5pm.

You may purchase a festival button for $5, which is good for museum entry on Saturday the 21st.

Everyone’s Favorite Week of the Year: Fair Week!

It’s almost everyone’s favorite time of the year: fair week! The Knox County Farm Fair is filled with lively events, good food, fair rides, and limitless opportunities to make memories with your friends and family. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the fair this year!

VU Pavillion

Kick things off this Saturday, July 14th with Mr. Speed and the Kiss Tribute Band Concert! Show time is at 8 pm. Tickets will be $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. New this year, there will be a beer garden serving beer, wine, and wine coolers with an entry fee of $2! Please bring your own chairs to the event.

Some other events taking place at the VU Pavillion are the Fair Queen Contest, the Tiny Tot competition, and various musical acts. For show times, entry fees, and more check out this list of nightly FREE entertainment!

Grandstand Events

Some of your favorite events are back this year in the grandstands! Events like the Tractor Pull, Hog Wrestling, and Motocross Racing. For more details, check out this full list of Grandstand Events happening this week at the fair.

Pricing for the Grandstand events are as followed:

Outside Gate Admission: Adults $3, Children under 12 yrs FREE

Grandstand Admission: Adults $8, Children 0-11 yrs $4

Food Vendors

What is a fair without the food? Prepare yourself to eat till you waddle with the full list of food vendors that will be in attendance next week. Some of the vendors include the Horse and Pony Club, Pronto Pup, and the King of Wings.

Daily Events List

Can’t make it to the fair everyday? Not many of us can! Be sure to check out these lists of events happening each day at the Knox County Fair! We hope to see you there!

Monday Events

Tuesday Events

Wednesday Events

Thursday Events

Friday Events

Saturday Events

All links are directed to the Knox County Farm Fair website. You can visit their full website here.

Celebrate Summer in Knox County!

It’s officially summer! How do you plan on spending the rest of those hot days in the sun? Don’t worry, Vincennes/Knox County has plenty to offer this time of year! Here’s a list of things you won’t want to miss out on this summer.

Night Under the Stars w/ Junior Rangers

Join the staff and volunteers of George Rogers Clark National Historical Park for this special Junior Ranger event as they explore the night sky. This event takes place on Saturday, September 15th at 7:30 PM

Nature Walk

Vincennes/Knox County is home to natural hiking trails that are unlike any other! Ouabache (Wabash) Trails features four miles of marked trails. Fox Ridge Nature Park allows the public a place to enjoy the natural world that inhabits the park.

Berry Picking

Blann Berries offers 30 acres of mixed berry varieties to insure a consistent quality of fruit. U-Pick or We-Pick options are both available for your convenience.

Eat Some Good Food

Choose from local favorites or popular food chains. We always recommend eating at one of our locally-owned restaurants. Here’s a list of our dining options!

Farmers Market

Come enjoy the Vincennes Historic Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, now until October 27 at the Riverfront Pavilion. The Saturday market offers freshly picked produce from local farmers, local vendors, fresh cut flowers and some specialty “General Store” items. The Wednesday market hosts a local favorite Bobe-B-Q and much more!

Cool Off

Be sure to check out our Places to Cool Off blog post for ideas on how to stay cool this summer in Vincennes/Knox County!

Visit Red

Now until September 2, come to the Red Skelton Museum for a special exhibit to learn about Red’s major career breaks, his vacation spots and special keys to the city. This display can be seen during regular museum hours. You don’t want to miss this!

Ice Cream

You can’t forget about ice cream! Head over to Lic’s Deli & Ice Cream to enjoy one of their famous turtle pies, or check out Swirls to create your own frozen yogurt concoction.

Go Fishing

Camp Arthur and New Vision RV Park both offer stocked lakes to fish in. Camp Arthur has boat rentals available on site, and New Vision has its’ own bait, tackle and gift shop. If you’re looking for a more secluded fishing experience, try the public access areas along the Wabash River.

Take a Dip

Rainbow Beach Family Aquatic Center is a great public pool with water slides, concession areas and other attractions featuring a splash pad, wall climbing, and an activity center! This is the perfect place to take the kids and cool off.

Listen to Some Tunes

Live music can be found at The Vincennes Brewing Company, Café Moonlight, Old Town Players, Willies Pub and the Moose Lodge. Musical acts vary depending on the day of the week.

 

Looking for something that isn’t on our list? Be sure to check out our list of events so you don’t miss out on the fun!

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.