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‘Festivals & Events’ Category

Ring in the New Year

RING IN THE NEW YEAR by celebrating at the National Watermelon Drop held in downtown Vincennes! Knox County’s own quirky New Year’s event features DJ music from 10pm to 1am in a heated tent (beverages available), food vendor on site and photo opportunities with giant lighted watermelon until 11:45pm. Watch the 500-pound watermelon rise high in the sky as midnight approaches, culminating with 19 Knox County watermelons dropped on the splatform at the stroke of midnight followed by fireworks.

Weekend Happenings

Old Town Players Theater, Fifth & Broadway Streets will present “The Elves & the Shoemaker” this weekend.  Performances will be held Friday and Saturday evening and a Matinee on Sunday December 14th-16th.  Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased by calling the box office at 812.882.8269.

The Vincennes Civitan Club in collaboration with the Old Town Players is presenting “A Christmas Dinner Theater” on Saturday, December 15 at the Masonic Lodge, 501 Broadway Street. The dinner will precede Old Town Players Christmas production for children, “The Elves and the Shoemaker” at 7:00pm. The dinner is by reservation only and reservations can be made by calling the OTP Ticket Office at 812.882.1639 or Hedden Abstract at 812.882.5273.

Follow in the footsteps of British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton and his soldiers as they made their march to Vincennes in the fall of 1778 this Saturday December 15th. After a long grueling march, his men arrived in Vincennes on December 17, 1778. The march will begin at the park’s visitor center at 1:00pm, participants will board Van-Go buses and travel to Kimmell Park the spot where it is believed Hamilton’s men disembarked from their boats. Visitors will then travel approximately 2 miles back to the visitor center following the new Riverwalk running from Kimmell Park to the Clark Memorial. Park Ranger Jason Collins will share the story of the British march and the difficult journey that lay ahead for those men along the way. Braving ice-choked rivers, treating with Native Americans, and the uncertain weather conditions, were just some of the risks that these soldiers undertook on their journey to Fort Sackville.

The “Diamonds” musical group will present their holiday show “Silver Bells and Diamonds” on Saturday, December 15 at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. The performance begins at 7:30pm with reserved seating $40/person and general admission, $35/person. Call the Red Skelton Museum to purchase tickets at 812.888.4184.

On Sunday, December 16th the Red Skelton Museum will have their “Christmas at the Red” Family Fun Day from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Enjoy watching The Red Skelton Christmas Show special in the museum theater.  More activities include games with prizes and a visit with Santa. FREE museum admission for Family Day Participants from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

There are still a few opportunities to see Santa, http://www.vincennescvb.org/blog/2018/11/20/wheres-santa-claus-this-season/

The local Christmas light displays are still burning bright, http://www.vincennescvb.org/blog/2018/11/29/holiday-lights/

Holiday Lights

Load up the family and go for a drive! You won’t want to miss these free community holiday light displays.

The Knox County Park Department’s annual light display at Ouabache Trails Park is open daily from 5:30pm to 9:30pm though the 26th of December.  New displays have been added to everyone’s old favorites!  Donations are appreciated but not required, all proceeds go towards keeping the lights on.

Gregg Park’s annual light pole decorating is now up through January 1st.  Enjoy different themed decorations on each pole provided by local businesses and citizens.  View other decorations throughout the park.

See the giant community tree downtown Vincennes on Gimbel Corner.  The tree arrives at 9:00am this Saturday, December 1! The public is invited to gather at 6:00pm for the tree lighting and enjoy Christmas music being played on the PA system downtown. Santa will be there to greet the children.

Bicknell’s Northside Park on Highway 67 is lit up for the holidays.  The park has added new displays this year and is open daily through January 1st.

Enjoy!

Christmas Event Roundup

Christmas is in the air!  Kick off the holiday season this weekend at the downtown Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights.  Friday, November 16th, enjoy the “Parade of Lights” at 6:30pm. Directly after the parade children can visit with Santa at Thursday Church.  Downtown merchants will have extended hours welcoming holiday shoppers with unique gifts and serving refreshments.   On Saturday, Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Old Cathedral Parish Center from 8:00am to 11:00am ($5 at the door).  Enjoy Carriage rides with Santa on Main Street on Saturday from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

The Knox County Public Library will present their annual Polar Express event Tuesday, November 27th at 7pm at the Fortnightly building.  Children can wear their PJ’s, drink hot cocoa, sing Christmas carols, and enjoy some classic holiday stories, read by Randy CrismoreAdmission is FREE but registration and tickets are required.  Visit the Main Library’s Youth Department or call the library at 812-886-4380.

On Friday, November 30th the Vincennes University Community Series presents “Christmas With The Celts“, at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. For tickets call 812-888-4354.

Join in the festivities at the Gimbel Corner (2nd & Main Sts.) on Saturday, December 1st when the Community Christmas Tree arrives that morning. Santa will light the Christmas Tree light at 6:00pm.

Wednesday, December 5th, for the first time, the Knox County Public Library will host the Madcap Puppet Company from Cincinnati, Ohio, and their production of “A Madcap Christmas Carol!” This Christmas ghost story into a fantastically funny tale, bringing your favorite Dickens characters to life with giant puppets and exciting new twists!  Admission is FREE but registration and tickets are required.  Visit the Main Library’s Youth Department or call the library at 812-886-4380.

Christmas at Grouseland will be held on Friday, December 7th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.  Enjoy a traditional Christmas at the Governor’s mansion by candlelight. This festive living history event features re-enactors from the time of Harrison’s governorship. Enjoy music, decorations, refreshments and carriage rides! There is no admission charge but donations are gratefully accepted.

Old Town Players presents The Elves & the Shoemaker musical and family program on December 7th-9th and again on December 14th-16th.  This fast-paced retelling of an old favorite is filled with delightfully wacky characters-including elves Mortz, Schwartz, Hazel, Gracie, and Studebaker. Clever dialogue and toe-tapping music make this a must-see for all ages.  Visit the OTP website for showtimes and ticket information.

Delight in a wonderful holiday performance with the timeless sounds by the “Diamonds” musical group presents their The Silver Bells and Diamonds concert on Saturday, December 15 at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. Enjoy a pre-show reception at 6:00pm with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar for only $10/person.  Call the Red Skelton Museum for tickets and more information at 812.888.4184.

The Red Skelton Museum is hosting “Christmas at the Red” Family Fun Day from 1:30pm to 3:30pm on Sunday, December 16.  Enjoy watching The Red Skelton Christmas Show special featuring: Freddie and the Carolers, Freddie Gets 90 Days, Freddie and the Yuletide Doll, Willie Lump Lump ‘Expert Tree Trimmer’ and The Gift of Giving exhibit.  More activities include games with prizes (ask about the Peppermint Guess Museum Scavenger Hunt) and a visit with Santa.  FREE museum admission for Family Day Participants from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

 

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.

 

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.

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!

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.