August 27: Brazilian Carnival
September 24: Latin Festival
"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" will be on stage at Hayswood Theatre September 17 through October 3. Show times are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+) and $10 for students (17 and under).
Operation is a Louisville, Kentucky based ensemble steeped in Kentucky’s rich music tradition. This group gives high-energy performances created by the cross-pollination of many American roots music styles including blues, bluegrass, Celtic, country and rock. Hog Operation plays a style of supercharged bluegrass music using traditional instrumentation - guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle and mandolin—that accompany smooth harmony vocals. The players are Steve Cooley (banjo), John Hawkins (guitar), Larry Raley (bass), and Mike Schroeder (mandolin and fiddle).
For more than 25 years Dry Branch Fire Squad has been one of bluegrass music's most popular bands, renowned for its spry mix of front-porch standards, modern ballads, and the old-time sounds from which bluegrass first sprang. The (quartet) is positively adored for its droll, scampy stage shows, fueled by Ron Thomason's cornpone-and-hard-cider wit. Their newest CD, Echoes of the Mountains, is now available in stores and on their website at www.drybranchfiresquad.com.
Bluegrass on the Square is sponsored by the Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau, WFPK Radio and the Harrison County Community Foundation. Concerts are held on the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand on the Historic Corydon Square from 4p.m. to 8 p.m. The concerts are free and seating is limited. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. For up-to-date weather cancellations, visit www.thisisindiana.org or call 888-738-2137.
Recently, my travels took me to the town of Corydon, the first capital of the state of Indiana. The historic nature of the place became apparent to me as I gazed at the town square. There, preserved for the enjoyment of posterity, is the cozy-looking Old Capitol Building. How did it come to stand there? My investigations told me that back before the town of Corydon even existed, William Henry Harrison, Governor of the Indiana Territory and later President of the United States, often used to stop at a friend's house located in the vicinity. Noting that two creeks joined together nearby, Harrison decided that the spot would be a good location for a town, which he called Corydon at the suggestion of his friend's daughter. Harrison sold the land to government surveyor Harvey Heth in 1808, and the town was officially founded that year. Construction of the capitol started in 1811, and it served as the territorial legislature until 1816, when it became the center of politics in the new state of Indiana. As the population shifted northward, Corydon became increasingly inconvenient for activity, so the capital was moved to Indianapolis in 1825. However, Corydon remains the seat of Harrison County.
The town square is not just composed of the Old Capitol. On the edge of the square is the impressive Harrison County Courthouse, the top two thirds made of brick and the bottom third made of limestone. The entrance is overlooked by four Romanesque columns. My favorite part of the square is the space around the buildings. It's all grass, except for a few stone paths. Really, the center of town doubles as a park for the enjoyment of community activities, such as the Friday night band concerts that attract crowds of locals and regional tourists during the summer. Small local shops and restaurants border the square. Together, they provide access for a wide range of amenities for a small town.
Feeling hungry, I walked into one of the restaurants for lunch with my fellow intern, Reese. The establishment was a diner called Frederick's. We found a homely environment inside. Shelves all around the walls showcased bits of Americana, exactly what you'd expect to find in a small-town diner. According to his custom, Reese ordered a burger with no lettuce or tomatoes or onions; he is a purist. I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich. Comparing notes while we ate, we decided that both were delicious choices. Gazing out at the green town square, considering the special significance Corydon holds for the state of Indiana, and sipping on my iced tea, I decided that I couldn't ask for a more interesting and comfortable setting in which to spend my weekday afternoon.
Explore underground at Marengo Cave. Be prepared to get muddy while journeying through the stream level. You’ll likely see cave life and there is plenty of crawling to go around. The underground adventure takes two hours plus time for clean-up. The trips are every Saturday in August at 2:30 p.m. Price of admission is $29 per person. Must be at least ten years or age and arrive by 2:30 p.m. to sign-up and get ready. No gear? No problem, Marengo Cave will provide you with the gear you need and trained guides will help you learn safe caving techniques, cave
conservation and cave ecology. For more information or to make a reservation call 812-365-2705 or visit marengocave.com.
Exhibits from all around the world will be on display. These exhibits will include national and cultural information, entertainment and food samples. Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy a food tasting sample buffet, live music and dancing, games, art activities and door prizes.
World on the Square is an exciting event for all ages. Children attending the event will receive a festival "passport” which will include a variety of questions that can be answered by visiting various exhibits. Children who complete the passport will receive a prize.
In the event of bad weather, the festival will be held at Corydon Central High School. For more information call 812-952-2273 or visit worldonthesquare.org.
3:55 - 4:10 David Stewart
4:10 - 5:05 Middle Eastern Dance
5:05 - 5:35 Tae Kwon Do
5:35 - 6:30 il Troubadore
6:30 - 6:40 Louisville Lion
6:40 - 7:50 Salsa Rhythms
7:50 Drawing for Door Prizes
For up-to-date festival and event information and discounts on attractions, lodging and dining, text “ThisIsIndiana” to 51684 or visit thisisIndiana.mobi from you mobile phone.