Community calendar for week of July 20

Farm offers children’s day camp with horses

BEAN BLOSSOM — Hope for Hearts Farm Inc., on State Road 45, offers Confident Kids Camp Tuesdays, July 12 and 26. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids ages 8 to 12 can experience farm life, learn about horses and participate in non-riding activities, devotionals, games and crafts while building self-esteem.

The cost is $45 per day. Contact Lisa Bowman at 317-496-0189 or

Free bags of food for backpack students

Brown County Weekend Backpacks is providing a bag of food for the weekend to students who have been on the free lunch program during the school year.

Parents may come by the Food Services Building (across Schoolhouse Lane from the junior high) on Thursdays between 4 and 6 p.m. and pick up a bag of food for students.

The program will run through July 28.

Summer Reading Club events conclude this week

The final Summer Reading Club event at the Brown County Public Library in Nashville will take place at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14.

At the Cordry-Sweetwater branch in the lot owners’ clubhouse, the final event is at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12.

Other activities at the Nashville branch Wednesday, July 13 are:

  • 2 p.m. — Be the Book, for 11 and younger, reading aloud from favorite stories and creating productions, minus the stage and props.
  • 3 p.m. — LEGO Club, for 12 and younger, for an hour of creative free-play building.

New Life Church VBS continues this week

“Ocean Commotion: Diving into Noah’s Flood” vacation Bible school continues at New Life Community Church, 1450 State Road 135 North.

The free event, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. through Friday, July 15, is for children age 2 to entering seventh-graders.

To register, visit, drop by or call the church at 812-988-6543.

Revival planned at Greasy Creek church

Evangelists Carl Barnett and Lonzal Whitker will be the featured speakers for the revival at Greasy Creek Community Church, just beyond the county highway garage.

The meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, and at 7 p.m. through the following week.

For more information, call the Rev. Sim Brock at 812-597-5975.

Preservation society to meet Tuesday

The Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, in a lower-level meeting room of the Brown County Community Foundation, 209 N. Van Buren St.

All are welcome. The organization serves to recognize and preserve historic, cultural and natural resources of Brown County. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month.

For more information, call 812-988-2377.

Picnic, program at CCC shelter in state park

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, a pitch-in picnic with a program and flag-raising will be hosted by Friends of Brown County State Park at the Civilian Conservation Corps shelter, past the Nature Center in Brown County State Park.

New park naturalist Patrick Haulter will speak about the CCC and the work accomplished in the park by the group.

Meat, drinks and table service will be furnished. Participants should bring a side dish to share.

For more information, call Don Stephenson at 812-988-1952.

Farmers market to feature plants, food, music

BEAN BLOSSOM — From 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, the Bean Blossom farmers market, in the St. David’s Episcopal Church parking lot, will feature Linnea Good as vendor of the week. She sells house and garden plants, perennial and annual flowers.

The outreach booth will feature the Special Olympics. Visit the booth to learn more about this organization new to Brown County.

The market is open Fridays through September. Visit for more information.

For booth information, contact Sharon Kitchens at or 317-417-2316.

First aid, CPR, AED training registration open

Registration is open for American Red Cross adult and pediatric First Aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator training until Friday, July 15, at the Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow St.

The course, open to anyone 16 or older, costs $45 per person. Online training, expected to take about two hours, must be completed individually, recorded, printed and turned in by the skills testing date.

Mandatory skills testing to become certified will take place at the YMCA from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13.

For more information, call Shelle Hertz at 812-988-9622.

Church offers one-day free sports camp

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 16, Nashville United Methodist Church, 36 S. Jefferson St., will host Mega Soccer Camp for children ages 5 to 12.

Drills and practice games will help kids focus on fundamentals to build confidence and self-esteem. Between skills sessions, coaches lead songs and share inspiring sports and Bible stories with character-building themes.

To register, email or call 988-4666. For more information, visit

Fruitdale firefighters conducting fish fry

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Department will have its next fish fry and bazaar from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at the station, 5200 State Road 135 North.

In addition to Alaskan pollock fish, volunteers serve “tenderloin sandwiches as big as your head,” desserts, baked beans, coleslaw and sweet tea. Donations are accepted to support the fire department.

A bazaar with vendors of various items will be set up at the station for diners to shop.

Chamber seeks beautification award nominees

The Brown County Chamber of Commerce, Brown County Garden Club and Keep Brown County Beautiful will recognize two Brown County businesses for their building design, signage, landscape design and flowers.

Any business in Brown County can be nominated; they do not need to be members of the Brown County Chamber of Commerce. Nominations can be submitted at; the deadline is Aug. 31.

Building design should be appropriate for the adjacent neighborhood, suitably placed on the site and well maintained.

The overall design of signs should be consistent in style and lettering.

The landscape should be healthy and appropriately scaled for the building. Creative use of flowers, hanging pots and potted plants will be considered.

The area must be clean and litter free with trash containers available.

Awards will be presented at the Brown County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting in January.

Mennonite church planning VBS program

BEAN BLOSSOM — Vacation Bible school will be offered for children ages 4 to 11 at Bean Blossom Mennonite Church, 5046 State Road 135 North.

The program will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 18 to 21.

To register in advance, visit

Children’s history program to be taught monthly

This summer and fall, the Brown County Historical Society will offer Hands on History to show children ages 8 to 12 what pioneer children would have experienced.

Topics include cooking, gardening, games, music and dance, quilting, weaving and spinning, weather lore and map reading.

Remaining program dates are Thursdays, Sept. 22 and Oct. 20, and Saturday, Aug. 20. All are from 1 to 4 p.m. at the History Center and Pioneer Village, 90 E. Gould St.

A $5 fee is charged. For a registration form, visit or call 812-988-2899.

Bean Blossom included in four-state tour

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Rev’n Rods and Heartland Music Tour’s six-day, six-city schedule includes Bean Blossom.

On Thursday, July 21, James Otto will perform at the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park. The event includes a car show from noon to 6 p.m. and the concert at 6 p.m.

The car show is free; concert tickets for the Bean Blossom show cost $11.

Car owners can join the tour in any city and follow it to the final destination in Indianapolis. The tour includes:

  • Sunday, July 17: Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye at the Fontanel in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Monday, July 18: Restless Heart at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi
  • Tuesday, July 19: Terri Clark at the A.C. Brase Arena in Cape Girardeau, Mississippi
  • Wednesday, July 20: Pam Tillis at Beach Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Thursday, July 21: James Otto at Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom
  • Friday, July 22: John Michael Montgomery at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis

Register any year, make or model of classic car, motorcycle or 4×4 at the event or online. For more information, visit or call 423-468-5121.

Having a ruff day? Read to dogs at library

Children and adults are welcome to visit the Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, for Sit, Stay, Read!

The program features three certified therapy dogs and good listeners, Mocha, Daisy June and George.

No registration is required for the drop-in program, underwritten by Friends of the Library and made possible in partnership with the Brown County Humane Society.

For more information, call the library at 812-988-2850.

Thrive Alliance offers lunch, senior travel opportunities

For people 55 and older, Thrive Alliance will offer a free lunch at the Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow St., at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, followed by a travel presentation by Edie Smith from Mill Race Center in Columbus.

Travel opportunities for 2017 include day trips, overnights and extended trips to various U.S. locations, other countries and a Caribbean cruise. A portion of all proceeds benefits the local YMCA.

For a brochure, call 812-376-9241 or email

Guitar festival to feature world-class talent

Fingerstyle guitarists will converge in Brown County for the fifth annual Indiana Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Friday, July 29. Forty players from the United States and Europe will compete at the Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., all day Saturday, July 30.

Fingerstyle guitar is playing by plucking the strings directly with fingertips, fingernails or picks attached to the right hand fingers. Prominent players include Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Tommy Emmanuel and Andres Segovia.

Former festival winner Kade Puckett will perform at the Pine Room Tavern, 51 E. Chestnut St., at 6 p.m. Friday, July 29.

A party is planned at Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East, from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, with Cari Ray and the Loaners, 12 nationally-ranked guitarists and previous winners of the competition.

Competition will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Playhouse and the top three will be announced at 4 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

A 7:30 p.m. concert will feature the top three players, the announcement of the winner, and performances from Tim and Miles Thompson, Michael Kelsey and Puckett.

For more information or tickets, visit or or visit the Playhouse box office from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, and on show days starting at noon.

Brown County 4-H Fair schedule set

The Brown County Fair week will officially run from Sunday, July 31 through Saturday, Aug. 6 at the 4-H fairgrounds.

Leading up to fair week will be other contests, competitions, shows and other events, such as the 4-H horse and pony show at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15 and 9 a.m. Saturday, July 16; the baby contest at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16; the cat show at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24; rabbit showmanship at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 26; dog show at 7 p.m. Friday, July 29 and 8 a.m. Saturday, July 30; the 4-H Color-Me-Green-Walk/Run at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 30; and the Bulls and Barrels Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

The fair officially kicks off with a vesper service by community churches from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31. The queen contest starts at 8 p.m.

Grandstand events, all at 7 p.m., include Hillbilly Ninja Warrior Monday, Demolition Derby Tuesday, Farm Tractor/Truck Pull Wednesday, Motocross-AMX and 4-Wheel ATV races Thursday, Hoosier Pro Wrestling Friday, and the Mud Bog Race Saturday.

More events and details are available at

Music, arts festival, peace rally being planned

A music and art festival is planned for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2 to 4, for those who are concerned “about the direction the country is headed.” All music in the spirit of peace is welcome. Booth rentals for the arts will be available.

Details, including the place, will be forthcoming.

For information, call 812-988-2923 or 317-409-2720.

Vendors sought for BucCornEar fundraiser Sept. 24

HELMSBURG — Jackson Township firefighters have planned the fifth annual BucCornEar Festival at the fire station, 4831 Helmsburg Road, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Vendor applications are available by contacting the fire department at 812-988-6201,,, or at the fire station.

Applications received after Saturday, Sept. 10, will be charged a $10 late fee. Bring completed applications to the fire station or send them, with checks payable to Jackson Township Fire Department, to BucCornEar Festival, c/o Jackson Township Fire Dept., P.O. Box 610, Nashville, IN 47448.

The festival celebrates pirates, popcorn and fire prevention. Admission to the event is free. It includes food and games for a donation, a pirate village and gauntlet, bucket brigade, pirate costume contest, walk-the-plank, plink-o, ring toss, pirate hook fishing, corn shucking, popcorn, a car show, a burning house fire demo, and a live line safety demo by SCI-REMC.