Community Calendar for week of Sept. 28

Wagons, horses welcome at music event

BEAN BLOSSOM — From Wednesday, Sept. 28 to Saturday, Oct. 1, Bentley’s Hillbilly Wagon Train will take place at Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground, 5163 State Road 135 North. It will include concerts, a flea market, a band contest and Bean Day.

Music begins daily at 10 a.m.; events last through late evening.

Admission is free with a donation of canned or non-perishable food items.

For more information, call 812-325-0196.

First local rock, mineral show and swap set

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1, the Brown County Rock and Mineral Club will host a show and swap at the Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould St.

Activities include demonstrations in gold panning by the Southeastern Indiana Gold Club of Gatesville, flintknapping by a local artisan and wire wrapping by jewelry artisans. Gems, rock crafts, jewelry, fossils, geodes, crystals, mineral specimens, turquoise, opals, agates and Native American items will be sold.

For more information, visit,, e-mail or call 812-320-6237.

Final week for Bean Blossom Farmers Market

BEAN BLOSSOM — The final week of the Bean Blossom Farmers Market Friday, Sept. 30, will be a harvest festival. Apple cider, cinnamon donuts and pumpkin bread will be available and special events for the children are planned.

The market, from 4 to 7 p.m., takes place in St. David’s Episcopal Church parking lot at state roads 45 and 135 North.

Featured vendors are Amber Wimmenauer with baked goods and Stonehouse Gardens with organic produce, cut flowers and more.

Don Ford will play classics and his own arrangements on guitar.

Nonprofit SEED Inc. will be featured at the outreach booth.

Visit for more information.

FallFare returns to Village Green this weekend

Nashville United Methodist Church, 36 S. Jefferson St., will host the 44th annual FallFare for charity on the church grounds and at the Village Green from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

The event includes live music, food, a silent auction and shopping. Featured items are pies, books, plants, jams, candy, produce, art, canned goods, handmade accessories, holiday items, theme baskets, antiques and collectibles. Booths include a Village Cafe operated by Scouts, Unexpected Treasures, Nature’s Bounty and a boutique booth, among others.

Every dollar goes to support charitable organizations in and beyond Brown County. Last year, $9,000 was distributed to Mother’s Cupboard, Brown County Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, the Brown County Literacy Coalition and other local nonprofits.

Yard sale planned at Gnaw Bone church

GNAW BONE — From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, the Country Gospel Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, will conduct a yard sale.

Items include children’s clothing, baby swings, a sewing machine, books, antiques, glassware and many miscellaneous items. All proceeds go to the church benevolence fund.

Nashville firefighters’ fish tent open weekends

The Brown County (Nashville) Volunteer Fire Department will serve fish sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, coffee, hot cider, soda and water from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2 on the courthouse lawn in Nashville.

The tent will be open each Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 23.

Kelp’s Pumpkin Patch Farm Fest this weekend

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, Kelp’s Pumpkin Patch, 6473 State Road 46 East, will conduct its annual Farm Fest.

Pumpkins, mums, squash, Indian corn, gourds, ham ‘n beans with cornbread and desserts will be sold. Activities include kids’ games with prizes, hay rides, face painting, a petting zoo, sorghum mill demonstrations, and a pumpkin carving contest with judging at 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 812-988-4804.

Free financial planning offered at Y Oct. 1

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, Crystal Rickard, a personal manager with McAvoy Kemp Wealth Management, LLC, will be available for financial consultations at the Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow St.

Rickard can provide education, strategies and insight for debt management, retirement needs, cash flow and family financial situations at no cost.

Participants will receive a free copy of “Values-Based Financial Planning” by Bill Bachrach.

Rods N’ Wrenches car show benefit planned

The second annual Rods N’ Wrenches car show will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at Brown County State Park near the pool.

Registration runs from 9 a.m. to noon; the entry fee is $10. The rain date is Oct. 15. Prepayment covers the state park gate fee the day of the show.

All entrants hauling their entry vehicle with a trailer must use the west gate entrance on State Road 46 West. In 20 class entries, including five motorcycle classes and a kids-only class, 55 awards will be given. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries. Food, music, vendors, door prizes and a raffle will be available.

Proceeds benefit the food pantry at The Salvation Army of Brown County.

Trophy sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call Nate Tuttle at 812-327-0637 or visit Rods N’ Wrenches on Facebook.

Van Buren firefighters serving chicken dinner

STONE HEAD — Starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department, 4040 State Road 135 South, will serve a chicken dinner with mashed potatoes, green beans, roll and drink for $10 and eight-piece bucket of chicken for $10.

When the chicken is gone, fish sandwiches will be sold for $6 and hamburgers for $5. Apple cider slushies will be $2; desserts will be sold, too.

Service to include sign language interpreter

Those who are hearing impaired are especially invited to Nashville United Methodist Church, 36 S. Jefferson St., for World Communion Sunday, Oct. 2. Interpreting for the service will be provided by Mona Peterson.

World Communion Sunday celebrates the global nature of the church and the many diverse Christians in the world. The service will also include a special emphasis on Africa University. Services are at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Flower barn hosts antique show and sale

HAMBLEN TWP. — The Flower and Herb Barn, 5167 Bean Blossom Road, will host a gathering of artisans and antique dealers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Food will be available at the Farmhouse Cafe.

Items will include country furniture and primitives, collectibles, cabin ware, garden items, jewelry, art and more. For more information, call 812-988-2689.

Elkinsville Community Reunion returns to farm

STORY — The Elkinsville Community Reunion will take place on the Bill Miller farm, five miles south of Story, beginning with a pitch-in dinner at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.

Bring table service, drinks and chairs. A collection will be taken for mowing the memorial. All are welcome. With questions, call 812-988-2313 or 812-988-1030.

Day camp for fall break planned at YMCA

Register children in kindergarten through sixth grade for fall break day camp at the Brown County YMCA by Monday, Oct. 3.

Camp will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct 10 to 14.

Rates are $95 per child with discounts for each additional child. Reduced rates are available for those who qualify for free or reduced lunches. Payment is due with registration.

Call Shelle at 812-988-9622 or stop by the Y to register.

Free program on Medicare at the library

From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, “Know Your Medicare Health Plan Options” will be offered in a lower-level meeting room of the Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane.

Sarah Eder will present the free program focused on understanding Medicare supplemental and Medicare Advantage plans. For more information, call the library at 812-988-2850.

Band to perform tribute to state bicentennial

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, the Brown County Community Band will present a musical tribute to Indiana’s bicentennial for its 17th annual fundraising concert.

Tickets for the concert at the Brown County High School auditorium cost $5 per adult and $3 per child 12 and older. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.

Lions to flip pancakes for breakfast Oct. 8

From 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, The Brown County Lions Club will serve pancakes or biscuits and gravy at the Parkview Church of the Nazarene Annex, 1750 State Road 46 East across from the state park.

For an adult or child 12 and older, a donation of $6 for an advance ticket or $7 at the door is requested; it’s $4 for diners 11 and younger.

Sprunica church breakfast free to community

HAMBLEN TWP. — Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road, will serve a free community breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

Served the second Saturday of each month, the menu includes biscuits and gravy, rolls, eggs and more.

BCHS class of ’76 reunion date set

The Brown County High School class of 1976 will celebrate its 40-year reunion Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East. Registration begins at 5 p.m. The fee is $10.

The event will be at a large tent near the pool and an indoor room. The inn will have live music at its Corncrib Lounge. Food will not be provided, so participants can either eat prior to the event or dine at the inn’s restaurant.

The reunion is open to classmates of other class years, friends younger and older. A limited number of rooms at the inn are set aside for reunion attendees at a special rate.

For more information, contact Debbie Schroeder or Randy Aspenson via Facebook (friend request if needed). A closed group on Facebook will be dedicated to the event.

Learn to knit and crochet at the library

From 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane, will host knitting and crocheting lessons in lower-level meeting room B. The free program for adults and teens will also include weaving and spinning demonstrations.

To sign up, drop by the library or call 812-988-2850.

Preservation society to meet in October

The Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 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.

Genealogical society sponsors history discussion

HELMSBURG — From 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., will host a discussion of Jackson Township history. Those who have lived in the community for many years are encouraged to come and talk about changes they have seen.

All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

Children can visit Friendly Forest at fire station

HELMSBURG — The Friendly Forest at Jackson Township Fire Department will be open for children of all ages from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 14 through 29.

The event at the station, 4831 Helmsburg Road, costs $1 per child and includes a bag of candy, hot chocolate and popcorn. Costumes are encouraged. Adults are admitted free with a child. Snacks, coffee and pumpkins will be sold.

For more information or in case of inclement weather, call the station at 812-988-6201 or visit jtfd5inc on Facebook.

Fall seed swap planned at library

SEED Brown County will conduct a fall seed swap from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane.

Local gardeners are encouraged to save spring and summer seeds to exchange. SEED Brown County will share programs planned next year and the vision of developing local seed stock for the community.

Children’s history programs taught monthly

Hands on History enables children ages 8 to 12 to engage in many of the day-to-day activities experienced by children living in pioneer times. The final session in the series is from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Brown County Historical Society’s Pioneer Village.

The registration fee is $5 per child with a completed form, found at, or call 812-988-2899 for more information.

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, Oct. 22 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.

See live owls during pre-Halloween program

In cooperation with the Indiana Raptor Center, the Brown County Public Library will host a pre-Halloween owl program in a lower-level meeting room from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Owls figure prominently in supernatural tales and culture, especially at Halloween. Learn how they really live and how their appetite for rodents saves in crop and property damage.

The free event is open to the public. Donations for the raptor center are welcome.

Swap meet, flea market planned at fairgrounds

From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, the Brown County Antique Machinery Association’s swap meet and flea market will take place at the Brown County 4-H Fairgrounds. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Library hosts discussion on healthcare costs

From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, accredited asset management specialist Sarah Eder will answer questions and discuss “preparing for unexpected healthcare costs in retirement.”

The free event is open to the public at the Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane. It is another in the library’s Social Security series.

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

Exhibit of Hoosier folk art coming to library

An opening reception for the traveling exhibit “Indiana Folk Arts: 200 years of Tradition and Innovation” will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 11, in a lower-level meeting room of the Brown County Public Library. The event will include presenter Jon Kay of Traditional Arts Indiana.

The display celebrates the culture and heritage of Indiana and explores work of artists whose crafts represent the state’s historical narrative.

The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13.

History Center bazaar spaces available

The second annual Abe Martin Village Bazaar, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, will take place at the Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould St. It will include ceramics, original art, gifts, handcrafted items, antiques and more.

Sellers can get a table and two chairs with a 10-foot space for $30. To reserve space, contact Gloria at 812-988-4465 or

Tickets available for annual Chocolate Walk

Tickets for the ninth annual Chocolate Walk to benefit the Brown County Humane Society are on sale now.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, takes place throughout Nashville, with ticketholders collecting chocolate samples at more than 30 local shops and restaurants.

All proceeds benefit Brown County’s homeless pets. Tickets cost $20 through Oct. 31 and $25 from Nov. 1 until the event.

To order tickets online, visit To order by phone, call 812-327-3016 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. In-person ticket sales are available at the shelter, 128 State Road 135 South; Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive; and Brown County Visitors Center, 10 N. Van Buren St.