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Around the State

Rochester’s Round Barn Festival, June 9 – 11, 2011
There are about 129 round barns throughout Indiana, But apparently Rochester has the corner on the festivals celebrating them. Contact Rochester & Lake Manitou Chamber of Commerce, 574-224-2666. Open M – F 8 am – 5 pm. Oh yea, and “Hello!” Grass Creek. You’re small but known!

For a comprehensive list by state, check out Dale Travis’s Website. He keeps pretty good track.

Rising Sun: Turns out there are lots of fascinating things happening in Rising Sun, like Steamboats on the Ohio River, vintage Baseball, harp building (vea, the musical instrument), a veritable art colony, and for you naturalist-geologists, an annual geocaching contest. There is more at the Historic Downtown Website. But there are a few that happened to grab us.

One is the Pendleton Art Center at 201 Main Street. They present new exhibits each “First Weekend” of the month.
Another is the Red Wolf Sanctuary. This especially stood out to us because we were first introduced to this beautiful and rare but also endangered species several years ago reading a picture book during the early days of parenthood. The Sanctuary is, as stated at their website, “…dedicated to the preservation and continued existence of North American wildlife.”

And consider Music on Main, June 17th. They’ll feature Stevie and the Johns from 7 pm to 9 pm and Cruise-in on Main Street from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Later in the year is the Navy Bean Fall Festival, held each October; this year on the 8th and 9th.

The Indiana State Festivals Association: A clearinghouse of all that’s worth visiting across the Hoosier state. As the website says, they’re “home to over 300 festivals located throughout
the state of Indiana. It might be considered an “industry” website, but you can go from there directly to the Visit Indiana site as well. Check them out here.

And finally, Blue Lick: It doesn’t appear there is anything in particular happening in this micro-burg in Southern-most Indiana anytime in June or in the near (or distant) future. We’re just challenging someone to go there and solidly document that they really did it.

It’s in Monroe Township of Clark County. Your coordinates are 38°30′30″N 85°48′17″W / 38.50833°N 85.80472°W / 38.50833; -85.80472. (Thanks, Wikipedia, We owe you. Well, actually, we don’t. We just donated. Keep up the good work, Wiki.)

A couple of photographs would do it. We need to find out what is there, and something – anything – interesting or unusual about it. Now GO!

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Just doing a bit of link passing here: Indiana’s official tourism website aims to be comprehensive and we don’t think AAH can do any better, so here’s the info for festivals and events in the Hoosier state this month. They’re calling it The Big To-Do.

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