Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ is coming to the Wilkinson Theatre for the
next two weekends, if Fridays and Saturdays are actually considered the
The Earlham Theatre Arts Department explains the wonder of ‘Twelfth
Night:’ “Separated from her twin by a violent shipwreck, a young noblewoman is
cast ashore to begin life anew in a world where the old rules no longer apply.
Romantic delusions, music, mistaken identities, pranks and alcohol complicate
the search for love in this gender bending comedy. The madness of love and loss
thrust young and old alike into new explorations of identity as it becomes
evident that love has a wisdom all its own.”
Get to know your wildside
you’re just learning about this now, it may be too late this year, but if by
some slim chance you are willing to change your life on a whim, here’s an
option: Become a Master Naturalist.
do so you want to make it to the Cope Environmental Center Tuesday evening at 6
pm for the first session in an eight-week course. The itinerary begins with People & Natural Resources,
then Reptiles & Amphibians, Water, Botany, Insects, Geology, Trees and
finally Birds. It costs $65 and about 24 hours of class-time, but the rewards
Hagerstown home listed as a national historic place
The Stonebraker House on Washington Street in Hagerstown has been listed
on the National Register of Historic Places. The designation puts protections
on the house and adds the possibility for preservation tax credits.
The house is a combination of Italianate and Eastlake architecture,
according to Indiana Landmarks who ran a story written by the Palladium-Item’s
own Millie Martin in the Eastern Regional monthly newsletter for March. The
Italianate part is seen in the height of the 1870s building and the overhanging
eaves. The Eastlake section is seen in the porch.
Wikipedia explains Eastlake as, “The geometric ornaments, spindles, low
relief carvings, and incised lines were designed to be affordable and easy to
clean; nevertheless, many of the designs which resulted are artistically
Effort to save Cedar Grove Bridge fails
Speaking of structures which have recently made the National Register of
Historic Places, the effort to save the Cedar Grove Bridge has ground to a halt
and the deadline set by INDOT for the Friends of Cedar Grove Bridge to get all
its ducks in a row has passed.
That date was March 1st and the Friends made one last ditch
effort to find a local government entity to serve as a pass-through, but
failed. INDOT and any Indiana government entity cannot give property to an
individual, business or non-government organization. It must go through a local
government, who would then pass it along to the individual, business or NGO.
The last week in February the Friends made a pitch to the Mt. Carmel
Town Council, offering them $10,000 to serve as a pass-through. Although Mt. Carmel
reportedly needed the money, they were concerned about what they perceived as
lingering fiscal obligations and declined the offer.
Since then the Friends have not met and it is expected that INDOT will
issue a request for proposals to demolish the bridge. Once that is issued, it
will simply be a matter of time before the 100-year old bridge is torn down and
an important part of Cedar Grove’s history will be lost forever.
Funds that you may have donated to the effort were never used and are
sitting in the coffers of Whitewater Canal Trail, Inc. Anyone who made a
donation and would like that money returned should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll
start that process rolling. Otherwise it will be designated for trail use, but
not necessarily WCT trail use.
Let me explain, the ad hoc committee that created the Bicentennial
Legacy Trail a few months ago, is talking about becoming its own non-profit. If
that occurs this money, under $500 in all, could be used to help start that
Personally, it’s a great loss for me. I first walked over the bridge in
2003 when I lived in Cedar Grove and at that time began the long effort to try
to save it. The first thing was to get it recognized as historically important.
This was done with the help of Dr. James Cooper who did the research and
Nothing much happened for the next eight years, then in August 2011 Dr.
Cooper notified me and other bridge lovers in and around Franklin County that
INDOT was planning to demolish the bridge. We created the Friends of Cedar
Grove Bridge and met monthly from then on.
Indiana Landmarks’ Eastern Regional Office manager J.P. Hall was with us
on the bridge that August day and in the trenches with us at just about every
meeting. His help and that of Indiana Landmarks was invaluable. Without them we
never would have done the engineering report that proved to us the bridge was
worth saving and also showed us how that could be accomplished.
And without Indiana Landmarks’ support we never could have gotten the
bridge listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Thank you Indiana
Landmarks and all the Friends who kept this possibility alive so long.