Historic home on Brookville's Main Street
Think regionally and prosper
Once in awhile Indianapolis comes through with fleeting opportunities.
This was the case last year when Governor Pence announced he found $35 million
to help buy land for conservation. This year, well last week, he signed a bill
into law that is expected to have a ‘transitional effect’ on the entire state.
The law creates the Regional City Initiative which Governor Pence said
will “encourage collaboration among Hoosier communities to develop ways to bolster
investment, attract talent, and continue Indiana on a pathway to economic
growth and success.”
There is a pot of $85 million with which to kick-start this economic
development initiative between like-minded communities. The key phrase here is
not ‘$85 million.’ It is ‘economic development.’
There is a phrase among positive thinking types which is applicable
here: Opportunity favors the prepared mind. Communities which have an economic
development team in place are the ‘prepared mind’ in this instance. Communities
like Franklin County which kicked out or rather back-bit its last dynamic
economic development director will have to hustle to win the favor of Dame
This Regional City Initiative can be a great thing for the Whitewater Valley
as a whole. Through the efforts of the Whitewater Canal Byway Association we
have learned to think of ourselves as citizens of the Whitewater Valley. This
Whitewater Valley Guide you are reading has carried that torch for the past
five years and now this.
believe we in the Whitewater Valley have a leg up on the rest of the state of
Indiana, whether we can work together to take fiscal advantage of our position
is another question.
The trouble is we think parochially. We think me first and
not so much you. We need ideas that break down geographic barriers like city
and county limits. And we wouldn’t be me if we didn’t have a bunch of ideas
waiting for the air to billow them out to some semblance of reality.
There’s a list of ideas we have been compiling on our website www.whitewatervalleyguide.com:
Scroll down to ‘Pie in the Sky’ and widen out your thinking. Then let’s get
together and make things happen. Eighty-five million dollars is too large a
figure to be left out of.
‘All for one and one for all’
you need you swash buckled sit yourself down at the Murray Theatre for the
final offering of the Richmond Community Theatre’s season. It is Alexandre
Dumas’ ‘The Three Musketeers’.
If you’ve been watching ‘Wolf
Hall’ on Masterpiece Theatre you may be in the mood for this French royal
intrigue set in the 1600s. It is called “one of the great adventure novels of
all times. This stage adaption is by “one of the best comedy playwrights of
recent years,” Ken Ludwig.
runs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the same again next week.
Brookville and moving people
Main Street group is doing something a little different this year. Instead of
holding their opening up Main Street with music and shops once a month, this
season they will be having special programs each month.
May’s program happening this Saturday is a History Tour of Brookville
via horse drawn carriage. Tours will be leaving from the Eagles parking lot at
one hour intervals starting at 1 pm until concluding at 4 pm.
And if you are a quilter or just one of those people who like to stay
warm in the winter, you might get the carriage driver to drop you off at the
old high school/new government center on Franklin Avenue. In the high school
gym you’ll find the fourth annual Franklin County Quilt show carrying on from
10 am until 5 pm. The quilt show starts on Friday from 10 am until 8 pm, so
there’s plenty of time to check them out.
And speaking of touring in a carriage, below is a picture of an
eight-seater golf cart which was recently delivered by Quality Carts on SR 46
outside of Morris to a nursing home center. The old folks love to get a chance
to pile in and go for a ride, said Nancy Roepke of Quality Carts.
add it here as food for thought. How many uses does a cart like this have in
the field of tourism? Certainly one of these would be useful in any historic
district for guided tours. While the payload would be seven in the cart itself,
we are told the engine is strong enough to pull a car, meaning it would easily
handle a four wheel trailer configured with another eight or so seats which
would make this a nice little profit maker for some enterprising entrepreneur.
The bluegrass blues
We received a sad email from Amos
Collins last week saying Connersville Bluegrass Music Association is closing
‘until further notice.’ We tried to find out why but have yet to hear back from
the ‘further notice’ never comes, we wonder whither will bluegrass next take
root in the Whitewater Valley. In our brief history here, 13 years or so,
bluegrass moved from Coy Willis’ Ox Barn stage on Stipps Hill Road outside of
Metamora to Connersville with the Bluegrass Music Association.
predict it will move back to Metamora, and wouldn’t be surprised if it lands in
a place called the Opry Barn where the stage is set and the players in place.
Thank you Amos and Pauline Collins for keeping great live bluegrass
music in front of us week after week, year after year. Connersville should give
you some kind of medal.
A showy RCO
Richmond Community Orchestra is offering a ‘showy’ concert this Sunday
in Goddard Auditorium at Earlham College and it’s free.
Don Shrader says it will feature “a variety of show tunes and other
music for one and all to enjoy. If
you like the more traditional orchestral numbers then you will enjoy the ever
popular ‘Finlandia’ by Sebelius as well as ‘King Duncan’s March’ from
MacBeth. Show tunes include a
‘Star Wars Medley,’ a ‘James Bond Medley,’ as well as tribute pieces to Leroy
Anderson, George Gershwin, and Gilbert and Sullivan.”
The opening number, Prelude for a Celebration, was composed for the RCO
by its director Jay Conrad of Eaton.
Art camps opportunity
you live in the northeastern part of the Valley and have kids who have latent
talent, you might want to enroll them in Preble County Art Association’s summer
camps in June and July.
There are six weeks to choose from with full and half day options each
week. All camps are taught by professional artists and introduce students to
techniques in different mediums to teach them skills and craftsmanship. Camps
are Monday through Friday.
half-day camp is offered June 1-5 for the littlest people, kids pre-K and
kindergarten to explore the world of art through stories. Four weeks of camp
are available for kids grades K-6, offering options in pottery, painting,
movies and more. Teen week is July 13-17 and is for grades 5-12 to build skills
in portraits and public art.
For further details go to camps.takepartinart.net.
Of violets and goats
Debra Bowles has identified our mystery flower from last week. They are
white violets and since they were found at the woods edge, they are wild white
violets, and that’s a pretty mouthful. Thank you Debra may great rewards be
exchanged at your market stall this Saturday at Oxford Farmers Market Uptown.
She will have her soaps, her baked goods, her Grainola which, she spells
a little differently emphasizing the content, and maybe one of her goats like
Little BooBob. Otherwise, visit Artisty Farms digitally at http://artallover.com/.
the way, OFMU is also the one MU in Oxford that does not refer to Miami