Candlelight tour Saturday

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MITCHELL — Time moves backward and slows down as for the annual Tri Kappa Candlelight Tour Saturday at Spring Mill State Park.

In traditional dress, Tri Kappa members and their families, along with Spring Mill employees and their friends, will be reenacting the pioneer life of their ancestors by inhabiting the houses and buildings of the restored village to make it come alive, as it would have been in the mid 1800’s.

Pioneer crafts, demonstrations, and entertainment by many musical groups will be a part of the tour. Visitors are asked to please bring a flashlight. Tri Kappa members will sell concession and food items in the Carriage House.

The tour is from 4-9 p.m. Park admission is $5 for in-state vehicles and $7 for out-of-state vehicles. The village tour is free.

According to Spring Mill State Park Manager Mark Young, buses will shuttle visitors from the Lakeview Activity Center (nature center) and visitors with overnight accommodations from the campground and inn parking lots to the village.

Tri Kappa is a statewide sorority, which supports many community and state charity, educational and cultural projects. The Mitchell chapter has sponsored the Spring Mill Candlelight Tour since 1967. It has become a popular kick-off event for the week long Persimmon Festival in Mitchell.

Persimmon art show changes

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MITCHELL — Artists planning to enter the 2014 Persimmon Festival Art Show have a few changes to be mindful of when entering.

First, the location of the show has been changed. Due to the construction project ongoing at the Mitchell Community Public Library, the show has been moved to the Christian Life Center at the First Baptist Church.

Show organizers will be on hand from 2-5 p.m. on Sept. 21 to receive the art work. This is also a change from past shows.

The show will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily, Sept. 22-26. There will be no Sept. 27 hours.

Artists may pick up their works from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27.

These are the only hours of release, and arrangements for the items to be picked up should be made for this time.

Rules and regulations:

• Artists must be a current or former resident of Indiana and out of high school.

• There are judged and non-judged divisions. There is a $5 entry fee for each artwork in the judged division. Artists are limited to three entries, space permitting. Artists may be limited to one entry if the entry is large. There is no entry fee for the non-judged division.

• Paintings and drawings need to be securely framed with a strong wire for hanging; no saw-tooth hangers are allowed. Art needs to be original, two dimensional work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, pencil, etc.

• No artwork shown in previous years at the Persimmon Festival will be accepted. All artwork entered or displayed must be suitable for viewing by all ages. No artwork containing nudity or any indecent, obscene or offensive material, as determined by the Persimmon Festival Committee in its sole discretion, may be entered or displayed.


• Ribbons and prize money will be awarded in five categories — landscape and waterscape, still life and floral, portrait and people, animal and birds and abstract/non-objective/fantasy.

• There will also be a Best of Show. All entries (judged or non-judged) will be eligible for the People’s Choice award.

For more information, contact show organizers, Dottie Sherwood, 849-3508; Phyllis Westfall, 279-4734; Brenda Stevens, 849-5219; David Fields, 278-4723; or Robert Allen, 279-9424.

Persimmon Festival Photo Contest

Say ‘cheese’

Courtesy of Times Mail and Krystal Shetler

With less than a month until the Persimmon Festival Photo Contest kicks off, the contest’s chairwoman recommends shutterbugs start putting together those prints.

Contest chairwoman Deb Cory welcomes all amateur photographers in Lawrence and surrounding counties to enter the contest. Entries will be taken from 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center at Seventh and Frank streets.

Entrants can enter one photo in each of the following categories: Festival theme (Shop Local … Buy Mitchell), People, Black and White, Animals, Scenic/Landscape, Flowers, Holiday and Misc.

The smallest photo allowed is 8-by-10 inches, and the largest is 11-by-14 inches. Photos must have a surrounding mat that will protect the photo in its display. Foam display boards are used, so no frames can be included.

Photographs can be viewed through Sept. 27. Visitors to the festival are encouraged to stop to view the pictures and vote for their favorites. For more information, look at the festival booklet, call 849-9701 or email



Festival to salute area businesses.

MITCHELL — It may have taken 68 years, but Mitchell’s businesses will finally be honored as a part of the Persimmon Festival.

As chairwoman of the 68th annual Persimmon Festival, Christina Lambton decided to dedicate her festival to the businesses that have long supported the small community. This year’s theme is “Shop Local, Buy Mitchell.”

“I wanted to salute our local businesses because, in a small town, our local businesses are vital,” Lambton said. “They sponsor sports teams, support our fundraisers, employ our people, and they’re your friends and neighbors.”

The theme doesn’t single out small businesses or locally owned businesses because, as Lambton points out, Lehigh Cement Co. is as important to Mitchell as Holmes Hardware.

“It’s a theme that I don’t think, from looking through the past themes in the festival booklet, has ever been done,” Lambton said. Past festival themes have saluted veterans and the military, education, youth, volunteers, the city’s heritage and the space program, but it appears none solely focused on the Mitchell businesses that have been instrumental in making the festival a success, Lambton noted.

“Look at Holmes Hardware, for one,” Lambton said. “It was started in 1887 and has been operated continuously by the same family since that time. I don’t think it’s possible to count how many Little League teams, fundraisers or other community projects Holmes Hardware, and the dozens of others like it, have supported throughout the years.”

Lambton is still undecided as to how the theme will be represented in terms of the grand marshals of the parade, but believes she’ll probably ask a sampling of business people to serve in that capacity.

The festival

This year’s festival will be Sept. 20-27 with the Main Street activities kicking off Sept. 22. Assisting Lambton with the festival this year are two co-chairmen, Teresa Reynolds and Henry Shetler. Gary Rayhill will again serve as the parade chairman.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Teresa and Gary again, and with Henry, who is our newest festival co-chairman,” Lambton said.

Already, the schedule is set for the festival, which always takes place during the last full week of September. Annual favorites, such as the Wray Bros., Building Nations and the Endless Summer Band, will again perform. This year, Jake Dodds & Stagecoach Revolver, a modern country band out of Bloomington, will take the stage Wednesday night. On Saturday night, Rusty Bladen will perform for visitors.

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