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April 25, 2014

Weekend full of fun activities in Southern Indiana

There are plenty of scheduled outdoor events

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Understandably, planned events are few on Kentucky Derby weekend.

What that means this year is there are plenty set for this weekend — the last Saturday and Sunday before the big race in Louisville.

Here’s a glance at what’s going on in Southern Indiana:


Indiana Frontier Experience will take place at the Historic John Work House, Mill site, and surrounding property in Charlestown from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27

Take a free tour of the 200-year-old National Register of Historic Places listed, Historic John Work House and enjoy conversing with local historical figures of the past, including Jonathan Jennings, the first governor of Indiana. Explore trails and learn about the trades and skills of the early 19th Century in America. Costumed re-enactors will be on hand to interpret life in those times. Visitors can see an early American boxing match, live historical music and a recreated War of 1812 militia unit as they muster for duty.

Visit with frontier settlers as they carve a home in the wilderness, splitting fence rails, cooking and more. Learn more about what people wore in the Indiana Territory 200 years ago by attending a presentation of historical fashion in America.

There is no admission charge; however, parking is $10 per car. Proceeds go toward the restoration and preservation of the historic site.

Historic Tunnel Mill and the Historic John Work House are located at 3709 Tunnel Mill Road in Charlestown. Visit for more information.


The purpose of this festival, held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, is to provide an outlet for local artisans, producers, and growers and allow them to promote the use and awareness of natural, sustainable products.

Vendors from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois will come together, offering product demonstrations and sales of yarn, wool, llama and alpaca products, looms, ceramic goods, and knitting and crochet accessories, among many other goods. The festival will also feature music by local artists.

It will be held at Tri-County Shrine Club, 701 Potters Lane, Clarksville. It’s free, but donations will be accepted. Visit for more information.


The YMCA of Southern Indiana, in partnership with Purdue Extension, is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, and Purdue Extension’s Spring Festival features fun, active play, and a 1-mile color fun run/walk starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

There also will be educational activities, such as a DJ, a bounce house, interactive booths, hands-on 4-H science, crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

It will be held at Purdue Research Park, 3000 Technology Ave., New Albany, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 812-206-7892 or 812-569-1660 or email or


Downtown Jeffersonville will turn purple Saturday with an event that benefits Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Visitors will see purple displays in windows, purple items for sale and many purple specials. The event kicks-off at 10:30 at Warder Park with a ribbon-cutting and it continues there until 3 p.m. with music an booths.

Also, businesses along 10th Street will be offering specials.

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