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October 11, 2013

Top 5 Things To Do: We've got you covered for family-friendly fun in the region

— 1. FiddleFest at Jimmy’s Music Center

When: 6 to 9 p.m. today

Where: Jimmy’s Music Center, 123 E Market St., New Albany

Admission: Free

The Arts Council of Southern Indiana is hosting the Second Annual FiddleFest held during Harvest Homecoming in downtown New Albany. The contest, with cash prizes, begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at in the heart of all the Harvest Homecoming booths. The categories, divided by age, are: under 13; 13 to 18; and 18 and over. There will also be a non-violin open class for bass, viola, cello, and such.

[Two Top 5 Events in one listing!]

2. Literally a Haunted House

When: every weekend in October; 7 p.m.

Where: Culbertson Mansion Carriage House, 914 E Main St., New Albany

Admission: $13/person

Halloween Tea at the Culbertson Mansion

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Culbertson Mansion, 914 E. Main St., New Albany

Admission: $15 per adult, $8 per child, 3 and under free.

Literally a Haunted House, the Culbertson Mansion’s haunted Carriage House, is not for the faint of heart. warns that, “There may be times where you are wondering if everyone in your group will make it out alive. Be aware of your surroundings, this cast is known for drawing your attention away from what you should really be afraid of.”

Call 812-944-9600 for information.

Halloween Tea at the Culbertson Mansion: Join friends for an afternoon of whimsy and frighteningly good treats as you partake in “finger foods” and ghost stories. Guests are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to add to the atmosphere and meet the Queen of Halloween herself as she shares stories that are sure to get you in the “spirit” of things. Reservations and advance payment are required. Call 812-944-9600 for reservations.

3. Selected Works by Bill Luster opening reception

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Pat Harrison Art Center Gallery, 820 E. Market St., New Albany

The Arts Council of Southern Indiana presents a retrospective exhibition of works by award-winning Louisville photographer Bill Luster. This exhibition is held in conjunction with the 2013 Photo Biennial, the Louisville area’s premier photographic festival held during the month of October. Luster’s photographs exhibit an unfailing artistry of design and composition, coupled with humanity and a deep sense of history. Whether working in color or black and white, his photographs distill the essence of the place, the event, and the emotions of his subjects with high drama and perfect timing. He is the quintessential photojournalist. Luster began his career as a newspaper photojournalist for the Glasgow Daily Times in 1965. Four years later, Luster moved to Louisville where he started working for the Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times, serving various roles as director of photography, photo-editor and chief photographer. Examples of Luster’s work can be found in The National Geographic, Time, Fortune, Life, Newsweek and The New York Times. Luster has been the recipient of many national awards, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1976. For further information about the 2013 Louisville Photo Biennial and a full listing of participating venues visit the website at or find the Louisville Photo Biennial Facebook page.

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