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May 23, 2014

PARTY TIME: This weekend is packed full of fun in Southern Indiana

Revamped festival at Steamboat Museum, other happenings headline outdoor events

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — If you’re bored this weekend in Southern Indiana, you’re not trying. At all.

Today, Saturday and Sunday promise to be one of the busiest this year in terms of outdoor entertainment. For starters, there’s the annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday in Starlight, and a revamped two-day event at the Howard Steamboat Museum in Jeffersonville, now called the Art and Antique Jubilee.

And then there’s an inaugural New Albany festival — the Boomtown Ball & Festival on Sunday, plus free live music tonight in Jeffersonville.

Here’s a glance on what there is to do:

ART AND ANTIQUE JUBILEE

• WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

• WHERE: Howard Steamboat Museum, 1101 E. Market St., Jeffersonville

What was once known as the Victorian Chautauqua — an annual spring festival run by the Howard Steamboat Museum — is catching up with the times as it changes its name to the Art and Antique Jubilee after 21 years.

“The name seemed to not ring a bell with anybody,” said Roger Fisher, chair of the jubilee and a member of the board of directors. “We’re moving things a little more forward. It’s a refreshing.”

The jubilee, which will be May 24 and 25 at the steamboat museum, will be free for guests and for vendors selling artwork and antiques. Fisher said the festival will have room for 80 vendors as well as music at the Pilothouse by Jamey Aebersold and tours of the mansion for a small admission fee.

There also will be several authors on hand with their books — including News and Tribune columnists Dale Moss and Terry Cummins.

As part of the event, the Clark County Youth Shelter’s annual Family Fun Festival will be held in conjunction with the Art and Antique Jubilee on Saturday.

The festival features carnival-style games, a dunking booth, face painting, inflatables, food and more family-oriented fun. Games and food booths are ticket-based with tickets at $1 each. Proceeds benefit the Clark County Shelter & Family Services, Inc.

Visit steamboatmuseum.org for more information.

ST. JOHN STARLIGHT STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

• WHEN: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

• WHERE: St. John Starlight Catholic Parish, 8310 St. Johns Road, Floyds Knobs

The St. John Starlight Strawberry Festival began in 1979 as a fundraiser for St. John Starlight Catholic Parish. It is the kick-off to the Catholic Parish picnic season.

The Run for the Berries, a 3.1 miles run/walk, begins at 8 a.m. with registration at 7 a.m. and awards ceremony at 9 a.m. Entry fee, day of race, is $25 with T-shirt, $20 without shirt. Other event includes the famous “build your own strawberry shortcake station;” food booths; chicken and ham dinner; children’s activities; games of chance; arts and crafts booths; entertainment; Little Miss and Mister Shortcake contest; soap box derby; a beer and wine tent; and more.

Visit stjohnstarlight.org/strawberryfestival or call 812-923-5785 for more information.

BOOMTOWN BALL & FESTIVAL

• WHEN: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, followed by the Houndmouth concert at The Grand

• WHERE: Market Street, downtown New Albany

The city of New Albany, WFPK and local-turned-national rock band Houndmouth have collaborated to bring the day-long Boomtown Ball & Festival to downtown New Albany.

Music is at the core of the event, but dozens of vendors, craft beer and food also will be a focus. The event is free, except for the Houndmouth concert, but that’s sold out.

Bands on the outdoor stage include national act San Fermin and Louisville favorites The Pass.

Visit cityofnewalbany.com/home/279-boomtown-ball-a-festival for more information.

PIONEER EVENT AT THE PARK

• WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

• WHERE: O’Bannon Woods State Park, 10 miles west of Corydon, on Ind. 462, off Ind. 62.

Bring the whole family and a picnic lunch to Hickory Hollow Interpretive Center in O’Bannon Woods State Park for the Living Pioneer Farmstead.

The farmstead features a working blacksmith shop, cooper shop, summer kitchen, pioneer home, trappers shed, tomahawk throwing, Native American demonstrations, leather crafts and pioneer demonstrations of all kinds.

A feature of this event is a demonstration of the nationally unique 1850 haypress, which is run by oxen. The demonstration, held only nine days each year, will be from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Saturday, and again on Sunday.

For a full schedule of activities at O’Bannon Woods State Park on Memorial Day weekend, call the interpretive center at 812-738-8234 or go to interpretiveservices.in.gov

TWO JEFFERSONVILLE STAPLES RETURN

The Big Four Bridge is fully open, and just in time for the resumption of two downtown Jeffersonville favorites — events at RiverStage and Concerts at Warder Park. The best part: All shows are free.

The first show of the season at the latter features the Kosair Dance Band Dance and Swing Tunes. It begins at 7 tonight, May. 23. RiverStage kicks-off with The Louisville Crashers and opener Eight Inch Elvis, also at 7 p.m. tonight. Saturday will bring a showing of “Planes” at RiverStage, which will begin at dusk.

Visit jeffmainstreet.org and theriverstage.com for more information.

Here’s the schedule for Concerts in the Park and RiverStage:

Warder Park Concert Schedule. All Concerts begin at 7 p.m.

• Today: Kosair Dance Band, dance and swing tunes

• MAY 30: The Rheingold, German-American band

• JUNE 6: Tom and Ricky, variety and standards

• JUNE 13: Holy Name Band, show tunes, marches and standards

• JUNE 20: River Cities Concert Band, marches, show tunes and standards

• JUNE 27: June Kelley Roy and the Ovation Orchestra, big-band swing

• JULY 4: The Don Krekel Orchestra, big-band swing classics

• JULY 11: Mike Mitchell Trio, featuring June Kelley Roy, sultry ballads, bosa novas, swing tunes and contemporary classics  

• JULY 18: Early Autumn, big-band swing

• JULY 25: Grand Slam, oldies/variety with some songs of the late Randy Atcher

• AUG. 1: River Cities Concert Band, marches, show tunes and standards

• AUG. 8: Signature Jazz Orchestra, big band swing

• AUG. 15: Blair Carman and The Belleview Boys, 1950s honky tonk and rockabilly

• AUG. 22: Rascals of Ragtyme

• AUG. 29: Indigo Playing, hits from yesterday and today

• SEPT. 5: Moonlight Big Band, big band swing

• SEPT. 12: The Cloigheann, Irish band

• SEPT. 19: 113th U.S. Army Band, marches and standards    

RIVERSTAGE

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and all events are free.

• TODAY: — The Louisville Crashers with guest Eight Inch Elvis

• MAY 24: Twilight Cinema — Planes

• MAY 30: Summer Concert Series — The Rumors with guest Lefty and the Lunatics

• MAY 31: Twilight Cinema — Frozen

• JUNE 6: Summer Concert Series — 100% Poly with guest Indiana Joe and Arrow

• JUNE 7: Twilight Cinema — The Goonies

• JUNE 13: Smokin’ on the River — BBQ, Blues and Brew Festival Featuring Mississippi Heat

• JUNE 14: Smokin’ on the River — BBQ, Blues and Brew Festival Featuring Stacy Mitchhart

• JUNE 19: JHS Theatre — Smokey Joe’s Cafe

• JUNE 20: Summer Concert Series – LBE

• JUNE 21: Twilight Cinema — Tangled

• JUNE 27: Summer Concert Series — Wayne Young and the New Legends with Caribou

• JUNE 28: Twilight Cinema — Monsters University

• JULY 4: Independence Celebration — Clayton Anderson with guest Rachel Timberlake

• JULY 5: Twilight Cinema — The Parent Trap

• JULY 11: Summer Concert Series — The Monarchs with guest Doo-Wop All-Stars

• JULY 12: Twilight Cinema — Mary Poppins

• JULY 18: Jeffersonville Goes Country — Willow Creek with guest Jeni Carr & TwangTown

• JULY 19: Jeffersonville Goes Country — Tracy Lawrence with special guest The Cadillac Three and Olivia Henken

• JULY 25: Summer Concert Series — The Wulfe Bros. with guest Sparechange Millionaires

• JULY 26; Twilight Cinema — Despicable Me 2

• AUG. 1: Summer Concert Series — Juice Box Heroes with guest The Killer Lips

• AUG. 2: Twilight Cinema — Beethoven

• AUG. 8: Summer Concert Series — The Blues Brothers (Jake, Elwood & the Boys) with guest Linda Smith Band

• AUG. 9: Twilight Cinema — Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

• AUG. 15: Summer Concert Series — Tony & the Tanlines with guest The Mad Taxpayers

• AUG. 16: Twilight Cinema — E.T.

• AUG. 22: Summer Concert Series — Unlimited Show Band with guest Radiotronic

• AUG. 23: Twilight Cinema — The Nut Job

• AUG. 29: Summer Concert Series — Endless Summer Band with guest Devereaux

• AUG. 30: Twilight Cinema — The Lego Movie

• SEPT. 6: Zumba Glow Party

• SEPT. 7: Rock on Water —  UNSPOKEN with special guest Carrollton and Second Perception

• SEPT. 12: River Breeze — Wine Tasting Event benefiting Jeffersonville City Pride

• SEPT. 14: GospelFest            

• OCT. 17: Steamboat Days — 23 String Band with local bands

• OCT. 18: Steamboat Days — The Louisville Crashers with local bands

• OCT. 19: Steamboat Days

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