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‘Where’ marks 51 years T his year marks the 51st anniversary of “Where” magazine, the official guide to Indiana’s Twin Lakes area. Since its inception, the magazine has had a dual purpose. For those looking to visit, “Where” is the guide for what to do and where to go. Whether you’re looking for family fun, adventure or something for empty nesters, “Where” can direct you on where to find it. For the people who live in the area, “Where” lets you know when and where things are happening and what’s new since last year. The Twin Lakes area — including White County and northeast Carroll County —is a unique area, a combination of small Midwestern towns, a resort area along lakes Shafer and Freeman, and Indiana Beach Amusement and Water Park. It has the draws of multiple antique stores, the White County Museum, the Monticello farmer’s
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market and the many festivals that we’ve covered in this edition. It’s also a place for sportswomen and sportsmen, with fishing, boating, golfing, camping, hiking and bicycling. Monticello has now made Blue Water Beach park handicapped accessible, including new handicapped accessible kayak docks. For foodies, we have fine dining, traditional Midwestern fare and local breweries and wineries. The area is planning for the future, too. Monticello has begun work on a riverwalk project that will connect the downtown to the lakes’ and the Tippecanoe River’s shores. Chalmers and Monon are planning splash pad recreation attractions. Brookston is growing like a sunflower with new places to go. So we’re glad to see our readers again this year and look forward to telling you all about what’s new when you pick us up again next year.
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or those who want to do exploring and hiking or biking, White County has options for casual or more seasoned travelers. Monticello’s new Altherr Nature Park and its multi-use recreational trail open to bikes and walkers and joggers – any form of transportation that’s not motorized. The 16.5425 acres are located at 724 S. Main St., just north and across the street from City Park. A new nature center is being built, reconstructed from the house that was there, but the trails are ready for use. Further from the city and on the east outskirts of White County is the Panhandle Pathway, a rails-totrails project that runs 21 miles from Winamac to near France Park. It’s a hiking and biking trail that follows the abandoned Pennsylvania Railroad line
and crosses the Tippecanoe River and Mill Creek and through places like Star City, Thornhope, Royal Center and Kenneth. The Panhandle also has special rides, including the Moonlight Ride at 7 p.m. June 7 at the Winamac Depot and the Tippecanoe and Bicycles Too on 7 a.m. Aug. 3 at Winamac Depot More information on the Panhandle and special events is available at panhandlepathway. org. There are also trails near to White County for the dedicated bicyclists. Those are in the Lafayette area, near Peru, in Delphi and from France Park (between Burnettsville and Logansport) to Winamac. A list of Indiana bike trails is at www.indianatrails.com/?q=trails_listS.
‘Rocking the Beach’ at Indiana Beach
f White County is the heart of Indiana, Indiana Beach is what keeps it beating. Founder Earl Spackman first opened what would become one of Indiana’s first amusement parks as Ideal Beach in 1926. He started it as a place for locals to swim and sunbathe. However, in 1927, Spackman added a pair of toboggan slides, and then he and the Spackman family added roller coasters, water rides and more amusements over the years. True to its dynamic nature, Indiana Beach has continued to change under the recent ownership of Apex Parks Group out of California. This year, the season officially kicked off on May 11 at 11 a.m. and had a special two day event Mother’s Day on the Bayou featuring Indiana Beach’s well-known Mother’s Day buffet accompanied by the Lemmon Brothers in the SkyRoom. In fall 2017, Indiana Beach added Oktoberfest and Halloween Horror events, which extended park operations and people’s fun past the traditional summer season. “We saw an abundance of positive feedback and are look forwarding to bringing the events back again this year,” Indiana Beach officials stated. Apex Parks spent more than $2 million on the park, lodging and the campground golf course. This year, they’re continuing to make improvements. “We’ve been working hard this off season to provide the best experience possible for our guests. With improvements across
the park, new menu items and the return of some of our favorite events, we’re looking forward to another great season at Indiana Beach,” General Manager Gary Fawks stated. The park will kick off the summer fun on Memorial Day weekend with fireworks on May 26. In June, the Beach is bringing back the successful summer concert series Rockin’ the Beach in the ballroom with tribute bands from across the country honoring artists like The Eagles, Journey, The Beatles, 80s Nostalgia, Queen and ABBA. Special seasonal events will continue. Declaration Celebration, Oktoberfest and Halloween Horror return and Country & BBQ Fest makes its debut Aug. 3. All events will have new and improved food, drinks, activities, fun and frights, according to Indiana Beach officials. Season passes are on sale at $44.99 each for those who buy three or more or for the single cost of $52.99 each. The 2019 Indiana Beach season pass includes: • Unlimited water park visits • FREE Parking in Paid Lots • 1 Bring-a-Friend FREE ticket valid Mother’s Day or Father’s Day 2019 • 1 Bring-a-Friend for $14.99 ticket valid any operating day July 8-31, 2019 • FREE admission to Declaration Celebration • FREE admission to Rockin’ the Beach Summer Concert Series • NEW! FREE admission to the Country BBQ Festival • FREE admission to Oktoberfest • FREE admission to Halloween Horror • Monthly food offers throughout the season • 20 percent off any retail • FREE admission to all other 15 Apex Parks Group locations With an Indiana Beach season pass, people will also have access to all Apex parks, water parks and family entertainment centers. To learn more about Indiana Beach, including its food, lodging, ticket sales and other options, call (574) 5834141 or visit the website at www.indianabeach.com. Page 5
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turn tragic. Navigating our lakes can create some of the most memorable times for all ages. Please do your part to keep skiers & tubers safe by NEVER following in their wake. With multiple people on a tube, it is hard to recognize when someone has fallen off and could be in the water in front of you.
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onticello’s summer cruise-in began May 7 with some changes. The 12-year-old, summer-long event has moved from Broadway Street to Illinois Street, closer to the Knights of Columbus building. The Knights of Columbus are providing washroom services to the cruise participants, as well as the cookout-style food — brats, chicken breasts and such — they’ve been offering for a few years, said Ken Prieboy, the event chair. “We really don’t want to move off of Broadway,” he said. “(However), we wanted to stay downtown.
Prieboy also wants to work closer with the Farmer’s Market in Constitution Plaza on Tuesdays and to bring in more vendors, arts, crafts and food to give it a festival or flea market feel. He doesn’t plan to charge for booths, he said. The Cruise is scheduled to run from 5-8 p.m. every Tuesday from May 7 to Oct. 15.
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Lake Shafer and Tippecanoe River Emerald shiner, river carpsucker Lake Freeman and Tippecanoe River Bigmouth buffalo, brook silversides, fathead minnow, golden shiner, greater redhorse, northern hog sucker, orangespotted sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, river redhorse, shorthead redhorse, silver redhorse, smallmouth buffalo.
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he Twin Lakes area is good for hunting and fishing, and those interested in participating can buy a license online, by mail or through a local distributor. Annual fishing licenses run $17 for state residents and $35 for non-residents with special prices for seniors, youth and one-day licenses. More information is available at www.in.gov/ dnr/fishwild/2380.htm Gaming licenses are available at the following spots: Breezy Hill Bait & Tackle 3846 E. Bailey Road, Monticello, IN
ccording to Indiana Department of Natural Resources Biologist Thomas Bacula, species of fish excellent to catch are walleye, catfish, white bass and hybrid striped bass and
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can be found below the Norway and Oakdale dams. Other fishing depends on the spot, when a fish species spawning season is and the amount of water going through the dam.
Bacula said the best tips for fishing depends upon what species one is fishing for. One good tip to catch a variety of fish is to “troll along drop offs with minnow-style baits.”
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ummertime means fun on the water for most of us. Be it fishing, skiing, tubing or just cruising and relaxing, many Hoosiers find being on the water a great way to relax and enjoy being outside. If you are one of them, then you have undoubtedly noticed that, regardless of any impoundment you are on in north-central Indiana, unless it is one with a horsepower or speed restriction, our waterways are generally quite congested. This is especially true on weekends and holidays. This doesn’t mean that you can’t spend an enjoyable day on the water. In fact, at times it can add to the fun as you make your way into certain coves or areas where many boats tie up to hang out. What it does mean is that you must stay vigilant
at all times and practice both boater’s etiquette and common sense. For starters, remember the “rules of the road.” It’s that simple. Just as you would on the street, always drive on the right side of the lake. What if the lake is pretty empty? While that may give you a little more leeway, it can get tricky when other boats do appear. When passing another boat, do so with as much space as possible between you and said boat while staying in a safe depth of water and without getting into other boat traffic. Reduce your speed if necessary to remain safe. This is especially true if there are passengers and other boats around. Likewise, slow down if another boat is passing you. This is safer for
both of you. The faster you are going, the faster the other boat must go to get around you. For fishermen in the group, never cut off another fisherman. Always keep an eye out when motoring past docks or piers or along the shoreline. A lot of the time, people will be fishing from them and will have lines cast out. Be sure to give them room and respect their right to fish. Remember, a boat is a motorized vehicle; therefore operating one under the influence of alcohol is not only illegal, but not a safe choice. If you choose to consume an alcoholic beverage, that is fine, just be sure to have a designated driver. There must be enough life jackets on board the vessel for everyone on the boat. Cushion or similar floatation devices are not a legal substitute
for a life jacket. If your boat has a kill switch, use it. When launching your boat at the ramp, don’t be “that” person who isn’t ready when it is their time to drop their boat in. Have everything you can have done ahead of time done so that when you approach the ramp you can get your boat launched and get out of the way as quickly as possible. The ramp is not the place for prepping your boat. Lastly, avoid “road rage” while on the water. You are bound to encounter other boaters on occasion who either do not exhibit courtesy or respect the law. Losing your cool will only lead to problems. Enjoy the remaining summer days out on the water of your local waterway. Just be sure to drive defensively, follow the law and use common courtesy when you do. Where 2019
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n Saturday, July 6, the 450-passenger Madam Carroll excursion boat will fill with military veterans to lead a line of more than 100 patriotically decorated boats on Lake Freeman in Monticello for the 15th annual Proud to be an American Patriotic Boat Parade. The parade honors all veterans and is open to not just the veterans but to any men or women currently serving. This year’s parade will honor our Vietnam veterans as the grand marshals. They will each be presented with a letter from Col. Oliver North, whose served during Vietnam and later became a regular on the talk show circuit. Most recently Col North was president of the National Rifle Association. He was also the guest speaker at the White County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner. The Hooligans will again swoop down out of the skies with a precision flight demonstration team with 6
aircraft. A multi-pass flyover by the Hooligans provide an aerial salute to our veterans and current military. The Hooligans will for the first time be recognized with a meet and greet event at the Scoreboard Restaurant where our veterans and the general public will be able to meet and thank the flight team for their never ending support. Water skiers are scheduled to thrill the crowd gathered on the Sportsman Inn reviewing stand to watch the parade. After the parade, Monticello continues the celebration with a good, old-fashioned, small town American Independence Day weekend celebration in City Park. This year a kiddie parade is being organized to parade in the park. This event will kick off the City Park festivities Flag bearing skydivers will drop from the clouds at 1:00 pm. Those attending will be offered free hot dogs, watermelon, ice cream See VET, Page 34
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According to the federal government, “we’re the only place in the continental United States doing anything like it,” Alvarez said. Fruitshine uses 1-1/2 pounds of fruit in each jar – except for the blueberry wine, which uses 2 pounds of fruit. This year, Alvarez has added an Indiana blackberry wine. The results seem to be worth the care because it is recognized as one of Indiana’s top 11 wineries by the website, “Best Things in Indiana,” and has people travel 12 or more hours to visit. The winery’s 13 acres, including a private beach and lake, is open for parties of up to 80 people, from corporate retreats to weddings and anniversaries to reunion. See KOPACETIC, Page 33
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Where the buffalo can roam
n White County, where the buffalo roam is just outside the town of Buffalo itself. Since 1976, the Van Meter family has been raising American bison — better known as the buffalo Native Americans hunted — just northeast of town. There’s the annual tour on the Saturday and Sunday before Labor Day when visitors are taken into the midst of the herds that roam, the Van Meter family pulling wagons into the middle of the herd every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, the Van Meters also give private tours by appointment, and they have had many Native Americans come to the farm as a pilgrimage. “A lot of people have never seen a wild buffalo,” and for those who have, there’s something different about being in the midst of the herd, said Zona Van Meter. “We get asked a lot of questions,” she said. Although buffalo are often curious about new things in their surroundings and are sometimes aggressive toward them, the ones at the Van Meter Buffalo Ranch are accustomed to the three tractors and trailer wagons that haul people into their midst, said her son, Troy Van Meter. No one’s allowed off the wagon, though. The bison have a lot of curiosity, but they are also extremely territorial. The buffalo are technically domesticated, but they don’t handle as well as cows or pigs, which will allow you to lead them around. “There’s no taming them,” Zona said. The idea of raising buffalo came from Carl Van Meter, Zona’s husband. He intended to buy two as a curiosity, but the sellers had two others they wanted him to purchase. He also didn’t tell Zona he was buying them all until it was time to pay. After the family had eight, they bought another eight from a divorcing couple from up north. The buffalo began reproducing, and around 1981 Page 20
or 1982, the Van Meters decided to butcher one of the bulls, Roosevelt; his skull is still hanging at Joe’s Mobile Home and RV in town. In the last four or five years, they’ve had 400 to 500 visitors. On the wall of the gift shop and display area, visitors have signed their names and dates of visits. Signatures with a red star next to them come from visitors from 33 foreign countries, including Turkey, France, Holland, Australia and numerous Asian countries. To get to the ranch, go east at the stoplight in the town of Buffalo, and it’s at East 7095 County Road 1000 North, just east of County Road 700 and on the north side of the road. The phone number is (574) 278-7555.
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STIRRUP SOME FUN horseback riding
$20 PER 30 Min. - All Ages $30 for 1 hour - All Ages
$35 Advance or Semi Advanced (By Appt.) $40 per hour- Horseback Ridng Lessons
• Chaperoned Horseback Rides (Novice to Experienced Riders Welcome) • Over 200 Acres of Scenic Trails, Woods, Ponds and Wildlife • Church and Youth Groups Welcome • Horseback Riding Lessons by Appointment • Horses for Sale & Boarding Available • Camping - Primitive • Pony Rides 3-6 Years $15.00 • Firewood for sale - delivery to campsite available. • CAMPING: Campers $35/night; Tents $15/night
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All this and more located between Monticello and Logansport off Highway 24 and Lake Cicott 7187 W. CR 250N., Royal Center, IN 46978 (574) 643-9395 • 800-317-5016 OPEN 9am - 6pm until Oct. (9-5 after Oct.) • Open 7 days a week
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The unique waterway alongside Canal Park
he only museum designed to tell the story of the Wabash & Erie Canal’s 44 year operational history. From the vision of George Washington to the final collapse of the Canal in 1876 you will learn about the impact the Canal had on the development of the Midwest and your young country. The Canal “highway”, comparable to our modern interstates brought people and products to Indiana and the Midwest during the mid-1800’s. Canal construction began in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1812. Upon completion in 1853 the Canal spanned 468 miles from Toledo, Ohio to Evansville, Indiana on the Ohio River. It provided a water route that connected New York and the East Coast with the Mississippi River, New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. You will trace the routes travelers took before the construction of the Canal and the “convenience” the canal boats brought to them. In the lobby of the Interpretive Center you will be welcomed by our mural, a series of oil paintings which highlight historic sites along the Canal from Toledo to Evansville. In the museum, you will encounter unique interactive exhibits which provide an exciting way for children and adults to learn about the Canal. You can operate a lock, visit a full-sized canal boat cabin and stretch out on the bunks. Learn how our local papermills produced paper from old clothes or the lime kilns produced plaster. Visit the millinery shop and dress yourself in one of our period costumes, and much more. Page 24
2019 BOAT TOURS Times for public boat tours are offered every Saturday & Sunday afternoons mid May through Labor Day. Prices and Tour schedules subject to change. Call (765) 564-2870 for current prices and times. Chartered Boat Tours run from May through October. Special arrangements are required for our chartered tours. Prices for chartered tours are $175 for the first ride and $100 for each additional ride. “The Delphi” holds approximately 30 people. Rides last approximately 40 minutes. WALK THROUGH HISTORY Some trails and roads in Canal Park were once the towpath traversed by mules and horses pulling canal boats. Those and other trails running through the Park are part of historic Delphi’s 10 mile trail system, perfect for hiking, biking, birdwatching and even crosscountry skiing. Access many trails at Canal Park, open 365 days a year from dawn until dusk, free of charge. Several sites along the way are on the National Register, including the Canal Construction Camp site, Lock #33 and the adjacent lockkeeper’s home site, and the 1857 Harley and Hubbard Lime Kiln site. Where 2019
Crooked Creek Trails offers horseback riding and more
rooked Creek Trails has been a family owned business since it began offering trail rides with 10 horses and two mules in 1989. More ground has been cleared since then and more horses brought in, and now Crooked Creek offers rides on about 260 acres of woods and has a campground and fishing. Located in the back woods of Cass County, Crooked Creek offers a chance to see wildlife while enjoying a relaxing horseback ride. Their trails push you through the wild woods, across the creeks,
9 a.m.–6 p.m. during the summer 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. after October Open seven days a week 7181 West County Road 250 North, Royal Center, Ind. (574) 643-9395 or (800) 3175016 www.crookedcreekhorsebackriding.com
and up and down all the hills. Crooked Creek also offers services beside the traditional trail ride. They offer horse boarding, sell
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horses, give riding lessons, give demonstrations and provide any kind of equine-related instruction. The business also welcomes groups, from church groups and 4-H groups, to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Scouts can also earn badges with the professional team of trail guides and instructors. With Crooked Creek’s outdoor pavilion and cookout trailer, you can have your meetings, or outings right here on the front porch. Crooked Creek is located between Monticello and Logansport, north off Indiana 24.
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s Outdoor Tippecanoe Country Club (Open to the public) 3267 NW Shafer Drive Monticello, IN. (574) 583-9977 18 holes/ Par 72 Course Rating: 72.9 Slope: 136 Pine View Golf Course 5310 Norway Road, Monticello, IN. (574) 583-3339 18 holes/ Par 72 Course Rating:70.8 Slope:123 www. pineviewgolf.net Hollow Acres 8291 U.S. 421, Monticello, IN. (574) 965-2182 www.hollowacres.com Miniature Golf Course Rating: 26.8 Slope: 63
Angel Hill Golf Course 351 N. Plank St Rossville, IN 46065 (765) 379-3533 18 holes/Par 72 Course rating: 68.5 Slope: 112 Carroll County Country Club Golf Course P.O. Box 263 Delphi, IN 46923 (765) 564-2155 9 holes/Par 35 Course rating: 34.0 Slope: 105
• 30/50 Amp Full Hookups • 75’ Pull-Thrus • Summer Beach Family Fun Zone • 20 Ac. Spring-Fed Stocked Lake • Rentals including Deluxe log cabin, caboose & yurts • All sites include Wi-Fi • LP Gas fill
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ANSON WOLCOTT HOUSE
P.O. Box 242, Wolcott, Indiana
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Admission: Donations appreciated; special fee for Wolcott Summer Festival on July 3-4.
The Historic Wolcott house was once owned by the founder of the town of Wolcott, Anson Wolcott. Construction of the house was completed after the Civil War with a dining room, three storage rooms, library, full basement, kitchen, bathroom, two parlors, six bedrooms and the observatory at the top of the home. Anson’s grandson, Roger Wolcott, gave the house to Princeton Township in 1956.
Contact the Anson Wolcott Historical Society for privately guided tours Phone: (219) 279-2951 www.historicwolcotthouse.com/index.html
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Raining or you just want to stay indoors?
Visit one of our libraries
MONON TOWN/TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
MONTICELLO-UNION TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY 321. W. Broadway St., Monticello Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Sundays
BROOKSTON-PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY 111 W. Second St., Brookston, IN Monday-Thursday: 1–8 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (765) 563-6511 www.brookstonlibrary.org
427 N. Market St., Monon, IN Monday and Wednesday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (219) 253-6517 www.monon.lib.in.us
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Columbian Park Zoo
olumbian Park Zoo was founded in 1908 and originally contained foxes, skunks, pelicans, deer, lynx, prairie dogs, and a wolf. Improvements to the zoo were made in 1928, when the main animal house was constructed and the zoo purchased an elephant with funds raised by local school students. During the 1930s, the zoo began to breed animals to share with other small zoos, and in 1943 added lions, monkeys, elk, zebras, bears, and alligators. The zoo houses more than 190 animals from 90 different species. Columbian Park Zoo is free to the public and open daily from mid-April to mid-October each year, including holidays. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Aug. 11; Hours from Aug. 12-Oct. 12 are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tippecanoe Battlefield & Museum
national historic landmark, located in a 96-acre park setting in Battle Ground, Ind., complete with picnic areas, nature center, historic and scenic hiking trails. The 85-foot marble obelisk monument was erected in 1908 and marks the site of the Nov. 7, 1811, Battle of Tippecanoe between the United States’ forces, led by future President William Henry Harrison, and representatives of Tecumseh’s Native American confederation. The museum tells the story of the battle with exhibits, a fiber-optic map of the action and information about the dynamic leaders — Tecumseh, Harrison and The Prophet. It also functions as the interpretive center for the early U.S. Republic by placing the battle into the historical and geopolitical context of what came before, and of the War of 1812, which came after. The park includes picnic grounds, hiking trails and the Wahba-shik-a Nature Center. To reserve the park shelter, call the Tippecanoe County Park and Recreation Department at 765463-2306. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Wednesday when it is closed. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, $4for seniors, AAA members and active military; $2 for children 16 and younger; and free for TCHA members. Tippecanoe Battlefield Park is open every day from dawn until dusk.
Delphi boasts still-active theater
he Delphi Opera House is more than a historic site that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. It’s a still-active theatre to see musicals, musicians and plays, including big name acts such as classical musicians, Emmy-winner Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band and John 109 S. Washington St. McEuen (of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and the Delphi, Ind. Phone: (765) 564String Wizards. 4300 Attached to the buildwww.delphioperaing is the Opera House house.org Box Office Hours Gallery, a private busiWednesday, Thursday ness and sometimes Opera House partner that and Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. holds a collection of local artists’ works and offers classes. Originally built as the Assion-Ruffing City Hall in 1864 for merchants Joseph Assion and John Ruffing, the red brick Italianate building was constructed with three retail spaces on the ground floor, office and/ or residential rooms on the second level and a large meeting room on the third floor, according to the
If you go
Opera House’s website Although an engraved limestone arch over the center double windows of the third floor states “City Hall,” the building was intended for public gatherings and has never been home to government entities. In 1881, John Lathrope, partnered with John Ruffing to remodel the third floor of the Assion-Ruffing City Hall into a grand opera house, according to the website. In 1998, the Delphi Preservation Society got the building on the National Register and began restoring the Opera House, which had been deemed unsafe in 1914 by the fire marshal and had been used for storage over the decades. The Opera House conducts tours each Saturday at 1 p.m. Where 2019
KOPACETIC From Page 19
KOPACETIC BEER FACTORY White County’s first brewery opened in 2017, when brewmaster Sean Manahan returned to his hometown of Monticello after working in Indiana breweries since he graduated college in 2010. Not only does Kopacetic produce its own craft beers, Monday-Thursday: rotating them regularly and 4-10 p.m. trying new styles, it only carFriday: 4-11 p.m. ries spirits, meads, ciders and Saturday: 12-11 p.m. beers that are craft-produced Sunday: 12–10 p.m. in Indiana, Manahan said. In its two years, the brew12195 US 421 Monticello, Ind. ery has served more than (574) 808-3378 1,000 Indiana-made beers in kopaceticbeer.com addition to its own brews. The brewery also has at least 50 Indiana spirits, more than 20 meads/wines/ciders and enough beers to offer more than 100 choices each day, he said. Manahan also stays as local with the ingredients as
WHYTE HORSE WINERY Set in a renovated 1886 farmhouse, Whyte Horse Winery offers dry, semi-dry, sweet and fruit wines, including Traminette, Indiana’s signature wine. It also offers wine drinks, such as wine-a-rita, strawberry lemonade muscato and caramel apple slushy and now has Tuesday-Thursday: 11 growlers where cusa.m.–7 p.m. tomers can purchase Friday: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. these types of drinks Sunday: Noon–6 p.m. to go. The caramel apple 1510 S. Airport Road is still a fall seasonal Monticello, Ind. drink, said Amanda (574) 583-2345 Crain, one of the winwww.whytehorsewinery.com. ery’s four owners. Whyte Horse offers its Wine After Work on Friday evenings with special foods and offers live music events. Whyte Horse also offers wine tastings during normal business hours.
possible for ingredients for his own beers, he said. When he returned to his hometown, Manahan teamed up with his family’s The Scoreboard restaurant and bought the old county garage south of Monticello, the restaurant on one side and the brewery on the other. Scoreboard has recently changed its menu and added delivery service. The menu approach is the same as the beer approach, seeing what they want to play with and what they want to grow with. Kopacetic has a band on the first Friday of every month while it showcases another Indiana brewery, and also has entertainment on other nights, bringing in bands and acts from Chicago and Indianapolis that don’t always play Monticello. Every other Thursday is trivia night, too.
Fulton County Museum
ROUND BARN & LIVING HISTORY VILLAGE Redbud Trail Rendezvous last weekend in April Fulton County Historical Power Show - third weekend in June Trail of Courage Living History Festival - 3rd week in September Haunted Woods Trail 3rd & 4th Fri. & Sat. in October Museum & Round Barn Open: Monday-Saturday from 9-5 Living History Village Tours: By appointment only ROCHESTER, INDIANA 574-223-4436 www.fultoncountyhistory.org
From Page 14 and chips, along with free family games. The Indiana University LifeLine Helicopter is scheduled to land in the park and the Jordan Manufacturing replica train will be on hand to give free rides. Hayseed the clown will be on hand to entertain both adults and the children. In the afternoon, Pastime, a ‘rock and roll band’ will entertain the crowd with 60’s and 70’s music. About 200 volunteers support this effort, and most goods and services will be donated. Janet Dold, the Director of the Monticello Chamber of Commerce states: “This event is the largest event in Monticello and has been growing every year.” Monticello mayor Ken Houston said it best: “This is the only event of its kind in the State of Indiana. What makes it even more spectacular is the simple fact that everything is free. Corporate and local donors underwrite all expense and provide all food, games and entertainment to not only the veterans but for the general public as well. This event certainly speaks volumes about patriotism and American values.” Page 34
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DINNER CRUISE SCHEDULE MADAM CARROLL MAY 17 The Tone Bones
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to Flip Flops & Burgers The Sportsman Inn is your place to gather. Our white tablecloths add elegance to the atmosphere but don’t let that stop you from having a casual burger and beer after coming by boat!
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