Terre Haute Visitor's Guide 2019 - Page 61

American Scene Painting of the 1930s and 1940s, with work by artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Burchfield, John Steuart Curry, Edward Hopper, Reginald Marsh, and Grant Wood. There’s also the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. Formed in 1926, the city’s symphony orchestra is the longest- standing professional orchestra in the state of Indiana. Visit www.thso.org to view upcoming events and concerts. Food, culture and music is also featured throughout the year. Terre Haute is home to WaterTower Estates, a new family-run winery at 525 W. Springhill Drive and features a boutique with unique gifts. There’s also The Sycamore Winery, also a new family- operated winery located at 1320 Durkees Ferry Rd, West Terre Haute. It features a tasting room and event center that sits on a beautiful 60-acre estate with walking trails and scenic lake views near Terre Haute. For beer lovers, there is the Terre Haute Brewing Co., 401 S 9th St., near Terre Haute’s downtown, has a long history as being one of the original nine commercial breweries in the U.S. and the second oldest. The original historic building and company name was founded in 1837. It features a large tap room with a new bar and elevated seating area. There’s even a larger event area, complete with a second bar, for special events and music. The Terre Haute Farmers Market has a winter market season held on the first Saturday of each month, from November to May. It is held inside The Meadows center, 2800 Poplar St., in front of Stein Mart. The summer season, which starts in May, is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Vendors bring fresh produce as well as homemade breads and baked goods, jams, jellies as well as grass-fed beef, crafts and garments. The annual Banks of the Wabash River Festival at Fairbanks Park draws many people to the park next to the state’s largest river in late May and early June, while the annual Fourth of July celebration features fireworks lighting up the riverbanks. Strawberries, ice cream, biscuits and whipped cream are a June hit just a few blocks away on Ohio Street near Sixth Street during the annual Strawberry Festival at First Congregational Church, with tents and seating. Most visitors try “The Works” - a fresh biscuit topped with ice cream and covered in strawberries and juice, topped with whipped cream, which is especially tasty on a hot, sunny day. Just three blocks down along Ninth Street, the St. Benedict’s Community Festival in early July offers family games, casino games, food booths, a beer garden, raffle and silent auction, as well as musical entertainment. The event raises money for local charitable work, like the parish’s soup kitchen. On September 13-14, the Terre Haute German Oberlander Club hosts the 47th Oktoberfest at The Meadows shopping center. The event features polka music and dancing - lots of dancing - as well as traditional Piano sculpture at Crossroads Plaza honoring the men German costumes and a and women in the Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame. menu of schnitzels, brats, sauerkraut, kartoffelsalat College, is another popular downtown (authentic German potato event set for the first Friday and Saturday salad) and more! in December. A winter wonderland comes For entertainment, September 13-14 alive as Christmas trees decorated by not- will bring the Blues at the Crossroads for-profit organizations light up the street, music festival to Terre Haute’s downtown, storefronts compete for the best window with the corner of 7th Street and Wabash displays and an open-air market features Avenue closed to traffic. That intersection, vendors with holiday gifts waiting to be designated in a state marker, is considered wrapped. It’s easy to get into the holiday the “Crossroad of America,” where U.S. 40, spirit as you mingle with other shoppers in a the former “National Road” - which opened magical wonderland. the west for settlement - and U.S. 41 - a And for holiday decorating ideas, a drive major north-south route - were designated through Deming Park, on Terre Haute’s as part of the original federal highway east side, is a visual treat where nonprofit system in 1926. groups present creative holiday-themed The two-day Blues at the Crossroads shelters. The groups have used themes features a large stage, so bring your lawn ranging from pop culture icons such as Star chairs for extra seating and feel free to Wars and Peanut cartoons to snowmen, wander downtown among food vendors gingerbread people and angels. and shops that stay open during the event. For those interested in history, Terre Another stage is located nearby inside The Haute has a lot of history to offer. Opening Verve nightclub, whose owner started and in 2019, the 34,000-square foot Vigo organizes the annual music festival. County History Center on Wabash Avenue Also in October, treat your taste buds at will showcase its collections of more than the Altrusa Chili Cook Off, where dozens 100,000 vintage artifacts and historic of competitors prepare and share their chili memorabilia, in addition to interactive recipes in exchange for votes while raising exhibits and a old-fashioned Coke-themed money to support literacy programs. Go to soda fountain. www.altrusaofterrehaute.wordpress.com to Other sites include the gold-domed learn more about the 2019 event. Vigo County Courthouse and the home October includes the Indiana State of political activist/trade unionist Eugene University homecoming parade stretching V. Debs on the campus of Indiana State through downtown on Wabash Avenue University. While at ISU, visit Hulman featuring colorful floats, boisterous bands, Center, home of the Indiana State candy for children and celebratory fanfare Sycamores, where stands a larger-than- in advance of the afternoon football game life bronze statue of Sycamore and NBA across town at Memorial Stadium, near the intersection of Wabash and Brown avenues. legend Larry Bird commemorating his college playing days in Terre Haute. It’s a A variety of food and beverage vendors and popular photo op sometimes impromptu gatherings line the For time in nature, the 2,600-acre street all the way to the stadium, where a Wabashiki Fish & Wildlife Area features tent city of hospitality also awaits. trails through natural settings and a lookout Autumn weather also brings the annual at Dewey Point. Terre Haute has several Gathering of the People Powwow to the city parks, with its largest being Deming Vigo County Conservation Club and Park, which features a unique train ride Pioneer Days at Fowler Park. Both events for youngsters. Vigo County’s Fowler Park are educational, family-friendly and full of offers lake swimming, as well as camp fun and cultural sharing. grounds and trails. Other trails can be found The Miracle on 7th Street, which includes at Hawthorn Park, behind Rose-Hulman a “Light Your Way” Christmas Parade Institute of Technology. sponsored by Saint Mary-of-the-Woods COMMUNITY LIFE | Guide to Terre Haute • 61