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Kunstfest Entertainment

Here is the entertainment schedule for the 33rd Kunstfest celebration in New Harmony September 19th and 20th. Entertainment is spread throughout the town, so as you walk around enjoying the shopping, food and fall air, you can also take in a some music and fun!


Alp Horns (Charlie Haas): 11:00 and 1:00 on top of the Atheneum

Red Hill Dulcimer Players: Saturday 11:00-12:30 and 1:30-3:00 at the RappOwen Granary on Granary Street

Saturday and Sunday:

Magical Entertainment: Saturday 11:00-11:45 and Sunday 12:00-12:30 at the family stage at McClure Square

Helen Kiesel and Her Electric Accordian: Saturday and Sunday 12:30-3:30 at The corner of Main and Granary Streets

Rhine Valley Brass Band: Saturday and Sunday 1:00-4:00 at the corner of Main and Church

Shade Tree Players: Saturday and Sunday 12:00-4:00 on the patio of The Golden Rose shop on Main Street

Red Bank Reunion Band: Saturday from 1:00-4:00 and Sunday 1:30-3:30 at Red Bud Park on Church Street

Southern Hollow Dulcimers: Saturday 1:00-4:00 and Sunday 12:30-3:30 at the White House corner of Church and Brewery

We’ll see you when you visit New Harmony

Kunstfest: The “Don’t Miss” Fall Festival

Mark your calendar for September 19th/20th and come help New Harmony celebrate their German heritage by attending Kunstfest. Kunst means ‘art’ in German and this is the 33rd year for the celebration that seems to grow bigger each year.

You will find something for everyone at Kunstfest. Musical entertainment is scheduled at various venues throughout both days. You can take a carriage ride, go to the Sleeping Beauty production, attend the Big Liar’s contest or shop at over 190 vendor booths or local shops throughout town. Interested in history? Historical craft demonstrations will range from blacksmithing to rope making. If you get hungry, try the various foods available from kraut balls to chicken & dumplings to homemade ice cream to name a few. There will be children’s activities at the family stage at Maclure Square and Wilson’s Auctions http://www.wilsonauctions.com will be having their annual Kunstfest auction where you will find lots of great items up for bid.

Parking can be found at the school or the Atheneum, with shuttles running from both spots. Kunstfest map and activity guide can be found at http://visitnewharmony.com We look forward to celebrating with you!

Dulcimer Heaven in New Harmony

Elliptical dulcimers by Bill Berg of Brown County, Indiana
Elliptical dulcimers by Bill Berg of Brown County, Indiana

Just about any sunny afternoon you can stroll down Main street and hear the strains of a dulcimer lightly playing. Creation Station‘s proprietor, Rick Huffman, enjoys sitting on the bench outside his store and strumming away.  A devoted artist and musician, Rick sells his own art and that of others in the store, but the spotlight is on the gorgeous dulcimers lining the walls.

detail, NH Woodworks
detail of the crescent moon on a dulcimer of ambrosia maple and Patagonian rosewood, made by New Harmony Woodworks

Handmade in New Harmony

Creation Station  offers handmade dulcimers from three esteemed makers in the classic variety of styles. Right here in New Harmony, across the street from Creation Station, Rick Gooden of New Harmony Woodworks produces exquisitely crafted, teardrop shaped dulcimers with exotic hardwoods and hand rubbed oil finishes. Bill Berg of Brown County IN has been making dulcimers for 40 years, and is represented by a handsome row of elliptical dulcimers along the north wall.  T.K. O’Brien, of North Carolina, makes  hourglass shaped dulcimers with intricate tone holes on the faces.  Prices range from $195-$1095.

Learning how to play a dulcimer

Loving those instruments, but no idea how to begin to play one?  Creation Station offers lessons for beginners, in 4 week long courses.  Tuesday nights, 6:30-8 pm at Creation Station, 606B S. Main St.  For information, call 812-205-6781.

And the best is yet to come!

Creation Station is helping to host the 16th annual Dulcimer Chautauqua on the Wabash, October 15-18, 2015, in New Harmony. Workshops for students by day; concerts at night, open to the public and featuring renowned musicians, at Murphy Auditorium on Friday, October 16th, & Saturday, October 17th. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. with music by festival workshop participants.

Rick Huffman showing off a dulcimer of African red ribbon mahogany, by New Harmony Woodworks
Rick Huffman showing off a dulcimer of African golden ribbon mahogany, by New Harmony Woodworks

The Painter of the Indiana Dunes: The Art of Frank Dudley

How would you like to spend a sunny day at the beach…in New Harmony?

All right, I’m not talking about an actual beach, but currently on display in New Harmony is a view of the beach as depicted by artist Frank Dudley.

Indiana is a state of great natural beauty, and landscape artist Frank Dudley created dozens of paintings showcasing the splendor of the Indiana Dunes along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. In the lead up to the Hoosier State’s bicentennial in 2016, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has partnered with The Southwestern Indiana Historical Society, Inc. to exhibit Dudley’s work in New Harmony.

 The Painter of the Indiana Dunes: The Art of Frank Dudley exhibits several of Dudley’s paintings and a sample of his sketches. In addition to offering viewers a glimpse of sunny beaches and plants of the dunes, he also captured beachgoers as they swam, sunbathed, and took cover from a coming storm. The beauty of the dunes contrasts remarkably with the verdant geography of our corner of Indiana, and The Painter of the Indiana Dunes brings a distinctive perspective of the Hoosier State to New Harmony.

 The Painter of the Indiana Dunes, located in the Scholle House, will be opened to the public this Saturday, August 29 as part of New Harmony’s Art and Antique Stroll from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Scholle House is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Tavern and Brewery. If you miss the art stroll, the exhibit can be viewed as part of Historic New Harmony’s daily tours until the end of 2016. Tours leave each day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from the Atheneum, the visitor’s center found at the corner of North and Arthur Streets.

Check out visistnewharmony.org to find more art and events in New Harmony!

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Spring Art and Antique Stroll

Mark your calendar now for Saturday, April 8th and Visit New Harmony  to enjoy a lovely evening of food, art, shopping and music. The New Harmony Business Association’s Spring Art and Antique Stroll will be filling the streets from 4-7 that evening.

Interested in art? The New Harmony Hoosier Salon will be having an opening reception for their current exhibit. The Women’s Institute and Gallery at 916 Granary will also host an opening reception, as well as The USI New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Interested in antiques? Firehouse Antiques, The Mews, Lowry Hollow , The Antique Emporium, Cookie Jar Antiques and Sleep Dog Antiques will all be open. Other shops to be open include: The New Harmony Soap Company, The Antique Doll Shop and Creation Station.

You can grab dinner before or after at The Red Geranium, Yellow Tavern, Sara’s Harmony Way, The American Legion or Bliss. Many of the shops and galleries will also be providing refreshments.

And don’t forget the music!  Relax after all the strolling at the Murphy Auditorium, Ginkgoa Concert http://UnderthBeams.org  or visit the Moonlight Walk at the Cathedral Labyrinth at 7:00pm.

Ahh…..It sounds like the perfect way to spend the evening.

Water Music – the Orpheus Fountain

Orpheus Fountain
A bench and a pool for foot washing, the Orpheus Fountain compliments the Cathedral Labyrinth.

One of the real treasures of New Harmony – located at the back of the Cathedral Labyrinth – is the Orpheus Fountain. Sculpted of soft limestone by New York City sculptor Simon Verity, the lyre of Orpheus was suggested to him by Jane Owen. Verity noted that “Orpheus used a lyre to tame the wild beast,” and Owen suggest the lyre “to help tame the wild beast within those who walk the labyrinth.”

The fountain weighs about 9 tons, stands four feet high, and is fifteen feet wide. Water flows from seven carved-out indentations in the stone representative of the lyre’s strings. These seven rivulets flow into a basin intended for washing the feet of those walking the labyrinth.
Limestone for the fountain was quarried in central Indiana, then trucked to the Cathedral of St. John the Devine in Manhattan, where the sculptor is based. Once most of the sculpting was completed, it was dismantled and crated and shipped to New Harmony, where the sculptor oversaw it’s installation, and hand carved “Solvitur Ambulando” (Latin for “solved by walking”) along the base of the sculpture.
Located just outside the northern wall of the Harmonist cemetery, and just across the street from the Historic New Harmony Atheneum, the labyrinth – and the Orpheus Fountain – deserve your attention the next time you’re in New Harmony!

Blues, Brews & BBQ

Live blues music, local craft beers, and a classic Barbeque dinner, Sara’s Harmony Way will be dishing it all up Saturday, August 15th starting at 7pm.

Music will be supplied by Evansville’s Blind Playboys, a fabulous Blues and Blues Rock band that covers everything from Buddy Guy and Albert King to Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

Brews will be from Tin Man Brewing plus the famous Harmonie Beer, a delicious German dark lager made from a 200+ year old recipe re-discovered a few years ago.

The dinner menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, baked beans, and homemade apple pie.

Sara’s Harmony Way is located at the corner of Church and Main in this thriving walkable village we call home. Call them to get more details: 812-682-3611.

Inspired Music in a Truly Inspirational Place

The National Weather Service is predicting a beautiful sunny Saturday morning in New Harmony’s Roofless Church.

With the sunshine there will be a 9′ Steinway grand piano along with supremely talented musicians offering a true “only in New Harmony” experience. The concert begins at 9 AM. This unique outdoor venue was conceptualized by Jane Blaffer Owen and designed by architect Philip Johnson in the mid-20th century and ranks among his greatest works of public art. Join festival artists for a morning concert of traditional Celtic and American fiddle music, harp music, classical chamber music, and improvisational music with festival faculty artists and students.

Tickets are just $30. Seating is limited so buying in advance online is suggested. Give yourself a special gift this summer.

Plan your entire visit to New Harmony at www.visitnewharmony.com.

Be in Presence of Greatness (seriously): July 10 & 11

Today began the 4th annual week-long Music School & Festival in New Harmony. This is a week where dozens of world-renowned — and I mean seriously renowned and respected around the world — musicians commune, share, inspire, and hone their amazing skills.

If you have never attended one of the Music Fest events I fully understand your suspicion that I am blowing smoke with my praise. However, I am fully confident that if you attend one of the main stage concerts your expectations – no matter how great — will be exceeded. If you live in St. Louis, or Louisville, or Indianapolis, or Nashville I’m willing to bet you have never been in the presence of musicians with more skill and passion. Check out the bios of just a few who will take the stage of historic Thrall’s Opera House this Friday and Saturday night.

Tickets are still available and if you can find any way to free yourself for a night or two you will be doing yourself a huge favor by getting to New Harmony to see and hear what I’m struggling to explain.

Friday Night’s show, “A Return to the Rivers“, features traditional Celtic and American fiddle music, classical chamber music, and improvisational music celebrating three great waterways: The Mississippi, the Amazon, and our own Wabash and Ohio rivers, among others. Tickets available online or at the door on the night of the event. Doors open at 6:30PM Concert at 7:30pm, radio broadcast begins at 8PM on WNIN Public Radio: www.wnin.org.

Saturday Night’s show, “A River Not a Lake“, is a concert to celebrate the centenary of Jane Blaffer Owen who understood that the water that embraces and surrounds New Harmony was a living, moving vital organ of the community. Tickets available online or at the door on the night of the event. Doors open at 6:30PM Concert at 7:30pm, radio broadcast begins at 8PM on WNIN Public Radio: www.wnin.org.

Not sure what else I can say. If you love being in the presence of greatness, getting to New Harmony this weekend is a no-brainer.

Do NOT Miss Music in the Streets, Saturday June 13th

There is going to be an amazing musical event at the corner of Main and Tavern in downtown New Harmony this coming Saturday, at 6:30 pm. It will feature Molly Felder handling vocals, with Mickey Grimm on drums, Carl Rodenberg on keyboards, and his brother Mike on upright bass. It’s free and open to the public, and will follow the first day of the Golden Raintree Antique Show, produced by the New Harmony Business Associates.

Molly Felder will be singing.
Molly Felder will be singing.

Folks who visited New Harmony in the last 10 years probably remember meeting Molly Felder in the coffee shop she ran with her sister Laura while raising her son Grafton along with husband, Mickey Grimm.

What those folks might not have realized was that Molly is the vital female half of the group Swan Dive, who have released albums to acclaim since 1997, and what they almost certainly didn’t know is that Mickey is a well known session drummer in Nashville, having recorded with Over the Rhine, Bonepony, and many others.

Add to them the well-known Evansville area jazz duo, brothers Carl and Mike Rodenburg, and you’ve got a potent potential for some hot jazz, bossa nova, and all around rockin’ good music!

Plan your visit at www.VisitNewHarmony.com