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Spring Fling Indoor Fair – March 17th & 18th

One way to celebrate the beginning of the current season is to mark your calendar for New Harmony’s Spring Fling.  The event will take place on March 18th and 19th when New Harmony will welcome spring with over 50 vendors. You may recognize some of the vendor’s from the past such as 3 Chicks Fudgery, Deb Guido’s wreaths and arrangements or Charlotte Thacker and her handmade purses. The offerings in both Ribeyre Gym and Holy Angels Community Center will also include handmade jewelry, paintings, antiques and collectibles, quilts, rugs, games and puzzles, kettle corn and much, much more.

The gym and community center will be open from 9-5 on Saturday the 17th and 10-4 on Sunday the 18th. New Harmony’s shops will also be open and welcoming he return of spring as well. Don’t forget to stop and see the spring display at Lowry Hollow or new finds at the Antique Emporium and Firehouse Antiques Spring decorations and arrangements can also be found at The Golden Rose. For dealer information on this event, contact Chris at 812-682-3050.

We are looking forward to having you visit New Harmony, click here to go to our Visit New Harmony website.  http://visitnewharmony.com

Download vendor “2018 Spring Fling” application here.

Kunstfest | Southern Indiana’s German Fall Festival

2017 Kunstfest | September 16th – 17th

It’s once again time for New Harmony’s largest and most anticipated event of the year—Kunstfest! This celebration of German heritage and art is one of the biggest of its kind in Indiana. Download 2017 Vendor Registration Form.

The New Harmony Business Associates invite you to the walkable village of New Harmony, Indiana on Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th for the 35th annual Kunstfest. This free, family-friendly event is fun for all ages!

Festival Map & Schedule will be posted soon!

“Kunst” means “art” in German, and you can expect to see a lot of it. Artists from across the region will sell and showcase their creations. With so many unique pieces, you’re sure to find something you’ll love!

Over 250 vendors will line the streets, showcasing art, gifts, antiques, crafts, and more on Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-4pm. Many of the local storefronts wilkunst-vendors-3l also be open with special promotions during the festival. Be sure to come hungry! All of your German favorites will be there—bratwurst, kraut balls, kuchen, apple cider, chicken and dumplings, German potato salad, brain sandwiches, fried bologna, ice cream, kettle corn and more!

Events include musical performances from the Dulcimer & Polka, Blue Grass, and German Folk Music genres, Music on the Patio, Liar’s Contest at the Murphy Auditorium, children’s activities at the family stage at Maclure Square, and more!

Something you can’t miss at Kunstfest is the historical craft demonstrations. Each year, children stand in awe as they watch experts demonstrate blacksmithing, rope making, pottery, weaving, spinning and more. Some of these creations will be available for sale, and demonstrators will be present to explain the art of each craft to audiences.

Don’t worry about having to park far away from the festival! Parking will be available at the New Harmony School and Atheneum with shuttles taking visitors to and from the festival.

With so many attractions and activities to take part in, it’s probably best you come for the whole weekend! For more information about the charming places you can stay and the 35th annual Kunstfest, head to visitnewharmony.com or visit us on Facebook!

Golden Raintree Antiques Show & Sale


Mark your calendar for this summer’s pop up antique show & vintage fair sponsored by the New Harmony Business Associates. It is located downtown on Main Street in historic New Harmony, Indiana and inside the beautifully restored Ribeyre Gym/Event Center. The 16th Annual Golden Raintree Antiques Show is one of the largest antiques and vintage shows in the tri-state area and has for sale, everything from vintage turquoise jewelry to architectural salvage. You will find Stoneware, Estate Jewelry, Americana, Cast Iron Cookware and kitchen glass like fire king – Jadeite, textiles like vintage quilts and decorative country store like advertising signs and tins.

Invited are established dealers in the antique world that travel from 6 states and specialize in the items that they sell. Do not miss this year’s show that happens rain or shine with free admission, Saturday June 10th 9-5, Sunday June 11th 9-4. For more info email Jeff or Cindy Smotherman 812-781-1390 or to rent a booth space, download a contract here. For more information about New Harmony Visit New Harmony website- limited booth space is still available inside and out up to the day before the event.

It is the 16th annual antique show and sale happening in New Harmony, Indiana June 10th & 11th, 2017, Rain or Shine, Free Admission. Download our registration contract in PDF format.

Peaceable Kingdom

The Antique Showrooms in the Mews will celebrate the start to their Christmas season beginning November 14th. This is their 25th year for a themed decor opening. This year’s theme is ‘Peaceable Kingdom’ with decor focusing on animals. There will be many beautifully decorated trees to enjoy!

Holiday Brunch will be served from 11:00-1:00 with Cook’s on Brewery catering. You won’t want to miss their yummy offerings!  Wine tasting will be offered from 10:30 -3:30 for those old enough to imbibe.

The Traditional Open House at the Mews will take place during Christmas in New Harmony, Saturday December 5 and Sunday December 6th.

Visit New Harmony , relax and enjoy kicking off your holiday season!

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

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.

Boomer Time Fun: Toys at the Mews

Vintage cars and trucks
Vintage cars and trucks. Check out the Fire Chief car!

Some folks just never grow up. The Baby Boomers are notorious for this, the generation that refuses to age! If you were born in the fifties or sixties, and you can’t resist getting pulled back to your childhood, a stop to the Garden Room at the Mews is a must.

board game
Across the Continent, vintage board game

Browsing the amazing toys that proprietor Tom Williams curates is a real flash back treat. Where else might you find the Game of Cootie? Or Cowboys and Indians paraphernalia? Mechanical tin toys, vintage toy trucks, yo-yo’s and cap guns?

Circa 1953, Ideal Toys. Robert Robot can move without batteries!
Circa 1953, Ideal Toys. Robert Robot can move without batteries!

Tom prides himself on hard to find vintage treats, and his wife and partner Caroline Williams provides the girlie attractions of dolls, buttons, and doilies. Together they produce a line of witty photo cards featuring some of their favorite toys in quixotic scenarios. Worth spending a half hour there on a lazy Sunday afternoon!

The Mews is located at 531 E. Church Street, across from the post office.

Pokey the Clown and Slo Joe the clown games
Poky the Clown and Toe Joe the clown games

Gourmet Foods in New Harmony!

One fine Saturday you are strolling around the Farmer’s Market, chatting with all of the friendly folks there, and you run into some friends you have not seen in a while.  So you invite them for an impromptu dinner party later that day.  Great!  You have gotten veggies, fresh bread, salad stuff; now, how to fill out the menu for an inspired supper?  You could get in the car and drive to the supermarket, miles away – but who wants to waste a lovely summer afternoon in the car?  Here’s what you can do!

  1. Stop in at Sara’s Harmony Way and get a couple of bottles of wine which are guaranteed to be fabulous. You could buy them blindfolded and it would be terrific, as they have only delicious wines!
  2. Main course – Run over to Mill Mart and look in the freezer: they carry local Dewig’s  steaks, sausage and hamburger in the freezer. Fantastic local meat. You can thaw it and get out the grill.
  3. So how to make it special? Head to the Mews, of course.  You thought it was just ladies wear and lovely home furnishings?  Surprise: there is a whole food room full of delectable bottled gourmet preparations to liven up your festivities.  Beautiful marinades and grilling sauces.  Olive oil and balsamic vinegar, as well as incredible prepared salad dressings.  Tasty dips, from Smoky Bacon & Cheddar to Artichoke Pesto.  Olives for the hors d’oeuvres, along with crisp crostini crackers.  Pecan pie filling in a jar!  And are you out of cocktail napkins?  But of course, they have those too.

Home you go, full of new inspiration and your mouth watering, and now you have time to take a Saturday afternoon nap before getting out the grill and putting on your best Hawaiian shirt.  Bon Appetit!

A grandvariety of Gourmet foods at the Mews
A grandvariety of Gourmet foods at the Mews