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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

Vintage Treasure Shopping

I’ve always had a thing for old radios especially those produced in the 30’s and 40’s. Today I discovered a Bing Crosby Junior Jukebox at The Antique Emporium, one of several stores in New Harmony, Indiana that is loaded with antiques and vintage treasures.

The Bing Crosby Junior Jukebox was announced to the public in Chicago, Illinois on November 28, 1948. Just in time to be on children’s Christmas wish lists, the manufacturer (I believe the Ideal Toy Company) assured parents this is “not a Toy but a Real Phonograph with a 4″ Speaker … Plays 12″ records, beautifully molded in colorful plastics, lights up and changes colors as it plays, 2 tube electronic amplification with volume control, excellent tone. 16″ high, 13″ deep, 14″ wide” … AC only.”

The colorful molded plastic and the cool way it lights up is truly romantic. It has a Disneyland-like charm. The idea of kids gathering around and playing records with this jukebox makes me want to go back to that slower, simpler time.

Though I love it, I didn’t buy it. It’s still there and in the window at Antique Emporium. When you visit New Harmony make sure to stop by and ask Paula to let you spin some wax. Antique Emporium is located at 525 E. Church Street.

Fudge Love

How can there be a Utopia without quality chocolate? I think the answer is obvious: there can’t be! That’s why the Golden Rose provides a wondrous assortment of decadent, soul-satisfying, handmade chocolates to boost the spirits of weary travelers and the local harmonist population.

My personal fave is the Fudge Love Truffle which features a milk chocolate whipped fudge center, dipped in dark chocolate, and then dipped again… in milk chocolate. It is a mouthful of happiness and pairs well with dry white wines and delicate, dry reds like Pinot Noir.

Fudge Love is just one of a dozen or more premium, fresh, handmade chocolates available at the Golden Rose. When you plan your visit to New Harmony make sure you don’t leave town without sampling these gems in all their glory. The Golden Rose is located at 612 Main Street.