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  • March 7, 2017 @ 9:35:28 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    4th Annual Metamora Mandolin Gathering

    4th Annual Metamora Mandolin Gathering Saturday March 25, 2017, 9 AM to 9 PM Workshops, Jams, Builders, Evening Show with Hickory Robot, The Hammer & the Hatchet, and instructors.

    Instructional workshops begin at 9 AM with two offered in the morning session and two in the afternoon. A Mandolin 101 beginner session will be offered in both the morning and afternoon. Registration required for workshop sessions. Acoustic jams led by instructor will be held at 11:15 and 4, open to all instruments, no admission charge. Instrument Builders will have tables set up from 9 to 4. The Mando Doctor for the Gathering is Jason Harshbarger of Harshbarger Strings. Evening Show at 6 PM.

    Instructors: Scott Napier from the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music in Hyden, KY. He has been a Professional Musician since 1996 and is an accomplished mandolin and guitar player, as well as a traditional music composer and songwriter.Scott has performed with bluegrass award winning groups such as Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Bobby Osborne, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, The Whites, and others.Currently Scott is a band member with the international performing group Lost and Found, a group which has been successful on the bluegrass and traditional music circuit for over 40 years.

    Scott Risner of Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle in Cincinnati, OH. Scott Risner began playing guitar at 16 and Mandolin at 19. He moved to Indianapolis in 1985 to play bluegrass with Classified Grass (Alison Krauss was also a member). In 1989 while in Nashville, he toured east of the Mississippi with a Mike Scott and The All American Band and in 1991 joined J.D. Crowe and The New South. Starting a business then took Scott away from touring. In 1996 he moved back to Cincinnati and joined the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars and the Lazy Boyz. Scott was also a member of Tupelo Honey, Northern KY Bluegrass Band, Earl's Gone Wild and The Blue Poppys in the past. Currently seen around town with Buffalo Wabs and The Price Hill Hustle and playing bluegrass every Thursday at Molly Malone’s in Covington with Them There Mountain Boys.

    Dave Bagdade of Cousin Brothers in Indianapolis, IN Dave Bagdade is an award-winning mandolin player and an experienced educator, having performed and taught at workshops all over the US and Canada. In addition to playing regularly as a solo artist and with The Cousin Brothers, he teaches Celtic and bluegrass mandolin and guitar at the beginning and intermediate levels. Dave is also the host and producer of the Kitchen Party Ceilidh radio program. He has released several albums of original music.

    Scott Carnder of Hickory Robot and Spookfloaters in Cincinnati, OH Scott studied music theory and jazz improvisation at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and has had an active career as a professional musician. He is an award-winning songwriter and mandolinist for Cincinnati-based newgrass quintet Hickory Robot and plays with jam band The Spookfloaters. In addition, Scott has taught privately for over 15 years and has conducted a number of mandolin workshops and seminars.

    Roger Banister of Banister Family Bluegrass Band and New Augusta Bluegrass Band of Indianapolis, IN With over 40 years of experience as a professional musician Roger started with banjo lessons at age 13. From that Roger became immersed in bluegrass banjo. He formed the bluegrass group Buck's Stove & Range Company at Ball State University, traveling 15 years fulltime throughout the Midwest and overseas for the U.S.O. and Department of Defense. After Buck's, Roger became an accomplished mandolin and fiddle player and formed the Banister Family Bluegrass Band. He also plays with New Augusta Bluegrass Band throughout central Indiana, and as a duo with his sister Denise Kocur.

    Evening Show Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 6 Featuring Hickory Robot (CEA finalists in Bluegrass Division), The Hammer & The Hatchet from Brown Co, IN, and the instructors; Scott Napier with student song from afternoon workshop, Scott Risner, Dave Bagdade , and Roger Banister. Food available all day on site.

    Held at the MPA Opry Barn, 19189 Pennington Rd, Metamora, IN 47030 West of Metamora, where US 52 crosses the Whitewater Valley Railroad and the Whitewater Canal href="">

  • February 22, 2017 @ 11:35:54 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    2017 The Great Race

    Auburn is proud and honored to be hosting a stop for the 2017 Hemmings Motor News Great Race on Wednesday, June 28. The Auburn Stop will welcome the race teams as they begin to arrive at 5:00 p.m. at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Plaza and will have dinner at the museum. Other activities will include a car show with live music held at Auburn Auctions Park.

    The racers will begin in Jacksonville, Florida and end the race crossing the finish line in Traverse City, Michigan. This isn’t just a race to see who finishes with the fastest time. The race is scored similarly to golf where the lowest score wins. Racers are scored with secret checkpoints along with way and are penalized for each second either early or late. To qualify, cars built in 1972 or earlier are eligible to race. Most of the entries have been manufactured before World War II. READ MORE

  • January 25, 2017 @ 9:59:44 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    County Ties To The Railroads

    DeKalb County has played a pretty significant role in America’s railway system. In fact, out of the nine communities in DeKalb, six of them have specific ties to the railroad. Two of them (Ashley and Garrett) are even named after former Presidents of significant Railroad Companies during the early 20th century of America’s transportation history.

    The town of Garrett, Indiana is named after John W. Garrett the President of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company from 1858-1884. The town of Ashley, Indiana is named after Ossian D. Ashley the President of the Wabash Railroad from 1892-1902.

    But Garrett was truly the railroad Town of DeKalb County. READ MORE

  • November 22, 2016 @ 2:07:44 PM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    Christmas in Kokomo

    There’s so much to see and do between now and Dec. 25 in Kokomo, Indiana, that we aren’t sure you’ll be able to squeeze it all in. But we know you’ll love trying!

    That’s because in Kokomo we celebrate the Christmas season in spectacular fashion. We take the words “’Tis the Season” quite seriously.

    Whether you’re looking for an elegant celebration or one bright enough you’ll need sunglasses, you’ll find it all here in our city nestled in east central Indiana.

    Christmas at the Seiberling Mansion

    There isn’t a more elegant place to celebrate the season than the Seiberling Mansion, and its holiday celebration begins Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. The Victorian mansion is a perfect setting for a stunning collection of holiday trees, wreaths and garlands, and more. On its opening evening, Santa arrives by carriage and there’s an official lighting ceremony. Holiday tours will continue through the end of December from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. During select December dates, you won’t want to miss candlelight tours of the beautifully decorated mansion and special evening hours.

    A Million Lights at We Care Park

    Though it hasn’t been proven, we think it’s entirely possible that you can see We Care Park from outer space. Yes, it’s that bright. It is more than 1 million lights, after all. It takes months for volunteers to get the park ready for the annual celebration of all things Christmas. There are wreaths, trees and even a giant teddy bear — and we mean giant. And it’s all for the benefit of people in need through one of the city’s largest charities. Open nightly starting at dusk.

    And much, much, more

    There’s much more to enjoy this holiday season in Kokomo, Indiana. Check out our holiday guide for the many ways to celebrate with us!

  • September 28, 2016 @ 9:10:57 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral


    The summer months are officially behind us and now we look forward to the much anticipated Indiana fall activities! One in particular is going on their 6th season of providing friends & family with an abundance of fun all season long. READ MORE

  • August 4, 2016 @ 10:58:56 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    National Model Aviation Day

    AMA to host free Aviation Adventure Day in celebration of National Model Aviation Day MUNCIE, IN— The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) will host Aviation Adventure Day, in conjunction with National Model Aviation Day, on August 13, 2016, at the International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, IN. The event is free and will include activities for all ages. Aviation Adventure Day will be packed with entertaining activities for the entire family. Attendees will learn while having fun by building make-and-take model airplanes and kites, and launch model rockets. In addition to the hands-on activities, attendees can tour the National Model Aviation Museum, try their hand at a flight simulator, and fly a real model airplane. Youth full-scale airplane rides will also be available for kids 8-17 through the Anderson chapter of the EAA Young Eagles. Space is limited and parents can register their children online. The first 100 kids in attendance will receive a free T-shirt. The AMA will also host its first Community Takeoff Challenge as part of its Aviation Adventure Day. Local companies, nonprofit organizations, clubs, and groups of friends are encouraged to participate by building their own catapult-launch gliders to compete for a $250 cash prize. Teams must register by August 10 at AMA would like to thank its national Platinum sponsors, Ready Made RC, Hobbico, Horizon Hobby, and HobbyKing; local Takeoff Challenge sponsors MedExpress Urgent Care, and Brady Ware and Company; Flightline sponsors Cintas Corporation, Frederick Family Chiropractic,LLC, The Laundry Basket; and STEM sponsors CS Kern, Farmhouse Creative, Jay-Crew Landscape Inc., and First Merchants Bank for the great support. A special thank-you goes to Applebees in Muncie for providing snacks for participants. Aviation Adventure Day is one of more than 100 nationwide events that will be held August 13 to celebrate the fourth annual National Model Aviation Day. Information about the national celebration is available at To learn more about AMA’s Aviation Adventure Day, visit ### The Academy of Model Aeronautics, founded in 1936, continues to be devoted to national airspace safety. It serves as the nation’s collective voice for approximately 190,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreation and educational purposes. For more information, visit

  • May 9, 2016 @ 9:16:37 AM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    Discovering Historic Auburn

    Imagine all of your favorite Auburn, Indiana businesses and attractions in one place for an entire day! Discovering Historic Auburn is that, and much more! The Downtown Auburn Business Association (DABA), KPC Media, and the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau (DCVB) partnered up again for the 5th Annual Discovering Historic Auburn! READ MORE

  • March 2, 2016 @ 4:14:53 PM — Lindsey SkeenGeneral

    Alexandria Grand Prix

    Jeff Bryan Executive Director Alexandria Monroe Chamber of Commerce 125 N Wayne St Alexandria, IN 46001 765-724-3144

    Over the past 5 years, Alexandria has been hosting a go-kart street racing event called the Alexandria Grand Prix. This event is a sanctioned event by the Southern Indiana Racing Association. It is the 8th race of the 10 race season. Drivers from all over the Midwest travel to Alexandria to compete in this 2 day event. The Alexandria Grand Prix brings in over 4000 spectators and 100 drivers to the community. The Alexandria Grand Prix is now the largest go-kart street racing event in Indiana, and one of the largest in the Midwest (according to the SIRA). Drivers of ages from 5 yrs old to retirees come to race on the downtown streets at speeds up to 65 mph. This year the Alexandria Grand Prix has been endorsed as a Legacy Project for the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial. The Alexandria Grand Prix is proud to be a part of Indiana's Bicentennial. The AGP will hold a special ceremony to honor the racing heritage of Alexandria. Following the ceremony, there will be a “Celebrity Bicentennial Race” held during Saturday's activities. We have invited individuals involved in the Indiana Bicentennial and other state/county dignitaries to participate in this race. Be sure to come and see some of the finest go-kart street racing in the state. Alexandria Grand Prix- August 20-21, Downtown Alexandria..."We are Driven".

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