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Finding Balance in Historic New Harmony

PHOTOS & STORY BY JD DOTSON 

 

Late last fall, my husband and I hopped into the car and headed west. Destination: The southwest corner of Indiana and the former utopian society of New Harmony. 

Settled in the early 1800s by the Harmony Society – a communal religious group – under the leadership of George Rapp, the wilderness on the edge of the Wabash River was a perfectly isolated spot to await the second coming. Less than a decade after building the town, the Rappites returned to Pennsylvania and sold the town to industrialist and social reformer Robert Owen, who envisioned a new moral world of “happiness, enlightenment and prosperity through education, science, technology and communal living.” 

Renamed New Harmony, the experiment quickly failed for a variety of reasons but has become a center of national significance due to the early introduction of a group of artists, educators and scientists that arrived on a flatboat named the “Philanthropist” or the “Boatload of Knowledge.” New Harmony’s unique beginnings and rich history are well documented at the Atheneum, the starting place for our adventure and the official visitor center of New Harmony. 

Driving into the town, one of the first things we noticed was the presence of golf carts zipping through the streets. We asked one of the drivers and were directed a few blocks down “to a building that looks like it doesn’t belong.” The stark white and super modern Atheneum sits just on the edge of the quaint town near the Wabash River. Designed by Richard Meier, the model and drawings of the building now reside in the New York Museum of Modern Art and have won numerous design awards. The Atheneum is where you can watch a film about the history of the town, schedule tours, pop into the gift shop for a postcard (which they will mail for you!) and rent golf carts, too. For such a small town, big adventures await you. There are so many things to see and do. Here are a few of the ones we enjoyed:

We met a couple of friends in town at Sara’s Harmony Way for a quick cup of coffee to take on our cart excursion. Set right on the corner, Sara’s is much more than a coffee shop. The space is a full-service restaurant-coffee shop on one side and a wine ’n‘ craft beer bar on the other. The coffee was a perfect start to the day and kept our hands warm scooting around town on the golf cart.

New Harmony’s downtown boasts numerous antique stores, gift shops and art galleries. The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art was split into two sides. The first was a showcase of contemporary and craft artisans from Midwestern artists. The space is full of art, sculpture, prints, blown glass, jewelry and craft. It was the perfect spot to affordably buy a thoughtful handmade gift or make a purchase for your personal art collection. We walked to the other side of the gallery and into a unique, beautiful installation in the large open space. The installation was called Nature Morte and housed a massive collection of nature specimens and archival photographs that tell the story of the town through the carefully-catalogued creatures that inhabited it. 

Next door, the Mason-Nordgauer Fine Arts Gallery had such a unique and impressive collection of post war/contemporary art from all over the world. The gallery showcases collector pieces from huge names like Roy Lichtenstein, Marc Chagall and Diana Kahlo to cutting-edge contemporary artists from New Harmony to Louisville and beyond. The gallery has put huge QR codes on the walls next to the works of art allowing patrons to scan with the camera on their phones and automatically link to information about the artist. It made the exhibit interactive and an amazing way to connect with the art.

We couldn’t resist a stop in the New Harmony Soap Company, the smells spilling out onto the sidewalk drew us in. The soap makers create natural plant and herb-based soaps, lotions, men’s grooming gear, pet shampoo and all kind of balms and ointments. The store is packed with smells and accessories. Our olfactory senses were in overdrive. We sniffed our way around the entire store and brought home a favorite scented patchouli bar.

New Harmony’s beginnings as a spiritual sanctuary are evident in the labyrinths and sacred gardens of the town. The Cathedral Labyrinth sits near the Atheneum and is a beautiful, peaceful garden with benches and a water fountain surrounding the stone labyrinth. The pattern replicates the original Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth near Paris and was completed in 1997. 

There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth, you are the navigator, you choose your own path, but some suggestions are to use quiet voices in the space. The labyrinth is a place to reflect, find serenity, count your blessings and find peace in yourself. 

Lauren Artress, Episcopal priest and author, describes labyrinths as: 

Paths of prayer

A walking meditation

A crucible of change

A watering hole for the spirit

And a mirror for the soul

Jon and I walked the labyrinth in silence, grateful for all the opportunities and love we have in our lives.

We quietly made our way back to our golf cart and headed to the Harmonist Labyrinth on the south side of town. Constructed in 1939 and restored in 2008, the labyrinth is made up of nearly 5-feet tall hedges winding to the stone grotto in the center. Its massive size would ideally make for a long meditative journey. Unfortunately, there were kids doing what any kid would do when set to run free in a “maze,” and we found ourselves in the midst of a giant game of tag. Mom and dad missed a teachable moment and maybe some peace and quiet as both took the opportunity to make phone calls and, presumably, update their Facebook statuses while walking in opposite directions as their kids. It was unfortunate for all of us, and we couldn’t figure out how they missed the giant park and playground across the street. Luckily, the labyrinth was outfitted with gates making access to the exit closer than winding our way back out. 

We returned our golf cart and with some time to kill before dinner, we made our way to Harmonie State Park just outside of town. We enjoyed a colorful drive through the park to the edge of the Wabash River. The leaves were at the height of their splendor, and the secluded woods and rushing water gave us the meditative peace we missed on our last stop. The signs at the campgrounds claimed they were full, yet we saw not a soul and fully enjoyed the beauty of our surroundings. We hiked along the banks of the river until the sound of the trees rustling and water rushing were drowned out by our bellies grumbling and made our way back to the car to set out in search of dinner.

We stopped at MaryScott’s Kitchen for dinner. The restaurant provided not only sustenance for our bodies but an overall experience. Everything on MaryScott’s menu is made to order, fresh and locally sourced when possible. There is no freezer or microwave, and the food is prepared by scratch, which diners can watch as they sit. The restaurant was warm and inviting, romantic and colorful. Each table was hand painted, ours with a fleur de lis, and the walls were adorned with vibrant paintings by regional artist Homer Duke. Jonny had perfectly seasoned and cooked salmon; I had the Bolognese. As usual, we retained our status as masters in the clean plate club and finished off every delicious bite.

We made our way out of New Harmony just as the sun was setting and marveled at how much we still wanted to see. Jane Blaffer Owen, wife of a descendent of Robert Owen and philanthropist responsible for much of its preservation, said this of the town, “My greatest hope for New Harmony is that this be a place of healing and reconciliation. … This is not to say there won’t be conflict, because there will always be conflict and difference of opinion, but we must use tools to resolve conflicts, so that there is no violence.” New Harmony offers that and much more.


IF YOU GO

Heading to historic New Harmony? Be sure to put these stops on your itinerary.

EXTOL 

ATHENEUM

401 N. Arthur St.

812.682.4474

visitnewharmony.com


SARA’S HARMONY WAY

500 Church St. 

812.682.3611

sarasharmonyway.com


NEW HARMONY GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART

506 Main St.

812.682.3156

usi.edu/nhgallery


MASON-NORDGAUER FINE ARTS GALLERY

510 Main St.

812.682.6127

mnfinearts.com


NEW HARMONY SOAP COMPANY

512 Main St.

812.682.0515

newharmonysoap.com


CATHEDRAL LABYRINTH

301 North Street

HARMONIST LABYRINTH

1239 Main St.


HARMONIE STATE PARK

3451 Harmonie State Park Road

812.682.4821


MARY SCOTT’S KITCHEN

518 Main St.

812.270.5030

maryscottskitchen.com 

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BACK TO BASICS

By Morgan Sprigler

It’s finally summertime, Extol Readers! Warmer weather is here and our kids are out of school. You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with the fact that you have become the sole source of entertainment for your kids (and with the second fact that they will need a bath every. single. night). Do not fear. This is your time to shine!screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-4-35-41-pm

Instead of offering an intricate DIY project this month, I am going to suggest a few fun things to do with your kiddos over the course of these summer months. These sweet little crafts may keep your monsters distracted long enough for you to enjoy a glass of wine while deciding whether you hear Laurel or Yanny. (I’m Laurel, by the way).

I found all of these crafts at Ben Franklin in New Albany. Everything you need is packaged neatly together with instructions and will only set you back $1.49! Ben Franklin offers a large variety of ready-to-make crafts for all ages and interests.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-4-35-48-pm

My girls had a blast shopping for their “cwaft” of choice. They settled on suncatchers, melty beads, a pom-pom kit and clothespin kit! The only items we needed to use from home were my glue gun, an iron and an ironing board.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-4-35-54-pm

We enjoyed painting the suncatchers outside and the others craft indoors, once it began raining. (I highly recommend stocking up on these projects for a rainy day.)

Wishing everyone a happy summer full of joy and laughter.

HAPPY SPRING, Y’ALL!

MORGAN

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50 Faces of Harvest Homecoming

There’s so much to love about the New Albany festival

PHOTOGRAPHED & COMPILED BY JENNIFER MCNELLY, REMY SISK, JOSE APONTE AND ANGIE FENTON

In honor of Harvest Homecoming’s 50th anniversary, the Extol Team hit the streets and asked 50 community members what they think makes the New Albany festival so special and why it continues to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors year after year.


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-42-55-pm“The food is awesome – the doughnuts of course are wonderful. And then it’s also great for my store [Colokial Boutique] too because it brings so many people downtown and shows them a side of New Albany that they maybe haven’t seen before.”

ALI GUESS

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-43-00-pm“The most interesting thing about Harvest Homecoming is that it attracts people from all over the county. Almost everybody you know will be there at some point, and when the weather’s nice especially, it’s like a great big old-fashioned town reunion.”

BOB SISK

Clarksville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-43-10-pm“It reminds me so much of fall, and in Vegas, where I moved from, there’s not really ‘fall’ – it’s just another time of the year really. But really I just love community – I love people a lot – and the community and hospitality around here is awesome, so it’s really exciting that Harvest Homecoming represents that – that we’re able to come together as this little town and be friends!”

KIMBERLY PAVAN

Jeffersonville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-43-33-pm“I’ve been coming to Harvest Homecoming for years, at least 20. I love all the food! I’m a food man.”

JEFF THOMPSON

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-43-17-pm“I’ve been going for at least 10 years and I always enjoy the doughnuts.” “I am a big fan of Halloween and Harvest Homecoming is the kick off for me.”

JOHN MCILVOY

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-43-41-pm“We try to schedule it through work so we can all come down here together – we’re like a little posse and we all just walk down and enjoy the atmosphere! And then we see people who we know, of course, and then we’re back in the evenings. Also, I think with New Albany, as it’s growing, Harvest Homecoming is just one of those things that brings people together – it really is a true homecoming.”

DENEEN JORDAN

Memphis


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-44-02-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for 15 years now and I go for the chicken and dumplings, it’s the first thing I get when they first open up.”

DONNY YOUNG

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-44-11-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for at least 40 years. I really enjoy the baking contest. I won 1st place five times, and last year, two of my granddaughters won 1st and 2nd place. It’s very exciting!”

CAROLYN WATSON

Georgetown


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-44-23-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for about eight years and the only reasons I go is for the Boy Scout grilled corn, the Bella Roma pasta and fried Snickers.”

EMILY BROWN

Floyd Knobs


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-44-29-pm“I’ve been coming to Harvest Homecoming for as long as I can remember, at least 45 years. I love seeing all the people that keep coming back every year.”

TIM KRON

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-44-37-pm“I’ve been to Harvest Homecoming one year. I loved meeting people and the food – it’s so good!”

JEANNIE ROBINSON

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-44-47-pm“I have never been to Harvest Homecoming but I have heard about it. I have lots of friends going.”

BRYCE MOORE

Greenville


 

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-45-47-pm“I’ve been coming to Harvest Homecoming for at least 10 years. I love the food and all the live entertainment. It’s really fun.”

NATE BYNUM

Jeffersonville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-45-52-pm“This is my first time coming to Harvest Homecoming. I just moved here from Bloomington because I heard it was so good! I can’t wait to try the chicken and dumplings, everyone says they are the best!”

MIKE PRICE

Jeffersonville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-45-57-pm“I have been volunteering for 12 years with the festival and became a member six years ago. Now that we are a 501c3, we can give away more money and more scholarships, be able to help more students achieve their dreams of going to college, raise more money for the Crusade for Children – helping our community, that’s what we’re all about.”

DREW JONES

Harvest Homecoming President-Elect 2018-2019


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-01-pm“I’ve been coming to Harvest Homecoming most of my life, at least 20 years. I love the food. I get the gyros every year!”

ZACH WOODARD

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-06-pm“This will be my first year coming to Harvest Homecoming and I’m really looking forward to the parade!”

MARGO MORGAN

Jeffersonville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-21-pm“Been going since the 80’s and I have always enjoyed the concerts down by the river.”

JASON MCCARTHY

Clarksville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-16-pm“I love everything about it. I love to see all the neat crafts and the different things that people are selling. Obviously food is number one – always love to get the dumplings. But it really speaks volumes to our city. It shows that we all come together and everyone enjoys it. My kids – they’re 9, 6 and 3 – my younger kids love the rides, and as they get older, they start to enjoy the food as well as the rides and facepainting. Meanwhile, me as an adult, I love to see old friends I haven’t seen in years.”

STEPHANIE FORTNER

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-24-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming on and off for 25 years and I always love the concerts they have.” “I love the music and I also get to see people I haven’t seen in years.”

FRANKIE MOLET

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-29-pm“This will be my second year and I think it’s a great thing for the community.”There is always a very diverse crowd and it brings a lot of foot traffic to the area.”

REECEE FROM UNDERGROUND CLASSIC CUTS

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-34-pm“This will be my second time returning to Harvest Homecoming. I loved the kettle corn and the corn on the cob.”

TAMARA MEANS

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-40-pm“I’ve been going on and off since 2010 and I most look forward to the craft booths.”

BRI SMITH

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-58-pm“I love the parade – all the different floats. It’s so fun to see the different ways people decorate their floats, and it’s always exciting to see the different themes that people come up with. I think it really shows off the creativity of the community.”

RILEY SMITH

Flodys Knobs


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-46-55-pm“I’ve been attending for around 25 years and I always look forward to the rolled oysters.”

STEVE ROBINS

Martinsburg


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-11-pm“I’ve gone to Harvest on and off with my dad since I was two years old, and we would always get the pumpkin rolls.”

LILY BARNETT

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-19-pm“Harvest to me is the three Fs: family, fun and friends. I’ll tell you what, the friends are the (festival) vice presidents here who take care of things and do a very, very fine job.”

BRADLEY NEEDHAM

Harvest Homecoming President 2016-2017


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-23-pm“I have been going to Harvest Homecoming for just a few years and I always look forward to the animal booths.”

KELSEY ELLIOT

Jeffersonville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-35-pm“It brings so much money into downtown New Albany, which does so much for small local businesses. And then so many people who haven’t been around here can see what’s coming up over here – restaurants, places they may want to come back and visit – or they might see somewhere for sale and want to start a new business over here.”

SUMMER SIEG

Corydon


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-40-pm“Harvest means community to me, it means fellowship with local residents and vendors and it means ringing in the fall season. I started helping my grandfather sell pins when I was only four years old. … Right now, we have between 200 and 300 volunteers, and with the festival expanding and adding events, we’d really like to increase that number. … We are an organization that is all about being inclusive. We want people from (all walks of life, ages and beliefs). That’s what’s going to make Harvest Homecoming stronger going into the next several years and will allow the festival to be around for another 50 years”

HALEY MATHENY

Vice President of Volunteerism


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-47-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for 35 years. I just love the community environment and the tradition that surrounds it. The atmosphere is just great.”

ANDY DUGGINS

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-59-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming on and off for 10 years. I love the food. The apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream are the best. ”

RICK BYNUM

Jeffersonville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-47-54-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for 20 years. I love the people.”

TONI THOMPSON

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-06-pm“Harvest Homecoming means family to me. Not just my own flesh and blood but my HH pals. We have a wonderful time together. We work really hard together, but it’s a great way to spend any extra time that anybody has.”

POLLY NIEMEIER

Harvest Homecoming Vice President & Office Manager


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-22-pm“Oh I’ve been coming to Harvest Homecoming for 20 years or so. I really like helping out my church and decorating their booth. I’m excited about the theme this year!”

AMI JO

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-13-pm“I’ve been coming to Harvest Homecoming for at least 10 years. I love meeting new people and talking to them. When you have a booth, you meet a lot of new people that are really friendly.”

RENEE PFEIFER

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-17-pm“I’ve been to Harvest Homecoming three times. I love bringing my kids. We love the corn and the funnel cake! After the food, we usually go to the fair to ride the rides.”

YOLANDA BAUTISTA

Louisville


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-29-pm“Harvest Homecoming is where we [Sweet Stuff Bakery] first started selling the tubs of cake, and it’s since become our biggest advertising event. The tubs just started gaining popularity and we were taking more and more down there. In fact, so many times, I’ll have brides come in from way up north and I’ll ask them how they know about us, and they’ll say, ‘Harvest. We had your cake at Harvest.”

DIANE CHRISTOPHER

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-37-pm“It definitely draws a lot of people to downtown New Albany and brings people from across the river and across Southern Indiana. And it’s set up where all these different business are, and all these businesses offer different things so it puts that in the back of people’s minds as they’re walking around that they might want to come back and check out more of the city.”

RYAN MARSH

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-42-pm“I love the food and the general festive atmosphere. It’s so cool that we have something like that that is so fun but also brings the community together. It says so much about our community, too; it says that we want to get involved and participate and do things together and have fun!”

BRIANNA JACOBI

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-50-pm“It wouldn’t be fall without Harvest Homecoming. … As the executive director of the scholarship pageants, I have the absolute blessing of working with young women every single year and helping them make their way to achieve their dreams on the Miss Indiana stage. A little-known fact, Harvest Homecoming is a local preliminary to the Miss America organization, which allows young women to represent our festival on a national stage.”

CARA ELISE LAWSON

Executive Director of Miss Harvest Homecoming Scholarship Pageants


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-56-pm“New Albany is such a great home to so many people, and Harvest Homecoming really brings out the joy that this town has.”

ALLYSON SEARS

Harvest Homecoming Vice President of the parade and pumpkin decorating and baking contests


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-48-59-pm“I’ve been to Harvest Homecoming one time and I plan on going this year. I really loved all the different people that show up. For such a small community, you would never have guessed there would be so many different booths.”

ERIN ZEHNER

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-49-03-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for many years. I really love seeing all the people and how the community comes together.”

KRISTIN KENNEDY

Corydon


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-49-08-pm“It means too much really to put into words. You have the family part of it, you have the community part of it, you have the tradition, and when people come to Harvest once they always want to come back. It’s something that stays with you no matter where you go. People travel from faraway places to come back every year.”

MARY ARNOLD

Harvest Homecoming Vice President of various children events


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-49-13-pm“What I get out of it is the giving back. When we talk about family and community, one of the things that is an important part about in a family and community is what you give. About 30 percent of our booths are nonprofits and a lot of them make their entire budget for the year during Harvest Homecoming and that money then, in turn, gets spent in our community for people who need it.”

BETH WHITE

Harvest Homecoming Vice President of booths


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-49-20-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for at least 10 years and I always look forward to the chicken and dumplings!”

MICHELLE RYAN

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-49-29-pm“I’ve been going to Harvest Homecoming for at least 10 years. I love decorating our booth.”

CHRISTIN JOHNSON

New Albany


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-4-49-37-pm“Oh I’ve been going since I was a wee one and my most favorite memory was when I was able to represent Goat Milk Stuff in a vendor booth.”

TERRY LYNCH FROM PEARLS ON PEARL

New Albany


 

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HOOSIER MAMA | Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

By Farrah Alexander

Four years ago, I was a brand-new mom taking my brand-new son out of the house solo for the first time. I was still recovering from an intense labor and delivery and the newfound state of extreme exhaustion I never knew existed. My husband returned to his demanding routine of balancing grad school, an internship and his full-time job. My baby was adjusting to the world after an early arrival, recovering from jaundice and breastfeeding struggles.

We were tired. All of us, so very tired.

Even the tiny goal of a trip to the post office seemed daunting. What if he cries? How am I going to carry these packages and a baby? What if he’s too cold? What about the germs? Oh my God, the germs. But off we went.

As I struggled with the logistics of getting my newborn out of the car seat, into my carrier and out into the farrah3world, I spotted and locked eyes with another mother. Although she was clearly in another stage of motherhood, she also looked tired as she shuffled her small army of little ones into her minivan. I must have looked desperate and overwhelmed to this veteran mother who had years of experience compared to my mere weeks.

Now that my oldest just turned four, I know this mother could have told me anything. She could have scoffed at my exhaustion and warned me to just wait. Just wait until potty training. Just wait until school bullies. Just wait until sibling fights. She could have turned her experience into pessimism.

Instead, she looked at me without even pausing her shuffle of buckling kids in their seats – a routine she’s clearly done countless times – smiled, let out a half-hearted laugh and said with absolute certainty and conviction, “You’re going to have so much fun!”

farrah2Just as I now know all mothers face different challenges as their kids get older and all mothers face some level of physical or mental exhaustion, I also know she was right. It is so much fun.

Before I became a mother, I thought parents were surely lying when they claimed life was more fun with kids. I thought it was something they said to justify the monotonous realities of parenthood. Choose late nights up with a fussy infant over catching a late movie? Then spending weekend mornings up early watching Curious George rather than sleeping in and relaxing with a hot cup of coffee in your pajamas until noon? No, thanks. I honestly thought much of the fun ended when you began having kids.

The truth is it’s a different kind of fun. “Netflix and chill” is more than just a euphemism. Now, I spend the latter part of my evenings looking forward to putting the kids in bed, snuggling up on the couch with my husband until one of us falls asleep under the warm glow of the television. It is a truly rare occasion that farrahI’m still wearing makeup and actual pants past 8:30. Weekends are spent going to the zoo, attending kids’ birthday parties or something else I wouldn’t have any interest in if I wasn’t a parent. You don’t go to events like Disney on Ice because you want to see if Mickey Mouse has skating skills. You want to see your child’s face light up with the sense of wonder and excitement that only exists when you’re a child.

Suddenly all these silly, goofy things are fun because you have kids and the kids make it fun.

There’s so much fun to be had and there’s no one more eager to have fun than a kid. Although as a parent, you obviously carry all the responsibility and the less fun factors of being an adult, you also get to call all the shots.

So, you remember trick or treating at the house with the full-sized candy bars? You can be that house. You remember wanting to wear your Batman costume for no particular occasion, other than Tuesday? Well, happy Tuesday, kid. You’re the caped crusader overseeing our daily errands.

The days are long, but the years are short. This time in our lives is fleeting and one day will be but a memory. Everyone only gets one shot at childhood and we, as parents, largely shape just what kind of childhood that will be. So, let’s have some fun.

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Extol TV | Launch Party Promo

Get ready, folks: it’s time for a spooky, Thursday the 13th Extol launch party at Floyd County Brewing Company.

Fun starts at 5:30pm, coming full throttle with complimentary appetizers, give-a-ways & good wholesome medieval fun. Not to mention the debut of Extol TV’s first ever live broadcast. Wild times at Extol mag.

Please check out the promo below. Hope to see you there. Enjoy.

 

PRESS RELEASE | Danger Run 2016 Season

Danger Run 2016 Up and Running – and Ready For You

“Danger Run: The Most Fun You’ve Ever Had In Your Car” – and our country’s only haunted road rally – is back again this season with a brand new twist: Choose your fate.

The Danger Run is Louisville’s longtime scavenger hunt-style Halloween game where participants solve clues to navigate dark and spooky roads to two of Louisville’s scariest haunts. For the first time, Danger Run is letting runners choose between the traditional run where participants are surprised with two of the area’s top haunted attractions, or they can select which two haunts of four that are offered they would most like to include in their game. Now, it’s the most customizable Danger Run ever.

The fun of the game remains with clue-solving crews driving predetermined courses to find their favorite scary places armed only with their clue books and their wits. Once again our sponsors, the good people of Speedway, are providing $10 in free gas for every carload of 4 people (or more) who make the run, plus free Blizzards from DQ to sweeten the trip. Other goodies from Domino’s, your clue books and choosing which haunts runners would like to include can all be collected at one of three start gates: Lowes locations on Hurstbourne Pkwy., Dixie Hwy or Veteran’s Parkway in Clarksville. You can even register online and practice with a virtual run at www.dangerrun.com.

The Danger Run runs every Friday and Saturday night through Halloween with gates open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets acquired are valid any night your chosen haunt is operating. This Halloween happening is unique to our community; there is not another one in the world.