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March 5, 2015 – March 8, 2015

2015 National Maple Syrup Festival

Festival guests can expect to find a wide variety of maple dishes, ranging from sweet to savory and everything in between. Not only will restaurants feature dishes that bring a unique maple twist to classic favorites, there will also be truly one-of-a-kind maple creations on the menu too.

Just outside of town, guests at this year’s fifth-anniversary Festival can satisfy their sweet tooth with some maple walnut chocolate chip cookies at the 19th Hole Sports Bar at Salt Creek Golf Retreat or some mouthwatering apple maple bacon fritters at the Brown County Inn.

As the National Maple Syrup Festival approaches, more recipes and restaurants will join in this “Maple on the Menu” feature of the Festival. A complete list of participating restaurants can be found at

Maple also will be on the menu during several other National Maple Syrup Festival activities. On March 7 and 8, the Dutch Oven Diva will prepare maple dishes live in front of spectators over a campfire in the Brown County State Park. Gourmet hot chocolate and maple marshmallows from Brooke’s Candy Co. and 240Sweet also will be available.

Several other activities and events will be occurring throughout the county and within the Village of Nashville as part of the National Maple Syrup Festival, including live sugaring demonstrations, historical reenactments, interpretive hikes, the sale of maple-related goods and foods, family fun, and much more.

For more information on the National Maple Syrup Festival, please visit and be sure to make plans to attend March 5-8.

Start: March 5, 2015
End: March 8, 2015
Venue: Nashville
Nashville, IN, 47448, United States

February 28, 2015

D’vine Winter Wine and Beer Festival

The seventh annual DSI D’Vine Wine and Beer Festival is slated for February 28 at The Commons. Join us for beer and wine tastings from local wineries and breweries. 

Date: February 28, 2015
Venue: The Commons
Phone: 8123745342
300 Washington Street, Columbus, IN, 47201, United States

January 10, 2015

5th Annual Sportsman’s Expo

Join us on Saturday, January 10 form 9 am to 4 pm at the Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds for the 5th Annual Sportsman’s Expo.

Grab and Go Wild Game Lunch 11 am to 1 pm while supplies last. There will be door prizes, and a kids archery shoot, plus music from High Sierra Band and a Duck Dynasty look a like contest at noon.


For more information, contact Kim Hamlin at 812-276-3126 or at

Start: January 10, 2015 9:00 am
End: January 10, 2015 4:00 pm
Venue: Lawrence County 4H Fairgrounds
Bedford, IN, United States

December 29, 2014

Kwanza Celebration


Monday December 29, 6:00 p.m., Red Room

Kwanza is a celebration that honors African heritage in African-American culture.  It is observed from December 26 through January 1.  Tonight’s program will feature this year’s theme Practicing the Culture of Kwanza: Living the Seven Principles.  After the program there will be a feast in the Conference Room. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish.  This celebration has been organized by the local NAACP.

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Start: December 29, 2014 6:00 pm
End: December 29, 2014 7:00 pm
Venue: Bartholomew County Library
536 Fifth Street, Columbus, IN, 47201, United States

December 13, 2014

Holiday Home Tour

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Start: December 13, 2014 5:00 pm
End: December 13, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: Sugar Creek Antiques
Phone: 317-512-4313
7452 W State Rd 44, Shelbyville, IN, 46176, United States
Cost: $10

December 6, 2014

QMIX Christmas Musical Fireworks

We’ll see you downtown for the most magical time of the year! Thomasson, Thomasson, Long & Guthrie presents QMIX Christmas Musical Fireworks! This family tradition of fireworks set to your favorite holiday tunes continues right after the Festival of Lights Parade at 7:30!

Start: December 6, 2014 7:30 pm
End: December 6, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: Downtown
Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: FREE!

Festival of Lights Parade

It’s time to light up the night and spread holiday cheer! The Festival of Lights Parade, thanks to Old National Bank, is a fun, family tradition that steps off at 6:00 pm. Immediately following the parade turn your attention to the sky for Thomasson, Thomasson, Long and Guthrie presents QMIX Christmas Musical Fireworks!

Start: December 6, 2014 6:00 pm
End: December 6, 2014 7:30 pm
Venue: Downtown
Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: FREE!

Ready! Set! Bake! with JCPL Cookie Contest

Break out the recipes, gather the ingredients and roll out the dough! It’s time to start baking cookies for the 10th Annual Cookie Contest. On Saturday, December 6, bring your delectable entries to Mutual Savings Bank, 80 E. Jefferson Street in Franklin. The contest will be divided into three age divisions: Children, ages 12 and under; Teens, ages 13 to 17; and adults, ages 18 and older. Purdue Extension Services of Johnson County will judge cookie entries. The winner in each age division will be awarded $50 courtesy of Mutual Savings Bank.

Cookie Contest Schedule:

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Cookie entries accepted

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Storytime with Mrs. Claus

5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Enjoy the Holiday Lighting Parade

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Craft Time with Mrs. Claus and all Cookies Displayed

New this year! Ribbons will be awarded in each age division for the following categories: 1. Best presentation on plate 2. Best uniformed style 3. Best flavor 4. Best topping, icing or decoration 5. Best originality 6. Best level of difficulty Contest sponsored by Johnson County Public Library, Friends of Johnson County Public Library and Mutual Savings Bank. You don’t want to miss this annual tradition! Register for the cookie contest online at or on the day of contest.


For more information, please contact Pam Caito at 317-738-2957.


Holiday Cookie Contest (L) 2014

Start: December 6, 2014 3:00 pm
End: December 6, 2014 7:00 pm
Venue: Mutual Savings Bank
80 East Jefferson St, Franklin, IN, 46131, United States

The 2nd Annual Festival of Lights Christmas Village

Start: December 6, 2014 1:00 pm
End: December 6, 2014 5:00 pm
Venue: The Commons
Phone: 8123745342
300 Washington Street, Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: FREE!

November 22, 2014

24th Annual Cookie Walk

The First United Methodist Women’s 24th Annual Cookie Walk is Saturday, November 22 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. You can buy specialty cookies and sweet treats by the pound. All proceeds will be donated to FUMW mission projects.

Start: November 22, 2014 9:00 am
End: November 22, 2014 12:00 pm
Venue: First United Methodist Church
618 8th Street, Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
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