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‘Grape’ experience awaits festival-goers

Voted Harrison County’s best new festival in 2008, Southern Indiana Uncorked Wine and Micro Brewery Festival returns Saturday to Corydon at the Harrison County Fairgrounds.
‘With a great lineup of 14 regional wineries and breweries, along with numerous local merchants, this year’s festival is shaping up to be even bigger than last year,’ festival founder Nathan Blank said.
Uncorked has several new elements this year, including an amateur wine and beer competition. Blank said the judging was held Sunday and the entries will be displayed at the festival. A local brewing club also will give how-to-brew demonstrations and samples of homemade beers. Harrison County Arts! is sponsoring an art pavilion that will feature 11 local artists with a variety of media represented.
The time has also been changed. This year, the festival will run from 1 to 7 p.m.
Admission to the festival is $10 and includes a souvenir tasting glass and 12 sampling tickets. ‘Designated drivers’ can attend the event by paying a $5 entry fee, which will include two free soft drinks. Extra sampling tickets will be available for 50 cents each.
Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Old Capitol Business Association (Corydon area merchants’ association), and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association in memory of Gary Wood, a founding committee member who died Aug. 31.
The festival will offer live entertainment all day, featuring performances by local favorites:
‘Freshly Brewed, from 1 to 3 p.m. The group, which began performing in 1996, plays an eclectic blend of original, traditional and contemporary folk and gospel music with strong vocal harmonies, including a cappella selections. The group builds its song list with contributions by each performing member: Kevin Darst on harmonica, John James on lead guitar and mandolin, Steve Powell on guitar and Marty Bachman on bass. All four men do lead vocals including three- and four-part harmonies. In addition to Southern Indiana Uncorked, the band has performed at Art on the Square, Light Up Corydon, Blue River Caf’ and other coffeehouses and churches in the area.
‘Katie Toupin, from 3 to 5 p.m. Performing rhythm guitar and lead vocals as a trio with her father, Dave (rhythm and harmonica), and Matt Myers (rhythm and lead guitar and vocals), Toupin plays a broad spectrum of music, mixing blues, classic rock, folk and jazz style. The group’s music includes original material by both Katie and Matt. The band has been together since January and has been on stage every weekend at local establishments, including Huber’s Orchard and Winery, Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar, Magdalena’s, Olga’s on the Square, Sunergo’s Coffee, Perkfections Caf’ and Jerry’s on the River.
‘Butchie Stilger, from 5 to 6 p.m. This local musician performs classical guitar, from Beethoven to Mozart, regularly in coffee shops.
‘Raqia, from 6 to 7 p.m. A Middle Eastern performer, instructor and motivational dancer in the ancient art of bellydancing, Raqia has performed at events such as World on the Square and IUS Welcome Week.
This year’s festival is sponsored by Cellar on the Square, the Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Community First Bank, Bennett & Bennett Insurance, Farm Bureau Insurance, Bobbi’s Greenhouse and Blank & Ingram CPAs.
Advance tickets for the festival are available at Cellar on the Square, Scrapbook Daze, Viola’s Gallery, Boo & Booms, Basic Beginnings and Little Texas Consignment Shop, all in Corydon.
For more information, visit or contact Blank by phone at 1-812-968-5510 by e-mail at: [email protected]