Light Up Corydon focus shifts, expands
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]
One can bet hundreds of lights will be turned on Saturday at Light Up Corydon, but much of the annual event will look different, including the main focal point.
Due to the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand being closed for repairs, organizers have shifted the attention to Bicentennial Park on the south side of Chestnut Street.
“We are really excited about it and, although some circumstances have forced us to change things a bit, we are embracing the change and see it as exciting,” said Missi Bush-Sawtelle, a member of Main Street Corydon, which oversees the kickoff to the holiday season.
A new addition will be lighted trees along Capitol Avenue and Chestnut Street. Bush-Sawtelle, who chairs the Main Street design committee, said this was done in an effort “to incorporate more of downtown.”
Those trees, along with a living 22-foot Norway spruce that was recently planted in Bicentennial Park, will be lit Saturday at 6:45 p.m.
Bush-Sawtelle said the Norway spruce was donated in memory of Larry Bennett, former president of Main Street Corydon.
“Larry was so good to our community and loved it,” she said. “We thought this was a great tribute that will be with us for many years.”
The Harrison County Artisan Center is working with the Boys & Girls Club painting posters for some of the store fronts.
“It’s been wonderful to witness all of the different entities — the Town of Corydon, Main Street, the (Harrison County) Parks Dept., Corydon Central High School band, the merchants, the Artisan Center and those special people that just want to see our little town look amazing — working together as well as the generous donations so many folks have made to make this possible,” Bush-Sawtelle said. “We are lucky to have such a great place to live.”
The lighting of the trees is just a fraction of events to take place Saturday.
“There are several new exciting features in the schedule,” said Jennie Capelle, another Main Street board member.
Activities will begin at 11 a.m. with the Christmas Village & Market and Harrison County Arts Pop Up Holiday Shop opening in Bicentennial Park. Santa’s Roadhouse and Brewhouse, located at 204 E. Chestnut St. will open also at 11 (see related story on the front page).
At noon, Corydon Rotary Club will oversee Candy Cane Lane, along Beaver Street, which will include live reindeer and, for children 12 and younger, free games and crafts. Free carriage rides will also be offered beginning at noon.
At 4 p.m., there will be a parade, which will include Santa. The big guy will be available for pictures at the Wright Interpretive Center from 7 to 9 p.m.
Food vendors — Fistful of Tacos, That’s My Dog, SW Sliders and Q-Pine BBQ — will be set up from noon to 7:30 p.m. along Elm Street, with most of them along Elm Street. Both the Masonic and Moose lodges will also be selling food.
There will be live entertainment throughout the day, both before and after the tree lighting, at Bicentennial Park.
Other activities in Corydon will include the Christmas Extravaganza Market at the Harrison County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a performance by the Corydon Dulcimer Society at the Corydon Christian Church – Disciples of Christ from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Christmas Piano Melodies at the Posey House by Jean Ann Parker from 3 to 7 p.m., free wine tasting at Red, White & Blush from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., free beer tasting (featuring Falls City Beer) at Holiday Liquors from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and ornament blowing at Zimmerman’s Art Glass (must preregister).
“We hope community members will be thankful to have the event back and look forward to creating new traditions,” Capelle said.
Here is the schedule of events for Saturday:
11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. — Christmas Village & Market and Harrison County Arts Pop Up Holiday Shop at Bicentennial Park
11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. — Santa’s Roadhouse/Brewhouse open at 204 E. Chestnut St.
11 a.m. to noon — Theresa Bauer (classical keyboard entertainment sponsored by Conrad Music Services) at Bicentennial Park
Noon to 4 p.m. — Corydon Rotary’s Candy Cane Lane For Kids & Live Reindeer on Beaver Street
Noon to 7 p.m. — Free carriage rides
Noon to 7:30 p.m. — Food trucks on Elm Street and other food vendors
Noon to 7:30 p.m. — Community/organization booths open
Noon to 2 p.m. — The Sweet Corn Pickers (sponsored by Conrad Music Services) at Bicentennial Park
2 to 4 p.m. — Puncheon Creek (sponsored by DMLO Certified Public Accountants) at Bicentennial Park
4 p.m. — Parade
5:15 to 6:30 p.m. — The Dickensian Players – Olde Tyme Radio Drama of “A Christmas Carol” (sponsored by Conrad Music Services) at Bicentennial Park
6:45 p.m. — Light Up in Bicentennial Park
7 to 9 p.m. — Pictures with Santa at the Wright Interpretive Center
7 to 9:30 p.m. — Rosie & The Rockabillies at Bicentennial Park