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Nineveh festival takes artistic turn

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The annual Nineveh town festival will take on an artistic tone this year, focusing on the town’s creative past and present through ceremonies, demonstrations and activities.

Scheduled for Oct. 8 and 9, the event will feature art demonstrations and displays, live music, and a ceremony honoring one of Nineveh’s most famous former residents, William Merritt Chase.

This is the fourth year for the festival. For previous events, the theme was fiddlers and fur-trappers, but organizers wanted to try something new this year.

“That really constrained us. With our focus shifting, we wanted to be able to do something a little bit different each year,” said Nancy Voris, one of the festival organizers.

The centerpiece will be a landmark dedication honoring Chase. The Nineveh native became one of the first American impressionists, helping establish the genre for a generation of artists in the late 1800s.

Chase was born in Nineveh in 1849, and his father ran a grocery and dry goods store in town. At the site of that building, town officials and residents are installing an Indiana Historical Bureau placard describing his life and his contributions.

“We’ve always known this is his birthplace, so we wanted to focus on something that would bring a little bit of community pride,” Voris said.

Surrounding the dedication site, the Johnson County Museum of History will have a display of photos and information on Chase’s life. Edinburgh artist Rick Wilson and Franklin native David Seward will demonstrate impressionist painting.

But while the focus of the festival will be on the visual arts, activities for all kinds of other interests are scheduled, organizer Marvin Neff said.

The Eclipse Band, led by Cordry-Sweetwater Lakes resident James Donaldson, will headline Friday’s entertainment. The band has been playing southern rock since 1976 and opened for acts such as Molly Hatchet, Steppenwolf and David Allen Coe.

A bean supper and karaoke contest will open the festival Friday, along with a pumpkin pie baking competition.

Saturday’s events include a pancake breakfast, patriotic parade and a silent auction.

IF YOU GO: Nineveh Festival

When: 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: Nineveh and Hospital roads unless noted

Oct. 8

5 p.m.: Pumpkin pie contest, Nineveh Post Office, 7544 S. Nineveh Road

4 to 8 p.m.: Bean supper

6 p.m.: Introduction of the festival princess

6 p.m.: Karaoke contest

8 p.m.: Eclipse Band, Ed’s Trading Post, 8012 S. Nineveh Road

Oct. 9

7:30 to 9:30 a.m.: Pancake breakfast, Nineveh Fire Station, 844 E. County Road 775S

10 a.m.: Parade

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Fish fry, Nineveh Masonic Lodge, 7221 S. Nineveh Road

1 to 4 p.m.: Genealogy Q&A with Linda Talley, Head-To-Toe Salon, 7784 S. Georgetown Road

2 p.m.: Dedication of William Merritt Chase historic landmark, Head-to-Toe Salon

All weekend long

Camp Atterbury historical displays and memorabilia, Nineveh Post Office

Indian Creek FFA pork chops and homemade ice cream

Smoke Eaters BBQ

Balloon Sculptures by “Ole Glory”

Kids games, Mutual Savings Bank

Silent auction


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