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Free Bicentennial Concert on Saturday, September 27th at Riverside Park

Rushville’s FREE Live by the Levee Bicentennial Concert series continues! With four successful concerts already having been completed, Riverside Park Amphitheater is excited to welcome the London Street Band to its stage. Head to Riverside Park (302 S. Riverside/120 W. Water Street Rushville, IN 46173) on Saturday, September 27th for a night of music and entertainment.

“Rushville’s free concert series is one of our pride and joys,” comments Joe Rathz, Heart of Rushville President. “What was once just a dream has become a source of entertainment for tens of thousands of people. Music truly is the heart of our community.”

The concert will be opened at 7 PM on Saturday, August 27th, by Tyler Hornback. The headliner, London Street Band (and Rushville’s own Jay Davis), will take stage at 8 PM.  Food and other vendors will be present for the duration of the performance. Alcohol will be sold for $4 under the Beer Garden pavilion on the south side of Riverside Park. Free parking is available in the Amphitheater parking lot and the lots at the Shampoo Bowl, City Hall, and Advance Auto Parts.

Bidding on the VIP/Super Fan Couch goes until Thursday, August 25th via Riverside Park’s Facebook page at 6:00 p.m. The lucky bidder and their five friends will be front and center enjoying 2 large 2 topping pizza’s (Courtesy of Pizza King) or a sub sandwich platter (Courtesy of Quickpix/Downtown Shell). They will also get to choose a drink package (Courtesy of the Amphitheater) which consists of their choice between a pop package (soda of choice) or a beer package, consisting of 6 tickets for beer or wine from the beer garden (Must show ID)

The Live by the Levee Concert series is free to the public through the gracious funding of numerous corporate and individual donors.  For more information on how to sponsors and/or get involved with the free Live by the Levee Concert series, head to www.rushvilleamphitheater.com. The final concert of the Bicentennial Concert Series will take place on September 17th featuring Tyler Booth, Molly Hatchet, and Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry.

Historic Downtown Window Art Restored

Through the generous support of a Duke Energy grant, the City of Rushville paid for the painting and restoration of the historic downtown window art pieces along Main Street.

The paintings were originally done in 1972 for Rush County’s Sesquicentennial. At the time, there were other paintings, however, these nine windows are all that remain.

“For Rush County’s Bicentennial, we knew that we had to bring these historic art pieces back to their former glory,” comments Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey. “Their restoration signifies a new commitment to Rush County and our storied past.”

Each painting was meant to represent the businesses that were below it. The five ladies stood proudly over a women’s clothing store called Minears which opened in 1971. The man and women just North of the ladies are seen holding shoes with shoe storage behind them. They stood above Neff’s Shoe store, a store that had been there since 1933 and stayed open for several years. Lastly, the next man and woman pair stood over Cooper’s Jewelry.

The original five painted ladies were done by Carrie O’Hara Page Morrison. Her signature is on each of the five. It has always been said that the others were painted by Mel Gray, but no identification or proof can allow us to say that definitively. It is because of artist Lance Woskobojnik that these historic, beautiful, and unique Rushville art pieces were given new life.

This historic painting restoration was one small part in Rush County’s Bicentennial celebration and Rushville’s downtown beautification. It is because of the support of Duke Energy, the work of artist Lance Woskobojnik, and the support of the community that this project was possible. Happy 200 years Rushville!

Rush County Bicentennial Celebrations Continue

In the past week, the Princess Theater has seen over 250 people enter its doors as Rush County continues to celebrate its Bicentennial Year. Read below for a recap of this past week’s events and what to look forward to in the future.

Throwback Thursday: On Thursday, August 11th, Joe Rathz, Heart of Rushville President, beat out Julie Newhouse and John McCane in the most recent episode of Rush County Trivia. The next Throwback Thursday event is the showing of the 2019 WIPB Now Entering Rushville Film (Thursday, August 18th @ 7 PM).

Celebration Saturday: On Saturday, August 13th, Howl2Go, sponsored by the St. Patrick’s Day Committee, filled the Princess Theater with music and energy. In the three hours they were on stage, attendees sang along as Howl2Go presented songs requested by the audience. The next Celebration Saturday event is THIS SATURDAY, August 20th at 7 PM. Dulahan, a Celtic-American Band, will take center stage. This event is free; however, tickets are required. Tickets are available for pickup from Carla Sharp at the City Center, 330 N. Main Street.

Throwback Thursday and Celebration Saturday events are a series of continued celebration surrounding Rush County’s Bicentennial. Mark your calendars for September 17th, the culminating Bicentennial celebration.

Bicentennial Book Available for Pre-order

The City of Rushville, Rushville Public Library, and the Rush County Historical Society are excited to announce that Bicentennial books will be available for pre-order beginning August 2nd.

“The creation and printing of the Bicentennial books has been a project long in the making,” comments Rushville Public Library Executive Director, Nicole Kirchoff. “From the City of Rushville Interns to the Historical Society, a handful of people have poured hours into ensuring this book encapsulates the past 200 years of Rush County history.”

With the project beginning in early 2021, Reflections of Rush County is a 128-page book that contains the history of Rush County from inception to present. Broken down into five sections (Rush County Historical Events, People and More, Then and Now, Rush County Timeline, Scenes from Rush County), the book contains both well-known and obscure Rush County history. From Knowles Shaw to the Kennedy Covered Bridge to Toots the Cow, the Bicentennial book is a complete history of Rush County.

“This Bicentennial book will be a timeless memento to the history and heritage of Rush County and the past 200 years,” notes Lexey Yager, 2021 City of Rushville Intern and contributor to the book.

The Rushville Public Library will be leading the pre-order and sale of the Bicentennial Book. The cost of the book is $40 plus tax payable to the Rushville Public Library. To pre-order a book, come into the Library at 130 W. Third Street to place your order. If you would like to pre-order the book online, visit the Rush County Bicentennial website and download, fill out, and send in the pre-order form with the payment. Books will be available for preorder from August 2nd to August 23rd. Pre-ordered books can be picked up at the Library beginning August 29th. All proceeds from the book will benefit the Library and Rush County Historical Society.Reflections of Rush County was written and made possible by Kevin Harr; Tracy Winters, publisher; Brian Sheehan, Special Projects Director; Lexey Yager, Nicholas Neuman, Nick Lawler, and Riley Sheehan, City of Rushville Interns.

Please direct all questions concerning the Bicentennial book to Nicole Kirchoff, Rushville Public Library Executive Director, at (765) 932 – 3496.