If you’re a warm-blooded mammal, you’ve had quite enough of this snow and mess and cold! Your kids have already climbed the walls and are now eyeing the neighbor’s snow covered trellis. Your spouse’s charm and wit have disintegrated into buffoonery and weirdness. You, however, remain patient and generous … and only a tad screechy.
It’s time for an escape!
Here are a few cheap (or even free) distractions to enjoy as a family, couple or solo act. Ignore the chill in the air and have some fun!
Year Round, But an Excellent February Destination!
Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10AM – 5PM
Rees Harps, Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana
Free (Unless you order a harp, of course!)
Rees Harps, Inc. is not your typical commercial enterprise. For one thing, they make harps. Yup – those angelic instruments of gossamer and dreams. Professional harpists throughout the world play Rees Harps, and you can too when you visit the shop on Main Street. You can tour their 7000 square foot facility, talk with an instructor, or simply watch members of the Rees family create lovely instruments. During these blustery days, what a perfect way to transport yourself into the world of beauty.
February 2, 1PM
Earlham College, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana
As the new year begins its second month, renew your resolutions by attending Success is a Journey at the Goddard Auditorium in Carpenter Hall. Join Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Dominique Dawes as she shares insights and lessons in motivation and success.
Don’t let the gray skies of February drag you down – take a pretty drive to Earlham College and be revitalized and inspired. More effective than a cup of coffee and priceless, too!
For more information, visit http://www.earlham.edu
February 11, 1pm – 2pm
Lawrenceburg Public Library, Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana
The Lawrenceburg Public Library District presents Freedom is My Home, a one-woman performance by Charlotte Battin. Assuming the role of a Quaker abolitionist, Ms. Battin shares stories of the Underground Railroad that will illustrate just how perilous the journey to freedom really was. From the dangers of escape to the meaning of codes and symbols used along the way, this program is age-appropriate for anyone interested in learning more.
February 12, 9AM
Versailles State Park, Versailles, Ripley County, Indiana
FREEZIN’ FOR A REASON benefits Indiana’s Special Olympics. This is a fantastic organization that provides hugs and awards and love and support for every winning participant. Fill a thermos with hot chocolate and grab your woolliest muffler as you watch perfectly normal folks dive into the icy water at the Versailles State Park boat dock. It’s all for a good cause, so learn more by visiting:
February 19, 9AM – 4PM
Milan VFW, Milan, Ripley County, Indiana
Have you ever wondered about bees? Do you enjoy honey and flowers, veggies and all things green? Considering the too-white landscape outside your window, the only answer could be, “Absolutely! I LOVE that stuff!!!”
So come on down to the Milan VFW Hall and make a day of it! The Laughery Valley Fish and Game Club joins the Southeastern Indiana Beekeepers Association in presenting information about the benefits of bees for humans, the need to protect these important insects, and much more.
For those of you with green thumbs and pinkies and arms, vendors will be on site with handy gardening supplies as well as beekeeping tools.
Even if you have no interest in harvesting your own honeycomb, just the idea of buzzing bees and blooming flowers is a welcome change from grinding snowplows and falling snowflakes!
February 26, 10AM – 1PM
Greensburg Elementary, Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana
Celebrate good health and fight heart disease during this Day of Dance! In addition to learning about Chi walking, martial arts, and Zumba; participants will have access to free health screenings and massages. Children can play in the bouncy-house and families can enjoy dance demonstrations throughout the day. The festivities will wrap up with a heart-friendly cooking demonstration by Indiana Downs’ very own Chef Greg.
Boogie the blahs of winter away during this Decatur County Memorial Hospital event. It’s free, exhilarating and something the kids can enjoy along with their parents. Being healthy never has to be routine – jump and dance and laugh, and maybe even the snow will be a little prettier, the cold a little more refreshing. It’s worth a try!
Head to the following website for more information: http://www.dcmh.net/spiritofwomen