One of the biggest weekends of the fall season arrives each year in Hendricks County just before Columbus Day, and this year is no different. If you come here Oct. 10-12 for your fall weekend getaway, you won't want to miss our showcase of the arts.
Recently voted the 4th Best Short Film Festival in North America, the Indiana Short Film Festival will provide a weekend full of big screen entertainment. A record 247 short films were submitted from all over the globe this year with only the best 47 as judged by a special panel making the cut to be shown at the Royal Theater on the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville. Film lovers can purchase a weekend pass to watch as many or as few as they wish on Friday night and Saturday.
If you appreciate more of the fine arts scene, the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail's Second Saturday event provides a glimpse in both Hendricks and Morgan counties. Explore the back roads of both counties to visit art galleries, studios, wineries, historic sites and other shops that feature handmade items; some of which aren't typically open to the public. During this special day on the cultural trail, events and live demonstrations by local, award-winning artists are quite common.
I can't overstate enough how packed this weekend is with things to do as the second and final weekend of the Heartland Apple Festival at Beasley's Orchard in Danville provides plenty of family entertainment. The event includes hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a kids zone, corn maze, local market set inside a Civil War-era barn and plenty of photo opportunities.
When you are on the Square for the Short Film Festival, it will be hard to miss the scarecrows surrounding the Courthouse. While the Scarecrow Festival comes and goes the previous weekend, the straw creations that make the festival so popular and special remain up through the end of October.
The Prairie Maze at McCloud Nature Park in North Salem will remain open to the public through Oct. 31 and is just one of many ways to enjoy that nature preserve.
Finally, a new fall tradition has opened in Brownsburg -- the Hogan Farms Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze & Animal Experience. The name pretty much says it all as this is a fall wonderland with plenty for families to see and do.
With so much going on in and around Danville, here are three restaurant suggestions in that area:
- The Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery offers both breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, but is closed on Sunday. The charm of this amazing little cafe nestled within a historic home in Danville can only be matched by its mouth-watering menu options. And I dare you to walk away without sampling one of the desserts that begin to tempt you the moment you walk in the door.
- Frank's Place on the Square in Danville has become a local favorite for those who love Italian food. The chefs inside this restaurant use Old World receipes straight from Frank Russo's heritage in Sicily to create some made-from-scratch New World flavors.
- The Beehive, 55 E. Main St., Danville, just east of the square offers a cozy atmosphere, good food and even a local shopping experience with a small market inside. Grab a cup of coffee and one of their comfy chairs or couch in front of the fireplace or order a meal and enjoy it in their dining area. They specialize in soups, salads, handpies and usually have an entree of the day.