Weekend Primer: July 12-14
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:26 PM by Josh Duke
If you are a fan of the arts, then this is the weekend to visit Hendricks County. A first-time event that we have been promoting heavily here at Visit Hendricks County because of its uniqueness and quite honestly the cool factor it promises to bring begins on Friday with a cookout and artist meet-and-greet. Art on Fire will then blaze into the weekend with demonstrations and amazing artwork created right in front of your eyes for two exhilarating days from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the workshop of Hot Blown Glass, Ltd., 3717 S. County Road 200 East (in rural Hendricks County about halfway between Danville and Clayton). More than a dozen of the best hot, warm and cold glass artists from across the region will converge at Hot Blown Glass to display the various techniques of their craft. The event promises to have non-stop action both days. Access to this many glass artists at one location doesn’t happen often, which is why it is my No. 1 must-see event in Hendricks County this weekend. But it isn’t the only game in town. Another art event will kick off this weekend as Artistic Designs Gallery will debut its new exhibit with the 7th Annual Miniature Fine Arts Show from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday in Brownsburg. Though the exhibit will be on display July 13-Aug. 24, this event will be your only opportunity to meet nationally renowned miniature artists Wes and Rachelle Siegrist. Wes will even provide a presentation, “Why So Tiny?” at 7 p.m. Friday. Keeping the arts theme going, Saturday is a second Saturday meaning it’s also a good time to explore the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail. If you’ve never checked it out, this self-directed, self-guided driving tour encompasses more than 30 stops in both Hendricks and Morgan counties. The monthly Second Saturdays event on the trail adds eight more sights that aren’t always open to the public including the Hendricks County Historical Museum, the aforementioned Hot Blown Glass, Pittsboro One Room School, Sally Ann’s Ceramics, Lynne Medsker Art & Photography, Monrovia Mudworks, Ateliers and Academy of Hoosier Heritage. Most of these locations feature special activities during the Second Saturday event, which is held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, click here. Finally, if you are into music, I have a couple of recommendations this weekend as well. On Friday, you can join Chateau Thomas Winery for its weekly Music on the Veranda event. This week’s entertainment is Singer/Songwriter Marvin Parish and his American Roots tunes. Wine and food will be served. Music begins at 7 p.m. Then on Sunday, the Brownsburg Summer Concert Series continues with the Parrots of the Caribbean band in concert from 5 to 7 p.m. at Brownsburg Town Hall. Also, don’t forget that the Hendricks County 4-H Fair kicks off Sunday at the Fairgrounds in Danville and will continue all next week with everything you would expect from a top-notch county fair. For more ideas anytime, check out our Events Calendar for up-to-the-minute event listings. Have an enjoyable weekend!