Annual Artsfest events scheduled for Brownstown, Ewing


Tribune Staff Reports

The third annual Artsfest will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 in Brownstown and Ewing.

The purpose of the event, sponsored by Brownstown/Ewing Main Street, is to showcase the works of artisans, crafters, artists, photographers and authors and to encourage people to visit Brownstown and shop locally.

There is no vendor fee, and the only stipulation is everything that is exhibited or sold needs to be hand-made.

Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to tour the Ewing Depot. The renovation project is not complete, but visitors will be able to go inside and see the progress that has been made.

Funds are still needed to complete the interior, and donations will be accepted during Artsfest or may be mailed to Brownstown/Ewing Main Street, P.O. Box 75, Brownstown, IN 47220. Anyone making a $250 or more donation will receive a 13-by-18 color print of the depot before renovation began.

A variety of entertainment is planned in Brownstown and Ewing during the festival.

At W.R. Ewing, there will be photography displays, paintings, artwork, authors who will be signing their books, artisans and crafters.

In Brownstown, the Watermelon Festival Committee will be sponsoring a car show, and there will be artisans and crafters along Main Street and on the courthouse lawn along with bake sales.

Jackson County History Center will be offering activities, and there will be a children’s activities tent, sponsored by Creative U Art Studio owner Kathy Nichols.

Artists also will be painting at various locations.

Jackson County Recycling District will again sponsor a Re-use It Art Contest, and the Brownstown Lions Club will sponsor a spaghetti supper beginning at 4 p.m. at Michie’s Dinner.

The evening will close out at 7:30 p.m. with Jackson County Community Theatre’s production of “Deathtrap.”

Shuttle service will be provided between Brownstown and Ewing throughout the day.

For information about Artsfest or Brownstown/Ewing Main Street or to be a vendor or participate in Artsfest, call Wilma J. Wessel at 812-525-2022 or 812-358-2199 or visit the festival website at

Main Street invites people who are interested in the future of small towns to join its organization. The cost is $5 for an individual or business, and memberships will be available at the information booth during the festival.

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