Project ACORN autumn schedule of events

Project ACORN–an acronym for Art, Community, Originality, Rhythm, and Nature–is a creative program designed to promote health and wellness in the region, build friendships, and explore new ideas to enhance our quality of life. The grassroots, volunteer, not-for-profit program was launched in the summer of 2016 as a partner program to the Ferdinand Folk Festival. Inspired by the festival’s themes and community spirit, some of its founders and other civic-minded citizens had an idea to expand the one-day festival into a year-round experience, providing many recurring opportunities to make art, music, environment, and wellness activities more of an everyday part of the community’s culture.

https://www.facebook.com/ferdinandprojectacorn/ (The top post is always the season’s schedule.)

After some fun brainstorming sessions and diverse conversations, organizers scheduled the first of a series of mostly free classes, workshops, children’s theatre, hikes, films, and field trips for all ages in the area. The four-season series—fifteen events per season—presented by mostly local volunteer artisans, enthusiasts, and partnerships, continued through the past nine seasons as more people have learned about the program. Since June of 2016 (nine seasons), 135 area events have involved about 1,500 participants so far.

Some of the upcoming autumn activities include a kayak trip, a ghost walk, a cemetery visit, two concerts, a health forum, a documentary film, a labyrinth class, and more. Participants are encouraged to make reservations early as some of the events fill fast. All activities, most led by enthusiastic, community-minded citizens, are free unless otherwise noted. Flyers are also available in the Oct. 10 Ferdinand News, in the lobby of the Ferdinand Library, and at area locations.

Some highlights from recent seasons include a NOC2D health forum in the Forest Park auditorium and a NOC2D benefit concert at Monkey Hollow Winery that each attracted nearly 200 people, tours of two area family farms in Orange County, an outdoor “goat story” hour for children (with a live goat named Cinnamon) at the new Ferdinand Farmers’ Market, public viewings of the films American Folk  in the St. Benedict’s Brew Works Theatre and Into the Wild in the Ferdinand Library, and a concert in the brewery theatre by the popular Chicago folk-duo Small Potatoes. This autumn season, Project ACORN is offering a brand new slate of 15 engaging and educational opportunities for all ages.

“We’re having a fun time providing and promoting interesting experiences,” states chair Rock Emmert. “It’s rewarding to see such diverse participation in the region, new friendships forming, and ideas taking root.” The program cultivates community, and its motto is Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” Fellow committee members are Kris Lasher, Brooke Daunhauer, Collin Daunhauer, and Jill Sicard.


PROJECT ACORN
AUTUMN SCHEDULE 2018

1. KAYAKING on LYNNVILLE PARK LAKE
by Mary Hess
Sunday, Oct 14, 8:30 am ET – 2:30 pm ET, Lynnville Park

2. READERS’ THEATRE BRAINSTORMING SESSION
by members of Project ACORN committee
Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET, Ferdinand Library Community Room

3. GHOST WALK IN HAUNTED NEW HARMONY
by Joni Mayhan
Saturday, Oct. 20, 6:30 pm ET – 11:30 pm, field trip to historic New Harmony

4. SHUBAEL LITTLE PIONEER VILLAGE FALL FESTIVAL
field trip led by members of Project ACORN committee
Sunday, Oct. 21, 12:30 pm ET, Shubael Little Pioneer Village

5. FREE NOC2D LAWN SIGNS and T-SHIRT SALE!
by members of Project ACORN committee and Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET, Ferdinand Library Community Room

6. STRAW BALE HOME TOUR
by Ashley Verkamp and Tammy Taylor
Saturday, Oct. 27, 5:30 pm ET

7. DISCOVERING FERDINAND’S FREEDOM SETTLEMENT
by Kathy Tretter
Monday, Oct. 29, 7:00 – 8:30 pm ET, Ferdinand Library Community Room

8. NOC2D DOCTORS’ and CITIZENS’ FORUM
in partnership with Southwestern Indiana Citizens for Quality of Life
Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:00 – 9:00 pm ET (6:00 – 8:00 CT), Heritage Hills High School Auditorium

9. HIKE TO FREEDOM SETTLEMENT CEMETERY
by Eric Uebelhor and Kathy Tretter
Saturday, Nov. 3, 10:00 am ET – 12:00 noon ET

10. HONEY VINES CHILDREN’S OPEN MIC/CONCERT
at FARMERS’ MARKET
by Andrea Wirth and Melanie Bozsa
Saturday, Nov. 10, 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET, Monastery Event Hall

11. CREATING A LABYRINTH
by Randy Sickbert and friends
Thursday, Nov 15, 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET, Ferdinand Library Community Room

12. TROUBADOURS OF DIVINE BLISS in CONCERT
Saturday, Nov. 24, 7:00 – 9:00 pm ET, St. Benedict’s Brew Works Theatre

13. THE COVE
documentary film
by members of Project ACORN committee
Thursday, Nov. 29, 7:00 – 9:00 pm ET, St. Benedict’s Brew Works Theatre

14. SARAH LINCOLN WOODS NATURE PRESERVE HIKE
led by Zach Goldman (rescheduled from summer rainout)
Sunday, Dec. 2, 1:30 – 4:00 pm ET (12:30 – 3:00 CT), Lincoln State Park

15. BILL MILLER IN CONCERT,
THREE-TIME GRAMMY WINNER
Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:00 – 9:00 pm ET, St. Benedict’s Brew Works Theatre

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