Lots and lots of fun events coming up in Dearborn County, Indiana! From antiques and history to fall fun and crafts, check out some of the fun stuff you’ll find with our neighbors to the west!
Tri-State Antique Market
– September 6
– 351 E. Eads Pkwy. (U.S. 50) 7AM-3PM, Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds.
– Market open 7AM-3PM the first Sunday of each month, May through October
Indiana’s largest antiques and vintage only collectibles market. Indoors and outdoors, rain or shine. 200 dealers each month.
– Admission charge of $3.00 for those 18 and older.
– Information: 513 738-7256
Hillforest Victorian House Museum Antique Appraisal
– September 12
– 5:00PM. 213 Fifth Street, Aurora.
– “Is It Antique Yet”? Each guest is invited to bring one antique for appraisal by Maggie Beckmeyer, a professional appraiser with “Auctions by Maggie”. A tour of the Museum and refreshments are included in the price.
– Members: $10.00; Non-members: $20.00.
– Hillforest is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1:00PM-5PM.
– It was the home of industrialist and financier Thomas Gaff and his family between 1855 and 1891. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designated a National Historic landmark in 1992.
I had so much fun interviewing Jennifer Clayton with Tour for the Cure about their “Awesome October Giveaway” (appropriately named, because it is indeed awesome!). Their campaign kicks off today on their facebook page. So, see below for more info and click here to enter to win!
Cincy Chic: What is the Awesome October Giveaway? Jennifer Clayton, representative for the Dearborn County, Indiana Tour for the Cure®: The Awesome October Giveaway is a four-week contest that we’re running on our Tour for the Cure Facebook page. Basically the way it works is, every Tuesday starting Oct. 7, we’re going to be giving away a new prize pack with lots of great prizes each week. The contest starts on October 7 and runs through Nov. 3. We’ll be picking a winner each week, so 4 winners in all.
We have tons of great prizes to give away this year – we’re really excited. For Week 1, we’ve got a $100 gift card to McCabe’s Greenhouse and Floral, which is a local garden center in Lawrenceburg, plus a Vera Bradley Campus Backpack in Pink Swirls, the breast cancer awareness pattern. Because Tour for the Cure benefits the Vera Bradley Foundation, we have a Vera Bradley prize component in each of our four giveaways.
Week 2 is also really fun – it’s kind of a “Girls Day Out” theme. We’ve got lunch for 4 at Whisky’s Family Restaurant in Lawrenceburg, a fused class glass for four at The Framery, a tour for four at Hillforest Victorian House Museum, which is an 1855-era mansion located in Aurora, a $25 gift certificate to Beiersdorfer Orchard, and 4 Vera Bradley luggage tags in Pink Swirls.
Week 3’s really kind of our pampering week – it includes a $100 gift card to the Parlour of Aurora, a full-service salon and day spa located in Aurora, plus a Vera Bradley Shower Caddy in Pink Swirls.
Finally, for Week 4, we’re doing our biggest giveaway of the series, with overnight accommodations for two at Hollywood Casino Hotel in Lawrenceburg, dinner for two at the Final Cut Steakhouse, tour for two at Hillforest Victorian House Museum, and a Vera Bradley Snap-on iPhone Case in Pink Swirls.
Basically our goal for the contest is to get people aware of Tour for the Cure, who we are, what we do, what we support, etc.
Cincy Chic: What is the Tour for the Cure? Clayton: Tour for the Cure is a travel incentive program that’s run by the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau in Southeast Indiana. We raise funds for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, which is a major funder of breast cancer research.
The Foundation is a nonprofit foundation affiliated with Vera Bradley, the handbag maker, and they are a major funder of breast cancer research projects at Indiana University. And we’re really proud to say that 100% of Tour for the Cure donations benefit the Foundation.
Cincy Chic: Tell us a little more about Tour for the Cure Clayton: We’ve been operating for nearly 8 years, and since 2008 we’ve raised $47,000 for the Vera Bradley Foundation, which goes directly into breast cancer research. In addition to the Awesome October Giveaway, we offer overnight travel packages, day trips, luncheons, group tours and other special events like our Golf Day in June.
At Tour for the Cure, our motto is to “Have Fun and Give Hope,” and we feel like that really captures the spirit of what we’re all about. We want our visitors to come experience Southeast Indiana, have a great time, but know that at the end of the day, they’re making a difference in the fight against breast cancer.
You know, we all know so many women who have been affected by breast cancer. They’re our mothers, they’re our sisters, they’re our neighbors, they’re our cousins, they’re our friends. And we feel like this is just one small way we can show our support.
The contest is going to be running on our Facebook page,www.facebook.com/tourfothecure, starting Oct. 7. And in order to participate, you do have to be 21 years of age or older. You also have to “like” our page and fill out the contest form each week to get entered. The contests will go live every Tuesday, and you’ll have until the following Monday night to enter. And it’s a pretty standard “one entry per person per week.” Four weeks of giveaways, including the following prize packs:
Week 1 – “McCabe’s Greenhouse & Floral & Vera Bradley Prize Pack” October 7-13 • $100 Gift Card to McCabe’s Greenhouse & Floral • Vera Bradley Campus Backpack in Pink Swirls
Week 2 – “Girls’ Day Out & Vera Bradley Prize Pack” October 14-20 • Lunch for 4 at Whisky’s Family Restaurant in Lawrenceburg • Fused glass class for four at The Framery in Lawrenceburg • Tour for four at Hillforest Victorian House Museum • $25 gift certificate to Beiersdorfer Orchard • 4 Vera Bradley luggage tags in Pink Swirls
Week 3 – “Parlour of Aurora & Vera Bradley Prize Pack” October 21-27 • $100 gift card to Parlour of Aurora • Vera Bradley Shower Caddy in Pink Swirls
Week 4 – “Fall Along the Ohio River Scenic Byway & Vera Bradley Prize Pack” October 28-November 3 • Overnight accommodations for two at Hollywood Casino Hotel • Dinner for two at Final Cut Steakhouse • Tour for two at Hillforest Victorian House Museum • Vera Bradley Snap-on Case for iPhone5 in Pink Swirls
Cincy Chic: Any stipulations? Clayton: It’s free to enter. Must be 21 years of age. For complete rules and entry form, visit www.facebook.com/tourfothecure.
Watch the exclusive webcast with Clayton to learn more.
Ever since I’ve been preggo, and especially now that I’m home with the baby a lot, I’ve been relaxing and watching more TV lately. I’ve noticed that there have been a TON of local restaurants recently featured on some of my fav foodie TV shows!
I know Guy Fieri just visited OTR for his “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” show and the Lachey brothers are opening an OTR bar on A&E … but there are three hidden gems located about 20 minutes from downtown Cincinnati, just across the Ohio River in Dearborn County, Southeast Indiana, that have been featured recently too!
What I love about them is that they’re not chains, not fast food, no celebrity backing them – they’re just small businesses making fresh food their way. 🙂
Family owned since 1961, stepping into Howie’s Diner, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the 1950s. Fresh “never frozen” meats, homemade desserts, home cooking – “serving great food 24/7.” Tucked away inside the Marathon gas station at Kennett’s Truck Stop.
Try one of their breakfast specials, including a Howie’s favorite, Hoosier Eggs Benedict: A scrambled egg and two sausage patties on a fresh biscuit topped with sausage gravy.
Got a big appetite? The Big Howie (named after the original owner, Howard Kennett), features two juicy beef patties and cheese with tartar sauce, lettuce, onions, tomato and pickles with fries and slaw.
Contact Info: Kennett’s Truck Stop, US 50 & I-275, Lawrenceburg, IN 47250 (for GPS, it’s Greendale), 812-537-0313
If you’re a farm to table fan, you’ll want to stock up at Greystone Farm. That’s because this family-owned farm offers everything you need to eat fresh, including high quality and locally-grown produce, farm-raised freezer beef and free-range whole chickens, brown eggs, honey, homegrown tomatoes, peppers, beans, zucchini, cucumbers, squash, melons, sweet corn and more. Located in a picturesque setting, it’s a great day trip for families and foodies alike.
Contact Info: 15412 Wilson Creek Road, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025, 812-926-2132. Open 6 days a week in Peak Season – Tues-Sun (closed Mondays). Call or check their Facebook page for hours.
Kick back and relax in the spacious historic setting of Great Crescent Brewery and discover what’s brewing in downtown Aurora. In the mid-19th century, the Gaff brothers of Aurora (one of whom owned the stately Hillforest) launched a beer-making enterprise they dubbed the Crescent Brewery, which over the next 16 years enjoyed a national presence, particularly in the South. Now, Great Crescent Brewery in downtown Aurora continues that tradition, with handcrafted beers and ales, house-smoked meat sandwiches, beer samplers and an on-site Artisan Center for shopping.
Whether you’re in the mood for their classic Aurora Lager, local favorite Coconut Porter, or a rich and hearty stout, you’ll find a large selection of artisanal beers on tap in the onsite Taproom. Tours of the brewery with the Great Crescent brewmaster can also be scheduled for a $5 per person fee.
Contact Info: 315 Importing Street, Aurora, IN 812-655-2435