Debbie Blank The Herald-Tribune
The Batesville Herald-Tribune
---- — What’s new at Batesville Bash and Sidewalk Sale Days this summer? “Two nights of live music,” up from one, answers Melissa Tucker, executive director of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, which is sponsoring the event with the city of Batesville, Batesville Main Street and Batesville Memorial Public Library.
The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, brought here by BMPL, performs a Sinatra tribute show Aug. 2 in the parking lot at the northeast corner of Main and George streets (please see box). The group is composed of central Indiana’s leading professional instrumentalists and vocalists, according to www.indianapolisjazzorchestra.org. “The IJO was created to preserve and advance the entire dynamic history of the big band. Patterned after popular bands, both past and present, the IJO is committed to performing world-class musical arrangements based on classic tunes from the Great American Songbook.”
For the Aug. 3 show, “we searched and brainstormed. Mr. Chris & the Cruisers was recommended” and sponsored by the city, Tucker says. The group of 10 or 12 musicians (www.mrchrisband.com), all of whom sing, “presents an oldies-but-goodies show, basically. We have top equipment and some of the most talented people in Cincinnati, if not the Midwest,” reports band leader Chris Branham.
“Kyle Ryan, ... one of the best Elvis impersonators, puts his heart and soul into it.” Other impersonators range from the Blues Brothers to Roy Orbison. Another highlight will be a short segment by the Soggy Bottom Boys. According to Branham, “That’s the funniest act we do ... a high-energy, country, old-timey bluegrass sing-along and dance-along” with tunes from the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou.” The entertainers “carry on with those crazy costumes bare-footed.”
Both nights, Island Snow will keep the crowd cool by selling snow cones and cotton candy. For whole meals, the director points out, “we have a lot of great restaurants ... You can bring your dinner out and listen to the music or grab a bite to eat” before the shows. Music lovers who want drinks and snacks later in the evening may pack coolers.
Persons should bring lawn chairs or blankets because seating will be limited.
Sidewalk sales are slated all over the city Aug. 2-3. “Everybody is going to be having some sales,” she says. “We’re trying to encourage the businesses to participate more.”
Some of Saturday’s demonstrations by Tri-State Artisans on George Street sidewalks between Walnut and Sycamore streets include painting by Pamela Ashton, Debi Black, Shari Rolston and Jaime Mustaine, carving by Tim Bedel, jewelry making by Sue Connelly, printmaking by Heather Paul and fibers by Mel-O-Alpaca. Face painting and chair massages also will be offered there.
The artisans will host a silent art auction from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. with proceeds aiding Safe Passage, the Batesville-based domestic violence shelter.
Spectators also will enjoy the Chamber Classic Car Cruise-In on George Street. Tucker expects anywhere from 30-50 “really cool” vehicles. Registrations are appreciated and can be made by calling the chamber at 934-3101. There will be prizes for Best in Show and People’s Choice and giveaways for cruise-in participants.
Two other activities coincide with Batesville Bash and Sidewalk Sale Days.
The fifth annual Batesville Area Historical Society Rummage Sale is Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 1-3, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Batesville Community Church, 103 E. George St. “Come see the dynamic deals and terrific treasures,” urges member Anne Baran. She points out shoppers “will be helping your community” because proceeds go toward the operation of the BAHS museum. Organizer Lou Voegele, “Batesville’s Queen of the Rummage Sale,” anticipates “a large array of furniture, knickknacks, decor items, jewelry, books and electronics. We’ll have both the usual and the unusual. You just can’t afford to miss these bargains!”
A jungle safari at Cross County Plaza will amaze and provide a shopping break. Circus animals can be viewed at no charge July 31-Aug. 4 under a white tent.
Batesville Bash and Sidewalk Sale Days are a time for area residents “to come out and support the local businesses and enjoy free concerts,” Tucker notes. “I’m hoping people will go to the restaurants and really support the community.”
Debbie Blank can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.
SCHEDULE Friday, Aug. 2 Sidewalk Sale Days around city 6 p.m., snow cones and cotton candy 7-9 p.m., Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra Saturday, Aug. 3 8 a.m., Batesville Farmers' Market, Sidewalk Sale Days around city 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sherman House Bridal and All Events Expo 3-6 p.m., Chamber Classic Car Cruise-In, Kiwanis train rides 3-8 p.m., Tri-State Artisans demonstrations on George Street 6 p.m., snow cones and cotton candy 8-11 p.m., Mr. Chris & the Cruisers