Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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April 25, 2014

Festival celebrates woodworking history

Sawdust Days, a new festival in Batesville, will make its debut Friday-Saturday, May 2-3, reports Mike Kruse, who is co-chairing the event along with Nikki Hutchinson.

Kruse recalls how he came up with the idea. “On a six-hour drive to see our son, Adam, and his family in Michigan, my wife, Vicki, and I started discussing festival ideas for the Rotary Club to use as a fundraiser in order to finance the club’s service projects. We talked about the importance of woodcrafting to the Batesville area, both in its history and in the number of present-day businesses and individuals who do some kind of woodworking.

“It seemed like a natural part of the local heritage to which we should help bring attention. I thought the name Sawdust Days covered just about every type of woodcrafting.”

Sponsored by the Batesville Rotary Club, The Waters of Batesville, Batesville Memorial Public Library and Interact Clubs of Batesville Middle School and Batesville High School, the event begins Friday (please see box) with a concert by Planet D Nonet, “an award-winning nine-piece swing band from Detroit. They have just released a new CD titled ‘Just A-Sittin’ and A-Rockin’.’ They have entertained at the library before, and a lot of folks are anxious to hear them again,” he says.

In addition, Ertel Cellars Winery will provide a wine tasting for ages 21 and up. Appetizers and nonalcoholic beverages will also be available.

On Saturday, in celebration of Arbor Day, Children’s Dental Care is donating two trees to be planted in the South Street Park. After a brief tree-planting ceremony, “we’ll stroll to the (Village Green) downtown area for the rest of our Sawdust Festival.”

The dental office will give away tree saplings while supplies last. Lunch, provided by Hoosier Favorite Barbecue, and beverages will be for sale. Local woodcraft vendors will have crafts on display and for purchase. Some may also provide demonstrations, reports Kruse, BMPL director and Rotarian.

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