Fall Foliage: It “Leaves” You Breathless

When you come to Visit French Lick West Baden in the fall, you can expect to be blown away by the beautiful surrounding rural areas that are vibrant with autumn hues. If getting outside and checking out the scenery is for you, these are the top 4 places to visit in the area that will absolutely take your breath away.

PATOKA LAKE
Whether you prefer to travel by land or by water, Patoka Lake has it all. Appreciate the fall foliage on a boat tour or explore the property on foot or bike and take the trails that are fit for anyone. AOCCVB_102014_A1391.jpg Patoka Lake Tour is offered every Wednesday from 10:00 am – Noon starting in April until the end of October. Specialty excursions including the Fall Foliage Wine Cruise are offered numerous times throughout September and October giving visitors the opportunity to unwind while taking in the view. Visitors can also enjoy 6.3 miles of paved biking trails (see map here) or get off the beaten path and immerse yourself into the wilderness on any of the three hiking trails (see map here). Reservations are required for boat tours. Continue reading

The Carvers Are Back This Weekend!

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This weekend the annual Block Bash is returning to town! Bring the family and watch as professional chainsaw wood carvers, known as The Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, compete to transform a log into an amazing sculpture and be named the best carver! The Bear Hollow Wood Carvers are leaders in the chainsaw carving industry, lead by award-winning carver Jason Emmons. With the help of live music, food vendors, and a beer and wine garden, Block Bash is the perfect event to kick off the fall season. Check out the schedule below! Continue reading

Autumn Is In The Air

Art on the Green

Falling on the second weekend in October, the 10th annual art show “Art on the Green” is bringing many of the areas local artisans together to show off their amazing talents. OCCVB_102014_A0285Pottery, glass arts, leatherwork, jewelry, lapidary art, photography, textiles, wood carving and much more will be displayed for sale! There will be music performances, food and magic shows for all to enjoy, as well as live demonstrations and a chance to meet the talented artists.

Farmers Markets

Shop locally and naturally and attend one of our weekly farmers markets in French Lick or Orleans to buy fresh produce! Sponsored by Orange County HomeGrown, they work to promote the small-town neighborly values, the natural forests, and the healthy family farms that make Orange County a great place to live. Also shop for plant starts, crafts, baked goods, woodwork, knitting and crocheting, meat and eggs.

Wilstem Pumpkin Patch

The annual pumpkin patch will be happening the entire month of October, starting on September 30th. Pick out a pumpkin and experience somepumpkinpatch (1).jpg other fun family activities amidst the fabulous fall foliage! Take a wagon ride through the pasture to see zebra and bison. Other activities include 40-foot rock climb wall, bungee jumper, corn box, bounce house, play house and expanded petting farm. Some activities require an additional fee.

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Interview with “Bison-Tennial” artist, Susie Byerley

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The Indiana Bison-Tennial Art Project, coordinated by United Way, has given the opportunity for artists from all 92 counties in Indiana to work on a unique canvas: a bison.

The project in Visit French Lick West Baden has come a long way, thanks to the amazingly talented Susie Byerley, who has been an artist as long as she can remember. Her usual medium for projects and art overall is oil painting. The largest project she has ever painted was the Pride of Paoli Band Props from 2003 to 2007 and still consults occasionally from season to season. However the most unusual project she has ever participated in started a few weeks ago with the bison. Byerley said that she is excited for the challenges the bison  will bring and used endearing terms such as “bucket-list project” to represent her county. She also stated it was a great opportunity for “posterity” and that she will forever cherish these “memories with her grandkids,” whom have helped alongside her during this project. Susie drew the inspiration for this project from Orange County, being born and raised in Paoli herself. 

Susie has spent hours upon hours working on the bison. She said she wasn’t so sure about the bison at first but then “fell in love with him when I first saw him,” Byerley stated.  Susie said this project means a lot to her, which led her to state that she “wanted the county to be well represented.” For Susie, the hardest part of the canvas to incorporate was “all the different aspects of the county.” Her other works of art can be purchased in Brown County Art Gallery, and the Lost River Market and Deli.

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Bison-tennial project has begun! (Updated)

Believe it or not, it’s Indiana’s 200th birthday! The only thing better than a bicentennial is a bison-tennial and we just got our bison! We still aren’t sure on a name, (if you have a suggestion feel free to contact us or comment below) and we’re still a little unsure as to how we’re going to wrap up ALL of the things we want to put on our big guy/girl, but either way, the excitement is overwhelming! We’ll keep updating our blog with more photos. There will be a lot more where this came from!  

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Update: Susie Byerley has started in on the painting of the bison! Find a few preliminary photos below and stay tuned for more! 

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Trumpet Your Trunk and Check Out the New Elephant Retreat Video!

Amazing footage of the Elepehant Retreat at Wilstem Ranch. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that you will find nowhere else! 

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