Spooky Madison

It’s that time of year that all kinds of spooky things start happening in Madison.  It all starts on Friday, October 17 with Night Spirits from 7 – 9 p.m. at Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. Beginning at 7pm groups of 15 depart from the Visitor’s Center at 15 minute intervals. During the tour, guests encounter costumed actors with tales to tell.  Reservations recommended. $10pp.  Appropriate for ages 14 and older. Contact Gerry Reilly at 812.273.0556.Halloween Events 2010 001

On Friday & Saturday, October 17 & 18, you can board the Madison Trolley for a Haunted Mystery Tour for a fun spooky ride around Madison.  Times are 7 and 8:30pm at the Gazebo on the riverfront.  Always a popular event so reservations are recommended, 812-701-4013. $15 adults, $5 children 10 & under

On October 24 & 31, Lanier Mansion is having a special Flashlight Tour at 8pm.  This is a behind the scenes tour by flashlight.  $10 adults, $8 seniors and $5 children.  Reservations required 812-273-0556.

Mike Totten portrays a spirit at a previous Night Spirits (2)For the kids, Lanier Mansion is hosting Spooky Mansion on Saturday, October 25 from 6-8pm.  Kids will enjoy trick-or-treating, ghosts and stories, creepy crafts, and walking through the spine-tingling basement.  $3/child with 1 free adult per child.  For more info, call 812-273-0556.  BOO!

In the mood for a Spooky Secret Supper?  This progressive dinner is on October 28 at 6pm and 6:45pm.  Leave your broomsticks at home, the Madison Trolley will take you where you need to be.  It’s $35pp inclusive, alcoholic beverages are available but not included in the price.  Reservations recommended, 812-274-0301 or 812-701-4013.



Fall in Love with Madison

logo colorI know, you don’t want to hear that summer is coming to a close and fall is right around the corner.  We’ve been getting a little taste of fall this week with cool evening temperatures and this weekend we are expecting cooler daytime temperatures, too.  Don’t be sad to see the end of summer because fall is so beautiful here in Madison and there are so many fun things to do.

This is how we kick off the fall season in Madison on the last weekend of September:

Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art:  One of our favorite events and Indiana’s premier  outdoor juried fine arts & crafts show.  The streets are full of beautiful arts & crafts, great food and festive atmosphere.  September 27-28IMG_1930LO

Fall Old Court Days: September 26-28 featuring arts & crafts around the courthouse.







Lanthier Wineries Harvest Celebration: September 27-28 at Lanthier Winery.  Arts & crafts and WINE!

The Gathering at the Market: September 27-28 at The Old Market on Main featuring arts & crafts.

If this is how we kick off our fall season, imagine what comes next!


Red Peppermint: A Refreshing Break

Looking for a wonderful place to take a break from the heat and cool down? How about a great venue to meet friends, relax after school, or just a place to go by yourself to getRed Peppermint kids away?  Well, John and Lori Heitz have created a wonderful spot downtown for just that with frozen yogurt.   It is so nice to step into a business and be greeted by smiling faces and a welcoming invitation.  The employees always ask if you have been to Red Peppermint before and are very glad to show you how the self serving machines work.red pepp nate

The toughest decision to make is what flavors do I try today?  There are 7 machines and 3 flavors per machine.  Ok, I am a little slow, however, little Nate Adams has no problem in deciding, he just gets frustrated when his grandfather, Opa, stops to talk and slows him down.  And to make it more fun, John and Lori get new flavors all the time.

Once you have decided on flavors, you take a bowl and fill to your desired amount and flavors.  Oh, yes, then you get to decide on wonderful toppings, approximately 30 to red peppermint yogurtchoose from.  Then after you add your toppings, you put your bowl on the scale to pay, and oh yes, be sure to use your Spot On card for future rewards. Don’t be like me and save them up too much (I think I have 70 spots). Dashawn has to show me how to use the rewards now.  Now all you have to do is relax, sit at the tables, sit on the benches in the window, or sit outside to eat your frozen yogurt and most importantly….ENJOY!

Rockin’ Blues & Barbeque at Madison Ribberfest

August 15 & 16, Madison’s riverfront will be filled with the soulful sounds of blues and the smoky aroma of sizzling barbeque during the 13th annual Madison RibberFest Barbeque & Blues. This two-day festival along the scenic Ohio River in historic Madison, features regional and national blues bands, barbeque competitions, boat rides and more.


Nine great blues bands are set to take the stage on Friday evening and all day Saturday, August 15 & 16 at Madison Ribberfest. This year’s headliners are the Taj Mahal Trio on Friday night and Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings on Saturday night.

The American Music Association has just announced that Taj Mahal will receive the Lifetime Achievement in Performance Award at their awards show in September. Mahal’s career has spanned 40 years and he is recognized as “a shining light of integrity and interpretive brilliance”. He has shared the stage with such notables as Eric Clapton, Etta James and The Rolling Stones among others.

Master slide guitarist Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings take the stage on Saturday, August 16. Rogers is considered “one of the world’s premier slide guitarists performing today”. “Thatʼs not a slide on Roy Rogersʼ pinky, itʼs a time machine. With it, Rogers transports you to the Mississippi Deltaʼs past and future. ……” ~ Guitar Player.

Rogers is an 8 time Grammy winner, has been featured on several movie soundtracks, and been touring worldwide since 1982. You’ll definitely want to bring your dancing shoes when they rock the blues on Madison’s riverfront.

Seven more great national/regional acts including Deanna Bogart, Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers, Power Plant Blues, The KingBees, Kelly Richy, Paul Thorn, and The West Coast Blues All-Stars with Junior Watson & Fred Kaplin round out the schedule for a 2-day blues extravaganza right along the Ohio River in Madison Indiana.

IMG_0022LOBarbeque lovers get to see 60 professional barbeque teams from around the country compete in the Indiana State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off for cash/prizes and a chance to represent Indiana at the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s world championship. On Friday night, there’s a Backyard Blast cooking competition for amateurs and a Kid’s Q for the youngsters on Saturday.

Riverboat cruises on the Queen City paddle wheeler, a 5K RibberRun/Ride, the Pig Toss Corn Hole Tournament and the “Piglet Pen” children’s play area, round out the offerings for a great family weekend. Check www.madisonribberfest.com for details & registration.IMG_0020LOboat

Whether it’s Barbeque, Barbecue or BBQ – don’t miss Madison RibberFest: Barbeque & Blues August 15 and 16 in Madison, Indiana.

Two day wristbands are only $20. Gates open at 5pm on Friday, August 15 and 11am on Saturday, August 16. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. To order wristbands or for information, call 800-559-2956 or visit www.madisonribberfest.com.

Jet Boat Dinner Rides

Rockin’ Thunder Jet Boat Rides LLC is now taking riders from Madison Indiana on Friday evening dinner trips on the Ohio River. The ride is 57 miles round trip with a dinner stop at Jo Jo’s Bar and Grill. Captains Paul Nicholson and Janet Harding added this Dinner Trip to the Rockin’ and Scenic rides they offer from May through October.RTJBcorrect-1

“So many visitors asked us to add a trip with a meal. We looked until we found just the right place” said Capt. Paul. “The dinner stop had to be a place we could feel good taking anyone to eat. Jo Jo’s Bar and Grill fits that perfectly with great casual food, low prices and a scenic river side setting. We loved Jo Jo’s from our first visit and want to share that with our riders” said Capt. Janet.


The 3-4 hour Dinner trip is perfect for someone that wants to see some of the hidden sights along the river. Departing Madison at 5 PM every Friday and heading down river past Hanover and Bethlehem through one of the most scenic stretches of the Ohio River. “Along the way we stop at historic spots and explain events that took place when the Ohio River was the gateway to America’s frontier. We see a variety of wildlife like Bald Eagles, Blue Heron, Muskrats, Deer and more. You never know what animals will be spotted. It makes every trip that much more fun” said Capt. Janet.

The tour returns just as the sun begins to set and the river and Madison are the prettiest. “So much of the early history of this country took place along the Ohio River. We help people get an up close glimpse of the river, an understanding of how vital it has been to the United States for over 200 years and we have a fun meal along the way” said Capt. Paul.

The price is $59 per person. Meal cost is not included in the boat fare. Reservations are required.

Rockin’ Thunder Jet Boat Rides LLC offers tours of the Ohio River from late May through October on the only New Zealand Jet Boat in the Midwest.

For information call 812-701-1155 or click. Highly rated on tripadvisor.com.

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