Lawrence County Gets Its Twinkle On!

This yuletide season begins the first weekend in December in Lawrence County with a sprinkling of sparkling activities for the Santa believers in all of us.

One of our shinning stars is Spring Mill State Park with “Christmas in the Pioneer Village” on Friday, December 3rd, from 5-9 pm. The Pioneer Village is an authentic late 1800’s town and the folks there will welcome you with candles in the windows, while warming you up with wassail, baked cookies and live musicians playing seasonal songs. The heritage artisans craft holiday gifts and decorations while waiting for Father Christmas to make his way there. Just follow the luminaries to find him. This living postcard happens again the next day, Saturday, December 4th, from 1-9 pm. This is an opportunity for your family to experience something memorable as you are transported two centuries back in time.

A novel idea to light up community spirit in Springville is their “Christmas at the Park”. The park is divided into sections and the public is invited to decorate their own section with lights and holiday displays. The judging will begin at 6 pm, on Friday, December 3rd, and the winner receives a cash prize. More prizes will be awarded at the “Chil-lie Cook-Off” at the old gym in Springville. Judges will decide the best three chilis and Santa Claus will come to see if the judges did a good job!

Also, on December 3rd, 7:30 pm, Forever Gold will give a concert at the Schafer Auditorium in Bedford. This band will perform holiday rock and roll, as well as 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s music. We don’t forget the “boomers” when we plan the holiday festivities here! Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 for “rockers” 65+ years young.

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! are the three words that depict December 4th in downtown Bedford. The premier event is the Bedford Christmas Parade with the theme “A Toyland Christmas” beginning at 5:45 pm with the illumination of the downtown lights, then the parade at 6 pm. It would be a good idea to bring your cameras and camcorders for all the spectacular action! Last year with 130 entries in the parade made this the largest Christmas parade in southern Indiana.

We begin this day of festivities with the L.I.F.E Christmas Fantasia, starting at 9 am at the Parkview School in Bedford with the viewing and auction of decorated trees and wreaths to benefit the Lawrence County Interfaith Endeavor food pantry. Truly beautiful trees for a beautiful cause, truly.

The Twelve Months of Christmas, downtown Bedford, is having Children’s Story Time, beginning at 12:30 pm until Santa arrives at 1 pm. He will bring a small gift for the children that visit him until he leaves for the North Pole at 3 pm.

At that same hour, the horse-drawn carriage rides begin around the Bedford square until 5 pm.

To keep everyone toasty and happy does a nice bowl of chili sound good? We have that too with lively entertainment by The Lloyd Wood Show. The Chili Supper begins at 4 pm and includes a steamy bowl of chili, hot dog, cookie, and a drink, all for $5 until the conclusion of the parade.

For a vintage video of the Bedford Christmas Parade, circa late 1930’s to early 1940’s from YouTube:

We end the evening on a heartfelt note but with some holiday cheer thrown in, as its back to the Twelve Months of Christmas for a Shopping Party that benefits The American Cancer Society.

Enjoy the sparkle in your loved ones eyes during our wonderful holiday celebrations here in lovely Lawrence County, in serene southern Indiana. Peace, Comfort and Joy to everyone!


Outdoor Recreation Haven

We are so fortunate here in Lawrence county and surrounding counties to have an inviting natural terrain that is suitable for many varied outdoor activities for all ages. The jewel in our nature’s crown is Spring Mill State Park with her adventurous trails, ancient caves, old growth forest, authentic pioneer village, nature center guided activities, mountain bike trails,and camping under the clear starry nights.  And speaking of stars, the astronaut Virgil ‘Gus’ Grissom Memorial is located at the park as well.  We will leave some of the park’s offerings to your imagination but treat yourself and family to experience one of Indiana’s best state parks – and that is saying a lot! and or (812) 849-4129 and (877) 977-7464.

If you want to rough it in a fun way – again with the entire family – stop in at the Lawrence County Tourism Visitors Center on Sixth and Main in Mitchell and rent a GPS unit for geocaching in Spring Mill or elsewhere in the county.  The first four days rental fees are on us – that’s right, FREE to you.  But you need to come in while we are open during the week to pick up your GPS and maps to the “treasures”.  This is really a unique experience for kids!  While here pick up walking tour maps of Bedford and Mitchell, and driving tour maps of Lawrence county. or (812) 849-1090 and (800) 798-0769.

Bluespring Caverns are now booking for group overnights in their famous cave with the blind cave fish and crawfish.  If you have a youth group in mind, this is the once-in-a-lifetime experience. or (812) 279-9471.

If you enjoy hunting upland fowl, then it doesn’t get any better than Sugar Creek Hunting Preserve.  Shoot skeet or participate in one of their European-style Pheasant Hunts.  You will be treated like family at this wonderful venue. or (812) 849-5020 and (812) 849-2296.

Want to switch gears?  Then the Lawrence County Recreational Park has dirtbikes and atv trails to enjoy.  You can camp there, too!  (812) 275-0186.

Or just slow down completely and turn off of the fast lane and ride horses at the Midwest Trail Ride & Horseman’s Campground in the Hoosier National Forest. or (812) 834-6686.

Lawrence county has its share of golf courses, antique shops, and there is always a festival afoot!  Learn and see the region’s famous limestone quarries, architecture, and history.  Take Indiana’s first Wine Trail.  Whew!!  Are you tired yet?  There is always more to do!

Once again, the Lawrence County Tourism Office is happy to help you with your adventure planning to our area.  Visit or Facebook and Twitter as Limestone Country.  Travel safe and arrive happy!

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Lots to do in Lawrence Co. this November

Go to the Events page on our website and see all that is happening in our area. Come, participate, and have fun! Spring Mill State Park is offering several unique events during November and December. Many take place in the authentic Pioneer Village, such as “Hearth Cooking Workshop” and “A Children’s Pioneer Christmas”.  Registration is required, call the park office at 812-849-3534.

Published in: on November 2, 2010 at 6:55 pm  Leave a Comment