Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Forks busy with volunteers, tours, events

Posted: Friday, April 6, 2018

The spring school tour season at the Historic Forks of the Wabash will begin in mid-April and will run through the end of May. This is a great time for students from schools in Huntington and the surrounding counties to learn more about the Miami Native Americans and Indiana History. If anyone is interested in becoming a guide and/or an interpreter for these tours, more information about this area of volunteerism is available by calling the Forks of the Wabash Museum office, (260) 356-1903, weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Being a guide or an interpreter involves three hours in the morning on the days you choose to volunteer.

The Forks is always in need of volunteers. People are needed to serve as guides by taking students from one interpretive site to another. Interpreters, who can serve in one of the historic buildings and share information about items of interest and the cultures that came together at the Forks of the Wabash, are also required. Helpers to serve as a part of the Monday Crew with miscellaneous maintenance and projects inside and outside, and volunteers for special events would be appreciated. Call the Forks office for more information about this or any of the other areas where volunteers are needed.

The Forks of the Wabash is also in the beginning stages of a capital campaign. The Forks will be going public with this very soon and will be asking individuals and businesses to consider partnering with the Forks in the raising of funds for the following areas: building maintenance and expansion, continued restoration/preservation of current historical buildings, programming and staffing. The Forks has received support from the community in so many ways and the board of directors is appreciative of that support. The board looks forward to the support of the community as the new campaign begins.

Some of the events coming to the Forks include: Annual Forks of the Wabash Garage Sale on April 14. Sale hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone who has items to donate for the sale can do so on Wednesday and Thursday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and then on Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Annual Quilt Show will be held on April 28 and 29. The Forks of the Wabash will partner with the Piecemakers Quilt Club and Purdue Extension Service for this joint fundraiser. Hours for the show are Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. During the event there will be bed-turning demonstration, a quilter’s garage sale and food items for sale. The public is invited to this event. There is a $2 admission fee at the door.

The annual Forks of the Wabash Fish Fry with Dan’s Fish and Tenderloins will be May 5. Hours for the dinner is 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. The public can either dine in or takeout. Tickets will be sold through area businesses, at the Forks office and from Forks board members.

Saturday, June 16 will be the Vaudeville at the Forks program. This is a great way to kick off the Huntington Heritage Days Celebration that will take place beginning June 20. Watch the Heritage Days website, future Chamber Notes and also the Forks of the Wabash website for more information about this great activity.

The Chief’s Breakfast will be held on Thursday, June 21 in the Richardville Room. This is always a special event and a great way to celebrate the naming of a new Chief and kick-off the events for Heritage Days. More information will be coming in future Chamber Notes.

An Old-Fashioned Fourth at the Forks will be held on Wednesday, July 4. The Forks will have a program including music, color guard, special speaker and refreshments on the Forks grounds. Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m.

Splash on the Wabash will be held on Saturday, July 7. The Forks will partner with Boy Scout Troop 130 for this event which will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food will be available and it will be a day of fun for all.

The Forks Uncorked event will be held on Friday, July 13. This event is co-sponsored by HARTA and the Forks. It is a great time to gather with friends to sample craft beers and wines from local breweries and wineries. It includes a silent auction. See the HARTA or Forks’ websites for information. The hours of the event are 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Senior Day at the Forks will be held Tuesday, August 7. It is a time for senior citizens to gather together and reminisce. Demonstrations will include quilting, spinning, carving, pottery and sewing. Light refreshments will be served throughout the event and museum tours will be available. Cost of the event is $2 per person and hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you are planning a fall wedding, banquet, meeting or special event and need a venue where you can hold this, please consider the Richardville Room. This is a lovely room overlooking the Wabash River. It seats up to 180 persons. Check the Forks of the Wabash website for more information about cost or call the Forks of the Wabash office any weekday between the hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All event information and registration will be shared on the Forks’ website www.forksofthewabash.org.