There's a lot going on this weekend in downtown New Albany! Mayor Jeff Gahan will preside over the official ribbon-cutting at the new Bicentennial Park at 5pm on Friday June 7, 2013. After the ceremony, the New Albany Bicentennial Concert Series kicks off at 6pm with music provided by the original indie folk rock band "Ranger" and fellow Southern Indiana newcomers, "Riverboys." Bicentennial Park is located at the southwest corner of East Spring and Pearl Street.
Then you'll want to make sure to get up early and head back downtown on Saturday morning for the Farmer's Market at the corner of Market and Bank street. It runs from 8am - 1pm, and it's known as one of the best in the region with locally grown produce, artisan cheeses, and a variety of arts and crafts on the third Saturday of each month. There's usually live music, too! Get there bright and early at 8am, and then venture over to the 7th Annual Art on the Parish Green event beginning at 10am. This 2-day event takes place at 1015 East Main Street.
Art on the Parish Green brings together the best in handmade arts and crafts from artists all across the area. You can enjoy live music featuring Jazz, Bluegrass and some of the old time favorites. You'll enjoy great food including cinnamon roasted nuts, favorite summertime festival favorites and frozen treats. There's even a beer/wine garden with New Albany’s finest beer from The New Albanian Brewing Company and wine from River City Winery. For more information go to: www.artontheparishgreen.org
Later Saturday afternoon, June 8, 2013, from 5-9pm head back to New Albany Farmer's Market and see a variety of regional rescues and support the needs of homeless animals at the Rescue the Rescuers Animal Adoption Event. Funds raised from the general raffle will be split between every rescue you see at the event! There will also be a microchip clinic by Crosscreek Housecall for only $20 and Matt Duffy will be there to teach your dog to heel for free! There will be raffle items, food provided by Chef Walker, lots of local artisans, and animal-related vendors.