The mission of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra is to enhance the quality of life in east central Indiana and west central Ohio by providing symphonic music of the highest caliber in live performances and music education in the local schools and community.
1930 was a watershed year in the effort to preserve Indiana's state history. For starters, it was the year Julia Meek Gaar donated her personal effects to the Wayne County, Indiana Historical Society. That would have been enough to celebrate on its own, but then the Whitewater Monthly Meeting of Friends donated their historical Friends Meeting House as well. In the decades following those two gifts, local residents have filled out the Wayne County Historical Museum's exhibition halls with their own contributions, both small and large. When viewed together, these gifts paint a vivid picture of Wayne County from the pioneer era through contemporary times.
The museum itself consists of eight buildings, the most impressive of which is a log schoolhouse built in the early 19th century. These buildings house hundreds of artifacts from the museum's permanent collection, including everything from a 3,000-year-old mummy to a restored 1922 Pilot Speedster. More vintage rides grace the museum lawn during cruise-ins?just one example of the many events held here throughout the year. Others include a heritage festival and a haunted-house night, during which the aforementioned mummy comes to life and stalks visitors.
Though the recently opened Holiday Inn Richmond accommodates all kinds of travelers, one local attraction in particular suits only the most intrepid sweet teeth. Along the Chocolate Trail, chocolate lovers flash their free passports—available at the Old National Road Welcome Center, just minutes from the hotel—to a number of local chocolatiers and receive free samples of homemade fudge, hand-dipped chocolate creams, and locally made ice cream. Of course, visitors can also ignore the dentists whispering in the bushes and visit Richmond's myriad other landmarks, from the Historic Depot District's art galleries to the New Boswell Brewing Co.'s fresh pints of ale.
At the Holiday Inn itself, guests kick back in a sleek lounge with TVs at each table or stay active in an indoor pool and fitness center with an elliptical, a recumbent bike, and free weights. Free high-speed wireless Internet flows through the air, barely ruffling the pillows atop the triple-sheeted king beds within the rooms and suites.
Nestled along the historic Old National Road, J&J Winery immerses visitors in the charming ambiance of a bucolic countryside estate, plying them with feasts of tasty Italian fare and mouth-watering homemade wines. Inside or on the deck, guests sample the winery's own crisp chardonnays or fruity cabernets over cheese plates, pulled-pork sandwiches, and portobello-and-gouda pizzas plucked from under the nose of a fire-breathing brick oven. Big Dawg Brew Haus, located on J&J's property, joins the winery in sharing the fruits of its labor, which include such brews as Saxy Blonde pale ale and Grandma's imperial oatmeal stout. In addition to regaling guests with tasty pours of beer and vino and delectable Italian feasts, J&J Winery hosts weddings and serenades crowds with live blues, folk, jazz, and whale sounds.
Jackie and Alan Carberry started Warm Glow Candle Company in their basement back in 1994, experimenting for months with different ingredients and techniques before finally perfecting a fragrant, clean-burning, long-lasting candle with a signature lumpy surface. Today, the Carberrys and their staff use that same recipe as they make more than 15,000 candles by hand each day in their 80,000-square-foot studio, accompanied by pet cats, dogs, and a tropical bird who sometimes answers the phone. Patrons can visit the space to peruse candles in more than 75 scents, including brandied pear and sun-kissed sage, or to procure other highly fragrant items from their line to infuse your home.