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David C. Barksdale reappointed as Floyd County Historian

IN Historical Society

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) and the Indiana Historical Bureau are pleased to announce David C. Barksdale of New Albany has been reappointed as the official Floyd County historian.

In this role, Barksdale serves as a liaison between statewide agencies and local organizations. He also answers questions from the public about Floyd County's rich traditions and legacy—a position to which the New Albany native is well suited.

Barksdale serves as president of the Floyd County Historical Society. His long history of civic involvement includes serving on the board of directors of Develop New Albany and the YMCA Advisory Board. Barksdale is also a member of the New Albany City Council.

Barksdale has written several hundred house and building histories. He co-authored and helped to compile several books. Most recently, Barksdale teamed up with Greg Sekula, director of Indiana Landmarks, Southern Regional Office, to write Historic Homes of New Albany, Indiana, published by The History Press.

Barksdale is one of dozens of men and women lending their talents to the County Historian Program. Established in 1981, its goal is to improve the historical communication network locally— and across the state.

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First Friday Concert Series

PianoFree lunchtime concert series at NA-FC Public Library
The first Friday of each month at Noon
Strassweg Auditorium

The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is excited to offer a free lunchtime concert series on the first Friday of each month. The First Friday Concerts will take place at noon on the first Friday of the month March through August 2017 in Strassweg Auditorium, located in the lower level of the Library. Concert-goers are welcome to bring a lunch, and with each concert only lasting 30 minutes, our hope is that members of our community can enjoy access to a curated series of musical performances – even over a lunch break!

The First Friday Concerts are co-sponsored by the Kentuckiana Association of Musicians and Singers (KAMS), whose mission is to reach out to singers and musicians throughout Kentuckiana, helping everyone that plays or sings to enjoy making music together. KAMS has selected the performers and well-rounded, accessible pieces for each concert. The First Friday Concerts are free and open to the public, no registration required.

First Friday Concert Series Schedule

Friday, March 3, 12 PM: Nada Loufti (Piano)
Program: Two Rhapsodies op. 79 (Brahms); A selection from 16 Waltzes op. 39 (Brahms)

Friday, April 7, 12 PM: Heather Tomko (Soprano), Owen Heritage (Piano)
Program: Ave Maria (Gounod/Bach); Linden Lea (Vaughan Williams); Pietà (Kendzia); If I Told You Now (James Robert Brown); When I am Dead (Heritage); Caro Mio Ben (Giordani)

Friday, May 5, 12 PM: Mircea Ionescu (Violin), Chris Combs (Piano)
Program: Sonata No. 1 in A Major (Handel); Gigue from Partita for Violin in D Minor (Bach); Sonata No. 21 in E Minor (Mozart)

Friday, June 2, 12 PM: New Albany High School Silken Strings Ensemble
Violin: Levacy Quinn, Michael Mifflin, Zecong Liang, Callen Dolcimascolo, Kelly Chin, Allison Sheets, Gavin Corley; Viola: Cassie Horn, Shane Ledbetter; Cello: Alex Thompson, Dylan Kost; Bass: Aaron Thompson

Friday, July 7, 12 PM: Mircea Ionescu (Cello), Daniyela Ionescu (Piano)
Program: Sonata No. 2 in E Minor (Benedetto Marcello); Prelude, Allemande, Courante and Sarabande from Suite in G Major (Bach); Sonata No. 1 in C Major (J.B. Breval); Chanson Triste No. 2, Op. 40 (Tchaikovsky)

Friday, August 4, 12 PM: John Cloud (Piano)
Program: Excursions Op. 20 (Samuel Barber); Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23 (Chopin); Etude Op. 25 No. 1 (Chopin)

The mission of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is to support the growth and creativity of an engaged, informed, and connected community. The Library is located at 180 West Spring Street in downtown New Albany, Indiana. The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM-8:30 PM; Friday-Saturday from 9:00 AM-5:30 PM; and Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM (Sundays after Labor Day through the last Sunday before Memorial Day Weekend only). Please visit us online at www.nafclibrary.org and www.facebook.com/NAFCPL for more information on Library programs and services.

The Color Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk is Coming to New Albany

Color Dash 5k RunWhere: CARDINAL RITTER PARK
When: APRIL 8TH, 2017
Time and Schedule: 8:00 AM is Packet Pick-Up and On Site Registration. While you’re waiting for the dash to start, make sure you say hello to the vendors, get your groove on in the DJ Dance Party, enter drawings and contests, and much more! This is a family friendly event, so all ages, shapes & abilities are invited to participate.

Find Upcoming Events: www.cd5k.com

10:00 AM Ready! Set! Go! Bring your tennies, laughter, and energy to The Color Dash 5k fun-run/walk. Start white and get doused with an array of shimmering colors at each kilometer. Walk, dash, sprint or Rock n’ Roll, whatever your method, just let the color move you.

11:30 AM Stick around after the dash for the Color Explosion. Party it up at the after party, and on the count of 3,2,1 throw the remaining color up in the air and let it rain down as we celebrate our victory for Clean Socks Hope & 8th Street Ministries.

Who and Why: Come and participate in your local Color Dash on April 8th, 2017. This fun, family-friendly event is going to be a HUGE difference maker in New Albany. Unlike other popular color runs, The Color Dash gives back HALF of all profits to our partner charities, as well as 100% of all sponsorships raised. Pretty amazing, right?!

At the New Albany Color Dash, 50% of the profits from registration and merchandise stay local, benefitting Clean Socks Hope & 8th Street Ministries. Clean Socks Hope, is a faith-based 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization: 27-1883658. Clean Socks Hope serves to help underserved communities with programming that includes a lowincome food cooperative called the Midtown Neighborhood Network. With the funds from The Color Dash, Clean Socks Hope will be able to feed nearly 300 elementary school children throughout the year.

Join us at the Color Dash, a fun-filled experience for walkers, runners, and people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. The dash isn’t competitive or timed; rather it's more about sharing memories, helping others, and putting some color in your life (and on you, of course!). We look forward to seeing you there!

Direct Link to Register: http://newcolordash5k.ticketmob.com/event.cfm?cart&id=140682


Friday, February 3 – April 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Above: Black Beauty by Fahamu Pecou, Acrylic, enamel, spray paint and gold leaf on canvas, 48 x 84 inches. 2016. Photo courtesy the Artist and Lyons Wier Gallery, New York.

We are pleased to invite the public to the Carnegie Center for Art and History for the free, opening reception of our first new art exhibition of 2017. Our galleries welcome the works of ten African American artists from across the United States. Participating artists include: Ray Dalton, Stephen Flemister, Robyn Gibson, Natasha Giles, Christina Long, Fahamu Pecou, LaNia Roberts, Dread Scott, Scheherazade Tillet, and Shawn Michael Warren.

Carnegie Center Curator, Dan Pfalzgraf has pointed out, “This is an exhibit born out of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, created to provide space for people to be seen and heard. This exhibition is about sharing histories and celebrating lives, and to encourage understanding and respect among neighbors.” Our exhibition’s goal, however, is to create a platform for dialogue, civility, and understanding through the use of visual art. Pfalzgraf adds, “In this moment in history, the Carnegie Center for Art and History felt a sense of urgency to share our space to highlight the work and vision of both local and national African American artists to bring national conversations to our space and community.”

Pfalzgraf also acknowledges that “It is important for African American children to be able to walk into a museum and see images that they can immediately identify with.”…“This exhibit also provides a significant opportunity for non-African American visitors to step outside of themselves to hear what others are saying, to see things they may not have seen before, and to better recognize the things that are universal to us all.” Art is a very good way to communicate this idea.

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Run Like a SuperHero Memorial 5K  

Anything Goes: An Evening of Music, Mayhem, Mystery, and Murder

Sorry this event is sold out - Another event coming in June

Culbertson Mansion - State Historic SiteFriday April 7, 2017 (One night only!) 7:00pm at the Culbertson Mansion

It’s April, 1949. The 75th running of the Kentucky Derby is not too far off and several notables, many with local ties, are in town.

The American Legion has recently purchased the Culbertson Mansion and taken on the task of renovating the massive building. With so many celebrities in town for the Derby the Legion Commander takes this opportunity to host a gala, in hopes of boosting membership, attention…and funds. Among those in attendance are singer/songwriter, Cole Porter, Louisville natives Victor Mature and Irene Dunne, as well as Senator Joseph McCarthy, and Hollywood Gossip Hedda Hopper. With so many big personalities all under one roof tempers are bound to flair, but enough to commit murder?

Tickets for this event are $25
Ticket Price includes a full dinner and the performance
A limited number of tickets are available and advanced reservations are required.
Call 812.944.9600 to make reservations