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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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7th Annual Monarch Celebration

(Hosted at Hidden Hill Nursery & Sculpture Garden)

The Monarch Celebration has a new location. HIDDEN HILL NURSERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN will host The 7th Annual Monarch Celebration. Each year the Arts Council of Southern Indiana hosts this event to celebrate the annual migration of the Monarch butterfly.

The event has grown over the years and we are fortunate to be collaborating with Hidden Hill. Now the event will take place amid the beautiful gardens, greenhouses and sculpture of Hidden Hill. This will provide the butterflies with the perfect habitat and our visitors with a myriad of wonderful gardens, activities and yes SHADE.

The Monarch butterfly makes an annual migration to Mexico and the southern United States each autumn. The Arts Council is an official Monarch way station dedicated to the preservation of the species, which is slowly dying out because of habitat loss and pollution. By raising awareness and providing education, the Arts Council hopes to help the Monarch thrive for years to come.

The Arts Council and Hidden Hill Nursery and Sculpture Garden will host a number of local vendors, artists, music, performances, and activities, including the release of Monarch butterflies, educational programs, tours, fairy garden and sculpture building projects, and the bubble field.

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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, 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.

11th Annual Art on the Parish Green