Monarch Celebration

100 Monarch butterflies were released at the Arts Council of Southern Indiana’s Monarch Celebration on July 28, thanks to the Southern Indiana Botanical Society, PNC, Turkey Ridge Farm, The Arts Council, Endris Jewelers, Yeager Construction, Jamey Aebersold and Mike and Beth Pattison which funded their purchase.  “Mike Pattison, president of the Southern Indiana Botanical Society, came to me with the idea,” Julie Schweitzer, executive director, said.  “It’s such a great way to involve the people who attend so they can see and experience what the celebration is all about—these beautiful butterflies.”

The Arts Council held the first celebration last year with the group art exhibit, “Beyond Borders”.  “It’s a great match and now an annual event,” said Schweitzer. “It’s an exhibit about monarchs as interpreted by artists, and it’s about the wonderful gardens on our property, where we grow milkweeds.  Milkweeds are the only plants the caterpillars will eat so they’re necessary for the monarchs’ survival.”

During the free event which ran from 1 to 6 p.m., the Arts Council hosted the Indiana Arts Commissions, Regional Initiative Grant award ceremony at 3:30 p.m., dedicated its renovated carriage house, which is being used for art classes.  The renovation was funded by Republic Bank, LG&E, Thomas Keith Peterson Memorial Fund, Pat Harrison, First Harrison Bank, River Valley Bank, and Your Community Bank.  A ribbon-cutting will also be done for a new garden bench.  Carved by four members of Boy Scout Troop 4080 and assisted by sculptor Larry Beisler, the bench was created from limestone donated by Schickel Masonry Restoration.

Individuals and families assisted Paul Hassfurder in constructing an arbor on the property, music was by Waitin’ for Dave and Field of Kings, visitors learned about growing orchids during a talk by members of the Louisville Orchid Society, carving stone, and viewed Mike Pattison’s butterfly collection.

Other afternoon activities included children’s art projects, refreshments and a PNC table with give-away items.


Thanks to Duke Energy for funding the event and garden, and to Padgett, Inc. for funding the art exhibit and garden.  

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