Local groups wrap up holiday events, look ahead to 2023


Members of the Knightstown Psi Iota Xi Gamma Eta chapter joke that they’re wearing pajamas because they’re ready for “a long winter’s nap” after a busy fall of fundraisers and events.

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Rotary club serves, gives in December

GREENFIELD – The Rotary Club of Greenfield has been involved with several community service projects this month.

Nearly $2,500 was collected for the Shop with a Deputy program when 29 Rotarians rang bells at local businesses in Greenfield Dec. 3. Chantel Fowler and Sherry Haines were recognized for collecting the most at over $50. Together, the police and sheriff’s departments assisted 69 children for the event.

The club has grown to 99 members and recently recognized Paul Harris Fellows, a recognition acknowledging individuals who contribute, or have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Kim Hall, Devon Brown and Brian Croel were honored. At the plus-one level were Kirk Jocham and Jake Kersey; April Stillinger is plus-two. That raises the PHF participation to 60 members.

The club will meet again Dec. 22 and have its Thirty-Second Auction.

Arts council announces 2023 shows, events

GREENFIELD – The Hancock County Arts Council recently announced its 2023 calendar for exhibits at the Twenty North Gallery.

The gallery, located at 20 N. State St., Greenfield, will have an “All About Shapes” show in January. Student artwork of county junior and senior high schools will be on display in February. A wildlife exhibit is slated for March, while “In the Looking Glass” is in April.

The gallery will feature numbers and anything in 2D and 3D in an exhibit called “Count Me In” this May. Summertime exhibits include the Vawter Annual Art Exhibit in June; refurbished art in July; and portraits in August. Pastel art and the annual Chalk Fest Interactive Display is scheduled for September, and a sculpture exhibit is in October.

Closing out the year will be an exhibit on scenes, structures and heirlooms of the past in November, with holiday favorites returning in December.

For details and membership information, visit hancockcountyarts.org.

Knightstown sorority had a busy fall

KNIGHTSTOWN – Psi Iota Xi Gamma Eta chapter in Knightstown hosted fundraisers and events this fall. From Oct. 6-Nov. 3 the organization sold Abbott’s caramels and Warm Glow candles. The group co-hosted “Trail at the Haunted Pond” with Knightstown Youth Football. The event, on the property of one of the members, had many visitors in two nights as well as a kid-friendly hour during the daylight. The event also included a photo booth, and 73 pictures were taken on parents’ phones as a service to the guests.

On Nov. 3, the group had its “Make It – Bake It-Fake It” auction, where all proceeds went word projects that ultimately help individuals or groups within the Charles A. Beard and Eastern Hancock communities.