OUR EVENTS

EVENTS 2019!
• Reservations are required for all events and may be made in person or over the phone: 812-522-8617
• Seating is 6 per table. Groups of 7 or more will be seated at separate tables, side by side if possible.
• All events begin promptly at 12 noon and end by 3pm.


JUNE 4 – Tuesday 12 noon
LOVE LETTERS – A PULITZER PRIZE nominated play by A.R. Gurney
   Love Lettersis a disarmingly funny and emotional play about the powerful connection of love. Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. Beginning with a childhood birthday party thank you note, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away?
   This performance is staged with two actors, Karen Temple and Ben Sulaski sitting side by side at a table reading these notes, letters and cards. This play runs 1 hour 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.
     $25.00 per person/ Luncheon will be served. Includes tax and gratuity. Enjoyed by men and women. 


JULY 9 - Tuesday 12 noon
ABRAHAM LINCOLN – featuring Lincoln impersonator Danny Russel
   Hilarity and heartbreak abound as our most famous Hoosier, Abraham Lincoln traces his amazing journey from a log cabin to the White House in this compelling performance. In his customary black suit and ever-present stovepipe hat you’ll learn about his Indiana youth (age 7-21) where frontier life was precarious, disease a constant companion, and death a hovering presence. How did he overcome hardscrabble poverty, numerous business failures and one undistinguished term in Congress? Too often obscured by the marble statue, this humorous portrayal reveals the humble and humane statesman who inspired it.
  Performed by Danny Russel: In addition to being a lifetime member of the National Association of Lincoln Presenters, Mr. Russel is a four-time grant recipient honored by the Indiana Arts Commission for theatrical excellence. 
 $25.00 per person/ Luncheon will be served. Includes tax and gratuity. Enjoyed by men and women. 


AUGUST 20 – Tuesday 12 noon
GRACING OUR LIVES: LINENS & LACE – featuring collector Debra Slone
    Linens and lace were once rarities, but now they are luxuries to be lived with, enjoyed, and used with imagination. Enjoy a delicious lunch with one of our most popular speakers, Debra Slone (aka the Apron Lady). Debra shares over 30 examples of stunning and unusual works of art including tablecloths, bedding, curtains, and clothing. Learn the history of these remarkable textiles through examples of vintage lace and embroidery handwork. You'll see why these timeworn treasures have long-lasting durability, making them ideal to re-purpose while maintaining a connection to your family’s past. You'll leave knowing why these soft-spoken textiles have more to do with a matter of the soul than with style.
     $25.00 per person/ Luncheon will be served. Includes tax and gratuity.



SEPTEMBER 17 – Tuesday 12 noon
RUTH WRIGHT: INDIANA’S RED CROSS NURSE - featuring Master Storyteller Sharon Kirk Clifton
   When the reality of WWI first settled in, and lives were threatened by the Germans, Ruth Wright, a nurse from Indianapolis Methodist Hospital took up the call to volunteer with the Red Cross in France.She was part of a special cadre of nurses and other professionals, surgeons and technicians who headed to France when Eli Lilly wanted to supply a 500-bed base hospital in France. 
   Wright worked in what was called the “shock” wards. Now known as PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, “shock” was misunderstood at the time. While only in her mid 20’s, she convinced doctors that soldiers experiencing the syndrome needed special care, and that they were not just trying to avoid going back into the trenches.
   Based on writings of first-hand accounts and experiences, Ms. Clifton will take you on the journey of this amazing young nurse, and you, like Ruth will suddenly realize that the Great War was very real.
  Ms. Clifton is affiliated with Storytelling Arts of Indiana. She is a published author, and has received numerous awards and recognition fromIndiana Arts Commission/National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship;Frank Basile Emerging Stories Fellowship, and commissioned to develop a storytelling program for the Indiana State Museum to name a few.
    $25.00 per person/ Luncheon will be served. Includes tax and gratuity. Enjoyed by men and women. 



OCTOBER 1 – Tuesday 12 noon
JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY– featuring Riley impersonator Danny Russel
   Danny Russel brings this whimsical, younger man portrayal of James Whitcomb Riley capturing his charming sense of mischief. 
   Mark Twain called James Whitcomb Riley “the funniest man in America!”  When they appeared together at Chickering Hall in 1887, The New York Times declared our Hoosier Poet “the hit of the afternoon.” Not long before, he had been  working as a sign painter, dancing in a medicine show, and attempting to sell his patented snake oil. Those colorful struggles are depicted as he eventually finds fame in newspapers and on the lecture circuit. In this amusing and fast-paced portrayal, Riley recites and performs “simple sentiments that come direct from the heart” – The Raggedy ManWhen the Frost is on the PunkinA Nonsense RhymeThe Hired Man’s Faith in Childrenas well as his most beloved piece, Little Orphant Annie.  We also learn about his role in creating Raggedy Ann, the founding of Riley Hospital and more. Request a favorite poem also!
     $25.00 per person/ Luncheon will be served. Includes tax and gratuity. Enjoyed by men and women. 



Call 812-522-8617 for Reservations 
NOTE: If you call and leave a message to reserve, but we do not return your call within 24 hours it usually means that we could not understand your phone number and/or message on our answering machine. Please call back and leave your number and name slowly and clearly. Thank you.
Reservations are required for all events. Payment due when we confirm your reservation(s). You may reserve your seat and pay by credit card (MC, Visa) over the phone, mail your check, or reserve and pay at Batar during normal business hours.
• You must cancel any reservation 48 hours prior to the day of the event for a full refund. No refunds are given after 48 hours. (However, you may substitute one person for another if you have a last minute drop out.)
• Most events last 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
• The retail store is open after all events. The Sweet Shop is closed.
 Reserve early, some events sell out quickly.


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