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Source:  Albion New Era, Albion, IN.  Published on: June 24, 2015

Albion to host bicentennial block party event

ALBION--Here's something to celebrate:  A state organization is giving Albion $1,000 and materials to host a block party event scheduled for next summer.


The Super Town of Albion Revitalization  (S.T.A.R.) Team was one of eight communities or groups selected by Indiana Humanities to host an ALL-IN Block Party. The event is tentatively scheduled for June 25, 2016, around the courthouse square.


The state organization is helping cities and towns throw block parties as a lead-up to Indiana's bicentennial in 2016. The block parties are meant to be fun events but also provide thought-provoking challenges to get residents more involved in their communities, according to Indiana Humanities.


Those challenges could include learning more about the state, town or neighborhood, exploring new destinations, joining local organizations or taking part in projects to improve the community.


Albion's block party should be a gathering of many Noble County organizations--not just those located in Albion--that would be able to share information about what they are and what they do, and encourage people to get involved, S.T.A.R. Team President Steve Hook said.


The event ideally would combine the fun of a town festival with the information or countywide participation from groups that you might find at a fair, Hook said.


The S.T.A.R. Team already has an expansive list of organizations that would be invited to take part in the block party, including churches, service groups, tourism sites, parks and recreation groups, historic an cultural organizations, and schools.


"It would be a way for the community to learn and know a little bit more about the nonprofits. And a way for the organizations to ge the word out," Hook said.


Indiana Humanities will provide some perks to help Albion and the other seven organizers throw their block parties. They include a $1,000 grant; and ALL-IN starter kit, with items to help promote and host the event; training sessions on how to run a successful block party; access to a graphic designer to customize block-party mateials; and a prize pack from Sun King Brewing, with items to give away during the event.


"Our hosts have all put a creative twist on the basic model of the ALL-IN block party," said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities, in a news release announcing the communities selected.


Albion got the idea to apply from Joy LeCount--a county councilwoman, S.T.A.R. Team member and Noble County Convention & Visitors Bureau board member--who suggested it as an event the town could host.


LeCount said organizers don't forsee an Albion-only event.


"We're going to try to make this countywide--asmuch as we can," she said.


Other communities and groups that were selected to host ALL-IN block parties include New Albany, Richmond, Otterbein and four locations in Indianapolis.

Celebration will highlight county organizations


Read a June 19, 2015, Indiana Humanities news release called....


Nine Indiana communities to host ALL-IN Block Parties