Central Indiana Things to Do - September - October

Crystal Hammon

Indiana’s Antique Alley
Historic Cambridge City is home to one of Indiana’s most diverse antique destinations. Indulge your antiquarian tastes in the town’s two-block area with more than 11 shops and malls. Make it a weekend junket by following two trails that define the state’s Antique Alley, which includes antique stores in Centreville, Dublin, Hagerstown, Dunreith and others. In Cambridge City, grab a bite of regional cuisine at Lumpy’s Cafe, a local diner known for its breaded tenderloins.

Download your guide to the trails at https://www.visitrichmond.org/visitors/things-to-do/antique-alley.

Whitewater Valley Railroad Excursions
Experience the charm of traveling by rail on the Whitewater Valley Railroad. Starting at Connersville’s Grand Central Station, you can take one of several historically-themed excursions, including the Civil War Special and the Wild West Special Express. On the second weekend in October, skip the parking and climb aboard the Metamora Canal Days Limited, a seven-hour, round-trip excursion that gives you four hours at the Metamora Canal Days Festival, where you can absorb the rich history of Metamora, one of Indiana’s early centers of commerce. Food service is not available, but passengers are welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic drinks. Metamora offers a variety of food options during the layover.

Learn more at https://whitewatervalleyrr.org/excursions/excursions

Wilbur Wright Fall Festival
Spend September 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. celebrating the legacy of Wilbur Wright near Hagerstown at the festival named for the pioneering aviator. Wilbur was born in 1867 and graduated from high school in nearby Richmond. His Millville, Indiana birthplace is preserved as a museum. There visitors can see a full-size replica of the 1903 flyer that was a decade in the making. The festival is a mashup of food, a classic car show, music and vendors.

For details, visit https://wwbirthplace.com/events


Artist Antonio McAfee Reinterprets Narratives in Art
The work of celebrated Richmond, Indiana artist Antonio McAfee is on display at the Eric Dean Gallery in the Fine Arts Center on the campus of Wabash College in Crawfordsville September 7 – November 30, 2022. McAfees work addresses the complexity of representation through various media, including photography, video, sculpture, drawing and collage. In Mezzanine, McAfee reimagines historical portraits of middle-class African Americans from The Exhibition of American Negroes, organized by W.E.B. Du Bois, Thomas Calloway and Historic Black Colleges for the 1900 Paris International Exposition. His depictions also include family, funk icons and people who are transitioning.

Visit https://www.wabash.edu/academics/art/gallery/current for more information. To learn more about the artist, visit https://antoniomcafee.net/home.html.

At Indiana State University, A Leading Thinker on Race in America
Hear bestselling author Carol Anderson on October 10 at Indiana State University’s Tilson Auditorium at 7 p.m. The African American historian and civil/voting rights activist is a professor at Emory University who uses a historical lens to help audiences understand racial oppression and how we can move forward as a culture. Her book White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide is lauded for adding an important dimension to the national conversation about race in America. It was also a National Critics Book Circle Award Winner and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

This event is free and open to the public.