Sometimes it only takes a few steps forward to walk back in time.
If you were at Red Orchard Park this past weekend, you walked past this sign, “Welcome to the 18th century.” You saw the tents, the storied artifacts and outfits. You saw Indians and horses. You saw the Long Run Massacre reenactment.
“I was really delighted. Everything made off without a hitch,” said Kathy Cummings, president of The Painted Stone Settlers, which put on the 3-day reenactment.
You may have known it as a men’s clothing store or an antique store, a nicknack shop or the emporium of sweetness it is today.
You may have wondered why its awning sticks out just a little farther than its neighbors, and if you’ve been inside, you might have considered that the floor space seemed to be unusual compared to others in Shelbyville.
But what you may not know is that the building at 610 Main Street was for decades the center of entertainment in Shelby County: The Shelby Theater.
There was no rain and very little mud on Friday and Saturday nights when the 20th annual Shelbyville Horse Show had its final events. Organizers reveled in the throngs who crammed into the tents and the arena at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, and the fans seemed to revel in watching the horses and the people. To see more photographs and video, visit the bottom of the home page.
To say that the Bland family's annual reunion will be "different" is putting it mildly.
The Blands, a family that can trace its ancestry back to medieval times in England and include a former Shelbyville mayor, are having a larger reunion than most folks. In fact, they're inviting the entire country.
The Bland National Family Reunion, held at the Stratton Center in Shelbyville last weekend, is a tradition that has been ongoing for the past 25 years, since a group of local Blands met up in Elizabethtown with Blands from Colorado and South Carolina.
The Rubles, a brother and sister who grew up in Simpsonville, met up with the Patriot Guard Riders, a parade of cyclists escorting the remains of three soldiers, when they stopped at the I-64 rest stop near there late last month. The Rubles were supposed to be there just to show support for this solemn processional.
But then the Rubles decided to follow the group to a picnic in Winchester.