The NT

    There will be dancing in the streets of Hartford City this weekend as the annual Hartford City High School Alumni Reunion and the SummerFest Arts Festival kicks off once again.

    More than 300 alumni of the former Hartford City High School are expected to gather together on Saturday for the fifth annual HCHS Alumni Reunion.

    Music, food and lots of reminiscing will be on the agenda during the event which starts at noon on July 28 at the Hartford City High School Memorial Park, located just east of the City Hall building, 700 N. Walnut St., in Hartford City.

    The City Hall building is now located at the site of the former high school, which was torn down in the late 1960s and replaced by the Blackford High School along State Road 3-N.    

    Nick Rhodes, an organizer of the annual reunion, said the event is open to everyone, not just alumni members. Food is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The event at the HCHS Memorial Park will end at 4 p.m. but the fun will continue during post reunion events that are slated for the evening.

    The Airdales and Friends Party will once again be held from 7 p.m. to Midnight at Oxley’s Corner, 214 S. High St., in Hartford City.  The agenda will again include food, music and lots of reminiscing.

    Several alumni will also gather at Victoria’s Vineyard for dinner from 6-9 p.m. that evening.

    The alumni reunion is being held in conjunction with the Sixth Annual SummerFest Arts Festival activities that will be going on in downtown Hartford City the same day.

    The SummerFest Arts Festival is an all day event set for July 28 on the courthouse square in downtown Hartford City. The annual event was started in 2013 to celebrate the arts in East Central Indiana.

    Tori’s Butterfly Garden Foundation now organizes the annual event. The festival originally was started by a group of artisans and the Blackford County Community Foundation. It is held the last Saturday in July each year.

    A variety of art will be on display during the festival, including, metalwork, stained glass, woodworking, jewelry making, pottery, photography, painting, music and dance.

    The day starts with breakfast served by the Masonic Lodge and the rest of the day is packed with live music, arts and crafts activities for kids, a farmers market and great food. A main attraction for the day are the vendors who set up and showcase their artisan creations to sell to the public.

    The 2018 Juried Art Show, set for July 23 through Sept. 13,  is also being held in conjunction with SummerFest activities.

    The Blackford County Arts Center, 107 W. Washington St., in downtown Hartford City, will host an exhibit reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 27. Awards will be presented to the artists at this time as well. The public is invited to visit the exhibit during its time on display and attend the free exhibit reception.

    The show will be judged by Carl Schafer. Schafer is a trained art historian whose 25 plus year career in the museum profession has focused on designing exhibitions and caring for works of art in virtually all materials and representing the world’s major civilizations across time.

    For more information, contact Amy Day, (765) 348-4154 or amyday@artsland.org.