Wikipedia tells us that “Indian summer is a meteorological phenomenon that occurs in the autumn. It refers to a period of considerable above normal temperatures, accompanied by dry and hazy conditions, after there has been a killing frost.”
A killing frost we have yet to experience in Northern Indiana this season, but you can experience another sort of magical phenomenon at this weekend’s Indian Summer Days in Howe.
If you’ve not been to Howe, what you will find is a small, quant, but active, busy downtown sprinkled with retailers, a couple of restaurants, and a sweet ice cream shop called “Happiness Is Ice Cream” (by the way, it’s true: I ate their ice cream, and it made me happy!).
You’ll also discover Howe Park billowing with centuries-old trees, and this weekend, bustling with Howe’s downtown Indian Summer Days celebration.
This year’s events includes a parade, family entertainment, a gospel sing, farmer’s market, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and of course, food.
Howe Alumni Association is holding a classic car, truck, and street rod show on the Howe School campus. While you’re on campus, take in another breathtaking scene at the historic St. James Chapel, built in the early 1900s, and the Italian Gothic style Howe Mansion, built in 1875.
Back on the town square where the festival is held, you’ll discover the amazing Kingsbury House Gallery situated in what used to be a hotel. The restored building is a piece of art in itself, but you’ll also find beautiful watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings; blown glass; sculpture; photography, and pottery. I’ve not been there, but I’ve talked to the owner, who is delightful.
Howe has a number of hotels for an overnight stay, which once you’re here, you’ll want to do. There’s so much more to see and do in this little area!
What: Indian Summer Days
Where: Howe Park, downtown Howe, Indiana
When: September 16, 17
Have you visited Howe? What did you enjoy about this little town?