Every three years, more than 40 outstanding young harpists from around the world descend on Bloomington to compete in the USA International Harp Competition, with the 12th Competition taking place from June 29 through July 9, 2022.
Moya Wright, Executive Director, will take a look “Behind the Scenes” and talk about some of the preparations for this year’s International Harp Competition. She will also talk about the volunteer program, including the popular Host Families program where local residents volunteer to host an international contestant.
Founded in 1989 by Susann McDonald, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Harp at the Jacobs School of Music, the USA International Harp Competition is recognized as one of most prestigious, and lucrative, solo harp competitions in the world. Participants will be competing for the gold, silver, bronze medals and cash prizes before a jury of distinguished international judges.
Local Agent Jen Bratton Honored by Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. for Outstanding Real Estate Performance
Weichert, Realtors® - The Brawley Group is proud to announce that Jen Bratton was honored by the national franchise organization, Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., for outstanding real estate performance in 2021.
Jen Bratton received the Sales Achievement level honor, which is given to those who achieved specified production requirements in gross commission income or units closed in 2021.
“We are very proud of all our affiliates and their agents for everything they were able to accomplish this past year,” said Bill Scavone, president and chief operating officer of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. “We are extremely fortunate to have such dedicated and knowledgeable agents who went above and beyond to adapt to the various challenges of 2021 and continue to offer exceptional service to their clients.”
Weichert, Realtors® - The Brawley Group is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliate.
For more information about Weichert, Realtors® - The Brawley Group, please contact Jeffrey Brawley at 812-336-6888 or email@example.com.
John Bethell Title Company, Inc. is excited to announce a newly developed website to better serve clients and partners in the Bloomington area. The site uses the same URL and can be accessed at www.johnbtitle.com.
Not only does this site highlight the caring and knowledgeable John Bethell Title team, but it also provides blogs, resources and contact information for consumers and real estate partners alike. It also showcases its social media presence and provides links to the company’s Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn pages. John Bethell Title is a provider of real estate title and closing services in the greater Bloomington Indiana area.
“We specialize in maintaining relationships within our industry and community, as well as insured closings, title insurance policies, loan policies and searches, but we also specialize in maintaining relationships within our industry and community,” said John Bethell, the company’s president and owner. “Our website now better reflects who we
are and what makes us special. In addition, it’s more modern and user-friendly for visitors on their computers and mobile devices.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana (BBBSSCI), Monroe and Owen counties’ preeminent leader in one-to-one youth mentoring, today announced that Jennifer Quick-Cook has been named Chief Executive Officer. In this role, reporting to the board of directors, Ms. Quick-Cook will be responsible for all aspects of the organization including, but not limited to business execution, fund development, financial management, program impact, talent management, and strategic planning. Her first official day was March 21, 2022.
Ms. Quick-Cook joins BBBSSCI after spending the last five years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. She held various roles supporting and managing areas of increasing responsibility in fund development, continuous improvement and programming within the Kentuckiana service area of 10 counties. With nearly a decade of non-profit experience coupled with her background in legal services, Jennifer has successfully impacted the lives of hundreds of individuals, families, and children. Ms. Quick-Cook received her Bachelor’s degree in paralegal services from Sullivan University and her Master’s degree in social work from Spalding University.
“We are very excited to welcome Jennifer to the agency and our community,” said Kelly Abel, Board President, BBBSSCI. “Jennifer comes to us with in-depth knowledge of how the agency operates, but also brings a new set of skills to help us grow and change the lives of more children in our community."
Comcast Corporation has expanded its Comcast RISE program to all women-owned businesses nationwide, furthering its efforts to advance digital equity and help provide underrepresented small business owners with access to the digital tools and funding they need to thrive.
Comcast RISE, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary last November, remains open to racially and ethnically diverse small business owners. Information and the applications to apply for marketing and technology services are available at www.ComcastRISE.com. Applications will close for this current round on June 17, 2022.
“As we continue to rebuild and emerge from the pandemic’s impact, small businesses across Indiana remain critical to our local economy,” said Jeff Marston, vice president of Comcast Business in Indiana. “Expanding Comcast RISE to women-owned small businesses reinforces our company’s commitment to empower and strengthen even more Indiana companies that are the heart of our local communities across the state.”
March 25-27 - The Tivoli will be premiering So Cold The River. Showtimes Friday 7p, Saturday 2p and 7p, Sunday 3p. Special bonus Sunday as we also premier the short film Hide & Seek at 2p. Tickets $5 adults /$3 youth 12 and under for So Cold the River (rated R) and $2 for the short Hide & Seek. Tickets available at www.spencertivoli.org
April 1-3 - We fall thru the rabbit hole with the live production of Alice in Wonderland by the Owen County Civic Theatre. Tickets are $12. Showtimes Friday 7p, Saturday 2p and 7p, and Sunday 2p. Tickets available at www.spencertivoli.org
So Cold the River
A co-production between 1804 Productions and Pigasus Pictures, So Cold The River was written and directed by Paul Shoulberg and based on the book by bestselling author Michael Koryta. A Bloomington native, Koryta used West Baden and French Lick as the setting for his novel, and it came full circle when the movie version of So Cold the River was filmed on location entirely at West Baden Springs Hotel and the surrounding community. Cook Group, the parent company of West Baden Springs Hotel and French Lick Springs Hotel, also collaborated on the project when the movie was filmed in January and February of 2020.
This dark supernatural thriller follows an ex-documentary filmmaker, Erica Shaw. Having her career derailed by a fatal mistake, she is hired to make a documentary about a dying multi-millionaire from an old town in Indiana. As she starts to uncover the secret horrors of her new surroundings, she soon realizes that the subject of her investigation isn’t who he claims to be.
We are organizing a three-day rummage sale, Rummage for Refuge, at The Warehouse (1525 S. Rogers St., Bloomington, IN 47404) April 7-9.
There will be a lot of good, quality used clothing (adult/child/infant), along with accessories, linens, and household items for the public to choose from. Pricing will be based on filling up a bag, consisting of the following:
For more information, please visit www.wheelermission.org/RummageforRefuge. Volunteer opportunities are available, as well.
Bloomington Combine Conference returns April 7-8 with live drone light show in Trades District: Families and the community invited to enjoy the immersive light experience featuring 75 aerial drones
After a 2-year hiatus, The Combine Conference returns April 7-8 for an in-person event celebrating Midwest creativity, community, capital, culture, and code. The 2022 event will be held April 7-8, 2022, at the Mill, Bloomington’s center for coworking and entrepreneurship.
In addition to a ticketed conference featuring presenters on technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship trends, this year’s Combine will include a free public immersive drone light show on Friday. Individuals and families are encouraged to arrive early, grab a good viewing spot, and explore the Startup Showcase while awaiting the light show.
“The Combine is back, and what better way to celebrate creativity, innovation, and technology than with 75 aerial drones,” said organizer Mike Trotzke. “Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we can invite everyone, whether they can make it to the conference or not, to enjoy the drone show. It’s a fully customized show, featuring artwork and animations unique to the Combine, Bloomington, and Indiana.”
Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will welcome Bill Oliver, co-founder at Oliver Winery, as the keynote speaker for its 11th annual Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship luncheon on April 19 at 11:30 a.m. in Shreve Hall. Prior year’s events were postponed due to pandemic-related closures and gathering requirements.
“Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is so glad to be hosting this event again. The Cook Institute is a direct expression of the Cook Center’s mission to engage our local community and foster entrepreneurship in the communities we serve,” said executive director of the Ivy Tech Cook Center, Steve Bryant. “Bill has an inspirational story to share about starting and running a successful business, especially over the past couple of years.”
Bill Oliver, winemaker and businessman, focuses on new product development and strategic planning at Oliver Winery, which grew to become one of the largest wineries in the eastern United States under he and his wife Kathleen’s direction. In 2006, it became a 100% employee-owned company and in 2021, was purchased by NexPhase Capital, a New York-based private equity firm specializing in buying and scaling up small to medium sized businesses. Oliver holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, where he met his wife.
Northwest Bank Names Marty Erschen as Indiana Market Executive, Adds Relationship Managers to Commercial Banking Team
With over 26 years of banking and financial services experience, Marty Erschen has been named senior vice president, Indiana Commercial market executive, for Northwest Bank. Mark Worthy, head of Commercial and Industrial Lending, made the announcement.
In his role, Erschen leads Northwest’s commercial business development throughout Indiana, including an experienced team of relationship managers. Passionate about community economic development, he is committed to connecting Northwest’s commercial clients with the financial tools, resources and guidance they need to run a successful business.
Prior to joining Northwest, Erschen served as senior vice president of business development for Wells Fargo Bank.
“Marty’s successful career of focused commercial lending experience, demonstrated commitment to making a positive impact in the community, and deep roots in Indiana make him a welcome addition to Northwest,” said Worthy.
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