rWe will have a booth along with the Indiana Covered Bridge Society during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, October 10-19, at the east end of Bainbridge in Putnam County. It is at the lake with the lighthouse and we will have authentic covered bridge articles available as well as covered bridge books, and other materials.
The 2014 Dinner on the bridge was a huge success. We served 194 people and there were several others who were not able to attend for various reasons.
Live entertainment, numerous door prizes, and the chance to visit with old friends and meet new people seemed to be enjoyed by all.
The Friends Organization was happy to receive the advertising posters that were formerly on the bridge nicely framed from Terry Miller, co-author of the book: America's Covered Bridges. Dr. Miller Signed books and answered questions throughout the evening and there are still books available for purchase for anyone who is interested.
The dog show, quilt display and road rally were well received.
The event is held annually the first Saturday in August and we are already planning for next year.
We will be involved in other festivals and events this fall and winter.
We encourage anyone who is interested to become a member of the Friends of the Medora Covered Bridge and Area (FMCBA). The membership fee is $10.00/year/individual and $15.00/year/family. Checks can be mailed to: FMCBA, P.O. Box 132, Medora, IN 47260 The membership year begins July 1. Membership dues recieved now will go through June 30, 2015.
Some of the things we have done include:
Background involvement in the rehab of the bridge;
Input with securing highway signs for the bridge;
Painting lettering on the ends of the bridge;
Getting permission and raising funds for a security system for the bridge (still in progress);
Greeting visitors and giving tours at the bridge when possible;
Displaying and keeping track of a guest book to document the visitors at the bridge;
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Making arrangements for cleaning out the brush and vines to help visitors have a better view for taking pictures and to help with the overall appearance.
Keeping the area mowed (We have purchased a zero turn mower and a weed eater.);
Funding and making available a brochure on the history and information of the bridge. (We purchased 20,000 brochures.).
Involvement with other festivals in the area;
Making presentations at schools and organizations;
Picking up the trash and cleaning the picnic tables daily;
Involvement with the Indiana Covered Bridge Society.
Maintaining this web site.
The Indiana Covered Bridge Society is an Organization designed to encourage and help in the preservation of the covered bridges in Indiana. For membership information and activities see: www.indianacrossings.org