21st Annual • 2016
Please join Heartwood on October 7th-9th for our 21st Annual Heartwood Reunion! The Heartwood Reunion is a chance for activists from across the Heartwood region to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones, through a weekend of great food, music, dancing, workshops, celebration, and action!
2-for-1 Deal for First-time Attendees!
You don’t have to be a Heartwood member to attend! The Reunion is the perfect place to get more familiar with the Heartwood family and the work that we do. This year, for the first time ever, we are offering a 2-for-1 registration for first-time attendees! That means that two new people can attend for the price of one registration! That also means that folks who have attended Heartwood events in the past can bring a friend for free! In addition to our 2-for-1 registration, we are expanding our work-trade opportunities. We are specifically looking for help with set up before the Reunion, cooking throughout the weekend, and clean up afterwards, as well as childcare during the weekend. If you are interested in work-trade, email Myke Luurtsema at email@example.com. The 2-for-1 registration and work-trade deals are only available to those who pre-register by September 30th!
The keynote speaker on Friday night will be Kevin Tungesvick, of the Heart of the River Coalition.
Kevin played a critical role in the campaign to defeat a proposed dam on the West Fork White River in Anderson, Indiana. His talk will discuss the unique ecological areas threatened by the proposed and dam and reservoir, as well as the successful grassroots campaign that defeated the project. Kevin is an expert botanist and engaging speaker, and we are thrilled to have him for the Reunion!
The Lick Creek Band will perform on Friday night after the keynote! Bring your dancing pants, because we’re going to be kicking up sawdust to one the best bands around.
The Heartwood Benefit Auction will take place after dinner on Saturday. Bring donations of art, (nice) clothing, camping gear, full bottles and cans, crafts and anything else to donate to the auction! Start your holiday shopping early by getting that hard-to-find item that you or your loved one can’t live without! And remember, “The more you spend, the more it’s worth!”
The World Famous Heartwood Talent Show will be on Saturday night, following the auction. From music to dance to poetry to basketball tricks and more, the Heartwood Talent Show is the chance for us all to remind ourselves why we’re performing at talent show in front of our friends and not at the Grand Ole Opry.
On Sunday morning, see a live performance of “Go, Granny D!” This theatrical performance tells the story of the legendary activist Granny D, through song and story.
We are excited to announce that, for the first time in many years, there will be a post-Reunion ACTION! On the afternoon of Sunday, October 9th, there will be a creative, theatrical demonstration that will call attention to the rampant logging of Indiana’s state forests. We don’t want to give away too many details and spoil the surprise, but if you happen to have an animal costume in your activist tool box you might want to consider bringing that with you this year.
As a reminder, the Lazy Black Bear is a FRAGRANCE-FREE ZONE! That means no scented lotions, laundry products, perfumes, hair care, etc. (For example, some people wash their clothes with plain Borax and baking soda before packing.) We also ask that you make other accommodations for your animal companions, as there are already an abundance and variety of animals that call this place Home. Thanks for your cooperation!
Sacred Stone Camp
We will be taking a collection of donations at the Reunion for the Sacred Stone Camp, currently blockading the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Donations of cash, winter camping gear, winter clothing, nonperishable food, tools (specifically shovels, pickaxes, and axes), and other useful items will be delivered to the Sacred Stone Camp immediately following the Reunion.
Tentative Schedule (subject to indifference):
Event LocationLazy Black Bear Lodge
3875 S County Rd 50 W
Paola, IN 47454
Heartwood Reunion Location
Paoli is 50 miles south of Bloomington on Highway 37 and 50 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky, on US Highway 150.
From Paoli: Go 2.5 miles south on Highway 37. At the first crossroads (watch for a brown and white sign that says: Hoosier National Forest Youngs Creek Horse Trail), turn right on CR 250 S.
After you turn on C.R. 250 S: Go west 1 mile. Watch for another horse trail sign. Turn left (south) on County Road 50 W; go past the horse camp (one and a half miles). Go straight through the open gate to the Lazy Black Bear.
From I-64: Take Highway 37 North exit to English. Go 13 miles past English. Watch for a brown and white sign that says: Hoosier National Forest Youngs Creek Horse Trail. Turn left on CR 250 S (look for blue & white mile-marker 52) then follow directions above.
The map above shows the location of this year’s Reunion. You can scroll around by clicking and dragging in the map. You can zoom in or out using the the [+] and [-] in a corner of the map.
Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! If you have any questions, please call 812-307-4326.