Two-way traffic has been restored on Water Street in Indiana, and IRMC Park along North 7th Street is ready for its debut tonight as the It’s a Wonderful Life Festival and Parade inaugurates the holiday season in Indiana.
The $2.5 million third phase of the downtown renaissance is virtually complete, with the plaza space for the park featuring wide sidewalks with brick inlays, tables, benches, and decorative street lights, the IRMC arch, and the reconstructed Vinegar Hill steps and Water Street retaining wall.
There is a busy schedule in downtown tonight, including:
- From 5:30 to 8 PM, roasting marshmallows, hayrides, and crafts, with hot chocolate and treats at IRMC Park. The Community Music School Adult Choral Group will perform at 5:30, and the Indiana Junior High School Jazz Band will play at 6.
- At 6:30, the drawing will be made for the $14,000 Love of Life Ring. Proceeds from the ticket sales for the ring benefit the M. Dorcas Clark Women’s Imaging Center at IRMC.
- The Holiday Parade, with grand marshals Rich Little and Judy Stewart, begins at 7 o’clock and will be followed by the lighting of the Christmas Tree on the courthouse lawn.
- The Jimmy Stewart Museum will have a free open house, with continuous showings of The Making of It’s a Wonderful Life from 4 to 7:45 PM.
- Calvary Presbyterian Church, where the Stewart family worshipped, will hold an open house from 5:30 to 8 PM, with Roberta Jones performing on the church organ, and visitors will get free hot chocolate and a free keepsake.
- Finally, at 8:15, the Indiana Theatre will host a free showing of It’s a Wonderful Life, with Chris Collins welcoming guests to the showing.