in Bloom concert
garden tour in Madison
to offer after hours entertainment
music, prose, poetry readings
to benefit history center
(March 2009) This years Madison in
Bloom annual tour of area gardens will feature a new program for
visitors and residents of Madison, Ind. Happy Hour in the Garden,
will feature a piano recital by well-known Hanover College music professor
Kimm Hollis, and poetry and prose readings by community volunteers Thelma
Mullett and Margaret Seifert.
by Konnie McCollum
in the new
Madison in Bloom program are
(from left): Thelma Mullet, Kimm
Hollis and Margaret Seifert.
The program is scheduled for 5 p.m. on May 9 and will
be held on the grounds of the Jefferson County Historical Societys
Museum complex, 615 W. First St. There is no set admission fee, but
the performance is a fundraiser for the society, so contributions are
The Madison in Bloom tour includes six private gardens that
are not otherwise open to the public, six gardens that have never been
on previous tours, and a plant sale. This year, the tour will be held
on the weekends of May 9-10, and May 16-17.
Anyone and everyone are welcome to attend the after-hours program,
said Joe Carr, executive director of the Jefferson County Historical
Society. I believe the program will appeal to all ages.
Hollis, the professor of music and Department Chair at Hanover College,
came up with the idea during a brainstorming session about ways to give
the garden tour an edge. We wanted to do something new and different,
he said. Many people complain there is nothing to do in the evenings
after the tour has ended. This is something for which they will want
to stay in town.
Hollis is a well-known performer in the area and has done numerous community
piano concerts throughout his career at Hanover College. He joined Hanovers
faculty in 1975. His credits include a 14-year stint as the district
chair of the Southern Indiana Music Teachers Association, chair of the
state committee which compiled the piano solo list for Indiana School
of Music Association district and state contests, and adjudicator for
Indiana School of Music and Music Teachers National Associations, National
Guild and Federation.
The music will have a garden theme to it, he
said. The selections are light, and those who enjoy salon music
will certainly like what we have planned.
Also on the agenda for the evening are select prose and poetry readings
by Margaret Seifert and Thelma Mullet. We plan to do a variety
of readings, including humor, said Seifert, long-term Hanover
Town Council member and past president. We may even have some
original work to present.
Seifert, director of support services for academics at Ivy Tech Community
College, has served the communities of Madison and Hanover in a variety
of capacities. Her long list of contributions includes being the former
dean of students at Hanover College and holding numerous positions within
the Ivy Tech Community College System. She has served as president of
the Hanover Town Council; president of the Girls Club of Jefferson County
board; vice chairman of the Town of Hanover Planning Commission; and
president of Hanover College Faculty Womens Club. She has chaired
the Chamber of Commerce Workshop and served as an officer at Hanover
United Methodist Church. She has been honored by several organizations
and earned numerous awards for outstanding service.
Mullet has been a long-term board member and volunteer for the Jefferson
County Historical Society. She was president of the board for two years.
She founded the American Association of University Womens annual
book fair, held at Ivy Tech Community College, and works with disabled
childrens groups in the area.
She has also been a dedicated community worker for her church, Hanover
United Methodist Church. She has been extremely active in her churchs
outreach program and food bank and is involved in the new Clearinghouse
community outreach project.
Hollis, Seifert and Mullet are thrilled to be working together on program.
Weve done this many times, but never all together,
Happy Hour in the Garden will begin with complimentary wine
and hors doeuvres. The selections of music will include Echoes
of Spring, by Friml and Is it Anything Bad to Pick a Few
Flowers, by Martinu.
The evening is dedicated to the late Fred Mullett and Ralph Seifert,
the husbands of the ladies involved in the program. Both men had long
careers as faculty members at Hanover College. We look forward
to seeing everyone at the performance, said Mullet. Bring
your lawn chairs and come out to enjoy the evening.
For more information about Happy
Hour in the Garden, or Madison in Bloom, call the
Jefferson County Historical Society at (812) 265-2335.
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