Drive, bike or stroll on Brownville’s Old Time Autumn trails and streets and enjoy this historic river town displayed with all of its fall splendor October 14 and 15, 2017. Crafters, artists and Brownville friends will use corn stalks, scarecrows, gourds, and giant pumpkins to build displays.
Special features of this year’s Old Time Autumn will be the Gran Fondo and the presentation of the Heritage Tree.
On the 14th, the Gran Fondo will bicycle between Nebraska City, Peru, and Brownville, and then return using the Steamboat Trace Trail both ways as their route.
The presentation of the Brownville Heritage Tree, a project of the Brownville Historical Society, will take place with a special program on Saturday, October 14, at 10:45 a.m. in Boettner Park.
Early life in Brownville featured the planting of many trees. The society will present a 35’ metal tree designed by Mike Koeneke, Ariens Corporation, painted by artist, Terry Van Gundy, and installed by the Auburn Board of Public Works, with signage by Merz Ink of Auburn.
The Heritage Tree is the Society’s contribution to the State’s 150th Anniversary. The 10:45 a.m. ceremony will feature: accordion music by Lennis Blecha, III; attendees to be greeted by German-American Society as people attend the Heritage Tree presentation; flag ceremony and Pledge of Allegiance by Boy Scout Troop #321; recognition of guests; message by State Senator Dan Watermeier; and recognitions of the builders and contributors of this unique tree by Stephanie Fisher.
The Gran Fondo and Steamboat Trace Celebration is a Nebraska 150 Sesquicentennial event. It is a 100 KM bicycle ride that will begin and end at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. The bikers will travel the Steamboat Trace Trail with visits to Peru and Brownville. Buses will arrive in each of the three communities every 40 minutes on October 14. A $10 pass will allow a person to use the buses all day.
Pastries, kolaches, honey, crafts, glass, pottery, apples, fire stones, jewelry, pumpkins, and gourds will be for sale at the Farmers Market at 2nd & Main next to the Masonic Building.
Pioneer demonstrations will be active both days of Old Time Autumn. You will be able to see: steam engines in action, quilt making, weaving and spinning, pottery creation at the New Earth Clay Pottery Shop, wine making at Whiskey Run Creek Winery fishing nets, glass blowing at Northland Exposure Artists Gallery, broom making at Sweetwater Broom Shop, apple butter and cider preparation, and blacksmith activity.
Ride the Brownville Trolley, a carriage, and see the displays. The trolley ride will begin at Boettner Park, and the carriage ride at the Railroad History Center Museum.
The scenic boat ride on the Spirit of Brownville leaves port on the Missouri River each day. Call 402-825-6441 for a reservation.
The Brownville Fine Arts Association will be overseeing several artists as they create art pieces highlighting Brownville properties and landscapes at various locations.
You can visit with artists Terry Van Gundy and Neal Anderson at the Brown/Carson House as they present and sell their creations of wildlife each day.
Three artists, Deb Kubik, with Deb’s Designs, Fused Glass; Vanessa Briggs with Grimwood Forest Creatures; and Allison Borgschulte with Kaleidoscopes will present and sell their creations at the Sage Museum.
Children will enjoy train rides at the Railroad History Center Museum Campus on Saturday. Face painting for children will be provided by Hannah Van Gundy at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Crafts with Emily for children will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Town Hall.
Pumpkins and sunflowers will be brought to the canopy in Boettner Park on Sunday, the 15th from noon to 1:00 p.m. for judging. Winners will be announced at 2:00 p.m. There will be a winner for the Largest Pumpkin, the Best Decorated Pumpkin, the Widest Sunflower, and the Prettiest Sunflower.
The Buffalo Chip Toss will begin at 3:00 p.m. behind the old gas station, with winners in various age groups.
Enjoy the fall colors as you celebrate your faith with neighbors, family and friends on the top deck of the River Inn Resort on Sunday, October 15, 10:00 a.m. This gathering will share scriptures focused on creation and praise, interspersed with music by a gospel quartet, Dr. Charles and Jody Anderson on keyboard and trumpet, Bluegrass Gospel Trio, and the Buchanan Highlanders, a drum and pipe group. Pastors Bob Heusman and Bob Chitwood will lead the attendees.
Following the praise gathering the community will join together at the Town Hall for a potluck dinner. People are encouraged to provide for themselves and guests who will be attending Old Time Autumn activities.
The Brownville Market will provide a beer garden on their grounds both days of Old Time Autumn.
Plan to visit the displays by the Muzzle Loaders and Long Rifles from Indian Cave State Park as as they will set up on Main Street.
Accordion music by Lennis Blecha, III will precede the Heritage Tree presentation in Boettner Park. The Bluegrass and Gospel singers will be performing in front of the Sweetwater Broom Shop at various times both days. Dr. Dan Holtz will be presenting a concert,“All Original – All Nebraska” at 6:00 p.m. at the Brownville Village Theater on Saturday, the 14th. Guitar and harmonica accompany his music presentation. His music often tells a story of people who came to and through Nebraska – that includes Native Americans, pioneers, and settlers.
At 2:00 p.m. Saturday you can enjoy local talent as they present Willa Cather’s “A Resurrection,” at the Village Theater. Several BVT actors from the 2017 troupe will assist the theatrical production.
The Dan Holtz concert and “Resurrection” play are sponsored in part by the Nebraska Humanities.
Exciting programs and activities for all ages will be provided at this year’s Old Time Autumn. Relax and meander through this small Midwestern River Town that showcases the season of fall like no other. Enjoy the vibrant trees, Loess Hills and the natural beauty of the Missouri River.
For more information, contact: or Brownville Historical Society, P.O. Box 1, Brownville, NE 68321 or telephone 402- 825-6001.