Rocky Ripple

Rocky Ripple

Rocky Ripple 840 W 53rd St Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-2409

The first stirrings of an annual Rocky Ripple festival began in 1998 when the town officially obtained the land now known as Hohlt Park. After much legal wrangling, Rocky Ripple had it’s first official park and townsfolk were anxious to use it. The Community Association decided that a celebration should be held. Because of the large number of musicians that were residents of Rocky Ripple, it was agreed that it should be a day of music utilizing local talent.

The event was held in August, during a near record heat wave. Planning was impromptu – requests for bands were put out by word of mouth. Handy-carpenter-types built a small stage. No one had sound equipment, but someone knew someone in Henry Lee Summers’ band. Not only did Henry end up letting Rocky Ripplers use his equipment, he decided to participate and sang some of his hits from the nine albums he had produced by that time. The excellent music brought out neighbors from near and far and the first RR festival was deemed a success!

The next year brought about a dedication ceremony for Hohlt Park, so there was no festival in 1999, but the community association and interested members of the neighborhood began to expand the vision for an annual celebration. They decided music was fundamental, but we had other “artist types” in the community, and why not make it into an “Art in the Park” festival? Local artist Megan Wright provided information about juried arts festivals and artist Vandra Linder created a unique logo for the festival that would continue to be used year after year to draw attention to our small scale tribute to the arts.

The first RR festival featuring music and a handful of local artists displaying their wares occurred in 2000. A small food booth manned by community association volunteers was added…. the rest as they say, is history. Each year the number of participating artists has increased and the reputation of the festival has grown. The name of the festival was changed from “Arts in the Park” to “Rocky Ripple Festival” so that people would know that a wide range of activities are included, such a games, kids’ entertainers, a raffle and more menu items for food and drink.

In addition to the growth of the festival itself, the money raised at the festival has increased from year to year. This is now the major annual fundraising mechanism for the Rocky Ripple Parks Endowment fund, which was established to provide funds to maintain the parks in Rocky Ripple.

 


Upcoming Events at Rocky Ripple


Past Events at Rocky Ripple

Sep

13

Sun
Sun, Sep 13, 2020 6:00 PM - Sun, Sep 13, 2020 8:00 PM @ Rocky Ripple

Sunday September 13th we will be hosting a private jazz concert at our yard in Rocky Ripple. Due to the state of things and indoor venues continuing to stay closed we realize there is still a high demand for live music and believe that this could be great opportunity for musicians as well as music lovers. The property is big enough to host 60-70 people while maintaining social distancing precautions so please RSVP to the event or send me a personal message if you plan on attending. That way we can keep a head count and not overbook the event. It will by BYOB and we suggest bringing a blanket or chair as well as a can of bug spray (we are right off of the canal). This week the band is Amanda Gardier on alto saxophone, Jesse Wittman on bass, Charlie Ballantine on guitar, and Cassius Goens on drums. I hope you can join us and share the joy of live music again. There will be a suggested donation of $15. These events will be weather permitting. Send a personal message to Charlie Ballantine or Amanda Gardier for the address.

Tags: Live Music, jazz, Charlie Ballentine, Amanda Ballentine

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Aug

09

Sun
Sun, Aug 09, 2020 6:00 PM - Sun, Aug 09, 2020 8:00 PM @ Rocky Ripple

Sunday August 9th we will be hosting a private jazz concert at our yard in Rocky Ripple. Due to the state of things and indoor venues continuing to stay closed we realize there is still a high demand for live music and believe that this could be great opportunity for musicians as well as music lovers. The property is big enough to host 60-70 people while maintaining social distancing precautions so please RSVP to the event or send me a personal message if you plan on attending. That way we can keep a head count and not overbook the event. It will by BYOB and we suggest bringing a blanket or chair as well as a can of bug spray (we are right off of the canal). This week the band is Amanda Gardier on saxophone, Nick Tucker on bass, Charlie Ballantine on guitar, and Chris Parker on drums. I hope you can join us and share the joy of live music again. There will be a suggested donation of $15. These events will be weather permitting. Send a personal message to Charlie Ballantine or Amanda Gardier for the address.

Tags: Live Music, Jazz, Amanda Gardier, Nick Tucker, Charlie Ballantine, Chris Parker, Rocky Ripple

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Sep

28

Sat
Sat, Sep 28, 2019 11:00 AM - Sat, Sep 28, 2019 6:00 PM @ Rocky Ripple

Celebrating 20 years of grass roots festival fun in the park! Six bands, over eighty booths of artists, local food and craft beer vendors, interactive kids zone. More….

Tags: 2019 Rocky Ripple Festival, nonprofit, community

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Sep

22

Sat
Sat, Sep 22, 2018 11:00 AM - Sat, Sep 22, 2018 6:00 PM @ Rocky Ripple

An art-filled, high energy day of live music, local art, creative activities, delicious food, craft beer and wine by local vendors. Over eighty artists, six bands, popular kids’ activity area, drum circle, performance art and more! A fun day for all ages!

FREE ADMISSION.

Tags: Annual, Rocky Ripple, Festival

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