Volume 10, No. 4 Farrington's Grove Historical District, Inc. November, 2000

Farrington's Grove

Mission Statement

 To guide and promote the preservation and restoration of the Farrington's Grove Historical District in order to:

a) ensure and protect its cultural and architectural integrity; b) limit incompatible uses;

c) encourage community fellowship and neighborhood awareness; and d) prevent increased population density.


President's Letter -- Holiday Home Tour Cancelled -- Historical Society Happenings -- Family Learning Day -- FGHD Website -- Times, They Have Changed -- Old Time Recipe -- Crawford School PTO Meeting -- Welcome Carolers -- Newsletter News -- Economic Development -- Coming Next Edition -- FGHD Board Members -- Membership Application -- We Need You!


President's Letter

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

Those of you who attended Family Learning Day Downtown got a chance to see our mission in action, as we encouraged community fellowship and neighborhood awareness. FGHD volunteers passed out over 70 entry forms for our architectural scavenger hunt to young people from our neighborhood, from Terre Haute, and from the surrounding area. It was a pleasure to see families walking around the Grove together as they searched for historical landmarks, interesting decorations, and everyday homes. Thanks to all the board members who volunteered their time to support this activity, and especially to Jackie Carrell who was responsible for most of the organization and planning.

I regret to announce that the annual Holiday Home Tour has been cancelled for this year. Despite the diligent efforts of Craig Ketner and Chris Antonak, only one homeowner was interested in participating this year.

Our board has recently moved in the direction of attempting to develop an organized plan for neighborhood improvement. As a first step, FGHD applied to the Wabash Valley Community Foundation for a grant to support hiring the services of a planning professional. Melony Sacopulos spearheaded this effort and wrote the grant proposal, and FGHD also received assistance from Tara Lane of the Department of Redevelopment, City of Terre Haute and Tommy Kleckner of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. Although our proposal was not funded during this cycle, we intend to continue working on it and anticipate success in the near future.

As the holiday season approaches, I would like to thank all of you for your membership and participation in FGHD activities during the year 2000. Please consider supporting us by renewing your membership for 2001. The millenium has brought us new challenges and new opportunities as a neighborhood. With your support, we will continue to work to make Farrington's Grove a pleasant place to live.

Hope to see you while walking around the Grove.

Thanks for caring,

Mike Misovich


Holiday Home Tour


Due to lack of volunteers, the FGHD Holiday Home Tour has been cancelled for the first time since 1994. The success of this event depends on the willingness of Farrington's Grove residents to open their homes on a voluntary basis. Although there was sufficient interest among businesses, houses of worship, and other institutions such as the Historical Museum, only one homeowner was willing to make the commitment this year. Historically, the Holiday Home Tour has included three or four residences.

Planning for this event began during the summer. When it became apparent that response was not strong, Chris Antonak and Craig Ketner went door-to-door looking for volunteers. Other board members made additional contacts and/or passed leads to Chris and Craig for followup.

Several residents indicated they would be interested in participating in a future year, but not in 2000. Others who are interested in placing their homes on next year's tour should contact a board member, preferably before July when the final stages of planning for the 2001 Holiday Home Tour will begin. Please consider helping to make this event a success next year!


Historical Society Happenings

By Barbara Carney

 The Holiday Season at the Vigo County Historical Museum will begin on November 1st with the opening of the FESTIVAL OF WREATHS.

Twenty five beautifully decorated wreaths have been made and donated by local florists and individuals and will be on display throughout the Museum. They are all part of a SILENT AUCTION, a first time event and a fund raiser for the Society.

The public is invited to visit the Historical Museum to see the creative talent used by the designers and register a bid for a favorite wreath. On the evening of December 3rd, the ballots will be tallied and the high bidders will be notified.

We hope Farrington's Grove residents will stop by the Museum and perhaps be the lucky winner of a wonderful holiday home or office decoration.

The Historical Society Holiday Open House is Sunday, December 3rd. The Museum will be its most festive, decorated from top to bottom. Refreshments will be served. We invite you to come in and enjoy the spirit of the season!

Happy Holidays to all!



Kids Discover Architecture with FGHD

On Saturday, September 23, FGHD was one of dozens of groups participating in Family Learning Day Downtown. This event was coordinated by the Vigo County Public Library and took place at various downtown Terre Haute locations. FGHD had a table located on the library lawn, near the library entrance closest to Seventh and Walnut.

From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, FGHD offered an Architectural Scavenger Hunt for children and their families. The hunt consisted of ten photos of buildings or architectural details with accompanying clues, addresses, and a map. The goal was to use the map to locate each address, then match it with the correct photo clue.

We anticipated 50 participants. By late morning, we had to make extra copies of the entry forms and clues. Over 70 forms were distributed, and we received entries from 31 young people, including some from Rockville and Indianapolis. Every entry had all the answers correct!

Everyone stopping by the FGHD table received an old fashioned candy stick, and all entrants received an old fashioned toy as a prize. A grand prize winner was selected at random from the 31 correct entrants. Nikki Isbell of Terre Haute won a free year's family membership to the Children's Museum downtown.

Thanks to all who participated. If you'd like to match your wits against our young sleuths, the photo clue sheet is included as an insert in this newsletter. The addresses were:

Good luck, and happy hunting!



New Features and Links

The Internet's #1 Farrington's Grove website just got better!

If you don't believe us, how about AltaVista and Google? Type in "Farrington's Grove" to either of those search engines and the FGHD website is the #1 listing. It's a convenient way to reach our pages if you forget



The website is updated frequently. We have added the following features in recent months.

In the near future, planned improvements include

Any FGHD member or resident interested in helping with this project should contact Mike Misovich or any board member. Please don't count yourself out if you aren't a "computer whiz." We need someone who can help with old fashioned graphic design. Also, if you have old photos of your house or of other homes in the Grove, these could increase the enjoyment and usefulness of the website for visitors.

We welcome your input and suggestions for improvements and additions to the website in the future. Just click on "Contact FGHD" at the bottom of the web page, email to fghd812@aol.com, or contact a board member.

Times, They Have Changed

by Jackie Carrell

 Whatever happened to the Christmas and Holidays of yesteryear, when time and thought went into each present. I know we have busier lives now, but I miss those imaginative presents that one received. You know, like the sweater great Aunt Zeta knitted with one arm a little longer than the other, the hand painted tie with a picture of your girl on it, the homemade fruitcake from your neighbor next door, or the wagon lovingly constructed by your dad. These are presents to remember! Even if the sweater was in a color that you never thought looked good on you, you had to admire how long it took to knit and the love that went into each stitch, just for you!

For the past two years we have started a new tradition at our house. We all pick names out of a hat and make each other something for Christmas. We have come up with some really wonderful and creative gifts for each other. Handmade ornaments, a old wooden ammo box recycled and painted, a handmade picture frame for my daughter's award winning pic in the Tribune, a wooden recipe book easel, a video tape of my son playing original compositions on the piano, a hand carved wooden trinket holder, a paddle and fishing sign, a special wooden tissue box holder, and my favorite; a calendar with family photos that co-ordinate with the seasons or event of each month.

This year, again, we will pick names on Thanksgiving, in order to give ourselves plenty of time to come up with ideas for one another's special gift. We will exchange bought presents on Christmas Eve, also, but the best and most anticipated gift we will keep for last. It wasn't bought at the last minute, it is the least expensive, and it wasn't on sale. It is the gift no one has put on their Christmas list or is expecting to receive. It is the gift made from the heart and the most appreciated. More importantly, it will be the one that we will always remember years to come. When I am 85 years old and someone asks me what were some of my favorite Christmas presents, I am sure that these cherished gifts will be the first to come to mind.

You may say, "Gee, I don't think we could do that or even come up with ideas." Sit down and take a few minutes to think about your talents. Can you bake, sing, compose, write, sew, draw, are you mechanically inclined to fix something long broken, repair an antique, paint, cook a meal, embroider, give lessons in something, put together an album of old pics, offer a book of chore coupons, etc. Ideas will come along with the Christmas and Holiday spirit you will feel in your heart. Give it a try this holiday season... and feel the joy it gives and brings!

Old Time Recipe for this Issue

Cranberry Pie


1 lb. (4 c.) fresh cranberries

3/4 c. chopped pecans

1 1/2 c. sugar

2 Tbsp. flour

1 small orange, peeled and chopped

1/2 c. raisins

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

2 Tbsp. butter

1/4 tsp. salt

2 pie crusts, use your favorite recipe

In a large mixing bowl, combine cranberries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in pecans, orange, and raisins. Fill unbaked pie shell with cranberry mixture. Dot with butter. Trim bottom crust even with pie plate. Cover with top pastry. Seal and flute edge. Sprinkle with additional sugar. Cover edge of crust with foil. Place on baking sheet. Bake in 375-degree oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden.


Crawford School PTO Meeting

 Wednesday evening, November 15, FGHD was invited to speak at the meeting of the Crawford School PTO. Mike Misovich and Chris Antonak discussed our organization's mission and described ways we implement the items in the mission statement. Nearly all the attendees were residents of the Grove, and they asked a number of excellent questions and also provided some useful suggestions and comments for FGHD to consider.

During the discussion, it became clear that FGHD and Crawford School share the goal of making this community attractive, especially to families with school-age children. We look forward to a continued relationship with them to achieve that goal. In the future, we hope to arrange a similar meeting with Farrington Grove School, which is attended by children living in the southern end of our neighborhood.

FGHD thanks Crawford School PTO for this opportunity to promote our organization and the cause of historic preservation and neighborhood awareness.

Welcome Carolers

 If you hear voices singing along streets of the Grove next month, it may not be your imagination!

FGHD is pleased to welcome members of the Mothering As A Career Club to the neighborhood on Saturday, December 9, 2000. On that evening, club members will be caroling through parts of the Grove. We thank them for selecting our neighborhood for this expression of holiday spirit.


Newsletter News

Wanted: Editor - Lucrative Reward!

 For the past few years, FGHD has been fortunate to have the services of Jackie and Mike Carrell as the Newsletter Committee. During this time, the newsletter has grown in size with the inclusion of interesting features such as Jackie's "Times, They Have Changed." Recently, Mike worked with our webmaster to produce a digital format newsletter that is available online through the FGHD website.

At this point in time, the Carrells are interested in volunteering for other FGHD activities. We thank them for their work on the newsletter, and appreciate their willingness to continue contributing their time and effort to this organization in other ways.

If you are interested in volunteering as newsletter editor or assistant, please contact Mike Misovich or a board member. The typical time commitment is two hours per month to attend the board meeting, and a few hours of concerted effort once every three months when the newsletter is published.

What's the reward? You'll be in a great position to keep in touch with your community, and FGHD members and Grove residents will benefit from your efforts.


Economic Development in the Grove

FGHD Grant Application

 Last summer, FGHD applied for a $15,000 grant from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation to develop a plan for beautification, preservation, and enhancement of the historic structures, and interpretive education for the Farrington's Grove neighborhood. These funds were intended to be the first step in re-development efforts of Farrington's Grove. Melony Sacopulos was the author of the grant proposal, with assistance from other board members. Tara Lane of the Department of Redevelopment, City of Terre Haute and Tommy Kleckner of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, also provided valuable assistance and insight.

In October, FGHD received notification that we did not receive funding during this cycle. WVCF was only able to provide grants to a small fraction of agencies and organizations requesting them. We expect to continue our effort to procure outside funding and to develop an organized plan for neighborhood improvement.


Coming in the Next Edition! 

"Architectural Styles in Farrington's Grove" Returns

Looking Ahead at Gardening

Annual General Meeting and Elections


Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season

 to You and Your Family

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A Farrington's Grove resident need not be a Board Member or Chair to help on a committee. More participation and commitment is always welcome and appreciated. To get involved on a committee, please call any Board Member or Committee Chairperson. People make a community work.


Farrington's Grove Historical District, Inc. Membership Application



City: State:

Zip Code: Phone:

Email Address:

$100.00 2001 Benefactor Membership - Includes FGHD and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana memberships and four (4) tickets for FGHD's Holiday Home Tour

$30.00 2001 Patron Membership - Includes FGHD and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana memberships and two (2) tickets for FGHD's Holiday Home Tour

$15.00 2001 Membership - Includes FGHD and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana memberships

$ . Donation for Neighborhood Rehabilitation

$ . Total

Please mail this form and check to FGHD, Inc., P.O. Box 322, Terre Haute, IN 47808 



Your involvement in FGHD helps us to accomplish our mission of guiding and promoting the preservation and restoration of your neighborhood. You can help us in the following ways.

We currently need volunteers for the following positions.

Our board meets once a month, usually on the second Monday at 7:00 pm. The location rotates, so contact a board member, check the most recent newsletter, or click on "Upcoming Events" on our website.

Thank you again for your support. If you believe your community is valuable, we hope you will continue to help us in the upcoming year. Please use the form on the back of this page to renew your membership or to join.


 Farrington's Grove Historical District, Inc.

P.O. Box 322

Terre Haute, IN 47808





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Volume 10, No. 4 Farrington's Grove Historical District, Inc. November, 2000