If you spend any time in rural Indiana, there may be moments when you feel as though someone should be playing John Mellencamp’s “Small Town” as your own personal soundtrack. I had one of those moments during a recent trip to Hope, Indiana in northeast Bartholomew County.
Hope offers a charming town square, surrounded by shops, cafes, the public library, and all the other pieces that make life in small town Indiana complete. My son and I enjoyed an ice cream treat from Cornett’s Corner Café. Then we wandered over to the playground, and stopped to admire the beautiful wooden bandstand.
If you’d like to explore this classic small town Hoosier atmosphere, there are two upcoming events that will give you a good reason to visit. The Hope Ride takes off from Hauser High School on September 18. This bike ride varies in length from 13 miles up to 100 miles, and benefits the Hope Food Bank. Riders will be able to enjoy live music, good food, and beautiful scenery.
The very next weekend, September 24-26, Hope Heritage Days celebrates the founding of the town. There will be live music from the bandstand all weekend, fireworks Saturday night, and a parade Sunday afternoon.
Hope is located along State Route 9. For more information, visit the Hope Area Chamber of Commerce.