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[Pre-Ellipse Special Episode] Embracing the Dark: Johnson County’s Eclipse Festival

April 04, 2024

ALL IN Johnson County-Pre-Eclipse Special

In this special episode of ALL IN Johnson County, Dr. Brad Miller is joined by a dynamic group of guests to discuss Johnson County, Indiana’s meticulous preparations for the highly-anticipated total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Our guests include small business owners Christina Fletcher. and Whitney Atkerson., event coordinator Troy Dailey, local resident and camping site operator Scott Martin, and representatives from local institutions such as the Johnson County Historical Museum Director David Pfieffer and Dave Windisch from the Historic Art Craft Theatre.

Here are the three key takeaways from our solar eclipse special episode:

**1. Community-Centered Celebrations:**

Johnson County is uniting in celebration of a remarkable natural phenomenon, expected to propel the local economy and enhance community spirit. With businesses and parks hosting themed events, the upcoming eclipse presents an opportunity not just for astronomical wonder but also for local commerce and festive gatherings. Christina Fletcher., proprietor of Possibilities, and Whitney Atkerson. of Norma Jean's Pastries, located within Possibilities, have embraced the occasion with specially crafted items and events to mark the event. Unique t-shirt designs and special tea macarons are just a slice of what's on offer. Meanwhile, Greenwood Parks and Rec coordinator, Troy Dailey, describes the upcoming pre-eclipse entertainment planned at Craig Park, featuring live music and hot air balloon rides. Dr. Brad Miller acknowledges the significant communal effort, showcasing how such events can foster unity and engagement.

**2. Preserving Historical Moments:**

The Johnson County Historical Museum is seizing the moment to educate and preserve the significance of eclipses in human history with a pop-up exhibit open during the lead-up to the event. The exhibit covers a breadth of eclipse-related topics and underscores the importance of safeguarding history for future generations. This is a reflection of the broader sentiment in the community to capitalize on the eclipse as a way to leave a lasting impression and archive a collective experience.

**3. Local Hospitality and Engagement:**

Community figures like Scott Martin are stepping up to make the event accessible and hospitable for out-of-town visitors. Scott discusses transforming his property to accommodate camping, ensuring a comfortable stay for eclipse chasers. Likewise, Dave Windisch. of the Art Craft Theatre spotlights their special movie line-up and reminds listeners of the enjoyable, unique experience the theater provides. Throughout the episode, the spotlight on each guest's involvement underscores how Johnson County is mobilizing resources to ensure a great turn-out, positive impact on the economy, and fun experience for all.

Apart from fostering community spirit, the episode gives a nod to the influence of podcasting, with Alan Haw encouraging listeners to share the episode. This emphasizes the role of new media in promoting events and local businesses, an angle that's particularly relevant given the scope of the upcoming eclipse event.

Listeners can expect an episode brimming with excitement and community pride as Johnson County gears up for the solar eclipse. Whether it’s the mouth-watering prospect of Whitney’s “Norma Jean’s Pastries” or the anticipation of high-flying balloon rides, every aspect of the episode points towards a celebration that eclipses the commonplace.

For more detailed information and updates on the events discussed, community members and visitors are encouraged to check

Don't miss our special live-stream podcast during the eclipse and remember, whether you're a local or just passing through, Johnson County is the place to be for a once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle.


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ALL IN Johnson County Live Stream of Eclipse:

Historic Artcraft Theatre

Possibilities Gift Shop:

Johnson County Museum:

Scott Martin Family Farm:  (317) 627-8545

Greenwood Parks and Recreation Pre-Eclipse Balloon Glow:

Norma Jeans Pastries: