We are pleased to team up with OASIS in August. The “Explore Northern Indiana History: The Beauty and the Beef” tour will include a stop at Brookside also known as Bass Mansion in Fort Wayne. The Bass Mansion won the 2013 Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration given by Indiana Landmarks. After touring Bass Mansion, you will take a seat in the ballroom to hear storyteller Lou Ann Homan tell, “Sandstone & Scholars: Memorable Stories of Brookside Mansion.” This story was commissioned by Storytelling Arts of Indiana and Indiana Landmarks for the If These Walls Could Tell series funded by Frank and Katrina Basile. Lou Ann is a writer, a teacher, and a lover of small towns. Her enthusiasm for teaching has graced Indiana classrooms for over 30 years and has been twice awarded the prestigious Lilly Teacher Creativity Award. She is currently a professor at Trine University in the Humanities and Communication Department
The tour begins bright and early as we travel from Indianapolis to Columbia City where we will begin with a private our at the Joseph Decuis Wagyu Farm – better known as A Farm Dressed in a Tuxedo. In 1720, Joseph Decuis’ grandfather came to the New World, people ate only what they hunted, bartered for, raised or bought from someone nearby. Their food traveled from the forest or farm, to the kitchen, to the plate. Food was a great pleasure in their lives; fresh, natural, healthy, seasonal and delicious. Meals were enjoyed around a table in good company. Many generations later, this family tradition still exists. After our farm tour we will travel to Roanoke (Indiana) and enjoy world-class dining at the Emporium. Let’s have a true Farm to Fork experience. Joseph Decuis’ Emporium has become one of Indiana’s most highly awarded restaurants.
After lunch we will head to Fort Wayne where we will have a docent led tour of Bass Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1889, John Henry Bass hired local architects Wing and Mahurin to build a Romanesque summer home named Brookside. He improved the landscape’s aesthetic value with a man-made lake outlining the north, east and south exposures. Traveling home, after the storytelling performance, we will enjoy light refreshments and reflect the days’ discoveries of this great Hoosier state in Northern Indiana.
The cost for this all day excursion is $163. For more details visit OasisIndy.org or call 317-396-3751.