May Streetfest 2019 Newsletter



2019 finds Celestine Streetfest pivoting from the community building a party, to a party building a community through bringing people to work and play together, while also raising funds for the community! We want to make a profit, we want to have a lot of community fun, and we want to develop leaders and workers for various groups of the community. Streetfest is an important event for developing pride and unity in the community. We want everyone to be involved and feel like they have partial ownership in the event.

Profits from Streetfest 2019 will be granted out to Community of Celestine Inc, Celestine Community Club, Celestine Park, Good Shepherd of the Hills Knights of Columbus Council, Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, Celestine Elementary Parent Teacher Organization and St. Isidore Parish.

This year’s one-day Streetfest will be packed with events, food, and fun for all ages! It will be held again on the grounds of St. Celestine Church. View the complete schedule at or watch for flyers at local business or in the church carport entrance.

  • Live Music by MellenCougar from Chicago - John Mellencamp tribute band plus 70s and 80s rock classics, featuring special guests Toby Myers & Moe Z M.D. —former John Mellencamp band members—and Singer/Songwriter Bobby Clark (co-writer of John Mellencamp’s most recent hit single “Grandview.”)

  • Kegs & Corks - local craft beer and wine tasting festival

  • Kids’ Zone - Featuring bungee trampoline jumper rides, inflatables, races, games and more!

  • Mechanical Bull rides for young and young at heart

  • Community Games & Competitions at the main stage

  • Community Scavenger Hunt

  • “Super 5K” Race (4 miles) plus free Kids’ Fun Run

  • Car Show at Celestine Park

  • Beer Garden - Including party music by Boogie Tunes

  • Amazing Food Stands - Including Celestine Fried Chicken!

  • 240 Wheel and ½ Pot Fundraisers

  • Dubois County’s biggest Game of Rock, Paper, Scissors

  • Tractor Show, Sheephead Tourney, Cornhole Tourney, Dubois County Country Cloggers and more!

Here are a number of areas for which we need help for this year’s fest along with the point person to contact if you can help! We really can use every person in the community to help in some way at this great event!

  • Hamburger Stand - Coordinated by Good Shepherd of the Hills K of C - Contact Charlie Glendenning - 812-389-2825

  • Dinner Stand - Coordinated by Celestine Park - Contact Allen Thewes - 812-630-8890

  • Beer Garden - Coordinated by Celestine Community Club - Contact Ryan Hasenour - 812-630-4210

  • Kids Zone - Coordinated by Celestine PTO - Contact Ashley Meyer - 812-630-4342

  • 240 Wheel - Running from 5 to 7pm in two 1-hour shifts - we need sellers and clerical people - Contact Larry Schepers 812-678-4807

  • Setup Help - Work sessions at 6pm on Wed, June 26; Thurs, June 27; and any remaining preparations on Fri, June 28. Volunteers of all ages are welcome and encouraged to help. We will need a big crew to set up all of the stands, tables, fence, stage, tents, parking, signage, etc. Food and drinks will be provided.

  • Fest Day of Trash Collection - We need a point person and volunteers for shifts throughout the day - Contact Marc Lampert 812-639-0428

  • Sunday Cleanup - We need a point person and volunteers Sunday morning and afternoon to help clean up the grounds- Contact Marc Lampert 812-639-0428

  • Rental Items - We need a few people to collect and return rental and borrowed items - Contact Tony Buechler 812-827-8430

  • Pop Up Tents - We need a number of tents of all sizes -Contact Tony Buechler 812-827-8430

  • Big Electric Fans - We would like to borrow as many big fans as possible for under the tents - Contact Tony Buechler 812-827-8430

  • Leaf Vacuums - The 240 wheel will produce a number of tickets that will make it to the ground. We will need to vacuum/sweep them up. Some leaf vacuums coupled with leaf blowers would help - Contact Tony Buechler 812-827-8430

  • ATVs - We need a few ATVs for use during the fest to move people and materials around - Contact Tony Buechler

NEW for 2019: The St. Celestine Dining Hall will be open at 4pm. Diners can pick up their food and drinks at the main stands and then enjoy eating in the Dining Hall. The doors will be open on the upper level to use the elevator for access to the lower level.

NEW for 2019: From noon until 4pm we will have local wine and beer vendors offering samples and selling full cups on the main fest grounds. Vendors will be selling their wine & beer for carry out. For safety reasons no glass bottles are allowed to be open on fest grounds. For more information contact Jeremy Betz at 812-639-8753.

The flyer is up on This will be held at Celestine Park on Streetfest Saturday starting at 8am. Please pull that beauty out of your garage and join us!

The flyer is up on This will be held the Sunday BEFORE Streetfest, on June 23, route on all paved roads, leaving from Celestine Park. Noon registration, cruise at 1pm, return at 4 to 5pm. $10 per person. All cars, trucks, Jeeps, motorcycles, and any other type of vehicle welcome.

The supper time hours will feature a series of fun community competitions on the main stage. Games will be friendly for all ages and will be a great way for the community to have fun. Games will be of the style you would see on TV game shows or at family reunions. Start gathering your all-ages team today! Contact Joni Hopf to register or for more information - 812-661-0838.

Beginning at 1:00 pm, there will be a Celestine Scavenger Hunt!  All ages are welcome and encouraged to participate in this 1 hour of fun where you’ll make priceless memories, get to know the area and meet new people!  Teams can be up to 6 people. The team captain will need a phone or camera. All members of the team must travel together and be present in each team photo.  The scavenger hunt will be in the immediate area - no crossing the highway. Team winner will be the team with the most points within one hour. Registration will be from 12:00 – 12:45 under the main tent with the hunt beginning at 1:00.  Contact Kelly Bieker for more information - 812-639-7630

We would like to hear from groups who are interested in hosting a stand at Streetfest 2019. We will consider all inquiries and decide which are the right match for our event and the space we have. Preference will be given to groups that serve the Celestine community or the students of Northeast Dubois School Corporation. Contact Nancy Schroering - 812-827-1917.

We are looking for new members for the Streetfest Leadership Team. The team sets the general direction of the fest (budget, big decisions, schedule etc.). The fest has an incredible group of volunteers who make the event come together, but every great event needs good leadership to keep everything moving forward. If you love the fest please consider joining the leadership team to keep it going! Now is the ideal time to join so you can watch how the fest pulls together. Contact Tony Buechler 812-827-8430.

A wrap-up newsletter for the Celestine 175th has been created by that events leadership team. It includes statistics, financials, and overall thoughts about the success of the event. You can view it at

A committee has been formed to create a remembrance book for the Celestine 175 celebration. The full-color photo book will document the year of festivities through lots photos with text, event facts, and some storytelling. Sample pages and pre-orders will be available at Streetfest.

It is important to remember that beyond providing lots of fun, the 175th and Streetfest are important fundraisers for the community. For example, a number of the improvements at the Celestine Community Club, such as the new main entrance, was funded in part by profits from the fest.

A file drawer in the church office has been dedicated for storing information from the 175th. Event details, worker schedules, sales counts, and other records from chairpersons of various events are to be included. A file from the 150th was very beneficial for the 175th. Instruction sheets, programs, photos, summary sheets, and listings of winners from all events would be helpful for the 200th celebration. Having everything in one place will also be helpful for the 175th remembrance book committee. Place any items in a manila envelope and note the contents and drop off at the Parish office.

There are still a small number of 175th merchandise items available. These include visors, hats, ¼ zip shirts, crewneck sweatshirts, women’s Polo shirts, bourbon glasses, stemless wine glasses, shot glasses, playing cards, water bottles, metal Polar Cups, 175th postmarked postcards & envelopes. Contact Lacey Fischer at 812-639-1443 or

Streetfest 2019 Car Cruise

Car Cruise Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Celestine (Jaycee) Park: 90 N Celestine Rd S, Celestine, IN 47521

Located halfway between Jasper and Patoka Lake campgrounds

Registration at the park begins at noon EST

The cruise begins at 1 PM EST

Will return to the park at approximately 4 or 5

All paved roads

$10 per person

All cars, trucks, jeeps, motorcycles, and any other type of vehicle welcome.

We will be giving a ticket to each paying rider for a chance for prizes at the end of the cruise

Download the flyer HERE


Streetfest 2019 Car Show

Car Show Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Celestine (Jaycee) Park: 90 N Celestine Rd S, Celestine, IN 47521

Located halfway between Jasper and Patoka Lake campgrounds. Registration from 8 A.M. to noon

$15 per vehicle

Dash plaques for the first 100 entrees

Trophies will be given to:

Top 5 2009 & newer

Top 35 2009 & older

Top GM, Ford, & Chrysler

Awards to be given out at approximately 2:30 PM EST

Half pot tickets will be sold all day

Food & refreshments will be available starting at 10 AM.

Call or text Allen for more information at (812) 827-3400

Not responsible for accidents

Download the flyer HERE


Celestine Streetfest Super 5k Run/Walk Details

Here are the details the to Celestine Super 5k Run/Walk. You can download a PDF version of the entry for HERE.

WHEN: Saturday, June 29th, 2019

REGISTRATION: St. Isidore Parish Center starts @ 7:15 am (Celestine, IN) RACE: Super 5K RUN/WALK– 8:00 am start on the church grounds

Kids Fun Run for ages 8 and under (1/4 mile or less)

ENTRY FEE: $15 if postmarked by June 22, 2019

$20 on race day


AWARDS: Top 3 Overall Male & Female Awards – Cash Prizes

Male and Female Age Group Awards

COURSE: 4 miles long leading thru town, up and down some nice hills with 2 water stops throughout the course. Finish Line will be on top of the BIG church hill.

Fruit and snacks will be provided after the race to participants.

T-shirts to all participants in race.


More information contact: Ben Gessner 812-631-9563


March Streetfest Meeting


Join the Community of Celestine on Thursday, March 7th at 7pm in the basement of The Happy Hour Sports Bar & Grill for the next public planning meeting for Streetfest 2019 - Saturday June 29.
The meeting will include reports from all chairpersons & areas of the fest. 

We welcome anyone to attend to contribute ideas! 

Agenda for the March Meeting includes:

SCHEDULE - Review what we believe to be the final schedule so we can begin promoting it to the public

MENU - Reports from the Celestine Park & Knights of Columbus on their proposed menu items

GAMING - Updates on the gaming activities we are planning, we need people to help on this committee

SCAVENGER HUNT - Updates on the latest plans for this event, we need people to help on this committee

ON STAGE GAMES - Updates on the latest plans for this event, we need people to help on this committee

LOGISTICS, SETUP, TEAR DOWN - Updates on the plans in these areas, along with a call for help in these areas

If you are interested in joining these committees or have other ideas please contact Tony Buechler (812-827-8430) or Dawn Schaefer (812-639-1048). 

Celestine Herald Article

Check out this article from the Dubois County Herald about our great town!

The Places We Call Home: Celestine


Sense of compassion for one another is a basic component to Celestine’s identity.

The families are generations old, with children and grandchildren and great-grands settling in the unincorporated village.

The people support each other, and are quick to help anyone who has a need.

They welcome newcomers to the community, and make them feel as at home as they feel.

Celestine, which was established 175 years ago, is its own distinct community.

“We’re not an incorporated town. We don’t have a sheriff. We don’t have a town board or a mayor,” said Celestine native Tony Buechler. “But we kind of do, through the leadership groups of the church and the park and the clubs. These groups look after the town, and see to the needs of the town.”

And most of the community is involved in one or more of the different groups, thus giving them an intimate role in taking care of Celestine.

“We are always there for each other. That is the root of this community,” said Glenda Reckelhoff, director of religious education at the St. Celestine campus of the St. Isidore Parish. “We are rooted in that faith from generations and generations and generations ago. With that, it’s about how you serve other people.”

Buechler has been a part of the Celestine community all of his life. He left to go to college, but came back afterward to settle in the eastern Dubois County town and run the family farm. His family has been a part of Celestine for at least 125 years.

“There’s a tremendous sense of family here,” he said. “The faces are all familiar to you, even if you don’t know the person intimately. You may not be super close to them, but you know they are a part of the same community. There’s a real comfort to have that extended family.”

Having that extended family comes in handy. Both Reckelhoff and Buechler mentioned, as an example, the tornado that came through Celestine in 2011 and severely damaged several homes.

“There was a tremendous outpouring of people that next day,” Buechler said. “People were standing on the damaged property of those they didn’t know intimately, people they weren’t close friends with. But they were out cleaning up the debris. And they were happy to help. They wanted to contribute. That’s the extended family.”

And the involvement isn’t only during a time of crisis.

“People get involved with the Celestine Community Club, and with the church and the school, and with Celestine Park,” Reckelhoff said.

The Knights of Columbus is heavily supported, as is the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, Buechler said. There is also Celestine Inc., which does community projects, like the annual Celestine Streetfest.

“There is definitely a structure and a collectivity of the community that goes back to the Catholic church, and the community was founded by Father Kundek,” Buechler said. “We are now a multi-denominational community; we are not the mono-religion that it would have been 50 years ago. I think the church side of things led to a bunch of other things that unite the community.”

Celestine was founded by Father Joseph Kundek, who platted the area in 1843 and named it and the parish after Rev. Celestine Rene Lawrence de la Hailendiere, the second bishop of the Vincennes Diocese. The town’s early history is noted in the St. Celestine Catholic Church’s history, as the two are very much linked. Many of the town’s first inhabitants, including those who came from Hesse province in Germany, are recorded in the church history.

Two books have been published documenting the community trek through time. The first history book was printed in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the community, in 1993, and contained the community’s history up to that point. The second book continued to today, and was printed this year in conjunction with the community’s 175th anniversary celebration. Both books are available at the church.

It is through the church that Joel Johnson and his wife, Sharon, became involved in the community when they moved to Celestine from northwest Indiana 17 years ago.

“We knew absolutely nobody,” Joel said.

The two attended and got involved in the church. “I wasn’t Catholic at the time,” Joel said. “Sharon was a devout Catholic, so she started going, and I went with her.“

What he found through the church was an extended family. “They were all very pleasant and welcoming to us, especially me, not being Catholic,” Johnson recalled. He ultimately converted to Catholicism and got more involved.

Along with working as a groundskeeper for a number of years, he served on the parish council for three years, one of those as president. Sharon worked at Dubois Elementary for a few years; she also served as president of St. Anne’s Solidality. They’ve also been involved in the “Save the Jeeps” campaign, and support different activities and events in the community.

Their daughter, son-in-law and three grandsons live here, too, moving to the area about five years after the Johnsons.

“There are two main things that impressed me about this community,” Joel said. “One is the openness of the people. They welcomed us with open arms. The other is the giving spirit, which is different from northwest Indiana. Everyone up there is so fast-paced, going here, going there. We got down here, and it’s like if someone here needs a hand, the community just pulls together. That was something to see. It opened our eyes; it really did.

“We are blessed to be here.”

Celestine is their home, Joel said.

“We’re not German. Sharon is Croatian and I’m Swedish. But that didn’t matter,” he said. “They took us in. We are part of the community, and that’s due to the warm, welcoming feeling we get from the people here.”

Service to each other and the community are the elements that have helped Celestine last, thrive and stand the test of time.

“There’s a power to being a small community,” Buechler said.

History Book Overview Video

Learn more in the video below about the Celestine 175th history book documenting the history of the community from 1993 to 2018 along with the Beyond the Calendar perpetual calendar, photo book, and recipe book.

Copies of the Celestine 175th History book, the 1993 history book and the Beyond the Calendar book are available at the St. Celestine Parish Center.

Cost of the 175th history book is $25, cost of the 1993 history book is $15, and a bundle of both books is $35.

The Beyond the Calendar book has a collection of monthly snapshots taken at various Celestine locations, a nice collection of recipes submitted by people from the Celestine area, and a perpetual calendar for each month. It is for sale for $15.

These books also are available for purchase at Chocolate Bliss, Illusions, Hoosier Office Supply and the Dubois County Museum in Jasper.

The history and culture of Celestine Indiana has been documented in two new books created to celebrate Celestine’s 175th birthday in 2018.

These books make great gifts for those who hail from Celestine and neighboring areas. They document the history and culture of not only the Celestine community but also Dubois County at large as well as the development of the Catholic faith in the area by the German Heritage immigrants who settled the area.

These books make a great gift idea for that hard to buy someone in your life who appreciates the blessing that the community of Celestine Indiana has been for the past 175 years.

History Books

“Celestine, Indiana A History: 1993-2018” is 363 pages of information on Celestine, acting as a sequel to the 1993 published book “Celestine, Indiana: A Sesquicentennial History.” This 2018 book continues where Father John Boeglin left off when he wrote the 1993 book.

The history book committee for 2018 tried to cover stories that happened in the past 25 years and more. The table of contents lists 18 parts to the book, from Our Community with Township Trustees; current landowners; Celestine Community Club and Celestine Park history information; significant events, such as local fires, Celestine damaged by tornado and the Avian flu outbreak; to our humbled dead; to histories of farms 100 years and older; to special interviews with the community’s elders age 80 and older; to faith journey and the forming of St. Isidore Church.

Members of the history book committee are Clara (Rasche) Fromme, editor; Denise (Vollmer) Buechler; Margaret (Goebel) Buechler; Jenny (Etienne) Betz; Betty (Fetter) Kleinhelter; Kathy (Schnell) Knust; Carol (Oeding) Dekemper; Julia (Jochem) Hurst; Ruth (Schnell) Gehlhausen; Dorothy Rasche; Sharon (Turich) Johnson; Mary (Beckman) Lampert; Kathy (Brosmer) Bachman; Anna (Breitweiser) Knebel; Emily Fromme; Jill (Hoffman) Kelly; and Joel Johnson.

Beyond The Calendar

Thanks to Kathy Messmer and Girl Scout Teen Troop 60, the community is blessed to have “Beyond the Calendar: Celestine 175,” which captures present-day life in Celestine. Elaina Epple, Courtney Vittitow and Emilee Clark spent hours creating this book by organizing photos and recipes. Their months-long efforts signify their vision of the year 2018. The spiral-bound paperback book is comprised of three elements: photos, a monthly perpetual calendar and recipes.

Photos: Nearly 20 photographers, most of them amateurs, submitted photos for the book. The photos were all taken in and around Celestine, and they typify each month of the year. For example, lots of snow pictures, dormant fields and the bareness of winter dominate the months of January and February. March and April bring flowers, waterfalls and rainbows. May and June feature First Communion, Memorial Day, and green trees and blue skies. Back-to-school days, the firemen’s tractor pull and colorful sunsets over farms enlighten July and August days. September, October and November feature fields being harvested and the colorful leaves of autumn. Christmas in Celestine is featured in December.

Monthly perpetual calendar: A double page spread holds dates for each month of the year. These lines provide spaces for recording birthdays and anniversaries of family members and friends. Since this calendar is “perpetual,” there is no need to rewrite dates onto a new calendar each year. Once the month’s special days are filled in, you can plan to leave the calendar open on your desk, kitchen counter or coffee table and never forget a birthday again.

Recipes: Celestine residents have submitted their favorites. Comfort foods and special family treats are highlighted. Among the contributors are Judy Betz, Holly Epple, Ann Hassfurther, Loretta Humbert, Mary Lampert, Aileen Lueken, Betty Merkley, Dorothy Rasche, Glenda Reckelhoff, Shirley Schmitt, Kay Schroeder, Therese Wessel and Ernie Wehr. This is a book you’ll want to display at your fingertips. Thanks to Girl Scouts Elaina, Courtney and Emilee, their mothers and their leader, Kathy, for a job well done.

“Beyond the Calendar: Celestine 175” - $15
“Celestine, Indiana A History: 1993-2018” - $15

“Celestine, Indiana: A Sesquicentennial History (1843-1993).” - $15
A bundle of both history books is available for $35

Books may be purchased at the St. Isidore Parish Office in Celestine The 2018 history books also are available at these locations. These books also are available for purchase at Chocolate Bliss, Illusions, Hoosier Office Supply and the Dubois County Museum in Jasper.

Cookie Walk Sunday, December 2nd

Sunday, December 2nd - 2018 Community of Celestine Holiday Festivities!

Cookie Walk: 8am - 12Noon ~ St. Celestine Dining Hall Purchase cookies & treats by the pound.

Live Christmas Music Performances: 3 PM ~ Downtown Celestine

Horse & Wagon Rides: 3pm - 5pm ~ Downtown Celestine

Santa Arrives & Tree Lighting: 5:30pm ~ Downtown Celestine

$100 Gift Card Drawing & Refreshments: 6:15pm* ~ St. Celestine Dining Hall *Immediately following Tree Lighting - Must be present to win*