October Streetfest Meeting


Join us on Thursday, October 4th, at 7pm in The Happy Hour Bar & Grill basement for a Celestine Streetfest 2019 planning meeting. We plan for this to be the last meeting of 2018 with monthly meetings to resume in January leading up to the event on Saturday, June 29th 2019. Items on the agenda include:

2019 Event Goal Setting & Brainstorming

2019 Schedule Review & Brainstorming
2019 Entertainment Discussion

2019 New Event Ideas & Brainstorming

2019 Chairperson & Committee Reports

2019 Openings for New Committees

2019 Open Call for New Ideas & Suggestions

Further Updates on the 175th Celebration

Sponsorship Committee: We have two members for the committee but are looking for a few more members.

Logistics Committee: We want to form a committee of hands on people to take the lead on organizing and tackling things like setup, tear down, rental items etc.

Fun & Games Committee: We have an idea for a series of on stage games and competitions between young and old in the community. Games would be like those that you would see at family reunions, post proms, field days and on the TV show Minute to Win It To Win It. We need a team to help pull it together.

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).

Dubois County Herald: Celestine Celebrates Its Roots In Family, Faith

As we look back on the excellent Celestine 175 celebration here is an article posted by the Dubois County Herald on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018.

Pictures included with this article are viewable at


Celestine celebrates its roots in family, faith

By Candy Neal, duboiscountyherald.com

June 27th, 2018

CELESTINE — This weekend, the community of Celestine will celebrate its dodransbicentennial, marking its 175 years of existence.

“It will be like a homecoming for a lot of people,” said Tony Buechler, promotions chairperson for the celebration. “We’re expecting a lot of natives to be back.

“Celestine is full of German Catholics and German Christians, who love being a part of this community.”

Celestine’s roots are in family and faith. The community started with its church on the hill, St. Celestine Catholic Church.

The church came about because of a man rather famous in Dubois County — Father Joseph Kundek. The Croatian priest, who founded other parishes in Dubois County, purchased land for the church on Oct. 4, 1843, and platted the area on Nov. 16, 1843. He named it Celestine after Rev. Celestine Rene Lawrence De La Hailandiere, second bishop of the Vincennes Diocese. De La Hailandiere Street in Celestine is also named in honor of the bishop.

The first priests to serve Celestine were responsible for multiple parishes and often held Mass only once a month.

So the times were a little challenging for the members of the community.

“The early settlers at Celestine had their joys and sorrows. Life was not easy,” according to Celestine’s Sesquicentennial book. “The early settlers lived in solitude and stillness among the hills and trees. With oil burning wicks and tallow candles, they managed to bring a little light into their homes when darkness came. On their open fireplaces, they prepared their frugal meals. When death came, many times there was no priest to bless the graves of loved ones. They lived on, hoping for better days and praying to find a happier home in heaven.”

The townspeople cleared forests to build houses and cleared farmland.

The early industries were logging and farming. Once sawmills were built, many residents made a living selling timber.

The community’s first post office was created in 1851, and the first mention of a school in history records was in 1852. There were also some general stores in the community. After the Civil War, blacksmithing proved to be a profitable business in Celestine, along with agriculture. According to records from 1859, “160 Catholic families were present in the Church,” the Sesquicentennial book says.

Some of the notable sites in Celestine’s history were Millers Restaurant, which was built in 1932 and destroyed by fire on New Year’s Eve 2000; the Ursuline sisters’ house, known as the “old school,” that was constructed east of the church in 1879 and remodeled in 1891; the Hasenour store that was built in 1899 and operated until 1965; and the Buchart store that was built in 1879 and operated until it was destroyed by fire in 1966. These buildings and more are depicted in a mural about the community that is painted on a wall at the Dubois County Museum.

Celestine has continued to march on. The community celebrated its 150th anniversary in 1993, printing its history book up to that point, and will celebrate its 175 birthday this weekend.

A continuation of the community’s history was published this year. The update includes stories from longtime residents and acknowledgements of community businesses, activities, sites and milestones since the history book was published.

Celestine amps up fest activities for 175th

Celestine is ready to celebrate its 175th birthday this weekend and is inviting everyone to the party.

“We’re very good friends and neighbors with our neighboring communities,” said Tony Buechler, promotions chairperson for the celebration. “We are welcoming everyone to come celebrate with us.”

Normally, the community hosts its Celestine Fest this weekend. But since it is the community’s 175th anniversary, the celebration was stepped up considerably with some special features to make the weekend more memorable.

One of those is the nationally touring musical group Dirty Deeds, an AC/DC tribute band, who will perform Friday night.

“This band has played around here before, performing at the Lincoln Amphitheatre, in Montgomery (and) at the Dale Fall Fest,” Buechler said. “I already know about groups coming from Washington, coming to see them.”

The Cincinnati Circus Company will do three one-ring circus shows Saturday. “Two of the shows will be very traditional, with a high wire and everything, during the day,” Buechler said. “There will be a show at 10 o’clock on Saturday night, that will involve a lot of fire, aerialists, a lot of twirling. That will be very exciting.”

Tethered hot air balloon rides will also be a part of the event on Saturday evening.

“This is kind of an unusual thing,” Buechler said. “We expect there to be a line of people waiting for that.”

Along with the traditional parade, which will be on Sunday and features more than 100 entries, there will be a night parade Thursday night. It will start at 10 p.m. and more than 20 entries are already signed up. The last night parade was done in 1993 as part of the community’s 150th celebration.

“There will be lighted floats, tractors that will be lit up, tractors, walkers,” Buechler said. “There is even a lawn mower that someone has entered that will be decked out in lights. It should be a lot of fun.”

Celestine is also welcoming 20 members from its sister city of Wagshurst, Germany. Those guests were due to arrive today and are staying with families in the community. They will be recognized as part of Celestine’s opening ceremonies and ride in Sunday’s parade, Buechler said. Some members of Wagshurst’s brass band will perform in the Sunday morning mass at St. Celestine Catholic Church.

The dozens of people involved in organizing the event are excited to get the celebration started.

“The mood around here is bubbly. We’re happy to be putting this on,” Buechler said. “We’re happy that the community has been around for 175 years, and the community is vibrant.”

Dubois County Herald: Celestine Night Parade Lights Up The Town

As we look back on the excellent Celestine 175 celebration here is an article posted by the Dubois County Herald on Friday June 29th, 2018.

Pictures included with this article are viewable at https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/lighting-up-the-town

Celestine's night parade lights up the town

By Sarah Ann Jump, duboiscountyherald.com

June 29th, 2018

CELESTINE — After months of preparation, friends and family lit up the night Thursday to kick off the Celestine 175 Celebration.

A sea of people crowded the parking lot of St. Celestine Catholic Church where food booths, a beer garden and the main stage were all set up. Later, a night parade lit up the town.

“For as hot as it is, we are blown away by how big the crowd is,” said Tony Buechler, entertainment chairsperson for the weekend’s celebration.

The event officially began with the opening ceremony Thursday that included the recognition of several committees; the grand marshals, Jim, Don, and Ron Sander, and Martha Geopfrich; several visitors from the town’s sister city, Wagshurst, Germany; and Miss Celestine Lydia Burke and her court. Chad Schnell, a member of the celebration’s executive committee, also gave a heartwarming toast to the town.

“We are big in heart, spirit, and community, casting our impact to areas far beyond our boundaries,” Schnell said. “We are a community of family and friends. When times are tough, we pull together. When times are good, we party together.

“175 years old today, we don’t act a day over 150,” he joked. “Welcome to our town, happy birthday Celestine! Cheers!”

The Fashions of Yesteryear contest and the bake-off contest judging also took place as part of the celebration Thursday.

The main attraction of the night? The night parade.

Festgoers were buzzing with excitement about the parade and what they might see.

“We just saw it in the paper and thought it would be fun to see,” said Judy Hemmerlein of Haysville, who attended with her husband, Amos. “We have never seen a night parade.”

Anyone and anything were welcome to participate in the unique parade. Beginning at 10 p.m., entries were decked out in lights and glow sticks. Entries included everything from tractors, to Jeeps and even bikes.

“Some are creatively lit and some are just in it for the celebration,” Tony Buechler said. “People will probably get some laughs at some floats.”

11-year-old Trace Buechler of Celestine proudly paraded the lawn mower his grandpa had painted for him.

The town’s 150th anniversary celebration in 1993 also included a night parade; however, there were many more entries this year, and more-advanced lighting technology.

Judy Hemmerlein said her favorite entry was the giant 175th anniversary “cake” by the Stemle family. As the cake cruised by, the song “We are Family” rang in the air as both the parade participants and audience began to sing and dance along.

Anthony Quinn and his wife Brandy walked in the parade with the Dubois County Democrats.

The Celestine Volunteer Fire Department used a burning house float to remind people to check their smoke detectors during the night parade at the Celestine 175 celebration on Thursday. For more photos from the opening night of the fest, click here.

“The amount of people lining the streets was amazing. The sea of glow sticks, the smiles, the strands of lights and the music made for a memorable evening,” Brandy said.

Anthony added: “I really enjoyed it. Celestine has done a wonderful job of kicking off their 175th celebration.”

The first place victor in the parade was Ernie’s Welding Shop. With a flaming sign engraved with the company’s name and sparks showering from a welder, the crowd was amazed at the inferno.

“We have a parade on Sunday, which will be great, but it is mid-afternoon in July; it’s going to be hot,” Tony Buechler said.

With many more festivities to come, he is thrilled with the entertainment the town has brought in.

“There’s going to be entertainment you haven’t been able to see in Celestine before,” he said. There will be an AC/DC-style rock show, three circus shows, hot air balloon rides and much more throughout the weekend.

“We put on a street fest every year and will continue to do so,” Tony Buechler added. “But this is different. We are trying to take it to another level and say, ‘Hey we love our town and come celebrate with us.’ And we appreciate that.”

Celestine Book TV Interview

Celestine History Book and Perpetual Calendar & Photo Book TV Interview


Watch WJTS TV 18 Jasper's recent interview with Clara Fromme and Kathy Bachman about the two newly published books celebrating Celestine's 175th. Clara and Kathy were part of a larger committee that created two publications that were released at the 175th.

The "new" Celestine: 2018,  the 175th History Book, is also available for $25. It gives the history of events and activities in the community over the past 25 years and serves as an addendum to the 150th History book, Celestine: 1993 (which is still available for $15 or a bundle of both books for $35).

Beyond the Calendar The 170 page perpetual calendar with photos of the Celestine area and events along with recipes is available for $15.

Both books make great gifts. The Celestine History books include a lot of the history and heritage of the Dubois County area.

Both books are available in the parish office during regular office hours. 812-634-1875 or by emailing stisidore@evdio.org to coordinate payment and pickup. You can also buy them at Chocolate Bliss, Illusions Day Spa, Hoosier Business Machines and at the Dubois County Museum.

Bill Potter sits down with local authors, Kathy Bachman and Clara Fromme, to discuss books on the history of Celestine, Indiana.

Celestine 175 Sunday Mass With German Musicians WJTS Video


WJTS Channel 18 was on hand to film the 8am Mass at St. Celestine Church and St. Isidore Parish on Sunday, July 1st. The Mass featured music from musicians Celestine's sister city of Wagshurst Germany. Fr. Eugene Schmitt was the presiding priest and he was joined by former St. Celestine Pastor Fr. John Boeglin who gave a number of remarks about our sister city relationship. You can watch their coverage on YouTube

18 WJTS presents Celestine's 175th Celebration Special Mass

Celestine 175 Parade WJTS Video

WJTS Channel 18 was on hand to film the Celestine 175th parade on Sunday, July 1st. You can watch their coverage on YouTube


18 WJTS Presents the Celestine's 175th Parade.

September Streetfest Meeting


The next Celestine Streetfest meeting will be on Thursday, September 6 at 7pm in the basement of The Happy Hour Sports Bar & Grill. Planning will continue for the 2019 Streetfest - Saturday June 29, 2019 on the grounds of St. Celestine Church. We will be discussing a tentative schedule and entertainment options. The 175th leadership team will also be presenting a few more updates from the 175th Celebration. 

The fest is in need of a new Sponsorship Chairperson. Joyce Hulsman has elected to step down after years of outstanding service. The role is a perfect one for someone who likes to work behind the scenes in the winter time. Joyce is willing to share her wisdom and experience with the new chairperson. If interested in learning more please contact Tony Buechler 812.827.8430

We are looking for ideas for some new events to put on the fest schedule. In particular we would like some ideas for events/activities for youth from ages 10 through 20. We also would like to come up with some games and friendly competitions that youth and adults could participate in either under the tents or in front of the stage. Please contact Tony with your ideas.

Community Of Celestine Parade Float Volunteer Needed

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Now that the 175th celebration has come and gone, the Community of Celestine Inc. is looking for anyone who may want to take over the award-winning Celestine 175 float. It would be wonderful if someone would form a new committee, store the float and exhibit it at parades such as Strassenfest and the annual Streetfest to keep the fun going and Celestine top of mind. If no one comes forward by July 30th, the float will be disassembled for parts. If interested or for more information, please contact Kelly Bieker at (812) 639-7630.

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Next Celestine 175 / Streetfest Meeting Thurs. Aug 9th 7PM

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The next Celestine 175 / Celestine Streetfest meeting will be Thursday, August 9th at 7pm in the Happy Hour basement. Food will be provided in celebration of our excellent fest! Chairpersons will be giving reports/notes on their portion of the 175th and a small portion of the meeting will begin the planning of Celestine Streetfest 2019 to be held on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 on the grounds of St. Celestine Church.

Celestine 175 Quilt Winners

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A special thank you to those who donated quilts, purchased tickets & bought quilts, worked in the quilt stand Friday and Saturday evening.

Congratulations to all the winners of these beautiful quilts! 
SPECIAL QUILT WINNER: Bernice Knies, Jasper
Quilt donated by Shirley Schmitt, Kathy Vogler, Doris Jacob, Pat Recker, Rita Schepers, Ramona Buechler, Connie Thewes, Marilyn Thewes, Stacy McCracken, Janell Pfau, Alysa Seger, Ashley Seger, Valerie Schmitt, Kristy Buechler

1. Quilt donated by Aileen & Ray Lueken Family – Memory of Bryan Lueken
Winner: Rita Hunter, Jasper
2. Quilt donated by Francis & Virgil Knies - Memory of Clara Schulz & Kurt Knies
Winner: Paul Burkhart, Celestine
3. Quilt donated by St. Anne Sodality
Winner: Kim Kerstiens, Celestine
4. Quilt donated by George & Charlene Knies & Fred & Therese Wessel
In memory of Henry & Alma Knies
Winner: Charlene Knies
5. Quilt donated by Patty, Chris, Adam, Phil Burke – Memory of Herb Burke
Winner: Rita Wagner, Huntingburg
6. Quilt donated by Dorothy Merter family
Winner: Stan Verkamp, Jasper
7. Quilt donated by the family of Chad Knies – Memory of Chad Knies
Winner: Martha Goepfrich, Celestine
8. Quilt donated by Gerald & Pat Hasenour & family -Memory of Frank & Olivia Hasenour
Winner: Adam Schnell, Celestine


9. Quilt donated by Marie Beckman, Sandy Beckman, Elaine Betz, Helen Beyke, Melinda Beyke, Clara Fromme, Karen Quinn, Dorothy Rasche, Pat Schroeder, Margaret Sander, Angie Sander, Cathy Schroering, Judy Schroering
Winner: Denise Heeke, Celestine
10. Quilt donated by Eugenia Rahman family, Carol & Paul Knies family, Jack & Francis Goodman family, Linus Tretter family, Alan & Dana Hoffman family
Memory of Living & Deceased Leo & Veronica Hoffman family
Winner: Randy Thewes, Celestine
11. Quilt donated by Linda Partenheimer, Sharon Donnerman, Donna Betz, Margaret Buechler, Marcia Helming, Vera Eckert, Norman Lorey, Karen Scherzinger, Denise Buechler, Jan Eckert, Doris Meyer, Mary Nordhoff, Robyn Nordhoff, Connie Schepers, Angie Neff, Donna Verkamp
Winner: Joe Hochgesang, Carmel
12. Quilted donated by the Sally & Joe Brosmer family- Each family member has quilted a portion of the quilt. Brandan & Tandra Brosmer, Scott & Lori Brosmer, Adam & Stacy Brosmer, Nick Brosmer
Winner: Paige Leonard, Celestine
13. Quilt donated by Veronica Heldman, Germaine & Leo Blessinger, Carolyn & David Schipp, Kathleen & Jerry Wibbler, Patricia & Charles Fleck, Gregory & Beth Heldman, Kevin & Marilyn Heldman, Sherril & Gregory Lueken – Memory of Barnabas Heldman
Winner: Lindsey Schmelz, Corydon
14. Quilt donated by Nancy Merkel, Jon Merkel, Karla Huebner, Christina Howard, Alison Brandt, Mary Ann Jarboe – Memory of Bernard Isadore Merkel
Winner: Lisa Slavens, Indianapolis
15. Quilt donated by Doris, Rhonda, Denise, Mike, Lisa Hohler
Quilt was purchased