Aug. 12 is significant to the Evansville area. Not only is Southwestern Indiana’s area code 812, but the city of Evansville also was founded in 1812. Appropriately, many businesses are recognizing “812 Day” on Saturday with sales, themed products, and even the results of a new city flag competition. Here’s how to get into the spirit.
First, gear up with Evansville-branded apparel. Stay cool in the sun with an “812” hat from Flutter in Downtown Newburgh, Indiana, or don a T-shirt found at River City Coffee & Goods, which is running a 20 percent sale on all merchandise, including at Memo. Additionally, River City will host evening trivia for adults and an afternoon children’s story time with local pediatrician and author Richard Probert. (Read more about his book of poems, “Life is Like Water,” in the July/August issue of Evansville Living.)
Then, wander a few blocks across Downtown Evansville and grab a pint of Myriad Brewing Company’s 812 Cream Ale, a light-crafted blonde ale brewed in the River City, at the brewery’s Doughnuts and Drafts event 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday.
Refuel across town at Eastland Mall, where Beans & Baristas is marking down its freshly made coffee, frappes, smoothies, tea, and more by 10 percent.
Getting in on 812 Day, organizers of the Evansville Flag Competition will unveil more than 300 design ideas for a fresh, new flag. The public is encouraged to visit the competition’s website and vote for their favorite design.
You can celebrate 812 Day even if you aren’t in Southwestern Indiana on Saturday. Parlor Doughnuts — with 44 locations and counting across the U.S. — is headquartered in Evansville and roasts the beans for every drop of coffee at its 204 Main St. flagship, giving you a taste of the 812 wherever you go.