Cole Albert Porter was born in Peru on June 9th, 2892. He went on to write over 1500 songs for Broadway productions, movies, and television. Today his music lives on. Every year on the second weekend of June, his brilliance is celebrated and his life and music are honored with the Cole Porter Festival. Enjoy the finest in food, wine, and music.
THURSDAY- June 10th
Cole’s Culinary Courses 6-9pm, RSVP $5 Sponsored by Miami County Tourism. Pay as you go with these specialties from Cole’s dinner parties at the Waldorf Astoria or you may order from restaurant menus. Reservations Required – $5 refundable at Smitty’s if you order the Filet Mignon.
FRIDAY- June 11th
Thompson Art Gallery Peru High School, 10am-4pm Free Admission
G. David Thompson (1899-1965), an American banker and industrialist who graduated from Peru High School, attributed turning his life around to his teacher, John Whittenberger. To express his appreciation, he left a 138 piece art collection to Peru High School. A must see while in Peru!
Lunch with Mr. Porter Miami Co Artisan Gallery, 11:30am-1pm $30
Sponsored by Smith Sawyer Smith and Travel & Beyond
Enjoy a delicious lunch with white wine and champagne. Dr. Jason Gornto portrays Cole Porter performing song selections played on the new Steinway Grand Piano. Reservations required.
Charles Troy Multimedia presentation of Cole Porter’s Top Ten List Songs Riverview Event Center, 2-2:45pm Free Admission Sponsored by Anne Kennedy
Join us for this audio-visual performance by Mr. Troy, an acclaimed musical theatre historian and graphic designer.
Jazz on the Square, Don Smith, Under the Festival Tent, 3-5pm, Free Admission
Come hear this virtuoso jazz saxophone player.
Cocktails & Cole Historic Roberts Home, 7-9pm $39
Sponsored by Daniel Bearss Roberts, First Farmers Bank & Trust and Maricel and Charlie Heeter
Socialize during this cocktail party featuring a scrumptious appetizer buffet and upscale cocktails. Entertainment by Dave Lowe. Reservations appreciated, not required.
NEW! Cole’s Roaring 20’s Party Miami Co. Artisan Gallery 9pm-midnight $5 Cover charge
Sponsored by Caldwell Monument Company
Travel back in time to the Roaring 20’s with your friends for this flapper themed event. Enjoy dancing to pop tunes from the present day to the last 100 years. Chicago’s own Nostalgia Entertainment, featuring Matt and Cynthia Gruel, will perform live with “Flappers & Fedoras! Songs from the 1920’s” live from 9:30 to 10:30. Includes appetizers and a cash bar. Costumes optional.
SATURDAY- June 12th
Charles Troy Multimedia presentation of Porter vs. Sondheim Riverview Event Center, 8:45-9:30 am Free Admission Sponsored by Anne Kennedy
Join us for this audio-visual performance by Mr. Troy, an acclaimed musical theatre historian and graphic designer. Continental Breakfast included.
Miami County Farmers Market East 5th Street near the festival tent, 9 am-1 pm
The market features local artisan and food vendors
Thompson Art Gallery Peru High School, 10 am-2 pm Free Admission
G. David Thompson (1899-1965), an American banker and industrialist who graduated from Peru High School, attributed turning his life around to a teacher, John Whittenberger. To express his appreciation, he left a 138 piece art collection to Peru High School.
Discover Cole Bus Tours, tours leave from the Museum at 10 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm $10
Sponsored by Crossroads Bank
Take a guided trip to Cole Porter sites that include the Cole Porter Birthplace, the Old Fashioned Gardens, and the Cole Family Gravesite. Sells out quickly.
Music at the Museum Miami County Museum 11 am-2 pm Free Admission
Don’t miss these quality vocalists as they perform their rendition of Cole Porter song selections.
11 am: Kati Roberts, vocalist, accompanied by Dr. Jason Gornto
Noon: Lisa van der Ploeg, vocalist, accompanied by Dr. Pamela Haynes
1 pm: Nostalgia Entertainment featuring Matt and Cynthia Gruel’s Hot ‘n’ Cole program
Songwriting Workshop with Elizabeth Doyle & Dave Edelfelt Peru High School Commons Area, 1 pm-4 pm 18 and under $5, Adults $10
Cabaret and Jazz sensations, Elizabeth and David, teach songwriting techniques to help novice or budding singer-songwriters and composers.
Second Saturdays hosted by Rediscover Downtown Peru, Downtown Peru, 5-9pm Free Admission, Stroll downtown Peru and check out kid’s activities, live music and business and restaurant specials. For more information, visit: www.rediscoverdowntownperu.com
Celebrating Cole! Peru High School 7-9 pm $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Sponsored by the James O. and Alice F. Cole Foundation
“De-Lovely: An Evening of Cole Porter” celebrates one of the most beloved and prolific composers of the Great American Songbook. Written by and featuring Chicago’s David Edelfelt & Elizabeth Doyle, the show includes both solos and duets and highlights the versatilities of its stars. National magazine, “Cabaret Scenes”, calls it “an elegant program” offering “lush harmonies” as well as honoring Porter’s “jazz sensibilities”. The magazine also declares that “No doubt, Mr. Porter would find this program De-Lovely indeed.”
NEW! Cole’s Cover Tune Contest Club 14 under the tent, 9 pm -midnight, Watch bands compete for cash prizes. Bands will perform a short set including their own rendition one Cole Porter hit on which they will be judged. A panel of experts will decide the winners. Grand prize winner will perform a bonus set to close out the evening. Come and cheer on the competitors.Free Admission
SUNDAY June 13th
Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social, Under the festival tent on E. 5th St Peru, IN 1-3 pm Free Admission A family-friendly event where you can experience days gone by with entertainment by Dixieland band Swampwater Stompers and the barbershop quartet, Kokomo Men of Note. Ice Cream is compliments of Blair Ridge Health Campus with edible Cookie Dough provided by Dreams to Reality.
NEW! Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter! Exclusive Festival Screening Event Riverview Event Center, 6-9 pm $20 You won’t want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime screening, LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER, the hit show co-created by and starring acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland. Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner, Richard Maltby, Jr., the film will be shown on the final evening of the festival. Appetizers and Cash Bar will be included, and after the film we’ll be visited by the star of the show, Stevie Holland, with a Zoom Q&A! Click HERE for a brief promo video of the film. Reservations appreciated, not required.