Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN


September 28, 2012

Event to help preserve Cartlidge Barn


Dick and Clara Thompson will be opening their doors to help raise funds for the historic Cartlidge Barn project — the barn doors, that is.

There are a limited number of tickets now on sale for the Farm to Table fundraiser at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Thompsons’ Red Barn at 5563 W. C.R. 650 N., North Salem.

Farm to Table events continue to grow in popularity and usually consist of a chef taking locally grown vegetables and freshly butchered meats and serving them up in a unique way. Pair these meals with locally crafted beers or wine, and you have a feast fit for a fund-raiser to restore a historic barn.

Faith Toole is serving as the Cartlidge Barn Project Fund chairperson. She said she hopes this becomes an annual event to help support the barn project.

“I’m very excited and I have met a lot of great people while working on this,” Toole said.

Toole is a member of the Hendricks County Antique Tractor and Machinery Association. She said they had been looking to erect a barn at the county fairgrounds in Danville to store their antique equipment.

Cathy Cartlidge-Mekel read a newspaper story about that and decided that her family might be able to help. Toole said she and some others from the HCATMA went to look at the Cartlidge Barn in Avon that dated back to pre-Civil War days.

The group was thrilled with the barn, and the family made the donation.

The idea for the Farm to Table event came from a meeting she had with the staff at the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“The idea started out as a seed,” she said. “I was talking with Jaime (Bohler Smith) and she dropped the seed.”

Toole then sat down with Chef Nick Carter of the Black Swan Brewpub and Dick Thompson.

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