Andy Rodgers

We lost a long standing business owner and #1 supporter of Brown County on July 19....our thoughts, prayers and sympathy go out to his family, friends and everyone who worked for Andy. He touched a lot of people and valued his employees, many who worked for him for over 30-40 years.

You have to think about the people here. But more than that, you have to respect them. That was Andy Rogers’ advice for Brown County leaders in 2015.

The man who built the business framework for Brown County passed away July 19 at the age of 87.

Although not an artist himself, Rogers valued art as a crucial part of Nashville. Fran was heavily involved in the art community, specifically the Brown County Art Gallery and Indiana Heritage Arts. He was friends with legendary photographer Frank Hohenberger and famous bird artist William “Bill” Zimmerman. Rogers’ family used to own the Brown County Playhouse.

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“We don’t need to be slick and highly commercial. We need to be more country. Country is what we sell. I always talk about the flavor of Brown County. Brown County is many things, it’s many architectural styles, some rough, some not so rough. … We’re just a flavor. You have to come down here and savor it. We need to maintain that. Once you destroy that, it won’t come back.”

Community

The Playhouse is the "HEART OF THE COMMUNITY"

They work with numerous non-profit organizations allowing them to hold fund-raisers at the Playhouse and assist in producing community shows and events.

Lifetime Achievement in Performing Arts

In 2013, the Playhouse began a yearly tradition of honoring musical artists for their lifelong commitment to music in Brown County. 

We are thrilled to honor these awardees: 

Otis Todd | 2013
John Franz | 2014
Robbie Bowden | 2015
Mel Chance | 2016
Dr. Laurie Godfrey | 2017
Dale and Janice Cassiday | 2018

Fundraisers

Shriners' Childrens' Hospital | 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013

Brown County Democrat Charities | 2018, 2016 & 2015

Brown County Community Foundation - Holiday Stuff a Stocking | 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014

Brown County Guardian Ad Litem | 2017

Brown County Art Guild Art Colony Week | 2017

Brown County Chamber of Commerce Connections - Holiday Passport Launch | 2017

Concert for the Creek | 2015 & 2014

Riley's Hospital for Children | 2015

Sycamore Land Trust | 2014

Brown County Literacy Coalition | 2013

Career Resource Center Quiz Bowl | 2012

Brown County Historical Society and Art Guild | 2012

"Teenage Summer Musicals" | 2014, 2013, 2012 

Community Variety Show Fundraiser | 2011

Community Productions and Shows

Indiana Finger-Style Guitar Competition | 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012

Brown County Music Celebration | 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012

Brown County Youth Music Showcase | 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 & 2014

Electric Impulse Cloggers | 2016 & 2015

Arts Village Cinefest | 2016 & 2015

Brown County Playhouse Community Theatre | 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012

IU Jacob's School of Music | 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2012

Rising Stars of Brown County Playhouse - Summer Youth Theatre Camp | 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015

Holiday Music Nights | 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2011

Brown County Literacy Summer Youth Theatre Camp | 2013

Homegrown Concert Series | 2012

Ball State University for Immersive Learning music projects in 2013 and 2014

Nashville Dance Studio Recitals | 2013

Members of...

Brown County Chamber of Commerce, our board members sit on various other boards and commission...

  • Nashville Arts and Entertainment Commission
  • Indiana Arts Commission
  • Brown County's Tourism Commission
  • Brown County Chamber of Commerce Board
These members are deeply involved in promoting Brown County as an arts destination and are alert to new opportunities to fully utilize the Playhouse in the lives of Brown County residents and visitors.