Heartland Wine and Ale Trail Opens June 2014

April 19, 2014 Leave a comment
Heartland Wine and Ale Trail

Heartland Wine and Ale Trail logo.
Image provided by Richmond/Wayne County CVB and used with written permission.

By Nancy Sartain
Richmond/Wayne County CVB

In mid-June 2014, eastern Indiana and western Ohio will welcome thirsty tourists with the launch of the Heartland Wine & Ale Trail, Indiana’s first such trail.

Visitors to the local wineries and craft beer establishments will find their experience to be a refreshing retreat offering unique, personal experiences for both the wine and ale enthusiasts. All of the wineries and breweries are family-owned and are small production enterprises where tasting means talking directly with the owner, winemaker or brewmaster.

It’s all about quality, not quantity, along the Heartland Wine & Ale Trail.

There will be 10 stops along the trail:

  • J & J Winery in Richmond.
  • Big Dawg Brew Haus in Richmond.
  • New Boswell Brewery in Richmond.
  • Campbell House Brewery & Inn in Richmond.
  • Roscoe’s Tap Room in Richmond.
  • Wolves Head Brewery in Muncie.
  • Wilson Winery in Modoc.
  • Kennedy Vineyard in New Madison, OH.
  • The Winery in Versailles, OH.
  • Quarter Barrel Brewery & Tap Room in Oxford, OH.

Visitors can pick up an official trail passport map at any of the above locations. The Passport is the ticket to great benefits and discounts along the trail. The Passport needs to be validated at each stop noted on the passport to be eligible for a commemorative keepsake. The passport can be turned in at the last stop to receive the memento.

Spend a couple of days or a weekend winding through the charming towns of eastern Indiana and western Ohio to visit these ten locally-owned wineries and breweries. The Heartland Wine & Ale Trail is easily accessible from I-70 and US Highways 40, 35, and 27.

For more information, visit the Richmond/Wayne County CVB Web site at http://visitrichmond.org/, or call 800-828-8414.

Wolf Park ‘Birthday Party for the Wolves,’ May 3

April 18, 2014 Leave a comment
Wolf Park Birthday Party

Wolf Park Birthday Party. Photo provided by Wolf Park and used with written permission.

By Denise Pearson
Wolf Park

Support Wolf Park and its efforts for research, education, and conservation. A $25 donation gets donors a photo of their favorite animal enjoying their birthday treat.

Join Wolf Park in a birthday celebration for all of our canids. The Wolf Park staff will give the animals their special birthday cakes and you a piece of birthday cake on May 3, 2014. Wolf Park will be open for walking tours 1-5 pm, and the animals will receive their cakes at 2 pm.

Wild canids are all born in April or May due to the timing of their annual breeding season. Hence, all of their birthdays are celebrated together.

Open Hours: Wolf Park is open Saturdays in April, 1-5 pm for walking tours. Wolf Park’s open season begins May 1 when we will offer guided tours Tuesday through Sunday from 1-5 pm.

Howl Night is offered every Saturday night year round at 7:30 pm. Friday Nights during the open season only at 7:30 pm.

Wolf Park is located at 4004 E County Rd 800 North near Battle Ground in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children 6 -13, children five and under and Wolf Park Members are always free. For more information call 765-567-2265 weekdays. General park information can be found online at http://wolfpark.org/.

Ronen Chamber Ensemble Concert, April 17

April 17, 2014 Leave a comment
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By David Bellman
Ronen Chamber Ensemble

The Ronen Chamber Ensemble’s final concert of our 30th season will take place tonight, Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 7:30 pm in the Frank and Katrina Basile Theatre at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

This is our annual collaboration with the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI), and our guest artists will be David Kim, Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster and IVCI Laureate, and pianist Rohan De Silva who has appeared frequently with IVCI violinists.

Kim and De Silva will play a Brahms Violin Sonata in A Major and the Suite Italienne by Stravinsky.  Clarinetist David Bellman will join Kim and Ronen’s strings for Soliloquy for Clarinet and String Quartet by Corigliano, which is a very moving, emotional tribute to the composer’s father (who was a New York Philharmonic concertmaster) featuring a dialogue between clarinet and first violin.

The evening’s finale will be Ernst von Dohnanyi’s Sextet for Piano, Strings and Winds. Folk-like melodies, ethereal intimacy and heroic romanticism are all on display in this Hungarian masterpiece.

Tickets can be purchased on concert night or through the IVCI web site: www.violin.org, or call 317-637-4574.

Naptown Roller Girls at the State Fairgrounds, Apr. 19

April 16, 2014 Leave a comment
Naptown Roller Girls

Naptown Roller Girls jam. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Peyton Slamming
Naptown Roller Girls

Darth Vader and crew.

Darth Vader and crew at a Roller Girls bout. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

In a historic match-up, the Naptown Warning Belles will play the Circle City Socialites for the first time publicly on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Circle City Derby Girls formed in 2008 by former members of the Naptown Roller Girls.

The second bout of the night pits the #11-ranked Tornado Sirens in an international match-up against the Tri-City Roller Girls from Kitchener, Ontario.

“Star Wars” will also come alive this night (a Naptown Roller Girls tradition). The evening will feature appearances from two of Indianapolis’ “Star Wars” groups, the 501st and the Rebel Legion.  You’ll see Stormtroopers, princesses, and droids (to name a few)! They will also be offering the popular “Blast a Trooper” game to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the Warning Belles and Socialites starting at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are available online via BrownPaperTickets.com and at local vendors around the city.  Partial proceeds will go to benefit Habitat for Humanity. For more information, visit http://naptownrollergirls.com/, or call 317-522-1958. Naptown Roller Girls on AroundIndy.com: http://aroundindy.com/naptownrollergirls.php.

Upcoming Events at the Indiana State Fairgrounds

April 15, 2014 Leave a comment
Indiana State Fairgrounds

Indiana State Fairgrounds. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Andy Klotz
Indiana State Fair


Operation Hire a Hoosier Veteran Job Fair:  Wednesday, April 16 in the Agriculture Horticulture Building.
Hours:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more info:  1-800-456-2732 or www.jobreadyvets.org

Naptown Roller Girls:  Saturday, April 19 in the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion.
Hours:  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; bout begins at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $17; $10 for 7-12; children 6 and younger free.
For more info:  (317) 522-1958 or www.naptownrollergirls.com



Coliseum Grand Reopening Public Open House:  April 24 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
Hours:  3 to 7 p.m.
Admission:  free.
For more info:  (317) 927-7500.

Radio One Women’s Empowerment Series:  April 26 in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
Hours:  10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission:  $25 – $80.
For more info:  http://indyhiphop.com/category/womens-empowerment/

Deaf Nation Expo:  April 26 in the Agriculture Horticulture Building.
Hours:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission:  free.
For more info:  www.deafnation.com

WTHR Health & Fitness Expo:  April 26 – 27 in the Exposition Hall.
Hours:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $5; children 12 and younger free.
For more info:  www.wthr.com/expo

The Graffiti Run:  April 27 starting at the Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park.
Hours:  Check-in at 8:30 a.m.; race begins at 9 a.m.
For registration and more info:  www.thegraffitirun.com



Whale-of-a-Sale Children’s Consignment Event:  May 2 – 3 in the Agriculture Horticulture Building.
Hours:  Fri. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: free.
For more info:  (317) 869-6600 or info@whale-sale.com


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