Indianapolis Home Show Jan. 20-29, 2023 @homeshowind

January 20, 2023 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

The 101st edition of the Indianapolis Home Show opens TODAY, January 20, 2023, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and continues daily through January 29.

The Home Show, located in the West Pavilion and in Exposition Hall, is an opportunity for visitors to speak with hundreds of home and decor experts for advice and to explore thousands of the newest home products.

The Home Show is open daily 10 am to 8 pm (until 5 pm on the two Sundays). Tickets range in price from $3 to $13 (under age 6 free). You can save $2 by purchasing your tickets in advance online. Also, please note that onsite parking at the State Fairgrounds is $10 at the gate.

A new and unique Centerpiece Home is on display in Exposition Hall, featuring a custom home made from shipping containers and built by Custom Container Builders.

It’s an impressive 1,808 square foot, two-story home with four bedrooms and 2.5 baths, a front and back porch along with a balcony, and even a swimming pool and pool house.

Outside the home is a poolside “casita” (a small container cottage) with one flex space plus one full bath and a kitchen.

For those of you who might find it difficult to imagine living in a home made from shipping containers, you simply have to visit the Home Show to see this Centerpiece Home for yourself. The best compliment I can give it, having personally viewed it yesterday, is that I could live in this house quite comfortably!

This year’s celebrity guests include HGTV stars Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb from Unsellable Houses, Mina Starsiak of Good Bones, and Carmel-based realtor Nina Klemm from Bravo’s Flipping Exes; also, local TV personality Patty Spitler.

There are daily presentations on the Precision Outdoors Living Stage in the West Pavilion highlighting everything from furniture repainting to renovation on a budget. Learn about decks and patios as well as the do’s and don’ts of home renovation with a panel of local designers.

And local experts will offer trends on garage doors and paint colors along with tips for organizing your home and hosting the perfect party.

For complete information about the 101st Indianapolis Home Show, visit https://www.indianapolishomeshow.com or call 317-927-1469.

$6.5 Million Renovations at Angel Mounds in Evansville @indianamuseum

December 16, 2022 Leave a comment

By Marc Allan
Indiana State Museum

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Angel Mounds State Historic Site will undergo a two-year, $6.5 million transformation to better share the story of the Native American people of both the past and the present, thanks to $4 million in funding from the state of Indiana and a $2.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Between now and October 2024, the interpretive center will be closed, and a new experience will be installed that focuses on the lives of the Native American people who lived on the land that is now the historic site. The project is being planned in collaboration with researchers and historians from today’s Native American nations and the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

During renovations, the outdoor space will remain open to the public at a reduced cost of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for youth (ages 3-17), and Angel Mounds staff plans to offer more outdoor programming during the revamping of the site.

Angel Mounds, which is located on the banks of the Ohio River, is one of the best-preserved, pre-contact Native American sites in North America. Built between A.D. 1000 and 1450, the town was occupied by more than 1,000 people who were part of the Mississippian culture, and included earthen mounds built to elevate important buildings.

“Our goal is to engage visitors in an experience focused on the real people, places and things that lived and worked at this site,” said Cathy Ferree, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “The new experience is an opportunity to utilize knowledge, artifacts and tools to bring the Angel Mounds State Historic Site forward with what we learn from our collaborations with Native American nations. We also have an opportunity to upgrade amenities in the visitor center to make the site more comfortable for all who visit and use the site.” 

Michele Greenan, director of archaeology for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, will be among those creating the new visitor experience. She said the previous exhibit at Angel Mounds “was outdated and lacked any input from Native American historians.” Site Director Mike Linderman said he is “looking forward to incorporating all the research conducted over the last 10 years.” 

The Angel Mounds State Historic Site currently features an interpretive center, re-creations of Mississippian buildings and a working reconstruction of the 1939 Works Progress Administration archaeology laboratory. The 500-acre non-archaeological portion of the site contains a nature preserve with hiking and biking trails.

“This is a huge opportunity for us and the state of Indiana,” Ferree said. “Angel Mounds has always been one of our most visited sites because it has such great significance. This project allows us to produce an authentic experience in collaboration with the people whose story it will tell.” 

The $2.5 million Lilly Endowment grant is part of its Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative, a nationwide effort to encourage museums and other organizations to develop exhibitions and education programs that fairly and accurately portray the role of religion in the U.S. and around the world.  The Indiana State Museum is one of 16 organizations being funded in the latest round of grants through the initiative.

For more information, visit the Indiana State Museum website at https://www.indianamuseum.org/historic-sites/angel-mounds/.

Meet an Indiana Tourism Pro at Visit @HendricksCounty

December 2, 2022 Leave a comment

Visit Hendricks County CEO Celebrates 20 Years in Tourism Role


Jaime Bohler Smith

By Josh Duke
Senior Manager of Content and Communications
Visit Hendricks County

DANVILLE, IN (December 1, 2022) – A Hendricks County tourism professional, who has spent two decades putting the county on the tourism map, celebrated her 20th year with Visit Hendricks County this month.

Visit Hendricks County Executive Director/CEO Jaime Bohler Smith’s work has made a difference locally in terms of destination development and job creation, and she has positioned herself and Hendricks County as a leader in the state for tourism.

“Jaime is consistently providing counsel to other destination executives in the areas of fiscal responsibility, community relations and marketing,” said Carrie Lambert, Executive Director of the Indiana Tourism Association (ITA). “We are simply a stronger industry because of Jaime’s influence.” 

Smith joined Visit Hendricks County in 2002 and has grown the organization to more than $3 million in tax collections while working her way up from serving in sales, marketing and communications to her current role as executive director/CEO which she has held since 2014. 

Her humble beginnings in tourism included fulfilling the catering orders for the Capital Improvement Board of Managers for Marion County (CIB) — meetings where she now sits as a member of that same board — to delivering guided bus tours of Brown County State Park during her time at the Brown County CVB. She also was recently recognized as the Indiana Tourism Association’s Member of the Year, one of the highest honors that organization gives and was a two-time finalist for Indy’s Best and Brightest.

Her other roles include current President of the ITA having previously held the offices of Vice President and President, chairman of the ITA’s Government Relations committee and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Tourism, Event and Sport Management at IUPUI.

Under her leadership, Hendricks County tourism continues to thrive in tracked metrics including overnight hotel room stays and visitor spending. That success correlates directly to boosting the local economy and developing a vibrant community as research has shown if you build a place where people want to visit, it becomes a destination where people want to live and work.

Her love for Hendricks County runs deeper than tourism though. She was born and raised in Hendricks County and returned in 2002 after living in various Indiana communities early in her career. She now lives in Pittsboro with her husband Scott to raise their family, which includes son Connor and daughter Paige. She has served on the Hendricks County Senior Services and Hendricks County Parks and Recreation Board of Directors and many other local organizations. 

She’s also a member the Board of Directors for the Tri West Youth Football and Cheer Organization, the Pittsboro PTA and volunteers for various Hendricks County 4-H clubs and activities.

“I have the unique perspective of promoting and developing the community I grew up in so I’m sure my 15-year-old self would be shocked to see me today working in my hometown,” Smith said.  “I am proof that Indiana and Hendricks County can offer a quality place to visit as well as live, work, raise a family and so much more.”

The Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. d/b/a Visit Hendricks County attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism, which stimulates economic growth and enhances quality of life. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VisitHendricksCounty and become a fan for updates and reminders, contest info and much more. You can also follow us on Twitter @HendricksCounty or get updates by following or subscribing to our tourism blog at VisitHendricksCounty.com/blog. For more information, visit our website at VisitHendricksCounty.com or call (317) 718-8750.

(AroundIndy.com congratulates Jaime on completing 20 years as a true pro in Indiana tourism!)

New Sales Manager at Visit @HendricksCounty

August 16, 2022 Leave a comment

By Josh Duke
Senior Manager of Content and Communications
Visit Hendricks County

DANVILLE, IN (Aug. 15, 2022) Visit Hendricks County (VHC) has hired a new team member as the organization continues to bolster its reach to be a resource for residents, a partner to local attractions and an avenue to encourage visitation and drive local economic development.

Stone Miller (see photo) will serve as VHC’s new Sales Manager. An Indiana native and graduate of Grace College, he has spent his career thus far in outside sales with a stint in tourism as a fishing guide in Montana.

“I knew right away when I met Stone that he needed to work in tourism, and I’m excited to welcome him to our team,” said Visit Hendricks County CEO Jaime Bohler Smith.

As Sales Manager, Miller will focus on building relationships with meeting and event planners, serving as a liaison with hotel and venue management in Hendricks County, providing client support and service for public events to encourage more vendor participation and ticket sales and directing consumer sales for the social market including weddings, reunions and more.

“I grew up in a small town not far from Hendricks County, and I’ve always felt that Indiana is a special place,” Miller said. “I’m happy to be working for a company with a mission to connect people with the best Hendricks County has to offer.”

The Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. d/b/a Visit Hendricks County attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism, which stimulates economic growth and enhances quality of life. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VisitHendricksCounty and become a fan for updates and reminders, contest info and much more. You can also follow us on Twitter @HendricksCounty or get updates by following or subscribing to our tourism blog at VisitHendricksCounty.com/blog. For more information, visit our website at VisitHendricksCounty.com or call (317) 718-8750.

Indian Market and Festival @EiteljorgMuseum June 25-26, 2022

April 29, 2022 Leave a comment


ABOVE: Image courtesy Eiteljorg Museum.

By Bryan Corbin
Eiteljorg Museum

INDIANAPOLIS – One of the Midwest’s most iconic cultural weekends takes place June 25-26, 2022 in Indianapolis when the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival returns as an in-person event for the first time since 2019. More than 140 Native artists from across the United States and Canada will be at the Eiteljorg Museum to show and sell their jewelry, pottery, paintings, beadwork, weavings, carvings and more.

This year’s market weekend will be an especially meaningful celebration of Native arts: It is the 30th annual Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival and coincides with the grand reopening of the museum’s newly redesigned Native American Galleries, a defining capstone project in the museum’s history. 

At Indian Market and Festival, seasoned collectors and general market-goers alike appreciate the personal interactions with artists and learning about their artwork, process and cultures. The event forges relationships between artists and their collectors, builds support for and interest in Native art generally, and is a family-friendly cultural experience for those eager to learn more about Native peoples. Indian Market and Festival is presented by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance.

“The Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival has become one of our community’s most important cultural celebrations,” Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall said. “This year is sure to be memorable because it is the 30th year of the event and the first in-person presentation of the market since 2019. Market weekend also marks the grand opening of the museum’s $6 million, completely redesigned Native American galleries.”

Since its inception in 1993, the annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival has grown in stature to become one of the top Native American art markets in the country, as well as a must-do event on the downtown Indianapolis summer calendar. For three decades, artists, performers and thousands of market-goers and art buyers have come together at the Eiteljorg to celebrate Native arts and cultures.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state and local health precautions in effect at the time, the Eiteljorg could not hold an in-person market and festival in 2020 and 2021. Instead, in 2021 the Eiteljorg was able to support the artists and performers by hosting a successful all-virtual Indian Market that brought together artists and buyers online. The museum is pleased to be able to welcome back artists, collectors, performers and market-goers in person in 2022.

Artists partake in a juried selection and must be members of a federally or state-recognized tribe. Many of the artists also enter their artwork for judging as part of the weekend’s juried art competition, which includes awards and cash prizes across various categories. Artists’ booths will be inside the museum and outdoors on the Eiteljorg grounds.

Market-goers this year will also get to experience the completely reconstructed and re-envisioned Native American Galleries featuring Expressions of Life: Native Art in North America, opening Saturday, June 25. The new galleries are designed to showcase Native art in a multi-sensory space creating a contextual experience — organized around the themes of relation, continuation and innovation — that demonstrates a continuum of Native art told through the voices of Native peoples.

For Eiteljorg members, free admission to Indian Market and Festival is available for the individual named on the museum membership card with a reduced admission price of $15 for two adult guests. Non-member adult tickets to Indian Market and Festival are $20 at the gate either day. Advance discount tickets of $15 can be purchased online at https://Eiteljorg.org/IndianMarketandFestival or by calling 317.636.9378. Youth and children ages 17 and under are free. Tickets to Indian Market and Festival also include admission to the entire museum and the new Native American Galleries.

Eager art-buyers who want to get an early start on shopping can register for the Market Morning Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday June 25, which includes early access to the artists’ booths, and a breakfast catered by Kahn’s Catering. To register, contact Jennifer Hiatt at jhiatt@eiteljorg.com or 317.275.1360.

There will be a variety of delicious food options at Indian Market and Festival, including delectable fry bread. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a wide range of entertaining cultural performances, including music, dance and storytelling, as well as family art-making activities. Performers are scheduled on the Indian Market outdoor stage both days, June 25-26. They include:

·        Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company: Composed of Ojibwe, Lakota, Potawatomi, Menominee and Apache dancers, the group represents men’s and women’s Native American dance styles

·        Ed Kabotie and Tha ’Yoties: a reggae/rock band from Flagstaff, Arizona, notable for their lively performances

·        Randy, Rykelle and Raven Kemp: a family of storytellers, artists and musicians

·        Innastate: a reggae/rock band from Santa Fe, N.M., that honors their Indigenous heritage

·        Wade Fernandez: a multi-award-winning musical artist and educator.

Visit https://Eiteljorg.org/IndianMarketandFestival for a schedule of performances events. The design for this year’s commemorative Indian Market and Festival T-shirt is the image of a beautiful turquoise necklace titled Kewa Birds, created by artist Mary Louise Tafoya (Kewa Pueblo). Shirts, tote bags and notecards will be available at the Eiteljorg Museum Store.

In addition to presenting sponsors the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the 30th annual Indian Market and Festival receives support from the Margot L. Eccles Arts & Culture Fund (a CICF Fund), Ice Miller, the Indiana Arts Commission and the Arts Council of the City of Indianapolis.

During market weekend, a new special exhibition that runs April 30 to Aug. 14 will be open inside the Eiteljorg Museum: Celebrating 30 Years of Indian Market and Festival, featuring award-winning Native works from past markets that are now in the museum’s collections. Visitors to the Eiteljorg during market weekend also can experience two other exhibits. A traveling exhibition featuring Andy Warhol’s screenprint portraits of iconic Western figures, Warhol’s West continues through Aug. 7. Contemporary Native Art 101 looks at contemporary works by Native artists across several decades, and continues through July 2023. All are included with Indian Market and Festival admission June 25-26, and with regular museum admission at other times.