97th Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibit @indianamuseum

July 31, 2021 Leave a comment

97th Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition Opens Aug. 21 at the Indiana State Museum

By Marc Allan
Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 100 artists from across Indiana will have their work displayed in the Indiana State Museum Aug. 21 through Oct. 24, 2021, as part of the 97th annual Hoosier Art Salon exhibition.

This year’s exhibit will feature 145 artworks in seven categories: figure; still life; abstract work; three-dimensional work; watercolor; portrait; and landscape. 

Seven artists are being featured for the first time: Teresa Altemeyer, Ann Bastianelli, Kalleen Chilcote and Lawrence Hunter, all from Indianapolis; Kevin O’Brien of Lafayette; Carrie Wright of Muncie; and  Willis “Bing” Davis of Dayton, Ohio. Davis was the juror for the 2020 Hoosier Salon.

The full list of artists is below.

All the work in the show is available for sale beginning August 20 through October 24 online at http://www.hoosiersalon.org.

“This is an exhibition that is rich in tradition and showcases the very best from across the state in a wide variety of media, technique and subject matter,” said Mark Ruschman, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites’ senior curator of art and culture. “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the talent associated with Indiana. It provides the artists with exposure to an audience they may not reach otherwise. And there’s a level of prestige that comes along with exhibiting at a museum – and particularly their home state museum.”   

The Hoosier Salon legacy began in 1925 when the Daughters of Indiana opened the doors to the first exhibition of Indiana contemporary artists at Marshall Field and Company Galleries in Chicago. In 1942, the exhibit moved to downtown Indianapolis – first at the William H. Block (until 1977), then at L.S. Ayres and Company (1978-89). In 1990, the Hoosier Salon exhibit came to the Indiana State Museum, where it has been ever since except for a stint at the Indiana Historical Society from 2005-2010. 

“We feel like we’re the perfect venue for this exhibit, given what our mission is and our outreach across the state,” Ruschman said.

To be eligible for the competition, an artist must be a Hoosier Salon member and must have lived in Indiana for a minimum of one year at any point during his or her life.

On the Hoosier Salon’s website, www.hoosiersalon.org, the organization notes that 2021 is the Hoosier Salon’s 97th year “of serving Indiana’s artists and developing the creative community they need to thrive. We are and will always be the organization that truly represents Art by Indiana Artists. We are one of Indiana’s oldest and most respected visual arts groups, yet we are as current as our newest member and we intend to be around and healthy to turn 100 in 2025.”

The artists who will be featured in this year’s exhibit are:

Anna Afshar (Fishers), “What’s for Dinner”

Teresa Altemeyer (Indianapolis), “Blue”

Dan Annarino (West Lafayette), “Symbiotic History” and “Symbiotic Suburb”

Mason Archie (Indianapolis), “Serenity Number 5” and “Quilt Codes Series, Guide Me Home”

Donna Arnold (Carmel), “Lizzie in Florida” and “Alma Juliana”

Ann Bastianelli (Indianapolis), “Masked Man”

Jo Belmont (Indianapolis), “Veranda at El Lencero”

Robert Bratton (Carmel), “Farmed Out”

Peggy Breidenbach (Indianapolis), “Reaching” and “Joined”

Diane Breman (Spring, Texas), “A Horse of Course” 

Susan Brewer (Indianapolis), “Intervals In Time III” 

Jo Burkhard (Indianapolis), “Birds of an Unusual Feather” and “American Family”

William Carpenter (Marion), “Self-Inquiry”

John Michael Carter (Louisville, Kentucky), “February Evening”

Kalleen Chilcote (Indianapolis), “Beach Bums”

Judy Crawford (Demotte), “The Skylight”

Steven Creighton (Warsaw), “Still Life with Eggs”

Cindy Crofoot (Greendale), “Lost in the Melody”

Deborah Davis (Bloomington), “Evening Retreat – Covid Fantasy” and “Flying on the Brink”

Willis Davis (Dayton, Ohio), “Anti-Police Brutality Dance Mask #23”

Steve Dodge (Martinsville), “Trouble Ahead”

Fred Doloresco (Fremont), “Winter Shadow and Light”

Daniel Driggs (Frankfort), “Thanksgiving Dinner”

Stephen Edwards (Sheridan), “Slow Summer Stream” and “After a Spring Rain”

Forrest Formsma (Indianapolis), “Fall Glow”

Beth Forst (Noblesville), “Wild Thang”

Joel Fremion (Ossian), “The Artist’s Studio” and “The Patty Porch”

Karen Graeser (Indianapolis), “Harvest Moon”

Sylvia Gray (Westfield), “Carnival”

Linda Gredy (Xenia, Ohio), “Favor for a Thousand Generations”

Randal Gunyon (Fairmount), “Beneath the Surface,” “Beneath the Surface-Second View” and “Beneath the Surface-Third View”

Samuel Hoffman (Fort Wayne), “Art for Sale” and “Creek into River”

Clare Peggy Hollett (Indianapolis), “Spirit’s Cradle,” “Spirit’s Cradle detail 1” and “Spirit’s Cradle detail 2”

Lawrence Hunter (Indianapolis), “Urban Colors”

Matt Hurdle (Fishers), “My Reoccurring Dream”

Debra Huse (Costa Mesa, California), “Timeless Beauty”

John Kelty (Fort Wayne), “Back Way”

Patrick Kluesner (Anderson), “Prussian Blue Heron” and “Great Blue Heron”

Alan Larkin (South Bend), “The Magician”

Wyatt LeGrand (Bloomfield), “George and Avenelle Heaton”

Diane Lehman (Peru), “Looking Through the Lens”

Ronald Leonhardt (Evansville), “Floaters”

Kathy Los-Rathburn (Griffith), “Amoco” and “Refinery”

Peter Lupkin (Fort Wayne), “Portrait of Jeorgia” and “Madame Gautreau”

William Lupkin (Yoder), “Intersections” and “Cut Vessel in Fire Red”

Therese Lynch (West Lafayette), “Lilies in Light” and “Anemones”

Ellen Lyon (Bloomington), “Metallica Tie Dye” and “Pandemic Self-Portrait 1”

A. Cassia Margolis (Indianapolis), “Portrait” and “Reclining Nude”

Jeanne McLeish (Mooresville), “Contemplation” and “The Painter”

Katherine Meade (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida), “Regatta at Sunrise”

Bob Meyers (Indianapolis), “Chicago Rain”

Charles Mundy (Indianapolis), “Raku & Copper with Onions”

Lylanne Musselman (Eaton), “Staring Dementia in the Face”

Pamela Newell (Fishers), “Bouquet in Blue”

Chris Newlund (Columbus), “Sonata”

Kevin O’Brien (Lafayette), “Steverino Fan” and “Hand on Coffee”

Kate Orr (Indianapolis), “Viridian Artemis” and “Champion/When the Storm Passes”

James Patterson (Greenwood), “Forgotten”

Vandra Pentecost (Indianapolis), “Hide & Squeak”

Dianna Porter (Greenwood), “Light Fandango,” “Savannah” and “Skylar in Character”

Robert Pote (Mount Vernon), “Illinois Rural Scene”

Kyle Ragsdale (Indianapolis), “Roco Loco” and “A Grief Observed”

Atossa Rahmanifar (West Lafayette), “Silence is Broken”

Mark Ratzlaff (Bloomington), “Lexington, September Building” and “Anna #5”

Russell Recchion (Tuscon, Arizona), “Harlequin Sage”

Matt Rees (Greencastle), “Orchard Jays”

Patricia Rhoden (Nashville), “Reaching”

Michael Rippey (Douglas, Michigan), “Fresh Snow Indiana Dunes”

Carleen Rivera (Munster), “Paradise Today”

Joe Rohrman (Noblesville), “Le Bateau” and “Stuff”

Brian Russelburg (Plainfield), “Main Street”

Martha Sando (Indianapolis), “Not So Silent Spring” and “Island Power”

Betty Scarpino (Indianapolis), “Finding Center,” “Entwined Energy” and “Entwined Energy 01”

Terri Schultz (Nashville), “Under the Apple Tree,” “Sunshine” and “Kitchen Counter Floral”

Constance Edwards Scopelitis (Indianapolis), “Love Letters to Self #2” and “Love Letters to Self #3”

David Seward (Zionsville), “The Docks at Annecy”

Kerry Shaw (Muncie), “1812 Brave” and “Tombstone Cowboy”

Joshua Shepherd (Union City), “Wouldn’t Call Him Woolly Britches If I Was You”

Donna Shortt (Indianapolis), “Fearless Solitude” and “Moonriser”

Jerry Smith (Crawfordsville), “Heartworn Highway” and “Winter Harmony”

William Smock (Idaville), “Veteran with Dog” and “Turkey Run”

Karen Sonner (Marion), “Puget Sound”

Rita Spalding (Indianapolis), “Yellow Roses” and “Magenta Roses”

Stephanie Spay (Noblesville), “Grasp” and “The Guidance of Zoe”

Arlyne Springer (Noblesville), “Ladies of the Bee”

Curt Stanfield (Rosedale), “Shadow Dance”

Carol StrockWasson (Union City), “Serenade to Simplicity” 

Ginny Takacs (Gary), “Long Lake” and “Birch Grove”

Brian Talbert (Spencer), “Across County Line Road, Late Afternoon”

Stephanie Thomson (Brownsburg), “Sepulchral” 

James Tracy (Deputy), “Stone Head”

Gerald Traicoff (Carmel), “My Morning Song” and “Electric Blues”

Mark Vander Vinne (Porter), “They Paved Paradise” and “Soul Slow Down”

Mary Sue Veerkamp-Schwab (Bloomington), “The Display Case” and “The Light from Behind”

Justin Vining (Indianapolis), “Winter in Irvington”

Mark Waninger (Jamestown), “Royal,” “Rose” and “Raucous”

Patricia Weiss (Huntertown), “Lavatory” and “Late Afternoon Light”

Elizabeth Whipple (Avon), “February Rain”

Cindy Wingo (Carmel), “Aerial Landscape and Color Study” and “Aerial Perspective of SFA”

Carrie Wright (Muncie), “Specimen #19”

Gabriel Yaden (Franklin), “Berries and Cream Ballet”

The judge for this year’s Hoosier Salon was Paula Swaydan Grebel. The California native received her BFA in Figure Drawing and a Minor in Textiles from the California State University of Long Beach. After moving to Wisconsin in the 1990s she has continued studying here and abroad with key perceptual painters. Paula teaches painting and drawing workshops throughout the states, and her work can be found in public and private collections worldwide.

10 New Things at the 2021 Indiana State Fair @indystatefair

July 22, 2021 Leave a comment

By Sharon Smith
Indiana State Fair

10 NEW Things Added to Your 2021 Indiana State Fair

July 22, 2021, INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indiana State Fair, July 30-August 22 (CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays), is full of traditions and memories for Hoosiers, but equally important, are the exciting, NEW experiences to enjoy. Sign up for a yoga session with goats and pigs, be amazed as Mighty Mike bends horseshoes, or sit back and relax at the new Backyard Outdoor Bar. The 2021 Indiana State Fair is back in an even bigger way and has something for everyone! These are just some of the interactive new experiences that will be at your 2021 State Fair:

  1. Budweiser Clydesdales
    Known for their extreme strength and striking appearance, the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales are some of the most recognizable animals in the country and now you can see them while visiting your 2021 Indiana State Fair from July 30 through August 8! Visit these majestic horses located just inside Gate 12 north of the Farm Bureau Building or catch them in the Daily Parade.
  2. Forever Forest
    Explore how our lives are connected to forests in the all-new Forever Forest exhibit. Presented by Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association, Forever Forest is an interactive exhibit where children can play and learn about sustainability, selective harvesting, transportation needs, and the every-day products we use that are made from trees. This exciting new exhibit is located at the Farm Bureau Building and is open daily from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  3. Double Decker Carousel
    The 2021 Indiana State Fair will feature a brand new ride: it’s the Double Decker Carousel! Located just west of the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand, the Double Decker Carousel features two levels of beautifully handcrafted figures, completed with tigers, zebras, and giraffes. Don’t miss a ride on this timeless classic, now twice as nice!
  4. The Mighty Mike Show
    Step right up! The Mighty Mike Show is coming to the 2021 Indiana State Fair. Witness Mighty Mike juggle bowling balls and sledgehammers as if light as a feather while dressed in a 1920s- style bathing suit. Prepare to be amazed as he bends horseshoes and tears decks of cards but try not to laugh at his goofy dance routines. Shows will take place daily in Hoosier Spirit Park at 1:00, 2:30, 4:00, 5:00, and 6:30 PM.

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  1. Bubble Tower
    Come visit the Family Fun Park to witness the world’s BIGGEST bubble toy in action! This machine is a solar-powered attraction sure to delight fairgoers all day, every day. Stop by for some bubble popping fun and to soak in the beauty of shiny bubbles floating through the hot summer air. Just follow the bubbles!
  2. Backyard Brats & Brews
    Looking for a shady spot to sit back and relax during your visit to the 2021 Indiana State Fair? Located in Hoosier Spirit Park, Backyard Brats and Brews is the perfect place to grab a cold beverage, grilled brats, and other snacks while enjoying live music and yard games. With its unique “backyard barbeque” atmosphere, this family-friendly area is great for all ages. Stop by Backyard Brats & Brews open from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM daily during the Fair.
  3. The Great American Duck Race
    One water track, four racing lanes, unlimited smiles! Whether you’re chosen to participate or not, everyone’s a winner at the Great American Duck Race. Learn about Mallard ducks and watch them splash to the finish line while you cheer on your favorite. Located in the Family Fun Park, this unique and educational show takes place at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM, and 6:00 PM daily beginning August 4.
  4. Street Drum Corps
    Street Drum Corps is a world-renowned, high energy, drum and percussion show, as seen on America’s Got Talent, American Idol, Master Chef, Glee, MTV, and numerous professional sporting events. The group has a punk-rock sound and uses unique instruments, such as garbage cans, rain barrels, kitchenware, recycled products, and even power tools. Catch their daily performances at the Fair, starting at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. Shows will take place at the Family Fun Park July 30-August 1 (Opening Weekend) and will take place at the Gate 12 Kids’ Zone for the remainder of the Fair (August 4-22).
  5. The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show
    Filled with action-packed competition and lots of laughs, it’s the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show! The show features quality lumberjack competitors known throughout the world for their strength, skill, and athletic ability. Stop by the WGU Indiana Parklet to see them compete in events like log rolling and axe throwing. Shows start at 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5:30, and 7:00 PM daily.

10. Animal Yoga
The Indiana State Fair is excited to offer animal yoga this year, featuring some of your favorite animals including goats, pigs, bunnies, and lambs! These cute animals will climb, cuddle, and entertain as you partake in a 45-minute beginner-level yoga session. Yoga sessions will take place July 31 at 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM, August 1 at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM, August 12 at 6:00 PM, August 18 at 6:00 PM, and August 19 at 6:00 PM. Each session costs $35 per ticket and includes admission to the Fair. Space is limited, so make sure to register today at IndianaStateFair.com and secure your spot

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ABOUT THE INDIANA STATE FAIR

The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event celebrating Hoosiers’ spirit and agricultural heritage. These 18 days celebrate Indiana agriculture and promote it to hundreds of thousands of people across Indiana, and beyond. Nationally recognized for offering great entertainment, showcasing 4-H youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premier facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair has been an annual attraction for generations of Hoosiers since 1852. The 2021 Indiana State Fair will be held July 30-August 22 (CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays). The theme for this year’s fair is Celebrating the Hoosier Spirit.

One of the best ways to save money at the fair is to order tickets in advance. Tickets purchased online before 11:59 PM on July 29 are only $10 plus convenience fee, while general admission tickets purchased at the gate during the Fair are $13. Value packs of tickets, including the Family 4-Pack and Super Family 4-Pack, are available online only through July 29 at 11:59 PM. The Family 4-Pack includes 4 tickets and a parking pass for just $40 and the Super Family 4-Pack includes 4 tickets, a parking pass, and 50 Fair Bucks for $90. And don’t forget that children 5 and under get in FREE! Purchase tickets at IndianaStateFair.com today.

For more information, visit www.indianastatefair.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“Saturday Night Fever” at Beef and Boards @beefandboards, Feb. 6 to Mar. 29, 2020

February 6, 2020 Comments off

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“Saturday Night Fever” at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.
Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

INDIANAPOLIS – The fun flavor of the 1970s is “Stayin’ Alive” at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre with its premiere production of Saturday Night Fever, now on stage from Feb. 6 to Mar. 29, 2020.

Capturing the historic flavor of disco-mania in New York City, this energetic musical is based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and Norman Wexler’s 1977 film. Told through the eyes of a talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing, Saturday Night Fever explores relationships on and off the dance floor with humor, conflict, style and unforgettable swagger.

Powered by the chart-breaking hits of the Bee Gees, the pulsating score includes “Stayin’ Alive,” “If I Can’t Have You,” “How Deep is Your Love,” “Boogie Shoes,” and “Disco Inferno.”

Jeremy Sartin, last seen at Beef & Boards as Pablo in the 2016 production of Sister Act, and also in Les Misérables, 9 to 5, Chicago, and Legally Blonde, stars as Tony Manero. Amanda (Downey) Tong, last seen in Man of La Mancha in 2018, plays Stephanie Mangano. Also returning to the Beef & Boards stage are Peter Scharbrough (Monty), Michael Davis (Frank Manero), Susan Smith (Flo Manero), Jeff Stockberger (Mr. Fuso), and Lauren Morgan (Doreen).

Making their Beef & Boards debut in this production are Kyra Leeds (Annette), Joshua J. Schwartz (Bobby C), Damian Shembel (Frank Manero Jr.), Megan Callahan (Linda Manero), Alex Domini (Gus), Benjamin Henley (Double J), Marc Pavan (Joey), Mike D’Amico (Ceasar), Priscilla Greco (Maria), Megan Hasse (Pauline), and Megan Flynn (Candy).

Saturday Night Fever is rated PG-13 for adult language and sexual innuendo, and is on stage for 59 performances through March 29. Tickets range from $47.50 to $72.50 and include Chef Odell Ward’s buffet, fruit & salad bar, unlimited coffee, tea, and lemonade.

For tickets visit beefandboards.com, or call the box office at 317-872-9664 any time between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. For complete show schedule, visit https://beefandboards.com. Saturday Night Fever is sponsored in part by Current Publishing.

ClusterTruck Food Delivery Now Open in Carmel, Indiana @clustertruck

January 17, 2020 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: I am an independent contractor who makes deliveries for ClusterTruck in Carmel, Indiana on a part-time basis as of December 2019.

I’ve written in the past in this blog about the impressive and remarkable ClusterTruck food delivery service that opened in Indianapolis in 2016 (and at this writing also has locations in Columbus, Ohio, Kansas City, Missouri, and Denver, Colorado).

ClusterTruck recently opened a new location in Carmel, Indiana on December 2, 2019 in cooperation and partnership with Kroger. The delivery-only kitchen is located in the old Max & Erma’s restaurant building next door to the Hampton Inn on North Meridian.

ClusterTruck is a state-of-the-art restaurant-quality DELIVERY ONLY kitchen that delivers to any street address within the delivery area, including all residential, business, and commercial addresses. It’s not a sit-down restaurant; you can’t go in there and order or eat.

Real chefs prepare over 100 breakfast, lunch, and dinner items from a LARGE menu when you order, including pancakes, biscuits and gravy, croissants, bagels, omelets, burgers, tenderloins, Cubans, club and other sandwiches, chicken strips, pizza, wings, burritos, tacos, quesadillas, noodles and rice dishes, mac and cheese, smoked pork, wraps, soups and salads, gyros, tater tots, a good selection of side orders, delicious desserts, beverages, a kids menu, gluten free and vegetarian options, and more.

Just this week they added menu items for babies, as well as three new Dinner for 4 choices served 4-9 pm, and also recently added Sahm’s famous whole sour cream coffee cake!

Here are a couple of amateur snapshots from my smartphone, just a tiny sampling of the numerous choices available. These are photos of actual deliveries that I ordered for myself:

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Mushroom pizza with chicken at ClusterTruck Carmel.

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Breakfast Tacos combo at ClusterTruck Carmel.

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Breakfast Croissant with bacon at ClusterTruck Carmel.

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BBQ Chicken Strips at ClusterTruck Carmel.

  • Does everyone in your office or family want something different? No problem. Group ordering is available.
  • Want your food delivered at a specific time? No problem. Scheduled ordering is available.
  • Headed home from work after a busy day? No problem. Schedule an order for delivery to your home to arrive just after you do! But be careful: sometimes the couriers get there before you do! The #1 comment I’ve heard while making deliveries: “You guys are fast!”
  • Taking your kids to one of the city parks for some play time? No problem. Designate the park’s address as the point of delivery and have lunch in the park.
  • Hanging around the house on a cold and dreary winter morning? Why go out? No problem. Hot breakfast available seven days a week.

And it’s easy…

Download the ClusterTruck app on your smartphone for iOS or Android. If you don’t want to install another app on your phone, simply go to https://krogerdeliverykitchen.com. Order and pay online in the app at checkout just like any other online purchase. Use Promo Code RB6277 at checkout to save 50% on your first order.

There are no service or delivery fees, regardless of the size of your order, small or large. Delivery couriers carry no cash and there are no cash transactions. Tipping is included in the app.

It typically takes the kitchen 8-10 minutes or so to cook your order. Dedicated ClusterTruck couriers are waiting at the kitchen door and when they are handed your order, they typically arrive at your address in another 7-10 minutes or so, depending upon distance from the kitchen, traffic, etc.

For that reason, hot food is still hot when it arrives. It just came off the stove when it was handed to a courier. What a concept! Compare that to other food delivery services where a restaurant prepares an order for you and then waits and waits and waits for a delivery driver to show up. You know which delivery services I mean. ClusterTruck couriers take one order at a time to one customer at a time. Couriers don’t have half a dozen orders for six different addresses getting cold in the back seat of the car while they make deliveries.

So ClusterTruck deliveries are often delivered within 20-30 minutes of your order, although unscheduled large orders, group orders, and peak order hours may take longer. But scheduled orders are always prepared when scheduled (hint, hint!). You can even schedule your order in the app at checkout BEFORE the kitchen opens for the day. And scheduling helps the kitchen ensure that it has enough couriers on hand to make all the deliveries in a timely manner.

The Carmel delivery area is approximately 96th to 146th Streets (south to north) and Towne Road to Keystone Parkway (west to east), plus an expanded area between Keystone Parkway and Gray Road from 116th to 136th has recently been added to the delivery area. The delivery area is limited so that hot food is still hot when it gets there.

If you live or work outside the delivery area (you can see the delivery area here: https://www.clustertruck.com/locations/carmel), simply designate a delivery address inside the delivery area — such as a mall, a gas station, a hotel parking lot, etc. — and meet your courier there! Just be sure to give good delivery instructions in the app, when you order, so your courier can find you upon arrival. For example: “Meet me at Entrance B” or “I’m in a black Ford Escape in front of the hotel entrance” or “3rd door on the left past the roundabout” or “I’ll be out front wearing a Pacers hoodie,” etc.

From personal experience I can tell you that it is hard to find some Carmel addresses, especially at night, and especially in multi-tenant complexes. If you live in such a complex be sure to give both the BUILDING number and the UNIT number in the delivery instructions.

The kitchen will send you a text message when your order leaves the kitchen. For your safety, it tells you the name of your driver, describes his or her vehicle, and gives you an approximate time of arrival at your address.

Once your order leaves the kitchen, you can follow the courier’s location in real time on the map in the ClusterTruck app and see exactly where he or she is enroute with your food.

The kitchen will also send you a text message when the courier has arrived at your address. MEET THE COURIER AT YOUR CURB who will hand you a sealed bag with your order. Simple as that! For customer and courier safety and to expedite the kitchen’s numerous deliveries, couriers do not get out of their vehicles.

SAVE 50% ON YOUR FIRST ORDER by using the referral link here: https://www.clustertruck.com/referral?promo_code=RB6277. This link is good at all ClusterTruck locations nationwide, not just Carmel. The 50% discount applies to all first-time orders regardless of size! Even if you were to make a $200, $300, $400 or more group order, you still get half off if it’s your first order.

So share this referral link with your family, friends, and colleagues: any first-time customer may use it! DISCLOSURE: If you make a purchase using this link, I get a referral bonus from ClusterTruck.

I’ve been an avid fan and customer of ClusterTruck since it first opened in 2016 in downtown Indianapolis. Now that I’ve experienced the total operation from both sides of the fence as a customer and as a courier, I am in awe of the efficiency, the quality of the food, the proprietary high tech software (written completely in-house!) that drives the entire operation, and the expeditious delivery service utilizing multiple dedicated ClusterTruck delivery couriers.

There’s no other food delivery service of which I am aware that even comes close. Why? Because ClusterTruck owns and controls the entire process from ordering and payment to cooking and delivery. No other food delivery service does this — at least not any that I know of. Correct me if I am wrong.

Is ClusterTruck popular with Carmel residents? I’ve already made nearly 500 deliveries in only seven weeks, and I’m just one of more than 40 couriers who have signed on to make deliveries from the Carmel kitchen.

Give ClusterTruck a try. And if you are ordering in Carmel, you never know who might show up to deliver your order! [big grin]

 

Indiana Author Awards Launch, Oct. 21, 2019 @inhumanities @artscouncilindy

October 7, 2019 Leave a comment

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By Greg Weaver
Indiana Humanities

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 7, 2019)—The expanded Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards, newly powered by Indiana Humanities, will launch on Oct. 21. 2019, 4 to 6 p.m. with special cocktails, on-demand poetry and a pop-up bookstore at a free Indianapolis Artsgarden event celebrating Hoosier writers and readers.

The public is invited to attend “Write Now: A Celebration of Indiana Literature,” where details about the expanded awards program will be revealed. The event will feature poets Adam Henze, Tony Brewer and Blaine Carrell creating new works on demand and an Indy Reads Books popup store of books by Indiana authors. Snacks, drinks and a complimentary signature cocktail or Sun King beer will be served.

Re-fashioned as biennial honors, the expanded Indiana Authors Awards also will offer author talks and writing workshops across the state, all aimed at celebrating Indiana writers, shining a light on the Hoosier literary community and deepening connections between the state’s writers and readers.

“We look forward to launching the expanded Indiana Authors Awards with an event that matches the excitement of today’s Indiana literary scene,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “Indiana authors are creating adventurous and surprising works, and we intend to reflect that in everything we do.”

“Write Now,” the awards and related programming are made possible through the generous support of Glick Philanthropies, which invited Indiana Humanities to re-imagine the Indiana Authors Awards and build on the successful program guided by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation for the past 10 years.

“We’re excited to continue celebrating Indiana authors and offer more ways to showcase their award-winning work to a wider audience through Indiana Humanities’ established and expansive statewide network,” said Marianne Glick, chair of the Glick Family Foundation and daughter of Eugene and Marilyn Glick. “Our state is producing many wonderful writers, and we want to be sure they are known to Hoosier readers.”

WHAT: Write Now: A Celebration of Indiana Literature

WHEN: Oct. 21, 4-6 p.m.

WHERE: Indianapolis Artsgarden

COST:  Free

RSVP:  https://writenowindiana.eventbrite.com/

In addition to honoring the best books written by Indiana writers, the Indiana Author Awards – which will be awarded next in 2020 – also will encourage residents to read and recommend more works by Hoosier authors and help make them more widely known in Indiana and across the nation.

Among the new initiatives will be:

  • More awards in more categories, to better honor the breadth of writing in Indiana, from fiction and nonfiction, to graphic novels and genre fiction, to poetry and drama, to books for young readers, teens and adults. Nominations for the 2020 awards will open Oct. 21.
  • More opportunities for Hoosiers, especially students, to meet and interact with authors. The Novel Conversations Speakers Program, which features Indiana Authors Awards winners, will expand to include writing workshops. Applications are now open to book an author talk or writing workshop in 2020. Learn more at http://www.indianahumanities.org/indianaauthorsawards.
  • A communications blitz after each round of awards to increase awareness and excitement among Hoosier readers. Among other things, every library in the state will receive posters, bookmarks, and other materials to create displays and programming around selected books.
  • Starting in 2021, a statewide “rock star” tour, featuring one of Indiana’s high-profile literary all-stars. Over an intensive week every other fall, thousands of Hoosiers will have the opportunity to hear from a favorite writer and connect with other readers.
  • A new monthly book review column, offered to newspapers around the state and posted online, that will help readers find their next great Hoosier read. Each review will be written by an Indiana author.

Full details about these changes will be announced at “Write Now.” Sign up to attend the event at https://writenowindiana.eventbrite.com/.

To keep up with the Indiana Authors Awards, including deadlines, winners and other news, Hoosiers also can sign up for the authors awards newsletter at http://www.indianahumanities.org/indianaauthorsawards  and follow the Indiana Authors Awards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Indiana Authors Awards

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards honor the best books written by Indiana authors. Awarded every two years, they celebrate Indiana writers, shine a light on the Hoosier state’s literary community and deepen connections between Indiana writers and readers. They were established in 2009 as a vision of Eugene and Marilyn Glick and are a new component of Indiana Humanities’ rich and diverse literary programming.

About Glick Philanthropies

Glick Philanthropies is a family of charitable initiatives, programs and organizations focused on building community and creating opportunity. Together, Glick Philanthropies strives to strengthen the quality of life in central Indiana and in communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located to ensure that people in those local communities can reach their full potential and lead lives of dignity. Glick Philanthropies includes the Glick Family Foundation, Glick Family Housing Foundation, Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), and Glick Fund at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI). Since 1982, Glick Philanthropies has awarded over $150 million to charitable causes and has led a transformative effort to improve education and economic opportunity on Indianapolis’ far eastside where the Gene B. Glick Company was originally headquartered. Learn more at http://www.glickphilanthropies.org.

About Indiana Humanities

Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage people to think, read and talk. Learn more at http://www.indianahumanities.org.