50th Gen Con Gaming Convention, Aug. 17-20, 2017

August 16, 2017 Leave a comment
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Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Stacia Kirby
On behalf of Gen Con

Gen Con Sells Out Historic 50th Convention

Indianapolis (August 14, 2017) Gen Con, North America’s longest-running and best-attended tabletop game convention, has announced a complete sellout of badges for its 50th convention to be held August 17-20 in the Indiana Convention Center. The convention will not sell badges on-site and attendees, as in prior years, will be asked to display their badges while attending the show. In addition to its 50th convention, this Gen Con marks 15 years in Indianapolis.

“Our team is ecstatic to see so many choose to celebrate gaming history with us at the historic Gen Con 50,” said Adrian Swartout, Gen Con CEO. “In this milestone year, we have seen gamers from around the world decide to make Gen Con their summer destination, and we’re anticipating our best show yet. We’ve made optimizing the attendee experience a core goal for Gen Con 50, and we are committed to balancing growth with world class programming.”

In 2016, Gen Con had attendees from all 50 states, every Canadian province, and more than 60 countries. This year, the convention has expanded to the field level of Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, in addition to its space in the Indiana Convention Center and participating hotels. For the first time, Gen Con also will host a concert in Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a performance by Grammy winning recording artists They Might Be Giants. This concert and entrance to Lucas Oil Stadium both require Gen Con 50 badges.

About Gen Con

Gen Con LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con, The Best Four Days in Gaming!™. Acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast, Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Gen Con 50 will be sponsored by Mayfair Games, Paizo, Inc., and Rio Grande Games. For more information, visit http://gencon.com/

“Just Us Girls” Packages in Richmond, Indiana @Visit_Richmond

July 28, 2017 Leave a comment
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“Just Us Girls” Pouch in Richmond, Indiana.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com
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The other day I was sightseeing in Richmond and Wayne County, Indiana. While visiting with Nancy Sartain at the Richmond/Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau (CTB), I came across a unique package that should be of interest to women.

If you stop by the CTB, located at 5701 National Road East in Richmond, you can pick up a “Just Us Girls” pouch (see photo above) containing eight (8) coupons (see below) for discounts on purchases at local galleries, restaurants, boutiques, and more (see below).

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There is also a Visitor Savings Booklet included in the pouch, with 54 discount, free admission, BOGO, and free gift offers (see the “Experience Richmond” image below).

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All coupons expire on Dec. 31, 2017. So now is the time to round up a group of your best friends and head to eastern Indiana to take a day trip with your BFFs, do some shopping, have some fun, and enjoy some good savings on products and services at area venues.

For more information, go to http://visitrichmond.org/, or call 765-935-8687.

Hoosier Salon Exhibition at the State Museum, July 27-Oct. 8, 2017 @indianamuseum @hoosiersalon

July 28, 2017 Leave a comment
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Indiana State Museum in White River State Park, Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Megan Simpson
Indiana State Museum

The Indiana State Museum is pleased to welcome back the 93rd Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition as part of a new five-year agreement. The museum previously hosted the art tradition from 1990 to 2011. The exhibition runs from July 27 through October 8, 2017 in the museum’s Lincoln Financial Foundation Gallery.

The exhibition features traditional and contemporary, mixed-media and 3D works. During an awards ceremony Wednesday evening, more than $31,000 in prize money was handed out to participating artists. C.W. Mundy was recognized with the $5,000 award for Best of Show for his oil painting Emily in the Black Hat with Veil. The $2,500 Jurors’ Prize of Distinction went to A. Cassia Margolis for Portrait of Margey’s Son. For a full list of winners, click here. All of the winning works are available for purchase through the Hoosier Salon.

“The Indiana State Museum and the Hoosier Salon are both strong statewide organizations, committed to showcasing many of Indiana’s most accomplished artists,” said Mark Ruschman, chief curator of fine arts for the museum. “Many current and past exhibiting artists are represented in our permanent fine art collection.”

The Hoosier Salon was first displayed at Marshall Field’s in Chicago back in 1925. The Daughters of Indiana, a group of women who were born in Indiana but lived in Chicago, created the show to help promote Hoosier artists. In 1942, the Hoosier Salon made the move to Indianapolis and the William H. Block department store. The exhibition moved to L.S. Ayres in 1978 before heading to the Indiana State Museum in 1990. Most recently, the exhibition was displayed at the Indiana Historical Society.

The accompanying student art display features works from artists in grades K-12. A total of 2,720 students from across Indiana submitted entries as part of the 20th Annual Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest. Winners of the student contest will be featured in the Electric Consumer’s annual calendar. The display, organized by the Indiana Electrical Cooperative, will run through August 27, 2017 in the museum’s Legacy Theater. Youth works are not for purchase.

For more information on the exhibitions, please call 317.232.1637 or visit http://indianamuseum.org/.

For more information on the Hoosier Salon, visit http://hoosiersalon.org/.

HOURS AND LOCATION
The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis. Exhibition gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The first Tuesday of each month (Community Tuesdays) admission is half price. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call the museum at 317.232.1637.

6th Annual Social Media Dames UNconference, Aug. 1, 2017 @amystark

July 10, 2017 Leave a comment

By Amy Stark
Founder, Social Media Dames UNconference

Digital Dames, Inc. is proud to present the 6th Social Media Dames UNconference on August 1, 2017 in Fishers, Indiana.

You will find neither a keynote speaker nor breakout sessions at an UNconference, just 70 powerful women in one room sharing their social media skills and making professional local digital connections.

The ability to communicate digitally is a vital component in 21st Century careers, ranging from Mommy Bloggers to Chief Digital Officers for Fortune 500 companies.

The fast-paced UNconference format ensures the women in the room learn these skills in an environment that is effective and entertaining. “Edutainment” as Erin Albert refers to it.

Among the 70 women in the room, you will find 18 #SMDames17 #Strong#Storytellers — each will share a five minute Social Media story, or a bit of wisdom, to help everyone in the room learn new digital skills.

The influential storytellers include:

Erin L Albert — Author Podcaster Entrepreneur #STEMPrincess, #multipational, @hbanet_Indy President, @SXSW #mentor , Co-Founder #SMDames ; 500+ on LinkedIn, @ErinLAlbert on twitter.

Jolene Ketzenberger — Media personality, local food expert and cookbook author. Founder of EatDrinkIndy.com, host of Eat Drink Indy Radio on WFYI; 500+ on LinkedIn, @joleneketzenberger on Instagram, @JKetzenberger on twitter.

Kendrea J. Williams – CEO PitchFeast Corporation and City Director for Lemonade Day Indianapolis a Digital Marketing and Social Media Architect; 500+ on LinkedIn, @PitchFeast on twitter.

Thresette Briggs — CPO of Performance 3 LLC, Performance Innovation Executive, Certified John Maxwell coach, inventor and co-founder of Neumation; 500+ on LinkedIn, @Performance3 on twitter.

Sheryl Brown — CEO of BIONICsocial, Digital Influencer, International Speaker, Trainer, Writer in FinServ/FinTech, Coffee Addict!; 500+ on LinkedIn, @BionicSocialite on twitter.

Trezanay Atkins — Litigation Publicist & Communications Advisor; 500+ on LinkedIn @Trezanay on twitter.

Amy Pauszek –Film Producer, Casting and Talent Scout, Columnist/Photographer for Where’s Amy – Current Publishing; 500+ on LinkedIn, @WonderWomanAmyP on twitter.

Mel McMahon Stone — Entrepreneur, Radio Host, Promoter, Charity Guru, Owner – Indiana Originals; @melmcmahon on twitter.

Leslie C Puccinelli Swathwood — Co-Owner of Circle City Expos, Producer of Indiana Wedding Expos and Fantastic Food Fest, Event Planner, Voice Over Artist, golfer, tea enthusiast; 500+ on LinkedIn @LeslieSwathwood , @IndianapolisBride @FantasticFoodFest.

Erin Elaine Edds – President Garden Party Botanical Hard Soda, & Co-Founder of Hoosier Momma, LLC., @ErinEdds2point0 on twitter.

Beth Ann Fried – Sales Executive, Digital Marketer, Creative Director, Producer, Singer, Promoter of Compassion, 500+ on LinkedIn. @bethfried on twitter.

Nicki Reddington – Content Creator, Business Storyteller; over 30,000 video views on Facebook, @Nickisnetwork on twitter.

Leah Beatty — Dogmom, Netflix binger, Feminist, Music Lover, Problem Solver, Digital Celebrity; 500+ on LinkedIn, @lediamedia on Instagram, lediamedia on Pinterest, @lediamedia on twitter.

Tracy Land — Owner and creator of Frangipani Body Products, Peaceful, Natural Skin Care @FrangipaniBody on twitter.

Giovanna Matarazzo Mandel – Adventurer, Wife, Mother, Business Owner, Photographer, amicion twitter.

Mary Pat McKee — CEO of Indy Boomer TV, Radio & Magazine, Entrepreneur, Connector; 500+ on LinkedIn,Indy Boomer TV, Radio & Magazine on Facebook, @indyboomertv on twitter.

Carla Taylor – Founder, Chief Happiness Officer at IDEAvize: Your Creative Workspace Connector, Author of Discover U: The Career Happiness Project, Speaker, @Ideavize on twitter.

The Social Media Dames UNconference will take place at The Wellington Fishers Banquet and Conference Center, 9775 North by Northeast Blvd, Fishers, Indiana 46037 on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Doors Open at 9:30am and the program continues through 2:30pm. Tickets include continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information about the Social Media Dames UNconference and its history, visit our Facebook page http://facebook.com/SocialMediaDames

To purchase tickets visit http://SMDames17.eventbrite.com

8th Annual Indy Criterium @indycrit, July 8, 2017

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By Jennifer Cvar
Indy Criterium, Inc.

The 8th annual IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival rolls into Monument Circle Saturday, July 8, 2017.

This family-friendly festival is a fun way to enjoy bicycling in the heart of the city while watching world-class amateur and professional bicycle racing. Families and bicyclists will also enjoy many of the activities taking place throughout the day including food and beer vendors, music, vendor village, community rides, PNC Kids Zone activities, BMX stunt shows, kids and juniors bicycle races and much more.

The IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival is the largest criterium bicycle race in the state of Indiana and one of the largest in the Midwest. More than 600 professional and amateur cyclists are expected to compete, drawing in crowds of nearly 20,000 to spectate throughout the day. The IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival is one of the most hotly contested bicycle races in the Midwest, with hundreds of pro and amateur participants competing. The race will wind through an exciting 1-mile figure-8 course looping through the heart of downtown Indianapolis over the famous Monument Circle bricks.

All proceeds from the IU Health Indy Criterium benefit Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, a local non-profit committed to enhancing life skills for community youth through bicycles. In total, the IU Health Indy Criterium has contributed over $105,000 to Freewheelin’s Earn-A-Bike program that helps inner city youth earn bicycles of their own.

What to watch for:
Indy Crit Kick-Off Ride of over 500 bicyclists starting at 9 a.m. with a parade lap around the race course on closed city streets.

Bicycle-related activities throughout the day for spectators to enjoy or take part in including BMX stunt shows with X-Games athletes, PNC Kids Zone activities, bicycle safety course for kids, face painting, rock wall, bounce house, Silly Safaris animal show and more!

The National Bank of Indianapolis and Faegre Baker Daniels VIP/Celebrity Relay Race on Pacers Bikeshare bicycles at 12:15pm, featuring Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Indiana Pacers mascot Boomer, Indiana Fever mascot Freddy Fever, Colts cheerleaders, IU Health physicians and local business leaders.

Bicycle helmet giveaway of 200 helmets for kids at the CIBA tent from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PNC Kids Bicycle Races on Meridian Street at 2 p.m.

Inaugural Indy Bike Parade at 6 p.m. featuring musicians on bicycles, micro-floats pulled by bicycles and race team presentations.

Food and beverages from a variety of local food vendors.

Traffic Advisory:

The bike race will begin and end at Monument Circle. As a result of the race, the following streets will be closed or partially closed from 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.:

Northwest Quadrant of Monument Circle (total closure)
Market St. between Monument Circle and Illinois St. (total closure)
Illinois St. between Market and New York St. (partial closure)
New York St. between Capitol Avenue and Delaware St. (total closure)
Meridian St. between Monument Circle and Vermont St. (total closure)
Vermont St. between Pennsylvania and Meridian St. (total closure)
Pennsylvania St. between Vermont and Market St. (total/partial closure)
Ohio St. between Illinois Street and Pennsylvania St. (total closure)

Additional details, including an event map, can be found at www.indycrit.org. Attendance is free.