Yelp’s “Indy Paints the Town Red,” Mar. 19, 2015

February 27, 2015 Leave a comment
Yelp "Indy Paints the Town Red," Mar. 19

Yelp “Indy Paints the Town Red,” Mar. 19, 2015. Image provided by Yelp and used with written permission.

By Sofia Valdivia
Yelp Indy

We’re rolling out the red carpet for one canvas painting, cocktail sipping, morsel munching night at Union Station on Mar. 19, 2015, 6-9 pm! We’re doing it big style. Over 50 businesses and organizations will share samples and services under the roof of the beautiful Union Station. Before anything else this is a 21+ only event, all must RSVP INDIVIDUALLY ON YELP (Must have a Yelp profile picture!!) and ALL food, hooch and entertainment is entirely complimentary!

Deck yourself in a crimson palette and join Indy’s ruby-dripping businesses for a scarlet soiree!  Again, this event is OPEN TO ANYONE WHO SIGNS UP FOR YELP and clicks “I’m In.”

Hungry? Thirsty? Seeking some thrills? If not, you will be:
Tow Yard Brewing
Nameless Catering Company
Best Boy & Co.
Tulip Tree Cremery
Sun King Brewing Co.
Greek Islands Restaurant
Newfangled Confections
Mallow Run Winery
Studio 2000 Salon & Day Spa
Punch Burger
Darrin’s Coffee Co
City Barbeque
Caplinger’s Fresh Catch
Spoke & Steele
Taxman Brewing Company
Flat12 Bierwerks
Bee Coffee Roasters
Sage’s Simple Syrups
Buffalo Trace
Ezra’s Enlightened Cafe
New Day Craft
Green BEAN Delivery
Painting With A Twist!
Wilks & Wilson
Beam Suntory
Fountain Square Brewing Co
Easley Winery
Tin Man Brewing Company
B. Happy Peanut Butter
Frangipani Body Products
Bea’s Soda Bar
Oliver Winery
Bloomington Brewing Company
Cardinal Spirits
Wyliepalooza Ice Cream Emporium
Wildwood Market
Our Motivation For Change
Painting With A Twist

Our neighbors to the south (the lovely Bloomington, that is) are converting the Iron Horse Lounge in the lower level of Union Station into Bloomington Bar for the night featuring a 5-star round up of Btown businesses! (more details coming soon!)
Oliver Winery
Cardinal Spirits
Visit Bloomington
Butler Winery
Upland Brewery
Bloomington Brewing Company
Landlocked Music
Hopscotch Coffee

There will be no shortage of Kodak moments either, as Jennifer Van Elk Photography captures those candid moments. Indever Studios will also be roaming the crowd, so check your teeth for gourmet marshmallows, sea salt caramels and custom fortune cookies!

*MUST be 21+ to attend with proper ID and please drink responsibly.

For more information or to register, visit:

Follow Yelp on Twitter (@yelpindy) and Instagram (@yelpindy). Event hashtag: #yelpred

Stutz Artists Open House, Apr. 24-25, 2015

February 27, 2015 Leave a comment
Stutz Business Center

Stutz Business Center. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Kelly Young
On behalf of Stutz Artists

Planning is well underway for the Stutz Artists Association’s largest art event, set to take place April 24-25, 2015 at the historic Stutz Building in Indianapolis, Indiana.

More than 70 artists will open their studios and present their work to visitors during the 2015 two-day event. The Stutz Open House, which began in 1993, attracts more than 6,000 people every year to the 400,000 square-foot former car factory.

Organizers are planning for new, creative and entertaining opportunities to engage families, art lovers and visitors simply looking for a weekend event to enjoy in downtown Indianapolis.

The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House not only allows guests an opportunity to see the work of 70+ local artists in one place at one time, it’s an opportunity to see where and how the work is created.

Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. In addition to being a great place to buy one-of-a-kind gifts with artwork prices from $12 to $10,000, the event offers a rare chance to see vintage cars in the historic Stutz car factory.

Visitors will also enjoy special activities such as painting with Wine and Canvas, demonstrations, acoustic music and food vendors.

Families bringing children are encouraged to attend Saturday, 2-7 p.m., where they will enjoy family-friendly musical guests, hands-on art activities, youth art scavenger hunt, free ice cream from Raymond James, and more. New this year on Saturday will be demonstrations by Stutz artists.

Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House

Friday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Stutz Business Center, 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis (enter Bearcat Alley from 10th or 11th St..) Free parking in specially marked lots.

$12 advanced sale tickets at select Old National Bank locations and the Stutz Business Office (1060 N. Capitol Ave C200.); $15 at Eventbrite; $15 at the gate; children 12 and under free. Tickets are valid for both days.

Cathi Wineland, or 317-503-6420.

Proceeds from the event support the Stutz Residency Program, a scholarship that provides free studio space and utilities for emerging local artists for one year. It is one of the largest grants to individual artists in the state.

Mayberry in the Midwest Festival, May 15-17, 2015

February 26, 2015 Leave a comment
Mayberry in the Midwest Festival.

Mayberry in the Midwest Festival in Danville, Indiana, May 15-17, 2015.

By Josh Duke

Welcoming and entertaining more than 4,000 visitors over two days in 2014, the first-ever Mayberry in the Midwest proved to be a rousing success. Expecting more visitors in its second year, organizers want to do even more as they have added another day, more ticketed events and additional free activities to the zany fun that made last year’s festival so popular.

The quiet Hendricks County seat of Danville will transform again into the iconic 1960s fictional community that was home to Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee and Barney for the Mayberry in the Midwest festival May 15-17, 2015. Former cast members, amazing tribute artists and even Don Knotts’ real-life daughter, Karen Knotts, will take visitors on a journey inside their televisions to experience life in Mayberry.

“We have been to other Mayberry festivals, and although it was Danville’s first year hosting Mayberry in the Midwest, they did a great job making Danville feel like the fictitious town of Mayberry,” said Tena MacDonald, an Indianapolis resident who attended last year’s Mayberry in the Midwest with her husband. “Having the tribute artists really takes you there and brings Mayberry to life. We were so excited to hear that Karen Knotts is going to be in Danville this year. We saw her one-woman show in Mt. Airy (N.C.), and it was fantastic. It should draw a lot of people.”

The three-day festival will surround the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square with numerous themed activities including a Mayberry parade, Opie’s World, Tractor Town, Squad Car Nationals, reruns of the show on the big screen at the historic Royal Theater, food and vendor booths and much more. Two original Andy Griffith Show cast members, Maggie Peterson Mancuso, who portrayed Charlene Darling on the show, and Rodney Dillard, who played one of the Darling boys, also will return. Tribute artists reprising many of the show’s most popular characters including Barney, Goober, Gomer, Floyd the Barber, Ernest T. Bass and others will sign autographs, mingle with the crowd and perform on stage.

But organizers also wanted to infuse new activities into this year’s festival including:

Karen Knotts – She will share hilarious stories from life with her legendary dad.
Mayberry After Dark – This activity billed as part scavenger hunt, part pub crawl and part walking tour will include a one-of-a-kind keepsake and other surprises.
Mike Toomey Comedy Show – National comedian Mike Toomey will present his “Mayberry Centric” stand-up routine.
Game Shows – Mayberry-themed game shows requiring audience participation.

“Mayberry fans are loyal, dedicated and willing to travel a long way to be part of a Mayberry celebration,” said Christine Born, owner of the Mayberry Cafe and event organizer. “Danville is a perfect community to host this event with its Main Street charm and hometown Americana personality, so we want to enhance that with new and creative ideas to keep this event entertaining and interesting. We learned a lot last year and a lot of what we changed and added reflects an effort to make this festival stand out.”

The festival and most of the activities are free. However, a few ticketed events will be held throughout the event.

Limited tickets just went on sale for a VIP Meet & Greet Party inside the Hendricks County Courthouse Rotunda, Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band concert, Karen Knotts’ retrospective, Mike Toomey Comedy Show and Mayberry After Dark. For more information or to purchase tickets,

Boomer TV Debuts on WISH-TV on Mar. 1, 2015

February 26, 2015 Leave a comment
WISH-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana

WISH-TV Building on North Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Mary Pat McKee, Publisher
Indy Boomer Magazine

Boomer TV, a show for Baby Boomers, premieres in Indianapolis this Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. on WISH-TV Channel 8. Host Patty Spitler welcomes Pacers owner Larry Bird as the show’s first featured guest.

On the subject of retirement: it’s something that doesn’t seem to be on the horizon for Larry Bird – at least not yet. He said in the upcoming issue of Indy Boomer Magazine, “I tried it twice and it didn’t work out for me!” he says with a chuckle. “People work all their lives, then, when the day comes to retire, after four or five months you realize you need to be doing something every day and stay on a schedule. In my case, I missed what I was doing, and I enjoyed what I was doing. There are a lot of ups and downs with my job. But the positives outweigh the negatives.” The full article appears in the March 10th issue, available at

Boomer TV is an independently produced lifestyle magazine format show, covering topics important to the 50+ age group. Topics such as business, travel, entertainment, real estate, home rehab, fitness, health and more will be covered.

Spitler, a former WISH-TV news anchor, currently co-hosts Pet Pals TV with meteorologist Paul Poteet. Other Boomer TV reporters include familiar Indianapolis TV faces such as Grace Trahan, Scott McKain, Joy Dumandan, Pam Elliot, Julie Patterson and Paul Poteet.

Spitler said, “The show is all about enjoying life, finding out what makes you happy and then doing it.” We want to be relevant to viewers who are seeking to enjoy life as they get older.” Spitler also serves as one of the show’s producers.

Ramon Carrera, CEO of Pet Pals TV, is executive director for Boomer TV. Jason Heath, former news director at WRTV, serves as executive producer of Pet Pals TV and Boomer TV. Steve Sweitzer, former chief photographer and news operations manager at WISH-TV, joins the reporters at Boomer TV.

Mary Pat McKee, publisher of Indy Boomer Magazine, which was the inspiration for Boomer TV, is CEO of the new show.

Carrera said, “I see a great need for a show that caters to a positive lifestyle for those 50-plus. We plan to make it fun, entertaining and informative.”

Pet Pals TV currently airs Saturdays on WISH-TV and its sister station, WNDY. On March 1, it will move to the 11 a.m. Sunday time slot following Boomer TV.

Spitler feels that this niche program is “…tailor made for certain segments of the Hoosier community. We want to present the best options for viewers and educate as well as entertain.”

For more information about Boomer TV, including photos and bios of the team, visit

Boomer TV is a show for Baby Boomers celebrating the best years of their lives. We bring you topics you want to see like travel, real estate, home rehab, finance, fitness, entertainment, food, health and so much more. All from a team of local reporters and anchors you’ve come to know over the years. Boomer TV, Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on WISH-TV. Boomer TV…For the best years of your life.

‘Charlotte’s Web’ at Beef and Boards, Feb. 20-Mar. 28, 2015

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment
"Charlotte's Web" at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

“Charlotte’s Web” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s Pyramid Players have extended the run from Feb. 20 to Mar. 28, 2015, for their first Live Theatre for Kids production of 2015: a stage adaptation of the beloved children’s story, “Charlotte’s Web.”

Based on the classic tale by E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web tells the story of Wilbur, a young pig who wants to live a long life. But his animal friends on the Zuckerman farm know this won’t happen without their help. A plan is enacted by an extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who is determined to save Wilbur’s life. Proving to not only be a true friend, but also a good writer, Charlotte weaves words into her web above Wilbur’s pen that declare him to be “some pig.”

Thus begins her campaign to promote the qualities of her pig friend and draw enough attention to him that he’s entered into the county fair for a chance at the blue ribbon that just might save his life. Wilbur learns a great deal from the wise spider, even after they return home from the fair.

John Vessels plays Wilbur, with Sally Scharbrough as Charlotte, Kennedy Martin as Fern, A.J. Morrison as Templeton, Ethan Litt as Homer and the Sheep, and Ian Frazier as the Narrator and Gander. The show is direced by Elizabeth Stark Payne, with musical direction by Kristy Templet and choreography by Deb Wims.

The run for Charlotte’s Web has now been extended, with two performances added on March 28. Pyramid Players productions are one hour in length and presented without intermission. Performances are for all ages, but offered particularly for children in preschool through fifth grade. Children have the opportunity to meet the cast after each show for pictures and autographs.

Performances take place at 10 a.m. on most Fridays and at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on most Saturdays. All tickets are $15.50 and include a snack. For reservations, contact the box office at 317.872.9664. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays.

For more information or complete show schedule,


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