Archive for June, 2012

Taylor Newell Joins Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

June 30, 2012 Leave a comment
Taylor Newell

Taylor Newell. Photo courtesy of Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. has named Taylor Newell as its communications coordinator.  As a member of IDI’s marketing and communications team, he will help produce communication tools that market Downtown and support IDI programs.  Newell is responsible for promoting Downtown as a leisure destination, including media relations, radio schedule, social media, IDI’s comprehensive events database, and more.

IDI’s marketing and communications efforts help attract more customers Downtown and increase patronage of arts, attractions, entertainment, sports, hotels, recreation, restaurant and retail facilities.  The organization disseminates information about Downtown parking and safety, businesses, events, activities and organizations through the media and numerous consumer publications through its “Amazingly Always New” Downtown brand campaign.  The campaign emphasizes Downtown’s “Amazingly Always New” dynamics and vibrancy.

IDI also develops cross-marketing opportunities for Downtown, supports core Downtown and IDI initiatives and directs the annual Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 and other holiday programs.

Newell lives in Downtown Indianapolis and is a Butler University graduate. For more information about Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., visit, or call 317-237-2222.

Carmel Symphony Orchestra at Mallow Run Winery, July 7

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment
Mallow Run Winery in Johnson County.

Mallow Run Winery. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Sarah Smith
Mallow Run Winery

Mallow Run Winery in Bargersville, Indiana, will host the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in an outdoor concert to benefit  Operation Happy Note, a volunteer effort to send musical instruments  to deployed men and women throughout the world.  This annual concert  is held on the winery grounds, and is scheduled for Saturday, July 7,  2012 at 7:00 pm.

The concert is sponsored by Johnson County Farm Bureau, Heartland Community Bank,  Franciscan St. Francis Health and Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.

This is the fifth year for the outdoor concert at the winery.  Winery co-owners, Bill and Laura Richardson met in, and still play in, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.  Over 1000 people attend this annual concert that includes marches and classical works that highlight the American experience. This year’s performance will feature a riveting solo sax performance by Bob Burns, a United States Army veteran and faculty member of the award-winning music department at Avon High School.

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) was founded in 1976 as a volunteer community orchestra, and is now the resident orchestra in the new Carmel Palladium in Hamilton County.  The CSO is a “family-friendly” orchestra (families with young children are encouraged to attend), and presents a Family Fun children’s concert each year in addition to its numerous Palladium performances.

Concertgoers will be treated to an evening of music, local food vendors, soft drinks and the award-winning wines of Mallow Run Winery.  Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a relaxing evening on the lawn and listen to a variety of  symphonic music.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting Tickets are also available by cash or check at all Heartland Community Bank branch locations in Johnson County. For more information, call 317-422-1556.

About Mallow Run Winery

Mallow Run Winery is a family-owned winery that has offered complimentary wine tasting and wine sales in their tasting room since  2005.  The tasting room is located in the hayloft of a 19th century timber-frame barn located near Bargersville, Indiana on Whiteland Road, two miles east of Indiana State Road 37.  Normal tasting room hours are Noon – 6pm, seven days a week.

Naturalization Ceremony to Welcome New Citizens on July 3

June 28, 2012 Leave a comment
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Kaylee Showers
On behalf of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

This July 3, honor those who have chosen the path to American Citizenship at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Bear witness as new Americans receive their citizenship at the court ceremony, presided over by United States Federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker. The service begins at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, and is free and open to the public.  Tours of the President’s mansion are offered free of charge to new citizens and their family members from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. following the ceremony.

In 1890, under the leadership of President Harrison, the federal government took control of immigration through the Treasury Department. Harrison’s Secretary of the Treasury, William Windom announced construction of a new immigrant receiving station would begin on one of the federally owned islands in New York harbor, Ellis Island. While in operation, Ellis Island saw the arrival of over 12 million immigrants pursuing the American dream.

What better way to celebrate the arrival of new American citizens than to welcome them from President Harrison’s mansion? For more details about the ceremony click here or call 317-631-1888.

Editor’s Acknowledgment: Hirons & Company.

Free Tickets to Barry Manilow on August 3: Here’s how…

June 27, 2012 Leave a comment
Manilow Music Project

Manilow Music Project. Photo courtesy of the Manilow Music Project.

By Victoria Varela
On behalf of the Manilow Music Project

Legendary singer-songwriter Barry Manilow hopes others will once again follow his philanthropic lead as he donates a Yamaha piano to launch a local instrument drive for the Indianapolis Public Schools. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office will receive two free tickets (valid for pre-selected seat locations) for Manilow’s August 3, 2012 concert in Indianapolis.

“I’m thrilled to be able to help bring the gift of music to these kids,” states Manilow.

Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be the base for the instrument drive in Indianapolis, from now through August 3, 2012.

“We are excited and most appreciative that Mr. Manilow chose IPS to launch this drive for donated instruments from the community,” said Superintendent Dr. Eugene G. White. “IPS has over several years worked to rebuild its instrumental music program in our elementary schools to give our students a good, solid foundation in music education. The donation of new and or gently used instruments will help us expand our classroom efforts.”

The Manilow Music Project (MMP) is part of The Manilow Fund for Health and Hope.  It was formed as a grass roots organization to assist local charities and programs.  Its primary focus is to provide musical instruments to high schools and middle schools and to provide music scholarships at universities throughout the US, Canada, and the UK. More information on the Manilow Music Project can be found at

Tickets are available online at or, in person at the Box Office (317-917-2727), or by calling 800-745-3000.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time with 47 top 40 hits. Manilow has produced, arranged, and released over 40 albums over the course of his career.

Editor’s Acknowledgment: Varela Media.

New Bus Service from Muncie to Indianapolis

June 27, 2012 Leave a comment
Miller Trailways Bus

Miller Trailways Bus. Photo courtesy of Miller Trailways.

By Lori Sylvester
City of Anderson CATS

The City of Anderson and Miller Trailways is now offering a new bus route from Muncie to Indianapolis with two trips daily, including stops in Anderson, Pendleton, and Fortville.

Two departures daily leave the Muncie City Bus Terminal, 113 West Main Street, at 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., arriving at the Greyhound Bus Station in Indianapolis, 350 South Illinois Street, at 8:40 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. Intermediate stops are at:

  • CATS Bus Terminal, 1109 Main Street, Anderson, at 7:35 a.m. and 1:35 p.m.
  • Burger King, 30 Enterprise Drive, Pendleton, at 7:50 a.m. and 1:50 p.m.
  • Huck’s Convenience Store, 322 East Broadway, Fortville, at 8:05 a.m. and 2:05 p.m.

Return trips depart from the Indianapolis Greyhound Station at 10:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., arriving in Muncie at 12:25 pm. and 7:10 p.m. Intermediate stops:

  • Fortville at 11:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Pendleton at 11:35 a.m. and 6:20 pm.
  • Anderson at 11:50 a.m. and 6:35 p.m.

For more information about this new service, visit, then click on Schedules, Locations, Buy Tickets. To reserve seats and obtain pricing information, call 502-368-5644.