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Society of American Travel Writers Conference in Indianapolis, Sept. 9-14

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Indiana Dunes

A great aerial view of Indiana Dunes. Photo provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism and used with written permission. Photo credit: Air One Aerial Photography.

By Ken Kosky
Indiana Dunes Tourism

Travel writers from across the world will be touring many of Indianapolis’ top attractions and eating at many of the city’s great restaurants while they are in Indianapolis for their annual convention.

The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is hosting the Society of American Travel Writers conference, Sept. 9-14, 2012, at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Like the hosting of the Super Bowl, the hosting of top travel writers is expected to be great exposure for Indianapolis and the rest of the state.

On the weekends before and after the conference, the writers will be visiting six sites throughout the state.

The destinations chosen to host pre- and post-convention tours are Indiana Dunes Country and Amish Country in northern Indiana; French Lick and Spring Mill State Park, and New Harmony in southern Indiana (New Harmony was originally designed to be a utopian community); Brown County State Park in Nashville; and the 2012 BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel.

About 250 of the SATW’s 1,200 members are attending this year’s convention in Indianapolis. The writers got to choose which pre- and post-convention trips they find most appealing.

Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, is hosting travel writers during the weekend of Sept. 7-9 and the weekend of Sept. 14-16. In addition, Indiana Dunes Tourism Promotions Director Ken Kosky will attend the conference and share with some of the great things he experiences in Indianapolis.

In Indiana Dunes Country, the travel writers will experience a boat ride — provided by CMS Marine of Portage Public Marina — along the Lake Michigan coast, and they will visit Indiana Dunes State Park, Mount Baldy and Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.

South of the dunes, the writers will also visit Taltree Arboretum, the 49er Drive-In,   Hoosier Bat Company and Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum of Art. They will sample the cuisine of Wagner’s Ribs, Industrial Revolution, Lucrezia, Popolano’s, The Rolling Stonebaker, Valpo Velvet ice cream, the Valparaiso Downtown Dining restaurants, Suzie’s Cafe and Tate’s Place.

In addition, the writers will receive gift baskets featuring locally-made products, including an Air One Aerial Photography photo of the dunes (see photo above), a Hoosier Bat Company mini baseball bat, treats from Kim’s Chocolates, Simply Amazing Market popcorn, Anderson’s Vineyard & Winery wine and Figure Eight Brewing craft beer.

Previous SATW conventions were in Wellington, New Zealand (2011); Saxony, Germany (2010); Guadalajara, Mexico (2009); Houston (2008); and Manchester, England (2007). The SATW includes journalists from such organizations as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Good Morning America and Conde Nast Traveler.

“The exposure we anticipate we will receive would be phenomenal and could significantly increase tourism,” said Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer.

Indiana Dunes Tourism
Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association
Society of American Travel Writers

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Historical Festival, Sept. 22-23

September 7, 2012 Leave a comment
Feast of the Hunter's Moon

Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, Sept. 22-23. Photo provided by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and used with written permission.

By Kathy Atwell
Tippecanoe County Historical Association

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association of Lafayette, Indiana, in cooperation with the Tippecanoe County Parks and Recreation Department, will be sponsoring the 45th annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon on September 22-23, 2012.  The “Feast” derives its name from the moon cycles of the Miami Indian calendar, and is held annually along the banks of the Wabash River in the fall during the phase of the “Hunters’ Moon.”  Considered by many to be the “must see” event of the year, the Feast represents the time of homecoming, feasting, dancing and celebrating from the earliest days of historic Fort Ouiatenon.  Ouiatenon was built in 1717 and then burned to the ground in 1791.  Eighteenth century music, crafts, dance and life ways of the outpost’s original inhabitants are recreated as the fort comes alive once again at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon this fall.  Over 40 different recreated period foods, including buffalo, Scottish meat pies, and pork chops, will put the “feast” in the Feast!

Education is a strong focus of the event.  Seven different arenas and stages plus numerous locations on the 30 acres of festival grounds feature outstanding performances by musicians, interpreters, military re-enactors and Native American groups.  Several activities for children, including candle dipping, butter churning, costume try-on, bead crafts and an area where children learn to trade for goods like their 18th century counterparts did, offer multiple opportunities for young people to have fun!  The Feast also offers two special days the Thursday and Friday before the event that are set aside for area school children.

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association offers several different family value packages and discounted tickets if purchased in advance.  Advance single day tickets are $25.00 per family (2 adults and up to 4 children), $10.00 for adults, and $5.00 for children ages 4-16.  Children under the age of 4 are free.  Tickets may be ordered online at beginning July 1st, or at various retail outlets in the Lafayette area, including Payless and Kroger Supermarkets in the Lafayette area, Regions Bank, Purdue Federal, Farmers State Bank, Lafayette Bank and Trust, and all Tippecanoe County Historical Association sites.

The Feast is in September this year, due to Purdue University’s home football schedule.