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Things to do in Indianapolis, Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2012

November 25, 2012 Leave a comment

‘The Nutcracker’ at Clowes Memorial Hall, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2

November 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Butler Ballet

A scene from last year’s performance of “The Nutcracker” by Butler Ballet. Photo provided by Butler University and used with written permission.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

Magic is about to happen again at the country estate of Counselor and Frau Von Stahlbaum when Butler Ballet presents five performances of The Nutcracker, Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2012 at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29; 8 p.m. Nov. 30; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 1; and 2 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets are $21.50-$28.50 for adults; $17-$23 for children, students and seniors; $14-$20 for groups of 15 or more. Tickets are available at the Clowes Hall box office or via Ticketmaster. For telephone orders, call 800-982-2787, or visit for more information.

Butler Ballet’s 30th annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet will feature 124 dancers, including 34 young dancers from the Indianapolis community.

This year’s Nutcracker will feature the Butler Symphony Orchestra performing the score. Morgan Sicklick, a senior from Woodcliff Lake, N.J., and Danielle Morano, a senior from St. James, N.Y., share the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Justin Metcalf-Burton (senior, Gaithersburg, Md.) and Matthew Doolin (senior, Jacksonville, Fla.) will dance as the Nutcracker.

Patrick Green (senior, Washington, D.C.) and George Vargas (junior, Grasonville, Md.) will play the Snow King. Katherine Currier (junior, Norwich, Vt.) and Coleen Rhea (Flemington, N.J.) will be the Snow Queen.

The Dew Drop Fairy will be danced by Shelby Shenkman (junior, Boca Raton, Fla.) and Mónica Muñoz (senior, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico), and Stuart Coleman (junior, Lynchburg, Va.) and Christian Griggs-Drane (junior, Richmond, Va.) will play the Cavalier.

Margaret Carey (junior, Dayton, Ohio) will dance the role of Clara, and Christiaan Ruff (sophomore, Durham, N.C.) will portray Fritz.

James Cramer ’81, community relations manager at Clowes Hall, will dance the role of Drosselmeyer.

As always, all Butler Dance faculty have a hand in the choreography, including Cynthia Pratt, Marek Cholewa, Stephan Laurent, Susan McGuire, Derek Reid, Associate Dean of the Jordan College of the Arts Michelle Jarvis, and Visiting Professor Michael J. Johnson.

The young dancers from the Indianapolis community are: Kearsley Kermode (angel), Fairland; Kaia Kenyon (angel), Fishers; Charlotte Barnes (angel), Brownsburg; Harmony Nieder (angel), Indianapolis; Brooklyn Franklin (tiny mouse), Franklin; Madelyn Poe (tiny mouse), Shelbyville; Juliet Smock (tiny mouse), Indianapolis; Kelsey Burks (party girl), Greenwood; Sarah Chan (party girl), Greenwood; Natalie Clevenger (party girl), Mooresville; Jordan Dukes (party girl), Indianapolis; Rachel Dukes (party girl), Indianapolis.

Gabrielle Dye (party girl), Fortville; Savanna Grady (party girl), Greenwood; Taylor Griffin (party girl), Indianapolis; Peyton Jeffers (party girl), Indianapolis; Ivy Wood (party girl), Greenwood; Billy Creviston (party boy), Franklin; Keaton Kermode (party boy), Fairland; Peyton Barnes (party boy), Greenwood; Sam Greathouse (party boy), North Vernon; Isabel Burks (tumbler), Greenwood; Abigail Alfrey (Mother Ginger scene), Greenwood; Annalee Baltimore (Mother Ginger scene), Bargersville; Julia Brookshire (Mother Ginger scene), Indianapolis; Mariah Carr (Mother Ginger scene), Whiteland.

Alexis Franklin (Mother Ginger scene), Franklin; Olivia Gooch (Mother Ginger scene), Greenwood; Macey Kirschbaum (Mother Ginger scene), Shelbyville; Gabriella Lewis (Mother Ginger scene), Zionsville; Dalena Matthews (Mother Ginger scene), Greenwood; Ainsleigh Rund (Mother Ginger scene), Fountaintown; Jillian Smock (Mother Ginger scene), Indianapolis; Isley Wood (Mother Ginger scene), Greenwood.

Butler Ballet dancers are:

Emily Barth, freshman, Williamsburg, Va.

Iosu Bascaran*, freshman, Syracuse, N.Y.

Jennifer Baubkus, junior, Hanover Park, Ill.

Alexandra Benson, junior, Jacksonville, Fla.

Christopher Bokeko, junior, Roseville, Calif.

Madeline Brogan*, freshman, East Lansing, Mich.

Christina Brown, senior, North East, Pa.

Shelby Canella, senior, Fairfax, Va.

Katherine Cano*, junior, Port Lavaca, Texas Margaret Carey, junior, Dayton, Ohio Katherine Chappell, junior, Houston, Texas Ashleigh Chuang*, junior, Collinsville, Conn.

Cameron Clark, sophomore, Centerville, Ohio Courtney Coirin*, junior, Yorktown, Va.

Stuart Coleman, junior, Lynchburg, Va.

Katherine Currier*, junior, Norwich, Vt.

Emily Dietz*, freshman, Mountain View, Calif.

Matthew Doolin, senior, Jacksonville, Fla.

Hillary Drawe, junior, Metairie, La.

Savannah Dunn*, freshman, Meridian, Idaho Ricardo Dyer, sophomore, Suffolk, Va.

Chloe Edelstein*, freshman, Cazenovia, N.Y.

Audra Edwards*, sophomore, Eagle, Idaho

Anastasia Ellis*, sophomore, Vestal, N.Y.

Taylor Fengya*, freshman, Indianapolis

Elise Filo*, freshman, Palo Alto, Calif.

Marissa Finlay, freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio Pattersen Floberg*, sophomore, Denver, N.C.

Eileen Frazer*, sophomore, Panama

Moira Frazier, junior, Johnson City, Tenn.

Hailley Goleta*, senior, Oxnard, Calif.

Candace Gordon, freshman, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Patrick Green, senior, Washington, D.C.

Christian Griggs-Drane*, junior, Richmond, Va.

Carly Hambridge*, junior, Matthews, N.C.

Marie Harrison, freshman, Hong Kong

Victoria Helfrich, junior, Justin, Texas Amanda Hickey*, junior, Hanover Park, Ill.

Jennifer Hite*, freshman, Grayson, Ga.

Conner Horak*, sophomore, Fort Collins, Colo.

Jean Jang, senior, Austin, Texas

Maria Jessee*, freshman, Roanoke, Va.

Anne Johnson*, freshman, Hamilton, N.J.

Erica Johnston*, junior, Champaign, Ill.

Catherine Jue*, sophomore, Albany, N.Y.

Robyn Jutsum*, freshman, Minneapolis, Minn.

Elsa Kern-Lovick, freshman, New Carlisle, Ind.

Sarah Kosterman*, freshman, Sacramento, Calif.

Mary Katherine Kronzer*, junior, Herndon, Va.

Zachary Kukla, junior, LaPorte, Ind.

Amber Lerman, freshman, Skokie, Ill.

Cathleen Leszczynski*, sophomore, Virginia Beach, Va.

Martha Leuthner, junior, Whitefish Bay, Wis.

Julia Lloyd*, freshman, Herndon, Va.

Kristina Liu, senior, Reston, Va.

Zena Maddox*, sophomore, Baltimore, Md.

Breanna Manley*, freshman, Bismarck, N.D.

Danielle Martin, senior, Mount Laurel, N.J.

Justin Metcalf-Burton, senior, Gaithersburg, Md.

Jourdan Morales*, junior, Crystal Lake, Ill.

Danielle Morano*, senior, Saint James, N.Y.

Mónica Muñoz, senior, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico Anne Mushrush*, sophomore, St. Charles, Ill.

Lauren Nasci*, junior, Oak Creek, Wis.

Taylor Nash, freshman, Westmont, Ill.

Samantha New, freshman, Springfield, Ill.

Heather Nichols*, sophomore, Richmond, Va.

Felicity Nicholson*, junior, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Chloe Obert, senior, Lexington, Ky.

Hannah Olinger, freshman, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Isabelle Overstreet*, freshman, Los Angeles, Calif.

Simon Pawlak*, freshman, Capitan, N.M.

Christina Perry*, sophomore, Evart, Mich.

Anna Peters*, senior, Colbert, Wash.

Callie Peterson, sophomore, Stillwater, Minn.

Kathleen Pilone, freshman, Mason, Ohio

Christina Presti*, junior, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Michelle Quenon, sophomore, Novi, Mich.

Lauren Reed*, senior, Milwaukee, Wis.

Coleen Rhea*, senior, Flemington, N.J.

Micaelina Ritschl, junior, Overland Park, Kan.

Rachel Robbins, junior, Long Beach, Calif.

Renee Roberts*, sophomore, North Miami, Fla.

Audrey Robson, junior, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Samuel Rogers, junior, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Christiaan Ruff*, sophomore, Durham, N.C.

Prescott Ruff, freshman, Durham, N.C.

Julia Sanders*, freshman, Crestwood, Ky.

Fabiana Santiago, freshman, Crystal Lake, Ill.

Jillian Schepis*, sophomore, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Rachel Schmidt, sophomore, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Alexandra Schooling, sophomore, Willow Street, Pa.

Brooke Senger*, freshman, Cary, Ill.

Shelby Shenkman*, junior, Boca Raton, Fla.

Morgan Sicklick*, senior, Woodcliff Lake, N.J.

Sara Rose Smith, senior, Brighton, Mich.

Madeline Sosna*, junior, St. Louis, Mo.

Celine Spinka*, freshman, Redding, Calif.

Alexandra Still*, junior, Williamsburg, Va.

Zachary Tuazon, sophomore, Tinley Park, Ill.

Haley Tyll, junior, Rochester, N.Y.

Hannah Van Nortwick*, junior, Oneida, N.Y.

George Vargas, junior, Grasonville, Md.

Madeline Verbica*, freshman, Santa Cruz, Calif.

Katrine Vorsa, senior, Atco, N.J.

Hannah Wallace, sophomore, Cape Elizabeth, Maine Jasmine Ward*, freshman, Miami, Fla.

Katherine Webb*, freshman, Richmond, Va.

Katherine Wiley, junior, Fenton, Mich.

Loren Williams*, senior, Webster, N.Y.

Roger Wood, freshman, Indianapolis

Alexandra Zaslav*, freshman, Richmond, Va.

*Member of Sigma Rho Delta, a National Dance Honor Fraternity

‘Rejoice!’ at Clowes Memorial Hall, Dec. 7-8

November 24, 2012 Leave a comment
Clowes Memorial Hall

Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

Holiday carols from around the world, timeless classics, and familiar favorites with a new twist are on the program at 8 p.m., Dec. 7-8, 2012, when Butler University presents Rejoice!, its annual musical gift to the community, at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Rejoice! concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They are available at the Clowes Hall box office, (317) 940-6444 or There is a limit of four tickets per person, but groups can call 317-940-9065.

The 27th annual Rejoice! will feature the Butler Chorale and Butler University Choir with musical accompaniment from the Butler Percussion Ensemble, Arthur Jordan Saxophone Quartet, Festival Brass from the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and guest organist Tom Nichols, the music director at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Among the highlights of this year’s program will be Bach’s “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied” (Sing to the Lord a New Song), which, while technically not a holiday piece, is “sufficiently festive,” said Eric Stark, director of the Butler Chorale and artistic director of Rejoice!

The 12-minute Bach piece is difficult–it’s a cappella, with independent parts written for each voice, and sung at a rapid tempo.

“There’s no place to hide,” Stark said. “Everybody’s got to pull their weight. But the students have been really challenged and stimulated by it. it’s been gratifying to see them take to it so well.”

Selections from this year’s concert also will include holiday carols from Latvia, Kenya and Spain, and favorites such as “A Rose in the Middle of Winter,” by Bob Chilcott, a longtime member of the King’s Singers, and “In dulci jubilo” (In Sweet Joy) by Matthew Culloton, the founding artistic director and conductor of The Singers and former member of The Dale Warland Singers.

For more information, visit, or call 317-940-6444.

Holiday Events at the Johnson County Museum in Franklin

November 23, 2012 Leave a comment
Johnson County Museum of History

Johnson County Museum of History. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Ange Albsmeyer
Johnson County Museum

No holiday season in Johnson County is complete without a visit to see beautiful seasonal decorations at the Johnson County Museum, located at 135 North Main Street in Franklin. Throughout December, the museum’s main floor and auditorium will be transformed into a beautiful Winter Wonderland that will delight all ages. Fifteen local non-profit organizations help decorate the museum by participating in the annual Dec-A-Tree holiday tree decoration contest, and votes from museum visitors will help determine the winners. Most important of all, Santa Claus will visit the museum’s auditorium on the first two Saturdays in December.

December 1st, 2-4:30pm: Celebrate the annual Johnson County tradition of a visit with Santa Claus at the museum prior to the Downtown Franklin holiday lighting parade.  Courtesy of our sponsor Main Street Market, a 4 x 6 photo of your child with Santa is free of charge. There will be crafts for kids, and holiday-themed games and activities too, so plan on coming early!

December 8th, noon-3pm: Why deal with mall traffic, when you can visit Santa and experience traditional holiday fun for free at the Johnson County Museum? Enjoy the museum’s beautiful holiday decorations, and vote for your favorite Dec-A-Tree display while waiting to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Photos with Santa can be purchased for $5. Kids can make a holiday-themed craft, and learn about Johnson County history by participating in the museum scavenger hunt.  Event sponsored by Mutual Savings Bank.

December 15, 1-3pm: The sounds of beautiful music will fill the air, when “The Voices of Franklin” choral group performs holiday favorites at the museum’s annual Open House.  Enjoy complimentary apple cider and cookies, and be sure to take a moment to vote for your favorite Dec-A-Tree entry. You can also see “This Historic House”, our popular photography exhibit that continues through the end of the month.

Admission to all holiday events at The Johnson County Museum is free of charge.  For further information about the museum, please call 317-346-4500, or visit our website at

About the Johnson County Historical Society

The Johnson County Historical Society is a non-profit, educational institution, whose purpose is to collect, preserve, interpret and promote the material culture of this region.  The Society, with a professional staff, manages a museum facility and genealogy collection.  The Johnson County Museum is located at 135 North Main Street in downtown Franklin, Indiana.  The museum and genealogy library are open year-round 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesday thru Friday, and 10 AM to 3 PM Saturdays.  Admission is free.

LS Ayres Cherub Returns to Downtown Indianapolis

November 22, 2012 Leave a comment
LS Ayres Cherub in downtown Indianapolis

LS Ayres Cherub in downtown Indianapolis. Photo provided by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. and used with written permission.

By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

It was 1946. World War II was over and thousands returned home from military service. Among them, Virginia Holmes–a prize-winning commercial artist–came back to Indianapolis and began her job in the advertising department at L.S. Ayres, a Downtown department store.  When it came time to compose the 1946 holiday catalog, merchandise was still in short supply, so Holmes created whimsical cherubs to fill the somewhat empty pages.  The cherubs captured hearts and began an Indianapolis holiday tradition that continues today.

Customer response to the cherubs was so great, Ayres perpetuated their appearance in its 1947 holiday advertising.  It was Ayres’ 75th Anniversary, and that called for a special addition to their holiday celebration plans.  Ayres commissioned nationally recognized Indianapolis sculptor and Herron School of Art instructor David Rubins to create a bronze cherub for the store’s landmark clock, located on the outside of their building on the corner of Washington and Meridian streets.

Cherub Keeps Watch

As the story is told, the whimsical Cherub mysteriously appeared atop the clock on Thanksgiving Eve 1947 to keep a watchful eye on the holiday shoppers until Santa took over on Christmas Eve.  In the 65 years since, thousands have had the pleasure of seeing the Cherub perched atop the famous clock each holiday season.  This powerful tradition lives in the hearts and minds and memories of a city and its grateful citizens.

The May Department Store Co. purchased L.S. Ayres in 1986 and in 1992, moved the Cherub to its headquarters in St. Louis.  There was tremendous public outcry when the Cherub did not appear that holiday season.  So May donated the Cherub to the City of Indianapolis and in 1994 Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. became the Cherub’s legal guardian.

So keep an eye out… the Cherub will be appearing Downtown very soon (beginning today, Thursday, Nov. 22)!

In addition, find replica Cherub ornaments at the Indiana State Museum gift shop

For more information, visit, or call 317-237-2222.