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Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds, Mar. 9-17

February 23, 2013 Leave a comment
Indiana Flower and Patio Show

At last year’s Indiana Flower and Patio Show. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Breanna Holder
On behalf of the Flower & Patio Show

The 55th Annual Indiana Flower and Patio Show will be held in the West Pavilion and Expo Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis, on Mar. 9-17, 2013.

Central Indiana’s original finer outdoor living show will feature over 400 exhibitors offering hot tubs, grills, decks, water and fire features, potted plants, tools, outdoor kitchens and furniture, pools, green products, yard art, hardscapes and much more.

Guests can browse 40+ extravagant showcase gardens designed by Indiana’s premier landscapers, chat with hundreds of finer outdoor living experts, shop and compare quotes, and take home thousands of ideas! This year, gardens will incorporate different conservation features to reflect the theme “It’s Elemental” by exploring five basic elements of nature: earth, wood, metal, fire and water.

Tickets are $12 adults; $8 seniors 65+ on Senior Day (March 11); children 12 and under free; $5 parking per vehicle; discount tickets and coupons available online.

The show will be open from 10 am to 9 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.

For more information, including listings of landscape designers and exhibitors, show features, the stage schedule, discount and group ticket sales and more, visit, or call 317-576-9933.

Editor’s Acknowledgment: BPS Marketing, Inc.

Bluespring Caverns in Bedford Opens March 16

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment
Lawrence County Visitors Center in Mitchell

Lawrence County Visitors Center in Mitchell. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By David Branneman
Lawrence County Tourism

Bluespring Caverns in Bedford, Indiana, reopens for tours on March 16, 2013, weather permitting. Explore over a mile-long, subterranean river in a guided tour boat. Experience the natural forces that are still at work today slowly dissolving limestone to create the cave’s custom chambers. For more information on hours and ticket prices, click here. Before visiting, call 812-279-9471 for cave condition updates.

Preserving the Past at Traders Point Creamery

February 21, 2013 Leave a comment
The Loft Restaurant at Traders Point Creamery

The Loft Restaurant at Traders Point Creamery. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Gail Alden
Traders Point Creamery

The four barns at Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Road, Zionsville, on Indy’s northwest side, are historic structures that were carefully transported and meticulously reconstructed under the guidance of Amos Schwartz. Salvaging old barns is integral to the Kunz’s vision for preserving the “work of mankind” to unite it with the work of nature.

The first barn to be brought to the property was a former stallion barn with beautiful sixty foot cherry timbers; it is now used as our equipment barn, with a long rocking-chair porch that overlooks the farm pond.

The Kunz’s, with Amos’ help, also secured two “sister” barns from a property in Geneva, Indiana, that date to the 1870s. One, originally a pig sty, was reworked into our tandem-style milking parlor. Here our farmers milk fifty to sixty Brown Swiss cows twice a day and visitors can observe the 4pm milking every day.

The third barn, known simply as the big Red Barn, is a German heritage-style bank barn, with two levels that allowed for animals to be kept below and for hay to be threshed and stored above. In a modern twist on its historic dual purpose, the lower level houses the milking herd during the winter and the upper level offers a unique rustic space for unique private events. In addition, our weekly winter Green Market and annual Oktoberfest and Christmas on the Farm festivals are held here.

The busiest of the four antique barns houses The Loft Restaurant (see photo above), our cheese production, and our Farm Store. It is an 1860s structure from Bluffton, Indiana, near the Wabash River. The hand-hewn beams recall the days before sawmills, when even the wooden pegs were carved by hand. When the dismantled barn came to Traders Point Creamery, it had to be fit to the contours of the existing land. By organically melding the structure and the landscape, the Kunz’s were able to mimic the harmonious relationship between the natural and human worlds that the farm seeks to sustain. This same vision for holistic integration inspired the creation of the Loft Restaurant, an on-site farm-to-table restaurant. We love inviting our guests into a dining space shared with all those Hoosiers who have used the barn for more than a century. With these historic structures we can, as Fritz Kunz says, use the pieces of the past to prepare for the future.

For more information about Traders Point Creamery, visit, or call 317-733-1700. Traders Point Creamery on…

‘The Whipping Man’ Opens at the IRT, Mar. 5

February 20, 2013 1 comment
Indiana Repertory Theatre

Indiana Repertory Theatre. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Kelly Young
On behalf of the Indiana Repertory Theatre

Matthew Lopez’s popular Civil War-era play The Whipping Man, which played on Broadway in 2011 and has since spread to many regional theaters, opens at the IRT Mar. 5 and runs through  Mar. 24, 2013.

In the IRT’s powerful production of The Whipping Man, set in Richmond at the close of the Civil War, three Jewish men – one a former Confederate soldier and two his former slaves – struggle with new roles and age-old questions of justice and mercy. As the three men come together, they grapple with their relationship to one another and find their way in a world that has changed forever. Everyone carries scars in this emotionally stirring period drama that binds three men whose world has changed forever.

“The IRT audience likes to reflect on history – and this powerful play not only reflects on history, but reveals how it applies to us in today’s society,” said Janet Allen, artistic director, IRT. “The bold, amazing actors who tell this story will definitely give our audiences something incredible to talk about after seeing this play.”

The Whipping Man, by Matthew Lopez

March 5-24 (full schedule below)

Indiana Repertory Theatre, OneAmerica Stage, 140 W. Washington St.

Tickets are $25-55, prices vary based on day, time and seat selection

For tickets and information, call the IRT ticket office 317-635-5252 or visit

Editor’s Acknowledgment: Baise Communications.

New Shows Added at Carmel Palladium for 2012-2013 Season

February 19, 2013 Leave a comment
Carmel Palladium

Carmel Palladium. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By John Hughey
The Center for the Performing Arts

The Center for the Performing Arts today announced three new performances for its 2012-13 season. The single ticket events represent multiple genres, from classic rock vocalist Michael McDonald (April 21) to ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro (June 4) to the interactive family show Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo (June 13-16).

“The Center for the Performing Arts has earned a reputation for presenting world-class artists,” said President/CEO Tania Castroverde Moskalenko. “We’re continuing that tradition with these new performances – a truly diverse collection of talent. We’re looking forward to welcoming new audiences alongside our season subscribers. It’s going to be a spectacular spring at the Center for the Performing Arts.”

Tickets for all three performances at the Palladium go on sale Monday, February 18 starting at 7 a.m. online at At 10 a.m., tickets are available at the Palladium box office and by phone at 317-843-3800. The 2012-13 Season presented by St.Vincent Health includes performances representing Classics, Great American Songbook, Jazz & Blues, Country & Bluegrass, and Dance. Additional special performances, including Pop, Spotlight, Family and Holiday are also featured in the 2012-13 season.

The Center’s season additions include:

Michael McDonald
Date: Sunday, April 21 at 7:30 pm
Venue: The Palladium

Vocalist Michael McDonald’s unique “velvety tenderness” helped propel both The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan to incredible success. McDonald first gained wide attention when he joined the group Steely Dan singing backup and playing keyboards onstage. One year after the release of Steely Dan’s “Katy Lied,” McDonald was asked to join the Doobie Brothers. In the years that followed, McDonald and the Doobie Brothers enjoyed tremendous success with hits including “What A Fool Believes,” “Minute by Minute” and “Yah Mo B There.” McDonald’s writing and lead singing abilities propelled the hits “Taking It To The Streets,” and the Grammy Award winning song of the year “What A Fool Believes.” In 2008 he released his “Soul Speak” album which features his interpretations of 11 soul inspired songs like “Walk On By” and “Living For the City,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Heard It Through The Grapevine.”

Jake Shimabukuro
Date: Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30 pm
Venue: The Palladium

Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-BOO-koo-row), the wide-ranging virtuoso of the four-string, two-octave ukulele, will sweep onto the Palladium stage in a stop on his Grand Ukulele Tour. Shimabukuro redefined the ukulele and exploded onto the pop stage in a little over a decade. Early recordings made him a household name in Hawaii, but then the YouTube phenomenon happened – a video of Shimabukuro playing George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in Central Park went viral, with 8 million views and counting. Since then he has performed with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Bette Midler (before the Queen of England), Yo-Yo Ma, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Levon Helm, Les Paul and Jimmy Buffett, all the while fine-tuning his mastery on what some thought was a limited instrument. He’s played on The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! and was a featured artist on NPR’s Weekend Edition. His latest album, Grand Ukulele, includes original songs such as “Island Fever Blues,” a traditional Hawaiian song titled “Akaka Falls” and a unique track called “Missing Three,” performed with only three strings – created on a day when Jake was missing the third string on his instrument. Legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons (Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road) collaborates on the album.

Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo
Dates: June 13-16 (multiple showtimes)
Venue: The Palladium’s east courtyard

Families will have the opportunity to feed, water and play with a variety of creatures straight from the prehistoric era. The Dinosaur Petting Zoo is a unique, visually stunning experience that allows children and adults to travel back in time. The artists behind these stunning creatures are Australian-based Erth – Visual & Physical Inc. Founded in 1990 in Ballarat Victoria, Erth has consistently been creating art for the public domain since its inception and is recognized today as an innovator of physical and visual theatre worldwide. Erth’s goal is to provide audiences with eye popping visual experiences by combining a truly fantastic aesthetic with performance, using large-scale puppets, stilts, inflatable environments and aerial techniques to create its productions. Erth tours the globe extensively. Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo is made possible in part by a grant from the Jean Yorke Memorial Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

For more information, visit, or call 317-843-3800.