Archive for May, 2013

Pacers Playoffs Saturday Night Special on June 1

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Indiana Pacers Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, the Indiana Pacers will host the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in an 8:30 p.m. start.  The action will begin much sooner outside the Fieldhouse doors with a “Saturday Night Special” party on Pennsylvania Street and a part of Georgia Street.

Activities for all ages are planned for the pregame party which will begin at 5:30 p.m. A Budweiser Beer Garden will be operating in the Ober Lot next to the Fieldhouse.  Alumni Pacers players will be on hand in addition to the Pacemates, Boomer and the Boom Babies!

A children’s area will be stationed on Pennsylvania Street, complete with games, Pop a Shot, Corn Hole, face painting and balloon artists.  A DJ will be on hand to provide music and 1070/107.5 The Fan will broadcast a special Pacers Pre-Game Show from 7 – 8 p.m. A “Beat the Heat” banner will be there for fans to sign for good luck.  All is weather permitting.

The Pub, located across the street from Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Georgia Street, will be open with a special outdoor entertainment center, complete with food and beverages. Please check for the latest information on the party and anything Pacers playoffs related.

Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. publicizes and promotes downtown Indy. For more information, visit, or call 317-237-2222.

Indiana Military Museum Grand Opening Today

A US Air Force F4 Phantom on display at the Indiana Military Museum.

A US Air Force F4 Phantom on display at the Indiana Military Museum.

By Shyla Beam
Vincennes CVB

The Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes, Indiana, will have a Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony today, May 31, 2013, at 10 a.m.  Come out and support the museum if you are in the area.

The Indiana Military Museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of military artifacts in the Midwest.  The collection includes indoor and outdoor exhibits of military aircraft, vehicles, artillery, uniforms, insignia, equipment, and related artifacts spanning the Civil War through current military engagements.

For more information, visit, or call 812-882-1941.

ABOVE: Photo provided by the Vincennes CVB and used with written permission.

Paint and Hang

The Garfield Park Arts Center

Photo by Average Jane on flickr

Ever just want to get together with a few friends and paint? Now’s your chance! We provide a relaxed setting, a knowledgeable instructor, and all the materials you’ll need. You you can bring food, your favorite beverage, and a desire to do something creative! Join us Thursday evenings at the GPAC. Ages 21 and older.

Click here to learn more.

Register online by visiting Play Indy, or call (317) 327-7135.

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June 2013 Events in Bloomington and Monroe County

Arts Fair on the Square in Bloomington, June 22

Arts Fair on the Square in Bloomington, June 22.
Photo provided by Visit Bloomington and used with written permission.

By Julie Warren
Visit Bloomington

Welcome to Bloomington!

After a very rainy, cold, and rather snowy spring, the sun has finally decided to visit Bloomington! The official first day of summer is quickly approaching and many visitors and residents could not be happier. Many of the students may have said their goodbyes to their beloved college town for a few months, but Bloomington is still bursting with activities. Summer in Bloomington is a fantastic time to explore what the city has to offer and an especially good time to showcase the arts.

No matter when you visit this summer, you’ll find numerous events on campus with the IU Summer Festival of the Arts. Events include dance, visual art, music, cinema, and theatre—there is never a quiet day in this artsy little city. From attending a concert at the Musical Arts Center to exploring an exhibit at the Mathers Museum, there is a variety of things to see, hear, and do.

Bloomington is packed with traditions when it comes to unique dining experiences but it is also filled with many hidden treasures. Come explore the annual Taste of Bloomington on June 22 to find your new favorite. The festival will also host live performances and children’s activities. Luckily for visitors, the 32nd annual Arts Fair on the Square will showcase over 60 regional and national artists and craftspeople on the very same day. Art activities will be provided for kids while artwork and entertainment will be on display for adults. Prepare yourselves for an entertaining and delicious day, filled with arts, crafts, and the best food that Bloomington has to offer.

Although the Gallery Walk is open all year round, this June marks its 10th anniversary. Located downtown, this self-guided tour includes eleven galleries, all in walking distance from each other. The Gallery Walk hosts local artists, as well as regional, national, international, and emerging artists in a variety of mediums. This impressive tour is great for a refreshing date night or a less-than-ordinary night out with friends.

If you thought June was already exciting, get this: it is also Limestone Month! Don’t know much about limestone? No need to worry—you can learn about all the interesting fragments of limestone at one of the several events hosted this month. Exciting events offered include: a tour of the Victor Oolitic quarry, an architectural tour of the IU campus, The Art of Indiana Limestone exhibit, the 17th Annual Indiana Limestone Symposium, and many more exhibits and presentations that are sure to rock.

Also in June is the Limestone Comedy Festival, June 6-8, featuring nationally known comedians like Tig Notaro and Maria Bamford, plus some of Bloomington’s favorites. This three-day comedy festival will be held at various venues throughout downtown Bloomington. If you are into comedy, this is one festival you do not want to miss this summer.

There are many more events, shows and performances taking place this month, including live local music every night of the week!  For more information on events, restaurants, shopping and attractions, go to

June 2013

Ongoing Events:

Songwriters Showcase
Every Monday, 8 pm
Player’s Pub, 812-334-2080

Lunch Concerts Series
Every Tuesday, 11:30 am
People’s Park

Beer School at Yogi’s
Every Tuesday, 7 pm
Yogi’s Grill & Bar, 812-323-9644

Free Live Entertainment
Every Friday, 9 pm
Eagle Pointe Golf Resort, 812-824-4040

Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday, 8 am
Showers Common, 812-349-3738

Brewery Tours
Every Saturday, 2 pm
Upland’s Production Brewery, 812-336-2337

Misguided Comedy Tours of Bloomington
Every Saturday, 2 pm
Various locations, 812-322-2211

Picnics at Creekbend
Every Second  Sunday, 1 pm
Oliver Winery, 812-876-5800

Yoga in the Atrium
Every Saturday, 11:30 am
Fine Arts  Plaza, 812-855-5445

Ryder Films in the Root Cellar Lounge
Every Thursday, 7:30 pm
Root Cellar Lounge, 812-323-0002

Fridays at Third Street Park Concerts
Every Friday, 6:30 pm
Third Street Park, 812-349-3725

HiStory Time
Third Thursday of every month, 10:30 am
Monroe County History Center, 812-332-2517 ext. 3

Special Events:

Amazing Avians: A Live Bird Show
June 1-2, 11 am & 1 pm Saturday; 2 pm Sunday
WonderLab, 812-330-1337

Roller Derby
June 1, 6 pm
The Cardiac Arena

Spun: A Brother/Sister Rock Musical
June 1, 7:30 pm
Bloomington Playwrights Project, 812-334-1188

The Dance Center Spring Recital
June 2, 2:30 pm & 5:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020

The Limestone Comedy Festival
June 6-8
Downtown Bloomington venues, 812-336-LAFF

First Friday Evening Science of Art: Limestone Carving
June 7, 5 pm

The Art of Indiana Limestone Exhibit
June 7, 5 pm
The Fell

Oliver Winery’s Tunes on the Terrace: The Rigbys
June 7, 7:30 pm
Oliver Winery, 812-876-5800

A Fair of the Arts
June 8, 8 am
Showers Common, 812-349-3725

Victor Oolitic Quarry Tour
June 8, 9:30 am
Bloomington Visitors Center, 812-334-8900

Back to the Future: Mid-Century Modern Home Tour
June 8, 1 pm
First United Methodist Church, 800-450-4534

Timeless Fashion
June 8, 2pm
Monroe County History Center, 812-332-2517

June 8, 5 pm
Upland Brew Pub, 812-336-2337 ext. 209

Roller Derby
June 8, 6 pm
The Cardiac Arena

New Wave Night- ‘80s Dance Party!!
June 8, 10 pm
The Root Cellar Lounge, 812-323-0002

Who’s Bad
June 8, 9:00 pm
Bluebird Nightclub, 812-339-8984

Thrive in Love: Weekend Workshop
June 8-9, 9:30 am
Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, 812-825-3704

Charlotte’s Web
June 8-23, 7 pm; plus 2 pm Saturday & Sunday
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 812-323-3020

The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington presents Old Wicked Songs
June 8-15, 7:30 pm Thursday & Saturday; 2 pm Sunday
Bloomington Playwrights Project

“Foreign Affairs, Domestic Intrigue”: A Concert of Songs and Duets from Broadway & Opera
June 9, 2 pm
Fairview United Methodist Church, 917-449-5284

Dining with Doug and Karen!
June 9, 1:30 pm
The Comedy Attic, 812-336-5233

17th Annual Indiana Limestone Symposium
June 9-15
Bybee Stone Co., 812-824-8845

Touch a Truck
June 12, 12 am
Twin Lakes Sports Park parking lot, 812-349-3718

Frances Ha
June 13-17, 9:30 pm Thursday; 7 pm Sunday & Monday
IU Cinema Center, 812-630-1925

Architectural Tour of the IU Campus
June 14, 2 pm
Sample Gates, 800-800-0037

Festival Orchestra – Arthur Fagen, Conductor: Menahem Pressler, Piano
June 14, 8 pm
Musical Arts Center, 812-855-9846

National Ham Radio Kids’ Day
June 15, 1 pm
WonderLab, 812-330-1337

Build Your Own Radio Workshop
June 15, 2 pm
WonderLab, 812-330-1337

Summer Music Clinic Final Concert
June 15, 1 pm
Musical Arts Center, 812-855-9846

The Mountain Goats
June 15, 8 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020

Chris Cagle
June 15, 9 pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

“The Impresario” by W.A. Mozart
June 16, 4 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Hop On! Pop
June 16, 9:30 am
Team Effect/Holler Hoppin’ Zip Lines, 812-988-0085

Presentation: Indiana Limestone Up Close
June 20, 6 pm
Monroe County History Center, 812-332-2517

Pirates of the Carabiners
June 20-26, 9:30 am
Team Effect/Holler Hoppin’ Zip Lines, 812-988-0085

Midsummer Night at the Art Museum
June 21, 7 pm
Indiana University Art Museum, 812-855-5445

The Ragin’ Texans at the Bluebird
June 21, 7:30 pm
Bluebird Night Club, 812-336-3984

The Seasons of Sebastian Concert XIX – A Summer Solstice Bach Bash Janettee Fishell, Organ
June 21, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Arts Fair on the Square
June 22, 10 am
Monroe County Courthouse Lawn, 812-334-1188

Taste of Bloomington
June 22, 3 pm
Showers Common, 812-336-3681

A Tribute to Freddie Hubbard: An Indianapolis Jazz Legend
June 22, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

2013 Summer Garden Walk
June 22-23, 10 am Saturday; 12 pm Sunday
Monroe County History Center

Arnie the Doughnut
June 22, 25-29, 11 am
Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center, 812-855-1103

Emile Naoumoff, Piano
June 23, 4 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Parquet Courts
June 23, 8 pm
The Bishop, 812-333-4700

Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp Solo Performances
June 24-27, 8 pm
Serendipity, 812-855-9846

Jazz from Bloomington Jam Session
June 25, 6:45 pm
Café Django, 608-322-6827

Dido and Aeneas – Summer Festival Chorus; Dominick DiOrio, Conductor
June 25, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Summer Band – Stephen W. Pratt, Conductor
June 26, 7 pm
Musical Arts Center, 812-855-9846

Swing! The Musical
June 26-30, 7:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 2 pm Sunday
Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center, 812-855-1103

Rubens Quartet
June 27, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

June 27-30, 12 pm Thursday; 9 am Friday & Saturday; 9 am Sunday
IU Cinema Center, 812-630-1925

Don Freund Lecture
June 28, 6:45 pm
Sweeney Hall, 812-855-9846

Festival Chamber Players
June 28, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Craig Brenner at Café D’Jango
June 28, 8 pm
Café D’Jango, 812-335-1297

Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp Final Concert
June 28, 7:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-855-9846

Peter Stumpf, Cello and Evelyne Brancart, Piano
June 29, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Cardboard Construction Extravaganza!
June 29-30, 12 pm Saturday; 1:30 pm Sunday
WonderLab, 812-330-1337

New Interactive Touch Screens on Indiana Toll Road

Toll Road Touch Screen Kiosk

One of the new touch screen kiosks on the Indiana Toll Road.

By Derek Smith
Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission

Six touch-screen kiosks were unveiled this month at travel plazas along the Indiana Toll Road by the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission, a partnership of seven northern Indiana convention and visitors bureaus that works to promote tourism in the region.

Each TAP (Tourist Assistance Portal) kiosk includes a 42-inch interactive touch screen that assists travelers in booking hotels and finding restaurants, shopping destinations and attractions along the Indiana Toll Road. The TAPs allow travelers to navigate up-to-the-minute guides to area businesses, complete with maps, menus, coupons and photo galleries. As part of its user-friendly interface, each TAP allows visitors to find businesses and attractions by toll road exit and includes an interactive, exit-by-exit map with directions to destinations. Additionally, visitors can text or email business information or coupons directly to their phone or mobile device.

“The TAPs are designed to provide the best visitor experience possible and to influence the millions of people that stop at our travel plazas to spend money in our communities along the toll road,” said Dan Bearss, executive director of the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission. “They are a user-friendly way for visitors to find exactly what they are looking for, whether that’s a hotel to spend the night or a family-friendly activity off the next exit.”

Six kiosks have been installed at eastbound travel plazas in Portage, Rolling Prairie and Elkhart and westbound travel plazas in Elkhart, Howe and Fremont. With more than 12 million people visiting travel plazas along the Indiana Toll Road each year, the TAPs are expected to get a high-volume of use, something the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission will monitor along with Blue Focus Media, developers of the TAP software. The TAPs are an extension of the commission’s visitor outreach program on the Indiana Toll Road, which already includes two staffed visitor centers, brochure distribution at travel plazas, and advertising inside travel plazas and on tollbooth windows.

The Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission is a partnership of seven northern Indiana convention and visitors bureaus in Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Marshall, Elkhart, Kosciusko and LaGrange counties. The partnership allows local convention and visitors bureaus to leverage their dollars on regional initiatives, such as the TAP program, and to purchase advertising in key markets. Collectively, tourism in the seven member counties of the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission pumps more than $2 billion into local economies annually.

For more information on the TAP program or Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission, call 574-862-6163, or visit

ABOVE: (L-R) Lorelei Weimer, treasurer of the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission Board of Directors and executive director of Indiana Dunes Tourism; Dan Bearss, executive director of the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission; and Jack Arnett, president of the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission Board of Directors and executive director of the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau stand in front of one of the new TAP (Tourist Assistance Portal) touch screens.