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All Good Things Must Come To An End

December 24, 2013 Leave a comment
Breaded Tenderloin at Frosty Mug in Greenfield.

Breaded Tenderloin at Frosty Mug in Greenfield. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

All good things must come to an end. Or so they say.

I was disheartened last year when the El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant on State Road 9 in Greenfield burned to the ground. It was my absolute favorite place to take the family for a delicious meal at a reasonable price.

Curb Service at the Frosty Mug

Curb Service at the Frosty Mug

So imagine my dismay this week when I discovered that my other favorite restaurant, the Frosty Mug, across the street from Riley Park in Greenfield, has been foreclosed upon by PNC Bank and will be sold at a sheriff’s auction on January 7, 2014. Built in 1955 and for years known as the A&W Root Beer stand in Greenfield, it’s been a tradition for countless Hancock County residents for more than 50 years.

You can call me a sentimental old fool if you like, but there was something special about going to the Frosty Mug. It was a throwback to another era, place and time, a vestige of the past, the last of a dying breed, a nostalgic retreat to days gone by. It was a place to sit and relax, exchange a little banter with the car hops, listen to some oldies over the loudspeakers, and enjoy the best breaded tenderloin in Indiana.

Let me say that again: the best breaded tenderloin in Indiana. Honest.

Patsy’s Jumbo Tenderloin covered an entire dinner plate (see photo above). It was meaty and cooked to perfection, not your frozen fritter out of a box. And served piping hot. What a concept! I could name a lot of central Indiana restaurants that claim to have a great tenderloin. Only a couple came close: the Tie Dye Grill, Bourbon Street Distillery, and the Gas Light Inn (all in Indianapolis) come to mind. There was simply something about this breaded tenderloin that set it apart from every other one I ever tried anywhere in Indiana. My biggest regret is that I never got the Tenderloin Connoisseur Rick Garrett, who publishes the All Tenderloins, All The Time blog, to come out to the Frosty Mug and give this tenderloin a try. I’d love to have had his opinion on this version of the Hoosier delicacy. The only way to get one better was to make your own at home, in my opinion.

Oh, the burgers were nothing special. They were OK, but nothing to write home about. If the burgers and other menu items had been as good as the tenderloins, I don’t think we’d be having this conversation. But in an era of fast food and instant gratification, I just don’t think the average person was willing to sit and wait 10-15 minutes for ordinary food. The Frosty Mug was a victim of competition, technology, progress, changing times–all the cliches that spell doom for a small, family-owned business. They didn’t even have a Web site or social media presence. And I’m sure that it didn’t help to be open only from late spring to early fall.

The Frosty Mug in Greenfield

The Frosty Mug in Greenfield. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

Still, I’m going to miss sitting in one of their three booths (that’s all: three) and playing spin-the-quarter with my grandkids. I’m going to miss waving at friends driving by on Apple Street. I’m going to miss those amazing Flurries. I’m going to miss the Frosty Mug: yes, I was the mayor on Foursquare for more than a year. And I’m going to miss the simplicity, peace and solitude of this small neighborhood restaurant that served Greenfield well for parts of seven decades.

The public auction is scheduled for Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at 10:00 am, and includes the adjacent 1479 square foot residence and all the restaurant equipment. The location is 117 North Apple Street in Greenfield, Indiana. I’m hopeful that a philanthropist will snap it up, hire a management team to spruce up the place, overhaul the menu, and make it a successful and ongoing business. If such a miracle should come to pass, I have but one request: don’t change the tenderloin.

Categories: auctions, Indiana, restaurants

Celtic Woman at the Honeywell Center, May 4

December 23, 2013 Leave a comment
Celtic Woman at the Honeywell Center

Celtic Woman at the Honeywell Center, May 4.
Image provided by the Honeywell Center and used with written permission.

By Scott Fulmer
Honeywell Center

Come celebrate Ireland and the Emerald Isle’s spellbinding Celtic heritage when global music phenomenon Celtic Woman brings its Emerald Tour to the Honeywell Center for two shows at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014. Ticket sales began last Friday, December 20. The performances are sponsored by Wabash Electric.

The Emerald Tour kicks off its North American Tour in February 2014 with more than 80 concert dates. The all-new stage production features the angelic voices of Celtic Woman, a female Irish musical ensemble, performing traditional Irish anthems, pop standards and original music by Emmy Award nominated music producer David Downes.

Downes, a former musical director for the Irish stage show Riverdance, recruited five women in 2004 to create Celtic Woman. The group, whose line up has changed through the years, has recorded more than a dozen CDs and DVDs since its founding. A new project, “Celtic Woman: Emerald – Musical Gems,” is due out on both DVD and CD in February 2014.

Tickets are $110, orchestra pit; $65, main floor; $45, balcony. For tickets, please call 260-563-1102 or visit the Box Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Honeywell Center is north central Indiana’s premier arts and entertainment facility with more than 3,000 events and 150,000 visitors annually. Concerts, conferences, charity galas, art exhibits, and educational outreach programs are among the diverse events at the HoneywellCenter. All programs and activities are supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, the Indiana Arts Commission (a state agency) and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).  The Center is located at 275 W. Market Street in Wabash, Indiana.  For a complete program listing, visit the Honeywell Center Web site at or call 260-563-1102.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Dec. 23-29, 2013

December 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Winter Nights Film Series at the Museum of Art

December 20, 2013 Leave a comment
The Toby at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Toby at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Candace Gwaltney
Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) announces its fifth annual Winter Nights film series. From January 3 to February 28, 2014, movies will be shown every Friday beginning at 7 p.m.

Held in the The Toby, the annual indoor film series provides attendees a much needed escape from the cold while they cozy up and enjoy classic film. This year, movies focus on quirky, heart-warming comedies with razor-sharp dialogue and slapstick shenanigans. All films are shown in their original 35 mm format.

For a special Valentine’s Day screening, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra will perform the score for The Strong Man (1926), the first feature-length film directed by Frank Capra. This film begins at 7:30 p.m.


The Thin Man (1934, dir. W.S. Van Dyke, 91 mins., NR)
Friday, January 3
Sipping martinis like water and trading one-liner’s like a game of hot potato, Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) will have you rolling in the aisle in this light-hearted whodunit.  Egged-on by Nora,  former detective Nick comes out of retirement to find missing inventor and suspected murderer, Clyde Wynant. Shot in a mere two weeks, the film was so successful it launched a series of six films over the next thirteen years.

Some Like It Hot (1959, dir. Billy Wilder, 120 mins., NR)
Friday, January 10
After witnessing the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, musicians Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon) flee Chicago by disguising themselves as women and joining an all-girl orchestra.  Complications arise when Joe falls for the band’s lead singer, Sugar Kane Kowalczyk (Marilyn Monroe), and creates another identity,an oil tycoon,to seduce her.  All the while Jerry, dolled up as Daphne, has found a millionaire of his own and the mob is hot on their trail.Featuring Oscar-winning costumes by Orry-Kelly.

Father Goose (1964, dir., Ralph Nelson, 118 mins., NR)
Friday, January 17
Set during WWII, beachcomber Walter Eckland (Cary Grant) is convinced to live on an isolated island and report Japanese air activity.  When he unwittingly comes to the rescue of French schoolmistress Catherine (Leslie Caron) and her seven young charges, Eckland realizes his peaceful isolation is at an end as he is forced into sobriety and out of his hut.  It seems that Catherine and Walter will never get along, until Japanese soldiers arrive on the island and the two are forced to work together to save the girls.

Manhattan (1979, dir. Woody Allen, 96 mins., R)
Friday, January 24
Isaac is dating Tracy after divorcing Jill, who has moved in with Connie and is writing a book about their failed marriage. Yale is happily married to Emily and happily dating Mary. So goes the modern mating dance in Manhattan, until Isaac falls for Mary and struggles to face his emotions. Stunning cinematography by Gordon Willis and a soundtrack featuring George Gershwin will make falling in love in Manhattan easy to do.

Raising Arizona (1987, dirs., Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, 94 mins., PG-13)
Friday, January 31
After discovering that they cannot conceive a child, ex-con H.I. (Nicholas Cage) and ex-cop Edwina McDonald (Holly Hunter) decide to help themselves to one of the Arizona family’s newborn quintuplets.  With the police, a bounty hunter and H.I’s prison buddies all on the search for the missing quint, the couple struggles to keep their secret and their sanity. Outrageous, wild and heart-warming, Raising Arizona is the second feature-length film by the Coens and certainly one of the funniest.

Dr. Jack (1922, dirs. Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 59 mins., NR)
Friday, February 7
Country Doctor, Jack Jackson, has a knack for cheering up his patients without medicine. When one of his former patients asks him to help a friend, Dr. Jackson discovers the wealthy man’s daughter (Mildred Davis) isn’t an invalid, but a helpless victim of Dr. von Saulsbourg’s greed.  Sparks fly when Dr. Jackson and the girl accidentally kiss and he vows to rescue her from von Saulsbourg’s clutches. Musical accompaniment by Roger Lippincott.

The Strong Man with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (1926, dir. Frank Capra, 75 mins., NR)
Friday, February 14
7:30 p.m.
$25 IMA member, $30 public, $12 student (17 and under)
The collaboration between the ICO and IMA continues with a Valentine’s Day screening of The Strong Man- the first feature-length film directed by Frank Capra. Paul Bergot (Harry Landon) becomes pen-pals with Mary Brown (Pricilla Bonner) during The Great War and quickly falls in love with her. Once the war is over, Bergot travels to America as the assistant to vaudevillian strongman “Zandow the Great” and begins his search for Mary. Will he ever find her? Kirk Trevor, conductor and Eric Grayson, projectionist.

Tillie’s Punctured Romance (1914, dirs. Mack Sennett and Charles Bennett, 82 mins., NR)
Friday, February 21
Considered the first ever feature-length comedy, Tillie’s Punctured Romance features Charlie Chaplin as a greedy philanderer.  Charlie meets Tillie while on the “outs” with his girlfriend, Mabel. When he realizes that Tillie’s father is well-off, he persuades her to elope, runs off with her money and Mabel. Returning for Tillie when she inherits her uncle’s fortune, Charlie tricks her yet again until Tillie and Mabel realize they are too good from Charlie and send him packing.  Musical accompaniment by Roger Lippincott.

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928, dirs. Charles Reisner and Buster Keaton, 70 mins., NR)
Friday, February 28
In the town of River Junction, Captain William Canfield’s old paddle steamer has seen better days.  Canfield hopes the arrival of his son, William Canfield Jr. (Buster Keaton), will help him compete with rival James King’s new passenger ship.  Willie disappoints his father, not only with his lack of strength but with his budding relationship with King’s daughter Kitty. Canfield and King resolve to break-up the each other’s businesses and young lovebirds, but when a hurricane reaches River Junction a daring rescue by Willie brings the group together.  Steamboat Bill, Jr. features Keaton’s single most famous stunt- narrowly dodging a falling building- during the cyclone scene.  Musical accompaniment by Dr. Philip Carli.

Ticketing, Hours, Parking and Concessions

Winter Nights film series ticket prices are $5 for IMA members and $9 for the public, unless otherwise noted. Tickets are available for purchase at the door, in advance at or by calling 317-955-2339. Tickets are non-refundable.

Parking in the main lot and underground garage is free for IMA members and $5 for the public. Outlying parking spots are free to everyone. Concessions and cocktails will be available in The Toby lobby until 8 p.m.

About the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Encompassing 152 acres of gardens and grounds, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is among the 10 oldest and 10 largest encyclopedic art museums in the United States and features significant collections of African, American, Asian, European, contemporary art and design arts. The IMA offers visitors an expansive view of arts and culture through its collection that spans 5,000 years of history from across the world’s continents. The collections include paintings, sculpture, furniture and design objects, prints, drawings and photographs, as well as textiles and costumes.

Additionally, art, design, and nature are featured at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres and Oldfields–Lilly House and Gardens, a historic Country Place Era estate and National Historic Landmark on the IMA grounds. In 2013, the IMA celebrates the Oldfields centennial with a year of commemorative programs. Beyond the Indianapolis campus, in May 2011 the IMA opened to the public  Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana. One of the country’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences, the Miller House was designed by Eero Saarinen, with interiors by Alexander Girard, and landscape design by Dan Kiley.

Located at 4000 Michigan Road, the IMA is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Lilly House is open until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The IMA is closed Mondays and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days. For more information, call 317-923-1331 or visit

Shipshewana Ice Festival, Dec. 27-28

December 19, 2013 Leave a comment
Nativity Scene at the Shipshewana Ice Festival

Nativity Scene at the Shipshewana Ice Festival.
Photo provided by LaGrange County CVB and used with written permission.

By Tammy Tilley
On behalf of the Shipshewana/LaGrange County CVB

The 5th annual Shipshewana Ice Festival is scheduled for Dec. 27-28, 2013 in LaGrange County in northern Indiana.

On Friday ice carvers will be drilling and shaving blocks of ice all over Shipshewana. The creations they design are submitted by the sponsor or are the carver’s choice.  These professional carvers enjoy the challenge of creating!  Stop by Shipshewana to see them at work… or play! (many of the stores will remain open until 8 pm).

On Saturday the ice carvers compete in the Davis Mercantile parking lot. The ice carvers love this special event.  They create their own design or sculpture out of special larger pieces of ice.  Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded upon completion.  Bring your cameras and video these master carvers at work.

Also on Saturday, the 5th annual Chili Cook-Off will be held in the parking lot of the Davis Mercantile. Open to anyone, no charge to compete. Trophies, cash awards, gifts and bragging rights for the cooks. Admission: 2013 Shipshewana Ice Festival Pin will get you FREE entrance into the Chili Cook-off.  The pin will be available at many stores in Shipshewana. You can purchase the pin at the chili tent the day of the event.  The Ice Festival Pin is worth approximately $100 in value during the month of January.  Many stores will be participating in the specials for January. And if Old Man Winter should make an appearance, there will be snowman building.

For more information, visit, or call 260-768-4008.