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Indiana Wind Symphony 2014-2015 Season

June 30, 2014 Leave a comment
Carmel Palladium

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

By Stacy Clark
Indiana Wind Symphony

The Indiana Wind Symphony (IWS) presents its 2014-2015 season concert schedule. The IWS will perform its 16th season under the direction of Dr. Charles Conrad.  All season concerts are performed at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1 Center Green, Carmel, Indiana.
The 2014-2015 concerts and selections from each performance include:
Bicentennials–The Star Spangled Banner and the Saxophone – September 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Internationally recognized saxophone virtuoso Kenneth Tse joins the IWS in celebration of the 200th birthday of the Star Spangled Banner and Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone.
SOUSA: Stars and Stripes Forever
MACKEY: Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
TICHELI:  Blue Shades
Summon the Heroes – November 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Pianist Kelleen Strutz joins the IWS in a concert dedicated to heroism.
WILLIAMS: Summon the Heroes
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor
CAMPHOUSE: Movement for Rosa
Holiday Dreams – December 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Soprano Jessamyn Anderson, Santa and Mrs. Claus put the entire family in the holiday spirit.
ADAM: O Holy Night
ANDERSON: A Christmas Festival
Wizards, Witches and Hobbits, Oh My! – February 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm
The Indiana Wind Symphony uses magical music from Hollywood, Broadway and around the world to conjure up witches, wizards, and hobbits in a spellbinding concert.
SCHWARTZ: Selections from Wicked
WILLIAMS: Harry Potter Suite
DE MEIJ: Lord of the Rings
Hymn Songs – March 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Concert works inspired by beloved hymns.
GRANTHAM: Kentucky Harmony
SOUSA: Power and Glory
SIBELIUS: Finlandia
The Power of Brass – May 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm
Soloists James Beckel and Julie Beckel Yager join the IWS to perform outstanding works of music that feature brass instruments, including Mr. Beckel’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Glass Bead Game.
COPLAND:  Fanfare for the Common Man
RESPIGHI: The Pines of Rome
FELICE: Power Plays
Season subscriptions for all six concerts go on sale starting July 1, 2014 online at, by phone at 317-843-3800 or visit the Palladium box office at the Center for the Performing Arts.  Discounted tickets are available for groups of 12 or more.

Things to do in Indianapolis, June 30-July 6, 2014

June 29, 2014 Leave a comment
Fireworks Burst

ABOVE: Freedom Blast Fireworks Show, July 4, Downtown Indianapolis. Logo

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. FRI: Freedom Blast Fireworks Show in Downtown Indianapolis
  2. FRI: Glorious Fourth Celebration at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  3. FRI-SUN: Pokemon US National Championships at the Indiana Convention Center
  4. THU-SUN: National Powwow XVI at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds
  5. FRI: 4th Annual Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast Festival in Downtown Indianapolis
  6. FRI: 4th of July IndyFringe Picnic on Massachusetts Avenue
  7. MON-SAT: Linton Freedom Festival in Greene County
  8. MON-SAT: Shelby County 4-H Fair in Shelbyville
  9. TUE: Community Tuesday at White River State Park
  10. WED-SUN: Shoals Catfish Festival in Martin County
  11. FRI: Firecracker 6 Run and Walk at the Indianapolis City Market
  12. SAT: 3rd Annual ‘Taste of Indy’ at White River State Park
  13. FRI-SUN: Madison Regatta in Jefferson County
  14. MON-TUE, FRI-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  15. SAT: Motley Crue in Concert at Klipsch Music Center

To see thousands of upcoming event listings and things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana, visit our main Web site at, or visit our Mobile Web site at Thank you for using as your #1 source for things to do around Indy!

National Powwow in Hendricks County, July 3-6

June 25, 2014 Leave a comment
National Powwow in Danville, Indiana, July 3-6.

National Powwow in Danville, Indiana, July 3-6.
Photo provided by Visit Hendricks County and used with written permission.

By Josh Duke
Visit Hendricks County

Hendricks County will once again host one of the nation’s biggest events promoting awareness and education of the American Indian culture.

National Powwow XVI, which has been held every three years since its inception in 1969, returns to Danville July 3-6, 2014, at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 East Main Street. The four-day event introduces visitors to a cultural experience filled with traditional singing and dancers in full regalia, primitive skills demonstrations, a living history tipi village, ethnic foods, crafts, artisans, kids’ activities, bird shows and so much more.

“We are so glad to be back in Hendricks County again,” said Chris Bryant, festival organizer. “All of our participants raved about the facilities three years ago. They were truly second to none.”

The festival, which debuted in Danville in the summer of 2011 after previous stops in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Tipton, Ind., attracted more than 700 participants and 2,000 visitors to Hendricks County. Bryant said he hopes to see those numbers double this year with its return to the same location. Organizers also are expecting about 100 vendors at the event, whose wares will include American Indian jewelry, musical instruments, art and crafts.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. daily. A full schedule of festivities continues throughout all four days, transforming the 110-acre fairgrounds into an American Indian experience with something of interest for everyone in the family. Participants will come from all over the country and even Canada to provide daily activities such as educational seminars focusing on tribal customs and history and various craft instruction. Highlights of the event include a special dance to honor Veterans on July 4, a parade and children’s powwow on July 5, daily Birds of Prey shows, a national craft contest, the crowning of the National Powwow princess and many other interactive activities designed to educate and entertain visitors.

“It’s a pleasure to have National Powwow returning to Hendricks County this year,” said Jaime Bohler Smith, executive director of Visit Hendricks County. “We are thrilled to host the thousands of visitors and participants who stay, eat, shop and dine in our communities while showcasing the unique educational and entertainment options of the event to our residents. This is one of those activities that not only leaves a lasting economic impact, but enhances the quality of life in our area as well.”

Admission is $5 daily for adults, $2 for children ages 5-12 while children under 5 get in free. Select groups can receive a special discounted $1 admission throughout the event. Those special days include:

  • Thursday, July 3 – Seniors (age 50+).
  • Friday, July 4 – Servicemen including Active Duty Military, Veterans, EMS, Police and Fire Services with identification.
  • Saturday, July 5 – 4-H members.
  • Sunday, July 6 – Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the National Powwow website at

21 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July in Spencer County

June 24, 2014 Leave a comment
Santa Claus, Indiana

Santa Claus, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Spencer County Visitors Bureau

Here are 21 ways to celebrate the Fourth of July with your family in Spencer County, Indiana, home of Santa Claus, Rockport, Holiday World, the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, and lots more:

  1. Watch a parade, listen to live music, and more during the Abraham Lincoln Freedom Festival at Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum in Rockport.
  2. Find out the best spot to view Holiday World’s Fireworks Extravaganza.
  3. Check out the stunning Bicentennial Plaza nestled inside Lincoln State Park that commemorates Abe Lincoln’s 200th birthday.
  4. Bring all the fixings for tasty campfire-cooked s’mores to enjoy around a fire.
  5. See Indiana’s tallest flagpole at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial where Old Glory is proudly displayed.
  6. Try the decadent red-white-and-blue sprinkled fudge at the Santa Claus Christmas Store.
  7. Spend the day swimming and splashing around. View places with pools here.
  8. Relax with a picnic at a local park.
  9. Camp at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort or Lincoln State Park and bond over games, activities, and fun family time.
  10. Cool off with delicious hand-scooped ice cream from a nearby restaurant.

See all 21 ways to celebrate the 4th:

For more information, visit, or call 812-937-4199.

UniverSoul Circus at Lafayette Square Mall, July 15-20

June 23, 2014 Leave a comment
UniverSoul Circus Firedance

UniverSoul Circus Firedance.
Photo provided by UniverSoul Circus and used with written permission.

By Kay Feeney-Caito
UniverSoul Circus

In 2014, UniverSoul Circus celebrates a major milestone – 20 unforgettable years of its unique brand of family friendly entertainment featuring a multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts under the big top.  Twenty years ago, UniverSoul Circus redefined the center ring with an amazing combination of fun-filled, high-energy with an urban vibe, distinctive artistry, and audience interaction.

The 20th anniversary celebration of the UniverSoul Circus returns to the circle city Tuesday July 15 thru Sunday, July 20 at Lafayette Square Mall located at 3919 Lafayette Road, Indianapolis IN 46254. Tickets, starting as low as $16, are on sale now via or 1-800-345-7000.

UniverSoul Circus has partnered with the Indiana Black Expo to offer Hoosiers a “Two Events, One Price” discount ticket.  For $20.00, the ticket is good for admission to the Indiana Black Expo at the Convention Center and the UniverSoul Circus at the Lafayette Square Mall.  UniverSoul Circus “Two Events, One Price “ tickets are available at the Indiana Black Expo office located at 3145 North Meridian Street.

Circus goers in Indianapolis will be treated to some of the most breath-taking and sought-after circus acts from around the world. As has become tradition throughout its 20 year history, UniverSoul Circus has virtually circled the globe to find the best and most unique talent to showcase under the big top. “Twenty years ago, UniverSoul Circus started as a dream,” said CEO and Founder Cedric Walker. “From a single tour stop in 1994, to amassing a worldwide audience of millions, our steady growth, popularity and critical acclaim has exceeded my wildest expectations.  My dream of producing a singular entertainment event for the entire family to enjoy has turned into a reality, ten-fold,” Walker added.

UniverSoul Circus 2014 Tour plays Indianapolis, Indiana

Tuesday, July 15 to Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lafayette Square Mall, 3919 Lafayette Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254

Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, July 16 at 10:30 am and 7:30 pm

Thursday, July 17 at 10:30am, and 7:30 pm

Friday, July 18 at 10:30am and 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 19 at 12:00pm. 4:00pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday, July 20 at 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm

Tickets, starting at $16, are available now at and 800-745-3000 (Ticketmaster). Children under 1 are free. Visit for more info, show times, and schedules.  Also follow us on  and