Archive for August, 2014

St. Thomas Aquinas SausageFest, Aug. 15-16

August 11, 2014 Leave a comment
St. Thomas Aquinas School

St. Thomas Aquinas School. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

The 10th annual SausageFest at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15-16, 2014.

The SausageFest features sausages, pretzels, and beer, plus kids activities, cake walk, bounce house, face painting, a 50/50 raffle, Texas Hold ‘Em, live music, and more. SausageFest is open from 6 PM to midnight both days.

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish is located at 4600 Kenwood Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana (46th and Illinois Streets). For more information, visit, or call 317-255-6244.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Aug. 11-17, 2014

August 10, 2014 Leave a comment
Madison Ribberfest

Madison Ribberfest, Aug. 15-16. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved. Logo

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. THU-SUN: Gen Con Gaming Convention at the Indiana Convention Center
  2. MON-SUN: 158th Indiana State Fair at the State Fairgrounds
  3. THU-SUN: 10th Annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival in Indianapolis
  4. SUN: 5th Annual Dig In, A Taste of Indiana at White River State Park
  5. WED-SUN: LPGA Legends Championship at the French Lick Resort
  6. FRI-SAT: 10th Annual SausageFest at St. Thomas Aquinas Church
  7. THU-SAT: ‘City of Forking Paths’ at the Indiana Convention Center
  8. SAT: Miranda Lambert in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  9. FRI-SUN: Elwood Glass Festival in Madison County
  10. FRI-SAT: Madison Ribberfest BBQ and Blues in Jefferson County
  11. MON-WED: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  12. THU-SUN: Greensburg ‘Power of the Past’ at the Decatur County Fairgrounds
  13. SAT: 6th Annual WAMMfest at Craig Park in Greenwood
  14. THU, SAT: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. FRI-SAT: Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

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 on your smartphone or tablet PC at Thank you for making your #1 source for things to do around Indy!

‘Oklahoma’ Opens at Beef and Boards, Aug. 21

August 9, 2014 Leave a comment
'Oklahoma' at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

‘Oklahoma’ at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.
Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

An enduring all-American musical brings many fresh faces to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre this August as it presents Oklahoma!, the very first collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. This high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys in Western Indian territory at the turn of the century is on stage Aug. 21 through Oct. 5, 2014.

The road to true love never runs smoothly. Two headstrong romantics: Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, find love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road as they strive to make a new life together in a brand-new state.

Based on Lynn Riggs’ play Green Grow the Lilacs, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! first opened on Broadway in 1943 and has enjoyed numerous revivals since due to its popular and unforgettable score that includes “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “I Can’t Say No,” and of course, the title song: “Oklahoma!”

More than half of the cast members are making their mainstage debuts at Beef & Boards, including Eric Morris as Curly, and Grace Ann Field as his love interest, Laurey.  Other newcomers include Daniel S. Hines as Will Parker, Brian Sutow as Ali Hackem, Mary-Elizabeth Milton as Gertie Cummins, Jordan Moody as Shorty, and Leah DeWalt and Devan Mathias, who round out the ensemble.

Licia Watson, just seen reprising her role as Vivian Snustad in the Church Basement Ladies’ A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement, returns to play Aunt Eller, while Timmy Hays takes the role of Ado Annie. Beef & Boards audience favorites Jeff Stockberger and Doug King appear as Pa Carnes and Cord Elam, respecitvely, while Jonah Winston plays Jud Fry and Peter Scharbrough plays Slim.

Oklahoma! is on stage for 51 performances through Oct. 5 in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $38.50 to $63.50 and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, prepared in-house for each performance, and select beverages.

For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Box Office at 317-872-9664 anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. Discounts are available for children ages 3-15. Discounts are also available for groups of 20 or more – contact the Group Sales Department for more details.

For more information, including complete show schedule, visit, or visit the Beef and Boards page on at Oklahoma! is sponsored in part by National Bank of Indianapolis.

Anderson Symphony Orchestra Concert, Sept. 6

August 8, 2014 Leave a comment
Emma Campbell

Emma Campbell. Photo provided by the Anderson Symphony and used with written permission.

By Dana Stone
Anderson Symphony Orchestra

Anderson native and violinist Emma Campbell, 16, will perform as a soloist with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra in their first concert of the season Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Paramount Theatre Center.

The young musician will perform all three movements of Haydn’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in G Major. Campbell is a regular member of the Orchestra’s violin section; however, this is her first time to be featured as a soloist. She is the winner of numerous competitions, including the Hoosier Auditions State Violin Competition, and has performed with other regional orchestras, such as the Lafayette Symphony.

The concert will open with the stirring overture to one of Mozart’s most beloved operas—The Marriage of Figaro. Following the violin concerto, Maestro Richard Sowers will lead the orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s beautiful seventh symphony.

Ticket prices start at $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and $5 for students. They can be purchased by calling (765) 644-2111 or online at Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

In Brief:
The ASO features the talented local violinist, 16 year-old Emma Campbell as a guest artist in their opening concert of the season.

Anderson Symphony Orchestra

Richard Sowers

Emma Campbell, Violin

Paramount Theatre, 1124 Meridian Plaza, Anderson, Indiana

Date & Time:
Saturday, September 6, 7:30 p.m.

MOZART, Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
HAYDN, Violin Concerto No. 4 in G Major
BEETHOVEN, Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

Adults – $22-$32
Seniors – $18-$32
Students – $5-$26
At the door, 765-644-2111 or online at

US Marine Band Free Concert at Clowes Hall, Sept. 7

August 7, 2014 Leave a comment
US Marine Band

US Marine Band. Photo provided by Butler University and used with written permission.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will perform on Sunday, September 7, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They will be available beginning August 8 at 10:00 a.m. at the Clowes Hall box office.

In the style of the band’s 17th director, John Philip Sousa, who initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891, Marine Band Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig has chosen a diverse mix of programs—from traditional band repertoire and marches to instrumental solos. Selections will include:

  • “Jubilee,” an Edwin Franko Goldman march.
  • “Oodles of Noodles” by Jimmy Dorsey, transcribed by Thomas Knox and featuring alto saxophone soloist Master Sergeant Steve Longoria.
  • Stephen Bulla’s arrangement of The Harold Arlen Songbook, including “Get Happy,” “Blues in the Night,” and “Lose That Long Face” featuring mezzo-soprano soloist Gunnery Sergeant Sara Dell’Omo.

Colonel Michael Colburn, recently retired Director of “The President’s Own” and new Director of Bands at Butler University, will guest conduct Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances” (transcribed by John Paynter) and the John Philip Sousa march “Semper Fidelis.”

The first half of the concert will be conducted by Fettig. The second half will feature Assistant Director First Lieutenant Ryan J. Nowlin.

The Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. president since.

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