By Jasmine Bejar
When friends Patricia Miller and Barbara Bradley Baekgaard came up with the idea for Vera Bradley in 1982 while waiting for their flight at the Atlanta Airport, noticing the lack of feminine luggage, they never would have believed that this idea would have transformed into the nationally and internationally recognized and loved company.
Named after Barbara’s mother, Veronica Bradley stormed the handbag, luggage and accessory world within weeks—thanks to their full, fun and colorful designs (inspired by Veronica Bradley’s style and grace).
Needless to say, Vera Bradley is a coveted name in women’s fashion. But fashionable doesn’t always mean expensive, especially when it comes to Vera Bradley’s Outlet Sale.
Every year, over 60,000 Vera fans travel from all over the country (and the world) to this sale located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The first Outlet Sale, occurring in 1983, just a year after they originally opened, used to take place in a 10×10 tent in the parking lot of the original headquarters. Obviously that tent could not host that many shoppers, and so in 1991 the Outlet Sale relocated to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, a 100,000+ square-foot Expo Center.
This exponential difference in location size not only reflects the amount of attendees, but also the amount of product available at up to 75% off retail prices.
This event makes for the perfect “Girlfriend Getaway” weekend with all of the shopping opportunity. In addition to the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, Fort Wayne is home to two destination-style shopping malls and tons of unique consignment shops! And with many attractions such as the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Botanical Conservatory and more, there is plenty to do to fill the entire weekend.
The Vera Bradley Outlet Sale will take place this year from Wednesday to Sunday, April 8-12, 2015. The crowd and deals are big, but Vera Bradley provides the best experience possible.
To curb the crowd, the Outlet Sale is shopped in sessions:
Wednesday, April 8 – Friday, April 10 (tickets required)
7:30 – 10 a.m. (EST)
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (EST)
2:30 – 5 p.m. (EST)
6 – 8:30 p.m. (EST)
Saturday, April 11 (no tickets required)
8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (EST)
Sunday, April 12 (no tickets required)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST)
To get special deals on hotels, purchase tickets or learn more about the Sale, visit VisitFortWayne.com/VeraBradley.
By Jed Stockton
Fair Oaks Farms
Fair Oaks Farms Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman’s Havarti took home first place honors at the U.S. Cheese Championship on March 17-19, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Fair Oaks Farms Havarti Dill and Gouda also took home second place honors, while Fair Oaks Farms Smoked Gouda and Havarti Onion placed fourth.
“Fair Oaks Farms is committed to offering unparalleled quality in all of its products,” said Julie Basich, Fair Oaks Farms General Manager, “We are proud that Bruce’s efforts and Fair Oaks Farms Fine Cheeses have earned championship recognition.”
The 2015 U.S. Cheese Championship saw 1,892 entries of cheeses and cultured dairy products from 28 states.
Fair Oaks Farms, an agri-tourism destination, is located at 856 N County Rd 600 East,
Fair Oaks, Indiana, in Newton County (northwest Indiana).
By Scott Hall
University of Indianapolis
Poet, professor and former local resident Alice Friman will return April 1, 2015, for a reading and discussion at the University of Indianapolis.
Now living in Milledgeville, Ga., where she is poet-in-residence at Georgia College, Friman is professor emerita of English and creative writing at UIndy, where she taught from 1971 to 1993. The New York City native earned her master’s degree from Butler University and was among the founders of the Indiana Writers Center.
Friman will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in Room 210 of UIndy’s Lilly Science Hall, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission is free to the event, which is the final installment of this year’s Kellogg Writers Series at UIndy.
She has published six full-length collections of poetry, most recently “The View from Saturn” (LSU Press, 2014). Her previous book, “Vinculum,” won the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry.
Friman is included in Best American Poetry 2009, received a 2012 Pushcart Prize and has won fellowships from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indiana Arts Commission, among many other honors.
Other books have included “The Book of the Rotten Daughter and Zoo,” which won the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club and the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State University.
Her poetry podcast series, Ask Alice, can be seen on YouTube, where each episode begins with this introduction: “Hi, this is Alice Friman talking poetry, my sweet hell.”
The Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers Series, coordinated by UIndy’s Department of English, brings writers of distinction to campus for free public readings and discussions.
For more information, contact series director Elizabeth Weber at 317-788-3373.
By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation
NCAA and Turner Live Events, alongside official NCAA Corporate Champions AT&T, Coca-Cola and Capital One® have announced all-star musical acts for the 2015 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four®.
The free, three-day music festival will be held at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN and is produced by Turner Live Events. The celebration is set to begin Friday, April 3 at the AT&T Block Party, with musical acts to be announced soon.
Multi-platinum artist Rihanna hits the Coke Zero™ Countdown Concert stage as headliner, with critically acclaimed band Bleachers also performing Saturday, April 4. A portion of Rihanna’s performance will air between that day’s semi-final games airing on TBS, TNT, TruTV, and via NCAA March Madness Live.
Her new single “American Oxygen” is currently being used for March Madness promos, serving as the tournament’s musical backdrop.
The weekend will close on Sunday, April 5 with Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum along with Grammy Award-winning country star Kacey Musgraves at the Capital One JamFest.
Part of headliner Zac Brown Band’s performance, which will include music from their forthcoming album ‘JEKYLL + HYDE’ (out 4.28.15), will also be featured during Capital One Championship Central, the National Championship pregame show airing at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.
For the first time ever, the 2015 NCAA March Madness Music Festival will also live stream this year’s concerts, offering fans around the world unprecedented access to some of today’s hottest musical acts.
The footage will be live streamed at http://www.ncaa.com/musicfest. This site will be updated leading up to the festival with the latest announcements and details. Fans can also stay updated by following @FinalFour and @MarchMadness on Twitter.
This is a non-ticketed event open to the public on a first-come basis and will feature the following events:
Friday, April 3 – AT&T Block Party
Performances from 3pm to 10pm
Performances and Highlights To Be Announced
Saturday, April 4 – Coke Zero™ Countdown Concert
Live broadcast of the first semi-final game
Performances from 12pm to 9:30pm
Additional Performances and Highlights To Be Announced
Sunday, April 5 – Capital One JamFest
Zac Brown Band
Performances from 2pm to 10pm
Additional Performances and Highlights To Be Announced
Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.
For the second year in the event’s 77-year history, the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship National Semifinals will be presented live across three networks – TBS, TNT and truTV – to provide fans with a variety of viewing options for this marquee event. For the 34th consecutive year, CBS will broadcast the NCAA National Championship game in 2015.
“Capital One is once again excited to bring such great talent to this year’s Final Four,” said Roger Ferguson, Managing Vice President, Brand Advertising, Media and Sponsorships at Capital One. “Every year we look for unique opportunities to provide the ultimate experience to fans at the Final Four, whether that’s through music at our Capital One JamFest or through our presenting sponsorship of the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest. This year we’re offering exclusive benefits to our cardholders throughout Final Four weekend, including two free tickets to the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest and a separate VIP entry line for our cardholders at Capital One JamFest.”
“The Coke Zero™ Countdown Concert is a premiere experience for college basketball’s most passionate fans – where rivals come together in order to see their favorite artists and enjoy the biggest party of the NCAA Men’s Final Four,” said Ivan Pollard, SVP, Connections, Coca-Cola North America. “Coke Zero is proud to partner with the NCAA and Turner Sports to present a solid line up of musical talent that includes three acts famous for their individuality and energetic performances. With Coke Zero and these talented musicians, there’s no better way to build anticipation and work up a thirst for Saturday’s semifinal games.”
NCAA March Madness Music Festival has attracted hundreds of thousands of music fans to watch performers most recently including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jason Aldean, fun., Tim McGraw, The Killers and LL Cool J.
Other past performers include Sting, Dave Matthews Band, Muse, The Kings of Leon, Jimmy Buffett, KISS, The Black Keys, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift among many others.
The NCAA March Madness Music Festival is an activation extension of the NCAA’s Corporate Champions and Partners marketing program, which Turner Sports and CBS Sports license and collaborate on as part of a 14-year multi-media agreement with the NCAA.
“We’re excited to bring a fabulous free concert like the March Madness Music Festival to Indianapolis so all fans, including those who may not have tickets to the games, are able to enjoy the fun and exciting atmosphere surrounding NCAA Final Four weekend,” said Keith Martin, NCAA Managing Director of Marketing and Broadcast Alliances. “I want to thank AT&T, Capital One and Coke Zero for their support of Final Four weekend and the NCAA student-athletes who will compete in the semifinal games and the championship.”
By Lisa Sirkin Vielee
On behalf of Spotlight 2015
Tickets are now on sale for the Deborah J. Simon and Wayne P. Zink present Spotlight 2015, returning to Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University on Monday, May 11, 2015, at 8 pm. For the first time in the event’s history, every seat in the house is $25.
“We want to share this fabulous showcase of the arts with as many people as possible, which is why we have made the performance even more affordable,” said Betty Wilson, President & CEO of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, which operates the Indiana AIDS Fund.
“Every seat is $25, from the front row to the balconies. It is our goal to fill Clowes Memorial Hall to show our appreciation for the wonderfully talented arts organizations in our city who perform to remind us of the continued need to fight the spread of HIV in our state.”
Since the early 1990s, the Indianapolis performing arts’ community has donated its time and talent to raise money for HIV testing and treatment as prevention. The evening has grown to be the largest HIV-fundraiser of its kind in Indiana. It also is the only night to experience the wide variety of the Indianapolis performing arts scene all on one stage.
“We have assembled such a fantastic and diverse group of performers for Spotlight 2015, who once again are all donating their performances for this important event,” said David Hochoy, artistic director for Dance Kaleidoscope and the annual Spotlight event.
The performance line-up for Spotlight 2015 includes:
“Andrea Merlyn” (Taylor Martin) from Indy Magic Monthly @ Theatre on the Square (NEW!)
Ballet Theatre of Carmel at Performer’s Edge (NEW!)
Ballet Theatre of Indiana (NEW!)
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre
Brothers United/The Ball Project (NEW!)
Indiana Ballet Conservatory (NEW!)
Indiana Repertory Theatre
Indianapolis Children’s Choir
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Indy Pride Bag Ladies
Steven Stolen from The Meridian Project
(performance line-up subject to change)
In addition to the performers, all the technicians and stagehands donate their time and talent, including the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees of Local 30 and the American Federal of Musician’s – Local #3.
As a result, nearly 90 cents of every dollar raised from the event goes toward grantmaking for HIV testing and treatment as prevention.
Tickets for this spectacular night of music, dance, theater and, for the first time, magic and vogueing are now on sale. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Clowes Hall box office, at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-982-2787.
With a $125 donation, guests also can attend a pre-performance VIP Party at 6 p.m. at the Schrott Center.
All proceeds from Spotlight 2015 will benefit the Indiana AIDS Fund, a program of The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis. For more information about the event, visit http://www.spotlightindy.org/.
Title sponsors for Spotlight 2015 are Wayne P. Zink and Deborah J. Simon. The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis and Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund are presenting sponsors.