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Disney on Ice in Fort Wayne, Mar. 9-12, 2017

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Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Katie Schwartz
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Disney On Ice presents “Dare to Dream” is bringing Disney’s princess stories and most beloved fairytales to the ice in a sensational live production coming to your hometown!

This ice spectacular featuring scenes from Tangled, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and The Princess and the Frog, visits Fort Wayne from March 9-12, 2017 for seven performances at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Tickets are on sale now.

Join your hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they share the heroic stories of four of your favorite Disney Princesses.

Laugh along with Disney’s hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus embark on an uproarious expedition that soars to new heights!

Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as she escapes from the Evil Queen.

Watch as Cinderella’s dreams come true with a little help from her animal friends and the Fairy Godmother.

Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, in a magical, musical journey.

Nothing can stop a princess from a courageous adventure when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream skates into to your hometown.

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream are affordably priced starting at $12 for Opening Night and starting at $15 for all other performances.

Tickets are available through, by phone at Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000, or in person at the Memorial Coliseum box office.

Seven great performances to choose from: Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m., Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Zoolala at the Indianapolis Zoo, Jan. 28, 2017

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By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

INDIANAPOLIS — Guests will receive the royal treatment — enjoying fabulous foods, top-shelf drinks, live entertainment and more — as the Indy Zoo Council hosts Zoolala 2017: Party Like a King on Jan. 28, 2017, at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Tickets for this fifth-annual event are now on sale exclusively through the Indianapolis Zoo’s website. Zoolala provides the perfect opportunity for Central Indiana’s emerging and aspiring leaders to party with the purpose of supporting the Zoo’s animals and programs.

The lavish evening will begin with the VIP experience at 6:30pm in the Oceans building, where attendees can find the inspiration for this year’s theme: the king penguin. Attendees can also sip drinks, sample delicious fare and mingle among exhibits of stunning sea creatures including vibrant reef fish, mysterious rays and sharks, and playful sea lions. Additionally, VIP guests will have the chance to meet a penguin up close during exclusive animal keeper chats.

The party will shift to the Dolphin Gallery from 7:30pm to midnight for general admission guests to indulge on delicious foods created especially for the event by Zoo Executive Chef Joe Hsu as well as several of Indy’s top restaurants. Multiple open bars will serve beer, wine and cocktails throughout the evening, and attendees can dance the night away to live music by the Julia Kahn Band and DJ Lockstar.

The festivities will continue into the early morning hours with the official Zoolala After Party at Severin Bar. Plus, as the event’s official hotel partner, the Omni Severin Hotel is offering Zoolala guests a discounted room rate.

Tickets for Zoolala 2017 are $150 per person for general admission and $200 for VIP. Attire is black-tie and all guests must be at least 21 years old.

Founded in 2011, the Indy Zoo Council is comprised of emerging community leaders dedicated to supporting the Zoo and its mission of advancing animal conservation. As the Council’s signature event, Zoolala has raised more than $150,000 in four years to help fund the feeding and care of nearly 1,400 animals and 31,000 plants in the Zoo’s collection as well as its global animal conservation initiatives.

The Legend of the Cherub Continues in 2016

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By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.

It was 1946. World War II just ended and thousands returned home from military service. Among them was Virginia Holmes, a prize-winning commercial artist who came to Indianapolis to start her career in the advertising department at Downtown department store, L.S. Ayres. When it came time to compose the stores 1946 holiday catalog, merchandise was in short supply. To fill the somewhat empty pages, Holmes created whimsical cherubs. The cherubs captured hearts and began an Indianapolis holiday tradition that continues today.

The following year, Ayres’ 75th anniversary, called for a special addition to the store’s holiday plans. Not only did Ayres perpetuate the cherub’s appearance in their 1947 holiday advertising, but they also commissioned nationally recognized Indianapolis sculptor and Herron School of Art instructor, David Rubins to create a bronze cherub. The Cherub was to be placed on the store’s landmark clock, located on the outside of their building on the corner of Washington and Meridian streets.

The store is now Carson’s Department Store, which continues to honor this cherished tradition. In fact, this holiday season you’ll find the Cherub featured in Carson’s holiday window display on the corner of Meridian and Washington streets as well as featured on the 2016 holiday shopping bags.

Cherub Keeps Watch
As legend has it, the whimsical Cherub mysteriously appeared above the clock on Thanksgiving Eve 1947 to keep a watchful eye on the holiday shoppers until Santa took over on Christmas Eve. In the 69 years since, thousands have had the pleasure of seeing the Cherub perched atop the famous clock outside Carson’s each holiday season. This tradition lives in the memories of a city and its grateful citizens.

“Carson’s is honored to be a steward of the historic Cherub and continue the tradition for years to come in partnership with Downtown Indy, Inc.,” commented Jacky Howlett, store manager of Carson’s. “We hope the community will enjoy Caron’s holiday windows which feature the history and celebration of the Cherub.”

“We couldn’t be more delighted,” said Sherry Seiwert, president of Downtown Indy, Inc. “Carson’s has truly demonstrated its commitment to Downtown Indianapolis and this long-standing holiday tradition. We thank Jacky and the staff of Carson’s and Bon Ton for treating the Cherub and its history with respect, dignity and holiday joy.”

The May Department Store Co. purchased L.S. Ayres in 1986 and, in 1992, moved the Cherub to its headquarters in St. Louis. There was tremendous public outcry when the Cherub did not appear that holiday season. May donated the Cherub to the City of Indianapolis and in 1994 Downtown Indy, Inc. became the Cherub’s legal guardian. Downtown Indy, Inc. is pleased to partner with Carson’s Department Store on this tradition.

Side note: Indiana Landmarks recently campaigned to raise funds to repair the clock, which had shown incorrect times for a while. More than $60,000 was raised for a restoration and maintenance fund and the clock is in perfect condition today.

Keep an eye out… the Cherub is appearing atop the famed clock outside of Carson’s now! (Nov. 24 – Dec. 24, 2016)