Archive for March, 2018

“Singin’ in the Rain” at Beef & Boards, Apr. 12 to May 26, 2018 @beefandboards

March 18, 2018 Leave a comment

“Singin’ in the Rain” at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre.
Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

INDIANAPOLIS – April showers are guaranteed this April at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. But the rain isn’t going to be falling on the roof – it’s on the stage!

The refreshing romantic comedy Singin’ in the Rain – the stage version of one of MGM’s most celebrated films – pours onto the Beef & Boards stage starting April 12, 2018.

Set in 1920s Hollywood, this classic is the story of Don Lockwood, a famous actor in silent films. His success is shared by his co-star, Lina Lamont, but – at least for Don — their romance is only for the screen. When they star in their first talking movie, Lina’s grating voice causes studio executives to arrange for the voice of the beautiful young actress, Kathy Selden, to be used instead. When Lina finds out, she is furious. While Don has eyes for the lovely Kathy, Lina isn’t about to be pushed aside – on screen, or off.

Memorable songs include “Good Morning,” “Make ‘Em Laugh,” and the title tune.

Timothy Ford returns to Beef & Boards to reprise his 2011 role as Don Lockwood. Kimberly Doreen Burns, who made her Beef & Boards debut last season as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, plays his love interest, Kathy Selden. Sarah Hund reprises her hilarious portrayal of Lina Lamont and Buddy Reeder (Mary Poppins, CATS) returns to play Cosmo Brown, Don Lockwood’s zany friend and sidekick.

There are 48 performances of Singin’ in the Rain scheduled in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre from April 12 to May 26, 2018.

Tickets range from $44 to $69, and include Chef Odell Ward’s dinner buffet, fruit & salad bar, unlimited coffee, tea and lemonade.

For reservations, call the 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. For complete show schedule, visit

Singin’ In The Rain is sponsored in part by the National Bank of Indianapolis.


Northside Diner named best breakfast in Porter County Indiana @indianadunes

March 18, 2018 1 comment

Northside Diner in Chesterton, Indiana.
Photo provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism and used with written permission.

By Dustin Ritchea
Indiana Dunes Tourism

Porter, Ind. — Indiana Dunes Tourism, in partnership with the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission (NITDC), is proud to announce Northside Diner in Chesterton as the Porter County champion of Indiana’s Cool North Breakfast Wars!

The ten best breakfast restaurants in Porter County squared off for eleven days against each other in an online voting contest to decide who served the best breakfast in Indiana Dunes Country and all of Indiana’s Cool North.

“We’re so flattered to be a part of this competition and overwhelmed by the love we have received from our community,” said Northside Diner owner, Kerry Lively. “I’m proud to serve our patrons every morning and excited that the most important meal of the day may just be the best one too.”

Northside Diner will now move on to the regional final to compete alongside six other county winners to see who will be crowned Best Breakfast in Indiana’s Cool North.

“Breakfast Wars is such a fun way for us to celebrate the unique restaurants in our local communities,” said Kailey Davenport, Indiana Dunes Tourism’s Community Engagement Director. “There’s been so much passion, loyalty and excitement throughout this competition. All it takes is bacon and eggs to bring people together, and that’s what tourism’s all about.”

The voting for the regional round will begin Friday, March 16, 2018 at 10 a.m. EST and will be hosted on the regional website at

Anyone can vote once in the final round per valid email. Votes from the county round do not count, so make sure to vote again for your favorite restaurant. The regional round lasts ten days and the winner will be crowned on Monday, March 26.

The seven winning restaurants that will vie for Best Breakfast in Indiana’s Cool North are the following: Castaways in Plymouth, Jennie Rae’s Restaurant in Rolling Prairie, Country Corral Restaurant in Shipshewana, Macadoo’s Family Restaurant in Mishawaka, The Golden Egg Pancake House in Elkhart, American Table Restaurant in Warsaw and Northside Diner in Chesterton.

Indiana’s Cool North Breakfast Wars is a joint initiative of the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission (NITDC) and its member convention and visitors bureaus in Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Marshall, Kosciusko, Elkhart and LaGrange counties. NITDC is the leading regional economic development authority focusing on sustainable tourism through effective partnerships, including the development of Indiana’s Cool North Campaign. Indiana Dunes Tourism is the official destination marketing, planning and development organization for Indiana Dunes Country/Porter County, Ind.

For more information about this year’s Breakfast Wars, please contact Kailey Davenport at or Robby Bearss at

Student Walkout at Brebeuf Prep School, March 14, 2018 @BrebeufJesuit

March 11, 2018 Leave a comment

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Never Again BJPS

The Brebeuf student-led activist group, Never Again BJPS, is organizing a student walk-out on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, as part of the national protest against gun violence in schools and in support the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The walkout will begin at 10 a.m. and last exactly 17 minutes – one minute for each of the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018.

Student walk-out to protest gun violence in schools

10 a.m., Wednesday, March 14

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (BJPS), 2801 W 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 48268

A message from the organizers:

Our student-led group is well-versed in the current debate surrounding gun control and violence in schools.

WE INVITE THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School’s walk-out held on March 14 to get a close-up look at how the Brebeuf community is uniting in this effort.

We will march in unison with students from countless schools around the country, all of whom will simultaneously walk out at 10 a.m. in every time zone. We are encouraging teachers, students, administrators, parents and allies to walk out for 17 minutes — one minute for every person killed in the tragic shooting, exactly one month after the shooting in Parkland.

Our goal is to show the Indianapolis community that regardless of political affiliation, special interests, race or background, we all can unite in support of student safety, calling for a re-evaluation of gun policy and restrictions.

We believe that, especially in this political climate, everyone will benefit from seeing that the issue of gun violence in America is one that the youth of our nation will not stand for.

EDITOR’S NOTE:, LLC congratulates and highly commends Never Again BJPS for its leadership in this matter in the hopes that their actions will lead to positive change in our country.

Circus Day at the Indiana History Center, March 24, 2018 @indianahistory

March 11, 2018 1 comment

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Rachel Hill Ponko
Indiana History Center

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) invites families to celebrate Indiana’s circus tradition with Circus Day, an annual event featuring family-friendly carnival activities, live performances and access to the Indiana Experience.

The 17th Annual Circus Day takes place Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

All Circus Day guests will receive free building admission, which includes live performances from the Hampel Family Circus, Hedgehog Hannah, and comedian and juggler Krembo K.

Admission also includes access to the Indiana Experience, featuring IHS’s newest offering, Indianapolis Colts: The Exhibit. In addition, free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Families may purchase tickets for carnival activities, games and refreshments. Activities include face painting and balloon sculptures, while carnival-themed concessions include cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and more.

As a special addition for Circus Day, the History Center’s Stardust Terrace Café, operated by Hoaglin Catering, will offer kid-friendly meal options.

For more information about Circus Day, the Indiana Experience or other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit IHS online at

FAIRS Care Drive-Thru Food Drive at the @indystatefair, March 20, 2018

March 1, 2018 1 comment

Canned goods, dry goods, and monetary donations welcome at the FAIRS Care Food Drive. staff photo.

By Sharon Smith
Indiana State Fair

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. 2/28/18 – In honor of National Ag Day on March 20, 2018, the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center and its FAIRS Care program needs your help to provide much needed food relief for the community’s food pantry source, Gleaners Food Bank.

The “FAIRS Care Drive-Thru Food Drive” will be held on Tuesday, March 20 from 6:30-9:30 AM and 3-6 PM at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, Fall Creek Pavilion Parking Lot (located inside the main entrance off Fall Creek Parkway), at the Gate 6 entrance.

Donors who bring canned and dry goods or monetary donations to the Fairgrounds will receive one complimentary ticket (limited to the first 250 donors) to the 2018 Indiana State Fair to be held Aug 3-19.

Suggested nonperishable food items include canned meats like tuna and chicken, soups and ravioli, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly and macaroni and cheese.

“We’re told that Gleaners sees a decline in food donations in March making it a perfect opportunity to host this drive leading up to National Ag Day,” said Cindy Hoye, executive director of the Indiana State Fair Commission. “Our team members take great pride in giving back and supporting fellow Hoosiers in need and I couldn’t be prouder of this initiative.”

In addition to the “FAIRS Care Drive-Thru Food Drive” two events being held in March at the Fairgrounds will offer attendees an incentive to donate canned or dry goods to benefit Gleaners Food Bank.

On Monday, March 12, individuals who bring canned or dry goods to the Indiana Flower & Patio Show held in the Expo Hall and West Pavilion will receive a $4 discount on admission.

On Saturday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day), individuals who bring GREEN canned or dry goods (green beans, peas, spinach, lentil soup, etc.) to the 7:35 PM Indy Fuel v. Toledo Walleyes “St. Patrick’s Day” game at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum will receive an Indy Fuel promotional item, while supplies last.

For more information, visit, or call 317-927-7500.