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12th Annual Asian Fest, June 23, 2019 @indianamuseum

June 13, 2019 Leave a comment
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Image courtesy Asian American Alliance, Inc. Used with written permission.

By Young-Hee Yedinak
Asian American Alliance, Inc.

What are the top two most populous countries in the world? Can you name the hugely popular K-Pop band that topped the U.S. Billboard 200 and U.S. charts to become the first group since The Beatles to earn three No.1 albums in less than a year? (Answers below)

Get answers to these and more at the 12th annual Asian Fest on Sunday, June 23, 2019, 12-5 pm at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. ADMISSION IS FREE. This family-friendly festival celebrates the rich and diverse Asian cultures and traditions that can be found right here in Central Indiana.

Each year, Asian Fest spotlights one Asian country, and this year, South Korea will take the center stage. This fascinating country rose from the ashes of the Korean War to become a world economic powerhouse. More than 20,000 Korean Americans call Indiana home.

Festival highlights include:

  • Cultural Discovery and Displays of Featured Country – SOUTH KOREA
  • Special appearance by Anita Lerche, Billboard top-5 charting artist and the first non-Asian from the west (she is from Denmark) to release a solo album in Punjabi
  • Entertaining cultural performances from S. Korea, China, India, Japan, Philippines and more
  • Asian cuisine from local restaurants
  • Interactive children’s activities
  • Asian communities booths
  • Asian American Alliance’s Youth Leadership Awards presentation

Festival goers will receive $5 reduced event parking in the White River State Parks garage.

For more information visit http://aaalliance.org/event/asian-fest-2019/

The 2019 Asian Fest is made possible by these generous sponsors:

Title Sponsors: Barnes and Thornburg, Indianapolis Power & Light, IUPUI, Roche, Tenthpin

Event Sponsors: Morgan Stanley, The International Center, Indianapolis Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation

Event Partner: Korean American Association of Indiana (KAAI)

In-Kind Sponsors: Indiana State Museum, Indy Korea, Indy Asian American Times

Asian Fest is hosted by Asian American Alliance, Inc., a local, nonprofit, pan-Asian organization whose mission is to empower Asian Americans to serve and lead in businesses and communities.  Visit www.aaalliance.org to learn more.

Answers 

1. The two most populous countries in the world are both in Asia: China (1.42 billion people) and India (1.37 billion)

 2. BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a 7-member Korean band. They sold over 14 million albums.

Christ Church Cathedral Strawberry Festival, June 13, 2019 @cccathedralindy

June 12, 2019 Leave a comment
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“The Works” at the Christ Church Cathedral Strawberry Festival.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016,  all rights reserved.

By Elise Shrock
On behalf of Christ Church Cathedral

The Cathedral Women of Christ Church Cathedral will hold the 54th Annual Strawberry Festival on Thursday, June 13, 2019, on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Traditional strawberry shortcakes will be offered for sale from 9 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., or until supplies run out. Carryout opens in the church basement at 8:30 a.m.

The “Works” costs $7 for a treat of homemade shortcake, strawberries, ice cream and whipped topping. Single items are available á la carte for $2 each. Cash only.

More than 95% of all proceeds go directly to charity. In 2018, the Cathedral Women donated over $70,000 to non-profit organizations.

“Extending the hospitality of our parish outside of the cathedral walls and into our community hits right at the heart of our work at Christ Church Cathedral.” explains the Rev. Lauren Grubaugh of Christ Church Cathedral. “The Strawberry Festival is a big party and a treat for the whole city. But the true heart of the festival is the fundraising component. Nearly all proceeds go to organizations providing real human needs.”

Strawberry Festival Chair Jennifer Manterfield echoes this sentiment, saying, “The volunteer efforts led by the Cathedral Women are nothing short of miraculous each year. Seeing our church and community members come together and work side by side to put this on strengthens my faith in many ways. And our organization is always thrilled to award the proceeds of the day in community grants. That’s what our mission is truly about and it’s an honor to be able to do that for area organizations.”

In addition to the sale, other Strawberry Festival activities will include:

• Entertainment on Monument Circle starting at 10:00am. Acts include: Children’s Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Heather Michelle Chapman, CCC Guitar Trio, Bells Ringers, Trio Compas, Mariachi Sol Jaliciense, and Meztli Cultural

• An Indiana Blood Center bloodmobile will be on the Circle offering free “The Works” tickets to blood donors starting at 9 am.

• Noonday Holy Eucharist will be offered inside the church at 12:05 pm.

• Free walking tour brochures of the Cathedral offer details on the history and beauty of our church building.

The First inaugural Strawberry Festival was held on Thursday, June 10, 1965. The festival was the idea of parishioner Pat Harding, who suggested the church host a strawberry festival, such as they had back in her hometown of Lymington, England. With Nate Gore, Church Sexton, the Cathedral Women thought they could both raise funds and have some fun.

The Cathedral Women baked and sold 100 homemade shortcakes on the church lawn for the first festival in 1965. They decided to host it on Thursday night to capitalize on the evening hours of the J.C. Penney department store on Monument Circle. Within two hours, they had sold out of shortcakes. This year, the congregation baked 19,499 homemade shortcakes.

Around Indiana Podcast: Things to do in Fort Wayne and Allen County @visitfortwayne

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Visit Fort Wayne Visitors Center in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

Hear my interview with Kristen Guthrie and Jessa Campbell from the Visit Fort Wayne Visitors Center about things to do in Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, in the latest episode of the Around Indiana podcast:

https://aroundindy.com/podcasts/fort-wayne.mp3
(5/21/2019, 18.34 MB, 20 min, 1 sec.)

The Wall That Heals in Greenfield, Indiana, July 11-14, 2019 @nicolemisencik @VVMF

April 30, 2019 1 comment
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Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2019, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

The Wall That Heals, a traveling 375 foot, 3/4 style replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, comes to Greenfield Indiana July 11-14, 2019 (this is a free event open to the public, Thursday through Sunday, 24 hours each day).
 
Here’s my podcast interview with David Stillinger, Hancock County Coroner and Funeral Director/Owner of Stillinger Family Funeral Home – Pasco Chapel, who is the event organizer and host site for this event:
 
 
200 volunteers are needed to help with this event. For more information about this event or to volunteer, visit https://www.greenfieldwall.com.
On a personal note, this will be a deeply personal and emotional experience for me, not only because my college roommate is on The Wall, but because I am a US Air Force veteran who served in southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. And speaking as a former four-year employee of a funeral home in Franklin County, this seems to me to be the ideal setting to present such a traveling exhibit.
I encourage you to visit this exhibit to reflect on one of the most tumultuous periods of American history and how it affected our society.

Things to do in Noble County, Indiana @visitnoble

April 29, 2019 Leave a comment

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The Mid America Windmill Museum near Kendallville, one of the many interesting places to visit in Noble County, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

There’s so much to see and do all over Indiana that sometimes it’s difficult to decide what to do next. But I’m trying! In today’s episode of the Around Indiana podcast, hear Emily Schneider, Marketing Coordinator for the Noble County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Rome City, talk about things to do in her northeastern Indiana county (35 miles north of Fort Wayne, 60 miles east of South Bend).

https://aroundindy.com/podcasts/noble-county.mp3
(4/25/2019, 12.93 MB mp3, 14 min, 7 sec.)

Looking for an interesting day trip or weekend to and from Indianapolis? For more information about things to do in Noble County, visit our Web site at https://aroundindy.com/Nobleco.php, or go directly to the Noble County CVB Web site at http://visitnoblecounty.com.