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Indianapolis Home Show Jan. 20-29, 2023 @homeshowind

January 20, 2023 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

The 101st edition of the Indianapolis Home Show opens TODAY, January 20, 2023, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and continues daily through January 29.

The Home Show, located in the West Pavilion and in Exposition Hall, is an opportunity for visitors to speak with hundreds of home and decor experts for advice and to explore thousands of the newest home products.

The Home Show is open daily 10 am to 8 pm (until 5 pm on the two Sundays). Tickets range in price from $3 to $13 (under age 6 free). You can save $2 by purchasing your tickets in advance online. Also, please note that onsite parking at the State Fairgrounds is $10 at the gate.

A new and unique Centerpiece Home is on display in Exposition Hall, featuring a custom home made from shipping containers and built by Custom Container Builders.

It’s an impressive 1,808 square foot, two-story home with four bedrooms and 2.5 baths, a front and back porch along with a balcony, and even a swimming pool and pool house.

Outside the home is a poolside “casita” (a small container cottage) with one flex space plus one full bath and a kitchen.

For those of you who might find it difficult to imagine living in a home made from shipping containers, you simply have to visit the Home Show to see this Centerpiece Home for yourself. The best compliment I can give it, having personally viewed it yesterday, is that I could live in this house quite comfortably!

This year’s celebrity guests include HGTV stars Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb from Unsellable Houses, Mina Starsiak of Good Bones, and Carmel-based realtor Nina Klemm from Bravo’s Flipping Exes; also, local TV personality Patty Spitler.

There are daily presentations on the Precision Outdoors Living Stage in the West Pavilion highlighting everything from furniture repainting to renovation on a budget. Learn about decks and patios as well as the do’s and don’ts of home renovation with a panel of local designers.

And local experts will offer trends on garage doors and paint colors along with tips for organizing your home and hosting the perfect party.

For complete information about the 101st Indianapolis Home Show, visit https://www.indianapolishomeshow.com or call 317-927-1469.

$6.5 Million Renovations at Angel Mounds in Evansville @indianamuseum

December 16, 2022 Leave a comment

By Marc Allan
Indiana State Museum

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Angel Mounds State Historic Site will undergo a two-year, $6.5 million transformation to better share the story of the Native American people of both the past and the present, thanks to $4 million in funding from the state of Indiana and a $2.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Between now and October 2024, the interpretive center will be closed, and a new experience will be installed that focuses on the lives of the Native American people who lived on the land that is now the historic site. The project is being planned in collaboration with researchers and historians from today’s Native American nations and the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

During renovations, the outdoor space will remain open to the public at a reduced cost of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for youth (ages 3-17), and Angel Mounds staff plans to offer more outdoor programming during the revamping of the site.

Angel Mounds, which is located on the banks of the Ohio River, is one of the best-preserved, pre-contact Native American sites in North America. Built between A.D. 1000 and 1450, the town was occupied by more than 1,000 people who were part of the Mississippian culture, and included earthen mounds built to elevate important buildings.

“Our goal is to engage visitors in an experience focused on the real people, places and things that lived and worked at this site,” said Cathy Ferree, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “The new experience is an opportunity to utilize knowledge, artifacts and tools to bring the Angel Mounds State Historic Site forward with what we learn from our collaborations with Native American nations. We also have an opportunity to upgrade amenities in the visitor center to make the site more comfortable for all who visit and use the site.” 

Michele Greenan, director of archaeology for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, will be among those creating the new visitor experience. She said the previous exhibit at Angel Mounds “was outdated and lacked any input from Native American historians.” Site Director Mike Linderman said he is “looking forward to incorporating all the research conducted over the last 10 years.” 

The Angel Mounds State Historic Site currently features an interpretive center, re-creations of Mississippian buildings and a working reconstruction of the 1939 Works Progress Administration archaeology laboratory. The 500-acre non-archaeological portion of the site contains a nature preserve with hiking and biking trails.

“This is a huge opportunity for us and the state of Indiana,” Ferree said. “Angel Mounds has always been one of our most visited sites because it has such great significance. This project allows us to produce an authentic experience in collaboration with the people whose story it will tell.” 

The $2.5 million Lilly Endowment grant is part of its Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative, a nationwide effort to encourage museums and other organizations to develop exhibitions and education programs that fairly and accurately portray the role of religion in the U.S. and around the world.  The Indiana State Museum is one of 16 organizations being funded in the latest round of grants through the initiative.

For more information, visit the Indiana State Museum website at https://www.indianamuseum.org/historic-sites/angel-mounds/.

Winterlights at Newfields Opens Nov. 18 @newfieldstoday

September 20, 2018 Leave a comment

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Part of the beautiful Winterlights Holiday Light Show at Newfields last year.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Mattie Lindner
Newfields

Following a tremendously successful first season, Winterlights returns this holiday season from Nov. 18, 2018 through Jan. 6, 2019 at Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.

This year’s curated outdoor lights experience is presented by Bank of America and features more than 1.5 million lights shinning upon you and your guests, a new Wintermarket and a transformed finale.

Last year, Winterlights debuted in The Garden at Newfields and welcomed nearly 70,000 guests to experience the magic of the season, thousands of whom were first time visitors.

More than 40 couples got engaged, creating a lifetime of memories and traditions for new families during Winterlights. Because of its commitment to the community, Bank of America is thrilled to help bring Winterlights to life this year.

“Newfields provides a spectacular lights display and venue for families and friends to explore and celebrate the magic of the holiday season,” said Andy Crask, Indianapolis Market President, Bank of America. “Bank of America recognizes that the Winterlights experience is a wonderful opportunity to not only shine a light on Indianapolis but also to help support cultural experiences that have a positive impact on our community.”

New this year, guests are invited to start and end their Winterlights journey inside a glowing Wintermarket, a toasty place for a treat and the first stop for a warm cup of hot chocolate or apple cider—with spiked options available for adults.

Inside the market, local artisans like Goose the Market, Gallery Pastry Shop and Sun King Brewing Co. will be selling popular food and beverage options, as well as unique holiday gifts and goodies for everyone on your list.

Guests can also purchase this year’s exclusive brew crafted by Sun King Brewing Co. and only available for purchase at Winterlights. Love the taste? Take home a two-pack gift set in the Wintermarket on your way out.

Before heading to the lights, stop for a group photo in front of the giant towering poinsettia tree.

For the main attraction, guests of Winterlights will once again explore The Garden at Newfields and stroll beneath 80 foot-tall trees glowing to the tips of each tiny branch. With the addition of 300,000 more lights, this year’s display features more than 1.5 million glowing lights.

The outdoor journey begins with Snowflake Bridge, where glistening handcrafted snowflakes illuminate the sky above and music draws guests across the historic span.

The Landscape of Light returns in front of the grand Lilly family mansion, where over 300,000 lights dance in many different colors to the Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker.

Guests are then welcomed inside the front door of the Lilly House to discover this year’s theme of sophisticated handcrafted design inspired by Mr. Lilly’s famed book collection.

The library will bring the magic inside with a dramatic display filled with hundreds of glowing LED candles. Other rooms in the home will be transformed by unexpected holiday installations like handmade origami butterflies soaring from the piano and a giant paperchain chandelier flowing onto the dining room table.

As guests continue their stroll through The Garden, the bright vibrant colors of the Whimsical Terrace will draw in visitors of all ages. Karl Unnasch’s whimsical 50-foot-tall tree of toys, Playtime in Indy, returns to The Garden and the toys will once be donated to families in need this season.

Warm your hands over wood burning fires, while listening to holiday music and making your own s’more provided by local Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Last year, the Girl Scouts raised over $25,000 that helped send 160 girls to summer camp, who otherwise could not have attended.

To delight guests as they exit the experience, a new finale has been added to this year’s Winterlights. The Ice Storm Walk, will immerse guests into a whirling blizzard of light. A digital snowstorm will descend over you along a 400-foot promenade, enhanced by dramatic music and sound of winter. Along the path, guests will pass through the Ice Cave, a tunnel of light featuring more than 30,000 lights.

“We are thrilled that the community accepted our invitation to Winterlights last year, and made it part of their holiday celebration,” said Jonathan Wright, The Ruth Lilly Deputy Director for Horticulture and Natural Resources. “In hopes of delighting everyone again this season, the Newfields team has enhanced this year’s display with hand-crafted design and more lights to surprise guests around every turn.”

Due to enthusiastic crowds and sold out evenings, new ticket times have been added to expand capacity. This season, tickets will be available every half hour beginning at 5:00 p.m. with the experience concluding at 9:00 p.m.

Save 20 percent by purchasing your tickets online at DiscoverNewfields.org beginning Oct. 1. This year, guests can purchase a premium ticket, which includes 3-D holographic glasses that bring Winterlights to life, a complimentary drink ticket and a pass for BOGO general admission January 8–Valentine’s Day weekend. A deal you don’t want to miss.

Newfields members receive additional discounts and exclusive access to Winterlights at the member preview evenings on Nov. 16 and 17 for just $10. During Winterlights, the Access Pass is still available for $2 per qualified family member.

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at Newfields this holiday season. Give the gift of Winterlights to your family and friends with our new gift tickets, featuring large group orders of Winterlights tickets (minimum order of 15). Don’t miss Newfields’ annual Holiday Hullabaloo shopping event on Dec. 6, featuring trunk shows in The Museum & Garden Shop. Members receive a 20 percent discount all day long. Or, give the gift of Newfields all year long with an annual membership, which offers free general admission, discounts on programs, invitations to exclusive preview events and more.

During the run of Winterlights, The Garden, The Café and IMA Galleries at Newfields will close at 4 p.m. daily.

Seasonal music made possible by the generous support of Marianne Williams Tobias. Lead support for Winterlights is provided in part by JPMorgan Chase & Co., Klipsch Group, Inc., The Hagerman Group and RJE Business Interiors. Additional support provided by Marian Inc., Ann W. King, and Sycamore Advisors, LLC. In-kind support provided by Sunbelt Rentals, Celadon Trucking Services, Tway Lifting Products, and Airworx Construction Equipment.

* Winterlights will be open Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Want to be a part of the magic this holiday season?
Last year, volunteers donated over 4,000 hours to help bring Winterlights to life. Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and large groups. Email volunteer@discovernewfields.org if interested.

New @connerprairie in 2018: Fort Hoosier

May 10, 2018 1 comment

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Photo provided by Conner Prairie and used with written permission.

By Duane Brodt
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

A new nature experience for the wild child in everyone is now open at Conner Prairie.

Fort Hoosier is a 1,000-square-foot addition to Treetop Outpost, a 4-story treehouse filled with interactive, hands-on activities and surrounded by experience areas in which visitors of all ages to build, dig, make music and explore.

Fort Hoosier features climbing walls, a climbing cargo net, passageways, tunnels, balance beams and more.

Treetop Outpost, which opened in 2016, is located in the middle of a Nature Walk that leads visitors through the woods and along the White River to an observation deck that overlooks the prairie.

It is part of the Bicentennial Nature Center Network, a statewide coalition created two years ago to ensure that all Hoosier youth have access to environmental education and creative outdoor experiences within 60 miles of where they live.

Other features of Fort Hoosier, made possible in part by support from Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, include a signal lamp, which allows visitors to communicate by Morse code to visitors in Treetop Outpost, and a pulley and bucket for transporting items.

Fort Hoosier is included with museum admission.

Conner Prairie is location at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers, Indiana. For more information, visit http://connerprairie.org, or call 317-776-6000.

Long-Tailed Macaques Coming to the @IndianapolisZoo, May 26, 2018

April 2, 2018 1 comment

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Indianapolis Zoo in White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

Sharing One World: Long-Tailed Macaques

​​Opening May 26, 2018 at the Indianapolis Zoo

By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

On Memorial Day weekend in 2018, macaques will make a splash in their brand-new exhibit – “Sharing One World: Long Tailed Macaques.” Indianapolis Zoo members can enjoy exclusive preview days on May 24-25 and the exhibit will open to the public May 26, 2018.

Long-tailed macaques are a unique monkey species that spends time in the water cooling off, playing or escaping predators. Unlike other macaques, long-tailed macaques are the only ones that swim throughout their entire life – making them the perfect addition to the Oceans Area.

Native to Southeast Asia, the macaque lives side by side with humans in an urban setting and are at times seen as pests. Like all animals at the Indianapolis Zoo, the macaques are ambassadors for their species, sharing a conservation message about the importance of humans coexisting with animals.

As the human population continues to grow, human and wildlife will have to share the same space. Hoosiers can learn to share urban areas with wildlife, just as the people in southeast Asia have learned to share space with the long-tailed macaque.

The zoo has a troop of 29 macaques with 22 females and 7 males. The monkeys are led by a male named Graham. There is a baby boy named Paul and a baby girl named Ren. Local schools suggested names for the troop, and the keepers matched each macaque to his or her name based on their unique personalities.

Once open, the macaques’ habitat will feature pools surrounded by grassy areas as well as a few raised platforms that extend over the water. Not only will this design reflect the architectural styles found in Southeast Asia, we hope it will encourage the macaques’ unique — and very fun — natural diving behaviors that guests can watch through multiple glass viewing windows.

For more information, visit http://www.indianapoliszoo.com/plan…/animals-exhibits/oceans, or call 317-630-2001.