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“You Are There: That Ayres Look” Open at Indiana History Center

March 15, 2015 Leave a comment
Indiana History Center

Indiana History Center. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Amy Lamb
Indiana Historical Society

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will debut a new concept in its storytelling with You Are There: That Ayres Look, stretching the interpretation of its popular You Are There format. The exhibit opened March 14, 2015 and will be available through Aug. 6, 2016 as part of the Indiana Experience at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. The History Center is located at 450 W. Ohio St., along the canal in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

The IHS exhibitions team knew it had a winning story on its hands following the success of its book L.S. Ayres & Company: The Store at the Crossroads of America, written by Kenneth L. Turchi. The business spent more than a century catering to the needs of Hoosiers—and captured their hearts along the way.

Rather than centering on the story told through a single photograph, That Ayres Look highlights many stories from more than a century of the company’s history—and intermingles traditional techniques and emerging technology.

As with past You Are There spaces, the journey still begins with a walk through a fog screen, as guests step through an image of the iconic Ayres department store clock. On the other side is a half-scale, blank replica of the downtown landmark. By pointing a provided iPad at the clock, an augmented reality experience will begin—creating the illusion, complete with sound, of two workers cleaning the icon in the late 1930s.

The use of new technology doesn’t end with the entrance of the space. Guests will encounter virtual “dress” display mannequins on monitors, allowing them to witness ever-changing fashion, patterns, colors, hemlines and silhouettes of the decades that comprised what became known as “That Ayres Look.”

Guests can also interact with costumed actors representing historical real-life characters from 1959, such as owner Lyman Ayres II, Ayres Fashion Bureau director Elizabeth Patrick and Ayres model Bea Fatout. IHS has also created videos that celebrating different facets of the Ayres story—including the business, family, fashions and shopping experience.

As visitors continue through the gallery, they will encounter historical photographs, documents, artifacts and videos to provide a multi-faceted illustration of the company, its people and its innovations. IHS will also display original items borrowed or donated from individuals, and additional clothing items and other artifacts are on loan from the Indiana State Museum.

Guests will learn about the early growth of the company, the family behind it, the company culture that fostered a high level of customer service, innovation and respect for its employees; the dynamic environment where cutting-edge ideas were developed; the lasting memories L.S. Ayres made for people during the holidays; and the Ayr-Way off-shoot that was a forerunner of future discount retailers.

Another included Ayres tradition is one of Indianapolis’ most cherished and famous seasonal residents. The Ayres cherub, which has never been on view outside of its resting place atop the downtown clock, is on loan from Downtown Indy and will reside inside the exhibit when she’s not performing her holiday duties.

You Are There: That Ayres Look is presented by Ayres Foundation Inc. and Nancy Ayres, with support from Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Inc. and Lisa Carrington Bohn; Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Nicholas; and Griffith Family Foundation, Inc.

You Are There: That Ayres Look is Included with Indiana Experience admission. For more information about this and other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

Call for Artisans and Craftsmen in Switzerland County

February 8, 2015 Leave a comment
Community Art Center in Vevay, Indiana.

Community Art Center in Vevay, Indiana. Photo provided by Switzerland County Tourism.

By Kendal Miller
Switzerland County Tourism

Switzerland County Tourism in Indiana invites Switzerland County artists and craftsmen to participate in the “Artisans Tour of Switzerland County.” The event will take place throughout galleries, home studios, and businesses in Switzerland County on May 2 & 3 from 10am-4pm. There is no charge to participate but artists must pre-register by calling (812) 427-3237 or by e-mailing visitsc@switzcotourism.com by April 18, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Artisans can reside outside of Switzerland County but must display their work within the county limits. Businesses, galleries and participating artists are asked to share spare space with others who may wish to join the tour. Demonstrations in all mediums are encouraged. A map of artisan locations will be distributed throughout the tour.

Art glass, quilts, weaving, jewelry, baskets, ceramics, painting, sculpture, woodworking, photography and artful reuse are examples of mediums on display. A showcase of items from participating artists will be on display at the Community Art Center in Vevay during the May 1 Vevay’s First Friday.

For more information telephone (812) 427-3237 or e-mail visitsc@switzcotourism.com. Information on lodging, county events and local businesses be found on to the Switzerland County Tourism website at www.switzcotourism.com or join the Artisans Tour of Switzerland County Facebook page.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Aug. 11-17, 2014

August 10, 2014 Leave a comment
Madison Ribberfest

Madison Ribberfest, Aug. 15-16.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. THU-SUN: Gen Con Gaming Convention at the Indiana Convention Center
  2. MON-SUN: 158th Indiana State Fair at the State Fairgrounds
  3. THU-SUN: 10th Annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival in Indianapolis
  4. SUN: 5th Annual Dig In, A Taste of Indiana at White River State Park
  5. WED-SUN: LPGA Legends Championship at the French Lick Resort
  6. FRI-SAT: 10th Annual SausageFest at St. Thomas Aquinas Church
  7. THU-SAT: ‘City of Forking Paths’ at the Indiana Convention Center
  8. SAT: Miranda Lambert in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  9. FRI-SUN: Elwood Glass Festival in Madison County
  10. FRI-SAT: Madison Ribberfest BBQ and Blues in Jefferson County
  11. MON-WED: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  12. THU-SUN: Greensburg ‘Power of the Past’ at the Decatur County Fairgrounds
  13. SAT: 6th Annual WAMMfest at Craig Park in Greenwood
  14. THU, SAT: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. FRI-SAT: Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

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Things to do in Indianapolis, Aug. 4-10, 2014

August 3, 2014 Leave a comment
Indiana State Fair Aerial View

Indiana State Fair as viewed from the top of the giant ferris wheel.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. FRI-SUN: Red Bull Indianapolis GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  2. THU-SAT: Drum Corps International World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium
  3. MON-SUN: 158th Indiana State Fair at the State Fairgrounds
  4. SUN: Chicago and REO Speedwagon in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  5. MON-TUE, SAT-SUN: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  6. TUE: The Longest Dinner at the IndyFringe Theatre
  7. FRI: Pitbull in Concert at the State Fair Coliseum
  8. FRI-SAT: 7th Annual Motorcycles on Meridian in Downtown Indianapolis
  9. SAT-SUN: ‘Cole!’ by Dance Kaleidoscope at The Center for the Performing Arts
  10. TUE, FRI: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  11. SAT: Lobsterpalooza at the Basile Opera Center
  12. TUE: Community Tuesday at White River State Park
  13. WED: Indy Eleven Pro Soccer at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI
  14. MON-TUE, THU-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  15. THU-SAT: ‘The Black Knight Archive’ at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art

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Things to do in Indianapolis, July 14-20, 2014

July 13, 2014 Leave a comment
UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul Circus at Lafayette Square Mall, July 15-20.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. MON-SUN: 44th Annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration in Downtown Indianapolis
  2. THU-SAT: 77th Annual Mid-Summer Festival at St. Christopher Parish in Speedway
  3. SAT: Inaugural ‘Tenderloin Throwdown’ Competition in Greensburg
  4. SAT: Indy Eleven Pro Soccer at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI
  5. FRI: Indiana Black Expo Music Heritage Festival I at American Legion Mall
  6. MON-SAT: Johnson County 4-H Fair in Franklin
  7. MON-SAT: 46th Annual Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne
  8. TUE-SUN: UniverSoul Circus at Lafayette Square Mall
  9. THU: 26th Annual WTHR Employment Opportunity Fair at the Indiana Convention Center
  10. SAT: 19th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival in Broad Ripple
  11. TUE, THU: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  12. MON-SAT: Circus City Festival in Peru
  13. MON-SAT: Hendricks County 4-H Fair in Danville
  14. SAT: Anthony Hamilton in Concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. WED: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Live at Holliday Park

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