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10th Annual Asian Fest in Indianapolis, June 11, 2017

May 22, 2017 1 comment

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By Young-Hee Yedinak
Asian American Alliance, Inc.

Instead of flying 18 hours to travel to Asia, Hoosiers can experience the many dimensions of Asia in their own backyard. The 10th annual Asian Fest is Sunday, June 11, 2017, 12-5 pm, at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. This year, the festival’s spotlight is on Japan. Admission is free.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Asian population more than doubled in Indiana in the last decade, bringing with them a rich tapestry of cultural heritage. This is a chance to interact and learn about their cultures, and enjoy food, music and dance. More information at www.aaalliance.org/asian-fest

Festival highlights include:
• Entertaining cultural performances
• Cultural Discovery of Featured Country – JAPAN
• Traditional Japanese costumes fashion show
• Children’s activities
• Asian cuisine from local restaurants
• Asian communities booths
• Asian American Alliance scholarship presentation

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

The 2017 Asian Fest is made possible by these generous sponsors:
Title Sponsors — Barnes and Thornburg, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana
Event Sponsors — McDonald’s, Kroger, PNC, Telamon, Indiana State Museum, International Center, Indianapolis Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation
Event Partners – Japan-America Society of Indiana, Japanese American Citizens League
In-Kind Sponsors – Indy Asian American Times, Asian American Today

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.

For more information, please contact:
Asian American Alliance, Inc.
(317) 258-0468

Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival, June 9-10, 2017

May 8, 2017 1 comment
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Anti-pasto salads at the Italian Street Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Kay Feeney-Caito
On behalf of the Italian Street Festival

Holy Rosary Catholic Church is pleased to announce the ethnic event of the summer, Friday/Saturday, June 9-10, 2017, from 5 to 11 pm each day at the historic Catholic Church, 520 Stevens Street (and surrounding Lacy Park), Indianapolis, Indiana.

During the event, the area will transform into an outdoor Italian festival and celebration. The annual summer event offers free admission and a treat for the senses. Food tickets are available at the festival entrance.

“Every year, we are thrilled to invite the community to this exciting event that brings together the best in local entertainment, fantastic food and cultural fun,” said Holy Rosary Father C. Ryan McCarthy. “During the Italian Street Festival, everyone is invited to experience our tradition.”

New to the festival is an exceptional, music line-up, including four of Indy’s most popular acts. Local favorite and Headliner The Woomblies will entertain on Friday evening, along with Fort Wayne favorite Oferle.

Saturday’s line-up includes Spinrut and the Indy Nile Band beginning at 5:30 p.m. Fans of Caruso and Frank Sinatra will also be entertained as classic Italian pop music favorites are played over the Festival public address system.

The Italian Street Festival features over 25 different Italian meats, pastas, salads and desserts. There also is dancing, carnival rides and games for everyone.

25 food stands in a festive, ethnic setting are decorated with strands of lights, and Italian music and an old-world style procession and Mass add to the ambiance.

There is free parking in the Eli Lilly lots on East and New Jersey Streets.

On Friday and Saturday afternoon of the festival, the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana will host Bocce demonstrations. All are welcome to play bocce at the courts in Lacy Park, or learn how to play the historic Italian game. The Lacy Park Bocce Courts are located at McCarty and Greer Street at the south end of the Church.

Those interested in signing up a team of four to play in the IHSI League should register at http://italianheritage.org/.

Additionally, there is a 7 pm mass on Saturday, June 10 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Before Mass at 6:45 pm, a colorful, Italian religious procession will pass through the food booth area with a Blessed Virgin statue, priests, servers and members of the Italian Heritage Society.

The Italian Street Festival organizers strive to create a fun, family-friendly environment where one can experience Italian American culture by providing the best in Italian cuisine, entertainment, Italian goods and service.

Striving for excellence in promoting the Indianapolis Italian-American community, the Parish of Holy Rosary and the City of Indianapolis, Holy Rosary Church and the Italian Street Festival are 501c-3 entities. Proceeds from the annual Festival support the Church Operation Fund.

Garden Gate Festival in Huntingburg, April 22, 2017

April 11, 2017 1 comment
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Image provided by the Dubois County Visitors Center.

By Whitney Hall
Dubois County Visitors Center

Embrace the sounds of JAZZ pouring through the air in Huntingburg, Indiana during the Garden Gate Festival, taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Now in its sixth year, the Garden Gate Festival returns once again to feature Jazz, Art, Wine, and Craft Beer as well as other additions.

The Garden Gate festivities begin at 8 a.m. Eastern Time (EDT) with the Huntingburg Kiwanis Car Show. Be sure to make plans to see classic and antique cars lined up on Huntingburg’s Historic 4th Street. The car show is scheduled to last until 2:30 p.m.

This fun-filled day continues as individuals put on their running shoes and participate in the “JazzedUP” 5K and 10K, beginning along Huntingburg 4th Street. Proceeds from this run/walk benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

At 11 a.m., Kimball Electronics presents The Art Garden, featuring over twenty different artisan vendors with handcrafted items, art pieces, and vintage finds.

The Art Garden takes place behind the Old Town Hall located on Geiger Street and just steps away from Huntingburg’s 4th Street. The Art Garden continues well into the evening and will be joined with food, wine, craft beer, and jazz music.

Hungry? Along with art, Old National Bank presents the Food Garden, featuring delicious local and regional food booths. The Food Garden opens at 11 a.m. and features a wide variety of snacks and entrees. The sweet aromas will make mouths water.

Admission for the festival is free for children; for adults, the cost for general admission is $5. For those 21 years and older, the sampling admission is available for $15, including entry, wine and craft beer samples, and a commemorative glass.

Wine enthusiasts will be overjoyed with The Wine Garden presented by The City of Huntingburg and the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce, featuring thirteen Indiana wineries in attendance, including Best Vineyards, Blue Heron, Buck Creek Winery, Cedar Creek Winery, Easley Winery, Ertel Cellars, Huber Orchard Winery, Madison County Winery, Monkey Hollow Winery, Patoka Lake Winery, Pepper Ridge, Windy Knoll Winery, and Winzerwald Winery.

Wine will be available to be purchased by the bottle. Craft beer lovers will be happy to hear that over ten different craft beers will be available at The Beer Garden presented by OFS Brands, including options from Basket Case Brewing Co., Breckenridge, Carson’s, Dogfish Head, Quaff On!, Schnitz Brewery & Pub, St. Benedict’s Brew Works, and Urban Chestnut. 12 oz. craft beer pulls will be available for $4.00 each. Also, the Dubois County Suds Club will be offering samples of home brew.

Redstone Car Service will be having vehicles on 4th street that people can pay to take them to their destination after the festival. The Garden Gate Committee and community partners wants everyone to make it home safe and make smart decisions.

While all this is taking place, a wonderful lineup of jazz ensembles will be featured on the stage in The Jazz Garden presented by Jasper Engines & Transmissions. The first jazz performance begins at 12:30 p.m. with the Vincennes University Jazz Ensemble. This jazz ensemble performs traditional big-band arrangement of various styles including swing, Latin, and popular jazz.

At 2:00 p.m., After Hours takes the stage, specializing in jazz and pop with jazz styling. After Hours has performed at hundreds of area events, and we are happy to welcome them for the first time to the Garden Gate Festival.

At 4:15 p.m., welcome the original stylings of Hot Jive Stew on the stage, with their premier guitarist Brian Curella. Curella has been performing in the Louisville region for over 25 years. He is known for his skilled guitar playing as well as his powerful tenor with a smooth voice. His jazz stylings feature aspects of Bossa Nova, Swing, Hard Bop, and Blues.

At 6:30 p.m., the Wade Baker Quintet takes the stage. It is the Wade Baker Quintet’s goal to play an eclectic fusion of jazz, hip-hop, funk and groove music while keeping the integrity and spirit of the traditions of the jazz masters we respect so much. Most of the tunes performed live are original compositions or compositions by other band members/close friends which makes the listener’s experience truly experimental, new and exclusive. In addition to playing new music, the band also performs standard jazz repertoire with more modern arrangements of the tunes, developed by members of the group.

In between these jazz ensembles, the award-winning Jasper High School band will be performing. Recently, this band was an ISSMA State Jazz Finalist, receiving a Gold rating with distinction in Group I, as well as taking second place at the Ball State Jazz Festival.

The Garden Gate Festival is coordinated by the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce and Garden Gate Advisory Committee. A portion of proceeds from this event are given back to the Huntingburg community.

Coolers, pets, smoking, weapons of any kind, and pop-up tents are not permitted.

For more information, go to www.gardengatefestival.com.

Rising Sun QuiltFest, Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2017

February 26, 2017 Leave a comment
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Rising Sun, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Kendal Miller
EnjoyRisingSun.com

RISING SUN, IND.: The Ohio County Historical Society and the Sunshine Stitchers announce the annual Rising Sun QuiltFest. The event will be held March 31-April 2, 2017, at the Rising Sun History Museum located at 212 S. Walnut Street in Rising Sun.

The Rising Sun quilt event originated inside long-time residents Betty Ann and Lloyd Pavy’s former furniture store. After the couple’s retirement, the Ohio County Historical Society continued the tradition by hosting the event.

The public is invited to participate in the annual quilt contest. Entries will be received at the Rising Sun History Museum no later than Wednesday, March 22. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. A $10 fee per judged entry will be required. The number of non-judged entries accepted will be determined by available space.

Entries will be accepted in: applique, pieced, mixed technique, novelty, art quilt, art work and emerging quilter. Cash awards will be given for first and second place provided there are sufficient entries. Monetary awards will also be given for a Best in Show, People’s Choice, and the Rising Sun Mayor’s Award.

For a complete list of rules, log on to the QuiltFest website at risingsunquiltfest.com. Additional information is available by calling (812) 438-4915, e-mailing quiltfest@ohiocountyhistory.org, or liking the Rising Sun QuiltFest Facebook page.

Along with the quilt contest, the event features special exhibits, raffles, door prizes, live music, vendors, and daily demonstrations.

Three-day admission to the annual QuiltFest is $5, with limited $1 off postcards available at various businesses/organizations while supplies last.

For more information on lodging, eateries, tourist attractions, contact Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism at (888) 776-4786. Additional information is available on their website at enjoyrisingsun.com. Follow Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, July 29-31, 2016

July 24, 2016 Leave a comment
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Brown County Visitors Center in Nashville, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

Some of the country’s finest fingerstyle guitar players will return to Brown County at the end of this month for the fifth annual Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival. From a world-class competition and concert to guitar workshops led by the pros, July 29-31, 2016, are sure to be three days of pickin’ perfection.

A weekend filled with toe-tapping fun, guests will be dazzled by the art of fingerstyle playing and the sheer talent of top guitarists.

Festivities will get underway on Friday, July 29 with a free Friday Night Kick-Off Party from 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. This year’s opening party is bigger and better than ever. Not one, but two stages of music will be running at the Brown County Inn in the Corn Crib Lounge and in the Town Hall Room.

Not only will guests be treated to performances by nationally-ranked acoustic guitarists, but local favorites Cari Ray & The Loaners as well. The Pine Room Tavern also will have live strumming on Friday night, including past Fingerstyle Festival winners, such as Kade Puckett, along with other guitar greats. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at both locations.

The tunes will continue on Saturday, July 30, with the Festival’s main events: the competition and concert. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brown County Playhouse, 40 of the country’s top fingerstyle guitarists will battle it out for a grand prize and bragging rights as the best during the Fest’s competition. Spectators are sure to be amazed by the skill flowing from the fingertips of this year’s competitors.

At 7:30 p.m. the top three finishers from the day’s competition will take the Playhouse stage during the evening concert, delighting guests with their pickin’ prowess. Nationally-acclaimed father/son duo Tim and Myles Thompson will then deliver a show stopping performance of their own. The evening concert also will feature Michael Kelsey, who is ranked among the top 100 guitarists in the world!

All-day passes, which include admission to both the competition and concert, are available for $22.50. Guests can upgrade their ticket to VIP status for $32.50. VIP tickets include admission to the competition and concert, as well as a swag-bag valued at $50 and reserved seating at evening concert. All-day and VIP ticket holders will receive a wristband allowing them to come and go at their own leisure. Evening concert only tickets also are available for $17.50. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Brown County Playhouse or online atwww.browncountyplayhouse.org/tickets.

That’s not all! To cap off a weekend filled with great music, guitar workshops will be offered on Sunday, July 31. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brown County Community Foundation, eager guitarists will be able to learn the ins and outs of fingerstyle fun from experts Lance Allen and David Youngman, two of the top players in North America.

From strumming for beginners and intermediate level techniques to guitar competition tips and strategies, workshop-goers will learn how to perfect their pickin’ game. Workshops are $20 per class and can be paid upon arrival.

A complete list of workshops and additional details can be found online athttp://indianastringfest.com/schedule/workshops/.

Experience the world of fingerstyle firsthand at the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, July 29-31 in Brown County. It is sure to be a finger pickin’ good time!

For more information on the Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, please visit http://indianastringfest.com/ or call 812-750-0257.