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National Maple Syrup Festival Mar. 2-3, 2019 @iluvbrowncounty

February 13, 2019 Leave a comment
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The historic Story Inn in Brown County, Indiana.
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By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB

NASHVILLE, Ind., (February 12, 2019) – Maple mania has struck in Brown County again! After a two-year hiatus, the National Maple Syrup Festival is back! This year’s fun, sticky, and oh-so-sweet festival will be held at the one and only Story Inn on March 2-3, 2019.

Originating in Medora, Indiana in 2010, the festival moved to Brown County in 2015. Geographically, Indiana holds the southern and westernmost position in the United States’ Maple Sugar Belt meaning as winter gives way to spring the sap flows first in Indiana’s maple stands. As Indiana’s most densely forested county, Brown County is an ideal location for the National Maple Syrup Festival as it is rich in natural resources, home to a wide variety of maple trees, and reflects the pioneering essence and history of maple sugar production.

A grand celebration of all things maple, the festival will bring together maple sugar producers and hobbyists, maple syrup connoisseurs, and visitors of all ages for a weekend full of activities and events.

Taking place at the beautiful and historic Story Inn, festival-goers will see first-hand how the magic is made during Native American, early French American, and modern-day sugaring demonstrations. Arts and crafts from Indiana Artisans also will be on display for admiring and purchasing. There will even be dutch oven cooking demos by none other than the Dutch Oven Diva Lesley Tennessen herself and a couple of pals. Recipes will feature maple syrup, of course!

The National Maple Syrup Festival also will include local and regional food vendors, beer, wine, and spirits, including Brown County’s Bear Wallow Distillery who will be debuting a special release maple-finished Gnaw Bone Bourbon. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of maple syrup from Indiana producers for sale too! Festival-goers also will be able to enjoy live music by local musicians Silver Sparrow and Will Scott. Tickets to the main festival grounds are $10 for adults and free for children under 12. Tickets include admission for both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.browncounty.com/event/national-maple-syrup-festival/all/ or at the festival entrance gate.

No maple syrup festival would be complete without pancakes, which is exactly why Chris Cakes will be serving up delicious hotcakes with a side of entertainment during the festival’s Pancake Breakfasts on March 2 and 3. Dig into all-you-can-eat pancakes with 100% pure maple syrup, sausage, and tasty breakfast beverages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Story Inn. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for kids 11 and under. Tickets to pancake breakfasts can only be purchased the day of.

The National Maple Syrup Festival also will include a special Maple-Inspired Dinner at the Story Inn on Saturday, March 2 at 6 p.m. Four delicious, maple-infused courses will be skillfully paired with local brews and spirits for your dining pleasure. Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased online at www.facebook.com/events/355393145293879/. Must be 21 or older to attend this dinner.

Another fun foodie event will be the Sweet Victory Challenge on Sunday, March 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A festival tradition, this cooking competition gathers recipes from across the nation featuring maple syrup in breakfast, savory, and sweet categories. Then, the top five recipes from each are picked and prepared in-house at the Story Inn, where they are presented to judges to pick their favorites. The audience will even get to taste-test a few too! The Sweet Victory Challenge is free and open to the public but has limited seating.

While festival headquarters will be buzzing with activity all weekend long, there will be plenty of maple fun going on in the Village of Nashville as well. Check out Sap School at the Visitors Center on Saturday, March 2. Learn the basics of maple syrup from a Brown County producer, then head out for a short walk where you’ll learn how to identify maple trees and even get to see a tree or two get tapped! This event is free and begins at 10 a.m.

There’s also Maple on the Menu too! The whole month of March, some of Brown County’s finest restaurants and snack shops will be serving sweet and savory maple-infused items. Look for dishes and goodies that bring a unique maple twist to classic favorites, as well as truly one-of-a-kind maple creations. Participating restaurants and shops will have “Maple on the Menu” signs in their windows. The full list of Maple on the Menu items will be announced on February 18 at www.browncounty.com/event/maple-on-the-menu/.

There is no doubt about it, there is something sweet happening in Brown County this March. Come see for yourself. It’s guaranteed to be a memorable maple experience!

More information on the National Maple Syrup Festival is available at https://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/ or by calling 812-988-2273.

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Madison Ribberfest, Aug. 17-18, 2018 @madisonindiana

August 17, 2018 Leave a comment

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By Sarah Prasil
Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Happening this weekend, August 17 & 18, 2018, Madison’s riverfront will be filled with the soulful sounds of blues and the smoky aroma of sizzling barbeque during the 17th annual Madison RibberFest Barbeque & Blues.

This two-day festival along the scenic Ohio River in historic Madison, features regional and national blues bands, barbeque competitions, boat rides and more. It’s a fan favorite and was a 2016 Award Winner for Best of Indiana – Best Music Festival!

Nine great blues bands are set to take the stage on Friday evening and all day Saturday, August 17 & 18 at Madison Ribberfest.  Friday night kicks off at 6:00 pm with the Junk Box followed by Dawn Tyler Watson and ending with headliner Walter Trout. On Saturday, music starts with the Jordan Wilson Coalition at 11:30 a.m. followed by King Bee & The Stingers, John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band, John Nemeth & The Lovelight Orchestra, Eric Gales and headliner Ronnie Baker Brooks will close out the festival.

Barbeque lovers get to see 60 professional barbeque teams from around the country compete in the Indiana State Championship Barbeque Cook-Off for cash/prizes and a chance to represent Indiana at the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s world championship.  On Friday night, there’s a Backyard Blast cooking competition for amateurs and a Kidz “Q” for the youngsters on Saturday.

Riverboat cruises on the Queen City paddle wheeler will return, a 5K RibberRun/Ride on Saturday morning, the Pig Toss Corn Hole Tournament and the “Piglet Pen” children’s play area with games and inflatables, all round out the offerings for a great family weekend.  Check www.madisonribberfest.com for details & registration.

Whether it’s Barbeque, Barbecue or BBQ – don’t miss Madison RibberFest: Barbeque & Blues August 17 and 18 in Madison, Indiana.

Two day wristbands are only $30.   Gates open at 5pm on Friday, August 17 and 11am on Saturday, August 18.   Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. On sale now through August 16th at the Visitor’s Center – 601 West First Street (online through August 15th). Wristbands are $35 at Gate. To order wristbands or for information, call 800-559-2956 or visit www.madisonribberfest.com, see The Rest of the Fest tab.

6th Sun King CANvitational, Sept. 8, 2018 @sunkingbrewing @georgiastindy

July 27, 2018 Leave a comment
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By Jessica Redden
On behalf of Sun King CANvitational
 
The Midwest’s largest canned craft beer festival is back! The 6th annual Sun King CANvitational will return to downtown Indianapolis on Sept. 8, 2018.
 
Located on the west block of Georgia Street, known for Super Bowl XLVI festivities and the famed Pan Am Plaza, this year’s CANvitational will showcase more than 55 craft breweries from across America that can their beers.
 
Award-winning breweries will offer samples of craft beer, and patrons can enjoy local food trucks and music, all in an urban downtown atmosphere. All proceeds from the event will benefit six central Indiana not-for-profits.
 
“For our 6th year hosting the Sun King CANvitational, six central Indiana charities will benefit from the festival proceeds,” said Sun King Brewery co-founder and head brewer Dave Colt.
 
“Sun King has invited over 55 can craft beer friends from near and far to join us in celebration, and we are excited to announce this year’s CANlaboration is with Founders Brewing of Grand Rapids, Mich. Founders has been instrumental in the craft beer movement and our CANlaboration will be released during CANvitational.”
Sun King Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. With the help of family and friends, the first keg of Sun King beer rolled out the door for delivery in July 2009.
 
Now available on tap and in cans at hundreds of locations statewide, Sun King has grown into a leader in the craft brewing movement in Indiana.
 
Sun King’s brewers handcraft flagship, seasonal and specialty beers that have been rewarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions, and the brewery donates to hundreds of community organizations throughout Indiana.
Sun King has three locations: A downtown Indianapolis brewery and tasting room; a small batch brewery and tasting room in Fishers; and Sun King Spirits, a distillery in Carmel that opened in July 2018.
SUN KING CANVITATIONAL DETAILS:
 
WHERE:
Downtown Indianapolis on the west block of Georgia Street
WHEN:
Saturday, September 8 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
TICKETS:
Tickets are on sale now and available at all Sun King locations (135 N. College Ave., downtown Indianapolis; 7848 E. 96th St., Fishers; 351 Monon Blvd, Carmel) or at canvitational.com. A sampling glass and event tasting notebook will be provided to each ticket holder.
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MORE INFORMATION:
For tickets and a list of participating breweries, visit http://sunkingbrewing.com or http://canvitational.com.

11th Annual Asian Fest, June 24, 2018

May 7, 2018 1 comment
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By Young Hee Yedinak
On behalf of the Asian Fest

Instead of flying 18 hours to travel to Asia, Hoosiers can experience the many dimensions of Asia in their own backyard. The 11th annual Asian Fest is set for Sunday, June 24, 2018, 12-5 PM, at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. ADMISSION IS FREE.

Each year, Asian Fest spotlights one Asian country, and this year, Burma/Myanmar will take center stage. Indiana has one of the largest Burmese immigrant populations in the U.S. This is an opportunity to learn about this fascinating country and our new neighbors in the Hoosier state. More information at http://www.aaalliance.org/asian-fest

Festival highlights include:
· Entertaining cultural performances from China, India, Japan, Burma/Myanmar and more
· Cultural Discovery of Featured Country – BURMA / MYANMAR
· Traditional Burmese costume fashion show
· Asian cuisine from local restaurants
· Children’s activities
· Asian communities booths
· Asian American Alliance scholarship presentation

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

The 2018 Asian Fest is made possible by these generous sponsors:

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

Event Sponsors: Morgan Stanley, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, Purdue University Asian American & Asian Resource and Cultural Center, Roche, International Center, Indianapolis Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation

Event Partner: Burmese American Community Institute (BACI)

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

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.orgto learn more.

Celebrities Announced for @500festival Parade, May 26, 2018

April 27, 2018 Leave a comment
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500 Festival Parade in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana
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By Sabrina List
500 Festival

Hollywood stars, musicians, and Hoosier heroes will take to the streets of downtown Indianapolis for the 62nd IPL 500 Festival Parade, scheduled for Saturday, May 26, 2018.

The producers and inspiration of the movie, Rudy, which celebrates its 25th anniversary; Oscar winner, Doug Jones; members of the cast of the movie 12 Strong, joined by Special Forces team members of Task Force Dagger 595, and numerous others are among the first group of announced celebrities and VIPs scheduled to appear in the IPL 500 Festival Parade.

Inspirational advocates for unified sports, Abby Abel and Mitch Bonar will serve as Grand Marshals of the 2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade.

Grammy-winning hip-hop violinist, Miri Ben-Ari and technology dance group, iLuminate will headline the Parade’s opening production.

Also appearing will be the 33 starting drivers of the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500®, presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Tickets for the 2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade are available for purchase at 500festival.com/tickets/.

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the motion picture, Rudy, named one of AFI’s most inspiring movies. To commemorate the milestone, the director and screenwriter of the famous movie and the inspiration behind the film will all join the IPL 500 Festival Parade lineup. 

  • Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger: Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger never gave up on his dream to play football at the University of Notre Dame. The biographical film, Rudy, depicts his merciless journey to football stardom, which defined his “yes I can” mentality. A motivational speaker, Rudy shares his passionate and heartfelt story with others.
  • David Anspaugh: Emmy and Golden Globe-winning director, David Anspaugh was the backbone behind the creation of the inspiration film, Rudy, as well as another beloved sports drama, Hoosiers. A native of Decatur, Indiana, and graduate of Indiana University, Anspaugh’s career also included directing the television shows, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere and Miami Vice.
  • Angelo Pizzo: A movie mogul who grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, Angelo Pizzo is famed for writing and producing Rudy as well asHoosiers. Pizzo now resides in Indiana with his family.

12 Strong | Task Force Dagger 595: Cast members from the movie 12 Strong, will be joined by real-life members of Task Force Dagger 595, the first Special Forces Team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11 and basis of the movie. The list of the brave Green Beret Special Forces members joining this year’s Parade includes: Mark Nutsch, Will Summers, Scott Neil, and Chris Spence.Cast members appearing in the IPL 500 Festival Parade include:

  • Geoff Stults: Actor Geoff Stults played the character Sean Coffers in the movie, 12 Strong. He also acted in the long running TV show,7th Heaven, as well as The Odd Couple and Grace and Frankie.
  • Kenny Sheard: After 12+ years in the U.S. Navy, Kenny Sheard transitioned to the reserves and focused on developing skills that would become an essential foundation for his career as an actor and stuntman. Sheared played the character Bill Bennett in 12 Strong. He’s worked in numerous other high-profile films and television series including Transformers: Age of Extinction, 13 Hours and John Wick: Chapter 2.

Doug Jones: Actor Doug Jones captured the attention of critics with his portrayal of Amphibian Man, the creature at the center of the film, The Shape of Water, an Oscar-winner for Best Motion Picture. Jones’ 30+ year career includes more than 150 productions in film and TV, including playing the role of The Fawn in Pan’s Labyrinth, the title character in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Abe Sapien in Hellboy, Billy Butcherson in Hocus Pocus, as well as his current starring role as Saru in the CBS All Access series, Star Trek: Discovery. Jones is a graduate of Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis and a Ball State University alum.

Jim Cornelison: Best known as the powerful and exclusive voice behind “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Chicago Blackhawks’ home games, Jim Cornelison thrilled hundreds of thousands of fans with his performance of “Back Home Again in Indiana” at the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. He’ll appear in the IPL 500 Festival Parade before performing the iconic song once again at the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Zachary Spicer: Zachary Spicer is an actor, producer, and the CEO of Pigasus Pictures. He recently starred in the movie The Good Catholic. He’s also known for his role in the Netflix Original Series Master of None, and has appeared in television series including, Gotham, Blue Bloods, and Law & Order SVU. Spicer is an Indiana native and an Indiana University alum.

John Armstrong: John Armstrong is an actor, producer, and COO of Pigasus Pictures, an Indiana-based film production company. A native of Indiana and Indiana University alum, Armstrong produced the movie The Good Catholic, starring Danny Glover and John McGinley as well as the upcoming feature titled, Ms. White Light, starring Tony Award-winning actress Judith Light.

Kristin and Danny Adams: Kristin and Danny Adams are YouTube sensations whose online videos have amassed more than 300 million views. They became famous after a funny lip-sync video went viral in 2016. Kristin, a former television host, and Danny, a former actor, comedian and stunt man, met in Los Angeles before returning to Danny’s hometown of Indianapolis in 2008.

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Miri Ben-Ari: Miri Ben-Ari is a Grammy Award-Winning violinist, producer, and humanitarian, a “UN Goodwill Ambassador of Music” to the United Nations. Originally from Israel, she has created her own unique music; a revolutionary fusion of classical, Hip-Hop, soul and dance. A classically trained violinist who once studied under the late classical master Isaac Stern, Ben-Ari has helped sell millions of records by collaborating with other Grammy award-winning artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Akon, Patti Labelle, Brandy, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson, John Legend, Aventura, and Armin Van Buuren.

iLuminate: iLuminate is an entertainment technology dance group that combines state-of-the-art technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing arts experience. The group’s lighting effects and choreographed performances take viewers on an exhilarating ride. Once called “the best new act in America” during their run on America’s Got Talent, they’ve also performed alongside Grammy-winning superstars like Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, and more. The group has been featured on Dancing with the Stars, X Factor, American Music Awards, MTV, BET, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and more. 

One of the original 500 Festival events, the IPL 500 Festival Parade is one of the nation’s largest, most respected parades, consistently earning national acclaim alongside the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. More than 300,000 people will line the streets of downtown Indianapolis to experience the larger-than-life floats, giant helium balloons, celebrities, award-winning bands, and all 33 drivers competing in the 102nd running of the Indy 500.

The 2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade will be themed, Illuminate. Innovate. Indianapolis. Every May, the world turns its focus on Indianapolis. Beaming with civic pride and radiating a racing spirit, together we can present a city that shines bright at the forefront of a cutting edge world. This May, our community and guests will come together to illuminate the history, tradition, and sacrifices of our heroes on Memorial Day Weekend, while looking forward and saluting Indy’s commitment to innovate the world around us. So let’s turn the lights up high, point the camera on Indy, and take action for the 102nd Running of the Indy 500. Illuminate. Innovate. Indianapolis.   

The 2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade will take place on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Parade festivities will start at 11:45 am ET in downtown Indianapolis. IPL 500 Festival Parade tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at 500festival.com/tickets, by calling (317) 614-6400, or at the 500 Festival Ticket Office, located at 21 Virginia Ave. in Downtown Indianapolis. The Ticket Office is open on weekdays from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

The IPL 500 Festival Parade will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports and to the Indianapolis market on WTHR, Channel 13. For more information about the IPL 500 Festival Parade, please visit 500festival.com/parade or search #IPL500Parade on social media.