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The History Behind Festival Country, Indiana ( @FestCountryIN )

June 16, 2018 Leave a comment
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The Johnson County Museum of History in Franklin, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Festival Country Intern Bridget Wimmer
Johnson County, Indiana

Tucked away, off the main road of Franklin, Indiana is a building full of all the wonders of Johnson County. The Johnson County Museum of History, which was founded by the Daughters of the American Revolution, not only prides itself on educating visitors on how Johnson County came to be, but also does it’s best to bring its community closer together.

This story begins in the Paleozoic era, when Indiana was closer to the equator. Fossil proof of this time can be found at the museum along with evidence of the beginning of mankind in the Johnson County region.

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A pioneer trunk on display at the Johnson County Museum. Photo by Alexis Whiteman provided by Festival Country Indiana and used with written permission.

How they lived and ways they survived are told through the artifacts that are on display at the museum, and you can even walk through a replica home to see for yourself. Can you image living in a day and age where electricity and Wal-Mart weren’t around yet? The museum lets you experience this and so much more.

They even have exhibits that change throughout the year so that every time you come back you will have a different and new experience.

The newest exhibit featured at the museum is Strengthening Community One Scoop at a Time. This exhibit focuses on a few of the local Johnson County ice cream businesses as an example of how local businesses help build a community.

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Pioneer Fiddle Tunes exhibit at the Johnson County Museum. Photo by Alexis Whiteman provided by Festival Country Indiana and used with written permission.

The Johnson County Museum of History is located at 135 North Main Street in Franklin and allows for an interactive experience on how the county has changed from the beginning of time to now. Make sure to make this one of your priority stops when you visit Festival Country, just south of Indy!

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm, and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is free.

For more information on exhibits, check out http://co.johnson.in.us/jcmuseum/permanent-exhibits/, or call 317-346-4500.

For more information about Johnson County, Indiana events, visit https://www.festivalcountryindiana.com.

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Concerts on the Canal @indianahistory, June 7 to July 26, 2018

April 27, 2018 Leave a comment
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Concerts on the Canal at the Indiana History Center.
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By Rachel Hill Ponko
Indiana Historical Society

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is pleased to announce the 2018 Concerts on the Canal lineup.

The popular summer series returns to downtown Indianapolis on Thursday nights, June 7 through July 26, 2018.

In addition, concert Thursdays feature free admission to the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St., with extended hours, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All performances are from 6 to 8 p.m. The 2018 lineup features a variety of styles, from jazz, soul and classic R&B to rock, pop and dance music from the 70s to today.

There is a mix of returning acts, such as Tad Robinson and My Yellow Rickshaw, and those making their Concerts on the Canal debut, such as Tastes Like Chicken and LemonWheel.

Free seating is available on the grassy area along the Canal Walk. In addition, guests can purchase seating on the History Center’s Kruse Family Stardust Terrace in tables of eight ($50/$40 IHS members) or tables of four ($40/$30 IHS members). Single seats are available at the community table ($10/$8 IHS members). The Terrace is a smoke-free and pet-free zone.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and nonalcoholic beverages. The History Center’s Stardust Terrace Café, outdoor grill and cash bar, operated by Hoaglin Catering, will open at 5 p.m. All alcohol must be purchased and consumed on site.

Weekly offerings include a rotating schedule of IHS’s traveling exhibits, on display in Eli Lilly Hall. Guests are also encouraged to take full advantage of free admission and tour the Indiana Experience, which features IHS’s newest offering, Indianapolis Colts: The Exhibit, presented by the Indianapolis Colts with support from Plow Digital.

The exhibit uses digital activities, original artifacts, player interviews, photographs, videos and more to celebrate the team while also exploring football’s role in American culture.

The 2018 Concerts on the Canal series and free admission dates are supported by the Indianapolis Indians. For reservations, or for more information about IHS’s events, programs and resources, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

Veterans and Active Duty Military Free Admission Day at DNR Properties, Nov. 11

November 7, 2017 1 comment
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Clifty Falls State Park near Madison, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources

All veterans and active-duty military personnel, and everyone in their vehicle, will be admitted free to DNR state parks, reservoir properties and state forests on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Veterans and military personnel should present ID or evidence of military service where entrance gates are in operation.

“We appreciate the sacrifices and service of our veterans and active-duty military and look forward to recognizing them with a day to explore some of the best outdoor places in our state,” said Dan Bortner, director of Indiana State Parks.

For proof of military status, gate attendants will accept:

—Discharge papers (veteran’s DD Form 214).
—Veteran license plates: Ex-POW, Purple Heart, Disabled Hoosier Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor.
—Veteran license plates also include:
—Air Force Veteran
—Army Veteran.
—Coast Guard Veteran.
—Marine Corps Veteran.
—Merchant Marine Veteran.
—Navy Veteran.
—U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Award Letter.
—Veterans hunting and fishing license.
—Documents showing veteran benefits with veteran’s name on document.
—Any other certificate or verification letter or form.

For general information about state park, reservoir and forest properties, visit http://dnr.IN.gov.

For information about interpretive programs at state parks and reservoirs, visit InterpretiveServices.IN.gov.

“Circle of Lights” Celebration on Monument Circle, Nov. 24, 2017 @indydt

October 31, 2017 1 comment
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Monument Circle during the holiday season.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reservd.

By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.

INDIANAPOLIS – For 55 years, thousands of spectators have gathered Downtown at Monument Circle to see the most spectacular holiday display illuminate. Central Indiana’s most beloved tradition is here again. Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481 will take place the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.

“The Electrical Workers of IBEW #481 are thrilled to be the presenting partner of Circle of Lights,” said Steve Menser, IBEW #481 business manager. “The tradition is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the standards, skill and capability of the union electrical industry along with our community commitment. We invite all Hoosiers to kick off their holiday celebration with us!”

NEW THIS YEAR: The decorations on the Soldiers & Sailors Monument will look familiar – 52 garland strands with 4,784 colored lights, strung from the top of the Monument to its base.

However, all of the strands are new this year including the use of LED bulbs for the first time ever. These improvements are the first phase of the Keeping Spirits Bright capital campaign with a goal to raise $2 million to further enhance and keep this beloved tradition alive.

The Monument will continue to be surrounded with 26 larger-than-life toy soldiers and sailors and 26 peppermint sticks.

More than 100,000 spectators are expected for the FREE ceremonial lighting and holiday kickoff on Friday, Nov. 24. Entertainers chosen from statewide video auditions will share the stage with Sandi Patty, host of the Indianapolis Symphony’s IPL Yuletide Celebration.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the live televised show running from 7 – 8 p.m. on (NBC) WTHR-13. The Monument light-up will occur at approximately 7:55 p.m.

And who gets to “flip the switch?” Each year, a lucky child is chosen from the Carson’s Coloring Contest to help Santa illuminate the night.

To conclude the evening, watch the sky for a spectacular fireworks finale.

Millions of sightseers will take in this brilliant spectacle throughout the holiday season, lit through early January. Travelocity named the Circle of Lights® one of the top five “must-see Christmas trees” in the nation. USA Today also listed the Circle of Lights® as one the “10 Best Holiday Attractions.”

BONUS: After the Monument is lit, head to Carson’s Department Store for FREE Selfies with Santa from 8 – 10 p.m.

As the presenting partner of Circle of Lights®, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) #481 represents more than 3,000 electrical workers. IBEW #481 provides the needed expertise, highly trained workforce, safety and dedication to help build many of Central Indiana’s premiere education, health care, utility and logistics projects. Visit www.ibew481.org.

Circle of Lights® is an official program of Downtown Indy, Inc. which focuses on three areas: development, management and marketing to advance Downtown as a great place to live, learn, work and play. Visit www.downtownindy.org for more information or call 317-237-2222.

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.