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Festival of Trees at Indiana History Center Opens Nov. 27, 2015

October 24, 2015 Leave a comment
Indiana History Center

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

By Rachel Hill-Ponko
Indiana Historical Society

In just its second year, the Indiana Historical Society’s Festival of Trees is growing in both popularity and scope. This year, around 50 elaborately themed trees will be on display at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center at 450 W. Ohio St., up from 25 trees in 2014. The winter wonderland opens on Nov. 27, 2015 and runs through Jan. 2, 2016.

“Last year’s Festival of Trees brought thousands of people into the History Center to see themed trees that were whimsical and reflected our unique Hoosier character and culture, ” said John A. Herbst, IHS president and CEO. “This year we have doubled the number of trees to 50. In addition to trees that celebrate Indiana companies past and present like L.S. Ayres and Weaver Popcorn, and icons like the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we added a lot of ethnic themed ones.”

This year’s featured trees also include a tribute to the Indiana holiday classic A Christmas Story, an upside-down tree, and even a tree you could win to display in your own home. You can take part in the fun during the History Center’s regular hours of Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This holiday season, guests will also be able to tour Festival of Trees an extra day each week. The History Center will be open noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays between Thanksgiving and the New Year. The History Center will also extend its hours on Tuesday, Dec. 22, staying open until 9 p.m.

In addition to the winter wonderland, guests to IHS can tour an exhibition highlighting holiday-based photos in Lanham Gallery and enjoy fun, family-friendly activities and events.

For more information on Festival of Trees and other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

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Martin Luther King Day 2015 in Downtown Indianapolis

January 18, 2015 Leave a comment
Indianapolis skyline

Indianapolis skyline. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Celebrate MLK Day Downtown

Many FREE events offered Jan. 19, plus Devour Downtown in full swing

Celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking advantage of special offerings in Downtown Indianapolis on the holiday. FREE admission to Downtown’s top attractions, appearances by local celebrities and more help make this year’s tribute to the iconic civil rights leader a fun, meaningful one for the family!

Don’t forget: metered parking Downtown is FREE on certain holidays, including MLK Jr. Day.

IUPUI’s Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service

Hundreds of IUPUI students, faculty, staff, and community members will volunteer at community sites across Indy on Jan. 19 as a way to honor Dr. King’s commitment to service and social justice.

White River State Park: FREE admission to the following attractions with donation of one non-perishable food item per person, per attraction for Gleaner’s Food Bank.

The Children’s Museum: FREE admission from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate the life, achievements, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with special activities, storytelling and performances by The Griot Drum Ensemble and Epiphany Dance Collective.

Indiana Historical Society: FREE admission from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Take part in the National Day of Service by packing care packages to benefit the Wheeler Mission from noon – 4 p.m. Visitors may also meet prominent Indianapolis physician Dr. Harvey Middleton in You Are There 1939: Healing Bodies, Changing Minds, as well as attend a discussion highlighting collection items documenting Indianapolis’ African-American communities. Enjoy FREE admission to Indiana Experience.

Indianapolis Museum of Art: FREE admission to Speaking of Love from 2 – 5 p.m.

Hear Indianapolis writers, poets, singers and artists speaking of love in the galleries as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of speaking truth and love to powers that sought to divide humanity based on fear and prejudices. Participate in a social art experiment and bring letters or notes that comfort, encourage, uplift, compliment or motivate and give them to people you don’t know.

Rhythm! Discovery Center: FREE admission from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Enjoy a special presentation with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation about Indianapolis’ jazz tradition and Indiana Avenue.

Devour Downtown Winterfest kicks off

“Open wide” for Devour Downtown, launching on MLK Day and running through Feb. 1. Participating Devour Downtown restaurants will offer guests pre-fixe menus ranging from $10 – $35 while showcasing specialty dishes and highlighting popular items. Several lunch and dinner menus are two for $30. New participants this year include: Burgerhaus, Spoke & Steele, Chilly Water Brewing Company, Tow Yard Brewing Company and more. Several Downtown venues will offer special discounts during Devour Downtown, including: NCAA Hall of Champions, Rhythm Discovery Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana Historical Society and Theatre on the Square.

Harlem Globetrotters

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town beginning Jan. 19 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Ever seen a 4-point shot in basketball? You just might.

For more information, visit http://downtownindy.org/, or call 317-237-2222.

Free Admission at Conner Prairie on Jan. 20

January 18, 2014 Leave a comment
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Lynelle Mellady
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
http://www.connerprairie.org/

Celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park with free admission on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

Because King was an advocate of community and education, the public is invited to participate in educational, hands-on and fun activities that will honor his life, beliefs and impact on today’s world.

Activities include:

  • Meet African-American entrepreneurs from Indiana’s past, including George Knox, who was born into slavery in Tennessee then obtained freedom in Indiana where he opened a barber shop in Greenfield and bought the Indianapolis Freeman, the first illustrated African-American newspaper in the United States. Listen to their business ideas and see if you think they have what it takes to succeed. Would you choose to invest in their business?
  • Challenge your assumptions about material artifacts. See if you can recognize possessions from people of different cultures and distinguish who they belonged to.
  • Let your creativity run wild! Add your own splash of color to our community mural honoring civil rights, make cards for soldiers and create your own personalized piece for addition to our “We Are Alike” quilt.
  • What is a civil right? Think about this weighted question, hear personal stories and share your own story expressing a civil right in Lilly Theater.
  • Step on the “Anything Can Happen” stage and take part in a show.
  • Watch Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech along with Robert F. Kennedy’s speech, both playing continuously throughout the day.
  • Participate in historical games, such as hoop-and-stick and nine-pins, or gather your family to enjoy an array of board games. Play an old favorite or learn a brand-new one.
  • Try on costumes and take on various roles in Discovery Station, build something in Imagination Playground, experiment with wind, electricity, energy and motion in Create.Connect and much more.

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Indiana’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 20, and admission is free to everyone. Lunch will be available for purchase. To view the menu offerings, visit www.connerprairie.org.

All activities are included in the free admission. For more information, call 317-776-6006, visit connerprairie.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ConnerPrairie.

Free Indy Events on Martin Luther King Day

January 15, 2014 Leave a comment
Crispus Attucks Museum

Crispus Attucks Museum. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

Central Indiana residents will have the chance to celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking advantage of special offerings in Downtown Indianapolis on the holiday. Free admission to Downtown’s top attractions, appearances by local celebrities and more help make this year’s tribute to the iconic civil rights leader a fun, meaningful one for the family.

Don’t forget: metered parking Downtown is free on certain holidays, including MLK Jr. Day.

White River State Park: Free admission to the following attractions with donation of one non-perishable food item per person, per attraction for Gleaner’s Food Bank.

  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art – open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Indianapolis Zoo – open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • IMAX Theater – enjoy the premiere of Journey to the South Pacific 3D. Showtimes run at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m.; 12:45, 2, 3:15 and 4:45 p.m.
  • Indiana State Museum – open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • NCAA Hall of Champions – open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Victory Field – Free health screenings from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Screening participants receive two free tickets to Opening Day at Victory Field on April 4.

The Children’s Museum: Free admission from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be filled with fun and family learning opportunities including six showings of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech film in the Lilly Theater. Experience the slaves’ flight to freedom in a planetarium show that connects to the challenges faced by Dr. King and some Americans today. Join storyteller Portia Jackson as she tells tales of courageous children in the Civil Rights Movement.

Indiana Historical Society: Free admission from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King by visiting You Are There 1968: Robert F. Kennedy Speaks, viewing special collection items in the library, watching films on the Civil Rights era and making specialty themed crafts. The Stardust Terrace Cafe is offering family-friendly options.

Indianapolis Museum of Art: Free admission from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Discover common threads and make visual connections as you explore the IMA collections. Enjoy family art-making and activities, as well as a featured community art project, One and All, led by Theater of Inclusion. All activities and parking are free for the day.

Rhythm! Discovery Center: Free admission from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Enjoy a special presentation with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation about Indianapolis’ jazz tradition and Indiana Avenue, a presentation of Speak Out and Be Heard by Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra percussionist Paul and more. 

“Day of Service” volunteer opportunity through IUPUI

From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., the IUPUI Day of Service will gather hundreds of students, faculty and guests to volunteer in multiple capacities at various sites around Indianapolis as a tribute to Dr. King’s fervent commitment to social freedom and justice. Volunteers will meet at the IUPUI campus center for registration starting at 8 a.m.

Dr. King Celebration at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School & Museum

On Friday, Jan. 17 from 10 – 11 a.m., Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King with their 33rd Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  On Jan. 20 from noon to 4 p.m., visitors to the Crispus Attucks Museum (see photo above) can experience the newly enhanced Civil Rights exhibit entitled “The Man and the Movement” and view a rarely-seen history documentary on the Legacy of Dr. King.  Also enjoy a rare Dr. King international stamp collection now on display.

Volunteer at Indy Reads Books

Downtown’s newest used bookstore supporting adult literacy offers another way to give back on MLK Jr. Day. Adults and kids alike are invited to help organize shelves and sort through donations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mass Ave bookstore. Visit www.indyreadsbooks.org for more.

Harlem Globetrotters at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The Harlem Globetrotters, the biggest family show in America, comes to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on MLK Jr. Day for some afternoon fun and laughter. The game tips off at 2 p.m. and tickets start at $23. Ever seen a 4-point shot in basketball? You just might. 

Indiana Historical Society “Indiana Black History Challenge” kicks off

Hoosiers are invited to participate in this special challenge for a chance to win great prizes. The first 5,000 entrants will receive two tickets to the Indiana Experience and 30 players will win four tickets to see the Indianapolis Indians. One grand prize-winner will receive a “Family Fun Pack” that includes an overnight stay and breakfast for four at the Omni Severin Hotel and four tickets to The Children’s Museum. Investigate outstanding black Hoosiers in a medical care and advocacy-themed study guide then test your knowledge by taking the online quiz at www.indianahistory.org/challenge. The Challenge runs through Feb. 28.

Devour Downtown Winterfest kicks off

“Open wide” for Devour Downtown, launching on MLK Day and running through Feb. 2. More than 30 downtown Indianapolis restaurants will offer special priced 3-course menus. View the locations and menus on the Devour Downtown Web site at http://devourdowntown.org/.

For the listing of events online, visit http://www.indydt.com/mlk.cfm. For more information, call 317-237-2222.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Dec. 30 to Jan. 5

December 29, 2013 Leave a comment