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Indianapolis Home Show Jan. 20-29, 2023 @homeshowind

January 20, 2023 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

The 101st edition of the Indianapolis Home Show opens TODAY, January 20, 2023, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and continues daily through January 29.

The Home Show, located in the West Pavilion and in Exposition Hall, is an opportunity for visitors to speak with hundreds of home and decor experts for advice and to explore thousands of the newest home products.

The Home Show is open daily 10 am to 8 pm (until 5 pm on the two Sundays). Tickets range in price from $3 to $13 (under age 6 free). You can save $2 by purchasing your tickets in advance online. Also, please note that onsite parking at the State Fairgrounds is $10 at the gate.

A new and unique Centerpiece Home is on display in Exposition Hall, featuring a custom home made from shipping containers and built by Custom Container Builders.

It’s an impressive 1,808 square foot, two-story home with four bedrooms and 2.5 baths, a front and back porch along with a balcony, and even a swimming pool and pool house.

Outside the home is a poolside “casita” (a small container cottage) with one flex space plus one full bath and a kitchen.

For those of you who might find it difficult to imagine living in a home made from shipping containers, you simply have to visit the Home Show to see this Centerpiece Home for yourself. The best compliment I can give it, having personally viewed it yesterday, is that I could live in this house quite comfortably!

This year’s celebrity guests include HGTV stars Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb from Unsellable Houses, Mina Starsiak of Good Bones, and Carmel-based realtor Nina Klemm from Bravo’s Flipping Exes; also, local TV personality Patty Spitler.

There are daily presentations on the Precision Outdoors Living Stage in the West Pavilion highlighting everything from furniture repainting to renovation on a budget. Learn about decks and patios as well as the do’s and don’ts of home renovation with a panel of local designers.

And local experts will offer trends on garage doors and paint colors along with tips for organizing your home and hosting the perfect party.

For complete information about the 101st Indianapolis Home Show, visit https://www.indianapolishomeshow.com or call 317-927-1469.

$6.5 Million Renovations at Angel Mounds in Evansville @indianamuseum

December 16, 2022 Leave a comment

By Marc Allan
Indiana State Museum

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Angel Mounds State Historic Site will undergo a two-year, $6.5 million transformation to better share the story of the Native American people of both the past and the present, thanks to $4 million in funding from the state of Indiana and a $2.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Between now and October 2024, the interpretive center will be closed, and a new experience will be installed that focuses on the lives of the Native American people who lived on the land that is now the historic site. The project is being planned in collaboration with researchers and historians from today’s Native American nations and the IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

During renovations, the outdoor space will remain open to the public at a reduced cost of $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for youth (ages 3-17), and Angel Mounds staff plans to offer more outdoor programming during the revamping of the site.

Angel Mounds, which is located on the banks of the Ohio River, is one of the best-preserved, pre-contact Native American sites in North America. Built between A.D. 1000 and 1450, the town was occupied by more than 1,000 people who were part of the Mississippian culture, and included earthen mounds built to elevate important buildings.

“Our goal is to engage visitors in an experience focused on the real people, places and things that lived and worked at this site,” said Cathy Ferree, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “The new experience is an opportunity to utilize knowledge, artifacts and tools to bring the Angel Mounds State Historic Site forward with what we learn from our collaborations with Native American nations. We also have an opportunity to upgrade amenities in the visitor center to make the site more comfortable for all who visit and use the site.” 

Michele Greenan, director of archaeology for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, will be among those creating the new visitor experience. She said the previous exhibit at Angel Mounds “was outdated and lacked any input from Native American historians.” Site Director Mike Linderman said he is “looking forward to incorporating all the research conducted over the last 10 years.” 

The Angel Mounds State Historic Site currently features an interpretive center, re-creations of Mississippian buildings and a working reconstruction of the 1939 Works Progress Administration archaeology laboratory. The 500-acre non-archaeological portion of the site contains a nature preserve with hiking and biking trails.

“This is a huge opportunity for us and the state of Indiana,” Ferree said. “Angel Mounds has always been one of our most visited sites because it has such great significance. This project allows us to produce an authentic experience in collaboration with the people whose story it will tell.” 

The $2.5 million Lilly Endowment grant is part of its Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative, a nationwide effort to encourage museums and other organizations to develop exhibitions and education programs that fairly and accurately portray the role of religion in the U.S. and around the world.  The Indiana State Museum is one of 16 organizations being funded in the latest round of grants through the initiative.

For more information, visit the Indiana State Museum website at https://www.indianamuseum.org/historic-sites/angel-mounds/.

Indian Market and Festival @EiteljorgMuseum June 25-26, 2022

April 29, 2022 Leave a comment


ABOVE: Image courtesy Eiteljorg Museum.

By Bryan Corbin
Eiteljorg Museum

INDIANAPOLIS – One of the Midwest’s most iconic cultural weekends takes place June 25-26, 2022 in Indianapolis when the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival returns as an in-person event for the first time since 2019. More than 140 Native artists from across the United States and Canada will be at the Eiteljorg Museum to show and sell their jewelry, pottery, paintings, beadwork, weavings, carvings and more.

This year’s market weekend will be an especially meaningful celebration of Native arts: It is the 30th annual Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival and coincides with the grand reopening of the museum’s newly redesigned Native American Galleries, a defining capstone project in the museum’s history. 

At Indian Market and Festival, seasoned collectors and general market-goers alike appreciate the personal interactions with artists and learning about their artwork, process and cultures. The event forges relationships between artists and their collectors, builds support for and interest in Native art generally, and is a family-friendly cultural experience for those eager to learn more about Native peoples. Indian Market and Festival is presented by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance.

“The Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival has become one of our community’s most important cultural celebrations,” Eiteljorg President and CEO John Vanausdall said. “This year is sure to be memorable because it is the 30th year of the event and the first in-person presentation of the market since 2019. Market weekend also marks the grand opening of the museum’s $6 million, completely redesigned Native American galleries.”

Since its inception in 1993, the annual Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market and Festival has grown in stature to become one of the top Native American art markets in the country, as well as a must-do event on the downtown Indianapolis summer calendar. For three decades, artists, performers and thousands of market-goers and art buyers have come together at the Eiteljorg to celebrate Native arts and cultures.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state and local health precautions in effect at the time, the Eiteljorg could not hold an in-person market and festival in 2020 and 2021. Instead, in 2021 the Eiteljorg was able to support the artists and performers by hosting a successful all-virtual Indian Market that brought together artists and buyers online. The museum is pleased to be able to welcome back artists, collectors, performers and market-goers in person in 2022.

Artists partake in a juried selection and must be members of a federally or state-recognized tribe. Many of the artists also enter their artwork for judging as part of the weekend’s juried art competition, which includes awards and cash prizes across various categories. Artists’ booths will be inside the museum and outdoors on the Eiteljorg grounds.

Market-goers this year will also get to experience the completely reconstructed and re-envisioned Native American Galleries featuring Expressions of Life: Native Art in North America, opening Saturday, June 25. The new galleries are designed to showcase Native art in a multi-sensory space creating a contextual experience — organized around the themes of relation, continuation and innovation — that demonstrates a continuum of Native art told through the voices of Native peoples.

For Eiteljorg members, free admission to Indian Market and Festival is available for the individual named on the museum membership card with a reduced admission price of $15 for two adult guests. Non-member adult tickets to Indian Market and Festival are $20 at the gate either day. Advance discount tickets of $15 can be purchased online at https://Eiteljorg.org/IndianMarketandFestival or by calling 317.636.9378. Youth and children ages 17 and under are free. Tickets to Indian Market and Festival also include admission to the entire museum and the new Native American Galleries.

Eager art-buyers who want to get an early start on shopping can register for the Market Morning Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday June 25, which includes early access to the artists’ booths, and a breakfast catered by Kahn’s Catering. To register, contact Jennifer Hiatt at jhiatt@eiteljorg.com or 317.275.1360.

There will be a variety of delicious food options at Indian Market and Festival, including delectable fry bread. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a wide range of entertaining cultural performances, including music, dance and storytelling, as well as family art-making activities. Performers are scheduled on the Indian Market outdoor stage both days, June 25-26. They include:

·        Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company: Composed of Ojibwe, Lakota, Potawatomi, Menominee and Apache dancers, the group represents men’s and women’s Native American dance styles

·        Ed Kabotie and Tha ’Yoties: a reggae/rock band from Flagstaff, Arizona, notable for their lively performances

·        Randy, Rykelle and Raven Kemp: a family of storytellers, artists and musicians

·        Innastate: a reggae/rock band from Santa Fe, N.M., that honors their Indigenous heritage

·        Wade Fernandez: a multi-award-winning musical artist and educator.

Visit https://Eiteljorg.org/IndianMarketandFestival for a schedule of performances events. The design for this year’s commemorative Indian Market and Festival T-shirt is the image of a beautiful turquoise necklace titled Kewa Birds, created by artist Mary Louise Tafoya (Kewa Pueblo). Shirts, tote bags and notecards will be available at the Eiteljorg Museum Store.

In addition to presenting sponsors the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the 30th annual Indian Market and Festival receives support from the Margot L. Eccles Arts & Culture Fund (a CICF Fund), Ice Miller, the Indiana Arts Commission and the Arts Council of the City of Indianapolis.

During market weekend, a new special exhibition that runs April 30 to Aug. 14 will be open inside the Eiteljorg Museum: Celebrating 30 Years of Indian Market and Festival, featuring award-winning Native works from past markets that are now in the museum’s collections. Visitors to the Eiteljorg during market weekend also can experience two other exhibits. A traveling exhibition featuring Andy Warhol’s screenprint portraits of iconic Western figures, Warhol’s West continues through Aug. 7. Contemporary Native Art 101 looks at contemporary works by Native artists across several decades, and continues through July 2023. All are included with Indian Market and Festival admission June 25-26, and with regular museum admission at other times.

Five #Indianapolis and #Indiana Event Tips published April 25, 2022

April 27, 2022 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC


ABOVE: The Original Farmers Market outside the Indianapolis City Market is one of this week’s featured events in our weekly podcast published every Monday. Listen to the weekly podcast here: https://aroundindy.com/podcast.php

Here are five quick tips for the week of April 25, 2022 from the thousands of event listings currently posted on our Web site:

The Sea Chanters, the official chorus of the United States Navy Band, appears in concert at the University of Indianapolis on April 29th.

The 5th Annual Birding Festival is scheduled for May 4th to the 8th at Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center.

The Original Farmers Market opens for the season on May 4th on Market Street outside the Indianapolis City Market, and continues every Wednesday through October 26th.

The St. Benno Fest will be held on May 6th in the Biergarten at the Indianapolis Athenaeum.

And Garth Brooks appears in concert at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend on May 7th.

Please remember to always verify our event listings to be certain they will still be held as originally scheduled, especially considering how frequently public events change due to the pandemic, Indiana weather, and other unforeseen circumstances.

Currently there are over 29,000 upcoming Indianapolis and Indiana event listings on our Web site. Visit aroundindy.com to discover LOTS more things to do in Indianapolis and all across Indiana. Please be safe, take good care of yourself, and have a great day, around Indy!

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Free Admission Day at Indiana DNR Properties, May 1, 2022 @indnrnews

April 27, 2022 Leave a comment


ABOVE: Spring Mill State Park in Lawrence County near Mitchell, Indiana, one of the participating parks on Free Admission Day (May 1, 2022)

Indiana DNR Press Release

A free day of outdoor recreation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is coming your way on Sunday, May 1, 2022, kicking off Visit Indiana Week, a promotion of the Indiana Destinations Development Corporation that runs May 1-7.

For starters, the Indiana state parks, state recreation areas, reservoirs (on.IN.gov/stateparks), and state forests (on.IN.gov/forestry) that charge a daily gate fee for each entering vehicle will waive that fee for all guests on May 1. Sunday is also the first Free Fishing Day of the year. Indiana residents will be able to fish on that day without a fishing license or trout/salmon stamp, with all size and bag limits applying for those who keep fish.

Free Fishing Day applies to all public waters in Indiana, and free admission provides the perfect chance to fish at one of the many DNR destinations that offer fishing. You can find a fishing destination at on.IN.gov/recfinder.

Free Fishing Day is an ideal chance for anglers to share fishing with someone who does not have a license. To help them get started, fishing tips and videos are at on.IN.gov/learn2fish. You can find public places to fish at on.IN.gov/where2fish. This year’s other Free Fishing Days are June 4-5 and Sept. 24. Learn more at on.IN.gov/fishfree.

When you visit a DNR destination on May 1, regardless of whether you fish, make sure to check in with an Indiana State Nature Passport. Doing so will launch your eligibility for winning prizes from DNR. The grand prize is a package that includes a 2022 State Parks Pass, a $50 gift card for camping, and a subscription to Outdoor Indiana magazine.

In addition, those who donate to the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation (on.IN.gov/nrfdonate) in May will earn a free check-in on their nature passport. 

To view more DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.