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Indiana Flower and Patio Show, March 9-17, 2019 @homeshowindy @indystatefair

March 8, 2019 Leave a comment
Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds

Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Tiffany Whisner
On behalf of the Flower and Patio Show

WHAT:
Become inspired, informed and energized at the 61st Indiana Flower + Patio Show! The show features showcase gardens crafted by many of Indiana’s premier landscapers, hundreds of finer outdoor living experts, and thousands of ideas, solutions and products to take home!

WHEN:
9 days: March 9 – March 17, 2019

Saturdays 3/9, 3/16 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sundays 3/10, 3/17 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday-Friday 3/11–3/15 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE:
Indiana State Fairgrounds – West Pavilion, Exposition Hall. 1202 East 38th Street, Indianapolis.

FEATURES:

You wanted more flowers, and we listened! This year’s Flower + Patio Show is bursting with beautiful buds, more colorful and extravagant than ever. After a blooming welcome from show entrances designed by McNamara Florist, you’ll experience Showcase Gardens that will wow as you walk down the aisles. Be sure to visit both West Pavilion and Expo Hall for a variety of sprouting succulents and pleasing perennials.

One of the most popular features at the Flower + Patio Show is the Plant Market! Attendees can get a first peek at the sights and scents of the first buds of spring. Take home herbs, seeds, terrariums, cacti and hardy spring annuals. Plus, get fresh flowers, plants and supplies throughout the 4,500 square feet of the Plant Market, located at the entrance of Expo Hall.

Host of DIY Networks’ “Lawn and Order,” “Yard Crashers” and appearing with wife Peyton on HGTV’s “Going Yard,” Chris Lambton is an expert in landscaping, hardscaping, garden planning, lawn care and maintenance for all areas of your outdoor living space. Chris appears at the Flower + Patio Show Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17, offering attendees landscaping tips and gardening know-how.

Landscape designer Sara Bendrick comes to the rescue of people who love their homes but hate their yards on DIY Network’s “I Hate My Yard.” She works with homeowners to create the outdoor living spaces they’ve always dreamed of! Sara will help Flower + Patio Show attendees realize the opportunity of their exterior spaces when she appears on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10.

You pick it — and take it home with you! Show visitors get to pick their very own fresh-cut gorgeous bouquets and then take home the scents, colors and textures of the season. Select your blooms, and a designer from the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) puts together an arrangement just for you!

Want the chance to win a Weber Grill valued at more than $300? All you need to do is find one of four iPads set up at the Flower + Patio Show and cast your vote for “Best Garden,” “Best Use of Color” and “People’s Choice.” Just by casting your vote, you might be the winner of the grand prize, a Weber Grill presented by Ace Hardware!
On Monday, March 11, the Fairgrounds will host a food drive at the Flower + Patio Show to benefit Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana! Donate a canned good and receive a voucher for $4 off the price of adult admission at the box office.

Hero Day at the Flower + Patio Show is Tuesday, March 12. All active and retired military, police and fire personnel get FREE ADMISSION for the day, plus FREE PARKING at the State Fairgrounds. Come pay honor and tribute to all our local heroes!

For more information, visit https://indianaflowerandpatioshow.com.

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” at Indiana Repertory Theatre Opens Mar. 12, 2019 @irtlive

March 4, 2019 Leave a comment
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Indiana Repertory Theatre in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2018, all rights reserved.

By Kerry Barmann
Indiana Repertory Theatre

Indianapolis, Ind.—This spring, the Indiana Repertory Theatre will produce the Indiana premiere of one of the most produced shows across the country, Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2. Straight from Broadway, this scaldingly funny and deadly serious exploration of divorce, family and lost love will be directed by IRT’s playwright-in-residence James Still and run March 12 to April 7, 2019 on the OneAmerica Mainstage.

The inspiration for playwright Lucas Hnath’s work is Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 A Doll’s House, a revered, controversial and groundbreaking play focused on feminism, marriage, and societal expectations—themes which continue in Part 2 and are still relevant today, 140 years after the original was written.

“The reason A Doll’s House, Part 2 is one of the most produced shows this year and in the coming years is because of what it has to say about gender, human rights, about families, about expectations of marriage, about freedom or lack thereof,” IRT’s Executive Artistic Director Janet Allen said. “Those are the things that make the story so important both today and in 1870s with Ibsen’s original work.”

Ibsen’s version ends with the “slam heard around the world” as the main character Nora leaves behind her domestic life in pursuit of identity and independence, and A Doll’s House, Part 2 starts with a knock at that same door 15 years later. What happens throughout the play is a fierce and funny five-round boxing match as the characters explore and engage their feelings and each other during an unexpected reunion.

“The fuel of this play is engagement against all odds. These characters are using whatever works to figure out what’s next for them, and they do it without self-reverence, with humor and modern-day vernaculars,” Director James Still said. “Hnath doesn’t shy away from the thorny connection between choices and consequences, but somehow he manages to tinge his play with infectious glee.”

An expertly crafted production that does not require its original to exist wholly on its own, A Doll’s House, Part 2 weaves together humor, modern language, conflict, and social issues for a theatrical experience that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

Come see what Nora needs after 15 years of living independently from her family in A Doll’s House, Part 2. Tickets now available!

DETAILS

WHERE:
Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W Washington Street, OneAmerica Mainstage

RUN DATES:
March 12 – April 7, 2019, various times. A Doll’s House, Part 2 is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission. Tickets and performance schedule available at IRTlive.com.

TICKETS:
Tickets start at $25. Click to buy.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM:

TRACY MICHELLE ARNOLD | Nora
BECCA BROWN | Emmy
NATHAN HOSNER | Torvald
KIM STAUNTON | Anne Marie

JAMES STILL | Director
ANN SHEFFIELD | Scenic Design
ALEX JAEGER | Costume Design
MICHELLE HABECK | Lighting Design
TOM HORAN | Sound Design

SPECIAL EVENTS:
Friday, March 15, 2019 | Performance at 7:30 PM | Opening Night
Raise a glass and salute the cast at IRT’s Opening Night! After the show, the marquee lights shine bright as you’re treated to a champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres, and invited to a one-time-only chance to explore the set with IRT Artisans.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 | Performance at 2 PM | Cookies & Coffee
Cookies and coffee will satisfy your sweet tooth, and our production will leave you wanting more! Luckily, you can have a sweet experience at the IRT’s Cookie and Coffee matinee where cookies, coffee and tea can be enjoyed before the 2 PM performance.

Sunday, March 24, 2019 | Performance at 2 PM | IRTea Talk
After the performance enjoy tea, cookies and coffee while engaging in a post-show discussion with IRT actors, cast and guests.

Sunday, March 24, 2019 | Performance at 2 PM | ASL/AD
The IRT offers ASL/AD services to our patrons with vision and hearing needs. Patrons with hearing needs are encouraged to sit in the interpretation zone and meet with the interpreter before the show. We also offer Assisted Listening Devices free of charge at each performance. To learn more visit irtlive.com/accessibility.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 | Following the 7:30 PM performance | Backstage Tour
Immediately following this performance, join IRT staff for an explorative and informative backstage tour. Tours typically last 30 minutes.

Saturday, March 30, 2019 | Performance at 4 PM | Post-Show Discussion
Join IRT staff and cast immediately after the performance for a post-show discussion that covers a variety of interesting topics related to the show. Post-show discussions typically last for 20 minutes.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | Happy Hour starts at 5:30 PM | Performance at 6:30 PM | Happy Hour
Imbibe like a local at IRT’s Happy Hour! Happy Hour starts at 5:30 PM, an hour before the performance. Sip on local libations and then nosh on mouth-watering nibbles.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | Performance at 7:30 PM | Post-Show Discussion
Join IRT staff and cast immediately after the performance for a post-show discussion that covers a variety of interesting topics related to the show. Post-show discussions typically last for 20 minutes.

For more information, visit irtlive.com or call 317-635-5252.

Circus Day at the Indiana History Center Mar. 30, 2019 @indianahistory

March 4, 2019 Leave a comment
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Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2018, all rights reserved.

By Rachel Hill Ponko
Indiana Historical Society

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) invites families to celebrate Indiana’s circus tradition with its 18th annual Circus Day, a free event featuring carnival activities, live performances and access to the award-winning Indiana Experience. Circus Day takes place Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Circus Day gives families the chance to show off their carnival game skills and win great prizes. Guests will laugh with comedian and juggler Krembo K, be amazed by a contortionist, and meet and learn about rescued animals with Silly Safaris. New this year, visitors can enjoy a 1937 film from IHS’s collections featuring Indiana’s own Cole Brothers Circus.

Guests are also invited to take full advantage of free admission and visit the Indiana Experience, which will include IHS’s newest offering, You Are There 1939: Exploring Angel Mounds, opening March 9. The exhibit will take guests back in time to the archaeological dig in Southern Indiana where workers uncovered a once-thriving Mississippian town.

Circus Day visitors can purchase tickets for carnival games and activities, such as face painting and balloon sculptures. Tickets can also be used for refreshments, such as cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones. In honor of Circus Day, the History Center’s Stardust Terrace Café, operated by Hoaglin Catering, will offer kid-friendly meal options.

IHS’s 18th annual Circus Day is presented by the Indianapolis Indians and Jack’s Donuts of West Market Street. For more information about this event and other IHS offerings, call (317) 232-1882 or visit www.indianahistory.org.

Breakfast at the Brickyard, May 18, 2019 @500festival @ims

February 27, 2019 Leave a comment
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Sabrina List
500 Festival

INDIANAPOLIS (February 21, 2019) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announced that former IndyCar driver and current NTT IndyCar Series team owner and philanthropist, Sam Schmidt, will be interviewed by Bob Jenkins, the legendary voice of the Indy 500, at the 2019 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc. The event will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“We’re thrilled to have Sam Schmidt join us for this year’s 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “Sam is a tremendous example of overcoming adversity and using innovative technologies to improve the livelihood of people with disabilities. Breakfast at the Brickyard guests will leave inspired by his story.”

Sam Schmidt was an IndyCar driver when he sustained a C-3/4/5 spinal cord injury while practicing for the 2000 season opener at Walt Disney World Speedway. He created the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation (SSPF) that year to raise funds for medical research, innovative equipment used for rehabilitation, and quality-of-life issues. SSPF, now Conquer Paralysis Now, is a leading authority on spinal cord injury research and treatment. They are backed by an international coalition of medical doctors, research scientists and business leaders who share a singular goal: Finding a cure for paralysis.

While he lost the use of his limbs, Schmidt never lost his will or his passion for racing. In 2013, Schmidt agreed to partner with a team of Arrow engineers who were committed to make his dream to drive again a reality. Together, a team of engineers and medical researches worked to modify a car to be safely driven by Sam’s head movement. On May 18, 2014, Sam took the Semi-Autonomous Motor Car (SAM) to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, driving for the first time since his accident in 2000. He was able to reach 97 MPH, and later reached 107 MPH back at the IMS. Schmidt is the current co-owner of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. He is also the only quadriplegic to have an active driver’s license, and is motivated to continue working with Arrow to further develop SAM.

“I’m excited to return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.,” said Sam Schmidt. “Racing will forever be a passion of mine, and I’m honored by the hard work and dedication of the SAM project team to allow me to continue to carry out that passion from the driver’s seat. I look forward to sharing my story with you all this May.”

Formerly called the Mayors Breakfast, this 500 Festival event was held in downtown Indianapolis for many years. In 2004 it was moved to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its name was changed to Breakfast at the Brickyard to reflect the new location. For more than 60 years, the event has continued the tradition of honoring Indiana’s mayors for their tireless work to improve communities around the state. This year, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will host more than 70 Hoosier mayors from across the state who will gather to celebrate the month of May in Indiana.

The 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., attracts race fans, business and civic leaders from all corners of the state. During the event, attendees will enjoy a hearty Hoosier breakfast and hear from Sam Schmidt, as well as IMS and 500 Festival executives, before the announcement of the 500 Festival Queen Scholar. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to drive their car around the famed oval track at IMS (weather permitting) and tour the garages before enjoying the afternoon qualifying session for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

2019 Breakfast at the Brickyard tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday, March 6. Individual tickets are $75 and corporate tables are $850. If you’re interested in purchasing tickets, you can fill out this form. For more information, visit 500Festival.com/breakfast or you can search #BrickyardBreakfast on social media.

Corporate partners of the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard are: Midwestern Engineers, Inc., Ice Miller, Business Furniture, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, WIBC, The Indianapolis Business Journal, Eufloric Events, and WISH-TV.

Conquer Paralysis Now funds scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances that lead us toward a cure – whether through positive advances or failures that help guide the next effort. Learn more at www.conquerparalysisnow.org.

About the 500 Festival
Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and foster positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.

“Glitz and Glamour” Exhibit at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site @PresBenHarrison

February 18, 2019 Leave a comment
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The stately Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2019, all rights reserved.

By Angela Tuell
On behalf of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

INDIANAPOLIS (February 11, 2019)– The newest exhibit at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site [1230 North Delaware St., Indianapolis], Glitz & Glamour in the White House, will feature two centuries of fashion, glitz and glam from the Executive Office. The exhibit, opening March 7, 2019, showcases over-the-top gifts, accessories, heartfelt folk art, ostentatious furniture and one-of-a-kind keepsakes surrounding the presidency of the United States.

The gifts received from foreign heads of state are part of the record of American diplomacy. Gifts from American and foreign citizens often expressed either personal warmth or their feelings for the president. Many of these gifts are examples of the finest decorative arts and craftsmanship available around the world. Come explore these artifacts for yourself, from gimmicky apparel to stately pearl-adorned evening gowns, heartfelt folk-art to ostentatious furniture, solid gold commemorative coins to questionable keepsakes.

The Glitz & Glamour exhibit will hold its grand opening on Thursday, March 7 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided at this open house-style event, which will take place in the Welcome Center of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. The event is open to the public. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/GlitzGrandOpening.

Come see for yourself, from gimmicky apparel to heartfelt folk art and ostentatious furniture to one-of-a-kind keepsakes, You won’t be able to unsee some of these over-the-top accoutrements.

Glitz & Glamour will run through December 31, 2019.

The Presidential Site offers daily guided tours. Tours are on the hour and half-hour, and last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Hours are Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Members may attend for free, and the general public may purchase tickets for $6 per person. Tickets may be reserved at www.presidentbenjaminharrison.org.

For additional details visit http://www.presidentbenjaminharrison.org/visit.