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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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New @connerprairie in 2018: Fort Hoosier

May 10, 2018 1 comment
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Photo provided by Conner Prairie and used with written permission.

By Duane Brodt
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

A new nature experience for the wild child in everyone is now open at Conner Prairie.

Fort Hoosier is a 1,000-square-foot addition to Treetop Outpost, a 4-story treehouse filled with interactive, hands-on activities and surrounded by experience areas in which visitors of all ages to build, dig, make music and explore.

Fort Hoosier features climbing walls, a climbing cargo net, passageways, tunnels, balance beams and more.

Treetop Outpost, which opened in 2016, is located in the middle of a Nature Walk that leads visitors through the woods and along the White River to an observation deck that overlooks the prairie.

It is part of the Bicentennial Nature Center Network, a statewide coalition created two years ago to ensure that all Hoosier youth have access to environmental education and creative outdoor experiences within 60 miles of where they live.

Other features of Fort Hoosier, made possible in part by support from Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, include a signal lamp, which allows visitors to communicate by Morse code to visitors in Treetop Outpost, and a pulley and bucket for transporting items.

Fort Hoosier is included with museum admission.

Conner Prairie is location at 13400 Allisonville Road in Fishers, Indiana. For more information, visit http://connerprairie.org, or call 317-776-6000.

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.

Circus Day at the Indiana History Center, March 24, 2018 @indianahistory

March 11, 2018 1 comment
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Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Rachel Hill Ponko
Indiana History Center

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) invites families to celebrate Indiana’s circus tradition with Circus Day, an annual event featuring family-friendly carnival activities, live performances and access to the Indiana Experience.

The 17th Annual Circus Day takes place Saturday, March 24, 2018, 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.

All Circus Day guests will receive free building admission, which includes live performances from the Hampel Family Circus, Hedgehog Hannah, and comedian and juggler Krembo K.

Admission also includes access to the Indiana Experience, featuring IHS’s newest offering, Indianapolis Colts: The Exhibit. In addition, free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Families may purchase tickets for carnival activities, games and refreshments. Activities include face painting and balloon sculptures, while carnival-themed concessions include cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and more.

As a special addition for Circus Day, the History Center’s Stardust Terrace Café, operated by Hoaglin Catering, will offer kid-friendly meal options.

For more information about Circus Day, the Indiana Experience or other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit IHS online at www.indianahistory.org.

“Orchids” Opens at Newfields, Feb. 9, 2018 @newfieldstoday

January 23, 2018 1 comment
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“Orchids” Exhibit at Newfields. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Mattie Lindner
Newfields

Spring starts early with Orchids at Newfields
Orchids returns for the third year providing vibrant color Feb. 9 – Mar. 4

This winter, experience bold, beautiful color in the gray of winter with Orchids in The Garden at Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Returning for the third year, Orchids gives guests a tropical escape from the cold and welcomes early signs of spring from Feb. 9 through Mar. 4, 2018.

Curated by the Newfields horticulture staff, this year’s Orchids provides a new and fresh plant display. Explore diverse varieties of elegant orchids from around the world with hundreds of plants blooming inside the toasty Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse, where experts are on hand to tell visitors about the blooming masterpieces.

Discover the historic Lilly House filled with colorful décor and intoxicating aromas. Take home your own pop of color by stopping by the Pop-Up Shop located in The Brett Waller Gallery inside Indianapolis Museum of Art, where staff and volunteers will be happy to share advice on orchid care.

For guests looking to expand their knowledge of these incredible plants, Newfields will offer workshops on mounting, repotting and basic care of orchids on Feb. 17, Feb. 22 and Mar. 3. Workshops are $45 and $50 for the public, with special discounts for Newfields members.

Keep the celebration of orchids and spring going with a special one-of-a-kind tour created by Newfields docents that explores stories of orchid collectors and orchid lore in The IMA Galleries. Expand your knowledge about these delightful tropical plants and their connections to our art collection with Orchid Stories in the Galleries, a daily tour at 2 p.m. during the run of the exhibition.

Don’t miss another sign of spring, the return of animals, with the debut of a giant, 10-foot long, blue snail. On Feb. 9, the snail will welcome guests into the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion, waiting for the rest of its brightly colored friends to invade The Garden on June 1 as part of the Summer Wonderland: Spectacular Creatures exhibition.

Explore the tasteful side of orchids in The Café and through an expert-guided food tasting. Guests can also enjoy an evening in the Elder Greenhouse sampling wine and desserts inspired by the form, color and history of these fascinating plants at Edible Orchids on Feb. 23. The Café will feature orchid inspired menu items during the exhibition, including a mixed green salad topped with strawberries, candied almonds, orchid blossoms and a vanilla citrus dressing, other options include a mixed berry trifle with white chocolate vanilla mousse, and a blackberry vanilla prosecco cocktail.

Orchids is included with general admission and free for members. During the opening weekend, members will receive a special 20 percent discount in the Museum & Garden Shop and in the Pop-Up Shop.

The full list of orchid related programming includes:

EVENT: Orchids opening preview
Feb. 8 / 5:30–9 p.m.
Free / Members only
Members get an exclusive first look at the new Orchids exhibition in the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse. Enjoy a pop of color as hundreds of these rare and beautiful flowers fill the Greenhouse.

ADULT CLASS: Watercolor Painting
Feb. 8, 15, 22 & Mar. 1 / 6–8 p.m.
Studio 3
$160 Members / $200 Public
Join us for a four-session class exploring the art of watercolor painting. Experiment with liquid watercolors, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, and watercolor pans. Visit the Elder Greenhouse to do a watercolor study of orchids and visit the IMA Galleries to view examples of watercolor works in the IMA’s collection. Artists of all abilities welcome, adults 18 and over, please. Tuition includes cost of all materials, studio tools, and equipment.

EXHIBITION: Orchids
Opens Feb. 9, 2018
Included with general admission and free for members
Experience bold, beautiful color in the gray of winter with Orchids at Newfields. These colorful and exotic plants will welcome guests with the first signs of spring. Escape the cold and discover colorful orchid varieties from around the world blooming inside the Greenhouse. Explore the historic Lilly House as orchids fill the rooms with colorful décor and intoxicating aromas and buy a plant (or two) to take home in the Pop-Up Shop inside the Museum.

TOUR: Orchid Stories in the Galleries
Feb. 9–Mar. 4 / Daily at 2 p.m.
Meet at the top of escalators
Keep the celebration of orchids and spring going with a special one-of-a-kind tour created by Newfields docents that explores stories of orchid collectors and orchid lore in The IMA Galleries. Expand your visit to Newfields by discovering Orchid Stories in the Galleries, a daily tour at 2 p.m. during the run of the exhibition.

EVENT: Horticulture Society Symposium
Feb. 10 / 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
$99 public / $89 members / $49 students
The Toby
Join fellow garden enthusiasts for an inspiring day of presentations on a wide range of horticultural topics from in-depth plant lectures to inspiring design ideas. Get inside the head of Newfields’ horticulturist Patty Schneider, who will share tips and inspiration for dynamic, textural, creative and whimsical combinations for your own garden. David Mattern, horticulturist from Chanticleer Garden, will illustrate how he has transformed their vegetable garden from something utilitarian into a beautiful and inspirational display. This year’s keynote lecture will be presented by Michael S. Dosmann, Keeper of the Living Collections at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

TALK: Member Only Talk: Ian Wilhite, Greenhouse plant specialist
Feb. 11 / 2 p.m.
Free / Members only / Advanced registration required
Once a month, members get to go behind the scenes to learn more about exhibitions. This month, join Ian Wilhite for a special presentation on the Orchids exhibition. Learn more about these exotic, beautiful flowers and what inspires the intricate displays. Wilhite will host a Q&A for attendees in the Orchids Pop-Up Shop after his presentation.

EVENT: Book Club: Deadly Slipper: a Novel of Death in the Dordogne
Feb. 15 / 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Lilly House & Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
Wine Tasting / $6 Members / $8 Public
Book Club discussion / Included with general admission and free for members
Orchids turn from mysterious to fatal in the fictional world of Michelle Wan’s Deadly Slipper: a Novel of Death in the Dordogne. Join Ian Wilhite, Newfield’s orchid specialist, as we discuss the amazing reality and allure of orchids. Before the discussion, stroll over to the Greenhouse to view the Orchid exhibition and sample wines paired with featured orchids, selected by Director of Hospitality and certified sommelier Josh Ratliff.

ADULT CLASS: Orchid Epiphyting
Feb. 17 / 10 a.m.–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$35 Members / $45 Public
Many orchids in nature are epiphytes, meaning they grow without soil. In this hands-on workshop, learn to grow orchids in the air with a Newfields orchid expert. Mount your own orchid to take home and learn which varieties are best suited for thriving without soil.

ADULT CLASS: Orchid Terrariums
Feb. 22 / 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Feb. 24 / 10–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$40 Members / $50 Public
You don’t need to travel to tropical jungles to see miniature orchids growing and blooming, but with a little help from Greenhouse Specialist and Orchid Expert Ian Wilhite you can make an orchid terrarium. You will be provided with a fashionable glass container and all the material you will need including a miniature orchid.

EVENT: Edible Orchids
Feb. 23 / 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse & Pop-Up Shop
$65 Members / $75 Public / Recommended for guests 21 & over
Do you enjoy delicious food and gorgeous flowers? Spend an evening surrounded by orchids while sampling tasty treats inspired by the exhibition. We’ve commissioned local chefs to develop tasty treats inspired by the geometry and color of these captivating plants. Sample two wines, and then choose a glass of your favorite.

TALK: Orchid Discussion
Mar. 1 / 7 p.m.
Lilly House
Free
Do you have pressing orchid questions you just can’t seem to find the answer to? Stop by Newfields for an exclusive talk with resident orchid expert Ian Wilhite. After learning more about the intriguing plants, make your way across campus to experience hundreds of orchids in the toasty Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse.

ADULT CLASS: Orchid Basics
Mar. 3 / 10 a.m.–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$40 Members / $50 Public
If you’ve been reluctant to grow your own orchids at home, this workshop is what you need to get started. Using plants from the Greenhouse, staff will provide insights and insider tricks on watering, fertilization, and re-blooming for next year.

ADULT CLASS: Beginner’s Bonsai
Mar. 17 / 10 a.m.–noon
Mar. 22 / 6:30–8 p.m.
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$75 Members / $95 Public / Advanced registration required
This beginners’ workshop is designed to both instruct and inspire. Led by bonsai stylist Paul Weishaar, learn how to find the basic elements of a tree and recognized its potential. Style a tree and repot in a traditional bonsai container. All supplies included.

ADULT CLASS: Make a Hypertufa Container
Mar. 24 / 10 a.m.–noon
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
$55 Members / $70 Public / Advanced registration required
Join instructor Carol Dale for a new spin on the traditional hypertufa, a fabricated porous rock, planter. Carol is a local artisan specializing in handmade hypertufa pots, garden ornaments, and felted items. This class is perfect for beginners and experience gardeners alike.

About Newfields
Newfields offers dynamic experiences with art and nature for guests of all ages. The 152-acre cultural campus features art galleries, lush gardens, a historic mansion, performance spaces, a nature preserve and sculpture park. From inspiring exhibitions in the Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries, to concerts in The Toby, to a stroll through The Garden with a glass of cheer, guests are invited to interact with art and nature in exciting new ways. Newfields is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among the ten largest and oldest general art museums in the nation; the Lilly House, a National Historic Landmark; The Garden, featuring 40 acres of contemporary and historic gardens, a working greenhouse and an orchard; and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, one of the largest art and nature parks in the country. The Newfields campus extends outside of Indianapolis with Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind.—one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist architecture. For more information visit www.discovernewfields.org.