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GearFest ’13 at Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, June 21-22

June 21, 2013 Leave a comment
Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

Sweetwater Sound, the giant musical instruments and pro audio gear outlet in Fort Wayne, Indiana, hosts its annual GearFest today and tomorrow, June 21-22, 2013, at its campus in Allen County.

Ever been to Fry’s Electronics in Fishers? Geek heaven, eh? Well…Sweetwater is the same for musicians. Millions of dollars’ worth of gear, a killer recording studio, a state-of-the-art auditorium, an in-house cafeteria, indoor miniature golf, an impressive warehouse, and lots more. If you have the least interest in music and you’ve never been to Sweetwater Sound, it’s worth the trip just to take a walk through their incredible building.

GearFest is a huge open house, free to the public, that features two days of gear fanatics’ utopia: all the top manufacturer’s reps on hand to answer your questions, free music and audio workshops led by big-name industry veterans, thousands of dollars in gear and prize giveaways, live performances from world-class musicians, a huge musicians’ flea market, gear deals with discounts up to 80%, free guitar restringing, and lots of other activities and special events.

Sweetwater Sound is located at 5501 US Highway 30 West, about a mile or so west of I-69 on the west side of Fort Wayne. GearFest is open today from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit, or call 260-432-8176, Allen County Event Listings on…

Things to do in Indianapolis, May 6-12, 2013

Holiday Events at the Indiana History Center

December 5, 2012 Leave a comment
Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Amy Lamb
Indiana History Center

Anytime is a great time to visit the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, but the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will offer extra opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the facts and fun of Indiana’s history this holiday season. The History Center, home of the IHS and its Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Now through Jan. 5, step into a scene from A Christmas Story for a fun photo opor enjoy Eli Lilly Hall’s holiday transformation into a gorgeous tree-filled white winter wonderland featuring beautiful handmade star lanterns. Guests are invited to step into a scene from A Christmas Story for a fun photo op with the infamous leg lamp—with or without bunny suits. Visitors can also travel back to many other places and times with the interactive and hi-tech elements of the Indiana Experience, which brings the wealth of IHS’s extensive collections to life in meaningful and enjoyable ways.

As always, the perfect place for one-of-a-kind holiday shopping this season is the IHS’s Basile History Market, and the Stardust Terrace Café (operated by Hoaglin To Go) offers some of the best soups, salads and sandwiches in town.

In another effort to make the holiday season a little brighter, the IHS is also partnering with WRTV6 to collect items for its annual RTV6 Toy Drive. Each guest who donates a new, unwrapped toy for a child (infant through 12 years of age) at the History Center between Nov. 23 and Dec. 14 will receive free admission to the Indiana Experience (one toy per admission).

All IHS holiday activities are included with admission to the Indiana Historical Society’s Indiana Experience.

Other special events include:

Free Admission Day – Saturday, Dec. 15

Also, as a special holiday gift to the community, the IHS will offer free admission on Saturday, Dec. 15. In addition to the holiday experience, visitors can also travel back to many other places and times with the interactive and hi-tech elements of the Indiana Experience, which brings the wealth of IHS’s extensive collections to life in meaningful and enjoyable ways.

Winterfest – Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 (Wednesday through Saturday), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Free Indiana Experience Admission offered Dec. 26-29)

Bring the whole family to the History Center Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 2-5 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to enjoy IHS’s annual Winterfest—guests during the first week receive free Indiana Experience admission. Enjoy family-friendly crafts and activities, face painting and special performances each day from jugglers, magicians, dancers and musicians. The Stardust Terrace Café will offer kid-friendly snacks and lunches throughout the run, and Radio Disney will be on hand to entertain the crowd Dec. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. with games, prizes and music. Visit to learn what’s in store each day. Winterfest is presented by Macy’s with support from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.

For more information, visit, or call 317-232-1882.

Indy Architects’ Home Tour, Sept. 22-23

September 1, 2012 Leave a comment
Architects' Home Tour, Sept. 22-23

Contractors are hard at work to put the finishing touches on the unique new home construction at 701 Shelby Street prior to the Sept. 22-23 event. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Laura Musall
On behalf of the AIA

The Indianapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will host its popular Indy Architects’ Home Tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 22-23, 2012. The self-guided tour includes seven homes in Indianapolis that offer a wide range of design styles and trends. There’s the glitzy high-rise downtown condo at 429 on the Park overlooking the American Legion Mall, a contemporary house in Fountain Square with ceilings made from re-claimed wood pallets and a one-of-a-kind metal staircase created by the designer. In Lockerbie, you’ll see how a new house can blend in with a historic neighborhood.

The biennial tour draws thousands of visitors who get a chance to peek inside some of the most creative home designs by Indianapolis architects.

Two of those former visitors, Cindy Bedrick and Doug Metrish were so inspired by a not-so-big house on the Architects’ Home Tour several years ago, they decided to work with an architect to help them design a unique home that would fit their lifestyle and their budget. Their home is featured on this year’s tour.

“We always thought architects only designed million-dollar homes, until we went on the Architects’ Tour,” Bedrick said. “We had no idea we could get a unique house with great design on a budget.”

The couple fell in love with a two-acre, wooded lot off winding Cooper Road on Indy’s near westside. Developers for years had shunned the property, because it’s in a flood plain. Architect Mark Beebe came up with a solution: By designing the house higher off the ground and on top of the garage, not only is it safe from high waters from the creek that runs through the property, it also gives the couple a bird’s eye view of all the trees through the expansive glass panels.

“The greatest benefit of the Architects’ Home Tour is that people get a rare peek into these homes, see design trends and learn about how design plays such a significant role in not only the way a home looks, but how it fits into its surroundings,” said Beebe, who also is chairman of this year’s show.

To purchase tickets ($12 in advance and $15 day of the tour at any of the houses) and see more information about the Architects’ Home Tour, go to:

About the Architects Home Tour

A self-guided tour of seven Indianapolis homes all designed by Indianapolis architects.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012

Architects and homeowners will be available to answer questions about their homes.

Architects Home Tour offers the public a rare chance to see inside homes designed by Indianapolis architects. The homes represent a variety of home designs and trends.

Tickets are $15 the day of the tour, and may be purchased at any of the homes. Advance tickets are $12 and may be purchased beginning Sept. 4 online at or at Silver in the City, 434 Massachusetts Ave. or Form+Function, 1300 E. 86th St., Students may purchase tickets for $6 in advance or $8 the day of the tour.


Homes on the tour include:

*     701 Shelby Street – designer Brian Burtch, Assoc. AIA

*     429 Pennsylvania (Flat 703 and Loft 904) – architect Chris Short, AIA

*     6466 N. Illinois – architect Jim McQuiston, AIA

*     7140 Westfield Boulevard – architect Paul Puzzello

*     3925 Cooper Road – architect Mark Beebe, AIA

*     18 Lockerbie – architect Mark Demerly, AIA

WKID Froggy Radio Grand Opening in Vevay, Aug. 3

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment


Froggy Radio Grand Opening

Froggy Radio Grand Opening, Aug. 3.

By Angie Satterfield
Switzerland County Tourism

Dial Broadcasting, Incorporated announces the grand opening celebrating the new studios and offices of WKID 95.9 Froggy Radio located at 315 Ferry Street in downtown Vevay, Indiana. The grand opening will take place from 2:00pm until 8:00pm on Friday August 3, 2012.

WKID was founded in1975.  It began as a religious music station appealing to many local and regional churches.   A few years later the station became about half religious and half of the time playing western and country music.  In 1992 the station switched to a complete country format.

In 1999, Ken Trimblecame on board as the Vice President and General Manager.  Trimble changed the station staffing from three full time DJ’s to only one and the station became ‘live’ only during the early morning show (6-10am).  He also setup the Froggy network we are currently a part of supplying the station with music and talent throughout the rest of the broadcast day.

In 2012, Adam Griffinwas named the General Manager and the station was relocated to the new studio and office location on Ferry Street, close to where the station started originally.

The public is invited to stop by the new studios and offices to take tours, record liners and promotional spots in our production studio, see the on-air studio, meet our staff and learn more about radio broadcasting. Refreshments will be provided.

Also take time to experience Vevay’s First Friday and enjoy music, art galleries, shopping, and food in downtown Vevay from 6-9 pm.

For more information, contact WKID 95.9 Froggy office at 812-427-9590. You can also follow on Facebook.