By Whitney Hall
Dubois County Visitors Center
Embrace the sounds of JAZZ pouring through the air in Huntingburg, Indiana during the Garden Gate Festival, taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
Now in its sixth year, the Garden Gate Festival returns once again to feature Jazz, Art, Wine, and Craft Beer as well as other additions.
The Garden Gate festivities begin at 8 a.m. Eastern Time (EDT) with the Huntingburg Kiwanis Car Show. Be sure to make plans to see classic and antique cars lined up on Huntingburg’s Historic 4th Street. The car show is scheduled to last until 2:30 p.m.
This fun-filled day continues as individuals put on their running shoes and participate in the “JazzedUP” 5K and 10K, beginning along Huntingburg 4th Street. Proceeds from this run/walk benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
At 11 a.m., Kimball Electronics presents The Art Garden, featuring over twenty different artisan vendors with handcrafted items, art pieces, and vintage finds.
The Art Garden takes place behind the Old Town Hall located on Geiger Street and just steps away from Huntingburg’s 4th Street. The Art Garden continues well into the evening and will be joined with food, wine, craft beer, and jazz music.
Hungry? Along with art, Old National Bank presents the Food Garden, featuring delicious local and regional food booths. The Food Garden opens at 11 a.m. and features a wide variety of snacks and entrees. The sweet aromas will make mouths water.
Admission for the festival is free for children; for adults, the cost for general admission is $5. For those 21 years and older, the sampling admission is available for $15, including entry, wine and craft beer samples, and a commemorative glass.
Wine enthusiasts will be overjoyed with The Wine Garden presented by The City of Huntingburg and the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce, featuring thirteen Indiana wineries in attendance, including Best Vineyards, Blue Heron, Buck Creek Winery, Cedar Creek Winery, Easley Winery, Ertel Cellars, Huber Orchard Winery, Madison County Winery, Monkey Hollow Winery, Patoka Lake Winery, Pepper Ridge, Windy Knoll Winery, and Winzerwald Winery.
Wine will be available to be purchased by the bottle. Craft beer lovers will be happy to hear that over ten different craft beers will be available at The Beer Garden presented by OFS Brands, including options from Basket Case Brewing Co., Breckenridge, Carson’s, Dogfish Head, Quaff On!, Schnitz Brewery & Pub, St. Benedict’s Brew Works, and Urban Chestnut. 12 oz. craft beer pulls will be available for $4.00 each. Also, the Dubois County Suds Club will be offering samples of home brew.
Redstone Car Service will be having vehicles on 4th street that people can pay to take them to their destination after the festival. The Garden Gate Committee and community partners wants everyone to make it home safe and make smart decisions.
While all this is taking place, a wonderful lineup of jazz ensembles will be featured on the stage in The Jazz Garden presented by Jasper Engines & Transmissions. The first jazz performance begins at 12:30 p.m. with the Vincennes University Jazz Ensemble. This jazz ensemble performs traditional big-band arrangement of various styles including swing, Latin, and popular jazz.
At 2:00 p.m., After Hours takes the stage, specializing in jazz and pop with jazz styling. After Hours has performed at hundreds of area events, and we are happy to welcome them for the first time to the Garden Gate Festival.
At 4:15 p.m., welcome the original stylings of Hot Jive Stew on the stage, with their premier guitarist Brian Curella. Curella has been performing in the Louisville region for over 25 years. He is known for his skilled guitar playing as well as his powerful tenor with a smooth voice. His jazz stylings feature aspects of Bossa Nova, Swing, Hard Bop, and Blues.
At 6:30 p.m., the Wade Baker Quintet takes the stage. It is the Wade Baker Quintet’s goal to play an eclectic fusion of jazz, hip-hop, funk and groove music while keeping the integrity and spirit of the traditions of the jazz masters we respect so much. Most of the tunes performed live are original compositions or compositions by other band members/close friends which makes the listener’s experience truly experimental, new and exclusive. In addition to playing new music, the band also performs standard jazz repertoire with more modern arrangements of the tunes, developed by members of the group.
In between these jazz ensembles, the award-winning Jasper High School band will be performing. Recently, this band was an ISSMA State Jazz Finalist, receiving a Gold rating with distinction in Group I, as well as taking second place at the Ball State Jazz Festival.
The Garden Gate Festival is coordinated by the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce and Garden Gate Advisory Committee. A portion of proceeds from this event are given back to the Huntingburg community.
Coolers, pets, smoking, weapons of any kind, and pop-up tents are not permitted.
For more information, go to www.gardengatefestival.com.
By Bob Burchfield, Editor
DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The Indianapolis Museum of Art provided free admission to this exhibit to AroundIndy.com (and many other media representatives) in exchange for the promotional consideration.
More than 3,000 patrons visited the Indianapolis Museum of Art last weekend to see the beautiful Spring Blooms exhibit. With 250,000 blooms on display all over the IMA grounds, it’s easy to see why! The colors are breathtaking, and the smells and aromas are intoxicating! Oh yes: and you can visit the new Beer Garden at the IMA Greenhouse!
The museum is open Tue-Sat 11 am to 5 pm (until 9 pm on Thu), plus Sun 12-5. The Spring Blooms exhibit is included with museum admission. If you like flowers, you will love this exhibit! Here are some photos from the beautiful exhibit.
By Danielle Pieratt
Indiana Dunes Tourism Intern
I’ve been in Indiana Dunes Country for almost three months now while doing my summer internship. It’s been like a beach vacation without having to drive 15 hours to Florida.
Fortunately, I have a couple weeks left to enjoy the rest of the summer up north by relaxing on the beach, attending events like Indiana Dunes Tourism’s 30th Anniversary Celebration and eating at award-winning restaurants like Lucrezia Cafe in Chesterton.
One of my favorite parts about living up north has been the beach. There are so many different trails and nature hikes to explore. If you are a fan of biking, there are plenty of bike trails to ride on that get you from one place to the next. At the end of July, Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is unveiling a new bike path called the Dunes Kankakee Trail that travels from the Visitor Center for three miles to Indiana Dunes State Park, and which will eventually go to the Kankakee River.
If you are thinking about venturing up north into Indiana Dunes Country to explore what it has to offer, a helpful guide is the “Must See and Do” in the Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide. It features 14 options on exiting things to do.
The Broken Wagon Bison Farm was one of the most exciting things I got to enjoy from this list. On the tour, you are able to come face to face with over 100 of America’s largest native land mammals. This is especially exciting as it’s Indiana’s bicentennial this year.
No matter what you choose to do while visiting Indiana Dunes Country, it is sure to blow you away. The food, people and atmosphere can’t be beat… And that’s coming from an Indy girl. Visit www.indianadunes.com for more information.
Editor’s Note: Danielle Pieratt is a senior attending Ball State University, working toward a public relations degree. She is currently an intern for Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism agency for Porter County.
By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB
On June 11-18, 2016, the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will celebrate a milestone—50 years of being the oldest, continuous running bluegrass festival in the world.
Taking place at the beautiful Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground in Brown County, this prime music event will feature eight straight days of some of the best in bluegrass.
With over 70 bands scheduled to perform, the Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will showcase top name bluegrass musicians, as well as pay tribute to trailblazer and music legend, Bill Monroe.
To honor “the father of bluegrass” and his contribution to the music genre, Bill Monroe’s Music Park, home to the festival, also is receiving a state historical marker this June.
Known as the “Mecca of Bluegrass,” the 50th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will include over ten hours of entertainment each day, with ongoing music from sun up to sun down. Not only will the festival feature performances by bluegrass greats, this family-friendly event also will include daily music and instrument workshops.
A stellar line up of performers are slated to take the music park’s three outdoor stages this year, including the Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore and the IIIrd Tyme Out, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press, Dailey and Vincent, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Blue Highway, and Larry Sparks and Lonesome Ramblers just to name a few! A complete schedule of performers is available online at http://www.billmonroemusicpark.com/.
Tickets for the festival range from $20 – $35 for daily passes, $75 in advance for three-day combo tickets (Thursday-Saturday) or $90 at the gate, and $165 in advance for all eight days or $230 at the gate.
Each ticket includes admission to the festival, its workshops, and to the Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Country Star Museum and Uncle Pen’s cabin. Advance tickets may be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2405014.
Onsite cabins and camping are available as well. Be treated to some world-class entertainment, while enjoying Brown County’s natural beauty during an overnight stay at the one-of-a-kind Bill Monroe Campground. Call 800-414-4677 for campsite reservations.
Experience the Mecca of Bluegrass and help celebrate a milestone at the 50th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Get ready for eight days of blarin’ bluegrass and festival fun, June 11-18 in Brown County!
For more information on the festival, please visit http://www.billmonroemusicpark.com/ or call 800-414-4677.
By Leslie Olsen
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Amazing, blazing full-sized Hot Wheels® cars zoom into The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis May 14, 2016 just in time for the 100th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing – the Indianapolis 500.
Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™ is a family-friendly exhibit that is filled with hands-on immersive activities designed to demonstrate what makes real race cars go fast. It is all about power, safety and lots of speed. On select days, some visitors will even get to zip race cars down the iconic orange toy track with famous race car drivers from IndyCar, stock car, or the NHRA drag racing circuit.
Featuring Hot Wheels die-cast cars as well as actual race cars, Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™ invites children and families to suit up and join the Hot Wheels race team! Mom, dad, grandparents, and today’s youngest Hot Wheels fans will be invited to race each other in a timed, pit stop challenge to see who changes tires and fuels up the fastest. Families are also invited to take on the role of an engine by turning a crank to see how much more power is required to turn a large drag racing tire vs. a passenger car tire. They can also look under the hood and see pistons pumping in a cutaway engine and compare a variety of engine sounds made by different race cars. A car driven by four-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon is literally cut in half so visitors can see what internal elements make these magnificent machines work.
“Racing, race cars and those who work in the field of racing are passions shared by multiple generations here in Indianapolis and around the world,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “We hope hands-on exploration and testing will not only encourage children and families to problem-solve together as they build tracks and test each car’s performance but will prompt parents and grandparents to share fond memories of their first toys and cars with the younger generation.”
There will be plenty of the iconic orange track and die-cast cars to test your own theories of physics and speed at the museum. And, you can take those concepts home to extend the learning with your family.
“Hot Wheels racing offers children a means of exploring scientific concepts such as gravity, velocity, and kinetic energy in an engaging and accessible way. It also encourages inquiry and real world problem-based learning through play,” said Cathy Southerland, Director Early Childhood Education, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Hot Wheels agrees that play and hands-on activities go a long way to helping children understand what would otherwise seem like difficult concepts. The Mattel Children’s Foundation and the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education worked together to develop Hot Wheels® Speedometry™, an education curriculum that combines Hot Wheels® fun, imagination, and action, as well as toys and track to accelerate learning. The Children’s Museum also has lesson plans for teachers and homeschoolers at www.childrensmuseum.org, click on educators to uncover more valuable learning guides.
Celebrating and inspired by the new film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Hot Wheels has built a one-of-a-kind full-sized vehicle: Hot Wheels Batman v Superman Twin Mill. The car is recognized as one of the most popular Hot Wheels castings in generations. It brings together Superman and Batman in a way that conveys plenty of super power Hot Wheels attitude. The Hot Wheels Batman v Superman Twin Mill will also make a pit stop this summer as an extension of the exhibit.
Introduced by Mattel in 1968, the “tricked out” cars have come a long way (both in the die-cast and life-size varieties). Since 1968, more than 800 models and 11,000 variations of Hot Wheels cars have been created and more than 4 billion Hot Wheels die-cast cars have been sold. Some Hot Wheels cars can reach scale speeds of 200 mph or more and have been clocked as high as 300 mph.
Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™ is presented by Teachers Credit Union. Supporting sponsors include OneAmerica and Church Brothers Collision Repair.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary family learning experiences across the arts, sciences and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about the tourist attraction and museum, call 317-334-3322 or visit www.childrensmuseum.org, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy,Facebook.com/childrensmuseum and YouTube.com/IndyTCM.