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Spring Blooms Exhibit at Newfields (@NewfieldsToday)

March 29, 2022 Leave a comment

By Mattie Wethington
Newfields

INDIANAPOLIS, March 28, 2022—Open now through May 8 enjoy blooming bulbs and blossoms as they fill The Garden at Newfields during Spring Blooms presented by Wild Birds Unlimited. Rain or shine guests can expect to see an abundance of flowering blooms, dramatic foliage and spectacular floral displays around every turn indoors and out.

Signs of spring will emerge when 80,000 new bulbs and over 20,000 annuals blossom in The Garden. As the weather warms, hundreds of thousands of colorful blooms will come to life, culminating with a magnificent crescendo in mid-April. Alongside favorites like the River of Bulbs on the Lilly Allée, the newly completed Katharine B. Sutphin Border Garden invites all to explore new paths and meander amongst enhanced plantings. The Orchard Folly, a sheltered seating area created by Indianapolis based artist Cory Robinson debuts this season in the Tanner Orchard. 

“Newfields’ Spring Blooms celebration provides an incredible atmosphere and venue for families and friends to explore the spring season—and enjoy the birds!” said Jim Carpenter, CEO of Wild Birds Unlimited. “Wild Birds Unlimited is very proud to help present this wonderful outdoor experience to all who visit Newfields this spring.”

Spring is not complete without refreshments along the way. As you explore The Garden, don’t forget to stop by the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse for a peek at some of the living jewels of the collection and pick up a beverage for your stroll. Construction for a new Beer Garden is well underway and will debut at its new permanent home near the Playhouse later in April. Our exclusive Sun King brew Among the Leaves is back for guests to enjoy, along with giant pretzels from Liter House. Non-alcoholic options will be available as well as several other beer, cider and wine offerings. After the grand reopening of the Beer Garden’s move to the Playhouse, the Greenhouse location will continue offering beverage options for guests, while the extended food and beverage offerings will move to the new pavilion. 

Continuing the joy of spring indoors, don’t miss the second annual Art in Bloom presented by Fifth Third Private Bank March 31 to April 3. During the vibrant spring event guests can explore breathtaking floral displays created by local and regional florists throughout the IMA Galleries. Also opening on March 26, guests can explore the newly reimagined Lower Level of the Lilly House, which now includes new interpretive elements and hands-on interactives that invite guests to explore the stories that make the Oldfields Estate the historic heart of Newfields. Throughout the season, stunning orchid displays from Newfields’ award-winning living collection will decorate the IMA Galleries, the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse and the Lilly House. 

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring more blooms to campus every year in bright colors, interesting textures, and designs that use unique, inspired plant combinations,” said Jaime Frye, Assistant Curator of Living Collections.

Guests who are interested in learning about old favorites and new additions to Spring Blooms can access self-guided tours onsite by scanning a QR code. For a more person tour, join Chad Franer, The Tom and Nora Hiatt Director of Horticulture on a guided Director’s Tour at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month from April through October, the schedule of tours can be found at discovernewfields.org/calendar/directors-tour.

Spring Blooms is included in general admission and advance tickets are required for all guests. Masks are optional for all guests indoors and outdoors attending the Newfields campus. We strongly encourage guests to wear masks indoors when social distancing is not possible. View FAQs at discovernewfields.org/visit

Spring Blooms is presented by Wild Birds Unlimited. Lead support for the River of Bulbs is provided by Catherine M. Turner.

Eagles Over Monroe, Jan. 22-30, 2022

January 5, 2022 Leave a comment

Press Release
Indiana DNR

Monroe Lake’s annual Eagles over Monroe event offers a wide range of programs and activities about bald eagles, Jan. 22 to 30, 2022. Included are a mix of small to medium-size in-person programs and hikes, a self-guided tour and scavenger hunt, and a virtual presentation on Facebook Live.

Details, including full descriptions and registration links, are available at bit.ly/eaglesovermonroe2022.

One featured program is a conversation with Al Parker, a wildlife biologist who guided Indiana’s bald eagle reintroduction program. He will share history and personal stories starting at 2 p.m. on Jan. 29 at Paynetown State Recreation Area (SRA). Space for this free program is limited to 40 attendees. Advance registration is required by Jan. 26.

Entrance to Paynetown SRA and all other SRAs at Monroe Lake is free during the winter months.

On Jan. 30, the Indiana Raptor Center will offer two live raptor presentations at Paynetown SRA, at 1 and 3 p.m, respectively. The presentations will feature up-close looks at multiple raptor species, including a bald eagle and a golden eagle. Each presentation requires advance registration by Jan. 27 and is limited to 30 people; a program fee of $5 per person is required.

A free self-guided driving tour and scavenger hunt will be available throughout the Eagles over Monroe period. An online map will guide you to some of the lake’s best spots for eagle viewing. The scavenger hunt, with clues hidden at select viewing locations, can be completed along the way for a chance to win an Indiana State Parks annual entrance permit.

For those who prefer having help when looking for eagles at the lake, sunset eagle watches will be offered on three different evenings. Volunteers will have spotting scopes set up, and hot cocoa will be available for attendees who bring their own travel mug. Visitors are invited to drop by, no registration needed, between 5 and 6 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Pine Grove SRA, on Jan. 28 at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office on Monroe Dam Court, and on Jan. 29 at Paynetown SRA. The sunset watches are free, but donations will be collected to support future programming and events at Monroe Lake.

On Jan. 27, Monroe Lake interpretive naturalist Jill Vance will offer a live virtual presentation on the history of the bald eagle reintroduction program in Indiana. “Return of the Bald Eagle” will stream via Facebook Live at 11:30 a.m. The presentation will be recorded for those unable to watch live.

Special hikes are also scheduled throughout the week. All hikes are free but require advance registration and have limited spots available. If a hike is full, consider signing up for the waiting list.

• Fairfax Birding Stroll, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. (limited to 15 people)
• Winter Exploration Hike, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. (limited to 10 people)
• Northfork Birding Hike, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. (limited to 15 people)
• Bald Eagle Hacking Tower Hike, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. (limited to 20 people)
• Bald Eagle Hacking Tower Hike, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. (limited to 20 people)

If you have questions not answered at the web link listed above, contact Vance, jvance@dnr.IN.gov or 812-837-9967.

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

2019 Decorators’ Show House and Gardens, Apr 27 to May 12 @showhouseindy

April 25, 2019 Leave a comment

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Photo courtesy St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild. Used with permission.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

Susie Zabel, Decorator Chair for the 2019 St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Indianapolis Decorators’ Show House and Gardens (April 27 to May 12) discusses this year’s event at The Centennial Estate, 4160 North Washington Blvd, in the latest episode of our Around Indiana podcast:

https://aroundindy.com/podcasts/decorators-show-house.mp3
(4/25/2019, 12.16 MB, 13 min, 17 sec)

The Show House is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm (and until 8 pm on Thursdays), with special VIP tours on Mondays. Tickets range from $5 to $22.

For more information about thousands of upcoming event listings and things to do in  #Indianapolis and #Indiana, visit our Web site at https://aroundindy.com, or for more information about the 58th annual Decorators’ Show House and Gardens, go directly to their Web site at https://www.showhouseindy.org.

Logs to Lustrons @indianalandmark Tour in Porter County, May 13-14, 2017

March 22, 2017 1 comment

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The Gust Lindstrom site, one of the stops on the Logs to Lustrons tour.
Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Indiana Landmarks

Logs to Lustrons Tour showcases Dunes landmarks;
May 13-14 tour showcases over a century of architecture.

Whether you’re captivated by rustic log cabins, love Victorian-era houses, or you’re mad for Mid-Century Modern, the Logs to Lustrons Tour in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will satisfy your interest. The tour, first offered last year, expands to two days in 2017: May 13 and 14, 2017.

The Logs to Lustrons Tour sponsored by Indiana Landmarks and the National Park Service features a dozen landmarks spanning over a century of architecture, including restored residences not normally open to the public and vacant landmarks in need of a new use. Eight interiors will be open for the tour.

For those who want a deeper immersion in the subject, the sponsors offer an illustrated talk, “Logs, Glass & Metal: A Century of Architectural Legacy” on the evening of May 12 preceding the tour. Speakers include: Todd Zeiger, Director, Indiana Landmarks’ Northern Regional Office; Judith Collins, Historical Architect, and Cliff Goins, Special Events Manager, both of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The May 13-14 tour includes the Bailly Homestead, a National Historic Landmark that dates back to 1822, when fur trapper Honore Gratien Joseph Bailly de Messein established a trading post. The site includes a collection of 19th century log and brick structures built by Bailly and his descendants.

Tour-goers will visit two Swedish landmarks, the Gust Lindstrom Site–restored and repurposed as an environmental education preschool—and the restored Oscar and Irene Nelson Site. Moving forward several decades, two Lustrons—prefabricated enameled steel houses—represent an enterprising response to solving the post-World War II housing crisis.

The tour also includes the House of Tomorrow, displayed at the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair and brought by barge to the Indiana Dunes after the fair. Declared a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the endangered house will soon be restored by Indiana Landmarks. Architect-designed mid-century houses are also featured on the tour.

The timed-entry tour is $30 per person ($25 for Indiana Landmarks members) and includes shuttle transportation. Reservations may be made at logstolustronstour17.eventbrite.com or by calling 800-450-4534.

The talk, “Logs, Glass & Metal: A Century of Architectural Legacy,” takes place at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Portage Lakefront Pavilion, 1000 Riverwalk Drive, Portage, beginning at 7 p.m. CT, with a reception and light refreshments. The talk runs from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by more refreshments and Q&A session that concludes at 9 p.m. Tickets for the talk are $35 per person ($30 for Indiana Landmarks members), which includes admission to the tour on Saturday, May 13, or Sunday, May 14.

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was established in 1966, after which the National Park Service acquired the historic structures within the park boundaries, including the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair Century of Progress homes, the Swedish landmarks, and others. Indiana Landmarks is working with the National Park Service to determine a long-term solution for four of the tour’s historic structures.

To save the five Century of Progress houses and several other places on the tour, Indiana Landmarks leased the structures from the National Park Service and subleased them to people who have rehabilitated them.

WHAT:
Logs to Lustrons Tour, showcases 12 sites spanning over a century of architecture in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

WHEN:
May 13-24, 2017 with tours leaving every 15 minutes from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Central Time. The tour lasts approximately two hours. Visitors take the tour at their own pace, visiting or skipping sites as they choose. The “Logs, Glass & Metal: A Century of Architectural Legacy” talk takes place on the evening of May 12.

WHERE:
Tour shuttles depart from the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N State Road 49 in Porter. No parking is available at the tour sites. All guests must use the shuttles from the Visitor Center.

WHO:
Sponsored by Indiana Landmarks and the National Park Service

COST:
$30 per person ($25 for Indiana Landmarks members). Timed-entry tickets are available online at logstolustronstour17.eventbrite.com or by calling 800-450-4534.
Buy a ticket to the “Logs, Glass & Metal: A Century of Architectural Legacy” talk on May 12 at $35 per person ($30 per Indiana Landmarks member) and get a ticket to the tour on May 13 or 14.

Indy Smart House Open House, Mar. 19 and 26, 2017

March 13, 2017 1 comment

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Artist’s rendition of an Indy Smart House.
Image provided by the developers and used with permission.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

The last time I saw John Karamanski he was shooting video footage of food presentations for Paul Poteet‘s Gotta Eat. What was that, about 2011 or 2012? Many of my social media friends will recognize his name immediately from Blog Indiana, Mixwest, et al.

A lot of water has obviously passed under the bridge since then, so it was a pleasant and unexpected surprise to get an invitation from John to visit his new Indy Smart House, the first of its kind in the city.

Indy Smart House is an intriguing property that weds smart design with smart technology to produce an open-concept house that greatly optimizes the use and utilization of its space. Here you have a dwelling with 3,000 square feet of living space on a lot no bigger than 40×90.

It’s readily apparent that a lot of thought and preparation went into the design and execution of this building project. And it’s just the first of about ten such houses to come in the Indianapolis area in the next year or so.

“The use of space is about: How do we use it? Who do we use it with? How long do we use it? What do we do next? How many purposes can a space define? What new possibilities are available?” said Karamanski.

“The Indy Smart House is purposefully designed to enhance and encourage the free flowing functions of your space.”

This inaugural smart house, located at 1964 North Park Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana, is right across the street from MLK Park and the Peace Memorial on the corner of 20th Street and Park Avenue in a quiet, residential area that showcases the neighborhood’s revitalization efforts. Here’s a photo:

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It features four bedrooms (the master has a 16-foot ceiling and an optional balcony outside the window!), three or possibly four full baths, a huge balcony deck accessible only from inside the house, a two-car garage with 12-foot ceilings and plenty of storage room, a terrace patio in between the kitchen and the garage, and can this be right–two laundry rooms?

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It even has a full basement (that’s where you’ll find the 4th bedroom) with a huge space that just cries out for the ultimate man cave!

When it comes to technology, many areas of functionality can be controlled from at home and remotely from your phone: security cameras, door locks, climate control, lighting and power, audio, and more.

I can visualize a hot tub, BBQ grill, deck furniture, and any number of other outdoor accessories on that big balcony deck, and it has great views of the city park and the Indianapolis skyline. Want to invite your friends over for the evening? According to Karamanski, the balcony deck is strong enough to support up to 200 visitors!

This house is ideal for millennials with a growing family, in my opinion. Here’s a photo on today’s snowy Monday afternoon:

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And one of the features that most impressed me was the unique design of a stair-step entrance into the 4th bedroom through the window (!). The window can be opened to gain carry-in access to bring large items into the house.

This particular house has already been sold and will be turned over to its occupants at the end of March. But you can still take an Open House tour of this property for the next two Sundays, March 19 and 26, 2017, from 1 to 4 pm each Sunday. See http://aroundindy.com/openhouses.php.

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A duplicate of this smart house is also planned for the vacant lot directly across the street on the northwest corner of 20th and Park, and other locations are forthcoming.

All-in-all, I was impressed. And just to be clear, there is no conflict of interest here. John and I are social media friends and he wanted to show me his project. Simple as that. No money changed hands, I didn’t receive any goods or services in exchange for this blog post, and no quid pro quo exists. He didn’t buy me lunch or pay for my gas or anything. I simply went and took a tour of the house, same as you can.

If you’re in the market for a new home, I recommend a visit to this property this Sunday or next. I think you’ll be as impressed as I am. It’s a very cool concept!

For more information, visit http://indysmarthouse.com/, call 317-590-3367, or visit https://facebook.com/indysmarthouse.

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