By Carla Knapp
The warm glow of twinkling lights will fill the night sky as the Indianapolis Zoo brings together the best of the holiday season with a wild twist for its 47th year of Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union.
This festive tradition began back in 1967 when the Indianapolis Zoo became the first zoo in the United States to hold a holiday lights event. Now, more than 100,000 guests each year come to make new Christmastime memories.
This year, visitors can experience the magic of this beloved event from 5-9pm Wednesdays through Sundays from Nov. 27-Jan. 3, plus Dec. 21, 22, 28 and 29. The Zoo is closed on Christmas Eve and Day, New Year’s Eve and Day.
The Zoo opens daily at noon, and guests are encouraged to come early to find parking and visit with their favorite cold-weather critters, like tigers, polar bear, sea lions, walrus, brown bears and more.
The Zoo’s many indoor exhibits offer a perfect place for guests to go when cheeks get rosy, while special animal keeper chats throughout the day will help put everyone in the Christmas spirit. Guests also have a chance to win an Animal Art Adventure by finding the mistletoe hidden around grounds.
As the sun sets, the Zoo will transform into a winter wonderland filled with colorful, 100-percent LED lights and displays, including We Three Trees presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers and the All-A-Glow Light Show presented by United Healthcare.
As visitors stroll through the Zoo, they can sip on a cup of hot cocoa, sample delicious holiday treats, listen to local choirs on the Holiday Harmony Stage presented by WTHR and enjoy traditional carolers singing by the fireside.
Additional activities await in White River Gardens at Santa’s Workshop presented by Chick-fil-A, where the little ones will love decorating cookies with Mrs. Claus, writing letters to Santa and meeting Kriss Kringle himself through Dec. 23.
The wintertime crafts and activities continue even after Santa heads back to the North Pole, and visitors can enjoy Santa’s Tropical Paradise inside the Hilbert Conservatory throughout the holiday season.
Christmas at the Zoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission for other visitors. Discount tickets are available at participating Donatos and Teachers Credit Union locations.
Guests can receive $1 off admission at the gate with the donation of a new hat, scarf or gloves to benefit St. Mary’s Child Center. Visithttp://www.IndianapolisZoo.com/ for advance tickets and more information, or call 317-630-2001.
By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
Carols and Christmas trees, snowfall and Santa Claus – these telltale signs of the holiday season are all included in the glittering gala known as A Beef & Boards Christmas. Opening Nov. 28, 2015, this annual Hoosier tradition is the perfect outing for the entire family.
Hosts Kenny Shepherd and Deb Wims welcome family and friends to escape from the chilly outdoors and enjoy the warmth of Beef & Boards’ delightful musical spectacular. This year’s celebration features the return of highly-acclaimed vocalist Kendra Lynn Lucas and her passionate performance of “O Holy Night.”
Kendra first appeared on the Beef & Boards stage in the 2014 production and was most recently seen in this season’s The Drowsy Chaperone. Also returning from last year are lead vocalists Peter Scharbrough and Matt Branic, who are joined by Cara Statham Serber (last seen as the title character in Mary Poppins) and local newcomer, Betsy Norton.
With new musical arrangements and the return of beloved favorites, including Kenny and Deb’s signature Christmas waltz, A Beef & Boards Christmas is both familiar and fresh. A tribute to the military honors all who have served, and children will delight when Santa takes the stage. Plus they’ll get to tell him their most special wishes when they have the opportunity to meet him during intermission.
A Beef & Boards Christmas is on stage for 31 performances through Dec. 23 in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $40 to $65 and include Chef Odell Ward’s holiday buffet, prepared in-house for each performance, and select beverages. Parking is always free.
For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Box Office at 317.872.9664 anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. Discounts are available to groups of 20 or more; contact the Group Sales Department for more details.
For more information, including complete show schedule, visitbeefandboards.com. A Beef & Boards Christmas is sponsored in part by WHMB TV-40.
By Jane Jankowski
Indiana Sports Corp.
More than 150 divers, including Hoosier and Olympic diving champion David Boudia, have registered to compete at the USA Diving Winter National Championships Dec. 15-20, 2015, at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis, Indiana.
All-session and single-session tickets are now available and may be purchased through Tickmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Adult all-session tickets are $40, and single-session tickets are $10.
Boudia, from Noblesville and Purdue University, is an 11-time U.S. National Team member who was the 2012 U.S. Olympic team gold medalist in the men’s 10-meter platform event. He is expected to team with fellow Hoosier and Purdue diver Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind.) in the men’s synchronized 10-meter event.
Other Olympians who are scheduled to compete in the meet are:
Troy Dumais, four-time Olympian who has been on the U.S. National Team since 1996
Kristian Ipsen, 2012 bronze medalist in the men’s synchro 3-meter springboard
Abby Johnston, 2012 Olympic silver medalist in synchronized 3-meter springboard
Ariel Rittenhouse, 2008 Olympian and seven-time member of the U.S. National Team
Mary Beth Dunnichay, Elwood resident and Purdue University diver who was the youngest U.S. Olympian in 2008
A number of other divers have Indiana ties, including Amy Cozad, Indianapolis/Indiana University, who finished sixth in the women’s 10-meter event at the 2015 World Championships; Michael Hixon, Indiana University, who won two NCAA diving events in 2014; Jessica Parratto, Indiana University diver and 2015 NCAA champion on platform; Darian Schmidt, a Bloomington native and Indiana University graduate who is a three-time national team member.
The USA Diving Winter National Championships meet also doubles as the U.S. selection trials for the 2016 FINA World Cup, which is the final opportunity for countries to earn their qualifying spots into the 2016 Olympic Games. It also will be the final tune-up for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving that will also be conducted at the IU Natatorium from June 18-26.
Divers will compete in the men’s and women’s 3-meter springboard, 10-meter platform, synchronized 3-meter springboard and synchronized 10-meter platform over the six days of competition.
For the complete Winter Nationals schedule, go to:
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By Carolyne Holcomb
Indiana Repertory Theatre
A play of thrilling suspense, morbid mayhem and potential murder comes to the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) in the form of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Hound of the Baskervilles,” adapted by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright and directed by Peter Amster. Join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they undertake family secrets, haunted hounds, romance and mystery in this timeless tale of supernatural suspense, Feb. 18 to Mar. 15, 2015.
This sweeping story follows Baker Street’s fabled detective duo, whose obsession with the supernatural has them scouring the treacherous fog-filled Devonshire Moors for the phantom hound that haunts the Baskerville estate’s newest incumbent, Sir Henry.
This literary classic has been adapted into a contemporary humor-filled whodunit that introduces audiences to a variety of characters including a self-confessed “dabbler in science,” an amateur astronomer, a Darwinian butterfly-collector and a few strange behaving servants that will keep theatre-goers guessing until the very end.
Audiences are as attracted to the mystery and suspense of Sherlock Holmes as much now as they’ve ever been. The resurgence of this type of thriller is powerfully cast with a young, handsome and sophisticated team and surprises abound.
The set for The Hound of The Baskervilles features some of the largest moveable scenery the IRT has ever brought to the OneAmerica stage. This complete sensory experience includes a fight scene, dual background projection scenery, trap doors, quick sand and more.
And as a way of saying thanks to our local ‘detectives,’ the IRT welcomes all police, fire and first responders to a $10 discount for the entire run of The Hound of the Baskervilles in appreciation of their service to our community. This special offer can be redeemed online or by calling the ticket office at 317-635-5252.
The Hound of the Baskervilles begins Feb. 18 and runs through March 15. Total run time is approximately two hours and 40 minutes and includes two intermissions. This play features thematic music, thrilling scenes and brief strong language. It is recommended for audiences 12 years and older.
The Hound of The Baskervilles, Directed by Peter Amster
IRT OneAmerica stage, 140 W. Washington St., Indianapolis
Feb. 18 – March 15 (Opening Night is Feb. 20 @ 7:30 p.m.)
Tickets range from $25-59, based on time and day, Student tickets $20
http://www.irtlive.com or 317-635-5252
By Tiffany Whisner
On behalf of the Indianapolis Home Show
WHAT: The Indianapolis Home Show is the nation’s oldest and the Midwest’s largest home-focused extravaganza with more than 900 exhibit spaces. Now in its 93rd year, the Home Show offers thousands of products, decorating, construction and remodeling ideas for visitors to gather and compare.
The Indianapolis Home Show is produced by Marketplace Events, which produces 39 consumer shows in the home and garden category that collectively attract 15,000 exhibitors, 1.5 million attendees and another 1.7 million unique Web visitors annually.
WHEN: 10 days: Friday, January 23 through Sunday, February 1, 2015
WHERE: Indiana State Fairgrounds – West Pavilion, Exposition Hall, South Pavilion
NEW THIS YEAR — Home Show Expansion!
New this year, the Indianapolis Home Show is expanding into all three exhibit buildings for the entire 10-day run of the show. Make sure to check out Exposition Hall, the West Pavilion and South Pavilion — all three exhibit spaces for the price of one ticket to the Indianapolis Home Show. Don’t miss out!
Fischer Homes will build this year’s Centerpiece Home — a fully-constructed, decorated and landscaped home built entirely inside Expo Hall, showing the most current and exciting trends in architecture and style.
Interior designer Joy Perkins from Touch of Class works with Christine Robbins of the Fischer Homes team in decorating the Centerpiece Home to showcase a variety of options for customizing the home interior. Landscaping comes courtesy of Calvin Landscape in Indianapolis.
Move That Bus! Ty Pennington Comes to Indianapolis
Debuting in 2000, the reality show “Trading Spaces” helped make Ty Pennington a nationally-known figure as one of the show’s carpenters. He soon became a recognized star and released his first home improvement book. This charismatic home-design guru led top-rated, Emmy-winning “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Now he has a fabric line, a seasonal home décor line, a flooring collection and a new TV series, “On the Menu” on TNT. The Indianapolis Home Show is excited to welcome Ty, a foremost figure in the world of home improvement and design, for ONE SHOW ONLY on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m., presented by Home Pro/Bath Pro of Central Indiana!
Matt Muenster Creates a BATHtastic Room
He’s the host of “Bath Crashers” and “BATHtastic!” on the DIY Network. And he knows how to transform your bathroom into the most spectacular space in the house. Matt Muenster shows Home Show attendees all the cutting-edge new materials and amazing design tips to revitalize any bathroom, great or small. See how Matt can help you upgrade your most-used room with the hottest items around! He appears at the Home Show on Friday, Jan. 23, Saturday, Jan. 24 and Sunday, Jan. 25.
Greenery Growing with Feature Gardens
As the official Indianapolis Home Show Florist, McNamara Florist sets the scene with beautiful customized floral designs at the entryways to the Home Show and throughout the Show’s three exhibit buildings.
Twenty-one landscaped feature gardens offer greenery galore in the center of the West Pavilion, South Pavilion and sprinkled throughout the entire Home Show space.
The gardens will be produced by the area’s top landscape professionals, including: Wm. H. Brown Landscape Inc.; Fiano Landscapes; Country Gardens Lawn & Landscape; Fireboulder; Justin’s Landscape; Lemcke Landscape; Tiffany Lawn & Garden Supply, Inc.; Above and Beyond Tree Service and Landscape; BPI Outdoor Living; Backyard Blessings; Bedrock Hardscapes; Kenneth Watson Design; Dave’s Lawn & Landscape, Inc.; Eagle Creek Nursery; MG Landscape & Irrigation; Brick Terra; Brower/Jacques Design, Inc.; Brownsburg Landscape & Lawn Care LLC; Frazee Gardens; Copper Canyon Landscape Design LLC; and Elements Concrete Studio.
Also, visit the Home Show for all your go-to green goodies, from cash-and-carry bulbs to those must-have gardening tools and products, all at your fingertips!
Home Made by Carmona
A DIY guru with a can-do attitude, Ursula Carmona is a handy wannabe and lover of all things beautiful. She’s a blogger and 2015 Home & Garden Trendsetter finalist with tutorials on how to give your home a makeover on pennies, from decorations and crafts to organized spaces and storage solutions. Ursula has practical DIY tips when she appears at the Home Show on Sunday, Jan. 25 and Monday, Jan. 26.
The Hoosier Gardener Digs into Natural Gardening
As the Hoosier Gardener, Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp has been writing and speaking about natural gardening for more than 25 years. She is the founding editor and former co-owner of “Indiana Living Green.” She is coauthor of “The Indiana Gardener’s Guide” and author of “The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens” as well as a garden coach. Jo Ellen will show Home Show attendees how to put their green thumbs to work when she appears on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and Thursday, Jan. 29.
Her Highness, the Queen of Free
She’s addicted to getting something for nothing — and Cherie Lowe, the Queen of Free, shares freebies, strategies for everyday savings along with inspiration for those pursuing a debt-free life. Cherie appears weekly on WTHR-TV as a savings expert, and she’s been featured in “The Wall Street Journal” and on Yahoo Finance. Join the court of the Queen of Free at the Home Show on Sunday, Feb. 1!
Learn Some “Mommy Magic” from Mary Susan
Mary Susan Buhner is one of the Midwest’s premier parenting experts, and she is the host of Fox 59’s weekly “Mommy Magic” segment, offering relevant and helpful tips to make motherhood more manageable, fun and affordable. Get the scoop on becoming an inspired, empowered parent when Mary Susan appears at the Home Show on Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31!
Tree House Goes Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond Companies, led by Dan Dawson, surely goes above and beyond with an amazing tree house feature that will have Home Show attendees feeling as if they are walking in the woods. Located in West Pavilion in the center of the Home Show, a 200-year-old tree sprawls outward and climbs upward. It is complete with a tree house of epic proportions, featuring all-natural, hand-crafted furniture.
The Choppin’ Hunger Challenge is Back!
Ever wonder what happens to the food you donate to your local food bank? Don’t miss the Home Show’s Choppin’ Hunger Challenge II on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. on the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage! Local Chefs Nick Mayes and Sam Brown compete to create the tastiest meal from chop baskets filled with items from Indiana food banks. The meals will be judged by WTTV News Anchor Debby Knox; Jolene Ketzenberger, Eat Drink Indy foodie blogger; and Chef Lauri Griffin, a culinary instructor and associate professor at Ivy Tech Community College. Come sample the meals, learn about what foods Hoosier families need most — and donate!
Hero Day – Opening Day
Pay honor and tribute to all our heroes on Hero Day, Friday, Jan. 23! All active and retired military, police and fire personnel get FREE ADMISSION for the day, plus FREE PARKING at the State Fairgrounds. Just bring a valid ID, and come enjoy the Home Show on opening day! All heroes will have access to a VIP lounge from 1-7 p.m. with prizes and beer samples plus live entertainment from 5-7 p.m.
Marsh Day Monday – Jan. 26
Show visitors are invited to stop by the Marsh booth from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Marsh Day. The first 750 households to visit will receive a free reusable Marsh grocery bag, one per household, while supplies last. Learn about tips and tools for health and wellness as well as information about Marsh’s in-store nutrition programs on the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage.
Sip in Style at the Tuscan Wine Garden
Inspired by the earthy and natural setting of a Tuscan villa, Cheryl Jacques and her team from Brower/Jacques Design has created an atmosphere where Home Show attendees can relax, dine and sip in style. This feature displays a rounded pergola and wrought iron fence with autumnal touches. PRP Wine International offers samples of wines from around the world — the perfect way to bring the Tuscan hillside to the Home Show.
Rustic Beer Garden in South Pavilion!
There’s beer, too! Taste a variety of craft beers and domestics in the South Pavilion’s beer garden, open for the entire 10-day Home Show. Courtesy of William H. Brown Landscaping in Zionsville, the beer garden combines wood and iron for a rustic feel. Along with greenery and water features, Brown’s beer garden invites in Home Show attendees with a bar and outdoor kitchen surrounded by patio lights.
Take the Belgard Walkway
Leading Home Show attendees from the West Pavilion to the South Pavilion is the Belgard Walkway, courtesy of Belgard Hardscapes in Indianapolis.
Students from Herron School of Art and Design let their creative juices flow with furniture design projects showcased at the Home Show in the South Pavilion! Check out the heart in their art, with furniture pieces using everything from wood, resins and acrylic to metal, ceramic, concrete and glass.
Check out the Appliance Showcase
Look for the latest product trends in the kitchen appliance industry, presented by hhgregg — appliances from Bosch, Thermador, Asko, Sub-Zero, Wolf, GE Café, GE Profile and GE Monogram.
Furry Friends Show Off Their Fashion
It’s a chance for your furry friends to model their best fashion finds! This fun-filled fashion show on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. benefits Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.
TICKETS: $14 – Adult $3 – Children ages 6-12 FREE – Children 5 and under
Fridays 1/23, 1/30 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturdays 1/24, 1/31 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sundays 1/25, 2/1 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday-Thursday 1/26 – 1/29 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
MARSH DISCOUNT: Stop by any participating central Indiana Marsh Supermarket, and get your Home Show tickets at $2 off the regular box office admission price!
ONLINE DISCOUNT: Check out the Indianapolis Home Show website atwww.IndianapolisHomeShow.com and get $2 off admission — good every day! Make sure to go online and save!
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 317-705-8719 OR VISIT THE INDIANAPOLIS HOME SHOW WEBSITE: www.IndianapolisHomeShow.com.