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Disney on Ice in Fort Wayne, Mar. 9-12, 2017

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Katie Schwartz
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Disney On Ice presents “Dare to Dream” is bringing Disney’s princess stories and most beloved fairytales to the ice in a sensational live production coming to your hometown!

This ice spectacular featuring scenes from Tangled, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and The Princess and the Frog, visits Fort Wayne from March 9-12, 2017 for seven performances at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Tickets are on sale now.

Join your hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they share the heroic stories of four of your favorite Disney Princesses.

Laugh along with Disney’s hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel, Flynn and Maximus embark on an uproarious expedition that soars to new heights!

Travel to the enchanted forest with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as she escapes from the Evil Queen.

Watch as Cinderella’s dreams come true with a little help from her animal friends and the Fairy Godmother.

Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, in a magical, musical journey.

Nothing can stop a princess from a courageous adventure when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream skates into to your hometown.

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream are affordably priced starting at $12 for Opening Night and starting at $15 for all other performances.

Tickets are available through, by phone at Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000, or in person at the Memorial Coliseum box office.

Seven great performances to choose from: Thursday, March 9 at 7 p.m., Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Zoolala at the Indianapolis Zoo, Jan. 28, 2017

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment


By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

INDIANAPOLIS — Guests will receive the royal treatment — enjoying fabulous foods, top-shelf drinks, live entertainment and more — as the Indy Zoo Council hosts Zoolala 2017: Party Like a King on Jan. 28, 2017, at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Tickets for this fifth-annual event are now on sale exclusively through the Indianapolis Zoo’s website. Zoolala provides the perfect opportunity for Central Indiana’s emerging and aspiring leaders to party with the purpose of supporting the Zoo’s animals and programs.

The lavish evening will begin with the VIP experience at 6:30pm in the Oceans building, where attendees can find the inspiration for this year’s theme: the king penguin. Attendees can also sip drinks, sample delicious fare and mingle among exhibits of stunning sea creatures including vibrant reef fish, mysterious rays and sharks, and playful sea lions. Additionally, VIP guests will have the chance to meet a penguin up close during exclusive animal keeper chats.

The party will shift to the Dolphin Gallery from 7:30pm to midnight for general admission guests to indulge on delicious foods created especially for the event by Zoo Executive Chef Joe Hsu as well as several of Indy’s top restaurants. Multiple open bars will serve beer, wine and cocktails throughout the evening, and attendees can dance the night away to live music by the Julia Kahn Band and DJ Lockstar.

The festivities will continue into the early morning hours with the official Zoolala After Party at Severin Bar. Plus, as the event’s official hotel partner, the Omni Severin Hotel is offering Zoolala guests a discounted room rate.

Tickets for Zoolala 2017 are $150 per person for general admission and $200 for VIP. Attire is black-tie and all guests must be at least 21 years old.

Founded in 2011, the Indy Zoo Council is comprised of emerging community leaders dedicated to supporting the Zoo and its mission of advancing animal conservation. As the Council’s signature event, Zoolala has raised more than $150,000 in four years to help fund the feeding and care of nearly 1,400 animals and 31,000 plants in the Zoo’s collection as well as its global animal conservation initiatives.

The Legend of the Cherub Continues in 2016

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment


By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.

It was 1946. World War II just ended and thousands returned home from military service. Among them was Virginia Holmes, a prize-winning commercial artist who came to Indianapolis to start her career in the advertising department at Downtown department store, L.S. Ayres. When it came time to compose the stores 1946 holiday catalog, merchandise was in short supply. To fill the somewhat empty pages, Holmes created whimsical cherubs. The cherubs captured hearts and began an Indianapolis holiday tradition that continues today.

The following year, Ayres’ 75th anniversary, called for a special addition to the store’s holiday plans. Not only did Ayres perpetuate the cherub’s appearance in their 1947 holiday advertising, but they also commissioned nationally recognized Indianapolis sculptor and Herron School of Art instructor, David Rubins to create a bronze cherub. The Cherub was to be placed on the store’s landmark clock, located on the outside of their building on the corner of Washington and Meridian streets.

The store is now Carson’s Department Store, which continues to honor this cherished tradition. In fact, this holiday season you’ll find the Cherub featured in Carson’s holiday window display on the corner of Meridian and Washington streets as well as featured on the 2016 holiday shopping bags.

Cherub Keeps Watch
As legend has it, the whimsical Cherub mysteriously appeared above the clock on Thanksgiving Eve 1947 to keep a watchful eye on the holiday shoppers until Santa took over on Christmas Eve. In the 69 years since, thousands have had the pleasure of seeing the Cherub perched atop the famous clock outside Carson’s each holiday season. This tradition lives in the memories of a city and its grateful citizens.

“Carson’s is honored to be a steward of the historic Cherub and continue the tradition for years to come in partnership with Downtown Indy, Inc.,” commented Jacky Howlett, store manager of Carson’s. “We hope the community will enjoy Caron’s holiday windows which feature the history and celebration of the Cherub.”

“We couldn’t be more delighted,” said Sherry Seiwert, president of Downtown Indy, Inc. “Carson’s has truly demonstrated its commitment to Downtown Indianapolis and this long-standing holiday tradition. We thank Jacky and the staff of Carson’s and Bon Ton for treating the Cherub and its history with respect, dignity and holiday joy.”

The May Department Store Co. purchased L.S. Ayres in 1986 and, in 1992, moved the Cherub to its headquarters in St. Louis. There was tremendous public outcry when the Cherub did not appear that holiday season. May donated the Cherub to the City of Indianapolis and in 1994 Downtown Indy, Inc. became the Cherub’s legal guardian. Downtown Indy, Inc. is pleased to partner with Carson’s Department Store on this tradition.

Side note: Indiana Landmarks recently campaigned to raise funds to repair the clock, which had shown incorrect times for a while. More than $60,000 was raised for a restoration and maintenance fund and the clock is in perfect condition today.

Keep an eye out… the Cherub is appearing atop the famed clock outside of Carson’s now! (Nov. 24 – Dec. 24, 2016)

Christmas at the @IndianapolisZoo 2016

November 20, 2016 Leave a comment


By Carla Knapp
Indianapolis Zoo

INDIANAPOLIS — The crackle of a warm fire, hand-made decorations and a twinkle in the night — wintertime is full of beauty and wonder. At the Indianapolis Zoo, the best of the holiday season comes together with a “wild” twist during Christmas at the Zoo presented by Teachers Credit Union and Donatos.

Nominated for two consecutive years for USA Today’s 10 Best Zoo Lights nationwide, 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 entering its 48th year, guests can enjoy 28 magical nights of Christmas at the Zoo — Nov. 25-27, 30; Dec. 1-4, 7-11, 14-23 and 26-30, 2016. The Zoo is open each day from noon-9pm and holiday activities begin at 5pm.

The more robust animals will be out late to enjoy the cooler weather, including the tigers, sea lions, red pandas, brown bears, walrus and many others. All of the Zoo’s indoor exhibits will be open to offer a perfect place for guests to go when cheeks get rosy. Additionally, special animal keeper chats throughout the day will help put everyone in the Christmas spirit.

As the sun sets, the glow of twinkling lights will create a magical nighttime experience throughout the Zoo. The 100-percent LED experience is presented by Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. Several dancing displays add to the festive atmosphere, including We Three Trees presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers and the All-A-Glow Light Show. Plus, the White River Junction Train presented by DAMAR Services offers an express ride through a wonderland filled with lights.

As they stroll through the Zoo, guests can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa, sample delicious holiday treats and enjoy carolers singing by the fireside. Plus, visitors who find the hidden mistletoe have a chance to win a spectacular holiday gift — an Animal Art Adventure.

In White River Gardens, visitors can shake off the winter chill and enjoy Santa’s Tropical Paradise inside the Hilbert Conservatory. Families will also love participating in the scavenger hunt presented by USA Insulation. Additional activities await at Santa’s Workshop presented by Chick-fil-A, where the little ones will love to decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, write letters to Santa and meet Kris Kringle himself through Dec. 23.

Christmas at the Zoo is free for Zoo members and included with regular admission. 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. Visit for advance tickets and more information, or call 317-630-2001.

Butler Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at Clowes Hall, Dec. 1-4, 2016

November 15, 2016 Leave a comment

Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University. staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Marc Allan
Butler University

INDIANAPOLIS – Fans of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker will get an extra opportunity to see the classic holiday ballet this year when ButlerBallet presents six performances December 1 through 4, 2016, in Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Show times are: Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 PM; Friday, December 2, at 8:00 PM; Saturday, December 3, at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM; and Sunday, December 4, at noon and 5:00 PM. The second show on Sunday is a new addition, allowing each of the show’s two casts three opportunities to perform the major roles.

Tickets start at $24.50. They are on sale through Ticketmaster, the Clowes Hall box office, 317-940-6444, and

The 2016 performances of The Nutcracker will feature 37 young dancers from the central Indiana community and all 114 students in Butler’s Dance program accompanied by the Butler Ballet Orchestra and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir under the direction of Richard Auldon Clark.

“We’re really excited about this year,” said Larry Attaway, Chair of Butler University’s Dance Department. “For us, it’s always new because the dancers are all new to their roles, but it will always be the holiday classic that the ButlerBallet is famous for presenting. You’ll recognize everything.”

Audiences will see some new choreography by Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Rosanna Ruffo, who will devise the movements for the Grand Pas de Deux and the Mother Ginger scenes, and Dance Professor Cynthia Pratt, who will choreograph the Snow scene.

For the first time in several years, the role of Clara will be danced by a student from the community. Chloe Andry, 12, from Noblesville, will take on the part.

“Chloe came to the Butler Community Arts School’s summer intensive program,” Attaway said. “She’s doing wonderfully well, and she’s incredibly mature.”

Attaway said this year’s Nutcracker is particularly strong because the students have been working together as an ensemble since the beginning of the school year. All 114 dance majors performed Pratt’s Riverrun Revisited at Indianapolis’ Brookside Park in September. This site-specific work was the department’s latest installment of the Streamlines project, part of a National Science Foundation grant that paired artists and scientists to explore scientific concepts and concerns about human intervention of the waterways in Indianapolis.

That experience created an incredible bond among the dancers, Attaway said. They became a cohesive company in a short time.

“We’re really ready for The Nutcracker,” he said. “It’s going to be great.”

Community dancers: Mya Adams, Fortville, age 11, Ballerinas Academy of Dance; Maya Adkins, Greenwood, age 13; Tippy Toes; Chloe Andry, Noblesville, age 12, Ballerinas Academy of dance; Kate Barker, Noblesville, age 12, Ballerinas Academy of Dance; Julia Brookshire, Indianapolis, age 15, Tippy Toes; Avalynn Bullerdick, Indianapolis, age 10, Curtain Call; Abby Burnette, Noblesville, age 11, Ballerinas Academy of Dance; Hazel Derloshon, Greenwood, age 9, The Dance Company of Indianapolis; Maggie Derloshon, Greenwood, age 12, The Dance Company of Indianapolis; Abigail Dirrim, Avon, age 10, Dance Legacy; Delaney Engelking, Indianapolis, age 10, Tippy Toes; Sophia Estka, McCordsville, age 11, Indianapolis School of Ballet; Joshua Fairchild, Plainfield, age 12, Dance Connection; Elaina Fletcher, Brownsburg, age 10, Dance Legacy; Gabrielle Hadad, Indianapolis, age 9, Indianapolis Ballet conservatory; Clifford Huehls, Indianapolis, age 6, Indiana Ballet Conservatory; Wednesday Jarvis, Greenwood, age 8, Starlight Dance Academy; Shaylee Navarrette, Plainfield, age 13, Infinity Dance Academy; Shelby Parker, Plainfield, age 10, Premier Academy of the Performing Arts; Quinn Potter, Indianapolis, age 8, Indianapolis School of Ballet; Daniel Pratt, Indianapolis, age 7; Indianapolis School of Ballet; Athena Reel, Indianapolis, age 9, Dance Legacy; Adriana Reel, Indianapolis, age 8, Dance Legacy; Mallory Sisk, Indianapolis, age 9, Dance Legacy; Ava Stiefel, Fishers, age 9, Ballerinas Academy of Dance; Karla Suazo, Indianapolis, age 14, Dance Legacy; Erin Wagner, Indianapolis, age 9, Dance Refinery; Maura Wheeler, Indianapolis, age 8, Fox Hill; Mariah Wilson, Speedway, age 9, Dance Legacy; Meeka Wojciechowski, Brownsburg, age 6, Sister Act Dance Academy.