By Duane Brodt
FISHERS, Indiana. – August is a busy month for some 100 women who volunteer at Conner Prairie. Not as busy as September and October are. But pretty busy. And stressful.
That’s because they’re preparing to open the Apple Store at Conner Prairie for its 31st year. There’s a lot to do.
About 12 members of the Conner Prairie Alliance, an all-volunteer woman’s group that includes more than 100 members focused on creative fundraising for the museum year-round, will spend a day or two cleaning every inch of the store. All members will undergo a week of training that will teach them everything from overall store management to specific shift work. There are deliveries arriving daily that need to be coordinated.
And soon, about 50 members will take a week to actually set up the store, stock shelves and make sure everything – and every person – is set for opening day.
“There is really no adequate way to recognize how hard our members work,” said Alliance President Barbie Millington. The group was founded in 1982 and opened the Apple Store in 1985. “And we love our dedicated customers. They are so anxious each year for that first hand-dipped apple or cider slushie.”
The store opens at 11 a.m. Sept. 1, offering on its first day only a 15 percent discount on all items. The store will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. During October’s Headless Horseman, hours will be extended until 9 p.m. Its doors will be open on both Labor Day and Halloween.
In honor of Indiana’s 200th birthday, the store will feature a Bicentennial Gourmet Apple, which will be available all season, and Bicentennial Hand-Dipped Chocolate Caramels. Also new this season is the Chocolate Caramel Toffee Crunch. “Think of an apple wrapped in a Heath bar,” Millington said.
Popular products returning this season include hand-dipped caramel apples, gourmet caramel apples, cider slushies, fresh popcorn, apple pies, gifts, candy and various treats. Other long-time favorites returning are caramel apples dipped in dark chocolate and dusted with sea salt and Annie’s Apples – fresh-cut apples drizzled with caramel and served in a bowl. Special discounts and promotions will be offered throughout the season on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Last year, the Apple Store sold:
• 7,224 cider slushies
• 5,082 nutty caramel apples
• 5,502 plain caramel apples
• 3,480 specialty items, including fall gift items
• 3,201 pounds of apples
• 1,257 cups of hot cider
• 1,241 gallons of cider
• 816 bags of freshly popped popcorn
• 562 slices of pie
• 547 gourmet apples
• 264 whole frozen pies
In 2015, sales from the store raised $85,000 to support the construction of Treetop Outpost, a new nature experience that opened in July, and the museum’s agriculture and textile programs.
Since its inception, the Conner Prairie Alliance has raised more than $1 million to support initiatives at the museum.
Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.
By Leslie Olsen
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Fun for Free!
Calling All College Students!
Take a Study Break, Reboot, Enjoy Free Admission on Sundays!
Students enrolled in Indiana colleges, universities or online.
Free admission on Sundays from September 4-December 18, 2016.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
Sundays from September 4-December 18, 2016, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Why not? The Children’s Museum features famous props from feature films, real space equipment used by astronauts, pieces by famous artists, and more! Put down the book and experience something extraordinary! (Selfies encouraged.)
All full-time and part-time students enrolled in Indiana colleges or universities are eligible for free admission with a valid college photo ID. Limit one adult per ID please. Online students who do not have student ID’s may bring a copy of the current class schedule as proof of enrollment.
About The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary 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 Children’s Museum, visit www.childrensmuseum.org, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, Instagram @childrensmuseum, Facebook.com/childrensmuseum, and YouTube.com/IndyTCM
By Brent Hollerud
Indy Fuel ECHL Ice Hockey
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, announced their 2016 preseason schedule Thursday. The Fuel will meet the Fort Wayne Komets in a home-and-home exhibition doubleheader; starting on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, before shifting to Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis on Saturday, October 8. Friday’s game in Fort Wayne is scheduled for an 8 p.m. puck drop, while Saturday’s contest in Indy is slated for 6 p.m. ET.
All in attendance at Saturday’s game between the two in-state rivals will receive a 2016-17 Fuel magnet schedule. Indy’s preseason finale will be capped off with a post-game autograph session in the Indiana Farmers Coliseum lobby with the entire team. Tickets for the exhibition showdown are included in all Full-Season, Half-Season, and 9-Game Ticket Plans, and will be just $10 for the general public.
Announcements will be made in the coming weeks with more information regarding preseason and 2016-17 single game tickets, as well as the Fuel’s full promotional schedule for their third season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
The organization also announced Thursday the addition of Terry Ficorelli as the club’s new Director of Media Relations. A familiar voice to Indiana hockey fans, Ficorelli brings over 30 years and 3,500 games of play-by-play experience to the Fuel broadcast booth. The Detroit native spent the last six seasons in Evansville – serving as the Vice President of Communications, Broadcasting and Marketing for the CHL and ECHL IceMen from 2010-2014, before holding the same position with the NA3HL’s Evansville Thunderbolts in 2015-16.
Prior to arriving in Indiana, Ficorelli spent 15 years in Muskegon, Mich. manning the microphone for the UHL Fury and the IHL Lumberjacks, providing the call for four Fury championships in a six-year span from 1999-2005. In addition to the team success during his time in Muskegon, “Fic” became the first person to win both UHL Broadcaster of the Year and Public Relations Director of the Year honors twice.
Opening Night of the 2016-17 Fuel season is coming Friday, October 14 and Season Ticket Plans are now on sale! Join the team for year three at Indiana Farmers Coliseum by visiting IndyFuelHockey.com or calling 317-925-FUEL. Full and Half-Season packages are available, as well as 9-Game Plans and Group Ticket options. Stay up to date throughout the offseason by following the Fuel on Twitter and Instagram (@IndyFuel) and don’t forget to ‘Like’ the Fuel on Facebook.
By Carolyne Holcomb
Indiana Repertory Theatre
Indianapolis—Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) theatre-goers might be delighted to find musketeers off the stage and dueling in front of the historic building for the opening night celebration of The Three Musketeers, which runs September 20 through October 15, 2016, on the OneAmerica Mainstage.
“Dueling was a mania in France during the era of The Three Musketeers, and the resulting societal cost was high,” said fight choreographer Paul Dennhardt. “We’re approaching twelve duels, brawls and struggles in a way that will emphasize both the adventure and reality of the duels in an exciting, scary, messy, organic and lethal way.” But dueling musketeers aren’t the only thing that will have patrons on the edge of their seats.
The production, under the direction of Henry Woronicz, brings shadowy lighting to create mystery and intrigue, while illuminating the scenic conventions of 17th century France. Add feather-topped hats, boots and suspenseful, adventure-provoking music and away the production goes!
“Whether you come for the wonderful historic costumes, swashbuckling adventure, multiple romance stories or the historical intrigue, our The Three Musketeers contains it all and will sweep you along in an amazing evening of classic theatre with a lot of flair,” said Artistic Director and co-CEO, Janet Allen.
The IRT celebrates opening night with costumed musketeers and a Grins & Giggles photo booth before the production. Patrons will have an opportunity to explore the set and raise a glass with the cast of The Three Musketeers after the performance.
To learn more about The Three Musketeers and special events visit http://irtlive.com/.
What: The Three Musketeers
When: September 20 – October 15, 2016
Where: One America Mainstage, 140 W. Washington Street
Run Time: About 2 hours
Price: Prices start at $25
Age: Recommended for grades 6-12
Content Advisory: The Three Musketeers is an exciting adventure that contains mild language, a bar scene and realistic swordplay.
CAST & THE CREATIVE TEAM
JEB BURRIS as D’Artagnan
RYAN ARTZBERGER as Athos
DAVID FOLSOM as Porthos
NATHAN HOSNER as Aramis
DAN KREMER as Richelieu
ROB JOHANSEN as Rochefort
ROBERT NEAL as Treville
CHARLES GOAD as Louis
SCOT GREENWELL as Planchet
CHARLES PASTERNAK as Buckingham
LOGAN MOORE as Felton
ELIZABETH LAIDLAW as Milady DeWinter
AMANDA CATANIA as Constance
EMILY RISTINE as Queen Anne
MARA LEFLER as Kitty
DEE DEE BATTEAST as Abbess
HENRY WORONICZ Director
WILLIAM BLOODGOOD Scenic Design
DEVON PAINTER Costume Design
ANN G. WRIGHTSON Lighting Design
BARRY G. FUNDERBURG Sound Design and Composition
PAUL DENNHARDT Fight Direction
Opening Night | September 23, performance at 7:30 PM
Join us as we celebrate the opening night! Watch swordsmen duel in front of the IRT and take a picture with Grins and Giggles photo booth to share with your friends! After the performance, patrons can explore the stage alongside IRT artists and staff, enjoy appetizers and share a champagne toast with the cast.
Post-Show Discussion | October 1, after the 5 PM performance
Join IRT artists for a post-show discussion and learn what it takes to bring The Three Musketeers to life on stage.
IRTea Talk | October 2, after the 2 PM performance
Enjoy cookies and your choice of coffee or tea after the performance, while listening to IRT staff and artists discuss The Three Musketeers set.
Backstage Tour | October 9, after the 2 PM performance
After the performance, join IRT production staff for a backstage tour of The Three Musketeers set.
Happy Hour | October 11, before the 6:30 PM performance
Sun King Brewing Company & New Day Craft come together to host a Happy Hour you don’t want to miss! Come an hour before the performance to enjoy complimentary samples, appetizers and snag half-priced drinks from the bar all night long.
Post-Show Discussion with Jason Kelley, PHD FSA | October 12, after the 7:30 PM performance
Director of IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and Associate Professor of History in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, Jason Kelley shares a unique perspective of the musketeers: a comparison between 1627, the central year of The Three Musketeers, and 1844, the year of its publication.
Dinner and A Show with The Oceanaire | October 12
Purchase a ticket to see The Three Musketeers and then book a hand-selected three course dinner for two at The Oceanaire for $50! Offer valid with proof of ticket purchase and not to be combined with other offers.
Cookies & Coffee | October 13, performance at 2 PM
Enjoy delicious cookies and your choice of coffee or tea at this matinee, available before the performance and during the intermission.
For more information, visit http://irtlive.com/, or call 317-635-5252.
ABOUT THE IRT
Founded in 1971, the IRT is the largest and leading fully professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The mission of IRT is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, helping us build a vital and vibrant community.
By Heidi Harmon
On behalf of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), one of Indianapolis’ most recognizable music education and choral, kicks off its 31st season this month.
Season tickets go on sale August 25, 2016, available at www.icchoir.org/tickets.
The 2016-2017 Indianapolis Children’s Choir season will be an introduction to a new artistic director, Joshua Pedde, as he takes over for longtime artistic director and founder, Henry Leck.
Pedde said, “From day one of the ICC’s founding, they’ve been known for excellence in choral music and participation in the major cultural events in the community. I will continue that legacy Henry created and help impact music education as much as I can.”
In its 31 years, the ICC has grown from two small choirs to one of the largest choral organizations of its kind, with nearly 20 choirs and many music classes serving more than 3,000 young people from ages 18 months to 18 years. The ICC impacts an additional 2,000 children through its Innovations program, which directly supports music in local schools. ICC singers have traveled to and performed on six continents and in some of the world’s most recognizable venues and events.
In addition to welcoming Pedde to the podium this season, the ICC will celebrate their commitment to educating young people and the power of community in choral music.
The Indianapolis Children’s Choir 31st season performance schedule, venue and choir information is as follows:
Friday, October 28, 2016 | 7pm
Music of the Night – Broadway UMC
Description: The ICC is joined by special guests Echoing Air for a family-friendly, not-so-spooky, Halloween concert. This is an ICC experience like no other!
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Lyric, Chamber, and the Neighborhood Choir Academy
Sunday, October 30, 2016 | 2:30 pm
Sweet Melodies: A Classical Afternoon – St. Joan of Arc Indianapolis
Description: ICC singers showcase music they performed at a recent visit to Carnegie Hall, including Mohammed Fairouz’s Zabur.
Participating Choirs: Bella Voce, Cantantes Angeli, and Bel Canto
Friday and Saturday, December 16 and 17, 2016 | 7pm
Angels Sing – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: An Indianapolis Tradition! A chance to celebrate what we all believe during this magical time of year. Angelic voices fill the air and bring the holiday spirit to life. Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Bella Voce, Cantantes Angeli and Bel Canto
Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 12:30pm
Celebrate the Season – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: ICC’s younger ensembles and regional choirs present a holiday concert that will bring the meaning of the season to your heart.
Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Octavo, Boone County Children’s Choir, Carmel Children’s Choir, Fishers Children’s Choir, Franklin Children’s Choir, Hendricks County Children’s Choir, Johnson County Children’s Choir, all Preparatory Choirs and the Neighborhood Choir Academy
Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 3:00pm
Sounds of the Season – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle and be enveloped in the spirit of the season.
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Kantorei, Lyric, and Chamber
Sunday, March 12, 2017| 3pm
Tapestry of Song – Hilbert Circle Theatre
Description: Hear the ICC’s younger voices harken back to the era of swing and big band in this fun-filled performance!
Participating Choirs: Kantorei, Lyric, Chamber, Octavo, Boone County Children’s Choir, Carmel Children’s Choir, Fishers Children’s, Franklin Children’s Choir, Hendricks County Children’s Choir, Johnson County Children’s Choir, and the Neighborhood Choir Academy
Sunday, March 12, 2017| 7pm
Voices of Youth – Hilbert Circle Theatre
Description: The ICC transforms the Hilbert Circle Theatre stage into a 1940’s dance hall in this celebration of swing and big band music!
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Bella Voce, Cantantes Angeli, and Bel Canto
Saturday May 13, 2017| 3pm & 7pm
In Harmony – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Description: Hear the sounds of the ICC as they highlight music from around the world with special guests the New World Symphony Orchestra.
3pm Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Lyric, Boone County Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Franklin Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Johnson County Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Hendricks County Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, and Henry County Preparatory Choir
7pm Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Kantorei, Octavo, Carmel Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Fishers Children’s Choir and Preparatory Choir, Butler Preparatory Choirs and the Neighborhood Choir Academy
Sunday May 21, 2017 l 3 pm
Hear Our Song- Christel DeHaan Center (tentative location)
Description: The ICC’s most experienced singers are celebrated and honored for their dedication to the highest level of choral performance.
Participating Choirs: Indianapolis Youth Chorale, Bella Voce
Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 7pm
Choral Festival – Clowes Memorial Hall
Description: An incredible concert that showcases both older and younger singers of the ICC. Choral Fest campers, singing songs they mastered in just five days, share the stage with several hundred ICC singers. Simply amazing!
Participating Choirs: Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto, Kantorei, Lyric, Chamber, and Festival Singers
Individual tickets will go on sale October 12, 2016
About Indianapolis Children’s Choir
Currently in its 31st season, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir has grown to become one of the largest children’s choirs in the world. Founded by Artistic Director Emeritus Henry Leck and currently led by Joshua Pedde, the ICC serves more than 5,000 Central Indiana children from pre-school age through high school. The Indianapolis Children’s Choir nurtures and inspires student achievement through quality music education and the pursuit of artistic excellence in choral music performance. For more information, visit http://icchoir.org/