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Downtown Indy Events on Martin Luther King Day 2017 @IndyDT

January 15, 2017 Leave a comment

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By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Celebrate the birth of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking advantage of special offerings in Downtown Indy. FREE admission to Downtown’s top attractions, volunteer opportunities and more help make this year’s tribute to the iconic civil rights leader a fun, meaningful one for the family. To view all these events online, visit: www.downtownindy.org/event-coll…/…/martin-luther-king-jr-day.

Indianapolis Museum of Art
FREE admission with donation on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 1 – 4 p.m.
Spend the afternoon at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hear Indy poets, singers and artists speak of love. Practice mindfulness, relieve anxiety through a large group meditation, and engage with others through activities and random acts of kindness. Donations can include non-perishable food items, toiletries and school supplies for the MLK Community Center.

White River State Park
Receive FREE admission Monday, Jan. 16 with a donation of one non-perishable food item per person, per attraction for Gleaner’s Food Bank. The Park is also offering complimentary parking. Visitors may park in the underground garage located off Washington Street in front of the Indiana State Museum, in the surface parking lots at the Indianapolis Zoo and Victory Field and in the surface parking lot across from Victory Field next to the Park’s Visitor’s Center.

Eiteljorg Museum
Enjoy the museum’s holiday exhibit, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure and Titan of the West: The Adams Collection of Western and Native America Art. Be sure to check out the lunch specials at the Eiteljorg Museum Cafe.

Indiana State Museum
Films, activities and performance art fill the museum in celebration of the life of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Indiana First Robotics Team from Southport High School will make a special appearance. The museum in its entirety is open to the public, and engages visitors in unique and meaningful ways that reflect the vision of MLK, Jr. Stay for lunch – the Farmer’s Market Café will be open.

Eskenazi Health and the Indianapolis Indians will offer free health screenings at the Indiana State Museum. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., nurses will also be available to discuss the importance of primary and preventive care. Anyone who participates in the health screenings will receive a complimentary ticket to Opening Night at Victory Field on April 6 courtesy of the Indianapolis Indians. Plus, Rowdie, the Indians mascot, will stop by for autographs between 11 a.m. and noon.

Indianapolis Zoo
Walk the grounds and see animals, especially the ones that love the cooler temperatures. Favorite activities will include petting sharks, looking eye-to-eye with orangutans and gazing at dolphins (12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.)

NCAA Hall of Champions
Get your workout in at the NCAA Hall of Champions where current and former student athletes lead classes. Guests can participate in a scavenger hunt and register for hourly raffle prizes. At 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., watch the film “Game of Change,” involving the 1963 NCAA men’s basketball tournament regional semifinal. Mississippi State, an all-white team, sneaks out of town in the middle of the night despite protests from the governor and state police of Mississippi to play a Loyola team that features four black starters.

IMAX Theatre
Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience, narrated by Brad Pitt, the film is a one-of-a-kind celebration of life and the grand history of the cosmos, transporting audiences into a vast yet up close and personal journey that spans the eons from Big Bang to the dinosaur age to our present human world. Shown for free as space permits at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. Make sure to get your IMAX tickets early that morning as there is limited seating capacity and tickets are typically gone before noon.

Indiana Historical Society
FREE admission on Monday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Head to Indiana Historical Society for performances, programs and service opportunities, as well as free admission to the award winning Indiana Experience. Watch a short play featuring Hoosier reactions to Robert F. Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis the night Dr. King was assassinated. The theater will also be home to a special performance by the Griot Drum Ensemble at 1:30 and 4 p.m. This presentation will treat visitors to African folktales accompanied by traditional instruments. guests can fill in a dream cloud with words or pictures featuring their own hopes for the future. The IHS traveling exhibition Who is a Hoosier? will also be on display.

Guests are invited to help pack care packages to benefit HealthNet Homeless Initiative Program, with items provided by Target and the Gentle Dentist. HealthNet will also be collecting new or gently used cold-weather items – hats, gloves, socks, coats and hand warmers – for its Homeless Initiative Program in honor of Jill Buck and two of her children who were killed in a crash in 2015.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
FREE admission on Monday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
At The Children’s Museum enjoy activities, storytelling by Portia Jackson about courageous children from the Civil Rights Movement (11:30 a.m., 12:30 & 1:30 p.m.) and performances by The Griot Drum Ensemble (10:30 & 11:45 a.m.) and the Freetown Village Singing Troupe (1 p.m.)

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Music of the Earth Festival
FREE performance, Monday, Jan. 16, noon at Eskenazi Hospital
Seven Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, led by violinists Sherry Hong and Charles Morey, will take listeners on a poetic journey through an intimate performance of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. The performance takes place at the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital: Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse.

Day of Service at IUPUI
Monday, Jan. 16 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hundreds of students, faculty and guests will volunteer at various sites around Indianapolis for the IUPUI Day of Service – a tribute to Dr. King’s commitment to service and social justice. Participants meet at the IUPUI Campus Center.

Landmark for Peace Memorial
Of course, if you are headed to Downtown Indy, stop by Martin Luther King Park (1702 Broadway St.), the site where Robert Kennedy gave his memorable speech the night King was assassinated in 1968. The park is home to the Landmark for Peace memorial sculpture, designed and executed by Indiana artist Greg Perry. The sculpture – showcasing King and Kennedy reaching out to each other – honors the contributions of both leaders.

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Pop Indy Shop in Greenfield, Indiana: Throwback to Another Era

January 6, 2017 Leave a comment
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Pop Indy Soda Pop and Candy Shop in Greenfield, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2017, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

Are you tired of the ordinary, the mundane, the routine? Have I got an answer for you!

It’s the Pop Indy Soda Pop and Candy Shop in Greenfield, Indiana (Pop INdy), across the street from Riley Park on East Main Street.

You want to take a trip down memory lane? Want to relive your childhood? Want to stir memories that haven’t come to mind in years? Then THIS is an absolute must-visit!

I can’t tell if the intoxicating aromas are from the popcorn, the candy, the ice cream, or the sodas–or a combination of all of the above. But I can tell you this: the smells alone are worth a trip to Greenfield. Beyond that, the color and strong visual appeal of this tiny shop is eye-catching and stimulating. It’s immediately enthralling and even somewhat enchanting!

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Just a few of the many varieties of soda at Pop Indy Shop.

There are dozens upon dozens of sodas in this shop that you’ve never heard, and a dozen more that you’ve forgotten about with the passage of time, like Choc-Ola, Grapefruit Kiss, even Dad’s Old-Fashioned Root Beer (there are at least a dozen different brands of root beer alone!).

With flavors like Kickapoo Joy Juice, Capt’n Eli’s Black Cherry Pop, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle soda, Frostie Cherry Limeade Soda, Italian Cherry Soda, and on and on and on, you will easily be able to spend an hour in a shop that is not much bigger than your living room!

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White Chocolate Raspberry Milk Shake at Pop Indy Shop.

There’s delicious ice cream concoctions, like the White Chocolate Raspberry milk shake pictured here, as well as dime candy, candy sticks, popcorn, and lots of other interesting and tasty treats.

And if you need to watch your P’s and Q’s like me, good news: I brought home a delicious bottle of Virgil’s Zero Black Cherry Cream Soda with zero calories, fat, carbs, sugar, and protein. There’s a whole section of diet and sugar free items.

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Shelaine Gilmer, owner and proprietor.

Owner and proprietor Shelaine Gilmer has put together a combination of the old corner grocery store and drugstore counter in a delightful little store that will leave you with a smile on your face and a soft spot in your heart. You’ll want to return often, for sure.

Pop Indy Soda Pop and Candy Shop is located in Riley Park Plaza, on the NE corner of East Main and Apple Streets, across the street from Riley Park (one block south of The Mug and just down the street from the Hancock County Fairgrounds. The address is 1004 East Main Street (see photo below). It’s open Tue-Sat, 10 AM to 6 PM.

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The shop is on Facebook at facebook.com/popindygreenfield, and on Instagram at @popindyshoppe. For more information, call 317-586-8277.

Check it out. You’ll be glad you did. And tell Shelaine I sent you.

Indianapolis Home Show, Jan. 20-29, 2017 @HomeShowIND

January 5, 2017 Leave a comment
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The West Pavilion (pictured), South Pavilion, and Exposition Hall at the State Fairgrounds will house the 95th Indianapolis Home Show, Jan. 20-29, 2017. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Tiffany Whisner
On behalf of the Indianapolis Home Show

THE 95th ANNUAL INDIANAPOLIS HOME SHOW FACT SHEET

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 95th 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 46 shows annually in 23 markets, including: 33 home shows in the U.S.; 14 home shows in Canada; and four holiday shows. The 51 events collectively attract 14,000 exhibitors, 1.5 million attendees and another 2 million unique web visitors annually.

WHEN:  10 days: Friday, January 20 through Sunday, January 29, 2017

WHERE:  Indiana State Fairgrounds – West Pavilion, Exposition Hall, South Pavilion

SPECIAL FEATURES:

All Three Buildings!
The Indianapolis Home Show is appearing in 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. And don’t forget, the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage is in the South Pavilion — full of celebrities and presenters you don’t want to miss!

Centerpiece Home
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.

Fischer Homes showcases its Rookwood design with a Coastal Acadian elevation, the first time featuring a ranch design — and the largest home ever built at the Indianapolis Home Show!

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. To bring a feeling of relaxed elegance to the Centerpiece Home, look for a nautical theme with plenty of soothing colors, shiplap patterns and natural woods.

Landscaping for the Centerpiece Home, featuring a wooden pergola and fireplace with a water feature, comes courtesy of Calvin Landscape in Indianapolis.

Fischer Homes and Touch of Class
The builders and designers of the Centerpiece Home reveal an inside look into the making of the home and will appear at the Home Show onSaturday, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28.

Love Hilary or … Love Her
Hilary Farr is an internationally-renowned designer and co-host of “Love It or List It” on HGTV. The show, a fan favorite, is a reality series about homeowners who must decide how far they will go for their dream home.Hilary will bring her witty banter and design trademarks of timeless glamour and functionality to the Home Show on Saturday, January 28.

Out with the Old, In with the New
Kevin O’Connor is the host of the award-winning, PBS home renovation series “This Old House” and “Ask This Old House.” He has also hosted shows for the DIY network and The History Channel’s “H2.” In September 2011, Kevin published his first book, “The Best Homes of This Old House.” What’s the secret to that home improvement or remodeling project you’ve been working on? Kevin has the answer! Get the new ways to improve your old house when Kevin appears on Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21!

Hate Your Yard? Talk to Sara Bendrick
Landscape designer Sara Bendrick comes to the rescue of people who love their homes but hate their yards on DIY Network’s “I Hate My Yard.” She works with homeowners to create the outdoor living spaces they’ve always dreamed of! Sara will help Home Show attendees realize the opportunity of their exterior spaces when she appears on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Gardens and Greenery Grow Center Stage
Home Show, Home Show, how do your gardens grow? Gardens and greenery will grow center stage in the middle of West Pavilion and throughout the entire space for the 2017 Home Show.

Designed and constructed by the area’s top landscape professionals, the feature gardens highlight ways to incorporate your greenery with water features, furniture and more to create eye-catching outdoor living spaces.

As the official florist of the Indianapolis Home Show, McNamara Florist welcomes Home Show attendees with new entryways in all three Home Show buildings, combining home improvement materials with dramatic, colorful hints of spring!

Big Style Comes in a Tiny Home
With minimal space, tiny homes are maximizing style and function. The tiny house movement has been growing in popularity over the last decade, and the Indianapolis Home Show brings one of these tiny treasures to you. Come to the West Pavilion and see a downsized home that is still full of life!

Designer Room Showcase: Local Designers’ Special Spaces
Four local designers bring their inventive and imaginative ideas to the forefront in the Designer Room Showcase. Each designer shows off a unique look for different rooms throughout the home. Come to the South Pavilion, right across from the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage, for a look at their looks!

Spruce Up Your Space with Designer Liz Henderson
Liz has been featured on HGTV’s “House Hunters,” shared room updates on “Where Are They Now,” and renovated her basement on DIY Network’s “Renovation Realities.” With a passion for decorating and a love for people, Liz enjoys helping others redecorate their homes in the Midwest. She appears at the Home Show on Sunday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 28.

“Sincerely, Sara D.” DIY Blogger Sara Davis – Created to Create
Sophisticated traditional with a twist of fun, Sara enjoys giving outdated or worn furniture a new chance at life and has a love affair with chalkboards. After working as an art director at a greeting card company, Sara’s home walls soon became her creative outlet — that and blogging. Sara will give Home Show attendees the knowledge they need to create a pretty space without a lot of money. She will be at the Home Show on Thursday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 27.

She’s Got Unexpected Elegance – DIYer Angela Lerew

Angela Lerew is a home decor and DIY blogger who loves to create welcoming and inspiring spaces. She has been featured on “Elle Décor,” “Apartment Therapy,” “Good Housekeeping” and HGTV.com.  She shares do-it-yourself tutorials and simple ideas to transform your home at the Home Show on Wednesday, Jan. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 26.

Junkey Monkeys at Salvage Sisters Teach Re-tiquing Your Treasures
Junkey Monkeys Dianne and Lisa highlight their antiques and vintage look at Salvage Sisters’ Antique Shop. They work to reuse, re-tique and refurbish vintage treasures for your home. See them at the Home Show on Saturday, Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 22, and learn how to give new life to your old furniture, art and other collectibles.

Family Feeding Tips with Basilmomma’s Heather Tallman
Heather Tallman, also known as Basilmomma, is an Indianapolis-based food personality and family meal advocate, food writer, blogger, newspaper columnist and freelance writer. In addition to recipe development and creating food and family travel-based content for her website, Tallman appears locally on Indianapolis TV and radio stations, sharing the message of family meals and quick-and-easy recipes. She will be at the Home Show on Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29.

The Hoosier Gardener Digs into Natural Gardening
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp has been writing and speaking about natural gardening for more than 25 years. She is a contributor to “Indiana Gardening” and “Edible Indy” magazines and has been writing a weekly gardening column for “The Indianapolis Star” since 1989. She is a garden coach and has a container planting business for both residential and commercial locations. Jo Ellen will show Home Show attendees how to put their green thumbs to work when she appears on Monday, Jan. 23 and Friday, Jan. 27.

Her Highness, the Queen of Free
She’s addicted to getting something for nothing — and Cherie Lowe, the Queen of Free, shares freebies and strategies for everyday savings along with inspiration for those pursuing a debt-free life. Cherie has appeared 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, Jan. 29!

Get the ABCs of Veggies from Carol Michel
Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener and Indiana resident who claims to have the largest hoe collection in the world! On her award-winning blog, Carol features topics from vegetable gardening to the wisdom of old gardening books. She will share her growing thoughts when she appears at the Home Show on Monday, Jan. 23 and Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Brighton Village Features Custom-Built Garden Sheds
Uniquely-designed for the Indianapolis Home Show, Brighton Developments, LLC, creates Brighton Village, which includes custom-built garden sheds that are the perfect mix of function and beauty. In addition, Brighton Village showcases a central pond, fountains and a variety of spruce trees with a new camp scene that brings the outdoors to life. Come see this special feature in the South Pavilion!

Planning to Remodel? Trendy Tips for Your Space
Dave Megge is the national kitchen/bath and flooring director for Carter Lumber and a leader in the design industry. A guest host on “Remodel it Right” and “Hire it Done” radio programs, he offers Home Show attendees tips for remodeling and space planning along with current and upcoming design trends. He appears at the Home Show on Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21. 

Plus:

Masters of Ceremonies WIBC’s Terri Stacy and WYXB’s Sean Copeland
Often referred to as the “Sunshine of the Morning Show” on WIBC, Terri Stacy acts as a roving field reporter for Radio Indiana. She’s also the traffic voice in morning drive time weekdays on WIBC. And Sean Copeland is downtown Indy’s morning radio personality on B105.7. His sense of humor shines in his web series, “Sean in the City,” where he travels to different locations around the city to interact with residents.

The duo’s personality and charm come to the Home Show this year as masters of ceremonies to keep Home Show attendees informed and involved with what’s happening on the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage in the South Pavilion and throughout the Home Show. Terri appears for the Home Show’s first weekend, and Sean appears for the second weekend!

Hero Day – Opening Day
Pay honor and tribute to all our heroes on Hero Day, Friday, Jan. 20! 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!

Marsh Day Monday – Jan. 23

Show visitors are invited to stop by the Marsh area 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. Marsh focuses on nutrition with several in-store programs helping customers make more nutritious choices and learn about healthy recipes, shopping strategies and meal plans that fit customers’ lifestyles and make eating healthy easier.

Sip in Style at the Wine Garden

This year’s Wine Garden is more than a product showcase. It’s an experience — a mental trip to another country for some relaxation during the Home Show.

Unilock Craft Beer Corner in South Pavilion!

There’s beer, too! Taste a variety of craft beers and domestics in the South Pavilion’s Unilock Craft Beer Corner, open for the entire 10-day Home Show. Along with greenery and water features, the Unilock Craft Beer Corner invites in Home Show attendees to enjoy a beer in the midst of the lush scenery.

TICKETS:    $14 – Adult        $3 – Children ages 6-12       FREE – Children 5 and under

SHOW TIMES:

Fridays                              1/20, 1/27        11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturdays                          1/21, 1/28        10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sundays                            1/22, 1/29        10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday-Thursday            1/23 – 1/26       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 at http://www.IndianapolisHomeShow.com and get $2 off adult 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 AT www.IndianapolisHomeShow.com.

2017 Programs and Events at the Children’s Museum @TCMIndy

January 5, 2017 Leave a comment
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Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Leslie Olsen
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

STEM Strong

The world’s largest children’s museum will be STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) strong in 2017. The museum recently invested more than $8 million in science-focused exhibits and programs including Beyond Spaceship Earth, (which includes the one-of-a-kind Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater), and the reimagined Dow AgroSciences ScienceWorks.

The first exhibit launches visitors into space aboard a recreated International Space Station, allowing them to see what it’s really like to work and live in space.

The Planetarium and Space Object Theater currently features the NASA space capsule Liberty Bell 7, piloted by Indiana native and astronaut Gus Grissom in 1961 on America’s second manned space flight. It raises and lowers on a pedestal as families watch a video—making children and families feel as though they’re watching it float in space as they learn more about it.

Explore the work of real scientists like hydrologists, naturalists, and geologists in ScienceWorks. See how people like engineers, farmers, and others use science process skills to ask questions and seek answers to help us in our daily lives.

New in 2017

Chocolate Slide

Feb. 4–April 22, 2017

When it’s dark, gloomy, and cold outside, it’s fun inside the world’s largest children’s museum for families who whoosh down the 47’ chocolate slide. With the museum’s Sunburst Atrium transformed into a Willy Wonka-inspired wonderland, families are encouraged to zoom down the slide that is themed like a river of chocolate, and purchase sweet treats and good eats in the Chocolate Cafe.

Circus—Starring YOU!

Feb. 18–Nov. 26, 2017

Children and families will enter the Big Top, meet performers, “walk” a virtual reality tightrope, and step through time to learn the history of the circus. Then visitors will be invited to get into the act and become a performer themselves. Museum magic will allow families to ‘look’ like they’re being shot out of a cannon or appear to be the world’s strongest men/women flexing their muscles as they lift foam barbells. Daredevils will be able to attempt feats like the roman ladder, rolla bolla, and lyra rings on interactives designed to provide a peek into what it takes to perform under the big top!

Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™

(May 13–July 30, 2017)

Just in time for summer vacation and the Indy 500, the museum will open Hot Wheels™: Race to Win™. This exhibit will get you revved up for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Immersive activities for three generations of Hot Wheels® fans will help families understand the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts behind what makes cars go faster. There will be a combination of real race cars and toy cars along with the iconic orange track and a pit stop challenge. Real drivers will also visit on select dates to share their racing secrets. This exhibit is touring the country over the next few years and returning to The Children’s Museum each summer.

American POP: The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture

Permanent exhibit opens June 17, 2017

Reminisce about fads or pop culture events that affected your life and learn what shaped those things into becoming hot or hip. American POP: The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture will showcase American TV shows, movies, music, and fashion that can bring us together across generations. American POP is a new permanent exhibit that will explore how popular culture has influenced our daily lives in the past and the present, and imagine how it may shape the future.

DANCE!

June 17, 2017–April 2018

DANCE! is the first temporary exhibit to be featured in The Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture. Visitors to this exhibit should be ready to move their feet to the beat and join the fun. This multigenerational exhibit looks at dance styles through the ages and around the world. Families who feel daring may want to put on their dancing shoes and take the stage to showcase their best dance moves.

Haunted House

Oct. 7–31, 2017

The nation’s oldest haunted house leads visitors through Wicked Woods with werewolves and witches. After 54 years of haunting, the museum’s head witches have created the perfect potion for all things haunted. From campfires to caves, creatures to creepy cabins, and terrible tales to haunted trails, there is something for people of all ages. There will be lights-on family-friendly hours and frightening hours for the brave of heart.

Santa’s Arrival, Jolly Days, & Countdown to Noon

Advance elves are on the lookout for Santa Claus the day after Thanksgiving. Once his helpers spot the Jolly Old Elf, they rappel from the roof of the building to greet him. Santa then races in onboard an Indy Racing Experience two-seater IndyCar to greet all the good girls and boys. Jolly Days: Winter Wonderland will be open Nov. 24, 2017 through early January 2017. Families can visit Santa through Dec. 24, and participate in pretend ice fishing, ice-skating, and holiday baking. There will also be a castle to climb and a magical snow globe that, with a push of a button, allows visitors to let it snow! Those who want to ring in the new year (2018) are invited to Countdown to Noon drop by drop at North America’s largest water clock.

LAST CHANCE to See Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

Now until Jan. 22, 2017

That last day to visit Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit before it begins its museum tour across the country is January 22nd. Spotlighting Doc’s role as the health and wellness ambassador for young children, the experience brings the magical storytelling of “Doc McStuffins” to life through hands-on activities for young children and their families that impart life-lessons about health and wellness. Through imaginative play and intergenerational learning, visitors are transported to a world inspired by Doc’s backyard playhouse clinic; There, they share the joy of bringing their favorite toys to life as they learn more about sta ying healthy, caring for others, while problem solving.

For more information visit http://childrensmuseum.org/, or call 317-334-3322.

Free Teacher Workshop in Pendleton, Indiana, Jan. 19, 2017 @indianahistory

January 5, 2017 Leave a comment

By Rachel Hill Ponko
Indiana Historical Society

Pendleton, Ind.—The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) announces two more opportunities for teachers across the state to take part in a free one-day teacher workshop. The first of the workshops will take place Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the South Madison Community School Corporation Administrative Services Center in Pendleton.

The program is centered around Hoosiers and the American Story, a supplemental textbook designed for grades eight through 12. Written by Dr. James H. Madison and Lee Ann Sandweiss and published by IHS Press, the book explores Indiana examples of topics taught in U.S. History classrooms, such as Native Americans, westward expansion, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement.

Workshop participants will receive a free copy of Hoosiers and the American Story. Teachers of grades eight through 12 may order a free class set of the book. To date, IHS has provided more than 50,000 copies of the book to teachers and students across the state.

In addition, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance, reflecting six hours of professional development, which may be submitted for Professional Growth Points (PGPs). Participants will receive lunch and a gift card to offset travel expenses. IHS also will reimburse schools or districts for substitute teacher fees, in order to allow teachers to attend.

The workshop is geared toward grades eight through 12, but teachers of all grades are welcome. Educators can register online at www.indianahistory.org, now through Wednesday, Jan. 18. In addition, registration is open for a second teacher workshop of 2017, scheduled Friday, Feb. 3, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis.

Space for each of the workshops is limited, and registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis until each workshop fills. After that time, a waitlist will be created.

IHS’s free teacher workshops are sponsored by IHS and Indiana Humanities and made possible by a generous grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The workshops are endorsed by the Indiana 2016 Bicentennial Commission.

For more information about IHS’s resources for teachers, call (317) 232-1882, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.