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Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars, Apr. 29, 2017

January 27, 2017 Leave a comment

Hendricks County Fairgrounds. staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Deanna Hindsley
Hendricks County Historical Museum

(January 20, 2017, Danville, IN)—The staff of the Arthur Murray Dance Center in Avon, IN, hosted an outstanding kick-off event for Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars 2017, January 17, 2017.

The contestants for this year’s Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars are Nina Criscuolo, Journalist, WISH TV, Yvonne Culpepper, COO Hendricks Regional Health, Dennis Dawes, retired after serving 40 years as CEO, Hendricks Regional Health, and his wife Yao-Hsin Dawes, Bible Study Fellowship Children’s Leader, Bill Franklin, owner, Courthouse Grounds, Reverend Father Michael C. Fritsch, pastor, Mary Queen of Peace, Eric Hessel, Hendricks Community Foundation, Jill Lees, captain, Plainfield Police Department, Ed Martin, retired CEO Wabash Valley Power Association, Faith Toole, writer for Hendricks County ICON and Tracy Whetstone, Visit Hendricks County.

A relaxed atmosphere in the dance studio, complete with a generous array with refreshments, provided a perfect opportunity for the dancers to get to know each other and meet their Arthur Murray professional dance partners.

Deanna Hindsley, president, board of directors, Hendricks County Museum, reflected on the evening, “Arthur Murray Dance Center gave a wonderful welcome to our dancers and committee at the Kick-0ff where we all learned a few basic steps to get started. What a fun event and a great introduction to the 2017 ‘Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars!”

Mark Adang, manager of Arthur Murray Avon, stated, “The kick-off event was a terrific start to the Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars 2017 season. The staff and dancers are excited and energized to make this the best Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars ever”.

This year features a married couple, Dennis and Yao-Hsin Dawes, competing together. Like all the contestants, they will be working with a dance professional throughout a series of lessons on choreography and technique. The night of the competition, however, they will compete on stage as a couple.

This year’s event will be at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds on the evening of Saturday, April 29. Tickets will be available for purchase on March 1. The price of the tickets includes dinner and the show. A silent auction will once again take place prior to the competition and a cash bar will be available.

Corporate tables and sponsorships are currently available. For more information or if you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, contact Deanna Hindsley at, or call 317-695-5602.

All proceeds benefit the Hendricks County Historical Museum.

Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars, Apr. 9, 2015

March 8, 2015 Leave a comment
Hendricks County Fairgrounds

Hendricks County Fairgrounds. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Deanna Hindsley
Hendricks County Historical Museum

The Hendricks County Historical Museum will present the county’s first “Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars” on April 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm.

Patterned after the popular TV show, the event will feature 12 Hendricks County residents, six of whom will be staff members from each of the Hendricks County high schools:

Avon: Matt Schockley, Principal
Cascade: Jon Acton, Principal
Danville: Government teacher, Mike Nielsen
Plainfield: Brett Schwanekamp, Assistant Principal
Tri West: Chuck Jones, Sheriff’s Department Dare Officer
Brownsburg: Bret Daghe, Principal

Among others participating are:

Jay Puckett, Hendricks County Council President
Kathy Linton, Hendricks County Flyer Editor
Harold Allen, Hendricks County Flyer Publisher
Suzanne Whicker, retired Executive Director of Leadership Hendricks County
Deanna Hindsley, Museum Board President
Dr. Charles Tripple

Emcee will be Hendricks County Superior Court Judge Rhett Stuard.

The event will be held at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds, 1900 East Main Street, Danville, Indiana, with doors opening at 5:30. It will also include dinner and a silent auction.

Tickets are $50 each, and available at all North Salem State Banks and Hendricks County Bank and Trust locations or

Arthur Murray Studios in Avon will provide instructors / performance partners for participants, and also judges, including Carlos and Mary Kay Hood. There will be a trophy for the best dance performance and also for the “Star” who raises the most funds for the museum.

If you would like to vote for your favorite dancer, or purchase tickets, you can send your check to the Hendricks County Historical Museum at 170 S. Washington St., Danville, IN 46122. If supporting a dancer, state the dancer’s name you vote for.

Hendricks County Historical Museum is located south of the courthouse square in Danville in the former sheriff’s residence and jail.

Throughout the museum, rooms are furnished with period pieces reflecting the life of its residents from its inception in 1866 through mid-nineteen hundreds. It is a great resource for history of county residents, schools, and businesses and an educational experience for all.

The museum is open Saturdays, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. With new displays of railroad history, county sports heroes and Indian arrowheads. The event will help to fund operations and increase membership and volunteers to allow the museum to be open more hours.

Museum Board President, Deanna Hindsley said, “This promises to be the biggest event ever presented by the Hendricks County Historical Museum and we hope to raise enough funds to allow us to improve displays and also to be open more hours! We are looking forward to a great crowd!”

For more information, visit or call Deanna Hindsley at 317-695-5602.

Things to do in Indianapolis, June 30-July 6, 2014

June 29, 2014 Leave a comment
Fireworks Burst

ABOVE: Freedom Blast Fireworks Show, July 4, Downtown Indianapolis. Logo

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. FRI: Freedom Blast Fireworks Show in Downtown Indianapolis
  2. FRI: Glorious Fourth Celebration at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  3. FRI-SUN: Pokemon US National Championships at the Indiana Convention Center
  4. THU-SUN: National Powwow XVI at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds
  5. FRI: 4th Annual Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast Festival in Downtown Indianapolis
  6. FRI: 4th of July IndyFringe Picnic on Massachusetts Avenue
  7. MON-SAT: Linton Freedom Festival in Greene County
  8. MON-SAT: Shelby County 4-H Fair in Shelbyville
  9. TUE: Community Tuesday at White River State Park
  10. WED-SUN: Shoals Catfish Festival in Martin County
  11. FRI: Firecracker 6 Run and Walk at the Indianapolis City Market
  12. SAT: 3rd Annual ‘Taste of Indy’ at White River State Park
  13. FRI-SUN: Madison Regatta in Jefferson County
  14. MON-TUE, FRI-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  15. SAT: Motley Crue in Concert at Klipsch Music Center

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National Powwow in Hendricks County, July 3-6

June 25, 2014 Leave a comment
National Powwow in Danville, Indiana, July 3-6.

National Powwow in Danville, Indiana, July 3-6.
Photo provided by Visit Hendricks County and used with written permission.

By Josh Duke
Visit Hendricks County

Hendricks County will once again host one of the nation’s biggest events promoting awareness and education of the American Indian culture.

National Powwow XVI, which has been held every three years since its inception in 1969, returns to Danville July 3-6, 2014, at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 East Main Street. The four-day event introduces visitors to a cultural experience filled with traditional singing and dancers in full regalia, primitive skills demonstrations, a living history tipi village, ethnic foods, crafts, artisans, kids’ activities, bird shows and so much more.

“We are so glad to be back in Hendricks County again,” said Chris Bryant, festival organizer. “All of our participants raved about the facilities three years ago. They were truly second to none.”

The festival, which debuted in Danville in the summer of 2011 after previous stops in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Tipton, Ind., attracted more than 700 participants and 2,000 visitors to Hendricks County. Bryant said he hopes to see those numbers double this year with its return to the same location. Organizers also are expecting about 100 vendors at the event, whose wares will include American Indian jewelry, musical instruments, art and crafts.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. daily. A full schedule of festivities continues throughout all four days, transforming the 110-acre fairgrounds into an American Indian experience with something of interest for everyone in the family. Participants will come from all over the country and even Canada to provide daily activities such as educational seminars focusing on tribal customs and history and various craft instruction. Highlights of the event include a special dance to honor Veterans on July 4, a parade and children’s powwow on July 5, daily Birds of Prey shows, a national craft contest, the crowning of the National Powwow princess and many other interactive activities designed to educate and entertain visitors.

“It’s a pleasure to have National Powwow returning to Hendricks County this year,” said Jaime Bohler Smith, executive director of Visit Hendricks County. “We are thrilled to host the thousands of visitors and participants who stay, eat, shop and dine in our communities while showcasing the unique educational and entertainment options of the event to our residents. This is one of those activities that not only leaves a lasting economic impact, but enhances the quality of life in our area as well.”

Admission is $5 daily for adults, $2 for children ages 5-12 while children under 5 get in free. Select groups can receive a special discounted $1 admission throughout the event. Those special days include:

  • Thursday, July 3 – Seniors (age 50+).
  • Friday, July 4 – Servicemen including Active Duty Military, Veterans, EMS, Police and Fire Services with identification.
  • Saturday, July 5 – 4-H members.
  • Sunday, July 6 – Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the National Powwow website at