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

June 29, 2014 Leave a comment
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ABOVE: Freedom Blast Fireworks Show, July 4, Downtown Indianapolis.

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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  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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Things to do in Indianapolis, May 26-June 1, 2014

Mass Ave ‘Crime and Punishment’ Bar Crawl, June 3-4

Inside the Art Bank Gallery.

The Art Bank Gallery, one of the participating venues in this event.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Kristen Fuhs Wells
Indiana Humanities
http://indianahumanities.org/

An upcoming bar crawl along Indianapolis’ Massachusetts Avenue will pair adult beverages with historic tales (and re-enactments) of crime and punishment in the city. This year, the Indiana Humanities historic bar crawl has expanded into two nights and will take place on June 3 and 4. Participants will start and end at the Indianapolis City Market catacombs and journey to four different Mass Ave locations, hearing a historic tale about a notorious Indy crime at each spot.

“The bar crawl allows people to connect to our past and each other in a really fun way,” said Brandon Judkins, director of programs for Indiana Humanities. “The great legends and forgotten tales of Indianapolis has quickly made this one of our most popular events. What better way to experience the seedier side of history than with a drink in hand?”

The Crime & Punishment-themed event will feature interpreters and performances at each stop, including a rousing courtroom debate (attendees will cast their jury vote regarding infamous KKK leader and accused murderer D.C. Stephenson) at The Hall (formerly Old City Hall) and a behind-the-scenes of tour of Art Bank Gallery, the site of one of John Dillinger’s early bank robberies.

Crime & Punishment, Indiana Humanities’ Historic Bar Crawl

When:
Tuesday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 6–9 p.m.

Where:
Locations include the Indianapolis City Market, The Hall and Art Bank Gallery (some details won’t be announced until the evening of the event)

Cost:
$50 (Ticket price includes food and drink at each location, as well as at the pre- and post-parties)

Reservations required.

The tour’s historic interpretations and performances will be provided courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society. Sun King Brewing Company is the title sponsor.

About Indiana Humanities
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk. As a convener, leader and partner, Indiana Humanities promotes the public humanities and engages Indiana’s community of minds to create stronger, more vibrant communities. Learn more at http://www.indianahumanities.org.

May Events in Downtown Indianapolis

April 22, 2014 Leave a comment
500 Festival

May means the 500 Festival in Indianapolis. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

Along with the outstanding lineup of annual 500 Festival events, Downtown will be buzzing with new exhibits, big sports action and more. Check the highlights below.

 

Ride on, Indy!

Downtown cyclists are ecstatic to welcome the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program to the Indianapolis Cultural Trail beginning tomorrow, April 22. The new program consists of 250 bicycles and 25 bikeshare stationsalong the Downtown trail. Bikers can cruise through Downtown by purchasing a 24-hour pass for $8 or an annual membership for $80 with unlimited 30-minute rides during your pass or membership period. Make sure to purchase a pass and test out a bike on May 17, Bike to Work Day.

 

Wholesale District Beautification Day

Community members are coming together for a morning of partnership, productivity and fun as district employees participate in the seventh annual Wholesale District spring cleaning on Monday, May 5. More than 200volunteers will create a clean, pedestrian-friendly environment for the district’s sidewalks, store fronts and businesses. Tasks include sweeping the sidewalks and curbs, removing stickers, painting over graffiti and picking up litter.

 

Happy Hour on Georgia Street

Beginning May 9, Georgia Street’s center block will turn into a work respite every Friday from 4 – 6:30 p.m.  Visitors can enjoy live music on the Boardwalk, order appetizers/drinks from Harry & Izzy’s and the Omni Severin Hotel and start their weekend off with friends at Downtown’s hometown hangout! Also on Georgia Street – FREE Workout Wednesdays from noon – 12:45 p.m. and Food Truck Fridays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Original Farmers’ Market returns May 7

Downtown’s Original Farmers’Market returns to Indianapolis City Market May 7 and every Wednesday through October. The market is open from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Market Street between Delaware and Alabama Streets. Market Street will be closed each Wednesday during this time.

 

Spring 5Ks and runs begin

April 26: Walk MS, Military Park

April 26: Matt Breman Run 4Kids, White River State Park

April 27: Best Buddies Friendship Walk, NCAA Hall of Champions

May 3: OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

May 10: Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run

May 10: March for Babies, White River State Park

May 17: The Color Run, White River State Park

May 17: Walk for Arthritis, Military Park

May 18: Indianapolis Great Strides Walk, White River State Park

May 18: Walking for Dreams Family & Pet Walk, the Canal

 

Major upcoming conventions and shows

April 24 – 27: National Rifle Association of America Annual Meeting, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 50,000

May 8: Daryl Hall and John Oates, Old National Centre

May 9: John Legend, Old National Centre

May 10: Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Indianapolis Motor Speedway

May 16 – 19: Do It Best Corp, Indiana Convention Center, est. attendance 10,000

May 19: EDTA: Ride, Drive and Charge, Georgia Street

 

Big things happening in May

May promises to be a big month for Downtown Indy! Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army is coming to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis May 10. It will be the only chance to see the warriors in the U.S. in 2014. Take Me There: China is also opening May 10 and is one of the largest exhibits about contemporary China ever produced in the US. The Indianapolis Zoo will open the world’s largest International Orangutan Center Memorial weekend. A soaring 150-foot highBeacon of Hope will draw people into the Zoo while enhancing the Downtown skyline.

 

“Feel the Rhythm of May”

This year’s 500 Festival theme is “Feel the Rhythm of May.” The OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon, the largest mini marathon in the nation, takes off at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 3. The course begins at the intersection of Washington and West streets, heads west to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and does a complete lap around the 2.5 mile track before heading back down New York Street.

 

The IPL 500 Festival Parade kicks off at noon on May 24. About 300,000 spectators from around the country will line the streets of Indianapolis for one of the nation’s premier parades. The month-long roster of events culminates with the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

 

Other 500 Festival events:

May 10: Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run

May 17: 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard

May 21: American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day

May 23: 500 Festival Memorial Service presented by Rolls-Royce

May 24: Keybank 500 Festival Snakepit Ball

 

Catch summer fever and more Downtown sports

The Indiana Fever kicks off their season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 17 against the Atlanta Dream. Also catch the Fever on May 23 against the Washington Mystics, May 29 against the Connecticut Sun and May 31 against the New York Liberty. The Indianapolis Indians’ regular season is in full-swing at Victory Field with 14 home games May 9 – 31. Catch the Weekday Game Parking Shuttle and ride for free on a shuttle that takes you to the Victory Field entrance. You can park at Lucas Oil Stadium (Gate #1, off Missouri Street) for $5.

 

Indy Eleven recently kicked off its season with a sold-out game at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Catch the team take the field May 10 against FC Edmonton, May 17 against Ottawa Fury FC and May 31 against San Antonio Scorpions.

 

Bring Mom Downtown this Mother’s Day

Downtown attractions and restaurants will make Mother’s Day extra special. Visit Mother’s Day Weekend at the Indianapolis Zoo May 10 and 11 and participate in a scavenger hunt, “mom-themed” keeper chats a photo station and more. On May 10 from 1 – 3 p.m., treat your mom to a special Steampunk-themed Mother’s Day tea at Morris-Butler House. Brunch with mom at one of Downtown Indy’s best restaurants: Market Table at the Alexander, the Rathskeller or Weber Grill. For more Mother’s Day events, visit: www.indydt.com/mothersday.cfm.

 

Big shows hit the stage Downtown

May 2 & 3: Karrin Allyson: Round Midnight, The Cabaret at The Columbia Club

May 2: Tracy Morgan, Old National Centre

May 7: Nickel Creek, Old National Centre

May 8: Daryl Hall and John Oates, Old National Centre

May 9 & 10: Cole Porter’s Anything Goes In Concert, Hilbert Circle Theatre

May 9: John Legend, Old National Centre

May 10: Tegan & Sara, Old National Centre

City Market’s Original Farmers Market Opens May 7

March 28, 2014 Leave a comment
Original Farmers Market

Original Farmers Market. Photo provided by the Indianapolis City Market and used with written permission.

By Stevi Stoesz
Indianapolis City Market
http://indycm.com/

Just as the asparagus, sweet pea and broccoli sprouts peek through tilled fields throughout central Indiana, City Market officials are preparing for the launch of the 17th annual Original Farmers’ Market season set to begin May 7, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. The downtown market runs every Wednesday, May through October, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Market Street between Alabama and Delaware Streets rain or shine.

“Mark your calendar, grab your market basket and join the more than 60 Original Farmers’ Market vendors for a great season of fresh produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, syrups, vegetable starts,  flowers, baked goods and more!” said Stevi Stoesz, Executive Director of the Indianapolis City Market. “We have a record number of vendors who will set up on City Market’s Whistler Plaza, as well as all of the great vendors who line Market Street.”

In its 17 years, the Original Farmers’ Market has helped to sustain the state’s food and farming community by providing a lively and profitable sales outlet for small family farms and local producers, many of which count on farm-direct sales as their main source of income.

DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR MATCHING PROGRAM EXPANDS TO INCLUDE MORE MARKETS

The Fresh Bucks program enables those who use SNAP benefits to double their spending dollars up to $20 on Indiana-native fruits, vegetables, honey, herbs and spices, maple syrup, and seedlings for edible plants.  The program’s expansion to include several area markets was made possible through a Specialty Crop Block Grant awarded by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

NEW VENDORS

The Original Farmers’ Market is pleased to welcome several new vendors to the Original Farmers’ Market family this year:

Craneberry Farm (Lafayette, IN) – Produce, pesto, variety of hummus flavors.
www.craneberryfarm.com

Harker Family Farms & Orchard (Waldron, IN) – Peaches, apples, tomatoes, sweet corn, pears, plums, cherries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries.
http://www.facebook.com/harkerfamilyfarms

Home Ec (Indianapolis, IN) – jams, jellies, marmalades, chutney, pickles and relish.

Husk (Indianapolis) – Frozen sweet corn, frozen green beans, frozen peas.
www.huskfoods.com

Indiana Microgreens (Indianapolis, IN) – Single breed arugula, basil, cilantro, cress, fennel, mache, popcorn shoots, custom salad blends.
www.facebook.com/inmicro

Indy Family Produce (Greenwood, IN) – Lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, leeks, beets, peppers, onions, potatoes, carrots, beans, zucchini, cucumber, eggplants.
www.indyfamilyproduce.com

Lick (Indianapolis, IN) – Specialty ice creams.
Lickicecream.tumblr.com.

Sage’s Simple Syrups (Whitestown, IN) – Lime/mint, cucumber/basil, guava, mango/ginger, peach/lavender, coffee/vanilla bean, roasted apple, cranberry, spiced pumpkin simple syrups.
www.sagessimplesyrups.com

Scratch Street Food (Indianapolis, IN) – Bacon Marmalade.
www.scratchtruck.com

Shamrock Farms (Arlington, IN) – Mushrooms, greens mixes, watermelon, potatoes, cabbage.

Tulip Tree Creamery (Zionsville, IN) – Artisan cheeses.
www.tuliptreecreamery.com

PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

  •        BUY TWO GIVE ONE

In collaboration with Gleaners Food Bank, the Original Farmers’ Market will accept donations of produce items every Wednesday at the OFM information booth located directly in front the City Market on Market Street. The collected produce will be distributed through Wheeler Mission.

  •        MARKET DAY MUSIC

The Market District Stage on City Market’s Whistler Plaza comes alive every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. when local musical and performing acts take the stage to entertain market-goers.

  •        LITTLE RED DOOR COOKING DEMOS

The first Wednesday of each month, Little Red Door Cancer Agency hosts a local celebrity in the Clark Appliance Demonstration Kitchen in City Market demonstrating healthy cooking techniques featuring cancer-fighting ingredients as well as recipes that provide countless healthy benefits to those in remission. Demos begin at 11:30 a.m.

  •        IN THE KITCHEN SERIES

The “In the Kitchen” series boasts local chefs from the area’s top restaurants who shop for product at both the Original Farmers’ Market and inside City Market, then prepare a meal for an audience. Market-goers will leave with a recipe provided by the presenting chef. Demonstrations occur during lunchtime on all but the first Wednesdays of the month, through October.

The Indianapolis City Market is a non-profit organization, and the Original Farmers’ Market was established in 1997 to provide a platform for local producers to sell their Indiana products directly to consumers. For further information, call 317-634-9266, visit our Web site at www.indycm.com, our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/IndyCM?ref=ts or follow us on Twitter @IndyCM.