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Farm-to-Fork Feast in Monroe County, Aug. 3

July 16, 2013 Leave a comment
Creekbend Vineyard in Ellettsville

Creekbend Vineyard in Ellettsville.
Photo provided by Indiana Landmarks and used with written permission.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Indiana Landmarks

Spectacular views and historic ambiance join the creations of Chef Daniel Orr on the menu for Indiana Landmarks’ Farm-to-Fork Feast in Monroe County on August 3, 2013.  The event is one of four summer feasts staged by the organization to highlight historic places in Indiana.

The Farm-to-Fork Feast begins with a tour of the historic Ben Owens Farmstead in the Maple Grove Road Rural Historic District.  Owned by David and Mary Ray, the impressive Civil War-era farm retains its 1864 brick home, large barn, outbuildings, and dry stone walls, a prominent feature of the Maple Grove Road area.

Plein air artists whose work appears in the new coffee table book, Painting Indiana III: Heritage of Place, will be painting at the Owens Farmstead during the event. Guests can watch Vivian Gladden, Margaret Hanke, Tricia Hillenburg, Wyatt LeGrand, Ron Mack and Larry Rudolech painting landscapes and buildings on the site. The book, published by IU Press, Indiana Landmarks and the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, will be available for sale at the event.

The main event takes place among the grapevines of Oliver Winery’s Creekbend Vineyard on a hilltop overlooking the Bean Blossom Creek Valley. The first grapevines were planted in the 1960s by Bill Oliver’s father, long before the property began growing grapes for Oliver Winery in 1994.  Since then, Creekbend Vineyard has expanded to approximately 75 acres, with a nineteenth-century brick farmhouse and historic barns.

The family-style dinner will feature a menu crafted by Chef Daniel Orr of FARMbloomington, who draws much of his produce and meats from his family’s historic Gibson County farm. Highlights include an assortment of farmers market vegetables stuffed with Capriole Farm goat cheese, yellow tomato gazpacho, grape and grain salad, and a choice of pork tenderloin or venison marinated in Oliver Creekbend red wine and smoked over vineyard vines. Dessert will be Ile Flottante, a meringue floating in crème anglaise, with fresh berries. Each course will be paired with an Oliver Creekbend wine.

The event is sponsored by Indiana Landmarks, with support from Pell Roofing & Siding, Odle McGuire Shook Architects, and Golden Hands Constructon. Indiana Landmarks, a statewide nonprofit organization, saves and restores historic places and uses preservation to revitalize neighborhoods and communities.

Farm-to-Fork Feast

Aug. 3, 2013, 5-8:30 p.m.

Dinner at Oliver Winery’s Creekbend Vineyard, 7508 N. Woodall Rd., Ellettsville
Pre-dinner tour at the historic Ben Owens Farmstead, 4595 N. Maple Grove Rd., Bloomington

$65 per person; $50 per person for Indiana Landmarks members

Reservations required;

INFO: or contact Tommy Kleckner, 812-232-4534

Editor’s Acknowledgement: JTPR, Inc.

Uplands Wine Trail Adds 10th Winery

June 10, 2013 Leave a comment
French Lick Winery and Cafe

French Lick Winery in Orange County is one of the wineries on the Uplands Wine Trail. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Sally Bonneau
On behalf of the Uplands Wine Trail

Uplands Wine Trail adds 10th Winery on its 10th Anniversary

The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail (IUWT) announces its expansion to 10 wineries with the addition of the Owen Valley Winery of Spencer, Indiana.   Now in its 10th Anniversary year, the Uplands Wine Trail, Indiana’s first wine trail, reaches from Bloomington on the north to the I-64 corridor on the south.

Owen Valley Winery joins the wine trail on the heels of the creation of the new Indiana Uplands American Viticultural Area (AVA). Owen Valley’s vineyards are located by their country tasting room and winery at 491 Timber Ridge Road in Spencer (Owen County). A range of wines are vinted at Owen Valley including estate grown Steuben blush and Traminette as well as fruit wines such as Persimmon and Strawberry and dry offerings including Chardonnay and Syrah.

A second Owen Valley tasting room is located in the restored Tivoli Theatre in Spencer. Both tasting rooms are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday. More details about Owen Valley Winery can be found at The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail passport for the 2013-2014 season, which begins in June, will include Owen Valley Winery. Visitors completing the trail will receive a 10th Anniversary Wine Trail print which includes the new AVA map.

Owen Valley’s first event as a member of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail will be participation in the “Uncork the Uplands” event on July 27, 2013, at the Bloomington Convention Center in Monroe County. All 10 wineries and their wines will be featured with artisan foods and fare from regional restaurants. A Chef cook-off, wine cocktails, winemaker speeches, entertainment and silent auction will round out the evening along with an optional vineyard tour at Creekbend Vineyard in the afternoon.

Owen Valley joins the other nine wineries on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail including Brown County, Butler, Oliver, Carousel, French Lick, Winzerwald, Turtle Run, Best and Huber. For details about Uncork the Uplands and to purchase early bird tickets visit

About the Uplands Wine Trail

The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail is nestled among the rolling hills of Southern Indiana and showcases 10  wineries:  Best Vineyards Winery, Brown County Winery, Butler Winery, Carousel Winery, French Lick Winery, Huber Winery, Oliver Winery, Owen Valley Winery, Turtle Run Winery, and Winzerwald Winery  ̶ each proudly coupling high quality wines with a wonderfully unique epicurean experience.  For more information visit us at, on Facebook at and Twitter at!/IUWT.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: BPS Marketing.

June 2013 Events in Bloomington and Monroe County

Arts Fair on the Square in Bloomington, June 22

Arts Fair on the Square in Bloomington, June 22.
Photo provided by Visit Bloomington and used with written permission.

By Julie Warren
Visit Bloomington

Welcome to Bloomington!

After a very rainy, cold, and rather snowy spring, the sun has finally decided to visit Bloomington! The official first day of summer is quickly approaching and many visitors and residents could not be happier. Many of the students may have said their goodbyes to their beloved college town for a few months, but Bloomington is still bursting with activities. Summer in Bloomington is a fantastic time to explore what the city has to offer and an especially good time to showcase the arts.

No matter when you visit this summer, you’ll find numerous events on campus with the IU Summer Festival of the Arts. Events include dance, visual art, music, cinema, and theatre—there is never a quiet day in this artsy little city. From attending a concert at the Musical Arts Center to exploring an exhibit at the Mathers Museum, there is a variety of things to see, hear, and do.

Bloomington is packed with traditions when it comes to unique dining experiences but it is also filled with many hidden treasures. Come explore the annual Taste of Bloomington on June 22 to find your new favorite. The festival will also host live performances and children’s activities. Luckily for visitors, the 32nd annual Arts Fair on the Square will showcase over 60 regional and national artists and craftspeople on the very same day. Art activities will be provided for kids while artwork and entertainment will be on display for adults. Prepare yourselves for an entertaining and delicious day, filled with arts, crafts, and the best food that Bloomington has to offer.

Although the Gallery Walk is open all year round, this June marks its 10th anniversary. Located downtown, this self-guided tour includes eleven galleries, all in walking distance from each other. The Gallery Walk hosts local artists, as well as regional, national, international, and emerging artists in a variety of mediums. This impressive tour is great for a refreshing date night or a less-than-ordinary night out with friends.

If you thought June was already exciting, get this: it is also Limestone Month! Don’t know much about limestone? No need to worry—you can learn about all the interesting fragments of limestone at one of the several events hosted this month. Exciting events offered include: a tour of the Victor Oolitic quarry, an architectural tour of the IU campus, The Art of Indiana Limestone exhibit, the 17th Annual Indiana Limestone Symposium, and many more exhibits and presentations that are sure to rock.

Also in June is the Limestone Comedy Festival, June 6-8, featuring nationally known comedians like Tig Notaro and Maria Bamford, plus some of Bloomington’s favorites. This three-day comedy festival will be held at various venues throughout downtown Bloomington. If you are into comedy, this is one festival you do not want to miss this summer.

There are many more events, shows and performances taking place this month, including live local music every night of the week!  For more information on events, restaurants, shopping and attractions, go to

June 2013

Ongoing Events:

Songwriters Showcase
Every Monday, 8 pm
Player’s Pub, 812-334-2080

Lunch Concerts Series
Every Tuesday, 11:30 am
People’s Park

Beer School at Yogi’s
Every Tuesday, 7 pm
Yogi’s Grill & Bar, 812-323-9644

Free Live Entertainment
Every Friday, 9 pm
Eagle Pointe Golf Resort, 812-824-4040

Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday, 8 am
Showers Common, 812-349-3738

Brewery Tours
Every Saturday, 2 pm
Upland’s Production Brewery, 812-336-2337

Misguided Comedy Tours of Bloomington
Every Saturday, 2 pm
Various locations, 812-322-2211

Picnics at Creekbend
Every Second  Sunday, 1 pm
Oliver Winery, 812-876-5800

Yoga in the Atrium
Every Saturday, 11:30 am
Fine Arts  Plaza, 812-855-5445

Ryder Films in the Root Cellar Lounge
Every Thursday, 7:30 pm
Root Cellar Lounge, 812-323-0002

Fridays at Third Street Park Concerts
Every Friday, 6:30 pm
Third Street Park, 812-349-3725

HiStory Time
Third Thursday of every month, 10:30 am
Monroe County History Center, 812-332-2517 ext. 3

Special Events:

Amazing Avians: A Live Bird Show
June 1-2, 11 am & 1 pm Saturday; 2 pm Sunday
WonderLab, 812-330-1337

Roller Derby
June 1, 6 pm
The Cardiac Arena

Spun: A Brother/Sister Rock Musical
June 1, 7:30 pm
Bloomington Playwrights Project, 812-334-1188

The Dance Center Spring Recital
June 2, 2:30 pm & 5:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020

The Limestone Comedy Festival
June 6-8
Downtown Bloomington venues, 812-336-LAFF

First Friday Evening Science of Art: Limestone Carving
June 7, 5 pm

The Art of Indiana Limestone Exhibit
June 7, 5 pm
The Fell

Oliver Winery’s Tunes on the Terrace: The Rigbys
June 7, 7:30 pm
Oliver Winery, 812-876-5800

A Fair of the Arts
June 8, 8 am
Showers Common, 812-349-3725

Victor Oolitic Quarry Tour
June 8, 9:30 am
Bloomington Visitors Center, 812-334-8900

Back to the Future: Mid-Century Modern Home Tour
June 8, 1 pm
First United Methodist Church, 800-450-4534

Timeless Fashion
June 8, 2pm
Monroe County History Center, 812-332-2517

June 8, 5 pm
Upland Brew Pub, 812-336-2337 ext. 209

Roller Derby
June 8, 6 pm
The Cardiac Arena

New Wave Night- ‘80s Dance Party!!
June 8, 10 pm
The Root Cellar Lounge, 812-323-0002

Who’s Bad
June 8, 9:00 pm
Bluebird Nightclub, 812-339-8984

Thrive in Love: Weekend Workshop
June 8-9, 9:30 am
Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, 812-825-3704

Charlotte’s Web
June 8-23, 7 pm; plus 2 pm Saturday & Sunday
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 812-323-3020

The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington presents Old Wicked Songs
June 8-15, 7:30 pm Thursday & Saturday; 2 pm Sunday
Bloomington Playwrights Project

“Foreign Affairs, Domestic Intrigue”: A Concert of Songs and Duets from Broadway & Opera
June 9, 2 pm
Fairview United Methodist Church, 917-449-5284

Dining with Doug and Karen!
June 9, 1:30 pm
The Comedy Attic, 812-336-5233

17th Annual Indiana Limestone Symposium
June 9-15
Bybee Stone Co., 812-824-8845

Touch a Truck
June 12, 12 am
Twin Lakes Sports Park parking lot, 812-349-3718

Frances Ha
June 13-17, 9:30 pm Thursday; 7 pm Sunday & Monday
IU Cinema Center, 812-630-1925

Architectural Tour of the IU Campus
June 14, 2 pm
Sample Gates, 800-800-0037

Festival Orchestra – Arthur Fagen, Conductor: Menahem Pressler, Piano
June 14, 8 pm
Musical Arts Center, 812-855-9846

National Ham Radio Kids’ Day
June 15, 1 pm
WonderLab, 812-330-1337

Build Your Own Radio Workshop
June 15, 2 pm
WonderLab, 812-330-1337

Summer Music Clinic Final Concert
June 15, 1 pm
Musical Arts Center, 812-855-9846

The Mountain Goats
June 15, 8 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-323-3020

Chris Cagle
June 15, 9 pm
The Bluebird, 812-336-3984

“The Impresario” by W.A. Mozart
June 16, 4 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Hop On! Pop
June 16, 9:30 am
Team Effect/Holler Hoppin’ Zip Lines, 812-988-0085

Presentation: Indiana Limestone Up Close
June 20, 6 pm
Monroe County History Center, 812-332-2517

Pirates of the Carabiners
June 20-26, 9:30 am
Team Effect/Holler Hoppin’ Zip Lines, 812-988-0085

Midsummer Night at the Art Museum
June 21, 7 pm
Indiana University Art Museum, 812-855-5445

The Ragin’ Texans at the Bluebird
June 21, 7:30 pm
Bluebird Night Club, 812-336-3984

The Seasons of Sebastian Concert XIX – A Summer Solstice Bach Bash Janettee Fishell, Organ
June 21, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Arts Fair on the Square
June 22, 10 am
Monroe County Courthouse Lawn, 812-334-1188

Taste of Bloomington
June 22, 3 pm
Showers Common, 812-336-3681

A Tribute to Freddie Hubbard: An Indianapolis Jazz Legend
June 22, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

2013 Summer Garden Walk
June 22-23, 10 am Saturday; 12 pm Sunday
Monroe County History Center

Arnie the Doughnut
June 22, 25-29, 11 am
Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center, 812-855-1103

Emile Naoumoff, Piano
June 23, 4 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Parquet Courts
June 23, 8 pm
The Bishop, 812-333-4700

Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp Solo Performances
June 24-27, 8 pm
Serendipity, 812-855-9846

Jazz from Bloomington Jam Session
June 25, 6:45 pm
Café Django, 608-322-6827

Dido and Aeneas – Summer Festival Chorus; Dominick DiOrio, Conductor
June 25, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Summer Band – Stephen W. Pratt, Conductor
June 26, 7 pm
Musical Arts Center, 812-855-9846

Swing! The Musical
June 26-30, 7:30 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 2 pm Sunday
Lee Norvelle Theatre & Drama Center, 812-855-1103

Rubens Quartet
June 27, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

June 27-30, 12 pm Thursday; 9 am Friday & Saturday; 9 am Sunday
IU Cinema Center, 812-630-1925

Don Freund Lecture
June 28, 6:45 pm
Sweeney Hall, 812-855-9846

Festival Chamber Players
June 28, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Craig Brenner at Café D’Jango
June 28, 8 pm
Café D’Jango, 812-335-1297

Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camp Final Concert
June 28, 7:30 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 812-855-9846

Peter Stumpf, Cello and Evelyne Brancart, Piano
June 29, 8 pm
Auer Hall, 812-855-9846

Cardboard Construction Extravaganza!
June 29-30, 12 pm Saturday; 1:30 pm Sunday
WonderLab, 812-330-1337