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Free Admission at White River State Park Venues, Jan. 16, 2017

January 5, 2017 Leave a comment
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White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of White River State Park

White River State Park celebrates MLK, Jr. Day with free admissions

Synopsis: Park attractions open for free in exchange for food donations to benefit Gleaners; Free health screenings offered by Eskenazi Health

INDIANAPOLIS – Visitors to White River State Park attractions will receive free admission and free parking on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16, 2017, with a canned good donation (one can per person, per attraction).

In addition to enjoying the attractions themselves, MLK Jr. Day visitors to the Park
can:
• Watch films with Dr. King’s speeches at the Indiana State Museum.
• View “Game of Change,” a film featuring a historic basketball game in 1963 where Mississippi State disregarded an unwritten Mississippi rule against playing integrated teams, at the NCAA Hall of Champions.
• Catch Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum the day before it chugs out of town.
• Get a free ticket to the Indianapolis Indians’ season opener if they complete a health screening at the State Museum.
• See animals that love the cooler temperatures and plenty of indoor exhibits at the Zoo.
• Experience the IMAX® film “Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience” for free.

Since it started 17 years ago, the Park’s partnership with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana on this one-day, annual event has resulted in more than 95 tons of non-perishable, canned food donations.

“The food drive not only helps Hoosiers in need, but allows families to enjoy these wonderful facilities at no cost,” said John Elliott, Gleaners’ president & CEO.

Special activities will take place throughout the day at most of the major attractions that make up White River State Park: Eiteljorg Museum, IMAX® Theater, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo and the NCAA® Hall of Champions. The Indianapolis Indians will have activities at the State Museum.

“I love how our visitors rise to the occasion by filling the donation bins to benefit those less fortunate, while enjoying plenty of entertainment and healthy activities throughout the day,” said Carolene Mays-Medley, executive director of White River State Park.

The following FREE activities at Park attractions will be taking place on MLK Day:

• 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. Mississippi State overcame an unwritten Mississippi rule against playing integrated teams with a cloak-and-dagger flight to the North just one step ahead of a court injunction.

• Indianapolis Zoo: Visitors can 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 (presentations are at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.).

• IMAX Theater: 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… and beyond. 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 State Museum: Films, activities and performance art fill the museum in celebration of the life and times of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Indiana First Robotics Team from Southport High School will make a special appearance, and the Farmer’s Market Café will offer lunch.

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.

• Eiteljorg Museum: Visitors can immerse themselves in Native American and Western cultures with the museum’s many exhibits. It’s your last chance to visit Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a one-of-a-kind G-scale train experience featuring the Vegas Strip, Mt. Rushmore, Yosemite, the Golden Gate Bridge, Soldiers and Sailors Monument and much more. Named a USA Today “10 Best” Indy holiday attraction in 2014, Jingle Rails features trains that chug along nearly 1,200 feet of track through a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with detailed replicas of national treasures.

The Park is also offering complimentary parking on MLK, Jr. Day. 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. Parking is not guaranteed and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about White River State Park, visit http://www.whiteriverstatepark.org/, or call 317-233-2434.

Martin Luther King Day Events in Indianapolis

January 12, 2016 1 comment
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The Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of several venues offering free admission in connection with Martin Luther King Day. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Celebrate the birth of 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-collection/42/martin-luther-king-jr-day.

Indianapolis Museum of Art

FREE admission on Sunday, Jan. 17 from 1 – 5 p.m.

The IMA is partnering with local artists to offer an afternoon of written, spoken and interactive expressions of love in the galleries. Guests can spread messages of love inspired by works of art or the world around them. Poets and performers, curated in partnership with Old Soul Entertainment, will present throughout the afternoon (1 – 4 p.m.)

White River State Park

Receive FREE admission Monday, Jan. 18 with a donation of one non-perishable food item per person, per attraction for Gleaner’s Food Bank.

  • Eiteljorg Museum: Enjoy the museum’s holiday exhibit, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure and the Contemporary Art Fellowship exhibit, CONVERSATIONS, plus the museum’s world-class art collection. Be sure to check out the lunch specials at the Eiteljorg Museum Café.
  • Indiana State Museum: Enjoy films, activities and performance. Visitors can see first-hand two of the documents that laid the foundation for equality:  the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment. Actors from the Phoenix Theatre will present excerpts from “Butler.” Eskenazi Health and the Indianapolis Indians will offer free health screenings at the Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will receive a complimentary ticket to Opening Night at Victory Field.
  • Indianapolis Zoo: Walk the grounds and see animals, especially the ones that love the cooler temperatures. Visitors can also enjoy a free Dolphin Adventure Show.
  • NCAA Hall of Champions: Visitors can shoot hoops in the NCAA Hall of Champions court where current and former student athletes lead classes. 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.
  • IMAX Theatre: Experience the film “Hubble: The IMAX Experience” shown for FREE as space permits at 10 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. Tickets are typically sold out by noon.

Day of Service volunteer opportunity through IUPUI

On Saturday, January 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.

Indiana Historical Society

FREE admission on Monday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Visitors can enjoy performances, programs and service opportunities, as well as 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, view original materials related to MLK and the Civil Rights Movement in Indiana and pack care packages to benefit Wheeler Mission.

IHS and HealthNet are setting a goal to collect 500 much-needed winter clothing items. From Jan. 11 – Jan. 18, IHS will accept donations of new or gently-used winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves. The items will benefit the HealthNet Homeless Initiative Program, which serves more than 3,000 homeless individuals in Marion County each year.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

FREE admission on Monday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Visitors can enjoy activities, storytelling and performances by The Griot Drum Ensemble.

Rhythm! Discovery Center

FREE admission on Monday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Join Indianapolis Jazz Foundation for a kid-friendly jazz concert with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation at 11 a.m. in celebration of King.

Harlem Globetrotters

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters come to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. See incredible ball handling wizardry and enjoy some good laughs with the family. Tickets start at $23.

For more information, call 317-237-2222.

Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana, Aug. 30, 2015

August 10, 2015 Leave a comment
Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana, Aug. 30, 2015.

Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana, Aug. 30, 2015. Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana

Indiana’s favorite food festival – Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana – returns for the sixth year on Aug. 30, 2015 at White River State Park.

The farm-to-fork festival will feature more than 80 dishes and drinks prepared by some of the top chefs, food artisans, brewers and vintners from around the state.

“There’s no other event that brings together so many great Indiana chefs in one place, offering dishes that include local meats and off-the-vine produce grown and harvested right here in Indiana,” said Thom England, executive director of Dig IN.

A general-admission ticket for $35 ($45 after Aug. 23), includes all the samples, plus live performances by Indiana-based musical groups. It’s a menu like no other.

Try pickled shrimp with fried toast, pancetta mac & cheese, watermelon soup or grilled peach shortcake with wildflower Ridge Honey lavender crème.

There will be smoked beef, sweet corn (and street corn), pork carnitas with avocado mousse and fresh, stuffed tomatoes. Plus, there will be plenty of drink options to wash it all down, including more than 15 Indiana craft breweries.

The event is noon to 5 p.m., but an early admission ticket for $60 gets visitors in to begin tastings at 11 a.m. Or, for the ultimate VIP Experience for $120, you’ll get to savor your tastings in an air-cooled tent, plus get rare and reserve beer and wines, and enjoy additional foods prepared by Bluebeard, Milktooth, Recess and FARM Bloomington.

Purchase tickets in advance online at www.digindiana.org, or at the gate.

Following is the list of participants and the dishes they’ll be serving on Aug. 30:

FOOD SAMPLES

18 on the Square – Pulled Pork and smoked sweet corn salsa

240sweet Artisan Foodworks – BBQ goat and sweet corn cake

Bee Coffee Roasters – Crimson Coffee Soda

Bea’s Soda Bar – Honey Blossom Crème Soda

Cerulean – Corn Pound Cake with Mango and Lime

Citizen Hash – Tijuana Bacon Street Corn

Circle City Soups – Pintxo of Mushroom and Goat Cheese

Circle City Sweets – Grilled Peach Shortcake with Wildflower
Ridge Honey Lavender Creme

Cobblestone Grill – Pork Carnitas with avocado mousse, sweet
corn relish and cilantro green tomatillo salsa

Delicia & La Mulita – Carnitas with yogurt-tomatillo salsa

Duo’s Indy – Scnabeltier Raclette with Heirloom Potato and House
Pickle

Fresh Artistry – Hoosier stuffed tomatoes

Gates Catering – Sweet Corn Gnocchi with Grilled Fischer Farms Pork Belly, Blistered Anaheim Peppers and Traders Point Fleur de la Terre

Goose the Market and The Smoking Goose – Smoked Beef Sammy

J. Ford’s Black Angus – Oriental Brisket Steamed Buns with Pickled Chilies, Honey Ginger Scallion Mayo and Cilantro Greens

Joseph Decuis – Wagyu Manga Meatball Bahn Mi

Just Rennie’s Cookie Company – Just Rennie’s Cookies

Lasalle Grill – Braised and Chilled Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast

Late Harvest Kitchen/The North End BBQ – Rabbit Sausage with Giardiniera and Country Mustard

Local Eatery and Pub – Chicken and its lunch…. Cured, Braised and Grilled Chicken Drummettes, Corn Meal, Bacon Root Vegetable Gravy

Meridian – Hot Brown-Roasted Turkey, Bacon Jam, Mornay Sauce, White Bread, Tomato Salad

Mesh – Pickled Shrimp with Fried Toast

Napolese – Heirloom Tomatoes & Cottage Cheese

Natural Born Juicers – Live at the BBQ

Northside Social & Kitchenette – Pancetta Mac & Cheese

Nourish – Duck Confit Chilaquiles

OAKLEYS bistro – Red Chile Braised Duck w/a Scallion Masa Pancake and Lime Cilantro Crema

One World Catering – Goose with the Golden Egg – Saffron Pickled Egg, Smoking Goose Salumi, Raita, Tulip Tree Tuile

Peterson’s Restaurant – Trout In a Fur Coat
R2GO + R bistro – Confit of chicken thighs, watermelon soup + watermelon salad

Severin Bar – Stone Ground Grit Bar

Scratchtruck – Blackstrap Molasses & Sriracha Pulled Pork

Shoefly Public House – Peri Peri Roasted Sweet Corn

Soulshine Market – Sweet Potato Shawarma

Spire Farm-to-Fork Cuisine – Mushroom Ragout with Gnocchi, Jowl Bacon and Smoked Corn Coulis

Spice Box – Chicken Panache

Taxman Gastropub – Cheese and cracker

The Loft Restaurant at Traders Point Creamery – Composition of Tomatoes, Farmers Cheese and Indigenous Sunflowers

The Oceanaire Seafood Room – Roasted Elk with Corn and Pickled Jalapeño

Tinker Street Restaurant and Wine Bar – Tomato gazpacho with Watermelon Relish

Tulip Noir – Chilled Sweet corn Buttermilk soup

Union 50 – Beer-Braised Serrano Lamb Sausage

Valley Kitchen & Bar – Brush Your Shoulders Off

CRAFT BREWERIES:

Barley Island
Bent Rail
Black Acre
Bloomington Brewing Co.
Brugge
Daredevil
Scarlet Lane
Sun King
Taxman
Three Floyds
Tin Man
Triton Brewing Company

WINERIES:

Blackhawk Winery
Country Heritage Winery
Easley Winery
Heagy Vineyards
Hopwood Cellars
Mallow Run Winery
New Day Craft
Rettig Hill
Schnabeliter
Simmons Winery
Thomas Family

WHAT:
Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana 2015

WHEN:
Aug. 30, 2015, Noon to 5 p.m.

WHERE:
White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

TICKETS:
ww.digindiana.org and at the gate, while they last

$35 for General Admission ($45 after Aug. 23)
$60 for Early Admission at 11 a.m.
$120 for the Ultimate VIP Experience, including:
• Parking in nearby underground garage
• Climate-controlled luxury restrooms
• Air-cooled tent
• Rare and reserve beers and wines available exclusive for VIPs
• Bistro table seating

INFO:
www.digindiana.org, 317-363-4625

Dig IN, A Taste of Indiana, Aug. 30, 2015

April 28, 2015 Leave a comment
Dig IN, A Taste of Indiana.

At last year’s Dig IN event. Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Dig IN, A Taste of Indiana

High-quality, locally produced products are the hallmark of Indiana’s favorite food festival, Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana 2015, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015.

Indiana chefs, brewers, vintners and food artisans will showcase a bevy of prepared dishes and beverages. The single-price admission includes all the samples and live performances by Indiana-based musical groups.

A list of chefs, producers, wineries and breweries, as well as other event information will be posted at http://www.digindiana.org/.

WHAT:
Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana 2015

WHEN:
Aug. 30, 2015, 12-5 PM

WHERE:
White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

TICKETS:
Tickets available online beginning in July and at the gate

$35 for General Admission ($45 after Aug. 23)
$60 for Early Admission at 11 a.m.
$120 for the Ultimate VIP Experience, including:
• Parking in nearby underground garage
• Climate-controlled luxury restrooms
• Air-cooled tent
• Rare and reserve beers and wines available exclusive for VIPs
• Bistro table seating

INFO:
www.digindiana.org, 317-363-4625

Dig IN, a Taste of Indiana 2015

WHEN:
Aug. 30, 2015, 12-5 PM

WHERE:
White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis

TICKETS:
Tickets available online beginning in July and at the gate

$35 for General Admission ($45 after Aug. 23)
$60 for Early Admission at 11 a.m.
$120 for the Ultimate VIP Experience, including:
• Parking in nearby underground garage
• Climate-controlled luxury restrooms
• Air-cooled tent
• Rare and reserve beers and wines available exclusive for VIPs
• Bistro table seating

INFO:
www.digindiana.org, 317-363-4625

March Madness Music Festival, Apr. 3-5, 2015

March 17, 2015 Leave a comment
March Madness Music Festival

March Madness Music Festival logo. Image provided by the Indiana Sports Corporation and used with written permission.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation

NCAA and Turner Live Events, alongside official NCAA Corporate Champions AT&T, Coca-Cola and Capital One® have announced all-star musical acts for the 2015 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in conjunction with the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four®.

The free, three-day music festival will be held at White River State Park in Indianapolis, IN and is produced by Turner Live Events. The celebration is set to begin Friday, April 3 at the AT&T Block Party, with musical acts to be announced soon.

Multi-platinum artist Rihanna hits the Coke Zero™ Countdown Concert stage as headliner, with critically acclaimed band Bleachers also performing Saturday, April 4. A portion of Rihanna’s performance will air between that day’s semi-final games airing on TBS, TNT, TruTV, and via NCAA March Madness Live.

Her new single “American Oxygen” is currently being used for March Madness promos, serving as the tournament’s musical backdrop.

The weekend will close on Sunday, April 5 with Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artists Zac Brown Band and Lady Antebellum along with Grammy Award-winning country star Kacey Musgraves at the Capital One JamFest.

Part of headliner Zac Brown Band’s performance, which will include music from their forthcoming album ‘JEKYLL + HYDE’ (out 4.28.15), will also be featured during Capital One Championship Central, the National Championship pregame show airing at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

For the first time ever, the 2015 NCAA March Madness Music Festival will also live stream this year’s concerts, offering fans around the world unprecedented access to some of today’s hottest musical acts.

The footage will be live streamed at http://www.ncaa.com/musicfest. This site will be updated leading up to the festival with the latest announcements and details. Fans can also stay updated by following @FinalFour and @MarchMadness on Twitter.

This is a non-ticketed event open to the public on a first-come basis and will feature the following events:

Friday, April 3 – AT&T Block Party

Performances from 3pm to 10pm
Performances and Highlights To Be Announced

Saturday, April 4 – Coke Zero™ Countdown Concert

Rihanna
Bleachers
Live broadcast of the first semi-final game
Performances from 12pm to 9:30pm
Additional Performances and Highlights To Be Announced

Sunday, April 5 – Capital One JamFest

Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
Kacey Musgraves
Performances from 2pm to 10pm
Additional Performances and Highlights To Be Announced

Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.

For the second year in the event’s 77-year history, the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship National Semifinals will be presented live across three networks – TBS, TNT and truTV – to provide fans with a variety of viewing options for this marquee event. For the 34th consecutive year, CBS will broadcast the NCAA National Championship game in 2015.

“Capital One is once again excited to bring such great talent to this year’s Final Four,” said Roger Ferguson, Managing Vice President, Brand Advertising, Media and Sponsorships at Capital One. “Every year we look for unique opportunities to provide the ultimate experience to fans at the Final Four, whether that’s through music at our Capital One JamFest or through our presenting sponsorship of the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest. This year we’re offering exclusive benefits to our cardholders throughout Final Four weekend, including two free tickets to the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest and a separate VIP entry line for our cardholders at Capital One JamFest.”

“The Coke Zero™ Countdown Concert is a premiere experience for college basketball’s most passionate fans – where rivals come together in order to see their favorite artists and enjoy the biggest party of the NCAA Men’s Final Four,” said Ivan Pollard, SVP, Connections, Coca-Cola North America. “Coke Zero is proud to partner with the NCAA and Turner Sports to present a solid line up of musical talent that includes three acts famous for their individuality and energetic performances. With Coke Zero and these talented musicians, there’s no better way to build anticipation and work up a thirst for Saturday’s semifinal games.”

NCAA March Madness Music Festival has attracted hundreds of thousands of music fans to watch performers most recently including Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Jason Aldean, fun., Tim McGraw, The Killers and LL Cool J.

Other past performers include Sting, Dave Matthews Band, Muse, The Kings of Leon, Jimmy Buffett, KISS, The Black Keys, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift among many others.

The NCAA March Madness Music Festival is an activation extension of the NCAA’s Corporate Champions and Partners marketing program, which Turner Sports and CBS Sports license and collaborate on as part of a 14-year multi-media agreement with the NCAA.

“We’re excited to bring a fabulous free concert like the March Madness Music Festival to Indianapolis so all fans, including those who may not have tickets to the games, are able to enjoy the fun and exciting atmosphere surrounding NCAA Final Four weekend,” said Keith Martin, NCAA Managing Director of Marketing and Broadcast Alliances. “I want to thank AT&T, Capital One and Coke Zero for their support of Final Four weekend and the NCAA student-athletes who will compete in the semifinal games and the championship.”