New Cidery Finds Roots in Indiana Tradition

Days before the official grand opening of the Ash & Elm Cider tasting room at 2104 E. Washington St., CEO and founder Andréa Homoya is handling a thousand details. Licenses and permits, tables and chairs, glasses, a wonky HVAC system. After over two years of dreaming and planning, Ash & Elm, the state’s only dedicated cidery, will be open to the public June 25, and she wants to make sure everything is as close to perfect as possible. Ash & Elm is the only cidery listed in Indiana by the … Read More

69th Annual Holy Spirit Festival July 7-9

INDIANAPOLIS —The Holy Spirit Catholic Church Summer Festival & Monte Carlo will be held on July 7th, 8th & 9th on parish grounds at 7243 E. 10th Street. Hours are 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to Midnight on Friday and 1 p.m. to Midnight on Saturday. According to Monsignor Paul D. Koetter, pastor of Holy Spirit Church, “Our goal is to provide a safe environment where the whole family can enjoy a great mix of food, entertainment and activities for all ages.” The annual festival consists of … Read More

Marion County Fair Crowns 2016 Queen, Princess

INDIANAPOLIS — The 86th Marion County Fair selected its royalty at its annual Queen & Princess Pageants. Maggie Glowinski of Perry Township will reign as Queen throughout the fair’s run (through Sunday June 26), and will represent Marion County at the annual Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant. Maggie, 18, is a graduate of Roncalli High School, and the daughter of Don and Cheryl DeVol-Glowinski. Margaret McCloskey, 17, of Franklin Township was named 2016 Marion County Fair Princess. She is a Roncalli High School junior, and the daughter of Andrea Props … Read More

2016 Irvington Garden Tour June 26

IRVINGTON — Escape. Experience. Enjoy. That’s what visitors to the Irvington Garden Tour can expect from wandering through the gardens specially selected for this year’s event. On June 26 from 1-5 p.m., the Irvington Garden Club will host its 16th annual tour of outstanding Irvington gardens. Tickets the day of the tour will be available at the Benton House, 312 S. Downey Ave. Presale tickets will be available at Bookmamas, 9 S. Johnson Ave., Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 N. Audubon, and the Antique Mall of Irvington, 5502 E. Washington … Read More

Footlite Musicals Announces 2016-2017 Season

INDIANAPOLIS — Footlite Musicals will celebrate its 61st season with a slate of seven productions of the best of Broadway and Off Broadway. The 2016-2017 season includes “Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “The Addams Family,” “Monty Python’s … Read More

Spooks on the Loose… in My Head Anyway

I had a wonderful Father’s Day. It was great being with the family and enjoying the day. Sunday evening my son and daughter took me to the downtown cinema to see the Conjuring 2, a motion picture about devils, ghosts, an … Read More

“Return to SEND Bike Tour” July 16

INDIANAPOLIS — The Southeast Neighborhood Development Corporation (SEND) will host a free community event and self-guided “Return to SEND Bike Tour” on Sat. July 16. The family-friendly gathering will kick off at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the … Read More

Fresh-picked Greens: Paintings from Your Neighbor’s Garden

IRVINGTON — Elizabeth Seagull Heeter creates windows to nature by overlaying the flow of a watercolor with cut paper silhouettes. Through August 7th, the Bona Thompson Memorial Center at 5350 E. University will offer an exhibit of her work. The … Read More

Fireworks Ordinance in Effect

INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County fireworks ordinance will be in effect starting June 28. Hours for fireworks use on and around July 4 in Marion County are: • 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset June 28 through July 3 … Read More

The Pennsy

Running through the middle of Irvington and extending to the east towards Cumberland is a ribbon of asphalt that walkers and bikers now enjoy as the “Pennsy Trail.” While today many find this serene byway a respite from daily life, … Read More

Chris Canas Band, Final Days of Marion County Fair

The fantastic Chris Canas Band — award-winners at numerous blues competitions & challenges throughout the US — will appear in concert at the Marion County Fair, Sat., June 25, 8 to 10 p.m. The concert is free with $5 fair … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: June 24-July 7

From The Indianapolis Star, Monday, June 29, 1916: Crowds numbering into the hundreds waited far into the night and early morning at Union Station watching train load after train load of national guardsmen from eastern states – New York’s crack … Read More

Spelling Bee

My son-in-love called me, chortling and snorting; “You didn’t tell me about ‘beacon!’ You didn’t tell me about ‘beacon!’” My daughter was cackling in the background: “Tell him, Dad!” My 7-year-old granddaughter had brought home her spelling words, one of … Read More

Indy PopCon Review

Special Guest Columnist, Jasmine Hunter Last week I introduced you to Indy PopCon. Hopefully some of you visited the Indiana Convention Center last weekend for this unique pop culture themed event. I will admit, many of the events and personalities … Read More

Cleveland Finally Has A Championship

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat Golden State in game seven to take the 2016 NBA Championship in a very exciting seventh game at the Oracle Area in Oakland. To say that it has been a long time coming for Cleveland sports … Read More

Portable Rock ‘n Roll: The Transistor Radio

There were three things I never left the house without during my high school years; my bucket bag, a can of AquaNet to secure my beehive hairdo and most importantly, my transistor radio. Watching a recent documentary on the life … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: June 24-July 7

From The Indianapolis News, Friday, June 30, 1916: At a meeting of prominent men and women held at the State House last night, a new society was formed to foster state pride and to help in the preservation of state … Read More

From the Earth to the Stars, Part 1

A globe is on one of the twin towers of the Knightstown Academy where I attended grade school, and a telescope is on the other. Ever since I was a girl, I’ve been fascinated by the stars and the planets. … Read More

Applause!: June 24-July 7

• The BMV branches will be closed for the 4th of July. Ditto all federal, state and local offices. Trash and recycling schedules will be on a sliding schedule — Monday pickups will be on Tuesday, Tuesday will be on … Read More