Coca-Cola “Before” Tour Reveals Beautiful Surprises

The iconic Coca-Cola Bottling plant on Mass Ave. and College Ave. was sold last year to a developer, Hendricks Commercial Properties, from IPS, who has used the property as a bus hub for many years. Since the building went up in 1931, it has captured the attention of passerby because of its beautiful terra cotta exterior festooned with fountains and Art Deco ornamentation. Few have seen the inside of the building in years, unless they worked for IPS or worked in the plant until 1964, when Tony Hulman bought the … Read More

Cumberland Arts Goes to Market 2017

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland Arts Goes to Market’s theme this year is “A Celebration of Art and Community.” The event will be held Sat., Aug. 19, from 9 – 4 at the  Cumberland Town Hall, 11501 E. Washington St. This is their 9th annual arts and crafts festival, which is held in conjunction with with the Cumberland Farmers Market. The market offers unique art and craft items, fresh produce, silent auction, great entertainment including The Irish Airs and Silly Safaris, and a variety of food choices. Local singers will have an … Read More

IMPD Promotes Several to Command Staff

INDIANAPOLIS – Chief Roach recently appointed Commander Chris Bailey to Deputy Chief of Investigations, Lt. Craig McCartt to the Major of Investigations, Major Tom Sellas to the Commander of Homeland Security, and Lt. Brian Mahone to the Major of Homeland Security. Deputy Chief Chris Bailey joined the Indianapolis Police Department in 1999. In 2015, he was appointed as the North District Commander. Major Craig McCartt joined the Indianapolis Police Department in 1995. Major McCartt is a recipient of the Medal of Valor, Medal of Merit, Unit Citation and Ruthann Popcheff … Read More

Franciscan Health Hosts Kids’ Car Seat Safety Event

INDIANAPOLIS — Franciscan Health Indianapolis is encouraging parents and caregivers to have children’s safety seats inspected based on recommendations issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The hospital’s Child Passenger Safety Clinic is offering free inspections with certified technicians … Read More

Eliza And Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Francesca Zappia’s new book, Eliza And Her Monsters, centers on high schooler Eliza Mirk’s public (Eliza) and private (Lady Constellation) personas. And are they ever different! Eliza is the perfect embodiment of that painfully shy, strange and darkly clothed person … Read More

Applause!: Aug. 18-24

• Near Eastside Area Renewal will be celebrating their 100th developed home on Mon., Sept. 18th. Mayor Joe Hogsett and NEAR’s community partners will be on hand for a press conference at 10 a.m. Then, from 4-7 p.m.,there will be … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Aug. 18-24

From The Indianapolis Star, Saturday, August 18: The Star’s Sammy Backer Booster movement is growing rapidly with names added to the honor roll of men who believe in the axiom that an act of kindness is the best tonic for … Read More

A Return to Simplicity: Mission Style Furniture

With a passion for the environment and a love of nature, Gustav Stickley introduced simplicity to the American public in early 1900s. Drawing inspiration from the beauty of his native state, Wisconsin, Stickley’s philosophy of “organic architecture” was based on … Read More

Colts Preseason Loss

The Indianapolis Colts opened their 2017 preseason as they normally do, with a loss — this time to the Detroit Lions. The Lions joined the Horseshoes for a joint practice session starting last Thursday, then met them on the Lucas … Read More

The World’s Longest Yard Sale Eclipsed

2017 was the 30th anniversary year for the 127 Yard Sale, a.k.a. “The World’s Longest Yard Sale,” which started in 1987. I’ve written about the yard sale before and my wife and I have taken this long strange trip several … Read More


My two-year-old son stood behind me at the top of the steps to the basement, waving his ever-present plastic toy sword as I descended into the basement of my home on Orange Street. I had told Chris to stay upstairs, … Read More

In the Days of the Lost Sunshine 2017

Wasn’t it pleasant, O brother mine, In those old days of the lost sunshine Of youth When we went visiting, me and you, Out to old Aunt Mary’s? — James Whitcomb Riley—1849–1916 I wish that I were talented enough to … Read More

100 Years Ago: Aug. 18-24

From The Indianapolis News, Saturday, August 18: Five barbers were arrested and five grocerymen face arrest as a result of another attempt to force barbers and grocerymen to close their places of business on Sunday. The charge is that the … Read More