Redefining Legendary: 41 Years of the Benton House Tour of Homes

The Irvington Tour of Homes presented by the Benton House on Sunday, September 21 will showcase the history, charm, and architecture of Irvington neighborhoods while inspiring and educating visitors. Celebrate 41 years of outstanding home tours by touring an array of stunning historic properties in vibrant Irvington. Many of the homeowners not only live in Irvington, but invest further in the development of the 143 year old community through business and volunteer connections. Megan Krol-Schultz has been the President of the Benton House Association for the past two years, and … Read More

Crime Fighter Isn’t Afraid to Get Involved

“People don’t realize how easy it is to do this,” Deette Bennett said of her crime watch efforts. If she sees something funny going on in her east side neighborhood, she calls it in. She stays informed by going to the East District Task Force meetings whenever possible. She knows her neighbors, and they know her. She’s been doing it since the first Crime Watch groups were formed in Indianapolis, and at 93, she’s still doing it in her Community Heights neighborhood. With the help of her daughter Deette Schmidt, … Read More

Solar Panels Installed at Church Dedicated on Solar Sunday

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland First Baptist Church is demonstrating a deeper commitment to energy conservation by installing a 9000-watt, 36-panel solar array on the rooftop of the church,  116 S. Muessing St. The project is being carried out under the auspices of the Eastside Creation Care Network (ECCN), an affiliate of Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, a state-wide, faith-based movement advocating for energy efficiency and renewal energy among Hoosiers of faith. The public is invited to a “Solar Sunday” Dedication, Sept. 21, 2014, 11 a.m., on the back lawn of Cumberland … Read More

Groups Receive Funds to Combat Consumer Law Abuses

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Legal Services, Inc. and the Heartland Pro Bono Council received a $73,882 cy pres award from the Marion County Circuit Court to provide legal help to local residents who experience problems with payday loan companies or who … Read More

Fort Harrison to Host Vietnam Experience Oct. 4 & 5

LAWRENCE — Veterans, families and the general public are all invited to the annual Vietnam Experience, a tactical demonstration and encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 and October 5 at Fort Harrison State Park. A Vietnam Battle … Read More

The Civil War 150 Years Ago: September 1864

The month began with committees being established for next month’s Indiana Sanitary Bazaar to provide for the “welfare and comfort of our sick and wounded soldiers.” The Ladies’ Visiting Committee canvassed the city soliciting contributions for the bazaar. Two well … Read More

“Kin Killin’ Kin” Artist James Pate at Central Library

INDIANAPOLIS — Dayton, Ohio artist James Pate will discuss his powerful and thought provoking Central Library exhibit, “Kin Killin’ Kin,” during a free public presentation on Sept. 20 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at Central Library in the Clowes Auditorium, … Read More

“Peace Dove” Tours Libraries

INDIANAPOLIS — On Monday, September 15th, Marion County Sheriff John Layton and The Indianapolis Public Library CEO Jackie Nytes visited The Indianapolis Public Library Brightwood Branch (2435 N. Sherman Dr.) to kick off The Peace Dove Project Tour. The “Peace … Read More

IRT Opens with Two Gentlemen of Verona

INDIANAPOLIS — This year marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday. The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) is celebrating the occasion by opening its 43rd season with The Two Gentlemen of Verona, written by William Shakespeare, believed to be one of … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Sept. 19-25

n 1923 Yeats became the first Irish recipient of the Nobel Prize. Life at a lake is different from town living. Talented poets express our innermost emotions. Vicki inscribed “Innisfree” on a drawing that she made of their charming little … Read More

Applause!: Sept. 19-25

• Fall officially begins Sept. 22. The day and night are equal that day — and the days get shorter from here on out! Which means that winter is coming before you know it. • Eric Grayson will present the … Read More

Dumb and Dumber

In 2002 two high school seniors published a book that went unnoticed by me until I saw it at the 2014 Benton House book sale. I’m not sure who did notice the book in 2002, but it is a funny … Read More

100 Years Ago this Week: Sept. 19-25

From The Indianapolis News, Wednesday, September 23, 1914:  Indianapolis housewives and businessmen who have been accustomed to receiving mail from obliging postmen at the rear or side doors must arrange to have the carriers call only at the front entrances. … Read More

Collectible Sneakers

As a Mom looking back on my son’s life I remember many firsts. I can still picture like it was yesterday the day he won his first swim meet, his first crush on a girl and his first broken heart. … Read More

Let The TV Games Begin

Is “Jeopardy” an athletic event? How about about “Family Feud”? The answer is, as Curly Joe of the Three Stooges would have said, “Why soytinly!” Both qualify as contests requiring mental athleticism and in the Feud’s case, team work. They … Read More

Stories From the Sweet Life

I will arise and go now to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made; Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade. And I shall … Read More

The Curse of “Bewitched” Part 2

If you read last week’s article on the curse of Bewitched, you’re up to speed. If not, visit and you’ll find it. The show ran for eight seasons from 1964 to 1972 on ABC. For decades after the sitcom … Read More

Constant Growth at Distelrath Farms

Distelrath Farms on the southeast side of Indianapolis is 7 1/2 acres of vision and passion for the future. Andrew and Sarah Distelrath and their two little daughters have created a thriving co-op farm out of neglected fields, and are … Read More

Walker Career Center Students Learn “On the Track”

INDIANAPOLIS — On Fri., Aug. 29, 2014 students from Walker Career Center’s Advanced Automotive Service classes attended the NHRA’s Youth and Education Services (YES) program in conjunction with the 60th annual U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. Presented by the … Read More

19th Annual Indy’s Irish Fest Sept. 11-14

INDIANAPOLIS — Indy’s Irish Fest returns to Military Park Sept. 11-14 for its 19th annual celebration of the state’s Celtic heritage. This year’s festival kicks-off with a “pub night” featuring three Celtic rock bands on Thursday for only a $5 … Read More

Irvington Halloween Festival Pleasant Run Run Registration Now Open

IRVINGTON — The annual Irvington Halloween Festival 5 mile Pleasant Run Run, 3 mile Fitness Walk, and 300 meters Kiddie Romp will be held Oct. 25 beginning at Irvington United Methodist Church. The run winds through the historic area and … Read More

Chalk Fest in Greenfield

GREENFIELD — Chalk Fest will be held Sept. 13 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., on Courthouse Plaza, Greenfield. Both professional and amateur artists of all ages will fill Courthouse Plaza with colorful sidewalk chalk art. Children pay $5, teens $10 and … Read More

Phoenix Presents “Clark Gable Slept Here” Sept. 18-Oct. 19

INDIANAPOLIS — Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis announces Clark Gable Slept Here opening Sept. 18 on the Steve and Livia Russell Stage, 749 N. Park Ave. The production runs through Oct. 19, with Bryan Fonseca serving as director. The production will … Read More

Westminster Announces New Services Center

INDIANAPOLIS — Westminster Neighborhood Services, Inc. hosted a topping-off ceremony for its new Family & Adult Services Center on Sept. 10 at 2325 E. New York St. The $3.8 million facility is expected to open in December. Services provided will … Read More


“Plants are not optional on this planet.  With few exceptions neither we nor anything else can live without them.”  — Bring Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. Douglas W. Tallamy I have long been a fan … Read More

What’s in a Name?

There was a time when it was all so simple. An antique mall was just that, a building where you purchased antiques. In the antique malls of 2014 you will still find ample antiquity (objects that are 100 years old … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Sept. 12-18

From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, September 16, 1914: Eleven foreign missionaries from last spring’s graduating class at Irvington’s College of Missions have been unable to procure passage abroad because of the war and are returning to continue their studies until … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Sept. 12-18

From The Indianapolis News, Wednesday, September 16, 1914: The Indiana Section of the Society of Automobile Engineers met at the Hoosier Motor Club last night concerning headlight dimmers for automobiles. A committee with automotive executives John W. Esterline, George A. … Read More

The Curse of “Bewitched”

Okay, I’m on a roll. Over the past two weeks I’ve shared the story of the curse of Family Affair about the strange circumstances and tragedies surrounding the popular 1960s TV show, particularly those involving West Lafayette born actress Anissa … Read More

Mathis Gone for the Season/Bad and Good in Opening Loss

The Indianapolis Colts defense suffered a punch to the gut with the loss of linebacker/pass rusher Robert Mathis over the weekend. Mathis ruptured his Achilles tendon during a private workout and is now out for the season. Mathis had been … Read More

Applause!: Sept. 12-18

• Rita Spalding is currently painting a homage to Irvington painter Forsythe, who lived just kitty-corner from the signal box she is working on. Working in such a high-traffic area has taught her how to “suck it in” as she … Read More

Children of Joy

Certain people share common traits: a cheerful demeanor, courage and unshakeable faith — no matter what. They make me want to be a better person. My skinflint grandfather — himself a teacher — made my mother quit school and support … Read More

Words From Woods

My nephew and his bride had a son and in August of this year, I sent my “nephewlet” a book. I wrote a note to him, though he is only six months old, and told him that the pictures of … Read More