Historic Woodruff Place Home and Garden Tour June 27-28

The neighborhood James O. Woodruff planned on his original 77 acres has withstood the test of time. The neighborhood started off life in 1872 as an elegant retreat from the bustling city of Indianapolis, boasting a variety of architectural styles, and mostly affluent neighbors (Booth Tarkington took his inspiration for his novel The Magnificent Ambersons from Woodruff Place). After some hard times when many homes were neglected, a big effort was made to bring the streets and houses back to life. Woodruff Place re-emerged as a beautiful neighborhood in the … Read More

Marion County Fair’s Last Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Fair ends June 28, but there’s still lots of fun to be had. On Thursday, June 25, it is “85 Night,” and anyone who is 85, was born in 1985, or born on 8/, gets in free! The fairway will feature unlimited rides for $25. Friday, June 26 is Blues Night, with a demolition derby, Elephant Encounter, Indiana Dock Dogs, and music by Wayne Watson & Bluescake and the RC Blues Band. Saturday, June 27 is Kid’s Day, with lots of kid-friendly events, the baby … Read More

Gardens of Irvington on Display June 28

Now in the 15th year, the Irvington Garden Tour is going strong. This year, the tour will be held Sunday, June 28 from 1- 5 p.m. and feature 10 gardens. Tickets are $10 and proceeds of the tour support the Irvington Garden Club’s works to beautify the community through plantings, stewardship of the historic Kile Oak, and many other projects. Advance tickets are available at Bookmamas (9 S. Johnson), Habig’s Garden Shop (11th and Arlington), and the Antique Mall of Irvington (corner of Ritter and East Washington St.). On the … Read More

Local Film Historian Screens W.C. Field Films, Shorts in NYC

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis-based film historian Eric Grayson screened films and shorts starring W.C. Fields at a special invitation-only event honoring Fields at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City on June 22. Since 2005, Grayson has been working with … Read More

Holy Spirit Festival Sets New Admission Policy

INDIANAPOLIS — This year’s Holy Spirit Festival will be held July 9th,10th and 11th on the grounds of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 7243 E. 10th St.Holy Spirit Parish Council has come up with a new set of policies to prevent … Read More

Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser Brings in $4,419 for Special Olympics of Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS — On Wednesday, June 3rd and Friday, June 5th from 4 to 10 p.m., Indiana State Police Troopers from the Indianapolis Post participated in the “Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser to benefit Special Olympics of Indiana. The events were held at the … Read More

Local Children’s Choir Accepting New Members

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Hancock County Children’s Choir is accepting new members for its upcoming 2015-16 season. The choir serves ages 5-18. Auditions are required for 3rd grade through high school. No audition is necessary for kindergarten through 2nd grade, … Read More

N.I.T.E. Ride Moves to State Fairgrounds

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis’ largest organized bicycle ride will celebrate its 22nd anniversary this year on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Sponsored by the Central Indiana Bicycling Association, Inc. (CIBA), the 22nd Annual NITE Ride event has moved to the 4-H Exhibit … Read More

City of Lawrence to Hire New Police Officers

LAWRENCE — Four new police officers will be hired and all public safety employees — police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel — will get raises under a plan advanced by Mayor Dean Jessup and unanimously approved by the Lawrence … Read More

Indy Library Offers Free Music Streaming

INDIANAPOLIS — Library cardholders can stream music from a free online catalog of more than nine million songs and 28,000 music labels through The Indianapolis Public Library’s web branch at www.indypl.org. Provided by Freegal, a free and legal downloadable music … Read More

“Baby” Aspirin – Not for Babies!

Aspirin is an effective headache and fever reducer in adults, and aspirin can help alleviate the pain from arthritis and other musculoskeletal problems. Aspirin can also help prevent certain types of clots that can form in arteries of the heart … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: June 26-July 3

From The Indianapolis News, Monday, June 28, 1915: Ft. Benjamin Harrison is regarded by the War Department as one of the best posts in the country, and if Congress approves, it will be improved, enlarged, and provided with facilities for … Read More

2015 is Half Over

The first half of the year is coming to a close. Highlights of the past six months include the Super Bowl, the Indy 500, the NBA Championship. the NCAA Championship, Indiana high school basketball, Floyd Mayweather winning all the welterweight … Read More

A Brief History of Pajamas

We baby boomers all remember one of the universal rituals of our childhood. This was when one of our parents would stand in front of the TV screen and announce that it was “Time to put on your pajamas and … Read More

Applause!: June 26-July 3

• The Woodsong Neighborhood Association asked us for a donation of a newspaper box for their Little Free Library, and we were happy to oblige! They did a great job cleaning it up and refurbishing it for their neat little … Read More

Suicide Knobs

I lost a favorite uncle last month. David A. McDuffee was my mother’s brother and a helluva man. He graduated from Ben Davis High School in 1958, as did my mom two years before him. He was a fixture in … Read More

It’s In the Cards

Remember the packs of sports trading cards that were a “must have” for the pre-teen crowd in the 1970s and 80s? I recently stumbled across several boxes of them that I thought my son had taken when he bought his … Read More

The Seasons of Our Growing Up

This isn’t just an attack of nostalgia. It illustrates the differences between the lives of children then and now. The changing seasons determined our activities. On a warm day of Spring, Wanda Frazier and I would get out our steel, … Read More

The Dancer’s View

My granddaughter was sitting on a bench in the lobby of New York’s City Center, swinging her legs and patiently waiting for me to finish my conversation with the lobby manager. When I came to sit down with her, she … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: June 26-July 3

From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, June 30, 1915: Appropriate exercises will mark the official start of the 1915 season and the 25th anniversary of the Summer Mission for Sick Children at Fairview. The summer mission is known throughout the United … Read More