Applause!: June 27-July 4

• It’s the last weekend for the Wars of the Roses by EclecticPond. The plays, which include Richard II, the Henry plays, and end with Richard III will have a marathon session June 28 beginning at 10 a.m. and running until 10 p.m. (there are two breaks for lunch and dinner).  Each play is about an hour; the festival pass for the day is $40 and well worth every penny. Go see some Shakespeare this weekend!
• IMPD will hold a roll call in the Emerson Heights neighborhood on Sunday, June 29 from 1-4 p.m. at 511 N. Bancroft. The roll call will be at 1:30, but come early to show appreciation for those who serve. Afterwards, neighbors will play yard games and share. If you want to bring a side dish, please e-mail Lorraine Cramer at with details.
• Growing Places Indy, a near-eastside initiative, is holding “Lunch and Learn” sessions on Wednesdays at the Platform at City Market, 202 E. Market St. from 1-2 p.m. On July 2, learn all about “fair” food. The program is free.
• The Irvington Folk Festival was a huge success, thanks to the organizers and volunteers. The weather cooperated on Saturday for the big gathering in the park. Congratulations to all the performers and everyone connected with the Festival.
• For an interesting and different take on July 4, try the 4th of July picnic on Mass Ave. Literally, ON Mass Ave. IndyFringe is blocking off the area beginning at 6:30 p.m. and setting up a picnic at a long table with a super view of the fireworks. Tickets are $20 per person, which includes all-you-can-eat fried chicken from JUGS and all the fixings. Students and seniors are $10 and kids under 5 are $5. There will be strolling musicians and more going on at the same time. Proceeds go to help support IndyFringe programs. Visit for advance sale tickets.
• The Irvington Garden Club’s Tour poster this year is the work of Dee Banta, a local watercolorist. This year, artists will be set up in the gardens painting.
• Congratulations go out to Lynne Driscoll, owner of the Greenfield Cookie Dough Company, whose products have been selected as a finalist for the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge. She was selected from over 80 entries throughout the state. The challenge’s mission to find the next great food entrepreneur in the Indianapolis area. The challenge will take place on July 30 at the Ivy Tech School of Culinary Arts; the winning prize includes seed money, kitchen design services, as well as business plan and marketing software. Her cookie dough is available at Tuttle’s Orchard Farm Store, 5717 N 300 W. Greenfield; Pogue’s Run Grocer, 2828 E 10th St,, Indianapolis; Moore Corner Store, 8807 Southeastern Ave., Indianapolis, 46239; and Hoosier Harvest Market 802 N. Apple Street, Greenfield. Check it out!