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Award-Winning Scarecrows at the Indiana State Fair

I am digging the boots and hair on this farmer scarecrow.

You guys, award-winning scarecrows are a real thing. It’s one of the surprising Indiana State Fair categories I discovered last week. Now that the weather is turning crisp and cool, I’ve already got fall on the brain, and I can’t wait to steal some of these ideas. Check out these awesome Indiana Statefair scarecrows:

Indianapolis Art Center Names New President and Executive Director

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Patrick Flaherty has been named  president and executive director of the Indianapolis Art Center in a unanimous decision made by its board of directors. Flaherty is filling the roles which were previously held by Carter Wolf who announced his retirement this past spring. Fostering a decade’s worth of experience with the Indianapolis Art Center, Flaherty will […]

IndyFringe Opens it’s 10th Anniversary Festival

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The 2014 IndyFringe Festival kicks off this weekend. This is the 10th anniversary of the edgy theater festival. In 11 days, there will be 384 performances across a eight of theaters along and near Massachusetts Avenue. Seventy eight different shows, all 45-60 minutes in length, will rotate daily, starting at 1:30 in the afternoon (on […]

Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream: Elk Burgers Find a New Home in Zionsville

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The burger is an American cuisine classic. From grilling your own to ordering beef at a restaurant, there are subtle changes to the burger formula which are worthy of  venturing off the beaten path when it comes to burgers. Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream introduced its take on the burger by introducing elk burgers to their […]

Farm Babies of Indianapolis

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I spent 10 hours at the Indiana State Fair on Monday, and we did nearly everything. It would probably take another full day to truly experience all the fair has to offer, but we were able to spend plenty of time on my favorite part — farm babies! I love the baby goats, the tiny […]

CANstruction Competition at the Indiana State Fair

CANstruction Competition at the Indiana State Fair

There’s a section of the ag-hort building at the Indiana State Fair dedicated to canned good sculptures. Among the eclectic collection of blue ribbon winners stands a giant Olaf constructed entirely of canned foods. You can admire the stunning displays and vote for your favorite team. We chose the TARDIS and Olaf, but my favorite […]

A Mammogram and a Show at Indy Fringe Festival

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The Indy Fringe Theatre Festival is known for its edgy theatrical offerings, live stage shows that push the limits of human emotion and experience. This year, one of those shows is taking that emotion and turning it into something practical. The Actual Dance, a play written by Sam Simon, is the true story of Sam’s […]

9 Things You Didn’t Know Could Win the State Fair

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I’ve wandered through the ag-hort building at the Indiana State Fair for years, marveling at the things people have grown. There are watermelons as big as my kid, gorgeous Indian corn, and amazing produce. This year, though, a few more unique items caught my eye — things I had no idea could win awards. Here […]

Street Art of Indianapolis (Photos)

Street Art and Murals of Indianapolis

I absolutely adore street art. I don’t mean graffiti, though I suppose a lot of people might still call it that. I love it all anyway. But, there are also amazing murals on buildings, lovely hand-painted utility boxes, and beautiful art around Indianapolis. The cultural districts of Indianapolis feature stunning street art, commissioned by businesses, […]

Hipster Bars of Fountain Square

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In exploring a new (to me) cultural district last week, I had the opportunity to visit a few different Fountain Square bars. There was a tiki bar, a lounge bar, a local brewery, and a nuvo-hipster bar. Whatever that means. Each location has a unique flavor and together, they weave the fabric of the Fountain […]

Fountain Square in Indianapolis (Photos)

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While attending the Mixwest conference in Indianapolis last week, I spent some time in Fountain Square. The conference kickoff was at Fountain Square Brewery. The conference was held at University of Indianapolis. And we ended up at various bars and restaurants around Fountain Square in the evenings. It was a fun look at a cultural […]

Back to School Shopping at Edinburgh Outlet Mall

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Each year, my sisters, mom, and I hit the Edinburgh Outlet Mall with our kids in early August. This year, we had to shop a little earlier than usual and were a bit ahead of the usual sales. We still found plenty of awesome deals, and there are even more starting this week. We picked […]

Indiana State Museum Membership Stretches Beyond Indiana

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The Indiana State Museum is a fun institution for school-aged kids and their families. From the prehistoric animals on the lower level, to the pendulum clock on the staircase, there are a lot of things to see and do. Like others museums around town, the Indiana State Museum offers a membership option for patrons who […]

Ruth’s Cafe: A Tasty and Funky Dining Experience

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Last week I joined two friends for a leisurely lunch at Ruth’s Cafe. Located across from the Fashion Mall, Ruth’s Cafe is a great place to enjoy lunch and conversation. The atmosphere is eclectic and homey. Tables are decoupaged with a variety of papers and collage techniques, and each piece of furniture is unique. The […]

Main Street Yoga Brings “Namaste” to Speedway

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Downtown Speedway, Indiana has been undergoing a renewal of sorts over the past several years. So it makes perfect sense that a relative newcomer to the downtown district is Main Street Yoga, a place for people to stop in and renew their bodies and minds, even if for just a small part of their day. […]

Internet Cat Video Festival Coming to Indianapolis

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Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana (SNSI) today announced it is joining with IndyFringe to present a unique experience that combines feline fun with an evening at the movies at the Internet Cat Video Festival, a compilation of some of the funniest cat videos the Internet has to offer. The film will run in Indianapolis for a […]

10 Reasons the Indiana State Fair is the Best of Indiana

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Earlier this week, the Indiana State Fair was named one of the Top 10 State Fairs in the country by Fodor’s, the travel authority. Anyone who’s been to the Indiana State Fair knows that it deserves the honor, but newcomers to the fair might not understand. The Indiana State Fair opens on August 1, 2014 […]

Little Free Libraries Offer Reading Fun in Carmel

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Avid readers have a new source for free books in the city of Carmel. The Carmel Clay Public Library has installed three “Little Free Libraries” in high-traffic areas in the city. These little book boxes are just what their name indicates- they are small boxes, full of books for the taking. The motto is “Take […]

NASCAR Hauler Parade Brings Fun to Speedway

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This Thursday, NASCAR comes to town to celebrate everything Indianapolis is at the Brickyard 400. Festivities kick-off with the Brickyard Hauler parade, where the big rigs that carry the stock cars are the star. This free event is a great way for families to experience the thrill of being up close to the action. This […]

Cabaret is Alive and Thriving in Indianapolis

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Cabaret is alive and well in Indianapolis, and thanks to the efforts of the The Cabaret at the Columbia Club as well as the Booth Tarkington Civic Theater in Carmel, the next generation of cabaret performers is getting superb training. The spring adult class, The Singing Actor/Cabaret Performance, just wrapped up at the Booth Tarkington […]