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Arlon Bayliss And bo-mar Industries: Creating An Artistic Tribute To Classic Cars Of Indiana This month we are pleased to feature on our cover Arlon Bayliss and Robert “Bob” Buchanan , two members of the creative team behind four new roundabout (RAB) sculptures identified as, “Classic Cars of Indiana” that will be installed throughout the 96th Street Corridor. Bayliss along with bo-mar Industries owners, Bob and Mark Buchanan, created a few other extraordinary RAB sculptures in Carmel including the “Homage to Hoagy” in front of the Palladium. This month our story features the first of the four RAB sculptures, an artistic rendition of the Marmon Wasp. This car has been featured on two national postage stamps and is inarguably one of the most famous race cars of all-time as it was the first winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1911 driven by Ray Harroun. Cover Story Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photo // Laura Arick



Aloha From the Carmel Farmers Market


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Aloha From the Carmel Farmers Market Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Susan Bock and Chef Sarah Holland

As we did in last month’s issue of Carmel Monthly, we are pleased to feature another local restaurant and local chef who are participating in the Carmel Farmers Market’s (CFM) Farm2Table program this season. This month, we are featuring Manelé Cafe’s Chef Sarah Holland and some of her favorite products from the market.



arm2Table is aimed at building brands for local chefs and their restaurants, its vendors and CFM as a whole. Last month, we featured Vivante at the Hotel Carmichael and walked with Chef Jason Crouch as he shopped the farmers market. You’ll recognize the participating restaurants’ presence by the custom logoed John Deere wagons filled with food from the CFM vendors. Chef Holland was “giddy” once presented with her wagon at the market. “I was giggling with excitement,” Holland admitted. “I was a little more excited than anyone expected me to be! It’s been so fun!”

MANELÉ CAFE IS ALL ABOUT FRESH, HEALTHY AND LOCAL SOURCES If you haven’t had the pleasure of sampling the menu at Manelé Cafe at Carmel’s

City Center, we highly recommend that you try it out! It is owned by CLB Restaurants, which also owns Matt the Miller’s Tavern and Tucci’s at City Center. The expanded menu includes small plates for sharing and daily Ohana specials, as well as large plates for dinner– featuring Chef Holland’s Pan-Seared Tomahawk Pork Chop, Furikake Crusted Salmon and Garlic Chili Seared Ahi Tuna. Manelé Cafe also features Chef Holland’s pastries and other delectable treats that are inspired by the Hawaiian Islands and Chef Holland’s native Hoosier roots. “For me, I really enjoy everything at the [Carmel] farmers market from a chef’s perspective,” Chef Holland shared. “Walking around and seeing what is local and seasonal is very inspiring to me. I do a lot of baked goods and specials at Manelé [Cafe], and sometimes I go to the farmers market—I don’t have any idea of what I’m going to do for the week or for the day, CARMEL MONTHLY

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and if I see something really cool at the market, I’m like, ‘Oh, perfect,’ and it gives me ideas for what I’m going to do. And there’s really nothing better than local, in season produce and cool local vendors.”

WHAT’S COOKING IN THE CHEF’S KITCHEN? “A couple of weeks ago, I got McClure’s [Orchard] apple butter and applesauce. Manelé [Cafe] is a Hawaiian-themed restaurant, but I’m from ‘small town’ Indiana, so I like to sneak in my Indiana roots when I can. And I made an apple butter layer cake, and it turned out really good. I used the applesauce in the cake and the apple butter and a butter cream for the icing, and that was really cool!” Chef Holland praised the fresh and flavorful strawberries that she purchased at CFM. And then she tormented us with enticing photographs of her baked goods made with the fresh strawberries. One such photograph featured Chef Holland’s Mimosa Smoothie Bowl that was made with her house granola, champagne and orange sorbet, fresh pineapple, mango, vanilla Greek yogurt and, yes—fresh strawberries from CFM. “Nothing made me happier than the in season strawberries that I picked up from the market,” Chef Holland expressed. “The [strawberries] are amazing, and they are delicious. I use them in our Acai Bowls that are on the menu, and I get several compliments on how good the strawberries are. I made a Strawberry Shortcake Pie with the strawberries, a little bit of lemon juice, cornstarch and sugar, and I had toasted meringue on top of the short cake part, and I also did a strawberry lemonade tart—I might have gone a little strawberry crazy that week!” Chef Holland pointed out that one can find beautiful potted plants and flowers at the Carmel Farmers Market in addition to

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a bounty of quality and delicious produce, meat and other locally produced products. “A couple of week ago, I got lavender from the market,” Chef Holland said. “And I did a lavender shortbread checkerboard cookie that was lavender and vanilla shortbread, and I checkered in dark chocolate shortbread with it, and that was one of my favorites too.” For hours of operation and more information on Manelé Cafe at Carmel’s City Center, visit For more information on CFM and an entire list of vendors, visit


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DON FARRELL: ALL THE WAY A FRANK SINATRA TRIBUTE Join Don Farrell and the Terry Woods Jazz Quartet for a swinging, seductive, and handsomely produced show as they pay homage to the “Chairman of the Board” with a tasteful celebration of Sinatra’s life and work. What you won’t get is a crass impersonation of Sinatra. Instead, you will be crooned to with song after stylish song like “Summerwind”, “One For My Baby”, In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning”, Fly Me To The Moon, and many others.

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ATI LIVE! PRESENTS: UN5GETTABLE! Their moms call them the “Rat Pack of Comedy,” but you can call them Un5gettable. Join them for an exciting night of original comedic music and toe-tapping favorites. Un5gettable is a comedy “boy” band made up of 5 longtime friends. The group writes and performs original music and sketch comedy. In 2017, Un5 debuted their first original musical at Indianapolis Fringe Festival to sold out crowds and will debut a new musical at the 2022 Indy Fringe Fest.

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Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated Michael Feinstein returns to the club bearing his name with an all-new show featuring an eclectic mix of classics from the Great American Songbook, as well as some contemporary surprises.

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ALLYSON BRIGGS: CELEBRATING BURT BACHARACH Join Allyson Briggs (Fleur Seule) from NYC to explore and indulge in some of music’s warmest memories. She will take you back and share her insight as a vocalist and songwriter who is rooted in the classics, to appreciate the artistry of some the greatest singers and composers ever to collaborate. Come ready to sing along to your favorite hits, and to be surprised by a few you aren’t expecting!

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DON FARRELL: ONE VOICE: THE MUSIC OF MANILOW BARRY! Are you a “Fanilow”? We certainly are! The soaring choruses. The romantic despair. The key changes! His music touched everyone across the world, so come to Feinstein’s and celebrate the one who wrote the songs with such romantic, lush, and melodic melodies that shaped the songbook of generations of music lovers! Who can deny the impact of songs like “This One’s For You”, “Looks Like We Made It”, “Mandy”, “Weekend in New England”, “Could It Be Magic”, and so, so many others! Don Farrell and the Terry Woods Jazz Quartet will guide you on an evening of Manilow stories and music that will have you up and dancing in the aisles!

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JUDY FITZGERALD: WALKIN’ AFTER MIDNIGHT: THE MUSIC OF PATSY CLINE The music of one of the most legendary Country singers comes to Feinstein’s as Judy Fitzgerald charms you with her tribute to the great Patsy Cline. A mix of song and stories of Patsy’s life, the evening flows its way to the hearts of those who remember her and new fans alike. I’m Back in Baby’s Arms, San Antonio Rose, Sweet Dreams, She’s Got You, Crazy… and of course, Walkin’ After Midnight, the hits are all here, and then some!

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Do you love music and are looking for the right time and place to share your talents with the world? Open mic nights are the perfect no-judgement zone opportunity, a place where like-minded fans and artists can appreciate each other and the joy of making music! Now is YOUR chance to sing on the beautiful Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael stage! Actors Theatre of Indiana’s (ATI) co-founders Cynthia Collins, Don Farrell, and Judy Fitzgerald co-host the evening along with Brent Marty on the 88’s, as you choose your favorite Broadway, Hollywood, or song standards. No need to bring sheet music (but you can if you wish) as ATI will provide all their songbooks to choose your selections! All seats are only $15 to enjoy this special evening to make music together! Doors open at 5:30 PM, the fun begins at 6:30 PM, and we go till last call!

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ATI LIVE! PRESENTS: SUMMER OF ‘78 FEATURING TONY HUMRICHOUSER & STEPHEN WALLEM They will take you on a musical parade from Barry Manilow to Kansas to Dolly Parton. The year was 1978, an eclectic year of AM radio classics, disco, movie soundtrack sensations and country crossovers. Real-life couple Tony Humrichouser (Ragtime, Fun Home) and Stephen Wallem (Nurse Jackie, Marry Me) bring an evening of retro duets and solos to a nostalgic Indiana summer night.

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Michael Feinstein Returns to Carmel with All-New Show Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

Two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated Michael Feinstein returns to the club bearing his name with an all-new show featuring an eclectic mix of classics from the Great American Songbook, as well as some contemporary surprises.

JANELLE MORRISON: What are your thoughts on how the club has been developing since its grand opening? MICHAEL FEINSTEIN: This club is the first one I’ve been involved with that was built, literally, from the ground up. It gave us all—collectively—the opportunity to create something that was not only purpose-built but, hopefully, would fulfill all the needs and desires of the patrons and the performers. We really put our hearts and souls into the room, and I think the result is a very comfortable room that just feels welcoming and is something that heightens the experience— the performing experience, the music experience—because it just makes everybody feel good the minute that you walk into the room. And that’s something we all hoped for, and I think it [the room] has a certain energy that people feel the minute they are there. JM: What is the feedback that you are


t is always a pleasure to speak with Michael Feinstein, and it is a true joy to hear him speak about performing in Carmel. In this particular instance, we spoke about how Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael and Carmel, Indiana, is developing a reputation throughout the industry as a “must-perform” club and city. Feinstein also shared what his fans and audiences can expect to hear during his upcoming shows at the club this coming July.

receiving from some of the performers who have performed at Feinstein’s in Carmel and how are they comparing it to other venues? FEINSTEIN: The feedback from the many performers that have worked there has been extraordinarily positive. Because, as enter-


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tainers, we play so many different places, and to find a jewel like this one in the Midwest, I think, is probably initially surprising for performers, and that becomes something that they look forward to because it’s devoid any of the negative that sometimes can afflict a club.

JM: You mentioned that the performers

have shared with you their delight in having exquisite accommodations in addition to performing in this gorgeous room. FEINSTEIN: With a night club there’s always the part that the audience sees, and then there’s the infrastructure and the backstage [environment]. For performers, sometimes, we play beautiful rooms, and then the dressing rooms are horrible because that’s not where the money goes—that’s not where the thought goes. And so, we’ve tried to make it gratifying on every level. It’s rather amazing to me because you cross your fingers and hope and just see what happens. And I never could have dreamed that this would become, truly, a destination

for people—not only audiences but for performers as well.

JM: I understand that there are discus-

sions about using the room in experiential ways to increase the awareness of this fabulous venue and all that it currently offers and can potentially offer. FEINSTEIN: I think the room has not reached its full potential yet. I see it being used as a club—it could be a dance club or an after-hours hangout. It can have a longer life during the week and weekends. It can be a room that can become a different kind of experiential thing, and we’re now starting to explore further use of this space because it is so special.

COVID—and Doris Day. I’m planning on doing a show that celebrates the music of those three ladies. I will be doing my full-scaled “Judy Garland” show, which is a multimedia show with home movie and photographs and such, next April at the Palladium [in Carmel, Indiana], but this will be an intimate tribute to those three dames, along with some other music that I think is appropriate for the times. But the centerpiece will be celebrating their mutual legacies. There’s a lot of eclectic music there, in addition to music that people will know and love. It’s always fun to come up with a concept that will bring things that are familiar but will also have a lot of surprises for the audience.

JM: Share with me more about your

upcoming performances here in Carmel, Indiana, and what your fans and audiences can expect? FEINSTEIN: This year is celebrating the centenary of Judy Garland and Peggy Lee—because it was delayed by a year because of

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As the Artomobilia committee and its sponsors are revving up for the big weekend this August in the Arts & Design District in Carmel, Indiana, we are pleased to feature these two Artomobilia sponsors—Ferrari Lake Forest and Evans May Wealth—who support this year’s featured marque, which is Ferrari.


or 75 years, Ferrari has been setting the standard for excellence in both road and race trim. This year’s 15th Artomobilia will celebrate an exceptional collection of heritage and contemporary Ferraris that continue to amaze and delight the automotive community.

Making Their Own Marks And in keeping with the theme of heritage and legacy while also celebrating two extraordinary women who are slaying it in what have typically been male-dominated industries, we were thrilled to speak

with Marketing and Digital Manager Cassie Mancuso Carver, whose family owns and operates Ferrari Lake Forest in Lake Bluff, Illinois, and Evans May Wealth Managing Partner Elizabeth “Lizzie” Evans. Both ladies are pleased to be sponsors of Artomobilia. Ferrari Lake Forest offers one of the largest indoor displays of high-performance automotive fashion anywhere in the country, making it a premier Ferrari dealer for Chicago. “Ferrari Lake Forest is a family business that was started by my father [Rick Mancuso], who is a fourth-gener-

ation automotive business owner, and my brothers [Nick and Adam Mancuso] and I—are the second generation of this business,” Carver shared. “I’m obviously the only girl, so it’s always been a unique position for me to have been growing up in a male-dominated industry and family-run automotive business. There’s not a lot of females in this industry to begin with. But I grew in it just like my brothers, and we’ve continued to grow our family business.” Like Carver, Evans worked alongside her own father until he retired in 2018. Evans, her husband Ian Flanagan and


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We have a lot of clients, but the day that you rest on that and you’re not planning for the future, and you’re not looking to meet new clients, is the day that you’re going to fail.”

Brooke May are all managing partners who created Evans May Wealth upon Evans’ father’s retirement. Evans May Wealth is located in the Arts & Design District in Carmel, Indiana. Evans May Wealth delivers on its mission by providing a world-class client service experience through its suite of financial planning programs and investment management expertise. Evans is a native to Carmel and lives in the Village of WestClay. “I was born and raised in Carmel,” Evans shared. “My father had been a Merrill Lynch advisor for 40-plus years. I was working in private equity in Austin [Texas] when my father asked if I was interested in coming to work for him. My husband, Ian, and I decided to move back to Indiana. We left Merrill Lynch in 2019 to start our own business—Evans May Wealth.”

The Art of Building Relationships Artomobilia brings car enthusiasts and collectors together for sure. But it also cultivates advantageous business relationships, which is a value-add for its sponsors. Both Carver and Evans credit their partnership as Artomobilia sponsors to Artomobilia co-founder John Leonard who connected the two ladies. Carver said she has a “soft spot” for Indiana having attended summer camps at Culver Academies, and two of her three daughters attend Culver. Carver also is a fan of Artomobilia and understands the synergies between her business and the Artomobilia team. She also expressed her appreciation for Elizabeth Evans and what the two sponsors share in common. “I met John [Leonard] at an Indy 500 race for the first time,” Carver shared. “We had been connected through a race team

earlier, and he connected me with Lizzie [Elizabeth Evans]. It’s always great talking with another female—especially one from a family-run business and male-dominated industry—who understands the nuances. Lizzie and I both understand what we need to accomplish and what our goals are. There’s a lot of synergies between us, so we’re looking forward to [Artomobilia], and Indiana is such an important market for us. We’re just excited to be a part of it.” Evans added, “I’m a huge believer in Carmel. We knew we wanted [Evans May Wealth] to be in Carmel, and we’ve had great reception from our clients. We met John [Leonard], who is certainly a visionary, and we really wanted to be a part of Artomobilia. There are so many events that surround it and lead up to it throughout the year. We have a lot of clients that are either [racing] team owners or are drivers, and we do quite a bit out at IMS, so it made sense for us to get involved with Artomobilia. We partnered with Ferrari, and we feel like we have high-per-


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forming teams who pay a lot of attention to detail. So, at John’s suggestion, [the co-branding] was a good fit. I think there’s no better event in Carmel, and as it continues to build with each passing year, it continues to get even better.”

Building Upon Their Family Legacies The responsibility of carrying on their respective family legacies are acknowledged by both Carver and Evans. They see their involvement as sponsors and co-branding partners as a way to expand their footprints and to continue building not only their impressive brands but relationships with future clients. Evans May Wealth is a well-established, experienced wealth management team with the longevity to navigate the complexities of your wealth through your retirement and beyond. As a registered independent advisory firm with decades of experience, the team specializes in providing wealth planning for families, executives and business owners.

Evans shared, “There are 11 members of the Evans May Wealth team, and we manage just over a billion in client assets. We only manage high-net-worth families and multigenerational wealth. We have a lot of families that span multiple decades, and we tend to work with a lot of business owners and corporate executives. Ultimately, it is my job to make sure my clients are well protected, and regarding my family legacy—I’m making sure that I’m doing right by my father continuing his legacy, and that’s a big responsibility.” As a full-service Ferrari dealership serving the Indianapolis, Indiana area and beyond, Ferrari Lake Forest is renowned for its award-winning service and parts department, whose sole goal is to make your after-sales experience flawless. Be sure to visit its 70,000-square-foot facility in Lake Bluff, Illinois. It is one of the largest indoor displays of award-winning high-performance automotive fashion anywhere in the country.

“There’s something to be said about the Midwest roots and its values,” Carver said. “And [the Midwest] is right in our backyard. We have a lot of clients, but the day that you rest on that and you’re not planning for the future, and you’re not looking to meet new clients, is the day that you’re going to fail. We’re constantly introducing people to who we are as a company, who Ferrari is and the brand itself, and we identify spots such as Artomobilia where we can easily partner and align with our brands so that it’s mutually beneficial.” If you’re in the market for a world-class customer experience and are looking for a Ferrari or for wealth management services, be sure to contact Cassie Carver at Lake Forest Ferrari and/or Elizabeth Evans at Evans May Wealth. For more information on Ferrari Lake Forest, visit And for more information on the services provided by Evans May Wealth, visit

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The Great American Songbook Is Still Being Written Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of The Great American Songbook Foundation

I think most of our readers know that I am a champion of the arts, but I have to admit, until recently, I had not spent quality time in The Songbook Gallery, and what I experienced and learned during that visit was truly mind-blowing. It is my hope that all of our readers visit it—in person or virtually—and take advantage of all that the current exhibit, “From the Jazz Age to Streaming: The Soundtrack of the 20s–20s,” has to offer.


he Great American Songbook Foundation’s Executive Director Chris Lewis shared with me the purpose of this particular exhibit as well as information about the foundation that may not be well known to those outside of its organization and supporters. We also discussed how the Great American Songbook continues to expand its pages in each new era, preserving artists’ legacies of yesterday while documenting notable artists of today, to share with the generations of tomorrow. “Our mantra has always been there’s no reason to save these things if people don’t see them, share them and learn from them,” Lewis expressed. “So, that’s

a big part of our mission, and that’s what we’ve been trying to do on an even broader scale.”

What Is The Great American Songbook Foundation? With a mission to inspire and educate by celebrating the music that many have now coined the “Great American Songbook,” The Great American Songbook Foundation (GASF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is unique in its focus and ambitious in its efforts to become the authority in regard to the history, culture and continuing artistic legacy of America’s original popular song. The Great American Songbook is an enduring canon of the

most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards that began in the early 20th century and is expanding into the 21st century. In addition to curating exhibitions, GASF’s mission also includes building upon The Great American Songbook Archives & Library that preserves 300plus collections and physical artifacts of the Songbook. For example, I stood less than 5 feet away from the actual piano that Harold Arlen worked from and wrote several familiar standards from, including “Over the Rainbow.” Lewis explained that this is a fairly recent acquisition for GASF. To stand in front of and look over this magnificent artifact was a sensational moment, to say the least. GASF’s archives also included over 12,000 items from the Meredith Willson collection that have been digitized and are available via digital scrapbook and online exhibit. The archives have drawn in researchers from more than 10 countries who have visited the Songbook Archives for research on a variety of projects, such as the BBC documentary “The Andrews Sisters – Queens of the Music Machines” and “The Music Man” Broadway revival starring Hugh Jackman. “We have an 8,000-square-foot [offsite] building where we warehouse everything,” Lewis shared. “We’ve had researchers here from over 10 countries and have hosted conferences, including two international musicology conferences, here [at the Center for the Performing Arts], and people have come from Oxford University Press and the Library of Congress and have convened here because we are the home of the Great American Songbook.” GASF is proud to have formed the Exhibit Alliance with local cultural institutions: Indiana Historical Society, Kurt Vonnegut Library, Carmel Clay Public Library, Indianapolis Public Library and Carmel Clay Historical Society. GASF also produces The Songbook Academy—a national summer intensive for high school-aged singers who have an interest in classic Broadway, jazz and popular music. And GASF is extremely proud to be a Grammy Museum Cultural Affiliate, joining an elite group of institutions worldwide.


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Now in its 10th year, the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame serves to elevate the Great American Songbook, much like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame have done for their respective musical genres. The Great American Songbook Hall of Fame inducts new members annually, including lyricists, composers and performers who created the soundtrack of our lives.

GASF Exhibitions The Songbook Gallery is an interactive multimedia space that features public exhibitions of materials curated from its archives and on loan from other collections. Audiences have enjoyed interacting with past exhibits accessible online. Traveling and virtual versions are available free for use by schools and community groups. “I think we have eight traveling exhibits right now, and for the first time, all eight have been out on the road in three different states,” Lewis stated. “The virtual exhibits are taking off as well. Where we might get 10,000 people a year through the gallery, we’ve had hundreds of thousands [of people] that view the virtual and the traveling exhibits.” The current exhibit, “From the Jazz Age to Streaming: The Soundtrack of the 20s–20s,” juxtaposes the popular music and pop culture of the 1920s and the 2020s in terms of how music has been recorded, marketed, purchased and experienced and how the music has reflected the social disparities and other trends of its time.

At the beginning of the 2020s, the issues of today seem uncannily familiar: conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan, the coronavirus pandemic, political tensions, racism and immigration laws dominate our headlines now as they did a century ago. But in the midst of turmoil, artists and musicians continue to push boundaries, stretching their creative skills to challenge and excite their audiences. Though we are separated from the 1920s by a century, today’s artists draw inspiration from their predecessors. Today’s musical artists may be producing albums, making very different types of music while utilizing modern-day technologies, as compared to their 1920s counterparts, but we can see similarities in the creativity and ingenuity as well as the breaking of stereotypes and the pushing of boundaries across the board. Visitors can look forward to learning about featured artists from Louis Armstrong and Cole Porter to Taylor Swift and Lizzo, viewing “Over the Rainbow” composer Harlen Arlen’s personal piano and engaging with interactive touchscreens to experience the music of the two decades. “We got our first NEA [National Endowment for the Arts] grant for this exhibit,” Lewis said. “They liked the concept, and it’s been really exciting to see the parallels and similarities between the 1920s and what’s been happening in the early 2020s. It’s a renaissance of creativity and another example of the power of the arts. People clung to the arts and to music during COVID. Everybody wanted to make something, create and share some-

thing. And it connected us in a whole new way. I can’t wait to see what really comes of this time relative to art.” Lewis continued, “Our job is to talk about how the past and present are connected. Lady Gaga speaks very eloquently about her influences and why she has an affinity for jazz and the great singers. Billie Eilish credits her love of music to Peggy Lee.” Lewis explained that GASF focuses a lot on the “foundational” era of music for the reason that the materials are endangered and have a finite window before they disappear, disintegrate and become lost to time. Lewis added, “Arts education programs are being cut, and so many students are not learning about our great composers, lyricists and performers and our music history, so that’s another reason why we exist. We also celebrate contemporary artists, and we foster the talents of the next generation.” While the Great American Songbook term is associated with the “Golden Age” of American popular music, Lewis emphasized that the Songbook is still being written and that contemporary artists such as Billy Joel, Carole King, James Taylor, Elton John, etc., have written popular songs that are 50 years old and are still being played and rerecorded. Lewis added, “If we’re still singing it, and it’s still being played—it’s part of the American Songbook.”

Plan Your Visit Be sure to visit the current exhibit, “From the Jazz Age to Streaming,” at the Center for the Performing Arts, in the Songbook Gallery. Admission is FREE! The gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enter the Box Office entrance and ask the staff to call a docent down to take you on an exhilarating tour! As part of the interactive exhibit, you’ll be encouraged to take a three-question quiz, after which you’ll unlock a digital collection of music curated based on your answers to the music quiz! You can also see a virtual version of the current exhibit, “From the Jazz Age to Streaming,” online at exhibits.


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Tony’s Steak and Seafood of Indianapolis Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

We invite you to join us and our fellow collaborators on July 26, 2022, for “Christmas in July” at Tony’s Steak and Seafood of Indianapolis for another exquisite “themed” wine-pairing dinner benefiting the Carmel Clay Public Library (CCPL) Foundation.


ony Ricci, proprietor, and his staff understand the value of community partnerships and that in order for an organization and/or business to succeed in these times, we all must lift each other up and support one another. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the remarkable team at Tony’s for their continued support of the CCPL Foundation and to spotlight the first-class service and commitment to excellence that Tony’s staff exudes each and every visit!

Hat’s Off to Tony Ricci and His Exceptional Team General Manager Michael Morgan spoke with us about what makes

their team unique from the neighboring businesses. “We have stayed true to what we do,” Morgan said. “We’re not going to cut corners on anything, and if the product isn’t good, we’d rather say we’re sorry but it’s not up to our standards than try to push out a mediocre product.” Another point that Morgan emphasized is that they treat their staff like they


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do their patrons—like they’re members of their own family. Which is one of the reasons why they’ve retained such exceptional team members throughout the pandemic and the challenging months that proceeded. “When we’ve had enough for one night and the team has worked hard and given their best, we don’t want to choke on the tail at the end of the night, so when we’ve had enough for one night—we’ve had enough,” Morgan said. “We’re not going to push our staff as far as we can and compromise the integrity of service or food. Other restaurants would say, ‘Oh, they’re still coming in’ and fill more tables, and that’s when mistakes happen, and the experience isn’t what it should be.”

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For those who have attended previous wine-pairing events with us, we do not have to sell you on the delectable dishes and superb wines that are served, nor do we have to explain the incomparable service provided by Morgan and his team.

One does not need to attend one of these fundraising dinners to receive that level of service and attention to detail—these are simply the Tony’s standard! “We try to throw a party every night,” Morgan emphasized. “We’re so fortunate and humbled that people come to see us.” Tony’s has not changed its menu since opening in Indianapolis—Morgan stated that’s because they believe in their menu that much—but for these specialty dinners, Tony’s Corporate Chef de cuisine Ryan Montgomery creates a feast for the eyes as well as the palate and creates a minimum of five delectable courses that Morgan pairs with some of the world’s most exceptional wines. As a twist, this upcoming wine-pairing dinner will be themed “Christmas in July.” We can hardly wait to see what Chef Ryan prepares for the evening’s courses! Attendees are encouraged to don their holiday attire or some holiday-themed accessories—bearing in mind, it will be July in the Hoosier state.

An Invaluable Community Partnership to the Carmel Community The previous dinners of this quarterly series were sellouts and an astounding success for the CCPL Foundation. Ricci donates the cost, including food, wine and venue, so that the foundation retains all of the proceeds generated from these dinners. Programming and resources such as those offered by CCPL are made possible through the generosity of its donors and supporters like Ricci and his staff. Seats for this upcoming dinner are limited! To request more information and/or to reserve your seats for the next Tasting at Tony’s of Indianapolis Benefiting the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, please email Elizabeth Hamilton at For more information about or to make reservations to dine with your family or friends at Tony’s at Indianapolis, visit

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Arlon Bayliss and bo-mar Industries:

Creating an Artistic Tribute to Classic Cars of Indiana Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Laura Arick and staff

This month, we are pleased to feature on our cover, two members of the creative team behind the four new roundabout (RAB) sculptures, “Classic Cars of Indiana,” that will be installed throughout the 96th Street Corridor—Arlon Bayliss and Robert “Bob” Buchanan.


ob Buchanan and his brother, Mark, own bo-mar Industries who along with Bayliss’ renowned artistic design, created a few other extraordinary RAB sculptures in Carmel including the “Homage to Hoagy” in front of the Palladium that we featured in Carmel Monthly in the Feb. 2020 issue. Bayliss trained at the Royal College of Art in London, England, and his gallery glass artwork is in museums and private collections worldwide. His public art projects include community-based, collaborative outdoor works and large-scale interior architectural installations using dynamic forms and compositions in steel,

glass and light. He is a broadly accomplished artist, designer and educator.

Honoring The Hoosier State’s Contribution to Automotive Ingenuity In the early 1900s there were more than 100 automobile manufacturers in Indiana. Many of them are recognized as iconic expressions of invention and ingenuity in the history of the American automobile. The city of Carmel commissioned Bayliss and the bo-mar team to create four RAB sculptures that will celebrate Indiana’s classic cars in an unprecedented display along the 96th Street Corridor—each [unique] sculpture will feature artistic interpretations of the classic


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cars Marmon, Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg (ACD), Stutz and Studebaker – each of which were designed and built in Indiana during the first half of the 20th century when America first began its affinity with automobiles. The sculptures will become the focal point of the RABs located at Priority Way, Delegates Row, Gray Road and Hazel Dell Parkway and are scheduled to be unveiled in 2022 and 2023 with the first being a tribute to Marmon and The Marmon Wasp. “Great public art is an important part of our mission in Carmel to create a city that stands apart for its beauty and quality of life,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “As this corridor is home to so many automobile

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dealerships, we felt it would be appropriate to celebrate the beauty and genius of Indiana’s classic cars and the remarkable contributions they made to the industry.” Brainard continued, “The 96th Street corridor is our boundary with Indianapolis, and it is important for our tax base that this area continues to thrive. Coming shortly after our investments in creating better traffic flow along this thoroughfare, this project will solidify the 96th Street corridor as the premiere place to shop for and buy cars in the Midwest.” The cost of the sculptures will be $2.5 million and will be paid out of TIF bonds approved by the Carmel City Council.

Art and Automobiles The four “Classic Cars of Indiana” sculptures refer to a common theme, however, to echo the variety and creativity seen in Indiana’s Classic Cars, Bayliss has approached each sculpture differently in form and content. One is inspired by an elegant hood ornament, one by the flowing outline drawings of a prolific car designer, one by the world’s most famous race car and another by a celebrated logo design. To focus on the first sculpture being installed—featuring the Marmon Wasp— Bayliss and Buchanan shared how the abstracted sculpture of the vehicle slants dynamically forward. To further emphasize speed, the open-framed artwork is lifted, sitting only on its rear wheels, so that the front wheels rise off the sculpture pedestal. The rectangular base is finished in Indiana limestone and original bricks from the famed Brickyard. The sculpture and base together will measure around 25 feet long and more than 12 feet high. Like the Marmon Wasp, the sculpture will be painted yellow and black, its powder-coated framework will be illuminated at night. “When we were in the process of working on the ‘Homage to Hoagy’ sculpture, the mayor [Brainard] asked me to think about four automobile themed sculptures for roundabouts on the 96th Street ‘car’ corridor,” Bayliss shared. “Over a period of weeks and months, we discussed some options and came up the exciting theme, ‘Classic Cars of Indiana.’”

Bayliss said that the concept was a “no brainer” given the rich Indiana history of classic cars. He said the only problem was, “We only have 4 roundabouts and so much to celebrate in terms of creativity and innovation!” In terms of designing the four sculptures so that they could actually be fabricated, Bayliss consulted with his creative team at bo-mar Industries. “I don’t do any proposals without speaking to Bob,” Bayliss reiterated. “He is a creative partner—not just the fabricator. I only propose [ideas] that I know are going to be possible to make. The Marmon Wasp [sculpture] will be 1.5 times the size of the original car.” Buchanan added, “We built it like the model cars we put together when we were kids. We would go to the grocery store and if we were ‘good boys’ our mother would let us get the model car of the week. Mark [Buchanan] and I couldn’t wait to get home and break the pieces off that were numbered. We’d swap engines and tires. So, for us, it started at an early age for us.” Their passion for cars and attention to detail was the fuel for putting the pieces together for this particular project and creating an extraordinary artwork that exemplifies the teams’ talent, creativity and love of their trade. “It’s been fun because the guys are just as ecstatic and they’re all taking ownership,” Buchanan expressed. “It’s been a total team effort. This is the most fun we’ve had on a project in a long time.”


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Combining Efforts To Preserve Indiana’s Automobile History As the city of Carmel and the Artomobilia team prepare to celebrate Artomobilia’s 15th anniversary, it makes sense that the dots are being connected between the “Classic Cars of Indiana” project, and people who are as enthusiastic about cars and educating people about the Hoosier contributions to the auto industry and auto racing throughout the last century. Amber Caccamo, Executive Director DeKalb County Visitors Bureau, will be attending Artomobilia for the first time this year. Caccamo has ran The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival— a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and promote automobile heritage—that takes place in Auburn, Indiana. The ADC Festival will be returning after a hiatus due to the pandemic this Labor Day Weekend. Caccamo has been exploring ways to collaborate with the Artomobilia committee to connect more people to the respective events, the ACD Museum in Auburn, and introduce more people to the car culture in general. Caccamo was ecstatic to learn about the Auburn, Cord Duesenberg Sculpture that will be installed in Carmel. She shared that Duesenberg won the Indianapolis 500 in 1924, 1925 and 1927 and is approaching the 100th anniversary of that first win. “History and art have such a connection,” Caccamo stated. “When you start having conversations with people and

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you realize that connectivity that cars hold within the car culture—especially in Indiana—it’s just amazing. I love the artistic piece because so much of our ACD Museum is based around art deco. People who don’t even like cars come to the museum to see the art deco, the concrete poured floors and artistic works, the lights and everything. I think there is a resurgence of car shows and car culture. There’s been a complete revival and people who never thought they would be interested [in the car culture] all of a sudden are.” For more information about the ACD Museum, ACD Festival and other automotive attractions in DeKalb County, visit Be sure to mark your calendars for the 15th Annual Artomobilia in Carmel, Indiana. Artomobilia will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Carmel Arts & Design District and is free to the public. For the complete 2022 Artomobilia schedule and other related information, visit

Marmon — Indianapolis [1851-1933] Marmon Sculpture #1: 96th Street and Priority Way The Wasp has been featured on two national postage stamps and is inarguably one of the most famous race cars of all time as it was the first winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 1911. Its driver, Ray Harroun, of Anderson, Indiana, was an engineer and among other innovations, the Wasp introduced the world to the first rear-view mirror; eliminating the need for a mechanic to ride along as was customary at that time. Auburn — Auburn [1900-1937] The art deco influenced 851 Boattail Speedster was the first stock American car guaranteed to exceed 100 miles per hour in stock form. Cord — Auburn and Connersville [1929-1937] E.L. Cord introduced an exciting and innovative high-performance luxury car in the late 1920s and pioneered front-wheel drive, concealed headlights and the steering mounted horn.

Duesenberg — Indianapolis [1928-1937] “The American Rolls Royce.” The fastest American car before WWII, Duesenberg Special Sportster Model J would outrun an Aston Martin DB5 or Mercedes Gullwing produced two decades later. Auburn, Cord Duesenberg Sculpture #2: 96th Street and Delegates Row Stutz — Indianapolis [1911-1939] Stutz Sculpture #3: 96th Street and Grey Road Stutz pioneered the transaxle and a safer, better handling low-slung chassis, and in 1911 he entered his new car in the first Indianapolis 500-mile race. The car placed 11th out of 22 entrants. Studebaker — South Bend [1852-1967] Studebaker Sculpture #4: 96th Street and Hazel Dell Parkway Studebaker produced vehicles for over 100 years. They pioneered many safety features such as front disc brakes. One of their logo designs became a mid-century design classic — the lazy “S.”

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E x p l o r i n g C a r m e l’ s N e w e s t S i s t e r C i t y :

Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

You may have read that the City of Carmel recently announced a new Sister City relationship with the city of Cortona, Italy. This latest official foreign agreement makes the fourth international Sister City for the City of Carmel. Carmel’s other three Sister Cities are Jelgava, Latvia; Kawachinagano, Osaka, Japan and Xiangyang, Hubei, China.


e spoke with Mayor Jim Brainard about the purpose of Sister Cities, and he shared with us a little more about the ancient and beautiful town of Cortona.


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tunities to send musicians over to Cortona to play in their theater and vice versa. “Cortona’s deputy mayor Francesco Attesti is a world-renowned concert pianist,” Brainard said. “It would be an incredible opportunity to have him to come [to Carmel] and perform with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra at some point.” Attesti gave his first concert at age 11, and since 2019, he has been the deputy mayor and Counsellor of Culture and Tourism for the city of Cortona.

A City That Has Stood the Test of Time What Are Sister Cities? Since 1956, Sister Cities International has worked to create exchanges that create community impact and kindle lifelong friendships. Sister Cities International was created at President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House conference on citizen diplomacy. Eisenhower envisioned an organization that could be the hub of peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the world. By forming these relationships, Eisenhower reasoned that people of different cultures could celebrate and appreciate their differences and build partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts. Sister Cities International has a variety of programs that highlight and support its members in promoting citizen diplomacy and international exchange. They serve a variety of demographics in communities all over the world and build bridges of understanding across borders. According to Brainard, the City of Carmel—and any city or town that is a member of Sister Cities International— benefits from the promotion of international goodwill, the student educational exchanges and expanded business relationships between the Sister Cities and their respective nations. Brainard views the recent agreement that he recently signed, along with Cortona Mayor Luciano Meoni in Italy, as an effort to “encourage global community.” “I think it’s tremendously important to cities across the country and across

the world because people of all different backgrounds get to meet other people from different or similar backgrounds from other countries,” Brainard stated. “It also provides opportunities for students to travel and do exchanges and learn about different cultures and values.” Brainard continued, “The Latin teachers at Carmel High School are excited about these opportunities. We’ve had a Sister School in Japan since before we had a Sister City [in Osaka] that goes back to the early 1990s, and we’ve had students go back and forth, spending a couple of weeks in each other’s countries and homes, which are tremendous opportunities. We’ve sent city employees and police officers to Japan, and they, in turn, have sent their employees here to see how things are done differently. Cortona is a very old town, and Carmel is a very new city. We can learn from each other.” Additionally, Brainard mentioned that idea of sharing the arts and having oppor-


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Brainard shared that Cortona—a province of Arezzo—is a historic hilltop town in the Tuscany area of Italy that boasts picturesque landscapes of mountains and lakes. It is an area known for the art of fine food, wineries and beautiful art. Brainard added, “Cortona was an Etruscan city that goes back hundreds of years before it became part of the Roman Empire.” Enclosed by stone walls that date back to Etruscan and Roman times, visitors of Cortona are able to see remnants of the walls and other ruins of the town’s medieval origins. The mayor of Cortona’s office is housed in a 13th-century building that also serves as a popular wedding venue. Cortona’s first-class beauty and hospitality has even attracted Hollywood types and served as one of the film locations for “Under the Tuscan Sun.” There are several historical attractions throughout Cortona and the surrounding area. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, built in 1456, is a popular attraction. Cortona is full of museums and artworks; the Museum of the Etruscan Academy houses historical artifacts, and the Diocesan Museum is equally remarkable. Cortona’s archaeological area, the Fortress of Girifalco and the Abbey of Farneta, are also popular landmarks. Visitors can also explore villas and gardens along the flower trails while taking in breathtaking views overlooking the province. For more information on the City of Carmel’s Sister Cities, visit

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