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Racine Ly: CHS Grad Credits CYAP For A Brighter Future We are proud to feature Carmel High School’s recent graduate Racine Ly, on our cover this month in recognition of his acceptance to Indiana University this fall in the Groups Scholars Program. Ly was one of Carmel Youth Assistance Program’s (CYAP) very first participants when it launched in 2015. His success reflects his efforts, hard work and commitment to his future as well as a testament to CYAP’s dedication to the children and families that it serves. Ly’s progress and achievements have Melissa Yarger, CYAP early intervention advocate, beaming with pride. Cover Story Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photo // Laura Arick


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Body Outfitters on Investing in Your Health Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Mark Moreland

As we move further out from 2020 and forward toward a new “normal” way of living, I spoke with Mark Moreland, owner and personal trainer at Body Outfitters Personal Training Studio, about how people—especially over the age of 50—are looking to invest in and optimize their personal health.


ust as many folks are investing in their financial well-being earlier in their lives, there has been an upward trend in taking care of one’s personal health at an earlier age as result of the pandemic. Moreland shared with us his studio’s philosophy on physical health and how he and his trainers have always focused on the holistic health of their clients and not just how often they work out.

A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF BODY OUTFITTERS PERSONAL TRAINING SERVICES Body Outfitter’s personal trainers have over 40 years of combined experience. They use experience and expertise to create tailored workouts. They have degrees in exercise science from accredited universities with a variety of certifications in fitness disciplines.

Body Outfitters personal trainers offer a variety of personal training services to meet clients’ needs and goals. From one-on-one personal training sessions to training for teams of two to small group training and classes, they help clients discover the best fitness programs for their goals. They provide an environment curated to strengthen your body and mind and guarantee space to move with confidence and execute the best workout for your body. Body Outfitters personal trainers strive to create an experience that is intimate, upbeat and motivational.

POST-2020 PRIORITIES “We have seen a shift in priorities since 2020,” Moreland shared. “We ask our clients if they have ‘feel better’ goals, ‘move better’ goals or ‘look better’ goals. These things are integrated, but there


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has been a huge shift into the feel better goals. It’s moved away from ‘I have pain and I want to look better’—those were the two main drivers in 2017–19. Now most of people’s triggers—2020 and going forward—is yes, the pain, but in general, people don’t feel good, and they want to work at feeling better.” Moreland acknowledged that there has been a lot of factors in our lives that we haven’t been able to control, but he reminded us that there are some factors related to our health that we are in control of. “There are four things that you can control,” Moreland stated. “You can control your sleep or at least position yourself for [proper] sleep. We get into our beds too late and often take our phones into bed. We’re not resting or sleeping when we do that. That’s just one thing that we can control—at least behaviorally—that has a huge impact on feeling better.” Being more active, staying hydrated and proper nutrition are the other three points that Moreland prioritized. “Your activity is what you do during the day,” Moreland said. “And I separate hydration and nutrition. I put those in their own categories because some people are awesome at one and lousy at the other, but they are both unique things. Hydration highly affects your joints and your movement. I’m not a certified dietician or a nutritionist—these people can specifically prescribe meals that are relevant to you, so I move towards the behavioral aspects. First, what are your ‘oops’ [foods and beverages]. Those are the things that you’re already thinking about when I say that word. We’ll talk about what you are eating—are you eating fruits and vegetables? How much bread are you eating? Are you eating carbohydrates—are they the trash kind or are they more of the fruits and things like that? Nutrition is just like a bank account. You have to figure out where your ‘spend’ is going to be. So, in review, it’s about rest, activity, then hydration and food—those are four controllables that we can have a lot of say in.” Moreland added, “I would say that even if you didn’t see a [personal] trainer,

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and you moved in this direction, gave yourself an honest analysis and made a couple of changes—you’d start to feel better fast.”

CARING FOR YOURSELF TODAY TO BE MORE ACTIVE TOMORROW After 50, many folks are transitioning from have dependents to look after and coordinate schedules around and are looking onward at the next phases of their lives. Women, especially, find more time for themselves at this point. Moreland talked about how many of his clients who are over 50 are making the decisions to keep working their bodies so that they can continue doing and even improving on the activities that they enjoy most. “The currency of your health has never been thrown in your face more since 2020,” Moreland stated. “First, be active. Get out of your chair. Schedule walks. Go outside. That’s really important. I think people recognized the significance of that

over the last couple of years and realized they needed that.” Moreland continued, “Hopefully, they’ll maintain that. So, outside time with activity is good. Take a 10-minute walk. I still do 10-minute walks, but I also strength train because muscle, joints, connective tissue—they’re all part of the structure of the vehicle that you move around in all day long. It’s your strength and ultimately the ability to move that will dictate what you can and can’t choose to engage in.” Physical health, mental health, emotional health and spiritual health are all overlapping circles. “We know that all of it affects all of it,” Moreland said. “I would say a really safe place to start if you’re looking to start taking care of yourself is with the physical health because it’s a little more objective and you don’t have to ‘unpack’ as much. You can start with moving, and you’re going to instantly start feeling better because the body is designed to do that. You start an upward spiral that helps

contradict some of the downwards. And hopefully it’s becoming less taboo to see [mental health] counsel. I’m ‘body’ counsel. You see a financial counsel, so seeking that counsel is just wisdom, and it should provide you with a little more peace of mind. We call it the Humpty Dumpty scenario. Sometimes, it takes all the king’s horses and all the king’s men to really help you optimize your [overall] health.” For more information on Body Outfitters and their Carmel and Zionsville locations, visit


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World Class Cabaret at Carmel City Center June 16


Sirius/XM Radio’s Seth Rudetsky is bringing his hi-larious one man show Seth’s Big Fat Broadway Show to Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael. It is described as a combination of “America’s Funniest Home Videos”, “The Tony Awards” and “The Daily Show” and has played from coast to coast for the last decade. Seth is known as “The Voice of Broadway Across America” and “The Mayor Of Broadway” (which is what Audra McDonald calls him). He’s worked for over two decades on Broadway as an actor, writer, pianist and conductor, and has been involved with the biggest blockbusters ever, including Les Misérables, Phantom, Ragtime, and The Producers, as well as writing for both the Tony and Grammy Awards. Seth’s Big Fat Broadway Show is a 90 minute hysterical romp featuring Rudetsky’s trademark “deconstructions,” in which he uses his amazing audio/video collection to break down brilliant performances from beloved Broadway divas (Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley) as well as showcasing mind-boggling performances like The Osmonds singing a medley from Fiddler On The Roof.

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JUST A COUPLE OF FOOLS: A VAUDEVILLE CABARET! Featuring Darrin Murrell & Frank Vessels and joined by pianist Brent Marty for an evening of music and comedy paying tribute to the Vaudeville Stars of the 1920’s. The trio of funnymen, who recently starred in ATI’s hit production of “The Big Bang,” are veterans of musical theater and comedy stages locally, regionally, and nationally.

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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!

July 21

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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EVERYTHING’S COMING UP BARBARA WITH “BROADWAY BARBARA” The irrepressible Barbara Dixon makes her Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael debut following a run of raucous, sold-out shows in Vegas, Los Angeles and NYC! Do not miss this unforgettable, one-night-only performance of Everything’s Coming Up Barbara – the definitive Broadway Barbara experience – packed full of songs, stories, and (if you’re lucky) a Fosse dance move or two. You won’t believe your eyes (or ears) as Barbara over-shares her way through a whirlwind tour of her life and career, with ribald show biz tales and comedic interpretations of classic Broadway tunes.

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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.

July 15

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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Local Automotive Enthusiasts Are Building More Than Collections,

They’re Building Communities Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

We were pleased to speak with Mike Simmons, founder of SILO Auto Club in Indianapolis, Jay Farmer, a principle of The Motor District in Westfield, and Chris Diasio, president of Putnam Park Road Course in Greencastle. All three of these automotive enthusiasts have something in common besides being enthusiasts and collectors—they are building a community that is bringing together current and future automotive collectors in a fun and unique way.


immons, Farmer and Diasio are thrilled to be sponsors of the 15th year of Artomobilia—Indiana’s premier automotive event featuring a weekend of exhilarating experiences and its flagship event that is hosted in the heart of Carmel, Indiana. We spoke with each of the three aforementioned sponsors about their respective properties and the enthusiast/ collector culture that they are building.

SILO Auto Club – Indianapolis

What started out of necessity for car storage became a passion for bringing car enthusiasts together for a more social aspect of car collecting. Simmons moved from Zionsville to downtown Indianapolis and wanted easy access to his collector cars. He purchased a building that was more space than he needed, and the SILO Auto Club was soon after established. Today, the club has evolved into a vibrant and hip social club for its members. “We ended up building out the club, put in a kitchen and got a liquor license,” Simmons shared. “We’re a private club for car people. We’ve got members from the Lockerbie area and throughout downtown

that have relatively expensive real estate but no room for car storage. We also have folks from Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, the southside and from all over who keep their cars at the club. We also host a number of events at the club on a regular basis.” The SILO is hosting a new series, “The Pitz’ Stop with John Pitz,” in collaboration with Artomobilia co-founder John Pitz. “We’re starting to do more events with music, and we asked John [Pitz] to help us out,” Simmons shared. “He’s such a great guy, and we’ve started a monthly series kind of thing where we’ll do car-oriented panels and interviews. The first one was with John and Paul Page, which was a lot of fun. We might do some around vintage racing, rallies and around [car] collecting. So, the series will be an automotive enthusiast-themed topic every month as we go forward.” The SILO Auto Club houses 60–65 cars in its main facility, and Simmons shared that they have recently expanded into another building just down the street that can house an additional 40–50 more. “We’re looking at potentially expanding the building and looking at other storage options there in the building,” Simmons said. “As we come out of COVID, we’re beginning to think about [expanding] a little bit more proactively.” For more information on SILO Auto Club, visit


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Motor District – Westfield

The Motor District is working to become the center of gravity for the Hamilton County automotive community. “With our 12-acre campus and the 13 buildings we have planned that will house 120-150 garages for collectors, enthusiasts and hobbyists of all types,” Farmer shared. “The campus also includes three supporting commercial business buildings. Motor District is a unique venue that caters to the community and lifestyle needs of those with a passion for their interests.” Farmer continued, “Without exception, it’s the perfect home for automotive enthusiasts, but it will also be a community for many other interests, hobbies and passions—motorcycles, boats, RVs, ATVs, home office, urban cabin or getaway.” This spring, Motor District broke ground on its Phase 2 buildings that will be completed by summer. “Phase 2 buildings have a new variety of sizes and configurations,” Farmer stated. “The pace of interest and sales in both Phase 1 and Phase 2 indicates that we’re on to something.” The Motor District is more than simply storage; it offers a private, secure community that its clients own and customize to meet their needs and the needs of their families. “As a result, we see a wide variation in the build-outs and uses, some that are focused on collection display and entertainment, others around recreation and still others focused on the practical aspects of extending the footprint of your primary residence,” Farmer shared. “From an investment/financial perspective, ownership at Motor District makes a lot of sense when compared to alternatives both financially and practically. Motor District makes it very easy to own

and customize with everything you need and nothing you don’t need; the ability to own and access a space anytime you wish is compelling.” The Motor District is a great community venue for all types of events, not least of which are automotive-related. “We are expanding our events that we host each week beyond our open houses featuring partners like Pristine Auto Spa, Hagerty, Dynamat and others, to include Cars & Coffee—we’re calling it Mocha District— Garage Club events and even IndyCar and Formula 1 Watch Parties,” Farmer said. “You’ll also see our owners host an increasing number of private and public events in their spaces. In fact, recently, one of our owners hosted a fundraiser for a local children’s charity and included Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan.” For more information on Motor District, visit and check out the gallery of photos.

Putnam Park Road Course — Greencastle

Putman Park is so much more than a racetrack for racing teams, car clubs and enthusiasts alike. It is a 200-plus-acre park and country club for members, and they host social events for the members and their families as well. Additionally, Putnam Park offers on-site storage for car collectors. Diasio shared what makes his racetrack, facilities and garages unique from others in the region. “Putnam Park is not just for racing,” Diasio emphasized. “It’s for car clubs and car enthusiasts. Even though it’s 30 miles west of Indy, it’s still an integral part of local car enthusiasts, especially in Zionsville, Carmel, the northside and southside of Indianapolis. We have lots of people

who are interested in our facilities. We have everything from Hondas to exotics running together. Groups are based on your experience level, not necessarily your car speed.” Diasio shared that his goal is to get a lot of people who own beautiful cars to bring their cars out of their garages and take them out to Putnam Park track to “stretch their legs.” “What I’m really trying to do is get people who aren’t necessarily into just ‘track days,’ but people with nice cars who just want to stretch their legs and don’t care about lap times,” Diasio expressed. “You can do it in safe environment, a few times a year at least, and enjoy the car for what it was designed for. I don’t think Enzo Ferrari designed these cars thinking, “God, I hope they sit in garages and never get driven—that would be my ideal situation!” Diasio also spoke about the social aspect of his racetrack and clubhouse. “It’s also about the social aspect of the club,” Diasio stated. “The members come out, drive the track and then they go hang out at the clubhouse, get on the simulators, shoot some pool, have some drinks at the [clubhouse] bar and talk about cars, work and life. We have members with Mustangs and members with Ferraris. They all have their own passions, but just like at Artomobilia—we all come together because we love cars.” Putman Park also offers climate-controlled garages with TVs and first-rate security systems. “I’m not building anymore of the oldstyle, private garages,” Diasio explained. “You’re isolating yourself. I opened this ‘open-concept’ garage in 2020 that holds 12 cars—six and six—and you’re surrounded by all these beautiful cars. It’s like you’re in your own little [car] museum. We’re also different in how we construct our garages. It’s all concrete block construction. Race teams love our garages because they are topflight garages that other tracks that are considered great tracks don’t have. The teams have a great environment to work in, and they feel comfortable.” For more information on Putman Park, visit


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2022–23 Season Is About Creating Experiences Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of The Center for the Performing Arts

The Center for the Performing Arts has announced its most robust season since its inception and is bringing in commercial “big” shows like Marie Osmond, Michael Bolton, Johnny Mathis, Boney James, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Diana Krall, Kevin Nealon, Lewis Black, Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin and so many more exhilarating performers from all over the globe!


sat down with the center’s CEO/President Jeff McDermott who shared his thoughts on this upcoming season. McDermott also reflected on how the center has earned a reputation in the industry as a must-play venue. Creating Experiences for All The center’s 2022–23 season exudes diversity and boasts a magnificent lineup of talent from all over the globe. While the center is proud to have successfully presented 46 performances in its most recent season, it is even more excited to announce its largest lineup—to date—at its annual season announcement event. Plus, there are even more shows to come and

will be announced throughout the season as they become finalized and official! According to McDermott, the focus is on creating “experiences” and not just booking 70-plus shows. “There are shows and then then are experiences,” McDermott expressed. “All of our shows are wonderful, but when everything is clicking with the artist and the audience—there’s a feeling in the hall that is an elevated feeling. We’ve had some phenomenal shows, and looking at this season, we’ve never had this many [shows] booked at this point, heading into a new season.” McDermott added, “We are excited about putting together the most robust season we’ve ever

had, and I think we have a reputation in this industry now. It’s been 11 years in the making. We worked for it, the community worked for it, and I think we’re enjoying the benefits of all of those efforts.” When asked about the process of building the new season’s lineup, McDermott said, “Part of our mission is to bring performances here that give this community a taste of everything that the universe has to offer, and that includes performers who may not be as commercially well known, and big shows like Sting, John Legend and Ben Folds. We announced a big season, which is incredible, but you ain’t seen nothing yet. We’ve got more coming!” The center’s focus has shifted from surviving 2020 to recovery in 2021 to a return to business as usual in 2022. It is also placing a more intentional focus on diversity—as showcased in its seasonal programming—within its internal operations with staff and board positions in addition to its programming. “We don’t make widgets here— our products are our performances and educational opportunities,” McDermott stated. “The more diversity we bring to those, the more we drive [diversity] in this community. Our goal is not just the 70-plus shows—that are diverse in every way that you can define diversity—but it is to also create a sense of inclusion and to create experiences for an entire community.” Get the alerts on newly announced shows first! Visit to become a subscriber! View the entire 2022– 23 season online, get tickets and learn about becoming a subscriber or series and/or performance sponsor. You’ll be glad that you did!


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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CENTER’S 2022–23 SEASON OTHER PERFORMANCES OF NOTE Herb Alpert & Lani Hall in Concert Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The Palladium Drewry Simmons Vornehm Jazz Series

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Friday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. The Palladium Faegre Drinker Encore Series

Lewis Black: Off the Rails

Diana Krall

Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. The Palladium Comed y Serie

Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The Palladium Faegre Drinker Encore Series

Chris Botti Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. The Palladium Drewry Simmons Vornehm Jazz Series U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The Palladium Special Event Brian Skerry: Secrets of the Whales Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

(Free student matinee at 10 a.m.)

The Palladium National Geographic Live Series

Johnny Mathis: The Voice of Romance Tour

Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. The Palladium Hoosier Village & The Barrington of Carmel Songbook Series

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

Dave Koz and Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour

Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. The Palladium Holiday Series Performance Sponsor SBC Wealth Management

Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. The Palladium Holiday Series

Eliane Elias Sunday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. The Palladium Telamon Passport Series Luminare Christmas Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. The Palladium Holiday Series Boney James Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. The Palladium Drewry Simmons Vornehm Jazz Series Performance Sponsor SBC Wealth Management

Marie Osmond: A Symphonic Christmas Tour Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. The Palladium Holiday Series

Michael Bolton: Greatest Hits & Holiday Favorites

Kevin Nealon

Friday, April 7, at 8 p.m. The Palladium Comedy Series

Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. The Palladium Holiday Series

The Four Phantoms in Concert

Friday, April 21, at 8 p.m. The Palladium Hoosier Village & The Barrington of Carmel Songbook Series

Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 The Palladium Printing Partners Classical Series Marc Cohn and Shawn Colvin Together Onstage Thursday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. The Palladium Katz, Sapper & Miller Pop/ Rock Series Get Happy: Michael Feinstein Celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial Saturday, April 29, at 8 p.m. The Palladium Hoosier Village & The Barrington of Carmel Songbook Series Special Events


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PICK 4 OR MORE & SAVE UP TO 20% • Songbook Academy in Concert Sat Jul 23 at 7pm | The Palladium

• Ella: The Music of Ella Fitzgerald in Concert Fri Nov 4 at 8pm | The Palladium

• Ugly Duckling Sat Jan 28 at 11am & 1:30pm | The Tarkington

• Jimmie Vaughan Fri Sep 9 at 8pm | The Palladium

• Chris Botti Sat Nov 5 at 8pm | The Palladium

• The Center Celebration 2022 Fri Sep 16 at 5pm | The Palladium

• Charles Peachock, juggler Sat Nov 5 at 2 & 8pm | The Tarkington

• Dublin Irish Dance: Wings – A Celtic Music Celebration Fri Feb 10 at 8pm | The Palladium

• Herb Alpert & Lani Hall in Concert Thu Sep 22 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

• U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Thu Nov 10 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

• Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Fri Sep 23 at 8pm | The Palladium

• Gilberto Santa Rosa Fri Nov 11 at 8pm | The Palladium

• Lewis Black: Off the Rails Sat Sep 24 at 8pm | The Palladium

• Wu Han, Benjamin Beilman, & David Finckel: Schubert Trios Sun Nov 13 at 7pm | The Palladium

• Joshua Bell and Peter Dugan Thu Sep 29 at 7:30pm | The Palladium • Tower of Power Fri Sep 30 at 7:30pm | The Palladium • Europa Galante with Fabio Biondi Thu Oct 6 at 7:30pm | The Palladium • Voca People Sun Oct 9 at 7pm | The Palladium • Diana Krall Tue Oct 11 at 7:30pm | The Palladium • Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: Life in the Past Lane Thu Oct 13 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

• National Geographic Live: Brian Skerry: Secrets of the Whales Tue Nov 15 at 7:30pm | The Palladium • Take Me To The River NOLA LIVE!

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Fri Nov 18 at 8pm | The Palladium

• Eliane Elias Sun Nov 20 at 7pm | The Palladium • All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 Fri Dec 2 at 8pm | The Palladium • Canadian Brass Christmas Sat Dec 3 at 8pm | The Palladium

• My Name is NOT Mom Fri Oct 14 at 8pm | The Palladium

• Luminare Christmas Thu Dec 8 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

• Johnny Mathis: The Voice of Romance Tour Sat Oct 15 at 8pm | The Palladium

• Dave Koz and Friends 25th Anniversary Christmas Tour Fri Dec 9 at 8pm | The Palladium

• The Queen’s Cartoonists Sun Oct 16 at 5pm | The Palladium

• Marie Osmond: A Symphonic Christmas Tour Sat Dec 10 at 8pm | The Palladium

• Boney James Sat Feb 18 at 8pm | The Palladium • National Geographic Live: Lindsay Zanno: T. Rex Rises Tue Feb 21 at 7:30pm | The Palladium • Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine Fri Feb 24 at 8pm | The Palladium • Sammy Miller and The Congregation Fri Mar 3 at 8pm | The Palladium • Peking Acrobats Sat Mar 18 at 8pm | The Palladium • Jonathan Butler Sun Mar 26 at 7pm | The Palladium • Kevin Nealon Fri Apr 7 at 8pm | The Palladium • Marc Cohn & Shawn Colvin Together Onstage Thu Apr 13 at 7:30pm | The Palladium • Abilene Sat Apr 15 at 8pm | The Palladium • The Four Phantoms in Concert Fri Apr 21 at 8pm | The Palladium • National Geographic Live: Filipe DeAndrade: Untamed Tue Apr 25 at 7:30pm | The Palladium • Get Happy: Michael Feinstein Celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial Sat Apr 29 at 8pm | The Palladium

• Michael Bolton: Greatest Hits & Holiday Favorites Tue Dec 13 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

• George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Sun Apr 30 at 7pm | The Palladium

• Angélique Kidjo Sun Oct 23 at 7pm | The Palladium

• Celtic Woman: A Christmas Symphony Tour 2022 Thu Dec 15 at 7:30pm | The Palladium

• Evil Woman – The American ELO Fri May 5 at 8pm | The Palladium

• Jon McLaughlin Wed Nov 2 at 7:30pm | The Tarkington

• The Mavericks: ‘En Español’ World Tour Fri Jan 27 at 8pm | The Palladium

• Madeleine Peyroux: “Careless Love” & Paula Cole: “This Fire” Thu Oct 20 at 7:30pm | The Palladium


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sure that her kids are happy and successful,” Yarger emphasized. “If parents aren’t responsive to us and they don’t keep an open line of communication with us, our hands are kind of tied and we’re limited in what we can do.”

CYAP Impacts the Entire Family Unit

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CHS Grad Credits CYAP For Brighter Future Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Sarah Evans Photography

We are proud to feature Carmel High School graduate Racine Ly on our cover this month in recognition of his acceptance to Indiana University this fall in the Groups Scholars Program.


y was one of Carmel Youth Assistance Program’s (CYAP) very first participants when it launched in 2015. His success reflects his efforts, hard work and commitment to his future as well as a testament to CYAP’s dedication to the children and families that it serves. Ly has demonstrated his commitment to his future, and as a result, he was awarded a scholarship, which has Melissa Yarger, CYAP early intervention advocate, beaming with pride.

One Hand Washes the Other Yarger has worked with Ly and his family for the last several years, and she shared her thoughts about witnessing Ly’s growth and accomplishments. “I’ve known Racine for several years,” Yarger shared. “They’ve been with us for a long time, and when I started [CYAP], I was working a lot with high school students, and I got to know Racine. I never would have thought that I would be so excited to see someone else’s kid graduate high school. It’s something that he really deserves. I think the McKinney family has always been such a good example of

what the right kind of support can do,” Yarger said. “When I first met Racine, his life looked a little bit different, and to see how far he’s made it—I’ve gotten emotional about it because it’s wonderful to see that what [CYAP] does is working and that the blood, sweat and tears are worth it to make sure that we have more kids get into college like Racine has.” Yarger continued, “I think Racine has grown a lot—maturity-wise,” Yarger shared. “We worked on his college application together and we spent a few hours putting it together, and once he started writing his essay, he was able to self-reflect on what he has done and what he could’ve done better throughout his high school career. He made this really good analogy. He said, ‘You can’t just hope for the best, you have to ask for help before the wheels fall of the bus.’” Yarger spoke on the importance of having Myla McKinney’s [Ly’s mother] support and how imperative it is to have the parent/guardian’s support while working with CYAP. “Myla is the ideal parent to work with because she is responsive, interested and willing to do what she needs to do to make


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We sat down with Myla to learn more about her family’s personal journey and how CYAP changed the trajectory of Ly’s life as well as her two younger sons’ lives. “I had been divorced for probably two years when we moved to Carmel,” Myla shared. “We had a lot going on in those years, and I needed a safer environment as a single mom and wanted to make sure that my boys had a safe place to be.” Myla and her sons got involved in a local bible study group and eventually were introduced to the CYAP Summer Meals program, which she calls a “godsend.” CYAP put her in touch with the Merciful Help Center for school supplies and backpacks and other community programs that provided assistance with holiday meals and gifts for her boys. “Maggie Figge (CYAP) and Melissa really helped with making sure we had shoes for the boys because they wear such large sizes and are difficult to find,” Myla said. “And the first year we were with CYAP, they offered summer camp spots at Camp Tecumseh. All three of my boys were allowed to go, and that is something that I could never afford. They went every summer and would come back more independent, more grown and loving God—which is really wonderful. Racine went back to [Camp Tecumseh] as a camp counselor, and he grew tremendously. I think he understands himself a little better because of that experience.”

The World Is Racine’s Oyster Throughout our discussion with Ly and Myla, it become apparent that Ly is not only a thoughtful, compassionate and driven young man—he is also adventurous and eager to try new experiences. Both Myla and Yarger commented on how much Ly’s confidence has grown over the years and is what is going to open new doors and experiences as he heads down to Bloomington this summer to become

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acclimated with the Groups Scholars programs and his peers. When asked what he appreciates most about CYAP and working with Melissa, Ly replied, “Melissa said to me, ‘I’m never going to look at you differently,’ and that’s just freeing and why I appreciate her so much. It was mostly seeing Melissa go through all this stuff, and I was sitting there knowing that she’s been picking us up and taking us to group and then coordinating with all the parents every week. It was crazy to see, and it was inspiring. I didn’t want to be slacking because I couldn’t watch her do all that and then disrespect her to her face like that.” Ly shared that working with Melissa, who held him accountable especially during the COVID lockdown period and virtual learning, is what carried him through those time periods. And now, as he prepares for college and to enjoy the fruits of his hard work and determination, Ly reflects back on everything he’s learned from CYAP, his mother, his experiences at Camp Tecumseh and other life experiences that he has grown

from and persevered through. He is ready for the next chapter of his purposeful life and is realizing the impact that one person can have and the ripple effect that it has. “The whole time I was applying for Group Scholars, I thought, ‘What is the point?’” Ly expressed. “I didn’t believe that I would get into it until the day they sent me the acceptance letter. It was crazy. I was stressing for months about ‘the plan,’ and not for my future life but what I was going to do in the next year.” Once he received that acceptance letter, Ly said it was time to “go hard,” and he

became inspired to think about his future. “I’m excited for this summer,” Ly said. “I’m excited to go to Groups and get to know people and see what classes are like and stuff like that. I’m going to go off of that and see kind of how I’m feeling once I’m there and see what interests me. I like to experience different things, and my hobbies are whatever I find fun that month. I like music, and I’ve always been good at science.” Whatever Ly finds to be his passions in his life, he is bound to pursue them with confidence and a sense of purpose that some adults are still yearning to find. And again, he is proof positive that when a community invests in its youth via programs like CYAP, it is strengthening the community’s present and its future. We wish you all the best throughout your college years, Racine! Be the change you wish to see. For more information about the services provided by Carmel Youth Assistance Program or to learn more about becoming a mentor or volunteer, visit

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It took what felt like forever for me to see the Carmel Dads’ Club’s brand-new sports complex that opened last February, but it was well worth the wait. The CDC Sports Complex is an impressive 150,000-square-foot fieldhouse that houses four full-size basketball courts with six goals on each court, automated volleyball standards, three batting cages, indoor turf field and a track area that is open to the public. Located at 5459 East Main Street in Badger Memorial Park in Carmel, Indiana, the facility is already a huge hit for local and traveling teams who have already enjoyed practices, camps and tournaments within the facility. The Next Chapter in CDC’s History toured the facility with CDC President Jack Beery and Athletic Director Bethany Burchill, who shared that this sports complex has been a long time coming and wouldn’t have been possible without the supporters of CDC in combination with the support of the Clay Township administration who financed the project. This facility affords the CDC and the community an abundance of opportunities, and Beery and Burchill are excited to share this amenity with the community that has and continues to support the organization both financially and through dedicated volunteerism. As we toured the facility, Beery shared with me that it will offer an athletic training room for its members and visiting athletes that will be fully functional this fall, and there will be a cafe for guests to enjoy while they’re using the


facility. It will offer coffee, beverages and concessions as well as a place for parents to relax while their young athletes are performing on the field or courts. “One of the things we’re focused on is the flexibility of this facility and the flexibility of having different groups,” Beery stated. “We can put these big


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dividers down on the field and it divides both ways on the field so we can have a kindergarten soccer match on one side and a high school lacrosse on the other side, playing simultaneously.” In addition to hosting CDC sports and Carmel Clay School athletics, Beery shared that the facility is being utilized by other community groups, including the Carmel Police Department and Carmel Fire Department for training purposes. While we were touring the basketball courts, a CCS Special Education group was shooting some hoops and enjoying one of their last days as students at CHS before transitioning from high school to adulthood. Beery and Burchill expressed that their plan is to continue to expand on programs for the community as they continue to

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build upon their current offerings. It’s all about scheduling—a task that Burchill does with great skill and commitment. What’s On Deck This Year? This summer, the CDC Sports Complex will host the Carmel Clay Parks summer camps—a partnership that CDC is very excited about. Indy Eleven

will be enjoying the facility with its summer camps as well. “We’ve never had a facility that we can utilize for referee and umpire training/classes to generate interest for refs and umpires,” Beery shared. “We can get them certified in our programs, and we’ve been doing more kickoff events than ever before, which includes training and development for coaches’ education, and that’s been outstanding.” The CDC’s rec and travel programs are utilizing the facility equally. Burchill added, “We’re rotating all the age groups through so they get exposure to being here. That was the big effort when it opened in February to get all of our basketball programs in, as many as we could each weekend, so the rec families can see this as something we can use all season long. It’s been great!” According to Beery, the stadium field is making progress—it was recently

excavated and seeded. He said they hope to be able to utilize the field—that has lighting—this fall. “The sports complex is a game changer for our program and for the community,” Beery said. “We are not only looking at traditional sports, but we’re also looking at nontraditional sports. Later in June, we will host a tournament for one of the fastest growing nontraditional sports in the country, which is a game called quidditch. And we’re exploring ultimate frisbee and other nontraditional sports. We have 13,000 participants, but there’s a network of kids out there that maybe quidditch is something that they would enjoy and would keep them active. It’s another way for people in our community to use this facility.” Stay tuned for more exciting announcements and updates from the Carmel Dads’ Club! For more information about the CDC Sports Complex and hours of operations, visit

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From Farm to Commercial Tables Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Janelle Morrison

It’s just the beginning of the summer market season, and the Carmel Farmers Market (CFM) has been busy launching its newest program—Farm2Table—aimed at building brands for local chefs and their restaurants, its vendors and for CFM as a whole. FARM2TABLE PROGRAM


FM President Ron Carter informed us that the program has signed up Vivante at the Hotel Carmichael, Tucci’s, Matt the Millers and Mandele. An additional four Carmel restaurants will be added to the program in the near future. “We see this as a means to advertise the presence of the chef and his or her restaurant at the market,” Carter said. “Look for these top chefs next time you’re at the market. You’ll recognize their presence by the custom logoed John Deere wagons filled with food from our vendors. And be sure to patronize their restaurants where you will be served with the finest and freshest locally grown foods from some of the best Indiana farmers and producers.”

WHAT’S COOKING IN THE LOCAL KITCHENS? We had the pleasure of shopping at the market on opening day alongside Chef Jason Crouch, director of food and

beverage at Hotel Carmichael and Vivante French Eatery. Chef Crouch is from Muncie, Indiana, and grew up in the farmers market environment working alongside his mother at their local farmers market. “Supporting local is very important to me, as is building those partnerships,” Chef Crouch said. “I prefer not to work with ‘vendors’ but rather partners. We have to build a relationship that benefits them and us.” We stopped at the Muncie Mushrooms booth where Chef Crouch selected a variety of beautiful and unique mushrooms for a wedding banquet he was to prepare later that afternoon that featured a braised short rib with sauteed local mushrooms. Chef Crouch added, “Mushrooms are very versatile, and you can do a lot of different things with them as long as you treat them right. You don’t want to just chop away at them. You want to kind of


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leave them in their natural form, and you don’t want to salt them before you cook them. It’s going to pull the moisture out of the mushrooms—which are mostly water. When you do that, you’re just going to get this mushy product no matter how you cook it. So, treating them right from the get-go is very important. You just want to let the food shine through—you don’t have to do anything crazy to make it great if you start with great products.”

ASPARAGUS TIPS (SEE WHAT WE DID THERE?) We walked over to Van Antwerp’s booth to take a look at their produce. The asparagus was calling to Chef Crouch. “You want the asparagus to have a nice ‘pop’ when you break it,” Chef Crouch shared. “If it’s getting too old, it will be flimsy, and if it’s too mature, it will get really thick and ‘woody.’ The thinner the asparagus, the more tender it’s going to be. I lightly oil, salt and pepper it and bake it for 8 to 10 minutes in a 450-degree oven. I love to grill it, but in time constraints and banquet settings, it is necessary to bake, but what I will do sometimes is grill mark it, so we get that flavor from the grill and then finish it in the oven.” Be sure to visit Vivante French Eatery at Hotel Carmichael to enjoy Chef Crouch’s creations as well as the beautiful ambiance and attentive staff! Visit for more information.

FROM BOOTH TO BRICK-AND-MORTAR Jacob and Amanda Baird are two ambitious and hardworking CFM vendors who have delighted countless popcorn fanatics with their popular brand Groomsville Popcorn. The young couple has recently expanded their enterprise and opened East Street Provisions in Tipton, Indiana.

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The restaurant once housed the local fire department and bike shop. It features an amazing outdoor covered dining area at the front entrance and garage-style doors that roll up during good weather days. Inside, patrons will find additional seating and a variety of locally made and produced products for sale— including Groomsville popcorn. Some of these local products are featured in the Baird’s menu and coffee offerings. East Street Provisions has provided its community with a comfortable gathering place where all are welcome, and the food and beverages are outstanding. Jacob and Amanda shared that they look forward to expanding their hours once they have hired on some additional employees. “It’s really important for us to create a community spot that highlights our local vendors,” Amanda expressed. “Saturdays are a blast because we do our donuts and usually have anywhere from six to nine different flavors. We got this [donut-mak-

ing] machine that allows us to make and Instagram and make the short drive them in front of everyone.” up to Tipton to see their new restaurant/ Both Jacob and Amanda expressed storefront! You’ll be glad you did! their gratitude for all the support that For more information on CFM and an entire list of CFM have given them as they have convendors, visit tinued to grow their business and noted that CFM was the first market that Jacob sold Groomsville Popcorn from. Amanda concluded, “Carmel Farmers Market was the first [farmers] market that we ever did with Groomsville Popcorn, and they definitely helped launch us and helped Jacob and East Street Provisions I become better Where: 115 North East Street, Tipton business owners.” Hours: 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuesday–Friday. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturdays Phone: (765) 551-7141 Please follow Website: East Street Provisions on Facebook

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