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Cover Steve Martin and Martin Short: Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t After our exclusive interview with Tony Bennett last March, we assumed it would be a long time before we would have an opportunity to interview another iconic entertainment figure. However, this month we had the rare opportunity to interview two iconic comedic geniuses, Steve Martin and Martin Short, which is a testament to the level of entertainment being offered by The Center for the Performing Arts. The duo will be bringing their show, Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t, to the Palladium on September 26th. We discussed with them a number of things, including their personal relationship which dates back 30 plus years to the set of The Three Amigos. We hope you enjoy their interview with us as much as we did. Thank you to Steve Martin and Martin Short and the staff at The Center for the Performing Arts for coordinating this memorable interview. Cover Story Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photo // Submitted

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Northpoint Pediatrics: Indianapolis Practice Stands Out By Offering Accessibility Seven-Days-A-Week to Foster Comprehensive Pediatric Care Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Laura Arick

Finding accessible and responsive pediatric care that helps your kids to develop healthy habits and lifestyles shouldn’t be one of the many challenges of modern-day parenting. The pediatricians and staff at Northpoint Pediatrics couldn’t agree more.


orthpoint Pediatrics, established in 1987, is a large practice comprised of a skilled team of pediatricians and nurse practitioners (NPs) and other professionals that work together to make a difference daily in the lives of children and their parents by giving convenient high-quality healthcare and helpful advice.

Patient Services Available at Northpoint Pediatrics Northpoint has a comprehensive list of pediatric services that include weekend walk-in clinic for sick kids, wellness checkups and routine screenings. Northpoint Pediatrics provides specialized services such as acne care, sports services including concussion management, asthma care and child psychology services. Additionally, Northpoint Pediatrics has two internationally board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLC) to support you and your baby. Dr. Curnow emphasized that one of the most important aspects about med-

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What Differentiates Northpoint Pediatrics from Other Practices? Dr. Moore said. “Our job is to look at the family and all of the components so that we can help your child be the healthiest they can be in terms of screenings, management of risk factors and developing healthy habits and lifestyles. We do a lot with behavioral health and help families navigate through issues. We are a resource to provide care to our patients, and it is part of our job to help them access that care, which is why our seven-days-a-week accessibility is a big part of what makes our practice stand out.”

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ath Experts specializes in bathroom renovations including tub-to-shower conversions, tub replacement, and the installation of walk-in tubs. Bath Experts will do a true remodel of your bathroom that “goes down the studs,” as co-owner Steve Woodward says. This type of bath restoration is not like what other companies do—or as intrepid homeowners attempt—where you install the inexpensive liners you can get at Home Improvement Stores on your bathroom walls. As needed, they replace drywall to turn your tub or shower area into a space

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Who are the local experts in smart home automation technology? Fishers-based Technology Interiors is one of the nation’s top 100 companies for integration.


ick Goren, owner of Technology Interiors, and his team have specialized in the integration of home theaters, smart home automation, home networking, home security and commercial applications since 1998. Goren and his team are recognized by Angie’s List and have the highest rating on Google out of all audio/video companies currently listed. Technology Interiors designs top-quality home theater audio and video systems, surround sound systems and more, all professionally installed at the most reasonable rate in town. Technology Interiors’ certified installers provide


optimal solutions and service that its customers can count on. With 100 years of combined experience, the team at Technology Interiors provides its customers the comfort and convenience of smart home automation with award-winning service. They install home theaters, security systems, automated lighting, automated HV/AC and many other applications, all of which are smartphone controlled. Its satisfied customers include homeowners, builders and businesses in the Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Geist, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield and Greenwood, Indiana areas.

Goren explained what differentiates his company from others in the industry and why homeowners should consider working with a certified and experienced brick-and-mortar store versus a big-box store or an e-commerce company. “We are in the Top 100 in the United States out of about 40,000 dealers,” Goren shared. “We integrate all of the devices that are made by different manufacturers—all together—so that they work on one app. Technology Interiors has had the same 10 employees for the past 15 years. Combined we have over 100 years of ex-

perience between all of us, and we have some guys who have been in the industry for over 35 years of field experience.”

BUILDING A NEW HOME OR WANTING TO UPDATE YOUR EXISTING HOME’S SYSTEM? “If you’re building a house, we can help you design the home automation, and we can retrofit any house with the same technology,” Goren said. “Home automation encompasses anything involving your electronics. It controls the lights so that they automatically turn on when the doorbell rings. It allows you to control your alarm system, audio/video from your smartphone or handheld device.”


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Goren explained that home automation enables the homeowner to control all aspects of the HVAC, security and camera systems, along with internal/external audio/ video, from apps on their smartphones that are tied to a sophisticated—yet user-friendly—network. “It all ties into a very robust network, and we can monitor that network so that when you need to reset your Apple TV, for example, we can reset it from our office,” Goren said. “When you think about the world today, we have three main utilities that we cannot live without: electricity, water and internet. We’re so dependent on internet and Wi-Fi that we can’t operate any home or business without them.”

IMPROVEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE TO AUTOMATION “Home automation is easier to deliver, and it’s more economical in terms of implementation, costs of the cameras and systems,” Goren said. “A camera system used to be $5–$10,000, and today you can get a quality surveillance system for under $1,000. You can get a multi-camera system in your residence or commercial facility for around $2–3,000.”

Goren shared that the apps on the smartphone provide instant notifications when somebody enters your property and when they ring your doorbell. The homeowner is alerted and informed immediately. “You can control the locks on your doors and let a service person in who is there to repair something in your house,” Goren said. “You can let them in your home, watch them and talk with them as they perform the work.”

more faithfully reproduced. “We sell an LG projector that is pretty nice-looking, and you can stick it on the credenza or piece of furniture, and it projects up to a 120-inch screen,” Goren stated. “It doesn’t matter how light is in the room because the screens are ambient light-rejecting screens. They work really well and reject all other lights that are being shined onto the screen.” Music enthusiasts love their iPods and cherish the ability to pocket and listen to their favorite artists whenever and wherever they may be. Technology Interiors can easily integrate your iPod into your home so you can receive your favorite playlists throughout your whole-house audio system.

WHAT’S NEW WITH HOME THEATER PRODUCTS? “Projectors have become twice as good and last twice as long,” Goren said. “The [projector] bulb used to last about 2,000 hours, and now they last between 4,000–6,000 hours. Also, the projectors were 1080p and now they are 4K. The resolution is four times as good.” Technology Interiors sells high-quality Sony, LG, and Epson projectors that reproduce more tones and textures than a standard projector system using Triluminos color. Hard-to-reproduce crimson reds, aqua blues and emerald greens are displayed beautifully, so landscapes and seascapes look more vivid. Faces look better too, with skin tones

RECENT INNOVATIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS IN HOME AUTOMATION The doorbell security camera has revolutionized the way we monitor the main entrance of our homes. Goren agreed that with technological advances such as this, people are more proactive in monitoring their homes and neighborhoods than ever before. “We are a lot more observant to what’s going on in our own yards and streets,”

he said. “We are immediately alerted through our smartphones when there’s an incident involving our homes.” Do you experience “dead spots” in your home’s Wi-Fi service and are getting nowhere with your internet provider? “We build robust networks, so you have broad coverage of Wi-Fi throughout your house,” Goren said. “We expand the signal into multiple access points so that you don’t have the frustration of not having service throughout your house.”

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xperts in applying LED or “green” technology to every project, Landscape Illumination’s owner, Darrin Selking, and his team have earned Kichler Lightings’ North American Contractor of the Year in 2009 and 2012. They are the only outdoor lighting contractor in North America to have won this award twice. Selking received a double degree from Purdue University in landscape management/ design and turfgrass management. He is also certified by the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals Selking and his team of highly trained service technicians specialize in not only landscape lighting for residences but also commercial outdoor lighting. “We’ve done

some unbelievable commercial projects – one example is a church that is more than 100-years old,” Selking said. Selking admitted that he is not the least expensive in the market, but his 20-plus years of experience and commitment to his customers has made him inarguably one of the best in his field. He and his team believe that the bar has been set high by specialized lighting design companies and that the true cost for outdoor lighting comes into play when a low-quality system fails. Landscape and seasonal lighting are his only business. It is not a sideline or an addition to other outdoor services, and Selking, along with his highly skilled staff, have a proven system that focuses on efficiency as well as customer satisfaction.

The design of the project is of major importance to Selking, and with his training in theatrical outdoor lighting, he has learned how to make a lighting project a work of art that the owners, neighbors and passersby can enjoy. Selking explained that doing that kind of “typical” installation washes out the details of the architecture. Landscape Illumination installs low-wattage fixtures close to or on the structure itself so that it shows off the intricate and interesting details that most people don’t see during the day but at night creates a dramatic effect. All the fixtures are standard with LED (light emitting diode) technology. They are energy efficient and usually offer a minimum 15-year warranty on the light source.

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Are you looking to fill your calendar with fun and imaginative activities for you and your family that will engage your minds as well as fill your hearts with warm holiday memories?

There are a lot of interactive activities going on this season at Connor Prairie, including all your favorite annual events such as Headless Horseman at Connor Prairie and introducing the inaugural A Merry Prairie Holiday! Also new this year to Connor Prairie, The Reynolds Christmas Lights display—that has been enjoyed by Christmas lights enthusiasts since 1991—has made a new home at the prairie and will be a major part of A Merry Prairie Holiday experience. Christine DeJoy, Director of Public Affairs, shared a brief overview of all the incredible highlights of this upcoming holiday event that includes a Winter Wonderland wagon ride through the Reynolds display and other structures throughout the historic grounds lit with thousands of twinkling lights. “A Merry Prairie Holiday will be set up a lot like ‘Headless’ in that it will encompass the majority of the grounds,” DeJoy

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Steve Martin and Martin Short’s celebrated comedy show, “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t,” redefines the form in unexpected and profound ways, from two of the funniest, most influential and acclaimed talents of the past century. Martin and Short will be joined on stage by Della Mae, banjo innovator Alison Brown and keyboardist Jeff Babko from the Jimmy Kimmel Live house band. Steve Martin is one of the best-known talents in entertainment. His work has earned him an Academy Award, five Grammy awards, an Emmy, the Mark Twain Award and the Kennedy Center Honors. He is also a Grammy Award-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer, Tony-nominated playwright and bestselling author. Martin Short, a celebrated comedian and actor, has won fans and accolades in television, film and theater since his breakout season on “Saturday Night Live” over 30 years ago. An accomplished stage actor, Short has received a Tony, a Theatre World Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award and is a twotime primetime Emmy winner. Short’s New York Times bestselling memoir, “I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend,” was published in 2014. In 2017, he received a Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the governor-general of Canada.



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As gracious as they are hilarious, Martin and Short accepted an exclusive interview with Carmel Monthly and shared some in-depth behind-thescenes thoughts about their careers, their professionalism and especially their 30-plus-year friendship—a unique friendship between two iconic entertainers that has lifted each of these men up in times of great success, carried them through times of great loss and has sustained the decades with laughter. The interview began by pointing out that these men have been performing for half a century—a fact that both Martin and Short are sincerely proud of.

man, I would’ve said, ‘Yeah, laughs are fun, but the movie’s over and that’s enough of that.” I think it [friendship] goes deep into layers, and it’s just knowing when you have a friend not worth losing. STEVE: Marty was very funny in a surprising way. I always like to try to hang out with funny people and then they turn out to be interesting in addition to all that, it just makes it [the friendship] better. He is very wise.

Going back to the beginning of your careers, at what point did you know that you wanted to be performers/ entertainers? STEVE: For me, I was in college and was thinking about becoming a philosophy professor. But in my mind, I knew that if I didn’t give show business a try, I would have a regret my whole life. And that’s when I decided to go into show business. I really wanted to do it and had to try. MARTIN: For me, I had always fantasized about being in show business and would have imaginary television shows in my attic bedroom and would have imaginary deals with NBC and all that stuff. But I thought I had to be realistic because I was in Hamilton, Ontario [Canada], and so I went into medicine, and after two years of that I was like, “Nah, I’m going to try show biz.” So, I graduated college and gave myself a year to try it [show business].

Fast-forwarding to the fateful encounter on the set of “The Three Amigos,” that is where your friendship began and really developed, was it not? MARTIN: Absolutely, yes. STEVE: Certainly, yes. We ended up doing five movies together for one thing. And usually, as Marty says, you do a movie for three months and then you never see those people again. But he and I went out of our way to see each other but also to work together. And when those opportunities came up, we seized them. When you think about those moments working on set, working long hours and all the things that come with working on a movie, what was it about each other that made you think, “I kind of like this guy?” MARTIN: Why do any friendships form? Obviously, the big attraction for us was the comedy and we made each other laugh, but had Steve not been a truly decent and kind

Steve, we spoke with a blood relative of yours who works with one of The Center’s resident companies, whose maiden name is Mary Jeanelle Martin. She shared with us a story about her mother and your mother having written a book of genealogy for your branch of the Martin family. She said that every blood-related Martin has a half page in that book except for you. You have a FULL page. Are you aware of this book? STEVE: I remember that [book] and, well, first of all I am very grateful to Jack Martin [and family] for doing that. Otherwise, we would not have all that [family] history. Jack was working on that [book] at the time of my highest popularity. [Pause and laughs softly] He might have been influenced by all that, but there is a lot of information in that book. I love it.

MARTIN: Thank you.

What makes Martin wise in your opinion? STEVE: He has a lot of insight into people and also, he manages his own life really well, and sometimes I haven’t. MARTIN: [laughingly] Give me three examples of where you haven’t. [Martin and Steve laugh] STEVE: Well, certainly romances that have been bad. You know, that sort of thing. MARTIN: You get rid of people quickly, and I get rid of people over a few years. [More laughter] Obviously, you feed off each other well and play up each other’s strengths. So, when you’re doing these shows and you’ve written a script, do you ever look at each other and say I want to change this up or I think you should do this before you go out on stage or do you stick to the script? STEVE: We do both of those things. We like to stick to the script, but we also like to be inspired by things, so we often will make comments like, “Hey, here’s a suggestion for that bit” or Marty will suggest something and we either take it or leave it. What is it about the other that when you perform together really adds to the performance? STEVE: Marty is a real live wire and physically moves quite a bit. And he has all the daring comedy bits that play against my kind of, I don’t know if it’s stoicism, but let’s put it this way: I have no costume changes in the show, and Marty has three. [Martin laughs.]


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If memory recalls, there was an interview back a number of years ago, and one of you was on a late-night talk show and the subject of colonoscopies came up. As the story goes, the two of you and Tom Hanks got together the night before your scheduled colonoscopies at Steve’s house for a sort of colonoscopy cleanse/support party. Was that for real and what did that look like? Not look like but you know, how did that go down? STEVE: Yeah … you don’t want to know what that looks like. [Laughter] STEVE: We’ve done it twice, and you know, a colonoscopy had a sort of bad reputation for being difficult. You had to be sedated and this and that, but now the colonoscopy [procedure] is so easy and it’s so improved that we don’t really need to fortify each other by having four guys come over to play poker and drink laxatives all night. [Laughter]

that character was that I could say anything I wanted because he [Glick] was a moron. [Laughter] MARTIN: So, it didn’t matter what I said [as Glick]. I once said to Mel Brooks [as Glick], “What’s your big beef with the Nazis?” I

Who was there for those “cleanse parties”? MARTIN: On both occasions it was Tom hanks and our friend Walter Parks, who’s a big-time Hollywood producer. One can only imagine the conversations that went on those nights. STEVE: Oh, we laughed pretty hard. But [telling that story] is our way of telling people to get colonoscopies because people aren’t always getting them at the age they should be.

wouldn’t say that as myself. [Laughter]

Well, you wouldn’t say it and keep your job! MARTIN: Exactly or keep your citizenship. Who did you enjoy interviewing the most? MARTIN: I can’t even, there’s so many… STEVE INTERRUPTS: I’m on the phone, Marty! I’m on the phone. [Laughter] MARTIN: It wasn’t Steve, but I interviewed Steve more than once!

You guys made colonoscopies relatable and humanized what is otherwise an experience we don’t want to sign up for unless we absolutely have to. Did you guys actually go to the clinic together the next day? MARTIN: Yes, we went to a clinic, and from there we went to a bar and had margaritas. Martin, you’ve been on this side of the table playing the character of celebrity interviewer Jiminy Glick. What inspired you to create that character and what did you take from those experiences as Glick? MARTIN: I wanted to create a character who could go as an entertainment reporter and create a character where I could be totally unrecognizable. What was great about doing


Looking at your friendship of 30-plusyears, imagine what if you had never met. What would be missing from your lives today, personally and professionally? STEVE: Well, there would be a big hole. MARTIN: Yeah, the same with me. I’d miss this great friend and this great comradery and this great kind of wise fella who I laugh with on the phone and enjoy endlessly and have never had an issue with in all these years. That’s very unique. STEVE: It’s hard to answer because we’ve had so many good times. Good times, sad times. You can’t imagine [being without] it because it [30 years plus] is a lot of time. MARTIN [CHUCKLING]: It really is.

What is it you would like for people to know about this particular show and what can they expect aside from a celebration of decades of comedy, joy and realism that you’ve both given us? Thank you for that, by the way. STEVE: We’re really looking forward to it [the show at The Palladium]. Our goal is to make the audience laugh as hard as they’ve ever laughed in a professional situation. That is always our first goal. We hope that that audience says, “Wow, that was really funny and worth the ticket price.” MARTIN: I think that Steve and I share many similarities, but one is a deep desire to make every show we do as good as it can be. We’ve never not taken [a show] seriously, and I think that it would be difficult to work with somebody who didn’t take it as seriously as we both do.


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Carmel Symphony Orchestra:

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The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) opens its 2019–2020 season, “Musical Journeys with Janna,” with a fresh and innovative way designed by its music director, Janna Hymes, to target and engage diverse audiences of all ages. Hymes’ program includes a brilliant repertoire of some of the world’s most exquisite and eclectic symphonic music ever composed.


ymes, the 85-member resident orchestra and the CSO staff are committed to enhancing the quality of life for its patrons through its artistically excellent and affordable performances. The CSO is equally committed to its engaging outreach and educational experiences both at The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel and beyond. Since joining CSO in 2017, Hymes has been fervently working on the orchestra’s programming, which she is scheduling out to five years, and is excited to share some of the fruits of her labor for this year’s season. This year’s season will speak to

a vaster demographic than ever before and inserts CSO as part of the common culture here in our remarkable city. “What we are seeing across the board— not just in Carmel—is that we [professional orchestras] need to be representative

of our community in a bigger way, and we need to be inclusive,” Hymes emphasized. “This [CSO] needs to be a home for everybody—a safe haven. Here, there are no prejudices, and we will play music that will be representative of everybody.” Hymes expressed her passion for the city to become known as a great arts destination with a great orchestra and to build on the growing attraction that is bringing in people from all over greater central Indiana. “We’re starting with small steps,” Hymes said. “This season we’re going to play Edgar Meyer, who I think has nine Grammys now and is an exceptional crossover artist. A lot of people are like, ‘Wow, you’re bringing Edgar Meyer


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Here, there are no prejudices, and we will play music that will be representative of everybody.” here?’ Of course, we’re doing Beethoven to celebrate his 250th birthday. I think every single orchestra in the world is doing something to honor that, but I really wanted to do Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 in D minor. I’m bringing in four of my friends who are singers, and I’m really looking forward to that [performance] because I think that is one of the greatest pieces ever written. We will have the Anderson [University] Choirs on stage as well, so it will be a real spectacle.” For the first time in The Center’s history, two resident companies—CSO and the Actors Theatre of Indiana—will collaborate and perform on The Palladium’s revered stage. “‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ is a really cool collaborative effort and one of my favorite shows, if not my favorite show of all time,” Hymes shared. “I love the music. We’ve been talking with ATI for a couple of years, and one day I got a call from ATI telling me they wanted to do ‘Sweeney Todd’ with CSO. It’s a great orchestral piece, and ATI is great, so when you put us together, it will be strong on both ends. I am really excited about this.” One of Hymes’ goals is to bring CSO to places beyond The Center and to introduce people to a modern day orchestra where one may least expect it. CSO performed a summer concert at Sun King Distillery this summer in the newly completed Midtown Plaza. “We loved playing Sun King,” Hymes said. “We learned a lot and have worked out a lot of kinks, so we’d love to come back and offer a couple of shorter concerts as a teaser for what it is that we do.” Mark your calendars for the upcoming

CSO concert at Mallow Run Winery, presented by Indiana Grown. “The owners [of Mallow Run] used to play in the orchestra,” Hymes said. “I went there, socially, and fell in love with the space. It’s beautiful, and the wine is terrific. They are also very welcoming. We will play a gamut of music from “Hamilton” to some classic pop—it will be a really nice mix. People can bring a blanket and a picnic, have their wine and just chill out on a beautiful September night.” Staying true to CSO’s roots, Hymes promises that they will continue to perform great classical music while integrating a broader range of music and programs that appeal to a broader range of people. “I’m very realistic,” Hymes said. “I think that this [strategy] is going to be the ticket to our continued growth and success. But when you think of CSO, I want you to think that we do a combination of classical and really hip and fun with an excellence in orchestral playing.”

Did you know... that CSO is family friendly— we offer family-centered programming (Side-by-Side & Family Fun! concerts) but all our concerts are OK to bring kids to (except maybe “Sweeney Todd”!) CSO is affordable—a family of four can attend the entire Masterworks Series season (six concerts) for under $250 CSO is not “stuffy” but cool and approachable. Come in jeans or come in a suit and heels. All are welcome. Bring a drink to your seat. Sit back and relax and watch Janna and our amazing musicians do all the incredible work! CSO’s special events are fun and fresh (Mallow Run or Sinatra & Friends, where we’ve invited the audience to dress in period attire, aka cosplay effect) For a complete list of the entire 2019–2020 season’s concerts, and to purchase tickets, visit








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There’s much to BOO, I mean do, in Carmel and surrounding areas for the month of October, including the 11th Annual Ghost & Goblins 5K/2K Walk and Run benefitting the Carmel Education Foundation (CEF). CEF’s mission is to support Carmel Clay students in academic achievement and lifelong learning and is directed by two remarkable and dedicated women, Stephanie McDonald and Barbara Danquist.


or the last decade, the Carmel Education Foundation (CEF) has been hosting the annual Ghosts & Goblins family-friendly and healthy event as a fundraiser to benefit Carmel Clay Schools through education grants. For those who may not be aware, CEF has been supporting CCS students and teachers since 1966. CEF has awarded over $2 million in college scholarships to CHS seniors and over $525,000 in education grants. CEF remains dedicated to its founding purpose to award educational grants by fundraising to fund the grants. Classroom grants are awarded up to $700 per teacher, $1,500 per teacher group and up to $2,000 per school. CEF awarded $30,000 to 130 CCS teachers in the 2018–2019 school year. Some of the incredible grants that have been awarded by CEF to CCS teachers include Historical Thinking Matters, a Carmel High School program; Scholastic Magazine Choices, a Carmel Middle School program; Elite Gaming Live and

Hands on Science, both Clay Middle School programs, and a myriad of impressive classroom grants that have been awarded to numerous teachers in all of the district’s elementary schools. Stephanie McDonald, co-director at CEF, added, “Each grant has provided innovative teaching and enrichment activities in the classrooms throughout the school district.” Another remarkable giveback from CEF is its scholarships, including the Lisa Evans Scholarship, available for eligible CHS seniors who either enter the 5K or 2K or volunteer at the event. The $500 scholarship was named in honor of past CEF president Lisa Evans. The health of the CCS district plays a direct role in the overall strength of the Carmel community as a whole. Strong schools help build strong communities. The city of Carmel was recently named “The best place to raise a child in America” by Safewise. com. In recognition of the role that the city’s school system has in attracting and retaining businesses to Carmel and the


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importance of the entire community’s support of events and organizations that support CCS, Mayor Jim Brainard stated, “One of the reason’s Carmel is often honored as a best place to live and raise a family is due to the strong schools in our community. It is important that we continue to support those organizations that enhance our school system and help provide students and teachers with the resources they need to excel.” Join your fellow residents in supporting CEF, which in turn supports CCS, by registering for this year’s 11th Annual Ghosts & Goblins 5K/2K Walk and Run, held on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Last year’s walk/run brought out 2,400 participants and 200 volunteers. Prizes will be awarded for best adult, best teacher, youth (9 years and under as well as 10–18 years) and ensemble costumes. A special Ghost & Goblins trophy is awarded to the CCS elementary school with the most participants. That elementary school also receives a “Ghost & Goblins” banner for the school to permanently display. The middle school with the most participants will be awarded a Ghost & Goblins banner to display as well. Costumes that are run/ walk-friendly are encouraged, but masks are not permitted at the event. Please leave your pets at home as they are not allowed, with the exception of service animals. Carmel Monthly is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s walk/run along with Church, Church Hittle + Antrim, Citizens State Bank, Office Evolution-Carmel and Current in Carmel. To register and for a complete list of event details and start times, visit ghosts-goblins.


2019-09-09 11:36 AM

The Guilded Leaf Book & Author Luncheon

Celebrates 15 Remarkable Years

The Guild of the Carmel Clay Public Library is proud to welcome seven remarkable authors to Carmel, Indiana, next month for its 15th annual The Guilded Leaf Book & Author Luncheon and its annual Writers at the Pavilion, which is held the evening before the popular luncheon. Both events are held at the beautiful Ritz Charles in Carmel. Writers at the Pavilion offers an opportunity for attendees to network and engage in conversation with the authors and other attendees in a more casual environment. The authors will be available for book signings at this evening event as well as at the luncheon the following day.


or those who have never attended, The Guilded Leaf Book and Author Luncheon is a popular and engaging event that features seven nationally known authors who share their stories about life, writing and books. Attending one or both of these events is a wonderful way to support the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation, which in turn supports the Carmel Clay Public Library’s extensive menu of programs that are available for the entire Carmel community. In addition to enjoying a delicious lunch and conversations with fascinating tablemates, attendees will enjoy listening to seven incredibly talented authors speak throughout the course of the luncheon that will be moderated once again by popular columnist, author and speaker Lori Borgman. The Guilded Leaf Book & Author Luncheon proudly presents the following authors:

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Craig Johnson Margaret Peterson Haddix Margaret Peterson Haddix has written more than 40 books for children and teens, and many of her books have been honored with New York Times bestseller status. Her newest title, “The Remarkables,” is an intriguing mystery with real-life issues that many children face. When a young girl moves to a new town, she is captivated by the people next door, a group of teens known as the Remarkables, who, as if by magic, are there one minute and gone the next. What about the writing process is the most challenging or liberating for you? My writing process often feels like dumping a bunch of puzzle pieces out on a table and trying to figure out how they fit together. Plot, characters, setting, scenes, chapters—do they connect? The most challenging part is when I can’t figure out if I’m even looking at the right puzzle pieces, or if I need to throw some (or all) of them away and get new ones. And the most liberating (and exhilarating) part is when I get that moment of epiphany and just know how everything is supposed to work.


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In “Land of Wolves,” the latest installment of the Longmire mystery series, New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson once again draws readers into the rugged and colorful world of Wyoming’s glorious landscape. Sheriff Walt Longmire is deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. His investigation becomes even more complicated with the appearance of a giant wolf in the Big Horn Mountains. As this event is a fundraiser for our library, what do libraries mean to you as an author? When I was young, we didn’t have a lot of money, so libraries meant the world to me, a gateway to everything in which I might be interested. I think you can judge the strength of a community by its libraries, and that’s something I continue to believe and support today. A novella I wrote, “Spirit of Steamboat,” was selected by the state as One Read Wyoming, and I made a point of visiting all 63 libraries (some of which were a single shelf behind the bar of the local saloon), but before you applaud my selflessness, you should know that my honoraria was a six-pack of Rainier beer, cans preferred, and I haven’t bought beer in about seven years.


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William Kent Krueger From Edgar and Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger comes “This Tender Land,” the story of four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, they will journey into the unknown and cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds. What would you like for readers and attendees of the luncheon to know about you—as a person—that they may not know? I spent much of my adolescence on farms and in small towns in Ohio, just a hop, skip and jump from Indianapolis. I have Midwest in my blood. That may be the reason why my two stand-alone novels “Ordinary Grace” and “This Tender Land” feature the rural Midwest landscape so prominently and, in a very real way, lovingly.

Bryan Reardon In “The Perfect Plan,” the new thriller by bestselling author and Notre Dame graduate Bryan Reardon, two brothers—one a charismatic political candidate, the other troubled and violent— are locked in a tense and dangerous game. Is the glue that holds families together their shared blood, or is it the dark secrets beneath the surface?

Heather Webb and Sophie Perinot “Ribbons of Scarlet” is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution— and change the world. In late 18th-century France, women do not have a place in politics. But as the tide of revolution rises, women from gilded salons to the streets of Paris decide otherwise, upending a world order that has long oppressed them. Heather Webb and Sophie Perinot share the stories of women who must make impossible choices to survive. What do libraries mean to you as a lifelong patron and not just as an author? Sophie Perinot: Libraries meant something to me long before I was an author—as a child and then a young woman, I spent endless hours at my local public library. In fact, my very first job, at age 15, was at that same library branch, shelving books. Yes indeed, I used to have the Dewey decimal system memorized. Confession: I was really terrible at this job, because pretty much every time I picked a book off my cart to shelve it, I ended up reading the cover copy. Speedy and efficient I was not. But luckily for me, Mrs. K, the head librarian, overlooked my foibles. As an author I love the idea of readers discovering my books at libraries and taking them home … perhaps strapped to the back of their bike as I used to carry mine. Libraries open the world—past, present and future— to those who pass through their doors, and they are important because they give access to literature and information on an equal basis. There is no “pay to play” at a library. What about the writing process is the most liberating for you? Heather Webb: I adore the research portion of writing as well as the revisions stage where the “true writing” happens. Writing that first draft can be grueling sometimes, especially as I slog through the middle. Nothing could be more liberating for me than typing “The End” on a first draft. It means the foundation of a story is in place and I get to move on to the parts I love—really fleshing out the characters, the setting and the story arcs.


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Karen White Karen White presents her first Christmas novel, “The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street,” the newest installment in her beloved Charleston-set Tradd Street series. This blend of women’s fiction, romance, mystery and historical fiction finds quirky, doughnut-loving, schedule-obsessed Melanie Trenholm forced to confront the hidden secrets of her city and its former residents. What would you like for readers and attendees of the luncheon to know about you—as a person—that they may not know? I’d rather be reading—or doing anything else, really—than writing! Writing is the thing I have to force myself to do it or else I’ll procrastinate all day and get nothing done. Even after 25 books, writing a book never gets easier. Just like Dorothy Parker said, “I hate writing, I love having written.”

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The 15th Annual Guilded Leaf Book & Author Luncheon Thursday, October 17, 2019 9:30 a.m. Doors open 11:15 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Luncheon Program Writers at The Pavilion Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7:00–9:30 p.m. A casual event of authors, wine and craft beers. Both events take place at the RITZ CHARLES, 12156 N. Meridian St., Carmel


2019-09-09 1:24 PM

Farmers Markets Not Only Feed Our Bellies,

They Feed Our Souls Too Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // //Jennifer Hershberger and submitted

It has been an incredible 21st season for the volunteers, vendors and patrons of the Carmel Farmers Market (CFM) and another great year of events and fellowship for the books. As the season winds down, there is still much to do at the market and a smorgasbord of late summer/early fall products to purchase from all of your favorite vendors.


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shift that takes us from hazy summer days to the cool, crisp autumn mornings. Before we sign off on the summer season, we’d like to thank the artists and musicians who have contributed to the market and those who will continue to share their talent with marketgoers of


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the Carmel Winter Market—opening in October. Two of these artists, in particular, are deserving of recognition for their contributions: Blair Clark and Jules Muck. “The Carmel Farmers Market has always felt that, besides bringing the best of Indiana-grown and/or produced foods to the residents of Carmel, that it should play a broader role in regard to the culture of the community,” CFM president Ron Carter shared. “For years, the Market Committee has made music part of the Saturday morning market scene. Last year, the committee added music to the Winter Market by hiring Blair Clark to perform during many of the winter Saturdays.” As a resident of Carmel for 30 years, Clark has a strong passion for supporting the city’s amenities such as the farmers markets and enjoys contributing to the magical atmosphere that the CFM volunteers and vendors create. “It’s like an extended family,” Clark said. “It’s [Carmel Winter Market] an eclectic group of vendors and marketgoers—much like the summer market. People can shop and eat, and there’s an area where people can sit and eat and watch the performances. When I’m performing, kids will come up and dance, and then the parents start dancing with their kids, and there’s all this positive energy created. We even get some of the vendors to come up and sing, and it’s really a wonderful family atmosphere.” Clark is known for his outstanding pop, jazz, R&B and soul renditions, as well as his innate ability to fill a room with an energy that energizes the soul— especially right before the holidays at the Winter Market. “We play a lot of holiday songs, and everybody is singing at the market,” he said. “It’s truly a very magical atmosphere, and I hope to see many people from our community there this season.” When Ron Carter, the Market Committee president, saw in a newspaper article that nationally known muralist Jules Muck was going to be working for a week in the central Indiana area, he contacted her by email to see if she


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As a resident of Carmel for 30 years, Clark has a strong passion for supporting the city’s amenities such as the farmers markets and enjoys contributing to the magical atmosphere that the CFM volunteers and vendors create.” would be interested in working in Carmel. Muck said she had an artist friend who lives in Carmel. So, she immediately agreed to do her famous—or infamous— bunny murals, with a family-friendly food theme on the building. You may have seen local news reports about Muck’s mural of Larry Bird in downtown Indy that included her famous bunnies on Bird’s forearm. It created quite a national media buzz. According to Carter, “We were able to accomplish three things by work-

ing with Jules. First, we were able to continue adding in a meaningful way to the artistic culture of Carmel by bringing a nationally recognized art installation to the city. Second, we were able to bring much higher visibility to the site of the Winter Market. When people ask us where the market is located, instead of telling them it is right across the street from the water tower, we can now tell them to just look for the bunnies on the building. Third, we wanted to bring a sense of whimsy to


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the area that would appeal to everyone, no matter their age.” Muck began her career as a graffiti artist in Europe and throughout the U.K. in the ’90s. She has been published in numerous books and has had worked on numerous collaborative projects with notable muralists and fellow artists. She was one of the first females to paint at 106th and Park Hall, of fame in NYC, and did installation with the Guerrilla Girls for the lobby of the Bronx Museum of Art. Muck has painted murals for TV shows and movies, including “Under the Dome,” “Mr. Mercedes” and “IT.” Muck’s humanitarian efforts have included painting murals in Syrian refugee camps and Miami’s Juvenile Detention Center. Muck’s real passion is to paint on things she’s not supposed to paint on, but those opportunities are rapidly decreasing as she is invited to paint on more and more walls throughout the nation. “I went really big with some very basic images that celebrates the norm,” Muck said as she explained her mural, which is now visible at the Wire Factory in Carmel. “I didn’t do anything wild and fancy or complicated. I took everyday, basic images and blew them up to extraordinary proportions. I can’t tell anybody what to think when they look at it, and I hope they have their own experiences, but for me it was the whole ‘less is more,’ and I love painting my bunnies. These are not like my ‘normal’ bunnies—these are really well-behaved bunnies. Anybody who knows my work knows what’s up when they see this mural. I try to paint for the people. Every time I paint, I have a good intention to please people and make them laugh or make them feel happy. I apply this Oscar Wilde quote to my work, ‘Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.’” Visit the markets website for a complete list of September events at the Carmel Farmers Market at Center Green and for the list of vendors and entertainment for the upcoming Winter Market season at


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C H S S o p h o m o r e R e c l a i m s

National Champion Title in Tennis Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

Carmel’s own Nishesh Basavareddy is a rising star among his peers throughout the national and international tennis community. The Carmel High School sophomore recently captured two titles—boys 14 singles champion and boys 14 doubles finalist—in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Boys’ 14 National Clay Court Championships with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Dylan Tsoi of California. The weeklong tournament was held at the Jimmy Evert Tennis Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this past July. Basavareddy was one of the 192 players representing 49 of the 50 states that qualified for singles play along with 99 doubles teams.


his is Basavareddy’s second national championship win, but he was unseeded after he suffered a torn meniscus. After rehabbing his knee, Basavareddy qualified for the 2019 Midwest Closed Championships and managed to win the 16s Boys’ singles title. And after a yearlong hiatus, the 14-year-old athlete has made a remarkable return to the courts, reclaiming his title as the nation’s best in his age group and one of the best teenage tennis players in the world. “After the surgery, I started rehabbing as soon as possible so that I could try to make my recovery as fast as possible and strengthen all the parts that I needed to focus on,” Basavareddy said. “I tried to work a lot on my upper body and still try to find ways to improve. I could still work

on my strokes to make sure that I didn’t lose the feel of the racket. When I came back, I felt like I wasn’t too far behind and was able to get back into the game pretty fast with the help of my trainer and therapist.” Basavareddy began playing as a young child, along with his brother, Nishanth, a CHS senior, having been introduced to the sport by his father. His family moved from California to Carmel, Indiana, when he was in the fourth grade, and both brothers began training with Brian Smith, who has been working with the brothers over the years, improving their physical strength as well as their individual games. “We [my brother and I] also played soccer, but once we got a little older, we both started to take more interest in


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tennis,” Basavareddy said. “I competed in a junior tournament in the 8-and-under, and both national and international players were there. That was when I started facing more competition, and when I won those tournaments, I started to realize that I could go further if I started spending more time training— on and off the court.” As a sixth grader, Basavareddy won his first national championship at the USTA National Winter Championships in Boys’ 12s singles. Basavareddy added, “I had won level 2s and 3s before that, but that was my first level 1 tournament.” A rising star in the tennis community, Basavareddy has competed throughout the U.S. and also in Europe. He participated in the Longines’ 16-player


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A rising star in the tennis community, Basavareddy has competed throughout the U.S. and also in Europe. international event, played during the 2019 French Open. “After I played in two other tournaments and felt like I matched up pretty well with my opponents, I was ready to go back into national tournaments,” Basavareddy said. “I had been keeping my routines and doing all the things that I’ve been working on for the past couple of months, and it has ended up working pretty well for me.” Basavareddy didn’t have much time to kick back and enjoy his championship win in Florida as he had to immediately begin training for the United States’ 14-and-under team that competed in the World Junior Tennis Finals at the TK Plus Centre in Prostejov, Czech Republic,

last month. He was one of three boys on the U.S. team, and his 11-0 singles and doubles matches contributed to the U.S. clinching their sixth tournament title. “I didn’t have too much time to reflect on the USTA win because I had to start training for the team tournament in the Czech Republic and had to make sure that my body was at 100% again,” Basavareddy stated. “Now that they’re done, I’ve had time to reflect and be happy about it.” While he’s more than accomplished on both, Basavareddy prefers clay courts to hard courts. “I love clay courts, but I’m also good with hard courts,” he said. “I like clay courts a little better because they’re a little slower [play] than hard courts, and I am

a little bit more comfortable on clay. It’s easier to slide on them, and when we lived in California, we belonged to a [tennis] club where I played a lot on clay courts.” Basavareddy is currently training and improving his game in preparation for a busy winter tournament schedule. “There is an international tournament that takes place in Miami, Florida, and that’s a pretty big tournament,” he shared. “I’m looking forward to that, but this is a period of training and improving for me.” When he’s not on the court training as a reigning national champion, Basavareddy is like any other teenager who likes to hang out with his friends and enjoys his hobbies off the court. “I usually have quite a bit of homework, so I focus a lot on my homework,” Basavareddy admitted. “My favorite subject is math, but I also like reading in my off time and playing Ping-Pong and other sports with my friends.”

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