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Welcome Back Artomobilia After being canceled in 2020, like most of the rest of the world, Artomobilia will be back this August in a big way and we could not be happier to see it. As the media sponsor for the past several years, we really missed not being a part of this great event. Congratulations to John Leonard and the rest of the Artomobila team for offering such an outstanding slate of events. They have taken what was once one of the best one-day car shows and expanded it to the point that its now called “Artomobilia Weekend 2021”. One of the new events is “Revolante”, which will be held at Bridgewater golf course and will raise money for programing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Last, but surely not least, you will not want to miss this opportunity to view the $2.5 million Lotus Evija that beautifully adorns our cover this month. This car is scheduled to appear publicly at only three other prestigious events this year, Pebble Beach Concourse, Amelia Island Concourse and a Lotus owner event. We are thrilled to have you back!! Cover Story Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photo // Artomobilia



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Blue Yonder Organic Farm: Organic Food You Can Trust Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Jennifer Hershberger and submitted

If you have not already visited with Sara Creech at her booth at the Carmel Farmers Market, you should pop by during your next visit to the market and check out all the nutritious and delicious offerings that Blue Yonder Organic Farm has available.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Creech about her story and what made this OIF/OEF Air Force veteran and surgical nurse leave Florida, purchase a 43acre farm (sight unseen) in North Salem, Indiana, and become an organic farmer.

Starting a New Chapter and a New Life Prior to starting her organic farm in 2012, Creech lived in Florida with her husband. Neither had any experience in farming, and they were not avid farmers market customers. And then life threw them a wicked curve ball. Creech’s husband was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 35. Approximately a year after his diagnosis, he lost his battle, and Creech was left to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. “I started learning about farming after my husband was diagnosed,” Creech said. “Before [his diagnosis], we really had no idea where our food came from. After his diagnosis, we researched everything we could about nutrition and the importance of healthy food. We totally changed our diets.” Eating healthy and learning about organic farming became a priority for Creech. Their diets were the only part about her husband’s illness that they could control. “When you have a cancer diagnosis, there’s so much you can’t control,” Creech expressed. “Your diet is something you can control, and if you put the work in, it

will make a difference in your health. We had a dream of buying a farm, and it was something we could see ourselves doing after his retirement from the military. That became our dream.” Most unfortunately, that dream was not realized in the way that Creech and her husband had pictured it. But Creech knew that she did not want to stay in Florida and that she no longer had the heart for working in hospitals. It was time to create a new chapter and a brand-new life. This realization led Creech to the small farm in New Salem where she would create Blue Wonder Organic Farm and open doors to fellow veterans who are also looking for their next phases in life.

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and ATTRA—organizations that focus on sustainable agricultural programs and veterans outreach programs related to agriculture and small-scale farming. Creech shared, “One of the things that I think makes small-scale farming or farming in general so attractive to veterans is that when you get out of the military, you feel a little disoriented and disconnected. There is a veil of separation between you and everybody else, and that can be hard when in a community to connect with people who don’t understand what you’ve been doing the last five to 10 years or so. I think agriculture and small-scale farming is a kind of bridge.” Creech works with the aforementioned organizations and the state chapters to help support the approximately 400 Hoosier veterans who are in agriculture or farming. “I work with another organization called AgrAbility that is headquartered at Purdue University,” Creech said. “It has a program that works with the Farmer Veteran Coalition and has a special outreach program for veterans. I’ve been working with them for the past seven years. Whether it’s training programs or just social get-togethers at different peo-

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ple’s farms, there’s a lot going on with veterans and agriculture in the state, and it’s super exciting.”

Growing Blue Yonder Organic Farm Creech joined the esteemed list of vendors at the Carmel Farmers Market in 2015. Her parents, who also reside on the farm, have been a huge part of Creech’s success at local farmers markets. Creech and her mother first started selling their products at the Danville Farmers Market. And soon after that, they were selling out of five different area farmers markets, including Carmel’s. “I fell in love with Carmel, and the volunteers are just amazing,” Creech shared. “I’ve created this new family made up of my customers, the volunteers at the farmers markets and the people that I’ve met through the training programs. These are

all the people that make up my support system.” What started out as a humble selection of chickens, eggs and produce, Creech has grown into a successful and vibrant farm that produces grass-fed beef and lamb, chicken and eggs, honey and a whole array of nutritious and organic fruits and vegetables. “I love my life, the farm, the animals and the veterans,” Creech exclaimed. “There’s just something incredible about this. While I can’t guarantee that experience for everybody, for me, it’s just incredible.”

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The Artomobilia Team Proudly Presents Its Newest Event:

Revolanté Wrapping up Artomobilia Weekend, John Leonard and his team will debut their newest event: Revolanté. This event will take place at the beautiful Bridgewater Club in Westfield on Sunday, Aug. 29, from noon until 5 p.m.

Introducing Revolanté


evolanté will celebrate revolutionary automotive machinery, their visionary designers and courageous drivers, that have forever influenced the direction of road and race cars, and the many lines directly intersect with the heritage of the Racing Capital of the World. In its first year, Revolanté is an invitation-only event for entrants and a ticketed event for guests. Entrants will delight in a variety of automotive events throughout the Artomobilia Weekend, and guests will enjoy nearly 100 of the most storied automotive legends of the road and track… all presented on the lavish grounds of The Bridgewater Club.

Writer // Janelle Morrison Photography // Courtesy of Artomobilia, Laura Arick and submitted

“We are going to start with a comparatively small number of significant cars—80 to 100—that will come from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum (IMSM) and from collectors in the Indianapolis and surrounding markets,” Artomobilia Event Director John Leonard explained. “We will have the Jim Clark [Lotus Type 34] car that ran in the Indianapolis 500. And in keeping with this year’s theme, there will be Lotus cars on display—including the Lotus Evija. This will be our first event on grass [on a 23-acre driving range]. The tickets will be $33 per person—12 and under are free. And 100% of the ticket sales will go to support the programming of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.”


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Leonard explained the importance of the Artomobilia team collaborating with IMSM to garner financial support and to create further awareness about the museum’s purpose and exceptional programming. “There are very few automotive museums that have 100 years of stories,” Leonard stated. “It’s a huge opportunity for the museum and for Artomobilia as a participant supporting one of the most compelling museums in terms of content and history—and it’s right here in our own backyard [central Indiana].”

Supporting One of Indiana’s Greatest Automotive and Auto Racing Treasures The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum (IMSM), uniquely situated inside the historical 2.5-mile oval track, is recognized as one of the most highly visible museums in the world dedicated to automobiles and auto racing. Through world-class storytelling, ingenuity, the arts and design, IMSM brings alive emotional experiences capturing the essence and cultural impact of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We spoke with IMSM Curator of Vehicles Jason Vansickle about teaming up with the Artomobilia team and the importance of fundraising for this remarkable institution. “It’s an interesting dynamic with the museum and the overall cultural fabric of what the Indianapolis 500 is to the state of Indiana,” Vansickle stated. “We are a separate entity from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, from the Penske Corporation and from the Hulman Family when they owned the track. We are a 501(c)3, on par with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Indiana State Museum and the Eiteljorg Museum. Philanthropic support is vital for an organization like ours, and by collaborating with folks like John [Leonard] and his team at Artomobilia, it’s a win-win for everybody. What they’re bringing out is really going help us establish this inaugural event and help set the foundation for Revolanté. I think it’s really an exciting time, and we are looking at raising the

bar and really put an exclamation point on the [Artomobilia] weekend. There will obviously be an IMS vehicle on display. We are looking at our collection and will be bringing some showstoppers out!” On March 1, IMSM opened its “Rocket Rick Mears” exhibit, presented by Racemaker Press. In addition to its extraordinary exhibits, track tours and guided museum tours, IMSM provides exclusive opportunities to its members. IMSM is currently doing a membership drive that will go until Sept. 1, 2021. One lucky IMSM member will be selected for an exclusive meet-and-greet with Hélio Castroneves—a four-time Indy 500 champ. For more information about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, visit

Attracting Renowned Collectors Artomobilia Weekend has built a solid reputation among automotive enthusiasts and collectors alike over the last decade plus. Renowned collectors include such notables as Gary Bartlett, who lives in Indiana but spends a great deal of time exhibiting and competitive driving in Europe and has participated in America’s premier automotive concours: Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Bartlett has also exhibited at Artomobilia several times and has been awarded “Best in Show” and “Best in Class.” The very first car that he exhibited at Artomobilia was a 1974 BMW 2002. A collector of Jaguars, Bartlett’s exquisite automotive collection also includes


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a 1967 Shelby GT500 and a 1968 Ford GT Mk III—one of three Ford GTs in his possession. Carmel Monthly featured one of Bartlett’s Ford GTs on our cover in 2018 as part of a special focus on a rare and special collection of Ford GTs representing all the historical and modern-day Ford GTs. When asked what attracts Bartlett most to Artomobilia and why he is compelled to bring not one but THREE of his Ford GTs to Revolanté its inaugural year, Bartlett replied, “After talking with John [Leonard] about Revolanté, it sounds like a really fun event, and that it’s going to be more in the tradition of events like Amelia and possibly Pebble Beach. By doing it at that level, it just moves Revolanté up another level and into another category from the other Artomobilia events. And it’s a charity event—I always enjoy doing things like that.” Bartlett is bringing three amazing Ford GTs from his collection that will be ex-

hibited at The Bridgewater Club during Revolanté. “I’ve got a Mk III Ford GT40—the original—and there’s a second version that was done for Bill Ford and Ford’s 100th anniversary in 2003 that was designed by Camilo Pardo. When Bill Ford saw what Pardo had designed, he decided to produce them, and I got one of the first ones.

I was doing stuff with Jaguar at that time, and Ford owned Jaguar, which is how I got one of the first ones. I’m bringing all three [Ford GTs], a red one, a blue one and a white one—very ‘All American.’” For more information on all the Artomobilia Weekend events, including ticket and registration information, visit


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Fuelicious 2021:

A Celebration of Meals and Motorcars

Writer // Janelle Morrison Photography // Courtesy of Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana and Artomobilia

Each year, as part of Artomobilia Weekend, John Leonard and his fellow organizers host Fuelicious, an event that features a distinct collection of automobiles in a unique environment and a premium culinary experience to an audience of committed automotive enthusiasts, but also serves as a fundraiser for a selected Indiana nonprofit organization to raise awareness throughout the automotive enthusiast community.


uelicious will feature 50 distinct collector cars at the Lucas Estate on Friday, Aug. 27 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. This year, the proceeds from Fuelicious will benefit Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana, which is marking its 50th anniversary with new grant funding and a renewed commitment to our Hoosier community.

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Artomobilia “We are passionate about making sure no one has to face the dual crisis of hunger and illness.”

in recent years to include the delivery of medically tailored meals. In 2015, Meals on Wheels joined the Food Is Medicine Coalition to grow its ability to serve Hoosiers with chronic medical conditions. The organization partners with several Central Indiana health care institutions to prepare client meals. Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana is marking 2021 with the organization’s 50th anniversary as well as an influx of funding and ongoing fulfillment of its core mission: delivering hundreds of thousands of meals to individuals in Central Indiana who are critically or chronically ill or unable to leave their homes.

Last year, Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana’s volunteers delivered nearly 430,000 meals and 8.9 million meals statewide since 1971. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced unprecedented shutdowns in March 2020, Meals on Wheels’ services continued uninterrupted. During the period from March 2020 to March 2021, the organization’s 400 volunteers delivered 428,913 meals. Meals on Wheels also packed and assembled pantry boxes of nonperishable food for clients during the pandemic, providing 14,000 meals through the boxes. Requests for financial assistance increased significantly during the pandemic, from $85,000 in 2019 to $220,000 in 2020, a 160% increase. “The majority of clients that we serve are below the age of 55,” Communications Manager Brandi Sasore shared. “We’re dealing with comorbidities such as diabetes, renal disease, heart disease, cancer and persons with HIV. We are passionate about making sure no one has to face the dual crisis of hunger and illness.”

A Second Layer of Support for Hoosier Families Throughout 2020, the Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana volunteers were even more vital to the organization’s efforts. In addition to delivering meals to those who were homebound, these 400 volunteers provided a second layer of support by assisting with “wellness checks.” While the organization’s typical protocols were adjusted to ensure the safety of both the volunteers and the clients, the efforts were made to assist the client and their families who could not physically check on their loved ones as a result of the pandemic. “Another aspect of our program that I don’t think a lot of people know about is our volunteers who deliver meals also do wellness checks because that social/emotional connection is so important,” Sasore said. “We are a watchful eye and second level of support for families.”

How Can You Help? Purchasing tickets to this year’s Fuelicious is one way to assist Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana. The proceeds will go directly to the organization’s financial assistance fund. You can also make donations online and/or sign up to become a treasured volunteer with Meals on Wheels Central Indiana by visiting For more information on Fuelicious and to reserve your table/seats, visit


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ARTO-PALOOZA is a series of “events-within-an-event.” Artomobilia’s organizers started with Porsche, and it was a success. So, this year, Artomobilia’s organizers are taking it up a notch with their friends at BMW and Lotus. In each of the “Palooza” groups, nearly 100 cars are featured, and John Leonard and his fellow Artomobilia organizers work with each club to assemble a collection of compelling classes, provide judging criteria and awards. It’s a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make new acquaintances, enjoy your favorite automotive brand and raise money for each of the respective club’s preferred charitable causes.


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Artomobilia up with the PORSCHEPalooza, we kind of had our own car show within a show, and it was an immediate hit. In 2019, we had to scatter some of the cars around Artomobilia because our [designated] 100 slots were full. It’s a really cool time, and we are still generating money for Alzheimer’s while raising awareness of this marque.” For more information on The Central Indiana Region Porsche Club of America, visit


ORSCHEPalooza will feature an incredible number of uncommon, common, special, regular, fast, super-fast and not-so-fast Porsches that we’ve come to know and love over the past 70 years. Rob Fike, president of The Central Indiana Region Porsche Club of America, stated, “Over the years that we did CruZionsville, we donated somewhere north of $90,000 to Alzheimer’s research, which is staggering as we’re still just a little car club. When John [Leonard] came

BMWPalooza will feature large, medium, small, super-powerful, moderately powerful and not-so-powerful five-door, four-door, two-door, one-door and possibly even no-door BMWs to suit every BMW lover’s taste. BMW CCA Hoosier Chapter Board of Director Steve Pruden shared, “BMWPalooza is a great opportunity to showcase what I call the breadth of the marque. BMW is a relatively small car manufacturer compared to ones like GM, Toyota or Volkswagen, but BMW has a very broad product offering. And

there’s a consistent design language that goes through every BMW regardless if it’s brand-new or 40 years old. We have a fairly large club and diverse group with representation from all over the state. The entry fees and sponsorship dollars rollback to our [nonprofit] community partners, and the Artomobilia team does an amazing job at making it easy for clubs like ours to participate in those efforts.” For more information on the BMW CCA Hoosier Chapter, visit LOTUSPalooza is all about simplicity and lightness… and Colin Chapman’s philosophy that set a new standard for performance on and off the track. Lotus cars are elegant, modern, athletic, but have a rebellious streak that makes them stand out from the crowd. It should come as no surprise that James Dean and Steve McQueen were Lotus fans; the cars are a mirror of their immortal charisma. “This is the first year for LotusPalooza, and we are expecting a diverse showcase of beautiful cars and captivating innova-


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tions made by Lotus over the years,” Young Kim, dealer principal at Gator Motorsport/Indy Lotus, stated. “From the Lotus Super 7 to the Lotus Evija and everything in between, enthusiasts will see the past, present and future of Lotus inside LotusPalooza. LotusPalooza is a unique chance for Lotus owners from all over the Midwest to get together and share their passion for Lotus cars. In addition, they have the unrivalled opportunity to showcase their cars next to the future of Lotus, the Lotus Evija. As Indiana’s only authorized Lotus Sales and Service Center, Gator Motorsport is excited to sponsor and be a part of LotusPalooza.” For more information about Lotus and the Hoosier Lotus community, visit

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Civic Theatre’s Young Artists Program Presents

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What better way to wrap up summer break than by attending a LIVE and FULL HOUSE production of “Saturday Night Fever,” Thursday, July 29–Sunday, August 1, 2021, presented by Civic Theatre’s Young Artist Program (YAP)? Won’t you join us in supporting young artists from all over central Indiana, including Carmel and Zionsville, and Civic’s own YAP Coordinator Anne Beck, along with husband Scott Beck, by purchasing your tickets before they are sold out?


id you know that Scott and Anne Beck were in the original Broadway production of “Saturday Night Fever”? Anne is directing and choreographing this show with original Broadway choreography and her husband Scott is a member of this remarkable cast comprised of some of Indiana’s most talented youth.

A Little Backstory Civic Theatre’s Young Artists Program (YAP) is a year-round series of workshops and seminars designed just for high school students interested in improving their skills in a professional setting and looking to prepare for college auditions and beyond. Civic’s YAP production of “Saturday Night Fever” is an all-new version of the musical based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New

York magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and Norman Wexler’s 1977 film, featuring music by the Bee Gees adapted for high school productions. This musical adaptation of the ’70s classic film is the story of a talented, streetwise kid from Brooklyn who attempts to escape his dead-end life through dancing. The score to “Saturday Night Fever” includes many disco-era hits by the Bee Gees. Broadway’s “Saturday Night Fever” opened at the Minskoff Theatre in October 1999 and ran for 501 performances. As members of the original cast of the company and the first national tour of Broadway’s “Saturday Night Fever,” Anne and Scott Beck are bringing their personal experiences and knowledge of the show to YAP’s cast and crew. Beck shared that YAP’s production was originally slated to open last year. Due

to the pandemic-related restrictions, the show was rescheduled for this year. Beck and her husband, Scott, were able to participate in a reunion with the original cast of the company in Times Square in NYC in 1999 to celebrate the opening of the original Broadway show’s 20th anniversary. “We actually went to New York [City] and celebrated a huge Times Square flash mob event where we performed our entire mega mix with the original cast of the company and the first national tour,” Beck shared. “It was just an amazing experience to be in the original company. I also did the whole [national] tour, so it was a part of my life for about three and a half years. It is also where Scott and I met. We met on the Broadway show and the tour, and then we got married years later.” Beck credited the original company’s choreographer Arlene Phillips, whose original Broadway choreography will be featured in YAP’s show. “Arlene was also the original choreographer of ‘Annie’ the movie that featured Aileen Quinn who we all know with those beautiful freckles,” Beck shared. “Aileen played ‘Annette’ on the tour with us, which was super cool.”

Celebrating Some of Indiana’s Most Talented Student Actors YAP’s “Saturday Night Fever” will be the first live performance with full-house capacity at The Tarkington, and as Beck expressed, she and the entire cast and crew are ready to pack the house! In addition to featuring current YAP students in this production, Beck has invited all the former students from central Indiana who graduated last year but were not able to have that senior sendoff and final YAP performance due to the pandemic. “We invited those who were on that list of students who have participated and grown up in the YAP program but were robbed of that final opportunity to come back and audition,” Beck stated. “Five of the ones we invited took that bite and are part of the cast: Hayden Elefante and Mahesh Gupta who are from Zionsville, Elie Anania and Julia Ammons who are from Carmel and Jacob Schilling who is from Fishers.”


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college and job interviews, and teaches them how to be good public speakers, networking skills and how to carry themselves. The compliment that I hear most from parents is how they saw their kid’s shell open up and how they became much more confident in social situations and in trying new things. The program is artistic, but it’s so much more than that!”

YAP Is About More Than Just Acting Beck shared that working with Civic’s Director of Music and Education Brent Marty on this production has been a “hoot” and that they take pride in preparing their students for life on and off the stage. “Being able to share this with Brent has been awesome because he enjoys the ’70s as much as I do,” Beck said. “It’s been a hoot because he shares all kinds of tidbits with the kids, and it’s been great. We tell them all the time that while YAP is a preprofessional training program, it’s not just for those who have dreams of being on Broadway. YAP helps them prepare for

For tickets to “Saturday Night Fever” and for more information about YAP and all of Civic’s programs, visit

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(Includes additional smaller roles and dance features) McKenna Barr Kylee Booher *dance captain Keegan Connor Anjali Gupta Grace Kubek Mallory Neal Ashley Robbins Katherine Sabens Caroline Ward Liam Bass Hollis Carbrey Brynn Elliott Mahesh Gupta

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World Class Cabaret at Carmel City Center August 5

DON FARRELL “All The Way:” A Frank Sinatra Tribute by Don Farrell and the Terry Woods Quartet Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael presents “All The Way” A Frank Sinatra Tribute with the one and only Don Farrell. Join us spectacular performance on the Feinstein’s stage celebrating the legend, Frank Sinatra.

August 6 & 7

CAROLE J. BUFFORD “You Don’t Own Me: Fearless Females of the 60’s and 70’s”. This evening will feature some of the greatest songs of the two decades like “You Don’t Own Me,” “Killing Me Softly,” and more! Experience Carole’s powerhouse vocals and hear your favorite songs in a whole new way. Carole J. Bufford has become one of the most sought after young performers in the New York cabaret & jazz scene. Carole is the recipient of a Nightlife, Bistro and BroadwayWorld Award for Outstanding Vocalist.

August 13 & 14 MARK WILLIAM

“Come Croon with Me” Direct from his sold-out run on 42nd Street, comes the show that inspired Album of the Year and garnered national awards for Best Debut, Best Album, and more. This can’t miss evening of The Great American Songbook, Broadway, Pop, and more, is packed with songs from Jerry Herman to Henry Mancini, to Peter Allen, with every moment in between filled with sparkle, panache, and genuine charm from Mark William.

August 20 & 21

LIBERACE & LIZA: A TRIBUTE David Saffert & Jillian Snow Harris share the stage as Liberace & Liza Minnelli, creating an exhilarating night of musical and comical fireworks. Delighting in the costumes, music, and glamour of show business’s wildest entertainers. Conducting the entire show is Bo Ayars who toured with “Lee” for 13 years as his arranger and music director.

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August 26

BILLY STRITCH ATI and Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael proudly present Mr. Billy Stritch! Billy is an award-winning pianist and singer and known to audiences across the country for his many solo concert performances and as accompanist and musical director for Liza Minnelli, Tony Bennett, Marilyn Maye, Linda Lavin and Christine Ebersole to name but a few. Expect to hear music by Cy Coleman, Hoagy Carmichael, Barry Manilow, Rodgers and Hart as well as original compositions and selections from the Brazilian bossa nova canon. A 2018 performance in London prompted the critic for the London Jazz Times to rave, “Billy Stritch is one of the finest, most entertaining piano players and singers on the planet!”. This special one-night engagement performance is underwritten through a generous donation by Rob and Natalie Manges.


“Back to Broadway” Join us for an evening of Broadway’s most memorable classics and revivals with an entertainer known for his record-breaking run as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical The Phantom of the Opera. (See our exclusive interview with Franc in this issue)

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oin us for an evening of Broadway’s most memorable classics and revivals with an entertainer known for his record-breaking run as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical, The Phantom of the Opera. Franc D’Ambrosio played the role of Anthony Corleone, the opera-singing son of Al Pacino and

Diane Keaton’s characters in Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather III, just re-released as Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone by Paramount Pictures in December 2020. D’Ambrosio lived and studied with famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti in the summer of 1991, later founding the Lorenzo Malfatti Vocal Academy in Lucca, Italy, for students of opera and musical theatre.

Accompanied by Stephanie Lynne Smith, who has toured with legendary Broadway singer/actor Franc D’Ambrosio since 2012, Ms. Smith is proud to be a collaborator, musical director and pianist for D’Ambrosio’s critically acclaimed oneman shows in venues throughout the United States. Prepare to be dazzled with songs from some of Broadway’s greatest hits like Kiss Me Kate, Hamilton, Jersey Boys, Wicked, and more. You don’t want to miss out on an unforgettable night! For tickets and additional information, visit Editor’s Note: On February 3, 2020, Franc was knighted by order of the President of the Republic of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, in a private ceremony at the Italian Consulate General in San Francisco. His official title, “Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia” is the highest honor the Italian government can bestow on a foreigner and is conferred upon Italian expatriates who have greatly contributed to the preservation of the Italian spirit, culture and national prestige abroad. In May 2018, Franc was honored to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the third annual Cannes Global Short Film Awards Gala during the 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival.


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Janelle Morrison: Being able to return to live performances has been incredible for the audiences who’ve been craving live entertainment and the humanity that happens throughout these shared experiences. I can only imagine what it’s like for the performers. I would like to thank you both for coming to Carmel— this is a big deal for our community. Franc D’Ambrosio: It’s a big deal for us because it’s our first show back since the pandemic. I’ve known Michael [Feinstein] for many years. So, we can’t think of a better place to perform than at one of Michael’s places and in Indiana where I’ve played so many times and have always enjoyed being there. Stephanie Lynne Smith: Our last live performance [before COVID-19] was at Feinstein’s in San Francisco and our first performance back will be at Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael! D’Ambrosio: I have friends who have performed in that room, and they love it. So, it’s getting around the Broadway and theatrical community that it’s a destination. JM: I understand that your family are generational bakers and that you grew up in Bronx, New York, over the family bakery. How did you go from working in the bakery to performing arts? D’Ambrosio: I come from seven generations of Italian bakers. My family came to America from Sicily. Music was always a part of family. There was always opera or some type of music on in the bakery. As young as I can remember I was working in the bakery. By the time I was 14, I was working nights on the weekends from 7:00 o’clock at night till 7:00 o’clock in the morning on Friday and Saturday nights. I didn’t realize that I could actually sing until I was about 16. My sister’s got an

absolutely gorgeous voice and she was singing to the radio. I mimicked her and all of a sudden, I realized I could sing and that’s literally how I discovered my voice in that way. I realized that I had a huge passion for it and found that I enjoyed utilizing the lyrics so that I could merge both the musical and the dramatic intent and not just sing the song but live truthfully under the imaginary circumstances of the song. Every song is not just a song sung, to me, but a monologue or a scene that I put myself in the character to make it personal to me. JM: You were one of 2,000 people that auditioned for the role of Anthony Corleone in Godfather III—the last film of an iconic trilogy. How did you prepare for this role? D’Ambrosio: I had 10 auditions and two screen tests, and it wasn’t until the 8th audition that they told me that I was auditioning for Godfather III. It was called the “Secret Journal II”. The casting director called me and said that they wanted me to come in and sing and read for Francis [Coppola] and I was like OK—what’s going on? The director told me, “You don’t know? Well—this film is Godfather III.” I was told that Francis Ford Coppola and Paramount Pictures wanted an actual singer and didn’t want someone to lip sync. A lot of people in Hollywood wanted this role too—not just actors from all over the world. It’s probably the only time that I will ever beat out Tom Cruise for a role.” JM: As this was your first experience working on a film, what was it like working with iconic talents such as Al Pacino, Andy Garcia, Diane Keaton and Eli Wallach? D’Ambrosio: It was beautiful. I had never been in a film before, had never auditioned for a film before and they all took me in underneath their wings. They all mentored me and knew that I was open to learning so they were very willing to help me. JM: Speaking of mentoring, the famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti also became a mentor of yours. What—beyond technique—did he teach you about life? D’Ambrosio: I spent three months

with him at his summer villa in Pesaro, Italy, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. It is absolutely beautiful. I drove up on a Vespa scooter to the villa gates and Pavarotti was laying on a hammock, smoking a cigar. He told me that he had listened to the prerecorded tapes that I sang for the Godfather [film] and was very interested in my voice. He was very gracious. We spent the whole summer together. One time, he was talking about balance and his life, and he said to me, “Franc, if you ever have to stop living to sing—stop singing.” I think he saw very early on how ambitions and tenacious I was. He realized that I was probably so hyper focused and that was some advice that I needed to take. He was correct. When I did over 2,100 performances of “Phantom” there were times when I clearly had to step out of life for long periods of time in order to give an opening night performance—every night. That was my commitment I made. I never disrespect my audience and that experience. I couldn’t live with myself if I did.” Smith: I’ve been touring with him for about 10 years, and he does not only stage performances but there’s a lot of private dinner parties and private events. Franc does not disappear into the backroom and appear later. He eats dinner with everyone and talks to the guests.


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He is part of the party. That’s something that I really appreciate touring with him. He’s very generous and has to shake every hand. He really took Pavarotti’s advice to heart and is very authentic with people.” JM: Barry Manilow also played a big part in your artistic development. In what way did he improve your showmanship? D’Ambrosio: I was performing on the Copacabana [pre-Broadway] tour in New York City and Barry came over from London. I had a hard time being an “entertain-

er”. At that point, I’d only been a singer and an actor. Barry looked at me and said, “Franc, you’re a better singer than I am.” I said, “Well, that’s a nice compliment— thank you.” Then Barry added, “But I’m a much better entertainer than you are. I’m going to show you how to do this.” And for five weeks in NYC, we took a ½ hour of each day, went to the studio and Barry would perform and show me what he does, and how he communicates with his audiences. I learned that from him. JM: After 2,100 performances as the

“Phantom”, you and your character must have evolved from the first performance to the end of your extraordinary run. When it was all over, what did you take away from that experience? D’Ambrosio: What a lot of audiences don’t understand or always appreciate is that even though we’re acting up there, we are feeling every emotion. What you witnessed the Phantom having up there, I was feeling. I always say that the most important thing is to have an intimate relationship with your audience. Intimacy—as I define it—is growing, revealing, and discovering yourself in the presence of another individual. Throughout my run of the Phantom, I realized that I needed to be that vulnerable and have that level of intimacy so that I could live truthfully underneath the imaginary circumstances and to let the audiences witness me growing, revealing, and discovering myself throughout the evening. The audiences weren’t voyeurs to my pain. I was giving them a portal to their own experiences. That is what I learned.

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Carmel resident Sandra Hurt and her husband, Stan, are well-known and highly regarded stewards of historical collections and champions for arts organizations. In 2020, Hurt added published author to her resume upon the release of her first novel, “Priestess of Pompeii: The Initiate’s Journey.”

Destined to Write “Her” Story


urt’s new novel was a 20-plus year journey that began in the early ’90s at a women’s conference on women in art throughout the centuries, where Hurt came face-to-face with an ancient portrait of a woman housed in the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii. Hurt said, “This event put me on a journey to tell her story. I was destined to write her story.” Not much is known about the real life of the priestess, only her name, Rufilla Istacidia, and that she was a priestess in Pompeii who likely owned the Villa of the Mysteries. The Priestess of Pompeii is the result of Hurt’s extensive research on Greek and Roman culture, myths and legends, as well as on-site research on the lifestyles and

untimely end of Pompeii’s people. Pompeii was decimated by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Hurt, a registered nurse by trade, is a self-professed “perennial” student. Hurt enrolled in courses at Indiana University in Bloomington and at IUPUI in Indianapolis as well as writers workshops to become knowledgeable about the classics and about the art of writing. She immersed herself in the studies of classical Roman and Greek history and mythology, archeology and architecture. She also took classes on mythology and psychological interpretations of the Pompeiian fresco cycle in Jungian psychoanalysts’ writings. Hurt traveled to Italy and Greece and has completed numerous hours of on- and off-site exploration of the Dionysian frescoes that represent a


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women’s ritual to the Greek god Dionysus in the Villa of the Mysteries. “The rituals for women in ancient times were created to help them develop their inner lives, wisdom and independence,” Hurt explained. “The journey of these women who lived in antiquity is the same for women today. It is my hope that women readers will recognize themselves in these pages and appreciate the role ritual can play in our lives today.” Hurt paid special attention to the priestess in the portrait that became the source of Hurt’s passion to write her fictional novel that expertly weaved in historical figures and facts from ancient Rome and Greece. Throughout Hurt’s journey to writing her book, the priestess from the fresco with the pensive expression was in Hurt’s

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head as though she, the priestess, was rising from the literal and figurative ashes to be seen and heard again through Hurt’s novelist’s point of view. As Hurt stared up at a replica of the priestess’ portrait brilliantly displayed in her office, she expressed, “She’s very pensive and thoughtful. She just kind of took me in and hasn’t let me go since.”

Themes From Both the Ancient and Modern Worlds Hurt shared the story’s premise: “The story begins as a baby girl is born to a servant class in the first century BCE Rome, is abandoned and miraculously rescued by a family that recognizes, as she grows, her unique gifts of prophetic dreams complicated by her epileptic seizures. She goes on a long journey to ancient Greek healing sites after a dream foretells the death of her betrothed. As her true calling becomes apparent, conflict results between the expected traditional marital role for women and her desire for freedom, independence and a spiritual vocation, not unlike dilemmas today’s woman faces.”

Experiencing Pompeii in Person Hurt’s exceptional knowledge and descriptions of the ancient worlds bring them back to life and make them relatable to modern-day issues and discussions. Hurt first visited Pompeii in 1994 along with her husband. With each visit to Pompeii and other archeological sites in Italy and Greece, Hurt shared that she brings back precious “nuggets” that helped build her novel. When asked what it was like experiencing the ruins of Pompeii for the first time in person, she replied, “The first thing you see is all of the devastation. I just had to be silent and listen to the silence. To be there and be present was all that I could do. It is an eerie yet familiar place. I always feel very comfortable when I go there. I feel like I am home.” Hurt has taken multiple subsequent trips back to Pompeii and various excavation sites and stated that Pompeii just keeps calling her and bringing her back. She plans on returning to Pompeii this October as many more items have been unearthed from and surrounding the Villa of the Mysteries, including a magnificent chariot thought to have been used in bridal or other formal ceremonies. Hurt is currently working


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Earlier this year, the Carmel High School (CHS) Football program welcomed Emily Good to its program as the director of operations. Good is going into her 19th year as a teacher within the physical education department at CHS and was the head coach for the CHS Softball team from 2004–17. She was also a former coordinator for the ICGSA All-Star games held at Carmel’s Cherry Tree Softball Complex. Good stepped into her new role with the Greyhounds Football program earlier this year and is gearing up for a fantastic and hopeful season along with head coach John Hebert and the rest of his staff.

An Impressive Tenure as Head Coach


rior to coming to Carmel, Good was an assistant coach at Indiana State and was an assistant at Terre Haute South. Before moving up to the head coach position, Good began her career at CHS as the freshman coach with the softball program. During her tenure as head coach, the Greyhounds made it to four sectional championships, won regional

titles in 2011 and 2012, a semi-state title in 2011 and the Class 4A championship in 2011, defeating Avon 1-0 in eight innings. Additionally, the Greyhounds won five Metropolitan Conference titles under Good’s leadership. “I’ve always been passionate about softball and coaching in general, so when I noticed that Carmel had a freshman [coaching] position available, I reached out to Mr. Inskeep with hopes that the posi-


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tion would lead to a teaching position as well,” Good shared. “And a year later [2004], I took over the softball program. So, it was fast and furious once the ball got rolling, so to speak.”

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levels of success that CHS athletic teams have enjoyed over many decades. “The tradition of excellence is absolutely something that we [coaches and staff] stand by for sure,” Good said. “As coaches, we want to surround ourselves with the best people possible. That’s going to allow our student-athletes to become the best individuals once they leave CHS. We want them to be great in life. The support from the student-athletes themselves, the administration, the community, etc., is what allows us to continue to be successful.”

An Inspiration to All Who Know Her Throughout Good’s hiatus from working with an athletic program, she continued to teach multiple classes in the

physical education department and assisted with a few softball showcases. She continues to offer hitting lessons based on her availability. Though coach Hebert had approached Good a few years ago about the possibility of her joining the Greyhound Football program, it was not until this last December that Good discussed it again with Hebert and decided the timing was exactly right. “Given the circumstances related to COVID-19, coach Hebert and I really didn’t know how this season was going to play out when we spoke last December,” Good stated. “I think we’re going in the right direction—fingers crossed—and after about an hour and a half of having a great conversation with [Hebert] in

terms of the role he saw me in, it was an easy ‘yes’ for me.” Good continued, “He’s a great leader, and as an educator/coach, I continually want to get better, so it goes back to surrounding yourself with people that are going to allow you to be the best version of yourself. I’m a better person because I’m surrounded by these types of people.” As director of operations for the football program, Good manages, oversees and reviews with the intent to improve the programs day-to-day operations. “I’m finding out every day quite a bit more about what [Emily’s] bringing to the table,” coach Hebert said. “I knew it would be hard to measure because she is such a dynamic person, and she has a wealth of experience in running successful programs. I’ve always admired her professionalism.” Hebert saw the similarities in how he and Good ran their respective programs over the years and recognized that she would be a valuable member to the Greyhound Football program. “What I’ve noticed is everything around our facilities, locker room, equipment room, etc., looks suddenly better,” Hebert expressed. “That is just one example of her determination to improve things around her, and she always talks about leaving things better than you found it. She probably utters that phrase multiple times a day, and she is inspiring to everyone around her. I am already leaning on her for great advice and guidance. Emily’s opinion is really valuable.” We would like to wish the coaches, staff and student-athletes a much-deserved safe and successful season! Go Hounds!”

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Posh Picnic The Coxhall Guild Presents Its Annual

Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of Coxhall Guild and Graphics by Amy Barragree

Join us Saturday, Aug. 21, for a night of magic in Carmel’s most beautiful picnic spot! As many of us found ourselves seeking respite at local parks throughout this pandemic, a renewed appreciation for our communities’ parks and trails has emerged. It is the hope of the guild that you will join them in supporting one of Carmel’s most treasured amenities—Coxhall Gardens—by attending this “posh” and playful event. WHAT IS THE POSH PICNIC?


he third Annual Posh Picnic is a fundraising event organized by the Coxhall Guild at Cripe Pavilion at Coxhall Gardens. Guests are invited to bring their favorite people, culinary delights and table settings to create a night of fellowship and fun. The night will also feature live music by “Free But Not Cheap” Band and dancing under the stars for an unforgettable evening. The evening features a tablescape challenge, with prizes awarded for “Most Posh,” “Most Creative,” “Most Funky” and

“People’s Choice.” Guests provide their own refreshments and tableware for a highly personalized, stylish experience. Event proceeds support projects that enrich, improve and maintain Coxhall


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Mansion and Gardens, like the recently installed Children’s Pavilion and statuary. Coxhall Guild Member and Posh Picnic co-chair Mary Robinson shared some of the highlights that participants can expect at this year’s event and how Coxhall Gardens has benefited from the proceeds of this annual picnic and the generosity of its supporters. “Since last year’s Posh Picnic, we’ve completed the outdoor covered classroom that was fully funded by the [Coxhall] Guild,” Robinson said. “We also completed the Hummingbird Pollinator Garden that was fully funded by the Steve and Sharon Terry family.” Recent additions also include the Clay Township Children’s Pavilion funded by Clay Township, a bronze sculpture, “Dance Among the Wildflowers,” donated by Pat and Samantha McAfee located in the Clay Township Children’s Pavilion and three bronze sculptures placed in the Children’s Garden: “Ring Around the Rosie,” “Young Reader” and “Fun Times,” funded by the Coxhall Guild. The mock storefronts in the Children’s Garden are being rebuilt due to deterioration caused by drainage issues that are being corrected. Robinson shared that the work, time and materials have been generously donated by Universal Roofing and Exteriors. If you have not experienced Coxhall Gardens, the Posh Picnic is a wonderful introduction to one of the area’s most beautiful parks. Robinson mentioned that Coxhall was utilized by scores of folks throughout 2020. And the guild hopes to see that trend continue.

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