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Broadway Stars Discover Carmel This month, Carmel Monthly is pleased to feature some of Broadway’s brightest stars—Christy Altomare, Corey Cott, Marcy Heisler, Zina Goldrich, Kate Wetherhead and Marlo Hunter—on our cover! As many Broadway enthusiasts know, this team of extraordinary talent came to Carmel last May for a writers retreat program hosted by Discovering Broadway. We had the incredible opportunity to sit in on the rehearsal and speak with the creative team and stars about working at the Hotel Carmichael while creating five new songs from the new musical “Ever After.” Cover Story Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photo // Laura Arick

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Carmel Farmers Market Celebrates Old and New Summer Traditions Business Spotlight: State of the Art Hyperbaric Oxygen Clinic Now Treating Patients in Carmel

10 Artomobilia and Gator Motorsport Proudly Present the Lotus Evija 19 The Center for the Performing Arts on Moving Onward and Upward 23 Indiana Ballet Conservatory Is Back at the Barre This Summer 25 Carmel’s Own Ashton Gleckman on His Latest Documentary Series ‘Kennedy’

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The Carmel Farmers Market (CFM) volunteer committee is pleased to announce that it will be participating in the 2021 Centier Bank CarmelFest Parade on Monday, July 5, and will be hosting some fun and patriotic events for kids and families at the Carmel Farmers Market on Saturday, July 3!

Keckley Donut Day.’ We normally have it on opening day of the [summer] market, but this year, we decided to move it to the July 4 weekend, and those who come to the market will get a free donut while they last!”

A Fourth of July for the Ages The CFM committee volunteers have been longtime participants in the annual parade that celebrates our nation’s Independence Day and have produced many jovial and memorable floats over the years. This year will be no exception, per CFM President Ron Carter. This year’s float will feature My Dad’s Sweet Corn, the Allen Baird family and CFM committee members. “The corn wagon will be pulled by either one of Allen’s corn trucks or by his antique tractor,” Carter shared. “The banners on the sides will say, ‘Dad Says Eat Your Veggies,’ encouraging the children to eat their veggies!” As part of the holiday celebrations, CFM is planning the return of some activities that were first introduced at the market last year in the absence of CarmelFest, which was canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last summer, when most July 4 events were canceled, the imaginative CFM volunteers orchestrated a flyover, a walking kazoo parade throughout the market on Carter Green and live patriotic music by a group of musicians representing the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. This year, on Saturday, July 3, CFM will boast another flyover by one of its sponsors, Indy Biplane. Additionally, CFM will invite children and guests of the market to participate in the walking kazoo parade throughout the market. And live music will be performed by TBnD Band during market hours. CFM will operate its normal market hours, 8–11:30 a.m. New this year, CFM—in collaboration with CarmelFest organizers—will be hosting The Animal Oasis, a petting zoo, at Carter Green on July 3. “We will have a petting zoo [at the market] courtesy of CarmelFest,” Carter said. “We are also bringing back ‘Jim CARMEL MONTHLY

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Beloved Traditions Are Coming Back to Market Sweet corn junkies, such as myself, will be elated by the arrival of My Dad’s Sweet Corn to the market this July. Carter shared, “We’ve been up to the farm [in Tipton] and have consulted with Allen. We’re 95% sure that there will be an abundance of sweet corn available at the market beginning July 3.” Another longstanding tradition is returning after last year’s cancellation due to pandemic restrictions. CFM will be hosting the Carmel Fire Department (CFD) for the return of the Carmel Firehouse Cook-Off. This event is coordinated by CFM committee member and longtime CFD volunteer Doug Dolan. This “special event” showcases six CFD stations who compete in a cook-off against one another for the winning title and bragging rights. Marketgoers vote on which of the stations’ dishes they en-

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State of the Art Hyperbaric Oxygen Clinic Now Treating Patients in Carmel A hyperbaric oxygen chamber may look like something out of a science fiction film, but this is actually a therapy that’s been refined over a hundred years. If you think it’s just for treating scuba divers with “the bends,” you’ll be surprised to learn the numerous health conditions it can help alleviate—it’s even possible you or a loved one is suffering from something that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) could improve.

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ith two brandnew Sechrist chambers—the kind used in hospitals—and a nurse practitioner always on hand, the Hyperbaric Oxygen Clinic opened its doors to treat patients in June. Their single-occupant chambers are the most spacious available and are the only ones of their size in Hamilton County. You’ll be happy to see that these chambers aren’t the metal tubes of yesteryear with tiny portholes to peek out of and bulky oxygen hoods to strap over your head. They are entirely clear acrylic, pressurized with 100% pure oxygen and equipped with an entertainment system. Clinic manager Kathleen Clark says, “This isn’t the soft-sided style chamber you

experience the healing power of HBOT for themselves. Medical Director Kurt Riegner, M.D., says, “The medical community still tends to see this as alternative therapy, but we are here to make it mainstream because we know it really works.” People are often surprised to learn hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help with Lyme disease, erectile dysfunction, and fibromyalgia. It helps plastic surgery patients recover more quickly with less bruising and swelling. While scientists aren’t calling it a fountain of youth, HBOT has even been shown to have antiaging effects, such as lengthening the telomeres of our DNA. HBOT helps stroke victims in rehab, teens with concussions, veterans with PTSD, and athletes looking to get an edge on performance and injury recovery. HBOT clinics are now seeing COVID-19 victims with brain fog and hypoxia starting to feel better with a course of HBOT.

find in spas or can buy for your home—those chambers can’t pressurize to the same therapeutic treatment depth. This is medical-grade therapy designed to provide lasting results.”

WHAT CAN BE TREATED The FDA, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society, and most insurance companies approve of HBOT for 15 medical indications. These “on label” conditions include diabetic wounds, radiation-induced tissue damage, compromised skin flaps, and more. There are many additional conditions that studies have shown are responsive to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, however. People all over the country are taking matters into their own hands and finding clinics like this one where they can

HOW IT WORKS HBOT makes oxygen more soluble, increasing plasma

oxygen levels to 20 times above the usual level and saturating tissues. Cells use this oxygen for healing energy. It drives the regeneration of damaged tissue and strengthens the immune system. Stem cells are mobilized by HBOT and inflammatory markers are reduced. HBOT causes the growth of new blood vessels and neurons. It promotes collagen, bone, and cartilage regeneration. If you’re wondering if there are any risks, nurse practitioner Marci Jefferson says, “Before you begin HBOT, we will do a complete history and physical to rule out any risks. We will talk about possible complications, and I’ll teach you how to avoid the most common side effect.”

HOW TO FIND THEM The Hyperbaric Oxygen Clinic is open weekdays at 14555 Hazel Dell Parkway, Suite 140B in Carmel. Call them at (317) 669-6970, email at info@hyperbaricoxygenclinic.com or find them online at hyperbaricoxygenclinic.com.

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LOTUS EV HYPERCAR! Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of Artomobilia and Gator Motorsport

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alling all automotive collectors and enthusiasts of Artomobilia! Something mind-blowing is coming to Carmel, Indiana, this August! The arrival of the $2.5 million supercar—the Lotus Evija—will put the city on the global map for something other than its roundabouts!

INTRODUCING THE WORLD’S FIRST BRITISH EV HYPERCAR: THE LOTUS EVIJA “The Evija is a Lotus like no other, yet a true Lotus in every sense.” Phil Popham, former Lotus CEO Originally slated to start production in 2020, the Lotus Evija means “the first in existence” or “the living one.” Which is quite fitting as Lotus has built an indisputable reputation over the brand’s seven decades of success for its pioneering approach in

both automotive and motorsport. One of the most striking elements of the Lotus Evija, other than the fact it’s an electric vehicle (EV), is its exterior. From every angle the full carbon fiber bodywork is stretched taut, appearing shrinkwrapped over the mechanical components. Taking inspiration from the aeronautics industry, the exterior is a perfectly proportioned blend of fluid forms and crisp lines.

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“THE EVIJA IS A LOTUS LIKE NO OTHER, YET A TRUE LOTUS IN EVERY SENSE.” Phil Popham, former Lotus CEO

True to Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s core belief that every component should serve multiple purposes, the exterior design is also exceptionally efficient on every level. The most obvious example of this—and unquestionably the most dramatic element of the exterior—is the Venturi tunnel that pierces each rear quarter. Inspired by Le Mans race cars, the tunnel optimizes air flow by directing it through the bodyshell. Aside from creating a breathtaking presence, this design concept—known as “porosity”—aids the delivery of high-energy air flow to the rear of the car. When viewed from the rear of the car, each tunnel is edged with a red LED to create a striking ribbon-style light signature. The result is a stunning visual effect that’s akin to the afterburners on a fighter jet, especially when seen at night.

“The Lotus Evija will be making its first stateside debut in over a year at Artomobilia on Aug. 28, 2021,” Young Kim, dealer principal at Gator Motorsport/Indy Lotus, shared. “The Evija is the world’s first all-electric hypercar and currently the most powerful series production car ever built. We are honored to be the first Lotus dealership to have this vehicle at an event in the U.S.” Gator Motorsport is the title sponsor for this year’s Artomobilia: A Celebration of Automotive Art & Design, hosted on the streets of the Carmel Art & Design District. Kim is the man responsible for not only securing the Lotus Evija for this year’s Artomobilia, according to co-founder and event director John Leonard, he can also be credited for his assistance in making the first-ever Artomobilia in 2008 an astounding success. His continued support as not only an exhibitor and now as the title sponsor has contributed to Artomobilia’s growing reputation as a first-class automotive exhibition for collectors and enthusiasts alike. In addition to the nation’s two most prestigious car concourses, Artomobilia is proudly on par. Which clearly was enough to entice Lotus to add Carmel, Indiana, to its highly exclusive list of “stops” in the U.S. this summer. Previously featured at Pebble Beach and Amelia Island, the Lotus Evija will

make only a few appearances in the US this year, including Carmel for Artomobilia and Salt Lake City for the annual Lotus Owners Gathering. Leonard passed all of the credit to Kim for pulling off the impossible—adding Carmel, Indiana, to that list of limited and highly anticipated locations. Leonard expressed, “He [Kim] is the guy that made it happen so that the Indianapolis-area car market will see a car that is as rare as cars come.”

WHAT MAKES THE LOTUS EVIJA SO UNIQUE? To say that it’s a huge nod for the team at Artomobilia and for Gator Motorsport to bring this automotive unicorn to the Midwest is a gross understatement. The prototype that will be admired by thousands of curious American automotive enthusiasts is currently one of four in existence. Production of the Evija was temporarily halted as a

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INFO LOTUS EVIJA (TYPE 130) “THE EVIJA IS A PERFECT COMBINATION OF ELEGANCE AND INNOVATION, WHILE PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE HISTORY OF LOTUS”

result of the global pandemic. Now, Kim and his highly knowledgeable sales team are ready to take your orders! “The Evija is a perfect combination of elegance and innovation, while paying tribute to the history of Lotus,” Kim shared. “The all-electric powertrain, consisting of four electric motors, is built to provide constant power to the wheels and generate approximately 2,000 horsepower. While the look of the cars may change, the feel is the most important. Featuring five different drive modes— Range, City, Tour, Sport, and

Track—the Evija is continuing the tradition of being designed for the drivers.” Kim added, “The Evija is a step into the future of Lotus. While only 130 cars are expected to be produced, the succeeding fleet of vehicles will all have parts of the Evija incorporated into their build. The same attention to detail from past models will also be inherited into the new Lotus Emira, the first model being introduced after the Evija, which is being revealed July 6, 2021.”

A WIN-WIN FOR ALL CONCERNED Leonard first brought Kim into the fold back in 2008 when he was seeking out area car collectors for the first-ever Artomobilia event. The partnership has evolved over the decade-plus, and Leonard credits Kim for contributing to the exponential growth of the event and its satellite events that make up Artomobilia Weekend. Attendees of

POWERTRAIN: ........................................................ PURE ELECTRIC, 4WD POWER: .................................................................. 2,000 PS BATTERY POWER: .................................................. 70 KWH (CAPACITY)/2,000 KW (POWER) TORQUE: ................................................................ 1,700 N M WITH TORQUE VECTORING 0–100 KM/H (0–62 MPH): ..................................... UNDER THREE SECONDS 0–300 KM/H (0–186 MPH): ................................... UNDER NINE SECONDS MAX SPEED:............................................................ IN EXCESS OF 200 MPH (320 KM/H) ALL-ELECTRIC RANGE (WLTP COMBINED): ............. 250 MILES (400 KM) CHARGING TIME (350 KW CHARGER): .................... 18 MINUTES WEIGHT: ................................................................. 1,680 KG PRODUCTION RUN: ................................................. MAXIMUM OF 130 CARS OVERALL DIMENSIONS (L/W/H): ........................... 4,459 MM/2,000 MM/1,122 MM PRICE: .................................................................... $2.5 MILLION + DUTIES AND TAXES RESERVATION PROCESS: ........................................ $300,000 DEPOSIT SECURES A PRODUCTION SLOT

Artomobilia, Fuelicious and Revolanté will enjoy the Lotus Evija that will be displayed in full grandeur. “This gentleman [Young Kim] was willing to bring a bunch of his cars out, and I was in need of [cars], so it was a match made in heaven,” Leonard stated. “We got to know each other over the next couple of years, and he would talk about opening up a Lotus dealership. And then it happened for him in 2013.” Gator Motorsport is Indiana’s only authorized Lotus Sales and Service Center and the only Sales and Service Center for Zenos Cars in the United States. Additionally,

an exciting array of preowned vehicles are offered from daily drivers to Super Cars. Gator Motorsport upholds the standard that every detail matters in all aspects of sales, service and detail from your race car to your daily driver. It’s looking to be a phenomenal year for Kim as he is not only anticipating the arrival of the Lotus Evija but is also significantly expanding his facilities, located near Carmel and Zionsville along West 96th Street and Michigan Road. “We have been humbled to give and receive support in our community since we opened our doors in 2013,” Kim expressed. “We are excited to

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announce that we are expanding our showroom and hope to have a grand reopening at the end of 2021 or early 2022. This expansion will increase space for new and preowned vehicles, allow our Service and Detail departments to increase their volume and continue to

the proceeds raised at each of these related events. Kim and his team at Gator Motorsport subscribe to that same community “give-back” philosophy and are proud to partner with Riley Hospital for Children. “Since the beginning, we have always believed in giving

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A PARTNERSHIP WITH A PHILANTHROPIC PURPOSE The Artomobilia team prides itself on partnering with many local area nonprofits who are the beneficiaries of

back to the community that provides so much for us,” Kim shared. “This year we took that to a new level, developing ‘Gator-Aid,’ our new community outreach program. We reached out on social media and let our community pick our first partner, Riley Hospital for Children. Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is Indiana’s only comprehensive children’s hospital. We are excited to be involved in this incredible cause, and Gator Motorsport is committed to matching up to $10,000 for the kids! You can find the direct donation link page at Gator-Aid.com.” For more information on Gator Motorsport, visit GatorMotorsport. com. And for a complete listing of Artomobilia Weekend 2021 events, including when and where to see the Lotus Evija, visit artomobilia.org.

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TONY® and DAYTIME EMMY® AWARD Winner Lillias White is thrilled to share her new show, Get Yourself Some Happy! The concert features Broadway fan favorites, as well as selections from her highly-anticipated, first, solo studio album, due out July 23, 2021. Get Yourself Some Happy! is a modern mix of Motown, Standards, Rock-andRoll, Broadway, and Jazz – all re-invented for today’s audiences. The tracks all center on the theme of “Happiness”. Titles range from a soulful When You Wish Upon a Star to a raw Happy Together to a sweet, tender version of You’re My Best Friend. Her disco-inspired, You’ve Made Me So Very Happy will get you dancing, her tropical Put on a Happy Face will make you smile from ear to ear, and Lillias’ rendition of the Harold Arlen classic, Get Happy, is guaranteed to lift your spirits. Come on in - and get yourself some happy!

Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael presents and evening of Liz Callaway! Join Tony nominated Broadway favorite, Liz Callaway, up close and personal for an evening of beloved songs from Broadway, pop and film with award winning Alex Rybeck at the piano.

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Join the ATI Trio - Cynthia Collins, Don Farrell, Judy Fitzgerald - along with Terry Woods on piano as they bring you the world of the celebrated, multi-TONY   Award-Winning songwriting team of John Kander & Fred Ebb. Filled with nonstop melody, this thrilling celebration of two legends who brought you such hit shows as Cabaret, Chicago, The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and so many others…will keep you enthralled from beginning to end. This nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems, including “All That Jazz,” Colored Lights”, “Cabaret”, “Maybe This Time”, “New York, New York” and many more that are seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theatre.

Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael presents Natalie Douglas, called, “a true force of nature,” and “in a league of her own” by Clive Davis of The Times (UK) five-star reviews of two London appearances. Join us for a stunning tribute to the powerful “griot,” or storyteller, of the Great American Songbook - Eunice Waymon, or as the world better knows her, Dr. Nina Simone. Honoring Nina’s spirit, Natalie will perform songs recorded by the late legendary singer, including George Gershwin’s “I Loves You Porgy” and Nina’s big hit “My Baby Just Cares for Me” to name a couple.

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Broadway Stars Discover Carmel

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This month, Carmel Monthly is pleased to feature some of Broadway’s brightest stars—Christy Altomare, Corey Cott, Marcy Heisler, Zina Goldrich, Kate Wetherhead and Marlo Hunter—on our cover!

CARMEL WELCOMES BROADWAY ROYALTY Kirk reflected on the process and credited the retreat’s success to the hospitality and support that was provided to the creative team by the staff at the Hotel Carmichael, the city and Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard. Kirk shared, “One of the greatest things I can hear a creative team say is that they need to cancel a Trader Joe’s run because they’re in the middle of a creative discovery. We created a firm itinerary so that everyone who visited Carmel with this process had absolutely everything they needed. The more that itinerary changes based on their creativity, the better because it means a new song is emerging or a whole new thought on how to open the show [is emerging], or maybe a scene’s not working and it needs more conflict, so they make tiny adjustments.” Kirk shared a story told to him by the creative team that best highlights Carmel hospitality at its finest.

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s many Broadway enthusiasts know, this team of extraordinary talent came to Carmel, Indiana, last May for a writers retreat program hosted by Discovering Broadway. We had the incredible opportunity to sit in on the rehearsal and speak with the creative team and stars about working at the Hotel Carmichael while creating five new songs from the new musical “Ever After.” Altomare and Cott performed selections from the new musical at Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael on May 23 for an intimate audience that included locals and fans who traveled from out of state just to get a first glimpse of this exciting new musical.

FROM CARMEL TO NEW YORK CITY Founded by Carmel native and CEO Joel Kirk, Discovering Broadway Inc. hosts Broadway creative teams in Indiana so they can develop their Broadway-bound new musicals and offer the public educational opportunities to learn about the process of making a musical. The organization programs seminars to the public and master classes for aspiring performers. Kirk is a New York City theater director and producer who specializes in the development of new plays and musicals. He has worked with New World Stages, Playwrights Horizons, NYMF, The Lark, New Dramatists, Sheen Center, Hudson Guild Theatre, Wide Eyed Productions and WorkShop Theatre, to name a few. Recently he worked with Tony Award winner Reed Birney and Tony Award nominee Sydney Lucas on the play “Changeover.” He has guest directed for NYU’S Grad Playwriting Program, Ball State University, Juilliard and Fordham University’s Playwriting

“Where else should you be writing a musical about a fairy tale in a place that is so awe-inspiring than in Carmel, Indiana,” Kirk expressed. “We’d be talking about the city while taking a walk on the Monon [Trail], and all of a sudden one of the writers would have figured out what needed to happen [in a scene], and then they’re writing notes in their phone. It was just magic, and it’s like this really beautiful life continuously being interrupted by beautiful inspiration.” The creative team shared with Kirk that Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard walked over to the team as they were traversing the Monon Trail in search of their evening meal, and Brainard personally guided them up to the Arts & Design District where the team enjoyed themselves at Monterey Coastal Cuisine on Main Street. Kirk added, “Only in Indiana can something as wonderful and beautiful as that happen. He was literally supporting people getting to where they need to go, which is sort of the tagline for what we want Discovering Broadway to do. We want to help shows get to where they want to go.”

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A FEW WORDS WITH THE “EVER AFTER” TEAM “Ever After” is the second show to participate in Discovering Broadway’s program, following the February workshop of “The Devil Wears Prada” musical. Based on the Twentieth Century Studios film starring Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston, “Ever After” has music by award-winning songwriting team Zina Goldrich (“Breathe,” “Yay People Yay!,” Drama Desk nomination for “Dear Edwina”) and Marcy Heisler who provided lyrics (“Williamsburg,” Drama Desk nomination for “Dear Edwina”). The book is by Marcy Heisler and Kate Wetherhead (book co-writer for “The Devil Wears Prada,” co-creator/writer/ director/star of the online comedy “Submissions Only”). Directing the new musical is Marlo Hunter (“American Reject,” Callaway Award winner for directing/choreographing “Unlock’d”). “Ever After” showcases two of Broadway’s most charismatic stars, Christy Altomare—who starred in “Anastasia”—and Corey Cott, who is best known for playing Jack Kelly in the Broadway musical “Newsies” and originating the role of Donny Novitski in the Broadway musical “Bandstand.” Altomare shared her thoughts on working in Carmel and on developing her character, Danielle De Barbarac. “I love ‘Ever After,’ it’s one of my favorite shows,” Altomare expressed. “I can’t believe that [the creative team] is getting to realize it in this special, magical way where they get to—in a safe, beautiful and opulent environment—completely let their guard down and find the show in a way they want to realize it. I’m so excited for the way that my character,

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Danielle, has developed and grown. Her arc is so powerful, real and honest. I can’t wait for [the character] to eventually have a life and for young girls to follow this new character that is going to mean so much to so many people.” What would a musical about Cinderella be without the handsome prince? Cott shared what has attracted him most to the role of Prince Henry. “It’s a process to make [a character] your own,” Cott shared. “It can take weeks and months to figure out all of the intricacies and unique qualities of a character. The thing that attracts me to the character of Henry is his vulnerability. A person in a position of power can be vulnerable, but they’re not allowed to show their vulnerability. Henry says the word ‘questions’ a lot in the show. He has a lot of questions about what he wants and how he is going to facilitate what is expected of him. He’s trying to live up to these expectations, and there’s this internal struggle about who he is. As [Corey], I can connect with his questioning of everything. Especially since this past year. I think we’ve all been asking big life questions this past year.” Members of the “Ever After” team shared their impressions of working in Carmel during this retreat and were highly complimentary of the city’s hospitality and accommodations as well. Goldrich shared, “I think what being in Carmel has afforded us is absolute focus. Everybody here has been very welcoming and

lovely and helpful. So, we were able to unwind in the evening, go out for dinner, and sometimes we would come back and dream some more and do some more, and we do this whole thing over and over again, and it’s been amazing.” Heisler added, “Everything about this experience has been welcoming, and I think that is so necessary when you’re creating something— it’s a vulnerable place. And the best way that you create your best work is to know that you’ve got supportive people who understand not only what you’re trying to do but understand you have to write the wrong song to write the right song and to have room to grow and think about what you’re doing. Carmel is just a lovely supportive environment.” Echoing the sentiments of her fellow creative team members, Hunter said, “It’s really a blessing, and in terms of being able to do it here in Carmel, and what’s really unique about this situation is the vibrancy of the city. The supporters and the people are so excited about not just witnessing artistic creation but supporting it. It is truly unique, and so we’re in this space where we feel creatively safe amidst this community that really wants to be a part of it, and that’s really tremendous. It has brought a unique energy to our process.” Appreciative of the community’s support of this phase of a musical’s creative journey, Wetherhead concluded, “I was thinking about how this stage of the process doesn’t get the kind

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of attention that other parts of a process gets, like getting the costumes made, etc. And the fact that this delicate and tender part of the development is being treated with such respect and enthusiasm, and I dare say celebration, feels particularly special. It’s fun to be able to share this part of [the process] with a broader group of people.” For more information on Discovering Broadway, visit discoveringbroadway.org. Joel Kirk

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The Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2021–22 season lineup, and in typical fashion, the Center continues to raise the bar, showcasing a rather diverse season with acts and performances representing an array of genres and phenomenal artists from all over the globe.

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SUCCESS AMID THE PANDEMIC The Center never completely halted its engines—it merely dropped into a lower gear. While standing on the stage for the Michael Feinstein and Melissa Manchester live-audience concert last month, McDermott shared his emotions as he looked out onto the socially distanced audience that was peppered throughout the Palladium’s magnificent hall.

“To have people back in the hall and to have applause back in the hall was an incredible feeling,” McDermott shared. “You didn’t really realize how much you missed it until it came back. There is no question

that everybody in the world was impacted in all sorts of ways by this pandemic. But the arts were impacted in ways that were indescribable. The business model of the arts organizations is to take large groups of people and put them in spaces to enjoy an artist, and we [the Center] simply couldn’t do that.” The Center did not furlough any of its full-time employees last year and weathered the storm with the unwavering support and generosity of its donors and corporate partners. McDermott also credits his team for creating innovative ways to meet their patrons where they were and for finding ways to maintain their mission throughout a global pandemic.

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THE CENTER PRESENTS 2021–22 HIGHLIGHTS Ben Folds In Actual Person Live For Real Tour: Fri, Nov 12 at 8 p.m., Katz, Sapper & Miller Pop/Rock Series Randy Rainbow Live: Thu, Oct 7 at 7:30 p.m., Faegre Drinker Encore Series Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes: Sat, Oct 23 at 8 p.m., Telamon Passport Series Clint Black: Sun, Oct 24 at 7 p.m., Country Series Sean Chen: Fri, Nov 19 at 8 p.m., Printing Partners Classic Series Dave Koz Christmas: Sat, Dec 11 at 8 p.m., Holiday Series An Evening with David Sedaris: Wed, Dec 15 at 7:30 p.m., Special Events David Williamson: Sat, Jan 22 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Family Series The Life and Music of George Michael: Sat, Mar 5 at 8 p.m., Katz, Sapper & Miller Pop/Rock Series Croce Plays Croce: Sat, Mar 19 at 8 p.m., Katz, Sapper & Miller Pop/Rock Series Las Caffeteras: Fri, Apr 8 at 7:30 p.m., Telamon Passport Series Matthew Whitaker: Sat, Apr 30 at 8 p.m., Drewry Simmons Vornehm Jazz Series Michael Feinstein with Sandi Patty: Sat, May 7 at 8 p.m., Hoosier Village Songbook Series

“I want to give my team here a lot of credit for pivoting and coming up with new and different—sometimes better—ways to deliver value to the Center’s corporate partners and to deliver its mission to its patrons,” McDermott stated. “Our board members have supported us through the challenges, literally every day.” McDermott continued, “One of the things I am most proud of is that we never shut down. We continued to advance our mission and kept the engine running, though we turned it down a little bit and put it into a slightly lower gear, which will make it much easier to put it back into a higher gear as we continue to evolve out of COVID-19. There’s no way that we could have done that without the support of our donors and corporate partners.” With the introduction of the Center’s Live at the Center series, the Center was able to

provide live streaming opportunities for all of its resident companies and for local and regional artists. McDermott shared that their average livestream audience reach was 1,100 people per performance. “We’ve decided to continue [the Live at the Center] series into the next season, even though we fully expect to provide a full season without any [COVID-19] restrictions,” McDermott stated optimistically. “We had local and regional artists lining up for the opportunity once they saw what we are able to provide for them. It has been really gratifying not just to see our team rise to the occasion but gratifying to see local artists excited to present their art and excited for the platform that we have been able to give them.”

McDermott emphasized that the goal is to kick the season into high gear this September, hopefully without any pandemic restrictions. “With our fingers crossed, we plan to have a very full season with full audiences,” McDermott said. “Clearly, the artists are hungry [for live audiences], and we’re hungry to bring them back. We have roughly 35 shows already booked, and it’s a really diverse season. It has been a different booking season because of COVID-19, and we’ve got another 30-plus offers that are pending and waiting for tours to line themselves up. So as excited as we are with the season that we’ve put together so far, I’m equally excited about what’s to come.”

EXCITED FOR WHAT’S TO COME

THE CENTER’S ANNUAL GALA STATUS

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critical decisions regarding its annual gala and fundraiser, McDermott shared that there were too many unknowns with regard to the pandemic to gamble on. “You make the best decisions that you can with the information that you have at the time,” McDermott said. “There are a lot of expenses associated with the gala and with artists that we bring in. There was too much money that would have been invested without enough confidence that we were going to be able to do a live gala and do it safely.” Having participated in and observed other virtual galas, McDermott and his staff are confident that the Center’s virtual gala will be unique and will utilize the Center’s top-notch broadcast production capabilities.

“We have abilities to do a virtual gala like nobody else has,” McDermott expressed. “The gala will be the highest quality gala anybody has seen in a virtual format. As it is our major fundraiser, there is going to be fundraising aspects to it, certainly, but it’s going to be an entertainment gala. We’ll have Michael Feinstein and other celebrity appearances and some very exciting surprises. It’s going to be a ‘must-see’ event!” So, don’t wait another day— purchase your subscriptions and/or tickets today and join us in celebrating more than a decade of performing arts at The Center for the Performing Arts and a return to live entertainment with our fellow community members. Visit thecenterpresents.org for a complete list of upcoming shows, programs and to purchase your tickets.

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I n d i a n a B a l l e t C o n s e r v a t o r y

Is Back at the Barre This Summer Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

Carmel’s own Indiana Ballet Conservatory (IBC) is pleased to have students returning to its Summer Intensive—an eight-week program designed to give serious students a well-rounded dance education and exposure to the Vaganova-based curriculum provided by IBC.

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aught by world-class instructors in a professional atmosphere, IBC’s Summer Intensive program will allow students to experience the training that has consistently won awards and recognition in the ballet world. IBC’s Summer Intensive program has quickly grown into one of the most well-regarded and sought-after summer programs for career-minded students.

A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF IBC IBC was founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Alyona Yakovleva-Randall. IBC’s

able to keep the school’s operations running throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Swan Software Solutions, Harlan Foundation, the Griskie Family Foundation and the Wildshore Foundation are some of IBC’s most committed donors who have helped to keep IBC’s mission moving forward with little pause but a great deal of innovate thinking and flexibility on the parts of both the instructors and students. With safety at the forefront of its classes, IBC was able to transfer from online Zoom instruction back to in-person instruction in its studio. Yakovleva-Randall emphasized that she and her staff continue to work with county and state health officials as the pandemic restrictions become more relaxed and as more people become vaccinated. IBC continues to regularly test for COVID-19 among those who have not been vaccinated and follows all of the current recommended social distancing and disinfecting protocols.

INNOVATIVE AND INSPIRED THINKING mission as a preprofessional ballet school is to be committed to providing the best classical ballet training to its students and launching the next generation of dancers onto the world stage. IBC students continually place in top positions in national and international competitions and pursue professional careers in dance throughout the globe.

SURVIVING THE UNEXPECTED With the generosity of its current students’ and alumni’s families, as well as supporters from throughout the community, Yakovleva-Randall shared that she was

IBC proudly presented its annual Summer Gala in 2020, safely outside on the Connor Prairie stage, and is excited to be returning to Conner Prairie for this year’s Summer Gala 2021 at the conclusion of its Summer Intensive program. Devout fans of IBC’s performances may recall that prior to 2020, IBC had collaborated with the Center for the Performing Arts and presented its beloved “The Nutcracker” in the majestic hall of the Palladium. Obviously, with the pandemic numbers surging last fall/winter, IBC was unable to perform in that venue but pivoted its programming so that it could per-

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form at its studio for three scaled-down audiences comprised of family members of the students. Yakovleva-Randall has reassured her patrons that IBC has secured the dates of Nov. 27–28 for “The Nutcracker” and is thrilled beyond measure to be performing again at the Palladium! That being said, it was still a significant revenue loss for IBC. So, in February and March of 2021, Yakovleva-Randall and her staff rearranged their studio into a “black box theater” for performances that showcased contemporary pieces inspired by Shakespearean sonnets as fundraisers for IBC. “We had great support from our current families, our alumni and our generous donors and foundations,” Yakovleva-Randall shared. “This [support] is how we survived, financially. And I truly, truly appreciate it.”

THE IMPORTANCE OF IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION IBC moved from its traditional in-person, in-studio instruction to a virtual platform during last year’s governor-ordered shut-

down as a direct result of the pandemic. Yakovleva-Randall explained that while student participation was “great,” it does not equally replace the benefits of in-person instruction. “We [all] survived the Zoom teaching,” Yakovleva-Randall said. “And as we were in very close communication with the health departments, we slowly reopened our studio, beginning with one-on-one private lessons. We’ve been lucky enough to operate without a complete stop, and none of our students quit the professional program.” With the pandemic restrictions relaxing, IBC is thrilled to be able to operate its Summer Intensive program in person, which is not only better for the students—it’s safer. “My students adapted to the different training on Zoom and were able to keep themselves in shape,” Yakovleva-Randall said. “The dancers need a full barre observation with a mirror and space. For actors and musicians, it’s a different story. You can sing and practice lines in your

kitchen, but it is dangerous to try to do pointe work. With in-person instruction, we can see the students’ muscles and observe everything at 100%. Instruction through a computer, it’s at 50%. You can see the body, but you don’t see the details of the muscles moving.” For more information on IBC’s 2021 Summer Intensive Program and its upcoming performances, visit indianaballetconservatory.org.

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Ashton Gleckman on His Latest Documentary Series ‘Kennedy’ Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

Back in July 2017, I had the immense pleasure of meeting Carmel resident and founder of Blackbird Productions Ashton Gleckman, who was featured in Carmel Monthly. A legitimate musical prodigy and gifted composer, Gleckman, now age 20, was in the early stages of his film and directing career when we first spoke.

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o date, Gleckman has recorded multiple albums, written and directed feature and short films, composed scores for multiple feature and short films and has recently wrapped up filming for his latest project, “Kennedy”—a six-part documentary series that explores the life and

legacy of John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States.

THE ROAD TO PRODUCING “KENNEDY” For as long as he can remember, Gleckman shared that he has been fascinated with the subject of John F. Kennedy and with American history in the 1960s.

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“It has always been a subject that I’ve wanted to explore,” Gleckman expressed. “I can remember being super young and hearing Kennedy’s inaugural address and the famous line, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.’ I figured what better time to make the most detailed

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uted internationally by Gravitas Ventures. The film screened at the Beaufort International Film Festival, supervised by “Forrest Gump” actor Gary Sinise.

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exploration of this time in American history than now—60 years after JFK’s inauguration.” As Gleckman was gaining invaluable experience with his previous projects, “We Shall Not Die Now” and “The Hills I Call Home,” he was all the while preparing for his work on “Kennedy.” “I figured that before I got into creating “Kennedy,” I needed to get my hands dirty in a few other projects,” Gleckman acknowledged. “My first feature film, “We Shall Not Die Now,” was a Holocaust documentary, and I was able to travel around the world interviewing Holocaust survivors. I did around 25 interviews for that film, and it was almost entirely self-fund-

ed and very resourceful in terms of how it was made.” In addition to directing and shooting the film, Gleckman also edited and coscored the film alongside Grammy-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch and Austria-based composer Michael Frankenberger. The film premiered at the 28th Heartland International Film Festival on Oct. 12 and won the audience choice award for the Indiana Spotlight category. Gleckman’s second feature film, “The Hills I Call Home,” was completed in 2020. The film explores everyday life in one of America’s poorest towns, located in Central Appalachia. This was released toward the end of March this year and is distrib-

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Gleckman began his research for “Kennedy” while he was making his last feature film. “I was researching for over a year, reading every single book I could find on the subject,” Gleckman said. “The John F. Kennedy presidential library in Boston has an insane amount of resources and tens of thousands of documents that I sifted through. When we wrapped up production [of this series], we had filmed a total of 93 interviews.” Gleckman and his team commenced production in Boston on March 12 and wrapped up production this past May. He is back home in Indiana, where he currently is in the editing process. “We filmed back-to-back every single day,” Gleckman shared. “We would do a couple of interviews in a day, fly somewhere else that night and do some more interviews before flying somewhere else the next day. It was nonstop for four months.” The biggest priority for Gleckman throughout this process was being able to capture the story of JFK from every single perspective that he could imagine. That meant not only interviewing historians and biographers but also members of the Kennedy family, politicians who were inspired by Kennedy, TV/media personalities and civil rights activists. “I spoke to Conan O’Brien at his studio in Los Angeles,” Gleckman said. “What many people don’t know [about O’Brien] is that he went to Harvard [University] and studied literature and history. He is a full-on historian as well as being one of the funniest guys in the world. There were a lot of similarities between Conan and Kennedy—it was a really exciting interview.” As part of the 93 interviews, Gleckman also interviewed Anthony Shriver (Kennedy’s nephew), Jeff Shesol (speechwriter to President Clinton and author of “Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Ken-

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dential historian, CNN commentator and author of “One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro, and Kennedy, 1958–1964: The Secret History of the Cuban Missile Crisis”) and several other influential people who were acquainted with and/or were personally impacted by JFK. “I also interviewed a lot of civil rights historians and/or civil rights activists who participated in the Birmingham Campaign in 1963,” Gleckman said. “They are still participating and are sharing their stories. The whole idea was to try and get as many different kinds of backgrounds in terms of stories told to help me craft the narrative.”

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nedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War”), The Honorable Richard Neal (member, U.S. House, from Massachusetts), Sen. Tom Daschle (Senate Majority Leader, 2001–03), Timothy Naftali (presi-

The “Kennedy” documentary series reveals to its viewers who JFK was as a president, a statesman, an advocate and a man—flawed and fragile just as much as he was influential and iconic. “It’s what makes the story so tragic and mysterious,” Gleckman said. “While we get older and age, the image of John F. Kennedy will always remain that

youthful figure. It’s important to realize this guy was flawed and made mistakes up until the day he died, and that’s what makes him three-dimensional and so fascinating. In this series, we’re trying to capture every single aspect of him: his character, his political career and his family life. When people finish watching the series, they’ll have a better understanding of who he was. But in order to do real justice to his story, audiences will need to understand his motivations and the complexity of his character. We have to deconstruct the myth and really look at the man.” Gleckman and his team at Blackbird Productions are aiming to release the “Kennedy” series in the fall of 2022 and are currently securing a platform for its impending release, though he shared he is hopeful that the series will debut on Netflix. For more information on Ashton Gleckman and Blackbird Productions, visit ashtongleckman.com or blackbirdpictures.net.

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The Pittman Family Preserves Its Legacy in Boone and Hamilton Counties Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

As many local residents have read, the yearslong feud that began after the death of the patriarch in 2014 and between the Pittman family siblings has recently concluded and a settlement has been reached among the children of the late John and Euna Pittman. As a result, two major development projects are now moving forward, pending final approval from local officials in Carmel and Zionsville where the two projects are located: The Bridges in Carmel and The Farm at Zionsville.

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e spoke with Carmel resident Steve Pittman—one of the three Indiana-based Pittmans, or “Indiana Pittmans” as dubbed by Steve. Steve is a local real estate developer. His brother Chad Pittman is a Zionsville

resident, war veteran, lawyer and business owner of 9/12 Advisors, and brother Scott Pittman is a doctor. Some time after John Pittman’s death, the West Coast Pittmans filed multiple lawsuits against the Indiana Pittmans and the companies that John and Euna Pittman established. Those lawsuits

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were settled on Oct. 26, 2020. “The death of my dad, John Pittman, caused an unraveling of my family that I could never have imagined,” Pittman expressed. “While it is an unfortunate event in our lives, the Indiana Pittmans remain extremely close and aligned. Scott, Chad and I have great memories working on

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is owned by Steve, Scott and Chad Pittman. A submitted site plan for The Bridges shows the layout and surrounding property uses. The Bridges of Carmel PUD was approved in 2011, and the retail portion of the development was sold in March of 2017. “The Zotec portion of the site is built out, and their new headquarters is now in place,” Steve Pittman said. “You can see the remaining 21.8 acres on the south end. When we got the planned unit development (PUD) approved 10 years ago, we thought The Bridges would become a $100 million dollar project. Now we anticipate it will become over $200 million in value.” Pittman continued, “Some of the milestones of our development is it was the first mixeduse PUD approved in West Carmel. Prior to this development, Carmel did not want any commercial development west of Illinois Street. Second, I was able to convince Market District/Giant Eagle/Get Go to open their first Indiana store at The Bridges. I went to Pittsburgh to meet with their CEO and was not able to get a meeting. They eventually told me the CEO had a meeting at their store in Dublin, Ohio, and would have a conversation with me if I went to that store. I went there, had the meeting and the rest is history! Third, The Bridges development was the linchpin to the completion of Illinois Street, which has attracted the corporate headquarters of Zotec, KAR and the new orthopedic hospital just south of our property.” Pittman shared that not everyone was convinced that The Bridges would be as suc-

PUD for The Farm at Zionsville, the development plan calls for 225,0000 square feet of office and retail space and up to 400 high-end multifamily units. All structures within the approved development will be subject to specific architectural requirements and building standards set by Pitman Investors, LLC, which is also the controlling developer. According to Steve Pittman, Pittman Investors, LLC will be working with the town of Zionsville and anticipates this being the last season that The Farm at Zionsville will function as a farm, as the Indiana Pittmans are planning on proceeding with the development of the land, pending approval from the town of Zionsville, beginning in 2022.

THE FARM AT ZIONSVILLE As many residents of Zionsville know, the Pittman Farm has long since been an unofficial entry into Zionsville along North Michigan Road (U.S. 421) and Sycamore Street. The property that hosts the tired but welcoming landmark—the red barn—which bears the Pittman name above its dilapidated door frame, is well on its way to becoming a modern and robust entryway into the historic town. The Farm at Zionsville will boast a mixed-use PUD upon the 62-acre site. Pittman shared that his late father’s vision is shared by the Indiana Pittmans, who remain committed to making sure this property is developed with the vision that they shared with their father, John Pittman. The Farm at Zionsville PUD

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was approved in 2013 and was the first private mixed-use PUD approved in Zionsville. The property is owned by Pittman Investors, LLC, which is currently owned by Steve, Scott and Chad Pittman. Pittman added, “As envisioned by the PUD, The Farm will be a world-class mixed-use development that will have multifamily residential, retail and office development. While we no longer have Fresh Fare by Kroger as a tenant, we are hopeful that we will get another grocery store. We look at our site as the gateway to Zionsville. We are slow and deliberate in our decision making to ensure that we will have a world-class development that provides a place for people to live, work and play.” According to the approved

cessful as it appears to be in current day. “While there were many surrounding neighbors that were convinced that The Bridges development would bring crime and congestion to the area and lower property values, the exact opposite has occurred. The Bridges has been transformative to the west side of Carmel. Heritage at Spring Mill and Jacksons Grant have been extremely successful in large part due to their proximity to the retail at The Bridges and the walkability that has been provided.” According to Steve Pittman, he and his brothers, Scott and Chad, are hopeful that before the end of 2021 they will be moving forward with the last phase of The Bridges that may include a luxury multifamily community and a hospitality and/or office development.

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Tony’s Steaks and Seafood of Indianapolis

Resumes Its Support of the Carmel Community Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Laura Arick

As many of our readers may recall, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood of Indianapolis partnered with the Carmel Clay Public Library (CCPL) Foundation, Carmel Travel Company and Carmel Monthly and hosted a series of themed wine-pairing dinners at their gorgeous downtown Indianapolis location—once a quarter—with the sole purpose of supporting the digest of nearly 2,000 free programs that are offered by CCPL, which the CCPL Foundation supports. A RENEWED COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY

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ike all of its neighboring businesses, Tony’s Steaks and Seafood of Indianapolis was impacted by the pandemic closures

and suffered significant exterior damage by rioters at its Indianapolis location last May. The extent of the damage forced Tony Ricci, proprietor of Tony’s Steaks and Seafood, to further delay the reopening of his restaruant.

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Now, several months later, Ricci and his resilient staff are proud to be reinstating their community outreach efforts and are resuming their wine-pairing dinners on behalf of the CCPL Foundation. The previous dinners of this

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quarterly series were sellouts and an astounding success for the CCPL Foundation. Ricci donates the cost, including food, wine and venue, so that the foundation retains all of the proceeds generated from these dinners.

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is being involved in something that’s a hell of a lot bigger than you.”

AN INVALUABLE ASSET TO THE CARMEL COMMUNITY

Ricci shared with us that his family moved from Italy to Toronto, Canada, and from Toronto to Cincinnati, Ohio, in the ’70s. As a young immigrant who did not speak English, Ricci did not have access to the types of support systems that exist today, which is why he passionately supports institutions such as libraries. “I had to use a library in order to learn English,” Ricci said. “I had to be in the library and study longer than my friends because I didn’t understand the language. There was a library right across from my school, and I spent a great amount of time there throughout my youth.” Throughout this pandemic, CCPL has been finding innovative ways to reach its cardholders and members of the community where they were.

CCPL Foundation Director Elizabeth Hamilton shared, “Tony and his staff have been such incredible support to Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation. His generosity has allowed the foundation to continue to support the nearly 2,000 free programs the library offers to the community annually.” Hamilton went on to express how the library not only provided resources for folks who found themselves between a rock and a hard place throughout the pandemic, but it also provides respite for those who need an escape from their confinement. “One thing that everybody suffered during the COVID-19 [shut-in] was a lack of human contact,” Hamilton stated. “One of things that reading books can do is transport you to another place and be that escape when you can’t escape your four walls. We know from looking at the statistics what has happened to people’s mental health during this [pandemic], and it has

Several programs were reinvented, and new ones were launched to assist students of all ages with remote learning and to best serve the needs of the Carmel commuity in whatever ways they’ve been affected by the pandemic and its dastardly ripple effects. Programming and resources such as those offered by CCPL are made possible through the generosity of its donors and supporters like Ricci and his staff. “We’ve all been impacted by the pandemic,” Ricci expressed. “We’re all going to find a way to get through this, but we have to do it together. We’ve all had setbacks, and I want to assist and reconnect with the organizations and institutions that I’ve supported and that are important to me. I think part of [living] life

been devastating.” Hamilton continued, “If the library can offer a safety net and respite for people and be there somehow to help them deal with things, that’s pretty incredible to me. And when you meet somebody like Tony [Ricci], and think about how personally his business was affected, and yet he’s saying that we’re all in this together and is moving forward to continue to help make our community stronger, I think that’s amazing. Tony is providing us [the foundation] much more than an opportunity to raise some money for the library. He is giving us the opportunity to have like-minded people come together and talk about the benefits of supporting each other and building up our community as a whole.” To request more information and/ or to reserve your seats for the next Tasting at Tony’s of Indianapolis Benefiting the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation on July 20, 2021, please email Elizabeth Hamilton at ehamilton@carmel.lib.in.us. For more information about or to make reservations to dine with your family or friends at Tony’s at Indianapolis, visit tonysofindianapolis.com.

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