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Happy Holidays! Allow me to take a minute to toot our own horns here at Columbus magazine and tell you this issue may just have it all. It’s the holiday season, so of course we address that. We have stories on holiday shopping, décor and party ideas and seasonal events. The owners of this issue’s feature home even literally decked their halls for the photo session of their gorgeous house. Of course, the Christmas season is just the beginning. We take you through the next two months with a focus on developing a healthy lifestyle (admit it, dieting remains in the back of your mind with each bite of that Christmas cookie) and travel (because we know those winter blues are going to make you want to get out of town). Amidst that are the usual profiles of interesting Columbus residents, as well as a few new features. We’d been mulling over the idea of adding a few new story categories to our quarterly lineup with Columbus magazine. One such category we decided to adopt highlights people and organizations in our state that are focusing on getting back to the basics. Home-grown businesses, products, art, jewelry — you name it, you’ll probably find it in this new feature. The topics will change, but one constant will remain – you can be sure anyone or anything we feature is Indiana-grown. Another section of the magazine is receiving a new twist. As you know, each time we bring you a feature focusing on cuisine. With this issue, we’ve decided to start Edible Experiences, which will take you to at least two Columbus locales each issue. Guided by our expert chef contributor Gethin Thomas, we’ll highlight the signature dish that sets each restaurant apart and tell you why it’s a must-try. You may notice a few other new features as well. It’s all part of our continuing mission to keep Columbus magazine a reflection of the interesting and inspiring people who make up the area. So while you’re indulging in that holiday dessert, set aside a little time to indulge in the pages to follow. And from all of us at Columbus magazine, Happy Holidays!


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A 10-foot big rig made from diced peaches. A giant baseball cap of tuna fish. These are just two of the gravity-defying structures that have been made from donated canned goods and displayed at Fair Oaks Mall during the annual Canstruction event.

Canstruction is a national architectural competition that pits teams against each other to create elaborate and creative works of art made entirely from canned goods to highlight the cause of hunger. The event returns to Columbus for its fifth year. “When you start building, it just

looks like a bunch of pork and beans stacked on top of each other. After a few hours, the design begins to take shape and the can labels add depth and color to the structure,” Christy Pruitt said. She has participated each year as a member of the Starving Artists team. Her team has built the Taj Mahal, a

Mountain Dew can and even a piece of red velvet cake in past competitions. Teams will build their structures on Feb. 16, with judging taking place the following day. The displays will be open to the public Feb. 17 to 24. Visitors can vote for their favorites by donating cans at the display next to each structure or by voting online for $1 per vote. Voting closes Feb. 22. On Feb. 24, winners in each of five categories (including a People’s Choice Award based on the public voting) will be announced, and then the structures are taken down. All of the cans will be donated to Love Chapel and the Salvation Army. Last year, more than 25,000 pounds of food were donated.

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New Year Around noon each day, if you look up into the bay windows above the 400 block of Fifth Street, you might catch the silhouette of a yogi in downward dog at Fifth Street Yoga. “Unlike other physical activities, yoga has a truly meditative and spiritual component that really leaves you restored and refreshed with a balanced perspective,” owner Erica Andreae said. With a free trial class and $5 drop-in classes

offered throughout December, Fifth Street Yoga places a strong emphasis on welcoming the community into the studio, particularly those who might be new to the practice of yoga. It offers classes in at least five different types of yoga, from a meditative and restorative Gentle Yoga to the challenging Hot Yoga. To accommodate busy workers and students, classes are offered in the early morning, at lunchtime and in early evening. Once a week, child care is provided for parents. Private sessions are also available. A complete schedule of classes and prices is available at


Cathi Jones Stitching a community together Seven years ago, Cathi Jones opened Cottage Knits, a yarn shop at 17th and Pennsylvania streets. Since then, her shop has become a gathering place where customers of all ages find needles, patterns and materials, but also a connection with fellow knitters. In fact, she has an entire space in the shop called “The Peanut Gallery,” where patrons gather to ask for help, exchange ideas or even undertake charitable knitting projects.Jones shares some advice for those thinking of taking up this popular hobby. When did you start knitting? How did you learn? My grandmother taught me when I was 7. She loved to knit, and I think it was her way to get to knit when I was around. As an adult I now realize she gave me a life gift, and although she has passed on, we are forever knitted together by our shared passion.

Tell us about your shop. Do you offer classes there? Classes are an important service we offer. Customers are able to come in for answers (hopefully) to questions they might have about their project. That’s the beauty of a brick and mortar yarn shop.

What advice do you have for people interested in learning to knit? What’s the best way to get started? There are so many resources available to us now, like YouTube videos, knitting circles and groups. I think many of us are visual, hands-on learners. … My best advice is to seek a knitter to help you with your first purchases. Having good tools for your new hobby can ensure you will have the most success.

What’s the easiest project to start with? We offer a felted bag class for a first project. A felted bag is knitted using 100% wool, which will later be washed in very hot water, shrinking it on purpose. All of those beginner, uneven stitches wash away, and our new knitter now has a wonderful piece they will be proud of and will actually use.

What benefits do you think people get from knitting? I can’t imagine not knitting. It’s just part of what I do to unwind and alleviate stress. … Knitting is my proverbial glass of wine. Knitting gives us a creative outlet. … Want to challenge yourself? You can do that. Want to do some mindless knitting? You can do that, too.


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Any Christmas gift suggestions? What are some fun holiday projects? I often knit Christmas stockings and give them as wedding gifts and baby gifts. We have knitted door mittens, wreaths, ornaments, garland, trees, toys, beaded bracelets, knitting with wire, even knitted tea sets and food. One patron has knitted toys for all of her grandchildren, including a pirate, a robot and a mermaid. ... The possibilities are endless!

Creative date night ideas around Columbus Stuck in the rut of dinner and a movie when you want to spend time with your Valentine? Here are some fun ideas from around town:


Tag, you’re it. On Friday and Saturday evenings at Red Zone Laser Tag, you and your partner can play unlimited games of laser tag from 9 p.m. to midnight for $20 per person. Learn more at


Find your inner Picasso. Wine and Canvas’ Bloomington location offers a painting class at the Garage Pub and Grill in Columbus twice each month. Cost is $35 per person. Call 345-1019 or visit


Sample wine and charcuterie. Savory Swine offers wines by the glass to be enjoyed in its shop, along with meat and cheese boards that are customized to your tastes. Wine prices vary, and the boards average around $8 per person. Check them out at 410 Washington St.

S’more romance, please. Learn how to make the world-famous marshmallows from 240Sweet by taking one of its classes. Costs range from $10 to $15 per person. Class schedules vary but are held several times each month. Call 372-9898 to sign up.


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When 15-year-old Dell Parsons’ parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents’ arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border, in hopes of delivering him to a better life. There, afloat on the prairie of Saskatchewan, Dell is taken in by Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic and charismatic American whose cool reserve masks a dark and violent nature. Undone by the calamity of his parents’ robbery and arrest, Dell struggles under the vast prairie sky to remake himself and define the adults he thought he knew. But his search for grace and peace only moves him nearer to a harrowing and murderous collision with Remlinger, an elemental force of darkness.


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“Need onions? We’ll have some out in just a minute.” At Love Chapel, one of Columbus’ largest food pantries, warehouse coordinator Melayne Shaull never quite knows what donations will be coming through the door. One day she and a team of volunteers can be found sorting donations from area food drives, while another day they might unload trucks that collect food from local restaurants and day-old bread from retail stores. And sometimes people just come with a carload of packaged food leftover from a family reunion or weekend barbecue. About 850 families rely on Love Chapel for food each month. Donations increase around the holiday giving season, when a need for more volunteers to help process all the incoming food reaches its peak. The food pantry also serves an additional 900 families for a special Christmas distribution. But hunger isn’t a seasonal problem, so donations and volunteers are needed year-round. Call the Love Chapel office at 372-9421 or email volunteer@columbuslovechapel. com for more information on volunteering or donating.

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Warming Up with Healthy Take-Home Meals

In the winter, Midwesterners often find themselves craving those comforting, hearty meals that get them through the cold months. But not everyone has the time or skill to put together a stew or pot of soup each evening. Fortunately, two Columbus dining establishments offer customers healthy yet satisfying meals that are pre-made and ready to eat. Double Oak Farm at 1120 Washington St. might be best known for its local produce and organic ingredients. But there is also an active kitchen behind the scenes. Each week, customers can purchase meals ready to be put in the crockpot, like beef stew, or take-andbake options like lasagna. Prices range from $10 to $20 and serve four people. “All our meals feature local allnatural meats or proteins, and local and organic ingredients,” said owner Lori Moses. Call the store at 376-0775 or check its Facebook page for each week’s offerings. Soups by Design is a relative newcomer to the downtown dining scene. Easy to miss in its tucked away location off Friendship Alley, which connects Washington and Jackson Streets between Fourth and Fifth streets, this spot is becoming a lunchtime favorite. But for a quick and easy dinner, customers can buy a quart of any of its daily soups, a loaf of bread and six cookies for $12. “We use mostly fresh ingredients and make everything from scratch, including our bread and cookies. We use no preservatives or artificial ingredients in our items,” said owner Wayne Blackerby. Call 372-SOUP to see what’s on the menu each day.



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Make it Local The endless sea of people in shopping malls and department stores this time of year can make getting out to fulfill that wish list for loved ones a daunting task. Long lines, pushy customers and crabby retail salespeople make for stressful holiday shopping. Here's an idea: Shop locally. We're betting spending your dollars at locally owned Columbus retailers will save you time and sanity and perhaps even bolster your holiday cheer. Local shop owners often hand-pick gift options, providing an array of unique options for shoppers. Here are just a few of our favorite gift ideas available without setting foot in a busy mall.

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Snowman figurine, $50, from Baker’s Fine Gifts


Dekorayson Christmas trees in varying shapes and sizes, $28.75 to $50, from Baker’s Fine Gifts



4 Paintbox, handmade ribbon scarf necklace, $19, from the Columbus Area Visitors Center gift shop

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Local Food | Recipes | Cuisine Compiled by Gethin Thomas | Photos by Dario Impini

Many times the fun of dining out is the opportunity to try something new or indulge in a dish you don’t have the know-how for or wouldn’t take the time to make at home. Other times you pick a place based on a craving. It seems you’ve had the dish a thousand times, but it’s so good, you’ll have it a thousand more as long as it’s available. Columbus’ dining scene lends itself to both. From the formal or exotic to casual favorites, we’ve found the signature items Columbus’ establishments are known for. Written from the perspective of a culinary expert, we highlight them in this new cuisine series.

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First up, newcomer Pho Shiki brings a historic and authentic dish to the Columbus scene In 1975 Saigon fell and the Vietnam War was coming to an end. My community in Arlington, Va., started to receive refugees from Vietnam and their hopes of a better life. When any culture mixes with another, you will see many things. Among those new things will be restaurants. One that opened and was owned and operated by our new neighbors from Vietnam was called Pho 75. The restaurant offered only one dish–Pho–although you could customize it to your liking. The cost of a bowl of Pho at Pho 75 was $4.75. There is a joke in there somewhere, but I digress. I recently made a return visit to Arlington, and Pho 75 was still there. The price has increased to $7.20, but the concept, and the menu, have remained the same these 37 years. Earlier this year, the dining scene in Co-

lumbus welcomed a new neighbor of sorts–Pho Shiki–and this authentic Japanese/Vietnamese restaurant offers this unofficial dish of Vietnam, which originated in the early 20th century outside Hanoi. The culinary influences found in Pho are from China (with its flavor palate) and France (from a dish called “pot au feu.”) Pho is a heaping bowl of beef broth with rice noodles and sliced beef. When ordering a bowl of Pho, you will receive a napkin, a plastic spoon with a flat bottom and chopsticks (forks available). You will receive also a small plate of garnishes: bean sprouts, Thai basil, a lime wedge and a slice of a raw chili. On the table will be Sriracha sauce made from red chili (spicy), soy sauce, hoisin sauce (which is sweet) and fish sauce, which is made from the

Pho Shiki 2991 25th St., Columbus 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Saturday Information: 375-9999

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Taste fermentation of fish and sea salt. These items will be your tools to customize your Pho experience. I am a seasoned veteran with Pho. I have a routine to follow. First, I taste the broth. I am looking for salt content and to adjust the seasoning with a touch of soy and fish sauces. I use the soy sauce to boost the salt and the fish sauce to increase the depth of flavor. I then add all of the bean sprouts for a crunchy texture and the Thai basil for its floral aromas. Next I squirt a small ring of hoisin to sweeten it and a large ring of Sriracha for spice and mix the Pho. The spoon and chopsticks are important to work together to fill the spoon with what you want for your broth-to-noodle-to-sprout content. Pho is a meal all to itself. If you feel that a meal is not complete without a dessert, then ask for Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk. Pho is the perfect meal for harsh winter days, and Columbus is fortunate to have another ethnic, yet customizable, option for diners.

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Mi Tierra offers Columbus a traditional Mexican market with prepped take-home meals

Chefs from around the world are taking the flavors of Mexico and infusing them into their cooking. Here in Columbus a handful of restaurants feature Mexican cuisine – some are traditional in style, while others are closer to the Tex-Mex style, but I mean to talk more about culture in this piece. A bit of Latino culture lies at the corner of 15th Street and Central Avenue at Mi Tierra Carniceria – a very small traditional Mexican butcher shop. As someone in the food business, I was interested in this little market. I speak some Spanish, mostly around and about food. I was grateful that the employees of the butcher shop spoke better English than my Spanish. So my questions


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were easily answered. 1461 Central Ave. Although I recognize the Information: 376-0668 products – chicken, beef and pork – I did not recognize the cuts of meat and for what they were to be used. When speaking to the butcher, he pointed to a number of different meats that had been cut into small cubes intended for use in tacos. On the other side of the store is a small vegetable stand with basic staples of Mexican cooking – fresh chilis, tomatoes, cilantro, onions, tomatillos and avocados. It’s a small market that is intended to be shopped at often by its customers. In the back corner there is some prepared

David Delgadillo helps a customer. Opposite page: Tamales.

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food that is hot and ready to eat or be taken home. Every day Mi Tierra offers two entrees; one is always traditional carnitas. Carnitas is one of my favorites from Mexico. It translates to “little meats.” At the basic level, it’s a piece of heavily marbled pork shoulder. Mi Tierra Carniceria prepares it more traditionally and uses the animal’s ribs, skin and some organ meats. Typically it’s pan seared to caramelize the sugars in the meat and then braised slowly in the oven with tomato, onion, garlic and chilis. After a few hours, the meat is removed from the oven and broken into pieces, then put into a very hot oven to give it a slightly crispy edge. The braising liquid is returned to the top of the stove and reduced to a sauce, which then serves as a glaze for the meat. It is warm and incredibly tender. Carnitas traditionally is served with warm tortillas, diced onion, cilantro, radish, lime juice, guacamole and salsas of varying degrees of spice. When ordering carnitas at Mi Tierra Carniceria you can tell the butcher what pieces you want and how much you want. Grab a side of rice, beans and salsa, and you’ve got all you need for a traditional Mexican meal without the work. For the more adventurous, chances are Mi Tierra’s butcher and produce market carry all you’d need for a DIY experience.

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Story by Caroline Mosey / Photos courtesy of The Libertine

Star of the bar The Libertine 38 E. Washington St. Indianapolis, (317) 631-3333

Neal Brown has earned the hard-won title as one of the most celebrated restaurateurs in Indianapolis, and for a good many reasons. The notches on his culinary bedpost include the likes of H2O Sushi and Brugge Brasserie kitchens to his own brainchildren: L’Explorateur (2006 to 2009), the northside’s Pizzology and most recently, downtown liquor bar The Libertine. Tucked away inside a tiny, almost nondescript storefront on East Washington Street, Brown’s latest venture is a lesson in dichotomy. Modernized décor mingles with pre-Prohibition cocktails to create an artful balance between eras. “I called it The Libertine because of the history of the Libertine movement,” Brown explains. “The Libertines were identified as the sophisticated, well-cultured and educated folks of their time, that also really liked to let loose in the evenings. We aim to heighten the bar experience through unique and classic cocktails, outof-the-ordinary bar food and excellent service.” So how exactly is the bar experience heightened here? For starters, guests are treated to a sleek, urban aesthetic from the first step inside.

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The Libertine cocktail menu is broken down by whiskies, bourbons, gins and tequilas.

“We aim to heighten the bar experience through unique and classic cocktails, out-of-the-ordinary bar food and excellent service.” — Neal Brown


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The space is long and narrow; most patrons find seats at the bar that stretches the length of the dining room (it is, after all, a liquor bar first and foremost), with a handful of four-top tables lining the opposite wall. Lighting is comfortably dim; paint colors are dark and subdued. Brown’s years spent in the kitchen are evidenced in the thoughtfulness of his menu, best described as modern-American tavern food. He keeps the options short and sweet, incorporating local and seasonal elements in many of the dishes. Offerings are divided into starters, small plates and larger meals as you’d find in many pubs, but that’s where the parallels stop. Brown sets himself apart from practically the first menu item. Horseradish and caviar are added to deviled eggs, Prince Edward Island mussels are steamed in a spicy saffron and fennel broth, and duck meatballs sit atop portions of tender potato gnocchi. And then there’s the much-buzzed-

about “Bacon Flight,” a silver goblet containing several bacon varieties from local Smoking Goose Meatery served alongside house-made garnishes and spreads. Despite the innovative menu, make no mistake: Cocktails are where The Libertine shines. “The cocktail menu is broken down into several parts: whiskey and bourbon, gin, snake oils, tequila and mescal and potable bitters,” says Brown. Indeed, the cocktail menu is more expansive—and more intriguing—than the food menu. Don’t expect to find run-of-the-mill mixed drinks here. Brown sees to it that each concoction is exceptional in terms of quality and flavor. “We are very selective about the ingredients we use,” he explains. “We specialize in boutique distilleries that are doing things the right way. We make many of our bitters, tinctures and essences in-house, and we always use fresh juices. You won’t see any sour mixes or

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COLUMBUS Columbus is a great destination. Known around the world for its collection of work by renowned architects, Columbus is also known for its eclectic array of excellent locally owned restaurants.

Bistro 310 310 Fourth St 812.418.8212 Power House Brewing Co. 322 Fourth St 812.375.8800 Smith’s Row 418 Fourth St 812.373.9382

The chefs and staff at Bistro 310, 4th Street Bar & Grill, The Garage Pub & Grill, Hotel Indigo, Smith’s Row, Tre Bicchieri, and Power House Brewing Co. invite you to visit downtown Columbus and enjoy the feeling of dining in big-city restaurants, but with an intimate, friendly small-town attitude. Experience their visions of an extraordinary dining experience.

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Downtown Columbus restaurants provide a casual place, a social place, a place where you can come to relax, talk and eat.

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Authentic Indiana With new breweries, wineries, farmers markets and craft festivals around every corner, Indiana is abuzz with opportunities to shop local. Columbus magazine’s section, Authentic Indiana, celebrates the offerings and tells the stories of the many local producers, merchants and entrepreneurs our state has to offer.


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Known for its baking powder line, the Clabber Girl Corp. got its start under the Hulman & Co. name, a wholesale grocery business that was opened in 1850 in Terre Haute. With the addition of a storeroom and spice mill behind the store in 1869, the business branched out into manufacturing a variety of products, including spices, coffees and baking powder under many brand names. In 1893, the company expanded again and moved into its current location at the corner of Ninth and Main streets in Terre Haute. By 1899, Clabber brand baking powder was introduced to the cooking scene, and the Clabber Girl brand, as it was renamed in 1923, is now distributed all over the world. The company sold items ranging from peanut butter to coffee, but “as the world changed, as the business evolved, baking powder became a very big part of our makeup,� says Teresa Shaffer, executive director of public relations.

winter farmers markets, the headquarters is now busy year-round. Beyond all the in-house activities, the company’s focus remains fixed on its origins: providing for the food industry by manufacturing and distributing cookie and dessert mixes, gelatins, cheesecakes and baking powder all over the world. “We export to about 40 different countries,” Shaffer says. For more information, go to

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The grocery business eventually closed in the late 1990s, and its space in the red brick headquarters remained an “empty warehouse,” Shaffer says, until around the early 2000s, when Gary Morris came on board as the company’s new president. Thanks to the new leader’s vision, the building is now also a thriving tourist destination. Morris felt the headquarters should be a showplace, Shaffer says, and so renovation was begun on the entire first floor. “It is now a museum dedicated to the history of the Hulman family, the history of baking powder and the history of our community in Terre Haute,” she says. The building has a mock grocery, circa 1940, a gallery space available to local artists to display their artwork and a Clabber Girl bakeshop, where breakfast and lunch are served. Cooking demonstrations and private classes are available in the building’s culinary classroom, and it also now houses the Rex Roasting Co., where small-batch artisan coffee is made. The coffee, Shaffer says, is “roasted in an exhibition-style setting. People can watch coffee being roasted” during coffee tour packages. In-house catering is available for private events. “We have a lot of people who come here for special occasions, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, baby showers, and people can rent out space in the building to have business meetings,” Shaffer says. Home to the Clabber Girl Country Christmas, where kids are invited to spend the day with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a barbecue fest in the summer and summer and

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Eric Phagan’s art comes easily. The Indianapolis Herron School of Art and Design graduate and Madison-based artist has won awards and garnered attention for his 3-D sculptures and landscape paintings for years. Eric’s interest in art dates all the way back to his kindergarten years, he says, when he completed a drawing of Bugs Bunny to the delight of his teachers and classmates. But managing a family business, which includes an art gallery, a café and overnight guest suites, has been a little less than easy. Which isn’t to say Eric, along with his parents, Jeff and Peggy Phagan, his sister, Sarah, and his wife, Jessica, has made mistakes along the way. In fact, they’ve made plenty of good decisions, like buying and remodeling the downtown Madison building, home to the former Dusty Miller Antiques store, in October 2011, and putting every square foot of it to good use. In April 2012, the Phagan family opened Gallery 115, which houses the Gallery Café, Eric Phagan Art Studio/Gallery, plus overnight guest suites and a conference room, all available for rent. But being a business owner and marketing himself as an artist, as well as remaining a dedicated husband to Jessica and father to his toddler son, Vinson, has amounted to months of long days, long nights and a large learning curve for the 33-year-old. A learning curve that’s definitely been worth the wait. For years, Eric says, fans of his work regularly asked him where his studio was located, when—in fact—the artist was working out of his one-car garage at home. “There was no space,” he said. “It wasn’t very professional.” Eric’s art sales were taking off about the same time the building at 115 E. Main St., which was constructed in 1840, came up for sale. He says his mom had often expressed an interest in one day opening her own restaurant, and when he heard the building went on the market, an idea quickly formed. “Having a gallery and a café meant you were hitting all angles,” Eric said. “People could come and see my work and hang out. It’s a gathering place. That’s what Madison needed.” And what Madison needed, Madison received. Thanks to the artist’s vision and six “long months” of combined efforts of his family, the building now features an early-20thcentury ambience. “I love the 1920s through the ’40s,” he said. Because of that, the building has a strictly antique feel, with vintage-inspired colors and lighting and Big Band music playing in the background. “I feel like that’s a really romantic, sweet time in our history.” It’s a sweet time in the history of the Phagan family, too. The building’s transformation has brought them all into the fold of a common goal. Eric’s father maintains the building. His mother runs the café. Eric’s wife handles the bookkeeping, while he stays involved with every aspect of the business. “There have been a lot of positives for opening this business with my family,” Eric said. “It has brought us closer, and, of course, we are all getting to do something that we love. “Of course there are days that are slow and times that something we do does not work, but that is when we collaborate and figure out what we can change to make it better. A business is what you make of it. We are going to just go for it, and if it doesn’t work out, then we know we did our best.” Gallery 115, 115 E. Main St., Madison, (812) 274-4371, o Columbus Magazine



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Dietitians emphasize that healthful eating requires a lifetime plan Whether it’s avoiding all carbohydrates, not eating after 8 p.m. or munching on celery all day, certain diet regimens have become so popular people swear they can guarantee weight loss. Even Oprah Winfrey temporarily squeezed into a pair of skinny jeans while on an all-liquid diet, and others claim they have found the secret to weight loss in a pill, shot, potion or patch. Chances are whatever pounds that melted away in these seemingly miraculous diets found their way back – and then some. Molly Marshall, a registered dietitian with Healthy Communities in Columbus, said any weight-loss technique that looks too good to be true probably is. And when a diet involves something a person cannot stick with long term, any weight loss will be temporary. Diet myths abound. Just Google the phrase and some of the most common

ones pop up repeatedly, including when to eat and not eat, carbohydrates are the cause of weight gain, milk helps you lose weight and even drinking coffee might somehow help pounds disappear. “Some people think all carbohydrates are bad, and pasta will make you fat,” said Marshall. “It’s not the pasta. It’s the calories and portion sizes.” Dining out and ordering a pasta dish often will result in a meal that arrives on what Marshall calls a platter instead of a plate. The dish could easily be divided in half with enough leftover to enjoy for another meal.

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Skipping meals will help you lose weight. Ian McGriff, head trainer at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club in Columbus, gets frustrated when he hears people talk about “not eating very much.” He said it is not true that an extremely low-calorie diet will result in rapid weight loss. “You have to find that balance for your body,” McGriff said. “Your body needs enough calories to give it energy. You need to listen to your body. Everyone is different.” McGriff recalled one person who was working out every day and eating very few calories but not losing much weight. By adding in more healthful foods, her weight loss actually picked up. McGriff never recommends skipping meals even though some people think it’s the answer to a slimmer physique. He


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encourages them to eat regular meals and healthy snacks and to eat the largest meals of the day at breakfast and lunch, making sure to eat protein first thing in the morning to get the metabolism kickstarted for the day. Lesley Kendall, a registered dietitian at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, strongly discourages crash diets or skipping meals. One idea that seems to have gained a following is eating just one meal a day. “This is not a good idea,” Kendall said. “You should instead eat three to six small meals a day to help boost your metabolism. The longer you go without eating, the greater the risk is to overindulge later in the day.”


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Even though the once-popular Atkins diet has lost some of its steam, Kendall still hears people who equate eating carbohydrates with gaining weight. Her advice is to stick to simple, healthy carbohydrates, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grain breads and pasta. Katie Moomaw, a personal trainer and nutritionist at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club, encourages people to avoid an extreme approach to dieting and rather look at their overall eating habits while incorporating good foods into their daily meals and snacks. Moomaw also suggests allowing some indulgences and considering her 90/10 plan, meaning she eats a healthful diet 90 percent of the time and gives herself occasional treats. “It’s OK to be healthy, but if you’ve worked hard all week, let yourself have that one cupcake at the end of the week,” said Moomaw, who admits she occasionally gives in to a cheeseburger.


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As long as the label says fat-free or sugar-free, it’s a good choice. Volume of food does not necessarily equate with the degree of healthfulness or calories, McGriff added. He points out that 50 calories of blueberries is a nice size portion of a good food compared to 50 calories worth of a Snickers bar, for example. Marshall said those watching their weight also need to be cautious about current catchphrases that make it seem a product is healthier when it’s not. These might include fat-free, gluten-free or sugar-free. “Look at the labels,” Marshall said. “You might find foods are higher in another ingredient.” Fat-free cookies, for example, might be lower in fat, but have just as much sugar as regular cookies, and sugar-free items might have just as many calories as their sugar-laden counterparts. Kendall said steering away from certain high-fat items is a good idea, but eliminating all fats is not, because good fats are part of a healthful diet. “We need some fat in our diets. They also help with satiety, that feeling of fullness we get,” she said. Kendall recommends eating polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats found in certain nuts and vegetable and olive oils and the omega-3 fats that are in salmon, tuna, walnuts and flax seed. 40

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You’re invited... to throw a fabulous holiday get-together Planning a holiday party this year? It can be challenging to make your event stand out when the Christmas season seems like one gathering after another, all rolled together into one big eggnog fest. Well, we have the solution for you. Make your party festive, memorable and stressfree with a little help from local caterers and party planners. Columbus magazine asked the experts on ways to set your gathering apart, and here’s what they gave us. “First thing is to start planning early,” says Kim King-Smith, owner of Kim KingSmith Events of Indianapolis and Columbus. While choosing to have their parties at home can be more cost-effective, it can be tricky to decorate. “There needs to be a ‘wow’ in the entrance,” says King-Smith. “Set the tone for the party by using a major focal point, such as a table that draws all the attention or lots of candles. No matter the budget, you can have candles.” According to the experts, people love a theme when it comes to parties. Here are just a few ideas.

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Sparkly or icy decorations can be out in full force with this theme. Blues, silvers, crystal and whites are all appropriate colors to use. Consider asking guests to wear these colors for the party. Try an ice sculpture for a main centerpiece and serve a blue punch with ice cube shapes for the main refreshment, along with other fizzy sparkling drinks. Serving snowflake-shaped cookies, cotton candy and gourmet marshmallows will make the perfect dessert table, says King-Smith. Have guests bring and exchange a “winter wonderland” themed ornament. So if the party bug has hit you and you’re ready to entertain, try something new with these party themes.

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Holiday brunches are always welcome, and having the perfect mimosa or waffles on hand can create a perfect daytime event. Thomas recommends his catering company’s Southern Style Brunch Buffet menu, with classics like buttermilk pancakes with blueberries, lemon and honey; scrambled eggs with crème fraiche and chives; hash browns; and grits. Other menu favorites are ham with red eye gravy, maple sausage, apple wood smoked bacon, biscuits, jams and marmalade. For guests who want to go a healthier route, Thomas recommends serving a brunch complete with buckwheat pancakes topped with blueberries, lemon and honey; yogurt with granola and berries; and apples and bananas. Beverage station ideas could be regular and decaffeinated coffee, hot tea and fresh squeezed orange juice.

Parties with a purpose are a big trend, according to King-Smith. “People around the holidays want to give,” she says. “Stock up the stockings with socks, personal hygiene items, pet items and donate them all to charity.” Keeping with a warm and snuggly theme, refreshments can be hot spiced apple cider with cinnamon sticks or hot chocolate with marshmallows, peppermint sticks and chocolate shavings. Eggnog, hot apple cider and oversized cookies are all easy to make. “Keep small stockings on the buffet tables to display and store hot chocolate necessities. Load them up with straws, silverware, peppermint sticks, sugar cubes, chocolate chips, cinnamon sticks and spoons,” says King-Smith. 46

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The rules are simple: Everyone has to wear an ugly sweater. Other Christmas attire such as hats, socks, shoes, pants, etc., can be worn to enhance the outfit, but ugly sweaters are mandatory. Ugly sweaters, argyle socks, tacky Christmas stockings hanging on the walls or a mantel make for great decorations. Fruitcake, sweater-shaped cutout cookies or bread made to look like ugly sweaters, cookies or sandwiches are great food options. Classic Christmas songs like “Feliz Navidad,” Chipmunks’ Christmas songs or “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in cheesy versions will get guests laughing. Games can be as simple as who can unravel their sweater the fastest or voting for the worst sweater. Prizes can be gift cards to get a new sweater.

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Differing races and religions find much in common as they celebrate this time of year The notion of a holiday season conjures a festive feeling in the air that no one can ignore. In Columbus, our city’s ever-increasing diversity enhances that general jubilant atmosphere, and thus the amount of time we refer to as the holiday season has grown as well, extending from Diwali in early November to Chinese New Year in February.


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Hindu Traditions Manjula Raghunathan, a Cummins high-horsepower market strategy group member, has been in the United States for 13 years. The southern India native says that Hindus in India often participate in the holidays of other religions. Being a Hindu, she celebrates Diwali. “While its basic theme is the triumph of good over evil, its significance varies depending on the region of India,” she says. In the north, it commemorates Rama’s homecoming after the defeat of an asura, a group of wicked deities. In the south, the venerated figure is Krishna, who defeated a particular evil foe, Narakasura. The term Diwali is short for Deepavali, which means “row of lamps.” According to the Hindu story, lamps fueled with clarified butter were set out to light Rama’s way home. The date of the festival varies from year to year and is tied to the lunar calendar. In mid-November this year, a group from southern India living in Columbus met for a potluck lunch. It was a modified version of the traditions observed back home, which involves mothers rising early to anoint their children with oil. In January, the Indian community celebrates Pongal, also known as Sankaranti, depending on the regional language. It marks the sun heading back north. Fresh rice and lentils are boiled in pots. “In 2009, we had almost 50 families assembled to celebrate it,” says Raghunathan. “We rented the Developmental Services basketball court. We all brought food and had a blast.”


According to Alex Yezaretz, president of the local Sha’arei Shalom Jewish congregation, Hanukkah, an eight-day festival celebrated in December, is important, but less so than other Jewish holidays. It commemorates the taking back of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Maccabees, who found only enough oil to keep the temple’s lamp going for a day, but which miraculously kept it lighted for eight days. Families progressively light candles on a menorah during the course of Hanukkah. Yezaretz says the holiday’s foods are typically fried in oil. An example would be latkes, which are potato fritters. “It’s nothing like the scope of Christmas,” he says. “It only emerged in later days. It wouldn’t have been celebrated in, say, 200 A.D.”



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Culture As Columbus reflects a proliferating number of cultural influences, the ways of celebrating Christmas and New Year multiply. Some customs are retained in their original form, and some undergo modification as they interface with those of other cultures. Karin Duro is a native of Belo Horizonte in Brazil, not too far from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Her husband, Elton, who works at Cummins, is likewise Brazilian. They have three children, Eduardo, Laura and Alberto. They have various ways of retaining their cultural heritage, such as speaking Portuguese at home. She says that there are approximately 20 Brazilian families in the Columbus area, and while several of them go home for the holidays, those remaining here get together as their schedules permit. The fact that Brazil and the United States are on opposite sides of the equator means that some customs undergo translation between the two societies. Santa Claus, for instance, wears a silk suit in Brazil.

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One Brazilian custom, a game called amigo oculto, involves drawing names from a bowl two weeks before Christmas. “You are to keep the name you draw a secret,” says Duro. “On Christmas Eve, each person describes the secret friend, and everybody tries to guess who it is. It’s fun and it keeps the cost of gift-giving down.” Regarding music, Duro says that “Jingle Bells” is a perennial favorite in Brazil. “We sing it in Portuguese, but it has the same cadence.” Christmas Eve foods generally include turkey, rice, beans and tropical fruit. Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve is known as missa de galo, which means “mass of the rooster,” so named because it ends at 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve is known as Reveillon and is considered more of a time for gathering with friends, as opposed to the family orientation of Christmas. “We dress in white,” says Duro. “It signifies purity and good energy.” She says that 2 million people gather on the beach in Rio de Janeiro to watch fireworks. “We get Brazilian television at our house, so we can be part of it.” Julia Lopez of Su Casa says that the Mexican holiday season is replete with traditions. There is the posada, an extended celebration throughout December that is common to various Latin American countries. “This particular celebration is a representation of the days that Joseph and Mary were looking for a

place to stay where they could await the birth of Jesus. The celebration begins with the procession of Joseph and Mary follow by people with lighted, long slender candles singing.” She says Our Lady of Guadalupe is among the most cherished traditions. “It takes place on December 12th. On this date, thousands of the faithful to Our Lady of Guadalupe, from all over the country, make the most important pilgrimage of all those undertaken during the year. They go to the Basílica of Guadalupe, in Mexico City, where the miraculous image of la Virgen Morena is kept.” Reyna Navarro and Mathias Kemnitzer represent a melding of cultures within their household. She’s from El Salvador, and he hails from Germany. The music of both nations’ holiday traditions can be heard at their home, for instance. Navarro says that Dec. 24 usually begins between 4 and 5 a.m. for Salvadoran women. The traditional meal that day is tamales, which require a great deal of preparation. She says that the most significant feature of the evening’s activities is the clothing. “Everyone tries to have a new outfit, or at least a new hat or shoes. Stores in El Salvador do a lot more business around that time, and often include a free item along with what is purchased as a thank-you gesture for increased sales.” Dec. 24 is the culmination of the

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posada. Navarro says that it makes for a lot of caroling that night. “People go to all their relatives’ homes and have some food at each one.” Block parties after midnight Mass are popular. “Nobody wants to go to sleep,” she notes. “There’s wine and rum.” She explains that Christ child figurines aren’t placed in Nativity scenes until midnight on Christmas Eve. “Posada singers that stop by ask to see it. It’s very sweet.” On Christmas Day, “People from the mountains go to the beach and vice versa. It’s mainly a day to be with family.” She is in touch with relatives by phone and email throughout the season. Her husband, Mathias, says that he gets in on the German tradition whereby December is characterized by a lot of baking. “My mom spoils me by sending me a package of cookies every year,” he says. He says that in Germany, “Santa comes on December 6. On the day before, kids put their shoes outside the window and Santa leaves sweets and small gifts in them.” Navarro and Kemnitzer say that they are still creating their own combination of their respective traditions. “We sing songs from both cultures,” he notes. “We have fun double-dipping.” Chinese traditions also are finding a way into Columbus life. “Every year, CCA hosts a Chinese New Year Party. Next year’s event is on Feb. 2 at The Commons,” says Kai Wang of the Columbus Chinese Association. “We usually have between 600 and 700 attendees, including more than 100 American friends.” It’s a chance to taste fare not often found outside China. “Last year’s Chinese New Year party showcased not only the culture through performance but also through our cuisine,” she says. The soiree is always a display of pageantry. “There was an array of performances, from children in the Columbus Chinese Language School to talented musicians of all ages. The adults even joined in the fun with some traditional Mongolian dancing to kung fu dragon dances. It was amusing to see Cummins and LHP employees and professionals from the community dancing on stage and being comedians.” No matter what one’s background is, there is no shortage of reasons for Columbus residents to make merry this winter.

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Southern charm warms Langstons’ historic Columbus bungalow

Ken and Christy Langston describe their home as “just a good ol’ house.” And the historic Columbus residence is just that, and yet somehow, so much more.

When you enter the home, the feeling is one of meeting your favorite celebrity for the first time – you’ve admired him from afar for some time and are delighted to find that he’s as warm and down-to-earth as you dreamed. That feeling in the Langston home likely stems from the owners. The circa-1919 bungalow’s charm and the couple’s Southern-grown hospitality make a perfect pair. “It was meant to be,” says Christy. “I always say the house was waiting for us.” The bungalow sat vacant for

two years before the couple purchased it in 2009. Its list of previous owners is short. William L. Lincoln (affiliated with the Lincoln-Orinoco furniture company) had the home built in 1919. In 1926 it began its long stint as home to several members of the Reeves family, until it was purchased by Patrick Flynn in 1988. The Langstons purchased the home from the Flynn estate. After moving for years with Ken’s previous job, the Langstons (originally from Mississippi) feel settled in the Columbus house.

“When you move a lot, your possessions become your home,” Christy says. “When we found this house – it’s hard to describe – but our mix of things fit well here. It felt like home. “I think women tend to talk more about how they feel in a house than men do, and when I first stepped in this house, it just felt right.” That said, the transplants hold much respect for the structure they call home. “When you move into a historic house like this, you feel like more

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of a steward,” Christy says. “You’re keeping the house. It has its own personality, and you make lifestyle changes to fit your needs, but the home is almost its own living thing.” Ken is a self-professed “project guy,” so the couple made several changes. They converted the den into a cozy hearth room off the kitchen where they spend most of their leisure time. The office renovation focused on creating a space that was more reflective of the couple’s personalities, particularly Ken’s lifelong love of hunting and wildlife. “I knew (his interest) would always be a part of our lives; the first Christmas we were dating 38 years ago, he gave me camouflaged coveralls with a bottle of perfume in the pocket,” Christy said. “I hung around another year and received a pair of hunting socks ...with a gold and diamond watch inside.” “There are a few more things we want to do, but I enjoy it,” says Ken. “For me one of the most enjoyable things about this house is the lifestyle change that comes with it. We’re empty-nesters now, so I like working on those little projects. “And we’re drawn to downtown and the exciting things happening, so it’s really great.” However don’t let the term “empty-nester” fool you into typecasting the Langstons. The couple love to entertain, and it shows. To 54

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prepared dinner through a Columbus charity event. Their son, a chef in North Carolina, prepared a meal for the group. Historic homes often lend themselves to formal entertaining, and the Langstons’ is no exception. Christy takes pride in her formal dining room, complete with a table that seats 14 comfortably. She keeps it decorated seasonally. The formal living room holds a mix of antiques and plush seating arrangements that combine with the original walnut paneling and beamed ceilings to create a comfortable yet elegant feel. The rich dark paneling shows itself again in the couple’s office space, which is also a way to pass from the entryway to the kitchen. The

Langstons enjoy the nook-andcranny areas only historic homes provide, such as a tiny guest bathroom they’ve maintained in its original dusty-rose color, despite Christy’s reservations. “We did put a new small sink area in here to give some more space, but I looked at this tile and thought, ‘Oh, you can’t find anything like that these days.’ It’s so charming. I had to keep it,” she said. The same concept applies to the upstairs bathroom, where the Langstons kept the original blue tile and antique, built-in vanity. The quaint kitchen, redone by the Langstons, boasts Carl Fox cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a tumbled stone backsplash. A breakfast nook,

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complete with a window seat that’s bathed in light most of the day, is on one side of the kitchen, while the other side opens into the den. The main-level master suite, added by the Reeves family, provides a respite for the homeowners with long hallway that leads to a private bedroom and large bathroom, which the Langstons plan to update. In addition to the guest suite, the basement holds Ken’s collection of guitars as well as hunting and sports memorabilia. “There’s certainly none of my mark on this space, but that’s OK,” Christy says. Although fairly small, the home’s outdoor space is wellplanned. The house was built to look like a one-story from the street, and the eye is drawn automatically to the large porch that spans the front. However, twin windows overlook the porch roof

“It was meant to be. I always say the house was waiting for us.” —Christy Langston

from the second level like the cockpit windows of a plane – a typical architectural style for bungalows. A walkway meanders off the porch along the side to a second entryway and then to a patio near the halfcircle drive off an alley. While touches of Ken and Christy’s individual personalities are scattered throughout the house, one space is a favorite for both: the porch. “We love sitting on the porch as long as weather allows,” says Christy. Must be a Southern thing.

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(from left) David, John, Mike and Mark Elwood

David and Ella Elwood know they are lucky to have their three sons and their families all living in Columbus. In fact, they all live within a few miles of each other, and the brothers – Mark, John and Mike – work together in the family business, Elwood Staffing. While gathered for a recent family portrait at Mark’s house, talk centered on golf, pets, the latest cellphones and the youngest grandson’s birthday. Conversation could have easily steered toward business, but when the brothers spend their days running the successful, Columbus-based staffing company with more than 65 offices in 11 states, sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the demands of the growing business. Family life alone is enough to keep the Elwoods busy. Mark and his wife, Wendy, have two teenage sons, Chase, 16, and Jacob, 14. Mike’s son, Taylor, turned 15 in October; and John and his wife, Amber, have three children: Josie, 9, Hudson, 6, and Slader, 3. Life is a whirlwind for the busy families with their careers and children in sports and other activities. Yet they still find time to give back to their community through involvement and support of such organizations as Rotary Club, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Su Casa, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, kidscommons, Columbus Area Arts Council, Zonta, Volunteers in Medicine and Heritage Fund: the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. The couples have served on boards, led fundraisers and participated in such events as the March for Babies

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to support March of Dimes, demonstrating their willingness to do more than just write a check. “It feels good that we can help people, and we do it because we can,” Mark said. “We want to give back and share part of our success.”

“It’s been one of the greatest compliments of my life that my boys wanted to work with me.” —David Elwood

Mark, who serves as Elwood Staffing’s chief executive officer, said the company finds ways to support the communities where it has offices. But because the family lives in Columbus and the 66

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company’s headquarters is here, the city garners more of its philanthropic attention. “The Elwood family has been an active and generous part of the community for many years,” said Tracy Souza, president and chief executive officer of the Heritage Fund. “They were leadership supporters of The Commons and have sponsored a number of other community events and organizations.” Mark serves as a director of the Heritage Fund, and the family has maintained the Elwood Staffing Philanthropic Fund since 2006. Last year, during the Heritage Fund’s Grant a Wish program, the Elwood Fund helped match $10,000 in donations during the holiday season, and the family has agreed to provide the match again this year, Souza said. Although the Elwoods have seen business success in recent years, they can remember when they were a struggling company, trying to find clients and pay the utility bills and employee salaries. It took long hours, hard work and sacrifices to

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reach the level the company is at today. But family togetherness means as much to David as the business success. “It’s one of those blessings you don’t count on. Everything came together,” David said. “It’s been one of the greatest compliments of my life that my boys wanted to work with me.” David began his career as a psychologist in 1980 in Columbus, and in 1987, Mark was the first son to join him after graduating from Indiana University. For about five years, Mark worked to promote the idea to businesses of pre-employment testing and conducting employee opinion surveys. “It was really a tough grind and hard battle without much success until 1993, when a customer called and said he needed our help,” Mark said. The Martinsville business employed David and Mark’s company, then called Elwood Consulting, to do interviewing, recruiting, drug testing and other staffing needs for more than a year. By 1995, the company began placing its first temporary workers in staffing assignments. Business continued to grow, and John, who also graduated from IU, joined in 1996 after working in sales for another company for three years. He now serves as Elwood Staffing’s president. Mike, who graduated from Trinity College in Connecticut and the University of Chicago, joined the company in 2004 after spending 10 years with JP Morgan Chase in New York City and eight years at Compaq Computer (now Hewlett-Packard). Mike serves as Elwood Staffing’s chief operating officer. Together, the brothers divide the duties for leading and managing a company that bears their family name. Revenue, which was $278 million in 2011, is expected to reach $365 million this year. “We are the owners, but we put the pads on and

play the game every day,” Mike said. “It’s not just a company name, it’s our family name. Our reputation is on the line every day. Dad instilled in us a sense of optimism and a commitment to excellence.” The brothers said they also feel fortunate that they truly get along in and out of the office. “We’re a close-knit family to begin with,” Mark said. “We’re blessed in that regard. We root for each other. We want each other to be successful. There’s not any jealousy within this business. We try to do the job that needs done and go to lunch when we’re in town – maybe even breakfast or dinner.” The brothers also see their personalities and skills as complementary, so working together comes naturally. “I often describe it as having shared values,” Mike said. “We work hard to do the right thing and have respect for each other.” Handling the daily demands that go with leading a thriving company can be challenging and time consuming. Making time for family can be difficult, but the brothers say they know how important that is. “Finding that work-life balance is something I constantly strive for,” Mark said. “It is tough sometimes, but it’s a priority for me to spend time with my family.” Mark, Wendy and their sons recently took a long weekend trip together during fall break, and they occasionally attend Colts football or Pacers basketball games during the winter. Wendy said she likes when the family can get away for vacations and college sporting events, where Mark roots for IU and she cheers for her alma mater, Michigan State. “Since we live in a small town, I’ve always liked traveling and learning what else is out there,” Wendy said. “I know we’re lucky enough to do that.”

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But Wendy also likes when she and Mark can attend their sons’ games, including hockey, golf and baseball, or just spend a weekend at the lake. Wendy, who has served as the financial coordinator at the Columbus Visitors Center for 14 years, has family roots in Columbus with her grandparents, Charlie and Faye Gelfius and Tom and Gertrude Woods, operating businesses here in the past. Wendy’s parents, Steve and Gloria Gelfius, also retired in Columbus about five years ago. Mike believes it’s important to not only carve out time to spend with his son, Taylor, but to offer him a broad range of experiences and encourage him to be passionate about what he enjoys. Mike and Taylor share a love of golf and spend time on evenings, weekends and vacations playing or watching tournaments. They also are enthusiastic coin collectors, attending coin shows across the U.S. “If I can encourage Taylor to be passionate about whatever he does, think big and live life full every day,” Mike said, “then I believe I am doing my job as a father and am confident that we will have fun along the way.” Neighbors of John and Amber might see the couple jogging or the whole family riding bikes together. They also enjoy going to kidscommons, the city parks and having movie night at home. “Our favorite vacation spot is the beach in Florida, where kids can be noisy and nobody will care,” said John. Although “turning off work” can be difficult to do, John said, he also believes family time is a priority. And he knows Elwood Staffing has plenty of capable employees who can share the workload while he’s away. “Sometimes I just need to be reminded that work will be there tomorrow, and it’s OK to get some downtime,” John said. Amber is a second-grade teacher at Schmitt Elementary School and is originally from Sullivan, where her parents, Joe and Debbie Robbins, still live. “Education was always where my heart belonged,” said Amber, who enjoys being around children and making a connection with the underprivileged students who receive Title 1 assistance at Schmitt. Being part of a large family is something she is used to. She has just two siblings, but her mother is the youngest of seven and her father the youngest of nine, so she has many aunts, uncles and cousins who all lived within a few miles of each other. “Growing up, our family lived by the philosophy of ‘it takes a village’ to raise a family,” Amber said. Ella, who still enjoys her role as a real estate agent with Century 21 Breeden Realtors, gladly takes time to spend with her grandchildren. She and David, married for 56 years, can hardly contain their pride for their family and know they spoil their grandchildren. When friends ask if they have thought of retiring to Arizona or Florida, Ella without hesitation tells them she would never consider leaving Columbus and her family. “My greatest blessing is that we are all in Columbus,” she said.

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In a sense, the evolution of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic mirrors that of the city from which it derives its name. Both pride themselves on strong identification with place and legacy, yet each has looked forward throughout its history. Bold vision has characterized their development and garnered them national attention. The philharmonic is an orchestra, to be sure, but it’s also an educational organization and the host to an impressive roster of guests. It’s truly an ambassador for its namesake city. It’s fitting then, that it would call its 26th season, “The Phil Brings It Home.” Some of its members go back to its founding, and some are new arrivals. The perspectives of the two groups are distinct in some ways but have in common a pride in the excellence the philharmonic assumes as its standard.

SARAH MCKELVIE McKelvie says that the live-performance recording session at First Christian Church a few years back, at which the orchestra played Saint-Saens’s Organ Symphony with McKinley, is her favorite concert with the philharmonic. “The acoustics there are so fantastic. After the CD came out, one day I had it in my car stereo, and because I didn’t pay attention to which function I had on, I assumed I was listening to public radio. I looked down and saw that it was us.” McKelvie is another long-timer, having joined the philharmonic at age 12, during its first season under its current name. She was gone from 1992 to 2001 for schooling. Edwards, Dell and McKelvie are at the forefront of the philharmonic’s educational outreach. Edwards notes the before-school and after-school strings classes the organization offers in area schools, as well as its youth orchestra. “We also present ‘Jammin’ with the Phil’ at kidscommons and the Foundation for Youth,” Edwards says. “A handful of musicians introduce children to strings, woodwinds and even choral music. Then there is the Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir, which is a collaboration between our organization and the Indianapolis Children’s


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Choir. It’s for students from the fourth to the eighth grades.” The philharmonic participates in Partners in Education, a continuing-ed program that is a collaboration of several area institutions. Dell has taught a class on music fundamentals. “I called it ‘Why Does the Music Sound Like That?’” she says. “I pulled the parts I played out of a piece and described playing a melody or the passages where I was in a supporting role.” She speaks of the way the philharmonic sends musicians into the community to play at corporate functions and private events as a highly effective outreach effort. “It’s good for people to see us in settings other than a stage in an auditorium.” Edwards mentions “Musically Speaking” as another means of edifying the public. “It’s a preconcert talk David gives regarding the pieces to be played that evening. Through the years, he has introduced features like that.” McKelvie is involved with the strings camp that the philharmonic holds each summer at Ceraland. “Last summer we had between 80 and 100 kids. We did a version of ‘Party Rock Anthem’ that was great fun for everybody.”

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VANESSA EDWARDS Principal Violinist Edwards literally grew up with the philharmonic. The principal violinist took strings classes from the organization in the early 1970s, when it was still known as Columbus Pro Musica. She’s currently education director and youth orchestra director in addition to her performing duties. She says the philharmonic is conducive to forming friendships even though it draws on an area beyond Columbus for its musicians. “We certainly have IU students who graduate, which leaves openings, but it doesn’t take long to get acquainted with people,” she says.

KATHY DELL Principal Flutist Principal flutist since 1988, Dell likes the combination of local and regional talent. “As a local musician, I relish the opportunity to work alongside musicians who challenge me by bringing in a different set of experiences,” she says. Dell moved to Columbus as a high school student in 1970 and personally knew Chester Kitzinger, the man who brought symphony orchestra playing to the city in 1922. She has made music education her career, having been a teacher at Parkside Elementary School for many years. Dell says that the Johnson Distinguished Guest Artist series, sponsored by Johnson Ventures Inc., has been the catalyst for many memorable occasions since it was instituted in 1996. She mentions the Eroica Trio, the group of three women — and good friends connected by Juilliard — playing violin, cello and piano, as well as the Canadian Brass, known for its wideranging repertoire and white running shoes, as recent examples. “It’s remarkable that we could get performers of that caliber being so close to

Indianapolis and Bloomington,” she says. She recalls the 2004 guest appearance of flutist Carol Wincenc. “She arrived at a rehearsal on a Thursday and asked if I’d do an encore with her at the Saturday concert. The piece she wanted to do was Blavet’s “Variation on a Theme by Corelli for Two Flutes.” The following evening, Friday, she was having dinner with the Johnson family. I went to their house to work on it with her. She basically gave me a lesson.” The piece featuring Wincenc during the concert was “Daphnis and Chloe” by Ravel. Dell describes it as a “major work in the repertoire for flute. It was challenging to learn, but she helped me in a way that wasn’t intimidating at all. She’s a very genuine person.” One guest who frequently returns is organist Dan McKinley, who was choirmaster-organist at First Christian Church from 1978 to 1997. He currently lives and works in the Boston area. “He’s a very dear friend of our conductor, David Bowden, as well as a long-standing collaborator,” says Dell.

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Trumpeter Burton offers a newcomer’s perspective. The Carmel native has been a band director at Columbus North High School for 11 years. He has substituted in the philharmonic, but this is his first full-time season. He likes the fact that the orchestra takes occasional forays outside its comfort zone. “Last spring, we did a concert in which we took a bit of a leap. We did Michael Tilson Thomas’ ‘From the Diary of Anne Frank.’ It was risky to program it, but the audience was receptive. David brings passion out of us when he really likes a piece.”

All four musicians appreciate Bowden’s approach as a musical director and conductor. “We’re able to pick up a piece of music about two weeks ahead of time,” says Burton. Dell adds that “we get messages from him ahead of time about tempo markings and stylistic considerations, so we can make the most effective use of rehearsal time as an ensemble.” She says that, much as he does in his ‘Musically Speaking’ talks for audiences, he takes time to tell players about pieces’ composers and the historical context of their creation. Edwards mentions his “great sense of picking music that people enjoy.” McKelvie explains that “he can get the best out of you without being condescending, and that’s not always the case with conductors. You do your best because you want to, not because you’re scared into it.” They also speak of the consistently high caliber of musicianship over the years. As McKelvie puts it, “I’ve had the opportunity to play with some great orchestras, such as the Little Rock Symphony and the Memphis Symphony. I wonder if Columbus fully realizes what a high-level orchestra it has here.”

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Carolers make Christmas merrier for their audiences

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Modern society is so frenetically paced that traditions surrounding that most festive of holidays, Christmas, often get short shrift. Compounding this situation is the digital nature of our modern connections. It’s for this reason that people who maintain the custom of caroling relish the opportunity for personal contact and seeing the eyes of the recipients of song light up. Caroling is one of the most cherished yearly activities at Fairlawn Presbyterian Church. It’s a close-knit congregation, and the sense that its members know each other well and care deeply about one another is palpable. Recently, several of the carolers assembled to reminisce, kid each other and generally share their excitement about the onset of the holiday season. With the exception of Chottie Clapp, Dave


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Clark and Shirley Bogren, who sing in the church’s choir together, the group would not reconvene until the actual designated Sunday night in December. “We don’t rehearse,” says caroler Linda Brown. “We basically just wing it.” So how do they work out musical matters, such as establishing a key for a song? “We always try to have at least one strong singer in each of the groups we send out that night,” say Diane Doup,

who is the project’s main organizer every year. Interestingly, that person is not always one who would identify himself as such. “We often find that those who don’t consider themselves good singers wind up being the strongest,” she notes. The song sheets the carolers use give an indication as to how long the legacy is. They’re typewritten and mimeographed and exhibit definite signs of wear. “I’ve had mine since I’ve been a member, which is 13 years,” says Alan Haw, “and it was used when it was given to me.” The assemblage divides itself into two or three groups that fan out to various neighborhoods and care centers around the city. They spend about 10 minutes at each stop, and the entire undertaking lasts two to three hours. Afterward, they reconvene at the church for light refreshments. “We visit folks in our congregation who might be homebound,” says Doup. She says that for some of them, it might be their only opportunity to interact with

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“We often find that those who don’t consider themselves good singers wind up being the strongest.” —Diane Doup

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fellow church members during the season. She recalls that one year “a very special member wasn’t well enough to carol with us, or even receive us at Christmas time. The following summer, the youth group went to her home and sang carols. She joined in. It was really special.” Doup notes that carolers often conclude visits with a prayer. Their signature final tune at a stop is “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” People who know that the Fairlawn carolers are coming through their area have been known to invite neighbors and friends over to listen. Treats are often offered. The visits to care centers are important to the group, as well as to those on the receiving end of the caroling. They stroll the halls, and residents come to the doors of their rooms. Doup shares a couple of funny incidents from a few years back. “A lady in a wheelchair had tears streaming down her

face during a visit to Four Seasons Retirement Center. Someone in our group put his hand on hers and leaned down. She looked at him and said, ‘Oh, you all sound so awful!’ Then there was the woman in a wheelchair who kept looking at a 20-year-old guy in our group adoringly. She pointed right at him and motioned him to her side.” Several generations of some families are represented in the group. Brown and her mother, Norma Jean Burns, have been caroling buddies for decades, and Brown’s daughter participated when she was growing up. Several of the Doups are longstanding carolers, as are various Whaleys. Robin George, who has been a church member since 1964, says she started when her 19-year-old daughter joined the youth group several years ago. The youth group is the official caroling sponsor within the church, and among its current members and alumni devotion runs deep. Amy Hanson, 16, has, according to Doup, been “caroling with us since she was in a car seat.” Hanson says that “when my sister and brother were in col-

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lege, we’d call them on the phone and sing to them from our route.” Sarah Whaley is currently an IU freshman, majoring in journalism and cognitive science. She hopes to have her first semester wound up in time to come back and participate. One of her favorite memories is of the snowball fights that would break out when weather permitted. Pastor Anne Marshall and her husband, Gray, are part of the caroling group. She says that she grew up with the tradition in her home church in Circleville, Ohio. Lasting Impressions, a performing troupe formed in 2004 by members of Mill Race Center, incorporates caroling into the holiday season dinner-theater shows it presents throughout central Indiana. The group visits church groups, service clubs, assisted-living facilities and mother-daughter dinners. “We get into caroling, particularly when we go into rest homes,” says founder and director Donna Browne. “After our show, we invite residents to sing carols with us. We stroll into the audience and engage people. Eye contact and a simple touch on the arm is so important to people in that environment.” Browne concurs with the Fairlawn crew’s observation that care-center residents in wheelchairs tend to exude a special ebullience when carolers sing directly to them. Browne says that the group’s accompanist, Ed Bruenjes, has a musical versatility that makes it easy to take requests. At this year’s Christmas show, Bruenjes, whose day job is coordinator of music ministries at Asbury United Methodist Church, will join his friend, John Simpson, who is retired from the equivalent position at Sandy Hook United Methodist, in a four-hand piano piece titled “Chopsticks Christmas.” The presentation of this year’s Christmas show at Mill Race Center begins with the Columbus North High School show choir wandering from table to table serenading those in attendance. Browne says, “The girls are in glitzy dresses and the guys in tuxes, setting an upscale tone for the evening.” In an age of e-cards and get-togethers via Skype, there is, delightfully, a segment of our society that is passionate about maintaining the actual physical communion, with such sensory elements as voices in harmony, the smell of fresh-baked cookies and a simple touch, that caroling provides. As Fairlawn Presbyterian’s Marshall puts it, “It is what makes Christmas.”

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MOUNTAIN TIME It’s no secret that most of Indiana is a bit—how shall we say—vertically challenged. Fortunately, the Midwest offers many great options for hitting the slopes—without depleting your frequent-flier miles. Here, a few of our favorites, all within a day’s drive. Story by Ashley Petry


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WHERE TO GO: Paoli Peaks 2798 W. Road 25S, Paoli (812) 723-4696 West Baden Springs Hotel 8538 West Baden Ave., French Lick (812) 936-1902 French Lick Springs Hotel / Casino 8670 W. Indiana 56, French Lick (888) 936-9360

Southern Indiana’s oldest ski resort, Paoli Peaks, offers 17 ski trails, ranging from the easy Bunny Meadows to the double-diamond Bobcat. There’s also a tubing center, snowboarding trails, a kids fun park and a learning center, where inexperienced skiers can hone their skills. No snow? No problem. Paoli Peaks has more than 100 snowmaking towers and machines, which can manufacture a foot of snow in 24 hours. After a day on the slopes, indulge in old-fashioned luxury at the West Baden Springs Hotel, built in 1902 and recently renovated. The National Historic Landmark features an enchanting glass atrium that spans 200 feet, and the 243 guest rooms rise in six tiers around the dome. (Ask for a balcony room with a panoramic view of the atrium.) After you check in, you can soothe sore muscles in the world-class spa, warm up in the natatorium’s hot tub and splurge at the designer jewelry shops. When it’s time for dinner, try the hotel’s Sinclair’s restaurant, which offers classic fine-dining options like filet mignon and lobster thermidor. For a more casual option, head to the atrium, where Ballard’s Bar serves light fare such as Cobb salad, pork tenderloin sandwiches and pizzas (and, frankly, has a better view). If you didn’t exhaust yourself on the slopes, you can take a shuttle to French Lick Casino, a Beaux Arts gem with more than 1,300 slot machines and 40 game tables. You can also catch a show in the Casino Lounge—or, if you’re daring, join a poker tournament. Just be sure to set aside enough money for the next day’s ski pass.

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boyne falls, mich. Drive time: 8 hours In northern Michigan, the Boyne resort group offers two of the state’s largest ski areas, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, just 27 miles apart. The two facilities have 114 trails and more than 850 skiable acres, and lift tickets can be used at both properties. For beginners, there’s the Snow Sports Academy, which offers lessons in snowboarding and both downhill and cross-country skiing—including classes and lessons designed exclusively for women. When you’re done skiing, you can try tubing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating, dog-sledding and nearly every other imaginable activity (including the state’s largest indoor water park and an entire thrill park of zip-line rides). For an evening of luxury, the area’s best lodging option is the Boyne Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa, often voted one of the best ski hotels in the Midwest. With its half-timbered architecture, natural wood décor and an enormous wood-burning fireplace in the lobby, it feels like a ski resort in Switzerland or Austria—but has all the amenities of home. Ask for a Cortina Suite, which includes a full kitchen, a fireplace and two large balconies overlooking the grounds. The hotel offers several good dining options, including culinary classics at Everett’s Restaurant and northern Michigan comfort foods at the Main Dining Room at Boyne Highlands. “One of my personal favorites is the Aanach Mor Moonlight Dinner,” says Erin Ernst, public relations manager. Available on Saturday evenings, Dec. 27 to March 13, the dinner begins with a sleigh ride to the resort’s North Peak, where you’ll dine in a lodge with wall-to-wall windows and soaring pine ceilings. The candlelit meal includes kettles of French onion soup, home-style vegetables and potatoes, roast tenderloin and, for dessert, local specialties such as Michigan apple and raspberry crisp. With so many activities available in the Boyne family of resorts, the greatest challenge of your getaway will be narrowing down your to-do list.

WHERE TO GO: Boyne Highlands 600 Highland Drive, Harbor Springs, Mich. (231) 526-3000 Boyne Mountain 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls, Mich. (231) 549-6000

BOYNE Zipline Adventures are offered year-round at Boyne Mountain Resort and Boyne Highlands Resort. Photo courtesy of BOYNE. Columbus Magazine



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Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, the largest in the Southeast, maintains 60 slopes and trails, all with intriguing names like Buck Saw and Moonshine. “The area that today is Snowshoe Mountain was once a lively logging area, so all of our slopes are named after logging terms,” explains Laura Parquette, communications manager. The resort, which was developed in the 1970s, is based in the picturesque mountaintop Village at Snowshoe, which offers a huge variety of lodging, dining and nightlife options—putting many of the ski slopes within steps of your lodge’s front door. Snowshoe has more than 1,500 lodging units, ranging from budget hotel rooms to sprawling ski lodges. For a weekend getaway, try the resort’s newest option, the Soaring Eagle Lodge, which offers several restaurants, a European-style grocery store and a private wine bar. As a bonus, it’s just steps from the new Soaring Eagle Express high-speed quad lift, which can get you to the top of the mountain in less than three minutes. With 20 restaurants located within the resort, it’s hard to know what to choose. For breakfast, Parquette recommends the Boathouse, a slopeside restaurant near the Ballhooter lift. “The waffles are melt-in-your-mouth good, the views are great and the log cabin is cozy,” she says. For lunch, warm up with a bowl of venison chili at the Junction, whose name honors the railroad heritage once vital to this logging community. For dinner, skip the white tablecloths and head to the Backcountry Hut, a log cabin nestled in the woods two miles from Snowshoe Village. An adventure guide will lead you through the wooded terrain to the rustic cabin, which seats just 18 people, so you’ll get plenty of personal attention. The four-course gourmet meal includes options such as salmon, duck and steak. On the way home, take a quick detour along the Highland Scenic Highway, just nine miles south of the resort, which cuts through the Monongahela National Forest. Of course, thanks to Snowshoe’s rural mountaintop location, you’re guaranteed a scenic drive even without the detours.

WHERE TO GO: Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort 10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe, W. Va. (877) 441-4386



Not a snow bunny? Indiana offers plenty of winter fun alternatives that don’t involve a pair of skis.

Snow or no snow, you can have a sledding adventure at the toboggan run at Pokagon State Park. One of only three refrigerated toboggan slides in the Midwest, it attracts about 90,000 riders a year and has a total vertical drop of more than 90 feet. (The top recorded speed is 42 miles per hour.) Toboggan rentals are $10 per hour (for a maximum of four people), plus a $5 park entrance fee per vehicle. For a schedule of toboggan-run openings, call (260) 833-2012 or visit parklake/files/sp-toboggan_schedule.pdf. Every year, thousands of people flock to Santa Claus to mail their stack of holiday cards with the town’s special postmark. But the community also offers an elaborate Santa Claus Christmas Celebration, held the first three weekends in December. Visit the Santa Claus Christmas Store and the Candy Castle, explore the Santa Claus Museum, visit the Santa Claus Land of Lights and sample chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Cheesy? Sure. Great memories? You bet. The Christmas City Walkway of Lights in Marion offers a 4-mile panorama along the Mississinewa River, with more than 2 million lights and lighted displays. Look for “12 Days of Christmas,” a manger scene, “Momma Kissing Santa Claus” and much more. It’s open 6-10 p.m. daily through Dec. 31, and a season pass is just $5 per car. Want something closer to home? Head to downtown Indianapolis, where Christmas at the Zoo runs 5-9 p.m., Dec. 3-30 (except Dec. 2425). You can visit animals that like cooler weather—including Santa’s reindeer—and see a holiday dolphin show, then visit Santa’s Village and Sweet Shop. The event is free for zoo members and included with regular zoo admission.

Photo courtesy of Snowshoe Mountain Resort

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Sneakers at Starlight People Trail Project Oct. 5 The Commons Photos by Carla Clark




1. Mike and Angel Hornyak. 2. Harry McCawley displays his lighted shoes. 3. (from left) Will Kostrzewsky, Rachel McGee, Greg Kostrzewsky, Carol Kostrzewsky, Gail Plattner, Tonny Plattner, Jennifer Perry and Trent Perry put their best feet forward. 4. Morgan Courtney and Loran Bohall. 5. (from left) Will Kostrzewsky, Rachel McGee, Greg Kostrzewsky, Carol Kostrzewsky, Gail Plattner, Tonny Plattner, Jennifer Perry and Trent Perry. 6. Guests mingle during the event.


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7. Nita Whaley, with her husband, Brian, shows off her shoes, which won the online contest for tickets to the event. 8. Kevina and Hutch Schumaker. 9. Harry and Julie McCawley. 10. Ben Wagner, director of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department. 11. (from left) Ann Herron, Bud Herron, Rachel Herron and Bill Clark. 12. Angel Hornyak’s shoes sparkled. 13. (from left) Matthew Battin, Melissa Rose, Tim Proctor, Clare Proctor, Nate Wittmers, Marissa Pherson and Jenn Hartwell.

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UnCommon Cause Oct. 28 The Commons Photos by Carla Clark




7 1. Maggie Marr and Ross Wallace. 2. Stephanie Strothmann. 3. (from left) Darren Buffo, Cheryl Buffo and Louis Joyner. 4. Master of Ceremonies Robert Hay-Smith. 5. (from left) Victoria Glick, Bill Glick, Geri Handley, Jesse Brand, Blair Lauer and Ryan Lauer. 6. Dancers pack the floor during the first song by Living Proof band. 7. Steampunk-themed decor.


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14 8. Volunteer Gayle Dudley Nay. 9. (from left) Kye, Brooke and Erin Hawkins. 10. Doug Stender and Jill Tasker. 11. (from left) Keith Clark, Brenda Clark, Jodi Engelstad and Mike Engelstad. 12. Trish Ward. 13. Beth Clayton-George prepares to play the Heads or Tails game. 14. As dinner finishes, guests prepare for the start of the live auction.

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Volunteers in Medicine Reverse Raffle Nov. 9 Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Photos by Carla Clark



6 1. (from left) Joan Able, Dan McElroy, Ellie McElroy and Walt Able. 2. Sandra Miles and Marwan Wafa. 3. Rick Johnson. 4. (from left) Julia Euler, Phil Newton and Jane Newton. 5. Christina Hummel and Julie Bergman. 6. (from left) Kathy Charlton, Evelyn Stirling, Tobi Herron, Matt Herron, Robert Hay-Smith and Steve Charlton.


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7. Master of Ceremonies Todd Bergman. 8. Sounds of Dreams performs. 9. Charles Steitz and Amy Hirtzel. 10. C4 vocational students Maritza Villalobos, front, and (from left) Baily Lockard, Nathan Henderson, Derek Sexton and Tucker Hodnett. 11. Smoked chicken and sweet corn lasagna were prepared by Clarion chef Troy Matthews and C4 vocational students. 12. Guests release balloons from their tables in a symbolic gesture of the community coming together to support Volunteers in Medicine. 13. Vicky Gochenour, left, talks with Jim and Jeanine Schneider.

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December 2012, January & February 2013

calendar of events

Photo by Joe Harpring

Compiled by Amy Norman

DECEMBER Dec. 1 Arts for AIDS raises awareness of HIV/ AIDS, generates support for those affected and connects communities through artistic expression. A family event will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. featuring the Griot Drum Ensemble with story-telling, African arts and crafts and children’s activities. Cost: $5 per person at the door. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. there will be an evening fundraiser featuring the Griot Drum Ensemble, Zimbabwean sculpture, African and Haitian art and much more. Cost: $60 per person in advance. Location: Mill Race Center. Information: or

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The Festival of Lights Parade features floats, animal units and walking groups. The streets of downtown Columbus light up with thousands of twinkling lights. Don’t miss the fireworks as well as Santa as he passes City Hall. Time: 6 p.m. Information: 812-390-6912 Dec. 2 Don’t miss the 15th annual Mom & Me for Tea for mothers and their daughters, ages 3 to 8. The event includes tea, punch, sandwiches, sweets, crafts, games and a fashion show of the attending daughters wearing holiday finery. Time: 1 p.m. Cost: $22 per pair. Location: Donner Center. Information: 812-376-2680

Enjoy a variety of holiday favorites for chorus and orchestra during the concert, “Winter’s Passion,” presented by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The show will feature guest artist Kathy Dell’s Parkside Choir and such popular songs as Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” and more. Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: The Commons. Dec. 7 Old National Bank’s First Friday for Families features Babaloo. This one-man musical comedy is a high-energy, over-the-top, fun-filled show for kids of all ages. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: The Commons. Information:

Dec. 9 The Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra and Children’s Choir celebrate with “The Phil Brings It Home for the Holidays.” Enjoy favorites including “Let it Snow,” “Drummer Boy” and “Bugler’s Holiday.” Choose from an afternoon family-oriented concert or The Phil’s traditional evening concert. Time: 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets: starting at $10. Location: Columbus North High School auditorium. Information: 812-376-2638, ext. 110 or The Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents the live debut of the band’s multi-platinum rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve.” Times: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $44.45 to $82.90. Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information: Dec. 16 The Concert Series at St. Paul Lutheran Church features a Christmas concert by Voce Choir & Orchestra. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6045 E. State St. Information: 812-3766504 or The First Presbyterian Music Series presents Lessons & Carols featuring the adult choir. Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: First Presbyterian Church, 512 Seventh St. Information: 812-372-3783 or

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Dec. 22 The St. Bartholomew Concert Series presents Let There Be Light, featuring the St. Bartholomew and Fairlawn Presbyterian chancel choirs performing the “Ceremony of Candles” Advent and Christmas Dec. 5 cantata. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: St. TLC’s The Cake Boss Buddy Valastro Bartholomew Catholic comes to Old National Centre. Church, 1306 27th St. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $24.75 to $85. Information: 812-379Location: Old National Centre, 502 N. New 9353, ext. 237 or www. Jersey St., Indianapolis. Information:

Dec. 15 Gingerbread has been a holiday tradition in Bartholomew County for almost 200 years. Explore the background of this great holiday treat, make a bag of mix to take home and decorate a cookie. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Bartholomew County History Center, 524 Third St. Information: www.bartholomew

january Jan. 4 Old National Bank’s First Friday for Families features Jason Huneke. Wellknown for his Michael Jackson dance routine on “America’s Got Talent,” Huneke sets himself apart with his comedy and juggling. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: The Commons. Information: www. Jan. 5 Music lovers will enjoy the Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree Concert. Time: 4

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Dec. 7-8 Bloomington’s own Straight No Chaser brings its a cappella sound to Indianapolis. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $50. Location: Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis. Information:

p.m. open jam; 5 p.m. group performances. Cost: Free. Location: Donner Center, 739 22nd St. Jan. 6 The St. Paul Lutheran Church Concert Series features an organ recital by Janette Fishell, chairwoman of the IU Jacobs School of Music Organ Department. Time: 3 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6045 E. State St. Information: 812-376-6504 or

"The Lost Christmas Eve" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dec. 9

Jan. 12 The St. Bartholomew Concert Series presents Nuevo Tango featuring piano duo Mirabella and Bogdan Minut. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St.

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Jan. 10 It’s the beginning of a new year and if saving money or getting out of debt is on your resolution list, make sure you attend “Frugal Living.” Learn how small changes can add up big. This class will bring a variety of tips on how to save on everything from utilities to laundry, groceries to gifts and everything in between. This class is for everyone. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1255 or

Through Dec. 30 As the temperatures drop, let holiday traditions at the Indianapolis Zoo’s Christmas at the Zoo warm your heart. Sip a hot beverage, visit the animals and enjoy exhibits and special activities throughout the zoo. Runs Wednesday to Sundays only. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: Photo by Jason Wright, courtesy of the Indianapolis Zoo

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Ring in the New Year with Drew Hastings as he performs during the YES Comedy Showcase. Time: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Location: YES Cinema. Information: 812-379-1630 or

Information: 812-379-9353, ext. 237 or Did you know that 2013 is the Year of the Snake? Look at this cultural celebration, sample some traditional foods and make your own dragon to take home. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Bartholomew County History Center, 524 Third St. Information: Jan. 26 The YES Cinema Comedy Showcase features Patti Vasquez. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Location: YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Information: 812-378-0377 or Jan. 27 Brides to be, get all the information about weddings and more from 50 vendors all under one roof during The Republic Bridal Fair. Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Location: The Commons.

february Brittany Percival models a dress at the 2012 Republic Bridal Show.

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Feb. 1 Old National Bank’s First Friday for Families features “Rumpelstiltskin.” ArtsReach’s Theatre presents this light-hearted play that captivates children with its imagina-

tive retelling of this well-loved story. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: The Commons. Information: Feb. 2 The Phil presents “Live from New York!” Enjoy music from “Lion King” and “Les Miserables” plus the cool jazz sound of Charlie Parker. It will be an evening of Broadway music, hot jazz and beautiful songs with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Marja and Chasten Harmon, and Cam Collins. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Starting at $12. Location: Columbus North High School auditorium, 1400 25th St. Information: 812376-2638, ext. 110 or Feb. 9-10 The St. Bartholomew Concert Series presents “Amanecer – At the Break of Dawn.” Location: St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St. Information: 812-379-9353, ext. 237 or Feb. 15 The YES Cinema Comedy Showcase features Tim Cavanaugh. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Location: YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Information: 812-378-0377 or Feb. 16 The First Presbyterian Music Series presents the Indianapolis Youth Chorale. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: First Presbyterian Church, 512 Seventh St. Information: 812372-3783 or

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Feb. 16-24 Don’t miss 2013 Canstruction, a local event associated with the international competition. Teams of architects, engineers, businesses and community groups compete to design and build gigantic objects made from thousands of canned foods. All cans are donated after the event to Columbus area food banks. Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Fair Oaks Mall, 2380 25th St. Information: 812-376-7468 or paragonme. net/columbuscan Feb. 17 “The Elements Aligned” is a family concert, featuring violinist Emma Peters. Handel’s “Alla Hornpipe” from Water Music Suite, Dellus’ “The Walk to the Paradise Garden,” Saint-Saens’ “Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso” and more are slated to be performed. Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St. March 1 Old National Bank’s First Friday for Families features Bongo Boy Drum Circle. Everyone is welcome regardless of their level of musical expertise and drumming knowledge. In fact, no experience is necessary, just a willingness to participate and have fun. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: The Commons. Information:


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A Look Back

Betty Lawson Afflicted with polio in the mid-20th century, Betty Lawson could well have been limited in her movements by her disease. However, a Columbus neighbor constructed this special 3-wheeled cycle for her to get out and around the city. At one time she operated a snack stand inside Bartholomew County Courthouse. The Republic file photo. Details provided by Harry McCawley.

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