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The good life in Carmel and Fishers

December 2010 / January 2011

unveils Hamilton County’s history

The Palladium Opens its Doors | ’Tis the Season to Give: The Philanthropy Handbook Shows You How | Holiday Decor, Cuisine & More


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24 personalities David Heighway

32 home trends Luxurious lower levels

42 center of attention 60 focus

The men at the Palladium

The philanthropy handbook

86 travel

Places to ski in the Midwest

94 community

Holiday events for the family

108 arts & lifestyles A robot for a song Student artworks from the northside

on the cover David Heighway at the Hamilton County Historical Society. Photo by Dario Impini


Photo courtesy of Snowshoe Mountain Resort


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Wrap up the holidays in a delicious little bow.

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at the front

8 editor’s note

Sherri Cullison does a little dance

15 this & that

News and views around town

19 in style

Holiday decor for your home


70 quick bites Traci Cumbay dines out

72 wine, dine & find Three picks to enjoy

74 cuisine

Cocktail party finger foods

78 worth the trip

Joseph Decuis restaurant in Roanoke


100 to your health


Going organic

102 Health Med spas

out & about

118 just married Christa & Andy Heiser

120 our side of town Carmel International Arts Festival Fishers Renaissance Faire

124 calendar of events Things to do



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editor’s note I just did the jig. I admit I’m not exactly sure how to properly perform the lively folk dance, but I did spontaneously launch into a little shuffle-shuffle-tap-tap number while the magazine’s publisher, Chuck Wells, looked on. He offered me a small smile and, I suspect, questioned my sanity just a bit. But that’s OK. I am sane … and happy enough to do a little jig. As I sift through the pages of NORTH magazine, I am secretly patting our little staff on its collective back. What with all that this issue offers—a new dining section called Quick Bites (p. 70), a fun and fact-filled chat with Hamilton County historian David Heighway (p. 24) and a gorgeous travel story on ski adventures in and around Indiana (p. 86)— we’ve created quite a handsome publication. If I do say so myself. This need to do a jig must be a little like what Mayor Jim Brainard has felt as he’s watched the Center for the Performing Arts’ Palladium go through its final stages of construction. Approximately 14 years ago, Brainard started creating a master plan for the redevelopment of Old Town Carmel, and slowly but surely it is all coming together. The doors to the massive, 1,600-seat theater will swing wide at the end of January, and, just in time, we here at NORTH get to offer you a look at the other men responsible for making things happen there. In our “Center of Attention” section (p. 42), we offer a variety of features, including a chat with the Palladium’s architect, David Schwarz, a profile of the center’s artistic director, Michael Feinstein, a visit to the home of the center’s president and CEO, Steven Libman, and a few questions with David Jackson of Premier Events, who has all the details covered for the Jan. 29 opening night gala at the theater. And then there’s more: We’re unveiling a new section called “Just Married” with this issue, which features the newlyweds of Hamilton County. We’re also introducing the creative works of several northside students—some you might even know—in the section “Student Views” (p. 114). That’s exciting stuff, if you ask me. I hope this issue gives each of you something to talk about. And if it should make you want to dance? Trust me: I understand.


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Home News Enterprises Chuck Wells


Sherri Cullison

COPY EDITOR Katharine Smith

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Marc D. Allan Jason Chastain Traci Cumbay Brett Halbleib Garrett Kelly Sarah Knight Ashley Petry Meghan McCormick Julie Cope Saetre Joe Shearer



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Thumbs down to Carmel’s own Kayla Irvine. Wait, not a thumbs down in the traditional sense. We’re talking thumbs down on a telephone keyboard. Irvine’s hyper-developed text messaging skills earned her a trip to New York City in September. The 14-year-old Carmel High School freshman competed in the fourth annual LG National Texting Championships, where she finished 17th out of 32 competitors. (The winner received $100,000, half of which went to a favorite charity.) We recently had a quick chat with Irvine—via text message, of course:

NORTH: Had you been to NYC before? Irvine: nope, the competition was my first time N: Highlights of the trip? I: the competition of course, going to the ferris wheel with friends, shopping in chinatown   N: Buy anything cool in Chinatown? I: jewelry, purses, and clothes  N: Wanna go back to NYC? I: Most definitely, I wanna go back as soon as possible(:  N: What did you do to win a spot in the finals? I: texted a phrase from an mtv commercial. i was the fastest and 100% accurate from the east  N: Which is harder, speed or accuracy? I: accuracy. because if you had one error you got 0 points. but you can be as slow as you want, as long as you send the message in time  N: Do you use thumbs only, or fingers too? I: thumbs only  N: Good with your hands at other things—like art or music? I: nope, not at all. texting is my thing I guess(:  N: How many texts per day do you send? I: 400 to 600 depending on how many people im talking to  N: Had you won, what charity would you have donated to? I: There is a church my church supports thats in downtown indy, called Brookside Community Church and i was going to donate to them  N: Any future plans for putting your texting skills to work? I: next years contest most definitely 

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A Little Birdie Told Me Twitter is the go-to site for up-to-the-second news about local events, deals, traffic updates and even weather. We can’t help you avoid the Fail Whale (the image users encounter when the site is over capacity), but we can help you sort through the clutter to find the best local Twitter feeds. —Ashley Petry

Twitter Feed

Who It Is

What You’ll Get


Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Event announcements, last-minute deals, traffic updates and other priceless local info


Julie Williams and Karen Sussman Glowacki, co-founders of

Local events and last-minute deals


The Carmel Arts & Design District

Store openings, sale notifications, event announcements and other district happenings


Bruce Kimball, a longtime Carmel resident

“A positive message of the many good things from Carmel and central Indiana,” he says


The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts

Construction updates and photos (and, coming soon, updates on Palladium events)


Fishers Arts Council

Event updates, gallery news and links to profiles of local artists


Karen von Kamecke Sutton, owner of Holy Cow Cupcakes

Recent tweet: “Just put out cinnamon cream-cheese stuffed pumpkin bread drizzled with cinnamon glaze.” Enough said.


Pam Anderson, a Noblesville native who moved back to Carmel this summer after four years in Nevada and Florida

“It’s all about being back in Indiana,” she says. “It’s like my journal of living back here, and I’m still discovering things.”


The Indiana Transportation Museum

News about upcoming train rides, museum exhibits and other special activities


Neal Brown, chef/owner of Carmel’s Pizzology

Sneak peeks at Pizzology menu specials and other behind-the-scenes tidbits

MOM 101

New moms usually leave the hospital with a nice gift bag, complete with formula samples, a pacifier, nursing pads and breast-feeding information.    What’s missing? Tried-and-true suggestions from other mothers. Fortunately, you can find some of that information in Carmel’s New Mom’s Club. The club provides a fun way to meet other new moms and stay current on parenting information and advice. Mary Susan Buhner, host of Fox 59’s “Mommy Magic” segment, and other local personalities will provide advice on parenting issues, like tips for teething and emergency care and birthday party ideas. The club meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Monon Center’s Banquet Room. A fee of $35 per meeting includes a gourmet lunch and giveaways. Baby-sitting is available. For information, call (317) 573-5248.

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You Spin Me Right Round People across the nation are still talking about Carmel’s abundance of roundabouts, and with the latest mentions—an article in the October issue of Newsweek and a story about Carmel in the London Financial Times— the chatter is bound to continue. In a story on road safety trends, Tom Vanderbilt, author of “Traffic,” writes of Carmel in Newsweek: “For a city that claims ‘one of the country’s first automatic stop-and-go traffic signals,’ it’s saying something that the lights are now being torn down. The benefits, however, may say something more: in the revamped intersections, there has been an 80 percent drop in crashes involving injuries.” Score another one for the Circle City’s northside. —Sherri Cullison

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Gift Ideas

galore Visit to view items that have been tagged as must-haves for the upcoming holiday season. Selections from . . . Kirles • Bob Block Fitness • Decor 4 Kids Delaney’s • Dunaway’s • MJ Layne Recreations Unlimited • David & Mary Joe’s Butcher Shop • Michael’s Southshore The Secret Ingredient • Sullivan’s Steakhouse

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Watch for beautiful wedding photos of recently married Hamilton County couples in every issue of

We’d like to share with you the magical moments and memories of Hamilton County weddings. If you’re a photographer or know a bride or groom who recently tied the knot, please feel free to submit photographs or send contact information to NortH magazine by e-mailing PAGE 18

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Compiled by Sherri Cullison Photos by Sherri Cullison, Joe Harpring and Joel Philippsen

For decorating your home in tinsel and lights this season, you can choose from the traditional red and green, or instead opt for designer colors, like candlelight (shown here) and silver and white, says McNamara’s floral designer, Alan Thompson. And should you want just a little something to brighten up a shelf, a mantel or your holiday trees, don’t wait till the night before Christmas to get your hands on one of these...

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Giftcraft Santa Suit Wine Bottle Cover $12.99, MJ Layne, 11760 Olio Road, Fishers, (317) 570-2400, Giftcraft Mrs. Claus Wine Bottle Cover $9.99, MJ Layne, 11760 Olio Road, Fishers, (317) 570-2400,

Decorative Tree, available in either 17- or 23-inch sizes, $29.99, $39.99, McNamara Florist, 301 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel, (317) 848-1531,

HOHO! Snowman, 9 inches tall, $29.99, McNamara Florist, 301 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel, (317) 848-1531, www.


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• • • INSTYLE • • • Ceramic Stocking, 8 inches tall, $10.99, McNamara Florist, 301 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel, (317) 848-1531, www.

Polar Bear Figure, approximately 9 inches tall, $29.99, McNamara Florist, 301 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel, (317) 848-1531, www.

Giftcraft Silver Nativity Set, $39.99, MJ Layne, 11760 Olio Road, Fishers, (317) 570-2400,

Giftcraft High Heel Ornaments, $6.99 each, MJ Layne, 11760 Olio Road, Fishers, (317) 570-2400,

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Artichoke Designs is the premier stop for the interior design aficionado! With two locations in the Arts and Design District, you will always find gorgeous upholstered furnishings, custom window treatments, lamps, tables, area rugs, bedding, and fabrics…the list goes on and on. In-home interior design service is our specialty! Be sure and ask about our “short-end” couture textile collection!

Artichoke Designs Boutique – 10 South Rangeline Road (317) 587-7411 Home – 240 West Main (317) 571-8087

Where life is sweet and everyone deserves a second story! Filled with classic treats and sophisticated sweets, The Simply Sweet Shoppe is sure to evoke memories of your favorite neighborhood candy store. Second Story Playhouse is a unique, creative environment where area youth can find their artistic voice. Register now for limited space classes or weekend workshops. Gift cards & gift certificates available!

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Color, Cutting and Styling for the Custom Look

At CK Designs we specialize in all aspects of hair. Trained in the latest techniques of color, cutting and styling, we have been in the heart of Carmel’s Arts & Design District for more than 10 years. All of our haircuts include scalp massage, shampoo, style and lesson on how to re-create your salon-styled look at home. We also offer complimentary haircuts with our highlight services. You’ll never want to leave!

CK Designs Hair Salon 5 West Main Street, Carmel, 317-569-9450

Custom Framing for Life Long Memories

At The Great Frame Up we believe that custom framing can make your memories live on forever. Our store is locally owned and operated and as owners we take as much pride in the quality of our work as you do in your special treasures. Whatever your budget, style, personality, we can help you find the right design.

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1) 28 Star Studio | 25 West Main Street (317) 848-2828 |

2) 541 Salon | 541 North Rangeline Road (317) 580-0541 | www.

3) Amanda’s City Chic Consignment | 210 East Main Street (317) 573-0061 |

4) Artichoke Design Boutique - 10 South Rangeline Road (317) 587-7411 Home Store - 240 West Main (317) 571-8087

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5) ArtSplash Gallery | 111 West Main Street, Suite 140 (317) 965-8788 |

6) Barrett Eye Care | 111 West Main Street, Suite 135 (317) 571-9292

7) Circle City Tuxedo | 1117 South Rangeline Road (317) 815-1679 |

8) CK Designs | 5 West Main Street (317) 569-9450

9) Computer Troubleshooters 316 South Rangeline Road, Suite C (317) 867-0900 |

10) Edward Jones: Kelly Hindman | 39 West Main Street


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11) The Ginkgo Tree | 105 First Avenue NE

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12) The Great Frame Up | 21 First Street SW (317) 843-2030 |


13) Integrity Automotive | 40 South Rangeline Road (317) 573-0107 |

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20) Mary and Martha’s Exceedingly Chic Boutique 111 West Main Street, Suite 120 (317) 848-2624 |

21) Museum of Miniature Houses | 111 East Main Street (317) 575-9466 |

22) Rangeline Chiropractic | 531 N. Rangeline Road (317) 575-1115 |

23) Renaissance Fine Art & Design | 246 Main St. W (317) 506-8477 Kilpatrick Traditions is a family owned dealer of custom cabinets, furniture, entry and passage doors, and millwork. All of our products feature hardwood construction built by Amish and Mennonite craftsmen. We specialize in stain matching and custom finishes, and offer green finish and wood options. Our primary goal is to provide clients with exceptional service, design and products which blend the best of old world quality with modern function.

Kilpatrick Traditions

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24) Savvy Décor | 41 South Rangeline Road (317) 848-0020 |

25) Simply Sweet Shoppe | 30 North Range Line Road (317) 818-9866 |

26) Visiting Angels | 241 North Range Line Road (317) 569-0262 |

27) Woodys Library Restaurant | 40 East Main Street

(317) 573-4444 |

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history If it’s obscure Hamilton County trivia that you seek, David Heighway is the man to know Story by Ashley Petry

When David Heighway was a child, his parents chose vacation spots with historical interest, such as Chicago and Colonial Williamsburg. Fueled by the experiences, he earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in history, and he now serves as Hamilton County historian, a volunteer position with a long list of unofficial—but invaluable—duties. “It’s about exploring new stuff,” Heighway said. “There’s always an idea that you can go digging, and there’s an odd little tidbit that nobody’s ever explored.” Heighway was born and raised in Boone County, but he’s been a Hamilton County resident for 17 years, and he’s spent every minute of that time soaking up local legends and history. Two years ago, Heighway was serving on the board of the Hamilton County Historical Society when the county’s longtime historian, Joe Burgess, retired. Heighway jumped at the chance for the position, which melds nicely with his day job as a cataloger at Hamilton East Public Library. Heighway “is very excited about discovering history,” says Diane Nevitt, museum director for

the Hamilton County Historical Society. “He researches the times and customs and how things were done in those days, (and) he likes to investigate and research the unusual things, too.” As historian, Heighway has a few official duties, such as approving the destruction of old records, but most of his time is spent conducting research, writing articles and giving talks. He speaks frequently at service clubs, genealogy groups, schools and churches, and he is one of the most popular speakers at the Hamilton County Genealogy Society. “He’s very knowledgeable, and he always presents a good story,” says Kathy Venable, president of the genealogy society and a board member for the Carmel Clay Historical Society. “We like to have him speak because he can present a topic that people can relate to and enjoy.” We asked Heighway about his favorite aspects of Hamilton County history, including the best historical sites and the most interesting trivia. Along the way, the history guru debunks a few of the area’s most bizarre rumors and legends.

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Heighway’s Favorite Hamilton County

history spots

The 750-acre Strawtown Koteewi Park (12308 E. Strawtown Ave., Noblesville), one of the richest archaeological sites in the state. It is home to the new Taylor Center of Natural History, which includes an archaeology lab and engaging historical exhibits. Roberts Settlement, where an extended AfricanAmerican family settled in the early 1800s. The unofficial historic area, about a half-mile east of U.S. 31 on 276th Street near Arcadia, includes the one-room Roberts Chapel and a graveyard. Conner Prairie (13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers), an interactive history park offering everything from hot-air balloon rides to traditional weaving classes. “Conner Prairie gets people going, ‘Gee whiz, this is kind of different,’” Heighway said. Left: Strawtown Koteewi Park. Photo by Amanda Waltz. Right: Roberts Chapel near Arcadia. Photo by David Heighway.

Roberts chapel. Photo courtesy of Hamilton County Historical Society

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fact or fiction: Hamilton County Legends Heighway weighs in on the area’s most pervasive historical rumors. Photo by Dario Impini Photo by Amanda Waltz

the legend:

When Indiana became a state in 1816, leaders planned to select tiny Strawtown, on the north edge of Hamilton County, as the capital. But the Strawtown delegate was out fishing when votes were cast, so Corydon was selected instead.

the verdict:

False. At the time, the only industries in Strawtown were a distillery and horse-racing track. “The politicians said, ‘Well, it would be fun, but we wouldn’t get much done,’” Heighway says. Corydon was a natural choice because it had long served as capital of the Indiana Territory.

the legend:

Along the White River south of Noblesville, many of the old waterfront homes have tunnels leading down to the river. Legend says the tunnels are part of an elaborate escape route for runaway slaves traveling the Underground Railroad.

the verdict:

False. The tunnels do exist, but the houses weren’t built until around 1915, so the tunnels actually served a much less noble purpose: concealing bootleggers and their wares during Prohibition.


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the legend:

In the late 1800s, when medical students were sometimes required to provide their own cadavers, local resident Ebenezer Heady robbed graves in the isolated Heady Cemetery, near the intersection of 126th Street and Allisonville Road. Heady made a small fortune selling the bodies to students—until the night he accidentally dug up his own son’s body and went insane.

the verdict:

Mostly false. Heady Cemetery was one of many cemeteries involved in a grave-robbing scandal in 1902. But as for Ebenezer, “the tales warped and changed until there was no resemblance to the original facts,” Heighway says. The Heady Hollow area had a large population of bobcats at the time, so people heard what sounded like human screams and merged those stories with the graverobbing trials in the newspapers. Photo by Amanda Waltz

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fun facts:

Hamilton County History Need an interesting cocktail party conversation topic? Try Heighway’s favorite historical trivia.

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The first settler in the Noblesville area was a black fur trader working with the Delaware tribe. When white settlers arrived, the man—whose name might have been Pete Smith—helped them overcome many challenges, nursing them through bouts of malaria and serving as liaison to the sometimes-hostile Native Americans. A few years later, a stranger came into town and claimed Smith was his runaway slave, and although the settlers were prepared to defend Smith, the man had the paperwork that seemed to prove his claim. “Fifty years later, the locals still talked about how angry they were that this happened,” Heighway says. The first men’s baseball team in Hamilton County was formed in 1868 by Civil War veterans, and by the 1870s several women’s teams were active in the area. “We were a lot of times ahead of the game on women’s rights and things like that,” Heighway says, noting that Hamilton County’s first women’s suffrage group was formed in 1869, the same year that Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Women’s Suffrage Association.

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When Fishers was founded, its original name was Mudsock, “because the place was just an absolute swamp,” Heighway said. The town was later renamed Fishers Switch, which was officially shortened to Fishers in 1908. Hamilton County’s population has boomed in the past few decades, but it’s not the first time the area has seen rapid growth. Between 1830 and 1840, when the county opened and land became available, the population spiked 400 percent. Another boom started in 1887 when natural gas was discovered in communities like Sheridan, Cicero and Atlanta, which was then three times larger than Carmel. The resource soon ran out, however, because the natural-gas marketing gurus set up “eternal flame” displays that wasted 80 percent of the gas. o

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Home Trends

NORTH magazine explores the latest trends in remodeling your home—one room (or yard) at a time. Here—the second in the six-part series—we head downstairs to discover the latest luxuries in lower levels. Story by Julie Cope Saetre

While media reports tell us the recession has officially ended, consumers remain cautious—and that means they’re looking for ways to have fun without leaving the domestic nest. “Definitely there’s a trend of people wanting to entertain more at home,” says Paul Lipps, vice president and managing director of The Premier Group in Carmel. “(Combine that with) the popularity of games systems like Wii and PlayStation, and high def, which has gotten really mainstream the last few years. It’s bringing people back to the media room or great room or lower-level theater.” And while growing families might once have upgraded to a home with those amenities already in place, today they’re opting to remodel existing spaces—basements are especially popular—or upgrade tired technology. “There’s definitely been a huge transition for us,” says Mark Vyain, president of Digitech Custom Audio & Video in Carmel, “from roughly 70 percent new construction and maybe 30 percent commercial and retrofit business prior to 2007. After 2007, it’s almost the exact opposite. It’s more like 20 percent new construction and 80 percent retrofit and commercial work, with most of it being retrofitting existing homes.”

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Photos courtesy of Case Handyman What are people requesting? Interactive, multifunctional spaces. While the home theater concept—big screen, cinema-style seating—still has its fans, many homeowners want to create a space that has more of a sports-bar feel, complete with bar, billiards, music and multiple screens to accommodate everything from the big playoff game to Madden NFL 11 to a movie musical on DVD. “There are certainly advantages with light control and better acoustics in (home theater) rooms,” Vyain says. “But as a general rule, people are very pleased with the performance they get acoustically in these bigger entertainment spaces, and they like the fact that it’s more inviting for gatherings and parties.”

Vision Quest

There are so many options for remodeling your


lower level that costs can range from $15,000 for a beautiful, cleanly designed room to a more extravagant build-out that runs upwards of $100,000, says Larry Dorfman, president of Dorfman Design Builders and executive director of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Square footage is a major factor in cost, Dorfman explains, but achievability drives much of the budget. “Anything is feasible if there is sufficient budget,” he says. “The house can be raised if a client wants tall ceilings in the basement … and if they want to pay for it.” When meeting with a new customer, Dorfman first determines his client’s financial parameters. Next, he talks to them about their vision. Themed spaces continue to be popular. “Some people are looking for rec rooms, hobby rooms, craft rooms or play rooms for the kids,” he ex-

plains, while others still want the ever-popular darkened home theater setup that simulates the movie theater environment. “And then there are others who want to find ways to bring more natural light into the area,” he adds. “We work with both ends of that spectrum.” Regardless of the theme, whether a client wants a home theater setup or a sports bar environment, the one thing they have to determine is “finding the right kind of viewing area,” he says. “We can do spaces with one great big screen or multiple screens.” Then, you can add on the little details that create a luxurious space. Additions like popcorn machines, wet bars and wine cellars add character and functionality to any space. Dorfman also regularly outfits lower levels with “built-ins that utilize nooks and crannies to create media centers and storage areas.” And as for the ultimate in lower level remodels? Dorfman describes an area that includes “a really well laid-out home theater with a theme of some kind, a bar or wet bar, a cooking facility,” he says, “and I’d like a basement with warm floors, ceramic tile with electric heating elements under them, so even the pets never want to leave.”

Picture Perfect

Technological advances, made possible by a combination of high-definition images and everincreasing screen sizes, are making it possible for customers to embrace the concept of “bigger is better” with a passion.

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“It used to be when you blew up an old analog image, the picture got worse,” explains The Premier Group’s Lipps. “It was no different than when you would take a photo and blow it up bigger than the resolution should be. It just gets grainy and doesn’t look very good. But with high definition, you are able to go really big and still keep that picture, and people are really enjoying that.” And as technology advances, prices actually have come down. Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of flat-panel televisions. “We now have options available to us with 55-inch and 60inch and 65-inch flat-panel televisions that are very attainable in price,” Vyain explains. But for some consumers, that’s only the beginning. It’s not uncommon for someone to start with a large flat-panel TV in an upstairs hearth or great room, only to realize that an even-larger screen in a lower-level or basement entertainment area would be even more enticing—and also encourage use of that space once the investment has been made. “If you’re just flipping through the channels or you’ve invited some friends over and you have the ball game on, you want to have that light bulb go off in your head that ‘we should be watching this downstairs on the 106-inch theater screen.’ And that helps people go use that space more often,” says Lipps. “We’ve got some clients that have really enjoyed that totally different experience that you have downstairs that you don’t have on the main floor.” Once you reach screen sizes of that nature, however, you move beyond flat panels and into the realm of projection systems. These, too, have improved since the days when they were practical only in a dedicated home theater setting, where lights needed to be turned off for the screen to be adequately viewed. New technology allows you to switch on that hot new DVD release without switching off the illumination. Often, this is accomplished through a rear-projection system. AV companies can create storage areas for the mechanics of a system—boxes, cables and other key but unsightly components—either in a dedicated room or something as simple as a rack or entertainment cabinet, so the homeowner can focus on the entertainment, not what makes it possible. That same streamlining also creates opportunities for a variety of video distribution. A system can be created that allows you to show, say, the Super Bowl on every screen throughout an entertainment area, or to put the big game on the big screen and over the bar, while letting the kids watch a DVD or play a Wii game on a nearby TV. You won’t have to search for multiple remotes, either. “What we help do is bring it all under one easy-to-use remote,” Lipps says. “We’re able to put all the equipment in one place, wire it all back to that (remote), and then control it (from there).”

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This one-stop convenience isn’t limited to video systems. Audio systems also can be user-friendly. Wireless technology allows consumers to control their music through a hand-held remote or wallmounted touch panel. Combine that with an iPod or other MP3 player and you can organize your house tunes by artist, genre and song title.

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“It used to be that if you were entertaining and you had CDs, you had to manage them. ‘Let’s play this song and then let’s take it out and play a different song.’ You’d spend more time managing than entertaining and mingling,” Lipps says. “Now you can just integrate your iPod or your digital music into your sound system and have a play list that you’ve already created, and it’s just on and people enjoy that part of it.” For even more flexibility, you can subscribe to an Internet-based streaming service. A Digitech supplier, Control4, offers an audio system that integrates with Internet-based Rhapsody, a site that offers access to more than 10 million songs for a maximum of $14.99 per month. Music can be synced to play in one room, throughout a multifunctional entertainment area or housewide, depending on a homeowner’s needs. “We’ve all hosted parties or we’ve been at parties where the music was coming from one

main room, like the great room, and to allow everybody in the kitchen or other areas to hear it, it needed to be up really loud,” Lipps says. “And no one was ever in that (main) room, because you couldn’t hear, you couldn’t have a conversation. It forced people away from that area. “With distributed audio or house music, you’re able to put individual volume controls in each designated area, so if you want it to be louder in one space because people are dancing and having a good time, but in another area they want to be able to have a conversation, you can control that.” This technology used to be strictly for those with the deepest of wallets, but as with video systems, affordability is reaching a wider audience. “With Control4,” Vyain says, “they basically have taken equipment that used to be two or three times as expensive and really have made this a lot more attainable. Before when we were

doing these sophisticated systems, it might be (for) a 1 million dollar-plus (home). Now we’re seeing a lot of this work in much more affordable custom homes.”

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While you’re doing that audio/video rehab, you can take the control one step further by integrating home lighting, heating and cooling into the same system. One keypad allows you to light up your entertainment space, turn on the tunes, get the game going on the big screen and adjust the heat to a comfortable level. Not ready to go the distance in one swoop? No worries. “You can do that in stages,” Lipps says. “With the remodel, get things in place and start out with what you’re looking for immediately, and then add to it as your lifestyle needs it.” There will be plenty to tempt you down the road. o Photo courtesy of The Premier Group


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For months now, the Center for the Performing Arts has been—quite literally—the talk of the town. In January, the center’s Palladium officially opens its doors—with more than a week’s worth of events slotted to celebrate. We go behind the scenes to meet four men who have worked to make things happen there.


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contents The Men Behind the Scenes




45 David m. schwarz Architect

46 steven libman President and CEO

54 MICHAEL feinstein Artistic Director

58 david jackson


Master of Ceremonies

59 Palladium events Upcoming Performances


arts and design Inspired by classical Italian form, David Schwarz envisions greatness throughout the Palladium


Introduction by Sarah Knight • Photo courtesy of David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc. A great architect is one who can master all the intricate details without losing sight of the big picture. Carmel’s Mayor Jim Brainard recognized this aptitude, as well as an impressive concert hall portfolio, when he selected David M. Schwarz and his namesake architecture and planning firm to orchestrate the design of the city’s newest cultural icon, the Palladium. As the focal point of the Center for the Performing Arts, the Palladium carries but one purpose: to be a landmark venue for listening and artistic expression. Schwarz discusses his triumphs and tussles in designing the 154,000-square-foot concert hall.

David Schwarz

In trying to decide how to build the Palladium, we spent a lot of time considering Carmel and its past as well as the history of the performing arts. Venetian architect Andrea Palladio built the first truly modern theater in Vicenza, Italy, around the year 1500. A real master of his craft, Palladio also designed the Villa Capra “La Rotonda” in Vicenza, which is one of my favorite buildings in the world. Therefore, we felt Palladio was a good place to start when looking for inspiration. A building with four very beautiful façades, La Rotonda embodies a unique classicism style modeled after the Roman Pantheon. When I learned it was important for Carmel’s Palladium to be visually stunning on all four sides to honor each location it faced, I was excited to use Palladio’s work as my muse. We decided to make the façade that faces the park the most ceremonial; however, the façades that face the City Center development and two major streets are still very eloquent. The most difficult aspect when designing the Palladium was that it had to be visually stunning on all four sides. So, when that’s the case, there’s really no place to put a loading dock or a back door. But thanks to all of the great artistic minds involved, we were able to aesthetically conceal those sections of the building. It was very important for us to design a concert hall that was different from any room we had ever designed before—and really different from any room in existence. Because the building’s exterior is such a rigorous and aggressive geometry, we wanted to apply a similar attitude on the inside. We want the people who use the building to experience the specialness of being alive and being human. Buildings, in general, are very much a frame of memory for people. When people have wonderful experiences, they frequently recall the space in which it happened. My team and I found ourselves really interested in the concept of frames for memory after we started building ballparks. After all, a ballpark is a place where a father takes his son and creates an experience out of normal, everyday life. When people come together to see a performance, whether it’s baseball or a symphony, it becomes a special moment. Thus, we believe the buildings that house those moments create beautiful frames of memory. When designing the Palladium, we didn’t want to take the exterior world for granted. It was just as important for us to make the Palladium a real force for the people on the outside, whether they are driving down the street or walking in the park. Our hope is that people will view the hall as greatness. The greatness of the performances it houses and the greatness of human endeavor it represents—all that we can and should be, and all that we can and should contribute. I believe Carmel has a real understanding of the human spirit, and the Palladium will become a symbol of that spirit, giving citizens a sense of encouragement that will move them into the future.

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•••••• For CEO Steven Libman, life is filled with gourmet food, good wine and great art

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Story by Brett Halbleib • Photos by Dario Impini


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Steven B. Libman spends his days as the president and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. There, he oversees the management team, works alongside the artistic director, Michael Feinstein, in selecting the season lineups, and coordinates with the Board of Trustees on how best to raise funds and market the center. His days are filled with the arts, and his nights—at home atop the Evan Lurie Gallery on Main Street—are consumed with much of the same. It’s appropriate that Steven and Keitha Libman reside above an art gallery. Inside the 3,100-square-foot condo, you’ll find the Libmans’ wine collection. You’ll find more than a dozen rugs adding elegance to the hardwood floors. You’ll find a kitchen made for entertaining. But mostly, you’ll find art. Lots of art. So much art that when Steven says, “We need more wall space” and follows it with a chuckle, you’re not entirely sure he’s kidding. Just a few steps into the residence sits a 1700s-era copper engraving. Nearby are original hand-colored works dating to the early 1600s and created by German botanist Basilius Besler. There is also an original work by Käthe Kollwitz, a German painter/ sculptor known for her images depicting strong women. Steven fell in love with her work while in college. “I only have one of her pieces, and I regret not buying more,” he explains. A little farther into the open living area, where the dining room comes into view, are several char-

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coal and crayon drawings by S. Warren Krebs, a longtime Nantucket artist. Krebs is a particular favorite of the Libmans. Two of his abstract paintings, one called “Phoenix” and another titled “The Wall,” also hang in the dining area. View their collection as a whole, and you won’t find one particular genre, media or time period. They don’t exclusively collect watercolors or contemporary pieces or abstracts. Sprinkled throughout the home you’ll find pen-and-ink drawings, acrylics, watercolors, photographs (many taken by Steven on one of their trips to Paris), sculptures—even glass art, including a piece by Dr. Jeff Rothenberg of Indianapolis, and an oversized blue vase hand-blown in Dale Chihuly’s studio in Washington state. The closest thing you’ll find to an overall theme or continuous thread to their collection would be Nantucket. It’s the subject matter of many works. And they have art from several Nantucket artists, including Krebs, Barbara Vanwinkelen and Paul LaPaglia. “We were fortunate to know wonderful artists in Nantucket,” Keitha says, referring to the years she and Steven spent in New England. Both of the Libmans are natives of Rhode Island. Growing up there, “you have an appreciation of history,” Keitha says. “Historical significance” to a piece, Steven explains, will entice him into buying particular works. The couple occasionally acquires a work of art just because they admire an artist’s rich technique. “And sometimes it’s a combination of all the above,” Steven says. “Or things that just make you happy,” Keitha adds. The upstairs bedrooms, in particular, reflect the island’s influence. Framed photos and other mementos of Nantucket fill shelves. The undressed windows of the master bedroom invite plenty of light in to enliven the commanding silk-screens of Nantucket scenery. They were created by Eric Holch, an artist and printmaker based there.

Steven says they may not be able to afford art worth millions of dollars, “but it’s nice to buy art that speaks to us. We both have to love the piece of art or furniture before we bring it into the house.”

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Both Libmans still have family and friends (artists among them, of course) in Rhode Island. And when those friends come to visit, they’re in for far more than just a feast for the eyes. The Libmans frequently entertain. “I like to do elaborate dinner parties with many courses,” Steven says. “Steven is a great cook,” Keitha volunteers. Assisted by a heavy-duty Viking range and refrigerator, Steven makes multicourse meals, with salads and appetizers, which might include hummus and tapenade, followed by a salad containing fresh roasted beets and homemade dressing. He also is fond of making soup. “I’ll make cold fruit soup in the summer—honeydew or cantaloupe or cold tomato soup.” Other seasons might bring roasted butternut squash with ginger. Main courses vary: grilled swordfish with arugula salad, pasta with homemade sauce, or, for one recent party, a pork loin stuffed with prunes and apricots and marinated in cognac. “Very yummy,” he recalls. “And everything is always fresh,” Steven notes. “I never deep-fry anything.” He’ll also treat guests to an intermezzo of honey lavender ice cream or perhaps sorbet. While whipping up his latest risotto or finishing the crème brulee, he’ll occasionally have guests join in the preparation. “My mom used to cook, and I’d help her. It’s relaxing for me,” Steven says. When he worked as managing director of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, he took Chinese and Thai cooking classes. “What a great foundation it formed,” he says. It taught him the value and discipline of prep work, “and it taught me to make sauces properly and ap-

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preciate fresh herbs.” Books, generously and neatly arranged throughout the home, attest to Steven’s love for food. Scan the shelves in the living room (or on the granite kitchen counter) and you’ll discover such titles as “Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy,” “French Cheeses,” “The Wine Bible” and “The Nantucket Restaurant Cookbook.” “I like food with intense flavors, and I thoroughly enjoy matching wine to that,” Steven says. At some parties, he will match a different wine with each course. As he retrieves a wine from the den (which doubles as a wine room), you’ll catch a glimpse of his growing collection, which includes wines from all over the world. Scan the bins and you might find Kistler Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Or a 1998 Opus One Napa Valley Red. Maybe a double magnum of Joseph Phelps 1998 Cabernet. Or that bottle of Cos D’Estournel Sainte Estephe 1996. A few empty bottles bear signatures on the front, but they aren’t celebrity autographs. Just little mementos of good times for Steven and Keitha. Sometimes they mark special occasions (or special bottles of wine) by asking friends to sign the bottle they just enjoyed.

Room for all

The open floor plan of the main level is well-suited for entertaining, and that was one of the dealmakers for the Libmans. Ask Keitha why they liked the residence above the Lurie Gallery and she’ll reply: “Just open that front door. The huge, welcoming room—it was just perfect.” The overall effect, between the openness and the art, creates a comforting atmosphere, “like a great big hug,” she says. “Everything says please touch,” Steven adds. “We want people to feel comfortable. We may put food on the coffee table. It’s glass, but it doesn’t really matter to us if something spills on it. We just want people to have a good time when they’re here.” (However, they have a practical side. When grandchildren Aidan, 3, and Emery, 1½, come to visit, they move some things out of arm’s reach.) The location was a selling point as well. Steven says living in Carmel’s Arts & Design district is “very convenient for me. We have so many events we go to. Plus, I can call and say, ‘I’ll be home in two minutes.’ ” Keitha also adores the openness of the twostory residence. The many windows letting in an abundance of natural light reminded the Libmans of San Diego, where they lived for four years before moving to Carmel. The lack of curtains is a deliberate decision. “With all the natural light, it’s wonderful,” Steven says. “I thought about white, wispy curtains,” Keitha says. But then she concluded, “Nah. I’d rather just see the sky.” “I guess you could add curtains,” Steven says. “But I don’t think you need it.” He clarifies, however, that there is a curtain in the bathroom. And should you visit it, you’d see something else in there as well: art. From Nantucket, no less.

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•••••• From the looks of it, Michael Feinstein is happy in his new home Story by Marc D. Allan • Photos by Dario Impini

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Michael Feinstein smiles when he sings. He says he’s not aware of it, but he does; it’s a big, broad smile, as if he’s the happiest man on earth. Maybe his expression is a result of the success he’s had as the contemporary purveyor of the Great American Songbook, maybe it’s just the joy he gets from the songs themselves. Whatever it is, he looks perpetually delighted.


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Feinstein glows, too, when he talks about his new role as artistic director of the Palladium, Carmel’s new 1,600-seat concert hall, which opens in January. Feinstein said he wanted the position for many reasons. A Columbus, Ohio, native, he’s comfortable in the Midwest. He believes in Mayor Jim Brainard’s vision for making music for Carmel what amateur sports have become for Indianapolis. He wants the experience of being on the other side of the artistic experience—the guy behind the scenes rather than the one onstage. And he thinks the performance spaces have amazing potential. “I’ve made an artist commitment, and it’s going to take time to accomplish the many goals that were set for the new performing arts center,” he says. “I feel like Carmel is in many ways a safe haven. I feel safer there than I do in L.A. or New York. There’s just something about it that has intuitively told me to be there. And more than anything else, I follow an intuition in my life because I wouldn’t be where I am otherwise.” Instinct, he said, told him to head to Southern California in 1976. He was 20. There, through happenstance, he met the widow of the great Gershwin interpreter Oscar Levant, who introduced him to Ira Gershwin. Feinstein spent seven years working for Gershwin and preparing to launch his musical career. What happened next is well known—over the next 25 years, he became “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” a multimillion-selling artist who’s played Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, the White House and Buckingham Palace. About three years ago, Doris Anne Sadler, the former Marion County clerk who’s now executive director of the Michael Feinstein Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook, suggested that Feinstein meet the Carmel mayor. “It seemed like a natural fit,” she said. “Of course, the timing was right. They were in the process of building, and we”—the foundation—“were in the process of growth.” Brainard presented a primer about Carmel “that was absolutely staggering,” Feinstein says. “What’s happened and what will—the commitment to the arts and to culturally creating something to give the city a unique identity.” And what better place than Indiana, which has given the world two of the giants in the canon of the Great American Songbook, Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter? In securing Feinstein’s foundation and services, Carmel beat out New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Boca Raton, Brainard says. The mayor said the first agreement with Feinstein provided housing for the foundation—“to provide some space in the Palladium to exhibit, archive and catalog a lot of the Great American Songbook memorabilia like George Gershwin’s notebook where he wrote songs that were never published. He has warehouses full of stuff like this.” Then Brainard offered him the artistic director position. Feinstein expects trial and error as he and Steven Libman, the CEO, learn what works, what people want to see and how to use the space prop-

erly. “The most important job we have right now is to listen to people and give people what they want and then to push the envelope—to give people what they don’t know they want.” Two years down the road, he sees an American Songbook Festival, movies and concerts on the lawn, shows in the black box theater, children’s programming and more. “An important part of what we do has to be about not only community outreach but educating kids,” he explains. There’s that smile again—and that reminds Feinstein of a story. “Hugh Martin, who wrote

‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,’ was Judy Garland’s accompanist when she was at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in 1951 for several months,” Feinstein says. “Once, they were standing backstage, and she turned to Hugh and said, ‘Hugh, would you like to know my secret?’ “He said, ‘What secret?’” “She said, ‘What it is that makes people cry when I sing?’ “He said, ‘Yes, of course.’ “She said, ‘I smile.’ “Then,” Feinstein said, “she went onstage.”

Making other people’s songs your own. “The most important thing is not to copy other people’s style. For whatever reason, when I started singing these songs, I don’t think I sounded like anybody else, even though one critic felt I was copying Johnny Mathis. I like Johnny Mathis, but I didn’t listen to him enough to be able to copy him. But the bottom line is, these songs have to be freshly interpreted. It’s up to every person who sings them to find something new about them and present that element to keep the song fresh for the audience. The great entertainers are those who internalized the essence of the lyrics and the music and make them personal and sing the songs as they’re borne out of personal experience.”

What it’s like to play at the White House. “I was very emotional when I played the White House because there was a sense of having reached a certain point in my pursuit of sharing this music that was a hallmark, if you will. My proudest moment was not the first time I played the White House but a few years later when I was able to have my parents there. To be able to share it with them is one of the unforgettable experiences of life.”

Always being busy. “I have learned that to take time and rest and relax and rejuvenate does make for greater productivity and creativity and does somehow create more time rather than less. But it took me a long time to learn that, and I have to sometimes force myself to adhere to that tenet.”

Why Sinatra endures. “He was one of the first people to take older songs and give them a new life. … And it’s also because of his God-given talent for interpretation. He certainly made choices of lyric changes that were not to my liking, but the essence of what he did was so honest.”

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Compiled by Ashley Petry After managing galas for the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Central Library and the Eiteljorg Museum, David Jackson, owner of Westfield’s Premier Events, is tackling Carmel’s next high-profile event, the Jan. 29 grand-opening gala at the Center for the Performing Arts. About 1,600 people are expected to attend the performance, which features Michael Feinstein and Chris Botti, and between 800 and 900 people will celebrate at the after-party.


Can you give us a sneak preview of the event details?

It will be every elegant, but we’re also using vivid colors, such as chartreuse green, tangerine and hot raspberry. It will be very polished, with a contemporary component to the design. … We’ll have lots of twists and turns, with some really interesting details. We’ve gone to a great deal of effort to choose interesting food (such as lobster salad, beef tenderloin, a raspberry bombe tower and other foods that fit the color scheme). The linens are really beautiful and distinctive. The lighting, the flowers, all the printed materials—we really have gone to a lot of effort to make sure they’re cost-effective but also very effective. The structure is such an asset to our community that we really wanted the gala to reflect the level of polish and sophistication that the concert hall is providing.

What about the flowers?

Tim Kelley, of Palmer Kelley Designs, is doing the flowers. He’s going with glass containers and contemporary, architectural designs. It won’t be soft and pretty; it will be very dramatic, lots of blooms and very little greenery.

Are you really having this party in a tent—in January?

This is a semi-permanent sort of structure, and we have an amazing climate control with a thermostat. There will be a floor and carpets and chandeliers, so it will be very warm and comfortable.

This is a big event for Carmel. Are you feeling the pressure?

I feel, what a great opportunity. Just because it’s such a memorable occasion, I feel a level of responsibility, more than pressure, but I’m very excited.

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Live Like a VIP at … the Center for the Performing Arts

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When the Center for the Performing Arts launches its first season, the VIPs in the crowd will be the season subscribers. “One of our goals on the hospitality side is to make sure season subscribers become acquainted with front-of-house staffers,” said John Hughey, public relations manager. In other words, the ushers will greet you by name, and the bartenders will remember how to make a martini just the way you like it (shaken, not stirred?). All that, when you’ve already gotten to choose your favorite seat in the house.


What’s Old is New Again Can’t snag a ticket to the grand opening of the Center for the Performing Arts? Instead, take home a piece of history with the center’s commemorative album of old standards (as yet untitled). The album is a collaboration of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and Michael Feinstein, the center’s artistic director. Recorded in August at Westfield High School, it includes tunes such as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Dream a Little Dream of Me” and “No One is Alone.” Pick up a copy starting in January at the Palladium gift shop and

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A week full of community events is scheduled to celebrate the grand opening of the Palladium. Here, a look at planned activities: Jan. 22: Ribbon cutting

A ceremonial ribbon cutting and the first public performances will take place on stage.

Community Day

“Take Centerstage� will provide opportunities for professional and amateur musicians from around the state to perform backto-back on stage in the concert hall.

Jan. 23: Public tours

An open house will include a full schedule of public tours, performances on stage and a behind-the-scenes look at the concert hall.

Jan. 30: Classical concert

Rounding out the opening festivities will be a special classical concert featuring the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Miro Quartet with Lynn Harrell.

Visit the Center for the Performing Arts website at For gala tickets, call the Gala Hotline at (317) 660-3370, or e-mail Jim Austin at

Architectural forums

Multiple events throughout the week. Discover the architectural inspiration behind the Palladium via panels, discussions and special tours.

Jan. 29:Â Gala

A black-tie affair featuring artistic director Michael Feinstein with jazz instrumental artist Chris Botti. The gala will be produced by acclaimed Hollywood producer Gordon Hunt with lighting by Tom Ruzika. The evening will include performances by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. The evening wraps with a high energy after-party.

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Where to give, how to give, who else is giving … find it all right here. Compiled by Meghan McCormick

Gift, present, contribution, donation—no matter how you say it, it’s the season for giving. If you’ve already made your list and checked it twice, you may want to give it another glance after reading about these Hamilton County not-for-profit organizations and well-known philanthropists. Approximately 125 nonprofits serve the county. Each plays a unique and important part in the community and flourishes largely due to the generosity of its donors. PAGE 60

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Story by Ashley Petry A surgeon, an attorney and a kidney specialist walk into a bar—it sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it actually describes Henle and the Loops, a Carmel band that performs at healthrelated fundraisers across central Indiana. The band was founded in 2002 by nephrologists Chuck Carter and Barry Kriebel; Carter’s brother, Stuart Carter, a Carmel attorney; and cardiothoracic surgeon David Hormuth. It was Stuart Carter who coined the band’s name, which refers to a small part of the kidney called the loop of Henle. Henle and the Loops made its first public appearance in August 2004 at a fundraiser for the Kids First Foundation. Since then, it has helped raise more than $1.1 million for nonprofit organizations such as the American Heart Association, the Spina Bifida Association of Central Indiana

and, of course, the National Kidney Foundation. “We didn’t want to play in smoky bars, and we weren’t looking for fame and fortune,” Chuck says. “We just enjoyed playing together and giving back to the community.” The band specializes in funk and soul cover songs from the 1970s, such as music from Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago and Tower of Power. The set list usually includes songs like “Mustang Sally,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “Brown-eyed Girl” and Santana’s “Smooth.” Over the years, the band has mushroomed to include a dozen members, most of them from the northside, who play the trumpet, the trombone, the saxophone and even the harmonica. Chuck’s wife, Stephanie Sambol Carter, also joined as a drummer. In 2009, Henle and the Loops released its first album, “Know Why,” whose title has a double meaning. It speaks to the group’s philanthropic

commitment: “We know why we do this,” Chuck says. The album title also references the fact that the band’s name is frequently misspelled with a “Y” at the end of Henle. (CDs are available at concerts for $10, with $7 of each purchase donated to that event’s sponsoring nonprofit organization.) Despite the band members’ busy schedules, they still manage to play between 15 and 20 events a year and rehearse every Sunday evening. “Everyone has carved out a place in their lives to dedicate the time to practice and help folks in need,” Stephanie says. The schedule requires extensive coordination and the occasional support of freelance musicians, but along the way the band has become a family. “We’re all dedicated to the same mission of using our skills and talents to help other people,” Chuck says. “We get along great, and we’re the best of friends.” For more information, check out ­­

Agapé Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc. • Alternatives Inc. of Madison County • Asian American Alliance • Arts & Design District Business Association of Carmel • Best Buddies, Indiana Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Inc. • Birthright of Cicero, Inc. • Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville • BSA/Crossroads of America Council • Camptown, Inc. Cancer Service of Hamilton County • Carmel Arts Council • Carmel Art Festival • Carmel International Arts Festival • Carmel Chamber of Commerce • Carmel Clay Educational Foundation PAGE 62

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< < < Agapé Therapeutic Riding Center

Cicero-based Agapé Therapeutic Riding Center, quite literally, encourages its participants to take hold of the reins in overcoming their challenges. Through the organization’s equestrian therapy programs, participants with physical disabilities often show improved flexibility, balance, muscle strength and range of motion, while those with mental and emotional disabilities benefit from greater self-esteem, patience and confidence. To date, about 15 school systems in Hamilton County and central Indiana have partnered with Agapé to better serve their students. (317) 773-7433,

The Center for the Performing Arts

When it debuts in January, the highly anticipated Center for the Performing Arts, with its grand Palladium concert hall and smaller Tarkington and Studio theaters, is likely to make a lot of (acoustically perfect) noise in what’s usually a quiet month in Carmel. “Combined, the three venues will be a place for people to engage in communal intimacy, celebrating great art together,” says public relations manager John Hughey. Seven resident companies, including the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Civic Theatre and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, will call the center home. (317) 660-3373,

Carmel Dads’ Club

Built on more than 50 years of tradition and history, the Carmel Dads’ Club (whose membership is more than 5,500 and includes Carmel moms, too) provides youth sports programs for Clay Township children, ranging from preschoolers to high schoolers. Budding athletes have their pick of 11 sports, such as football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer and lacrosse, from which to build their athletic and sportsmanship skills for school teams—or just for fun. (317) 846-1663,

Conner Prairie

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook like Hoosier pioneers did or deliver mail in a hot air balloon, you can try them and much more at Conner Prairie, the state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, in Fishers. “We like to say that ‘look, don’t touch’ becomes ‘look, touch, smell, taste and hear,’ ” says communications assistant Heather Richey. That’s because visitors to the 19th-century-themed Indiana history museum not only observe the traditions of, for example, the Lenape Indians, but also speak with tribe members and learn how to throw a tomahawk. And that’s just one activity. (317) 776-6006,

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Creating Hope

Sometimes the best medicine doesn’t come in a pill bottle. At Creating Hope, cancer patients cope with the emotional aspect of their disease through art therapy. The organization was founded by Jeanette Shamblen, a Fishers mother who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2003. Today, Creating Hope assists patients with self-expression projects, such as painting bookmarks, in a variety of settings, ranging from bedside visits to twice-weekly group sessions at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. (317) 595-8513,

Carmel Clay Historical Society • Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation • Carmel Clay Public Library • Carmel Clay Public Library • Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation • Carmel Clay School Corporation Carmel Community Players Inc. • Carmel Dads’ Club Inc. • CarmelFest • Carmel Repertory Theatre • Carmel Rotary Club • Carmel Symphony Orchestra • Carmel Woman’s Club Central Indiana Community Foundation • Central Indiana Dance Ensemble • Central Indiana Land Trust Inc. • Chaucie’s Place—Children’s Advocacy Center • Children’s Theatre Institute

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Beck is the recipient of the Legacy Fund’s 2010 Legacy Award, which provides Hamilton County donors a vehicle for using their gifts in the most effective ways.

From left: Scott Beck, Kim (Beck) Marschand, Todd Marschand, Shantel Beck, Tracey Beck, Glendia Beck, Tony Beck, Sonny Beck. Submitted photo Background: Beck and his family grew the seed business his father and grandfather started in 1937 into one of the Midwest’s premier operations. Today, his Atlanta, Ind.,-based Beck’s Hybrids remains a family business, with his two sons and son-in-law working alongside him. “The reason the company grows is because it provides a lot of services to farmers and gobs of products,” Beck says. “We have not only our own brand of products but others like Monsanto, Pioneer, Syngenta and Dow.” Alma Mater: Purdue University. The Beck family name lives on through the university’s Beck Agricultural Center, a meeting and conference facility for farmers. Hamilton County Philanthropy: Beck’s family has provided significant financial support to various athletic teams, music organizations and other programs at Hamilton Heights Schools;

Riverview Hospital Foundation; and numerous local food pantries and churches. He’s also involved in Habitat for Humanity Hamilton County, both in encouraging his employees to participate in the projects and with his own donations. Recently, Beck’s Hybrids made a major contribution that enabled the building of a Habitat home in Noblesville. “Because farmers and families support us, we believe in supporting things that are near and dear to their hearts,” Beck explains. Words of Wisdom: “The Bible says you should help your fellow man when you can—not to elevate yourself, but to be quiet about it, take care of it and go on,” Beck says. “We like to help other people fish a bit better and improve themselves rather than doing a handout.” Other Major Accomplishment: Beck and his wife, Glendia, have 12 grandchildren, ages 4 to 17.

Cicero Friends of the Park, Inc. • Cicero Parks Department • CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions • Citizens for Greenspace • Conner Prairie • Creating Hope • Creating Positive Relationships, Inc. Englishton Park United Presbyterian Ministries • Family Service of Central Indiana • Fishers Arts Council • Fishers Chamber of Commerce • Fishers Department of Parks and Recreation Fishers Economic and Community Development Commission • Fishers Freedom Festival • Fresh Start of Indiana, Inc. • Friends of Hamilton County Parks • Friends of the Carmel Clay Public Library PAGE 64

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A Critter’s Chance

Michelle Manker, a trained wildlife rehabilitator, believes that all animals—not just the domestic ones—deserve a chance at survival. So her Fishers-based not-for-profit takes in stray exotic pets, like guinea pigs and parrots, as well as all manner of wildlife. The organization also hosts public education programs on how to deal with displaced or injured animals. “We save animals that would otherwise be left to die,” Manker says. “It saves taxpayer dollars since the officers don’t have to deal with these critters. We also keep non-native animals from being out in the wild and ending up with issues, and we often take animals out of shelters to keep them from being euthanized.” (317) 585-9036,

Girls on the Run of Hamilton County

On the surface, Girls on the Run appears to be a 12-week running program, but it’s also a crash course in self-respect and healthy living for its preteen participants. As they train for a non-competitive 5K race, the girls receive lessons in empowerment and self-esteem that the organization hopes will last them a lifetime. “The goal is fewer adolescent pregnancies and eating disorders, less depression and suicide attempts, as well as fewer substance/alcohol abuse problems and confrontations with the juvenile justice system,” says board President Morgan Studer. The local GOTR council (part of a larger international organization) made its Hamilton County debut in February and will host its first program this spring. (317) 292-4252,

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Young or old, large or small, this Noblesville-based animal shelter helps hundreds of wayward dogs and cats in HamNumber of solar panels ilton County each year to find their forever homes. All at Conner Prairie adoptable animals receive daily care, including spay/neuter services, vaccinations and any applicable medical treatment, as well as a microchip so they can always be identified, no matter where they roam. Best of all, healthy, adoptable animals are never euthanized. And through programs like Partnering Animals with Seniors (PAWS), senior citizens can adopt senior pets for a reduced fee. (317) 773-4974,

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While its primary function is educational—locomotives of all kinds, as well as passenger coaches, freight cars and cabooses, are on display at this Noblesville museum—it’s tough not to enjoy yourself here, too. “I regularly conduct tours and help listeners learn about the importance of the railroads in their lives—as an example, we discuss how much of the food we eat is brought to us on the rails,” says Bob Blome, who has served as an ITM volunteer since 1967. “We also have fun, fun, fun!” Popular train rides like the Pizza Train, Fair Train, Pumpkin Train and Polar Bear Express keep things interesting for visitors of all ages. (317) 773-6000,

Little Star Center

For the past eight years, this Carmel-based not-for-profit organization has provided therapy for autistic children of all ages, as well as support services for their families. Recognizing that each child with autism has unique abilities and challenges, the center uses a one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis model that focuses on developing behavior, language, speech and other skills to help them more effectively function in school and at home. (317) 249-2242,

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Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Inc. • Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. • Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre • Habitat for Humanity Hamilton County • Hamilton Centers Youth Service Bureau Hamilton Co. Div. of Family & Children • Hamilton County Artist Association • Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development • Hamilton County Community Tennis Association Hamilton County Convention & Visitors Bureau • Hamilton County Council on Alcohol • Hamilton County First Steps • Hamilton County Good Samaritan Network

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The Basiles are two of central Indiana’s most dedicated arts patrons. Among Frank Basile’s many awards are a Sagamore of the Wabash (awarded by Gov. Frank O’Bannon) and the 2007 Theatre Person of the Year from the Indiana Theatre Association.

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Background: Frank Basile, a professional speaker and writer, formerly served as senior vice president of the Gene B. Glick Co. His wife, Katrina, is a Realtor with F.C. Tucker. Together, they’ve made significant contributions of time and financial support to various central Indiana arts organizations, including the Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Opera, WFYI public radio and television, and several others. Hamilton County Philanthropy: In January the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel announced that the Basiles had pledged $500,000. To honor them for their gift, the center is naming its café and gift shop after the couple. Their hope for the center’s impact on the community?

“To increase the size of the pie, so to speak,” Frank says. At a time when many arts organizations are struggling to retain audience members and donors, he says he believes that the center can increase both without competing against similar arts organizations in the area. Words To Live By: “We feel like, for Indianapolis to be a world-class city and attract the kinds of people we want in our community, we need arts and culture,” Frank says. “It really improves the quality of life here.” Hobbies: Frank and Katrina are avid travelers whose adventures have taken them to such exotic locales as Bhutan, Antarctica and Iran. Their travels are often documented in Frank’s Indianapolis Business Journal column, “The Traveling Life.”

Hamilton County Historical Society • Hamilton County Leadership Academy • Hamilton County Parks & Recreation • Hamilton County Theatre Guild, Inc. • Hamilton County Urban Conservation Association Hamilton County YMCA • Hamilton East Public Library • Hamilton Heights School Corporation • Hamilton North Public Library • Hamilton Southeastern Schools • Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation • HC Dept. of Probation/LEAPP Program • Healthy Families of Hamilton County • Historic Ambassador House and Heritage Gardens • Homes with a Hug • Humane Society of Hamilton County PAGE 66

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Keep Noblesville Beautiful Being one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities has its advantages. But it also means a growing amount of waste and increased highway use. That’s why the folks at Keep Noblesville Beautiful are determined to keep the town looking its best through events like the annual Highway 37 Cleanup and tree and daffodil plantings. They also host a yearly Neighborhood Cleanup Blitz, complete with free mulch and paint, hazardous waste removal, and advice from master gardeners and tree experts.

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Indiana 4-H Foundation • Indiana Dance Ambassadors • Indiana Transportation Museum • Indianapolis Zoological Society • Janus Developmental Services, Inc. • Jordan-Rieger Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Joy’s House • Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc. • Little Star Center • Low Cost Spay-Neuter Clinic • Mainstreet Productions, Inc. • Marion-Adams Schools • Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County Mental Health Association in Hamilton County • Midwest Food Bank of Indianapolis • Moms Club • Museum of Miniature Houses • Noble of Indiana • Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission Photo by Amanda Waltz

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Though now deceased, Van Eller gave to Hamilton County an increasingly valuable commodity: his land, which is now part of the Wapihani Nature Preserve.

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Background: Eller, who passed away in July, spent his entire life living on his family’s farm, which at one time totaled 1,200 acres and extended from 116th Street in Fishers to southern Noblesville. In addition to farming, he also spent time working as a trustee for Fishers and Carmel schools. Hamilton County Philanthropy: Eller grew discouraged as development began to swallow up natural habitat around his family’s farm, most notably the road in front of the farm, which expanded from two to four lanes. To help preserve a portion of the land, in 2008 Eller sold 37 acres to the Central Indiana Land Trust at a bargainsale price, thus providing a sizable in-kind donation. The sale allowed Central Indiana Land Trust to complete the Wapihani Nature Preserve—77 acres of land at 116th Street and Eller Road. (Eller had previously sold the other 40 acres to Hamilton Southeastern School Corp., which then sold

to the land trust to complete the nature preserve). During his life, Eller also served as a charter member of the Fishers Volunteer Fire Department and Lions Club of Fishers and Carmel. Trusted Friends: Eller’s longtime friends, Cathie Jefferson and Daryl Brown, continue to maintain the property where he and wife Betty (also deceased) spent their lives together. Words of Wisdom: In a 2008 article for the fall newsletter of Central Indiana Land Trust, Eller was quoted as saying, “Sprawl is nuts in this area, and I did not want that land developed. I wanted just trees on the property and no free-standing buildings.” Leaving a Legacy: The Eller name lives on in the Eller House shopping center, Eller Fields baseball park,  and the Eller Run, Eller Commons, Eller Trails and Eller Creek subdivisions (so named for Eller’s cousins, who owned the land where the developments now exist).

Noblesville Housing Authority • Noblesville Main Street • Noblesville Parks Department • Noblesville Preservation Alliance • Noblesville Schools • Noblesville Schools Educational Foundation Noblesville Youth Baseball • Open Doors of Washington Township, Inc. • Prevail, Inc. • Prevent Blindness Indiana • PrimeLife Enrichment, Inc. • Promising Futures of Central Indiana Purdue Cooperative Extension Service of Hamilton County • Riverview Community Health Clinic • Riverview Hospital Memorial Foundation • Second Helpings, Inc. • Senior Citizens Organization, Inc. PAGE 68

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Prevail offers crime victims, free of charge, a comprehensive menu of services, including 24-hour crisis intervention, assessments, action and safety planning, transportation to a shelter, support groups, advocacy and assistance during court hearings and in trials and employment services. “By providing all of these wrap-around services under the Prevail umbrella, we are able to lessen the anxiety of victims by addressing their multiple issues right on site,” says Sue Hacker-Nelson, director of development. The goal, she adds, is to help these individuals “on their journey from victim to survivor to thriver.” (317) 773-6942,

Got a few extra bucks in your pocket? Do something good with them. Brad Little, president of Legacy Fund and vice president of Central Indiana Community Foundation, tells us how to start giving in five easy steps.

Sheridan Historical Society

It is one of Hamilton County’s smaller towns, but Sheridan, which this year celebrated its sesquicentennial, is enjoying a revitalization thanks, in part, to its historical society. The volunteer-run group has worked not only to preserve landmarks, such as the restored Boxley Cabin, but also to organize fun, educational activities like Sheridan Fireside Tales (a storytelling event in the town’s Biddle Memorial Park) and the Pioneer Hill Sunset Series, which featured, among other things, a popular bluegrass concert. (317) 758-5054, www.

1. The first thing to do may be the hardest: Decide what’s important. “Take the time to have a thoughtful conversation with yourself about what’s actually important to you,” he says. Little suggests picking three things that align with your values system. “Is that feeding the needy, clothing the poor—you’ve got limited time, limited finances—what are those things that are important to you?” 2. Next, find the organizations that do the best work in those areas. Central Indiana Community Foundation, which works with not-for-profit organizations all over Hamilton County, can help you find the right place to direct your dollars. 3. Once you have narrowed the playing field, do some research, Little says. You want to go online or do a site visit, he suggests. Ask for a financial report and explore the different ways your money can truly make a difference. 4. Maybe you have more time than money to give. Little says Step 4 needs to involve deciding on how best you can help. “What do you think you can bring to that organization that’s going to benefit the organization while you’re there?” Little asks. “A lot of people don’t even think about that. They just show up without having given thought to how they can really help.” If you’re going to make a financial donation, you’ll need to decide where your money goes, he adds. Donations can go toward specific programs or general funds. “That is where a lot of our not-for-profits are struggling,” he says. “Donors want their money to go to specific programs, but not-for-profits can’t run programs if they can’t afford the manpower.”

TheraPets of Indiana

After her recovery from a car accident involved the help of a Cairn terrier, Darlene Gosnell set out to form a pet therapy organization that assists others in this way. Fishers-based TheraPets of Indiana is a team of Cairn terriers and West Highland white terriers that specializes in a variety of areas (including pediatric, physical therapy and intensive care) and helps improve the health and well-being of patients in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and homes. (317) 5771246,

Third Phase

In addition to being Hamilton County’s largest food pantry and clothing distribution center, Third Phase, in Noblesville, holds the distinction of being one of two Indiana not-for-profit groups to receive $5,000 in seed money from the Oprah’s Big Give television show in 2008. Along with donations received from community members, the money helped build a new donation barn for the facility. The Christian-based organization also serves as a long-term shelter for women and children in need of assistance. (317) 7735100, o

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5. Put a plan together, Little says, and then get out there and do it. If you need more information on how to get started, visit

Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County • Sheridan Historical Society • Sheridan Public Library • Sister Cities Association of Fishers • Special Olympics Hamilton County • Student Impact of Westfield Suburban North Club Corp. • The Children’s Theraplay Foundation • The O’Connor House • Third Phase Inc. • Town of Sheridan • Trinity Free Clinic • United Way of Central Indiana-Hamilton County Washington Township Parks and Recreation • Westfield Washington Public Library • Westfield Washington Schools • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) • Young Audiences of Indiana

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Swoop into Cooper’s Hawk for the perfect wine and food combination Compiled by Traci Cumbay • Photos by Sherri Cullison Cooper’s hawks are fast birds of prey that live within a wide swath of North America. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant has until recently been spotted only in Illinois, but on Nov. 1, it began delighting local carnivores and oenophiles with a wideranging menu and large span of wines. A cooper builds wine barrels, and so the name, like the operation, does double duty. Cooper’s Hawk is very much about the wine, producing 48 varieties at an Illinois facility (and, to a lesser extent, within the four Illinois restaurants). The grapes come predominantly from California, Oregon and Washington; the winemaking smarts come from Rob Warren, who studied and practiced winemaking in the Niagara region before joining Cooper’s Hawk. More than 100 awards and a current annual production of about 75,000 cases of wine bolster his resume. Cooper’s Hawk founder Ted McEnery washed dishes as a child and managed restaurants before he left his teen years behind him. A degree in restaurant and hotel management from Purdue University and a handful of years later, 28-year-old McEnery opened his first Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant in Orland Park, Ill. That was 2005. Nov. 1 saw the opening of his fifth location, in a fully revamped Bahama Breeze location on 96th Street. A tasting room greets visitors with gift baskets, wine-friendly foods, bottles and—along a back wall—a tasting bar. Take a complimentary sip or order a structured tasting of eight wines for $7—a sparkling, three whites, three reds and a dessert wine. The menu intertwines food choices with McEnery’s wine mission, offering a wine suggestion alongside each item. Decisions must be made from the four pages of “something for everyone” mayhem, PAGE 70

but at least those decisions come paired with drink. “The menu has a little bit of everything,” McEnery says. “The most important thing was to have a wide variety and not a steak or seafood theme. Certainly, the wines drive the menu. We cook with wine as much as possible and have several bottles open to figure out pairings while we’re working in the kitchen.” The “upscale modern” hodgepodge includes Mexican drunken shrimp (bacon-wrapped and sautéed in tequila lime butter) and lobster-stuffed potato skins, red-wine-and-mustard short ribs and gnocchi carbonara. Wines are American in origin, and in that it melds myriad foods and cultures, the menu is American in spirit. Asian will not be divided from Southwestern, and lunch not from dinner: The Cooper’s Hawk menu is available in its entirety throughout the day, meaning that bone-in ribeye is as fair a pick for lunch as is a fried-green tomato BLT for dinner. Starting with Key lime pie surely wouldn’t be discouraged, and in fact it, like the seven other desserts, comes with a wine recommendation. Minimalist décor utilizes wine barrels but mostly stays sleekly mod. Stylish lighting provides focal points, whether in long recesses along a hallway or dominating the dining room as blocky white-shaded pendants. An open kitchen fills one wall of the dining room, and a large, lively bar takes over a corner with a tucked-away feeling stemming from the short hallway that leads past entry to lounge. Service is casual but efficient, attentive. A Cooper’s hawk hangs low in foliage and relies on the element of surprise. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opts instead for solace, in

menu and presentation. Wine, this place says, is nothing to fear, and the comfortable menu alongside it underscores the point.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant 3815 E. 96th St.,(317) 574-9463, Restaurant hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The bar and tasting room hours vary slightly from restaurant hours.

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In the Mood for ... Soup?

Dark, cold and colorless, the season chills bones and breaks even the most vigorous of spirits. Hoping to soothe a snow-scuffed soul? Here, five suggestions for soup that might do the trick.


918 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel Chicken Noodle: $4.40 An amalgam of recovery, solace and reminiscences of Mom. Enjoy skinny egg noodles, half-moons of soft carrots and peas, and live happily ever after. The end.

Ginger’s Café

1804 Conner St., Noblesville Loaded Potato: $4.50 Creamy, chunky, über-rich and topped if you like with chives, bacon and cheese, Ginger’s soup makes you wonder what passing discomfort stands up to soup you can stand a spoon in?


8352 E. 96th St., Fishers Ropa Vieja: $5.75 The heat of this tomato-based, shredded pork stew doesn’t burn but gets cut by shredded carrots, sliced olives and tart capers. Meaty, rich ropa vieja pairs nicely with a glass of bourbon and a housewarming fire.

Kitchen Wisdom

When iSushi Café (820 E. 116th St., Carmel) opened in May 2009, co-owner and sushi chef Chang Lee was the only guy behind the sushi bar, and he never minded shouting goofy conversations across the small dining room with whomever got him started. As business has grown, new faces have appeared above the cutting boards. Now Lee more often wanders the dining room than prepares food, making conversation quieter but no less lively. Chang Lee NORTH: Sushi has gotten really popular, but a lot of people still turn up their noses at it. Lee: The first thing is just getting over the mental thing. I get that—it’s raw. The second thing is the texture. You have to find the right texture for you. Everybody likes shrimp, salmon, tuna. And, hey, we have a chicken tempura roll. It’s cooked. You can ease in.

NORTH: Is there any food you turn up your nose at? You good with hot dogs, for instance? Lee: Are you kidding? I love hot dogs. I eat everything. And anything I don’t have to cook I like a lot better. NORTH: I just learned that I’ve been committing a sushi faux pas by mixing wasabi into my soy sauce. Why is that so wrong? Lee: It does taste really good. The problem is you can overdo it and then you miss the flavor of the food. But I know—when you mix the wasabi and the soy sauce together, you get a whole new thing. It’s good, but too much of a good thing is not good. NORTH: What’s the most exciting or exotic fish you can get in Carmel? Lee: Sea urchin, but I can’t have it around all the time. I eat it when it doesn’t sell. And then I get tired of eating it and stop ordering it, but that’s when people come in asking for it. Once you get used to the flavor of sea urchin there’s nothing else like it. NORTH: You deal with fish all day. Do you fish in your down time? Lee: Aw, I hate fishing. I don’t like the idea of putting the hook in the fish; I just like it when it comes to me already dead. o


13190 Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel Italian Mussels: $8 Technically a soup? Probably not, but there is broth, and that broth can sheen the grayest day. Garlic, white wine and salami call for extra breadsticks and a spoon so that none of the magic stays behind when the mussels are gone.

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12237 N. Meridian St., Carmel Chicken: $6.95 This is soup to luxuriate in, soup to drive through snow for. Big bites of chicken fill a broth that also includes rice, sure, but then goes several steps better: Chilies, cilantro and avocado bring the brightness that most winter days sorely lack.

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As much as the sandwiches have going for them, the desserts at Blu Moon Café (200 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel) and Logan Street Marketplace (937 Logan St., Noblesville) still top the list of reasons to visit. Chef-owners Brian and Shelley Jordan keep their bakery cases stocked with homemade cakes, tarts and cookies creative. During this, the season of baking and bitter overscheduling, they offer solace: “Most pie fillings, cookie doughs and cake mixes will hold in the refrigerator for up to four weeks unbaked,” Shelley says. Make them ahead of time, maybe before the season reaches its full throes, and “you can bake fresh desserts before each holiday gathering, but only at half the preparation time.”

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Wine, Dine


There’s a world of palate-pleasing finds out there. Get some. Compiled by Brett A. Halbleib and Ashley Petry

Veuve Clicquot. Technically not a wine, Veuve Clicquot is still one of the best-selling champagnes for celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s, according to Payless Liquors wine consultant Tom Zmak. Find out for yourself why it’s so popular at a free tasting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at Payless. The tasting will feature selections from the Moet-Hennessey Champagne Collection. Sign up soon, though—the tasting is limited to the first 50 people. 726 Adams St., Carmel, (317) 844.5641,

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You’ll Just Have to Bear It The Simply Sweet Shoppe in Carmel now offers “The World’s Largest Gummy Bear” ($39.99). At 5 pounds, it’s equivalent to 1,400 regular gummy bears and contains 12,600 calories. It’s usually available in two or three flavors, but the Sweet Shoppe staff will place a special order if you fancy a particular flavor. And we hate to have to tell you, but if you eat it all at once, you’ll probably ruin your dinner. 30 N. Rangeline Road, Carmel, (317) 818-9866, Photo courtesy of GGB of Raleigh LLC


On the Grill The restaurant space at 11705 Fox Road has reopened as Michael’s Southshore, an American grill offering salads, sandwiches, burgers, and grilled meats and fish. Look for made-from-scratch specialties like chardonnay-poached mussels, smoked chicken and corn chowder, and red-chili shrimp farfalle with broccolini. The new owner, Michael Moros, has previously served as chef and managed restaurants for the Marriott, Radisson, Sheraton and Westin hotel chains. 11705 Fox Road, Indianapolis, (317) 723-3808,

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If your kids aren’t like everyone else’s, why should their portraits look like everyone else’s?

L e t y o u r k i d s b e t h e m s e Lv e s .

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When it comes to wowing your holiday guests, the best course is often bite-size. shrimp de jonghe 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed Egg yolk 1 pound unsalted butter, room temperature 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil 1¼ tablespoons garlic, minced ½ teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon ground black pepper ½ teaspoon Lawry’s salt 1 teaspoon Reese steak salt 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated 2 tablespoons dry sherry 18 U12 shrimp, peeled, deveined and cut into three pieces each Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the puff pastry into a large circle shape. Brush with egg yolk and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until puffed up and golden brown. Using a mixer, combine butter and extra virgin olive oil in a large bowl and whip until smooth. Add in remaining ingredients except shrimp and whip until well combined. There will be extra butter mix; it will hold for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Heat a large saute pan on medium-high heat; add about 12 ounces of the butter mix and melt. Add shrimp and cook until done. Check seasoning and adjust if needed. More butter mix can be added if desired. Cut off top of puff pastry shell and set aside. Add shrimp and butter mix to body of shell. Sprinkle with extra cheese if desired. Replace shell top and serve.


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Petersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (7690 E. 96th St., Fishers) is a regular go-to destination for holiday gatherings, so executive chef Jeff Heaviland knows a thing or two about crowd-pleasing starters, like this Shrimp de Jonghe.

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Worth the Trip

Joseph Decuis provides gourmet, organically grown food and culinary mastery in rural Indiana Story by Sherri Cullison Photos courtesy of Joseph Decuis

When her husband, Pete, began a sports insurance business out of the basement of their home in 1989, Alice Eshelman certainly couldn’t have imagined it would someday morph into the restaurant—or perhaps better termed the fine-dining empire—that it is today. But no matter the original business plan, the insurance company is in the past for Pete and Alice, and what remains at hand is what’s important: delicious, gourmet dishes at the nationally known restaurant, Joseph Decuis, in Roanoke, about an hour and a half northeast of Indianapolis.

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Left: Macadamia Nut-Crusted Sea Bass. Right: Wagyu Steak Tartare Pete now calls himself a CEO and farmer; he runs a 200-acre farm six miles down the road from Joseph Decuis. There, he raises Wagyu livestock, a breed of cattle native to Japan that produces world-renowned Kobe beef, and free-range hens. The Eshelmans also grow many of the herbs and vegetables served at the restaurant; what they don’t grow themselves, they purchase from “like-minded” organic farms in the region. Alice refers to her role in the family business as a “proprietor.” Some years back, her culinary prowess was what led to the birth of Joseph Decuis. As Pete’s insurance company grew, clients would often visit the Eshelman home, and Alice

would set about to cooking for them. In 2000, Pete decided to buy an old bank building on north Main Street in the heart of Roanoke—the purchase would help to better serve his customers. The couple quickly began renovations, adding a mezzanine level to the building where they could host corporate luncheons. That dining room then expanded to another. Then dinner was added “three nights a week,” says Alice, who adds she served as the “hostess, waitress and busboy” at times. Then more dining rooms. The couple eventually expanded into the property next door, and dinner is served Monday through Saturday. “I don’t know now how we would have done it if

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Heirloom Tomato Relish on Crostini served atop a glass of Sauvignon Blanc we just opened a restaurant. It was a nice gradual growth for us.” Now the restaurant, named after one of Pete’s Creole ancestors, can offer approximately 125 guests a seat in any one of six dining rooms: The Exhibition room features a view of the bustling kitchen; the Club includes a bar and formal dining room in the original bank building; the Victorianstyle Conservatory provides al-fresco dining; the New Orleans-style Courtyard surrounds guests with lush gardens; and the Gallery Board Room and Chairman’s Office spaces are perfect for private business meetings and dinners. Also on the grounds is a farmers-market-like gourmet Emporium, from which customers can purchase soups, gumbos, chowders, bisques and sauces, as well as its beef and vegetable offerings. There’s also the master kitchen, which the Eshelmans refer to as the Culinarium, where chefs routinely ideate, teach and test dishes. And down the road sits The Inn at Joseph Decuis, a quaint, PAGE 82

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The Decuis Farm is a venue for fine dining all its own. Seasonal special events are held there, and private farm tours are given to showcase the drug-free, humane, stress-free sustainable farming practices used. 2010 was a successful year at the Decuis compound. In March, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture recognized Eshelman for exceeding industry standards in farm management practices. In September, the restaurant celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Alice refers to eating a meal at Joseph Decuis as a “farm to fork” experience. The menu mixes classic cooking with American ingenuity, and it uses all-natural, seasonal ingredients. “From the beginning, that was our mantra,” she says. “You don’t compromise on quality.” In 2001, Alice planted her first organic garden, and, since,

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her all-natural offerings have grown. “We added chickens, and my husband, for my 50th birthday, gave me 20 pregnant heifers.” Wagyu ribeyes are popular options on the menu, but diners also regularly choose the wildcaught Columbia River salmon, with asparagus, local mushrooms, risotto Milanese and lobster sauce. Other entrees might include the Gunthorp Farm duck breast, served with cauliflower, duck confit, broccoli rapini, garbanzo beans and marcona almond curry, or the Sears Massachusetts diver scallops, with homemade pasta, Sugarbush Farm asparagus, fiddlehead ferns, ramps, morels and lemon zest. Recognized by Wine Spectator magazine for having one of the finest restaurant wine lists in the world, Joseph Decuis not only offers a selection of 65 varietals from 12 countries but also stocks ports for all tastes. Regardless of dinner choice, there’s an appropriate pairing for each meal. The bank’s original vaults now serve as wine cellars. Appetizers, like the Joseph Decuis Farmraised Wagyu beef carpaccio or the Strauss Farm veal sweetbreads, set the tone for each dinner, and desserts, such as chocolate bourbon pecan cake and Palazzolo’s artisan gelatos and sorbettos, naturally enough, provide a sweet finish. o

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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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Drive time: 2 hours and 15 minutes 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.

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


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Top: Aerial view of French Lick Hotel and Casino. Photo courtesy of French Lick Resort. Outdoor sport photos courtesy of Orange County Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bottom: The lobby of West Baden Springs Hotel. Photo courtesy of French Lick Resort.

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boyne falls, mich. Drive time: 7 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, homestyle 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. PAGE 90

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Winter 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. Submitted Photo

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. Submitted Photo

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. 24-25). 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 by Jason Wright

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snowshoe, W. va. Drive time: 8 hours 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 slope-side 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

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Get in the holiday spirit with your pick of music, sleigh rides, history lessons or quick trips to the North Pole


Fishers Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony What better way to celebrate the season than to surround yourself with neighbors? The Fishers Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, in front of Fishers Town Hall, is the official welcome of the holiday season, with a large tree and lots of decorations. Children can also meet Santa Claus, sing carols with the Dickens Carolers and sample traditional holiday snacks. This year’s lighting ceremony is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Hint: Can’t make the tree-lighting ceremony? Drop off the kids’ letters to Santa at the special holiday mailbox, open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 22 to Dec. 13, at Fishers Town Hall. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive a personalized reply. 1 Municipal Drive, Fishers, (317) 595-3111,


Country Christmas at Stonycreek Farm Bundle up the family and take a hayride to the forest, where you can cut down your own white pine, Canadian fir or Norway spruce. (The Country Christmas event is a 20-year tradition in Noblesville, and the owners expect to sell more than a thousand trees in the month before Christmas.) If you’re lucky, you might even notice Santa Claus driving your hayride. Or pick up a pre-cut Frasier fir and spend your time in the greenhouse, which offers custom wreaths, garlands, holiday gift items and hot cider. Children will also enjoy the farm’s new zip line. Country Christmas is held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Nov. 21 to Dec. 21. Admission is free. 11366 State Road 38, Noblesville, (317) 773-3344

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A family tradition since 1995, the Polar Bear Express offers two memorable options for families. The daytime program includes a story reading and a short train ride from Fishers to Noblesville in the company of Santa Claus, elves and a polar bear. The evening program also includes a story reading, but the train ride goes from Fishers through Noblesville’s square to the “North Pole” (actually Hobbs Station at the museum’s Forest Park headquarters), where Santa Claus joins the journey. “This is a huge event for the kiddos,” said Sarah Buckner, communications coordinator for the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Trains depart at various times from the Fishers Station on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 3 to 12. Tickets are $18 for daytime programs and $22 for evening programs. Reservations are required. 11601 Municipal Drive, Fishers, (317) 773-6000,

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Christmas on the Farm comes not once, but twice at Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville this year. On two Saturdays in December, the creamery hosts live reindeer, live music, sleigh hayrides, and a visit from Old St. Nick. Children can join in on several craftmaking opportunities while moms and dads shop for specialty foods, fresh baked goods and artisan crafts at the creamery’s farmers market. The events take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18. Admission is free. 9101 Moore Road, Zionsville, (317) 733-1700,

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Put on warm clothes and wander the candle-lit paths of Conner Prairie, Fishers’ interactive history park, stopping along the way at the houses and businesses in the 1836 village. As you warm up at the roaring fires, you’ll hear about historic holiday traditions from many cultures, sample old-fashioned goodies and perhaps even dance a jig or two. Along the way, stop at the community bonfire to learn centuries-old carols. When you’re done, you can tour the annual Gingerbread Village, book a flight on the 1859 Balloon Voyage, browse in the gift shop or enjoy a candlelight buffet at the museum’s popular restaurant. Conner Prairie by Candlelight takes place 5 to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 3 to 18. Tours leave every 10 minutes, and reservations are required. Adult tickets are $12 for members and $14 for nonmembers. Youth tickets (ages 2 to 12) are $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, (317) 776-6006 Photo courtesy of Conner Prairie

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Breakfast with Santa at Mansion at Oak Hill Bring the kids out to enjoy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breakfast with Santaâ&#x20AC;? at Mansion at Oak Hill in Carmel. Sing-a-long with Santa to some of his favorite songs, and enjoy a hot breakfast buffet with eggs, French toast sticks, sausage, bacon, and more. Kids can take away a picture with Santa to remember their special visit. Breakfast, which takes place on Saturday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., costs $16.50 per person. For more information, call (317) 843-9850 or go online at Mansion at Oak Hill, 5801 E. 116th St., Carmel.


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Celebrate the Holidays The Carmel Symphony Orchestra, along with vocalist Julia Bonnett, Carmel native and winner of the 2009 Great American Songbook High School Academy and Competition, takes the stage at Westfield High School to perform a slew of holiday favorites. The list includes at least two dozen well-known numbers, including “Deck the Halls,” “Auld Lang Syne,” “Jingle Bells,” “O Holy Night” and more. Concerts will be at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. For ticket information, call (317) 844-9717 or visit Westfield High School, 18250 N. Union, Westfield. o

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By Jason Chastain I’m a pretty healthy guy. I used to think I was pretty smart when it came to healthy eating. Then I sat down to watch a documentary called “Food Matters.” Quickly, I realized how much I really don’t know. The documentary goes to great lengths to show what today’s food industry is up to, and I can tell you this: We’re up to our necks in pesticides. Watching this film set me on a mission to watch every food documentary I could find. For the most part, the way our food is grown, mass-produced and preserved is, to put it simply, gross. And it’s making us sick. “Food Matters” heavily lobbies for a raw food diet; there is a clear bias there, but it also discusses less extreme measures you can take toward healthy eating, like buying local, organic foods. What does organic mean? Why should you buy organic? I asked around, and here’s what I found out. The word “organic” refers to the way a food was grown, raised or processed, explains Sarah Smith, marketing manager at Whole Foods. For a food to be deemed organic by the USDA’s National Organic Standards, it has to be grown without the use of persistent pesticides and using methods that support the health of the planet. Because, you see, most of the ways our food is grown isn’t good for the planet or our bodies. It seems ironic. After all, why do we eat? Because our bodies need the nutrients foods provide us on a daily basis to function, create energy and fight off illness. So why are we not choosing foods that will best support that cause? Several reasons. We may simply not know what we’re putting into our mouths because we haven’t done the research. Or it might be because we feel we don’t have the time it takes to prepare meals

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made from foods that are organically grown, so instead we opt for fast food. And when we are at the grocery store, we might have noticed the organically grown foods are more expensive, so we then purchase pre-processed foods and snacks at a cheaper price. Those foods may save you money now, but a popular phrase among local food and

I can tell you this: We’re up to our necks in pesticides. organic supporters goes something like this: Pay the organic farmer now or pay the hospital later. All of this sounds a little dramatic. But it’s really not. Smith says prices for organic foods reflect many of the same costs as conventional items in terms of growing, harvesting, transportation and storage, but “the difference is that organically produced foods must meet stricter regulations governing all of these steps, so the process is often more labor- and time-intensive, and organic farming tends to be on a smaller scale.” And the extra price you pay is worth it. Organic farming doesn’t contaminate our water supplies with the chemicals that large growers and manufacturers use. Organic farmers employ methods to promote fertile topsoil and prevent erosion. This, in turn, protects wetlands. When natural fertilizers are used, and when toxic fungicides and herbicides are avoided, the soil stays healthy and provides a nutritionally balanced environment for plants. That means your food is going to be healthier for you.

Research still remains to be done on the nutritional difference between organic and conventional foods, but what experts do know for sure: Organic food has lower levels of conventional pesticides, Smith says, and “some studies have shown that certain organic foods have higher levels of certain antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals.” The choice seems pretty obvious to me. If I can spend nearly $5 on a drive-through latte, I can spend $5 on a gallon of organic milk to last me all week. If I want to buy healthy, I’ll shop at the growing number of farmers markets—and I can do this all year long. More winter farmers markets are popping up all over the city and state, and what they can offer—from yearround supplies of local meats, eggs and dairy to preserved summer surplus—continues to increase their fanfare. On the northside, there are several mom-and-pop health food spots, like Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville, as well as chain operations, like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. And if you don’t feel like making the extra trips? A few organic delivery options exist. Try Green B.E.A.N. Delivery (www. or Balanced Harvest Farm ( to explore home-delivery options year-round. If none of these works for you, look around your local grocery store. Marsh, Kroger, Target and Wal-Mart all offer organic options. These days, watching what you eat doesn’t just mean counting calories and fat content. In today’s world of mass production and cuttingedge technology, what we choose for food—as I’ve only recently really begun to understand— really matters. o

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Take years of surface damage off—without resorting to a scalpel Story by Julie Cope Saetre With pampering face and body treatments, plus more intensive services that repair deep wrinkles, skin damage and acne scars under a physician’s supervision, med spas provide the best of two worlds. And they offer an alternative to plastic surgery. “It’s for patients who don’t want surgery,” says Dr. Angela Corea, co-founder of Clarity MD in Carmel. “They don’t want to be drastic, but they’d like to turn back the clock a couple of years—just refreshen their skin and rejuvenate.” Such patients want more compelling results than can be achieved through standard facials and treatments performed at non-medical day spas, says Andréa Bradley-Stutz, director and co-founder of Ology, located at Clarion North. And while surgery might not be on their wish list, a doctor’s supervision for these treatments is important. “People are getting a little bit more savvy and a little smarter,” she says. “And they have less money to spend, so they’re more careful about where they spend it. They’re thinking it through a little bit more, making sure that safety and efficacy is part of their decision, rather than just, ‘Well, this is the most popular place, or this is where so and so went.’”

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Laser focus

Many med spas make lasers staples of their repertoires, thanks to their transforming power on the skin. These high-tech wonders can tackle anything from hair or vein removal to skin tightening and resurfacing. At Clarity MD, one of the most popular techniques is known as “laser genesis rejuvenation,” which addresses skin problems such as redness, pore size, fine lines and uneven texture. Sometimes described as a “lunchtime laser facial,” the procedure uses a laser to warm the upper dermis, located below the skin’s surface, to stimulate collagen production. A series of treatments—often five to six—smoothes out minor imperfections gradually, so no general or local anesthesia is needed. “It has absolutely no down time,” Corea says. “It feels like a warm sensation, like you’re laying out in the sun … and it’s something that everybody can do. You can even do it for dark skin types.”

Seeing the light

In winter months, many of Ology’s patients turn to “photofacials,” a BBL or broad-band light treatment that uses pulsed light to treat brown spots, redness and other signs of sun damage that emerge on the face, neck, chest and hands as summer tans fade away. A more intensive treatment, BBL requires a topical agent to numb the skin prior to treatment. “Depending on the area that we’re treating, it can be very, very palatable to mildly uncomfortable,” Bradley says. “It’s not unlike being snapped with a rubber band. You wouldn’t want to do it every day of your life, but it’s an extremely effective treatment, so most people don’t mind a couple of seconds of discomfort.” Post-treatment, expect “some pretty significant redness and some mild to moderate swelling, depending on how aggressive we are in the areas that we’re treating,” she adds. “There isn’t any discomfort after the fact. You can go to work. You can cover (the treatment area) with makeup. But you would not want to have this on a Friday and get married on Saturday.” Depending on how deeply the pigment is based and how seriously the skin is affected in the targeted area(s), the BBL treatment may need to be repeated once or more to achieve the desired results.

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Some clients want dramatic results in a shorter time period. For them, Clarity MD physicians recommend Pearl Laser Resurfacing, Pearl Fractional treatments or a combination of the two known as Pearl Fusion. These treatments give “your skin a whole new look,” explains Dr. Jodie R. Harper, also a co-founder of Clarity MD. They help “with lines and wrinkles and acne scarring and all kinds of issues.” In Pearl Laser Resurfacing, a thermal-peel laser treatment, the top layer of skin is removed while at the same time a thermal effect is applied to the remaining epidermis. As a result, collagen is stimulated, and skin is rejuvenated to diminish wrinkles, pore sizes, scars and sun spots. During the Pearl Fractional procedure, laser pulses create small, controlled “microwounds” in the skin layer, selectively removing micro-columns of targeted tissue. Again, collagen is stimulated.

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Med Spas are for patients who “don’t want to be drastic, but they’d like to turn back the clock a couple of years—just refreshen their skin and rejuvenate.” — Dr. Angela Corea

And the Pearl Fusion? “It’s a combination of the regular Pearl and the Pearl Fractional,” Harper explains. “The people who need that are people with deeper lines and deeper wrinkles, or people with significant acne scarring. It corrects not only the texture issues, but also corrects hyperpigmentation. … What we’re really doing is creating a controlled injury. We’re counting on the body’s ability to heal itself. It heals through new collagen formation, stronger collagen that’s tighter and fills in those gaps, fills in those acne scarring holes.” The procedure, Harper says, is uncomfortable, so patients are given oral medication, pain relievers and perhaps anti-anxiety medication. “We do topical numbing as well as local nerve blocks,” she adds “to help with the procedure itself.” Faster, more dramatic results also come with what Harper terms an “aggressive Fusion.” With this procedure, patients should expect a three- to

five-day period during which they’ll need to apply an antiseptic solution to the treated areas and coat their face with Vaseline to protect it from bacteria and allergens. Sun exposure must be avoided as well. For an additional week or so after that, the patient should expect reddened skin as the healing process occurs, and they should wear sunscreen and any lotions recommended by the doctor.

Slim and trim

Don’t think laser technology is just for the face. At Ology, the noninvasive Zerona body slimming treatment is used to slim the body and diminish fatty areas. During this “cold laser” treatment, a lowlevel light stimulates fat cells to create tiny pores. “That allows the fatty deposit in the fat cell to leak out, and then your own body eliminates the fat through natural methods of de-

toxification—lymphatic drainage and urine, etc.,” says Bradley. The painless process is not, she stresses, a weight-loss technique. Nor is it a substitute for broad-spectrum liposuction. “It’s great for someone who already eats well and exercises and maybe just has a few trouble areas that they can’t get rid of—thighs, abdomen, back of the arms,” Bradley explains. “A lot of women complain about fatty deposits around the bra line. It’s also great for men, who typically have those areas around their abdomen.” Several treatments generally are needed to achieve the desired results.

Ask questions

To decide on the right treatment, talk to your chosen med-spa physician, who will evaluate your wants and needs, your skin type and pigmentation, your downtime possibilities, your willingness to maintain an after-care regimen and, of course, your budget. And finally, don’t let the laser technology intimidate you. “You used to say ‘laser’ to somebody, and they used to be pretty scared about it,” Corea explains. “Today, they go ahead and go for it. When they come in for their first treatment, I’ll usually test on their hand with a very, very low setting and show them what it is, and they’re completely at ease after that first pulse. … They’re like ‘OK, I’ve put this off long enough. It’s time for me to do something.’ They’re ready to take the plunge.” o


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sident e r s r e h s i F r s, but fo e y , s ’t cars y n o e t r r a i e e c h i t o e h v c Boys lo ings of h t y a l p s i h , ts. son David Fergu otorcycles. They’re robo or m

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Like a lot of children of the 1980s, David Ferguson was enamored in his youth by the Rock-a-Fire Explosion, the animatronic rock band that serenaded an entire pizza-eating, video-game-playing generation within the magical confines of the pizza restaurant chain Showbiz Pizza Place. Showbiz was the forerunner to what is today Chuck E. Cheese’s, and the restaurant featured the “Rock-a-Fire Explosion,” a group of fuzzy robots that served as the “live” entertainment to help

pensive, easier-to-maintain robots—a move that left Ferguson longing for the days of yore. When Ferguson learned that Aaron Fechter, who created the robot band, was selling his last remaining Rock-a-Fire robots on eBay, Ferguson jumped at the chance. He bought a set, hitched a trailer to the back of his truck and headed for Orlando to pick them up. “Something just bit me,” Ferguson says. “I was completely taken aback by how the robots moved.

keep kids seated while they ate and in between trips to the skee ball machine. The band, which itself is something of a childhood legend for many Gen X’ers, included Fats Geronimo, the ivorytickling gorilla, lead guitarist Beach Bear, country bear Billy Bob Brockali (with sidekick Looney Bird in a nearby oil drum) on banjo, outer-space canine Dook LaRue on drums, cheerleader mouse Mitzi Mozzarella, and stand-up comedian Rolfe DeWolfe, a wolf who always had his trusty puppet Earl Schmerle within arm’s reach. A shifting business model, however, led Showbiz to morph into Chuck E. Cheese’s, with less-ex-

It just took over my life. I’m fascinated by every aspect of it.” When Ferguson returned home, he set to work converting his 20-by-20-foot garage into a veritable 1980s fantasy party showroom. Aided by the original installation manuals, he built everything from the ground up, including the staging (“I had to trim a little of the curtains off,” he notes), carpeting and outfitting the space with black lights, and adorning the opposite wall with toys, photos, posters and other memorabilia and collectibles from the restaurant. He had to customize the three-stage layout to fit within his

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David Ferguson with robot Fats Geronimo.

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Ferguson also builds robots of his own, like this one, which fits inside a variety of characters’ “skins.” PAGE 112

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“I was completely taken aback by how the robots moved. It just took over my life. I’m fascinated by every aspect of it.” — David Ferguson

space, placing the two secondary stages parallel to each other on either end of the main stage. After Ferguson installed the robots, he either tracked down miscellaneous parts he was missing or recreated them from scratch; thus was born the room he and his friends call “Mitzi’s Mousetrap.” But it wasn’t enough just reliving his youth. Ferguson wanted to bring it into the 21st century, and so he created a new software program, which he dubbed “Programblue,” which allows him to not only use the existing ’80s songs (along with the Showbiz birthday and comedy tracks), but to also program new routines using contemporary songs. Adding tracks is not as simple as pressing a button, he explains: Each robot must be programmed individually. Leg, arm, head, mouth and eye motions also have to be programmed individually. Ferguson estimates a three-minute song takes a minimum of six hours of work to program, depending on the complexity of the choreography. And he isn’t the only collector out there. He

estimates there are eight to 10 other people around the country who own a set of the robots, and he keeps in touch with most of them. A documentary called “Rock-a-Fire Explosion” made the rounds on the film festival circuit last year, and several of his friends were involved in the film’s production. Ferguson himself appeared, along with his Billy Bob costume, at the film’s premiere at the 2009 Indianapolis International Film Festival. Ferguson estimates he spent $5,000 to $6,000 on his particular set of robots, excluding accessories, travel expenses, maintenance and electrical bills, and he hopes his experiences will one day afford the self-employed software developer a viable means of making a living in the toy or home Halloween décor industries, with a certain band fronted by a gorilla and a country bear as his muse. “The Rock-a-Fire Explosion is a tool of inspiration,” he said. “I’m a dreamer, and when I sit and watch the show, I dream up new ideas. It takes me to a place where I feel like I can do anything.” o

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Welcome to “Student Views,” a new section of NORTH magazine dedicated to the art, writing, poetry and photography of talented northside students. Here, you’ll find a collection of works from students at Carmel High School, but we’d like to see your children, students and schools represented, too! If you know a talented young poet, writer, artist or photographer on the northside, please send in their creations for possible inclusion in our next issue. E-mail high-resolution photographs or word documents to And don’t forget to include the student’s name, age and school. PAGE 114

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1. Kathy Chen 2. Emily Hansen 3. Jake Jernigan 4. Irene Gibson

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5. Dan Martens 6. Franci Figueroa 7. Emily Bonham 8. Olivia Trancik 9. Leanne Kim 10. Emily Grayson

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Christa & Andy Heiser Sept. 25, 2010 The Hawthornes Golf & Country Club Photos by Stephen Simonetto

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Carmel International Arts Festival Sept. 25 & 26, 2010 Carmel Arts & Design District 1. Art displayed at a booth by Indianapolis artist Gayle Herrli. 2. A puffer fish hangs from the Pond Scum Ceramics display. 3. Brad Hoyt plays the harp guitar for art festival guests. 4. Seven-year-old Lindsay Vrobel chose her most festive wear for the Carmel International Arts Festival. 5. George Bragg stands in front of several of his works, which he sold throughout the two-day festival. 6. Shoppers had their pick of dozens of arts and crafts vendors, selling everything from original paintings to black-and-white photographs, unique ceramics, sculptures and more. 7. Kimberly Marshall traveled all the way from St. Petersburg, Fla., to sell her paintings at the event. 8. Teresa Hurley and Christa Wood grabbed a spot near the shade to have a bite to eat. 9. Beautiful skies graced the Carmel Arts & Design District, where hundreds of buyers and sellers flocked for the festival. 10. Maggie, a Jack Russell terrier, donned her best pink attire for the event.

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Fishers Renaissance Faire Oct. 2 & 3, 2010 Conner Prairie 1. The event, which started in 2004, attracts an estimated 12,000 visitors each year, over the two days of festivities. 2. Doug Overmyer stands outside his “Swords and More” booth, which was filled with knives, dirks, daggers, axes, shields and more. 3. A train of performers make its way through the vendor area. 4. Alyson Free, 5, of Fishers shows off a stone given to her after interacting with the “Enchanted Statue.” Free is the daughter of Jason Free of Fishers. 5. Many vendor booths sold unique, era-appropriate keepsakes. 6. Trudy Timkovich of Indianapolis, as her character “Lady Hungerford.” 7. (from left) Jaclynn Hall-Dobbs, Jacqueline “Jet” Trainowski, and Cheri Clark in character as the three Greek faiths. 8. Tyler Spicknell and Pam Marbaugh, both of Indianapolis. 9. Julie “Adonia” Fulk finishes a glittery temporary art piece on the arm of Teresa Whitlock, of Indianapolis. 10. Whitlock’s 12-year-old daughter, Lauren, displays the completed artwork on her arm.

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Compiled by Garrett Kelly

ONGOING Stroll through a wonderland of gingerbread creations covered in icing, gumdrops, sprinkles and other sweets when you visit the Gingerbread Village at Conner Prairie through January. Location: 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers. Information: (317) 776-6006,

DECEMBER Celebrate the many Hoosiers who have gone on to reach mega-celebrity status when the Indiana State Museum opens its “That Hoosier Music” exhibit, which highlights the accomplishments of John Mellencamp, Michael Jackson and more. Patrons also will learn how the Hoosier state has left its stamp on many musical genres. The exhibit, included in regular museum admission, runs every day in December. Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: Photo courtesy of Conner Prairie

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presents its “Yuletide Celebration” throughout December by celebrating heartwarming carols and performing songs from Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.” Show times, dates and prices vary. Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Information: Head to the Reynolds Free Christmas Lights Display to take in all the beauty of the season. Nativity scenes and lights will decorate the grounds at the Reynolds Farm Equipment Store in Fishers throughout December. Location: 12501 Reynolds Drive, Fishers. Information: (317) 849-0810.

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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus presents “Funundrum” at Conseco Fieldhouse, with several shows offered from Wednesday through Sunday. Ticket prices range from $13 to $75. Location: Conseco Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information: Photo courtesy of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus


Fishers continues its “Santa’s Mailbox” program, which invites youngsters to drop off their letters to Santa, through Dec. 13. The mailbox is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Fishers Parks & Recreation Offices, 11565 Brooks School Road, Fishers. Information:


Head out for a “Free Family Night at the Children’s Museum,” open from 4 to 8 p.m. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Information: www.


The Butler Ballet presents “The Nutcracker,” during which guests can enjoy beautiful dancing, scenery and costumes to accompany Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Show times vary; ticket prices range from $17 to $28.50. Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis. Information:


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Travel to Chicago by bus to enjoy a day of shopping, courtesy of the town of Fishers. Bus loading begins at 6:30 a.m.; bus leaves promptly at 7 a.m. Registration is required. Cost is $44 for residents and $66 for non-residents. Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building, 1 Park Drive, Fishers. Information:

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Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Now in its 17th year, “A Beef & Boards Christmas” is being presented at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre through Dec. 23. The annual show offers 36 performances that include holiday songs, skits and stories, all inspired by the golden age of television. Location: 9301 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis. Information: (317) 872-9664,

start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and cost $20. For an additional $15, enjoy post-tour hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by calling (317) 587-1017. Location: Carmel Christian Church, 463 E. Main St., Carmel. Information:


Folk artist John Prine heads to the Old National Centre. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $57.60 to $69.50. Location: Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis. Information: Get the holiday fever at the “Fortville Winter Festival.” Enjoy holiday music, horse-drawn carriage rides and pictures with Santa from 5 to 8 p.m. Location: Downtown Fortville. Information: www.


Join Mrs. Claus and Raggedy Ann for tea at the Indiana State Museum. Every Sunday between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. in December, guests can enjoy sandwiches, scones, pastries and their choice of tea in the historic L. S. Ayres Tea Room. Cost is $16.95 per adult and $5.95 per child. Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 232-1637, www.


Fishers Parks & Recreation hosts the Rudolph-inspired class “I am Special,” where children can enjoy reindeer crafts, songs and games. Event is for children ages 3 to 6. Cost is $16 for residents, $24 for non-residents. Location: Billericay Park Building, 12690 Promise Road, Fishers. Information: (317) 595-3150.


Take the kids to get “Pictures with Santa” in Fishers from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Event is free; no registration required. Location: Fishers Town Hall, 1 Municipal Drive, Fishers. Information:


Chris Isaak makes a stop at the Old National Centre for his current tour. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $101.50. Location: Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis. Information:

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” live on stage in a special onehour, music-filled production opening Dec. 4 and running until Dec. 21. Tickets range from $19 to $32, including chef Odell Ward’s tasty holiday buffet, complete with carved turkey and all the trimmings. Location: 9301 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis. Information: (317) 872-9664,

This year’s Sunnyside Guild fundraiser luncheon, “The Gift of the Magi,” takes place at the Carmel Ritz Charles, where guests can enjoy speaker and writer Elliot Engel, a luncheon, a style show, a raffle and silent auction. This annual event supports a pulmonary fellow at Wishard Hospital. Cost is $55. Location: 12156 N. Meridian St., Carmel. Information: Fran Arnold at (317) 842-8291.


Clowes Hall is the site for the 25th anniversary performance of “Rejoice!” when guest performers and Butler students will sing to celebrate the season. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free with

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four-ticket maximum. Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis. Information:


The Central Indiana Dance Ensemble presents the 11th annual production of “The Nutcracker.” Show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday offers shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s show starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children, 18 and under. Location: Zionsville Performing Arts Center, 1000 Mulberry St., Zionsville. Information:


The Indiana State Museum hosts the “Girl Scout Holiday Sing” event, during which Girl Scouts will perform from 11 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 3 p.m. Registration opens at 10 a.m. Tickets are $4 per person. Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: www. Carmel Clay Parks presents “Snacks with Santa” where guests can enjoy a chocolate bar, popcorn and cookies. Be sure to stick around for activities, including a scavenger hunt. The event lasts from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $14 per person. Location: West Park, 2700 W. 116th St., Carmel. Information: www.

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Celebrate the new year in style at the Mansion at Oak Hill, where the New Year’s Eve Gala features mouth-watering food and the music of local favorites Five Easy Pieces. The menu includes hors d’oeuvres such as chilled jumbo shrimp, poached salmon and a selection of cheeses, and the dinner includes filet mignon with wild-mushroom sauce and grilled shrimp. At midnight, ring in the new year—complete with a champagne toast and party favors—with hundreds of new friends. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets are $75 per person, and reservations are recommended. Location: 5801 E. 116th St., Carmel. Information: (317) 843-9850,


Ritchey Woods presents the “Bears” program, where participants learn about possible past or present bear inhabitants in the woods. Programs take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $4 for residents and $6 for non-residents. Registration is required. Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, 10410 Hague Road, Fishers. Information:


The musical “Wicked,” which tells the untold story of the witches of Oz, begins at the Old National Centre and runs until Jan. 1. Show times, dates and prices vary throughout the month. Location: Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis. Information:


Carmel Symphony Orchestra, with vocalist Julia Bonnett, Carmel native and winner of the 2009 Great American Songbook High School Academy and Competition, takes the stage at Westfield High School to perform holiday favorites. Concerts take place at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Location: Westfield High School, 18250 N. Union, Westfield. Information: (Photo courtesy of Carmel Symphony Orchestra) PAGE 128

Moms and daughters are invited to an evening of pampering. At “Mommy & Me Spa Day,” guests can paint their nails, make facial masks, have foot soaks and do their make-up. The event, designed for girls ages 5 to 12 and their mothers, lasts from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $16 for residents and $24 for non-residents. Location: Billericay Park Building, 12690 Promise Road, Fishers. Information:


The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is joined

by the Indianapolis Symphony Choir for a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 8 p.m. at Clowes Memorial Hall. Tickets range from $12 to $56. Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis. Information: Conseco Fieldhouse hosts the “Boilermaker BlockBuster,” which features two games—at 1:30 p.m. Purdue’s women’s basketball team plays Auburn, and at 4 p.m. Purdue’s men play Indiana State. Tickets range in price from $25 to $40. Location: Conseco Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information:


It’s going to be a cold winter, so take a “Snowflake Break,” presented by the town of Fishers. Indulge yourself with hot chocolate and marshmallows, games and crafts. Event takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Program for children ages 3 to 6. Cost is $14 for residents and $21 for non-residents. Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, 1 Park Drive., Fishers. Information:


Attend the Ritchey Woods “Holiday Treats for the Animals” event and help the naturalist staff create decorations that will serve as food for the birds and squirrels in the woods. The event lasts

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Dance the night away at the New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration at the Mansion at Oak Hill. Gala starts at 7:30 p.m., features hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert and costs $75 per person. Location: 5801 E. 116th St., Carmel. Information: (317) 843-9850,


Celebrate the coming of 2011 at the Indiana State Museum’s “A Family New Year’s Eve,” which features games, crafts and live music by The Tides. The party lasts from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $6 for members and $11 for non-members. Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information:

from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $6 for residents and $9 for non-residents. Registration is required. Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, 10410 Hague Road, Fishers. Information:

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis hosts “Dorothy Returns,” based on L. Frank Baum’s “The Ozma of Oz.” Show starts at 11:30 a.m. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Information: www.

The Indiana Pacers take on the Boston Celtics at Conseco Fieldhouse. The game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $15.10 to $240.45. Location: Conseco Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information:


If you’re in Fishers, you’ll want to head to the Hilton Garden Inn for a New Year’s Eve Jam that features a live performance by Living Proof. Doors open at 9 p.m. The event, which includes an overnight stay, complimentary appetizers all night, a full open bar all night, and a champagne toast, costs $275 per couple. Location: 9785 N by Northeast Blvd., Fishers. Information: (317) 770-5900,

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra presents “New Year’s Eve in Vienna.” Guests can opt to partake in a pre-concert buffet. After the show, enjoy a champagne toast and party. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $60. Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Information: www. Spend the last morning of 2010 at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with activities, music and a Water Clock countdown to noon—so the young ones can enjoy the excitement of a countdown before bedtime. The event begins at 10 a.m. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000

N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Information: www.

JANUARY What is it that defines Indiana? The Indiana State Museum attempts to answer that question with its “Iconic Indiana” exhibit, which explores Indiana traditions like basketball, pork tenderloins and farming. The exhibit runs through January and is included in regular museum admission. Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information:


Looking for a career in the sports entertainment industry? Head to Conseco Fieldhouse for the Midwest Sports Business Combine where attendees are guaranteed interviews with hiring managers. Some of the teams present include the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals, MLB’s Detroit Tigers and many more. Cost is $199. Location: Conseco Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information:


Come enjoy the Indianapolis Symphony’s perfor-


This is the last day of the Children’s Museum’s “Polar Bears to Penguins,” when kids can learn all about the Arctic in a 6,000-square-foot exhibit. Location: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Information:

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mance of Franck’s Symphony in D Minor, along with pieces by Mozart and Claude Baker. Show starts at 8 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $30 to $70. Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Information:


The music of Paul McCartney fills the Hilbert Circle Theatre for the weekend. Tony Kishman’s show highlights McCartney’s career from the Beatles to Wings to his success as a solo act. Show begins at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Sunday show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $16 to $75. Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Information:


Country cook Paula Deen comes to the Old National Centre for her tour, which begins at 2 p.m. Tickets range in price from $74.50 to $138. Location: Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis. Information:


Join the Indiana State Museum for its “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration,” which features documentary films and performances. Admission is free with the donation of a canned food item, which will benefit Gleaners Food Bank. Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information:


Enjoy an evening of pizza and bingo with the family, thanks to Carmel Clay Parks. Event lasts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per family. All bingo winners receive prizes; there will also be door prizes. Registration is required. Location: Monon Community Center, 1195 Central Park Drive W., Carmel. Information:

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Carmel Clay Parks presents Island Breeze Duo as part of its “Winter Kids Koncerts.” The free event features interactive performances geared toward children between 2 and 5 years old. Concert takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. Location: Monon Community Center, 1195 Central Park Drive W., Carmel. Information: The Indiana Pacers take on the Orlando Magic at Conseco Fieldhouse. The game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $15.10 to $240.45. Location: Conseco Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information:


The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra hosts the “Stella Artois Happy Hour,” with string ensemble Time for Three playing classic, bluegrass and Philly-Phunk music. Show starts at 6:30 p.m. with food and drinks being served at 5 p.m. Cost is $20. Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Information: o PAGE 130


The onscreen magic of “Toy Story 3” comes to Conseco Fieldhouse for “Toy Story 3 on Ice.” Show times and dates vary. Tickets range in price from $12 to $67. Location: Conseco Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information: Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment

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