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Strong Foundation

Vice Chancellor Marwan Wafa diversifies IUPUC

fall for desserts | regional train adventures | at home with Paul and pica saddler

Fall 2012


Pumpkins at Kelsay Farms

contents Features

on the cover IUPUC Vice Chancellor Marwan Wafa. Photo by Angela Jackson.

54 Home & Family

At home with Paul and Pica Saddler

62 Marwan Wafa 70 Fall Fun Guide Enriching education

Community fall festivals and events

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80 Culture

Local families from Brazil

84 Train Adventures

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Vice Chancellor Marwan Wafa diversifies IUPUC

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Editor’s Note Open your mind

14 This & That

News from around town

20 In Style Wine

24 Taste

Local recipes for fall treats

32 Worth the Trip Tastings wine bar

40 Health

Sports science

47 Home Trends Home theaters

90 Student Views

Students submit their creations

92 Our Side of Town People and events

100 Calendar Things to do

106 A Look Back Historical photo

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Open Your Mind One day last month, I was roaming around Columbus in search of items for the In Style section of this magazine (which you’ll see in a few pages). This section is, of course, one of my favorites to compile for each issue because I basically get to shop for my work and there are no repercussions on my bank account … immediately, anyway. (I’ve been known to go back and purchase an item or two.) But it’s not just the shopping, it’s the excuse to further explore Columbus. As my co-workers can attest, I usually say I’m going out hunting for such items, projecting my return for an hour or so later, only to double that time because I get carried away. Something like this often happens: I have a destination in mind that I know carries the type of items we want to feature for the issue. En route to said destination, I inevitably get distracted by another place. I wonder if they have wine supplies? I enter, only to strike up a conversation with an owner, manager or sales associate, regardless of whether or not they have what I’m looking for. I explain what the magazine is. I receive a story idea or two. Perhaps the conversation moves to totally unrelated topics. I get back on course and hit the road, but soon I’m distracted again. Where’d that place come from? Is it new? I should stop in. This place is likely not a wine (or insert any other items I’m supposed to be looking for) shop, but it is part of my charge as a journalist to investigate. Or so I tell myself. And before I know it, I’m off course again, but loving it. Don’t worry, for deadline’s sake, I eventually make it back to the office. What’s the moral of this story? Well, to be honest I’m not sure there is one. I suppose I can link it to my suggestion that everyone become a tourist in their own town from time to time. It’s important to see your city through new eyes. To seek out places you’ve never been before or didn’t know existed. To open your mind. I get a taste of that with each issue of Columbus magazine, and that is just one of the many reasons I love my job. My encounters typically lead to future story ideas — if not for myself, then for my co-workers — and enrich my experience as a member of this community. Fall is the perfect time for such exploring (retail or otherwise), so I hope you read this issue, gain some inspiration and hit a trail of your own through Columbus. Enjoy!



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If you could think of one word to describe Amy Norman, it might be busy. When she’s not searching for the best local events (from the obvious to the out-of-the-way) for SOUTH magazine, she’s raising her four boys (Jackson, Eli, Deacon and Bodie) and studying. She was accepted into the IU School of Nursing Accelerated Nursing program in June. She received her first degree in journalism from IU and served many capacities at the Daily Journal, including managing editor. She and her husband, Adam, live in White River Township where their two oldest sons attend Center Grove Middle School Central and Center Grove Elementary School. Amy also serves on the Center Grove Education Foundation.

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Ashley Petry is a freelance writer and lifelong Hoosier whose work has appeared in Midwest Living, AAA Home & Away, The Indianapolis Star and many other publications, including our sister magazines, North and South. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from Butler University, where she is also working toward an M.F.A. in creative writing. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and three cats. Visit her at

Joel Philippsen graduated with a photojournalism degree from Ball State University and since then has earned several awards for his visual storytelling work produced for publications in the Midwest. Originally from Wabash, he became interested in photography at an early age and started photographing sports for a local newspaper while in high school and has never lost the idea that telling stories with compelling visuals can be very powerful. Joel and his wife, Melissa, have lived in Columbus since 2007. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his family. He works at Columbus Regional Hospital in the planning and marketing department as a digital marketing specialist.

Barney Quick is a freelance writer, musician and educator. He contributes regularly to Republic publications and several music websites. As a jazz guitarist, he performs in various configurations at venues throughout central Indiana. He is an adjunct lecturer in jazz history and blues history at IUPUC. His novel, “High C at the Sunset Terrace,” was published by Author House in 2006. It is set in Indianapolis in 1948, in the jazz clubs along Indiana Avenue. He also hosts “Stirring Something Up,” a food talk show on WCSI-AM. He and his wife, Wilma, and three cats live in a cottage in midtown with a porch festooned with flora, where their Sunday brunches are legendary.

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The Steampunk Scene By now, you’ve probably heard the term Steampunk, but you may still be wondering just exactly what it means. Find out at the 37th annual UnCommon Cause Gala – “Chaos Reigns, Steampunk Rules: Tomorrow as It Used to Be” — Oct. 27 at The Commons. The fundraiser for arts programming in Columbus incorporates dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. In its simplest explanation, Steampunk is Victorian science fiction. “Our theme says it best, ‘Tomorrow as it used to be,’” said co-organizer Blair Lauer. “With Steampunk, you’ll find Victorianera fashions, coupled with steam-powered technology from the future. Imagine if you were transported into the great novels of H.G. Wells or Jules Verne.” Whether you are embarking on a “Journey to the Center of the Earth” or diving “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” you’ll fit right in with this crew. Lauer and her husband, Ryan, are organiz-

ing the event with Geri Handley and Jesse Brand and Bill and Victoria Glick. Guests will enjoy a silent auction and dinner catered by Smith’s Row. Two bands will provide musical entertainment – Ford Theatre Reunion, from Lexington, and Living Proof of Indianapolis. Black tie or festive attire is encouraged. “You’ll see top hats and canes, Victorian dresses and gowns, brass wear, corsets and lace umbrellas, as well as monocles and mustaches,” Lauer said.

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Why did you start blogging? I really enjoy being a stay-at-home mom, but I find that I also need an intellectual outlet. I wanted to get back into writing for pleasure and as a hobby. All the advice I got said to write about what you love, so I thought a blog about our family’s travels and adventures would be a good fit. How did you choose the unusual name of your blog? I found the quote, “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth,” from Kahlil Gibran in a music book at church one Sunday morning. I jotted it down because I loved it so much. A few months later, as I was trying to come up with an interesting name for my blog, I found that note in my purse.


Nicole Wiltrout Two years ago, stay-at-home mom Nicole Wiltrout decided to flex her writing muscles with a new blog, Arrows Sent Forth ( The Columbus resident, who has a journalism degree from Butler University, now blogs regularly about Midwest adventures with her children, ages 3 and 9 months. She also writes for Indiana Insider, the Visit Indiana tourism blog. We caught up with her just in time to ask about great family adventures for fall—both near and far.

Wiltrout recommends nearby Indianapolis (left) and Cincinnati (right) as fun and affordable cities for weekend family getaways.


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What local fall activities does your family enjoy? Fall is a great time of year for visiting orchards and pumpkin patches. My favorite spot is AppleWorks in Trafalgar because there is so much for kids to do, but it’s also a really beautiful place to spend a morning or afternoon. … Fall is also a great time of year to hike with kids because the weather is cooler. We like Trail 7 at Brown County State Park, which goes around Ogle Lake. It’s relatively flat for little legs, but there’s gorgeous scenery all along the trail. … My family’s favorite fall event in Columbus is Ethnic Expo. It’s a fun way to try new food and experience interesting cultures without leaving town. What is the best weekend getaway for Columbus families? We’re so close to three fun and

affordable cities: Indianapolis, Louisville and Cincinnati. All three are extremely family-friendly with a lot of attractions that would please kids of any age. If big cities aren’t your thing, we recently spent a great weekend in Madison, which is only 45 minutes away. It’s a quaint, historic river town along the Ohio River, and one of my favorite state parks, Clifty Falls, is located there. Have you ever had any travel disasters with the kids? When I was seven months pregnant with our younger son, we spent a weekend camping at Brookville Lake in southeastern Indiana. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate, and it was 100 degrees for two days. Simultaneously, my older son suddenly developed a fear of water and wouldn’t go anywhere near the lake, which left us with no easy way to cool off. On our last day, we were hit with severe thunderstorms and had to pack up our campsite in the pouring rain. On the bright side, we learned that any travel disaster can be resolved with a stop for ice cream on the way home. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about traveling with kids? A successful trip with kids includes a mix of planning ahead and going with the flow. A little preparation goes a long way, like researching kid-friendly restaurants in advance or just making sure you pack plenty of snacks and drinks. But I’ve also learned that just enjoying simple activities, like going to a playground, can make a trip even more fun than what you had intended to do.

New (old) digs Lockett’s Ladies Shop has relocated in the heart of downtown and is scheduled to open by the end of September. The new locale, at 426 Washington St., is just a few blocks south of Lockett’s longtime location at 12th and Washington streets. “We’re very excited,” said owner Lynne Hyatt. The historic space sat vacant for some time prior to Lockett’s moving in. “We did some painting and took the floors down to the original oak and had them refinished,” Hyatt said. “It’s going to be a neat space for us.” The addition of the storefront between Fourth and Fifth streets makes that area somewhat of an apparel retail strip catering to the whole family, thanks to O’Child Boutique (at 408 Washington St.) and the long-standing menswear shop, Dell Brothers (at 416 Washington St.).

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On Oct. 13, the 2012 Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash returns to Mill Race Park. “Adopted” ducks will be turned loose or dropped via helicopter into Round Lake to compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes. Ducks can be purchased from any Bartholomew County Kiwanis member, at Midwest Computer Solutions and from any participating Duck Buddy listed on The event starts at noon, with winners will be announced at about 2 p.m.

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Born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday arrives on the Texas frontier hoping that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health. Soon, with few job prospects, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally with his partner, Mária Katarina Harony, a high-strung, classically educated Hungarian prostitute. In search of high-stakes poker, the couple hits the saloons of Dodge City. And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and a fearless lawman named Wyatt Earp begins— before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology—when neither man wanted fame nor deserved notoriety.

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Fashion | Trends | Decor Compiled by Kelsey DeClue | Photos by Andrew Laker

Time for Wine As the weather cools, sometimes there’s nothing more enjoyable than a glass of red wine on the porch while the sun sets. A buttery white pairs flawlessly with that famous roasted bird many of us enjoy with family and friends in late November. A stash of varying varietals keeps any home ready for impromptu dinner parties. In other words, any time is the right time for wine. But a love of great grapes takes supplies. Wine is best enjoyed with good friends, good food and, of course, the right accessories. Find them here:

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In Style Wine glass tags—each advertising an iconic Columbus scene, $12, Columbus Area Visitors Center gift shop, 506 Fifth St., 812-378-2622.

1 2 Badash crystal glasses, $35 for set of four from Baker’s Fine Gifts, 433 Washington St., 812-372-9635.


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Handcrafted wine stoppers and stand made in Indiana, about $15 each, Columbus Area Visitors Center gift shop.

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Local Food | Recipes | Cuisine Compiled by Kelsey DeClue | Photos by Andrew Laker

fallfor dessert Autumn generally brings cooler weather (although hard to believe, the temps will start to drop), fun activities and equally important, yummy treats that incorporate this harvest time of year. It’s a chance for us to celebrate our efforts (or rather the efforts of local farmers) and reap summer’s bounty. This year’s severe drought may have put a dent in said bounty, but that provides all the more reason to indulge in what we did get. Let the kids have that caramel apple. Cut another slice of pumpkin pie. And if you’re looking for something a little different, may we suggest one of the following treats brought to you by a few of Columbus’ experts in this don’t-countthe-calories side of the culinary arts.

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S’mores Pie from Sweet Rose Bakehouse

This chocolate-lovers delight takes the idea of a gooey s’more by campfire to a new level. Chocolate pastry cream filling anchors this decadent dessert, and bakehouse owner Rose Wright combined that with a fluffy marshmallow meringue and crunchy graham cracker crust. Each bite of this pie tastes just like the traditional camper’s delight, only better. Sweet Rose Bakehouse, 1604 Home Ave., 376-7673.

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Pumpkin Spice Fudge with Pecans from Maggie Mae’s gourmet

This creamy, melt-in-your-mouth alternative take on traditional fudge brings pumpkin lovers and fudge addicts together. Maggie Mae’s owner, Carol Morris, incorporates white and brown sugar, white chocolate, marshmallow and, of course, real pumpkin (among other secret ingredients) into the pumpkin spice fudge. The creation wins loyal fans wherever it shows up. Maggie Mae’s Gourmet, 3003 25th St., 799-0366.


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Love caramel apples but hate the mess and havoc on your dental work? Casey’s Cookies creator Casey Boilanger feels the same way so she weaved one of her favorite fall treats into a cookie. Fans of her cookies know she doesn’t shy from inventive and alternative recipes. The caramel apple cookies include bits of real apple, caramel and peanuts. The whoopie pies make a meal themselves, with the two fluffy cookie “buns” that sandwich a generous filling of cream cheese icing. Casey’s Cookies,

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Feel like taking a stab at a classic fall dessert? Try chef Jim Gregory’s traditional apple crisp. According to the chef, an apple crisp is a fall culinary staple, and you can’t go wrong with it on the menu for a big family gathering, Sunday dinner or simply, “just because.” For the topping: ½ cup all-purpose flour ½ cup quick oats 1 cup chopped walnuts ½ cup sugar 5 tablespoons melted butter Pinch of salt Combine all ingredients in a bowl and set aside. For the filling: Grated zest and juice of one orange ½ cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped ½ cup all-purpose flour ¼ to ½ cup sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 6 medium apples (of your choice), peeled, cored and sliced Combine the orange zest and juice with the apricots in a bowl to soften the apricots while you prepare the apples. Mix the sugar and cinnamon, add the apples and then stir in the apricots and juice. Mix well. Scrape the mixture into a buttered two-quart baking dish. Distribute the topping mixture over the apple filling. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour and a half, until the crispy topping is browned and juices from the filling mixture are bubbling and thickened. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream or ice cream. “You could use just about any fruit you like with this,” Gregory said. “Some other fall favorites are pears or Italian plums, but you can use peaches or nectarines and berries– blackberries, raspberries or cherries.”

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

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hough a wine bar, Tastings, located in the Conrad Indianapolis downtown, is a bar through and through. There’s music (loud enough to hear, but not enough to drown out your conversation), a couple of nice sofas and a handful of bistro tables with elegant wood chairs. But this isn’t a sit-in-a-chair-and-nurseyour-drink kind of bar. It’s a walk around and talk to people kind of place. Here you can sample the “earthy aromas of dark plum, black cherry and spice” of the Novelty Hill Syrah, then move on to the Rocca Delle Macie Chianti Classico or, say, the Chateau HautBeausejour Sainte Estephe. At Tastings, where a pre-loaded plastic card affords guests any number of 2-ounce wine samples, visitors can stop by eight wine stations while enjoying filet mignon rosemary skewers. The overall experience makes wine about as unintimidating as possible. Walk up to any of the stainless-steel wine stations and read the description above each bottle. Though a small detail, those descriptions go a long way toward making the entire experience approachable and enjoyable for wine drinkers of every stripe—beginner to oenophile. Beginners will get an indication of what they should look for. The oenophiles certainly will appreciate the broad selection of offerings—104 bottles. Tastings has wines from all over the world and selections rotate regularly, though a few of the popular wines stick around, some of them becoming permanent or nearly so. The selections also include a few sparkling wines and dessert wines. Tastings divides all those bottles among five stations for red wines and three stations for whites. (Each red station holds 16 bottles, and each white station holds eight.) Tastings organizes the stations according to theme or varietal. There’s a Merlot/ Malbec station, a Chardonnay station, a Pinot Noir station and one for “Eclectic Reds,” among others. Each “taste” of wine starts at about $2 to $3 and goes up from there, depending upon which bottle you want to sample. (If you want an entire glass of wine (instead of just the 2-ounce taste), simply buy two (or three) tastes at a time.) Should you find a wine you like, you’re in luck. Tastings stocks every wine it serves. Not only that, but your card tracks the wines you sample. Tastings will give you a printout listing the wines you tried. If you come back a week later and want a glass of that same Chardonnay, they’ll look it up for you. A curiosity about wine certainly helps enrich the experience, though even that is not required. You could bring a significant other who prefers beer or mixed drinks. Let him or her sit at the contemporary bar and sip a Chimay Trappist Ale (from Belgium) while you explore the wine offerings. The stations concept lends itself to getting up and walking around—and that extends to the out-

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If you’ve ever ordered a glass of wine at a bar, you’ve probably wondered, “How long has the bottle been open?” Couple of hours? Couple of days? Couple of weeks? At Tastings, a wine bar and bistro situated on the ground floor of the Conrad Indianapolis, the answer doesn’t really matter. The last glass of wine from the bottle tastes as good as the first, according to general manager Ross Bailey. Tastings keeps wine in its optimal state with an Enomatic wine serving system that pumps nitrogen in the bottles to keep out oxygen, which can change the flavor, color and aroma of wine. So a half-filled bottle really hasn’t been exposed to any more oxygen than a full bottle.


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side, where you can soak up the afternoon or evening on one of two patios: a relaxed couches-andwicker patio on Illinois Street, or a more formal bistro-style patio on Washington Street. The wine bar attracts a good mix between locals and hotel guests, and has its share of regulars. The crowd typically runs a little older than the early 20s, hip-hop–loving Broad Ripple bunch, but dress is still fairly relaxed for a place with menu items such as roasted basil portobello, goat cheese and fig pizza and white bean bruschetta. Such tasty tidbits are among the wide selection of salads, sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, bistro plates, desserts and artisan

cheeses and meats. You can build your own plate of cheese and charcuterie from more than 20 options, including smoked rambol, Jarlsberg, sopressata and prosciutto de Parma. All food is served at the show bar, which features a marble and cork top. The marble continues the understated elegance of the décor, while the cork provides a nice match to the cork-colored floor tiles—and saves the wine glasses from breaking when they’re occasionally tipped over. Oh, and those glasses? Riedel 100 percent crystal, thin with a large bowl to ensure the wine “breathes” when you’re drinking it.

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Tastings wine bar and bistro offers a perfectly valid reason to check out the Conrad Indianapolis. You can enjoy a little wine and delicious food and not give a second thought to when or how you need to be home. But if Tastings itself isn’t enough to convince you to book a room at the Conrad, here are five more reasons.

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3. The personal attention: Need a place to go? A way to get there? Tickets to an event? A last-minute card or gift? No problem. For repeat customers, the concierge staff go so far as to have your preferred brand of bottled water waiting for you in your room—while ensuring the room is preset to your desired temperature. The staff also pay close attention to the reason for your visit. If you’re celebrating an anniversary, for example, the staff may have something in the room waiting—maybe rose petals, champagne or a complimentary dessert from a nearby restaurant. Got the kids in tow? The staff might just send up a DVD or some crayons and coloring books.

and the Conrad obliges with the Capital Grille, at 40 W. Washington St., on the ground floor. Known for its dry-aged steaks, including a kona-crusted sirloin and a porcini-rubbed Delmonico, the Capital Grille also boasts a fairly impressive seafood lineup, including a popular cold shellfish platter. For a can’t-miss appetizer, indulge in the prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella with vine-ripe tomatoes. Thinking lunch instead of dinner? The Grille’s signature cheeseburger, which has bacon mixed in with the burger meat is also a favorite. The Indianapolis location of the Capital Grille is the first to offer breakfast. Try the lobster eggs Benedict or the peppered filet hash, with eggs, potatoes, peppers, onions and filet.

4. The Capital Grille: A fine hotel requires fine dining,

5. The location: On West Washington Street (near

TVs—one in the main area and one in the bathroom.

1. The beds: Sure, some hotels have their own branded soap or towels. The Conrad boasts its own signature line of bedding. That includes custom mattresses, triple sheeting 600-thread-count Anichini linens from Italy and a personalized pillow selection—choose the one that’s right for you. According to staff, the beds are so comfortable you won’t want to get up. When’s the last time you could say that about sleeping at a hotel?

2. The bathrooms: Just slip on those complimentary slippers and bathrobe and excuse yourself for a little “me” time. The slippers will keep your feet warm (and from making smudges) against the bathroom’s marble floor. You will, however, need to slip them off to enjoy the shower, complete with double showerheads, or a nice hot bath. And you won’t have to hurry to get out: The Conrad equips each room with two high-def

Illinois Avenue), the Conrad sits in the heart of downtown. Sky bridges connect the Conrad to the Artsgarden, Circle Centre and Indiana Convention Center. It’s within walking distance to many fine restaurants downtown, including the Oceanaire, Mesh, Mo’s and the Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão (117 E. Washington St.), not to mention a plethora of bars and nightclubs (Scotty’s Brewhouse, Nicky Blaine’s, the Claddagh and Howl at the Moon). Art lovers need not even leave the hotel, the Conrad offers its First Friday Art Tours, at which the hotel brings in works of art (even from the likes of Picasso) each month. And there’s always Indianapolis Indians games or tours of nearby Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Specialists in sports science help athletes overcome time and gravity


he face of sports science and orthopedics has been changing over the years from the type of medicine that evokes the image of a seasoned athletic veteran recovering from a double hip replacement to a young go-getter looking for an extra edge above his competition. Photography by Columbus is home to several experts in sports sciKelsey DeClue and ence, and the business (like everything) is about keeping up with not only the Joneses but with time. Joe Harpring “We’re looking at training a much more functional athlete today,” says Nathan Frasier, chiropractor and owner of MVP Sports, a training clinic. Frasier is a Columbus native who lettered in several sports while a North High School student and subsequently interned with a chiropractor who specialized in sports science. “Knowing what the general body mechanics should look like helps me to see whether a kid is exercising effectively.” He says that several assumptions about strength from previous eras have given way to a new understanding of what optimizes an athlete’s performance. “I don’t really care how much a kid can squat or bench press,” he says. “Can he suspend his own body weight? Can he do hanging leg raises or handstand pushups?” What he is looking for is core strength, the ability of an athlete to stabilize his midsection. That is where energy is transferred from the lower body to the upper body and vice versa. He points out that “you never see an Olympic sprinter with a bad core.”

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Consider what’s involved in standing on a ball, not just a Bosu, the dome-shaped device with a flat side, or an air-filled disk, but a completely round sphere. Frasier says that while only 10 percent of the athletes he works with can stand on one for any length of time, “I know when someone can do it, he or she has mastered core strength.” Core muscles are used in practically every athletic motion, according to Caitlin Greiner, manager and head trainer at the Columbus branch of the sports training facility Acceleration Indiana. Proper core strength is vital to improving athletic motion everywhere else in the body. “Even the definition of core strength has evolved. It’s no longer just about abdominal muscles, but hips, back and scapula as well,” says Columbus orthopedic surgeon Cary Guse. He notes that while competition bodybuilders and weight lifters have traditionally focused on various muscle groups, they are getting the message. “World-class weight lifters, and we have some here in Columbus, recognize the need for core strength,” he says. The specialized and repetitive movements from certain sports can lead to somewhat predictable (yet no less debilitating) injuries. For example, tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is located under the kneecap and connects the femur to the tibia, is strongly associated with basketball. In fact, it’s particularly prevalent in female players. “In August, well before the season began, I already had six female basketball players with ACL tears,” says Frasier. Greiner, who specializes in volleyball, said that sport sees its fair share of ACL problems for girls as well. "You're jumping two, three, four times in a given rally. It can be 20 to 30 times in a game if you're a key hitter,” she says.

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“Knowing what the general body mechanics should look like helps me to see whether a kid is exercising effectively.” —Nathan Frasier, chiropractor and owner of MVP Sports Above, Frasier advises Tricia Souza, who has recovered from ACL injuries, in an exercise of flexibility, strength and balance at MVP Sports.


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Derek Whitehead, senior physical therapist and athletic trainer at Columbus Regional Hospital’s Rehabilitation Center, points out that females have a wider hip angle and a bit less muscle strength for absorbing the force across the knee. According to Guse, ACL injuries are three times more common in girls. “There are some anatomy things we just can’t change,” he says. “Girls tend to jump differently.” “What we do is train them to land and jump correctly, with their knees over their feet,” says Whitehead. He analyzes video footage of the athlete jumping to see just what to address. Whitehead and Guse conduct a Saturday morning walk-in clinic for area high school athletes from August to November. “It allows us to work with those who don’t want to see us during the week because of practices and games,” says Guse. Baseball players’ shoulders are prone to problems. “The sport, particularly for pitchers, calls

for an extreme range of motion, 30 to 40 degrees beyond what an untrained person throwing a ball would move through,” says Whitehead. "It's an unnatural motion to begin with,” Greiner says. “And if it goes off-course, problems occur.” Whitehead also mentions Little Leaguer’s elbow, a condition brought about when “kids are throwing curve balls before they’re skeletally mature.” No sport is left untouched. Guse says that runners encounter problems when they don’t spend enough time choosing the shoe that’s right for them. He notes that, a few years back, the trend in the running world was landing on one’s heel, whereas now there’s a shift to the mid-foot strike. He saw “a marked increase in tibia stress fractures when shoes designed for the mid-foot strike came out but people were still running on their heels.” He says that each person is structurally unique enough that he or she ought to try on various styles within one type of shoe to find the right fit. People can begin a program to become fit at an athletic level at any age. “It may be a lengthier process, but it’s possible,” says Frasier. “I recently saw an 84-year-old guy do a triathlon.” Whitehead likewise sees older patients who enter triathlons. His main advice is that the older person be realistic about his starting point. The matter of being patient with oneself exemplifies a cultural concern that sports science experts share: our society’s obsession with intensity in physical activity. Experts cite overuse and lack of rest as a factor in many athletes’ ACL tears, shoulder problems and the like. “Sports are year-round now,” says Guse, noting that a high school athlete can find leagues at times other than when his school team is playing. “We’re seeing players — and I’m assuming their parents know — who think they’re invincible and don’t let coaches know when they’ve pitched a baseball game in the last two days for another team.” He says that in his work as an athletic trainer and consultant for area high schools, “I tell athletes that even God took a day off during creation week.” Whitehead says, “It’s push, push, push, and there’s no time for repair.” One injury prevention tactic is cross-training in this age of specialization. “For example, a football player ought to do, say, some bicycling during the off-season,” Whitehead says. Guse confides that “as a father of a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old, I struggle with the issue of specialization. Can we be sure an activity is someone’s passion at that age?” Guse, who played four sports in high school and two at Franklin College, says that “having that background makes you understand what an athlete goes through.” Certainly his work as an athletic trainer is one reason why he attends all home football games of both North and East high schools, but it’s also because he is a passionate sports fan generally. “You have to have an innate love for it to watch for the things you need to be aware of from a sports science standpoint.”

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The rise in entertainment spaces in residences is thanks to an increase in quality of high-definition programming and audiovisual technology. “When we decided to put a home theater in, we knew we wanted a space that the whole family would use,” said Columbus resident Lindy Rix. “We wanted it to have comfortable theater seating, hidden equipment, such as the tray ceiling with projector hidden, soft lighting, and the equipment out of sight,” said her husband, David. “We also knew there would be movies played at some volume so wanted it to be as sound proofed as possible,” Lindy added. They went to Bloomington-based Experience Technology for the ultimate setup. Experience Technology specializes in residential and commercial electronic systems, and their Columbus clients are numerous. “Our system offerings include home theater systems, commercial theater systems, home media


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surround-sound systems, commercial conference rooms, security systems and camera systems, just to name a few,” said Eric Stiening, president and system designer at Experience Technology. “We help our clients define a plan as to what technology they would like integrated into their home or business. Then we facilitate the working of that plan as we provide all design, products, installation and service for our projects.” Stiening said he attributes the rise in the popularity of this type of room in the home to the fact that, at least in part, its attainable for just about everyone. “The prices on these video displays have dropped dramatically since they were first introduced years ago. Flat panel plasma TVs were first available in 1997. At that point in time a 42-inch plasma sold for almost $15,000,” he said. “You can now buy a 42-inch plasma TV for under $500 that dramatically outperforms the units introduced back in 1997. “The same holds true for HDTV video projectors. In the late ’90s, in order to get a high quality video projector and screen combination installed, you were looking at $30,000 and up. You can now

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Home Trends achieve excellent results for home theater with an HDTV video projector and screen for well under $5,000, even under $3,000 for the real value-oriented product.” The Rix family decided on a projector-based system. “We decided to go with the projector and screen as opposed to the TV to allow for a larger projected image and more of the true theater feel,” David said. “We chose a high quality audio system to maximize the surround sound effect. The speakers are built into the ceiling and walls for a clean look. “We also chose to use sound deadening panels throughout the room that add to the decor.” The Rixes have hosted family and friends for big broadcast events, such as the Super Bowl. “We do family movies there as often as possible, and our boys enjoy playing their video games on the big screen,” Lindy said. So what’s available for a family considering an in-home theater experience? Some of the newest trends include 3-D capabilities and the ability to play streaming audio and video from the Internet.


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Saddler home builds on their love of the outdoors Story by Barney Quick | Photos submitted and by Sevil Mahfoozi

The towering front porch sets the tone. It’s stately yet rugged. Massive posts of Douglas fir soar overhead. To the outside When shared vision, years of effort and a dash of each post hangs a rain chain. They serve the basic purpose of good fortune are the prevalent elements in a of downspouts, but do so by creating an enchanting cascade of married couple’s life, the time arrives when they rainwater in an intricate pattern. “They look really great when they get ice on them,” says Paul. can design, build and inhabit a home that bears Pica, a native of Spain, uses the Spanish word “refugio” to their unique signature. characterize the way she feels about their home. It’s roughly the Paul and Pica Saddler are at that juncture. equivalent of the word “refuge” but, she says, has the connotation of a lodge or retreat, the kind of place to which one would repair Their life together has been something of an after a day of engaging nature. adventure, and it’s fitting that the house they’ve The roof overhangs are made of yellow pine. Inside, the lived in since January 2010 would have an atmobeams and the tongue-and-groove ceiling continue the Douglas sphere that emulates that adventure. fir motif. A rustically majestic chandelier made of synthetic elk antlers frames the space of the main living area. “My builder found all the sources for the wood,” says Paul. That builder is Tim Kritzer, owner of Nashville-based Kritzer Builders, and from collaborating on the project, he and the Saddlers developed a friendship. “People don’t always have that relationship with their contractors, but he was a joy,” Paul says. The slate floor in the foyer is intended to evoke the feel of the bed of the Driftwood River, which runs through the base of the ravine on their property. “We tried to tie in with the surrounding environment,” says Paul. The living room floor is a medley of cherry, pine and mahogany. The pieces were reclaimed from old buildings. Paul had been interested in the property for years prior to their 2005 purchase. “I used to get permission from the owner to hunt on it,” he says. Either view from the deck on the other side of the house — looking back at the angular convergences of beams or into the ravine — reinforces the lodge feel. Approximately halfway to the river is a pond. It’s a favorite resting spot for mallards. The deck itself, due to the steep slope of the ravine, has a treehouse feel. The house imparts the sense of being “in the country,” yet city life is still accessible. “I’m really a little surprised at how much I love this place, because my roots are urban,” says Pica. Paul concedes to a “bit of adjustment. “When the lights go out around here, they’re out.” Still, as Pica points out, West Hill shopping center is only a five-minute drive south on Road 325W. The fireplace mantel in the Saddlers’ living room is a work of art and a personal trophy of sorts. Carved out of the Douglas fir beams used so prevalently in the house’s construction, the mantel bears summit markers from various mountain climbing expeditions Paul has undertaken. Mount Adams, Mount Hood, Mount Shuksan, Mount Baker and Mount Olympus are embedded in the wood. Among the photographs on the mantel is one from an expedition to China that Paul’s company, Screen Tech Designs, partially sponsored. One of his traveling companions on that trip was Chad Kellogg, a renowned mountain guide who has set several speed records for climbing. Paul went to Nepal in 2009 and intends to return next year. “In the last 10 years, he’s reaped the fruits of Screen Tech’s growth,” says Pica. Screen Tech Designs provides decorative finishing services to a worldwide array of customers in industries such as consumer electronics, medical, aerospace, appliance and automotive. The firm was number 241 on Inc. magazine’s list of America’s fastest-growing companies in 1996. Its beginnings can be traced to Paul’s high school years, when he began silk-screening T-shirts. He attended Indiana University for a while, initially majoring in business, which, he says, he “hated.” He switched his focus to architecture classes, but eventually set school aside to channel his energy into his business.


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Meanwhile, Pica had grown up in Seville in the south of Spain and gone to London to study English proficiency at Richmond College. Her intention was to finish the course of study and return to Spain and join her brother’s real estate business. Until one day at Covent Garden, she met Paul. He was visiting his brother Scott, who was studying at Harlaxton College, the University of Evansville’s British campus. They visited each other’s countries, wed in Spain in March 1986 and moved to Columbus. “I was 21—quite young to be embarking on such a move,” she says. Soon afterward, she became a mother and focused on raising their son, William, who is now 21. When William reached school age, she took a sales-floor job at Little People, a children’s apparel store that was located downtown. “I was blessed to start my working life in downtown Columbus,” she says. “If you work there, you have no choice but to bump into the legacy of Irwin Miller, Cesar Pelli and others of that stature who shaped the city in such profound ways.”

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From there, she handled marketing, in succession, for Peter’s Bay, a seafood restaurant of the 1990s, The Commons Mall and the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Columbus satellite location. For the past six years, she has been resource development director for the Foundation for Youth. She attributes to her mentors along the way not only learning how she could contribute to the vitality of her community, but a sense of deep connection to a legacy. One such person was the late Almo Smith. During his life, he had been a judge, an insurance broker, a minister, a disc jockey and a member of several civic boards. “I remember fondly being at my desk in The Commons Mall office and having Almo poke his head in the door and tell me, ‘Hey, stop what you’re doing. Grab your purse; we’re going out,’” she recalls. She speaks of “just walking arm in arm around The Commons Mall, hearing him chat about his Bible study day at the jail or telling me about the importance of voting. Almo liked sharing the story of the time when he really didn’t feel like voting, but he did and his candidate won by one vote. I thought about that often, especially when I would reflect on the reasons I chose to become an American citizen. I wanted to vote because I knew that my one vote would count,” Pica says. She also speaks fondly of the late Carl Miske’s “selflessness in lending Herman and Sharon Renfro [of The Commons Mall’s management company] a personal scrapbook, more like a historic heirloom, with every single article and photo published on the construction of the original Commons” and how Columbus Magazine


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she spent “days reviewing its contents, diving into our history, reading about our community, discovering unexpected treasures and so many of them. It ignited a love for our community that has only grown with the passing of time,” Pica says. The Saddlers’ kitchen is a favorite hangout. Pica notes that the countertop of the island is “tapas high.” A lot of their cooking ingredients come from the garden at the bend in their driveway. “My grandfather and mother taught me how to garden,” says Paul. “We usually plant on my grandparents’ anniversary.” The Saddlers love Spanish dishes such as paella and gazpacho, but traditional American holiday fare as well. They hosted Thanksgiving in the new house for the first time last year. They’ve begun a fall tradition of turning their barn into a party shed and hosting a bonfire when the leaf colors turn. Paul takes guests on a hayride to the river. Their yellow Labrador retrievers, Buck and Cooper, can often be found sprawling at their feet. They are woodsmen just like Paul. “Buck has hunted with me from Canada to southern Illinois,” he says. The hearth room is the main place of display for photos of Pica’s large family. Over the years, many of her siblings have visited the Saddlers in the United States. “Now we’re hosting their children — our nieces and nephews,” says Pica. Her brother, Ignacio del Cuvillo, found his passion for golf as a youth at Green Belt golf course. He is now manager of Spain’s prestigious Real Club de Golf Guadalmina. An association of Spain’s golf club managers voted him Best Manager in 2009. William is a student at the University of Cincinnati, where he played for the football team that went to the 2009 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. William’s football pursuits were the catalyst for another business venture of Paul’s. He is a partner in MVP Sports, an athlete-training company started by chiropractor Nathan Frasier. “William had a knee injury, and he wanted to keep playing football,” Paul says. “I watched Nathan do training sessions with him. I knew he was doing all the right things. You could tell he cared.” The new house was a fitting symbol of the Saddlers’ various changes. “We moved here after William had entered the college phase of his life,” says Pica, “so it feels like home to him in a sense, but it’s really our chance to see how we like to live at this time in our own life together.”

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You get one shot at leaving a legacy. That’s the view of Marwan Wafa, vice chancellor and dean at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus. “What do you take with you from this life?” he asks. “Certainly nothing material. It’s what you build that’s going to last.” Wafa has spent his professional life building foundations. After completing his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Kuwait University, he spent the years from 1980 to 1982 working for a private contractor, helping to build a naval base, as well as the largest dry-dock gate in the country. “I did a lot of work on foundations,” he recalls. “I still believe in building solid foundations for anything, not just physical structures.” Such was his motivation when he arrived at IUPUC in 2009. “I discovered there was no strategic plan,” he says. “I asked about it and was told ‘We follow IUPUI.’” He assembled a meeting in December 2009 in the basement of a hangar at Columbus Municipal Airport. It comprised approximately 100 commu-

nity leaders, IUPUC faculty members, staff members and students. “It was a brainstorming session,” he says. “We presented our findings to a Cummins Six Sigma team and did reverse engineering. We asked, what does ‘getting more involved in the community’ mean and how do we make that happen?” The effort resulted in a new organizational chart for the university and the expansion of its former mission into a strategic plan. That involved empowering what Wafa calls support units within the school. These included the various academic departments, the registrar, the bursar, the student affairs office and the library. “I gave each of them a mandate to develop their own strategic plan,” he says. “The new structure is designed to meet the needs of the community and students,” he explains. “It fosters the building of trust. It’s about having the right people in the right places.” The school’s campus is in an area of the city

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“What do you take with you from this life? Certainly nothing material. It’s what you build that’s going to last.” —Marwan Wafa


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characterized by a heavy concentration of institutions of higher learning. What is his view of what is unique about IUPUC? “We are a small campus, which I like, because I like personal interaction, yet we have support from two brand names with worldwide stature, IU and Purdue.” His whole family—wife Sahar, daughters, Ala’a and Danyah, and son, Abdullah — set great store by education. “We care about a quality learning experience.” Sahar has an accounting degree, Ala’a has degrees in political science, international studies and law, and Abdullah is a third-year medical student at Michigan State. Danyah recently graduated from IUPUC with a degree in sociology. Wafa and his wife grew up in Kuwait, although they are Palestinian by ethnic background. Kuwait is structured as an emirate. The ruling family, the al-Sabahs, hold much power, although there is a parliament. It has long been one of the region’s wealthiest nations. “Thirty years ago, when I left, it was at its peak,” says Wafa. “There was a lot of construction, but I had to leave. I didn’t feel I belonged to Kuwait. I’m Palestinian. I felt like I was at the margins of Kuwaiti society. If I give to a community, I want to feel like I’m part of the community.” He and Sahar had met through a mutual friend. Other connections brought their families together. “Her brother married my cousin,” says Wafa. Sahar had been a banker in Kuwait. For the first few years in America, she stayed at home, concentrating on raising her family. During their time in Evansville, when Wafa held various faculty positions at the University of Southern Indiana, she ran the Sunday school at the Islamic Center. She was involved in diversity-related activities during the family’s years in Wisconsin. She currently serves on the board of advisers of the International School of Columbus. Columbus now has an Islamic Center, and the Wafa family is active there. Sahar has been helping to develop the center’s school. On Oct. 29, Marwan will present a “quick snapshot” of the Islamic faith there. That event is an outgrowth of the classes in Islam and the Arabic language that he has been teaching through Partners in Education, a program organized by the Columbus Area Arts Council and several other groups and institutions in Columbus. Wafa is clearly a busy man, but his life includes time for leisure. “I’m handy,” he says. “I’m restoring an old Jaguar in my garage. I’m also building a recumbent tricycle. I originally undertook that project for my father, but he moved away, so now, when it’s done, I’ll ride it to work, for my own health and to serve as an example of a fitness-oriented lifestyle.” He points out that even his hobbies reflect his zeal for building. “I can bring that passion to the university’s focus on engineering.” He has been a pilot. During his Evansville period, he was co-owner of a Quicksilver ultralight aircraft. “At some point, I’d like to get back into it,” he says. “I love watching airplanes take off and land at the airport across the street from campus.”

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In large part because of his own experience of being an ethnic minority growing up in Kuwait, inclusion and diversity are very important to Wafa. “Diversity benefits society on many levels,” he says. “It’s good for economic development. For instance, Columbus is now a global city, and Cummins is a global company. I think that initiatives such as IUPUC’s opportunities for study abroad can even contribute to world peace.” He finds it interesting to observe reactions to his children. “They’re sometimes asked where they are from, and, of course, the answers are ‘Evansville,’ ‘Wisconsin’ and ‘North Carolina.’ The questions do tell me that people care.” The children all went through the International Baccalaureate program. It was founded in 1968 at the International School in Geneva, originally to smooth the transition of diplomats’ offspring from one nation’s curriculum to another. Wafa feels that the highest priority for Columbus currently is nurturing a new generation of leaders. “We will need people who can be innovative in advancing the legacy left by previous figures.” That leads back to the role of IUPUC in the city’s future. “The school is working very hard to provide high-quality, enriching educational experiences not only to our students, but faculty, staff and visitors. We want to enrich everyone’s experience in the community and region.” That, in turn, reflects on his view of the life well-lived. “Life is a very short journey, if you think about it,” he observes. “When you come home from a journey, you want to remember good experiences, not bad ones.” For Wafa, that means building lasting foundations.

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When you picture the harvest season, you’re likely to imagine a farm—perhaps a pumpkin patch dotted with orange or a sprawling orchard of fruit-laden trees. On these farms, you’ll find seasonal icons like jack-o’-lanterns and hayrides, and you might even discover a rare apple variety or an animal you’ve yet to see. Here, we offer a closer look at the area’s most popular farm festivals.


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Everything you might want from a traditional fall festival gets wrapped up neatly into one weekend at Hackman’s Farm Market. The market’s annual festival, held the first weekend in October each year, includes a you-pick pumpkin patch, hayrides, straw mountain, hay and corn mazes, petting zoo, fall-themed crafts and activities, and, of course, plenty of harvest produce to sample and buy. WHERE: The market is located at 6040 E. State St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7. Information: 376-6345.


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Then first lady, Laura Bush visited Hackman’s Market and selected a pumpkin for the president in 2006.

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Whipker’s pumpkin festival

Lovers of all things pumpkin unite on the first weekend of October at Whipker’s Market and Greenhouse. The 12th annual celebration, this year’s festival will offer pony rides and hayrides to the pumpkin patch, as well as a decorated corn maze and pumpkin-themed games, including a pumpkin throw, pumpkin ring toss and pumpkin pond. Other games include a basketball shoot, seed spitting contest and children’s pie-eating contest.

WHERE: Whipker’s Market and Greenhouse is located at 5190 S. U.S. 31 and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7. Information: 343-3109.

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Kelsay Farms

For a moo-velous twist on the typical harvest festival, head to Kelsay Farms, where you can combine a visit to the pumpkin patch with a tour of a working dairy farm. Founded in 1837, the sixthgeneration farm gets about 18,000 visitors a year—about 7,000 of them during the harvest festivities. What to do: Explore the five-acre corn maze, take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, ride a train, climb the straw mountain and visit the kids’ play area. On weekends, look for live music and unique food vendors.

Don’t miss: Free tours of the dairy facilities. “What makes us unique is that we are a working dairy farm,” said co-owner Amy Kelsay. “(Visitors) can enjoy the fall activities but also tour the milking parlor and see how it’s done.”

WHERE: 6848 N. County Road 250E, Whiteland, (317) 535-4136,

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Westsiders can enjoy a you-pick pumpkin patch and corn maze at Nienaber’s Farm Market starting in mid-September and running through the season. WHERE: The market is located at 6970 W. State Road 46 and open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information: 342-3606.


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Bush’s Market pumkinator

That’s right, we said “Pumkinator.” Just what is it exactly? It’s a big cannon, which uses compressed air to shoot the pumpkin up to a quarter of a mile. As of this magazine’s deadline, Bush’s Market hadn’t scheduled a date for the demonstrations to begin, however the Pumkinator typically does its thing sometime in late September or early October. When Bush’s staff does get the Pumkinator going, demonstrations will take place about every half hour. Tony Harden, left, pulls the trigger on the Pumkinator as Larry Nolting, center, and Joe Bush watch. The Republic file photos by Andrew Laker.

WHERE: Bush’s Market is located at 7301 E. 25th St. Information: 379-9077.

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Apple Works. Photo by Alton Strupp. Opposite page: Apple Works’ Highlander Festival. Photos courtesy of Apple Works.

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South-central Indiana has its fair share of harvest festivals, but only one has a pumpkin-eating Tyrannosaurus Rex named Tyranny. The voracious dinosaur resides at Waterman’s Farm Market’s Indianapolis location, where visitors are often awed by the sheer volume of Fall Harvest Festival activities. Founded in 1978, the 50acre farm welcomes more than 25,000 visitors a year.


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What to do: Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, explore the straw bale maze and two cornfield mazes, ride a carnival ride or a pony, climb a straw mountain, visit a petting zoo, listen to live music and grab a snack from one of the food vendors. Take the toddlers to the Waterman’s Tricycle Track, or shop for fall decorating items and make-and-take scarecrows.

New this year: A petting zoo of exotic animals, such as a miniature buffalo. Waterman’s is also increasing the number of activities at its Greenwood location; this year, look for a pumpkin patch and train ride.

Don’t miss: The Pumpkin Smash in early November. Bring your past-their-prime pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns to the farm, where you can shoot them across the field and watch them smash. Donations are accepted, and the event benefits local nonprofit organizations.

WHERE: 1100 N. State Road 37, Greenwood, (317) 888-4189,

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Founded by Rich and Sarah Brown in 1989, the orchard also offers more than 60 varieties of apples and nearly a dozen types of pumpkins, squashes and gourds. What to do: During the Highlander Festival, usually in late September, enjoy live music and folk dances and sample traditional Scottish and Irish cuisine. Throughout October, you can also catch a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, take a train or pony ride, and supervise the kiddos at a harvest-themed craft station. “We strive for quality,” said owner Sarah Brown, “and we try to have … a lot of things for kids to do.”

Don’t miss: More than 60 varieties of apples, including favorites like gala, honey crisp, Fuji and crimson crisp—many of them too delicate or temperamental to be shipped elsewhere. Also look for treats like hot apple cider and warm apple dumplings.

WHERE: 8157 S. Road 250W, Trafalgar, (317) 878-9317,

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Carnival in Columbus Brazilian families share their experiences and culture as hosts of Ethnic Expo Story by Kelsey DeClue / Photography submitted

When Vicente and Marcia Bartolo moved from their native Santo Andre, São Paulo, to Columbus in 2004, they were one of three Brazilian families relocating. Today, that number has jumped to just over 20 families, most of whom have been attracted to the city through Cummins Inc. In the last eight years the Bartolo family has come to view Columbus as home. “It’s gotten to the point now that my daughter has been over here long enough that when she is with family and in a comfortable situation, she’ll speak Portuguese, but if she’s nervous or the situation is tense, say she’s in an argument or something, she naturally goes to English,” Vicente Bartolo said. “It is becoming her first language.”

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(clockwise from top) Vicente and Marcia Bartolo, with their daughter, Adriana. Elton and Karin Duro. Ana Watts with her husband, Travis, and their 3-year-old twins, Alana and Alex.


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However the Bartolos keep their roots and traditions deeply planted in Brazil, as do the other families who have relocated. “When we moved here it wasn’t long after (the terrorist attacks of) Sept. 11, so it was difficult getting over here and all the paperwork,” said Bartolo, a fuel systems sourcing director at Cummins. “And people were, of course, on edge — more skeptical.” Karin Duro and her husband, Elton, who works for Cummins at its Seymour plant, moved from Brazil in 1999. “We don’t expect (living in America) to be exactly like home,” Karin Duro said. “Of course, we miss the food and our families, but we adjust to our new environment, and we try to help the others adjust by explaining what they can expect as best we can. “You have to keep an open mind and be open to the change and the challenge, and then you’ll feel more confident.” The Duros are transplants from Manaus, Brazil, which has a population of about 2 million.

“I’ll tell you, one thing I’m still getting used to is the space here,” Duro said. “Our home (in Brazil) was surrounded by tall walls because of crime, etc. You almost feel lost.” Columbus’ Brazilian residents remain a closeknit community within the city, coming to each other’s aid and welcoming new people and families. “We try to help people figure out how things work, because it can be confusing. It’s very difficult,” Bartolo said. “It’s hard starting a life in a new place.” “And I think it’s different for men and women,” said Ana Lucia Watts, a North Vernon resident and global purchasing sourcing manager for Cummins. “We tell each other where we can find a type of food or item that is similar to ones we would have used in Brazil.” Watts, Bartolo and Duro praised Columbus for its appeal to families and its residents’ welcoming nature. “When you live in a big city, you get used to being anonymous,” Bartolo said. “The thing about Columbus I have noticed is when you’re here, everywhere you go, you know someone.” The three agreed that they like Columbus’ small town population. “But the city has much infrastructure here that isn’t typical of a small town,” Bartolo said. “It has changed much since we first moved here, and it is exciting to see where it is going.” This year Watts, Bartolo and Duro are part of a group working with Su Casa of Columbus to bring Brazilian cultural education and experience to Columbus on a wider scale. The group is planning some of the festivities for this year’s Ethnic Expo, set to take place Oct. 12 and 13. Brazil is the host country. “I’m glad to have this opportunity to get involved with the community. When I accepted this task, I was thinking about putting all the Brazilian families together and showing the Columbus community our culture,” Duro said. However, that culture is hard to define. Brazil today is a melting pot of ethnicities and influences, and practices vary among the country’s regions. However, Portuguese remains the native language. “There are different types of foods depending on the region, say if you’re from the north or the south part of Brazil,” Watts said. “However there are a few themes, admittedly somewhat stereotypical, that people think of when they think of Brazil.” “I think people think of carnival—dancing— and soccer,” Duro said. “Oh yes, you have to support the right soccer team,” said Watts, with a laugh. Brazil will host the World Cup in 2014 so the group decided to jump on that theme, combined with carnival, for the float, which will lead the Ethnic Expo parade. “We are trying to show the culture as much as we can,” Bartolo said. “We will have some traditional foods that have been altered for more general tastes.” Some of those menu items include perhaps Brazil’s most famous dish, feijoada – a bean, beef and pork stew — and brigadeiro — a dessert involving cocoa, condensed milk and butter. “And, of course, we’ll have some surprises,” Bartolo said.


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Americans no longer rely much on railways for mass transit, but we still feel the thrill of adventure when we step from a station platform onto a waiting train. Instead of fighting traffic and searching for parking spaces, we sit back, relax and enjoy the peaceful landscape of the lesser-seen countryside. Steam engines and Wild West adventures are a thing of the past, but railroad travel still appeals to both history buffs and visionaries, says Richard Riley, the owner of Riley’s Railhouse in Chesterton. “The railroads were about our history, and now they’re about our future, because they’re coming back stronger than ever,” he said. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Indiana train adventures—a family-friendly way to celebrate the past (and enjoy the fall foliage, too).


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The Spirit of Jasper Train

Every Saturday in October, the Spirit of Jasper train embarks from the Jasper Train Depot on a “fall foliage ride and dine,” an 18-mile round-trip journey through the autumn countryside. “The train doesn’t go very fast, so it gives you plenty of time to look outside,” said Kelley Leuck, administrative assistant for the Jasper Park and Recreation Department. “Those are probably our most popular rides.” The four-hour trip includes a full meal, catered by Jasper’s beloved German Schnitzelbank restaurant. The menu might feature roast turkey, bratwurst or smoked pork chops, plus traditional treats such as apple strudel. A cash bar is available for adults, and children will enjoy seeing the 1956 General Electric 80-ton switch engine in action. Leuck encourages visitors to reserve as far in advance as possible. The fall foliage train is now in its third season, and the first two seasons were sell-outs. 201 Mill St., Jasper; (812) 482-5959; www.; $45/person Photos courtesy of Spirit of Jasper


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Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum At the junction of four historic railroads, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum offers rides in vintage cabooses, which are pulled by diesel locomotives. Riders can opt for enclosed, air-conditioned coaches or open-air coaches with a wider view. The museum has several adventure options, ranging from a 45-minute, 10-mile ride past English Lake ($5 to $11) to a two-hour, 20-mile trip through the countryside ($7 to $19). Another option: The LaCrosse Picnic Train, a three-hour, 20-mile trip that includes a stop for a provided picnic dinner ($18 to $30). 507 Mulberry St., North Judson; (574) 896-3950; French Lick

The Indiana Railway Museum With both regular and themed train rides, the Indiana Railway Museum is perhaps the most kid-friendly of Indiana’s railway adventures. Each October, the museum offers haunted “Legend of the Lost Train” rides, which last one hour and feature a scary sing-along. Another option is the occasional “Wild West Hold-up” rides. Adults might prefer the two-hour scenic ride, a 20-mile round-trip that passes through the Hoosier National Forest, the 2,200-foot Burton Tunnel and several limestone rock cuts. 1 Monon St., French Lick; (800) 74-TRAIN;; $16/adult, $8/child


Riley’s Railhouse Richard Riley, a lifelong railroad enthusiast, was looking for a summer home when he discovered the New York Central freight station in Chesterton, on the former Norfolk and Southern double main line. Since its closure as a railway station in the 1960s, the building had served many commercial functions, among them a mattress warehouse, antique store and pizzeria, so Riley decided to restore the 1914 building as a bed-and-breakfast rather than a private home. “Railroads have played a tremendous role in the history of this country, and freight stations were the hub of every small town in America,” he said. The bed-and-breakfast, which opened in June 2011 after six years of renovation, now has two guest rooms decorated with paintings, sculptures and railroad artifacts, such as lanterns restored by Riley and his father. Four more rooms in nearby boxcars and cabooses will open next summer. Breakfast consists of hearty meals like corned beef hash, ham and eggs, and a quiche Riley calls hobo pie. 123 N. Fourth St., Chesterton; (219) 395-9999; www.; $120 to $160/night Photos courtesy of Riley’s Railhouse

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Industrial Revolution Eatery and Grille

The motto of this family-friendly restaurant is “saluting America’s greatness,” and the brick walls and exposed steel beams make diners feel that they’re eating in a Victorian-era factory still under construction. The décor includes blackand-white photos, statues of tradesmen and model trains that criss-cross the dining room—the perfect way to celebrate the era in which trains changed the fabric of American society. The menu emphasizes American cuisine with sandwiches, pizza and burgers. House specialties include Decorated Hero Chicken and Legendary Meatloaf. Feeling especially hungry? Try the Risk-Taker Burger, with four hamburger patties (weighing in at 2 pounds), four cheeses, lettuce and onion strings. 1084 Linwood Ave., Valparaiso; (219) 465-1801;

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More Hoosier Train Adventures Eating at Tyler’s Tender in Schererville. The restaurant has O-scale model trains and a children’s train ride, and meals are delivered to the table via model flat-bed train cars. The menu has categories such as “side cars,” “first-class-car sandwiches” and the “little engineer’s menu.” 350 E. U.S. 30, Schererville; (219) 322-5590; Riding on the steam-powered Flying Dutchman Scenic Railway at the Hesston Steam Museum near Chicago. The 2.5-mile journey winds through the museum’s wooded grounds. A variety of steam-powered machinery is on display, and kids will enjoy the 1/8 and 1/4 scale-model steam trains.


The Taltree Arboretum Railway Garden

One of the newest attractions in Valparaiso is the 2.5-acre Railway Garden at the Taltree Arboretum, featuring G-scale (gardenscale) model trains, more than 30 small wood and steel bridges, and more than 500 varieties of tiny plants, such as low-growing sedum, thyme, veronica and phlox. After entering through a restored 1920s railroad depot, visitors can explore a variety of vignettes, such as “Building the Railroad,” “Small Town Life Transformed” and “Indiana Limestone Quarry.” “It will be one of the largest outdoor railway gardens in the country,” said Riley, whose inn is just a few minutes’ drive from the arboretum. “They’ve gone out of their way to tie the railroad into what happened here in Indiana.” The railway garden is open through Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Trains run 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. 450 W. 100 N., Valparaiso; (219) 462-0025; www.taltree. org; $10/person

1201 E. 1000 N., LaPorte; (219) 778-2783; Taking a stay-cation at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis at Union Station, where Pullman train cars have been converted into guest rooms. Each one is uniquely decorated to honor a celebrity, such as Louis Armstrong, Greta Garbo and Charlie Chaplin. 123 W. Louisiana St., Indianapolis; (317) 631-2221; Photos courtesy of The Taltree Arboretum Railway Garden

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Biggest Block Party Ever July 28 Washington Street Photos by Andrew Laker



5 1. A crowd fills the intersection of Washington Street and Fourth Street. 2. The Why Store lead singer Chris Shaffer performs. 3. (from left) Harry Crider, 13, Jarrett Noble, 13, and Hunter Wolford, 14, show off their â&#x20AC;&#x153;together foreverâ&#x20AC;? conjoined balloon hats. 4. Chris Gorbett performs with the band Project Dubru. 5. Bill Mandler and Jeanetta Streeter dance.


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10 6. Isaiah Church rides on the shoulders of his â&#x20AC;&#x153;pappy,â&#x20AC;? Brent Church. 7. Julean Hemon bounces on a bungee trampoline. 8. The event was presented by Columbus Area Arts Council and sponsored by Johnson-Witkemper Insurance Services. 9. People mingle in the streets. 10. Jason and Crystal Chopp.

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Steve Lippia, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simply Sinatraâ&#x20AC;? June 23 The Commons Photos by Carla Clark





7 1. Jesse Brand and Geri Handley. 2. (from left) Lois Friend, Kathy Breeden, Rex Breeden, Bobbie Evans, and Nick Mumley. 3. Jim and Terri Kelly. 4. Lynne Hyatt and Pam Lego. 5. (from left) Kristi Guse, Sara Beck, Nina Rothbart, Tom Pickett, Danielle Fedor, Michelle Newland and Diana Gambaiani welcome guests. 6. Amanda and Terry Arndt. 7. Patrick Andrews and Caleb Blackerby.


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Tipton Lakes Bump and Run Classic 5K Aug. 18 Harrison Lake Country Club Photos courtesy of Tipton Lakes Athletic Club





1. (from left) Ed Pence, Chuck Wells, Diana Gambaiani, Tony Gambaiani, Suzanne Wells, (in front) Savannah Wells and Michael Gambaiani 2. Sheila Taulman. 3. (from left) Nancy Leland, Angie Hayden and Marilyn Williams. 4. Lisa Reeves Stadler leads a pack of runners. 5. The course took participants past Harrison Lake. 6. A runner crosses the finish line. 7. Lisa Mumphrey stands ready to hand out water. 8. Danny Fisher.

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Rock the Park: Foreigner Aug. 18 Mill Race Park Photos by Carla Clark and Sevil Mahfoozi




1. Foreigner performs. 2. Fans cheer as a local band opened the concert. 3. Kris Epperson from That Ugly What sings. 4. (from left) Scott Royer, Sarah Fenneman, Caitlin Comer and Dee Royer. 5. The event was attended by 7,000 people. 6. Foreigner drummer Brian Tichy. 7. Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson, right, and guitarist Bruce Watson perform. 8. The audience applauds the opening act. 9. Foreigner frontman Kelly Hansen.


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Taming the Fire: A Glass-blowing Workshop Aug. 24-25 In conjunction with ArtFEST Photos courtesy of Columbus Area Arts Council









1. Erin Hawkins works with a glass artist from Hot Blown Glass studios in Clayton. The two-day workshop was available for 50 participants. 2. Glass forming. 3. Completed glass paperweights. 4. Bonnie Smith. 5. Sharon Beach

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Hospice Concert: Three Dog Night Sept. 1 Columbus North High School Photos by Carla Clark



6 1. Jodie and Scott McCormick. Scott was the first person in line for the concert, at 11 a.m. 2. Three Dog Night band member Cory Wells. 3. Fans dance to Blair Carman and the Belleview Boys. 4. Gay McDonald and her husband, Tom, purchase a T-shirt from volunteers. 5. (from left) Carol Kent and Kaileigh, Maddie and Kim Teltoe greet guests and hand out name tags. 6. Tommy Smith.


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7. Hutch Schumaker volunteers at the concession stand. 8. The crowd nearly filled the gym at Columbus North High School. 9. Three Dog Night stage manager Joe Cook. 10. Harley Page and Brandii Lacefield. 11. Steven Hawkins , with his niece, Emily Ward. 12. Three Dog Night consists of Paul Kingery (bass), Cory Wells (vocals), Danny Hutton (vocals), Michael Allsup (guitar), Paul Bautz (drums) and Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards).

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Through Sept. 29 Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Columbus Farmer’s Market offers fresh produce grown by local farmers and gardeners, flowers, home-baked goods, coffee, tea, lemon shake-ups, local art and jewelry, herbs, hot peppers and local music. Location: Cummins parking lot, between Brown and Lindsey streets. Information: 371-3780 or

Sept. 22 The 16th annual Mill Race Race and Mayor’s Walk features scenic 15K and 5K courses that are flat, fast and USATF certified. The courses wind through the heart of downtown Columbus. There is a 5K walk, 5K run, 15K run, 5K team run/walk challenge and a kids fun run. Time: 7:30 a.m. Information: 378-9206 or

Through Sept. 29

From 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday, visit the Columbus City Farmers Market, featuring cheese, meat, fruit, vegetables, wine, artists and musicians. Location: FairOaks Mall parking lot between Carson’s and JC Penney stores, facing 25th Street. Information: 378-0539. Don’t miss the Edinburgh Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday. Location: Next to Bob-O-Link on U.S. 31. Information: 371-1699. If you prefer naturally grown produce, visit Natural Choices from 8 a.m. to noon every Wednesday. Natural Choices features produce grown without conventional pesticides and fertilizers as well as handcrafted items. Location: 1825 Central Ave. Information: 375-1677. Through Oct. 31

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Don’t miss the eighth annual Let’s Get Ready Drive-in Movie event. The night will feature a movie, games, music and fun. Time: 5:30 p.m. with the movie beginning at 8 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Mill Race Park. Information: 376-2680. Tour the charming and picturesque Duck Creek Valley during the Hope Bike Ride. Enjoy live music, a pancake breakfast and root beer floats. Proceeds benefit the Hope Food Bank. Cost: $25 until Sept. 6; $30 until Sept. 16; $40 after Sept. 16.

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Fall 2012 Compiled by Amy Norman

Sept. 28-30 Enjoy concerts, food, crafts, a parade and more at the Hope Heritage Days. Information: 546-4673 or visit the Hope Area Welcome Center on Facebook.

Kids 12 and younger ride free with a paying adult. Time: 7:30 a.m. Location: Hauser High School, State Road 9, Hope. Information: Enjoy Better Breakfast Day and discover ways to turn your breakfast from yummy to extraordinary with taste tests and activities all day. Location: kidscommons, 309 Washington St. Information: 378-3046 or Sept. 24

IUPUC professor Ryan Neville-Shepard discusses the barriers that third parties face, how they function in the current political system, and how their challenges make them appear as odd as they do. He will cover third party options for president and Rupert Boneham’s campaign for governor in Indiana. Time: 7 to 8 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 379-1255 or Sept. 28

Roll back to the 1970s for Retro Rock 2012.

Event proceeds benefit Mill Race Center and Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center. Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Location: Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Information: 376-9241 or Sept. 29

Nancy Conrad, wife of the late Apollo astronaut Pete Conrad, speaks at Space Day 2012 on the IUPUC campus. The day includes rocket displays, “Rockets to Race Cars,” robots and more. Cost: $60. Information: Oct. 4

David Best will portray Thomas Jefferson at the age of 82. Jefferson will reminisce about pivotal events in his life and about his role in writing the Declaration of Independence. Best is a retired IUPUI professor, and he presents one-man shows as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 379-1255 or

Oct. 6

The 2012 Writers Conference sponsored by Pen It! magazine will be at the Crump Theatre. The keynote speaker will be best-selling author James Alexander Thom of Bloomington. Featured speakers throughout the day will include Paul Hoffman, C.S. Marks, Sue Breeding, Suzanne Purewal, Robin Waldron, Ron Collins, Doris Lynch, Candy Crum and Suzy Milhoan. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $25 per person; $40 per couple; $18 for those younger than 18; $30 per person the day of the event. Location: Crump Theatre, 425 Third St. Information: Debi Hurt at 371-4128 or Ms. Pat performs during the YES Comedy Showcase. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Location: Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Information: 379-1630 or Oct. 11

Ray Boomhower, Indiana Historical Society senior editor, will cover the life and times of Indiana

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historian, journalist and political reformer Jacob P. Dunn Jr. Dunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wide-ranging interests included campaigning to establish free public libraries across Indiana, writing groundbreaking histories of Indianapolis and painstakingly preserving the language of the Miami Indians. From his key role in adopting the Australian ballot system in the state to his ultimately failed effort at enacting a new state constitution, Dunn did more than anyone to reduce fraud and ensure honest elections in Indiana. Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 379-1255 or

Sept. 22 The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the world-famous quintet known as Canadian Brass bring a unique brand of sparkling entertainment to Columbus. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12 to $50. Location: Erne Auditorium, Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St. Information: 376-2638, ext. 110 or

Oct. 13

Bud Boblink, harmonica player of the year and former Harmonicat and Windy City Harmonica Trio member, performs. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Asbury United Methodist Church, 1751 27th St. Oct. 13

After the Ethnic Expo Parade, head down to Mill Race Park for the annual Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash. All adopted ducks will be turned loose into Round Lake to compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes. Some ducks will even be dropped from a helicopter. Ducks are available for purchase from any Bartholomew County Kiwanis member, at Midwest Computer Solutions and from any participating Duck Buddy listed on The Travis Easterling Magic Show begins at 1:15 p.m. Winners will be

Sept. 25 The Tri-County Expo is a business-to-business trade exposition involving more than 70 booths. Network and get access to hundreds of business decision-makers in Bartholomew, Johnson and Jennings counties. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: The Commons. Information:

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announced around 2 p.m. Time: Noon. Location: Fifth and Lindsey streets. Information: 342-4405 or Oct. 14

Celebrate The Walking Dead at The Walking Dead Season 3 Premiere. Location: YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Information: 812-378-0377 or Oct. 15

Join the Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization, Columbus Young Professionals and Leadership Bartholomew County in an exploration of how leadership translates around the globe during the 2012 CAMEO Film Series. “The Social Network” will be the featured film. Time: 6:45 p.m. Location: YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Tickets: $5 for adults; $3 for children 18 and younger. Tickets will be available at the door. Information: 378-4937. Oct. 20

Garrett Myers, an up-and-coming young concert pianist from Columbus, returns home to play the beautiful Mozart Concerto featured in the film “Elvira Madigan.” He will perform along with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Handel’s “Water Music” and Haydn’s “Surprise Symphony” also will be performed. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 to $39. Location: Erne Auditorium, Columbus North High School. Information: 376-2638, ext. 110 or Bring your friends, family or anyone who would like the experience of traveling the rails on a miniature transportation network at Johnson County Park. The Indiana Live Steamers take you on a journey through forested park land, over several bridges, across prairies and along creeks. Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Cost: $2 per person. Location: Johnson County Park, 2949 E. North St., Edinburgh. Information:

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Oct. 27

The 2012 UnCommon Cause is the annual gala and auction to support the arts in Columbus. This year’s theme is “Chaos Reigns — Steampunk Rules: Tomorrow As It Used to Be.” Time: 7 p.m. Location: The Commons. Information: 376-2539 or

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Old National Bank’s First Fridays for Families presents “Harry the Dirty Dog.” The wonderful children’s story tells of Harry the dog who runs away and gets so dirty his family doesn’t recognize him when he returns home. Time: 6 p.m. Tickets: Free. Location: Nugent Custer Performance Hall, The Commons. Information: Nov. 3

Don’t miss the Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree Concert. Time: 4 p.m. open jam; 5 p.m. group performances. Tickets: Free, but donations are accepted. Location: Donner Center, 739 22nd St..

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Oct. 27 Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss Night of a Thousand Jacks, featuring a pet costume contest, Jack-o-lantern carving demonstrations, kids activities and a bounce house. Time: 3 to 9 p.m. Location: PNC Bank parking lot, 333 Washington St. Proceeds benefit Advocates for Children. Information: 372-2808 or

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Oct. 12-13 Enjoy international cuisine, music and bazaar vendors at Ethnic Expo in downtown Columbus near City Hall. The host country this year is Brazil. Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Information: 376-2520 or

Mike Armstrong performs during the YES Comedy Showcase. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Location: Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Information: 379-1630 or

“Symphony of Organ and Orchestra” and Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” will be performed. Time 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 to $39. Location: First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St. Information: 376-2638, ext. 110 or

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Nov. 10

The American Girl Fashion Show hosted by the American Cancer Society is a fun-filled event for girls, their families, friends and favorite dolls. Advance tickets are required. Recommended for children older than 5. Tea party refreshments are included. Times: 6:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $30 to $40. Location: Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike. Information: Nov. 16

Dan McKinley and the power of the AeolianSkinner organ combined with the award-winning Columbus Indiana Philharmonic is an exhilarating event. Strauss’ “Festive Prelude,” Widor’s

The Déjà vu Art and Fine Craft Show features artists who reuse and recycle materials, including book arts, fiber arts, furniture, jewelry, mosaic, sculpture, woodworking and more. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: The Commons. Information: 376-2539. Dec. 1

The Festival of Lights Parade features floats, animals and walking groups from local corporations, businesses and community groups. The streets of downtown Columbus light up with thousands of twinkling lights. Fireworks will follow when Santa passes City Hall. Cost: Free. Information: 390-6912.

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A Look Back

Wedding Tradition, 1940s One of the bygone customs associated with weddings in Bartholomew County was the shivaree, a series of events in which the bride and groom participated on their wedding day. One of them required that the groom pull his bride on a cart through the downtown. Here, Norman Wilson towed his new bride, the former Norma Ruth Huston, past the courthouse. The Republic file photo. Details provided by Harry McCawley.

If you have photos you’d like to have considered for “A Look Back,” please email them to Include any information you have, including who took the photo and event details.

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