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October 2011

Best of the Northside

Your favorite spots to satisfy a sweet tooth, treat yourself to a massage and more Local authors on writing | Foods that are super for you | TV reporter Daniel Miller’s home | Luke Broyles makes movies

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Joe Lazzara at Joe’s Butcher Shop and Fish Market. Photo courtesy of Joe Lazzara.

contents on the cover Jill Zaniker at Simply Sweet Shoppe Photo by Jamie Owens

October 2011

Features 52 Best of the Northside


Gate Ways

72 A Fishers Family


Daniel Miller

78 Film Kid

102 Fall Festivals

We asked. You voted. We profiled the winners.

The Kehls make community service a tradition

Best of the Northside

Your favorite spots to satisfy a sweet tooth, treat yourself to a massage and more

Luke Broyles can’t help but make movies

Estate entries that captivate

Home is where the art is

Fun is just a short drive away

Local authors on writing | Foods that are super for you | TV reporter Daniel Miller’s home | Luke Broyles makes movies



Departments at the front


Editor’s Note Sherri Cullison tastes life

15 This & That

News and views around town

21 In Style

Everything orange



25 Quick Bites

Local food news

30 Cuisine Chili

32 Wine, Dine & Find Three picks to enjoy

worth the trip

35 The Farmhouse Cafe health

39 Super Foods arts & lifestyles

45 Northside Authors out & about

110 Student Views

Students submit their creations

112 Just Married

Megan (Dowd) and Michael Clark

114 Our Side of Town People and events

120 Calendar of Events Things to do



The Tarkington Grand Opening

33 Shiraz Wine Cafe

In Good Taste I recently spent a week in South America. It was a mission trip for me and for the approximately 20 others who traveled with me; we went to Cartagena, Colombia, with several intents. We completed construction of a couple of homes. We operated feeding centers for hungry children. We gave out hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses to those in need. I’d guess that the trip helped me as much as it might have helped the locals we set out to meet. It gave me an opportunity to see another side of life and to return to my post here in Indiana a little more enlightened. But it wasn’t all hard work and spiritual growth. Some parts of it just left a good taste in my mouth. While there, I woke every morning for a 6 a.m. run along Cartagena Bay. After, I’d sit down to a quick breakfast out on the patio of my hotel, and I topped each morning’s plate with a heaping helping of fresh mango and papaya. Delish! I returned to the United States with a healthy infatuation with tropical fruits. In the weeks since, I’ve frequented the mango and papaya section of my local grocery store, and I’ve been looking around for other South American-style treats. One Friday evening, my significant other and I joined a Brazilian cooking class at Kiss Z Cook in Carmel. What exactly makes something Brazilian, you ask? Well, I asked, too. Beans and chorizo, chef Dwight Simmons answered. And, that night, we had both. We cooked two dishes. One featured shrimp, chorizo and spicy cheese; the other, chicken, mandarin oranges and red bean salsa. Everything we ate, including the starter sweet potato soup, was incredible. My trip to Colombia, that night we spent at Kiss Z Cook and a recent long weekend my beau and I spent eating our ways through New Orleans got me to thinking: Life tastes really, really good.

editor’s note In this issue, we’ve profiled a number of tasty places to eat. Caroline Mosey stopped in The Local Eatery and Pub in Westfield for a story on page 25, and I got to sit down for a couple of meals at The Farmhouse in Nineveh for a Worth the Trip piece on page 35. That’s not to mention the many eateries you voted into our Best of the Northside feature (page 52) in this issue. With so many spots to visit, and with weekly cooking classes available at places like Kiss Z Cook, northsiders have no excuse but to be eating well. Further proof that life, as is so often said, is sweet.





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News | Views | Tidbits Compiled by Ashley Petry

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Ready to learn something new? Try another traditional art—mosaics—with the low-key Mosaics and Wine classes at Carmel’s La Mie Emilie. In about two hours, you can create a mosaic photo frame, a set of four coasters or two switch plates, all with instruction from mosaic artist Nancy Keating. For $48, Keating provides the supplies and tools, and she does the dirty work (the grouting) herself. 15 W. Main St., Carmel; (317) 501-4652; NORTH |


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This month, the Heartland Film Festival will screen a short film, “Walter,” produced by Brenden Hill, a 2000 Hamilton Southeastern grad. The film presents a day in the life of Walter, a cineplex ticket-taker/ ticket-tearer who believes he is the son of God—and whose mission is to pass judgment on every person he meets. The film, in which Hill plays Walter’s nemesis, Lonnie, first appeared locally at the Indianapolis International Film Festival in July. Next up: a feature-length version of “Walter” that will be filmed in the Indianapolis area in the spring. As a student at Indiana University, you founded a theater company called Purple Bench. What’s behind the name? It was named Purple Bench because of the purple benches in the lobby of the IU theater department. When I moved to Los Angeles, I started the film company under the same name. What was your motivation for starting the film company? I got out to Los Angeles right as the economy crashed. I’ve always been someone who doesn’t like sitting around and waiting for an opportunity to come. I believe in creating opportunities, so I wanted to make a short film that I could act in and where I could showcase my producing abilities as well. Why did you choose “Walter” as the first Purple Bench film? There are so many levels to Walter. On the outside, he’s crazy and thinks he’s the son of God, yet the writer crafted this world in which you’re like, “Is he? Could he be?” because the world is crafted so well and the character is fleshed out. It struck me as original in tone and quirky. We’re watching Walter deal with the fact that he lost his dad to cancer at the age of 10, which is a brutal thing to go through, but the writer does a good job of including humor.

So, why cast yourself as the jerk— the guy who harasses Walter and steals his girl? That’s always funny at screenings, to deal with the people who watch my behavior on screen and answer their questions afterward. When you read the project, you wonder, how can I use my acting ability, because the genesis of this idea was to give myself and others the opportunity to showcase their work. It seemed like the most logical role for me, I suppose. What did your family say when they saw your performance as Lonnie? Yeah … at the Indy International Film Festival, showing it to my aunts and uncles and the local crowd, I definitely cringed in the back of the theater at some of Lonnie’s behavior. What do you hope people will get out of the film? I hope they’re entertained, if anything else. Especially with a short, you want people to reflect on it and talk about it. I hope it helps people look at how everyone goes through tragic experiences or anything of that magnitude. … It’s definitely not geared to be a heavy-handed film, but I think it can be funny and thoughtful at the same time.

Top photo by Brian Parillo, “Walter” poster by Hanuman Brown-Eagle, bottom photo by Carlo Alberto Orrechia. All courtesy of Brenden Hill.



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The Indiana Design Center has announced another new tenant: A pop-up shop called The Swanky Abode. The original store, based in Columbus, Ohio, specializes in mid-century modern furniture, accessories and gifts, many of them hard to find elsewhere. To preview the goods, check out Photo courtesy of The Swanky Abode

The Carmel Chamber of Commerce awarded its annual $4,000 Nancy Blondin Scholarship to Nicholas Williams, a recent graduate of Carmel High School who played soccer and volunteered with Special Olympics Indiana. Williams plans to study economics and geology at DePauw University. The scholarship honors Nancy Blondin, who was president of the Chamber from 1986 to 2000. Photo courtesy of Carmel Chamber of Commerce



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>> A Premiere to be Praised In its inaugural season, the Center for the Performing Arts welcomed both worldfamous artists and aspiring local talents to one of the best venues in the Midwest. Along the way, it sold out many of its performances—and quickly started planning big for the new season. Here’s a quick “by the numbers” look at the first season.

$1.67 million Box office sales for the inaugural season.

Class Acts This month, join some of the nation’s best craftsmen at the annual Arts and Arms Making Workshop at Conner Prairie, a week-long celebration of traditional crafts and trades. Try your hand at gun-smithing, weaving, blacksmithing or pottery, or learn to work with leather, horn or beads. New classes this year include barrel-making, tin-smithing and quill work, a tradition of the Eastern Woodland Indians. Weekend, half-week and full-week classes are available (Oct. 8 to 14, times and prices vary). 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers; (317) 776-6006; Photos courtesy of Conner Prairie

Kiss Z Cook in Carmel is now offering live online cooking classes. Prepare meals from home while being instructed online by the chef and even get answers to your questions along the way. For details on classes, visit Photo by Randy Dugger



24 Total number of performances for the season, a partial season running from January to June.

34,467 Number of tickets sold, equaling 96 percent of the Palladium’s seating capacity.

5 Number of performance series, including classics, songbook, jazz, country and dance. The 2011-12 season, which kicked off in August, includes 81 performances in three venues: the Palladium concert hall, The Tarkington and the Studio Theater. In October and November, look for performances by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Chinese Acrobats, the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre and many other groups. Or pick up tickets for concerts with Sandi Patty, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and the Vienna Boys Choir, among others. 355 City Center Drive, Carmel; (317) 843-3800; www.TheCenterFor

Fashion | Trends | Decor Compiled by Sherri Cullison | Photos by Alton Strupp

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Orangecounty It’s October. What that means? For this month, at least, orange is the new black.

Two’s Company Flower Leather Cuff, $18.95, Holder Mattress, 200 S. Rangeline Road, Suite 119, Carmel, (317) 848-2939,



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Ceramic Head Planter, $69 Gallery 116, 8597 E. 116th St., Fishers, (317) 577-9730,


Freakin’ Billboard Recycled Handbag, $37.99, Gallery 116


Two’s Company Paddock Wool Bag, $59.95, Holder Mattress


Two’s Company Pandora Wrap Scarf, $29.95, Holder Mattress


Two’s Company 10 Strand Brass Bead Necklace, $38.95, Holder Mattress


Orange and Black Jewel Chain Bracelet, $9.97, Charming Charlie, 14311 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel, (317) 581-1305,


Custom Flower Planter, $129, Gallery 116


(from left) Chandler Collection To The Max 18-inch Square Pillow, $32.95 Zodax Decorative Pillow, $15 CBK Funky Teen Design Pillow, $19.95, Holder Mattress






Quick Bites | Cuisine | Wine, Dine & Find Compiled by Caroline Mosey

Cioppino. Photo courtesy of The Local Eatery and Pub.

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The Local Eatery and Pub celebrates what’s in season and grown nearby When chefs Derek Means and Craig Baker decided to open a restaurant in Westfield, they did it with a goal in mind: to serve fresh, local food in an environmentally conscious way. The result, a “modern-American brasserie” called The Local Eatery and Pub, opened in February at 146th Street and Gray Road to celebrate the products of local artisans and farmers, while minimizing its environmental footprint. NORTH |


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What better way to celebrate your glorious, schedule-free weekend than indulging in a leisurely brunch? Hit the snooze button to your heart’s content, then start your morning on the right food by heading out for one of these divine omelet creations. Photo courtesy of Petite Chou

Florentine Omelet $7.99

Mohawk Place Shopping Center 620 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel …on the Monon!

Veggie-lovers will appreciate this one—the Florentine is stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese and hollandaise. Yum. The Roost, 7371 E. 116th St., Fishers, (317) 842-3735

Fiesta Omelet $7 (Sunday brunch menu) It’s like a party in your mouth (yes, we couldn’t resist) with this Mexican-inspired version, which contains chicken, tomatoes, cheddar, sour cream and chipotle salsa. Woodys Library Restaurant, 40 E. Main St., Carmel, (317) 573-4444

Petite Chou Omelette $10.95

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Ricotta cheese, tomatoes, bacon and basil make this one to remember. Bonus: Petit Chou uses free-range eggs from Indiana farms. Petite Chou, 14390 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel, (317) 569-0965

“Your Choice” Omelette $8 (Sunday brunch) Try this fluffy masterpiece made with Traders Point Creamery farm fresh eggs and your favorite ingredients. We love the combination of maple sausage and spicy house-made fromage. The Loft at Traders Point Creamery, 9101 Moore Road, Zionsville, (317) 733-1700

quick bites Tucked away at the end of an unassuming strip mall, the restaurant is divided into two sections: one side is filled with tables and booths and serves as the “eatery”; the “pub” area features a long bar that showcases locally crafted cocktails and beer. Flat-screen TVs flicker with sports and cooking shows, and the walls are adorned with massive artworks and an enormous blackboard that serves as the ever-evolving menu. The eating local concept falls in line with the owners’ commitment to sustainability. Co-owner and self-described environmentalist Derek Means wanted to create a place where families could enjoy fresh food in a fun, lively environment. To do so, the owners source food from local producers like Gunthrop Farms, Homestead Growers, Capriole Goat Cheese and Heartland Indiana Beef Co-op, all within a close radius. What’s not immediately available is sourced from farms in Kentucky, keeping artisans as close as possible. “Food just tastes better when you eat what’s in season in your area,” Means explains. “When you do that, you’re helping to support the local economy and also helping to diversify our crops.” Means and Baker—both with backgrounds in commercial kitchens—know exactly how to bring seasonal flavors to life; think curry vegetable tacos, braised beef tongue with caramelized onion and fig mostarda, smoked duck salad and goat cheese cheesecake. The less adventurous (but equally delicious) kids options even incorporate local elements. Sustainability measures are reflected in areas both on and off the plate. “We switched to LED lighting in the restaurant, and now we’re using low-flow dishwashers in the kitchen and unbleached recycled butcher paper on the tables,” says Means. “We’re also the first independently owned restaurant in the state to obtain our green certification from the Green Restaurant Association, which is something we’re really proud of.” The local foods movement continues to gain momentum, and restaurants like The Local Eatery and Pub are helping to show it’s not simply a trend, but a paradigm shift in the way we view eating. Or maybe, we’re just getting back to our roots.


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European coffee for the morning, salads and panini for lunch, and a tapas-style dinner menu from American, Spanish, and Italian cuisines. Gambas


Island Mar


Coffee window: Mon.-Sat. 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun. 8 to 2 p.m. Lunch: Tues. to Sun. 11 to 2 (Closed on Mon.) Tapas Dinner: Tues.,Wed. and Thurs. 5 to 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 5 to 11 p.m.


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Attorney-turned-restaurateur Martha Hoover brought Café Patachou onto the Indianapolis dining scene in 1989, and she hasn’t looked back since. Her flaky croissants, fluffy omelets and fresh salads and soups are just some of the reasons her restaurants stay crowded. The rest is just what we’ll call Hoover’s “Patachou magic.” You have multiple restaurants operating across Indianapolis and Carmel. You seem to offer something that people love and keep coming back for. What’s your secret? I think we’re approachable, and we have an atmosphere that people really enjoy, as well as excellent service and food quality. Our locations just have a friendly feel, sort of urban without being cold or pretentious. What motivates you to continue expanding? Do you set out to fill a void in the restaurant community, or is each new place just an extension of your personal passions?



A little of both. I sometimes refer to us as a “small giant.” We do have strategic plans for growth, but we have no intentions of getting too big or too widespread. We don’t want to put a new restaurant on every corner, but there are certain neighborhoods where it just makes sense, and we follow that. You have plans to open a gelato store in the coming months. (Hoover hopes to open GELO this fall at 49th and Pennsylvania streets.) What can customers expect there? We’ve ordered our equipment from Italy and really want to make it as authentic and high quality as possible. We’re excited

Photo courtesy of Café Patachou

to start making the gelato we offer at many of our Patachou locations in house. GELO will also serve espresso and hot chocolate, made the Italian way. Food is obviously important to you. What would be your ideal meal? Something simple and delicious, like oven-roasted chicken and a salad with butter lettuce and a little olive oil. Meals like that make the house smell wonderful, and they never get old.




Feeling Chili? Welcome the season with something hot and spicy

As the first chills of the season set in, our thoughts turn to comforting, hearty meals. Nothing warms the soul like a huge pot of chili simmering on the stove. Grab a bowl and your biggest spoon: We’re sharing the recipes for two versions of this fall classic.

White Bean Chicken Chili

(serves 4-6) Courtesy of Sweet and Savory Café and Catering, 4335 W. 106th St., Carmel

Box Car Chili > >

3 cups white beans (soak overnight, or use canned, drained and rinsed) 1 tablespoon butter 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium onion, chopped 8-ounce can green chilies 1 tablespoon cumin 1 tablespoon oregano dash cayenne 1 (48-ounce) can chicken stock 1 ham hock 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon coriander 1 pound cooked, shredded chicken breast

2 pounds ground chuck 1 white onion, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1 large green bell pepper, diced 3 jalapeños, seeded and chopped 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 8 tablespoons chili powder 1 can diced tomatoes 1 can chili beans 1 (46-ounce) can V8 juice

In a Dutch oven, sauté onion in butter until translucent. Add in chilies, garlic and herbs and cook for two minutes. Add drained beans to above mixture with chicken stock and ham hock. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for two hours. In the last 30 minutes, add in chicken. Top with Monterey jack cheese and green onions.



(serves 4-6) Courtesy of Nickel Plate Bar and Grill, 8654 E. 116th St., Fishers

In a large pot, cook hamburger, onion, celery, green pepper and jalapeño until meat is fully cooked. Drain excess grease and add remaining ingredients. Bring to a slow boil and simmer until served. Photo courtesy of Nickel Plate Bar and Grill


There’s a world of palate-pleasing finds out there. Get some. Compiled by Caroline Mosey

Dine Global-fusion style breakfast and lunch is coming to Carmel. The menu at Eggshell Bistro (51 W. City Center Drive, Carmel) boasts fare like French-inspired crepes, fresh soups and salads and gourmet espresso drinks. The bistro is set to open in November. Pictured is a grilled pancetta crostini with poached egg and asparagus, topped with house-made red onion marmalade made from fresh ginger, oranges and shag bark syrup. Photos courtesy of Larry Hanes.

Find Don’t feel like cooking tonight? Let the chefs at Harvest Fresh Market and Deli (12770 Horseferry Road, Carmel) do it for you. Take home fully prepared dinners like grilled Dijon pork chops or mushroom-sherry chicken. Check the daily menu online at



Wine Stop in Shiraz Wine Café (404 W. Main St., Carmel) to sample a glass from the dizzying list of wines or to pass around plates of tapas. Nestled in Carmel’s Arts District, this spot is perfect for a romantic evening or girls night out.

Photos courtesy of Shiraz Wine Café




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The Farmhouse in Nineveh features 21st-century cuisine in 19th-century surroundings Story by Sherri Cullison | Photos courtesy of The Farmhouse Cafe

With its many craft and specialty shops, plus music, theater and dining options galore, Nashville, Ind., easily serves as a grand finish to a scenic autumn jaunt through Brown County. But just five miles north of the quaint artist and tourist mecca—in Nineveh—sits a gem of a restaurant that often gets missed—unless you’re in the know.



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On the grounds of a bustling and blooming nursery called The Flower and Herb Barn, The Farmhouse Café and Tea Room makes delicious use of locally grown ingredients and herbs in a restored farmhouse, where the antique-laden main dining room, the cozy front porch and the landscaped patio offer approximately 70 picturesque spots to dine. Pull up a vintage seat (the furniture consists of mismatched pieces that span the century) for lunch or dinner in the 1800s brick farmhouse and find yourself staring down a starter bowl of tortilla chips with fresh herb dip. Made with seasonal herbs and cream cheese, the dip offers a few unexpected surprises, too, like shredded carrots and peppers. The menu also presents other treasures. Choose from a variety of sandwiches, soups and salads—all with farmhouse flair—for a midday meal. The herb barn chicken salad sandwich (with “rosemary and dill herbal accents”), the chicken papaya salad with honey-lemon balm dressing and Brown County’s

“best” BLT (featuring a special sun-dried tomato herb mayo dressing) top the list of lunch favorites. For dinner, try the summer chicken breast stuffed with spinach, the Brown County grilled pork chop, served with grilled asparagus and red skin potatoes, or the grilled salmon, coated with herbs and butter and cooked over a wood fire until (as the menu claims) it’s “just right.” With iced kiwi, mango and sassafras tea options, the list of drinks and smoothies looks just as tasty as the dessert menu, which includes fresh fruit ambrosia (a frozen treat), cheesecake and ice cream. After your meal, stroll through the shaded aisles and outbuildings filled with herbs, shrubs, trees and plants, as well as pots, lawn ornaments and antiques. In all, an entire afternoon and evening can be spent meandering through the gardens and dining at The Farmhouse—making it a tourist destination all its own. The eatery is now enjoying its fifth season, manager Laura Anderson says, “and we get better every year.” o

The Farmhouse CafĂŠ & Tea Room 5171 Upper Bean Blossom Road, Nineveh, (812) 988-2004, Lunch: Served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; dinner: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Photo by Sherri Cullison








There’s a lot more to these foods than good taste Story by Kelsey DeClue Before you sits a spread of fresh vegetables, whole grain rice and a lean cut of chicken breast. Next to it lies a juicy cheeseburger and crispy fries from a local drive-through. One requires preparation. The other is ready now. Which would you choose?




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Easy access to ready-made, fast food and oversized meals placates society’s I-wantit-now mentality. But a movement continues to stir that’s challenging people to examine how and what they eat. Thanks to an ever-increasing emphasis on weight loss and the growing health concerns associated with poor nutrition and obesity, more people are being introduced to “super foods.” These foods are whole and unprocessed, and they contain nutrients that can help you maintain your weight, fight disease and live longer. Sarah Stout, a certified clinical nutritionist on the northside, says an increasing number of clients are asking her how and why they should incorporate super foods into their diets. And that’s good news for their health. “Most super foods have antioxidants,” Stout explains. “They’re going to repel and destroy cancers growing in the body. They can help to increase the uptake of certain vitamins and minerals, which are essential for daily health. They can also slow down the aging process. Some of those foods even help detoxify the body. You really can’t lose by having them.” Even better: They taste great. Here, a list of several easy-to-find super foods. 40


One of the most nutrient-rich foods, avocados are high in fiber and, ounce for ounce, top the charts among all fruits for folate, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium. They provide healthy fats and are a tasty option to replace mayonnaise on sandwiches.

Beans They provide a great alternative to meat, as they are a low-fat source of protein, which helps fuel our muscles. Beans are also a delicious source of fiber, which helps maintain cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and a multitude of B vitamins, iron, folate and potassium.

Blueberries Can you say, “antioxidant powerhouse”? This tiny fruit contains incredibly high levels of phytonutrients, which help the body’s cells communicate with each other more efficiently.

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health Oats Their cholesterol-lowering power is what draws the most attention. These grains, as well as other whole grains, are high in fiber and especially attractive because they are a low-cost food that is easy to incorporate into the diet.

Oranges This colorful citrus fruit has long been recognized for its potent source of vitamin C.

Salmon We’ve all heard that we should incorporate more omega-3 fatty acids into our diets, but why? Salmon offers a protein-packed option, without the saturated fats found in meats. According to the American Heart Association, omega-3s are especially beneficial in regulating heart rate and triglyceride levels and lowering blood pressure.

Spinach Popeye was onto something. Caloriefor-calorie spinach provides more nutrients than any other food.

Tea (green or black) This calorie-free drink comes in a variety of flavors and strengths and is packed with antioxidants.

Tomatoes These fruits are packed with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Better yet, lycopene is available in all forms of tomato, cooked or not, from chopped on a salad to pureed in ketchup and marinara.





Skinless turkey breast is one of the leanest meat protein sources on the planet. It also offers a rich array of nutrients, particularly niacin, selenium, vitamins B6 and B12, and zinc.

Ultimately, it’s yogurt’s activity in the gastrointestinal tract that argues most conclusively for its inclusion in this list. Without a healthy digestive system, we can’t take in the nutrients we’re getting from yogurt’s super friends. o

Walnuts Eating a handful of nuts about five times a week will reduce your chances of getting a heart attack because of their monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which help lower cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. Walnuts also have high levels of antioxidants.



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These Hamilton County authors tell us like it is Story by Ashley Petry Photos and artwork courtesy of the authors

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” wrote Charles Dickens at the beginning of “A Tale of Two Cities.” Though it was written in 1859, the sentence could easily describe the careers of Hamilton County authors today. Most contemporary writers face a difficult economy and an uncertain publishing industry, but these 11 local authors are still selling books—and working to create opportunities for emerging local writers.



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When Conner Prairie’s relationship with its one-time trustee, Earlham College, collapsed in 2003, Berkley Duck was in the eye of the storm, serving on the Fishers museum’s board of directors and—when the entire board was dismissed—serving as president of Save the Prairie Inc.

Cara Black

Chris Bohjalian

Photo by Laura Skayhan

Mike Lawson




Susan L. Hirschman Photo by Lisa Hancock

Marisa de los Santos

Liz Garton Scanlon

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Duck’s new book, “Twilight at Conner Prairie: The Creation, Betrayal and Rescue of a Museum,” details the legal battle the museum waged against the college. At stake were Conner Prairie’s independence and future growth, its property in Fishers and an endowment valued at about $170 million. The final agreement, mediated by Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter, led to the creation of the Conner Prairie Foundation, which received much of the usable land and about $100 million from the original endowment. When the dispute was resolved, Duck set about writing a narrative of the events for the Conner Prairie archives, but he soon realized he was writing a book instead. Proceeds from the book will benefit the foundation, which relies on donations to fund special programs and new exhibits, such as the 1863 Civil War Journey. “Conner Prairie fills a niche that is not otherwise addressed within the Indianapolis marketplace and, for that matter, addressed only in a few places around the country like Colonial Williamsburg,” Duck says. “Both adults and children can learn in a way that you don’t learn from textbooks.”

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Phil Dunlap grew up watching Western movies, and he still adores classics like “Unforgiven,” “True Grit” and “3:10 to Yuma.” Those same settings—in particular the American Southwest in the 1880s—are featured in his seven Western novels, such as “Cotton’s War,” “Saving Mattie” and “Blood on the Rimrock.” “It’s a place and time that I’ve always been fascinated with,” says Dunlap, who worked as an advertising copywriter before venturing into fiction. “Cotton’s War,” for example, follows the adventures of Cotton Burke, a county sheriff in Apache Springs, part of the New Mexico Territory. Dunlap has also written a series featuring fictional U.S. Marshal Piedmont Kelly. For Dunlap, the biggest challenge of writing Westerns is overcoming the stereotypes of the genre, which he does by featuring strong female characters and more accurate depictions of Native Americans. “I love the Indian culture, so I want to include those people in my books,” he says.

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With a background in mechanical engineering, Daniel Logan doesn’t fit the profile of a typical author. But the Cicero resident, who for eight years headed DuPont’s global energy conservation effort, draws on his science background for sci-fi thrillers. His first novel, “The First Migration,” is about fictional timetravel research at NASA. The second, “Lost Portal,” features a national conflict over diminishing water supply in the

American Southwest, with a time-travel element thrown in. Next up: A short story called “The Time Capsule,” based on Logan’s own childhood experience of burying a time capsule with friends—and, many years later, going back to look for it. Logan also leads the Noble Writers Group, which meets on the first Tuesday of each month and has about 50 active members.

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As co-founder of Unseen Press, a ghostly tour company, Nicole Kobrowski has many opportunities to investigate potentially haunted locales in her adopted hometown of Westfield. Now, those spooky spots are highlighted in “Ghosts of Westfield,” a new edition of “Encyclopedia of Haunted Indiana” and “Haunted Back Roads of Central Indiana.” “We have all of these wonderful stories, and a lot of them aren’t even on the tours,” she says.

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One of her favorite Westfield ghost stories involves Hank West, a kindly man who watched over the town—including the old bank building at the corner of Indiana 32 and Union Street. Workers in the building reported seeing Hank’s ghost, having their desks reorganized overnight and arriving at work to find the thermostat turned all the way up. Once when Kobrowski identified the ghost and asked him nicely to stop his antics, they stopped. A few weeks later, Kobrowski was approached by a woman whose mother used to rent Hank a room—and who often got upset with him for turning the thermostat all the way up. “There are so many places with history that I think are so great,” Kobrowski says, “but there are a lot of places here that seem to have people from the past still lingering in them.”

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After a long career in advertising and television writing, Chuck Culver began to explore the career he’d always dreamed of having: writing. Since the early ’90s, Culver has published two collections of short stories and four novels, and in the early 2000s he had his own WFYI talk show called “Bookends.” “I was interested in (writing) all my life, and as a teenager it was what I really wanted to do,” Culver says. His most recent novel is “The Calm in the Late Afternoon,” about a doctor who makes a literary discovery while restoring a home in the Cotswolds. Culver considers it his best work, and he isn’t working seriously on anything new. “I feel like I fit everything I had to say in those books,” he says, “but who knows?”

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As an English teacher at Noblesville High School and the publisher of a student literary journal, Bill Kenley constantly fields questions about how to get published. Now, he has teamed with Kurt Meyer, another local author, to create a new community literary journal, “The Polk Street Review.” Scheduled for publication in October, it will feature stories, poems, essays and photographs by locals or about the Noblesville community. “There are a lot of outlets for artists locally but not necessarily for writers,” Meyer says. “We’re trying to raise the awareness of the cultural assets we have here in the community.” Meyer is the author of “Stardust,” a 2002 novel set in Noblesville in 1893—a summer of investment swindles, scandalous affairs, attempted murders and dramatic deaths. He also writes the Hoosier Contrarian blog. NORTH |


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After majoring in English in college, Terence Faherty set out to write serious literary fiction. But after a few years, he realized he should be writing the kind of thing he loved to read: mystery novels. “The mystery seems to me to be a very straightforward kind of storytelling,” Faherty says. “A problem is posed and the protagonist, a detective, sets out to solve it. A question is asked and answered.” Faherty now has more than a dozen novels, novellas and short-story collections to his name, including six books in a Scott Elliott series and eight books in an Owen Keane series. Elliott is a historical Hollywood private eye, while Keane is a failed seminarian turned metaphysical detective. “I’m proud of writing series fiction, of concocting a believable life for Elliott and making him a consistent though evolving character across the books and the stories,” Faherty says. “I feel the same way about the Keane series.” His most recent novel is “Dance in the Dark,” an Elliott book, but his personal favorite is “The Lost Keats,” a Keane book set in Indiana. Faherty wrote a sonnet for the book in the style of John Keats, which remains his only published poem. Up next: A new 20th-

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Rebecca Kai Dotlich’s books cover the full spectrum of childhood reading. The Carmel author writes poetry for children and young adults, easy readers in the “I Can Read” series, picture books, science books and concept books, such as “What Is a Triangle?” “I was always curious, loved to read books, loved school supplies and writing on my grandfather’s typewriter,” she says. “When my children were babies, I decided to pursue a career in writing children’s books.” One of her favorite works is “Bella and Bean,” a picture book about two unlikely friends. In the next few years, Dotlich has about a dozen new books scheduled for publication, and she’s also working on a chapter book series. 50



anniversary edition of “Deadstick” and a new Keane story, “After Cana,” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. “I’ve always loved to tell stories, since before I knew how to write,” Faherty says. “I’m curious as to how Elliott’s and Keane’s lives turn out. The only way for me to find out is to write the books.”

For more than four decades, Nancy Niblack Baxter has published fiction with a historical twist, such as “The Movers: The Heartland Chronicles” and “The Miamis.” Her writing—and her recent work as a publisher—earned her the Indiana Historical Society’s Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award in history in 2000. Her publishing company, Hawthorne Publishing, focuses on Indiana and holds more than 200 titles, including the best-selling “Indiana Legends: Famous Hoosiers from Johnny Appleseed to David Letterman” and “Hoosiers All,” a story of Indiana high school basketball. Another of her favorites is “Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow,” the story of Acorn Farm Camp, the first day camp in America. “Hamilton County produces wonderful writers and books, more than people realize,” she says.

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For Larry Sweazy, becoming a published author was a long road. His first published novel, “Rattlesnake Season,” was actually the seventh novel he had written, and it was published 14 years—and several hundred rejection slips—after he first began working with an agent. Since then, Sweazy has published three Western novels in the Josiah Wolfe: Texas Ranger series, with several more

on the way. (The second book in the series, “The Scorpion Trail,” recently won the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western fiction.) Sweazy also has published some poetry, short stories and nonfiction, and his first mystery novel, “The Devil’s Bones,” is scheduled for publication next year. “The only way you fail as a writer is when you quit writing,” Sweazy says. o



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Henley Romine is a high-energy child—no small feat, if you consider what she’s been through. That she is alive at all is due to a combination of her strength, her family’s love and the community around her. As a 1-yearold, Henley had been sick and lethargic when her parents, Grant and Lynsey, took her to an emergency room. After receiving fluids, she began to perk up and was sent home while they waited for test results. Her father became suspicious, however, when Henley started experiencing abdominal swelling, and follow-up tests at Riley Hospital North discovered that she had multiple tumors. “She had an extremely large mass on her liver, many tumors on her lungs, a mass behind her right eye; she had two masses in her skull, more in her knees and in her arms, and she had it all throughout her body in her bone marrow,” recalls Lynsey. The Romines quickly learned that Henley had Stage IV neuroblastoma, sometimes abbreviated as NB. It is a very rare, extremely aggressive form of cancer, with only about 500 to 600 cases diagnosed each year. Very few patients survive, and NB has a high relapse rate. This is where the “best foot forward” part 54


comes in. Rallied by a strong support system that includes friends, family, doctors, nurses and even strangers, the Romines chose to approach the news with a positive outlook. “This is the hardest thing we have had to endure,” Lynsey says. “It was our worst nightmare come true, (but) each morning we made a choice and chose to live the way our kids do … with a carefree attitude. We enjoy what today has to offer.” The family began traveling between Indianapolis and Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City for necessary treatments, and the community support system sprang into action. “There have been two fundraisers,” Lynsey explains. The first was the successful “cut-a-thon” in October 2010 at the 28 Star Studio in Carmel. “So many people helped with this fundraiser; many stylists and our friends donated their time, and we had an amazing amount of donations from people in the community. It was a great turnout, and we were so blessed to have so much love and support on that day. It was truly humbling.” The second fundraiser was the idea of a 10-year-old girl who hosted a lemonade stand for Henley. Held in July at the Fishers Farmers Market, the stand sold lemonade,

baked goods, T-shirts and wristbands to help raise money for the family. “The fundraisers have been an amazing help. They have helped with the costs to travel back and forth to New York along with the health care expenses,” says Lynsey. While the fight is not over, after a long year of undergoing surgeries and treatments, traveling and praying, Henley shows no evidence of disease. While she has at least two more years of treatments to help kill all microscopic cancer cells and to help her body fight off cancer, her parents remain hopeful. On their blog site, they recently shared the news that Henley is not showing any sign of disease. “We questioned whether we would be able to watch our daughter walk out of the hospital on her own. We hoped with all of our soul and never gave up on our faith. Today, she is full of life and brightening ours with her incredible smile and spirit.” Continue to follow Henley’s brave journey on the family’s Caring Bridge blog: Top: Henley with her 5-year-old brother, Cooper. Inset: Lynsey, Cooper, Henley and Grant Romine. Photos courtesy of the Romine Family.

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GIFT SHOPS: Nature’s Karma: Telephone wires transform into a trendy bracelet and recycled juice boxes become a clipboard at this Clay Terrace boutique. Earth-conscious shoppers also can find fair trade goods and organic skin care products. 14511 Clay Terrace Blvd., Suite 130, Carmel, (317) 843-9999, MJ Layne: This Fishers boutique is stocking up on unique Halloween home décor—but that’s not all you’ll find there. The store carries custom and antique-inspired Sorrelli jewelry, as well as clothes, home goods, novelty items and more. 11760 Olio Road, No. 200, Fishers, (317) 570-2400, Eleanor Rozella’s: Eleanor Rozella’s is a “girlie girl” gift shop with an eclectic array of items, ranging from ornate Indianapolis Coltsinspired horseshoe bling to the trendy TOMS shoes. The store also offers an expanding baby and kids department. 982 Logan St., Noblesville, (317) 774-1213, Tangerine: For the last-minute lady, Tangerine offers packaged gifts that are ready to surprise a birthday girlfriend or housewarming hostess. There’s a wide assortment of scarves, handbags, jewelry and baby wares to be had here. Shoppers also can find independent greeting card lines for any occasion. 4335 W. 106th St., Suite 800, Carmel, (317) 870-1890,

PLACES FOR KIDS: Pinheads: Northsiders looking for some family fun can hit the bowling lanes and arcade of Pinheads. Also available are adult and youth leagues for year-round bowling action. An ideal spot for children’s birthday parties, Pinheads also offers private bowling suites for adult parties. 13825 Britton Park Road, Fishers, (317) 7739988, YMCA Fishers: This family-friendly fitness facility offers group aerobic classes, indoor and outdoor pools, Family Night, a teen center and a newly expanded wellness center. The free Child Watch service helps parents get some uninterrupted exercise time. 9012 E. 126th St., Fishers, (317) 595-9622, Gymboree Play & Music: Children might think they are at Gymboree just to play and have fun, but their parents know the score. The center’s activities and programs foster early childhood development and creativity by encouraging youngsters to explore, play and socialize in a safe environment. 12524 N. Gray Road, Carmel, (317) 574-9626, Bounce U: Forget the hassles of backyard bounce house rental and set-up—you can leave the work to Bounce U. Party-going youngsters can bounce the afternoon away in inflatable houses; regular programs and camps are also offered on-site. 9715 Kincaid Drive, Fishers, (317) 578-7529,

CAR DEALERSHIPS: Andy Mohr: For northsiders looking for a wide selection of new and used cars, Andy Mohr claims the largest inventory for many makes in the Indianapolis area, including GMC Buick and Mitsubishi. 9295 E. 131st St., Fishers, (317) 632-6300, Don Hinds: This Ford dealership carries an extensive new and used inventory of the ever-popular and fuel-efficient Ford Focus, along with the sturdier F-150 and Expedition models. 12610 Ford Drive, Fishers, (317) 849-9000,


Gallery 116 Two best friends—Denise Town and Tracy Gritter—teamed up in 2002 to open an art boutique in downtown Fishers. Housed in a bungalow on You voted. . 116th Street, this boutique offers locally crafted Here are the winners gifts and home décor, displaying the work of more than 50 local artists on consignment. Shoppers looking for unique items will find jewelry, clothing, faux-floral arrangements, ceramics, paintings and one-ofa-kind gifts for people of every taste. Many of the items for sale are handmade by the owners. Gritter stays busy creating abstract paintings that have found their ways into many central Indiana homes. “I love working on big canvases with acrylic paint,” she says. Town specializes in faux-flower arranging and hand-beaded jewelry. She also offers custom home-decorating services. “I enjoy creating in all different mediums and like to invent things that can be used in everyday living,” she says. “I also love helping people discover their own sense of style.” 8597 E. 116th St., Fishers, (317) 577-9730,

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Monon Community Center Carmel Parks and Recreation invites families to find the fun in fitness at this 161-acre nature park and 146,000-square-foot facility, featuring gymnasiums, indoor aquatics and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Head outside to enjoy more than four miles of walking trails (with connection to the Monon Trail), gardens, fishing lagoons and wetlands. Visitors can also have their pick of a huge variety of classes to stay fit and connected to the community. If you take advantage of the outdoor waterpark, you’ll find an activity pool for younger toddlers, a sand playground, a lap pool, diving boards, interactive water features, slides, a lazy river and plenty of lounge chairs and shady spots. Children can choose from dozens of programs, ranging from team sports to art classes, and special events like outdoor movie nights and camping are available for the entire family. 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel, (317) 848-7275,

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Tom Wood Since 1967, Tom Wood has provided central Indiana with new and used car options. A Michigan native who moved to Indianapolis in ’67, Wood first purchased what was then Hedges Pontiac and began growing his business from there. Today, there are 17 franchises and Quality Leasing under Tom Wood Inc., which include Ford, Honda, Porsche, Volvo, Land Rover, Lexus and more. Employees at each franchise work under Wood’s philosophy: “Success is not measured by the number of franchises or locations an organization has; it is measured by the people associated with it.” 3130 E. 96th St., Indianapolis, (888) 343-5599,

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Mama Bear’s A bear welcomes children with its candy-filled apron while coffee lovers enjoy the daily brew at this cozy, cabin-like coffee house. The friendly environment and décor make locals and guests feel instantly at home in a setting once described by the former owner as “Cheers without alcohol—where everybody knows your name.” Today, Mama Bear’s is owned by Tim and Sanni Toby, who continue many of the founding traditions, including providing great coffee drinks and neighborly hospitality. Best sellers include the house muesli—a wildly popular breakfast order—and the freshly baked burgundy berry pie, which contains a mix of cranberries and blueberries. 10110 Brooks School Road, Fishers, (317) 598-9663





Have you ever been to …? Tom Roush: Here, car shoppers can choose from a slew of new and used Mazda, Lincoln or Mercury models. 525 W. David Brown Drive, Westfield, (317) 804-9384, Butler Auto Group: The northside’s new and used Toyota dealership is located at 96th Street and North Keystone Avenue, where car shoppers can also find sporty Scion models. 9419 Aronson Drive, Indianapolis, (866) 771-2222,

COFFEE SHOPS: The Coffee Schaus: A neighborhood meeting spot for Fishers coffee lovers, The Coffee Schaus offers flavored brew favorites like Cinnamon Toast and Southern Pecan. 11760 Olio Road, Suite 400, Fishers, (317) 436-7982, Chappie’s in West Clay: The Villages of West Clay’s meeting spot, Chappie’s entices patrons with specialty coffee drinks, a unique wine list and casual food offerings. Ice cream treats draw in the neighborhood kids, while the whole family can enjoy sushi on Monday nights. 12703 Meeting House Road, Carmel, (317) 5871156, Soho Café & Gallery: This independent coffee house gathers artists and coffee lovers alike—the works of local artists adorn the walls of this New York City-inspired gallery. 620 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, (317) 564-4800, Noble Coffee & Tea Co.: Open since 1996 in downtown Noblesville, this coffee shop specializes in roasting its own beans. That said, the owners at Noble Coffee & Tea Co. believe that their trained baristas, fresh roasted beans and exacting standards make for the best coffee around. 933 Logan St., Noblesville, (317) 7730339,

HAIR SALONS: David & Mary Salon/Spa: This salon and spa has pampered northsiders for over 15 years, regularly offering the newest trends in skin and hair care. Spa treatments include Swedish massages, Botox and specialty pedicures. 14390 Clay Terrace Blvd., No. 160, Carmel, (317) 844-6662, reedatodd: At this Geist salon, stylists specialize in both cut and color services, and the spa features Aveda’s holistic philosophies in its cleansing body treatments and relaxing massages. 11693 Fall Creek Road, Indianapolis, (317) 595-6300,


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Headcase Hair Salon Head to this Noblesville salon to give your locks the star treatment they deserve. Come in for a complimentary consultation or shop from the large selection of Aveda hair products. Looking to try something new and different? Choose from services like coloring, conditioning, keratin treatments and glossing, or indulge in a relaxing mani/pedi. Or shake up your look with NovaLash eyelash extensions, a Brazilian blowout or hair extensions. Owner Melissa McCoy, along with two other stylists, is no stranger when it comes to the latest and best trends in hair. She holds an impressive number of certifications, many of which are ongoing to keep her knowledge up-to-the-minute sharp for clients. And haircutting services aren’t limited to women; men and children’s cuts are offered here as well. Headcase stays connected to the community by holding periodic fundraisers that benefit local charities, most recently for the Humane Society for Hamilton County. 16095 Prosperity Drive, Suite 400, Noblesville, (317) 770-6762,

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The Woodhouse Day Spa Northsiders looking for a luxurious pampering can indulge in one of this Carmel spa’s specially tailored treatments, which focus on relaxing the body and mind. Let stress melt away during the course of an aromatherapy or four-handed massage, sugar scrub pedicure or detoxifying seaweed wrap. Attention to detail is key here, evidenced in special touches designed to stimulate the senses throughout each experience. The Woodhouse Day Spa also offers an extensive selection of skin care products, including Amala and Arcona. Emphasizing the importance of organic and sustainable practices, the spa ensures the purest treatment ingredients by partnering with certified organic growers around the world. 2182-A E. 116th St., Indianapolis, (317) 706-1300,

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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

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This well-established northside steak house is known for its sizzling USDA prime steaks and exceptional service. Cozy up in a private room with close friends, or enjoy the evening out in the sweeping dining area. Ryan Craig, general manager, says the kitchen stays busy turning out customer favorites, like the lobster voodoo appetizer, classic filet mignon and the upside-down chocolate soufflé. Those looking for a more casual eating experience can dine off the full menu at the bar where they will find friendly bartenders who have become as well known among the patrons as the establishment itself. 9445 Threel Road, Indianapolis, (317) 844-1155,



Have you ever been to …? Urth Tones Salon & Spa: This Aveda salon approaches its clients’ salon and spa needs with peace and well-being in mind. Urth Tones offers full hair services and specialty body treatments, such as the Dry Exfoliation Treatment. 11680 Commercial Drive, No. 500, Fishers, (317) 915-9100, La Dolce Salon: A full-service salon and spa, La Dolce pampers clients with Keratin smoothing treatments and permanent makeup applications. 1119 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, (317) 8480294,

SPAS/MED SPAS: Simply Skin MedSpa: Offering both a spa experience and medical expertise, Simply Skin MedSpa treats its clients’ aging concerns with solutions like Fractional Resurfacing and Botox. For those looking for a more therapeutic experience, try one of the signature facials. 9845 E. 116th St., No. 300, Fishers, (317) 576-1114, Beautopia Spa Medica: Tummy tucks, liposuction, hydradermabrasion … this Geist cosmetic medicine center tackles appearance improvement with medical procedures and laser science, while also offering the usual pampering of spas. 9623 Windermere Blvd., Suites E-F, Fishers, (317) 842-1250, Kurr Aesthetics & Medical Spa: Specializing in laser treatments, Kurr addresses its clients’ overall skin health. Lasers target sun damage, hair removal and vein therapies, while the spa offers more peaceful moments of rejuvenation. 222 W. Main St., Carmel, (317) 706-1222, Villaggio Day Spa: This Geist spa offers a tranquil atmosphere alongside its customized services and medical treatments for men and women. 11501 Geist Pavilion Drive, No. 118, Fishers, (317) 594-9300,

PLACES FOR DINNER: Donatello’s Italian Restaurant: Located in Carmel’s Arts & Design District, this family-run Italian eatery targets northsiders looking for a romantic spot to enjoy their linguini. 9 W. Main St., Carmel, (317) 564-4790, Michael’s SouthShore: This Geist favorite focuses on handcrafted meals that feature local and seasonal selections. 11705 Fox Road, Indianapolis, (317) 723-3808, Peterson’s: Locally owned and operated, Peterson’s offers an elaborate menu that features steaks and fresh seafood. 7690 E. 96th St., Fishers, (317) 598-8863,

PLACES FOR BRUNCH: Kelties: Specializing in fine dining, catering and etiquette training, Kelties offers a charming atmosphere and unique menu in Westfield’s evolving downtown. Stop in for the award-winning Sunday brunch. 110 S. Union St., Westfield, (317) 867-3525, Bub’s Café: Located in the heart of Carmel on the Monon, Bub’s offers a cheerful ambience along with its tasty breakfast and lunch cuisine. In tradition with its sister restaurant’s famous “Big Ugly Burger,” gutsy diners can dive into “The Big Stack”—12 buttermilk pancakes. 220 Second Ave. S.W., Carmel, (317) 844-2822, Grille 39: The plush Renaissance Hotel houses this stylish restaurant serving modern interpretations of American favorites. 11925 N. Meridian St., Carmel, (317) 814-2550, Brunchie’s: A favorite brunch spot in Carmel that offers patrons traditional American breakfast and lunch items in an upbeat diner setting. 13732 N. Meridian St., Carmel, (317) 846-8820,



Seat in the House The best seat in the county? Look no further than the Palladium in Carmel. John Hughey, the director of public relations at the Palladium, explains: “The best view in the 1,600-seat Palladium could very well be right on stage,” he says. “That’s right: Concertgoers can sit on stage, virtually stealing the headliner’s spotlight. Dubbed ‘stage box seats,’ these 32 comfy perches flank the concert hall’s stage, adjacent to the portals that the stars use for their stage entrances. It’s no exaggeration; you are close enough to read Vince Gill’s belt buckle or catch that guitar pick from Charlie Daniels or marvel at Debby Boone’s flawless complexion.” But be prepared, he advises: “Just like the artist on stage, your every move can be spotted—there’s no hiding here. Better start practicing your dance moves before you start grooving along to Tony Bennett.” And, yes, these seats sell out fast. To buy tickets and view the seating chart, visit

PLACES FOR BREAKFAST: The Roost: A long-standing breakfast tradition in Fishers, The Roost starts the day off with omelets and thick-cut bacon and serves traditional American fare at the noon hour. 7371 E. 116th St., Fishers, (317) 842-3735, Sunrise Café: Since 1988, this breakfast and lunch eatery has helped northsiders start their days right. Local business professionals also frequent this spot for a midday break where they can find an array of salads and sandwiches. 1711 N. Meridian St., Suite 140, Carmel, (317) 575-9323, Uptown Café: Downtown Noblesville is home to this breakfast and lunch favorite, where diners can choose among savory omelets or try decadent brown sugar and buttermilk pancakes. 809 Conner St., Noblesville, (317) 674-8668, Le Mie Emilie: Breakfast-goers and lunch diners alike can head to Carmel’s Main Street for a stop at this French café to find a changing menu of quiches, savory crepes and salads. 15 W. Main St., Carmel, (317) 816-1200,

PLACES FOR A NIGHT OUT: Detour: Downtown Carmel’s newest hot spot, Detour invites Main Street shoppers in for American fare and nightly live entertainment. 110 W. Main St., Carmel, (317) 571-0091,

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Petite Chou Nestled in Clay Terrace, Petit Chou—another of Martha Hoover’s successful creations—is a French-inspired café with a menu overflowing in mouth-watering options. Case in point: pomme frites fried in decadent duck fat and made-to-order crepes stuffed with top-grade meats, cheeses and vegetables. And that’s not to mention a dizzying assortment of fresh (and plenty of local) omelet ingredients. Weary shoppers can relax and let their imaginations wander to the streets of Paris while diving into plates of croque monsieur and sipping glasses of lavender-infused Prosecco. Bon appétit! 14390 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel, (317) 566-0765,

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Original Pancake House Of course the namesake pancakes are a favorite at this breakfast spot, now with three northside locations. With variations to suit every taste, the menu includes everything from traditional buttermilk pancakes to bacon- or pineapple-filled versions. Good things come to those who wait, and here it’s most likely in the form of the signature apple pancake, ovenbaked with sautéed Granny Smith apples and a cinnamon glaze. Other signature menu items include fluffy omelets and fruit-filled crepes. With a creative menu and plenty of specially blended signature coffee to go around, it’s no wonder this place is popular on weekends. 14631 N. Gray Road, Noblesville, (317) 8049162,

Woodys Library Restaurant: This independent eatery offers business upstairs and a party downstairs—head to the library for a fine-dining experience; stay for a nightcap in the downstairs pub. Many adult sports leagues top off their evening play with a frosty beer at Woodys Pub. 40 E. Main St., Carmel, (317) 573-4444, Mickey’s Irish Pub: A classic wood and brass bar draws Carmel pubgoers in, while live music in the back room encourages their stay. 13644 N. Meridian St., Carmel, (317) 573-9746, Brockway Public House: This Irish- and Scottish-inspired pub serves cocktails and imported beer in chilled glasses and mugs. 12525 Old Meridian St. No. 150, Carmel, (317) 669-8080

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CLOTHING BOUTIQUES: Escapades Boutique: Accessories are the stars at this Carmel boutique—women looking for a distinctive piece to make a statement will not be disappointed. 14395 Clay Terrace Blvd., Suite 120, Carmel, (317) 578-2015, AH Collection Inc.: Shop owners Anne White and Holly Kirsh bring their passions for fashion and cosmetics to Clay Terrace. Women find the perfect blue horseshoe gear in this boutique, along with the latest cosmetic and skin care products. 14511 Clay Terrace, Carmel, (317) 753-1830, Mary & Martha’s Exceedingly Chic Boutique: Located in the Carmel Arts and Design District, this boutique offers designer denim and several well-known jewelry collections, including Pandora. 111 W. Main St., Suite 120, Carmel, (317) 848-2624, PillowTalk: Women looking for elegant intimate apparel will delight in this unique boutique’s offerings. PillowTalk features lingerie, loungewear and home and body fragrances, like Indiana’s own Ambre Custom Blends. 23 E. Main St., Suite 100, Carmel, (317) 574-8990,


The Belfry: Only eight rows of theater seats make up the tiny but well-known Belfry Theatre. Community members who are passionate about acting are encouraged to participate, while guests can enjoy the intimate viewing experience. 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville, (317) 773-1085, Carmel Community Playhouse: Spend a day shopping, stop for some dinner in Clay Terrace and then head to the Carmel Community Playhouse to catch the latest performance offered by the Carmel Community Players. 14299 Clay Terrace Blvd., No. 140, Carmel, (317) 815-9387,

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BEST place for a night out

Scotty’s Lakehouse A self-proclaimed “burger joint,” this Fishers eatery stays laid-back, local and environmentally friendly. The philosophy here is “local, fresh, natural, organic,” and the menu is living proof that the intent is to feed the crowds exactly that. Locally sourced products range from Indiana craft beers to burger toppings. And for a burger twist, try the Asian-themed “No. 7,” topped with carrot slaw, cilantro and sriracha-garlic mayo. Equipped with plenty of seating and flat screen TVs for game time action, the Lakehouse has plenty to offer for a great night out. 10158 Brooks School Road, Fishers, (317) 577-2900,

BEST clothing boutique

Delaney’s Shoppes Trendy clothing items, art, accessories, home decor, candles, body care and even baby items fill the shelves at the three Delaney’s locations. Owners Mary and Dan Larson have been busy expanding to keep up with growing demand for their family-run boutiques. “The stores are named after our daughter,” explains Mary, and it was Delaney’s grandmother, Gladys, who first began painting items to sell at local craft stores before the family sought a more permanent location. Now as the shop finishes its 10th year of business, Gladys is still keeping busy. “She continues to paint custom items for Delaney’s that our customers just love,” Mary says. 8989 E. 116th St., Fishers, (317) 845-8700, 14753 Hazel Dell Road, Carmel, (317) 818-9250, 11715 Fox Road, Geist, (317) 823-8910, 



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Office View

Soaring into the sunny sky, James Klemz, chief balloon pilot of the 1859 Balloon Voyage at Conner Prairie, has the best, and most unusual, “office” view in central Indiana. Designed as a modern re-creation of John Wise’s famous 1859 Indiana balloon voyage, guests on the flight peer down from a netted gondola at towns, roads, land and water. When Klemz flies, his balloon rises nearly 400 feet in the air, allowing the pilot to sometimes see all the way to downtown Indianapolis. It’s as though he’s riding in a glass elevator, without sounds, bumps or anything blocking the 360-degree view. Below the balloon, riders enjoy the entirety of Conner Prairie, the White River and the towns beyond. On symphony nights, Klemz and his guests might be able to hear the music below. And on the Fourth of July, fireworks make for a spectacular view. For flight information, including hours and costs, visit

Second Story Playhouse at The Simply Sweet Shoppe: This downtown Carmel playhouse offers classes for creative expression to little ones ages 5 and up. Located just above the Simply Sweet Shoppe, the space allows children to sing, dance and make crafts. 30 N. Rangeline Road, second floor, Carmel, (317) 818-9866, Mud Creek Players Theater: This community playhouse has a long-standing history—the volunteer organization offers community theater lovers a place to not only see original performances but to also get in on the action. 9740 E. 86th St., Indianapolis, (317) 849-0652,


Evan Lurie Gallery: This contemporary gallery in Carmel’s Arts & Design District offers more than 5,200 square feet of painting and sculpture. Renowned and notable exhibits often leave an impression here. 30 W. Main St., No. 1000, Carmel, (317) 844-8400, Anthony J. Padgett Gallery: Southern Illinois native Anthony J. Padgett shares his love for nature’s beauty through his vibrant and detailed paintings. Northsiders can experience the outdoors and abundant wildlife on the walls of this Noblesville gallery. 14344 E. Indiana 38, Noblesville, (317) 776-9911, Gallery One 36 in Westfield: Katherine Kemp’s precious metal clay originals are featured in her online store, and classes in abstract painting are offered in her studio on the third Saturday of each month. 136 E. Main St., Westfield, (317) 867-1039, Renaissance Fine Art & Design: Take a class, attend a workshop or book a girlfriend getaway at this corner gallery in Carmel’s Arts and Design District. 1 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, (317) 506-8477,

JEWELRY STORES: J.C. Sipe: Owners’ Sam and Laura Sipe are on hand to educate and assist clients in selecting precious jewels. 3000 E. 96th St., Indianapolis, (317) 848-0215, Pierce Jewelers: Pierce Jewelers handcrafts original pieces in Carmel. Some of its unique styles include seldom-seen ancient coin pieces, as well as fine estate and period jewelry. 114 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel, (317) 574-3333, Moyer Fine Jewelers: Carmel residents can browse Ivanka Trump’s new line or select the ever-popular Hearts on Fire diamonds at Moyer Fine Jewelers. 14727 N. U.S. 31, Carmel, (317) 844-9003, Smith’s Jewelers: Smith’s Jewelers, on the Noblesville square, has offered jewelry design since 1970. 98 N. Ninth St., Noblesville, (317) 773-3383,

YOGA / PILATES CENTERS: Geist Pilates: Participate in Pilates or get certified to become an instructor. Students are offered a complete Pilates experience. 10427 Athalene Lane, No.101, McCordsville, (317) 590-5558, Reforming Indy Pilates Studio: Owner Kristen Abbott uses TRX suspension equipment and offers clothing, jewelry and accessories to help her clients find their new look. 35 E. Main St., No. 200, Carmel, (317) 569-7193, Inner You Pilates: This Clay Terrace-area studio provides locals with classes, instructors and all the equipment they need to feel brand new. 14950 Greyhound Court, Carmel, (317) 571-8367, Source Yoga: Source Yoga offers newcomers their first class for free and several daily class offerings led by nurturing instructors. Classes enhance students’ experiences with relaxing sounds and a spa-like atmosphere. 8609 E. 116th St., Fishers, (317) 915-9642, 60



Bridgewater Golf Course: This private Carmel golf club features a championship 18-hole course designed by Pete Dye and The Preserve Academy. Mature woods and 24 lakes and ponds surround the Dye Course. 3535 E. 161st St., Carmel, (317) 399-2444, The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club: Created to leave existing wetlands and wildlife undisturbed, this private championship golf course was designed by legendary architect Arthur Hills. 12255 Club Point, Fishers, (317) 845-9100, Crooked Stick Golf Club: A golf-only private club, Crooked Stick was the first well-known course designed by Pete Dye. This renowned Carmel course, opened in 1964, has hosted numerous golf championships, including the 1991 PGA Tournament and the 2005 Solheim Cup. 1964 Burning Tree Lane, Carmel, (317) 844-9938, Woodland Country Club: Originally designed by Bill Diddel as the first private golf club in Hamilton County, architect Pete Dye redesigned the course in 2002 to challenge golfers of all skill levels. 100 Woodland Lane, Carmel, (317) 846-2588,


Golf Solutions: Year-round, golfers are drawn to 5,000 square feet of indoor driving ranges found here. Golf instruction, which includes the use of the K-Vest 3D Swing Summary System, helps golfers analyze and improve their swings. 10730 Bennett Parkway, Suite C, Zionsville, (317) 873-3636, GolfTEC: For golfers looking to sharpen their skills year-round, GolfTEC offers an indoor location unlimited by Indiana’s seasonal weather extremes. This facility houses three practice bays and offers golf swing evaluation and personal club fittings. 9873 N. Michigan Road, Suite 140B, Carmel, (317) 810-0075, Golf 365: This indoor golf entertainment and training facility offers golf action seven days a week for players at any skill level. Golf 365 features several practice bays, PGA Tour Simulators and a putting lab to help golfers stay on top of their game. 9625 E. 150th St., Suite 101, Noblesville, (317) 773-4860,


Academy of Dance Arts: Dancers find traditional training at this Fishers dance studio without the pressures of a competitive environment. Classes range from classical ballet to street-friendly hip-hop. 10080 E. 121st St., Suite 126, Fishers, (317) 841-6182, Dance Creations: With ballet, tap and jazz on the dance menu, this studio emphasizes disciplined, technical training for developing dancers. 9257 Castlegate Drive, Indianapolis, (317) 579-0117, The Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre: GHDT exposes its students to an eclectic range of classes, ranging from traditional ballet to the more exotic Bollywood jazz. 329 Gradle Drive, Carmel, (317) 844-2660, Central Indiana Academy of Dance: Central Indiana Academy of Dance emphasizes classical ballet training without competition teams. Pre-professional programs help students reach their individual, advanced goals. 14950 Greyhound Court, Suite 4, Carmel, (317) 581-2423,


Primrose Schools: Primrose Schools encourage children to explore their individual interests while also following an accredited learning curriculum. 780 W. Carmel Drive, Carmel, (317) 848-8771, Kiddie Academy: An educationally focused day care, Kiddie Academy seeks to develop well-rounded little citizens of the community. 11703 Olio Road, Fishers, (317) 348-4071, The Play Schools: The Play Schools provide child care for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Flexible full-time or part-time programs are available. 13149 E. 131st St., Fishers, (317) 776-3330,

BEST art gallery

Children’s Art Gallery Local little ones can show off their budding talents with this gallery’s feature of a different Carmel school’s artists each month. The tiny cottage on Main Street is home to a rotating display of artwork, made by tiny, hometown hands. Peruse the original works at the gallery, currently open on weekends only, which holds the Guinness World Record as the smallest gallery of its kind. Call for specific hours, as they can change depending on exhibits. 40 W. Main St., Carmel, (317) 844-4989,

BEST Jewelry Store

Reis-Nichols Northside jewelry shoppers are dazzled by the timeless style of Reis-Nichols. With designer collections by David Yurman, Mikimoto and countless others, Reis-Nichols makes finding that perfect piece a breeze. Football fans can score must-have pieces from the shop’s signature Go Blue collection as well. Locally owned and operated, Reis-Nichols stores exemplify quality, owner B.J. Nichols says. “When your name is on the door, you take things a lot more personally.” 3535 E. 86th St., Indianapolis, (317) 255-4467,

BEST Yoga / pilates center

Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing Flourish Yoga + Wellbeing inspires northeast side yogis to discover well-being from the inside out by offering Vinyasa and Gentle yoga classes, with mild to intense heated sessions. When she opened her center in January, owner Amy Thomas says she “wanted to offer a place where people could feel a part of the community, where they are empowered and supported to feel and be well.” Always encouraging and helping students deepen their practice, Flourish provides many levels of classes, massage and counseling services. 10138 Brooks School Road, Fishers, (317) 841-0103,

BEST theater > >

Studio Theater Situated across the green from the Palladium concert hall, Studio Theater was designed with intimate performances in mind. With four configuration possibilities, this theater is equipped to host concerts and theatrical productions alike. Local and national artists take the stage here to wow crowds with cabaret, dance, comedy and more. Studio Theater lives up to the Center for Performing Arts’ mission statement as “a place for people to engage in communal intimacy, celebrating great art together.” 355 City Center Drive, Carmel, (317) 843-3800,

BEST golf course

Sagamore Golf Course Golf legend Jack Nicklaus designed this championship golf You voted. . Here are the winners course, nestled between custom-built homes in Noblesville. It has been regarded as one of the premier courses in the Midwest since it opened in 2004. And there’s more than just a classic and much-revered course that makes Sagamore special. The list of member amenities is long. The grounds include a driving range, a putting green and a practice bunker, and private instruction is available for those looking to improve their swing. Inside the lodge-style clubhouse, members can make use of the upscale restaurant, lounge and pro shop, and the Family Activity Center includes a junior Olympic pool, championship tennis facilities and a complete fitness center. Bringing young ones along for the day? Leave them to enjoy children’s activities in the day care center while you take to the green. 10900 Golden Bear Way, Noblesville, (317) 776-2000,



In 2008, lifetime baker and former city of Carmel 911 dispatcher Karen von Kamecke Sutton started selling her tasty cupcakes at the Carmel Farmers Market. Learning in the kitchen from her mother and grandmother, Sutton had been making these treats since her childhood. “I have pictures of my mom propping me up on the counter with a wooden spoon stirring things before I could walk,” she remembers fondly. After a bake-off with other farmers market contenders, Sutton won a spot in the 2008 market. It was a tough job to get fresh cupcakes to the market, which opens at 7 a.m. on Saturdays, and she would start baking every Friday at 10 p.m. and finish as the sun was coming up on Saturday. Sutton would then head over to the market with cupcakes that were still warm, and she slowly began building a customer base. “By the end of the summer season I was making more for special orders than I was able to make to just bring and sell,” says Sutton. “I knew my next step needed to be a shop.” She began to look for the right place that would allow her to make sure her company would succeed in the economy but also allow



(From left) Casi Rainey, Sean Sutton, Karen von Kamecke Sutton, Edie von Kamecke, and Kristen Mount. Photos courtesy of Erin Hession Photography.

growth for her business. In November 2009, Karen and her husband, Sean, opened the doors to Holy Cow Cupcakes. In less than a year, they were already running out of space in the little shop on Rangeline Road. Karen recalls the tight quarters: “I wasn’t able to keep enough fresh ingredients in my store to even make it through a week of baking,” she explains. So, in the summer of 2010, they began searching for a bigger place. Karen and Sean quickly fell in love with the Carmel City Center and started to make moving plans. In the new spot, which she moved into in July, Sutton has already tripled the daily amount of cupcakes that were possible in the first shop. With the bigger space, she was

also able to begin offering more menu items. Some of the goodies include freshly brewed coffee, cinnamon rolls topped with cream cheese frosting, savory quick bread, coffeecakes, muffins, cookies, brownies and bars. Holy Cow Cupcakes continues to grow; plans include opening more shops. Looking back at the farmers market, Sutton cannot believe how far she has come. “Never did I think I would be at a point to talk about numerous stores or tens of thousands of cupcakes a month,” she says. Stop in to taste Sutton’s favorite, the cookie dough-stuffed cupcake with fudge frosting, at 61 W. City Center Drive in Carmel. For hours, costs and a complete menu, visit

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KinderCare: This learning center aims to develop the early childhood education of its students while making sure they have fun along the way. 1001 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, (317) 844-3464,


Vine & Table: Northside foodies can delight in the gourmet food and wine offerings of this specialty market. An ideal stop before entertaining, shoppers will find artisan cheeses and premium wine and beer. 313 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel, (317) 817-9473, Moody’s Butcher Shop: Meat arrives in this butcher shop straight from the Moody family farm. 11145 N. Michigan Road, Zionsville, (317) 873-1800, Tasteful Times: Gourmet food takes center stage at this specialty market in Fishers. Tasteful features many Indiana food products and also offers “Sunset Packages” for boaters looking for picnic-style snacks. 11677 Olio Road, Fishers, (317) 436-8226, Jonah’s Market: Opened in 2004, this gourmet food store specializes in seafood and premium meats—from wild caught gulf shrimp to specialty gourmet cheeses. 10106 Brooks School Road, Fishers, (317) 595-9282,


Al-Basha: Made-from-scratch pita bread and hummus draw patrons into this Mediterranean restaurant where vegetarian dishes are the specialty. 11321 Village Square Lane, Fishers, (317) 578-0040, Amber Indian Restaurant: For those new to Indian cuisine, the lunch buffet offers a great way to sample authentic and vegetarian dishes. Avid Indian food fans frequent this spot for its aromatic and flavorful offerings. 12510 N. Meridian St., Carmel, (317) 580-0828,

BEST golf training / gear shop > >

The Hawthorns Academy at Hawthorns Golf and Country Club Hoping to develop your golf swing but you’re not quite ready to join a private golf club? The Hawthorns Golf and Country Club opens its doors to nonmembers through its academy, where golfers can receive one-on-one instruction to improve their play. The academy focuses on individualized golf training that addresses the mental game and swing development. Also offered is a Junior Golf Academy, aimed at early encouragement and skill development for younger players. 12255 Club Point, Fishers, (317) 845-9100, Photo courtesy of The Hawthorns Golf and Country Club

BEST dance studio

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Performer’s Edge Performer’s Edge is known as a results-oriented dance studio, and the results its instructors seek are in the successful future professional careers of its graduates. Experienced and dedicated teachers, many of whom are Performer’s Edge alumni themselves, help cultivate passion and appreciation for dance in youngsters hoping to go on and make dance a central focus of their professional lives. Though much of the studio’s dance classes focus on ballet—here, the national curriculum of the American Ballet Theatre is offered for children as early as 3 years old—students can also enroll in jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary and modern classes. 12955 Old Meridian St., No.100B, Carmel, (317) 573-8085,

i-Sushi Café: The name gives it away: Fresh sushi reels in Carmel diners. If you’re unsure of sushi, choose from a long list of other Pacific Rim options on the menu. 820 E. 116th St., No. 140, Carmel, (317) 569-1997, Queso Blanco in Westfield: The family that owns this local favorite hails from southern Mexico, an area known for its traditional cuisine, which makes great use of white cheese. Authentic Mexican dishes are created from the owner’s family recipes. 102 S. Union St., Westfield, (317) 867-5200,


Holy Cow, Cupcakes!: With a new Carmel City Center location, this “cupcakery” teams coffee and espresso drinks with dozens of baked goods. 61 W. City Center Drive, Suite 119, Carmel, (317) 5711500, The Bakery at Geist: Freshly baked croissants and scones entice northsiders into this European-style pastry shop and bakery. 8150 Oaklandon Road, Suite 114, Indianapolis, (317) 723-3879, Heavenly Sweets Cakes and Catering: Shop owner and baker Tanya Marshall offers cookies and cakes as the classic sweet treats of this Noblesville bakery. 610 Hannibal St., Noblesville, (317) 770-9399 Pat-A-Cakes and Cookies Too: This northside shop makes baked treats taste as good as they look. Try the pumpkin roll, an annual fall favorite. 11679 Olio Road, Fishers, (317) 288-4689,

WINE SHOPS: Tasteful Times: The family-owned and operated gourmet food store carries a worldly wine selection that has been “palateapproved” by the owners. The shop’s Divine Wine Club schools its members on the latest wines. 11677 Olio Road, Fishers, (317) 436-8226,

Place to Be a Kid Again Each fall for the past 39 years, Stonycreek Farm has been making children happy and helping parents feel like kids again. The annual Pumpkin Festival is a celebration of fall at its best. Surrounded by colorful foliage, families enjoy a fun-filled day of zip lines, straw mazes and train rides. Not up for all that action? Simply take a stroll through the grounds of the farm. Don’t leave without taking part in the Hamilton County tradition of a hayride out to the patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Kids and grown-ups alike will be eager to hurry home and start carving. The 39th annual Stonycreek Farm Pumpkin Festival is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., until Oct. 31. For costs, hours and more information, visit NORTH |



Imagine having Queen Mary as a part of your wedding. Surrounded by 50 of their closest friends, family and a Queen Mary look-alike, Beech Grove residents David and Megan White exchanged wedding vows during the 2010 Fishers Renaissance Faire. Dressed in period garb, the longtime RenFaire volunteers enjoyed their 30-minute ceremony under sunny skies. “Leading up to the ceremony, it was very rainy and wet,” says David. “We thought we were going to have to (have the ceremony) in a tent. Then the sun came out.” Jessica Volsic, director of marketing and public relations for the fair, remembers the day. “The wedding was perfect; after all the bad weather, it was like someone was smiling down on them for the ceremony,” she says. See the Whites as they volunteer during the 2011 Fishers Renaissance Faire, held Oct.1 and 2 at the Exit 10 Saxony Development. For more information on this annual event, visit For a complete guide to all of the Hamilton County fall festivals, visit and see page 102 in this issue of North for more on festivals around the state.



Photos by Rich Phelan, courtesy of Jessica Volsic

Have you ever been to …? Chateau Thomas Winery Fishers Wine Bar & Gift Shoppe: Here wine enthusiasts can enjoy live music on weekend nights while sipping a glass of Chateau Thomas Winery’s Slender wine. 8235 E. 116th St., Fishers, (317) 849-9463, Wine Styles: Emphasizing approachable and affordable wines, this retail wine shop invites wine lovers to try selections from all over the world. 1950 E. Greyhound Pass, No. 16, Carmel, (317) 8449463, Cork and Cracker: This wine shop promises a “snob-free” wine buying experience with shop owner Ashley Lockwood available to help select the perfect bottle for dinner or as a gift. 2126 E. 62nd St., Indianapolis, (317) 722-9463,

PIZZA SPOTS: Pizzology: Crafted in Neapolitan style, Pizzology’s pies showcase local ingredients and toppings. 13190 Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel, (317) 844-2550,

BEST day care

Goddard Schools According to Goddard Schools Director Michelle Spirrison, “hands-on learning” is the emphasis here. That means every moment—whether it involves playtime, naptime or lunchtime— is a teachable one. The individual needs of children take center stage at this early learning school, where teachers focus on developing each child’s cognitive potential, along with building social and emotional skills. The folks at Goddard strive to instill a sincere love of learning in the infant to school-age children under their care. To do this, they’ve set up specialized environments for each age group through the accredited Flex Learning Program, which encourages flexibility for each child’s unique abilities and needs. 11479 Fishers Point Blvd., Fishers, (317) 594-4400,

BEST gourmet / specialty food shop

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Apezza: Offering only carryout and delivery pizza, breadsticks and wings, Apezza makes pies with handmade dough and its own special blend of cheeses. 10122 Brooks School Road, Fishers, (317) 436-8624, Goodfella’s: Smoked mozzarella, roasted pepper sauce, fresh sausage … need we say more? The pies at this pizza joint are served fresh from a brick oven. 9641 Olio Road, McCordsville, (317) 336-6666, Mellow Mushroom: Pizza and beer are served here in an environment as interesting as what’s on the menu. 2340 E. 116th St., Carmel, (317) 846-2400,

DELI/SANDWICH SHOPS: Shapiro’s Delicatessen: This legendary kosher deli has been serving mounds of meat since 1905. Its original motto is “Cook good. Serve generously. Price modestly. People will come.” And they do. 918 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, (317) 573-3354, Carmel Burgers: Pair a bison, veggie or turkey burger with a side of steak fries or double beer-battered onion rings. 5790 E. Main St., Carmel, Which Wich?: Sandwich fanatics customize their own “wich” by selecting the bread, meat, cheeses and sauces at this Carmel spot. 1430 W. Carmel Drive, Carmel, (317) 580-9424, Great Harvest Bread Co.: This Carmel shop serves fresh baked bread around each handmade sandwich. 12505 Old Meridian St., Suite 100, Carmel, (317) 575-8800,

ANTIQUE STORES/MALLS: Midland Arts & Antique Market: Midland’s Carmel location is a satellite to the downtown’s flagship destination. Between the two, antique enthusiasts can comb more than 200 vendor booths for their next big score. 488 Gradle Drive, Carmel, (317) 569-9105, Antique Emporium of Carmel: This antique store and estate sale dealer features one-of-kind jewelry pieces and home décor items. 1055 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, (317) 844-8351 Old Picket Fence: Located in a downtown building, Old Picket Fence offers modern and vintage items in one spot. 894 Logan St., Noblesville, (317) 774-1800, Main Street Shoppes: Treasure hunting can be an all-day affair here: Find more than 120 vendor booths selling antiques, crafts and home décor items. 800 E. Main St., Westfield, (317) 867-3327,

Photo courtesy of Joe Lazzara

Joe’s Butcher Shop and Fish Market offers locally sourced meats, such as dry-aged beef and hormone- and antibiotic-free Indiana-raised chicken, and seafood is flown in fresh daily, from as far as Australia and as close as Lake Erie. “We favor domestic fish and try to get as much as we can from the U.S.,” owner Joe Lazzara explains. “Recently, we’ve been getting lots of shipments from the Pacific Northwest area.” Lazzara can often be found in the shop, so stop by, say hello and get some expert advice on what to serve at your next get-together. Holiday revelers take note: The shop raises its own turkeys and offers them fresh just in time for Thanksgiving. “We also have a great reserve beef tenderloin that’s unmatched in terms of quality and tenderness,” Lazzara says. “It’s a crowd-pleaser.” 111 W. Main St., Suite 110, Carmel, (317) 846-8877,

BEST ethnic restaurant

Wild Ginger A colorful origami chandelier, composed of 1,000 cranes, offers Wild Ginger guests a wish for peace and love. Crafted by the owners’ family, the chandelier is a true labor of love and testament to the commitment and pride they pour into their restaurant daily. The space is modern and inviting, and the menu offers plenty by way of Asian favorites like teriyaki beef and chicken, Japanese soba noodles and tempura vegetables. Order from the staggering list of sushi roll selections, which include both classic and inventive combinations, but pay attention to the Mistake roll. The staff claims it’s the most popular, partly because of its quirky name and partly because of the spicy tuna tempura inside. 8235 E. 116th St., No. 250, Fishers, (317) 842-9888,

BEST wine shop

Vine & Table Founder Joe Husar knows a thing or two about gourmet food and drinks, and it shows on every shelf. Head to Vine & Table, and you’ll find yourself slowly casing the aisles lined with imported cheeses, craft beers and decadent chocolates … over and over again. In addition to its gourmet food products, this specialty market also offers a wide selection of premium wines from all over the globe. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, stop by the café for fresh sandwiches, soups and sushi or hang around for one of the shop’s evening events, like special classes offering wine and cheese pairing or entertainment tips. 313 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel, (317) 817-9473,



Little-Known Fact about the Northside Because of the city’s strong ties to the Underground Railroad, many people know of Westfield’s progressive history with human rights. However, what isn’t as well known is that the residents were not just helping slaves—they were also very involved with women’s rights. On July 14, 1869, 12 local women organized a society for the right to vote, among other rights. “The group was not met with hostility; the locals didn’t mind,” says David Heighway of the Hamilton County Historical Society. “In fact, the group brought a lot of positive discussion.” Meetings were held at the Westfield Masonic Lodge, which is now the Westfield Professional Building. The women wrote letters to the local newspaper and brought in a well-known national lecturer, Mary Livermone. However, after about a year, the group faded out due to a lack of national interest in women’s rights. It would be more than 50 years before women would get the right to vote in national elections.

During a political rally on the Noblesville Courthouse Square in 1872, citizens put up a flagpole as a ceremonial way to show support for Ulysses S. Grant. Photo courtesy of David Heighway, Hamilton County Historical Society

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Bella Chic Interiors: The furniture found at this Carmel Arts and Design District shop is an antique that sports a new faux finish. 111 First St. S.W., Carmel, (317) 846-2442, Drake Interiors: Carmel designer Cathy Drake specializes in home décor with an emphasis on color coordination and room arrangement. Beyond her in-home services, Drake’s Carmel storefront features seasonal home décor retail items. 1350 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel, (317) 566-6500, Luxe Home Interiors: Located in Clay Terrace, this design showroom serves as home to a staff of trained interior designers, as well as loads of customizable furniture and home accent pieces. 14179 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel, (317) 663-3588, Platinum Living Co.: This downtown Noblesville retail design showroom features unique fine art pieces and exclusive furniture lines. 960 Logan St., Noblesville, (317) 776-8701,


A Cut Above Catering: Find food solutions for events of all sizes, ranging from executive meetings and weddings to smaller in-home gatherings. 21 Fifth St. N.E., Carmel, (317) 575-9514, Kahn’s Catering: Committed to quality food, Kahn’s Catering has grown into a large-scale caterer, with its home in event venue 66


Montage. 8580 Allison Pointe Blvd., Indianapolis, (317) 577-3663, Ritz Charles: Featured as a preferred caterer at many of the area’s popular event venues, Ritz Charles has hosted thousands of memorable events at its own Carmel facility. 12156 N. Meridian St., Carmel, (317) 843-9529, Archer’s Catering: From its famous pig roast to filet mignon dinners, Archer’s provides meals for any event. 8655 E. 116th St., Fishers, (317) 849-1790,

CANDY STORES/SWEET TREAT SHOPS: The Sweet Treat Boutique: There’s a lot to love here. This boutique offers homemade specialty delights, like crispy treats, plus a sundae bar, perfect for birthday parties.

The Sweet Life: Sweeties frequent this favorite spot for gourmet chocolates, cupcakes and pies, but don’t forget the freshly popped caramel corn on your way out. 11009 Allisonville Road, Fishers, (317) 579-3387, Candy Pizzazz at Basket Pizzazz: With more than 100 types of bulk candy to choose from, this sweet spot can fulfill any sugar craving. 2159 Glebe St., Carmel, (317) 564-4888,

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Team Noblesville Babe Ruth coach Mike Concannon has been coaching baseball for 35 years, but this past summer proved to be something special in his career: His Noblesville Gold All Stars team went on to play in the Babe Ruth World Series with 10 of the nation’s very best teams. The Noblesville Babe Ruth baseball program is open to any interested player in the community and is separated into varying skill levels, with Concannon coaching the Noblesville Gold All Stars. The journey began when these boys, now ages 16 to 18, were in grade school. “I started putting the team together when my son, Joey, was in the fifth grade,” says Concannon. After playing 13 games before entering the tournament, the boys went to Muncie to play in the state tournament. The team won each of its four games, landing a spot in the Ohio Valley Regional Tournament. At regionals, the boys lost their first game against the Hammond Indiana Hurricanes, which immediately placed them in the loser’s bracket. But they came back and won seven straight games to take the event. “Our talent was good, but these guys liked each other, respected each other, which is what got them through the tight spots,” explains Concannon. This victory then took 15 of the 18 team members to Ephrata, Wash., for the Babe Ruth World Series. (Jerseys of the boys who could not make it were taken along on the road.) The 10 teams in the World Series were divided into two groups of five. Concannon’s group lost the first game in its pool but came back to win the remaining three games, which advanced the team to the single elimination World Series. The Noblesville Gold team continued to play hard but was unable to beat its Iowa competitors and lost 4-3 in the ninth inning. This loss took the boys out of the World Series. But not all was lost: The team had placed fifth in the nation overall. The boys are now moving on from their World Series experience, but they’re taking a few once-in-alifetime memories with them. “When we lost, I was upset,” says Concannon. “Not because we lost, but because I can’t coach these guys anymore. This was a very special group of kids.”

Taylor’s Bakery Rich with history in Indianapolis, Taylor’s Bakery is a multigenerational affair. Northside families have been frequenting the bakery with their wedding, birthday and specialty cake requests for years, and in the Taylor family, the founder’s grandson and two great-grandsons have stepped up to fill his shoes … and the steady influx of orders at the Indy and Fishers locations. Customers can indulge in one of Taylor’s many specialty doughnuts or made-fromscratch breads and pastries, baked daily, or they can place custom orders. Popular because of their quick turnaround, individualized orders can be placed and filled with only a day’s notice. Also receiving great acclaim are the bakery’s holiday offerings. “A customer favorite around Thanksgiving is our cakes baked in the shape of a baked turkey or baked ham,” owner Drew Allen says. To which we say: “Gobble, gobble.” 8395 E. 116th St., Fishers, (317) 5962253,

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Bazbeaux Pizza Since opening in 1986, Bazbeaux Pizza’s entry into the Indianapolis dining scene has been lauded. With three locations and numerous awards under its apron now, the pizza shop serves classic pie combinations, as well as a few eclectic options for more adventurous diners. Supper crowds clamor for specialty pies covered with albacore tuna and spinach, Mexican sausage and avocado and even crab and shrimp, while diners who know exactly what they want can create their own toppings arrangement from the long list of available ingredients. With a philosophy that focuses on “whimsy, originality and excellence,” Bazbeaux offers a bit of all three—in every slice. 111 W. Main St., No. 155, Carmel, (317) 848-4488,

BEST deli / sandwich shop

Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream Located on the Monon Trail in the heart of downtown Carmel, Bub’s opens its doors to diners looking for their next burger fix. Home to the famous “Big Ugly” burger, which weighs in at a pound and is heaped with all the fixings, this popular restaurant has garnered the attention of the Food Network and neighbors alike for its hearty fare. But it’s not all just burgers and cheese. Guests can also indulge in a number of tasty sides, like sweet potato fries and onion rings, and frosty ice cream treats. Kids are covered here, too—the “Little Bub’s” menu comes complete with corn dogs, PB&Js and grilled cheese. 210 W. Main St., Carmel, (317) 706-2827,

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Carmel Old Town Antique Mall

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With a long waiting list of antiques dealers, this Main Street mall houses vendors of all varieties—as long as their wares are at least 30 years old. Members of the staff have keen eyes for reproductions and imitations, and they work hard to ensure the best quality merchandise lines the shelves. Aside from antique sales, the store also offers appraisals, estate sale assistance and lamp and vintage lighting repair. Owners Roman and Linda Chang keep customers informed of special events and sales throughout the year, so keep an ear out and you’re bound to find that long-lost Princess phone or antique Tiffany lamp you’ve been searching for. 38 W. Main St., Carmel, (317) 5661908,



A display case of items found while digging at Strawtown Koteewi Park. Photo by Alton Strupp.



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Place to Learn Something New History buffs and novices alike travel back in time at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville. The park is a 750-acre, hands-on history lesson, where student archaeologists have contributed to the collection of artifacts discovered within the park. With pieces that date back to 1200, the collection includes pottery, remnants of villages and huts, arrowheads, pottery and more. This fall, see these items during a guided tour of the Strawtown Enclosure, a Native American village inhabited approximately 700 years ago. When you’re done discovering something new—or old, as it were—launch a canoe on the White River, hike the nature trails or take a guided tour. For information on tours, hours and programs, visit

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Habig Garden Shops: A decades-long favorite, Habig has everything you need to start a flower or vegetable garden. 15311 N. Meridian St., Carmel, (317) 896-2828, Season’s Gardens: Known for its landscape and hardscape design and installations, this gardening spot also invites northsiders to start their own projects with its extensive list of materials. 12595 Cumberland Road, Fishers, (317) 578-4769, Rita’s Backyard: With a tearoom that invites visitors to stay for lunch, this Fishers gardening spot is a destination in and of itself. 12244 E. 116th St., Fishers, (317) 842-0235, Sundown Gardens: Do-it-yourselfers can meander through this 12-acre nursery to find inspiration for an outdoor living space or stop in the garden center for landscape design and installation services. 13400 Old Meridian St., Carmel, (317) 846-0620,

In need of a better night’s sleep? Aren’t we all? A new mattress just might do the trick. Visit Holder Mattress in the Indiana Design Center to customize a mattress for your individualized needs. Each mattress is handcrafted in the company’s Kokomo factory to your exact specifications. “We ask customers questions to find out exactly what mattress will best fit their needs, comfort and budget,” owner Lauren Taylor explains. “Once that’s determined, it only takes about three to four days for your custom mattress to be built.” But you might want to nap before you head to Holder—there’s so much to look at, you might be there awhile. The design showroom is not only filled with custom-designed mattresses, but it also boasts its fair share of retail furniture, pillows and bedding, décor accessories and more. 200 S. Rangeline Road, Suite 119, Carmel, (317) 848-2939,

BEST candy store / sweet treat shop

Simply Sweet Shoppe An eclectic café, The Simply Sweet Shoppe invites visitors to stay and savor the sweetness of sugar in this popular Carmel locale, where classic candy favorites fill the aisles. Shoppers with a sweet tooth can indulge in gourmet truffles, cupcakes or a decadent scoop of Gelato Da Vinci Italian Ice Cream and Sorbet, or stock up on individual candies for mid-afternoon cravings. Conveniently located in the Carmel Arts and Design District, the spot serves double duty. Not only is it a sweet shop, but the upstairs houses studio space where children can take classes for acting and art. 30 N. Rangeline Road, Carmel, (317) 818-9866,

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Sahm’s Catering

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When more than 40,000 customers have tasted what you have to offer, you must be doing something right. Sahm’s Catering makes quick work of serving plated or buffet meals for groups both big and small. “We’ve catered for as few as two people and as many as a thousand,” catering coordinator Katie Bates says. The full-service caterer provides everything from box lunches to large-scale buffets—all with fresh and thoughtfully paired ingredients. Think entrees like tender filet mignon and creamy chicken linguini or mouth-watering desserts like homemade chocolate éclair pie. One American Square, Suite 140, Indianapolis, (317) 536-1305,

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Allisonville Nursery Northsiders looking to create an outdoor retreat can recruit an Allisonville Nursery licensed landscape designer to set their plans in motion, or they can visit the store to select trees, plants and flowers for their garden. The 7,500-square-foot garden and gift shop offer plenty of inspiration and information on how to fine-tune your green thumb capabilities. And even if temperatures are dropping, there’s still plenty to find inside. “We have so many great gifts for the holidays,” owner Jeff Gatewood says. “We carry plenty of ornaments, decorations and all kinds of gifts.” Check the website for information on the store’s holiday open house in November. 11405 Allisonville Road, Fishers, (317) 849-4490,



Job in Town During her 16 years at the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Karen Radcliff has experienced the best that Hamilton County has to offer. As the deputy director, her job is to market the area to potential and returning visitors. “Hands down, my job is the best because I get to promote all the cool things that make this place so special,” says Radcliff.  She has hunted for the yummiest tenderloin in town (Dooley O’Toole’s, she says), she has coordinated events with local golf courses and she even led an after-hours celebration campaign for the 2009 U.S. Senior Open.  Looking ahead, Radcliff is working on a similar promotion for the 2012 Super Bowl, but the planning is just part of the fun. “I am happiest when I am in a meeting room with visionary and passionate people, and I get to come up with a plan that helps make that vision successful,” she explains. “Sometimes it’s a marketing plan, sometimes it’s a way to bring people and ideas together, sometimes it’s figuring out the best way to communicate a difficult concept.  It can be challenging, but it’s pretty sweet when it comes together.”

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Best Sweet Fall Treat: Indulge your taste buds in an apple cider slushie at the Conner Prairie Apple Store. Best Way To Reconnect with Family: Spend a Saturday at Forest Park in Noblesville. Take a spin on the carousel, play a round of putt-putt or simply take a walk. Hop aboard the Pumpkin Train, where families ride through northern Hamilton County to a pumpkin patch. Best Place to Experience the Fall Foliage: Stroll north through Carmel and along the Monon Trail, where you find yourself encircled by the colorful trees that epitomize Indiana autumns. Best Brew: Enjoy a local handcrafted brew at Barley Island Brewing Co. in Noblesville. Best Way to Spend an October Afternoon: People of all ages are able to appreciate the crisp fall weather while picking apples from the trees in Stuckey’s Apple Orchard. o



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Paying it Three generations of Kehls keep community service high on their to-do lists

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(From left) Capt. Bill Kehl, Carmel Fire Department; Chief George Kehl, Fishers Police Department; retired Detective Sgt. Tom Kehl, Marion County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office; Patrolman Greg Kehl, Noblesville Police Department; and Sgt. Scott Kehl, Fishers Police Department.


t this year’s Fishers Freedom Festival, a group of children carefully stacked plastic water bottles in coolers for thousands of thirsty guests. To passersby, the children—

starting at age 2—might have seemed a bit young to volunteer at a community event. But these children belonged to the Kehl family, and they were simply carrying on the family’s long legacy of public service.

Gayle and Tom Kehl

Greg Kehl at the Fishers Freedom Festival. George Kehl participating in a special Sept. 11 memorial and dedication service.



The story starts with Omer Kehl, a meat cutter in Indianapolis who had three sons. All three of the Kehl boys—Tom, George and Bill—now live in Hamilton County with their families, and all three have served as police officers or firefighters. They all married women who also had a calling to public service, and their children and grandchildren are now continuing the tradition. The oldest brother, Tom, recently retired from the Marion County Sheriff ’s Department after more than 30 years of service. It’s where he met his wife, Gayle, who also worked with the department for three decades. They have two sons, one of whom is an officer with the Fishers Police Department. The middle brother, George, is the Fishers chief of police—a job he started in 1978 at age 23, making him the longest-serving police chief in the state. His wife, Jennifer, is executive director of the Fishers Freedom Festival, which she ran out of their home until just a few years ago. They also have two sons, one of whom is now an officer with the Noblesville Police Department. The youngest brother, Bill, is retired from the Carmel Fire Department. His wife, Roxanne, was a member of the Delaware Township board for 24 years, where she helped

(From left) Ernie Maroon, Chuck Whitaker and Bill Kehl, early in his career, take part in a training exercise at a controlled burn in Carmel.



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install weather warning signals and volunteered extensively with the Freedom Festival. Bill and Roxanne’s son passed away in 2006, but their daughter, Melissa, is a homemaker and regular festival volunteer. The Kehls are proud of their legacy of public service, but it’s not something they consciously set out to do—and it’s not something they can explain. When asked about the reason for the family’s focus on service, the brothers admit they are baffled. “I can’t really say. It was so long ago,” Tom said. “I can’t answer that question,” Bill said. “It was just something I wanted to do.” “There’s no one reason. There really isn’t,” George said. George remembers when he and Bill used to hang out at the fire station as children, just to have something to do. It piqued their interest, and both joined the volunteer fire department when they turned 18, but only one of them decided to pursue firefighting as a career. The family member who comes closest to answering the question about the family’s legacy is Jennifer, whose work with the Fishers Freedom Festival spans more than two decades. “I believe it’s something that we all love to do,” she said. “You have to love your job.” And, in this family, you also have to love talking shop at family reunions. o

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Young moviemaker takes the direct approach Story by Brett A. Halbleib | Photos by Eric Learned





Luke Broyles




hen Luke Broyles was 6, he asked his parents if he could make a movie. His mom and dad, Donna and Tim Broyles of Carmel, brushed it off as a passing whim. But as months passed, Luke persisted.

“I really want to make a movie,” he’d tell them. “When can I get a camera?” His parents noticed the persistence but still hesitated to make the investment. Applying her sly mom skills,

Donna told her son that if he produced some storyboards, they’d talk about a camera. Oops. Turns out Luke already had created storyboards. He had learned about storyboards from watching “behind the scenes” material on DVDs. They were somewhat rudimentary, but they were storyboards all the same. The storyboard hurdle cleared, Luke got his camera. And he’s hardly put it down since.

Now 12, Luke has made a handful of short films, one of which, “Michael,” earned the distinction of being shown as part of the high school competition in the 2010 Heartland Film Festival. Its inclusion in the festival made Luke, now a sixthgrader at Creekside Middle School, the youngest director in the festival’s history. The high school competition returns again as part of this year’s festival, which runs from Oct. 13 to 22 at venues throughout Indianapolis. While Luke doesn’t have a movie showing in this year’s festival, he’s busy in post-production on material he shot during a summer trip to Africa. He accompanied a group from NuAfrica, a nonprofit that provides solar-powered water wells and educational materials to those in need, on a trip to Mali. Luke took about 10 hours of footage and may make two or three short films, including a one-hour documentary, he says. Representatives from WFYI told the Broyles family they’d take a look at Luke’s results. The trip was an eye-opener for the young filmmaker. “I learned I should be more thankful for my things, and

I’m more grateful for everything I have,” he explains. Luke also said he’s interested in returning to Mali “to see how they’re doing, see how they’ve improved since we visited and see what they need next.”

And ... action!

Like many filmmakers, Luke started with a modest budget (and no studio support). When he was about 6, he received a plastic sword and shield as a birthday gift from his parents. “I started playing with it and thought up stories to go with it.” Those stories would become his first films, “Swords and Shields,” of which he made three installments. The “Swords and Shields” trilogy tells the story of a boy who time

travels to the Renaissance and teams with a warrior named Luke. Together, they fight enemy warriors, escape fires and slay dragons to protect a valuable treasure. He used whatever he could find (baking pans, cookie sheets, treehouses, etc.) and whoever he could recruit (friends, neighbors, parishioners, etc.) to make the films. Luke recruited 65 people to act in the trilogy, all of whom (along with the cookware) survived unscathed. “It’s really been my only action movie so far,” Luke notes. With each installment, Luke organized and staged a premiere at a local venue, such as the Orchard School or the Junior Achievement building. Each premiere included commercial ads filmed by Luke for

Right: Luke with a spiritual leader of the African village he visited. Far right: Luke filming in Africa. Photos from



Clockwise from top: Luke with Hannah, the star of “The Small Act.” Signing a poster at the “Bird Brothers” premiere. With a duck used to film “Bird Brothers.” A map of filming locations Luke drew for “Bird Brothers.” Luke and Michael McCarley with Colts player Justin Snow after Luke accepted the W. Thomas Schemmel Award at the United Cerebral Palsy Association’s annual “Attitude Awards.” Luke and Michael. Photos from

local businesses, such as Chateau Design Centers, Wild Birds Unlimited, a plumber, a dentist and other companies. And with each premiere, Luke collected donations for a nonprofit organization. He even handed out awards to the cast and crew. “I gave everybody one because I didn’t want anybody to feel bad.” (Spoken like a true director.)

An inspiring friendship

Despite the popularity of action movies, Luke found his acclaim with a documentary about his best friend, Michael McCarley, who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and a visual impairment. Luke says his inspiration for the movie was simple: “He’s so cheerful. I wanted to show everybody his cheerfulness, yet he had special needs.” 82


Luke and Michael have known each other since second grade, and the boys live barely a mile apart. For the movie, Luke accompanied his friend everywhere, even to school and swim therapy. He said it was “fun to see what his life was like” and rewarding to discover new elements of Michael’s life. Michael’s ability to swim, for example, surprised Luke. “He can’t move his legs that well, but he swims great.” The film brought the two families closer as well. They traveled together to a film festival in Michael’s father’s hometown in Alabama. Luke said he was surprised when he learned “Michael” had been accepted for screening at Heartland, “because I wasn’t even in middle school at the time.”

Claire Norton, Heartland Institute Director, praised “Michael” and said it was “great to see such insight from such a young kid. Regardless of who’s telling a story, we embrace stories that are well-told and meaningful and help shed light on new ideas and subjects.” “Michael” has since been shown at film festivals in New York, Kentucky, Alabama, Utah and Colorado. In addition, Luke has shown the film and spoken to several schools and organizations around the Indianapolis area. He estimates more than 25,000 people have seen the film nationwide.

Bird watching

At any given moment, Luke has a couple dozen story ideas percolating in his head. After “Michael,” he turned to one that wouldn’t leave him alone. “Bird Brothers” tells the true story of an experience Luke had when he was 9. He and his father were walking after services at Church of the Crossing when they spotted a mother duck with seven ducklings. Suddenly, a red-tailed hawk swooped down and grabbed three ducklings. Stunned, Luke chased after the bird, startling the predator and causing it to release two of the three ducklings. Luke and his father gathered the injured ducklings and took them home, nursing them and eventually turning them over to a shelter. “It really impacted him,” Tim says. Enough that Luke wrote a book about the event and then decided to make a film. “People like cute baby ducklings and hawks,” Luke notes. Luke even edits and scores his own movies, relying on computer music. “That helps add suspense,” he notes. Tim says he’s “amazed” at the film’s accuracy. “He re-created all this,” he says. “I was with him. It was very accurate.” “Bird Brothers” wasn’t quite as accurate as Luke would’ve liked. Because filming domestic birds of prey requires a special permit, Luke had to use an Australian falcon instead of a red-tail hawk. Luke and his dad found the Australian falcon through Mark Booth, who conducts wildlife education programs throughout the area. While Luke enjoyed working with adults—“they don’t goof around as much”—the ducklings posed a few challenges. The Broyles ordered 10 NORTH |


Luke Broyles filmography:

2011 “The Small Act,” a short film Luke entered in the 2011 Heartland Film Festival. This short stars a 5-year-old friend from church. It’s a silent movie, told only through gestures and actions, about a little girl who works up the courage to overcome one of life’s little hurdles involving a bandage. Luke, on the film: “The dialogue doesn’t tell you what happens. So it’s a little unusual, and you have to figure things out more. But she’s funny, the way she acts.” “Bird Brothers,” which premiered in April, tells the story of ducklings that Luke helped rescue from the clutches of a hawk. It was based on a true event involving Luke and his father. Luke, on trying to direct ducklings: “They’re harder than little kids with swords and shields, I can tell you that.”

2010 “Michael,” a documentary about Luke’s best friend, Michael McCarley. They’ve known each other since second grade and live about a mile apart. Michael has cerebral palsy and is visually impaired. Luke, on his friend Michael: “He is so cheerful. I wanted to show everybody his cheerfulness, yet he had special needs.” “Michael” was shown at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival and several other film festivals nationwide. Luke received the 2011 W. Thomas Schemmel Award from the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana, which gives the award annually to someone who promotes understanding of people with disabilities.

2007-2009 “Swords and Shields I, II and III.” The plot in each installment centers on a boy who travels back to the Renaissance and meets a warrior conveniently named Luke. They team up to protect a valuable treasure from the clutches of the dreaded purple warriors. Luke, on the film: The hardest part was “having kids as actors. They’re in costumes with swords and shields, and I had about 20 of them in a wooded area. They kept wanting to play, so it was hard to keep them on task and get them to stop playing.” You can follow Luke on his blog: 84


A handmade costume for Luke’s “Swords and Shields” trilogy

ducklings for filming and kept them in the bathroom most of the time. But during filming, the ducks “hunker and don’t want to waddle,” Luke explains. “And we didn’t have any mother ducks, so it was kind of hard.” He also noticed they grew rapidly. “Like, in a week they tripled in size.” But Luke is unflappable. The growth rate merely “forced me to film quickly almost every day.”

‘Why not?’

Luke plans to continue making films on weekends and during school breaks as time permits, pursuing those ideas in his head one by one. Down the road, Luke plans to study film in college, perhaps at Ball State. Ultimately, he’d love to make big budget movies, like the recent

“Super 8” for example. “I liked the train wreck,” Luke says. Tim says he and his wife don’t push Luke. “This isn’t our agenda,” Tim says. “But we help him out with whatever support he wants.” They helped him incorporate, for example, mostly for financial and copyright protection reasons. “We told him a number of times, if it’s not fun, or if it becomes stressful, if he wants to learn medicine, be a teacher or whatever, he can shift gears,” Tim says. But he recognizes the emerging qualities in his son. “The way he has a ‘Why not?’ attitude, it motivates me— and it motivates other people, too,” he says. “We knew he was serious by his persistence. He convinced us, and he continues to convince us.” o NORTH |




Sure, they’re not actually made of gold, but many northside residential entries are plenty rich with style Story by Sherri Cullison

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Simple latch or complicated access code … it matters not how you get in. What’s important when it comes to gates is what their presence says to outsiders, like: “Private property.” “This place is special.” And: “Of course, you can come in, but—first—you have to ask.” Yes, gates can easily keep unwanted guests at bay, but many do more than simply serve on guard duty. Great gates add panache to your home’s first impressions. Black steel, wrought iron, finials, rings, spikes and swings can all add elegance to the entry of your estate. And when you want custom details, companies like Suburban Steel Supply and Access Garage Doors can create to your heart’s content.



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Take your pick Gates come in three basic styles: Some lift vertically, others swing open and still others slide electronically out of the way. It simply depends on what you want … and how much you’re willing to pay. Standard entry gates can come with single leaves for openings up to approximately 14 feet or with double leaves for openings up to 28 feet or more. Most are created from steel or aluminum, and getting your gate powder-coated can help to keep it safe from wear and tear. The majority of swing gate openers use hydraulic systems; most slide gate openers are chaindriven. Roger Belcher of Access Garage Doors says swinging gates are the most popular style. “Sliding gates are an option and they can be less expensive,” he says, “but if you have a sliding gate—say you have a drive that’s 10-feet wide—you’re going to need an extra 10 feet for that gate to slide into off to the side. That stops a lot of people from going with the sliding style.” The other thing that goes without saying, Belcher says, is the automatic opener. “They’re all operated,” he says. Rarely do homeowners get out of their cars to unlock manual latch gates these days. Entry can be gained via transmitters, keypads and card radar or telephone-enabled systems. And if you’re worried about safety, don’t forget to talk to your gate supplier about metal detection loops, which create electromagnetic security fields around entries, and gate safety edges.

One-of-a-kind design The key to making your home’s entry stand out lies in the details. “Customers may have seen a similar gate somewhere that inspires their own design or they have seen three different gates and they want us to put them together into one,” says Mark DeBellis, president of Suburban Steel. “Regardless of where they get their inspiration, I will tell you this: We’ve never duplicated a gate, especially with high-end gates. People want something truly

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custom and unique.” And the requests run the gamut. DeBellis says his company has included family crests and initials on gates, “which tends to limit the resale value of the home,” he warns. “We have put flags in them, and horses and deer. We’ve made gates modern and contemporary with perforated metals and angles and things like that. It just depends on what they want.” DeBellis says Suburban Steel creates eight to 12 custom gates a year, and the prices range from $6,000 for a pair of swinging gates up to as high as $29,000, which one of his recent customers paid for a custom aluminum job. “Every piece was bent by hand,” DeBellis explains. “Every bit of it was custom.” The golden rule for gates is this: If you can imagine it, it can be done. “There are simple farm gates to elaborate estate gates,” DeBellis says. “It’s been that way for hundreds of years. It’s pretty much whatever they can dream up, we can do.” o

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TV reporterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home broadcasts his love of design Story by Chad R. Sievers | Photos by Jamie Owens, J. Scott Photography

Five years ago WISH-TV Channel 8 reporter Daniel Miller and a photographer were driving around Hamilton County working on a story about growth and home building before the housing bubble burst. Little did Miller know what impact this story would have on his life.



They pulled into a development off Olio Road and Indiana 238 to talk to some contractors and builders. “I went into a house not thinking anything of it from the outside,” Miller says. “However, I walked in the front door, and I was blown away.” He fell in love with the unique features incorporated in the architecture, such as the curved staircase, the back staircase and the open floor plan. In fact, he loved it so much that a month later, he started the process of having the Executive Home builders construct his four-bedroom, five-bathroom home with a three-car garage in Fishers, just south of Geist Reservoir. Less than a year later, he moved in. Miller didn’t realize the effect the home-building process would have on him. Even though he grew up with a father who is an architect, Miller didn’t really express much interest in architecture until he actually built this house. During the process, he selected natural materials, such as slate and tiles, and a hand-hewn wooden beam from an Indiana barn as his fireplace mantel. Large windows throughout the main living area allow natural light to flood into the home.

A fusion of passions

This building process not only opened Miller’s eyes to architecture, but it also brought together two of his other passions—art and design. His design mantra and philosophy are simple: Go for what’s different and utilitarian and be willing to change. His basement—and its full-service bar—provides a welcome and open space to entertain, which he loves doing.



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Miller enjoys the bold colors and distinct pieces used throughout his home. His formal living room, for instance, contrasts rich blue walls with classic details and a crisp white couch. And there are stripes—such as the large red-and-white stripes lining the hallway. “Stripes are my favorite, and they make me smile,” he says. The home is a work in process. Even after decorating the rooms, he continually updates them. “Every piece I have here, you may see it somewhere else, but my purpose of having it is to make it different,” he says. “You can buy the same piece at a store, but I guarantee that I took something off it or put something on it to make it different, and it works for me.” His friend and fellow television anchor and reporter Ericka Flye, who works at WRTV Channel 6, says Miller has a special talent for making something out of nothing. “When I come over to his house, I never know what is going to be either the centerpiece on the dining room table, the centerpiece on the coffee table or the centerpiece on his kitchen bar,” she says. “The pieces are things you would never imagine should go in an area like that, and he makes it work.”

“Stripes are my favorite, and they make me smile.” —Daniel Miller, homeowner

Focused and driven

What may seem impossible for many people comes naturally to Miller. He’s been able to find inspiration over the years from numerous design magazines, TV shows, his upbringing and his education at High Point University in High Point, N.C. When he sees something he likes and decides to do something with it in his home, he goes for it. “I visualize what I want. I go to many places and remember things from those places so that I can then put it all together. I just go and pick up the parts and start the process,” he says, pointing to a rustic-looking centerpiece on his dining room table that he created. “I won’t actually take a week or two to put it together. If I think of it and know where everything is, I get it done right away because if I don’t, then I’ll end up seeing something else I like, and it falls to the wayside.” Miller’s focus allows him to work on each project until he finishes. For example, in a short time he decorated an upstairs spare bedroom, which he calls the “hotel room” because it gives him a feeling as if he’s staying in a hotel. He added stripes in the bathroom for a whimsical touch. Flye has observed Miller’s determination to get projects done several times in their nine-year friendship. “He will stay up all night long and design one room until he gets it finished,” she says. “I’m talking about every piece that goes in that room from the paint color to the smallest item in the room. He … won’t sleep a wink until he finishes.”

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Each room also includes art. He discovered his love of art years ago when his parents bought him a painting of an abstract American flag, which now hangs in his family room. Soon thereafter he went to a home improvement store, bought some canvases and began to paint. Although he no longer has any of his original paintings, he learned an easy lesson. “There was something there that made me realize that if you keep trying, you keep going, you can make something out of it, and I did,” he explains. His art collection includes Rolling Stones art, vintage art and abstract art. “You put it all together, and who knows what it means, but it gives a sort of expression of who I am,” he says. Although design is dear to Miller, his first passion is as an anchor and reporter. His home is his sanctuary away from work. “As a journalist when I go to work, I devote all my time to making sure the stories that I tell make a difference in people’s lives,” he says. “Sometimes they do; sometimes they are stories people don’t like to hear. That’s my job responsibility— to report the news and report the facts. When I come home, this is a place where I’m able to breathe and relax and not think about work.” o 100 NORTH |



Harvest of Fun Story by Chad R. Sievers

As temperatures drop, the season heats up with festivals

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when it’s autumn in Indiana, you know what to expect: cooler temperatures, changing leaves and football fans flocking to the stands. But the Hoosier state also offers its fair share of fall festivals, which—in and of themselves—have become

Kendallville > > Bring your appetite for apples—each food vendor offers at least one item made with the popular fruit at the Apple Festival of Kendallville, which takes place at both the Noble County Fairgrounds and in the Main Street Village downtown. Sure, you’re heading out for the fruits of this festival, but make sure to stick around a while to enjoy the handmade crafts, antiques, kids activities and more. Oct. 1-2, Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

long-standing traditions. So load up the car with

Location: Kendallville, approximately two hours northeast of Indianapolis.

snacks and a map and hit the road for a day trip.

Cost: $3 to park at fairgrounds, free to park at East Noble High School. Free shuttles from the high school to downtown and to fairgrounds.

You might just find a festival at every turn.

Info: A young man prepares a large kettle of New Brunswick stew over an open fire. Photo courtesy of the Apple Festival of Kendallville.

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Perry Riley stitches together large gourds used for making Native American water jugs. Photo by Jeff Morehead, courtesy of Mississinewa 1812.

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Relive the Battle of Mississinewa, which took place Dec. 18, 1812, at Mississinewa 1812. Tour authentic British and American military encampments, walk through an Indian village, shop in Rivertown and enjoy artisan creations, demonstrations, music, food and entertainment. Oct. 7-9, Friday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: LaFontaine (between Marion and Wabash), about 90 minutes from Indianapolis. Cost: $5 for adults in advance, $7 at the gate; $3 for children in advance, $4 at the gate. Info:

Metamora Catch a glimpse of 1838 at the Metamora Canal Days Autumn Festival, in Metamora, along the Whitewater Canal. Take a canal boat ride, watch the only wood aqueduct still in service in the United States and visit a historic gristmill. Before you leave, be sure to wander through the village’s center, filled with antique, handcrafted art and food booths. There’s so much to see, you won’t know where to start … or stop. Oct.7-9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Metamora, about 75 minutes southeast of Indianapolis. Cost: Free. $4 for canal boat ride. Note: To avoid parking hassles, park at the Connersville Grand Central Station and take the train to Metamora. Info:



Closer to Home We also have a few festivals in our neighborhood this month. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like driving, look into one of these. Oct. 8 Fishers Freedom Festival Christmas in October Craft Fair 13000 Promise Road, Fishers

Oct. 1-2 Fishers Renaissance Faire Saxony Development off Exit 10 at I-69 (on Olio Road), Fishers Oct. 1-31 Stonycreek Farm Pumpkin Festival 11366 E. Indiana 38, Noblesville

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There’s nothing sleepy about autumn’s Sleepy Hollow Fall Celebration that takes over Vevay for a weekend in October. The fall foliage, the arts and crafts and the antique tractor show seem good reason enough to head to Switzerland County, but consider the apple pie-baking contest, the make-your-own scarecrow station and the roaming headless horseman, and it quickly becomes a don’tmiss event. While you’re there, take note: Vevay was voted the fourth-coolest small town in America by Budget Travel, and it’s said to be the birthplace of commercial wine making in America. Stay awhile and visit the historical museums, go for a few rounds of golf and hike the trails. Oct. 8.

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an International Holiday Showcase

you are invited to a designer showcase of holiday decor, including tabletop displays in downtown Columbus, Indiana

november 19, 20, 26-28, 2011 at the historic Columbus City Hall corner of fifth & franklin streets

Location: Courthouse Square, Vevay, approximately two hours from Indianapolis. Cost: Free. Info:

Presented by:

Sponsored by: United Way of Bartholomew County




Indiana’s largest festival, the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, welcomes you to appreciate and tour the county’s 31 covered bridges and learn about their histories. Many sites in the county have special events near the bridges, and when you’re not taking in all that history, you can wander past loads of antiques, artisan offerings, food booths and more. Oct. 14-23, hours vary.

It’s our dream to create the kitchen that goes

Location: Parke County, approximately 60 minutes from Indianapolis; go to the Parke County Courthouse in Rockville for the main hub. Cost: Free for most events; some special tours have fees.

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Opposite page: (top) An apple pie-baking contest entry at Sleepy Hollow Fall Celebration in Vevay. (middle) Attendees shop the products offered by a jewelry vendor at Sleepy Hollow Fall Celebration. Photos courtesy of Switzerland County Tourism. (bottom) Neet Covered Bridge in Parke County. Photo by Janean DePlanty.

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Featuring the art, writing, poetry and photography of talented northside students. 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 donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to include the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name, age and school.

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2011/2012 SEASON: The Nutcracker

The annual all-student production

December 9-11, 2011 Pike Performing Arts Center

It’s All Greek to Me

GHDT’s annual cabaret-style event

Weekends February 10-26, 2012 The ACADEMY of GHDT Reservations Required!

G2 in Concert

The pre=professional company’s annual production

Weekends May 11-20, 2012 The ACADEMY of GHDT


the story of a man named Jesue

April 6 & 7, 2012 The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts

The Hunchback of Notre Dame June 29 & 30, 2012 The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts

Families & Kids Senior Portraits Corporate & Commercial Special Events Pets Photojournalism




just married Megan (Dowd) and Michael Clark Friday, June 10, 2011 The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club Photos by Erin Hession Photography, Flowers by Mary Jordan, Cake by Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery, Catering by The Hawthorns, Music by Jason Fritz from Pro Sound Entertainment

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our side of town Flavor of Fishers July 30, 2011 USA Parkway Circle Photos by Tim Biddle, Photo Memories by TK



4 3 1. The band â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toy Factoryâ&#x20AC;? performs on the entertainment stage. 2. Alexander Richardson, 1, of Fishers. 3. Chicken tacos prepared by Tijuana Flats. 4. A family enjoys the misting station. 5. Mary and Tim Cramer, of Indianapolis. 6. Todd Allen from Archers Meats grills ribeyes for sandwiches.

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7. 4-year-old Cole and 2-year-old Camden Lance decorate cookies at the Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fun Zone. 8. The Wagner family: (from left) Jack, Aidan, Ethan, Anita, Sam, Lily and Susan. 9. A crowd watches a magician perform in the Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fun Zone. 10. Visitors check in at the entrance. 11. Eric and Rina Turpen, of Fishers, with their daughter, Anissa.


12. Magician Shawn Hall juggles.

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our side of town The Tarkington Grand Opening Aug. 6, 2011 Photos by Tim Biddle, Photo Memories by TK





1. Welcome tents and valet parking awaited guests outside The Center for the Performing Arts. 2. American Ballet dancers Gennadi Saveliev and Stella Abrera perform the bedroom pas de deux from the full-length ballet â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Corsaire.â&#x20AC;? 3. Frank Basile, interim CEO of The Center for the Performing Arts, and his wife, Katrina. 4. David Hyde Pierce and Michael Feinstein perform. 5. A table display and flowers. 6. Singer Julia Bonnett

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7. A crowd mingles in the lobby. 8. Valet parking attendants line up and await arrivals. 9. The theater begins to fill before the start of the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment. 10. Guests enjoy an outdoor tent area. 11. (from left) Dan Bardua, Elizabeth Halajian and Alex Wilson, all of Indianapolis. 12. Kahnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catering provided food for the event.


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our side of town Duane’s Man Cave Private Viewing Sept. 8, 2011 The Home of Duane and Linda Kennen Photos by Tim Biddle, Photo Memories by TK







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October 2011 Compiled by Amy Norman

calendar of events


downtown Noblesville. Information: (317) 776-0205 or

Don’t miss the Pumpkin Train, which runs weekends in October. Times vary. Dates are Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. The train departs from Hobbs Train Station in Forest Park in Noblesville. Information: (317) 773-6000 or


Every Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. plan to shop for locally grown produce, farm-raised meats, baked goods, canned jams, salsas and barbecue sauces at the Westfield Farmers Market. This event draws local artisans, shop owners and community service organizations. Location: North Union Street, Westfield. Information: (317) 965-3334 or The Fishers Farmers Market is a rain-or-shine market that showcases more than 35 high-quality vendors offering fresh produce, live goods, bakery items, specialty products, meat and cheese, and handcrafted gifts. Time: 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday. Location: Fishers Train Station lawn, 11601 Municipal Drive, Fishers. Information: (317) 578-0700 or


Don’t miss the 87th annual Hoosier Salon at the Indiana State Museum, which showcases paintings selected by a panel of judges. Hoosier Salon is the oldest exhibition in Indiana to maintain consecutive annual shows. Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 232-1637 or


Every Saturday from 8 to 11:30 a.m., the Carmel Farmers Market offers only Indiana grown and/or produced edible products, along with annuals and perennials. The market is one of the largest in Indiana with more than 60 vendors. There is music every week along with cooking demonstrations. The market offers a variety of organic and chemicalfree meats, poultry, fruits and vegetables. Location: Center Green at the Palladium, Carmel. Information: (317) 7100162 or Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Noblesville Main Street Farmers Market offers fresh vegetables, fruits and other handmade goods. Location: On the square in

The Apple Store at Conner Prairie, a fall favorite for nearly 20 years, opens for the Indiana apple season. The store features many delicious items, including gourmet caramel apples and classic apple cider. Admission to Conner Prairie is not required to visit the Apple Store. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Location: Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers. Information: (317) 776-6011 or

OCT. 1

See more than 40 arts and crafts booths, plus enjoy a climbing wall, food, live music and kids activities at Potter’s Bridge Fall Festival in Noblesville. Information: (317) 7704400 or The Carmel Symphony Orchestra begins the season with a program featuring the works of Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. Violin prodigy Stephen Kim joins the orchestra for the concert. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: The Palladium, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or The Indianapolis Wine Fest provides an opportunity to sample more than 270 wines from around the world. Time: 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 30; 2 to 8 p.m. Oct. 1. Tickets: $27 in advance; $35 at the door. Location: Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. Information: The American Family Insurance Circle City Classic Parade takes to the streets of downtown Indianapolis. Time: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Information: (317) 237-5222 or www. Kentucky State University takes on Albany State University in the Circle City Classic. Time: 4 p.m. Tickets: $10 to $50. Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 262-8600 or The Avett Brothers take the stage under the stars. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $32.50 to $39.50. Location: The Lawn at White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information:



Pilobolus is renowned throughout the world for its imaginative and athletic exploration of creative collaboration. The company has evolved into one of the pioneering American cultural institutions of the 21st century. Please note that this performance contains partial nudity. Time: 8 p.m. Location: The Tarkington, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or

Oct. 5 Don’t miss the Four Legged Affair, a benefit for the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic’s expansion fund. There will be a lunch and silent auction, as well as a fashion show presented by Saks 5th Avenue professional models. Pat Carlini will be mistress of ceremonies and will narrate the show. Saks will include beauty bags for all attendees and will donate a “day of beauty at Saks” as an auction item. Wine and champagne are compliments of Barefoot Wine & Bubbly. Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $65 per person; $500 for a table of eight. Location: Saks 5th Avenue, Keystone at the Crossing, Indianapolis, third floor. Information:

Country artist Toby Keith performs at Verizon Wireless Music Center. Time: 6 p.m. Location: 12880 E. 146th St., Noblesville. Information: www. Don’t miss the 17th running of the Grade II $500,000-added Indiana Derby. Some of the best 3-year-olds in the country will make their final prep for the upcoming Breeders’ Cup. Location: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, 4500 Dan Patch Circle, Anderson. Information: (800) 526-7223 or

OCT. 1-2

Stroll back through time in a re-created 16thcentury British village during the annual Fishers Renaissance Faire. The whole family will enjoy watching knights jousting on horseback and attending the court of an Elizabethan queen. Be entertained by magicians and interactive performances, play games at Kid’s Karnival and shop at unique artisan booths. Location: Saxony at 136th Street and Olio Road, Fishers. Information: (317) 828-3379 or Enjoy the Sheridan Harvest Moon Festival at Biddle Memorial Park in Sheridan. This weekend-long event kicks off its 19th year with a classic car show and provides nonstop entertainment with food, music, arts and even a “pumpkin chuck” contest.

Information: (317) 758-5293 or Meet a phrenologist at Conner Prairie. Thomas Jefferson Tripplett is back in town to attempt to read your character from the contours (bumps) on your skull. Location: Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers. Information:

OCT. 3

The Arctic Monkeys rock the Egyptian Room. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27.50. Location: Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis. Information:

OCT. 4

Five-time Grammy Award winner Sandi Patty joins Michael Feinstein for a memorable evening of pops, gospel and more. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $75. Location: The Palladium, 335 W. City Center

Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or www.

OCT. 7

Head out to the square in downtown Noblesville for the annual Fall Festival. The family-friendly event offers lots of arts and craft activities for the kids, music, fall foods and more. Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Noblesville. Information: (317) 776-0205 or www. Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic dinner to the downtown Noblesville courthouse square for “The Goonies.” The movie will start at dusk. Information: (317) 776-6350

OCT. 7 & 8

The Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents “My Gypsy Soul,” tracing the footsteps of the

Oct. 8 Max & Ruby: Bunny Party hits the stage for two shows. Time: 1 and 4 p.m. Location: Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis. Information: Photo courtesy of Rob Bailey Communications, Inc.

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gypsies from India to Spain. The performance features the music of Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, India, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Africa. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $36. Location: The Tarkington, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or

OCT. 7-9

The North Central Region playoffs for the Monumental Mayhem roller derby tournament comes to Indianapolis and is hosted by the Circle City’s premier roller derby league, the Naptown Roller Girls, and sponsored in party by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Location: Indianapolis Convention Center. Information: or

OCT. 8

Arcadia AutumnFest is a unique autumn festival that celebrates traditional arts and crafts and features multiple displays of the creative works of artists and artisans, plus demonstrations of creative works in progress. This year’s event will be held in downtown Arcadia. There will also be live music, homemade food and desserts, pumpkin painting and games for children. Information: (317) 9845475 or Dance! Lenape Indian Traditions! Join members of the Lenape Tribe from Oklahoma as they bring to life their cultural and dance traditions at Conner Prairie. Experience a combination of Pow Wow and Social Dances as you feel the beat of the drum. Guests will be invited to participate in some dances. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors over 65, $9 for youths (ages 2-12), and free for members and youths under age 2. Information: (317) 776-6006 or Head to the Christmas in October Craft Show with more than 150 vendors offering everything from jewelry, cards, apparel, wood toys and crafts to bath and body products, purses, totes, floral, holiday items and much more. Admission: $5 for adults; $2 for students 13 and older and seniors; children 12 and younger free. Canned goods and new toys will be collected and donated to the Good Samaritan of Hamilton County. Time: 9 a.m. Location: Fishers High School, 13000 Promise Road, Fishers. Information: (317) 595-3195 or It’s a tea party just for the girls. Design your own teacup with Creative Escape, followed by a tea party. For girls, ages 3 to 6, and their mothers. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, 1 Park Drive, Fishers. Information: (317) 5953150 or

OCT. 8 and 29

Don’t miss the Nefarious Noblesville Ghost Walk around various locations on the Noblesville square. Times vary. Information: (317) 840-6456 or

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Grammy-winning bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding performs with Chamber Music Society. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $30 to $40. Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 940-6444 or Photo by Johann Sauty,

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Dan Zanes & Friends, the Grammy award-winning caravan of characters behind music from Playhouse Disney, team up with the ISO’s Metropolitan Youth Orchestra in this fun family program. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Information:

nation’s best craftsmen during the 22nd annual Arts & Arms Making Workshop. A low studentto-instructor ratio allows you direct interaction with a pro and the opportunity to build upon your skill set. Classes are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and all materials are provided. Location: Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers. Information: (317) 776-6006 or

OCT. 9

Bring your tools and pumpkin-carving talent to the annual family pumpkin festival. Help Fishers Parks and Rec prepare for its Halloween Hikes by carving pumpkins (provided). Your creations will line the trails for the annual Halloween Hikes. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, 10410 Hague Road, Fishers. Information: (317) 595-3150 or

Oct. 15-23 The Heartland Film Festival, a 10-day celebration of film, honors independent filmmakers and helps promote the movies they make. Information:

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg have captured the hearts and minds of millions with their Tony Award-winning musicals “Les Misérables” and “Miss Saigon.” In a concert featuring the greatest hits from this dynamic duo, the world premiere of “Do You Hear the People Sing?” stars Stephanie J. Block and Terrence Mann along with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Jack Everly. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40 to $80. Location: The Palladium, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 8433800 or

OCT. 10

Enjoy the flavors of fall with your favorite beverages. Woodys Library Restaurant is hosting a creative food tasting paired with your choice of craft beers or wine. Cost: $65 per person. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: 40 E. Main St., Carmel. Information: (317) 573-4444 or

OCT. 11

Widespread Panic rocks Indianapolis. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $37.50 to $50. Location: Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis. Information:

OCT. 11-16

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is coming to the Indianapolis stage. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers. Time: Varies. Tickets: $30.50 to $91.50. Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 940-6444 or

OCT. 12

Founded in Madrid, Spain, the Compañia Flamenca Jose Porcel is among the premier dance ensembles in the world today specializing in the exciting flamenca dance. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $100. Location: The Palladium, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or www.the

OCT. 13

Five-time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter brings her mix of folk, country, acoustic, rock and blues to the stage. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $100. Location: The Palladium, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or www. Mac Miller “The Blue Slide Park Tour” lands at the Egyptian Room. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $22. Location: Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis. Information:

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Oct. 21 and 28 Spend the evening with two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn. Her probing interpretations, technical brilliance and spellbinding stage presence make her one of the most sought-after artists on the international concert circuit. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $110. Location: The Palladium, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or www. Photo by Peter Miller



Oct. 15

Long before Kevin Bacon launched his prolific stage and screen career, and before Michael Bacon became known as a go-to composer for film and television, they were just two brothers. 2011 marks the 16th year of the Bacon Brothers Band, and they’re still rocking the house with their infectious, soulful music, a style the brothers call “forosoco”—a blend of folk, rock, soul and country. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $90. Location: The Palladium, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or www.

Oct. 19 In the early 1900s, the town of Fishers was known as a hotbed for the practice of stealing newly buried corpses to sell to medical schools. Although the schools were using the bodies to train better doctors, the methods for acquiring them were like scenes from a horror film, with body snatchers driving wagons loaded with gruesome cargo over Hamilton County roads late at night. Hamilton County historian David Heighway will discuss the history of the practice, the Indiana trials that resulted from it and the legislation that finally ended it. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Historic Ambassador House and Heritage Gardens, 10595 Eller Road, Fishers. Information: (317) 845-4265 or Photo by Dario Impini

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OCT. 14-16, 20-23, 27-29

When a ghost whispers in your ear, when you catch the shadow of a skeleton in the moonlight, when you hear the gallop of a haunted horse … you’re in the middle of Sleepy Hollow. Gather family and friends close and prepare to jump and scream as the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow rides again at Conner Prairie, during weekends this October. And when your racing heart begins to slow, join in for night entertainment at the barn dance and enjoy fun activities that present the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Thursday and Sunday tickets are $9 for presale and $11 at the gate. Friday and Saturday tickets are $13 for presale and $15 at gate. Presale tickets available at Marsh and O’Malia’s locations. Gates open 6 to 9 p.m. Information: (317) 776-6006 or Join the “animals” that live at Richey Woods Nature Preserve for a family-friendly night hike. At this special time of year, the animals talk. This year, they will share some of Aesop’s Fables. You are welcome to bring food and drinks for the campfire and enjoy an outdoor dinner. The nature preserve will provide marshmallows, roasting sticks and snacks. Hike availability is first-come, first-served. Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 14; 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15. Tickets: $4 residents; $6 non-residents. Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, Fishers. Information: (317) 595-3150 or

OCT. 15

Join Ladies Evening Out at The Fountains in Carmel for “Pampering Plus: A Day to Indulge Yourself and Treat Your Senses.” From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy informative and interactive health and lifestyle sessions, gifts for moms-to-be, cooking demonstrations, swag bag giveaways, hors d’oeuvres, a lipstick lounge, green lifestyle products and more than 75 vendors. Admission is $4, and tickets are available at A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of central Indiana.

OCT. 15 – FEB. 19

Discover the epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Endurance expedition. Haunting expedition photographs, diary entries and vintage film footage resurrect one of the most awesome man-against-nature sagas of the 20th century. The exhibit presents more than 150 photographs of the expedition’s ordeal taken by ship photographer Frank Hurley, who dove into frigid waters to retrieve his glass plate negatives from the sinking Endurance. Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 232-1637 or

OCT. 16

On their inaugural tour of the United States, the National Acrobats of China have been captivating audiences with a spectacular performance featuring Chinese martial arts, illusion and acrobatics. Time: 7 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $100. Location: The Palladium, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or

OCT. 19

Little goblins and ghouls are invited to “Monster Mess,” an oozy, slimy Halloween party, sponsored by Fishers Parks & Recreation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A fee of $10 resident and $15 nonresident per child applies. For ages 5 to 10 and a parent. To be held at the Billericay Park Building. Information: (317) 595-3150. The SF Jazz Collective, an all-star jazz band, explores the compositions of Stevie Wonder, whose career combined Detroit’s signature Motown sound with elements of R&B, jazz and reggae. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $110. Location: The Palladium, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or

OCT. 21 and 28

Fall Break Camp at Conner Prairie will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. This event is for ages 6 to 13, and participants will need to bring their lunches. Fee is $50 for members ($55 per non-member). Information: (317) 776-6006 or

OCT. 21-23

Experts and vendors from all over the country come to the Indiana State Museum with fossils, rocks, minerals, jewelry and more for GeoFest. Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 23. Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 232-1637 or

OCT. 22

If you like Halloween parties, bone-chilling music and strange-looking snacks, then the Tween Halloween for ages 8 to 12 is for you. Enjoy spine-tingling games and a treasure hunt. Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, 10410 Hague Road, Fishers. Cost: $8 for residents; $12 for non-residents. Information: (317) 595-3150 or Skate under the stars and jam to a local band during Sk8 Night. Additional lighting will be provided. All skate levels are welcome to come and skate. Prizes will be awarded for most unique board and various other interactive games will be played. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Monon Community Center Skatepark. Information: (317) 848-7275 or The Eiteljorg Museum presents !Mercado! a Hispanic art market and cultural festival featuring artist and vendor sales, artist demonstrations of traditional tinwork, workshops on papel picado, santos and tortillas, traditional Mexican food and hands-on activities, performances and games. Location: Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 636-9378 or Huey Lewis and the News bring their contagious brand of rock ’n’ roll to the stage. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $45 to $60. Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 940-6444 or

OCT. 22 and 31

Step into the past during the Westfield Historic NORTH |


Oct. 24 Many cringe at the thought of a spider, but the world would be in trouble without them. Learn more about these amazing creatures and see why we need to give them some respect during “Spectacular Spiders.” Time: 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost: $4 for residents; $6 for non-residents. Location: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, 10410 Hague Road, Fishers. Information: (317) 595-3150 or

Underground Railroad ghost walk. Times vary. The walk visits various locations in Westfield. Information: (317) 840-6456 or

p.m. Tickets: $30 to $90. Location: The Palladium, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 8433800 or

OCT. 25-27

OCT. 28

Make your way through the woods of Cool Creek Park if you dare. The annual Haunted Trail Halloween event features ghouls and goblins lurking at every turn. The trail is not recommended for children younger than 12. Cost: $5. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Cool Creek Park, 2000 E. 151st St., Carmel. Information: (317) 770-4400 or www.

OCT. 26

David Crowder Band rocks the Egyptian Room. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27. Location: Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis. Information: Singer-songwriter Ben Folds joins Jack Everly and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Folds will showcase music from his diverse career, including songs from his latest album “Lonely Avenue.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis. Information:

OCT. 27

Cyndi Lauper and legendary pianist Dr. John, two of music’s most colorful characters, combine for a wild night of blues, jazz and rock ’n’ roll. Time: 7:30

Internationally renowned artist Philippe Entremont returns to the United States with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, one of the world’s most distinguished classical ensembles. They will be joined by Gloriae Dei Cantores, an internationally acclaimed choir from Cape Cod, Mass. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $20 to $110. Location: The Palladium, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or

OCT. 28 – NOV. 12

Centered on the rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the composer Antonio Salieri, “Amadeus” by Peter Shaffer, a Tony Award winner for Best Play, offers a dramatic look at one artist’s failed effort to emerge from another’s impressive shadow. Time: Varies. Tickets: $35. Location: Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre at The Palladium, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or

OCT. 28 – NOV. 20

“Forbidden Broadway” pokes, prods, teases and lampoons anything Broadway has to offer, but always with love. This canon of witty and oftentimes brilliant parodies is a time capsule of the American theater. Journey through more than 20 shows in this

Oct. 28 & 29 The Quilters Guild of Indianapolis presents its biennial quilt show, “A Quilter’s Journey.” The show’s theme is a challenge to members to submit quilts that interpret a special trip. More than 400 quilts will be on display. Lectures and demonstrations will be given both days. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $7. Location: Westfield Middle School, U.S. 31 North and 181st Street, Westfield. Information: (317) 876-7516 or

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entertaining tribute to some of Broadway’s greatest shows and stars. Time: Varies. Tickets: $37.50. Location: The Studio Theater, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or

OCT. 29

Indianapolis native and international icon Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds performs. His charisma, charm and poignant musical talent continue to delight audiences. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $100. Location: The Palladium, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 843-3800 or Experience Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Eiteljorg. Add personal mementos and messages to the public ofrenda. Other activities include making tissue paper flowers, skull pendants, felt skull pins and other paper decorations. Location: Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 636-9378 or The Dia de los Muertos Festival, a traditional Mexican holiday with ancient ties to the Aztecs, honors the lives of the deceased and celebrates the continuation of life. The Indiana State Museum gives visitors a chance to learn about the traditions and history behind Día de los Muertos and to participate in hands-on activities and games, crafts, demonstrations and more. Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: (317) 232-1637 or

OCT. 29 & 30

Strange happenings are afoot in Prairietown as some residents have spotted a scarecrow haunting their gardens at night. What tricks and pranks are in store? Don’t miss “Pumpkins, Tricks and Pranks.” Location: Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers. Information: (317) 776-6006 or

OCT. 30

The Indiana Wind Symphony celebrates Halloween and Hollywood by combining movie music from some of Hollywood’s most acclaimed composers with themes that will conjure frightening spirits. Time: 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $30. Location: The Palladium, 335 W. City Center Drive, Carmel. Information: (317) 8433800 or o



High School Nov. 10, Feb. 16: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. & 4 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 17 5 p.m.

Thursday, November 10 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, November 3 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 2: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 13: 2 to 4 p.m.

Park Tudor

7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis,

Nov. 3: 6 p.m.

Bishop Chatard

5885 Crittenden Ave., Indianapolis,

Nov. 10: 5:30 p.m.

Brebeuf Jesuit

2801 West 86th Street, Indianapolis,

Nov. 10, Feb. 16: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. & 4 to 7 p.m.


5225 E. 56th St., Indianapolis,

Nov. 17: 5 p.m.

University High School

2825 West 116th Street, Carmel,

Oct. 2, Nov. 13: 2 to 4 p.m.

Heritage Christian

6401 East 75th Street, Indianapolis,

Nov. 10: 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Guerin Catholic

15300 North Gray Road, Noblesville,

Nov. 13: 6 to 8:30 p.m.


3300 Prague Road, Indianapolis,

Nov. 3: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

St. Luke

7650 N Illinois St, Indianapolis,

October & January, Dates TBA

The Orchard School

615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis,

Oct. 11, Nov. 18, Jan. 30: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Culver Academy

1300 Academy Road, Culver,

Oct. 15, Nov. 12


317-587-2700, *Open house listings are provided solely by NORTH magazine for reference and do not imply schools' endorsement of our sponsor, Chyten Educational Services.

October 2011 NORTH  

Oct 2011 Issue

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