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Society and Solitude

When I was younger, I hated summer. In hindsight, it was because the summer just seemed too social for me, with no escape to blessed solitude. Each summer I was torn away from books and the TV to socialize with kids at day camp. Eventually there was summer camp at Interlochen, where I shared a cabin with 13 (or was it more?) other people. Worse yet, at all camps, there was forced fun, activities we were required to sign up for and forced to participate in. I might have been the only kid relieved to get a summer job; it meant no more summer camp, no more forced fun and no more forced socialization. I could grow feral and mean behind a cash register at a chain drugstore, returning to whatever book I was reading on my break. I grew up into less of an introvert, someone not so shy. Someone who’s good at parties and grateful to be invited to them. Thank goodness, because the summers of an adult include less forced fun and more true fun. These are summers full of barbecues, pool parties, pontoon trips on Monroe Lake and hikes with friends. These are summers full of joyful noise. They’re days of talking and togetherness, and the events come one after the other, to the point that one can almost forget the solitude of summer. As I talked to Ginger Murphy, Indiana state parks deputy director, for our Indiana Made story, I had a feeling a social summer was on my horizon. A friend had invited me to a Memorial Day cookout. A friend wants to get together for regular walking-and-talking hikes. The sound was building. But when I asked Ginger why Indiana state parks are so beneficial, the solitude came rushing back in. A visit to the state parks provides “the opportunity to put aside the stress or the work of the day and to just relax and listen and walk in, just be a part of the natural world,” she said. The precious, joyful quiet came rushing in. The woods, with the canopy of green overhead and the white noise of a forest. Or the soothing sound around your head as you slip into sun-warmed water. Or the small moments when outdoor gatherings lapse into an easy quiet, when all of the guests breathe together and take in the beauty of an Indiana summer. I hope your summer yields both solitude and society, in whatever measures you wish. Best,

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bricks While its interior classrooms have been overflowing with artistic expression for more than 50 years now, the solid masonry exterior wrap of the Southside Art League’s instructional building, also known as the pump house, has been steadily deteriorating, brick by brick. Fortunately, the Greenwood facility will soon receive a much-needed facelift thanks to a $20,000 grant from Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation. The pump house was once part of a 30-room sanitarium where mineral baths were offered as a remedy for various health-related issues. The building survived a 1914 fire that otherwise destroyed the sanitarium and eventually became the art league’s instructional facility, the larger of two buildings, which is also used for a variety of seminars and workshops. The second building there serves as home of the Off Broadway Gallery, a venue that provides members with an

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opportunity to display and sell their artworks. “It looks like the building was added on to, but I think these are its original bricks,” says Duane King, president of the Southside Art League. “Some of the bricks are missing, and others are badly deteriorated. Some are cracked, and there’s a lot of grout that needs to be replaced.” King targeted the Whitehill Foundation with a grant application last spring because of its reputation for supporting charitable organizations that focus on promoting and preserving the arts and humanities. Southside Art League representatives learned of their successful bid last October. “The grant should take care of most of the structural work, but we’ll probably have to put some more money in ourselves,” King says. “We can always use membership and donation money that has come in over

the years, and if we still need more, we’ll do a fundraising campaign.” Preservation of the facility is especially meaningful to professional artist Bev Mathis, who has been teaching at the Southside Art League since 1996. “There is nothing else like this place on the south side,” she says. “We’ve worked really hard to make it a place where people want to go. I teach watercolor painting, and I spend a lot of time there. My husband would probably say it’s my second home.” Fine art classes in oil, pastel and acrylic painting are also offered. King appreciates the Southside Art League for what it means to Greenwood and the surrounding communities. “People can take classes here and enjoy themselves. Artists can teach, display their works and socialize. This is a historic building near historic downtown Greenwood, and this grant will help us take care of it,” he says.


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Shooting star Few high school basketball players have been part of a national championship team and perhaps even fewer can say they’ve been recognized as the best at their position, but Greenwood resident Jake Rosko earned both of those designations this year. The senior shooting guard, in his first season as a full-time starter, helped guide the Indianapolis Wildcats varsity basketball team to this year’s National Homeschool Varsity Basketball Championship in March, then learned he had been named National Homeschool Basketball Boys 2019 Defensive Player of the Year one month later. “As a team, we’ve matured a lot over the last three years, and this season was the culmination,” he says. “We learned not to worry about outside distractions and to focus on playing well together.” Jake takes classes through Lumen Christi Catholic School in downtown Indianapolis but like many of his teammates doesn’t have the opportunity to participate in high

school athletics due to a lack of sufficient enrollment numbers. “Lumen Christi is K-12 with about 90 kids, but there are only about 15 in the high school,” says Scot Rosko, Jake’s father and an assistant coach for the Wildcats. The Indianapolis Wildcat Organization, which is based on the south side of Indianapolis and offers competitive basketball for boys and girls from Grade 4 through 12, attracts home-school players from many areas and calls The Gathering Place in Greenwood its home court. According to Scot, the core group of

players on this year’s national championship team consisted of one player from Franklin, one from Whiteland, two from Greenwood and one from Indianapolis. The Wildcats are part of the National Christian Homeschool Organization. Within that, they compete in the Indiana Conference but play a schedule that features teams from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. However, the boys varsity squad in particular also plays games against a few public schools. In fact, three of its regular-season wins this year came against Indianapolis Manual High School, South Bend Adams High School and Indianapolis Tech High School. The team posted a 32-6 record during the 2018-19 campaign and won its last 19 games. Jake wasn’t the only team member to receive individual recognition. Senior Myles Johnson from Indianapolis was named Regional Player of the Year, and junior Noah Shook from Franklin was recognized as Regional Sharp Shooter of the Year.

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Painting in a big way It has been said that art brings people together, and that’s precisely what the Johnson County Community Foundation is trying to do with its Color the County mural program, now in its fourth year. The initiative, which unites professional artists, aspiring artists and members of the community in a collaborative effort to create murals on buildings and structures that are easily seen by pedestrians and motorists, will focus on two specific areas this year — Richard’s Brick Oven Pizza (south-facing façade) at 249 S. Main St. in Franklin and the west-facing façade of Indian Creek Learning Center, 800 S. Indian Creek Drive, Trafalgar. This will be the foundation’s first mural in the Trafalgar area. The JCCF launched the countywide mural program in 2016 to celebrate its 25th anniversary. “The board wanted to do something that would make a splash, so

we did some research and came up with the mural program,” says Kim Minton, JCCF vice president of development. “It’s something that is community driven and also supports local artists.” That first year, murals were painted in Greenwood, Franklin and Bargersville. “We didn’t know what to expect but hundreds of people showed up,” Minton says. The number of submitted mural designs from artists, which are reviewed by volunteer committee members who ultimately select the winners, has also steadily increased. “We had approximately 10 submissions in 2016, but last year we had something like 30 entries to choose from. And they don’t all come from around here,” Minton says. “We’re grabbing attention from outside communities as well.”

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When in Rome... History class became a hands-on learning experience for four Greenwood Christian Academy students this year as they worked together to create a documentary that ultimately earned them public recognition through a National History Day in Indiana South Region contest at Franklin College. Recognized as finalists at the competition, seniors Grace Dixon, Taylor Ratliff, Gabriel Nelson and Garrett Wright earned the right to compete in the NHDI state contest at the University of Indianapolis but unfortunately weren’t able to attend. “This was the first time these students have been introduced to this competition,” says John Wooden, first-year instructor at the school, who teaches various history and social studies classes there. “It gave them a chance to present themselves in a professional way.” Given the option to select their own subject matter for the competition, Dixon, Ratliff, Nelson and Wright decided to focus on ancient Rome and ultimately named their project “Roaming Around Rome.” Though it was a new experience for Greenwood Christian Academy students, the Indiana Historical Society has been conducting the NHDI contest for approximately 18 years. “The students get an opportunity to explore something in history that matters to them and then create a project that best suits their personal learning style,” says Bethany Hrachovec, coordinator, Learning and National History Day. According to Hrachovec, the ultimate goal of the contest is that students learn something new and enjoy the process. “They gain valuable real-world skills through a fun project tailored to them,” she says. “They get experience in creative problem solving, public speaking, critical thinking, understanding source bias and more. These are skills they aren’t tested for but are incredibly valuable to students as they transition to the next stage of their academic and personal careers.”

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“Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” By Doris Kearns Goodwin I’ve heard about “Team of Rivals” for years ever since it spent weeks on The New York Times best-seller list in 2005. It was also the inspiration for the 2012 film “Lincoln” starring Daniel Day-Lewis that I enjoyed immensely. When I needed to pick a Civil War-related book for the March History Roundtable meeting, I immediately looked to see if it was available as a downloadable audiobook. Thankfully, the eIndiana Digital Consortium has it in both abridged (seven or so hours) and unabridged (40+ hours) formats. I went for the unabridged version narrated by the author herself. Goodwin does an excellent job reading her brilliant book. I was left even more enamored of Abraham Lincoln’s intellect and leadership and developed an appreciation for his compassion for his fellow man and his immense wit. I was left to mourn what could have been if Lincoln had lived through his second term. Though a long book, it never felt tedious. Highly recommended for history buffs and anyone slightly interested in American history. — Reviewed by Susan Jerger, Greenwood Public Library reference librarian



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“The Woman in the Window” By A.J. Finn This psychological thriller had my attention from the opening pages. Anna Fox is an agoraphobic living in her New York City home who spends her days taking her prescription drugs with a lot of wine, watching old thriller movies and spying on her neighbors. One night, looking through the window, she witnesses a murder across the street. Or did she? What’s going on? Finn does an excellent job of showing us the claustrophobic world for someone who cannot leave the safety of her house. When Anna is frustrated with what is real or not, you are right there questioning if she is hallucinating. I liked that her past is intertwined with what is going on in the current story. You’ll be guessing until the end. Watch for the upcoming Hitchcockian movie. — Reviewed by Sheila Harmon, Greenwood Public Library reference librarian

“Hate Notes” By Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward I was expecting a light-hearted romance, but I was surprised by the depth in the second half of this novel. I loved the mix of happiness and sadness, and of course the happy ending. The main characters are Charlotte and Reed. Charlotte is your typical Pollyanna, overly cheerful and optimistic. Reed is a wounded man and cautious, not willing to let any woman in to break his heart again. The story begins with Charlotte selling her unworn wedding dress and coming across a beautiful, oneof-a-kind dress with a note sewn into it written by Reed Eastwood. Soon he becomes Charlotte’s fantasy of true love until he becomes her boss and she discovers how arrogant and mean he can be. Charlotte and Reed have a lot of chemistry, and their interactions are funny and cute. Throughout the book the reader knows Reed is hiding a secret. When it was revealed, I was surprised. — Reviewed by Carissa Simpson, Greenwood Public Library customer service associate

“Good Omens” By Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman “Good Omens” was originally published in 1990 and has been a beloved cult classic ever since. The book has had a resurgence due to the Amazon Prime miniseries. Since I hadn’t read it in a good 20 years or so, I dusted it off for a reread. I can say it has aged beautifully and is still as clever and funny as ever. Demon Crowley and Angel Aziraphale have been peacefully co-existing on Earth, keeping the forces of good and evil in balance and occasionally going out for drinks. But as the end of the world prophecies foretold by Agnes Nutter in the 1600s start to come true, they both realize that their cushy jobs are drawing to an end. Fortunately for them both, and for everyone and everything on Earth, the forces of darkness made a critical mistake when placing the infant Antichrist on the planet to be raised to bring forth Armageddon. For readers familiar with either of the co-authors’ works, their voices are very clear throughout and their friendship shines through. They had said in interviews that they were writing to entertain each other. Fortunately for us, they succeeded and have ended up entertaining millions of readers. — Reviewed by Amy Dalton, reference librarian, Johnson County Public Library

“Say You’re Sorry” By Karen Rose While walking home one night, Daisy Dawson is attacked but manages to fight the perpetrator off, swiping a necklace and some skin cells under her nails in the process. What she doesn’t know is that her would-be kidnapper is a serial killer, and she’s the only victim who has gotten away. Daisy has a high-profile public job, so it doesn’t take long for her attacker to figure out her identity. Enraged that he wasn’t able to capture her the first time, her assailant begins stalking her and Special Agent Gideon Reynolds, who’s been assigned to protect her. As the detectives begin to piece together clues about the case, they uncover details linking the assailant to someone from Reynolds past, and in order to catch a killer, he and Daisy take off on an interstate adventure that brims with romance, action, murder and mystery. There’s a little something for everyone in this romantic suspense from Karen Rose, and you’ll have a hard time putting it down. — Reviewed by Kelly Staten, reference librarian, Johnson County Public Library

“A Woman Is No Man” By Etaf Rum Heartbreaking, unflinching and powerful, this book dares any reader not to become an emotional wreck after reading it. “A Woman is No Man” tells the story of three generations of Palestinian American women, two who immigrated to the U.S. and one who was born there. The story centers on Irsa, a young woman who is married off to an American Muslim. She is terrified to leave behind her family in Palestine, but she has dreams that life will be better for women in America. Maybe they will be loved, respected and given opportunities, something she never had growing up. America proves to be another letdown however; her new family is just as strict as the one she left behind. She quickly gets pregnant, and everyone is annoyed when she delivers a girl. Then she goes and has three more girls. She and her daughters are the shame of the family. The other two perspectives in the story are from Fareeda, her motherin-law, and Irsa’s eldest daughter, Deya. Although the ending is heartbreaking, Deya’s storyline gives readers hope for a brighter future and shows that the cycle of abuse doesn’t have to continue generation after generation. — Reviewed by Erin Cataldi, reference librarian, Johnson County Public Library |

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Michelle Gillen Every day, Michelle Gillen comes to work and does what she loves. For the past 15 years, she has served as Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery’s director of aesthetics. At the Greenwood practice, she’s helped countless women glow thanks to her specializations in skin-care procedures, aesthetic treatments and makeup artistry. When it comes to beauty, Gillen knows what she’s doing. Outside the clinic, she does makeup for fashion show models, weddings, and even bikini competitors. Through application and bio, she won Miss Indianapolis, a title she continues to hold. In May, Gillen competed for Miss Indiana. Pageants, she says, “just kind of fell into” her path. “I have time and I have the want to do what it takes to compete and to strive for Miss Indiana, and that’s sort of why I decided to compete in the pageant,” Gillen says. “Although, I did not take home the crown, what an amazing and rewarding experience!” Here, she shares with South her love of her field.



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How would you describe your job? I oversee the aesthetic practice here at Dr. Hamilton’s office, meaning I supervise the other aestheticians, help them with learning the equipment when something new comes in and guide them along through treatment parameters. I also provide aesthetic treatments and services. We provide a whole variety of different skin-care treatments like microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser treatments for brown and red discolorations of the skin. We do CoolSculpting for fat reduction, which is a freezing process. I also do microblading for the eyebrows, the semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing. We offer makeup artistry, and we just started doing Botox here in our aesthetic department.


Do you have a favorite technique to perform? I really love doing microblading for the eyebrows. I feel like it makes such a difference, especially when watching women leave here when they see that they no longer have to try to pencil on their eyebrows. It’s for those women that have always struggled with either lack of eyebrow hair or over-plucking, or some people have gone through chemotherapy and they’ve lost their eyebrows. Eyebrows just seem to really make a person’s face and frame a woman’s eyes.


How did you become interested in being an aesthetician? I’ve been an aesthetician for approximately 18 years. When aesthetics sort of first emerged or began gaining popularity, a lot of young ladies were going to aesthetic school and learning how to provide skin-care services in the medical field or in a day spa type of an environment. One of my best friends — that I’ve known since I was in elementary school — actually got into aesthetics, and she worked for a cosmetic surgeon in the area. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with myself at the time. I saw what she was doing and decided to go job shadow her, and that’s what inspired me. I’ve always loved makeup and beauty, and I always knew that I was good at helping others feel good about themselves from working with friends and family members.

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Why have you chosen to stay with Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery since 2004? I think a lot of it is commitment. When I first started with the practice, there really was not an aesthetic department. I feel responsible for a lot of the growth and building the aesthetic department. It’s like my baby. It’s my life — you know — my other life outside of my family life. I’m just very dedicated. Dr. Hamilton is an amazing person to work with. He’s always very polite, very professional. I hope to retire from here, honestly.


You said Dr. Hamilton’s practice is your life outside of family life. What’s your family life look like? I am engaged to my fiancé, Dustin Murphy, with a wedding date set for Aug. 28, 2020. We have a blended family of children ranging from ages 25 to 10. The three oldest adult children are grown and working, while the two youngest are at home and in school. We do not plan to have children of our own and look forward to our future together once all of the kiddos are grown. We plan to travel and just enjoy life to its fullest. |

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When the temperature rises and the humidity stifles, don’t let the summer heat sour your appetite. Even if you’re as overheated as a car radiator on a desert highway in July, cool down by tickling your taste buds with the refreshing tang of lemon. Here, five tantalizingly tart options — some sweet, some savory — from the southside of Indianapolis. By Sara McAninch Photography by APRIL KNOX


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Lemon Shake-Up and Lemon Berry Martini at Stacked Pickle

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You would expect a restaurant owned by a former Indianapolis Colts linebacker to have a sports theme, but Stacked Pickle in Greenwood offers more than the latest game. The namesake pickles are breaded to order in-house. So are the pork tenderloins, which, according to General Manager Tony Rahe, are “six times larger than the bun and hard to eat” because the meat isn’t pounded down to a thin piece like the sandwich is traditionally served. Although beer is a popular choice when a sporting event is on one of the many televisions scattered throughout the restaurant, a cooling cocktail is also a great option. If you crave the invigorating taste of lemonade, but want an adult kick, then you’ll really cheer for the lemon shake-up. The drink’s base is Deep Eddy Lemon, a vodka with lemon juice and cane sugar. The liquor is combined with the juice of freshly squeezed lemons, sugar and ice. The concoction is vigorously shaken before being poured into a Mason jar. Finished with a sugared rim and lemon wedge garnish, this beverage has a “refreshing but tart twist,” says bartender Abigail Broderick. Stacked Pickle offers a lemon berry martini if you want a little extra flavor with your lemonade. Like the shake-up, the martini starts with Deep Eddy Lemon and freshly made lemonade. It’s given a shot of sweet raspberry cordial for a berry blast. This purplish drink has a “fruity taste but it’s refreshing at the same time. It’s easy to suck down,” says Broderick. Don’t let the sports bar moniker fool you: Stacked Pickle is family friendly and welcomes large groups. Even during the hottest months it’s a cool place to eat and relax. 26


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Summer Rolls at Thai Spice 2220 E. County Line Road, Indianapolis | (317) 881-2243 | thaispiceindy.com For 15 years Thai Spice has greeted its customers at the door with friendly service and a traditional Thai cuisine experience. With spice levels varying from no spice (mild) to Thai hot (extra spicy), and even some in-between heat levels like mild-medium, you can savor your sustenance in a casual setting that includes hanging lotus flower lights. The menu offers a lot of options, and one tongue-teasing dish are the summer rolls. Though named for the season, these rolls are delightful year-round with crunchy contents that include cucumber, lettuce, carrot and tofu cutlet. The fillings are wrapped in softened rice paper,

rolled into a tube shape and then cut into eight large pieces. If you want extra protein, shrimp or slices of chicken can be added to the top. What really makes this roll unique is the lemon-chili dipping sauce. The base is the traditional Thai sweet chili sauce, then some lemon juice and sugar are added for a “little hint of sweetness,” says manager Greg Luzietti. Together the roll and its saucy side hit all your taste buds with the combination of fresh vegetables, tart lemon, sweetness and a tiny bit of heat. Each serving is sizable, so if you’re eating it solo, it could be a meal. If you’re still hungry, though, Luzietti recommends a salad or soup addition.


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Enlightened Lemon Thyme Chicken at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

1251 N. U.S. 31, Greenwood | (317) 881-3500 | bjsrestaurants.com Chicken can be bland if it’s not seasoned or cooked right. At BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, a California-based chain, there is no such thing as boring when you’re eating the Enlightened Lemon Thyme Chicken. The entrée features chicken breasts (for lunch you get one 6-ounce breast; the dinner entrée contains two 4-ounce pieces) coated with Big Poppa Smokers’ Desert Gold rub. The Mediterranean-inspired herb blend with lemon peel and sesame is similar to a “lemon pepper seasoning, but the twist on this is it has sesame in it and an extra amount of herbs,” says Scott Rodriguez, BJ’s senior vice president of culinary and kitchen innovation. “It really helps balance out the salt.” The roasting process then “opens up the lemon peel, opens up the herbs, opens up the sesame, so you really get the oils,” he adds. The real star of this pan of poultry is the lemon thyme sauce. Dried herbs, chicken broth, fresh squeezed lemon juice and a touch of cornstarch (for thickening) come 28


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together for a complementary set of flavors that will tantalize your tongue. If herbed chicken covered in lemon and thyme isn’t enough for your taste buds, the meal is served over brown rice with a side of sautéed onions, fresh garlic and basil, sundried tomatoes, fire-roasted red bell pepper, and Brussels sprouts roasted in red wine vinegar and a touch of the Desert Gold rub. The final dish is a well-balanced set of flavors that Rodriguez describes as bright from the lemon juice, earthy with the sprouts, rich because of the roasted chicken, and fresh due to the tomato and onion. At just 630 calories per serving, the Enlightened Lemon Thyme Chicken is a good option for summer that pairs well with any number of drinks on the menu. Rodriguez recommends the Lightswitch Lager, a housebrewed beer with only 140 calories, or the homemade lemonade.

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Cupcakes are the perfect dessert: They fit in your hand and can be eaten in a few bites, often with less guilt than eating a giant slice of its cake counterpart. At The Flying Cupcake in Greenwood, it’s hard to choose just one, as there are more than 80 flavors on the menu, baked from scratch. One of the most popular flavors is the refreshing Pucker Up cupcake. Lemon chiffon cake is filled with tangy lemon curd and then topped with sweet lemon buttercream frosting, all made in-house. It’s garnished with a gummy lemon candy slice. Plan ahead, though, because this tasty treat is only available a few days per week. If one cupcake isn’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, try

the LemonBerry Zinger. Vanilla cake batter is mixed with lemon juice before fresh blueberries are folded in for what general manager and chief happiness officer Carol Eakin calls “a good combination of lemon and blueberry.” The hand-held indulgence is then topped with homemade vanilla buttercream frosting. Open seven days a week, The Flying Cupcake offers a welcome escape from summer’s heat. From the smell of freshly baked cake that welcomes you the moment you walk in the door, to the vintage décor and antiques that fill the store, you can enjoy any number of tempting treats. Following a special diet? No problem. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available.

Thirty years ago, an igloo appeared in Franklin, Ritter’s Frozen Custard. Specializing in frozen custard, which is like ice cream’s richer, more yolked-up cousin, Ritter’s Frozen Custard proceeded to open several more dome-shaped stores across Indiana and the Midwest. One of the more popular summer flavors is lemon; at the Greenwood location you can enjoy this flavor every other Wednesday. The base is an unflavored white custard mix that’s combined with lemon flavoring and fresh lemon juice. Try it as is or add strawberries or blueberries for an extra flavor punch. Pop your concoction into a housemade waffle cone to really treat yourself. If you prefer a non-dairy option, Greenwood store general manager Duane Stahl recommends the lemon Italian ice. There’s also sorbet, which has water and lemon for a more “in your face” tart. Not sure if you want custard or ice? Try the lemon gelati: a frozen custard base with a layer of Italian ice and then another layer of frozen custard. If you feel a bit nostalgic sitting outside on a warm summer night with the chatter of people around you, you can satisfy that feeling with the Lemon Shake-Up. This fresh squeezed lemonade consists of simple ingredients — lemons, sugar water and ice — and will take you back to times spent at county fairs. With a fresh lemon garnish the flavor remains to the last sip. |

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Salad Days By Jenny Elig

Yeah, we know. When you go out to eat, a salad is probably the last thing you’re looking for. After all, dining out is time for indulgence. But the southside is full of fresh, mind-blowing salads that will seem just as indulgent as any other entrée. Here, a few options.

Out to lunch Kimu Asian Restaurant 1280 N. U.S. 31, Suite U, Greenwood, (317) 893-2221, Facebook at Kimu Asian Restaurant Vietnamese, Japanese and authentic Burmese cuisine are specialties of this restaurant; these lighter cuisines make for a great summer meal. At Kimu, try the Burmese tea salad, a crunchy, slightly sour mix of greens. Not quite ready to eat tea leaves? Try the tofu salad or the noodle salad and wash it down with coconut juice. Feeling a little more or less adventurous? Try the Japanese ramen noodles, stir-fried pork with pickled mango or Kimu Special Soup. 30


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You’re in the mood for salads, wraps and veggie bowls, but don’t have the time to go to a restaurant, settle in, chat with the wait staff, etc. Or maybe it’s late at night and everything is closed. You can now order fresh offerings via touchscreen interface at the BeetBox Eatery, located in front of The Healthy Food Café. Open 24 hours a day, BeetBox gives a new name to fast food; you place your order, and your salad (or grain bowl or yogurt bowl) is assembled by Sally the robot or “chowbot,” if you will. Sally’s pre-programmed recipes include mango kidney bean taco salad, crisp jicama and mango salad, and spicy spinach salad.

You might think of Arni’s for its pizzas, but have you ever checked out its salad menu? From the classic wedge to the apple walnut chicken to the Mediterranean shrimp salad, it’s hard to settle on just one. If we had to pick, though, the Ava Rose chop salad — with its turkey, bacon, garbanzo beans, tomato, romaine blend, mozzarella and Parmesan draped in herb vinaigrette — might be the one. But then again, there is the Rio Grande BBQ chicken salad —featuring chicken breast, salsa, onion straws and a barbecue sauce and ranch dressing — which sounds delightful for a summertime dinner.

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This hearty dish features pork with the season’s most colorful veggies, making for a filling weekend meal. by Twinkle VanWinkle



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2 cups apple cider 1 4-pound boneless pork picnic shoulder, sliced in half 3 to 4 cups chicken stock along the grain 1 11-ounce can chipotle peppers

For the chard:

2 tablespoons cumin

½ pound rainbow chard, roughly chopped with stems

¼ cup fresh thyme

1 red pepper, julienned

½ cup chopped cilantro

10-12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1 large onion, quartered

1 clove garlic, mashed and 4 cloves garlic, smashed and minced finely chopped 1 small shallot, diced finely ¼ cup brown sugar 3 tablespoons olive oil ½ cup olive oil Lime juice

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Mix all ingredients except the pork, cider and wine into a food processor and blend until chunky. Thoroughly rub this mixture onto pork, then let rest for 30 minutes. Coat a Dutch oven with olive oil and bring to a high heat. Brown the pork on all sides, then cover with cider and chicken stock. Bring the liquid to a boil, cover and put the Dutch oven in the preheated oven. After about an hour, check to see if you need to add more liquid. Turn pork over and re-cover, letting cook for another hour. Remove from oven and check liquid, add more if needed, then return to oven uncovered and cook for remaining 45 to 60 minutes. Once done, remove the pork, cover with foil and let it rest for approximately 15 minutes. About 25 minutes before pork is done, prepare vegetables for the chard. Quickly sauté all on high, braising just until chard wilts. Place on a large plate and drizzle with lime juice and olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt. Once pork has rested fully, serve over chard and vegetables, with a sprinkle of Cotija cheese and lime juice.


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COVER-UP Summertime skin care is all about protection By sara mcaninch



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It’s June and the siren song of the sun calls to you. Maybe you have kids and all they want to do is channel their inner mermaids and aquamen. Gone are the days of slathering yourself in baby oil to fry like an egg; the new summer cool is a bath of sun protection factor lotions and sprays. Strap on your water wings and head outside, but not before reading the reminders of how to protect yourself from long-term damage, the risks of too much ultraviolet exposure, and repair tips for your skin after extended outdoor time.


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I like the zinc oxide-based ones because they provide


complete UVA coverage.

It is important to reapply every two hours, espe-

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Risks During those blissful moments of basking in the sun, whether you’re lying on a beach, splashing in a backyard pool, playing an outdoor sport or weeding your garden, it’s easy to forget to put on sunscreen and other protective gear. Over time, even a few misses here and there can lead to big consequences later. The No. 1 sign of too much UV exposure is a sunburn. Even on days when it’s overcast, there’s a risk of at least a first-degree burn. Dr. Juliana Meyer, a melanoma expert and breast cancer surgeon with Franciscan Health, recommends keeping yourself protected year-round. “The best thing I say is year-round, on exposed areas 36


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— so mostly face and hands — to wear a moisturizer with SPF in it,” she says. While a few minor sunburns or tanning here and there might not seem like a big deal, every burn can lead to something much worse: skin cancer. Your chances of getting melanoma go up if you’ve had multiple sunburns that blister, frequent burns or significant sun poisoning. The age at which you get any of these can also contribute. (There’s more time for the damage to progress if you’re younger.) In addition to sunburn, biological factors can contribute to getting skin cancer. Dr. Laura Stitle, a dermatologist at Greenwood Dermatology, says that individuals

with “light eyes, light hair and light skin” are at the highest risk. She also says that a family history of skin cancer can increase your chances of getting it. To be proactive about skin cancer prevention and treatment, Meyer recommends making “a skin check part of your yearly wellness.” Especially once you hit your mid-30s, she advises seeing a dermatologist or other trained professional who can perform the exam. When determining if that mole or lesion on your body is cancerous, she says to think about your ABCDs. While you’re not expected to sing the alphabet song, these letters are important to remember. They stand for asymmetry, border irregularity, color differences (where one part of the mole or lesion looks different than the other parts and can include scaling or ulcers), and diameter. Meyer says that in recent years E has been added to signify exposure. If it’s an area that’s been exposed to UV rays over the years, and you see a change in a mole, consider getting it checked. So, if you see something, say something. “We want patients to check their moles and look for changes in the color and shape,” Stitle says. “Also, any spot that is itchy, red, scaling, bleeding or just won’t heal needs to be checked. A local dermatologist or primary care should be notified.” Take heed There are several things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun’s damaging rays. Start by covering up. The quickest way to avoid turning pink is to keep yourself covered with a hat and other protective clothing. Then, take care of your skin from the inside out. One of the most important factors in maintaining healthy skin is eating a good diet, especially one that’s “low in sugar and processed food,” Stitle says. Another prevention recommendation is to keep your skin hydrated. “It’s amazing how much your diet and water intake can come out in your skin,” says Anjelica Nelson, an aesthetician at Urban Euphoria in Greenwood. The easiest and most common way to

save your skin is to wear sunscreen. Meyer says that men and women should wear a daily facial moisturizer with SPF 10 or 15 in it. For the rest of your body she says SPF 30 is enough to block 97 percent of the sun’s UV rays. Meyer and Stitle agree that mineral-based products — ones with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide — are better than chemical-based ones because, to be effective, the latter require a chemical reaction between the product and your skin. When looking for zinc or titanium, check the active ingredients list on the packaging; either of these should be at the top of the list. “I like the zinc oxide-based ones because they provide complete UV coverage. It is important to reapply every two hours, especially when swimming and sweating,” says Stitle. If you have children in your care while soaking up sun, Meyer has the following to say: “Put kids in a rash guard and coat them up with sunscreen before they go out to play. Get them used to hats and sunscreen. All of those things are really important.” Because young children have a higher body surface area, which is the measure|

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ment of the skin that covers your body, Stitle recommends using zinc-based products to “limit the amount of chemical sunscreens that are applied.” You have your SPF 30, so where should you apply it? In addition to your face, Meyer says you should be slathering sunblock on your hands, tops of your feet and head, especially if you have thinning hair. And don’t forget these often-overlooked spots: “The back of the neck and the ears are places patients often forget to apply sunscreen,” Stitle says. “These areas are chronically exposed to the sun, and we do see a lot of skin cancer.” If you tend to wear shorts, don’t forget your lower limbs. “One of the most common places for women to get melanoma is their legs,” says Meyer. Another oft forgotten place is your back. Repair If you have sun-damaged skin, or if you tend to tan a lot, there are treatment options. According to Nelson, “The sun attacks your skin and makes your skin age so much faster.” She says regular facials can stimulate collagen, the protein that gives your face elasticity and a healthy glow. If you get a sunburn, there are calming products she can use during the facial to help you heal. She also recommends avoiding harsh ingredients, such as retinol, while your damaged epidermis heals. Stitle suggests you use cool ice packs, hydrocortisone ointment and ibuprofen, and to drink extra water, to help your body heal faster. “It is also important to really protect the skin the next few days as it will be more sensitive after sunburn.” While the temptation might be there to pick at your peeling skin, Meyer says to let it heal naturally. While the standard go-to of aloe to treat a burn works fine, she also advises using moisturizer on the affected area, keeping it clean and making sure it’s ventilated with lightweight, breathable clothing. If you have a severe burn, see your doctor as soon as possible to get a prescription topical treatment. Getting outdoor time when the weather warms is great. Following some precautions and preventions will help you and your loved ones avoid long-term damage or worse.

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Southside artists enjoy challenge of working outdoors

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Few things are as relaxing and meditative as contemplating a painting of a landscape. Sometimes an artist needs to be right in the middle of the landscape to truly paint it, to take in the pinks and blues of a cloud, the reds and browns of a rusty tractor, or the greens and yellows of a forest. In the thick of it all, a brush heavy with paint and an authentic setting can come together on the canvas. It’s no wonder that southside artists enjoy pushing their limits artistically and sometimes physically — depending on whether it’s hot, cold, rainy or windy — to get outside to paint amid that very moment. Unlike studio work, this practice, known as plein air painting, results in an authentic, three-dimensional experience these artists say they just can’t find when working indoors with unnatural light or from a two-dimensional photograph. “It’s very rewarding. You get in your zone, and everything else goes away,” says Corrine Hull, who sits on the board of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association and is a recipient of numerous awards for her work. A Homecroft resident and lifelong painter, she explains that plein air painting first became popular among French artists in the 1860s. Artists headed


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Roy Boswell, Corrine Hull, and Donna Shortt painting at Glenn’s Valley Nature Park in Indianapolis.

“It’s very rewarding. You get in your zone, and everything else goes away.” — Corrine Hull



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outdoors thanks to changes in their supplies; synthetic paints became obtainable, paint could be transported in tubes and lighter easels could be carried into outdoor settings. Even today, many plein air painters pride themselves on being able to travel light and improvise when needed. French movements, Hoosier style Not long after the French were going outside to paint, Indiana saw its own painters producing masterpieces at the beginning of the 20th century: the Hoosier Group of the American impressionists, which included T.C. Steele, along with William Forsyth, J. Ottis Adams, Richard B. Gruelle and Otto Stark, also headed outside to work. Like her artistic forebears, Hull has traveled for her art, in her case going as far away from Indiana as New Mexico and Maine for plein air painting opportunities.

But she appreciates the variety in the Hoosier state. “We have the dunes to the north, and then we have the plains and then we have the wonderful hilly part of the state in the south,” she says. Another painter and board member of IPAPA, Mary Ann Davis has also headed away from Indiana to paint, opting for locales in New York, Michigan, Idaho, Ohio and Wisconsin, but she appreciates having subjects just a short distance away. A graphic designer by trade, Davis, who has a studio on the southside, says she’s become more flexible when it comes to choosing a landscape subject. She used to match her painting spots to images she had in her mind. “Now I will say, I can paint that with the light,” she says. “I have found that I will make a painting instead of drive forever.” Light is a common thread in plein air painting. Donna Shortt, a southside resident and a board member of IPAPA, says the subject doesn’t matter, as long as the light is good. “My favorite subject is when the light is really nice, which doesn’t happen all the time,” says Shortt, who had her first experience painting outdoors at Steele’s home in 2006. Her plein air paintings were included in the 2013 book “Painting Indiana III: Dignity of Place,” and her work can be found in galleries around Indiana. Outdoors and closer to home Roy Boswell is a painter who lives in Bargersville. He studied landscape architecture and design at Purdue. In his paintings, he focuses on a specific Indiana subject: family farms. He sometimes paints his father’s farm in southern Indiana. Because he can’t always get away to make the long trip, he has found a few locations that are closer to home. While not all landowners welcome him onto their property, he has had many positive experiences. “Family farms are in this weird period where in probably within the next 10 years things will be rapidly [changing into something] different than they are right now,” he says. “I like recording that. I’m trying to bring this new style of painting into these scenes and scenarios that aren’t new. It’s all rusting machinery and build|

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ings in various degrees of decay.” He adds there have been times where he didn’t have every art supply he thought he needed but being forced to come up with a different solution has also resulted in a better piece. Innovation and improvising are the fun part for Davis. “Those can be really fun times because you wind up being more creative by improvising,” she says. “So you may have forgotten to bring your white, and now you’re using yellow for white. Well, we’ll move the value scale down a little bit and see what happens.” Join up, head out Boswell, who credits Shortt as his first painting teacher, says that community is important to any artist. “Get ahold of someone who paints outside, ask for a material list, then just go outside and enjoy the struggle,” he says. “With a little more time, you’ll get good at it. Like anything else, it’s the action of it. You can theorize all you want, but you [need to get] the paint time in.” While YouTube, he says, can be helpful for tutorials, there is no substitute for going outside and doing it. Luckily for aspiring plein air artists



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around the state, IPAPA welcomes new artists to join and is encouraging in its advice. Unlike many similar organizations, artists don’t need to be invited to join; they simply need to send the organization a $35 fee and come paint. “The thing we all did was join IPAPA; it’s a very welcoming group,” says Shortt. “You don’t have to be a good painter at first. You can go to all these events and just absorb what your body is doing. Some people might give a mini lesson or let you stand behind and watch while they work. You can look at all of the different setups and tripods and palettes, and people will tell you where they got them and what works for them and what didn’t work.” Many of Indiana’s current plein air painters continue to find inspiration at the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, also known as House of the Singing Winds. IPAPA’s annual T.C. Steele Great Outdoor Art Contest takes place in September. Shortt had her first experience painting outdoors at Steele’s home in 2006; she now judges the competition. And Davis attends the event almost every year. Other IPAPA-hosted competitions and paint-outs take place around the state on a regular basis. More than 100 painters were expected to attend this year’s kickoff event in late April, an annual competition in New Harmony called “First Brush of Spring.” The group also has at least one event almost every month year-round, including events in Indianapolis, Richmond, Zionsville and Brookville. As far as what the artists enjoy painting whether at an IPAPA event or out on their own, they agree that the key is to find a place with good light, not to overpack, to be prepared for the weather, and ultimately to be flexible and creative. Shortt has no plans to stop braving the elements for her art. “Listening to nature and just being outside. I never thought I’d become a person like that, but I’m happiest when I’m outside instead of inside a box,” she says. “Even though the box is comfortable with air conditioning and heat, [I’d rather be outside] in all kinds of weather. Even in the wintertime. My best experiences have been standing outside in the snow and painting. You just have to put enough layers on.” To learn more about Indiana Plein Air Painters and get the organizations’ event schedules, visit inpainters.org.


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The Alex and Ali Foundation provides resources for autistic youths By KATIE MACDONELL

Every year, tens of thousands of adolescents with autism become adults. Jennifer Parker and her husband, Andrew Parker, established The Alex and Ali Foundation in 2014 in response to an emerging need they noticed. Some autistic young adults, including their son, Alex, completed high school only to discover that after that, once that milestone was completed, services and resources thinned out. The Parkers intended to create a space for those young adults with developmental disabilities who maybe didn’t want to go to college or day programs, but still wanted to engage, socialize and learn handson job skills. “We don’t want them sitting at home watching TV, playing on the computer, going on Facebook and not contributing to society, because we know they have something to offer,” says Jennifer Parker, The Alex and Ali Foundation president. “We also feel strongly that the world needs them. They need to be an inte50


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Left: Team members and volunteers process new inventory. Right: The group makes mosaic tile crosses.

gral part of our community. People need to be around them because they make our community a better place.” Job skills, community involvement Five years strong, The Alex and Ali Foundation is a growing nonprofit organization based in Greenwood. It is named in honor of Alex and his best friend since second grade, Ali Callahan. With the help of donations, volunteers, grants and an annual fundraising gala, the foundation seeks to provide young adults with developmental disabilities with job skill development opportunities, vocational training and meaningful community involvement. Their mission takes on many forms depending on individual interests. The two dozen young adults who participate, who are called “team members,” jump into 52


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various job skill undertakings in all kinds of settings. Some team members work in animal care or food pantry volunteering, while others spend time working on farms, organizing warehouses or landscaping properties. The foundation connects the team members to community partners who offer ever diversifying vocational tasks. Tapping into talent Beyond providing job skill training, the foundation helps team members tap into their creative potential. With the help of talented guest volunteers, these young adults learn all sorts of artisan crafts, like jewelry making, painting, sewing and leather making. Other interests that are pursued include baking, pet care, mosaic tile art and refinishing furniture. “It’s really about people seeing our young adults out and about and in action,” says Parker. “It’s also about seeing what they’ve created and saying, ‘Wow, look at what they’ve done. That person has talent.’” The Hope Gallery, located in downtown Bargersville, is where most of the artistic magic is made. This is the foundation’s first venture: a gift boutique that features hand-

made goods. There, team members learn retail skills as they pair with volunteers for three-hour shifts, working together as they run the business. Team members acquire skills such as processing inventory, handling cash transactions, providing customer service, advertising online and other retail operations. The art pieces and handmade goods sold at The Hope Gallery are made by the team members, as well as vendors with and without special needs from Indiana and out of state. Parker says that their goal is that within five years 80 percent of what they sell in the gallery will be made by adults with developmental disabilities. The boutique’s motto is “Wonderfully Made, Perfectly Unique,” which they say describes both their products and their team members. “I think everybody who comes in feels good about their purchase,” says Kristin Gurley, The Hope Gallery coordinator. “It’s not a place that you have to go and spend a ton of money to make a difference. It’s been a really positive experience and a really positive reaction from the community.” Local artists come into the gallery to help team members create items to sell and


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gain a creative skill. A recent make-andtake event there featured a leather artisan who helped participants made dyed leather bracelets, wallets, pouches and luggage tags that they could then take home or sell in the shop. At these types of events, the young adults not only learn but also get to teach the skills to visitors and volunteers present. Dakota Skiles is a team member who goes into The Hope Gallery weekly. There he makes tiled crosses, works shifts running the boutique and plays music on his guitar. “My favorite thing is running the cash register; it’s really cool,” says Skiles. “I like talking to the people, and I like how the door opens up automatically after you hit ‘cash,’ that kind of thing.” For Skiles, The Hope Gallery is more than just a place where he can learn job skills; it’s a place for meaningful connections.

“I have some friends come and Jennifer’s son Alex, he comes and helps out, too,” says Skiles. “We do a good job working together. We have fun.” The gallery is named after another of the Parkers’ five children — and Alex’s younger sister — Hope, who against all odds has survived life-threatening medical circumstances. “By giving them a place to flourish, these young adults are having this profound impact on everyone who comes into contact with them,” says Gurley. “People are happy at our store. They’re smiling. It’s different than just a regular boutique. It is a different feel. It’s a happy place.” Gurley says volunteers have reported experiencing lifts in their mental health and finding a newfound purpose after spending time with the team members at the boutique. Outside the gallery, team members of The Alex and Ali Foundation actively

participate in community events, such as art and trade shows, farmers markets, various fundraisers and panel discussions at schools. During school visits, young adults from the foundation answer questions and facilitate open discussions about their lives as they teach students how to make something creative. After one panel discussion, Parker overheard a third-grader telling his friend just how cool he thought Alex was. “That’s what we want,” Parker says. “They’re realizing these young adults are not their diagnosis. They are people. They are individuals that are unique, fun, caring, kind, compassionate and really cool.” Moving forward, The Alex and Ali Foundation plans on adding more ventures to reach as many young adults as possible and continue fulfilling their mission. Parker says that the foundation is expanding rapidly and can always use more volunteers for its events.

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Tradition, without the fuss. That’s what local brides are asking for these days, say the experts who cater to them. Call it the Meghan Markle effect. When she walked down the aisle last year to marry Prince Harry, her Givenchy gown was regal, yet modern — a simple neckline falling just off her shoulders, sleeves cropped at bracelet length, no obvious embroidery or other adornment. The bouquet she carried was created by a chic London florist, but also included Rebecca Shehorn Photography several flowers that Harry had handpicked from the couple’s garden the day before. Perhaps her biggest nod to royal convention was the elaborately embroidered 16-foot veil trailing behind her (a look that’s also catching on locally, bucking the keep-things-casual trend). “We’ve had a lot of brides come in wanting a very clean, classic, traditional look,” says Andrea Greene, manager of The Wedding Studio in Greenwood. Markle, she says, was definitely an influence.


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“Simple” and “traditional” are also buzzwords at Sweet Escape Cake Co., where more couples are opting for a classic three-tier cake, with sheet cakes for cutting in the kitchen to feed larger crowds as necessary, says Scott McCorkle, operations manager of the southside Indianapolis bakery. Here’s what else is new, say wedding pros: Gowns The typical bride in this area is a fairly classic one, says Greene. “She’s not super over the top; she just wants to feel pretty.” For many women, that means a strapless dress, the last thing they start out looking for. “So many brides come in saying they do not want strapless and then leave in a strapless gown,” says Greene. That’s because shoppers have bad experiences with ready-to-wear strapless tops or dresses with little to no structure, so the gowns are uncomfortable or constantly threaten to fall down. Or because most of us have seen a bride in a strapless dress that didn’t totally work. But, says Greene, designers have made major improvements to the style over the last 10 years, and now it’s ultra-flattering. “It’s just the trend that’s not going anywhere,” she says. On the other end of the spectrum, long sleeves are “super in” right now, says Greene, especially when sheer and trimmed with a bit of lace. Also hot:

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Flowers Bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces and other floral elements are increasingly of the garden variety, in a good way — meant to evoke blooms plucked fresh from the backyard. Even for the most formal of events, “most brides are wanting kind of loose, wild, organic bouquets,” says Dawn VanBlarcum, who owns P&D Flower Farm with her husband, Phil. Nothing is too carefully crafted; instead, the modern bouquet cascades down past a bride’s hands, in every direction, looking picture-perfect from every angle. “It doesn’t really have a front or a back; however they want to hold it, it looks good,” says VanBlarcum. Greenery plays a much bigger role now, with eucalyptus an especially popular choice at both P&D Flower Farm and Steve’s Flowers and Gifts, which has locations in Greenwood and southside Indianapolis. Like VanBlarcum, owner Steve Huth has noticed brides asking for more greenery as well as more color instead of traditional all-white arrangements, with blush-pink-and-burgundy an enduringly popular combination. “It definitely leans toward a garden look,” says Huth. Big, bountiful blooms packed with petals — think roses, yes, but also peonies, ranunculus, anemones and hydrangeas — are on the rise, agree both florists. For the

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anything detachable, like a long skirt that unhooks to reveal a shorter one for the reception, or a sweater whose sleeves can come off, giving you two looks in one. The trendy neckline is a plunging one, which isn’t as scary as it sounds, promises Greene. “A lot of people get really nervous about it, but it’s just elongating,” she says. “A longer plunge will draw the eye down and make you look taller.” One trend that works with any kind of neckline: the statement earring, which has largely replaced the statement necklace. As for the finishing touches? Veils are ranging from the long side (think waltzlength, which hits the back of your calves, or cathedral-length, like Markle’s) to totally nonexistent. “A lot of my brides are not wearing veils,” says Ashleigh Fisher, event coordinator at The Garment Factory in Franklin and a wedding planning veteran. Instead, they might opt for flowers, ornate headpieces, or nothing at all.

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next few months, at least, VanBlarcum especially likes dahlias. “If a bride asks for a specific flower, we try to give them that,” she says. “But we focus more on color and quality. You can’t get peonies in August. Dahlias are late-summer, early fall.” Smaller touches are also making a bigger splash. For the modern boutonniere, “you no longer have just a rose, like the typical ‘bachelorette rose’,” says VanBlarcum. “It’s more a grouping of several types of greenery and several small blooms or buds. Rather than one big thing, you might have seven small things.” The traditional corsage is increasingly giving way to the “cuff” style, like a bracelet made of flowers. Cakes The big trend here is a rise in groom’s cakes, says McCorkle of Sweet Escape Cake Co. Whether for the rehearsal dinner or wedding day, these cakes are increasingly tailored to the guy’s interests, from his sports teams of choice to hobbies like hunting or dirt-biking. For both groom’s cakes and wedding cakes, “we’ve also seen many more se-

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now far surpasses orders for buttercream at Sweet Escape. Wedding-Day Rituals That moment when a bride approaches the altar and the groom sees her in her full wedding regalia for the first time? Overrated, many couples have decided, opting for a staged “first look” instead. This is a chance for the bride and groom to see each other for the first time before the ceremony. “It’s usually the groom standing somewhere picturesque, and the bride comes up behind him, giving a little tap on the shoulder,” says Fisher. “There are two photographers: a shooter for the bride’s reaction and a shooter for the groom’s reaction.” The idea is to rid the mood of weddingday jitters and give the couple some special time together. Plus, they can knock out a lot of portrait-shooting that would otherwise have happened after the ceremony, allowing them to get to the reception faster and spend more time with guests. “The last few years, it was kind of half and half, with a lot of people still waiting to see the bride at the ceremony,” says Fisher. “I’m seeing that first looks are definitely becoming the norm.”




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When Sarah Brown was studying microbiology at Ohio State University, she could not have imagined that she was preparing herself to be a farmer. But that’s exactly what her life had in store. After college, Brown headed to Eli Lilly and Co., where she worked for 10 years as a microbiologist in a fungal lab. When she left to raise a family — daughters Alison and Maggie — she grew so many plants in the yard of her Trafalgar home that her husband finally asked her if she had considered doing it commercially. She gave it some thought. “Yeah, I think I could do that,” she said. And that’s how The Apple Works began.


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Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the orchard has grown into an attraction that draws people from all over the state and beyond. Brown is the orchardist, while her husband, Rick Brown, takes care of the financial part of the business. They started small, beginning with buying a neighbor’s farm. “We started with 10 acres, and now we have 135,” Sarah Brown says. “We thought we had done something when we planted 200 trees in 1989. Now we have 10,000 trees.” Initially they sold apples from a picnic table; then they began building a barn in 1992 that they have been expanding ever since. In 1994, having learned how capricious the apple-growing business can be, they diversified by adding a bakery. The year after, a hailstorm ruined the

appearance of many of their apples and made them unmarketable, so they were able to turn them into pies, dumplings and doughnuts that they made from scratch with Indiana-ground flour. They also added homemade cider and fudge to their menu. Rooted in science “I don’t need to go to a casino to gamble,” Brown says. “When you grow a perennial crop that you don’t have a chance to replant, you have to worry about the elements: hard freezes, high winds and hail. There are many things that can get you into trouble for a year.” That’s where the microbiology training comes in handy. “In our wet climate the biggest challenge isn’t insects. It’s diseases. We’re |

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challenged with many, many fungal diseases that keep me on my toes, so my background turned out to be very helpful.” Fungal organisms produce spores in the billions and can be devastating, but insects are still a problem, too. By studying their reproductive behaviors and noting the temperatures at which they grow and develop, however, it’s easier to treat them. Brown and her team can get ahead of these conditions with fewer chemicals and “softer” sprays when they understand their life cycles. They must also constantly monitor the soil to ensure optimum growing conditions. “There’s a lot of science about it,” she says. “People tend to think that being a farmer is a simplistic sort of existence, but it’s not. Any farmer can tell you about the challenges they have to confront to grow a crop.” An apple takes days There’s a lot of hard work involved, too. Brown gets up at 5 a.m. in the growing season and works long days planting, pruning, harvesting and experimenting with new techniques and varieties. “We have lots of late nights,” she says. “In fact, I’ve seen the sunrise from my tractor.” And sometimes running an orchard can be dangerous, as when Brown fell off a ladder and shattered her leg. The doctor told her she was facing a long recuperation, but she had different plans. “I told him, ‘You’ve got to realize I have to be strong enough to push down the clutch on my tractor by mid-March.’” Running the orchard also requires a dependable staff. Currently Brown employs 30 full-time workers, but the number swells to about 100 during the harvest season. And when people start working at The Apple Works, they typically don’t want to leave. Take, for example, Janice Sallee, manager of the retail barn, who has been here for 20 years. “This is one of the best places I’ve ever worked,” she says. “Sarah works harder than anybody, and when you’ve got someone working this hard right next to you, you don’t want to go anywhere. She’s such an inspiration to me.” Five of Sallee’s sons have worked at the orchard, too. She says now they’ve grown into hardworking young men, and she gives the credit to Brown. But another




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those familiar faces and the appreciation we get from them really means a lot. I feel more of a connection here than anyplace else I could be employed.” It all stems from here Over the years the Browns have added many events and activities they couldn’t have envisioned when they began: a petting farm, a super slide and a straw mountain, which are all free. Other possibilities are pony rides and train rides through the orchard. Their greenhouse opens in April, and the Saturday before Mother’s Day they host a mother-daughter lunch. They hold a Scottish Highlander festival in September and put on occasional farm-tofork dinners in the barn. There’s also a gift shop that Brown stocks with unusual gifts and décor items along with the jams and sauces you might expect. “We’re on the edge of Brown County,” Brown says, “so it’s sort of an introduction to the Brown County world of art. We try to get unique things.” During the summer they also sell blackberries, asparagus, tomatoes, cucumbers,

Asian pears and sweet cherries grown on the farm and supplement with other seasonal vegetables, such as peaches and green beans, grown by their neighbors. They host weddings (except for the two busiest months of September and October) in a wooded venue; there, the bride and groom cross a bridge to say their vows, then return for the reception in a wellequipped shelter house. Although The Apple Works offers a “you-pick” pumpkin patch, it doesn’t allow visitors to pick their own apples in the way some similar operations do. “We’re apple snobs,” Brown says. “We want to pick the apples at the peak of their flavor, and with 70 varieties of apples, we don’t want people to go to a tree that isn’t ready at that time.” But they delight in having visitors taste perfectly ripe apples in the same way wineries offer tastings of their wines. Very often customers are astounded to learn the flavor differences and complexities when they enjoy their samples. One of the people who comes every year is Linda Allman, who drives from


Columbus. She cherishes a picture of her grandson — then a baby and now 19 — sitting among the pumpkins here. “I love it because it’s family-oriented and there’s something for everyone,” she said. “We always look forward to going. The people are so nice and friendly, and the drive is beautiful. I know some people who got married there, and they said it was the perfect wedding.” Allman buys enough Honeycrisp apples to make pies all winter, but her favorite treat is having a caramel apple for dessert after a Sunday visit to the farm. The Browns’ two daughters love their parents’ orchard, but their passions have taken Alison to Vermont to be a charter school consultant, and Maggie to California, where she is a biochemist. But Brown’s forebears had an interest in growing things. Her grandmother came from a large commercial orchard in Ohio, and a favorite aunt raised fruit and roses. “I’ve always felt that I’m on a mission to complete something that had already been started along the way,” she says. “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

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Creation Station Greenwood Public Library provides a space for makers By JON SHOULDERS // Photography by JANA JONES


Ever wanted to start your own craft project, but lacked the resources and space to do so? Have a great podcast or YouTube series idea but don’t want to shell out the cash just yet for the equipment you’ll need to get it off the ground? Well, take a trip to the Greenwood Public Library because your time has come. In early March, the GPL officially opened The Studio, composed of two maker spaces dedicated to group or individual creative projects of almost any conceivable sort. “It’s basically a space for self-guided making for the community,” says Emily Ellis, GPL assistant director. “We really want to encourage people to get handson with different materials and resources and take a journey on their own. We’re going to help them connect with resources and get them started, but it’s



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really about experiencing things yourself.” Inside The Studio you’ll find two areas, one of which is devoted to an audiovisual lab teeming with equipment for just about any A/V project: We’re talking microphones and a sound mixer for podcasting or musical recordings to photo editing to green-screen filming for YouTubers. The library recently even purchased a few accessories to help enhance visual content including a Socialite LED Ring, that is, a round, mountable light for improving social media photo and YouTube video quality. “We’ve had people come and do interviews on video on the green screen for a class project,” says GPL Director Cheryl Dobbs. “We also have a very small photo booth for people who might sell their creations on Etsy or eBay and want to take a really sharp professional photo, so they can level up their work and use good equipment that they might not buy at home.” The Studio’s second space allows artistry to roam free; patrons can simply use it for their own projects or choose from more than 20 do-it-yourself kits ranging from painting, leather crafting and jewelry making to STEM-related activities, including a Circuit Scribe kit and an Ozobot kit that allow youngsters to code and create toy robots. Finish that long-languishing DIY project by making use of the space’s computers, analog-to-digital converter, sewing machine, loom, iPad, camera, photo scanner and more. “It’s a nice combination of different kinds of resources, and then it also has community equipment with the idea that if someone can’t necessarily invest in equipment themselves, or if there’s something that they’d like to use once and might not need again, they have access to it here,” Dobbs says. In March, Greenwood resident Amber Core completed a project to honor her grandfather, who served in World War II, thanks to a button-making kit available at The Studio. Core volunteers with Indy Honor Flight, a nonprofit that transports World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans from Indiana to Washing-

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ton, D.C., to see their monuments, and after her grandpa passed away she decided to make buttons with his image for her family. “I wanted to be able to wear a button of him, so I printed pictures and then used the library’s button maker to finish because I don’t have one,” says Core, who took her grandpa on the Indy Honor Flight back in 2014. “Now I have a way to represent my grandpa that other people can see. When I was there, I also learned about mosaic making, and my son learned about camera and green-screen technology.” Dobbs says the idea of a creativity space for patrons of any age began about six years ago, when library leaders considered building a video studio to assist teams entering GPL’s annual Teen Film Festival. The staff began researching existing library studios throughout Indiana and Ohio and realized a more comprehensive area for all manner of creative endeavors would be beneficial for youngsters, students and adults alike. “We’ve seen this kind of thing growing, and it’s different for every library,” Dobbs says. “We’ve seen large inner-city libraries that have an entire floor dedicated to this

kind of space, and we’ve seen other libraries like ours where they have a room or a space that they’ve been able to carve out for making and creating.” Aaron Garner, co-founder and CEO of Greenwood-based digital marketing agency Tetra Prime Consulting, recently shot video content in The Studio’s audiovisual space. He sees the potential for local organizations to grow their brand by making use of GPL’s resources. “There are a lot of small businesses and nonprofits that deserve to get their message out, but they don’t have full-scale marketing teams that have all the costly equipment and capability,” says Garner, whose company represents mental health care organizations. “It’s a great option to be able to use the resources in the library. They have a few pieces of equipment that I don’t have at home like their LED light

ring, and I plan to go back and experiment with the space again. It’s great to have a central community location that’s convenient for everyone.” Dobbs says The Studio has seen more traffic from individuals, families, schools and small businesses than she anticipated since officially opening the space in March. She foresees the possibility of adding more equipment and art kits based on community response and feedback in the coming months. “Once we’re into it six months or so down the road, I think we’ll be able to examine and see what we want to add or adjust based on what it looks like dayto-day,” she says. “Right now, we’re just trying to pace ourselves and make sure we understand how people are using it and how we can keep it practical and focused on our community.”

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Don’t come here if you’re expecting SeaWorld or a safari park. It’s not that kind of place. No characters in furry costumes will pose with you for a souvenir photo, there won’t be any shows and you won’t be able to buy lunch. In fact, the only amenities are a vending machine, a portable toilet and a tiny gift shop that sells just a few items. A sign at the entrance warns that if you interact with any of the animals, you will be asked to leave. What you will find at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, however, are big cat rescues living peacefully in a forested setting and being looked after by caring keepers. Lions and tigers and pumas and ocelots and servals and panthers and bobcats — oh, my!




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The center, whose slogan is “Giving big cats a second chance,” was established in 1991 by Joe Taft, a cat lover who, as a student at Indiana State University, kept a pet ocelot in his apartment. After graduation, he was living in New Mexico with his pet leopard when he attended an event where two tigers were being mistreated. He reported the situation, but the authorities said they had nowhere to house the animals if they took them away. Taft figured out a way to solve the problem. “The cats that started the rescue were my first encounter with what they call ‘photo-boothers,’ where people bring kittens around for you to hold and bottlefeed for a fee,” he says. “But when they get too big, they become throwaways. There’s no place for them to go.” Taft took responsibility for the cats, arranging surgery to correct the animals’ problems and boarding them at locations in Texas and Ohio while he looked for a permanent home. “I went to a realtor in Terre Haute with two tigers in the back of my truck and a leopard in the cab,” Taft says. “I said, ‘I’m looking for a place with no neighbors.’”


Changing their stripes What started with three cats and 24 acres has since grown to 150 cats and 108 acres. Today the center employees 15 full-time staff members and hires college students to help in the summer. The six keepers all have degrees in zoology, biology or animal behavior, and the center is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A veterinarian comes every Wednesday or in emergencies, and in between he stays in contact with keepers to handle minor problems. Twice a year veterinary dentists who are part of the Peter Emily Veterinary Dental Foundation come to the on-site clinic to take care of extractions, root canals, biopsies or whatever else a cat might need at no cost. The University of Illinois sends anesthesiologists to work with them and charges only for the supplies they use. Other helpers are two dozen or so volunteers, one of whom is Jason Heimbaugh, who is also a member of the board of directors. He first became aware of EFRC when he saw some children selling hot dogs and hamburgers to raise money for the center at his local grocery store. He made his first visit the following Saturday, |

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nine years ago, and now he’s there most weekends. “I fell in love with the cats and the place and realized I needed to start volunteering,” said Heimbaugh, who works for the University of Illinois Police Department and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the pagoda command center. “The university job pays my bills and the speedway is a dream, but my calling is our cats. There’s nothing like the appreciation, respect and sometimes friendship you get from them.” The animal enclosures are close to the paths, so visitors must be accompanied by a guide, even though the cats have become accustomed to people. “Friendly doesn’t mean safe,” says Jean Herrberg, EFRC’s assistant director. “It’s good that some of the cats are peoplefriendly because they don’t become aggressive or get scared, but they’re big and strong and they can kill you when they’re just trying to be friendly.” Herrberg discovered the sanctuary when she came to visit her parents in Bowling Green. At first she stayed away because she was opposed to the idea of people having exotic pets, but when she finally visited and saw how dedicated Taft and his staff were, she started volunteerOvernight accommodations are available at the rescue center.

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ing. Eventually she moved here and joined the staff. “We get the cats nobody else wants, and most of them are mutts that have been bred by individuals or roadside zoos,” she says. “But once a cat comes here or is born from a rescue, this is its home for life. We don’t buy, sell, breed or trade.” A story to tell The cats don’t speak English, but, Herrberg says, each cat has a story to tell; these origin stories aren’t pleasant. There’s the circus guy who kept 10 lions and tigers in cages in a barn; the woman who was threatened by child protective services to get rid of her lion or lose her children; the tattoo artist who kept a tiger in his shop; the apartment dweller who figured out nine months after he adopted a cat that he didn’t have room for it. The list goes on. But the sad narratives have happy



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endings at EFRC. Now the big animals get whatever care they need, whether it’s food, medicine or love. Staff members never go inside the fence with the animals, but they are able to provide fresh straw and water each morning by using two-part enclosures that protect their safety. Herrberg says the cats who want affection know that if they lean against the fence a staff member will come and nuzzle them. The cats receive care in accordance with their needs; for example, Jenny the tiger has a noticeably smaller enclosure with a lower climbing tower and tub. She is recovering from an embolism that paralyzed her hind quarters and has trouble walking and climbing. The cats’ temperaments are also taken into consideration. If they are aggressive, frightened or have other issues, they are housed away from the animals on display. If they come alone and aren’t used to other animals, they stay alone. If they come in a group, they stay together. Males and females are spayed or neutered at the clinic and can be in an enclosure together unless hostilities develop. “The first thing you learn when you come to work here is that the animals are cats first and foremost,” Herrberg said. “That means they do what they want when they want if they want.” The animals, obligate carnivores all, go through 3,500 to 4,000 pounds of meat per day. Nearby farmers donate horses and cows that die, and law enforcement patrolling the nearby roads and highways alerts them when roadkill of deer, squirrels and rabbits is available to be picked up. The center supplements with some 30,000 pounds of frozen chicken every six weeks. Feline fine In the beginning Taft footed the bill, but now that the center is larger, the resources needed to run it come from a variety of sources. “The biggest part of our money comes from visitors walking through the gate,” Herrberg said. But funds also come from foundations, tax-deductible gifts (race car driver Tony Stewart made a new leopard enclosure possible), bequests and a membership program with categories that range from “Lynx” at $150 per year to “Pride” at $10,000. Special events also help out. Evening Roar is an adults-only wine

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and hors d’oeuvre party; Fall Fest hosts kids for a wiener roast and circus-cage rides. At the Pumpkin Party keepers fill pumpkins with meat, and visitors get to watch the cats enjoy them. Another money-maker is the room where adults (no children or pets) can spend the night. It is outfitted much like a hotel room, but what guests won’t find at a hotel are cat enclosures right outside the door so they can enjoy the animals close up throughout their stay. Taft’s home, attached to the clinic, is nearby. When a cat’s life comes to its inevitable end, its cremated remains are reverently stored in a room with other like containers. Then its enclosure is completely redone with new climbing towers and a shiny new water tub for the next occupant. Until that happens, though, these cats are definitely in a good place. “We try and create a situation here where the animals have lives that they can feel are meaningful,” Taft says. EFRC is open every day of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Special rates can be negotiated for groups. Cost to spend the night is $225. Visit exoticfelinerescuecenter.org for more information.



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Parks in Indiana are representative of the Hoosier state’s natural diversity. Composed of 32 properties and managed by Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources, the state parks and reservoirs have more than 2,000 buildings, 700 miles of trails, 636 hotel/lodge rooms, 17 marinas, 75 launching ramps, 17 swimming pools, 15 beaches, 7,701 campsites, more than 200 shelters, 160 playgrounds (give or take) and 150 cabins.

As rich as they are in variety, the state parks are equally rich in history; the system traces its days back to 1916. During the parks movement of the early 20th century, Indianapolis businessman Col. Richard Lieber saw other states around the country forming their own parks systems. “Lots of states and counties even around the country were looking at creating outdoor places for people to enjoy,” says Ginger Murphy, Indiana State Parks deputy director. Lieber led a committee that recommended that Indiana form its own parks. The system was a centennial gift to the state and its people. This gift to Hoosiers kept on growing and giving; during the 2017-18 fiscal year, the properties drew more than 16.7 million visitors. Properties are overseen by either managers or interpretive naturalists — people who, Murphy says, “are telling the stories of our parks and the meanings behind the structures and the natural re-

sources and helping people understand the value of them.” The parks, which include prairies, cliffs, trails and picnic spots, inns and watch towers, and consistently unexpected delights, offer visitors a chance to escape the everyday, she says. “It’s the opportunity to put aside the stress or the work of the day and to just relax and listen and walk and be a part of the natural world,” Murphy says. “It’s going to surprise you every time if you’re willing to let it.” Of course, we recommend you visit all 32 properties. You can find information at in.gov/dnr/parklake. But if you have to pick, here are suggestions for each season. Summer Can’t Miss: Bloomington’s Monroe Lake is the place to be if you want to be near water as the temperatures soar. But did you know these blissful waters are home to a true success

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“This diversity of flora creates an amazing palette of colors that paint these beautiful hills during the fall season.” — Patrick Haulter

story? “Monroe Lake is where bald eagles were reintroduced to the state of Indiana, after an absence of almost 90 years,” says Jill Vance, interpretive naturalist for Monroe Lake. “In addition to the roughly 12 nesting pairs we see at the lake each spring, eagles can now be found nesting successfully throughout the state.” Off-the-beaten path: Just over an hour’s drive from Indy’s north side, Mississinewa Lake is an 11,000-acre park with a 3,200-acre lake. Mississinewa Lake has the only state-operated seasonal campground, where campers may stay on their site from May 1 through Oct. 31; it’s also one of the state’s five largest campgrounds, according to property manager Larry Brown. Stay here and you’ll be sharing space with another important resident. “Many people think of Monroe when looking for resident eagle populations at DNR-managed properties in Indiana,” Brown says. “And they were the first. However, Mississinewa also has a growing resident population here. It is not uncommon to see eagles year-round. During the eagle migration in January and February, we typically have the largest population in the state here.”   Fall Can’t Miss: Brown County State Park’s 16,000 acres are well-known in the region for their brilliant fall foliage. The display has drawn visitors for decades, even before the area was designated a park in 1929, Patrick Haulter, the site’s interpretive naturalist, says. “This diversity of flora creates an amazing palette of colors that paint these beautiful hills during the fall season,” he Brown County State Park 84


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says. The glaciers ended their travels just north of Brown County, creating vistas in the area. “These vistas overlook miles of forested land, which makes those fall views even more spectacular and has given us the nickname ‘the Li’l Smokies,’” Haulter says. Off-the-beaten path: Jasonville’s Shakamak State Park has three man-made lakes, providing 400 acres of water for fishing and boating, while a family aquatic center provides swimming fun. And because approximately two-thirds of the campsites are in a wooded area, visitors will find gorgeous autumn foliage. “Its features keep people coming back year after year,” says property manager Robert Hogg. “People come from all over to swim in the pool, fish in the lakes or stay in a family cabin.”

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Ten thousand years ago, the land that’s now Pokagon State Park was shaped by melting glaciers that left behind kettle lakes and rolling hills; Potawatomi tribes later used the land for hunting, fishing and farming the rich soil. This Angola park became Indiana’s fifth state park in 1925, when the residents of Steuben County gave the land to the state as a Christmas gift, says Pokagon’s interpretive naturalist, Nicky Ball. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 556, worked in the park to build roads, trails and beaches, planting hundreds of trees and building


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structures that still stand today. “When families visit Pokagon today, they can feel like they are stepping back in time,” Ball says. Come winter, visitors thrill at the park’s cross-country skiing and sledding opportunities, as well as the ice fishing and a twin-track toboggan run.

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Off-the-beaten path: “Potato Creek is loads of fun in winter,” says Barbara Tibbets, the North Liberty park’s interpretive naturalist. In addition to a nature center that’s open year-round and well-stocked with loaner snowshoes, the park offers a 1st Day Hike on Jan. 1. After the park’s Worster Lake freezes in winter, ice fishing becomes a popular pastime. Plus, wintertime snows at Potato Creek offer visitors a chance to look for the tracks of resident wildlife. “Last winter we found bobcat, coyote, fox, raccoon, opossum and mouse tracks, all on a single onehour hike,” Tibbets says. “A drive through the park in winter frequently provides a glimpse of deer or barred owls. The road is nearly six miles long” Spring Can’t miss: “The Indiana Dunes State Park’s beautiful, 3-mile beach along the shore of Lake Michigan may be its most popular resource, but there is much more to do and see,” says the park’s interpretive natu-

ralist Marie Laudeman. Visitors head to the Chesterton park, which was recently named a national park, for the more than 16 miles of hiking trails. “It’s a special combination of diverse plant and animal communities all along the varied shoreline of giant wandering dunes, fore dunes, pine-covered ridges, blowouts, marshes, swamps, bogs, forests and oak savannas, ranking the Indiana Dunes more diverse than the state of Hawaii,” Laudeman says. Here, you’ll find endangered orchids and have a chance to see more than 350 species of birds.

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Off-the-beaten path: Charlestown State Park offers a fun twist: It contains Rose Island, an amusement park on the Ohio River, which was a regional attraction in the 1920s, says property manager Lucas Green. “The park also sits on land that was once the Indiana Army Ammunition Plant, which was constructed during World War II to help with powder production for the war effort,” he adds. At almost 5,300 acres, the park is Indiana’s third-largest in size; Charlestown is one of two state parks offering full hookup campsites in its 192-site campground “In spring, our beautiful wildflowers are in bloom, and guided hikes are available with our interpretive naturalist.” The redbud trees along the park’s entrance give visitors a beautiful backdrop during a lunch along the Ohio River.


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Transitions Jonella and Mitch Salyers refresh their Franklin home from the inside out By JON SHOULDERS // photography by Angela JACKSON


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It wasn’t the aesthetics. It wasn’t the yard space. It wasn’t the square footage or the number of bedrooms and bathrooms that attracted Mitch and Jonella Salyers to their Franklin residence back in 2014. Ultimately, it was the home’s sheer potential for improvement and customization. With five children ranging in ages from 9 to 17 — Jonah, Jaynie, Jobey and twins Judah and Josee — the couple knew they were in for a long, laborious road of remodeling and restoring, but looked forward to the challenge knowing they could customize the home to meet family needs without sacrificing its inherent charms.



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“When we first looked at it, we almost immediately passed on it,” Mitch recalls. “It had been neglected over the years. But we came back later with our contractor, and after we all talked we knew we could make it into something special. And since we were living in Center Grove and working in Franklin, we liked the idea of not having to do that drive every day.” The home’s original 1968 construction — by Indianapolis builder John Kleinops —combines Tudor, Gothic revival and transitional elements, all of which Jonella and Mitch endeavored to retain while modernizing a few spaces. For the interior, that meant relocating the kitchen and converting the original family room into a den on the main level. “With five kids, we knew we had to have a different arrangement for the kitchen with more room and a big island,” Jonella says. “The kitchen used to be tucked away in the corner of the house with a narrow hallway, so we shifted it over a little and opened it up. We did some other additions like cubbies for each of our kids and little touches like that.” Keeping the character The Salyers got busy with renovations on the second floor as well, including conversion of a balcony off the master bedroom into a bay window area, a 6-foot extension of the central staircase landing area that now includes a washer-dryer set and folding station, and bathroom remodels. In true DIY fashion, Jonella and Mitch undertook all the renovation designs for the four-bedroom, threeand-one-half bathroom home themselves and brought on Phil Standley, of Indianapolis-based Standley Built Custom Homes, to make their vision a reality. “Mitch didn’t want to change the character of the home; he just wanted to update it to fit with his family,” Standley says. “Leaving the staircase

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and the built-ins on the second floor helped with that. The hardest part was probably the kitchen area, where we had to take out weight-bearing walls and compensate with some beams. The house was on the precipice of a real decline, and (the Salyers) took the responsibility of working on it so it would live on for many more years.” An updated metal roof, cedar trim and new front doors help to reinvigorate the exterior, while uniform hardwood flooring throughout the main and upper levels ties together the modern and transitional wood finishes and furnishings indoors. An office room, converted from attic storage space in 1976 by the previous owner, Dr. John Records, sits tucked away on the home’s second level as a haven for quiet pursuits.

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“The material on the office walls was apparently the stuff the designer had picked for the flooring, and John didn’t want it for the flooring but wanted it on the walls,” Mitch says. “I think it looks like the bottom of a ship’s belly, so we created kind of a nautical theme in there.” Outside, too Guests strolling through the spacious backyard might temporarily think they’ve wandered into a decorative park. The backyard now features an abundance of colorful trees, wisteria and shrubbery, all navigable via a stone pathway installed last year. “I’m kind of a tree freak, and I wanted to get creative with it,” Mitch says. Inspired by a trip to Universal Studios theme park’s Dr. Seuss section, the Salyers opted for pompon trees and other whimsical fantasy features.



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“Mitch had a really good vision for the home, and with things like the deck out back and the new bay window area in the upstairs master, you would think it was always like that.” — Phil Standley



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During the landscaping process Mitch spotted a single grapevine sticking out of the ground. It was an unexpected remnant from vines grown by Records, who made wine in the home’s basement and kept a stocked wine cellar for parties and family gatherings. Mitch worked quickly to prolong the vine’s life, constructing a small arbor along the yard’s stone pathway. “Mitch had a really good vision for the home, and with things like the deck out back and the new bay window area in the upstairs master, you would think it was always like that,” Standley says. A tiered fountain provides a bold yet understated focal point in the center of the yard’s dynamic landscaping. “Jonella’s always wanted a fountain, so I said let’s do it,” Mitch says. “She has ovarian cancer — which is in remission thankfully — and the fountain provides a little tranquility and calmness back there for her. She’s always loved listening to water.” Staying power Originally from North Vernon, Jonella and Mitch met during their freshman year of high school in German class, eventually becoming a couple four years later. This April marked the 10year anniversary of Kid City Academy, the preschool they opened in Franklin, which currently has more than 180 children enrolled. After studying at Purdue and working in industrial engineering for several years, Mitch made a career switch into education at age 30, and Jonella, a Hanover College grad, worked at Lilly prior to becoming the full-time director of Kid City Academy seven years ago. Looking back on their five-year renovation journey, and the joy that Franklin has brought to the couple and their kids, one thing is clear: They aren’t going anywhere. “Our kids have access to ride their bikes to downtown Franklin, and there’s the college and stores here so we can do things without traveling,” Jonella says. “We can walk downtown to the Artcraft [Theatre] or the candy store easily. The accessibility that Johnson County provides is perfect for our family of seven. You can be in a small town, but you don’t have to go very far to do things as a family.”

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The mention of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, conjures images of colorfully clad skiers sailing down the mountainsides of the magnificent Rockies. But what happens in Steamboat when the snow melts and summer arrives? Quite a lot, it turns out. “The saying goes, ‘If you come in the winter, you come back every year; if you come in the summer, you never leave,’” says Gary Suiter, Steamboat Springs city manager. “It’s a very different vibe. The summer is very active with tons of events, and it is generally more affordable. We are a family-friendly resort, and many families visit us in both summer and winter.”

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What to do Floating on the Yampa River tops the list for locals and visitors alike because you can splash your way through downtown and stop to eat, shop or visit a park before heading back out. The city has divided the river according to use, leaving a quiet upper stretch for fly-fishing anglers seeking rainbow and brown trout. The 7.5-mile paved Yampa River Core Trail runs alongside the river and ties together the city’s parks and other recreational venues. Walkers and bikers can stop for a rest at several scenic spots that include the Yampa River Botanic Park, a 6-acre sanctuary filled with gardens, ponds and sculpture. If you’re seeking an airborne adventure, see Yampa Valley from the sky in a hot air balloon tour. These 45-minute flights, offered by Wild West Hot Air Balloon Adventures, feature breakfast snacks and a Champagne ceremony. “We are a year-round outdoor playground and a historic resort town where Western heritage meets endless adventure,” says Sarah Konopka, communications manager at the Steamboat Springs Chamber. “Summers are filled with tubing the Yampa and soaking in the hot springs, golfing among the peaks and valleys, and exploring the abundant lakes, rivers and streams that dot the landscape.” The city came into existence because of the hot springs where Ute Indians gathered to bathe and later homesteaders came to socialize. It got its name when trappers passing through heard a natural mineral spring and mistakenly thought it was the chugging sound of a steamboat. All of that being the case, you can’t come here and not take the waters. Because the town grew up around this natural phenomenon, the original Old

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Town Hot Springs is smack in the middle of town. The kids can enjoy the waterslides and climbing wall while you rejuvenate in the springs or take advantage of the fitness center. At Strawberry Hot Springs, in a wilderness about 15 minutes away, soak in pools surrounded by an aspen grove at the edge of the scenic Yampa Valley. Then have a massage or try Watsu aqua therapy. This place is so rustic and tucked away that you’ll want to hike in to save your car; one of the ways to do that is on the scenic Mad Creek Trail, near the Zirkel Wilderness Area, where a network of trails winds

through fields of wildflowers, canyons and fern forests. Along the way take a dip in the creek or climb up into a rustic barn loft for a picnic. Not a hiker? Not to worry — hotel shuttles will happily deliver you to the spa. Ski season is over, but you can still enjoy the mountain. Ride the gondola to the midpoint on Mount Werner and enjoy more hiking, mountain biking, yoga or lunch. At the base of the mountain are Burgess Creek Beach, where children can play in the sand and splash in mini waterfalls while their parents relax, and


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Free summer concerts are held at Historic Howelsen Hill.

Gondola Square, where the whole family can play a round at Maverick Mini Golf or ride the Outlaw Mountain Coaster, the longest in North America. Be sure to take in the Steamboat Pro Rodeo Series, which celebrates the area’s heritage every weekend from June to August. Or if cowboys aren’t your thing, check out the summer schedule at the Strings Music Pavilion, where you’ll find a range of music from classical to rock ’n’ roll. And don’t miss the Steamboat Art Museum, which celebrates the culture of northwest Colorado. Where to eat Despite Steamboat’s population of only 12,000 people, there are 130 eateries here, ranging from international cuisine to coffee shops, high-end restaurants to small cafes. If you choose to start your evening with an adult beverage, check out the Steamboat Whiskey Co., the area’s only distillery, or one of several craft breweries,

including Mountain Tap Brewery and Yampa Valley Brewing Co. A real treat is to sip a margarita on the rooftop deck at Salt & Lime. Downstairs it serves Mexican food with a twist: bison tacos, lamb with roasted poblano peppers, tuna tostadas and a spicy dish called Chorizo Vampiro. “As our community shifts into the summer season, so do our restaurants,” says Rex Brice, owner of this restaurant and six others. “We update most of our menus seasonally, and in the summer we strive to include as many fresh, light, local ingredients as possible. The Laundry, for example, is constantly updating its menus to include only the freshest seasonal ingredients in small-plates dishes, and a refreshing house-created craft cocktail pairs wonderfully well with a summer evening.” Dine beside the Yampa River at Aurum Food & Wine, where you’ll find more seasonal produce and creative American fare,


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such as almond and cauliflower crusted Scottish salmon and oven-roasted ginger and hoisin chicken breast along with shared-plate options and a kids menu. Check out its signature cocktail menu for “Smoke and Fire” and “Bringin’ Spicy Back.” Ore House at the Pine Grove is a steakhouse that takes pride in serving neverfrozen Angus beef, and its history is as tasty as its dishes. Originally a barn when it was homesteaded in 1889, it has also served as the residence of a state senator and a Russian count. Or take the gondola to Hazie’s at the top of the mountain to enjoy an elk loin dinner with an unbeatable view. Where to stay Because Steamboat has so many visitors, lodging is abundant. Options range from

Sake2u located on Yampa Street in downtown Steamboat Springs



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B&Bs, hotels and motels to condos, guest ranches and private homes. Downtown offers Hotel Bristol, which bears the name of the man who built it in 1948, when building materials were once again available after World War II. You won’t be able to miss the Rabbit Ears Motel — also downtown — because you’ll be greeted by a large pink neon sign featuring a smiling rabbit’s face. At one time, the highway department wanted to take the logo down to build a new road, and at another period, locals complained that it was an eyesore. Today, the sign is a kitschy historic landmark. Because you’re in cowboy country anyway, why not stay at a guest ranch? These are all-inclusive, so once you check in you don’t have to worry about added costs. From June to August the Elk River Guest Ranch operates as a dude ranch,

Spring Creek

which means horseback riding, wildlife spotting, hiking, fishing and learning backcountry skills during overnight campouts. The property is secluded but still close to town, and the owners encourage guests to take part in their sustainable lifestyle and eco-friendly practices. The Home Ranch is a Relais & Chateaux property, so you can expect luxury, even though the setting and the program are all about the outdoors. Here are also whitewater rafting, bicycling, rock climbing and yoga in addition to the usual ranch activities. While families come to be together, a group of counselors will keep your children engaged and entertained if you decide to take part in another activity.

Farm-to-table meals provided by chef Jonathan are adventures that feature meat and produce grown right on the property. At the Vista Verde Guest Ranch, also located in the Elk River Valley, you can enjoy many of those activities plus rock climbing, ballooning, swimming, visiting the fitness center, campfires, cooking classes and wine tasting. Horse-related activities include trail rides, family rides and clinics to improve skills, with riders keeping the same horse throughout the entire visit. Secluded cabins here are rustic on the outside but luxurious on the inside, and there are no TVs or telephones, making for a pretty nice way to retire for the night.


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Katie Magruder & Dejan Davis July 14, 2018 // The Sycamore at Mallow Run in Bargersville Katie Magruder was born and raised in Whiteland; she and Dejan Davis met in high school through mutual friends. Dejan’s family had moved around the world before settling in Indiana; they moved to Greenwood when Dejan was in sixth grade. He played basketball and ran track for Whiteland High School and continues to coach track for Whiteland’s team. “We knew of each other through conversation, but we really connected when our friend introduced us,” Katie says. “We have been inseparable ever since.” To celebrate their fifth year together, Dejan planned a surprise trip to Nashville, Tennessee. That weekend, he proposed to Katie at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens. They planned their 150-guest wedding, opting for a timeless, classic aesthetic and a neutral color palette featuring white, cream and pops of blush. “One of the main things that made our wedding stand out was part of Dejan’s cultural background. His mother is from Bosnia, and we wanted to incorporate that part of him into the wedding,” Katie says. “Both of our families and the bridal party did a traditional, Bosnian-style wedding dance during the reception.” Katie and Dejan thought they would be nervous when the big day arrived. Instead, they felt calm and peaceful, yet also excited. “I thought I would be a nervous wreck the entire day, but from the moment I woke up,” Dejan says, “I was just happy and ready to marry the woman I love.” The couple honeymooned in Oahu, Hawaii. photography by Rebecca Shehorn



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Alicia Bennett & Ian Briskey Nov. 3, 2018 // Ceremony: Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis; reception: Indiana Roof Ballroom Bargersville native Ian Briskey met Illinois native Alicia Bennett in 2014, while both were attending Indiana State University. Ian was a junior studying professional aviation, and Alicia was a sophomore studying nursing. Ian proposed during a celebratory dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The couple planned a 1940s fairy tale wedding, incorporating plum and gold colors. The bridesmaids wore plum-colored dresses; the groomsmen wore black suits with plum-colored ties. The groomsmen shared something other than ties: They all have rhythm. A graduate of Center Grove High School, Ian was a member of the school’s drum line. “Interestingly enough, all of his groomsmen were also in the drum line with him,” Alicia says. “Despite them all living in different parts of the country now, they have still remained best friends over all these years, which I think is pretty rare!” As she stood in the hallway of the church, waiting to walk down the aisle, Alicia found she had butterflies in her stomach, just like when she first met her groom. “It was not because I was nervous. It was because I was so excited to start our lives together and finally be husband and wife,” she says. The couple honeymooned in Montego Bay, Jamaica. photography by Daniel Michael



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Leadership Johnson County Wine Event March 1 // The Nest Event Center



1. Caleb Drake, Cindy Grant, Tiffany Ankney, Hannah Abraham 2. Stacie and Mayor Mark Myers 3. Jeannie and Mayor Steve Barnett 4. Dustin and Julie Huddleston 5. Stephanie Wagner and Kevin Findley 6. Shawn and Judi Perkins, Deb and John Spista, Shari and Jon Krutulis, Terry and Nicol Spradlin 7. Carolyn Clow, Jeff and Miche Goben 8. Harry Sherman and Pat Sherman 9. LJC Class of 2016 members in attendance 10. Jerry and Kathy Johnson 11. Dave and Tomi Lessaris 12. Robin Betts, Krista Linke, Rhoni Oliver, Shannon Ratzlaff

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Mother’s Day Brunch May 12 // The Garment Factory

1. Kellie McCullough, Emily McCullough, Sindy Mccullough, Adrie McCullough, Chloe Mccullough, Grace Mccullough, Madelyn Mccullough and Reagan Hunter



2. Centerpiece on a table 3. Annmarie Lee 4. Chef Richard Goss 5. Lesa and Carley Harmon 6. Kevin and Suzanne Findley, Chuck and Debbie Sharp, Marthetta Baker, Sharon and Jack Baker 7. Salads on the buffet 8. Jayne Rhoades with grandson Will Deckard 9. Sarah Rogers, Mary Rogers, Bob Rogers, Maya Jessie and Scott Jessie 10. Richard and Andrea Sappenfield with children Anthony, Jared and Jordan Sappenfield 11. Michael Dean and Dane Whitlock, in back, Tanner Dean, Audrey Dean holding Jordyn Dean, Jolinda Whitelock and Tina Dean

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Strawberries on the Square May 24 // Downtown Franklin

1. Ruby Piety, Piper Lyon, Stella Piety and Brooklynn Lyon 2. Jennifer Wilson, Ashley Eads, Stacey Eads and Grayson Eads 3. Johnson County Courthouse


4. The crowd waits in line for strawberry shortcake. 5. Stacey Hogue and Jay Goad 6. Tara Payne and Jane Ho 7. Reed Allen and Courtney Jones 8. Debbie Taber, Larkin Sempsrott, Vesper Sempsrott, Freya Sempsrott and Vienna Sempsrott 9. Roger Acton 10. Jim and Lynette Farless

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Southside Business Directory ASSISTED LIVING



Greenwood Village South

Findley Auction Service

Fletcher Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

295 Village Lane,

Kevin - (317) 919-2033 Wade - (317) 691-2234

3099 N. Morton Street, Franklin, IN 46131

Bruce - (317) 509-7382

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Archer’s Meats & Catering

Mount Pleasant Christian Church

Hillview Country Club

259 S. Meridian Street

381 N. Bluff Road Greenwood, IN 46142

1800 E. King Street

Greenwood, IN 46143 (317) 881-2591 GreenwoodVillageSouth.com

Greenwood, IN 46143 cateringbyarchers.com

(317) 881-6727 mpcc.info



(317) 881-9300

Baxter YMCA 7900 S. Shelby Street Indianapolis, IN 46227 (317) 881-9347 indymca.org

Transformations Salon & Spa 8083A S. Madison Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46227 (317) 882-1773 transformationssalonandspa.com



Vaught Family Eye Care

Indianapolis Zoo

1040 W Jefferson St, Franklin, IN 46131

Indianapolis, IN 46222

(317) 736-7722




Baxter YMCA 7900 S. Shelby Street Indianapolis, IN 46227 (317) 881-9347 indymca.org


1200 W. Washington Street


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(317) 630-2001

Franklin, IN 46131

Steve’s Flowers and Gifts 2900 Fairview Pl.

Tried & True Alehouse 2800 S State Road 135 Greenwood, Indiana 46143 (317) 530-2706

Five Star Dance Studios 8902 St. Peter St. Indianapolis, IN 46227

(317) 736-5555

(317) 881-7762





Choice Dental Centre

AIM Media Indiana

8936 Southpointe Dr,

Franklin, IN 46131

Suite B 6, Indianapolis, IN 46227

30 S. Water Street, Suite A (317) 736-2741 aimmediaindiana.com

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Dave’s Farm Service, LLC

Reis-Nichols Jewelers

50 N. Eisenhower Dr. Edinburgh, IN 46124 812-526-5504 davesfarmservice.com




Cremation Society of Indiana 4115 Shelby St.

789 US 31 North Greenwood, IN 46142 (317) 883-4467 reisnichols.com


Miles Home Furnishings

Greenwood, IN 46142

Indianapolis, IN 46227

7499 Big Bend Road Martinsville, IN 46151


(317) 783-3357

(317) 834-6150






Schafstall & Admire, LLP Attorneys at Law 98 N. Jackson Street Franklin, IN 46131 (317) 736-7146 schafstalladmire.com




Johnson Memorial Health

Hilton Garden Inn South

Dale Hughes Interior Design, Inc.

1125 W. Jefferson Street Franklin, IN 46131

5255 Noggle Way

981 W. Jefferson Street, Franklin, IN 46131

(317) 736-3300 johnsonmemorial.org


Williams Barrett & Wilkowski, LLP 600 N Emerson Ave, Greenwood, IN 46143 (317) 888-1121 www.wbwlawyers.com

Indianapolis, IN 46237


Raymond James 701 E. County Line Rd., Ste. 302 Greenwood, IN 46143

(317) 698-3253

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Approved Mortgage

(317) 888-4814

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A Winterwood Mortgage Group

30 S. Water Street, Suite A Franklin, IN 46131

107 N State Road 135, Ste. 301

(317) 736-2730

Greenwood, IN 46142


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Arni’s Restaurant

Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery

1691 W. Curry Road Greenwood, IN 46143

533 E. County Line Rd. #104 Greenwood, IN 46142

Grace United Methodist Church Preschool


(317) 210-4339







Smythe & Co., Inc. Tanya Smythe

Greenwood Village South

The Willard 99 N. Main Street,

Transformations Salon & Spa

2000 Longest Dr., Franklin

295 Village Lane,

Franklin, IN 46131

8083A S. Madison Avenue

(O) 317-882-7229

Greenwood, IN 46143

(317) 738-9668

Indianapolis, IN 46227



Daily Journal 30 S. Water Street, Suite A Franklin, IN 46131 (317) 736-2700 dailyjournal.net

1300 East Adams Drive Franklin, IN 46131 (317) 736-7961 www.franklingrace.org

(317) 882-1773

(C) 317-412-0968

(317) 881-2591







Greenwood Village South

Indianapolis Sinus Center

Baxter YMCA

Petro’s Culligan of Johnson County

295 Village Lane, Greenwood, IN 46143 (317) 881-2591 GreenwoodVillageSouth.com

701 E. County Line Rd., Ste. 209 Greenwood, IN 46143 (317) 215-0177 indianapolissinuscenter.com


7900 S. Shelby Street Indianapolis, IN 46227 (317) 881-9347 indymca.org

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Calendar of Events

june, july, august, september

Road, Bargersville. Gates open at 6 p.m. Free. Information: mallowrun.com.

22 — Whimsy & Blooms Vintage and Handmade Garden Market will feature 70

vendors selling their antique wares, garden decor, live plants and handmade items. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pleasant View Farm, 5301 E. 200 N., Franklin. Admission: $5. Information: vintagewhimsyhome.com/events.

29 — Freedom Festival. More than 50,000



19 — The Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to the Historic Artcraft Theatre for the first time in three years. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. $28 in advance, $30 day of show, $25 for members. Information: historicartcrafttheatre.org. 22 — Circle City Derby Girls roller derby. Check out two fast-skating and familyfriendly bouts at Perry Park, 451 E. Stop 11 Road, Indianapolis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the first whistle at 6 p.m. All bouts are double-headers. The final bout of the 11th season takes place July 27. $10 in advance, $12 at the door; children under 6 are free. Information: circlecityderbygirls. com

22 — The Doo! Spend the night on the lawn at Mallow Run Winery, 6964 W. Whiteland 118


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people will descend on Craig Park for a celebration of American spirit. Catch the annual parade, as well as 200 booths featuring food, crafts and local businesses, all capped off by a spectacular fireworks exhibition. The free event starts at 9 a.m. at 10 E. Smith Valley Road, Greenwood. Information: greenwood.in.gov.

29 — Crafting for a Cause. Create bird

feeders to attract more feathered friends to your yard at this event, part of an ongoing series hosted by the Johnson County Public Library. It takes place at the White River Branch, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Information: pageafterpage.org.


1 — Stout Stories Book Club. Pop in for a

pint at Mashcraft Brewery, then stay for a discussion of “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger to be hosted by Johnson County Public Library starting at 6:30 p.m. Price: Free, but drinks and food are on you. 1140 N. State Road 135, Greenwood. Information: pageafterpage.org. Registration requested.

3 — Firecracker Festival. Starting at 6

p.m., enjoy free, family-friendly activities capped off by the Norman P. Blankenship Jr. Fireworks Celebration around 10:10 p.m. in downtown Franklin at 70 E. Monroe St. Information: franklin.in.gov.

6-7 — Red, White and Blueberry Festival.

Mallow Run Winery in Bargersville will feature food trucks and live music: Flying Toasters on Saturday, and Cody Ikerd on Sunday. Enjoy fireworks Saturday night, as well as the special release of Blueberry Wine and Blueberry Hard Cider. The winery opens at noon both days for this free event. Information: mallowrun.com.

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8 — Tales for Tails. Bring your child or young family to the White River Branch, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood, to read to a registered Pet Partners pup as part of the Johnson County Public Library’s monthly event. Sign up for a 15-minute session between 6 and 8 p.m. by calling 317-8851330. Recommended for kids who are in kindergarten through fifth grade, or families. Information: pageafterpage.org.

22-23 — Croc Talk: Newport Aquarium Visits the Library. Meet a baby alligator and hear about crocodiles and their relatives at various Johnson County Public Library branches. Visit pageafterpage.org for details.

25-27 — Friends of Johnson County Public Library book sale. Proceeds from this sale

amphitheater at 2432 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis. Information: greenwoodband. com.

at the White River Branch, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood, will benefit library programming, including author visits and reading program giveaways. 4 to 8 p.m. July 25, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27. July 25 requires a membership that can be purchased at the door. Information: pageafterpage.org.

11-21 — Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration. A host of conferences, concerts,

26 — Movie on the Prairie: “Jurassic Park” (1993). The Johnson County Public Li-

11 — The Greater Greenwood Community Band’s annual concert in Garfield Park. The free event starts at 7 p.m. at the

parties and other events include a lineup of celebrities and speakers, including Blackstreet, Brandy, Al B Sure, After 7 and Kid Capri. The Black Expo is again loaded with talent and insight. With youth and family events, large parties, a film festival, conferences, consumer exhibits and business networking opportunities, the IBE is one of the biggest events of the summer. Information: (317) 925-2702 or indianablackexpo.com.

13 — Summer Concert Series at Greenwood Amphitheater in Craig Park.

Many Saturdays throughout the summer feature free live concerts starting at 7 p.m. Tonight’s event features Toy Factory, while The Doo, Flying Toasters, Tastes Like Chicken, The Big 80s and others will take the stage throughout the summer. Check out visitgreenwood.com for more details.

13 — Woomblies Rock Orchestra. Mallow Run Winery opens at 6 p.m. for this free 7 p.m. concert at 6964 W. Whiteland Road, Bargersville. Information: mallowrun.com.

14-20 — Johnson County 4-H and Agricultural Fair. Check out local farm animals,

try your hand at traditional carnival games, and take a cheat day from your diet as you savor the sights, sounds and smells of the fair from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. $5 per car for parking, no individual tickets required for general admission at 250 Fairground St., Franklin. Information: johnsoncountyfair.com.

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brary invites families to bring their blankets and chairs for a movie under the stars at 424 S. Tower St. in Trafalgar. Activities start at 8 p.m., and the movie starts at 8:45 p.m. Information: pageafterpage.org.


1-4 — Gen Con. Since 1968, gamers

have been meeting to play a variety of unique and interesting games, plus the people-watching near the venue at Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol, Indianapolis, can’t be beat. Doors open at 10 a.m. daily. Tickets range from $15 for a day pass on Sunday, through $110 for all four days. Information: gencon.com.

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2 — First Friday at Garfield Park Arts Center. Explore the new exhibition, “Mak-

ing a Mark,” featuring drawing, illustration, cartoon and comic art by local artists, while mingling with artists and patrons from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Aug. 31. Information: gpacarts.org.

2-18 — Indiana State Fair. This year’s

theme is Heroes in the Heartland to recognize Hoosier farmers, first responders, educators, members of the Armed Forces and many others. Tickets are $8 in advance or $13 at the gate at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. Information: indianastatefair.com.

3 — Hops & Vines. Featuring the wares

of several local breweries and wineries in downtown Franklin. There will also be

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Franklin Family Aquatic Center

food vendors, live music and a classic car cruise-in. The beer and wine garden will be open 5 to 10 p.m. The event is free, with a $5 admission to beer and wine tent, $5 per glass, and $1 per sample. Information: discoverdowntownfranklin.com.

7 — Franklin’s annual National Night Out celebration encourages citizens to plan activities in their neighborhoods, getting to know their neighbors, and turning on porch lights to create a more welcoming environment. Conducted in association with the Franklin Police Department, there is also a cookout with hot dogs, vendors in Province Park and a free swim at the Franklin Family Aquatic Center. Location: Province Park in Franklin. Information: (317) 736-3689 or franklinparks.org.

17 — WAMMfest. Featuring local wine, art, music and microbrews and sponsored by the Sertoma Club of Greenwood, the 11th annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Craig Park, 10 E. Smith Valley Road, Greenwood. $15. Information: wammfest.com. 17 — Hairbangers Ball. Break out the hairspray and tight jeans to relive 1980s hard rock at Mallow Run, 6964 W. Whiteland Road, Bargersville, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets and other information available at mallowrun.com. 24 — Greenwood Concert Band Festival. Several bands from around Indiana will

play in the Greenwood Amphitheater at this all-day event at Surina Square Park, 100 Surina Way, Greenwood. Information: greenwoodband.org.

31 — Touch A Truck. Bring the kids ages

2 to 10 to see big vehicles thanks to the Greenwood Fire Department and Greenwood Police Department from 9 a.m. to noon. $2 for Greenwood residents, $3 for non-residents. Information: greenwood. in.gov.

31–Sept. 2 — Mallow Run Winery’s 14th anniversary. Three days of food trucks,

wine and live music from Blue River Band, Mike & Joe, and Stella Luna & The Satellites. Mallow Run opens all three days at noon, and concerts start at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday. 6964 W. Whiteland Road, Bargersville. Information: mallowrun.com.


3 — Doggie Pool Day and Pet Fair. The

Franklin Family Aquatic Center hosts this

“Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!)” 10 a.m. June 18

At the Artcraft Theatre

“Fiddler on the Roof” 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 21 and 22

The Historic Artcraft Theatre’s summer screenings include Tuesday morning kids movies and weekend showings:

“Bullitt” 2 and 7:30 p.m. June 28 and 29




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“Matilda” 10 a.m. June 25

“Cool Runnings” 10 a.m. July 2

third annual event to give dogs some pool time at the end of the summer. Register at the Cultural Arts & Recreation Center before you enter the facility. Information: (317) 736-3689 or franklinparks.org.

7 — Puppy POOLooza. Greenwood’s end-ofsummer pool party is for the pups, after most chemicals have been removed from the pool at Freedom Springs Aquatic Center. Check the website for the instructions and rules for this event taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. Information: greenwood.in.gov/ freedomsprings.

14 — American English: Beatles Tribute Band. Mallow Run continues its concert

series with this crowd-pleaser starting at 7 p.m. Check out mallowrun.com for tickets and other information.

28 — Rock the Clock. Celebrate all things Greenwood with live bands, local beer and wine vendors and food trucks in a blockparty-like atmosphere from 3 to 10 p.m. in downtown Greenwood. Information: greenwood.in.gov.

“Independence Day” 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 5 and 6

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 19 and 20

“The Spongebob Square Pants Movie,” 10 a.m. July 9

“Kung Fu Panda” 10 a.m. July 23

“Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair,” 1:30 p.m. July 11 (free for seniors over 55 as part of the Swartz Senior Series), and 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 12 and 13 “Ferngully: The Last Rainforest,” 10 a.m. July 16

“This Is Spinal Tap” 2 and 7:30 p.m. July 26 and 27 “The Looney, Looney, Looney, Bugs Bunny Movie” 10 a.m. July 30

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ongoing summer activities Various exhibits, including Pick, Peel, Preserve: Canning in Johnson County. Visit the Johnson County Museum of History, 135 N. Main St., Franklin, to learn about the local history of factory canning. Free. Museum hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: co.johnson.in.us/jcmuseum. Johnson County Public Library programs and events. Check out pageafterpage.org for information on library-sponsored classes and events, many free. The library also rents museum passes for cultural destinations around central Indiana. Through June 29 — “Blue: A Color Exhibition” and “A Walk in the Park: Angela DeChamp Solo Exhibit.” These will be on display at the Garfield Park Arts Center, 2505 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis. Information: (317) 327-7275 or garfieldgardensconservatory.org. Through July 7 — Hot Time Summertime. The south side’s only dinner theater, Stage to Screen Studios, 350 S. Madison Ave., Greenwood, presents the sounds of a summertime road trip or pool party. Show times are Thursdays through Sundays, with a final performance on July 7. Information: stagetoscreenstudios.com. Through Aug. 1 — Ray Skillman Summer Concert Series. Back for the 11th year, free concerts every Thursday night this summer from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Park Mall by the outdoor fountain on the mall’s north side. June 20: Big 80s June 27: Mixtape July 11: Bigg Country July 18: My Yellow Rickshaw July 25: The Woomblies Aug. 1: Give Back Night – Supporting Our Communities featuring Tastes Like Chicken Information: shopgreenwoodparkmall.com.

Through Aug. 4 — “A Sense of Beauty.” Featuring installations of contemporary and customary Native American artworks that the Eiteljorg Museum has collected over the past 30 years that have rarely or never been on display. Exhibit is available during regular museum hours at 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. $15 adults, $12 seniors, $8 children, children under 4 are free. Information: eiteljorg.org. Through Aug. 31 — Indianapolis Indians. The second-oldest minor league baseball franchise plays at Victory Field at 501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis. There will be several Wednesday day games, plus Friday fireworks and theme nights. Tickets are typically $9 to $25 for adults. Information: (317) 269-2542 or indyindians.com. Through Sept. 2 — Franklin Family Aquatic Center. Next to the Franklin Cultural Arts & Recreation Center at the corner of South Street and Branigin Boulevard. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 11; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 17 to 18, 24 to 25, and Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. The facility features an Olympic-sized swimming pool with diving well, a 190-foot water slide, a heated zero-depth pool, water basketball, concessions, and sun decks, along with special events throughout the summer. $5 adults, $4 children, military and seniors, $2 infants and $2 twilight admission (two hours before pool closes). Information: (317) 736-3689 or franklinparks.org. Through Sept. 2 — Freedom Springs Aquatic Park. Tube slides, a play zone for kids, a lap pool, lazy river, slides, cabanas and more, plus special events through the summer. 850 W. Stop 18 Road, Greenwood. 11 a.m. to

8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Open until 9 p.m. for Thrilling Thursdays. $8 Greenwood resident adults; $10 non -resident adults; $6 Greenwood resident children, seniors and military (with ID); $8 non-resident senior and children; under 2 free. Information: greenwood.in.gov/freedomsprings. Through Sept. 7 — Franklin Farmers Market. Held in the parking lot two blocks west of the courthouse every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Purchase fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts, and much more from a host of local vendors. Information: (317) 3461258 or discoverdowntownfranklin. com. Through Sept. 8 — Indiana Fever. Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, hosts WNBA players for the team’s 20th season. $13 to $70. Information: fever.wnba. com. Through Sept. 28 — Greenwood Farmers Market. Located at 525 N. Madison Ave. in Greenwood; connect with local producers every Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. All products are clearly labeled as either local or Indiana grown. Information: On Facebook at Greenwood Farmers Market.


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A Look Back

A team of their own The Hill’s Camp baseball team in 1923. Hill’s Camp was located on Sugar Creek near Amity. The land was originally part of Ed Hill’s farm. The area was popular for picnics and organization cookouts and fish fries. The semi-pro baseball team played other semi-pro teams in the area. They competed against several men who had played or would play in Major League Baseball.

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