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Fall 2013 | September 21, 2013 Volume 2, Issue 3

Publisher Home News Enterprises Chuck Wells Editorial Editor Kelsey DeClue Copy Editor Katharine Smith Contributing Writers: Sherri Lynn Dugger, Brenda Showalter, Jenni Muncie-Sujan, Amy Norman, Ashley Petry, Barney Quick, Jon Shoulders Art Senior Graphic Artist Amanda Waltz Advertising Design Dondra Brown, Tonya Cassidy, Jenna Clossin, Ben Hill, Josh Meyer, Stephanie Otte Photography: Stacy Able, Carla Clark, Joe Harpring, Andrew Laker, Josh Marshall, Joel Philippsen Image Technicians Bob Kunzman, Matt Quebe Stock images provided by ©Thinkstock

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After the fantastic summer we had, I’m more excited than usual to welcome the change to fall. It’s no secret that this is my favorite time of year. I love the temperatures, the earthy smells in the air, the colors, the clothes and the cuisine. This year is even more special as our family is blessed to enjoy autumn with a new baby girl in tow. We welcomed Evey Mae on Aug. 22. In fact because of her arrival, pulling off this issue took a bit of advance planning and some big help from my professional peers. Our first, Nolan, came at an all-too-imperfect time with our début spring issue in 2012 (hard to believe it was a year and a half ago) when we were still attempting to complete stories, gather information and arrange photos. It was a new publication and I was going to be a new mom, and duty called for the latter a tad earlier than expected. This time around magazine deadlines and my late summer due date afforded me a bit more time to get my professional affairs in order before hunkering down into endless diapers, sleepless nights and breast-feeding schedules again. I get to peruse this issue along with the rest of you while on maternity leave. It’s OK; I’ll swap my usual perk of getting to see the fresh, new issue a few days before the general population for this precious time with my new sweetie. As my family settles into our new schedule, I wish yours a blessed and enjoyable transition from the generally carefree summer to the typically bustling fall. This time of year is exciting for the city as many public events allow residents to usher in the bounty of the season from local farm market festival fun to celebrations of culture, diversity and the arts. As the weather begins to turn, we soak up those numbered days of outdoor enjoyment. From our guide to fall festivities—both local and regional—to our cuisine story on signature soups, we hope this issue eases you into autumn. And oh yes, our profiles on interesting and inspiring community members (up-and-comers Nida and Umar Farooq and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church head pastor Mark Teike and family) and features on children’s dance studios and Mid-Century Modern homes will make for great reads. Enjoy!


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Market Madness

Fall is here, and that means local farm markets will be prepping for hayrides, converting barns into petting zoos, arranging pumpkin patches and readying their best produce for an influx of folks eager to make the most of the fall festival season. Bush’s Farm Market 7301 E. 25th St.

Shop for fresh fruit and vegetables and watch a curious sight in the process. Weekends in October, weather permitting, Bush’s unveils its pumpkin cannon, built by local farmers and used for hours of fun shooting at an old car that the staff wheels into a field. Check it out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. 379-9906.

Hackman’s Farm Market

6040 E. State St. Hackman’s Fall Festival will offer pony rides, straw and corn mazes, a petting zoo, an appearance by the Indiana Pacer Fan Van and a concession stand with proceeds benefiting 4-H and local church groups. Festivities run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6. 376-6345.

Whipker’s Farm Market 5190 S. U.S. 31

Whipker’s annual Pumpkin Festival typically falls on the first weekend in October (although the festivities had not been officially scheduled as of this issue’s print date) and offers hayrides to a pumpkin patch where folks can pick their perfect pumpkin. Kids can enjoy games and a gigantic blow-up pumpkin filled with balloons. The market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 372-4216.

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2013 Ethnic Expo Coordinator This October, downtown Columbus will be temporarily transformed into a bastion of worldwide culture where more than 35,000 people will flock for two days of food, crafts and entertainment from around the globe. Ethnic Expo coordinator Ali Crimmins gave us the inside info on what makes this event special.

What’s going on with this year’s expo? How will it differ from past years? This year’s host country is Trinbago


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(“Trinbago” is a combination of the countries of Trinidad and Tobago). The host country has the first food booth as you enter Ethnic Expo at Second and Washington streets. Another requirement (of the host country) is the host country float, which leads the parade on Saturday. The Trinbago Association of Columbus has been extremely helpful in securing, and even housing, entertainment from their homeland. The camaraderie they exhibit is quite heartwarming. How is the expo organized? The festival is a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers since there is no paid staff. Local not-for-profit groups, sororities, church groups, service clubs and some school groups operate many of the food booths and use the proceeds for their charitable causes. Since the event is notfor-profit and admission is not charged, the

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Tell us a bit about the expo. The festival was founded in 1984 when a committee, spearheaded by former Mayor Robert N. Stewart, was formed to organize a unique Columbus Day celebration for the city. The organizers envisioned this to be more than a parade or a street fair; they wanted to feature the city’s diverse ethnic heritage and to make the celebration a tool for understanding different cultures and customs. The festival now spans two full days with many features and offerings; it has authentic ethnic food booths, cultural exhibits, live performances of international music and dancing, a bazaar of authentic ethnic items, a parade, special entertainment for children, ethnic art and craft demonstrations and even fireworks.

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festival relies on grants and donations from foundations, businesses and individuals to finance its cost. First Financial Bank has been our title sponsor since 2010. Why do you feel the event is important to the city of Columbus? Ethnic Expo becomes more popular each year with the increasing diversity of our city. The festival gives everyone an opportunity to experience so many different cultures in one area. As Amanda Waltz, the designer of last year’s new logo stated, “Ethnic Expo provides a relaxed, peaceful setting for us to taste the food, hear the music and shop the products of the world.”

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Opening ceremony for the Mill Race Marathon takes place at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 28. The marathon and half-marathon start at 8 a.m. The 5K run begins at 9 a.m. Award ceremonies take place at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more race and registration information, visit

Hitting the Ground Running Compiled by Brenda Showalter

Mill Race Marathon organizers are hoping to draw at least 4,000 participants to Columbus The inaugural Mill Race Marathon kicks off in Columbus on Sept. 28, with runners and walkers from around the globe expected to participate. The race will include a full 26.2-mile marathon, 13.1-mile half-marathon and 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run with participants winding through downtown Columbus, passing many of the city’s architectural masterpieces, along the People Trails and a portion of the tarmac at Columbus Municipal Airport. The event is the brainchild of sponsor Cummins Inc. to promote health and fitness. Cummins is joined by MainSource Bank and Columbus Regional Health as key sponsors. The race is sanctioned by USA Track and Field as a Boston Marathon qualifier course. Participants can run, walk or jog the course, which also is structured to accommodate wheelchair participants. Columbus Regional Health will


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sponsor a free Health and Fitness Expo from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at The Commons before the Sept. 28 marathon. A full range of events, including a children’s fun run, will contribute to make it a family-friendly weekend.

Friday, Sept. 27 Carb Day (restaurants serving pasta dinner specials) 4 to 10 p.m. — Activities on Fourth Street between Franklin and Jackson streets, including zip line. 7 to 10 p.m. — Live band on Fourth Street. Saturday, Sept. 28 Finish on Fourth After-Party Starting at 9 a.m. — Coffee and breakfast

items sold at some downtown restaurants. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Kidscommons, 309 Washington St., free admission, sponsored by MainSource Bank. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Activities on Fourth and Washington streets, including zip line, bungee jump, rock-climbing wall, more than 20 food, drink and craft vendors and live music on stage in front of The Commons. 3 p.m. — Break in activities for giveaway of 2013 Ram truck powered by a Cummins turbo diesel engine to a finisher in the marathon or half-marathon on stage in front of The Commons. PRICES: Entry to event and to hear music: free. Food and drinks can be purchased. Zip line, $5; rock-climbing wall, $3; bungee jump, $3.


for Fun A Kids Fun Run will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at Mill Race Park for youths from about age 4 to 12. Children will run anywhere from a half-kilometer (.31 mile) to 2 kilometers (1.24 miles), depending on their age division. Middle and high school students are being encouraged to take part in the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) event Sept. 28. All finishers will receive participation medals. Last-minute registration can be completed Sept. 26 and 27 at the Health & Fitness Expo at The Commons.

Where to watch the runners Up to 4,000 runners and walkers will be on the streets of Columbus on Sept. 28 focused on getting to the Mill Race Marathon finish line. But what about those who just want to watch, get a glimpse of a friend or family member or take some really cool photos? Organizers have provided some suggested good spots:

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The start area on Brown Street just north of Fifth Street. The finish area on Jackson Street near Fifth Street. Downtown along Third Street. Fifth and Franklin streets. Corner of Marr Road and Indiana Avenue near Columbus East High School. Richards Elementary School at 3311 Fairlawn Drive. IUPUC at 4601 Central Ave. Donner Park at 22nd and Sycamore streets. Washington and Jackson streets as runners head to the finish line in front of the Cummins Corporate Office Building.

Participants also will be passing many of the city’s architectural gems, providing picturesque scenes for the runners and great backdrops for photographers. To be on hand for the start of the race, look for marathon and half-marathon runners to take off at 8 a.m. Participants in the 5K will start at 9 a.m. For those who want to see the winners in each of the races, here are the approximate times for the top runners:

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“The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean” By philip caputo

This journal of travel, history and philosophy starts with Fred, his truck, Ethel, his airstream, his wife and dogs. In 2011, with Congress in a deadlock over pretty much everything, Philip Caputo decides to travel from Milestone 0 in Key West, Fla. to the farthest point the road goes in Alaska. Standing on a wind-scoured island off the Alaskan coast, Caputo marveled that its Inupiat Eskimo schoolchildren pledge allegiance to the same flag as the children of Cuban immigrants in Key West, 6,000 miles away. And a question began to take shape: How does the United States, peopled by every race on earth, remain united? He drove from the southern-most point to northern-most point reachable by road. In the process Caputo asks different people what it is that bind us together as a nation. This book is part travel memoir and part philosophical treatise.

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In Style Coffee lovers aren’t typically fair-weather friends of the drink. If you fancy the roasted goodness of those dark beans, then chances are you love it year-round, no matter the temperature outside. However there’s something about the cooling weather that makes a steaming cup of java even more enjoyable. Whether percolated or pressed, served with milk and sugar, black or over ice, here’s to coffee, the unique gadgets that make enjoying it possible and, of course, the décor that makes it a part of our homes.

1. Bodum Chambord coffee press, $39.99, available at Target and Walmart

2. Hand-carved coffee scoops, $8, from Columbus Area Visitors Center






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In Style 3. Espresso -infused all-natural balsamic vinegar, $15, from A Thyme for All Seasonings

4. Hand-woven “mug rugs,” by artist Chris Gustin, $3.50 from Columbus Area Visitors Center

5. Primula aluminum stovetop espresso maker, three-cup capacity, $11.99, available at Target

6. Timeless Treasures wooden frame ($6.25) and interchangeable clay pieces ($1.75$2.50 each), from Columbus Area Visitors Center

7. Miller House mug, $13 from Baker’s Fine Gifts

8. Storage canister with seal top, $27 from Baker’s Fine Gifts

9. Mr. Coffee automatic grinder, $38.99, available at Target






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Tomato fennel at Bistro 310


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Soup’s on

Downtown restaurants put stock in customers’ favorites

Compiled by Barney Quick Photos by Joel Philippsen The chef stands before the cutting board piled high with aromatic vegetables. His roux and stock are at the ready. This is the moment of decision: to go with what’s comfortable and formulaic, or make an artistic statement? It would be easy to turn out a credible soup that customers would find passable, but the chef takes pride in the name over the restaurant door he walks through every day. This is the time to think in terms of wide-open possibilities, of fixing an identity in patrons’ minds. Posing the question, “What is your signature soup?” to the chefs of various locally owned eateries yields some tantalizing answers. Those responses reveal much about the creative minds that are drawn to Columbus kitchens to execute their culinary visions.

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A soup by any other name ... Soups by Design, on Friendship Alley in the heart of downtown, is a favorite of both the lunch crowd and those taking some comfort food home for supper. The restaurant offers a daily variety of at least 12 soups. A combo meal comes with homemade bread and a chocolate chip cookie—the essentials of comfort food. Owner Wayne Blackerby says buffalo chicken is the one that customers most readily associate with the Soups by Design brand. He also owns the Hangar 5 restaurant at Columbus Municipal Airport. “Actually, it was a recipe of one of my Hangar managers. It’s basically L.S. Ayres chicken velvet soup with a kick.” It involves a mirepoix (celery, carrots and onions), a roux, chicken stock, chicken and Frank’s Hot Sauce. The chicken is roasted and diced. “The sodium levels in our soups are low, because we don’t add salt,” he explains. “There is some in our chicken base, but it’s less than any canned soup.”

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Wayne Blackerby holds a bowl of turkey chili at Soups by Design

Edible Experiences

Chili at Zaharakos

Don’t mess with a classic The terms “venerable institution” and “tour-

“It’s a very hearty soup, but not spicy,”

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says Streeval, noting that that was a con-

as “restaurant.” The marble, onyx and mahogany

scious decision. “We start out by sautéing the

interior, the soda fountain, and the sandwich

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of its charm that immediately come to mind.

subsequently introduced. Streeval observes

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cream and diced onions.

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Tomato fennel at Bistro 310

A delectable combination

Bistro 310 has been a constant on the downtown dining scene for nearly a decade. There are several menu items that patrons readily associate with the Bistro. Among these is its tomato fennel soup. Chef Eric Brown says that “the freshness of it” is what sells it. “It’s complex and sweet, with a tang from the canned tomatoes.” According to Brown, the first step is to “saute your aromatics [mirepoix, plus shallots and chopped fennel bulb] until they’re soft.” That’s as

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far as you want to go: “Don’t put any color on them.” Then he crushes the tomatoes, adds them, blends all the ingredients and simmers to the proper consistency. At the end, he folds in the chopped fresh fennel fronds.

French onion at Smith’s Row

Can’t beat tradition Smith’s Row has been one of the anchors of the east end of the Fourth Street dining corridor since 1998, and that’s how long it has been using the same recipe for French onion soup. Lunch manager Molly Humes observes that “young and old seem to like it equally.” She notes that, even though it’s not considered one of the sides that customers can choose to accompany their entrees, those in the know often pay extra to include it in their meal. Day chef Lindsay Villalobos says that the process begins with caramelizing red and Spanish onions. Cognac and red wine are added next, along with beef stock and a little sugar. “We simmer it for hours,” she says, “and top it with a crostini and

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provolone and parmesan.” Kitchen manager John Garrett says that “using merlot as our red wine, and cognac instead of the customary sherry, and our house-made seasoned crostinis is what makes our French onion special.”

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Barney Quick writes for several magazines and websites. His work ranges from agricultural and business journalism to lifestyle features to interviews with musicians and artists, and he maintains a cultural observation blog, “Late in the Day.” He is also a jazz and blues guitarist who plays throughout central Indiana. He is an adjunct lecturer in jazz history at IUPUC and hosts “Stirring Something Up,” a food talk show, on WCSI. A Columbus native, Quick has a bachelor’s degree in English from Wabash College and a master’s in history from Butler University. He does all the cooking for his household and enjoys entertaining guests. He and his wife, Wilma, particularly delight in Sunday brunches on their porch.

Sweet taste, local fusion Washington Street is perhaps the most picturesque of downtown’s thoroughfares. Its shops and professional offices are housed in historic structures where charm has been carefully preserved. From the Aristocrat pear blossoms that festoon both sides of the street in early spring to the holiday lights that line it as the year winds down, it’s a visual joy. Tre Bicchieri, an intimate Italian-cuisine-based restaurant, is situated in the midst of all this quaint allure. It’s a perfect spot for soaking up the essence of downtown, as well as enjoying some expertly crafted dishes. Chef Bill Stetchak says that corn chowder is its signature soup, especially when fresh corn is in season. “Our corn comes from Hackman’s produce farm, which is local, and we roast it first. Along with enhancing its flavor, that burns off any remaining silks.” Other ingredients include red skin potatoes, celery, onion, cream and a simple roux for thickening. Stetchak adds salt, pepper and sugar to taste. “It’s a great fit for summer,” he says, “but also has that level of comfort for fall, so it remains popular pretty much year-round.”

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Comfort Food Morristown’s Kopper Kettle gives the tiny Indiana town a heaping reputation

ith only a couple of gas stations, a local hardware store and a Dollar General, Morristown isn’t known for much. Unless you’re in the mood for home cookin’. Two local restaurants, Bluebird Restaurant and Kopper Kettle Inn Restaurant, have given the small Indiana town a sweet-tasting reputation for miles around. Farmers converge on Bluebird every morning to discuss the weather over bacon, eggs and freshly brewed coffee. Across U.S. 52, on the south side of the thoroughfare, sits Kopper Kettle, where the thick scent of deep-fried chicken and catfish wafts out of the 19th-century structure daily. For 90 years, families from all over the re-

gion have come to eat at Kopper Kettle, which is housed in a Victorian-era home that was originally a grain elevator and later served as an inn for weary travelers. Carefully tended gardens, thick with regional plants and flowers, and furnished patios surround the restaurant outside, where weddings, receptions and other special events are sometimes held. Inside the front parlor, a crackling fireplace and a collection of vintage copper teakettles, along with the restaurant’s hostess, greet guests. The restaurant’s two floors (much of the second floor, where the current owners live, is off-limits, but some rooms are open for guests to peruse) are filled with antiques, both functional and stylish, which were amassed by the restaurant’s original owners during their travels. Thanks to Chinese crests, marble and alabaster statuary, European stained glass and

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mismatched china, the quaint home is an accidental art museum, displaying fine art from all over the world. The décor in the main restaurant is decidedly Victorian, with lace place settings and flowery murals on the walls, while sconces, candelabras and chandeliers set the mood. But it isn’t just the ambience that brings in diners by the dozens. It’s the food. Each meal begins with a warm cup of creamy onion or chicken noodle soup and a basket filled with crackers. Guests then take on course No. 2, homemade 30

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coleslaw or a house salad, which — if you choose wisely — features one of the restaurant’s house-made thousand island or blue cheese dressings, says Danyelle Moore, Kopper Kettle general manager. The rest of the meal is served family-style; shareable bowls of mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, rolls and gravy accompany individual entrée choices, which include filet mignon, catfish or pan-fried chicken, pork loin or frenchfried shrimp, among others. And, for added atmosphere, the food is served by

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aised in southern Indiana, Jim Carpenter developed an early interest in bird-watching, thanks to his visits to his grandparents’ home in the country. There, he fed and learned about birds of all varieties, especially hummingbirds, he says, because they were his grandmother’s favorite. But bird-watching wasn’t something Carpenter thought would ever play out in his later life. Instead, as a young boy he had his sights set on one day becoming a doctor. During his senior year at Indiana University, while pursuing a biology degree, however, Carpenter revisited his early bird-watching hobby by joining the student Audubon Club. At the same time, he found his medical program pursuits cut short. When applying to enter medical school at IU, “they (university officials) decided maybe I wasn’t cut out to be a doctor,” he recalls. “I decided they were probably right.” So Carpenter switched gears and began working toward a master’s degree in horticulture/plant physiology at Purdue University. He thought he might one day become a college professor, though that idea was soon cut short, too. After graduation, Carpenter discovered there weren’t many jobs for professors available. “The good thing about ag(riculture) school is you’re learning to do science for business,” he says. “So I thought I would just go into the business, in a sense. I got a job running a little garden center in Indianapolis.”

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“Nobody knows how to grow their company. You have to learn how to grow your company. It’s truly a lifelong pursuit.” —Jim Carpenter

During his college days, Carpenter had served as a teaching assistant, so “that’s the style I brought to my work,” he recalls. “I was teaching instead of selling.” He eventually began to manage two garden centers, as well as a small produce stand. Two years passed, and Carpenter was again ready for a career change. In 1981, he opened a small 700-square-foot store on the north side of Indianapolis, Wild Birds Unlimited, which specialized in supplies and information to help homeowners attract and feed birds. At the time, the shop was one of only a few of its kind in North America. In 1983, Carpenter married Nancy Roush, and together the pair continued to work toward building the company. 34

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“She (Nancy) worked closely with me for about 10 years,” Carpenter says. “She was an integral part” of growing the business. The couple eventually had two daughters, Rebecca and Casey, and his wife took time off from the business to raise their children. During that time, Carpenter took on a partner, Dick Schinkel, and together they started the francise company Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc. Schinkel helped Carpenter further build the company and develop

franchise stores until 1989, when Carpenter became sole owner of the company. “It was a slow growth,” Carpenter

recalls. “I didn’t charge much as a franchiser. I was very happy to grow slowly, and I was learning how to be a business person, which I had no training for.” In 1992, the 100th Wild Birds store was opened. By 1996, there were 200 stores across the nation. Now Carpenter says there are approximately 285 stores throughout the United States and Canada, with the Wild Birds Unlimited Inc. headquarters based in Carmel. Though the numbers point to success for Carpenter, he says the path hasn’t always been easy. “The thing I learned is that you can’t self-teach,” he says, when it comes to growing your business. “You have to seek out mentors or some kind of learning environment, and I waited way too long to do that. Nobody knows how to grow their company. You have to learn how to grow your company. It’s truly a lifelong pursuit.” Also a lifelong pursuit for Carpenter: helping others better understand and enjoy nature … and better take care of birds. Beyond selling specialized birdhouses, bird feeders and birdseed in his stores, Carpenter contributes to other organizations that educate the community about birds. He also started his own program called “Pathways to Nature,” which provides funding for wildlife viewing and education projects at 24 wildlife refuges, as well as for scholarships for kids to attend Audubon Summer Camps. Through it all, Carpenter hopes people look to his stores to find others with whom they can share their passion. “In our stores, you have someone to talk to about your hobby,” he says. “The customer experience is what we really put a lot of attention to. We want it to be engaging, interesting, educational and fun.”

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Divine intervention

For Debbie and Mark Teike coming to Columbus was the right call

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ark Teike was preaching in Davenport, Iowa, when he got the call to be senior pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus. He had recently gotten three other calls, and he had turned them all down without much thought. After all, he and his wife, Debbie, were happy in Davenport. She loved her job, and their two children loved their schools. They had just purchased a house, and they were in the midst of a complicated adoption process for their third child. Nobody wanted to pull up stakes and move to Columbus — a town they’d never even heard of. But the opportunity nagged at Mark, who sensed that God was telling him to go. One morning, he got up early and

started walking around the city, fasting and praying for guidance. He walked all day, only returning home when the sun had dropped behind the horizon of the Quad Cities. By then, he understood clearly that Columbus was where God wanted him to be. “This big vision I had for ministry in Davenport — it was like the blinds had closed, and for St. Peter’s, it was like the blinds had opened much brighter,” he said. “That was a real affirmation.” The family moved to Columbus in 1992, and Mark has led the 3,500-member church ever since. Now, he says, he’s confident that the family made the right decision. “Columbus is a great place to be, and we love it here,” he said. “I don’t have any desire to be anywhere else.”

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The Call to Ministry Mark and Debbie, now 56 and 55, were high school sweethearts in Decatur, Ill., before attending Southern Illinois University together. Debbie studied social work, and Mark initially studied to be a sports journalist. A lifelong competitive athlete, he had led the sports department at his high school newspaper, and he thought he’d be writing about sports for the rest of his career. But God had other plans. “I was a sophomore in college when the thought came to me to become a pastor,” Mark said. “I tried to get rid of that thought, because I knew I’d have to go four more years to seminary, and I really didn’t want to do that.” Ignoring the nudging to become a pastor, he switched majors a few times, to

business and then to social services. He spoke to only a few people, including Debbie and his pastor back home, about what he thought God wanted him to do. But one day during their senior year, Mark and Debbie were driving to an event in St. Louis, and she asked whether he was still thinking about going to seminary. “I gave her my five reasons why I didn’t want to go, and she said, ‘Well, I don’t think any of those are very good reasons,’” he said. “I couldn’t get out of it, even though I was looking for every reason, which probably says it was a God thing.” Mark and Debbie married soon after graduation in 1979, and then he headed to seminary. When he graduated in 1983, he accepted a position at Trinity Lutheran Church in Davenport, where he stayed

until he came to St. Peter’s. Now, he said, the biggest challenge is developing a more loving and caring culture within the congregation so that no one falls through the cracks. “That’s hard to do in a large church,” Mark said. But his greatest joy is knowing that more church members understand why the church exists — not just to support each other, but also to reflect the love of Jesus in the larger community. “We’re called to do that in the lives of those around us, even those whose lives are messy,” he said. Sometimes we struggle with knowing how to do that. It’s not our responsibility to judge; our calling is to demonstrate the love of Jesus, regardless of the circumstances of others.” Columbus Magazine


Personalities “We still have to walk alongside them and say, ‘I’m going to treat you with love, whether we agree or not. I’m still going to value you as a human being.’” Unlike some Lutheran ministers, who match their sermons to the weekly lectionary readings, Mark has always been a “series” preacher, focusing several consecutive messages on a particular topic. Often it’s a particular chapter or book of the Bible. He recently finished a series focused on “The Story,” a condensed, chronological version of the Bible. The current series, which continues through February, focuses on the Sermon on the Mount. “A disciple is one who seeks to imitate Jesus,” Mark said. “His discipleship plan — his plan for what it means to look like Jesus — is in the Sermon on the Mount.” Often, he generates ideas for his sermon series on study breaks — short retreats a few times a year during which he prays, reads and studies. As an introvert, Mark said, he and his ministry benefit from having that time away from the daily hustle and bustle. “I think his passion is there every time he goes into the church and preaches,” daughter Shanthi said. “I’ve had so many people come up to me and compliment how awesome he is. I think it’s a gift of God for him to be able to do that.”

Mark and Debbie with their dog, Lilly.


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To convey that message, Mark uses the example of Jesus meeting a woman who had been accused of adultery and was in danger of being stoned to death. Jesus said to her accusers, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” “She knew she was valued by Jesus and was safe with him,” Mark said. “That’s a big step — helping people understand how to relate to those who may view the world differently, whether that’s from a spiritual standpoint, a theological standpoint, a lifestyle standpoint or whatever.

A Growing Family When Mark and Debbie moved to Columbus, they already had two children: daughter, Erin, and son, David. They were also working to adopt a third child, and 4-year-old Shanthi soon joined them from India. Now 23, Shanthi said she has few memories of meeting her family at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. She remembers crying for half an hour, unwilling to leave her caregiver behind and journey into the unknown. But soon she was in the back seat of a van headed to Columbus, laughing hysterically as she tossed a stuffed animal around with her new siblings. “It never seemed like she hadn’t always been there,” Erin said. “I’m sure there was a transition period, but I don’t remember it.” Shanthi, who graduated from Michigan State University this year, is back in Columbus, coaching at Victory Gymnastics Academy. David, 27, who graduated from Concordia University with a degree in philoso-


phy, is also back in Columbus, working for Developmental Services Inc. Erin, 29, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work. She lives in Phoenix with her husband, Jamie Holt, a Lutheran minister. Mark ordained him this summer at St. Peter’s. Back to two Becoming empty-nesters has been a hard transition for Mark and Debbie. But while many other longtime couples are separating or divorcing, they say their 34-year marriage is strong. The secret, they said, is having shared values and interests — even though they’re always working to find a balance between his introversion and her extroversion. Their children say their marriage has served as an example for their own lives. “Watching how my dad treats my mom and vice versa, you can see their passion and commitment,” Shanthi said. “I hope someday down the road I can have a marriage like that.” Debbie is also keeping busy with a new venture. After working in social services for more than 30 years, she recently founded her own company. Called The Art of Invitation, the program offers training on how to build, maintain and restore interpersonal relationships within faith communities, social services agencies and similar settings. “When we’re feeling pressured and urgent, the relationships with people get lost,” she said. The name of the venture comes from the concept of being invitational — welcoming others to know and understand you better — rather than being presentational or confrontational. The three-step process includes seeking to understand the other person, sharing of yourself, and finally being able to give and receive care mutually. That includes admitting when you need help. “We put such a high value on self-sufficiency. Nobody wants to look like they’re messy, so I can definitely tell you that the Teikes are messy,” Debbie said. “Sometimes people may look at a pastor and his wife and think they’re the perfect family, but we have things that aren’t perfect, too.” Erin said that same attitude is reflected in her father’s approach to his ministry. “Sometimes when you go to a church, you feel like you have to be perfect and have it all together,” Erin said. “The culture he’s created at St. Peter’s is one where you feel comfortable coming whether you have it together or not.”

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Reasons to smile Dental advancements improve patient outlook

A trip to the dentist doesn’t exactly elicit feelings of excitement or relaxation. However, thanks to advancements in the field, regular wellness checkups —and even some dental emergencies—have become less painful (literally and figuratively) and dare we say, possibly enjoyable. The field of dentistry is making great strides both in increased comfort and decreased time for general and more complex procedures. We asked a few local dental professionals about what’s new and exciting in the field. Here are some advancements that could take a little of the nervous edge away from dental visits—no laughing gas required.


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A metal-free mouth Aside from the dreaded root canal, having a tooth filled or a crown placed used to be one of the more unpleasant reasons for visiting the dentist. After a tooth has been broken or decayed to a certain point that it requires a large filling, dentists often recommend crowns. “If a patient wants any kind of tooth restoration, we can do it with zero metal,” said Dr. Christopher Bartles, owner of Tipton Lakes Family Dentist. And the time and process involved in filling teeth are becoming streamlined, too. Dr. Adam Clock of Tipton Park Dentistry said a newer technology allows the tooth to be scanned, and a computer image is created. The design of the crown is completed within the system and sends the final image to a “mill” that can form that tooth in 20 minutes. Clock said the entire process for a crown appointment is two to three hours. Bartels said that the newer system uses a laser instead of a mold, making the end result much more accurate than in the past because the laser reads so precisely. When molds were used, expansion or contraction of mold material would give opportunity for incorrect results. “All these things are done with the convenience of the patient in mind,” said Dr. Jeff VanDeventer of North Park Dentistry. He appreciates the use of this new technology but says he still likes the more detailed coloring result of teeth created by lab technicians who use layers and various shades of color to obtain the most natural look. Because of the difference in appearance, milled teeth are mostly used in the back of the mouth.

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Safer X-rays Digital X-rays decrease the amount of radiation exposure for patients. In fact, Bartels said, technically patients do not need to wear a lead vest with the X-ray. “But we use them to allow people to be comfortable,” he said. The digital image makes a much better diagnostic X-ray and requires no processing. Now, the image is available immediately on the computer, and the office has no film-processing chemicals. Those pearly whites When whitening first became a popular procedure, Clock said, a power bleaching method was used in the office. Because of high levels of sensitivity to this process, dentists now create custom trays. The bleach can be used at home, reduces the amount of sensitivity and offers a whitening agent that is stronger than over-thecounter bleaching kits. Clock warned that patients be cautious with any kind of whitening toothpaste. In general, it is designed to be grittier, to clean the teeth by abrasion. The more abrasive action removes some of the stains, but he said it can be too aggressive and take off some of the enamel. The concept of whitening toothpaste is faulty because the paste is not in the mouth long enough to have a real effect. “It’s an area I would expect to see an improvement over the next 10 years,” Clock said. 42

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Bartels also uses an ultrasonic cleaner. This tool has a little tip that vibrates and uses water. “It is like power washing the tooth,” he said. The cleaner breaks up tartar and cleans much faster, sometimes being effective enough to allow the patient to avoid the “metal scraper.”

“Today’s dentistry just continues to get better. It’s a great time to be a dentist.” —dr. jeff vandeventer

Easier diagnoses A cavity detector that looks like a pen is a new tool in VanDeventer’s office. “Even if people don’t feel pain, it reassures the patient that something is wrong,” he said. Traditionally decay is detected when it breaks through the tooth. With the new detector tool, the patients hear a beep when a small amount of decay is detected. According to Bartels, who also uses the tool, it scans into the little pits of the teeth to see pinpoint holes of decay. With the sufficient amounts of fluoride in water these days, the enamel of most people’s teeth is quite hard, but decay can begin growing underneath the outer shell of the tooth. VanDeventer touts that improvements within the profession are happening hand-in-hand with a general increase in education and proper selfcare among dental patients. “Today’s dentistry just continues to get better. It’s a great time to be a dentist. It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom,” he said.

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It’s child’s play Dr. Christopher Bartels says a child is old enough to brush his own teeth when he can tie his shoes.


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emember when successfully getting your child in the dental chair involved a process of begging, bribery and bait-andswitch tactics? Trepidation at the thought of that annual checkup intensifies among youngsters, especially for those appointments that can involve lengthy or potentially painful experiences. However, just as advancements in the field of adult dentistry are streamlining experiences, children’s services and amenities are dissolving their fears. “It’s all about tell, show, do,” said Bartels. “Tell the child about it, show them how it works and then conduct the treatment.” In his office, the children’s chairs are equipped with televisions and headphones at each station. “It’s all about making them feel comfortable.”

Children respond well when they visit the dentist the first time as a spectator, according to Clock, who lets a child observe as a parent’s teeth are cleaned. The next step is to let the child sit in the seat for a quick check for signs of decay and a review of brushing habits. Dr. Hayley Pavlov of Columbus Pediatric Dentistry encourages parents to have home discussions with their youngsters about dental care habits and instruction in healthy drinking and eating patterns. Good habits include using fluoride toothpaste as soon as children have teeth, but it is not enough to hand a child a toothbrush. Advocating toothbrush assistance, Pavlov says that many children do not have the ability to brush their teeth thoroughly on their own. The benchmark sign for being able to brush independently is if children can tie their shoes by themselves. Until that point, they don’t have the dexterity necessary to get their teeth completely clean. “A lot of parents don’t realize that children should have their first visit around their first birthday and every six months after,” Pavlov said. One way dentists are accommodating younger patients is by constantly keeping their biological and developmental differences in mind. Bartels says children’s teeth are softer than adult teeth. Because of this difference, an air abrasion tool using sand particles under high-pressure air can be used to remove 15 percent to 20 percent of the small cavities he sees in the office, decreasing the frequency of the need for drilling. The pain you

Dr. Hayley Pavlov works with a young patient. The Republic file photo

feel when you get a filling is from the heat of the drill, so Bartels says the air abrasion process eliminates the need for any numbing. A new addition to Pavlov’s office is a laser machine that also does not require numbing or anesthetics or a drill while completing fillings. “It will make it a lot easier for the kids to tolerate treatment,” she said. Beyond the pain of a routine filling is the trauma associated with emergency dental visits. Pavlov insists that mouth guards be worn any time a sport or activity could bring mouth damage. Not only do the guards protect teeth from being damaged, broken or knocked out, but the guard has been shown to decrease the severity of injuries.


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Farooqs eager to share their families’ customs with Columbus community


ith beaming smiles Umar and Nida Farooq welcome the visitor into their home. The residence is bright and inviting, and a hint of exotic spice mixes with the warm summer breeze. The guest is ushered to a comfortable couch and presented with a homemade mango smoothie and plate of crisp samosas. The Farooqs, however, aren’t hosting a dinner party. They’re not trying to impress a professional colleague or even entertain a close friend. They’re merely showing respect to a stranger whom they’re meeting for the first time and displaying pride for their culture. Umar and Nida serve as the ideal personification of a rising trend in Columbus’ landscape: the increase in residents who, for lack of a better phrase, call themselves cultural hybrids. Generally young professionals, they are referred to as hybrids because they were born and raised in America, but maintain strong ties to their ethnic backgrounds and practices. For example, 26-year-old Umar has never been to his parents’ native India, and although his wife, Nida, 27, has visited family in Pakistan many times, she grew up in Augusta, Ga. The couple’s parents were the first in their families to come to the United States. Both started with little more than a dream and the drive to create something greater for themselves and their children. A dream the Farooqs strive to honor and fulfill every day. “Our parents’ generation showed us what it is to work hard, and we both have big families that instilled the beauty of this country,” Nida said. “If you work hard, the whole world is at your finger tips.” Umar hails from the suburbs of Columbus Magazine



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Chicago. A finance graduate from Indiana University, he is vice president of provider relations for SIHO Insurance Services. Nida graduated from the University of Georgia in psychology. She tutors at Kumon Learning Center and teaches the Sunday school class at the mosque the couple attend. “We were both shocked to see the amount of diversity in Columbus,” Umar said. “And that really makes it a magnet for companies and individuals.” Umar started at SIHO in management training four years ago, and now part of his role involves day travel to hospitals and health systems in Indianapolis and Louisville. He enjoys working for a company founded by the local medical community and the freedom and creativity that the smaller environment provides. “I’m involved in different areas of the business, and I get to participate in different aspects of the company that I never would if I worked for a large corporation,” he said. Umar said he appreciates Columbus’ fast-paced business culture, juxtaposed by the community’s family-oriented focus. “That work-life balance is so important,” he said. “And you’re able to enjoy that in a town like Columbus.” Nida appreciates the overall neighborly feel of the town. “You can actually talk to strangers in Columbus,” she said. “In big cities everyone is stressed, hurrying to get where they’re going, and they don’t care about anyone else. When you walk down the street in Columbus and pass someone, people generally acknowledge your presence.” For now, Nida enjoys keeping busy tutoring at Kumon and volunteering in the community; however, she is considering studying for a master’s degree. “I just love teaching people and helping people,” she said. Her brother (one year her senior) died when the two were in college, and Nida laments that the family never talked much about its unexpected and tragic loss. “It took me a long time to get through my grief,” she said. As she has processed the experience over time, it’s impelled her to pursue an advanced degree in psychology. “At the end of the day, if I could change even one life or help someone, then it would be worth it.” The Farooqs met three years ago through a mutual friend.

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“We didn’t think anything of it because we were both young and there was quite a distance between us,” Nida said. However, they stayed in touch and eventually learned that their extended families had come together when the two were young teens for the wedding of a mutual friend. Once the couple realized that connection, an attractive factor to their parents, their relationship took a more serious turn. “We dated seven months, and then we got married,” Umar said. Cultural traditions upheld within both families provided Umar and Nida with a strong understanding of their heritages. Most of Umar’s extended family also lived within the suburbs of Chicago where he grew up. “Family, food, the language—it was all there among us, and those are the important factors in a person’s culture,” Umar said. Nida’s situation was similar. She


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learned the language—Urdu—and still speaks it sometimes with her parents and regularly with her grandparents, who are still in Pakistan. “My grandfather can speak fluent English, but it’s important for me to speak Urdu with him out of respect,” Nida said. And there are certain perks to being members of this hybrid generation. The cultural differences between their ethnicities are marginal compared to the political tensions that exist between citizens in India and Pakistan. “It’s just not as prevalent in the States,” Umar said. “People came here because they wanted something different.” “Yes, my husband and I have the same mindset and morals,” Nida said. “It is very important to both of us to be a part of the community and give back. In fact it was one of the traits in Umar that was most attractive to me.” In addition to their professional com-

mitments they are helping to chair the 2013 UnCommon Cause, the annual community fundraiser for the arts. This year’s theme is “Bollywood: The Sights and Sounds of India.” “Working with Nida and Umar on UnCommon Cause is a fantastic experience,” said Karen Shrode, executive director of the Columbus Area Arts Council. “Their guidance through the richness and diversity of South Asian culture and traditions has been extremely helpful, and we’ve had a lot of fun along the way,” she said. “We are honored to have them serve as cochairs and cultural ambassadors for our event.” According to the Farooqs, Columbus makes it easy for residents with rich cultural backgrounds to share their stories and resources. “The community is so welcoming, and people are thirsty for knowledge,” Nida said. “So we make it a point to give back and share our culture with those who are interested.”

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In Transition Just as the seasons change, so should your home dĂŠcor

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The experience of a four-season year is one of the perks to Midwest living. We get to see the trees and flowers bud in spring, thrive in summer, transition to deep, passionate hues in fall and end their cycles to reveal snow-covered branches in winter.

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And as the outside surroundings transition from season to season, many homeowners want their homes and interior décor to reflect the changes. However, all the changing can be daunting. What to decorate and how? Where to store such items when they’re not in use? And perhaps most difficult, how to transition the home during spring and fall? Not to worry, whether it is an Easter centerpiece, a grouping of gourds or a winter wreath, local interior designers explain how to bring home the cheer of any season. “Mantels, bookcases and doorways are the easiest and have the most impact” when it comes to making changes, says Linda Callahan of LCO (Linda Callahan Originals) Designs. “Be sure to look at your home’s existing color palette to add in the appropriate color tones,” she advises. Callahan says she transitions her own home by changing several key pieces, such as table linens, duvet covers, textiles and floral arrangements. “A centerpiece and wreaths are the quickest ways to spruce for a changing season.” Vikki Johnson, interior decorator and professional real estate home stager, says lampshades can also make for an easy switch with big impact. Johnson puts lampshades in the same category as throw pillows and towels—the things people want to change seasonally. “If it’s only just one, it brings a lot of joy to people to change out a lampshade, with a surprisingly high impact,” she says. “It’s the day of the lampshade right now.” When Johnson prepares a home for a specific season, she considers the wardrobe of that time of year and our responses to the climate, such as layering in the autumn and winter months.

“Don’t be afraid to lay a smaller area rug and off-center it on a larger area rug,” she says. “Also in artwork, we don’t have to hang artwork. If you want to allow some flexibility, lean it on mantels or shelves, on bathroom ledges. “Don’t be afraid to place a piece of art in front of another piece of art or a mirror. It creates a dimensional look.” Pillar candles can be resurfaced to reflect the spirit of any time of year. “We all love candles,” she says. Johnson also collects items that reflect each season, such as leaves, twigs and acorns for autumn. She sets pillar candles on newspaper and uses a blow-dryer to soften the wax. When the wax is softened, she presses the objects into the wax and has a new decorative pillar candle. Multiple pillar candles can be placed on a platter with other decorative items to create an eye-catching grouping. Within each season, Bruce Pollert of

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Pollert Design Associates tries to find items that reflect the entire season, not only the holiday within that season. High on his list of seasonal tips is that people remember the purpose of the room they are decorating. In public rooms, where company or family gathers frequently, decor should not be changed so drastically that the space cannot be used with the same level of comfort. For example, a large Christmas tree can block conversation paths. In this case, Pollert suggests buying a smaller tree or relocating it, encouraging clients to be open-minded about tree placement. Above all, he says, clutter is the biggest enemy to a tasteful decor. “It takes away from the beauty of the room when there is so much going on,” he says. His rule of thumb is that when decor is added to a room, other items should be removed. By failing to do this, the room will become too cluttered to focus on the special decor.

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Callahan, Johnson and Pollert are all advocates of reusing seasonal decor. Once a few key investments have been made, rotate these items in and out each year, keeping a designated storage area for each season. Callahan says she uses a variety of see-through crates to store her decorations in the garage. “My garage actually looks like Christmas all year-round,” she says. “Hang your wreaths on walls to keep their shape.” Fall to winter to spring to summer, no matter what transition, home decor can move with the season without putting the budget into hibernation. In the end, Callahan advises her customers to always remain true to their personal preferences. “My best advice to clients is ‘be faithful to your own tastes because your style is timeless,’” she explains. “I work with clients to find what appeals to them, and then I push the envelope a little. They get a result of a fresh, edgier version of their style.”

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Mid-Century Modern homes build architectural character into residential landscape Story by Barney Quick Photos by Andrew Laker

Opposite page, top: Louis Joyner’s living room. Bottom: Neal Rothermel and Mandy Moore’s Grandview Lake home. Right: The dining room at Erin Hawkins’ and Chris Morlock’s home. Columbus Magazine


he 1950s and ’60s were the era during which Columbus established its reputation as an architectural showcase. Although much of the activity that accomplished this involved public buildings and internationally known names, an aesthetic lineage for residential design commenced then and has mainly been carried forward by local architects. Examples of their legacy grace several neighborhoods in the city. Local architect Louis Joyner is an active practitioner, as well as an admirer of the pioneers of this lineage. “Postwar America had a sense of entering a modern age,” he says. “Families’ lifestyles were changing. Prior to that period, backyards were for drying laundry and killing chickens. Then patios and swimming pools came along. An easy flow developed between the interior and the exterior.” He cites two figures from the period as instrumental in bringing flat roofs, expanses of glass, an overall angular feel and incorporation of the entire property

to Columbus home design. Architect Dean Taylor was a second-generation member of the management team of Taylor Brothers Construction Co. Talivaldis “Ted” Meijers, one of a wave of Latvian émigrés to settle in Columbus around that time, had a firm called Custom Built Homes. Joyner’s own house on Flat Rock Drive in The Lagoons neighborhood exhibits a number of qualities that characterize the modern sensibility. Custom Built Homes originally built the home for the Thompson family. Subsequent owners, the Franks, expanded and altered the original design, but took their cue from Meijers’ vision. The deck overlooking the north lagoon, for example, was a Frank addition. The current kitchen, with beams and glass throughout, dates from that expansion. The cork floor in the kitchen is a Joyner touch. Large built-in wooden cabinets are characteristic of the outset of the modern era. Joyner has designed and installed a wall of such storage space in the lower level as his “homage to Ted.” Joyner has furnished the home with pieces by several of the most prominent names in interior design from the postwar era. His dining room table and chairs are Edward Wormley designs, as is the sofa in his living area. He also has several Charles Eames chairs and a George Nelson clock.

Open spaces Perhaps the best-preserved example of Taylor’s approach to modern architecture is the house on Franklin Street, owned by

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Chris Morlock and Erin Hawkins. Taylor designed and built it in 1951, and it sports several features of his style. Open spaces defined by functional boundaries have been a major aspect of modern home design. The pickled-oak storage 60

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wall that separates the living room from the kitchen is a striking example of how Taylor employed this tactic. “This is what sold us,” says Hawkins. “It’s my favorite feature.” Hawkins’ sister, Brooke, a design-anddraft member of Joyner’s firm, designed a shelving unit for the kitchen when the couple remodeled it recently. Her design conveys continuity with the storage wall. As is the case with Joyner’s home, Hawkins and Morlock have furnished their house with items that reinforce the 1950s feel of the space. Their dining room table is in the style of Eero Saarinen, with a tulip-style base.

Hawkins’ dining room

Architect Louis Joyner’s interest in mid-century America, and particularly its home-building aesthetic, extends to the prefabricated dwellings of the period. He can direct an observer to several relatively unchanged examples of Foster Gunnison and Lustron Corporation-designed ranch homes around Columbus. “I’m intrigued by their modesty,” he says. Steel was the defining material used in these homes. In fact, the company founded by Foster Gunnison had become a subsidiary of U.S. Steel by the mid1940s. “A metal chimney is a good clue that a house is probably pre-fab,” notes Joyner, “and two slots in it is typical of a Gunnison home.” Lustron houses are identifiable by the porcelain enamel that is baked onto the steel. “Everything except the concrete slab floor was steel,” says Joyner. One detects a bit of wistfulness in his remarks about such houses: “They were pretty technically advanced. Now, no one knows how to build a pre-fab house.” As was the case with the stylish-yet-affordable

Another table is an Eames reproduction. The primary means to enter the back patio, which was dug out of the backyard, is through the lower level of the home. As with the entire home, the patio is defined by strikingly perpendicular confluences of planes and lines. The patio table was “made from a chalkboard from the old Central Middle School,” Hawkins says. “We found the vintage hairpin-style legs in this house.” Dinner guests are often invited to grab a piece of chalk and express themselves on the table’s surface.

chairs, tables, lamps and clocks produced by Charles Eames, George Nelson and Edward Wormley, both the pre-fab houses and the custom-designed structures of the middle of the 20th century were intended to put gracious living within the reach of families starting their postwar lives. Joyner notes a certain irony in the way family sizes and house sizes have subsequently changed. “Those houses averaged about 1,200 square feet,” he says. “Families are smaller now,” but homes are much larger. “They have more stuff and need space to contain it.” Columbus Magazine


Erin Hawkins in her living room.


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Hawkins’ kitchen, left, and shelving unit, below.

There is a story about an abrupt change in direction in Taylor’s architectural approach that is the stuff of legend among Columbus home-design enthusiasts. He had moved his family into the home currently occupied by Hawkins and Morlock when, a bit later in the 1950s, he took a trip to Williamsburg, Va. He returned with the Colonial bug, designed a house in that style next door, and relocated his family there. He still lives there today. Meijers figures into this story as well. He was the builder who Taylor enlisted for the project. The contrast is apparent to the most casual observer. “If you were to put the house

he built next door in the Tidewater (Virginia) area, it would fit perfectly,” says Joyner. “He (Taylor) really sweated the details.” Joyner’s knowledge of where to find the city’s purest examples of mid-century home design is well-honed. He can point to several other dwellings on Franklin Street and Franklin Drive that exhibit the main defining traits of that aesthetic. He also has an eye for the larger context of the city’s growth from the 19th century. In fact, he says that the Franklin thoroughfare is a kind of timeline documenting not only geographic expansion, but evolving thought about architecture as the decades progressed.

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A lesson in history A house on Tulip Drive, on Grandview Lake’s south shore, brings together most of the elements, historical and aesthetic, of the story of modern residential design in the Columbus area. It is currently owned by Neal Rothermel and Mandy Moore, whose principal residence is in Indianapolis, where their company, VMS Biomarketing, is located. To someone unfamiliar with its history, the home could easily pass for a design from the beginning of the movement, and in fact, its core dates to that time. Its current appearance, though, is the quite recent work of Joyner. The original structure went up in 1960, the time of the first wave of development at Grandview. It had a flat roof and sported a lot of glass. The roof developed a leak, however, and the owners at the time replaced it

“We were delighted to discover that we shared that mid-century sensibility with him (Joyner). We gave him carte blanche.” —neal rothermel

with a roof that gave the house the appearance, in Rothermel’s words, of “a Pizza Hut.” Rothermel and Moore began seriously


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considering purchasing it a few years ago. “I loved the cottage itself,” he says. They noticed that the ceiling was at a far less steep angle than the roof and were inspired to return to the original shape. The builder they worked with, Roger Nichter, introduced them to Joyner. “We were delighted to discover that we shared that mid-century sensibility with him (Joyner),” says Rothermel. “We gave him carte blanche.” One change Joyner made was to move the kitchen forward toward the lake. “It gives it more of a boathouse feel,” says Rothermel. Joyner also inserted a row of smaller windows above the existing ones in the living room. “He didn’t just restore that,” Rothermel remarks. “He enhanced it.” One exception to the uniformly flat roof is an added bedroom that juts out from that plane. It is enclosed in glass and affords a striking view of much of the lake and surrounding hills. The major nod to the mid-century lineage is the use of raw concrete panels that cover the outer walls, which impart a neo-Lustron Corporation prefabricated home look. (See the sidebar for more on Lustron.) Thus does the vision, relayed from one Columbus mind to another, find culmination—fittingly, on a lakefront. The flow between inside and outside environments is readily apparent on summer Sunday afternoons as Rothermal, Moore, their offspring and friends move from beach to kitchen and back again. A drive around the greater Columbus area can, in effect, be a history lesson. “Buildings are interesting,” Joyner says, “because they very directly show what’s happening in the culture.”

The Grandview Lake home of Neal Rothermel and Mandy Moore

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Indiana’s fall festival season will soon be under way. Travel the state to enjoy a tour-de-Indiana-fests of sorts. We’ve broken down our festival insights into regional categories to help navigate your parade-peering, people-passing, pumpkin-picking pursuits. compiled By jon shoulders

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A parade, a baking contest and a 5K walk/run/wheelchair race make Seymour’s annual celebration more than your typical Oktoberfest gathering. But make no mistake — there are plenty of German-themed activities at this festival, which began in 1973 to celebrate Jackson County’s prevalent German heritage. Most of downtown Seymour is converted into a veritable German village complete with a biergarten and food and craft vendors. There’s even a bratwurst-eating contest for those feeling both hungry and competitive. “Since I’m not originally from Seymour, I’m amazed at the size of the festival and how many people come from all over the world,” says Kathy Mead, president of the Oktoberfest volunteer committee. “We have a guest book in the information booth, and it’s fun to look through and see where people come from. Many are former Seymourites who return.” When & where: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 3 to 5 in downtown Seymour. Free admission. Free shuttle available from Seymour High School. Information: (812) 523-1414 or


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There’s plenty to do in and around Columbus, too. Hope Heritage Days Hope town square Enjoy homemade food, craft booths, live musical entertainment and a parade. Free admission. Sept. 27 to 29. Visit website for updates on hours of operation and event schedule. Information: (812) 546-4673 or West Side Nut Club Fall Festival Franklin Street, Evansville Paul Harvey once reportedly said Mardi Gras in New Orleans is the only U.S. festival larger than Evansville’s annual fall fest. Enjoy rides, games and more than 120 food booths serving all sorts of festival fare, from elephant ears to corn dogs. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 7 to 12. Free admission. Information: (812) 424-4881 or Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art Broadway and Vine streets, Madison One of Indiana’s premier juried arts and crafts shows with more than 250 artists, kids activity tent and riverfront food fest along the Ohio. Live music from instrumental soloist Bob Culbertson, French crooner Michelet Innocent and others. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29. A shuttle is available from Madison Consolidated High School for $1. Information: (800) 559-2956 or Harvest Homecoming Downtown New Albany New Albany’s fall festival kicks off with a parade on Saturday and offers crafts, food and contests for all ages through the week. This year’s theme: “Harvest of History.” Free admission. Oct. 5 to 13. Information: (812) 944-8572 or

Hope Heritage Days, Sept. 27-29 Hope Town Square. Fireworks, music, food, vendors, car show, pioneer village, as well as the parade around the square. Mill Race Marathon, Sept. 28 A full marathon, a half-marathon, and a 5K. Sanctioned by United States of America Track and Field (USATF) and a certified Boston Marathon qualification course.

Ethnic Expo, Oct. 11-12 A celebration of the diverse ethnic heritage of Columbus. More than 35,000 turn out for the international food and marketplace, with continuous entertainment, a parade, and fireworks. Night of a Thousand Jacks, Oct. 26 Enter a jack-o’-lantern in the contest for most creative and scariest jacks in three age categories. YesFest Film Festival, Nov. 1-3 Festival celebrates the creativity and diversity of independent film with the best documentaries, narrative features and short films. Deja Vu Art and Craft Show, Nov. 16 A gathering of artists who creatively reuse and recycle materials in book arts, fiber, furniture, jewelry, mosaic, woodworking, and more.

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There are things the state of Indiana is certainly known for — basketball, corn and the Indy 500 might come to mind — but Parke County’s covered bridges represent a lesser-known attraction that draws folks from around the region. The county touts itself as the Covered Bridge Capital of the World and claims to have more covered bridges — 31 total — than any other county in the United States. Starting on the second Friday of every October, this unique claim to fame is celebrated properly during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, which centers on the courthouse in Rockville and features food and entertainment for 10 days. In 2005, the festival appeared on Travelocity’s “Local Secrets, Big Finds” list. Cathy Harkrider, executive secretary of festival organizer Parke County Inc., says 1.5 million people typically attend during the event. “It’s a very picturesque setting,” she says, adding that it features hundreds of vendors and offers a wide array of foods and crafts. When & where: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 to 20. Free admission. Headquartered on the courthouse lawn at 116 W. High St. in Rockville. Information: (765) 569-5226 or


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Oktoberfest at German Park 8600 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis All you could expect from a classic Oktoberfest celebration — biergarten, “root bier” tent for kids, rides, pretzels, live music and food. Open at 4 p.m. each day Sept. 5 to 9. Cost: $5 (under 12 free). Information: (317) 888-6940 or Riley Festival Main Street, downtown Greenfield


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With food, crafts, flea market booths, decorated pumpkin shows and more, this festival celebrates the birthday of the “Hoosier poet,” James Whitcomb Riley. Each year one of his poems is selected as the festival theme; 2013’s theme is “The King.” Free admission. A shuttle from the Hancock County Fairgrounds is available for 50 cents. 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6. Information: (317) 462-2141 or


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A taste of the north Fort Wayne’s Johnny Appleseed Festival celebrates the life and achievements of its namesake John Chapman. Bridget Kelly, executive committee member and food booth chairwoman for the annual event, says her fellow festival organizers are systematic in recreating the era of the famous tree planter. “I think the crowds are attracted to our vigilance for period authenticity,” she says. “I have seen some period festivals where vendors are selling Purdue and IU memorabilia. Our crafters are strictly juried, and all of the food and entertainment must be appropriate to the period of John Chapman’s lifetime.” The two-day festival’s historical demonstrations, games, entertainment and food booths beckon to the 19th century, when Chapman roamed Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois planting apple trees as a pioneer nurseryman. When & where: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 21 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22. Free admission. Located at Johnny Appleseed Park, 1500 Coliseum Blvd. East in Fort Wayne. Information: (260) 427-6720 or

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Fort 4 Fitness Fall Festival Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St., Fort Wayne Take part in a series of marathons for all age groups and an expo where local and national exhibitors will provide information on health, wellness and exercise. Free admission to Festival Expo. Sept. 27 and 28. Information: (260) 760-3371 or DeKalb County Free Fall Fair Downtown Auburn and DeKalb County Fairgrounds Featuring a Miss DeKalb pageant, a pet parade, livestock competitions and a midway with rides and concessions. Sept. 23 to 28. Information: (260) 925-1834 or



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Indiana’s caves offer adventure right below your feet Compiled by Jon Shoulders


eady to cool off after a summer full of sun-filled excursions? Explore southern Indiana’s underground scene—literally. One of the state’s lesser-known but nonetheless intriguing features is its cave systems, a few of which are regularly open to the public for tours and offer a firsthand glimpse at some of the country’s largest and oldest natural treasures, formed over thousands of years. Dave Everton, longtime caver and president of the Indiana Speleological Society, says exploration of Indiana’s many caves is a means not only to enjoy a fun day trip, but also to increase appreciation and knowledge of the environment we live in. “The more we understand about the ground below our feet, the more that will hopefully cause us to make wise decisions in how we live and develop land, buildings, et cetera,” he says.

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Marengo Cave Discovered in 1883 by an inquisitive 15-year-old girl named Blanche Hiestand and her younger brother, Orris, Marengo Cave was opened for tours just days later and remains one of the largest caves in the state open to the public. Marengo offers two walking tours including the Crystal Palace tour, which lasts about 40 minutes, and the slightly longer Dripstone Trail, which covers a separate area of the expansive 5-mile cave. Filled with overhanging stalactites, stalagmites and deposits of varying shapes and types, the walking tours are awe-inspiring but quite safe; locals reportedly even used the cave as refuge during a tornado that ripped through the town of Marengo in May 2004. Both all-ages tours are well-lighted, but tour guides also offer a momentary glimpse into the way the cave was discovered over a century ago—by a single candlelight. For a more hands-on tour, try the Underground Experience or the Waterfall Crawl, a


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rather muddy trudge that passes by a waterfall and offers peeks at cave-adapted wildlife to those with a watchful eye. Also check out the Penny Ceiling, which gives new meaning to the term “buried treasure.” It’s a room where visitors can take part in a reverse wishing well ritual, flinging pennies upward to stick on the perpetually muddy ceiling. Every 10 years or so the coins are cleared off the ceiling, cleaned and donated to a charitable cause. Visitors do not need to bring any caving equipment, although Everton says Indiana caves like Marengo usually remain at around 54 degrees with 100 percent humidity year-round, and visitors may find a jacket or sweater necessary. “Also, most cave passages in tourist caves do not require crawling or going through very small spaces,” he adds. “The operator of each cave may have specific suggestions by phoning or on their website.”

Open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Information: (888) 702-2837 or (812) 365-2705. Visit for pricing and a checklist of recommended items to bring. Nearby dining: Located two minutes from the cave site, Van’s Country Table on Indiana 64 offers a home-style menu for post-caving cravings. (812) 365-2645.

Indiana Caverns In February of last year, the Indiana Speleological Society connected a portion of Binkley Cave to the nearby Blowing Hole Cave in Harrison County, forming the 11th-longest cave in the U.S. at approximately 36 miles. A public entrance was created, and Indiana Caverns officially opened June 15. The cave’s tour includes a 25-minute boat ride, panoramic views of Big Bone Mountain and a waterfall that crashes from a height of almost 40 feet onto flowstone formations, totaling one hour and 15 minutes. According to, the cave is one of only 21 locations known on Earth where more than 20 subterranean species dwell, so keep your eyes peeled as the tour progresses. Massive amounts of Ice Age bones from extinct species dating between 15,000 to 20,000 years ago were discovered last year on the cave’s surfaces by a state paleontologist, and the cave awaits similar discoveries as it is examined in further detail, making Indiana Caverns a great spot to continue checking back on for future developments. “It’s still very much an active process, both the cave exploration and the bone discoveries, so we’re excited to see what happens,” says Carol Groves, Indiana Caverns marketing and communications director. In order to bring attention and interest to southern Indiana caves, Groves spearheaded the Indiana Cave Trail, a system whereby first-timers and cave junkies alike can get a trail passport at any of the participating caves—Marengo, Squire Boone, Bluespring and Indiana Caverns—and receive a free T-shirt upon completing visits to all of them. Check out for more information. Groves says that the Cave Trail is an informal link between the caves that she hopes will facilitate continued visits from all ages. “I’ve always been about building partnerships and consensus, and that’s why I approached the others about joining up,” she says. “These caves have a lot of variety, and by doing the Cave Trail, you’ll have different and unique experiences.”

Information: (812) 734-1200. Visit indianacaverns. com for pricing, hours of operation, directions and more. Nearby dining: On your way back to I-64, make a pit stop at Emery’s Ice Cream off East Interstate 62 for ice cream, sundaes, shakes and a wide variety of candies. Get served at the nostalgic bar while sitting on one of the old-school bar stools and … wait for it … it doesn’t charge by the scoop. (812) 736-6939.

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Bluespring Caverns Containing America’s longest underground river and one of Indiana’s largest sinkholes connecting the land above to the caves below, Bluespring Caverns in Bedford has a lot to take in. Bluespring’s one-hour guided tour, taken aboard a 17-person lighted boat, offers those who prefer a slightly more relaxed experience a chance to learn firsthand what thousands of years of natural erosion have created within the cave. Guests can glimpse rare blind cavefish and other forms of wildlife that have never seen the light of day, while checking out the formations that make this cave the 29th longest in the U.S. Above ground is a half-mile walking trail in the Bolton Natural Area circling the park’s massive sinkhole and a visitors center that houses a souvenir shop and the Myst’ry River Gemstone Mine, where guests can prospect for semi-precious gems. Heed this tip: Check for weather updates in the Bedford area and call before hitting the road, as downpours tend to raise the cave river levels, often canceling tours for the day.

Information: (812) 279-9471, Nearby dining: Head to Bedford proper and stop at Grecco’s Pizza, about eight miles north of the cave, for a stromboli or a slice. (812) 279-9791.

Squire Boone Caverns Most people have heard the name Daniel Boone, but it was his brother and fellow pioneer, Squire, who eventually purchased the land in Mauckport surrounding a cave the siblings allegedly discovered while hiding from a band of Native Americans in the late 18th century. Today, guided one-hour tours of Boone’s namesake cave begin and end with a 73-step spiral staircase, taking visitors along a lighted walkway within view of a variety of rock formations, waterfalls, an underground river and an altogether different kind of historic stone—Boone’s final resting place and headstone, which was replaced last year after the marble


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original became cracked over the years due to the cave elements. Tours depart every 30 minutes, are all-ages friendly and do not require equipment of any kind, although a jacket or sweater typically comes in handy. It’s fairly easy to spend an entire day on the Squire Boone grounds, and after emerging from the cave, guests can visit a gristmill, an old-fashioned candy shop, a petting zoo and even a zip line that soars over the local forests and ravines. The Rock Shop sells an assortment of the 200plus tons of minerals that Squire Boone Caverns imports each year to distribute to shops around the country, including Disney World and Universal Studios.

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Did you know? Southern Greene County is home to a curious legend known as the Ice Cave. Located on a private lake property near Owensburg, the cave allegedly contains ice year-round, despite the fact that Indiana caves typically remain in the 50-degree temperature range regardless of the season. Such a phenomenon is theoretically possible, as caves are by definition in perpetual shadow and are naturally insulated by the earth; however, the exact coordinates of the elusive cave remain unconfirmed, and so the legend continues. Check out more information on the Ice Cave at

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eir toes th n o ts en d u st ep ke s io d Local stu From the time we can walk, and occasionally even before, the rhythm gets us. The image of a baby bouncing to the beat of background music suggests that dancing very well may be a part of the human condition. For some of us, as we age, other interests, commitments or dare we speculate, ego, get in the way of our willingness to express ourselves through dance. However, as many Columbus parents can attest, a love of dancing remains alive and well in children, and our community thrives with a variety of businesses providing the opportunity to learn skills ranging from ballet to hip-hop to Irish dancing.

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STUDIO “Any child that learns something well and correctly, that is valuable,” said owner Alma Wiley, “whether that is piano or violin or gymnastics.” Citing results such as self-discipline and improved self-esteem, she believes that a correct ballet education can do nothing less than improve a child’s life. With a major focus on ballet and the concert art form of modern dance, Dancers Studio is a nonprofit organization that brings dance into the lives of children beginning at age 4, including children with special needs. “In becoming a dancer, ballet is the cornerstone,” Wiley emphasized. Because of this strong belief, Dancers Studio reaches out to the community with opportunities to see ballet and scholarships that help fund the dream of dance for students who demonstrate financial need.

With its Dance in Education series, Dancers Studio exposes more than 500 school-age children each year to ballet, by offering a shortened version of “The Nutcracker” during the school day in Bartholomew County schools. “A lot of kids don’t get exposure to dance, so we offer these shortened programs that are very reasonably priced for the schools for a field trip.” The full-length version is offered to the public, used as a showcase for the entire student body of Dancers Studio and brings a chance for those students to perform alongside professional dancers. Each spring, the studio presents a story ballet and plans to perform “Peter and the Wolf ” in 2014. “We are using professional teachers,” Wiley said, “so instead of driving to Louisville, I’m bringing those teachers up here.” All teachers are trained, having danced professionally or having obtained a college degree in dance. Two instructors at Dancers Studio dance with the Louisville Ballet, another is with Dance Kaleidoscope of Indianapolis, and one was an educational outreach teacher for the American Ballet Theatre. “We want everyone to get a correct education in ballet whether or not they are going to go on in advanced degrees with ballet,” Wiley said.


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Dancers Studio Owner: Alma Wiley, founder, executive and artist director Specialties: Ballet and modern dance Location: 211 Washington St. Students: 150 Instructors: 6

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“I think that the biggest thing about our studio that I pride myself on is that we really work to make it a nice bridge between really pushing the kids to get better and keeping it fun,” said owner Mandy Shaff. She believes this allows the dance experience to be a “happy place” where the students do not feel as if they are in competition with each other. Shaff ’s instructors push the students “just to that right spot” where they can get desired results without pushing them too far. “There are some life skills that I really want these kids to learn,” she said. “You have to work for things, but there is a reward if you do work hard.” Shaff says her studio encourages her students to incorporate variety into their dancing. “We try to expose them to different styles of music and different styles of dance, even within the same genre.” Instead of participating in competitions, the studio holds two recitals each year. Christie’s offers training for students ages 4 through 18, but Shaff says that several young adults continue to dance frequently at the studio when they can or take classes when they are home from college. “We try to make each student feel like they improved on something each week,” she said. Christie’s Dance Shaff is a qualified member of Dance Educators Studio of America and trained at Ball State University. Both the ballet teachers at Christie’s Dance Studio danced Owner: Mandy Shaff, professionally with ballet companies. director and instructor The studio provides opportunities for its students to participate in community events in conSpecialties: Tap, jazz, junction with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra ballet and lyrical and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Location: “More than anything, everybody knows every2785 Central Ave. body at our studio,” Shaff said. “Our older kids are trying to be role models for the younger students. Students: 150 Frequently, students arrive early to watch other classes and talk with fellow students. I don’t see petInstructors: 5 tiness. I like the positive environment.”

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Sonya’s Dance Zone Owner: Sonya Denney, director and instructor Specialties: Tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip-hop Location: 3136 N. National Road Students: 300


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DANCE ZONE Sonya Denney believes dance builds self-confidence. She has witnessed a child begin lessons as a quiet and shy 3-year-old and blossom into a confident 12-year-old ballerina. This development of confidence is what Denney sees as a major value of offering dance to children. In her studio, students can choose the intensity of their participation, from recreational dance to competitive dance. “I feel that each student that comes to our dance studio is important,” Denney said. “To give these kids that sort of value is what our role is. Yes, we want them to be very good dancers, but not only that. We want to create very good people.” She lists dedication, discipline and the commitment to complete tasks as important traits that the studio teaches. Sonya’s Dance Zone has classes that include boys and girls, but the two boys-only hip-hop classes remain the most popular choice for the male clients. The studio has three shows annually that serve as recitals. Some on the competitive dance team also compete in four regional competitions and one national competition each year. In the most recent year of competition, the studio took 64 routines to the national level. In the past three years, it has won four national titles. “I truly believe that for the majority of our competitive dancers, this is their sport,” Denney said. She emphasizes that, unlike the popular television show “Dance Moms” that depicts a high level of drama and parental interference in dance education, her studio is full of parents who have healthy roles of supporting their students and the coaches.

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Dance Center Beth’s Dance Center takes pride in being a social connection for the community, from its emphasis on enjoying the art of dancing, to encouraging clients to chat and hang out before sessions, to its history of passing the baton of a worthy cause from one owner to the next. The mission of the studio is to grow people in the ability of dance while connecting them with other people to create Beth’s Dance Center lifelong friendships. Owner Michelle Parks cites the history of the studio as a proof of the mission. When original owner Owner: Michelle Parks Beth Thayer Sechrest died suddenly in 2000, Parks’ mothSpecialties: “Just about er and Thayer Sechrest’s close friend, Sue Elliott, believed everything,” including Beth’s Dance Studio should keep going, so she bought the tap, jazz, hip-hop, jazz studio and continued the business. Ownership was passed to funk, lyrical, ballet Deanne Olivio and was recently acquired by Parks. Offering dance lessons for children as young as 18 months Location: through 18, the studio shows off its students with a free, pub527 Washington St. lic recital annually in the late spring. Some classes participate in competitions “just for fun,” a facet of the studio that ThayStudents: 100 er Sechrest had hoped to include. Instructors: 10 With the emphasis on enjoying dance and developing friendships, Parks said Beth’s Dance Center offers children the flexibility of multiple interests in their lives. “I want people to reflect back and say, ‘That was one of my favorite parts of my life,’” she said. After 20 years as a registered nurse, Parks gave up her medical career to focus on teaching dance and volunteering at her church after realizing the importance of the studio and the time commitment required. “I see how this is much more important right now, touching lives for a bigger purpose,” she said. “You connect with people and realize that you can support each other. “I am extremely humbled to know that I am stepping in Beth’s shoes,” Parks continued. “It was humbling after she died just to be there and run her studio for her. “We have a lot of fun, and it gives the students a lot of confidence. We really keep trying to make this the place to be and for people to want to be here.”


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Brittany Barker & Randall Hostetler June 29, 2013 Ceremony and reception on Barker’s family farm, Big Oak Farms Photography by Parker Portraits

Brittany and Randy met through friends and a mutual love of rodeo and roping. After weeks of talking via phone, the couple traveled with friends to a rodeo in Tennessee. Despite the long trip and tiring experience, the two had their first official solo date the night they returned from the rodeo trip and have remained together ever since. Randy proposed one evening after a typical day for the couple—a roping session followed by a casual pizza dinner. Brittany was about to enjoy a late-night snack in bed when she lifted her pillow and noticed a small box underneath. “I knew what it was, but I was completely stunned,” Brittany said. “I had told (Randy) on numerous occasions that I did not want to know when he was going to propose and not to do anything obvious like taking me out to an extravagant dinner, so this was the perfect proposal for me.” The June 29 date was chosen because the number nine is lucky for Brittany’s family. Many of her relatives have birthdays or special occasions they celebrate on dates that include the number; however the weather wasn’t in the couple’s favor that day. A 60 percent chance of rain and a forecast that kept changing had them guessing if their outdoor ceremony would actually happen. Rain and storms came before and after the ceremony, but the clouds broke and the sun appeared for their exchange of vows under the more than 200-year-old oak tree on the Barker family farm. Born and raised in Columbus, Brittany is the daughter of Susan and the late Ronald Barker. Wisconsin native Randy is the son of Earl and Alta Hostetler. The couple live on a 122-acre farm in Commiskey. She is the executive vice president for Herbster Angus Farms, and he is an agricultural equipment installation contractor.


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Biggest Block Party Ever July 27 in downtown Columbus 1. Deborah Hendricks celebrates her birthday with friends Kari Tyree and Tracey Fear. 2. Skeleton Crew Tattoo owner David Newman-Stump, with J.R. Garlen, donated time and talent with chalk art. 3. Laina Klinge reaches the top of the climbing wall. 4. Kaylin Newland gets her face painted. 5. Josh Littrell, Regan Littrell, Jennette Munger and Amy Sciano enjoy the party from the balcony at Smith’s Row. 6. Melissa Martinez sits on the shoulders of Adrian Martinez. 7. Logan Brown, Camilla Fainguersch, Taylor Compton and Lain Compton in The Commons. 8. The event fills downtown. 9. Volunteers Peggy Wampler and Mary Tucker sell raffle tickets.


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Reeves Pancake Breakfast July 27 at the Henry Breeding Farm 1. Marjorie and Jack Schmeckebier. 2. A Reeves steam engine tractor pulls a 10-bottom Cockshutt plow. 3. The Banisters perform. 4. The event is put on by the Bartholomew County Historical Society. 5. Don Delaney, Harold Hughes, Mary Hughes, Patrick Delong, Julie Hughes (Bartholomew County Historical Society director), Wilma Delaney, Connor Willett, and Mac Willett. 6. Keaton Shoultz, Joe Swope, Quin Shoultz and Dan Shoultz. 7. Terry Clark performs as Buffalo Bill. 8. During a tour of the former Reeves Plant, Kevin King holds a split hub pulley manufactured there.

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Rock the Park: REO Speedwagon Aug. 17 at Mill Race Park 1. Dan LeClerc and his son, Adam, display the set list given to them by Adam’s brother, Connor, lead guitarist for Those Valiants. Connor’s band was the opening act. 2. Brenda Joseph and Tammi Walter celebrated their 50th birthdays together at the show. 3. Beach balls were signed and tossed. 4. Jessica Fields, left, and Natasha Sanders. 5. Adam Mun plays rhythm guitar for Those Valiants. 6. Fans record the opening song of REO Speedwagon with their phones. 7. Troy Lewis 8. REO Speedwagon lead singer Kevin Cronin. 9. Sammy and Maria McCollum. 10. Those Valiants wait back stage to open for REO Speedwagon: (From left) Adam Mun, Ruben Guthrie, Ross Williams and Connor LeClerc. 11. Lori White, Stacy Cathey, Bob Bowers and Dan Majors. 12. Vickie Sitterding and Morgan Jackson waited seven hours to be first into the event. 13. Tyler Barr swats at a beach ball. 14. A sea of people waits for REO Speedwagon to take the stage.


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Summer in the Park Flower Show Aug. 11 at Mill Race Center 1. Mudlarks Garden Club members (from left) Judy Nichols, Alison Pedersen, Jill Forster, Mary Lu Fouts, Ro Whittington, Jacque Chambers, Susan Adler, Nancy Woodruff, Ann Knobloch, Susan Thompson, event judge Barbara Stauch, Pam Good and Sharon Baldwin. 2. Kathy Leitholt’s “All Together Now” tapestry design. 3. Geri Handley’s “Study in Green & Orange” tablescape design. 4. Judge Carol Branson describes the judging process. 5. Barbra Heavner. 6. Nancy Woodruff’s “As The River Flows.” 7. Art Hopkins enjoys lunch. 8. Chef Jim Gregory’s and Barry Beeker’s “The Artist’s Palette” tablescape. 9. Marie Huntington describes ingredients during her “Cooking & Conversation with Nature’s Bounty” workshop.


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Aug. 24 near the Jacksson Contemporary Gallery 1. Stephanie Strothmann, Kathy Berns and Mary Henrikson. 2. Johah, Lisa, Zach and Meredith Schwab. 3. Hot iron is poured into molds. 4. Kathleen Egan and Thor Henrikson. 5. Rebecca Beach dances with Tiernan McNett as Tiernan’s mother, Amanda Beach, watches. 6. Artist Jim Brenner. 7. Laura Crossman and her son, Michael. 8. A SpongeBob block made by Brent Parker. 9. Barbara McGuire performs.

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Sneakers at Starlight Sept. 6 at Mill Race Park 1. Mayor Kristen Brown makes a donation and requests a song. 2. Jillian Keller and Travis Zilch. 3. (from left) Brett Merritt, Brian Clark, Chris Clulow, Chuck Wells and Shannon Clulow. 4. Attendees gather to listen to the Howl At The Moon rock ‘n’ roll dueling piano band. 5. (from left) Erin Morrill, Ben Wagner, Tricia Webb and Ryan Brand. 6. Patsy and Roger Schooler. 7. Katie Baxter, an instructor at Hamilton Center, embelished her sneakers with ice skates. 8. (from left) Jorge and Marissa Anaya, Ramiro and Maria Nieto and Fernando and Angelina Castelo.


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Last Fridays Bluegrass is an open bluegrass jam for musicians of all ages. A mix of traditional bluegrass, new grass, folk and gospel will be played. The public is welcome to participate. Cost: Free. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27, Oct. 25 and Nov. 22. Location: Fairlawn Presbyterian Church, 2611 Fairlawn Drive. Information: 344-2664. Oct. 18 Guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening will perform with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Parkening is the featured performer in Rodrigo’s “Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra.” He also will perform selected solo works on guitar. Tickets: $10 to $45. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Erne Auditorium, Columbus North High School. Information: 3762638, ext. 110 or Nov. 2 Don’t miss the Columbus Bluegrass Jamboree Concert. Tickets: Free, but donations are accepted. Time: 4 p.m. open jam; 5 p.m. group performances. Location: Donner Center. Nov. 16 The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus will be joined by area high school choirs in performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” Tickets: $10 to $45. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Erne Auditorium, Columbus North High School. Information: 376-2638, ext. 110 or Christopher Parkening performs with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic on Oct. 18 100 Columbus Magazine

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Sept. 28 Don’t miss the ninth annual Let’s Get Ready drive-in and bike-in movie event. The night will feature a movie, games, music and fun. Cost: Free. Time: 5:30 p.m. with the movie beginning at 8 p.m. Location: Mill Race Park. Information: 376-2680. Roll back time for Retro Rock 2013. Event proceeds benefit Mill Race Center and Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center. Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Time: 6 to 11 p.m. Location: Mill Race Center. Information: 376-9241 or Oct. 25 Dave Dugan takes the stage as part of the Yes Comedy Showcase. Tickets: $20 advance; $25 at the door. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Information:

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Oct. 26 The 2013 UnCommon Cause is the annual gala and auction to support the arts in Columbus. Celebrate the sights and sounds of Bollywood, the largest and one of the oldest film industries in the world. Dance to the music of Living Proof, dine on fantastic food and bid on great items to support the Columbus Area Arts Council. Tickets: $125 per person. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: The Commons. Information: 376-2539 or Nov. 1-3 The third annual YesFest is a film festival that celebrates the creativity and diversity of independent film. It brings the best documentaries, narrative features and short films to the screen with competition in three categories. Times vary. Location: Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Information: 3780377 and Nov. 16 The Déjà Vu Art & Fine Craft Show features artists who creatively reuse and recycle materials. Find book arts, fiber arts, furniture, jewelry, mosaic, sculpture, woodworking and more. Cost: Free. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: The Commons. Information: 376-2539 or Nov. 23 Mike Toomey takes the stage as part of the Yes Comedy Showcase. Tickets: $20 advance; $25 at the door. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Information:

What better way to raise awareness for Columbus arts than with some festivities celebrating the 100th anniversary of one of and sounds of india the largest film the sigh ts industries in the world? That’s precisely what will be happening on Oct. 26 as the Columbus Area Arts Council rolls out the 38th annual UnCommon Cause, the organization’s largest annual fundraiser. Amidst the atmosphere of this year’s theme, “Bollywood: The Sights and Sounds of India,” guests will enjoy Indian dance, costumes, music and Indian-American fusion cuisine. Proceeds from live and silent auctions help support the arts council’s various programs. Last year, $7,500 raised during a portion of the evening’s live auction was used for a joint venture between the arts council and the Columbus Museum of Art and Design. “We chose Bollywood (which takes the “B” from its central location of Bombay, the former name of Mumbai) because we have a couple film buffs on staff and it’s the 100th anniversary,” says Arthur Smith, the arts council’s director of marketing and media relations. “We will utilize elements of Indian culture and design for inspiration for decorations, live entertainment and the dinner. We also have a couple surprises up our sleeves thanks to an Indian filmmaker living in Columbus.” Columbus Area Arts Council

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Sept. 23 Don’t miss this Medicare seminar. The potential impact of health care reform on Medicare will be covered. Also learn when and how to enroll in Medicare, details on all of the components of Medicare, how to make changes with your coverage in the future. Each attendee receives a printed handout of the important issues regarding their Medicare choices. Presenter Scott Donahue is employed by Medicare Simplified, an independent, nonprofit organization. Registration required. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 379-1255 or Sept. 24 Cheer on your favorite team in the Literacy Task Force Spelling Bee. Join the Bartholomew County Literacy Task Force in its efforts to raise literacy levels. Last year’s event helped the Tots Reading Lots Program put thousands of books in the hands of more than 600 Bartholomew County families of 1-, 2- and 3-year-olds and their caregivers. Proceeds from the spelling bee provide these books for children from low-income homes and help them down the path to literacy and success in school. Children enrolled in the program will receive books three times a year through the mail until they start kindergarten. Cost: $20. Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Columbus North High School cafeteria. Information: 376-4431 or Sept. 26 Join master tinsmith Chuck Baker as he teaches the art of

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tinsmithing. You will learn how to shape and solder the metal as you work toward a piece to take home. Cost is $20 per person. Must be 15 or older. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Historic Henry Breeding Farm Barn, 13730 N. Road 100W, Edinburgh. Information: 372-3541 or Sept. 30 This year’s community book read is “The Bone Garden” by Tess Gerritsen. The Community Book Read event, “Bugs & Bodies: A Look at Medical & Criminal Entomology,” features insects and other invertebrates important not only as carriers of diseases, but also as tools that help us to solve crimes and even improve human and animal health. This talk will explore the fields of forensic and medical entomology, including therapeutic uses of invertebrate animals and crime scene investigation. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 3791255 or Oct. 9 Learn all about the background of this year’s Community Book Read selection, “The Bone Garden,” from its author Tess Gerritsen. She will cover the ideas that have inspired her works, including her popular Rizzoli and Isles books and the TV series of the same name. Gerritsen will take questions and sign books, available for purchase that evening from Viewpoint Books. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 3791255 or Oct. 10 In the soap-making class, you

will learn how to make cold press soap. We will be using a variety of ingredients and going through the entire step-by-step process. Everyone will leave with soap to take home. Must be 16 or older and registration is required. Cost is $15. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Historic Henry Breeding Farm Barn, 13730 N. Road 100W, Edinburgh. Information: 372-3541 or Oct. 19 Pumpkin Palloosa celebrates everything pumpkin. Why do we carve pumpkins? Who were the first people to grow pumpkins? What parts of the pumpkin are edible? Why is it called a jack-o’-lantern? Learn the answers to these questions and more as you discover pumpkin lore and even carve a pumpkin to take home. Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Location: Bartholomew County Historical

Tess Gerritsen will speak about her novel “The Bone Garden” at the Bartholomew County Library on Oct. 9.

Society. Information: 372-3541 or Oct. 19 Join Paranormal Encounters as it hosts its first special ghost hunt event at the Crump Theatre. The event proceeds will go to help save and restore this historic landmark. Paranormal Encounter’s newest cast member, Julie Krystina, actress and paranormal investigator as seen on CW’s “One Tree Hill” and BIO Channel’s “My Ghost Story,” will help host the event and lead some of the investigation groups throughout the night. Connor Biddle, filmmaker and Paranormal Encounters lead investigator, will also help host the event and lead some of the investigation groups. Time: 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $35 to $65. Location: The Crump. Information: 376-8429 or

Lori Borgman, syndicated newspaper columnist, author and speaker, will chat about her latest book, “My Memory is Shot; All I Retain Now is Water,” a collection of essays on the wonders of lurching past the age of 50. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 3791255 or Nov. 16 Columbus’ architecture is famous all over the world, but how did we get so many famous buildings in one town and what makes it so special? Discover the building blocks of architecture and create some unique projects sure to inspire the budding designer in all of us during Saturday Sampler: Modern Masterpieces: Architecture in Columbus. Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Location: Bartholomew County Historical Society. Information: 372-3541 or

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Other ways to get your fright fix… When Darkness Falls. A haunted half-mile walk through Ceraland Park woods. 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October (the first weekend in October is 8 to 10 p.m.). $8 for Ceraland members, $10 for non-members. Not intended for small children. 377-5849.

Investigate paranormal activity at the Crump Theatre during a ghost hunt on Oct. 19

Night of a Thousand Jacks. A festival with kids’ activities, food and displays of community pumpkin carvings, 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 in the PNC Bank parking lot downtown. Free admission. Proceeds benefit Advocates for Children. For more information or to enter the carving contest (pumpkins must be registered

and carved prior to the event), call 372-2808. Halloween Costume Contest for kids 12 and younger at Donner Center. Contest begins at 2 p.m. October 27 for children 6 and younger and at approximately 3 p.m. for ages 7 to 12. Free admission. 376- 2680. Halloween Treat Fest at Edinburgh Premium Outlets on Oct. 31. Participating stores will provide treats throughout the evening while supplies last. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission, 526-9764.

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Hope Heritage Days takes place Sept. 27 through 29.

Sept. 27-29 Enjoy concerts, food, crafts, a parade and more at Hope Heritage Days. Time: Late afternoon Sept. 27 to 5 p.m. Sept. 29. Information: 546-4673 or visit Oct. 11-12 Enjoy international cuisine, music and bazaar vendors at the 29th annual Ethnic Expo in downtown Columbus near City Hall. The host countries this year are Trinidad and Tobago. Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Information: 3762520 or Oct. 12 The 10th annual Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash is an event you don’t want to miss. The “adopted” ducks will be turned loose into Round Lake to compete for more than $12,000 in cash and prizes. One lucky duck will have 10 chances to win a new car or $50,000. Remote control “duckinator boats” will randomly select ducks to determine the winners. There will be a free Don Miller magic show at 1:15 p.m. Ducks are available for pur-

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chase from any Bartholomew County Kiwanis member, at Midwest Computer Solutions, and from any participating “Duck Buddy” listed at kducks. com. The event also will feature a bounce house, free popcorn, coupons for a Dilly Bar at the downtown Dairy Queen, Walgreens health tests, Indy Admirals remote control boats, and photo opportunities with characters from the 501st and Rebel Legions of Star Wars. Time: Noon to 2 p.m. Location: Mill Race Park. Information: or 342-4405. Oct. 26 Night of a Thousand Jacks will feature costume contests, a treasure hunt, tricks and treats, zombie crawl, scavenger hunt, pumpkin pond, music and more. Time: 3 to 9 p.m. Location: PNC Bank parking lot, 333 Washington St. Proceeds benefit Advocates for Children. Information: 372-2808 or Oct. 26 Don’t miss the Bar Boo Que and Brew. Sit by the fire as our story-

tellers entertain you with ghost stories while you eat s’mores. Not interested in ghost stories? Then stay for the live music, hay rides and pork barbecue. There will be activities for the whole family. Tickets: $15 for adults; $10 for younger than 21. Time: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Location: Historic Henry Breeding Farm Barn, 13730 N. Road 100W, Edinburgh. Information: 372-3541 or

Rubber ducks will be turned loose in Mill Race Park’s Round Lake during the Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash on Oct. 12

events for kids Mill Race Marathon activities Sept. 26-28 The marathon begins with opening ceremonies at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 28 on Brown Street in front of the Cummins Corporate Office Building with the first runners taking off at 8 a.m. Events leading up to the race include: A free Health and Fitness Expo from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at The Commons that will include speakers, vendors and fitness seminars. Area children from prekindergarten to sixth grade can get involved by taking part in a free Kids Fun Run beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at Mill Race Park. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged at “Carb Day” runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 27 downtown, with pasta dinner specials, live music, a beer garden, a zip line, bungee jump and rock-climbing wall. The festivities continue after the race with activities from noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 along portions of Fourth and Washington streets where more than 20 food and drink vendors are planned.

Sept. 23 Learn the basic steps of typing using the home-row keys. For Grades 1 to 6. Time: 4:15 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 3791255 or Sept.23 Milk and Cookies Storytime and Milk and Cookies Junior provide kids through age 8 a treat and a story among friends. Children through 2 years old will enjoy the junior version at 6:30 p.m. Readings for children ages 3 to 8 begin at 7:30. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 379-1255 or

Nov. 1 First Fridays for Families kicks off with Fantastic Fairy Tales from Madcap Puppets. Children will enjoy these larger than life puppets. Each tale unfolds with giant puppets, audience participation and a surprise twist. The stories included are “The Wishing Tree,” “The Water of Life” and “Rapunzel.” For children in prekindergarten through third grade. Cost: Free. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Nugent Custer Performance Hall in The Commons. Information: 376-2539 or

Sept. 24 Teens in Grades 7 to 12 are invited to Teen Game Night. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 379-1255 or Sept. 26 Join us for stories, rhymes and songs just for the little ones during Just For Babies. For ages 1 month to 13 months. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 379-1255 or Sept. 28 Enjoy free admission to kidscommons during Free Family Fun Time. Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: kidscommons, 309 Washington St. Information: 378-3046 or

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A Look Back

Second Street Bridge A horse and wagon team crosses the old Second Street Bridge into Columbus in the early 20th century. The bridge spanned the East Fork of the White River until it collapsed in the 1950s and was replaced by what is now the Third Street or Tipton Bridge. A second Second Street Bridge opened in 1999 and this year was renamed in honor of former Columbus Mayor Bob Stewart. The footings for the old Second Street Bridge are still in place just below the pump house. The Republic file photo. Details provided by Harry McCawley.

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