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mm, can someone explain how we got to December already? I feel as if I blinked sometime in mid-October, and when I opened my eyes it was 20 degrees colder and I had a long list of Christmas shopping ahead of me. I suppose time flies when you’re having fun, and if this holiday season continues at the same speed it began, I’ll open my eyes next to mid-70s and flowers blooming. This is always an extra special time of year for my family, as it is for most families. And as each year passes, the fun expands and increases. More kids are added to the family, and the others continue to change and grow in exciting ways. It’s amazing how the presence of young children infuses energy and delight into seasonal festivities. Having them around either prompts the inception or rebirth of annual traditions or makes the existing ones more fun. For example, during our first year of marriage, Ike and I brought back the annual live Christmas tree hunt (a tradition each of our families held when we were children). However, those times as a young married couple kind of meld into one foggy memory for me, yet our trip last year with baby Nolan in tow rings as clear today as the afternoon we ventured on it. I know my husband won’t take offense to that statement because he completely agrees. Having Nolan, and now little Evey, around makes everything better. This year, as our immediate family unit and with extended family, we’ve taken the holiday activities to a new level. The simple act of enjoying hot chocolate and reading Christmas books by the fire in the evening becomes something extraordinarily special. And family get-togethers such as the trip we’re taking with the kids and their cousins on the “Polar Express” re-enactment train in Connersville will no doubt be a sugar-high, giggle-infused evening that’s sure to become a highly anticipated tradition. Growing up and living in Columbus, I know my family is just one of many with special traditions that bring everyone together and serve as a reminder of life’s important things. The subjects of our holiday home feature are no exception. Todd and Pam Voelz maintain one of the most renowned Christmas homes in their neighborhood, if not the city, and their very theme for each room’s decor is tradition. See the beautiful photos and learn their story in the pages to follow. We also have a bit of fun with some icons surrounding public traditions in the area, such as the jolly old elf who serves as the main attraction of the Festival of Lights. However, the holidays fall in just one of the three months covered in this issue’s publication, so we didn’t go too heavy on the tinsel- and twinkle-light-based stories. You may have noticed a couple of famous faces on the cover of this issue. If not, don’t admit it and immediately brush up on your local, state and national politics. Gov. Mike Pence and first lady Karen graciously let us into their Indy residence. We hope you’ll enjoy this feature about the couple’s Columbus roots and how our small town is guiding the governor’s big priorities. In this issue, we also examine the growing trend in vintage home décor, Mike and Karen Pence At home with the governor and first lady explore the exploding craft beer scene and get out of town for a bit on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. So as you and yours delve into special traditions and hunker down for the winter months, I hope you find a spot for us on the coffee table. The staff of Columbus magazine wishes you happy holidays and a joyous new year! WINTER 2013-14

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Through “scanimation,” readers see Santa in a playful way, such as hula-hooping and kissing a reindeer. A delight for children and adults alike, “Santa” makes a great addition to the coffee table or a fun learning tutorial for children.

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With the presents wrapped and sleigh packed, Santa heads out on Christmas Eve. With the help of his reindeer, including one with a very special red nose, he flies over the following Hoosier landmarks: Indianapolis Historic Union Station, William H. Natcher Bridge, University of Notre Dame, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Evansville Greyhound Station, Santa Claus Town Hall, Indiana Statehouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse and the Indiana Landmarks Center.

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Beer expert Don Russell taps into holiday cheer with a look at the world’s best — unusual, exotic, rich, one-of-a-kind brews — detailing the styles and flavors that will leave beer lovers in a froth. From Smuttynose Winter Ale to Santa’s Butt to Troegs Mad Elf to Left Hand XXXmas, there’s a beer for everyone. There’s even a Hanukkah beer, He’Brew Jewbelation. The book includes funny tales and trivia about the beers, homebrew recipes and food recipes with Christmas beer as an ingredient, and instructions for building and cellaring your own vintage holiday brews so you can enjoy Christmas 365 days a year. “Christmas Beer” will put even the most curmudgeonly beer drinker in the holiday spirit.

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St. Peter’s Lutheran School students help pass out warm gloves and hats, many hand-knit, during Angels of Love, which brings together volunteers and hundreds of families for a Christmas service and carols.

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How did you come to start playing Santa? I got my first gig when I was asked to dress up as Santa when I worked at Onkyo. Not long after that I was asked by a family that lived up in Grammer to come as Santa for their holiday party. I rented a suit for about three or four years, and then when I started (as the mall Santa) at Fair Oaks, I had a suit made for me. Now I have three custom suits I switch between. From about the 19th of December to Christmas Eve, I go to about 40 homes. I do 18 on Christmas Eve alone. The parade came about because every time I’d go to the parade I knew who Santa was, and I always thought how cool that would be. It took me two years to find the right people and let them know I was interested in being Santa when they needed one. Finally, there was a couple who was doing it, but they had to stop for health reasons, so they brought me in.


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Eighteen houses? That has to be exhausting. Yes, I’m beat by the end of the night. I’m crisscrossing the county, and I have my places I stop to take off the beard and relax a bit. I pack a cooler with some snacks and drinks. Plus I have certain houses where I’ll stop and they’ll give me a cookie or a sandwich or something, throw me a Coke. It’s a lot of fun, but yes, when I get done that night, I crash. How do you prepare for your role each season? The biggest thing is paying attention to the toys and what’s popular. I’ll walk up and down the aisles at Walmart and places like that and see what people have in their carts, and I look in the sales ads in the newspaper to see what’s popular. You’ve got to keep your suit and beard clean at all times (warm water and Woolite). And then when it gets closer to show time, I start practicing

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The spirit of Old St. Nick runs strong in Tom Rayburn. Not only does the Bartholomew County sheriff’s deputy delight children and adults alike during the community’s annual Festival of Lights Parade, he spends much of the holiday season impersonating the jolly old elf at private house parties and office gatherings. We caught up with Rayburn, aka Santa, to see what makes him tick this time of year, besides the milk and cookies, of course.

my “ho, ho, hos” because that’s not something you say every day. What are some of the best and worst parts of being Santa? Well the babies are the most fun. A lot of times their parents dress them up, and some of them just love to look at me and others aren’t so sure. The best part is seeing the kids light up when I enter a room, and they’re just full of that excitement. It’s a lot of fun. The worst part is probably that it seems the older kids these days don’t know what they want anymore. You ask them, and they say, ‘I don’t know,’ and I’m starting to think I figured out why. They already have everything they want. When we were kids Christmas was what you waited for all year long, and you took the toy catalog and you circled what you wanted. Nowadays, when a kid wants something, their parents just get it for them. And toys these days are different. Everything is electronic, and everything is on their phone. What about during the parade? Just how cold does it get? Typically I wear a T-shirt and shorts under the suit, but there was one year about three years ago when it was just freezing. I was so cold my hands were numb, and I had them balled up around hand warmers inside my gloves while I was riding by waving. That year I had two pairs of sweatpants and two sweatshirts and three pairs of gloves, and I was still freezing. What are some of your personal favorite holiday memories and traditions? When we were kids, my brothers and my parents and I would go out on Christmas night and drive around looking at Christmas lights. When I was a kid, too, I used to switch the Christmas presents we got. Our gifts from Santa were never wrapped, because Santa doesn’t wrap gifts. We each had a corner in our main living room where our presents were set, and after everyone was asleep I’d go down and look at who got what and switch some of the presents around. They caught onto me, and one year, they tied some bells around my toe so when I got out of bed they started ringing and they knew it was me. And your favorite Christmas song? “Frosty the Snowman.” Every year I watch that movie. It’s one of my favorite movies, and I love to sing that song. I also like the old traditional Christmas tunes by folks like Gene Autry. You can’t beat “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”; that’s another good one. And “Winter Wonderland.”

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Ho-ho-home decor and gifts Christmas shopping can be one of the most stressful experiences in an otherwise cheerful season. The crowds, the lines, the expense – all realities that make buying gifts for the ones you love an oft-scorned responsibility. That is unless you shop locally. Taking a chance on local retailers opens a shopping trip up to a new variety of gift options, superior customer service and the warming thought that your hard-earned dollars are being circulated right back into the community you live in. Check out these holiday decor and gift items we tracked down at just a few locally owned establishments.


Miniature Christmas trees handmade by hospital volunteers, $42, from Columbus Regional Hospital Gift Shop

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4. Handmade silk scarf, $65, from Columbus Area Visitors Center


2 2. & 3. Delingos hedgehog named Pikos, $30, and Ebulobo plush dog, $20, both from Viewpoint Books





7. Shea butter soap and dish set, $9.50 for bar soap, $10 for liquid soap, $9.50 for dish at CRH Gift Shop

5. Chihuly puzzle, $22, from Columbus Area Visitors Center


6. Child to Cherish handprint ornament kit, $14, from CRH GIft Shop

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8. Metal cross charm, $7.50, from Viewpoint Books

9. Glovely touch-screen friendly gloves, $25, from Baker’s Fine Gifts


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9 10. & 11. Hand-stamped leaf necklace, $140, and Nutty Necklace, $54, both from Columbus Area Visitors Center


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12. Alpine Sleds wooden decorative sled, $150, and Dekorasyon Santa figurines, $50 each, from Baker’s Fine Gifts



13. & 14. Silver arrangement by hospital volunteers, $26, and red Christmas bulb arrangement by hospital volunteers, $16, both from CRH Gift Shop

11. Vintage-inspired musical miniature television, $305, from Baker’s Fine Gifts




16. Christmas word blocks, $28 (set), from CRH Gift Shop

15. Pottery flower vase, $26, from Columbus Area Visitors Center

17. Christmas tree ornament, $35, from Columbus Area Visitors Center


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Zwanzigz brewmaster Mike Rybinski

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“For a stout, ours is pretty hoppy, but we put a lot of dark, sweet malts in there. We’re trying to get the roasty flavor of those malts. It takes a lot of hops to counteract the sweetness.” — Jon myers


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A number of proud artisans in the city are widening beer lovers’ choices. From hearty, malty offerings to bright and breezy wheat ales, there is no excuse for going thirsty in Columbus.

Power House Brewing Co. 322 Fourth St. | 375-8800 Power House Brewing Co. had been making a number of beers for its Columbus Bar downtown when it moved brewing operations into a building east of the city, near the intersections of State Roads 9 and 46 in November 2011. The first beer produced at the new location appeared in October 2012. “We acquired more land and building than we needed, because space is typically a bottleneck for microbreweries,” says owner and head brewer Jon Myers. The eastside location’s tasting room is open the first Friday of every month. Guests can tour the brewery and sample pizza provided by Flatrock Flatbread Co. “People can stop by at other times, and we’ll fill their growlers,” says Myers. Power House has racked up some significant achievements. It has won three Indiana Brewers Cup medals, and four of its beers are in statewide distribution. Myers considers Diesel Oil Stout to be his brewery’s flagship beer. “It seems that stouts have either very low ABV [alcohol by volume], or the ABV is high and they’re very syrupy,” he observes. “Our stout is in the middle. It’s strong and dark, but still easy to drink.” He notes that Diesel Oil and Power House’s Jack the Bum Ale, named for a legendary Columbus hobo, are made with the same hops. Magnum is used in the bittering, and celia in the finish.

“For a stout, ours is pretty hoppy, but we put a lot of dark, sweet malts in there. We’re trying to get the roasty flavor of those malts. It takes a lot of hops to counteract the sweetness.” He says that “Jack the Bum Ale came about as the result of an experiment. We used a French caramel malt and built the beer around it. It’s drier, and maybe a little bit nutty.” Regarding food pairings, he says there are two basic schools of thought

about a beer’s role. It either complements a dish or serves to cleanse the palate. “Cleanse-the-palate pairings for red meat might be Jack the Bum Ale, or maybe our Cerealine Cream Ale,” he says. He expects to delve more deeply into the matter of food pairings as Power House participates in more beer dinners. The brewery has so far teamed up with Bistro 310, Tre Bicchieri and an eatery in Indianapolis’ Irvington neighborhood called Legend Cafe.

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Zwanzigz brewmaster Mike Rybinski, left, with owners Lisa and Kurt Zwanzig

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Zwanzigz Pizza 1038 Lafayette Ave. 376-0200 Mike Rybinski, the brewmeister for the brew pub nestled within Zwanzigz Pizza, had already distinguished himself as an award winner for the pilsner he created while at Walter Payton’s Roundhouse in Aurora, Ill. Kurt Zwanzig needed to look no further than his college roommate from his Northern Illinois University days when he sought to bring a master craftsman into his expanded midtown operation.

“My thought on putting together the Zwanzigz beer list was to offer something for everybody,” Rybinski says. He notes that the public is motivated to some degree by seasonality, and more generally by whatever is new.  He cites the bourbon barrel ale, which is “for people who appreciate the crazier, bigger stuff,” and honey wheat as examples. “For the honey wheat, coriander and orange peel are added in the boil,” he says. “I use wheat and a two-row malt, which is a pretty typical way of making this.” He is perhaps proudest of his rauch beer, distinguished by its unmistakably smoky note. “It’s my tribute to the German monks who were required to fast during Lent,” he says. “In December, they’d begin making this beer with 80 percent smoked malt, and by Lent, they were drinking rauch beer. It upheld the German purity law as well as church law. “Brewpubs rarely make it. We recommend pairing it with bacon or pepperoni pizza.”

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David Simmons, co-owner of 450 North Brewing Co

450 North Brewing Co. 8111 E. County Road 450 N | 546-0091 450 North Brewing Co. can be considered a tertiary outgrowth of a 120-plusyear-old family farming operation on land northeast of Columbus. David Simmons grew up near what are the grounds of the brewery as well as Simmons Winery and the Nortonburg Wine Garden.  He decided to devote a portion of the farm land to grape growing, which led to the June 2000 opening of the winery.  It quickly grew into an in-demand event space, with the garden as well as a


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banquet hall enjoying steady bookings. David and his wife and co-owner, Brenda, had been considering establishing a restaurant when it came to their attention that several of their wine customers were also beer enthusiasts. As a result, in 2012, the brewing operation and the brew pub opened for business.  Along with the beers on tap, the pub’s big draw is the brick oven pizza. “I pretty much had to start from scratch,” says David, “but the fermentation

process is quite a bit like that for wine. So I knew about yeast, as well as the mechanical aspect, such as pumps, hoses and filters.”  He says he began by “experimenting on the home-brew scale.” 450 North uses a 10-barrel system.  The brewery can theoretically make 315 gallons at a time. The brewery’s supplier for hops is Hopunion LLC, a Washington statebased operation with roots going back to 19th-century Germany.  The Simmonses obtain their grains from the Chicago regional office of the Country Malt Group. David says he’s particularly pleased with his India Pale Ale.  It uses a combination of hops: centennial, cascade, ahtanum, chinook, simcoe, magnum and perle.  “We’ve been told by customers that it’s the best IPA they’ve ever had,” he says.  He suggests pairing it with the pub’s supreme pizza. “Actually, though, it’s not our most popular beer,” he remarks.  “That would be our amber copperhead.  It has fewer hops, a lighter maltiness and is less bitter than the IPA.  It has a smooth finish.  It would go well with our Hawaiian pizza.” The heartiest offerings on the beer menu are a porter, as well as a black version of the IPA.  David describes the black IPA as “very dark and malty.” He estimates that 75 percent of patrons are local.  “The thing that has helped us out is that we’d had the winery for 13 years. At some point, we’d like to get into distributing, but right now, we’re just really busy with our current activity.”

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Hope group concentrates solely on brew Hawcreek Brewing Co. is a testament to the ability of family members to also be close friends and business partners. Jacquie and Abe Carman and Josh and Nicole Bontrager are couples-in-law with a fondness for beer as a common bond. The Hope-area foursome started home brewing on a hobby level. “We were brewing two batches every weekend, and our friends and family started begging us for more,” says Jacquie. “We decided to go into business one November evening in 2011.” They’d already had a taste of recognition. They entered the predecessor to their Little Town Brown Ale in the Indiana State Fair competition for home brewers. Their brewery is located just north of Hope on Indiana 9. They get visitors from far-flung locales for a brewery that’s not exactly situated for maximum visibility. “There are people who do Internet searches for new breweries to try,” explains Jacquie. “We’ve had people from Chicago, Indianapolis, Bloomington and Batesville.” They currently self-distribute four beers: Four Founders Wheat, Little Town Brown Ale, Dog House Pale Ale and

Chaos India Pale Ale. They’re available at Cork liquor outlets in Columbus and Shelbyville. “We plan to get into some area restaurants,” says Josh. Their capacity is 32 gallons at a time. “We still get out the old home-brew system for test batches,” he says. They have made forays into seasonal products and some rather exotic flavors. This fall, they offered Slice of Autumn, a pumpkin ale. They anticipate that their winter beer will be a chocolate stout. Then there is the Jalapeno Brown, which is basically Little Town with roasted jalapeno peppers added. “It has a little heat,” says Jacquie. All four co-owners have other occupations. Abe is a longtime member of the National Guard. Josh is an estimator at Nichols Body Shop in Columbus. Nicole teaches at North Star Montessori School. Jacquie recently graduated from IUPUC. Tasting room hours run from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The public is encouraged to visit the brewery’s Facebook page frequently for updates on hours, as well as a current listing of what’s on tap.

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Story by Sherri Lynn Dugger | Photos courtesy of Joseph Decuis

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

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Pete now calls himself a CEO and farmer; he runs a 200-acre farm six miles down the road from Joseph Decuis. There, he raises Wagyu livestock, a breed of cattle native to Japan that produces world-renowned Kobe beef, and free-range hens. The Eshelmans also grow many of the herbs and vegetables served at the restaurant; what they don’t grow themselves, they purchase from “like-minded” organic farms in the region. Alice refers to her role in the family business as a “proprietor.” Some years back, her culinary prowess was what led to the birth of Joseph Decuis. As Pete’s insurance company grew, clients would often visit the Eshelman home, and Alice would set about to cooking for them. In 2000, Pete decided to buy an old bank building on north Main Street in the heart of Roanoke—the purchase would help to better serve his customers. The couple quickly began renovations, adding a mezzanine level to the building where they could host corporate luncheons. That dining room then expanded to another. Then dinner was added “three nights a week,” says Alice, who adds she served as the “hostess, waitress and busboy” at times. Then more dining rooms. The couple eventually expanded into the property next door, and dinner is served Monday through Saturday. “I don’t know now how we would have done it if we just opened a restaurant. It was a nice gradual growth for us.” Now the restaurant, named after one of Pete’s Creole ancestors, can offer approximately 125 guests a seat in any one of six dining rooms: The Exhibition room features a view of the bustling kitchen; the Club includes a bar and formal dining room in the original bank building; the

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Ethereal Day Spa & Salon Victorian-style Conservatory provides al-fresco dining; the New Orleans-style Courtyard surrounds guests with lush gardens; and the Gallery Board Room and Chairman’s Office spaces are perfect for private business meetings and dinners. Also on the grounds is a farmers-market-like gourmet Emporium, from which customers can purchase soups, gumbos, chowders, bisques and sauces, as well as its beef and vegetable offerings. There’s also the master kitchen, which the Eshelmans refer to as the Culinarium, where chefs routinely ideate, teach and test dishes. And down the road sits The Inn at Joseph Decuis, a quaint, turn-of-the-century bed-and-breakfast just a short walk from the restaurant. Farm Fresh The Decuis Farm is a venue for fine dining all its own. Seasonal special events are held there, and private farm tours are given to showcase the drug-free, humane, stress-free sustainable farming practices used. In 2010 the Indiana State Department of Agriculture recognized Eshelman for exceeding industry standards in farm management practices. This fall the restaurant celebrated its 13-year anniversary. Alice refers to eating a meal at Joseph Decuis as a “farm to fork” experience. The menu mixes classic cooking with American ingenuity, and it uses all-natural, seasonal ingredients. “From the beginning, that was our mantra,” she says. “You don’t compromise on quality.” In 2001, Alice planted her first organic garden, and, since, her all-natural offerings have grown. “We added chickens, and my husband, for my 50th birthday, gave me 20 pregnant heifers.” Wagyu ribeyes are popular options on the menu, but diners also regularly choose the wild-caught Columbia River salmon, with asparagus, local mushrooms, risotto Milanese and lobster sauce. Other entrees might include the Gunthorp Farm duck breast, served with local sides that change seasonally, or the Sears Massachusetts diver scallops, with homemade pasta, Sugarbush Farm asparagus, fiddlehead ferns, ramps, morels and lemon zest. Recognized by Wine Spectator magazine

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Worth the Trip for having one of the finest restaurant wine lists in the world, Joseph Decuis not only offers a selection of 65 varietals from 12 countries but also stocks ports for all tastes. Regardless of dinner choice, there’s an appropriate pairing for each meal. The bank’s original vaults now serve as wine cellars. Appetizers, like the Joseph Decuis Farmraised Wagyu beef carpaccio or the Strauss Farm veal sweetbreads, set the tone for each dinner, and desserts, such as chocolate bourbon pecan cake and Palazzolo’s artisan gelatos and sorbettos, naturally enough, provide a sweet finish.

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The aging process at Wild Turkey Distillery Photos courtesy of Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Clockwise from top: Jimmy Russell, master distiller at Wild Turkey Distillery. Earn a Kentucky Bourbon Trail T-shirt by having a passport stamped at all eight distilleries. Jim Beam American Stillhouse. Four Roses Distillery. Town Branch Bourbon Distillery in Lexington.


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Every time you order an old-fashioned or a mint julep, the bourbon in your glass likely comes from right next door in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State invented the corn-based whiskey more than 200 years ago, and it still produces 95 percent of the world’s supply. Tuscany has its wine, Portland has its beer, and Kentucky — just as famously — has its bourbon. Distillers both large and small are celebrated on the statewide Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the Louisville Urban Bourbon Trail. Separately or in combination, the two trails are an easy weekend getaway. And the perfect time to visit is now, when the distilleries are decked out in holiday finery and twinkling lights. A warming nip of bourbon will soon make you forget the cold outside.

“I think it is a perfect three-day weekend,” says Stacey Yates, vice president of communications for the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We like to say visit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail by day and the Urban Bourbon Trail by night.” If you have time, you might stretch your visit to four or five days, says Adam Johnson, director of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. “We want people to experience everything Kentucky has to offer and not feel rushed,” he says. “It just makes it so much easier when you’re not stressed, and it allows you to take in dining options and special events.” By Day: The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Last year, more than 500,000 people toured

Willett Distillery in Bardstown, part of the tour of small craft distilleries. Right, bottling at Woodford Reserve. Below, tasting at Maker’s Mark.

at least one distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The loop starts in Louisville and winds southeast through Clermont, Bardstown and Loretto before turning northeast toward Lawrenceburg, Versailles and Lexington. Along the way, the trail encompasses eight distilleries: Evan Williams Bourbon, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Town Branch, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. All eight distilleries offer tours and tastings. Admission is around $10 per person but typically includes a commemorative tasting glass or other souvenir. » What’s New: Jim Beam recently overhauled its distillery tour to offer a more indepth look at the art and science of making

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Likewise, trail organizers recently partnered with the Bluegrass Cycling Club to identify safe, scenic routes for bourbon-imbibing cyclists. » Where to Stay and Eat: Louisville and Lexington are the primary overnight stops, but Kentucky offers plenty of smalltown lodging along the way. “Big cities like Lexington and Louisville have the nightlife,” Johnson says, “but it’s also nice to see some historic towns that have B&Bs and things of that nature.” One top choice is the Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg, where personalized bourbon tasting sessions book up months in advance. Its tavern stocks more than 75 bourbons, and its restaurant serves dishes like bread pudding with warm bourbon where to stay sauce. Beaumont Inn The Gratz Park Inn — locat638 Beaumont Inn Drive, Harrodsburg, ed in Lexington’s picturesque (859) 734-3381, www. historic district — is another favorite among overnight travGratz Park Inn 120 W. Second St., elers. Its restaurant, Jonathan Lexington, (859) 231-1777, at Gratz Park, has a reputation Holly Hill Inn for rethinking classic Southern 426 N. Winter St., foods. Old-fashioned country Midway, (859) 846-4732, ham, for example, becomes a stuffing for pot stickers served with bourbon-soy dipping sauce. The bourbon menu has more than 100 offerings and is a who’s who of Kentucky distilleries. Nearby, in horse country, the Holly Hill Inn is a fine-dining favorite. (Despite the name, it’s just a restaurant, not a hotel.) Owners Chris and Ouita Michel are both graduates of the Culinary Institute bourbon. The interactive facility offers upof America, and the menu offers seasonal close views of the manufacturing process, entrees like oven-roasted chicken with bouras well as a decanter museum, gift shop and bon-sorghum glaze. Ouita is also the chef in tasting room. At the cooperage demonstraresidence at the Woodford Reserve Distillery, tion, guests learn why (and how) Jim Beam so you can sample her cooking at its themed still makes its bourbon barrels by hand. tasting dinners and other special events. Responding to demand, Kentucky Bourbon Trail organizers recently created » How to Stay Safe: Bourbon tastings a sister trail highlighting small craft distilland driving tours aren’t an ideal mix, especialeries. The list includes seven destinations, ly if you’re planning to visit multiple distillsuch as the Limestone Branch Distillery in eries on the same day. If no one in your group Lebanon and the Old Pogue Distillery in volunteers to be the designated driver, you Maysville. “We’re seeing a lot of tandem may want to call Mint Julep Tours. The comtrips where people like to see something pany has several standard Kentucky Bourbon huge like Jim Beam but then also see something smaller,” Johnson says. “People like to Trail itineraries or will design a custom tour to suit your interests. (502) 583-1433, see how each distillery skins the bourbon cat a little bit differently.” Columbus Magazine


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Brown Hotel. Below, Haymarket Whiskey Bar

By Night: The Urban Bourbon Trail Louisville has been the international bourbon capital since the 1780s, when Evan Williams Bourbon sold its first whiskey here. Before Prohibition, the portion of Main Street known as Whiskey Row was home to as many as 50 distilleries, many of which have since been revived. The Urban Bourbon Trail celebrates that legacy. Developed in 2008, it highlights Louisville restaurants and bars that stock at least 50 types of bourbon. A few have 150 or more. “We started with eight restaurants on the trail, and we’re now at 26 spots,” Yates says. “The interest in bourbon continues to buzz globally, but especially in Louisville, which we think of as the center of the bourbon universe.” where to stay Urban Bourbon Trail destinations Brown Hotel 335 W. Broadway, range from dive bars to white-tableLouisville, (502) 583-1234, cloth restaurants, with something to fit every budget. Before you get startSeelbach Hotel 500 S. Fourth St., ed, head to the visitor center to pick Louisville, (502) 585-3200, up a free trail passport, also available as a smartphone app. If you visit at least six Urban Bourbon Trail destinations, you earn a free T-shirt. » What’s New: The latest addition to the Urban Bourbon Trail (and the statewide Kentucky Bourbon Trail) is the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. It offers distillery tours and tasting flights in several themed tasting rooms, including a vintage speakeasy. Evan Williams Bourbon is the world’s second-best-selling Kentucky bourbon, and its primary facility is in Bardstown, but the downtown distillery focuses on artisanal small batches. “After touring all of the other distilleries in our state, this one stands out as something completely different,” Yates says. “It follows not only the timeline of Evan Williams Bourbon, who is legendarily Louisville’s first commercial distiller, but it also follows Louisville history. Even if you’re not a bourbon lover but are interested in American history, this distillery has a story to tell.” But it will soon have some stiff competition: bourbon brands Michter’s and Angel’s Envy are both slated to open their own downtown distillery experiences in 2014. 528 W. Main St., Louisville, 38

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» Where to Eat: In Louisville, even breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate bourbon. Start your day at Dish on Market, which is best known for its Truman’s Breakfast — eggs, bacon and a shot of bourbon on the side, just like President Harry Truman used to demand. For a farm-to-fork dining experience highlighting local, seasonal ingredients, try Harvest, which offers bourbon tasting flights alongside dishes like steak with apple-bourbon sauce. Or, for Italian favorites with a bourbon twist, book a table at Vincenzo’s. “In any other city, you’d scratch your head about an Italian restaurant participating in this,” Yates says. “But they sell a lot of bourbon, and they infuse it into some

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of their entrees.” For after-dinner drinks (bourbon, of course), head to the Haymarket Whiskey Bar or the Silver Dollar, where all 100 of the Kentucky bourbons in stock are available in tasting pours. » Where to Stay: The Urban Bourbon Trail includes six hotels, all of which have fully stocked bourbon bars. For a glamorous experience reminiscent of “The Great Gatsby,” book a room at the Seelbach Hotel, where writer F. Scott Fitzgerald set the fictional wedding of Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Open since 1905, the Seelbach has hosted celebrities, politicians and even gangsters like Al Capone. Another classic choice is the

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» Where to Learn: No matter how much you think you know about bourbon, visit the Distilled Spirits Epicenter, home to the artisanal Grease Monkey Distillery and — more importantly — Moonshine University. Its Moonshine class is a one-day overview of the distilling process, while its two-hour Bourbon Enthusiast class offers a guided tasting flight complete with history, legends and little-known facts about Kentucky’s signature spirit. History buffs may enjoy the Repeal Day class, focused on how both drinkers and distillers skirted the law during Prohibition. 801 S. Eighth St., Louisville, (502) 3018130,

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» Where to Sober Up: When you need a break from the booze, take a walking tour of historic Old Louisville, one of the largest historic districts in the nation. Or hitch a ride on the Belle of Louisville, the nation’s oldest operating steamboat. Two-hour sightseeing cruises include lunch or dinner and performances by a local bluegrass band. Of course, you could always sign up for the bourbon cruise, instead. Belle of Louisville: 401 W. River Road, Louisville, (866) 832-0011,

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Starlight Distillery

Part of the Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards farm complex in southern Indiana, Starlight Distillery pushed hard for the new law so the farm could expand its product offerings. The product list includes ports, infusions and several varieties of brandy.

Cardinal Spirits

Slated to open in Bloomington in 2014, this craft distillery aims to specialize in whiskey, gin, vodka and fruit liqueurs.

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Bag lady For Cinda Boomershine, success was in the bag

When Atlanta-based interior designer Cinda Boomershine created her first weekend travel bag, it was more out of necessity rather than with the idea of someday building a national brand. A frequent traveler, Cinda says she wanted a “weekend travel bag that was contemporary in design, functional and durable” … and at a reasonable price point. But the

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bag she wanted, she says, didn’t exist. So, in 2004, Cinda created the cinda b brand and designed her first bag.

As her company grew—and as more women took notice of her stylish prod-

“The Weekender” was Cinda’s first

ucts—the manufacturing demands began to

design. Then came “The Overnighter” and

overwhelm her California-based provider.

“The Vacationer,” she says. Cinda quickly

“It was 2008, and I was pulling my hair out

designed a few more bags and started sell-

because my manufacturer couldn’t keep

ing her line of products at the Atlanta Gift

up,” she recalls. “I wanted to do an Ameri-

Show, a semiannual

can-made product. My mom used to sew my

event where the

clothes when I was little. I know how to sew.

bags are still

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understood, and I thought we should be able to do that here in the United States.” At the same time that she was looking around to expand, she received a phone call from Bob Hinty in Fort Wayne. “He had just lost some business at his factory,” she says. “He had fantastic sewers who had nothing to sew. I had a popular growing product. It was a wonderful moment.”

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Now Boomershine’s company manufactures handbags, totes and women’s accessories, and it is poised to become a well-known national label, says Art Mandelbaum, the company’s president. Based out of Fort Wayne, the cinda b factory has the “capacity to make three thousand bags a day,” Mandelbaum says. “Sometimes we’re at capacity, and sometimes we’re not.”

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Approximately 150 to 200 people work in the facility’s manufacturing division, and the company produces two new patterns and six new styles of bags per season. “It depends on what people are asking for and what we need in the line,” Cinda says.

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The products, which can range in price from $8 (for accessories) to $170 (top-ofthe-line luggage), are sold at various trade shows, on the company website and through about a “thousand independent retailers right now,” Mandelbaum says.

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interests Rocio Rodriguez uses her Hispanic roots to help others find their way in Columbus


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lthough not a native citizen, Rocio Rodriguez is the kind of Columbus resident who readily finds opportunities for contribution. She moved here in 2008 and quickly became involved with Su Casa, the organization that assists low-income Hispanics to become more familiar with Columbus. It was a hands-on involvement from the outset. In the aftermath of that year’s flood, “the Hispanic community was in very bad shape,” she says.  She recorded public service announcements in Spanish for local radio as an outreach gesture. When the Latin American Association was formed the following year, she became its president.  Her involvement continues to deepen.  She recently became president of Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization, an umbrella group encompassing the Latin American Association and eight others. Not a bad record of accomplishment in a half-decade.  It’s reflective of the level of dedication she brings to her career and her family as well. She is executive director of human resources at Cummins Inc.  She joined the firm in her native Mexico in 1993. Her mentor during that

period was Steve Knaeble, a longtime Cummins manager in that country. He was known for his pride in the company’s sense of corporate responsibility and was instrumental in establishing the Asociacion Filantropica Cummins, the firm’s Mexican philanthropic foundation. “He told me that ‘our engines have soul,’” says Rodriguez. “At Cummins, community involvement is part of your DNA.” In 2000, Cummins transferred her to Nashville, Tenn.  While there, she became active in the Hispanic Achievers program within the YMCA. “While in Nashville, her view of what philanthropy looks like changed,” says longtime friend Tracy Souza.  “At first, she would witness the democratic process in meetings and use of Robert’s Rules of Order, and she’d take certain terms literally. Someone would speak of having the floor, and she would ask, ‘What floor?’” Her current Cummins work entails supporting various areas of the engine business, such as IT, purchasing, supply chain, finance, sales and marketing.  The fact that it spans such a broad spectrum of the company’s operations has enhanced her passion for its mission and values. “Whether you’re on the plant floor, in the office

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Culture or in any other environment, people put their hearts into what they’re doing,” she says. “You can see the pride in their eyes.”  As an example, she cites the ignition of a new engine in a test cell, calling it a “high-five moment.” “Other Latino people in Columbus came to her very quickly,” says Souza. “She’s a warm human being. That comes through in every conversation.” She also attests that Rodriguez has thoroughly mastered the American style of taking meetings.  “She makes sure all sides are heard,” Souza says. CAMEO has recently decided to end its formal alliance with Columbus Young Professionals and Leadership Bartholomew County. “We envision going back to our roots as a one-stop shop for advocating diversity,” says Rodriguez. “My executive committee is in the process of putting everyone’s heads together on what’s next.” She notes that CAMEO itself is a coalition, encompassing nine ethnic associations.  “It’s the catalyst that enables them to reach out to the broader community.” CAMEO’s monthly meetings are structured to include a presentation by one of the member associations, as well as a presentation by an outside organization, such as the public library, the Columbus Visitors Center, Mill Race Center or the Columbus Area Arts Council.  Ethnic food from the presenting CAMEO member is generally served. “Hearing from other community groups makes for some wonderful cross-fertilization,” says Rodriguez.  “At a Mill Race Center presentation, an Indian person inquired about what kinds of activities there might appeal to his parents, who were coming to visit.  The parents became involved when they arrived.  That kind of synergy is what we want to do.  New friendships happen out of meetings like that.” Rodriguez says, “The diversity we have in Columbus is authentic. If you attend Ethnic Expo, you are seeing the real Columbus.” Her home is on the city’s north side.  “I like it, but the real action is closer to downtown,” she says.  Her favorite Mexican restaurant in town is Sabor de la Vida at 24th Street and Cottage Avenue. She’s embarking on a new adventure that is sure to raise her profile in the community.  She will perform in the next Dancing with the Stars—Columbus Style fundraising gala.  It’s an annual event that benefits Children Inc. and 48

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Top: Rodriguez with her cocker spaniel, Dante. Above: She practices with Dance Street owners Brent and Ronda Byers.

Family School Partners. It will take place at the Clarion Hotel ballroom in January.  She’s working on a salsa-based routine with Brent Byers, an owner at Dance Street, a local studio.  Rodriguez says she has “no real previous dance experience,” but that the routine is coming along nicely. “She’s having a great deal of fun learning our routine,” says Byers. “She’s very determined.  I’m discovering that she has an underlying sizzle to her personality.  In fact, she’s a bit feisty.  She’s a class act, though.” She belongs to a book club that focuses on Latin American works.  She also has a standing weekly social night with a group of Latin American women in Columbus. Her immediate family consists of her 14-year-old cocker spaniel, Dante.  She has four sisters and two brothers in Mexico whom she gets to see fairly frequently. While her work entails a fair amount of travel, she also enjoys it as a leisure activity.  “I went to Europe with one niece,” she says.  “We went to London, Madrid, Seville, Barcelona, Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome.  With two other nieces, I visited New York City, Boston and Washington.”  Other trips in recent years have included South Africa and the Caribbean. Souza admires Rodriguez’s tenacity and willingness to expand her horizons.  “It was incredibly brave of her to come out of a tight-knit family like hers and move to the United States with a global company like Cummins,” she says. Her bachelor’s degree in psychology is from the Universidad Iberoamericana.  She also earned a master’s in business administration from the Instituto Tecnologico Estudio Superiores de Monterrey and took executive training at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Souza sees strategic planning as one of Rodriguez’s particular strengths.  “She has a lot of skills she can bring to creating a process,” she observes.  More generally, she says that “she’s willing to work, whatever the task.  She’s liked and respected at Cummins, but she’s never been the type to just go home from her job at the end of the day.” “My take on her is that she puts her money where her mouth is,” says her predecessor as CAMEO president, Tom Harmon.  “She downplays what she does, but she’s very influential.” Rodriguez’s own assessment is that her talent is “bringing people together and supporting them.  That’s why I’m so drawn to community service.”

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Understanding food labels is key to identifying healthful ingredients oth of Amanda Roggow’s sons were born prematurely. Zander, now 8, was born at 26 weeks gestation, and Quinn, now 4, was born at 23 weeks gestation. At birth, Quinn weighed 19 ounces. He spent the first five months of his life in neonatal intensive care and underwent six surgeries. Three of those surgeries involved his digestive system. At 3 years old, Quinn continued to struggle with eating to the point that doctors were ready to implant a feeding tube. Roggow knew she wanted to exhaust all other options before taking that step. As she began researching, she read the ingredients on the formula she was feeding Quinn and realized that these were products she would not feed to the rest of her family. “Here is my sick child who wouldn’t eat, and I’m putting these things into his body. It wasn’t working,” Roggow says. She put Quinn on goat’s milk and “well-raised” animal fats. “Within a few months, he started eating. He slept better and got to go off his reflux medicine,” she says. “He wanted to eat and started asking to eat. Slowly, over the course of a few months, everything completely changed.” Roggow and her husband, Philip, lived out West for more than 15 years before moving to Columbus in August. Now, as a stay-at-home mom and a food service coordinator for Lutheran Lake’s Camp Lakeview, she is an advocate for knowing the ingredients on a food label. The Roggows are a testament to the importance of checking the labels on store-bought food products, a simple act

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that with the ever-increasing frequency of misleading marketing and fad-diet obsessions, is becoming more important. “The biggest thing I tell anybody is never trust anything on the front,” Roggow said. Cecilia Owens, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Columbus Regional Health, says that she and other dietitians within her department see a dieting trend that is simply a fad and offers no benefits to most people who adhere to it: eating gluten-free. “Gluten-free products are becoming easier to find, which is great for people who are gluten intolerant, but it doesn’t make a difference for people who are otherwise healthy,” Owens says. In fact, gluten-free whole grains may have less fiber than regular products. “Unless you have gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance, it’s better for you to eat well-balanced meals than be gluten-free,” she says. Owens warns about labeling tricks that help market food, but don’t help people eat well:

A label marked “made with whole grains” often contains refined flour as a main ingredient while including a small amount of whole grains to make the claim. Owens recommends looking for the word “whole” as the first ingredient in the ingredient list.




Food manufacturers can be tricky with serving sizes. To make a product look low in fat or calories, they list information based on a tiny, unrealistic serving size. Another trick is to market a package to appear as a single-serving while it is marked on the label as multiple servings. A person who consumes the entire package should know that the ingredient numbers should be multiplied by the number of servings listed at the top of the label.

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Ingredients are ranked in decreasing amounts in the label, with the primary ingredients listed first. “If a product contains corn fructose syrup, cane sugar, pure cane syrup, rice syrup, it’s like liquid sugar is the main ingredient in that product,” says Owens.


Beware of sugar-free foods. They contain artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols that can cause digestive issues.


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Labels that say zero trans fat can actually have trans fat. If you have extra servings of that product, you can accumulate trans fat, because anything less than half a gram can legally be marketed as zero trans fat. Owens warns that products with partially hydrogenated oils should be avoided.


In order for a food to be marketed as “light,” it must have at least one-third fewer calories, fat or sodium than the regular version. While it has less of one, it may have the same amount, or more, of the others.


The Food and Drug Administration has no rule governing the claims of foods that market themselves as “lightly sweetened.” Consumers may assume that the product has less sugar, but that is not necessarily true.

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he space is a mix of old and new, vintage and modern. Amid the living room’s warm chestnut floors and leaded glass windows are accent pieces that make the space extraordinary. Some the homeowners acquired from family members, others were purchased, but all reflect their personality – warm, inviting and bursting with history. Dody and Don Harvey purchased their

19th Street home in 1974. Since then, they have filled it with beautiful vintage and modern furniture and immeasurable memories. “We have a very eclectic collection of furniture,” said Don, as he sat in a chair purchased by Dody’s grandmother in the late 1800s. The coral love seat next to him was purchased by his mother in Terre Haute in the early 1900s. “My brothers and I did somersaults on that Columbus Magazine


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couch,” said Don, laughing. “A radio sat behind it. Each day after school I would come home and sit on the couch and listen to the children’s programs on the radio.” Don and Dody, who have been married for 50 years, said they have kept numerous items for sentimental and financial reasons. “When you start out, you are grateful to have whatever is given to you,” Dody said. “Plus, the old pieces connect you to your family.” Three love seats with wooden, pedestal legs needed adjustments to fit Don and Dody’s lifestyle. Only one person could comfortably fit on each love seat, so they decided to expand and reupholster them. “We loved their design, but we needed them to be functional as well,” Dody said. In the reupholstering process she stumbled upon a note written in pencil on the frame of one of the love seats. It said “May 1891.” 58

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Dody’s favorite pieces are the large dining suite made by the Orinoco Furniture Co. that features hand carving and ornate wooden inlays. “I just love the history and connection to Columbus,” she said. “And the craftsmanship is exquisite.” The Orinoco Furniture Co. began in 1890 when two brothers from Hartsville opened a factory to make tables. The products were reproductions of classical European style furniture. The décor in Dody and Don’s living room goes from vintage to modern. It features Charles Eames molded plywood chairs, an Eames lounge chair and a modern sofa. “I really like this design,” Don said. “Every time period has its own characteristics.” The sofa has an interesting story. Prior to moving to Columbus in 1974, Don and Dody lived in New Jersey. One of their favorite pastimes was to visit a furniture store in New York City. “We looked at that sofa often and imagined what it would look like in our home, but we could never afford it,” Don said. “Years later, when we had saved the money, we went back and bought that sofa.” His favorite item sits in front of the living room fireplace. It is a fire wagon and horse set made of metal.

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“My father bought that for me when I was 12 years old,” he said. “At the time I didn’t think much of it. I didn’t like old things. But many years later I went to the FAO Schwarz store in New York City and realized that I had something really special.” Don and Dody are part of a growing interior design trend of giving retro, classic, vintage pieces a second chance in the home. Whether incorporating a replica or a true vintage item, consumers have fallen in love with recapturing a bit of the past with vintage style pieces.

Mix, don’t match “Vintage everything is popular right now because of the sentimentality of what it means to a lot of us baby boomers,” said Bruce Pollert, owner of Pollert Design Associates. “We remember our parents or grandparents having or using items that now can seem like treasures for us to have as well. Finding the real thing is fun, and antiquing is very popular now because of memories of items we enjoyed and want to relive again.” Pollert said that reproductions are also very popular. “Whether it be furniture or accessories, you can find things that look like they are from the past,” he said. “Lamps, furniture and wall art all can have rough, rusty, peeling painted finishes, which all have that look of being old and worn. Mirrors with smoky

bad-looking silver are also very popular.” Denise Pence, co-owner of Exit 76 Antique Mall in Edinburgh, said she has noticed a significant increase in consumers’ interest in vintage décor. “We have designers coming in all the time looking for items to decorate homes, restaurants and offices,” she said. “They sometimes buy truck loads at a time.” The really hot items, she said, are furniture, glassware and jewelry. “It’s really fun. There are no rules. People are mixing all different styles,” she said. “I think people see it as a way to express their personality. They are constantly repurposing things. I had a guy come in recently who was going to turn a parking meter into a lamp.” Pence said she has always admired vintage items. “They are just so classy and elegant,” she said. “I love the history and their stories.” Post-modern vintage also is popular, Pollert said. “Good, classic contemporary design has always been popular with those who love clean lines and open spaces,” he said. “Well-designed, functional accessories that are also beautiful are great examples of vintage home décor that may have been around in the ’40s and ’50s but still look crisp and new today.  People who like these clean lines are drawn to the post-modern look and whether it is from mid-century or from now, the clean, simple lines can be very appealing and work well together.” As Christmas approaches, Pollert said vintage seasonal items also are in style. “Old-looking ornaments, miniature trees, Nativity sets and other decorations have the look of Christmas past, and many people love bring those items back into their holiday celebrations,” he said. Whether it’s a century-old item passed down from a relative, or an item from a flea market that’s found a new home, vintage décor gives people a way to express their personality and heritage. “Working vintage pieces into a beautiful interior can help add texture, color and design to a room,” Pollert said. “When added to a new interior, the antique-looking vintage piece can create an eclectic look that satisfies the new and old in all of us.”

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No strangers to the national political scene,

Mike and Karen Pence now refocus on strengthening Indiana


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hen Mike Pence strides through the opulent rooms of the Governor’s Residence or beneath the dome of the Indiana Statehouse, it’s easy to forget that the Columbus native grew up in a modest home on 31st Street, packed in with his parents and five siblings. That he spent his summers barefoot, wading in Haw Creek and playing baseball in vacant lots. That from a young age he earned money by working as a paperboy for The Republic. One year into his term as Indiana governor, Pence has crafted a public image as a common-sense conservative focused on the economy and education. He previously served six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he held a variety of leadership positions, and his name often appears on the short list of potential Republican presidential candidates. But at heart, Pence is still guided by his family, his faith and the small-town values he learned growing up in Columbus. “Columbus is home and always will be for me,” he said. “(Karen and I) both feel that we were really blessed in the way that we grew up, and all of those experiences prepared us for what we’re doing today for the people of Indiana.”

Left: Mike Pence holds one of the trophies he won in speech competitions while a student at St. Columba Catholic School. Above: (From left) Brothers Mike, Tom, Ed and Greg with parents, Nancy and Ed, in the 1960s.

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A Boy from Everroad Park West Born in 1959, Pence was named for his grandfather, a Chicago bus driver who had immigrated to the United States from Ireland in 1919. His father owned a local chain of gas stations, and his mother was a homemaker. He attended Catholic schools and Columbus North High School, played basketball and football, and collected comic books — especially Batman and Superman. Early on, he began developing skills that would serve him well in his political career. In middle school, he started competing in speech contests; in his office at the Governor’s Residence, he displays the first of many trophies he won. In high school, he also got involved in student government and worked as a youth coordinator for the Democratic Party in Bartholomew County. “The heroes of my youth were John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, so that drew me to Democratic politics,” he said. “But when I went off to college, I started to identify with the common-sense conservative ideas expressed by Ronald Reagan, and that drew me to the Republican Party.” Pence studied history at Hanover College and later attended law school at Indiana University. In subsequent years, he would head a think tank focused on Indiana issues, syndicate a radio talk show statewide, get his own TV show on WNDY and finally launch his political career. But before all that, he met Karen.

A Girl from Indianapolis Before she was the first lady of the Hoosier state, Karen Pence worked as an elementary school art teacher and painter, a passion she now nurtures as an advocate for art therapy programs. A Broad Ripple native, she hadn’t strayed far from her childhood home to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from Butler University. She met the future governor just a few blocks from campus, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, where she was playing in a guitar group. After church one day, he introduced him-


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self by asking how to join the group — a ploy he could have backed up if necessary, he insists. One day, after about nine months of dating, Mike suggested that they walk along the canal in Broad Ripple and feed the ducks. “I tore off the end of the bread and out popped a ring box,” Karen said. Mike had hollowed out both loaves of bread; the other one contained two plastic glasses and a miniature bottle of Champagne. They were married soon after, in 1985, and had a modest reception at a Speedway hotel. It was a perfect wedding, Karen says, except for the part when Mike’s brothers chucked him into the hotel swimming pool. Early in their relationship, Mike had shared his political ambitions with Karen — specifically, that he hoped to run for Congress when he reached his 50s. “We talked about a lot of stuff, because I wanted to know, ‘What are we talking about if we go down that path, and what are your dreams?’” she says. “But I kept thinking, ‘That’s way down the road.’” But it wasn’t. In 1988, just a few years later, Mike jumped at an opportunity to run for Congress. He lost, ran again in 1990 and lost again. Now, Karen says, “We really didn’t know what we were doing, and it was a good thing that we didn’t get elected until later, when we were both more mature.” Instead, the couple focused on building a family. Children Michael, Charlotte and Audrey were all born within a three-year span. It would be more than a decade before Mike once again waded into political waters.

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A Family in Washington, D.C. Listening to the Pences talk about Mike’s political career, it is abundantly clear that they view themselves as a team. They often use the plural first-person pronoun: “We got elected,” “We had the privilege to serve.” They have been crafting that approach since 2000, when Mike first won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Raising three children, Mike and Karen faced a dilemma — to keep the children in Columbus or uproot them to Washington, D.C. In the end, it was Dan and Marilyn Quayle who advised them to stick together. And for six two-year terms, they did just that, striking a tenuous balance between family events and Mike’s responsibilities on Capitol Hill, which increasingly included leadership positions within the Republican Party. “I feel like we had a pretty normal life,” Karen says “(The children) didn’t really know that their dad was that much of a celebrity until the governor’s race, and that was a little new for them, but they were so little back then that it didn’t affect them as much.” Looking back on six terms in Congress, Mike says he is most proud of the fact that his family and his marriage grew stronger. The political achievements, he says, are secondary.

Empty-Nesters in the Governor’s Residence When Mike and Karen began to discuss the possibility of a governor’s race in 2012, they stayed focused on how the decision would affect their family — even though all three children are now in college. “That one took a lot of thought and talking with the kids and asking a lot of friends and advisers,” Karen says. “I don’t think we would have run for governor unless all five of us were on board, because it’s a lot different from Congress. We’re living in the Governor’s Residence, we’re in the spotlight a lot more, and we don’t have as much privacy. So, for us, we felt like we wanted the kids on board.” With the support of his family, Mike entered the gubernatorial race, focusing his campaign on a “road map for Indiana” that emphasized employment, education and economic development. In November, he claimed victory over Democratic candidate John Gregg, although not by the enormous margins some pundits had predicted. “I’ve long believed that states hold the key for really creating jobs and educational


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opportunities for people, much more than the federal government,” he says. “The opportunity to come home and help lead the state as governor was just a great privilege.” A year into his term, the governor has earned accolades from fellow Republicans, who say his small-town Columbus roots are foundational to his political outlook. “There is no better crucible to learn those fundamental precepts of good government — living within your means and providing opportunity to those willing to work for it — than Indiana’s small communities,” said House Speaker Brian Bosma, a Republican who has known the governor since their law school days. “Personal integrity, standing by your word and giving a hand to those who need it is the small-town Main Street way, and Mike embodies those principles daily.” State Rep. Milo Smith, a Republican who represents the Columbus area, said the governor’s focus on education is a testament to the strong educational system he observed and experienced in Columbus. “Mike is doing a great job as governor,” he said. “Mitch Daniels was probably the most popular governor we’ve ever had, which makes it difficult for Mike to say, ‘This is the way I’m


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Opposite page, left: Pence accepts congratulations from a Hanover College official after delivering an address at the college commencement in 1981. Top: The Pence brothers, from left, Tom, Ed, Mike and Greg, gather in a suite at Lucas Oil Stadium on Election Night 2012. Submitted photos. This page: Mike and Karen Pence, with their children, (from left) Audrey, Michael and Charlotte. Photo by Joe Harpring

going to do it,’ but he is doing a great job, and he is well on his way.” The state’s Democratic leaders also praise the governor’s leadership style, even as they object to his views on hot-button issues like Medicaid expansion, marriage equality and education reform. “He is certainly a gentleman at all times, very courteous, very cordial, and he is easy to communicate with,” said Senate Minority Leader Timothy Lanane. “On policy matters, obviously, we don’t agree on very much, but we disagree in an agreeable fashion.” Although pundits often finger Pence as a potential presidential candidate, for now he remains focused on Indiana. “I haven’t spent one second thinking about anything other than the job that the people of Indiana elected me to do in 2012,” he says. “I get up every day and think about Indiana and think about how we can make Indiana the best place in America to live, to work, to grow

a business, to start a business, to get a job, to go to school, to retire. And that’s enough.” As Mike settles into his gubernatorial role, he and Karen are also settling into their home in the Governor’s Residence, which they share with cats Oreo and Pickle. Although they have demanding schedules, they still set Sundays aside for church and family, declining all public appearances except Indianapolis Colts home games and visits to various churches. On one of their first Sundays in the Governor’s Residence, they visited their old stomping grounds at St. Thomas Aquinas — the church where Mike had introduced himself to Karen by feigning interest in the guitar group. During the service that morning, the priest asked visitors to stand and introduce themselves. Still unsure about how to handle their newfound fame, but guided by their small-town roots, the couple stood. “We’re the Pences,” Mike said to the congregation, “and we’re new to the neighborhood.” Ryan and Jean Hou Columbus Magazine


Pam and Todd Voelz make their home picture-perfect with abundance of lights and ornaments Story by Kelsey DeClue Photos by Joe Harpring


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urrounded by a snowcovered lawn and glistening frigid waters, the Voelz home shines like a beacon of warmth. Soft light streams from the giant picture windows that overlook the water, and the Terrace Lake residence gives the distinct impression that it’s a place you just want to be. Inside and out, each winter, Todd and Pam Voelz transform their home into a veritable holiday wonderland. Christmas permeates nearly every space of the home with the family’s five Christmas trees and impressive collection of antique and vintage decorations and ornaments. The Voelzes’ proclivity for spreading cheer throughout their home and property comes to them honestly. They own Parker Portraits, and Todd, the photographer, grew up on a farm west of the city. Christmas on the farm was a big deal. Each year on his birthday (Oct. 29), his mother would begin playing Christmas music. “I know for a fact that she still does today,” Todd said. His family’s search for a tree each year 74

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took them to multiple farms to compete with family friends the Lienhoops to see who could cut down the biggest tree. “Living in an old farmhouse, I was always lucky because we could cut down a 10-foot tree because we had what were considered tall ceilings back then,” Todd said. “Gene Lienhoop, on the other hand, would cut down three trees, two of which were at least 10-feet tall, and I could always remember how jealous I was that we did not have room for three trees. “’Someday,’ I thought.” Todd and Pam raised son, Chase, and daughter, Addison, in five different homes, and as the size of each home increased, so did the

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number of trees displayed and trimmed. They purchased the Terrace Lake home in 2005. “That Christmas I was able to put up and decorate five trees,” Todd said. “Two more than Gene put up in his house when I was a kid.” Todd said he’s often asked how he and Pam manage to fill five trees. With the couple’s extensive ornament collection, it’s easy. They have been collecting Shiny Bright and Old World ornaments for many years, some of which have been passed down through the generations. “We have enough (Old World) ornaments to decorate two trees with about 300 ornaments,” Todd said. A gorgeous Fraser

fir stands in the home’s formal living room, trimmed with 900 white lights and a collection of traditional Old World ornaments. However, the couple’s favorite room is the sunroom, which contains a retro orange wood-burning fireplace that makes the space nice and cozy even in the winter. The Voelzes display a 14-foot white pine, trimmed with antique ornaments from both sets of their grandparents and a mix of Shiny Bright ornaments. “This tree contains 1,300 white lights and several packages of old-time foiled icicles,” Todd said. “It’s where we’d open presents every Christmas morning when the kids were little, too.”

The sunroom also contains Pam’s coveted antique shelving unit, which displays many of the couple’s vintage and family heirloom Christmas figurines. “I remember my grandmother Voelz decorating with some of my favorite items proudly set in our cabinet today,” Todd said. “Two of them being a set of elves probably bought at Murphy’s Five and Dime on Washington Street. “Other favorite items include two ornaments that my mother allowed me to take to school and hang on the Christmas tree each year I was at St. Peter’s Lutheran School. At the time, students could bring ornaments Columbus Magazine



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from home and decorate the classroom tree. “Who knew today that those very inexpensive ornaments would have a special place in my home.” Pam’s favorite items on the shelves include a lighted Santa and snowman and a Shiny Bright bubble light set that the couple purchased on a weekend shopping trip to Chicago. Only Pam is allowed to place those items on the shelf during the annual decorating process. “Everything has to be placed just right,” she said, with a smile. The kitchen holds an artificial tree with more Old World ornaments and is one of the first to be trimmed. The fourth tree is located in the entryway and is decorated solely with snowmen. The fifth tree hides in the lower level theater room and is trimmed with the collection of Santas that Chase and Addison have acquired since childhood. “Even though they’re off living their own lives, the kids still look forward to coming home and seeing the house during the holidays,” Pam said. “They always ask if the house

“Even though they’re off living their own lives, the kids still look forward to coming home and seeing the house during the holidays.” —pam voelz

is decorated before coming home. “They’d be disappointed if we put even one less tree or decoration up.” And even before the kids arrive home, Pam and Todd enjoy the decor as empty-nesters. “We look forward to coming home from work and maybe making a drink and relax-

ing, enjoying the lights and how they play on the water,” Pam said. The home’s open-concept main living area provides a sunken formal living room with sight lines into the dining room. During the holidays, the formal dining table is always set. Just a few years after they married, Pam and Todd began collecting Christmas china. They settled on a Fritz and Floyd pattern called St. Nicolas. It is the same pattern Todd’s mother collected. “Our Christmas Eve and Day dinners are served on the china, and we really look forward to using it every year,” Todd said. The Voelzes work to ensure the property surrounding the home reflects the cheer throughout the inside. The trees lining the long drive and those in the home’s backyard, which runs into the lake, are wrapped in lights that can be seen from the dam on the opposite side of the water. “Christmas is such a special time to us,” Pam said. “Chase (who’s a professional chef in New York) cooks these wonderful meals when he comes home, and we all just love getting together and spending time together in this house.”

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Frozen Assets From figure skating to hockey to broomball, local athletes appreciate Hamilton Center Ice Arena Story by Paige Harden | Photos by Stacy Able Photography

The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, began his historic hockey career in Columbus at the Hamilton Center Ice Arena. He was a 17-year-old high school student at the time and was in Columbus for the 1978 Indianapolis Racers World Hockey Association tryouts. “The Racers were holding their training camp and tryouts in Columbus that year, and my dad took me to watch,” said Eric Neal, chairman of the Park Foundation Hamilton Center Restoration Project. “I didn’t know who Gretzky was at the time, but that’s when I first fell in love with hockey.” Neal convinced his father to let him take skating lessons, and the following year he met another hockey great. In 1979, Gordie Howe led a hockey clinic at Hamilton Center. Thirty-four years later Neal is still playing hockey and telling his stories about meeting two of hockey’s greatest players of all time. “I really don’t think people understand how lucky we are to have such a wonderful ice skating facility in Columbus. It has always been one of the best rinks in the Midwest,” Neal said. “People travel several hours to practice on our ice. I think of Hamilton Center as one of the differentiating factors about our community, just like The Commons and Otter Creek Golf Course.” Each year more than 12,000 people visit Hamil-


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ton Center for public skating sessions. It is currently undergoing a $3 million renovation project, the first renovation since it was built in 1976. The ice rink hosts more than 100 participants in the youth hockey and figure skating programs, six adult hockey teams, nine adult broomball teams and numerous speed skaters from across the Midwest. Nicole Cortez thinks of Hamilton Center as her second home. She started skating when she was 7 and hopes to skate professionally someday. “My parents were looking for something to do as a family and found the ice rink by accident,” Cortez said. “We had just moved to Columbus and were looking for things to do. I fell in love with skating and started taking lessons right away.”

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Cortez, a 17-year-old high school junior, practices before and after school every day. She also works part time at the rink. She recently returned to the ice after a two-year break. “I wanted to make sure it was my passion,” she said. “I missed it so much. I honestly

“I really don’t think people understand how lucky we are to have such a wonderful ice skating facility in Columbus. It has always been one of the best rinks in the Midwest.” —Eric Neal didn’t know what to do without skating. I missed being with my friends and the adrenaline rush from being on the ice.” Cortez’s favorite figure skating skill is jumping, specifically the double flip and double salchow. “When I’m skating I just get this feeling of freedom, like I’m flying,” she said. Cortez is one of the nearly 100 Lincoln 80

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Center Figure Skating Club members. The LCSC program was founded in 1960 and trains skaters to compete in state, regional and national figure skating competitions. The club also hosts the annual “Ice Show” the last weekend of April. Mackenzie Geckler, 15, said the first skill she learned on skates was how to get up. “The first thing they teach you is how to get up off the ice correctly, so you can get up after you fall. And, yes, you will fall a lot at first,” she said. “I love to skate. Most people think it’s just ballet on ice, but it’s so much more.” One fact many people don’t know about figure skating, Geckler said, is that figure skates are different from hockey skates. “Figure skating skates have a toe pick on the front of them, which allows figure skaters to do jumps, spins and other elements, while hockey skates are used only for forward and backward skating,” she said. Carleen Fry is the Hamilton Center program coordinator and the mother of two figure skaters and one hockey player. “We basically live here,” Fry said. “We really are one big family. Everyone encour-

Hamilton Center Ice Arena ages each other and cheers each other on. We have met so many friends through ice sports.” Fry said her children learned important lessons on the ice. “They really had to learn how to focus. I think it helped them learn dedication and hard work,” she said. “They had a lot of failures before they succeeded. They learned to take the losses with gratitude and grace.” Fry said parents should always remind their children to have fun. “Don’t push them too hard,” she said. “Encourage them when they fall, because they will fall, but remind them that the pain and hard work will pay off.” Brian Clark, president of the Columbus Youth Hockey Board and father of twin hockey players, said parents should start by taking their children to a public skating session to see if they enjoy ice skating. “If they like it, then the first step would be to get them into an introduction to ice skating class,” Clark said. “They have to be comfortable on the ice before they can start learning the skills of hockey.” Hockey players learn the basics of hockey in the Columbus Parks and Recreation club league. As players advance in their skills, they can join the Columbus Youth Hockey travel league. In total, the two leagues have about 130 players. When players reach high school age, they can try out for the Columbus Icemen club team, which is not associated with Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. The Icemen compete against other club teams in the region. “Our Icemen are extremely competitive,” Clark said. “I think that says a lot about our program. From the youngest teams through high school, we have a deep commitment to excellence, and we’re very proud of that.” The Columbus Broomball Association was founded more than 25 years ago and boasts a roster of more than 100 players. A mix between soccer, lacrosse and hockey, broomball teams play with six players, including a goalie. Most players wear broomball shoes, which provide a special grip that allows them to run on the ice. Players use 4-foot sticks with a wood or aluminum shaft and a plastic mallet on the end. Balls are about 6 inches in diameter and are filled with air.

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Goals are 6-by-8 feet, a little bigger than the standard 4-by-6 hockey goals. While hockey pucks can be shot at more than 100 mph, broomball’s best shooters hit about 75 mph. Goalies wear helmets with a full face mask and full pads. Other players wear helmets, and most wear knee and shin pads. “Anyone can be good at broomball, but if you have good stick handling skills then you already have one up on your competitor,” said Scott Herron, who has helped organize the league since 1996. “Hockey guys normally have good stick work but have to learn how to balance their bodies while running, sliding, stopping and hitting the ball on the ice with shoes rather than with skates. Also, if someone can really hit a whiffle ball, they will more than likely have a great shot in broomball.” Unlike tennis shoes, broomball shoes have a soft, sponge-like sole that is normally two inches thick. The spongy material smashes into the ice with every step, which allows for a

wider base for increased stability.  “Shoes are a must if you want to be competitive and have the best possible traction control,” Herron said. “Plus shoes allow you to have more fun.” He said broomball is a great workout and can be just for fun or extremely competitive. A co-ed team from Columbus made the second round of the championship bracket in the 2012 national tournament. Columbus will host a tournament on Jan. 4 with teams coming from Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Detroit and Dayton. Speed skating is a relatively new sport to Hamilton Center. A nonprofit group called Columbus’ Elite Speed Program became an official member of the U.S. Speed Skating program in 2010. Columbus’ Elite Speed is composed of skaters from northern Indianapolis to Louisville and plays throughout the Midwest. The club focuses on training and instructing athletes for competition, however it is open to anyone who enjoys skating.

Hamilton Center Ice Arena Renovation Project The Hamilton Center Ice Arena Renovation Project is a $3 million undertaking, two-thirds of which is funded by the city of Columbus and one-third by private donations. The three-part project will restore and preserve the original design; create and enhance community options and awareness of ice sports; and build a sustainability plan. Updates will include: • Dasher boards around the rink • Restored and expanded locker rooms. • Restored community center and lobby. • Added meeting space. • Restored restrooms. • Improved efficiency. • Roof (largest expense). • New flooring. • New patio.

To donate, or for more information, call 376-2680 or visit www.columbuspark give-to-parks/ hamilton-center.

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To create priceless memories with your family this Christmas, look no farther than Indianapolis. The city celebrates the holidays with museum exhibits, musical performances, merry street festivals and memorable light displays.


Visit the world’s largest Christmas tree. Every year, nearly 5,000 twinkling lights cascade from the 242-foot Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Monument Circle, creating the world’s largest Christmas tree. The annual Circle of Lights treelighting, which takes place the day after Thanksgiving, draws more than 100,000 spectators, but the real magic happens on quieter evenings, when the illuminated trees twinkle and snow falls softly on the hushed holiday tableau. The tree stays lighted through Jan. 11.


Stroll through a winter wonderland. For three days, Dec. 13 to 15, the recently revamped Georgia Street corridor becomes a haven for holiday activities. Street vendors sell hot chocolate and roasted nuts, Indiana artisans sell unique gift items and local choirs sing traditional carols. Don’t miss the chance to visit Santa Claus, decorate cookies or tour the historic St. John Catholic Church.

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See how the other half decorates for the holidays.

For a peek at one of the city’s historic mansions, head to Oldfields — the Lilly House and Gardens — on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, the 22-room Lilly House gets dressed up for the holidays with decorations that are authentic to its 1913 origins, such as blooming plants and cut greenery. Tours continue through Jan. 5. 4000 N. Michigan Road, (317) 923-1331,


See a Christmas play or musical. For many families, the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” is a holiday tradition. But the IRT isn’t the only theater that offers holiday performances. Beef & Boards, one of the nation’s longest-running dinner theaters, presents “A Beef & Boards Christmas,” a show full of holiday music and dance numbers. Footlite Musicals is performing “White Christmas” this year, and the Phoenix Theatre is once again producing its irreverent holiday show, “A Very Phoenix Xmas: Angels We Have Heard While High.” No matter what your theatrical tastes, you’ll find a show to suit your interests. Beef & Boards: 9301 Michigan Road, (317) 8729664,; Footlite Musicals: 1847 N. Alabama St., (317) 926-6630,; Indiana Repertory Theatre: 140 W. Washington St., (317) 635-5252,; Phoenix Theatre: 749 N. Park Ave., (317) 635-7529,


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Experience a country Christmas. During the sixth annual Christmas on the Farm event at Traders Point Creamery, held Dec. 14, you can meet live elk, take a sleigh hayride, sing carols and shop for gifts and food items at the farmers market. Santa Claus will be there, too, sitting on a throne made of hay bales. At the Loft Restaurant, which is decorated with fresh greenery, you can sample farm-fresh treats like hot chocolate and eggnog. 9101 Moore Road, Zionsville; (317) 733-1700;


Take a step back in time.

In the evening stillness, 1836 Prairietown at Conner Prairie looks more real than ever. Bundle up for a stroll in the village during Conner Prairie by Candlelight, where costumed interpreters discuss historic holiday traditions — including a wacky new fad of giving gifts at Christmas. Along the way, you can sample cookies at the town doctor’s holiday party and sing carols around a bonfire. Afterward, head back inside to view the winning gingerbread houses from Conner Prairie’s annual competition. 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers; (317) 776-6006;


Have a cup of tea.

For most of the year, the historic L.S. Ayres Tea Room at the Indiana State Museum is open by reservation only for group events. But during the holidays, the tradition comes alive once again, with a menu of favorites like chicken velvet soup and pot pie. Afterward, join the Celebration Crossing festivities, including musical performances and train rides; search for your county’s ornament on the museum’s 92-county ornament tree; or watch the Legacy Theater Troupe perform “Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940s Christmas.” 650 W. Washington St., (317) 232-1637, Columbus Magazine


Every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the historic L.S. Ayres cherub takes its seat above the clock at the corner of Washington and Meridian streets. The 3-foot bronze sculpture first appeared on the clock during the 1947 holiday season, partly to commemorate the department store’s 75th anniversary, and immediately became a holiday icon. The cherub disappeared in 1992, after the May Department Stores Co. bought L.S. Ayres and shuttered the downtown store. But after a public outcry, the company returned the cherub to the city in time for the 1994 holiday season. It is now under the care of Indianapolis Downtown Inc., and spotting it on its clock perch is once again a holiday tradition.


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Explore Jolly Days at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Who needs a sleigh? At this annual event, Santa Claus makes his grand entrance in a race car. Through Jan. 5, the Jolly Days celebration includes a giant slide, a holiday train, simulated ice fishing and even a simulated ice skating rink, where children can slide around in their socks. Bonus: The gift shop doubles as one of the best toy stores in the city, so you can get some last-minute holiday shopping done while the children are visiting with Santa. 3000 N. Meridian St., (317) 334-3322, www.


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Tap your toes to beloved holiday tunes. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration features headlining performers like Sandi Patty and the Von Trapp Family Singers, not to mention the orchestra itself. This year’s show includes songs from “A Christmas Story: The Musical” and “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” as well as a visit from the Tap Dancing Santas. Don’t miss the reindeer grazing outside the Hilbert Circle Theatre on Monument Circle. 32 E. Washington St., (317) 639-4300,



Visit the Indianapolis Zoo.

Go west, young man (or woman). If your little ones love trains, the annual Jingle Rails exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is the perfect spot to make holiday memories. They’ll love watching the seven model trains chug across bridges, over trestles and through tunnels. In between, they’ll spot models of more than 30 U.S. destinations, including Mount Rushmore, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Old Faithful geyser (yes, it actually erupts). 500 W. Washington St., (317) 636-9378,

Now in its 45th year, the Christmas at the Zoo event is one of the city’s best displays of holiday lights. Visitors can also meet some of the hardier animals, such as seals and polar bears, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus and sip hot chocolate around a campfire. Don’t miss the treats at Santa’s Sweet Shop or the holiday-themed dolphin shows. 1200 W. Washington St., (317) 630-2001,

Hitch a ride on a horse-drawn carriage.


Companies like Yellow Rose Carriages offer horse-drawn carriage rides year-round, weather permitting. Snuggle under a pile of warm blankets as your horse clip-clops slowly through the decorated downtown streets — surely the best way to enjoy sights like the Circle of Lights. A one-hour grand tour for up to four passengers will set you back $100; reservations are recommended. (317) 634-3400,

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Sarah Mcswain & Marc Huther Aug. 20, 2013 Ceremony and reception at the Inn at Irwin Gardens Photography by Stacy Able Photography;

Four years ago Marc and Sarah stayed at the Inn at Irwin Gardens as one of the first guests welcomed by the mansion’s owners, Chris and Jessica Stevens, Marc’s aunt and uncle. Sarah told Marc that she hoped to have their wedding there one day. Three years later Marc took Sarah back to the inn and asked her to marry him. When Sarah started planning the wedding décor, she decided to emulate the theme and décor already existing at the historic inn. She chose gray and light pink as her colors and incorporated some vintage trends such as mercury glass and antique floral designs. Every piece of décor at the wedding was handpicked by Sarah and close family members from antique shops and flea markets. Sarah’s grandfather performed the ceremony. Her favorite memory of the evening was when she and Marc “snuck away” for their first dance under the stars with only a few close friends watching. Marc said his favorite moment was seeing Sarah waving at him while she walked down the aisle (the first time he saw her in her dress). Sarah and Marc Huther live in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate student in speech-language pathology, and he is a store manager at Aldi.


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“She Goes Out” Pamper Party Oct. 25 at The Commons

1. Alan Trisler poses with (from left) Marlee Schlehuser, Elizabeth Szarvas, Debra Griffin, Angela Sutton and Kathy Medlin. 2. Sherry Stark and Lynne Hyatt. 3. Angela Straub. 4. A goody bag from Edinburgh Premium Outlets holds a rose from Claudia’s Flora Bunda. 5. Kelly Simpson Schwarze models clothing from Red Lips Spatique. 6. Peggy Steele, Zoe Ann Bergstedt, Janice Sabotin, Frances Bean and Kim Bean attend the Pamper Party every year as a group. 7. Bobbie Evans and Judy Shepherd. 8. Ana Vallow, holding her son, Paxton, checks out a Lipgarb color in the mirror. 9. Physicians Brian Williams, George Albers and Dan Davis provide information at the Columbus Regional Health booth. 10. Attendees fill The Commons.


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Finish on Fourth: Mill Race Marathon After party Sept. 28 on Fourth Street


1. (Standing) Josh Baraocas, Joe Bowman, Lisa Porter, Noah Adams, David Porter and Evan Porter. (Seated) Kerry Haertel, Jacquelyn Beckman, Megan Crowder and Andy Richards. 2. The marathon drew approximately 4,100 participants. 3. Alba and Sam Wilcoxon. 4. Riley Schumm prepares to step off the zip line platform.

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5. Twin bothers Andy and James Mann relax after finishing the marathon. This was Andy’s 25th marathon and James’ 20th. 6. Emily and Firas Ghanem, with baby Aliya. 7. Adam Riddick and his wife, Melanie, who won the Ram pickup. 8. Kim Hollenkamp and Paul Sager.





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UnCommon Cause Bollywood: The Sights and Sounds of India | Oct. 26 at The Commons

1. Srikanth Padmanabhan, Miranda Cross and Kelly McVey. 2. A treasure chest of beads used for the “Heads or Tails” contest. 3. Mayor Kristen Brown, Suzie Rentschler and Bianca Gregory Snider. 4. Eric and Cindy Frey. 5. Jan Nugent, Pica Saddler, Surekha DiOrio, Dan McElroy, Pat Bush and Elli McElroy. 6. Sherry Stark shows off her henna tattoo. 7. The Bollywood Crew of Dance Street: (back row, from left) Kelly Benjamin, Pica Saddler, Sarla Kalsi, Surekha DiOrio, Karen Shrode, Sarah Cannon, Tom Sherer and Chris Raskob. (front row, from left) Julie Aton, Ronda Byers, Denika Pande and Lizabeth Aton. 8. The Bollywood Crew of Dance Street performs. 9. This year marked the 38th anniversary of the event. 10. Kashmira Mehta, Amanda DSouza, Neha Badani, Radhika Bali, Richa Salunkhe and Pragati Bhatnagar. 11. Lisa Westmark and Lloyd Brooks. 12. Rebecca Pebley, Stephanie Strothmann, Carol Draper and Hilary Owens. 13. Chris Monroe and Deb Turrel.


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Volunteers in Medicine Reverse Raffle Nov. 8 at Clarion Hotel

1. Mandy Miller and Kelli Thompson.


2. David Langenderfer and Paige Harden. 3. Garlene and Bill Weisner. 4. The raffle is Volunteers in Medicine’s largest fundraising event, and raised $170,000.


5. Rovene Quigley. 6. Scott DeDomenic, Scott Ballard, Joy King and Scott Barrix. 7. (from left) Kim Corbin, Mark Corbin, Rick Quintero, Sherri Quintero, Alan Hayes, Melissa Hayes, Amber Landini, Bruce Landini, Rhonda Green and Tom Green. 8. Harumi Anderson, Bob Anderson, Bryce Mitchell and Krystie Mitchell.


9. Cindy and Scott Taskey. 10. Suzie and Charlie Rentschler. 11. Lora and John Miller. 12. Emily Hostetler, Kim Bennett and Tammy Shatto. 13. Marina and Cherian Olikara. 14. Faith Stinebring and Walt DeArmitt. 15. Tina Latta, Dan McElroy and Mary Ferdon.


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*Each listing is in order by date within its coordinating category

Sandi Patty performs with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra through Dec. 23.


Through Dec. 23 Five-time Grammy Award-winner and Indiana favorite Sandi Patty returns to the stage with Jack Everly, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and an extraordinary cast of singers and dancers during the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s “Yuletide Celebration.” The von Trapp Family Singers, the

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great-grandchildren of Capt. von Trapp, will perform a “Sound of Music” medley and other classic holiday tunes. Don’t miss the flying reindeer, tap dancing Santas, magical toy shop and amazing music that makes this one of Indiana’s greatest holiday traditions. Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianap-

olis. Information: Dec. 14 With the holidays fast approaching, make sure your home is full of festive spirit during the Bartholomew County Historical Society “Saturday Sampler: Holiday Ornaments.” Ornaments are a special way

Happy New Year! to remember times and places, as well as symbolize important parts of our heritage. Make ornaments celebrating different cultures. Everyone will also have the opportunity to view the special holiday exhibit. Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Location: Bartholomew County Historical Society. Information: 372-3541 or Dec. 15 Don’t miss “Celebrate the Holidays” with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Share the holiday spirit with family and friends as the orchestra and the Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir capture your heart with the timeless sounds of holiday classics, while thrilling you with new songs celebrating the season. Time: 3 and 7 p.m. Cost: $10 to $35. Location: Erne Auditorium, Columbus North High School. Information: 376-2638, ext. 110 or Dec. 21 “A John Rutter Christmas,” featuring St. Bartholomew Choir and Fairlawn Presbyterian Chancel Choir, will be an inspiring program of beautiful Christmas originals and arrangements written by a living legend of the musical world, British composer John Rutter. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. Information: 379-9353. Dec. 27 Last Fridays Bluegrass is an open bluegrass jam for musicians of all ages. A mix of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, folk and gospel will be played. The public is welcome to participate or simply enjoy the music. Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Fairlawn Presbyterian Church. Information: 344-2664.

Feb. 1 The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic performs “Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles.” The full show presents 30 Beatles tunes from the early years through the solo years. Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 to $50. Location: Erne Auditorium, Columbus North High School. Information: 376-2638, ext. 110 or Feb. 23 The Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents “Musical Interpretations & Borrowings.” Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Columbus North High School. Information:

Dec. 31 Ring in the new year with Mike Armstrong as he takes the stage as part of the Yes Comedy Showcase. Tickets: $20 advance; $25 at the door. Time: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Location: Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Information: 378-0377 or Celebrate on Georgia Street in Indianapolis. Information: Don’t miss ONC Underground NYE. Time: 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. Location: Old National Centre, 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis. Information: End the year with a bang with a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration at the Indiana State Museum. Face painting, stilt walkers, clowns and music highlight the evening. A balloon drop at 8 p.m. allows the little ones to celebrate the new year in style. Reservations are accepted, but not required. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: 232-1637 or

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Through Dec. 30 As the temperatures drop, let holiday traditions at the Indianapolis Zoo warm your heart. Christmas at the Zoo is a truly magical time as the zoo is covered in twinkling lights. Sip a hot beverage, visit the animals and enjoy exhibits and special activities throughout the zoo. It runs Wednesday to Sunday only. Location: Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: Dec. 7 The Festival of Lights Parade features floats, animals and walking groups from local corporations, businesses and community groups. The streets of downtown Columbus light up with thousands of twinkling lights. Fireworks will follow when Santa passes City Hall. Time: 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Information: 390-6912.

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Dec. 5-8 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Built to Amaze, the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show on Earth.” Times vary. Tickets: $20 to $78. Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information:

at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tickets: $50 to $175. Game tickets include admission to Big Ten Fan Fest. Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, 500 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis. Information: Dec. 12 The Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents the live debut of the band’s multi-platinum rock opera, “The Lost Christmas Eve.” Time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $44.70 to $83.15. Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information: bankerslifefield Dec. 14 Basketball fans will enjoy the Crossroads Classic. In Game 1, IU takes on Notre Dame. Purdue will battle Butler in Game 2. Game times: 3:15 and 6 p.m. Tickets: $60 to $90. Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information: Jan. 18 Don’t miss Dancing with the Stars Columbus Style, an event that benefits Children Inc. and Family School Part-

Dec. 6-7 Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs, “Mamma Mia” is the ultimate feelgood show and is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found. Time: 8 p.m. Tickets: $38 to $62. Location: IU Auditorium, Bloomington. Information: Dec. 7 Don’t miss the 2013 Big Ten Football Championship game

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ners. Time: 2 and 7 p.m. Cost: Matinee tickets $15 each or a table of 10 for $200; evening tickets $35 each or a table of 10 for $400. Location: Clarion Hotel. Information: 314-3860. Jan. 18 The St. Bartholomew Concert Series presents “The Journey with Everett Greene,” bass-baritone, and his jazz combo. The Emmy Award winner and smooth jazz singer returns to perform jazz selections, including compositions written for Martin Luther King Jr. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St. Information: 379-9353. Jan. 20 The Columbus Area Arts Council presents the Living Voices’ production of “The Right to Dream” in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America are witnessed in this compelling story. “The Right to Dream” is a play that recreates a student’s coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s. This program illuminates Photo by Jason McEachern

Dec. 5-8 A holiday family tradition, Butler Ballet is proud to present the 29th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” where children and adults are dazzled and delighted by glorious scenery and costumes, spectacular dancing and magical moments. Twirl with the snowflakes and waltz with the flowers while waiting for the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince. Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score performed by the Butler Ballet Orchestra and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Times: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 8 p.m. Dec. 6; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7; 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets: $28.50 and $21.50 for adults; $23 and $17 for children. Location: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis. Information: 317-940-6444 or

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Built to Amaze, the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show on Earth” Dec. 5-8

the issues of civil rights, leading audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history. Time: 2 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: The Commons. Information: 3762539 or

heroes and hearts prevail in “Disney on Ice Princesses & Heroes.” Times vary. Tickets: $6.50 to $73. Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information:

Jan. 20 The Harlem Globetrotters visit Indianapolis, bringing the world’s tallest pro basketball player who is 7-feet-8-inches tall and the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-feet-2-inches. Time: 2 p.m. Tickets: $26 to $117. Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis. Information: bankerslife

Jan. 24 Ivy Tech Community College is proud to present “An Evening of Stand-Up Comedy” featuring Greg Hahn. The evening begins with local amateur comedians. Headliner Greg Hahn has parlayed his absurdly energetic all-out style of physical humor, one-liners and crowd work into a performance of pandemonium and fun. Catering will be by 450 North Brewing Co./Simmons Winery. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $45 per person in advance or $50 per person at the door; $80 per

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couple; $300 table of 8. Location: The Commons. Information: or 374-5342. Jan. 25 Bob Zany takes the stage as part of the Yes Comedy Showcase. Tickets: $20 advance; $25 at the door. Time: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Location: Yes Cinema. Information: 378-0377 or

benefit for guests 21 and older. Information: Feb. 15 Nick Griffin takes the stage as part of the Yes Comedy Showcase. The event is a fundraiser for Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center. Tickets: $20 advance; $25 at the door. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Yes Cinema. Information: 378-0377 or

Jan. 26 Brides-to-be can get information and planning tools from more than 50 vendors under one roof at the annual Republic Bridal Fair. Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Location: The Commons. Feb. 8 Don’t miss Carnivale Sweden, the kidscommons annual

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Dec. 10 If you have questions about the Affordable Care Act, plan to attend “Affordable Care Act/MDwise Marketplace 101: Learn & Enroll,” an education and enrollment session for the Affordable Care Act presented by MDwise, an Indiana-based nonprofit health care company. If you plan to enroll through MDwise, call 855-417-5615 or visit if you have questions about what forms to bring. Time: 2 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 379-1255 or

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Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13 and March 13 Meet with other writers in the county, share ideas and learn during the Bartholomew County Writers Group. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 379-1255 or Dec. 12 Author and historian James M. Vaughn will talk about his book “Dome in the Valley: The History and Rebirth of the West Baden Springs Hotel.” He will cover the more than 150 years of the southern Indiana domed hotel’s existence. Vaughn will also touch on the interesting owners, some of the many prominent visitors, and the special connection to the hotel of the early professional baseball and boxing worlds. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 379-1255 or Dec. 16 Rene Whicker, stylist and owner of Handzz & Strandzz, will speak about trends in color and cuts, and product knowledge, and demonstrate how to French braid. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 379-1255 or

Feb. 8 Love is in the air during The Bartholomew County Historical Society “Saturday Sampler: Victorian Valentines.” The Victorians were masters of showcasing sentimentality using every scrap they had to create elaborate tokens of affection. View some examples of Valentines and then make some of your own to share with someone you love. Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Location: Bar-

tholomew County Historical Society. Information: 372-3541 or Feb. 18 The Excellence in Leadership Series presents Derreck Kayongo. He is a business visionary and global Soup Project founder. Time: 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Columbus Learning Center lecture hall. Information: 375-7525. March 8 How did the settlers move from one place to another and what did they bring with them? Learn this and more during Bartholomew Historical Society “Saturday Sampler: Pack Your Wagon.” Discover the trials of moving pioneers, and you have a chance to see what you would take with you if you were traveling to the frontier. You’ll also take home a pioneer surprise. Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Location: Bartholomew County Historical Society. Information: 372-3541 or

Billy Jonas performs at First Fridays for Families on Feb. 7 Photo by Steve Mann

Dec. 9 Dana Greathouse will cover the traditional scents of the holidays such as frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, nutmeg and pine and how they can decrease stress and create a healthful environment in your home and office. She will demonstrate the safe way to diffuse essential oils into your home and how to make Christmas gifts such as bath salts and fizzing bath bombs using oils. Greathouse is a certified massage therapist at the Columbus Massage Center. Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 3791255 or

Jan. 25 Not everyone begins the New Year on Jan. 1. Celebrate the Lunar New Year during the Bartholomew County Historical Society “Saturday Sampler: Year of the Horse.” Explore the Chinese zodiac calendar, make some horse crafts and try Chinese New Year traditions. Be sure to wear something red for good luck. Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Location: Bartholomew County Historical Society. Information: 372-3541 or

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events for kids Through Jan. 19 Enjoy a locomotive wonderland with a network of trestles, bridges, tunnels and chugging trains during “Jingle Rails: The Great West Adventure.” Travel west on the Great Western Adventure and witness detailed replicas of national treasures while making holiday memories. Location: Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Information: 317-636-9378 or Dec. 8 Moms and their daughters are invited to “Mom & Me for Tea.” The tea is for daughters ages 3 to 8 and their mothers and includes tea, punch, sandwiches, sweets, crafts, games and surprises. All children should wear their holiday best for the fashion show. Moms, please bring a written description of your daughter’s outfit for the master of ceremonies to read. Time: 1 p.m. Cost: $22 per pair. Location: Donner Center. Information: 376-2680. Jan. 3 First Fridays for Families presents Johnny Magic. This interactive show includes silly characters, colorful props, fun music, audience participation and jaw-dropping magic. Cost: Free. Time: 6 p.m. Location: The Commons. Feb. 7 First Fridays for Families presents a musical show by Billy Jonas. His show is a musical conversation and a sonic celebration where the audience makes the music. Cost: Free. Time: 6 p.m. Location: The Commons. Information: 376-2539 or March 7 First Fridays for Families presents “The Wild Rumpus World Circus.” This one-of-a-kind circus combines hilarious clowning with aerial artistry, fantastic stilt characters with a mask theater and rapid fire juggling. Cost: Free. Time: 6 p.m. Location: The Commons. Information: 3762539 or


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Split Personality The two men pictured above are one and the same: Tommy Warner/Santa Claus. The dual image photo taken in the 1980s by The Republic’s Stu Huffman captured the spirit of a man (Tommy Warner) who for two months each year assumed the role of Santa Claus. Arguably the best-known Santa in local history, the operator of a Columbus laundry was the real thing to thousands of youngsters who came face-to-face with him in hundreds of appearances he made throughout the city from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. He died in 1986. The Republic file photo. Details provided by Harry McCawley.

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