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Dr. Oyler started in a corporate dentistry position but was soon thinking about her own practice when she saw an ad in the Journal IDA (Indiana Dental Association) for a “NW Indianapolis” area practice. Since she was already living in Zionsville, she told her mom that her dream was to someday work in the beautiful Zionsville Medical Center on West Oak Street. As luck would have it (or providence, she said), the ad was for an existing practice for sale, located right in that very medical building. That was nearly two years ago. Dr. Christie Oyler is quite settled in her practice now, welcoming families and children. She feels she is doing her part, “taking care of


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Dr. Oyler & her staff oral health for the community.” She explained that she and her staff love to provide that basis and foundation of the community and always strive for a local, hometown feel. She enjoys getting to know and support her neighbors and ultimately take care of them. All of the usual dental procedures are provided: crowns, bridges, aesthetics, whitening, surgery, oral conscious sedation dentistry and even botox (she’s certified). She will refer patients elsewhere for endodontics or orthodontia. “My practice is my life,” said Dr. Christie. “I have a Boston Terrier named Dottie, but otherwise, this is where I spend

the best part of my day.” As you can see from the logo on Dr. Oyler’s business cards, a horse’s bit, she has more than a small interest in horses and hopes to someday have a place to pasture a horse or two in the Zionsville area. The passion at Oyler Dentistry is developing trusting, longlasting relationships with patients and families. If that is important to you, give them a call. Kathi Moore, a career marketer and public relations director, has a natural curiosity that leads her in many different directions and helps to provide ideas for her writing. She and her husband have 3 children, 3 dogs and 3 cats. NOVEMBER 2013

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f you take a drive on Highway 32 east of Michigan Road, you can’t help but notice a field on the south side filled with unique metal artwork, including 15’ dinosaurs, various animals and even a rotating wind sculpture with hearts gyrating in every direction. You want to slow down to take in the sights and appreciate the creativity that is on display. As you stare in amazement, you can’t help but think, “How did they think of that?”

Welcome to the farm of Ernie and Dottie Taylor, owners of the largest privately owned collection in the state of Indiana. Visitors come from all around the country and even abroad to enjoy the clever way that Ernie welds things together. From the Red Hat Ladies and buses of second graders to FFA and motorcycle clubs, people have come from far and wide to experience unique sculptures that bring a smile to your face. Everything here is made from recycled machinery and is welded into something new and treasured. The Taylors are proud to say, ”Everything we do is for others’ enjoyment.” Ernie and Dottie are adamant that nothing is for sale. There is no admission fee. Their source of pleasure is derived from the people that they meet. “If you make a product to sell, it isn’t fun anymore,” Ernie explains. “It becomes work.” The dinosaurs are some of the largest and most attention grabbing artwork in his field. Using oil pans for the heads, sickle bars for the teeth, pipes for the spines, disc blades for the humps on the back, vehicle frames for the legs and then customizing the claws and ribs by hand, the pieces are carefully welded together and become something bigger than each individual part. This charming couple has been married almost 57 years, and their relationship still glows with love, support and a great sense of humor. It is truly a Romeo and Juliet story of how true love really should be. Through many years, both thick and thin, they were and still are best friends. The twinkle in their eyes illustrates their support and enjoyment of one another. The young Taylor family started from humble beginnings. Ernie supported the family working for a mechanical contractor as a pipe welder. He was employed at various power plants, including Rock Island Refinery on West 86th Street in Indianapolis and the old Harding Street Powerhouse. Welding was his life and livelihood. BOTTOM RIGHT: Dottie with her two ft. diamond ring NOVEMBER 2013

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It’s just stuff. Stuff can’t make you happy. It’s joy you bring to “others that brings peace to your heart.” -Dot & Ernie Taylor Dottie ran the household and kept a small jar for excess money. If there was any money after the bills were paid, they determined if they could use it to go out to eat or do a bit of shopping. Life was of modest means, and they worked together for the good of the family. They worked hard. They appreciated what they had.

day. One year for her birthday, Ernie asked her what color of jewelry she preferred. When she mentioned “gold,” he went to the shop and created a 2’ diamond ring sculpture. She hasn’t worn it too many times though. It just may break her finger or perhaps her arm! But she beams with joy of this thoughtfulness. Ernie is now the proud creator of a can-jo that he plays with great talent. Using an empty spinach can, piece of wood and metal string, he created a musical instrument similar to a banjo. However, there is only one string. Ernie has mastered “Red River Valley” on his homemade can-jo, and to be honest, it sounded pretty good!

Ernie has always been an optimistic and creative individual who loved his craft. Even after spending a full day at work welding, he would come home to tinker in his barn and put things together in a whole new way. When he gets the “blues,” he goes to the shop. Dottie knows the value of giving him some space. Occasionally she is asked to draw something for Ernie, such as the angel that supports their mailbox. The Taylor family is one of great faith. The years have been good to the Taylors, although Ernie suffered a heart attack 12 years ago, and Dottie almost lost him three times. Ernie’s symptoms seemed to indicate heartburn. However, he was admitted to the emergency room and received life-saving treatments after a heart attack.

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Zionsville Food Pantry A Community Effort to Feed Those in Need | Neil Lucas. Photos | JJ Kaplan With thanksgiving and the holidays approaching, it is natural for our focus to be directed to those less fortunate and those in the Zionsville community that provide assistance to those in need. The Zionsville Food Pantry is one such group that is providing an invaluable service to feed the needy in Boone County year round. Every Friday between noon and 2 pm, families in Boone County can come to the Food Pantry to receive a bag of food and other essential items. Miraculously, the Zionsville 16

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Food Pantry is run by a dedicated all-volunteer team, headed by Nancy Thompson. When and where the Food Pantry was started is unclear. However, it appears to have been at its present location in the Zionsville Presbyterian Church on Michigan Road since at least 1992. According to Nancy Thompson who has been its Director since 2003, the Pantry has grown steadily over the years to where it is now the largest food pantry serving Boone County. Recently the Pantry joined into an association with Gleaners Food Bank

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contributions, an amount equaling at least 41,000 lbs. of food. Because it now has requirements to meet, it is critical that the Pantry reaches its goal. To be sure, the Zionsville Presbyterian Church is a great supporter of the Pantry by providing the facilities to house the Pantry’s operations and through the efforts of its parishioners. However, it would be a mistake to think of the Food Pantry as solely a ZPC program. The Food Pantry is truly a Zionsville community-wide effort. A number of other local churches and community organizations provide support to the Pantry. For example, proceeds from the St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church’s Oktoberfest were contributed to the Food Pantry. In the summer, the Knights of Columbus help organize the Lanny Parsley Memorial Golf Tournament which also contributes to the Food Pantry. Local civic organizations such as the Lions Club and Tri Kappa take turns donating time and resources to the Pantry. One of the Pantry’s biggest supporters is the Zionsville school system whose assistance in conducting food drives within its schools is essential to the sustainability of the Food Pantry. Last year, Pleasant View Elementary’s food drive generated 5,000 lbs. of food for the Pantry. Every elementary school in the Zionsville Community School system has a food drive sometime during the year. Beginning November 4, Pleasant View and Stonegate Elementary Schools will kick-off their annual food drives with the assistance of their respective PTO. Union Elementary starts its food drive November 6. This year’s food drive at Pleasant View will be directed by PTO members Elizabeth Smith and Lisa Sheridan. Competitions between the elementary school classes are set up to motivate the students to maximize their efforts with a little extra recess as the reward.

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In what has become an annual tradition since 2002, ZCHS Head Football Coach Larry McWhorter and members of the ZCHS football team volunteer to spend some time with the Pleasant View Elementary students and also help move the thousands of pounds of food generated by the food drive from the school to the Pantry. According to Nancy Thompson, Coach McWhorter has been a tremendous supporter of the Food Pantry over the years.

the year by dropping it off in the grocery cart located in the lobby of the Zionsville Presbyterian Church or at the Food Pantry on Thursdays between 10 am-12 pm. In addition to food contributions, the Food Pantry presently has a need for a large freezer.

Please email the Pantry if you would like to donate a freezer. We would like to give a special thank you to Angie Campbell whose assistance with this story was invaluable.

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Can you imagine how it would feel to be deprived of food for weeks then abandoned far from home without any food, water, or shelter? That’s exactly what happened recently to a young female Labrador. Fortunately, a kind stranger found her and called the Humane Society for Boone County. Crystal, as we named her, was in a critical state. She was vomiting and had little to no body fat left on her fragile frame. Crystal was taken to Zionsville Country Veterinary Clinic for immediate medical care. There was concern that perhaps she swallowed a foreign object while searching for any kind of food to sustain her. She needed exploratory surgery but would she strong enough to survive the procedure? Thanks to compassionate individuals like you, the Humane Society for Boone County has been able to rescue, rehome, and reunite numerous animals in need, animals like Crystal. It was touch and go for a while but Crystal came through the surgery! In the days and weeks since her surgery, Crystal has gained weight like a champion! She’ll remain at ZCVC until she has recuperated completely. A loving family with other labs and a big back yard will adopt her. They will give her the love and care that she needs and deserves. OPERATION SHELTER As long as there are animals in need, like Crystal, we will continue our efforts to safeguard their welfare. One way you can help is through Operation Shelter. Boone County currently has no physical shelter. One of our top priorities is to build a shelter that will include a medical clinic and dog park. All monies donated to Operation Shelter are allocated for the purpose of acquiring land and building such a shelter. Currently, our dedicated volunteer foster families provide the care and shelter these animals need and deserve.

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In our fast-paced world where nearly everything is obsolete the moment it comes out, there is something very reassuring and endearing about our holiday traditions. Traditions remind us that some things are truly meant to last. For some, the holiday means traveling to see loved ones, pumpkin pie, stuffing and turkey roasting in the oven, while for others it means lying around watching football games or planning for Black Friday sales. Why not try a new tradition that will truly make a difference? Consider participatin g in the 11th annual Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash! The 2013 Drumstick Dash will be held in Broad Ripple on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28 at 9 am for the 4.6 mile competitive run/

walk and the 2.5 mile fun run/walk. The Lil’ Gobbler’s Run is at 10:15 am. Wheeler Mission is expecting around 18,000 participants. Brian Crispin, Director of Marketing for Wheeler Mission, says the race “was the first Thanksgiving Day event in the state and is now the third largest organized run in the state with participants from not just Central Indiana but also from 48 states." The event is hosted by Blue Mile and will benefit homeless men, women and children in our community. According to the Coalition for Homelessness and Prevention, an organization dedicated to tracking the number of homeless men, women and children, the number of homeless in Indianapolis will be around 1,600 in 2013.


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Wheeler Mission is a non-government funded facility that runs their five facilities and programs with 80 percent of their operating budget from individuals. The race was created as a way to draw attention to this unfortunately growing population. This year’s race is presented by Huntington Bank and over 40 business and media partners, including Townepost, that will help to make this event possible. Online registration and all event

year, perhaps slow our pace down long enough to truly appreciate our blessings and make a difference in our community one meal at a time.

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oliday Mart isn’t a craft fair, nor is it a hobby show, says Junior League of Indianapolis (JLI) member Tina Hayes of Center Grove. Instead, it’s a one-of-a-kind shopping experience where people can find some of the most unique gifts for the upcoming holiday season. “You’re literally walking into the most unique mall you’ve ever been to when you come to Holiday Mart,” Hayes said. “It’s shopping at its finest. Holiday Mart is absolutely


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worth driving to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for.” Beginning on Wednesday, November 13 and running through Sunday, November 17, JLI will host its 43rd Holiday Mart 2013, featuring more than 100 merchants from across the country. Buyers can peruse women and children’s apparel, men’s specialty items, gifts, holiday décor, gourmet food items, jewelry and more. Holiday Mart serves as the primary fundraising event for JLI, an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing

the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Funds raised at Holiday Mart benefit various projects and programs, says Mica Wilson, JLI president-elect of Zionsville. JLI estimates it will net around $300,000 from the event, and all the proceeds will go back into the community. This year, JLI is focusing on preparing students for academic success and is working with three local organizations:


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Best friends and Holiday Mart 2013 co-chairs Allison Karns and Teresa Griffin, both of Carmel, look forward to Holiday Mart every year. “Teresa and I have been best friends since we were young,” Karns said. “We went to high school and law school together. Holiday Mart is so special. It’s an event we always knew about since we were young, and we never imagined we would chair it together. It’s like the icing on the cake. We’re a good team.”

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“We know our merchants, and customers look forward to it too,” Griffin said. “It’s great knowing we are doing something that has a big impact on the community.” Leah Silverthorn of Geist, a cosecretary of this year’s Holiday Mart, said her favorite part of Holiday Mart is the camaraderie. “Who doesn’t want to volunteer and shop during your downtime?” she said. “I can’t complain about that!” Wilson said Holiday Mart customers almost always come back year after year. “Once you come, you’ll be a lifetime Holiday Mart shopper,” she said. “It’s a good feeling to put on something that people enjoy. It makes you proud.”

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SPECIAL EVENTS AT HOLIDAY MART Two popular events are coming back for 2013! SHOPPER’S EVE Wednesday, Nov. 13 6:30 -10 pm $40 per person Get a sneak peek at all 2013 Holiday Mart has to offer. Features hors d’oeuvres and valet parking. GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT Friday, Nov. 15 6:30 - 10 pm $25 per person This night out of shopping will feature extended shopping hours and includes dessert, cocktails, swag bags and merchant discounts. Mica Wilson, JLI president-elect, said the two special events are a blast because they mark the beginning of the holiday season and give women a chance to dress up and spend time with each other while shopping. Mistletoe Madness will take place throughout Holiday Mart. JLI runs this special large booth which features merchandise from about 30 smaller merchants. JLI earns a commission on all merchandise sold here. Holiday Mart also will have a silent auction.


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Zionsville resident, director of Children’s Ministry at Zionsville Methodist Church Junior League Member 10 years. “I have been a member of the Junior League of Indianapolis since 2009, but I have been a member of Junior League since 2003. There are 293 Junior Leagues worldwide, and I’ve been a member of three other leagues before coming to Indianapolis.” Holiday Mart Role Co-chair and president-elect of the Junior League of Indianapolis. “It’s exciting for me to see how each group comes in to plan the Holiday Mart and both stick with tradition and buck tradition and put their own stamp on it. The groups make some exciting small changes.” Favorite Part of Holiday Mart “About three years ago, we started a gift certificate tree. Each of the merchants participating in Holiday Mart has to provide a gift certificate. We decorate the tree with ornaments that have the merchants’ names on them. People have caught onto what the gift certificate tree is, and now people beeline for it when they come in.”

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| Kathi Moore “I introduce you to the good stuff, and then you never go back,” Ed O’Connell, owner of The Olive Mill, said with a grin. He’s talking talking about olive oil and vinegar. Seriously! And you know what? He is absolutely right. Located at 10 S. Rangeline Rd. in Carmel, The Olive Mill offers the finest in olive oils, balsamic vinegars and related items such as balsamic glazes, salts, spices and tapenades. The concept for the store came to Ed and his wife, Debbie, during an anniversary trip to Napa Valley some years ago. While in Napa, the O’Connells noticed that some of the vineyards were replacing grape vines with olive trees. In November 2005, they opened their first store in Geneva, Illinois, followed by a second store in Saugatuck, Michigan, and recently in Carmel.

to your favorite stir-fry recipe by including a shot of the blackberry ginger balsamic vinegar. The ginger with the hint of blackberry will propel your boring stir-fry to a new level. As we head into the holiday season, the O’Connells encourage you to bring some friends and, per European tradition, taste before you buy. You can also pick up some hostess gifts or custom gift baskets that they will make while you wait. If you can’t make it to the store, you can shop online at The Olive Mill is a great place to find a gift for that hard-to-buy-for person. They will love you for introducing them to The Olive Mill, but they will never be able to go back to plain olive oil or balsamic vinegar again.

What makes the olive oil offered by The Olive Mill so extraordinary? The OLIVES. The olive oils you typically find in the grocery store are a mixture of different types of olives. As with apples, each variety of olive can have a distinctly different flavor. That’s why some apples are good for pies and some are good for cider. The Olive Mill olive oils are cold-pressed single varietal olives; each freshly poured bottle contains just one type of olive. The Olive Mill’s knowledgeable staff will be happy to help direct you to the right olive oil for any dish you are preparing and also introduce you to uses you may not have imagined. It’s not just the quality of the olive oils that makes The Olive Mill extraordinary. The Olive Mill offers an unbelievable 40 to 50 different flavored extra virgin olive oils. Among the flavored olive oils offered are cilantro, butter, blood orange and basil. The Olive Mill encourages its customers to come in and sample the different flavors, sort of like a wine tasting but without the headache. So grab a friend or two and head over to the Olive Mill to try some of the best olive oils you have ever tasted. Ed O’Connell knows that once you taste his olive oils, you will be hooked. In addition to a great selection of high quality extra virgin olive oils, The Olive Mill also offers special balsamic vinegars. Grocery store brands of balsamic vinegars are aged four to six years while The Olive Mill’s are aged 10 to 12 years. The extended aging, similar to most wines, results in richer flavors and also vinegars that are sweeter and thicker. In addition to the traditional balsamic flavor, The Olive Mill has flavored balsamic vinegars such as black currant, blackberry ginger, cherry, chocolate and cinnamon spiced apple. Try the black currant balsamic vinegar over ice cream with fresh berries. Amazing! Or add some flavor NOVEMBER 2013

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ow about feeling a little older for a moment? Do you perhaps wonder where yesterday went? Maybe reflect on your history while remembering the career of a familiar face in Central Indiana? If so, then let’s play a Hoosier edition of What’s My Line? • It has been 25 years since the Indiana Pacers selected this Netherlands native with the second pick in the 1988 collegiate draft. (Yes, he still remains the only NBA player ever drafted from the Red Foxes of Marist College.) • It has been 13 years since this towering Zionsville resident last played in the National Basketball Association. (Indeed, his last appearance was in Game Six of the 2000 NBA Finals when he was sparring against someone named Shaquille O’Neal.) • He is now 47 years old. (That’s right, 47.) • And hold on to your jumper – not only does he have a 20-year-old daughter (Jasmine) in college, but his son is rapidly becoming one of the state’s premier high school basketball players as a junior at the local high school on Mulberry Street. Somehow, surprisingly, the onetime Dunking Dutchman, Rik Smits of Netherlands, Marist and Pacer fame, is entering middle age and appears on the verge of surrendering the Smits family basketball title to his son, another 7-footer, 17-year-old Derrik. The letter “c” may be forgotten occasionally in the Dutch alphabet, but there is another sighting of a Smits on the American basketball landscape. The name Smits is not disappearing anytime soon. In fact, it may again cast a huge shadow in Indiana and beyond. “He [Derrik] can become as good as he wants,” assessed one Hoosier

Crossroads Conference coach. “He is getting better and better.” That is wonderful news for the college recruiting crowd that is always circling over head for potential centers. Derrik recently visited Xavier and Clemson, while Butler, Purdue, Notre Dame, Indiana, Tennessee and numerous NCAA Division I scouts have been following his exploits since his sophomore season when he led the Eagles in blocked shots while averaging 7.1 points. The younger Smits enters his junior season three inches taller and filled out to 220 pounds. Derrik is also fresh off a robust and competitive AAU summer season with the Spiece Indy Heat team. “I found out that I can get better at a lot of things,” he said, “especially rebounding and consistency.”

“I could see it coming,” said Rik, who averaged 14.8 points; shot over 50 percent from the field; and made the NBA All-Star Team in 1998 during his illustrious career as Reggie Miller’s sidekick. “My injuries were getting worse. I had my mind made up [during the playoffs] that it was time to retire.” And he was not alone in retiring. Larry Bird left the coaching world after the six-game loss to the Lakers. “I owe a lot to Bird,” said Rik, who played for nine different coaches in 12 years with the Pacers. “I had a great time playing for him.”

Ironically, the recruiting saga for the second Smits is unfolding differently than the one encountered by his father almost three decades ago. Despite being over 7 feet tall and playing as a 16-year-old for the Netherlands National Juniors Team, Rik was missing from virtually all American NCAA Division I recruiting lists. The pipeline from Europe to the United States was barely dribbling talent in 1982. “No one saw me play,” remembered Rik. “They didn’t know who I was, so I sent out a lot of letters. Finally, I got one offer.” The offer came from Marist, an outpost in Poughkeepsie, New York. His height (7’ 4”) and skills (a deadly shooter) were not overlooked by NBA scouts in 1988 when the Pacers snared him with the No. 2 pick, hoping in time to train the Dutchman to replace the injuryriddled Steve Stipanovich someday at center. That forecast changed dramatically during Rik’s rookie season. After an

injury early in the season knocked out Stipanovich, Rik became the Pacers’ starting center for the next 12 seasons. Ironically, injuries (foot) also forced him into retirement after the 2000 NBA championship finals.

With basketball now in the rear mirror, Rik turned his attention in 2001 to another passion. He returned to a childhood hobby, racing in dirt track motorcross events throughout the Midwest. He even constructed a track behind his Zionsville home. “Once you’re in the NBA, they’re not too keen on you riding,” he recalled in an interview in 2011. “I was combining an interest and a hobby.” Rik was also a talented rider despite his vast size which forced him to be a sit-down rider because if he stood, he could not reach the handle bars. He was known as a “mudder” on the tracks. “You couldn’t miss me,” admitted Rik, who won races and honors on the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association. “I was a bat out of hell when I took off. I was hooked.” But he again went one-on-one with pain. This time, his struggles involved recovery from back surgery nine years ago to repair two cracked bones. The pain eventually forced the world’s tallest motorcycle rider to the sidelines.


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His competitive biking became history, but basketball would again knock at his door. Son Derrik was sprouting and needed a tutor to hone his big man skills. “He’s way ahead of where I was at his age,” said Rik. “He has more range than I had and can do the pick and roll and other things that I didn’t do at his age. I was more of a back to the basket player. He has made tremendous strides.” The elder Smits also recognizes the shortcomings of the younger one. That includes consistency, battling fatigue and rebounding. Derrik averaged less than three rebounds in 16 games as a slender sophomore. That number will climb, promised father. “He can rebound,” noted Rik, who also encountered rebounding critics as a professional. “He needs to keep his hands up and work on his conditioning. It will come.”

Zionsville head coach Shaun Busick agrees with father’s assessment. “Derrik needs to get stronger, and his rebounding needs to improve. He needs to play lower both offensively and defensively. He has to keep his butt down. But he has all the tools to be a great player. He has a chance to make the game a career.” Positive reinforcement like Busick’s is a trait that the former NBA center wants to be a part of his coaching philosophy: Stay positive with his son and others whom he assists. “I try not to be in the middle when it comes to coaching,” said Rik. “I have learned to be positive. I try to help with advice when they want it, but I also know Derrik and others have to learn on their own.” Derrik is not the only Eagle in the Smits’ school of big men. Rik will

assist with frontcourt players Alex Sibila; 6’ 6”, 270-pound Josh Dunlop; and a freshman named Cassius Smits. (Cassius is the son of Rik’s sister and is Derrik’s cousin. “He is very active, very quick,” said Uncle Rik of Cassius.) As for his coaching techniques with son, nephew and others, the elder Smits keeps the message simple. “I try to help where I can,” said Rik, who sits in the stands and not on the bench on game nights at Zionsville. “If nothing else, I can be a big obstacle for them to shoot over in practice.” Busick is a big fan of his tallest assistant who has been part of the Eagle family for eight seasons. “He has been great with the kids and the coaches and is just one of the guys,” said Busick, who connected with Smits during Derrik’s AAU seasons in the sixth and seventh grades.

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Rik, what was your greatest personal moment in the NBA? “It had to be the last-second shot against Orlando in the 1994 Eastern Conference finals at Market Square Arena. I will always remember that shot. The place went wild.” What about as a team? What Pacer moment is at the top of your list? “It had to be when Reggie [Miller] scored his eight points in 18 seconds against the Knicks [Game One of the 1995 Eastern Conference finals that wiped out a presumably secure six-point lead for the hometown team]. It was unbelievable. The fans are usually very cocky in New York, but they were real quiet the next couple of days.” What was it like to play against Shaquille O’Neal during his prime? “Shaq was tough to guard, and he could jump so fast. The first time I played against him, he blocked a hook shot of mine. A hook shot! That made an impression on me.” You also played against another giant on the court, 7’ 7” Manute Bol, who towered over you? Any special memories of Manute? “Yes, he was always talking. Nothing bad. Just talking.”

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seek out the finest 16 foot tree while my siblings would be lost in our own wonderment inside the Sparkle Shop to see the collection of toys and toy trains. We would drive into town, park in the old Hardee’s parking lot and walk down Main Street. Families and

holiday shoppers would be entertained by carolers and stand in line to get their photos with Santa Claus inside the quaint “Santa House” ushered by his festive elves. The store fronts were adorned with an array of holiday decor, and the ambience embraced the very essence of a small town Christmas.

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Years later, I am raising a family of my own in Zionsville and am proud to be part of an incredible group of individuals who felt the same level of passion and care to bring back some of the most cherished traditions while introducing new ideas for the next generation of Christmas in the Village goers. In typical form, local businesses and residents have come together to raise the necessary funds and awareness to build up what is to be a very special and renewed Christmas program in the Village this year. The holiday season will officially “kick off” in downtown Zionsville the weekend following Thanksgiving Day. On November 30, residents and guests will be treated to a festival that includes many activities throughout the day. Shoppers and parade goers can complete their gift lists while shopping at the unique collection of stores. Also enjoy a variety of menus and hot beverages that are offered from the restaurants located amidst the festivities in the Village. 40

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Carriage rides by Blue River Carriage Company will run on parade day and on specified Saturdays that follow the opening ceremonies of Christmas in the Village. A trolley service will be available on the day of the parade and on additional designated dates following. For more details, visit the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce’s website or contact their office for the transportation schedules and routes.

As the crowds gather into town, they can expect to find seasonal decor along the cobbled street lamp posts, participating store fronts appointed with their own special touch of holiday splendor and the return of the enchanting “Santa House” that is being refurbished by two local businesses, Confectioneiress and Snider Group LLC. Along with a group of volunteers, they will rebuild the house after having

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been stored for a period of time. Santa Claus will begin his visits and taking down the wishes from the children who will be able to visit him in the rejuvenated house. The house will be nestled in the courtyard of Serenity Tea Room on Main Street between Oak and Pine Streets. A first for Zionsville this year is the combination of the traditional Christmas parade and the tree lighting. These two events were traditionally held on separate days and will be celebrated together under an entirely new program. Organized by the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce and members of the Chamber’s Downtown Committee, the parade will begin at 4:15 pm and the tree lighting of a magnificent live tree will occur later that evening at 6 pm.

Special performances and special guests will also be on hand for the day’s parade and tree lighting. Special appearances by notable groups and individuals include Radio Disney’s Road Crew and Representative Steve Braun, just to name a few. Tom Britt, publisher of this magazine, has graciously agreed to be the emcee for the parade.


Local residents representing their neighborhoods along with their favorite four-legged friends will be marching along with rescue organizations and the Boone County Humane Society. Of course, a Christmas parade would not be complete without Santa himself who will be concluding the parade in majesty and grandeur.

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The Trader’s Point Hunt Club, dressed in their formal hunting attire, will ride along with their fellow class of side saddle riders and follow the fox hounds who will be proudly leading their masters and mistresses to the conclusion of this historic parade.

Immediately following the parade, live entertainment and family activities will commence between Oak and Pine Streets. Guests can partake in multiple activities and get a chance to warm up and enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants before we light up the village. Following a musical performance from a local band and special announcements, the village businesses will light up their respective store fronts and windows counting down to the Christmas tree that will be located on the corners of Pine and Main Streets.

The parade will be led into town by the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade favorites, The “Indianapolis 500” Gordon Pipers

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in the past, continues to be a mecca for those seeking nostalgia, to slow down the hands of time and be part of a memorable holiday moment with the ones they love. On behalf of the organizers and my parade co-chair, Steve Schwartz, we invite you and your families to join us this holiday season and make merry on this day and during all of the activities and special events that are planned throughout the month of December. For more information on the schedule of events and holiday calendar, visit the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce website at

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“Carol of Homes” is the brainchild of Jennifer Luczak, joint fundraising chairperson for Zionsville Showchoirs, Inc. (ZSI). Jennifer has two children in showchoir, as does Erin Leonard, her co-chair. Last year, their aim was to find a fundraiser that wouldn’t be more of a drain on parents and would require student participation.

“We wanted some buy-in from them,” said Jennifer. Discovering that Zionsville home tours had proved very successful in the past, the pair built upon that concept, drawing on the talent of awardwinning choir members to provide entertainment in each home.


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In order to find homeowners willing to host the students and open their homes to the public, Jennifer and Erin put ads in the newspaper and on the school website. They sent letters to parents and the village residents’ association. They even went door-to-door with flyers. Well their efforts paid off, and six homes were made available for the inaugural “Carol of Homes” – three in the village and three on the outskirts of town.

Ticket booklets with pictures and maps of the houses are available now at fivethirty resale and Akard True Value Hardware and will be available at Kogan Antiques & Lighting on the day of the event. Tickets may also be purchased at any of the homes on the tour.

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Beth Bugbee’s village home was on that tour. ”What a unique experience! It inspired me to get my decorations up early and enjoy them for the entire season while raising funds for a great group,” she said. “The kids gave beautiful performances and truly put everyone in the holiday spirit.” Choir members volunteered to participate in the event and performed their favorite holiday songs either individually or in small groups. “I loved getting to meet members of the community and see all of our supporters,” said Kristen Parks, a Royalaires senior. "It is a great way to get more people interested in the show choirs.” Royalaires senior Max McCreary agreed, “It was an awesome experience to perform casually and spread holiday cheer,” he said. The kids had a great time and the directors saw such value in it that every student is required to participate this year in some capacity, whether it be hosting in the homes, selling tickets, making programs, helping homeowners, singing, baking or even shoveling snow! Along with caroling and homemade cookies at this year’s six residences, raffle tickets for beautiful holiday wreaths (decorated and donated by some local businesses and individuals) will be available for purchase. Wreaths will be on display in each home, so be sure to check them all out. NOVEMBER 2013

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Somehow Leigh Ann and Joe got the idea to put the photographs on a Christmas tree and display it in the middle of the store. Through the years, they have expanded the number of photos on the tree from approximately 24 to over 100 by encouraging local residents to contribute photos of themselves or their loved ones. Initially all the photos were decorated with a particular ribbon and then hung on the tree. After the tree had been up for a while, they noticed that photos with a different type of ribbon began to appear on the tree. That is how they found out that people were coming in and quietly adding pictures to the tree


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on their own without assistance from Akard employees. As people brought in more and more photos, they also began to collect more and more stories behind the photographs. For example, Leigh Ann recalls a mother that came in to drop off a photo of her son who was stationed in Afghanistan. The mother told Leigh Ann that she just wanted a place to visit her son while he was away at war. Photos on the tree range from WWII veterans to those that served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among local notables with photos on the tree is Orland Coleman, Ralph Stacey and Dr. Jim Haines. Carolyn Hadley, head cashier of the store, is the unofficial curator of the tree. It is Carolyn that actually places the pictures on the tree each year. As head cashier, many times it is Carolyn who meets and talks with the people wanting to contribute a photo to the tree.

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| Janelle Morrison Life has been sweet for Confectioneiress owners Victor and Mica Gosnell who have been operating their bakery in Zionsville for just over two years. After their epic grand opening, cupcakes were flying out the door just after turning on their “open” sign. The husband and wife duo have continued to hit the ground running and are ready to expand their enterprise. Bites by Confectioneiress, a second and conceptually new location by the Gosnells, is slated to open in 2014. Mica is the culinary specialist of the two proprietors, and her talent for intricate cake designs and ingenuous cupcake flavor combinations have bolstered her reputation as one of the greater metropolitan area’s elite cake and cupcake providers. Confectioneiress has grown their wedding cake clientele substantially this year, designing over 100 wedding cakes, by averaging six to eight weddings a weekend during the unofficial “wedding season.” Unique to the area, they introduced their top selling cupcake flavor, chocolate chip cookie dough, a couple of years ago at the local Farmer’s Market. With the community’s support of Confectioneiress, the Gosnells feel confident about introducing their next line of products to the community. Victor explained the concept of Bites by Confectioneiress and how it differs from Confectioneiress. “We’re not changing our model at Confectioneiress. We’re just introducing something new and unique to the area at our second location,” Gosnell said. Bites will bring a dessert and specialty coffee bar to downtown Zionsville and will carry items that they don’t carry at their current location on a daily basis. Meanwhile, for fans of Confectioneiress, the menu and concept will stay exactly the same. Customers will still place orders for their favorite treats at Confectioneiress as Bites will offer a completely new line of products that can be ordered at its location north of 106th Street, next to Bub’s Burgers. While Confectioneiress is best known for their custom cakes, cupcakes, design and special flavors, the new location will be focused on mini desserts and specialty items that are not currently available in town. “We will have a variety of mini dessert items and a coffee bar,” Victor described. “We have teamed up with Julian Coffee Roaster that was previously on Main Street. Julian’s 52

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The Gosnells have expressed their gratitude to the community for supporting their efforts over the last two years, and as a gesture of their appreciation, they have joined the efforts with several area merchants and businesses to partake in this year’s “Christmas in the Village” celebration that will take place in downtown Zionsville. Victor and Mike Snider with Snider Group, LLC have teamed up to bring back the “Santa House” that was used in years past for children to visit with Santa Claus during the holiday season. They will organize the refurbishing and decorating of the enchanting house with the help of volunteers from the local Boy Scout troops and the Zionsville Performing Arts Center. Victor expressed that it was important for he and Mica to be involved in preserving and paying tribute to the traditions that were started long

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traditions that were started long before they arrived to town. “The small town feel is why we moved to Zionsville,” Victor said. “It is important to us to bring back the memories for those who’ve been here and help to create new ones.” Confectioneiress will have their packaged goodies available for purchase at the Santa House that will be located in the garden at Serenity Tea Room while families wait in line to see Santa. Confectioneiress is also very involved in a community project that serves terminally ill and seriously ailing children and their families. They are one of the preferred vendors for Icing Smiles, a nonprofit that provides specialty cakes to the afflicted families who want to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions with the children while in the hospital. To help ease the burden of purchasing a specially designed cake, they work with the families who otherwise may not be able to afford it. “We are fortunate to be one of the preferred decorators,” Victor said. “We are contacted by the organization when there is a need. The families need a little spark to take their

mind off of everything that’s going on in their day-to-day lives, and it is our privilege to put together a special cake for whatever event they may need.” Once they are through the holiday rush, the Gosnells will focus on maintaining what they are doing at Confectioneiress while planning for the grand opening of their sister store, Bites. “Bites is a totally new concept for the Zionsville area,” Victor states. “It will appeal to a wider demographic. We are looking forward to opening this location and possibly expanding the Bites’ label afterwards.” But Victor says they will approach their growth methodically and “one bite at a time.” Bites by Confectioneiress has a tentative opening set for early spring of 2014. They will be open 7 days a week, 7 am to 7 pm with adjusted hours on Sundays. For more information and to place orders with Confectioneiress, visit their website at If you are interested in what services are available from Icing Smiles, visit their website at

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Story & Photos | JJ Kaplan How to make maple syrup “sexy” was the dilemma that haunted Tim Burton, owner of Burton’s Maplewood Farm, in Medora, Indiana. In a business that perhaps lacks brand loyalty, how do you differentiate your product in a homogeneous sea of maple syrups? Tim and his wife, Angie, wanted to tap into the niche market of supplying a luxury brand with their familyowned maple syrup business. Their farm already produced Grade A and Grade B maple syrup which is the industry norm. At Maplewood Farm near Bloomington, a transformation of

syrup production and marketing genius was born. What if you could age and infuse the syrup in barrels that were previously used to age liquor? Tim procured various barrels, ranging from rum from Prichard, bourbon from Versailles and brandy from Starlight. He then experimented with aging his syrup for 12 months in the various barrels which increases the flavor by three or four times. Wood or other fuel, coupled with intensive labor and energy, is required to boil off the water and increase the concentration of sugar within the syrup. The barrels sit next to a bonfire in a Rumford fireplace. The barrel expands and contracts as Tim raises and lowers the heat, and the flavor from the barrel is thereby infused into the syrup. What emerged was a sensory overload for one’s taste buds. He had distinguished his brand in an otherwise commodity market. Tim is reaching celebrity status in his own right. He is working with Wolfgang Puck to create a signature syrup just for the renowned chef and his many restaurants. Burton’s maple syrup has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show. And remember Oprah’s farewell brunch? Nestled between chicken and waffles on her table was Burton’s custom blend of maple syrup, fit for the talk show queen herself. After creating custom syrups for Paul Kahan, voted “Best Chef In America,” and Stephanie Izard, the only female winner of Top Chef, several Chicago area restaurants began to offer his exclusive barrel-aged syrups. Most recently on his radar is developing a custom blend of syrups for numerous restaurants along the Rocky Mountains. The Four Seasons Resort in Vail and The Little Nell in Aspen are a couple that offer his luxury syrup. With 700 trees on their 28 acre farm, the Burtons rely on sap from neighboring maple tree farms. It takes 10 gallons of sap to make one 12 oz. bottle of syrup. That’s because

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approximately 68 percent of the product is evaporated to allow the sugar to consolidate into its final form. Indiana is the most southwestern state of maple-producing states in America. The maple belt reaches northward on into Canada which produces approximately 80 percent of all maple syrup. Because Indiana is the most southern state in this belt, it all begins here. From here, the production gradually extends to the North. Being a proud member of Indiana Artisans, Tim has created an exclusive syrup specifically for our own Sullivan Munce Cultural Center. Using a specially selected Apple Jack Brandy barrel, he has infused the syrup with rinds of orange and lemon. It has been resting for a year, waiting for its debut at our art center. Tim has tasted this syrup and proudly exclaims, “It is phenomenal!” This barrel will yield between 120 and 130 bottles

of specialty syrup. Each bottle will also feature custom etching with the Sullivan Munce logo. You may purchase your bottle at the upcoming “Artisans’ Fare” held November 22-23. Mark your calendar now to attend “The Artisans’ Fare – A Fest For Foodies” at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center, 205-225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville. The preview party will be Friday, November 22 from 6-9 pm with the fare Saturday, November 23 from 10 am to 3 pm. Tickets are $5. This festive event is designed for food lovers, featuring Indiana’s premier food and drinks from Indiana Artisans. Proceeds benefit Sullivan Munce. Taste, sample and purchase a variety of specialty items from around the state at this event. What a great way to treat yourself and others on your holiday gift list. Visit for more information or to order online.

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ZCHS’ Drama Department’s Production of The Music Man | Neil Lucas

Beginning November 14, the ZCHS Drama Department will open its production of the classic Broadway musical, The Music Man, at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center (ZPAC). Written by Meredith Wilson, the musical revolves around con man Harold Hill, played by Max McCreary, who poses as a band organizer and leader that sells band instruments and uniforms to unsuspecting residents of the fictional small town of River City, Iowa. Harold Hill promises to train members of the local band, even though he is not a musician. His ultimate plan is to skip town without providing any music lessons. Harold’s plans run amok when he falls for the prim and proper young librarian and piano teacher, Marian Paroo, played by Annie Weidner.

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In 1957, the show became a hit on Broadway winning five Tony Awards including Best Musical. It has been reproduced many times since on stage and in film. The show contains classic show tunes such as “(Ya Got) Trouble,” “Seventy-six Trombones,” “Gary, Indiana” and “Till There Was You.” The show will surely have you leaving the ZPAC singing one of these unforgettable songs. Come out for a great night of musical theater and support the ZCHS students and staff who have been working so hard to put on this production. Performances are nightly at 7 pm between November 14 -16 with a matinee performance November 16 at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults.

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02- Pumpkin Smashing us for a “smashing good time” at the Zion 03, Join Nature and reduce landfill waste! Bring 09- your oldCenter pumpkins to smash and add to our 10, compost pile. 16- Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM; Sun: 12 - 5 PM 17, Zion Nature Center 23- 690 Beech St., Zionsville 24 Free 317-873-8950




Zionsville Chamber First Tuesday Networking Event Join us for First Tuesday, hosted by Body One Physical Therapy. This is a great opportunity to socialize and network!


Upland Brewing Company Tap Takeover at Cobblestone Grill Attention beer lovers! Join the crowd in the Cobblestone Bar as Upland Brewery takes over our taps with a great selection of microbrews. Along with prizes all night long, we’ll announce the new Cobblestone Biermeister! 6 - 10 PM Cobblestone Grill 160 S. Main St., Zionsville 317- 873-4745


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08 Explorers 500: Hibernation

The librarians from the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library and the naturalist from the Zion Nature Center will share informational stories and hands-on activities. Meet at the Library and then walk over to the Nature Center. 4 - 5 PM Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library 250 N. 5th St., Zionsville Free Grades K-3 with parent Register at 873-3149 Ext. 11600

09 Michael Wanser Dedicated Blood Drive Schedule your time at 5 Boone Village Bloodmobile in Zionsville Contact Courtney Howay at

09 Animal Superpowers!

See the strange and amazing ways that animals have physically adapted to their environment to find food, protect themselves, hunt and attract a mate. After this program, you are sure to know that superpowers do exist. Registration required. 1-2 PM Zionsville Town Hall 1100 W. Oak St., Zionsville Admission for all ages: monetary donation or non-perishable food items for the Zionsville Food Pantry 317-873-8950

12 Books over Coffee

Monthly book club for men and women 12-1:30 PM Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library 250 N. 5th St., Zionsville Olive Hoffman Room 317-873-3149

13 Wednesday Morning Book Club This book club meets on the second Wednesday of every month except July and August. New members welcomed. 10 AM - 12 PM Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library 250 N. 5th St., Zionsville

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16 “First Come, First Hung”

Exhibition The first forty artists through our doors on Saturday, November 16, 2013 will automatically be accepted into this popular exhibit that allows both the amateur and the professional artist the opportunity to showcase their talent in our galleries December 7 - December 21 Sullivan Munce Center 225 West Hawthorne Str.,Zionsville FREE for Members /$15 for Adult NonMembers FREE for artists ages 17 and under 317-873-4900

17 Book/Film Discussion Group –

The Hunger Games NEW DAY AND TIME! Now on Sunday afternoons, once per month, this Book/Film Discussion Group is open to everyone! Films are viewed, and a discussion of the film and the book on which the film is based takes place immediately following the film. Theater-style popcorn and cold drinks will be served. [Rated PG-13]. Registration required (ends November 17 at 1 PM) . 2 - 5 PM Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library 250 N. 5th St., Zionsville Lora Hussey Room 317-873-3149

Scholastic Book Sale in Youth Services Runs all day through Dec. 2. Help support library programming with the profits from this book sale. Stock up on your summer reading paperbacks, educational workbooks and more.

The Artisans’ Fare A festive evening for food lovers featuring Indiana’s premier food and drink artisans, benefiting the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center. Live jazz, hors d’oeuvres and libations featuring champagne cocktails, wine and craft beers. 10 AM - 3 PM Sullivan Munce Cultural Center 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville 317-873-4900 $5

27 Teen: Tree Trimming Party

Help the Library get ready for the holidays by decorating a tree in the Teen Area. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Registration is recommended, so we don’t run out of cookies. 3 - 4 PM Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library 250 N. 5th St., Zionsville 317-873-3149

30 Christmas in the Village Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony Join us as Zionsville officially begins the holiday season! The hour-long Christmas Parade steps off at 3:45 PM. The Lighting of the Village and Tree Lighting will begin at 6 PM. From 5 - 6 PM, enjoy entertainment, activities and vendors. 4 - 6:30 PM Downtown Zionsville 317-873-3836

19 Acrylics on Canvas:

Fall Pumpkin Painting Learn acrylic painting techniques with step-by-step instruction as you create a fall pumpkin painting. Adults only. Individual registration required. 6 - 8 PM Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library 250 N. 5th St., Zionsville Olive Hoffman Room 317-873-3149

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