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Jul 02, 2015 by Robert Annis
With the possible exception of roasted corn-on-the-cob, there's no more Hoosier food then the breaded pork tenderloin. Luckily, there's no shortage of places in Hamilton County to find the fried delicacy.
Hamilton County's Tenderloin Trail lists 46 bars and restaurants in the county serving the sandwich. Keep an eye out for the #TenderloinTuesday specials at many of the locations. Tackle Hamilton County's tastiest trail with the Tenderloin Passport.
Tenderloin aficionados fall into two camps - those that prefer their pork cut thick and those who prefer it thinner and folded over. Among the places to find the former, you can check out CR Heroes. Tucked away in a nondescript strip center near Geist, CR Heroes has a definite "Cheers" vibe -- the wait staff knows most of the patrons walking through the front door. And it's no wonder the same folks keep coming back - the tenderloins are thick cut and juicy, with perhaps the perfect ratio of breading to pork. The breading had a bit of spice to it, as did the accompanying garlic mayo.
The Nickel Plate Bar and Grill, also in Fishers, is renowned for their version of the tenderloin. The center-cut pork may have been a touch thicker than CR Heroes. The sandwich breading is a bit thinner, but with a touch more heat. On Tenderloin Tuesdays, order a breaded, grilled or Cajun style tenderloin with your choice of side dish for $7.99.
For the folks who prefer a thinner tenderloin, Muldoon's in Carmel's Arts & Design District, is worth a visit. Joe's Butcher Shop next door supplies the meat for the sandwiches, which are made fresh each day. One bite, and you'll literally be in hog heaven.
Don't let Dooley O'Toole's might have a goofy Irish name, but the tenderloin is 100 percent Indiana. The pork slab is almost too thick to fold over, but it's definitely worth the effort. On Tenderloin Tuesdays, try a mini tenderloin with soup or side and chips for $7.50.
These restaurants will get you through the first four Tenderloin Tuesdays, and but you should really sample the 42 other restaurants on the trail to find your personal favorite and try one of the 14 Tenderloin Tuesday deals available June 30- July 28.
Jul 02, 2015 by Robert Annis
Over the last six years, Central Indiana has become a hotbed for craft beer. Until recently however, most of that activity could really only be found south of 96th Street. But no longer. Hamilton County now boasts seven breweries with seven more in the works and opening soon.
Barley Island is probably the oldest local brewery in the county. Their flagship beers, headlined by the Dirty Helen Brown Ale, are always on tap, but they also rotate in newer creations, such as the Other IPA, a great mild India pale ale, and the tasty Cork County Red Cream Ale.
Specializing in small-batch, British-style cask ales, Union Brewing Company has become a popular spot for Carmel beer lovers. Brews such as the Coco B. Ware Coconut Porter and the Breakfast Stout of Champions pour from an authentic beer engine from across the pond.
Carmel's Upland Tap Room is a smaller version of the Bloomington flagship brewpub, with a focus on locally sourced cuisine and, of course, freshly brewed craft beer. More than 10 Upland beers are on tap at all times, including stalwarts such as the Dragonfly Pale Ale and the Bad Elmer Porter.
Grand Junction Brewing Company, opened in April 2014 and has won flights of Westfield fans thanks to brews such as their Squirrel Stampede Nut Brown Ale and Dark Road Porter. If you're planning a visit, don't stop by on Monday or Tuesday, when they are brewing beer, not selling it.
Danny Boy Beer Works is perhaps the newest entrant in the Hamilton County beer wars. Located in the Village of West Clay, the microbrewery has 10 of its own creations on tap, such as its Black IPA and Mac Daddy Scottish Strong Ale, as well as 30 guest pulls.
Want to hit several of these establishments in one fun-filled evening? The BrewsLine offers tours to host of breweries both in Hamilton County and Indianapolis. The expert guides can help both craft beer virgins and experienced microbrew aficionados alike find the ale of their dreams.
If you'd rather let the craft beer come to you, hunker down at the bar in Carmel's Pint Room. You'll find more than 100 beers on tap, with several others in bottles to choose from. If you can't find a beer you like here, you might as well stick to chardonnay or water.
Need a reason to celebrate your favorite beer? This fall, Saxony in Fishers will host its annual Oktoberfest with a variety of beers on tap for thirsty revelers.
Jul 01, 2015 by Kara Baber
Sun King's much anticipated expansion North into Fishers is recognized this week. The Sun King Fishers Tap Room and Small-Batch Brewery officially opens today at 6:00 p.m. A sneak preview was held Monday evening and a soft opening Tuesday evening. The tasting room has an industrial design with reclaimed wood accents. A long wood top bar is backed by a wall of taps pouring Sun King favorites including Sunlight Cream Ale, Wee-Mac Scottish Style Ale, and Osiris Pale Ale. The glass wall on the West end will allow visitors to watch the brewing process. A room on the East end can be closed off for private entertainment. Food will be available through a partnership with neighboring Sahm's Bar & Grill. Grab your growler and stop by to check it out for yourself!
Jun 30, 2015 by Kate Burkhardt
Experts and fans agree, Klipsch Music Center rocks! The amphitheater just announced an exciting a fifth place finish in USA Today's "Best Outdoor Music Venue" reader's choice competition. Industry experts selected the top 20 nominees for the contest and readers voted the top ten picks.
The Noblesville concert venue is the largest amphitheater in the Midwest and sees hundreds of thousands of music lovers applauding under the pavilion and cheering from the lawn each season. Where else can you join up to 24,000 people to hear the biggest names in pop, country, rock and hip-hop to a backdrop of a stunning Indiana sunset? Congratulations, Klipsch!
Tickets are still up for grabs for many of the remaining summer shows. See the lineup here. What's the best show you've ever seen at Klipsch Music Center? Share with us in the comments!
Enter to win tickets to one of the upcoming shows at Klipsch Music Center!
Jun 29, 2015 by Caroline Mosey
Sometimes people get stumped when it comes to taking that first bite of the notoriously huge tenderloin. It's a beautiful problem to have, really...all that crispy, juicy tenderloin uncontained by a seemingly small bun. If you've experienced a twinge of hesitation before diving in, you're not alone. You're in great Hoosier company.
While there's no wrong way to tackle the tenderloin, there are certainly a few tried-and-true methods. Take note:
Grab a fork and a knife and eat the overhanging edges of the tenderloin first. Once it becomes a manageable size within the bun, pick it up and proceed. (*My personal favorite!)
Remove the bun and cut the tenderloin in half. Stack the halves back inside the bun and enjoy a double-thick, twice-as-nice sandwich.
Leave the overhanging edges as they are, but make it easier to handle by slicing the whole sandwich right in half. Easy yet effective!
Throw caution to the wind and attack that bad boy JUST the way it is.
Try it: Dive in to the crispy tenderloin from Grand Junction Brewing Company this way and wash it down with one of their craft brews. Click here for Grand Junction's Tenderloin Tuesday deal (which fun fact- is only available on Wednesdays because they are closed Tuesday for brewing!).
Undoubtedly, the hand-breaded pork is the star of the show. But a few simple "fixings" piled on top only make the show better! Classic tenderloin toppings include lettuce, sliced tomato and red onion, although dill pickles and a swipe of mayo (or yellow mustard) are also welcome additions.
Hamilton County, Indiana is home to the beloved Tenderloin Trail and great news for tenderloin lovers-specials run from June 30-July 28! Be sure to take advantage of Tenderloin Tuesdays at tons of locations across our 8 Great Towns. Delicious deals are waiting!
Enter to win a gift card to try a tenderloin! Gift cards for Dooley O'Tooles, Courtney's Kitchen and Nickel Plate Bar & Grill are up for grabs. Winners will be announced on July 2.
Jun 25, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism
Summer is now officially here! Time to try a tenderloin sandwich, see live music under the stars and enjoy a festival or two. Read on for those great ideas and find a full schedule of summer fun on our Hamilton County, Indiana calendar of events.
Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents: La Casa Azul
This brand new show is making its world premiere right here in Hamilton County. See a talented group of singers and dancers perform La Casa Azul, which is based on the life of the famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Follow her journey of creativity and overcoming challenges beautifully told through original music and choreography.
Darius Rucker at Klipsch Music Center
The summer nights continue to heat up at Klipsch Music Center. Country star Darius Rucker will take the stage this Saturday. If country isn't your style, make plans to go to the hip-hop infused Boys of Zummer Tour on July 1 or another upcoming show.
Fishers Freedom Festival
The 27th annual Fishers Freedom Festival continues to grow this great Fishers tradition year after year. Participate in a 5K, browse the art and craft vendor booths, rock out to live music and don't forget to try your fair share of fair food. Then cap off a weekend of fun with a free fireworks show Sunday evening.
Indiana Transportation Museum Trains
Fishers and Noblesville, Indiana
All aboard! Try the Hoosierland Train this Saturday to take a trip from Fishers all the way to the quaint Noblesville Square or Forest Park. Or hop aboard the caboose Sunday for a short tour of the Noblesville area.
Tuesdays, June 30-July 28
Participating Hamilton County Restaurants
Mondays are mundane, Wednesdays are whatever, but Tuesdays are going to be tasty this summer. Participating restaurants will be offering special deals for their version of this Hoosier specialty sandwich on Tuesdays through July. See all of the deals and plan your trip along the Tenderloin Trail at TenderloinTrail.com.
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Jun 23, 2015 by Sarah Buckner
July 4, 2015 is almost here, which brings a day of sunshine, barbeques, family and best of all - fireworks! I have been celebrating the Fourth of July in Hamilton County, Indiana since I was a little girl, and every year has been better than the last. From dancing in the CarmelFest Parade as a 2nd grader, to watching the fireworks on Morse Lake, to celebrating in Sheridan as a teenager - I have loved every fourth festivity. Below are some of the fun ways you can celebrate July 4th in Hamilton County, Indiana.
1. Fishers Freedom Festival
June 27 - 28
The weekend before the Fourth, celebrate with the City of Fishers at the Fishers Freedom Festival. Enjoy two days of fun family activities, including arts & crafts, parades and fireworks.
2. Lights Over Morse Lake
July 2 - 4
One of my favorite 4th of July celebrations is Lights over Morse. There is something special about watching fireworks reflecting in the water, but there is also tons of great 4th of July activities for the whole family! A kids' carnival, zipline, craft and food vendors, sports tournaments, balloon glow, and live music. For a truly unique experience, take the Lights Over Morse Caboose Rides. The caboose train with an open air car will run from Forest Park on July 3 & 4. Tickets are just $5.
3. Glorious Fourth At Conner Prairie
July 4, 10 am - 5 pm
Join the residents of 1836 Prairietown to celebrate America's birthday! Guests can travel back in time and decorate the town, join in games, dance, and sing patriotic songs.
4. Marsh Symphony On The Prairie: Star Spangled Symphony
July 2 - July 4 at 8 pm
Celebrate America's birthday with the ISO's annual patriotic performance and salute to our military service members. All the traditional favorites return, including a spectacular fireworks show to cap off each concert.
5. Independence Celebration at Saxony
Start the holiday party a little early! Join Saxony on Thursday, July 3 for an evening of family fun, music, and fireworks at Witten Park. This event begins at 7:00pm with a concert featuring My Yellow Rickshaw and will conclude with fireworks at dusk.
July 3 - 4
Celebrate Independence Day in Carmel with live music, arts & crafts, a parade, fireworks, and an unforgettable evening performance by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.
7. Noblesville July 4th Parade And Fireworks Festival
July 4, 5 pm - 10 pm
Bring the whole family for Noblesville's annual Independence Day celebration! The parade will kick off at 5pm and will travel through downtown Noblesville. A free festival will follow at Noblesville High School. At dusk, a fireworks spectacular begins!
8. Sheridan Fourth Of July Parade & Celebration
July 4, 10 am
Visit Biddle Memorial Park in the quaint town of Sheridan for a fun, small town fourth celebration, including fireworks!
9. Westfield Rocks the 4th
Westfield Rocks the 4th is a free festival with something for people of all ages. This festival attracts over 20,000 people each year from Westfield and the surrounding area and has quickly become Westfield's signature event for the entire community, featuring entertainment, food and fun!
To learn more about these events, as well as information on Hamilton County, Indiana hotels, restaurants, and great shopping options, go to VisitHamiltonCounty.com.
Jun 18, 2015 by Kara Baber
Getaway in Hamilton County for Around $250!
Summer fun is in full swing in Hamilton County, Indiana! Looking for a weekend getaway? Below are great ideas that you can mix and match to create a memorable trip.
Family of Four Adventure for around $250
-Overnight accommodations including breakfast ($140)
-Pick one of the following: ride the FlowRider and relax in the lazy river at The Waterpark at The Monon Community Center OR cool off on waterslides at the floating Aqua Adventure Park and relax on the beach at Morse Park and Beach ($32)
-Pick one of the following: explore five outdoor historic areas, pet farm animals, and take a nature walk at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park OR visit Koteewi Range at Strawtown Koteewi Park and let the fun fly at Indiana's largest facility dedicated solely to archery ($54 or $60)
-Bring your bike and ride the trails from Forest Park to Morse Park and Beach in Noblesville OR explore the dining, shopping and the arts on the Monon Trail in Carmel ($0) Need a bike? You can rent one through Carmel Bike Share.
Couples or Friends Getaway for around $250
-Overnight accommodations including breakfast ($140)
-Catch a show and sip a brew at Flix Brewhouse ($50)
Mix and match these experiences to plan your perfect getaway. Something missing? Don't see what you're looking for? At VisitHamiltonCounty.com you can browse many more ideas and build your own itinerary in the trip planner.
One month, six towns, a whole lotta art! The 3rd annual Nickel Plate Arts Festival highlights the growing local art scene in six communities along the Nickel Plate Railroad - Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton.
Featured events include:
-A champagne reception introducing new Ville Gallery Artist Michael Jankosky will be held on Thursday, June 18 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at The Ville Restaurant in Noblesville. The restaurant serves as a gallery for local artists to showcase and sell their work in the community
-Enjoy a delicious treat at the St. Michael's Episcopal Church Strawberry Festival and find the perfect addition to your collection at the Nickel Plate Arts Art Fair and Sale on the Historic Noblesville Square on Saturday, June 20.
-At the Fishers Freedom Festival you will find fine arts and crafts and delicious food. Be sure to stay for fireworks on Saturday and return for the parade on Sunday.
-Enjoy the brand new juke-box musical "Girls Night Out" presented by the Nickel Plate Players at the outdoor Nickel Plate District Amphitheater in Fishers on Saturday, June 20.
-Nearly every day of the month you can experience many art mediums in art classes and enjoy summer sounds at outdoor concerts.
For a full schedule of events check out the Nickel Plate Arts Festival Guide for hot happenings, artsy affairs, and can't miss events.
Jun 17, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism
Summer is officially here in Hamilton County, Indiana! Splash around, taste local strawberries and dance the night away at fun musical events. Read on for family fun ideas and find even more festivals and events on our online calendar. Don't forget about dad too! Father's Day is this Sunday, find extra special ideas for pops on our blog.
The Center Presents
See a Grammy-winning bassist or American folk legends at the Palladium. Esperanza Spalding takes the stage Thursday with her unique blend of vocals and bass. Or enjoy the sounds of the six member Annie Moses Band that brings a cutting edge sound combining American roots, folk and jazz.
Marsh Symphony on the Prairie: Disco Days & Boogie Nights: Music of the 70s
Summer and the start of the Symphony on the Prairie season are officially upon us. See the first show of the series under the stars at Conner Prairie. Pack a picnic, a blanket and your dancing shoes for this disco-tastic concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Westfield Farmers Market
June 19- August 28
If you find yourself in need of some fresh produce before the weekend rush, head to the Westfield Farmers Market on Friday evenings. The market in the Ameriana Bank parking lot has vendors offering everything from pet treats to wine.
38th Annual Strawberry Festival
‘Tis the season for ripe Indiana strawberries. Celebrate at the St. Michael's annual Strawberry Festival on the Noblesville Square. There will be entertainment along with some of the best strawberry shortcake in the county.
Chalk Art Festival
Hamilton Town Center will transform into an artsy festival this Saturday. View chalk art masterpieces created professional and amateur artists who will be competing for prizes. Kids are invited to create their own chalk art too!
Girls Night Out
Local talent will shine in this new musical that will make its world premier at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheatre. Follow a group of girlfriends on a musical journey through their lives that includes rock, country and R&B hits.
Grab your bathing suit, it's time for a splashing summer kick-off at Roy G. Holland Memorial Park! Enjoy inflatable slides, water activities and even the Itty-Bitty Water Play Zone for small kiddos.
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Jun 16, 2015 by Shanna Mooney
Yes, many areas have neighborhood or community pools, and those are great for quick dips, lessons, and competitions. But what about more of an event? Something to get excited about, instead of routinely asking if everyone grabbed their towels and goggles while loading up in the mini-van?
Honestly, you'd be hard pressed to not find some sort of water wonderland near you in these parts. Consider:
The Waterpark at the Monon Center: Have been to the outdoor water park? If not, it's a must-do. It has something for all ages, including a lazy river, big water slides, giant pools at many depths both slight and deep, a splash ground, kiddie pool, lap pool, a new rock wall climb (over water), and an awesome surfing simulator, the FlowRider.
Day-passes are available right at the gate: $10 for adults, $6 for kids, and kids 2 and under are free with a paying adult. Season passes also are an option. It is located at 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel.
Forest Park Aquatic Center: A ginormous (aka Olympic-sized) pool, with 10 lanes nicely partitioned off for the more serious swimmers; another pool with a slide, a zero-entry baby pool with froggie slide, geysers, and other fun stuff, and a diving pool with springboards are a few of this aqua destination's amenities.
Day passes are $5 for all day, $3 after 5 pm. Membership is also available. It is located at 1077 Cicero Rd., Noblesville.
Somewhere between a community pool and a full-fledged water park are the city public pools. These staples of childhood have been both romanticized comically criticized in movies for years. There's a reason. There's lots of slightly chaotic fun and memories to be made at them. Prices, amenities, and locations vary, but a quick Google search will show you what you need to know.
Prefer something to make you feel like you're at the beach? How about a beach? Morse Park and Beach, to be exact. Morse Lake, formed by Big Cicero and Little Cicero Creeks is deceivingly large. Like, 1,500 acres of water and 35 miles of shoreline large. While much of it is privately owned, Morse Lake Park has lots of beachy fun for the public, and it's a lot closer than the coast.
A new attraction also offers an aqua adventure park, with lots of fun stuff to climb on, over and slide down in both shallow and deep water.
A Fun & Sun Day Pass is $4, kids 2 and under free. Add a session at the Water Adventure Park, and a day pass is $8. It is located at 19777 Morse Park Lane, Noblesville.
Another option is sinking your toes into the sand is Saxony Lake & Beach in Fishers which is open 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. daily.
For those with little ones unable to swim or who just want to play, spray grounds are a great place. West Park, 2700, W 116th St., Carmel; Inlow Park, 6310 E, Main St., Carmel; and Dillon Park, 6001 Edenshall Lane, Noblesville, are a few that come to mind. One of the best things? These are free.
So, yes, grab your towel and goggles, load up the mini-van, and partake in the a local lagoon of some sort. Just don't forget the sunscreen!
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