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Tackling the Tenderloin in Hamilton County

Jun 29, 2015 by Caroline Mosey

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Oh, tenderloin sandwich. How do I eat thee? Let me count the ways. (Because there are so, so many!)

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:

Edge It

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!)

Try it: Nickel Plate Bar & Grill serves up an edger's delight with plenty of meaty goodness hanging off of the bun. Click here for Nickel Plate's Tenderloin Tuesday deal. 

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Stack It

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.

Try it: Dooley O'Tooles serves a monster tenderloin, to eat it all at once this method is almost a must! Click here for Dooley O'Tooles Tenderloin Tuesday deal.

Halve It

Leave the overhanging edges as they are, but make it easier to handle by slicing the whole sandwich right in half. Easy yet effective!

Try it: Try this tactic with the tenderloin at Courtney's Kitchen by assembling the sandwich, cutting it in half, then conquer one half at a time. Click here for Courtney's Tenderloin Tuesday deal.

Just Do It

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.

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Your June 25- July 1 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

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
June 25-28
Carmel, Indiana

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.

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Darius Rucker at Klipsch Music Center
June 27
Noblesville, Indiana

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.

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Fishers Freedom Festival
June 27-28
Fishers, Indiana

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
June 27-28
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.

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Tenderloin Tuesdays

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


Enter to win one of two ticket prize packs to see Train LIVE at Klipsch Music Center! Winner will be announced June 29.

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9 Ways Celebrate July 4th in Hamilton County, Indiana

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.

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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. 

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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
July 3
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 Chris at CarmelFestconclude with fireworks at dusk.

6. Carmelfest!
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
July 4
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!

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Getaway in Hamilton County for Around $250

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)

Morse Aqua Adventure Park Climing-Enjoy outdoor dining at Woodys Library Restaurant or Courtney's Kitchen ($40)

-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)Wolfie's outdoor seating Noblesville

-Enjoy waterfront dining at Lazy Frogg or Wolfie's on Morse Reservoir or Bella Vita Ristorante on Geist Reservoir ($60)

-Explore 127 acres of nature preserve, wetland and prairie Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve in Fishers or hike four miles of woodland trails great for bird watching at Cool Creek Park in Carmel ($0)

Mix and match these experiences to plan your perfect getaway. Something missing? Don't see what you're looking for? At you can browse many more ideas and build your own itinerary in the trip planner.


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Nickel Plate Arts Festival

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.

Your June 18-24 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

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
June 18-19
Carmel, Indiana

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. SOTP Blurb

Marsh Symphony on the Prairie: Disco Days & Boogie Nights: Music of the 70s
June 19-20
Fishers, Indiana

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. Carmel Farmers Market Corn

Westfield Farmers Market
June 19- August 28
Westfield, Indiana

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
June 20
Noblesville, Indiana

‘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.

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Chalk Art Festival
June 20
Noblesville, Indiana

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
June 20
Fishers, Indiana

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.

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June 20
Fishers, Indiana

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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Awash in summer water fun in Hamilton County

Jun 16, 2015 by Shanna Mooney

Outdoor App Water ScreenShotWhen it comes to keeping cool in Hamilton County, we are happily awash in water. Pools, spray grounds, aquatic centers, and heck--we even have a beach!

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.

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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. Beach Sand fun- blogger Shanna

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!

Your June 11-17 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

Jun 11, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

Please your senses in Hamilton County, Indiana with events where you can listen to music under the stars, see art or a theater performance and explore curiosities with hands-on exhibits. Find all of those events and more in this week's things to do blog roundup, plus a chance to win some Klipsch Music Center tickets. Hungry for more adventure? Check out our online calendar of events that's updated constantly with new events.

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Even More Summer Concerts
Beginning June 12
Fishers and Carmel, Indiana

This Friday brings the beginning of three more summer concert series. The Amp After Dark Concert Series will be lighting up the Nickel Plate District in Fishers for the late night crowd. Also in Fishers, the Saxony Summer Concerts begin in Witten Park. The annual Cool Creek Summer Concert Series also returns this Friday, and with a meager entry fee you get to hear great tunes all night. Discover even more live music options here.

Booth Tarkingon Civic Theatre presents: Alice in Wonderland Jr.Carmel Arts & Design couple walking
June 12-17
Carmel, Indiana

See Alice, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts and all of the classic book and Disney movie characters come to life onstage at Civic Theatre. Kids ages 7-14 will star in the production, making it the perfect by kids for kids show to attend.

Carmel Arts & Design Second Saturday Gallery Walk
June 13
Carmel, Indiana

The Design District will be buzzing with activity this Saturday. Explore the District's galleries, listen to live music and even try some strawberry delights at the St. Christopher's Strawberry Festival. The Indiana Design Center will also be open to the public with special exhibits.

Curiosity FairCuriosity Fair
June 13-14
Fishers, Indiana

How do 3D printers work? What's in our Solar System? How are minerals formed? Let inquisitive minds explore the interactive exhibits at Conner Prairie's annual festival of learning this weekend.

IHSAA Boys Golf State Finals
June 16-17
Carmel, Indiana

The best high school golfers and golf teams in the state will compete at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel. The lowest scoring individuals and teams will be named state champions. Spectators are welcome, so practice your golf clapping.

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Father’s Day Fun in Hamilton County, Indiana

Jun 09, 2015 by Sarah Buckner

Father's Day is Sunday, June 21 - so make sure to celebrate your favorite guy in an extra special way. Deciding on the perfect gift or activity for Dad can be tough, so I collected a few ideas for a weekend experience any dad would be sure to enjoy. So pack a bag and getaway to Hamilton County, Indiana for a weekend of fun...

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For the golf lover, play a round at one of the elite courses on the Pete Dye trail or another Hamilton County course or try a round of mini golf in Forest Park.

For the big eater, take him to Bub's Burgers in Carmel to taste the Big Ugly Burger

White River Canoeing

For an adventure seeker, rent a canoe or kayak and paddle down the White River.

For the kid at heart, bring out his inner child with a round of laser tag at Laser Flash in Carmel, with mini golf and arcade games at Ben & Ari's in Fishers, or bowl a game at Pinheads.

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For the movie lover, enjoy dinner, and delicious beverage, and a movie at the newly opened Flix Brewhouse in Carmel OR watch your favorite current blockbuster at the Hamilton 16 IMAX in Noblesville.

For the thrill seeker, experience the excitement of high-speed indoor karting at K1 Speed in Fishers.

symphony on the prairie It is my personal opinion that my dad is the greatest, but he sadly lives several hours away. He is a major music lover, so if he was nearby, I would pack a picnic and take him to see Marsh Symphony On The Prairie: Disco Days & Boogie Nights: Music Of The 70s. I remember going to Symphony on the Prairie with my family when we were little, and it would be a wonderful way to celebrate Dad AND keep that memory alive!

For further information on these fun activities, events, and more, visit

Your June 4 Getaway to Hamilton County is Closer Than you Think!

Jun 04, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

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June 1-30
Various Hamilton County Locations

6 towns, 1 month, a whole lotta art! From concerts to the Old Mill Festival to special art shows, there’s so much to see and do all month long along the Nickel Plate rail line. This Friday the latest exhibit opens on the Nickel Plate Arts campus and features a collection of portraits. Check out for a full line-up of events.

Noblesville Thursday Market
Opens June 4
Noblesville, Indiana
Noblesville Main St Produce Market

Can’t wait until Saturday for farm fresh finds? No fear, the Noblesville Thursday Market is here. Head to the south alley of the Noblesville Square to discover local produce and goods at this fabulous week-day market.

First Friday Bed Races
June 5
Noblesville, Indiana

9th Street in Noblesville will turn into a race track this Friday for the annual Bed Race. Teams of four-five racers will roll custom beds down the street and are encouraged to pick a theme to dress and decorate with. Proceeds will benefit summer scholarships for local children.

National Trails Day
June 6
Throughout Hamilton County

Time to explore the great outdoors in Hamilton County. Use our outdoor app and trails guide to explore the over 300 miles of trails throughout the county. If you have a family that loves to bike, check out the Bicycle Rodeo in Westfield this Saturday. There will be bike safety demos, family activities, vendors and more.

Jazz on the Monon + Clay Terrace concerts
June 4 & 6
Carmel, Indiana

Even more summer concerts are debuting this week. The Clay Terrace Summer Concert Series begins June 4 and will continue every Thursday through July. If jazz is more your style, head to Jazz on the Monon that begins June 6 in the heart of the Arts & Design District.

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Koteewi Range Grand Opening
June 6
Noblesville, Indiana

The largest archery facility in Indiana is officially opening its doors this Saturday. Celebrate at Koteewi Range with family activities, try out the new archery ranges for free and more. Celebrity archers will be on hand to demonstrate their amazing skills too. Frank Addington Jr. will shoot a baby aspirin from the sky and Rand Oitker will amaze guests with his extreme precision shooting demonstrations. Let the fun fly!

Storytelling Arts Presents: Summer Porch Tales
June 6- 27
Noblesville, Westfield, Fishers and Carmel, Indiana

Storytelling Arts of Indiana is bringing the art of storytelling to life this June with special events throughout the county. Beginning this Saturday in Noblesville, several various professional storytellers will present in picturesque spots for optimal summer storytelling experiences. Don’t miss the events in Westfield, Fishers and Carmel as well.

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12th Annual Ferrari Festival
June 7
Noblesville, Indiana

For Ferrari owners and admirers alike, this annual festival of fast cars will delight. Ferraris and classic cars will line the Noblesville Square and all are welcome to come admire them. For a real Italian experience, make reservations to enjoy the special buffet lunch at Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano.

Summer Porch Tales in Hamilton County

Jun 03, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

This blog was contributed by storyteller Celestine Bloomfield who will be telling at the Summer Porch Tales on June 6 and June 27.

Storytelling Porch TalesThe beauty of storytelling is that one good story leads to another. You don't have to be Scheherazade to tell a good tale and everyone has a story to tell. My journey into storytelling began in grad school when I told my version of "The Three Little Pigs" while creating a filmstrip. Filmstrips are obsolete but I am still telling this urban folktale, "The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs".

The media center in my first elementary school had shelves of books minus their colorful book jackets and I used storytelling as my advertising gimmick to connect the students with the stories. I challenged my students to find the tales I told in the folklore section. While sharing literature, I might read the same story seven times in one day. By the last classes, I found myself telling the story without the book and thus my storytelling began.

Celestine StorytellerPeople often ask me what kind of stories do I tell and my answer is always, "I only tell the stories I like." I like stories from all cultures, but something has to grab me in the story. Something has to speak to me. Watch the audience in any storytelling session and see where the audience smiles in unison, laughs in unison or even groans in unison. We can relate to the story because it has happened to each one of us and we know how that feels. We are more alike than different and world folktales are perfect vessels to illustrate this. Because I am an African American woman, it certainly shapes my telling but I love to respectively share stories from other cultures.

My mission is to encourage everyone to tell tales. Stories are for all ages and we need to be sharing them. It does not have to be from a book. Tell your family history before it is forgotten and lost. I remember my Uncle Ernest talking about his service in World War II and being in Italy. Talk about how you met your spouse. Did you get to Indiana via Ellis Island or Route 66? Where did you grow up? What did you and your brothers and sisters do for fun? Describe your school days. Share your grandmother's peach cobbler recipe and tell the story about how you ate too many peaches or strawberries or scuppernong grapes.

I will do anything to tell a story. I will sing. (And I cannot sing!) I will draw. (And I definitely cannot draw!) I will do anything to tell a story and I want you to join me.

Experience the magic of storytelling this summer at the Summer Porch Tales series presented by Storytelling Arts. Two 30-minute performances at each location will delight audiences of all ages. Different stories will be told at all venues, so visit one or all!

Summer Porch Tales at Nickel Plate Arts
Nickel Plate Arts Campus, Noblesville
Saturday, June 6 at 4 p.m.

Storytelling Arts Presents: Summer Porch Tales in Westfield
South Mill Street, Westfield
Saturday, June 13 at 4 p.m.

Storytelling Arts Presents: Summer Porch Tales at Historic Ambassador House
Ambassador House, Fishers
Sunday, June 21 at 5 p.m.

Storytelling Arts Presents: Summer Porch Tales at The Monon Depot
Monon Depot, Carmel
Saturday, June 27 at 4 p.m.

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