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Kickin’ Back at Klipsch

Jul 30, 2014 by Erin Vollmer

KMC gates- ErinI went to Klipsch Music Center for a last minute concert last week. One thing is for sure- Lady Antebellum owned the night (along with Joe Nichols and Billy Currington)! I had never been to Klipsch for a concert, but I loved the facility and the atmosphere created by the artists and the outdoor amphitheater. The lawn wasn't just a field where you would have to stand on your toes to get a glimpse of any action, it was set on a hill where we could sit and still see the stage. Of course, once the main show started, everyone stood from excitement!

I took my friend Elizabeth, who had just gotten back from Texas and was loving the "Sunny and 75°" weather. Even though Texas is in the Deep South, she mentioned that there were hardly any country music concerts there, but that Klipsch has tons of big names in country come each year. GiGi's at KMC

We arrived around 7:15 and there was still a lot of great lawn space available (most people were still tailgating in the parking lot). Everything was easy to find because there were buildings for everything and obvious signage- the venue was definitely built for concerts.

The food and drink sold there were quite pricey, but that's to be expected. Klipsch does allow unopened bottles of water and small bags of food, so we brought take-out and ate during the opening numbers. There were also a few food vendors that sold treats for a reasonable price, like Gigi's Cupcakes.

Crowd at KMC- ErinThe space filled up quickly and we unintentionally started a Snapchat scavenger hunt for our friends that were also at the concert. I had sent a snap of the show from our viewpoint, and my friend sent one back showing that she was there too! With a capacity of 24,000 people, it isn't that unusual that we knew other people there!

The concert itself was remarkable. The musical groups complemented each other well and Lady Antebellum even called Billy Currington and Joe Nichols back on stage to sing one of my favorite throwback country songs, "It's a Great Day to be Alive", by Travis Tritt. They all acted like a family and kept up the energy throughout the show. The video screens and lighting were creative, and multiple staging areas let the band perform from all over the amphitheater. One of my favorite parts was when the audience raised their cell phones and lit up the night. Lady A at KMC- Erin

I was very impressed by the ease and convenience of parking at the venue. The parking staff had everything so organized that we got out of the lot in about 5 minutes, even after staying for the encore.

Overall, I had a great experience and I hope to return for another concert soon!

Want to see a concert for yourself at Klipsch Music Center?  Enter to win tickets to the Chicago & REO Speedwagon show!  Winner will be announced on Thursday, July 31.

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Summer Bucket List

Jul 29, 2014 by Hamilton County CVB

With summer sadly coming to a close much sooner than anyone would care to admit, it's time to fit in as much summer fun as possible before school starts! Our staff has shared some great ideas so your family has to spend less time wondering what to do, and more time enjoying the sunshine. From ice cream runs to outdoor adventures, this list has all the ingredients that make up summer fun in Hamilton County, Indiana! Handel's in Fishers

Sarah- "Although I like Handel's Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt year around, it's especially great during the summer. They usually have coupons available - an extra incentive. Nothing beats "Graham Central Station" on a hot day or night. Or, if I'm really craving ice cream, their 4 scoop sample is divine."

Ashley- "Exploring the parks - you can't go wrong with splash pads, trails and the great outdoors. Most are FREE!"

Karen- "The Fair Train is always on my family's summer bucket list, we have been every year for the past 18 years! And the Cool Creek Park concert series is always a must. Normally we supplement with a big concert at Klipsch Music Center or Symphony on the Prairie too. Finally, a family boat trip on Morse combined with a backyard cookout was on the list this summer, and we checked it off." 

KMC longSarah B.- "Pint Room is definitely on my list- I must go sample a few beers at this cool new place in the Carmel Arts & Design District. The kids have already done so many fun things this summer; Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, a Fairy Tea Party, and so much else - but this summer they are also so excited to play mini golf at Ben & Ari's in Fishers for the first time ever!"

Kate- "I'd stop by the Fishers Farmers Market for breakfast, lunch, a snack or even just a bottle of homemade ranch dressing! Vendors sell everything from waffles to egg rolls to fresh produce - and most readily give out samples. I also must see a concert at Klipsch! The lawn allows for space to kick back and relax or dance under a gorgeous Indiana sunset while listening to some of your favorite artists."

Kara- "Our family has our own summer bucket list going, here's a sample of what's on it:

The Waterpark at the Monon Center Lazy River Monon Community Center Waterpark

Picking berries at Spencer Farm

$1 movies at the Hamilton 16 IMAX

Kids camps at Bath Junkie

Nature hikes at Ritchey Woods

Outdoor dining & shopping at Hamilton Town Center

Events at the Fishers Nickel Plate Amphitheater

Finding a Kona Ice truck for a cool treat."

Emma- "Symphony on the Prairie is always in my summer plans. I usually organize a group of friends or family, pack a picnic (including wine!), and arrive early to grab a spot with a great view of the stage at Conner Prairie. This year I've added a canoe trip on White River to my bucket list too."

Have more ideas for this list of summer fun? Let us know what's on YOUR summer bucket list!

8 Great Things to Do The Last Weekend in July 2014

Jul 24, 2014 by Hamilton County CVB

The calendar is loaded with fun and unique experiences for the next few days, so make sure to take full advantage of this last weekend in July. Theatre and music are the stars of this weekend, so make sure to plan ahead and get tickets. Remember to check the event calendar to get the scoop, because there are still great things to do that aren't mentioned below. Okay, this just might be the best weekend we've had in a while! Palladium Interior

1. I just need you now... (tickets to the Lady A concert, that is!) Tonight's concert at Klipsch Music Center is sure to draw crowds. Try to snag some lawn seats and sing along! On Friday and Saturday, the great music continues at Marsh Symphony on the Prairie. This weekend's concert pays tribute to the famous English group, The Beatles.

2. There are so many music events this weekend that they couldn't fit into one section! If you haven't been to Carmel's musical gem, The Palladium Center for the Performing Arts, get seats to the "Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition". Also in Carmel, Jazz on the Monon returns to feature music by touring jazz artist, Monika Herzig. Make sure to arrive early to get pizza from Bazbeaux to enjoy during the concert.  

3. Just gotta kick loose! Get tickets for the opening weekend of Footloose at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. This weekend is also the start for the Belfry Theatre's Godspell performance plus "I Married An Angel" continues from Carmel Community Players.

4. The longest running outdoor Shakespearean event of Central Indiana starts its 21st season this weekend. Go to Seminary Park in Noblesville on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the free showings of Shakespeare's "As You Like It". Shakespeare in the Park is always complete with full costumes and sets, so it's sure to impress.  Shakespeare in the Park Video

5. This weekend is also a great time to learn a new skill at a historic location. Conner Prairie offers many opportunities to learn a cultural craft. This weekend, visit Lenape Indian Camp and discover how beads were an important part of the fur trade and piece together an attractive bracelet to take home. There is also the option to create your own beads out of clay at this "make and take" activity.

6. Salads are a refreshing meal for summer, but it is easy to get stuck in a rut with the same recipe. Gisela Reibel, Master Gardener and Charter Member of the Indianapolis Herb Society, can help with that! Learn her secrets of creating "Savory Summer Salads" tonight at The Historic Ambassador House. Light snacks, along with samplings of her creations, are provided. The best part is that it's only $5 or free for garden club members!  

7. FREE MOVIES! Make sure to visit Asa Bales Park Friday night for a free double feature! Bring lawn chairs and popcorn to watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG) and Man of Steel (PG-13) in the park. Parking is available at Westfield High School. 

8. All aboard! Both of the Indiana Transportation Museum's main train excursions are happening this weekend, The Blue Arrow, and The Hoosierland. Each train takes a different path, but they are both great ways to explore the county and find new favorite places! 

Make your weekend even better by entering to win some tickets to see either Keith Urban OR OneRepublic at Klipsch Music Center!  Winners will be announced Friday, July 25.

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Sarah's Cheap Eats

Jul 22, 2014 by Sarah Buckner

Rosie's French ToastLike so many foodies I know, when I go out to eat, I love to keep it local, delicious, and wallet friendly. Hamilton County has no shortage of restaurants that fit this description, but my current obsession is Rosie's Place. Located on the historic Noblesville Square, Rosie's Place offers incredible breakfast and lunch options for a price that doesn't break the bank. 

Warm and inviting, this quaint eatery welcomes people of all ages - which is perfect for my two young kids and me. Looking for something fun to do on a Saturday, I recently took them for a walk around the Square, where we window-shopped before stopping into Rosie's for brunch.

We were seated quickly, and as a huge fan of eggs benedict, I ordered the Farm Style version of this classic breakfast treat. The entrée comes covered in sausage gravy and served with a side of Treats at Rosie's Placecountry potatoes. Oh my, it was so delicious, I may not be able to change my order during my next visit. Christopher is a picky eater, but is a huge fan of French toast, and ate every last bite of his cinnamon dipped, powdered sugar covered meal while Emily happily sat in her chair and munched on a hot ham and cheese sandwich.
The service was great and everything came out warm and fast, so the little ones didn't have a chance to get wiggly in their seats, which is a rare gift to all parents. Another gift was the bill; the entire family was able to eat a great, local meal for less than $30.

The only trouble that we encountered was the dessert display as you walk out the door. Finding yourself eye to eye with some of the tastiest looking homemade desserts is troublesome, even with a full stomach. SO, as we paid the bill I somehow ended up adding three cupcakes to my tab.

8 Great Things to Do the Third Weekend of July 2014

Jul 17, 2014 by Hamilton County CVB

July is in full swing, and as always, there is plenty to do! Enjoy the summer weather while listening to music and spending time with friends at festivals. This is a great time to explore the area with train trips, farmers markets, and community theatre to give you a taste of local life here in Hamilton County. Read on, then check out the event calendar for more things to do!4-h Fair Animals

1. Have fun in the sun at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair! Inexpensive food and a schedule that is loaded with activities leads to a great time for all ages. See animals dressed up in costumes, listen to free concerts, or get colored green in a one-mile fun run. You may even get to walk a llama!  The fun begins July 17th.

2. Enjoy an evening of wine tasting this Saturday in the Carmel Arts and Design District at the annual event, IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine. It's free to attend, but unlimited tastings are available for just $15 in cash. Artists, wineries, and entertainers come together to create a lively atmosphere where art meets wine.  

3. Reserve your place for a spot at the prairie dinner table! During this weekend's Marsh Symphony on the Prairie, listen to "Radio Hits of the Decades" at a front row table as part of the new Prairie Plates series for adults looking for culinary adventure. Enjoy a handcrafted meal by one of Hamilton County's most popular restaurants, The Local, and enjoy craft beer from Sun King Brewery.  

4. Sit back and imagine- with community theatre! This weekend, the Nickel Plate Players put on a free event at theSotP Amphitheatre, "BEEHIVE! The 60's Musical!" a fast-paced look at the jukebox hits of the 60's. Leave time for the Carmel Community Players show, "I Married An Angel", a performance that The New York Times said will "leave you humming".  

5. Take a trip through Hamilton County and explore historic architecture, unique shops, and a variety of restaurants on a train. The Blue Arrow Train takes you through the small towns of Hamilton County while dining aboard. The Hoosierland allows for time to stop in Historic Noblesville Square or Forest Park for an outing. Find out more about these train events at the website for the Indiana Transportation Museum.

6. As always, make sure to take advantage of the free concerts happening around the county. Bring your lawn chair, snacks, and friends to Clay Terrace, Forest Park, the Fishers Amphitheatre, and Seminary Park for some great tunes at a great price.  

7. Saturday, listen to top-quality musicians in an up-close kind of way at the Hedgehog Music Showcase. The venue has hosted nine Grammy Award winners as well as impressive local talent. This intimate space in the small town of Arcadia allows for a personal connection with the music and a relaxing atmosphere. Carmel Farmers Market Corn

8. Have you jumped on the clean eating, locally grown food train yet? Find farm-grown fruits and vegetables, along with artisan specialties and ready-to-eat breakfast entrees like crepes or "walking waffles". Get these high-quality items at a reasonable price and support the locals at the Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, and Saxony Markets.  

An Insider’s Guide to the Hamilton County 4-H Fair

Jul 16, 2014 by Erin Vollmer

Erin Ice Cream contestJuly is my favorite month of the year because it means 4-H Fair season is in full swing! I exhibited at the fair for 12 years, then became a volunteer- so I'm going to share with you the in's and out's of having a good time at the fair. With no admission, free parking, activities, and inexpensive food, you may even want to go without hearing what I have to say!

First things first, this year's fair is open to the public Thursday, July 17th through Tuesday July 22nd. 4-H is a national organization that supports youth development through involving them in "learning by doing". The fair showcases the 4-H'ers work from throughout the year.

If you've been before, it's not just the same old, same old this year! To emphasize the "healthy living" part of the 4-H pledge, a "Color Me Green" Fun Run will be introduced and anyone can participate. There will be green paint powder, a slip & slide, and water stations to keep cool. New this year will also be a free Ice Cream Eating Contest that all ages can participate in; sign me up! 4-h Fair Animals

The food at the fair is sooooo good, but not greasy or over-priced, like you might imagine. A crowd-favorite ear of corn usually goes for $1.50 and most meals don't go much above $5. Most vendors are raising money to support youth education, so you can feel good about stuffing your face. My favorite is the fruit slush from the "Eat Healthy at the Fair" booth, but let's face it- I love it all. When I need to take an air-conditioned break, I always go to the Homemaker's Kitchen, where the sweetest people serve delicious home-style meals from breakfast to dinner at a great price.

It is always hot, hot, hot! Plan accordingly and go into the exhibition halls when you need a Erin at 4H Fairbreak from the sun. Make sure to check out the full event calendar before you go so that you don't miss your favorite activities. Apart from the events listed on the schedule, there is almost always something to watch in the main Show Arena. For ten years, I was at the fair each day, for almost the whole day, and hardly got bored.

Most of all, I love experiencing the fun community atmosphere at the fair. It's a family-friendly place where you might see people of all ages goofing around, but then turning to lend a hand. Don't be afraid to ask the 4-H'ers about their projects and animals- they've worked hard and usually love talking about them. If you are looking to get tips about baking a pie or caring for your garden- these 4-H'ers know what they are talking about. There are also always plenty of volunteers sporting 4-H t-shirts or council ribbons that will be happy to help if you have a question. So stop by and experience it for yourself. See you at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair!

Distance Learning

Jul 15, 2014 by Alan Hinds

Last summer we architected a mythical 18 hole Par 3 course among the Hamilton County courses open to all. The South nine were courses below 146 Street and the North nine, those above this dividing line. The blog was entitled "Trey Me."
This season we have a county course made up of impressive par five holes. The South nine descriptions and how to play them are offered by the host pros in this first edition of "Distance Learning". We'll offer the North nine in several weeks.

Hole 1. "Diabolical Dogleg". The 18th at Prairie View, Carmel. Off the tee there is a 90 degree corner to turn, but Sycamores left and bunker sand right guard the bend. Cut it too close and a good day's score is shot to...well, you know. A smart layup to the creek fronting the green can yield a closing birdie.

Hole 2. "Temptation". The 12th at Plum Creek, Carmel. Direction and discretion are needed off the tee with left and right trouble in view before a golfer even thinks about going for green in two. It is more of the same on the third shot to a small, water and bunker protected, undulating green (see picture).Alan Plum Creek

Hole 3. "The Equalizer". The 15th at River Glen, Fishers. Two controlled shots are needed to an approach over a creek. A white knuckler, but a well-played second strike can offer a chance for an eagle. Leaving the green, one has an equal opportunity to surge ahead or get behind.

Hole 4. "Risk-Reward". The 8th at Brookshire, Carmel. The prime real estate on this hole is the fairway's right side. Accurate and long tee shots have a chance to be on in two. Left is tree trouble and costly. As per usual in Carmel, it's location, location, location.

Hole 5, "Sneaky Seventh". The 7th at Prairie View, Carmel. After a generous open fairway, careful thought is required for the second shot. The hole deceptively waits for a pulled left or pushed right hit by a careless player. The golfer's final challenge is to a well bunked, long narrow green tucked by the White River.

Hole 6, "Albatross". The Lakes 5th at Ironwood, Fishers. A crossing creek is the first obstacle off the tee and then water bends down the right side of the hole. A sharp right turn of the fairway can present an angle for up-and-over-the-corner tee shot. What follows is a mid-iron chance for a duce and perhaps the two shot glory of an albatross.

Hole 7, "Lefty/Righty". The 1st at Gray eagle fairway- AlanMohawk Hills, Carmel. This hole comes with its own set of instructions. First favor the fairway's left center short of bunkers. Then hit to the right center for a straight in approach shot to a green with big mound shoulders.

Hole 8, "Eagles Landing". The 4th at Gray Eagle, Fishers. The best tee shots land adjacent to a unique wood carving of the American Eagle just off the fairway (see picture). The next ball flight should favor the left side, avoiding creek trouble on the right side of its two tier elevated green.

Hole 9, "Caveat Emptor". The Ridge 6th at Ironwood, Fishers. This short Par 5 is reachable in two. But beware of buying into the thrill of a big tee shot too early. It can be costly if overlooking the second shot to a narrow, well bunkered green flanked by a tree and OB. Say, who knew there were Latin scholars at Ironwood?

8 Great Things to do the 2nd Weekend of July 2014

Jul 10, 2014 by Hamilton County CVB

See art exhibits, tons of live music, and so much more this weekend in Hamilton County, Indiana! Read on for eight great ideas and find countless other getaway ideas on our online calendar of events. Photography Exhibit NPA

1. Do you have an eye for beauty? Visit Aperture Stop: A Photographic Exhibit at Nickel Plate Arts at the Judge Stone House Gallery through August 30 to appreciate the talent in the Hamilton County community. This free exhibit is filled with the talented works of local photographers.

2. Did you know that there are free concerts every day of the week in Hamilton County? People even come from outside of the county to take part in the fun. Kick off the weekend tonight at Zanna-Doo as a part of the Noblesville Summer Concert Series at Forest Park. Friday, take your pick of Saxony Summer Concert Series: Toy Factory, a high-energy 8-piece R&B act from Indianapolis, or listen to Jennie DeVoe play under the stars at The Amp After Dark. Sunday, see the Indianapolis Symphonic Band at the Seminary Park Free Concerts. For only $5, find a great place to relax or dance by the stage at Cool Creek Park and see ESB this Friday as part of the Cool Creek Concert Series.

3. Summer is a great time to shop (and maybe get ahead on gifts for the year!). The Old Pickett Fence is having a Lemons & Leftovers Sale this Friday and Saturday. You will be able to find great antiques, home items, and unique gifts on sale at this popular event. Cool Creek Concert Series - Image

4. Relax on the historic hillside of Boxley Cabin and listen to the sounds of pioneer America at Sheridan BlueGrass Fever this Friday and Saturday. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to relax and enjoy the music with friends. Food will be available for sale.

5. Although this event is just north of Hamilton County, it's too fun to miss.  Demonstrations, a mini fashion show, and vendors showcasing vintage items and artisan skills, are just a few of the reasons to visit the French Market in Tipton this weekend. Held rain or shine, this free event promises a good time.  

6. Take part in the monthly tradition of enjoying the artists and culture at the Carmel Arts & Design Second Saturday Gallery Walk. This Saturday, there will be free caricatures and a scavenger hunt with prizes, along with the musical entertainment to make an exciting boost to this popular event. BoxleyCabin-4-21-08-med.res.

7. It isn't often when dancing in the street is allowed, that's why the Noblesville Main Street Annual Street Dance is always the biggest party in Noblesville. Live music by Emily Ann Thompson will be at the Pre-Party on the Patio to get you swinging for the street dance. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, along with fun art activities for all ages. Take the Noblesville Street Dance Caboose Train so that you don't have to worry about parking (plus, it's just fun to ride a train!).

8. One of the world's legendary singing groups, The O'Jays, will be performing at the Palladium this Sunday. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted group continues to thrill audiences today with their large body of work. Have dinner before at one of the restaurants only a few steps away at the Carmel City Center.

Want to make your weekend even more awesome?  Enter to win 1 of 2 prize packs: tickets to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival at Klipsch Music Center OR Tickets to Symphony on the Prairie: Classic FM Radio Hits of the Decades & a Harmony Winery Gift Card.  Winners will be announced on Friday, July 11. 

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Jordan’s Eats: Dooley O’Toole’s Tenderloin

Jul 08, 2014 by Hamilton County CVB

Dooley Tenderloin

Jordan, our Digital Marketing Coordinator, has a passion for good eats. And as a former football player, he sure knows how to chow down on lots of grub! So who better to tell you about some of Hamilton County's fan favorite dishes and eating challenges? Here's the first in a series of foodie fun blogs from Jordan himself- bon appetit! Dooley's Tenderloin Special Sign

My latest foodie outing was to Dooley O'Toole's in Carmel. The expectations for Dooley's and its famous breaded tenderloin were high, and I am pleased to say that Dooley's not only met them, but surpassed them. Their breaded tenderloin was incredible. It was not greasy, not overly thick and had a rich texture to the breading. It was just downright delicious!

An equally tasty side of chive fries accompanied the tenderloin. These came highly recommended from not only the Hamilton County Tourism staff, but also the staff at Dooley's. The only flaw to this otherwise perfect sandwich was the bun. It was not toasted, which I don't mind, but because of the juiciness of the vegetables the bun became soggy and began to deteriorate. It is easy to understand all the hype about Dooley O'Toole's and their magnificent breaded tenderloin sandwich!

You can go try this fabulous tenderloin sandwich for yourself at Dooley O'Toole's any time. But for Tenderloin Tuesdays (Tuesdays through July 29), you can get a "mini" tenderloin with soup and chips for just $6.95.

Outdoor Fun for Every Age

Jul 01, 2014 by Caroline Mosey

Summer is in full swing in Central Indiana. The temps are soaring almost as high as our spirits as we embrace all the fun outdoor recreation right outside our doorsteps!

Monon Trail by CarolineOne of my family's very favorite things to do together is bike the Monon Trail. On a warm summer day, we break out the sunscreen and the bikes and take to the trail for an easy cruise down to our favorite restaurants and ice cream pit stops. Don't have a bike? You can rent one easily from Carmel Cyclery, and then pedal your cares away!

My husband and I love to kayak, and we don't have to go far from home before we're peacefully skimming through the water, drinking in the natural beauty and enjoying a "non-traditional" date! It's easy to get stuck in the dinner-and-movie date rut during colder months, but now is the time for being creative and getting outside with your significant other. White River Canoe Company offers canoe and kayak rentals, or you can test your paddleboard skills at Saxony Lake before relaxing on the sandy beach.

Archery is making a comeback in a big way, and soon you can try the sport for yourself at Koteewi Range at Strawtown Koteewi Park, a first-class archery facility currently under construction. (By the way, individuals and companies that want to lend a hand or materials during the construction phase are encouraged to do so!) White River Kayak w Train

Choose from a huge variety of parks to frequent this summer, too! Whether you want to hike the wooded trails at Cool Creek Park, go fishing at Morse Park and Beach, visit the archeological playground at River Road or just enjoy a leisurely picnic at Coxhall Gardens, there's an abundance of outdoor parks that are sure to enhance the beauty of summer.

Don't forget to fuel your fun with a tasty Hoosier tradition this month! Every Tuesday from June 24-July 29, tons of local restaurants are offering specials on tenderloin sandwiches for Tenderloin Tuesday-the perfect meal to top off a fun summer day.

Come on out and play!

Speaking of outdoor fun, why not enter to win tickets to see a show under the stars at Klipsch Music Center? 

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