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Know before you go: Center for the Performing Arts

Jan 12, 2017 by Lindsay Parker Williams

Palladium Whether your new year’s resolution involved supporting the arts or exploring new places, checking out The Center for The Performing Arts in Carmel, IN should be at the top of your list. What better escape from the chill of winter than a performance in one of their three world-class spaces, including the Palladium, The Tarkington, and The Studio Theater? Below are some of our top tips to get you ready for an evening at one of Hamilton County’s best arts and culture venues.

10 Things to Know Before You Go

1.  Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or at the box office. For a full list of performances, check out the calendar. There are performances almost every day of the week and in many different price ranges. Don’t forget about the many theater performances as well that take place in the two smaller venues, including many that are family friendly.

2.  Did you know you can save up to 30 percent when you take advantage of a Series Subscription, which lets you purchase tickets to multiple performances? They also have a Choose Your Own Series that lets you mix and match your tickets. Perfect for anyone with eclectic taste. Students can also get discounts on tickets with a student ID.

3.  Unlike many performance venues, parking is FREE at The Center for the Performing Arts. There is a parking garage located onsite as well as street parking. Valet parking is also available beginning one hour before any performance at the Palladium. For a complete list of all parking options, click here.

4.  You can grab dinner at one of the many restaurants nearby before or after a performance. divvy, a small plates restaurant, is one of my favorites and is perfect for group dining as everyone shares a few bits of a variety of dishes. divvy is located right next to the Palladium and can be accessed from the same parking garage. The Carmel Arts & Design District is located just a few blocks away and features even more dining options. The Palladium also houses The Basile Café, open before select performances and during intermission.

Lang Lang 5.  The Palladium’s exterior features Indiana limestone and is modeled after La Rotunda in Italy. The 8,500 square feet inside the building is filled with special details that make the space as much an attraction as the amazing performances happening inside. The acoustically perfect performance hall features a variety of seating options including some seats located behind the stage, which give you a unique view of the performer and the audience.

6.  The Studio Theater is an intimate black box space that seats 250 and can be transformed in a variety of ways. This makes each performance extremely unique and gives the performers lots of control on how they interact with the audience. Just this season, you can catch everything from Shakespeare to Broadway to a magic act and experience it up close.

7.  Don’t underestimate the diversity of the performances at The Center for the Performing Arts. I was blown away by the upcoming performance schedule’s wide range of music styles, performance types and international performers. If you think there is only classical music at a venue like this, you’re missing out on huge range of shows that are taking place throughout the year. If you usually take in the symphony, why not stretch yourself with a country performance by Kenny Rodgers? If you typically see artistic theater productions, why not try out a Latin Dance Discovery Class where you get up and learn alongside others? Be adventurous in the new year!

8.  Look for family friendly performances to introduce your kids to a love of the arts. Check out Peanut Butter and Jam sessions throughout the year that allows little ones to get up close and personal with a variety of performers. Most take place Saturdays at 10:30. The cost is $10 per ticket but each purchase includes two free adult tickets, making this a very affordable family outing.

9.  If you’re between the ages of 21-40 and interested in connecting with other performing arts fans, check out The Scene for young professionals. Membership is $45 and includes 40 percent off The Center Presents tickets as well as one free ticket voucher and access to exclusive social events.

10.  Be prepared to be amazed at all The Center for the Performing Arts offers. There are more than 50 “The Center Presents” performances each year (pop, rock, country, folk, classical, jazz, world music, dance, family, holiday) and up to 400 arts and community events are held on the campus. If you’ve been thinking about checking out this award-winning attraction, right here in Hamilton County, this is the year to give it a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

The expansive art world of Hamilton County

Jan 11, 2017 by Shelly Bergman

Gallery Walk Calling all art enthusiasts! Indianapolis is rich in art and culture between Mass Ave, Fountain Square and White River, but don't forget about Hamilton County. People travel from afar to immerse themselves in Hoosier arts around Carmel, Noblesville and beyond, and the art scene is only growing larger.

As our world gets increasingly busier, taking time for ourselves is rare. Turning off your phone and taking the time to stroll through a gallery can bring peace, reflection and inspiration to your life.

If art is more of a social event for you, Carmel Arts and Design District hosts Gallery Walks every second Saturday. Gallery Walks feature new exhibits at the local galleries and have a wide array of activities throughout, such as live music, caricature drawings, wine and canvas events and scavenger hunts.

Nickel Plate Arts A majority of the galleries and studios have excellent space for your private events, wedding receptions or birthday parties. Several locations also offer classes and camps throughout the year. Comic art, acrylic painting, guitar, drawing, art as a business, art history, watercolor, knife painting... the list continues in the broad range of art classes offered around Hamilton County.

So put on your walking shoes, turn off your phone and head out to enjoy the exquisite works by local artisans at the art galleries of Hamilton County.

Art Galleries in Hamilton County

Art Splash Gallery
Carmel, Indiana

Coats Wright Art & Design
Carmel, Indiana

CCA Gallery & Gifts
Carmel, Indiana

Evan Lurie Gallery
Carmel, Indiana

French Bleu Fine Art Gallery
Carmel, Indiana

Hoosier Salon
Carmel, Indiana

Inspire Studio & Gallery
Carmel, Indiana

Magdalena Gallery of Art
Carmel, Indiana

SoHo Cafe & Gallery
Carmel, Indiana

Soori Gallery
Carmel, Indiana

Nickel Plate Arts
Noblesville, Indiana

Hamilton County Artist's Association
Noblesville, Indiana 

For a full list, visit our website.

Make a day of it! Here are some local restaurants to grab a bite while you're out touring the galleries. 

How are you going to get more involved in the arts in Hamilton County? Tag us on social using #VisitHC and @VisitHamiltonCo.

Hamilton County Happenings - Jan. 11

Jan 11, 2017 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, enjoy free admission at Conner Prairie, watch ice sculptures come to life and more. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

Wine and Pizza
Class in a Glass: Wine and Pizza
Jan. 11
Blackhawk Winery and Vineyard | Sheridan, Indiana

Taste wine and discover what variety pairs well with pizza.

Hearthside Suppers
Hearthside Suppers at Conner Prairie
Jan. 13 - March 12
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Help prepare, serve and eat a candlelight feast straight from a 19th century cookbook.

Russian Ballet
Russian National Ballet Theatre
Jan. 13 - 14
The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel, Indiana

See ballet brought to life with impressive technique and artful poise.


Clay Terrace
Ice Sculptures at Clay Terrace
Jan. 14
Clay Terrace | Carmel, Indiana

Watch ice sculptors in action at 10 a.m. and admire their creations throughout the center to highlight the shopping experience.

Gallery Walk
IU Health North Hospital Gallery Walk
Jan. 14
Carmel Arts & Design District | Carmel, Indiana

Wine and dine in a local restaurant, browse new exhibits and explore Main Street.

Conner Prairie
Free Admission Day
Jan. 16
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision with special programming and free admission at Conner Prairie.

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Hamilton County Happenings - Jan. 4

Jan 04, 2017 by Hamilton County Tourism

Start the new year on the right foot. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

Winter Farmers Markets
Winter Farmers Market
Jan. 7
Around Hamilton County, Indiana

Stock up on fresh, seasonal produce in Carmel and Fishers.

Nickel Plate Arts
First Friday
Jan. 6
Nickel Plate Arts | Noblesville, Indiana

Unwind at this free monthly celebration of the arts, with activities, entertainment and more.

Palladium
Songbook Academy All-Stars
Jan. 7
The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel, Indiana

See the seven Songbook Youth Ambassadors perform an inaugural All-Stars concert.

Beef and Boards
Shear Madness
Jan. 4 - 29
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre | Hamilton County, Indiana

In this hair-raising comedy, the cast combs through the clues to solve a murder above a hair salon.

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Hamilton County Happenings - Dec. 28

Dec 28, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

It's the final week of 2016 - ring in the new year with these events! Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings.

Holiday Drop-In Classes
Holiday Drop-In Classes
Dec. 28 - 30
Nickel Plate Arts | Noblesville, Indiana

Getting stir crazy over winter break? Bring your young artist to create an afternoon art project at Nickel Plate Arts.

Holiday Adventures
Holiday Adventures at Conner Prairie
Dec. 28 - 31
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Season’s greetings from 1836! Experience the holiday with Prairietown residents.

Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Dec. 28 - Jan. 1
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre | Carmel, Indiana

“Be our guest” and see this “tale as old as time” come to life on stage.

Reynolds Light Display
Reynolds Christmas Lights Display
Dec. 28 - Jan. 1
Reynolds Farm Equipment | Fishers, Indiana

This free annual Christmas lights display returns to dazzle the winter sky with more than two million lights.

Palladium
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza Presented by Taft
Dec. 31
The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel, Indiana

Enjoy fabulous food, dance the night away and ring in 2017 with style at the second annual New Year's Eve Extravaganza

Winter Break
Winter Break Sewing Camp for Kids
Jan. 3 - 5
Always in Stitches | Noblesville, Indiana

Has cabin fever struck? Kids 10-12 years old will learn sewing basics making a drawstring bag, pillowcase and sewing caddy in the class.

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Seven ideas to beat winter break boredom

Dec 27, 2016 by Sarah Buckner

 

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

This winter break, I am taking a little time off work to relax with my kiddos. The only trouble is that Chris, 8, and Emmy, 6, get super bored when we are locked in the house for a little too long.

I don’t want cabin fever to get the best of us, so I have a plan of action for when they are eager to explore.

1. Create a masterpiece at Nickel Plate Arts
Take your budding artist to Nickel Plate Arts for a range of awesome afternoon art projects Dec. 28-30 from noon – 5 p.m.! My daughter recently told me she wants to be an artist when she grows up, so this is the perfect place for us to go. Kids of all ages are welcome, and at just $10 per project, it makes for an affordable activity. Parents must accompany their children during the class, but all materials and guided instruction are provided by staff and volunteers. Projects take about one hour to complete. Best part? No need to register — just drop in!

2. Indoor fun at Conner Prairie
Here’s a little known secret: the inside of Conner Prairie is just absolutely amazing. There are tons of interactive aspects for kids of a variety of ages to enjoy, and it would be easy to spend an entire day playing. During Holiday Adventures, you can explore Prairietown to see how settlers celebrated the winter season in 1836 or admire the delicious and impressive Gingerbread Village

3. Brunch at Bub’s Café
The brightly colored décor at Bub’s Café gives my little family vacation vibes. So when we are missing the sunshine, we plan to stop there for mid-morning pancakes.

The list goes on, including:
-Jump away the extra energy at SkyZone in Fishers
-Play a round of laser tag at Laser Flash in Carmel
-Sled down the hills of Flat Fork Creek Park in Fishers
-Paint pottery at Kiln Creations in Noblesville

For more ideas, check out our winter bucket list video above and start crossing activities off the list.

The Year in Photos: Instagrams of 2016

Dec 22, 2016 by Katie Utken

Our Instagram followers tag us in some incredible photos all year, so we decided to highlight just a few of our favorites from 2016.

Follow us @VisitHamiltonCo and tag us or use #VisitHC for your chance to be featured!

@food_infatuated // Wilson's Farm Market - Arcadia, IN

Wilson's Farm Market

 

@yelpindy // Prairie Guest House - Fishers, IN 

Prairie Guest House

 

@indyschild // Tina's Traditional Old English Kitchen & Tearoom - Carmel, IN

Tina's Traditional

 

@rachelgetsindy // Eggshell Bistro - Carmel, IN

Eggshell Bistro

 

@mightytomany // Flat Fork Creek Park - Fishers, IN

Flat Fork Creek Park

 

@uslacrosse // Grand Parks Sports Campus - Westfield, IN

Grand Park

 

@kayjayreed // Rail Epicurean - Westfield, IN

Rail Epicurean

 

@luisruvi // Conner Prairie Treetop Outpost - Fishers, IN

Treetop Outpost

 

@brookekilley // Spencer Farm - Noblesville, IN

Spencer Farm

 

@cookwithsabrina // Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay - Westfield, IN

Torch Relay - Westfield

 

@bre_daugherty // Conner Prairie - Fishers, Indiana

CP Balloon

 

@letslovelocal // Hamilton County Courthouse - Noblesville, IN

Noblesville Square

 

@luisruvi // Cool Creek Park - Westfield, IN

Cool Creek Park

 

@connerprairie // Conner House - Fishers, IN

Conner House

 

@intorchrelay // Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay, Monon Trail - Carmel, IN

Torch Relay

 

@ambassadorhouse // Ambassador House and Heritage Gardens - Fishers, IN

Ambassador House

 

@simplymemle // Conner Prairie - Fishers, IN 

Golden Eagle Inn

 

@brockw20 // Potter's Bridge Park - Noblesville, IN

Potter's Bridge

 

@milesofadventure // Clay Terrace - Carmel, IN

Clay Terrace

Hamilton County Happenings - Dec. 21

Dec 21, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

Santa Claus is coming to town! Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings.

Nickel Plate Arts
Holiday Drop-In Classes

Dec. 21 - 30
Nickel Plate Arts | Noblesville, Indiana

Getting stir crazy over winter break? Bring your young artist to create an afternoon art project at Nickel Plate Arts.

Holiday Adventures
Holiday Adventures at Conner Prairie
Dec. 21 - 31
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Season’s greetings from 1836! Experience the holiday with Prairietown residents.

Reynolds Light Display
Reynolds Christmas Lights Display
Dec. 21 - Jan. 1
Reynolds Farm Equipment | Fishers, Indiana

Don’t miss your final chance to see this free annual lights display.

Santa Sightings
Santa Sightings
Dec. 21 - 24
Throughout Hamilton County, Indiana

Santa Claus is coming to town. Snap a photo with him at Clay Terrace or visit Santa’s House in Noblesville.

Beauty and the Beast
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Dec. 21 - Jan. 1
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre | Carmel, Indiana

“Be our guest” and see this “tale as old as time” come to life on stage. Compliment the experience with a themed tea time at Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen.

Museum of Miniatures
Special Miniatures Exhibits
Dec. 21 - 31
Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections | Carmel, Indiana

View this extensive collection of miniatures, featuring exhibits like Fashion Dolls, Hidden Treasure of the Museum and
Hoosiers Making Miniatures.

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Giftable Guide 2016

 

Hello, 2017: Ring in the new year

Dec 20, 2016 by Katie Utken

A fresh start and a new year is right around the corner. Goodbye 2016, hello 2017! We’ve rounded up the things you should do and see before the clock strikes midnight.

Reynolds Light Display
Holiday favorites
Say it ain’t so: it’s time to tie a bow on the holiday season! Dec. 31 is your final chance to walk through Conner Prairie’s Gingerbread Village and partake in the Holiday Adventures program. After that, it’s only three months until the outdoor grounds open for the 2017 season, but who’s counting? {Answer: us.}

Another classic holiday staple in Hamilton County, Reynolds Christmas Lights Display, turns off the nearly 2 million lights Jan. 1. Fill up a mug with hot cocoa and drive through this free winter attraction to ring in the new year!

Winter Farmers Markets
New year, new (and healthier) you
Are you one of the millions of Americans who are making new year’s resolutions, like eating healthier? Get a head start a visit a local farmers market in Fishers or Carmel Dec. 31 and stock up on fresh, local produce.

Palladium
Cheers to the new year
Ring in the new year in style at the second annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza Presented by Taft at the Palladium. Dance the night (and year) away with entertainment from popular variety bands and jazz trios.

For more happenings in Hamilton County, visit our online calendar. Happy New Year!

Walking (and hiking) in a winter wonderland

Dec 15, 2016 by Katie Utken

If you’re the type of person to make new year’s resolutions, chances are “focus on health” is on that list. The temperatures may be below freezing, but that shouldn’t stop you from bundling up and getting outdoors.

Here’s our top 5 list of places to take a first day hike Jan. 1:

Flat Fork Creek Park
1. Flat Fork Creek Park | Fishers, Indiana
Perhaps the park that remains a “hidden gem” that shouldn’t be our little secret any longer. Flat Fork Creek Park opened in December 2015 and features nature trails, a boardwalk, mountain bike course and three treehouses tucked in the woods. Climb to the top of the 60-foot sledding hill for panoramic views – and if there’s snow on the ground, slide your way down!

Strawtown Koteewi Park
2. Strawtown Koteewi Park | Noblesville, Indiana 
This 750-acre park is a popular destination for endurance athletes, hikers and bikers. But, you don’t need to be training for a triathlon to enjoy the nature trails, wetlands and prairies. Check out the new bridge spanning the White River between Strawtown Koteewi Park and White River Campground.

Monon Trail
3. Monon Trail | Carmel and Westfield, Indiana
This urban trail is open year-round and operations crews work hard to keep it free of ice and snow in the winter months. Think of the Monon Trail as an urban transportation corridor that doubles as a gym where you can run and bike. If you need to warm up, stop inside SoHo Café & Gallery or browse the galleries in the Carmel Arts & Design District, both located just steps away.

Cool Creek Park
4. Cool Creek Park & Nature Center | Westfield, Indiana
With four miles of wooded trails, this is a favorite for families. Explore nature on your own in the great outdoors or visit the Cool Creek Nature Center to learn more about Indiana’s woodlands and the importance of preserving plants and animals in their natural habitat.

White River Greenway
5. White River Greenway | Noblesville, Indiana
Did you know this paved path that takes you from Potter’s Bridge Park, past Forest Park and ends at the courthouse? Noblesville developed this trail to give visitors a new way to experience their parks and increase access between their most popular parks.

Where will you take a hike? Tag us on social media using @VisitHamiltonCo and #VisitHC!

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