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Hamilton County Happenings - Jan. 18

Jan 18, 2017 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, cook dinner hearthside at Conner Prairie and more. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

Hearthside Suppers
Hearthside Suppers at Conner Prairie
Jan. 18 - March 12
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

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

Nickel Plate Arts
Artist Next Door
Jan. 18 - 28
Nickel Plate Arts | Noblesville, Indiana

Artists of all skill levels and ages will showcase work during this exhibit.

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Neil Berg’s “101 Years of Broadway”
Jan. 21
The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel, Indiana

Listen to a sprawling revue of American musical treasures. While you’re there, check out the Great American Songbook’s new “Ella Sings the Songbook” exhibit.

Winter Farmers Markets
Winter Farmers Markets
Jan. 21
Around Hamilton County, Indiana

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

Devour
Devour Indy
Jan. 23 - Feb. 5
Participating Hamilton County restaurants

Try something new and enjoy a three-course, value-priced menu at restaurants in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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!

Hamilton County Happenings - Dec. 14

Dec 14, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

This week, hop on a trolley and shop in downtown Carmel, run in a donut-themed 5K and more. Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings!

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Holidays at the Center for the Performing Arts
Dec. 14 - Jan. 1
The Center for the Performing Arts | Carmel, Indiana

“Be our guest” at Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre now through Jan. 1 or get in the festive spirit with Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Presents: Festival of Carols at the Palladium Dec. 16-18.

Reynolds Light Display
Reynolds Christmas Lights Display
Dec. 14 - 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.

Conner Prairie
Conner Prairie Holiday Festivities
Dec. 14 - Dec. 31
Conner Prairie | Fishers, Indiana

Admire the artistic creations in the Gingerbread Village, experience the holiday in 1836 Prairietown at Holiday Adventures or Conner Prairie by Candlelight and have breakfast or dinner with Santa.

Santa Sightings
Santa Sightings
Dec. 14 - Dec. 24
Throughout Hamilton County, Indiana

Snap a photo with Santa at Clay Terrace, mail a letter to him in Fishers and visit Santa’s House in Noblesville.

Holiday Trolley
Carmel Holiday Trolley
Dec. 17
Carmel Arts & Design District | Carmel, Indiana

Get your holiday shopping done and take a trolley ride around downtown Carmel from the Arts & Design District all the way to Carmel City Center.

Donut 5K
10th Annual Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk
Dec. 17
Carmel Racquet Club | Carmel, Indiana

Run in this “sweet” race featuring Jack’s Donuts along the route and at the post-race party.

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Giftable Guide 2016

 

Last minute gifts for everyone on your list

Dec 13, 2016 by Lindsay Parker Williams

If you’re anything like me, the dates on the calendar are flipping quickly and the to-do list is getting longer by the minute. Just in case you’re searching for that one last present or maybe you haven’t quite started yet, we’ve got you covered for all kinds of last minute gift ideas right here in Hamilton County.


Your first stop should be the Hamilton County, Indiana Giftable Guide 2016. The accompanying short video is full of thoughtful local gifts that will make you look like Top Elf. Your friends and family will love the unique experiences and handmade products from all-around Hamilton County and you’ll appreciate that all the gift ideas are taken care of for you in this downloadable Giftable Guide.

Need even more inspiration? See below for our ideas!


Handmade in Indiana

For the artist or Hoosier enthusiast
•  Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville, IN is hosting a “Handmade in Indiana” gallery exhibit all monthlong featuring local artists and handmade gifts.
•  CCA Gallery & Gifts in the Carmel Arts & Design District is an artist co-working space with ornaments, paintings, glass blown gifts and more, perfect for the art lover on your list.

For the foodie
•  Blu Moon Café in Carmel, IN is selling holiday boxes of cookies this season that are just the thing to pick up last minute as you head to the holiday party at your boss’s house.
•  You can’t go wrong with a gift certificate to one of Hamilton County’s local restaurants even for your “already has everything” dad. There are so many options to choose from. Combine it with a fantastic bottle of wine from Vine & Table and you’ll be the hero of the holiday.


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For the arts and culture lover
•  How about tickets to a performance at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel? A world-class theatre and music venue, your Uncle Fred will be delighted with one of the many events held here throughout the year. They even have a pop-up shop in Clay Terrace this season!

Conner Prairie

For the kid or kid-at-heart
•  Memberships are the gifts that keep on giving all year long and your kids will thank you all the way to next Christmas for a membership to great attractions like Conner Prairie or the Monon Community Center.

Four Day Ray
For the really last minute gift giver
•  If you waited a bit too long and need something for the empty gift bag you’re getting ready to tuck under the tree, you can always grab a pound of coffee at Sure Shot Coffee in Fishers or a crowler of your favorite craft brew at new Four Day Ray Brewing. Put a bow on either one and you’ll be ready to visit your girlfriend’s family faster than those prancing reindeer.

Stop worrying about all those gifts on your list and get ready to find something for everyone here in Hamilton County. And don’t feel bad you if you end up picking up something for yourself as you shop. It’s not easy being this year’s winner of gift giving!

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