Fall is more than watching leaves turn color

Hamilton County has a colorful past, and this fall, tourism celebrates more than 200 years of heritage through unique and interesting events and programs that give visitors and residents new ways to explore the community. Expect more than fall foliage. For example, make prehistoric earth and fire pottery at Strawtown Koteewi Park, see the 1869 remnant of Indiana’s rail history at Arcadia Arts & Heritage, take a living history walk and experience Westfield’s underground railroad heritage through storytelling, attend the Harvest Wine Tasting at the Ambassador House or celebrate the Harvest Moon in Sheridan. And, that’s just the beginning. Check out the entire list of Heritage events.

Bulls Eye: Archery comes to Koteewi

The latest sport craze to hit Hamilton County is archery, a sport that attracts nearly 19 million Americans a year. On Sept. 1, Strawtown Koteewi (pronounced ko-TEY-wee) will unveil Kotweei Range, to include 90 shooting stations, a 3D archery trail, recreational and competitive shooting classes, gear rental and more. Nestled on 750 acres along the White River in Noblesville, Strawtown Koteewi is Hamilton County’s largest park, popular for its equestrian, hiking and biking trails, canoe launch, fishing and archaeological exploration.

The archery range is just part of the planned expansion of Strawtown Koteewi. In 2015, the park plans to add a 60-acre recreational lake, a restored Native American village and a playground.

Nickel Plate Arts named Primacy of Place finalist

The Nickel Plate Arts initiative is a finalist for a Primacy of Place Award from Ball State University - Building Better Communities. A finalist will be named Aug. 7 in Muncie. Participating organizations in the nomination include, in addition to Hamilton County Tourism's Nickel Plate Arts program, Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero/Jackson Township, and Tipton. The award recognizes communities that work to enhance quality of life through innovative programs in one or more of the following areas: arts integration, educational excellence, community design, community readiness for change and municipal governance.