Looking for more ways to get involved in the Hamilton County Bicentennial celebration? With only a few months left until the Torch relay makes its way all across Indiana, and local business are gearing up to show off their best Indiana pride. Here are my top picks for Bicentennial activities to get involved in Hamilton County listed by upcoming date broken down into two categories; food and entertainment.


Bicentennial Pours & Pints At Heady Hollow Brewing Company - Indiana on Tap
Cheers to Indiana's Bicentennial! Join Indiana on Tap and Hamilton County Tourism to celebrate Indiana's 200th Birthday through the art of craft brewing. From squirrel stampedes to haunted legends, learn quirky bits of history while enjoying a local craft brew. Stop by Heady Hollow Brewing Company for Bicentennial specials and fun on May 21, 2016. Make sure to try their specialty Bicentennial brews:
• 1820 Pale Ale - named for the year Fishers was founded
• 60 Horses Scotch Ale - named after the settlement package of William Conner's first wife who left with their six children and 60 horses
And don't forget to share your beer tasting photos using #HCbrews16.

Prairie Plates • Bicentennial Celebration With J. Ford's Black Angus & Upland Brewery - Connor Prairie
On May 22, 2016, celebrate our state's bicentennial at the historic Conner Homestead with Terre Haute's acclaimed restaurant J. Ford's Black Angus and Upland Brewery. Enjoy upscale cuisine and Indiana-made beer while visiting our newly renovated Conner House exhibit. Meet our animals, test your knowledge of Indiana's past and enjoy live performances from our talented interpreters.
An adult series (ages 21+) celebrating the farm-to-table food and craft drink movement with unique dining experiences throughout the Conner Prairie grounds. Reservations required, online at connerprairie.org or by calling 317.776.6000.


200 Years Of Hoosier Transportation - Nickel Plate Arts
As the Crossroads of America, Indiana has had a staunch reliance on and affinity for transportation throughout the years, as dirt horse trails evolved into highways, and a humble car race became the Indianapolis 500. During the 200 Years of Hoosier Transportation exhibit at Nickel Plate Arts, on display May 06, 2016 - May 28, 2016 (Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday), we will celebrate planes, trains, automobiles and all of the other ways we have traveled across Indiana history. Expect to see photographs, paintings, sculptures and more during this month-long exhibit inside the Judge Stone House on the Nickel Plate Arts campus.

Hoosiers In History Told In Miniature - Museum of Miniature Houses
From January 21, 2016 - May 29, 2016 (Every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday), To celebrate the Bicentennial, the Museum of Miniature Houses will install a special exhibit showing items from our collection that relate to Indiana's history. These include small replicas of Levi Coffin's Underground Railroad house, Major Taylor's bicycle, and the car that won the first Indy 500.

Art Collection Featuring The Courthouses Of Indiana - Indiana State Bar Association
Throughout May-Sept 12, 2016, Conner Prairie will display an art collection of paintings and drawings of Indiana courthouses created by professional and amateur artists commissioned by the Indiana State Bar Association.
The project began in 2007 under former association President Douglas Church, who is a board member emeritus for Conner Prairie. Conner Prairie was chosen to house the exhibit because of Church's ties to the museum and because the Conner House used to serve as the county seat and county courthouse.
Indiana State Bar Association's Art Collection featuring the Courthouses of Indiana is designated an official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project.

A Year Of Hoosier Plays And Playwrights: The Nerd By Larry Shue - Westfield Playhouse
A comedy by Larry Shue. In this character-based comedy, selflessness and selfishness butt heads when a simple dinner party goes awry when the houseguest interrupts the party. This play is set in Terre Haute, IN. The play runs from May 27, 2016 - June 12, 2016
Director - Pam Kingsley

The Great Indiana Songbook: Two Centuries Of Hoosier Music - Center for the Performing Arts
Running until February 15th, 2017, the Great American Songbook Foundation exhibit celebrates the singers, songwriters, and songs of Indiana. The yearlong exhibit surveys the famous and the forgotten in its exploration of Indiana's rich musical legacy that spans all genres from classical to pop to heavy metal. The FREE exhibit is located on the Gallery level of the Palladium and is open 10-4 M-F.