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Carmel Symphony Orchestra

Carmel Symphony Orchestra

If you are already planning a weekend getaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns or want to take a last minute Indiana vacation, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this weekend:

1.  Discover your inner rock star during the Kings of Leon concert at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville  – Friday, September 25.

2.  Listen to beautiful music as Micheal Feinstein joins the Carmel Symphony Orchestra for a one-night only performance – Friday, September 25.

3. Play putt putt at Ben & Ari’s or ride the 1859 Balloon Voyage at Conner Prairie (both in Fishers) and see the 8 Great Towns staffers there! – Friday, September 25.

4.  Visit the Museum Of Miniature Houses in Carmel to celebrate the 5th Annual Smithsonian Museum Day. Before you go, be sure to download a Museum Day Pass at smithsonian.com – if you do, you will be given free admission – Saturday, September 26.

5. Unwind while watching a Movie in the Park at West Park in Carmel – Saturday, September 26.

6. Experience “National Take a Child Outside Weekend” at Conner Prairie – Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27. UPDATE: Conner Prairie is also honoring the Smithsonian Pass mentioned above – Take advantage of this great deal!

7.  Visit the small town of Atlanta for the 36th Annual Atlanta Earth Festival (and ride the EarthFest Train there!) – Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27.

8.  The Carmel International Arts Festival is back! Attend this free event that showcases talented artists of all kinds – Saturday, September 26 – Sunday, September 27.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!

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Riding the Rails with the Indiana Transportation Museum

Riding the Rails with the Indiana Transportation Museum

If you are already planning a weekend getaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns or want to take a last minute Indiana vacation, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this weekend:

1.  Buy fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies at the Westfield Farmers Market – Friday, September 18.

2.  Take a group of family and friends to Numa Festival in Westfield for music and dance performances, a chili cook-off, a kids art area and more! – Saturday, September 19.

3. Spend Saturday at the 4th Annual Art in the Park in Fishers, a fun-filled day featuring artists that have been judged and selected specifically for this event. – Saturday, September 19.

4.  All teenagers should head to “Teen Spree” at Clay Terrace for garage bands, cheer squads and giveaways – Saturday, September 19.

5. Have dinner out with the family in a whole new way and ride the Pizza Plus Express Train! – Saturday, September 19.

6.  Stare at the pretty fall sky during the “Star And Satellite Gazing Tours” at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Cicero – Saturday, September 19.

7.  Celebrate Indiana’s farm heritage, play an historic game of base ball and visit the Tent of Wonders- all during Country Fair at Conner Prairie in Fishers – Saturday, September 19 – Sunday, September 20.

8.  Hop aboard a caboose at the Indiana Transportation Museum in Forest Park for a quick train ride – Sunday, September 20.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!


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Saturday, September 12th officially kicked off “Carmel Arts Month” in the Carmel Arts & Design District.  The first event of this month long celebration was “Artomobilia,” which showcased the deep roots that Indiana has with the artful evolution of the automobile.

I had the pleasure of going to this unique event with a close friend.  The weather was just beautiful with lots of sun and light breeze.  As we wandered around, we discovered over 140 cars on display.  We were fascinated with the oldest car – a 1905 Brush Roundabout in mint condition! Some of the other cool cars were a 2008 Lotus Exige S240, an old Cadillac covered in pennies, sleek Lamborghinis and, of course, iconic race cars!  The Penny Car was quite the sight to see- with the sun shining off the pennies it almost looked like a car covered in small mosaic tiles.

My favorite cars were the ones from the late 50’s to late 60’s.  My friend and I were taken back in time as we remembered cruising around in our parents cars and only putting $1.00 worth of gas for a Friday or Saturday night on the town. I certainly enjoyed taking that walk down memory lane!

It was a beautiful afternoon to take in the sights and enjoy some fine food and drinks.  Take a Saturday afternoon this month to appreciate one of the upcoming arts events in the District; a Gallery Walk on the 19th or the Carmel International Arts Festival on the 26th-27th.

Photo from carmelartomobilia.com

Photo from carmelartomobilia.com

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Pumpkins from the Stonycreek Farm Pumpkin Festival

Fall in Hamilton County, Indiana is ushered in with the leaves changing to bright colors, crisp air and weekends filled with train rides, haunted hayrides, tasty treats and of course festivals and fairs.  Below is a guide to some of the festivals this season, pick just one or come to them all – you surely won’t be disappointed!

Enjoy your 8 Great Towns weekend escape…

The Apple Store at Conner Prairie September 1- November 1 – Conner Prairie’s 18th annual Apple Store is filled with fresh, hand-dipped caramel covered apples, cider slushies, apple butter, candy and seasonal home decorations.  Take the treat with you or if you can’t wait relax outside on one of the picnic tables – I can’t think of a better way to enjoy a fall afternoon…

23rd Annual Tour of Historic Homes September 12 Enjoy a September stroll through the storied structures & residences of Noblesville.

Art in the Park September 19 – Visit the Municipal Center of Fishers where musicians, dancers and other performers will entertain you while you browse and shop through the one of a kind jewelry, pottery, paintings and more on display.

Art in the Park - Photo from FishersArtCouncil.org

Art in the Park - Photo from FishersArtCouncil.org

Country Fair September 19-20 – Country Fair is all about celebrating Indiana’s Farm Heritage!  The 1886 Agricultural Fair has been re-created so that visitors can see a bearded lady, have their fortune read and play a historic game of base ball.

Stonycreek Farm Pumpkin Harvest Festival September 26-October 31 It is a local tradition to kick off fall at Stonycreek Farm!  Hayrides, a pumpkin patch, farm animals and beautiful fall colors will greet you when you arrive at the Pumpkin Harvest.

Carmel International Arts Festival September 26-27This free event offers artists exhibiting in watercolor, oil, 2D, 3D, jewelry, photography, wood, sculpture, pottery and more.  The art is then coupled with tempting food vendors, outstanding restaurants and local shops within the Arts and Design District.

Carmel International Arts Festival

Carmel International Arts Festival

Atlanta New Earth Festival (take the Earthfest train!) September 26-27 Visit the small town of Atlanta for the 36th Annual New Earth Festival.  Over 80,000 people come for the fine arts, food and crafts.  Start the day at Forest Park in Noblesville, where you can hop aboard the Earthfest train to make the journey to Atlanta.

10th Annual Potter’s Bridge Festival October 3 More than 40 arts & crafts booths plus a climbing wall, food, live music and kid’s activities will be featured at this free, fun annual event!

Fishers Renaissance Faire October 3-4 Held on the grounds of historic Conner Prairie, the 5th Annual Fishers Renfaire offers visitors the opportunity to experience: jousting, archery, sword fighting, period music, Shakespeare vignettes, pirates, Queen Elizabeth’s court, demonstrations of period craftsman, falconry, parades, AND provides for a unique food and shopping experience. There is also a dedicated children’s game area and much, much more!

Princess - Rich

Fishers Renaissance Faire

Sheridan Harvest Moon Festival October 3-4 This weekend long event kicks off with a classic car show and is non stop entertainment of food, music, arts and a “Pumpkin Chuck” contest.

Autumnfest October 10 This free fall celebration is held in the quaint downtown of Arcadia.  Join in for a festival of arts, crafts, food, pumpkin decorating, antiques, collectibles and more!

Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie October 16-18, 21-25, 28-30 Hop on a haunted hayride tour of Conner Prairie, but be on the lookout for ghosts as they warn you about the Headless Horseman….  Stick around for ghost stories, campfires and music.

Headless_Horseman

Headless Horseman

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If you are already planning a weekend getaway to Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns or are looking to take a last minute Indiana vacation, here are 8 Great Things to do in Hamilton County, Indiana this weekend:

1. All aboard!  Ride the WFMS State FairTrain down to the 2009 Indiana State Fair. Train departs from the Fishers Train Station- Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23.

2. Find a good spot in downtown Noblesville to sit back and enjoy the smooth sounds and ambiance of Jazz Squared. – Friday, August 21.

Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero, Indiana

Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero, Indiana

3. Take a bottle of wine, something delicious to eat and a blanket to rock out at Rockapella night at Symphony on the Prairie – Friday, August 21 – Saturday, August 22.

4.  Golf season will be over before you know it, so play 18 of our 297 holes at one of our many Hamilton County, Indiana golf courses!

5.  Travel back to a time of poodle skirts and saddle shoes during “Jukebox Saturday” at Cool Creek Park in Carmel – Saturday, August 22.

6.  Watch local artisans create beautiful works of art at “Arts in the Park” in Sheridan Veterans Park- Saturday, August 22.

7.  Looking for outdoor recreation?  Visit Strawtown Koteewi Park for an evening hike.  Choose between a woodland wildflower hike or a star gazing tour – Saturday, August 22.

8.  Have an exciting family outing during Conner Prairie’s “Family Canoe Adventure.” – Saturday, August 22 – Sunday, August 23.

*Visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above and other weekend fun ideas!

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FairTrainI have been going to the Indiana State Fair for as long as I can remember.  The rides, food, music, animals, concerts, did I mention the FOOD?  And as I recall my annual August trips to the fairgrounds – I also remember riding the FairTrain to get there.  No traffic, no trouble parking and the fun of riding a train all wraps up into one great experience.

I do recall having a little FairTrain anxiety – where do I park?  What if I miss the train – can I catch another ride?  What are the drop-off and pick-up times?  So, below is some invaluable WFMS FairTrain information – please visit  the itm.org for for even more details (and don’t forget the 2009 Indiana State Fair is even longer than previous years, so you have from August 7-23 to go).

Tickets – you can buy the tickets at the Fishers Train Station.  Cost is: Adults $13, Children 2-12 $6, Children 2 and under are free (don’t forget to stop by a local Key Bank for discounted tickets.   Indiana State Fair tickets can be purchased on the train or at the gate!

Pick-up/Drop-off – To get to the Fair, arrive about 30 minutes before departure at the Fishers Train Station, located at 11601 Municipal Drive.  The train will then drop you off at the Fairgrounds Station (meet back there to get back to Fishers).

Parking – Parking at the Fishers Train Station is free.

Riding Train - Anderson Family

Schedule

Depart Fishers

8:45 am
10:15 am
11:45 am
1:15 pm
2:45 pm
4:15 pm
5:45 pm
7:15 pm
8:45 pm
10:15 pm

Depart the Fair

9:30 am
11:00 am
12:30 pm
2:00 pm
3:30 pm
5:00 pm
6:30 pm
8:00 pm
9:30 pm
11:00 pm

UPDATE: ACCORDING TO THE INDY STAR – YOU CAN BUY ADVANCED TICKETS AT HALF THE COST.  HERE IS THAT LINK FOR MORE INFO: http://ow.ly/ku7O

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Many of our staff members have been out working tirelessly at Crooked Stick in Carmel for the 2009 US Senior Open.  Many of them have brought back amazing photos for you all to enjoy, which are below.  If you have cool photos, please share them with us!

Crooked Stick 18

After a light rain on Tuesday evening, Karen snapped a shot of a rainbow over the 18th Fairway.

FuzzyZoeller

Our intern, Rachel, was able to catch Fuzzy Zoeller hitting out of a bunker during his practice round.

Kori captured the bright blue sky, beautiful greenery and the cool corporate tents

Kori captured the bright blue sky, beautiful greenery and the cool corporate tents.

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