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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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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:

Explore fire trucks, police cars, dump trucks and more at "Things That Go Rodeo" Image from www.ci.carmel.in.us

Explore fire trucks, police cars, dump trucks and more at "Things That Go Rodeo" Image from http://www.ci.carmel.in.us

1. Learn about Chinese landscapes at Chen Hao’s Chinese Art Exhibit: Urban Landscape– Friday, August 28 – Saturday, August 29.

2. Check out cool cars from all eras at the Fishers Community Car Show (all profits will go to benefit Prevail, Inc). – Saturday, August 29.

3. Check out Carmel’s “Things That Go Rodeo” for a fun, free way to entertain the kids. – Saturday, August 29.

4. Wrap up summer in Arcadia with the “Summer Windup” celebration. – Saturday, August 29.

5. While in Arcadia on Saturday night, visit the Hedgehog Music Showcase and watch a variety show that features a wide variety of entertainers and musical genres.

6. Take your taste buds to another time at Conner Prairie’s “Taste the Past” event.  Come hungry because you will be feasting on authentic food from 1816, 1836 and 1886. – Saturday, August 29 – Sunday, August 30.

7. Choo! Choo!  Ride the caboose shuttle to and from Forest Park.  While there, take a walk in the park, spin around on their carousel or enjoy a picnic lunch. – Sunday, August 29.

8. Close out the weekend with a free concert in Noblesville’s Seminary Park.  – Sunday, August 30.

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

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These past few weeks I have been driving around the county interviewing artisans for the new Nickel Plate Arts Trail. Along my way I have not only discovered some cool places, but I have also met really interesting people.  First I traveled to Fishers to learn all about the art of soap making at Herbal Art, then I went up to Tabby Tree Weaver in Arcadia and got a look at how wool becomes cloth. Finally I went north again to Cicero and discovered the cutest coffee shop, complete with a Native American Flutist.

Photo from TabbyTreeWeaver.com

Photo from TabbyTreeWeaver.com

In Fishers I stopped by the Wedding Event Design Offices (WE DO) for handmade soaps and lotions at Herbal Art. This complex houses all sorts of wedding-related businesses, from make-up to photography. Convenient, no?  The soaps smelled great and, as I found out while talking to the creator, Brian, they’re good for the environment and for you. He gave me a little sample and I can’t wait to go back and get more.

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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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1. Be apart of the memorable “First Friday’s” event in downtown Noblesville where you will enjoy music, games, prizes and specials from merchants and restauranteurs – Friday, August 7.

2. All aboard!  Ride the WFMS State FairTrain down to the 2009 Indiana State Fair. – Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 23.

Willy Wonka performance at The Belfry Theatre

Willy Wonka performance at The Belfry Theatre

3.  Immerse yourself into a magical world of fun, music and candy at a live performance of “Willy Wonka” at the Belfry Theatre in Noblesville – Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9.

4.  Sip half-priced drinks and dine on delicious featured dishes at Peterson’s Restaurant in Fishers – Friday, August 7 – Saturday, August 8.

5.  Take the family for a picnic in the park at Forest Park in Noblesville (I will be there Saturday!).

6.  Boogie down to the tunes of country music star Brad Paisley at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville – Saturday, August, 8.

7.  Take advantage of great sales while you are back-to-school shopping at Clay Terrace in Carmel!

8. Visit the Phrenologist at Conner Prairie to learn what all those bumps on your head REALLY mean…  – Sunday, August 9.

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

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I can still remember going to Symphony on the Prairie as a child – I remember the warm nights, lying on a blanket in the cool grass, the sounds that floated over thousands of people gathered to hear great music.  More than 20 years later, not much has changed – with the exception that you can now fly 350 feet in the air on the 1859 Balloon Voyage to get a birds-eye view.

The 1859 Balloon Voyage

The 1859 Balloon Voyage

Before I start talking more about cherished childhood memories and new stories as an adult, I will explain the set up for those that haven’t yet experienced this.  The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has been playing at Conner Prairie since Symphony on the Prairie began in 1983 – under a small tent with just a few picnic tables scattered around.  The ISO now plays the music under an amphitheater on the bottom of a small grassy hill, and people can rent tables or bring blankets or chairs to sit on – or they can sit on the grass.  The shell is facing the west, so the sun sets behind it as the musicians play.  There are speakers set up all around, so no matter where you are, you can clearly hear every note they play.

view from the top of the hill

The view from the top of the hill

I have gone twice this season, the first time a few weeks ago, on the Harry Potter night (I left the baby at home and went with 2 great friends).  We got there right at 8, so we were closer to the top of the hill.  We set up camping chairs and a cooler filled with drinks and snacks – and since it has been a while since we could just talk- we ended up quietly chatting the whole time.  It was a blast.  I also watched the balloon go up and down, up and down, all night long but couldn’t convince the girls to go with me.

The balloon at night (photo from Conner Prairie's Flickr stream)

The balloon at night (photo from Conner Prairie's Flickr stream)

The next time I attended was this past weekend – several co-workers and our families gathered together at a table close to the front and it was a blast!  Our little guy boogied to the music of Billy Joel while my husband and I relaxed in our chairs.  One of my favorite parts of the evening was when the saxophone player came out into the crowd!

The sax player out in the crowd!

The sax player out in the crowd!

Symphony on the Prairie still has several weeks left in this season – if you are a local, you have go, and if you are a visitor, this is a must on your to-do list.

Karen captured a great close up shot of the shell!

Karen captured a great close up shot of the shell

To wrap up – I can say was as fun to experience this central Indiana tradition now as it was in 1987.  Only this time, I get to help my own child have those wonderful memories!

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Tonight (Tuesday, July 28, 2009) is the final concert of the Fishers Free Summer Concert Series and they are ending the season with a great local group – Dave & Rae. Bring a blanket, a picnic and your family, friends or a date.  Kori from our office went a few weeks ago and had a blast – read here for her recap of the evening: http://blog.8greattowns.com/.  I will be there with my family tonight, so I hope to see you there!

UPDATE: Don’t forget there is free ice cream tonight!

Fishers Summer Concert Series

Fishers Summer Concert Series

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