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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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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:

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Artomobilia, photo courtesy of CarmelArtsAndDesign.com

1.  Celebrate “Going Local Week” by visiting a weekend Farmers Market, a local winery or a U-Pick.

2.  View the “Berlin Airlift – A Legacy of Friendship” traveling exhibit, now displayed at the Indianapolis Executive Airport – Friday, September 11 – Saturday, September 12.

3. It’s not too late to participate in the “Tour De Carmel” cycling event! Saturday registrants are welcome to join in on this exciting 10 or 20-mile ride – Saturday, September 12.

4.  Stroll through beautiful Noblesville residences during the “23rd Annual Tour of Historic Homes” – Saturday, September 12.

5.  Study Indiana rocks and fossils during “Science Saturday” at Conner Prairie in Fishers – Saturday, September 12.

6.  Ride the Tipton Pork Festival Train to Tipton, where you can depart and continue on with your adventure at the Pork Festival – Saturday, September 12.

7.  Gather in the Carmel Arts & Design District for Artomobilia and check out an outdoor gallery of seminal designs from automotive history – Saturday, September 12.

8.  Enjoy the music from great live bands during “Sunday Music On The Patio” at Fionn MacCool’s in Fishers- Sunday, September 13.

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

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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!

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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.

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Headless Horseman

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Last week a group of about 30 people gathered around the front of the Museum of Miniature Houses in the Carmel Arts & Design District to celebrate all that is coming to the Museum.   My favorite part?  The miniature groundbreaking display that they set up (there was mini dirt, shovels, trucks – they thought of it all!), check out the pictures:

Look!  Even miniature shovels - they thought of it all!

Look! Even miniature shovels - they thought of it all!

Breaking ground

Breaking ground

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For lunch yesterday, a fellow intern and I decided to ditch our Lean Cuisines waiting in the Bureau’s freezer and ventured out into the Carmel Arts & Design District in search of a good salad.

We didn’t have to go far (ok, we stepped outside the door) before we found just the place: Woody’s Library Restaurant.

Walking in, what first caught our eyes was the rows of bookshelves, creating small, intimate little alcoves for our dining pleasure. Once seated at our table in the corner, we scanned the book titles on the shelf next to us, wondering from where they might have gotten their eclectic collection of books. Residing on those shelves was everything from Shakespeare and Chaucer to Readers’ Digest collections and encyclopedias.

When our menus arrived and we both scanned the soup and salad section, and I had my eye on the Spinach Cobb Salad…that was, until I heard the daily special, which, after much debate, Emma and I both ended up ordering.

And by no means were we sorry.

This warm turkey wrap was full of all kinds of goodies, so much so that we had trouble trying to find the turkey. Dried cranberries, romaine lettuce, pecans, brie cheese, honey mustard and, of course, turkey were all neatly folded together in a HUGE wrap, that, despite its size, neither of us seemed to have much trouble finishing.

Although I am sad that my wonderful turkey wrap was only a one-day special, there were plenty of other things on the menu that I want to be sure to try. If nothing else, I’d go back just to try some of the yummy sounding appetizers – which, considering Woody’s half-price appetizer deal from 3-6 everyday, I might just have to do.

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1. Buy tickets to watch great golf at the 2009 US Senior Open at Crooked Stick in Carmel.  Don’t forget that children 18 and under get in FREE! – Friday, July 31 – Sunday, August 2.

Fionn MacCool's in Fishers

Fionn MacCool's in Fishers

2. Meet with family and friends at Clay Terrace in Carmel for a live performance by Jimmy the Doorman. – Friday, July 31.

3. While the guys are watching the 2009 US Senior Open on the tv, gather gal pals for a day of shopping at Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville.

4. Hire a babysitter and go wine tasting at the Art of Wine event in the Carmel Arts & Design District – Saturday, August 1.

5. Discover your inner Irishman while dining on corned beef & cabbage at Fionn MacCools Irish Pub & Restaurant in Fishers.

6. If the 2009 Senior Open inspires you, spend a day playing golf at Wood Wind Golf Club in Westfield.

7. Watch the movie Legend of Bagger Vance while sitting under the stars at Clay Terrace in Carmel. – Saturday, August 1.

8. Travel back in time to attend “A Farm Wedding” at Conner Prairie in Fishers. – Sunday, August 2.

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

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Visiting for the 2009 US Senior Open? For details on golfing, dining discounts, shopping, a map and more download the 2009 USSO Entertainment guide: Guide.

Use this guide when you are away from the greens and explore the 8 Great Towns dotted throughout the county – all within easy access of each other.  From shopping and arts and culture to history and exceptional dining, your golf getaway will be one you will never forget.  Don’t miss after-hour Championship festivities at Clay Terrace and the Carmel Arts & Design District.  Gather with your golf group or meet new Championship fans to discuss the day’s rounds.

Also, if you are in from out of town (or are a local looking for a night away from home) – there is a FREE shuttle service running from select Carmel hotels to the Clay Terrace and Carmel Arts & Design District events. Picture 2

Shuttle schedule:

Run time – 5 pm until 11 pm (last pick up is at 10 pm).  Shuttle will pick up every 30 minutes.

Shuttles will pick up people at the Courtyard by Marriott at 5pm.

Pick up order:

  1. Courtyard by Marriott
  2. Radisson
  3. Springhill Suites
  4. Residence Inn
  5. Renaissance Hotel
  6. Hilton Garden Inn

The first stop is the Carmel’s Arts & Design District, followed by Clay Terrace.

The last shuttle will leave Clay Terrace to head back to hotels at 10pm.

Event Details:

Friday, July 31, 2009 – Jimmy the Doorman in Concert at Clay Terrace (6 pm – 9 pm).  Enjoy this free concert in the grass of Clay Terrace – don’t forget to hit the shops and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.

Saturday, August 1, 2009 – The Art of Wine in the Carmel Arts & Design District (5 pm – 10 pm).  Free and open to the public.  Local artists, wineries and live entertainment.  $15 to purchase a glass, allows for unlimited wine tasting.  Window shop the cool art galleries and boutiques, or dine at unique local eateries.

Saturday, August 1, 2009 – Movie under the Stars at Clay Terrace.  Golf theme, the Legend of Bagger Vance.  The movie starts around 9 p.m., but before the movie you can shop, stroll, dine or have drinks with friends.

For more details on golfing, dining discounts, shopping, a map and more download the 2009 USSO Entertainment guide: http://8greattowns.com/images/pdfs/2009_us_senio_open_entertainment_guide.pdf

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