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This past Saturday night, a group of my friends headed to Historic Noblesville Square for their annual “Street Dance” and we had SO much fun!

Street Dancers

Street Dancers

This event is pretty self explanatory; the streets are shut down and residents and visitors (10,000+) gather together for a full day of dancing (not to mention food, shopping, music).  The day began with rain, thunder and lightening – but then things cleared up and it was a beautiful evening.  Lucky for us it was in the low 80’s, with a soft breeze and a pretty sunset, which made dancing in the streets even better.

The Classic Car Show

The Classic Car Show

The men in our group couldn’t get over some of the cool cars in the car exhibit, and the smells of the food vendors had us gals struggling to decide what to eat next?!  The whole group laughed as we watched the craziness of the ice cream eating contest (not a clean contest). After the ice cream was mopped from the floor, one of my favorite bands, The Wright Brothers took to the stage and got the crowd on their feet.

I am already looking forward to next years Street Dance!

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As you may know from our previous blog post, last week the HCCVB had the pleasure of taking Indiana State Tourism blogger, Amy, and her family on a “staycation” of Hamilton County, Indiana.

Although I only tagged along for the Carmel portion of the tour, Amy and her family continued on to Noblesville. Being a native Noblesvillian, I was excited to learn that they hit two of my favorite spots, The Wild Book Store and Alexander’s On the Square.

From kitty cats to ice cream cones, click on the link below to read about this family’s adventures in Historic Downtown Noblesville:

http://www.in.gov/visitindiana/blog/

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This past weekend was an eventful one for my girlfriends and me!  Saturday began with us jumping into the car and heading north to visit one of my favorite stores, Lilly LaGarde, in Tipton.   We browsed the racks filled with goodies and talked to the kind employees.  While in Tipton we also stopped by a Flea Market, but were rained out!

Cute stuff at the Atlanta Mercantile

On the way back from Tipton, we stopped in at the Atlanta Mercantile in downtown Atlanta.  Between the rain and not having a train bringing people in, it was a very slow day for them – which was nice for us since we could slowly wander the aisles and look through each and every distinct piece of merchandise.  I couldn’t bear to leave empty handed, so I happily placed an order for several cool boxes that one of the local artists made.  

My group moved on south to Noblesville and had a great lunch at a quaint new café on Historic Noblesville Square. While on the Square we noticed the city was having an Arts & Crafts festival, so we decided to walk around to enjoy all of the paintings and other handmade crafts.  There was a nice crowd, even when the rain picked back up.  To seek shelter from the rain, we ducked into A Corner Cottage – and wow!  A Corner Cottage used to be a soda shop, but the owner remodeled it and it is now a unique shop with clothing items, wall art, clocks, candles, knick knacks and more.  All of us were able to find a few little things to take home, and now we can’t wait to go back to the Square. 

All in all it was a fun outing and my friends enjoyed wandering 2 of the 8 Great Towns of Hamilton County.    For more ideas on things to do with your girlfriends in Hamilton County visit us at:http://8greattowns.com/content/view/23/44/.

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1. Dance with friends in the pavilion of Verizon Wireless to some of your favorite songs at the No Doubt concert – Friday, July 10.

2. Looking for a free event that is perfect for the whole family?  West Park in Carmel is hosting “Movies in the Park” – Friday, July 10.

3. Buy fresh fruits, veggies, flowers and more at the Fishers Farmer’s Market – Saturday, July 11.

4. Rock the District in Carmel and enjoy 3 stages of music, highlighting the best in local bands, food, fun and more! – Saturday, July 11.

5. Wander Noblesville Square while browsing artwork on display by local artists and craft makers.  Many creations are also available for sale!  – Saturday, July 11. 

6. Hop aboard the train in Noblesville and ride to Fishers on the Nickel Plate Limited – Saturday, July 11.

7. Get spooked on the Nefarious Noblesville Ghost Walk Tour– Saturday, July 11.

8. Tee off with pals at one of our beautifully manicured local golf courses – Sunday, July 12. 

 

*Visit us online at http://8GreatTowns.com for more details on the activities above.

 

Rock the District, Photo Courtesy of Wyant Photography

Rock the District, Photo Courtesy of Wyant Photography

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Yesterday I had a great opportunity to take in the some of the sites in Noblesville while doing some research and promotion for the Nickel Plate Arts Trail.   Not being a Hamilton County native, I’ve learned quite a lot just from driving around the county.  But yesterday I was given the opportunity to feed both my mind and my stomach.

Doing research can work up an appetite, so some ladies from the office and I stopped for lunch at The Hamilton Restaurant located just off the square in Noblesville.  The atmosphere was quite a nice mix of elegant and casual and most everything on the menu sounded delicious.  After a long debate I decided on the chef salad and others in the group chose salads as well.  When my plate arrived I knew I had made the right decision.   The salad was piled high with turkey, ham, hard-boiled egg, and tons of fresh veggies.   All it needed was a dose of good old ranch dressing, and I was set!

After a satisfying lunch, my research partner and I headed out to the shops around the square.  First we stopped in the Anthony J. Padgett Gallery and met Anthony himself.  It was a great shop and I happened to notice that there was even a painting in progress on a drafting table near the window.   It’s fun to look at art, but it’s even better when you can witness it being created!  Next we headed over to the Logan Village Mall, which housed a vast maze of collectibles.  I could have spent all day uncovering treasures, but alas we had to continue.  The next stop was Eleanor Rozella’s.  The staff was extremely friendly and only added to atmosphere filled with fun displays of varied items.

At this point I was beginning to think that while my lunch was very good, I needed something more.  Yes, something delicious and decadent to fill the needs of my sweet tooth was definitely in order.  Thank goodness for Alexander’s On the Square!  There I found one of the best flavors of ice cream that I have ever encountered in my lifetime: buckeye ice cream.  The ice cream had a light peanut butter flavor, ribbons of chocolate, and tiny peanut butter and chocolate buckeye candies.  It was the perfect ending to a research-filled day in Noblesville!

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