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Spend September 6-12, 2009 by “Going Local” in Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns.

I found out from the Going Local blog that it is “Going Local Week,” which is a time to celebrate and enjoy Indiana’s wide array of fresh, locally grown foods, spices and treats.  Sounds good to me!


Here are a few ways to “Go Local” in Hamilton County:

-Visit one of the four great Farmers Markets (click for details)

-Stop by the Apple Store at Conner Prairie for fresh Indiana apples

-Quench your thirst with fresh artesian water at The Flowing Well Park

-Sip wine at Ferrin’s Fruit Winery or Grape Inspirations, both in Carmel

-Satisfy your sweet tooth with a pie from Lisa’s Pie Shop or candy from Uncle Henry’s Candies

-Visit a Hamilton County Farm or U-Pick: Gatewood Vegetable Farm or Spencer’s You-Pick in Noblesville, Wilson Farm Market in Arcadia, or Sheridan’s Stuckey Farm

For more Indiana food ideas, restaurants and recipes go to the Indiana Foodways Alliance website: IndianaFoodways.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

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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 Labor Day weekend:

1.  Wrap up the 2009 season of Symphony on the Prairie at one of the 4 final shows – Thursday, September 3 – Sunday, September 6.

2.  Spend the first Friday evening of September at “First Friday’s – Upstairs Downtown” on the Historic Noblesville Square – Friday, September 4.

Cool Creek Park - Photo from myhamiltoncountyparks.com

Cool Creek Park - Photo from myhamiltoncountyparks.com

3. While on the Square celebrating First Friday’s, visit Jazz Squared for an evening of great music – Friday, September 4.

4.  Take a hike at Cool Creek Park during one of their guided walks – either the “Saturday Morning Fall Migration Bird Hikes” or the “Woodland Fall Wildflower Hike.” – Saturday, September 5.

5.  Relax with a picnic and family at Veteran’s Park in Sheridan during the “Sunset Mandolin Serenade.” – Saturday, September 5.

6.  On Labor Day, hop aboard a caboose at the Indiana Transportation Museum in Forest Park for a quick train ride! – Monday, September 7.

7.  Enjoying your free Monday off of work?  Gather a group of friends and play a round of golf at one of our Indiana premier golf courses.

8.  Gobble up a caramel apple from the Apple Store at Conner Prairie – Open September 1-November 1, Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm.

*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:

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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These past couple weeks I’ve been driving around Hamilton County’s 8 Great Towns, both for work and for pleasure.  I’ve learned a lot about the county in my four months at the HCCVB, but it took these seemingly endless miles of driving for me to realize just how many different things this place has to offer.

Having grown up in Noblesville, I always kind of took its historically charming downtown square for granted. Here, old time neighborly camaraderie mixes with modern shopping and urban flair. But, just a few miles away from the square, which houses the county seat, are both bustling cities and a quiet countryside.

The Courthouse at Historic Noblesville Square

The Courthouse at Historic Noblesville Square

Being so close to Indianapolis, the southern part of Hamilton County (Fishers, Noblesville and Carmel) definitely reflects the fact that it is a sprawling suburb. With an outdoor ampitheater, an upscale Arts & Design District, and two open-air shopping malls it’s not difficult to find a city feel in Hamilton County.

The Carmel Arts & Design District at Dusk

The Carmel Arts & Design District at dusk

As I drove northward, however, it struck me just how close the quiet of the country was to all of this hustle and bustle. Driving through Atlanta, Arcadia, Sheridan, and even Cicero and Westfield, I was amazed to find a completely different world. With Morse Reservoir, the Atlanta Mercantile, Boxley Cabin, and the Arcadia Arts Initiative, these towns are full of things to do, just perhaps at a slower pace.

Shoppers strolling outside the Atlanta Mercantile

Shoppers strolling outside the Atlanta Mercantile

From upscale art galleries to traditional art and craft workshops, from a local mercantile to an open-air mall, from history to a lazy day on the lake – Hamilton County’s 8 great towns, collectively, make it a unique place to be and a unique place for an Indiana family vacation.

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This past Friday, the Sheridan Historical Society hosted an Open House to tour Boxely Cabin – an 1828 log structure that was the refuge of Virginia abolitionist George Boxley, the first white settler in Adams Township.  Brenda Bush, from the Sheridan Historical Society, reported back to us on the success (and fun!) of the event: 




Circle City Bluegrass Band played in Veterans Park on Friday night and they were great… about 175 people came and 20 families took time to go into Boxley Cabin–they were quite curious about George (Boxley)!  The weather was wonderful, people were everywhere on the property–on the hill, on the gazebo lawn and streetside…

Eight Hamilton County painters arranged by Pamela Bliss and Larry Kasey have signed up to come to “Arts in the Park” on Saturday, August 22 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)… The white-tailed squirrels are now living in the Boxley Cabin foreground–so who knows what will be painted! Larry inspected the park last week and founding it “quite suitable.” 


Boxely Cabin in Veterans Park, Sheridan

Boxely Cabin in Veterans Park, Sheridan


Sounds like a great event – we are looking forward to “Arts in the Park.”  For more information visit the Sheridan Historical Society website: http://sheridanhistoricalsociety.com.

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Lights Over Morse Lake, Cicero

Lights Over Morse Lake, Cicero

1. Happy 175th Birthday Cicero!  Attend a 3-day birthday party for one of our 8 Great Towns  – Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5.

2. It is a busy weekend at Conner Prairie!  Start with Glorious Fourth, ride the 1859 Balloon Voyage, then stay for the Stars & Stripes Symphony on the Prairie (don’t miss the fireworks after dark!) – Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5.

3. Take the entire family to the July First Fridays event in historic downtown Noblesville.  The theme this month is “4th on the 3rd” – Friday, July 3.

4. Tour historic Boxley Cabin in Sheridan – Friday, July 3.

5. “Ooh” and “Aah” over spectacular fireworks during the annual CarmelFest celebration. – Friday, July 3 – Saturday, July 4. 

6. After celebrating Cicero’s birthday, stop at the Jackson Street Bridge and watch the fireworks light up the sky (and water!) during “Lights over Morse Lake.” – Saturday, July 4.

7. Close to Noblesville?  Don’t miss the 13th Annual Parade & Fireworks Festival – Saturday, July 4.

8. Dance away the afternoon with FREE live music at Seminary Park in Noblesville – Sunday, July 5. 


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

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