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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 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 14 – Sunday, August 23.

Watching the WFMS FairTrain

Watching the WFMS FairTrain

2. Buy sweet corn on the cob, just-picked fruits and fresh veggies at one of the local Farmers Markets.  Westfield – Friday, August 14 or Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville – Saturday, August 15.

3.  See Nickelback perform live in concert at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville – Saturday, August 15.

4.  Escape the summer heat and catch a movie at the Hamilton 16 IMAX in Noblesville.

5.  Snuggle up with a loved one under the stars while watching a Movie in the Park in Atlanta – Saturday, August 15.

6.  Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Air Mail at Conner Prairie in Fishers- Saturday, August, 8.

7.  Relax with friends at beautiful Coxhall Gardens while listening to the music of the Indianapolis Jazz Quartet – Sunday, August 16.

8.  Once you arrive back at the Fishers Train Station from the State Fair, walk to Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream for a sweet treat.

*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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1. Put on your cowboy hat and party with pals to the sounds of George Straight, Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville – Friday, July 24.

2. Stock up on fresh fruits and veggies at the Westfield Farmers Market – Friday, July 24.

3. Attend a production of “Shakespeare in the Park” at Dillon Park in Noblesville – Friday, July 24 – Saturday, July 25.

"Dinner in the Diner"

"Dinner in the Diner"

4. Listen as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra takes on the music of Billy Joel at Symphony on the Prairie (look out for 8 Great Towns staffers on Saturday!). – Friday, July 24 – Saturday, July 25.

5. Have “Dinner in the Diner” and enjoy a 4 course gourmet meal while dining aboard the 1930’s L&N diner car as it rolls through the countryside of northern Hamilton County. – Saturday, July 25.

6. Dance in the streets with family and friends during the “18th Annual Noblesville Street Dance” (don’t miss our very own “communitygal” as she dances to the tunes of the Wright Brothers)- Saturday, July 25.

7. Watch the stars twinkle in the sky while on the free “Star And Satellite Gazing Tour” at Strawtown Koteewi Park. – Saturday, July 25.

8. Buy your tickets for the upcoming 2009 US Senior Open held at Crooked Stick in Carmel.  This exciting event starts next week – July 27 – August 2!

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

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Our Deputy Director, Karen Radcliff, had a busy weekend!  She saw Coldplay perform live at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville, stopped by Westfield for the opening of a mile long extension of the Monon Trail, had a great time at a local restaurant – below she recaps her fun weekend…

 

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What Tuesday lacked in the weather department, this past weekend certainly made up for it with perfect sunny and seventy days and pleasant evenings–ordered up just in time for a jam-packed list of outside events.  I found myself at a few.

 

Friday night’s Cold Play concert was one of the best shows I had seen at the outdoor Live Nation amphitheatre.  

Coldplay performing on stage at Verizon Wireless

Coldplay performing on stage at Verizon Wireless

These guys have talent, plus they know how to play to an audience.  Their energetic show spilled out onto two additional stage platforms built near the upper seats and even further out into the lawn area.  Those Cold Play fans in the cheap seats were ecstatic! Throughout the show, the band dropped big

The action during "Yellow"

The action during "Yellow"

yellow beach balls onto the crowd when they sang “Yellow” and big spinning balls tethered from the catwalks providing a spherical canvas for laser lights and projected photos.  The crew even captured the night’s full moon at times and projected it onto the large screens.

 

 

 

On Saturday morning I celebrated with the City of Westfield as they officially opened the first mile of the Monon Trail, a rails to trail linear

park connecting Westfield to Carmel  and on to Indianapolis.  A new Greyhound Pass trailhead offers parking, signage and restful benches.  A

beautiful day of bicycling came next.

The Opening of the Monon Trail in Westfield

The Opening of the Monon Trail in Westfield

 

 

 

Sunday, I found myself cheering on Mine That Bird and jockey Calvin Borel in the Belmont Stakes at Mudsocks Grill in Noblesville.  An appropriate place or a horse race, I think, since Mudsocks is named for the muddy hooves horses get, often appearing like brown socks.   Calvin couldn’t stretch out a win that day, but my burger and cole slaw was definitely blue ribbon. Mudsocks has a great bar area with huge garage doors that open up to let the outdoors in.  We lingered as long as we could!

 

The weather even held out long enough for me to cut the grass Sunday night. I guess after playing so hard, some outside yard work was in order.   Next weekend:  The Indiana State Senior Games!  Hope the weather holds out for track & field.  I’ve got my fingers crossed.

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Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana

Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana

1. Bring out your inner artist at the Inaugural Gathering of Plein-Air Painters in Noblesville – Thursday, June 4 – Saturday, June 6.

2. Head to Noblesville’s Historic Square for the First Friday’s event – Friday, June 5. 

3. Take the family for music, food and fun to the annual Sheridan Fireside Tales at Biddle Memorial Park – Saturday, June 6.

4. Sit on a blanket in the lawn at Verizon Wireless in Noblesville while you listen to the country sounds of Rascal Flatts – Saturday, June 6.

5. Stop by Conner Prairie in Fishers: The Indiana Festival is happening all weekend long and the 1859 Balloon Voyage opens on Saturday, June 6

6. Take a walking tour filled with stories of ghosts of the Underground Railroad mixed with modern-day gangsters & spirits from Westfield’s haunted history – Saturday, June 6.

7. Party in the Park at Carmel’s West Park – Saturday, June 6.

8. Cruise your boat around the lake during the Morse Lake Poker Run in Cicero – Sunday, June 6.

 

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

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