2015 Home Show!

Thank you Fischer Homes for the VIP night last night and a sneak peek at the centerpiece home for this years Indianapolis Home Show!  Great food, wine and networking!

At the Indiana State Fair Grounds Exposition Hall, this years show starts today at 11:00 a.m. and runs through Sunday, February 1 and boasts appearances by Ty Pennington from Exteme Makeover Home Edition (“Move that Bus” sound familiar?) on January 31 and Matt Muenster from DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Bathtastic will be on site January 23 – 25 as well as others, click here for the full list and bios!

The Centerpiece home is beautiful – but a couple of things struck me as wrong…the master closet is very small and the upstairs laundry is huge!  Would love to have the back yard – outdoor kitchen, pool…just beautiful! Click here for a time lapse video of the building of the home.

Planning to go?  Would love to hear your thoughts on the event overall and the Centerpiece Home!

Home show

Vicki Reed

 

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Time for Devour Downtown Winterfest!

Celebrating 10 years, it’s time for for Devour Downtown, launching on MLK Day and running through Feb. 1. Participating Devour Downtown restaurants will offer guests pre-fixe menus ranging from $10 – $35 while showcasing specialty dishes and highlighting popular items. Several lunch and dinner menus are two for $30.

Who’s participating this year?  Click this link for the full list:  Devour Downtown.  New participants include: Burgerhaus, Spoke & Steele, Chilly Water Brewing Company, Tow Yard Brewing Company and more.

Several Downtown venues will offer special discounts during Devour Downtown, including: NCAA Hall of Champions, Rhythm Discovery Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana Historical Society and Theatre on the Square.

Great opportunity to get out of those post holiday blues that January inevitably brings about and do something fun!  So where do you want to try?

Devour Downtown

Vicki Reed

Did you know…

…that Indianapolis has a thriving live theatre community?  It can be anything from the Broadway Series to local actors/actresses in local productions and the list of 2015 productions is amazing!  We have so many options in Indy, large to small…

Clowes Hall at Butler is always a great place to see a play, this year hosting Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty and the Beast and for those of us of a certain age…Dirty Dancing!

There are a number of smaller community playhouses us in the area – Spotlight Theatre in Beech Grove, Putnam County Playhouse, Buck Creek Playhouse – all great opportunities for a night out, a little culture, for a very reasonable price!  Want to try out your own acting abilities, many of these smaller playhouses have opportunities for auditions!

One of my favorite productions every year is the University of Indianapolis Dinner Theatre – always entertaining, my friends and I have been going for years!  This year’s performance is the female version of The Odd Couple!  I expect that the food will be good, the production excellent and the company even better.  UIndy hosts a number of productions throughout the year, I’ve seen several and never been disappointed.

For more information about all of these productions and venues, click the links within the post or visit Indy Arts Guide or Indianapolis Theatre for more information…I’ll be checking out some of them…will you?

theatre

Vicki Reed

 

Common Sense

Saw this on Facebook the other day and as a farm girl, this advice reminded me of my Dad and my Pappa…and makes a whole lot of sense!

Advices from An Old Farmer
Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around..
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

Farm

Vicki Reed

Cabin Fever????

Looking for something fun to do when the extreme cold and snow is keeping everyone indoors?  Check out these ideas:

Sky Zone

Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park, offering what they describe as a “3-D play experience”. The facility is both an amusement attraction and fitness facility, offering people of nearly every age, size and fitness ability, a fun way to exercise. Jump times are every 30 minutes and online reservations are recommended. The jump times do sell out on a regular basis so purchasing timed tickets online will assure you get the time you want. This activity is great for parents that want to join in on the family fun.

Where: SkyZone – Fishers – 10080 East 121st Street, Fishers, IN 46037

Where: SkyZone – Plainfield – 851 South Columbia Road, Plainfield, IN 46168

Incredible Buffet & Fun Center

Incredible Buffet & Fun Center offers plenty of indoor fun. Their attractions include laser tag, mini-bowling, mini golf, bumper cars, go karts and of course, a large arcade. In addition to all the fun activities, the center also features a large all-you-can eat buffet which includes drinks and desserts.

Where: Incredible Buffet & Fun Center  8707 Hardegan St, Indianapolis, IN 46227

Climb Time Indy

If you’ve never tried rock climbing, you might want to check out Climb Time Indy. The facility is for climbers of all degree of expertise from beginner to advance. There are over 4,000 different holds and the routes change weekly. They offer over 30 ropes and more than 8,500 square feet of climbing surface. In addition, we have a members only workout area, a rope for climbing, and an area designated for rappelling.

Where: Climb Time Indy – 8750 Corporation Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46250

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Indianapolis is home to the world’s largest children’s museum. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is 472,900-square feet of adventure! Families will find plenty exercise opportunities throughout the four floors of kid friendly exhibits. There’s plenty of playground equipment and on-your-feet activities that will keep visitors hopping! Despite it’s large size, the museum can get quite busy during holidays and special free days. The first Thursday of every month, the museum opens its doors with free admission from 4 – 8 p.m. If you don’t mind the crowds, this is a great free event – including free parking.

Where: Indianapolis Children’s Museum- 3000 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Pinheads Entertainment Center

There are a lot of bowling allies throughout the city, but one of the best is Pinheads Entertainment Center. Pinheads offers 32 open bowling lanes and 2 private bowling suites with 4 lanes each. They also offer duck pin bowling for the younger kids and an arcade. In addition, Pinheads has its own pub, Louie’s, famous for its tenderloin sandwich and otherpub-style foods. They offer birthday parties and various special nights in a newly renovated space.

Where: Pinheads Entertainment Center –  13825 Britton Park Rd, Fishers, IN 46038

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

If you are a member of the YMCA, or even if you’re not, you can survive the cold or damp weather indoors at one of the many locations throughout the city. The local Ys feature everything from indoor pulls, indoor gym, racquetball courts, indoor playgrounds and much more. While there, take advantage of the fitness center and get some exercise.

Where: The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis – Address: Various locations throughout the city

For more you can visit the About travel page for Indianapolis

Stay Warm!!!!

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Vicki Reed