Spotlight on Irvington Halloween Festival!

It’s that time of year again…time moves so quickly!  Get out your boots, sweaters and HALLOWEEN COSTUMES!  For the unenlightened, the community of Irvington hosts an annual Halloween Festival…they actually close Washington Street for the day!

2016 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Festival, for 69 years, the Historic Irvington Halloween Festival has brought together thousands of residents, dozens of neighborhood organizations, and countless Eastside businesses in a fun-filled celebration of our heritage and community. The festival and its associated events are designed to bring awareness to the community, to bring commerce to local business and sponsors, and to provide fun for the children of Irvington and Indianapolis. The celebration now encompasses a week of events including a 5 mile run, a scholarship pageant, musicians, contests, Halloween-themed movies, storytelling, ghost tours, live theater, masquerade ball, a haunted puppet show and dozens of other events. To get all the details, visit http://www.irvingtonhalloween.com/events

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Take in an event this week…ghost tour anyone!  If you will be in the area be certain to let me know…I live in the heart of it all!

Vicki Reed

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What to do for New Year’s Eve????

I  can’t believe another year has come and gone!  Are your plans all set for New Year’s Eve?  Here’s several options, some for those with Kids and others for the Adults only!

For Kids

Countdown to Noon at the Children’s Museum is a great way for your little ones to feel like they get to celebrate too!  There are plenty of activities and music from Grammy-nominated musician Zak Morgan!  You’ll receive hats and festive favors as you countdown to the New Year!  This event begins at 10:00 am!

New Year’s Eve Early Balloon Drop at the Incrediplex! You’ll have access to the entire facility and participate in the early balloon drop, face painting, raffle, unlimited access to the bounce and climb arena!

Family New Year’s Eve at the Indiana State Museum is another family friendly event! This event features face painting, stilt walkers, cowns and music! The balloon drops at 8pm!

Early Options

If you are on the south side or are looking for an earlier option, head to ‘Rock ‘n Chow’ at MashCraft Brewing in Greenwood! This event is from 6:30-8:30 and features live music, food trucks and local eateries provide the background to some delicious brews!

Trader’s Point Creamery features a New Year’s Eve champagne dinner!  Indulge in amazing food and great company! This dinner features selections such as: lobster-filled rainbow trout, rib roast, cornbread-stuffed quail, spice roasted cauliflower and so much more!

New Year’s Eve Tequila Dinner at Adobo Grill! Have dinner and enjoy a New Year’s Eve Dinner with Patron before you head out on the town!

ComedySportz New Year’s Eve at the Indianapolis Athenaeum!  There are two improv matches where ComedySportz players battle each other for a prize! It’s a good time!

Adult’s Only

There are so many options to mention, so here’s a few!

New Year’s Eve at Howl at the Moon! There are several packages to make this night one to remember (or forget depending on which you choose)!

New Year’s Eve Party at the Rathskeller!  There is a hors d’oeuvres buffet, midnight champagne toast and music by Zanna Doo!

9th Annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball!  There are three separate parties in one!  Each features live music and entertainment, magicians, professional photography, photo booth, face painting and more!

Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve on Georgia Street!  There will be live music by Kap Slap, Dave and Whitney, Izzy and OTB, and Corey Cox!  There is also great food and beverages and, of course, the IndyCare descent at midnight!

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at the Palladium features live entertainment from The Bishops, Flatbed Twitch and karaoke!  There are also cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a concert by The Hot Sardines!

New Year’s Eve Bash at the Hyatt Regency Hotel! This monster party features: The Flying Toasters, My Yellow Rickshaw, Dance Club, Cousin Rodger, Hanover Chase, DJ Helicon, DJ Brian Jackson, as well as casino tables, palm readers and a 21 story balloon drop!

Pat McAfee Live is a full theatre show at the Murat Theatre!  This event features surprise guests and laughs! After, head to the Egyptian Room with music, dancing, countdown and toast!

There are also events at the Jazz Kitchen, Hard Rock Cafe, Slippery Noodle, Regions Bank Tower, andGeorgia Reese’s!

If you are in the market to buy a home in Indianapolis in the New Year, contact Indianapolis’ Best Realtor!

Also, if you haven’t quite kicked the Christmas spirit, be sure to check out www.aroundindy.com for all of the remaining Christmas events!

Christmas events around Indiana

What puts you in the holiday spirit? Is it that first mug of hot chocolate? Maybe it’s a particular annual event or exhibit? We’ve compiled some of our favorite places across Central Indiana that symbolize the holidays for us. Do you have others to add to the list? Let us know!

Circle of Lights
While the lighting of the “Circle of Lights” was Nov. 27, the lights remain through the holiday season for all to enjoy!

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Christmas at the Zoo
Christmas at the Zoo runs from 5- 9 p.m. Nov. 27-Jan.3, 2016, plus Dec. 21-22. The Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo to host a holiday lights event back in 1967. You can visit your favorite animals and watch the lights transform the landscape into a winter wonderland. Find more details and a list of Christmas at the Zoo events here.

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Conner Prairie by Candlelight
Conner Prairie offers a 90-minute guided tour through Prairietown, where guests can learn how different families celebrate the holidays. The event includes holiday dancing and singing! Click here for event info.

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Festival of Trees
Now through Jan. 2 you can visit the Indiana Historical Society’s Festival of Trees at the organization’s History Center. You can see 50 elaborately decorated trees, double the amount featured last year! Click for Center hours.

History Center Tree

Jolly Days Winter Wonderland
Celebrate the holidays at the Children’s Museum, now through Jan. 3, 2016. You can take a trip down the two-story Yule Slide, and visit with Santa and Jingles the Jolly Bear. Jolly Days is free with museum admission. More info here.

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Jingle Rails
The Eiteljorg Museum says its Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure exhibit is bigger and better than ever before. The train exhibit features three new scenes, including the Las Vegas Strip and the Hoover Dam. The exhibit runs now through Jan. 18, 2016, and includes nearly 1,200 feet of track and more than 30 features. Learn more here.

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City Sidewalks
Georgia Street will turn into a Winter Wonderland Dec. 18-19. There will be Christmas music, a canopy of lights, and a tree decorating contest. Details here.

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Christmas at Lilly House
Visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Lilly House now through Jan. 3 and get a sense of decor that was current during the 1930s and 1940s. The tour is included with museum admission.

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So get out and about and take time during this busy season to see what our great City has to offer!

Vicki Reed

Hats, Mint Juleps and Thoroughbreds…

Ah yes…it’s Derby Day!  This year’s field is full of great contenders, check out the horses and odds on this table from Vegas Insider:

2014 Kentucky Derby Field and Odds
Post Position Horse Odds
1 Vicar’s In Trouble 20-1
2 Harry’s Holiday 50-1
3 Uncle Sigh 30-1
4 Danza 10-1
5 California Chrome 5-2
6 Samraat 15-1
7 We Miss Artie 50-1
8 General A Rod 15-1
9 Vinceremos 30-1
10 Wildcat Red 15-1
11 Hoppertunity (withdrew due to Injury) N/A
12 Dance With Fate 20-1
13 Chitu 20-1
14 Medal Count 20-1
15 Tapiture 15-1
16 Intense Holiday 12-1
17 Commanding Curve 50-1
18 Candy Boy 20-1
19 Ride On Curlin 15-1
20 Wicked Strong 8-1

Vegas Insider

 I would love to have one of the longshots come in!  To learn more about the horses, owners, trainers and jockey’s, visit the Kentucky Derby website (click here) for all the details!

My pick?  I’m going torn between Harry’s Holiday and Wicked Strong…how about you?

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Vicki Reed

Oscar, Oscar, Oscar…

Yes, it’s that time of year again…Oscar time!  I love movies, but some of the Oscar nominated films are so far from mainstream, I don’t get them!  And let’s talk past winners…Titanic for example…guess what folks…the boat sinks!  and I didn’t need 3 hours and 15 minutes to know that!  Truly, I just love the fashion, from the horrific (Bjork and the swan dress) to the fantastic (seriously, does Helen Mirren EVER make a misstep???)    I watch bits and parts of the awards, but I’m checking out all the arrivals!

Have you seen any of this year’s best picture nominees?  For full synopsis and more information, click here to visit MSN Entertainment’s Academy Award section, for now…here’s my very short synopsis…

12 Years a Slave – Southern living in the 1840’s

American Hustle – drugs, boobs, comb-overs and scams!

Captain Phillips – Pirates…but not Jack Sparrow!

Dallas Buyers Club – AIDS and HIV treatments

Gravity – Lost in space

Nebraska – Father, son and those pesky sweepstakes

The Wolf of Wall Street – Crooked banker with a penchant for overindulgence

Her – Strange man in love with a computer

Philomena – Unwed mothers, adoption and mean old nuns!

How about Actor and Actress?  Suporting roles?  Here are your nominees:

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Bruce Dern — “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio — “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor — “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey — “Dallas Buyers Club”
Christian Bale — “American Hustle”

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett — “Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock — “Gravity”
Judi Dench — “Philomena
Meryl Streep — “August: Osage County
Amy Adams — “American Hustle”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi — “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper — “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender — “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto — “Dallas Buyers Club”
Jonah Hill — “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Jennifer Lawrence — “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o — “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts — “August: Osage County”
June Squibb — “Nebraska”
Sally Hawkins — “Blue Jasmine”

And we musn’t forget Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron — “Gravity”
Steve McQueen — “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne — “Nebraska”
Martin Scorsese — “The Wolf of Wall Street”
David O. Russell — “American Hustle”

Who are your choices?  I’m sure Ellen will do a great job hosting, I just don’t have the attention span to sit through it all, but I love reading the highlights and you know I’ll be checking out the fashion!

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New Year, New Snowfall, Same Old Idiots!

I’m talking about the drivers not turning on their headlights at 5:30 p.m. –there’s not enough daylight then to see your dark colored car/van/suv/truck.  And the ones who don’t know what that lever on the left-hand side of the steering column is for.  I can’t read your mind, I just have to slam on the brakes when you decide to change lanes or turn at the next street. Given the terrible condition of the roads, that’s not easy.

Then there are the usual suspects that come out when the snow falls:

The ‘Look at ME – I have 4-wheel drive’ idiot that goes flying by.

The ‘Oh gosh, there’s snow on the ground’ idiot that goes 10 miles an hour on a clear road.

The ‘Let me keep turning the wheel AND braking’ idiot trying to figure out which end of the vehicle will actually be headed in the right direction.

The ‘I can’t see any lines marking lanes so I’ll just drive wherever I want” idiot that makes a left turn from the far right lane.

I know we add new drivers every winter so remember to pass on some of your knowledge to those around you:

–           Carry a blanket, scraper, shovel, kitty litter and working flashlight in your vehicle

–           Start slowing before you try to stop, don’t slam on your brakes

–           Take your foot off the gas & brake when fish-tailing

–           If you’re stuck in snow, rock the car back & forth to get some traction

–           If no one’s coming at a 4-way stop, coast on through

–           Don’t pour hot water on a frozen lock or windshield, heat up the key then insert into lock and use rubbing alcohol to loosen ice

–           Show some leniency toward your fellow man/woman

Yes, it’s winter in Indiana and that means snow and slush and icy conditions. I’m sure you have an ‘app’ that tells you the weather or a co-worker that keeps IM’ing you with updates.  It won’t be any better till after the IHSAA Basketball Champion games so get over it!

Likes & Dislikes

What I LIKE

  • Hearing “have a nice day” from the shoe shine guy.
  • Having someone hold a door open for me – chivalry still exists!
  • Please and Thank You, Excuse Me, Go ahead, you only have a few items.
  • Smelling the baking aroma from the ‘flavor factory’ as I drive past I465 and Park 100.
  • Catching up with old friends.
  • Hugs, kisses & phone calls from grandkids.
  • Unexpected mail (not a bill or ad).
  • A funny, clean joke.
  • Not-for-profit employees – they do it for the benefit of helping others.
  • A ‘loaner’ in Euchre.
  • The library.
  • Rest stops along interstate highways.
  • Baby pictures – any baby – they’re all cute.
  • Post-it notes.

What I DON’T Like

  • Drivers that tailgate – I’m going the speed limit – Back OFF!
  • Co-workers that take the last drop of coffee from the pot and don’t make another one; my usual response is a quote from ‘ The Old Man’ from A Christmas Story: “sons ‘o bitches!”.
  • Spit on the sidewalk – at least do it in the gutter.
  • Smelling the  ‘s**t factory’ smells when the wind blows up from the south.
  • Loud cell phone talkers – we don’t need to know your business.
  • TV news ‘teasers’ – just give us the news, NOW!
  • Politicians – most of them are crooks one way or another.
  • Reality shows; drama in real life is enough for me.
  • One-ply toilet paper.
  • Litter/trash along the road/sidewalk.
  • The word ‘like’ 20 times in one sentence.
  • Dirty snow.