How long is the Christmas Season?????

Today we are one week away from Thanksgiving!  My family will be celebrating on Saturday as is our custom with lots of family and friends, made even better by the addition of 2 new husbands, 1 step son and 1 little baby girl!  It’s been quite the year for our family!

There was a time that the Christmas season started AFTER Thanksgiving now the commercials start in October, the Hallmark Channels started running nothing but Christmas movies the weekend BEFORE Halloween, and stores have been advertising “black Friday” deals all month!

Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t Christmas shop all through-out the year, but let’s be real…time is passing too fast as it is, let’s take one holiday at a time and focus on enjoying each as it comes and stop rushing through the years…enjoy each season as it comes.  Let’s enjoy Thanksgiving for now!  Me?  I’m looking forward to celebrating THANKSGIVING!

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Vicki Reed

 

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Getting back to NORMAL…

The election is OVER!  We can once again watch television without the barrage of political advertisements! Now the news…that’s another story.  The news, online and Facebook is full of people who are protesting the results…can we all just grow up a bit?  Please?  Other than encouraging all to VOTE, I have abstained from sharing my political views and preferances and will continue to do so as I believe in the right to privacy in my choices.

There are posts on Facebook of longtime friends seperating over others CHOICE for President, news is reporting ongoing PROTESTS over Trump winning the Presidency…really?  The Country has spoken, accept it graciously, show respect and move on!

Regardless of which candidate was your CHOICE, only unity will bring change. Crying, screaming, protesting and destroying things will not make anyone see your point of view, it will only make them see you as weak and widen the divide.  If you really want change in this country, sit down and TALK with your opponents, express your views peacefully with one another. Most Americans on both sides have more in common than you think.

We have 4 years of this Presidency, the people have elected Donald Trump as the 45th President…time to dry up the tears, put on your adult pants and go be a productive American.

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Vicki Reed

Get out and VOTE!

It is finally ELECTION DAY!  I’m sure that, like me, you are not only grateful for the RIGHT TO VOTE, but that the television commercials, yard signs, news reports about who will win…are going to be over today!  It seems this has been the longest election ever!  I’m tired of the bashing, the Facebook posts and the sponsored Facebook election posts…I have Election Exhaustion!

I don’t care who you voted for, only that you exercised your right to VOTE.  Today is going to be a very long day…at the end, we will have a new President…and the next round of media will commence through the inaguation before the next President can get down to work.  I suspect this will be the most scrutinized President in history…I, for one, will live with the decision of the people…and pray for our Country.

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Vicki Reed

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

Spotlight…Speedway!

Speedway is more than just the Indy 500, looking for something fun to do with the family?  Spring break is almost over, next is college graduations, then high schools graduations…but what else is going on???  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is gearing up for the 100th running, and of course there are a lot of related events in the month of May, including time trials, practice, the mini-marathon, Carb day…and of course, the big race with Josh Kaufman singing back home again in Indiana to start the big day.

Live in Indy and want to check out Speedway BEFORE May???  April is a great month to visit a few spots before everyone else arrives, just think, you can tell your friends coming in for the race what other fun things there are to do, check out these places…

IndyCar Factory.com by Main Street Events

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and reasonably priced admission of $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12 – Children 4 and under FREE!

.The Dallara IndyCar Factory is a joint venture between the IndyCar Experience and Dallara Automobili. It is located just 1/3 of a mile southwest of the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway – home of the Indianapolis 500 – and just 5 miles from Downtown Indianapolis – the Dallara IndyCar Factory is the destination for race-enthusiasts, and those who are brand new to the sport, to get their fill of all things IndyCar!  Click here to visit their website and learn more.

 

There are plenty of great places to eat near IMS as well.  Check out these great places…

Daredevil Brewing Company  

Dawsons on Main

Barbecue and Bourbon

Check it out, I would love to hear what you think!

Vicki Reed

 

Women’s Big 10 Basketball Tourney Starts TODAY…

The Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments returns to Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse starting today! This marks the 10th time that both tournaments have been hosted in Indy.

Indianapolis was the first city to host both tournaments in the same year. The 2016 edition serves as the 19th time the women’s tournament will be held in Indianapolis, while the men tip off in Indy for the tenth time.

The agreement between the Big Ten Conference and Indiana Sports Corp has Indianapolis as the host of future Big Ten Basketball events with the Men’s Tournament returning again in 2020 and 2022 and the Women’s Tournament returning from 2017 through 2022.

How great is it to live in a city where we regularly host great NCAA sporting events like the Womens and Mens Big 10 Tournaments  Today the Women’s Tourney kicks off with Wisconsin and Northwestern tipping off at 1:30.
Indy relies heavily on community volunteers for these events…I’m working community hospitality at a couple of downtown hotels…want to know how?  Contact  me, it’s such a great opportunity to showcase our city and make a great impression on visitors.  Click on the link for the bracket for the Women’s tourney, who do you think will win????  2016WBBTourneyBracket
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Vicki Reed

100 Days…

It’s 100 days until the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 and if the celebration doesn’t reach most corners of this community, it won’t be for a lack of effort. Or events, it seems.

The fun started Thursday night at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where fans were invited to a community celebration that began at 9:30 p.m. in the IMS pavilion. Just before midnight, attendees gathered at the Yard of Bricks for a special countdown moment.  And the fun continues today…IMS President Doug Boles, Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter and Matthew Brabham will join Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson for a proclamation ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse.

This afternoon kicks off with a media event celebrating 50 years of Team Penske in racing and the opening of a special exhibit running through November at the IMS Hall of Fame Museum. Four-time Indy 500 champion Rick Mears will be on hand with fellow Team Penske driver and three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves to mark the occasion.

At 4 p.m., attention will shift to the financial capital of the world, with a special countdown event at the New York Stock Exchange. Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles and BorgWarner CEO James Verrier will take part in closing bell ceremonies alongside the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy.

Celebrations will come to a close Friday evening at the Crane Bay in downtown Indianapolis with a gathering celebrating the “Pursuit of Progress.” The event will be hosted by ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak and will feature four-time Indy 500 champion Rick Mears, Verizon IndyCar Series Driver Marco Andretti and a full roster of guests from the wider sporting world and beyond.

There is a lot more to come in the next 100 days…

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Vicki Reed