Connor Prairie will open its doors on March 28 for the 2013 outdoor season. Special opening weekend activities will include the Amazing Race Through Time, a sneak preview of the new Barker Brothers' Pottery Shop, interacting with new baby animals and much more.
Opening weekend will offer guests a chance to compete in mental and physical challenges spread out over Conner Prairie's five historic outdoor areas in an Amazing Race Through Time. Challenges may include everything from testing your skills at tomahawk throwing to identifying brick patterns at the historic William Conner Homestead. Prizes will be awarded to the first 50 guests who successfully complete the race each day.
Visitors can also catch a sneak preview of the newest addition to 1836 Prairietown, the Barker Brothers' Pottery Shop that officially opens in June. Watch a master potter throw clay on a spinning wheel and then practice your pottery skills on the model spinning wheels. Guests who visited last year are likely to see some of their own handy work displayed in the building.
Also, enjoy the nature walk. Trek along a gravel path that begins in the heart of the outdoor historic area and through a forest and along the top of a levee, which is flanked by woods, farmland, prairie and the White River. At the end of the trail you will find an elevated observation deck with a wonderful view of the prairie, which was crated to attract migratory birds.
Don't miss out on the new baby animals. Stop by Animal Encounters, sponsored by Elanco, to hold, pet and help care for all the new baby animals and see how many more are expected. A baby could be born at any minute. Also, meet the animals spread throughout the pastures in 1836 Prairietown and 1863 Civil War Journey.
Opening weekend is March 28 10-5. Admission is $14/adults, $13/ seniors 65+, $9/ youth (ages 2-12), free for members and youth under 2. Some activities may include an additional fee.
The Carmel Arts Council has held an annual fundraiser for 20 years. Proceeds from this annual event are used to fund scholarships for graduating high school seniors who have excelled in the arts and whose parent(s) or guardian live in Carmel, Indiana.
The 20th Anniversary celebration will precent "Hello Gorgeous" on Tuesday, April 30th, from 11-2 p.m. at the Ritz Charles located on North Meridian.
Hello Gorgeous will features cocktails, lunch, a silent auction and helpful beauty and fashion tips and techniques.
Tickets are $35 per person and you can reserve a table for you and your friends.
For reservations please send checks payable to Carmel Arts Council to 776 Hawthorne Drive, Carmel, Indiana 46033. For questions please email
We are still feeling the pain of last years drought. We asked the Hamilton County Masters Gardens some tips to watering as we begin a new growing season.
All plants, trees, shrubs, grass, perennial or annual flowers and vegetables, like about an inch of water each week. When nature cooperates, there is no problem. But when rain is scarce, we need to supplement moisture for our plants. It can be difficult to estimate exactly much water is delivered in a rain shower; the use of rain gauge solves this problem. Be careful not to overwater.
Trees and Shrubs
Recently planted trees and shrubs require at least an inch of water the first week to 10 days. This is absolutely necessary for the health and long term vigor of the plants during the first year and should be continued the first three years. During drought, established trees and shrubs (over three years old) may need a deep watering once a month if they are showing signs of stress. Watering should continue until the ground freezes.
Usa a hose with a trickle of water about the diameter of a pencil to water trees and shrubs. The length of time required to deliver sufficient waters depend on the size of the plant. 20 minute is generally sufficient for new plantings and smaller shrubs; larger shrubs and trees may requires up to 40 minutes. It is a good idea to move the hose around when watering larger, established plants and to place the trickle of water out from the trunk to where the roots have spread.
Newly planted perennials require an inch of water each week. During drought, the vigor of established perennials may be maintained by supplementing an inch to an inch and a half of water every two weeks or so. There are many drought tolerant garden perennials on the market that will go much longer between drinks of water, especially plants native to the area in which you garden.
A soaker hose, strategically wound through your garden, is the most efficient method of watering perennials (also annual flowers and vegetables). When first used, you will need to test the soil with a trowel to determine how long it takes to deliver sufficient water. A garden sprinkler delivers the water but will waste water due to run off and absorption in the air. OVerhead watering should be done in the morning to prevent sun scorch or fungus. Using a rain gauge (or empty tuna can) lets you know when you have delivered an inch or more of water. It is difficult to deliver sufficient moisture to effect deep watering with a hand held hose in a large area. A trickle from a hose also works will for individual plants.
Annuals and Vegetables
Whether newly planted or during drought, vegetables need an inch of water each week for good production and to maintain health. A deep watering is also important to encourage the roots to develop properly. Annuals, too, need weekly water. Newly planted annual or vegetable plants may need additional light watering when heat is excessive enough to cause the top few inches of soil to dry out. Recommended watering methods for annual or vegetable beds are the same for perennials.
Newly planted lawns require regular watering as they become established. Once established, however, a lawn may go five to eight weeks with no water without harm to the grass. Grasses may brown but will 'green up' and continue growing when water arrives. Do not fertilize the lawn (or any plants) during a period of drought.
National Lemonade day will be May 18th and the whole purpose is to help kids learn how to start, own and operate their own business: a lemonade stand.
Today fewer and fewer kids are engaging in entrepreneurial activities; mowing grass or having a lemonade stand. Several entrepreneurs will share about their early history of selling golf balls or having a lemonade stand as their first training. The moment when they understood that they could control their destiny and possible change the world with their ideas.
Now, of course you can just encourage your child to make some lemonade on the 18th of May and put a table on the sidewalk and see what happens or if you prefer a "teaching moment" you can do the following steps:
Sign up for Lemonade Day - on line, at most libraries, registration events at the Children's Museum or the Indianapolis Zoo.
Get your Lemonade Day backpack with two workbooks, one for the child and one for the parent.
Participate in the workshops and contest (optional)
Send in your video to get your Seed Fund start up money.
Parents watch the email for tips and hints.
Set up your lemonade stand on Lemonade Day, May 18th, 2013
We want to help you be a success and will ask you to email us the location of you Lemonade Stand by May 8th and we will have will have an story featuring all of the great Lemonade Stands on May 18th. Start planning.
Fishers has opened the first of four median U-turns at the intersection of 96th street and Allisonville road. This phase takes away the left turn movement and turn lane from 96th Street to northbound Allisonville Road. Drive this as follows:
If a driver is traveling east on 96th Street and wants to go north on Allisonville:
Turn right onto Allisonville Road and immediately get into the left lane
Make a U-turn at the median signal
Drive through the intersection and continue north
All traditional left turns from other directions will be permitted until the next median U-turn phase is complete. Two additional median U-turns will open in April, with the final phase opening in May. There will be message boards and signage directing travelers to the appropriate lane for each maneuver.
The intersection improvements will help reduce the wait time at this intersection and improve traffic flow for commuters through this intersection.
Join the fun for a special evening with "Rockin' Johnny at SoHo Cafe and Gallery on March 21st at 7:00 pm.
Johnny Burgin has been one of Chicago's most loved blues musicians since 1995. Guitarist Burgin went to Chicago from South Carolina to attend the University of Chicago. He began playing in the ghetto clubs of chicago's West Side with blues singer Taildragger and then began touring nationally as a sideman with former Hwolin' Wolf drummer Sam Lay and blues piano legend Pinetop Perkins.
After leaning from the masters, Johnny put his own band together. Their original energetic approach soon made them a strong local draw bringin in blue aficionados and attracting a younger group that usually didn't listen to blues bands. Their unique sound soon attracted Delmark Records after listening to just one set.
Since then the band has toured Europe, played festivals, headlined clubs and recorded five CDs.
Enjoy the fun at SoHo Cafe and Gallery, 620 South Rangeline Road, Carmel. Come early, seats will go quickly, $10 cover.
The Tone Surfers will also be at SoHo on March 27th for a classic rock, alternative concert.
Congratulations to Fishers High School for their successful event to help Riley Hospital. It looked like everyone had a lot of fun and they successful raised over $20,000. Please watch the video for details: