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Blog Recap: Indianapolis, IN | July 20th, 2012 | inwhiteriver.com

HART performing Othello for Shakespeare on the Canal

HART performing Othello for Shakespeare on the Canal at White River State Park

Love, deception, and envy were all in the air last weekend as the Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre (HART) brought their magic to Celebration Amphitheater at White River State Park for Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice.”

With performances on Friday and Saturday evening with a matinee on Sunday, HART’s team brought Shakespeare enthusiasts and first-time theatergoers to the free show in the Park on the banks of the White River.

“Othello” centers around the title character, played by HART’s David Alan, who is married to Desdemona. A vicious Shakespearian love triangle is created between Othello, his wife, and Othello’s right-hand man Cassio.

Envy, the “green-eyed monster,” is the central theme of this play, and is carried through during the entire performance. Although there is obvious jealousy between Othello and Cassio for Desdemona’s affections, more subtle displays of envy are also seen between Cassio and Othello’s ensign, Iago. This adds another layer of human emotion to the tragic show.

Park guests at each performance were given chairs to sit on and were welcome to bring food and drinks for a picnic. Additionally, the Cajun food truck Some of This, Some of That was parked on the Washington Street Bridge next to the performance, offering audience members drinks and sandwiches during the three hour production.

Past Shakespeare on the Canal performances by HART include “The Merchant of Venice,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

For more information on HART, auditions, and upcoming shows, visit heartlandactors.com.

HART performing Othello for Shakespeare on the Canal

HART performing Othello for Shakespeare on the Canal at White River State Park

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Blog Recap: Indianapolis, IN | June 2nd, 2012 | www.inwhiteriver.com

As a college student on a college budget, my only prior knowledge of “fine” wine was the variety you can only get from a box (“Cardboardeaux,” the kids affectionately call it these days).

So when I attended the Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival this summer, I had no idea what to expect from my first-ever wine tasting experience.

I entered the gates of White River State Park’s Military Park a relative novice; while I didn’t consider myself a wine expert by the time I left, the event was the perfect venue for a few of my girlfriends and me to learn the basics of wine production and tasting, sparking an interest that will come in handy the next time we’re planning our next big get-together.

The Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival is an annual showcase of the best of Indiana’s local wineries in a family-friendly environment. For a little over twenty dollars, attendees received unlimited samples of more than 200 wines from around the state — appeasing a wide range from experienced winos and newbies like myself.

After receiving our Vintage Indiana etched tasting glass, we made our way to several of the vendors’ tents, taking the time to converse with each winery’s knowledgeable staff about the various types we were trying. Most volunteered to take us down their wine list — from dry to dessert wines — explaining each offering in great detail while answering the (many) questions that came to our  minds.

Almost every winery offered a Traminette, dubbed the signature wine of the state of Indiana for its grapes’ tenacity in the Midwestern climate. My favorite wine sampled came from first-time Vintage Indiana exhibitors Monkey Hollow Winery: the Pasture Limit, a Concord rose aged in a bourbon barrel.

In addition to its tasting tents, Vintage Indiana also offered helpful seminars on topics like food pairings and at-home production. A kids zone featured face painting, a cartoonist, and balloon artists to please the 20-and-under crowd, while munchies were kept at bay by Bazbeaux Pizza, Jamaican Blue Lagoon Catering, and the Taco Lassi food truck.

Bottles were available for purchase at every tent, of which most attendees took advantage to set up a picnic near the live music stage, where local favorite Jennie DeVoe and American Idol star Casey James performed later in the day.

Overall, Vintage Indiana was a great event to kick off a long-awaited summer of beer and wine festivals. And after learning about all of the fantastic local producers in Indiana, you can bet the next time I enjoy a libation, it won’t be from a box.

Butler Wine at Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival

Butler Wine at Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival at White River State Park!

Oliver Winery at Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival

Oliver Winery at Vintage Indiana Wine and Food Festival at White River State Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog Recap: Indianapolis, IN | July 14th, 2012 | www.inwhiteriver.com

Little Red Door, an agency which provides support in dealing with the struggles that come with cancer, came out to the Historic Military Park last Saturday July 14, for the Big Red Bash.

A variety of people came out to support the event and brought several fun activities to the park such as Radio Disney, zip line,  and health screening services.

Also happening at the Big Red Bash was a food truck rally which brought out  several food trucks, such as Hubbard & Cravens coffee and tea, NY slice, Der Pretzel Wagen, Seoul Grill, and many more!

One big part of this event was trying to break the world record of largest zumba class, which didn’t end up happening but the class brought a whomping 2,777 people out to get a small work out!

It was a pleasure having everyone out to support this agency and hope to see you zumba again!

Visitor's at the Big Red Bash at Historic Military Park at White River State Park!

Visitor’s at the Big Red Bash at Historic Military Park at White River State Park!

Zumba at the Big Red Bash in Historic Military Park at Whiter River State Park

Visitor’s getting their Zumba on at the Big Red Bash at Historic Military Park at White River State Park!

Food Trucks at the Big Red Bash in Historic Military Park at Whiter River State Park

Food Trucks at the Big Red Bash at Historic Military Park at White River State Park!

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Indianapolis, IN | July 17th, 2012

Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre presents Othello

Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre will be performing the Shakespeare play “Othello” at White River State Park.

The play will take place in the Celebration Plaza Amphitheatre on July 20th and 21st at 8 pm as well as July 22nd at 2 pm.

This is a FREE event that is open to the public!

Directed by Michael Shelton, Starring David Alan Anderson and Ryan Artzberger.   Featuring actors Diane Timmerman, Lauren Briggeman, Sam Fain, Chris Hatch, Brian Noffke, Adam Crowe, Robert Neal, Michael Hosp, Tom Beeler, Jeff Keel, and Bridgette Richards.

This production has been made possible through the support of The Lilly Endowment, The Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, and the Central Indiana Community Foundation with additional resources provided by White River State Park, Butler University, Marian University, and the University of Indianapolis.

We encourage audience members to arrive early in order to enjoy picnics and enjoy live pre-show music and events on the plaza.  Chairs will also be provided for the event, but feel free to bring a blanket.

For more information please visit www.heartlandactors.com

HART's Othello

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Indianapolis, IN | July 16th, 2012 | www.inwhiteriver.com

1: Come to White River State Park on the first Tuesday of each month during the summer for Community Tuesdays! Discount admissions to each of our world-class attractions!

Community Tuesday Attractions at WRSP (Tweet @WhiteRiverStPrk):

Eiteljorg Museum (Tweet @EiteljorgMuseum) – Adults $4.00, Seniors $4.00, and children are free

IMAX Theater (Tweet @imaxINDY) – $2.00 off the ticket price

Indiana State Museum (Tweet @IndianaMuseum) – Standard admission tickets are half-price (half-price discount does not include admission to special exhibitions)

Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field (Tweet @IndyIndians) – When the Indians are home, you receive $2.00 off tickets by either:  1) showing your membership to another attraction or 2) showing that same day’s ticket stub from one of the other attractions

Indianapolis Zoo & White River Gardens (Tweet @IndianapolisZoo) – All tickets are $8.00 

NCAA Hall of Champions (Tweet @NCAA #HallChampion) – $1.00 off tickets

2:  Plan your visit to the Indianapolis Zoo when hours are extended for the summer concert series! Animals & All That Jazz and Zoolapalooza concerts are sure to bring fun for the whole family, with the exhibits and splash park open late for more hours of fun! Animals and All That Jazz and Zoolapalooza are free for Zoo members and included with regular Zoo admission. Visit the Indianapolis Zoo on Facebook for a coupon worth $4 off admission after 4pm for Zoolapalooza concerts. Plus, save $2 for up to four guests when you bring a Dean’s milk carton to be recycled on the day of the Animals & All That Jazz concert! Check out the remaining season’s concerts at: http://www.indyzoo.com/SitePages/SpecialEvents/AATJ.aspx

3: Come to the NCAA Hall of Champions on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. for a FREE reading from a former NCAA Student-Athlete! Story Time with a Former NCAA Student-Athlete is a family friendly activity open to the public; and remember: if you come on Community Tuesday, you can bring the whole family to experience the interactive sports equipment in the rest of the museum for a discounted rate!

4: Keep track of FREE days for the Eiteljorg Museum and the Indiana State Museum. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, both attractions open their doors to the public. For free admission, just bring a canned food donation. For Independence Day 2012, the Eiteljorg was free to celebrate the holiday.

5: Sign up for our monthly events newsletter to keep track of other VIP discount opportunities and free public events! Register to become part of Team White River State Park at www.inwhiteriver.com at the bottom of the page.

6: Check out FREE community outreach events at the park. We have many public arts events, including Shakespeare on the Canal on July 20-22 2012, and our neighbors at the Indiana Historical Society host a Concerts on the Canal Series that you can’t miss!

7: Just  a picnic and enjoy any of our gorgeous green spaces at White River State Park. From the canal walk to the White River Promenade to our lovely art sculptures and the 92 County Walk outside the Indiana State Museum, White River State Park offers many breathtaking views of Indianapolis that are sure to take your breath away.

Animals and all that Jazz at the Indianapolis Zoo at White River State Park

Performers at Animals and all that Jazz located at the Indianapolis Zoo!

River Promenade at White River State Park

The River Promenade located at White River State Park!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog Recap: Indianapolis, IN | July 12th, 2012 | inwhiteriver.com

After another sweltering, dry day  in Indianapolis, the sun set and the lights at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park went up for the Of A Revolution (O.A.R.) concert on July 12th. The perennial favorite for the Park brought in a huge crowd, and Team WRSP had a ton of fun with the event.

The opening act, Santa Barbara-based Rebelution, brought a reggae vibe to the Lawn and provided a great backdrop for the incoming fans as they gathered their chairs in preparation for the show. The band played songs from its new album, Peace of Mind.

When O.A.R. came on stage around 8:45, the crowd was ready to jam, and the band delivered. The band played a mix of crowd-pleasing classics like “Shattered” and “Love and Memories” coupled with high-energy songs from their newest album, King. The band also created a song for the 2012 London Olympics with rapper B.O.B. called “Champion.”

The highlight of the night for Team WRSP, however, was the encore performance, during which the band played “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker.” Audience members threw playing cards in the air to celebrate the concert.

O.A.R. formed when all of its members were in high school in Maryland and continued to grow to fame and success after the members attended Ohio State University.

The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park’s next show is British sensation Florence + The Machine on July 29th. Everyone heading out to the packed show should be sure to check out Team WRSP and WINDY for park information and a chance to win free tickets to the WRSP attractions and future shows!

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Blog Recap: Indianapolis, IN | July 7th, 2012 | http://inwhiteriver.com

White River State Park welcomed Umphrey’s Mcgee on July 7th at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn.

To start out the night the park had  G. Love & Special Sauce, who performed a relaxing, laid-back jam session to get the crowd ready for a long night of talented artists doing what they do best.

With warm weather and a slight breeze the night brought out more and more people to the front of the stage to dance, sing, and enjoy some great tunes.

Towards the end of the night Umphrey’s Mcgee performed  “When The Levee Breaks”, a song by Led Zeppelin which everyone enjoyed and begged for more.

If you missed the concert this year make sure to check out the other artists coming to the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn!

Fans at Umphrey's McGee concert on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park

Fans anxiously waiting to get into the Umphrey’s McGee concert on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park!

Fans at Umphrey's McGee concert on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park

Fans anxiously waiting for the start of the Umphrey’s McGee concert on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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