June 2016 Events: Nickel Plate Arts Festival

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June 2016 Events: Nickel Plate Arts Festival

Starting in June, the Nickel Plate Arts Festival celebrates artists and arts experiences in the six towns along the Nickel Plate Railroad: Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton. Check out these art-filled June 2016 events with dates, descriptions and links to more info. Get going! For a printable version of June events, please click here.

JUNE 2016

(Events beginning in June)

Concerts on the Central Green

  • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 12 p.m.
  • Central Green, 1 Municipal Drive, Fishers
  • FREE!
  • Give yourself something to look forward to during lunch on Wednesdays! Join Fishers Parks & Recreation for Concerts on the Central Green this May and June. These free shows provide entertainment while you enjoy a picnic with co-workers. Stay tuned for additional information about lunch discounts before the show.
  • More info: fishers.in.us      

Noblesville City Hall Art Exhibit: Living Large

  • June 1-30 (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
  • Noblesville City Hall
  • FREE!
  • The Hamilton County Artists’ Association is pleased to show the artistic work of its new Juried Members at Noblesville City Hall throughout the month of June.
  • For info: hcaa-in.org

Noblesville Visitor’s Center Art Exhibit: Donna Arnold

  • June 1-30 (Mon.-Fri., 12-5 p.m.)
  • Noblesville Visitor’s Center
  • FREE!
  • HCAA is sponsoring monthly exhibits of selected members’ work to be on display at the Noblesville Visitors Center. Donna Arnold is the featured artist for June. After 20 years as a high school art teacher, she is now focusing on acrylic collage. Donna has studied under many well-known artists around the country and shares her knowledge through classes. She is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana.
  • More info: visithamiltoncounty.com

Hamilton North Community Collaborative Art Project

  • June 1-30 (Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 1-4 p.m.)
  • Cicero Public Library
  • FREE!
  • Art exemplifying Northern Hamilton County landmarks, created by local community members, will be on display.
  • More info: hnpl.lib.in.us

Summer Under the Stars Reading Program

  • June 1-July 31
  • Fishers and Noblesville Libraries
  • FREE!
  • Infants, youth, teens and adults are encouraged to participate in the Summer Reading Program. Prizes are awarded to participants who complete the requirements for their specific age category and may include coupons to area restaurants or attractions, toys, paperback books and chances for grand prizes!
  • Sign-up: hepl.lib.in.us

Concerts on the Central Green

  • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 12 p.m.
  • Central Green, 1 Municipal Drive, Fishers
  • FREE!
  • Give yourself something to look forward to during lunch on Wednesdays! Join Fishers Parks & Recreation for Concerts on the Central Green. These free shows provide entertainment while you enjoy a picnic with co-workers. Stay tuned for additional information about lunch discounts before the show!
  • More info: fishers.in.us  

HCAA Juried Artists’ Recognition Exhibit

  • June 2-24 (Thurs. & Fri., 12-4 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • HCAA Birdie Gallery, Noblesville
  • FREE!
  • The Hamilton County Artists’ Association is pleased to show the artistic work of our new Juried Members throughout the month of June. Opening reception on June 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • More info: hcaa-in.org.

Sustainable Cicero 2016 Celebration

  • June 2, 4-7 p.m.
  • 10 West Banquet Room, 10 West Jackson St., Cicero
  • FREE!
  • Enjoy activities, refreshments, a dynamic presentation by a special guest speaker about the importance of connecting sustainability with community development, and beautiful local artwork, including the unveiling and judging of 16 local artist-created rain barrels, made possible through the town’s Storm Water Education Program and Cicero Friends of the Park. Tain barrels will be on display until the Lights Over Morse Lake celebration, where they will be auctioned off. During the celebration, the Sustainable Indiana 2016 organization will present the Town of Cicero with the Bicentennial Green Legacy Community award in recognition of the town’s efforts to operate using more sustainable, environmentally friendly practices.
  • More info: northernhamiltoncountychamber.com

Noblesville Summer Concert Series

FREE!
See live music all summer long at Dillon Park and Forest Park! All concerts start at 7 p.m.

Dillon Park, 6001 Edenshall Lane:

  • June 2 – Seth Bradley
  • June 9 – Living Proof
  • June 16 – Cornfield Mafia
  • June 23 – My Yellow Rickshaw
  • June 30 – Zanna-Doo

Forest Park, 701 Cicero Road:

  • July 7 – Endless Summer Band
  • July – Killing Karma
  • July 21 – Not Your Average Boy Band
  • July 28 – Paul Butler as “Elvis”
  • More info: cityofnoblesville.org

June First Friday

  • June 3, 6-9 p.m.
  • Nickel Plate Arts campus
  • FREE!
  • June’s First Friday is the opening reception for the exhibit In the Name of Progress. It also marks the beginning of our month-long Nickel Plate Arts Festival, which is cause for celebration! Come out and participate in a large-scale collaborative painting project called “Trails” guided by local artist Doug Arnholter. Jam out to music from Noble Roots. Beer and wine offer a chance to unwind on a summer night.
  • More info: nickelplatearts.org

2016 Bed Race

  • June 3, 7-9 p.m.
  • Downtown Noblesville on 9th Street
  • Sponsored by Noblesville Boys & Girls Club, Noblesville Parks & Recreation and Noblesville Main Street
  • The annual Bed Race is a spectacular event held each summer to raise funds for youth summer camp scholarships to the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville and Noblesville Parks & Recreation programs. Both organizations provide positive, healthy, safe and fun activities for the children of Hamilton County. Each year, they experience an increase of scholarship requests from families in need. Adults, children, businesses and schools are welcome to help us “Put School To Bed and Race Into Summer” by running their beds in a foot race that is unmatched in Hamilton County!
  • More info: bgcni.org

HCAA Juried Artists’ recognition Exhibit Opening Reception

  • June 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Hamilton County Artists’ Association, Noblesville
  • FREE!
  • Be among the first to view the this recognition exhibit and meet the artists.
  • More info: hcaa-in.org

History on Tap

  • June 3, 6:30 p.m.
  • Conner Prairie
  • Ticket prices vary
  • Conner Prairie’s young professional group, the Horizon Council, invites you to an evening of craft beer featuring tastings from more than 20 craft brewers. Learn about craft brewing through demonstrations and meet several craft beer experts. Also, explore 1836 Prairietown and taste historical beer brewed on site.
  • More info: connerprairie.org

Richard Smith & Julie Adams Concert

  • June 3, 7:30 p.m.
  • Hedgehog Music Showcase, Arcadia
  • $20 (Reservations accepted)
  • Nashville, Tenn., guitar and cello duo Richard Smith and Julie Adams are absolutely amazing and very entertaining on stage. Richard is regarded as one of the best fingerstyle guitarists in the world today. He performs internationally and has been highly-acclaimed everywhere he has performed. He plays many genre of music from bluegrass to jazz, ragtime to classical, and gypsy swing to Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed styles. Adams has recorded in many Nashville studios and has traveled and performed with top music entertainers including Mannheim Steamroller, Muriel Anderson and others. This musical duo has performed several times to large audiences at the Hedgehog, and is considered to be a crowd favorite.
  • More info: hedgehogmusicshowcase.com

Forest Park Classics: National Velvet (1944 )

  • June 3, 9 p.m.
  • Forest Park, Noblesville (Shelter one)
  • FREE!
  • Starring Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp (2 h 3 min | Drama, Family, Sport). A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England’s Grand National Sweepstakes.
  • More info: classicmovieevents.com

In the Name of Progress Exhibit

  • June 3-25 (Wed.-Fri. 12-5pm, Sat. 10am-5pm
  • Nickel Plate Arts (Judge Stone House Gallery)
  • FREE!
  • Change can be good, hard, fraught with uncertainty or filled with hope. During the In the Name of Progress exhibit, we are celebrating the evolving landscape, architecture, values and potential throughout the Nickel Plate Arts’ region — through art. Art in a variety of mediums by a range of artists will be featured. The exhibit is part of Nickel Plate Arts’ year-long Bicentennial focus and is open to the public in the Judge Stone House Gallery during regular business hours, June 3-25; free admission.
  • More info: nickelplatearts.org

NPArts Showcase Artist: Lesley Ackman

  • June 3-30, Wed.-Fri., 12-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Nickel Plate Arts (Stephenson House Gallery)
  • FREE!
  • Artist Lesley Ackman studied music at Indiana University, had a career in finance and accounting but found her passion in photography in 2008.  At that time, she was traveling a lot and enjoyed taking photos, but realized she needed to improve her skills. So, she took some photography classes and joined the Riviera Camera Club. Come enjoy this exhibit which includes some of her favorite photographs.
  • More info: nickelplatearts.org

Nickel Plate Arts Festival Kickoff: Mountain of Clay Anniversary

  • June 4, 12-5 p.m.
  • Noblesville Library
  • FREE!
  • Enjoy the Nickel Plate Arts Festival Kickoff and Mountain of Clay Anniversary featuring the Nonument. We invite you to bring “seeds” from your community, which will be housed in the Nonument sculpture. These “seeds” will represent the past, present and future of our community and act as a time capsule to commemorate the state’s Bicentennial. Visitors can create their own “seeds” at a craft station and enjoy other art activities, including a large-scale collaborative painting project called “Trails” guided by local artist Doug Arnholter.
  • Enjoy live music from the Emily Ann Thompson Band and her fiddle students, and much, much more!
  • More info: nickelplatearts.org

Paint a Plow

  • June 4, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Behind Fishers City Hall
  • FREE!
  • Summer is the perfect time to Paint A Plow! Add your artistic touch to two Fishers snowplow blades and you might see your handiwork come winter. The plows will be located behind Fishers City Hall during the Farmers Market and Strawberry Festival. A local artist will be on hand to assist children, but adults are welcome to paint a plow, too.
  • More info: nickelplatearts.org

Old Mill Festival

  • June 4, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
  • Noblesville Square
  • FREE!
  • Dozens of vendors surrounding the courthouse square will tempt and dazzle you with everything from fine artist paintings, quality hand-crafted sculptures and wares to antiques, vintage collectibles and historic primitive items.
  • More info: Contact Noblesville Main Street at info@noblesvillemainstreet.org or 317-776-0205

Meyer Najem Sculpture

  • June 3, 3:30 p.m.: Dedication ceremony
  • June 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: “Siege the Day” 101
  • Meyer Najem, 11787 Lantern Road Suite 100, Fishers
  • FREE!
  • Fishers construction company Meyer Najem will unveil its long-awaited sculpture by artist Kevin Huff. “Siege the Day” is approximately 13 feet tall and melds both organic shapes and  an industrial feel.
  • Meet Nickel Plate Arts staff at the sculpture on June 4 to learn about how the sculpture was made, and to try sculpture projects of your own!
  • More info: nickelplatearts.org

Amp After Dark Concert Series

  • June 3, 10, 17, 9-11 p.m.
  • Nickel Plate Amphitheater
  • FREE!
  • AMP After Dark concerts return June 3 through August 26, and are the perfect excuse to book a sitter and enjoy a kid-free evening! Each week beer and wine will be available for purchase as you roll out a blanket and dance under the stars. Concertgoers are encouraged to download the Nickel Plate District mobile app which uses push notifications to highlight dinner deals in the area prior to each show. The full concert line-up can be found on the City of Fishers’ website. More info: fishers.in.us/2016summerconcerts

Noblesville Farmer’s Market

  • June 4, 11, 18, 25; 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Riverview Health overflow parking lot on Conner St.
  • FREE!
  • Open rain or shine. This market is the oldest and largest in Hamilton County with more than 80 vendors offering farm-fresh homegrown fruits, vegetables, meats, plants, herbs, flowers, honey, spices, wine, jams, jellies and salsas. Locally handmade items include baked goods, soaps, jewelry, artwork, quality crafts and pet products. The popular food court offers breakfast and lunch choices, as well as takeout items and snack food for those on the go. If you want to move at a slower pace, tables are provided for patrons to sit and visit while listening to live performers. Farmer’s Market continues on Saturday’s until October 15.
  • More info: noblesvillemainstreet.org

Jamestown Revival

  • June 4, 7:30 p.m.
  • Nickel Plate Amphitheater
  • FREE!
  • Pack a picnic, grab a few blankets and get to the Nickel Plate District for a family-friendly concert on the amphitheater stage! A full concert line-up can be found on the City of Fishers’
  • More info: fishers.in.us/2016summerconcerts

Life Drawing: June class

June 5, 7-9 p.m.; meets the first Sunday of

every month

Nickel Plate Arts (Judge Stone House

Gallery)

$70 for 2016 session (or $10/month)

The human form is one of the most difficult subjects an artist tackles. Sharpen your skills during Nickel Plate Studio Artists Bruce Neckar and John Reynold’s Life Drawing, a monthly Sunday night figure drawing opportunity. These sessions will offer adult students ages 15+ the chance to draw or paint an undraped figure.

Sign-up: nickelplatearts.org
Fishers Art in City Hall: 200 Threads of Time

  • June 6-Jul 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Fishers City Hall
  • FREE!  
  • This exhibit is an endorsed Indiana Bicentennial project and will include an artists’ reception on June 10th from 6 to 8 PM.  INfiber is a group of central Indiana artists who use fiber as the main medium in their works which include contemporary quilt-like pieces, mixed media, hand dyed fabrics and uncommon materials, including recycled leather.
  • More info: fishersartscouncil.org

Oil Painting Classes by Rodney Reveal

  • June 6, 13, 20, 27; 6-9 p.m.
  • Nickel Plate Arts
  • $35/session or $130/4 sessions
  • Send your check to reserve your “Art Space” with your desired days to: J. Rodney Reveal, 7002 E, 266th Street
  • Arcadia, IN 46030
  • More info: Please call Rodney at (317) 432-3648

Tuesday Night Concert Series

  • June 7, 14, 21, 28, 7-9 p.m.
  • Nickel Plate Amphitheater
  • FREE!
  • Pack a picnic, grab a few blankets and get to the Nickel Plate District! Join us this summer for the Tuesday Night Concert Series presented by IU Health Saxony which promise family-friendly favorites on the amphitheater stage. Food trucks will be onsite during each concert. The full concert line-up can be found on the City of Fishers’ website.
  • More info: fishers.in.us/2016summerconcerts

Teen Art In the Afternoon

  • June 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Noblesville Library
  • FREE!
  • Join us in the TeenZone for a different art project each month! We’ll be creating, painting, and building. Wear some old clothes (it’ll get messy) and bring your creativity!
  • More info: hepl.lib.in.us/evanced

“Fun in The Sun” Teen Dance Party

  • June 10, 6-10 p.m.
  • Noblesville Library
  • FREE!
  • Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate the start of the library’s Summer Reading Program and the summer season by attending our FUN IN THE SUN Teen Dance Party. Lip sync battles, karaoke and other dancing activities will be featured during the fun night. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. This event is for TEENS ONLY (open to all students in grades 8-12).
  • More info: hepl.lib.in.us/evanced

Grant Flick in Concert

  • June 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Hedgehog Music Showcase
  • $20
  • Grant Flick is a virtuoso 17-year-old mandolinist/violinist who is sweeping the country with his music. He is equally comfortable playing bluegrass as he is playing swing and jazz. Grant and his band will leave you wanting more! He has performed on stage several times in Nashville, Tenn., and he has shared the stage with Frank Vignola, Tommy Emmanuel, the Farmer & Adele, and many well-known musical artists. Reservations accepted.
  • More info: hedgehogmusicshowcase.com

Forest Park Classics: Please Don’t Eat the Daisies

  • June 10, 9 p.m.
  • Forest Park in Noblesville, Shelter one
  • FREE!
  • This 1960 classic stars Doris Day, David Niven and Janis Paige. Drama professor Lawrence McKay gets caught up in the Manhattan social circle when he takes a job as a theater critic for a New York daily. His wife Kay, however, wants the couple and their four rowdy sons to move to the country. She soon finds herself dealing with fixing up their dilapidated country home and competing for her husband’s affections with flirtatious Broadway diva Deborah Vaughn.
  • More info: classicmovieevents.com

Curiosity Fair

  • June 11-12, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers
  • Celebrate inquisitive spirits during this festival of wonder and exploration! Kids (and kids at heart) are invited to play, create and investigate the mysteries of the world around them. Through a series of interactive exhibits, soaring demonstrations and hands-on experiments, you’ll be encouraged to look at your surroundings differently and ask questions, like … how do HAM radios work? What gases go BOOM? How can dogs catch Frisbees?
  • More info: connerprairie.org

Cari Ray: Second Saturday Songwriter Showcase

  • June 11, 7 p.m.
  • Logan Street Sanctuary, 1274 Logan St., Noblesville
  • $12 suggested donation
  • One of our very favorite singer/songwriters to ever come through Logan Street. Outstanding vocals, harmonies, musicianship and great songwriting. Clever and relatable lyrics and storytelling. Cari Ray’s eclectic Americana blend offers a hint of blues, a little folk-rock, and a slight flavor of old-time country. And her live show delivers it all handily, with quick wit, infectious groove, and a warm, inviting voice. With a unique blend of heart and grit, this con-summate entertainer is winning over audiences of all ages. Reverend Peyton (of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band) says, “Cari Ray’s songwriting is clever and catchy. Her voice is huge, seriously huge. I had such a great time producing her record, Swagger. Her talent shines bright.” Cari continues to draw accolades for songwriting, most recently with her track “It’s About Me” winning the blues songwriting competition at the 2015 Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival. Solo or with her band, playing for 20 or 2000, Cari finds a way to strike a perfect balance between energy and intimacy.
  • More info: loganstreetsanctuary.org

Father’s Day Pottery

  • June 11, 1-2 p.m.
  • Cumberland Park Building
  • R$15/NR$23
  • Fishers Parks and Recreation Department invites children to create a one of a kind gift for Father’s Day. Register by Jun. 3 using activity title Father’s Day Pottery.
  • More info: fishers.in.us

HCAA Art Camp

  • June 13-16 (Morning session, 9-11a.m.; afternoon session, 1:30-3:30 p.m.)
  • Hamilton County Artists’ Association, Noblesville
  • $45
  • This Art Camp invites 1st-6th graders and will cover an assortment of art activities including working with paints, studying Kandinsky and doing a project based on his work, weaving, painting with colored papers, and painting glass.
  • More info: hcaa-in.org

Write On! Teen Creative Writing Workshop

  • June 15, 7-8 p.m.
  • Noblesville Library
  • FREE!
  • Do you enjoy writing? Have a poem or short story you’d like to finish? If you love writing and are in grades 6-12, please join us as we perfect our writing skills and contribute to Story Spinners, Hamilton East Public Library’s literary journal! The workshop is held on the third Wednesday of each month in the TeenZone program room.
  • More info: hepl.lib.in.us/evanced

‘Food First’ Screening

  • June 16, 6:30-9 p.m.
  • 10 West Banquet room
  • $10 ($5 for members)
  • Deliberate Media in downtown Noblesville will present its feature-length documentary through Nickel Plate Arts as part of a series of six screenings throughout the Central Indiana area. “Food First” looks at how growing quality food, supporting local, and increasing access and education are impacting Indianapolis. A “Community Conversation” discussion will follow the 70-minute film, including a panel of local food experts from Hamilton County and audience participation. Enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres, wine & beer available for purchase.
  • More info: nickelplatearts.org

The 8th Annual Gathering of Plein Air Painters (Plein Air Paint Out)

  • June 16-18
  • Noblesville Courthouse Square and beyond, throughout the Nickel Plate Region
  • Hamilton County Artists’ Association and Nickel Plate Arts present the eighth annual Plein Air Paint Out weekend, when up to about 50 studio-bound artists will take to the streets, roads and fields to practice their hand at plein-air painting in the great outdoors.
  • Prior to event: Get in touch with Nickel Plate Arts to commission a work or become a “Patron.” As a “Patron,” your $300 gets you first dibs on artwork.
  • June 16 & 17: Look for artists stationed all around Noblesville and the surrounding area.
  • June 18: Painting continues through 11 a.m. “Patron” purchasers choose their painting, 12-2 p.m. Public can view and purchase paintings, 2-6 p.m.
  • More info: nickelplatearts.org

Magical Garden and Fairy Houses

  • June 16, 4-6 p.m.
  • Noblesville Library
  • Tweens and teens celebrate Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley and his poem “The Pixy People” by designing and creating their very own magical garden and dwelling for fairies and pixies. All supplies will be provided for 20 participants. Registration requested.
  • More info: hepl.lib.in.us/evanced

Strawberry Festival

  • June 17, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • June 18, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Noblesville Courthouse Square
  • Tickets: $7 day-off festival; $5 for presale
  • Get your strawberry shortcakes with all the fixins! Each year, volunteers from St. Michael’s Episcopal Church set up shop on the Noblesville Courthouse Square to assemble and serve about 2,500 strawberry shortcakes to passersby and supporters. This year marks the 39th Annual Strawberry Festival.   
  • More info: stmichaelsepiscopalchurch.org

Lesley Ackman (NPArts Showcase Artist) – Reception

  • June 17, 5-8 p.m.
  • Nickel Plate Arts (Stephenson House Gallery)
  • FREE!
  • Artist Lesley Ackman studied music at Indiana University, had a career in finance and accounting but found her passion in photography in 2008.  Meet the artist during her evening reception on Friday, June 17, and enjoy this exhibit of some of her favorite photographs.
  • More info: nickelplatearts.org

Forest Park Classics: Sweethearts (1938)

  • June 17, 9 p.m.
  • Forest Park in Noblesville, Shelter one
  • FREE!
  • This classic musical stars Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy and Frank Morgan. A musical comedy duo in their sixth year on Broadway receive an offer to perform in Hollywood making films. The change of lifestyle is inviting to the Sweethearts as the move will take them away from relatives and friends who want to engage them in countless performances. However, when it comes to signing their Hollywood contract, they do not sign as Gwen has been perceived into believing her sweetheart and husband is engaged in an affair with their personal assistant. The Sweethearts split up and carry on performing their musical production around America with their understudies as their co-stars. Eventually they are united in a Broadway show.
  • More info: classicmovieevents.com

David Hartman Band

  • June 17, 7-9 p.m.
  • Noblesville Courthouse Square
  • FREE!
  • The David Hartman Band is always a crowd favorite. The hometown guys serve up a jazzy blend of standards, pop/rock and original tunes. The band consists of Jason Jasper (sax/EWI/vocals), Don Smith (trumpet/vocals), Tom Fowler (guitar), Greg Gegogeine (bass), David Hampton (drums) and David Hartman (guitar). If you like an eclectic mix of music (Allman Brothers, Wes Montgomery, The Beatles, AC/DC, Monk, Duke Ellington, Latin, swing, blues etc.), you will enjoy listening to this band’s originals and arrangements. Bring your dancing shoes too!
  • More info: noblesvillemainstreet.org

Grant Peeples in Concert

  • June 17, 8 p.m.
  • Hedgehog Music Showcase
  • $15
  • Grant Peeples is an excellent singer/songwriter with an energetic, enjoyable musical style. His creative music is a perfect match for the Hedgehog’s unique up-close, intimate listening experience. His American roots, folk and country genre in the historic Hedgehog Music Showcase is a winning combination. Reservations are accepted.
  • More info: hedgehogmusicshowcase.com

Chalk Art Festival

  • June 18, 10 a.m.-5p.m.
  • Hamilton Town Center
  • FREE! ($10/Professional category)
  • Professional and Amateur artists line the village streets of Hamilton Town Center with works of art drawn with chalk (register by June 7). On June 18, enjoy free kid’s activities including bounce houses, face painting and balloon artists. While admiring chalk drawings, families may visit with local businesses and players from the Indiana Pacers; adults will also have the opportunity enjoy a pint of beer or glass of wine. Event attendees will have the option to vote for their favorite works of art with the winners of Chalk Art receiving Gift Cards ranging $150-$500.
  • More info: (317) 214-6956 or lalltop@simon.com

Monsoon Madness

  • June 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Roy G. Holland Memorial Park
  • Free!
  • Presented by Fishers Parks and Recreation. Cool off under the summer sun! A DJ will spin some of summer’s top hits while children enjoy water fun. Seven giant inflatables will be available as children slid and slide down water slides. Younger siblings can also get in on the fun at the Itty Bitty Water Play Zone, specifically designed for children 4 and under. Don’t forget a few extra dollars, Neighborhood Pizza and Kona Ice will be selling food for a quick afternoon picnic. Parents, we recommend a towel for the ride home!
  • More info: fishers.in.us

Maker Camp

  • June 20-24, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  • $240 ($210/member)
  • Junior makers, builders and do-it-yourselfers will explore a variety of materials, techniques and skills — both historic and modern — and then use them in creative ways. Combining art, crafts and engineering, this camp will inspire campers ages 8-12 to create and innovate through fun, hands-on projects.
  • More info: connerprairie.org

Tipton Art Guild Meeting

  • June 20, 7 p.m.
  • Tipton County Foundation Building
  • FREE!
  • The Tipton Art Guild meets the third Monday of the month and invites all community members who have a passion for the arts. This month join them for a special art demonstration from Betty Quear. Claudia Seward will also speak about the upcoming HeART of Tipton event.

Dialogues:  Contemporary Responses to Marie Webster Quilts

  • June 23, 4:30 p.m.: Panel discussion
  • June 24-Sept. 4
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis
  • Free/members, $18 non-members
  • During this show, inspired by pioneering American quilt designer Marie Webster, artists from eight Midwestern states will be exhibiting their quilts. The twenty-six quilt makers include 14 from Indiana and Fishers artist Judy Ireland. Visitors will have a rare opportunity to view both an exquisite collection of ground-breaking historical quilts by Marie Webster and contemporary pieces made by artists inspired by her quilts. A panel discussion on June 23 in the DeBoest Lecture Hall at the IMA is free and open to the public, and will be moderated by Gail Gayer Hale, a Bloomington, Ind., textile artist. There is no admission fee for Dialogues. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. To register, email kmlenkow@gmail.com
  • An $18 admission fee is required to view the Webster exhibition for non-members of the IMA.  
  • More info: imamuseum.org

Tie Dye Your Summer

  • June 23, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Cumberland Park Building
  • R$10/NR$15
  • Family reunion, fashion statement or hobby – tie dying offers something fun for everyone! Young adults ages 10 and up are invited to learn different tie dying techniques. Register by Jun. 16 using activity title Tie Dye. Brought to you by Fishers Parks and Recreation.
  • More info: fishers.in.us

Forest Park Classics: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

  • June 24, 9 p.m.
  • Forest Park in Noblesville, Shelter one
  • FREE!
  • This 1948 classic stars Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Melvyn Douglas. A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It’s a lot more trouble than they think.
  • More info:classicmovieevents.com

Fishers Freedom Festival

  • June 24-26
  • City of Fishers Amphitheatre
  • FREE!
  • The Fishers Freedom Festival offers multiple activities, events and food for all ages.  Being held this year at the City of Fishers Amphitheatre in the Nickel Plate District. This free event offers fine arts & crafts, food & business vendors, live music, 5K event, children’s tent, parades, street dance, fireworks and much more.  
  • More info: fishersfreedomfestival.org

HeART of Tipton

  • June 25, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Courthouse Square & Library, Tipton
  • FREE!
  • The 3rd annual HeART of Tipton is an appreciation and celebration of the artistic talent found in and around Tipton County. This year Tipton native artist Jeff Stapleton will be featured and presenting a hands-on program on mosaics.  Another new feature will be “Authorama” (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), an author fair celebrating and showcasing Central Indiana authors including Tipton native Kurt Meyer, Indiana Historian Ray Boomhower, ghost hunter Nichole Kobrowski and Tipton-native Janis Thornton. Enjoy all genres of art with the artists who will be on hand to speak to visitors about their work and will have items for sale. Delight in the performances on the live-entertainment stage including a Repurposer’s Fashion Show. Kids will also be entertained at the library with face painters and hands-on art activities. The Tipton Farmer & Artisan Market is also just a half-block away, where many local civic organizations will have food booths to tempt everyone’s taste buds.
  • More info: facebook.com/Tipton-Main-Street-Association-1552782454982890/

Authoroma

  • June 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Tipton County Library, 127 E Madison St., Tipton
  • FREE!
  • Tipton County Library in conjunction with The HeArt of Tipton will be celebrating and Showcasing Central Indiana Authors.
  • More info: tiptonpl.lib.in.us

Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers

  • June 25, 7 p.m.
  • Hedgehog Music Showcase
  • $10
  • Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers are the darlings of bluegrass and acoustic music. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, this all-girl band has received high-acclaims everywhere they have performed. In spite of a very full touring schedule, the Hedgehog is fortunate to host them for what promises to be one of the best musical concerts in Hamilton County on this date. The Nickel Plate Arts Festival plus Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers will be a powerful combination of creative musical art talent and a celebration of the Nickel Plate Arts organization.
  • More info: hedgehogmusicshowcase.com

Diana Theater 90th Anniversary Celebration

  • June 26 & 27
  • Diana Theater in Tipton
  • Nick Paikos, (my grandfather) opened the DIANA June 26, 1926.  This year, our 90th anniversary celebration of being owned and operated by the Paikos family will be on June 26 and 27.  We owe our many years of success to our loyal customer base and dedicated staff of employees.  To show our appreciation, all customers attending the movie will receive door prizes.  They will also be entered into drawings for additional prizes to be given away immediately following the feature.  Please join us as we enter into our 91st year.
  • More info: facebook.com/DianaTheatreTipton

Through A Distant Lens

  • June 30-July 29 (Thurs. & Fri., 12-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
  • HCAA Birdie Gallery, Noblesville
  • FREE!
  • An exhibit from far off places (not Indiana), featuring Bob Daugherty’s Cuban photos along with other participating photographers. Opening reception July 8.
  • More info: hcaa-in.org
Casey Kenley
casey@caseykenley.com