Warm Up to Winter at Midwest Ice Festivals

Warm Up to Winter at Midwest Ice Festivals

Last winter we discovered Midwest ice festivals. The Meltdown Winter Ice Festival in Richmond, Indiana, and the Argenta IceFest in Illinois are unlike any festivals we’d been to before. Sure, we’ve seen ice carving demonstrations in the past and plenty of completed ice sculptures on display during events, but during these two festivals, ice carving is the star. Read more

Real Haunted Happenings Tour: Spirits Linger in Historic Corydon

Real Haunted Happenings Tour: Spirits Linger in Historic Corydon

Old historic cities are often filled with stories of spirits from days gone by. Corydon, Indiana, is no exception, as we learned on the Real Haunted Happenings Tour.  Read more

Indianapolis Children’s Museum: Not Just for Kids

We hadn’t been to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum since our kids were young—and they’re now grown with children of their own. It was a great museum then, but its even better now. Four floors of exhibits include everything from dinosaurs to a 1917 carousel. And new added in 2017 is the 7.5 acre outdoor Sports Legends Experience, created for all ages, from preschoolers to adults. Read more

Mayberry in the Midwest Festival Takes You Back to Simpler Times

Mayberry in the Midwest Festival Takes You Back to Simpler Times

Every fan of The Andy Griffith Show knows Mayberry. It’s that small, charming town filled with friendly, but quirky people. The bumbling deputy, the naive gas station attendant, and the level-headed sheriff who solves everyone’s problems take you back to simpler times. And on one weekend every May, during the Mayberry in the Midwest Festival, the town of Danville, Indiana, becomes Mayberry. Read more

Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, Fort Wayne, IN: Savings, Reunions and Organized Chaos

Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, Fort Wayne, IN: Savings, Reunions and Organized Chaos

Over 60,000 shoppers swarm to Fort Wayne, Indiana, over five days each April for the annual Vera Bradley Outlet Sale. Shoppers are almost all women, from every state in the union and about a dozen countries. Women come by the busload. Groups of friends or generations of families hold reunions. They often dress in matching t-shirts for the big event. It’s one of the biggest events held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum each year.  Some shoppers even sleep in tents in front of the door the night before to be first inside.  They often come with lists in hand, lists from families and friends.   Read more

Howard Steamboat Museum Pays Tribute to Early Riverboat Company

Howard Steamboat Museum in Jeffersonville, Indiana, pays tribute to the Howard family and their steamboat building company. The tour combines a history of the ornate Edmonds and Laura Howard mansion and the shipyard located across the street, which the Howard family owned from 1834 until 1941. Read more