May 13, 2010 @ 7:21:40 PM — Administrator — General
June 4, 2010 - This weekend is the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the movie Hoosiers. The Hoosier Gym is #1 on ESPN.com's list of top 5 sports movie sites to tour! (Beating, for example, Field of Dreams and the Museum of Art steps from Rocky.) http://sports.espn.go.com/travel/columns/story?id=5219787
The Cole Porter Festival is June 11-13 in his birthplace of Peru, Indiana. Cole Porter’s contribution to music is astounding. He wrote over 900 songs, many for movies in the Golden Age of Hollywood as well as Broadway shows. Despite the fact that he died a half century ago, his songs are still extremely popular. In fact, recently two were on American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, and one is in one of this summer's most popular movies! www.coleporterfestival.org
Those who enjoyed the Indy 500, will also want to explore the Indiana 500, a newly designated trail taking visitors from the main roads to the back roads to experience the unique art, culture and heritage of Indiana, especially its rich automotive history like the legendary Winchester Speedway, “the Fastest 1/2 mile track in the World” in Winchester as well as the home of the inventor of America's First Car in Kokomo, and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn. (Duesenbergs were popular with royalty like the Duke of Windsor, and movie stars like Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Mae West and Greta Garbo. Even Al Capone drove one.) For more information about the trail go to the website:
April 19, 2010 - The scent of lilacs in the breeze, a kite festival in Historic Farmland, a Wild West train ride to the canal town of Metamora, the Butterflies & Fairies exhibit at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Gardens, live horse racing at Hoosier Park, golf at Walnut Creek Golf Course (the clubhouse was a stop along the Underground Railroad), a stroll through Charley Creek Gardens, as well as baseball, farmers’ markets, gallery walks, wine tasting, outdoor concerts and so much more…these are just a few of the things you’ll miss if you miss spring in Eastern Indiana!
Listen to the sounds of nature near Gene Stratton Porter’s home in celebration of the 100th anniversary of MUSIC OF THE WILD. There are hundreds of acres of wetlands as well as a 106-acre bird sanctuary in the Limberlost Territories.
If the famous Limberlost Swamp captures your imagination, there are plenty of other things you won’t want to miss here either. Legends abound in Eastern Indiana!
The apple blossoms floating down on you as you bike the American Discovery Trail or canoe one of the beautiful rivers might come from a tree descended from one planted by Johnny Appleseed. His final resting place is in Eastern Indiana.
Visit Wilbur Wright's birthplace to see a full-sized replica of the first flyer and other inspiring exhibits.
James Dean and Cole Porter are two other legendary figures from Eastern Indiana. Hoosier Hoagy Carmichael completed and recorded one of the most popular songs of all-time, “Stardust,” in the Eastern Indiana town of Richmond for Gennett Records. The Gennett Records Walk of Fame on the site of the former studio lists other stars who recorded there including Louis Armstrong, Gene Autry, Artie Shaw and many others.