ERTMC Hosted GREAT DAY on an East Region FAM Tour.
Maureen Lambert with the Anderson/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mike Kase, Hoosier Park, spearheaded this 3 Day FAM Tour. There were roughly 33 people traveling from Great Day to experience Indiana first hand (FAM Tour)all of the wonderful attractions in Eastern Indiana.
ERTMC (East Region Tourism Marketing Cooperative) has been in existence for 25 years. The purpose of the East Regional Marketing Cooperative, Inc. shall be to promote East Central Indiana through cooperative efforts that will heighten the members’ visibility as travel destinations, and to provide networking opportunities for its members.
3 DAY/2 NIGHT FAM TOUR – EAST CENTRAL INDIANA DAY 1
Noon Arrive Richmond – Lunch at Firehouse BBQ and Blues – Manager/Jessica (765) 488-0312in the Historic Depot District. Address: 400 N. 8th Street – Richmond Firehouse BBQ is located in an original fire station dating back to the 1800’s.
1:30pm Arrive - Warm Glow Candle Company Store – Jessica Waddle (765) 855-2000 Address: 2131 N. Centerville Rd (I-70 & Exit 145) - Centerville The group will enjoy shopping over 21,000 square feet of candles, baskets, home décor, Indiana chocolates and a vast selection of wines and beer.
2:00pm Depart Centerville
2:15pm Arrive – Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame – Chris May (765) 529-1891 Address: 408 Trojan Lane – New Castle Visit the 14,000 square foot museum that celebrates the proud heritage of basketball in Indiana from its origins in the 1890s to the current season.
2:45pm Depart New Castle
3:15pm Arrive - Madison County Winery – Cathy Hensley (765) 778-1406 Address: Located off State Road 109 – 10942 S. 400 E - Markleville Madison County Winery has a selection wines, hard ciders and seasonal wines. Everyone will enjoy a free wine tasting!
3:45pm Depart for hotel
4:00pm Arrive - Best Western Plus Anderson – Motor Coach Reception Dashia Wentz (765) 649-2500 Address: 2114 E. 59th Street – Anderson Amenities include in-room Keurig coffee makers and micro-fridge’s, complimentary hot breakfast, free high-speed Wi-fi, heated indoor pool and hot tub. Group will have a chance to refresh before their departure to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
6:15pm Arrive - Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre – Jennifer Beth (317) 872-9664 for dinner & show (Ring of Fire) Address: 9301 Michigan Rd - Indianapolis
10:00pm Depart for Best Western Plus Anderson
Enjoy your free hot breakfast buffet at Best Western Plus Anderson
8:45am Depart hotel
9:15am Arrive – Erskine Greene Training Institute - Jill Gruwell/Muncie CVB (765) 284-2700 Address: 601 S. High Street - Muncie
The first of its kind in the nation, EGTI prepares individuals with disabilities for employment in the hospitality, food service and healthcare support industries.EGTI trains and the hotel employs individuals with disabilities throughout the Hotel and its restaurants in various capacities.
10:30am Arrive – David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University Jill Gruwell/Muncie CVB (765) 284-2700 (no large bags in building) Address: Ball State Campus, 2021 W. Riverside Drive – Muncie Discover one of Indiana’s best art museums! The DOMA has an outstanding collection representing cultures from around the world
11:30am Arrive – National Model Aviation Museum/Academy of Model Aeronautics Jill Gruwell/Muncie CVB (765) 284-2700 Address: 5151 E. Memorial Drive – Muncie The largest collection of model aircraft in the United States. National and International model flight competitions. A box lunch will be served on site.
1:00pm Arrive – World’s Largest Ball of Paint – Mike/Glenda Carmichael (765) 724-4088 Address: 10696 N 200 W – Alexandria How do you make an ordinary baseball weigh over 4,000 pounds? You paint it!
1:45pm Arrive – Gaither Family Resources & Music Studio – Marge Record (765) 724-8405 Address: 1617 S. Park Ave – Alexandria Shop the vast selection of hand-chosen items, tour the Gospel Music’s Most Famous Recording Studio and Museum
2:30pm Arrive – Open Gate Design & Décor – Eric Scott (765) 734-1313 Address: 2834 N 900 W – Anderson/Perkinsville Enjoy one of Madison County’s unique shopping & design experiences, shopping 3 floors of unique items and guided by Lead Designer, Eric Scott. Groups can enjoymaking thei r own “masterpiece” to take home.
3:45pm Arrive – Paramount Theatre & Ballroom – Randy Hammel (765) 642-1234 Address: 1124 Meridian St – Downtown Anderson The Paramount Theatre and Ballroom is a centerpiece of arts and culture in Anderson. This theatre has been totally restored and is as breathtaking now as it was when it opened in 1929.
4:45pm Arrive – Good’s Candy & Ice Cream Shop – Randy Good (765) 642-7247 Address: 1423 W 53rd Street – Anderson Good’s is a favorite stop in Anderson! Good’s family history dates back to the 1940’s, making the finest chocolates, ice cream-both hand dipped & soft served, popcorn and Randy Good’s new creation, Good’s Root Beer!
5:00pm Depart for Best Western Plus, Anderson
5:15pm Arrive – hotel, refresh before heading to Hoosier Park
5:55pm Arrive - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino – Mike Kase (765) 609-4616 Address: 4500 Dan Patch Circle – Anderson Enjoy a night of dinner, live Standardbred racing & casino action! Depart? Hoosier Park provides shuttle service to and from the Best Western Plus Anderson
Enjoy your free hot breakfast buffet at Best Western Plus Anderson 9:00am Depart for Winchester
10:30am Arrive – Mrs. Wick’s Pies Factory – Scottie Harvey/Randolph County CVB (765-584-3266) Address: 100 N. Cherry St - Winchester Mrs. Wick’s Pies have been in business over 70 + years, makers of pies to dough sheets and glazes. Today, they make over 10,000 pies and over 30,000 pie shells in an 8 hour shift each day.
11:30am Lunch at Mrs. Wick’s Restaurant - Scottie Harvey/Randolph County CVB (765-584-3266)Mrs. Wick’s Restaurant is a full service Bakery/Café and makes 36 varieties of pie each day. Their outlet store can be found in the restaurant (the inventory changes daily), includes:Wick’s Pie 2nds, Famous Noodles, Pot Pies-turkey-chicken & beef, Pie Shells, Unbaked frozen Pies.
12Noon Depart for Portland
12:30pm Quick break at the Jay County Courthouse – Gyneth Augsburger, Portland/Jay County CVB Address: 120 N Court Street – Portland Each person will receive a goodie bag provided by the Jay County Tourism Bureau - (Optional): Tour Poet Biorefining and learn how Ethanol is an essential component of the 138-billion-gallon U.S. gasoline market