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  • December 1 & 2 - Zionsville High School Show Choirs Holiday Concert at Zionsville Performing Arts Center
  • December 3 - Carol of Homes, presented by Zionsville Show Choirs
  • December 3 - ZVRA Progressive Dinner (Sorry, reservations are full)
  • December 3 & 4 - First full weekend of Christmas in the Village; Santa in the Santa House through Dec. 18
  • December 8 - Chamber's Ladies Night Out on Main Street
  • December 10 - Elf Scavenger Hunt
  • December 15 - Christmas Crawl
  • December 16-18 - Zionsville Little Theatre Company presents Little Women at Whitestown Municipal Complex
  • December 20 - Last Dash
  • December 25 - Merry Christmas!

President's Letter by Sara Martini

Hello Neighbors,


I hope everyone was able to spend a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  December is a busy month, and I love all of the cheer and excitement that happens in the Village this time of year! 


The Progressive Dinner will be taking place on Saturday, December 3rd at 6:00 pm.  This is a popular event and sells out every year! This year we will begin on Ash Street for appetizers, pop over for dinner near Elm Street Green, and then it's back to Ash Street for dessert. Thanks to the families who are hosting and to Kathy Brown for organizing! Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones who is able to attend and can join in on this fun holiday party! 


Also this month is the door decorating contest! The judging for the door decorating contest will take place on Dec. 1, and look for photos of the winner's in the January issue of the Village Voice. This tradition always adds so much holiday cheer to our neighborhood. Thank you to Sally Zelonis for organizing,  to those who are participating, and to everyone who helped pass out flyers. I can’t wait to see what is in store for this year! 


Unfortunately, this year the ZVRA was not able to deliver Christmas trees in the Village. The tree farmer Jane Forbes always used in the past has now retired. She was unable to find a tree farm to accommodate us so late in the season. I am hopeful that next year we will find a farm and will be able to bring the wonderful tradition back.  For this season, I still intend to place a small decorated tree in my front yard.  I hope many others in the Village will join me so that our beautiful Village will continue to sparkle during the holiday season!


Here is an update on the “200 West” development: The eastern most parcel that was originally included within the Petition is no longer under contract. As a result, it must be withdrawn. Moreover, removal of this parcel affects the overall design of the project which is now being revised for submittal to the town hall. Consequently, the Petitioner has requested that the Plan Commission continue this matter to its December 19, 2016 public hearing.   


Lastly, I am excited to announce the VRA Board for 2017. I will continue to serve as President;  Brett Brewer has stepped in as Vice President;  Gary Angstadt will serve another term as Secretary; and Erika Singler will serve another year as Treasurer.  I am looking forward to the upcoming year, and many thanks to the board members for their support and time commitment.


The next VRA meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 pm at the SullivanMunce. Have a Merry Christmas, and I’ll see you in the New Year! 


Sara Martini

President 


Town Council Insights by Josh Garrett

While we may not all agree on the results, I’m sure we can all mostly agree that it’s good the election is finally over.  November has proven to be a mostly quiet month on the Council with not too much to report.  We did approve our budget for the next 18 months and a few other administrative items.

                                                                                                                                              

If you’ve been by Town Hall recently, I think you’ll be amazed at how quickly RL Turner is progressing on the building.  Mild weather can certainly be credited for some of that progress.  I think everyone who works for the Town, from Mayor Haak on down, has their fingers crossed that the old boiler in the current Town Hall can get them through one more winter. 
 

If you do come by to see the construction, I would encourage everybody to attend at least one Council meeting to get a feel for how they are conducted.  Our audience size varies but slow meetings consist mostly of High School students completing a requirement for civics class. (See below for 2017 Council Meeting dates)

I do hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving.  As I travel around for work, I’m always reminded how lucky I am to call Zionsville home.


The Village's Little Women by Heather Lusk

Zionsville residents Lynne Manning and Marianne Doyle have joined forces to create the Zionsville Little Theatre Company which will soon present its first play, an original adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.                                                                                                             

The cast of ten includes two young village residents - 6th grader Lucy Gregory and 5th grader Mara Lusk who respectively play sisters Amy and Beth March.

The play follows the four March sisters during a year their father is serving in the Civil War as a chaplain. Mara found that the script very accurately follows the first half of the book. “It’s a really sweet story,” she said. “I think Mrs. Manning did a great job with the script.”

“I thought it was a fun opportunity and it was just good for me to try something new,” said Mara who was a little nervous about the audition. 

“It’s nice that it’s a kid and adult cast, with actual families in the cast,” she said, appreciating the opportunity to learn vocal and acting tips from the older actors.

Mrs. Manning has requested that the girls talk to each other in character even during rehearsal breaks, which Mara finds really fun and challenging. 

“Beth is kind of an easy person to act out. She’s in the corner, minding to herself,” said Mara. “She plays the piano and I play the piano and violin. We’re both kind of musical.”

All four of the students who portray the March sisters attend Zionsville West Middle School and all are in the Drama Club. 

The performance will be held at the Whitestown Municipal Complex with $12 tickets available at the door an hour before each show. Large groups may make reservations through the Zionsville Little Theatre Company’s Facebook page.

Performances are: December 16 at 7 p.m., December 17 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and December 18 at 2 p.m.


Photo includes: (top left) Emily Stucky as JO, (top right) Alli Sullivan as MEG, (lower right) Mara Lusk as BETH, (lower left) Lucy Gregory as AMY, and (center) Leanne Piper as MARMEE. Photo by Roger Manning


Open Board, Commission, Committee  Positions

"Governmental boards and commissions have a direct impact on all our lives, for better or worse," notes John Tousley, Village resident and a local attorney.  "Unfortunately, there are no Village (resident) representatives on the Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Redevelopment Commission, just to mention a few entities.  It's time to change that," Tousley continues.

Zionsville Town Manager and Deputy Mayor Ed Mitro has provided a list of known vacancies on the Town's Commissions, Boards and Committees.  They include:
  • One vacancy on the Plan Commission; this is a Mayoral Appointment with a four year term; appointee must be a Republican from the Rural Service District
  • One vacancy on the Board of Zoning Appeals; this is a Council Appointment with a four year term; appointee must be from the Urban Service District
  • One vacancy on the Redevelopment Commission; this is a Mayoral Appointment with a one year term; open to any Zionsville resident
  • Two vacancies on the Pathway Committee; this is a Council Appointment with a one year term; open to any Zionsville resident
  • One vacancy on the Architectural Review Committee; this is a Council Appointment with a one year term; open to any Zionsville Resident
Those interested in any of these positions should forward a resume and cover letter to Ed Mitro no later than Friday, December 9 for consideration.  Address to: Edward J. Mitro, Deputy Mayor, Town of Zionsville, 1100 W. Oak Street, Zionsville, IN. 46077.  His e-mail address is: edmitro@zionsville-in.gov.  His direct phone is (317) 873-5410.  Tousley encourages readers to pass this information along to neighbors and any other who might be interested.


Christmas in the Village 

The Zionsville Chamber of Commerce "Celebrates the Season" with its traditional Christmas in the Village which kicks off this weekend on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4. Activities include free horse-drawn carriage, barrel train and trolley rides. The trolley rides will run from 12-4 pm with stops at Lions Park, Santa's House (Main and Cedar), Akard's True Value in Boone Village, SullivanMunce Cultural Center and Bub's Burger & Ice Cream.  The horse-drawn carriage rides thoughout the Village will run from 11am - 3pm,  and rides on the Barrel Train will be available from 12-3 pm on Hawthorne Street between Elm and Main.  Santa will be available to meet with children from 11am - 3pm at the corner of Main and Cedar.  Dickens Carolers will perform from 4-6 pm.

The magic continues throughout December:            
  • Santa in the Santa House, carriage rides and more, weekends through December 18
  • Ladies Night Out, December 8
  • Elf Scavenger Hunt, December 20
  • Christmas Crawl, December 15
  • Last Dash, December 20
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.zionsvillechamber.org


The annual Christmas Parade was held Saturday, November 26 on Main Street


Carol of Homes to benefit Zionsville Show Choir

The Zionsville High School Show Choirs present its "Carol of Homes" Holiday Home Tour  December 3 from 10 am until 4 pm. The tour features six decorated homes in Zionsville, including three homes in the Village (at 275 W. Cedar Street, 290 W. Cedar Street, and 665 Laurel Avenue).  Show Choir students perform their favorite holiday carols.  

All proceeds benefit the Zionsville Show Choir as they prepare for competition season.

Tickets are $20 per person.  Advance tickets are available at Akard True Value Hardware, Inga's Popcorn or from any Show Choir student.  Tickets will also be available the day of the tour at all tour homes, Century 21 Sheetz and Akard True Value Hardware.  Century 21 Sheetz is hosting a Welcome Center offering hot chocolate and cookies.  For more information, go to www.zchoirs.com or contact Lorene Wright at 317-319-6687.




Town Council sets 2017 Meeting Dates

Town Council meetings in the coming year will be held the first Monday of the month at 7 pm at Town Hall and the third Monday of the month at 7:30 am at Town Hall.  The evening meetings include January 2, February 6, March 6, April 10, May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 5, October 2, November 6 and December 4.  The morning meetings will be January 17, February 21, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 23, November 20 and December 18.

Mayor Tim Haak has announced he will host a bi-yearly series dubbed "Mayor's Night In."  He will share information about new initiatives and/or concerns with residents, businesses and neighborhood associations.  Those attending will be invited to ask questions and connect with town officials.  The two dates are March 1 and November 1 (though the dates MAY change).  Town Hall will serve as the meeting place.