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Village Voice 06 2013: June




Announcements

  • Saturdays 8-11am Farmers Market
  • June 4th (Tuesday) VRA Meeting
  • June 5th (Wednesday) Lincoln Park Concert series begins
  • June 14th (Friday) 6-9pm Garden Classics
  • June 15th (Saturday) 10am-4pm Gardens of Zionsville Tour
  • June 15th (Saturday) Zionsville Paint Out

Letter from the President

The spring blossoms have come and gone and now our Village is looking as good as it ever does in full lush green. Every morning as I walk George, I think about what a beautiful and special place that we live in.  Thanks to all of you for making our community such a lovely place to be, with your spectacular gardens, handsome homes, and concerned hearts. 

Now that I am done buttering you up… we are raising the dues for VRA membership for 2014. We are raising it to $20 per family. The board decided this a few months ago at our spring board meeting.  As per the VRA by-laws, we will vote on this at our October board meeting. If you have questions or concerns about this, please don’t hesitate to ask, I am happy to discuss this. We will actually have a vote on this change at that meeting, but remember that you have to be paid members to vote.

The VRA is simply a group of like-minded neighbors; we are not a non-for-profit or any other sort of more official entity. The dues that you pay go for a great variety of things. Typically, the two biggest expenditures that we have are the expenses for the picnic and the Christmas party.  These events build community and have been successful for many years.

The bulk of the rest of the money goes towards getting out the VRA message. Things like our website, calendar, flyers, and sponsorship of the Lincoln Park Concert Series, which is not only a great event for our community, but reminds people that there is a group to help direct their concerns here in the Village. VRA sponsorship of the LPCS was done with a small bit of VRA general funds and then underwritten by a group of concerned VRA members who brought our Sponsorship level up to the “Ruby” level and are paying for the printing of our new brochures.

Our next meeting is coming right up in just a few days! Councilors Suarez and Hopper have offered to discuss town issues with us at our June 4th meeting.  They will be talking largely about the future of Zionsville and what the Council is working toward. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A, so don’t hesitate to bring your questions.

Have a great summer!!!

Chris Bucher

president@zvra.com



Village News and Events


Lincoln Park Concert Series Returns on June 5th

'Schools Out for Summer Concert' featuring Island Breeze/ Featured restaurant: Inga's Popcorn
 
Island Breeze will perform from 7:30-8:40pm.
One hour prior to the concert (starting at 6:30pm) there will be a number activities for the family to enjoy. A Balloon Artist will be available from Hug-A-Bug Entertainment. Ms. Jenny from A Space to Create will be offering face painting. Pages Music will have musical instruments on hand for kids to try and enjoy. Inga's popcorn will be selling popcorn as well. Most of these items will charge a minimal fee so bring some cash along. 
 
This is the only concert in which activities will start early. The remaining concerts throughout June & July will start at 7:30pm.  
 





The music concerts are always free due to our generous sponsors, including the VRA.
Your VRA Sponsored Nights include:
  • June 19: "Motown to Downtown" featuring Lonnie Lester / Featured restaurant: Bub’s Burgers
  • June 26: "Gazebo Jazz" featuring Chris Murray & The Common Time Quintet / Featured restaurant: Nicey Treat Food Truck
  • July 10: "Radio Night" featuring Tom Wright /  Featured restaurant: unknown at this time (but probably Hot Box Pizza)
  • July 31: "Broadway Showstoppers" featuring Area Locals accompanied by Doug Krantz /Featured restaurant: Zionsville Pizzeria

 



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Please 'LIKE' Zionsville's Lincoln Park Concert Series on FaceBook for weather, food, and music updates.
 
Thank you for your support. See you at the park!
Sarah Zack
Lincoln Park Concert Series
Zionsville Cultural District



Garden Classics

June 14, 2013   6-9 pm

Garden Classics combines art, history and classic cars into an exciting fun-filled event!   Stroll through the magnificent display of classic cars provided by the Classic Car Club of Indiana, the art of John Budicin-a nationally known plein air artist from California,  the art of Tom Hale, a classic car automotive artist, listen to jazz by The Brick Street Quartet and enjoy wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres by Serenity.

Tickets:  $30 members of the SullivanMunce Cultural Center/$35 non-members




Gardens of Zionsville Tour

June 15, 2013

10 am – 4 pm

Tour six private gardens throughout historic Zionsville and stop by the SullivanMunce Cultural Center for gardening speakers. Proceeds benefit the SullivanMunce Cultural Center.

Tickets in advance are $15, $20 day of the tour, children 10 & under $5

Please call 317-873-4900 for more information.




Zionsville Paint Out

June 15, 2013

WHEN:  Saturday, June 15, 2013.

WHERE: Artists must register and/or check-in between 7 am and 10 am at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center the morning of the event.  Also, enjoy a continental breakfast and have canvasses or multi-media supplies stamped/tagged before beginning their work.  The Zionsville Paint Out will be held rain or shine.

REGISTRATION FEE:   Free members/$25 non-members.

Artists will gather in the Village of Zionsville for a Plein Air Paint Out (Painting Outside) on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

A map of historic downtown locations and gardens on the Gardens of Zionsville Tour will be included in your registration packet.  The CruZionsville event will be held the same day and artists will have the opportunity to use Porsche cars (parked on Main Street) as subject matter.   Artists are encouraged to paint at the sites suggested, but are not required to do so.  The event is open to artists of all ages and skill levels.  Using their own supplies, participants are to create original artwork in any medium.  All stamped/tagged works completed that day by 2 pm will be eligible for judging and will be available for sale after the Paint Out awards ceremony.

Monetary awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place professional artistsThe winner of the first place award will have their name added to the Cynthia Van Tassel Yeo Plein Air Award plaque which is on display at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center.

 Adult amateur awards will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and awards for Youth (ages 7-11) and Teen (ages 12-17) participants will also be given.

The guest judge for this year’s Paint Out will be national artist John Budicin.  www.johnbudicin.com




Farmers Market 

Full Hand Farm: Laboring at What They Love

by Patricia Scott

“Farming is a profession of hope”
Brian Brett


The owners of Full Hand Farm, Eli Robb and Genesis McKiernan-Allen have taken a wide and circuitous path in order to provide the fresh and colorful produce we love at the Zionsville Farmer’s Market.  Originally from Indiana, it was actually an eight year stint in the Portland Oregon area that helped the couple fall in love with both the Farmer’s Market and small sustainable farm movements.  From Portland, the couple ventured to Iowa to complete a two year vegetable farming apprenticeship.  In October, 2011, Eli’s dad offered two of his ten acres in Eden, In to Eli and Genesis to begin farming vegetables.  Genesis described the move back home to start their business as “just making sense considering this (Indiana) is where they are from; where they have not only roots, but a support and people network as well”.  Next year they will be farming a newly acquired 25 acre plot in Perkinsville which is Northeast of Noblesville.  They are excited to finally live and farm in one location since thus far they have commuted 30 minutes each way from their home to the farmland they cultivate.





Full Hand Farm started providing produce to farmers’ markets in 2012.  This summer, their produce will be exclusively offered to consumers through the Zionsville market. They will, however, continue to provide produce to local farm-to-table restaurants.  Full Hand Farm offers a wide range of organic (although not officially certified as such) and totally sustainable produce including heirloom tomatoes and specialty salad greens.

You can visit Genesis and Eli on the farm on June 16 at 2 pm as they host Slow Food Indy’s Father’s Day Picnic.  For more information, visit www.slowfoodindy.com.


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I recently had the pleasure of talking to Genesis, the co-owner of Full Hand farm and asked about her and Eli’s passion for farming.

What makes Full Hand Farm unique in the Marketplace?

We grow everything that we sell.  We do not resell anything.  Although we are not certified, everything that we grow is organic and completely sustainable.  We aspire to become full-time farmers and we absolutely love what we do.

What do you like best about farming?

I love being outside.  I know it sounds cliché, but I tried a desk job for a couple of years and it just did not work for me.  I enjoy the physicality of farming.  I love the combination of systems and surprise.  Although farming requires systems such as planning, mathematics, and organization it is also full of surprises such as weather and soil conditions that force you to think on your feet and be creative.  It can be summed up as this: You make a plan so that you can change it. I also like that there are tangible results.  You plant a seed and care for it and the result is a tangible, edible product.  Eli describes farming as “one BIG life-long project”; we love that.

What can we look forward to at the Market this summer?

We grow a broad range of vegetables and herbs, but I will highlight a few to look forward to.  In June we will have lettuces such as arugula and spicy mixed Asian greens, kales, carrots and heirloom tomatoes.  We will also have red and golden beets and specialty beets such as the Italian pink and white striped heirloom variety called “Chioggia”.  In July we will offer zucchini, garlic, onions and okra. August produces yellow watermelons. We will finish out this year’s market in September by offering leeks, winter squash, parsnips, celeriac, and brussels sprouts.

Are you offering anything new this year?

Actually we are.  Eli’s dad raises organic and pastured chickens and hogs and we will be offering meats that he raises on the farm.  We will offer eggs, pork sausages and whole chickens weekly, throughout the summer.

Next year you will begin farming in Perkinsville, where you will also live.  Do you have any special plans for the property?

Now that we will be in a more permanent location, we plan to add fruit trees and also berries. 

How did you get the name Full Hand Farm?

It just reflects the richness we feel in farming.  It captures the bounty and abundance of what we do.


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This richness and sincere enthusiasm resonated clearly as I listened to Genesis talk about Full Hand Farm and her passion for farming.  How fortunate we are in Zionsville to enjoy the harvest of her and Eli’s labors.  A special thanks to Full Hand Farm for being part of the Zionsville Farmer’s Market.



Farmers Market Recipe: Basic massaged Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing


 -3 cups curly kale, roughly chopped, washed and dried
 -sprinkle kale with a generous pinch of sea salt. using hands, massage kale until it begins to wilt and turn deep green.

In a separate bowl, mix:
2 tb fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tb tamari or soy sauce
1/4 cup tahini (ground sesame paste)
Add water as needed to gain desired dressing consistency.

Mix any additional ingredients on hand to kale - this could be raw or toasted nuts and seeds, grated carrots or grated beets. Mix in dressing and toss thoroughly. Allow to sit and marinate for 10 - 20 minutes. Enjoy!



Village Residents’ Association “Lamplighter Award”

by Ralph W. Stacy


This is a brief history of the “Lamplighter Award” that the Village Residents’ Association has awarded since 2000. This program may be made a priority in the near future!

In an e-mail written by Jean Apple on July 15, 2003 stated that the Lamplighter Award was “… conceived by the Historic Preservation Advisory Group to the Town Council. This was three years ago, when the HPAG was still working to get a Historic District. We knew our group was not permanent and we wanted it to be ongoing, so we asked the VRA if they’d present the awards that first year, which they did. By the next year, the Advisory Group was dissolved and the VRA continued the awards, with some of us who had been part of the Advisory Group staying on the awards committee. As I recall, Ralph Stacy, Sharon White and I stayed on it, and all being members of the VRA anyway.” Jean continued, “…that some kind of lantern would be appropriate as an award, since we were suggesting that those who won the awards were lighting the way of renovation.”

I believe that Anne Ast was the first chairwoman with the following being on the Selection Committee over the years: Jean Apple, Norm Ast, Marianne Doyle, Amy Lacy, Bob Randall, Judy Varner, Sharon White and myself as replacement chairman with Jack White as photographer for years.

The criteria for the Lamplighter Award is to promote and honor those Village homeowners who recently, past year, restored or preserved their home in an outstanding manner while maintaining the integrity and spirit of the unique architecture in The Village of Zionsville. Timing of the award would be during National and State of Indiana Historic Preservation Week in May of every year. The VRA President initiates the Lamplighter Award Selection Committee.

Past Recipients- Lamplighter Award

Year 2000- Year 2004
Linda & Doug Kinney- 80 North Third 
Beth Bugbee – 10 East Ash
Hubert & Joan Longest, Jr. - 545 West Poplar
Judy Varner – 290 West Pine Year 2005
Mark & Sally Zelonis – 40 South Third

Year 2001
Loretta Bowsher – 420 West Pine Year 2006
Lisa & Curt Sellke – 585 West Cedar 
Jamie & Maggie Brown – 260 West Cedar
Rev. Sandy B. MIchels – 60 East Poplar

Year 2002
Gary & Marsha Bond Angstadt – 345 West Hawthorne Year 2008
Kathleen & (the late) Tom Hines – 490 West Walnut 
Gordon &Carol McLennan – 275 West Cedar
Ed Mitro – 490 West Poplar

Year 2003
Peggy & Jim Ehlebracht – 520 West Ash

Reid Williamson, Past President of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana now Indiana Landmarks once stated: “For those who build anew, there is no past within the home. And yet we are defined by our past. We are who we have been. We are our legacies.”

I for one greatly appreciate the efforts of the past Lamplighter recipients in lighting the way, to promote, honor, restore, and preserve the outside façade of their lovely homes in an outstanding manner while maintaining the integrity and spirit of the unique architecture in Our Town. It was once said: “When we lose an historic place, we lose a part of who we are. History is in our hands!” So let us honor some homeowners!


Garden Club News

by Delma Mindel


“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day---like writing a poem or saying a prayers.” ~~Anne Morrow Lindberg

The Zionsville Village Garden Club met in the garden of Lisa Bick on Sunday, May 19th.
The weather cooperated beautifully: blue skies, gentle breezes, comfortable temperature. The gentle sound of the fountain in the fish pond and the Zen-inspired landscape design was a delight to the senses. The delicious appetizers made the evening complete and the Garden Club members who attended happily enjoyed it all.

Our next adventure will be on Wednesday, June 5th, 7pm at Maple Lawn Farm on Whitestown Road. Maple
Lawn Farmstead has a rich history that goes back to the early 1800’s. Please go to the website: www.maplelawnfarmstead.org for more detailed information about the site and the history of the farm which is on the National Registry of Historic Places. Your hosts for the evening will be Ralph and Jan Stacey and Marianne and Guinn Doyle.

Please email them your intention to attend. Stacey’s: stacylabolts@indy.rr.com Doyle’s: mhdoyle@indy.rr.com



What are you Reading?  Book Review

by Kathy Scales Brown

As a board  member of the Zionsville Cultural District, I have been thinking a lot about Lincoln recently (because my fellow board member Sarah Zack has kept us updated on her committee's work planning the new Lincoln Park Concert Series that begins on June 5th with a School's Out! Family Concert) so that inspired me to pull down our copy of Team of Rivals and finally read this 757-page book cover to cover.  I'm on page 174 and already I'm flooded with memories of arriving at Ft. Jackson, SC as a young bride from Indianapolis shocked to see restrooms marked "Men", "Women", "Coloreds".  Of seeing beaches with signage indicating "Whites" were to go one direction; "Coloreds" the opposite direction.  Of working in the county hospital and discovering "Whites" had their own hospital where I was assigned, and of being forbidden to go next door where the "Coloreds" and indigent poor had their own hospital. Memories of the two "colored" female housekeeping workers who presented me with a silver water carafe when it was time for us to return to Indiana 18 months later and of the tears running down their faces as they thanked this girl from the North for having treated them with respect and dignity in a place where there was none yet for "coloreds". 

This extraordinary biography written by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin tells the story of a prairie lawyer who prevailed as the conflict over slavery was heightening to become our 16th president, eventually earning the respect of his disgruntled political rivals and gathering their collective talents to end slavery forever. 








My Friend Has Become My Arch Enemy

by Mary Rose
marylrose@icloud.com

Starting at the tender age of 10, I used a reel mower. Because I was lousy at housekeeping or cooking, my job was the yard. It was my only real chore other than keeping my 8 x 6 room clean. (As the last of five kids, I got the room that was supposed to have been a closet). Back then I loved mowing. I would don my grubbiest clothes and head to the great outdoors. Lucky, our 10-year-old Collie, would supervise. We lived in Nebraska where it never rains so the grass never grew. The only hard part about mowing back then was knowing where you had mowed. The wheels of the reel mower didn’t make any rivets or divots or much of anything as the ground was so hard it cracked. Of course, we had no money for fertilizer or watering so even the weeds had a hard time growing. It was great. It hardly seemed like work. Fast forward to 40 years later and my little pink house in Zionsville. We have a tiny house and a tiny front yard but a fairly good-sized side and rear yard. Compared to Nebraska, Indiana is a lush valley. Since it rains every day, the lawn is always growing. If it doesn’t rain as much, the weeds still grow. I think I could mow daily.

I still have a reel mower but now I hate to mow. I can barely push it much of the time. It doesn’t cut half my weeds, I mean lawn. I use every bit of my feminine flabbiness with every push. All I do is flatten the weeds. I mean grass. (Maybe I should use the mower on my gut.) The real kicker is when the do-gooder environmentalist wackos drive by and holler, “Love your mower.” I want to knock those goofy helmets off and shake those pesky brain cells silly. Instead, I try to use my ferocious annoyance at being misunderstood to push that intractable scrap of metal which has become my arch nemesis.

I want everyone to know.
I do not use a reel mower because it works well. It doesn’t cut half of what I’m growing and it puts divots in the ground with every turn.
I don’t use it because I want the exercise. I could take a nice long walk along the creek for exercise. I could walk up to the pizza place for exercise. I could actually clean my house for exercise.
I do not use a reel mower because I think I’m saving the environment. My carbon footprint is so small already I’m not sure it’s visible.
I do not use a reel mower because it’s quiet. It may be quiet but I hope the little ones in the neighborhood can’t hear the epithets I’m screaming at it inside my head.
I use a reel mower for one reason and one reason only. Economy. It’s not about the environment; it’s about my wallet.
So, next time you see me huffing and puffing and groaning and moaning pushing that asinine reel mower, I strongly suggest you refrain from the politically incorrect assumptions about my motivations.




Dog Attack in the Village

A couple of weeks ago there was a vicious dog attack on a six-month-old Dachshund puppy. This heartbreaking story was reported on Fox 59 news. The dog that was attacked was ripped from the arms of his owner by a Pit-bull and he died from the injuries he sustained. After the attack, the Pit-bull was ordered to be quarantined for 10 days. The judge is to make a decision as to what will happen to the dog after this time.

Exactly the same heartbreaking story occurred here in Zionsville late in the afternoon on the 2nd of May. A Village resident was walking home with her 5-year-old grandson Finnian, and her 9-year-old Papillion dog, Doogle. The dog here in the Village of Zionsville, attacked 5-year-old Finnian first, knocking him on his head. Then the dog ran away but suddenly attacked a second time by ripping Doogle out of his owner’s arms. Doogle was attacked with such viciousness that shortly after being rushed to the emergency vet, Doogle was dead. Doogle’s aorta and vena cava were bitten through, and his kidneys were shredded. There was no hope of survival.

We wanted to make Zionsville residents aware of this sad, sad story. There has not been a single article in any of our local newspapers about this recent dog attack. Why has the media not covered this public safety concerning incident, and what are the local government ordinances that allow such an unprovoked fatal attack to happen with no apparent immediate consequences?

To the best of our knowledge, the dog that killed Doogle, is still at his home in the Village of Zionsville. No action has yet been taken against the dog, but there is a hearing scheduled for later this summer and the prosecutor has been alerted to this sad event.

How are we able to stop this dog from attacking and killing again? Remember, the victim may be a child next time.

Please remember according to Zionsville ordinances, and those in most communities, all dogs must be on a leash in any public place. Further, according to a dog behaviorist who was consulted due to this situation, in general, doing dog introductions out on public streets is not a good idea. VRA leaders have been in discussions with Zionsville Town Councilors about working with Boone County officials in order to try and find a place to quarantine a potentially dangerous dog if there was ever another situation like this.


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