Village Voice 03 2015: March


  • VRA Meeting March 3rd (Tuesday)
  • Dow PUD feedback due to the RDC by March 6th (Friday)
  • Youth Art Month Receptions March 6th (Friday)
  • Gardening Group kickoff March 14th (Saturday)
  • Town Council Candidate Forum April 7th (Tuesday)

President's Letter

Hello neighbors,

Reminder:  the next VRA meeting is this Tuesday March 3rd at 7:30pm SullivanMunce Cultural Center (SMCC).  The town is seeking our input regarding the proposed changes to the Dow PUD as it relates to 75 acres within the Creekside Corporate Park.  Brad Johnson of the Zionsville Redevelopment Commission will be speaking and fielding questions.  I have posted three attachments to Please take some time to review them prior to the meeting.

I am pleased to announce that Bret Brewer, one of our own VRA members (205 N. Main) is running for Town Council!  Many of you know Bret from his active participation in the VRA, the time spent as treasurer of the PTO and his leadership in the bike-to-school campaign.  Bret would be a great asset to the Council and his finely honed burger-flipping skills from the VRA picnic could finally be applied for the greater benefit of the entire town.  Bret is always quick to volunteer for anything needed by the VRA and I am happy to support him in this effort.  I am sure he would appreciate any further support of time or money you are willing to provide.  He can be contacted at:

Mark your calendars:  the VRA has invited all of the town council candidates running for districts 4 and 5 that cover the village to a Forum to be held on April 7th at the SMCC.  Please note that we will begin at 7:00 versus our normal meeting time of 7:30.  A special thanks to John Tousley for arranging this event.  In order to give the candidates some idea of the topics to be discussed, please forward any questions to:

I hope to see you soon and introduce you to our new puppy “Maple”,

Scott Lusk


Request for Input from the RDC

From Wayne DeLong, Director of Planning and Economic Development:


The RDC is seeking input on its rewrite of the DOW PUD as it relates to 75 acres within Creekside.  This matter has been advertised and public notices have been mailed.  The matter was introduced last evening and is again scheduled to be discussed on March 16, 2015 with the Plan Commission.


The attached documents are relevant to this conversation and have been shared with a number of interested parties (some are referenced below).


We would appreciate the VRA’s thoughts on the rewrite (and would appreciated any feedback – to be most beneficial, it would be great to have that feedback by March 6, 2015).




Wayne DeLong, AICP

Director of Planning & Economic Development

Town of Zionsville

1100 West Oak Street

Zionsville, Indiana  46077

Documents are attached at the bottom of this page


Village News and Events

Gardening Group Invites You To The Annual Kick Off Event
by Monique Schnabel

Punxsutawney Phil says more winter, while Staten Island Chuck declares Spring is on the way. So, a 50-50 chance for those who are counting the days (need to mention here that Chuck has been right on for the last 5 years). Crossing fingers.

Now that there is indeed a light at the end our tunnel, let's plan  for our annual get together that kicks off the season. This year it will be on Saturday, March 14, at 6:00 PM.  Janet and Mervyn Cohen (520 West Cedar St) have graciously volunteered to be our hosts this year. AND Janet will be treating us to one of her fab entrees. That said, we will need folks to contribute salads, sides, and desserts.

As you RSVP to, please let us all know what you will bring so we don't end up with too many of the same category. Does your family have a traditional "pitch-in" dish that is a fave?  
As always, should your plans change, please advise us so we can adjust the "headcount".  Much appreciated. 

Lastly, bring your ideas. Looking forward to seeing everyone and brainstorming this year's opportunities.

Style Meets Substance at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center Gift Shop
by Kathy Scales Brown

Overhearing a conversation about the gift shop at the SullivanMunce, I asked the question that sealed my fate:  "There's a gift shop at the SullivanMunce?" and Cynthia Young, executive director, promptly replied "Yes, and you're our new gift shop volunteer!" 

Reporting for duty on my first day, I discovered treasures galore handmade by artisans  that would be perfect gifts for just about any occasion and all reasonably priced. Beautiful and fun jewelry. Stunning pottery pieces. Hand-painted glassware that took my breath away. Cashmere scarves and gloves. Fun clothing. Perfect-sized totes.  Books written by local authors. Gorgeous leather journals. Syrups.  Everywhere I looked - treasures.

And then I did it again. Asked another question:  "Cynthia, would you mind if I start searching for . . ."  She said I could! Game on!  I'm having a blast searching for more artisans, more organic food items, contacting the Fair Trade Federation and the World Fair Trade Organization in an effort to connect with skilled artisans who can earn a sustainable income through these two partnerships in the villages where they live - in other words trying to find products that are good for people and good for the planet. 

Where is the gift shop's new location? Walk into the SullivanMunce and straight ahead you'll see the new welcome desk. To the left is the gift shop. You might even see volunteer Cecelia Martinez using her magic touch on the displays.  Color-coordinated  tissue and gift bags are free of charge with your purchases. The gift shop is open from 10 - 4, Tuesday thru Friday and 11 - 3 on Saturday. The location is 225 W. Hawthorne Street. Come see!

Zionsville's Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observation each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, Youth Art Month provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are fostered through experience in the visual arts that are not possible in other subjects offered in the curriculum.


Artwork created by students of the Zionsville Fine Arts Department (Grades 1-12) will be on display at the following Zionsville establishments throughout the month of March:

Art IN Hand, Avalon Jewelers, Ballerinas and Bruisers, Black Dog Books, The Butler Pantry, CCA Gallery, Carpenter Realty, Cheveux Salon, Cobblestone Grill, Corner Vise Gallery & Frame Shop, Ciao, Cripe Photography, Darrin’s Coffee, Delany’s Shoppe, Five Thirty Home, The Grapevine Cottage, Greek’s Pizza, Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library, Indiana Realtors Group, Inga’s Popcorn, Jewel Box Jewelers, Lesley Jane, Michele’s On Main, Midwest Jewelry, The Nail Connection, Old National Bank, Patrick’s Kitchen & Drinks, ReStyled, Robert Goodman Jewelers, Rosie’s, The Scoop, Serenity, Siro’s Clothing, Sullivan Munce Cultural Center, Zionsville Pizzeria, ZCS Educational Services Center, Zionsville Welcome Center

Youth Art Month First Friday Receptions will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015, from 5-7 pm at Robert Goodman Jewelers and The SullivanMunce Cultural Center. Everyone is invited!

Free Art Classes will be held at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library each Saturday during the month of March.

Additional information and registration is available at:

· March 7 @ 1-2:30 pm: SullivanMunce presents “Discover Pablo Picasso!” / Ages 7 and up 
· March 14 @ 9:30-10:15 am: Zionsville Fine Arts Department presents “Georgia O’Keefe Multi-media Painting” /    Grades 3-5
· March 21 @ 11 am-12 noon: My Art presents “Blue Dog Art” / Grades K-6
· March 28 @ 11 am-12 noon: A Space to Create presents “Kandinsky” / Ages 5 and up

Free Art Classes will also be held at ReStyled Shop in Zionsville. To reserve your spot call 317-973-5722.
· March 4 @ 4-5pm: “Mommy and Me” class / Grades K-4 / 10 spots available
· March 11 @ 4-5pm: “Personal Signs” / Grades 5-8 / 10 spots available
· March 18 @ 4-5pm: “Paint Your Shoes or Purse!” / Grades 9-12 / 10 spots available

LIKE” the Zionsville Fine Arts Department /ZFAD/ Facebook Page for updates throughout the Month of March.
ZCS Fine Arts Department would like to thank the community of Zionsville for its support of Art Education.

Jill Worth Rezek,
Feb 28, 2015, 6:50 AM
Jill Worth Rezek,
Feb 28, 2015, 6:50 AM
Jill Worth Rezek,
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