Village Voice 11 2020: November

The Village Voice


Zionsville Village Residents’ Association

2020 Seventh Annual Holiday Decorating Contest


(Please note we will be judging the entire business or house/property, or Fairy Garden!)


Entries must be received by NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 30TH and will be judged on December 3RD.

Please see left sidebar for full details and information!!!

President's Letter:

Hello VRA members,

There’s a lot of exciting news to cover this month!

Our annual holiday decorating contest is back for the 7th year - this fantastic idea from Sally Zelonis to make our Village brighter in the winter has continued to thrive. This year we’re adding a few new elements. Keep reading below for more details.

The show must go on, and so must Christmas in the Village. There are a lot of changes but old favorites will return. While children can still visit Santa, he’ll be safely behind a plexiglass window (no one wants Santa to get sick). Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Allyson Gutwein has provided a full list of amazing activities, including an easy way to sponsor a business. Sponsorship helps pay for Chamber activities to bring in new visitors, which in turn helps our businesses thrive, so please consider doing this!

Annual leaf collection is happening now through Dec 4. For those new to the village, simply rake your leaves to the curb in long narrow piles. The town will collect them (via a vacuum cleaner on a truck) and use the leaves for mulch. Only leaves please; sticks, gravel, pine cones, etc can damage the vacuum and cause a delay in service.

If anyone is interested in assisting with the Village Voice or the weekly newsletter, either through contributing content or compiling information, let me know. We’re always in need of volunteers.

And please check on your neighbors, even if it’s just a quick “how you doin'?” Continued contact and showing care and concern for one another is part of what makes our Village so special.

Stay well and sanitize often, 

Heather Lusk

Town Council:


It’s been a very busy month for Town Council here in October. One of the most pressing and time-sensitive matters is our 2021 budget. As is sometimes the case with government, the process itself is not straightforward and also time-compressed. Here is a brief outline:

  1. The Mayor, working with department heads and sometimes Town Council, will create a proposed budget based on anticipated revenues (property taxes, LIT, food and beverage, etc.).

  2. The budget is presented to Town Council as a draft, and published initially with the State.

  3. The State provides revised revenue numbers that are more accurate and the budget may be revised.

  4. The budget will go through a series of Town Council meetings with eventual adoption before October 31st. If a budget is not approved by October 31st, the State assigns a budget to the Town at last year’s revenue numbers, which is not a good thing.

This year the State dropped our expected revenues by almost 10% after their initial budget was created. This had the Mayor / department heads reduce some of their spending initiatives for 2021.

The revised budget that was presented to Town Council still had a deficit of $3.2 million. This was worrying for the Council because of the unknown revenue numbers that will be coming next year. While Zionsville has a strong local economy, our funding is somewhat driven by Boone County as a whole, and troubles they have can impact us from a revenue standpoint.

While we do have cash reserves, we felt it was important to pass a balanced budget to make sure those reserves are used appropriately. My personal feeling on those reserves is to build them up in the good times, and use them in the bad times, so that levels of services to residents remain constant and consistent.

The Town Council has the ultimate authority on the budget, however we wanted to give the Mayor the opportunity to balance her proposed budget. The compromise we reached was that certain capital asks (land for a roundabout at Oak and Kissell, 2 new fire trucks, reconfiguration of Town Hall, etc.) would be asked later in the year when we had a better picture of our financial situation. Council did approve a new accounting package, and a sustainability report, that should make our finances easier to read and predict, both for Town Council and for the public.

There were other capital projects that we did allow such as re-paving of our local roads. In addition, the operational items that were important to the department heads (police, fire, economic development, DPW and parks) were approved so that residents will continue to see an effective and efficient local government.

While it’s been a lot of work, I’m happy with how our budget has turned out.

Add a Tree This Year

To the Editor

From Sally Zelonis:

Please consider buying an extra tree this year for outside your yard and putting white lights on it. 

Many years ago, the VRA offered small five-foot holiday trees for sale and included a stake, delivery, and set up. The idea was to encourage Village folks to put a tree in their yard and put white lights on it—I believe to promote peace and connectedness. It was a big undertaking and many Village residents volunteered and delivered trees and stakes the Saturday before Thanksgiving.  There were lots of frozen fingers some years. It was a great fundraiser for VRA but unfortunately, the tradition couldn't continue. Mark and I have been putting up our own small tree outside in our yard ever since. We want to encourage other Village folks to do the same this year. If any year we need to promote peace and connectedness, it is 2020. 

Holiday Decorating contest

Fairy Gardens and a neighbor connection are being added to our annual contest this year. 

First, in lieu of a VRA progressive dinner, let’s take a walk or drive and view holiday decorations on Sunday December 6 from 6-8pm. Wave to your neighbors, catch up, share in the holiday spirit. Then vote for your favorite decorations that night for a special “Neighbor’s Choice” award. Link for voting that evening will be on the ZVRA website. 

If you’d like to enter your residence, business or FAIRY GARDEN to be considered for the decorating contest, entries are due no later than November 30. Our official panel of judges will walk the route of businesses, residences and fairy gardens on December 3. Winners will be announced on December 7. 

The registration information is available on the ZVRA website:

Entries will be judged on originality: unique design and creative use of lights and decorations; arrangement: display and placement of decorations; and overall presentation. Decorations for the holiday season can be homemade or store bought, with emphasis on buying local and recycling. Want to decorate with a theme? Tell us what your theme is—choose your own! Our judges love to hear what inspires your creativity.

Christmas in the Village - 2020 Style

Christmas in the Village, a Zionsville tradition for residents and visitors, has been reimagined this year to ensure all health, safety and social distancing protocols are met. Events run from mid-November through the end of December. A new online shopping portal will make its debut so shoppers can find and purchase products for pick up or delivery. Please wear a mask whenever you participate in these activities to ensure the safety of those around you! 

If you would like to assist with any of these events, or have questions, please reach out to Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Allyson Gutwein. (email - agutwein at

FIRST - Three ways to shop: online, outside or traditionally 

1) Gift buying online via

This new shopping portal features Chamber member goods and services. This shopping site was designed by startup Perfit, a zWORKS graduate, and has been created especially for the Zionsville Chamber and its members thanks to assistance from anonymous donor. 

2) Shop early outside at the Inside Out Sale: Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

What’s normally inside the stores will be out for a day. The Village streets will be closed and shoppers can enjoy a European Market style buying experience with goods place into the street for holiday shoppers. Gifts and art crafted by local business without storefronts will also be available for purchase in a special market area at the corner of Main and Pine Streets. 

3) Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28 

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, show appreciation to our independently owned businesses. Zionsville shoppers will receive a specially designed green metallic tote and five bags will have a surprise $100 worth of gift cards. The event is sponsored Heigl Real Estate Group. 

THE FUN STUFF - Events and activities 

Nov. 28 starting at 5 p.m.: Hanging of the Greens processional, Santa arrives and tree lighting 
On the evening of Nov. 28, sponsors can pick up and present their greens to the business they are sponsoring to show support during this difficult economic year. Throughout December a sponsor sign will be in front of each participating business. An ornament from AJ Schnell Wood Works, commemorating the special event, will be provided to the sponsor and the business. 

At 5 p.m., luminaries will be lit along Zionsville’s iconic brick Main Street for the processional of presenters to bring greens to businesses. Santa will arrive by horse and carriage at 6 p.m. followed by the annual tree lighting. 

Dec. 5 and 6, Gift Wrapping Weekend, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 
  • Any item purchased from a local Zionsville merchant will be wrapped, free of charge, by volunteers. Gift wrapping will occur at the Sotheby’s of Tracy Wright on Main Street. 
Ladies’ Night, Dec. 10, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 
  • More details to come. A list of participating businesses will be available on the Chamber website. 
Family Day, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 
  • Families are welcome to join a fun holiday chalk art competition. Concrete squares will be assigned in the pocket park behind Santa’s House at Main and Cedar Streets. Artwork should be holiday in nature with three age categories: 8 and under, 9-15, and 16 and older. Artwork must be complete by 2:30 p.m. for judging, and prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m. You must be present to win. 
Toasty Toddies Night (formerly Christmas Crawl), Dec. 17, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 
  • Head to Main and Oak Streets to enjoy fire pits, cocktails and socially distanced conversations in the parking lot. Businesses participating will be posted on the Chamber website. Hotel Tango is confirmed as a vendor of toddies. 
Santa in residence 

To ensure health and safety, children will be able to make their requests to Santa from his doorway. A half plexiglass door will keep Santa socially distanced. The sidewalk will be marked with candy canes for families to distance from one another while they wait their turn. 
  • Saturday, Nov. 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. (at tree lighting)
  • Sunday Nov. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Saturdays, Dec. 12 and 19, 11 a.m.-noon - spot Santa on the move in the Village 
  • Saturdays, Dec. 12 and 19, noon-3 p.m.
  • Sundays, Dec. 13 and 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Local Events:

The Art of Dr. Seuss

CV Art and Frame, Your Fine Art Gallery will share a compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss
Collection at 110 S. Main Street, November 6 th – 21 st

Visitors may explore and acquire works from Dr. Seuss’s
best-known children’s books, as well as The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss, a mind-expanding collection based on
decades of artwork, which Dr. Seuss created at night for his own personal pleasure. Perhaps the wackiest and
most wonderful elements of the collection are Dr. Seuss’s three-dimensional “Unorthodox Taxidermy”
sculptures with names such as Carbonic Walrus, Two-Horned Drouberhannis, and Goo-Goo-Eyed Tasmanian
Wolghast, to name a few.

For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations have brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary  worlds. His artistic talent went far beyond the printed page and yet, to this day, his Secret Art Collection is  virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created  paintings and sculpture, which he secreted away at the Dr. Seuss Estate. 
  • WHAT: CV Art and Frame Your Fine Art Gallery, shares The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection featuring known and unknown works from the life of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Artworks will be on display and available for acquisition. 
  • WHEN: November 6th – 21st / Monday through Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
  • WHERE: CV Art and Frame, Your Fine Art Gallery 110 S Main St., Zionsville, Indiana, 317-873-2976