Older than the state itself, Vevay, Indiana, was home of the first successful commercial winery in the United States. The town is also built for tourists — in the best possible way. Its 1,600 residents put on 16 festivals annually. Their flagship event, the Swiss Wine Festival, is August 25-28. Besides, how many towns have a song named after them? Click here to read the full story.
New studies suggest that an effective fitness routine doesn’t have to mean building muscle mass or running marathons. Jen Hockney Bratton runs through a list of new possibilities — from functional fitness to high-intensity interval training to Rage Yoga, where “profanity is encouraged, as evidenced by their tagline: ‘becoming zen as f***.’” Click here to read the full story.
Many people think what’s happening at The Back Door is culturally transformative,” Zak Szymanski writes about Bloomington’s only queer bar. In a post-Orlando world, places like The Back Door, with “its diversity and ideology,” are becoming sanctuaries for the disenfranchised — and “the future of LGBT space.” Click here to read the full story.
Bloomington’s downtown landscape has changed dramatically in the past decade — influenced more by college students who desire modern amenities than by longtime residents who want to preserve their hometown. Writer Sarah Gordon considers how the conflicting goals of property development and historic preservation affect our “sense of place.” Click here to read the full story.
Before every visit from her children, Ruthie Cohen receives “The Rider,” which contains all the dishes they want her to prepare during their stay. She joyfully complies with their requests — sometimes including a new dish or two — with dessert as the meal’s finale. Click here to read the full story.
Have you been wandering the streets of Bloomington looking for Pokémon, walking one more block to see if Pikachu is right around the next corner? Videographer and Pokémon Go fan, TJ Jaeger, put together a handy video showing the safest, most efficient way to be the very best — like no one ever was. Click here to watch the video.
Cardinal Stage Company’s 10th Anniversary Season season kicks off with a Texas-sized bang! “Ann is an inspiring and hilarious play that brings audiences face to face with a complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed.” Learn more about legendary Ann Richards, elected as the governor of Texas and featured in this one-woman show, here!
In parts one and two of her “Farm to Yarn” series, Lindsay Welsch Sveen procured yarn from its source and learned how to dye it. In this finale, she finds help with knitting “magical creations” — socks! Click here to read the full story.
Writer TJ Jaeger says surviving Plan-It-X Fest — a folk-punk music festival running July 22 to 24 at Stable Studios in Spencer — “is no walk in the woods.” So he asked the festival organizers for tips and tricks to make sure you “and your inner anarchist” get the most out of it. Click here to read the full story.
Writer Dason Anderson says tabletop gaming is more than healthy escapism. It’s an avenue “for the creative spirit, the puzzle-solving mind, and the adventuresome soul.” And the games are not just fantasy. Fans of classic literature, architecture, and sci-fi can find games — and venues around B-town — that suit their interest. Click here to read the full story.
A leading force for filmmaking in the Midwest, Middle Coast Film Festival will screen 82 films at five venues July 28–30 in Bloomington. Among them is locally made Above the Fruited Plain, which festival co-founder Jessica Levandoski says exemplifies “independent, do-it-yourself filmmaking that the coasts aren’t creating.” Click here to read the full story.