The “Birthplace of American Commercial Wine Making,” Vevey is a small town that sits along the Ohio River in southern Indiana. Built on winemaking, Vevey's Swiss Wine Festival runs from August 25-28. Writer Michael Waterford recommends AJ's, pictured here, for breakfast and as a place to get to know the locals. | Photo by Michael Waterford

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.

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    August 25, 2016

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You don't have to be pumping iron or running marathons, but it is important to get moving to help improve your health. There are plenty of options, including suspension training (pictured here), to help you get up off the couch. | Photo courtesy Bloomington Body Bar

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.

Coley D, of Misfit Toy Karaoke, and Stacy Louise Hardy perform during karaoke night at Bloomington's only queer bar, The Back Door. In a post-Orlando world, writer Zak Szymanski argues places like The Back Door, with “its diversity and ideology,” are becoming sanctuaries for the disenfranchised — and “the future of LGBT space.” | Photo by Andrew Grodner

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.

Many argue that The Chocolate Moose gives Bloomington a sense of place — that "unquantifiable, powerful idea" that a little building can help to make Bloomington feel like Bloomington. | Photo by Natasha Komoda

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.

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Stirring the Pot: Playing Favorites

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.

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11 Tips to Be the Best Pokémon Go Player … Like No One Ever Was [video]

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.

Lindsay Welsch Sveen chose to knit socks using the yarn from Marble Hill Farm's fleece crop. This photo shows the satisfying last step of sock knitting: stitching the toe closed. | Photo by Lindsay Welsch Sveen

Farm to Yarn: The Craft Part 3 of a 3-Part Series on the Life of Local Fiber

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.

Plan-It-X Fest, a weekend of folk-punk running July 22 to 24 at Stable Studios, brings people to southern Indiana for the opportunity to see both friends and favorite bands perform. | Photo by Garrett Walters

Plan-It-Right: A Folk-Punk’s Survival Guide to Plan-It-X Fest

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.

Orks stand their ground in "Warhammer 40,000" in the downstairs gaming rooms of The Game Preserve. There are a variety of opportunities for tabletop gaming in Bloomington. | Photo by Lynae Sowinski

Tabletop Gamers Discover Abundance of Adventures in B-town

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.

The locally made film "Above the Fruited Plain" exemplifies “independent, do-it-yourself filmmaking that the coasts aren’t creating,” says Jessica Levandoski, co-founder of Middle Coast Film Festival. A leading force for filmmaking in the Midwest, the festival will screen 82 films at five venues July 28–30 in Bloomington. | Photo courtesy of "Above the Fruited Plain"

Local Film at the Heart of Middle Coast Film Festival

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.

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    “People need to be in a place that they have reference to, that they have a context for. It’s important to human existence that you be able to relate to your surroundings. What’s the point of spending your childhood on the family farm if the end result of that is that you don’t have anything to remember it by?” —Duncan Campbell, chair of the Monroe County Historic Preservation Board of Review in “Are Market Forces Ruining B-town’s ‘Sense of Place’?" by Sarah Gordon
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