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Visit 100 Acres? Catch the Indian Market?

June 28, 2010
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This time, the weekend took me to Brown County for a why-don't-I-do-this-more-often trek that included "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at Brown County Playhouse, a visit to the T.C. Steele studios, and an encounter with the young Elvis. More on all in an upcoming IBJ column.

So what did you do?

Brave the head to get to the IMA's 100 Acres park? (Read my 100 thoughts--and take a video tour--here.) Catch the final week of "Speech and Debate" at the Phoenix? Make time for the Eiteljorg's Indian Market and Festival? See and hear a concert?

Your thoughts on any of these...or whatever else you did?

(Side note: If you like to plan ahead, time is running out to enter to win tickets to "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Info here.)

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  • TOTS
    I was fortunate enough to get out to Theatre on the Square to see The Great American Trailer Park Musical. LOVED it. I don't think I stopped laughing for more than 2 minutes at a time. Irreverent and hilarious. I'd see it again just to memorize all the insults Betty directs at a man who doesn't know a "lady" when he sees one! If you like rednecks, strippers, dumb blondes, goodwill fashion, the F bomb and a VERY entertaining cast and script...then, you would LOVE this show which has been extended through most of July due to popular demand.

    One warning....TOTS was HOT! I'm generally cold natured; was wearing short sleeves and capris, fanning myself with the playbill and STILL sweating like a...well...you know!
  • N.I.T.E. Ride
    Another beautiful N.I.T.E. Ride - and still the best way to see our city: 20 miles, at night, from a bike. Tons of riders this year, but still a very well planned and executed event. Big shout out to all the police support, and the cheerleaders up late along the route. The spin through IMA gave a sneak peek of 100 Acres. After seeing that, and reading the 100 things, I'm planning to visit next weekend!
  • Nashville Brewery
    Took my daughter/son-in-law to Nashville. Went into Deep Woods Brewery, had great big pretzel and my kids thought the beer was good.

    Nice atmosphere and they said they have musicians playing on weekends. Nice place to relax from window shopping.
  • Indian Market
    We braved the Sunday heat and humidity to check out the Eiteljorg's Indian Market. Saw some interesting cultural presentations and dancing and managed to check a whole bunch of birthday gifts off our list. As always, the artists are so friendly and helpful. The only thing I wish was that there had been more painting/visual art and less silver jewelry.

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