James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home
As a child, I just loved the poetry of James Whitcomb Riley such as "Little Orphant Annie," "The Raggedy Man," & "When the Frost is on the Punkin". Thus, when we had the opportunity to tour his home, I was thrilled.
Riley is remembered as the "Hoosier Poet; he was born in Indiana and wrote his poems about children and life in Indiana. We discovered that for the last 23 years of his life, he lived as a paying guest of his longtime friends, Major & Mrs. Charles L. Holstein.
This home is located in the historic Lockerbie Square Area at 528 Lockerbie Street. Riley loved this "dear little street" and so do thousands of visitors such as Jill and I. This home is though to be "one of the finest Victorian preservations in the United States". One of the reasons is that when the last Holstein died, the home was closed up and then renovated and turned into this museum home; thus, all the furniture, carpets, lighting, pictures, dishes, etc. are just as they were when Riley lived here.
James Whitcom Riley's poetry preserves the rural small towns in Indiana that no longer exist; this home preserves the "turn-of-the-century" way of life. It is a delight to experience it. We discovered that in 1921, a group of friends formed the James Whicomb Riley Memorial Association to keep his legacy alive. In 2003, the Association changed its name to the Riley Children's Foundation with a commitment to serve Indiana's children.
They plan to pay for the maintenance and preservation of the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home for visitors to experience city life in Indiana at the turn of the century.
If you ever have the chance, visit this lovely place. It is something you will cherish.
Canal Walk. Walking along the...
Canal Walk. Walking along the canal with lovley trees, especialy nice in the fall when the leaves change. Drive up Martin Luther King DR to 42nd ST. Just past the Christian Theological Seminary are a few bridges, park off the side of the road...
Food at the Brickyard
Any trip to Indianapolis from those not residents, seems to usually include trips to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and if this includes you I would say do not miss the Brickyard Restaurant within the area. It is likely if you visit around any of the big three races (Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, or the F1 Grand Prix of America) you will eat alongside famous faces enjoying the great prime rib. The price at the Brickyard Restaurant is cheap, the location superb and it is not overly difficult to find a table with which to eat at. The prime rib I hear is the meal to get. I am not a huge prime rib fan, but people that eat there regularly or just one time swear by it. Rumor has it that AJ Foyt orders the prime rib!
The largest sporting even in the world, and what most people aroudnthe world associate with Indianapolis. If you don't have tickets for the reace, there is plenty to do inthe month of May leading up to the race. Check out qualifications on Pole Day, Saturday of the weekend before the race.
Fountain Square Theatre
3 friday nights a month they have a live swing dance band. It is $7-$8 to get in to dance. If you want to get a swing dancing lesson before, arrive at 8pm and the cost is $12.
They also rent out this ballroom for events. I went recently for a friends' wedding. It was really great. The ballroom is beautiful and the people that own the place will provide the food, wait staff, bartenders, and clean up. The only negative thing i could say is that they stereo equipment or speeckers where terrible, it was difficult to understand anyone that use the microphone. So unfortunately, I never heard the best man's speech or the father of the brides' speech.