Every September, usually the first weekend after Labor Day on Friday and Saturday, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church holds its annual Greek Festival. This is a very popular event in Indianapolis and one of the biggest and most successful Greek festivals in the country.
A live band plays, Greek dance groups perform, and foods such as tiropita, spanakopita, lamb, gyros, chicken, souvlaki, calamari and more are available, along with imported Greek beer and wine. The pastries can't be missed. A market is also available, selling jewelry, shirts, music, and more.
The church is located at 4011 N. Pennsylvania Street on the north side of the city off 38th St. There is parking on the side streets and shuttle buses that run continuosly to the church down 38th, Washington, 49th, and Pennsylvania. Admission is $5 and free for anyone under 12.
Check the website or call the festival hotline below for more info.
This is a great tool if you ever want to move to Indy. You can find one of these guides at almost any grocery store, i believe all except Wal-marts. They are color coded and are divided up by area or neighborhood. This is such a great tool and I have used it several times since i've lived here. It takes alot of guess work out of driving around town or an area looking for an apartment. It is helpful to be prepared and the other great help is that all of the phone numbers and directions.
Plus the guide is FREE!!
The Arena may be the home of a famous basketball team (the Pacers), it is also more. It is an entertainment venue. Concerts and many special events occur here. Check the schedule, you may find just what you've been looking for during your visit. Use this link for schedules and tickets.
We have a really great trail here. It runs from 10th St. to 96th St. It is really nice because much of the trail is through wooded area and you can get off the trail in many areas throughout the city. It runs North to South, so you can use it to travel with out your car. In the summer it can get really busy! Shoulder to Shoulder busy! I have even seen people using it in the winter. So over all it is a nice place to exercise and people watch! There are some really intense people that use the trail, bikers and runners. You need to look out for them because they will run you over. They always yell "left", which means get over to the right, and out of their way. I sort of hate that, because I am definitely slower and why should I move because they want to go 100mph?
At the beginning of the summer Indiana changed to Daylight Savings time for the first time. I am not sure about the whole state, because I heard some places didn't change, but that could be a rumor. My whole life we were always 1 hour behind Chicago but now we are the same time, Eastern Standard Time. At first everyone hated it, I never really saw the big deal, it is just one hour. So i guess people are use to it now and aren't complaining of missing their extra hour of sleep!
Most local people read the Nuvo & the Intake newspapers each week. They give info about all the things happening in Indy each week. Everything from Concerts to new restaurants opening. I support the Nuvo because they are a grass roots paper, where as the Intake is owned and made by the Big Indy paper "Indianapolis Star". They both are good, but the Nuvo gives better interviews on local bands and harder to find things. These papers are FREE and located on many street corners, the IUPUI campus, Malls, etc. And the Nuvo comes out each Wednesday.
There are some beautiful cars to see at the Speedway Museum which is at the South end of the infield.
I'm sure I can't begin to do this museum justice with my very limited knowledge and perhaps interest. However, I'm glad we saw it!
A really great tour of the Benjamin Harrison House only cost $6.00 or $5.00 for seniors. We had an excellent tour guide; it was obvious that he loves his job.
Benjamin Harrison was 23rd President of the United States. His grandfather, William Henry Harrison was the 9th president of the US, and his father, John Scott Harrison represented Ohio for 2 terms in the US Congress. Perhaps he was destined to be in politics?
As a 21-year-old, Benjamin came to Indianapolis & began to practice law. He was married to Caroline Lavinia Scott, and they had a son named Russell and a daughter named Mary.
\His home is a sixteen room Italianate Victorian house that was built in 1874-75. During his campaign for president, he gave 80 "front porch" speeches to citizens who came to his home on Delaware Street.
After his presidency, he returned to the home and had extensive redecorating done. His wife had died, and he married Mary Lord Dimmick; they had a daughter named Elizabeth. Harrison died in his home in 1901.
We had close access to this home and could walk into most rooms. Most of the furniture is original as are the carpets and lighting. It's a beautiful home with a fascinating history.
On the third floor, they have made an interesting museum where visitors can pretend to be immigrants coming to America. We certainly enjoyed that portion of the tour.
The original carriage building was torn down, and a parking lot was built. They decided to rebuild that building, and when they took up the asphalt, they found the foundation and other important objects that made it possible to recreate the original. It has an original Auto carriage, a winter sleigh, and a Sufferage Museum in it.
With all this history and architecture, Jill and I really loved this tour.
One day I received an e-mail on VT from an irate member who chastised me for mentioning that whenever I'm in Italy, there is always a strike. It is true, but he (signed anonymous) was furious that I was being negative.
Once again, I'm going to discuss a strike; this time in Indianapolis, Indiana....so, all you "Hoosiers", don't write to me berating my honesty.
When JIll and I were walking toward the State Capitol, we encountered (twice) these striking dry-wall installers who were parading with placards and singing union songs. It was quite humorous because their logo or symbol was a RAT! They had a guy dressed as a rat; they had a huge plastic blow-up rat; most of the picture placards featured the Rat.
We assumed the Rat symbolized the place that they were striking against, but who knows?
I think that strikes are universal, and travelers have to "roll with the punches" rather than becoming upset.
Jill and I discovered some little known information about the popular hand-carved Carousel at the Indianapolis Children's Museum
While staying at Boone Dock on the River, a bed & breakfast near Broad Ripple area, the owner, Lynn Boone, shared a wonderful childhood experience with us one morning during our daily breakfast conversations.
At one time, at least 40 years ago, the Museum's Carousel was located in Broad Ripple at the park. A popular man ran the Carousel, and Lynn and her best friend went there daily during the summer to ride it and to talk to the man, who became their friend. The man's wife wanted him to help her with some chore, and he asked Lynn if she would run the Carousel for him while he was momentarily gone. He had taught the girls how to run it. She was so thrilled. She stood in the middle and moved the handles as she was taught, but first, she had to collect the children's tickets.
While relating this fond memory, we could tell it had been a very important moment in her life. She also told us that when the Carnival closed down, they took the Carousel apart piece by piece, labeled it, and stored it away. All these years later, they put it back together, and each day another generation of Indianapolis children are thrilled to climb atop a horse, a tiger, or a giraffe to experience the "wonder of the Carousel and the magic of imagination". But, for Lynn, a dream became a reality.
Although Indy has gotten better over the years it's still not too cosmopolitan; so, don’t expect to be bowled over with cultural and diversity. Especially near Beech Grove; in fact, don’t go near 'the Grove.'
***As a note to the sensitive types, no B-Grovers were hurt in the make of this webpage.….Grovers that read this page and get offended are more than welcome to create a Nobles-tucky page and let me know what they think of where I grew up. That's called opinion backed by FREE SPEECH and I could have easily substituted Greenwood or Avon for Beech Grove!!!****
By and large (and some are really large), Hoosiers are nice, friendly, placid creatures sort of like Hobbits...really...
Somehow I was really impressed by the Indianapolis downtown area. It was really clean. I have rarely seen such a clean downtown area in the US. No trash on the roads. Another thing I liked: the traffic lights. Most of them have a countdown. You can see a display with the seconds counting down. The last couple of seconds before the traffic light turns red are flashing. I have never seen this before and really enjoyed crossing streets in the downtown area :)
I grew up in this city and most people are friendly. Do not be surprised if someone smiles at you on the street. Still.. you will see homeless people and beggers but the city is mostly clean and nice. So just be friendly.
I know tipping can vary state to state, and certainly country to country. Restaurants in Indianapolis should be a 10%-15% tip, depending on service. Remember, wait staff in Indy as a rule make less than half of minimum wage an hour.
Unlike the rest of the world, most (but not all) of Indiana never changes their clocks. That's right, no daylight savings time. So half the year (summer) is spent on Central Time, the other half (winter) on Eastern Time. I never did daylight savings until I lived in England, where they thought it was just plain nutty that there would be a part of a state that just refused to change time. And it probably is. But oh well.