ISO Gala

Over the weekend, we headed to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Night Gala!

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Next time I see you, ask me about the jerk IU license plate that decided he would inconvenience the rest of us on the Circle so he could get to his seats. I’m a problem solver, so I solved a valet parking situation. I get shit done.

I love events where you walk in and are served champagne.

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We took our seats in the Mezzanine and were welcomed by a giant Peyton Manning. Met some of the producers of the show at dinner and they said the Peyton video was a surprise for a lot of the ISO staff. It’s great when you can pull that off.

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Beautiful view from our seats.

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In planning my own event and helping Mom, I’m always intrigued with the decor the planning committees have to devise.

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We were treated to some excellent performers. With Jack Everly in the Captain’s chair, Zach De Pue reminded me why it was smart for me to quit the violin in 5th grade.

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George Takei gave a powerful speech on Abe Lincoln.

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Angela Brown belted it out!

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I missed a photo of Megan Hilty. She was equally great. Finished with Thomas Lauderdale on the ivories.

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After the show, it was time for the reception. I think CS thought he was riding the Marquette shuttle.

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Matching table decor to what graced the Hilbert Circle Theatre. Seriously, hard to draw large and small scale decor together.

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The menu was quite fitting for my palette. Steak, potato, broccoli. Damn. Didn’t wear my stretchy pants.

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I ate the main course to fast. No pic.

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Arts, Peace & Good Night!

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I’m Not Tough Like This

The Runner’s Forum was offering an outdoor movie night. Yes please!

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I’d never heard of The Barkley Marathons (as I will find out later why) and was instantly intrigued with the tag line. The hardest 100 mile race around. I’ve seen a few. Heard of a dozen. What is this all about? Before the show started, I was motivated to be out with the old, and in with the new!

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From Nike to New Balance, so let’s try Saucony. On with the movie!

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Holy shit this is nuts. 100~ish miles in 60 hours in Tennessee. Watch this movie if you feel like you are a bad ass. You might not be. I am not.

Netwalking

Netwalking. What?! Integrating Woman Leaders sponsored an event at my home turf, Holliday Park. I was ready to represent and pay admission to support the cause. DnKpresents.com were our guides. We walked through the park and were reminded of how to disconnect with the modern world and use nature as a gift and retreat to be mindful of our lives. I learned about Jewelweed.

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Jewelweed grows near poison ivy. Back the F up. Great fact I learned that day. Orange pretty flower? STAY AWAY! K was so gracious and knowledgeable about our surroundings. Loved seeing the appreciation she showed for life and land. What are you looking at?

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Gorgeous light!

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As we walked DnK would ask us thought provoking questions and encourage us to pair up with peeps we didn’t know. I starred into a strangers eyes for 2 minutes while she just shared her life. So… so…. i don’t have the words. It was challenging yet amazing. There. I tried. We had an exercise in trust. Trust a complete stranger to help you walk backward across a bridge while you only look up at them. No looking down.

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Happy to report no falls! We all passed! So, big question of the event… What does being mindful mean to you? I gave a few attendees this today.

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I’m going to love this toy.

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I’ve been wanting one of these for years. I even tried to use work as a reason. I finally caved and shelled out the cash myself.

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What is it?

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All the reviews said the circular cutter that came with it was crap. Recommended you download the 1 inch template and just cut yourself.

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Load it in, and out comes a BUTTON!

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994 buttons to make until I run out of supply!

Rock The Ruins

After a long Corporate Challenge morning, I was ready to relax. My roomies agreed to chill with me at Rock The Ruins!

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Holliday Park has been raising money for 2 years to revamp and refresh the ruins sculpture at the park. I expected a good crowd but was delighted to see it packed with friends, couples, and families.

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Toy Factory played for us, while the kids played in the new water splash area.

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Can’t wait to use that after my next run!

Delayed Date Night

With other Thursday night events on the calendar, I had to delay June’s date night until September. But where was I taking CS with his putter?

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We checked in at the front desk and since we brought our own putters, we couldn’t walk thru museum gallery. We had to take the back stairs to get to our event… Mini golf at the IMA! 18 different Indiana themed art installations turned into a massive putt-putt course.

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First hole was a tribute to the Great Squirrel Invasion. You could turn the squirrels or use them to ricochet your ball towards the hole.

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Rainbow cat

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Cardinal

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It happened to be Pacer’s Movie night, so we took a quick break to get a pic with Boomer.

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Back to golf! This one was a maze of chimes that if you played them, it played “Back Home Again in Indiana”. Really annoying when the kids would just bang on them.

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A nod to the State’s covered bridges.

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My hole in 1!

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Two 6’s killed me.

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Good times for a cheap price! Head over before it closes in October.

Indianapolis Foundation Turns 100

I was invited to attend a gala to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Indianapolis Foundation, hosted by the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Very few events keep me from a summer lake weekend. This one took the trophy. They were boasting about a one million dollar giveaway at the event. I had no clue what I was in for.

We entered the Scottish Rite and were welcomed into the beautifully decorated ballroom.

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Unlike other events, I was ready to eat.  A small late lunch didn’t hold me over. I spied the first food station with pasta and chicken. Sign me up, twice!

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The walking servers had several delicious plates but my favorite was the mini taco with a mini margarita cactus drink!

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Who wants a slider from a slide?! This guy!

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CS partook in a few of these shrimp ceviche which flew in from the 3rd floor on a zip line.

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I noticed some people with mashed potatoes. I asked CS to go find them and bring me back some with… bacon bits and cheese. Forgot I was at a high class event. He came back with potatoes with short ribs and shaved parmesan.

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They had a cool light display, so I thought it would make a great selfie. My fail.

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Let’s have someone else take it!

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No mascots, but these guys will do!

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The big moment of the night was arriving. CICF was giving away one million dollars live and by surprise. That is not a typo. One million dollars. Let the count down begin.

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CICF chose 7 organizations to receive $100,000 Visionary Awards that share their the values, history and mission, as well as a commitment to the future of Indianapolis. The Foundation also awarded $10,000 each to Indy Professional Theatre MVPs, creative professionals whose work in theater contributes to the vibrancy of the cultural community and the strength of our city. Next, 10 organizations whose charitable endowments are maintained and managed by CICF were randomly chosen to receive a $10,000 gift into their endowments. But that wasn’t enough. 10 randomly-selected audience members were awarded the opportunity to work with The Foundation to allocate $10,000 each to a Marion County not-for-profit organization of their choosing. Holy shit. My jaw was on the floor. This was amazing to witness. Crazy to think my name could have been called.

After the we were ushered out to watch the amazing light show on the side of the building. Our event was in tandem with the INLIGHTIN festival on the canal. It was the Midwest version of this. Good enough for us!

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We even made a cameo on TV. Can you find us?