Remember last year at this time when people were planning Roaring ’20s celebrations to ring in the new year?
In hindsight, that’s just adorable.
Little could we have imagined how 2020 would play out, particularly in terms of music and arts events, starting in March.
While we may not have seen what was coming, we can now see a possible end to the crisis and a vaccine may spell an end to our days of isolation.
Naturally, our nearby venues are eyeing the developments and are starting to set forth some programming, giving us all something — at last — to look forward to.
Happening at the Honeywell
The Honeywell Center announced some upcoming shows for the first time in a long while, and there are some great performers finally returning to northeast Indiana.
Coming up first on May 6 are the iconic hitmakers Three Dog Night. Now led by one of its singers, Danny Hutton, the group has an amazing list of familiar hits. “Joy to the World,” “Just an Old Fashioned Love Song,” “One,” and “Shambala” are but a few you’re sure to hear that evening.
Heading to Honeywell in the following months are Night Ranger (July 10), who will perform classics like “Sister Christian” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” and guitarist Joe Satriani (Oct. 15) who will be touring in support of his 18th album Shapeshifting.
If you really want to plan ahead MJ Live, a tribute to Michael Jackson, visits the venue on April 23, 2022.
For information about tickets and showtimes (as well as policy if shows are canceled or postponed due to COVID), visit honeywellcenter.org.
Fun at the Foellinger-Freimann
Fresh off another spectacular holiday-themed display, the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory has a fun exhibit opening Jan. 9 and running through April 4.
The exhibit, “The Tiki Bowl” Play Garden, offers plenty of active fun for visitors as explained on the Conservatory’s website.
“Find indoor tropical fun and games this winter in our family-friendly Showcase with our version of the ancient Hawaiian bowling game, ‘Ulu Maika.’ Rather than using a club or putter, players control their ball by rolling, then kicking, it towards each goal. A half-dozen greens offer challenges for players to navigate and a chance to chart the Great Polynesian Migration from Taiwan to Hawaii over thousands of years.”
Three days each month (Jan. 21-23, Feb. 18-20, and March 25-27) visitors between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. can find Tiki Sessions, a chance to learn more about Polynesian culture through various activities, crafts, and demonstrations. Themed monthly topics include tattoo art designs in January, basket weaving in February, and bark papermaking in March. These sessions are included in the price of admission to the Conservatory.
For more information about upcoming exhibits, visit botanicalconservatory.org.
Grant for the Girl Scouts
The Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana recently announced a $100,000 grant given to the organization by American Electric Power Foundation.
The gift is meant to allow for more STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programming to the Girl Scouts in northeast Indiana and areas of Michigan.
Providing young women with these experiences will open up both academic and career opportunities as the organization will bring hands-on experiences to their camps in our area including Camp McMillen in rural Huntertown.
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