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Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
posted: Jun. 09, 2017
Happy summertime to us! The village is in the swing of outdoor concerts and festivals. I hope you're all taking advantage of everything our wonderful community has to offer.
Taste of Broad Ripple
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Broad Ripple Village
all-ages, $7 (kids 10 and under free), 3-10 pm
The Taste of Broad Ripple is back after a twelve year hiatus. The one-day festival is bringing live music, food, and fun to the streets of Broad Ripple. For extra warm and fuzzy feelings know that 10% of the ticket sales will be donated to Second Helpings.
The Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Tent will have food and wine samples, and fruit for the kiddos. The Chef's Night Off Tent will host a Kid's Pizza Making Contest from 3-5 p.m. and a Chefs Duck Cook-Off from 3-5 p.m. Trophies and prizes will be awarded, The chefs include Neal Brown, Craig Baker, Ricky Martinez, Dean Sample, Eddie Sahm, Allen Smith, Michelle Mykytka, and Craig Bowne.
Headlining the Colts Stage will be Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press. Other performers include the Kyle Bledsoe Trio, Audiodacity, and The Easthills.
Entrances will be located at Broad Ripple Ave. and Guilford Ave. (near Starbucks) and the north side of Rainbow Bridge (in front of Good Earth). Streets will be closed 6 am to midnight, from the intersection of N. Guilford Ave. and Broad Ripple Ave. to the north side of Rainbow Bridge on Guilford, and part of E, Westfield Blvd. (starting at Bazbeaux Pizza) to N. Winthrop Ave.
Free shuttles will run throughout festival hours to and from the free parking in the lot directly east of Glendale Mall.
VIP Tasting Experience with the Chefs Duck Cook Off available for $40. General admission and VIP tickets available at the entrances or at The Vogue Theater box office.
Canal Rubber Duck Race
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Rainbow Bridge, Broad Ripple - all-ages, free, 3 - 5 pm
What time did the duck wake up? At the quack of dawn!
I've been quacking myself up with all of the duck jokes swimming around my head. You might want to steer clear if you run into me at the duck race.
I'm so excited about the duck race that I purchased my ducks ($5/each or 6/$25) already at the Broad Ripple Farmers Market - they'll have them available at the Market, Broad Ripple Village Association office (6323 Guilford Ave, random hours), and at the race.
Starting at 3 pm there will be activities for the kiddos including face painting, arts and crafts, [temporary] tattoos, and carnival games. Since the duck race is considered gambling (you're buying a chance on a duck) you need to be at least 18 to purchase a duck.
The rubber ducks will be launched from the Monon Trail bridge at 4:30 and race past the Rainbow Bridge towards the pedestrian bridge near College Ave. finish line.
Not-for-profit director by day, music writer by night, Nora Spitznogle reviews music that happened and previews music and events around Broad Ripple Village. Nora managed CATH Inc coffeehouse at 54th Street and College Avenue for seven years. During that time she hosted hundreds of local and touring musicians, both at the coffeehouse and her home. When CATH closed in 2004 and the music was no longer coming to her, she had to wander from her corner of Broad Ripple to see what is happening elsewhere. You can find her at Second Helpings during the work day, waitressing at the Red Key on Saturday nights and prowling Broad Ripple music venues the rest of the time. Visit Nora's Web site nora-leona.blogspot.com
, send any questions, comments or suggestions to Nora@BroadRippleGazette.com