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Buzzing Around Town - by Nora Spitznogle
posted: Nov. 15, 2019

Buzzing Around Town

Happy Thanksgiving, lovelies. I hope you've gotten to curl up with great music and a good book for at least a few hours over the holiday.
Speaking of the holidays, don't forget your local record stores in your shopping plans. We're so lucky to have Indy CD & Vinyl and LUNA music in our neighborhood. And if you're reading this, you most likely picked the paper up at a locally owned business, so you know all about Small Business Saturday, November 30. Although no reason to confine your small business one shopping to just one day.

Indy Hostel Open House
Sunday, November 17, 2019
4903 Winthrop Ave. - all-ages, free, 5 - 8 pm
Have you always wanted a peek into Indy Hostel? Now's your chance! The hostel opened in 2004 and has been a smashing success ever since. The 1925 four-square house was renovated when the hostel first opened and again last year when a driver crashed into the house. Owner John Newton let me host musicians that typically played at CATH Inc at Indy Hostel. In fact John met his wife Karen at one of the shows.
I've loved watching the hostel grow both in space and reputation. The Indy Hostel property now includes the house next door. They host an annual music festival and gobs of events including weddings and reunions.
The open house will include food from Yats and music by Gary Wasson.

Pages at the Prop featuring Kassie Ritman
Meridian Whispers and Meridian Street: Images of America
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Indianapolis Propyleaum
1410 N. Delaware St. - all-ages, $10, 5:30 pm
I am so excited about this! First of all, the books - who doesn't want a peek into beautiful North Meridian Street houses? Meridian Street: Images of America is packed with photographs of the iconic houses along the historic district. Meridian Whispers is a storytelling peek behind the ornate doors. Author, Kassie Ritman, spent years interviewing residents and gathering photographs.
I've known Kassie since we were both in third grade - oh, I just realized that we're celebrating our golden friendship anniversary. Any fun I had in high school was thanks to her. She's a hilarious storyteller and great writer. I can't wait to hear her stories of the interviews she conducted with long-time Meridian Street dwellers and the gobs of research she did for the books.
As a bonus you'll be able to tour the Propyleaum building. Founded in 1888, the mission of the group is "to advance educational and cultural opportunities for women and he community and to maintain and preserve the historic Propylaeum." I'm a proud Proplyaeum member - I can always use educational and cultural opportunities. The 1410 N. Delaware house is the second home of the Propylaeum. The first house was on the site of the World War Memorial Plaza. When the city purchased the property for the memorial, the group moved to the "new" house in 1923.
Books will be available for purchase. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar is available for drinks. Purchase tickets via the Propylaeum website.

Katherine Nagy & Friends
Sunday, November 24, 2019
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N College Ave. - 21+, $15, two shows 6:30 & 9 pm
Katherine Nagy will be performing songs from her soon to be released EP Hold on to Love as well as other Gypsy Lady favorites. She will be joined on stage by some of Indianapolis finest musicians - Austin Johnson, Tim Wright, Jane Rupert, Mina Keohane, George Tyler, and David Murray.
Katherine has lived all over the world, including Ireland, Puerto Rico, Spain, Chicago, Seattle and has been influenced by the music from those experiences and weaves the styles and sounds into her lyrics and arrangements. I've been listening to songs from the EP and really enjoying them. If fact it's been perfect writing music.
Over the years she has played the piano, the flute and the guitar, but her voice has always been the star. She has been involved in choral groups, musical theatre and classical voice training from childhood through college and beyond.
At press time most of the tickets were sold for the 6:30 show. I'm looking forward to enjoying the late show.

ISBVI Holiday Tree Sale & Family Event
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
7725 N College Ave. - all-ages, free, 8:30 AM - 4 PM
I love this event - it has become my personal holiday tradition. I get my porch tree, greenery, and poinsettias there each year. And there are real live reindeer! I'm totally waiting in line to get a photo with them this year.
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Churchman Dining Hall: IBCF Breakfast: Made-To-Order Pancakes and Omelettes for $5 per person. I can vouch for the pancakes - worth the WW points!
9 AM - 10 AM - Churchman Dining Hall: Visit with Santa / performance from Capital City Chorus
9 AM - 3 PM - Tree Farm and Shed: Christmas Tree Sale
9 AM - 4 PM - Greenhouse: Holiday Open House and Plant Sale- Plants, Poinsettias and Music
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM - Greenhouse: Visit with Santa
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM - Tree Farm and Shed: Visit with Santa
12 PM - 1 PM - Tree Farm and Shed: Pet Live Reindeer
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM - Greenhouse: Indy Ukulele Club & Santa

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, send any questions, comments or suggestions to
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