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Meet Me At Marco’s!

Writer & Photographer / Angie Trusty I’ve been a long-time fan of Marco’s. It started about 20 years ago when my sister-in-law asked me to meet her and several friends there on a Tuesday night for the filet special. She went about every week. Over the years, my husband and I have met friends there for birthdays, holidays and celebrations, but most of the time, there’s no special occasion; we go to Marco’s because we know what to expect – food that is consistently delicious. My most recent Marco’s trip began with a classic Italian appetizer, bruschetta. The buttery, grilled bruschetta ...

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The American Legion Post #34 Opens Its New Location

Writer  /   Kara Reibel .  Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The American Legion Post #34 began its mission to provide services for veterans beginning in 1919. The original location for the American Legion was in a home off of College Avenue donated by the parents of WWI veteran Robert E. Kennington who was killed in action in France in 1918. The Post was located on Westfield Blvd. for the last 50 years until this past spring. The American Legion Post is starting a new chapter of service on 54th Street just west of Keystone Avenue. “It has taken a bit ...

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Little Things Mean A Lot

Writer / Dan Wakefield I was living in Greenwich Village in 1959 when I first heard Joni James sing “Little Things Mean A Lot,” and the title as well as some of the lyrics of the song have stuck with me ever since (“Say I look nice when I’m not. . .”) When I moved back to Indy in 2011, I lived downtown, and I knew no one in the neighborhood. Most of the people in my building were in their twenties, and no one ever spoke to me. They must have thought I was The Ghost of Christmas Past. ...

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Charlie Walker: Craftsman Jeweler & Helicopter Pilot Serving Veterans

Writer / Kara Reibel  .  Photographers / Brian Brosmer & Kara Reibel Combining his natural gift of precision and his love of flying, hand craftsman jeweler and helicopter pilot Charlie Walker creates not only memorable pieces of exquisite jewelry but also facilitates memorable experiences for veterans. Growing up close to Grissom AFB, it was hard not to develop a love of aviation. Walker, one of seven children, was no exception. “I earned my pilot’s license at Brown Flying School while I was studying political science at Indiana State,” shares Walker, who also graduated with a minor in aviation administration. “I ...

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Open Society Pop Up Dinner

The Open Society team came together to host a pre-opening tasting menu to showcase the style and culture of their concept over the weekend of September 11-12. Both evenings were filled with cocktails, Champagne toasts, a five course menu with wine pairings and coffee. The weekend was conceptualized by Brian Baker (Open Society Founder) to start the momentum for The Open Society Public House as they begin construction for the permanent location at 4850 N. College Ave. Rachel Kim (Open Society Bar Director) flew in from New York City to run the bar, Natalie Roth (Open Society Coffee Bar Director) ...

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Living Legend Dick Passwater

Writer / Kara Reibel Photography provided Passwater’s Auto Specialists’ namesake Dick Passwater is quite the character. Even at age 90, he’s still as feisty as ever. His father was a Ford man. His dad worked at Ford Motor Company for 25 years until they converted to building war machines during WWII. About that time, Dick enlisted in the Navy, serving in the European theater with the Fleet Air Wing 7. “I lost my hearing in the war,” says Passwater, who spent time in the Southampton, England, hospital before being transferred to Chelsea hospital in Boston. “Never saw so many guys ...

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The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Writer / Dan Wakefield Who would have dreamed that one of the brightest lights of Southern literature and a California writer of hard-boiled detective novels would become fast friends and establish a loving relationship for the rest of their lives? That’s what happened when Eudora Welty, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and Ross Macdonald, winner of multiple Edgar awards for best mystery novel and a Grand Master of Mystery Writing, accidentally met at The Algonquin Hotel after exchanging fan letters for their books. They regretted they lived so far apart – she in Jackson, Mississippi, and he in ...

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Hunting Pumpkins

Writer / Jennifer Lear As the days grow cooler and the leaves change to brilliant reds and golds, it’s time for autumn fun in Indy and surrounding! That means picking pumpkins, navigating corn mazes, sipping apple cider and enjoying local farms throughout Central Indiana. Here are our top seven picks for fabulous fall family fun. 1) Noblesville – Stony Creek Farm’s annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival runs September 26-October 31. Pumpkins, kid’s area, hoop house maze, sling shot, hayrides, pumpkin train, jumping pillow, farm animals and more. There is a charge for parking in addition to admission and attraction fees. 2) ...

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“Three Jews Walked Into A Shopping Center…” A Memoir by Elizabeth Kraft Taylor

Writer / Kara Reibel Elizabeth Kraft Taylor, known to friends as “Eliz” (Liz), is an indelible mix of grit and elegance. “Three Jews Walk Into A Shopping Center…” is Taylor’s new memoir, recounting amazing life stories that only she could share. Featured on the back cover of her memoir is a “want ad” she saw in the Chicago Tribune: “Wanted: Creative Director; wild, undisciplined, sometimes rebellious, raw talent seeks leadership.” She says, “I knew it was written for me.” After working in retail in Chicago, Taylor was ready for her next challenge. Not surprisingly, she got the job and moved ...

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It Began With Family

Mama Carole and Son Justin Invite You Back to Old Italy Writer & Photographer  /  Joshua Deisler As she neared the intersection of College Avenue and 54th Street, Carole Leuer eyed the “For Sale” sign in the front of an old stucco house. She remembered her home in Omaha, and she missed the family food and old music of her childhood. Upon her return home, she described the house to her husband and how it would make an “awfully cute Italian restaurant.” To Carole, owner of Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant, the roots of her story begin in Omaha, Nebraska. ...

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