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Zionsville to Host 13th Annual Miss Indiana Pageant June 14-17. Writer / Kara Kavensky Photography Provided The Miss Indiana pageant has evolved since its inception. While early records are fuzzy, documentation commences in the early 1900s and took a hiatus during World War II, with consistency since the end of the war in 1945. While the location for the Miss Indiana Pageant has changed over the years, this will be the 13th year Zionsville has hosted the event. Since 2005, Zionsville has celebrated the state’s road to Miss America with dinners, a parade, competition and many other events culminating in ...

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A Wine Maker’s Dream

Hopwood Cellars Winery uncorks local fine wines Writer / Jane VanOsdol Photographer / Brian Brosmer Ron Hopwood knew he might be onto something when the wine he made for his own wedding in 2005 proved to be a runaway success with his wedding guests. Keep in mind that Hopwood didn’t just whip this up on a whim. He had been studying the craft and making wine as an amateur since 1994, so the wine he provided for his guests was the result of years of research. From Hobby to Business His “hobby gone wild” quickly took over the house, and ...

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Making Magical Moments

Mother-daughter Duo Create Memorable Events Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer Last year a Hispanic man and a Jewish woman walked into Magical Moments Event Planning, hopeful that the owners could help them create a wedding that would beautifully meld the traditions of their cultures. In November, their wish came to fruition as the bridal party donned mariachi apparel — the bridesmaids in flowing, colorful gowns and the groomsmen in big ruffled sleeves. Following a traditional Jewish ceremony, the reception included professional Mexican dancers as well as Jewish Bottle Dancers. “This couple was passionate about representing both of ...

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From Wagon Factory to Friendly Tavern

‘Everybody Knows Everybody’ At The Friendly Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer With a tear in his eye, a customer reaches out his arm to shake hands with Scott Barnes, owner of The Friendly Tavern, a staple in downtown Zionsville for nearly 60 years. “Dad passed away recently, but I wanted to let you know how much he loved this place,” the man says, smiling and grateful. “Thanks for being there for my dad all these years.” Barnes is humbled. “There’s no better compliment,” he says. The Friendly Tavern’s building has been around since the 1870s — originally ...

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Zionsville Dad of the Year: Jay Shultz

Writer / Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer / Amy Payne Meet Zionsville’s Dad of the Year, Jay Shultz. Although, it might be difficult to find anyone who hasn’t already met this lifelong Zionsville resident, husband and father of four. Shultz was born and raised in Zionsville, and his parents still live in the childhood home where he grew up. He went on to college close to home at Butler University. After graduation, Shultz stayed in Zionsville and started his career with Humston Machinery, which his dad owns and he and his brother still work in sales. Life stayed pretty predictable for Shultz ...

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Cobblestone Cooks Up Fresh Changes

The popular Zionsville restaurant boasts new menu, renovations. Writer / Matt Keating Photographer / Brian Brosmer Cobblestone, formerly Cobblestone Grill in Zionsville, has made several changes to its menu and interior, which has resulted in several happy guests at the popular dining destination. Cobblestone co-owner Kent Esra said several interior walls were removed in the restaurant to open up the space. “The bar area almost doubled in size,” Esra said. “We were able to expose the original brick of the main wall by sanding off several layers of paint. A window was cut into the brick wall to incorporate our bourbon ...

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Urban Vines Opens Doors In Westfield

Family-friendly winery coming May 6. Writer / Jane VanOsdol Photographer / Brian Brosmer With a Derby Day opening in his sights, Noah Herron is ready to debut Westfield’s first winery, Urban Vines, on May 6. Located at 161st Street between Oakridge and Springmill, Urban Vines is the second business for young entrepreneur Herron. He also owns the successful retail and online homestead store Urban Farmer, just across the street and down the road from Urban Vines. Herron began experimenting with brewing beer and making wine while working at Urban Farmer. His success with these hobbies spurred him on to start ...

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2017 Zionsville Dad of the Year Finalists

You’ve sent in your nominations, and now it’s time to decide the Dad of the Year! The following are finalists for 2017 Zionsville Dad of the Year. Visit atzionsville.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is May 12, and you can vote once daily until then. Dan Gray Nominated by Linda Gray, who says: Dan is the head coach for lacrosse at Zionsville High School. He also is a personal trainer. He has a masters degree in occupational therapy from IU. Dan was raised by a single mother (author of this submission) with no role ...

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Plumber’s Grief Blossoms Beauty

Jerry Cieslak’s Grand Garden Draws Public Interest Writer  /  Matt Roberts Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Jerry Cieslak is a man of diverse passions. Based on the large plumbing truck parked in his driveway, you might expect the flat, metallic smell of pipes and oil around his yard. A glance at the dozens of trophy fish mounted might remind you of fresh air wafting off a clear Canadian lake. But the intense fragrance all around his home is from the innumerable flowers carefully planted around his property north of Zionsville. “I plant more than 50,000 annuals every year,” he says proudly. ...

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Village Dance Studio Celebrates 40 Years

Mother-daughter duo continue teaching tomorrow’s dancers Writer & Photographer / Stephanie Duncan The Village Dance Studio has been offering dance education and classes for the past 39 years, and there are no signs of stopping. Founder, Annette Pettigrew is passing over the directing reigns to her daughter Traci Broman, so she can keep doing what she does best — teaching students to dance. Annette always dreamed about opening a dance studio ever since she was a small girl. She started dancing at the age of 4. “I could visualize it,” Pettigrew says. “But there was not hip-hop in my dream,” ...

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