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America’s Christmas Hometown

By Linda Tancs

It’s hard to miss the spirit of the season in a town called Santa Claus, Indiana.  Enjoy the Christmas Celebration, which takes place on the first three weekends in December.  The Christmas-themed attractions include the Candy Castle, Santa’s Post Office, and Santa’s Tree of Lights, which comes to life hourly at Kringle Place.  While you’re in town, take a drive through the Land of Lights at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort.  Munch on roasted chestnuts as you shop at the Christmas Store and craft stalls.  Sleigh bells ring, are you listenin’?

Persimmons Rule in Indiana

By Linda Tancs

The persimmon is an edible fruit, a large berry about the size of an apricot with a tomato-like skin.   In southern Indiana the fruit is a native delight, its abundance celebrated each year during the Persimmon Festival in Mitchell, Indiana.  This year’s event runs from 17 to 24 September.  A major highlight, of course, is the parade on 24 September at 2 p.m., one of Indiana’s largest parades.  It forms at Lehigh Field, moving west on Main Street to Seventh Street, then north on Warren, west to Eight and ending at the high school.  Save your appetite for the persimmon pudding.  Last year’s concoction was a mix of buttermilk, heavy cream, butter, eggs, a little vanilla and a touch of cinnamon.  If that doesn’t sound gooey enough for you, then maybe you should have tried last year’s Gooey Butter Cake, winner of the Persimmon Novelty Dessert award. 

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The Covered Bridge Capital of the World

By Linda Tancs

Parke County, Indiana may lay claim to the coveted title Covered Bridge Capital of the World.  That’s because they have 31 covered bridges in a country (and world) dominated by more modern means of travel.  Anyone familiar with The Bridges of Madison County understands the romance of the covered bridge.  Maybe that’s why they flock in the thousands to locales like Rockport, Indiana, where the Jackson Covered Bridge of 1861 spans Sugar Creek.  Mansfield Bridge draws some two million people annually at the Covered Bridge Festival.  We’re not talking relics, either.  The 245-foot-long Bridgeton Covered Bridge was constructed in 2006 in Bridgeton, Indiana.  Built to last?  You betcha.

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The Four-Footed Van Gogh

By Linda Tancs

Van Gogh remarked, “Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.” Who better to love nature than those who dwell in it? I’m talking about members of the animal kingdom, some of which are budding artists at animal arts programs like the one found at Indianapolis Zoo in Indiana. There you can meet and greet your pachyderm Picasso, penguin Pannini or sea lion Storck and take home your own custom masterpiece. The marine animals will paint through May and in autumn; the elephant program runs through October.

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