May 27, 2005

2005 Vacation/Travel Supplement

This award-winning supplement, which garnered first place in the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest for a special supplement in 2003 and has already won the first place award in that category from the Woman's Press Club of Indiana Communications Contest in 2004.

If you're looking for family-friendly opportunities to have fun this summer, look no further than this supplement and the stories listed below.



Parish Festivals

Interested in attending a parish festival? From the old fashioned to the ethnic, from the food to the rides, there is something for everybody when it comes to parish festivals within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. You can check out the full listing of every festival from May to October, complete with addresses and phone numbers for more information.

Click here to see the list

The State Fair

Again this year, the state fair theme is “What Would Summer Be Without It?” With so many different activities and foods to choose from, it's no wonder the fair is a summer classic. Last year’s fair attracted 900,365 people to the fairgrounds over 12 days, which was a new attendance record. But the grounds are large enough to welcome big crowds, even on the busy midway.

Want to go to the fair? Click here for more details!

Faces at the Fair

Each year, the state fair has critters of all kinds to amuse child and parent alike. “The animals are always a big part of the fair,” said Andy Klotz, public relations director for the Indiana State Fairgrounds. “We’ve been told from other people in the industry ... that we really highlight agriculture and … the animals, competitions and horse shows here are second to none.

To see pictures of some of the animals, click here

The Indianapolis Museum of Art

Newly renovated and sparkling in the sunshine, the distinctive glass and steel circular entrance pavilion of the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis beckons visitors to come inside and explore the beautiful historic and contemporary artwork displayed in its expertly remodeled galleries. The grounds are also a perfect place to hike, ride a bicycle or enjoy a picnic.

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Boat Racing and More in Madison

Anyone who saw the recent theatrical release of Madison, starring actor Jim Caviezel, knows that it is as much about the riverfront Indiana town as it is about a boat race on the Ohio River. Today, the city of Madison offers not only the same famous boat race, but also a treasure-trove of shopping, dining and history.

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The Gateway City

The imposing Gateway Arch in St. Louis stands not only as a symbol of westward expansion, but also as a thriving tourist attraction that has pleased visitors for 40 years—and it’s but one of many things to do in the city situated along the west bank of the mighty Mississippi River. Perhaps that’s why the city’s Convention and Visitors Commission has adopted the slogan “Explore St. Louis—There’s more than meets the Arch.”

Click here to see what you can do in St. Louis


South Dakota - Filled with History

A popular comedian says you might live in South Dakota “if you have ever worn shorts and a parka at the same time.” You also might live there “if you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.” South Dakota is what drivers call a “dial tone," but in reality the state is bursting at the seams with history

Learn more about the sights of South Dakota by clicking here

Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan

With the price of gasoline rising higher by the day, we recall that there are wonderful places to visit within a day’s drive of central Indiana. One of them is Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore along the northwest shoreline of Michigan. The main part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, for which it is named, is located south of Leland near Glen Arbor.

Click here to learn more about this nearby getaway

The Art and History of Santa Fe

Santa Fe is a fascinating city to visit, both because of its history and because it is the home of some of today’s best artists. More than 200 artists call Santa Fe their home. San Miguel Mission is touted as the oldest church in continuous use in what is now the United States.San Miguel was built in 1610 then rebuilt in 1693 after the Indians severely damaged it in their uprising of 1680. Also, The Loretto Chapel in town is famous for its “miraculous staircase.”

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The Art of Tom Otterness

In the photo to the left (click for a closer look), two women look at “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil,” a bronze sculpture by New York artist Tom Otterness, on May 21 at Monument Circle in Indianapolis. It is part of “Tom Otterness in Indianapolis,” an exhibition of 25 sculptures on display in public spaces throughout downtown Indianapolis until July 31. The collection of stylized bronze sculptures represents the largest public art exhibition hosted in Indianapolis. For more information and a map, log on to


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