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Don’t Miss the 2010 Chocolate Celebration!

The Glass Canopy's 2009 booth

Chocolate lovers will gather for the 8th Annual Chocolate Celebration at the Kokomo Mall from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2010.  My calendar is already marked for this incredibly sweet event!  I have attended six out of the last seven years and have never been disappointed.  The choice and quality of chocolate items is simply fantastic.  You are sure to have a great time!      

The Book Nook offered visitors their dessert selections at the 2009 Chocolate Celebration

Local organizations, restaurants, caterers, and bakeries will bring their very best chocolate creations.  Tickets are 2 for $5 and can each be redeemed for a dessert of your choice.  Believe me, it is not an easy decision!  Over the past several years I have tried chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate layer cake, frozen hot chocolate, brownies, and fudge (just to name a few.)  Make sure to arrive early for best selection.   

Yum! The Olde Oak Door's booth serves up their special chocolate creations during the 2009 event.

Each booth is beautifully decorated and many offer free samples as well.  It is worth a visit even if you don’t personally enjoy chocolate as many booths have a selection of gourmet candy and gifts you can purchase to give someone special on Valentine’s Day.  Soup and sloppy joe sandwiches will also be available if you want to have lunch before enjoying dessert. 

All proceeds will benefit the Samaritan Caregivers.  Visit their website for more information and a list of chocolate items that will be offered this year.  Don’t miss Kokomo’s sweetest event!

What Is Your 2010 Resolution?

Here we are at the start of a new year again.  As I rang in the start of 2010 last week, I began to think of all the resolutions that I have made over the years and how many of those I have actually kept (not many!)  I would like to suggest a new resolution to think about this year . . . plan to travel more in 2010. 

No matter if you go somewhere across the country, within your state, or just visit attractions in your own community, traveling inspires new experiences, an opportunity to try new cuisine, and the chance to learn about new places and people.  It can also give you a much needed break from the regular busyness of life to relax and take time for yourself.   

I encourage everyone to take the time and effort to plan a getaway this year.  Whether you plan a trip to Kokomo, to Indiana, or even down the road from where you live, don’t miss the chance to discover something new in 2010.  Here are some great (and budget-friendly) ideas to start.  Happy travels!

  • Take a fascinating tour at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory to see the production of art glass and watch a glass blowing demonstration.
  • Learn about the inventor of America’s First Car at the Elwood Haynes Museum.
  • Visit the stunning Seiberling Mansion, filled with late-Victorian architecture, hand-carved woodwork, and local history exhibits.
  • Take a stroll through the past at the Kokomo Automotive Museum, containing over 100 antique automobiles and memorabilia. 
  • Visit Old Ben, the World’s Largest Steer, in Kokomo’s Highland Park. 
  • For more Kokomo area attractions, check out our website and download our visitors guide at www.VisitKokomo.org.