Kokomo Civic Theatre presents “Rent”

Kokomo Civic Theatre will present the musical “Rent” on August 13, 14 & 15, 2010.  Performances will be held at Havens Auditorium, located on the campus of IU Kokomo on Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $15 adults, $14 seniors, and $10 for students. 

Kokomo Civic Theatre produces top-notch performances featuring local talent.  Their 62nd season will include the musical White Christmas (December 3-5, 2010)Vanities (March 4-6, 2011), and the comedy The Curious Savage (April 29-May 1, 2011.)  To purchase tickets, call 765-454-8800 or visit the Kokomo Civic Theatre website.

2010 Duck Derby

The Samaritan Caregiver’s 12th Annual Duck Derby will be held at Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center on Thursday, July 29 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. (rain date is August 6.)  Fun for the entire family, kids will especially enjoy the duck races and family-friendly activities! 

Duck races at Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center. Photo Credit: Samaritan Caregivers

Tickets are $5 each.  A ticket allows entry into Kokomo Beach, kid’s games and inflatables, free pizza and beverages compliments of Papa John’s Pizza and Coca-Cola Bottling of Kokomo, Papa Duck decorating contest judging, free swimming from 7-9 p.m., and of course, the main attraction – duck races!  2,500 little rubber ducks will race down the lazy river at 7:30 p.m.  Prizes (ranging from cash and gift cards to fantastic prize baskets) will be awarded to those with corresponding numbers for the top ten finishing ducks.  Come and cheer them on! 

For more information or to see the full schedule of events, visit their website or call 765-453-7611.  All proceeds benefit the Samaritan Caregivers.

New Tour Hours Added at Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

It is no surprise why Kokomo Opalescent Glass (KOG) is one of Kokomo’s most visited attractions.  From families to large tour groups, visits are often requested for the KOG factory tour.  The fascinating tour takes you behind-the-scenes through the glass-making process from start to finish. 

Molten glass ladeled from the 12-pot furnace

In business since 1888, Kokomo Opalescent Glass is America’s oldest art glass company. Watch as ladels of hot, molten glass are carried from the furnace and carefully poured and cooled into sheets of beautiful art glass.  In fact, KOG makes over 22,000 variations of sheet glass!  The glass is packaged and shipped all around the world to be used in a variety of projects by glass artists. 

Master glass blower Jon Wolfe in the Hot Glass Studio

The factory tour also includes a look into the KOG Hot Glass Studio where skilled glass blowers create custom and unique items.  A variety of gift items made from Kokomo glass, including paperweights, votive candle holders, vases, ornaments, and even marbles are sold in the OP Shop, the factory’s retail gift shop. 

Due to increased demand for tours, new tour hours have been added!  Public tours are now offered weekdays Tuesday – Friday at 10:00 a.m.  General admission is $5 and student admission $2.  Group tours are scheduled by appointment only.  Visit their website for tour requirements and guidelines.   

Don’t miss the chance to experience the tour at Kokomo Opalescent Glass.  It is well worth the visit!  For more information, visit their website or call 765-457-1829 or 877-703-4290.

Kokomo Parks Offer Free Family Fun

Summer is a great time to load up the family, grab a picnic lunch, and head outdoors!  Kokomo has a great selection of community and neighborhood parks.  Here are three suggestions for family outdoor recreation in Kokomo. 

Highland Park

Highland Park – 1402 W. Defenbaugh
The sights of this scenic, 80-acre park include “Old Ben” (World’s Largest Steer), the giant Sycamore Stump, Vermont Covered Bridge, and Kokomo Creek.  Plenty of playground and picnic areas make this a great place to spend the day! The park offers tons of shade and is perfect for biking, hiking, and running.  In addition, Kokomo Park Band concerts are held every Wednesday night at 8 pm in Highland Park now through July 28. Admission is always free!  

Foster Park – Located at the corner of Washington & Superior St.
Foster Park is located near downtown Kokomo and is a short walk from Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center.  The Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence also winds through the park and is great for walking, biking, and running.  A variety of free, family concerts are held throughout the summer and fall at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion located in Foster Park.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening in the park!   

Kirkendall Interpretive Nature Center in Jackson Morrow Park

Jackson Morrow Park – 4200 S. Park Rd.
The Kirkendall Interpretive Nature Center and Kokomo Pipeline Skate Park (fun for skateboards, bikes, and blades) are both located in Jackson Morrow Park. The Nature Center offers a variety of programs throughout the summer for kids and is a great place to learn about native Indiana wildlife.  This park also has a 1.3 mile paved walking trail that winds through several wooded areas in the park.  As Kokomo’s largest park, Jackson Morrow offers lots of space for kids to play and run outdoors.

Enjoy a visit to one of Kokomo’s great parks this summer for outdoor recreation and family fun! For more information on all the parks located in Kokomo, call 765-456-7275 or visit the Kokomo Parks & Recreation Department website.