Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market 2011 Season Begins

The 2011 Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market season kicks off this Saturday, April 2!  Farm fresh produce, home baked goods, handmade crafts, homemade breads, and much more will be offered at the market each week. 

The Farmers’ Market is located at the corner of Sycamore & Union Streets in Downtown Kokomo (one block East of the Courthouse Square) and is open Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. – Noon.  Free classes will be offered throughout the summer and live musical entertainment will fill the market each week.  Check their website for weekly updates on vendors and classes! 

In addition, the Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market will open on Wednesday nights from 4-8 p.m. from June through August.  Regular market hours will continue through Saturday, October 15, 2011.  For more information on the Farmers’ Market, visit their website  www.KokomoFarmersMarket.com.  Local flavor.  Local food.  A local experience!

The Bunny Barn will be “hoppin” at Easy Acre Farm

Spring is finally here!  Visit the Bunny Barn at Easy Acre Farm for a fun activity your whole family will enjoy.  There will be many photo opportunities, so make sure to bring your camera!  Kids can have their picture taken with Peter Cottontail, play games, and see live bunnies and baby chicks.  

The Bunny Barn will be open from Noon – 3 p.m. on April 9-10, 16-17, and 22-23, 2011.  Enjoy an afternoon on the farm!  Easy Acre Farm is located at 3347 East 50 North, just 2 miles East of Kokomo and 1/2 mile North of State Road 22 (between Kokomo and Greentown.)  The event is rain or shine and cash only.  Admission is $10 per family/car.  For more information on the Bunny Barn and all events held at Easy Acre Farm throughout the year, visit their website at www.EasyAcreFarm.com.

Kokomo Culinary Corner News

Hello Culinary Corner Friends!

I’m still waiting on your responses for “The Best Thing You Ever Ate.”  In the meantime, I would like to announce some good news.  Our friends at Sunset Grill Café and J. Edwards Fine Chocolates, Cakes & Gifts have both expanded! 

Sunset Grill has moved from the Markland Mall to 1135 South 17th Street, which is located directly behind the Markland Mall.  They are open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.  The Sunset Grill features an extensive breakfast and lunch menu and offers an array of sweet treats.  Call Nena at 765-438-7913 for more information or for your catering needs. 

J. Edwards is still located at 2106 West Sycamore Street, but they have busted through the wall to expand!  The gift and dessert shop now has enough space to showcase all of the unique gifts, fine chocolates, and baked goods.  J. Edwards is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Call 765-626-0142 for more information or to order your favorite dessert. 

If you have any “Good News” regarding restaurant openings or expansions, please let me know at kmorgan@visitkokomo.org.  Don’t forget to submit “The Best Thing You Ever Ate” in Kokomo & Howard County!  Click here for more details!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Kokomo

Join the fun on March 17, 2011 for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub (100 N. Main St.) in Downtown Kokomo.  The celebration will kick-off at 11 a.m. inside the restaurant with full menu and bar, giveaways, and bagpipes.  

The outdoor tent will open at 4 p.m. with beer garden (including 8 draft beers), live remote, music, and bowls of Potato Leek Soup & Guinness Beef Stew available to purchase.  The Guinness Girls will offer beer tastings from 5-6 p.m.  Also, enjoy great live music by the Jai Baker Band from 7-10 p.m.  Don’t forget your green!  Call Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub at (765) 450-6143 for more information.

Travel Along the Indiana Glass Trail

The Indiana Glass Trail was launched in 2010 and is a showcase for talented Hoosier artisans and glass blowers who create magic with glass.  The trail connects several communities throughout the state, including Anderson/Madison County, Columbus, Hamilton County, Kokomo/Howard County, and Muncie/Delaware County.  Glass factories, galleries, museums, studios, festivals, and workshops can be found in these communities along the trail.

Kokomo offers several attractions featuring glass.  Take the fascinating tour at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory, America’s oldest art glass company.  Watch as molten glass is poured and rolled into colorful sheets of art glass and shipped all around the world.  Demonstrations by skilled glass blowers can also be seen.  Public tours are given weekdays Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m.  The Op Shop offers beautiful and unique glass items to purchase, including vases, suncatchers, serving boards, perfume bottles, and paperweights.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Art Association’s Artworks, located in the Kokomo Mall, carries the work of several glass artists, such as glass jewelry among other unique items.  Greentown and Jenkins glass can be seen at the Greentown Glass Museum and Seiberling Mansion in multiple exhibits.  The Greentown Glass Museum houses a vast number of pieces of glassware produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown between 1894 and 1903.  For more information on glass in Kokomo/Howard County, call 800-837-0971 or visit www.VisitKokomo.org.         

Explore The House of Glass in Elwood, offering factory tours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  In addition, their gallery features a stunning collection of glass art created by their skilled craftsman, including antique and modern style paperweights, animal sculptures, vases, lamps, and glass jewelry to purchase.  For more information, call 765-552-6841 or visit their website.

Dale Chihuly Glass Chandelier at Columbus Visitors Center

Columbus is home to two original works of glass by world-reowned artist, Dale Chihuly.  The stunning 900-piece neon chandelier  is on display in the Columbus Visitors Center and Chihuly Sun Garden Panels in Suspended Circle are uniquely featured at the Columbus Learning Center.  A variety of unique and colorful glass items are available to purchase in the Columbus Visitors Center gift shop.  Glass art can also be seen at Zaharako’s restaurant, Exit 76 Antique Mall, and used in a variety of ways in architecture throughout Columbus.  For more information, call 800-468-6564.

Purchase Glass Items at the Columbus Visitors Center Gift Shop

In Hamilton County, stroll the Carmel Arts & Design District to find glass-filled antique shops and galleries featuring contemporary glass art.  Glass can also be found throughout Hamilton County’s eight great towns.  For more information, call 800-776-8687 or visit their website.    

Muncie is renowned for its glass history beginning with the Ball family.  Art glass is plentiful from beadwork to sculpture.  Plan to visit the Ball State University Museum of Art and the Minnestrista Center.  Visit the website for festivals and glass artists in the Muncie area or call 800-568-6862.

"Catalyst" Sculpture (made of limestone, stainless steel, and dichroic & plate glass) at Muncie's Minnetrista Center

For more information on the Indiana Glass Trail, visit www.IndianaGlassTrail.com.  If you would like to receive the Indiana Glass Trail brochure, call 800-837-0971 or email information@visitkokomo.org.