Kokomo’s Culinary Corner: Ducky’s Family Restaurant

Kokomo is blessed to have many great local restaurants with delicious food and stories to share.  This week’s feature is Ducky’s Family Restaurant.  Local family-owned, Ducky’s has been in Kokomo for 33 years, and recently underwent a transformation while being featured on Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible.  Chef Robert Irvine and his team spent two days in Kokomo, and I was anxious to see the new changes!

Ducky's sign

As soon as we walked through the front doors, the design changes were evident.  The dining room is quaint and reflects both Kokomo and Ducky’s local community heritage, including a large photo of Elwood Haynes (inventor of America’s First Car in Kokomo – 1894) and nostalgic photos of the restaurant throughout the years.  The colors and decor are bright and fresh.

Ducky's interior 1

Haynes Sign 1

Ducky's foodThe menu features a few new dishes along with many local favorites, including a variety of burgers, “The Marilyn” (grilled tenderloin sandwich named after one of Ducky’s regular customers), onion threads, Henny Penny’s (roasted potato wedges), and Ducky’s famous fried chicken.  They also have a salad bar.  Turkey Manhattan was the special of the day.

We ordered the Blue Ribbon Chicken (breaded chicken stuffed with ham and cheese) with Henny Penny’s and grilled asparagus and the Breaded Chicken Strip Salad.  The chicken was very moist and flavorful.  Both side dishes were good, and the salad was very fresh!

Portion sizes were generous, so there was no room for dessert. However, I noticed several pies and a chocolate torte (which sounded really good!) were listed.

Check out the “new” Ducky’s Family Restaurant, located at 816 East Markland Avenue in Kokomo.  Hours are Monday-Saturday 7am-9pm and Sunday 7am-2pm.

For more information about local dining in Kokomo, please visit www.VisitKokomo.org/dining.

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Kokomo Automotive Museum hosts “Dirt Track Memories” Exhibit

Visit the Kokomo Automotive Museum now through November 29, 2013 to see its newest exhibit “Dirt Track Memories.” The exhibit also celebrates 66 years of the Kokomo Speedway.  The Kokomo Automotive Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-4pm and features a fabulous collection of over 100 antique and classic cars.

Dirt Track Memories 1

 

Dirt Track Memories 2

 

 

Explore Kokomo’s Haunted Houses, Corn Mazes & Fall Family Events!

It’s fall!  Explore the many fall & haunted attractions in Kokomo & Howard County this season!

Guffey Acres

Guffey Acres

Guffey Acres – open through October 27, 2013
Enjoy farmtastic fun with 3 corn mazes located in 7 acres of paths – ranging from easy to advanced.  Other farm activities include hayrides, corn popper, barnyard barrel train, tube slide, corn box, pumpkin tether ball & much more! Kids will also enjoy seeing the barnyard buddies in the Big Red Barn.
Hours: Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 11am-8pm & Sunday 1-6pm
Admission is based on activities selected.  Visit www.guffeyacres.com.

Guffey Acres Field of Screams Haunted Maze – open through October 26, 2013
Feeling brave?  Try to find your way out of this haunted maze!
Hours: Friday & Saturday 9pm-Midnight
Admission: $10 per person & R.I.P. Pass $5 per person (allows you to skip the line)
Visit www.guffeyacres.com.

Guffey Acres Field of Screams corn maze

Twisted Darkness Haunted House & Twisted Illusions 3D Fun House – open through November 2, 2013
Get ready to scream!  Thrills and chills are waiting at every turn.  Twisted Illusions offers a fun, visual, mind-bending addition to the haunted house and will have Kid’s Night (No Haunt Thursdays) on October 24 & 31.
Hours: Friday & Saturday 7:30pm-Midnight (plus Thursday, October 24 & 31 from 7:30pm-Midnight)
Admission: $10 per person, $15 per person for both attractions, or $25 VIP Pass for both attractions
Visit www.twisteddarkness.com.

Easy Acre Farm – 2 great events! – open October 19, 26 & November 2, 2013
The Haunt at Easy Acre Farm is intended for teens and adults … this ain’t Old MacDonalds Farm!  Visit their Facebook page for SHARE the SCARE coupon for $2 off.  Hours: 8-11pm.  Admission: $10 per person.
Halloween Hoot at Easy Acre Farm is a family-friendly event for kids of all ages.  Activities include ghost hunt, crafts, the Monsanto Maze, barrel train ride, fun fall photos & Boo Barn!  Hours: 1-4pm.  Admission: $15 per family. Both events are rain or shine and cash only.
Visit www.easyacrefarm.com.

The Haunt at Easy Acre Farm

The Haunt at Easy Acre Farm

Edge of Insanity Haunted House – open through October 27, 2013
Be prepared … you never know what you will find in Dr. Weitle’s Asylum!
Hours: Saturday & Sunday 8-11pm
Admission: $8 per person
Visit www.weitlesasylum.com.

Haunted Trail Walk – October 26, 2013
Take a spooky walk through Kokomo’s Jackson Morrow Park!  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Hours: 6:00-8:30pm
Admission is FREE!
Visit website.

Kids Community Halloween Party – October 26, 2013
Bring the kids to this free community event featuring costume contest, games & entertainment at the Ivy Tech Kokomo Event & Conference Center.
Hours: 1-4pm
Admission is FREE!

First Friday in Downtown Kokomo “Day of the Dead” & Zombie Walk – November 1, 2013
Enjoy this arts-based event in downtown Kokomo with businesses offering open houses with music, artists, and family activities.  Costumes are encouraged during the event on Nov. 1st. There will also be a Zombie Walk (cost is only $5.)
Hours: 6-9pm
Admission is FREE!
Visit www.firstfridaykokomo.com.

 

For more events in Kokomo/Howard County this fall, visit www.VisitKokomo.org/events or download the Visit Kokomo mobile app!

Experience ART ON FIRE: Hot Glass & Class on October 18-20th

Experience amazing glass tours, unique exhibits & glass shops in Kokomo/Howard County!  Join us as we celebrate the art of glass on October 18-20, 2013 during this special Indiana Glass Trail Art on Fire weekend.

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Start your adventure at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America’s oldest art glass company.  Go “behind the scenes” on this fascinating tour to experience the glass-making process.  Watch as hot glass is ladled from a 12-pot furnace, hand-mixed, cooled, and shipped all over the world.  Also, see glass blowers create amazing glass art in the Hot Glass Studio and purchase beautiful glass items made by local artists in The OP Shop.  Don’t miss the special tours & demonstrations on Saturday, October 19th!  Located at 1310 S. Market St., KOG has been making glass in its original location since 1888.  The cost is only $5 to take the tour.

  • Glass Factory Tours & Glass Blowing – October 18 & 19 from 9amNoon 
  • Glass Bead & Suncatcher Demonstrations – October 18th 9am-5pm & October 19th 9am-1pm
  • The OP Shop hours – October 18th 9am-5pm & October 19th 9am-1pm
Seiberling Mansion

Seiberling Mansion

The discovery of natural gas in the late 1800’s in Indiana led to an explosion of creativity and glass-making.  From plate glass to stained glass and cookware to art glass, Howard County was a leader of the industry.  That history is on exhibit at Kokomo’s Seiberling Mansion at 1200 W. Sycamore St.  Explore their newest exhibit produced in cooperation with Kokomo Opalescent Glass, a selection from the museum’s huge collection of Jenkins glass, along with Greentown glass, a unique Bournique chandelier, and the Seiberling’s wonderful stained glass windows.  Admission is $5 adults & $2 children.

  • Seiberling Mansion & glass exhibits open October 18-20th from 1-4pm
Greentown Glass Museum

Greentown Glass Museum

Don’t miss a visit to the Greentown Glass Museum.  The museum’s permanent exhibit houses over 2,000 pieces of glass on display, including a vast number of pieces of glassware produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown between 1894-1903.  The extensive display features various glass patterns and highly collectible pieces, such as Chocolate Glass, Golden Agate and Rose Agate.  Admission is free.  The museum is located at 112 N. Meridian St. in Greentown.

  • Greentown Glass Museum open October 18th 12-4pm and October 19 & 20th 1-4pm

IGAA exhibit
Recognized as the best contemporary glasswork being made in the Midwest, 28 pieces from 21 glass artists have been selected for this year’s Indiana Glass Arts Alliance (IGAA) annual exhibition, which is titled “GATHERING: Contemporary Glass from the Heartland.”

Featuring exceptional glasswork from artists in six states, this unique exhibit will open Oct. 19, 2013 at the Indiana University Kokomo Art Gallery with an Opening Reception from 2-5 p.m. (open to the public.)  The Art Gallery is located on the campus of IU Kokomo at 2300 S. Washington St.  Admission is free.

IGAA Glass Exhibit Opening Reception – October 19th 2-5pm

 

 
Finally, purchase local, handmade glass items at Crystal Wand Creations, including glass jewelry, stained glass ornamentals, panels, suncatchers & wind chimes in this unique retail shop located at 206 N. Buckeye St. in Downtown Kokomo.  The shop will be open October 18th from 10am-6pm and October 19th from 10am-4pm.

Crystal Wand Creations in Downtown Kokomo

Crystal Wand Creations in Downtown Kokomo

In addition, take a class or see the work of glass artists in Lafayette/West Lafayette and Logansport during this glass weekend.  Full itinerary available here.

Special rates are available at the following Kokomo hotels (based on availability.) You must mention “Art on Fire – Hot Glass & Class” to receive the discounted rate!

Comfort Inn – (765) 452-5050
Courtyard by Marriott – (765) 453-0800
Fairfield Inn – (765) 453-8822
Hampton Inn & Suites – (765) 455-2900
Holiday Inn Express – (765) 453-2222

For more information, call the Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971 or go to www.VisitKokomo.org.  For more details on the Indiana Glass Trail and Art on Fire weekends, visit www.IndianaGlassTrail.com.