Consider Kokomo for a Spring Break Staycation!

Looking for things to do during spring break?  Enjoy a staycation and explore all things Kokomo!

Want to experience some of Kokomo’s homegrown gems?  This is your list!  These “made in Kokomo” stops will leave you in awe of our local flavor, culture, and heritage.

Tour Kokomo Opalescent Glass

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory - Ladlers at the table 2

Experience art 127 years in the making at America’s oldest glass art company.  Take a tour of this historic 1888 factory to witness the fine precision of art glass making firsthand, including sheet glass production, hot glass blowing demonstrations, and glass bead making.  Public tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10:00 am and cost $5 per person.  Students $2.  No open-toe shoes, sandals, flip flops, or clogs are permitted on the tour.

Don’t forget to take home a souvenir – KOG’s OP Shop has beautiful handcrafted glass items made in the factory available for purchase. The OP Shop is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

See Kokomo-built cars at the Kokomo Automotive Museum

1923 Haynes automobileThe Kokomo Automotive Museum is currently hosting part of “Hoosier Made: World Driven,” a three museum event to celebrate Indiana’s automotive heritage. The event runs until Oct. 3, 2016.  “Hoosier Made: World Driven” examines the heyday of Indiana’s automobile industry when some of the world’s finest motorcars were built in the Hoosier state.

The display features five different Haynes and Apperson touring vehicles from the 1920’s.  In addition the museum is home to more than 100 antique and classic automobiles, offering visitors a glimpse of the nation’s automotive history, with an emphasis on local automotive history.  Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Try local hand-crafted beers at Half Moon Restaurant & Brewery.

Enjoy a meal with the Wildcat Wheat, Stoplight City Red, Cole Porter, Kokomonster, or try the Half Moon Sampler with all their standard and seasonal fresh brew beer selections in 4 oz. samples.  Menu items include steaks, burgers, slow smoked barbeque, and much more.

Grab a Kokomo-made snack or dessert. 

JEdwards Chocolates 2

J. Edwards Gourmet

J. Edwards Gourmet features house-made chocolates, gourmet cakes, unique gifts, dips, and salsas.  Their delicious cakes and chocolates can be purchased by the slice or piece.

From savory to sweet, Kokomo’s Popcorn Cafe offers over 50 flavors of freshly made popcorn.  Kokomo Krunch is their most popular flavor – a mix of popcorn, nuts, candies, and chocolate-drizzled pretzels.  The store also hosts a wide variety of retro and bulk candy.

Blondie’s Cookies is a locally-owned business specializing in freshly baked and handcrafted cookies and brownies. Try the KoKo Swirl Sprinkle and KoKo Kream Sprinkle!

Love donuts?  Try Dan’s Variety Bakery or the Gingerbread House Bakery in downtown for a local and fresh donut fix.  Get them while they last!

Watch a game at Kokomo Municipal Stadium. 

Kokomo Municipal Stadium
Several college baseball games will be held during the month of March at Kokomo Municipal Stadium in downtown Kokomo, all featuring at least one Indiana college team. Check out the Kokomo Jackrabbits’ website to purchase tickets.

 

Savor the local fare.

Enjoy an Italian lunch or dinner at PASTArrific, recently named one of the “13 Restaurants You Have To Visit In Indiana Before You Die” by Only In Your State.  Their menu includes traditional oven baked entrees, such as lasagna and eggplant parmigiana, as well as artisanal pizzas, seafood pastas, and decadent desserts.

 

For more information on things to do in Kokomo or local events, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or call the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971.

 

 

 

 

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Experience “ART ON FIRE” in Kokomo October 17-18, 2014

2014 ART ON FIRE Flyer FINAL REVISED

Learn about Kokomo/Howard County’s rich glass heritage during “Art on Fire” on October 17-18, 2014.  Experience amazing art glass through factory tours, glass blowing demonstrations, exhibits, and shops during this special glass weekend!

Go behind the scenes at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America’s oldest art glass company, on a 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.  They produce over 22,000 variations of sheet glass!  Also, see local glass blowers create unique glass art in the Hot Glass Studio, watch bead and suncatcher demonstrations, and have the opportunity to purchase beautiful glass items made by local artists in The OP Shop.  Glass production tours and glass blowing will be offered from 9:00 a.m. through Noon both days.  The OP Shop will be open on October 17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and October 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Special Offer: Receive $5 off any purchase of $25 or more in The OP Shop!

Explore the Howard County Museum, located in the remarkable Seiberling Mansion, built by industrialist Monroe Seiberling for his family in 1891.  The Mansion contains beautiful stained glass windows created with art glass from Kokomo Opalescent Glass.  Some of the windows are original to the house, others were added during a recent renovation.  The museum possesses one of the largest known collections of Jenkins Glass, produced in Kokomo, and has a portion of it on permanent display. There is a temporary display in the James Long Gallery, featuring Kokomo Opalescent Glass. Visitors can also see representative pieces of Greentown glass, produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown, and Bournique glass, which began in Howard County.  The Seiberling Mansion will be opened from 1-4 p.m. on October 17 and 18.

Next, head to Downtown Kokomo to discover Artworks Gallery, Crystal Wand Creations, and Fragrant Blossom Artisan Shop! Artworks Gallery will feature glass bead demonstrations and an art glass exhibit during this event.  Talk with local artists while they work and see beautiful artwork in a variety of mediums in this 2-story art gallery.  By the way, all pieces of art in the gallery are also available to purchase.  Artworks Gallery will be open October 17 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and October 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Find local, handmade glass items at Crystal Wand Creations, including glass jewelry, stained glass ornamentals, panels, suncatchers & wind chimes in this unique retail shop located in Downtown.  Special Offer: Receive 10% off all in-stock stained glass!  The shop will be open October 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and October 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Purchase beautiful, custom glass art platters made from wine bottles at Fragrant Blossom Artisan Shop.  The shop also carries handmade soap, candles, and accessories from Indiana artists.  Open October 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and October 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Make sure to visit all three shops while in Downtown!

Finally, 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.  Open October 17 from 12-4 p.m. and October 18 from 1-4 p.m.

To plan a visit, call 800-837-0971 or go to www.VisitKokomo.org.  For more information on where to see glass in Indiana, go to www.IndianaGlassTrail.com.

 

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.

KOG Expands Glass Tours & Celebrates 125 Years in Kokomo

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Producing art glass in Kokomo since 1888, Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company (KOG) celebrates 125 years in business this year.  And if you have not taken the tour, now is the time!  Recently expanded, public factory tours are now offered five days a week – Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Their fascinating tour takes you through the glass-making process, including production, packaging and shipping, along with unique glimpses into the Hot Glass Studio (where beautiful custom glass pieces are blown, pressed, and hand cast), stained glass restoration, and special project areas.  Call (765) 457-1829 to schedule group tours.  When planning your visit, please note that no open toe shoes, sandals, or flip flops are permitted in the factory.

For more information on glass production in Kokomo or to shop online, visit www.kog.com.

KOG Hot Glass Studio

KOG Hot Glass Studio

Feather vases made at Kokomo Opalescent Glass

Feather vases made at Kokomo Opalescent Glass

Explore Autos and Art Glass in Kokomo

Travel to Kokomo, Indiana to discover art glass, automobiles, and delicious culinary experiences.  Whether you are traveling with family, friends, or a group, you won’t want to miss these must-see attractions!

Watch how glass is made at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company (KOG) has been producing art glass in its original Kokomo location since 1888.  They are America’s oldest art glass company and were voted Best Factory Tour – Indiana 2011.  Located at 1310 South Market Street, public factory tours are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:00am.  Even if you are not a glass enthusiast, I guarantee you will enjoy this fascinating tour!  Watch as skilled ladlers quickly scoop molten glass from the furnace and carefully mix the glass to the exact color and texture desired.  Over 22,000 variations of sheet glass are produced in their facility.  The sheet glass produced in Kokomo is shipped all over the world and used by glass artisans for stained glass windows and custom projects.

Beautiful feather vases made at the KOG Hot Glass Studio

The tour also includes a trip through the KOG Hot Glass Studio.  Watch as expert artists use Kokomo glass to create unique blown, pressed, and hand-cast glass items.  Most blown glass art items are available to purchase in the OP Shop, including suncatchers, stunning bowls and vases, perfume bottles, jewelry, beads, and other beautiful items.  Call 765-457-1829 for information or shop online at www.kog.com.

Kokomo has a rich history of automotive heritage and industry, starting with America’s First Car, developed in 1894 by Kokomo resident Elwood Haynes.  Visitors can see a 1905 Haynes automobile at the Elwood Haynes Museum and explore his former residence, now filled with exhibits chronicling his life as an inventor and the auto industry in Kokomo.  The Elwood Haynes Museum is located at 1915 South Webster Street and can be contacted at 765-456-7500.

Then, visit the Kokomo Automotive Museum.  Over 100 antique and classic automobiles, including several made in Kokomo, will take you on a wonderful trip through the past.  Exhibits include a replica of America’s First Car built by Elwood Haynes and a 1950’s diner, along with many other auto-related memorabilia.  All ages will enjoy this wonderful collection located at 1500 North Reed Road (U.S. 31.)  For more information, call 765-454-9999.

View over 100 cool cars at the Kokomo Automotive Museum

Enjoy a King Tenderloin at Ray’s Drive In — both Ray’s and Artie’s Tenderloin in Kokomo are located on the Indiana Tenderloin Trail

While in Kokomo, enjoy a delicious meal or tasty treat at one of our local eateries.  From hand-breaded tenderloins to old-fashioned ice cream sodas, Kokomo cuisine can be found on 9 different Indiana Culinary Trails.  Visit a local brewery, drive-in, bakery, or locally-owned family dining restaurant for great food only found in Kokomo.  Visit www.IndianaFoodways.com for more on Indiana’s Culinary Trails.

For more information on Kokomo or to plan your next visit, call 800-837-0971, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the new Visit Kokomo Mobile App on your Apple or Android smartphone.  Plan your next getaway in Kokomo for an adventure filled with autos and art glass!

Kokomo Artworks: A New Downtown Jewel

Kokomo Artworks, a co-op of artists within the Kokomo Art Association, recently moved to a beautiful new gallery in Downtown Kokomo.  While the entrance from the outside looks like a typical downtown shop, what you see inside is anything but ordinary! 

A variety of artwork, ranging from watercolor, photography, to ceramics are all wonderfully displayed throughout the two story gallery, perfect for browsing with a morning cup of coffee or for holiday shopping.  Art classes are also given for those that want to try their own hand at painting or other forms of art.

In addition to individual artwork displays, Little Town Glass Company has a glass studio on the second floor featuring stained glass art, glass jewelry, and steampunk gears (a very fun moveable art) and more.  This family business (father & sons) hand-selects glass locally made at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company to make their unique and exquisite glass creations.

Little Town Glass Company's owner Michael West works in his glass studio inside Kokomo Artworks

Also, both Kokomo Artworks and Little Town Glass are part of the Indiana Glass Trail, which features several stops in the Kokomo area as it winds through the state.  For more information on the Indiana Glass Trail, visit www.IndianaGlassTrail.com or call the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971.  

Artworks is located at 210 North Main Street in beautiful Downtown Kokomo.  Hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  For more information, call 765-459-4579 or visit their website.
 
Because often a picture can say more than words, here are some photos taken this week at Artworks.  Make time this holiday season to visit this new downtown jewel!

Indiana Glass Trail Proving Successful

May 5, 2011

For Immediate Release

 Contact:              Peggy Hobson
                             Kokomo Visitors Bureau
                             765-457-6802 or 800-837-0971

                             The Indiana Glass Trail Proving Successful

Interest in The Indiana Glass Trail has grown quickly since the website was launched in February 2010.  To date, 10,330 brochures promoting The Indiana Glass Trail have been distributed. Glass Trail information posted on the Visit Indiana website has received 3,458 hits in the 15 months that it has been on the State site.  This is more than any other brochure ad on the site received in this time period.  In addition, 73% of the visitors exiting the Visit Indiana website linked on to another tourism site directly from the Glass Trail Trip Idea page, driving the visitors to related sites.

In 2009 five Indiana Visitor Bureaus joined forces to form the trail which includes Anderson, Muncie, Kokomo, Hamilton County, and Columbus. The Visitor Bureau partners received a matching grant from Indiana Artisan and Indiana Office of Tourism Development to start the project.  The Indiana Glass Trail came to life in 2010 after the website (www.IndianaGlassTrail.com) and promotional efforts were launched. The mission of the trail is to drive business to glass artisans along the route extending through each county by promoting the work of glass artists, factories, schools, galleries, festivals, and museums.

Beautiful Glass Jewelry by Kokomo Glass Artist Tonya Glenn

The Indiana Glass Trail joined nearly 200 other exhibitors at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace held April 16 and 17 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  Nearly 5,000 people attended.  Cindy Frey, Associate Director of the Columbus Area Visitor Center, who worked at the Indiana Glass Trail booth at the Marketplace stated, “The exposure we received at the Marketplace was tremendous.  We were kept very busy talking to people and answering their questions about the trail and the glass artists and venues we represent.” 

“We knew The Glass Trail would attract people to it when we were talking about forming the partnership,” states Peggy Hobson, Executive Director of the Kokomo Visitors Bureau and administrator of the Glass Trail.  “But we had no idea that it would generate as much attention as it has this quickly.”

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory Tour

Hobson continued, “We are now seeing an increase in visitation to the sites on the trail.  Kokomo Opalescent Glass has increased their plant tour schedule from two days to four days to keep up with the demand.”  During the first four months of 2010 Kokomo Opalescent Glass had 574 people tour their facility.  In the same time period in 2011, 1,052 people have taken the tour.  John O’Donnell, CEO of Kokomo Opalescent Glass, says, “Tours mean additional revenue which we are also seeing.”

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 Kokomo-Howard County Visitors Bureau
325 N. Main Street, Kokomo, IN 46901
800-837-0971 or 765-457-6802
www.visitkokomo.org  email: information@visitkokomo.org