Hit a Home Run with Family Fun this Summer in Kokomo!

This summer is the perfect time to discover all the new and fun, family-friendly activities Kokomo has to offer!

Kokomo’s 2015 Summer Concert Series kicked off last weekend at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion in Downtown’s Foster Park. Enjoy fun festivals and fantastic live music with great performers and bands all summer long!  All concerts are free and family-friendly. Summer headliners include:

June 27 –  The Rat Pack is Back! live from Las Vegas with the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra
July 2-4 – Haynes-Apperson Festival with parade, food, car shows, fireworks, and concerts featuring Pink Droyd with Laser Light Spectacular (July 2), Bret Michaels (July 3), and Here Come the Mummies (July 4)
July 25 – The Mark Farner Band
August 1 – Rhumfest featuring David Cook
August 8 – Weberfest featuring MiniKiss
August 15 – Taste of Kokomo featuring Danny Seraphine, Bill Champlin & CTA
September 25 – Octoberfest featuring The Lovin’ Spoonful on their 50th Anniversary Tour

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The Kokomo Jackrabbits (named after the Apperson Jack Rabbit, an early automobile manufactured in Kokomo in 1907) play their inaugural season of baseball this summer at the city’s new Kokomo Municipal Stadium. Post-game fireworks, themed game nights, pre-game festivities, Kid Zone for youngsters, and strong community partnerships create a fun game-day experience.  And best of all, the Jackrabbits’ home turf is within walking distance to Kokomo’s revitalized downtown, full of unique dining, shopping, and entertainment options, and adjacent to beautiful walking and biking trails along the Wildcat Creek!  For ticket information, visit www.KokomoJackrabbits.com.

Plan to check out Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center, the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer afternoon, with its large leisure pool, high energy water slides, splash pad, kiddie slides, and relaxing lazy river.

Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center

Other must-see events this summer include Kokomo Wings and Wheels Air & Car Show on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Kokomo Municipal Airport, thrilling racing action at Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo Automotive Museum’s new exhibit “The Life and Times of the Ford Thunderbird” on display through October 9, 2015, and First Fridays, held year-round in Downtown Kokomo.

Love history?  Check out the Elwood Haynes Museum, Seiberling Mansion, and Kokomo Opalescent Glass (with glass factory tours offered at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.)

For more information on Kokomo or to see a full list of summer events, visit our website or download the free Visit Kokomo mobile app!

Quilts Along the Wildcat Quilt Show June 5-6, 2015 in Kokomo

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Over 300 quilts will be on display at the Ivy Tech Kokomo Event & Conference Center starting today at 10:00 a.m.  In addition to the beautiful quilts, including many handmade by featured quilter Carol Gaskill, there will be quilt vendors, demonstrations, and quilt appraisals available at the Quilts Along the Wildcat Quilt Show, presented by the Kokomo Piecemakers Quilt Guild.

2015 Featured Quilter

In addition, don’t miss the special Quilts of Valor display inside the Kokomo Automotive Museum, located at the same location with more than 100 vintage automobiles.

The Quilt Show will be open June 5-6, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.each day at 1500 North Reed Road, Kokomo, Indiana.  Admission is $7.

Patriotic Quilt

Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference coming to Kokomo

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The 2015 Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference will be held in Kokomo on April 21-24, 2015.

A variety of educational sessions, workshops, and local tours will be offered featuring local, state, and nationally recognized preservationists and guest speakers.  A few highlights will include the IDHPA annual preservation awards dinner at the Kokomo Country Club and dinner and tours at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America’s oldest art glass company.

Conference sessions and workshops will be held in unique historic buildings in and around Downtown Kokomo, and will be “full of new ideas for old places!”  To register or to find out more information, visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/4463.htm.

The conference is hosted by Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (IDHPA), Indiana University, and Indiana Landmarks.

Learn About Fiber Arts at Kokomo’s Winter Woolen Workshop

Winter Woolen Workshop 1Enjoy two days of workshops, demonstrations, and shopping with more than 30 vendors at the 9th Annual Winter Woolen Workshop on February 21-22, 2015 in Kokomo.  Learn, practice, and share your skills and interest in fiber arts!

It will all be handmade as participants can watch and even try their own hand at primitive and traditional rug hooking, oxford rug punch, spinning, weaving, acryllic painting, hand quilting, beading, knitting, crocheting, wool applique, needle felting, and much more.

The event will be held at the Seiberling Mansion and Elliott House and is presented by Beth’s Main Street Folkart and the Howard County Historical Society.  Hours are Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Cost of a two-day admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  Advance sale tickets are available online at www.howardcountymuseum.org.

For more information, contact Beth Notaro at (765) 236-1000, bethsmnstfolkart@aol.com or www.picturetrail.com/bethsmainstreet.

Indulge in Kokomo’s Chocolate Celebration on Feb. 6th

chocolateWhere can you find raspberry brownie parfaits, double chocolate cookies, banana split cheesecake, chocolate-covered fruit cups, and dark chocolate caramel cupcakes?  At the 13th Annual Chocolate Celebration on Friday, February 6, 2015! This sweet event will be held at Kokomo’s First Church of the Nazarene at 2734 South Washington Street from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

There is no admission to the event with free samples at many of the booths.  Tickets are 2/$5, and each ticket may be redeemed at any of the Chocolate Celebration booths for one chocolate item of your choice.  Arrive early for best selection!

Many booths will also have specialty items for sale – perfect for Valentine’s Day!  New to this year’s celebration, bring your smartphone along and connect on Twitter by live tweeting pictures of your favorite treats using #chocolatecelebration @SCaregivers.

This is one delicious event for a great cause!  Proceeds will benefit Samaritan Caregivers.

Want to find out more?  Call 765-453-7611 or check out the chocolate page at www.samaritancaregivers.org.