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

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

For more information, contact Beth Notaro at (765) 236-1000, or

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

Kokomo’s Holiday Light Displays


There are a number of locations in the Kokomo area to see beautiful light displays, most open nightly starting at dusk through Christmas.

See over one million lights and dozens of animated displays at We Care Park, located on the northside of Kokomo near the corner of Lafountain & Gano Streets.  Also enjoy light displays in Highland Park (entrance located off Defenbaugh Street) and throughout Downtown Kokomo.  Nearby, visit the Twelve Days of Christmas Lights at the Pioneer Village at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown, and don’t miss the computerized Sharpsville Lights Christmas display show set to music.

Kids of all ages (no matter if you are 5 or 95) are sure to enjoy a drive to see the lights this holiday season!  For more information about Kokomo, go to

Downtown Kokomo Train Depot honored with historical marker

The L.E. & W. Railroad Depot was recognized as a community landmark last week with a historical marker, serving as a visual reminder of Kokomo’s once bustling railroad industry.  It is the only remaining train depot in Kokomo.

The depot was built in the Craftsman architectural style around 1910, which later became home to Norfolk & Western Railroad and then Central Railroad of Indianapolis.  Recently acquired by the city of Kokomo, the building is currently being used as the location for the Kokomo Downtown Winter Market, now open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. through December 20, 2014.

Howard County Historian John Morr talks about the historic train depot after the historical marker was unveiled

Howard County Historian John Morr talks about the historic train depot after the historical marker was unveiled


Train depot, circa 1910, in Downtown Kokomo

Train depot, circa 1910, in Downtown Kokomo