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.

 

 

 

 

Fall Trip Idea: Art Glass Getaway in Kokomo!

Looking for trip ideas this fall?  Check out amazing art glass tours, demonstrations, exhibits, and unique glass gifts in Kokomo/Howard County.

Experience art on fire at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America's oldest art glass company.

Experience art on fire at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America’s oldest art glass company.

Experience true “art on fire” at Kokomo Opalescent Glass (KOG), America’s oldest art glass company in business since 1888.  Public factory tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m.  Can’t come during the week? Check out special Saturday tours only on Saturday, October 17, 2015 with continuous tours from 9:00 a.m. – Noon.

Take the tour to go behind the scenes at Kokomo Opalescent Glass.

Take the tour to go behind the scenes at Kokomo Opalescent Glass.

Feel the heat of molten glass ladled from the 12-pot furnace.  Over 22,000 variations of sheet glass are produced at KOG and shipped worldwide. Also watch amazing glass blowing demonstrations by local artisans and glass beadmaking demonstrations.

Find unique glass items at The OP Shop, open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.

Find unique glass items at The OP Shop, open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm.

Visit The OP Shop (located at Kokomo Opalescent Glass) and Crystal Wand Creations in downtown Kokomo for stunning, handmade glass items made by local glass artists, great for giving as holiday gifts!  While in downtown, enjoy lunch or dinner at one of many locally-owned restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops or visit unique shops and art galleries.

See over 2,000 pieces of glass on display at the Greentown Glass Museum.

See over 2,000 pieces of glass on display at the Greentown Glass Museum.

See beautiful exhibits of highly-collectible Greentown and Jenkins glass at the Greentown Glass Museum and Seiberling Mansion, along with multiple stained glass windows and other local history and glass-related exhibits.

Learn more about local history and Indiana's gas boom at the Seiberling Mansion.

Learn more about local history and Indiana’s gas boom at the Seiberling Mansion.

To plan a unique glass getaway this fall or for more information, contact the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971 or visit http://www.VisitKokomo.org.

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.

 

Kokomo on FOX59’s “Your Town Friday”

Photo Credit: FOX59

Photo Credit: FOX59

FOX59’s Kristin Kane and Scott Jones came to Kokomo today for their Your Town Friday segment.  In case you missed it, a recap of their visit and videos can be seen at: http://fox59.com/2014/08/15/your-town-friday-heads-up-to-kokomo/.

Three great local businesses were highlighted, including Kokomo Opalescent Glass, Martino’s Italian Villa, and Kokomo Toys & Collectibles.  They also previewed the Taste of Kokomo, one of Kokomo’s largest events featuring lots of great local food, live music, kid’s activities, and fun food contests and competitions (like the Hot Wing Eating Contest and Taco Throwdown!)  Benefiting the United Way of Howard County, the Taste of Kokomo will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 5:00-10:30 p.m. in Downtown’s Foster Park.  Admission is free.

Thanks FOX59 for making Kokomo “Your Town Friday!”

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

Recent community tours feature Kokomo attractions

I recently had the opportunity to schedule community tours for the girls competing in the Distinguished Young Women of Indiana 2012 program and the program judges (on separate days) in Kokomo during the week of February 20, 2012.  What a blast!  Both groups enjoyed learning more about Kokomo through these interactive tours during their visit to our city.  I snapped several photos to share!  Many thanks to Cindy Locke, Kay Frazer, and Jim Parsons (all pictured below) for giving these outstanding tours to our special guests!

These photos were taken at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory:

These were taken at the Elwood Haynes Museum:

These photos were taken at the Kokomo Automotive Museum:

For more information on all the attractions and museums in Kokomo, call the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971 or visit our website at www.visitkokomo.org.