Most car obsessions are historically thought of as between a man and a very fast car. I’m here to break the mold. My name is Bethany, and I am obsessed with my 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit. My affectionate name for him is Thumper, and we first met in 2008. What made me first fall in love with Thumper was not his four cylinders, but the way I felt like he took care of me. It was the first time my car let me know how many miles I had untill I found myself on the side of the road with no gas, and my college self appreciated that more than words can describe. Not to mention Thumper’s gas mileage, getting thirty miles to the gallon is a big help when gas peaked above $4 a gallon. The true test of our relationship was the winter when I returned from Asia, and found myself stuck in the icepocalypse for five hours. We made it to Indianapolis in one piece, and I am forever grateful for Thumper’s perseverance. I doubt Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson would even look twice at the car, but Thumper and I have a special bond that I will continue to brag about.
I know I’m not alone with my obsession, as I talked to many proud car owners at IU Health North Hospital Carmel Artomobilia. Each had a unique story and countless memories attached to their gorgeous vehicles. I hope you enjoyed the afternoon as much as I did! Below are some photos of the day. Enjoy!
Car enthusiast takes a peak at the trunk of a Indianapolis 500 pace car, the Chevy Camaro, at IU Health North Hospital Carmel Artomobilia.
Spectators enjoyed the art of the automobile by examining the engine of a classic car.
The personalized details of each car enhance the automotive experience!
Now on to my favorite section- the Ferraris!
Even racers fans had their choice of classic and new models!
These boys found their favorite car at IU Health North Hospital Carmel Artomobilia. Who could resist those whitewall tires?
What was your favorite? We would love to hear your feedback!
Basil. Garlic. Salt. A little pinch of each provides a big flavor kick in my morning omelet. While prepping my ingredients and whipping my eggs, I thought, “A little goes a long way. The same is true in most things in life.” Maybe it was the chocolate coffee kicking in, or maybe I was on to something.
This morning’s revelation was reinforced later in the day when I stopped by the Simply Sweet Shoppe, where I found myself fixated on images of Kenya. There on the colorful walls was a poster promoting the local fund-raising event. Kenya Carnival is dedicated to helping orphans and vulnerable students in Kenya, and Simply Sweet Shoppe is the title sponsor!
The Simply Sweet Shoppe isn’t the only small business making a big impact. PillowTalk is a strong supporter of the fight against breast cancer and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Every March, PillowTalk hosts the annual ‘Bras For The Cause’ event. ‘Bras For The Cause’ is a month dedicated to funding research for breast cancer. A portion of the profits for the entire month are donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation.
Further west on Main Street, the Main Street Barber Shop is dedicated to helping America’s veterans. They are currently collecting household items, such as plates, linens, working appliances, and lamps to assist veterans in need (cough cough..If you are like me, by the time I get around to spring cleaning it’s almost fall, making now the perfect time to take household items down to the shop). The Main Street Barber Shop has several other events to help veterans throughout the year, so stop by to see how else you can help.
Finally, we can’t forget the Carmel Old Town Antique Mall and ArtSplash artist Erika Woods and their commitment to helping our four-legged friends. Erika used her talents to help decorate a room in the Humane Society of Indianapolis, while the owners of Carmel Old Town Antique Mall rescue greyhounds. These beautiful dogs often visit the store – stop by and see them!
Small businesses can make a big difference and the Carmel Arts & Design District businesses prove it daily.
I wonder what life lessons my breakfast will provide for me tomorrow!
While planning IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine, I often found myself checking my phone- even without it ringing or buzzing. Waiting for Mr. Right? No. Compulsive? Maybe- I was waiting hopelessly for the call from Vine & Table to provide an update on the status of my long lost love, Speight’s Gold Medal Ale. Leading up to the call, I was daydreaming of my six pack with a bright red bow en route to America, flying first class so soon it could be enjoyed by my friends and me.
The call came at the end of the week, as promised. Unfortunately, my daydream didn’t come to fruition. Not because Vine & Table didn’t try hard enough, but because of legality. Speight’s has yet to trademark their beer in America. The lack of a trademark along with trade regulations means that Speight’s Gold Medal Ale will not be able to be shipped to the states for a few more years. The Vine & Table staff offered to order another New Zealand specialty beer, but I have plenty of love for domestic beers and hope to create memories with my good friends at Sun King Brewery. Plus, I don’t have any qualms using the excuse ‘I need to go back to New Zealand… for the beer.’ And yes, the Speight’s Gold Medal Ale is worth a sixteen hour flight!
I can’t thank the Vine & Table staff enough for looking into the ordering and shipping of the beer. It’s not every day that you hear ‘I can order it for you,’ when talking about your favorite hard to find items, much less those from New Zealand!
True confession: I was asked not to participate in 4th grade choir. In fact, I was asked not to even try to be in the choir. My parents thought that I would grow out of my ‘awful singing phase’. However, I took to singing in my car, in the shower and unfortunately for my friends… on karaoke stages. As many of my past and present roommates can tell you, it’s not just a ‘phase’.
On Saturday, June 11th, I was shocked and quite envious of the talent on the Arts & Design District stage. The fans, Carmel Marathon participants and I were serenaded by the sweet sounds of Midwest Voice Studio’s students from 1-2 p.m. Some of the students were in grade school and others had won beauty pageants, but they all had me wishing I could carry a tune only half as well as they could.
Midwest School of Voice is new to the District, but the talented duo who founded the studio are not strangers. Blair Clark and Heather Ramsey both have performed for a variety of Carmel’s signature events. Likewise, they are not strangers to the music business, having worked with music legends and played venues throughout the United States and Europe.
Heather and Blair are now transferring their knowledge to various students young and old looking to perfect their singing abilities. Fortunately, they haven’t sidelined their concerts and are still actively performing. Come enjoy their performances at IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine on Saturday, July 16th.
Since my ‘awful singing phase’ was less of a phase and more of a, shall we say, lifestyle, I choose to sing “Do Re Mi” from Sound of Music in the privacy of my own home. Though secretly, I wish I was one of Blair and Heather’s students so they could take me to the next level!