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!
As my research for IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine continues, our guest writer, Megan Marshall, shares her love of grape stomping!
Hello! My name is Megan and I am lucky enough to be an intern again in the Carmel Arts & Design District this summer. After helping to spread the word about fellow 2009 intern Bethany’s Arts and Design District blog, I decided I had to get a piece of internet stardom for myself. What better way to get my feet wet in the world of blogging than jumping right into the history of grape stomping in honor of our upcoming event IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine?
Believe it or not, the 1956 episode “Lucy’s Italian Movie” of I Love Lucy was NOT the first known grape stomping event, although I certainly like to credit it with the historical significance of creating a grape stomping memory for generations of Americans. It is believed that grape stomping as a winemaking process dates back as far as 200 BC. Grape stomping was the process used in every winemaking country to extract the juices from freshly picked grapes for wine.
However, grape stomping does not have the strongest history in United States. Legislation was written to outlaw the practice in response to health concerns during the twentieth century. Apparently, wine drinkers grew uncomfortable about knowing that bare feet had created the wine they were about to enjoy with family and friends. A fair concern if you ask me! But never fear, wine stomping still maintains a strong presence at wineries and wine festivals across the U.S.
Now you may be asking, “Why the sudden lesson in the history of grape stomping?” Well, this year for IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine, we decided to create an event with a twist by combining three things that anyone who knows me well will say I can not get enough of:
- Giving back to the community
- And a little friendly competition!
Be sure to check out members of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Indiana Chapter, in a dueling grape stomp competition to raise awareness and funds for their organization between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. in front of the Simple Sweet Shoppe this weekend at IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine!
On the left, the hilarious Lucille Ball and her grape stomping partner in the 1956 I Love Lucy episode titled “Lucy’s Italian Movie”. On the right, bloggers Bethany and Megan recreate the episode in the Carmel Arts & Design District office.
I approach the subject of wine the same way I approach biology. I think it’s insanely interesting, time-consuming to learn, and nerve-racking to pronounce. If you ask me, anyone who understands it all and can confidently order the perfect wine pairing is on track to becoming the next Albert Einstein. While studying abroad in New Zealand, I attempted to cure all of my insecurities and reach the next level of enlightenment by taking a wine course, but was turned down because I wasn’t enrolled in the ‘Masters Wine Program’. Go figure.
Over the years I have attended wine tastings and gatherings enough to know what I like and need to avoid. I do know that I love wine, and that I have many wonderful memories with friends and family associated with various kinds of wine. On Saturday July 16th, the Carmel Arts & Design District will create another wonderful wine memory with the IU Health North Hospital Art of Wine.
Local wine establishments will be providing tastings to event participants 21 years of age or older, and with the fifteen dollar purchase of a glass, you receive unlimited tastings. You can look forward to offerings from Best Vineyards Winery, Buck Creek Winery, Carousel Winery, Easley Winery, Huber’s Orchard & Winery, Madison Country Winery, Mallow Run Winery, and Vine & Table.
Although it’s not a master’s course, the wineries will be happy to answer questions and suggest pairings with their wine. Many will have bottles and glasses of wine available for purchase, along with the promise that they will never laugh if you mispronounce Amontillado, Beaujolais, or Chateauneuf-du-Pape!
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!