Upcoming Event Features: Indiana Bicentennial

Slow Saunter Hike/Next Indiana Campfire
Saturday, November 5, 2—5pm
Morgan-Monroe State Forest
6220 Forest Rd., Martinsville
$10 per person, RSVP by Nov. 2 (limit 40 per hike)
317-602-3692 / sandra@indianaforestalliance.org
Presented by the Indiana Forest Alliance and Indiana Humanities

Experience nature directly and encounter big ideas while hiking and discussing the works of noted environmental writers.

As part of the Indiana Forest Alliance’s Slow Saunter hiking series, which aims to inspire advocacy for Indiana’s forests, and Indiana Humanities’ Next Indiana Campfires, which connects nature, literature, and the Hoosier bicentennial, this hike and campfire discussion will explore the enduring yet often fraught relationship we have with the natural environment.

Transportation to Martinsville is on your own and upon arrival you will be greeted and given a short history of Morgan-Monroe State Forest before venturing out on a guided 3-mile hike. Along the way, you’ll pause to read aloud the words of important environmental thinkers. Imagine 15 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of reading, followed by more walking and reading over the course of 90 minutes. A forest ecologist will also join the group to answer questions about flora and fauna along the trail.

Following the hike we’ll gather for a 90-minute campfire meal and discussion led by University of Indianapolis English professor Kevin McKelvey connecting the ideas of nature and home. The two readings include “Wilderness Letter,” Pulitzer-winning author Wallace Stegner’s landmark 1960 essay in praise of untouched wilderness, and “Stone,” an essay by Susan Neville from her 1994 book Indiana Winter.

RSVP by November 2 at indianahumanities.org.
screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-2-13-42-pmFinding Home: Indiana at 200
Saturday, November 5, 4pm & 8pm
Sunday, November 6, 2pm
Tuesday. November 8, 6:30pm
Wednesday, November 9, 7:30pm
Thursday, November 10, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 12, 5pm & 9pm
Sunday, November 13, 2pm
Indiana Repertory Theatre, Upperstage
140 W. Washington St.
IndyGo: 2, 4. 11,12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 28, 31, 38, 39, 55

Tickets start at $25—Order at irtlive.com or by calling 317-635-5252
Presented by Indiana Repertory Theatre and Indiana Historical Society

A multifaceted look at Indiana’s life and times mixes music and history, comedy and drama, fact and fable.  

Finding Home: Indiana 200 is a collaboration of more than 30 Indiana writers—fiction writers, poets, journalists, historians and playwrights—from across the state coming together to celebrate the 200th birthday of Indiana. Interwoven with songs performed by Hoosier singer-songwriter Tim Grimm, this production allows you to delve into Indiana’s beloved icons and hidden gems.

This original production showcases many notable stories about our home state—from Princess Mishawaka, the daughter of Chief Elkhart to Madame C.J. Walker, the nation’s first African American female millionaire. Audience members will journey back in time with Abe Lincoln as he takes his first steps towards becoming a lawyer and with James Dean as he visits his high school drama teacher. Share in the memories of a middle-aged man recalling what it was like going to high school with Ryan White and eavesdrop on a conversation between William Henry Harrison and one of his descendants, eight generations later. Unique, engaging, and rooted in our shared history as Hoosiers, Finding Home: Indiana at 200 is a bicentennial treat for all!

Purchase tickets at irtlive.com or by calling 317-635-5252


There’s No Place Like Home: Love Letters to Planet Earth
Saturday, November 12, 1—3:30pm
Orchard School
615 W. 64th St.
IndyGo: 28
317-835-9827 / jimpoyser@earthcharterindiana.org

Presented by Elders Climate Action, The Orchard School, The Nature Conservancy, and Youth Power Indiana

Youth and elders come together to learn from each other and explore the different ways we share and care for our home, planet earth.

Dorothy knew the truth: “There’s no place like home.” Since planet earth is our only home, how we treat it matters. We are more than mere sojourners passing through without consequence. Our choices about the earth affect our lives, our children’s lives, and grandchildren’s lives. Let’s work across generational lines to be the best stewards of the earth we can be!

This intergenerational event invites you to learn from today’s youth as well as from the wisdom of elders. Third grade students from The Orchard School as well as other area schools will kick off the gathering by reading love letters to the earth. Older students will then present on climate education topics such as Climate Recovery.  (They’ll also be happy to swap stories on how they have achieved policy victories in IPS!) Afterwards, older attendees will be invited to write their own love and action letters while youth learn about the new Children of Indiana Nature Park. When the two groups recommence, some of the elders will read their love letters to the next generation.

This event gives a voice to the young and energizes elders to exercise their power to protect and preserve. United, these generations can teach and learn from each other.  Begin with love, and anything is possible.

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs requested at spiritandplace.org.


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