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Top 10 Events in Bloomington for June, 2016

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Indiana Limestone Symposium Once we get over the monumental weekend that is IU Graduation, the town takes a nap for a few weeks. But by June, when the weather is more dependable and the traffic is wonderfully minimal, Bloomington is ready to party. There are tons of events going on, but here are approximately 10 of the biggest. Click on the pictures to learn more. To find out about everything that's going on, check out our Events Calendar. Limestone Month Limestone has been an important part of the culture of this a …

Kid-Friendly Hidden Gems - Spring 2016

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griffy lake hiking Spring time is a great time to get outdoors (finally!) and enjoy the natural beauty of Bloomington. But it's also a temperamental season, with cool, rainy days often on the forecast. For this reason, we've come up with two kid-friendly activities that will suit the changing weather and your kid's changing interests. Griffy Lake and Nature Preserve Most people know about Griffy Lake and the 1,200 acres of nature preserve that surround it. But you might have forgotten about the nearly two …

Free events this summer in Bloomington

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Cork and Fork Oliver Winery Creekbend Vineyard It doesn't matter if your idea of an expensive meal is filet mignon or PB&J. Everyone likes free stuff. Luckily for those of us who live in or travel to Bloomington, it's ridiculously easy to find free things to do, especially in the summer. I'll share with you some of the best free things to do here this summer because you deserve it. For more local events, check out our massive Events Calendar. Bloomington Community Farmers' Market Yes, this is a place to get great local produce, meat, da …

Funny Business Part 2: An Interview with Jon Hancuff

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Jon Hancuff Comedy Attic The Comedy Attic and Limestone Comedy Festival have put Bloomington on the map in the world of comics and comedy fans. We heard from club owner Jared Thompson about how the Comedy Attic got started and how it's developed into one of the country's top clubs. Now it's time to hear from someone who actually gets up onstage. Jon Hancuff is a local comedian who performs regularly in Bloomington and around the Midwest. In this Q&A he tells us what it's like and why Bloomington is so darn funny.  …

Funny Business Part 1: An Interview with Jared Thompson

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Jared Thompson Comedy Attic Many people know Bloomington as being home to IU, lots of great sports (especially basketball), good food and drink, and a thriving arts scene. But for those who love standup comedy Bloomington has quickly become a hotspot in the Midwest. This is due almost solely to The Comedy Attic and its owners, Jared and Dayna Thompson. He has built a top-rated comedy club and brings in tremendously talented comics, many of them moving on to bigger stages and screens soon after appearing in Bloomington. An …

Bikes & Beer: Cycling tips around Bloomington

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Michael Fox Bloomington Biking Bloomington sits in the middle of limestone country, whose ravines, fissures, underground springs, and caves make the land quite hilly -- perfect for adventurous cyclists. I asked some local cyclists about their favorite Bloomington routes, and because they're cyclists, they also offered their favorite places to fuel up after a ride (a.k.a. food). For more info on biking in Btown, check out our cycling guide with info and more links. Michael Fox "Riding from town out toward Lake Lemon and …

10 Excellent Events in Bloomington for May, 2016

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Bloomington Community Farmers' Market It's hard to overestimate how great May is in Bloomington. T-shirt weather becomes the norm, traffic quiets down as most IU students head elsewhere for the summer, and the time to be outdoors is now. There are also tons of events going on no matter what you're looking for. So here are some of our favorite upcoming things to do, but there's a lot more which you can find out about on our Events Calendar. Bloomington Community Farmers' Market This weekly event on Saturdays (8am-1pm) at Showers C …

Hard-to-find hikes in Hoosier Nation

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Firetower Hiking is one of the best things you can do in Monroe County. Many of us have our favorite go-to hikes, but for those of you looking for something new, or something off the beaten path (though these all have beaten paths, heh heh), here are some special hikes you might not have heard of. Or maybe everyone has told you about them, and you're embarassed that you've never been. Either way, here are some helpful tips to get you out in the open. Please recommend more favorites in the comments!  …

7.5 questions to celebrate 75 years of the IU Art Museum

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IU Art Museum The Indiana University Art Museum is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year with a huge free party on April 12 from 5-9pm involving live music, gallery tours, cupcakes, ice cream, swing dancing, poetry, storytelling, a photo booth, 1940s cocktails (for purchase), and more. Click for details about their 75th Anniversary Big Birthday Bash. We wanted to celebrate by asking them 7.5 questions (75 seemed like too many) that we've been wondering about one of Bloomington's important cultural in …

Love, Loss, and What I Wore: A Play with Purpose & Style!

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Love, Loss, & What I Wore I had the pleasure of seeing the opening performance of Cardinal Stage Company's production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore last Thursday. Normally a play like this might not have made my personal list of shows I want to see, but my best friend was in it the opening weekend, so of course I had to get a ticket to support her! I'm so glad that I did because I ended up absolutely LOVING it. I recommend grabbing a couple girlfriends too to commiserate & laugh with! Love, Loss, and What I Wore is  …

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