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Free winter events in Bloomington

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Sample Gates snow Recently I learned about a Danish concept called "hygge," which basically refers to a mental state of coziness, conviviality, and togetherness in the heart of winter. Apparently there's no word quite like it in English, but it sounds like that feeling you get when you can't wait to spend time with your family/friends/dog over the holidays. The sun might set at 4pm, but that doesn't mean you can't have a day full of warmth and joy. What can hygge do for you? This winter, challenge yourself …

Shop Local! Holiday Gift Ideas 2015

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Cardinal Spirits My big sister always tells me that I'm easy to shop for, which is great because she buys me lots of presents. My wife says it's just because I'm easily impressed (what does that say about her?). But rest assured that I am a very picky shopper when it comes to buying presents for my loved ones, so this hand-curated list of my favorite gifts in Bloomington comes with a lot of thought and window shopping. Hopefully this will make your holiday shopping a bit easier, because now you can just run in, …

10 Marvelous Events in Bloomington this December

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Gallery Walk Pretty soon, every sentence that comes out of my mouth will include the words "hark," "tidings," and "tinsel," all sung to the tune of Go Tell it on the Mountain. But for now, I managed to make a December events list that includes some really amazing events that have nothing to do with Christmas, the holidays, or winter. But I tossed in a couple, just in case you don't have the time to click on this link about all the fun holiday events around town. Click on a picture to learn more info about …

Restaurants for Thanksgiving 2015

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Thanksgiving Greetings If you're looking for a restaurant to have your Thanksgiving feast at, we did the research for you. Here are all the restaurants in town that we know will be open on Thanksgiving. But be sure to call ahead to check about availability! And on Friday, head downtown for the Canopy of Lights when Santa turns on thousands of sparkling lights amid holiday music from the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra! FARM Bloomington Seatings at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. 812-323-000 Chapman's $35 per person, $18 fo …

Holiday Fun with the Family

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Canopy of Lights The holidays are such a great time to be a parent. It's a chance to relive the excitement and pure joy that you experienced as a kid, and this time you get to be the cause of all that happiness. Plus you get to play with the toys, eat the sweets, and act like a fool, which is also pretty great. Just in time for the holiday season, here's a list of fun events and things to do with your children, your nieces and nephews, or your grandkids. And if you don't have any of those, borrow a kid becau …

New Btown brews you should try

Posted in: Wine & Culinary Comments

Bloomington Brewing Company Persimmon Ale Let's get one thing clear: there's nothing wrong with getting the same beer every time you go to your favorite brewery. I'm guilty of that (Bad Elmer's Porter from Upland, please). But sometimes it's good to branch out. So I talked to brewers at Bloomington's local breweries and asked them about some of their best new beers, and I even had to taste a few to be sure they were good (they were). Without further ado, here are some delicious new or limited-release beers that you'll find only in Bl …

11 Fab Events in Bloomington for November, 2015

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The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs These top November events are anything but ordinary. They run the gamut from wild Swedish hip-hop to local craft shows to virtuosic opera. And unfortunately, I didn't have room on this list for all the other awesome events going on in November, so take a look at our Events Calendar for even more fun. Click the images to learn more about each event. The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs November 5-11 at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Where do your tech dollars go? Mike Daisey's contro …

Fall Family Fun in Bloomington

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Rock climbing wall It seems the norm these days for most school systems to offer a reprieve in the middle of October, a fall break they call it. Kids and teachers need a couple days (or in some cases a full week or more) to recharge. For most families, it's not quite long enough to take a full-fledged vacation. Or, in the case of our family, we blew our vacation money on a big summer trip. The best option for fall is a quick getaway that won't break the bank. Luckily, Bloomington is a quick drive from wherever  …

Welcome Home IU Alumni!

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Sample Gates in Fall Some of us are lucky enough to call Bloomington home year round. Others made Bloomington their home for just a handful of years while they studied - and grew up, and broadened their horizons, and fell in love, among other things. Bloomington was a temporary stop for most IU students, but likely one that made the biggest impact on their lives. So every year, IU and Bloomington invite these adopted sons and daughters back for a celebration, a reunion, a homecoming. Fall in Bloomington & on th …

11 Fab Events in Bloomington for October, 2015

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John Waters Now it's officially fall, so we can officially get excited about apple cider and pumpkin candles. It's also time to dig out your favorite sweaters (if you need a new one that will last you for ages, check out J.L. Waters on the square) and try the new fall menus at local restaurants (I'm excited to try Rainbow Bakery's vegan fall donut flavors). October in Bloomington means narrowing down your social calendar to only those 50 most exciting events. To help you, here are 10 of the top events in …

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