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Elisabeth’s Faeries

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

At the end of July, faeries will invade the gardens at Oakhurst, bringing their magic with them to delight our visitors. The event Faeries, Sprites, & Lights was conceived more than twenty years ago as a tribute to Elisabeth “Betty” Ball’s childhood belief in faeries.

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Muncie Pottery - Bringing Beauty to the Masses

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 1:30:00 pm

With popular magazines like Elle Decor stocked near the checkout line and design blogs available at the tap of a screen, recommendations for home decoration are never in short supply. This year House Beautiful predicts that pendant lights, pedestals, and traditional tableware will be all the rage. A century ago, art pottery found itself near the top of the list. More elaborate than utilitarian pottery, art potters focused on aesthetic qualities, putting beauty first and function second.

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Strange Things Are Happening In My Yard

Posted by: Steve Scott on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 11:15:00 am

Some weird stuff has been happening on my home lawn this spring.

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8 Perfect Picnic Spots at Minnetrista

Posted by: Courtney Thomas on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 1:00:00 pm

The month of June at Minnetrista means blooming gardens, a bustling Farmer’s Market and one quintessential summer activity: picnicking! We have rounded up the top 8 most scenic spaces on campus for your picnicking pleasure.

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Holiday Inn

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

After being disappointed with the quality of motels available during a family road trip, Kemmons Wilson decided to build his own hotel. The first Holiday Inn opened in Memphis, Tennessee in August 1952. A little more than seven years later, the 119th hotel in the chain opened in Muncie at South Madison Street and U.S. 35. Although some of the hotels were company owned, the hotel in Muncie was franchised by Harper Hotels, Inc. Company president was Henry “Hank” Harper, Jr.

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Checkers Anyone?

Posted by: Steve Scott on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

A lot of time goes into maintaining a home lawn. For many of us, sad to say, more time is spent  taking care of our lawn than using our lawn for enjoyable activities.

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Ah ha! Happens Here: Minnetrista's 2016 Annual Campaign

Posted by: Bob Scott on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

Your pulse quickens, your eyes widen, and ah ha! The light bulb switches on!

We’ve all experienced the joy of an unanticipated discovery — a brief moment of exhilaration followed by a nod of the head and a knowing grin that creeps slowly across your lips.  Minnetrista specializes in ah ha! Moments . . . our 40 acre campus is a giant canvas for discovery — a playground for the curious!

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The Ball Family Homes

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

While it’s fun to look at historic black and white images of the five Ball brothers’ homes, it’s also great to see them in glorious color. Albany, Indiana artist Alan Patrick made sure that we will always have that color record of the homes. In 1996, Patrick received a commission from Alltrista (now Jarden Home Brands) to create paintings of the homes. At first, he considered making one painting that would be a collage of all five houses. After consideration and study, however, he decided to make a separate painting of each house. He photographed the four standing houses—the Frank C. Ball home was destroyed by fire in 1967—in the early spring, and went to work in his studio.

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The Day That the Teachers Took a Field Trip

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

From now until the end of the school year, Minnetrista will bustle with school tours. Elementary students from throughout East Central Indiana will hunt habitats, discover gardens, and meet the creepy crawlies. School bus drivers will open the doors, and kids will spill out. Teachers will herd them, and a good time will be had by all.

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Minnetrista: 40 Acres of Fun!

Posted by: Sam Condon on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 9:45:00 am

It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, the birds are chirping, and it’s time to plan your next outdoor visit to Minnetrista!

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