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New Workshops at Minnetrista for the Family

Posted by: Sara St. Clair on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 9:00:00 am

We’re excited for our new family focused workshops this fall. You & Me workshops were designed for a parent/child pair to create a lasting experience together. If you’re curious on how to make these workshops the best we have the steps to follow!

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The MGM Starlet from Muncie

Posted by: Karen Vincent on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 9:00:00 am

Since the old Warner Gear building was sold recently, I thought that I’d write about it or some of the products made there. We’ve received several collections lately that include Warner Gear materials—newsletters, correspondence, photos, etc. I love to read the old newsletters, so I pulled out a Gear-O-Gram from September 1946, and the first thing I noticed was an article titled Ellen Ross Now MGM Starlet: Former Traffic Clerk on Road to Movie Fame. The heck with transmissions; let’s talk about a movie starlet from Muncie.

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Changes and Community Outreach Happening in the Orchard Garden

Posted by: Anna Groover on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 9:00:00 am

Tucked away behind The Orchard Shop lies the Orchard Garden. Unlike many of the other gardens at Minnetrista, we grow vegetables and other produce in the Orchard Garden. Additionally, local community members are welcome to stop by, remove a few weeds, and take home a cucumber or an onion with them.

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Once I Saw a Fairy...

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 9:00:00 am

Are you heading out to Faeries, Sprites, & Lights tonight? If you can’t find the time this evening, come by tomorrow or Saturday to experience the wonder and magic of Oakhurst—a place where Elisabeth “Betty” Ball’s youthful imagination was able to explore the world around her.

If you’ve attended the event before you may have heard stories of Betty’s love of, and interest in, fairies. Born in 1897, Betty grew up at a time when fairies dominated popular culture. It is no wonder then, that these fantastic creatures captured her childhood imagination, and often made appearances at her garden tea parties or during her make-believe play.

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What To Expect On Our Faerie Mainstage

Posted by: Sara St. Clair on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 9:00:00 am

In the latest Other Happenings Blog I had the pleasure of speaking with our new Theatre Connections Manager, Mason Absher. Absher is a 2011 graduate of the University of the Indianapolis and has been interested and practicing theatre for over 23 years. We asked him a few questions about our upcoming mainstage play that will be performed at Faeries, Sprites, & Lights. We wanted to get an idea of what was happening behind the scenes to know what we can expect at the upcoming event.

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The Hidden Art of Bookplates

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 9:00:00 am

Do you like treasure hunts? How about finding hidden works of art? A lot of artwork can be seen in predictable places. You’ll definitely find paintings in museums, and beautiful illustrations are often found in the pages of children’s books. Occasionally murals pop up in public spaces. And it’s not surprising to find a sculpture just around the corner in a lush garden. At other times, artwork shows up when you least expect it.

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Get Ready for Nature Play Days

Posted by: Sam Condon on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 9:00:00 am

As a kid growing up in East Central Indiana, June, July, and August were my favorite months of the year. School was out for the summer, and the warm summer air that had been beckoning me and my friends all May was finally ours for the taking!

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Catalyst

Posted by: Karen Vincent on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 9:00:00 am

From the time that planning for Minnetrista began in the mid-1980s, there was always to be a sculpture in the middle of the circle drive in front of the Center Building. Minnetrista Cultural Center opened in 1988 with no sculpture, and it took another sixteen years before one was erected. But what a sculpture it is!

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Minnetrista's Favorite Spring Activities

Posted by: Sara St. Clair on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 9:00:00 am

Spring is a beautiful time of the year at Minnetrista and what better way to know what to see and do when you're at Minnetrista in the spring than from an insider! I decided to send out an email to all of the staff at Minnetrista to share their favorite Minnetrista spring activities with you. Here are some of the top responses!

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The Original Muncie Cartoonist

Posted by: Diane Barts on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 9:00:00 am

When we think of Muncie, cartoons, and cartoonists, the first thought is usually of Jim Davis and Garfield. The second thought may be of T.K. Ryan and his comic “Tumbleweeds.” But before these two cartoonists, there was the original Muncie cartoonist, Chic Jackson.

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