Living on “McCall Street” in “Middletown”

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

It must have been a sight to see when local photographer Roger Pelham drove through the streets of Muncie taking pictures of houses in neighborhoods, from Westwood to Avondale to Normal City, for a special edition of McCall’s Magazine. This edition played on the notoriety of Muncie as the typical American community, as depicted by Robert and Helen Lynd in the Middletown books. “In order, therefore, to show these people of “Middletown” as PEOPLE, and not merely as statistics, we visited “McCall Street” in Muncie, photographed the home of everyone who subscribed to McCall’s in 1937, and talked with many of them to find just how McCall’s entered into their lives.”

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Plant Thrillers, Fillers, and Spillers and Other Tips for Successful Annual Plantings

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

As I write this, the weather forecast is calling for snow. But believe it or not I’m finalizing our summer annual order. Since Minnetrista buys the annuals whole sale, we put in the order early to make sure it is ready for late May.

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New Year, New Recipes—You Decide!

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas season full of laughter, merriment, relaxation, and perhaps some wonderful gifts! Over here at Minnetrista, we are in full planning mode getting things all in place for the upcoming events for the next year!

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The Magical Christmas Decorations of Ball Stores

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 9:30:00 am

Those of us of a certain age remember, with great fondness, the wonderful decorations at Ball Stores in downtown Muncie. Recently, I shared some photos of the decorations with the audience at the latest Tea & Talk at Minnetrista. During tea time, there was lots of chatter at the tables as new and old friends exchanged memories. It was especially great to meet one gentleman in the audience who had worked at Ball Stores for more than thirty-five years. Some of those years were spent working on the windows, and he told us that many of the decorations had originally been displayed at Saks Fifth Avenue!

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Santa Claus Brings Cheer to Ball Memorial Hospital

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

How lonely and scary to be a child in the hospital at Christmas time. For seventy-five years, the Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund has tried to make the stay a little bit better.

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Drink Your Christmas Tree

Posted by: Elaine Vidal on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

This time of year, evergreens are a feast for eyes. But did you know that they are truly edible? People have been cooking with pines for hundreds of years. They provide vitamins A and C, antiseptic properties, antioxidants, and they add a delicious and unexpected twist to your holiday table. Interested in consuming your Christmas tree?

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Thanksgiving’s over. Now what?

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

With all of the Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge and with the looming Christmas feasts, some of you may be wondering how to preserve all the deliciousness. Well, unfortunately, canning probably isn’t your best bet. Here’s why...

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The Orchard Shop at Minnetrista

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 10:00:00 am

When you buy your produce at Farmers Market at Minnetrista or your fresh cider and bag of apples at The Orchard Shop, you become part of a long Minnetrista tradition. Likewise, the children who learn about Johnny Appleseed and watch cider being pressed and tour the orchard to learn about apples are also part of the tradition.

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Passenger Pigeons—a unique bird with an interesting story

Posted by: Sarah Lu England on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

Recently, I heard an engaging and dynamic speaker, Joel Greenberg. The author of A Feathered River Across the Sky, Greenberg explored how a thriving bird became extinct so quickly and what we can learn from the choices humans made in the late 1800s and how it can influence the decisions we make today.

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Five Great Plants for Fall

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

Here are some plants growing at Minnetrista that provide color and interest during the fall season.

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