• May 4 (Mon) – VGGBS tour of Virginia B. Fairbanks Art Nature Park (rsvp required)
  • May 5 (Tues) 7pm – Vote 
  • Contact Jennifer Blandford to participate in the May 16 Z’Village Yard Sale
  • May 12 (Tues) 7:30pm – VRA Meeting at the SMCC
  • May 16 (Sat) – Opening day of the Farmers Market, Z’Village Yard Sale, and Brick Street Market

President’s Letter

Hello neighbors,

I’d like to remind everyone to vote.  Zionsville Town Hall and Zionsville Presbyterian Church are open 6am to 6pm May 5.

I am pleased to support one of our own VRA members, Bret Brewer (205 N. Main), for Town Council!  Many of you know Bret from his active participation in the VRA, the time spent as treasurer of the PTO and his leadership in the bike-to-school campaign.  Bret will be a great independent voice on the Council.

Mark your calendars for the May 12 VRA meeting with Tom Santelli of the Boone County Council and Dan Porzel and Cara Weber speaking about the new “Passive House” in the village at Cedar and 6th.  I hope to see you at 7:30 at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center.

Also, a reminder of the Z’Village Yard sale is on May 16 from 8am to 4pm.  All Village Residents are invited to participate.  Thank you to Jennifer Blandford and Carpenter Realtors for organizing and sponsoring this event.  Contact jblandford@callcarpenter.com for more information.



There is still time to vote!

If you haven’t already taken advantage of early voting, there is still time.  Town Hall will be open to register your important vote on…

Friday, May 1  1pm-8pm

Saturday, May 2  8am-4pm

Tuesday, May 5  6am-6pm

Village News and Events

Farmer’s Market Opens May 16th

Winter is over! Hooray! The Farmer’s Market is opening Saturday, May 16.  Come see your favorite vendors and meet some new ones. Your fellow villagers will be there, so it will give you a chance to catch up with them too. 

Z’Village Yard Sale – May 16th 8am-4pm

Has your spring cleaning left you wondering what to do with your extra stuff? Plan to participate in the Z’Village Yard Sale. Email Jennifer Blandford atjblandford@callcarpenter.com with your name and address to be included on the sale map, advertising, and directional signage.

Art IN Hand Cooperative Gallery Celebrates 15 Years

This year Art IN Hand, a cooperative art gallery, celebrates its 15th anniversary and will mark the occasion with a weekend celebration May 1st and 2nd.  Located at 221 S.  Main Street, the gallery will host a special evening event on Friday May 1 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.   The public is invited to tour the gallery, enjoy wine and refreshments, and meet artist members both past and present.   The anniversary celebration will continue on Saturday May 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Congratulations to Art IN Hand!

SullivanMunce Now Offering Historic Walking Tours

The SullivanMunce Cultural Center announces it will be offering historic walking tours of Zionsville. Join them for a fun and engaging walking tour of the charming village of Zionsville. Be a history detective and learn about some of the colorful early businesses, residents and events of our historic town.

Tours will start from SullivanMunce Cultural Center each month, May through October at 11 AM on the following six Saturdays:  May 2, June 6, July 11, August 1, September 12, October 3.

Registration required. First come, first served basis. Groups will be limited to 20 persons. 

Cost of tours:  $5 per person, children 10 and under free.  Free for members of SullivanMunce Cultural Center .  Private tours of at least 10 persons but no more than 20 persons available.  Please call for information-317-873-4900.

SullivanMunce Announces Two New Exhibits

Austin Gabriel Pittman

April 10-May 30, 2015
Artist Reception Friday, May 1, 6 pm – 8 pm

Austin Gabriel Pittman’s first love is drawing and painting the human form and capturing a person’s spirit. He also enjoys the different approaches to portraiture available to him as an artist – in terms of medium, application, and style. “There are so many ways of telling a story with portraiture”, says Pittman. Pittman received his Bachelor of Fine Art at the Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and his Masters of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in painting.

“My work strives for an eccentric beauty. I try to express myself visually the way I perceive the world around me. I find myself breaking things down or building them up as far as I can take them. I push and pull mediums and ideas until they arrive at a point where they feel satisfying to me. In some cases the subject of the piece dictates how I handle the medium, in other cases the medium itself dictates the subject. Much of the process is by feel. I think of it as visual jazz.”     -Austin Gabriel Pittman

Portfolio:  8th Grade Student Art from Zionsville Middle and Zionsville West Middle Schools

May 1-26, 2015
Artist Reception Friday, May 1, 2015

The SullivanMunce Cultural Center is pleased to announce the opening of Portfolio: 8th Grade Student Art on Friday evening, May 1, 2015 from 5 pm – 8 pm.  This exhibition will showcase the talents of young art students who attend Zionsville Middle School and Zionsville West Middle School. 

The May 1 openings are FREE and open to the public. 

The Village Gourmet Garden and Beverage Society

by Monique Schnabel

Excited to say that we are ready to start the season with a special tour to  THE VIRGINIA B. FAIRBANKS ART NATURE PARK: 100 ACRES with our guide, Mark Zelonis.  Our host has selected Monday, May 4th at 5:30. This should allow for around 90 minutes for the walking tour followed by dinner out at India Palace for those who would like to attend.  

Info on the park:
Located on 100 acres adjacent to the Museum’s main campus, The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art Nature Park: 100 Acres includes woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and a 35-acre lake. 100 Acres is one of the largest museum art parks in the country and one of only a few to feature ongoing commissions of temporary, site-responsive artworks. Parking is free at the 100 Acres Parking Lot.

Please remember to provide your cell phone numbers as you RSVP to fordmoniq@sbcglobal.net for this month’s event…to be used only in case of cancellation due to sudden inclement weather. 

Shari Black of East Ash Street

How long have you lived in Zionsville?  I came here from Florida 7 years ago.

Do you have family here?  Yes, my daughter’s family is here. She has two young girls. I also have three sons that live in Whiteland, IN. I moved from Florida so I could see my grandkids grow up. It was the best move for me.

Where were you raised?  I grew up in Whiteland. Once I visited Zionsville, I knew this is where I wanted to live.

What is your profession?  I’ve had many careers in my 64 years. From being a store clerk to a chef on a pleasure sailboat in the Bahamas. Since I’ve been in Zionsville,  I have been an office manager for an oral surgeon and, now, I’m the office manager for Romas Family Dentistry here in town.

What do you like best about Zionsville?  I have found the people are the best part of Zionsville. I also enjoy how close everything is. I can walk to a park, restaurant, or shop in a matter of minutes.

Besides your job, do you have other interests?  Absolutely!  I love to garden and walk and watching BBC programming, but my real love is painting.  My home is filled with my acrylic paintings.  In fact, I’m having a sale of my art on May 16 during the community garage sale. I call it my “YART.”  I will be hanging my art in my yard, so I encourage other villagers to come by. 

What are your favorite shops/restaurants in Zionsville?  I enjoy shopping at 530 resale shop, Goodman Jewelers and Michele’s. My favorite restaurant is The Friendly.

Do you have a favorite movie?  I love Dr. Zhivago. I also love any movie with Robin Williams.

Who would you most like to meet?  Could I have some time to think about that?  That is a tough one!  It would probably be Moses or Eleanor Roosevelt. They don’t seem to go together, but I’d love to have a few hours with both of them!

Can you think of 4 words that would describe your ideal day?  Now that is an easy question. It would definitely be–Bahamas/sailing/scuba diving. 

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