It’s time to begin filling up your holiday party schedule! Adding the 5th Annual VRA Holiday Progressive Dinner to your calendar is a great place to start!  Three of our Village homes have offered to be hosts for this year’s gathering, featuring a holiday atmosphere, wonderful food and time to spend with your Village neighbors.  So save the date: Saturday, December 7th at 6pm.   Look for your email invitation in the next few days and RSVP quickly as we need to limit our number to 40 guests.

Small Business Saturday, November 30

Shop small and get out of the mall! Small Business Saturday is a day, traditionally between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, dedicated to supporting the small businesses that fuel our local economy.  Shop, dine and support the small business owners of Zionsville.

Christmas in the Village

Saturday, November 30

Christmas Parade and Lighting of the Village
Parade kicks off at 4pm at ZCHS

For the first time this year, the Zionsville Christmas parade and tree lighting will be combined.  The festivities include live music, entertainment, family activities and samplings from area restaurants and bakeries.  After the conclusion of the parade and festivities, you are invited to watch the illumination of the downtown business district leading up to the lighting of the Christmas tree on the corner of Main and Pine Streets.

Saturday, December 7
Holiday Stroll
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library

Holiday Boutique and Chili Bowl Sale
SullivanMunce Cultural Center

Carol of the Homes Tour
ZCHS Show Choirs

Other activities throughout the village include: Kids Shopping Day, Breakfast with Santa, Meet Santa at the Santa House, Carolers, Carriage Rides, and much more!

Thursday, December 12

Ladies’ Night Out
Style Show and holiday entertainment

Saturday, December 14
Charity Day, Santa at the Santa House, Carolers, Carriage Rides

Thursday, December 19
Men’s Night Out
Craft Beers, Breweries at the restaurants

Saturday, December 21
Holiday Sales

For additional information, contact info@zionsvillechamber.org or call the Zionsville Chamber office at 317-873-3836.

The Artisans’ Far at Sullivan Munce

Meet Your Neighbor

Beth Bugbee took some time to chat with our neighbor, Jill Rezek of 5th Street

Who do you share your home with?  My husband, Rich, and my daughter, Violet (12) as well as our two rescue dogs Emma (English Bulldog) and Juliette (Shih Tzu).  Oh, and we have two hens, Gloria and Rosie.

Where are you from originally?  I grew up in Carmel.  I lived for many years in Woodruff Place in downtown Indianapolis. I loved it! We built a home in Zionsville in the Rockbridge area and lived there 5 years.  We really missed the charm, quirks and creaks of an older home and excitedly moved to the Village two years ago.

What is your profession?  Currently I am a full-time mom.  Previously, I was in sales for Hyatt and then I worked for Planned Parenthood running a support program for teen moms.

Have you made any changes to your home?  Yes. We replaced carpeting with reclaimed hardwood floors.  We wanted to match the existing floors and couldn’t find anything that seemed right.  Finally, we met a man who salvages flooring from soon to be demolished buildings.  He found 100 year old floors that had previously been in a church near Morocco, Indiana. We have also done lots of painting, changing of fixtures, converted a storage shed in the backyard into a chicken coop. Of course the usual old house repairs and updates. Like anyone in an old house, we’ve got a dream list and will probably never be finished with it.

What is the best thing about Zionsville?   People care about their neighbors so much and they stop to talk or wave on their walks about town.  

What are your interests?   I love to read and travel as much as I can. I enjoy the companionship of my dogs.  I also like to watch my daughter’s sporting events and activities.

What is your favorite village shop/restaurant?  It’s not a shop, but I love the library! We enjoy having dinner at the Friendly, drinks at Patrick’s, popcorn at Inga’s, coffee at Darren’s Dolce Vita and shopping at FiveThirty and Lesley Jane. I haven’t been in to Delaney’s yet, but I will soon! 

What are your favorite movies?  You can tell from the last question that I can’t name a favorite anything! I love movies by John Hughes in the 80s such as 16 Candles, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I can never flip past Step Brothers.  I just watched The Way Way Back and Kings of Summer and recommend both.

What is your favorite book?  I’ll read anything, but Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends is always on my shelf.  It is the book that got me hooked on reading as a kid. 

Who would you most like to meet?    There’s no way to choose just one person! I have a lot of questions for a lot of people.  The first person who comes to mind today is Hillary Clinton.  Violet chose to study her in second grade as part of a leadership unit and it had a true impact on her.  I love that my girl is growing up knowing her choices are limitless and has never once identified a career as being a woman’s job or a man’s job.  Just this summer, I decided to write Ms. Clinton and tell her how she has help shape my daughter’s life.  To my surprise, soon after sending my email, I received a personal letter from her. It was pretty great and Violet was thrilled. 

What are your plans for the future?  Just roll with it. I’m a planner, but I’ve learned that if I plan too hard I miss all kinds of great things.  Like Ferris said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”.

What advice do you have for other villagers?  I don’t have any!  I don’t think I am in any position to give others advice.

Three words that would describe a perfect day:  Family, water and warm.

Village Voice Arts

By Sarah Zack
Zionsville Village Resident and Certified K-12 Art Teacher

Leaf Painting
Approximate Time:
30 minute Session

Materials Needed:

• White Tag Board or Card Stock

• Acrylic/Tempera Paints (assorted colors)

• Paint Brush

• Pliable Leaves (not dried out)


• Paint the vain side of your leaf using the acrylic/tempera paint. You can paint your leaf one color or multiple colors.

• Carefully place the painted side down on the white paper. Push down gently to allow the paint to transfer to your paper leaving a leaf stencil.

• Remove the leaf and discard (unless you are only using one color).

• Repeat, using a new leaf, if desired.

• Use your leaf painting to create works or art or holiday cards.

Art Elements and Principles: Color, Patterns, Line, Texture

Art Skills:
Printmaking, Painting, Collage

Crab and Corn Fritters

by Patricia Scott

I attended a fish and shellfish cooking class at the Maverick Kitchen Store in Charleston, SC last week and thought this recipe was definitely worth sharing. I know a lot of people freeze corn from the summer bounty and this is a perfect use for that corn. I would serve this side dish with a grilled meat or fish of any kind. In class, we made them using an ice-cream scoop, but I think I would prefer several smaller sized fritters on the plate, rather than one large. Not your typical round, deep-fried fritters, these are more like pancakes in size and form. Enjoy!

Serves 6

3 ears of fresh corn or 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
2/3 cup stone ground grits (do not use quick grits)
1 cup milk
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup baking powder
½ Teaspoon kosher salt
3 scallions, green parts only, sliced
½ pound claw crab meat, picked for shells and cartilage (use crab in plastic tub, rather than in a can, which can be tin-tasting)
½ teaspoon hot sauce such as Sriracha or Texas Pete
Canola Oil
½ cup sour cream

1) If using fresh corn, shuck corn and cut kernels off the cob. Scrape the cob to extract the corn milk. Set both aside.

2) In a medium bowl, whisk together grits and milk; allow tosit for 10 minutes.

3) Add the eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, scallions, crab, hot sauce and corn. Season with two pinches of salt and pepper.

4) Heat a skillet over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan when it is tilted. Add the corn mixture by ice cream scoop or tablespoon to the pan (depending on desired size). Cook until browned and set on the bottom. Flip and cook until firm to the touch and the bottom is brown. Remove from the pan and drain on a rack over a sheet pan. Replace oil in pan, as needed.

5) Served topped with sour cream.

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