• October 11th (Thursday) Senior Health Fair
  • October 12th and 13th (Friday and Saturday) Sullivan Munce Ghostwalk 
  • October 16th (Tuesday) is the next Zionsville Village Residents’ Association at 7:30 at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center. We will be hearing from our two district Councilors, Steve Mundy and Elizabeth Hopper. They will share some thoughts, as well as answer questions, about important Zionsville topics such as the First Street project, the Oak Street Crosswalk, and probably WalMart. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to submit questions to them via president@zvra.com. We will also have a presentation by Pathways Committee Chairman, Tim Casady, discussing connectivity between Main St the Rail Trail. And for added thrills–the annual VRA Board Elections–The struggle for power in the VRA could get even bloodier this year!
  • October 26th and 27th (Friday and Saturday) Haunted Farmstead at Maplelawn
  • October 31st (Wednesday) Official Trick or Treat hours 5pm to 8pm
  • Get involved! Volunteers are needed for the annual progressive dinner.  Email rsvp@zvra.com
  • Want to write an article for the Village Voice? Do you have a favorite Village activity or tradition?  Memory?  Recipe?  Submit articles, 1000 words or fewer, to editor@zvra.com for consideration. Kids’ submissions are most welcome.

Letter from the President

I hope this note finds you with warm days filled with beautiful leaves, and the memories of another fantastic VRA Picnic on the bricks! I hope everyone had a very nice time.
Now that fall is upon us, we will have our October regular meeting coming up in just 2 weeks. We will be voting on officers for the VRA Board, so if you have ever thought about being more involved in the Village, please let us know so that you can be nominated for one of the positions.
October has also traditionally when we have had elected officials come and chat with us. We no longer have a Town Council member who lives in the Village, so being in contact with Steve Mundy and Elizabeth Hopper becomes even more important in making sure that the town knows what we are thinking.
We also are welcoming our newest members to the Village Voice Staff in Jennifer Kershner and Jill Rezek who are working together to get the Village Voice online for all of us here in the Village every month. Make sure to take a look through all the great stuff that they have found for us right here in the Village. Be nice to them and send them things to put in the Village Voice! 
See you at the October 16th meeting if not before!
Chris Bucher

Village News

Annual Old Fashioned Block Party Picnic

Saturday, September 22nd was the first official day of autumn and the date of the annual block party picnic on Main Street. Nearly 100 neighbors gathered together in crisp fall weather trading stories, more than a few renovation tales, laughs and digging into delicious food.

The pitch-in (or potluck if you’re not a native Hoosier) was proof positive that there are extraordinary grillers, cooks and bakers in our neighborhood! Enjoying an evening of live music, kids’ games and a crackling bonfire on the bricks was a beautiful way to celebrate living in the Village.

Senior Health Fair

The Zionsville Senior Health Fair will be held Thursday, October 11th from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Zionsville Town Hall.  The event is FREE for all attendees!  Zionsville seniors, their caregivers and family members are encouraged to attend.  Vendors, health screenings, flu shots, medicine cabinet cleanup, door prizes and more will be offered.  For more information contact 317-873-8939 or go to www.booneseniors.org.  

SullivanMunce Ghostwalk

SullivanMunce Cultural Center is pleased to announce the return of one of its most popular events – the 10th Edition of Ghost Walk – October 12 and 13, 2012. Ghost Walk is a 45-minute guided walking tour of the historic village of Zionsville, IN where guests stop at different vignettes to experience reenacted scary stories from Zionsville’s past.

This year’s event features a modified walking route and new and creepy vignettes. Ghost Walk  tours run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. both evenings, with tours leaving every 15 minutes from the front lawn of SullivanMunce Cultural Center.

Tickets prices are as follows and can be purchased via phone or in person the night of the Ghost Walk

Members: Adults, $8.00 per person; youth, $5.00 per person; children under 5 years of age are free.

Non members: Adults: $10 per person; youth, $7.00 per person; children under 5 years of age are free.

Goodies will be available for purchase to all guests during the evening. All proceeds from Ghost Walk will benefit SullivanMunce Cultural Center.

SullivanMunce Cultural Center is located at 225 West Hawthorne Street in Zionsville, IN; just two blocks west of the brick Main Street. For more information, please call 317.873.4900.

Haunted Farmstead at Maplelawn

Maplelawn Farmstead presents the first annual “Haunted Farmstead” October 26th and 27th.

Located at at 9575 Whitestown Rd, Zionsville, the “Haunted Farmstead” features ten vignettes of eerie, scary and even funny ghost stories from the Great Depression era. Guides will take guests through the farmhouse and various locations on the grounds, where costumed actors will offer fun and frights! 

After the tour, food and pumpkin decorating will be available in one of the barns.  Guests are asked to park at the Mulberry Fields parking lot and enter the farmstead from the south side.  

Tickets will be available at the Mulberry Fields shelter. Tours run every ten minutes from 6PM to 9PM.  

Tickets are $8.00 for adults and children over ten, $5.00 for children 2-10 and under 2 free. 

For more information please visit the Maplelawn Farmstead website,


1st Carol of Homes – Holiday Home Tour

It’s not Christmas in July, but planning for the 1st Carol of Homes – Holiday Home Tour is well underway and the Zionsville Show Choirs, Inc. is seeking Zionsville Homes to participate. This unique tour will be held during the first weekend in December and proceeds will benefit the Zionsville High School Show Choirs.
We are looking for homeowners willing to share their unique Holiday decorating with the community. This tour will offer patrons the opportunity to tour 6-8 beautifully decorated homes while being entertained with carols sung by the Show Choir Students.

We are looking for all types of home styles and locations around Zionsville. Homeowners willing to offer their homes will receive two complimentary tickets to the Home Tour and 2 tickets to the Show Choir Finale in May.
If you are interested in being a part of the tour, please contact Jennifer Luczak at 408-0203 or jenluczak2@yahoo.com or Erin Leonard at 847-7014 or threeshamrocks2004@yahoo.com.

Zionsville Pathways Committee Chairman to visit October VRA meeting

The Zionsville Pathways Committee is an appointed committee and includes members from all walks (nice pun!) of Zionsville and includes ex officio members from the Parks Board, Town Council, Park Rec Department and the Streets Department. For the past decade, it has taken inventory, sought input, and recommended a “Pathways Plan” which has been incorporated into the regional transportation plan. The Chair of the Committee is Tim Casady, who lives in the Village and also is the owner of the “local” bike shop, Nebo Ridge Bicycles at 106th and Michigan Rd.

The overriding objective of the Pathways Plan and the Pathway’s Committee is to create a network of pedestrian and bicycling paths (including sidewalks, separated pathways, lanes, etc.) that will help add to our quality of life and connect residents with key assets of the Town. 

There are a number of priority projects that will directly impact Village residents. Included in this list is the development of a trail and path by the Parks Department that will stretch along Little Eagle Creek from the old Citgo site to the 100 Foot Bridge in Starkey Park. In addition, two priority projects would include connecting the RailTrail to Oak Street with an exit/entrance pathway ramp similar to what is in place near the Boys/Girl Club. Priority is being given to creating a visible connection via either signs, street markings, or a lane between the RailTrail Laurel Street entrance and Main Street along either Hawthorne or Sycamore St. and Hawthorne. This would likely include a crossing along 334 at the Dairy Queen. The Pathways committee is definitely looking for your input on these projects! Come to the October VRA meeting to discuss this further.

My Favorite Room

by Jenn Bucher

The sunny kitchen in Kate Christofferson’s 1940’s bungalow offers a bit of tribute to the former and original residents of the house. When Kate and her two children moved in just over a year ago, they could sense that the home was well loved by the previous owners, Dale and Dorothy Ottinger, and Kate wanted to make sure that a part of them remained in the home.

When Kate moved into the home, which incidentally is located just north of her parents house, she knew she needed to do some updating and the kitchen was no exception. She hired local painter/handyman, Randy Jefferson, to refinish floors, paint cabinets and hang bead board on the walls.

“I am one of those people who buys paint colors based on the names,” Kate says. The kitchen ceiling is “dreamy Sky Blue” the cabinets (the same ones that came with the home-minus the doors) are “Butter-up” and a freestanding cupboard is painted a vivid orange appropriately named “Daredevil.” 

Most of the items in the kitchen are used or repurposed. She scoured Zionsville’s shops and scored a pretty blue table from Brown’s Antiques. She found her pantry on Craig’s List and filled it with items from Goodwill.

Kate acknowledges that her kitchen is personal-she hangs her children’s drawings as artwork and even admitted to leaving some of the cracks in the windows because they “make her smile.”


Like many of us, Courtney and Scott Gorman moved to The Village for the sense of community. As a way to give back to that community and to promote kindness, giving and sharing, they have started the Little Free Library in their front yard. The Library holds mostly children’s books, many of which were donated by Half Price Books when they found out what Courtney was doing.

The library, which resides in a happy, little white wooden house on a post which Scott built and Courtney decorated, can be found in the front yard of their home at 125 N. Main Street. While the house holds books for children, its appeal has no age limit. The books are always free and can be borrowed, returned or passed along. Contributions are encouraged, as The Gormans thinks of this library as belonging to the community.

Courtney got the idea after seeing a Little Free Library online and knew that our Village was the kind of place where this would be embraced. She would love to see the idea grow and see libraries with different specialties within our community although, she says if theirs is the only Little Free Library in town, that is fine with her too.

You can visit www.littlefreelibrary.org to find out more.

Agenda Highlights:

Update on the Micro-Loan Program. The RDC set aside $200,000 to fund loans, not exceeding $25,000, to help businesses in the TIF District. The first loan recipient is the Eagle Creek Coffee Company on Main Street. Eagle Creek borrowed $12,000 to help replace carpet, put in a kitchen hood that complies with safety requirements and repair a dessert case that wouldn’t keep desserts cold.

2013 Budget for the RDC.  2013 will be a big year for the RDC. Total expenditures of $3,319,722 are budgeted for 2013. The sanitary sewer and water main will be extended along 106th Street (DOW property) and across Zionsville Road. $150,000 was set aside for improvements to the 106th Street and Zionsville Road intersection, depending on the results of an engineering study on the best way to go (stop light, signs, round-a-bout, etc.).  $65,000 was included for a further extension in Lion=s Park of the SR 334 pathway and bridge. 

Consideration of a TIF Agreement for Development of Infrastructure for the Ripberger Business Park.  The RDC approved an agreement to use TIF funds to pay for the extension of sewer, water and Bennett Parkway through the 90.17 acre Ripberger property behind Landscapes Unlimited to accommodate the anticipated construction of a 300,000 square foot FedEx distribution facility. The facility will be used for small package delivery and distribution. The property developer, Scannell, will invest at least $29,000,000 with FedEx anticipated to put in at least $9,000,000 more. An approximate $3,949,000 bond, funded by TIF revenue, will be issued through 2025 to cover the anticipated $2,700,000 cost of the public infrastructure improvements. The planned improvements would produce an estimated $567,640 in annual taxes beginning in 2015, with an approximate return of $2 for every $1 invested.

Economic Development Incentive for Relocation\Expansion of Landscapes Unlimited. Landscapes Unlimited is moving in order to allow the extension of Bennett Parkway into the Ripberger Property. Landscapes President, Jeff Butz, is a Village resident and has operated his business in Zionsville for over 25 years. Arrangements are being made to Landscapes to help cover the cost of its relocation. Landscapes and Scannell are making arrangements for Landscapes to remain in Zionsville at a different location on the Ripberger property.  

Dow Property Update.  Dax Norton, Boone County Economic Development Corporation, reported that there was an interested developer negotiating with DOW to purchase and develop the DOW property. We will hopefully have more information at next months meeting. 

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