• Saturdays- 8am-11am Zionsville Farmers Market
  • September 5th-7th Fall Festival
  • September 6th (Saturday) 10am Fall Festival Parade
  • September 12th and 19th (Friday) Dusk Movie at Maplelawn Farmstead
  • September 20th (Saturday) 6pm VRA Picnic on the Bricks

Letter from the President

Hello neighbors,

There are two great events in September that I would like to remind you of and I would like to recap the August ZVRA Golf Outing.

1) The VRA will be participating in the LIONS CLUB FALL FESTIVAL PARADE on Saturday, September 6th!

This Main Street tradition kicks off around 10am and the theme is “Z’CIRCUS.” Come dressed accordingly or forget the theme and just come march, bike or wagon-ride the 1.2 mile route with your neighbors for the fun of it. If you’re interested in participating, meet us at the line-up area in the school bus pickup/drop-off area along Mulberry Street, in front of the Zionsville High School between 8:30 and 9:15. We will be anchored by our “float” (Chris Bucher’s classic convertible). THE PARADE WILL STEP OFF AT 10:15 AM. For more specific details please send me a message at president@zvra.com.

2) The VRA PICNIC ON THE BRICKS is on Saturday, September 20th!

Please join us for our annual block-party-pitch-in for an evening of food, drink, music, kids’ activities and camaraderie. Once again we will gather around 6:00 pm on Main Street between Poplar and Walnut. This is truly a highlight of living in the village, so make sure to put it on your calendar and bring a dish and your neighbors. We have continued to grow the event every year and it is always great to see old friends and meet new ones. Remember – the whole village is invited! 

3) The First Annual ZVRA GOLF OUTING was held Saturday, August 9th at the Zionsville Golf Course.  Thanks to all who participated and made it such a fun- filled day!

The winning team of Brad Schnabel, John Gil and Kerry Dienhart were an impressive 7 under par.  Congratulations!  If you see Brad, John or Kerry around the village, ask them if they have been taking good care of the Trophy!

Congratulations also to the following contest winners:

Putting Contest Kerry Dienhart
Marshmallow Drive Kerry Dienhart
Closest to the Pin – Women Erika Singler
Closest to the Pin – Men Kerry Dienhart
Long drive – Women Christina Kaiser
Long drive – Men Todd Rech 

Following a successful inaugural event, we are already planning for our 2015 golf event!   

I hope to see you in September, 

Scott Lusk

Village Residents’ Association

Village News and Events

For more information click here.

Upcoming Events at Maplelawn Farmstead

September 12th Mary Poppins and 19th The Sting – Grab a blanket or your lawn chairs and enjoy a classic movie projected on the side of our Dairy Barn at Maplelawn Farmstead, 9575 Whitestown Road, Zionsville, admission $1.00 and we will be having Greek’s pizza, Inga’s popcorn, baked goods and drinks. The movie will start at dusk! Bring your friends and neighbors to tour the farmhouse before the movie beginning at 7:00. Refreshments will be available. Rain Date September 13 and 20.

November 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th – Mystery Dinner at Maplelelawn Farmstead, come for an exciting evening to see “who did it” in the mystery “A Morbid Affair”. Dinner will be served in our lovely historical farmhouse with family style 1930’s Era menu. Locally written, directed and cast, the evening will be filled with fun and entertainment. Start time is 7:00 PM, cost is $45.00 per person (10 per table) and reservations are required. You must be 21 years to attend. Please contact maplelawnfarmstead@hotmail.com for your reservation or questions.

Old House Love

By Jennifer Bucher

If you’ve never lived in an old home then you are missing out on an old home community. At parties in old home communities you will often get asked questions like “When was your home built?” “Did you have to do a lot of work to it?” Does it have the original floors?” “Original windows?” or “How many times has it been added on to?” From long-time old home residents, you will also get interesting bits of information such as, “I remember when that house was blue,” “There used to be door on the south side,” or “That dormer was added in the 1970s.” Since I have never lived in a new home community I can’t be certain that these conversations aren’t happening at those parties-but I am doubtful. 

Something about old homes brings people together. Perhaps it’s the struggles of dealing with knob and tube wiring, rusted pipes or layers of paint, but I think it’s something deeper. Maybe it is a connection to the flux of life. I liken my feelings toward my home as something similar to the Buddhist idea of impermanence. Simply put, impermanence means that things change. Buddhist doctrine often uses a flowing river to illustrate this change. Although the river appears to be a continuous flowing object, it is always changing. The river of today is not the same river of tomorrow.

Similarly, this old home is a transient object in my life- not something that belongs to me. The home has changed over time based on the circumstances of the inhabitants; it appears the same, but like the river, it is always changing. These small changes occur when I repair a window, I replace a stair tread or I paint over siding that has changed colors dozens of times. Most old homes have changed with the passing of time. A popular activity for old home lovers is the search for historic photos of their home. An old photo proves that change has happened and puts you smack dab in the middle of impermanence.

I often wonder what future owners will do to adapt this old home to their needs. Each past, present and future inhabitant has left or will leave a mark-even ever so subtle-that hints at a bit of immortality. No, an old home doesn’t make you immortal, but somehow it helps lead you to nirvana.

The East Parlor

The lower level in the front part of the home originally consisted of 2 separate rooms. One was likely the fancy parlor that guests saw, but was never used by the family, and the other was likely a room for daily use.

The East Parlor was probably the room for daily use. At some point, one of the home’s owners removed the wall dividing the 2 rooms, leaving a large, almost loft-like space. The room has a lovely bay window-wavy glass still partially intact. Before moving in, we removed carpet, patched plaster walls, hung a new (smooth) ceiling and added new trim.

For the first few months of residence, we used this room as a dining area; our small dining table (my grandmother’s old kitchen table) looked a little ridiculous in the larger dining room.

Eventually, we moved a small sofa and chairs into the space. The owners of our previous home on Main Street did not want to keep the wood burning stove that we had added to the kitchen there and graciously returned it to us. We installed the modern Swedish stove in the East Parlor. I made curtains and we hung art.

If you have a story of old house love you’d like to share, please send it to editor@zvra.com.

Of course, I am perfectly willing to continue the love with my home. 

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