Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hendricks County, IN: Hot Blown Glass

Through the rolling hills of Hendricks County, Indiana and down a few beautiful country roads is the home of Hot Blown Glass and it's resident artist, Lisa Pelo.  In this glass blowing studio, artists of all skill levels (even newbies) will find all the equipment and instruction needed to make stunning works of art!  Or in our case, enjoy a live demonstration...
Hot Blown Glass Hendricks County, Indiana
We enjoyed a demo of how glass flowers are created
Hot Blown Glass offers classes (for a small fee) to the public at all skill levels.  Additionally, the studio is open for free live demonstrations certain Saturdays throughout the year as part of the Rural Routes to Main Street Second Saturdays events.  This free, self-guided tour takes adventurers to over 30 artists throughout Hendricks County.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hendricks County, IN: Game On! Downtown

The highlight of our family weekend getaway in Hendricks County, Indiana was their annual Game On! Downtown event hosted in the historic Danville square.  This free event features life-sized versions of everyone's favorite board games: from scrabble, tic-tac-toe, Connect 4, bowling, dominoes, Jenga and many more.  Honestly it's the reason we chose this particular weekend to visit Hendricks County (after reading rave reviews of last years inaugural event), and the event certainly wowed my family!    

Game On! Downtown Hendricks County, Indiana
Playing giant scrabble
Game On! Downtown is located in the historic downtown square of Danville, Indiana surrounded by a theater, many one-of-a-kind shops, and a slew of quality dining.  The games are all arranged along the center courthouse, flanked by a bounce house for kids to burn off some excitement.  There is live music (and they encourage dancing) and some food vendors as well.  The entire event is free.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hendricks County, IN: McCloud Nature Park

The best feature of Hendricks County, Indiana is the gorgeous rolling hills and outdoor ambiance the resonates within the entire county.  This is best on display at the McCloud Nature Park, a free and family friendly oasis that features an educational center, many walking & hiking paths, all with plenty of opportunities to be up close with the area's wildlife.

McCloud Nature Park in Hendricks County, Indiana
Access to the park is free, including the small nature center.  We decided to park at the nature center, explore its education & interactive exhibits, and then use that as our base for the walking paths.  The park also features water areas for canoeing, and many hiking trails covering over 200 acres of land.