A. I think people love seeing some of Kurt's personal items such as his typewriter, reading glasses, or original artwork, but what really excites visitors is the conversation about Vonnegut. They listen to the stories we share...we listen to why they have made a pilgrimage from Russia or Vancouver or Barnstable, Massachusetts, for example. We get carried away in conversations about prison reform, workers rights, alternatives to war, climate change, or maybe things less daunting like Kurt's fantastic sense of humor, his plays, his favorite music, his love of ping pong. People leave with new information and maybe a book or a t-shirt but also with thoughts about Kurt and his words like: "We are what we pretend to be so we must be careful what we pretend to be."
A. We've actually started partnering with friends at IUPUI to give Vonnegut bus tours in Indy for groups. We always conclude the tours at the Athenaeum with a visit to the Rathskeller. Vonnegut's grandfather designed the Athenaeum, and it is worth a tour of the building and a beer in the Vonnegut Room of the Rathskeller. Kurt loved it!
A. My husband, kids, and I have this family tradition of going to HalfPrice Books on Sundays. Our house, the "silverfish farm," runneth over with books. We also love IndyReads.
A. The Garfield Park Conservatory is definitely a fave for me. And you can't go wrong with many of the restaurants, these little hidden gems, around Lafayette Rd./38th Street (International Marketplace) representing great flavors from around the world.
A. I take visitors first to, of course, the Vonnegut Library but our next stop is definitely the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) and the grounds of the IMA. From the art museum itself to the beautiful public art to the Lilly House and greenhouse to the trails, this venue always proves to be a crowd pleaser.
A. While we may fit in a visit to a Pacers game, the ISO (Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra), or one of our great theaters, one of my favorite places is Eagle Creek Park. We catch a late afternoon hike or walk around the beautiful Lilly Lake, where I was married, and then head over to Rick's Boatyard down the street for a beautiful sunset and jazz on the deck overlooking Eagle Creek Reservoir.
A. That's a tough one! I love the Jazz Kitchen and Morty's Comedy Club, the bar at the Alexander Hotel downtown, a host of places on Mass Ave, First Fridays at Fountain Square, and, of course, the Vonnegut Library. How fortunate we are to live in a city with so many unique neighborhoods.
A. My family loves Animals and All That Jazz at the Zoo, Symphony on the Prairie, and the Indianapolis Public Library's summer reading program. And it's hard for me to beat dinner on Mass Ave or in Broad Ripple with a walk on the Monon Trail.
A. Visitors should not miss the Vonnegut Library, or paddle boats on the canal, an Indy Eleven game, or the gravesite of James Whitcomb Riley - the Hoosier Poet - at the peak of Crown Hill Cemetery. Oh, come on... is it creepy that I like graveyards? But Crown Hill isn't just any old graveyard...
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