Wednesday, November 27

Infused: Now accepting Christmas Holiday Inspired Cocktails 2013

Think you (or your mixologist) has the best recipe for a cocktail inspired by the Christmas holiday season? I will feature Christmas-inspired cocktails in Gotta Go, giving readers the Top Ten Best Cocktails to create in the 3rd annual Top 10 Best Christmas Cocktails 2013.

All recipes, images and contact information for the submission can be sent via email to elizabeth@gottago.us or elizabethjmusgrave@gmail.com by Friday, December 13, 2013.
Posting will occur the week of December 20. This will be a fun way for readers to enjoy cocktails made with great products and inspired by a favorite holiday.


All entries must include images for the cocktail and all of the below information. Please remember to send the Twitter handle/link and website link. This helps the readers go immediately to you and check out how wonderful your company, bar, restaurant, etc., is and follow you.

No stress, just fun!

Those chosen will be featured on GottaGo.us. 

E-mail submissions only are required, no physical attendance needed for this one.

Include (in order and completely) the following information: (Most just copy this for a template)

1) Cocktail's themed name

2) Bar/company/restaurant/mixologist/winery name and location

3) Website and Twitter handle so readers can check you out!

4) Recipe, including measurements, garnish and glassware

**Don't forget**
5) Inspiration for drink-obviously Christmas, but what exactly inspired you to make this particular drink?

6) Image-Please make sure it is a good quality.

This is open to anyone within the spirits/wine/beer company/restaurant realm including mixologists, bars, fine dining, bartenders, sommeliers, hotels, companies, spirit entrepreneurs, et cetera. The idea is to feature cocktails inspired by Christmas and all the nostalgic, fun, spiritual and other feelings about the holiday. Let your imagination run wild with this one...it can go many directions: Santa, sugarplums, Chrismas trees, shopping, misteltoe, candy canes, elves, reindeer, nativity, a particular carol, movies, holiday candy,  ...you get the idea!

***Special Note***
Several cocktails were disqualified for the last Top 10 cocktail lists due to the drink name and/or inspiration missing or not applicable to the theme. Let's see your best themed drink! Sending in a cocktail with a non-themed name and/or inspiration will, unfortunately, be disqualified.

(Ex. sending a chocolate martini with the brand as the name or stating it is inspired by your love of Christmas isn't an inspired-by drink. However, a chocolate martini with a mint liquer flavored Christmas tree-shape floating in it  ~ inspired by dcorating the tree while sipping hot chocolate would work....)

Image: Fleming's Steakhouse_ChristmasCocktails2012

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Tuesday, November 26

L. S. Ayres' Cherub Arrives in Indianapolis for Christmas 2013 Season

Below is the tale of the famous L.S. Ayres cherub, which arrives annually to oversee shoppers during the holiday season. No one ever sees the cherub arrive, but, just like Santa Claus, you can depend on catching sight of him every year.

It was 1946. World War II had just ended and thousands returned home from military service. Among them, Virginia Holmes--a prize-winning commercial artist--came back to Indianapolis and started her career in the advertising department at L.S. Ayres, a downtown department store. When it came time to compose the 1946 holiday catalog, merchandise was still in short supply, so Holmes created whimsical cherubs to fill the somewhat empty pages. The cherubs captured hearts and began an Indianapolis holiday tradition that continues today.

Customer response to the cherubs was so great, Ayres perpetuated their appearance in its 1947 holiday advertising. It was Ayres’ 75th Anniversary, and that called for a special addition to their holiday celebration plans. Ayres commissioned nationally recognized Indianapolis sculptor and Herron School of Art instructor, David Rubins to create a bronze cherub for the store’s landmark clock, located on the outside of their building on the corner of Washington and Meridian streets.

Cherub Keeps WatchAs the story is told, the whimsical Cherub mysteriously appeared atop the clock on Thanksgiving Eve 1947 to keep a watchful eye on the holiday shoppers (beginning Thursday, Nov. 28) until Santa took over on Christmas Eve. In the 66 years since, thousands have had the pleasure of seeing the Cherub perched atop the famous clock each holiday season. This powerful tradition lives in the hearts and minds and memories of a city and its grateful citizens.

The May Department Store Co. purchased L.S. Ayres in 1986 and, in 1992, moved the Cherub to its headquarters in St. Louis. There was tremendous public outcry when the Cherub did not appear that holiday season. So May donated the Cherub to the City of Indianapolis and in 1994 Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. became the Cherub’s legal guardian.

So keep an eye out… the Cherub will be appearing downtown very soon ~

Visit the Indiana State Museum gift shop for replica Cherub pins.


Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Monday, November 25

Pro Ice Hockey Returns to Indianapolis' State Fairgrounds Coliseum

Looks like our professional sports teams ~ Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Fever, Indiana Pacers ~ have another pro ball team to balance things out.

The Indiana State Fair Commission has approved an agreement with Indiana Hockey Club, LLC, an ECHL expansion franchise that will become an anchor tenant for the fairgrounds’ newly renovated Coliseum and begin playing its home games there in October, 2014. The two organizations have signed a five-year deal that also calls for the team to house its administrative offices at the fairgrounds.

Carmel businessman Jim Hallett, the chief executive officer and director of KAR Auction Services, one of North America’s largest automotive remarketing companies, is the chairman of Indiana Hockey Club, LLC and no stranger to hockey, as a lifelong fan, former player and former team owner.

The Coliseum Complex is in the final months of a $63 million renovation that will modernize the entire arena with new lighting, a two-tiered seating bowl, a digital overhead scoreboard, state of the art sound equipment and ample ADA seating. It will accommodate about 6,200 fans for hockey and is scheduled to reopen in April, 2014.

The State Fairgrounds has been the hub of Indianapolis’ long hockey history dating back to 1939 when the Coliseum first opened and the Indianapolis Capitals began the first of their 13 seasons in the International American Hockey League. The building subsequently housed the Indianapolis Chiefs, Racers, Checkers and Ice from a variety of professional leagues from 1955 – 2004.

The Indiana Ice, an amateur team playing in the United States Hockey League, called the Coliseum home from 2004 – 2012 when the renovation began, but ultimately decided not to return to the Coliseum after the renovation is completed.

That decision eventually led the commission to Hallett and the ECHL. Hockey’s premier “AA” league, the ECHL not only offers Ft. Wayne as a natural regional rival, but it also has franchises in nearby Evansville, Cincinnati and Toledo. Overall, it currently has 22 teams located throughout the country and is responsible for sending more than 500 players to the National Hockey League since its inception in 1988.

The hockey club is the second team to announce a deal to play in the renovated Coliseum. Earlier this year, the IUPUI Jaguars announced a five-year agreement to play all its men’s and selected women’s basketball games in the arena. The hockey team will unveil additional details, including information on the lottery process for selecting season tickets for the club’s inaugural season.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Sunday, November 24

Stutz Artists Offers Holiday Open House During First Friday Dec. 6

Sidewalk Symphony
*press release* The Stutz Artists Association is offering a holiday version of its annual open house on Dec. 6 with 30 open artists’ studios, an exhibition featuring art for gift-giving and the second annual bicycle selection for artists participating in an upcoming competition. The Stutz Business Center is located at 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis (Enter from 10th Street via alley).

For the first time ever on a First Friday in the evening, visitors will be able to roam the massive building to find approximately 30 studios in which artists will be hosting receptions from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Splendid Menagerie” exhibition will be in part of the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery on the first floor featuring small and large works created with gift-giving in mind. Art will include paintings and graphics, jewelry of many different styles and materials, greeting cards, photography, and fabric arts including quilting and hand dyed wall art.

Another part of the gallery will feature the “IDADA First in Line” show featuring snapshots of the people who bought artwork. IDADA will hold a reception and sale on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Visit Idada.org for more details.

The evening will be complete with the second annual bicycle selection for reCYCLE pARTS II, a juried art exhibit and competition in May 2014. One-by-one, participating artists will pick an entire bike starting at 7 p.m. Artists will draw a number at registration that determines the order of bicycle selection. All art in the show will be created including at least three pieces of the selected bicycle.

COST: Free and open to the public
INFO: StutzArtists.com or (317) 503-6420
Image: Julia Zollman Wickes. studio-B335

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Friday, November 22

Hoosier Holidays 2013 Offers Discounts at Downtown Indianapolis Hotels, IRT, Indy Zoo & More

Looking for a way to stay in budget and still have family fun for holiday season 2013? Things to do in Indy can be achieved  ~ if you just believe...

Indiana residents can stay close to home this holiday season with Visit Indy’s ‘Hoosier Holidays’ campaign offering up to 50 percent off on Indianapolis hotel accommodations and significant savings on holiday activities throughout the capital city.

The program invites fellow Hoosiers to shop, dine and be entertained this holiday season. It kicks off Sunday, November 24, and continues through January 4, 2014.


Show your valid Indiana driver’s license, and discounted hotel stays can be booked at any of the participating hotels ~ like the newly renovated Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station or the Omni Severin which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. (Special rates range from $69 to $149).

After checking in, participants are also provided with additional exclusive discounts to Indy’s holiday events and attractions such as Indiana Repertory Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol or a Beef and Boards Theatre dinner and show.
Other discounts include admission to Eiteljorg Museum and their annual Jingle Rails exhibit and admission to the Indianapolis Zoo, just in time for Christmas at the Zoo.

To book your Hoosier Holiday stay and receive significant savings at Indy’s best holiday attractions, log on to VisitIndy.com/HoosierHolidays.

Discounted rates are available to overnight stays made 72 hours in advance of the date of stay and a valid Indiana driver’s license or other Indiana photo ID must presented upon check-in. Taxes are additional.
About Visit Indy
Visit Indy's mission is to increase Indianapolis growth by strategically selling the destination to conventions, meetings, events, and leisure travelers. According to a recent study by Vantage Strategy, 22 million people visit Indianapolis annually, generating $3.95 billion in economic impact, and supporting 75,000 full-time employment positions. For more information, VisitIndy.com
Images: provided by Visit Indy

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Thursday, November 21

Brown County Offers Train Rides, Santa, Victorian Carolers for Christmas 2013

Okay, I love Brown County (like most peoplee). However, I had no idea until this year they offer cool Christmas things to do. Normally I head down in the Autumn, hit the neat little shop on the left (as you're coming into town) called Holly Shop, and wander about, sipping cider, traipsing through the trails at the state park and shopping (naturally). After that, I wait until Spring to return. But this year? Maybe it's time to head down in November or December.

The Village of Nashville is going old-fashioned with strolling Victorian-costumed carolers, the Little Nashville Express Train and visits with Santa and his elves, and a live nativity scene. Hot chocolate, cookies, caroling and the official lighting of Santa’s tree happens the first weekend of festivities. After that, every weekend is filled with holiday thappenings.

Things to do include: face painting with Santa, the Christmas Light Parade, gingerbread creations, holiday shows, sing-a-longs and victorian candlelight dinners.

Christmas in Brown County Activities
Kick-off Weekend is November 29 – December 1

Gingerbread Competition & Exhibit

November 24 - December 14
8 am-11 pm daily
This exhibit pays tribute to the log cabins of Brown County while challenging participants to
combine their culinary skills with architectural design to create extraordinary works of art.
Location: Brown County Inn

Little Nashville Express Train Rides
November 23 – December 14
See the Village! Board the Express Train for a fun and free ride.
Nov. 23-24, 29-30: Noon-7 pm; Dec. 1: Noon-5 pm; Dec. 7, 14: Noon-6 pm

Visitors Center Holiday Open House
Nov. 29
Join the Visitors Center as they welcome Santa and kick off the holiday season by lighting up
Santa’s Tree. Free hot chocolate and cookies. Open House and visits with Santa 2 pm-6 pm
Location: Visitors Center Patio

Santa Sightings
Nov. 29-Dec. 1
Bring the family and visit with Santa Thanksgiving weekend.
Friday 2 pm–6 pm; Saturday 11 am-5 pm; Sunday Noon-4 pm. Location: Visitors Center Patio

Strolling Carolers
Nov. 29-Dec. 1
Enjoy a holiday song from strolling carolers in the Village
Friday 2 pm–6 pm; Saturday 11 am-5 pm; Sunday Noon-4 pm.

Live Nativity Scene
Nov. 30
Enjoy live nativity scenes throughout the Village of Nashville from 1 pm-3 pm.
Final scenes will end at the corner of Mound Street and North Van Buren Street by the Holly Shop.

For more information: ChristmasinBrownCounty.com. 

For details about other Brown County events, tourist attractions and lodging: BrownCounty.com.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Wednesday, November 20

Christmas on the Square 2013 Includes Carolers, Roaming Characters, Train Ride & Live Nativity


A storybook window display following the escapades of Clarence the Christmas Camel, will be highlightedChristmas on the Square and will usher in the holiday season for Hendricks County residents and visitors again this year.

Scheduled from 4-6 p.m. November 29, the experience will include a variety of family activities as the town closes all four streets around the Courthouse Square to vehicular traffic.




Christmas on the Square Activities
Storybook Window Display
Beginning with a book reading at 4 p.m. at the Royal Theater, windows around the Square will be unveiled with each representing a page turning the area into the giant storybook, “Clarence the Christmas Camel.”
Live Nativity Scene
As in recent years, a nativity area with live animals will be stationed at the corner of Washington and Marion streets.

Train Rides
This free activity will occur on Jefferson Street.

Childrens’ Activities
A juggler, face painters and balloon artists will be stationed at various locations inside businesses around the Square. Children also will be able to fill a complimentary stocking with candy and prizes as they visit the various merchants around the Square.

Strolling Carolers
A group of jolly singers will provide a bit of ambience harkening back to traditional Christmas celebrations.

Roaming Holiday Characters
Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, a snowman and Christmas tree will stroll around the square greeting visitors.

Holiday Melodrama
The Danville High School Drama Department will perform at 3 and 5 p.m. inside the Royal Theater.

Tree Lighting
Santa, Mrs. Claus and one child will flip the switch to light up the Downtown Square to end the evening.

For more information about Christmas on the Square, visit VisitDowntownDanville.com.

Images: Hendricks County CVB
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Tuesday, November 19

El Rodeo Raided in Indianapolis, Fishers, Avon & Other Cities

Oh nooooo ~ goodbye El Rodeo's salsa and chips.

One of Indianapolis' favorite Mexican restaurants, and salsa contest winner of GottaGo.us, has been searched, closed and locked.

Why did El Rodeo get raided and why is it closed? Locations in Lafayette, Avon, Richmond and Indianapolis were raided Monday, November 18, before noon.

Police in several counties were part of the search warrant-backed bust at numerous locations, including the Avon residence of owner/manager Gina Santana. Boxes and other items were carried out of the home, according to witnesses, and the police spent approximately two hours inside. Restaurants throughout several counties were also searched with boxes of items carried out by police officers. Indiana State Police officers served the search warrants.

Although rumors are circling about human- and drug-trafficking, police are staying silent about the true cause of the multi-county sweep, giving no clues as to the reason behind the investigation.

Let's hope that it isn't true. However, considering it included all 20 locations throughout several counties, and multiple police stations, chances are it wasn't the guacamole.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Friday, November 15

Review: Wicked 2013 Indianapolis

The old sayings, "You've got to see it to believe it," and "You either get 'IT'or you don't," are certainly sayings that could be (and probably are) applied to WICKED.

With its 10th anniversary this year, and nine current productions performing around the globe, I must say I was completely floored (meaning I, of all people, was momentarily speechless) during intermission. A gentleman sitting in front of me struck up a conversation and nonchalantly stated he had bought the ticket on a whim while in town for business ~ with no clue what the show was about. He had no idea it was in reference to Wizard of Oz and had no anticipation. He was simply ready to enjoy a live theater production and that was what caught his eye online.

Wow.

The winner of more than 50 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, was unknown to this gentleman. Naturally, I reflected back to my first time of seeing it in Chicago, and the subsequent reviews of "Wicked" I have written ~ each one a totally different experience and finding different aspects most notable.
At my first experience, I was blown away ~ as almost everyone is. The second, I noticed the nods to the book, film and characters. At my third, I noticed, and wrote about, the symbolism transportation played ~ in this review (REVIEW: WICKED 2010).

After seeing any show several times, the viewer naturally compares the actors and have those they feel most closely fit the bill, the ones they believe most talented, etc.

This production stars Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba and Hayley Podschun as Glinda. If you are a fan of Kristin Chenoweth and, frankly, who isn't? ~ then, you will absolutely adore Podschun. She practically radiates on stage during "Popular," drawing ecstatic applause from the engaged audience.

Naturally, DiNoia's rendition of the power ballad won thunderous applause. It is definitely one of DiNoia's finer moments in the performance. Her other being the duet, "What is this Feeling?" with Podschun as the two opposing witches realize how much they loathe each other.

The main issue with anyone stepping into the sparkly shoes of Glinda or the work boots of Elphaba in the musical loosely based on Gregory Maguire's novel, is they are attempting to fill seriously talented footsteps. Even those who have not (gasp) seen the musical, have more than likely heard of the Broadway originators of the roles ~ Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel (read review of her solo performance here).
And therein lies the problem. Can anyone ever make the role truly their own, while compared to the greats at every turn?

Probably not.
At least not for another 10 years.

It would be equivalent to performing a role so well the audience forgets Judy Garland (The Wizard of Oz), Michael Crawford (Phantom of the Opera), or Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean). Whether a stage or screen production, some performers become the standard for all others after them. A tough act.

With that said, it's like being in the top 10 percent of your graduating class. No, you aren't No. 1 or 2, but you're still in the top percentile. Nothing to be upset over.

Bottom Line: Whether this is your first, or 15th time, Wicked is a must-see anytime it is in town.
Performance Schedule
There is no performance on Thanksgiving Day,Thursday, November 28.
November 13-17: Wednesday & Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, Thursday matinee at 2:00 pm, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm, Sunday matinee at 1:00 pm and Sunday evening at 6:30 pm; November 19-24: Tuesday –Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm, Sunday matinee at 1:00 pm and Sunday evening at 6:30 pm; November 26 – December 1: Monday – Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm, Friday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Saturday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sunday matinee at 1:00 pm.


Images: provided by BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com; Joan Marcus

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

You Saved the Ta-tas, Now Grow a Mo


You've helped save the ta-tas ~ now.... Movember Indy, is in town to raise money and knowledge for the other sex and their important body parts. Male prostate and testicular cancer is a serious issue needing as much attention as breast cancer.

So how do you help save the boys?

Grow a moustache (or don a sporty faux 'stache) to raise awareness and start the conversation about men's, ahem... well, private parts that are needing more than just recreational attention.

“The moustache is our hairy ribbon of support for prostate and testicular cancer awareness,” said Bryan Kendall, the local chairman of Movember Indy. “Growing a Mo is more than just a way to raise money – it’s a conversation starter. At the end of the day, educating and building awareness is what matters most.”

The Mo Bros of Indianapolis will be raising money for men’s health and celebrating the halfway mark of their hirsute journey Sat., November. 16 at the inaugural Movember Indy Bar Crawl.

Beginning and ending at Tomlinson Tap Room, the bar crawl will also include stops at Mass Ave Pub, Bazbeaux, and other awesome pubs. With a glass of legendary brewed beer at each stop, participants will also receive Movember merchandise, a raffle ticket and a good time, all while saving the boys.

To register, donate $25 to Movember. Advance sign-ups will be entered to win a VIP experience, courtesy of Sun King Brewery and The Handlebar Indy.
Registered Hoosier participants, also known as Mo Bros, will start November 1 clean shaven and will groom, trim and wax their way in the annals of fine moustachery for 30 days. As they effectively transform into walking, talking billboards, the men will advocate private and public conversations around the often overlooked issue of men’s health.

Movember began in Melbourne, Australia, and has since grown into a worldwide campaign that calls attention to men's health issues. Since 2003, more than 1.1 million men have participated, raising $174 million. In the U.S., the beneficiaries are the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG Foundation.

In 2012, more than 2,800 gallant Hoosiers sported hirsute facial masterpieces raising nearly $93,000 in Indianapolis and $145,000 across the state. After nearly doubling participation in 2011, Indianapolis was named the second largest participation increase in major cities nationwide by the national Movember Foundation.

Following the 30 days, all Mo Bros in the Indianapolis area will join together at the Movember Indy Gala Party, a formal extravaganza to flaunt their hairy achievement and celebrate a month-long, razor-free altruistic experience.

Registered Mo Bros are invited to showcase their facial craftsmanship at various local events. For more information on how to get involved with Movember Indy or for a list of events, please visit Movemberindy.com. Connect with Movember Indy on Facebook or Twitter.

MOVEMBER EVENTS 2013

Movember 20
Broad Ripple Takeover

· Stop by any of the 4 participating locations for an a la carte menu of "Movember" Food & Drink pairing at each spot. $10 per person per location. We encourage you to stop by 6-9 pm as the Movember crew will be out and about with goodies and giveaways throughout the evening

Movember 23
The MO 5K Run
Military Park 
Registration: $30-$45
Participants receive Official Mo Run apparel, a post-race beer and more. Post-race party at Loughmiller’s Pub & Eatery. Register here.

December 6
End of Movember Gala Party 
7-11 pm
The Speak Easy in Broad Ripple
$10 entry which 100% goes to charity ~ Tickets available at door. Cash/Checks/Credit Cards accepted
Craft Beer from all over the state of Indiana! Food trucks (all TBD at this point) will be onsite. The Gala party is being held to thank our Mo Bros and Sistas for their outstanding fundraising efforts during the month of Movember as well as a last chance to donate to change the face of men's health. This party includes music, food, delicious Indiana craft beer, auctions, raffles and much, much more.
This is a chance to dress up in your best Movember costume, showcase your immaculate grooming, celebrate your finest Mo and compete for a number of category titles - including Best Mo in Character, Miss Movember and Man of Movember 2013. All proceeds benefit the Movember foundation's benefiting partners The Prostate Cancer Foundation and The LIVESTRONG Foundation.

About Movember
Movember aims to forever change the face of men's health through the power of the moustache, by raising awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. Since 2003, more than 1.9 million participants have raised more than $299 million for the cause, with official Movember campaigns taking place in 21 countries. For information, visit Movember.com. Movember is a registered 501(c) (3) charity.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Wednesday, November 13

Circle of Lights includes Santa's Mailbox

One of my favorite memories from Christmases of long is writing to Santa Claus. Positive he (or at the very least one of his trusty elves) would pen a reply.To be honest, I can't remember if he ever did.

What I do remember, however, is the trip to take the letter to the post office. The excitement of getting the letter just right, decorating the envelope to the point the address was almost indecipherable, and the satisfaction when I dropped the letter in the slot.

To this day one of my must-watch holidays movies annually is "The Christmas List." Starring Mimi Rogers. The film (1997) reiterates the feeling that goodness brings happiness when the main character mails her grown-up Christmas wish list letter to Santa Claus. This feeling spills over from another favorite, Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," which instills the warm-fuzzies with the knowledge that human kindness can break down any barrier and mean people can be rehabilitated.

So how do the children in your life get this over-the-top feeling this holiday season? Encourage them to write (cursive if possible, please), decorate and mail a letter to the jolly old elf ~ personally.

Where? 

Santa Claus (or maybe his helpers) has installed an official mailbox at the Circle of Lights location ~ Soldiers and Sailors Monument ~ in downtown Indianapolis. Accepting letters to Father Christmas through December 12, the mailbox is decorated with Santa and reindeer likenesses. Sitting on the east side of Monument Circle, the box faces Market Street, but I encourage you to make it an event. Park the car (much like my father), and enjoy the lights, sip hot chocolate and create lifetime memories for the tots.

Each year, this holiday mailbox is installed for children of all ages to drop off their letters addressed to Santa. And to every child’s delight, Santa himself personally answers each letter that has a return address. In 2012, more than 5,000 letters were sent to Santa.

*** Letters must have a return address for Santa to reply. (A self-addressed, stamped envelope is appreciated)

**Special Note** The lighting ceremony of Circle of Lights is presented by the wonderful folks known as Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481. These people work hard annually, selflessly giving of their time in the cold weather to make this happen for all of us to enjoy. The official lighting ceremony will take place Friday evening, Nov. 29 on Monument Circle. More than 100,000 holiday enthusiasts are expected to attend Indiana’s largest, annual, FREE public gathering now in its 51st year.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Tuesday, November 12

WICKED Holds $25 Lottery Seat for Indianapolis 2013 Shows

A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held for WICKED,

returning to the Old National Centre with performances from November 13-December 1. Two and one-half hours prior to each performance, people who present themselves at the Old National Centre box office will have their names placed in a lottery drum; thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only. This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. Lottery participants must have a valid photo ID when submitting their entry form and, if chosen, when purchasing tickets.

Winner of more than 50 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

WICKED will play the Old National Centre November 13-December 1. Good seats still available! For the best seating selection, please check the available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances and weekday matinees on Thursday, November 14 at 2:00 pm and Friday, November 29 at 2:00pm. Tickets for the return engagement are on sale now and available in person at Broadway Across America Box Office downtown at 342 Massachusetts Avenue, Clowes Memorial Hall, The Old National Center Ticket Office, online at BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com, or by calling 1-800-982-2787.

Performance Schedule
November 13-17: Wednesday & Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, Thursday matinee at 2:00 pm, Friday and Saturday evenings at8:00 pm, Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm, Sunday matinee at 1:00 pm and Sunday evening at 6:30 pm; November 19-24: Tuesday –Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm, Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm, Sunday matinee at 1:00 pm and Sunday evening at 6:30 pm; November 26 – December 1: Monday – Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm, Friday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Saturday at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sunday matinee at 1:00 pm.

There is no performance on Thanksgiving Day,Thursday, November 28.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Monday, November 11

Top 10 Best Midwest Food Tours 2013

Food tours have become one of tourism's most requested activity and the Midwest is no different.
Whether checking out a new city, or exploring your own, learning about the cuisine of the area is a delicious way to travel.

Basically, there are two types of food tours: Ones that focus on the food itself, concentrating on the chefs, restaurants and ingredients; the other covers the neighborhood, architecture, and history while enjoying the foods of the area. If you are looking to learn about a town, historic area or neighborhood you will want to choose the second type. True foodies, gourmet cooks and potential restaurant owners may be more inclined to choose the first style.

The best way to figure out which type of tours are available is to research. A simple call, website check, or email is all it should take. Culinary tour owners and staff are eager to ensure you choose one you will enjoy and will lead you in the right direction. Tours might be dedicated to a specific food (pizza, beer, cheese, chocolate), a specific area of town, or ethnicity. Transportation is normally by walking, but in some cases it might be by bicycle or shuttle.

Click here for the Gotta Go Food Tours segment on Indy Style ~

Below are my insider's tips and (in no particular order) the list of my recommendations.
Top 10 Best Food Tours 2013

Insider tips
Wear comfortable walking shoes
Bring a camera
Extra money is good for shopping after it's over
Come hungry
Let the operator know of allergies when booking
Go in a group or with a friend for memory-making
Be open to new foods and drinks

Milwaukee
Milwaukee Food Tours
Tours: Walking, Shuttle-Brady Street, Historic Third Ward, Walker’s Point, Riverwalk/Westown, Bloody Third Ward/Bloody Mary Brunch, Bay View/Bloodies & Beers, Village of Wauwatosa, Cedarburg, Pizza Bus, Churches & Chocolates, Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus, Grandparent’s Day, Bone App├ętit (dog friendly), Walker’s Point Dine Around
MilwaukeeFoodTours.com

Saint Louis
STL Culinary
Tours: Walking-Market Street Gastro, DeMun Gastro, UCity Loop, Edwardsville, Chaumette Vineyards

Savor Saint Louis
Tours: Walking-Central West End
SavorSaintLouis.com

Indianapolis
Taste Indy Food Tours
Tours: Walking-Mass Ave., Wholesale Food District, Fountain Square, City Market

Chicago
Bobby’s Bike Hike
Tours: Bicycle-Bikes, Bites & Beer

Tastebud Tours
Tours: Walking-Gold Coast, Sweets (Chocolate and desserts), Loop/Millennium, Magnificent Mile

Chicago Food Planet
Tours: Walking-Gold Coast/Oldtown, Chinatown, Bucktown/Wicker Park
Cincinnati
Findlay Market Tour
Tours: Walking-Customized Findlay Market

Lexington
Bleu plate Tours
Tours: Walking- Heart of Lexington, Sunday Stroll

Bloomington
Bloomington Food Tours
Tours: Bites of Bloomington
Walking-Downtown Bloomington

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Saturday, November 9

Indiana Winery Events November 2013

November 9
Wine-A-Ree Join Buck Creek Winery, Butler Winery, Cedar Creek WineryChateau de Pique, Ertel Cellars Huber Winery, Salt Creek Winery, and Winzerwald at this event in Columbus benefiting Boy Scouts of Southern Indiana.

November 10
Join Harmony Winery for a Tailgate Party with the Indianapolis Colts take on the St. Louis Rams. Potluck dishes and wine will be available to celebrate the Colts strong season. 

November 13
Ladies Night at New Day Meadery. Shop 'til you drop with great vendors, and enjoy regularly scheduled Mead & Knead. 

La Torte Cake party with Harmony Winery at 6:30 p.m. Harmony has worked with La Torte to create wine cakes. Join them for an evening of tasting wine and cake.

November 14
Sommelier Night with Hopwood Cellars. Learn how to pair Thanksgiving foods with wine in a fun atmosphere. Attendance limited to 15 people. RSVP at 317-873-4099.

Wine and Pottery Night with Harmony Winery at 6:30 p.m. One flat fee covers wine tasting and a pottery piece. Reservations can be made by calling The Creative Escape Pottery Studio at 317-569-8656.

November 15
Join New Day Meadery at 6 p.m. for the release of Honey Gobbler, their latest barrel aged release - a carbonated sweet mead aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrels for two years, perfect with you Thanksgiving Day turkey!

November 16
Carousel Winery release of Winter Jewel Wine. This Cranberry-Raspberry will be available in a red Christmas tree bottle, or blue bottle. 

November 16-17
Christkindlmarket- Ferdinand, IN. Indiana wineries like French Lick, Monkey Hollow, Winzerwald, and Carousel Winery will be on hand for wine tasting and gift basket sales. 

November 21
Nouveau Day
Join Satek Winery for the release of its third vintage of Kreibaum Bay Nouveau on Worldwide Nouveau Day. 

French Lick Winery will release two new wines. Pinot Noir- is a medium bodied dry red wine with plum, berry, black pepper and faint oak notes. 

Harmony- a blend of Seyval, Vidal, Cayuga grapes, with flavors of citrus, honeysuckle and green apple. Bright and slightly sweet, this wine will pairs well with fruit and cheese, light meats such as turkey or chicken, or just simply on its own. 

Huber Winery release party of Pop's Reserve from 6-9 p.m. The party will feature tastings of Pop's Reserve, complimentary chili and cheese, and live music. 

November 22-24
Satek Winery's Holiday Open House. Open until 9 p.m. Friday. 20% off all merchandise, gift baskets available, free holiday recipes and wine tasting, and free mulled wine samples. Enjoy a free gift bag with 3-bottle purchase. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater and win a prize. 

November 29
Thanksgiving Blackberry Friday with Satek Winery. Receive a 20% discount on blackberry wine. 

November 30
Zionsville Christmas parade and tree lighting outside of Hopwood Cellars. 

New Albany Jungle Walk will feature an afternoon of tasting and shopping. Visit Winzerwald at the jewelry store for wine and diamonds.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Thursday, November 7

51st Annual Circle of Lights Decorating Event Saturday, November 9, 2013


I love decorating for the holiday season ~ whether it's decorating the tree (real trees only, please), decorating gifts (Yes, I am one of those people who spend as much time on ribbons and wrap as the gift shopping) or decorating the outside area. I would have to say that growing up in the Midwest means an extra little something when the frost, snowflakes and icicles add in their touch to the exterior.

One of my treasured memories of "Growing up Midwest" (click here for another Midwest Christmas memory) as I like to call it, is the trek to Indianapolis' downtown every holiday. My parents would load all six kids into the station wagon for the annual outing. Mom would have made, and brought with us, her homemade goodies: popcorn balls, fudge and thermoses of steaming hot chocolate (made with real milk, not water and instant powder).

Before pulling out of the driveway you could hear her holler out, "Where's the baby?" "Who's got Jeannie?" My siblings would call back, "She's here," "Let's go!" and "Mmphmfmp," could be heard from me as the scarves (yes, plural) would muffle my answer. Because, as we all know, the smaller you are the more outerwear adults believe you need.

As the youngest ~ and runt of the litter ~ "Baby" "Dolly" or "Jeannie" (as I was referred to depending on the person in my family), was always shoved into the very back of the staple vehicle of most families in those days. The seats flipped up and a table pulled down so my brother and I could set our treats out nicely.

Parking the car, after many attempts to get the "perfect spot," Dad would proudly help each of out of the car and show us the display ~ as if he personally had strung every light, decorated every storefront window and placed the tin soldiers and sailors for us personally. And, yes, I believed he had made all the magic just for me. Oh,, and my siblings, of course...

This year, residents and visitors alike, are invited to join IBEW, volunteers, and speakers at Monument Circle Saturday, Nov. 9 between 9 - 11 a.m. for Deck the Halls: Installation Appreciation. Picture taking, oohing and aahing, and watching the volunteers create the World's Largest Lighted Christmas Tree.or their hard work. Additionally, a Circle of Lights® Coloring Contest station will be set up for kids to work on their creations!

Lighting Ceremony Information
The lighting ceremony of Circle of Lights, presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW #481, will take place Friday evening, Nov. 29 on Monument Circle. More than 100,000 holiday enthusiasts are expected to attend Indiana’s largest, annual, FREE public gathering now in its 51st year.

The event will include special appearances from holiday entertainers including Indianapolis native Sandi Patty, as well as The von Trapp Family singers, both appearing at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration, and the larger-than-life toy soldiers and sailors and peppermint sticks adorning Monument Circle. In addition, central Indiana entertainers selected from state wide auditions will perform and Santa will make his first official appearance of the 2013 season.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.