indiana: ArtWalk Returns to Elkhart, IN - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 11/05/15 06:25 AM
ArtWalk Returns to Elkhart, IN -
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Artwalk is a self-guided tour of downtown Elkhart which offers fun for both children and adults. The tour runs from 5 pm to 8 pm and features many participating artist, craftmen museums and and businesses.
The Midwst Museum of American Art, 429 S. Main, will offer FREE admission to the 37th Jurried Regional, which features 207 selected works from artists from northern Indiana and Southern Michigan.
The Eagles Lodge, 225 W. Marion, will offer FREE Bowling.
Wall Murals will be on display throughout the city.
Stephenson's, 215 S.Main, will have models exhibiting the Winter Fashions
Elegant Designs, 620 … (13 comments)

indiana: History of a Painting - Red Covered Bridges (Set of 4) - 10/14/15 09:46 AM
History of a Painting - Red Covered Bridges (Set of 4)
Every year about this time, Parke County, Indiana is flooded with people during the week long, Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. For several years, I participated in the festival, as I exhibited on the Courthouse lawn in Rockville, Indiana. Excitement covers the communities of Rockville, Bridgeton, Rosedale, Mecca and Mansfield as hundreds of vendors are scattered around the County.
There are 31 Covered Bridges in Parke County, most of them Red, with White ends to assist in vision.  It is also known as the "Covered Bridge Capital of the World".  During the Covered … (23 comments)

indiana: Networking at the Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN - 10/11/15 07:42 PM
Networking at the Museum of American Art, Elkhart, IN.
Many of you know that my latest painting was accepted into the Juried Regional Art Show, held at the Midwest Museum of American Art.  The piece will be on display with over 200 other works of art, which includes Oil  paintings, photography, sculpture, Water Color, Acrylic Paintings and other 3 dimensional work.
Even though the painting, "The Warner Theatre" (1931 to 1933) recreation did not win an award, it will be on display through December 6th in the Museum.  The public will be able to purchase pieces from the show.  There were quite a few … (4 comments)

indiana: South Bend International Airport, South Bend, Indiana - 10/10/15 11:39 AM
South Bend International Airport,
South Bend, Indiana
In 1929 Vincent Bendix, founder of Bendix Aviation purchased 610 acres of land, northwest of South Bend, Indiana.  In 1933, Bendix Field was opened.  In 1936, just months before her final flight, Amelia Earhart landed in South Bend.
Starting with President Eisenhower, every United States President has landed in South Bend,  President Obama's, Air Force One landed at the airport, while visiting Elkhart and vicinity, when unemployment was high in the area.
The airport changed names throughout history, with the most recent name change in 2014 from South Bend Regional Airport to South Bend International Airport. Delta, … (11 comments)

indiana: Martin's Supermarket, Elkhart and Surrounding Areas - 10/08/15 12:04 PM
Martin's Supermarket, Elkhart and Surrounding Areas.
Established in 1947, Jane and Martin Tarnow opened their first store in South Bend and the family has continued to grow the still, family-owned business into 22 stores, in 9 Indiana cities and 3 cities in southern Michigan.
The well known company has been involved in a number of fund raising campaigns and is heavily involved in the communities.   Here are just two of the ways Martin's has been involved in the communities.
The Heat in Homes Campaign - to raise funds to help families during the Winter months to maintain heat in their homes. They have raised more … (12 comments)

indiana: Kercher's 2015 HarvestFest, October 3rd and 4th, Goshen, IN - 09/20/15 02:04 PM
Kercher's 2015 HarvestFest,
October 3rd and 4th,
Goshen, IN.
Kercher's Sunrise Orchards Farm Market will have its annual HarvestFest on Saturday and Sunday Oct. 3-4, 2015 with lots of food and activities.  The Orchard and market has been Family Owned and Farmed Since 1922.
Saturday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
The HarvestFest will feature:
FREE Hayrides
U Pick Apples
U Pick Pumpkins and Gourds
Abundant food:
Roast Pork Sandwiches
Hot Dogs
Nachos & Cheese
Apple Dumplings
Carmel Apples
Apple Cider
Kercher's Sunrise Orchards Farm Market
19498 County Road 38, Goshen, IN 46526
If you know someone who wants to Buy or Sell a Home in Elkhart County, St Joseph County,
or surrounding areas, … (5 comments)

indiana: Rickey's Taqueria, Elkhart, Indiana - 09/19/15 09:07 AM
Rickey's Taqueria, Elkhart, Indiana.
It's been a while since I highlighted this gem of a restaurant.  It's one of those out-of-the-way places that people keep coming back for.  Rickey's Taqueria is a small place with six tables and a lunch counter.  I has become quite a lunch spot with picnic tables and a canopy.  It may not look like the best Mexican Restaurant in Elkhart, but according to "Dining Out",  Rickey's has ranked in the top 3 the longest, since 1995. If you like Original Mexican Food, just ask many of their customers.  The reviews have said it all.
Monday - Thursday, 10:00 am to … (7 comments)

indiana: The Warbirds Return to Elkhart on October 3 - 4, 2015 - 09/13/15 05:08 AM
The Warbirds Return to Elkhart on October 3 - 4, 2015.
No it is not a Rock Group!  Last year I was able to see some of the activities at the Elkhart Municipal Airport, as the pilots show off their vintage WWI and WWII planes that protected our country.
The Elkhart Warbird Gathering Weekend will feature the planes as you can see them up close on the ground or watch them manuver in the air.
All photos are from the 2014 event.
Here is a list of some of the the air shows and dates throughout the country
The Elkhart Warbird Gathering Weekend
 Elkhart Municipal Airport
County Road … (12 comments)

indiana: Hall of Heroes, Super Hero Museum, Elkhart, Indiana - 09/10/15 04:59 PM
Hall of Heroes, Super Hero Museum, Elkhart, Indiana.
Of the numerous museums in Elkhart County, the Hall of Heroes is the most exciting for Children and Super Hero enthusiasts combined.  The Hall of Heroes was created by Allen Stewart, of Elkhart, as a replica building, "The Hall of Justice" from the Super-friends animated series, that was popular in the 1970's.
The museum has a collection of over 50,000 comic books dating back to the 1940's and original artwork used in comic books and animation numbering in excess of 100 pieces.
There are many displays throughout the museum featuring many superheroes, which include actual movie and TV props.
The … (14 comments)

indiana: Wakarusa Dime Store - Wakarusa, Indiana - 09/10/15 07:16 AM
Wakarusa Dime Store - Wakarusa, Indiana.
The Wakarusa Dime Store, "Home of the World Famous Jumbo Jelly Beans"
Established in 1907 as a Department store, in the little community of Wakarusa, it soon turned into a variety store. Located in western Elkhart County the store introduced the Jumbo Jelly Bean in 1969 and since has become World Famous now selling over 75 Tons annually.
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
(Hours subject to change without notice)
Wakarusa Dime Store
103 E. Waterfront St. Wakarusa, IN 46573
The Wakarusa Dime Store has since opened a location in St. Joseph … (5 comments)

indiana: Elkhart, Indiana (46514 - 46517) - 08/11/15 02:37 PM
Elkhart, Indiana  (46514 - 46517)
Elkhart is located 15 miles east of South Bend, 110 miles east of Chicago and 150 miles north of Indianapolis. The city covers 24,417 Sq Miles, with a population of 50,949, according to the 2010 census. The name Elkhart came from a Shawnee Indian Chief, Minshewetecha - meaning:  "Elk - Heart".
Elkhart sits on both the Elkhart and St. Joseph rivers and has a number of lakes within the city.
The Temperature Range
Average yearly High - 59.1 degrees  (32 to 84 degrees)
Average yearly Low - 40.4 degrees  (17 to 63 degrees)
In 1851 the Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana Railroad Company put … (8 comments)

indiana: History of a Painting - Tri-Way Drive-in Theatre, Plymouth, IN - 11/22/14 05:34 AM
History of a Painting - Tri-Way Drive-in Outdoor Theatre 
Plymouth, Indiana.

Aacylic painting by Larry Johnston©
As the Drive-in Theatres dwindled in numbers, as businesses or developers bought up the properties, I captured the images of a few of theose theatres. One of the few remaining theatres in Indiana, is the Tri-way in Plymouth, Indiana.  It has 3 screens so the can show several movies at once, to bring in larger crowds.
This painting was done at a time before the recent remodeling a few years ago, which included the neon sign.  I personally like the older sign, which I captured in … (13 comments)

indiana: History of a Paintng - Bonnie Doon, Mishawaka, Indiana - 10/19/14 06:49 AM

History of a Painting -
Bonnie Doon,
Mishawaka, Indiana
While traveling around the country exhibiting at Art Shows and Festivals, several were close to home, so I painted some local places.  Bonnie Doon was one of those places. The family-owned business covered South Bend and Mishawaka, with 5 locations. 
Acrylic Painting by Larry Johnston©
This location was on Lincolnway, in Mishawaka.  It is the only location still operating, but is no longer within the family. Bonnie Doon ice cream is still popular.  The plant is located in Elkhart and can be purchased at retail outlets in the area.

indiana: The Lerner Theatre, Elkhart, IN, Sept., 2014 Performances. - 08/27/14 02:24 PM
The Lerner Theatre, Elkhart, IN,
September, 2014 Performances.

NOW PLAYING in September
Sept. 12, 2014
Organ Concert and Silent Movie: The Mark of Zorro
(Featuring organist Clark Wilson)
Performance Times
Doors Open at 6:30 pm
Show Starts at 7:30 pm
Reserved Seating
$20. Adults; $17.50 Seniors; Children FREE
Sept. 18, 2014
Scarletta with Emilee Allan
(Country Nashville Trio back by popular demand)
Performance Times
Doors Open at 6:00 pm
Show Starts at 7:00 pm
Reserved Seating
$20. Adults; $18. Seniors; Students $15.
Sept. 21, 2014
KIDZ BOP Kids - "Dream Big, Sing Loud " Tour
(The … (3 comments)

indiana: Taste of the Gardens 2014, Welfield, Elkhart, Thousands attended. - 08/24/14 09:49 AM
Taste of the Gardens 2014,
Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Elkhart,
Thousands attended.

While  Evelyn and I, helped selling food and drink tickets, thousands of visitors enjoyed the restaurants & entertainment located around the gardens, as well as the talented artisans with their paintings, sculptures,jewelry and glass art.  I was able to take some pictures before reporting to our appointed booth.
Here are some of the pictures I took at the festival.

Over 20 Restaurants brought their specialty dishes to the people to taste and enjoy,
advertising their local businesses.
The artist enjoyed the attention of the thousands of attendees.
The … (22 comments)

indiana: History of a Painting, Juliette, Georgia, The Whistle Stop Cafe. - 08/23/14 10:04 AM
History of a Painting, Juliette, Georgia,
The Whistle Stop Cafe.
The Movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" became a classic and was filmed during a time when I lived in Georgia. Last week in History of a painting, I highlighted the Whistle Stop Depot. This week I'm showing you the painting I did of the Whistle Stop Cafe, in Juliette, Georgia, the location where the movie, "Fried Green Tomatoes" was filmed.
Acrylic painting by Larry Johnston©
The painting is acrylic on stretched canvas.  The owner of the restaurant purchased the panting and then had me paint another one without the gas pumps. The pumps were movie props … (36 comments)

indiana: El Camino Real, for Mexican Food, Elkhart, Indiana - 08/19/14 03:42 PM
El Camino Real, for Mexican Food, Elkhart, Indiana.

Located on the north side of Elkhart just west of Cassopolis Street on County Road 6 (State Road 19), El Camino Real is conveniently located and ready to serve you. With homemade Salsas, Guacamole, Chips and carnitas, it will make your taste buds crave for more.

El Camino Real's new location has proven to be a great Mexican experience for those on the north side of Elkhart, in addition to the regulars who moved with them from their old location. The new restaurant is across from the emerging Shopping center, 'The Shoppes … (18 comments)

indiana: Lippert Components(TM) and Kinro(R), Elkhart, Indiana - 08/19/14 02:45 PM
Lippert Components and Kinro®, Elkhart, Indiana.
Leading supplier of parts for the Recreational Vehicle Industry, Manufactured Housing, the trailer and The Bus Industry across the nation. Incorporated in 1956, the company is divided into 3 sections; Chassis, Body and Interior components.

Some of the parts that Lippert Components and Kinro® manufacturers are: Chassis and Fabricated steel parts,  axles, slide out parts and mechanisms, mattresses, upholstered furniture, doors, windows, leveling and stabilization equipment,electronics,, awnings, aluminum extrusion products and more...
They have over 25 plants located in and around Elkhart County, with plants in Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

indiana: Boulderman Landscaping, Elkhart, Indiana, Changes Location. - 08/18/14 12:07 PM
Boulderman Landscaping, Elkhart, Indiana,
Changes Location.

The many times I have driven south on Ash Road (West County Line Road) in Elkhart County, I have always noticed the Huge Rocks and Boulders at the business just north of Lincolnway (US33). Over the last several months I have noticed the inventory dwindling. They have been moving all those huge boulders to their new exciting location on County Road 6, along Christiana Creek.
Their showroom is on the property in and along the creek, with plenty of room, roadside visibility and an impressive display. You don't have to imagine what a seawall would … (10 comments)

indiana: BIMBO Bakeries, USA, Elkhart, Indiana, The Nation's Largest Baking Co. - 08/18/14 11:10 AM
BIMBO Bakeries, USA®, Elkhart, Indiana.
The Nation's Largest Baking Company.
BIMBO Bakeries USA® entered the USA in 1994, growing by leaps and bounds has become the Nation's largest Baking company, now operating more than 65 bakeries, employing 25,000 associates. The bakery specializes in food preparation, freshness and service with many foods that are known nationally. 

Breads, rolls, buns, bagels, English muffins, tortilla, chips, snack cakes, cookies, donuts, cakes and pastries that bear names such as: Entenmanns®, Earth Grains®, Sara Lee®, Ball Park® (Buns), Boboli®, Orowheat®, Arnold®, Brownberry®, Freihofer's®, Mrs. Baird's® and Stroehmann®.
BIMBO® Bakeries make the popular Thomas English Muffins® and have recently … (8 comments)

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