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Now we’re in Edinburgh. Indiana, that is.

Edinburgh, Indiana has been going all out lately to crank up its cultural rating in the area.  So naturally, there will be festivals of all sorts, including a September Fall Festival in the center of town, right next to the library.

Since moving to the Indianapolis area a year ago, I’ve enjoyed many surprises in Indiana. Edinburgh’s Fall Festival has to rank way at the top.  I have done many carnivals in my caricaturing career and seen many rides and carousels, but I have never seen rides like these.  Next time I’ll come early, just to get a turn sitting in TEACUPS  that go round and round.

Never a dull anything here. Mind you, I don’t have a flashy display to draw in customers. No display at all, in fact.  I just count on my drawings being spotted and that’s enough to pull in the crown.  As you can see, the ten-to-twelve year olds spontaneously took over as my agent, bringing me more and more friends to draw.

I was set up under a red tent, which my fans adjusted regularly to provide shade as the sun was setting.

Ah, Edinburgh, Indiana!

Thank you, SaraBeth!

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The Methodist Hospitals in Merrillville throws a Mardi Gras bash for their staff. It’s about dressing up and at the same time being super relaxed.  Love it. You get a sense of the hilarity from these pictures. Thank you, Rafael!

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So simple. Allisonville Meadows, where Jane lives, has a party room on the first floor with light pouring through the large windows and a good view of the well-groomed landscaping.  The only other ingredient you need is family. They all came, some from Grayslake way north of Chicago.  But, hey, we don’t turn EIGHTY every day?

Oh, what else do you need? That famous caricaturist Whatsername.

Thank  you for finding me, Larry!

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I love this place–the up-beat cause; the smart energetic people, the lovely setting on Mass Av!  I’ve donated books before and now I had the opportunity to donate my time.  I was set up near the window (notice the exposure in late afternoon) and drew the visitors for one hour, eleven in all.  Great fun. Thank you, Olivia and Ryan.

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Hammond2A this party in Hammond, Indiana, some natives confirmed for me that Jean Shepherd’s 1983 movie A Christmas Story (based on his book and narrated by him) was set in Hammond, Indiana, his home town. When I got home after the party, I Googled Indiana jokes. Nice try, Hoosiers, but none of those jokes could be applied to Hammond– at least not as I experienced it on Kansas Street. My host was an ophthalmologist with four smart, talented Hammond3kids, one of whom had just graduated from high school.  There was a piano and a HARP in the living room!  Sophisticated, worldly, witty people, just hanging out in Ron’s driveway, being drawn by me.  I loved the repartee!  The puns! The nuances! I love it when people get what I’m doing, which is a form of lying, and lie right back to me—to test me.  As, for example, the top punster telling me that he works for the city—cutting grass.  Ha.

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Hammonders apparently think they’re living in a suburb of Chicago.  They just hop the South Shore train to take in some art on Michigan Ave or soak Hammond5up Lincoln Park.

I loved this party on Kansas Street. The best gigs are gigs where I learn stuff and stereotypes are toppled.

Somebody needs to post more up-to-date Indiana jokes.

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The Innsbruck Inn in Merrillville, Indiana has to count as an ideal venue for a large corporate party. MerrillvilleRIt’s a long space, a chain of rooms each with dining and each with a different atmosphere. On one end, there’s dancing and loud music, in the middle there’s the bar, and in the last room it’s quiet. I was set up by the Christmas tree in the quiet room. Perfect! I could relate to people and that’s an essential ingredient in good caricature work. I absolutely loved this gig! I would hold it up as a template of thoughtful, sensitive party planning. Thank you, Rhonda!

I drew forty people in under four hours. Anyone can see, that they enjoyed my work as much as I did.
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GaryWed1The Pavilion in Marquette Park in Gary is the place to see and be seen. It’s laid out so that an expansive balcony faces West, which is appropriate for evening events. When I arrived, the bridal party and guests were enjoying their photo ops with the sunset behind them. GaryWed5I noticed a girl, about nine or ten, sketching the view. Getting all dressed up for this formal event, she had the presence of mind to bring a sketch pad along! That’s how we are, we artists: our art can easily override social obligations. Ha. This was a touching sight for me.
After cocktails the party moved upstairs to the grand ball room, a intelligently planned space, with high ceiling, balcony and arcade. I drew thirty-seven people in two-and-a-half hours. Thank you, Uzma!—-

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