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January 2015

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It is a new year with lots of memories waiting to be made. Here is a list of 52 things to do in Madison County during the next 52 weeks!

  1. Attend an Anderson Symphony Orchestra concert

  2. Go to the Little 500 at Anderson Speedway

  3. Fly through the air at White River Zip Lines

  4. Have fun at the Gaither Fall Fest

  5. Roller Derby!

  6. See the Indianapolis Colts up-close during training camp at Anderson University

  7. Attend the Elwood Glass Festival

  8. Eat a K Burger at the June Jamboree

  9. Test your biking skills at Rangeline Nature Preserve

  10. Add a layer of paint to the World’s Largest Ball of Paint

  11. Solve a murder mystery at The Edge

  12. Get inspired by the Warner Salman collection at Anderson University

  13. Attend the Mayor’s Cup Grand Prix in Anderson

  14. Take a balloon ride during Frankton Heritage Days

  15. See Dancing Like the Stars at the Paramount

  16. Check out an exhibit at the Anderson Center for the Arts

  17. Take a walk around Shadyside Park

  18. Grab a bite—many bites—at Chefs Boy R We

  19. Go to a concert at Hoosier Park

  20. Hike the trails at Mounds State Park

  21. Have some Good’s Candy

  22. Watch glass being made at Elwood’s House of Glass

  23. Pamper yourself at a day spa

  24. Enjoy the perfect acoustics of York Performance Hall

  25. Spend a Saturday gliding in the skies of Alexandria

  26. Gaze at the stars in the Paramount Theatre

  27. Go to the Pumpkin Patch at Smith Family Farms

  28. Have a picnic at Falls Park

  29. Attend the Alexandria Grand Prix

  30. Take a date to see a Main Stage Theatre production

  31. Light up the Magic during the holiday season in Elwood

  32. Spend an afternoon playing paintball with your friends at White River Paintball

  33. Bet a trifecta at the Dan Patch Invitational

  34. Kayak down the White River

  35. Get an elephant ear at the Madison County 4-H Fair

  36. Attend one of Anderson’s sesquicentennial events

  37. Go to the Heritage Fair and Pendleton Fall Festival

  38. Try something new at the Anderson Brewfest

  39. Enjoy Madison Park’s production of A Christmas Carol

  40. Soak in the sights and sounds of the Andersontown Powwow and Indiana Market

  41. Enjoy a classic food experience at the Lemon Drop, Frazier’s Dairymaid, Jimmy’s Dairy Bar,

    Gene’s Root Beer, or Mr. Happy Burger

  42. Attend Anderson Young Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker

  43. Have lunch and a time to reflect at Gaither Family Resources

  44. Browse a farmer’s market

  45. Get scared at a haunted house

  46. Attend the Paramount’s Festival of Trees

  47. Indulge at the Red Gold Chili Cook-Off

  48. Play the slots at Hoosier Park

  49. Enjoy Candles and Carols at Anderson University

  50. Find the perfect item at one of Madison County’s great specialty shops

  51. Attend the Callaway Grand Prix in Elwood

  52. Enjoy the tastes of Apple of His Eye Orchard

The next time someone tells you there isn’t anything to do around here, show them this list! Have a great year, make some lasting memories, and don’t forget that VisitAndersonMadisonCounty.com is your best source for all of the fun things to do in 2015!

News, notes, and thoughts—I hope you had a great holiday season and a wonderful 2014. What were some of your favorite things from the past year? My favorite day was the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. I started at White River Zip Lines, spent the afternoon at Mounds State Park, and finished the day at the Little 500. It was a great day of fun and it was all in Madison County…my wife, Jessica, and I went to 36 movies this year. My five best, in order, were Her, Guardians of the Galaxy, Chef, Begin Again, and Whiplash. My five worst, in order, were Godzilla, This is Where I Leave You, Bad Words, Wolf of Wall Street, and Interstellar…The last couple of years we have announced the Bureau’s new plans at our annual luncheon in February. This year will be no different. Look for some exciting news next month!

--Tom Bannon is executive director of the Anderson/Madison County Visitors Bureau

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