IDO is holding a gala dinner under the stars at Tyner Pond Farm near Greenfield, IN on September 10. This elegant yet rustic event will help to raise funds that will help strengthen and support Irvington’s commercial district which focuses on recruiting quality businesses to the Irvington area. The event will also introduce Irvington to Chris and Amy Baggott, owners of Tyner Pond Farm and two soon-to-open restaurants on South Audubon Road, The Mug and Griggsby’s Station, and their natural farming processes and high-quality meats. The Baggotts have become leaders in sustainable food production, distribution, and preparation. Their restaurants in Greenfield are getting rave reviews, and we’re very excited to welcome them to Irvington!tyner pond farm2

The harvest menu will be prepared by Chef Lawrence Scully (of Pi food truck) and feature seasonal, local produce including wines and beers. Jazz musician favorite Charlie Ballantine (named “Best Jazz Musician” of 2015 by NUVO magazine) will also perform. All attendees will be eligible to win a two-night stay at the fabulous Tyner Pond Farmhouse on a date to be agreed upon. Farm animals ARE included!

Come join us at what will certainly be an entertaining, enlightening, and filling evening while supporting the Irvington Development Organization and YOUR local businesses. Ticket cost is $100, and can be purchased through Eventbrite  here.

We are also looking for volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up after the event. If you’re interested in helping in a more direct, in-kind way, contact margaret@irvingtondevelopment.org.

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About Irvington Development Organization

Irvington Development Organization, founded in 2002, works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Irvington is a historic community on the East Side of Indianapolis known for its winding, tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and businesses. To donate to IDO or become a member click here.


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The community of Irvington needs a new sign! We’re unsure how many years the Town of Irvington sign was posted near the eastern edge of Irvington (at 6738 East Washington Street), but we do know that the wooden sign has rotted beyond repair and fallen from its mount. The sign had been posted along the historic National Road, and thousands of motorists, bus riders, bicyclists, and walkers travel this stretch of road every day.

Irvington Sign Mounted

 

With support from Irvington organizations including Irvington Terrace Crime Watch, Historic Irvington Community Council, Irvington Development Organization, Irvington Pet Clinic, and Coal Yard Coffee, a group of neighbors has set out to replace the sign and revamp the space.

We’re hiring an artist to design and create a new sign. Artists: download the RFP and submit your design before the August 21 deadline. If Irvingtonians vote your design as their favorite, you’ll receive $1,000 plus up to $300 for project supplies, and you’ll have the honor of creating the new sign, to be installed in October 2016.

The best sign design will reflect the neighborhood’s character. Irvington residents are known for their love of history, art, architecture, literature, and nature. They’re dedicated to preserving the past while also supporting innovation and growth.

To improve the overall look of the site where the sign will be posted, a crew of neighbors will remove the existing bushes and replace them with small native trees, native plants, and mulch. We’re incorporating native plants in this space because they are environmentally friendly, naturally conserve resources such as water, and support wildlife.

Interested in owning the original sign? We’ll soon announce details for bidding on it in a single-item silent auction. Interested in seeing the drawings in person and helping choose the winning design? Stay tuned. Wondering how you can help us prep, plant, and maintain the space? Great! For updates on this project, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/irvingtonresigned) and Twitter (@Irv_reSigned), and encourage your favorite artists to enter the contest.

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About Irvington Development Organization

Irvington Development Organization, founded in 2002, works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Irvington is a historic community on the East Side of Indianapolis known for its winding, tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and businesses. To donate to IDO or become a member click here.


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This month, our IDO Neighborhood Spotlight shines on Lauren Hall, who provides professional counseling services. She also founded Irvington Flower Bouquet CSA and supports the business by growing flowers at her Irvington home, arranging bouquets, and making local deliveries by bike.

How long have you lived and worked here? 
My husband Michael and I have lived in Irvington for a year and a half. We both work as therapists at Christian Theological Seminary Counseling Center. In the summer of 2015, we started our first large garden with great yield, creating Irvington Flower Bouquet CSA. One year in and the CSA is a huge success, with all memberships claimed for 2016 and 10 weddings this summer alone!

We’d like to continue to invest in this neighborhood by way of opening a counseling private practice in the fall of this year, offering sliding scale services to members of our community, and to keep creating flower bouquets, of course!

How did you first hear of Irvington and why did you move here?
I grew up in the Old North Side and attended Holy Cross throughout elementary school. A lot of my friends lived on the East Side, and I remember visiting here as a young girl. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined I would end up here as an adult!

In the fall of 2014, both my mother and Michael’s dad were diagnosed with cancer. Michael and I decided to move home to be closer to them. We really didn’t know where we were going to live, and having come from Chicago we were ready to lay our roots down. Mostly, we wanted a yard for a garden, a walkable neighborhood with good standby food spots, and kind neighbors. It was when we walked down the brick street of Layman one warm winter evening that we decided we were going to put an offer on what became our proud home!

What do you do for fun?
Oh goodness, so many things. Here’s a list: date nights with my honey, watching our blind dog Hank play, growing flowers and arranging, yoga, bike rides, fire pits, and friendship hangs.

What’s your favorite walk, bike ride, block, or view in the neighborhood?
Lover’s Lane is my absolute favorite, but those sweet twisty streets of south Irvington really have a special place in my heart and on my bike!

If you were Mayor of Irvington for a day, what would you do first?
I would have a very diplomatic brunch with whoever manages public transportation and very kindly persuade them to commit to build a rapid transit system from Irvington to downtown.  They’d of course agree, so feeling good about that, I’d contact the owners of Siam Square and Spice Nation and invite them to move into the neighborhood for some increased food options, and they’d say, “Of course!”

I’d commission young artists to create murals along the Pennsy Trail, and on their day of creating we’d celebrate with a large community picnic on the trail. My last order of business would be to hire Beyonce to perform for the annual Irvington Halloween Festival.

Then I’d take a nap!

Want to read the full May IDO newsletter? simply click here!

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About Irvington Development Organization

Irvington Development Organization, founded in 2002, works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Irvington is a historic community on the East Side of Indianapolis known for its winding, tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and businesses. To donate to IDO or become a member click here.


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Neighborhood Spotlight

This month our IDO Neighborhood Spotlight shines upon one of our popular Irvington Business Association and IDO members, Mechanically Inclined Auto. Owners Ted and Cheryl know what it means to give back to the community! From fundraisers for nonprofits like The PourHouse, Inc. to supporting local musicians, artists, and chefs, they take a unique approach to their business operations.

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Photo Credit Jaime Locke Art

Tell us a little about yourselves and how Mechanically Inclined got started?

Ted has 20 years experience working on cars and became a specialist of sorts with Cadillacs after his 9 years at Lockhart Cadillac. He opened a shop on the southside with his brother in 2006. In 2012, I was working as a classroom teacher looking for other opportunities when Ted and I teamed up to open Mechanically Inclined at 5840 Brookville Road.  As a part of our business model, we believe in giving back to the community. We hold a music and movie community event every September to benefit The PourHouse, Inc. and last year, we added vendors of handmade goods and Rock-Cola Café. We feature musicians who live in Irvington and do our best to hire locally for all of our business needs, such as office treats, lawn care, dog grooming, staff lunches, and staff haircuts. We have greeted guests and raised funds and goods at the last three Alternative Gift Fairs, with all proceeds benefiting The PourHouse, Inc.  I am also volunteering independently on an upcoming fundraiser with The PourHouse, Inc. in addition to planning and organizing the annual ice cream festival for the Irvington Historical Society.

What do you do for fun?

As any owner of a small business will likely tell you, there’s not a whole lot of free time. We spend sunup to sundown operating and managing the shop in some capacity, either from home or in-house. When we aren’t at the shop, Ted has 4 children whom he’s taking to sleepovers, wrestling meets, cross-country meets, school functions, part-time jobs, or anything that a single dad has to do. I also have 4 children, most of whom have left home to attend college or join the military. The youngest, who’s still at home, keeps me busy with band, swimming, academic meets, and socializing. I enjoy reading, crocheting, and playing cards, and board games while working on the fundraising projects mentioned above.

What’s your favorite walk, bike ride, block, or view in the neighborhood?

We enjoy attending functions in the neighborhood, such as jazz nights at Coal Yard and Brew Fest at Our Lady of Lourdes. In the milder months, we socialize at the Irvington Farmers Markets on the second Sunday and Clustertruck on Thursday at Ellenberger Park. We see a lot of Irvington on our test drives, and Ted’s favorite route has to be the section of Audubon between Pleasant Run and Irvington Presbyterian Church with the serenity of the trees and peacefulness of the neighborhood. Cheryl’s favorite walk through the neighborhood starts with dinner at Hummingbird Café (no longer there) or The Legend, then off to Coal Yard Coffee or Wyliepalooza.



Why did you become a member of Irvington Development Organization?

We joined IDO to lend our support to the great things this organization does and to stay informed about the neighborhood.

If you were Mayor of Irvington, what would you do first?

If we were Mayor of Irvington, we would unite North and South Irvington and end the feud. In all seriousness, we would extend the business district hustle and bustle beyond the border of Ritter and Audubon.

If you want to learn more about Mechanically Inclined Auto, you may contact them here: 
Mechanically Inclined Auto, 
5840 Brookville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46219. 
Call: 317-351-1241 
Text: 317-653-4251: Web: 
www.mechincauto.com

Want to read the full April IDO newsletter which includes additional information on a chance to give back, the spring construction schedule, and the Annual Benton House Easter bash, simply click here!

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About Irvington Development Organization

Irvington Development Organization, founded in 2002, works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Irvington is a historic community on the East Side of Indianapolis known for its winding, tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and businesses. To donate to IDO or become a member click here.


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This month our Neighbor Spotlight shines on Katie Herrold, who is a new IDO board member and has taken on the task of serving as chair of the fundraising committee. She also leads a very interesting life, working at times in the Middle East. Read on to learn more about Katie!


Neighbor Spotlight: Katie Herrold

 

Katie Herrold

This photo was taken at the Ransburg YMCA swimming pool.  While the Y is technically not in Irvington, its community of members very much resembles the community that I find in Irvington – diverse, friendly, warm and welcoming.  Just as Irvington offers something for everyone, so too does the Ransburg Y pool – swimming lessons for kids, aqua fitness for older adults, quiet lanes for lap swimmers, and enthusiastic coaching for the competitive swim team.

Tell us about yourself. 

I am a researcher.  I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, but when I attended a women’s liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts my eyes were opened to endlessly diverse perspectives.  The curiosity that I cultivated in college ultimately led me to study philanthropic practices in the Middle East.  As a PhD student I learned Arabic and conducted field research on foundations and nonprofit organizations in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon.  Now, as a professor at IUPUI, I continue that research in Israel and Palestine and also have the privilege to teach and learn from my students.  I feel so fortunate to consider Irvington my home while still living and working for brief periods in the Middle East.

Why did you join the IDO board and its fundraising committee?

It is because of IDO’s efforts to develop the Washington Street corridor that I first discovered Irvington.  Shortly after moving to Indianapolis’s Chatham Arch neighborhood three years ago, I drove out Washington Street to swim at the Ransburg Y.  I nearly caused an accident when I reached Irvington’s “village” – what a lovely set of local shops and restaurants sandwiched between Taco Bells and White Castle chains!  Now as a resident of Irvington (Terrace), I’m excited to bring my knowledge of philanthropic strategy to IDO’s board and its fundraising committee.

What do you do for fun? 

I enjoy solitude, so I spend much of my free time alone in quiet activities.  I particularly enjoy swimming, reading, listening to classical music, and hiking.  I’m looking forward to spending IUPUI’s spring break with lots of books in a yurt in the middle of the woods in Michigan.  But I equally enjoy the adventure of my research.  There are endless surprises in the micro communities that inhabit the side streets of Middle Eastern cities, and my Egyptian, Syrian, Jordanian, and Israeli friends have introduced me to the joy that is found in more communal ways of life.

Favorite view in the neighborhood?

There is a hedge apple tree in Ellenberger Park under which I like to sit.  It allows one to watch the passersby and listen to the birds and leaves while thinking or reading.  Of course, it’s just as lovely to emerge from under that tree to the friendly smiles and waves of Irvington neighbors who are out for a walk or picnic in the park.

If you were Mayor of Irvington, what would you do? 

If I were mayor I would create a “community chest” to fund Irvington’s nonprofits and their programs.  The aim would be to streamline local fundraising and grant making and provide a perpetual source of support for local groups.

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About Irvington Development Organization

Irvington Development Organization, founded in 2002, works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Irvington is a historic community on the East Side of Indianapolis known for its winding, tree-lined streets and architecturally significant homes and businesses.To donate to IDO or become a member click here.


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