This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
May 19, 2015
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
There are all sorts of interesting ancillary events leading
up to the Indianapolis 500. In my many years of attending, I have tried to do
as many of them as possible which has led to my attendance at events as diverse
as the great tortoise race at the Indianapolis Zoo, to the Indianapolis 500
This year there were a couple of events that I had planned
to attend, one that I had been to before and another the first time grand
opening of a new venture by the family of the legendary 4-time Indy 500 winner
A.J. Foyt. I also managed some time to squeeze in a visit to the wonderful
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis so that I could check out the Hot Wheels
racing exhibit that they have up this year.
A.J. IV & A. J.
The first event that I went to was the grand opening of the
new Wine Bar owned and operated by A.J. Foyt’s son Larry and grandson A.J. Foyt
IV. The Foyt’s have owned a winery for many years and the new wine bar, called
the Foyt Wine Vault- in part because the location is a former bank and the huge
vault is still in place.
Located on Main Street across from the Dallara Indy Car
Factory and next to the Foyt Racing offices, the Foyt Wine Vault is a beautiful
wine bar that is decorated in a classy racing décor featuring memorabilia from
A.J. Foyt’s long Indy Car career. These include the final car that A.J. drove
when he retired and many of A.J.’s various helmets that he wore through the
The highlight is of course the wine and it is pretty good. I
was able to hang out with A.J. who was on hand to celebrate the opening along
with Larry and AJIV and his wife. It was a wonderful evening and I was thrilled
to be included. Hope to return soon. My next stop was at the nearby Speedway
where the annual Last Row Party was being held.
James Davison & Bryan Clauson
The Last Row party was being held in the historic Pagoda at
the Start/ Finish line at the track and featured a catered dinner, drinks and a
sort of roast of the last row starters for the Indy 500 where they received
checks for 31 cents, 32 cents and 33 cents for the final three positions in the
field.The last three drivers in the
field included Ryan Briscoe (subbing for James Hinchcliffe), James Davison and
It was really enjoyable and fun with great food and drink
and best of all access to the incredible Pagoda which I had never been in. It
offers commanding views of the entire track and surrounding areas all the way
to a fantastic view of downtown Indianapolis.
I also had the chance to visit another of the top
attractions in Indianapolis, the Children’s Museum which had a couple of
exhibits that I really wanted to check out. The museum is consistently rated as
the best museum of its kind in the Nation and going there you easily see why it
has achieved the accolades.
There were two exhibits that I wanted to see, the Hot Wheels
racing exhibit and another exhibit about TV and film that featured props from
famous television and film features including the likes of Fonzie’s jacket, the
Ghostbuster’s uniforms and weapons from the Men in Black films and many, many
others. It is a magical museum that also had a wonderful exhibit on underwater
archaeology that made me feel right at home.
Busy Weekend as I had all sorts of stuff to do in
Indianapolis that included attending qualifications for the Indy 500, going to
an Indy Eleven soccer game, a beer festival in downtown Indianapolis, a George
Clinton and Parliament and Funkadelic concert at the Vogue and even managing to
sneak in a wonderful dinner with my dear friends Jenny and Debbie. It was an
action packed fun and also slightly scary weekend.
The first day of qualifying the rain that had avoided the
speedway all week came in and though there was an active morning practice session,
the qualifying was a rain-out, so it gave me the opportunity to head out and
attend the Sour + Wild + Funk beer festival that was being held at the City
Market in downtown Indianapolis. The festival was sponsored by Upland Brewing
and focused on the sour beer segment of the craft beer market. Breweries from
around the Midwest were on hand to feature their sour beers and ales, fruit
beers and other specialty beer releases.
The festival featured a huge contingent of Indiana’s finest
breweries including my favorite, Brugge Brewing which is owned by some good,
good friends. It was so cool to be at a beer festival where they were among the
featured brewers. I am not a huge fan of sour beers, but I was still able to
try a number of beers that I found very appealing.
After the beer fest, I headed over to Michael A. Carrol
Stadium to catch an Indy Eleven soccer game against the Minnesota United FC.
The stadium was packed with raucous fans many of whom stood and chanted and
sang throughout the contest. It was my third Indy Eleven game since their
inaugural season last year and they have all been great fun. The Eleven lost by
a count of 3-1, but even that did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the Indy
fans. It is cool to see such strong support for what is basically a new (to
Indianapolis) sports team.
Ed Carpenter crash
Sunday It was back to the track for what was in reality the
first (and now only) day of qualifications. It was as strange a day as had been
seen in ages at the Speedway as in the morning practice, Ed Carpenter became
the third Chevy driver to crash violently and flip over. This prompted Indy Car
officials to delay qualifying and order that all teams to qualify in race trim
and that they would only get a single shot at qualifying. This slowed down the
cars significantly and made for a much less exciting qualifying day.
Eventually they got thirty-three cars qualified with Scott
Dixon on the pole for the race and Penske drivers Will Power and Simon
Pageneaud completing the first row. Poor former winner Buddy Lazier was the
only driver to fail to qualify, as he just could not quite get up to speed in
his shortened program for this year.
Scott & Emma Dixon
Michael & Marco Andretti
Kirsten & Hinch
The saddest moment of my time in Indy came when my favorite
driver James Hinchcliffe crashed heavily in the post qualifying practice
session. It was a vicious crash made worse by the fact that one of the
suspension pieces pierced both his legs and into his hip causing life
threatening injuries. Only the quick action of the Holmotro Safety Team and the
ER doctors saved his life as they rushed him immediately to the ER at Methodist
Hospital, on the way he was given 14 pints of blood to compensate for his
massive blood loss. The average human only has 12 pints of blood in them at any
It was a sketchy and scary moment, but the good news is that
Hinch pulled through and is actually ahead of schedule on his recovery, he won’t
be driving for a while, but considering the alternative, it is fairly
Before the qualifying weekend, I had the good fortune and
the good fun to go see the crazy good George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
at the Vogue Theatre. George is getting older, but he still knows how to bring
the funk and it was a blast listening to the band tear through such hits at
Flashlight, Bring the Funk, Atomic Dog and more.
The packed house at the Vogue was grooving and it was
something of a throwback scene to those funky days of the seventies. People
were dressed to the nines and grooving hard to the funky beat. It was such a
fun time, I just loved it. I had seen them play a few years ago when George had
his groovy colored hair, he was much more subtle this time as far as how he
looked, but he rocked it out just as hard.
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.