Calendar of Events

For a listing of upcoming humanities-inspired events in Indiana, including lectures, workshops, art exhibits, and more, visit the Council’s upcoming events page.

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  1. Public Service Announcement
    Contact: Amanda Hicks, Marketing Manager
    (765) 213-3540 ext 134 • (800) 428-5887


    Upcoming Events at Minnetrista in Muncie, Indiana

    Daily Tours:

    Daily activities always included with admission
    Admission: $4 child/student, $6 senior, $7 adult.

    Discover All Day:

    Kids Can It!
    Your kids can put on an apron and roll up their sleeves in a play kitchen built just for them. Assist your child as they pretend to cook, fill canning jars, and prepare produce. Your child is the chef, and imagination is on the menu at Kids Can It!

    Minnetrista Boulevard Walk
    Daily, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
    Take a walk on the boulevard! Minnetrista Boulevard is the site of the beautiful former Ball family homes. This walking tour is filled with stories of history, nature, and gardens.
    (Tour includes the G.A. Ball house). Meet in the lobby of the Cultural Center.

    Glass Machine Demonstrations
    In 1898 F. C. Ball patented a semi-automatic machine to manufacture Ball canning jars. Join in a demonstration to learn how man and machine worked together to build a company name recognized across the country.
    Tales from the Mouth of a Ball® Jar
    Weekends, 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    How has the Ball jar intersected your life? Minnetrista Theatre Preserves answers this question with performances by two characters sharing their stories of the KKK jar and the Southern Methodist Orphans jar. Performances held in the Can It! Exhibit.

    Freezer Jam Demonstrations
    Bring the Can It! exhibit to life as you help us turn fresh fruit into quick and easy freezer jam.

    JULY ______________________________________


    Faerie Tea Party
    Saturday, July 11
    11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    and 1:30–3 p.m.
    Faeries and sprites of all ages are invited to attend our very special tea party! Along with learning proper teatime etiquette and enjoying refreshing beverages and snacks, we will play games, make a special craft, and enjoy a visit from one of our “faerie friends.”
    Registration Deadline: Fri., July 3.
    Price: Members $5; Non-members $8


    Camp Minnetrista
    July 20–24 and July 27–31
    8 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Are you ready for a week of fun, learning, and discovery? Join us for Camp Minnetrista where you can spend a half day or whole day playing party games, taking pictures, exploring the world of faeries, smashing glass, or gazing at the stars. Each class features a new and exciting theme from nature, history, arts, and gardens. For more information, visit http://www.minnetrista.net/camp.

    SPECIAL EVENTS __________________________

    Summer Stage Fest at Minnetrista
    Saturday July 4- America’s Hometown Band
    8:30 p.m.
    Grab your blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets and meet us at Summer Stage Fest at Minnetrista! Admission is FREE and parking is available at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

    Faeries, Sprites, and Lights
    July 10 & 11, 6–9 p.m.
    The faeries come alive in Oakhurst Gardens. Join us as we investigate the Secrets from Faerie Towne. Don’t miss the magic and excitement as we explore faerie habitat, hear the folklore of the faeries, frolic in the faerie dance ring, and more! Our celebration includes: “The Secret of the Black Well Faeries” by the Muncie Civic Theatre, live minstrel music by Bob Ford and the Ragamuffins, an exhibit: Faerie Homes by Twila Beahm, The sights, sounds and secrets of Faerie Towne, Refreshments, shopping, and much more! General admission: $5 per person, member admission: $4 per person.

    ONGOING EXHIBITS __________________________

    Can It! – 125 years of the Ball Jar
    April 4 – August 23
    This highly interactive original exhibit not only looks at the historical production of the Ball jar and its influence on Muncie and surrounding communities, it engages visitors in exploring their personal connections with Ball. Presented by: Jarden

    Animal Secrets
    May 23 – September 6
    What do raccoons eat? How does an eagle care for its young? Where does a chipmunk sleep? In Animal Secrets, children and parents will find the answers to questions like these as they explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals.

    Sand and Fire: A Juried Glass Show
    June 6 – August 16, 2009
    Sand and Fire: A Juried Glass Show features work from glass artists from Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan. Glasswork styles represented will be torchwork, mosaics, etched and cold techniques, blown, fused, cast and stained glass.


    Located along historic White River, Minnetrista includes 40 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, a modern museum facility, an historic home, Nature Area, numerous sculptures, and a portion of the Cardinal Greenway. Minnetrista serves East Central Indiana with dynamic community activities and exhibits that honor and reflect its natural and cultural heritage. For more information about Minnetrista, visit http://www.minnetrista.net.

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