Stirring the Pot: Apples to Apples
Ruthie Cohen reflects on how rituals season our lives, such as the apple-picking pilgrimages she and her children used to take every fall. Although her children have “launched” (that is, left the nest), she continues to peel, core, and prepare, adding her own touches to a coveted recipe and remembering the smiling eyes of her apple-cheeked children. Click here to read the full story.
A Teenager’s Murder Still Breaks Hearts and Boggles Minds 50 Years Later
Fifty years ago, 16-year-old Sylvia Likens was found tortured to death in the Indianapolis home of her caretaker, Gertrude Baniszewski, who was later convicted of first-degree murder in what’s been called the most terrible crime ever committed in Indiana. In this essay, John Mikulenka ponders how the case went from a local tragedy to something affecting people worldwide. In his video, he interviews the newspaper reporter who covered Baniszewski’s trial. Click here for the full story and video.
Deckard’s Outdoors: Leonard Springs Nature Park
If you’re looking for a quick hike to see fall color up close, check out what Trent Deckard calls Bloomington’s best-kept secret. The main trail at Leonard Springs Nature Park is just over a mile long and takes you by two caves, a wetland, an erstwhile dam, and the springs. And the entire trail is lined with hardwoods that should be showing color for a few more weeks. Click here to watch the video.
The Mix-Off: Bloomington’s Ultimate Bartender Showdown
Join us as we explore the art of the cocktail. Local bartenders will compete to be crowned the best in Bloomington by our panel of judges and you, the voting audience, as you sip to select BCT’s signature cocktail for 2016. Funds raised by this event will help to ensure diverse programming by local artists and presenters at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
Deckard’s Outdoors: Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve
In the premiere video of his series, “Deckard’s Outdoors,” in which he explores local nature preserves, parks, and other outdoor spaces, Trent Deckard films Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve. Managed by Sycamore Land Trust, this unique wetlands has a 2 1/2 mile raised boardwalk trail that offers chances to see flora and fauna such as rare orchids, the endangered Indiana bat, Kirtland’s snake, and even bald eagles. Click here to watch the video.