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Three Generations of Hoosiers Talk About Fishers

By Brogan Dearinger | September 06, 2017
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The Pint Cycle | Fishers

Fishers is rapidly growing -- and with everything there is to do there, it’s not hard to see why. With Nickel Plate District, Conner Prairie and Flat Fork Creek Park, everyone can find something they’ll enjoy in Fishers. Thanks to Visit Hamilton County I got the chance to talk to three members of Fishers’ community. Each offered a different generational perspective on their connection with Fishers and Hamilton County.

Chris Hutchinson, 44, owns CoLab Group and the Pint Cycle with his wife Lilia. He’s originally from Ohio but has lived in Fishers since 2003.

Edible Indy: Being that it’s summer, our latest issue includes a piece on lemonade—both hard lemonade and kid-friendly recipes. If you could pick one of the drinks to take your favorite spot in the county and spend a lazy afternoon, which drink would you choose and where would you go?

Chris Hutchinson: Honestly, I would bring both kid-friendly lemonade and Garden Party Botanical Hard Soda (Ruby flavor) and take the family to the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater in Fishers to enjoy a family friendly Tuesday night concert.

EI: What about the winter? If you had a never-ending cup of hot chocolate, where would you hang out on a cold Midwest day?

CH: I don't drink a lot of hot chocolate, I will be honest. But my daughter loves it. I would probably take the family to Flat Fork Creek Park for some sledding.

EI: Do you have a Hamilton County bucket list … is there some place you’ve always wanted to go but haven’t?

CH: Shockingly, I have not yet been to Flat Fork Creek Park. I have also not seen a professional performance in the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel. And if I can conquer my fear of heights, I would love to check out Koteewi Treetop Trails

EI: If you just met someone at the airport who’s visiting our neck of the woods for the first time, what would be the one thing you would tell them about the people who live here?

CH: The people of Hamilton County are genuinely some of the nicest I have met in all the places I have lived. There are a lot of families that are loyal to the area because of the great schools and the commitment to make the communities thrive. Then, I would invite them on The Pint Cycle and let me take them out for a tour so that they can see some of the places where residents are always having a great time!

Brian Graham, 44, owns Four Day Ray Brewing. He’s lived in Hamilton County since 1982 and currently lives in Westfield.

Four Day Ray, Fishers
Four Day Ray | Fishers

Edible Indy: Being that it’s summer, our latest issue includes a piece on lemonade—both hard lemonade and kid-friendly recipes. If you could pick one of the drinks to take your favorite spot in the county and spend a lazy afternoon, which drink would you choose and where would you go?

Brian Graham: Close to lemonade -- Four Day Ray Blood Orange Blonde, and I would drink it on a boat on Morris Reservoir.

EI: What about the winter? If you had a never-ending cup of hot chocolate, where would you hang out on a cold Midwest day?

BG: Hanging out at Four Day Ray Brewery drinking beer.

EI: Do you have a Hamilton County bucket list … is there some place you’ve always wanted to go but haven’t?

BG: The pie place on 31 right on the Hamilton County border (Lisa’s Pie Shop) or Bonge’s Tavern.

EI: If you just met someone at the airport who’s visiting our neck of the woods for the first time, what would be the one thing you would tell them about the people who live here?

BG: People in Hamilton County are hospitable and eager to show visitors a good time.

Carmel Palladium
Palladium in Carmel - Winter hang out for Michelle Evans

Michelle Evans, 58, has worked at Conner Prairie for more than 30 years. She started working there in costume as the blacksmith’s wife and has since had too many job titles to count. Now she’s the Interpretation Program Developer and works with other employees to create history programs. She also manages Conner Prairie’s Treetop Outpost and oversees the gardens.

Edible Indy: Being that it’s summer, our latest issue includes a piece on lemonade—both hard lemonade and kid-friendly recipes. If you could pick one of the drinks to take your favorite spot in the county and spend a lazy afternoon, which drink would you choose and where would you go?

Michelle Evans: A raspberry lemonade in a hammock with a good book, somewhere along the river.

EI: What about the winter? If you had a never-ending cup of hot chocolate, where would you hang out on a cold Midwest day?

ME: I’d start the day in a bookstore, after a great lunch have a chance to create art or visit some galleries for inspiration and end the day with a performance at the Palladium.

EI: Do you have a Hamilton County bucket list … is there some place you’ve always wanted to go but haven’t?

ME: I’d love to do the Treetop Trail at Koteewi sometime.

EI: If you just met someone at the airport who’s visiting our neck of the woods for the first time, what would be the one thing you would tell them about the people who live here?

ME: That Hoosier Hospitality is a real thing. Most people in Indiana really do try to make visitors welcome and comfortable. We’re also great cooks so don’t miss out on a meal at a truly local restaurant.

Article from Edible Indy at http://edibleindy.ediblecommunities.com/things-do/three-generations-hoosiers-talk-about-fishers
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