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People and Places along the Heritage Trail

People and Places along the Heritage Trail

By Elkhart County, Indiana
Elkhart County is a place where quality craftsmanship, innovation and collaboration result in a well crafted life. With an appreciation for all things handmade and homegrown, we leave our mark on everything we hold. Elkhart County is Well Crafted.

Welcome to the People and Places along the Heritage Trail in Elkhart County, Indiana podcast where we chat with some of the most interesting people representing some of the most interesting places in Elkhart County.
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Episode 45: Summertime fun and historical gems #INElkhartCo
We're wrapping up June with some fun ways to experience live music, outdoor fun and learn local history. On today's episode we chat with Michelle Frank, executive director of The Lerner in downtown Elkhart.  Michelle shares some upcoming events happening on the beautiful stage inside The Lerner along with some great outdoor events happening on the Central Green stage. Then Jule Parke, director of the Elkhart County Historical Museum, shares more about the museum located in Bristol. You'll hear about its history and Julie will make you want to go check it out for yourself. And we wrap up the episode with Jamison Czarnecki, superintended of the City of Elkhart Parks and Recreation Department. Jamison fills us in on the Farmers Market that happens every Saturday in downtown Elkhart along with some cool concert series happening all summer long. It wouldn't be a conversation with the Parks Department unless we shared some fun ways to cool down in this summer heat.
32:40
June 30, 2022
Episode 44: Walking Tours, First Fridays and ArtWalks!
We're back with more things to see and do in Elkhart County this summer! First, we check in to see what's happening the next couple of months in Goshen during First Friday!  This monthly downtown block party showcases artists, entertainers, and independently-owned businesses, attracting thousands of visitors throughout the year. Then put on your walking shoes and get ready to hit the pavement as we learn more about how the Nappanee Center museum guides give walking tours of Nappanee’s rich history. After all, it is a place of thinkers, tinkers, and inventors.  And finally, we learn more about Elkhart ArtWalk and how Premier Arts is completely transforming downtown Elkhart on the last Thursday of every month with a free, family-friendly event. You know we've got all the details for you in the podcast, but in case you missed them learn more about Goshen First Friday at DowntownGoshen.org, the walking tours (and more!) happening in Nappanee at NappaneeLibrary.org and ElkhartArtWalk.com has all the details for ArtWalk.
29:60
June 23, 2022
Episode 43: Custom-made invitations, unique eateries, and outdoor spaces galore!
Thanks for streaming another episode of the People & Places along the Heritage Trail podcast! In this episode you'll hear from Jasmine Wall, owner of The Imagination Spot in downtown Goshen. Jasmine shares some details about how she started The Imagination Spot, what kind of unique finds she has in her storefront and how you can get the cutest custom invitations created for your next event. Then Cami Mechling, executive director of Visit Nappanee, shares more about Nappanee's retail shops, charity drives that benefit the community, and chats about some of the festival-type events coming up like Taste of Nappanee and Friday Fests that celebrate all Nappanee has to offer!. We wrap up the episode chatting with Ronda DeCaire, director of county parks for Elkhart County Parks. Ronda shares more about the various (and stunningly beautiful) parks in Elkhart County and shares what some of her favorite spots are. Learn more about The Imagination Spot and see the beautiful creations at TheImaginationSpot.com See a full list of events happening in Nappanee plus learn more about the businesses dotting Main Street at VisitNappanee.com Find out more details for all of the great Elkhart County Parks and what events are happening this year at ElkhartCountyParks.org
28:49
June 16, 2022
Episode 42: Well Crafted cocktails, outdoor summer concerts and incredible views of the city
We're nearly halfway through Season 2 of the People & Places along the Heritage Trail podcast! In this episode you'll hear from Jeanne Kern, owner of The Vine in downtown Elkhart. Jeanne shares some details about their food and drink menu, plus how she got started at The Vine.  Then Eric Garton, executive director of Wellfield Botanic Gardens, shares the details of the 2022 Groovin' in the Gardens series.  We wrap up the episode chatting with Denita Henry, sales director at Hotel Elkhart.  Denita gives more information about the newly-opened hotel and the great spaces it features.  Learn more about The Vine and see the menu at TheVineOnMain.com See a full list of events happening at Wellfield Botanic Gardens including the performances during Groovin' in the Gardens series at WellfieldGardens.org Find out more details for Relish Cafe and The Corner Bar plus book your overnight stay at Hotel Elkhart online at HotelElkhart.com
32:30
June 09, 2022
Episode 41: Bike rides, jazz music, horse shows and more
Welcome back to another great episode of the People and Places along the Heritage Trail podcast where we share with you fun events, places to visit and introduce you to the makers that help shape Elkhart County as a Well Crafted place. Today you'll hear about some fun events we've got coming up later this month - the Pumpkinvine Bike Ride and the Elkhart Jazz Festival. You'll also hear about some great events happening over the next few months at The Michiana Event Center. For more great events happening this summer in Elkhart County, go to the Event Calendar at VisitElkhartCounty.com
33:52
June 02, 2022
Episode 40: Quilt Gardens 15th Anniversary with Nappanee Center, Linton's Enchanted Gardens and Das Dutchman Essenhaus
he Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail joins quilting, gardening, and art into a one-of-a-kind event featuring   more than a million vibrant blooms in 17 gigantic Quilt Gardens and celebrates hand-painted art with 25 super-sized Quilt Murals. As we  gear up for the Quilt Gardens to start on May 30th, this Quilt Gardens mini-series will give you the inside scoop as Sonya Nash, Quilt Gardens  project manager, takes us on a deep dive into some the 2022 Quilt Garden locations and chats with the many volunteers that help make this  project special. On this episode, we get the inside scoop about the Quilt Gardens at Nappanee Center, Linton's Enchanted Gardens and Das Dutchman Essenhaus. Learn more about the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail at QuiltGardens.com.
33:26
May 26, 2022
Episode 39: Quilt Gardens 15th Anniversary with Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Downtown Wakarusa and Ruthmere
The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail joins quilting, gardening, and art into a one-of-a-kind event featuring  more than a million vibrant blooms in 17 gigantic Quilt Gardens and celebrates hand-painted art with 25 super-sized Quilt Murals. As we gear up for the Quilt Gardens to start on May 30th, this Quilt Gardens mini-series will give you the inside scoop as Sonya Nash, Quilt Gardens project manager, takes us on a deep dive into some the 2022 Quilt Garden locations and chats with the many volunteers that help make this project special. On this episode, we get the inside scoop about the Quilt Gardens at Wellfield Botanic Gardens, Downtown Wakarusa and Ruthmere Learn more about the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail at QuiltGardens.com.
35:41
May 19, 2022
Episode 38: Quilt Gardens 15th Anniversary with Southgate and Elkhart County Courthouse
The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail joins quilting, gardening, and art into a one-of-a-kind event featuring  more than a million vibrant blooms in 17 gigantic Quilt Gardens and  celebrates hand-painted art with 25 super-sized Quilt Murals. As we gear up for the Quilt Gardens to start on May 30th, this Quilt Gardens mini-series will give you the inside scoop as Sonya Nash, Quilt Gardens project manager, takes us on a deep dive into the 2022 Quilt Garden locations and chats with the many volunteers that help make this project special. On this episode, we get the inside scoop about the Quilt Gardens at Southgate and the Elkhart County Courthouse. Learn more about the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail at QuiltGardens.com.
34:57
May 12, 2022
Episode 37: Quilt Gardens 15th Anniversary with Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, Elkhart Environmental Center and Elkhart County Historical Museum
The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail joins quilting, gardening, and art into a one-of-a-kind event featuring  more than a million vibrant blooms in 17 gigantic Quilt Gardens and  celebrates hand-painted art with 25 super-sized Quilt Murals. As we gear up for the Quilt Gardens to start on May 30th, this Quilt Gardens mini-series will give you the inside scoop as Sonya Nash, Quilt Gardens project manager, takes us on a deep dive into the 2022 Quilt Garden locations and chats with the many volunteers that help make this project special.  On this episode, we get the inside scoop about the Quilt Gardens at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, the Elkhart Environmental Center, and the Elkhart County Historical Museum. Learn more about the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail at QuiltGardens.com.
47:54
May 05, 2022
Episode 36: Celebrating 15 years of Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail
The Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail joins quilting, gardening, and art into a one-of-a-kind event featuring more than a million vibrant blooms in 17 gigantic Quilt Gardens and celebrates hand-painted art with 25 super-sized Quilt Murals. 2022 marks the 15th anniversary of the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail and we have some amazing surprises planned! On this episode we catch up with Quilt Gardens project manager Sonya Nash.  Sonya tells us some of the fun facts about the Quilt Gardens and gives us a preview of some of the upcoming episodes focusing on the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail. Learn more at QuiltGardens.com
25:45
April 27, 2022
Episode 35: All about the Heritage Trail
The Heritage Trail makes road-tripping easy! This scenic winding loop takes you through the vibrant communities of Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Bristol,  Wakarusa, and Shipshewana. It’s easy to explore, easy on your budget and you’re sure to discover fun at every turn. On this episode, we catch up with Vince Turner. Vince is a voice legend here in Elkhart County and has called Elkhart County home since 1977. His love for the community shows in his involvement with the Boys & Girls Club, CAPS, Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Goshen Chamber of Commerce and the Greencroft Community Foundation. He has also been the official storytelling voice of the Heritage Trail for nearly 30 years!  The team here at the Elkhart County CVB also shares some stories along the way along with the various ways you can experience the Heritage Trail, whether that be by car or by motorcoach! Learn more about the Heritage Trail at VisitElkhartCounty.com/things-to-do/heritage-trail/
28:35
April 21, 2022
Episode 34: Super brews, stunning gardens and syrupy fun!
First we learn more about RUHE152, a fun and inviting bistro, brewery and distillery located in Nappanee, Indiana. Co-owner Kami Tuttle is joined by Head Brewer David Michael and Executive Chef Zach Lucchese in sharing the story behind the beautiful building, how their made-from-scratch kitchen features a very eclectic line up of fresh, farm to table ingredients and dishes plus how their 14 beers on tap at any given time, represents just about every style, texture and color of beer you can think of! Then Eric Garton, the Robert and Peggy Weed Executive Director at Wellfield Botanic Gardens, tells us more about this incredible gem in the city of Elkhart. Wellfield Botanic Gardens is a 36-acre 'living museum' open throughout the year featuring special events, concerts, holiday lights, education workshops, children and family programming, and facility rentals for special events. Eric walks us through the different seasons at Wellfield and gives us a little bit of a teaser on what's new this year. And we wrap up by learning more about the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival from Deb Shively with the Wakarusa Chamber.  Deb gives an overview about this fun event happening April 22 - 24, 2022.
25:02
April 14, 2022
Episode 33: Color runs, BBQs, essential oils, bike paths and more!
We're kicking off April with a lot of great information on things to see and do in Elkhart County!  Today you'll learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County from Jim Pinkerton, Director of Public Relations and Marketing.  Jim tell us how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County inspires and empowers young people to reach their full potential. He also shares some fun events coming up this summer that you can be a part of. Then hear from Kris Losch, President of Ray of Light Holistic Health and Soak Up The Light, located in Elkhart. Ray of Light opened on February of 2007 from a vision that Kris had. She shares with us the story behind Ray of Light and Soak Up The Light, what some of their most popular oil blends are and so much more.  And last but not least, learn more about Bike Elkhart County from Glenn Peterson. Bike Elkhart County is a grass-roots bicycling advocacy group working to improve conditions for cyclists in Elkhart County. Glenn shares some of the great initiatives Bike Elkhart County has been working on along with some fun ways you can get involved.
43:23
April 07, 2022
Episode 32: Historical gems, beautiful bike paths and incredible artwork
Every week we're bringing you more great ideas on things to see and do right here in Elkhart County, Indiana.  Today's episode, you'll learn more about the Nappanee Center from Martha Owen, Director of the Evelyn Culp Heritage Collection at the Nappanee Center located in downtown Nappanee. Martha shares fun stories about she became a fan of history as a kid and what you can expect when you arrive at the Nappanee Center. Then Brittany Short tells us more about the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.  Brittany co-owner of Pumpkinvine Cyclery in Middlebury and she tell us more about what led her to be one of the biggest cheerleaders for the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, a rails-to-trails biking and walking trail that covers just over 17  miles between the towns of Goshen, Middlebury, and Shipshewana. And finally, we catch up with Brian Byrn, Curator of Exhibitions & Education, at the Midwest Museum of American Art in downtown Elkhart. Brian’s charismatic personality combined with his depth of knowledge about art and iconic handlebar mustache makes the experience at the MMAA top-notch and he shares with listeners how he came to Elkhart (and never left!) along with some of his favorite pieces in the museum.
35:19
March 31, 2022
Episode 31: Differences between Mennonites and Hutterites, Bonneyville Mill flour and Earth Day activities
We're nearing the end of March, but keeping the episodes packed with great information on things to see and do in and around Elkhart County. First off, get to know Jerry Beasley, executive director of Menno-Hof. He explains the mission behind the cultural center located in Shipshewana where you can see and hear the Amish-Mennonite story through multimedia presentations, historical environments and colorful displays. Jerry helps explain the differences between Mennonites and Hutterites, how their communities are based on Anabaptist and talks about one of their most popular exhibits, the Tornado Room. Then we chat to Courtney Franke, mill manager at Bonneyville Mill County Park, located in Bristol. He explains the history and heritage behind the Mill at Bonneyville, the process of making flour at the mill and how you may just be greeted with the smell of freshly baked goods when you visit. And finally, we learn more about Earth Day from Jeff Zavatsky and Annie Klehfoth from the Elkhart Environmental Center. They tell us about various Earth Day activities they have planned for the entire month of April.
30:35
March 24, 2022
Episode 30: Beers, Bikes and more!
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  We’ve got an exciting episode for you! We’re catching up with Jesse Sensenig, founder and Jesse Shoemaker, head chef  at Goshen Brewing Company (or GBCo as the locals call it!). These guys share how they were able to take a former NIPSCO building and turn it into a cool and unique family-friendly brewery. Then we chat Shar Rach, general manager of Golden Bear Bikes located in downtown Elkhart. Shar shares more details about their brand new location and what’s happening in the world of biking! Make plans for a date night at GBCo and look at the menus, events and more at GoshenBrewing.com Get ready to pedal along the great trails in Elkhart County and search for your perfect bike at GoldenBearBikes.com
34:12
March 17, 2022
Episode 29: Inspirational home decor and historical fun facts
Thanks for joining us to get to know the people who make Elkhart County a Well Crafted place and learn more about all the things to see and do  here. On this episode we catch up with Chelsea Gorsuch, founder of Joyfully Said Signs located in Middlebury.  Chelsea tells us about the inspiration for her signs, shares more about home décor and how the words we surround ourselves with truly impact our thoughts and feelings. Then we learn more about the Elkhart County Historical Museum's exciting exhibits from Julie Parke, the  Director of the Elkhart County Historical Museum located in Bristol. Julie gives us some other fun facts and insider tips to get you excite to step foot into this unique museum. Learn more about Joyfully Said Signs and shop online at JoyfullySaid.com  Foster an appreciation for history and learn more about the Elkhart County Historical Museum at ElkhartCountyParks.org
24:48
March 10, 2022
Episode 28: Beautiful handmade baskets and fashion for everyone
Welcome back to another episode of the podcast where we get to know some of the people and places that make Elkhart County, Indiana a Well Crafted place. In this episode, we chat with Laverne Miller, owner of Teaberry Wood Products.  He shares how he and his wife Rachel along with their family went from operating a sawmill and dry kiln operation to becoming full time in the arts and craft business. Then we chat with Danny Reynolds, owner of Stephenson's of Elkhart. For more than 90 years, Stephenson's has been a staple in downtown Elkhart from their iconic white-and-black storefront to the windows that have been carefully designed for more than 50 years by Danny's mother, Marje Reynolds. Learn more about Teaberry Wood Products and shop online at TeaberryWoodProducts.com. Begin your Stephenson's experience at StephensonsOfElkhart.com
31:35
March 03, 2022
Episode 27: Learn more about the Elkhart County Parks and the Michiana Master Gardeners Garden Expo
Join us as we continue to explore the people and places that make Elkhart County a Well Crafted place. On this episode, we catch up with Ronda DeCaire from the Elkhart County Parks. She tells us about the incredible parks throughout the county along with some of her favorite spots. Then we catch up with Penny from the the Michiana Master Gardeners Association to learn more about their upcoming Garden Expo happening at the Northern Indiana Event Center on Saturday February 26. Explore the Elkhart County Parks and plan your adventure ahead of time at ElkhartCountyParks.org Learn more about the Michiana Master Gardeners Association and grab tickets for the February 26 event at MichianaMasterGardeners.com
24:19
February 24, 2022
Episode 26: Three great ways to get engaged and stay connected in Elkhart County!
Today's episode is jam-packed with ways to get engaged in the community!  We know that when you love where you live, you relish chances to contribute to the community and help make your neighborhood, workplace, or city that much better. First, you'll learn more about Vibrant Communities, a movement in Elkhart County focusing on the connection between economic growth and quality-of-place initiatives.  Then, hear about Connect in Elkhart County, a mobility master plan for Elkhart County. The project is being led by the Community Foundation’s Placemaking Committee, whose goal is to create open communities in Elkhart County that inspire, attract, engage, and connect people to enrich their living experience. And finally, you'll get more information about Acts of Service, which connects  local volunteers with service opportunities. It helps match the needs of nonprofit organizations and the willing hands of  individual community partners. Nonprofits share their current and upcoming volunteer needs and Acts of Service volunteers sign up to fill those needs. Learn more about Vibrant Communities at VibrantElkhartCounty.org Get engaged with Connect in Elkhart County at ConnectInElkhartCounty.com Sign up to volunteer at ActsOfService.com
25:50
February 17, 2022
Episode 25: Calling all Superhero fans and biking enthusiasts!
We're back with more fun things to do in Elkhart County in February! Calling all Superhero fans!  Allen Stewart is back to tell us about the Hall of Heroes Comic Con!  This massive event is Indiana’s fastest growing comic, gaming, sci-fi, horror and pop culture event, happening March 5 & 6, 2022 at the Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Indiana. Then Chris and Jason from Lincoln Avenue Cycling get us excited for spring!  Did you know, the colder months are a great time to show your bike some love and get maintenance done and they are making it easier to get those fixes done with their "Love Your Bike Service Promotion" happening now until February 25, 2022. Grab your tickets to the Hall of Heroes Comic Con, see the schedule and more at HoHComicCon.org Get your bike tuned up, check out new styles of bikes and see a schedule of bike-friendly rides at LincolnAvenueCycling.com You can always learn more about Elkhart County, IN and the Well Crafted people and places who love where they live at VisitElkhartCounty.com
24:13
February 10, 2022
Episode 24: Elkhart County's best linear park and a lesson in pottery
Welcome to February!  We know it's cold outside in northern Indiana, but our podcast will get you warmed up and excited for things to see and do in Elkhart County.   In this episode Brittany Short, co-owner of Pumpkinvine Cyclery in Middlebury, shares more about the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.  This linear park offers scenic vistas through unspoiled prairie, farmland and wetlands for cyclists, walkers and runners. Later in the episode, Mark Goertzen shares how he first moved to Elkhart County with the intention of just staying here for a year (psst, this was nearly two decades ago when he said this!) and how he views pottery is his way of building community. Great ready to get outside and adventure along the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail by grabbing a map at Pumpkinvine.org Learn more about Mark Goertzen and see his incredibly pieces at GoertzenPottery.com
30:46
February 03, 2022
Episode 23: Fun, family-friendly happenings are coming your way at the Bristol Opera House and Michiana Event Center!
We're continuing the fun on Season 2 of the People & Places along the Heritage Trail podcast!   In this episode you'll hear from Dave Dufour about the upcoming Elkhart Civic Theatre performances at the Bristol Opera House in Bristol and from Karen Flanhardt who tells us more about the beautiful - and BIG - Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana along with what events are coming up in February. Learn more about the Elkhart Civic Theatre, see their performance schedule and buy tickets at ElkhartCivicTheatre.org See a full list of events happening at the Michiana Event Center at MichianaEvents.com
36:44
January 26, 2022
Episode 22: Superheroes and Mother Nature in Elkhart County
Thanks for joining us to get to know the people who make Elkhart County a Well Crafted place and learn more about all the things to see and do here. In this episode, get to know Allen Stewart, founder of the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum. Allen shares how he wound up having the largest collection of superhero memorabilia, art, and comics in the United States. Then you'll get to meet Jeff, Annie and Emma from the Elkhart Environmental Center. They tell us about this hidden gem in the city and give more details on the 2022 Zero Waste program series. Learn more about the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum at HallOfHeroesMuseum.org Learn more about the Elkhart Environmental Center at ElkhartIndiana.org/eec
23:35
January 19, 2022
Episode 21: Elkhart County Historical Museum exhibits & 2022 Theatre Fun with Premier Arts
For Season 2 of the People & Places along the Heritage Trail podcast, we’re exploring all the things to see and do in Elkhart  County, Indiana and getting to know the people who make Elkhart County a Well Crafted place. In this episode, learn more about the Elkhart County Historical Museum's unique exhibits and hear about a fun-filled 2022 season for Premier Arts. Learn more about the Elkhart County Historical Museum at ElkhartCountyParks.org See the 2022 Premier Arts season at PremierArts.org/shows
31:11
January 12, 2022
Episode 20: History of Coppes Commons & Outdoor fun in Elkhart
Welcome to the second season of the People and Places along the Heritage Trail podcast! This year, we’re exploring all the things to see and do in Elkhart County, Indiana and getting to know the people who make Elkhart County a Well Crafted place. In this episode, you’ll learn about the history of Coppes Commons and hear some exciting activities the Elkhart Parks Department has going on for the winter season.
23:54
January 05, 2022
Elkhart County's Heritage Trail Audio Driving Tour
Life© magazine calls The Heritage Trail “one of the most scenic drives in America”. You’ll soon discover why. The roads you’ll travel on the Heritage Trail are incredibly picturesque, well-marked and easy to navigate The one-of-a-kind audio driving tour experience enhances this route with timed turn-by-turn directions based on local speed limits. Just start the audio at the Elkhart County Visitor Center, 3421 Cassopolis Street, Elkhart and listen to the instructional information at the beginning. This audio tour will guide you around a winding loop through bustling downtowns and leisurely country roads. And, using this audio tour as your guide, you can decide whether to stay directly on the trail, or venture off the trail for a special side-trip experience. Whatever you choose, you’ll be expertly guided step by step around this one-of-a-kind adventure. Learn more about Elkhart County, Indiana at VisitElkhartCounty.com and share your adventures on Facebook and Instagram using #INElkhartCo. Here's how to experience the Heritage Trail using this audio: The Heritage Trail Audio Driving Tour begins at the Elkhart County Visitor Center, 3421 Cassopolis Street, Elkhart. The driving tour gives you turn-by-turn directions on this scenic winding loop as it takes you through the vibrant communities of Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Bristol, Wakarusa, and Shipshewana. It’s easy to explore, easy on your budget and you’re sure to discover fun at every turn. The Elkhart County Visitor Center is here to help!  Give us a call at 800-262-8161 (staffed Monday thru Friday 8am to 5pm ET, Saturday 9am to 4pm ET).  We can help you get started.  Better yet - come inside the Elkhart County Visitor Center for area guides, maps, brochures and helpful destination concierges who can get you started right away. Friendly reminders:  listen to the beginning of the Heritage Trail Audio Driving Tour for important instructions before beginning your journey pause the audio at red lights drive the posted speed limit
01:55:32
July 13, 2021
Craig Gibson - Premier Arts :: People & Places along the Heritage Trail
To wrap up first season of the People & Places along the Heritage Trail host Sonya Nash has a lively chat with Craig Gibson, executive director of Premier Arts. There are lots of people who have a bunch of ideas and Craig is one of those who have a LOT of great ideas. Craig is also one of those rare individuals that take those ideas and makes them happen. Learn how Craig made his way to Elkhart, how Premier Arts was founded, fun tales about theatrical productions and so much more. To learn more and get involved with Premier Arts visit PremierArts.org   
33:09
June 17, 2021
Vickie Estep - Great Life Tours :: People & Places along the Heritage Trail
Listen to host Sonya Nash chat with Vickie Estep, owner of Great Life Tours, a receptive tour guide service in Elkhart County, Indiana. Learn how Vickie got started as a receptive tour guide, how she comes from Amish roots, what her favorite tours are and so much more.  Connect with Vickie and be a fan of Great Life Tours on Facebook.
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June 17, 2021
Amber Burgess - Goshen Theater :: People & Places along the Heritage Trail
On this episode, host Sonya Nash talks with Amber Burgess, executive director at the Goshen Theater, located right on Main Street in downtown Goshen, Indiana. Amber has had a life filled with theater, performance, pageants and more.  Listen to Amber share the unique path she took to becoming the executive director at the Goshen Theater, how renovations of this historic building are progressing, how she wants to partner with the community and why she loves calling Elkhart County home. Learn more about the Goshen Theater at GoshenTheater.com. 
35:11
June 17, 2021
Patrick McGuire - Elkhart County Historical Museum :: People & Places along the Heritage Trail
Listen in as host Sonya Nash chats with Patrick McGuire, curator of education at the Elkhart County Historical Museum in Bristol, Indiana in this episode. Patrick shares how his love his history took him all over the United States and eventually led him to Bristol. Listen to him tell tales about the historical museum, how exhibits are curated to connect with visitors and residents, and other fun, quirky tidbits about being a history buff. Check out Patrick's podcast "A Sense of Place" in partnership with the Goshen News at GoshenNews.com/podcasts and learn more about the Elkhart County Parks at ElkhartCountyParks.org.
38:23
June 17, 2021
Eric Garton - Wellfield Botanic Gardens :: People & Places along the Heritage Trail
We're welcoming Eric Garton, the Robert & Peggy Weed Executive Director at Wellfield Botanic Gardens located in Elkhart, Indiana to chat with host Sonya Nash about the history and beauty that makes Wellfield Botanic Gardens so unique.   Wellfield is a 36-acre natural enclave touted as a "living museum" and a working source of hydropower and drinking water for the city of Elkhart.  Eric shares his own personal story on how he got into botanical gardens, the history of Wellfield, details about the incredible annual light display and so much more!  Learn more about Wellfield Botanic Gardens at WellfieldGardens.org.  
36:08
June 17, 2021
Adrienne Nesbitt - Eyedart Creative Studio :: People & Places along the Heritage Trail
On this episode, host Sonya Nash talks with Adrienne Nesbitt, director of events for Eyedart Creative Studio located in Goshen, Indiana.  Adrienne has a passion for seeing her community thrive and what a better way to create positive change than to host city-wide celebrations?  Sonya and Adrienne talk about Goshen First Fridays, Arts on the Millrace, the Goshen Theatre, how the Hawks building was developed and so much more in this jam-packed chat.  Learn more about Arts on the Millrace at ArtsOnTheMillrace.org and be sure to check out DowntownGoshen.org for all of the fun-filled happenings in Goshen, Indiana.
33:44
June 17, 2021
Christy Stutzman - The Round Barn Theatre :: People & Places along the Heritage Trail
We're excited to have guest Christy Stutzman, executive director at The Round Barn Theatre join host Sonya Nash for a fun conversation about her love for theatre and writing songs including creating the music and lyrics to 'When Calls The Heart - The Musical'. Hear Christy share her experiences so far since becoming co-owner of The Barns at Nappanee, Home of Amish Acres with her husband Marlin Stutzman and how Wagyu beef made it to Nappanee. Learn more about The Barns at Nappanee, Home of Amish Acres at TheBarnsAtNappanee.com. Purchase tickets to The Round Barn Theatre at RoundBarnTheatre.com.
33:26
June 16, 2021
Dave Dufour - Elkhart Civic Theatre :: People & Places along the Heritage Trail
In this episode, host Sonya Nash sits down with Dave Dufour, executive director of Elkhart Civic Theatre (ECT). Dave has been a volunteer, cheerleader, doer, and teacher for the organization since the 1960’s and has played a significant role in keeping the arts flourishing in the community and continues to push every day for bigger and better things for ECT, the community it serves, and Elkhart County as a whole. Listen as we dive into some fun stories that Dave shares about ghosts, productions and so much more. Learn more about the Elkhart Civic Theatre at ElkhartCivicTheatre.org.
34:17
June 16, 2021
Kris Losch - Ray of Light Holistic Health :: People & Places along the Heritage Trail
We're welcoming Kris Losch, President of Ray of Light Holistic Health and Soak Up The Light, located in Elkhart, Indiana to chat with host Sonya Nash about a wide variety of health-related topics and a bit of some fun storytelling.   Ray of Light opened on February 12th, 2007 from a vision that Kris had. Kris obtained a bachelors in Psychology from Ball State University in 1999 and became a certified massage therapist in 2000. It was through this education and the experiences that followed which became the foundation of the vision of Ray of Light.   There are many paths to explore and experiences to be had inside of the doors at Ray of Life Holistic Health. Learn more at SoakUpTheLight.net.
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June 15, 2021
Bob & Sue Miller - Das Dutchman Essenhaus :: People & Places along the Heritage Trail
Join host Sonya Nash as she chats with Bob & Sue Miller, owners of Das Dutchman Essenhaus located in Middlebury, Indiana.   The history of the Essenhaus is a story of growth, commitment, and genuine hospitality. In 1970, Bob and Sue Miller moved west from Sugarcreek, Ohio to Middlebury, Indiana. After arriving in Middlebury, the Miller’s purchased property on U.S. 20. The property contained a small 24-hour truck stop known as Everett’s Highway Inn. After a week of minor repairs and cleaning, they reopened January 4, 1971, as an Amish-style restaurant complete with Amish and Mennonite cooks and waitstaff.  Hear about how they got started in the restaurant business, why they decided to become hoteliers, how COVID-19 impacted business, and more in this fascinating podcast. Learn more about the Das Dutchman Essenhaus at Essenhaus.com.
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June 15, 2021