Journey Indiana

S3 E2 | FULL EPISODE

Episode 302

Coming to you from Holliday Park in Indianapolis...meet the Hoosier team restoring vintage Indy 500 race cars; learn all about Indiana Landmarks' 10 Most Endangered program, and tour a few of their past successes; get on the water with Indiana's only competitive water ski show team - the Lake City Skiers; and travel to Monroe County for a front row seat at last year's Indiana Limestone Symposium.

AIRED: August 11, 2020 | 0:26:46
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>> PRODUCTION SUPPORT FOR

"JOURNEY INDIANA" IS PROVIDED

BY:

>> COMING UP, MEET THE HOOSIER

TEAM RESTORING VINTAGE INDY 500

RACE CARS.

>> LEARN ALL ABOUT INDIANA

LANDMARKS TEN MOST ENDANGERED

PROGRAM, AND TOUR A FEW OF THEIR

PAST SUCCESSES.

>> GET ON THE WATER WITH

INDIANA'S ONLY COMPETITIVE WATER

SKI SHOW TEAM, THE LAKE CITY

SKIERS.

>> AND TRAVEL TO MONROE COUNTY

FOR A FRONT ROW SEAT AT LAST

YEAR'S INDIANA LIMESTONE

SYMPOSIUM.

THAT'S ALL ON THIS EPISODE OF

"JOURNEY INDIANA"!

>> WELCOME TO "JOURNEY INDIANA."

I'M BRANDON WENTZ COMING TO YOU

FROM HOLIDAY PARK IN

INDIANAPOLIS.

>> AND I'M ASHLEY TILLA.

JUST A FEW MILES SOUTH.

BRANDON, LAST EPISODE WE

FEATURED THE GUARDON PIER GARDEN PEER AT

GARFIELD PARK.

>> HOLIDAY PARK, LOCATED SIX

MILES NORTH OF DOWNTOWN IS ONE

OF INDY'S UNIQUE AND BEST.

IT'S OPEN TO MILES OF TRAILS AND

HOLIDAY PARK RUINS.

WE TAKE A LOOK AT ALL OF THAT

AND MORE IN JUST A BIT.

FIRST, WE ARE HEADED WEST TO

BROWNSBURG TO MEET A TEAM OF

FORMER RACE MECHANICS WHO ARE

KEEPING BUSY RESTORING

VICINITIAGE INDY 500 500 -- VINTAGE

INDY 500 RACE CARS.

WE HAVE THE STORY OF THE

RESTORATION.

>> IF YOU ARE A RACER, IT'S THE

HISTORY OF, IT BECAUSE ALL OF

THIS STUFF, IT'S JUST THE

HISTORY.

'74 EAGLES, McLARENS, STELARO,

CURTIS CAR.

WE ARE WORKING ON ANOTHER

McLAREN, M16, 1930 MILLER IN

THERE.

THE MARIO McLAREN.

MERES PC6.

MY FATHER DROVE INDIANAPOLIS

BACK IN THE '60s AND THEN

EITHER A SPECTATOR OR A

PARTICIPANT SINCE BASICALLY I

WAS BORN.

WE WENT BASICALLY TO MOST OF THE

RACES HE DROVE IN, MY SISTER AND

I, AND MOM, OF COURSE.

I GREW UP IN THE BACK SEAT OF A

STATION WAGON.

THAT'S REALLY ABOUT ALL WE KNEW.

I WAS ACTUALLY WORKING FOR LIKE

THE FIRST TIME I WORKED FOR

GURNEY IN '76, I WAS WORKING FOR

GURNEY, AND RACING MY MIDGET

ALSO.

I MADE EVERY MISTAKE KNOWN TO

MANKIND.

IN FACT, I THINK I HAVE A FEW OF

THEM PATENTED BECAUSE I JUST DID

EVERYTHING WRONG!

[ LAUGHTER ]

I RAN A FEW MIDGETS AND SPRINT

CAR STUFF.

LIKE I SAID, I SPENT AN AWFUL

LOT OF MONEY AND HAD A LOT OF

FUN, BUT I HAD TO QUIT.

I ALWAYS TRIED TO RACE WHILE I

WAS WORKING, BECAUSE, OF COURSE,

I HAD TO WORK TO SUPPORT MY

HABIT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

AND IT WAS PRETTY EXPENSIVE

HABIT.

AND I JUST -- SO I WAS ALWAYS --

I WAS ALWAYS WORKING ON THOSE

CARS, ACTUALLY.

I STARTED FOR FOYT, RUTHERFORD.

IN FACT, THE RUTHERFORD WAS IN

THE BACKYARD, 1970, THAT'S WHERE

PATRICK RACING WAS STARTED.

MIDDLE OF THE FRONT ROKAHR WAS ROW CAR WAS

BUILT IN THE BACKYARD.

AND I RENTED HALF A SHOP FROM A

BUDDY OF MINE.

WE STUCK THREE OR FOUR CARS IN

THERE AND WENT TO WORK ON THEM.

WE HIRED A GUY OR TWO TO WORK ON

THEM, AND JUST PROGRESSED.

MOST OF THE TIME, THE OWNERS

ACTUALLY FIND THEM.

THEY ARE ON THE INTERNET A LOT.

THEY WANT TO TRADE UP, TRADE

DOWN, TRADE OVER, SO THESE GUYS

ARE -- THEY LOVE CARS.

IF IT'S A COMPLETE CAR, IT'S

RIGHT ABOUT A YEAR, DEPENDING ON

WHAT SHAPE IT'S IN.

WE GO THROUGH AND REPLACE

BEARINGS AND SEALS, FUEL CELL IF

NECESSARY, AND HAVE THE MOTOR

REBUILT.

WE REBUILD THE GEARBOX, MAG AND

SIDE GLOW, EVERY PART.

BASICALLY, WE PREP THEM AS IF

THEY ARE GOING TO RUN THE

500-MILE RACE AGAIN.

I CAN START A PROJECT AND NOT

FINISH IT WITH THE BEST OF THEM

AND HAVE SOMEBODY ELSE FINISH.

I'M JUST KIDDING.

I'M MORE GENERAL.

BASICALLY, IT'S THE SAME OLD

THING.

IT'S THE ART OF SURROUNDING

YOURSELF WITH GUYS THAT DO KNOW

THEIR PART BETTER THAN YOU DO.

NOBODY ACTUALLY KNOWS

EVERYTHING.

I CERTAINLY DON'T.

THEY CAN GET IN TROUBLE JUST

ABOUT ANY PART OF THE CAR.

YEAH, FRONT, REAR, SIDE, DOESN'T

MATTER.

IF YOU BREAK SOMETHING, IT'S --

IT CAN BE TOUGH TO REPLACE!

SO YOU TRY NOT TO BREAK

ANYTHING, LET'S FACE IT.

YOU KIND OF HOLD YOUR BREATH AT

TIMES.

I TELL YOU WHAT, WHEN THEY FIRE

THESE THINGS UP, I'M HOLDING MY

BREATH.

YOU HAVE A MILLION THINGS

RUNNING THROUGH YOUR MIND.

DID WE DO THIS?

DID WE DO THAT?

DID WE FINISH THIS?

IT'S SUCH A NEAT SOUND.

WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING AROUND AND,

YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING IS NICE AND

TIGHT AND NOTHING IS LEAKING,

IT'S JUST LIKE, PHEW!

AND THEN YOU -- BASICALLY YOU

ARE HIGH FIVING YOURSELF.

[ LAUGHTER ]

HOPEFULLY WE CAN GET A LITTLE

BIGGER, ANOTHER UNIT OR A BIGGER

UNIT, AND EXPAND A LITTLE BIT.

JUST KEEP DOING WHAT WE ARE

DOING.

I MEAN, EVERYBODY -- I MEAN, I

LIKE COMING TO WORK.

I THINK THE GUYS DO TOO.

IT'S A LOT OF FUN.

>> HAVING PREVIOUSLY VISITED THE

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

MUSEUM, IT'S IMPRESSIVE THE

AMOUNT OF WORK THAT GOES INTO

RESTORING THESE CARS.

YOU CAN SEE MORE, INCLUDING SOME

OF THE RESTORATIONS IN PROGRESS

AT TURNFOURRESTORATION.COM.

EARLIER WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE

MANAGER AT HOLIDAY PARK,

INCLUDING THE HISTORY BEHIND THE

ONE OF A KIND HOLIDAY PARK

RUINS.

>> THIS PARK WE ARE STANDING IN

TODAY WAS THE SUMMER HOME OF

JOHN AND EVALINE HOLIDAY.

JOHN WAS A WEALTHY BANKER IN HIS

TIME AND A VERY, VERY STRONG

COMMUNITY ADVOCATE.

THEY HAD THEIR PERMANENT

RESIDENCE DOWN AT 16th AND

MERIDIAN, AND THIS WAS THEIR

SUMMER HOME, WHERE THEY WOULD

ESCAPE THE BIG CITY DURING THE

HEAT OF THE SUMMER.

JOHN AND EVELINE BELIEVED THAT

THIS LAND WAS UNIQUE AND AT THE

100th ANNIVERSARY OF INDIANA

STATEWOOD, THEY DEDICATED THIS

LAND TO THE CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS

WITH THE MISSION TO HELP WITH

THE EDUCATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT

AND OUTDOOR RECREATION, WHICH WE

STILL CONTINUE TODAY.

SO THE RUINS ARE -- THEY SEEM

OUT OF PLACE IN A LOT OF WAYS.

LIKE, IT DOESN'T FIT.

YOU ARE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL

OUTDOOR SPACE AND THEN THIS

LARGE MONUMENT BEHIND YOU.

IN THE LATE 1800s, THIS WAS

BUILT AND DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN ON

BROADWAY, THE FACADE, WHICH YOU

CAN SEE THERE, WAS SCULPTED BY A

GENTLEMAN NAMED CARL BITTERS WHO

WAS A FAMOUS SCULPTOR OF THE DAY

AND HE DID THE IF A FACADE OF THE

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART.

SO THE COMPANY THAT OWNED THE

BUILDING, THE WESTERN ELECTRIC

COMPANY, DECIDED THAT THEY WERE

GOING TO TEAR DOWN THIS

BUILDING, BUT REALIZED THEY HAD

SOME SERIOUS ART WORK ON THEIR

HAND.

THEY DID DID A AUCTION WHERE

THEY APPLIED TO GET THE REMNANTS

OF THE FACADE.

THEY CAME HERE IN 1958, STILL

NOT COMPLETE BY THE LATE '70s

WHEN THEN MAYOR DICK LUGAR SAID

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

YOU HAVE TO FINISH THIS.

THEY DID.

AND THIS VISION, THAT YOU HAVE

TO SEE, DOWN HERE WE HAVE THE

RUINS AND THIS HUGE OPEN AREA

AND OPENING DOWN THERE.

AS IS THE CASE WITH ALL CITIES,

THE CITY BUDGETS EBB AND FLOW

AND THE RUBINS RUINS QUICKLY FELL INTO

DISREPAIR.

2016 WAS THE ANNIVERSARY WHEN

THE HOLIDAYS FIRST GAVE THIS

LAND TO THE CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS

AND THE 200th ANNIVERSARY OF

THE STATE OF INDIANA.

SO THE FRIENDS OF HOLIDAY PARK

AT THE TIME, NOW THE HOLIDAY

PARK FOUNDATION BEGAN TO RAISE

MONEY WITH THE GOAL OF RESTORING

THE RUINS AND THEY DID.

THEY RAISED SEVERAL MILLION

DOLLARS FOR THE RUINS AS WELL AS

THE NATURE CENTER REDO.

AND IN 2016, THE RUINS WERE

REDEDICATED IN THEIR CURRENT

FORM AND IT REALLY IS KIND OF

THE HEART OF WHAT HOLIDAY PARK

IS RIGHT NOW.

>> AND YOU CAN LEARN EVEN MORE

AT HOLIDAYPARK.ORG.

ASHLEY?

>> THANK YOU, BRANDON.

UP NEXT, WE'RE HEADED ALL,

AROUND THE HOOSIER STATE TO

LEARN ABOUT THE TEN MOST

ENDANGERED PROGRAM AND LOOK AT

SOME OF THEIR PAST SUCCESS

STORIES.

JASON PEAR HAS THE STORY.

>> THIS TINY CHURCH IN RURAL

RUSH COUNTY IS THE LAST

REMAINING PUBLIC STRUCTURE

ASSOCIATED WITH THE MOUNT

PLEASANT BEACH COMMUNITY.

THE OLDEST FREE BLACK SETTLEMENT

IN THE STATE.

IT WAS BUILT AROUND 1865, AND

TODAY, IT'S FULLY RESTORED AND

STANDS READY TO HOST DESCENDANTS

OF THE ORIGINAL BEACH CHURCH AT

ANNUAL FAMILY REUNIONS, BUT IN

2016, IT WAS A PROPERTY AT RISK.

SO MUCH SO, THAT IT EARNED A

SPOT ON INDIANA LANDMARKS TEN

MOST ENDANGERED LIST.

>> IT'S AN ALARM BELL SAYING IF

WE DON'T ACT, WE WILL LOSE THIS.

IT'S AN HISTORIC PLACE THAT WILL

NEVER COME BACK AGAIN.

>> EACH YEAR TEN PROPERTIES FROM

AROUND STATE ARE SELECTED, AND

THAT ALARM BELL IS RUNG ONCE

MORE.

>> SOMETIMES THEY ARE GRAND

PIECES OF ARCHITECTURE.

SOMETIMES THEY ARE SMALL

VERNACULAR BUILDINGS.

IN SOME CASES, IT MAY BE A GROUP

OF BUILDINGS IN A PLACE, OR A

COMMUNITY.

THESE ARE NOT, YOU KNOW, EASY

MARKS FOR US.

THESE ARE PROPERTIES THAT ARE

CHALLENGED AND FOR WHICH THE

TIME OF THE LISTING, THERE IS NO

GIVEN SOLUTION, AND HOPEFULLY

ARE BY THE TIME IT'S -- THEY ARE

REMOVED FROM THE LIST, WE WILL

HAVE FOUND SOME SOLUTION OR AT

LEAST A MEASURE TO PROTECT THE

PROPERTY SO THAT FUTURE

SOLUTIONS CAN BE FOUND.

>> BUSCH STADIUM IN

INDIANAPOLIS' RIVERSIDE

NEIGHBORHOOD WAS ONE OF THE MORE

CHALLENGING PROPERTIES FOR

INDIANA LANDMARKS.

IT SPENT THREE YEARS ON THEIR

TEN MOST ENDANGERED LIST,

BEGINNING IN 2008.

THIS FORMER HOME OF THE

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS, WHO HAD

MOVED DOWNTOWN IN 1996, WAS

SLATED FOR DEMOLITION BY THE

CITY.

>> IT WAS FOR A SHORT TIME USED

AS AN AUTO RACING PARK AND THEN

AT THE LOWEST MOMENT, A PARKING

LOT FOR CASH FOR CLUNKERS.

>> TODAY IT'S HOUSING.

THE FORMER FIELD IS GROWN SPACE,

AND THE GRAND STANDS ARE ONE OF

A KIND LOFT APARTMENTS,

DEVELOPED AND MANAGED BY

INDIANAPOLIS' CORE

REDEVELOPMENT.

>> WHICH WAS AN IMMEDIATE

SUCCESS, THEY WERE LEASED OUT

BEFORE THE PROJECT WAS EVEN

COMPLETED.

IT'S, I THINK, A WONDERFUL AND

VERY CREATIVE ADAPTIVE USE OF

THE HISTORIC PROPERTY.

>> AND A TESTAMENT TO THE POWER

OF PARTNERSHIPS.

>> WHEN WE CLAIM A SUCCESS OR A

VICTORY, I JUST WANT IT TO BE

UNDERSTOOD THAT WE ALSO -- WE

UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE MANY

PLAYERS INVOLVED.

THE PHILANTHROPISTS AND

COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO RALLY THE

TROOPS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL,

FUNDERS, TECHNICAL PEOPLE

INVOLVED, AND IT TAKES A LOT OF

EFFORT FROM MULTIPLE PARTIES TO

PULL ONE OF THESE OFF.

>> ONE OF THE MOST RECENT AND

STILL ONGOING PROJECTS CAN BE

FOUND JUST NORTH OF THE STADIUM

LOFT IN INDY'S RIVERSIDE.

THE TOWN OF TAGGART MEMORIAL WAS

CREATED TO SERVE A MAN WHO

SERVED AS MAYOR, A U.S. SENATOR

AND A CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC

NATIONAL COMMITTEE.

BY THE EARLY 21st CENTURY,

THIS LIMESTONE MONUMENT, THE

LARGEST OF ITS KIND IN THE CITY

WAS IN ROUGH SHAPE.

>> IN 2010, I ASKED IF THE

MEMORIAL TO TAGGART, AND IT WAS

IN RUINS QUITE LITERALLY, IF IT

COULD BE ADDED TO THE TEN MOST

ENDANGERED LIST.

SO IT WAS IN 2010 AND AGAIN IN

2011.

>> IN 2019, THANKS IN LARGE PART

TO A $9.2 MILLION LILY ENDOWMENT

GRANT, RESTORATION OF THE

TAGGART MEMORIAL BEGAN.

>> ONE OF THE MANY REASONS TO

UNDERTAKE THIS PROJECT WAS TO

HOPE THAT RESTORATION OF THE MY

NORRIAL AND TO GIVE -- MEMORIAL

AND TO GIVE IT A PRACTICAL USE

WOULD HELP TO THE REVITALIZATION

OF THE RIVERSIDE HISTORIC

NEIGHBORHOOD.

NOW WE WILL HAVE AN AMPHITHEATER

FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS ALONG

THE RIVER.

IT'S A WONDERFUL CONCEPT.

>> OF THE 139 PROPERTIES LISTED

AS ENDANGERED BY INDIANA

LANDMARKS SINCE 1991, ONLY 16

HAVE BEEN LOST.

>> AGAIN, THERE'S THIS IDEA OF

OKAY, WE PUT IT ON THE LIST.

WE GOT TO COME UP WITH A

SOLUTION FOR IT, AND THAT'S

REALLY A BIG PART OF -- THAT'S

MY MANTRA HERE.

BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION.

IT'S ONE THING TO SAY, OH, DON'T

TEAR IT DOWN, SAVE IT.

BUT IF YOU DON'T HELP FIND A

SOLUTION THAT'S REALLY NOT --

YOU ARE NOT DOING YOUR JOB.

SO THAT'S WHAT WE TRY TO DO WITH

ALL OF THESE LISTINGS, TO THE

EXTENT THAT WE CAN.

>> AND ACTUALLY, ONE OF MY

FAVORITE PLACES TO VISIT IN

INDIANA AND SOME PLACE THAT WE

HAVE FEATURED HERE ON "JOURNEY

INDIANA," WEST BADEN SPRINGS

HOTEL IS ONE OF THEIR SUCCESS

STORIES.

THIS YEAR'S TEN MOST ENDANGERED

LIST WILL BE OUT IN JUST A FEW

DAYS AND YOU CAN GET ALL THE

INFO AT INDIANALANDMARKS.ORG.

UP NEXT, WE ARE HEADED TO HIDDEN

LAKE IN WARSAW TO MEET THE

MEMBERS OF THE ONLY COMPETITIVE

WATER KEY TEAM IN INDIANA.

WE HAVE THE STORY OF THE LAKE

CITY SKIERS FROM PRODUCER JASON

PEAR.

>> WE INITIALLY STARTED THE TEAM

IN 1989.

OUR ACTUAL FIRST SEASON OF SHOW

SKIING AS A TEAM WASN'T UNTIL

1990.

WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT HERE

IN WARSAW, RIGHT HERE AT HIDDEN

LAKE.

THERE USED TO BE A LOT OF SHOW

TEAMS IN THE STATE OF INDIANA,

ESPECIALLY IN THE ANGOLA AREA.

ALMOST EVERY LAKE HAD A SKI SHOW

TEAM.

LAKE WEBSTER HAS A SHOW SKI

TEAM.

THEY HAVE BEEN AROUND SINCE

1940s BUT NOBODY COMPETITIVE.

THAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE.

WELL, WE HAVE AN OVERALL

MEMBERSHIP OF ABOUT 150 MEMBERS

NOW, AND WE STARTED OUT WITH

ABOUT 25 MEMBERS BACK IN 1989,

AND THE TEAM IS GROWING A BIT.

WE HAVE SKIERS IN VALPARAISO AND

SKIS FROM FORT WAYNE AND A LOT

OF SKIERS FROM THE OUTER LYING

COMMUNITIES, AND AS LONG AS THEY

CAN MAKE IT TO THE SHOWS AND

MAKE IT TO PRACTICES, THEY ARE

IN.

>> IT'S REALLY CALMING.

I KNOW THAT IT SEEMS

COUNTERINTUITIVE WITH ALL THE

NOISE THAT GOES ON AND LIKE ALL

THE ENGINES BEING SUPER LOUD,

BUT IT'S REALLY NICE TO BE ABLE

TO CONCENTRATE ON ONE SPECIFIC

SKILL SET, AND THE FRIENDS AND

TEAMMATES ARE AWESOME.

>> WE GET TO DO THIS AS A

FAMILY.

I HAVE FOUR KIDS AND MY WIFE IS

ON THE TEAM AS WELL.

WE ALL GET IN THE CAR.

WE COME TO THE SHOW SITE

TOGETHER.

MY KIDS SKI.

I'M ONSTAGE AS AN AUNITED

NATIONSAN AN ANNOUNCERAND WE DO THIS AS A FAMILY.

>> THERE ARE SEVERAL DIFFERENT

DISCIPLINES AND SHOW SKIING, YOU

WILL SEE BAREFOOTING.

YOU WILL SEE JUMPING.

YOU WILL SEE PYRAMIDS BUILT AND

SWIVEL SKIS AND YOU WILL SEE

TRICK SKIS, SHOE SKIS, JUST

ABOUT EVERYTHING.

>> THERE'S SOMETHING REALLY

AMAZING THAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU

PUT ON A SHOW LIKE THIS IN FRONT

OF A CROWD THAT HAS NEVER SEEN

SKIING LIKE THIS ON THE WATER.

AND THEY SEE A FOUR-TIER PYRAMID

COMING THROUGH.

THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW THAT WAS

BUILT OR HOW IT HAPPENED AND

IT'S FUN TO BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN

THAT TO PEOPLE, BUT IT'S ALSO

REAL LeFUNLY FUN TO SEE IT HAPPENING.

AND A SEEING SOMEONE ON A SWIVEL

SKI.

>> EN ATHE

>> AND THE GIRLS BALLET LINE IS

A VERY BIG ACT WITH THE CROWD.

THE SHOWS ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC

AND, YOU KNOW, THANKS TO OUR --

YOU KNOW, AGAIN TO OUR SPONSORS

AND THE COMMUNITY, WE ARE ABLE

TO KEEP THAT UP.

WE DO TAKE SAY SHORT

INTERMISSION DURING THE SHOWS

AND IF PEOPLE WANT TO DONATE AT

THAT TIME, YOU KNOW, WE WELCOME

THAT.

ANYBODY CAN COME OUT AND WATCH A

SHOW.

IT'S GREAT FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT.

IT TAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE TO PUT

THE SHOW ON THE WATER.

A LOT OF BACKGROUND PEOPLE, THE

SOUND PERSONNEL.

I DO THE TOW BOAT COORDINATING

FOR THE SHOW.

WE HAVE COSTUME PEOPLE.

WE HAVE CONCESSION STAND PEOPLE.

SO IT TAKES -- IT TAKES A LOT OF

BACKGROUND SUPPORT.

AS A COMPETITIVE TEAM, WE

NORMALLY SKI IN THREE

TOURNAMENTS A YEAR.

AND NATIONALS IS THE BIG ONE FOR

THE YEAR.

WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH THAT WE

HOSTED IT HERE LAST YEAR.

WE HAD ABOUT 13,000 PEOPLE,

SPECTATORS, THE TOP 14 TEAMS IN

THE NATION.

>> BASICALLY ANYONE OF ANY AGE

CAN BE A PART OF THE SPORT AND

JOIN IT AND THERE'S -- I MEAN WE

HAD SKIERS 4 YEARS OLD TO 72

YEARS OLD AND SO THERE'S VERY

FEW OTHER SPORTS LIKE THAT IN

THE WORLD WHERE IT DOESN'T

MATTER WHAT AGE YOU ARE, IF YOU

ARE IN COLLEGE OR HIGH SCHOOL

AND YOUR DAD CAN DRIVE A BOAT

AND YOU CAN SKI.

THAT'S ONE THINGS I LOVE MOST

ABOUT IT.

>> IT'S CENTERED AROUND

SOMETHING THAT I LOVE.

IT'S NOT JUST ME COMING OUT AND

HANGING OUT WITH PEOPLE ALL THE

TIME.

IT'S ME PERFECTING WHAT I CAN

WITH PEOPLE THAT I REALLY LOVE.

>> YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN LOOKING

FOR A NEW HOBBY TO GET INTO.

MAYBE AUDITION NEXT SEASON FOR

THE LAKE CITY SKIERS.

YOU CAN GET MORE INFO, INCLUDING

UPCOMING SHOW TIMES AT

LAKECITYSKIERS.ORG.

>> EARLIER WE LEARNED WITH THESE

LIMESTONE SCULPTURES AND WE

THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD TO

TAKE A 2019 LIMESTONE SYMPOSIUM

IN MONROE COUNTY.

>> I HAD SEEN SYMPOSIUMS IN

EUROPE, WHICH ARE A LITTLE BIT

OF A DIFFERENT DEAL, BUT I

THOUGHT, WELL, HERE'S THE

PERFECT PLACE TO GATHER CARVERS

AND HAVE EVENTS.

>> HERE IS JUST OUTSIDE OF THE

GATES OF THE BIBEY STONE COMPANY

IN THE HEART OF LIMESTONE

COUNTRY.

>> THIS IS WHERE THE STONE IS

QUARRIED.

AND THIS IS WHERE ALL THAT

WONDERFUL ARCHITECTURAL STONE

WORK IN NEW YORK AND CHICAGO AND

PROBABLY EVERY STATE IN THE

UNION COMES OUT OF THIS PART OF

INDIANA.

>> I DON'T KNOW.

IT'S EXCITING JUST TO COME

SOMEWHERE WHERE THE STONE IS A

BIG THING, ACTUALLY.

FOR MOST PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, ONCE

YOU HAVE SEEN ONE ROCK, YOU HAVE

SEEN THEM ALL, YOU KNOW?

>> IN 1996, AMY, ALONG WITH

FELLOW CARVER FRANK YOUNG

DEVELOPED THE INDIANA LIMESTONE

SYMPOSIUM.

>> SO WE STARTED WITH FIVE OF US

IN A MUDDY, MUDDY FIELD, AND

IT'S DEVELOPED FROM THERE.

>> TODAY THIS THREE-WEEK

SYMPOSIUM ATTRACTS FOLKS FROM

ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

SOME EXPERIENCED.

SOME NOT SO MUCH.

>> AND I WILL HELP GUIDE YOUR

HAND.

THERE YOU GO.

THERE YOU GO!

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!

>> AND A LOT OF THEM ARE REPEAT

CUSTOMERS.

>> WE HAVE GOT PEOPLE WHO COME

BACK YEAR AFTER YEAR.

SOMETIMES I CALL IT A FAMILY

REUNION WHERE EVERYONE IS ON

THEIR BEST BEHAVIOR.

>> ONE OF THE ORIGINAL REPEAT

CUSTOMERS WAS SHARON FULLINGHAM.

>> I WANTED TO CARVE LIMESTONE.

I FIGURE IF I'M GOING TO LEARN

HOW TO CARVE LIMESTONE, I INTO

ED TO GO TO THE -- I NEED TO GO

TO THE SOURCE.

THIS IS THE SOURCE.

BACK IN 2000s, I WAS ABLE TO

COME OUT, SIGN UP FOR MY FIRST

SYMPOSIUM, AND GET MY FIRST BIG

PIECE OF STONE AND LEARN ABOUT

THE TOOLS.

I FELL HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE

WITH, IT MORE SO THAN I EVER

EXPECTED, AND I'M LIKE THE OLD

PENNY THAT NEVER GOES AWAY.

I KEEP COMING BACK.

>> FOR A BEGINNER, LIKE SHARON

WAS IN 2000, LIMESTONE CAN BE AN

EASY STONE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH.

>> LIMESTONE IS PRETTY SOFT AND

IT'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE BETTER

THINGS TO BEGIN TEACHING WITH,

BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IF YOU START

TEACHING WITH MARBLE, THEN THEY

DON'T REALLY GET ANYTHING DONE

IN A WEEK.

WHEREAS WITH A SOFTER MATERIAL,

YOU CAN MOVE QUICKER, AND YOU

CAN TEACH MORE AND THEY CAN GET

MORE DONE AND STUDENTS GET MORE

EXCITED WHEN THEY SEE WHAT IS

BEING DONE.

>> IT HAS A GRAIN, BUT THE GRAIN

DOESN'T AFFECT THE CUTTING OF

IT.

SO YOU CAN GO INTO IT AT ANY

ANGLE.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT

SOMETHING BREAKING OFF.

THERE'S NO FLAWS IN IT.

IT'S JUST -- IT'S JUST -- I LOVE

IT.

THE MOST WONDERFUL THING FOR ME

IS TO COME AND TO SEE THE STOP

IN THE MILLS OR ALONGSIDE THE

ROAD OR AT THE QUARRIES OR THAT

KIND OF THING.

EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, EVEN IN THE

TOWNS, YOU KNOW, AS YOU COME,

YOU KNOW, FURTHER EAST, YOU SEE

FACADES AND THE BUILDING

MATERIALS AND TO ACTUALLY SEE IT

IS SO EXCITING.

>> NO LONGER A BEGINNER, SHARON

SERVED AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE

SYMPOSIUM SINCE 2012.

>> COMING OUT HERE IS -- IS

BASICALLY, CHARGING OF MY

CREATIVE BATTERIES.

I AM A SOLITARY SCULPTOR.

I LIVE IN A VERY REMOTE AREA IN

NEW MEXICO.

I DON'T HAVE THAT MUCH FEEDBACK

FROM SCULPTORS AS SUCH.

YOU KNOW, I HAVE A LOT OF PEER

FRIENDS BUT WHEN I COME HERE,

YOU KNOW, I HAVE ALL OF MY OLD

FRIENDS AND I MAKE ALL OF THESE

NEW FRIENDS, AND WE -- YOU KNOW,

THE SHARING OF IDEAS.

AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS

WITH EVERYBODY WHO RETURNS AND

THE NEW PEOPLE WHO COME.

THEY ARE REVITALIZED ON OR

INSPIRED TO GO BACK TO THEIR

STUDIOS WITH THOSE FRESH EYES.

>> I MEAN, I HAVE BEEN CARVING

FOR I THINK 46 YEARS, BUT YOU

CAN ALWAYS LEARN SOMETHING NEW,

WHICH IS STRANGE.

YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND A NEW TOOL

OR A NEW LITTLE IDEA THAT YOU

DIDN'T THINK ABOUT, LIKE

TECHNIQUE OR SOMETHING LIKE

THAT.

THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING.

>> AND IN THE CASE OF THE

INDIANA LIMESTONE SYMPOSIUM,

PERHAPS THAT SOMETHING IS NOT

JUST THE ROCK OR A TOOL, BUT THE

PERSON WORKING BESIDE YOU.

>> I REALIZED AT THIS POINT IN

MY CAREER, IT'S LIKE THE STONE

IS JUST THE VEHICLE TO HAVE THIS

GROUP OF PEOPLE COME TOGETHER

AND I HAVE MET JUST WONDERFUL,

AMAZING PEOPLE.

I THINK THIS IS A TENDER, SOFT

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