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"I asked one of our artists to come up with something that isn't painting with a brush, that is kind of messy but doable and fun," said Sally McWilliams, the bureau's group sales director. "She came back with an idea to finger paint a garden. It's messy, but since your hands are doing it, you're not in- timidated by it. It's just fun." After trying the finger paint- ing or other hands-on art projects, travelers can celebrate with a meal at Knigga Haypress Barn, an 1853 barn in Dillsboro where groups can see a demonstration of the working hay press and learn about farming practices of the period. INDIANAPOLIS IN BLOOM ough it still may be most famous for its eponymous auto race, Indianapolis is surging on multiple fronts and has received a lot of attention of late for its wide variety of visitor offerings. Travel + Leisure named the city one of the best places to visit for 2017, and Zagat picked Indy as one of the best food cities in the United States in 2016. Groups that have toured In- dianapolis know that there are numerous first-rate museums and attractions to explore, and some of the biggest develop- ments this year are coming from organizations you might already know. "e Indianapolis Museum of Art has a couple of new things coming," said Lisa Wallace, se- nior communications manager at Visit Indy. "March 31 to May 31, they're going to have 'Spring Blooms.' ey planted 250,000 tulip bulbs on their grounds, and those are going to be full of color. ey're also opening a new beer garden. ere will be opportunities to sample local beers and have trivia games, so groups can make a night out of that." ough the "Spring Blooms" exhibition is temporary, the beer garden will be a permanent fixture of the museum and will feature food in addition to craft beer. It is set to open in April. Fans of literature may know that author Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis, and the city has a museum in his honor. Work is now underway on an expansion to the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, which will debut in September. Courtesy Dearborn Co. CVB E L K H A R T C O U N T Y H E N D R I C K S C O U N T Y D E A R B O R N C O U N T Y I N D I A N A P O L I S L A FAY E T T E / W E S T L A FAY E T T E EXPERIENTIAL travel ISSUE

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