I was born and raised in Santa Claus, Indiana and really had no idea how awesome it was to grow up next to a Theme Park until I moved away to Indianapolis. It was something I really took for granted. My summers were filled with going to Holiday World (originally called Santa Claus Land) almost on a daily basis! The rides, shows and games were so much fun…and sitting on Santa’s lap was of course, a must! (Yes, that picture is me when I was 4 years old with Santa.) It was in this quaint little town that I quickly learned the meaning of hard work, integrity and small town values. I began working when I was 15 years old as Santa’s Elf at Holiday World. I loved to see children’s faces light up when they would sit on Santa’s lap for the first time…just like I did as that little girl. Now, after 20 years of living in a big city, we moved back to this same small town to raise our son and watch him experience these same great things that I did. Holiday World has definitely grown over the years and was even rated the #1 Water Park in the Nation by USA today! It really is a fun family destination! As for me, I definitely feel that my life has made a circle. I have volunteered in numerous non-profit organizations over the years but the one that is closest to my heart is working with the Santa Claus Museum, answering children’s letters to Santa that come from all over the world. Yes, I still Love to see children smile!
I am in downtown Evansville most weekdays and today I decided to do something different. I spent a few minutes and walked along the riverfront and took in the moment...Southern Indiana truly is a beautiful place to live, work and raise a family. As I stood here for a few minutes, I watched the jet skiers and boaters having fun on this hot summer day. Across the street was Old National Bank and the kids playing in the fountains. Business men and women were busy walking the city streets...and as I stared across the river, I felt a sense of peace. I didn't listen to the traffic. I simply just focused on the river in front of me and realized this is now going to be included in my routine. I am going to take my walking shoes with me wherever I go and take a few minutes to walk, breathe and take in the scenery of our beautiful Southern Indiana.
Each month at our Girl’s Night Out Events we will feature a local non-profit organization to gain awareness in our community. At our August 8th event, we will present Holly’s House in Evansville. This is a non-residential child and adult victim advocacy center. They help families that suffer with domestic violence or abuse. You may learn more about this non-profit at: www.hollyshouse.org. A representative will be attending our event to provide information and accept any donations. Please note that our events are free admission and any donation you wish to give to Holly’s House goes directly to them.
My mother and I decided to step out today for brunch in Haynie’s Corner as we absolutely love The Dapper Pig Restaurant. This fun eclectic restaurant is more than just an average restaurant…it’s an experience. They have restored this old building in the Historic District and have created a Gem. There is plenty of seating outside on their beautiful patio, or inside where you can admire all the local artist’s paintings on the walls and great lighting on the ceiling. This restaurant believes in the “Farm To Table” philosophy as all ingredients are from the Evansville area! We ordered a Bloody Mary and were given a checklist of 40 items to choose from the categories of: spirits, veggies, herbs and meat. I selected the Grey Goose vodka with pickle spear, celery, pickled asparagus, cilantro (a must) and bacon (yes, 3 strips!) Then, you select the temperature of the drink: mild, medium or “holy hell hot”! When Kris, the fun and friendly bartender finished making my drink, it could have been my lunch! It was awesome! I ordered the b.l.a.t. (bacon, lettuce, avocado, fried green tomato) sandwich that melted in my mouth. This trendy restaurant and bar has won many local awards and if you haven’t tried it out yet, you must!
After we enjoyed that fabulous meal, we needed exercise so we ventured to Cherry Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets for the Sunday Market. It was such a wonderful sight to see around 60 local vendors fill the street with their products. A large crowd gathered on this beautiful day to support the local artists and artisans…it was definitely a great way to shop local!
Join us for our first Evansville Housewives In The City Girl's Night Out Event! On Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Hoosiers Lounge in the Tropicana Casino! A fun casual evening of networking, food, cocktails and shopping local businesses! This event is FREE to attend however please register at Eventbrite.com This event is for All women, All occupations, All backgrounds...and yes, even men can attend! Let's have some fun Evansville!
This is a network of women that come together to support one another. Not just housewives. We are women entrepreneurs, business women, moms, bloggers, single, married, it doesn’t matter…All ages, All backgrounds, All occupations are welcome. And yes, even men can attend. Housewives In The City began in 2011 in Virginia and has now grown to over 50 cities and we are excited to establish this in Evansville! Each month we will hold a Girl’s Night Out Event located at different restaurants around the tristate area… and Admission is Always FREE! We just want to come together as local women to help support one another…and have Fun! This is a casual way to network, socialize, eat, drink and even shop!!...Yes, local businesses have the opportunity to be a vendor at our events and showcase their products or services! If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact me via email: Karen@housewivesinthecity.com
Hi! I’m Karen…I was born and raised in a small town in southern Indiana…Santa Claus! I lived in Indianapolis for 20 years as an Event Planner and traveled the nation planning corporate events and private parties. Five years ago, I moved back to beautiful southern Indiana to be closer to family and have an adorable 9 year old boy named Baron. I also own an Event Planning Business in the Tristate and am constantly looking at ways to market my business and network and fell in love with the concept of Housewives In The City!