Ever since Buffalo Bill and the Ringling Brothers roamed the streets during their winter off-season, Peru, Indiana has been filled with the circus spirit. More than a century later, it's still putting on a dynamic show. Located in downtown Peru, the Circus City Festival Museum tells the story of this local cultural tradition, from the city's first performances to the present day. Its halls are filled with collections of vintage photographs and educational displays alongside circus miniatures, costume pieces, and props. These artifacts tell the story of the show's evolution and that one time the roman rings performer totally stole the trapeze artist's boyfriend. Meanwhile, the Peru Circus' own colorful wagons are on display outside the museum throughout the day, and before and after each performance. While these exhibits preserve the circus' past, an on-site gift shop guards its future; proceeds go to support the Circus City Festival and Peru Amateur Youth Circus program.
John and Belle Hufferd, owners and head trainers at Triumph Stables, are experts in producing world-champion horses in a wide range of divisions and training riders of all abilities. The pair specializes in Morgan and Saddlebred horses, exhibiting mastery over such disciplines as park harness and pleasure driving, among others. As horses are only as good as the riders guiding them, human students learn proper technique for horse care, including vocal and non-vocal commands in the saddle as well as inspecting haystacks for needles before letting a horse eat.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students? inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio?s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters?many of them local artists?provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio?s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
A 9-hole, par 36 layout, Dogwood Glen Golf Course packs plenty of tee-to-green challenges in its 3,329-yard layout. The course opens with a 570-yard par-five—the first of two 550-plus-yard par-fives—letting golfers tee it high and swing freely to start their round. The course's five par-fours all measure more than 345 yards from the tips, making all but the longest-hitters golfers take a full swing with a wedge, short-iron, or curtain rod to make it to the green in regulation. With five tee options, the course caters to players of all abilities, and also provides alternative tee placements for those who want to play the course twice for an 18-hole round.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 36 course * Length of 3,329 yards from the farthest tees * Five tee options * Scorecard
Twenty-four aircraft have been restored and put on display at Grissom Air Museum, allowing visitors to get a close-up view of pieces of aviation history. The museum's planes range from B-17 Flying Fortresses to aerial drones and Japanese airliners.
Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery protects clients' cherished paintings and possessions and displays work from celebrated local and regional artists. The studio boasts more than 2,500 types of frames, paired with acid-free archival materials and UV glass to reduce fading. The staff also restores old photographs and provides crisp, professional digital printing services.