Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hi Everyone, Here are some of the photos of our Christmas lights outside. We will get a Christmas tree next week - so it doesn't dry out so fast.



November 30-December 1 Weekend Events in Muncie Indiana

Hi Everyone,
December is coming on quickly, and with it the celebrations of Holiday Seasons here in Muncie Indiana. Who said there is nothing to do in town.  Check out these exciting options. We hope that you come and join us as we celebrate the Holiday Season.


1) This weekend Minnetrista Cultural Center has their Luminary Walk and House Christmas Tour.

Enchanted Luminaria Walk at Minnetrista

Friday, November 30–Saturday, December 1; 6–9 p.m.
Embrace the spirit of the holiday season at Minnetrista. Stroll the Boulevard, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Theatre performances, tasty treats, music, carriage rides, campfires, and hundreds of luminaries await you and your family in this free, all-ages community event.

2) Also this weekend is the Downtown Muncie Lighting and Parade on Sunday.

Light Up Downtown presents Muncie Community Christmas Sing and Holiday Parade

Participants of the Muncie Community Christmas Sing and their families are invited to be a part of Muncie’s First Christmas Parade led by Frosty the Snowman from the Muncie Fieldhouse to Canan Commons. Then join Frosty and the Chipmunks to watch Santa officially “Light Up Downtown” and the Community Tree in Canan Commons.

Frosty the Snowman will lead the way for the Muncie Christmas Sing Parade and Light Up Downtown Ceremony. This celebration will take place immediately following the Muncie Community Christmas Sing on December 2nd from 4:30pm-5:30pm.
The Muncie Community Christmas Sing begins at 2:45pm and is Free and Open to the Public.

MITS trolleys and Muncie Community Schools Activity Buses with limited seating will be a part of the parade for those who would like to ride rather than walk to Canan Commons.  MITS and MCS Activity Buses will be available after the ceremony to return families to the Fieldhouse approximately every 5 minutes.  Hot chocolate, snacks, fire barrels, free children’s train rides, holiday displays, musical performances and photo opportunities with Santa await everyone at the end of the parade. 
The Muncie Christmas Sing Holiday Parade will line up on Walnut Street.  Parade entries will be by invitation only and must be decorated with holiday lights and music.  All walking parade participates will be given a glow necklace so they can help “Light Up Downtown”!

For more information please contact Cheryl Crowder @ 765 282-7897or visit our website

3) The Public Radio IRP Station is having their broadcast and live performance of the radio show -

A Its a Wonderful Life on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

4) The Ball State Planetarium Presents - Space Adventures for Kids | Exploring the Stars

November 30, 2012 - 7:00 PM and 8:15PM and December 1, 2012 - 7:00 PM (only)
Register on-line at

This is the third show in our series of programs for elementary and middle school children. With planetarium demonstrations and activities, children will explore and learn about the stars that make up our galaxy - The Milky Way. Come learn how the stars found in the night sky vary in size, color, and distance. Weather permitting; telescopes will be available for sky viewing.

This program is free of charge but reservations are required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The planetarium is in the southeast corner of the lower level of the Cooper Science Complex (room CP 90). Parking is available on the West end of the Cooper building, along Riverside Avenue, and along University Avenue.

5)  Muncie Symphony Holiday Pops -

What: Fisher Shafer Holiday Pops Concert, Andrew Crow- guest conductor
Where: Emens Auditorium
When: December 1, 4pm
Tickets: Adults $18-35, Youth (K-12) FREE BSU students free in advance with ID or $5 at door.

Get in the holiday spirit with good tunes and a good value! Join the Muncie Symphony Orchestra for a Fisher/Shafer Holiday Pops concert in Emens Auditorium on Saturday, December 1, at 4pm.

Get your little drummer boy into the holiday spirit and help other kiddies have a holly jolly Christmas too by starting the season off right at the Holiday Pops Concert. The Muncie Symphony Orchestra will strum up the feelings of good will as musicians perform all the classic holiday tunes and offer up some originals, all while Santa's little helpers in the audience donate toys under a Christmas tree right on stage during the show. You can even offer some good will towards your neighbors with a little caroling practice during the sing-along. Helping with toy deliveries, now that's music to Santa's ears! Bring a new unwrapped toy and get 50% off MSO season finale concert on April 20.

Concert is featuring special guests- University Singers Glee Club and Theater and Dance students. Sit back and enjoy unforgettable melodies, lush harmonies, and popular rhythms. MSO is waiving fees for children's tickets (K-12) making it more affordable for families. Instrument petting zoo will be available for children to try their hand at two groups of instruments- woodwinds and strings before the concert and during intermission. Families are offered a free holiday photo prior to the start of the concert in Emens lobby from 3-4pm. ALL BSU students get free admission with ID in advance or $5 at door. Adult tickets start at $18. This would be a great holiday music experience that entire family will enjoy on a dime.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is almost here and the leaves have all left the leaves. Gerry has enjoyed using the leaf blower as a vacuum to grind the leaves for composting this winter.

The roses and rasberries are suspended by the frost and now starting to turn brown, but there are still a few yellow dandelions that have avoided the frost so far.  Enjoy some of the photos of the river and trees from a few weeks ago. 

It seems that we have a nesting pair of blue herons down at the river bank - as long as the neighbor dog doesn't notice them. Every day we see them flying up and down the river and often fishing at the sand bar.

We will be decorating for Christmas this weekend and are looking forward to the joy of the season.

Happy Thanksgiving and Be Blessed and Grateful for all that we have and give.

Shelly and Gerry

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Welcome to the River Gardens Blog!!!

Hello Guests and Friends, We are so happy to have a new website and blog to share stories about the happenings here at River Gardens Bed and Breakfast in Muncie Indiana.

Now that it is almost Halloween - it looks craggy and the leaves are about all fallen. Yet the rasberry plants are still ripening berries. It is time for the birds and bees to eat them, since our freezer is full of berries already. They are certainly tasty in smoothies and on ice cream, even on pancakes and waffles. Yummy.

We invite you to come and enjoy the last few days of Indian Summer and see the gorgeous fall days and golden light.

We also invite you to post information on this blog or respond to thoughts.

I hope to check in at least weekly to update happenings here.

Shelly and Gerry.