Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Porch Party Time

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Indianapolis is a city full of porches, especially in any neighborhood that was built before World War II. Before we all holed up in our air-conditioned homes in front of televisions and computer screens, the Circle City's earlier summer residents hoped for a bit of a breeze and daily casual conversations on their porches. And maybe that was for the better. Hanging out front with others to shoot the breeze on a nice summer day is about one of the best things there is.

The brain trust at City Gallery and the Harrison Center for the Arts came up with a great idea recently to reactivate those spaces. Last Sunday, they suggested that the entire city invite friends and neighbors for a good new-fashioned porch party. And City Gallery held its own shindig on Saturday, complete with Matthew Osborn's swings made from old church pews and paintings by Kyle Ragsdale and Nathan Foxton, plus David Freeman's tiny faerie swings and Elyce Elder's macrame hanging planters.

click to enlarge Porches are meant for parties, and that definitely includes mine. - BEN SHINE
  • Ben Shine
  • Porches are meant for parties, and that definitely includes mine.

The Shine house was all in, right away. We were actually in before we heard about it. One of the biggest selling points of the house we live in was that it came with a fantastic, all-brick porch that is ideal for sitting solo or with a big group. This summer, we've been holding monthly, low-key get-togethers on weekend mornings. There's a different energy to a morning party or a gathering in that in-between space that porches create. Instead of selecting music to enliven a cocktail party, motivate a dance floor or accompany dinnertime chatter, I get to pick out records that match the easy-going mood of the early part of the day and that work well when heard in the sunshine.

To celebrate the porch parties held throughout the city and encourage you to have your own, I made a little playlist with some of my favorite songs from my out-front gatherings. On Sunday, we listened to music on the Peanuts record player I bought on Record Store Day, but this list will stream from any device you have enabled. Enjoy.

  • Pin It
  • Favorite
  • Email

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Speaking of...

  • Spring into First Friday

    Coming in like a lamb, March's First Friday brings a preview of spring's finest offerings from Indy's downtown galleries.
    • Mar 1, 2016
  • Time-Lapsed Fearlessness

    Watch a large oil painting take shape, disappear and then reemerge on a canvas within minutes as artist Justin Vining explores the process of "deconstruction."
    • Feb 18, 2016
  • Best of the Rest: Feb. 5, 2016

    Take a look at the other arts and entertainment stories that made news in and around Indy this week.
    • Feb 5, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Well-Endowed Artists

    Jennifer draws Seinfeld-esque parallels to artists' financial challenges with education, but offers easy ways to help.
    • Mar 2, 2016
  • Positive Impressions

    Ben chats with IMA’s artist-in-residence about introducing the process of woodblock printmaking to the masses.
    • Jan 10, 2016

About The Author

Ben Shine

Ben Shine

Bio:
Ben Shine markets meaningful nonprofit missions by day and immerses himself in culture by night. A lifelong music lover, he's been to hundreds of concerts, owns thousands of albums and consistently has three different songs going through his head. Unfortunately, one of them is almost always "Take My Breath Away"... more

More by Ben Shine

  • The Nice Things

    Ben has enjoyed his opportunity to give notice to some of Indy’s 'nice things' with Sky Blue Window readers. He hopes you’ll find and share them too.
    • Mar 9, 2016
  • Hoosier Faves

    Ben continues his conversation with local musicians about their favorite homegrown inspirations.
    • Feb 29, 2016
  • Indiana LOVE

    Ben asks local visual artists to talk about their top three favorite Hoosier influences.
    • Jan 26, 2016
  • More »

Latest in Sky Blue Blog

  • The Nice Things

    Ben has enjoyed his opportunity to give notice to some of Indy’s 'nice things' with Sky Blue Window readers. He hopes you’ll find and share them too.
    • Mar 9, 2016
  • A Gray Sky-onara

    Dan looks back at some of his most memorable blogs at Sky Blue Window.
    • Mar 8, 2016
  • Well-Endowed Artists

    Jennifer draws Seinfeld-esque parallels to artists' financial challenges with education, but offers easy ways to help.
    • Mar 2, 2016
  • More »
© 2017 CICF
Twitter
Facebook
Privacy Policy
Contact Us:
P: 317.634.2423   F: 317.684.0943
info@skybluewindow.org
Central Indiana Community Foundation
615 N. Alabama St. #119
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-1431
Sky Blue Window is presented by:

Website powered by Foundation