Bloom’s 11th Annual Wedding Guide – Pleasant Surprises! (photo gallery)

Jourdan Eastling (left) and Sarah Hugus share a quiet moment after their ceremony. Photo by Icarus Photography PLEASANT SURPRISES! Couples who have been together for years can still find ways to surprise each another — or be surprised. Such was the case for each of the four couples featured in our 11th Annual Wedding Guide. For Carolyn Chang and Chris Wells, that surprise came from a change of venue. While they had planned an outdoor ceremony at the Rose Well House, a special site where they shared a magical midnight kiss, showers forced the ceremony into Indiana Memorial Union’s Tudor Room. Jourdan Eastling and Sarah Hugus had an even bigger surprise — the fact that they could get married at [...]

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Winter Hiking: An Invigorating Way to Spend a Saturday

BY BARB BERGGOETZ A Champagne cork pops. Hot chocolate warms the hikers, as does a small fire in the park shelter. The group shares fruit and cheese and whatever else anyone has brought for lunch. It’s a New Year’s Day tradition for Bloomington Hikers. The local hiking club celebrates each new year with an invigorating trek around Three Lakes Trail at Morgan-Monroe State Forest. “We generally do the whole 10-mile hike,” says group leader Fred Hanson, 70. “We get a pretty good turnout.” While many people retreat from the cold, for 16 years these hikers have relished the expansive views, serenity, clean air, and snow-covered countryside of winter hikes. The group hikes every Saturday morning, year-round, in almost any weather, […]

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