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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Jason & Ginger: Singing the Bloomington Blues

BY PETER DORFMAN The performing duo of Jason Fickel and Ginger Curry came together in classic blues fashion. “We met at a bar,” Curry recalls. It was at an open mic event at the now-defunct Cellar Lounge. Fickel and Curry played together that night, liked the sound, and began performing as Jason & Ginger in 2010. It was a meeting of two distinctly different musical paths. Kansas-born Fickel, 48, had been a devoted bluesman. Though he’d grown up listening mostly to country music, he got hooked on the blues as a teenager, went to college in Mississippi, and found mentors among traditional blues musicians like James “Son” Thomas. As for Curry, 46, “I didn’t sing blues until I met Jason,” […]

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A B-town Boy’s Dream Comes True: Now the Maker of Hot Air Balloons

BY JULIE GRAY Hot air balloon maker Andy Richardson, 30, grew up a mile south of Oliver Winery on the outskirts of Bloomington. “As a young boy, I would see the winery’s balloons flying over,” remembers Richardson, now the owner of Adams Balloons in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Richardson’s mother took him to the winery on weekends to see if he could help out on the chase crews that rig, inflate, follow, and deconstruct the balloons. Then the magic day came: “Bill Oliver [Oliver Winery CEO] took me for my first ride in July 1994,” Richardson recalls. “From that day, I decided I wanted to fly balloons.” Oliver continues to mentor Richardson, in ballooning and in business, and the two talk […]

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Bloom’s Ninth Anniversary Celebration (Photo Gallery)

Bloom Magazine celebrated its ninth anniversary on August 13 with a gala in the Tudor Room at the Indiana Memorial Union. More than 200 business and civic leaders, educators, members of the arts community, and contributors to the magazine attended the event. The Vallures provided the music, and IMU Executive Chef Damian Esposito and his staff provided the sumptuous fare. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the ninth annual Bloomie Awards for the best ads of 2013–14. Selected from more than 700 ads, the winners were Greene & Shultz, Griffin Realty, Hoosier Artist Gallery, Janko’s Little Zagreb, MarDon Salon, Oliver Winery, and WFIU. The Grand Bloomie winners were selected by a vote of party attendees, and for the first […]

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