Misguided Tours Explores 
What’s Funny, Fascinating & Weird About Bloomington

BY SUSAN M. BRACKNEY Sharon Porter Phillips gushes like an excited teen with a new car as she describes her limo bus. “It has everything a limousine has, only bigger. Laser lights. Built-in ice chest. A killer sound system that vibrates the entire bus. It’s really fun,” she says. The bus is the vehicle that takes clients around town on Phillips’ Misguided Tours, which offers off-beat history, mystery, and comedy trips around Bloomington. A professional actor for more than 40 years, Phillips rubbed elbows with Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Woody Allen, and Barbra Streisand, among others, when she was acting in New York City, but followed her husband to Bloomington about 16 years ago when he came to work at […]

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Garlic Festival and Art Fair Set for Labor Day Weekend

BY CELIA GRUNDMAN “The smell should draw them in,” says David Cox, executive director of Bloomington Garlic Festival. For the second straight year, the festival will run in conjunction with the Community Art Fair at Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park (formerly Third Street Park) on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Music, art, cooking demonstrations, and all sorts of garlic concoctions, from garlic pizza to garlic ice cream, are highlights of the festival. Why garlic? Because it’s part of “a healthy diet, and we’re talking about how you get it from the farm to the table,” Cox says. “And I don’t think a lot of people realize how much effort goes into that.” Besides educational speakers, food vendors (including […]

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