I had the great pleasure of attending the opening party for 100 Acres: the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park a couple of weeks ago. It was a very festive celebration for Indy’s newest cultural attraction and all of the hard work and dedication it took to take it from concept to reality. With the exception of a little soggy ground, due to the record June rains, the party went off without a hitch. The Park is lovely!
The path from the IMA Main Building over to the park is short and sweet as it meanders through the gardens along the way.
A day visit to the Museum can easily include a stroll through 100 Acres no matter what you are wearing. The pretty sundress and sandals I wore the night of the event fit in perfectly with the atmosphere of the party, but didn’t facilitate fully exploring the park. Something occurred to me as mucked up my sandals and watched a few women struggling around the park in high heels (ouch)…
A visit to 100 Acres is not your ordinary museum visit.
I’m already planning my next trip to 100 Acres and this time I’ll be prepared to explore the nature as well as the art. Clothing choice is weather dependant, of course, but all terrain footwear is a must! (An aside- If you dropped me on a deserted island and gave me a choice between a sweat-wicking, quick-drying, technical fabric outfit or an attractive, Soccer Pro companion… I’d pick the clothes every time. Well… maybe.)
Here’s a quick rundown of the essentials I plan stuff in my backpack:
Sunglasses, sun screen, bug spray, camera, a picnic lunch, binoculars (for checking out birds), a bottle of water, a plastic bag for any trash I might produce (LNT!), a notepad and pencil, something to trade with Jessica and Michael out on Andrea Zittel’s Indianapolis Island, and maybe a book to enjoy.
My list reminds me more of gear requirements for summer camp than a museum trip. But hey, I want to have everything I’ll need to spend a day going over, under, around and through the Park on an artful adventure.