Travel Tidbits: Symphony at IND + “Creeper” at BNA

Art and music in an airport is always a great idea.  Here are two fresh offerings:

To help ease passengers into Spring Break travel, Indianapolis International Airport (IND) will be hosting a performance by a quintet from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on Monday afternoon, March 11 from  5:3o to 6:30 pm. The quintent will  perform Antonín Dvořák’s String Quintet in G Major and a selection of Chinese folksongs in the pre-security Civic Plaza.

And a large and very colorful temporary artwork has appeared in north ticketing lobby of Nashville International Airport (BNA). Created by Heather Deyling, “Creeper,” is made of large felt leaves.


 “Invasive plant species such as kudzu are referenced in the artwork, which grow and mutate to claim the space, much like vines that cover buildings and trees… The felt leaves are a physical manifestation of the takeover of space, forming an immersive environment of mysterious, colorful mutations.”


“Creeper” is one of the pieces in BNA’s current Flying Solo installation, which runs through September 3, 2013.


Souvenir Sunday: Indianapolis International Airport


During a few jam-packed days in Indianapolis this week, I got a crash-course in racing from Donald Davidson, the historian at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

Donald Davidson

The collection of winning cars on display in the museum is quite thrilling and as part of this year’s centennial celebration of the Indianapolis 500, fans are being asked to help choose the greatest 33 drivers of the race’s first 100 years.

While in town, I also got schooled on mead – which is wine made from honey – during a fun tasting with Brett Canaday who, with his wife Tia Agnew, operates New Day Meadery, Indiana’s first and only meadery. (If you go, be sure to taste the mead made from blueberries)

New Day Meadery

And, of course, I spent a few hours poking around Indianapolis International Airport in search of souvenirs to share with you on Souvenir Sunday, a day that celebrates the fun, inexpensive and local items for sale at airports.

IND doesn’t disappoint.

After I tore myself away from Just Pop In, a store that sells  popcorn with unusual flavors,

Jett Popcorn

Just Pop In popcorn IND

I found some fun Indy 500 race souvenirs

Race Car

Flat Penny Indy 500

Do you shop for fun stuff when you’re stuck at the airport?  If you find something that’s inexpensive (around $10), “of” the city or region and, ideally, a bit offbeat, please snap a photo and send it along.

If your souvenir is featured on Souvenir Sunday here at, I’ll send you a special airport souvenir.