Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

State News

November 29, 2013

One city, two homes and a museum decked out


The Hurst and Aspen scenes will be welcome additions to the locomotive wonderland that takes visitors on a journey from Indianapolis landmarks, like the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Indiana State Fair Ferris wheel, to the Great American West. Visitors will see Old Faithful’s geysers going off and giant cascading waterfalls. Every piece of the exhibit will be produced by Paul Busse and his company, Alexandria, Ky.-based Applied Imagination. Busse’s inventive holiday creations are also seen in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Additional highlights of Jingle Rails include eight ultra-sized G-scale/gauge model trains, 13 overhead walk-under bridges, Lucas Oil Stadium, Mount Rushmore and the Grand Canyon. Info: 317-636-WEST (9378) or

• The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, is decorated for the holidays.

Through Dec. 31, The First Ladies Fir, Pine & Spruce exhibit showcases images of the official White House Christmas trees from the days of Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama. Ornaments from the Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush administrations will also be featured.

The site is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. It also will be open Sunday, Dec. 8, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The house is closed Dec. 24-25 Tours are on the hour and half-hour, and last about 1 hour and 15 minutes. On regular tour days, the last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students 5-17 and college students with IDs.

LIVE: Family Christmas at the President’s Home is slated for Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at a higher charge of $14 for adults and $6 for students. A Candlelight Evening on Delaware Street, an $80 fundraising dinner and tour, takes place Friday, Dec. 27, from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Info: or 317-631-1888.

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