We all know that this is the time of year for celebrating with family and friends, sharing in old traditions and making new ones. Growing up, one of my family traditions was to watch (and rewatch) our VHS of Home Alone – my brothers and cousins, we’d all curl up with popcorn and jammies ready to laugh hysterically at Kevin’s awesome antics.
We watched this film so much that now when I hear Jingle Bell Rock I immediately envision Home Alone circa Thanksgiving, 1990– The soundtrack popularized Jingle Bell Rock for me and I’m certain many of you as well. Not to mention the GIF below is how you’ll feel when you hear more about an upcoming event hosted by AGAVE, the Young Professionals Board at the Eiteljorg Museum.
I was able to sit down with AGAVE Board President, Maria Keyler and it’s noteworthy to mention that she and I both agree their upcoming event is a mix and mingle with a full on jinglin’ beat, continue reading for more about Bourbon, Jingle and Mingle.
Ashley Miser: Maria, you’re the current President of the Young Professional Board at the Eiteljorg Museum, AGAVE. Tell us how the Eiteljorg typically celebrates the holidays?
Maria Keyler: Each Christmas season, the Eiteljorg celebrates by displaying their Jingle Rails exhibit. This exhibit runs November 18- January 15 this year. The Jingle Rails exhibit is a holiday family tradition which showcases 9 working model trains that run past some of the United States’ most popular cities, and attractions such as Hollywood, Las Vegas, Mt. Rushmore the Grand Canyon as well as some of indianapolis’ hot spots: Monument Circle, Union Station Lucas Oil and the of course, the Eiteljorg!
AM: Tell us more, what is the mission of AGAVE?
MK: The mission of AGAVE is the inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and Native Americans, within the young professional community.
MK: Anyone can get involved with AGAVE by attending our events or signing up for an AGAVE membership. For more information on AGAVE events and memberships, head here. AGAVE is also actively looking for new board members. Contact Maria Keyler, if interested.
AM: Your final event of 2018 is coming up, tell us all the deets!
MK: Our final event is our AGAVE Bourbon Jingle and Mingle with Circle City Connect – who we met through one of the IndyHub’s The LAB meetings. The happy hour will showcase this year’s Jingle Rails exhibit while giving Indy young professionals the opportunity to network and learn more about what AGAVE and the Eiteljorg have to offer. The event is $5 and attendees will enjoy a bourbon tasting from Heaven Hill. We will also have wine and Sun King beer available at no cost.
AM: How many years have you been hosting Jingle and Mingle? Where did the idea come from?
MK: The Jingle and Mingle started 4 years ago as a way to share what the exciting Jingle Rails exhibit is and what the museum has to offer young professionals in Indy through the holiday season.
AM: I know you have a special offer to share with readers, can you tell us more?
MK: If a reader signs up for AGAVE they will enjoy Bourbon, Jingle and Mingle for free. They will also receive a discount on their membership!
So you heard it here, friends – Get your tickets or show up night-of Jingle Bell Rockin’!