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Celebrate Mother's Day

Local events for you and your family

May 01, 2011
Every year during the month of May, families play tribute to the special women in their lives, their mothers. Mother's Day comes once a year, and while taking the time to appreciate your mothers for their love and kindness this year, there are some options for you to partake in as Indianapolis' various venues, spas and restaurants offer a variety of celebration opportunities for mothers of all ages.

Mother's Day Brunches

The Indiana State Museum, home of the historic L.S. Ayres Tea Room, welcomes mothers and their families year-round. The Tea Room offers an elegant lunch experience and its current location in the Indiana State Museum is a detailed re-creation of the former Tea Room which was opened from 1905 to 1990 in the L.S. Ayres department store.

"Take your mother, your children and friends to the nostalgic L.S. Ayres Tea Room at the Indiana State Museum. No white gloves required, but good boys and girls still get a gift," said Kathi Moore, communications director. Please call for reservations for Saturday or Sunday at 317-232-1637.

Appropriately, The Propylaeum, a women's club in downtown Indianapolis, is hosting two Mother's Day events sure to fit a family's schedule. Founded in 1888, The Propylaeum is a foundation and women's club responsible for the preservation and maintenance of The Propylaeum and its carriage house as well as increasing awareness of their historic significance and ancillary educational and charitable purposes.

Their annual Mother's Day Brunch sells out every year, said Linda Carlen, Propylaeum club manager, and will occur on Sunday, May 8, but this year they have also added another event, a Mother and Me Tea on May 7.

"This year we decided to offer a Mother and Me Tea with tea sandwiches, chocolate covered strawberries, homemade scones and specialty teas on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m.," Carlen said.

Another brunch is open for your and your family at the Mansion at Oak Hill in Carmel, Ind. Irish lace cookies, hand-carved roast beef and salmon Florentine will delight the appetites of mothers and their families this year at the Mansion's annual Mother's Day brunch. The Mansion offers an exquisite buffet with carved prime rib, fabulous sides, salads and a dessert bar on Mother's Day.

"We've hosted Mother's Day brunch for eight years and always sell out," said Jennifer Beth, corporate event planner. "The Mansion's banquet hall is surrounded by full windows and looks out onto our grounds that will be in full bloom."

The Eagles Nest atop the Hyatt Regency Hotel is a revolving restaurant overlooking downtown. For $70 guests can enjoy a shellfish bar with crab claws, oysters, shrimp cocktail, poached lobster bar, signature quiches and flourless chocolate cakes, salted caramel panna cotta, brown butter carrot cake, dipped strawberries and cheesecake mousse with pralines.

Other Entertainment

If brunch isn't what mother is in the mood for, there are various entertainment venues that are also opening their doors to mothers and their families on Mother's Day.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is presenting Joshua Bell, performing Tchaikovsky on Friday, May 6 and Saturday May 7.

Or venture over to Fishers, Ind. where spring has bloomed at Conner Prairie's Mother's Day Plant Sale. Over Mother's Day weekend, families can pick mother's favorite flowers during their annual plant and flower sale.

"We have had the sale for about 10 years. We initially started with just digging extra plants from our gardens but over the years have added herbs and geraniums," Alpha Garrett, Conner Prairie public relations manager said. "In the past few years we've had heirloom tomatoes which had been started by the family of now-former youth interpreters at their family owned greenhouse."

If day-long travels to relative's homes are in store for your mother, be sure to tap into some of these events or book a day at a local day spa and schedule something just for her.

The month of May is the most eventful and celebrated in Indianapolis as the Circle City hosts the Indianapolis 500, but let's not forget the day we celebrate the most important women in our lives, Mother's Day, enjoy it.

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Nikki Keever is a freelance writer, wife and mother of three living in Noblesville, Indiana.

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