Columbus and Madison, IN, Real Estate Blog

Nights Before Christmas Tour of Homes

Nights Before Christmas

Candlielit Tour of Homes


November 28th & 29th

December 5th & 6th

The 2014 Tour of Homes will be here before you know it! Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at $15 for adults, $10 for children. You'll see historic sites,  private homes, and a local church, most of which are in Madison's National Historic Landmark District. Afterwards, take the time for a carraige or trolly ride along main street. Enjoy treats from our local restaurants, or a glass of wine at one of our wineries. Shop at our antique or specialty stores.

Tour hours: Friday 5-9PM, Saturday 3-9PM

Don't miss this great event!

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Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show

From Columbus Area Arts Council:

An art and fine craft show that began in 2005 as a modest exhibit held in celebration of Earth Day has grown into the premier event of its type in the state. This year will mark the tenth time the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show has been presented. Now held in observance of America Recycles Day, this year’s show will feature more than 60 professional artists.

In observance of the show’s tenth anniversary, several activities are planned during the week preceding the event. They include a children’s design competition called the Cardboard Challenge, a free showing of the award-winning documentary Waste Land, and a preview exhibit at Phi Gallery in the Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center. A reception for the participating artists will be held there from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 14.

Art lovers who attended shows in the past have been astonished to see the quality of art and fine crafts made from materials most people throw away. The event serves to demonstrate that with imagination, much of what we consider useless can be turned into something beautiful, and repurposing materials to create art will help save energy, natural resources, and landfill space.

Artists from Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio will show art and fine crafts such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, wearable art, woodworking, glass art, and weaving. Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 15 at The Commons in Columbus, Indiana, the event is free and open to the public.

Returning for her third Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show is Indianapolis artist Anita Hopper. A member of the prestigious Indiana Artisan and the Featured Artist of this year’s show, Hopper visits thrift shops looking...

Small Town Sunday: Madison Indiana

FROM WLKY.COM: Copy and paste the link above to watch the video.

Madison, Indiana, is the largest city along the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Louisville.

At 12,000 people small, the town has a tight-knit feel with a strong grasp of its roots.

Whether you're traveling there by boat or by bridge, Madison is a town people continue to fall in love with.

Velicia Crisafulli and her husband fell in love with the town and decided to retire there.

"We were able to buy a home here on Main Street. We walk or ride our bikes everywhere. It's an immensely walkable town," she said.

After many visits and an 11-year stint in Washington, D.C., the Crisafullis couldn't be happier with their decision.

"We also really appreciate the art scene here, the live music, there's always something going on. We like the restaurant offerings, all of those amenities you're looking for when you retire," Crisafulli said.

Paul Nicholson and Janet Harding also ended up in Madison, but in an accidental manner. They were on their way to Vevay, Indiana, but they never made it there.

"We fell in love with this town overnight. We stayed up all night in the motel trying to think of a business that we could bring here and we were surprised there was no place to take a boat ride between Cincinnati and Louisville." 

They now operate Rockin' Thunder Jet Boat Rides.

There are only 15 boats in the world like the Jet Boat they use.

When asked about Madison, Paul said, "It's so refreshing to have people say 'Hello' and talk to you on the street. Even if they don't know you, they always wave to you and smile and I can't imagine living somewhere else."

With a rich history dating back to 1809, Madison has big-city amenities in a small-town setting.

"Madison has both. It's a small town feel because you run into the same folks...

A Simple Christmas Open House

A Simple Christmas

Saturday November 7th 10am-8pm 

Annual holiday open house at Something Simple, 219 E. Main

A Simple Christmas 6-8 10am-8pm.  Annual holiday open house at Something Simple, 219 E. Main.


On Tap This Weekend in Columbus: Wine-A-Ree

 Enjoy wine and beer tastings from numerous local and area wineries and breweries, arts vendors for holiday shopping, and a silent auction of goods/services. Tickets ($20 advance/$25 door) include unlimited tastings, an entry for a door prize drawing, and a commemorative wine glass. Tickets available at Viewpoint Books. Proceeds benefit Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America.

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Vendors include:

  • Buck Creek Winery
  • Butler Winery
  • Cedar Creek Winery
  • Chateau de Pique Winery
  • Ertel Cellars Winery
  • Harmony Winery
  • Huber Orchard Winery
  • Salt Creek Winery
  • Simmons Winery
  • Smith's Winery
  • Winzerwald Winery
  • 450 N Brewery
  • ...