Dear Mare...; Dear Susan...

Mare Castner of Muncie, Indiana and Susan Smith of Wales have been friends for 47 years. Their only interaction for 25 years was exchanging letters, but even across thousands of miles, they have supported each other through thick and thin.



The Madjax sign sits on the corner of South Madison and East Jackson streets. Madjax Maker Force was originally called Gearbox Muncie: A Maker Hub, but the name changed in 2016 to better reflect the mission of the space. Rylan Capper, DN
ENTERPRISE

Muncie’s Maker Force

A former 80,000-square-foot laundry facility in Muncie holds limitless possibilities.  Boombox music fills the second floor while artists move tables to set up for First Thursday, a monthly event to draw people to explore art and culture downtown. A woodworker helps children build birdhouses while Steven Knipp colors hair in his salon a few doors down. Adjacent businesses invite people in for gift shopping or ax throwing.



ENTERPRISE

Habitat’s Heroine

With a bottle of water, reading materials and a phone charging on the table beside her, Sharon Kay Brown sits in her favorite rocking chair every Tuesday evening and tunes into NBC’s “Chicago Fire.”



Raegan Gorden plays the drum set March 19 during a rehearsal. Gorden plays in the bands "Whydah" and "Leisure Hour." Rylan Capper, DN
CAMPUS

Back in the Groove: Almost two years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, Ball State’s music scene is slowly rebuilding

Guitars strumming. Music blaring. Voices raised. People dancing.  Before March 2020, the music scene on Ball State’s campus was as lively as ever. Then, everything changed. Once the pandemic hit, shows were immediately canceled, and the noise that once filled Ball State’s campus became a nearly silent hum. Now, slowly but surely, the scene is rebuilding, the sound is returning and music is back once again.



Second Year Grad Sculpture Student Ellen Leigh (left) gives Sandy Tharp (right) a mount that she sculpted for Tharp to put the basket on top of on Jan. 14, 2022 at Forever Baskets in Muncie, IN. Amber Pietz, DN
COMMUNITIES

Members of Muncie craft shop Forever Baskets talk about basket weaving and the business

  It starts with the base, a circular slab of wood surrounded by thinner strands, which travel the perimeter of the slab, around and around. Tall strands the size of popsicle sticks reach toward the sky, away from the circular motion of the other strands, almost making a fence. Where the end of the continuous circle meets the sky-reaching fence, the thinner circular strands begin to weave around the taller strands, enveloping them. This is basket weaving.







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