What a hoop! Hudsucker Posse brings circus-style flow arts to town


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Paula Chambers and Poppe Tsunami found hooping at different places in their lives, but now they work together to promote flow — or movement — arts in Bloomington.

Flow arts include hooping and juggling, as well as the fire and aerial arts. These are all activities or events commonly seen at the circus.

“It’s not for everyone, but its for anyone,” said Tsunami. “So anyone who wants to do it can.”

Together, Chambers and Tsunami run The Hudsucker Posse, a performance and support group that meets twice a week — Wednesdays and Sundays — in Bryan Park to practice, perform and commune with friends. Their work to entertain the community was recognized recently when Mayor Mark Kruzan declared July 4 Hudsucker Posse Day.

Chambers and Tsunami co-founded the Kinetic Arts Academy, which hosts classes and events in flow movement arts. The focus is prop manipulation, like using hula hoops and staffs. They offer group rates so friends can come and learn together, workshops and events with national artists. They perform for festivals, charities and the community.

Their dream is to have a permanent installation where people can come and learn, which would also mean they don’t have to set up and tear down for each gathering.

For more information, visit these websites:

Flow Art Institute

Kinetic Arts Academy

The Hudsucker Posse

The Hudsucker Posse on Facebook

Mom gives daughter legacy by speaking against drunk driving


SELMA, Ind. — Kim Morrow’s life changed in the wee hours of Oct. 28, 2012. That’s the day her 17-year-old daughter chose to get in the car with a drunk driver who later tried to outrun a train. She found out at about 7 a.m. that Amber, spending the night with a friend, wouldn’t be coming home.

The next few months were a blur for Kim. She stay connected to Amber’s friends and cheered on her younger daughter, Emily, but both struggled for a sense of normalcy and sought help to deal with their tragic drunk-driving loss.

And then, Kim found a way to give Amber a legacy. She created the Amber Morrow Memorial Scholarship Fund and accepts speaking engagements to warn young people about drinking and driving. If it means one person stops and thinks before making the same fatal mistake, then Kim believes her daughter didn’t die in vain.

Contribute to the Amber Morrow Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of her uncle, Scott Miller, at:

Amber Morrow Memorial Scholarship Fund
Attn: Scott Miller
1903 South 1150 West
Parker City, IN 47368

Contact Kim for speaking engagements at morrowxtwo@aol.com.

Cari Ray talks roots, music and cowboy boots


NASHVILLE, Ind. — Cari Ray belted out her first song when she was 3. In junior high, she wrote poetry. Now she spends her weeks performing at small, intimate venues, connecting with her audience and sharing her own story in lyrics.

Originally from Parke County, Ind., the Bluesy-Americana artist calls the village of Nashville home. She plays in cafes and wineries across the state with her next show set for 5:30 p.m. May 23 at Mallow Run Winery in Bargersville.

Take a peek at this conversation with Cari as she discusses how she got started, what venues she prefers to play and how she views music and life.

Her summer schedule includes:

June 4, 7 p.m., The Jailhouse Cafe, Rockville
June 12, 7 p.m., Taxman Brewing Company, Bargersville
June 16, 8 p.m., Clifton’s Pizza, Louisville, Ky.
June 19, 7 p.m., Central Park Plaza, Warsaw
July 4, 4 p.m., Oliver Winery, Bloomington
July 10, 9:30 p.m., The Southgate House Revival, Newport, Ky.
July 16, 7 p.m., Taxman Brewing Company, Bargersville
July 18, 6:30 p.m., Danville Summer Sounds on the Square, Danville
July 24, 7 p.m., Chateau Thomas Winery, Nashville
July 26, 6:30 p.m., Bryan Park, Bloomington
Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Taxman Brewing Company, Bargersville
Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Foster Park, Kokomo
Aug. 29, 4 p.m., Creekbend Vineyard, Ellettsville

For more information, go to her website at www.cariray.com.