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CITY SPOTLIGHT LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” at the Frazier History Museum Schimpff’s Confectionery we’re not too rural. Southern Indiana complements Louisville well because it offers accessible, walkable downtowns that have unique shops and experiences.” One experience she says is ideal for groups is a tour of Schimpff’s Confec- tionery in Jeffersonville. Guests tour the candy-making facility and watch as the company’s signature cinnamon red-hot drops and other sweets are made. “Some of the equipment is the Special pricing is available for groups of 20 or more, and tickets range from $39 for a weeknight to $44 for a Saturday evening performance. The 2017–18 season is underway, and upcoming shows include “The Music Man,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Mamma Mia!” and “Oklahoma!” To learn more about group visits to the Derby Dinner Playhouse, contact Nevitt at or go to Resnik. The museum is a truly dynamic experience for young visitors, as activi- ties and displays get them moving, tin- kering, designing and testing. The exhibits also connect visitors with their immediate surroundings. On our tour, Resnik showed me an engineering display that put me in control of assem- bling and testing models of two new bridges that recently opened over the Ohio. The museum also has compelling same that was used in the 1890s when ‘Grandfather’ Gustav Schimpff first started making candies,” says Mattson. “Over the years, [current owners] Jill and Warren Schimpff have collected candy memorabilia and equipment, and their wry sense of humor gives the crowd lots of great memories.” Our evening’s entertainment was a per- formance of the musical “Sister Act,” which began after a buffet dinner of comfort food staples. The stage is a theater-in-the- round setup, and the nuns delighted the audience, which included large groups of seniors and Illinois high school students. For more on Southern Indiana attractions, contact Mattson at or visit offerings for older students and adults. “One of the most popular programs for high school students is Pulse of Surgery,” she says. “Students can view a live, open-heart surgery [via video feed] and interact with the surgeon, anesthe- siologist, head nurse and others through a question-and-answer dialogue.” Pulse of Surgery is typically held two or three times each month, and other classes are available, including labs on energy and motion, and pig or shark dissections. Go to or call +1.502.561.7166 for a complete schedule of surgery viewings and other programs. 32 July 2017 Before bidding adieu to Louisville, I made one final stop the next morning. (OK, two stops. I got donuts.) I visited the Kentucky Science Center, and Lisa Resnik, director of external affairs, showed me this museum designed with engagement in mind. “The Science Center’s ever-evolving array of hand-on activities, exhibits and movies easily make it a full-day experi- ence for children and families,” says Kentucky Science Center