Non-Rail Program

The Non-Rail program has a room at the convention hotel for socializing, arts and crafts, and presentations. Participants are encouraged to bring their projects and possibly their sewing machines to share their experiences with others and to continue to work on their projects. When there are no scheduled presentations the Non-Rail room will be available as a place to meet other Non-Rail convention attendees.  Bring a friend, make new friends. There will be things for you to do, so come visit often.



Steve Studley - Welcome to Indianapolis
Wednesday, May 18 - 10:30 am - 11:30 am and 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn about the convention activities specific to the Non-Rail program and also all the other activities that will be occurring.  The presentation will explain the Non-Rail program, including in-hotel clinics and self-guided locations to visit while you are in Indianapolis.  


Marge Clark - Ways to Journal
Wednesday, May 18 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

What’s your favorite method of recording your life? Did you keep a diary when you were young? A journal? Do you have one now? Or perhaps you have an online blog? Having journaled for many years, Marge Clark will be discussing benefits and methods of journal-keeping.


Dr. Richard Meetz - Aging Eyes - Doing those things near and dear to you
Wednesday, May 18 - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The ability to do prolonged fine detail work close up changes with age. Mature adults must change how they perform close up tasks either by changing the activity or by using vision aids. This presentation explains the difficulties these age-related changes present. Discussed in detail will be vision aids, better lighting, methods of compensating for eyestrain, and discomfort that these changes bring so that close up activities need not be curtailed or abandoned as one ages. Presenting is Dr. Richard Meetz, Emeritus Clinical Professor, School of Optometry at Indiana University.


Marge Clark - The Side-Tracked Wife
Thursday, May 19 - 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Marge Clark is married to a model railroader, as most of us are. We’ve been “trained” in the specific things we must know about trains - Is one coming? What do the signals say? Odd items in your house might be found somewhere on their layouts or elsewhere. A very funny observation on what it’s like to live with a modeler.


Randy Ollis - Weathering the Storms of Life
Thursday, May 19 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Randy will speak about Weather and Life.  He has appeared on WISH-TV, Indianapolis, as a meteorologist since 1984 and makes frequent visits to locations around central-Indiana, where he talks about the weather and its effects.  From the WISH-TV website: Randy Ollis joined WISH-TV in 1984 as meteorologist for Daybreak and the noon news. Randy received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University and holds the seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society. In addition to his forecasting and on-air duties at WISH-TV, he often speaks to local schools and various groups about weather casting and careers in television.


Candy Fox  - Meal Prep Made Easy with Pampered Chef
Friday, May 20 - 9:00 - 10:30 am

What's for Dinner??  What's for lunch?? What's for breakfast??  

Do you automatically cringe when you hear these words?  Come learn basic AND easy meal prep remedies to save you time and lessen the stress of providing healthy meals and snacks.



Self-Guided Tours

There are lots of things to do in Indianapolis. For more information, go to the site for more details. The Indy 2022 Visitor Guide is also available here


Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum    

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is home to the Greatest Spectacle in Racing – The Indianapolis 500.  The Speedway Museum is open year-round and has an amazing collection of race cars.  Indy 500 practice is scheduled Tuesday-Thursday, May 17-19.  Friday, May 20 is Fast Friday and qualifying happening on Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22.  IT WILL BE EXCEPTIONALLY CROWDED NEAR THE RACETRACK DURING THESE TIMES.

12 miles from the Marriott


Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest Children’s Museum in the world.  It has a planetarium, a theater stage, and most importantly to us, it has the Reuben Wells.  This is the 55-ton steam locomotive built in 1868 to conquer the Madison hill in southern Indiana.

10 miles from the Marriott.


Eiteljorg Museum

The Eiteljorg Museum located on the west edge of the downtown district showcases Native American and Western art, culture, and history.  Displays examine the historical context, artistic expression, new ideas, and individual perspectives for the West and Native America.

9 miles from the Marriott.


Indianapolis Zoo

Located in White River State Park, White River Gardens provides a beautiful experience as you walk through the 3.3 acres of plantings.  The Gardens are also home to special exhibits.  The Indianapolis Zoo, first opened in 1964, moved to this location in 1988.  The zoo offers five biomes – areas of similar habitat: Encounters, Forests, Oceans, Deserts and Plains.

10 miles from the Marriott.


Indianapolis Museum of Art

Founded in 1883, Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the 10 oldest museums in the country.  Its 152-acre campus includes beautiful plantings and art.  The museum also includes the Oldfields estate, and 54000 works.  Constantly changing exhibits provide a great learning experience.  Special, ticketed exhibits bring art to Indianapolis from other locations.  These exhibits change often.

11 miles from the Marriott.


Mass Ave

As a part of the Arts and Theatre District of Indianapolis, Mass. Ave. (Massachusetts Avenue – one of the radial streets emanating from the Circle) is a vibrant area with restaurants, shops, and a viable night life. Stout’s Shoes is the oldest shoe store in the nation, having been opened in 1886.  Mass Ave is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

8 miles from the Marriott.


Columbus, Indiana

Visit Columbus, Indiana, a city of 45,000 with extraordinary examples of architecture and public art.  The American Institute of Architects ranked Columbus sixth in the nation for innovation and design and National Geographic Traveler ranked Columbus at the top of its list of United States historic destinations.

50 miles from the Marriott.


Conner Prairie Museum

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, just North of Indianapolis is a period museum where you can visit Prairietown.  Visitors can re-live the year 1836 in Indiana history.  The village has 15 buildings including a fur trading post, a schoolhouse, and pottery shop.  On a campus of 200 acres, visitors will have the opportunity to experience live history during their visit.  Many of the exhibits are hands-on and you’ll also use your senses of sight, hearing, and smell to fully understand early Indiana history.  Symphony on the Prairie brings great music to the park on select summer evenings.

17 miles from the Marriott.


2 Chicks and a Hammer - District Company Store

Two Chicks and a Hammer focuses on neighborhood revitalization in Fountain Square, Bates Hendricks, and the surrounding areas. Throughout their work in Indianapolis, Two Chicks and a Hammer found that they could do well by doing good in their neighborhood!  

Seen on “Good Bones” on HGTV, Two Chicks and a Hammer have also opened a store at 1531 S. East St. here in Indy.  Hours for the store are Monday – Sunday, 9:00 – 5:00.

10 miles from the Marriott.


Last Updated on 5/10/2022