How to Have a 'Star Wars' Inspired Day in Indianapolis

Unless you've been camped out in a galaxy far, far away, you know the next installment of the Star Wars saga is about to drop — which may or may not knock your socks off, but if you can hum the Mos Eisley Cantina song and like to change up the subject-verb agreement in your speech — like one infamous little green Jedi — then chances are you're looking for ways to celebrate the release of "The Force Awakens". And if you live or travel in the greater Indianapolis area, the good news is there're plenty of ways to do just that. So to help awaken your inner Jedi spirit without having to make the jump to hyperspace, here are five things you can do in the greater Indianapolis area:

1. Participate in a Star Wars movie marathon
If you're really a fan — and by fan I mean one whose idea of celebrating the release of "The Force Awakens" is to stay awake for over 15 hours and watch all previously released Star Wars movies in one sitting, sans maybe a few minutes to use the restroom and check your cell phone, then you are in luck. Not one, but two Indianapolis-area theatres are hosting a Star Wars marathon December 17th: AMC Showplace Schererville 16 in Schererville and Goodrich Hamilton 16 in Noblesville.

2. Watch "The Force Awakens" on a really, REALLY big screen
Now if you're a fan, but maybe not the kind that wants to spend an entire day hunkered down in a theatre like an Ewok hiding from an Imperial Storm Trooper, then consider driving your hovercraft — or tauntaun or whatever kind of vehicle you have — to the IMAX theatre downtown where you can watch "The Force Awakens" on a Jabba the Hut sized screen.

3. Look to the skies for an Imperial TIE fighter
Then depending on where you are in the city and depending on when you read this, you might want to spend a little time outside and look to the stars for an Imperial fighter. Late next week — sometime December 10th or 11th — if all goes well with the weather and the dark side doesn't dish out any nasty wind, Indianapolis based balloon artist Brian Getz will "fly" a TIE fighter made from roughly 3,000 balloons, through the northwest Indy sky. The scheduled launch (weather permitting) will take place at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport in Fishers. The flight should last about a half-hour, until the TIE fighter lands safely in a nearby field — or gets shot down by the rebel alliance.

4. Sip a Frappuchino from the Dark Side
While this might not be as fun as spotting Getz' TIE fighter, in the spirit of the Emperor you could go to your favorite Starbucks (this one's near the IMAX theatre) and ask a barista to make you a Star Wars-themed Frappuccino. Try the Storm Trooper Frapp — a vanilla cream Frappuccino, topped with whipped cream and a mocha drizzle. Or the Dark Side Frapp — an Espresso Frappuccino with blended mocha sauce, topped off with chocolate whipped cream and a mocha drizzle.

5. Enjoy a Yoda-inspired mojito with friends
Or if nothing else, you can always invite a few of your closest friends over, rent "The Empire Strikes Back" and enjoy a few Yoda-inspired mojitos, which, by the way, are guaranteed to taste better than anything the Dagobah system can dish out.

The Yoda-inspired Mojito COURTESY The DrinkLab
2oz light rum
½ oz peppermint Schnapps
½ oz lime flavored vodka
½ fresh squeezed lime juice
12 mint leaves
3 oz club soda
2 tsp sugar

Now mix, muddle, and enjoy! And as always, may the Force be with you.

Shauna Nosler lives in Indianapolis. She's a contributor to both the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine as well as to the national news organization U.S. News & World Report. More of her writing can be found on the lifestyle blog, The Flavored Word.

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