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Daily from July 24, 2013 until July 26, 2013
Location: 300 Johnson Street in Ligonier, IN
Annie Oakley®, one of northern Indiana’s “tourism gems” and the only perfumery in the United States, is hosting an Anniversary Gala July 24-26 to celebrate the second anniversary of the firm’s Perfumery Studio, located at 300 Johnson Street in Ligonier. The three-day gala will feature free VIP Sensory Tours™ daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. to demonstrate how Annie Oakley® world-class perfumes are created, blended and bottled, and to provide perfumery visitors with a sampling of rare natural fragrances. The Annie Oakley® Gift Shoppe will also be open each day of the celebration.
“Bring a friend and share the magic,” said hostess Renee Gabet, the founder and owner of Annie Oakley® who runs the perfumery with her husband Charles Gabet and other family members. “You’ll be greeted with one of our freshly-made, specialty soft drinks, such as Indy Mint™-infused lemonade, and find anniversary treats, prizes and surprises.” The anniversary gala is open to the public and free of charge. The daily agenda for the three-day celebration is as follows:
•All Three Days, July 24-26—Annie Oakley® Perfumery Studio will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free Annie Oakley® perfumery VIP Sensory Tours™ will start on the hour at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., offering a sensory journey of organic, rare and vintage natural fragrances from around the world.
•Thursday and Friday, July 25 and 26—From noon to 5 p.m., one-of-a-kind personal fragrances will be created by Annie Oakley’s professional perfumers.
•Friday, July 26—From noon to 5 p.m., wine tasting featuring award-winning Indiana wines.
A variety of music is planned for the three-day gala, featuring tunes from Frank Sinatra to Earth Wind & Fire and everything in between. “We welcome guest musicians to come and play during our anniversary gala,” Gabet said. Interested musicians should call 260-894-7219 or e-mail Tours@AnnieOakley.com with available times and the instrument played.
Annie Oakley® was founded in 1980 in the heart of Indiana Amish country, which draws thousands of people each week to the Shipshewana Flea Market, Amish restaurants and furniture stores, bed and breakfast inns, and other attractions.
The Annie Oakley® Perfumery Studio, a more recent addition to the Ligonier business, was named a Top 15 U.S. Route 6 Destination by Marlerie Yolen-Cohen, feature travel writer for publications such as National Geographic Travel and Newsday. Her Stay on Route 6 blog at http://stayonroute6.blogspot.com has included Annie Oakley® three times since the perfumery studio opened. In Yolen-Cohen’s most recent mention of the perfumery on January 11, 2012, the travel writer called Annie Oakley® “a little slice of Provence in the Midwest” that is “imbued . . . with fragrant panache.”
For more information on the Annie Oakley® First Anniversary Gala event, call 1-800-652-6643, or visit www.AnnieOakley.com/AnniversaryBash. The Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (NEISBDC) is assisting with marketing strategies for the Annie Oakley® Perfumery Studio First Anniversary Gala. To learn more about the services of the NEISBDC, visit www.isbdc.org or call 260-481-0494.
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