The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Retired Noblesville mail carrier John Gilmore four years ago turned a small church into an Logan Street Sanctuary entertainment and arts venue that’s still expanding its horizons.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Retired Noblesville mail carrier John Gilmore four years ago turned a small church into an Logan Street Sanctuary entertainment and arts venue that’s still expanding its horizons.
Nearly four years ago, retired Noblesville mail carrier John Gilmore turned a little old Lutheran church on Logan Street into a place for “everything arts.”
Today, Logan Street Sanctuary hosts traveling national acts, concerts, recitals and more, including the venue for a while for Roots of LIfe Community, pastored by Noblesville First Lady Teri Ditslear.
Tonight, the venue’s newest event debuts as young songwriters are being welcomed to the stage for an evening of original music.
The new Fourth Friday Young Songwriters Series welcomes songwriters from Noblesville High School. Show time is 7 p.m. Tonight’s series will feature Gavin Cooley, Maren Thornbury & Abby Swift and Jared Thurman, in an evening sponsored by local attorneys Cook & Cook.
Admission is a $5 donation at the door to support youth arts in our community.
The monthly youth entertainment is prearranged with up to three acts. Cooley, a NHS junior, who plays guitar and sings, is facilitating the series, scouting out talent, and handling inquiries.
“He’s done a great job promoting,” said Gilmore, who plays guitar and mandolin and through the years has built a local reputation playing bluegrass and country music in and around the downtown area.
There’s also a Second Saturday Songwriters Showcase, for adults, during which the 2,400-square-foot Sanctuary welcomes singer-songwriters to the stage. March's Second Saturday showcase features Kyra Waltz, an Indianapolis-based independent artist Kyra Waltz (, who writes and performs music from the heart.
Joining the showcase is Emily Wasonga of Love's Hangover, a boutique on North Ninth Street in downtown Noblesville. She prepares and offers $15 plates of international cuisine and donates a percentage of her foods sales to the Sanctuary at 1274 Logan St.
The Love’s Hangover owner is also partnering with Logan Street Sanctuary for a new Food Prep Sundays offering.
“She’s an awesome cook,” Gilmore said.
Participants bring requested ingredients and leave with rice, Swahili salad and more. Cost is $30 for the class; next offerings are Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. Participants can bring wine or beer to enjoy while they cook.
A drumming circle meets the first and third Sunday of each month at Logan Street Sanctuary. The sessions, which are promoted to relieve life’s stresses, are sponsored by Sacred Heart of the Rose 501c3 spiritual organization and are open to anyone, “whether or not you have ever drummed in your life.”
Participants are just asked to bring their own handheld percussion instrument or use one provided. Percussion instruments include bongos, congas, maracas, bones, claves, tambourines, spoons, shakers, bells and “found objects.” The next session is 2 p.m. Feb. 4.
A popular fundraiser for Prevail Inc., Logan Street Sanctuary and NHS theater teacher Greg Richards will play host to The Vagina Monologues, this year with three performances, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8-10. Tickets are $20 at the door, first-come, first-served.
Another special event at Logan Street Sanctuary is the Polk Street Review 2018 book launch celebration, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Feb. 24, with more than 122 submissions (many of whom will present at the celebration) and more than 100 images, songs, poems and prose pieces. The books, created by Realtor Kurt A. Meyer and NHS teacher Bill Kenley, the books are $30.
Logan Street Sanctuary is one of the most intimate, fun places to experience live music. Among the upcoming acts are Frank Dean, March 31; The Hammer and The Hatchet pickin’ night, April 7; singer-songwriter Cari Ray, April 21; and Frank Lee & Allie Burbrink, June 15.
Logan Street Sanctuary is an all-volunteer 501c3 not-for-profit cultural arts organization.
Gilmore said he puts out a glass bowl for donations to “keep the lights on.” He asks $15 at the door for regular concerts, with $10 of it going directly to the performers.
The Sanctuary also offers annual supporting memberships and donation options.
For more events, visit or Logan Street Sanctuary on Facebook.
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