News at The Columbia Club
March 20, 2017
A brand new Happy Hour Menu debuts in the Harrison Grille. Every Monday - Saturday from 4:00pm-6:30pm join us for value added appetizers starting at just $7.00. Be tempted with Maryland Crab Cakes, Angus Sliders and The Trio platter and wash it all down with a $5.00 Martini or $6.00 glass of wine. Check out the complete menus on the Dining page of the website.
February 15, 2017
Please welcome our new Director of Health and Wellness, John Krzyston (MS, ACSM, CPT), a native born Hoosier with more than 25 years as an ambassador of health, wellness and sports in the private club industry. John earned an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and a Master's degree from Indiana University in Kinesiology/Sport Fitness and has spent the past 14 years as part of the faculty at Ivy Tech Community College.
January 17, 2017
The Columbia Club welcomes Molly English as our Membership Coordinator. Molly will be assuming the role previously held by Sarah Henry who will be relocating back to her "hometown" of Chicago, IL and finalizing her wedding plans. We wish Sarah the best of luck on all her future endeavors and thank her for her previous 3 years of service to our Members. We are excited to have Molly on board who recently graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Communications degree. She played four years of collegiate golf and has worked in country clubs the past few years as outside services and golf shop attendant. She is anxious to begin her role in the membership department, meet our Members and learn more about the "city club" life.
November 28, 2017
Tami Cumpston joins the Columbia Club staff as the new Communications Director. This is a newly developed role within our management team and we are excited to have her on board. She has an extensive background in the private club industry, having spent over 20 years in both private city and country club environments.
October 26, 2016
Columbia Club House Rules were updated. To view the updated House Rules, login to the web site and select the Governance page.
October 25, 2016
On October 23rd one of the Club’s richest traditions continued as we celebrated the 124th Annual Beefsteak Dinner. The Beefsteak Dinner recognized three individuals and our 25 year and 50 year members. Congressman Todd Young was the keynote speaker and received the Benjamin Harrison Medallion for the Public Sector, Philip A. Terry received the Benjamin Harrison Medallion for the Private Sector and Bruce B. Melchert was recognized as the Columbian Of The Year. Next month’s Columbian will feature a full write-up on the event along with photos.
October 21, 2016
The Columbia Club will host the 124th Annual Beefsteak Dinner this weekend.
October 16, 2016
For the past few weeks the Club collected coats and children’s gloves for the Salvation Army’s 30th Annual Coats for Kids coat giveaway at the State Fair. The 2016 Coats for Kids Helped 2,500 area children stay warm. Since the beginning The Salvation Army with Tuchman Cleaners and WTHR have distributed more than 100,000 new and gently used coats.
September 26, 2016
Farewell to the Cabaret
We would like to inform our members that the Cabaret has decided to move to a larger venue in 2017.
During their six year tenure here at the Columbia Club, the Cabaret and its audience has seen tremendous growth. Recent performances are near 100% capacity and shows have sold out six months in advance. As a result, the Cabaret is seeking a larger venue.
The Columbia Club has a rich history of supporting the arts in Indiana, and we have enjoyed our partnership with the Cabaret. We have been happy to have been part of their resurgence.
Please join me and the Board in wishing them continued success in the future.
William Butler Jim Rentschler
President, Columbia Club General Manager & COO
September 15, 2016
The 6th Annual Monument Circle Oktoberfest presented by the Columbia Club will be held Friday, September 16th. Oktoberfest has quickly become a staple event here in Indianapolis over the past few years, as it offers Hoosiers a truly unique experience where eating, drinking and enjoying live entertainment on the Circle is encouraged for all. Best of all, this citywide celebration is free and open to the public.
To accommodate all of the thousands of guests who partake in the celebration, the entire north half of Monument Circle is closed to pedestrian traffic and transforms into a lively and festive authentic Oktoberfest. Like any proper Oktoberfest, the event features an assortment of authentic German fare, entertainment, and plenty of beer to go around.
Guests can expect a plethora of authentic German foods from the Club’s Master Chef Simon Gosling, including sauerkraut, bratwurst, soft pretzels, Bavarian bean smoked pot and rubbed and smoked loin of pork sauerkraut sandwich, and more. Those who prefer American food are also in luck, as there will be plenty of other foods available as well including grilled hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and elephant ears. Of course, there will also be an extensive biergarten featuring local, domestic, and imported beers for your enjoyment. The biergarten even includes a variety of wines and a cigar bar this year.
“Oktoberfest has become one of the premiere events in our city. The Columbia Club is proud to host such a spectacular evening for all of Indianapolis to enjoy, “ says Jim Rentschler, General Manager of The Columbia Club. “We are also very excited to bring Indiana’s beloved Polkaboy back for a free concert on Monument Circle from 7:00pm-11:00pm.”
The food court and biergarten open at 4:00pm, and Polkaboy will be rocking the Monument with live music starting at 7:00pm. Oktoberfest prides itself on being open to the public with no admission charge, encouraging all interested community members to partake in the festivities. The event will continue throughout the evening until 11:00pm.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Indiana War Memorial Foundation, which includes funding for the recent repairs and restoration work done to The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument as well as the many other war memorials throughout the city.
Oktoberfest would not be possible without the overwhelming support from local businesses. Please join us in thanking Platinum Sponsor, Sysco Foods, as well as sponsors J.P. Morgan Chase, Morgan Linen Services, Markey’s Audio Visual, Noble Consulting Services Inc., Sun King, Halstead Architects and Caldwell VanRiper.