Updated: June 11, 2013 1:13PM
June 14: Crown Brewing is 5 years old.
Happy Graduation to the class of 2013.
Half tragedy and half comedy, or at least a comedy of errors. On June 3, I limped into city hall. I had hurt my foot. I decided to take the elevator — the chair lift elevator. I read the directions but nothing seemed to work. Councilman Bob Clemons was on his way up the stairs and stopped to help. He was going to ride up with me. Then Councilman Bill Feder joined in. We still couldn’t get it to work. Finally Clemons and Feder told me to stay in the elevator, shut the door, and they would get me to the second floor. Together they got it moving, but they had to do it from outside the elevator. They said don’t worry, we will go upstairs to make sure you get out. I kept going slowly up and up. Then they were upstairs, and it stopped. Once again they ran the elevator from the outside. It got up as far as 18 inches from the door. The elevator floor has to be even with the floor outside the door. They kept at it, and finally the elevator and the floor were even. The door still did not want to open. They fiddled with it some more, and open it did. I will never ride on that elevator again. Please Mayor Uran, see to it that this trap is fixed, before someone really gets stuck in there. That elevator is the only thing that makes the second floor ADA accessible.
My personal opinion about the hearings in DC on sexual assault in the military. Have you listened to any of this stupidity? Some of these elected officials just don’t get it. Rape is a crime of assault. It is not about sex, or sexy magazines, or young men’s thoughts wandering to lust. No! Rape is a crime of brutality and dominance. Rape used to be a capital offense in the Deep South, as it should be now. The woman or man that is raped has had her or his future murdered. Victims are never the same.
June 14: Flag Day Parade in Cedar Lake. The Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual celebration. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Dairy Queen on the Lake at 13134 Lake Shore Drive and continues to the Chamber Welcome Center, where the Pledge of Allegiance will be said at 6 p.m. with communities all over the country. The public is invited to march in the parade, which is only six-tenths of a mile.
Birthday party for Crown Brewing. Everyone is invited. There will be cake, live music from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 14 a special beer being tapped, and free tours of their new beer barrel aging cellar. It is in the former Lake County Title building’s basement that was also previously used as the City of Crown Point fallout shelter during the cold war, or so Chris Stanek from Crown Brewing tells me.
June 15: Pancake breakfast, 18th annual. I can hardly wait. I want blueberry pancakes, but you might prefer chocolate chip or everyone’s favorite, regular flap jacks. It is an all-you-can-eat meal to start off the weekend activities around the square. The Crown Point Volunteer Firefighters Ladies Auxiliary bring you this wonderful chance to visit the inside of the fire bay, watch the newest firefighters flip pancakes, raise money for the Indiana Burn Camp and the new K-9 recovery dog that is in training right now. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for young kids and seniors. Lots of fun. I just hope that they have the new recruits competing to see who can flip a flap jack the highest.
The Singing Sands Star Show is at Indiana Dunes State Park from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the park’s beach pavilion. Star gazing will begin around 9:30 p.m. There will be stories on American Indian sky lore and constellation talks that highlight the star formations visible over the dunes at this time of the year. Activity is free but there is a standard entrance fee to the park of $5 per in-state vehicle and $10 for out-of-state vehicle. The park’s address is 1600 North 25 East, Chesterton 46304
† July 20 in Cedar Lake: The Summer Symphony on the Lake is 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Lake Town Complex Grounds in the band shell. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to sit and enjoy the fantastic sounds. It is free.
†July 27 in Crown Point: The Summer Symphony on the Lawn is at 7:30 p.m. It will be on the lawn in front of St. Anthony at Main and Franciscan. Once again bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to sit and enjoy the fantastic sounds of Northwest Indiana Symphony. It is free.
† Be on the watch out for a Murder Mystery dinner/auction coming in October at the Halls of St. George. For those of you that can afford $50 per-person tickets, a great Western murder mystery will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana. It is called “Bullets in the Bathtub.” More to come, keep watching.