Cars, cycles meet arts, crafts
April 24, 2012 1:18PM
I grew up in a time when drive-in root beer stands and outdoor theaters were in vogue.
One of the things I admired was how teens used these venues as stages for showing off their shiny cars, polished to perfection.
Unfortunately, drive-ins have faded with the past, but one thing hasn’t. Many of us — of all ages — still enjoy looking at beautiful, classic cars from any era.
Munster will host its 14th annual Car and Motorcycle Show, plus an arts-and crafts-fair, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Community Park (Calumet Avenue, about one block south of Ridge Road). Highlighted this year is the Chevy Camaro, along with more than 200 other entries in 24 categories.
Browse the car-related booths and many handmade items for sale. A DJ will provide music, and, of course, there will be a variety of concessions when it’s time for a snack.
Best of all? Admission is free, so bring the whole family.
† We know how popular cooking shows have become and, really, baking has become a true art form.
If you long to create cakes that others will envy, Crete Parks is offering a beginners’ class in homemade fondant and design from 6:10 to 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Willard Wood Park Center (Classroom 1), 515 1st St.
The class, open to ages 13 and older, will walk you through the first steps of becoming a contemporary baking artist.
The cost is $40 for Crete residents or $50 for nonresidents.
You’ll need to bring an 8-by-8 or 9-by-9 cake frosted with vanilla icing only.
Don’t forget your apron! Register online at cretepark.com.
† The end of the school year normally means field trips.
Teachers, if you’re looking for something unique and educational, Lake County Parks is taking reservations for tours of Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park, 21690 Range Line Road, Hebron.
They are scheduled Friday, May 18, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m. The minimum is 20 students per session; the maximum is 140.
The program is appropriate for grades 4-6. Students will learn, up close and personal, lessons from early Indiana history and the 18th-century fur-trade era.
In a real, visual way, students will walk into a re-enactment of a world that history books couldn’t begin to explain.
They’ll experience the importance of waterways in this trade era between American Indians in our region, and the British and French voyageurs.
This is a lesson they definitely will take back to the classroom, not to be forgotten anytime soon.
The cost is $2 per person, including teachers and chaperones.
Reserve a place at least 10 days in advance by calling 768-7275.
† Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13, and here’s a chance for the kids to craft one of those priceless handmade gifts that will melt Mom’s heart.
Schererville Parks invites ages 7-12 to a gift-making class from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Town Hall, 10 E. Joliet St.
The cost is $10 for Schererville residents or $12 for nonresidents. Supplies and a snack are included.
Register at the Town Hall or visit the website schererville.org.