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Elvis Fest very special to Special Olympics

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Updated: November 12, 2012 11:48AM



At least 20 Elvis impersonators will be in the building from Friday, Oct. 12, to Sunday, Oct. 14, at Woodland Park in Portage as part of the 20th annual Elvis FANtasy Fest.

They will try to qualify for the Ultimate Tribute Artist contest in Memphis, Tenn., hoping to be crowned the best in the country there.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. For tickets or more information, visit www.elvisfantasyfest.com or just come over and check it out. Woodland Park is at 2100 Willowcreek Road.

Friday’s program boasts winning tribute artists Irv Cass, Doug Church, Quentin Flagg, Stephen Kabakas, Rich Saucedo and Robert Washington. They will entertain with songs made famous by legends such as James Brown, Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson and, of course, Elvis Presley. A special appearance by the Blues Brothers also is expected.

But that’s not all. A variety of food and drink will be available, starting with dinner at 5:30. Vendors will attend, and auction items, door prizes, basket raffles, Elvis bingo and other games are planned.

Elvis FANtasy Fest is the top fundraiser for Porter County Special Olympics, thanks to Kay and Paul Lipps, Shirley Lyday, Carol Cass and super parent volunteers. It’s been 20 years of fun and funds!

It would be great to have packed houses for this unique event. On Sunday afternoon, Special Olympians will march on stage to a beautiful medley of songs by the tribute artists.

See you this weekend?

Last weekend, we were delighted by the performance of “Shout! The Mod Musical” at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso.

We are so fortunate to have quality, affordable theater productions all year, including Chicago Street Theatre, 4th Street Theater, and others.

But the more than 100-year-old Opera House, as beautiful and historic as it is, needs renovation to preserve it and ensure that we, and generations to come, can enjoy “big-city” productions with talented actors here in Northwest Indiana.

Members of the recently formed Memorial Opera House Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, hope that hundreds of us care about this gem and will help with a tax-deductible contribution or by getting involved in this project.

Contact any board member to be part of preservation: Michelle Smith, 465-3554; John Peluso, (312) 246-0143; Linda Stack, 405-4593; Ann Nellessen, 309-6155, or Steve Zana, 617-3870.

It is worth the challenge to keep it going for another 100 years.

Make that call or get out your checkbook.

On a clear night, you can see the moon, stars, planets, and galaxies. Valparaiso University’s Observatory staff invites the public to view outer space through its computer-controlled telescope. Visit www.valpo.edu/physics or call 464-5202, and take time to see the heavens.

Then, I hope you have a great day, because you deserve it .

Thanks for reading.

Fly your flag.



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