Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Presenting out-of-the-ordinary Halloween happenings ]]> Lead story image

Among the treats of Halloween time are the variety and quantity of fun, seasonal family activities. These are a few that also add the trick of being unique: The Cinematic Cemetery — a film studio where you can star in your own scary movie — a deviled-egg cooking class with the devil, and a “killer” stand-up comedy routine by Matt Demon are just some of the many interactive experiences at Redmoon’s Skelebration in Chicago. Redmoon is known for big visual presentations using elaborate machines, creative costuming and imaginative artistry. As was the case with last year’s inaugural Skelebration, Redmoon will … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:04:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Family attractions at Open House Chicago ]]> Lead story image

Have you ever wondered what the view is like from an executive penthouse office in downtown Chicago, or wished you could wander inside a beautiful old mansion or an exclusive private club? Curious what it’s like to look out from on stage at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park or to see a set change behind the curtains at the Lyric Opera? Interested in learning about state of the art green architecture or urban gardening? You can do all of these and much more this weekend at Open House Chicago, a free event by the Chicago Architecture Foundation that gives … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:10:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: The stage belongs to storytellers ]]> Lead story image

They stretch your imagination and then tug at your heartstrings. They conjure up incredible images; some that will make you laugh, while others might send a chill up your spine. “They” are storytellers, and some of the area’s best will be at the Indiana Dunes State Park on Friday evening and Saturday for the Northwest Indiana Storytelling Festival and at Buckley Homestead on Saturday and Sunday for the Buckley Fall Festival. “This is the time of year that really gears up for us, with fall and festivals and spooky stories and campfires,” said Cindy Horgash, of the Northwest Indiana Storytelling … ]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:08:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Get moving, learn and share memories at Wolf Lake ]]> Lead story image

There is often a lot of activity on and around Wolf Lake, and this weekend will be no exception. Boating, hiking and bicycling are just some of the activities you can join in Saturday at a free event, the 11th annual Active Living Faire. “The approach for this event is to provide people with the opportunity to get out, be active and healthy, and secondly, to learn about the watershed and the things happening there,” said Michael Boos, executive director of the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative (AWLI). AWLI is a consortium of groups and individuals who work for … ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:04:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Get outdoors and get involved ]]> Lead story image

The BioBlitz at Bendix Woods County Park in New Carlisle and the Adopt-A-Beach and Adopt-A-River efforts this weekend offer opportunities for all ages to get outdoors and get involved. *** The BioBlitz at Bendix Woods begins at 6 p.m. (CDT) Friday with bat banding and ends 24 hours later with a tally of the plant and animal species counted at the park. “We have scientists in different areas of specialization coming to do a 24-hour inventory of what we have in the park,” said Michaele Klingerman, St. Joseph County Parks interpreter. “The public is invited to the programs many of … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:00:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Singing the praises of Hoosier Star event ]]> Lead story image

Talented vocalists striving for a magical performance. Music by an orchestra, band and backup vocals. An entertaining emcee putting the show together. The audience casting votes for their favorite performer. Sound familiar? It should. It’s the ninth annual Hoosier Star, a vocal competition showcased within an evening of music and entertainment for all ages at a fundraiser for the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra. “On average, about 100 people come out for the auditions every year. You never know who’s going to show up or what they’re going to bring to the table,” orchestra executive director Lee Bauman said. What … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:08:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Powwow a cultural experience ]]> Lead story image

Indiana has a rich Native American history. This weekend, the downstate city of Anderson hosts a celebration of its heritage with the Andersontown Powwow, and welcomes descendents of the town’s namesake, Chief Anderson, and other tribe members to share their arts, culture and heritage with visitors. “Powwows are a chance for families and friends to get together and honor their Native American heritage and past,” event chairwoman Debbie Webb said. “It’s also a time to come back to the place where their ancestors made home. We’re happy that we could also make this event to be engaging and hands-on for … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 07:22:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Paddling is still in season ]]> Lead story image

Labor Day weekend traditionally marks the end of the beach season, but it doesn’t mean the end of events on the water. The Northwest Indiana Paddling Association (NWIPA) keeps paddling as summer streams into fall and welcomes those with experience, or even an interest in paddling or local waters, to get involved in many ways. *** Right now, you can help bring Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobiles to Michigan City for a week of unique on-the-water learning experiences and stewardship building for local youth and for the community. As part of their Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures, Wilderness Inquiry has a fleet of … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:01:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Time travel seems possible this weekend ]]> Lead story image

This weekend, you can drive a little to travel a lot — far back in time, that is, at two historical re-enactment events. Experience Native American times to the 1930s at the Aukiki River Festival near Kouts, and have Renaissance-period fun at the Michiana Renaissance Festival in Mishawaka. The Aukiki River Festival gives visitors a glimpse of 350 years of history at a historic location on the shores of the Kankakee River. Re-enactors will depict activities, crafts and lifestyles from various time periods, including Native American, French voyageur, traders, British and the Civil War periods. There also will be traditional … ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:31:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Night events get a glowing review ]]> Lead story image

A garden or an arboretum can be a lovely place to visit during the day, but what about after the sun goes down and the lush greens look black, the blossoms fade to grays, and the squirrels and songbirds retreat? The folks at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens think it can be pretty fun and are hosting their second — and expanded — “Glow: Art After Dark” event from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. “It’s a celebration of nighttime, where you get out, enjoy and celebrate nature,” Taltree’s Anicia Kosky said. Crafts, live music, artists at work, nature activities … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:23:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Stars are the stars of the show this week ]]> Lead story image

Eyes will be looking to the night skies over the upcoming week for the Perseid meteor shower, with several stellar opportunities to watch and learn more at local stargazing events. “Every year there are several predictable meteorite showers. The Perseid is usually one of the best displays,” according to Bruce Hrivnak, professor of physics and astronomy at Valparaiso University. Hrivnak will speak at a free meteor shower event at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens in Valparaiso on Tuesday. “Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through a field of debris left behind from a comet,” he said. “The debris are small, … ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:48:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Music makes its mark locally ]]> Lead story image

From park hillsides to unique little venues, there is a lot of good music to hear locally, even more so in the summer. A few musical high notes this weekend include a symphonic celebration, an impressive competition of music on the move, and film blended with music, old-school style. *** The Whiting Park Festival Orchestra had a huge opening for its summer concert series this year, with thousands of concertgoers enjoying their “Disney in Concert” program on a pitch-perfect evening. The next program is “Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. “This concert celebrates the 450th anniversary of the … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:43:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Take a vacation at the movies ]]> Lead story image

Two very different kinds of adventures await in South Bend this week: one through a children’s international film festival; the other through a bike ride to challenges across the city and surrounding area. A passport to creativity and experiences from around the world, and even the moon, is available through Saturday at the ANDkids World Film Festival at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame. And, tickets are free. “The festival is in its sixth year. It was initially designed to give families opportunities to see different films than they would through regular channels of access,” … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:03:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Peru circus fest tough to top ]]> Lead story image

In most places, the circus just comes to town. Not in downstate Peru. There, the town celebrates its long and colorful circus history and annually produces an impressive circus in which all of the performers are local youths. This week, that circus activity culminates with the annual Circus City Festival. The Circus City Festival features nightly performances and a Saturday matinee by the Peru Amateur Circus, and the unique Circus Heritage Parade on Saturday morning. There are also amusement rides, crafts and foods, plus specials at downtown businesses during the festival week. Through Sunday you also can see the Big … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:54:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Getting that sinking feeling can be fun ]]> Lead story image

Cardboard and duct tape plus creativity equals an event that makes a big splash with participants and spectators alike: the Cardboard Boat Dash. This year’s is slated for Saturday at the Washington Park Marina in Michigan City. Thirty-two cardboard creations entered the 2013 event, according to Ed Beutner, the “Commodore of Corrugation” and organizer of the annual event. “There were ordinary boats but there were also people who went to enormous effort to be in theme as well,” he said. “Last year, we had a group show up as the Titanic with four of the group dressed as the funnels … ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:48:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: These aren’t humdrum music fests ]]> Lead story image

Unplug the electronics and plug into some good live music this weekend at family-friendly events coming to Northwest Indiana: the Lightning Bug Music Festival, with a variety of music and children’s activities and which is for a good cause; and the Big Show, blending booming brass with the complex choreography of drum corps. Lightning Bug Music Festival The Cajun accordion of Buckwheat Zydeco, the acoustic bluegrass of The Special Consensus, the Americana and blues of the Wood Brothers and local favorite Chester Brown comprise the musical lineup at Sunday’s Lightning Bug Music Festival, which also includes nature hikes and children’s … ]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:51:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Make some waves, have some fun ]]> Lead story image

Although summer is heating up, lake temperatures are still chilly. Instead of being cold in the water, try a cool activity on the water. Sailing lessons, joining a crew on a sailboat, kayaking and even whitewater rafting are just some on-the-water possibilities nearby in northwest Indiana. Venture into Michigan for surfing lessons and an overnight on a vintage submarine. Sailing lessons/crew opportunities ”Our sailing school happens every summer for about two months. The target age is kids ages 7 to 14, with some younger and some older. For adults, even with no sailing experience, we can find a boat they … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:11:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ These summer fests are nods to history ]]> Lead story image

History will combine with old-fashioned fun at a couple of local events on Saturday: the Midsummer Celebration and summer solstice evening concert at Chellberg Farm, and the Portage Community Historical Society’s Summer Festival. *** Saturday is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. In many places around the world, this is cause for celebrations, including at Chellberg Farm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where there will be a maypole, music, costumes and dances in the tradition of the Swedish family who farmed there, plus an evening concert of traditional American music. “At the beginning of the program … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:30:21 -0500