Things to see, do, taste – Plenty going on, including an event 200 years in the making

Written by Ken Kosky. Posted in Featured

Published on September 21, 2016 with No Comments

Autumn is always my favorite season, not only because of the perfect temperatures, but also because there are still a lot of great events and things to do.

Here are some of the highlights:

Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay

To celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday, a torch is being carried through all 92 counties. On Oct. 9 in Porter County, the torch run kicks off with a ceremony at 8 a.m. at the Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion, 1600 N. 25 East, in Chesterton. In addition, people can tour the Bicentennial Experience mobile unit at the state park pavilion, with attractions like a machine to make a Bicentennial penny. The experience is open from 8 a.m. to noon. Entry to the park is free until 10 a.m.

The torch also goes to Valparaiso, where there will be a small event as the torch passes Central Park Plaza, 70 Lafayette St., between 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Finally, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be food vendors, music, a car-cruise in and a bounce house at Founders Square Park, 6300 Founders Square, Portage. There will also be a parade from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., starting at Central Avenue and Founders Square Park and proceeding west down Central Ave. to the Lake County line.

Into the Woods

See the Brothers Grimm fairytale hit the stage of the Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave., in Valparaiso on Friday, Sept. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 2. It is also at 4th Street Theater, 125 N. Fourth St., Chesterton, from Friday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Nov.  20.

Dunes Blowout

To celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial, the national parks centennial and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s 50th anniversary, the Dunes Blowout festival of performance and ecology is set for noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 at West Beach, 376 N. County Line Road, Gary (Gary address, but it is in Portage). Inspired by the Pageant of 1917, this event features song, dance and acting.

Hooked on Art

Go to Thomas Centennial Park, 220 Broadway, Chesterton, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 and see live street art in progress, as well as music and other activities.

Haunted houses

Amhurst Asylum, 228 S. 500 West, Valparaiso, opens Friday, Sept. 30 and is open at 7 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday nights.

Haunted Hills Hospital opens at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights starting Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6112 Old Porter Rd., Portage.

Ice skating

I don’t even want to think about winter, but open ice skating starts in November at the William Urschel Pavilion, 70 Lafayette St., Valparaiso.

Art Walk and much more

To find out about many more events, visit www.indianadunes.com/events. Also, be sure to stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, to see the new Art Walk on the property, including five nature murals, a bench and a bison. And be sure to enjoy a hike at the Indiana Dunes this fall. 

Ken Kosky is promotions director at Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism agency for Porter County. For more information, call 219-926-2255.

 

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Ken Kosky is promotions director at Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism agency for Porter County. For more information, call 219-926-2255.

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