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Duneland Sets the Stage for the Holidays
Theater brings the holidays to life!
hat would the holidays be without George Bailey and Ralphie? We have come to love the holiday classics that appear on our living room television screens every year, but this year they come to life on stages in Duneland. The Northwest Indiana region is teeming with talent and this winter the gifts of these theater productions are ready to be opened. The Chicago Street Theater at 154 Chicago Street in Valparaiso is proud to present, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” during the holiday season. This family holiday classic opens on Friday, November 24th at 7 p.m. followed by an opening night party at Martini’s, and all of the audience is invited to attend. “We selected Martini’s
because they are named after Mr. Martini in the story. The cast will be there to talk and mingle with the audience after the show,” says Eric Brant, director of marketing. The show will run November 24th through Saturday December 16th with two shows every Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. There is also a Thursday show on December 7th at 7 p.m. which, Brant says, is “our talk back night. The audience can stay and talk to the cast after the show.” There are also performances on Sundays, December 3rd and 10th, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Brant says it is not the first time that the production has been part of their offerings. “We have done this show in the past beginning in 1998 and we did it again the following year. We offered it again in 2007 and then
we did a live radio play version in 2012. The production is directed by Dona Henry and Kelly Hite. They have such a love for the show that they gravitate back toward it. It really is a family affair because we have some people playing opposite each other on stage who are related in real life. Also the guy playing Nick the bartender has done this production every time,” he says. The Memorial Opera House at 104 Indiana Street in Valparaiso brings to life a beloved region favorite— "A Christmas Story, The Musical” which is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940's in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, it follows nine year old Ralphie and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—
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an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here including Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit and the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit and the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. “A Christmas Story, The Musical,” will bring “an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven't,” says Amanda Dietrich, Marketing Director. This performance features music and lyrics by Oscar winning (“La La Land”) and Tony Award winning (“Dear Evan Hansen”) Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and is based on the book by Joseph Robinette and based on the motion picture “A Christmas Story” by Jean Sheperd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark. It is directed by Bobbie Sue Kvachkoff, choreographed by Stephen Sienicki with Assistant Director Jen Lundin, Musical Director Chris Haddad, and Vocal Director Madolyn Woodruff Hedin. The show runs Fridays: November 24, December 1, 8, at 8 p.m.; Saturdays: November 25, December 2, 9, at 8 p.m.; and Sundays: November 26, December 3, 10, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults, and $18 for seniors, students, and military (plus $2 processing fee). Though it may not be a holiday production, it sure is a classic as Premier Performance in Chesterton brings the Wizard of Oz to the stage. Premier Performance was founded by Daniel and Keri Castro after they worked professionally in theatre throughout the United States, and then aboard the M/S Insignia with Oceania Cruises. The Castros saw the need to produce both amateur and professional theatre, and include actors from the community and throughout the region and believe strongly that the performing arts needs to be protected and cultivated in Northwest Indiana. It is their mission to instill in their students valuable life skills like confidence, leadership, and responsibility, so they can change their world. The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition, is a one-hour version of the classic musical, specifically tailored for this age group. When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The Wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help. This performance will take the stage at the Canterbury Theatre, 807 Franklin Street in Michigan City, December 8th at 7 p.m., December 9th at 3 and 7 p.m., and December 10th at 3 p.m. For tickets visit premierperformance.org or seeoz.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. More information on Premier Performance’s private lessons in voice, piano, drums, guitar, ukulele, and acting, as well as theater classes for students in grades 1 through 12 can be found on their website. DUNELAND TODAY
Holidays across the Generations Ask one hundred people a question about the holidays, such as their favorite tradition or memory, and you’re likely to get one hundred different answers. The beauty of the holidays is that everyone experiences the warmth and love of the season in their own way. For some, decorating a tree can be an expression of inner creativity, while others may find that expression in the way they select the perfect gift or the way they read a children’s holiday story by theatrically voicing each of the characters. We asked a few folks around Duneland some holiday-related questions to see how the generations within their own families—children, parents, and grandparents—enjoy the season.
CURRENTS How will we celebrate the holidays 100 years from now? Michael Anton: Families will still assemble in person via cosmic transportation and share in the bounty with the use of replication machines. Jim Anton: In the next 100 years there will be many changes / advances, most of which I can’t even think. However, I think at its core, holiday celebrations will remain the same. Food, family and friends, and thankfulness will still be at the center of all the holiday celebrations of the future. Oh, and we won’t have to worry about driving because we’ll teleport whereever we want to go. Abigail Anton, 4 years old: In 100 years from now I think people will still get together for the holidays and for Christmas I’ll get a pony.
What is your least favorite holiday song and why? Mike Trout: "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" Jim Trout: "Dominic the Donkey" Luke Trout, 3 years old: I like all Christmas music.
What is your favorite food at the holiday table and why? Mark Chamberlain: Mashed potatoes because you can make a gravy and butter lake out of it. I’m still a kid! Elizabeth Arah Marks: Pecan pie because it reminds me of my grandparents Emelia Belle Marks, 3 years old: Yogurt because I get chocolate chunks in it for the holidays Madeline Arah Marks, 3 years old: Chicken because it’s “belicious”
CURRENTS What is one of your funniest holiday memories? Dr. Daniel Keilman: No funny stories are completely funny. They combine serious along with laughable moments. In my home parish, one altar boy was chosen each year to lead the procession to place the baby Jesus in the stable. In the sixth grade I was absolutely thrilled to be chosen for this honor. In the procession things went well until we approached the stable. Feeling ill, I then threw up. Details regarding this embarrassment are not needed. The following year I was hoping to have an opportunity to again lead this procession. My friend, Richard, suggested I should have a chance to lead the procession again that year. Sister Mary Alma agreed this was a good idea. She made me promise I would not throw up again that year if provided this opportunity. I so promised. Theresa Keilman: I remember that my brother (I have two, so neither one is implicated) had agreed to bring the turkey since he had gotten a new fryer. Apparently, he didn't remember that was his task. His face dropped when he remembered. He took off out the door to Jewel where he was lucky to get the last prepared turkey in the store. Stephanie Archbald: My cousin, then a toddler, scrunched his face and started to gag. Aunt Sara swept out his mouth to discover a dried-up frog that had probably come from grandpa’s work shoe by the door.
What is your favorite thing about celebrating the holidays in Duneland? Chief Louis Craig: Having all the family together for Christmas dinner. Deputy Chief Jay Craig: Spending time with my family both at home and during our Porter Fire Department activities. I enjoy working the Porter Fire Department open house, Toys for Tots drive, and food drive. It’s always overwhelming to see the generosity of the community. For the past several years we have had one family donate several children’s bicycles each year. Very proud of our firefighters and the community we serve in. Jackson Craig, 3 years old on December 3rd: Santa and fire trucks.
What is your favorite holiday tradition? Dr. John Balon: Watching Christmas movies with my family and experiencing the magic of the holidays through my children’s eyes. Kaylie Balon: Leaving chocolate chip cookies for Santa and carrots for Rudolf. Charle Balon: Having all of my children and grandchildren together to celebrate the holidays.
Small Town Holiday Experiences Duneland is a wonderful community all seasons of the year, but the cozy, warm, friendly personality of our beloved towns really shines during holiday time. So put on your snow boots, throw on your scarf and mittens, and walk through Duneland to experience the winter spirit.
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he Westchester Public Library is the perfect place to pick up some holiday movies. Library Director Leea Yelich suggests checking out the Christmas classics such as It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, The Bishop's Wife, Christmas in Connecticut, Miracle on 34th Street, and White Christmas. Christmas comedies are sure to keep you laughing and include Elf, Christmas with the Kranks, Bad Santa, Jingle all the Way, Deck the Halls, Four Christmases, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Home for the Holidays, The Ref, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Family Christmas movies include Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer, Prancer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Nutcracker, Garfield's Christmas, Scrooge, and numerous Hallmark Christmas movies. Want to snuggle up with a good book, or maybe wrap one up to give? Jill Wilson of O’Gara & Wilson Antiquarian Booksellers says, “We do have lots of things that could be lovely gifts, such as many classic titles beautifully bound in leather, children’s books, books in all subjects, and many quirky items like old postcards, sheet music, and World War II military maps. We also sell gift cards and O’Gara & Wilson tote bags so you don’t have to wrap a gift!” The holidays are always filled with parties. Machelle Wagner of Chelle’s and Green Garage says, “Looking for a great gift that will enhance the at-home cocktail hour? Stop into Green Garage for any of our host products. We have whiskey, wine, beer, or martini freeze cooling cups. Try our Chill Cooling Pour Spouts, Airlock wine preservers, or Airpop wine bottle openers. The host provides the technology, you bring the wine.” Speaking of wine, Nicole Caylor of Running Vines Winery says they have been preparing for the holidays for months and the bounty is ready! “We offer Rudolph Red, a blush style wine with hints of spice and sweetness throughout. This holiday mulled wine is fantastic served chilled or warmed. Release date is November 15th. We also have Snow White, which is a semi-sweet blended white table wine with notes of cinnamon, orange, and clove; release date is December 15th. If you prefer a warmer libation, stop by Ivy’s Bohemia House. “Our warm drinks are all made from scratch with natural ingredients such as real butter, Madagascar vanilla beans, fresh ground nutmeg, orange zest, and local apple cider,” says Amy Mackiewicz. “They are best enjoyed with a treat from our dessert case and the company of a friend! This year, Ivy's winter warmers include hot buttered rum, which is our house made butter batter, rich with Madagascar vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves swimming in a warm cup of citrus infused rum. Our peppermint patty is real chocolate infused cocoa served with a splash of peppermint schnapps and cream de cocoa. The apple cider bourbon hot toddy is local apple cider and bourbon combined with brown sugar, vanilla, and a hint of orange. Our Baileys and coffee is topped with fresh whipped cream, and Irish coffee features Jameson Irish Whiskey and fresh whipped heavy cream.” Make sure to make Duneland Chamber’s Hometown Holiday Celebration part of your tradition this year and ev-
SMALLTOWN ery year. Head to Thomas Centennial Park and Downtown Chesterton for a day full of activities on Saturday, November 25th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It all kicks off with the Hometown Holiday Outdoor Market at 11 a.m. where some of your favorite European market vendors will be set up in the usual spots. Come to buy a unique holiday gift or get some yummy food. The market will run all day through 7 p.m. Also beginning at 11 a.m. and running through 3 p.m., visitors and guests will be treated to free horse-drawn carriage rides provided by La Porte County Draft Horse Association. The rides will last about 10 to 15 minutes and clip-clop through the downtown area. Hop off for the Tour of Chesterton’s Retail Open Houses from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. where local shops and restaurants offer food and drink specials, product sales, and extended shopping hours for a single evening of vibrant holiday shopping across Chesterton. There’s perhaps no better way to ring in the holiday than with Downtown Chesterton’s Tree Lighting Ceremony which takes place near the Thomas Centennial Park gazebo at 5 p.m., followed by the Twilight Christmas Parade at 5:15 p.m. This year’s event features numerous entries including floats, fire trucks, horses, Boy and Girl Scout troops, trucks, trailers and walking groups. The grand finale features a visit by Santa himself, arriving on the fire truck. After the parade, Santa will be in his house to greet all the boys and girls from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Santa will return to his house every Saturday through December 16 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Make your holiday shopping as quick as reindeer taking off from a rooftop by stopping by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s Mistletoe Market on Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chesterton’s European Market gets dressed up for the holidays to debut at a new location—outdoors! The Mistletoe Market will be located in the European Market footprint to stick with a true European Christmas Market feel.
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We asked a few of the culinary creators in Duneland to cook up a few recipes for the holidays. So set your table and get the kitchen warmed up—the holidays are bound to be tasty!
CRAFT HOUSE’S Cinnamon Spice Sweet Potato Soup with Maple & Brown Sugar Croutons By DJ Breidenbach, chef
4T. Olive Oil
2T. Chicken Bouillon Base
1 lb. Carrots (4 large) cut in to pieces
2 Bay Leaves
Pinch of Nutmeg
Dash of Heavy Cream
1 lb. Sweet Potatoes peeled & cut in to small pieces
2 Garlic Cloves
Put all ingredients into a soup pot & fill to the veggie line with water. Boil for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Use immersion blender or put the contents from the soup pot into a blender & blend until smooth. Add a dash of heavy cream to finish.
Croutons: Take three slices of old bread & cut in to cubes. Bake in the oven at 350º. Toss baked bread cubes with 1T. of maple syrup & a pinch of brown sugar.
CRAFT HOUSE’S Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake By DJ Breidenbach, chef
24oz. Cream Cheese (room temperature)
½ c. Heavy Cream 15 0z. Can of Pumpkin
10oz. Oreo Cookies crushed (approximately 28 cookies)
1 ½ c. Sugar
1/8c. Melted Butter
Preheat oven to 350º. Blend cream cheese, sugar, cream & pumpkin together with a hand mixer. Once ingredients are blended, add three eggs. Only blend until the eggs are incorporated… do not over blend. Spray spring board pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix crushed cookies & melted butter together. Press in to spring board pan shaping the crust. Bake crust for eight minutes. Let cool. 16
Once crust has cooled, pour cheesecake filling in to the crust. Bake for two hours or until toothpick comes out clean (check at 1 ½ hours since oven temperatures vary). Turn oven off & prop oven door open about one inch & continue cooling in the oven for another two hours. Once the cheesecake has cooled, garnish with melted caramel & chocolate syrup on top. Keep refrigerated.
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The holidays are about giving and receiving, and Duneland is full of opportunities to give to those in need of a little gift or two this season. Here are a few ways to connect with Duneland organizations and causes so everyone can celebrate the spirit of the season.
UNITED WAY OF PORTER COUNTY HoliDays of Caring is a virtual volunteer match service for holiday-themed programs and project that runs from November 1 through January 31. This is the second year of the program that was designed for holiday volunteering. Not only are more people looking to volunteer around the holidays, but there is also more need from nonprofits who are extra busy around holiday time and need extra help. Staff at the United Way begins collecting holiday-themed volunteer opportunities and in-kind needs in the fall. These opportunities are available across Northwest Indiana and are posted to the United Way Regional Volunteer Center. Residents looking to assist around the holidays can sign up for the holiday projects of their choice at NWIVolunteer.org. Nonprofits interested in being part of the program can sign up through NWIVolunteer.org or call (219) 464-3583.
DIMENSIONS SCHOOL OF SOCIAL DANCE Local ballroom dance studio, Dimensions School of Social Dance, will hold its seventh annual holiday toy drive in exchange for dance lessons starting November 6 through December 20. The number of donations collected each year run upwards of 200 toys, which are distributed to Toys for Tots of Porter County, as well as churches serving local families in need during the holiday season. New students to Dimensions can bring in a new, unwrapped toy and receive two 30-minute private lessons, a group class, and admission to a social dance party at the studio. Students at Dimensions learn all varieties of social dancing. No partner is required to take part in the lessons. Call (219) 380-0911 for more info.
HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES Housing Opportunities is currently looking for angels in the community to step in, step up, step forward. Their Angels Helping Angels program provides Christmas gifts for the children in their housing programs. This is a great opportunity to help spread some Christmas cheer to the families they serve. Their housing programs are designed to give homeless and at-risk families the opportunity to move from living in an unsafe situation to providing them with an affordable, safe apartment along with customized support systems where they can foster self-reliance. To adopt a family this Christmas season, or for more information about other ways to get involved, contact Charles Snyder at (219) 286-3305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEIGHBOR LINK Volunteer opportunities are available all year with NeighborLink and the Repurpose Place. The NeighborLink website frequently features requests for Christmas gifts for children at www.NeighborLinkPC.org.
LOTUS REACH Lotus Reach will be reaching out for help through Christmas Wishing Trees at local businesses. The trees help this not-for-profit collect donations of new winter coats, shoes, and clothes for their School Closets. Trees will be placed at businesses around Duneland from November 1st to November 30th. Each tree has handmade ornaments with items needed. All tree locations will be posted on the Lotus Reach Facebook page.
DUNELAND FAMILY YMCA “Volunteers are always welcomed at the Y,” says Jane Delligatti, marketing director. “We’re having a canned food drive to benefit Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry in November, but we’ll accept donations through December also. In December we’re collecting toys in partnership with Toys For Tots.” Call (219) 926-4204 for more info.
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Duneland Today Celebrates 10th Anniversary Duneland Today has been arriving in mailboxes all over the region for the past 10 years, and staff at the Duneland Chamber of Commerce wanted to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the magazine’s founder, Jane Delligatti. As a member of the chamber, Delligatti had the vision to bring both chamber clients and the community a way to connect with one another, so she utilized her life-long career in marketing, sales, and editorials to bring this treasured publication into people’s homes. “I started planning it in the spring of 2007 with the aim to premier the magazine in the fall. I thought we might be able to create a significant revenue stream from the four-page newsletter to a 32-page magazine. While I was having chemo treatments for colon cancer I started making sales calls to the client base that was in the chamber newsletter. We planned to mail the magazine to everyone in the chamber service area which would serve chamber members to get their word out, through sales and editorial vehicles, and it would delight the community to see something published just for community residents,” Delligatti recalls.
Today, a decade later, the magazine has become a staple of the community. Delligatti says, “I feel it has achieved all of its goals and purposes. We only write about chamber members and so it’s a way to promote them and their businesses in our communities, and we write about the things that are interesting to the community. For 10 years I have heard a so many compliments after every publication. Everyone who has worked for the chamber and the Duneland Today staff has heard compliments on what it has done to lift the profile of the Duneland community. I am glad I had this thought in a dark chemo moment and decided to take a chance on a project and step out on faith and try something new and volunteer my time. I’m proud to have been associated with Duneland Today for the past decade.” Because her duties as marketing director at the YMCA have expanded in recent months, Delligatti retired this summer from active membership on the magazine committee, knowing that the magazine is now a staple of the community.
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