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may/june 2012

Sand Castle, Golf

St. Joe Whiting Beyond Pierogi ROAD WARRIORS IN

TURKEY? TRAVERSE CITY Movie Stars, Celebrities, Action

including Nights In Bangkok Andy Shaw Matt Erickson Hidden Vegas in HD Rick Kaempfer Down River Without a Clue

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contents May/June 2012

52  Hidden

Las Vegas


In which the writer takes us to the back roads and out-of-the-way places where he roams in his home away from home.

photo by matt Erickson


56  The Best-Kept Secret in the World BY LOUISA MURZYN

64  Turkish Delights By JEREMY GANTZ

59  Northern Michigan

66  A Man after His Dream

A $43 million project is revitalizing the Pierogi capital of America in Whiting, Indiana.


Michigan’s upper reaches are no longer the remote kingdom of recreational sports enthusiasts displaced by a summertime boomtown.

62  Time Travel BY JEREMY GANTZ

The seasonal airline Lakeshore Express gets you where you want to go faster.

63  Truffle Shuffle By RICK KAEMPFER

Shore columnist takes an unusual trip to Italy, traipsing through the mud of Acqualagna hunting for truffles.

The crucible of civilization at Europe’s edge contains a multitude of surprise amidst the classics.


The emergence of the electric car is a puzzling road through politics and economics. David Garfin has patience.

79  Make a Splash with Sangria By MEGAN SWOYER

Photograph by Joshua Nowicki On Our Cover Photographer Joshua Nowicki captures the serenity of boaters enjoying a sunrise over Lake Michigan near Silver Beach. Nowicki is the director of community relations for the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Round Barn Winery releases its sangria with a party, and we celebrate with recipes for tasty bites to go with it.


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92  Vacation Bound By LAVETA HUGHES The bright pastel shades of summer pop up everywhere.

may/june 2012

Sand Castle, Golf

St. Joe Whiting beyond Pierogi road WarriorS in

tURKeY? TRAVERSE CITY Movie StarS, CelebritieS, aCtion

inCluding nightS in bangkok andy Shaw Matt erickson hidden vegaS in hd riCk kaeMPfer down river Without a Clue


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contents May/June 2012


24 26


30 clicks 38  Dancing with

house & Grounds 88 The

Shorelines 17  INTRO

Meet Reserve’s executive chef, food whisperer and James Beard award nominee Matt Millar.


Marvis Staples sings and thinks the blues at the 29th Annual Chicago Blues Festival; meet the Beetles at the Acorn.


Celebrating 40 years of marriage and a (temporary) divorce from the BlackBerry with the Shaws in Asia.


Lake House

By Terri Gordon


War on the Great Lakes! exhibit sails into South Haven in May; the 24/7 Up Front Art Walk at the Dogwood Festival; and Lincoln Bark offers human-grade gourmet treats for furry friends.

24 Motoring

Shore introduces a new car guy, Andy Mikonis, who dissects the Chrysler 300 SRT8.

26  THE


George Aquino revisits the Gallery Inn at Galeria San Juan.


A natural talent, artist Laura Whitesides Host, finds inspiration in Grand Haven.



Quite the puzzle emerges as a couple of celebrated Chicago designers debut an eco-chic wine tray.



St. Joe-Benton Harbor, Michigan, is the number one hotspot this summer with the Senior PGA tournament and ancillary events like the Fashion on the Shore designer showcase.

36  A FINE


Rick Kaempfer and his three college buddies go down the river without a clue.

 A Sawyer couple takes a ranch house down to its original foundation and creates a Nantucketstyle family beach home in its place.

last resort 104 M  ichigan


Instead of a tropical getaway, this extended family makes new memories—and cherishes old traditions—just across the state line.

hotspots 42 Essential Events 82 Bite & Sip 94 Shore Things 102 Shorecast 10 Publisher’s Letter 12 Editor’s Letter

photography courtesy of [clockwise, from top left] JOSHUA NOWICKI, george Aquino, CHrysler, TOny V. Martin

Chicago Celebrities

39  Bev’s Second Season Ball 39 W  omen’s Service League Ball 40  Chamber Music Benefit 40  Good Deeds Campaign 40 Spirit Awards Kickoff Party 41 GVSU President’s Ball





ere’s what our Shore Facebook fans (2,100+) learned about during the last five days: We celebrated National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day; folks out there are learning to live with Parkinson’s disease; the Senate race in Indiana is closer than it’s been in decades; Sawyer Garden Center is already stocking good-looking produce and great ideas for gardeners; the Jackson brothers’ reunion tour is coming to the Star Plaza in Merrillville; a half-price deal on salon and spa services; how to motivate a hero to fly with a military flight team; a pig adventure at Fair Oaks; customer service-inspired jewelry design; already blooming and prize-winning gardens; traffic updates; awards, donations and anniversaries of hard-working charities and community foundations—and a groundbreaking at the Tolleston Boys and Girls’ Club project, near and dear to my heart; expansion at local airports around the Lake Michigan area; cheers and jeers on the Cubs and Sox opening weeks of the baseball season—and you might have answered one of the questions you have to pause and ask yourself every so often like, “Have you ever seen a perfect game thrown?” Ten years from now, you can just look back at your timeline . . . or the Shore magazine timeline, to find out fast.


The fact of the matter is you don’t miss much if you are online with Shore or any of the Times digital brands and platforms. Our Times Media Company site,, set another record 8.5 million page views last month, and almost 500,000 of those were accessed on mobile devices. I saw recently that the Orange County Register deployed seventy staffers to cover the Los Angeles Angels Opening Day. While we don’t have quite that many coming out to the Senior PGA Tournament and the Shore-sponsored Fashion on the Shore event on Saturday, May 26th, at the Heritage Center, we will have all hands on deck in St. Joe and Benton Harbor that weekend. The summer is already bigger and better than it’s ever been along the lakeshore, and we share the feeling that the 2012 Senior PGA in Michigan will be a game-changer for our favorite playground. Julie and I love taking pictures on our phones and blasting out to our family and friends. But don’t be surprised if there is a time lag on our albums and live feeds. As much as I like being connected (and always in the loop), I still prefer being live in the moment and being out there. Whether it’s at the Senior PGA this year, fishing along the St. Joe River, or at the many events coming up this summer at Silver Beach, Harbor Shores and Weko Beach, I’ll look forward to seeing you around. Bill Masterson, Jr.

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DUNEWOOD LAKEFRONT! Lower level end unit first floor. 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, new lakefront deck, association pool and beach. Stunning lake views from the inside and out! Live the lakefront dream in Dunewood! Kurt Hauseman 269-469-2090

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Twelve years ago, my husband and I visited Rome and spent probably an inordinate amount of time wandering around the ruins. (I cursed the years I spent wrecking my feet in high heels.) But what made the trip so special for me was my husband’s endless interest in the Caesars and the society of that ancient civilization. He had devoured dozens of books on the subject and could expound on topics like “Here’s where Caligula stood when he married his horse,” or “Here’s where Livia’s maids combed her hair while she plotted to poison her relatives.” This is an issue for reflections on how and why we want to experience journeys, whether it is an exotic locale with a huge learning curve or a short distance that takes us to another place inside ourselves. Andy Shaw deconstructs the multilayered urban environment as well as the simplistic island experience in Southeast Asia. The juxtaposition of the historic romance of Istanbul and the romantic impulse of discovering the off-track and unusual part of Turkey run through Jeremy Gantz’s riveting account of his honeymoon trip. And Karin Saltanovitz articulates the depth of sheer joy, the meaning for her family of “going to Michigan.” More than the next state over, the lakeshore is a state of mind that you cannot duplicate anywhere else. In July we will be back to take a deeper look through the eyes of artists and ecologists, and—putting the roar of politics in an election year aside—collect some thoughts about the meaning of patriotism. Until then, keep up with us online through our weekly e-newsers and 24/7 Twitter and Facebook.


HOBBY FARM in Bridgman allows you to get out of the city and enjoy the country! 30 acres with 11.5 acres grapes, hayfields, Christmas trees, berries, gardens, driving range, and classic Victorian farmhouse. Kurt Hauseman 269-469-2090



o you remember how traveling used to be? Months, sometimes years, went into planning a big family trip back to Ireland to see where our ancestors grew up, for a second honeymoon in Hawaii or Las Vegas, or the trip to Disney World in Florida or Disneyland in California before it was an obligatory annual event. Meticulous records were kept, diaries that blended history and observation in perfect symmetry were written. The simple explanation for the long-standing popularity of memoirs is that that type of writing is filled with journeys—of both body and mind. What has changed is we used to read with longing and anguish about places we knew we would never see. Now we research destinations we are planning to visit. We don’t miss the slide shows and scrapbooks our parents put together so carefully (now collecting dust in attics or garages), but sometimes feel that something is lost in the debris of incessant noise of social networkers in the heat of the moment, tweeting about their trips. The absence is reflection, the articulation of memory, the thinking connecting past to present and the far away to the up-close-and-personal.


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Completely rehabbed 2 br, 2 ba condo close to Lake Mich. Pleasant back deck. Lg 1 car garage that also serves other purposes. Centrally located to all the major conveniences. Great 1st time residence or 2nd home getaway. Coldwell Banker 269-469-3950

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JEREMY GANTZ is the associate editor/web editor of In These Times, a national magazine published in Chicago. He specializes in labor and workers’ rights issues, but finds respite from politics by writing for Shore, which has consistently indulged his wanderlust (and photojournalistic ambitions). His first story for the magazine, published in 2007, was about a trip to New Zealand’s Fiordlands. He’s since written about a bewildering variety of subjects ranging from castles to Cambodia to absinthe to Michael Jackson to scuba diving in Lake Michigan. “Writing about our honeymoon in Turkey was the perfect way to process the two-week trip,” Jeremy says. “I’ve written a handful of travel articles, but this one felt like closure to a trip I really didn’t want to end—it’s like a souvenir.” JOSHUA NOWICKI is the director of community relations at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan, and shot the photo that appears as this issue’s cover image. Joshua’s interest in photography began while working for a museum in the Metro Detroit area, photographing artifacts, exhibits and events. After moving to St. Joseph in 2011, he started taking photographs of southwestern Michigan to encourage his friends and relatives to visit and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the area. Joshua’s inspirations range from Lake Michigan and wildlife to sculpture and architecture. “It is a process of discovery . . . I love to share and promote the places and things that inspire me.”

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LOUISA MURZYN is a freelance journalist based in Munster. After working in the steel mills for more than a decade, she left her job to fulfill a dream of earning a journalism degree from Northwestern University. She enjoyed writing about the Whiting Lakefront Plan because of her family ties to the city and her love of Lake Michigan. Her father grew up there and both he and her husband retired from BP. Her dad played baseball on the original field that was replaced with a new design that brings honor to the memories of all the fathers and grandfathers who ever stepped up to home plate. “Our lakefront is a blessing and a public treasure. I can’t wait to revisit the revitalized shoreline and be inspired by its new breathtaking blue edge.”

Whether you rock out to Jimmy Buffett or dance along with Katy Perry and the “warm, wet and wild” girls of summer, it’s beach time again.


MATT ERICKSON is a freelance writer and photographer based in Northwest Indiana. Before venturing out on his own, he was the director of presentation and visuals for the Times. He is the associate editor and a writer for’s mixed martial arts site, and also writes for the Times, Chicago Tribune, UFC magazine and other newspapers around the country. Matt has traveled to Las Vegas more than twenty times since his first trip there less than ten years ago. “The best part about going to Las Vegas for me is treating it like I’m a local,” Matt says. “There’s so much more to the city than what you find on the Strip.” Matt lives in Schererville with his wife Kerry and two dogs and visits Las Vegas several times a year—“for work.”




SATURDAY, JUNE 16th • 1-10pm


Sample the great local wines of the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Country, and enjoy great music & food, right on the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan!

LIVE MUSIC BY P.S. DumP Your BoYfrienD CathY riCharDSon BanD JC Brooks & The UpTown soUnd • dUke TUmaTo $10 admission, kids under 12 free. Wines available by taste or glass. (Cash Only) $8 Advance tickets available through Harding’s Friendly Market

(cash only, no service fees) 3651 Shawnee Road (Lake Street East), Bridgman

For more information visit: For hotel & lodging visit: or 269.935.6301 /LakeMichiganShoreWineFestival


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thing with food, so we don’t say we’re going to do this, we wait for the food to speak to us.” Call him the food whisperer or call him engagingly eccentric. No matter, Millar, who has been at the helm of Reserve since it opened in 2010, is so attuned to the elements of food that he once visited a Berrien County winery and sampled dirt with the owner’s son, who explained how different naturally occurring minerals and chemicals in the soil impacted the taste of the grapes. These food whisperings are partly why Millar was named as a 2012 James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef in the Great Lakes Region, an honor pitting him against colleagues in such serious food cities as Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit. Largely self-taught, Millar, who long ago worked at the classic GR veggie restaurant Gaia Cafe, credits Ben Browning, a fellow chef, for helping him understand ingredients and opening him up to learning such demanding tasks as butchering and curing meats. Now Millar, who formerly owned the Journeyman Cafe, a farm-to-table restaurant that made tiny Fennville, Michigan, a destination, is part of the gastronomic transformation of Grand Rapids. His backdrop is Reserve, located in a renovated historic bank building across a side street from Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Its sleek look—charcuterie and cheese bar, bank vault converted into wine cellar and room-length communal table flanked by more intimate banquettes lined along artfilled walls—is spectacular. -Jane Ammeson‌

Matt Millar

Food whisperer, executive chef, James Beard Award nominee


here are horse and dog whisperers—those able, because of their incredible intense and empathetic understanding, to communicate with fourlegged creatures. And then there’s Matt Millar, executive chef at the uber urban cool Reserve Wine and Food in Grand Rapids, who has a similar relationship with the artisan cheeses, jams, syrups, meats, small family farm vegetables and fruit, and wild crafted edibles foraged from nearby woods and fields filling his kitchen. “We really try not to get in the way of the food,” Millar says. “Food is so malleable and so different season to season. Food talks to you every day; you really have to listen. Here at Reserve, we really feel obligated to do the right

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photo by Tony V. Martin

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Mavis Staples

The lady sings the blues If the blues were a woman, Grammy winner Mavis Staples would have her number. • If the blues were a woman, “she would definitely be black,” the 2012 Chicago Blues Festival headliner advises. “She’d have a red dress with some sequins on it. Yeah. And she would strut.” • Think a full-blown head-turner, a stunner like dear friend Koko Taylor. The Chicago blues queen, who died at 80 in 2009, was a Wang-Dang-Doodle bombshell.

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f the blues were a woman, “she would rear back and let the blues come out,” Staples finishes. “And I mean, you would feel so good after hearing her.” The same could be said of the husky-voiced Windy City native, a force of nature in music (the mainstay of the iconic Staples Family Singers), flirting (“if there’s a handsome guy”) and girl talk. “I’m the next thing to Betty White,” giggles the music legend, 72 going on 17. In short, ladies, get ready to par-tay when the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer headlines an all-female closing lineup June 10 at Petrillo Bandshell. Chances are the Bluefest Ladies Night—festivities include a salute to Taylor—will morph into a Grant Park bachelorette party. And Staples will take you there, girlfriend.

After all, Staples agrees in a call from her South Shore office. Ladies do sing the blues. The demure sex just passes the music off as gospel. Cases in point: Staples Family hits like “Uncloudy Day,” “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself.” Blues and gospel are first cousins that “help out in the same way,” Staples points out. When menfolk have the blues “and they hear Buddy Guy or B.B. King singing, that helps them up. In church, if a lady doesn’t know how to pay her rent, or where her rent’s coming from, she prays, ‘Help me, Jesus,’” she deadpans. The Divine Miss M, daughter of gospel great Roebuck “Pops” Staples— patriarch of the Staples Singers family band—has more reasons to strut than pray these days. Though she went solo in the late 1960s, the masses have suddenly realized the dimpled charmer is a treasure à la Betty White. In the last few years, Rolling Stone has crowned Staples “the most underrated diva of the century” while VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock ’n’ Roll. In 2011, she snagged a long-overdue Grammy for “You’re Not Alone,” a gospel-powered ode to joy co-produced by fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy.


taples takes her belated acclaim in stride. While she lights up a stage, she cherishes girls’ nights in. She and her two sisters—all live on the South Shore—regroup nightly for a bittersweet ritual. Staples and middle sister Yvonne, 73, visit big sis Cleothe, 78, who has Alzheimer’s disease and is under 24-hour care. Baby sis Staples’ job: to sing her eldest sister’s favorite songs. Sometimes Cleothe hums along. Her one-time bandmate “doesn’t talk any more, she doesn’t walk any more, but she’s alert and as cute as can be,” Staples boasts. The evening includes The 29 th Chic sweets, of course. ag Blue s Fe sti va o No girly get-together l June 8-1 is complete without Grant Park, Chica 0 dessert. “I’m the ice chicagobluesfestiva go cream girl,” Staples laughs. “I give her [Cleothe] her ice cream after dinner. When she hears my voice, she starts chewing, getting that food away so she can have her ice cream.” -Molly Woulfe‌

Meet the Beetles brings Fab Four to life The tribute group plays the Acorn on May 19

photo [this page] courtesy of Meet the Beetles; [opposite page] by chris Strong


he music of the four most famous Liverpudlians will shine in Three Oaks, Michigan, in May. Meet the Beetles, a Chicago band that pays tribute to the Fab Four, will perform May 19 at the Acorn Theater. “It’ll be our second time at the Acorn,” says Jim Hondros, who performs as George Harrison. “It’s a real cool old theater.” Hondros says he and his bandmates are looking forward to celebrating the Beatles’ music once again in concert at the Acorn. “There’ll never be another band like the Beatles. They created songs that you just can’t get out of your head and that tell a story.” Along with Hondros, Meet the Beetles is comprised of Scott Carlson, who portrays John; Scott Riforgiate, performing as Paul; and Jesse Nolan, stepping into the role of Ringo. Hondros says Meet the Beetles performs throughout the Midwest, including venues in Northwest Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Branson, Missouri. They’ve also Meet the Beetles May 19 • 8pm (EST) performed in locales such as The Acorn Theater Atlantic City and at a variety of $15 for adults, $10 for venues in Chicago. ages 18 and younger The musician says the main 269.756.3879. reason he picked up a guitar in the first place was “because of the Beatles.” As a kid, he also learned a lot about England’s best musical export from one of his family members who was an avid fan. “I discovered my cousin Elizabeth’s scrapbook and also found Beatles’ 45s and notebooks with pictures.” He immediately fell in love with the unique sound of the boys from Liverpool. Hondros says concertgoers can expect to hear a variety of hits at the Acorn show. “We take it by era,” he says, adding they usually spotlight segments from The Ed Sullivan Show days to Shea Stadium and Sgt. Pepper. “Our main goal is to duplicate the sound to honor the Beatles by doing it correctly. We want to keep the music alive.” -Eloise Marie Valadez ‌

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Celebrating 40 years of marriage and a (temporary) divorce from the BlackBerry with high-end food and drink, shopping and commerce coexisting with old-world Chinese junks, laundries and dragons. We loved the transit system, ferries, ingenious methods of combating steep hills—epitomized by the world’s longest outdoor escalator—and cultural artifacts that reflect this part of the world, including the world’s largest bronze outdoor sitting Buddha. But we never found a soul or a heart under Hong Kong’s sleek modernity—cars get better treatment than pedestrians—and that’s troubling. Not so in Bangkok, with its tropical heat and humidity, the intoxicating smells of its world-class street food, the old-world charm of its tuck-tuck motorbike taxis, and the romance of its river and canal traffic, which moves much of the population around. There’s also the splendor of magnificent sites like the Grand Palace, the Angkor Wat-like Arum Temple and the world’s largest reclining Buddha. Bangkok does indeed have a soul and heart that’s palpable. We also found Thai people to be preternaturally warm and friendly. In Hong Kong they’re polite, but cool. From Bangkok we traveled to the overhyped northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, which is actually Bangkok Lite, except for an unforgettable elephant camp where well-trained pachyderms play soccer and basketball, paint remarkable pictures with their trunks, and finish the show by nuzzling spectators and mugging for photos. Our final stop was Koh Lanta, a lovely island in south Thailand with a long sandy beach, the warm waters of the Andaman Sea and a few serviceable resorts. That was chill week and it worked perfectly, with long walks and runs, tall rum and cokes, and fresh seafood. Another culinary highlight was spicy barbecued satay, which is chicken on a stick—65 cents American for a giant skewer almost big enough for a meal. My trip home—Mary stayed a week longer with Mike and Denise—was to Hong Kong via boat, bus, plane, taxi, and then a grueling 14-hour flight to Chicago without a comfortable place to sleep. Ugh!

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id I miss the BlackBerry? Not really—there’s Wi-Fi everywhere, so I stayed connected a couple times a day. And you can really get into an exotic vacation with dear friends without interruptions from the little bugger on the belt. I wish we’d had time for Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia, but that’s

another trip. And we’re already thinking about next winter, perhaps in new parts of South America with a fresh set of sights, sounds, smells and people. I love new places with old friends. And it will also be “déjà vu all over again” yet again with my BlackBerry, or a different Smart Phone, resting gently in its cradle in Chicago. Yogi is right when he’s right. -Andy Shaw‌

illustration by David Mosele


ne of legendary Yankee Yogi Berra’s most famous malapropisms is “déjà vu all over again,” and the Yogiman actually bumbled into perfect misusage, because it’s often the best description of one event that feels eerily like another, including an Asian vacation Mary and I took over the winter that’s strikingly similar to our South American trip three years ago. That one followed my ABC 7 coverage of President Obama’s Inauguration. This one came in the middle of the red-hot GOP primary food fight; both took us far from the political whirl that defined so many of our quadrennial winters; each reminded me there is so much more to life than freezing nights in Iowa and New Hampshire; and perhaps most importantly, both assured me the word BlackBerry does not describe a body part or clothing accessory. As a political reporter I was a B’berry addict, and I’m just as bad as the head of an anti-corruption civic watchdog organization, the Better Government Association. I frequently lack enough selfcontrol to avoid surreptitious glances at the little gizmo during meals, conversations and even bathroom trips. So the prospect of separation is daunting. But I’m happy to report that our Asian Adventure, like our South American Sojourn three years earlier, was not only manageable but greatly enhanced by the absence of a buzzing nuisance that’s immune to every insecticide on the planet. The trip three years ago to Cartagena, a magical getaway on the coast of Colombia, was to absorb the psychic shock of my decision to retire from ABC. This vacation was to celebrate the joy of our 40th wedding anniversary. Mary wanted to beat winter and have an adventure, so we chose Southeast Asia. And, like our earlier getaway, this was a gem. The plan was to fly nonstop to Hong Kong for a few days and then meet our good friends Mike and Denise in Thailand. As you may recall from earlier Shore columns, he’s an ex-cop-turned savvy investor, and she’s a former screenwriter-turned freelance writer. They’d been in Singapore visiting friends, and agreed to meet us in Bangkok after we experienced Hong Kong, which is New York on steroids. Big, bright, gaudy, fast-paced, sleek, modern and sophisticated—the former British colony that continues unabated as a global financial center under Chinese control. A mix of ex-pat colonialism and Chinese inscrutability,


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Maritime Memories

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hether a maritime buff, history aficionado or lover of all things sail-related, you’ll want to get your sea legs ready for the War on the Great Lakes! exhibit, cruising into South Haven’s Michigan Maritime Museum on May 4 and docked there through December 2013. The bicentennial exhibit focuses on the Great Lakes’ link with the War of 1812. “Players” at the exhibit include a young United States, Britain at the height of her Empire, and native nations fighting for the survival

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Spurr adds. “We’re producing one exhibit in one spot with partners, museums and more from all over the Great Lakes region.” “The exhibit offers a unique opportunity through its artifacts, displays and sailing aboard Friends Good Will,” says Patti Montgomery, the museum’s executive director. Friends Good Will (a beauty of a ship that was built in 2004 as an exact replica of its original), will be available for public sails throughout much of the commemorative period. “The War of 1812, while not the birth of our nation, forged it and gave us an identity,” Spurr says. “Before the war, we referred to the United States in the plural. After the war, we referred to the United States in the singular.” -Megan ‌ Swoyer‌

The War on the Great Lakes! exhibit runs from May 4 to December 2013 at the Michigan Maritime Museum, 260 Dyckman Ave, South Haven, Mich. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, $4.50 for children 16 and younger, and members are free. If you’d like to become a member of the museum, there are various levels—from as little as $25 ranging up to the highest level, which is the Keel Club at $1,000 per year. “Many of these members not only help support us by their membership dues and donations,” says museum director Patti Montgomery, “but they also volunteer their time and talents in different areas of the museum. They make anything and everything possible.” For more information, call 269.637.8078, 800.747.3810 or visit

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of their lifestyle. The war was comprised of several Great Lakes conflicts and exploits. As for a direct South Haven connection, you could say it’s buried. “Although the town had not yet been founded at that time [it was founded in the 1830s], a veteran who fought in the war was buried in a cemetery in what is today South Haven Township,” says James Spurr, chairperson of the exhibit. When not volunteering at the museum or sailing, Spurr For your is an attorney for Miller Canfield in Kalamazoo. information Museum visitors won’t want to miss viewing The War of 1812 was between the a document that was carried by a Great Lakes United States of America (declared sailor attesting that he was a citizen of the by the Americans) and the British United States and should not be impressed by Empire. The war was declared for the Royal Navy. (Many of the men the British several reasons, including trade captured were actually American citizens. Even restrictions due to Britain’s ongoing so, the British impressed these sailors into duty war with France, the impressment in the Royal Navy.) of American merchant sailors into There’s also a handwritten recollection by the Royal Navy, and more. The war Oliver Williams, original owner of the tallship was fought not only at sea along Friends Good Will. Williams recorded the the Atlantic Coast, but on the Great ship’s exploits, including her capture by the Lakes, including combat against British. Patrons will also want to check out the British vessels on the Great Lakes, muskets, weaponry, paintings and relics from such as at the action on Lake Erie. ships that were at the Battle of Lake Erie. Both land and naval battles were “If you wanted to see fascinating Great fought along the Great Lakes and Lakes items relating to this war, you’d really Saint Lawrence River. have to go to ten or fifteen different places,”

Getting Artistically Involved 24/7

Feeding Our Furry Friends Lincoln Bark offers nutritional treats for pets

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These days, consumers deliberately look for high quality, tasty treats for their furry friends. And entrepreneur Bobbye Cochran has the perfect goodies for your pet when only the best will do. Cochran is the founder of Lincoln Bark, a natural, human-grade pet treat company based in Chicago. “It was launched in October of 2010,” says Michelle Laing, director of marketing for Lincoln Bark. When founder Cochran learned that her own beloved dog Sophie had Addison’s disease, she knew she had to take a hands-on approach to coming up with something her pet could eat. “My inspiration started with a need—to help Sophie regain all the weight she lost from her illness and a determination to learn all I could about healthy canine nutrition,” Cochran says. “We literally tried every treat we could to get Sophie to eat, but when that didn’t work, I decided to create treats she would like one way or another.” In Cochran’s line of treats are Sweet Little Butterpup dog treats, Treat Smart dog treats and Doggie and Kitty Sprinkles. “We’ve gotten good feedback from the treats,” Laing says. She explains the Sweet Little Butterpup line comes in salmon, oatmeal and pumpkin flavors, while Treat Smart comes in salmon, chicken liver, roasted peanut and duck and pea flavors. All the nutritional, natural ingredients used in the products are made in the U.S. Cochran says she created and tested her products in her own kitchen. “My daughter Sara, [13], was the official taste tester and my sous chef. Yes, they truly are ‘human-grade.’ It’s not just a buzz word we use,” she says. Laing adds, “If we can’t put them in our mouth, we’re not going to give them to the dog.” When Cochran’s husband would walk their dog, he’d pass out treats to neighbors who later said their dogs really liked them. As the president of Bobbye Cochran + Associates, Cochran says she wasn’t looking to start another business. But, seeing the response from the treats, she started to market them in a creative package and tested them in the marketplace at a trade show. “One thing lead to another,” she says. Today, Lincoln Bark products are available online at and at nearly twenty boutique-style pet shops around the country. Visit the website for prices, shop locations and other information. -Eloise Marie Valadez ‌



hen Kris Lamphere became involved with the annual Dogwood Fine Arts Festival in Dowagiac, Michigan, some four years ago, it was with the hope of getting more businesses involved in the festival. And that’s where the 24/7 Up Front Art Walk comes into play. “The Dogwood [now in its twenty-first year] focuses on musical performances and featured authors, storytellers, lectures and more,” says Lamphere, who runs the Who Knew Consignment shop [kids’ resale] in Dowagiac. “We wanted to expand on the visual arts presentation of the Dogwood Fest and at the same time get the downtown business merchants involved. 24/7 Up Front Art Walk has something every day, all day, and night.” 24/7 is a juried art show that attracts artists from Southwest and West Michigan, Chicago and Indiana, and features art on display in shops and business windows on Front Street from May 11 to 20 (as part of the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival). Visitors will see a variety of media, from oils and watercolors to photography and textiles. “We are getting up to 150 submissions,” Lamphere says. About the show “For a new show that’s also very regional, the participation has The 24/7 Up Front Art Walk been great; it keeps growing,” is part of the Dogwood adds Lamphere, who is chair of Festival. This juried art show the event. is displayed 24/7 in The public votes on their downtown Dowagiac, favorite work for the People’s Michigan’s merchant Choice award and the winning windows on and adjacent to artist receives $250. Last year, Front Street. Original works from area artists are featured Indiana artist Cathy McCormick and vie for a Best of Show won over the voters with her cash award. Vote on this pastel landscape, St. Pat’s Lagoon. year’s People’s Choice winner; “The painting depicts an area a ballot guide is available at not far from the west side of the the Dogwood Festival office [St. Joseph] river in South Bend,” as well as host businesses. says McCormick, who lives in For more information, call Granger and has been working in 866.490.2847, 269.782.1115 or pastels since 1966. visit She and an artist friend chose a fall day to paint outdoors near the lagoon. “I had always wanted to paint the lagoon,” says McCormick, who completed most of the painting in one day. The piece has since been purchased. McCormick is president of the Northern Indiana Pastel Society and teaches at the South Bend Museum of Art. “My paintings are about light, form and landscape—the natural landscape or the urban landscape. I like to work in pastel because its chalky, gritty texture seems so well suited to the diverse textures of the land and sky.” As for the 24/7 Up Front Art Walk, McCormick is most impressed with tying business with art. “I give credit to the Dowagiac businesses,” McCormick says. “This art show is a nice partnership between artists and business, and that should be honored.” -Megan Swoyer‌

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Meet Andy Mikonis

Shore introduces its new columnist

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hough Detroit would have been a natural migration for my new automotive career aspirations, it did not meet that qualification, either. I stayed in Chicago, now having lived three quarters of my life within a few miles of Lake Michigan. The Bridgeport neighborhood has been home for eleven years, in a building whose newest wing is 120 years old, its former stable now a three-car garage perfect to house my automotive addictions. Writing for car club magazines gave me proof to show editors I could write about cars, and gradually I started to get professional articles published. The next step was joining the Midwest Automotive Media Association, where I met Jim Jackson, who brought me on to write for the Times newspaper. Over the years, my writing has made its way into numerous publications, including Car and Driver, Automobile and Collectible Automobile magazines. I’m told I was fascinated with all things automotive at a very young age. Though my father wasn’t a car guy per se, one birthday a new Datsun 280Z 2+2 appeared. He drove it quite spiritedly, especially on frequent weekend trips to Northern Wisconsin with the 10-year-old, saucer-eyed me aboard. Not long after, he took a position managing a company’s small fleet, which included three Ferraris. The subsequent thrill rides really set the hook.

Despite my lust for long-nosed sports cars, when I suddenly decided to buy an “old” car at 15, my first automotive purchase was quite accidentally a 1961 Chrysler Windsor. In researching it, I discovered the Chrysler 300 “Letter Series” and the 1961 Chrysler 300G. Here was a car with the same styling that I was now falling for, a larger engine with dual carburetors, and a leather interior with four individual bucket seats. I had to have one, and eventually, I did. Twenty-five years later, I still own that car. In that time it has turned wheels in thirty-eight states, from Maine to Florida, to Texas and California. On the California trip in 1999, my thengirlfriend Carole and I ended up in Las Vegas; we were married in the car at a drive-through chapel. Our first road trip together had been in the Chrysler, driving all the way around Lake Michigan. In the intervening years I’ve owned many vintage vehicles, mostly domestic. The affinity for sports cars later resurfaced, and in 2007 we bought a car I had wanted before I knew what a Chrysler 300 was, a Jaguar E-Type Series 2 coupe in British Racing Green. Since I own my cars to use them, we flew to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and drove it back. Carole recently reminded me it hasn’t been very far from home since a successful trip to Kentucky, and suggested we plan a spring drive. Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, I’ll have had the chance to get out to the garage to dust it off and start the pre-trip maintenance.

photography [this page] by R.J. Kern; [opposite page] courtesy of Chrysler

A chance connection with an established auto journalist and editor over a dozen years ago set the career course that brings me to you as Shore’s new “Motoring” columnist. Because I was a hands-on car guy with a master’s in English, he told me at the time I was perfect for the job—if there was one. Having then recently finished that degree, I had moved to the other side of the desk, and had become disillusioned at the prospects of landing a full-time college level teaching position in a place where I wanted to live.

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hough today’s popular Chrysler 300 is named for the Chrysler 300 “Letter Series” of 1955 to 1965, as the owner of one of the originals I never felt the new 300 really captured their spirit as a modern descendant, with one exception: the Chrysler 300 SRT8. Like those old 300s that rocked NASCAR and set land speed records, the 300 SRT8 is a low production, high-performance edition offered in limited color choices. SRT stands for Street and Racing Technology, Chrysler’s performance division. Along with the extensive reworking all Chrysler 300s saw for 2011, the SRT8 received a new engine upped to 6.4 liters from 6.1 for its 2012 model year debut. Yes, it does result in an additional 45 horsepower, but engineers were also able to incorporate a cylinder deactivation system, as on the The Chrysler 300 SRT8 is a low 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, production, high-performance edition to the SRT engine offered in limited color choices. for the first time. This allows the big V-8 to save fuel by seamlessly switching to run on four cylinders at a steady cruise. More power and better mileage are nothing to dismiss, but suspension modifications for 2012 are what stood out the most to me. The previous generation SRT8’s suspension could be harsh on less than perfect roads, which we certainly don’t have a shortage of around here. In the new car, engineers struck near perfect balance between confident cornering and graceful bump absorption. Performance and fuel economy were the last things on my mind when we wearily stepped off the red-eye from Honolulu in December to find a 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 waiting for us. Instead, it was finding the switches for heat for the SRT-trademark suede sport seats, and my number one new option I didn’t know I needed: a heated steering wheel.



Having the opportunity to drive hundreds of cars has certainly been a dream for a gearhead like me, and I finally feel like it has given me the perspective to competently evaluate new products and developments. But more importantly, whether it’s new cars or old, since automobiles play such a big part in our culture they have a particular way of bringing people together. The friendships I’ve made along the way have certainly been rewarding, and those who build our cars are an interesting lot who keep me fascinated with covering the industry. It has taken me to many places around the country, and even to France to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Next up, it’s off to Virginia then Wyoming for testing you can read about here in future issues.

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A Labor of Love

The Gallery Inn at Galeria San Juan

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ucked away among the rows of Spanish colonial buildings in Old San Juan is this gem of a domicile called the Gallery Inn at Galeria San Juan. This 17th-century inn along the northern seawall of Old San Juan, with majestic views of the Atlantic, is, perhaps, the main reason I return to Puerto Rico. I can’t come to grips with calling this place by its new name, because my wife and I fondly remember it by its original name, the Galeria San Juan. The Galeria is where we spent our first few nights as newlyweds eighteen years ago. With an appetite for discovery, the Galeria sucked us in from the moment we walked through its discreet front gate on Calle Norzagaray. The chatter of tropical birds in the lush main courtyard greets guests. In fact, within the enclave of this 23,000-square-foot colonial mansion are other verdant interior gardens with trickling fountains, brick patios with life-size bronze busts, open living spaces with hanging tapestries, bookshelves filled with colonial artifacts and breathtaking terraces overlooking the rooftops that fill the scenic landscape of Old San Juan. The Gallery Inn is a labor of love by renowned Puerto Rican sculptor/painter Jan D’Esopo and her equestrian husband, Manuco Gandia. They intricately started renovating the inn in 1961 without pause. The inn is a constant open canvas for Jan. Her artwork, along with their collection of other art pieces, intentionally and meticulously fills every corner of the inn. The rooms at the Gallery Inn are true extensions of Jan’s creativity as an artist and her knack for transforming rooms into memorable destinations. There are five categories of rooms, ranging from the Artist Rooms with full-sized beds and interior courtyard views to Family Rooms with one queen bed, double bed, parlor and balcony, to the Top-Side Suites with sweeping views of the water and city below. My wife and I have probably stayed in every room category in the years that we lived in the Caribbean. Each room has its distinct character, and regardless of size, offers memorable spaces for its residents. We stayed in an Artist room during our honeymoon; however, our return visits have awarded us upgrades

to the nicest suites. Jan has added more features and amenities to the Inn since my visit in 2000. An open kitchen and intimate dining room have been installed in the back part of the inn to accommodate guests for breakfasts and cocktails. There is the Orchid Garden, with its wall of hanging orchids and clusters of tables and chairs, that makes for a wonderful setting for reading and conversing. Down below from the garden, is the outdoor gazebo with a day bed, more garden seating, and an intimate swimming pool decorated with sculptures and foliage. The gazebo makes for an idyllic setting for a wedding ceremony or a romantic evening under the Caribbean stars. There is nightly dining at the Gallery Inn located in the Cannon Club room next to the pool. If you time it perfectly, you may catch a small concert at the Inn’s Venetian-style Music Room or a hosted wine tasting on the wine deck. A 7-minute walk down from the Inn is the Beach Shack. The Beach Shack makes for a truly unique experience while sipping a cup of coffee at sunrise or a glass of wine while witnessing Puerto Rico’s famed sunsets. Crashing waves descend upon the rocky shores while San Juan’s old cemetery lies quietly next-door. While the Gallery Inn caters to the whims of those used to comforts of four-star surroundings, one must be reminded that it is also a 300-year-old home. Guests may find little imperfections here or there, but that’s the unique nature of the Inn. It is not conducive to the high-maintenance types. On my most recent visit earlier this year, Jan was gracious enough to upgrade my accommodations to the Sebastian Suite. The suite has a spacious floor plan and a majestic four-poster bed that lies beneath the murmur of the ceiling fans above. In fact, this is the same suite President Obama stayed in during his visit to Puerto Rico in 2011. Well, if the Gallery Inn suits the President of the United States, then it is certainly good enough for me. -George Aquino‌

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A Natural Talent

Artist Laura Whitesides Host finds inspiration in Grand Haven

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It’s a Wednesday afternoon at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham, Michigan, and instructor Laura Whitesides Host soon will pass out to her students some great big, beautifully shaped oak leaves. The artist has been collecting them at her cottage in Grand Haven, Michigan, for the past several months, knowing that she’d eventually find use for the interesting shapes in her art class.

“I’m going to lay the leaves down and draw an outline around them, use some masking fluid and then put down a yellow wash for starters,” Host says. “Then draw some more, add more mask, and build up some interesting layers.” That’s “art speak” for creating an inspiring work that echoes Host’s passion for her slice of paradise in Southwest Michigan. The students (many of them longtime regulars) delight in Host’s knack for spotting bits and pieces of nature wherever she goes. She also brings with her a sense of wonder inspired by her favorite places—specifically those childhood haunts amid the woods-filled, shoreline regions of Grand Haven where she grew up. The artist says the sand dunes, forests and water in and around the area stirred up a lifetime passion for nature. Today, Host, whose cottage is just around the bend from the home of her youth, is president of the Michigan Water Color Society and one of only two remaining members from the original group of twelve who launched the 25-year-old, artist-run Lawrence Street Gallery, now located in Ferndale, Michigan.

photography [this page] by TONY V. MARTIN; [opposite page] provided by Laura Whitesides Host

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Here, she shares how the sand dunes, trees and lake inspire her paintings:

Summer Nights

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite Lake Michigan attribute? Nothing comes close to its sunsets. It sounds hokeyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got millions of pictures of sunsets. Every moment the sky changes. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve looked west over the lake my whole life; those images are imprinted in my head so when I paint that, it comes from within. How would you describe your style? Intuitive. For example, I used an old kitchen floor tile from the 1920s for Horizon, part of my lake series. When I had my kitchen floor redone, I noticed the back of the linoleum and thought it could work as a collagraph plate. I ran it through a press; it made for a perfect plate and the image (featuring watersoluble ink) ended up looking like Lake Michigan. Describe one of your moodier works. An interior designer commissioned Summer Nights. I did a couple of paintings for her, and her client didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t select it. Maybe she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand it. The painting, done in acrylics, features two lake scenesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one large, and another smaller within the bigger piece. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about when you are looking out over the lake at a sunset; you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see anything else but what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at, but the view takes you places, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why the interior image. What might viewers see when they look at Reflective Sky? There are so many telephone and radio waves and things we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see in the air. I often wonder about that. So the thin yellow rays are representative of that. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite thing about being an artist? I like to make things, and create textures and etchings. Whether doing monotype printmaking or painting or both, I like the unknown. Painting on a plate and then putting it through the press . . . well, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to come off, so I add to it. I feel a sense of peace and delight when creating these images. -Megan Swoyerâ&#x20AC;&#x152;

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What do you see outside your cottage windows? There are these great secondary sand dunes and a gorge with trees that go straight up just outside my window. I did a whole series of the views from looking out my dining room window.

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Quite the Puzzle Celebrated Chicago designers debut eco-chic wine tray

Bruce and Stephanie Tharp

Stewardship Council-certified wood. “We do some urban foresting in Chicago and that was our first stop, the one that was most local,” Bruce says. But the methods used to cut the wood would make the pieces less stable and susceptible to warping, so they had to go outside of Chicago. In the end, they chose walnut wood harvested in the Midwest. “We played around with several different eco glues to find the right one and went with a low V.O.C. glue called Eco Glue,” Bruce says. The tray was finished with a simple mineral oil. “If they have an oil in the house to take care of wood, they can take care of it the same way as a cutting board,” Bruce says. “It’s a by-product of petroleum, just a waste product.” The Puzzle tray is just the latest in the impressive Materious design portfolio. The Tharps’ pieces are showcased in galleries around the globe, including at the Art Institute of Chicago where they designed the wreaths worn by the lions guarding the main entrance on Michigan Avenue for the 2011 holiday season.

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hey also have two pieces—the eco-menorah and a bone lamp—in the Museum of Science and Industry’s Smart Home, an eco-friendly home built on the Chicago museum’s campus. Piggy, a philanthropic savings bank, is also available for sale at the Art Institute of Chicago’s museum shop. The Puzzle tray, which debuted in April, is available for $499 at, select boutiques and wine retailers.

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hen the Chicago design duo Bruce and Stephanie Tharp were selected to create a piece for Newton Vineyard’s 2012 Eco-Chic project, the husband and wife pair quickly flew to the Napa Valley winery. “It was just wonderful,” Bruce says. “We spent a couple of days with our 3-year-old and 9-month-old daughters eating grapes off the vine. That was really the start of the inspiration. We had no idea what we were going to do.” Newton Vineyards selected the Tharps’ South Loop design studio to design a luxury tabletop piece celebrating the vineyard’s history and green philosophy to complement the vineyard’s line of unfiltered wines. Bruce says the term eco-chic “is almost an oxymoron” and presented a challenge from a design perspective. “It also had to have functionality,” Stephanie says. “If someone’s not going to use it, it’s not sustainable.” “That’s the leap forward,” Bruce says. “How do you get more functionality out of a tray? It could be a flat board.” The end result was the Puzzle wine tray, a limited-edition rectangular piece featuring a cross-hatched design based on a Chinese motif that mirrors the division of Newton’s vineyard blocks. Each of the puzzle pieces created by the Online cross-hatched design is removable, allowing them to be used For more as coasters or hors d’oeuvres trays. information The terraced edges on the coasters are reminiscent of on Bruce and the terraces in the vineyards, which conserve water and Stephanie retain natural nutrients. A hidden cave in the tray holds a Tharp and corkscrew, paying homage to the Chardonnay cellar built their studio, into the mountain on the vineyard’s property to conserve Materious, energy and keep the wine cool naturally. please visit Both Bruce and Stephanie teach design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bruce says they teach “the complexities of sustainability to our students,” including the source of the materials and the process used in creating the objects. For the Puzzle tray, the Tharps chose Forestry

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>> where to go <<

On Par with Greatness Exploring the towns on the shore

St. Joseph, Michigan, set high on a tree-lined bluff overlooking Lake Michigan and the winding St. Joseph River, and Benton Harbor, Michigan, with its emerging arts district, are the perfect places to explore during the 73rd Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores—an acclaimed Jack Nicklaus golf course—presented by KitchenAid in Benton Harbor.

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he Benton Harbor Arts District, located near the Harbor Shores Club House and where the St. Joseph merges into the Paw Paw River, is a collection of sleek fronted restaurants housed in historical Victorian-era brick buildings, a city park with public art and benches for resting, and the Livery, which was once home to horses in the 1800s and now features award-winning hand-forged microbrews. Urban-style lofts surround the park area, and the range of eateries include the sophisticated Ideal Place; the friendly and fun Phoenix Café, where locals go to order a latte and freshly made croissant; and Piggin’ N’ Grinnin’, owned by barbecue master Charlie McGee, who smokes briskets, ribs and chicken on site. Across the river in St. Joseph, free horse-pulled trolleys clip-clop on the brick streets of the 19thcentury commercial buildings, now shops, art galleries and restaurants, in the downtown. Either by trolley or foot, take a stroll past the Maids of the Mist Fountain built in 1872, choose between caramel apples or hand-dipped chocolates at Kilwin’s Chocolate Fudge & Ice Cream Shoppe and the Chocolate Café & Museum; dine on the porch overlooking the lake at the Bistro on the Boulevard, a farm-to-table white linen restaurant; or enjoy the panorama from the rooftop of RyeBelles,

one of the city’s newest restaurants. Indie book lovers will want to check out Forever Books; those who want to hear the squeaky creaking of old wood floors and the feel of shopping mid 20th century should visit G & M Variety, an old-fashioned five and ten cent store in business for over a century. Other fun stops include the Toy Company, to peruse their wide selection of educational and creative toys, and Chartreuse, a local artists’ cooperative. Below the bluff, Silver Beach is rated one of the best in the world by Delta Airlines’ in-flight magazine. The beach’s late 19th-century roots have been recreated—the historical train depot not only is a stop for Amtrak trains connecting to Chicago and Grand Rapids, it’s also home now to Silver Beach Pizza, a favorite. The Silver Beach Carousel, once part of an amusement park that closed about a half century ago, offers vintage rides and is part of a complex that also features a museum of the old park as well as one of two Curious Kids’ Museums (the other is on top of the bluff), this one with a garden rooftop. Beach lovers can also check out Jean Klock Park, just beyond the dunes of the three Jack Nicklaus signature holes. With its wide sandy beach, promenade of cottonwood trees and views of the lighthouses framing the entrance to the St. Joseph River, the park showcases the best of what this area has to offer. -Jane Ammeson‌

On May 26, golf aficionado Tim Kading of Bridgman will have to make a tough decision—watch the 73rd Senior PGA Championship at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Harbor Shores, or be there when his daughter Brandi, a junior at Bridgman High School, models clothing exclusively created for Fashion on the Shore, a competition and showcase for upand-coming fashion designers. “I know he’ll be here,” says Brandi, who won the title of Miss Bridgman last fall and is now competing for the crown in Miss Blossomtime, the century-old and premier pageant in Southwest Michigan. “My parents are so supportive.” The unique event adds another mustdo for those visiting the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor area during the Senior PGA weekend. “It’s very exciting,” Brandi says, noting that she might like to continue modeling in the future. “I’m really looking forward to it. Getting to see what the designers created and how it looks is going to be great.”

Fashion on the Shore

May 26 1 p.m. (central time) Heritage Museum and Cultural Center 601 Main St St. Joseph, Mich. 269.983.1191

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Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan, showing the sculpture Strata by David Barr, from the Krasl Art Center collection.

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Down the river without a clue

On paper it sounded like a good idea; four old college buddies canoeing down the Wisconsin River. In reality, it was the worst vacation of my life.


e encountered our first problem the moment we got into the canoes. The two experienced camper/adventurer/ outdoorsmen went in the first canoe to show the two inexperienced worthless indoorsmen how to do it. This was incredibly bad planning, because while the first canoe effortlessly made its way down the river, the second canoe was literally paddling itself in circles. Before we could yell out for help, the first canoe was long gone. They figured we would catch up with them soon enough. They figured wrong. It was a sweltering hot summer day, the kind of oppressive heat that led to warnings about checking on your elderly relatives. We thought we’d cool off because we were floating down a river, but didn’t factor in the fact that we were traveling in a metal canoe. The roasting sun turned our traveling device into a scorching heat machine. Any slight movement in the canoe was a potential third degree burn situation. Forearm on metal. Yelp. Thigh on metal. Yelp. The heat did something else. It dried up parts of the river. The current that was supposed to calmly carry us down the river was nonexistent. After we eventually figured out how to paddle, we were exerting a great deal of effort just to keep moving. In some parts of the river we actually had to pick up our canoe and move it when it got stuck. Hand on metal. Yelp. After not seeing any other humans for hours, we thought we saw someone standing on the riverbank in the distance. We figured it had to be one of our buddies thoughtfully waiting for us to catch up so we could switch paddling partners. As we approached we could see it was something very different. It was a man, but it wasn’t anyone we knew. He was standing there looking at us, and we didn’t want

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to look back because he was completely nude. He had his hands on his hips, and was thrusting his bottom half proudly into the sun. “Oh, my God!” my buddy Bill said. “Come on, man, paddle!” I screamed. “I am!” he said. “I am!” We made it past him eventually, but with each additional paddle we encountered more people of all shapes and sizes waving to us. Each of them was wearing nothing but a friendly smile. “Want a beer?” an elderly nude man screamed to us. “No, thanks,” I replied, maintaining perfect eye contact. I wasn’t quite sure how to have a conversation with an elderly nude man. It was a first for me. “Have you seen another canoe come by here?” Bill asked. “Yeah, they were here about thirty minutes ago. Friends of yours?” the elderly nude man asked. “Not anymore,” Bill replied. We didn’t run into our ex-friends again until it was time to stop for the night. They had set up a campsite on a sandbar, and had started a fire. “There they are,” one of them said when they spotted us. “It’s about time.” “We didn’t know what we were doing!” I screamed. “I can’t believe you’re making a fire,” Bill said. “It’s 1,500 degrees outside.” They helped us get the canoe ashore (Hand on metal. Yelp.) and asked us to help them set up the tent. When we spread out the tent we discovered another tiny little problem. The entire tent was covered with spiders. Hundreds and hundreds of spiders were crawling all over its hot canvas. My arachnophobic pal was not a happy camper. “I’m sleeping outside,” Bill said after he saw the spiders. “There are snakes out here,” one of the adventurers said. Bill and I looked at each other and laughed. We were sunburned, tired, sore, miserable, and now we weren’t even going to be able to sleep. I extended my hand to him. “Last canoeing trip ever, right?” “Last canoeing trip ever,” he replied. That’s a promise that will be easy to keep. -Rick Kaempfer‌

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A host of dancers attended this annual star-studded charity ball presented by Arthur Murray at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. The event included a live auction, a raffle, fabulous food, professional shows and lots of dancing. Proceeds were donated to the Chicagoland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.



1 Bob Graham and Debbie Wheeler of Chicago 2 Amy Novotny and Rick Bayless, both of Chicago 3 Bruce Wolf and Stacey Janiak, both of Chicago 4 Hope Wilberschied, Elizabeth Ash and Elvisa Pandzic, all of Chicago 5 Erin McElroy and Marti Jones, both of Chicago




6 Ben Blekfeld and Erin McElroy, both of Chicago 7 Kim Vatis with Jill DeMarlo, both of Chicago

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8 Calli Dollinger of Austin, Tex., with Clifton Bonner of Chicago


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Guests enjoyed an evening at the Heston Hills Banquet Center. Proceeds supported the New Buffalo Business Association.


1 Larry and Deborah Pitchford of New Buffalo 2 Barb and Louis Price of New Buffalo 3 Lisa Gawron and Joe DiMaggio of New Buffalo



supporting families women’s service league ball | st. joseph photography by gregg rizzo

The 53rd Annual Ball, held at the Cravings Ballroom, was an evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing. Proceeds benefited Jay’s Kids Fund.


1 John and Kristy Proos of St. Joseph 2 Jill and Randy Elder of Farmington Hills



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The Fischoff National Chamber Music Benefit was held at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame. More than 200 guests enjoyed dinner and dessert, and 850 attendees laughed during a performance by Martin Short, which was followed by a party. More than $118,000 was raised to support the free educational programs of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association.

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Seven NWI nonprofit organizations partnered to encourage citizens to provide “Good Deeds.” Over $2,500 was awarded.


1 Denise Dillard and J Anthony Brown 2 Chelsea Whittington of Gary 3 Valerie Clarke and Martin Standifer of Gary



2 1 Martin Short 2 Leah and Shayne Magy of Osceola 3 Judy and Hugh Kuzmich of South Bend 4 Vincent Henderson of Granger, Kitty Rose of Mishawaka and Marvin Curtis of Granger


5 Laura and Steve St. Claire of Granger 6 Susannah and Anthony Monta of Granger

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Promoting the upcoming Spirit Awards fundraiser, guests gathered at Gensler to support Designs for Dignity, raising $15,000.



1 Bryan Olson and Betsy Maddox of Chicago 2 Alice Kao and Mahsa Tousi, both of Chicago 3 Kayce Knight of Lake Forest with Jackie Slaats and Hunter Kaiser, both of Chicago

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1 Tomas Paez of Miami, Fla., and Ariel Preston of Ludington, with Victoria Abramenka and Ahmed Lachheb, both of Grand Rapids 2 Mary Eilleen Lyon and Gleavis Whitney of Grand Rapids




3 Robyn Toth of Holland and Jackie Dickinson of Grand Rapids 4 Sherry and James Moyer of Grand Rapids 5 Dustin Moretz of Jackson and Olivia Jenison of Brighton


6 Olga and Jeff Chamberlin of Hudsonville 7 Chelsea Button of Hartland and Stephanie Collier of Holly

Approximately 4,200 people attended this annual ball, which included a dinner and awards ceremony, followed by a dance. The entertainment for the evening was provided by Grand Valley students. The purpose of the event was to recognize honorable students, faculty and staff members, and celebrate another year of accomplishments.


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Jun 23 Summer in Paradise

5:30pm, Shadowland Pavilion, St. Joseph 269.982.4030. Silver Beach will be filled with the sights and sounds of the islands, complete with tiki torches and steel drums. The Jimmy Buffett tribute band, the Last Mangos, will transport visitors to paradise with classics such as “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and “Fins.” This beach party will also include refreshing summer drinks, island food and dancing.

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May 5 Walk for Sojourner Truth House, 9am, Froebel Alumni Park, 410 W 13th Ave, Gary. 219.885.2282. Hundreds of walkers will support the day center for homeless and at-risk women and children from the Northwest Indiana/ Chicagoland area that serves more than 1,500 individuals per month. Funds raised provide food, clothing, medical treatment, therapeutic educational groups, and safe, affordable housing. May 5-6 60th Anniversary Campout, 4pm, Indiana Dunes State Park Group 1 Camp Site, 1600 N 25 E, Chesterton. 219.926.1952. Save the Dunes and the Field Museum will sponsor this event featuring a night hike led by Laura Milkert of Field Museum and Erin Crofton of Save the Dunes. There will also be a morning bird hike on May 6. Both hikes are open to those who may not wish to camp. Those interested may RSVP by calling Eric Neagu at 773.403.5137 or emailing

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May 5-6 Recognizing and Honoring World War II Veterans, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, Buckley Homestead Living History Farm, 3606 Belshaw Rd, Lowell. 219.769.7275. Reenactors from all over the Midwest, and some from as far away as Canada, don authentic uniforms and use restored military equipment to portray that most important time period in our history. Throughout the weekend, the park comes to life with memories of the war years, both military and on the homefront. May 16 May Wine Brunch, 11am, Radisson Hotel, 800 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.6311. The Women’s Association of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra will host this fundraiser to benefit the Symphony Orchestra. The event features shopping, food, entertainment, a raffle, and a hat contest.

May 19 Plant Sale, 9am, Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Ave, Gary. 219.938.8532. The Miller Garden Club’s annual plant sale will offer plants, great bargains and a collection of gardening art, tools, accessories and more. May 19-20 Voyageur Rendezvous—A Travelers’ Gathering, 10am-4pm, Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park, 21690 Range Line Rd, Hebron. 219.769.7275. Visitors will experience the lives of the travelers and merchant traders who traveled the Grand Kankakee River 250 years ago at this weekend reenactment. Activities include kids’ games, historic demonstrations, contests, musical entertainment, concessions and more. Jun 9 Pop Up Art, 5-9pm, Lake Street, Gary. During this event, painters, photographers, sculptors, stained glass and jewelry artists, musicians, and spoken word artists will be featured in the storefronts along Lake Street. Jun 21 Save the Dunes Day Council Ring and Potluck BBQ, 5-8pm, Barker House, 444 Barker Rd, Michigan City. 219.879.3564. On June 21st, 1952, a group of passionate women from Ogden Dunes officially formed Save the Dunes. Starting years before that, dunes lovers were known to gather around a Council Ring fire to talk about their connection to this inspiring landscape. In honor of the tradition of getting together around a common cause, the members are hosting a barbecue. Jun 23 Comparing Varietals from Around the World, 4pm, Towle Theatre, Hammond. 219.937.8780. This wine class teaches the difference between a Merlot and a Cabernet, a Chardonnay and a Pinot Grigio, and what to do when a waiter asks if you want to “smell the cork.” Each of the four Wine School sessions will focus on different styles of wine provided by Dave & Jackie DeRosa of Mediterranean Wine Company and food provided by Chef Randy Berg of Ciao Bella in Schererville.


Through May 6 2012 West Michigan Area Show, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo. 269.349.7775. West Michigan’s talented community of visual artists and some of their finest recent work will be on display at this event. The juried exhibition draws hundreds of entries from a 14-county region of West Michigan. This year, 520 works were submitted from 240 artists, in media ranging from paintings, prints and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and mixed-media works. From these, 106 works by 93 artists were chosen to be included in the exhibition. May 4-6 Gem and Mineral Show, 4-8pm Sat, 10am-6pm Sun, 10am-5pm Sun, Kalamazoo County Expo Center, 2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo. 269.353.5372. The Kalamazoo Geological and Mineral Society will sponsor this fun event featuring games, hourly door prizes, geode cracking, a gold mine, panning for gold, demonstrations, dealers and silent auctions. A portion of the proceeds will go towards scholarships for WMU geology students. May 5 Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade, 1pm, downtown St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. 269.926.7397. The Blossomtime Festival is the oldest and largest multi-community festival in the state of Michigan. For 107 years, communities have come together to watch marching bands, floats and grand floral arrangements stroll down the streets of downtown St. Joseph. May 5 Round Barn Fiesta Party and Sangria Release, Round Barn Gallery, Baroda Tasting Room and Estate, 10983 Hills Rd, Baroda. 269.422.1617. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Round Barn style by indulging in wine, beer and DiVine spirits while listening to festive tunes. The Gallery will also release their popular sangria.

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May 25 The Main Event, 6-9pm, Anna Russo-Sieber (ARS) Gallery, 147 Fifth St, Benton Harbor. 269.208.4409. This event kicks off the “I Am the Greatest” project with a celebration highlighted by live music, local food and wine, and the unveiling of the Muhammad Ali-inspired sculptures within the Twin Cities. Live entertainment will include Indie rock artist Morgan Ingle and soulful blues by Charlene Jones-Clark.

May 26 Fashion on the Shore, 2pm, Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main St, St. Joseph. This fashion show features top student designers from colleges and design schools in the Chicago, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan areas. May 26-October Jammin’ in the Vineyard, every Sat and Sun, Round Barn Gallery, Baroda Tasting Room and Estate, 10983 Hills Rd, Baroda. 269.422.1617. Visitors can enjoy spirited, free entertainment every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, alfresco-style, while sipping world-class wines, spirits and microbrews. Musicians will be rockin’ in the open-air live music stage adjacent to the Beer Garden. May 27 Jazz on a Summer’s Day, The Lakeside Inn, 15251 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeside. 269.469.0600. This event features uncompromising jazz and creative improvised music in a rural setting. The performances will feature the Velvet Trio ( Avreeyal Ra, James Sanders, Harrison Bankhead), Thomas Buckner and Robert Dick, and Trio W.A.Z. May 31-Jun 3 Niles Bluegrass Festival, Niles Riverfront Park, Wayne St, Niles. 269.687.4332. This event features four days of Americana, Roots music and more, for free. Jun 14-17 Harborfest, 9am-10pm, Riverfront Park and Water St, South Haven. 269.767.7075. This event features lighthouse tours, dragon boat races, a craft fair, kids’ activities, and free concerts. Jun 16 31st Classic Boat Show and Small Craft Festival, Michigan Maritime Museum, 260 Dyckman Rd, South Haven. 269.637.8078. Classic and traditional small craft will be featured, with demonstrations and speakers throughout the day, as well as toy boat building for kids. Jun 16 The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival, Weko Beach, exit 16 on I-94, north on Red Arrow Hwy, west on Lake St, Bridgman. 269.925.6301. Guests can sample (tastes or by the glass) Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail locally grown-and-produced varietals and wines from Tabor Hill, Contessa, Domaine Berrien, Fenn Valley, Karma Vista, Lawton Ridge, Lemon Creek, Round Barn, Founders Wine Cellar, Free Run, Hickory Creek and Warner. Jun 16-17 New Buffalo Artigras, 10am-5pm, downtown New Buffalo. 847.926.4300. This free inaugural event features approximately 130 juried artists selling works in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, glass, wood and more. Artist demonstrations, food and live music will be showcased. Jun 29-Jul 1 Lest We Forget WWII Reenactment, various locations, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor. 269.925.7176. Returning by popular demand, this special event, created by Lest We Forget and performed by WWII re-enactors from all over the country, will include a military vehicle parade, flying aircraft, a parachute drop of the American flag followed by a B-17 fly-over simulating a bomb run, and a reenactment of the European Beach Invasion.


Through May 13 Spring Flower Shows, Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago. 312.742.7736. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago. 312.746.5100. These free annual flower shows offer visitors a chance to experience the beauty of spring with a rare opportunity to meet the direct descendants of the great azaleas that once bloomed at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. May 5 May Day—German Heritage Celebration, 3-10pm, Founders Center, 140 Oak St, Frankfort. 815.469.2177. To commemorate its rich German heritage, Frankfort is celebrating this event featuring authentic German food, beverages and dessert prepared by members of the DANK South organization, live music and entertainment, and dancing. In addition, there will be traditional German dance performances, exhibits by German vendors, and free horse-drawn carriage rides from 4:307:30pm through downtown Frankfort. May 10 A Taste for the Arts/30th Anniversary Gala, The Harris Theatre, 205 E Randolph St, Chicago. 312.629.8696. Chicago Academy for the Arts (CAA) will celebrate its 30th anniversary, and the year-long series of events and activities marking this momentous occasion will culminate with an exciting performance and culinary event attended by Chicago’s arts and civic leaders. May 12-Oct 28 Landmarks of America, 10am-5pm, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe. 847.935.5440. A family favorite during its 13th season, the Model Railroad Garden delights visitors of all ages with the sights and sounds of garden-scale trains traversing bridges and trestles, past miniature scenes of America’s best-loved landmarks and beautiful gardens planted to scale. May 18 10th Annual Rooftop Fundraiser for Children’s Charities, 1:20pm, Chicago Cubs rooftop, 1010 Waveland, Chicago. 312.671.2701. The game pits the Cubs against the White Sox, and the ticket price includes giveaways, raffles, auctions, unlimited food, wine, beer, pop and the game. This event will benefit Little Heroes Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and Kusiak Cares Coat Drive, in addition to “The Friends of Michael Williams,” a local pediatric cancer research charity named after a Highland, Ind., child who loved sports. May 24-Aug 23 Cruisin’ Frankfort, 6-9pm every Thu, Oak and Kansas Sts, Frankfort. 815.469.2177. Visitors will enjoy viewing classic cars as they line the streets of downtown Frankfort. May 26 Chicago Memorial Day Parade, noon, State St from Lake St to Van Buren, Chicago. 312.744.3315. The parade honors the memories of loved ones, veterans, and active duty military personnel. It draws more than 10,000 spectators and is considered one of the largest parades of its kind in the country. This year’s parade will be dedicated to soldiers who fought and died in the Iraq War. May 26-27 Randolph Street Market Festival, 10am-6pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun, two entrances—

1350 block of W Randolph St and 1340 W Washington St, Chicago. 312.666.1200. randolphstreetmarket. com. Held one weekend of each summer month, the European-style, indoor-outdoor market has earned an international reputation as one of the finest and most diverse antique markets in the world. Additional dates: Jun 23-24, Jul 28-29, Aug 25-26. Jun 2 World Environment Day, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe. 847.935.5440. The Chicago Botanic Garden’s fifth annual celebration of World Environment Day will feature activities and programs held throughout the Garden to explore how people of all ages can protect the earth through awareness and action. The theme is “Unite for a Sustainable Chicago.” Jun 6 Movies on the Green, 8:30pm, Breidert Green, downtown Frankfort. 815.469.2177. The public is invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and watch free movies under the stars on a 20 x 30 screen. Free popcorn will be available, and no pets are allowed. Jun 8-10 Chicago Blues Festival, 11am-9:30pm, Grant Park, Jackson Blvd and Columbus Dr, Chicago. 312.744.3315. The Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Jun 9 Luminescence, 6pm-midnight, John G. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.692.2713. More than 850 of Chicago’s philanthropic leaders will gather to dance, dine and see Shedd in a different light. Guests will sip cocktails and marvel at the sights on Shedd’s scenic terraces, which feature sweeping views of the Chicago skyline. Jun 9-10 Printers Row Lit Fest, 10am6pm, Dearborn and Polk Sts, Chicago. 312.222.9317. The Chicago Tribune celebrates the written word with over 125,000 attendees during this two-day free outdoor festival. Printers Row Lit Fest brings together national best-selling authors to discuss their work with panel discussions, forums, booksellers, exhibitors, kids’ programs and family activities, cooking demos, and poetry slams. Jun 13-Aug 18 Grant Park Music Festival, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 55 N Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.742.7638. grantparkmusicfestival. com. Celebrating its 78th season, the Grant Park Music Festival is the nation’s only remaining free, outdoor classical music series. Each summer, the festival is committed to providing free classical music to all of Chicago. Jun 15 Bike to Work Rally, 7:309:30am, Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington, Chicago. 312.744.3315. explorechicago. org. This event celebrates the city’s commitment to making Chicago the best big city for bicycling. Jun 17-Aug 26 Concerts on the Green, 6:30pm every Sun, Breidert Green, Kansas and Ash Sts, Frankfort. 815.469.2177. This event offers live music with no admission charge. Visitors should bring lawn chairs and a blanket. June 17:
























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Through May 13 Valparaiso University Art Faculty Exhibition, West Gallery, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5365. valpo. edu. Artwork by Valparaiso University faculty will be on display. May 18-Aug 5: The Photography of William D. Richardson. Through May 20 Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of All Ages, Step Right Up! Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W Second St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. This exhibit for all ages is a collection of original circus side show banners from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, on loan from Chicago’s Carl Hammer Gallery and collector Col. Hunsley of LaPorte, Ind. Through May 20: Double Take; Through May 21: Michigan City Area Schools Student Art Exhibit; May 26-Aug 26: Light & Flow—50 Year Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement. Through Jul 1 A Strange Enterprise—Drawings of the French Theatre from the Permanent Collection, The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame. 574.631.5466. This focus exhibition of Old Master and 19th-century drawings related to the theater examines the function and role of the performing arts within political and social discourse in France. Also, through May 20: 2012 BFA/MFA Candidates’ Theses Exhibition.


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Through May 20 Rauschenberg, Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids. 616.831.1000. Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century. A chronicler of contemporary life, most especially the American experience, Rauschenberg’s great themes were the city, technology, multiculturalism, and the environment. Three upcoming presentations at Grand Rapids Art Museum—Robert Rauschenberg in Context, Robert Rauschenberg at Gemini, and Synapsis Shuffle (1999)—provide a rich introduction to the defining aspects of Robert Rauschenberg’s art. Also, through May 7: Think in Ink; Through Jun 14: ArtPrize 2012; Jun-Aug: Joey Ruiter.

Through Aug 18 A Conversation between Monet and Sochi, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo. 269.349.7775. kiarts. org. Drawing upon art historical images from Asia and the West, Korean artist Lee-nam Lee employs digital technology to offer new interpretations of iconic works of art. Also, through May 6: 2012 West Michigan Area Show; Through May 13: Object of Devotion—Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum; Through Jun 24: Birds of a Feather—John Costin and John James Audubon; May 26-Jul 28: Birds in Art 2011; Jun 2-Jun 24: 2012 High School Area Show. Through Oct 14 2012 Plant Show Series, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, 1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids. 888.957.1580. The Gardens have teamed up with local plant societies and the area’s greenest thumbs to showcase tropical orchids, bonsai, iris, herbs and more. Many of the shows feature workshops, demonstrations or tours, and all include local plant experts. May 26-27: Iris Show, Grand Valley Iris Society; June 23-24: Spring Rose Show, Grand Valley Rose Society. May 4-Jun 17 62nd Annual Members’ Show—Visual Feast, South Haven Center for the Arts, 600 Phoenix St, South Haven. 269.637.1041. southhavenarts. org. The South Haven Center for the Arts Member Show is an exhibit that highlights the talents of their members. All members are encouraged to participate in this highly anticipated exhibit of the year. The majority of the works on display are for sale. Also, Jun 22-Aug 5: Center States—Works of the Chicago Art Salon. May 10-Jun 25 Lea Goldman Celebrating Spring 2012, Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. Romanian-born painter Lea Goldman celebrates spring with her large, colorful floral oils. A change from her usual theatrical paintings, these lovely florals will surely bring sunshine to any day. May 11: Opening Reception 5:30-7:30pm. May 11-Jul 22 2012 Biennial Sculpture Invitational, Dar Davis Gallery and Gallery II, Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.0271. The Krasl Art Center 9th Biennial Sculpture Invitational showcases twenty outdoor sculptures by national and regional artists. Sites include Krasl Art Center grounds, city parks and collaborative locations with the New Territory Arts Association in Benton Harbor and the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph. An indoor exhibition of preliminary materials reveals the artists’ processes for these works through drawings, photographs and sculptural maquettes.


Through May 13 BLOOD/STONES— Burmese Rubies, The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.9410. Generating close to $500 million annually for the country’s rulers, Burmese ruby sales rarely benefit those who extract the gemstones and craft them into breathtaking jewelry. BLOOD/ STONES—Burmese Rubies offers an

Through Aug 5 Rashid Johnson— Message to Our Folks, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.280.2660. mcachicago. org. Incorporating commonplace objects from his childhood and using what he calls a process of “hijacking the domestic,” Johnson transforms materials such as wood, mirrors, tiles, shea butter, Persian rugs, CB radios, and plants into conceptually loaded and visually compelling sculptures. Also, through May 6: Gordon Matta-Clark; Through Jun 3: This Will Have Been—Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s; May 1-Jul 24: BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works—Molly Zuckerman-Hartung; May 5-Oct 21: Phantom Limb—Approaches to Painting Today; May 12-Aug 19: First Fifty.

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LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra, performances in LaPorte and Michigan City, 614 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.362.9020. This exciting orchestra offers a variety of concerts throughout the season, including classical, pops, chamber, children’s and family concerts. Jul 15: Summer Concert. The Memorial Opera House, 104 E Indiana Ave, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. This renovated, 364-seat building—with red, white and blue stained-glass windows—was built as a living memorial to the Civil War veterans of Porter County. Built in 1893, the theater has a rich history as a venue for musical and dramatic performances. May 5: Kim Richey; May 10: Listen to Your Mother; May 19: Harbor Lights; Jun 1-3, 8-10: Oklahoma. The Morris Performing Arts Center, 211 N Michigan St, South Bend. 574.235.9190, 800.537.6415. The home of the Broadway Theatre League, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Southold Dance Theater, the 2,560-seat Morris Performing Arts Center has enraptured audiences in the heart of downtown South Bend for more than 75 years. May 5: South Bend Symphony Orchestra presents “The Toradze Studio” w/ Alexander Toradze, piano; May 11: Trace Adkins; May 13: Mother’s Day Brunch at Palais Royale; May 18-19: Commencement Celebration Dinners at Morris Bistro Restaurant; June 1: Jerry Seinfeld; June 23: Second Annual Blues & Ribs Fest at Coveleski Stadium; June 28: Steve Miller Band. Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, various venues. 219.836.0525. Conducted by the charismatic Kirk Muspratt, this professional orchestra

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Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. Now in its 57th season of bringing live theatrical entertainment to the greater Northwest Indiana region, the CST presents a variety of plays and musicals each season, in addition to regularly scheduled theater classes for both adults and children. May 25-Jun 9: Brother of All; July 13-14: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, free public performances

Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. World-class gambling and top-name entertainment combine to create an unprecedented experience at this 350,000-squarefoot casino. The Venue, the casino’s 90,000-square-foot entertainment facility, hosts some of the hottest Chicagoland entertainment. May 11: The Whispers & the Temptations Review; May 19: Huey Lewis & the News; May 25: Hitz Boxing; May 26: Bob Saget; Jun 8: Penn & Teller; Jul 6: Heart; Jul 8: Ringo Starr.



Through Jul 15 The Outdoor Office—Jonathan Olivares Design Research, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago. 312.629.6635. Jonathan Olivares, a New York-based designer who established his eponymous studio in 2006, develops industrial design objects, exhibitions, and research projects, focusing on a human-centered approach to design in which the needs of the user are brought to the fore. Also, through May 7: Beauty and the Book—19th- and Early 20th-Century Folios on the Decorative Arts; Through May 13: Fabric of a New Nation— American Needlework and Textiles, 1776-1840; Through May 20: The Schiff Foundation Fellowship for Architecture—Selections, 1989-2011; Through Jun 3: Entre Nous—The Art of Claude Cahun; Through Jul 1: Jindrich Heisler—Surrealism under Pressure; Through Sept 9: Parcours; Through Sept 13: Fashioning the Object—Bless, Boudicca, Sandra Backlund; Through Oct 28: Katharina Fritsch; May 2-Sept 9: Dawoud Bey—Harlem, U.S.A.; May 9-Oct 28: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Japanese Art; May 12Oct 28: Told and Retold—Picture Book Artists from Studio Goodwin Sturges; May 16-Sept 3: Roy Lichtenstein—A Retrospective.

DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Campus. 574.631.2800. The state-ofthe-art, 150,000-square-foot facility, newly opened in 2004, is host to some of the world’s most celebrated artists. In addition, its stages showcase student, faculty and community performers, as well as the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Southold Dance, the Notre Dame Symphony, the South Bend Civic Theatre, and more. May 1: Notre Dame Jazz Bands Spring Concert; May 2: Notre Dame Collegium Musicum Department of Music; May 3-5: Ballet Hispanico; May 8: Fleur de Lys-Baroque Ensemb; May 18: Notre Dame Band Commencement Concert; May 18: Department of Music Commencement Concert; May 19: Notre Dame Glee Club Commencement Concert.


Through Jul 8 Farmers, Warriors, Builders—The Hidden Life of Ants, Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St and Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 773.947.3133. This exhibit allows visitors to get a look at life from an ant’s point of view through the striking close-up photographs of Mark W. Moffett, author of Adventures Among Ants. Visitors can see a cast of an underground ant city and watch video of living ant colonies. Also, through Sept 3: MythBusters—The Explosive Exhibition; Apr 19-Jan 6, 2013: Smart Home—Green + Wired Exhibit.

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essential events performs concerts that range in atmosphere from the whimsical pops series to the edifying and inspirational maestro series, many of which offer preconcert discussions with the conductor an hour before the concert. May 17: South Shore Glee!; Jul 21: Summer concert, Cedar Lake. Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. With 3,400 seats arranged in two intimate seating levels, the theater consistently hosts premier performers year-round. With its convenient location in the heart of Northwest Indiana’s shopping and dining district and its proximity to the adjoining Radisson Hotel, the Star Plaza offers a total entertainment package to area theatergoers. May 4: “Weird Al” Yankovic; May 9-13: Sesame Street Live; Jul 14: Under the Streetlamp; Jul 15: Zappa Plays Zappa. The Theatre at the Center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. This theater, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the distinction of being the only professional equity theater in Northwest Indiana, and showcases the artistry of professional actors, musicians and designers from throughout the Midwest. May 3-Jun 10: Making God Laugh; July 12-Aug 19: Little Shop of Horrors. Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. To honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent in the arts, the Towle Community Theater presents exhibitions, theatrical productions and musical performances in the heart of downtown Hammond. May 4-6, 10-12, 18-20: The 39 Steps; Jun 23: Improv Showcase; Jul 6-8, 13-15, 19-22: Next to Normal.


The Acorn Theater, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3879. The 250-seat Acorn is home to a carefully reconstructed, rare Barton Theater Pipe Organ and boasts bistro tables and occasionally offbeat entertainment options. May 4: Hitsville Revue; May 11, 12, 13: Merman’s Apprentice; May 17: Hoots & Hellmouth and Pearl & the Beard; May 18: Switchback; May 19: Meet the Beetles (Beatles Tribute Band); May 24: Gaga party; May 25: Jefferson Starship; May 26: Judy Tenuta; May 31: Storytelling After Hours; June 1: Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan; June 2: Opera at the Acorn “Opera Gala” with tenor John Concepcion and friends from the Lyric Opera of Chicago; June 8: Christopher Carter; June 9: Mike Toomey; June 16: Tom and Beckie; June 17: Laura Freeman—You’ve Come a Long Way Baby—Girl Groups of the early ’60s w/ special guest Cheryl Szucsits; June 21: Bollywood theme party; June 28: Storytelling After Hours; June 29-30: The Sweat Girls.

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Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. The Berrien Artist Guild has converted an old box factory into a multidisciplinary arts resource, housing galleries, studios, an art shop and a café. Visitors also can take advantage of the Box Factory as an entertainment venue, attending stage performances by singers, musicians, poets and actors. May 12: Women of Riversong (Music Society); May 19: Four Spacious Guys; May 25: Lake Effect Jazz Big Band.

Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 616.454.9451 ext 4. Recognized as one of America’s leading regional orchestras, this Grammy-nominated symphony provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. The orchestra’s eight concert series with performances designed for young children through adults feature a wide range of repertoire. May 11-13: Behind the Mask; May 18-19: Heavens Above, Earth Below. Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, various venues. 269.982.4030. This versatile orchestra offers a traditional Mendel Mainstage Series, small ensemble works in the Around Town Series, and the Performing Artists series, which showcases a wide range of styles with guest artists. May 25: Ellis Island—The Dream of America; Jun 7: Beyond Pluck; Jul 3-4: Independence Day Celebrations; Jul 12: Duo Piacevole. Van Andel Arena, 130 W Fulton, Grand Rapids. 616.742.6600. vanandelarena. com. Ranked second on Billboard Magazine’s 2003 Top 10 Arena Venues for its size, this $75 million 12,000-plus capacity arena offers world-class family shows, concerts and sporting events to the increasingly popular Grand Rapids area. May 5: Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover Live; May 26: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ I’m With You World Tour; May 30-Jun 3: Cirque du Soleil Presents Quidam; Jun 6: Roger Waters; Jun 14: Barry Manilow.  


Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. A National Historic Landmark and a mainstay of Chicago architecture and theatre since 1889, the Auditorium continues to provide unparalleled ballet performances and a variety of artistic productions. Through May 6: The Joffery Ballet—Spring Desire; May 12: Andrew Bird. Broadway in Chicago, various venues, Chicago. 800.775.2000. A joint venture between the two largest commercial theater producers and owner/operators in the U.S., Broadway in Chicago offers the finest of professional stage productions in multiple theaters, all residing in Chicago’s lively Loop. Through May 27: Pinkalicious; Jun 5-Aug 5: Rock of Ages, Broadway Playhouse, 175 E Chestnut; Jun 26-Jul 1: RAIN—A Tribute to the Beatles, Ford Center Oriental Theatre, 24 W Randolph; May 1-6: Cats; Jun 16: Kristin Chenoweth, Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W Randolph St; through Jun 3: Jersey Boys, Bank of America Theatre, 18 W Monroe St. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier, 800 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.595.5600. Prominently located on Navy Pier in Chicago, this venue mounts renowned productions of the plays of William Shakespeare, as well as works from distinguished American and international playwrights and directors. The theater’s mission to reach out to younger audiences is well accomplished with its offerings of children’s productions and student matinees. The architecturally dynamic structure houses both an engaging, 500-seat courtyard theater and a 200-seat black box theater. Through Jun 10: Timon of Athens.

Chicago Sinfonietta, Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 2205 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. In its pursuit of “Musical Excellence through Diversity,” the Chicago Sinfonietta—the official orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet—presents compelling, innovative works, often by composers and soloists of color. Various locations. Jun 2: 25th Anniversary UnMasked Ball; Jun 16, 18: Concert V—Passion. Tragedy. Love. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N State St, Chicago. 312.462.6300. The Chicago Theatre has been a prototype for area theaters since 1921. With its lavish architecture and an elegant stage, the Chicago Theatre seats 3,600 and stands seven stories high. May 2-3: An Evening with Yanni; May 12: Chickenfoot; May 13: Mo’Nique and Friends—Mother’s Day Comedy Show; May 15: Steve Winwood; May 19-20: Bonnie Raitt; May 21-22: The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour; Jun 2: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; Jun 15: Aziz Ansari—Buried Alive!; Jul 12-14: Barry Manilow.

Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today’s leading orchestras. Performances by the CSO are much in demand at home and in the most prestigious music capitals of the world. Led by renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti as its tenth music director, the CSO is working to fulfill his vision for the Orchestra—to deepen its engagement with the Chicago community, to nurture the legacy of the CSO while supporting a new generation of musicians, and to collaborate with visionary artists. Performances held daily, except Wed. May 5-6: Yo-Yo Ma Plays Dvorák; May 13: Kirill Gerstein; May 23: Gershwin Rhapsody In Blue; May 27: Chicago Piano Day; May 30: Emanuel Ax w/ special guests Dong-Hyek Lim, Orion Weiss and Mary Sauer; Jun 1: Tribute to Fats Waller w/ Jason Moran; Jun 3: Percussion Scholarship Program Spring Recital; Jun 10: Stephen Hough; Jun 15, 17: Beyond The Score—Fate Knocks?; Jun 15: MusicNOW Presents Mercury Soul; Jun 16: Muti Conducts Beethoven.

Court Theatre, 5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago. 773.753.4472. courttheatre. org. The Court Theatre is a not-for-profit, professional regional theater that is located Daniel Toshon the campus of the University of Chicago. Its mission to “discover the power of classic theater” is realized in its intimate, 251-seat auditorium. Through Jun 3: Angels in America—Millennium Approaches; Angels in America—Perestroika.

Paramount Theatre, 23 E Galena Blvd, Aurora. 630.896.6666. Named “One of Chicago’s Top Ten Theatres” by the League of Chicago Theatres, the Paramount is renowned for the quality and caliber of its presentations, superb acoustics and historic beauty. May 18: Elton John and the Rocket Band; May 20: The Oak Ridge Boys; June 3: Made In America Concert Tour.

The Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn St, Chicago. 312.443.3800. Since 1925, the Goodman Theatre has provided entertainment to the Chicago area; however, a new, state-of-the-art two-theater complex was completed in 2000—75 years to the day after the dedication of the original—and resides in the vibrant North Loop Theater District within walking distance of fine hotels and restaurants. Through May 6: Fish Men; Through Jun 10: The Iceman Cometh; Jun 30-Aug 5: Crowns.

Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E Main St, St Charles. 630.584.6342. pheasantrun. com. Acclaimed throughout Chicago and the Midwest for its entertainment, Pheasant Run Resort features theater at its new Mainstage and Studio theaters, comedy at Zanies Comedy Club, and live music, entertainment, art exhibits and shopping at its own version of Bourbon Street. Through May 20: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do; May 25-26: Letters Home; May 31-Jul 22: Some Enchanted Evening—The songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph, Chicago. 312.704.8414. Now in its fifth season at its home in the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, this modern stateof-the-art theater guarantees that the audience will enjoy a wide variety of performances in an intimate setting. May 2: Teseo; May 5-6: Balanchine Masterworks; May 14: Music NOW; May 22: French Virtuosity; May 23: Mozart, Haydn, Dittersdorf, Vanhal; May 26-27: Noli Me Tangere; May 31-Jun 3: Hubbard Street Dance Company; Jun 4: 25 Years with CCM; Jun 10: Mayfair Academy; Jun 27-28: Giselle—Paris Opéra Ballet; Jun 29-Jul 1: Mixed Repertoire—Paris Opéra Ballet.

Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N Halsted, Chicago. 312.335.1650. The Chicago-based cast is an internationally renowned group of 43 artists, committed to the art of ensemble collaboration. Now in its 35th season, Steppenwolf continues to fulfill its mission by offering intriguing performances and taking artistic risks. Through May 13: Time Stands Still; Through Jun 10: The March; May 5: Steppenwolf’s 2012 Gala.

Lyric Opera of Chicago, Civic Opera House, Madison & Wacker, Chicago. 312.332.2244 ext 5600. The world-class Lyric Opera enraptures audiences with its spectacular artistry, performing in one of the most unique theaters in the world. The recently refurbished Civic Opera House not only is an elaborate treasure on the inside, but it is architecturally distinctive as well, shaped like a throne facing the Chicago River. May 12: Lang Lang in Recital. Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.294.3000. The Chicago

Victory Gardens Theater, various venues. 773.871.3000. victorygardens. org. As one of the country’s most respected midsized professional theater companies, this Tony Award-winning theater is dedicated to serving playwrights and producing world premiere plays. Programs include five mainstage productions with emphasis placed on the development of an ethnically and culturally diverse community of arts. May 3-20: Spider Saloff’s The Roar of the Butterfly; May 6: Listen to Your Mother; Jun 29-Jul 29: Oedipus El Rey.

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Paris Las Vegas

words and Photography By Matt Erickson‌




Las Vegas Matt Erickson goes off the beaten path in his home away from home he neon signs burn just as brightly as they ever have. And never have the mega-resort casinos been more gargantuan, with bigger-than-life million-dollar stage shows and change-yourlife million-dollar dreams. Yes, Las Vegas is

still very much the famed “Entertainment Capital of the World.” And how. But beyond the glitz and glimmer of the Strip, there exists a different Sin City—a Las Vegas that hides in plain sight even as the slot machines sing their songs and whirl around toward lucky sevens. It’s a Las Vegas that is not exclusively for the locals, but still one that Strip-obsessed visitors often

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Getting there A couple right turns out of the rental car garage puts you and your GPS right on Las Vegas Boulevard, with the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign just two miles up the road. For most Las Vegas visitors, their vacation here exists on a roughly five-mile north-south stretch between the shiny golden façade of Mandalay Bay and the Stratosphere—which has the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, by the way. But our alternative Vegas vacation starts by bypassing the Strip altogether. The I-215 “Beltway” heads out west from the Strip past a series of exits that lead to suburban strip mall after strip mall. But as the peaks of the Spring Mountain range get closer, the Charleston Boulevard exit showcases a pair of gems. Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa is 15 miles away from the action of the Strip, but once there you might need to be reminded you’re in Vegas. Red Rock is named after the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just a few miles west of it, and while the typical Las Vegas gaming experiences are plentiful there, there is also opportunity to

treat a stay there like a getaway from the rush of life. And in Las Vegas, that’s saying something. The resort boasts a full spa. Hiking and horseback riding excursions can be booked through the property. There are restaurants ranging from a high-end steakhouse to sushi to an above-average buffet to a food court, plus a bowling alley and movie theater. There are night clubs and bars, one of Las Vegas’ nicest sportsbooks, and you can hop out of one of the better pool complexes in town and choose between a cabana or a seat at a blackjack table while you air dry. Once decamped, there is little need to leave the resort, making Red Rock a Vegas anomaly—an escape from reality that is actually relaxing if you want it to be. Just a few miles west of the Red Rock resort is Red Rock Canyon, a 13-mile one-way drive filled with dozens of u-shaped turns and switchbacks. The canyon is a mecca for cyclists and runners looking to get in some road work at altitude. For the adventurous, there are enough hiking trails to keep one busy for a month, not to mention rock climbing opportunities. The hikes range from easy ones of under a mile to the more strenuous 5 miles and a legit half-day. But the views of the canyon’s sandstone formations can be truly spectacular. And if you just want to drive through, there are dozens of pull-offs for photo opportunities and short hikes—and you might just spot a wild burro or two. An hour northeast of Las Vegas sits the Valley of Fire State Park, which takes its name from the red sandstone rock formations throughout the valley. If you visit in the summer, be prepared for temperatures that can hit 120 degrees—but as they love to say in Las Vegas, “It’s a dry heat.” The Valley of Fire features some of the most picturesque rock formations in the West, including the famed Elephant Rock. And in several locations, petroglyphs—rock drawings


ignore—or flat-out don’t even know about. This Las Vegas is more than just joining a tour group for a half-day trip to the Hoover Dam, though it might not be for first-time visitors who really should go all-in for six-hour blackjack sessions, three-foot-tall mugs of beer to drink while people-watching along Las Vegas Boulevard, $150 Cirque du Soleil shows and $40 buffets. For those who have done the Strip to death, for those who can resist the lure of sliding clay chips across felt tables, for those unafraid to rent a car and venture out beyond the Strip, a new experience awaits.

done by the ancient Pueblo tribe that lived in the area starting around 300 BC—can be found, making the area one of the more fascinating historical locations within a short drive of Sin City. Some of the formations in the valley are so otherworldly that they have doubled as other worlds in the movies, including scenes on Mars in the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger hit Total Recall.

The Bellagio’s conservatory

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nd as long as you’re at the Valley of Fire, you’re only a few miles from the north end of Lake Mead, which, given its size as the largest man-made reservoir in the country thanks to the Hoover Dam, is far from a hidden treasure. But plenty of boating, swimming, fishing and other water activities abound Bally’s, Paris Las Vegas there, making it a nice retreat from and Planet Hollywood the bustle of the casinos. But let’s be honest—you’re not going to Las Vegas to steer yourself completely away from what it’s known for. And in the last few years, the city has become known for its world-class dining options as much as it has for gambling and stage shows and the “what happens here stays here” mantra. It’s easy to get lured in to any of the dozens of fancy-pants restaurants with the backing of celebrity chefs like Wolfgang Puck or Emeril Lagasse, or even fancier backing of legendary chefs like Joel Robuchon and Tom Colicchio. And make no mistake, you’ll get a great meal—at a great price. Lagasse’s Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian and New The famed Las Vegas Sign Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand offer a chance for a dining experience that will make you feel quite Vegas without leaving your wallet completely empty, as will any of Puck’s many offerings, including Spago at Caesar’s Palace. And if you want to play to the stereotype and hit up a buffet, the offerings at Bellagio, Wynn and Paris are all outstanding and provide an excellent quality bang for your buck, even if you’re not gorging yourself. But trips to Las Vegas for me aren’t complete without at least one trip to a place that most of the tourists don’t know about. If you aren’t specifically looking for Lotus of Siam, you won’t find it. It’s hidden away in a strip mall complex off Sahara Avenue a mile from the Strip. and Dives, which is odd given that host Guy Fieri went to From the outside, Lotus appears to be UNLV. But his recommendation of the beef and cheddar just another random ethnic food offering of several in the stromboli is spot-on. My last trip there, owner Mario Perkins complex. But inside, Chef Saipin Chutima is crafting what popped out from the kitchen, sat down in my booth and review after review has called the best Thai food in North had a good chat with me about what I thought, and what America. She also won the James Beard Award last year for made me leave the comfort of the Strip to seek out the Four best chef in the Southwest. The pad Thai at Lotus is second Kegs. And the wings are pretty good, too. to none. And if you go on weekdays at lunch time, there Hoosiers will want to hit up Hash House A Go Go for a is a buffet for $10.99 that lets you wrap your taste buds taste of home. The restaurant, which started in San Diego around several Lotus specialties. You’ll thank me later for twelve years ago, has four Vegas locations. But the original, the fried banana rolls alone. which isn’t inside a hotel, is the way to go. Hash House Four Kegs Sports Pub is the only Las Vegas restaurant to serves up what it calls “twisted farm food” three meals a be featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins

A rainstorm occurs inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood

Not-So-Off-theBeaten-Path Let’s be honest. You’re going to spend plenty of time on the Strip when you hit Sin City. There are the highlights everyone knows, like the Fountains of Bellagio, and then there are ways to get a new perspective on Vegas that you might not have thought to do before.

The Views

Head to the rooftop of the Bellagio’s parking garage for some of the best night views of Paris and Planet Hollywood. Want to see the Strip from its backsides? The roof of the garage at the Hard Rock Casino has a great panoramic view from a mile away. But if you want a classier experience, head to VooDoo Lounge on the 51st floor of the Rio. It has an outdoor multilevel patio, and if you get there before dusk you can watch the lights coming up across the Strip. For the north-south views, the top of the Stratosphere Tower lets you look south and Mix Lounge atop Mandalay Bay may have unparalleled views looking north.

The Food

There are a thousand dining options to choose from on the Strip. Need cheap and easy? New York Pizzeria at New York New York has giant slices—New York-style, of course. Want Tom Colicchio goodness, but don’t want to pay Craftsteak prices? ’Wichcraft’ is his sandwich shop at MGM Grand. Noodles at Bellagio will have you fascinated by the décor, but also in love with the pad Thai. Burger options abound on the Strip, but at both BLT Burger (the Mirage) and Burger Bar (the famed Hubert Keller’s casualchic offering at Mandalay Bay), your beef can be accompanied with ridiculous milkshakes made with Oreos and Twinkies and Nutella, oh my. Walking the Strip and need a quick pick-me-up? Pink’s Hot Dogs has an offshoot of the original L.A. cult classic attached to the outside of Planet Hollywood.

The Photo Opps

Head into Paris for a trip up the Eiffel Tower. But before you go inside, marvel at the massive tower from underneath it—and inside, marvel at the legs of the tower that are right inside the casino floor. The trip to the top is worth the price of admission, especially if you can go up just before dark (caution—the lines are longest then) and stay there to watch the Bellagio’s fountain show from 500 feet in the air. Across the street at the Bellagio, the Conservatory is well known. But the theme of the gardens changes five times a year—for the four seasons, plus Chinese New Year. The Mirage’s garden atrium is a mini rainforest that leads into the casino, and before you get there a 20,000-gallon aquarium stretches the length of the front desk. Park yourself in front of the Statue of Liberty replica at New York New York for some great views of the resort’s faux skyline.

The Entertainment


The Fountains at Bellagio are perhaps the Strip’s most famous star. But with dozens of different songs accompanying it— including hits from the Beatles and Michael Jackson, Vegas staples like Frank Sinatra and Elvis, and yes, Celine Dion— and a show every 15 minutes at night and every 30 minutes throughout the afternoon, you might see a new show every time. The free pirate show outside Treasure Island and the volcano show at the Mirage are good for 10 minutes of free thrills. Inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, there is a rainstorm every hour. Music fan? Head over to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, just a mile off the Strip, and spend hours looking at the displays of the ever-changing rock memorabilia and amazing photography on display.

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day, including an entire menu section called “Indiana Favorites.” But its take on chicken and waffles is what got it a spot in the Top 100 Greatest Cult Restaurants in America from Poor Taste magazine. Two giant chicken breasts are fried, then served atop waffles made with bacon inside them, then drizzled with a maple-caramel syrup and topped with fried leeks. And why not? Vegas is a city of excess, and that meal takes the cake. In a city where if you look hard enough, there’s something for everyone, the glitz and glimmer can be hard to resist. But it doesn’t take too much searching to find some things you never knew were there.

A $43 million project is revitalizing Whiting’s Lakefront Park


‘Best-Kept in the World’ written By Louisa Murzyn‌• Photography by Tony V. Martin

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Imagine succumbing to the sizzling heat and wading into cool sparkling waters, diving in like a mermaid, the waves rolling your body back and forth under a clear blue sky, your joy and laughter echoing into the air. • After a swim, picture strolling up the sandy beach as lazy waves lap at your feet to a white gazebo to watch a brilliant sun dip beneath the pristine waters. • Tanned pedestrians step off a boat in the harbor and then everyone brings on the night—a baseball game at a premier stadium, dinner and a cocktail, dancing to a big band or rocking out with a live concert, and a leisurely moonlit walk along a promenade with a twinkling big city skyline as a backdrop.

New Lakefront Project. [from left] Steve Hanscom, Oil City Stadium designer; project manager Kevin Krulik, American Structurepoint; Fred Prazeau, designer from Context; Whiting mayor Joe Stahura; vice-president Christopher Murphy, American Structurepoint; John Kennedy, business development, American Structurepoint.


may sound like vacation bliss at a Caribbean resort, but it’s the kind of experience area officials are hoping to deliver with Whiting Lakefront Park, a $43 million project designed to make its Lake Michigan shoreline a popular destination for residents and tourists. “We’re taking a sleepy little town and taking it to new heights,” says Mayor Joseph Stahura. “Our residents look at Whiting as the best-kept secret in the world.” Whiting and its unique three-mile lakefront has been suspended in a forgotten, more innocent time. City officials and area developers are hoping to turn the lakefront into a four-season sanctuary brimming with endless possibilities. It will be hard to resist the lure of the city’s downtown corridor as

Whiting is a place rich in history, and its transformation into a major cultural district and community gateway has been more than 100 years in the making. In April, it hosted Indiana’s 44th Annual statewide “Preserving Historic Places” conference, which included a walking tour of the livable lakefront, celebrated downtown, distinctive ethnic churches and the Community Center, which was built in 1923 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “Renaissance is a strong word,” Stahura says. “I tell people, don’t confuse change with our respect for our past. You still have to respect your traditions but you value the past.” The two-tiered promenade will allow visitors to stroll, bike or rollerblade along the water’s edge on a postcard perfect The railroads and oil refining shoreline while admiring the Chicago skyline and other played important roles in the dramatic, geographical curiosities along the way. formation of Whiting. In the 1800s, RECONNECTING PEOPLE legend has it Pop Whiting ditched The transformation of Whiting’s his freight train along the tracks lakefront is foremost about and thereafter settlers began moving in. Standard Oil Company reconnecting people with the water. “We didn’t want visitors began building its refinery and the city’s history changed forever. at the water’s edge to be interrupted,” says Fred Prazeau, of “Tens of thousands came to help and established our ethnic Fortville, Indiana-based Context Design LLC. “We’re completely roots,” Stahura says. “The Russians came as bricklayers, Slovaks redefining the lakeshore and transforming the edge of the water were electricians, Polish were laborers, Hungarians were tinners, so people can interact with the lake. It’s going to shock the general and pipefitters came from Serbia, Germany or Ireland.” public, because right now they can’t connect with the water in a Neighborhoods formed and Whiting created a public library meaningful way.” and the historical lakefront park. Recreational development of The two-tiered promenade will allow visitors to stroll, bike the dunes got underway and the middle and working class turned or rollerblade along the water’s edge on a postcard-perfect towards Indiana’s lakefront for rest and relaxation. shoreline while admiring the Chicago skyline and other dramatic Outdoor recreation groups extolled the virtues of the sand hills, geographical curiosities along the way. The multitextured fresh air, exercise and nature’s regenerative powers. Residents promenade nearest the water will be for taking a leisurely stroll. Or throughout Northwest Indiana and Chicago learned to play as the for doing nothing at all—to sit, collect thoughts, unwind and listen invasion of pleasure seekers began. to the timeless sounds of shimmering waves lapping on the shore. An extension of the Marquette Greenway Trail, the second tier will be a biker’s or hiker’s paradise. With fourteen miles of trails CELEBRATE, CONTEMPLATE, PLAY within Whiting alone, visitors can explore and discover its secrets “We’re not trying to create an atmosphere we don’t feel we already for days on end. It will also provide a connection to a new path have,” Stahura says. “We’re enhancing and sharing it. We value

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rendering by Fred J. Prazeau, ASLA | CONTEXT


Whiting Whiting Lakefront Lakefront Park Park Promenade Promenade & &

our history, and our community itself has a unique charm people find attractive. Our vision is to become a destination point. We’ve not done a good job of showcasing what’s out there. It’s a shambles. Rocks and rubble cover the shoreline. But the light bulb went off and we realize we need to improve and develop what we have.” The long-range master plan provides a roadmap for the next two decades. The initial phases have a price tag of $43 million Railing and are made up of twenty-three Railing different projects funded mainly by the city and the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. Christopher Murphy, principalin-charge and vice-president of Indianapolis-based American Structurepoint Inc., says his team sees Whiting as a close-knit and vibrant community built upon the blue collars of its citizens, who take pride in its historical park as a center of recreation. The master plan’s tagline is “celebrate, contemplate, play.” Only twenty minutes from downtown Chicago, Whiting is in the national spotlight in July during Pierogi Fest, which draws 200,000 visitors. The media flocks to the celebration and its stories are a mainstay on the Food Network and Travel Channel. The inviting lakefront, emerging arts community, thriving downtown shops and enticing homegrown restaurants already contribute to the city’s charm as a great destination for tourists.


well as its park and beach with its sand dunes, trails, pavilions, harbor and other amenities. The infrastructure is in place and plans include a new, interconnected two-tiered promenade, a new nature area, a new gazebo event center, new parking areas and the renovation of all existing facilities including Whihala Beach pathways and the boat harbor. A new Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Museum is also included in the project. The 26-acre Whiting Lakefront Park is where the city meets the water. It’s where previously underused space becomes a priceless public asset that is accessible to everyone.

system leading into the business district and residential community. The new pile-supported, permanent fishing pier will extend 317 feet into Lake Michigan into deeper waters for anglers. The shoreline will be a reconstructed natural shoreline with natural sand beach and dune habitats. A formal flower garden designed as an uplifting, unexpected refuge will be located near a turn-of-thecentury inspired wedding gazebo. Stahura plans to use it to perform marriage ceremonies and hopes to include a restaurant on the lakeshore that will serve as a facility for wedding receptions and other banquets. “When you live here, you appreciate what a treasure this lakefront is,” Murphy says.


To redefine the space, city officials made the agonizing decision to relocate the historical baseball field, which had been on the lakefront since at least the 1920s. The new Standard Diamonds Park’s Oil City Stadium seats 1,100, cost $4.9 million, and will be used by the high school, Calumet College of St. Joseph and a new collegiate team. “A long history of a blue collar community, playing America’s pastime within feet of the Great Lakes and an iconic view of an industry distinctly American made our job much more challenging and crucial that it be done right and with an appropriate tribute given to the tradition established,” says American Structurepoint architect Steven Hanscom. A bronze home plate faces the lake and marks the location of the original. Project manager Kevin Krulik says the landscape design will memorialize the old field. “We’re hoping children will play catch there and fathers and sons will reminisce about the

A new pavilion and snack area is part of Whiting’s redevelopment plan for its lakeshore.

The new Standard Diamonds Park’s Oil City Stadium seats 1,100, cost $4.9 million, and will be used by the high school, Calumet College of St. Joseph and a new collegiate team—Northwest Indiana Oilmen.

good old days.” With the relocation of the field, a multi-use path will run through Whiting and eventually connect with a Marquette Greenway system that will run north through Chicago to Wisconsin and east to Michigan. City celebrations typically caused a parking quagmire, so more parking was created. Whihala Harbor will make room for transient boats that are too big to be launched on a boat trailer. The plan also calls for a link between the lakefront and the city’s downtown 119th Street main corridor, which comes alive with people enjoying restaurants and shops. Murphy says the redesigned lakefront will redefine the way people think about the city. “People could come to visit Whiting and enjoy a night on the town,” he says. “When was the last time someone from Chicago or someplace else could say that?”


The tax reassessment in 2004 forced the city to add value to its tax base, and the subsequent revitalization will become an engine of enduring economic growth. The plan creates a roadmap for $80 million in public improvements over the next twenty years. The construction at the water’s edge will be complete by early next summer. As funding becomes available, amenities could be included such as a Splash Park, pedestrian bridge at 117th Street and ice rink to expand the park’s offerings during the winter. American Structurepoint director of business development, John Kennedy, a Hammond native, is already making memories at Whiting Lakefront Park. His children, Kaitlyn and Kyle, know the joys of plunging into a Great Lake, sailing past him on their stomachs as they ride the waves, running along the sandy beach and enjoying the new pavilion. The 43-year-old St. John resident and Bishop Noll graduate who married his high school sweetheart, Rose, thinks Whiting is a nostalgic place with a special flavor. It makes him want to stay around and enjoy the feeling and he hopes his grandchildren will one day share the same experience. “We take our kids up there for the concert series and it’s ‘Disneyesque’ at night,” he says. “The pavilion lights are lit, the band is there and music is playing and we feel safe and comfortable. We’re starting a family tradition. Hopefully, my kids will carry that on. They’ll remember the times they ran up and down the beach and say, ‘Hey, let’s take our family up there.’



Michigan More than just bait, tackle and sportsmen

“Absolutely the best trout fishing in the country . . . good northern atmosphere, no summer resort stuff,” Ernest Hemingway wrote about Northern Michigan in 1919. • The prosaic, hard-drinking hunter and fisherman might not recognize the region today. Summer resorts, fine restaurants, arts and cultural festivals, eclectic galleries and cafes now populate the towns and marinas. The Midwestern bourgeoisie come here to drink fine wine at their inland lake cottages and avoid the urban rat race of metro Detroit or Chicago. Traverse City now boasts a worldrenowned film festival, a comedy festival, a book festival, a beer festival and, of course, a cherry festival. Meanwhile, the nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Leelanau County was voted the “most beautiful place in America” by the ABC show Good Morning America‘s viewers last fall. words by Jacob Wheeler‌ photography courtesy of Mike Norton Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau


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r maybe Hemingway’s autobiographical character Nick Adams would still find this to be the “last good country.” He could still wade into, and fish, the Boardman River, bag a buck in Michigan’s tall pine forests, or hike the Fox River in the Upper Peninsula without seeing another soul. Plus, Hemingway might fancy the locally crafted beers at Right Brain Brewery; they might induce an arm-wrestling competition.

Here’s a sampling of the best the Traverse City region has to offer

Traverse City Film Festival

(July 31-Aug 5, For one week every summer, Michael Moore and friends bring many of the year’s best independent movies to six venues in Traverse City, including the renovated State Theatre, which anchors a once-again thriving downtown. The film festival, now in its eighth year, combines foreign directors, local filmmakers and the best

movies you won’t see at your local mall with a small-town charm that always catches the visitors off-guard. Where else can you schmooze with Italian director Sabina Guzzanti about Silvio Berlusconi’s antics, daredevil Rick Rowley about filming Afghan warlords and Cuban filmmaker Ian Padron about beisbol—all while’s Andy McFarlane offers you tips on northern Michigan wines? Tickets go as fast as

seats at a Blackhawks playoff game, but the film festival also shows free, familyfriendly movies at dusk at the Open Space outdoor park on West Grand Traverse Bay. Bring your blankets!

National Writers Series

(Ongoing, New York Times bestselling author Doug Stanton (In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers), who you’ll see walking up Front Street in the morning en route to his writing studio, sits down for onstage one-on-ones with the nation’s best book writers. Notable recent authors have included Sebastien Junger (War, The Perfect Storm), Mitch Albom (Have a Little Faith, Tuesdays with Morrie), food guru Mario Batali, Tom Brokaw (The Greatest Generation), Jeffrey Eugenides (The Marriage Plot, Middlesex) and Peter Matthiessen. Hemingway would have approved of the revolving door of authors who now visit Traverse City.

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( Developers and visionary thinkers have turned the former Northern Michigan Asylum and Traverse City State Hospital (built in 1885) into a thriving community of restaurants, galleries, coffee shops and

offices. Where lobotomies were once performed on those forgotten by society, nonprofits like Circle of Blue ( are now hatching innovative ideas to make the world a better place. Grab a sandwich at Mana in “The Mercato” and a locally sourced supper at Trattoria Stella (, or enjoy a loaf of homemade bread at Pleasanton Brick Oven Bakery (pleasantonbakery. com) and a cup of fair-trade Ethiopian java at Higher Grounds Trading Company ( And check out videographer Aaron Dennis’ stunning look at the Commons (

Cherry Festival (July 7-14, Combine Cony Island, a Midwestern county fair and one little tart fruit and you’ll get the annual Cherry Festival, which brings half a million curious people to Traverse City for one week every July—and sends the locals scurrying for cover. The Cherry Festival features parades, food booths, rides, elephant ears, outdoor concerts, beach volleyball tournaments and 150 events (85 percent of which are free).

Sail aboard the Tall Ship Manitou

( There are several four-day “windjammer” cruises up West Grand Traverse Bay and out toward the Manitou Islands every autumn. The themes on these cruises range from wine tours to astronomy, to poetry and chocolate. The Manitou is a traditional gaff rig two-masted schooner, the likes of which once sailed up and down the eastern seaboard in the 1800s. You’ll experience the maritime days of old as her crew uses her majestic sails to move her forward.

Further afield Empire Asparagus Festival

( Late May in Leelanau County—just west of Traverse City—means that green asparagus stalks are ripe and the tourism season is just about to begin. The cozy village of Empire on Lake Michigan celebrates the proverbial calm before the storm with an annual Asparagus Festival the weekend before Memorial Day weekend. The parade (which goes through town twice), the food tent where you’ll even find asparagus ice cream and asparagus beer, the KickYer-Ass-paragus Fun Run, and the Asparagus recipe and poetry contests all add to Empire’s unique charm. MSN. com even considers this event among “the world’s weirdest festivals” (—up there with the Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea and the Monkey Buffet Festival in Thailand.

M-22 Challenge

(June 9, Take a traditional triathlon and add a Northern Michigan twist. This annual event in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore features athletes running 2.5 miles up the arduous Dune Climb, biking 17 miles around the beautiful Glen Lakes and then paddling a 2.5-mile triangle in Little Glen Lake. You never quite know who will enter, and take the gold. Past winners have included U.S. Olympians and athletes over 40 years. The M-22 Challenge is the brainchild of brothers Matt and Keegan Myers, who also founded M-22 brand apparel.

Small-town Harvest festivals

Glen Arbor offers a barbecue and brew festival in September, and the eclectic Benzie County Fall Festival features giant pumpkins dropped on an old car and pumpkins catapulted into Betsie Bay. Northern Michiganders will go to any lengths for fun—or for a great YouTube video.

Sleepy Bear Music Festival

(July 27-29, The Dunegrass & Blues festival is now called the Sleepy Bear Music Festival and has moved inland to tiny Lake Ann, where folk and bluegrass revelers can dance and party all day and night. The Sleepy Bear Music Festival features eclectic

Michigan folk artists from the Earthwork Music label and popular local groups like Song of the Lakes, and imports New Orleans music makers such as Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Luke Winslow King.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

(ongoing concerts, New York City has the Juilliard School; northern Michigan has Interlochen, an arts-focused private school and summer concert series half an hour from Traverse City. Catch world-renowned acts at the Kresge open-air amphitheater on serene Green Lake. You’ll have a big-city arts experience without braving the subway afterwards.

By Jeremy Gantz‌

If you’ve ever decided to escape Chicagoland by heading to northern Michigan for a weekend, you probably came home happy—and dreading the next long drive north. The state’s ubiquitous “Pure Michigan” ads feature plenty of azure lakes, immaculate golf courses and fertile farms, but always avoid the traffic jams and interstate construction sites that inevitably slow down any venture around the southeast corner of the lake.

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For Chicagoland denizens, it’s a fact of life: 13 hours in the car to get to Petoskey, Bay Harbor or Harbor Springs and back again. Add another two hours if you want to see the Mackinac Bridge, and even more if you’re aiming for the Upper Peninsula. But if you can afford to fly direct, you gain half a day to enjoy the state’s fresh air, stars and scenery. It comes down to time or money. Gregg Stallkamp, CEO of the new Lakeshore Express service, says plenty of people want to trade the latter for more hours up north. Last July, Lakeshore began private charter flights from Chicago’s Midway airport to Pellston, Michigan (17 miles south of the Straits of Mackinac), a handful of times each week. Flight time each way: 45 minutes. “People really want to get up there, but they’re just sick and tired of that drive,” says Stallkamp, a 33-year-old Detroit native who now lives in Chicago. “The traffic is getting worse, the roads are under constant repair. It was an idea absolutely borne out of necessity.” It’s been fifteen years since direct service between Chicago and Pellston was available, Stallkamp says. Lakeshore is the only company offering direct flights to the small regional airport. Petoskey, Bay Harbor and Harbor Springs are all thirty minutes away. Cars can be rented at the airport. Unsurprisingly, the premium experience—three-minute check-in at a private terminal, private security (no lines), no baggage fees, a free cocktail—will cost you. One-way tickets start

at around $200, but be sure to plan ahead, because demand can push prices as high as $300 each way. Still, that’s not much more than flying commercial via Detroit starting at O’Hare or Midway, which starts at $325 round trip and can sometimes be as much as $600, and is probably a six-hour ordeal when you factor in security and check-in. Driving the 725-mile round-trip to Petoskey will cost you at least $100 in gas, unless you drive a Prius. After adding additional flights late last summer, Lakeshore cut back its schedule to mostly weekends as winter approached—but kept service going year-round, marketing flights to skiers. Its refurbished Saab turboprop featuring thirty seats with “first-class legroom” makes about six trips each week between Thursday and Monday, a schedule that will continue throughout the spring. (Check for exact times.) “Demand has met our expectations, because we saw such demand before we launched,” Stallkamp says. “It was overwhelming from the get-go.” The company was surprised, however, that many passengers start their trip in towns where Lakeshore had barely advertised the new service: affluent Chicago suburbs like Highland Park, Winnetka and Kenilworth. “We saw word take off all along the North Shore quite quickly,” he says. Lakeshore isn’t just after wealthy customers who might otherwise hire a private plane for the weekend. It’s trying to attract people unfamiliar with northern Michigan—perhaps those intrigued by Pure Michigan’s national TV ads voiced by actor Tim Allen, a Michigander. Instead of flying into Detroit, people are now flying into Chicago and then heading up to Pellston, Stallkamp says. (Lakeshore offers free shuttles to major terminals if you have a connection in Midway.) “The area has nationally acclaimed golf courses, pristine beaches and some of the greatest lakes in the world,” Stallkamp says. “In the last ten years, they’ve combined those natural resources with top-shelf restaurants and hotels. “I’m lucky that the pitch is so easy: At the end of the day it’s turning a seven-hour drive into a one-hour flight . . . It’s such a wonderful area. Now it’s just easier to get to.” True enough—if you have the money to spare. Everyone else, start your engines, and brace yourself for the long drive north.

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A trip to Italy leads tourists to traipse for highly valued foodie find

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Truffles aren’t grown. They are found. So from the Italian Tourism Bureau promised when our hosts us a truffle hunt, the entire group was excited about the adv only briefed that we’d need to wear the enture. We were preferably boots we didn’t mind getting proper footwear— muddy—and that we’d be traveling to the village of Acquala gna.

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“Not for sale,” Giorgio said once again. He looked like he had been asked to part with one of his children. Giorgio released Chicca from her leash, and we all followed. “She knows where to look,” Giorgio said as we slowly trotted behind her. “At the base of the trees. The white truffles are up to sixty centimeters under the ground, but it is not yet white truffle season. It is the tail end of the black truffle season, so those will be a little easier to find, only ten Rick Kaempfer to twenty centimeters under the ground.” bonds with the most Our amazing truffle hunting dog stopped famous truffle abruptly at the base of a small oak tree and hunting dog started digging. Giorgio saddled up beside her and in the entire crouched on a knee. “Aha, see here, she has found region, Chicca. one.” After he wiped the dirt off, he held it up for all to see. It still looked like a black clump of mud in his hand, but when he passed it around, we could immediately smell the fine musky aroma of the black truffle. For the next thirty minutes or so we followed Chicca around as she dug for gold. We began to figure out where to look, so we started hunting for them, too. “I found one!” one of the ladies in our party said. Giorgio looked at the clump she had in her hand. “Ah,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. “That is a brown truffle.” “A brown truffle?” she asked. “Yes, probably the droppings of a porcupine or a wild boar.” She dropped it immediately. Perhaps it was best to leave the truffle hunting to the professionals.



quick look at the map let us know that the ride might be a bumpy one, and it certainly was. Acqualagna is seemingly in the middle of nowhere, but the journey from our hotel on the Adriatic Coast of Italy’s Marche region to our destination was an incredibly picturesque ride through the spectacular Furlo River Gorge, and the rolling hills of Italy. When we arrived in the village, it was obvious we were in a place that was famous for its truffles. References to truffles could be seen everywhere. Acqualagna hosts three different truffle festivals each year: the Regional Superior Black Truffle Fair the second-to-last weekend in February, the Regional Summer Black Truffle Fair in August, and the most famous of the truffle festivals, the national White Truffle Fair in October and November. During those seasons, it is also possible to take a truffle hunting tour, like the one all of us were so excited to begin. The Gilligan-esque “three-hour tour” was only $35 an hour; a very reasonable price for truffle fans to watch the masters in action. We pulled into the compound of our truffle hunter, Giorgio Remedio, who also doubled as the town’s chief of police, and immediately heard the dogs barking. Giorgio had dozens of them, all in various stages of truffle hunting training. He filled us in on the training technique as his assistant fetched his prized truffle dog. “The dogs have very developed senses of smell,” he told us through the interpreter, “but they also have a very good sense of taste.” He was smiling as he spoke. “They know good truffles when they smell them, so the trick is to make sure they don’t eat them, too. With the finest white truffles going for $3,000 a kilo, that’s like eating money!” He showed us how he buried little film canisters filled with truffles for the dogs to find before letting them graduate to actual trufflehunting. After he demonstrated the technique, we met the star of today’s truffle hunt, the most famous truffle hunting dog in the entire region, Chicca. Her travels have taken her around the world, including a visit to the White House at the tail end of the Clinton Administration. “How much is Chicca worth?” one of the members of our tour asked. “She is not for sale!” Giorgio replied. “I know,” the woman continued. “I’m just curious how much she would be worth if . . .”


The crucible of civilizations at Europe’s edge contains multitudes


Words and photography By Jeremy Gantz‌

When I told an acquaintance that my wife and I would be honeymooning in Turkey, he stared at me blankly, and then bluntly asked, “Why?” Everyone I know who has visited says it’s a beautiful country full of fascinating history, I responded. He didn’t so much agree with as tolerate our choice: “Well, you’re braver than most!”


ot true, which leads me to a central point of this recollection upon returning: Turkey-Istanbul and the Mediterranean coast, to be precise—we didn’t venture further for lack of time—is neither impoverished nor particularly dangerous, contrary to lingering stereotypes. In fact, Western Turkey offers classic Mediterranean diversions, from beaches to fresh seafood, plus unfathomable layers of history and a distinctly youthful contemporary culture, all for less money than Western Europe. And life for independent travelers on a budget is no hardship: Turkey’s private inter-city bus companies would embarrass Greyhound if available here, and cheap guesthouses, or “pensions,” as Turks call them, are plentiful and more than adequate. Of course, we didn’t know all of this as we landed in Istanbul in early September with a few borrowed guidebooks and no definite plans, except to spend our first four days in the only city that straddles two continents. We had a wish list and some recommendations from friends, but otherwise all we knew was that we’d be heading home two weeks later having never spent a day on a beach. (Being extremely fair-skinned, the thought terrifies me.) It only took about an hour for the country to begin exceeding our expectations. Turkey, we soon learned, offers an embarrassment of riches, of which Turks are justly proud.

The past and present, alive in Istanbul

Pride of country has something to do with Turks’ disarming hospitality, which we immediately encountered riding Istanbul’s brand-new metro system from Ataturk International Airport to the city’s central and historical Sultanahmet district. A middle-aged man saw us scanning a transit map at a transfer station and insisted on guiding us to our hotel, luggage in hand. He was heading to the landmark Blue Mosque, just around the corner, where he prays every Saturday. Fifteen minutes later, we were in our hotel’s lobby. He wouldn’t accept a few Turkish lira, but gladly had a cup of tea with the proprietor before heading off to worship. It was a succinct introduction to Turks’ conviviality, which is particularly remarkable given that Istanbul is home to more than 8 million people. The entire metro area hosts more than 13 million people, but it’s hard to remember its colossal size while exploring the

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city’s core. There are no skyscrapers in sight central Istanbul, two blocks from and no interstate highways to contend with. the Galata Bridge Traffic, while intense, never overwhelms, because downtown Istanbul’s warren of cobblestone streets keeps cars in single file. Like all of the world’s best cities, it deserves to be explored on foot. September’s excellent weather makes that an easy choice; during our two weeks in Turkey, it was cloudy for about six hours. Founded as Byzantium in the 7th century B.C., Istanbul is truly ancient. One doesn’t so much go “sightseeing”—the touristic word almost insults the city—as become immersed in its well-protected glories. There is nothing in the world like the Hagia Sophia, built in the 6th century by the Roman Emperor Justinian I. The world’s largest cathedral for nearly a millennium, it so impressed invading Ottomans when they conquered Constantinople in 1453 that they converted the church to a mosque. Now a museum—as ordered by secular-minded Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who founded modern Turkey

in 1923—it presents Arabic scripts and Christian mosaics side by side for pilgrims and tourists of all types. But the Hagia Sophia is just one landmark through which to understand Istanbul’s past. The Ottoman-era Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, the dizzying Grand Bazaar and the astonishing Basilica Cistern are others. Guidebooks insist you visit all of them, and you should. But don’t get stuck in ancient Istanbul. What surprised us most about the city was not its past, but its present. Sultanahmet does feel like an outdoor museum of antiquity, but you are very much in the 21st century if you cross the Golden Horn, a narrow inlet splitting the city’s European side, and take the refurbished 19th-century tunnel tram up a steep hill to Istiklal Caddesi, aka Independence Avenue. The nearly two-mile long pedestrian way is the country’s unofficial main street, pulsing with commercial, political and musical energy. Shops, bars and restaurants line the street, and we encountered heavily policed protests (highlighting the country’s halting steps toward true democracy) and fascinating street musicians (everything from traditional Sufiinfluenced singers to a jazz trio). Turn down a side street, and you’re bound to stumble on a restaurant offering delicious meze (small plates akin to tapas) and raki, an ouzo-like liquor that is undoubtedly Turkey’s national drink. Paired, meze and raki inspire long meals and conversations, the enjoyment of which is probably the national pastime. Many Muslim countries prohibit or limit access to alcohol. Not Turkey: 99 percent of Turks are Muslim, and they know how to party. A secular government and buzzing economy ensure they have ample opportunity to do so.

An escape to the ‘Turkish Riviera’

We left Istanbul aware we had barely scratched its surface but determined to explore the Mediterranean coast. A “luxury” bus replete with airline-like attendants ensured a comfortable ride south, through surprisingly rugged and beautiful rolling terrain south of the Sea of Marmara, which sweeps eastwardly from the Aegean Sea. We ended up at Selcuk, a pleasant small town that plays host to Ephesus, the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean region. Despite annoying distractions among the ruins—blazing high-noon heat, hordes of tourists on guided tours and a tacky costumed “Roman” theater piece—we were awed by what remains of the city, once a regional capital of the Roman Empire. The reconstructed Library of Celsus and 44,000-seat theater was particularly evocative. If you visit, do yourself a favor and arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon. A bit wiped out by too much sun and sick of planning daily excursions, a few hours after leaving Ephesus we had settled on a new plan: We’d book passage on a gulet, the two-masted wooden sailing vessel that might as well be the logo of southwestern Turkey’s tourist industry, for a three-night, four-day voyage. It was the best honeymoon decision we made, other than choosing Turkey in the first place. Two days later, we boarded our gulet in Fethiye, a popular starting point for these tourist tours along the surrounding coastline. The region is called the Turquoise Coast, or the Turkish Riviera, for its blue-green waters, unspoiled natural resources and favorable climate. All of this is perfectly obvious while you are lounging on the gulet’s deck for days, with nothing to do but read, swim, eat delicious meals—parts of which were caught by the crew earlier in the day—and get to know your fellow travelers from around the world. (Private cabins for sleeping are below.) With a few small ports and some ancient seaside ruins thrown into the mix, it was the trip within the trip we hadn’t realized we’d been waiting for. When our gulet pulled into a small port near the ancient Lycian

[From top left] There is no shortage of spices and sweets in Istanbul; The ancient Turkic people considered the crescent moon and star holy symbols; The Library of Celsus, one of the most memorable (reconstructed) ruins in Ephesus.

city of Olympos, we were once again ready for the challenges of cities, which in Turkey means deciding what not to do. After meandering through Olympos’ overgrown ruins we left for Antalya, a rapidly growing resort town perched above the Mediterranean.

‘Turkey is changing day by day’

“We appreciate the visitors. They protect Antalya’s Old City well. This is good for the city,” said Adnan Arkin, who has watched the city’s population explode from less than 100,000 in 1970 to more than one million today. We met one day perched above the city’s small port on immaculately preserved Roman-era walls. The name of Antalya’s Old City is Kaleici, which means “inside the fortress.” It comprises a narrow network of cobblestone streets and a spectacular collection of Ottoman homes, an increasing number of which are being preserved and converted into small hotels, restaurants and upscale shops. The place is crawling with European tourists looking for a cheaper and perhaps more exotic alternative to Mediterranean coastlines of France, Italy and Greece. Retirees flock there as well, said Arkin, himself retired; it’s Turkey’s Florida, but much classier. Thankfully, growing flocks of tourists can’t overwhelm Kaleici’s exquisite charm, which only grows at night, when soft lights illuminate its stonewalls and the 2nd-century Hidirilik Tower. “Antalya is growing rapidly. People should visit before it grows to three or five million people,” Arkin said, as a gorgeous sun fell beneath the horizon and tour boats sidled up to slips below us. “Turkey is changing day by day.” That it is, and as far as these honeymooners were concerned, for the better. There was a note of boastfulness in the man’s voice, but—after having feasted on Turkey’s incredible history, culture, coastline and more shore food for nearly two Discover helpful travel tips from Jeremy Gantz at weeks—it was perfectly understandable.

A Man After His

Dream Words By Heather Augustyn Photo by Tony V. Martin‌

In 2006, the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? stunned audiences by revealing that an electric car had been produced, was practical, produced no emissions and was fast—and owners loved it. But, according to the movie’s producers, the fleet of leased cars was literally crushed in the Arizona desert when a host of big oil, big business culprits had the finger pointed at them in a mystery whodunit.


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ince then, marketing and big business have advanced to catch up with the technology that has long been there, and the needs and wants of consumers. Hybrid vehicles have been on the market for years, but some, like David Garfin of Valparaiso, say these hybrids are not snazzy enough and too stripped down for their luxury car tastes. There is a whole segment of the population that wants it all—energy technology and style. So David Garfin says he started searching for his dream car, and in February of this year he finally took ownership of a Fisker Karma, which now is parked in his loft-equipped garage where he also stores his Corvette and Porche. Never heard of a Fisker Karma? Well, then, you’re not alone, but Garfin is pleased to tell you that these babies, just like his other sports cars, are luxurious, beautiful, streamlined, and a pleasure to drive. They were designed to be fantastic, but they were also designed to be smart, forward-thinking, and all electric. “Fisker Karma is a brand new start-up car manufacturer, and this model is called the EcoSport,” says Garfin, who bought his from Fields Automotive in Highland Park. There are only forty-four Fisker Karma dealerships in the U.S. and the EcoSport retails at just over $100,000, so it’s not for the lighthearted. This is a real car, says Garfin, who knows a thing or two about luxury cars. “Henrik Fisker is a really well-known car designer and he made his reputation with Aston Martin and BMW. He believes that being green and ecological doesn’t mean you can’t have luxury. The goal was to produce a higher-end automobile that would appeal to people who like driving a nice car. It’s actually a very big car. They built it to compete with the BMW 3 series and 5 series. It’s a 4-door sedan, so it’s not a small car. “It’s a four-passenger car and one of the differences between this car and a hybrid is that a hybrid car has both a gasoline engine that is connected to the drive train and electric motors. With the Fisker, the only thing connected to the wheels is the electric motor. There is a gasoline engine for the purpose of providing extended range, so it is electric plus gas backup. It comes with a 120 portable plug you can plug into any outlet and it takes about 8 hours to charge,” he says. The Fisker Karma EcoSport, which debuted this year, bills itself as delivering “high impact performance while maintaining a low impact on the environment.” A number of celebrities, like Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore and Ashton Kutcher, have gotten behind it, too, and drive one of their own. Garfin says, “I invested in the company a number

of years ago when they started production. I thought I’d do my part and get in line. And the idea is you’re supporting a movement, an early stage technology. Hopefully it turns out to be a nice car, but it’s also an investment in the direction.” Garfin admits that the price tag of the car is a big one, but something he feels comes with a benefit that is priceless. “I had a lot of cognitive dissonance about the decision. It was a lot of money and it’s obviously not something I need, so why do I want to do this? I put a 220 charging station in my home so now I can charge the car, drive it to and from work and I never have to turn the engine on, so I definitely see it as a commuter car. It handles extremely well, because it has a long and wide wheel base. Plus, it’s beautiful. The color is called ‘earth,’ and it almost looks grey but it has brown in it and it’s very iridescent. It has a black interior and the styling of the car is amazing. “It’s a sports car. People think it’s a Corvette or a Jag. You sit in it and it’s incredibly comfortable and well designed,” Garfin says. But Garfin says that one of the problems with any electric car today is that charging stations aren’t yet readily available. “It’s sort of a catch-22. Where would the technology be if the infrastructure was in place?” he asks. NIPSCO’s Kathleen Szot in external communications says they are hoping to soon provide more opportunities for electric car owners. “Our program has been approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, who has reviewed the program to make sure it is in the customers’ best interest. The program will give customers access to charging stations and other incentives as well. We are expected to roll out the program this spring and we’re dedicated to getting the infrastructure stronger in Northwest Indiana,” Szot says. In the meantime, Garfin and electric car owners everywhere can turn to a number of resources to help them find charging stations on the road, or charge at home when they’re ready to hit the pavement.

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enjoyment of your backyard every day. When it comes to designing a one-ofa-kind landscape plan that creatively incorporates a variety of hardscape structures, materials and patterns, Dean Savarino and his team are true artisans. Time and time again, their award-winning designs demonstrate the high level of skill required to bring your plan to life with a precision that adds exceptional beauty and value to your home. Most recently, Dean’s Landscaping earned Belgard’s 1st Place Award “Best Design, Lafitt Paver” for “superior use of angular shapes and circle pattern to highlight the living area (in an) outdoor space (that) fosters comfort and warmth.” Considering the fact that curb appeal and outdoor spaces such as patios, paths, decks and driveways are now equally as important to market value as indoor gourmet kitchens and glamour bathrooms, there’s no doubt that you will reap the rewards from investing in a quality outdoor living room well beyond the many years of personal enjoyment it will provide. Dean’s Landscaping is booking summer jobs now. Call 219.864.9078 Dean’s Lawn to schedule a consultation, visit & Landscaping their newly updated website at 238 Kennedy Ave for planning Schererville, Ind. ideas and watch for the seasonal 219.864.9078 opening of the Garden Center located at 238 Kennedy Avenue in Schererville.

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Inspiration Wood

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he inspiration for Inspiration Wood started many years ago. A family was struggling to stay close and united in a world not so interested in unity. They had lost meaning in their lives. They yearned for the simple times when they vacationed together and spent time as a family. They hoped for a more meaningful life. They traveled to retreats and cottages and got together for short times. Business and busy-ness kept them apart most of the time. They prayed for a sign to help them find their mission. An extreme illness that no one could prepare for changed their lives and prepared them for a new place. During the hospital stays and upheaval and chaos of an unexplained surgical injury, they almost lost it all. Hope and faith brought them back. Living by faith, life had more meaning and Inspiration Wood was dreamed. Friends and family shared in that dream, helped design the dream, became the dream. New family was added, new designs and plans came to be and Inspiration Wood was born. Their mission at Inspiration Wood is to create an environment that inspires others to reach their greatest potential spiritually, personally and professionally. The name Inspiration Wood was inspired by a simple elementary school devotion about the legend of the Christmas Tree. Each cottage was inspired by a different tree legend. The idea of Inspiration Wood evolved and grew over the years to become a place of peace and tranquility, a time where families, businesses and churches can come together in unity to reach common goals. Future plans include a not-for-profit rescue farm. Today, Inspiration Farm is privately owned and consists of a variety of animals including pigmy goats, miniature true cross donkeys, an injured rodeo horse and an old nag. Inspiration Wood is a private retreat center. The natural serene environment consists of indoor and outdoor meeting areas and gardens surrounded by 60 acres of fields and woods. As many as 200 guests can enjoy the Grace Garden and Meadow with a tent package including tables and chairs and linens. Up to 100 guests can enjoy the Lavender House, the Noble Knoll and Chapel in the Wood. Signature, personalized retreats are what Inspiration Wood was built for. The beauty of nature, the elegance of what God has made and comfortable modern amenities come together at Inspiration Wood perfectly for a formal gathering, family reunion, or romantic twilight ceremony. As you enter Inspiration Road, you will find the Gathering Space, overlooking Prophet’s Pond and Grace Garden & Meadow. The Gathering Space is a state of the art conference center

equipped with the latest in multimedia and Internet connectivity. Grace Garden & Meadow are blissfully joined with the Gathering Space so you and your guests can delight in the formal gardens during your retreat. Across the Meadow is the Greeting Barn where you will find Wildflower Sundries and wonderful Watkins products and handmade cards, jewelry and gifts. Beyond the Greeting Barn is the Inspiration Garden, a scale model of Inspiration Wood. Traveling along the road to the cottages, you pass the Lavender House and Recreational areas of the Wood. Noble Knoll is the play area, Purity Path takes you to the Chapel in the Wood and the Council Clearing. A walking path meanders through the wood behind the cottages. Across the bridge along Purity Path is Council Clearing—a bonfire circle with log benches and a large fire pit for council meetings and memorable tales. Council Clearing is attached to the Chapel in the Wood. Both can be reserved along with the Lavender house for private groups. Through the Wood is the Warrior’s Walk leading to the Tranquil Trail and Paw Paw Patch and picnic area for registered overnight guests. Cottages range from a one bedroom “cabin” for two guests, a two bedroom “cottage” for four guests, to a “lodge” for up to eight guests. All overnight accommodations include fully furnished kitchens, luxury bed linens and towels, and Direct TV for your comfort. Daily maid service is provided. You may prepare your meals in your cottage. As an alternative, caterers may provide you with a picnic in the Lavender House, a box lunch in the Greeting Barn or you may also reserve the Gathering Space for up to 60 guests for a full catered meal by the award winning caterers including Lucrezia, Third Coast Spice Cafe, and Good to Go. Inspiration Wood has a well established relationship with the area’s finest merchants and caterers. They call it their Partners in Excellence program. Along with the caterers, Chesterton Cake Shoppe and the Flower Cart provide elegant, and beautiful cakes and florals for guests. Every detail is arranged through the Partners In Excellence program to insure quality and value for visitors. Retreat Planning Services can answer any questions you have. Reservations for overnight accommodations can be made directly from the website. For more information on their story and amenities visit them on the web at Inspiration Wood They 642 E Inspiration Rd welcome tours by appointment. Westville, Ind. Please call 219.921.1121 and 219.983.9922 ask for Ron or Kim.

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DeWitt Place

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eWitt Place offers Chicago corporate housing and temporary furnished apartment rentals for short-term, intermediate and long-term temporary housing solutions. Whether in need of short-term housing or extended stay for business or vacation, DeWitt offers a combination of exceptional service and affordable prices, which has made them a leader in Chicago corporate and leisure housing and a wonderfully unique departure from area boutique hotels. DeWitt’s intimate, newly renovated and restored 82-unit 1924 vintage building offers tastefully decorated furnished studio and one-bedroom apartments that are a unique and affordable alternative to area hotels, located just blocks from Chicago’s premier business and leisure destinations, while providing guests with a comfortable home during their stay. The attentive and courteous staff is always available to help make guests’ experience as enjoyable as possible. DeWitt Place offers guests a rare combination of convenience at their fingertips, while also maintaining individual privacy.

Located one block from Lake Michigan and just steps from the famous Magnificent Mile in Chicago’s upscale Gold Coast neighborhood, DeWitt Place is conveniently located just minutes from the downtown Loop business district and steps from world-class shopping, dining, nightlife, cultural and sightseeing opportunities. With amenities that include a fully equipped eat-in kitchen, bed and bath linens, wireless broadband Internet access, satellite HDTV service, private telephone line with free local calling, a fitness room with steam shower and sauna and all utilities included, guests at DeWitt Place enjoy all of the comforts and conveniences of home. The convenient location, flexible terms, affordable rates, and inclusive amenities make DeWitt Place an ideal temporary living solution for business travelers, relocating professionals, inDEWiTT PLaCE between home buyers, visiting 900 N DeWitt Pl artists, researchers, professors, Chicago, Ill. residents, interns, students, 312.742.7020 vacationers and many others.

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Pet Pals, Inc.—Pampering Pets for Over 20 Years Pet Pals’ grooming facility is equipped with the tools necessary to send your pet home looking their best and experienced, professional groomers who take pride in what they do. Massaging, HydroSurge® tubs provide a warm, relaxing bath. Fleas and other skin conditions can be treated with flea baths and medicated baths. Pet Pals also provides FURminator® de-shedding treatments to help get rid of pesky pet hair. In addition to providing stellar boarding and grooming services, Pet Pals has a retail area filled with items for both pets and their owners. Organic, allergen-free dog treats, toys, shampoos, leashes and collars are just a sampling of items for your pet. For pet owners there are T-shirts, unique boutique pet products, and their own “Whine Snob” line of matching T-shirts, bling shirts, and wine glasses. For over 20 years, Pet Pals has taken pride in the service they provide customers and their pets. Whether your pet is there for grooming pet Pals, Inc. or boarding, Pet Pals 10388 W 400 N truly is the place Michigan City, Ind. where your friends 219.879.2898 stay with friends. Provided


n 1990, the doors opened to a business that was unlike any other—an upscale pet hotel and grooming salon. All-suite runs, ample exercise, high quality meals, modern grooming equipment, flea treatments, hair bows and nail polish. Pet Pals, Inc. broke the mold, and has continued their top of the line service ever since. “Pet Pals has always been about making pets feel at home while their owners are away, whether it’s for a few hours of grooming or a few weeks of vacation,” says Julie Getz, the owner of Pet Pals. “We know how much our clients care about their pets, because we feel the same way about ours. Our goal is to have pets and owners be excited when they walk through our doors.” Pet Pals offers its guests a number of amenities to make their stay in one of the 65 boarding suites even more luxurious. Pets are fed a premium diet of Nutro Ultra® food for their meals, or can be fed their own from home. Owners can choose from additional playtimes, “Yappy Hour,” “Midnight Snack,” and more. Want to know how your pet is doing while you’re away? Pet Pals now has ‘Animail,’ a text-messaging service to send you updates and pictures so you know your pet is enjoying their pampering!

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Mickey’s Car Barn



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he reasons in which one falls in love with a car are many—the look, the smell, the sounds all play into the equation. And during the summer months, this feeling is amplified, as Corvettes find their way out of their garages and onto the highways of this great country of ours. “There is nothing like getting behind the steering wheel of a Corvette during the summer time,” explains Mickey’s Car Barn owner Tim Mickey, whose love affair with cars began at the tender age of six years old. “It’s an amazing feeling to put the top down, feel the wind and drive to wherever one’s heart desires.” Yet, when something happens to one’s beloved Corvette, countless car owners have turned to the unsurpassed knowledge of Mickey and the talented staff at Mickey’s Car Barn. Opened in 2006, the immaculate 7600-square-foot facility specializes in classic Corvette restoration and is widely recognized as being a top leader in the industry. With decades of experience to draw from, the talented car craftsman at Mickey’s Car Barn can take a project from any stage and produce a show winning quality vehicle the car owner can eternally be proud of. “We can do everything from a simple brake job to a full bodyoff restoration,” he explains. “The Corvette is truly America’s sports car. If you think about it, it’s truly the sole sports car that America was able to create. In short, the Corvette is a true icon. And for Corvette owners, these cars quickly become their babies. They eat, sleep and think Corvette.” Indeed, Mickey himself has been a Corvette lover all of his life, as he watched his older brother turn down a brand new 1960 Corvette that had been delivered to their father’s Buick dealership in his hometown of Blanchester, Ohio. “My brother had ordered a 1960 Corvette when he was ready to get a car but could not wait for the delivery and ended up buying an MG,” recalls Mickey. “When the Corvette did finally arrive, my father and I went to check it out and lo and behold, I had my first true Corvette experience. And as they say, the rest is history as is the fascination I have continued to have with straight axle cars.” Since that day, Mickey has made it his mission to become an expert on what makes the Corvette so cherished by the American public. After joining the National Corvette Restorers Society in 1977, Mickey worked through the ranks of NCRS to become the 1958-1960 National Team Leader. This high honor, which is given to only a handful of experts around the country, has allowed Mickey to travel across the United States to assist in the Corvette judging process and play a role in writing the national NCRS judging manual. “Having this knowledge definitely sets us apart from the other restoration shops out there,” says Mickey, who has earned the prestigious Duntov Award for 7 different cars.”We wrote the book about how these cars came from the factory, and we are the ones who know the importance of the smallest of details, such as the bolt that holds the trunk latch. If that bolt isn’t right,

the car’s value will drop.” A self proclaimed car buff, Mickey and his wife moved to Crown Point back in 2003 to not only be closer to family, but also to transform his love for Corvettes into a full time business. “I would say there are only a few other restorers in the entire United States that do the same type of restoration as we can,” says Mickey, who works on Corvettes manufactured from 1953 to 1973. “We do full body off, “rotisserie” restorations to NCRS specifications. Our goal is to present you a new Corvette as it was the year it was produced in St. Louis by General Motors. We do restore it all. If there is a screw inside the radio that has not seen the light of day in 50 years, we are going to remove that screw and restore it before it goes back into the radio for the next 50 years. We give you back a truly new Corvette.” Servicing Corvettes from all across the United States, Mickey admits that the business has evolved greatly. “The restoration business in general has slowed down immensely,” he explains. “We don’t have a lot of people bringing in a wreck and asking us to turn it into a showpiece. Rather, we are working with Corvette owners who are bringing their previously restored cars in for repair—a re-restoration of sorts.” So, one might ask—just how many Corvettes do you own, Tim? “I have three, but I usually only drive it on the weekends,” Mickey’s Car Barn he laughs. “It’s like the painter 1300 Erie Ct who never paints his own house. Crown Point, Ind. But I love the Corvette and 219.663.2300 everything it represents.”

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Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant

Award-Winning Wine, Delectable Cuisine and more


hen you long for the sophistication of discerning taste in a setting of serene beauty, your destination is Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant. From wine tastings to a memorable dining experience, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant offers an unsurpassed level of expertise. Visitors rave about the combination of award-winning varietals and elevated cuisine, all presented with a view of wine country’s rolling hills. Tabor Hill’s location on high, glacier-formed terrain near Lake Michigan offers ideal conditions rivaling the finest wine-producing areas of Germany and France. The first winery in the Midwest to plant European vinifera grape varieties, Tabor Hill selected the best for the region, resulting in a stellar offering of premium wines from its state-of-the-art cellar. Among Tabor Hill’s many acknowledgments for superior product is the Traminette, just voted Best Traminette at the San Diego wine competition; the Grand Mark Sparkling Wine is winner of Best of Class at the 36th Annual Eastern Wine Competition. Wine and food pairings are a natural delight, and Tabor Hill brings the best pairings to your table. Executive Chef JohnPaul VerHage’s world-class culinary expertise ensures every dish is delectable. “Having the finest wines and cuisine—over the years I’ve found that’s a rare combination,” says Tabor Hill Winery President and General Manager Paul Landeck. “Our Chef JohnPaul is just phenomenal. You can tell from the ambience in the kitchen that everything is handled with an

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expectation of excellence.” Guests are welcome to peruse the wine list, but many enjoy having dining selections paired with a wine suggestion on the menu, which changes often to best reflect JohnPaul’s ability to procure fresh seasonal ingredients. Lunch is also available, with every choice elevated by Chef JohnPaul’s masterful interpretation. The architecture at Tabor Hills Winery makes every view a relaxing and beautiful departure from the everyday, combining contemporary with agricultural references. Seven days a week visitors can enjoy wine tastings from among 15 to 20 varieties, some of them proprietary blends—“unique blends you won’t find anywhere else, like our classic demi sec,” says Landeck. The wine-tasting area and sales room are 100 percent new, with vaulted ceilings and a view of the vineyard. The wines are also available in other restaurants and retail stores in the Midwest. Reviews are enthusiastic: Tabor Hill swept firsts in 2012’s Best of the Region Awards for Best Place to Buy Wine, Best Fine Dining Restaurant (Michigan), Best Chef (Michigan), and Best Winery, a testament to winemaker Tabor Hill Winery Mike Merchant’s talents. & Restaurant “The overall experience we offer—the 185 Mount Tabor Rd food, the wine, the ambience of Buchanan, Mich. the vineyard—it’s the whole, unique 269.422.1161 package.”

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No matter what golf course you’re on in this corner of Michigan and Indiana, you are not far from Tabor Hill. So when the ball drops into the last hole for the day, come to our vineyard. Tour our cellar. Taste the exquisite craft of our wine master and chef. Indulge in Norman Love’s delightful chocolates. And leave with award-winning vintages and your spirit revived for whatever tomorrow brings. Tasting Rooms

Just a few putts away, discover your new favorite wines at: Tabor Hill Wine & Art Gallery 80 West Main Street, Downtown, Benton Harbor Arts District (269) 925-6402

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Sangria words By Megan Swoyer‌

photos by Tony V. Martin

Hey, señoras and señores! On May 5, the Round Barn Winery in Baroda, Michigan, pours its latest creation of sangria for its inaugural Fiesta Party & Sangria Release. • You can try the delicious and refreshing concoction at the winery while listening to festive tunes and enjoying the fresh country ambience made all the more unique with the round barn structure.

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Matt Moersch has been the winemaker at Round Barn since 2003.


ound Barn introduced sangria approximately five years ago. “It came at a time when the facility expanded its outdoor seating,” says Nicole Moersch, Round Barn’s general manager. “It seemed like a logical fit, as it’s a favorite summertime drink,” she adds. “Our sangria is extremely popular—it’s refreshing and fruity without being overly sweet.” She and the staff figured May 5, which is Cinco de Mayo, would be a great date for an event to celebrate sangria. (Cinco de Mayo is a Spanish phrase for “fifth of May” and celebrates Mexican heritage.) A glass of sangria will sell for $7 at the event. “We make approximately 500 gallons and release it just once a year at our Baroda location only,” Moersch says.

it goes quickly. “When it’s gone, it’s gone,” Nicole Moersch says, “so come and get it!”

Perfect Pairs

Sangria, a wine punch typical of Spain and Portugal, normally consists of wine and fruit and sometimes brandy. It pairs well with a variety of finger foods and hors d’oeuvres and can make a spring or summer outdoor party truly memorable. Whether you pick up some sangria at the Round Barn Winery in Baroda (Round Barn sells growlers—a growler is the equivalent of about 2-1/2 bottles of wine—for $35; growler refills are $30) or make your own, there are many foods to enjoy with it. Nicole Moersch says lots of different foods go well with sangria and there’s no time like spring or summer to call your friends for a casual gathering of sangria and snacks, which can In the Round range from baked Brie with cranberry chutney to grilled ham A bit about the barn itself: In 1997, the winery owners (the and Swiss sandwiches. Moersch family founded the winery in 1992) decided to transport There are also some great recipes in the Pure Michigan—Eating and rebuild a turn-of-the century Amish round barn from rural Fresh and Local in the Great Lakes State cookbook [2011, Midwest Indiana, realizing their wish to house a first-class, European-style Living, copies available at]. One in brandy distillery at their location. The reconstruction proved particular that makes the most of Michigan’s summer fruit is for not only successful by the popular hand-crafted brandies that the easy-to-make blueberry cream treats, from emerged by 2001, but the beautiful barn the DeGrandchamp Farms in South Haven. quickly became the vineyard’s landmark. More fresh fruit flavors abound in Michelle Reflecting the growth of the winery and White’s cherry chutney and Brie recipe. the popularity of their new building, the White, founder of Michelle’s Miracle, a tart family changed the facility’s name in 2004 cherry concentrate that features Michigan from “Heart of the Vineyard” to “the Round Montmorency cherries, enjoys serving a Barn Winery.” The Round Barn special Brie and cherry chutney dish with Matt Moersch has been the winemaker Winery in Baroda, her sangria. “The dish [which boasts a splash since 2003, and is one of the owner’s sons. Mich., celebrates its of White’s concentrate] is as refreshing as After apprenticing with his father, Richard, first Fiesta Party & the sangria itself,” says White, whose special Matt sharpened his winemaking and distilling Sangria Release May concentrate features fruit that’s been freshskills during extensive travels. 5. The winery, which picked, cold-packed and flash-pasteurized to As for the garnet-hued, pretty red sangria produces wine, beer and spirits, is located at preserve the flavor and potency. that the winery family likes to serve over ice,

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10983 Hills Road. For more information, call 800.716.9463 or visit

Grilled Peaches Wrapped in Shaved Serrano Ham with Mint and Yogurt Dressing

Peaches (however many you’d like) Sea salt Extra virgin olive oil Shaved serrano ham (enough to wrap peach slices) Cracked pink peppercorns

Pit and slice each peach into 6 pieces. Sprinkle with sea salt. Brush peaches with extra virgin olive oil and grill. Wrap the grilled peaches in shaved serrano ham and skewer them. Season with sea salt and cracked pink peppercorns. Serve warm with mint yogurt dressing. For the mint yogurt dressing: 1 tablespoon chiffonade (shredded or finely cut) of fresh mint 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 1 cup lowfat plain yogurt

 ix and season with salt M and pepper to taste. SOURCE: Jesse Ziobron, food and beverage director, Garland Lodge and Resort, Lewiston

Blueberry Cream Treats

1 (8-ounce) carton dairy sour cream 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 quart (4 cups) fresh blueberries Brown sugar (optional)

In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and the 1/4 cup brown sugar until a smooth cream forms. To serve, divide blueberries among six stemmed sherbet or dessert dishes. Spoon sour cream mixture over blueberries. If you like, sprinkle with additional brown sugar. SOURCE: DeGrandchamp Farms, South Haven, as published in Pure Michigan—Eating Fresh and Local in the Great Lakes State

NOTE: Blueberries are in season late May through October. Look for a dark blue color with a soft powdery bloom. Blueberry size is an indication of quality; large and plump blueberries are deemed most desirable.

Brie with Cherry Chutney

1 wedge Brie cheese 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts 1 tablespoon sugar Splash of orange juice Splash of Michelle’s Miracle concentrate 1 cup dried Michigan cherries

Put all but nuts and cheese in small saucepan. Heat over low-to-medium heat, stirring often until the dried cherries get soft and chewy. Cut cheese rind off top of wedge so that chutney will adhere to cheese well. Heat Brie in microwave for a few seconds to soften it. Top with warm chutney and top that with chopped nuts. Surround with Carr’s Table Water Crackers or other plain crackers or bread (you don’t want the crackers to have a flavor that overpowers the flavors of the chutney). SOURCE: Michelle White of Michelle’s Miracle, Leland, Michigan

Grilled Ham & Swiss Sandwiches

1 tablespoon caraway seeds 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons honey 8 slices white sandwich bread, crust removed 1/2 pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese 1/4 pound ham, very thinly sliced 1/3 cup drained sauerkraut 10  pepperoncini (pickled peppers), thinly sliced 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

In a small skillet, toast the caraway seeds over moderate heat, shaking the pan occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes; let cool. In a small bowl, mix the mustard with the honey and caraway seeds. Spread the caraway mustard on 4 slices of bread. Top with the cheese, ham, sauerkraut and pepperoncini, then close the sandwiches. In a large skillet, melt the butter over moderate heat. Add the sandwiches, cover and cook, turning once, until golden and the cheese is melted, about 6 minutes. Cut each sandwich in half and serve hot with the remaining caraway mustard on the side. SOURCE: Round Barn Winery, Baroda, Michigan

Baked Brie with Cranberry Chutney 1/3 cup water 1/3 cup Round Barn Cranberry wine 1/2 cup sugar 1-1/3 cup cranberries 4 teaspoons cider vinegar 1/3 cup dark raisins 1/4 cup chopped pecans 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon (scant) ginger 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic 2-1/4 pound wheel of Brie 1 loaf French bread, cut in thin slices

To make chutney: In a heavy saucepan combine water, wine and sugar. Stir and bring to a boil. Add cranberries, vinegar, raisins, nuts, brown sugar, ginger and garlic. Boil slowly, stirring until thick, 5-10 minutes. Cool and refrigerate. It will keep in refrigerator up to 1 week or it can be frozen. To serve: Place Brie in an ovenproof shallow dish. Spread chutney over top of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees 5-10 minutes, watching carefully so as not to melt Brie, just to soften it. Serve with slices of bread. SOURCE: Round Barn Winery, Baroda, Michigan

Visit your favorite gourmet market or find recipes online for the following sangria accompaniments: • Olive tapenade • Stuffed dates • Wild mushroom pa te • Plate of cold meats • Roasted peppers • Pickles •A  cheese platter with varied tastes and textures, including gorgonzola , Camembert, smoked Gouda, goat, chedda r, herbed and even fruited types • Hummus • Bean salsas •B  read bites, naan, tortillas, pitas, chips and crackers  

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BARTLETT’S GOURMET GRILL & TAVERN 131 E Dunes Hwy 12, Beverly Shores. 219.879.3081. Bartlett’s is a new gourmet grill by husband-and-wife team Gary Sanders and Nicole Bissonnette-Sanders. Located in the heart of the National Lakeshore, Bartlett’s has a cozy but very modern ambience. The menu is an exceptionally creative take on upscale roadhouse-type food. Starting off the meal are appetizers such as andouille sausage corndogs and surf & turf potstickers, as well as family style offerings like Low Country spiced boiled peanuts and smoked venison sticks. Entrées include 5-hour pot roast, whitefish fillet and linguine bolognese, ranging in price from $10 to $20. The wine list is modest but well-crafted. BISTRO 157 157 W Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.462.0992. Trained in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu, chef and owner Nicole Bissonnette-Sanders has created a menu of classics—like a decadent sautéed veal and gulf shrimp, a pork rib chop with apple horseradish ham, and an herb-rubbed roasted half chicken— combined with her own creative takes on nouvelle cuisine with a number of fresh fish selections. Desserts include black chocolate-infused confections that have become standard for fine dining, and also sorbets and ice cream made from fresh fruit. There are some treasures on the extensive list of bottle wines, and many solid choices by the glass.

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BON FEMME CAFE 66 W Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.531.0612. The word “cafe” may be misleading for this full-service restaurant. While the emphasis is on daily fresh seafood and pasta selections, Chef Eddie Luick has created an extensive menu he calls “American food with a fresh accent.” Set in a turn-of-the-century storefront in downtown historic Valparaiso, Bon Femme has an elegant but comfortable interior with a warm, inviting bar that’s stocked with a variety of Scotches and other fine spirits. The musts on the menu include crab cakes and

oyster Rockefeller, and the pork chop is in the running for the best in the area. Vegetarian items are found throughout the menu, and seafood specials make Bon Femme Café—which was voted Best Small Fine Dining Restaurant in Northwest Indiana—a destination.

in a tomato cream. There’s also a great selection of seafood, pork and beef. Desserts change frequently, but the tiramisu is always on the menu. The extensive wine list focuses on European and Californian wines. Delivery and take-out available.

BUTTERFINGERS 2552 45th Street, Highland. 219.924.6464. 921 Ridge Rd #D, Munster. 219.836.4202. Every day, Butterfingers prepares a selection of ready-to-heatand-eat entrées, along with freshly baked breads and salads, all without preservatives. The chicken almond salad has long been a crowd favorite, but the rest of the lunch menu is equally gratifying. What Butterfingers is best known for, however, is their famous desserts. The restaurant’s two pastry chefs— whose training hails from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island—create an array of gourmet desserts, which includes beautifully decorated and delicious cakes (the double chocolate mousse cake is a must), and an assortment of cookies and brownies, all of which have been satisfying dessert lovers for more than twenty-five years. And to every party planner’s delight, Butterfingers does offer catering.

GAMBA RISTORANTE 455 E 84th Ave, Merrillville. 219.736.5000. The former owners of the Venezia Bar & Grill and Venezia Café, Benito and Hilda Gamba, have combined their efforts into the grand Gamba Ristorante. Located in Merrillville, this restaurant is housed in an architectural masterpiece, which is hard to miss with its circular design and copper roof. Modeled after upscale restaurants in exotic European locations, the menu offers classic Italian cuisine. The risotto alla Milanese features Arborio rice with saffron, “just like in Milan,” and the wine room boasts storage space for 1,000 bottles. A banquet hall holds up to 200 people and looks out onto an open courtyard.

CIAO BELLA 1514 US 41, Schererville. 219.322.6800. The cuisines of three different regions of Italy are featured at the newly opened Ciao Bella, a ristorante, pizzeria and wine bar. Patrons can sample a 12-inch gourmet pizza with a creative array of toppings like the Pizza Quattro Stagioni— tomatoes, artichokes, prosciutto and black olives—or the sauceless Pizza Al Fichi topped with goat cheese, figs and onions and drizzled with a balsamic glaze. For those who like more traditional pies, there are thin-crust options with toppings such as sausage, fresh garlic, salami and jalapeños. Or try such entries as Ciao Bella’s signature dishes, Rigatoni Boscaiola— spicy Italian sausage and rigatoni noodles topped with a tomato cream sauce—and the Chicken Pollo Ala Romana, a chicken breast sautéed in a white wine sauce with roasted tri-color peppers and then sauced

GAUCHO’S 597 US Hwy 30, Valparaiso. 219.759.1100. At Gaucho’s, diners enjoy delicious and unique cuisine invented by the Gaucho cowboys of southern Brazil, who provided meats for the people of Brazil with their famous “Churrasco” barbecue. At Gaucho’s, this centuries-old traditional feast is created tableside as servers bring such offerings as filet mignon wrapped in bacon, chicken parmesan, pork sausage, garlic-roasted turkey breast, merlot-marinated leg of lamb, and a variety of other meats, during Gaucho’s traditional Brazilian-style dinner experience for $39.95. Seafood selections on Wednesday and Friday—just $29.95—include crab legs, shrimp, tilapia, perch, tuna, mahimahi, salmon and clam strips, or add the meat selections for $45.95. All dinners include a 35-item salad bar, Brazilian mashed potatoes, and fried bananas. The lunch menu offers a large selection of sandwiches and salads. Start or finish dinner in the Twisted Martini Lounge upstairs for cocktails, cigars and live entertainment in a modern, intimate setting.

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Proprietor Carlos Rivero’s authentic Spanish cuisine, lively and friendly atmosphere, and conviviality with his return customers make this downtown Valparaiso restaurant a destination for Chicagoans and Michigan residents alike. The exciting menu features dozens of small courses, including a well-known classic paella with saffron rice and fresh-grilled seafood chunks. Grilled steaks and lamb and veal chops are abundant and cooked according to family recipes handed down for generations. The house specialty is a flan-textured vanilla cake. Lunch entrées average $15, dinner $25.

GIORGETTI’S RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA Washington Park in Michigan City. 219.809.4000. 28 N Elm St, Three Oaks, Mich. Expanding on its successful takeout and delivery-only pizzeria in New Buffalo, Giorgetti’s has renovated the waterfront space that was, until recently, the Harbor Grill, at Washington Park’s Yacht Club facility. “When we say we have fresh homemade lasagna, it means we made our own noodles,” says general manager Steve Vargas, explaining the concept. “When we say fresh fish, that means we get the whole fish and cut the fillets ourselves.” Using old family recipes, including one for pizza sauce that dates back half a century, the Michigan City restaurant not only serves the thin-crust pizzas which gained them such a following at their New Buffalo location, but they also offer an extended menu featuring Italian sandwiches with their housemade sausage and garden salads with romaine, tomato, green onion, black olives, Romano cheese and Italian dressing (made in house of course). Desserts change weekly but can include their killer tiramisu and chocolate chip cookies. Be sure to watch the sun set over the harbor while sipping a martini, a locally crafted beer, cocktails or a glass of wine on the outdoor patio that seats 75. There’s live music at night during the summer. “We’re family friendly,” says Vargas, noting that their most expensive item is $12 for the lake perch.

JACK BINION’S STEAK HOUSE AT HORSESHOE CASINO 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7027. horseshoehammond. com. The Horseshoe facility, a slice of Las Vegas on Lake Michigan, prides itself on customer service and consistently ranks first in every category, including fine dining. The tiered tables and luxurious booths at Jack Binion’s overlook an expansive, panoramic lake view, where the impeccably attired waitstaff helps you choose between the Australian lobster, pan-seared sea scallops and rich thick filets that just make you wonder if Dr. Atkins would really be all right with this. Pick the decadent cheesecake for dessert if you want the best of everything. It is more fun, though, to opt for a post-dinner cocktail and go play. Entrées are $35 on average. KELLY’S TABLE 5 7 2 7 N 6 0 0 W, M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.872.5624. kellyscreekwood. com. Tucked away amidst 30 acres of woodland, the Creekwood Inn, built in the 1930s as a second home, is a delightful spot for those wanting to get away. But you don’t have to spend the night to enjoy a great repast at Kelly’s Table, located inside the inn. It’s here that chef/proprietor Patricia Kelly Molden creates a seasonal menu using the local bounty of the neighboring farms and orchards. Recent appetizer offerings include a rich Onion Soup Savoyarde with egg yolks and cream, topped with Gruyère toast as well as crabmeat and artichoke-stuffed mushrooms. Entrées range from the simple but delicious chicken tetrazzini to grilled cumincrusted tuna with a mango habanero salsa, and rabbit braised in wine and served with summer vegetables. Fresh pumpkin custard—topped with whipped cream and flavored with Grand Marnier and crystallized ginger—and chocolate mousse served in chocolate tulip cups accompanied by a berry sauce are among Molden’s to-die-for desserts. For cocktails, consider Kelly’s Table Cosmopolitan: a delightful concoction of Absolut Citron, Triple Sec, Chambord, lime and cranberry or a capirinha made with Brazilian cachaça, fresh limes and turbinado sugar. LIGHTHOUSE RESTAURANT 7501 Constitution Ave, Cedar Lake. 219.374.9283. cedarlakelighthouse. com. Stunning water views through floor-to-ceiling windows is perfect for sunset aficionados and is just one more reason to stop at this restaurant nestled on the eastern shoreline of Cedar Lake. Executive chef Ken McRae draws upon his 25 years of culinary experience in creating a menu with such signature dishes as steaks—offered blackened or Cajun style upon request and served at a sizzling 500 degrees for the ultimate in flavor—plus lake perch and Chilean sea bass. For more casual fare, offerings

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GIOVANNI’S 603 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.6220. This classic upscale Italian bistro is a local favorite, with charm, gracious service and an extensive menu. Innovative selections include a variety of appetizers, and specials are paired with recommended wine by the glass. A crab cake salad with fresh mozzarella and Bibb lettuce is a staple for lunch, and all entrées are accompanied by hot and crusty garlic Parmesan cheese rolls. You can indulge in a traditional multi-course Italian dinner or order by the item. For lighter fare, soups, salads and pizzas are served with cheerful dispatch. Sumptuous dinners include a renowned Veal Scallopine Piccata, served in a white wine sauce, and scampi sautéed in garlic, lemon, thyme and butter. The wine list is extensive but educational, and the desserts range from classic tiramisu to real Italian gelato. Lunch entrées average about $12, while dinners cost $18 to $25.

GOOD TO GO BY LUCREZIA 420 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton. 219.926.3866. goodtogobylucrezia. com. Shop the specials, such as a cheese selection of the month like Pecorino Romano, a grating cheese made from sheep’s milk, so classic it was on the menu for legions of Ancient Rome; pick from two featured wines of exceptional value; taste specialty olive oils and aged vinegars; or pick up a boxed lunch or a signature sandwich to go. Featured on the deli menu: Tipperary Irish Cheddar Cheese, Boar’s Head “Salsalito” Turkey and Marieke Foenegreek Gouda from Holland’s Family Farm. Daily special sandwich $3.99.


GINO’S STEAK HOUSE 1259 W Joliet St, Dyer. 219.865.3854. 600 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.4466. The chefs at Gino’s, who have more than thirty years of combined experience, use only the freshest ingredients in their homestyle cuisine. Starters include traditional minestrone soup from a family recipe, salads with fresh, locally grown produce, and crusty bread with crocks of butter. The nine-ounce prime steak tops the menu and is itself topped with Roquefort cheese in its most popular rendition. All main dishes are served with the restaurant’s signature marinated peppers, and entrées include fish and lobster delivered daily. The dessert menu features créme brûlée and various cheesecakes, but the housemade tiramisu is the highlight—a rich blend of coffee, chocolate and cream cheese flavors. A premium selection of wine, beer and cocktails is available at the full-service bar, and there is a special children’s menu so the entire family can enjoy the dining experience.

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include burgers, salads and pastas. There’s an emphasis on local products from nearby farms and ice cream from Fair Oaks Dairy Farm. Bottles of wine are half price on No Whine Wednesdays. LUCREZIA 428 Calumet Rd, Chesterton. 219.926.5829. 302 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.661.5829. Lucrezia has been a Northern Italian favorite since owners Michael and Nada Karas first opened it in the mid-nineties, in a historic downtown Chesterton building. Several years later, the couple renovated the William Barringer Brown Mansion just off the downtown square in Crown Point, continuing their fine dining tradition. (In fact, Lucrezia won a 2006 and 2008 ROSE Award for “Putting Porter County on the Map.”) Signature dishes include chicken Vesuvio—slow cooked chicken served in a rosemary garlic sauce with roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables—and roasted lamb shank braised in its own juices accompanied by roasted potatoes and braised red cabbage. Specials include veal medallions with mustard and mushrooms topped with a roasted brandy cream sauce. Not to be missed is the zuccotto, a sinful domed-shaped chocolate sponge cake filled with white chocolate mousse and pistachios and sauced with both chocolate and raspberry. Lunch entrées average $20, dinner $30.

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PIKK’S TAVERN 6 2 W L i n c o l n w a y, Va l p a r a i s o . 219.476.7455. The tavern identification in this case is used British-style to denote a community-neighborhood-family place with amply portioned, upscale comfort food like a hearty seafood chowder, a 10-ounce sirloin burger, Cajun fried shrimp po’ boy on a French roll, and an amazing list of brunch items, including a traditional apple pancake, crab cakes Benedict, prime rib hash, and a pepper and egg sandwich served on a baguette. The signature breakfast burger (7 ounces) is served on a buttermilk biscuit bun with cheese and hash browns. The fine-dining details like sensational seafood and steaks, fifteen housemade dipping sauces— roasted red pepper mayo, coconut chile, bernaise, chimichurri, wasabi and Berber barbecue, for instance—and martinis shaken table-side have drawn attention as well. This latest hot spot has not forgotten the traditions of its classy cousin Vinci on Chicago’s near

north side and has the plank salmon, chicken Alfredo and Vinci’s penne to prove it. Wine and microbrew lists round out the menu. A very substantial lunch or brunch will cost about $20, and a complete dinner will cost an average of $30. STOP 50 WOOD FIRED PIZZERIA 5 0 0 S E l P o r t a l , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.879.8777. stop50woodfiredpizzeria. com. Just north of US Hwy 12 and west of New Buffalo, this café enjoys a welldeserved reputation—including being named one of the top four pizzerias in the Midwest by Rachael Ray magazine— for authentic Italian pizza baked “Naples-style” in wood-fired hearth ovens. Customers return again and again—it’s only difficult to find the first time. The recipes are traditional, and the ingredients are fresh daily. In addition to the Napoletana pizza, sandwiches and salads are available to eat at Stop 50, or you can get your snack or meal to go. Try the banana peppers stuffed with house-made sausage or a fiery tomato and goat cheese dip with hand-cut fried chips. Owners Chris and Kristy Bardol, who rehabbed the 50-year-old beach community grocery store into a restaurant, stick to strictly locally grown food. Average entrée cost is $15, but you can make a satisfying light meal out of the generously proportioned starters at $8-$12. The Bardols also own SodaDog, the menu of which includes authentic hot dogs and sausages and micro-crafted soda, all served via carhop service. SodaDog is located at 171 Hwy 212 in Michigan City. STRONGBOW INN 2405 E US 30, Valparaiso. 800.462.5121. The menu at this classic institution still includes a wide variety of turkey selections, but with daily specials that include barbecued pork ribs, seafood choices, prime rib and other comfort foods, one would never guess that the bakery and restaurant started as a sandwich stand during the Depression. Many families have had Thanksgiving catered by Strongbow— the meticulously prepared traditional meal that can be ordered as take-out is virtually indistinguishable from that produced by a family team working in the kitchen for ten hours. Also, the bakery has exploded with a range of treats created daily, including cinnamon rolls, cakes, pies, brownies, fruit tarts, truffles, crème brûlée and strawberry napoleons. Lunch entrées average $8, and dinner is $18.

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WILLIAM B’S STEAKHOUSE at BLUE CHIP CASINO 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City. 888.879.7711, ext 2118. Named after Boyd Gaming Corporation’s chairman and CEO William S. Boyd, William B’s is a worldclass steakhouse in the tradition of the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. Executive Chef Rudy Paniuagua advises that you should not over-grill a great steak: “The flavor of the meat and the marbling should speak for themselves.” Rib eyes, T-bones, filet and porterhouse are the centerpiece of the menu—and all the little extras are available, including creamy horseradish, sautéed onions and mushrooms, and au poivre sauce with shallots, butter, cracked peppercorns and cognac—but you will also find fresh seafood, occasional exotic selections like ostrich, and exquisite pasta dishes, prepared in-house. There is a complete cocktail menu (the traditional martinis are excellent), as well as a five-star wine list and complete appetizer and dessert selections. The average cost of dinner is $25, and reservations are highly recommended.


BISTRO ON THE BOULEVARD 521 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.6600. This American Bistro on Lake Michigan has a well-deserved and unrivaled reputation in Southwest Michigan. The view through the French doors overlooking the bluff is spectacular no matter what season, though dining outside on the porch has its own special charm, particularly at sunset or on a starry summer night. The interior of the dining room and cozy adjacent bar is impeccable. The menu changes frequently to accommodate seasonal, fresh and available fruits and vegetables, much of which are grown locally, but the basic entrée list—created by executive chef Ryan Thornburg, who worked as the restaurant’s sous chef for three years when it first opened—is extensive. Thornburg’s menu items include horseradish crusted salmon accompanied by sautéed spinach in a Michigan cherry vinaigrette, steak frites—a tallgrass 8-ounce top sirloin with pomme frites and herb butter—and crispy duck confit with sweet potato perogies, micro greens, and walnut vinaigrette. Prices are reasonable, starting at $14 for the All American Burger with bacon, smoked gouda, lettuce, and tomato, to steaks for around $30. Be sure to check out the last Wednesday of the month sushi menu for such delights as seaweed salad with sesame dressing, shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber with wasabi topikiko—as well as the choice of sakes. Reservations are always helpful, especially on the weekends. CAFÉ GULISTAN 13581 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.6779. Café Gulistan was established in 1994 by Ibrahim Parlak, a Kurd from Turkey (in the Kurdish language, Gulistan means the “Land of Roses”). The café offers a taste of the Middle East, from its traditional appetizers (babaghanoush, tabouleh, ezme and falafil) and many lamb specialties to vegetarian entrées such as Sultan’s Tava (fresh spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, carrots and chickpeas, sautéed in a curry garlic sauce, served with Basmati rice). In addition to Turkish and Lebanese wines, a full bar is also offered.

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TEQUILA RESTAURANTE 110 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.661.8226. tequilarestaurante. com. Striving to exceed any and all expectations of a typical Mexican restaurant, Tequila Restaurante offers a revolving menu that pairs fresh, seasonal offerings with the staff’s longtime traditional family recipes prepared in a scratch producing, labor-intense kitchen. Hearty plates are delivered to white linen, flower and candle adorned tables by devoted professionals. There’s something for everyone, starting with tableside guacamole, hand-cut carne asada, a build-your-own-plate of tacos, tostadas, sopes, enchiladas, tamales and flautas, as well as fresh ahi, mahi mahi, and sea bass tacos, to 21-day aged filets, one-pound pork chops and bone-in rib eyes. The seasonal cocktail selection boasts scratch-made 21-ounce margaritas and house drinks as well as a boutique of perfectly paired wines. Established in 2009, Tequila Restaurante takes great pride in its current “on the square” location, offering a one-of-a-kind “Mexperience” in its eclectic social dining room (children’s menu available), tequila cantina (21 and over) or outdoor seating (weather permitting). Reservations strongly suggested.

bite & sip opened to the public in April. The new clubhouse restaurant will open seven days a week during golf season (April - October) and will schedule selected open days of the week in the off-season. Executive chef Mark Smith’s menu plans for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be focused on locally grown and sustainable food including a range of daily and weekly specials. While the lunch menu will have a variety of sandwiches, burgers and entrée salads, dinner will feature steaks, poultry, dish and signature dishes, also a complete wine list.

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LUISA’S CAFE 13698 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.9037. harbertswedishbakery. com/luisascafe.html. Luisa’s Café features handmade batters with unbleached and whole grain flours with a gluten free menu. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are used when available, and favorite offerings include fresh hand-squeezed orange juice, frittatas, Swedish pancakes, panini and crepes. The bakery next door carries Swedish limpa and rye as well as coffee cakes and pastries. SCHU’S BAR & GRILL 501 Pleasant St, St. Joseph. 269.983.7248. The restaurant tradition of Schuler’s goes back four generations in Michigan and continues with Schu’s Bar & Grill in St. Joe. Diners can enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan and cozy up to the hand-crafted fieldstone fireplace. Good conversation and good food are all part of the experience at Schu’s, where the start of a tasty night includes Schu’s potato soup—the restaurant’s famous original soup served with cheddar cheese, bacon bits and diced scallions. Gumbos and a selection of distinctive salads, like the sweet chili shrimp salad, also make great starters before the hearty portions of pasta or a sizzlin’ rib eye steak. Also, try the terrific fall-offthe-bone barbeque ribs presented on a wooden plank with tangy molasses sauce served with crispy French fries. Schu’s is also a great place to stop for lunch. A homemade egg salad sandwich is made exceptional with shallots and a touch of tarragon topped with lettuce and tomato, or devour the salmon B.L.T. made with a generous six-ounce portion of grilled salmon with crisp bacon, mixed greens and fresh tomatoes, topped with tarragon Dijon sauce and served with housemade chips. TABOR HILL WINERY & RESTAURANT 1 8 5 M t Ta b o r R d , B u c h a n a n . 800.283.3363. Tabor Hill Winery’s restaurant is all at once elegant, urbane and semi-casual. Its windows afford ample, rolling vineyard views; the menu is sophisticated. Chef John Paul Verhage, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, gives a modified California-cuisine touch to signature dishes like raspberry chicken and the salmon wrapped in grape leaves. The extensive appetizer menu includes items like mini Morel Mushroom Pizzas and Kobe Beef Carpaccio. Though the restaurant is easy to find—just a half hour north of South Bend and 20 minutes east of New Buffalo—it’s not always easy to get in. Reservations are suggested—but those who wander in unannounced can sip at the complimentary wine bar or purchase a glass and enjoy it on the stone terrace overlooking the vines. Tabor Hill produces a wonderful variety of award-winning wines, but for those who desire a harder libation, a full bar awaits.

ZAZIOS at the RADISSON PLAZA 100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo. 269.384.2650. This Italian bistro in busy downtown Kalamazoo has it all: a gourmet deli grocery is the passage into the energetically decodesigned bar and dining room, which glimpses the kitchen on one side. Lighting and acoustics are carefully managed, as well as the menu, which offers classic cuisine, seasonal specials and popular favorites—sophisticated, authentic entrée pizzas, hearty vegetable bean minestrone, a fresh mozzarella caprese salad and a housemade panna cotta chocolate torte filled with coconut cream. Complete beverage menu features trendy and classic choices. Entrées average $18.


BALAGIO RISTORANTE 1 7 5 0 1 D i x i e H w y, H o m e w o o d . 708.957.1650. Now in a new location, this popular Italian restaurant has changed its menu offerings, with many entrée prices now under $12.95. Some of the specialties created by chef/owner Mike Galderio include chicken scaloppini— thin breast cutlets quickly sautéed with white wine—Italian sausage and roasted red peppers served with braised escarole, and a salmon club sandwich with broiled salmon, crisp bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato. There are also Galderio traditional family recipes like the chopped salad with chicken, salami and hearts of palm, housemade marinara sauce and spaghetti and meatballs. There’s an extensive wine list as well as live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. Private dining is available for any group from 10 to 200, either family style or custom designed. GLENWOOD OAKS RIB & CHOP HOUSE 106 N Main St, Glenwood. 708.758.4400. The Jarosky family has been serving a solid menu of steaks, chops, fresh seafood and vegetables for a generation, with specials that reflect newly popular items or vegetables in season. But the clientele returns again and again for the staples, which include Angus steaks and chops, sautéed fresh lake perch, oysters Rockefeller done à la Isabelle, and salads of crunchy iceberg lettuce with house dressing. Armadillo eggs—fresh jalapeño peppers stuffed with cheddar, fried and served with salsa and sour cream—are the ultimate in comfort food. Dinner entrées average $20; lunch entrées run in the $12 range. SIAM MARINA THAI CUISINE 80 River Oaks Center, Calumet City. 708.862.3438. 1669 Sibley Blvd, Calumet City. 708.868.0560. Chefproprietor Tammy Pham has evolved into a legend for her mastery of a full menu with dozens of vegetarian options as well as traditionally spiced and marinated poultry dishes. The spring rolls and peanut sauce are prepared in-house daily, along with special soups. The authentic pad Thai has a loyal following, and fresh coconut works in many of the dishes, including dessert. A multi-course lunch averages $12, dinner $15.

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Start your holiday early in New Buffalo at a week long beach celebration. Tuesday July 3rd – 8:30pm Free concert by Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, made possible by Pokagon Fund, at Lions Park across from New Buffalo beach Tuesday, July 3rd – 10:15pm Huge fireworks display over Lake Michigan as grand finale of symphony concert. Wednesday July 4th – Sunday July 8th Several family events scheduled including: professional volleyball tournament, surfing demos, outdoor movies, live music, sand sculpting and more!



A bay window provides the perfect nook for playing chess and watching the water. Cedar shingles, New York fieldstone, and Dutch gambrel roofs help bring the Nantucket flavor to Southwest Michigan [upper left, opposite page]. New York fieldstone is used again to create the great room fireplaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a cozy space for morning coffee and conversation [upper right, opposite page]. Windows offer views of Lake Michigan.

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“When you’re standing at the front door, your eyes are drawn through the house to the lake,” says architect Jeff Harting, standing in demonstration at the front door of the two-story Nantucket-style lake house, with its Dutch gambrel roofs, cedar shingles and New York fieldstone. • This same view of the lake draws visitors through an entryway, and into the living room. A welcoming sofa anchors a seating area across from a natural wood fireplace. Built-in shelving displays family treasures. Mushroom-colored walls mute the light. Against the back wall: a bay window. In its arc, two seats face each other around a chess table set for play.


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Adjacent to the living room is a large great room—a dining room at one end, a seating area and second fireplace at the other. “The back of the house is all about the lake, the views and entertaining— both indoors and outdoors,” Harting says, pointing to windows carefully placed to maximize the views, and to outdoor decks. New York fieldstone, like that utilized on the exterior, is used again around the fireplace. Custom beams, “reminiscent of a ship hull,” add texture to the dramatic high ceiling “and bring the scale of the great room down to a more intimate level,” Harting says. The kitchen transects the great room from the east. Tall cabinets fill its high ceiling. There is more than enough space to work around a central island, and ample seating, too—around the island, at the table, or nestled on the window seat. Overflow is easily accommodated by the great room— and beyond it to an outdoor deck. A lower level is devoted to games and entertainment, laundry and access to the out-of-doors. Outside, additional decks, a screened porch, walkways and stairs all lead down to the beach. Bedrooms are discreetly tucked among the three levels—seven in all. It is precisely what owners Meg Gibson and Mike Revord wanted—a useable space that could handle a lot of friends and family. Like so many second-home owners in Southwest Michigan, the Gibson-Revord family was introduced to the area by friends. That was seventeen years ago. Having both rented and owned, they got serious three years ago and completely renovated the little ranch house they’d found situated on the edge of a dune in Sawyer. “We love the location in Michigan,” Gibson says. “It is such a getaway.”

They took the house down to its original foundation, and rebuilt, adding upward. “We knew how we lived,” Gibson says. “We wanted a house conducive to having large groups of guests.” Gibson credits Harting, builder Craig Moore of E.C. Moore, and interior designer Steven Ellis with making her conceptions happen. “Craig Moore started this project in October and we were able to move back in by Memorial Day—a feat I don’t believe any other builder could have accomplished,” Gibson says, “and his perfectionism and attention to detail are evident throughout the house. “Ellis has a remarkable eye for objects and color, and the ability to put everything big and small together into the space. He really listens to the goals and makes it happen. “Jeff Harting understands space and light,” she continues. “He makes it work, and look beautiful. We went through numerous rounds of revisions to perfect the design, and he never stopped pushing the limits to achieve the best result.” No muss, no fuss was an important precept. “It is a functioning house,” Gibson says. “Every room is intended to be used.” Living at the beach with two teenagers, she knew there would be lots of coming and going—sandy feet, wet bathing suits. Multiply this by two, or three, or more other families. “I didn’t want it to feel like the kind of house you couldn’t be comfortable in,” she adds. Flooring, furnishings and fabrics all have been chosen with durability and easy cleanup in mind. So, summer weekends at the home are worry-free, filled with family and friends—boating and tubing, grilling, playing ping-pong, hanging out and relaxing—the chores and duties of everyday life left far behind for the time being.

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The Gibson-Revord home is one of several unique homes and gardens throughout Southwest Michigan on this year’s Annual Heartland Alliance Home & Garden Tour on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EDT). // For the second year, the tour offers a special lunch, hosted this year by the Chikaming Country Club in Lakeside from noon to 3 p.m. (EDT). Reservations are required. // A post-tour party and silent auction will take place at Burnison Galleries, Lakeside. // The home tour supports the Alliance’s affordable housing programs. // Tickets are available online (, or from Lovell and Whyte, in Lakeside.

The lower level is devoted to games and entertainmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; with ample seating for movies and video games [upper left, opposite page]. The formal dining area occupies the north end of the great room [upper right, opposite page]. A small hallway connects the front entry to the kitchen [inset, opposite page]. The heart of the home, the kitchen has ample space for working and congregating. The darker, stained-beam ceiling helps draw the eye downward, while cabinets help fill the space. A large scale (part of a collection) provides endless entertainment as children and adults alike use various items to keep it balanced.

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120 S Main St, Crown Point 219.663.1506 This contemporary boutique features a large selection of Franz porcelain and jewelry, along with original art, interior accents and custom florals. Millicent and Maruca Fine Handbags and fragrances by Elizabeth W. and Hill House are other popular items.

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AMISH STRUCTURES, LLC 9626 W 400 N, Michigan City. 219.872.6474. This company specializes in sheds, but gazebos, lighthouses and other outdoor structures—all built with solid Amish craftsmanship— are available as well. Structures are available in a variety of styles and colors. The wood storage structures are delivered pre-built for the customer’s convenience. MARUSZCZAK APPLIANCE 7809 W Lincoln Hwy, Schererville. 219.865.0555. For decades, this award-winning, family-owned company has been selling and servicing major home appliances in the Munster area. Its broad inventory includes refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washer/dryers and more, made by virtually every brand in the market. The company is factory-authorized to service everything it sells, and professional in-house delivery and installation services are also available.


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MC COLLUM ARCHITECTS 16109 Red Arrow Hwy, Union Pier. 269.469.9211. This full-service architectural firm has spanned 40 years and 100 miles, and has built everything from urban to second home communities, low to upscale housing, single family to multi-family homes, tiny boutique restaurants and even upscale urban eateries. The firm is involved with renovating and creating new housing, amphitheaters, daycare centers, and special community development projects designed to create flexible environments. WATER PLACE 18853 W US 12, Ste 3, New Buffalo. 269.231.5153. The Water Place is a decorative plumbing and hardware products superstore. With whirlpools, faucets and cabinets, this has “everything you need for plumbing services.”


BLINK APPLIANCES & KITCHENS 2717 Glenwood-Lansing Rd, Lynwood. 708.889.1860. Specializing in sales, service, installation and parts for forty-nine years, Blink Appliances is affiliated with Brand Source, one of the largest buying groups in the nation. The knowledgeable sales staff has won national awards for its service and installation of quality appliances and cabinetry.

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CARTRONIX, INC Locations in Merrillville, Portage, Schererville and Valparaiso. 219.548.2571. Cartronix is best known throughout Northwest Indiana for being an AT&T dealer, but the company also specializes in home and mobile electronics. The custom audio/video home theater department designs, engineers and installs electronic systems, including home theaters, distributed audio/video, communications and home networks, for both residential and commercial clients. FENKER’S HOME FURNISHINGS AND GIFTS 1 11 4 Li n co ln wa y, La Po rt e . 21 9 .3 62 . 35 38 . For more than 100 years, Fenker’s has been a regular fixture in downtown LaPorte. Among the large inventory is quality home furnishings for every room of the home—from the largest sofa to the smallest accessory. Fenker’s carries reputable lines such as La-Z-Boy, Kincaid, Howard Miller, Lane and many others. INDIANA FURNITURE 1807 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.465.0545. Since 1980, this family-owned and operated company has offered quality home furnishings and customer service. A wide range of home furnishing providers are represented here, including Ashley, Lane and La-Z-Boy.

MC INTERIORS 1102 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.872.7236. MC Interiors offers a variety of home décor products including window treatments, floor coverings, draperies and upholstery. Services include free in-home consultation and estimates, plus installation of drapery, blinds, carpet, hardwood and ceramic flooring.


ART VAN Va r i o u s l o c a t i o n s t h r o u g h o u t M i c h i g a n , 888.427.8826. Celebrating more than 52 years in business, Art Van Furniture is Michigan’s largest furniture retailer, with 34 stores throughout the state and five stand-alone PureSleep stores. CUSTOMS IMPORTS 430 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9180. This exotic gallery hosts a large, distinguished inventory of global art, furniture and antiques from India, Indonesia, China, Morocco and Vietnam. Dee Dee Duhn’s new showroom features teak root benches, textiles, Indonesian pottery, unique new furniture and an extensive mirror gallery. Claudia Lobao’s Global Dreams jewelry can also be found here. HARBOR TOWN INTERIORS 613 Broad St, St.Joseph. 269.983.7774. Harbor Town Interiors offers home decor items such as furniture, mattresses, bed coverings, rugs, and home accessories. Gift items and full service design consultation is available. RED ARROW GALLERY 13648 Red Arrow Hwy. Harbert, Mich. 269.469.1950. Red Arrow Gallery is the largest gallery in southwestern Michigan dedicated to bringing art lovers a vast selection of art from the most talented and unique artists in the area. The collection includes oils, acrylics, sculptures, jewelry, art lamps and sculptural furniture. The gallery offers a varied collection of fine art by established well-known

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artists as well as talented emerging artists. Furniture artists are available to design and construct one-of-akind pieces that could be the centerpiece of a home. SANCTUARY at CUSTOMS IMPORTS 430 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9180. Born out of a desire for inner peace amidst the nation’s current economic turmoil is Sanctuary, the new store-within-a-store at Customs Imports. Owner Dee Dee Duhn has dedicated this space to feature items promoting quiet and tranquility, including art, music, candles fountains and incense. Patrons will receive a CD of the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra, chanted by the Dalai Lama, with any purchase. SAWYER HOME & GARDEN CENTER 5 8 6 5 S a w y e r R d , S a w y e r. 2 6 9 . 4 2 6 . 8 8 1 0 . The Sawyer Garden Center offers a large inventory of items for the garden, including annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, plus a variety of high-quality lawn accessories. A large gift shop and gourmet shop—featuring produce, breads, sauces and cheeses—are also on site. SEA GLASS COTTAGE 402 Eagle St, South Haven. 866.639.1201. As its name suggests, this specialty shop features hundreds of collected sea glass items, along with a tasteful collection of beachinspired home furniture and décor. Purses, jewelry, sunglasses and other accessories are also available here. THINK DESIGN STUDIO 560 5th St NW, Ste 301, Grand Rapids. 616.458.8370. This innovative firm specializes in the interior design of residential and commercial properties, focusing on adjacency planning, design layout, material selections, color coordination and more. Designers Melanie Rogers and David Weston proclaim a devotion to harmony within the space and also are committed to using green building and decor materials where possible.


ART 4 SOUL 18135 Harwood Avenue, Homewood. 708.206.1026. Patrons love the one-stop-shop factor of this place, which offers jewelry, hand-crafted home décor items and personalized gifts, plus a paint-yourown ceramic studio and bead shop where customers can make their own jewelry.

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BELLA VITA HOME ACCENTS 18111 Dixie Hwy, Homewood, Ill. 708.798.2355. This boutique, whose name means “beautiful life” in Italian, features high-quality home décor items (lamps, furniture and accessories are the main highlight), a bath and body line, gift items, candles and items for every holiday and season. Bella Vita, which opened in June 2007, won Homewood’s annual “Beautification Award.”

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B&E MARINE 31 Lake Shore Dr, Michigan City. 888.603.2628. This family-owned and operated boat store-slash-marina features a large inventory of new Sea Ray and Boston Whaler models, along with an ever-changing selection of used and brokerage boats. Its waterfront location allows B&E Marine to provide on-the-water services, including boat slip rental, storage, hoists and fuel dock.

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DORMAN GARAGE, INC 1317 Lake St, LaPorte. 219.324.7646. dormangarage. com. With more than twenty years of experience, Dorman Garage specializes in classic car restoration. Aside from offering restoration services, there is also a large inventory of restored classic automobiles for sale.



ARNELL CHEVROLET 239 Melton Rd, Burns Harbor. 219.787.9200. One of Northwest Indiana’s largest auto dealers features an impressive inventory of new and used Chevrolets, Hummers and Corvettes. Parts, servicing and financing are also available.

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THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON SHOP OF MICHIGAN CITY 2968 N Hwy 421, Michigan City. 219.878.8885. While the Harley-Davidson brand needs no introduction, the Michigan City store stands out in the crowd, being a member of the largest Harley dealer in the state. A large selection of new and pre-owned motorcycles are available for purchase or for rent. The store also offers accessories, repair services and periodic events. LEXUS OF MERRILLVILLE 3957 US Hwy 30, Merrillville. 219.769.4545. Lexus vehicles and customer-service focused sales teams can be found at this dealership, which features new and pre-owned vehicles-including luxury and sport sedans, SUVs and convertibles. Financing, vehicle services and parts and accessories are also available. SCHEPEL AUTO GROUP 2 9 2 9 L i n c o l n H w y, M e r r i l l v i l l e . 866.724.3735. This renowned auto dealer in Northwest Indiana offers new and pre-owned vehicles by Cadillac, Hummer, Saab, Buick and Pontiac. The experienced sales staff, plus the extensive online inventory, helps consumers find the car most suited for their needs. Repair services are also available.


RUSSELL’S FOREIGN CAR REPAIR 8754 US Hwy 31, Berrien Springs. 269.473.3088. This dealer alternative provides service, repairs and maintenance during the vehicle’s factory warranty and beyond. Russell’s Foreign Car Repair services all imported car makes, but specializes in upscale European and Asian vehicles.

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GREAT LAKES CATERING 701 Washington St, Michigan City. 219.898.1502. greatlakescatering. com. With a combined 150 years of experience, Ed Kis and family have formed one of the area’s leading catering companies. A full range of services is available for all kinds of events, including catered foods and beverages, bands, tents, tables and more. For 10 years in a row, Great Lakes Catering has been voted Northern Indiana’s premier caterer and special event planner.

and loose and packaged teas. Molly Bea’s also boasts the largest licorice selection in Northwest Indiana. There are a good deal of sugarless gluten-free products as well.

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ST. JOHN WINE & SPIRITS 9540 Poplar Ln, St. John. 219.558.8911. Both the connoisseur and the beginner alike will feel comfortable in this shop, which features a wide variety of fine wines, beer and spirits. The staff is trained to assist customers with selection needs, in order “to take the intimidation out of shopping for wine and spirits.” Wine tastings are held here often, and gifts and accessories are also available.


ST. JULIAN WINERY 716 S Kalamazoo St, Paw Paw. 269.657.5568. Founded in 1921, St. Julian is Michigan’s oldest and largest winery. The family-owned winery offers a wide selection of award-winning and well-known premium wines, sparkling wines and sparkling juices. Additional tasting rooms are located in Frankenmuth and Union Pier.

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CENTER FOR OTOLARYNGOLOGY 24 Joliet St, Ste 302, Dyer. 219.865.4368. Bethany Cataldi, D.O., specializes in ear, nose and throat surgery and facial plastic surgery. In fact, she is the only female facial plastic surgeon in Northwest Indiana who’s been specifically trained in surgery of the face, head and neck. Dr. Cataldi’s expertise in such procedures exclusively ranges all spectrums, from topical treatments like skin peels, to hair removal, to full nasal construction. COMMUNITY HOSPITAL 9 0 1 M a c A r t h u r B l v d , M u n s t e r. 219.836.1600. This awardwinning hospital is a not-for-profit acute care facility with 354 beds and a medical staff of more than 530 physicians. Community’s services include a surgery center, oncology center, women’s diagnostic center, pain clinic and rehabilitation center. One of the hospital’s newest endeavors is the daVinci Surgical System, which is a cutting-edge technological system for prostate cancer.

MOLLY BEA’S INGREDIENTS 761 Indian Boundary Rd, Chesterton. 219.983.9401. This specialty grocer is a “haven for people who cook, bake and eat.” Pretty much any baking and cooking ingredient can be found here, including flours, pastas, seeds, nuts, sprinkles, chips and more. A selection of fair trade and organic products are available, including coffees,

DERMATOLOGY AND COSMETIC SPECIALISTS 1946 45th St, Munster. 219.924.5850. m e d s p e c i n d i a n a . c o m . D r. L a u r a Hoffman, MD, specializes in dermatology and cosmetic procedures, including Botox, facial fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, photorejuvenation and laser hair removal. General dermatology services are also available.

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MESCOLARE 1 Courthouse Square, Crown Point. 219.663.6095. This “deliciously different” shop, located in the Old Lake County Courthouse, offers gourmet food items and kitchen wares.

CONFIDENTIAL CARE 720 45th Ave. Munster. 219.934.6410. Drs. Sanker and Vijay Jayachandran are board certified psychiatrists who provide intensive psychiatric outpatient care for adolescents and adults. The doctors and their staff—two nurse practitioners and six clinical therapists—specialize in social and school behavior, family counseling, drug and alcohol addiction treatment, and ADHD in adolescents, among many other services.

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FRANCISCAN PHYSICIANS HOSPITAL 7 0 1 S u p e r i o r A v e , M u n s t e r. 219.922.4200. Franciscan Physicians Hospital offers nearly 50 medical specialties and subspecialties in a 63-bed acute care hospital setting. Physicians and staff provide award winning services, state-of-the-art technology and best-in-region staffing ratios to deliver the highest quality of care. An endovascular program led by world-renowned Dr. Paul Jones provides NWI patients the best in heart care. Franciscan St. Anthony Health - Michigan City 301 W Homer St, Michigan City. 219.879.8511. saintanthonymemorial. org. This acute care hospital, serving LaPorte, Porter and Berrien Counties, boasts an integrated healthcare network that is made up of an intensive care unit, a new birthing unit, an emergency department, behavioral medicine, rehabilitation services, medical surgery units, oncology, pediatrics and a multidiscipline physician practice. Franciscan St. Margaret Health 5454 Hohman Avenue. Hammond. 219.932.2300. One of the largest acute-care hospitals in Northwest Indiana, Saint Margaret offers a myriad of services in their Dyer and Hammond locations as well as multiple off-site facilities. The hospital offers all private inpatient rooms, a wide variety of healthcare services, and state-of-the-art technology. METHODIST HOSPITALS 600 Grant St, Gary. 219.886.4000. 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.738.5500. With two fullservice campuses in Northwest Indiana, these not-for-profit, community-based hospitals have a reputation for being one of the region’s leading healthcare providers. Methodist’s physicians, staff and volunteers proclaim a dedication to quality service, with specialties in multiple areas of physical and mental health, including cardiovascular, oncology, neuroscience, rehabilitation and behavioral health. OBSTETRICAL & GYNECOLOGICAL ASSOCIATES, INC 1101 E Glendale Blvd, Ste 102, Valparaiso. 877.462.6249. 3630 Willowcreek Rd, Ste 1, Portage. 219.364.3230. The boardcertified obstetrician-gynecologists—Drs. Short, Strickland and Velarde—at this clinic specialize in pregnancy care, family planning, infertility and menopause, along with general women’s wellness. Patients are made to feel at ease because of the clinic’s state-of-the-art equipment and a skilled staff.

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PINNACLE HOSPITAL 9301 Connecticut Dr, Crown Point. 219.796.4150. This acute care hospital prides itself on its small facility; with only 18 beds and five operating suites, each patient receives high-quality care and undivided attention. Owned and operated by physicians, Pinnacle offers a full range of specialties, including orthopaedics, spinal surgeries and women’s health, and is the home to the Indiana Breast Center, led by Dr. Marylyn Rosencranz. PORTER HOSPITAL 8 1 4 L a P o r t e A v e , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.263.4600. 3630 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.364.3000. 650 Dickinson Rd, Ste 150E, Chesterton. 219.926.7755. Since opening in 1939 as a community-owned, not-for-profit hospital, Porter has served area families by providing quality care and programs. With ten facilities in two counties, Porter provides health care that is recognized on local, state and national levels and offers a continuum of specialized services such as emergency/trauma, cardiology, family medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, sleep lab, physical rehabilitation care and more. SMILES BY ARNOLD & ASSOCIATES, COSMETIC & FAMILY DENTISTRY 9 5 1 S o u t h p o i n t D r, Va l p a r a i s o . 219.926.5445 James H. Arnold, D.D.S., P.C., and his bright-smiled staff use the latest technology for cosmetic dentistry services such as tooth-colored fillings, tooth-whitening, cosmetic bonding, dental implants and porcelain veneers, onlays and crowns. The faint of heart will appreciate the practice’s calming efforts, including paraffin hand dips, aromatherapy, lemon-scented hot towels and massage pads on all chairs. ST. MARY MEDICAL CENTER 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.942.0551. Innovative women’s health services are available here, including complete gynecologic and obstetrical care, plus treatment for high-risk pregnancies and menopause. Functional, metabolic and nutritional medicine is practiced wherever possible.


UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER 5841 S. Maryland Avenue. Chicago. 773.702.1000. Since 1927, the University of Chicago Medical Center has been one of the Midwest’s most reputable hospitals. Aside from basic health care, the Medical Center consists of a children’s hospital, a maternity and women’s hospital, multiple outpatient facilities, and the renowned Pritzker School of Medicine.

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LAKESHORE MORTGAGE 711 Plaza Dr, Chesterton. 10 Washington St, Valparaiso. 219.548.3010. Lakeshore Mortgage offers conventional, FHA, VA, construction, rehab, second mortgages and 203k loans. There are no closing costs or lines of credit as well. The staff at Lakeshore strives to educate customers and provide optimal service.


MUTUAL BANK, KATHY SELLERS 307 W Buffalo St, New Buffalo. 269.469.5552. Kathy Sellers is a Mutual Bank agent who services both first-time home buyers and seasoned investors. Mutual Bank specializes in investments and wealth management for businesses and personal clients.

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VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY Kretzmann Hall, 1700 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5011. For nearly 150 years, Valparaiso University has prided itself on providing a liberal


OX-BOW Campus: 3435 Rupprecht Way, Saugatuck. 269.857.5811. Administrative offices: 37 S Wabash Ave, Chicago. 800.318.3019. This 96-year-old summer school of art and artists’ residency is located in Saugatuck and is affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ox-Bow offers one- and two-week intensives for aspiring and experienced artists in six studio areas.


GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY 1 University Pkwy, University Park. 708.534.5000. Governors State University—which is known for being affordable and accessible— offers 54 degree programs and 23 certificate programs. Classes are offered on campus, online and at satellite campuses, all of which are available on evenings and weekends as well as during the day. The university’s Center for Performing arts also hosts several theater productions and concerts throughout the year.

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CAROL BRYCHTA REAL ESTATE 13661 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.7766. www.carolbrychta. com. Carol Brychta Real Estate is a family business with a reputation of 27 years of excellent service. Their primary mission is to find the right buyer for each property that they list so that both parties walk away from the table well satisfied with the outcome. COLDWELL BANKER, DAWN BERNHARDT 2110 N. Calumet Avenue. Valparaiso 7 3 8 N . P o r t e r, C h e s t e r t o n . 219.241.0952. Dawn Bernhardt is the go-to agent for homes in Chesterton’s luxurious Sand Creek subdivision, along with other properties in Porter, LaPorte and Lake Counties. The website offers an abundance of resources for both buyers and sellers. COLDWELL BANKER, DONNA HOFMANN 219.331.1133. Donna Hofmann specializes in helping clients with buying and selling lakefront properties in Ogden Dunes, Dune Acres, Porter Beach, Beverly Shores, Chesterton and Valparaiso.


BE OUR GUEST 269.487.9530. Be Our Guest has the best in style and comfort Southwest Michigan has to offer by providing housing and customized concierge services. Local housing accommodations range from condominiums and family-style houses to Lake Michigan estates. Now is the time to book a vacation spot for the upcoming Senior PGA Championship sponsored by KitchenAid in May. COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE 10 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.3950. This New Buffalo real estate firm features more than 200,000 properties in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Both the in-office staff and the Coldwell Banker website offer multiple services and resources for buyers and sellers. HARBOR SHORES RESORT 269.932.1600. harborshoresresort. c o m . S o u t h w e s t M i c h i g a n ’s biggest, most talked-about project is underway in Benton Harbor. The residential community will include a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, marinas, an indoor water park and a luxury spa. The property is surrounded by two rivers and five beaches. Custom homesites and cottages are available. NADRA K REAL ESTATE 16678 Red Arrow Hwy, New Buffalo. 269.469.2090. Nadra K Real Estate was established in 1980 with a total of two staff persons. Since then, they have grown rapidly with a current organization consisting of eleven agents and a support staff of two. Their record of success and excellence can be demonstrated by their consistent increase in annual sales transactions, a history of handling successful project developments and a competent sales staff who, year after year, ranks in the top percentile of our area Multiple Listing System. PRUDENTIAL RUBLOFF PROPERTIES 439 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.8300. Since 1930, Rubloff has been one of the premier real estate firms on the local scene. Serving clients all along Lake Michigan’s southern coast and beyond, the certified sales associates at Rubloff proclaim great success in buying, selling and renting properties along the lakeshore.


DEWITT PLACE 900 N DeWitt Pl, Chicago. 312.642.7020. This 82-unit vintage building, built in 1924, offers corporate housing, temporary furnished apartment rentals and long-term temporary housing solutions. These studio and one-bedroom apartments come with a variety of amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen, wireless Internet access, DirecTV satellite service and an exercise room.

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COSMEDIC SKIN & BODY CLINIC 210 E 86th Pl, Merrillville. 219.795.1255. 58 E Walton, Chicago. 312.377.3333. Dr. James Platis, who has been featured on local and national news programs and has been applauded by Dr. Phil, specializes in all forms of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, particularly breast surgery, body contouring and facial aesthetic surgery. Less invasive procedures include tanning, waxing and facials.


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ELLE SALON 113 W 8th St, Michigan City. 219.874.3553. This upscale salon, situated in Michigan City’s historic district, offers full-service haircare, plus manicures, pedicures and facial waxing. Retail products include skin care, body care, a men’s line, wooden styling tools, a full line of Aveda products, and other calming items such as Aveda teas, candles and oils. PET PALS, INC 10388 W 400 N, Michigan City. 219.879.2898. This upscale pet hotel and grooming salon pampers pets with all-suite runs, ample exercise, high-quality meals, modern grooming equipment, flea treatments, hair bows and nail polish. The 6,000-square-foot building features 65 boarding suites, a separate cat boarding area, and a state-of-the-art grooming facility. REVERIE SPA RETREAT 3 6 3 4 N 7 0 0 W, L a P o r t e . 219.861.0814. Located on more than fifty acres of deep woodlands, this spa retreat offers an imaginative menu of personal luxury care which includes facials, massage therapy, reflexology, botanical treatments, envelopments and azulene waxings. There are five guest rooms blending calming Asian and classically antique influences and a dining room, which serves twenty-six people vegetables from the garden and other goodies. VANIS SALON & SPA 221 US 41, Ste J, Schererville. 219.322.5600. 1620 Country Club Rd, Valparaiso. 219.465.6414. 107 N Main St Ste A, Crown Point. 219.663.5200. One of Northwest Indiana’s premier salons, Vanis features a well-trained, professional staff for haircare, nailcare and spa body treatments. Group and corporate retreats (for four to twenty people) can be arranged.

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SHADOWLAND ON SILVER BEACH 333 Broad St, St. Joseph. 888.404.7587. St. Joseph’s newest event venue is located right on the beach, in the same building as the famed Silver Beach Carousel. Shadowland, which can accommodate more than 300 guests, partners with Bistro on the Boulevard for a dynamic catering menu. The venue is available for wedding receptions, business meetings and other special occasions.

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licensed as a real estate agent and a broker more than 10 years ago. Her expertise covers residential, lakefront and vacation properties, plus farms, golf courses and vineyards.


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BLUE CHIP CASINO, HOTEL & SPA 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 888.879.7711. bluechipcasino. com. The casino portion of Blue Chip features 65,000 square feet of gaming, all on one level, including more than 2,100 slot games and all the classic table games. Brand new to the facility is the 22-story Spa Blu Tower, which features a state-of-theart hotel, luxury spa and convention center. Dining options include It’s Vegas Baby! and The Game, along with the fine-dining restaurant William B’s Steakhouse. INSPIRATION WOOD INC 642 E Inspiration Rd, Westville. 219.983.9922. inspirationwood. com. Inspiration Wood is a serene, private environment perfect for a retreat, meeting or reunion. Whether planning a business meeting or a family celebration, visitors will be enchanted by the surroundings. Nestled among 60 acres of soaring pines, woodlands and grassy meadows, it’s a tranquil and peaceful setting perfect for any occasion.


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FOUR WINDS CASINO RESORT 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo, Michigan. 866.494.6371. Four Winds offers 130,000 square feet of gaming. Patrons can enjoy 3,000 slots, featuring the area’s biggest progressive jackpots and a large selection of table games including blackjack, craps and traditional and automated poker in a World Poker Tour poker room. Dining includes four restaurants, from Copper Rock Steakhouse to an all-you-can-eat buffet. NEW BUFFALO BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 888.660.6222. The New Buffalo Business Association is made up of more than 100 members representing New Buffalo and neighboring communities. OUTPOST SPORTS Locations in New Buffalo, St. Joseph, South Haven and Mishawaka, Ind. Whether bicycling, kayaking, surfing or simply sunbathing, any summer sports fan will find a large inventory of sporting products here. Owner JV Peacock emphasizes a life-is-short/seizethe-day philosophy throughout his inventory, events, lessons and staff. Clothing, beach accessories and eyewear are also available.

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THE RADISSON HOTEL AT STAR PLAZA 800 E. 81st Avenue, Merrillville. 219.769.6311. merrillvillein. This Northwest Indiana staple recently underwent a multimillion—dollar renovation, which means new carpets, wall coverings, draperies and upgraded bathrooms and beds-Sleep Number!—in the guestrooms. The hotel also features modern meeting facilities, a spa, two swimming pools and whirlpools, and several restaurants and lounges.


THE BOULEVARD INN 521 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.6600. theboulevardinn. com. Warmth and coziness are a theme at this historic hotel in St. Joseph. From the plush furniture in the lobby to the comfort food at the Bistro, to the luxurious amenities in the hotel’s suites, the Boulevard offers more than just a place to stay. Business and fitness centers are also available for use.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN TOURIST COUNCIL 2300 Pipestone Rd, Benton Harbor. 269.925.6301. The natural attractions of Southwest Michigan—the dunes, miles of scenic Lake Michigan beach, rivers and parks with hiking trails and biking paths—offer beauty in every season. The friendly staff at this non-profit organization can assist travelers whether they seek solitude or a group learning experience.

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FAIR OAKS FARms 856 N 600 E, Fair Oaks. 877.536.1194. This family-owned and operated dairy farm is one of the largest in the United States. The Dairy Adventure gives visitors an up-close experience, including a tour of the cheese factory, where all different types of cheeses are made, and the birthing barn, where about 80 calves are born every day. INDIANA WELCOME CENTER 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.989.7770. lakecountycvb. com. Sandy beaches, four lakefront casinos, arts and culture, family activities, historical sites, thousands of restaurants and year-round events and festivals are all just a short drive away from both Chicago and Southwest Michigan. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Indiana Welcome Center will help visitors plan their trips to Lake County. TALTREE ARBORETUM & GARDENS 4 5 0 W 1 0 0 N , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.462.0025. This breathtaking 360-acre reserve is filled with formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Visitors can hike on the trails or view themed displays such as the Native Plant Garden, Oak Islands and the Railway Garden. Several outdoor concerts and special events take place at Taltree throughout the season.


FERNWOOD BOTANICAL GARDEN & NATURE PRESERVE 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. fernwoodbotanical. org. Situated on 105 acres of cultivated and natural land, Fernwood is composed of gardens, forests and trails for visitors to peruse. An art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, cafe and gift shop are also on site, and there are several learning and enrichment opportunities as well. SILVER BEACH CENTER 333 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.982.8500. silverbeachcarousel. com. Brand new to St. Joseph is this family-friendly center, which features an abundance of fun and unique activities for people of all ages. The primary attraction is the Silver Beach Carousel, a spectacular structure that features 44 colorful, hand-carved horses. Also at the center is Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone, the Shadowland Ballroom, Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and Michigan’s tallest kaleidoscope.

ALBERT’S DIAMOND JEWELERS 711 Main St, Schererville. 219.322.2700. albertsjewelers. com. Besides the fact that Albert’s showcases 5,000 square feet of jewelry, the store in itself is an entertainment destination. A bar, large-screen TV, dance floor and karaoke are among the many ways that patrons can let loose while browsing every type of fine jewelry imaginable. Brands include Tacori, Bulgari, Cartier and Bez Ambar, and the store’s entire back wall is devoted to bridal jewelry and accessories. INDIAN SUMMER, CHESTERTON 131 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton. 219.983.9994. This women’s clothing boutique offers casual and contemporary clothing and jewelry from around the world. Indian Summer features brands such as Sympli, Oh My Gauze, Completo, Flax, Connie’s Moonlight, Minnetonka, Big Buddha and San Miguel shoes. The Chesterton shop offers a large selection of apparel, jewelry and accessories, while the original New Buffalo storefront continues to feature its quality inventory for those on the other side of the lake. JUDEE’S 1 1 0 4 I n d i a n a Av e , L a P o r t e . 219.324.6443. Owner Judee Gartland and her daughter frequently travel to the garment districts in New York and Chicago to build the inventory in their store, which is situated in a stately Victorian home in downtown LaPorte. Clothing for all occasions is available here, including formalwear. D e s i g n e r s i n c l u d e N o t Yo u r Daughter’s Jeans, Neon Buddha, Alex Evenings and Brighton bags and accessories.


INDIAN SUMMER, NEW BUFFALO 126 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo, Mich. 269.469.9994. This women’s clothing boutique offers casual and contemporary clothing and jewelry from around the world. Indian Summer features brands such as Sympli, Oh My Gauze, Completo, Flax, Connie’s Moonlight, Minnetonka, and San Miguel shoes. The Chesterton shop also offers a distinctive selection of apparel, jewelry and accessories.

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[taurus] April 21-May 20 KEY WORDS in May: Your Personal Efforts. Given that the New Moon (new beginnings) now occurs in Taurus, your own sun-sign, this is the perfect time to forge ahead—with courage and a gentle aggressiveness— focused on whatever your newest plans are. SIDESTEP not enough actual rest. KEY WORDS in June: Basic Arithmetic. This is the ideal month to focus on taking the necessary steps to create a new source (possibly, more than one) of income. Or to increase your current source. Much revolves around your optimistic thoughts. SIDESTEP confusion and distraction.

[cancer] June 21-July 22 KEY WORDS in May: Your Secret Agenda. No one knows what the exact desires of your heart are. Good! Now, be quiet and think. What surfaces? Probably, something that’s been in your thoughts for a while. So, using your own appealing, no-nonsense style, go after it! SIDESTEP uncertainty.

[sagittarius] November 23-December 21 KEY WORDS in May: The Work Scene. You can do this. Given that you’re ruled by the planet Jupiter (Lady Luck), you can work with current situations and involvements—and turn them in your favor. What’s called for is your incredible intelligence to lead the way. SIDESTEP distraction.

KEY WORDS in June: Quiet Time. Now’s the time to work—alone or in collaboration with someone you trust—on a new concept (to be launched next month). Pace yourself; still, this undertaking has a time limit. So, start as soon as you can. SIDESTEP sarcasm—yours, or someone else’s.

KEY WORDS in June: Great Agreements; possibly, the Important Contract. Start this month with the assurance that current alliances and potential agreements have remarkable planetary backup. Money is involved, so go over the fine print before your sign. SIDESTEP the lure of the unusual.

[leo] July 23-August 22 KEY WORDS in May: Reaching the Summit. This is an important month! The New Moon (new starts) occurs in Taurus (your 10th house of career), where Jupiter (Lady Luck) is also transiting. The two are a stunning combination. And you’re in this to win! SIDESTEP being difficult to reach.

[capricorn] December 22-January 19 KEY WORDS in May: At the Core. Although you’re ruled by the planet Saturn (the taskmaster) and focused on your career—your core interest during May is Love! So, leave no stone unturned in your quest for joy and happiness. It can be yours. SIDESTEP canceling at the last minute.

KEY WORDS in June: The Social Scene. Allow love, laughter and a group of fabulous new ideas to fill your world. Time, too, to lighten your grip—mentally and emotionally—on all situations. And be open to attracting your heart’s desire. It’s possible. SIDESTEP wandering too far afield. [virgo] August 23-September 22 KEY WORDS in May: People, Plans and Projects—near and at a distance. Let yourself be happy—even before something fantastic occurs. This is the cycle in which your newest ideas and most formidable plans can be translated in reality. SIDESTEP the unnecessarily sharp response. KEY WORDS in June: The Mountain Top. Never one to run from work, you’re now on a major career sprint forward— most likely, into territory that doesn’t have a road map. Not to worry, for sudden developments now occur in your favor. SIDESTEP an inclination to argue for no reason.

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[gemini] May 21-June 20 KEY WORDS in May: At High Speed. Never is the activity of your mind so intense as when you’re working on private matters. May is the month when all this takes place. So, create those dynamic plans for a winning launch next month. SIDESTEP assigning to others what is yours to do.

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KEY WORDS in June: In First Place. This is always your favorite place. And as the New Moon (new starts) occurs in Gemini, you’ll experience a new sense of vitality, drive and confidence. It’s time to be your own best friend—and to encourage yourself. SIDESTEP the wrong-for-you people.

[libra] September 23-October 22 KEY WORD in May: Revitalization, on all levels— mental, emotional, physical, financial and spiritual. By concentrating on steadiness, you regain your balance and sense of direction. This way, you can now move ahead with matters firmly in hand. SIDESTEP letting record-keeping slip.

KEY WORDS in June: Your Working Environment. Not everyone’s favorite place—but it’s certainly yours. Now, a renewed sense of your work (whatever form it takes) stages a comeback, as great ideas and great emails boost your income. SIDESTEP yesterday’s way of doing things. [aquarius] January 20-February 18 KEY WORDS in May: Building Blocks. Although you’re a citizen of the world, it’s here, to your base of operations, that you retreat. This May, you’ll have a superb opportunity to strengthen your base in a way that you could only have dreamed of. SIDESTEP scattering your energy. KEY WORD in June: Effervescence. Nothing is so incredible as is your ability to create. And with the New Moon (new starts) in Gemini, your ability is more dynamic than usual, for you’re now a powerful magnet drawing the best to you. SIDESTEP allowing anyone else to define You. [pisces] February 19-March 20 KEY WORDS in May: Expressing You. Everything works well, be it a call, an email or a text message. And while you advance with the flow (you are, after all, a Water sign), this May finds you totally in charge of communications. People are waiting to hear from you! SIDESTEP quiet.

KEY WORDS in June: A New Schedule. This month works beautifully for you, as you find yourself in the midst of wonderful new ideas, excellent plans and, out of nowhere, some very interesting people—personally and professionally. You can even change direction. SIDESTEP over-explaining.

KEY WORDS in June: A Fun-Filled Structure. It’s your base of operations. Here, you’re much more in charge than you realize. So, delve into the inner lining of your situation-solving mind—and decide which home base area needs improvement, first. Only you can. SIDESTEP being really late.

[scorpio] October 23-November 22 KEY WORDS in May: Special Arrangements; even, the Desired Contract. With ease and glamour, you’re at the center of meetings, groups and discreet dinners. No casualness here. Therefore, now’s the time to decide—exactly—who you’ll be in close agreement with. SIDESTEP confrontation.

[aries] March 21-April 20 KEY WORDS in May: Possessions and Lifestyle. Your personal earnings—plus how you spend, save and invest money—are at its center. With Jupiter (Lady Luck) close by, realize that financial gain is on the horizon. And advance carefully. SIDESTEP too many people, too much activity.

KEY WORD in June: Revitalization—mental, emotional, physical, financial and spiritual. A favorable shift takes place, as the New Moon (new starts) and Jupiter (Lady Luck) now dance through Gemini, the Twins (your 8th house of Revitalization). SIDESTEP the absence of facts/figures.

KEY WORDS in June: Your Point of View. Highly charged, it comes through in what you say and to whom you say it. Be at ease saying the daring, even the outrageous. But don’t cross the line. Let the spirit of good intentions be your guide. SIDESTEP questionable involvements.

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Fashion on the Shore 2pm Heritage Museum and Cultural Center 601 Main St, St. Joseph This fashion show features top student designers from colleges and design schools in the Chicago, Northwest Indiana, and Southwest Michigan areas.

New Buffalo Artigras 10am-5pm downtown New Buffalo 847.926.4300 This free inaugural event features approximately 130 juried artists selling works in a variety of mediums including paintings, photography, jewelry, fiber, glass, wood and more. Artist demonstrations, food and live music will be showcased.

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Fine Arts Fair 10am-3pm Breidert Green downtown Frankfort 815.469.2177 This event features works of fine art and demos by premier local artists. Music will be played throughout the day, and there will be a wine tasting from 1-3pm.

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Excellence in

Weight Loss Surgery Franciscan St. Margaret Health has been designated as an

ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® When choosing your weight loss surgeon... partner with experience and technology.

Gerald A. Cahill, M.D., is: n One of only 25 bariatric surgeons in the nation to receive da Vinci Si Robotic Surgical System quality and volume recognition and the first physician in Northwest Indiana to perform the surgery. n Committed to patient safety, having one of the best safety records in the nation.

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