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FeStivitieS include: Three days of LIVE Music | Lots of kids activities Arts and Crafts vendors | Food, Wine, Beer event HiGHliGHt Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks Saturday night at dusk. Watch the harbor as sailboats and yachts of all sizes are magically transformed into floating theatrical pieces. Lights, music, decorations, costumed crews and more will be dancing through the harbor in a parade to kick off the huge fireworks display over the beach!

June 4 Red Beans & Rice – Take two seasoned blues performers, add a dash of classic rock, a pinch of soul and a whole lotta toe-tappin’ blues

June 11 Stan Champion – Pure Reggae from Jamaica June 18 Jeff Brown – Sing along classics from the 60’s & 70’s

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July 16 Don Savoie – Original blue-eyed soul with vocals, guitar, piano and harmonica

July 23 Taylor Clark – Acoustic/Indie/Pop July 30 Fritz Legros – One man band from the street corners of the Windy City

August 6 Taylor Clark – Acoustic/Indie/Pop August 20 Don Savoie – Blue-eyed soul with vocals, guitar, piano and harmonica

August 27 Riley O and Molly B September 3 Eddie and Mark – Short stories and love songs acoustic guitars and vocals

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contents june 2011


Hottest Sports on the Beach


The heat of competition this summer in tennis, Frisbee (-ing), surfing, stand-up-paddle-, skim- and sand-boarding.

photo by Christopher smith


54 Dog Days of Summer BY TERRI GORDON

The never-ending argument about whether or not to allow man’s best friend on the beach.

62 Grains of Youth BY MARK LOEHRKE

The art of sand sculpting: whether you are a competitive professional or an amateur sand castle jockey, here are thoughts to ponder and tips any builder can use.

67 Jumpstarting a New Energy Age BY JEREMY GANTZ

High gas prices are just the beginning of the pain. It’s time for an energy paradigm shift.

74 Beach Bites BY JANE DuNNE

From a childhood summer ritual lunch, to coffee and breakfast fifty years later, daytime meals just taste better at the beach.

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Meet speed racer Steve Truchan Jr., who also owns Gary Bridge and Iron Company and is a member of the next generation of fast car fans.



Detroit offers a range of top-down vehicles and fast car drivers have new choices with a Lexus supercar leading the auto sensations.










Love of music and history roll into LaPorte’s summer celebration of arts in the park. You hear about it all the time, but political corruption is not strictly limited to the Illinois, Michigan or Indiana side of the border.


The traditional Three Oaks Flag Day celebration, one of the nation’s largest, marks its 59th anniversary on June 10-12; plus, Nancy Swan Drew draws “Mama Pants,” and visitors go “beyond the beach” at the Indiana Dunes.









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A gift to the oceans, lakes and rivers that never gives back.

Chicago playgrounds create stimulating spaces for exhibitions of public art. Volunteers are working with water quality data to help shape the standards for Lake Michigan pollution within EPA guidelines.

Country Comforts Reminiscent of an Old World country estate, the home of Keek and Bill Bielby sits on six and a half acres atop a bluff overlooking the Galien River.

In which the columnist consumes enough pork belly to qualify for auction on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. International sailor Alice Martin navigates the waters fearlessly nowadays, but she’s been at sea for a while.

Lake Michigan College Benefit Dancing with Celebrities Logan Center Luncheon Ladies’ Night Out 4th Friday Arts Unmasked Gala

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Essential Events Bite & Sip Shore Things Shorecast


The challenges of sand and water offer a unique opportunity for a great workout.

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Across the street from prestigious Riviera Association Beach. Charming 5 bedroom, 4 bath traditional home with over 4,600 square feet of living and entertaining space. Indoor and outdoor living at its best. Coldwell Banker 269-469-3950

Forest, Pool, Beach! 3 bedroom, 3 bath country beach home in Hagar Shores approx 1.5 hours from Chicago and 5 miles north from downtown St Joseph. Property is situated on approximately 2 acres with abundant trees. Coldwell Banker 269-469-3950

Classic 3 br, 2.5 ba Union Pier beach cottage just 1.5 blks from McKinley Beach. This newer construction home has hdwd flrs, timeless beadboard wainscoting, cathedral ceilings & an open floor plan that makes living easy. Coldwell Banker 269-469-3950

Spectacular 3 bedroom, 4 ba log cabin near lake & private beach. Great room with oak floor, stone fireplace, wooden cathedral ceiling. Chefs kitchen with solid surface counters, handcrafted pine cabinets & ceramic tile. Coldwell Banker 269-469-3950

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Welcome to Churchill Farms. Located on the Shores of Lake Michigan. This 4 br, 4 ba home has it all including lakeviews an open floor plan, hardwood floors, open great room effect with kitchen, dining and living room. Coldwell Banker 269-469-3950

Gorgeous new cottage on the lake side of downtown New Buffalo. 3 finished levels of living space offer 3,880 square feet, covered front porch, 3 br up, 1 br on lower level, 3.5 ba, fplc, huge kitchen open to dining room. Coldwell Banker 269-469-3950

Outstanding 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2nd floor Waterways condo in the heart of New Buffalo’s harbor area with beautiful views of the wildlife preserves. This sun-filled upper unit has a 3-season porch with sliding glass doors. Coldwell Banker 269-469-3950

Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with new hot tub & new roof in 2010. Charming setting on quiet Raz Road but still only 6 blocks to the lake. Yard extends back beyond creek. Come see this gorgeous home! Coldwell Banker 269-469-3950

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Charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath cottage in pretty section of New Buffalo. Walk to beach and downtown. Union Pier charm/New Buffalo convenience. Owner is eager to move on. This home has been completely gutted and rehabbed. Coldwell Banker 269-469-3950


Perfect country getaway apprx 5 mins from I94 exit 4 on 2 acres. 3 br, 2 ba true cottage offers a secluded location overlooking the Galien River. Authentic fieldstone fplc are some of the features this home has to offer. Coldwell Banker 269-469-3950


Charming 2 br older home in the process of being refurbished with new paint, ceiling fans, carpet and refinished wood floors. This is technically a 2 br home, but addtl room on the 2nd flr could be an office or bedroom. Coldwell Banker 269-469-3950

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had a chance to sneak out of town for a few days, meeting up with brothers Bobby and Ricky to do a little fishing in the Everglades and then joining wife Julie and sister-in-law Elyse for rest and relaxation in the Florida Keys (and a little more fishing). It was a fantastic and memorable time, but now that I am back, it’s time to start enjoying all the wonderful days that Northwest Indiana, Michigan and the town of Chicago have to offer. This spring brought us only a few days where I could wake up and have the perfect day to drive my ’67 Mustang convertible. Driving the Mustang always seems to make the days a little bit better. I am very excited about the new cars our auto columnist Jim Jackson has been writing about in Shore and the Times. The Lexus supercar is creating a sensation everywhere and the reinvention of the Chrysler and General Motors makes me feel like I’m a teenager again. And talk about the Chevy Camaro. I just love it! Check out the “Motoring” story in this issue on convertibles and think about a test drive. I can tell you from much experience that there is nothing more fun than driving around in a new car (or an older convertible) when summer hits. You have heard by now about my Cajun turkey grilling this past Christmas at my daughter Michelle’s house in Rapid City, South Dakota. Well, I am already planning new challenges for myself in cooking out. The lean meat in my freezer that comes from one of our own cows in South Dakota makes it hard to mess up a piece of meat and easy to create some incredible entrées with a little imagination. Of course we always have as much fresh fish (kicked-up, as Emeril would say, with my own brand of seasoning) and ribs or chicken shish kabobs as often as the weather makes possible. The best summer nights are those unplanned (and unpredictable) get-togethers with neighbors, where you put aside the stress, the dogs, the kids, the bills, and just relax, have fun and great conversation sitting around the outdoor fire pit. We’ve had a few of those already with neighbors Vickie and Christopher Craig and Dr. Paul and Brenda Miller, but we have several other friends on the list. Let’s make this a summer to just enjoy the fellowship of our family and friends. They are, after all, the most important things in life! See you next month! BIll MAStERSON, JR.



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opular uprisings, international politics and the vistas of the North African coast are what got me thinking about the beach as the weather broke this season. Even looking at that coastline on a map is stirring. (Maybe Stacy Schiff’s imaginative pageants celebrating royalty in Ancient Egypt in her best-selling biography of Cleopatra are working on me too.) the blessing of having access to a lake Michigan beach within walking distance for most every day of my life is not something I ever take for granted. the splendor and natural beauty of the lakefront is powerful and so grand it can never be ignored. the majesty of the lake is always awe-inspiring, a visceral experience that becomes a part of you and remains constant. I’m confident that it’s forever. these are the reasons we take the beach so seriously and worry about invasive species, water and air pollution, alternative energy sources, interruption of an ecosystem and the thousands of things that could possibly upset the balance of the beach.

That, and is there anything in life more fun, charming, warm and fuzzy than a day at the beach? My memories: It is a sunny, hot off-weekend day and my husband Jeff and I have lugged a small cooler and two fold-up beach chairs down to the beach where we are hanging out and reading books, when we are approached by Sampson, a boxer dog with a wrestler’s gait and perfect posture. If he were a person, you would think he was in the military. My husband looks at the dog’s collar tag, while Sampson stands perfectly still, never barks. There is not a dog owner in sight. “Sampson may not know where he is,” Jeff says, “But he sure as hell knows who he is. He’s Sampson of Miller Beach.” Sampson trots off in the other direction. Guess how many illegal things were going on that afternoon? My son Charlie and daughter Ida at approximately ages 8 and 3, sitting for hours at the Beverly Shores beach getting knocked back by waves. We could still feel them falling asleep two weeks later. My sister Marian and I are lying on towels at Rainbow Beach. It’s the end of the day and it’s August. We have to go back to school Monday. There are dead leaves already on the beach and we’re pretty sad, even though we like school fine. Enjoy our dive into summer. This Shore has gusto, sports, workouts and sand castles, along with alternative energy. We will see you next month with a tribute to being, thinking, doing and learning. Seriously. Don’t forget to keep up with Shore between issues by subscribing to our e-newsletter, accessing the Shore Weekender and daily updates at Until next month,

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EdItOR’S NOtE: It is a sad day for us at Shore. Julia Perla Huisman, who has been Shore’s Managing editor for almost seven years, is leaving us. She has played a key, critical role in launching and making the trains run at this magazine and also launched and managed several other Times brand niche products. Julia always has been a vital part of our team. We greatly will miss her winning personality and her excellent work. Some people are irreplaceable, and Julia is one of those people. We literally cannot thank her enough.

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contributors dANIEllE BRAFF is a freelance writer living in Chicago. She writes about everything that interests her in a given moment, so her story topics range from headaches to parenting to travel. Her 2 1/2-year-old daughter demands to be entertained during her every waking hour, which is why Danielle loved researching the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail (page 23). Danielle, her daughter and her husband now have plenty to keep them occupied throughout the summer. You may check out Danielle’s other stories at

CARRIE StEINWEG is a freelance writer and photographer based in Lansing, Illinois. A mother of five, she has been a correspondent and columnist with the Times Media Company since 2000, writing news and features articles for the paper and its niche publications. She has authored two historical books and her first children’s book is scheduled for release later this year. Carrie and her husband and kids enjoy spending time in Three Oaks, visiting parks, eateries, farms, theaters and shops. “We call it our little Mayberry in the Midwest,” Carrie says. “It’s an artsy community, yet there’s a friendly small-town feel to it, and the Flag Day Parade highlights that spirit.” See Carrie’s story about the parade on page 22.

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JEFF HUEBNER is a Chicago-based art journalist and freelance writer whose articles have appeared in ARTnews, Public Art Review, Sculpture, Art Papers, Landscape Architecture, and many other publications. Among other books, he’s the co-author of Urban Art Chicago—A Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures [Ivan R. Dee, 2000]. “I have written extensively on the community mural movement in Chicago over the last 25 years, and artist-created play spaces are like threedimensional extensions of that,” says Huebner, a native of Stevensville, Michigan, regarding his story about playground art on page 30. “The process of artists working with neighborhood groups and residents, including children, is basically the same, but the materials, spaces, and collaborative partnerships are different.”

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steve truchan Jr. On the road again


June 2011

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he Hammond Raceway on Sheffield Avenue and the Roby Speedway on Indianapolis Boulevard—both located in Hammond, Indiana, back in the 1920s and ‘30s—are gone now, remembered by only the most die-hard of racing buffs. But at one time, these popular venues attracted such champs as Gary resident Steve truchan, winner of an AAA-sanctioned event at Jungle Park Speedway in 1941 in Rockville, Indiana, who also raced nationally, placing second at Atlanta and fourth at langhorne during his racing years, which began in the 1930s. “My dad raced what would currently be called champ and sprint cars,” says his son Steve truchan Jr., owner of Gary Bridge and Iron Company, an industrial fabricating business started by his father more than 70 years ago. “He even made a couple of attempts at the Indianapolis 500 in 1946 and ‘47.” truchan not only raced, but he built his own race cars, including a No. 2 Indy Car which had the first 16-valve 220 CI Miller engine in its front compartment. twenty years ago truchan Sr. put a couple of his old cars back together including his Indy car, starting a passion for restoration that his son carries on today. Currently truchan Jr., who lives in Hobart, owns ten racing cars, including two that belonged to his dad, dating from 1931 to 1968. truchan Jr., a graduate of lew Wallace High School as well as Purdue and Governors State universities, is now considered an expert at restoring Miller/Offenhauser engines, that for decades were the engine of choice in most Indianapolis 500 championship cars. “People from all over the country ship engine and other auto parts here,” he says. “We fabricate vintage body, frame, suspension and engine parts.” truchan Jr., though not a racer like his dad, occasionally takes his vintage sports cars out on the road. Several years ago, he drove his father’s No. 2 Indy Car at the seventh annual Rumble in the Jungle reunion at Jungle Park Speedway, and almost every year he and some thirty others drive their antique vehicles to Indy for a turn around the Indianapolis Speedway. For him, it’s a way of continuing the family legacy of hitting the track. -Jane ammeson

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arts in the park On Wednesday and Thursday summer evenings in LaPorte’s Fox Park, Arts in the Park entertainment is surprisingly diverse. Under a canopy of trees sheltering a gently rolling landscape, music soothes, swings, blares, twangs, rocks, hoots ’n’ hollers or rolls out in majestic beauty.


all arts in the park concerts are free for people to enjoy the performances and popcorn.

land of lakes Artists association, founded by late artist robert Zimmermann, donated a storage building for artworks. Next, it was bring in the bards. When local attorney Barbara Friedman established an annual Poet laureate of laPorte County competition in memory of her parents, the Shapiros, Wolf set up a Poets Corner, and now winners and runners-up read their works before the concerts start at 7. Current laureate is Mary Allen, and anyone in laPorte County can submit entries this spring. the something-for-everyone season begins the first Wednesday in June and concludes on the last thursday in August. the Army Band will perform July 14. Crediting laPorte’s mayors, park superintendent and many others for work and support, Wolf says, “It’s so wonderful to see people of all ages enjoying the park, the music and the art.” Want to sponsor, donate, and/or volunteer? Write to Arts in the Park, 370 Oak Dr, laPorte, IN 46350. then, sit back, listen and enjoy. -Julie dean kessler

photography by Julie Dean kessler

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ack in 1879, summer City Band concerts were on the courthouse lawn; 130-plus years later, the concerts continue—with more than music to entertain and inspire. Musicians moved to a band shell in laPorte’s Fox Park in 1913, and since 1976 perform in the Dennis F. Smith Amphitheater, named for laPorte’s then-mayor. then, laPorte artist Kitty Wolf hit on the idea of Poppin’ in the Park—selling popcorn with the help of laPorte Service league to support the addition of a ninth Wednesday evening City Band concert. It worked. laPortean Jack Whitted created an appealing, old-fashioned popcorn cart, and interest really started popping with the addition of a thursday concert. With the indefatigable Wolf spearheading publicity, other performance groups sought thursday bookings. City of laPorte sponsors Wednesday City Band concerts directed by James Burden. Donors, sponsors and popcorn profits underwrite the remaining 18 performances, including thursdays. that means all concerts are free for the 300 to 1,200 toe-tapping people of all ages—some with picnic dinners—who settle on benches, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy bluegrass, jazz, swing, Chicago lyric Opera vocalists, lively gospel and more. “Popcorn profits” include cookies, ice cream, water and pop, with Service league co-chairs Nancy Adkins and Diane Graham coordinating volunteers for Wednesdays, and tri Kappa Associates and Friends’ Jane langford and Pam Wampler doing the same for thursdays. the Arts in the Park concept—an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization—now includes exhibits and sales of area juried artists’ works from 6:30 p.m. to concert’s end at 8, overseen by local artist Janet evans and husband Ken; a percentage of proceeds goes to Arts in the Park. General chair Wolf, co-chair lisa Smithson and secretary Christine Ward are thrilled that near the band shell, a permanent arts pavilion was made possible by a bequest to Service league by the late Adele Sularski.



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Corruption knows no boundaries Ever since venerated East Coast writer A.J. Liebling foisted the condescending label “Second City” on Chicago more than half a century ago, ignoring our preference for “Windy City,” Chicago’s political and civic leaders have done everything possible to shed Liebling’s pejorative put-down by scrambling for a “first this,” a “biggest that,” a “best” whatever. The most obvious example is probably the Sears (now Willis) Tower, which enjoyed the “World’s Tallest Building” moniker for years until the record was broken by skyscrapers in other countries. (Democratic) county like lake, “you don’t have constituents, you have friends. And you take care of your friends.” the article annoyed Schererville attorney Calvin Bellamy, president of the Shared ethics Advisory Committee, an allvolunteer agency that provides ethics training to public employees in five lake County communities—Crown Point, Highland, Munster, Schererville and Whiting. they’ve developed a Shared ethics Code that spells out the principles of ethical government behavior in a manual that’s used in training sessions of 45 minutes to two hours. “Our multi-community approach is unique,” Bellamy says. “It’s essential to establishing an ethical culture in our area. We would rather try than simply fret about the problem.” the goal is to eventually train all 1,037 public employees in the five communities on the principles of a government that’s run for the

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hicago earned another ignominious but sadly appropriate epithet years ago as “America’s Most Corrupt City,” gleaned from a history that includes mobster Al Capone and his lackey, Mayor William “Big Bill” thompson; the so-called “lords of the levee,” pimp politicians “Bathhouse John” Coughlin and “Hinky Dink” McKenna; Alderman Paddy “Chicago ain’t ready for reform” Bauler; the first Mayor Daley, who made the quaint saying “vote early and often” a stark reality by facilitating the dubious razor-thin Illinois victory that carried John Kennedy to the presidency in 1960; and an endless succession of pols who traded their fancy threads for federal prison jumpsuits. Measuring corruption is an inexact science that’s part conviction stats and part public perception, so other cities gave Chicago a run for its money over the years, including Newark, New Orleans, New York, Boston and Miami. But I got a real shock recently from an article on corruption in lake County, Northwest Indiana’s answer to “Crook”—I mean Cook—County, and found that, on a per capita basis, lake County prosecutors send 3-1/2 crooked pols to jail for every wayward public official sent to the slammer in Cook. the story also related a comment robert Kennedy supposedly made in 1962, when he was brother Jack’s Attorney General, that lake was the “most corrupt [county] in the nation.” Corruption “is probably worse in lake County than Chicago,” according to former prosecutor G. robert Blakey, who wrote the racketeering statutes for Kennedy’s Justice Department and helped draft a lawsuit charging former east Chicago mayor robert Pastrick and 24 codefendants with running the city as a “criminal enterprise.” Pastrick’s successor, George Pabey, was indicted for political corruption last year, validating the aphorism that “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Gary attorney Greg reising says that in a one-party

benefit of the public, not the public officials. that’s music to my ears, now that I’ve traded in my political reporter’s hat for an advocate’s soapbox at the Better Government Association, an anti-corruption watchdog group in Chicago. Our mantra is that “We’re Watching—we’re shining a light on government and holding public officials accountable.” the effort is beginning to make a difference. Cook County elected reform-minded toni Preckwinkle as its president last fall, and Chicago chose a new mayor, rahm emanuel, who’s endorsed an ethics agenda that sounds like our BGA mission statement. reform is also wafting into Northwest Indiana, according to a survey by Bellamy’s group of several hundred public employees who’ve received ethics training since ‘05. Nearly twice as many are now aware of the advisory council’s ethics code, and nearly three times as many understand how to report a colleague’s questionable conduct, which is a key to elevating public sector behavior. Bellamy’s commission partners invited me to their ethics conference in Merrillville in early March, where I told the group it’s intolerable for public officials to treat our hard-earned tax dollars like it’s their money, and the way to change a “culture of corruption” that’s unaffordable financially and morally is through transparency, widespread civic engagement and forceful public advocacy. Preach, teach and reach.

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June 2011

upreme Court Justice louis Brandeis put it best nearly a century ago when he said, “Sunshine is the best disinfectant.” You can’t assess or change what you can’t see. Better government is our right, it’s their responsibility, and if we keep holding public officials’ feet to the fire, we can make it reality. that would be a “Number 1” to be proud of in Cook or lake County.

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ark your calendars for some fun in three Oaks from June 10-12 for their 59th Flag Day weekend celebration. It kicks off Friday evening with a beer tent and live band at the American legion grounds. the fun continues on Saturday with Art in the Park, which includes craft and food vendors and a wine tent occupied by three area wineries and a microbrewery at Carver Park, along with kids’ games and a petting zoo. Down the street near the Vickers theatre is a Farmers’ Market, at St. Mary’s Field near the American legion is a custom semi-truck show, and at the library, the local king and queen of three Oaks are announced. In the evening, it’s live music again at the legion. Sunday is parade day, a continuation of a tradition started in 1953 that remains a small-town main street display of patriotic spirit. Village officials claim the procession to be the “World’s largest Flag Day Parade.” the day begins with a pancake breakfast at the local fire station and Art in the Park continues. A military fly-over will precede the 3 p.m. (eastern time) parade. three Oaks native and military veteran, tom Palen, will serve as grand marshal followed by about 120 parade entries, ranging from local royalty to school bands to tractors to antique cars. “there’s definitely something for the whole family and for everyone, whether you’re a hometown person or a visitor,” says Gail Freehling, chairperson of the three Oaks Flag Day Committee. “It’s a long-time tradition in three Oaks that volunteers are working hard to continue and to help it grow. It’s become a ‘must attend’ event.”

-carrie steinweg

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59th Annual World’s Largest Flag Day Parade Sunday, June 12 • 3 p.m. The parade kicks off from Elm Street and Buckeye and proceeds south on Elm to Linden, then west on Linden ending at the American Legion grounds. Get there early for a good spot. For more information, visit

for nancy swan Drew, spring cleaning means polishing a new cartoon strip. the title: “mama pants.” Daughter maggie, 32, coined the term when Drew was bossing her. Drew, 62, ran with it. her middleaged heroine “is not a size 4,” the niles, michigan-based artist says. “her pants are probably comfortable enough to move in. there’s a softness to her. she’s not a wild, mad crabby woman. she’s an extended version of her original self.” in short, she’s Drew, true to form. a grandmother of six, Drew radiates you-gogirl gusto, boomer earnestness and a loopy folksiness, reflected in her cartoony prints and paintings. the combo has served her well since her first one-woman show in the 1970s. over the years, the happy hipster, who earned a fine-arts degree in 1968, has made her mark in greeting cards (for cranky teens to bffs) to recycled tees (“Cool dudes live longer”). she’s also hosted art talk on npr and drawn the syndicated strip “a fine line.” she even found breast cancer inspirational, recapping her battle in her book Be Your Own Angel. heaven forbid she sound like martha stewart. Drew is first to admit she’s no dust-buster. as a young stay-at-home mom, she and husband sherman agreed she should reserve her extra energy for art. so they hired household help. “there’s only so much a woman can do, right?” Drew asks. Current wonder-cleaner Donna is cherished like family. “she tells me how much she enjoys being in my house,” Drew marvels. “Donna really makes me feel like she wants to help me.” so back off, kids. Drew, who winters in florida, is heading back to flesh out “mama pants” at home. and when she arrives, her three adult children—who “share” Donna in her absence— will have to put on their big-kid pants and deal. “i’ve explained Donna has to return to their mother,” she says sternly. Don’t mess with mama pants. -molly woulFe

photography [this page, top] by Carrie steinWeg; [middle] nanCy sWan DreW; [opposite page] Christine liVingston, inDiana Dunes tourism

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Natural Wonders

Beyond the Beach Come to the indiana Dunes for the beaches—but stay for so much more. • While there’s nothing wrong with being known for its amazingly gorgeous beaches, you’ll be missing out if you don’t explore the rest of the attractions in the area, says Christine livingston, the tourism marketing director with the indiana Dunes. brinCka-Cross house anD garDens These stunning gardens were open to the public for the first time last year, and are free to explore. The 4 acres of gardens are located on a 25-acre site designed by William Brincka, a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago. Check out the hundreds of flowers, which include 40 types of magnolias and 40 varieties of crabapple trees (427 East Furness Road, Pine Township). broken Wagon bison farm Check out bison roaming in the fields of this family-owned farm. While you’re there, you can purchase anything bisonrelated—steaks, jerky and even bison leather products. Tours are also available for large groups (563 W 450 N, Hobart, 219.759.3523). kankakee sanD Bird lovers and nature enthusiasts will be in heaven at this 7,000-acre wetland

prairie, where you’ll be able to spot dozens of creatures, including the rare grasshopper sparrow, American bittern and black tern. Get your eyes out of the sky, and you may see a blue racer snake, grass lizards and hundreds of native plant species. For more information and directions, call 219.285.2184. inlanD marsh trail Take a 2.6-mile hike through the natural Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and you’ll be transported to a different world. Walk through a black oak savanna and snap photos of the wildflowers, songbirds and king rails. To get to the trail, head west on U.S. Route 12 for 2 miles from State Route 249. The trail is on the south side of U.S. Route 12. -danielle braFF

June 2011

From top to bottom: at the family-owned broken wagon bison Farm, visitors can view bison roaming the fields; a 2.6-mile hike along the inland marsh trail, which winds through the indiana dunes national lakeshore, reveals a black oak savanna, wildflowers, songbirds and king rails; kankakee sands features 7,000 acres of wetland prairie and is home to dozens of creatures, along with hundreds of native plant species.



hat’s why the Indiana Dunes Tourism department created the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, which guides people through 63 attractions —everything from a bison farm to a floating boardwalk—in Porter County and the surrounding areas. “We have a lot of visitors to the beach, but we also have a lot of hidden gems south of the beach that a lot of people don’t know about,” Livingston says. “We’re trying to help people move out of the dunes and into the communities.” Explore the trail via your Smartphone, order a hard copy or check out their informative website at Don’t know where to start? Here are a few of our favorite Beyond the Beach discoveries.

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un worshipers welcome the opening of convertible season for the carefree “wind-in-their-hair” driving experience—others settle for sun on their bald spot. Summer and convertible cars go together like blankets on the beach—providing comfort and enjoyment that turns the sunny day experience into a memory. And like the beach, a convertible carries a certain youthful romanticism with it that courts participants into the natural love of being outdoors under a sun-filled sky. World automakers have long had their fingers on the pulse of convertible lovers’ desire to travel with the top down by creating new models that offer the latest designs for the convertible driving season. the “ragtop” following is strong. In the Collector Car market, convertible models are prized over their coupe and sedan counterparts for their sleek drop-top styling and retained value. In the collector arena, “If the top goes down, the price goes up.” this season, Chrysler Group llC adds a new convertible model to complete the brand’s renaissance with the introduction of the front-wheel drive midsize 2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible available in touring and limited trim levels. A 200 Convertible “S” model with unique exterior and interior packaging is scheduled later this year.

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Built in Michigan, the Chrysler 200 Convertible touring model priced at $26,445 comes handsomely equipped with full-power accessories, a beige or black cloth soft-top and premium cloth seats. the touring version is powered by a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that generates 173 horsepower and fuel economy of 29 miles per gallon on the highway. Chrysler’s top-of-the-line 200 Convertible limited opens at $31,240 and includes leather trimmed seats, 18-inch wheels, Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth and new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that builds 283 hp. Surprisingly, the larger engine yields the same highway mileage as the 2.4-liter. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Unique to the limited model is an available power-retractable hardtop that stows in the trunk with room to spare. the steel hardtop replaces the cloth top for buyers who want the benefits of a coupe and the true open-air freedom of a convertible rolled into one vehicle.

Both the soft and hardtop raise or retract within 30 seconds with the push of a switch on the instrument panel or with a press of a button on the key fob. A standard automatic hard tonneau cover neatly conceals the soft top stowage area when the top is down. When either the hard or soft top is stowed, the trunk offers plenty of easily accessible cargo space for two bags of clubs, luggage or beach toys.

a 200 foursome

Whether hitting the links or the beach, the Chrysler 200 Convertible offers the largest interior space in its segment with seating for four adults surrounded by an attractively fashioned interior. riders step into a sophisticated cabin filled with craftsmanship, content and comfort that is world-class. Peace of mind is standard, as all available safety features are included on every 200 model. Driver and passengers are pampered with elegantly appointed quarters featuring softtouch materials and new leather or cloth seat upholstery that envelops riders in rich comfort. A sculpted one-piece instrument panel and beautifully illuminated gauge cluster fronts the driver as does the leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and communication controls. Soft ambient lamps bathe the cabin at night with moonlight, providing top-down illumination at no extra charge. -Jim Jackson

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chrysler group llc adds a new convertible model to complete the brand’s renaissance with the introduction of the front-wheel drive midsize 2011 chrysler 200 convertible available in touring and limited trim levels.

photography courtesy of [this page] Webb blanD/Chrysler group llC; [opposite page, top] leXus DiVision, toyota motor sales; [bottom] gm Corp

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The practice of racing cars on beaches has long since passed into automotive history. Today, car owners are hammering the throttle at places like GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, and Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois. This spring, Lexus brought its dynamically styled rear-wheel drive 2012 LFA supercar powered by a 4.8-liter V-10 engine that ignites 552 horsepower to Autobahn Country Club for specific guests and select scribes to test drive on the track. Helmets were required. So was the presence of a professional driver riding in the front passenger seat.

After driving a couple orientation laps in a 2011 Lexus IS-F sport sedan, I was escorted to the driver’s seat of the Lexus LFA to pilot several exhilarating laps around Autobahn’s 10-turn 1.5-mile North Course. I didn’t buckle myself into the LFA, I strapped myself onto it. The handbuilt car pours relentless power onto the pavement reigned by huge ceramic brakes. The twin cockpit is surrounded by a carbon fiber and aluminum clad body shell. LFA creates new boundaries to redline the supercar market for the 21st century. Only 500 cars will be built worldwide. Each copy costs $375,000. -Jim Jackson

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rAGtop Fifteen years ago my wife christy announced she wanted something “fun to drive.” when i asked her what she had in mind, she immediately said, “a red camaro convertible.” the red 1997 chevrolet camaro convertible she ordered new is still her favorite car to drive in summer. her license plate reads: “my trn.” For 2011, general motors’ chevrolet division turns to the next-generation camaro convertible with some exterior and instrumentation styling cues of the original

models from the 1960s. camaro’s lt trim level comes with a standard 3.6-liter V-6 that generates 312 horsepower. the ss model boasts a 6.2-liter V-8 for 426 hp. lt is priced at $30,000 including destination charge. ss models push the bottom line to $37,500. the rear-wheel drive camaro convertible seats four people covered by a power retractable cloth top. when lowered, a manually placed tonneau cover gives the stowed roof a tidy appearance. available two-tone upholstery highlights the cabin. painted red or otherwise, the 2011 camaro convertible attracts a lot of attention with head-turning style that leans closer to sinister than elegant.

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Chicago: the pork ‘belly’ of the midwest 2010 was the year of the pork belly. from LA’s Kogi BBQ to New york’s Momofuku, Pork belly was the king on the carnivore’s ranch. I personally consumed enough pork belly last year to be sold on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade.

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It must be a Filipino thing. Pork is a staple on every family’s table. We eat longaniza (cured sausage) for breakfast, bowls of pork sinigang (sour soup with vegetables) for lunch, steam pork bao for an afternoon snack, pork adobo (pork or chicken in garlic, soy sauce and onions) for dinner and sisig (chopped pig’s cheeks and ears sautéed with hot peppers) and chicharon (rinds) dipped in vinegar for late night treats. In the Philippines, pork can stand toe-to-toe with beef as the king of the ranch. Anthony Bourdain got it right when he ranked the Filipino lechon as the best spitroasted pig in his Hierarchy of Pork blog post. Bali took second while Puerto rico slid into third place. I know every latino country would argue their version as the best, but we are not talking about some small time schlep here. Anthony Bourdain is “the man” and I can’t imagine ever crossing his culinary opinions. While the pork belly is still hot, it is the other parts of the pig that are sizzling in every chef’s menu. there isn’t a city in the United States embracing this trend more than Chicago. take the meatpacking district’s Publican restaurant for starters. Publican is all about the pig with pig portraits and every conceivable pork dish imaginable. My wife and I visited Publican for their Sunday brunch and we noshed on spicy pork rinds dipped in cheddar while enjoying their spicy Bloody Marys. I also devoured the beautifully presented plate of la Quercia (Iowa) prosciutto with red wine poached egg, sourdough and Bearnaise. A few blocks from Publican are two of my favorite restaurants in the city, Blackbird and Avec. Blackbird invigorated the migration of top chefs to the meatpacking district when it opened its doors in the mid ‘90s. And Blackbird hasn’t lost a beat as a host of new restaurants pop up in the area. the service is so good

that it almost overshadows the impeccable food. the Slagel Family Farm (Fairbury, Illinois) organic pork belly served with crispy sweet shrimp, Chinese broccoli, preserved green tomato and black pepper was a titillating version of the surf and turf combo. Avec, next door to Blackbird, with its floorto-ceiling wood interiors, resembles a steam room for food aficionados. Avec’s chorizo stuffed Medjool dates with smoked bacon and piquillo pepper tomato sauce is one dish in this pork-crazy city worth preserving in a time capsule. I was speechless the moment I bit into the steaming hot chorizo umami dish. Food and travel magazines have been raving about Chef Stephanie Izard’s Girl & the Goat restaurant in the same magnitude as a Steve Jobs introduction of a new Apple product. While the goat takes center stage, G&G’s wood oven-roasted pig’s face with tamarind, cilantro, potato stix and a sunny side up egg tops the list of must-try dishes in the top Chef’s repertoire. Moving north to the Magnificent Mile, the Purple Pig is without question my favorite restaurant in Chicago. three communal tables, a long banquette and bar seating make up the cozy ambience. Seating fills up quickly at lunchtime and the wait at dinner could reach two hours—but it’s worth every second of it. From the pig’s feet cake to the wide selection of pork-centric charcuterie, this is where our beloved pig is crowned its rightful place on the top of the food chain. I have never had pig’s tail until I tried the restaurant’s pig’s tail stewed in balsamic. threads of succulent meat fall off the bone while the reduced balsamic performs its magic in your palate. My only regret is that I waited this long to fall in love with this underrated and dismissed pig’s part. Our Chicago pork journey must end where it all began for me—Filipino pork. there is this 20-year-old breakfast and lunch diner in Chicago’s west side that specializes in my beloved Filipino breakfast. Polish Mike Grajewski and his Filipina wife, lucy, own Uncle Mike’s Place. After 17 years, lucy finally had enough American pancakes and waffles, so she started bringing Filipino dishes for the cooks to make for her breakfast. Her plate of longaniza and tocino (annatto marinated pork), vinegar dipping sauce, and garlic fried rice topped with two fried eggs caught the envy of the mostly Caucasian clientele, and they started asking the servers for “whatever she’s having.” Uncle Mike’s Place’s Filipino breakfast accounts for a majority of its breakfast sales. It’s a small token victory for Filipino cuisine in this pork heaven of a city. But we’ll definitely take it. -george aquino

photo by george aquino


a typical Filipino breakfast consists of pork longaniza, pork tocino, garlic fried rice and fried eggs.

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international sailor naVigates the Waters With graCe

Alice Martin’s first memory of water is falling out the door of her uncle’s 45-foot power boat during a storm. • “I was in a life preserver and was grabbed,” says Martin, an intellectual property attorney and partner at Barnes & Thornburg, a law firm in Chicago, “but I remember being afraid.” • Fear didn’t keep Martin from developing a passion for boats. Her father, Frank V. Opaskar, was a charter member of Chagrin Lagoons Yacht Club on Lake Erie and the family spent summers on power boats. • Martin, who has a Ph.D. in biology and worked as a human geneticist before becoming an attorney, stuck with boating, segued into sailing, and as the owner of Painkiller 4, a Sydney 38 cruising/racing boat, she navigates the waters, racing in such competitions as the ORC World Championship, Chicago to Mac Race, Harbor Springs Regatta, Verve Regatta, Tri-State Regatta as well as weekend races at the Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago, where she is a member. Martin is also the winner of the Rhumbline Regatta, sponsored by the St. Joseph Yacht Club. • Shore had a chance to chat with Martin, a mother of two who lives in Chicago near Belmont Harbor with her husband, Edwin B.(Ted) Jones, the chief judge of the Chicago Yacht Club Racing.

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despite the frustrations of getting stranded, what made you continue sailing? When I was a teenager, I realized that not many girls raced sailboats, so I volunteered as crew to meet boys. And I did. When I went to the University of

Michigan, I joined the sailing club and we sailed until about thanksgiving on small lakes. When I moved to Chicago in 1975 to be faculty in the Northwestern University Medical School, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, another faculty, Art Atkinson, Jr., got me into the frostbiting races in fall at Chicago Yacht Club Belmont, which I did for a few years. tell us about the name of your boat, Painkiller. the name Painkiller is from a Caribbean drink—Pusser’s Blue label rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, cream of coconut and hallucinogenic nutmeg. tell us about some of your races. I have raced in the Caribbean and in the Atlantic. My first european race will be this summer in Croatia—the OrC World Championship. One of the most challenging races was the 2009 Bayview-Mackinac race, in which we placed third in our section—only two very large boats beat us. Shortly after the start there was a sudden squall with over 60-knot winds. We managed to keep our mainsail up and flew downwind, although I was worried the rig would come down.

there was hail and big uneven waves. After the squall passed we ended up in a good position and the crew sat on the rail for about 150 miles without breaks so we could maintain our winning position. and then you also compete in the rhumbline regatta in st. Joseph. We have really enjoyed the rhumbline race. It differs from many of the other races I have done. Very challenging and excellent workout for the crew due to many sail changes. We also enjoy racing against different boats than in our usual Chicago Area III weekend races. the after-race party is much fun—good food, usually a band, great location at the St. Joseph Yacht Club, and convivial hosts. the enthusiasm and Corinthian spirit of the St. Joe Yacht Club is a draw. My crew and I really feel welcome. -Jane ammeson

essential event rhumbline regatta // June 4 st. Joseph river yacht Club 1 lighthouse ln, st. Joseph, michigan 269.983.6393.

photo by tony V. martin


ou’ve owned many boats over the years. what was your first boat? Dad and about seven of the other dads one winter built about eight sailing dinghies for their kids. I was very excited watching the boats getting built, and very proud when mine was launched. Unfortunately, the dads never organized lessons or races for us, so my progress in sailing was frustrating—I would sail somewhere with the wind in the lagoons, then cry until my dad picked me up in his motor dinghy, because I didn’t know how to sail back. Still I loved that boat and had it until someone stole it from the University of Michigan Sailing Club garage in Ann Arbor, and left me the mast, boom and sails.


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n a bright fall day, ronda locke watches her daughters, Madeleine, 5, and lindsey, 3, as they clamber, squealing, over the head of a snake. But this isn’t just any serpent; this is “Slimey,” the artist-created centerpiece of a new playspace in Commercial Club Park, located in Chicago’s east Ukrainian Village neighborhood. the scaly, fiberglass Slimey seems to undulate in and out of the ground, with head, hump and tail sticking above the soft ground surface. “How often do you get to run on top of a serpent?” asks locke, who left the corporate world six years ago to become a mother and then-president of the Commercial Club Park Advisory Council. the group took community surveys and raised $270,000—an amount matched by the Chicago Park District—to renovate the park’s antiquated playground, and to add artwork. “We really wanted to do some fun character, and we just thought the snake would give the park a uniqueness, a graphic element that’s more whimsical. Otherwise, it would look like just any other park.” Phil Schuster would know a lot about uniqueness. the community-based sculptor, known for his dozens of concrete and mosaic art gardens throughout the city, is the dean of Chicago playground artists—from a fleet of sculpted fiberglass boats in roscoe Playlot near Belmont Harbor to a Chinese dragon in the near west side Skinner Park. He also helped create Slimey with several artists from the Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG), including Henry Marquet, based in Paris, France, and Jon Pounds. “[the artworks] are very special, fresh and artistic, and customized to their location,” Schuster says. “I think there are a lot of people who’ve grown tired of the same equipment.” Anyone who’s spent any time in a park may have noticed that playgrounds aren’t just made up of “the four S’s” anymore—seesaws, slides, swing sets and sandboxes. Along with single, multi-piece “playstructures” that feature safer

materials, rubber surfaces and reduced fall heights, there has been a recent movement in Chicago (and other places) to include “art enhancements to the play environment.” Since 2004, the Chicago Park District has worked with local groups, landscape firms, and artists to create climbable animal sculptures, “flying” metal insects, and even sculpted musical instruments, making playgrounds fantastical and compelling—for children and parents alike. “there has been a growing desire for creative places—and for places of creative, unprogrammed play,” asserts Pounds, executive director of the 40-year-old CPAG, whose artists work with communities to create collaborative public art. “Artwork also gives identity to a playground and makes these places destinations— destinations for people at different ages in their lives.” Jon ruble is a landscape architect with JJr, which has designed most of the sites in Chicago. He explains that the sculptures foster physical and social as well as “theatrical” play. “these art pieces help kids’ imaginations, more so than structured playgrounds, where they know how to climb up and go down the slide, swing on the swings.” that’s especially true in the southwest-side Mt. Greenwood Park Playground, which clangs daily with the sounds of large-scale interactive musical sculptures by Jim Brenner—steel drums, spiral bells, a gong, a xylophone. Art playgrounds “enrich our community—our local residents feel a source of pride,” says ernie Constantino, 48th Ward Alderman Mary Ann Smith’s public-art coordinator. “they create just a fantastic community amenity.” At the Jon ruble-designed Palmer Square Playlot in logan Square, a northwest-side neighborhood teeming with young parents, 4-year-old Kayla Brooke Villarreal cavorts among an ensemble of two-foot-high limestone animals—an owl, a frog, a fox, a bear, a turtle and a squirrel. Kayla’s grandfather, sculptor roman Villarreal, created the animals. Sitting nearby, he beams with pride. “there’s enjoyment in seeing children interact with my work—it encourages me,” says Villarreal, whose studio is in Hammond. “Chicago doesn’t have very many safe havens for children. It encourages them to come out and enjoy their park. It feels beautiful, because it’s theirs.” -JeFF huebner

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Not your average playground

ChICAgo ArT PLAygrouNds Albany Whipple Playground bloomingdale ave, between albany and whipple Fiberglass spider sculpture and foliage benches Phil Schuster Commercial Club Park Playground 1845 w rice st Fiberglass snake sculpture Henri Marquet, Jon Pounds, Phil Schuster, Jennifer Gutowski, others

Mt. Greenwood Park Playground 3724 w 111th st Metal musical sculptures and mosaic murals Jim Brenner, Todd Osborne Palmer Square Playlot 3100 w palmer blvd Stone animal sculptures and fiberglass benches Roman Villarreal, Phil Schuster Roscoe Playlot 3400 n at lakefront, belmont harbor Fiberglass boats and benches Phil Schuster

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quality Control Volunteers to help shape standards for lake michigan pollution


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ater quality data collected by Chicago-area volunteers is being used to help Illinois shape the state’s water quality guidelines in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Our Adopt-a-Beach program has been working with volunteers in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois and we’ve been closely engaged with partners at the EPA and trying to share our volunteers’ data more broadly,” says lyman Welch, water quality program manager for the Alliance for the Great lakes in Chicago. “It’s been an intentional process to share our data with state and federal regulators.” data on bacterial contamination collected by Adopt-a-Beach volunteers is being used by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to establish total maximum daily load (tMdl) standards with the U.S. EPA as required by the Clean Water Act. Bacterial contamination from sewer overflows, animal feces and septic systems disrupts the ecosystem and leads to beach closures and the loss of tourism revenue. the data supplied by volunteers who sample the water through the Alliance’s Adopt-a-Beach program will be used in an Illinois EPA report destined for the U.S. EPA. “this is the first time for the Adopt-a-Beach data to be recognized and considered as part of the bacteria tMdl for beaches,” Welch says. “A couple of years ago, we intentionally revamped data collection forms and methods with EPA’s sanitary survey forms for beaches in mind.” Welch says each state must create its own tMdl with the approval of the U.S. EPA, because each waterway has unique factors. “Beaches can be different in the way that bacteria affects them in terms of geography,” Welch says. “that can vary quite a bit from beach to beach and jurisdiction to jurisdiction.” Amy Walkenbach, manager of watershed management for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, says the work of volunteers is crucial to the state’s water quality efforts. “If something is going on, they can send up a red flag for what is going on right away and if they see any changes from the norm,” she says. “Some of our volunteer programs at the state level have suffered due to the economy and funding cuts and many of the volunteers chose to stay on. It shows their real dedication to the environment.” the Illinois EPA plans to complete the tMdl goals by September 2013 and to have all of the data collected by July 2012. -lauri harVey keagle

INvASIoN PrEvENtIoN Advocacy groups in March reached a deal with the u.S. environmental Protection Agency in a legal dispute over discharges of ship ballast water that could contain invasive species. The agreement requires the ePA to issue a new permit regulating ballast dumping by commercial vessels. “Over the years, ballast water has brought many invasive species to the Great Lakes and has had many devastating effects on the ecosystem,” says jennifer Birchfield, water program director for Save the Dunes in Michigan City. A dozen environmental groups sued the ePA in 2009, arguing the fed’s permit did not go far enough in protecting the Great Lakes and coastal waters. “The Great Lakes have been global ground zero for freshwater invasions for decades,” says joel Brammeier, president and CeO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes in Chicago, one of the groups involved in the suit. “u.S. ePA’s first cut at a permit didn’t even come close to stemming the onslaught. We’re heartened the agency appears to be getting serious about preventing new invasions before they happen.” Ballast water is the leading culprit for invasive species in u.S. waters such as zebra mussels. Invasives compete with native species for food and cause billions in economic losses. -lauri harVey keagle

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beach body Workouts Why exercise is more effective on sandy grounds

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xercising out of doors is full of benefits: the changing scenery keeps your mind engaged, and the fresh air and bird songs are good for your emotional well-being. But the beach, in particular, is a great place to work out because, aside from the above benefits, the sand and water offer their own unique challenges. Just like a BOSU Balance trainer, sand is constantly shifting and changing, demanding various muscles in the body to come into play that might not normally engage on a pavement or gym floor workout. “Yoga on the beach is really beneficial,” says reese ryzewski, yoga and fitness instructor at Fitness Pointe in Munster, Indiana. “the sand is on different levels, and you have to adjust to that difference, which brings a new element to the pose. It also removes the issue of the hard surface on your knees. When you kneel on your mat laid over the sand, your The sand is on joints are cushioned. the heat from the sand different levels, and is also relaxing to the muscles.” you have to adjust running in the sand is also kinder on the joints than running on pavement because to that difference, there is less impact on the body. “running which brings a through sand also forces you to use a fuller new element to range of motion,” says Julia Burns, fitness the pose. It also instructor at Phenomenal Fitness in Chicago, Illinois. “Sand running requires your body to removes the issue move through a full range of motion, which of the hard surface stretches your muscles more than running on your knees. on the pavement. You will burn up to 1.6 times as many calories for that extra effort.” Burns says your workout can be even half the amount of your regular workout and you’ll still get the same effect. But she warns to start slow if you aren’t used to running in sand, because you need to build up the muscles. “Sand develops the arch strength in your foot, the calves and all the muscles below the knee,” she says. “It also develops the quads.” However, you need to work up to a sand run. Start by the shoreline where the sand is flat and it’s packed down. When you feel comfortable, you can mix up your run by moving into the softer sand for a minute—almost like doing an interval workout—and then moving back into the harder sand. tread carefully and go at a

slower pace than what you’re used to. Burns says that running barefoot is a popular idea today. Barefoot running is supposed to be good for building up muscles in the foot and creating a more natural gait, as opposed to shoes dictating the gait. Beach running is a great way to try the method out. “Build yourself up in your running shoes by the shoreline and then the softer sand and then go for a short run on the harder sand with no shoes on,” Burns says. “Make sure to look out for debris, such as bottles and sticks.” Volleyball has become synonymous with a great beach workout. rachel Cook, volleyball coach at Marquette High School in Michigan City, encourages her athletes to train at the beach. “It is a way better leg workout than what you can get on a hard court,” she says. “You have to move side to side constantly and when you jump, you don’t jump as high, but your leg muscles have to work that much harder. When you go back to the indoor court, you’ll find you can jump even higher.”


wimming in the lake is good for adventurous swimmers who are up for the challenge. “You can swim against the current, which gives you more resistance and a really good workout,” says ryzewski, who is also a swimming coach and lifeguard. “But you have to be very careful in the lake. there are drop-offs and riptides. It’s really for strong swimmers, because you have to be able to deal with the dangers of the lake.”

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1 Nicole Griffith, Ronnie Dickerson and Maegan Moore 2 Andrew Nieman and Natalie Baumann 3 Pat Pulido Sanchez and Trustee Manny Sanchez 4 Allison Stegich, Suzi Schelewitz, Greg Cabo and Christine Skony



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To generate excitement for the upcoming garage sale for the Designersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Guild of Southwest Michigan, more than 200 guests gathered at the Union Pier home of John Cannon and Cary Frank, raising more than $100,000 for Boys and Girls Clubs in Benton Harbor and Chicago. The high-end garage sale takes place May 27-29 in New Buffalo.

1 Kip McDaniel and Ainsley Reiser of Champaign, Ill. 2 Bill and Eileen Conaghan of Chicago 3 Nancy Gitlin, Tom Armstrong, Cheryl MacDonald and Josh Gitlin, all of St. Joseph



4 Peter Lamberta and Chelsea Udell, both of St. Joseph 5 Cary Frank of Union Pier, Suellen Long of Chicago, Alice and Rex Martin of Lakeside and John Cannon of Union Pier 6 Sara and Patrick Wilson of Western Springs


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Wine was the main highlight of the 8th Annual Spring Wine Dinner at Kelly’s Table. Guests sampled 5 different Italian wines, paired with Italian food, under the tutelage of wine educator Doug Burk, who shared stories about the wines and their origins. According to one guest, it was “like he had taken a tour of Italy in one evening,” says owner Pat Molden.



1 George Blue of Michigan City


The Lake Michigan College Foundation celebrated their annual campaign to provide scholarships for community residents, with the Winner’s Circle benefit. The evening included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, entertainment, and the opportunity to bid on items on the auction block. Auction items included appliances, trips, electronics and food, and a raffle prize of $10,000 was given to one lucky winner.

2 Mary Kay and John Kukla of LaPorte


1 James and Lois Richmond of Kalamazoo

3 Pat Kelly Molden of Michigan City with Doug Burk of South Bend

2 Diane and Jeff Curry of Niles

4 Deborah and James Dorton of Michigan City

3 Bob and Janine Harrison of St. Joseph 4 Mary Klemm of St. Joseph, Gloria Ender of Stevensville and Dayna Kozminski of St. Joseph


5 Nancy Porter of New Buffalo 6 Lauren and John Kern of Flossmoor


5 Melissa and Allan VanderLaan of Byron Center 6 Greg and Marian O’Neill of South Haven






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Some of Chicago’s own celebrities—including Jason Knowles, Nancy Loo and Mike Puccinelli—strutted their stuff on the dance floor in a competition benefiting the Chicago chapter of Susan G. Komen. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and desserts while rooting for their favorite celebs in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency. A panel of celebrity judges included Chef Rick Bayless and Nick Kosovich of “Dancing with the Stars.”



1 Petra Malinakova and Ned Vassilev of Glenview 2 Dina Bair of Chicago and Viola Chang-Stewart of Lincolnshire



3 Kim Jewett of Plainfield and Rich Koranda of Lombard


4 Terry Barton and Lina Schall of Burlington, Wisc. 5 Rick Bayless and Amy Novotny, both of Chicago


6 Nancy Loo and Bobby Mrowiec, both of Chicago


7 Lisa Aprati and Amy Jacobson, both of Chicago 8 Beth and Bob Simpson of Wadsworth 9 Misty Callahan of Orland Park with Dan Doyle of Glenview 10 Richard and Eve Biller of Deerfield 11 Cathy Vassilev of Glenview with Bob Graham of Chicago


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More than 930 people filled the Century Center for the Logan Nose-On Luncheon. The annual Nose-On campaign raises funds—$160,000 this year—for the Logan Center by the selling and wearing of foam green noses and other merchandise. The luncheon featured motivational speaker Jason McElwain and was hosted by WNDU anchor Maureen McFadden.


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3 Judy Birkner of South Bend with Phil Allen of Granger


4 Jamie McGraw of South Bend and Daniel Haisley of Granger with Ann McGraw and Bob King, both of South Bend


5 Jeanne Yoder, Jim Meyer and Jill Condon, all of South Bend 6 Jay Lewis, Rob Miller, John Lloyd and Trish Ross, all of South Bend


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1 Jackie Krolczyk of South Bend with Chrystal Hurd of Mishawaka


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More than 200 women enjoyed a night out at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, where they viewed fashions from local boutiques as well as antebellum reproductions by costume designer Bonney Rhodes. A cocktail hour featured several food stations— including pizza, chicken kabobs and roasted vegetables—all provided by Kalamazoo restaurant Mangia Mangia.


1 Nancy and Samantha Stewart of Kalamazoo

4th friday arts | crown point


1 Steve Crabtree of St. John


4 Barbara Jones of Merrillville with Dave and Sue Savage of Winfield

3 Melanie Bryce and Lindsay Broveleit, both of Kalamazoo 4 Barbara King, Caroline DeNooyer and Barbara Reed, all of Kalamazoo


5 Sondra Kidd of Kalamazoo 6 Lana Hawkins, Kristi Tyler and Patti Reinholt, all of Kalamazoo






2 Jeff Diesburg and Foy Spicer of Valparaiso 3 Katie Hughes and David Mueller of Valparaiso

2 Alene Stroup with Ashley VanOosten, both of Plainwell


The City of Crown Point celebrated the fourth year of its monthly 4th Friday Arts event, with an artists reception in the lower level shops of the courthouse. Guests sampled gourmet cheeses from Fair Oaks Farms while watching local established poets give poetry readings in between open mic appearances.

5 John Ward of Schererville, Al Vandever of Cedar Lake and Leona Jurincie of Hammond

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Guests arrived at the Duneland Falls Banquet Center sans masks, for the Mardi Gras-themed gala put on by Rebuilding Together Portage, a group that works to preserve affordable home ownership. Attendees were treated to hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, wine and beer tasting, dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing to the tunes of Charlie Blum and the Star Orchestra.

1 Agnes and Ton Cnarich of Portage 2 Karen and Tom Muchesko of Valparaiso


3 Chris Nicholson and Kristina Finck of Chesterton


4 Vicki and Josh Kalmar of Valparaiso 5 Shelly Edwards and Steven Batista of Portage 6 John E. and Kathy Hill of Portage


7 Murri and Matt Franklin of Chesterton


8 Kelli and Patrick Cornett of Crown Point 9 Jordan Graf and Amy Richmond, both of Michigan City. 10 Brett and Lara Parker of Valparaiso

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may 22 art in the garden

noon-5pm, Taltree Arboretum and Gardens 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso 219.462.0025. This fair will feature a wide array of art in media ranging from oil and acrylic paintings to metal sculpture, fabric arts, ceramics and more, for sale.


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Through Jun 25 adopt-a-beach, Northwest Indiana Parrothead Club, Kemil Beach, Michigan City. 312.939.0838. Participants enhance beaches by picking up trash and recording findings in an online database. Volunteers also conduct quality water sampling and make science-based observations to improve beach health. Additional dates and locations, May 21: Indiana State Dunes Chesterton; Jun 25: Kemil Beach. Through Sept 29 crown point car cruise, 4-8pm Thu, August Beacon Plaza, Broadway, Crown Point. 219.662.3290. this free event features sports, custom and classic cars (19001980), while Oldies Music fills the air. Businesses open later; many dining options. Due to increased traffic congestion during this event, attendees are advised to watch for event staff and not to arrive any earlier than 4:30pm, so that they can be properly greeted.

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Jun 4 the gatsby summer afternoon “in the spirit of historic preservation,” noon-4pm, Buckley Homestead west lawn, 3606 Belshaw Rd, Lowell. 219.769.7275. this is a fundraiser for barn roof repair. Setting the stage is a grand picnic reminiscent of the days of leisurely elegance when swells and belles dressed in style. Vintage automobiles complete the vision of years long past. Attendees are invited to dress in period costume. Jun 4-5 Fondue Festival, 10am-5pm, Fair Oaks Farms, 856 N 600 E, Fair Oaks. 877.536.1194. taste ten different fondue recipes made with Fair Oaks Farms’ award-winning cheese. recipe cards will be available. Jun 23 trippin billies—the dave matthews tribute band, 7:30-10:30pm, Wicker Park

Social Center Gazebo, 2215 Ridge Rd, Highland. 219.932.2530. the trippin Billies are a successful Dave Matthews tribute Band touring the U.S.

Hyde Museum, 903 S Bailey Ave, South Haven. 269.637.2478. Spend a Saturday at the Museum at this annual auction, which will feature many items for purchase.

Jun 24-25 taste of the region, 11am-10pm, Courthouse Lawn and Square, Old Courthouse Square, Crown Point. 219.663.1800. southshorecva. com. this event features lunch, dinner or both from some of the locals’ favorite restaurants and vendors. each evening will also feature live musical entertainment. the bands performing on Friday are Sucker Punch and Fresh Hops; Saturday, Slippery Hank and Just 4 Kixx.

May 21 Vertical wine tasting with the winemaker, 2-4pm, Fenn Valley Winery, 6130 122nd Ave, Fennville. 800.432.6265. taste a series of Merit age and Cabernet Franc vintages dating back to 1999.

Jun 27 gospel concert, 6-9pm, Lake County Courthouse, Old Courthouse Square, Crown Point. 219.663.1800. this event features live local gospel entertainment. Jun 30 gone 2 paradise, 7:30-10:30pm, Wicker Park Social Center Gazebo, 2215 Ridge Rd, Highland. 219.932.2530. this event features a Jimmy Buffet tribute band.

May 26, 28 French market and artisan Faire, 9am-2pm, E Main St, Niles. 269.687.4332. this european-style open-air market showcases collections of local artisans, small businesses and farmers. Bensidoun USA has markets in France, Chicago, New York and Niles. Jun 2-5 niles bluegrass Festival, Niles Riverfront Park, Wayne St, Niles. 269.687.4332. nilesbluegrass. com. listen to four days of Americana, roots music and more, for free. the tentative lineup includes Kenny and Amanda Smith, Audie Blaylock and redline, Special Consensus, Detour, and lonesome Country.


Jun 8-Aug weekly summer concerts, 7-8pm Wed, 7-9pm Thu, 6pm Sun, Riverfront Amphitheater, 10 Sycamore St, Niles. 269.687.4332. the Wednesday night concerts at the amphitheater have been in existence for more than 10 years and now the Summer Concert season also includes thursdays and Sundays.

May 16-Aug 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. Jun 19: Goran Ivanovic and Andreas Kapsalis, trevor Watts and Veryan Weston.

Jun 16-19 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.

Through Oct 2 antiques on the bluff, 10am3pm every Sun, Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph. sjtoday. org. Held along the tree-lined lake Bluff Park, overlooking lake Michigan, this antique show is the premier event for antiquers and collectors around Southwest Michigan.

May 21 auction at the museum, 10am, Liberty

Jun 18 antique and classic boat show, Michigan Maritime Museum, 260 Dyckman Rd, South Haven. 269.637.8078.

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the information presented in essential events is accurate as of press time, but readers are encouraged to call ahead to verify the dates and times. please note that illinois and most indiana events adhere to central time, and michigan events are eastern time.

Jun 18 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.


Through May 29 country markets, 10am-2pm Sun, Breidert Green Park, 432 N Nebraska, Frankfort. 815.469.2177. this open air farmers’ market is located along the bike path in historic downtown Frankfort. the spring market focuses on early crops, gardening and specialty items. Jun 5-Oct 9: Summer Market, featuring a full roster of growers and producers. Through Jul 11 adopt-a-beach, Ohio St and North Ave beaches, Chicago. 312.939.0838. Participants enhance beaches by picking up trash and recording findings in an online database. Volunteers also conduct quality water sampling and make sciencebased observations to improve beach health. Additional dates and locations are on the website. Through Oct 30 landmarks of america, 10am-5pm, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe. 847.935.5440. A family favorite during its 12th 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 17 the service club of chicago’s mad hatter luncheon, 11:30am, The Chicago Club, 81 E Van Buren St, Chicago. 708.280.5885. this charitable organization of women has continually served the welfare, civic, educational and cultural needs of Chicago and surrounding communities since 1890. Join them for cocktails, lunch and a dynamic guest speaker. there will also be a Mad Hatter contest, so hats are encouraged. May 19-Aug 25 cruisin’ Frankfort, 5-9pm 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 28 chicago memorial day parade, noon, State St from Lake St to Van Buren, Chicago. 312.744.3315. the parade is a celebration of the memories of loved ones. this year’s Grand Marshal will be General raymond t. Odierno, United States Army, Commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command. During the parade, Odierno will swear in new recruits representing many branches of service. May 28-29 randolph street market Festival, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun, two entrances—1350 block of W Randolph St and 1340 W Washington St, Chicago. 312.666.1200. 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, drawing comparisons to Paris’ legendary le marche au puces de SaintQuen. Additional dates: Jun 25-26. May 30 memorial day celebration, 10-11am, Breidert Green, Kansas and Ash Sts, Frankfort. 815.469.2177. this event is an opportunity to honor veterans from Frankfort, including a roll call of those who died in battle. May 30 memorial wall, 2:30pm, Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier, 700 E Grand Ave, Chicago. 312.464.7737. chicagochildrensmuseum. org. this event provides an opportunity to collage the people and pets that still hold a special place in hearts and memories.


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Jun 4 chicago botanic garden celebrates world environment day, 11am-4pm, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. 847.835.5440. chicagobotanic. org. Visitors of all ages can participate in fun, interactive and enriching programs and activities that explain the importance of protecting and preserving plants through awareness and action. Several activities and two lectures highlight UNeP’s 2011 International Year of Forests theme. Jun 4-5 printers row lit Fest, 10am6pm, Dearborn and Polk Sts, Chicago. 312.222.9317. the Chicago Tribune celebrates the written word with over 126,000 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 8 movies on the green, 8:30pm, Breidert Green, downtown Frankfort. 815.469.2177. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and watch free movies under the stars. Jun 8: What about Bob? Jun 10 chicago blues Festival, 11am9:30pm, 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.”

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May 23-Jul 25 downtown sound— new music mondays, 6:30pm every Mon, Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph, Chicago. 312.742.1168. millenniumpark. org. the highly anticipated free music series returns to Millennium Park featuring an eclectic mix of music discoveries, cutting-edge indie rock, pop bands and rock veterans. May 23: Bonnie “Prince” Billy; May 30: Justin townes earle, Andre Williams and the

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45 Classic and traditional small craft will be featured, with demonstrations and speakers throughout the day, as well as toy boat building for kids. In addition, there will be the inaugural cruise of the museum’s new electric launch, Lindy Lou, the grand opening of the Black river exhibit, Cruisin’ Down the river, and a nautical auction.

essential events Jun 10-11 sinatra and tom dreesen, 8:30pm, Ruth Page Theater, 1016 N Dearborn, Chicago. 818.789.1435. In this intimate performance of stand-up comedy and storytelling, tom Dreesen will go from his childhood of shining shoes in Harvey, Illinois, hearing Sinatra on the jukebox to one day touring the nation as his opening act. Jun 14-18 Just for laughs, various locations. 800.745.3000. this third annual event once again brings together the unprecedented comedy forces of tBS and Montreal’s Just For laughs. Check the website for show times and locations. Jun 14: tim Mincin; Jun 15: the Anti-Social Network, tim Mincin; Jun 16: Demetri Martin, Jim Jeffries, Whitney Cummings, tim Mincin; Jun 17: Jeffrey ross, Joel McHale, tim Mincin; Jun 18: louis CK, George lopez and russell Peters, tim Mincin. Jun 15-Aug 20 grant park music Festival, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, 55 N Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.742.7638. 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 in its new venue. Jun 17 bike to work rally, 7:30-9:30am, Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington, Chicago. 312.744.3315. the event celebrates the city’s commitment to making Chicago the best big city for bicycling. Jun 18 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. Jun 19-Aug 28 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. Jun 19: Nick Willett; Jun 26: ABBA Salute. Jun 23 lace and pearls lawn Fête, 6-9pm, La Rabida Children’s Hospital, 6501 S Promontory Dr, Chicago. 773.256.5955. this annual fundraiser will feature notes of classical music wafting through the summer air. Music, dancing and a dinner buffet will be provided by renowned Chicago chefs. Beginning Jun 30 oVo by cirque du soleil, United Center, 1901 W Madison, Chicago. 800.450.1480. Since its world premiere in Montreal in April 2009, already 1.5 million spectators have been charmed by OVO. Meaning “egg” in Portuguese, OVO is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.

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Through May 22 2011 annual und art student exhibition, Milly and Fritz Kaeser Mestrovic Studio Gallery and O’Shaughnessy Gallery West, The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame. 574.631.5466. this exhibition

features thesis art projects created by the May 2011 degree candidates of the art studio program. Through May 29 wings of spring, noon-8pm first Fridays, noon-5pm Fri-Sun, Southern Shore Art Association, 724 Franklin, Michigan City. 219.879.4980. Members of the Art Association will interpret “Spring” through paintings, photographs, sculpture and more. Through Jun 20 designing the new studebaker—a project by the league of retired automotive designers, Studebaker National Museum, 201 S Chapin St, South Bend. 574.235.9714, 888.391.5600. this unique exhibit features more than twenty works created by members of the league of retired Automobile Designers, presenting a look at what a modern-day Studebaker might look like. Through Jun 26 Vintage Vogue—cover art, 10am-5pm Tue-Fri, 11am-4pm Sat-Sun, Robert Saxton Gallery, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W 2nd St, Michigan City. 219.874.4900. From the lCA Permanent Collection, these Vogue magazine covers from 1916-1933 feature fashion illustrations by masters of the Art Deco style, including Helen Dryden and eduardo Benito. May 31-Jul 21 trash to treasure, 8am5pm, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.554.2720. this 11th annual exhibit will feature trashion, an artistic fashion made from trash. the exhibit also highlights recycling by showcasing artwork made from recycled and reused materials.


Through Aug 20 portrait and presence, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo. 269.349.7775. kiarts. org. this exhibition of works from the KIA’s permanent collection showcases how artists explore different aspects of the human experience through the unique presence of their subjects. Portraits by Jack Beal, Jim Dine, Gregory Gillespie, Alex Katz and Andy Warhol, plus works by Michigan artists Jerry Diment, Ken Freed, Al Harris and Ann Meade are among those on view. Jun 10-Jul 24 michiana art competition (maac), Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. boxfactoryforthearts. org. this event will showcase talented artists in the community and share world-class artwork close to home. this juried competition is open to all artists in Southwest Michigan and northern Indiana.


Through May 29 Jim nutt—coming into character, Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.280.2660. this exhibit will be the first major presentation of Jim Nutt’s work—which focuses on female heads in spare line drawings and rich, detailed paintings—in more than 10 years. Also, through Jun 12: Susan Phillipsz—We shall be all; through Jun 19: MCA DNA— Thomas Ruff. Through Jul 20 hyperlinks— architecture and design, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 317.443.3600. this exhibit displays more than 30 projects in

architecture, furniture, multimedia and conceptual design that have stemmed from the Internet in some way from an international group of architects and designers. Also, through May 30: Kings, Queens, and Courtiers—Art in Early Renaissance France; through May 29: Real and Imaginary—Three Latin American Artists. Through Aug 14 horse, The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 312.922.9410. this exhibit examines the profound relationship between horses and humans. Also, through Nov 28: Climate Change. Through Sept 5 body worlds and the cycle of life, Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St & Lake Shore Dr, Chicago. 773.684.1414. this 14,000-square-foot exhibit features a special presentation on the human life cycle and the arc of aging, as well as more than 200 specimens preserved through plastination. Also, through Sept 25: Suited for Space. Through Oct 1 interconnected— the sculptures of yvonne domenge, millennium park, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago. 312.742.1168. millenniumpark. org. Four monumental works by the Mexican sculptor will reveal her fascination with form and geometry. Often referencing the natural world, Domenge’s large spheres defy gravity and space, conveying rhythmic beauty and a sense of a larger universal order.

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portage 16 imaX, 6550 US Hwy 6, Portage. 219.764.7569. portage16imax. com. the Portage 16 IMAX showcases blockbusters as well as electrifying 3D films that are uniquely suited to the IMAX format. With projected images up to eight stories high and a spectacular, wraparound digital surround-sound system, this theater offers a total-immersion moviegoing experience.


the Vickers theatre, 6 N Elm St, Three Oaks. 269.756.3522. Home of the annual “Sound of Silents Film Festival,” this painstakingly restored turn-of-the-century art house screens a variety of notable independent films. A lofty, two-story gallery space, showcasing the works of Midwestern artists, is open to the public before and between shows. Further enhancing its art-house cachet, the Vickers hosts live music, performance art and poetry readings on its stage.


the gene siskel Film center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 164 N State St, Chicago. 312.846.2600. siskelfilmcenter. org. this film center—renamed in 2000 for its most passionate supporter, the late film critic Gene Siskel-has been exhibiting critically acclaimed, as well as entertaining “motion picture art” in its state-of-the-art facilities since its inception in 1972. Presenting more than 100 films each month, the center showcases cutting-edge, independent features and classic revivals, as well as premieres of new American and foreign films. A focus on education is supported by guest lecturers, discussions and courses, and film-related exhibits can be viewed at the on-site gallery/café. Jun 4: A night with Jamie Foxx.

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chicago street theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. Now in its 56th 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 theatre classes for both adults and children. May 20-Jun 4: Frost/Nixon. Footlight players, 1705 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.874.4035. this community theater group has been entertaining audiences in Michigan City for more than 50 years with its productions of dramas, comedies and musicals. Jun 3-19: Forever Plaid. 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 28: Guy Fieri; Jun 9-10: Gabriel Iglesias. the morris performing arts center, 211 N Michigan St, South Bend. 574.235.9190, 800.537.6415. morriscenter. org. 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 24: the Doobie Brothers; May 28: Ginuwine and Next; Jun 11: South Bend Blues and ribs Fest; Jun 28: the Monkees. northwest indiana symphony orchestra, various venues. 219.836.0525. Conducted by the charismatic Kirk Muspratt, this professional orchestra performs concerts that range in atmosphere from the whimsical pops series to the edifying and inspirational maestro series, many of which offer pre-concert discussions with the conductor an hour before the concert. May 19: Disney in Concert. star plaza theatre, I-65 & US 30, Merrillville. 219.769.6600. starplazatheatre. com. 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 21: Chris tucker; Jun 30: the Monkees. the theatre at the center, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter. com. 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. through May 29: Nunset Boulevard; May 10: Purdue Varsity Glee Club; Jun 10-11: Kevin Burke. towle community theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. to honor its mission of nurturing and celebrating local talent

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west michigan symphony, Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts, 425 W Western Ave, Muskegon. 231.727.8001. With eight pairs of concerts a year, the West Michigan Symphony has played a leading role in the region’s cultural community for almost 70 years. It has helped bring a renewed vitality and life to the center of Muskegon and with it, the historic Frauenthal theater, a 1,729-seat venue with extraordinary beauty, excellent acoustics and sight lines. Jun 3-4: Chasing the Sun.


auditorium theatre of roosevelt university, 50 E Parkway, Chicago. 312.902.1500. A National Historic landmark and a mainstay of Chicago architecture and theater since 1889, the Auditorium continues to provide unparalleled ballet performances and a variety of artistic productions. May 18-22: Alvin Ailey American Dance theatre; Jun 9: the Beach Boys; Jun 17: My Morning Jacket, Daniel Martin Moore. 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 Jun 5: Working, Broadway Playhouse, 175 e Chestnut. through Jun 19: Peter Pan, Chicago tribune Freedom Center North, 777 W Chicago Ave. Jun 7-12: Chicago; Jun 29-Aug 7: Beauty and the Beast, Ford Center Oriental theatre, 24 W randolph. the center for performing arts at governors state university, 1 University Pkwy, University Park. 708.235.2222. the Center for Performing Arts is celebrating 11 years of promoting cultural enhancement on the South Side of Chicago through world-class performing arts productions and arts education. May 28: Worse Case Scenario; Jun 24: Glee. 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 12: The Madness of George III; through Jun 19: Murder for Two; Jun 25-Jul 3: One Thousand and One Nights. 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. May 22-23: Women in Classical Music; Jun 4: 2011 Ball—A tribute to Maestro Freeman. the chicago theatre, 175 N State St, Chicago. 312.462.6300. the Chicago

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Millennium Park, this modern state-of-theart theater guarantees that the audience will enjoy a wide variety of performances in an intimate setting. May 19-22: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; May 23: Mozart Symphonies; May 24: Aspen Santa Fe; May 28: Alan Cumming; Jun 12: A Force of Nature. museum of contemporary art, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago. 312.397.4010. reflecting the modern atmosphere of the adjoining museum, the state-of-the-art MCA theater features elegant oak-paneled walls and tiered seating, which guarantees that every one of the 300 seats can boast the best seat in the house. Jun 4: International Contemporary ensemble (ICe) lab. orchestra hall at symphony center, 220 S Michigan Ave, Chicago. 312.294.3000. the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of today’s leading orchestras. Performances 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. May 19-24: trumpet treasures; May 20: A tribute to Mahalia Jackson; Jun 10-18: United Sounds of America. paramount theatre, 23 E Galena Blvd, Aurora. 630.896.6666. paramountaurora.

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ait, what was that last one? The beach?! Oh, nooo, not the beach! The beach has become a battle ground, the proverbial “line in the sand.” Just ask . . . anybody. Everybody has an opinion. It is a headache for municipalities and dog owners alike. The issue reached such fever pitch last summer in Hagar Township that, when trustees suddenly, arbitrarily, banned dogs from the public beach and turned a deaf ear to protests, petitions and a PowerPoint

presentation—showing dirty diapers, cigarette butts, trash and other litter, but no evidence of dogs— residents rallied and recalled three trustees. John Nadeau lives directly across from the public beach. An avowed “beach-oholic,” he is one of those Hagar Township residents who tried to reason with the governing body. “Walking along Lake Michigan, with or without your canine friend, is a special experience and a simple joy in life that many people share,” he says. “There was a treasured, decades-long freedom that was taken away without due process, without public notice, without public input and guidance, without defining the exact nature and extent of the issue, and without documented complaints.” Board members claim to have been swamped with complaints, and cited


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families, but I have trouble with the idea that we discipline our children, but not our pets.” n New Buffalo, Jason Spohn and Will Schauble own four Airedale terriers. They are “emotional” about the issue. Living on Lake Michigan for twenty-five years, they have seen boaters come ashore to let dogs relieve themselves, leaving behind the “leavings.” “It reflects on all of us who are responsible pet people,” Spohn says. “I’m more passionate about this than anything else. You have got to clean up after your pet.” He’s watched things change over the years. “Beaches have become more crowded, with more dogs and less responsible people,” he says. It disappoints him, but he contends it is still a minority of people—not dogs—who are the problem. “If somebody’s had a bad experience with a dog on a beach—either they’ve stepped in something, or they’ve encountered an aggressive dog—that is very unfortunate. It’s not the norm.” Being a responsible dog owner goes beyond taking care of “business.” It is doing right by your pet. It means keeping it from danger, and attending to its needs. Not all dogs like the beach, and all the time, every time, may not be appropriate. Nickerson Animal Health Center veterinarian Patrick Almus, whose own dogs love the beach, cautions that dogs can become stressed by noise or crowds. “You’re responsible for the actions of your dog, and you never know what a dog is going to do,” he says. Without access to water and shade, a dog can develop heatstroke. Hidden objects in the sand can cause cuts. Rotten fish, or garbage, can cause illness. “And dogs will consume any rotten, stinky thing they find,” he says. He recently treated a dog who’d gotten sand in its eyes, something he’s only seen once in his twenty years of practice, but something with potentially serious consequences. “A lot of dogs go to the beach and none of these things happen,” he says, “but we should be prepared.”

O photography [top] by Terri Gordon; [middle] Tony v. Martin

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public health concerns to defend their actions. “All public beaches in Berrien County are regularly monitored by the Health Department,” Nadeau rebuts. “Hagar Beaches have allowed dogs on the beaches for decades, and they have never been closed. Other beaches which don’t allow dogs have been closed.” Hagar Township isn’t the only beach town dealing with the issue. Counties and states aren’t immune, either. At Berrien County’s two beaches, Silver Beach in St. Joseph and Rocky Gap to the north, dogs are allowed only on paved surfaces, and must be leashed. New Buffalo bans dogs from its beach altogether. Dogs are prohibited on public beaches in Chikaming Township, which covers Lakeside, Harbert and Union Pier. Bridgman has only one beach, but it’s a big one, and it adjoins Warren Dunes State Park to the south. Dogs are allowed in the park—in the campground, on forested trails, and on the boardwalks—but they are not allowed on the sand, or in the water. “My [Top] Ready to roll! The four community does not want pets on the Airedales of Will Schauble and beach,” says city superintendent Aaron Jason Spohn—plus one belonging Anthony. “We’re not singling out dogs. to a friend—eagerly await their You can’t have horses there either.” Ditto walk on the bluff overlooking the beach. [Above] The New Buffalo ostriches, potbellied pigs, iguanas. The Beach not only prohibits dogs, but policy was in place when he took the all pets in general. job some fifteen years ago. Next door, at Warren Dunes, dogs are allowed on the beach—though not in the swimming area. “The swim area is defined by buoys,” explains Michael Terrell, park manager for Warren Dunes and Grand Mere State Park in Stevensville. “People have to keep their dogs outside of the swim area. They have to be under immediate control, and on a six-foot leash.” Terrell says most people comply. In their busiest season, park minders encounter roughly ten thousand people with dogs. Terrell says probably only about twenty-five violate the rules. So what’s the problem? In a word, feces. “A lot of people don’t clean up behind their dog,” Terrell says. “Most people who go to the beach take their shoes off.” And nobody likes “stuff between their toes.” This holds for private beaches too, where dog “problems” often involve neighbors. “Not fun,” says Lani Myron of Lakeside, whose dog, Sparky, is shy of other dogs. She and husband, Tom, own beachfront property and are mindful of how and when they walk him. “Most people walk them off-leash, and let them run. So many do not pick up their poop, either. I understand dogs are part of




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here’s nothing quite like spending a day at the beach building sand castles, reading a good book or taking a leisurely dip in the lake. ¶ lake michigan has so much more to offer its visitors, especially those with a competitive nature. take volleyball, a sport with beach roots dating back to California in the 1920s. it continues to grow in popularity on the sands of lake michigan, especially Chicago, where beach volleyball is almost as iconic as al Capone, michael Jordan and the blues. twelve hundred teams participate in the Chicago sport and social Club summer leagues at north avenue, oak street and montrose beaches. Jason erkes, CssC president, says most of the teams are made up of young professionals looking to take advantage of the beach, lake and Chicago skyline. “there is no scenic backdrop like Chicago’s north avenue beach,” he says. ¶ here is a rundown of the most popular sports you can expect to see on lake michigan this summer.

beaCh tennis

Volleyball may be one of the oldest sports on the shores of Lake Michigan, but tennis—yes, tennis—is the hottest. The sport is billed as a mash-up of beach volleyball, tennis and badminton. You and your doubles partner, using paddles, volley a tennis ball over a net to the opponents without letting the ball hit the sand. “We started beach tennis last year and it was pretty popular, so we added more leagues this year,” Erkes says. The CSSC says anyone can play beach tennis, from inexperienced badminton hacks to seasoned tennis pros.


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If you want to combine the endurance of soccer and the aerial passing skills of football, then Ultimate Frisbee is the beach sport to seek out. Ultimate is played by two seven-player squads with a high-tech Frisbee on a field similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. It’s played in over forty countries and at Montrose Beach Tuesday and Thursday nights. “Each team in the Tuesday night league plays two hour-long games per night,” says Ultimate Chicago spokesman Zach Grossman. “Sprinting for two hours in the sand is exhausting, so game play ends up being more relaxed than what you might find on a turf field. We get a mix of players that are looking to keep themselves in shape or get into better shape and others who enjoy the more laid-back feeling the beach imposes on the game.” Every July there is a beach tournament, Sandblast, at Montrose that draws about eight hundred participants from around the country. “Our beach leagues are limited to ninety people per session (six teams of fifteen people) and it always fills up,” Grossman says. The Tuesday night league is split into two six-week sessions and is open to everyone, while the Thursday night league is geared towards beginners.

stand up paddleboarding “the hottest sport on lake michigan now,” says outpost sports owner J.V. peacock. stand up paddleboarding, or sup, has its roots in 1940s hawaii. peacock says these oversized surfboards were made so tourists could paddle out to the water in order to take good photos of surfers. “they are really taking off in popularity for a variety of reasons,” peacock says. “people are really curious about it.” gerard says sup is similar to kayaking. “it’s really neat, because you don’t need waves to do it. you can do it anywhere there’s a body of water.” the sport actually offers a better fullbody workout than kayaking, if that’s what your intentions are, according to gerard. “it doesn’t have to be intense by any means,” he says. “it’s a great way to get on the water. it’s easy for most people to do, and after trying it for ten or fifteen minutes most people catch on.”


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surfing yes, you can surf on the great lakes. “surfing is our main, driving passion here,” says ryan gerard, owner of third Coast surf shops in new buffalo and st. Joseph. surfing is typically done at Chicago’s montrose and 57th st. beaches and Whihala beach in Whiting. third Coast provides surfing rentals, lessons and gear for local surfers. “We do more surfboard sales than anyone in the midwest,” gerard says. “We’ve got a unique niche in the surfing market in the great lakes region.” most questions regarding great lakes surfing are answered on third Coast’s website. how big do the waves get? it depends on factors such as wind speed, wind direction, wind duration and the amount of fetch (the length of water the wind is blowing over), and the bottom contours over which the waves are breaking. third Coast says that small waves are ideal for learning the basics of surfing—a wave as little as shin high can be enough to propel a surfer. third Coast also offers both group and private surfing lessons.

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chris krajnyk, mundelein, ill., tries to catch a big wave while surfing on lake michigan at whiting park in whiting, ind.


This is similar to snowboarding, but trade the snow for sand. The popular spot for this sport is Warren Dunes State Park. “It’s pretty well known throughout the country, and some people fly out from the West Coast just to ride these dunes,” Gerard says.


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While most of these beach and water sports are geared towards teens and young adults, nobody knows how to have fun at the lake more than children. That’s why Third Coast Surf Shop is now offering Beach Camps for Kids. The three-day camps for kids ages 8-12 include many activities under the supervision of CPR-certified instructors including surfing, skimboarding, sandboarding, beach soccer, kite flying and swimming. Camp sessions run weekly from June 14 to August 25.

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This is another fast-growing sport on both U.S. coasts and the Great Lakes region—especially for the younger demographic. “It takes a little bit more dexterity and athleticism,” Gerard says. “It can be hard on the body [when you fall on the sand].”


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”team safari” puts some finishing touches on their fouranimal sand sculpture at the indiana dunes state park’s annual sand sculpting contest.

the art of sand scuLpting

What’s left instead are snapshots of those bygone summer days—stolen moments in the here and now that take us, however momentarily, right back to a time when having nothing on the agenda was precisely the point. A walk that ends at the ice cream parlor. An impromptu game of catch that stretches past dusk. A trip to the beach that turns into a major construction project.


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For most adults, the concept of summer vacation is but a shadow of its former self. The cruelly brief five-day sojourns that working folk manage to carve out of their hectic schedules may indeed share a name with those long-ago three-month spans of blissful freedom and frivolity between academic years, but the similarities most certainly end there.

Summer is back, and when it comes to stirring up memories of what that used to mean, there’s no better time machine than a good old-fashioned sand castle.

Sandy Work While hard scientific evidence is tough to come

by, simple summertime observation suggests that the desire to build in the sand may be an inborn human behavior. Take a child to an area where sand and water converge and before you can say “stay out of that,” shapes will be forming, walls will be rising and rivers will be forging. Rather than something that diminishes over time, however, for some the

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dave downs has been sculpting for close to twenty years, and now travels from his home in the detroit area to a half-dozen competitive events across the country every summer. While not every weekend warrior will have the time or energy to tackle projects like the 65-foot-wide and 12-foot-tall sculpture downs helped put together over three days for a 2006 exhibition in ontario, many of the techniques he employs are more or less universal for any aspiring sand master: • start small, beginning at the top of your sand pile; carve away just a little at a time. • don’t stack too high—it’s a collapse just waiting to happen. • keep the right tools on hand, including a bottomless five-gallon bucket as a form and a small pastry knife with an angled handle for carving. downs also cautions against overreaching in terms of size or complexity, but believes that even a novice can put in a few structural flourishes to round out a great sand castle without driving himself crazy. “stairs, windows and doors are fairly easy with some practice,” he says. “concentration and patience are generally a lot more important than skill.”

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dave downs cautions against overreaching in terms of size or complexity, but believes that even a novice can put in a few structural flourishes to round out a great sand castle without driving himself crazy.

allure of the sand only seems to grow more appealing as the years go by. Some adults will respond to this rising tide of nostalgia by constructing massive homes on the waterfront, while others will be content to simply take their sand castle building to the next level. For the past 29 years, many current and former children in the area have been indulging their memories at the annual Sand Sculpture Contest in Grand Haven, the centerpiece event of a big summer weekend that also features a beach soccer tournament and a sprawling art fair. Last year’s competition drew more than fifty teams and two hundred participants, and Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce program and events support coordinator Courtney Olson says the turnout may be even greater for the 30th anniversary event this June. “There are a handful of teams, families and

Can you Build it? yeS, you Can. That the local competitions

Lucinda Wierenga AKA “SANDY FEET” Born and raised in grand haven, Michigan, Wierenga developed a love for sand at an early age and has since become an internationally recognized sculptor and author on the subject of sand sculpting. she now resides in south padre island, texas, and while her specialty will always be castles, she also creates cleverly constructed sponsor logos, and she is passionate about teaching the art of sand sculpture. Wierenga gives lessons and workshops in her area and also online at some of the tips she gives beginners include: • When you want a tower with some altitude, do not pound, push, pat, pack or pummel sand into submission. rather, jiggle wet sand until it settles into the shape you desire.

• Leave the cheesy plastic molds behind and opt for hand-stacking your sand instead. • use a long-handled shovel with a small scoop. short-handled shovels are no fun if you plan on moving a lot of sand. “the secret to throwing sand up in the air and convincing it to stay there long enough to be carved into something spectacular is compaction,” says Wierenga. she says there are three ways to compact sand: “softpacking,” which is where moist sand is patted into a mound that resembles the shape you want; “hand-stacking,” in which water and gravity do the compacting, resulting in greater altitude; and using forms to create unique shapes.

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are classified as amateur affairs naturally begs the question—are there really people who do this sort of thing professionally? Yes, there are, and their work is nothing short of amazing. Sculptures that could sit in a museum. Vehicles that look as though they could drive right off the beach. Structures that could be listed on the MLS. Yet even though the amateur sand jockeys in your average local contest may not have the sheer sand tonnage or available manhours at their disposal to replicate the most impressive professional sand creations, they’ll be working under many of the same guiding principles as the pros—truisms that hold up for even a simple family beach outing.

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individuals who come back year after year,” Olson says. “In some instances, the contest is part of a family tradition each summer, and it’s great to be able to provide that experience for those memories to be created each year.” The field of competitors is broken down into individual, team and family sections, along with two children’s divisions. Participants have a two-hour limit to craft their entries, which are then judged by a panel of local celebrities and officials for theme, originality and difficulty. While many designs are timeless classics like popular characters or traditional castles (there is, in fact, a castles-only division), Olson says that more and more entrants have been skewing toward humorous takes on topical themes in recent years. “Some of the most popular entries are ones that tie to current events,” she explains. “Plante & Moran, a sponsor last year, did a huge elephant for the World Cup, and there were several entries relating to the Gulf oil spill and the Asian carp.”

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Ted Siebert


sand castLe contests near you

Think you’ve got what it takes to draw your line in the sand against the competition? Then make room on your summer bucket list for one of these upcoming local sand sculpture events.

30th AnnuAl SAnd Sculpture conteSt grand haven, Mich. Jun 25, 10am-noon grand haven city Beach 616.842.4910

14th AnnuAl SAnd Sculpture conteSt indiana dunes state park Jul 9, 9am-12:30pm Beach pavilion 219.926.1952

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ted siebert has been sculpting sand professionally for more than two decades, starting out in competitions around the country and now working with his Woodstock, illinois-based firm on a variety of projects around the world (he was in Qatar when we caught up with him). While he cautions amateur builders against planning beyond their abilities, he does offer a few tips that almost anyone can apply on the beaches of Lake Michigan: • use plenty—plenty—of water, and take the time to pack everything properly. • have the right tools (oil painting palette knives, cement finishing tools, straws, brushes). • organize your thoughts and visualize your creation before you start building. “the best trick i can pass on (and one thing the pros know that most average Joes don’t) is how to compact sand,” siebert explains. “We use wooden forms for our professional work and pack it with a tamping machine, but for a simple beach project a basic five-gallon bucket with the bottom cut out or a small rubbermaid garbage can works wonders. cut out the bottom and turn upside down so the mouth of the bucket is touching the sand. put in sand and water and slosh it around so it all gets wet, then compact it with a chunk of wood or the end of a hammer. once it is filled and compacted, remove the bucket by tapping on the outside edge of the bucket to break the seal and then carefully lift over the sand pile. don’t get too ambitious with garbage cans— master the five-gallon bucket first. it takes practice, but once you carve compacted wet sand, you’ll never work in the loose stuff again.”

Jumpstarting a New eNergy age By Jeremy Gantz

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As summer nears with gas prices still hovering around $4 per gallon, Midwesterners can be forgiven for dreading trips to the pump—and planned family road trips. According to most experts, the price point is here to stay, thanks to increased demand for gasoline from fast-growing Asian economies. In one of this is news to Carl December, John Hofmeister, Lisek, co-executive director of the former president of South Shore Clean Cities Inc. (SSCC), a nonprofit based Shell, predicted prices in Crown Point, Indiana, dedicated to helping the could rise to $5 per gallon region’s businesses and by the end of 2012. The residents transition to a life less dependent on (imported) pain has just begun. petroleum. The organization, which Lisek has run with his wife It’s time for an energy Lorrie since 2006, is dedicated to paradigm shift. promoting alternative technology


vehicles (electric and hybrids) and the growing number of alternatives to old-fashioned gasoline that can be used on the road: propane and natural gas, along with the more familiar ethanol. “When people see the price of gasoline rising as much as it has, they start to look for alternatives,” Lisek says, noting significant new interest in hybrid and electric vehicles. “We’ve got an influx of inquiries from individual citizens. We see this as an opportunity to introduce alternatives into northern Indiana.” The Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program began the Clean Cities program nearly twenty years ago. The basic idea is for organizations in the private and public sectors to join local Clean Cities programs around the country and help increase awareness of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies, so that Americans become more comfortable with clean energy and less dependent on foreign oil. Today, there are now nearly one hundred Clean Cities volunteer coalitions around the United States.

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During the last five years, SSCC has worked with U.S. Steel, the Port of Indiana, Whole Foods and various school systems. This year, it began working with an entity not usually associated with energy consumption: the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Already part of the National Park Service’s Climate Friendly Park network, northern Indiana’s only national park is now working to make itself “carbon neutral” by avoiding For more information: all greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The park avoids using paper towels, recycles, and has started using high-efficiency light bulbs and green cleaning products, among other energy-conscious habits. With SSCC’s help, however, it’s now going further. “We’ve done the easy stuff and now we’re working to expand to things that people don’t necessarily think about,” says Lynda Lancaster, the park’s civic engagement and volunteer program manager. The more difficult stuff includes constructing a “green roof” on one of its buildings to make it more energy-efficient and modernizing its fleet of vehicles—and even ancillary machinery like weed wackers and grass mowers—to use alternative fuels and electric-gas hybrid engines. The park already has a few vehicles that run on natural gas. On March 30, SSCC was part of a two-day Climate Friendly Parks presentation (jointly sponsored by the park service and the EPA) that educated Indiana dunes park employees and the public about greening efforts in parks around the country, and strategized about closing “greenhouse gaps.” “Our goal is to identify the park’s fleet needs,” Lisak says. “We want to create a greener, more carbon-neutral national park, and we do think it will enhance the visitor experience.” Air quality in the park will likely improve with less idling and fewer gaspowered vehicles around, he says, but visitors will also benefit by being exposed to cutting-edge technologies. “We’re glad to be partnering with [SSCC],” Lancaster says. “We’re excited to be reducing our carbon footprint.” She adds, “We are hoping visitors to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore can find out how they can be more climate friendly by following the park’s example . . . Over the next few months, park staff will find more ways to reduce our footprint, and we hope visitors can learn more about it and help by doing simple things like . . . car-pooling with their family members and friends when they come to the park.”



o why not cancel that planned summer trip and vacation locally instead? You’ll avoid painful trips to the pump and just might learn something from forward-looking national park rangers at the same time. In this new era of $4 (or $5?) per gallon gas, every move to reduce gas consumption helps your wallet—and the planet. At the same time, you’ll make Lisek and his wife happy. “Our goal is to reduce Northern Indiana’s use of fossil fuels while cleaning up the air,” Lisek says. “Anything that reduces the state’s dependence on foreign oil, that’s what we want.”

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SSCC, founded in 1997, expanded in 2005 to cover all of northern Indiana. (It originally was concerned with the three Indiana counties that touch Lake Michigan; thus its name.) It now has about two hundred members—businesses, schools and individuals—who pay dues each year. “We almost double [in size] every year,” Lisek says. “People look to us to be a resource. Last year we did about ninety educational events throughout northern Indiana.” Unusually, SSCC is “fuel neutral,” meaning it promotes all alternative energy sources and vehicles equally and doesn’t recommend one above all. “We’re not going to tell people which fuel they should be using, but we can provide them government-approved technology.” In other words, it’s all about education. “It’s the biggest bang for our buck: educating folks about how they can improve their energy use,” explains the Chicago native, who now lives in St. John, Indiana. In April, SSCC and some of its partners held an event in Hammond to kick off “ozone action season.” A “propane road show” was scheduled for June, at which propane vehicle manufacturers will explain the benefits (and costs) of converting to the gas. A similar event dedicated to natural gas, put on with the industry-backed group America’s Natural Gas Alliance, is scheduled for August. “We go from soup to nuts on what the advantages of natural gas would be,” Lisek explains. Kathy DeGuilio Fox, director of the Purdue Technology Center, where SSCC—and the Liseks’ own consulting company, Legacy Environmental Services—has its office, calls the nonprofit “an asset to northern Indiana.” “Through all of the events that they do and the education they provide to the community, you can see it’s about making people more aware and letting them know what the alternatives are,” Fox says. But SSCC does more than just put on public events to help citizens cope with sky-high gas prices. It’s helping to build northern Indiana’s alternative fuel infrastructure. At the beginning of 2011, it began focusing on introducing electric vehicle infrastructure into northern Indiana, working with the Argonne National Laboratory, car dealerships and auto shops to figure out where additional charging stations could be created. With just one vehicle charging station in all of northern Indiana (it’s in the town of Dyer), there’s only room for improvement. SSCC is looking to place stations at highdensity locations, like malls, hotels and convention centers. “It’s a big undertaking with various organizations throughout Northwest Indiana,” Lisek says. As aggravated as someone might be by gas prices, they aren’t going to transition to a new type of vehicle unless they’re sure they won’t be stranded with no source of propane, natural gas or electricity. Of course, many people don’t have the cash on hand to ditch gasoline altogether by buying an alternative vehicle—a situation SSCC is mindful of. “You don’t have to go out and buy a new vehicle,” Lisek says. “We believe in conservation, which is probably the biggest thing we can do to reduce our energy consumption.” His simple and familiar energy conservation tips—carpool, consolidate trips out of the house and avoid idling and rapid accelerations—are still not practiced by most drivers. Plenty of gas (i.e., money) can be saved just through “eco-driving,” he says: “We waste enormous amounts of fuel just by idling our vehicles. We teach the ten-second rule: If you idle longer than that, it’s better to shut off your vehicle.” Beyond its educational efforts and work to update the region’s fuel stations for the 21st century, South Shore Clean Cities frequently acts as a consultant, helping various organizations lower their emissions and carbon footprint.

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he spa professionals at Selah Day Spa consist of estheticians, massage therapists and nail designers, each cultivating a unique grasp of relaxation therapies that are deeply rooted in wholeness, well being and results. With a fusion of eastern, western and European spa traditions, Selah longs to convey a sense of peace and renewal. The atmosphere of the spa is delicately embodied by the services offered and in this place the goal is to nurture and inspire you. Some of the services offered here have been practiced for generations, while others include innovative and new modalities such as Bamboosage, a ground-breaking massage unlike any other in the area. Selah offers the handmade and Hungarian organic skincare line Eminence, a line that is known for being results-driven and environmentally conscious. The tranquil manicures and pedicures utilize a vegan nail care line from SpaRitual, and the handmade soaps from Napa Valley SELAh DAY SPA Soap are simply luxurious. Upon 301 W university Dr your visit, enjoy a journey of scent Mishawaka, Indiana through the organic line of candles 574.315.4000 by Voluspa.

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BReakfasT and lunCh ideas fOR a piCniC On The shORe

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became a beloved summer ritual in my Connecticut seashore childhood: With a warm and crispy bacon sandwich in one hand and my grandpa’s hand in the other, I would hit the beach in front of our rented cottage before our household was stirring. We’d eat, then he’d read and I would color. // the eventual sound of pots, pans and voices from the kitchen would be our cue to swim before joining the family for a second breakfast. We’d race into the water where, with much 5-year-old whooping, I would ride on his back. // Fifty years and 1,000 miles later, my husband and I would wind our way down the steps through our beloved Indiana Dunes to the beach where we’d have hot coffee and—yes—bacon sandwiches. We’d watch the gulls on fishing patrol along the lakeshore as they went through their funny pecking order. there must have been one hundred mornings of alfresco bacon sandwiches on that beach over the years. // And that’s only breakfast! // there were plenty of lunches—some simple: a sandwich and a peach tied up in a dishtowel that also served as the napkin—some elaborate: cold lobster and white wine. Simpler is better, I think, at beach picnics.


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here are menus and recipes you might try this season. Beverages and perishables should stay cool, but warm can also be room temperature without a problem. so pack up, get out there and make some beach picnic memories.


melon and tomato salad* // parmesan muffins with prosciutto and basil* French picnic omelettes* // orange Juice // hot coffee and tea

parmesan muFFins with prosciutto and basil (12 muffins) These savory Italian ham and cheese muffins are delightful for breakfast. Make sure your baking powder, baking soda and dried basil are fairly recent purchases. Vegetable oil cooking spray cups all-purpose flour tablespoon baking powder teaspoon baking soda teaspoon salt cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (about 3 ounces) 1/2 cup minced prosciutto (about 2 ounces) 1 tablespoon dried basil 1-1/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened 2 teaspoons sugar 1 tablespoon smooth Dijon mustard 2 large eggs 1-1/2 cups plain low-fat yogurt 3 1 1/2 1 1

Adjust oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside. In a medium-large bowl, and using a fork, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, Parmesan, prosciutto and basil. Make sure ingredients are well mixed. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Whisk mustard and eggs together, then beat into the

butter/sugar until mixture forms pea-size lumps. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon and alternating between the yogurt and the egg mixture, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients one-third at a time, just until batter is combined. Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups. (An ice cream scoop is good for this.) Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cool pan on a wire rack before removing muffins.

French picnic omelettes Cold vegetable omelettes cooked in olive oil are a traditional picnic food in Provence. Make each omelette separately. For each omelette: 1 2 1 1

tablespoon olive oil large eggs and 1 egg white, beaten tablespoon finely minced red bell pepper tablespoon finely chopped flat leaf parsley 1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves Coarse salt and pepper

In an omelet pan or 8-inch nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. In a small bowl, beat the eggs until well combined and season well with salt

and pepper. Pour the eggs into the hot pan, stirring rapidly until they start to coagulate. evenly spread the red pepper, parsley and thyme over the eggs and continue to cook about 3 minutes. When done, the bottom should be very lightly browned and the eggs on top completely set. roll the omelette over itself onto a plate and let it cool completely at room temperature. repeat the process for each serving. When you have finished, wrap the omelettes separately in heavy-duty foil and place in a picnic container for transport.

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melon anD tomato salaD // (6 Cups)

tomatoes and melons are two very simpatico fruits. combine equal amounts of cantaloupe and honeydew melon balls with half as many whole grape tomatoes. plan on 4 cups of melon balls and 2 cups of tomatoes for six people. toss, cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving. (note: make sure you cut your own melon balls from ripe, fragrant and juicy whole fruit. those melon balls you find on salad bars are pretty substandard.)


Everything here, except beverages, can be served at room temperature. bloody marys, white wine, iced tea // pastel chicken paté* // French toast rounds* steamed thin green beans tossed with pesto sauce // steamed cauliflower Florets with mustard-mayonnaise // Fresh green grapes // chocolate-chocolate cookies*

pastel chicken paté This paté is lighter in texture and summery in color but is still full of the complex flavors of other patés. 4


day-old large baguette cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon dried herbes de Provence or Italian herb blend Coarse salt to taste

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Arrange bread slices in a single layer on baking sheets. lightly brush 1 side of each slice all over with oil, then sprinkle lightly with the herbs and a little coarse salt. Bake until just crisp and light golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container.

chocolate-chocolate cookies (16 cookies) These rich chocolate cookies have a fudgelike center that is studded with chocolate chips. The cookies are slightly soft when first removed from the oven, but will firm up as they cool. 1/2 1/4 1 1

cup unsalted butter, softened cup packed light brown sugar cup granulated sugar, divided large egg

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder 2 tablespoons milk 3 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees. lightly grease a cookie sheet or use parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and 3/4 cup of the granulated sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy; then beat in the egg. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. Beat the dry mixture into the butter mixture until just combined. Add the milk and mix briefly until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Form the dough into 16 balls, each about the size of a walnut (if the dough is too sticky, add a little extra flour). Place remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a shallow bowl, and roll each ball in the sugar. Place on prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the tops just begin to show cracks. Cool cookies on wire racks.

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Place 1/4 of the chicken breast chunks in a large mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of the chives, 2 tablespoons of the tarragon, the ham, pistachios, pink peppercorns, Cognac and salt. toss together. Marinate mixture at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, place remaining chicken in a food processor and process until the meat is ground. Add the whole egg and egg white; process until smooth. Add remaining chives, tarragon and the nutmeg, and process until blended. With the machine running, pour the heavy cream through the feed tube and process until thoroughly blended. Add salt and just a pinch of black pepper. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush a standard bread loaf pan with vegetable oil. Add the processed mixture to the marinated mixture in the mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Spoon into prepared loaf pan and cover with aluminum foil. Place the loaf pan into a larger baking pan filled with enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the paté. Bake until the top of the paté is just firm to the touch, about 1 hour. remove loaf pan from the oven and cool to room temperature on

French toast rounds (2 dozen)


whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch chunks, divided 1/2 cup plus 1-1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives, divided 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon, divided 2/3 cup thinly sliced baked ham, diced 1/4 cup shelled pistachio nuts 2-1/2 tablespoons pink peppercorns 1/3 cup Cognac or other brandy 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 large egg 1 large egg white 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg 1-1/4 cups heavy or whipping cream Vegetable oil

a rack. When cool, invert the paté onto a clean surface. Wrap in plastic or foil and chill.

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124 Water St, Benton Harbor 269.925.8060. For those wanting to taste Elizabeth Frost’s exquisite, freshly made croissants, timing is everything at the Phoenix, her cafe in the Arts District of Benton Harbor. Frost starts rolling out the laminated layers of butter and dough in this historic building, with its large windows overlooking the blossoming neighborhood, at a time when late-nighters are just thinking of going to bed. Since she first opened, word of mouth has spiked demand and the French pastries sell so quickly that Frost, who is dedicated to quality, often can’t keep up with the demand. Currently she’s offering three varieties—plain, ham and Gruyere cheese, and chocolate. But even those that miss out on her croissants can still enjoy her other baked goods, like the wonderful scones—often made with fresh fruit when in season—and such breakfast offerings as the One Eyed Jack—bread with a hole cut out of the middle to accommodate a cooked egg—and Egg McPhoenix, two organic eggs with a blend of cheeses served grilled on Challah bread. As with all the breakfast breads, lunch items are made with breads shipped in from the famed Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor and include grilled pimento and cheese, and turkey, havarti, bacon and avocado with mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato. There’s freshly brewed coffee, lattes and cappuccinos, Boylan sodas and an array of teas. Outdoor seating completes Frost’s croissant dream.


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.

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.

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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.

CIAO BELLA 1514 US 41, Schererville. 219.322.6800. the cuisines of three different regions of Italy are featured at 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 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 Ave, Highland. 219.924.6464. 921 D Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.4202. every day, Butterfingers prepares a selection of ready-to-heat-and-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

DON QUIJOTE 119 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.462.7976. 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. GIOVANNI’S 603 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.6220. giosmunster. com. 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. KELLY’S TABLE 5727 N 600 W, Michigan City. 219.872.5624. 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 cumin-crusted 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

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bite & sip 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. 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 well-deserved 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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SVAGO RISTORANTE 1103 Joliet Rd, Dyer. 219.322.7305. Svago owner leslie Dianda and executive chef tony Sanfilippo are committed to carrying out the traditions of their families. leslie’s grandfather was a baker in Chicago. “I’m third generation in the restaurant business,” says Sanfilippo, noting that his father was a master sommelier and that his grandfather not only ran a restaurant in Palermo, Italy, but also grew grapes and made his own wine. taking the recipes used by their ancestors, Sanfilippo and Dianda want to create the ultimate ristorante, one where people come for good times, good service and good food. that’s why the food at Svago, which means entertainment in Italian, focuses on slowly braised foods, long simmered sauces and great salads and soups. For those who want a quick bite or simpler fare, there’s the café in front which features sandwiches and is also a place to sip coffee and enjoy a sweet. “tradition is very important to both leslie and me,” says Sanfilippo. “And that’s what we hope to create here as well.”

WILLIAM B’S STEAKHOUSE at BLUE CHIP CASINO 2 Easy St, Michigan City. 888.879.7711 ext 2118. Named after Boyd Gaming Corporation’s chairman and CeO William S. Boyd, William B’s is a world-class 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 fivestar 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, Michigan. 269.983.6600. this French 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, right down to the tinted water glasses, burnished wood and wood-burning fireplace. 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 returned last year after working as executive chef at tosi’s restaurant and then the Orchard Hills Country Club, to replace longtime executive chef Ali Barker, who moved from the area. thornburg’s menu items include Horseradish Crusted Faroe Islands 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 sautéed garlic potatoes and mixed greens dressed with an aged sherry vinaigrette. Prices are reasonable, starting at $17 for the macaroni and cheese made with aged white cheddar, mascarpone, gruyere and country ham topped with garlic bread crumbs, to steaks for around $30. Be sure to check out the Wednesday sushi menu for such delights as Black Dragon—broiled eel, shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber with wasabi topikiko—as well as the choice of sakes. reservations are always helpful, especially on the weekends. RESERVE WINE & FOOD BAR 21 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids. 616.855.9463. Sleek and sophisticated, reserve Wine & Food Bar in downtown Grand rapids is a food lover’s dream. It is here that executive chef Matt Millar, a James Beard nominee and owner of the now-closed, much-loved Journeyman in Fennville, takes his culinary skills to an incendiary level. the restaurant, located in an old bank (the vault is now a wine cellar with private dining options), has a soaring

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. WILD DOG GRILLE 24 W Center St, Douglas. 269.857.2519. Sam Kendall, co-owner of the Wild Dog Grille, says their Italian-inspired cuisine, with a new-age twist, has been delighting the public ever since they opened their doors in June 2007. Start out with fresh spring rolls stuffed with crab meat and wrapped in a thin rice paper, or try the crab cake served with three dollops of Creole remoulade for a flavor enhancement. Another tasty option is the pesto spinach cheese dip served with flat breads fired fresh in the stone oven. their trademark stone oven pizzas are fired in the best stone oven on the market for an old-world, thincrust flavor. Fresh-cut steaks, such as the popular filet mignon and New York strip, are exceptional. Finish the meal with a vanilla panna cotta made from scratch from the chef’s family recipe, the Oregon berry cobbler or a Key lime tart. the restaurant has a liquor license, and the owners pride themselves on offering a laid-back atmosphere with the quality of high-end restaurants. Prices go up to $25.95 for the filet mignon, with most selections under $20.


THE COURTYARD BISTRO 21 S White St, Frankfort. 815.464.1404. the ambitious menu is inspired by the cooking of Italy, France and the American Southwest, but this south suburban bistro adeptly meets the challenge of its own making while getting results that delight both newcomers and regulars. Signature dishes include Santa Fe lasagna and artichoke ravioli on the Neapolitan side, and onion tart and gorgonzolaseared beef tenderloin are straight out of a sidewalk café near the river Seine in Paris. the martini menu is as innovative as the food, and the wine list is better than average with interesting possibilities for complementing the entrées. the seafood is very fresh and well-prepared with garnishes and light sauces, and main dishes are economical in the $915 range. the atmosphere is always friendly and can range from celebratory for special luncheons on the weekends to cozy, romantic couple dinners in the evening. But it is the attention to detail at every level from customer comfort to the dessert selections and coffee service at the end of the meal that gets the repeat customers.

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SIAM MARINA THAI CUISINE 80 River Oaks Center Dr, 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 men 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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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. 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.


two-story main floor with a charcuterie bar where Millar creates such wonders as his riesling poached foie gras and housemade boudin blanc sausage. the tasting bar, with its Cruvinet preservation system dispensing more than 100 wines by the glass, was designed to showcase the larger-than-life painting Open Water #24, winner of the first Art Prize competition sponsored by the DeVos family, who also co-own the restaurant. Upstairs, the lively buzz is more muted for those who want intimate dining. But no matter where you sit, the food is amazing. With a menu reading like a who’s who of locavore and artisan food producers there’s Blis handcrafted Michigan-made smoked steelhead roe, Mangalitsa ham from Baker’s Green Acres in Marion, Michigan, and goat cheese from Dancing Goat Creamery in Fennville. And, of course, there’s the wine—try samples by ordering wine flights and types.




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A seamless walnut butcher block sits under barrel-vaulted beamed ceilings with limestone “bricks.” Work counters are crushed quartz. Plates propped along the range hood are, in fact, the paintings of New Buffalo artist Suzanne Frazier. Featured are everyday dishes and a “painting” of the house in winter. Added “shadows” give the objects almost real dimension.

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reminiscent of an Old World country estate, the home of Keek and Bill Bielby sits on six and a half acres atop a bluff overlooking the Galien river. tall trees abound—as do owls and deer, squirrels, and other wildlife. terrace gardens surround the home. “I wanted it to feel like a european country home,” Keek says. “We chose stucco because that lends a bit of history to a home.” Inside, custom woodwork, old brick, lush fabrics, and a vast array of outsider art add to the feel. A three-season porch features stacked stone around a rumford fireplace. Another rumford warms the open family room and kitchen areas. A seamless walnut butcher block takes center stage in the kitchen, under barrel-vaulted beamed ceilings. Natural white oak floors flow from room to room, inlaid in the dining room with French limestone. Antique British Colonial double doors lead into a windowed, yet cozy, sitting room. It opens onto a terrace, and is anteroom to the master suite—accessed through another set of antique doors. the ceiling follows the roof line along the back of the house, giving the master bedroom a sloped ceiling. the master bath is divided into a “his” side and a “her” side. each side has a walk-in closet and a sink. Her side sports a soaking tub and dressing area, his side a large walk-in shower. Stained glass windows lend the bielby home is one of “a little color, a little light.” seven custom-designed homes essential living is and gardens throughout concentrated on the ground southwest michigan on this floor—the kitchen, the laundry, year’s heartland alliance for the master suite, the living, human needs & human rights dining and family rooms. the 5,400-squareCelebration of home & garden foot house expands from there. A separate to be held saturday, June 11. guest suite with its own bath occupies a a new tour feature is the second level behind the kitchen. It currently opportunity to lunch, serves as Bill’s office. serenaded by a strolling Another second level houses a red violinist, in the gardens of a guest room—with its collection of cutout private new troy estate. Jewell silhouettes—and a “dormitory” guest events Catering will serve locally grown foods and handroom with a row of beds. A Jack-and-Jill crafted local wines. the home bathroom is shared by both rooms. the tour supports the heartland’s rooms are often filled with grandchildren— affordable housing programs. fourteen of them. tickets are available online the lower level holds Keek’s studio—for (, or from jewelry making, painting and interior lovell and Whyte, in lakeside. design—and Bill’s music room, complete with stage. A professor of sociology, music has been part of Bill’s life since way back. Myriad guitars line both stage and wall. A sentimental favorite is the blue and white Silvertone guitar sold in Sears catalogs in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Bill paid $24.95 for one when he was in eighth grade. “It’s the guitar I played at my band’s first real gig—our eighth grade graduation party,” he recalls. “It’s also the guitar I was playing when I met Keek in May of 1961. that one is long gone, and I started collecting them on eBay about twelve years

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A Rumford fireplace warms the open family room and kitchen. Frank Murphy horses hang over the mantel. An antique terrarium flourishes on the table. Comfortable sofas and chairs make it the first floor hub. Guitars line the stage and walls of Bill’s music room [far right]. Drums sit in the foreground. With a stage, lights, and sound system, it is serious about music, but there’s also interesting memorabilia and a bar for fun.

ago. They aren’t particularly fine guitars for playing, but they look terrific.” Bill’s high school band was the Newports. In grad school in the 1970s, he formed Thin Vitae. They still get together every August at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. One end of the lower level is devoted to an open TV room and bar. The level is too low for a walkout basement, but a spur-of-the-moment decision to add windows the length of the room, and from the ceiling to ground level, changed what was supposed to be storage into usable space. Real Chicago brick makes up the wall behind the bar, and a collection of antique birdhouses fills a bookcase nearby. Outside, a “coach house” accommodates guests, and the Bielbys installed a pool last year. “I swim,” Keek says. “Bill rides his bike every day, and I swim every day.” Lobster buoys collected on summer vacations in Maine cover the pool shed.


Finer furniture [above] graces the formal living room adjacent to the family room. Collected tea caddies are tucked here and there. “Her” side of the master bath [left] sports a soaking tub and dressing area.

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While both Bielbys grew up in the Riverdale neighborhood of Chicago, and knew each other back then, they only recently reconnected and married. Keek had fond childhood memories of summers at her aunt and uncle’s and knew she wanted to live in Michigan one day. They built this home in 2008, as their primary residence. They are grateful to architects Jack and Trey Arnold of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Jeff Harting of FGH Architects in Chicago, for helping them commit their vision to paper. They are equally appreciative of builders Amy and Steve Tollas of Sawyer, who made the drawing concrete. They share the home with Maggie, a 12-yearold Jack Russell, and Lulu, a 2 1/2-year-old Jack Russell-Pekinese they rescued. They look forward to the friends and family that flood them in summer—and Keek is excited to be opening “blais,” a design studio and store, in Three Oaks’ historic train depot in July. In the meantime, they will enjoy the country air.

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613 Broad St, St.Joseph, Michigan 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.

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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. BONTRAGER POOLS 23695 US Hwy 33, Elkhart. 800.875.6550. this pool store—with additional locations in South Bend and laPorte—offers pools, spas and their accompanying accessories. Installation, service and maintenance are also available. the website features instructional videos and also offers online shopping. CARPET TOWN 400 Lincolnway, LaPorte, 219.362.3185. 502 Clay St, LaPorte, 219.324.7759. 7295 W Johnson Rd, Michigan City, 219.874.3252. For more than 30 years, Carpet town has been a popular provider of flooring materials throughout the laPorte area. Flooring is made from high-quality materials such as ceramic, porcelain, laminate, tile, wood and—of course—carpet. Flooring accessories and installation services are also available.

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CK BUILDING & DESIGN CORPORATION 877.448.1516. With more than 20 years of experience, the builders at this company specialize in custom homes and green building, as well as renovations and remodeling.CK Building works throughout lake and Porter Counties in Indiana and Will and Cook Counties in Illinois. COOK BUILDERS 6919 W Lincoln Hwy, Crown Point. 219.322.3303. In business for more than thirty

years, Cook has become a reputable building company across Northwest Indiana, specializing primarily in custom homes. An added valuable service is an advanced Internet-based communication system so that homebuyers can track their selections, allowances and specifications during and after the building process. FIELDSTONE CABINET COMPANY 800.339.5369. Since 1979, Fieldstone Cabinetry has been creating custom kitchens and baths. With more than 90,000 door, finish and specie combinations, the options are endless for either new construction or remodeling products. A comprehensive line of internal organization accessories and decorative embellishments are also available. HORIZON AWNING 2227 E US 12, Michigan City. 219.872.2329. For more than 25 years, this company has built canvas and aluminum awnings for the home and business, plus custom boat covers. Canvas awnings are made of long-wearing, faderesistant fabrics, and the aluminum variety come with whimsical scalloped edges. HULTMAN FLOORING 35 E US Hwy 20, Porter. 219.926.1966. Hultman Flooring, a member of the National Wood Flooring Association, specializes in the design, installation and refinishing of real wood floors. J KREMKE CONSTRUCTION ENTERPRISES 314 Spring View Dr, Porter. 219.309.0360. this construction company specializes in sustainable eco-friendly and energy-efficient homes at reasonable rates. Owner John Kremke II has more than 18 years of experience in home building, land development, municipal planning and engineering, with multiple specialties in the area of green construction. Aside from new construction, remodeling and land development, J Kremke Construction also provides maintenance for bank-owned properties.

MARK SCOTT HOMES 15645 Embers Dr, Mishawaka. 574.259.9518. Since 1988, this reputable builder has specialized in custom home building. their portfolio consists of large, eye-catching exteriors and complex and detailed interiors. Mark Scott Homes prides themselves also on building environmentally friendly and energy-efficient homes. the staff consists of well-trained, experienced, detail-oriented craftsmen. 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. POOL PRO CONTRACTORS 3 1 4 N 3 2 5 E , Va l p a r a i s o . 2 1 9 . 5 4 8 . 5 7 8 3 . For more than two decades, Pool Pro has specialized in custom swimming pool installation, providing expert in-ground swimming pool construction services to clients’ specifications. the team prides itself on hands-on perfection of each custom in-ground swimming pool project, with attention to detail through every stage of construction and on-time completion. Pool Pro also carries a full line of chemical and maintenance supplies for pools and spas. TRAINOR GLASS COMPANY 202 N Dixie Way, South Bend. 574.855.2380. Since 1953, trainor Glass has specialized in commercial glass and glazing. their state-of-the-art glass can be installed just about anywhere, from partitions, walls and doors, to the shower and bath. the inventory includes endless variations of glass, including clear, frosted, patterned and back-painted glass, along with digitally

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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. POWELL CONSTRUCTION SERVICES LLC 3531 Niles Rd, St. Joseph. 269.556.1111. Powell Construction Services specializes in new residential construction and remodeling; kitchen, bath and basement renovations; light commercial remodeling and custom woodworking. Known for their outstanding customer service, quality construction and design, on-time delivery, and overall value, this leading Southwest Michigan builder follows the National Association of Home Builder’s Model Green Home Building Guidelines. R.A. MORT SUPPLY 2260 M-139, Benton Harbor. 269.927.8288. this bath gallery, which features a complete kitchen and bath design center with working displays, will give customers ideas about how they can personalize their own homes, and the experts at r.A. Mort Supply can help make it happen. TILE MART 2 4 6 5 S M 1 3 9 , B e n t o n H a r b o r. 269.925.0629. 165 Veteran’s Dr, Holland. 616.396.8453. tile Mart offers a “plethora” of tile, porcelain, glass or stone from items imported from Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and emerging Asian manufacturers, as well as from quality domestic manufacturers. Flooring material options include carpet, ceramic, porcelain, laminate, vinyl and wood, and area rugs are also available. WATER PLACE 188 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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FISH WINDOW CLEANING 4188 N Roosevelt Rd, Stevensville. 269.408.0400. the highly trained professionals here specialize in cleaning interior and exterior windows for both commercial and residential clients. Pressure washing services are also available.

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4TH STREET MARKET 402 Broadway, Chesterton. 219.929.4111. this upscale gift shop features a wide array of pampering and home décor products, including South Bend chocolates and spa products, candles and jewelry by Blue Butterfly. Also available are Asian furniture and collectibles by Champion Home, metal art for the garden, gourmet foods, books and works from local artists. THE BEACH HOUSE 619 E 3rd St, Hobart. 219.942.0783. the 1,000-square-foot showroom at the Beach House features “beachy,” cottage-style home furnishing and accessories. In the store’s lower level, the Wicker Gallery, custom orders are accepted. the store began as and still houses an upscale showroom of very current, high-quality, pre-owned furniture known as like New. CARTRONIX, INC Locations in Merrillville, Portage, S c h e r e r v i l l e a n d Va l p a r a i s o . 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. CLOSET & CARPENTRY DESIGNS 1431 S Michigan St, South Bend. 574.239.1347. closetandcarpentrydesign. com. this “one-stop closet shop” designs and manufactures anything related to storage and organization, including closets, bookcases, home offices and garages. A wide variety of products—from melamine to wood—are offered at all price ranges. Owner Mark tepe and his staff work throughout the shoreline area, including Harbor Country and Chicago. DECORATING DEN INTERIORS this award-winning international design firm provides fullservice, professional interior decorating. Well-trained decorators bring their ideas and expertise directly to clients’ homes, along with fabrics, furniture, floor and wall coverings, lighting and other accessories. DWELLINGS HOME FURNISHINGS 116 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.663.9600. this specialty lifestyle boutique carries accent furniture, lamps, wall décor, accessories, home fragrance products, handbags and gifts. A trip here

FENKER’S HOME FURNISHINGS AND GIFTS 1114 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.362.3538. 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 Ashley, Kincaid, leathercraft, Seth thomas and many others. FIRESIDE HEARTH & HOME 1152 Marsh St, Ste A, Valparaiso. 219.548.3555. this fullservice business offers a reputable selection of fireplaces and supplemental products, including inserts, stoves, gas logs, and mantels and surrounds. Customer service here runs the gamut, from the selection process to installation, to a start-up visit. HECHTS LANDSCAPING INC. 219.322.5296. One of Northwest Indiana’s largest landscaping companies, Hechts has expanded their services over the last twenty years to include landscape renovation, new home landscape construction, retaining walls, paver brick walks, patios and borders, irrigation, and more. Free estimates are available. HOMENCLATURE 1948 45th Ave, Munster. 866.381.9168. this furniture store’s ever-changing high quality inventory includes new and gently used home furnishings—complete living room sets, armoires, footstools, candlesticks and more—and original one-of-a-kind décor. Homenclature offers a range of styles from traditional, modern and contemporary to retro and eclectic. INDIANA FURNITURE 1 8 0 7 E L i n c o l n w a y, Va l p a r a i s o . 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. INTERIORS ETC. 301 Lincolnway E, Mishawaka. 574.259.7717. interiorsetcdetails. Interiors etc. features stylish furnishings, accessories, ornaments, antiques and gifts, along with custom window treatments, wallcoverings, area rugs and carpet. the store’s professional interior designers can help with home décor decisions including paint colors, window treatments and furniture. Several seasonal events take place throughout the year, and the inventory changes frequently. LIFESTYLES THE GALLERY 1 2 2 E L i n c o l n w a y, V a l p a r a i s o . 219.465.9167. this home décor store is a feast for the eyes, with a large inventory nestled into a large, inviting space. Items range from lamps and furniture to clothing and jewelry, and even unique toys for children. MC INTERIORS 1 1 0 2 F r a n k l i n S t , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 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.

NATURALLY WOOD FURNITURE CENTER 1106 E US Hwy 20, Michigan City. 219.872.6501. naturallywoodfurniturecenter. com. For more than 30 years, Naturally Wood Furniture has been selling quality furniture and accessories. A full Flexsteel Signature Gallery features more than 2,000 fabrics and leathers, lake and cottage styles from Capris Upholstery, and selections from Ashley and Millennium. the largest selection of lake/cottage accessories in the area—together with personal friendly service—makes Naturally Wood Furniture a destination store. NO PLACE LIKE HOME 1 1 0 E l m w o o d D r, M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.879.9140. 400 E Randolph St, Ste 3414, Chicago. 312.938.9140. this eco-minded interior design firm has multiple specialties, including space planning, architectural design consultation, kitchen and bath design and renovations, custom cabinetry design and installation, and selection of additional materials, plus decorating and staging services. PAMELA’S DESIGNS BY HOME IMAGE 8385 Wicker Ave, St. John. 219.365.3375. this interior design company’s latest specialties include jewelry for windows, stained glass cornices (for which they are securing a patent), and maintenancefree window treatments. Pamela ryan also performs restaging services and offers customized looks for any room in the home. PARK AVENUE FLOORS 2315 45th St, Highland. 219.924.5060. Park Avenue prides itself in the quality installation of all of its products. Flooring materials include wood, ceramic, carpet, laminates and vinyl. Multiple displays can be found in this showroom. PIECES 9 0 5 C a l u m e t Av e , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.531.4763. this boutique, located in the fabulous downtown Valparaiso retail scene, features vintage home and garden décor, gifts, original art and cottage furniture. SETTINGS 120 Main St, Crown Point. 219.661.8017. It’s all about the setting at this antiques and interiors shop, which is located in an old drug store, equipped with built-in walnut cabinetry, railings and ladders that move along the length of the building. Patrons will find items for their personal settings as well, such as antique and new home décor and kitchen islands made from architectural salvage, plus vintage jewelry and purses. STRATA SHOPS 800.985.9495. StrataShops, based in elkhart, Ind., operates multiple online stores featuring furniture for all tastes and budgets. Six of the stores offer outdoor furniture—made of wicker, recycled polywood, teak, eucalyptus and other sustainable materials—and the company’s newest store features modern indoor furniture. StrataShops prides itself on fair prices, fast shipping and an easy online shopping experience. TILLES 901 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1530. For more than sixty years, this family-owned and -operated retail furniture store has been embedded in the Northwest Indiana community. tilles carries middle- to upper-end brands of furniture, including a full range of accessories and window treatments, and the staff adds a personal touch by helping clients through the entire decorating process.

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TILE EFFECTS LTD 888.870.8453. this tile company specializes in the cleaning and restoration of tile surfaces. the staff here is trained to improve weathered, stained and aged natural stone, grout and tile with deep cleaning, stain

BEACH COMBERS New Buffalo. 269.469.3293. this locally owned and operated cleaning service offers professional detailed cleaning for both residential and commercial clients on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or one-time basis. estimates are an available option.

is an escape from the ordinary, with its eclectic mix of eye-catching finds for the home’s interior.


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ALAN ROBANDT 114 E Front St, Buchanan. 312.560.7482. Alan robandt, formerly an antique dealer who owned Alan robandt & Co. in Chicago, moved to Buchanan to open a new shop that goes by nearly the same name. this time, though, while antiques are in the mix, the inventory is more modernized and eclectic. BAYBERRY COTTAGE 510 Phoenix Rd, South Haven. 269.639.9615. One of South Haven’s most well-known shops, Gwen DeBruyn’s Bayberry Cottage features home furnishings and accessories which include furniture, wall décor, rugs, florals and bath and body products. Interior design services are also available, and items can be special ordered if not in stock. 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 labao’s Global Dreams jewelry— popular with the stars of Desperate Housewives—can also be found here. FORM 210 State St, St. Joseph. 269.982.7025. Gifts and decorative accessories can be found here, including table lamps, framed art, candles, clocks, picture frames and glassware. this unique shop is also home to two studios featuring the works of owner and artist Bret Bortner. the product design studio features Bortner’s white porcelain dinnerware and tabletop accessories, and his clay designs are displayed at the Pottery Shop. FRONT 207 E Front St, Buchanan. 269.695.0230. this eclectic boutique offers bright and colorful tabletop accessories, home furnishings, paintings, sculptures, fashion, jewelry and books with a classic, modern viewpoint. Owner Joseph Paolucci handpicks the merchandise, which comes from all over europe. KITCHEN WEST 1 0 - 1 / 2 B l u e S t a r H w y, D o u g l a s . 269.857.8880. Kitchen West features cabinetry and interior design for the kitchen, bath, bar, and any other space that requires cabinetry. this award-winning company partners with the country’s top cabinetry and appliance manufacturers to create a sophisticated and functional space. Owner Marilyn Nagelkirk’s designs have been featured in a number of renowned publications, including Better Homes and Gardens. every project is customized, but Kitchen West’s new, fully equipped studio features a number of innovative displays that might offer clients ideas best suited to their own needs.

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NATURE’S WAY LANDSCAPING 1113 John Beers Rd, Stevensville. 269.429.1694. Since 1976, this well-renowned, award-winning company has specialized in landscape design, construction and maintenance. Nature’s Way can also design and install walks, patios, driveways, retaining walls, waterfalls, and lighting. PRIEBE’S CREATIVE WOODWORKING 2 1 1 3 P l a z a D r, B e n t o n H a r b o r. 269.926.2469. For more than twelve years, the craftsmen

at Priebe’s have created custom cabinetry, countertops (in granite and quartz), entertainment centers, mantels and surrounds, and millwork. Priebe’s offers installation services, and a custom threedimensional computer-assisted kitchen design service is also available. 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 5865 Sawyer Rd, Sawyer. 269.426.8810. 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. 269.639.1200. As its name suggests, this specialty shop features hundreds of collected sea glass items, along with a tasteful collection of beach-inspired 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.


ANTIQUE TIN EXPRESSIONS Rural Route 1, Mapleton. 309.565.4876. Artist lori Daniels reclaims tins and turns them into works of art, adding paint and glaze to create tin relief sculptures, as well as tiles and collages. Her work can be found in her Mapleton gallery but is also available locally at thistle Gallery in Holland, Mich., and the Vale Craft Gallery and lotton Gallery in Chicago. ART 4 SOUL 18135 Harwood, 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-your-own ceramic studio and bead shop where customers can make their own jewelry. BELLA VITA HOME ACCENTS 1 8 1 1 1 D i x i e H w y, H o m e w o o d . 708.798.2355. this boutique, whose name means “beautiful life” in Italian, features highquality 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.”

DOTI 1320 N Rte 59, Ste 142, Naperville. 630.983.3684. 2043 Tower Dr, Glenview. 847.724.4900. Designs of the Interior is an interior design firm that offers in-home service, extensive furniture offerings, custom window treatments, lighting and artwork, all in a variety of styles. KOLE DIGITAL SYSTEMS 10355 W Lincolnway Hwy, Frankfort. 815.469.2000. Kole Digital Systems designs and installs custom home audio and video systems, real home theaters, lighting control systems, security systems and more. Kole Digital offers free consultation in home or at their 13,000-square-foot design center, which features two two-story automated homes, five themed theaters and an AV furniture showroom. LOTTON GALLERY 900 N Michigan Ave, Level 6, Chicago. 312.664.6203. 24760 Countr y Ln, Crete. 708.672.1400. the beautiful hand-blown glass at lotton Gallery has gained national acclaim. Charles lotton is known as “the tiffany of the twenty-First Century,” and his sons David, Daniel and John have followed in his footsteps. the lotton look is characterized by colorful, floral patterns on lamps, bowls, vases, perfume bottles, paperweights and more. Visitors to the Crete location can view the artists at work in the studio. MAIN FLOOR 2049 Ridge Rd, Homewood. 708.798.4444. the floor covering specialists at Main Floor have more than 30 years of experience selling and installing high-end flooring. Available floor coverings include carpet, laminates, area rugs, vinyl, wood, cork, bamboo and more. MULCH MASTERS 17900 Harper Ave, Lansing. 708.889.9600. Mulch Masters is one of the area’s largest distributors of mulch, with numerous varieties including premium hardwood, natural blend, cypress, cedar and brick red, among others. Pick-up or delivery options are available. THE VILLAGE DOOR 18139 Harwood, Homewood. 708.798.8665. All of the items in this store are either donated or consigned, with the profits benefiting the Jennifer S. Fallick Cancer Support Center in Homewood. (All of the Village Door’s employees are volunteers.) Items include high-quality fine furnishings and home accessories, lamps, dishware and paintings.

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B&E MARINE 3 1 L a k e S h o r e D r, M i c h i g a n C i t y. 219.879.8301. this familyowned and operated boat store-slashmarina 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. DORMAN GARAGE, INC. 1317 Lake St, LaPorte. 219.324.7646. 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.

HARBOR AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 9911 W 300 N, Michigan City. 219.879.6789. this auto dynamo features new and pre-owned vehicles by Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC, Honda, Jeep and Pontiac. On-site parts, servicing and financing are also available. THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON SHOP OF MICHIGAN CITY 2 9 6 8 N H w y 4 2 1 , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 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 W 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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AU NATUREL MARKET 1 7 0 8 E L i n c o l n w a y, Va l p a r a i s o . 219.465.1984. this renowned market features all things organic, from beef and poultry to chocolate and dairy products. those with food allergies can find gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free products here. Also available are natural cosmetics, skin care, lotions, soaps infused with herbs and other natural beauty products. COSITUTTI MARKETPLACE the many gourmet products available at the Cositutti online store come directly from Italy— handpicked by owner Pam Marasco, who has traveled to Italy on a regular basis. All products are made only in the village of origin and include artisan pasta, Italian honey, olive oil, pesto and pure dark chocolate. GREAT LAKES CATERING 701 Washington St, Michigan City. 219.898.1502. 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.


CHOCOLATE CAFE 300 State St, St. Joseph. 269.985.9866. this delicious stop in downtown St. Joseph features all things chocolate—fudge, creams, gourments, even sugar-free chocolate. there are options for non-chocoholics as well, including coffee, fruits, nuts, and ice cream. Specialty gift boxes are available, and the company features licensed treats from several local universities as well. KILWIN’S Multiple locations in Illinois and Michigan. For more than 60 years, Kilwin’s has been a quality confectionery shoppe in northern Michigan, providing quality products and excellent services. Despite growing throughout the United States and changing ownership, they still use only the finest and freshest ingredients in their hand-paddled fudge, custom chocolates and truffles. OLIVE MILL 220 Culver St, Saugatuck. 269.857.5900. the Olive Mill offers imported and flavored olive oils, nut oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and dipping spices for bread, along with chips and dips, tapenades, spreads and sauces. Patrons can sample from the wide variety of olive oils and balsamic vinegars in the store, and items can be purchased online as well. Several tasty gift sets are available, as well as serving pieces and bath and body creams, oils and shampoos. the Olive Mill also has locations in Geneva and Naperville, Illinois. SEASON’S HARVEST 13686 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.7899. this quaint shop along red Arrow Highway features natural gourmet provisions like barbecue sauces, salad dressings, dipping sauces and olive oil, among others. Products can be purchased either online or at the shop, and gift sets are available.

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CENTER FOR IMPLANTS, SEDATION AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY 8 9 0 R i c h a r d R d , S t e A , D y e r. 219.322.2171. the doctors at this state-of-the-art dental office—Dr. Irfan Atcha, Dr. Jasmine Sandhu, Dr. Nilofer Khan and Dr. romal Sediq—specialize in full or partial implant services. the staff at the center is up to date on the latest technology and offers a pleasant, peaceful and even fun experience with friendly service and a gentle touch.

CONFIDENTIAL CARE 750 45th St, 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. OBSTETRICAL & GYNECOLOGICAL ASSOCIATES, INC. 1101 E Glendale Blvd, Ste 102, Valparaiso. 219.462.6144. 3630 Willowcreek Rd, Ste 1, Portage. 219.364.3230. the boardcertified obstetrician-gynecologists—Drs. Short, Strickland and Murphy—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. PINNACLE HOSPITAL 9301 Connecticut Dr, Crown Point. 219.756.2100. 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.

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PORTER HOSPITAL 8 1 4 L a P o r t e Av e , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.263.4600. 3630 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.364.3000. 650 Dickinson Rd, 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. ST. ANTHONY MEMORIAL 301 W Homer St, Michigan City. 888.879.8511. saintanthonymemorial. org. this acute care hospital, serving laPorte, Porter and Berrien Counties, boasts an integrated health care network that is made up of an intensive care unit, a new birthing unit, emergency department, behavioral medicine, rehabilitation services, surgery units, oncology, pediatrics and a multidiscipline physician practice. ST. MARY MEDICAL CENTER 1 5 0 0 S L a k e P a r k Av e , H o b a r t . 219.942.0551. y. 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.

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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.


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, 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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UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER 888.824.0200. 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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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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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. OxBow offers one- and two-week intensives for aspiring and experienced artists in six studio areas.

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COLDWELL BANKER, DAWN BERNHARDT 748 E Porter, Chesterton. 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. SOURCE ONE REAL ESTATE 855 E North St, Crown Point. 219.662.5445. this independent real estate company provides residential and commercial real estate sales to individuals, small businesses, large corporations, non-profit organizations, home builders and developers throughout Northwest Indiana. Owners roger lain and Joe Gambril bring a combined 24 years of experience in real estate sales and customer service.


AMERICAN HOMES, SHARON HALLIBURTON 4532 Red Arrow Hwy, Stevensville.

269.983.2526. For 30 years, Sharon Halliburton has specialized in property management, having been 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. 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 inoffice staff and the Coldwell Banker website offer multiple services and resources for buyers and sellers. HARBOR SHORES RESORT 269.932.1600. Southwest Michigan’s biggest, most talkedabout 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. PRUDENTIAL RUBLOFF PROPERTIES 439 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 888.257.5800. 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.

SHORES OF SOUTH HAVEN 300 Kalamazoo St, South Haven. 269.637.8555. this reputable firm provides assistance with development, sales and leasing of condominiums, single-family, vacation and retirement home sales, along with lots, boat slips and commercial property. Shores also manages and leases property for investor-buyers.


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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ANTHONY’S SALON 2 5 0 0 C a l u m e t A v e , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.465.1525. For more than thirty years, Anthony Voltattorni has become established in the Northwest Indiana haircare market, with salons in Merrillville and Valparaiso. the salon carries Aveda and Schwarzkopf products and offers full-service haircare—with a specialty in custom color—as well as waxing, nailcare and reflexology.

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THE CINNAMON TREE 505 Silhavy Rd, Valparaiso. 219.548.8383. . A long-time community favorite, this luxury spa offers multiple body care services, including massage, body polish, specialty soaks, body wraps, facials and nail care. Spa packages and parties are available. COSMEDIC SKIN & BODY CLINIC 210 E 86th Pl, Merrillville. 219.795.1255. 58 E Walton, Chicago. 312.377.3333. Available by appointment. 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. ELLE SALON 113 W 8th St, Michigan City. 219.874.3553. this upscale salon, situated in Michigan City’s historic district, offers full-service hair care, 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. LE ROC SALON & BODY BAR 3 9 0 7 C a l u m e t A v e , Va l p a r a i s o . 219.464.4762. this brand new salon, which opens the first week of June, provides a refreshingly sophisticated, cutting-edge quality. Owner rachel Schmidt says the salon is the fullservice kind, offering hair care, manicures,

pedicures, facials, waxing and massage. A retail section features scarves and jewelry available for purchase. PET PALS, INC. 1 0 3 8 8 W 4 0 0 N , M i c h i g a n C i t y. 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. SELAH DAY SPA 3 0 1 W U n i v e r s i t y D r, M i s h a w a k a . 574.315.4000. Selah incorporates a fusion of eastern, Western and european spa traditions in such luxurious treatments as the Calming—a facial designed for sensitive skin—and a tender Wrapsody body wrap. Patrons can also opt for a manicure or pedicure—using a vegan nail care line from Spa ritual. Available for purchase are handmade soaps from the Napa Soap Company and an organic line of candles by Voluspa. VANIS SALON & SPA 221 US 41, Ste J, Schererville. 219.322.5600. 1620 Country Club Rd, Valparaiso. 219.465.6414. 107 N Main St, Crown Point. 219.663.5200. One of Northwest Indiana’s premier salons, Vanis features a well-trained, professional staff for hair care, nail care and spa body treatments. Group and corporate retreats (for four to twenty people) can be arranged.


HEATH & COMPANY 419 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.4247. this Aveda-concept salon is one of the familiar businesses greeting visitors to New Buffalo from the south. Owner rick Heath and his staff gel their expertise and friendliness, making a trip to this salon more of an experience than a necessity. Services include hair care, nail care, massage therapy and waxing. YOGA GLOW 6 Linden St, Three Oaks. 269.697.4394. this renowned yoga studio features group yoga classes and private lessons for all levels, plus workshops every month. Patrons are encouraged to visit Yoga Glow’s website for class schedules, teacher bios and other yogarelated information.

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BLUE CHIP CASINO, HOTEL & SPA 7 7 7 B l u e C h i p D r, M i c h i g a n C i t y. 888.879.7711. 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-the-art 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.


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. 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 p ro d u c t s h e re . O w n e r J V P e a c o c k emphasizes a life-is-short/seize-the-day philosophy throughout his inventory, events, lessons and staff. Clothing, beach accessories and eyewear are also available.

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BLUE HERON INN 1110 Lakeside St, LaPorte. 219.362.5077. Situated on scenic Pine lake in laPorte, the Blue Heron Inn features luxury rooms with jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. Guests can choose from a variety of room selections and special packages. Floating boathouses—equipped with a queen bed, sofa and outside deck—are also available for lodging during the summer months.


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INN AT ABERDEEN 3158 S State Rd 2, Valparaiso. 219.465.3753. innataberdeen. com. located in the beautiful and prestigious Aberdeen neighborhood, just minutes from downtown Valparaiso, the Inn at Aberdeen is a comfortable and convenient place to stay. A variety of unique rooms and suites are available, as well as a Flavia coffee and tea bar, a full gourmet breakfast every morning, and all of the amenities needed for both a personal and business stay. A conference room is available for business meetings and private parties.


THE BOULEVARD INN 521 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.6600. 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.

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GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM 101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids. 616.831.1000. the Grand rapids Art Museum is the first art museum in the world to be certified by leeD (leadership in energy and environmental Design). Its glass walls, natural light, and reflecting pool further illustrate the fusion between the indoors and outdoors. With its impressive permanent collection as well as changing exhibitions, this 125,000-square-foot facility is truly a gem in the heart of downtown Grand rapids. RUBINKAM STUDIO 20 E Center St, Douglas. 269.857.7100. Steve rubinkam’s bright, whimsical Impressionist paintings of florals, landscapes and boats have been enchanting visitors and residents of New Buffalo for years. rubinkam also displays works from respected colleagues, including photographers, potters and jewelers. rubinkam’s newest gallery in Saugatuck has an expanded selection of glassworks, art objects and pottery.

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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—new this year—the railway Garden. Several outdoor concerts and special events take place at taltree throughout the season.


ST. JOSEPH TODAY 421 State St, St. Joseph. 269.985.1111. Visitors

to St. Joseph will find a variety of helpful information—on shopping, dining and events—at this welcome center. St. Joseph today is a nonprofit organization that assists and encourages local business and tourism development. SILVER BEACH CENTER 333 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.982.8500. 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, handcarved horses. Also at the center is Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone, the Shadowland Ballroom, Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and Michigan’s tallest kaleidoscope. 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 nonprofit organization can assist travelers whether they seek solitude or a group learning experience.

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ALBERT’S DIAMOND JEWELERS 711 Main St, Schererville. 219.322.2700. 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. 2 1 9 . 9 8 3 . 9 9 9 4 . t h i s w o m e n ’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. L.R. MEN’S CLOTHIER & TUXEDOS 2 0 5 L i n c o l n w a y, L a P o r t e . 219.324.5072. High-quality menswear and tuxedos are the highlight at this shop, which is one of the only men’s clothing shops in downtown laPorte. tuxedos come from brands like ralph lauren, Perry ellis and ecko, while menswear designers include Austin reed and tallia.

URBAN SOLES 624 Franklin St. 219.221.6508. this brand new boutique—located in Michigan City’s downtown arts district—features a diverse array of high-quality shoes and accessories from brands like Poetic license, Dansko, Ugg, toms and Sanuk. Jewelry, hats, purses and scarves are available, and there’s even a men’s room with men’s shoes, hats and sunglasses, plus comfortable seating, a tV and a stocked refrigerator. Art from local and Chicago artists is featured throughout the store.


INDIAN SUMMER, NEW BUFFALO 126 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 2 6 9 . 4 6 9 . 9 9 9 4 . t h i s w o m e n ’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. MOXIE’S BOUTIQUE 321 State St, St. Joseph. 269.983.4273. this fun and festive boutique features women’s fashions, accessories and gifts. Apparel—from designers such as Belamie, Flashback Couture and Nic & Zoe—comes in a range of styles and prices. Many local artists’ works are available here as well, including handbags, scarves, jewelry, furniture and art. PHILLIP & SON JEWELRY 23 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.8738. t h i s c h a r m i n g s h o p f e a t u re s distinctive jewelry and accessories in every price range—from high end to affordable for every patron. A selection of vintage pieces is available as well.

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[gemini] MAY 21JUNe 20 key WorDs in June: Close to the heart efforts and endeavors. this is great, for the month of June always marks the start of your personal new year—a time when fabulous new ideas, amazing new plans, and stunning new contacts take tangible shape. still, it’s vital that you pay close attention to those things now in your life. there may be more elements (this includes new involvements) than you need—so, quietly step back. and carefully select exactly what you really desire. no more. siDestep not returning the email you want least to return—but should.

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[leo] JUly 23-AUGUSt 22 KEY WORDS in June: Your Personal Agenda. Okay, what do you want—really, really want? It’s important that you know the answer to that question, because you’re now in a cycle when the desires of your heart have a chance of becoming reality—your reality. And since everything is under a strong mercurial (Mercury is the planet of June) influence, you can want any number of things. Stop! Don’t allow confusion to set in, or worse still, dominate your thoughts. Create one of your sensational lists—and select from that. SIDESTEP allowing lethargy, on your part, to rule. [virgo] AUGUSt 23-SEPtEMBER 22 KEY WORDS in June: Reaching the Summit. This is so you! Just when everyone else is submerged in vacationtime plans, you’re in the midst of calls, plans and meetings structured around your career, its gain and its advancement. High activity, on your part, is underway. And you forge ahead, no matter who is available. And who is not. Somehow, this all works well for you, since the blueprints for this have long been developed. And you’re just waiting for the right moment. Which is now! SIDESTEP keeping your distance when you should be seen and heard. [libra] SEPtEMBER 23-OCtOBER 22 KEY WORDS in June: People, Plans and Projects—near and at a distance. June is one of your favorite months of the year. You love it so much! And why not? The Sun is in Gemini, the Twins—and this scintillating combination governs your 9th house of mental activity and long-distance travel. And if you can’t go somewhere, others can come to you. Easily! Laughter, enthusiasm and total fun exist—and you’re right in the center of it all. Plan accordingly, have a great time, and perhaps, you may even fall in love. SIDESTEP sluggishness—physically, mentally, emotionally.

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[scorpio] OCtOBER 23-NOVEMBER 22 KEY WORD in June: Revitalization, on all levels—mental, emotional, physical, financial and spiritual. This is a spirited time—and its mercurial nature (the planet, Mercury, rules now) is precisely what’s called for—no, demanded—if you’re to experience a sense of new life within. Don’t try; just let it happen. It takes only one or two good developments to cause you to see life anew. Then, equipped with your own remarkable power, you can take it from there. Which you always do. SIDESTEP allowing a preference for inflexibility, on your part, to permeate. [sagittarius] NOVEMBER 23-dECEMBER 21 KEY WORDS in June: New Alliances and Special Arrangements. With the planet Uranus (the unusual/the unexpected) now advancing through Aries, the Ram, you find that you’re suddenly surrounded by a cross-section of new involvements (personal and business) and new projects. Which to keep, which to discard, and which

to investigate further—are now questions that permeate your thoughts. Think well. Agreements signed at this time could be extremely binding. And you love your freedom. SIDESTEP having unexpected second thoughts on vital issues. [capricorn] dECEMBER 22-JANUARy 19 KEY WORDS in June: The Work Scene. Countless ideas (some of them are quite good) and interesting plans surface. Time now to be the insightful and the investigative you. That approach always works. However, there’s something really new. The planet Jupiter (luxury and lavishness) has just entered the sun-sign of Taurus the Bull (your 5th house of close ties and creative matters), and there may be a significant new relationship on the horizon. Maybe, it’s not here yet. But it’s a good idea to watch for it. SIDESTEP favoring the headstrong approach to important discussions. [aquarius] JANUARy 20-FEBRUARy 18 KEY WORDS in June: Love is in the Air. Just when it seemed as though life was either dull, boring or repetitive—a marvelous New Moon (new starts) occurs in the dazzling and dynamic sun-sign of Gemini, the Twins (your 5th house of close relationships and creativity). So, that means that either a current relationship improves dramatically or someone brand new comes into your life. Or both. And then, true to your sun-sign—you’ll do whatever is unusual and unexpected. And you’ll do it with style. SIDESTEP allowing your brand of sarcasm to seek center stage. [pisces] FEBRUARy 19-MARCH 20 KEY WORDS in June: Your Base of Operations—where you live and where you work. Time now to consider what requires your time and attention most within your home and home-related matters. Actually, it’s the core of your security (mental, emotional, physical, financial and spiritual) that’s the main issue. And even though numerous ideas and outside-the-box suggestions are flying around you, only you can decide what is the first step to take. Go slowly, but don’t stop. There’s a time limit involved. SIDESTEP a refusal to acknowledge the bottom line. [aries] MARCH 21-APRIl 20 KEY WORDS in June: All Forms of Communications. With the planet Uranus (the unusual/the unexpected) now on its interesting seven-year journey through Aries, the Ram (your 1st house of personal efforts and endeavors), you’ve recently discovered a new assortment of situations and involvements to respond to. Both your personal and business worlds are under the microscope. So, know which one you’re writing and/or talking to—at all times. Game-playing is out of the question. Focus and clarity are now a must! SIDESTEP willfully knocking building blocks down. [taurus] APRIl 21-MAy 20 KEY WORDS in June: Your Income, Possessions and Lifestyle. This could be a remarkable time for developments within your financial affairs, as the planet Jupiter (Lady Luck) has just entered the sun-sign of Taurus the Bull (your 1st house of personal efforts and endeavors) for a year. That’s very good news! However, your sense of direction and commitment to self-discipline must be strengthened—on all levels—if you’re to benefit from this delightful planetary placement. Be your own very best friend now. SIDESTEP an uncharacteristic lack of total interest, on your part.

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[cancer] JUNE 21-JUly 22 KEY WORDS in June: Confidential Matters and Secret Strategy-Planning Sessions. This is an extremely absorbing cycle, one in which you lay the groundwork for plans and projects to be launched in July. It’s a time when you shouldn’t delay doing the obscure research now demanded, plus putting together those secret meetings with others who can supply the backup that you’ll need. With the planet Uranus (the unusual/the unexpected) now transiting Aries (your 10th house of career), there’s so much to be considered. SIDESTEP dealing only in generalities; be specific.

WAnT MORe? please go to page 44 or for a full listing of the area’s best events.

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jun 18 jun 16-19 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.

Fine arts Fair 10am-3pm Breidert Green downtown Frankfort 815.469.2177 This event features works of fine art and demonstrations 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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taste oF the region 11am-10pm Courthouse lawn and Square Old Courthouse Square, Crown Point 219.663.1800 This event features food from some of the locals’ favorite restaurants and vendors. Each evening will also feature live musical entertainment.

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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.”

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Lost at Sea

When the spirit of giving backfires By RICk kAEMPFER


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irst of all, my wife Bridget is a red-headed Irish girl, and she and the sun aren’t really on speaking terms. She usually wears a beach hat that is about the size of a luxury sedan, and it still doesn’t provide enough shade to protect her white-as-ColonelSanders’-suits skin. Neither does the gigantic beach tent she sets up the second we arrive. Despite the ridiculous precautions she takes, the sun still manages to cover her in freckles from head to toe. Secondly, Bridget and I have created three nearly translucent children, each of which should be donated to science. If the research and development teams of the great pharmaceutical giants could make an SPF strong enough for these three children, they could be assured it would protect any human on earth. By the end of any beach day, all three of them will inevitably be wearing shirts to cover up their inexplicable 200 SPFresistant sunburns. I’m the only one in my family that doesn’t instantly burn, but I’m still the third reason my family shouldn’t be allowed at the beach. It has nothing to do with my skin (which is more south-central european), my swimming ability (which is not great, but perfectly acceptable), or my bald spot (which is usually covered appropriately with a “Dad, please don’t wear that” hat). It has more to do with one of my many character flaws. You see, I’m a giver. I so appreciate everything that the oceans, lakes and rivers have given mankind that I insist on giving something back. My wife doesn’t appreciate that spirit of giving, probably because of what I give: my wedding ring. I’ve given it to pools, lakes, rivers and oceans. Most of those bodies of water have given my ring back to me after excruciating

recovery expeditions, but one spunky little ocean (the Atlantic) and one spunky little river (in Wisconsin) have graciously accepted my gift forever. the first time it happened was shortly after Bridget and I were married twenty years ago. My first wedding ring was actually my late father’s, and it was very special to me, but apparently not special enough to remember to take it off before I went swimming in the ocean. One big Nags Head, Virginia, wave was all it took to remind me. See ya later, Pops. We spent hours combing the beaches for that ring, and we never found it. My wife bought me a replacement ring, and I got a little smarter after that. I stopped wearing it to the beach. But in the ensuing years I gained a little weight, and my fingers got a little thicker, and soon I couldn’t get the ring off unless it got cold. Now beaches weren’t as dangerous as the snow was. One time it came off during a snowball fight with the kids, and we didn’t recover it until the following spring. But it was totally safe during the summer time. Or so I thought. last summer another beach adventure included a tubing excursion with two of my boys. they were having all sorts of trouble with their tubes, so I dove in to help them out. I managed to help them, but the water was a bit chilly. My fingers must have shrunk, because sure enough, when I pulled my hand out of the water, something was missing. My son Johnny noticed it first. I’ll never forget his words: “YOU lOSt YOUr rING AG MOM IS GOING tO KIll YOU!” She didn’t, by the way. But we have agreed that I’m no longer going to wear a wedding ring. I haven’t even bothered replacing that last one. Maybe I’ll just get a tattoo.

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Every year when summer comes along, my family can’t wait to go to the beach. I know that certainly doesn’t make us unique—everyone loves the beach—but the beach is probably the worst possible destination for my family.

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Back to health. With help from Porter’s Spine Center, Katy’s got new strength. Katy was experiencing back and foot pain as a result of a car accident when she was younger. “Physical therapy and working out helped heal a herniated disk, but I was still in pain,” she said. Katy was well acquainted with Porter’s quality of care, so when it came time to have back surgery, she knew where to turn. After a spinal fusion to relieve pressure from a missing disk, today Katy is back in the gym, feeling fabulous. Want to get “back to health” too? Visit or call 219.263.back (2225).

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