Here we go Portage! Be prepared for much to do in Portage this weekend and next in our fair city. Starting with “The King” himself.
“My Happiness” is the theme for this year’s Elvis Fantasy Fest held at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The group is celebrating the happiness that Elvis brought through his music and movies but most of all, his charitable efforts. Part of the funds raised go to the Porter County Special Olympics.
Joe Esposito, Elvis’ road manager and friend, will be on hand to visit with fans over the weekend and he will host the dinner on Saturday night. Be prepared to rock with the Jukebox Live show featuring likenesses of Elton John, Tom Jones, Ricky Nelson, Rod Stewart and Elvis. A whole host of people and acts will be available all weekend. Call (219) 762-1675 for more information.
Another Portage Parks event will be The Great Pumpkin Bash from 5 to 11 p.m. Oct. 19 in Oakwood Hall at Woodland Park. But hurry you must register by Oct. 15. The fee is $28 for residents and $38 for non residents. All children ages 5 to 7 must be accompanied by an adult and 8 and older have no restrictions. There will be a bonfire, weenie roast, hayride, taffy apples, s’mores, flashlight tag, pumpkin painting and scarecrow making. Park will supply everything except stick for weenie roast, flashlight, and old shirt and jeans for the scarecrow.
The Portage YMCA is having their Trick or Treat Trail Walk this Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Purchase wristbands for $5 a Y family and $10 non Portage Y families and head out to the trail to get candy treats along the trail from area businesses. Wear a costume and bring a flashlight to help you see down the trail. Glow in the dark T-shirts will also be available for purchase. For more information, call (219) 762-YMCA.
Next up is the Haven Hallow Harvest Fest from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Haven Hallow Park, 330 W. County Road 700 North in South Haven. There will be horse and carriage rides, Halloween games and crafts, pumpkin decorating, hot dogs and chips, a Cider Hut, luminary lighting, costume parade, scavenger hunt and spooky stories and s’mores by the campfire.
Thanks to all the sponsors who are making this event totally free.l Sponsors are Regional Federal Credit Union, American Legion Post 502, Sons of the American Legion Post 502, Aqua Indiana, McDonald’s, Subway and Al’s Valueland. Thanks also go to volunteers and community organizations such as South Haven Boys and Girls Club, South haven Fire Department and Auxillary, South Haven Library, South Haven Lion’s Club, Portage Community Theatre Group, Friend’s of Portage Township Foundation, Jessica Bailey family, Nina Rivas family and Brendan Clancy and the Portage Township Trustee’s office.
This is an outdoor event so please dress for the weather and come and have a happy harvest time. For more information please call (219) 762-1675, ext. 31 or visit www.facebook.com/portagetownship.org.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.