At the crossroads

'American Pickers' is looking for Lake County treasures

2014-06-26T00:00:00Z 2014-06-26T13:40:11Z 'American Pickers' is looking for Lake County treasuresBy Sue Reed Times Columnist
June 26, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The History Channel’s "American Pickers" television show is heading to Lake County this summer and is looking for interesting and colorful characters with unique items. This isn’t your grandmother's antiquing.

Pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on a mission to recycle America. Hitting back roads from coast to coast, the two men earn a living by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory, transforming one person’s trash into another’s treasure. Their favorite picks feature multiple buildings crammed with tons of cool stuff.

Mike and Frank really work for what they find, digging through piles and coming up with treasure. They are coming to Lake County in July and are looking for movie and music memorabilia, sports memorabilia, items representing Indiana history and any other oddball, one-of-a-kind interesting, antiques.

They are only looking for people with large private collections. They do not go to shops, antique malls, auctions or flea markets. They are not looking for farming or agricultural items, depression glass, appliances or pottery. If you think you meet their requirements, call Jake at (646) 873-6257. You can learn more about the show at

Author visits library

Author Ben H. Winters will visit the Crown Point Community Library, 122 N. Main St., at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 to discuss his Last Policeman Trilogy and mystery writing. The event is free and registration is not required.

Winters is the author of seven novels, including most recently "Countdown City (Quirk)," an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award. "Countdown City" is the sequel to "The Last Policeman," recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America; it was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by and Slate.

"World of Trouble," the third in the Last Policeman Trilogy, is slated to come out in July. For more information, call the library at (219) 663-0270.

A fest of thanks

Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to send a huge thank you to everyone that attended the Crown Point Corn Roast and Food and Arts Festival as well as to those that volunteered their time to work at Hometown Festival Days events.

Both events had a large number of attendees and fantastic vendors supplying food and arts and crafts for purchase. A special thank you to our sponsors: Midwest Training and Ice, NIPSCO, Beaconhill Dental, Fahrenheit Two Twelve, Chiphone Credit Union and Re/Max Pace Realty. We are looking forward to next year.

Networking Night

You are cordially invited to attend a Networking Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lowell Carpet and Coverings, 317 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell. Attendees will enjoy refreshments, networking and a store tour. For more information, call Joy at (219) 696-8880.

Sue Reed is president and CEO of Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at (219) 769-8180 or Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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