From 1915 to 1940, marriage was big business in the City of Crown Point. An estimated 175,000 couples were married at the historic Lake County Courthouse during those years.
Marriages were performed 24/7, with no waiting period. The groom had to be 21, the bride 18, or you could have written or verbal consent from your parents.
The busiest years were from 1937 to 1940 due to the fact that the war scare was making couples more romantic. Wedding parties flocked to Crown Point by the bus load. Jewelers here had one of the largest stocks of wedding rings in the country. And, if the jewelers were closed, the Justice of the Peace had a large selection, as well.
In 1940 it all ended when Indiana passed a law requiring a blood test and a three-day waiting period for a marriage license.
Fast forward to today. Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce has kept this wonderful tradition alive by hosting one couple every year who weds on the steps of the Old Lake Courthouse steps during the annual Marriage Mill Celebration.
Following the wedding ceremony, couples come together to renew their matrimonial vows. This year's event will take place during the Taste of the Region/Arts and Crafts Festival at 6 p.m. Friday, June 21.
Couples interested in holding their wedding ceremony as part of the Marriage Mill Celebration need to call Farren at (219) 769-8180 to put in a request. One couple will be selected.
Health and Wellness Fair
First Financial Bank, 11890 Broadway, Crown Point, is hosting a Health and Wellness Exhibit and Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. At 11, Dr. Biljana Uzelac will speak on “Organic Cooking and Green Living.”
There is still a limited number of vendor spaces available. Admission is free, and there will be door prizes and refreshments. Call (219) 226-2062 for more information.
Business After Hours
A.J. Specialties, 1308 E. 85th Ave., Merrillville, will host an evening of networking and celebration. from 5 to 7 p.m. April 25. Refreshments will be served. Call (219) 736-0367 for more information about this Business After Hours event.
Manage more effectively
Dyer-based NorthStar360 will offer a training program to help front line managers and supervisors manage more effectively. These training sessions are being offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 16 and 17 in Glenwood, Ill. and June 13 and 14 in Munster.
The two-day seminar will teach managers the skills essential to an organizations success; skills that will improve productivity, employee engagement, retention and profitability. For more information, call (219) 864-1576.