Since the holidays will soon be upon us (even though mentally, I'm still in August) it's time to announce all the wonderful events in my home town of Whiting for the Christmas season.
The first one that I'm really excited about takes place at our Whiting-Robertsdale Historical Society meeting at noon Nov. 21 at the Whiting Public Library. Our guest speaker will be Tanya Lesinsky Carey, the daughter of musician and conductor Adam Lesinsky, who guided Whiting High School musicians to many national contest wins in the 1950's and early 1960's.
Tanya is working on a book based on diaries from the Rev. John Lach and her own mother, who traveled with the famous European tour taken by the Whiting children's band in the early 1930's.
Tanya tells me she's heard from a 91-year-old gentleman in Florida who was a musician with the group when they traveled through Europe.
And oddly enough, a friend of mine just brought over a scrapbook that he had picked up at some random garage sale that is a scrapbook of one of the musicians who was also part of the orchestra. He had just recently come across it and asked if I would like it for the museum. Talk about perfect timing!
But this historical society meeting quickly leads us to the the Whiting Christmas season, which begins with our Illuminated Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. Dec. 6, followed by the lighting of the city's Christmas tree by the mayor.
You can even start your holiday shopping while downtown, then wander into Studio 659 for the opening night reception for its "Love" exhibit. This event is family-friendly and free.
The next morning, come to the Arts Alive! Cookie Bake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at Chrislove Collectibles, 1452 119th St. you'll find dozens and dozens of different homemade cookies, including many from ethnic family recipes. Spend the day shopping for the unusual and unique, then have dinner at one of our restaurants whose fare ranges from a 1950's diner to Caribbean food.
Finish off your day on a musical note at the annual Holiday Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 featuring the Whiting Festival Orchestra. The concert takes place at the Marian Memorial Auditorium, 119th Street and Lincoln Avenue.
Call (219) 473-7555 for tickets.
Come back Dec. 8 for the Christmas Home Tour. Call the chamber for tickets at (219) 659-0292.
A new event will take place Dec. 14 when the Michiana Ice Sculpting Team will create ice sculptures right before your eyes as Whiting celebrates "Small Town Christmas" and the 119th Street Carolers in their Dickensian garb sing inside and outside of stores until 2 p.m.
And evening approaches, if it should happen to snow, by the light of the Hoosier Theatre marquee you'll swear you're in that scene where George Bailey runs through the town in "It's a Wonderful Life," which it is during the holiday season in Whiting.