Amidst the winter's snow, Whiting's Small Town Christmas took place last Saturday. Interesting and fun ice sculptures were produced all along 119th Street while the 119th Street Carolers, decked out in their Dickensian costumes, visited Whiting businesses to sing traditional carols.
The carolers have sung their last seasonal note, but as long as the freezing weather holds true, you can view the amazing ice sculptures.
Ice sculpturing is a new event here in Whiting, where people take their holidays seriously.
But there's another traditional event that takes place here that has always intrigued me. I myself have never done it, mainly because I'm leery of walking through snow or ice because of my knee replacement.
But there are those who will gather Saturday to take their annual Frostie Walk. This Saturday, Dec. 21, marks the traditional darkest evening of the entire year and the Frosties walk "into the woods," (last year it was the beautiful Lost Marsh Golf Course).
And it's there that they gather together as someone reads the famous Robert Frost poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." It all just sounds soulfully romantic to me.
What I do know is that when you're in the middle of Lost Marsh, you feel like you're a million miles away from civilization. With Mother Nature's insistence on covering us with snow just about daily for the last week, it should be a beautiful and meaningful evening.
The simple philosophy of the Frostie Walks is to, like Frost, pause in the midst of life's hustle and bustle and appreciate a moment of solitude. I imagine with Christmas just days away, most of us just feel that we just have "miles to go before I sleep."
To participate in the Frosties Walk, and all are welcome, meet at the Environmental Center, 2405 Calumet Ave. The center opens at 6:30 p.m. and the walk starts at 7. Participants should bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.
There is no charge and children who can walk at least two miles outdoors are welcome to join the adults. Call (219) 659-2819 for further information.
Now, if you really want to get into the spirit of the season, you must come at 2 p.m. Sunday as Frank Capra's beloved movie, "It's a Wonderful Life" is shown at the Whiting High School Auditorium, corner of of New York Avenue and Ohio Street.
Admission is free, but you need to call the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce ay (219) 659-0292 to reserve your tickets in advance and guarantee a seat.
Along with the iconic classic, a number of holiday cartoons will be screened. If you're a baby boomer, many of these will immediately transport you back to your own childhood.
This is the only public showing of "It’s a Wonderful Life" in Northwest Indiana during the 2013 holiday season. Similar events in Chicago sell out in just hours and this showing is free, sponsored by the United Citizens Association, the chamber and the School City of Whiting.
And may you all find Zuzu's petals in your pocket this Christmas morning.