It seems that Mother Nature realized that it's January and she had forgotten to give us winter, so now, unfortunately, it's business as usual.
I was shocked to find ice covering our porch steps a few days ago, and less than delighted to find a windshield that needed defrosting. It's amazing how quickly one becomes spoiled, weather-wise.
But in keeping with winter, especially for those of you who actually like it, this Saturday is the perfect event for you as the 12th annual Winter Wonderland at Wolf Lake Festival takes place. The bi-state festival is sponsored by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative, which seems to promote not only awareness of the environment and ecology, but also the history of the area.
Throughout the day there will be interesting presentations on the ecology of Wolf Lake, ice boating and Native American artifacts. Besides lectures, there will be a number of activities, including a tree identification walk. This yearly event is totally free and there's probably something of interest for all ages. For information as to times for the various programs and recent updates on events, call (219) 933-7149.
It is amazing all that gone on in recent years here at Wolf Lake and the surrounding area. Besides the interesting Environmental Center across the street, the city of Hammond has its beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired pavilion and just down the road, one of the prettiest golf courses in the area.
It's very hard to believe that you're just minutes away from an industrial area when you're at the Lost Marsh Golf Course. As you probably know, this lush 18-hole course was once a slag heap.
Today it's also home to a gorgeous club house and restaurant. While I'm not a golfer, the view is just as pretty in the fall when one is sitting on the clubhouse balcony having dinner. And the deer and wildlife that frequent the area have proven the golf course's positive effect on the environment.
What's happened in that entire area along Calumet Avenue is definitely a tribute to those who fought for years against naysayers who said it couldn't be done. It did get done, and has certainly raised the quality of life here in Whiting and Robertsdale.
Now for those of you who don't want to be out in the cold, an alternative activity for the weekend is shopping. The Whiting Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce will hold its fourth annual Flea 4 All from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the historic Whiting Community Center, 1938 Clark St. This is always a fun event and gets one in the mood for May's Garage Mahal.
Vendors from all over sell their wares at Flea 4 All. I found some great fiesta ware there, a $60 book on cats for a buck and a very cool architectural piece for our garden last year. There'll be antiques, collectibles, house wares, clothing, books, and just about anything else you could want. For more information or to get a booth, call the chamber at (219) 659-0292.