It's time to remind you that things are blooming here in Whiting as Arts Alive! holds its annual Garden Walk from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. You can get tickets the day of the event at the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce, Pami Petunia's, Whiting Flower Shop or Chrislove Collectibles. The cost is $10 and you will visit five gardens plus the new greenhouse at Wolf Lake and the garden at Nathan Hale Elementary School.
Perennials vs. weeds
We just spent hours in the garden ourselves. There's nothing more exciting than to go out and see what's in bloom. Of course, we spend the same amount of time trying to decide is this thing that's healthy and ready to bloom just a weed or something we actually planted.
The word perennial doesn't carry much weight when you're accidentally pulling them out every year since you don't recognize what they are.
I think every perennial should come with a big "P" on its leaves so you know to leave it alone. But it's always fun to go on the garden walk and see the gardens of people who have already put them together this early in the year.
For those of you more interested in sports than sunflowers, there will be quite a "racquet" coming to Whiting's Community Center at 2 p.m. July 5.
The city is hosting a professional badminton match and I'm told that this is the first time the NBL Pro League will come to Northwest Indiana. An NBL Pro League match consists of nine games, played entirely on one court. in this case the Center's large gym. Each game won is a point toward a team's total score. Admission is free.
These six athletes have quite impressive credentials. Two have been Olympians; one has been the Czech National champion five times, another the Swiss National champion 11 times and one, Iceland's International Champion. So, if badminton is your thing, Whiting is the place to be July 5.
Even better, one of the players, three-time Dutch National Badminton Champ Eric Pang, is going to hold a three-day camp at our community center for children and adults July 1, 2 and 3. Cost is $75 and space is limited, so you need to give the center a call at (219) 659-0860 to reserve a spot for one of summer's most unique opportunities.
Pierogi Fest coming
Of course, there will also be the traditional happy racket of polka music on 119th Street as the 19th annual Pierogi Fest is presented July 26, 27 and 28. This year's theme is "The Year of Auntie Koćan," a reference to Helen Kocan, who ran the national Zenska Jednota or First Catholic Slovak Ladies Union of America right out of her home in Whiting for three decades starting back before WWI.
FDR even invited her to Washington D.C. to meet with the Slovak ambassador.
Though Helen never picked up a racquet in her life, for Whiting women, she was our Slovak champion for many years.