Hammond IS Happening!

2013-02-24T00:00:00Z Hammond IS Happening! nwitimes.com
February 24, 2013 12:00 am

Established in 1954, the Downtown Hammond Council (DHC) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization comprised of VOLUNTEERS whose mission is to revitalize, beautify, and promote Hammond’s downtown district. Hammond’s downtown offers a diverse mix of shopping, theater, dining, professionals, hospitals, a federal courthouse, and much more with plenty of free and convenient parking. New businesses, events, beautification, proximity to Chicago, and our passion for our Downtown district is turning Downtown Hammond into one of the best destinations in Northwest Indiana!

Hammond’s downtown has recently undergone a series of improvements. The City of Hammond recently completed phase one of the Downtown Hammond Plan which features new and improved parking, new garbage cans, new lighting, crosswalks, planters, resurfacing of streets, and an entrance sign to the downtown. Phase two and three of the plan will extend to Harrison Park and will add a cohesive and attractive look to the district.

The DHC has a number of family-friendly annual events and fundraisers planned for the coming year. One of these events is the Spring Clean-up & Beautification Project on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hohman Avenue and Williams Street. They invite the community to come add curb appeal to the historic downtown by pulling weeds, sweeping, picking up winter debris, planting flowers, and beautifying the downtown.

The DHC also hosts the 4th Annual Eat, Shop, & Rock: Browse to the Beat Sidewalk Sale and Fest. This event is a celebration of the 1960s, 1970s, and the Beatles. Enjoy live music, vintage cars, bean bags, food, entertainment, and more. The fun takes place on Saturday, June 22nd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hohman Avenue and Williams Street.

The 8th Annual Bizarre Bazaar takes place on Saturday, September 21st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hohman Avenue and Waltham/Harrison Park in downtown Hammond. This event promises to be a wacky, outrageous day of family fun with arts and crafts, a garage sale, food vendors, Car and Motorcycle show, 5K Run/Walk, Chess Tournament, Pie Baking Contest, Kids Games, Wacky Hat Contest, Pony Rides, Bean Bag Tournament, Live Music, and more.

The 6th Annual Holiday Kick-off Celebration: A Tribute to “A Christmas Story” takes place on Saturday, November 23rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hohman Avenue, Sibley and Fayette in downtown Hammond. Guests can get into the spirit by viewing the movie “A Christmas Story,” visiting with Santa and his elves, participating in the Parker Family and movie characters Look-a-Like Contest and Cookie Baking Contest, along with Stardust Bowl and Strack & Van Til turkey bowling. Other fun includes Cabela’s Shoot Your Eye Out Contest, Tire Changing Contest, design your own Leg Lamp-Lamp Shade, “"Pink Bunny” Gift Exchange, Horse and Carriage Rides, South Shore Arts kids arts project, Food vendors, arts and crafts, garage sale vendors, Home Depot’s Santa’s Workshop, Live Music, Adopt a “Bumpus Hound,” and Mrs. Sheild’s Classroom with letters to Santa and the Discover Books Reading Room, plus much more. This year is sure to be extra special since 2013 is the 30th anniversary of the release of “A Christmas Story.”

For Vendor, Sponsor, Member or Volunteer information, please contact:

Downtown Hammond Council

Hammond, IN

219.512.4298

downtownhammond.org

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