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Snow-Stoppers: Spring hits the ground with celebratory events along the Lake

2014-03-20T10:00:00Z 2014-03-20T20:09:11Z Snow-Stoppers: Spring hits the ground with celebratory events along the LakeBy Pat Colander
March 20, 2014 10:00 am  • 

An action-packed fundraiser in Three Oaks on Saturday, next weekend the rites of spring for Save the Dunes and then some food and beverage soirees that are strictly about food and beverages.

Feathers, Journeyman and Small Plates at Journeyman on Saturday: There is a lot going on at the fundraiser in Three Oaks starting at 6 pm (ET). LaPorte Artist Laura Panazzo is the main event at the party because she is putting together a large bird sculpture made of “feathers” that are pieces of reclaimed wood. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on Panazzo’s sculpture, in addition to creating their own “feather.” This is a new trend with fundraisers, to develop an arts-related experience (There has been a rash of speed-painting at benefits and of course, Bead Town recently brought some very large mosaics to NWI to raise funds and awareness for the Methodist Hospital Foundation.) But aside from the arts event, party goers will be treated to a menu of small plates by Chef Brad Hindsley of Spire Farm to Fork Restaurant, sample Journeyman Distillery’s hand-crafted organic whiskeys and be entertained by Midwest Hype, a very good band that has been around for years. The produce a great, big sound with a terrific brass section, jazz improve and sometimes even a dance tune. I requested the Beach Boys from Midwest Hype once and got some inspired surfer rock! Cool! The $65 ticket includes 3-hours of food, cocktails, art workshop and music. You have to pre-register for more info contact Kathy Sipple at 219-405-9482 or visit

More Benefit News: Miller Bakery Café is hosting a Wine & Dine for Save the Dunes

on April 13th starting at 4pm. The $50 ticket buys a selection of 20 tasting wines, a dinner buffet and the chance to win a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne to celebrate the finale of this ridiculously long, treacherous and terrible winter. (I made that last part up, but I know you all agree.) There will be a cash bar if you want a cocktail and I wouldn’t blame if you did. Reservations are required call 219-427-1446.

A Couple of Strictly Selfish Eating and Drinking Opportunities: A Spring Wine Festival also at MLB next weekend March 27th from 11am-9pm. This is the real deal featuring 20 boutique wines in flights of 10 wines for $10 with food pairing menus, gift card drawing and that’s really enough if you ask me. Wines are provided by Carroll Wine & Spirits, Crossroad Vintners and Southern Wine and Spirits.

The Mini-Taste of Munster is set for April 11 at the Community Park Social Center, 8710 Lions Club Dr. in Munster. 219.836.7275. There are some excellent restaurants in this town including Giovanni’s on Ridge where you can order the special of the day or a crab cake salad and end up very happy no matter what, but all anyone ever talks about is Three Floyds and that’s unfortunate. While, the brewery may be the best in the world, outrageously good food is available within a couple miles in any direction.

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