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Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, January 31, 2013

2013-01-30T09:00:00Z 2013-01-30T18:18:05Z Adventures in Everyday Living, Shorelines Thursday, January 31, 2013By Pat Colander nwitimes.com
January 30, 2013 9:00 am  • 

A chocolate-soaked weekend in New Buffalo starts early with chocolate-covered bacon and there is drama at Lubeznik on Friday and Sunday.

Bev's Second Season Ball is the Best of Winter in New Buffalo: The highlight of the coming weekend is the NBBA annual gala this year at Four Winds Casino, Bev's Second Season features chocolate martinis you will never be able to duplicate at home and an amazing auction full of gift certificates you will be so happy you have once it warms up again. The ball is the centerpiece of the chocolate-themed weekend here.

The 3rd Annual Harbor Country Chocolate Classic includes ice-sculpting, sleigh rides and creative activities for all ages. Culinary venues will offer everything from chocolate-chip pancakes, hand-made truffles, and chocolate-covered bacon, to chocolate-enhanced wine, martinis and locally brewed specialty beer. Special events for this weekend include the Chocolate Classic Bake-Off, Bev’s Second Season Ball, New Buffalo’s Winterfest and a Murder Mystery Dinner which must have chocolate on the menu multiple times.

Sponsored by the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce. Participating businesses are: Baroda Founders Wine Cellar, Basically Bedrooms, Buchanan Art Center, Catherine Doll Fashion for Green Living, Craig Smith Gallery, David’s Delicatessen, Fitzgerald’s of Sawyer, Goldberry Woods Bed &Breakfast, Greenbush Brewing Co, Harbert House Bed & Breakfast, Harbor Country Day Spa, Harbor Country Store, Harbor Country Partners in Education for Tomorrow(HCPET,) Hey U.G.L.Y(Unique Gifted Lovable You,) Jimmy’s Bar & Grill, JLN Studio, Lake Interiors, Little Princess Treasures, Milda’s Corner Market, Millie’s Antiques, Musikantow Studio, New Buffalo Arts Council, New Buffalo Business Association, New Buffalo Savings Bank, Pablo’s Café Grill & More, PASTA-bilities & Spices, Radio Harbor Country(WRHC-fm 106.7fm,) Sawyer Home & Garden Center, Seasons Harvest, Skip’s Restaurant, St. Julian Winery, Susan Fredman at Home, Sweet Pea Studio, Timothy’s Restaurant.

A special thanks to BlueFish Vacation Rentals, New Buffalo Savings Bank, ReMAX Harbor Country and Timothy’s Restaurant for their support!

First Friday at Lubeznik is Early This Month: Lubeznik Center for the Arts presents Two Playwrights and a Stage for the Friday, February 1, 2013 event of the Uptown Arts District’s First Fridays @ 5 series. Four one-act plays by three-time CATCO participant, Jerry Holt, and 2009 LaPorte County Poet Laureate, Susan Block will be the evening’s featured entertainment.

Jerry Holt holds a PhD in English from the University of Oklahoma and is the Interim Chair of English and Modern Languages at Purdue North Central. Holt’s plays will begin at 6 pm. Holt summarized his featured comedy, Train Stop, as, “Very, very early one morning at the Michigan City 11th street train stop, a broken, defeated man receives a remarkable vision in the form of a visitor – Anita King, an actual figure from the city’s past.” Holt’s synopsis of his other comedy for the evening, Ledge, reads, “Three hapless people, at the end of their tethers for a variety of reasons, find themselves on the same ledge at the Blue Chip Casino on the very same night at the very same moment. Will they jump? Or will something very different occur?” 

Susan Block is a published poet and writing workshop leader. Additionally, four of Block’s short plays were presented at Michigan City’s Footlight Theater in 2011. Block’s plays will begin at 7 pm. Block described Vanilla, her selected drama, as, “An overview of a man who lived to satisfy everyone else’s ideas about the course of his life and in the process sidestepped his own dreams.” Block’s synopsis of her comedy, Art Appreciation, reads, “A suburban matron visits an art museum and attempts to convince the man next to her that she knows something about art… and everything else!” 

Performers for the evening include local actors, Mary DeBoer, Glenn Silver, Steven Becker, Justin Sech, Sarah Dwight, Diana Hirsch, Vic Althoff, Sue Quiriconi, and Tim Rounds. 

All times are in the Central Standard Time zone. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Lubeznik Center for the Arts’ gallery exhibitions: Iconoclastic!, The Common Good, Ice Abstracts, and Realm of Dreams will be available for viewing before and after each play.

And on Sunday, at the arts center you can get romantic just in time for the Super Bowl gushing over Executive Director Carolyn Saxton's personal collection of vintage Valentines. The warm and fuzzy show starts at 2 p.m.


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