Three events tonight to start an optimistic vigil for great weather possibilities this Dad's Day Weekend: a book-signing in Chesterton, wine-tastings at Harbor Shores and the 18th annual Wine Fest, Live & Silent Auction benefit for the Crisis Center.
The Perfect Gift for Dunes-Loving Dads at Westchester Public Library: Retired IUN professor Kenneth Schoon will give a slideshow and narrate images from his his new book Dreams of Duneland: A Pictorial History of the Indiana Dunes Region on Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Westchester Public Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Avenue. The book is an illustrated introduction to the Dunes, its history, and future prospects. Schoon, author of Calumet Beginnings, will also answer questions, and sign books for sale for $30. Dreams of Duneland is published by Indiana University Press and will be released for sale on June 10. The Dreams of Duneland program is cohosted by the Westchester Township History Museum and Save the Dunes.
Vacations, Wine, Great Works of Art and Spa Days: With about 250 auction items, gourmet food tidbits and plenty of wine and beer The Crisis Center never has a problem packing in guests for this annual fundraiser beginning at 5:30 tonight at Sandcreek Country Club in Chesterton. All proceeds benefit the Crisis Center’s multi-faceted crisis intervention and prevention programs for children, adults, and families.
Over the course of 42 years in operation, an estimated 270,000 individuals have received the tools and resources to improve the quality of their lives. Crisis Center services include the Safe Place outreach program; the Alternative House emergency shelter; Teen Court youth development and delinquency prevention; and Crisis Contact—a crisis and suicide prevention hot line and designated call-center for the national Lifeline network.
For more information about the 18th annual Wine Fest, Live & Silent Auction, visit winefestnwi.com or facebook.com/winefestandauction.
Miller Beach Pop Up Arts Event Saturday:
This event at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, located at 540 S. Lake St. will feature over 75 local artists and 20 Graffiti Artists participating in the Graffiti Expo 2013. Lake Street will be closed so there will be room for the audience and live music, a beer tent, several food booths, and many galleries and artisan booths. Keenan Baxter will headline the program.For more info log onto millerbeacharts.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 219-951-9393.
Wine Tasting 101 at The Grille: One of my personal top ten places to enjoy a glass of wine would be the most revered patio in Benton Harbor. You want to get just close enough to the fire pit and festivities start at 6 p.m. EST. Sommelier Terry Stingley has assembled six selections from the new wine list and is pairing them with six bites from the kitchen for a winning history lesson and guide to sipping. RSVP to Melody at 269-927-4653. The $20 paid at the door includes wines, hors d’oeuvres, and event program. In case of inclement weather, this event will be moved indoors.
31st St. Harbor Hosts 2nd Annual Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show: The boating event starts tonight and goes through Sunday. There will be hundreds of new boats for sale, competitive stand-up paddleboard races and Bana Boat rides for kids. The first 200 Dads arriving on Father's Day will get a free surprise gift! Tickets are $10 for adults; children 15 and under get in FREE. Buy tickets in advance online at ChicagoInWaterBoatShow.com