Lively social scene around Lake Michigan and unusual forms of political coverage when term-limited Governor Daniels visits with Stephen Colbert and other talk show hosts to not comment on the election.
Report on he 2nd Annual MCC Masquerade Ball last Saturday: The Marquette Pavillon in Miller has had a lustrous renovation that went deep inside right down to the trim on the ceiling moldings. What I appreciated the most though was something I had overlooked in spite of watching it change before my eyes. The outdoor lighting is amazing and burnishes the new walkways and curbs, the paved parking lot and all the other surfaces that are very helpful when tottering around in high heels. I was at a severe disadvantage with many of my neighbors who had elaborate masks that seemed to have come straight from Venice but did manage to recognize Terry and Tom Cera, Gene and Judi Ayers, Pat and Karren Lee and Eric Reaves. The caterer who did such a swell job on the food--- including bits of spring rolls, sausages with sauerkraut, bruschettas, gourmet pizza and rather amazing cake pops---is still a mystery to me. Anyone out there know the answer?
WBEZ Grand Opening Party in Crown Point: Host Rick Kogan and a few of the Afternoon Shift crew had already slipped away by the time I arrived, but there were still coffee donuts and hospitable radio celebs like Michael Puente available to welcome npr fans to the new satellite tucked away on Hack St. just off the square. Air time had been focused on the senatorial election still thought to be up in the air between Richard Mourdock and Joe Donnelly, though there were no live contestants at the studio. (Earlier in the day SSCVA's Speros Batistatos had stopped by, as well as Hammond Mayor and Democratic Chairman Thomas McDermott. Mayor McDermott has had a good election season, a couple of weeks ago he was called out by personal hero, former President Bill Clinton at a rally in Indianapolis. ) The last guest of the afternoon was Governor Mitch Daniels, who politely declined to discuss politics on the grounds that he is withdrawing from the fray after his acceptance of the Purdue University presidency. Governor Daniels had been similarly coy on The Colbert Report the night before, when host Stephen Colbert asked about candidate Mourdock's remarks about pregnancy-as-a-result-of -rape. Although Daniels did say that he thought Mitt Romney would make a fine president. Daniels, who was on the Comedy Channel plugging his book, Keeping the Republic (I haven't finished the book yet, but I do enjoy reading it. For a governor, Daniels can get pretty philisophical.), seemed to like being on the show way more than giving the State of the Union rebuttal. His chat on WBEZ did not go as well, the Governor was starting to give his opinion about the challenges in Northwest Indiana when Kogan abruptly ended the show. I'm sure it was just a coincidence.