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Exceptional service celebrated during R.O.S.E. Awards

Celebrate exceptional guest service on Sept. 24 at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority’s annual Recognition of Service Excellence (R.O.S.E.) Awards dinner. The dinner, hosted at Avalon Manor in Hobart, will honor 12 R.O.S.E. Awards recipients and three Recognition of Industry S…

September 14, 2014 12:00 am

Space Race Run/Walk features laser light shows, simulator tours

Join the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana on the Purdue University Calumet campus in Hammond at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 for the Space Race 5K Run/2K Walk. Participants will be able to vote for their favorite school or organization to receive a free Family Science Night. This is a Calu…

September 07, 2014 12:00 am

Wacky fun reigns at Downtown Hammond Council’s Bizarre Bazaar

Explore arts and crafts, a car and motorcycle show, kids’ games and art activities, the Stuff-a-Palooza Garage Sale and more during the Downtown Hammond Council’s ninth annual Bizarre Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at historic Harrison Park in downtown Hammond. For more information, …

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
Tourists come to Indiana despite, not because of, state efforts

Tourists come to Indiana despite, not because of, state efforts

A recent news story made it appear Indiana is gaining more tourists by spending less, but region tourism leaders say the article virtually ignored how much is spent at the local level to make up for the lack of state dollars.

August 26, 2014 8:00 pm Photos


County Line Orchard to open for season Sept. 6

County Line Orchard will open for the season Sept. 6. Visitors can enjoy numerous attractions, including apple and pumpkin U-pick fields, corn mazes, a kids’ farm, the County Line Orchard Kitchen and bakery. Visit

August 24, 2014 12:00 am

Jasper County Fall Festival offers entertainment next weekend

Experience the Jasper County Fall Festival this Friday through Aug. 24 at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Rensselaer and enjoy numerous events and activities. Entertainment includes live music, a demo derby, mud drags and tractor pulls. Attendees will also enjoy craft, antique and home déco…

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
Wellman honored with state's highest tourism award

Wellman honored with state's highest tourism award

INDIANAPOLIS | A man whose name is synonymous with Northwest Indiana's travel and hospitality industry was awarded the state's highest tourism honor Friday.

August 15, 2014 3:16 pm

Lubeznik Center for the Arts presents Lakefront Art Festival

Explore two-dimensional art, fine craft, jewelry, photography, sculptural objects and wearable art during the Lubeznik Center for the Arts Lakefront Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at Washington Park, 10 On The Lake in Michigan City.

August 10, 2014 12:00 am

ROSE Awards nominations of employees due Aug. 28

South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority is accepting nominations for the annual ROSE Awards through Aug. 28.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am

Paint the Parks art exhibit to open Friday at welcome center

Paint the Parks, a traveling exhibit highlighting U.S.A.’s national parks through art, will open at the Indiana Welcome Center on Friday, and run through Sept. 26. During the exhibit, visitors will see approximately 100 paintings of landscapes, wildlife, seashores, monuments, historic sites …

July 27, 2014 12:00 am

Celebrate Whiting’s heritage at Pierogi Fest

The three-day Pierogi Fest will take over downtown Whiting’s 119th Street on Friday through July 27. Enjoy a weekend full of delicious pierogi, five stages of entertainment, the International Polka Parade, a pierog toss, a pierog eating contest and more. Visit

July 20, 2014 12:00 am

Contests promote Visiting Friends and Relatives campaign

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority is teaming up with five local media outlets to promote VFRs, Visiting Friends and Relatives through contests.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am

C.P. restaurant sponsors charity motorcycle ride

CROWN POINT | Safe House Bar & Grill is sponsoring a charity motorcycle run Sunday  to benefit St. Jude House Family Violence Prevention Center and Shelter.

July 07, 2014 5:23 pm

South Shore Regional Car Show rolls in Thursday

The South Shore Regional Car Show from 3  to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Fair Oaks Farms will feature hundreds of antique and classic cars, a DJ and music, an appearance by Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders and the Colts In Motion traveling museum, a beer garden, a performance by the National Anthem…

July 06, 2014 12:00 am

Deal for SSCVA sponsorship of Festival of the Lakes uncertain

HAMMOND | It has come down to a matter of verbal acceptance vs. written acceptance, and a $40,000 sponsorship of the city’s Festival of the Lakes may be dead in the water.

July 03, 2014 8:30 pm
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June 29, 2014 12:00 am

Celebrate holiday weekend at Cedar Lake Summerfest

Celebrate the Independence Day weekend at the annual Cedar Lake Summerfest at the Park of the Rec Cedars, 7408 Constitution Ave. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment, amusement rides, games and contests, a car show, fireworks and much more Thursday through July 6. Admission is free and par…

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
No break in the clouds over controversial air show

No break in the clouds over controversial air show

FAIR OAKS | At least 10 inches of rain in the past 30 days grounded what was to be the 2014 South Shore Air Show at its new venue here, tourism officials said.

June 25, 2014 5:49 pm Photos


Air show parking, tour tickets, hotel packages now available

Parking tickets, Fair Oaks Farms tour tickets and hotel packages for the South Shore Air Show on July 11-13 are now available. Create a weekend getaway and purchase parking passes for the Air Show by visiting Parking passes can also be purchased at the Indiana Welc…

June 22, 2014 12:00 am

McDermott tells CVA he'll 'play nice'

HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. made an appearance at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors meeting Thursday to smooth out a tense relationship that heated up last year after the South Shore Air Show was moved to Fair Oaks Farms, a move McDermott called “a…

June 19, 2014 6:15 pm
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