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Festival of the Lakes to include polka party and hot rod and custom bike show

Festival of the Lakes to include polka party and hot rod and custom bike show

Festival of the Lakes to include polka party and hot rod and custom bike show

The E-Z Tones will play at the Festival of the Lakes' Polka Party at the Hammond Marina.

This year's Festival of the Lakes will include a Polka Party celebrating the Region's Polish heritage at the Hammond Marina and a Hot Rod & Custom Bike Show.

The 17th annual celebration of Lake Michigan, Wolf Lake and George Lake – which largely takes place at Wolf Lake Memorial Park – will feature free concerts from musical acts like REO Speedwagon when it returns July 13 through July 18.

The E-Z Tones, a six-member polka group that formed in Michigan City in 1975, will perform traditional Polish music between 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 at the Hammond Marina, 701 Casino Center Drive. 

The bank has been playing old-time favorites at festivals, weddings and dances across the Midwest and East Coast for more than 45 years.

"Though there have been some changes over the years, the current group includes three original members, the Sienkowski brothers," the city of Hammond said in a press release. "Eddie, Dan, and Tom Sienkowski are all from Indiana. They are joined by cousin Wayne Sienkowski, Fred Edelmaier, and Al Jelinek from the Chicago area. Almost all of us have been fortunate enough to be a part of 'The Ampol Aires' polka band for quite a few years. Together The E-Z Tones have over 250 years of experience playing the music they love."

Venue operators, theaters, movie theaters, live music venues, museums, performing arts groups and others that were forced to shutter their doors can start applying for grants to compensate for losses during state-mandated shutdowns.

The event will include dancing and authentic Polish food from the Cavalier Inn. Admission and parking are free, and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

The Festival of the Lakes Hot Rod & Custom Bike Show will take place from noon until 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 18 at Wolf Lake Memorial Park at 2324 Calumet Ave. It costs $15 per vehicle with registration between 9 a.m. and noon.

In addition to all the hot rods and motorcycles on display, the event will include a DJ, door prizes, concessions and awards. 

Coming Sunday, see a day in the life of Michigan City Police Officer Brian Wright.

For more information, visit or call 219.853.6378


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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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