Apr 07 2009

Looking forward to Summer!

Published by Tom McDermott Jr. at 7:43 am under General

Snow in April! While certainly not unheard of here in Hammond, but still no cause for celebration after a seemingly very long, very cold and very snowy winter.  I’m sure many Northwest Indiana residents are looking forward to warmer weather and more time outside, but even the Mayor can’t control the weather.  Spring and Summer are busy times in Hammond, the Hammond Optimist Baseball Opening Day Ceremony is just around the corner now on April 25th, as well as the 5th Annual Cinco De Mayo Fiesta at the Hammond Civic Center on May 1st.  Shortly after that starts the car shows, parades, fishing derbies, Venetian nights, fireworks, block parties and other special events which are part of summer life in the Region, but for me, summer is always highlighted by the Hammond Festival of the Lakes.

This year’s Festival of the Lakes, which runs from July 14 to July 19 promises to be one of the best Festivals ever.  I was very impressed by the top rate quality entertainment scheduled to play this year, my special events coordinator really outdid herself.  The Festival kicks off again this year with the very popular Tuesday night Evening of Dreams Odyssey Dinner Cruise.  In addition to the beautiful view of the Chicago skyline, the music and food make this a sellout event year after year.  In keeping with the family friendly theme of the Festival of the Lakes, the Carnival Mega Pass will once again be offered, as well as plenty of food and games.

The highlight of the Festival will once again be the five consecutive nights of free concerts featuring top name acts.   On Wednesday July 15th Together will open for Boys II Men, on Thursday, the Spin Doctors will open for the Gin Blossoms, on Friday, Lake County’s own Nicole Jamrose will open for Randy Travis; on Saturday, History’s End will open for the Black Crowes and Sunday is the always popular Latin Night with the Tellstars opening for Los Lonely Boys.  There is so much planned for summer, if only it would hurry up and get here.

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