July Happenings in Munster

July Happenings in Munster
By: Mary Buksa Last Updated: June 28, 2019

What’s coming up?

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and the town of Munster is ready for it. The annual Munster Firework Show is taking place on July 3rd at Centennial Park. The park will be open to the public starting at 6:00 p.m. Besides fantastic fireworks, there will also be music, food vendors, and a beer garden. The band “Final Say” will be performing the entire evening. The firework show will start at 9:30 p.m. There will be live music from 7:30-11:00 p.m. This exciting, patriotic event will be sponsored by the Munster Civic Foundation.

On the very next day, July 4th, there will be two annual parades. At 10:00 a.m., there will be an Independence Day Kiddie Parade. The parade is taking place at Foliage Lane and Oriole Drive. The Munster Fire Department Association is sponsoring the event. The main parade will begin at 2 p.m. and is predicted to end at 4 p.m. The parade will start at the Munster Community Hospital on Calumet Avenue and end by the Munster Town Hall on Ridge Road. The parade will consist of various floats and organizations marching. Bands such as St.Thomas More, Munster High School, Highland High School, Bishop Noll, and more will be performing. Other groups to spot marching are the girl scouts, boy scouts, cub scouts, 4H Club, Republican Party, and the Democrat Party. There will also be numerous fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars driving in the parade. The Munster American Legion and Munster VFW will start off the parade. This parade is being sponsored by the Lions Club. Want to join the town and celebrate our Country’s freedom? Attend these fun-filled, free events.

What’s happened?

Looking for fresh produce, jams, Tupperware, or jewelry? The Munster Community Market is the place for you. The market takes place at Community Park from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays. The market began on May 28th and will go until October 22nd. Vendors from all across Northwest Indiana come to sell their items. There are different vendors each week to keep the market exciting for all. At the market on June 18th, there were about 20 different vendors participating. Some of the food vendors included Premium Cheesecake in a Jar which sold oreo, strawberry, and turtle cheesecakes, Coffee Cabin, who sold their various signature drinks, A Spice Above, who sold their award winning dip mixes and had samples to try, and Ely’s Pierogi, who sold three types of pierogis. Other vendors included the brand Tupperware, Young Living Essential Oils, and Paparazzi Accessories which sold gorgeous jewelry for only $5. Other activities to do at the market include indulging in cheese samples, getting drawn by a cartoon artist, and enjoying live music. Munster resident, Abigail Buksa, tried a chocolate “milkquake” from Coffee Cabin, a potato cheese pierogi from Ely’s Pierogi, dips from A Spice Above, and bought a Tupperware set.

“My favorite part of the Munster Community Market was trying new things,” Buksa said.

Luckily for anyone who wants to go to this wonderful market, there are several more chances to attend and experience all the different vendors.

Resident Spotlight: Kyle Thompson

School, sports, and music sums up 17-year-old and Munster resident, Kyle Thompson. Thompson has lived in Munster since 2014. He attended St. Thomas More in Munster for grade school starting in 2nd grade. For high school, Thompson attends Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Ill. He will be a junior this coming fall.

Thompson is very active in his community, despite not attending Munster High School. He golfs regularly at Centennial Park. He also plays the trumpet in the Northwest Indiana Junior Symphony Orchestra that practices and plays at The Center For Visual and Performing Arts in Munster.

Besides playing the trumpet, Thompson plays varsity tennis and golf at Marian Catholic. He also participates in Political Club and Eurochallenge at school. Even though Thompson is very involved in sporting activities, academics are his number one priority. He takes various honors and AP classes and excels in them.

“My favorite thing to do in Munster is going golfing at Centennial Park Golf Course. I also enjoy walking my dog, Bosco, around the Centennial Park walking paths,” said Thompson.

He also appreciates the abundance of sidewalks throughout the entire town of Munster. He says that it is easy to bike to and from anywhere in the town.