Social distancing, mask wearing, and keeping one another safe may have made our events look a bit different this year, but it didn’t stop the Northwest Indiana community from finding ways to safely gather to entertain. We covered virtual theatre productions, drive-thru parades, food and supply giveaways, outdoor concerts, and so much more. Most of all, we highlighted the good by focusing on the people, places, and things that kept us engaged, made us feel a little normal again, and put a smile on our faces.
In no particular order, here are the top 10 entertainment articles on NWI.Life in 2020:
219 Day Party 2020 celebrates the Year of the Rat
The Region's annual 219 Day returned to the Hammond Civic Center for the fifth time. Region Rats, as they were affectionately called, came out to celebrate the Year of the Rat. There was much to pick from in the form of a selfie booth, Mind Bender games, a "Region Rat" piñata, vendors, and live entertainment.
Small Town Spotlight: Hobart Indiana
A new year, another month, and another chance to get out and see everything that Northwest Indiana has to offer. Each month, we visit one of the towns in the area to showcase the unique, the charming, and the beautiful, all right in our own backyards. This month we turn the spotlight on Hobart, “Home of the Brickies.”
Hammond’s Annual Holiday Parade brings joy and Christmas spirit to the Region
Christmas is a time of joy and wonder. As we look to fill our homes with smiles and laughter, creating new memories to last a lifetime, we also realize that Christmas is a time of traditions, those wonderful habits that make-up who we are. One long-standing tradition enjoyed by all is Hammond’s Annual Holiday Parade.
Griffith High School entertains virtually with fall play “High School Drama Night”
The Griffith High School Theatre Company acted out a virtual performance of Orson Welles’ Radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds, along with Tracks by Peter Tarsi on Saturday night. To stay in-line with COVID-19 safety precautions, the drama club chose to live stream the performance to audience members at home.
Despite COVID-19 hardships, theatre thrives in Northwest Indiana
Since the middle of March, COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in the normal onslaught of public activities, but schools and theatre companies throughout Northwest Indiana refuse to let the spirit of theatre dwindle. Theatre arts are all about creativity, and theatre groups in the Region have proven that through their unique solutions to keep theatre going.
City of Crown Point’s Annual Santa Parade brings holiday cheer to community
The City of Crown Point hosted their Annual Santa Parade on Saturday morning, kicking off the holiday season in the Hub City. Though Santa Claus rode in on a helicopter as usual, the rest of the event looked a little bit different due to COVID-19 safety precautions.
Drama Club at Bishop Noll Institute brings classic whodunnit board game to the stage with their production of Clue
It's a dark and stormy night, and you've been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.
Oak Partners’ celebrated Oaktoberfest returns for tenth year, brings food, friendship, and fun to Bulldog Park
Life isn’t just about numbers. As important as it may be to ensure a sound financial future for ourselves and our families, sometimes it’s equally as important to take the time to relax and feed our souls with good food, music, and great friends. The experienced team at Oak Partners understands that philosophy better than most.
Outdoor dining offers ambiance, safety in the Region
Live music, engaging conversations, and the sounds of water lapping against the harbor at the mouth of Lake Michigan – this ambiance greets guests who make their way onto the outdoor patio of Bartlett’s Fish Camp, located in the historic and elegant Michigan City Yacht Club. Edison bulbs offer a calming ambiance as patrons enjoy their fresh seafood and craft beer and cocktails along the water, the perfect spot to watch as private and commercial vessels go by. It’s an opportunity to witness the union of a strengthening economy, unique culture and cuisine, and a beautiful scenery you can’t find anywhere else.
Lake County Eats Local returns for second season, hosts farmer’s markets across the Region
Lake County Eats Local is back for a second season, hosting farmers markets in the cities of Gary and East Chicago and providing assistance to preexisting markets throughout the Region.