The Porter Park Department will present four delightful evenings of dancing
and music in beautiful Hawthorne Park. Dance lessons and concerts are free
and will be held rain or shine. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy a
picnic while listening to great music. Food vendors will be on hand at every
Each evening will kick off with free dance lessons provided by Duneland
Ballroom starting at 6 p.m. in the gazebo. No dance partner? No problem!
Dance lessons are designed to get each participant gliding and spinning
among new friends, while we all learn new dance steps.
Musical performances begin at 7 p.m. in the East Shelter, just off Waverly
Rd. While there is ample parking along Ackerman and Coslett, priority
parking nearest to the East Shelter is reserved for senior guests and those
with handicapped parking placards.
On Wednesday, July 31, virtuoso guitarist, and local Porter resident, Peter
Aglinskas will perform a solo concert of original finger-style guitar
arrangements from his CDs "Sepia Session" and "South Shore Soul," as well as
rock classics, featuring sizzling renditions of "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy
Queen" and "Highway Star." Aglinskasí music is infused with elements from
jazz, R&B, and rock 'n roll, with a technique firmly rooted in the classical
On Wednesday, August 7, "Cool Sounds from Hot Brass" will fill the park when
South Shore Brass Ensemble performs music by Mozart, Dukas, and Holst as
well as Dixieland, Ragtime, the Roaring Twenties, and George M.Cohan. This
marvelous brass sextet consists of Charles Mann, Larry Lane and Chuck Bailey
on trumpets; Phil Hahn, horn; Len Bessette, trombone; and John Weber, tuba.
On Wednesday, August 14, City Lights Band will wrap up the 2013 season.
Comprised of musicians from Chicago, Northwest Indiana and Southeast
Michigan, the members have performed and been associated with many different
groups trough the years. They bring a wealth of experience and talent.
Thrill to jazz and pop favorites sung and played with style. . .and don't
forget your dancing shoes, you will want to dance the night away with City
For more information please contact Brian Bugajski, Director of Parks at
219/912-1687 or visit
A special thanks to Robert Vodnoy, Music Director and Danielle Karczewski,
of Duneland Ballroom Dance Studio, along with concert sponsors Pinkerton,
Raffin Construction, Riley's Rail House, Tilden & Tilden, Horizon Bank, Haas
& Associates, Sleepy Hollow Leather Inc., The Chesterton Tribune,
Westchester Public Library, Bill and Zathoe Sexton, the Newman Family and
Shelton Fireworks for making these evenings under the stars possible.