Zeno Rossetti is
finalizing plans for “Spark in the Park,” a three-hour event in October at
Thomas Centennial Park intended to be the launch event for a far more
comprehensive fire spinning festival next year.
Rossetti, owner of
the Chesterton Printing Company, told the Chesterton Park Board at its
meeting Tuesday night that Spark in the Park will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7, one day after the Chesterton Fire Department holds its
annual fire prevention open house at the station, as part of National Fire
Spark in the Park
will feature fire breathers, fire spinners, hula hoops, neon lights, body
painting, a kids play area, and free glow toys, Rossetti said. There will be
no vendors or sales and no street closures will be required.
“It’s pretty much
going to be a marketing event,” Rossetti added, “a small little mini-fest at
the east end of the park. Next year we hope to have a bigger event,”
tentatively called the Fire & Lights Performance Art Festival.
That larger event
will celebrate fire as art, with glass blowers, for instance, or sculptors
who specialize in welding.
event is supporting the CFD and the Burn Unit of Shriners Hospitals for
Chesterton Art Fair
In other business,
Gary Cooke, treasurer of the Chesterton Art Fair board, took a moment to
express his gratitude to the Park Board and the Parks & Recreation
Department for its tremendous support of last week’s Art Fair in Dogwood
It was blazing hot,
Cooke noted, but the swelter didn’t appear to affect attendance. In fact, he
said, based on the gate proceeds, more people attended this year than last.
Cooke said that
Dogwood Park is proving a better venue than Hawthorne Park did, with its
plentiful parking and its general flatness, which makes walking safer for
“The Art Fair was
successful again and a part of that success is because of the support we got
from you,” Cooke said.
President Paul Shinn took a moment at the end of the meeting to congratulate
the Park Department for a fine Cruise Night on Saturday, July 28.
fantastic,” said Shinn, who estimated that as many as 100 boss cars were on
display, along Broadway from South Calumet Road all the way to Fourth
Mike Billings is
One name which kept
popping up on Tuesday is that of Mike Billings, maintenance supervisor for
the Park Department, who appears to have spent much of his time this summer
putting out fires, making the trains run on time, and just generally being
boots on the ground.
invaluable assistance at the Art Fair, Cooke told the board. He was also
chief traffic director at Cruise Night, Shinn noted. And when a leak
developed at the splash pad in Chesterton Park on Monday, he and Town
Engineer Mark O’Dell succeeded in locating the leak in one of the pipes,
then shutting off its valve, affecting only a couple of jets in the splash
their appreciation to Billings for his fine work.
Stain on the House,
Courtesy of Hopkins Ace
O’Dell, after the
meeting, gave a shout-out to Mark Hopkins, owner of Hopkins Ace Hardware at
325 S. Calumet Road, for his generous donation of the stain which was
applied a couple of weekends ago to the interior of the boxcar in Thomas
Hopkins has been a
huge supporter of the boxcar restroom project, and earlier this year his
round-up campaign at Hopkins Ace raised $3,000 as part of a crowdfunding