The Town of Porter
is donating $2,000 for the 6th annual Family 4th Fest on Monday, July 4.
That’s $1,000 more
than what it gave for the 5th annual Family 4th Fest and $2,000 more than it
gave for June 30th’s Fireworks on the Lakefront this year, having declined
the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s request in April.
Making the motion
to double the amount from last year was Town Council member Erik Wagner. The
funding will be drawn from the Town’s installment of county economic
development income tax funds.
Greg Stinson said the increase is “a great idea” and lauded the festival as
something special for the Duneland community. “I think it’s a great event.
It seems to get bigger every year,” Stinson said.
vice-president of the Duneland Business Initiative Group, which has hosted
the event since 2011, said the festivities will kick off again this year
with a pancake breakfast, courtesy of the Chesterton Lions Club, starting at
7 a.m. followed by the parade through Porter at 9 a.m.
Back this year are
the turtle races following the parade in Hawthorne Park and, as an added
attraction this year, a duck race, Layman said.
There will be
rides, games, ring toss, brick toss, a hot dog eating contest for kids, a
beer garden by Leroy’s Hot Stuff, food vendors, karaoke, live music by the
band “Shut Up and Dance” and fireworks at dusk.
“It takes me back
to when I was a kid with things like these going on,” Layman said.
Porter Beach rules
While the Town
won’t be shelling out any monetary donations for the Chamber’s Fireworks on
the Lakeshore, it will be providing police, fire and emergency services to
patrol the crowd.
Porter Police Chief
Jamie Spanier said in his department report to the Council that residents
who will be traveling though the Porter Beach area during the event are
encouraged to pick up a paper copy of the rules for vehicles.
Cars will be lining
up at Porter Beach for the show and those who have a copy of the rules will
be able to move the line more quickly as police will not have to explain the
rules. Motorists will also be told which lots are open for parking.
residents can obtain a copy at either the Porter Town Hall or the Police
Traffic will be
restricted immediately following the end of the fireworks show so that
police can get the first round of shuttle buses through. That should take
about 15 minutes, Spanier said, and vehicles should be able to exit quickly
Caps for lemonade,
Director Brian Bugajski told about other happenings at Porter Parks this
On Friday, June 17,
Brownie Girl Scout Troop 30352 will be having a lemonade stand in Hawthorne
Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The catch however is lemonade will not be sold
for cash, but for donations of plastic caps, lids and old or broken crayons
The goal is to
close the gap on the amount of caps needed for building two all-recycled
benches that the troop is donating to Hawthorne Park -- only 150 pounds left
to go. The total project requires 500 pounds of caps and lids.
Bugajski said for
the donated crayons, the Troop will take them to be melted down and then
recycled into new crayons for children’s hospitals across the nation.
Also, Bugajski said
registration is open for the MS4 Kids Fishing Derby at Indian Springs Park
on Beam Street. Kids ages 6-12 can participate in fishing out at the park.
It is a free event, from 8 a.m. to noon, followed by a hot dog lunch. All
equipment will be provided, Bugajski added.
Praise was given to
the agencies who helped out on Summer Safety Fest last Saturday, as well as
to the festival’s young co-chairs, Sophia Keating and Eric Ailes.
Bugajski said about
200 people attended the concert in the park/movie series last Friday at
Hawthorne Park’s east shelter. Council member Bill Lopez said he thought the
Parks Department did a “nice job” putting it on.
Hawthorne Park will
play host as well to the last night of the series put on by the Westchester
Public Library on Friday, Aug. 5, Bugajski said.