The first meeting of the Whiting/Robertsdale Historical Society for the 2019-2020 season will feature guest speakers Anthony Contrucci and Kirsten Markusic of Centier Bank. They will speak about not only Centier Bank, but also about the history of the Bank of Whiting, founded in 1895 by one of Whiting’s very first business families, the Schrages. Also discussed will be the history of the Schrage family and their mansion, that for many years served as the rectory for Immaculate Conception Church. If you aren’t already a member, dues are only $10.00. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.
A tour of the Community Center and presentations about its amazing history will be held on Saturday, September 28. The tour is sponsored by the Whiting YMCA and the City of Whiting. Learn about the days when Johnny Weissmuller swam in the Center’s pool and John Wooden played in the gym as part of the Ciesars Basketball team. Visit the 800 seat auditorium and see places you were never allowed to see when you were growing up and visited the Community Center. More details to follow.
The October program at the Whiting Public Library will once again feature Jim Gibbons. His topic will be the life of the man referred to as “Hizzoner'‘, Mayor Richard J. Daley — a man of vision, courage, and dreams for a great city. Under his administration Chicago was called “The City that Works!”
The 8th annual “Whiting Cares” St. Baldrick’s Fundraising event will be held at Center Lounge and Restaurant, 1312 119th Street on Saturday, September 14th. Basket Raffles, Food, Outdoor Beer Garden, & Inside Drink Specials along with a DJ will add to the fun of this very special fundraiser to help conquer cancer in children.
Frank & Sammy in concert at the PAV on Friday, September 13. Call Hammond Special Events at (219) 853-6378 for more information.
The Whiting Public Library will present the tragic story of the S.S. Eastland on Saturday, September 7 starting at 2 pm. Actor Terrence Lynch will portray Ollie Sanders, a Western Electric employee, who was an eyewitness to the Eastland disaster. Relieve the events, aftermath, and ongoing legends that surround the sinking of the “Speed Queen of the Great Lakes” on the Chicago River on July 24, 1915.
Robertsdale residents will have their chance to attend the 1st District’s “Mayor’s Night Out” at the Pavilion at Wolf Lake on Wednesday, September 4, beginning at 6:30 pm. This is your opportunity to discuss issues directly with the mayor and his staff. Rain Location: Lost Marsh Clubhouse
The Whiting Park Festival Orchestra presents “America The Beautiful”, their end of summer concert, on Sunday, September 1 starting at 7:30 pm. Trumpeter Aaron Romm will be featured. A spectacular fireworks display is part of the conclusion of this salute to America. Admission is free, but there is a $5.00 charge for parking.
The Whiting Public Library will be holding its second annual Bunco Night on Thursday, August 29th. The games will start at 6 p.m. sharp. The event is free to attend and the winner will receive a prize. You don’t need to know how to play Bunco to attend, just show up and get ready to have a lot of fun. Please call the library at 659-0269 x 110 or x 113 to register for this free program. We hope to see you and your friends there.
The August Trivia night at the Whiting Public Library will be held on Thursday, August 22 beginning at 6 p.m. Bring your friends, some refreshments, and your memory, to match wits with the other teams as you try to win the first place prize. Everyone is welcome.
Sacred Heart Parish is holding an Ice Cream Social on the parish grounds beginning at 1 pm. Sundaes, old fashioned ice cream floats, cake and ice cream with your choice of four different flavors and toppings galore. A cake walk, games for kids as well as cornhole games will be held. Bring your family and friends and have some summer fun while helping out Sacred Heart Parish.
The city of Hammond will hold their annual “National Night Out” on Tuesday, August 6 at the Wolf Lake Splash Pad. Visit with police and fire personnel, view their equipment and demonstrations, get some food and enjoy the splash pad too. Help to fight crime locally by attending this is a free event.
The city of Whiting presents its annual celebration on Monday in Whiting’s Lakefront Park. This free event will offer all kinds of family-oriented fun. Visitors can expect face painting, train rides, bounce houses and more. Food concessions will also be available for purchase.
The Whiting Park Festival Orchestra will present “Get Happy”, a Judy Garland Celebration, on Saturday August 3 at the Mary E. Bercik Memorial Pavilion. The concert will begin at 7:30 pm. Admission is free but there is a $5.00 charge for parking. Joan Ellison is the guest vocalist. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets for this evening under the stars.
On Saturday, August 3 at 2 pm Clarence Goodman returns to the meeting room of the Whiting Public Library to present the final installment in his Chicago Mob trilogy. The program titled “The Boss of Bosses: Momo’s Chicago” will feature the exploits of crime boss Sam Giancana. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.
Friday, July 26 - Day 1
Pierogi Parade - 7 PM - Check www.whitingevents.com for all the details.