The March meeting of the Whiting/Robertsdale Historical Society will take place on Thursday, March 28 beginning at 12 noon at the Mascot Hall of Fame. The topic will be a history of the Whiting Robertsdale Boat Club. Commodore Mike Hill, Jim Madison, Al Smaluk & Mick Wisniewski will relate many interesting details about this club that is now going into its 65th year. As always, everyone is invited to attend this program & share in the refreshments after the meeting. We look forward to seeing you on the upper level of the Mascot Hall of Fame. We hope you enjoy it so much that you will become a member of the W/R HS. Dues are only $10 per year.
Trivia Night will be held at the Whiting Public Library Meeting Room on Thursday, March 28 starting at 6 pm. It’s a fun time to see how much or little you know about a wide range of topics. Bring a friend and some refreshments if you like. Admission is free and the winning team get a Grand Prize!
The Whiting Lions Club will have their “Famous Pancake & Sausage Breakfast” in the St. John Panel Room, 119th & Lincoln Avenue, on Sunday, March 31 from 8 am to 1 pm. Special pancake toppings, door prizes & a basket auction will be held. Tickets are $6.00 for adults & $3.00 for children. Proceeds benefit many community service projects.
The City of Whiting proudly announces the Grand Opening Celebration for the Mascot Hall of Fame. This three day event begins on Friday, April 5 at 10 am. The day will include local mascots, photo & autograph sessions & family fun activities. The Hall is located at 1851 Front Street. All are invited to attend.
Whiting High School will present “Peter Pan - The Musical” on Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6 at 7 pm in the WHS Auditorium. The play will also be presented on Friday, April 12 & Saturday, April 13. The auditorium is located at 1800 New York Avenue. Please enter at Door 18. General admission is $5.00.
Day 2 of the Grand Opening features the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, MHOF Member Reception, 2019 Induction Logo Unveiling, Mascot Inductee Appearances, Photo & Autograph Sessions, Family-Fun Activities & Entertainment. Check mascothalloffame.com for more information.
A Trivia Night is being sponsored by the Whiting Football Parent’s Club on Saturday, April 6 at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 7 pm to 9 pm. The K of C Hall is located at the corner of Atchison Avenue & 119th Street. Admission is $20.00 per person.
The last day of the Grand Opening will begin as 10 am. As on Friday, local mascots will be available for photo & autograph sessions. Other family-fun activities are also planned. Check their website at mascothalloffame.com to learn more about the MHOF.
Professor Bruce Allardice will present his program “Baseball Comes to the Windy City” on Saturday, April 13 at 2 pm in the Meeting Room of the Whiting Public Library. He will look at the “National Pastime” during the 1850s & 1860s in Chicago. Professor Allardice will focus on how the game spread, who played it, & how the Civil War effected the spread of the game. Finally, he will explain how the Chicago Cubs were formed!
Learn more about the Korean War on Saturday, March 9 at 2 pm when historian Jim Gibbons will discuss the events that took place before, during and after the Korean War. Gibbons will discuss the combat and bombings which occurred as well as explain how, although an armistice to end the war was signed in 1953, no peace treaty was ever signed, causing both sides to technically still be at war today. The program will take place in the meeting room (lower level) of the Whiting Library. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.
Be part of the Whiting Merchants 2nd Saturday hunt for “Lucky the Leprechaun.” If you find the leprechaun at your local participating merchant, you will become eligible for a special giveaway or discount with your purchase. Call the Chamber at 659-0292 for details.
Legendary rocker John Fogerty revealed last fall that he would mark the 50th anniversary of his career with a celebration on the road via an expanded 2019 world tour. That tour stops in Hammond for one performance at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino.
In January of 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their second album, Bayou Country. Fogerty’s composition, “Proud Mary” rose to #2 on the U.S. singles chart.
That August, with the release of Green River, two more singles, “Green River” and “Bad Moon Rising,” also reached #2 and helped the album reach #1. Just three months after the release of its predecessor, CCR put out a third studio album, Willy and the Poor Boys, in November 1969. Its single, the toe-tappin’ “Down on the Corner,” was another hit, reaching #3. The album also yielded the classic rock favorite, “Fortunate Son,” a protest song/anti-war anthem.
Of the three albums’ 26 songs, no less than 22 were written by Fogerty. These LPs also include such CCR classics as “Lodi” and “Born on the Bayou,” plus their legendary covers of “The Midnight Special,” “Cotton Fields” and “The Night Time is the Right Time.”
Tickets are limited. Go to The Venue’s ticket office online for details.
Celebrate Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French) at the Sacred Heart Rose Room. This family celebration will consist of great homemade Louisiana style food prepared by Father Jay and his volunteers. Music provided by Santos Way Karaoke. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for kids (5 to 12), while toddlers 4 and under are free.Tickets will be on sale after the 10:30 am and 5:30 pm masses or on line at www.sacredheartwhiting.com. For more info call the Sacred Heart office at (219)743-4400.
The March forum will be held on Tuesday March 5 in Room 265 at Calumet College of St. Joseph, 2400 New York Avenue in Whiting. The Cedar Lake Historical Association will present the history of Cedar Lake. For more information call Michael Boos at 219-933-7149. All are invited to attend.
The final day of the three day festival features Pierogi Fest buscias, the St. John the Baptist Youth Choir, a teaches skit, opportunities to “pie the teacher,” and live music by the Underground Prophets. There will also be a traditional Slovak Dinner at 11:30 A.M., for $12 each. You can pay for the meal by winning the Grand Prize Raffle. There are two first place prizes of $5,000 each. Tickets are still available.
There are a variety of fun activities for all ages throughout the three-day festival. For the youngers ones, the gymnasium will transform into the Children’s GIANT game room which will have games for all ages to enjoy and win prizes. The Teen Room will have a coffee shop and dance room vibe.
The Whiting Elks will help celebrate Mardi Gras on Saturday March 2 with a New Orleans themed dinner . Tickets are just $40 for one or two for $70. Enjoy great food, music, dancing, party favors and of course, hurricanes! Call Mike Bobos at (219) 292-9515 for tickets and details.
Day two of the three-day festival includes taste of the Panel Room, a student talent show, and live music by the Bed Bugs. In the afternoon, seniors will have a chance to enjoy Bingo, and listen to the music of the Merry Notes as they play some of the best polkas. Games of chance will be offered throughout the weekend. At night, there will be a Prime Rib Dinner at 7 P.M. Cost for the dinner is $20, and $17 for seniors. You can obtain advance tickets for the dinner by calling 219-659-3042..
All weekend long, the lower level of the school will be transformed into your favorite board games. You may want to “Pass Go” and collect a “get out of jail free card” in our jail style beer garden. Head through the “Gumdrop Forest” (Panel Room) to enjoy pizza, nachos, beef sandwiches, and sweet treats from our dessert bar and homemade bake sale table.
The three day festival opens with a Mexican dinner, games of chance, and live music by Brian Munde. There will be food, games for all ages, a beer garden, silent auction, raffles, a bake sale, and lots of family fun.
The Winter Festival started in 1974 and has grown in making St. John into a community that comes together to enjoy the camaraderie of friends, family, and neighbors. The festival is a time for the Whiting/Robertsdale community to gather and reconnect with each other. This year’s theme, “Family Game Weekend,” was decided to help everyone “unplug” from electronic devices and enjoy time with friends and family on March 1, 2, and 3.
The Whiting Public Library will host their monthly Trivia Night on Thursday, February 28 starting at 6 pm. If you like, you can bring refreshments to share with the group. Your team may not win, but you’re guarenteed to have a lot of fun & test your trivia knowledge at the same time.
The Whiting/Robertsdale Historical Society will meet at noon on Thursday, February 28 on the upper level of the Mascot Hall of Fame, 119th & Front Street. Our guest speaker will be David Dabertin David will talk about the history of the Federated Metals Company, the current owners (Whiting Metals) and the clean-up of the site and adjoining Lake George area. The doors open at 11 am. Dues for 2019 ($10) are now due. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. All are welcome.
See Super Bowl LIII at the Mascot Hall of Fame! The perfect atmosphere and kid-friendly way to watch the big game!
The party begins at 4:30pm and there will be food at 5:30pm. Food and Super Bowl Snacks are included with admission, and Drinks (beer & wine) are only $2!
There will be games and door prizes, AND, our MHOF Staff will be available to supervise the kids playing in the museum while parents watch the game!
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Adults: $20 (Non-members) • $10 (Members)
Kids: $15 (Non-members) • $7.50 (Members)
Whiting Library patrons will be able to eavesdrop on Mary Todd Lincoln and Jacqueline Kennedy as they visit the Smithsonian exhibit on “First Ladies”. Actresses Laura Keyes (Lincoln) and Leslie Goddard (Kennedy) will portray these very important people as they discuss more than just the tragedies they have in common. Please call the Whiting Public Library at 659-0269 x 110 to register for this free program.
The January meeting of the W/R Historical Society will be held on Thursday, January 24 on the upper level of the Mascot Hall of Fame Museum located at the corner of 119th & Front Streets. Part of the meeting will be a “Show & Tell” where members can bring in any personal items and share their stories with the group. The second half of the meeting will be a presentation by Gayle Kosalko and John Hmurovic about the recent World War I displays that the Historical Society hosted at the Whiting Public Library and in the window of Studio 659. Dues of $10.00 for 2019 will also be collected. Bring a friend with you and enjoy refreshments after the meeting.
H.D.E.M. has completed their soil test study of 27 locations and are sharing their results on January 22nd in Room 200 at Calumet College starting at 6:30 pm. Also to be discussed will be the possible need to expand the testing of soil further south to 129th Street. The public is encouraged to attend this important meeting. Questions & comments will be accepted from the public.
A total eclipse of the Moon will occur over the Americas and western Europe beginning on the evening of January 20 and lasting into January 21. The shadow of the Earth will pass completely over the surface of the Moon from 10:41 to 11:43. This totality of 1 hour and 2 minutes is a bit longer than the average. The viewing of this eclipse locally of course depends on our weather conditions. Check your newspapers, television stations and social media for more information.
The Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative will host the 18th annual Winter Wonderland at Wolf Lake Festival Saturday. Events will be held from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Environmental Education Center, 2405 Calumet Avenue. For more information call Michael Boos at 219-933-7149 or 312-220-0120.
The monthly forum on the Calumet Region’s past, present and future will take place on Tuesday, January 8 at Calumet College of St. Joseph, 2400 New York Avenue in Room 265. The speaker, Natalie Johnson, is the Executive Director of the Save the Dunes, and will speak on the organization’s history and current work.
The Whiting Public Library will begin their 2019 lecture/presentation season with Clarence Goodman telling the “true story of the Rat Pack” at 2 pm in the meeting room of the library. Come hear about Frank, Dean, Joey, Sammy & Peter & how they captured the headlines not only in Las Vegas, but also Hollywood, Chicago & even the White House. Admission is free & refreshments will be served.
Welcome in 2019 with the Whiting Knights of Columbus 3rd Annual Pierogi Drop. The celebration begins at 8 P.M. at the corner of 119th Street and Atchison Avenue. There will be music, entertainment, food, and an indoor/outdoor beer garden at the K of C Hall. Then, be there for the countdown to 2019 and watch a ten foot illuminated Pierogi drop 90 feet, with fireworks at midnight.