Saturday, October 26, come to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens for an evening of radio-style, terrifying tales by candlelight. Enjoy coffee and dessert while listening to these great dark and moody classics – The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, and The Masque of the Red Death.
These auto-classics are read by legendary British actor Basil Rathbone, famed for his 1920s-1960s theater and movie career. His most famous roles include Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes.
Event begins at 8:30 p.m.
The J.D. Marshall, a ship that sank in Lake Michigan more than 100 years ago, was dedicated at Indiana Dunes State Park today as the Department of Natural Resources’ first nature preserve of its kind.
The new nature preserve in Porter County consists of 100 acres in the lake, 600 yards offshore from the park. The J.D. Marshall — 154-foot long, steam-powered sand barge built in 1891 — sank in a storm on June 11, 1911. Four crew members died and seven survived.
The shipwreck’s status as a nature preserve is geared toward promoting public understanding and appreciation of the J.D. Marshall and Indiana shipwrecks in general. The status also offers new protections to the site on top of existing protections offered under Indiana’s archaeological laws.
Fishing is permitted in the preserve by canoe, kayak or any boat with a draft less than 8 feet. Anchoring in the preserve is prohibited. Mooring buoys will be provided for dive and fishing boats to tie off. Preserve boundaries will be identified by seasonally placed buoys. NOAA nautical charts will be updated to show the preserve.
J.D. Marshall information and artifacts are available at the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center. The park also offers regular educational programs on shipwrecks in Lake Michigan.
Archaeologists have documented the whereabouts of 14 shipwreck sites in Indiana’s portion of Lake Michigan. Many more ships sank in Indiana’s 241 square miles, but most underwater wreckage has been swallowed by sand or flattened by waves and ice.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the nature preserve are here.
Indiana Dunes State Park is at 1600 North 25 E. Chesterton, 46304.
- Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013
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By Indiana Dunes State Park
The colors of the fall are quickly showing a flurry of vibrant oranges, reds, and gold at Indiana Dunes State Park. Over 2,000 acres of woods, wetlands, and prairie are exploding into a blaze of hues for visitors to observe. The crisp nights seem picture perfect for the crackling of a glowing campfire. Be sure to check out the park in what might be the best month of the year to visit the Indiana Dunes!
“Howl”oween is one of many great events at Indiana Dunes State Park.
Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the fun and educational programs in October:
• The Indiana Audubon Society is hosting their annual Fall Birding Festival in the dunes. Register here to join birders from all over the state Oct. 4-6.
• The annual Northwest Indiana Storytellers Festival occurs again this October. Take part in special ghost story sessions at the Wilson Shelter on Oct. 12. Sessions for little kids at 5:30 p.m. and older kids and adults at 7 p.m. Free cider and treats courtesy the Friends of Indiana Dunes.
• “Howl”oween returns to haunt the dunes the weekend of Oct. 26-27. Many of the popular activities will be back, such as spooky crafts, campsite decorating contests, night hikes, and more! It’s also a weekend of owl banding. Watch live Saw-whet Owls get banded at the Nature Center Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night!
Check the complete October interpretive program schedule here.
By Taltree Arboretum
Valparaiso, IN – Go to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens October 1 through 31 for a spooky good time and to celebrate the fall season.
The Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival, a family friendly event, features a haunted railway garden of ghost conductors, skeleton passengers, spiders, and haunted houses.
Each Friday night through Sunday night, kids can ride the Sprout Express and families can enjoy hayrides, spooky storytelling, creepy crafts, and fall festival foods. Each Saturday afternoon offers a special treat:
· October 5 – Learn about gourds from the Indiana Gourd Society.
· October 12 – Learn about bees and honey from Bob Kress, Taltree’s resident beekeeper.
· October 19 – It’s all about your dog with a dog costume parade, pet portraits, and more. Bring your dog dressed for the Best Costume Pet Parade judged by three local animal lovers. Lake Shore Paws and Porter County Animal Shelter will be on hand for a pet adopt-a-thon.
· October 26 – Happy Halloween! Come for scary stories, nocturnal animals and more.
“Fall is the perfect time of year to visit the arboretum with the gorgeous explosion of color that occurs.” said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “Be sure to come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume. It’s going to be a howling good time.”
Event entry is free with regular admission price. Regular gate admission is $10 (13 to 54 years old), $8 (55+ years old), $5 (5 to 12 years old), and free (4 years old and under). Food, hayride ($3 for persons 3 years old and older), and Sprout Express ($2 for persons 3 years old and older) are an additional cost.
The Haunted Railroad is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekend festivities are Friday nights from 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday special events are from noon to 4 p.m.
Recently voted Best of the Region, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a beautiful 360-acre oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes, and exhibits. All proceeds received power Taltree’s education, restoration, and conservation initiatives.
Taltree is located at 450 West 100 North, near Valparaiso, Indiana in Northern Indiana, just south of U.S. 30, approximately 15 minutes east of Interstate 65. For more information, visit the Taltree website, follow them on Twitter at @TaltreeArb and on Facebook.
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- Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2013
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Ruth Mannel and daughters Micky Copeland and Sam Simpson.
The staff of Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore gathered Friday morning outside the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, to dedicate the new Memorial Garden in memory of Jim Mannel and Marci Brady, both of whom passed away while working at Indiana Dunes Tourism. Mannel served from 1999 to 2012, while Brady served from 2007 to 2011.
Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer said she is happy to be able to memorialize them with this special garden, especially since both of them had a love for the outdoors.
“What I loved about Marci is she had spunk. I always appreciated the energy Marci had and she was such a hard worker,” Weimer said.
“Jim was a true educator at heart and this job was an extension of his classroom. He viewed his role here as educating the visitors. His knowledge on the area was phenomenal. He didn’t quickly answer visitors question; he took the time to give them the details that they needed. I am sure there are thousands of visitors who may not remember Jim’s name, but they remember Jim because he was that good to them. He definitely made their trip here a little more memorable.”
Indiana Dunes Tourism invites people to stroll around or have a picnic lunch in the Memorial Garden, which is on the southeast side of the Visitor Center.