Who is Dig the Dunes?

Dig the Dunes is website that uncovers some of the area’s finest hidden treasures. The beaches, the trails, the dunes, the shops & restaurants, the artists…and the people. You see all the posts and photos, but who is behind them? Here are some of the key faces that make up Dig the Dunes.

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EVE WIERZBICKI | FOUNDER

Dig the Dunes started with Eve’s love of nature. She grew up in the area, graduated from IU, lived in Chicago and then moved back in 2004. It wasn’t until about 7 years ago that Eve started taking long walks with her dog and discovered so much of the beauty that this area has to offer. She began taking photos and posting them on he Facebook page and found that people really enjoyed seeing them. Watching her page grow, made Eve want to share more and more. Soon she was writing blog posts, planning events and workshops and adding all sorts of fun things to do in the area to the website.

Eve is also a social media manager for many local businesses. Because of this, she can stay on top of all the new places and things to do in the area and share them with her followers. Eve considers Dig the Dunes to be a complete social media platform, engaging her audience in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and her website.

As things continue to grow, Eve can no longer do it by herself. She is so lucky to have added a group of dedicated writers, photographers, designers and nature lovers to her team.

STEPHEN LEHMAN | HEAD BLOGGER, PHOTOGRAPHER, INSTRUCTOR

Stephen is a Michigan City based Pastor/Photographer. He enjoys landscape photography, long exposures, and candid portraiture. His love for adventure and nature fuels his passion to capture each of those moments. He loves the south shore area and hopes that others can discover it’s beauty through his photography. Stephen is working diligently on the trails and beaches section with write-ups and his beautiful photos. He also taught the very popular Sunset Photography class which runs once a month from May thru September.

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IZZY ENDSLEY | DESIGNER, WRITER, WEB PROGRAMMER

Izzy has lived in NWI all her life. She grew up running the streets of Tamarack without shoes in the summer and “shredding” the hill at The Pines in the winter. Izzy graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts studying Visual Communications Design. Izzy is starting to get involved more with the community and is very excited to help with Dig the Dunes! Izzy has worked on several t-shirt designs and will be running the “shop” on DigtheDunes.com. Izzy’s first big project was to spearhead the Dig the Dunes calendar.

LAURA NIEMIEC | WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER

Laura was born and raised in a city on the outskirts of dune country, bordered to the north by her favorite great lake, Lake Michigan, and her equally beautiful namesake, the state of Michigan.  She is an Air Force veteran, a college grad, an indie author and a pet mom with a major case of wanderlust. She has always loved photography and has a passion to capture the beauty she sees in the world and share it with others. When she isn’t at her day job you will most often find her out diggin’ the dunes or taking weekend adventures to explore the Mitten State. You can keep up with her adventures on Instagram.

DONNA LIND | WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER

Donna lives in Valparaiso, Indiana with her husband, Greg and their lab mix, Cooper. She studied fine art with a concentration in film photography at Indiana State University, and while some years have passed, she still loves the smell of a darkroom. Although her darkroom now is a brightly painted office, a Mac computer and a stack of Scott Kelby books, she still gets lost behind a camera, oblivious to cold, driving snow, crying children or oncoming traffic. Donna’s work includes travel photography, landscapes, wide-eyed children, portraits, and non-profit events. Currently she photographs and writes blogs for Dig The Dunes, has coordinated two exhibits of her work entitled “The Bicycle Project” and has begun a collection of personal bicycle stories. You can find Donna’s portfolio on her Lind Digital Photography website, Evidence of Life blog, Facebook page, and Instagram.

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MATT CUNNINGHAM | WRITER

Matt Cunningham is a social worker, freelancer and enthusiast of all the great things happening in and around his hometown of Michigan City, Indiana. Before the Hoosier returned to his beach boy roots, he did a bit of everything on the West Coast and Chicago. He is passionate about art, community and nature. Want to keep up with his high-jinks? Find him on the ‘gram (Instagram), MattMatthewMatt.

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SCOTT TIMMERMAN | WRITER

Scott Timmerman resides in NWI and recently gained admission to the 30 and over club. He is an avid runner who likes to explore the NWI/SWMi area. He also enjoys Butler basketball, Notre Dame football, playing guitar, and history.

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DEBBIE BARKOWSKI | WRITER

Debbie and her husband, Brian, are recent transplants to NWI. She has a bachelor of arts from Elmhurst College. She enjoys writing, reading, running and meditation. One of her biggest passions is baking, a multi-generational love of Debbie and her family. When she’s not making sweets to share with others, you can find her outdoors or spending time with her family. Debbie has started writing some of the local articles for Dig the Dunes.

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RACHAEL HENNESSEY | ADMIN, DESIGNER

Rachael is 20-years-old and has lived in Michigan City, Indiana her whole life until she went away to college at Purdue University. There, she is studying Visual Communications Design with a minor in Communications concentrating on Advertising. She always loved walking through her backyard and exploring as a kid, and now she loves traveling and exploring all the different trails around Indiana. Rachael helped write a few articles for Dig the Dunes last summer, and is now helping with admin work as well as small design projects to gather more experience before she goes out into the field soon.

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EVAN TROTTA | FINANCE

Evan is Eve’s favorite nephew (or so she let’s him think), He is 24-year’s old and lives in Columbus, IN. Evan graduated from DePauw University and works full-time for Cummins in a Finance Rotational Program. He loves being outdoors (esp. when he goes up to Ogden Dunes to visit!), triathlons, and a good slice of pizza. He likes to think he is a good cook and has been known to probably drink too much wine while doing so.

He’s always thought Dig the Dunes was a great business, as supporting local, small businesses is not only economically important, but tends to always have better product! When Eve asked Evan to help, he was ready to rock! Cheers!

We love to include stories from other writers! If you have an idea, please submit to eve@digthedunes.com