January can be the perfect time of year to be snuggled under the blankets watching your favorite movie, reading a book or playing a game with your loved ones. But for some of us it’s also that time of year when we start to go stir crazy…so we found several events to help get you out of the house! Happy New Year, everyone!
1: January 4 ~ Market Brew Fest ~ Valparaiso, IN
The Market’s first indoor brewfest will be featuring beers from MANY local and national breweries as well as amazing food options and entertainment provided by NWI’s Premier Grateful Dead Tribute: Dead To Rights! They will also offer snacks, A grown-up arts and crafts station, A designated driver lounge with artisanal sodas and light snacks, and a full bar (not included in ticket price). Purchase your tickets in advance here.
2: January 12 ~ 4-H Ice Skating Open House ~ Valparaiso, IN
Back by popular demand, join Porter County 4-H for a night of skating and excitement! They invite you to bring 4-H eligible children (anyone in grades K-12 in Porter County), to come and join them for a fun evening of ice skating with 4-H friends and family! They will have equipment and staff on-site to help you register for the 2020 4-H Year, as well as tables set up showing all of the exciting things 4-H has to offer!
3: January 16 ~ Glass Class at Fish Camp ~ Michigan City, IN
The popular glass class is back with new trinkets! Almost sold out! The Dig the Dunes GLASS CLASS is headed to the private room at Fish Camp. Create your own masterpiece with glass, sand and trinkets like mermaids, fish, turtles, starfish, sand dollars and more! Finish your piece by sealing it with a fast drying epoxy. Ticket includes: all materials, instruction and one drink. Purchase your tickets in advance here.
4: January 18 ~ Chili Cook-Off ~ Beverly Shores, IN
Join Dig The Dunes for a chili cook-off! Who has the best chili? Goblin & the Grocer, Leeds, Brewter’s or Fish Camp? We are spicing things up with this challenge! We’ve invited Upland Brewery from Bloomington to come on out to the dunes. They are bringing samples of their beer to help quench your thirst. You get to vote for your favorite chili while enjoying live music and tasty beer. Don’t like beer? A cash bar will also be available. This event is 21 and over. Purchase your tickets in advance here.
5: January 18 ~ Long Johns On Winter Warmer Bash ~ Michigan City, IN
Join Burn ‘Em Brewing for it’s 5th Annual Long Johns On Winter Warmer Bash! This event will feature multiple bottle releases including LJO variants, live music, a specialty tap list, warm local food, & heated tents! All ages welcome, kids 12 & under get in free. Tickets can be purchased in advance here. The $10 pre-sale rate not only covers the cost of the bands, but it gives you access to a ridiculously unique specialty tap-list that is specifically catered for the event. The majority of the beer on draft will not be available anywhere else – everything on draft will be available as a half-pour for 1 ticket ($3), & a full-pour for 2 tickets ($6)
6: January 18 ~ Winter Tree ID Workshop ~ Valparaiso, IN
Shirley Heinze Trust will be hosting the basics of winter tree identification at the Meadowbrook Nature Preserve. So many of us rely on looking at leaf shape to identify trees, but after the leaves have fallen, we can use many other characteristics to tell them apart and ultimately become better naturalists! This workshop will take place both indoors and outdoors. Space is limited. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 219-242-8558. Participants will receive a copy of the field guide 101 Trees of Indiana by Marion T. Jackson.
7: January 22 ~ Moonlight/Sunset Sand and Rock Picture ~ Valparaiso
Join Dig the Dunes and Jenny Rusboldt for this fun painting class at Anderson’s Winery. Create a moonlight or sunset painting using paint, sand, shells and stone! Class includes materials, instruction and one glass of wine. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.
8: January 25 ~ Bootleggin’ at Barker Mansion ~ Michigan City, IN
Bootleggin at Barker Mansion is Back! Join Dig The Dunes as we invite Leeds Public House, The Brewery Lodge, The False Front andMcGinnis Pub to compete for the best cocktail! Tour the mansion while listening to live music, sipping some spirits and noshing on a delicious spread of food. Your ticket includes food, cocktails and lots of fun! There are two “cocktail tours”, 5:00 and 8:00. Make sure to sign up for the right one! Each tour is limited to 100 people. Tickets can be purchased here. Cash bar provided by McGinnis Pub.
9: January 26 ~ WinterFest 2020 ~ Laporte, IN
Mark your calendars! The popular WinterFest with Horse Drawn Wagon rides will be held at Cummings Lodge from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 26! This event is free. Come out and enjoy a peaceful ride through beautiful Soldiers Memorial Park. After your ride, warm up next to the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate inside cozy Cummings Lodge.
10: January 26 ~ I Love Coffee 5K ~ Porter, IN
Get your 2020 off right by running through the streets of the Town of Porter, Indiana. Meet inside Hawthorne Park Community Center for sign ups, packet pick up, post race food and award ceremony. Coffee is the name of the game and that means Deathwish Coffee the “Strongest Coffee in the World” of course! There will be Deathwish Coffee brewing and some snacks as well. We will have a raffle which includes Deathwish Coffee items. Entry fee include one raffle ticket and t-shirt. Register to race here.
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