Posts made in September, 2017

Pokagon State Park Pocket Museum

By on Sep 27, 2017 in Family Fun, History, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In 1934 Company 556 of the Civilian Conservation Corps arrived at Pokagon State Park.  One of their first jobs was to build the park’s gatehouse.  The site was recently turned into a pocket museum to commemorate the men who built it. A ghostly life-size image of a corpsman stands guard in the window to greet visitors.  Inside the original fireplace still stands, along with many artifacts from the bygone days of the CCC.  Photos and plaques line the walls of the tiny structure, bringing to life the story of the corpsmen The CCC operated on a system similar to the army.  Enrollees wore military style clothes and used military equipment.  They slept in barracks.  Each bed had a footlocker to store all belongings from clothing to their cleaning supplies, canteens and mess kits. In addition to building a beautiful park, the men often learned skills to use later in life, from finishing high school to skills like carpentry and masonry. The museum is free.  It is open to the public whenever an attendant is at the front gate of Pokagon....

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Seaplane Fly-in with the Schiffli Family

By on Sep 27, 2017 in Events, Family Fun, Food, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Last year we attended the Seaplane Fly-in later in the afternoon so we did not see many planes.  This year, especially with Bryan starting the process to receive his pilot’s license, we wanted to make sure we arrived early enough to see all the action!  The event began at 8 am at Pokagon State Park at the Potawatomi Inn beach on Lake James and we arrived less than an hour later.  I was pleasantly surprised by how many seaplanes were on display, flying, landing and taking off!  Bryan and I thought it was absolutely spectacular.  I was used to seeing one type of seaplane, but there were several different types at the event.  It was neat to see the differences and the varying sizes of the planes.  Emi was very interested in the planes but MaKenzy was a little unsure of them and held onto Bryan pretty tightly at first.  A water “landing strip” was marked off with buoys and there was a ramp on the beach made from wood and metal plates.  Every once in a while a plane would land on the water and then move to the Potawatomi Inn front lawn to park so everyone could see the plane up close.  The Indiana Seaplane Pilot’s Association had a tent set up with items for ssale and had a free raffle drawing for seaplane rides.  The girls were both really excited by the mini foam seaplane from the Steuben County Tourism Bureau.  The four of us started to get hungry so we went into the Potawatomi Inn and had a great breakfast at the buffet in the historic dining room.  After we finished breakfast we made our way back down to the beach to see more seaplanes.  It was a lot busier than before breakfast!  We walked around some more and took a closer look at some of the planes and Emi played in the sand at the beach.  We made sure we stuck around to listen to them draw numbers for free seaplane rides.  Unfortunately we din’t win one, but there were a lot of lucky winners.  It was an amazing event that included something that a lot of us don’t get to see all the...

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Angola Civil War Days with the Schiffli Family

By on Sep 27, 2017 in Events, Family Fun, History, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I had never been to the annual Civil Wars Days but I always heard the loud booms from the cannons during the reenactment, so I figured it was time to check it out!  It wan an unseasonably hot day so we wanted to get there fairly early to beat the heat.  We parked and started walking toward the Selman Timber Frame and immediately saw a pretty white carriage being pulled by two beautiful black horses.  Emi made sure we stopped to watch the horses pass by.  As we continued on, there were several vendors selling items ranging from locally made honey to clothing.  In the first tent we came to County Commissioner Ron Smith, who was dressed as Baron Von Steuben (Steuben County’s namesake) and was giving a history lesson to a group  of Girl Scouts.  As we continued exploring, we came upon an area with all sorts of flags.  It was neat to see them all displayed in one spot. Once the kids were finished at the nearby playground, we made our way down the path and passed a dress shop, a fudge shop, a surgeon and candy shop.  Emi and MaKenzy had never had the pleasure of enjoying rock candy, so while were checking out the candy shop Emi picked out a cotton candy flavored rock candy while Mak chose green apple.  We go back on the path and made our way past the surgeon’s tent.  Em was particularly curious but the mannequin on the cot scared MaKenzy.  Next we saw several cannons lined up.  While they weren’t shooting them off, it was neat to see them up close.  There were several tents down the bike trail a bit, but we were starting to get a little warm so we turned around.  We peeked in the dress shop that had pretty dresses displayed and for sale.  We even passed a lady spinning yarn for her handmade rugs. Before we made our way home, we walked through the Selman Timber Frame where they had food for sale, storytelling and raffles.  At the very end of the pavilion, there were several articles of women’s clothing on display.  The dresses and jewelry were absolutely beautiful and I took a photo...

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Cruise to the Monument with the Schiffli Family

By on Sep 27, 2017 in Events, Family Fun, History, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Last year the girls and I attended the annual Cruise to the Monument in downtown Angola. We had a great time so we wanted to make sure we attended again this year.  In addition to the cruise-in, there was a special celebration for the 10oth birthday of the Soldiers Monument.   When we arrived, we were able to park in the community center parking lot and witness the service honoring our veterans.  We continued to walk toward the Monument, looking at the unique cars while enjoying the traffic being blocked off for a few hours.  The girls first saw a fire truck and just had to get a picture with it.  As we made our way to the mound we saw everything from an old van that converted into a camper, to a lime green hearse all the way to a fuchsia Cuda.  Cars were everywhere-parked all the way around the mound, in the parking lots in all the quadrants and lined up on Wayne and Maumee streets.  There were several organizations selling food and popcorn and there was even a live band up by the Brokaw Theatre.  The girls absolutely loved taking a moment to listen to the music and danced a little bit. I enjoyed running into old friends and co-workers while checking out neat cars, both old and new.  Before we left, Emi spotted one car with a huge stuffed monkey in the back seat and she had to go see it.  When we got up to the car the owner of the vehicle made sure Emi was able to touch the monkey and give him a high five.  I think that made her night!  Once again the annual Cruise to the Monument didn’t disappoint and it seemed like everyone in attendance was having a great time. (Cruise to the Monument traditionally is held annually the third Wednesday in mid-September.)...

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