Posts made in January, 2018

Winter fun in Steuben County

By on Jan 3, 2018 in Family Fun, Uncategorized | 0 comments

There’s no shortage of winter fun in Steuben County! While our 101 lakes might be frozen, there’s plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the season. Pokagon State Park is home to Indiana’s only refrigerated toboggan. It’s open weekends through the end of February. When conditions are favorable, the cross country ski trails are open daily at the park. To get out of the cold, stop in at the nature center, where you’ll find a variety of exhibits along with the Woodland Window to watch the birds that call Pokagon home. The adjacent Trine State Recreation Area offers a quiet place to hike during the colder months. The newly-opened Thunder Ice Arena on the Trine University campus has open skating throughout the week. There are also men’s and women’s games scheduled throughout the season. The Outlet Shoppes at Fremont offers direct-from-the-manufacturer discounts at such stores as Coach, Bath & Body Works and Under Armour. If you’re looking for unique craft beers, Chapman’s Brewing Company in Angola has several on tap. The Christmas season offers a few traditions that residents and visitors alike have enjoyed for many years. At Orland’s Booth’s Tree Farm, find pre-cut trees and wreaths. as well as fresh trees you can cut down yourself. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride out into the fields on the weekends to cut your own tree. Downtown Angola welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus the day after Thanksgiving. Northeast Indiana’s largest Christmas tree (the Soldiers’ Monument) is officially lit that evening and stays decorated into the first week of the new year....

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Christmas Fun Around Steuben County

By on Jan 3, 2018 in Events, Family Fun, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Santa Arrives at the Mound When I was a little girl my parents took me to the mound the day after Thanksgiving to see Santa arrive and the lights around the mound turn on for the Christmas season.  Back then I remember him arriving on the calliope and it was quite a sight to see.  When I became an adult, I still enjoyed going there to see the lights turn on. Now that I have children of my own, I make it a point every year to continue the tradition because seeing that sparkle in their eyes makes me so happy.     We parked and walked up to the northwest quadrant where people were waiting to see Santa at the Brokaw Theatre.  Santa no longer arrives on the calliope but the calliope was on site and was playing Christmas songs.  It sure made me smile and made memories of my childhood come flooding back.  We didn’t have to wait very long for the police to block off the roads and Santa appeared with Mrs. Claus and all the reindeer.  It’s always quite a sight and the girls had the look of Christmas cheer on their faces.  After Santa circled the mound a few times he stopped to say Merry Christmas to everyone and went into the Brokaw Theatre to start visiting with the long line of children waiting to see him.  We did not stay to see Santa because we had plans to visit with him another day.  This is a wonderful tradition the entire family can enjoy.  If you haven’t been to see Santa arrive, definitely go next year because it’s a magical experience for both the young and old.                   Hamilton Old Fashion Christmas Parade I am originally from Angola and never really ventured to Hamilton until I met my husband because he owns a business there.  Three years ago was my first time ever taking part in the Old Fashion Christmas Parade.  That year we actually were in it and helped decorate a horse drawn carriage.  Last year we opted to watch the parade because it travels right past my husband’s Marina.  Since we enjoyed watching the...

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