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Barker Mansion will host Bulbs, Buzzers and Silk Wires: Electrifying the Barker Mansion on Sept. 18.

Friendship Gardens to host Polish Heritage Festival

MICHIGAN CITY — The Polish Heritage Festival will be held at Friendship Botanic Gardens on Sunday from 10:30-5:30 p.m.

The event will begin with a Polish-English Mass in the Symphony Garden at 10:30 a.m. This year, there are new extended hours, with food and festivities beginning immediately after the church service. 

There will be a variety of performances including the Polish folk dancers “Wesoły Lud,” Polish Polka Band “Ampol-Aires” and Polish dancers “WICI Song and Dance Company.” 

Festival highlights include a Polish Heritage Day Proclamation, a Polish Ambassador Award Presentation and a Polish Heritage Essay Scholarship Award Ceremony. 

There will be authentic Polish food available for purchase from Hammond’s Cavalier Inn. Fresh pastries from South Bend’s Polish bakery, Baker’s Dozen Bake Shop, which specializes in babki breads, kifli, pączki and pierogi, will also be available. 

Additionally, there will be a kiszka booth, pisanki, cultural displays, raffles, Polish jewelry, souvenirs, vendors, a beer garden and more. 

General admission tickets are available at the door the day of the event for $7. Children under 12 are free. 

Friendship Botanic Gardens is located at 2055 East U.S. 12, Michigan City. For more information call 219-878-9885 or visit www.friendshipgardens.org.


Bulbs, Buzzers and Silk Wires: Electrifying the Barker Mansion

MICHIGAN CITY — In 1905 the Barker Mansion became one of the first homes in La Porte County to have electricity.

On a new tour Sept. 18 from 7-8:30 p.m., you can learn how the mansion was able to reach that feat. Guests will be able to see the inner working of the original electrical outlets in the floors and walls as well as the original switchboard, hidden call buttons in the walls, Tiffany lamps, nickel plated telephones, and many more details normally hidden to the public.

Follow the construction and installation of the telephone, lighting and servant call system through the original work orders and contracts the electricians used in 1905. Experience the impact of electric lighting on American culture in the late 19th century; learn how working conditions, social customs and urban crime changed with the onset of indoor and outdoor lighting.

Tour begins at 7 p.m. and lasts 90 minutes. Cost is $5 for general admission.

The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City. Visit www.barkermansion.com for details.


Day of Mindfulness

La PORTE — Peacemakers' Sangha's 18th Day of Mindfulness will be held Sept. 22 in Taleamor Park at the Peterson's LaPrairie Farm, 2215 E. 350 N. La Porte. Registration is at 9:45 a.m. and the event will last from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is a $15 donation. The event will include sitting and walking meditation, Qigong~mindful meal and enjoyment of nature. Bring your lunch, water, meditation cushion and/or chair. You're also encouraged to bring a book or writing journal that deals with mindfulness, meditation or spirituality for one of the activities. Register by calling Ange Benz at 219-874-3754, or email Lee Malizia at leemalizia@gmail.com.

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