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“A Christmas Story” Comes Home in Hammond @southshorecva

November 3, 2017 1 comment

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By Erika Dahl
South Shore CVA

Editor’s Note: Hammond is on central time (e.g. 8 am in Hammond is 9 am in Indianapolis).

This holiday season, the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, presented in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will be on display from Nov. 11, 2017 until Jan. 7, 2018 at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond, Indiana. The exhibit takes visitors to the streets of downtown Hohman, a fictional Indiana town which was a disguise for author, Jean Shepherd’s, hometown Hammond.

A Christmas Story Comes Home exhibit features six animated scenes from the holiday movie A Christmas Story. The displays include Higbee’s Department Store Window, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, The Bumpus Hounds and A Hero’s Dream.

In addition to the exhibit, visitors will have the opportunity to see a bronzed Flick with his tongue stuck to the flag pole. This homage to the classic scene is the perfect photo opportunity in front of the Indiana Welcome Center.

The Indiana Welcome Center is located at the intersection of I-80/94 and Kennedy Avenue South in Hammond; only 30 minutes from downtown Chicago and two hours north of Indianapolis.

Special Events

“A Major Event” & Holiday Market will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Indiana Welcome Center and kicks off the holiday season. The Welcome Center will be bustling with children’s activities from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and a cozy holiday market from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. features handcrafted and specialty items and gourmet treats. “A Major Event” kid’s activities include a passenger train – kids can ride for just $1! “Flick” Bingo, movie viewings, crafts, and a visit to Santa atop Santa’s Mountain.

“Oh Fuuudge!” Tire Changing Relay is an event that pays tribute to the events leading up to Ralphie blurting out “the-queen-mother-of-dirty-words,” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9. Parent/child teams will run through an obstacle course and prizes will be awarded to the pair with the best time. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the event begins at 10:00 a.m.

The popular “Mommy’s Little Piggy” Mashed Potato Eating Contest features plates mounded with mashed potatoes and contestants of different age groups showing how the piggies eat and will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16. Registration will start at 9:30 a.m., and the first wave of participants will begin at 10:00 a.m.

All events are held at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond and registrations are available online at http://www.AChristmasStoryComesHome.com.

Letters to Santa, live entertainment and more!

Bring the whole family to enjoy live entertainment on the weekends and write letters to Santa and drop them in the big mailbox in the exhibit hall! Request to view the documentary “The Untold Christmas Story” in the 100-seat theater, vote on the ugliest leg lamp and favorite holiday tree or participate in the Write a Theme Contest – the exhibit is packed with fun for the whole family. More information is available online at www.AChristmasStoryComesHome.com.

Relive the “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” scene atop Santa’s Mountain

Have your picture taken with Santa on top of Santa’s Mountain, a replica of the one featured in the movie. In the famous scene, Ralphie Parker asks Santa for an Official Red Ryder BB Gun, and Santa responds, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

Photos with Santa on Santa’s Mountain are available between Thanksgiving and Christmas, every Saturday and Sunday between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Indiana Welcome Center; photos on Christmas Eve will end at 2:00 p.m. Photos are also available on Nov 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Dec. 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Children have the opportunity to slide down a big red slide into a pillow of snow. Photos are $6 each.

Wag Your Tail Wednesdays

Don’t miss the opportunity to have your pet photographed with Santa on Santa’s Mountain. Pet photos with Santa will be available Wednesday, Nov. 22; Nov. 29; Dec.13 and Dec. 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Photos are $6 each, and $1 of every photo is given to local animal rescues. Well-behaved animals only.

The Parker Living Room

See an additional “A Christmas Story” Comes Home animated display window this year at Cabela’s in Hammond! This year, Cabela’s will display The Parker Living Room through the holiday season. Cabela’s is located one-mile from the Welcome Center at 7700 Cabela Drive in Hammond.

More Information

Visit www.AChristmasStoryComesHome.com for a complete list of special events, contests, hours of operation and directions. The Welcome Center gift shop offers an array of movie memorabilia including the infamous leg lamp!

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“Savor the South Shore” Restaurant Week, Apr. 6-19, 2015

April 3, 2015 Leave a comment
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Savor the South Shore Restaurant Week, Apr. 6-19, 2015.

By Stacina Stagner
South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority

‘Savor the South Shore’ Restaurant Week, a two-week event offering diners specially priced lunch and dinner menus, begins Monday, April 6, and runs through Sunday, April 19, 2015. More than 25 restaurants throughout the South Shore are participating in the inaugural Restaurant Week.

“The South Shore offers diners a diverse selection of restaurants including fine and casual dining, fast food and barbecue establishments, and more,” said Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore CVA. “We look forward to helping our local restaurants highlight their establishments, as well as helping visitors and residents discover all that is available along the South Shore.”

Participating restaurants include:

54 Main Bistro, Hobart

Asparagus, Merrillville

Bombers BBQ, Munster

Bub’s BBQ, DeMotte

Cabela’s Black Oak Grill, Hammond

Ciao Bella, Schererville

The Crown Town Grill, Crown Point

El Taco Real, Hammond

The Farmhouse Restaurant, Fair Oaks

Freddy’s Steakhouse, Hammond

Jack Binion’s Steakhouse, Hammond

Jordy N Jax BBQ, DeMotte

Lucrezia Ristorante, Crown Point and Chesterton

Mirage Grill, Merrillville

Miller Bakery Café, Gary

Sage Restaurant, Valparaiso

Spire Farm to Fork, La Porte

The Steakhouse @ Majestic Star Casino, Gary

Surefire, Valparaiso

Teibel’s, Schererville

T.J. Maloney’s Authentic Irish Pub, Merrillville

Timbrook Kitchens, Munster

Vaps Street Food, Valparaiso

Venice Italian Steakhouse, Dyer

White Rhino Bar & Grill, Dyer

Menus and additional information, as well as information about a texting promotion in which diners can receive exclusive offers and specials, can be found on the ‘Savor the South Shore’ website,www.southshorecva.com/savor. No coupons are necessary; diners only need to ask to see the Restaurant Week menu.

Additional specials, promotions and information can also be found by visiting the ‘Savor the South Shore’ Facebook page,www.facebook.com/SavorSouthShore.

‘Savor the South Shore’ Restaurant Week is sponsored by The Times of Northwest Indiana. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, or for more information about ‘Savor the South Shore,’ contact the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority at 219-989-7770.

South Shore CVA Celebrates 30 Years in July

June 26, 2013 Leave a comment
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South Shore Along Lake Michigan.
Image provided by South Shore CVA and used with written permission.

By Nicki Mackowski
South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority
http://southshorecva.com/

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will be celebrating its 30th anniversary throughout the month of July; to help celebrate, the organization is leading the 30 Stops in 30 Days campaign. Each day throughout the month, the South Shore Tour Mobile will be making a stop at a different attraction, restaurant, event or business in the South Shore.

At the various stops, visitors will have opportunities for giveaways and prizes including coupons, gift cards, free admission tickets to attractions and other promotional items. Visitors stopping at the Tour Mobile during the stops will be entered to win a $25 gift card each day from Family Express. Additionally, for each stop a visitor makes, they will be entered to win the grand prize of a $2,000 gift card from Family Express.

During the past 30 years the South Shore CVA has been leading the hospitality and tourism industry and showcasing tremendous growth. To recognize that growth, the South Shore CVA will be commending 30 individuals who have impacted tourism along the South Shore. Each week during July, the South Shore CVA will be releasing information on the 30 Faces of Tourism.

For more information on 30 Stops in 30 Days, the Family Express daily gift cards and gas contest or the 30 Faces of Tourism, visit www.southshorecva.com/30.

In addition to following the Tour Mobile during 30 Stops in 30 Days, visitors will also have the opportunity to win a $500 Visa gift card from the South Shore CVA by submitting photographs in the Summer Fun along the South Shore photo contest.

Photographs should be candid and depicting people enjoying summer activities such as water parks, festivals, beaches and parks.

Submitted photographs may be featured on the South Shore CVA’s website, promotional material or ads. First place winner from the 2012 summer photo contest Scott Keithley was visiting the beaches of the South Shore when he took a picture of his son playing in the water. His winning photograph was featured on the South Shore CVA’s 2013 visitor maps.

For more information or to submit photos into the contest, visit www.southshorecva.com/summerphoto.