valentines events in northwest indiana

Barker Romance Ball

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 Saturday, February 13th, kick off Valentines with a 4 PM Champagne Reception at Barker Mansion

When John and Katherine Barker married on Valentine’s Day in 1893 they could hardly have imagined that people would still be celebrating 123 years later.

Wealthy industrialist John Barker’s mansion at 631 Washington St, Michigan City is one of America’s best preserved historic households exhibiting the lifestyle of the super rich of the 1800s. The mansion is fully furnished with original pieces including the silverware. Partygoers will enjoy champagne punch and hors d’oeuvres as they wander the rooms once occupied by the Barker family. Displayed are elegant statuary and artworks collected during the couple’s European tours.

Kick off Valentine’s Day in vintage style at the Barker Mansion on Saturday, February 13 between 4 and 6 pm. Guests can enjoy a photo booth, silent auction of non-original mansion items, and a vintage thrift sale featuring clothing and accessories.

Beer, champagne, and hors d’oeuvres will be served in the Drawing Room, where there will be a live pianist. Self-guided tours will allow guests to view all three floors of the mansion, which was built by freight car industrialist John H. Barker in 1905. Vintage attire is encouraged, but not required. A $15 fee applies; reservations are not necessary. This is a 21+ event and a valid ID is required for entry.

The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City, IN. Visit for details.

 Please note that this event replaces the Barker Romance Ball, which was cancelled due to low ticket sales. Dress for the event is business formal or gilded age period costumes are encouraged.

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Sue Baxter