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Parks & Recreation in Valparaiso, IN

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Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event
05/06/2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Ballroom Dancing at Cummings Lodge
Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park, LaPorte IN
05/08/2021
5:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Annual Mother Son Event - Portage
05/09/2021
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mother's Day Brunch - Munster
Centennial Park Amphitheater, Munster IN
05/09/2021
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Second Sundays FREE Concert Series
Main Square Park, Highland IN
05/11/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
05/13/2021 - 05/16/2021
All Day
Indiana Dunes Birding Festival 2021
Indiana Dunes State Park Visitor Center, Chesterton IN
05/13/2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Ballroom Dancing at Cummings Lodge
Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park, LaPorte IN
05/14/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
05/15/2021
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Clean-Up Day At Deep River Park
Deep River County Park, Hobart in
05/15/2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Spring Fling Craft Fair - Dyer
Pheasane Hills Park, Dyer IN
05/18/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
05/21/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
05/25/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
05/26/2021
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cruise Nights At Wicker Park
Wicker Park Pavilion, Highland IN
05/27/2021
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wine and Canvas - Portage
Portage Lakefront Riverwalk, Portage IN
05/28/2021
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Opening Day, Deep River Waterpark
Deep River County Park, Hobart in
05/28/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
05/28/2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hobart Bike Party Parade
Festival Park, Hobart IN
05/29/2021
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Wetlands Festival Bike Ride
05/29/2021
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Movie Night at Sunset Hill County Park
06/01/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
06/01/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
06/02/2021
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schererville Market - 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Sherwood Park, Schererville IN
06/03/2021 - 06/05/2021
All Day
German Biergarten at Sunset Hill
06/04/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
06/04/2021
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Summer Flashback Movies - Portage
Founders Square, Portage IN
06/06/2021
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Munster Community Market
Munster Community Park, Munster IN
06/08/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
06/08/2021
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
FREE Outdoor Movies Downtown Valpo
06/08/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
06/10/2021 - 06/13/2021
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Celebrate Schererville - Schererville Fest
Redar Park, Schererville IN
06/11/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
06/11/2021
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Summer Flashback Movies - Portage
Founders Square, Portage IN
06/12/2021
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
America Strong Parade - Schererville
Redar Park, Schererville IN
06/13/2021
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Second Sundays FREE Concert Series
Main Square Park, Highland IN
06/15/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
06/15/2021
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
FREE Outdoor Movies Downtown Valpo
06/15/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
06/16/2021
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schererville Market - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
Sherwood Park, Schererville IN
06/18/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
06/18/2021
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Summer Flashback Movies - Portage
Founders Square, Portage IN
06/22/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
06/22/2021
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
FREE Outdoor Movies Downtown Valpo
06/22/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
06/23/2021
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cruise Nights At Wicker Park
Wicker Park Pavilion, Highland IN
06/24/2021
7:45 am - 9:15 am
Campfire, Fireflys and Full Moon - Deep River Park
Deep River County Park, Hobart in
06/25/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
06/25/2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hobart Bike Party Parade
Festival Park, Hobart IN
06/25/2021
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Summer Flashback Movies - Portage
Founders Square, Portage IN
06/26/2021
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Naturepalooza
Rogers Lakewood Park, Valparaiso IN
06/29/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
06/29/2021
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
FREE Outdoor Movies Downtown Valpo
06/29/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
07/02/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
07/02/2021
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Summer Flashback Movies - Portage
Founders Square, Portage IN
07/06/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
07/06/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
07/07/2021
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schererville Market - 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Sherwood Park, Schererville IN
07/09/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
07/09/2021
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Summer Flashback Movies - Portage
Founders Square, Portage IN
07/10/2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Touch A Truck - Sunset Hill County Park
Sunset Hill Farm County Park, Valparaiso IN
07/11/2021
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Second Sundays FREE Concert Series
Main Square Park, Highland IN
07/13/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
07/13/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
07/16/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
07/16/2021
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Summer Flashback Movies - Portage
Founders Square, Portage IN
07/20/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
07/20/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
07/21/2021
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schererville Market - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
Sherwood Park, Schererville IN
07/23/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
07/23/2021
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Summer Flashback Movies - Portage
Founders Square, Portage IN
07/27/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
07/27/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
07/28/2021
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cruise Nights At Wicker Park
Wicker Park Pavilion, Highland IN
07/30/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
07/30/2021
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schererville Corn Roast
Redar Park, Schererville IN
07/30/2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hobart Bike Party Parade
Festival Park, Hobart IN
07/30/2021
6:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Summer Flashback Movies - Portage
Founders Square, Portage IN
08/03/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
08/03/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
08/04/2021
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schererville Market - 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Sherwood Park, Schererville IN
08/06/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
08/08/2021
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Second Sundays FREE Concert Series
Main Square Park, Highland IN
08/10/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
08/10/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
08/13/2021 - 08/14/2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Touch of Dutch Festival
Spencer Park, Demotte IN
08/13/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
08/14/2021
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Prairie Magic Music Festival
Sunset Hill Farm County Park, Valparaiso IN
08/17/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
08/17/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
08/18/2021
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schererville Market - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
Sherwood Park, Schererville IN
08/20/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
08/24/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
08/24/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
08/25/2021
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cruise Nights At Wicker Park
Wicker Park Pavilion, Highland IN
08/27/2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Market on the Square - Portage
08/27/2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hobart Bike Party Parade
Festival Park, Hobart IN
08/31/2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Portage FREE Concerts in the Park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
08/31/2021
11:00 pm - 2:00 am
Portage Cruise Night at Woodland park
Woodland Park, Portage IN
09/01/2021
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schererville Market - 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
Sherwood Park, Schererville IN
09/12/2021
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Humane Indiana's Paws in the Park
Munster Community Park, Munster IN
09/12/2021
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Second Sundays FREE Concert Series
Main Square Park, Highland IN
09/15/2021
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schererville Market - 1st & 3rd Wednesdays
Sherwood Park, Schererville IN
09/22/2021
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cruise Nights At Wicker Park
Wicker Park Pavilion, Highland IN
09/24/2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hobart Bike Party Parade
Festival Park, Hobart IN
10/09/2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Munster Ale Fest
Centennial Park Amphitheater, Munster IN
10/23/2021
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Highland's Trunk or Treat
Main Square Park, Highland IN
10/27/2021
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cruise Nights At Wicker Park
Wicker Park Pavilion, Highland IN

Local Business Directory

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Joseph Bailly Homestead, Chellberg Farm, and Little Calumet Trail System

Work Highway 20 & Mineral Springs Road Porter IN 46304 United StatesWork Phone: (219) 395-1882Website: http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/bcvc.htm
Photo of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Joseph Bailly Homestead, Chellberg Farm, and Little Calumet Trail System

Biographical Info

The Bailly Homestead, a National Historic Landmark, was the home of Honore Gratien Joseph Bailly de Messein (1774 – 1835). Bailly played a role in the development of the Calumet Region of northern Indiana. He was an independent trader in the extensive fur-trading network that spread from Montreal to Louisiana, and ultimately to Europe. Joseph Bailly was one of the earliest settlers in northern Indiana. In 1822 Bailly set up his fur trading post at the crossroads of several important trails, including the Tolleston Beach and northern branch of the Sauk Trail. He provided a meeting place for Native Americans and Euro-Americans. Except for White Pigeon, Michigan, Bailly’s trading post was the only stopping place for travelers and missionaries between Chicago and Detroit. The Bailly Homestead complex is the last remaining site of its nature in the Calumet Region, both in its capacity as a fur trading post and in its vernacular architectural features and construction types. The Bailly Homestead was authorized as a National Historic Landmark in 1962.Bailly acquired formal title to the Homestead and the surrounding tracts of land, totaling over 2,000 acres, in the 1830’s when the Calumet Region was officially opened to Euro-American settlement. At his death title passed to his family. The Homestead proper was left to his wife and segments of the acreage to each of his children.

Baily brick house

In 1843, after the death of Bailly’s daughter Esther, management of the Homestead was assumed by Francis Howe, the husband of daughter Rose Bailly. Under Howe’s management the Homestead was again influential in the development of the area, as Howe sold timber from the land to be used in the construction of the nearby railroad. Upon Howe’s death in 1850 Joel Wicker, husband to another Bailly daughter, Hortense, assumed management of the Homestead. It was under Wicker’s management that the area surrounding the Homestead was settled. In an effort to continue providing timber to the expanding railroad Wicker recruited Swedish immigrants, then living in Chicago, to move to the area and operate the sawmill. Not only did the Swedes cut timber and operate the sawmill, they purchased land from the Bailly-Howe family and settled farms, bringing Swedish culture to northwest Indiana. Several log cabins, possibly dating to the 1860’s and probably of Swedish origin, are located on nearby farms that were once part of the Bailly Homestead.

The Homestead brings together an unusual combination of vernacular architecture with the imposing main house, featuring late 19th century architectural detail, the rustic log and brick structures, and the unusual family cemetery.

(Paraphrased excerpts from the National Register Nomination, 1972, and the Bailly Homestead Historic Structures Report, Denver Service Center, National Park Service, November 1972.)

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