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Whether your summer fun is based at a lake, in a city or state park or in your own backyard, we hope you find this section full of ideas about how to make the most of your time with family and friends as you get ready for summer.




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    WelcomeSpring has been sluggish this year, but the weather will soon be heating up and we can once again look forward to the ofcial start of summer!

    Northeast Indiana is a good place to be if you enjoy having fun in the summer. From our numerous rivers and lakes to our rolling parks and wooded areas, our fun festivals and exciting events, we offer hundreds of ways to have fun in the summer.

    Whether your summer fun is based at a lake, in a city or state park or in your

    own backyard, we hope you nd this section full of ideas about

    how to make the most of your time with family and friends as you get ready for summer.

    We welcome your feedback and ideas for future articles on the topic of summer fun in

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    LAKE JAMES Designed as a fun event for Steuben County in paying homage to its 101 lakes, an antique boat show will once again be held this summer.

    The Indiana Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will hold the annual Antique and Classic Boat and Antique Car Show Saturday, July 27 at the old Boat House Marine on Lake James near the Jimmerson Lake bridge. The show will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The shows purpose is show the classic boats and cars from the past. At the show, the public can talk to boat and car owners and their restoration efforts.

    Mike McBride coordinates the show and said, The boats are to show off as toys.

    And showing off it will be.He will likely bring two of his boats to

    show. I will probably have a Chris Craft deluxe, a 1949 I renished. Well probably have another boat I co-own with Terry Archbold, Chicago Girl. As far as I know, Chicago Girl has never been out of Lake James, McBride said.

    Were going to have the same antique boats, cars. Well have antique motors, he said.

    Last years show drew some 50 boaters, McBride said. There is a registration fee for those wishing to have their boats in the show.

    Boats on display will be wood and berglass and run in age from the 1940s to 1970s. The Michiana Antique Outboard Motor Club will have antique motors on display that power such maritime vessels. A local antique car club will once again be included with all kinds of classics to

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    coincide with the transportation mode theme with boats.

    In addition to antique boats, there will be members of the Angola Art Guild showcasing and selling their art. Last year was the rst year we had the Angola Art Guild. This year well repeat that have more art, he said.

    Those interested in displaying their art are asked to call Steve Smith at 769-4271.

    There will be food and beverages available and live music for entertainment.

    For more information on the show, call McBride at 833-1853, by email at, visit the antique classic boat societys website at or

    The boat shows sponsors are Dry Dock Marine Center, Lake James Association, Daves Lake Shack, TLA Signs and the Antique Boat Shoppe.

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    Spring Rendezvous at Wild Wind Buffalo Preserve in Fremont June 8-9

    Angola Independence Day Celebra-tion July 4

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    Angola Balloons Aloft at Tri-State Steuben County Airport July 12-13

    Steuben County 4-H Fair July 19-26

    Vermont Settlement Festival in Orland July 27-28

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    ROME CITY Maybe its the spectacular view of Sylvan Lake from her favorite room where she laid on a couch and dictated her stories to her secretary.

    Its the three massive stone replaces on the rst oor, one she called her Friend-ship Fireplace because its made with a variety of stones collected from around the country.

    Then theres the oak wood oors, the early 20th century furnishings, the library room with hundreds of books including many of her novels and the family photographs.

    Touring Gene Stratton-Porters two-story, 4,300-square-foot cabin on Sylvan Lake in Rome City reminds the visitor of a time in Hoosier history in the early 1900s when this beloved amateur naturalist, author, wildlife photographer and one the earliest women to form a movie studio and production company found her solitude in a somewhat wild part

    of Noble County.Gene Stratton-Porter was born Aug. 17,

    1863 near Lagro, Ind., and died on Dec. 6, 1924. The Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site is not only celebrating the 150th anniversary of her birth this year, but also the 100th anniversary of her home on the site.

    Most of what you see belonged to her, said site manager Dave Fox, who can tell visitors details about Stratton-Porters life and the historic site they wont nd in a book. The two-story coach house that has a gift store, room for gatherings and administrative ofces rebuilt in 1998 with support from the Gene Stratton-Porter Society after the original coach house was lost in a re. Its a perfect replica, and matches the log cabin, said Fox.

    Stratton-Porter designed the home with the exterior walls made of Wisconsin cedar logs and local cherry wood was used to panel the entrance hall and dining room. Furnishings are arranged and maintained as


    Famous Hoosier author born 150 years ago

    Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site manager Dave Fox and interpretive naturalist Tiffany Conrad stand in front of the Friendship Fireplace in the Gene Stratton-Porter 4,300-square-foot cabin on the site. Photos of Gene Stratton-Porter, her husband Charles and daughter Jeanette are shown.

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    authentically as possible to reect her lifestyle, said Fox.

    Looking out the great window onto Sylvan Lake, Fox described how Stratton-Porter relaxed on the couch in the room dictating her stories to her secretary seated at the wooden desk by the couch. Her husband Charles often sat in the rocker in the room criticizing her work.

    Stratton-Porter wrote best-selling novels and columns for national magazines like McCalls. She had an estimated 50 million readers around the world. She used her wealth and position to support the conser-vation of Limberlost swamp, originally 13,000 acres in Adams and Jay counties. She built a house called Limberlost in Geneva near the swamp and stayed there until 1913, when she purchased 150 acres on Sylvan Lake and built a home for more privacy. The swamp was also being drained at that time.

    Her works include 12 novels, 7 published nature studies, 3 books of poetry and childrens books. Eight of her novels

    have been turned into lms.The cabin in Wildower Woods and 20

    acres of the original property are part of the 143-acre historic site. Approximately 23 acres was recently acquired northeast of the property. Her cabin was one of the

    rst in the area to have a telephone and gas for cooking, said Fox.

    A popular spring and summer feature of the property for visitors is the wildower garden Stratton-Porter designed. She planted 90 percent of the owers.

    The historic site became a laboratory for

    her studies and inspiration for her stories, novels, essays, photography and movies.

    The site is open for tours Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Cabin tours and gift shop are open from April 1 through Dec. 1.

    Nature Fest at Merry Lea Learning Center in Wolf Lake May 10-11

    Kite Day at Mid-America Windmill Museum in Kendallville May 12

    Tri-State Bluegrass Festival at Noble County Community Fairgrounds in Kendallville May 24-27

    Kendallville Sesquicentennial Celebra-tion June 1-8

    Chain O Lakes Festival in Albion June 5-8

    Strawberry Daze in Ligonier June 15

    Avilla Freedom Festival June 20-23

    Fun on Sylvan in Rome City July 6

    Noble County Community Fair at Noble County Community Fairgrounds in Kendallville July 13-21

    Cromwell Days July 20

    Onion Days in Wolf Lake August 6-10

    Tri-State Blugrass Festival at Noble County Community Fairgrounds in Kendallville August 28-Sept. 2

    Marshmallow Festival in Ligonier August 30-Sept. 2

    - Information from the Noble County Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureau,

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    ROME CITY The Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, 1205 Pleasant Point, Rome City, is celebrating Gene Stratton-Porters 150th birthday with several special events during the year.

    Here is a list of the special events and activities:

    Wildower Walk & Brunch, Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Deadline for reservations for brunch has passed.

    Birding With Gene, May 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Naturalist led bird-watching hikes through Sower Woods, birding by kayak, tips on birding hotspots, leg banding and a craft. Call for reservations.

    Cabin Overnight, June 8-9, 7 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Limited to 10 guests. 18 years and older. Reservations by May 24. Explore the cabin from basement to attic, rarely seen artifacts, a guest author, one lucky guest win opportunity to spend night in Stratton-Porters bedroom. Snacks and catered breakfast....