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Octoberfest Pumpkin Bash

Posted on September 26, 2011

It was the 5th annual Harvest Covered Bridge Fest in Crown Point at the Lake County Fairgrounds but my first. It’s an all-weekend affair, beginning in the day with a bunch of pumpkin activities and things for kids plus food, etc. etc. At night however, is the Octoberfest Pumpkin Bash, in the big barn on the grounds. It used to be held only on Friday nights but this year they added Saturday night too – which is when I was there. Crown Brewing supplied the beer (I had its delicious Octoberfest brew). Music the night I was there was provided by Ashley Marlene (Selena, Adele), Vakill, and The Steve Nims Band (Motown). There wasn’t a big crowd and that’s a shame. This thing has…

Pumpkin Ale

Posted on September 21, 2011

Pumpkin Pie in a glass…it tastes just as it’s advertised. It’s that time of year again. The Pumpkin Ale beers are out. This is from Crown Brewing in Crown Point.  Look forward to the ones at Whiting’s Oktoberfest Oct. 8. I’m sure this will be available at Crown Point’s Oktoberfest, which is also Oct. 8. We still wish they weren’t on the same night, but plan to hit both and take some beautiful pics (better than this).

Popcorn and Beer

Posted on September 12, 2011

I didn’t stick around for the entire Popcorn Fest parade, but what I saw…as with most regional parades, unsatisfying. A bunch of people in matching grey shirts and  jeans holding a banner just isn’t what parading should be. Maybe I’m spoiled by my time in New Orleans. And after sweating through Chicago’s great Pride Parade. Hundreds of people line the streets to cheer on something they’re pretty much gonna see on any given day. I could literally walk out onto the street, join the parade and wave to people and no one would be the wiser. “Cause that’s basically all you see in these things. Yea, yea, the kids like it. They get candy and shit (well, not literally shit, I don’t think) and…