Wolf Lake to host 2020 Winter Fest on January 18

Native American artifacts to be featured

information provided by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative

WHITING, Ind. (December 27, 2019) – Native American artifacts in the region will be among the discussions held at the 19th annual Winter Wonderland at Wolf Lake on Saturday, January 18.

Sponsored by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative (AWLI), the festival will be held at the Environmental Education Center, 2405 Calumet Avenue, Hammond, from 9:00am–12:00pm. Afternoon events will begin at 1:00pm at the William W. Powers State Recreation Area, 12949 Avenue O, Chicago.

Local archeologist Les Marszalek, an archeologist for more than 40 years, will talk about some of the 100 Native American sites he has discovered. Most of these are located in the south suburbs of Chicago and have been recorded with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Some are located in Northwest Indiana.

Marszalek is president of Gold Earth Science Club and Museum. His work has been noted by historian Mark Lawrence Mattson and cited in publications at the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He has spoken to numerous historical societies, museums, universities and libraries in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago metropolitan area.

There will be a review of Over the Line, AWLI’s 20-year history written by Michael Boos. That will be followed by a presentation on the 3rd annual Wolf Lake Watershed Advisory Committee meeting held in
November.

Ice skating will be available, weather permitting. Skaters must bring their own skates.

Donating food to the festival will be Pete’s Fresh Market, Chicago; Strack and Van Til, Whiting; and Walt’s Foods, Dyer.

AWLI is a bi-state not-for-profit organization and land trust seeking to protect and enhance the Wolf Lake Watershed.

Environmental Education Center (2405 Calumet Avenue, Hammond)

  • 9:00am – Welcome
  • 9:05am – Poster Contest Winners
  • 9:15am – Visit exhibits and displays and tour building and trout stream
    • Wolf Lake history
    • Amphibians and reptiles of the Calumet Region, by Alan Resetar of the Field Museum
    • Calumet Revisited Forum calendar
  • 9:15am – Skating by John Pastirik (Bring your own skates)
  • 9:30am – American Indian Artifacts, by Les Marszalek
  • 10:30am – AWLI History: Review of Over the Line, by Michael Boos
  • 11:00am – Report on the 3rd annual Wolf Lake Watershed Advisory Committee meeting, by Richard Chambers
  • Noon – Lunch

Visitors Center, William W. Powers State Recreation Area (Avenue O and 126th Place, Chicago)

  • 1:00pm – Welcome
  • 1:05pm – Visit exhibits and displays
    • Wolf Lake history
    • Amphibians and reptiles of the Calumet Region, by Alan Resetar of the Field Museum
    • Calumet Revisited Forum
    • Native American Artifacts
  • 1:05pm – Skating by John Pastirik (Bring your own skates)
  • 1:15pm – AWLI History: Review of Over the Line, by Michael Boos
  • 2:15pm – 3rd annual Wolf Lake Watershed Advisory Committee report by Richard Chambers
  • 3:00pm – Concluding comments
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