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Local Stuff

Do you have any idea how many people read the Beacher? This little Michigan City weekly really gets around. We've had letters from readers in California, New Jersey, and Florida, for example. Sometimes locals complain that they can't find a copy, but you can read the entire paper online. Here's the link (you'll need Acrobat Reader):

Jack Turner is a well-known clay artist with a studio in Liberty Township. Jack and his business partner, Angenita, create the most wonderful hand-painted whimsical ornaments we've ever seen. But that's just for starters. Visit Jack's website to find out more about his artistic creations.

Madame G's Tearoom is a virtual space on the Web, but Wendy Gillespie, aka Madame G, is for real. Wendy used to provide readings from tea leaves here in Northwest Indiana, but she moved to Winslow, Arizona. BUT, you can still get a reading from her via her website. Amazing, huh? And we congratulate Wendy for making it into the 2003 edition of the Old Farmer's Almanac. The new issue explores the facts and folklore of this ancient form of prognostication.

Those old South Shore cars (painted green)just north of the tracks from Broadway in Chesterton are breathing new life in the form of LouMae's Java & Gift Shop. Helena and Yvonne have added charm and delicious goodies for a great little luncheon and meeting spot. And you'll find a bunch of neat gifts (for yourself and others), including--ahem-- my dunes notecards. Works of local artists and craftsmen are represented. Good food, great coffee, great gifts. Located just across the tracks from the old Chesterton freight station.

Do you like to go antiquing? Antiques 102 in Chesterton is no secret to those who prefer browsing for high-end treasures. The shop is located in the old post office at 4th & Broadway (look for the colorful gardens out front). Open 7 days a week 10-5, except Sundays, noon-5 Indiana time. Yes, Antiques 101 at Broadway & Calumet is closed for good--all the stuff has been moved to 102.

The news from Michigan City is about a growing network of people, businesses and organizations concerned about the environment and sustainability, organic, healthy foods, alternative healing therapies, and self-empowerment.This list keeps growing. Visit their websites, or better yet, visit them in person.

  • I can't say enough good things about Christina Karamasenes, owner of Long Beach Spa. In addition to her sensational healing massages, this dynamic lady spreads her generous spirit by organizing fundraisers and igniting passion for helping the less fortunate. Check out all of her Spa services at her new website:

Attention all area and regional women writers: As your recently appointed Regional Representative for the International Women's Writing Guild, I invite you to contact me about the benefits of joining the IWWG. Membership is open to all women writers, published or non-published, professional or amateur, any genre. You couldn't ask for a more supportive group. Want to learn more? Check out the IWWG website and see for yourself.

Copyright 2001, 2002, 2003, Paula McHugh