Thursday, May 3, 2018

Deep River Grinders vs. Indianapolis Blues


I had heard of the vintage baseball games at Deep River County Park (not to be confused with Deep river Waterpark). I thought it would be cool to check it out, so I told my husband Wes about it and we were off to a game. It was a lot of fun! It really is something fun (and free!) for families to go to and spend some quality time outdoors. Deep River has always been one of my favorite parks. Although I go for the nature aspect of it and walking on the trails, they offer several programs throughout the year, including the ever popular Maple Syrup Time in March. 
This was a fun event to photograph. These teams are members of the Vintage Baseball Association. They play the game as it was played in the mid-nineteenth century (1800's). They play in accordance with the rules, equipment, uniforms, field specifications, customs, language, and general behaviors of the time period. The Grinders team play by the rules of 1858, referred to as "gentleman's rules". It was fun to hear them "heckle" each other, as well as interact with the crowd. So in keep with the time, I edited my photos with a vintage feel. I hope you enjoy them, and I highly recommend seeing a game in person! The next two games are local... May 19th the Grinders play the Sunset Hill Colonels at Sunset Hill Co. Park in Valparaiso ($5 per car), and the next home game is on June 3rd against the Vermillion Voles...

Walking across the bridge from the parking lot to the ball field...


This sign is by the other bridge near the gristmill...




Water for the team....


Umpire "Gentleman Jim"
















The tally bell. After crossing home plate, the player proceeds to the tally keepers table to verify their name, and rings the bell so the scoreboard attendant can hear.















A Grinders tradition is "Kids at Bat". Following every home game, the children get to take a turn at bat and running the bases while the Grinders play the field. The Grinders are happy to let the kids experience our national pastime and have some extra fun!








And if you've never been, or just like going in and looking around (like me), the general store is open the day of the games!

Deep River Grinders

Indianapolis Blues

Vintage Baseball Association

Deep River County Park
9410 Old Lincoln Hwy
Hobart, IN 46342

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Beatles in the Barn 2018


 Beatles in the Barn is held every year at the County Line Orchard in Hobart Indiana and benefits the Northwest Indiana Food Bank. A food donation is requested with entry, and all of the proceeds go towards the food bank. It's one of the most anticipated events of the year in NW Indiana! This event also sells out VERY quickly, so if you missed it this year, make sure to keep your eyes open for the next one! I heard this years show sold out faster than any of the others... And NEXT year is the 10th anniversary!!
This is an annual event that I love, even if I am sick. Yes, this year I wasn't feeling up to par, so I didn't run around as much with my camera. I did my best to get some shots though. I also took my dad for the first time. He's a major Beatles and Paul McCartney fan, and part of the reason I have such a love for them as well.. Needless to say, he wants to go again next year! At the end of the night he said, "I can say I've seen Paul McCartney (I took him to finally see Sir Paul this past summer), but this was BETTER!" 
For those of you that don't know, the music is provided by The Chris & Lou Band, The Crawpuppies, and The MegaBeatles (which is The Chris & Lou Band PLUS The Crawpuppies). Part of what makes this event so enjoyable is the musicians. Not only are they amazingly talented, but best of friends, and that shows throughout the night, as well as their love for the Beatles catalog of music.
Another lover of Beatles music is the owner of County Line Orchard, Tom Collins. He's a big part of the event, not only providing the venue year after year, but working as emcee and host, and joining in a song or two, along with his grand-kids. As a matter of fact, the show wouldn't be complete without them singing a song in their latest Beatles costumes! Last year, they donned Sgt. Peppers uniforms, this year, HELP! was the theme... I know everyone looks forward to seeing them!
A couple of other things people look forward to at the event is the guitar raffles and of course, DONUTS! But enough of my ramblings, take a peek at the photos and get a feel for the amazing night that is Beatles in the Barn....






And the doors are open!






Our host for the evening, Mr Tom Collins...


























Time to draw for guitars...






One of this years winners was everyone's friend and a fellow Rock N Roller...Michael Nowak! Congrats Michael!! 












































Last guitar drawing..




Tom sings a tune with a little help from his friends... 










You know it's a party when they break out the streamers and confetti!





























Please support the bands and venue! 
Links are provided below:

Chris & Lou

The Crawpuppies

Megabeatles

County Line Orchard
200 S. County Line Rd
Hobart In 46342



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