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Hooked on Art hits Downtown Chesterton Saturday

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Frontline Foundation’s sixth annual Hooked on Art Festival--with live art, music, food, and interactive kids’ fun--will take to the streets of downtown Chesterton from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

Proceeds from Hooked on Art will benefit Frontline Foundations, a local certified substance abuse treatment center headquartered in Chesterton.

Some 80 chalk artists are expected to participate in the festival and will be creating unique works of art on Broadway.

Artists Susan and Dave Brenner will also be on hand to create a 20’ x 12’ interactive and three-dimensional chalk art piece. Featured in chalk art festivals across the country, the Brenners create show-stopping and original works of art that invite audience participation and interaction.

“We’re excited about our artist line-up this year,” Frontline Operations Director Derek Frazier said. “Chalk artists from across the Midwest are coming to compete for cash prizes. Plus, we’ll have artists on the street creating tie-dye apparel you can create and purchase, and more.”

Hooked on Art not only hopes to feed the artistic spirit but the belly too, with a Church Ladies Food Tent featuring the homemade meals and desserts of three Porter County churches.

“I hope everyone comes hungry,” Frazier said. “We’re blessed to have the support of St. Peter’s Church in Portage, Ogden Dunes Community Church, and Open Door Fellowship in Kouts to prepare delicious meals for sale at our Church Ladies Food Tent. Best of all, proceeds from the tent will support Frontline substance abuse treatment scholarships for men and women in our community.”

As an additional fundraiser, Frontline will sell raffle tickets for the chance to win three different prizes. First place: a seven-night dream vacation stay at a luxury resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, sponsored by Lakeside Wealth Management. Second place: one adult and one child fat tire bike sponsored by Chesterton Bike Shop. Third place: a $250 Amazon gift card. The winners will be announced the day of the festival at 3:30 p.m. (winners need not be present to win).

Even though Frontline addresses a serious topic--substance abuse and addiction--the Hooked on Art is a family-friendly event. “We want parents and kids to relax and have fun at our Interactive Kid’s Area,” Frazier said. “Our numerous stations and Culinary Kids activities will give children the opportunity to create inspired works of art using chalk, sand, food, and more.”

Live music will be performed by popular local artists such as Chester Brown, The Blud Brothers, and Frontline’s own The Salt Exchange band at 12 p.m. “We’re very excited to have the best musical talent in Northwest Indiana to play at Thomas Centennial Park,” Frazier said. “The Hooked on Art Festival will offer something for everyone: art lovers, foodies, children and adults.”

Festival proceeds support ongoing affordable substance abuse treatment to those in need in our community. To learn more about the Hooked on Art Festival, visit

To volunteer call Frontline Foundations at (219) 728-1638.


Parking bans and road closures told for festival Saturday

The Chesterton Police Department is announcing the following parking bans and road closures for the Hooked on Art festival, on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Thomas Centennial Park in the Downtown.

Parking bans, from 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, through 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23:

* On South Calumet Road from the Norfolk-Southern railroad grade-crossing to Broadway.

* On Broadway from South Calumet Road to Third Street.

* On Second Street from Broadway to the alley between Broadway and West Indiana Ave.

Road closures:

* Broadway to Third Street, from 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, through 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

* Broadway will also be closed to through traffic at Fourth Street, from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.




Posted 9/21/2017





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