Voice of the People
I just received my June 2007 copy of Midwest Living, which features “The
Top 100 Towns to Visit.” It states, “Our editors have spent 20 years
exploring the Midwest’s 8,500 small towns. After countless trips and staff
discussions, we rank the top 100 places to spend a weekend.”
I started to read the article, and some of the towns on the list were
expected: Mackinac Island, Mich.; Shipshewana, Ind.; Galena, Ill.; and
Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Imagine my surprise to see that #41 is Chesterton, Indiana!
The write-up says, “Near Indiana Dunes and home of a huge Wizard of Oz
festival.” We should all be proud of our town. As we know, it is a great
place to live and … wait a minute … “Home of a huge Wizard of Oz festival”?
What? We don’t have a Wizard of Oz Festival in Chesterton - anymore. The
leaders of our wonderful town allowed it to be moved to Valparaiso - to the
Expo Center no less. No parade, no outdoor festival, no mingling in the
streets of Chesterton. Isn’t it ironic that one of the two things that put us
on the list no longer exists here? I’m thankful that the Dunes are so large -
they can’t be moved.