Voice of the People
As a Chesterton resident, I was very disappointed to learn that the
Wizard of Oz Festival had been moved to Valparaiso this year on its 25th
anniversary. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Chesterton’s
didn’t sit on its laurels! I discovered in downtown’s Thomas Centennial Park
a vibrant, well-organized literary festival where my young children and I
were able to interact with several authors and even listen to them read
their children’s books under a bright white tent. In the bandstand,
musicians played their instruments and sometimes sang along. My kids were
happy to partake in craft and writing activities offered under yet another
tent. I entered a raffle to win a gorgeous Olivia (the pig) handmade quilt,
but no one has called me yet about that one...
Due to my son’s 9 a.m. soccer game on Saturday, we missed the classic car
cruise which transported the authors to the park. But Chesterton’s European
Market was in full swing, and we were able to purchase our weekly farm-fresh
produce (and goodies from Bit of Swiss Bakery) as well as add wonderful new
books to our home library which were signed and dedicated to my children.
Parking was free of charge and abundant, and there was no admission charge
to attend the festival. Thank you, festival organizers, for helping to keep
our town alive!