We hope that you are able to come join us for an evening of fun this Saturday, June 8th at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso. We will be giving our presentation of entertaining stories, photos, and video at 6pm. Following the talk we will walk next door to the Porter County Museum of History where you can hang out with Makeba and enjoy some wine, cheese, and chit chatting :) If you haven't heard us present about our trip in person yet, you are in for a treat. Here is the event invite - I hope that you are able to join us! Contact us or the Porter County Museum of History for advance tickets.
Modern-Day Adventurers Present Lake Michigan in a Dugout on June 8
When Mary Catterlin started hand-carving a 2600 lb cottonwood tree into
a dugout canoe, Amy Lukas knew they were in for an adventure. “The
sailing was rarely easy and the paddling was even worse, but every
moment of this adventure was worth it,” said Amy Lukas, one of the two
determined young women that circumnavigated Lake Michigan in the summer
of 2012. The two traveled over 1,200 miles of shoreline in 93 days.
Amy and Mary brought their
adventure to the Porter County Museum in the form of Lake Michigan in a
Dugout—an exhibit chronicling the depth of their journey. “Mary and Amy
accomplished an incredible adventure and continually strive to achieve
on their own terms in unconventional ways,” remarked the Museum Director
Kevin Matthew Pazour. “These two young women were just as methodical in
their planning and implementation as they were conscientious of their
Aside from numerous artifacts and pictures, the
premier piece on display is Makeba, the eleven foot hand-carved dugout
canoe. “Our boat was a hybrid of mixed engineering and scrap yard
know-how,” shared Mary Catterlin, builder of the boat. Many have weighed
in on whether or not the boat should have made it, but in the end she
proved her worth when she landed back home three months later. The
exhibit concludes on June 15.
The general public is invited to
join Amy and Mary in the laughter and daring of their maritime adventure
through photographs, video footage, and lively storytelling Saturday,
June 8 at 6 o’clock at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Afterwards, attendees are encouraged to come meet Makeba at the Porter
County Museum next door. Complimentary wine and cheese will be provided
by Porter County’s very own Restaurante Don Quijote.
tickets to this event, contact the Porter County Museum at (219)
465-3595 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited, so be sure to
reserve your spot right away. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the
Memorial Opera House is located at 102 Indiana
Avenue in Valparaiso, Indiana. The Porter County Museum is situated next
door at 153 South Franklin Street. Lake Michigan in a Dugout will
remain on display until June 15. Public hours at the PoCo Muse are
Wednesday through Saturday, 9a-5p. More information about the June 8
presentation is available at pocomuse.org.