Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee late July into August 2015

Mike Overmyer of the Culver Lions Club flips burgers at last year's corn roast. The annual event, alongside the firemen's festival, takes place this Saturday, July 26
Culver Citizen
Staff Writer

Sidewalk days this wkd

Culver’s annual sidewalk days will take place Fri., July 24 and Sat., July 25, outside participating retail outlets in the downtown Culver area, during normal business hours. VFW Friday meal The Culver VFW Ladies Auxiliary will serve roast pork, dressing, potatoes, veggie, salad and dessert on Fri., July 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.. The cost is $9. Open menu is also available and the public is welcome.

Summer residents’ book is featured in park ‘Story Walk’

Don Hill and his family, Culver summer residents for over 45 years, have created a children’s book available for community children to experience via the Culver town park’s “Story Walk” through this weekend. “Ducky Toot-toot” will be the featured book in the park on the newly installed posts for all the local children and their parents to laugh and enjoy. The author has also donated a copy to the Culver Public Library, should any children want to check it out to enjoy reading at their leisure. For book details or to print coloring pages of Ducky Toot-toot, go to

Maxinkukcee Players’ ‘Hello Dolly!’ performances

The Maxinkuckee Players will present “Hello Dolly!” live on stage at the Culver Comm. High School auditoriium on Friday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 2 at 4 p.m. During opening night, all tickets will cost $5, but for any other night, adults will be $10 while kids 12 and under will be $5. All performances will take place in Culver Comm. High School Auditorium. For answers to any and all questions, contact Becky Liechty at 574-941-2343.

History boat cruise openings July 24, Aug. 15

The Culver Marina still has openings for its rescheduled (due to inclement weather) Culver history dinner boat cruise this Friday, July 24, starting at 7 p.m. Local historian and Culver Citizen editor Jeff Kenney will give a presentation about the history of the lake and select historic sites along its shores. An additional alternate option to the format offered up to now will also be take place Saturday, August 15, including a "BYOB" history tour at a reduced rate of $25 a person for a one-hour cruise with no meal served, boarding at 4 p.m. Also on Aug. 15 will be a Sunset History Dinner Cruise departing at 6:30 p.m., with a light dinner and non-alcoholic beverages (cooler and ice will be available for those wishing to bring their own alcoholic beverages). The dinner cruise is limited to 14 people with a cost of $45 per person. Those wishing to reserve seats may call 574-842-3375, extension 203, or email

Corn roast, firemen’s fest return Saturday

The annual Culver Lions Club corn roast and Culver firemen’s festival, both at or adjacent to the town park on Lake Shore Drive, will return Sat., July 26. The corn roast kicks off at 4:30 p.m. in the west end of the park, running to 7:30 p.m. Each meal includes hamburger, drink, and all the corn you can eat, for a donation of $8 per adult and $4 for childredn aged 12 and under. Carry outs are available. The firemen’s festival is located across Lake Shore Drive from the park, in the fire­men’s lot at the northeast corner of State Street and Lake Shore Drive. A variety of games and prizes -- as well as the children’s bounce house -- will be offered throughout.

Carillon recital is musical history ‘tour’

John Gouwens, Carillonneur and Organist of Culvr Academies, will present the final installment in the series of five summer recitals on the 51-bell carillon in the tower of the Memorial Chapel, on the campus of Culver Academies, on Saturday, July 25, at 4 p.m. His program will survey, in chronological order, music from four centuries, representing all the major periods in classical music. A tour will be offered afterwards, taking people up to see the instrument, and demonstrating its capabilities. All carillon recitals are free of charge and open to the public. Two recitals will be presented in the fall: September 5 and September 26, both at 4pm.

Lake Max home tour Saturday

The Lake Maxinkuckee Association’s first-ever Lake Max Home Tour will take place Saturday, July 25. The event features a pontoon tour of fabulous Lake Maxinkuckee homes. Check-in is from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Culver Marina, with a party following at the Marina. The tour is a fund-raising benefit for Culver’s Lake Patrol. Please call with questions: 574-298-690.

Ancilla book sale next week

The Ancilla College Library, located on the second floor of the College, will hold a book sale open to the surrounding community the week of July 27 through 31, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. on Friday. Prices are as follows: Paperbacks are 25 cents each or 5/$1, hardbacks are 50 cents each or 3/$1, and you can fill a paper bag (bags provided) for $2. Some books are specially priced and are not included in the above pricing.

Culver-set novel release party Aug. 1

Best-selling British novelist Susan Lewis will be on hand for a launch party for her no book, “No Place to Hide,” which is set in Culver, on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Cafe Max, 113 South Main Street in downtown Culver. Lewis will also speak at the Culver-Union Twp. Public Library at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3. The public is invited to atted both events.

Antique, contemporary quilts on display

On display now at the Culver-Union Township Public Library is a large collection of old and antique quilts courtesy of the Wesley United Methodist Church Susanna Circle Quilters group, throughout the lobby and main floor of the library through the month of July. For more information, contact Reference/Adult Services Manager, Dana Thomas at 574-842-2941 or

Free Computer Classes at CUTPL

Culver-Union Township Public Library is offering free computer classes in July on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. Classes include Computer Security (July 24), and Intro to Social Media (July 27 and 31). Laptops are available, or feel free to bring your own. These sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrew Baker at or 574-842-2941.

Aug. 3 deadline for MCCF grant apps

The Marshall County Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2015 Community Fund fall grant round. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3. Applications will be reviewed by the MCCF Grants Committee and final decisions will be determined by the Board of Directors during their September meeting. Applicants must be organizations with 501(c)(3) IRS status or organizations with 501(c) IRS status whose request is charitable in nature for start-up costs for new programs or the expansion of needed programs; or one-time projects or needs. To be considered for this funding opportunity, use of the grant application available online at or by calling 574-935-5159 or emailing is required.

Wesley Preschool open house Aug. 4

Wesley Preschool will hold an open house on Tuesday, Aug. 4. at 6:30 p.m. EST at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Culver, 511 School Street in Culver. This is a wonderful time to meet the teachers, register and tour the preschool. Daycare is also available. Wesley Preschool is accepting registration forms for the 2015-16 school year. The 3-year-old class, at $95 per month, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 4-year-old class, at $110 per month, meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Classes are held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the preschool. Registration forms can also be downloaded from

‘October Sky’ - ‘Rocket Boys’ at library book-film club Aug. 5

The Culver-Union Twp. Public Library’s book/film group will meet on Wed., Aug. 5 at noon in the library’s large meeting room located downstairs. The book is “Rocket Boys,” the true memories of a West Virginia teen during the 1950s; the film is “October Sky.” Copies of the selection are available for checkout and may be reserved by contacting the library at 574-842-2941. Patrons are encouraged to bring their lunch to eat while they enjoy the movie and the discussion afterwards.

Patchouli featured at Main St Manor house concert Aug. 6

A “house concert” slated for Thursday, Aug. 6, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Manor, 203 South Main Street in Culver will feature acoustic duo Patchouli (, which includes nationally touring, award winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel. Tickets are $20 in advance of the show and $25 at the door. They may be purchased at Main Street Manor or by calling 574-842-2746. Tickets may also be requested via Main Street Manor’s Facebook page. Seating is limited to 30, so tickets should be purchased early. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be offered for a donation to a local leader dog program.

Lake Max Triathlon Aug. 8

Registration is still open for the Lake Max Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 8. Lake Max is a USAT-certified triathlon which begins and ends at the Naval Building on the Culver campus. The course is a 400-meter swim around the Naval Pier, 12 miles of biking around the lake, and a five-kilometer run meandering through town. The distance is perfect for both experienced and novice racers. Teams are welcome. New this year is the inclusion of a stand-up paddle board competition. The one-mile event will be held for individuals and teams.This year will again include the Lake Max Kids Triathlon. Sixty-eight boys and girls participated in the first one last year. The 5-7 year-old age group will swim 50 meters, bike one mile, and run a half-mile. The 8-10 year-old age group will swim 75 meters, bike two miles, and run one mile. The 11-12 year-olds will cover a 75-meter swim, two-mile bike ride, and a one-mile run. All three races will be contained on the Culver Academies campus and will not cross any roads. The kids triathlon is not a USAT-certified event. All proceeds are donated to local service service clubs. Register online at

‘Huckleberry Queen’ visits Culver Aug. 15

“Huckleberry Queen” will be performed by Anna Liechty of Plymouth at the next meeting of the Antiquarian and Historical Society, on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m.. The true story tells of a circus performer who arrived in Marshall County in1875 and left her mark on the Culver and surrounidng areas. Liechty will be in period costume. The event will take place at the Marsha and Hank Bilsland home, 1000 South Street in Culver, and is open to the public.

‘Wednesday Weeders’ group meets at park

Wanted: Wednesday Weeders! A volunteer group will meet at the lighthouse in the Culver town park on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and pull weeds around the park for an hour a week, or more depending on what the group decides. All are welcome to meet and assist.

Summer offerings at the park

Among the Culver Park Department’s classes and activities this summer are: Yoga (8 a.m.) and a running club (6 p.m.) Tuesdays; pilates (8 a.m.) and Zumba (6:30 p.m.) Wednesdays; yoga (8 a.m.) and fun group paddle (7 p.m.) Thursdays; euchre (6 p.m.) Fridays; pilates (8 a.m.) Saturdays. Swim lessons are also offered this summer. Contact for details. Lifeguarded beach hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Stand-up Paddleboard and kayak rentals are available at the town beach during select hours. Contact for details.

TOPS group meets Wednesdays

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Grace United Church of Christ, 307 N. Plymouth St., Culver (lower level conference room). There is no charge to visit: Annual Fee: $32. Decide to join as a new TOPS member, receive a free weight loss aide. Follow the TOPS weight-loss winners of the world. Visit and call Sue for more information at 574-842-2188.

Wesley Preschool accepting apps

Wesley Preschool is accepting registration forms for the 2015-16 school year. The 3-year-old class, at $95 per month, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 4-year-old class, at $110 per month, meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Classes are held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the preschool. Registration forms can also be downloaded from

Culver Comm. Schools summer food program under way

Culver Community Schools summer food program is launching at six area sites includinng the Aubbeenaubee Community Building, Leiters Ford (through July 234, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.); Ora Church Basement (through July 10 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. (EST); Former Monterey Elementary (through July 234 from noon to 12:30); Culver Public Library (through July 233 - Tues., Thurs., 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.); Culver Elementary (through July 31 - breakfast 7:45 to 8:30 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.); Culver Comm. High School (through July 24 - breakfast 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. lunch 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.). Area children 18 years of age and younger and people with disabilities (regardless of age) who participate in special education programs are eligible for a free meal through the program (all other adults may purchase a lunch for $3 and/or a breakfast for $1.50).

Kayak, paddleboard rentals in the park

Kayak, paddleboard, and related equipment rentals are now available during available hours at the east end of Culver’s town park. More information and rental prices are available online at lakemaxchallenge. com/lake-max-life.

Blessings in a Backpack ‘Prom’ fund-raiser Aug. 22

A Marshall County “Second Chance Prom” aims to “Unmask Hunger in Marshall County” on Aug. 22, from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m., at Christo’s Banquet Hall in Plymouth, with funds going to Blessings in a Backpack, a program aimed at providing food for Marshall County school children in need during weekends, when school lunches are not available. Blessings operates in Culver, among other Marshall County communities. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and there is a cash bar. There is a masquerade theme, and the event is for age 21 and over only. Formal wear is required; mask is optional.

Culver Farmers Market

The Culver Farmers’ Market is now open at the northwest corner of Ohio and Jefferson Streets (across from CVS Pharmacy). The market will operate into October on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Interested ven dors please call at 574-842-2648 (ask for Barb). The Culver Chamber of Commerce sponsors the market.

Friends book sale every Sat. this summer

The Friends of the Culver Union Township Public Library will hold book sales every Saturday 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Carnegie Room, in the lower level of the library, through August 29.

Rarities on exhibit at Academies gallery

A page from the first book printed on the printing press is among a wide array of pieces exhibited at the Crisp Visual Art Center on Culver Academies’ campus through June. Several diverse exhibits include works around the themes Landscapes, ART/WORD, and Culver Connections, respectively. The Galleries at the Crisp Visual Art Center are open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment at 574-842-8278.