The fifth annual Lake Maxinkuckee Film Festival, “A Gift of Warmth,” will feature two nights of films and fun, beginning with a Friday night reception for sponsors of the event. Included will be live music, dinner under the stars, and a film competition featuring Purdue and Notre Dame student film-makers, who will introduce their creations.
As announced in last week's Culver Citizen, Friday evening's activities have changed venues to Culver Academies' Eppley Auditorium, rather than the Uptown Cinema as in previous years. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., guests will enjoy entertainment and dinner under the stars, and a large tent, in front of the auditorium.
Inside the auditorium, the student filmmakers' competition launched at last year's festival will be repeated, with the addition of the work of a student from Notre Dame University, in addition to Purdue student works as featured last year. Each filmmaker will introduce his or her short film, after which attendees will vote for their favorite. Monetary prizes will be awarded for top choices.
Those interested in becoming a sponsor may contact the offices of JMC Engineering at 574-842-8830.
Saturday's Festivities begin at the Culver town park September 1 at 6 p.m., when live entertainment, carriage rides, clowns, and a picnic dinner will be available to all. The Culver Academies band will open the festivities, followed by the Sentimental Journeys band, soprano Kathy Overmyer, and 50s rock singer Quentin Flagg. Once again, local organizations such as the Culver Lions Club and Antiquarian and Historical Society of Culver will serve supper and dessert.
As in years past, an outdoor feature film will be screened beginning at dusk with the hit musical film, "My Fair Lady," on a two-story screen in the park.
Admission to these events is a donation of new or lightly worn, clean items of winter wear for school age children, which will then be provided to students within the four-county Culver Community School district. Monetary donations are also gladly accepted and will be used to help families with their winter heating bills, according to Patty Stallings of the festival committee. For those unable to attend the festival, volunteers will accept contributions of clothing and money anytime after 4 p.m. Saturday, September 1 at the Lions Club train station-depot on Lake Shore Drive.