Around Culver late May and early June 2015

Staff Writer

Culver library centennial kickoff at park June 6
A communitiy-wide celebration of the Culver-Union Twp. Public Library’s centennial on Saturday, June 6 will kick off at 10 a.m. at Culver’s town park for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new “StoryWalk.” Following at 10:30 at the park, marionette performers Stevens Puppets will present “Beauty and the Beast.” Immediately after will be games and prizes for all ages at park and afterwards participants are encouraged to decorate their bicycles and parade back to the library together for lunch, cake, and a more festivities.

Monterey Lions Day June 6
The Monterey Lions Club will hold its first annual “Lions Day” on Saturday, June 6, at the Post Office building on Main Street in Monterey (in the parking lot next to Lions headquarters). Included will be free eye testing, a free bounce house for children, an A.U.C.E. ham and beans meal (at $5 per meal), and a rummage sale. The event starts at 9 a.m. and runs to 3 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Lions projects.

‘Come to the Cabaret’ June 6
Steve Ross, the “crown prince of New York cabaret,” will perform Sat., June 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Culver Academies Legion Memorial Building, with a wine and cheese reception to follow. Tickets to the Antiqaurian and Historical Society fund-raiser may be purchased at the Museum of Culver & Lake Max History located at the First Farmer’s Bank in downtown Culver or call 574-635-0635.  Ask for Ginny. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for general public. Seating is limited.

CBGC auction is June 12
The Culver Boys & Girls Club’s “Building Brighter Futures” auction event will take place Friday, June 12 at the Ward Lay Dining Hall on Culver Academies’ campus. This year’s will be a bluegrass-themed party. The admission fee is $40 a person or $75 for a couple. Reservations may be made at 574-842-2000. For those who can’t attend, donations may be made to CBGC at P.O. Box 44, Culver, IN 46511.

'Stage II' at county museum June 12
The Marshall County Museum is featuring a musical Brown Bag Lunch Event on Friday, June 12, from noon to 1 p.m. with tunes of the 30s, 40s and 50s performed by a group of retired members of the Maxinkuckee Singers called, “Stage ll.”  They will be singing songs from a program entitled, “A Big Band Songbook.” For more information on the afternoon production, please call 574-936-2306.

Taste of Culver June 13
The 2015 Taste of Culver will be held Saturday, June 13 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Downtown Jefferson Street will be closed to traffic as the food booths line the street, spilling over into Heritage Park, where tree shaded ta­bles and chairs will allow participants to enjoy a variety of foods and the sounds of local guitar player and singer Chad Van Herk. Information about this and other Chamber events is available at

Community meal at Grace June 15
Grace United Church of Christ will hold its monthly community meal on Monday, June 15 at 6 p.m. All are invited to this free, ecumenical event whose purpose is to share a friendly meal in a welcoming, community atmosphere. The meals are held on the 15th day of each month in the basement of the church.

Maxinkuckee Singers seek musical director
Maxinkuckee  Singers  is  now  accepting  resumes  for the position of musical director. Please send your resume to:  Maxinkuckee  Singers  P.O.  Box  45,  Culver,  IN  46511.  Deadline to receive is June 1.

Youth sailing lessons launch June 20
The Maxinkuckee Yacht Club’s youth sailing lessons are aimed at any and all area youngsters interested in learning the ins and outs sailing, and will take place in the Culver town park starting June 20. If any child’s parents are MYC members, lessons are free for the summer. If not, the entire six-week course is $20. Lessons will be Saturday mornings. To register, contact Bill Becker of the MYC, at

Lake Max Challenge June 26
From Fri., June 26 through Sunday, June 28, the annual Lake Max Challenge SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) race and demonstration event, sponsored by Sail22, will return to the Culver public beach. Details are online at

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

Moonlight Serenade July 3
The annual Moonlight Serenade with the Culver Summer Naval Band will return for one night only on Fri., July 3, when the three-masted schooner the R.H. Ledebtter will travel part of the shoreline of Lake Maxinkuckee, with the Naval Band serenading attendees.

Lake Fest returns July 17-19
The Culver Lake Fest will return the weekend of July 17 through 19, with its traditional roster of events -- from the Miss Maxinkuckee pageant to Saturday night’s fireworks; from its annual bicycle ride to kids’ games and car show, though this year’s event will omit the burn-out contest of years past -- scheduled to return. Also returning is the annual Saturday morning parade, whose honored parade marshal (collectively) will be the Culver-Union Twp. Public Library, in honor of its centennial. Information on the festival is available at, and details will appear in upcoming editions of The Culver Citizen.

Euchre, pinochle club
A  weekly euchre and pnochle club, open to the public, takes place Fridays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Culver park beach lodge, 819 Lake Shore Drive, Culver. Have fun playing cards, make new friends, enjoy beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee and our fine restaurants and city.

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). New vendors are being sought and the fee is just $5 per week for a booth. First time vendors receive one free week. Any organizations interested in food booths or bake sales are welcome. 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.

LMEC watershed plan public input June 26
The citizens of Culver and the surrounding community are invited to provide input towards new goals for the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council’s new watershed plan on Friday, June 26 at the train station-depot in Culver, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The resultant goals and objectives, along with an action plan, will then be shared for final comments before being published in October.

Culver High School reunion June 27
A reunion for Culver High School (CHS) alumni is scheduled for Saturday, June 27 at the Culver Elementary School gymnasium. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. Forward requests for tickets (and .jpg files of photographs on CDs which will not be returned) to Tom Curtis, 464 Lake St., Culver, IN 46511-1315. Email or call 508-369-1506 (cell). Reunion ticket requests must be received before Sat., June 20, and include a check for $25 for each reunion attendee. Requests must include name, address, and CHS class year of each requesting alumni or former CHS student, as well as a phone number and e-mail address for the requestor (if available).

CHS 1950s classes meet-and-greet June 27
In addition to the Culver High School reunion set for the evening of Sat., June 27, a “Meet and Greet” for all CHS alums from the classes of 1950 to 1959, hosted by the class of 1955, will take place the same day at the town park depot - train station on Lake Shore Drive, from 2 to 4 p.m. Refreshments (iced tea, water, lemonade and cookies) will be provided by Culver Coffee Company.

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 Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment at 574-842-8278.

Fund-raiser for former CES student underway
Local students have been raising funds for 10-year-old former Culver Elementary student Jiovanni Jurado, who is in need of a new kidney. More information and updates on Jiovanni can be seen via A fund-raising website has been set up at for those wishing to donate.

Culver Citizen subscriptions now available in digital edition
The Culver Citizen is now available not only in its traditional print edition, but in a downloadable, weekly “e” edition as well. Readers may subscribe to the e-edition by visiting, calling 1-800-933-0356, or emailing

Life Support at Grace Tuesdays
The Grace United Church of Christ, 307 N. Plymouth St. in Culver is offering a Life Support Group on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. People involved with anxiety, stress, depression, emotional issues & addictions are welcome. 842-2331 or 842-3592.