Indian Invasions at Door Village Festival 2022

September 11 2022

by Kimberly Mann

An absolutely beautiful day for the Door Village Festival LaPorte County Indiana, September 10 2022.  We were greeted at the entrance by a couple of smiling faces, adorned by gorgeous chrysanthemums and fall decorations donated by Burek Farms, welcoming us to a historic part of LaPorte County.  The Door Village Festival was fun for all including the gentle beasts grazing the area.

The welcome mat was all laid out as we arrived at the entrance to Door Village Festival.  The “parking people” were more than happy to find us a shaded grassy spot for our four wheel gas economizer.  Entering the park, the welcoming committee made sure we could find our way around the area to take in all of the delightful activities.

The tour started with the most familiar sight in Midwestern USA, the twin John Deere tractors displaying their famous green and yellow insignia.  The horsepower revved up tad when we met a new friend, Tom, owner of a 1966-67? Chevy II with a corvette motor surgically implanted into the engine compartment. 

The car show was a tour back into history with Porsche, Chevrolet, Studebaker, making headlines.  Meeting new friends and talking with old friends always makes for a good time.

Beautiful scenery could be found right on the park grounds where new greenery cascaded over old iron.

The organizers of Door Village Festival worked diligently to take visitors back in time to when Indians roamed the area, their home, living in teepees and enjoying the vast abundance of buffalo and rich soil. Settlers began trading liquor with the friendly Indians and farming the land which included cash crops like corn and livestock farming.

Fishing wasn’t an abundant commercial activity in the area but for newcomers, it’s a fun activity.  No need for nets or fishing rods.  Just reach in and grab yourself some supper.

The highlight of the event had to be the wagon ride pulled by Belgian horses named Sadie and Tess.  The guide was very informative of history of the area including how Door Village was the main trail around LaPorte County used by travelers for trade and industry until the railroad was built a few miles north of town.  Door Village had built a fort to protect themselves from an Indian invasion. 

Now, Door Village is a quaint town with farming and animal husbandry practiced daily.  The memories of what was are displayed with pride by the Old School Bell still ringing as proud as the day it first rang to bring in the local youngins’.


No such thing! Seagull

The coastline of Lake Michigan at Michigan City Indiana USA is one of our favorite places to visit.  The diverse articles of subject matter keeps our inquisitive brain rolling.  Our attention was captured by this Seagull that wanted to play in the water when it was only 20 degrees outside.  She sparked our curiosity about Seagulls.

Supposedly, there is a  group of birds in the gull or tern family which contains more than 35 species.  The group received their name “sea” gull because of their habit of flying around coastal areas or over open water. (Note: if you are ever lost at sea and see a “sea”gull, you know land is sure to be found close by.) 

Around Lake Michigan area on the Indiana/Michigan side, three main species of gull are found, the Herring Gull, the Ring Billed Gull, and Bonaparte’s Gull. 

We aren’t sure what kind of Gull is in the picture.  We just know the Seagulls are enjoyable to watch as they complete their daily missions.