Who could have imagined that Spring, and particularly April 1st, would be so full of events in LaPorte County this year? Of course, across the nation, it’s the special day for playing jokes and all the shenanigans that go along with April Fools’ Day. But this year, Easter also falls on April 1st. It’s relatively rare for these two special days to coincide. In fact, it’s only happened a dozen times since 1714, with the most recent dual holiday in 1956 and the next not until 2029.
Right here in LaPorte County, Michigan City’s Washington Park Zoo and Old Lighthouse Museum are hosting events that same day as well, with both opening for the season April 1st, and both celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2018. Plus there is an opportunity to see a very popular play at the Footlight Theatre in Michigan City.
Washington Park Zoo Opening
Happy Birthday, Dear Zoo! With the annual spring opening of this Michigan City icon on April 1, the Washington Park Zoo begins a special year as it celebrates its 90th anniversary. Throughout the season, social media contests and giveaways are in store, as well as the big official anniversary party June 16th. The zoo, located along the Lake Michigan shore, houses more than 90 species from all over the world. Founded in 1928, it contains many unique, historical WPA walkways and buildings too.
Open daily April 1-Oct 31. www.washingtonparkzoo.com/
Old Lighthouse Museum Opening Day
At one time, Michigan City was the busiest port on southern Lake Michigan so it’s not surprising this museum next to the shore has lots of stories to tell. The Old Lighthouse Museum celebrates its 45th year when it opens for the season from 1 to 4 pm on April 1st. You can explore eight refurbished rooms of the old lighthouse, built in 1858 with an addition in 1904, either with a docent or on a self-guided tour. In each room, an audio is available with the push of a button. Special events are planned through the summer. www.oldlighthousemuseum.org/
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. Annie’s seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a brief time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl. He decides to help Annie find her long lost parents by offering a reward if they would come to him and prove their identity. However, Miss Hannigan, her evil brother, Rooster, and a female accomplice, plan to impersonate those people to get the reward for themselves which put Annie in great danger. Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie.
April 6-8, 13-15, 20-22
Thu, Fri, Sat Show Times 7:30 pm, Sun Matinée 2:00 pm
Doors Open 45 minutes prior curtain
Reservations (219) 874-4035
Tickets: All Shows – $15; Thurs Shows and Ages 12 & under – $10
For more information and to find a special coupon. www.footlightplayers.org/
So, mark your calendar for all these great events!