carnival games, an Irish party and ‘Gilligan’


Michigan City offers drama and comedy this weekend, including a throwback to an ill-fated cruise that left seven castaways stranded on a desert island. The South Bend Museum of Art hosts a family day with carnival games and other activities. Plus, country music and an Irish celebration round out the five weekend things to do in or near South Bend.

Be sure to also check out these suggestions from Joseph Dits’ Outdoor Adventures column or The Tribune’s online calendar for more ideas.

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MICHIGAN CITY — The Canterbury Summer Theater closes its season with “Sylvia” August 4-6 at 807 Franklin St.

Written by AR Gurney, the play follows Greg and Kate, who have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of raising children in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial operator draws to a close, while Kate’s career as a public school English teacher begins to offer him more opportunities.

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When Greg brings home a dog he found in the park – or who found it – with only the name “Sylvia” on its tag, the clever mix of Lab and poodle becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife.

Performances are at 2 p.m. on August 4, 7:30 p.m. on August 5 and 6:30 p.m. on August 6. All hours CDT.

Tickets cost between $20 and $10.

For more information, call 219-874-4269 or visit

Kathy Chase, left, Rick Henderson, Makenna Blair, Thom Nelson.  J Swindell, Ken Siegfried, Joy Scott and, rear, Lexie Passmore star in the production of Footlight Players

Footlight Players Presents “Gilligan’s Island, the Musical” August 5-21 at Michigan City Theater

MICHIGAN CITY — “Gilligan’s Island, the Musical” opens August 5 and runs through August 21 at the Footlight Theater, 1705 Franklin St.

Based on the 1960s TV show, the musical follows seven castaways as they seek escape from the island where they were shipwrecked. When they encounter an ancient legend found on hieroglyphics left behind by a cryptic culture, it leads them to wonder what they are saying and if they can help them get off the island. Does a mysterious visitor have the answers he needs?

“Gilligan’s Island, the Musical” was created by Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of “Gilligan’s Island”, the TV show, with his son Lloyd. Music and lyrics are by Schwartz’s daughter, Hope Juber, and her husband, Laurence Juber.

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Performances are at 7:30 p.m. CDT on August 5 and 6. 12-13 and 19-20 and 2 p.m. CDT on August 7, 14 and 21.

Tickets cost between $17 and $12.

For more information, call 219-874-4035 or visit

Country musician Gilman performs at the Acorn

THREE OAKS — Billy Gilman performs at 8 p.m. on August 5 at The Acorn, 107 Generations Drive.

Country singer Billy Gilman performs August 5, 2022 at The Acorn in Three Oaks.

Gilman burst onto the national scene in 2000 with the hit single “One Voice.” His debut album was certified double platinum in the United States and he was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to ever reach No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart.

In 2016, Gilman auditioned for season 11 of “The Voice” and finished second for the season.

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Tickets cost between $55 and $30, with VIP packages available between $105 and $80.

For more information, call 269-756-3879 or visit

An acrylic painted directly on the wall, Alex Ann Allen's

The South Bend Museum of Art is hosting a Carnival-themed Family Day on August 6

SOUTH BEND — The South Bend Museum of Art presents “Family Day: A Carnival For All Ages” from noon to 4 p.m. on August 6 at 120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The event includes carnival games, a scavenger hunt studio tour, live demonstrations of SBMA classes, and a chance to win tickets to the South Bend Cubs by entering a coloring contest and taking part in a community mural.

A pop-up exhibition showcasing artwork created during summer camps for young people this year will be on display, along with the ‘Visualizing Innovation’ exhibition, which features five floor-to-ceiling murals by local muralists .

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Food and beverages will be on sale at the event. The Lighthouse Autism Center will host an inclusive sensory space.

Admission and all activities are free.

For more information, call 574-235-9102 or visit

Sharing Meadows Hosts 28th Annual Leprechaun Hunt

ROLLING PRAIRIE — Sharing Meadows hosts its 28th annual Leprechaun Hunt from noon to 6 p.m. CDT on August 7 at 6357 N 300 E. LaPorte County Road.

The event features 33 ceramic pixies hidden across the 185 acres of Sharing Meadows grounds that attendees seek out with the chance to win up to $1,500.

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Other highlights include unlimited food and drink, with food provided by Philippe’s Deli and Catering in Munster and Leroy’s Hot Stuff in Porter; live Irish music throughout the day; cart rides, moonwalking, boating and fishing; and Sharing Meadows villager craft sales.

All proceeds from the day will be donated to the Share Foundation, a privately funded non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the residential, work and social needs of adults with developmental disabilities. Sharing Meadows is the 185-acre community that includes 15 residential homes and a camp for adults with disabilities.

Admission is $70-$60; free for children 13 and under accompanied by a parent or grandparent.

For more information, call 219-778-2585 or visit


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