Dine & Learn: History of Fishing on October 18

Dine & Learn: History of Fishing on October 18

We welcome back Mr. Ric Ladonski to the IKES on Wednesday, October 18th. Mr. Ladonski will deliver a stimulating program on the history of fishing with an emphasis on local fishing manufacturing history including the South Bend Bait Company. The owner of South Bend Bait, Ivar Hennings, was an avid IKE supporter and past president of our local, State and National IWLA. See photo of Hennings plaque to rededicated to our organization.

Mr. Ladonski is an expert appraiser of bait and tackle. All IKES are encouraged to bring their vintage bait and tackle to the program for a free appraisal!

He will bring vintage local items for display from the Anthony Sobecki Lure Company, the J.A. Hardy Tackle Company, the Roy L. Kimble Bait company and South Bend Bait and Tackle.

Dinner starts at 6:30 P.M. Program starts at 7:30 P.M.
Menu: City Chicken with the trimmings
Cost: $9 adults FREE hot dogs for the kids!
Call in your reservations by Mon. Oct. 16th at 272-3660

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Early History of Area Fur Trading

Early History of Area Fur Trading

We welcome back Kristie Erickson, curator from the South Bend History Museum to the IKES on Wednesday, Sept. 27th.

Dinner starts at 6:30 P.M. Program starts at 7:30 P.M.
Menu: Roasted pork chops with the trimmings
Cost: $9 for adults and FREE Hot Dogs 12 and under!
Call in your reservations by Tuesday Sept. 26th by 10 A.M. at 272-3660

Early History of Area Fur Trading

Ms. Erickson will discuss the new Museum exhibit “Voyagers.” She will explain in detail the early history of the Great Lakes Fur Trade Era (1600s-early 1800s) and detail the hardships, lifestyles, demands and rewards of this unique time in history. Listen in awe to Kristie describe months long journeys from France to the Great Lakes for trappers to claim their goods to sell to fur companies. This will be an enlightening and educational program for all ages. Bring a friend!

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32nd Annual Hog Roast - Aug 19 at 6pm

32nd Annual Hog Roast - Aug 19 at 6pm

Join us for everyone's favorite event of the year. Izaak Walton will be hosting the 32nd Annual Hog Roast! 

As has become tradition, the Whistle Pigs will playing live music. The Whistle Pigs play a variety of classic rock and really put on a great show. The event will be held outside the clubhouse on Saturday, August 19 and starts at 6:00 pm with the band starting at 7:30. 

The entry fee is $5 to support the cost of the band (free entrance if you're an Izaak member!). Food is an additional $10/plate. Drinks will be available for an extra charge. We will have the usual grilled corn on the cob, sides, and of course slow-cooked hog!

Everyone of all ages is welcome.

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Dine & Learn - "Birds of a Feather" on May 17

Dine & Learn - "Birds of a Feather" on May 17

We welcome Mr. David Wistreich, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Mishawaka, to the IKES on Wednesday, May 17th. Mr. Wistreich will explain in detail the twenty most common birds in our area.

David will describe their habitats, food preferences and best times to view them. He will also present basic bird calls and how to remember them. This will be a very educational program for birders at all levels.

Remember that this our last dinner/program of the spring. Our next event is the annual Hog Roast
featuring the Whistle Pigs on August 19th. See you at the IKES!

When: Wednesday, May 17th. Starts at 6:30 P.M. Program starts at 7:30 P.M.
Where: Izaak Walton League Clubhouse
Menu: Tender pork chops with the trimmings
Cost: $9 adults $6 12 and under
Call in your reservations by Mon. May 15th at 272-3660

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Celebrate Arbor Day with a Tree Giveaway & Dinner on April 26

Celebrate Arbor Day with a Tree Giveaway & Dinner on April 26

We welcome all members old and new along with their guests to the IKES on Wednesday, April 26th. It is our most popular program of the year, the annual tree seedling giveaway in honor of Arbor Day and Earth Day. The IKES have been giving away tree seedlings for over six decades!

Species this year are: American Arborvitae, Tulip Poplar, River Birch, and American Plum. We are delighted to offer the Indiana State tree, the Tulip Poplar. It is not a Tulip or a Poplar. See below for details. Most pioneer barns were constructed of Tulip Poplar beams. The barns that remain have beams so hard that they are nearly impenetrable, capable of wearing out diamond drill bits. Scope out your yard now and pre-dig your holes so you can give your trees a head start. This is yet another activity that benefits our community and members alike.

Dinner starts at 6:30 P.M. Tree handout starts at 7:30 P.M.
Menu: Polish chicken dinner with the trimmings
Cost: $9 adults, $6 for 12 and under

Call in your reservations by Mon. April 24th at 272-3660.

Can’t make the dinner on the 26th? Come tour open park day on Sunday, April 30th from 1-3 P.M. Get there early for best tree selection and take a quick tour.

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March Newsletter and Dinner Wed, March 15

March Newsletter and Dinner Wed, March 15

We welcome Mr. Marcus Winchester, language and culture director for the Pokagon band of the Potawatomi, to the IKES on Wednesday, March 15th. Mr. Winchester will present a program rich in facts describing the genius of how Chief Leopold Pokagon negotiated to keep his band of 280 in the Saint Joe River Valley when 11 other Potawatomi bands were forced to move out West after the 1883 Chicago Treaty.

When: Wednesday, March 15. Dinner starts at 6:30 P.M. Program starts at 7:30 P.M. All are welcome.
Menu: Corned beef and cabbage with the trimmings
Cost: $9 adults, $5 for 12 and under

Please call in your reservations by Mon. March 13th at 272-3660. We need an accurate count for the caterer.

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February News & Dinner

February News & Dinner

“Comeback of Animal Species”

We welcome back Mr. Gary Harrington, director of the Rum Village Nature Center to the IKES on Wednesday, February 15th. Mr. Harrington, will present a program rich in facts describing the comeback of animal species in St. Joe County. This is a refreshing program that explains that all news concerning the animal world is not bad. Many species are making a tremendous comeback

We’ll let you take a look at them and decide for yourselves. See you at the IKES!

Dinner starts at 6:30 P.M. Program starts at 7:30 P.M.

Menu: Swiss steak with the trimmings
Cost: $9 adults, $5 for 12 and under
Call in your reservations by Mon. February 13th at 272-3660.

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