Saturday, July 22, 2017

           Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa is #4 of the 25 favorite B&B's named by Midwest Living.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017


                                   Stay at Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa after enjoying the music!
The 7th Annual Summer Rhapsody Music Festival begins TONIGHT!  For the next 5 weeks, you can enjoy free concerts in the park.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets - everything you need to enjoy!
Here's what you can find each week:
  • July 13: Hoosier Highway
Hoosier Highway is certainly proof of what happens when the right musicians and artists get together. With a wealth of talent and experience Hoosier Highway has quickly become one of the Midwest's most dynamic live performance bands. 

Delivering precise vocal harmonies and original musical arrangements, Hoosier Highway not only entertains, but also takes their high-energy show directly to their fans through audience interaction and involvement. The band plays a wide variety of country music, from top-40 to classic, as well as their own original songs. 
  • July 20: Summer Rhapsody Festival Orchestra
This 61-piece orchestra will perform A Tribute to John Williams, including music from all of our favorite films: Jaws, Hook, Schindler's List, Star Wars and more!  Miguel Rosario, Artistic Director and Conductor, has a wonderful concert planned for all to enjoy!
Valparaiso Middle School Band Concert begins at 4pm
  • July 27- The Corey Dennison Band
Long-awaited by loyal fans, The Corey Dennison Blues Band debuted in Chicago in early 2013, storming the stages of Buddy Guy's Legends, Rosa's, and Leroy's Hot Stuff. In late 2013, Corey's always entertaining stage presence prompted the release of "live in chicago" a thrilling document of a typical night in a Windy City blues club. The album leaves little doubt that the Blues has found its premier young lion, Corey Dennison.
  • August 3- Libido Funk Circus
While LFC's musical catalog has certainly become their trademark, it's only half of the story. This tireless, six-piece band is on a quest to entertain at any cost! Did we mention there are three dedicated lead vocalists, including one guy and two girls? And all six band members sing!
 
  • August 10- Kashmir
Chicago's Led Zeppelin Show

 
All concerts begin at 7pm.  For more information, visit our website.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Thursdays: July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10 at 7 pm
The Porter Health Amphitheater in Central Park Plaza
Admission is FREE then stay at Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa

For all the music lovers out there, come out and enjoy summer evenings in the park with the Summer Rhapsody Music Festival. Concerts will feature a feast of different sounds from rock to country to blues. There's something for everybody at this music festival!



Bring your picnic, your blanket or chairs, your music-loving friends and come relax in the park with the sounds of the Summer Rhapsody Music Festival. Visit our website for more information http://valparaisoevents.com/summer-rhapsody-music-festival/

Saturday, June 3, 2017


VALPARAISO MARKET
June 3-October 21 every Tuesday and Saturday 8am-2pm
William E. Urschel Pavilion at Central Park Plaza
Come to the Valparaiso Market weekly to shop for fresh local produce, handmade products and beautiful plants and flowers. The fresh produce will liven up even you favorite recipes or grab lunch on the go from one of the wonderful food vendors. Beautiful plants and flowers make great gifts for friends or just to enjoy at home! 
The Valparaiso Market is located at the William E. Urschel Pavilion at Central Park Plaza 63 LaFayette Street in Valparaiso. Visit local growers early summer through fall. songbirdprairie.com

Thursday, June 1, 2017






As soon as the bluebirds start their fluttering up and down in front of the picture windows in the sunroom of our Bed and Breakfast, we hurry out to serve them their ” live” breakfast of  mealworms. You can almost hear them chirp back “thank you”. The feeder is about 10 feet from their nesting box 

We have so many understory trees native to our woodlands, including wild plum, sassafras, oak , sycamore and hickory. We have planted the bluebird’s favorite tree, the redbud, with those tasty berries. We look forward to the sometimes 3 broods of bluebirds in our boxes.  The songbirds perform their daily operas from dawn till dusk, loudly proclaiming their treetop territories. Many winged sopranos-meadowlark ,warbler, wren, robin, thrush, swallow, purple martin, oriole, and red-winged blackbird can be heard through our microphones in the sunroom.
We had 5 eggs in the front box and 4 in the box in the back meadow and 5 in the garden box.  Today June 1st they are about to fledge!
The non-migratory birds blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, and goldfinches who toughed it out through the frozen months are now singing with joy for spring is in the air. Be sure to bring your binoculars and birding books, along with your camera. There are many great photo opts. See you soon! Make your reservation today.    For reservations call 219-759-4274 or book on-line at www.songbirdprairie.com

Friday, May 19, 2017

NEW ACQUISITIONS AT THE BRAUER MUSEUM OF ART

Dates: May 19 - August 06, 2017
Time: Tue., Thu. and Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Wed. 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 12-5 
Venue: Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University
Address: 1709 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493 Phone: 219-464-5365
Admission: Free admission

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An exhibition of new acquistions in the Brauer Museum of Art's permanent collection will be held in the museum's Wehling and McGill Galleries. This exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dates: April 01 - October 31, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
Address: 450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso, IN 46385
Phone: 219-462-0025
Admission: $10 adults; $8 senior (55+), military, college students; $5 child (5-12), children free (4 & under)

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Featuring dwarf plants and model steam engine trains, the exhibit showcases the impact steam engine trains had on early 19th century US railroads. Check the website for special events.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017 R.O.S.E. Award "People's Choice" Hotel of the Year Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa Make your reservation today!                                                                                             Songbirdprairie.com



This Mouthwatering Ice Cream Trail In Northern Indiana All You’ve Ever Dreamed Of And More

Let’s be honest – one of the best parts of spring and summer is all the delicious ice cream we get to indulge in. From dairy farms to tiny, beloved ice cream shops, Indiana knows how to do ice cream right. If you’re a fan of this frozen treat, check out the ultimate Northern Indiana mouthwatering ice cream trail.                                                                                Visit Valpo Velvet and Stay at Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa

Monday, May 8, 2017

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

Dates: April 28 - May 14, 2017
Time: Fri. and Sat. 8:00 p.m.; Sun. 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Memorial Opera House
Address: 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-548-9137
Admission: $21 adults; $18 seniors (59+) and students (with valid ID)

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The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical that revolves around a lonely, melancholy man in his apartment as he tries to cheer himself up by listening to a recording of his favorite 20's musical. Watch as his apartment magically transforms into the set of this vivacious musical and the characters come to life.

WILD EDIBLES PUBLIC HIKE

Date: Saturday, May 13 Time: 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. (CT)
Venue: Sunset Hill Farm County Park Address: 775 Meridian Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46385-
Phone: 219-465-3586
Admission: Free admission
Come out to learn ab out the edibles of the woods. You will hike around Sunset Hill to see what you can (and cannot!) eat. You will also stop by the gardens to see what yummy things are starting to grow.
Tree swallow
                                                    Northern Flicker
Baltimore Oriole
                                                                  Towhee


"Breakfast with the birds" some new guests at breakfast! Make your reservation today to see all of these birds and more! Songbirdprairie.com

Friday, May 5, 2017



THREE LITTLE BIRDS MARKET
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CT) Venue: Central Park Plaza
Address: Lincolnway and Lafayette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 3littlebirdsmarket@gmail.com  Admission: $5 for 13 +

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The 4th Three Birds Market will feature amazing one-of-a-kind, hand-made, up-cycled vendors. Stop by for great shopping, food, live music, and a few drink at the bar.

CHESTERTON'S EUROPEAN MARKET

Dates: May 06 - October 28, 2017 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (CT)Venue: Downtown Chesterton
Address: Third Street & Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304 Phone: 219-926-5513
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An outdoor family/artisan market held in historic downtown Chesterton every Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017




The 3rd Annual Chocolate Walk is nearing on Saturday, May 6 in downtown Valparaiso.
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If you have tickets, great! If not, not to worry - you can still enjoy downtown along with great specials!
Blackbird Café: 20% off all chocolate drinks & pastries
Blue Point Oyster & Sushi Bar: $5 chocolate martinis
Don Quijote: Look in your Chocolate Walk bag for a gift certificate to be used on lunch or dinner! Free chocolate dessert with purchase of lunch or dinner.
Elements Wine Bar: 20% off anything with bubbles
Fluid Coffeebar: $1 gourmet hot chocolate
Fork & Cork: Free chocolate dessert with purchase of lunch or dinner
Olga's Place: Complimentary dessert with purchase of lunch or dinner
Pikk's Tavern: $6 menu of assorted chocolate drinks & desserts
Radius: $2 chocolate mole mini sliders & $6 chocolate covered strawberry martini
Roots Organic Juice Café: 10% off chocolate date smoothie
Sage Restaurant: Free chocolate pot de crème with purchase of dinner
CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION from 4-6PM following the Chocolate Walk!
The fun doesn't have to end when the Walk is over! Following the Chocolate Walk, please join us for a Champagne Reception from 4-6 p.m. hosted by our Proud Partner, The Lakes of Valparaiso.
Enjoy complimentary champagne, sparkling juice, special prizes and more at their luxurious Clubhouse. Lakes of Valparaiso is located just 3 miles East of Downtown Valparaiso just East of Hwy 49 off of Evans Ave at 1715 Lake Michigan Drive.

Monday, May 1, 2017





         Eat Up Wine Down 1st Thursday 
            then stay at Songbird Prairie
 Book now your whirlpool/fireplace suite


May 4, 2017 Times: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Organization: Valparaiso Events

Location: Central Park Plaza, Valparaiso, IN 46383

Contact Phone: 219-464-8332 Contact Email: Click to Email

Description: Don't miss a great opportunity to visit one or several of Downtown Valparaiso's favorite restaurants.  The Valpo Downtown Dining Group tempts your palate with $6 food and drink specials on the 1st Thursday of every month.

Event URL: http://valparaisoevents.com/eat-wine/

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

TONIGHT


SUZY'S DINER CRUISE NIGHT then.... STAY IN WHIRLPOOL/FIREPLACE SUITE
Dates: April 05 - October 25, 2017 Time: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. (CT) Venue: Suzy's Diner
Address: 407 S. Main St., Hebron, IN 46341 Phone: 219-996-3463
Admission: Free admission
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Enjoy cool cars, music and a special discount at the diner. Every Wednesday, April to Oct.





Tuesday, April 25, 2017



CHOCOLATE WALK AND RUN TO STAY AT SONGBIRD PRAIRIE INN AND SPA
Saturday, May 6 12pm to 4pm Downtown Valparaiso TICKETS ON SALE, Monday, March 20

Join Valparaiso Events for a day of chocolate bliss! With participating retail locations, as well as several restaurants offering special sweet treats. The third annual Chocolate Walk is a chocolate lover’s paradise.
Ticket holder will be able to visit Downtown Valparaiso’s treasures destination and while you are there. You will receive a tasty chocolate sample.
This is a “walk” so take your time to stroll through downtown, the stores or stop for Lunch of dinner along the way. Be sure to take in all of what Downtown Valparaiso has to offer! Samples are donated from some of Valpo’s top candy makers, bakers and ice cream shops.
Chocolate Walk in Valparaiso, Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa an Indiana Dunes Bed and Breakfast,

Monday, April 24, 2017


                                              Mother's Day Special     Book NOW
Whether she's a "Red Hatter" or a "Tool Belt Diva", Plan a night reminiscing with Mom at Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast Inn and Spa.
 Remember those breakfasts in bed where you served her burnt toast and cold tea? Let us serve you both our Gourmet Hot Breakfast in our sunroom where songbirds serenade and entertain. Schedule Mom a massage while she is here for total relaxation.

Stay at Songbird Prairie with your mom in the Purple finch or Warbler suite and make her a bracelet of hand-blown glass beads and silver-plated metal beads which are topped off with a touch of rhinestone bling. Bracelet is included in package with beads of your choice up to $50.00 retail value Package Starts @ $249.00 Upgrades possible. 219-759-4274



American Goldfinch is a permanent “guest” at Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa! book now
Nicknamed “wild canary”, the American Goldfinch is a prized visitor at Songbird Prairie. This little finch is welcome and common at our feeders, where it eats primarily sunflower and nyjer seed. At Songbird Prairie, they also cover the salvia along our walkway to the Inn. They love to drink and bathe in our shallow birdbaths and are attracted to the watercourse that runs through this Indiana Dunes Bed & Breakfast’s woodlands. The American Goldfinch is a frequent visitor to our feeders and you would be assured to spot these vibrant yellow birds and hear their twittering call on your visit!
Diet:
In nature, the goldfinch feeds primarily during the day on seeds of grasses and trees. They may occasionally feed on insects and berries. They frequently visit backyard feeders – particularly those filled with thistle seed.
Size and Color:
A small bird, the American Goldfinch is generally between 4″-5″. The male is a vibrant yellow in the summer and an olive color during the winter months. The female is a dull yellow-brown shade which brightens only slightly during the summer. The brightly colored plumage of the male is to impress the female during the breeding season and attract a mate.
Song:
A long, twittering “per-chic-o-ree” or “po-ta-to chip.” The American Goldfinch is known for singing in flight, which adds to their cheerful, “wave-like” flight pattern.
Behavior:
These are active and acrobatic little finches that cling to weeds and seed socks, and sometimes mill about in large numbers at feeders or on the ground beneath them. Goldfinches fly with a bouncy, undulating pattern and often call in flight, drawing attention to themselves.
Habitat:
The goldfinch’s main natural habitats are weedy fields and floodplains, where plants such as thistles and asters are common. They’re also found in cultivated areas, roadsides, orchards, and backyards. American Goldfinches can be found at feeders any time of year, but most abundantly during winter.
Backyard Tips:
To encourage goldfinches into your yard, plant native thistles and other composite plants, as well as native milkweed. Almost any kind of bird feeder may attract American Goldfinches, including hopper, platform, and hanging feeders, and these birds don’t mind feeders that sway in the wind. You’ll also find American Goldfinches are happy to feed on the ground below feeders, eating spilled seeds. Enjoy your breakfast while hearing and watching these amazing birds.


INDIANA DUNES BIRDING FESTIVAL

Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa has whirlpool/fireplace suites and woodlands for birding                  Book now songbirdprairie.com

Dates: May 04 - May 07, 2017 Time: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Indiana Dunes National and State Parks Phone: 219-395-1882
Address: 1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, Indiana 46304
Admission: There is a fee to enter the Indiana Dunes State Park

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Join in these four days of fantastic birding at Indiana's number one birding attraction. Celebrate the amazing spring migration on Lake Michigan's southern shore with field trips, presentations, live bird programs, young birder activities, and more.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017





Thursday, April 27, 2017   stay in an Indiana Dunes Inn and Spa near Star Plaza Theater Book Now
7:30 pm Concert
Star Plaza Theater

Bringing their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown, and old time Rock ’n Roll hits, Under the Streetlamp is composed of recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning sensation Jersey Boys. Singing hits like Rock Around the Clock, Blue Moon, Danke schön, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, and Cupid plus other popular pieces from The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli, The Four Seasons, Sam Cooke, The Drifters, Bobby Darin, and The Beatles. Retro never sounded so now!



Monday, April 10, 2017







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SUZY'S DINER CRUISE NIGHT then.... STAY IN WHIRLPOOL/FIREPLACE SUITE
Dates: April 05 - October 25, 2017 Time: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. (CT) Venue: Suzy's Diner
Address: 407 S. Main St., Hebron, IN 46341 Phone: 219-996-3463
Admission: Free admission
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Enjoy cool cars, music and a special discount at the diner. Every Wednesday, April to Oct.

Saturday, April 8, 2017



Eastern Kingbird is Treated Royally at Songbird Prairie

High in the treetops a medium-sized black and white bird flutters out to catch flying insects and aggressively attack other birds in flight, all the while emitting a sputtery series of sharp notes that sound like the zapping of an electric current. No need to look high in the tree tops here in Northwest Indiana at Songbird Prairie B&B, the Kingbird sits on the fence in front of the Inn for his breakfast. They are excellent fliers, able to catch flying insects and aggressively defend it’s breeding territory with its aerial mastery. Both male and female are black above and white below. The female’s chest is grayish. Male kingbirds have a small, red-orange patch of feathers on the crown, though this is rarely seen. A thin, white band on the tail margin clinches the identification. Spending the breeding season in open areas with scattered trees, eastern kingbirds prefer locations near water, probably for the bounty of insects. Fairly common in agricultural areas, pastures, city parks, and suburban neighborhoods with large trees and open understory during summer, most eastern kingbirds migrate to central and south America in winter. In migration, the kingbird travels in loose flocks, and it is not uncommon to see a dozen or more birds in one tree in spring or fall. The eastern kingbird or bee bird, is an insect eater, specializing in bees, wasps, moths, butterflies, on other large flying insects. That’s why they are here at Songbird Prairie we have a virtual buffet of them all! Sit and watch hunters, kingbirds find an exposed perch and wait for something edible to fly past. They then sally forth and grab the prey in their bill, returning to the perch to stun and eat the insect. Kingbirds also eat fruits at all seasons, including mulberries, cherries, and elderberries. These are most abundant here at Songbird Prairie B&B. Fruits make up the bulk of their winter diet in the tropics. The Kingbird’s nest is placed high in a tree and is a large, loosely woven cup of bark, twigs, and weed stems. Females do all of the nest building in incubation. A typical clutch is two to five eggs with a 15 day incubation period. Hatchlings spend about 16 days in the nest before fledging, after which they are attended to by both parents for several more weeks. They are very active in their territories in summer, especially here at Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast so if you want to watch for their fluttery fly catching flights and listen for their loud zapping calls, give us a call come for the weekend, come for the night, or come just for breakfast. The old myth that eastern kingbirds prey primarily on honeybees resulted in many of these birds being shot. Studies have now shown that the kingbirds eat relatively few honeybees, mostly drones.
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