From the Files of the Kosciusko County Historical Society
Editor’s note: This is a retrospective article that runs a few times a month on InkFreeNews.
June 2, 1984 — The crowd was at the Lake Theatre long before show time Friday night, and it had nothing to do with the popularity of the films featured.
The contest brought a throng of spectators –primarily young teenagers but also some curious older folks –and 12 participants.
First prize winner Friday was Sherlock Harrison, while Sean Smith was second and Tom Moreno third. Harrison received two tickets to either Lake 1 or Lake 2; Smith won a “Breakin” album; and Moreno won a “Breakin” shirt.
June 5, 1981 — One of the oldest buildings and the only restaurant in Atwood –the Atwood Cafe –was extensively damaged by fire early today.
Fire damage on the first floor, as well as smoke and water damage throughout the structure, was estimated at $30,000 by Sheriff C. Alan Rovenstine, owner of the building. That figure could climb higher today after a more thorough inspection.
June 1, 1956 — The Wagon Wheel Playhouse will present its first production July 2, marking the opening of a new era in entertainment in the northern Indiana area, Maj. Herbert Petrie, of Warsaw and Winona Lake, said today.
The idea of supplying the people of this area with professional theater during the summer months was conceived by Maj. Petrie as a civic gesture. The Wagon Wheel Playhouse will be on U.S. 30, just east of Warsaw. Excavation and construction now under way will be completed by June 24. Plays will be presented in a large tent, which is adaptable for use in warm weather. It will be equipped with comfortable arm chairs.
– Compiled by InkFreeNews reporter Lasca Randels