Top 10 ValpoLife Entertainment Articles of 2013

By: Caitlin Vanlaningham Last Updated: December 26, 2013

Top-10-VL-Ent-20132013 was a fun year, wasn't it? There was so much to see and do and we at ValpoLife had the chance to be involved in a great number of those things. Theater productions, amazing concerts, delicious food, great people and wonderful parties filled the year with good times and great memories.

Below are the top 10 entertainment articles from this year. It was tough to choose since there were so many cool things that we covered, but we did it!

1. Porter Health Hosts Spring Jubilee for Employees

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Porter Regional Hospital held its annual Spring Jubilee as a thank you for all the hard work done by its associates, said Chief Financial Officer Cheryl Harmon. Read more...

2. VHS Band Performs Final Concert for Retiring Director Daniel Pritchett

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As the 2012-2013 school year draws to a close, so is Daniel R. Pritchett’s astounding 38 years of contribution to the Valparaiso Community School District. He has touched and changed so many lives. He conducted his final Concert Band performance on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the “2013 Spring Band Festival”. Read more...

3. Odle Earns Title of Mr. VHS 2013

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Raucous cheers filled the Valparaiso High School auditorium on Sunday as Valpo’s most talented young men seized the opportunity to strut their stuff in the Mr. VHS Competition: Valpo’s Next Top Man. Read more...

4. The Band Plays One Last Time for Longtime VHS Band Director Daniel Pritchett

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On July 7th, the Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso was packed with people of all ages eager to see Mr. Pritchett conduct one final band concert. The Alumni Concert was organized by the Valparaiso High School Music Department in honor of Mr. Pritchett's retirement. Daniel R. Pritchett has retired after 38 years as a conductor and teacher of the "A" Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Studio Band, and jazz improvisation. Read more...

5. Valpo’s Farmers’ Market Opens with a Bang

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Valparaiso’s Central Park Plaza Market opened on June 1st to a large crowd of local and regional residents. Open from 8am to 3pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer, the Market sells a variety of foods, drinks, crafts and plants in downtown Valparaiso’s Central Park. This year, there are more vendors and booths than last year, with more to come as we further enter the hot summer months. The vendors greeted the grand opening crowd with samples, hospitality, and free smells all around. Read more...

6. ValpoLife Spends Evening at Le Roc

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Le Roc Salon and Beauty Bar got a visit from some of the ValpoLife girls on Wednesday evening. Our own Jenny Craig Brown decided that it was time to redo her 'do, and Jenny doesn't entrust her locks to just anyone. Many of you know what I'm talking about here. Hair is one of the most fun accessories that a girl can have and when it's done the way we want, we look and feel fabulous. But when things don't go well...Read more...

7. Valparaiso High School Brings Grease to the Stage

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Valparaiso High School’s Drama Club showcased a generational classic and energetic musical Grease, which had its opening on Friday, November 22nd. The play tells the story of two estranged teenagers, named Danny and Sandy, along with their own group of friends, back in the greaser hay-day’s of the 1950s. It is complete with gangs called the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds, classic cars, dance competitions, and high spirited relationships. It’s a recognizable play due to it’s highly popular film from the 1970s, with songs that most teenagers know the lyrics to; it was a wise choice by the drama club to show their adaptation. Read more...

8. Harlem Wizards Shake the Town of Valpo

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On Thursday, April 25th, the Harlem Wizards versed the Valparaiso All Star Team at the Valparaiso High School Gymnasium to raise funds for the Valparaiso Elementary Schools. The All Star Team, coached by VHS head varsity basketball coach Joe Otis, was composed of staff members from Central Elementary, Cooks Corners Elementary, Flint Lake Elementary, Hayes Leonard Elementary, Immanuel Lutheran, Northview Elementary, Parkview Elementary and Thomas Jefferson Elementary. Read more...

9. The Second Annual Good LIFE Awards: Positively Amazing

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Have you ever had an experience that kept a smile on you face and warmth in your heart from beginning to end? That was what everyone at the Second Annual Good LIFE Awards felt the entire time during the event. Celebrating good things will do that to a person. Read more...

10. 112 Lincolnway: Where Valparaiso’s Compassionate Co-Op Entertaining Team Resides

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The Valparaiso Wedding Co-Op has been created; Wade Breitzke, Mercy Turner, and Lauren Albanese have joined forces to design the ultimate team of media specialists for memorable—and furthermore unforgettable—events. Read more...