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Top 10 Entertainment Articles on PortageLife in 2018

We published several hundred entertainment stories to the entertainment section this year. Stories on great local theatres to restaurants and more in Portage were fair game for good news.

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Without further ado (and in no particular order), here are your Top 10 Entertainment Stories in Portage from 2018!


Hannahs Hope Welcomes Supportive Community to 9th Annual Craft and Vendor Fair

On Saturday morning, Christmas shopping began early at Portage High School as members of the community enjoyed shopping from 120 local vendors all while supporting a great cause: Hannah's Hope. There was something for everyone with diverse booths for shoppers and enjoyable activities, like a gingerbread house building contest for kids. It was beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, with a strong sense of community and a ton of fun.

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26th Annual Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation Gala Honors Excellence in Theatre Art in the Region

The 26th annual Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation (NIETF) Gala brought talent from all over the Region together to recognize excellence in theater arts. NIETF, a collection of theatre organizations across Northwest Indiana, focuses on creating a strong community, promoting excellence, and providing entertainment to the Region. The annual gala provides NIETF an opportunity to recognize distinction among the local play and musical performances, direction, and design. 

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Hannahs Hope Supports Children with Disabilities and Local Families at the Annual Dreams Gala

There is nothing greater than knowing you are fulfilling the dreams of families and people in need. Last night, members of Northwest Indiana celebrated with Hannah's Hope at the local nonprofit's Annual 2018 Dreams Gala.

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Porter Regional Hospital Hosts Annual Blow Away Breast Cancer to Honor Survivors and Fighters

On Wednesday, dozens of community members and healthcare professionals gathered at Porter Regional Hospital. Together, they watched from the warmth and safety of the hospital's lobby as a pink flag emblazoned with the words "Raise Awareness, Fight for a Cure" was hoisted in front of the hospital. Every year in October, Porter Regional Hospital hosts Blow Away Breast Cancer, a ceremony that pays tribute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

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Inaugural St. Peter Germanfest Kicks Off New Portage Tradition

The Region has a long history of hosting many successful cultural festivals, some having histories that go back decades. On Saturday, St. Peter Lutheran Church of Portage added to the legacy by celebrating their first ever Germanfest at Founder's Square.

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Portage Brewfest and Taco Test Unites Community in a Delicious Way

What's better than live musical entertainment and the great outdoors? Plenty of cold beers and infinite tacos! On September 22, the Portage Brewfest & Taco Test, organized by the Portage Township YMCA and the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce, brought the community together to enjoy live entertainment, sample local craft brews, and vote for this year's top taco.

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Behind the Scenes of a Blockbuster Year with Portage 16 IMAX + GDX

The season of summer blockbusters is just about wrapped up, and it was a huge one this year. The massive Avengers: Infinity War proved such a success that it has a Wikipedia page dedicated to the box office records it broke, while other films such as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Deadpool 2 also made waves.

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Rittenhouse Village at Portage and Portage Chamber Host 4th Annual Vintage Car Show

The Rittenhouse Village at Portage 4th Annual Vintage Car Show and Competition went off without a hitch on Thursday evening. Rittenhouse Village hosted the event along with the Portage Chamber of Commerce. Motorheads of all kinds gathered together to share their passion for cars and show off their incredible vintage vehicles.

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Portage Chamber of Commerce Hosts 35th Annual Spring Swing Golf Outing to Celebrate Summer

A battalion of golf carts roamed the greens at Robbinhurst on Friday as the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce hosted their 35th annual Spring Swing Golf Outing. With summer officially starting next week, chamber members and public participants enjoyed a day of golf, food, and raffles.

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Goodrich Quality Theaters Portage 16 IMAX Builds on a Blockbuster Year with Huge Summer Films

The season of summer blockbusters arrived this month, as Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War kicked in the door by making more than $1.5 billion at the box office in less than a month. These days, thanks to social media, blockbusters like Infinity War are cultural phenomena, and missing out on them means a whole lot more than losing out on the big screen spectacle – memes, references, and who knows what else that get generated afterwards. This summer in particular is looking packed at Goodrich Quality Theaters Portage 16 IMAX+GDX.

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