Dyngus Day in Michiana

By: Katherine Rufener; Stephanie Stang Email
By: Katherine Rufener; Stephanie Stang Email

Monday was Dyngus Day in Michiana and that means fun, food and politics.

But along with the traditions, there is sadness this year on the campaign trail. South Bend Democratic mayoral candidate Mike Hamann announced he will stay in the race after the unexpected death of his wife.

Last week, 50-year-old Mary Hamman was in rural Paraguay to attend her daughter's wedding when she died from an undetected health condition. Mary was the communications director for Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.

All of Mike’s opponents suspended their campaigns over the weekend. The tragic news is having an affect on this final week of campaigning.

Monday marked the 81st celebration at the West Side Democratic Club in South Bend. The celebration began in 1930 as a day of Polish food, heritage and lots of politics. Festivities started at 9 a.m. and lasted all day at the Ford and Warren streets building. Food will be available until it runs out.

Candidates from both parties campaigned all day at other various venues, from union halls to restaurants, across Michiana:

  • UAW Local 5 Breakfast
    1426 S. Main St., South Bend
    Democrats available around 8-9:30 a.m.

  • Hoosier Tap
    718 W. Indiana Ave., South Bend
    Democrats available 9:30-11 a.m.

  • Elks Lodge #298
    1001 W. Western Ave., South Bend
    Democrats available 1:45-3 p.m.

  • Firefighters Hall
    4025 Lincoln Way West, South Bend
    Democrats available 3:30-5 p.m.

  • Clay Township Democratic Club
    109 E. Pendle Ave., Roseland
    Democrats available 6-7:30 p.m.

  • Fiddler’s Hearth
    127 N. Main St., South Bend
    4:30-6 p.m. (candidates available around 5 p.m.)

  • Benny’s
    3101 E. U.S. Highway 12, Michigan City
    11 a.m.-10 p.m. (candidates available from 5-7 p.m.)

  • St. Pius X Catholic Church
    52553 Fir Rd., Granger
    5-10 p.m.
    Hosted by Knights of Columbus

Other places to visit (call ahead for times):

  • Crumstown Conservation Club
    59440 Crumstown Highway, North Liberty

  • BK Club
    721 S. West St., Mishawaka

  • DeAmici’s Club
    302 W. 11th St., Mishawaka

  • Knights of Columbus
    114 W. 1st St., Mishawaka

  • AmVets Post 66
    1606 W. Western Ave., South Bend

  • American Legion Post 284
    23571 Grant St., South Bend

  • American Legion Post 303
    2503 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend

  • American Legion Post 50
    1633 N. Bendix Dr., South Bend

  • Jeannies Tavern
    621 S. Bendix Dr., South Bend

  • MR Falcons
    3212 Keller Rd., South Bend

  • McKinley Pub
    2930 McKinley Ave., South Bend

  • Oaken Bucket
    1212 S. Ironwood Rd., South Bend

  • PNA #83
    2401 W. Western Ave., South Bend

  • ZB Falcons
    323 S. Sheridan St., South Bend

  • Jovi’s Lounge
    1905 Miami St., South Bend

  • Murphy’s Backyard Pub
    3601 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend

  • Joe’s Tavern
    1201 Dunham St., South Bend

  • C.J.’s Pub
    236 S. Michigan St., South Bend

  • Mulligans Bar and Grill
    1705 South Bend Ave., South Bend

The tradition of renaming streets in South Bend continued as well. Ford Street at Warren became Dyngus Day Drive and Western Avenue at Laurel Street became Solidarity Day Drive.

The annual Solidarity Day celebration took place at Elks Lodge in South Bend at noon. It was started back in 1971 as a way to unite people of all races. On top of all the politics there was plenty of socializing among residents, and of course, lots of barbecued food.

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