Peg and me!
Meet Peg Landsman! (My Mom!) Peg was raised in East Chicago, Indiana, moved to Chicago as a young adult and then moved to Michigan City, Indiana to raise her own children. While living in Michigan City, Peg worked at the original development of Lighthouse Place Outlet Center and then owned an advertising agency in Michigan City. She was very active in the community, serving on the MC Chamber Board; Community Center for the Arts and Area Artists Boards; LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau Board; and worked as interim director of the Tourism Board for 2 years. She was a recipient of the Athena award for her work in business and the community. Peg is now retired and lives in Longboat Key, Florida. What she misses most about the dunes are her garden, perch fishing with her neighbor and introducing her grandkids to the joys of the dunes.
What brought you to the dunes? I’ve always lived close to Lake Michigan and loved every minute of it. Born in East Chicago, Indiana, I spent my childhood on the beach in Whiting, and my teens on the beach at Miller and enjoyed family picnics on Sundays in Michigan City’s Washington Park.
Our High School “day after graduation” party was held on the beach in the Dunes. Mount Baldy was always a special place for me as a child and then my children as they grew up. A tradition of ours was to climb Mount Baldy on Easter Sunday morning where we truly were able to appreciate the world and our lives in it.
How long have you lived here? I have lived in the dunes area, on and off, for over 50 years.
What is your favorite thing to do in the area? The beach was and is my favorite. I was very fortunate to live right on the beach for a number of years and the glorious feeling of walking out the door onto the beach and into the water will never leave me, however, watching the sunset over the water with a nice cold glass of white wine in my hand is probably my most favorite.
Tell us a secret about the dunes We live in a place that many, many people have the opportunity to spend only a week’s vacation.
Give us your top three “hidden treasures” (restaurant, shop, trail, beach, event…really anything!)
What would you like to teach people about the dunes? To respect and love the entire area and appreciate living here.
Anything else? If there is anything you want to learn about the dunes, follow DigtheDunes.com! I am so happy to see my daughter falling in love with the very place I raised her. I’m proud of the wonderful job she’s done bringing people a resource to find trails, beaches and all things local.
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