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      ABSR Events for 2024
Winterfest event         Feb 24
Easter Egg Hunt Mar 30
Spring Mustard Pull TBD
Memorial Day Coffee May 27
Garden & Art Walk July 13
Necktie 5K & Walk June 15
Summerfest July 27
ABSR Annual                  Sept. 7
Halloween                      TBD
Holiday Hop(e) TBD KOBS Tree Decorating, TBD

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ABSR Mailing Address:
PO Box 458
Beverly Shores, IN 46301-0458
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2024 Sand Tracks Editors:
Dec (2023) Dean Conrad
Jan Donna Excell-Steffel
Feb Janene Jonas
Mar          Marvin Makinen
Apr           Diana Stezalski
May Janene Jonas
June  Diana Stezalski
July Donna Excell-Steffel
Aug Dean Conrad
Sept  Janene Jonas
Oct Donna Excell-Steffel
Nov        Diana Stezalski
Dec          Dean Conrad
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Please click on Member Login (top upper right) to access member information, including Sand Tracks when on a computer.  Also, you can  Click Here to go to Login

If you are a current ABSR member and you have never logged into the website,  you will need to send a valid email address that you want linked to your membership information to: Nancy Nichols, Email:

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Upcoming 2024 ABSR Events

2024 Garden and Art Walk

Saturday July 13 from 10am to 2pm

Early registration opens 6/1/2024 at 12:00 am and ends Friday 7/12 at 11 PM. Ticket cost is $15 for advance, online registration or $20 on the day of the event at the Administration Building.


Your ticket purchase includes an entry to a raffle for a stunning glass sculpture donated by Caryn Brown


You’ll enjoy hardscapes, landscapes, and gardens that blend in with the natural beauty of Beverly Shores. Plein air painters will be creating art at all of the homes. Guests will be able to chat with the artists and some may offer original artwork for sale.


Guest check-in will be at the Administration Building beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m.  There they will get a map for the Walk, a brochure describing the properties, and a wristband to use the free shuttle bus and for admission to the gardens. 

Click Here to Register

JULY 27, 2024

Set your phasers to Awesome and get ready for Blast Off! We are T-Minus 58 Days to Beverly Shores Summerfest - It's Out of this World! Bring out your inner Martian, Venusian,or Plutian (yes, we still count it as a planet) and party at a Beachfront not so far away. Music, Food, Drinks, and Fun will abound like we are at the Bar at the end of the Universe! Mark in your Star Date Log that we are Lifting Off on Saturday, July 27!

We can't make this 58 day mission without you, so get ready for Star Fleet to reach out to you to ask you to join the crew (don't worry, there will be no red-shirts)! Send us a beacon and we will bring you on board! We need help at the Area 51 Cafe, the Bar at the end of the Universe, setting up and taking down the Martian Star Base, Mission Control (tickets), and much more help even in the Rebel Alliance Games!

We are all in this together and look forward to another successful Summerfest!

May the Force be with You AND Live Long and Prosper!

To volunteer, contact Adam Peterson


Houses in Beverly Shores are hard to find, especially in the dark, so consider installing a reflective address marker.

ABSR is coordinating with the Beverly Shores Volunteer Fire Department to make a limited number of reflective address signs available at no cost.

We have reached our capacity but we hope to have additional resources available at a later date. Please add you name to the waiting list.

Click Here to Add your Name to the Waiting List

This initiative is voluntary. Donations are encouraged so that as

many homes as possible can take part in this public safety program. Please make checks payable to ABSR and mail to P.O. Box 458.

Fire Department Pre-planning Home Visits

At a recent town council meeting Firefighter Jay Hennessey presented “2024 Town of Beverly Shores Fire Pre-Planning.” The purpose of the presentation was to explain how the Fire Department is trying to prepare to save lives and reduce injuries in case of fire. 

The Shores Fire Department is offering free, in-home fire pre-planning for all residents. A Beverly Shores Volunteer Firefighter will come to your home to determine the best Fire Department access to your home in case of a fire and obtain other key information including the number of residents and pets, the location of the kitchen and bedrooms; and where the utilities enter the home. 

To participate in fire pre-planning for your home, residents should call Hennessey at (505) 287-0059.
Click the image below to download the Fire Department presentation.

Nature Depends Upon Their Admonishing Smile

“But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars.  One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime. Seen in the streets of cities, how great they are! If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.”


Ralph Waldo Emerson could not have imagined, back in 1836 when he wrote those words, that there actually would be a future when the stars could not come out. Now we know that all the creatures of Nature need the starry sky for their existence. The following article explains that much more is at stake than our esthetic riches when the stars become invisible. 

Click Here to Read the Article

ABSR Sand Tracks

Sand Tracks
The July Issue is Available

Sand Tracks July 2024

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take a few minutes to download



2023 ABSR Annual Meeting Recap

Sixty -nine ABSR members, board members, and guests attended the ABSR Annual Meeting at Joe & Freddy's on Saturday, September 9.

President Bobbi Petru welcomed the attendees, noted that this month was the 50th anniversary of ABSR and thanked all the Board Members and volunteers. She also shared photos from the past year’s events. 

Treasurer Paul Kleinaitis pre­sented a review of our finances showing that the ABSR is in good financial standing.  Paul also gave a summary of the Association's accomplishments over the year, highlighting the contributions of each ABSR committee and the Association's cooperative efforts with and contributions to the Town and other Beverly Shores not-for-profit organiza­tions. He also reminded the attendees that volunteers are the heart of ABSR events.

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, Annette Young presented the 2023-24 slate of directors, and welcomed our new board member, Janene Jonas. All the 2022-23 board members are returning.  The new board was elected unanimously by show of hands and welcomed by the at­tendees.

Annette Young thanked Marcia Metzcus for her seventeen years of service as secretary to the board.  Marcia is stepping down as secretary, but will remain on the board.

The attendees gave Marcia a round of applause.

The meeting was then adjourned and on to brunch.

2023-24 Board, effective October 1, 2023


Nancy Cassidy, Lorraine Fitzgerald, Beth Ford, Nancy Garrity, Laura Hennessey, Carmen Hernandez, Janene Jonas, Ed Kleese, Paul Kleinaitis, Sandy Komasinski, Susan Loeb, Chris May, Brian McSweeney, Leslie McLean, Marcia Metzcus, Nancy Nichols, Candice Peterson-Smith, Bobbi Petru, Monique Rub, Donna Excell-Steffel, Susan Thomas, and Annette Young.

ABSR Volunteer Corner

If you are interested in volunteering to help us with an event, please contact Maureen Shick, Volunteer Coordinator, Cell: 312-933-6675.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events Around Town

Do you have kids in Beverly Shores?
Check out our new group for the younger members of our community - Kids of Beverly Shores (KOBS).

If interested check out our Facebook Group:
or Email Annaliese and Jennifer at

                Community Forums           

Are you starting a home project and need a recommendation for a tradesperson? Do you need help moving, babysitting or landscaping? Tap into the collective experience of the community with the ABSR Community Forums.

Take a look at the full list of forum topics or add your own.   You can even elect to receive email notifications when new messages are posted.  Click here if you would like help getting started.

Here are a few of our most popular forums:
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Completed 2024 ABSR Events


Small Group Dinners


February 24, 2024

6 -9 pm

Click Here to Register

Beverly Shores is the world’s 7th

International Dark Sky Community

Click on image above to go to actual brochure

Click Here for the Beverly Shores Dark Sky Community Webpage
WGN TV Features Beverly Shores
NPR Radio Story on Dark Sky
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The morning of Saturday, October 23rd was sunny, the air was crisp, and the waves were gentle. It was a perfect day to honor Ed Bracken along with resident volunteers for their dedicated work and financial contributions in fixing the damage to our lakefront and road in late 2019-2020.

A crowd gathered at Rebora Plaza to sip cider and coffee while offering their support and congratulations to Ed. Town Council President, Geof Benson talked about the Town’s efforts to mitigate the damage from unprecedented high waves and winds. He acknowledged that it was a scary time, but how with Ed’s expertise and generous spirit our Town has able to reconfigure the lakeshore with protective armor stone, sand, and rip rap.

Benson also acknowledged the donations of money by residents and offered his sincere thanks to all the resident volunteers who donated their endless hours, patience and fortitude in guiding cars, bikers, and pedestrians along the Lake Front Drive so the work Ed and his crew could do the work as safely and as expeditiously as possible. Benson ended his remarks on a more somber tone, noting that the work continues as damage from water run-off and fall storms continues.

Benson presented Ed with a wooden plaque saying Bracken Beach to commemorate Ed’s work, which the Park Board will install at the gazebo at Rebora Beach, and Monique Rub and Bob Young presented the volunteers with a coffee mug capturing Ed comfortably sitting on his backhoe. The program ended with residents taking the mic and offering their personal thanks to Ed with humor and gratitude. Visit the ABSR website to view a short video of a portion of a documentary created by Jonathan Jackson about the emergency work done in 2020. It memorializes our lakefront in 2020.

Click Here to Watch a Short Video of the Ceremony

In The Water

In honor of Earth Month, documentary film maker and Indiana Environmental Reporter journalist Beth Edwards has graciously agreed to share the link to "In the Water," her film chronicling the impact of coal ash on our neighbors in the Town of PInes. Click on the link to view at your convenience, and watch for a panel discussion on this appearing in April on Indiana Public Media's station WFYI's health news initiative "Side Effects."

FYI - Local


Northwest Community Action Corporation (NWICA), a community-minded not-for-profit, is the largest combined Area Agency on Aging and Community Action Agency in Indiana. They help to eliminate barriers to independence through a variety of services and advanced regional knowledge. 


2-1-1 is a free community service. Call them for information or to seek help in a crisis 24 hours a day, every day. Simply dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-826-7871 or

Click Here to go to their Website                                                       

Michigan City -
Michigan City Farmer’s Market.   You’ll find locally grown produce, local cheeses, proteins, baked items, and foods from local artisans.  Vendors are required to produce all their own items to ensure they are providing fresh, local, and healthy food options.   
Wednesday Market:   June 15 - September 28 (4pm-8pm) Saturday Market:   April 30 - October 30 (8am-1pm)    Location:  8th & Washington Street, Michigan City, IN



Chesterton - Chesterton’s European Market.   The European Market provides a strong tradition of quality shopping, live entertainment and a festive community experience. The artists, chefs, merchants and farmers travel from across Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services.  The Market is every Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.   Location:  Broadway and Third Street, next to Thomas Centennial Park in Chesterton, IN.   



Porter County – The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove compost site, 400 West 550 South, will open for the season March 28, to give Porter County residents a location to drop off and recycle yard waste from their spring yard cleanups.  (3/7/16)            Click Here to Go to News Article 



If you have photos that you would like to be considered for Photos of Interest, please submit them to John Blackburn at

ABSR Strategic Planning 2021

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NWI Times Article 03/03/2013 - "Volunteers help light up the sky in Beverly Shores"

NWI Times Article 12/30/2013 - "Beverly Shores a community in harmony with nature"

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