Culver Summer Schools & Campsâ€™ Moonlight Serenade will be conducted Friday, July 11.
The traditional serenade by the Culver Summer Naval Band aboard the R.H. Ledbetter â€“ a staple along the Lake Maxinkuckee shores since 1943 â€“ will begin at the Naval Pier at approximately 8:30 p.m.
The Naval Band will give a performance at the Culver Town Park at approximately 9 p.m.; then travel down the West Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, followed by the East Shore. Lake residents are asked to help light the three-masted, square riggerâ€™s course by placing luminarias along the lakefront piers. Sunday, July 13, will be the rain date.
The tradition of the Moonlight Serenade began aboard the O.W. Fowler, the predecessor to the Ledbetter. For the past 70 years, members of the Naval Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band have boarded the flagship under the full moon, playing old favorites for town and lake residents along the East and West shores of Lake Maxinkuckee.
The evening is made possible by the Ann M. Smitson Moonlight Serenade Endowment