The New Buffalo Sail Fleet held sail boat races offshore of New Buffalo beach for the benefit of the WNIT South Bend, Indiana, television crew Saturday, Aug. 8.
The Public Broadcasting Station was creating a documentary about Harbor Country for their Our Town series and wanted footage of sailing activity on Lake Michigan. Dana Hybl, Rear Commodore of Sail for New Buffalo Yacht Club and the organizer of the New Buffalo Sail Fleet, was more than happy to organize a group of sailing enthusiast for an early morning sail. A half dozen boats and crews took part in the filming.
The following Monday, the documentary crews conducted many interviews with local people at the New Buffalo Yacht Club. On Monday, they interviewed Harbor Country Radio (WRHC 106.7fm) personalities Dave Repetto and Gail Issacson, along with host and watercolorist Dave Knoebber, Rum Cake officianados Nana Dee and Peanut Batchelder, HCPAI board members Arnie Fienberg and Angela Reichert, historian Harriett Sitron and our own New Buffalo greeter, George Smith. Many other personalities throughout the area were featured and videotaped at their places of businesses or their places of interest.
The 90-minute broadcast features many of the high points of Harbor Country, from its outstanding arts and entertainment venues and culture to its many interesting and accomplished people.
Our Town premiered on WNIT the evening of Monday, Aug. 22, and was aired again the evening of Sunday, Aug. 28. Watch for rebroadcasts of the program or contact the station for a DVD of the show at www.nwnit.org.