Culver Summer Schools & Camps’ Moonlight Serenade will be held Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27.
The traditional serenade by the Culver Summer Naval Band aboard the R.H. Ledbetter – a staple along the Lake Maxinkuckee shores since 1943 – will begin at the Naval Pier at approximately 8:30 p.m. each night.
The Moonlight Serenade will cover the East Shore of Lake Maxinkuckee on Friday and the West Shore on Saturday. Lake residents are asked to help light the three-masted, square rigger’s course each night by placing luminarias along the lakefront piers. The Ledbetter will make a stop at the Culver Town Park, 819 E. Lake Shore Drive, each night at approximately 8:45 to 9 p.m. before heading down the respective shorelines.
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 Moonlight Serenade is made possible by the Ann M. Smitson Moonlight Serenade Endowment.