Jon Clendenin of Chesterton, IN couldn't have found a better backdrop for his proposal to fiancé Jamie Hoffman than the Indiana Dunes State Park, one of the most beautiful places in the Midwest.

On October 12, 2010, Jon met Jamie near the pavilion and after a short walk, led her up a small sand dune to where he had prepared a picnic. After eating, they watched the sunset. Jon soon broke a glow stick and began to play his guitar and sing, including a song he wrote about their courtship. The song ended with a request for Jamie to walk up the sand dune and look down. When she reached the top, to her amazement, were 750 glow sticks spelling out "WILL YOU MARRY ME?" in 5 foot letters.

When Jamie turned around to face Jon, he held up her engagement ring. With tears in her eyes, Jamie said yes!

Jamie and Jon's story is just one example of the romantic places and wonderful people who call Northwest Indiana home.
We had a number of wonderful stories entered into our Engagements Along the South Shore contest. Jeff Pysh of Crown Point proposed to his current wife Ami during the Fourth of July parade, enlisting the help of the local junior high pom pom squad. Edward Wroblewski of Merrillville told his wife Alma he would marry her the first time he danced with her at the YMCA in the 1950's. Nancy Buckley and husband Paul started their courtship while working together at a Burger King in Gary and have been married for 22 years.

Congratulations for Jon and Jamie - we hope you enjoy your overnight stay at Serenity Springs in Michigan City!

Click here for Jerry Davich's column on the winner in the Post-Tribune.