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Harvest abounds Fall festival, wine event, art auction set for St. Joe

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Fall festival, wine festival, art auction on agenda

T. JOSEPH, Mich. — Everyone’s favorite fall activities are coming together Sept. 25-26 in downtown St. Joseph. The weekend, planned by St. Joseph Today, includes a Fall Fesitval, Wine Festival and the City of St. Joseph’s Public Art Auction of its giant bathtub toy sculptures.

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Activities include: Fall Festival: Sept. 25-26 Slumberland Great Bed Race The Third Annual Rotary and Slumberland Great Bed Race will get rolling at 4:30 p.m. on Lake Blvd. Onlookers can cheer teams as they race bed frames to the finish line. This fundraiser benefits Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary youth programs and the Slumberland Furniture 40 Winks Foundation that provides mattresses and beds to children who need them. “It’s Finally Friday” Block Party festivities will entice visitors to stay downtown from 5 to 8 p.m. for fall sales, harvest menus and entertainment. Day on the Farm Day on the Farm brings rural living to the city. Families can gather up just-harvested fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats, cider and fall decorations at the downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along Lake Bluff Park. A Musical Instrument Petting Zoo from the Benton Harbor Citadel Dance & Music Center’s collection will also be along the bluff from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as the Critter Barn petting farm, featuring goats, rabbits, ducks and more animals from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other activities include face painting at State and Broad Streets., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and live music with Leonardo at Ship and Pleasant Streets., noon to 2 p.m. The Great Pumpkin Festival, sponsored by the Benton Harbor Sunshine Rotary, runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This fun-filled event includes pumpkin carving and decorating contests and culminates with the Great Pumpkin Race at 2 p.m. Participants will cheer on a flotilla of mini numbered pumpkins dropped in a pool on site. The first five pumpkins to cross the finish line will win $1,000, $300, $200, $100 and $50. A $10 entry fee will benefit Benton Harbor youth programs. All tickets will be sold by 1:45 p.m. and entrants do not need to be present to win. St. Joseph Wine Festival: Sept. 26 One of the finest backdrops to taste Michigan wines is Whirlpool Centennial Park overlooking Lake Michigan’s Silver Beach. This 4 to 9 p.m. event presented by Lake Michigan College’s Great Lakes Wine Institute features vintages from state wineries, local cuisine, live music and front row views of the sunset. Admission is free. Wine tasting starts at $10 and includes five drink tickets and a souvenir wine glass. A small selection of craft beer and cider will also be available. Music will be provided by South Bend, Ind. cover band Vyagra Falls, a rocking group of medical professionals, at 4 p.m. and Laura Rain and the Caesars, a groove, funk and blues band from Detroit, at 5 p.m. For an updated list of participating wineries and restaurants, visit the events page at Sponsors for the Fall and Wine Festivals include United Federal Credit Union, Beaudoin Electrical Construction, the City of St. Joseph, Lake Michigan College’s Great Lakes Wine Institute, 98.3 The Coast and 94.9 WSJM. City of St. Joseph Live Public Art Auction: Sept. 26 Since mid-May, the City of St. Joseph has been splishin’ and a splashin’ with its annual public art display of sculptures painted by regional artists. This year’s theme has been bathtub toys featuring ducks, frogs, whales and bathtubs. A new opportunity this year will be for bidders who are unable to attend the live event to participate in a silent auction. To participate, bidders are asked to submit their contact information, the name of the art piece and the bid amount to All silent auction bids start at $500 and a bid of $1,500 guarantees ownership to the bidder. The Silent Auction will end at 11:59 p.m. September 24th. A live auction will be held on Sept. 26 at Whirlpool Centennial Park on Wine Festival grounds at 5:45 p.m. Professional auctioneer Jerry Glassman will manage the auction for these original works. Bids will start at $500. Registration for paddle numbers runs from 4 to 5:45 p.m. For more information, contact: Susan Solon, or 269.983.5541. To learn more about these and other fall events, contact St. Joseph Today, a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization dedicated to developing and promoting events and business in St. Joseph. Visit, or call 269-985-1111.

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Producer screening ‘Amazon Gold’ at SMC


OWAGIAC, Mich. — Southwestern Michigan College’s Academic Speaker Series Tuesday, Sept. 22, features Sarah duPont, founder and president of the Amazon Aid Foundation, screening an award-winning documentary she helped produce. Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock narrate “Amazon Gold,” a 53-minute film released in May 2012. DuPont, a St. Joseph native who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, appears at 2:30 p.m. in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on SMC’s Dowagiac campus. Her program is open to the public free of charge. “Amazon Gold” details a clandestine journey bearing witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the rain forest, which provides 20 percent of the world’s oxygen. War journalists Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, led by a Peruvian biologist, uncover savage damage to pristine rain forest in pursuit of illegallymined gold. Left in the wake of surreal images of onceextraordinary beauty turned into hellish wasteland, “Amazon Gold” reaffirms the right of the rain forest to exist as a repository of priceless biodiversity — and not as toxic remains of man’s gold greed. They travel along Peru’s Madre de Dios River guid- Ortiz, who is uniquely Director Reuben tion miners eager to scrape their family without realed by environmental activ- qualified to point out the Aaronson utilizes his together enough money to izing consequences to their ist and biologist Enrique heedless exploitation. Spanish fluency to ques- start a business or feed health and homeland.

Vulnerable trees, more than 1,000 years old, as well as countless plant, animal and insect species, fall victim to the annihilation. An animated agouti, a rodent native to South America, springs to life to tell the story of his ecosystem, as the only species to crack open the Brazil nut to repopulate the apex forest tree. The valuable Amazon rain forest is not only being stripped of life, but also poisoned forever with mercury, a byproduct of illegal mining practices. A vocal advocate of ecological preservation, duPont works with neotropical scientists to study Amazonian biodiversity to educate the public and introduce cutting-edge conservation practices and on-the-ground solutions. DuPont has been engaged in educational innovation for 25 years, creating programs locally and globally while working to build cross-disciplinary curricula that support core subjects. DuPont’s awards include the Global Syndicate, Worldwide Children’s Foundation of New York and Hawaii International Film Festival humanitarian awards. In the fall of 2010, duPont, along with Gigi Hancock, the jazz composer’s wife, co-founded Ciamo, an arts and music school based in Benin, Africa. DuPont lives on a farm with her husband, Douglas, and an assortment of animals.

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Event showcases art in Benton Harbor


ENTON HARBOR, Mich. — With its continuing mission to enrich local culture and build a thriving and attractive downtown Benton Harbor, the New Territory Arts Association is launching its Artoberfest for the ninth time. The event is meant to showcase all that Benton Harbor and the surrounding region has to offer, inviting the public to the Benton Harbor Arts District to enjoy music, food, wine and craft beer. The festival takes place this Saturday, Sept. 9, at 164 Park St., next to the Livery in Benton Harbor. The day-long event is meant to shine attention on the local region and community artists, but it also acts as the primary fundraiser for the New Territory Arts Association. The organization, started in 1998 as a grassroots movement, describes its mission as one to promote the arts and, in doing so, to energize and revitalize the local region, in particular, the city of Benton Harbor’s Arts District. The Arts District is the home to a number of local businesses and destinations that, according to NTAA Board of Directors member Tom Ives, focuses particularly on culture, including “food, music, and art.” Visitors have a varied choice of restaurants and encounter art of all formats in various gallery and teaching locations. The Citadel offers dance and music lessons and, next door, Ives’ own 3 Pillars Music offers a selection of musical instruments and recorded music. The motto of the NTAA is that “art builds community.” According to Ives, the desire to live in a city with a thriving culture,


Justin Flagel with activities and businesses that enrich and excite, is one that should motivate people to create that culture. “Some things you can’t wait for someone else to do. You just do them yourself,” he said. It’s that motivation that has built the Arts District into the growing place it is today. As businesses, local citizens, and groups like the NTAA have invested in and worked to improve local buildings and parks, audiences, consumers, and more businesses have followed. When the holiday lighting on Main Street and in the district had started to age, it was an effort by locals including the NTAA, AEP, and the Benton Harbor Parks and Recreation Conservancy that led to the new displays

that appeared in 2014. Throughout the year, the Arts District plays host to a number of events, many created, sponsored, and managed by the NTAA. Every few months, businesses in the Arts District open their doors for regular Art Hops, a family-friendly event that gives artists a chance to have their works viewed by an audience and allows people to explore the businesses in the area. The Livery, known for it’s locally brewed beer and vibrant live music, hosts an open stage the first Monday of every month, giving storytellers, poets, and musicians a place to perform. The festival itself will feature a number of musicians, including acts from the area, playing music ranging from soul, jazz and

blues to jam, rock and funk. The Citadel’s own Danny Dine will perform with students from his guitar classes and local bands

Slim Gypsy Baggage, Sankofa, and The Chuck Jagers will take the stage throughout the day. They’ll be joined by touring acts, including guitarist Megan Dooley and Woodstock, New York’s Bruce Katz Band. Artoberfest will offers plenty in addition to music, with 20 artist booths and a variety of regional food available, including South Haven’s Momma’s TJM BBQ, Kalamazoo’s Camzie’s Pizza, St. Joseph’s the Baja Gringo Taco Truck and Mimi’s Gourmet Cupcakes, and Benton Harbor’s own Water Street Gelato Works. Craft beer

from close to 20 breweries from Michigan and around the country will be available, along with wine from St. Joseph’s own White Pine Winery. The rain-or-shine Artoberfest, which runs from noon until 9 p.m., is a free event for all-ages until 4 p.m., after which, those over 21 years old will pay an admission of $5. The funds raised from admission, sales, and donations will go in large part to help the NTAA continue their events and to fund the NTAA Scholarship Fund, Arts District beautification, and various other services provided to the region. A full list of sponsors, and the Artoberfest schedule is available at Justin Flagel is the founder of the web magazine and podcast Anywhere the Needle Drops, where he and others showcase their interest in music, pop culture, creativity and life. Follow their work at Feedback can be directed to

R&B Legend Returns to Kubiak’s Tavern By JESSICA HINES


ILES, Mich. — It doesn’t matter whether he’s playing in a full coliseum or on the street corner where it all began, for Billy Shelton it’s all about making people happy. And that’s exactly what he plans to do, decades after The Spaniels, one of the most revered 1950s rhythm and blues groups, first made their debut at Kubiak’s Tavern just north of the Indiana-Michigan line. Although Shelton is the group’s last surviving member, his modern-day Spaniels will return to what’s believed to be the oldest family-owned tavern in Michigan to perform on the very same stage as the original R&B legends. The original Spaniels, including Thornton James “Pookie” Hudson, made their voices known with hits such as “Goodnite Sweetheart” that debuted in 1954 and peaked at

number five on the R&B charts. Although much in the world has changed since their original hit, the 1933 origins of Kubiak’s and the rich harmonies of Shelton remain the same. “When R&B music made its debut in the 1950s, it was a happy and prosperous time in America and I think when people hear those songs it takes them back to that place,” Shelton said. But don’t think you have to be born in a different century to enjoy what The Spaniels will bring to Kubiak’s. Shelton said when younger generations hear his music for the first time they become hooked on the ‘no rules’ sound and style of the harmonies. “Of all the music out there R&B is the most exciting because it’s the music of the streets – it is 100 percent American,” Shelton said. According to Shelton, The Spaniels will play a little bit of everything during their time at Kubiak’s,

including tribute songs from some of the biggest names in the industry such as James Brown and The Drifters. At 82 years of age, Shelton has forged quite a legacy for himself including introduction into three music halls of fame — the Smithsonian Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C., the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame in New York, and the Youngstown (Ohio) Hall of Fame. But the part he enjoys the most? The people he meets along the way. “In the music industry you meet so many wonderful people – that’s really what has kept me going all these years is knowing there are people out there who truly enjoy what I’m doing,” Shelton said. The Spaniels with Billy Shelton will perform at Kubiak’s Tavern on Sunday, Sept. 27. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Contact Jeff Roberts at (269) 240-5480 for more information.

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Journeyman celebrating fourth anniversary


HREE OAKS, Mich. — In the fall of 2011, Journeyman Distillery opened its doors to the public for the first time in Three Oaks. Four years later the small organic craft distillery has grown up, adding new products, new markets and a new restaurant and production

space due to open in October. On Oct. 3, the distillery will celebrate its four year anniversary and raise a toast to exciting things to come. The party, to be held at the distillery in the historic Featherbone Factory, will feature live music, craft cocktails and a special bot-

tle release of the third batch of Three Oaks Single Malt Whiskey. The party will kick off with the release of Three Oaks Single Malt when the distillery opens at 11:30 a.m. The single malt whiskey, which sold out within two weeks when the last batch was release in July, is

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Round Barn celebrating 10 years in Union Pier


NION PIER, Mich. — Round Barn Winery, Distillery & Brewery is celebrating 10 years at its Union Pier location with a party along with the exciting release of Blue Flame Agave, the first of a new line of Round Barn Distillery Spirits to be released this fall. Guests can be the first to try it exclusively at the Union Pier Tasting Room located at 9185 Union Pier Road in Union Pier, Michigan, off exit 6 from I-94. Free tastes of this tequila-style organic blue agave nectar with bright,

fruit forward notes, is sure to make this party a hit. What else to expect? Light appetizers, specialty anniversary cocktail and a blowout case sale on our White Demi Sec. The celebration takes place on Saturday, September 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Over the last decade, Round Barn’s Union Pier Tasting Room has provided this local business an opportunity to plant roots in the Harbor County community and build last- as well as travelers pass- for these 10 years has ing relationships with a ing through via been the charismatic, loyal local customer base Interstate-94. At the helm engaging and passionate

Union Pier leader, George Seifert. George is credited with the success of the Union Pier Tasting Room and the owners proudly salute him and his outstanding team! Save the date to celebrate 10 years, the release of our new spirits line and to pay tribute to George and the entire Union Pier staff. “Our Union Pier Tasting Room is my home-away-from-home. My staff is like my family — in fact, my son works alongside me nearly every day!” Says Seifert. “I look forward to greeting my

regulars each week and I enjoy meeting new customers as they’re passing through. One customer’s child even refers to this Tasting Room as George’s House. I love it!” Later this fall, Round Barn encourages spirit enthusiasts to look for the release of Berrien Ridge Whiskey, 269Gin and Baroda Bourbon to add to lineup from Round Barn Distillery. DiVine Rum will be replaced by Red Sky Rum and DiVine Vodka will keep its name in updated packaging to match the new product series.

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Heritage Museum, Morton House Museum team up for tours


E N T O N HARBOR, Mich. — Did you know a well-known Chicago artist, a Civil War general and one of the first women to graduate from the University of Michigan Law School are all buried at Benton Harbor’s Crystal Springs Cemetery? On Saturday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 4 pm, Morton House Museum and the Heritage Museum are collaborating to offer a tour of Crystal Springs Cemetery, located at 1655 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Attendees will discover several “residents” of the cemetery. Included on the tour are local legends like Charles Skalay, who was shot by one of Al Capone’s henchmen, and Jean Klock, the namesake of Benton Harbor’s lakefront park. Prominent businessmen, the cemetery’s Tower of Remembrance and several unmarked graves of House of David residents will also be highlighted. The tour is self-guided and visitors will drive to each location in the cemetery. Each visitor will be provided with a map and

guides will be located throughout the grounds. The price of the tour is $5 per person. Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Heritage Museum at (269) 9831191. Join the Heritage Museum in celebrating this festive season with other exciting programs and events. Upcoming programs and events include the Fall Family Festival on October 10, Haunted St. Joseph tours on Oct. 17 and Civil War Spirits on Oct, 22. Current

exhibits are Sports in Southwest Michigan, Take Me Back: Photographs of the Twin Cities from the 1950s, The Big Three: Boat and Shipbuilding in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Lighting the Way: Fresnel Lenses from St. Joseph’s Lighthouses, and In Style: 50 Years of the Heritage Museum’s Fashion Collections. The Heritage Museum is located at 601 Main Street in St. Joseph, Michigan. Call (269) 9831191 or visit for more information.

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Are you retired with plumbing skills, electrical skills, handyman skills and would like to help senior MEDICAL citizens with their handy ASSISTANT man chores Let us hire you. All interested persons please Accepting applications for Medical assistant for call (269)683-5743 medical clinic in Dowagiac, Full time/ part time/ as HOME CARE AIDE needed basis. More details and Please contact application at in confidence fax your resume to (269) 462-9215 or contact (269) 462-9399


Welding Training, mig & Tig for Aluminum Be Job-Ready in 10 Weeks! Industrial level skills training with AWS Certification Classes begin Oct. 12th, 2015 Funding possible through MIWorks, must register by Oct. 2nd, 2015

WTEC, Inc. in the Fab Masters Company facility, Marcellus, MI Classes are forming now. For more information, call


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in Stevensville is hiring a Product Design Engineer MIT # 6169916 Apply at


Lewis Cass Intermediate School District is seeking qualified applicants for Sub Drivers/Attendants. High shool diploma/equivalent. Also, looking for someone that would have or possible be able to get their Chaffeurs license with Passenger endorsement (P endorsement). If interested, please call (269)445-6256

Instruction & 309 Training CENA CLASSES Are you looking for a career change? Interested in a career in Healthcare? Riveridge Manor is now accepting applications for our upcoming CENA class. Apply online@ under Hospitality Aid

P.D.K. Firearm Instruction Concealed Pistol License Contact Paul: 269-462-2584 or Kelly: 269-783-6570


WTEC. See our larger ad in today's newspaper.





Senior Apartments. 2 months free on select units. Spacious, two bedroom located on beautiful Stone Lake, Intercom entry building, elevator, emergency pull cords. Seniors 62 years or older. Rent starts at $631.00 (based on income). Please call Toni at 269-4453333 or stop by today at 145 Stone Lake St. for more information. Equal Housing Opportunity. TDD 1-800649-3777 American Preferred 1-800-968-1792

Experienced Commercial Carpenters! Apply today at: FM Construction, 530 E. Lexington Ave., #175, Edwardsburg Elkhart, IN 46516



with out washer/dryer is a Fortune 100 Insurance hookup $150/week. Tenant and Financial Services Firm. pays electric, all electric inWe are new to the Michiana cluding heat. Water, trash, area and we are hiring! sewage included in rent. If you are interested in an $200 deposit. (269)845interview please call 7182 OR (269)414-0385 269-414-4413 Mon.-Sun. 2-8PM




3 BDR, 1.5 BA Updated kitchen & windows on main floor. Makes an easier remodeling project to finish to your style! Mary Cooper Cressy Everett Real Estate 574-298-2737

Upstairs newly refurbished 2 bedroom country apartment located conveniently between Niles, Cassopolis, Edwardsburg and Dowagiac. No smoking, no pets. $350.00 per mo. plus utilities with 1 mo. rent in advance. Call 269-876-7113.

for all year furnished lake house from October to June. $500 per month plus utilities, no pets, no smoking, (269)449-6200



2 bedroom, one bath, 655 N. 7th St., Niles. $650 deposit & first month's rent $650. Call (269)687-4583 for more information

Rental Property 490 BUILDING FOR RENT

Are you wanting to start your own daycare center? I have the right building, the right location, large area, good location, easy accessible, good area for play ground, just the right spot. Call (269)683-3873 Niles


1002 E. Main Street, Niles $1,000/month rent

This is a great location with great opportunity and many possibilities. Large entry room, 2 bths, Large Windows, great Storage and Lots of parking!

Call to schedule a viewing: Jennifer 219.898.5512 or Nancy 269.357.4522 Integrity Real Estate 1501 S. 11th Street, Niles


Get your "Duckies" in a row! Secure a HOME LOAN today! Then call Violet for your home searching! (269)635-8116 Let your dreams bloom with Violet! Coldwell Banker Anchor 1400 W. Chicago Road Niles MI 49120

1.6 Acres Near In-Mi State Line Gated Private Community Tennis, Walking Trails $55,000. Call or Text Chris Moore Freedom Realty (269)362-5665 (269)687-8484


1425 Clarendon Ave., Niles, MI possible land contract to qualified buyer with 10% down payment, completely remodeled inside & out, 2 bedroom, 1 full bath, eat in kitchen, tiled back splash, custom cabinets, new bath/shower toilet & vanity, original hardwood floors, tile floors, new paint, new stainless steel dishwasher & microwave, large back yard, full basement, new windows, siding, roof, furnace & A/C, close to school & park. Check out more info & pictures online at forsalebyowner. Reduced to $94,500. Only serious inquires apply. (269)876-0815 or email:


Niles city. Co-op/Condo, 2 bdrm, full bsmt. Hardwood floors & home warranty. $48,500. RE/MAX Modern Realty, 269-683-2211

Mobile Homes 506 1980 FAIR POINT

mobile home, 14x70, $2,500 or best offer, must sell, (269)782-7451 or (269)876-6617

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Antiques 600 ALLEGAN ANTIQUE MARKET Sunday, September 27 8am to 4pm 400 Exhibitors Rain or Shine Located at the Fairgrounds, right in Allegan, Michigan $4.00 Admission. No Pets

Collectibles 602 THE MARKET PLACE Indoor Flea Market

2428 S. 11th St., Niles 40 vendors bringing many items weekly. We are full but have a waiting list. We buy estates and single items. (269)262-4333

Cemetery Lots


NEW TODAY CEMETERY LOTS FOR SALE MISSION HILLS Two spaces (including vaults) in Garden of Time. Value $3,000 selling for $1995. OBO (219) 7715068

Firewood-Fuel 627 WOOD FOR SALE

in log length. Will deliver in 1 cord plus load. (269)4704754

Good Things to Eat U PICK APPLES


Emma Teichman Farm, 6137 M-140, Eau Claire, MI (269)461-4349 Cresthaven Peaches. Gala, Honey Crisp, Goldens & Mack Apples. Tomatoes & Heirlooms. Peppers & all types of Vegetables.


Sept. 18, 19 & 20, 9-5 63384 Library Rd. Cassopolis (off M60) Major downsizing! Everything must go! John Deere riding lawn mower, snowblower, Bernhardt dining room table w/6 chairs & china deck, couches, end tables, lamps, Limoges, lots of antiques, art work, hunting & fishing gear, tools, lots of household & decorative goods, cottage items. Don't miss this once in a life time find!

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ADAMS JUNKERS Adam buys JUNK CARS Adam Buys Repairable Cars Fixable Cars Wanted Adam Pays the most!!

FREE PICKUP 7 days a week Title or not!!


Tom and the Tornadoes "Long Pony Tail/Judy" 45 RPM Record on Northway Sound. Call (269) 519-9012


your junk car. We haul for free. Paying up to $1500 Used appliances such as cash. Please call anytime refrigerators, freezers, 269-687-8098 washers & dryers and ranges Home Improve700 Geiger's Appliances ment 841 Carberry Rd. Niles, MI (269)687-8639, hours 9-5 #1 GUTTERS We do seamless gutters. Free estimates, call Garage-Yard 669 (269)782-0401



Sept. 16 - 20, 9-5:30 Rain or Shine Fishing & hunting gear, NASCAR items, tools, shop tools, pictures, rototiller. Something for everyone.

Over 30 years of experience, tile work, kitchens, bathrooms, decks & porches, windows & doors, window wrapping, siding, fascia & soffit. Call Randy (269)7823139 (269)208-9838

Dowagiac-52759 Lake View (Twin Lakes)




Roofing, Siding & Windows, Light Hauling & Spring Clean-Ups, No Inside or Outside job too big or small. Low affordable rates. (269)591-1403

WILLIAMS CONSTRUCTION Home Improvement & Maintenance

Repairs, Remodel, Windows, Siding, Additions, Painting, Plumbing & More Certified mobile home work Accepting major credit cards (269)635-1527

Roof Repair 712 FRYMAN’S ROOFING

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Variety of Free HD & Digital channels, use your own wiring, complete installation & repair, tower removal. CUT THE CORD!! CALL US FOR A FREE ESTIMATE TODAY! (269)357-6352

Complete home im40 years of anything and provement. Kitchens, everything, Saturdays and bathrooms, decks, windows, Sundays through October. doors, etc. Call Jeff 9 am - 5 pm (574)532-4735


Concrete, bricks, blocks, stonework, stamping. Any type of tear out & replace. Basement repairs, landscaping, bobcat work. No job too small. 35 years experience. Insured. Jerry (269)352-4010


driveways, porches, patios, tear out/replace, all repairs, brick, block, stone, fireplaces. Will fix wet basements big or small, inside and out. Landscaping. Fast dependable service. Aaron (269)655-4158

Tree Service 725 BACKWOODS TREE & Masonry Service 740 STUMP SERVICE CASPER MASONRY Licensed & insured. C & S MARSH TREE SERVICE

Trees, brush, stump removal, high lift work, insured. (269)362-4331 or 683-1065 leave msg.


Tree Trimming & Removal. Stump Grinding & Firewood. Bobcat & Concrete Work. Insured. (269)663-8091


Complete Tree Service SAME DAY ESTIMATES Insured, Competitive Rates. 269-687-4972


Free Estimates! Certified & Fully Insured We also supply & deliver firewood Hinz Landscaping LLC (269)695-2937 or (574)876-6218


And any other excavating needs. Licensed in TriCounty area. Call Deer Path Specializing in Flat work of all Excavating (269)208-5180


Nick: (269) 254-6634 Sam: (269) 591-5386

Sales, service & installation of garage doors & openers. Call owner Steve Baxter for your free estimate today. (269)683-9000

Concrete Service 739 BRADY CONCRETE

type, seawalls, stamped concrete & Bobcat Service. Free estimates. Insured. Fast, dependable service. (269)445Your home exterior experts. 3349 or (269)591-0100 Quality guaranteed! Locally Owned for 50 years. (269)782C & C CONCRETE 5008 (David & Terri Fryman) Flat work of all kinds,



EPDM Rubber, Any size Trucks, Vans, 942 Lowest Prices, FREE De- 4-Wh Drives livery, Huge Inventory, TRM 2000 GMC Any size, great prices, all Enterprises, South Bend. Yukon Denali, fully loaded, (574)246-1922 equipment, 35 years experleather, heated seats, bose ience. Robertson’s Sales & (574) 329-9294 system, on-star, Service, Niles. Call (269)684Quality Clock Repair stereo 2669 power seats, tilt wheel, Front Street Framery 801 E. Front St. Buchanan cruise control, tilt wheel, rear Antenna Service 737 House Calls, Free Estimates defrost, too many extras to list. Very low only 124K (269)409-1031 miles, excellent condition, no QUALITY GARAGE rust, price $6,995. Please DOORS call 269-262-6448 or 269462-9260


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Cassopolis - 22753 Mt. Zion

Pole barn & other garages specialist. Roofing Siding, Framing and more. Over 40 years experience. Licensed. Contact Michael N. Knepple (269)476-9777

Also buying repairables. Paul buys junk cars & trucks. MIDWEST ROOFING (574)993-1131 Family owned since 1984. Lifetime Warranty Shingles BUYING Flat Roofs & Gutter Covers. repairable scrap and un- Call (269)684-7199 wanted vehicles, top dollar 721 paid. Call or text for a free Lawn Service quote today. Free towing. JACOBS LAWN & Kevin (817)437-0450

Household Mer642 chandise BILL'S USED NEW TODAY APPLIANCES WANTED TO BUY Don't miss the deals!



stamping, sidewalks, concrete patching, patios, Call us for your roofing and driveways and pole barns. ALWAYS PAYING ventilation needs. Locally No job too small. Free top dollar for junk cars, Owner, Licensed & Insured. Estimates. Insured trucks & farm equipment. Call (269)782-2806 (269)228-1163 (574) 300-6556

for junk and vehicles! Text (574)302-7772

Hours: Mon-Fri. 10a-5pm Sat. 10a-3pm Closed Sunday 2324 S. 11th St. Niles (269) 340-5952


Brick/ Block/Stone. Custom & Insurance work. Insured & Bonded. (574)298-3520


All your Masonry needs! Chimney Cleaning. Insured & Bonded. Senior discounts. (269)362-1566

Snow Removal 745 SNOW PLOWING Free Estimates! Don't wait to late! Hopper Excavating (269)783-1744


Painting Service


(Silver in color) Lovely 4door sedan with a hatch back! 49k Cold a/c Just pay your Tax Title and Fees!! $300.00 Monthly No Interest! No Credit Checks Stop in and take a look! 7979 Deans Hill Rd Berrien Center, MI 49102 (269) 461- 4197


06 Chevy Cobalt gas saver $3995 02 Lincoln Navigator loaded J.M. HUNT 4wd $4995 ENTERPRISES, LLC 05 Ford Freestyle AWD Painting & Drywall. Insured. Loaded $5495 Free Estimates. Family 03 Buick Century On Sale Owned & Operated for Over $2295 50 years. 269-683-4442. 57748 M51 South, PAINTING Dowagiac Int. & Ext., Drywall & Wall (269)782-5643 Repair & Power washing. Insured. Call Glen Hoese at (269)684-4055

Elderly Care 756 KARE SERVICES

Compassionate Home Care Services (269)684-1984 (574)292-2900

Cleaning Service 757 RICK'S POWER WASHING We specialize in cement power washing. RVs, Homes, Decks, Cement Sidewalks, Driveways, Serving Cass, Dowagiac and Niles. Free Estimates. Senior Discounts. 90% of our customers are satisfied. Will beat any competitors estimates! We clean gutters. Call (269) 470-9507 or (269) 470-9498 Rick Cozzolino WE BRING THE CLEAN!

Motorcycles & 915 ATV’’s 2004 Suzuki Quad 4-wheeler 80CC

Electrical Contracting, No Job Too Big or Small. Free Quotes. Affordable Pricing, Licensed & Insured. (269)684-6290 or (269)470-4097.


Autos for Sale 945 2012 HYUNDAI TOURING

$1,400. 2005 Suzuki DRZ 125 Dirt Bike $1,900. 2007 Honda CRF70 $800. BY NIEBOER Pole Barns, Garages, Quality Yamaha TTR 90 with Electric Built. Licensed & Insured. Ross Start $1,250. Ph. 269-4490754 Nieboer (269)684-6673


Come on over and Check it out! 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring Stock #1213 29k You can't beat that! COLD A/C RUNS GREAT! Tax , Title and fees are your down payment $300.00/mo No Interest! No Credit Checks! 7979 Deans Hill Rd Berrien Center, MI 49102 (269) 461- 4197

Sept. 17


the whole family. You’ll here some jazz standards and some new takes on popular tunes such as Stevie Wonders - I Wish. The night is free to attend.

Four- and 5-year-olds who love nature can attend Sarett Nature Center ’s monthly Preschool Nature Study Sept. 22 Classes beginning on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. The fee is $25 and a family membership. Call (269) The National Association 927-4832 to register. of Retired Federal Employees SW Michigan Chapter will hold their monthly meeting at the Sarett Nature Center’s Super Buffet in Benton Restoration Rangers will Harbor (next to Big Lots). have a workday on Sept. All retired & current fed17 at 1 p.m. to remove eral employees, spousinvasive plants threaten- es & families are weling the native ecosys- come. For information, tems. Call (269) 927- call Jean Rowe, 269 782 2769 or e mail jean4832 to register. Sept. 18


The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Four Winds Casinos are pleased to announce a concert by Rhiannon Giddens at Four Winds New Buffalo’s Silver Creek Event Center on Friday, Nov. 6, at 9 p.m. Tickets for the concert can be purchased beginning on Friday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. Eastern exclusively through the Ticketmaster Web site,, or by calling (800)7453000. Ticket prices start at $20 plus applicable fees. Sept. 19 Guitarist Stephen Brundage returns to the Box Factory stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 with a varied musical program that will span from American blues and jazz to Ireland, Europe and the Middle East. General admission tickets are $10, with senior and student tickets available for $8. More information can be found at The Box Factory is located at 1101 Broad Street in St. Joseph. Sept. 20 The Livery in Benton Harbor is offering Sunday Night Jazz. All are invited to join the Jazz Quartet AFQ for a night of good times and good music. They take classic jazz styles and modern music and make a jamming good time for

Ricardo Lemvo has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music blending AfroCuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.” A Latin Dance After Party for ticket holders immediately follows the concert. Tickets are $20 regular and $10 for youth/students and are available at or by phone at (574) 631-2800. Sept. 25-26 Everyone’s favorite fall activities are coming together Sept. 25-26 in downtown St. Joseph, Michigan The weekend planned by St. Joseph Today includes a Fall Fesitval, Wine Festival and the City of St. Joseph’s Public Art Auction of its giant bathtub toy sculptures. There is so much autumn fun planned in this Lake Michigan resort community visitors will want to spend the night so they won’t miss any of the sunrise-to-sunset entertainment. For lodging information, visit www. Sept. 25-26


Bourse Committee announces the 16th Annual Schoolcraft Coin Show, which will take place at the Krum Community Center, 515

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WHAT'S HAPPENING? East Clay, Schoolcraft, east off US 131. Admission free FREE. A special guest will be on hand from PCGS to grade coins. Michael “Miles” Standish world renown., In 2014, Standish authored “Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin” In 2012, he co-authored “American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program” with former Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, John Mercanti. Books will be for sale at the show. The show opens at 9 a.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Dealers will be buying and selling one day only. For more information call (269) 273-7070 or (269) 679-4907.

One of the most scenic venues in Southwest Michigan for enjoying the region’s award-winning craft brews is the 6th Annual Weko Beach Beer Festival, Sept. 26, 1-6 p.m., Bridgman, Michigan. The family friendly event that features Michigan craft brews, live music and local food will be held rain-or-shine beneath the “Big Top Tent” just yards from Lake Michigan. Weko Beach Brewers Festival is an annual craft brewery showcase event presented the fourth Saturday in September by the Greater Bridgman Area Chamber and Growth Alliance. For up-to-date information about the festival and volunteer opportunities call 269.925.6301 or visit, or follow on Twitter. Sept. 27 The Symphony League Home Tour will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. This year’s tour showcases seven homes, clustered for convenient driving. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. Advance tickets can be purchased online at under the SPecial Events tab or at several local locations. For more information, call (269) 982-4030.

Oct. 2 All are invited to join Twin City Bridge, an American Contract Bridge League affiliate, for Learn Bridge in A Day? on Friday, Oct. 2, at the Maud Preston Palenske Library, 500 Market St., St. Joseph, MI 49085. Learn Bridge in A Day? is a five-hour course designed especially for newcomers and returning players to learn the fundamentals of bridge play and sharpen their skills. Students will leave ready to take on a new beginner class or play in a casual game. Cost is $30 and includes textbook, lunch and refreshments.

In the fall of 2011, Journeyman Distillery opened its doors to the public for the first time in Three Oaks. On Oct. 3, the distillery will celebrate its four year anniversary and raise a toast to exciting things to come. The party will be headlined by a trio of performers. Brett Wiscons will kick off the live music at 2:30 PM. Chicago-born, Plymouthraised and now Indianapolis-based, the singer/songwriter brings together “jangly pop, a dash of soul and moody acoustics.” Local musician Jeff Robinson, a favorite at Journeyman, will follow at 5:00. Jim St. James, a modern troubadour from LaPorte, will conclude the music with a set beginning at 8:00. Oct. 10

Parents without Partner’s Dance will be held every second Saturday through the end of the year. The dance will be from 7 to 11 p.m. at ZB Falcon’s Hall, located at 323 South Sheridan at Western in South Bend, Indiana. There will be music by a DJ. About 130 will attend and include an even mix of men and women. For more information, call (574) 703-7362.

As summer comes to a close, the New Buffalo Business Association looks to it’s fall event as

a opportunity to bring families back to the area for Columbus Weekend and celebrate the changing of the seasons. In it’s 10th year, the Harvest & Wine Festival has become an outing for all ages to enjoy, averaging over 6,000 people attending the festival in New Buffalo. The oneday fest features, local cuisine, local artists, crafts, clothing, jewelry, live music and more. This year the music lineup has something for everyone, from songs you can sing along with, to rock and blues music that will energize the evening crowd.













Oct. 14


The Women’s Task Force of Saint Joseph Health System will host its 14th annual Secret Sisters Society Luncheon and Style Show from noon-1:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Century Center in downtown South Bend. Reservations, inquires or donations may be made by contacting The Foundation of Saint Joseph Health System by emailing, by calling 574-335-4545, or by visiting ways-to-give. For more information on the Secret Sisters Society, visit Oct. 17 Registration is open for the Pumpkin Harvest Hustle in Coloma. The 5K run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. The 10K run/walk will begin at 10 a.m. A costume contest will begin at 8 a.m. Cost is $25 for those who register before Oct. 3. Register online at www. type in Coloma in search. For more information email Oct. 22-25





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The Vineyard Church is hosting the seventh annual “Art for the Heart of Africa” benefit on Friday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., an evening devoted to honoring God’s gift of artistry through music, art, and a benefit auction. The benefit will support the New Generation Dreamland Children’s Home (an orphanage in Yei, South Sudan) as it strives to feed, educate and show love to their 130 children orphaned by war, poverty and famine. Every dollar raised will go directly to support this orphanage. The semi-formal event will feature art works from local and regional artists as well as items from the children of South Sudan.

Barn Swallow’s presentation of Shakespear’s “MacBeth — the 1928 Version” will be October 22, 23, 24 and 25 with evening shows at 7:30 Oct. 24 and the Sunday matinee at 2:00. For more information, contact Director David Blair at (269) 699- The Pokagon Band of 5236 or Carol at (269) Potawatomi Indians’ 445-2511. Four Winds Casinos

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The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ Four Winds Casinos recently announced a concert by Gregg Allman at Four Winds New Buffalo’s Silver Creek

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3000. Ticket prices start form, email Brittany at $20 plus applicable Watts at bwatts@lakefees. or call The Mendel Center Nov. 7 at 269-927-8606. The registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Area crafters, artists and photographers, Nov. 14 woodworkers, metalworkers, jewelry makers, and other artisans are invited to reserve a Parents without Partner’s booth to exhibit and sell Dance will be held every Saturday their work during The second Mendel Center Holiday through the end of the Bazaar. The annual year. The dance will be event, which draws hun- from 7 to 11 p.m. at ZB dreds of holiday shop- Falcon’s Hall, located at pers each year, will be 323 South Sheridan at held Saturday, Nov. 7, Western in South Bend, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3 Indiana. There will be p.m. in the Grand Upton music by a DJ. About Hall. Registration fees 130 will attend and are $75 for an 8’ x 10’ include an even mix of booth, and $140 for an men and women. For 8’ x 20’ booth. All booths more information, call include access to elec- (574) 703-7362. trical outlets, tables, and Dec. 12 chairs. Vendors may set up Friday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8:45 Parents without Partner’s a.m. For a registration Dance will be held every


Event Center on Friday, October 30, at 9 p.m. Eastern. Tickets for the concert can be purchased beginning on Friday, June 5 at 10 a.m. Eastern exclusively through the Ticketmaster Web site,, or by calling (800) 745-3000. Ticket prices start at $50 plus applicable fees.

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RIDGMAN, Mich. — One of the most scenic venues in southwest Michigan for enjoying the region’s award-winning craft brews is the 6th Annual Weko Beach Beer Festival, Sept. 26, 1-6 p.m., in Bridgman. The family friendly event that features Michigan craft brews, live music and local food will be held rain-orshine beneath the “Big Top Tent” just yards from Lake Michigan. Event organizer Calli Berg, executive director, Greater Bridgman Area Chamber and Growth Alliance, said 20 breweries are already on tap to showcase their IPAs, ales, lagers, stouts, porters, meads and hard ciders. They include Arcadia Ales, Arclight Brewing Company, Bell’s Brewery, Black Dragon Meadery, Brewery Terra Firma, Crane Brewing, Cultivate Brewing Company, Dark Horse, Greenbush Brewing Company, The Livery, Mountain Town Station Brewing, New Holland Brewing, Paw Paw Brewing Company, Perrin Brewing Company, Rochester Mills, Round Barn Brewery, Saugatuck

Brewing Company, Schmohz Brewery, Short’s Brewing Company and Tapistry Brewing Company. Throughout the event, Michiana Extract and Grain Association (MEGA) also will do demonstrations and offer advice on home brewing. Food vendors include Classic Catering, renowned for its brick-oven pizzas, beer cheese soup with pretzel breadsticks, Italian beef and more, and Bridgman Premier Meat Market, serving its beer brats, smoked sausage and smoked chicken. Snacks or meals can be purchased with cash only. Ticket holders also will hear two well-known regional bands perform on the outdoor main stage: • 1:30-3:45 p.m. — Top Secret: performing “get up and dance” music from the 1960s to now • 4:15-5:30 p.m. ­— Whistle Pigs: an energetic bluegrass, old-timey tunes band that leaves audiences laughing Berg said children are welcome, but no coolers, outside food and beverages or animals are allowed. Advance tickets are on


sale now until noon Sept. 25 for $20 online at www. wekobeachbrewersfest. com or at Harding’s Market, 3651 Shawnee, Bridgman and the following breweries: Arclight Brewing Company, Cultivate Brewing

Company, Greenbush Brewing Company, The Livery and Tapistry Brewing Company. At-thegate tickets are $25. The ticket fee includes admission, five tasting tickets plus a souvenir mug. Tickets for designated driv-








will be available at Summer Camping parking Summer

ers and ages 13-20 years are $10 and may be purchased at the gate. Berg said parking is available offsite with free shuttles from lots along Red Arrow Highway at Eagle Technologies, Sunset Tool, AEP and Arkos. No

Weko Beach. “This is a community event and we rely on volunteers to welcome visitors from several states,” said Berg. “Anyone 21 years and older interested in helping us work a shift from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. or 3:30 to 6 p.m., please contact us at” In appreciation, volunteers will receive free admission and a souvenir mug. Sponsors for this year’s festival include Republic Services, Siemans in Bridgman, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, Wightman & Associates, Rock 107 WIRX and 97.5 Y Country. Weko Beach Brewers Festival is an annual craft brewery showcase event presented the fourth Saturday in September by the Greater Bridgman Area Chamber and Growth Alliance. For up-to-date information about the festival and volunteer opportunities call (269) 925.6301 or visit, or follow on Twitter.

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Pick a duck – any duck, frog, tub or whale from 22 bathtub toy sculptures

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 • The Great Bed Race - 4:30 pm on Lake Boulevard - presented by Slumberland Furniture & the Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary • It’s Finally Friday - 5-8 pm, downtown St. Joseph

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 • KIDS’ FUN ALL DAY! A Day on the Farm - Petting Farm (11 am-3 pm), Face Painting, Pumpkin Contest, Live Music and Instrument Petting Zoo! • Farmers Market - 9 am-2 pm • Public Art Auction - 5:45 pm at Whirlpool Centennial Park • Wine Festival - 4-9 pm; Free admission; $10 for a souvenir wine glass and 5 wine tasting tickets!

LIVE AUCTION Sept. 26, 2015 at Whirlpool Centennial Park

4-5:45 pm: paddle number registration • 5:45 pm: auction Auctioneer Jerry Glassman will start all bids at $500 or the figure’s highest Silent Auction bid. Highest bid wins! New this year! SILENT AUCTION Send your bid to Include the name of the art you want (see list of sculptures online), your contact information and bid amount. All silent auction bids start at $500. Silent Auction ends at midnight pm, Sept. 24, 2015. Email a $1,500 offer on your favorite bathtub toy art before midnight Sept. 24 and it’s automatically yours! For more information,

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Weekend getaways in southwest Michigan

The White Rabbit Inn, Lakeside The White Rabbit Inn is a small eight-room bed and breakfast located in the lovely little village of Lakeside, Michigan, only 90 minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago. The property was once a small hotel which can be seen throughout the buildings architecture. Fun Fact: The owners of the White Rabbit Inn say that they have a 100 percent success rate when it comes to guests proposing to their significant other. Wickwood Inn, Saugatuck Wickwood Inn is a small inn in the beautiful village of Saugatuck, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Inn is owned by Bill and Julee Rosso Miller, who have created a retreat that reflects their passions — good seasonal food, wine, travel, gardening, art, books, eclectic music, peace, and wonderful surroundings. Fun Fact: Owner Julee Rosso Miller is a best-selling cookbook author so rest assured you’ll be receiving quality food at Wickwood Inn. Yelton Manor B&B, South Haven Step away to lazy days, sandy beach sunsets and romantic, starlit nights with Yelton Manor B&B! A stone’s throw from the beach and walkable to everything in the laid-back resort of South Haven, Michigan, but blissfully out of earshot of the harbor and nightlife. Fun Fact: Yelton Manor was originally a family style hotel back in the 1900s. Last Resort B&B, South Haven Last Resort B&B offers a wide variety of accommodation from small affordable cozy rooms for two, up to spacious Penthouse jacuzzi suites for couples or families. This B&B offers the relaxed informal atmosphere you are looking for when you need to unwind. Fun Fact: Last Resort is run by artists and innkeepers Mary and Alberto, and the Last Resort is a wonderful mix of the traditional and contemporary. J. Paule’s Fenn Inn, Fennville The guests of J. Paule’s Fenn Inn have said that they are the best kept secret in Southwest Michigan, Fennville, and the Saugatuck area. Visit the inn if you want to relax in a charming, romantic, peaceful, friendly, and welcoming Bed and Breakfast. Fun Fact: J. Paule’s Fenn Inn is located just minutes away from local adventures such as Fenn Valley Winery and Saugatuck Brewing Company! The Bayside Inn, Saugatuck The Bayside Inn is located in the heart of downtown Saugatuck and is positioned right off the Saugatuck Harbor. This historical landmark boathouse has been masterfully transformed into a quietly, elegantly cool waterfront bed and breakfast. Fun Fact: The Bayside Inn was originally opened as a boathouse with living space in the upper levels when it was opened in 1927. Sherwood Forest B&B, Saugatuck Sherwood Forest B&B is a beautiful Victorian bed and breakfast that offers inviting elegance in a wooded setting. Hardwood floors, leaded-glass windows, and a wraparound porch add to the ideal surroundings. Perfect for romance or a much-needed getaway, their guest rooms are complete with antiques, cozy wing chairs, Jacuzzis, and fireplaces. Fun Fact: Hosts Jim and Noelene were drawn to western Michigan by its beauty and innumerable charms. Gordon Beach Inn, Union Pier Gordon Beach Inn is a casually active, rustic, and historic 1920s inn. A nationally known hotel, the Inn has 20 guest rooms, Timothy’s Restaurant, and an Art Gallery on site. They also have a private beach three blocks from the Inn. With these accommodations, you can’t go wrong! Fun Fact: Gordon Beach Inn is recognized by the State of Michigan as a registered State Historical site.

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Wickwood Inn, Saugatuck

Yelton Manor Bed & Breakfast South Haven

The Baysi de Inn, Saugatuck

Gordon Beach Inn Union Pier

National House Inn, Marshall National House Inn invites you to visit their bed and breakfast inn in beautiful Marshall, Michigan. Enjoy every aspect of their “home” with its heritage and tradition that has welcomed guests for 170 years. The only thing the National House Inn overlooks is the Fountain Circle in the middle of picturesque Marshall. Fun Fact: Visitors have stayed in their 16 rooms for more than 170 years. Goldberry Woods, Union Pier Experience the warm hospitality of Harbor Country’s premier Farm-To-Table Bed & Breakfast, Goldberry Woods. Its eight newly renovated rooms and suites feature modern amenities such as artisan-built wooden queen beds, luxury linens, double Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, flat screen TV/DVDs, and private decks. Fun Fact: Goldberry Woods has 28 acres for you to explore! Henderson Castle Bed & Breakfast, Kalamazoo Have a royal experience with Henderson Castle and their inn, restaurant, and spa! Situated in the historic West Main Hill neighborhood, you’re minutes away from the theatres, shopping, and vibrant nightlife of downtown Kalamazoo, but secluded enough to enjoy a quiet night free from the noise of the city. Fun Fact: Henderson Castle features daily tours, princess tea parties, murder mystery dinner parties, and high tea.

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