On Wednesdays, we "round up" some of our favorite things in Michigan's Great Southwest. This week, we're making plans for Memorial Day Weekend!
Memorial Day Weekend is upon us! This is the official summer start date for a lot of businesses in Michigan’s Great Southwest, and we’re excited about what’s happening. Read on for some suggestions about how you can kick off summer, day-by-day!
2015 Memorial Day parade- photo by Joshua Nowicki
On Friday, the Memorial Day Parade goes down Lake Boulevard, starting at 12:00pm. Line up on either side of the street to celebrate local veterans, as well as hear the bands.
FRIDAY, MAY 27th
Memorial Day Parade: 12pm on Lake Boulevard in St. Joseph, MI
Photo Courtesy of Water St Glassworks
From 6:00-9:00 on Friday night, Water St. Glassworks in the Arts District is hosting their “Hot Glass, Cold Beer” event. There will be live glassblowing demonstrations and a gallery to browse, and if you purchase a hand-blown mug created by their Fired Up! students, they will fill it with beer. It will cool you down, too...these demonstrations warm up quickly! Live glassblowing is incredible, and we're lucky to have it right in our backyard.
After Water St. Glassworks, head across the Arts District to the Livery for live music. Elephant Rescue is performing, the perfect soundtrack to specialty firkins like See-Saw with Tamarind and Lemongrass. They've got a great beer garden, too, if you want to stay outside!
SATURDAY, MAY 28th
On Saturday, we’re starting out the morning with the first Beach Yoga session of the season. YogaLife hosts yoga on the beach on sunny Saturday mornings in the summer! Meet at the studio (219 Main St) with a yoga mat or towel in tow, and head down to the beach.
2015 Farmer's Market- photo by Josh Nowicki
We’re strolling through the Farmer’s Market on the bluff afterwards. It’s the first one of the season, and promises local fruits and veggies, some baked goods and more.
Later in the day, there’s festivals galore to choose from. Lemon Creek Art and Wine Festival is in Berrien Springs, not too far from Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery’s Spirits of Summer Celebration in Baroda. Both these festivals go through the weekend, so if you can’t make both on Saturday, you can head back on Sunday.
If you’re staying closer to the shore, Babe’s Lounge and Restaurant is holding their first Summer Music Fest on Saturday from 12:30-8:00. Join them for beer, brats, and bbq on the riverfront patio! You can also head over to 12 Corners Winery- they have booked Mark Ficks for some afternoon music.
SUNDAY, MAY 28th
Photo Courtesy of Blue Moon Vintage Market
We’re excited to head to Three Oaks on Sunday for the Blue Moon Vintage Market. If you haven’t been yet, you need to check it out! It’s 6000+ square feet of vintage, primitives, salvage and more, curated by Jen Kerr. The staging alone is incredible; there’s no entrance fee, so you can come to browse. Blue Moon Vintage Market is open throughout the weekend, if you head there earlier.
Eden Springs Park at House of David has their trains up and running, and rides are free! The House of David is paying for miniature train rides for the whole weekend (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday). There’s also a vintage base ball barnstormer, supported by the Heritage Museum and their Sports in America exhibit.
Later that night, we’re stopping at Dablon Winery for Camzie’s Pizza. The mobile pizza over will be on site, offering fresh-made pizza to go with a glass of wine. We’re loving their rose wine, the perfect summer option.
Nearby, Gravity Winery is offering their first Sunday “Gravity Hour” of the season from 2:00-5:00. There will be live music, and ½ price glasses of wine in the first ½ hour.
MONDAY, MAY 30th
Photo courtesy of Eden Springs Park at House of David
On Monday, our calendar looks quiet…but we’re hoping for an awesome beach day! If the weather doesn't cooperate, the shops are open, wineries and breweries are pouring, and Public Art is up and running!
The trains from Eden Springs Park at House of David will be running, so we'll probably take another spin... these are really neat! If you're interested in details of their restoration project, check out our post about them here.
Have a great long weekend, everyone. We're excited to see summer come back to Michigan's Great Southwest!