BBQ Blog 2019



If you've been to Forever Books chances are you've met their lovable mascot Poppy! Enjoy Storytime with Poppy at 10:45am as the staff reads some of their new favorite picture books. All attendees receive 20% off their entire purchase! 

INSIDER TIP: Join Forever Books on Tuesday, May 21 for Top 20 
& an Author with Renee Rosen!

Take a spin around the Silver Beach Carousel during their Family Fun Night: Retro Toys for Girls and Boys from 4:00pm-8:30pm! Featuring $1 Carousel rides and FREE hourly drawings (ages 3-13) will be held for Celebration Cinema gift cards. While you're there you can also enjoy some "favorite games of yesterday" on the play tables! 

The Chapel will be hosting a Rummage Sale Thursday, May 16 through Saturday, May 18! Proceeds will benefit a group of high school students from The Chapel that will be traveling to Romania. Hours will run Thursday 9:00am-6:00pm, Friday 9:00am-4:00pm and Saturday 9:00am-Noon. 

Fans of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons won't want to miss the broadway musical Jersey Boys at the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College from 7:00pm-9:30pm! Go behind the scenes and inside the story of this sensational group. 

INSIDER TIP: Tickets are available for purchase through the 
Mendel Center Box Office -

Happy Hours in Southwest Michigan:

Bistro on the Boulevard: Martini Madness from 5:00pm-11:00pm featuring select $5 martinis! 

The Buck Burgers & Brew: Hoppy Hour from 4:00pm-6:00pm featuring half prices select apps!

Tabor Hill Winery: Happy Hour on the Hill from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Enjoy one (1) flatbread and one (1) drink for $15!



Sidewalk Sales will be held in downtown St. Joseph on Friday from 10:00am-8:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am-5:00pm. Take a sneak peek of what some of the stores will be offering: 

Candlestick Maker: Select merchandise 50% off!

DK Boutique: 50-70% off past season clothing styles, 20% off current styles of clothing and jewelry *excludes Pandora and Alex & Ani. 

Perennial Accents: Select merchandise 50% off!

Wanderlust Outfitters: Save an extra 5% off clearance marked  50% or more, and an extra 10% off all other clearance!

....and more!

Join the LakeHouse Restaurant & Bar as they celebrate their 5th Anniversary during their Birthday Bash | Dueling Pianos Show from 6:00pm-11:00pm! Featuring a cash bar, $20 appetizer buffet (purchase required for entry), and a LIVE dueling pianos show by Dueling Pianos International. 

Enjoy a creative night out at The Turquoise Hat during their Pizza & Paint Public Workshop from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Choose your design from their fantastic gallery! Plus enjoy complimentary pizza and pop. Yum! 

Catch some live music at The Livery featuring Flexadecibel at 9:00pm. This 7-piece band based in Muskegon, MI will showcase their funk/rock/soul! Grab a delicious brew and something yummy off the menu and settle in for a great night out! 

INSIDER TIP: Save the date for a brand new event - Firkin Fest on 
Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1! Enjoy a celebration of 
firkins, friends, food and fine music!



The 7th Annual BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass returns to Whirlpool Centennial Park on Saturday, May 18 from Noon-8:00pm. This family friendly event features music by JD McPherson, Tameca Jones, Che Apalache, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, and The Special Consensus. Enjoy a day fill of craft beer, regional wine, and local BBQ. 

INSIDER TIP: Tickets are $20/advance and $25/day of. 
For more information visit!

The Curious Kids' Museum hosts Super Saturday "Under a Rock" from Noon-4:00pm. Learn what animals you would find under a rock as you explore the world under your feet! Free with museum admission or membership. 

Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Lory's Place Run, Walk and Rock 5K Run/Walk at 8:30am. This event benefits Lory's Place, a Grief Healing and Education Center of Caring Circle, Spectrum Health Lakeland, who provides free programs and services. 

Head over to Round Barn Winery for fun in the vineyard during Jammin' in the Vineyard! This weekend features a special theme to celebrate teachers! To say thank you, Round Barn and Honor Credit Union are presenting teachers with a lifetime Round Barn Teacher's Hall Pass. This includes free admission to Jammin' in the Vineyard events and 15% off wine, beer, apparel and merchandise. Teachers, make sure to bring your ID so you can join in the fun! 



Join The Spaniels for a Gospel Brunch at Schu's Grill & Bar from 9:30am-10:45am. Listen to amazing vocal harmonies while enjoying a free breakfast. Donations are welcome! 

INSIDER TIP: In honor of Memorial Weekend Schu's Grill & Bar and 
Michiana Land Services are offering a free breakfast
from 9:00am-11:00am for all veterans on Friday, May 24, 2019!

The Butterfly House at Sarett Nature Center opens for the season at 1:00pm! Hours run Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm now through September (weather permitting) 

INSIDER TIP: The best time to visit the butterfly house is on a 
hot sunny day!

 Check out Perennial Accents latest Culinary Class! Learn how to make a Brazilian seafood dish with Chef Narlo Schiesser off Savors & Secrets at 2:00pm. Head over to to view the menu for the night and see upcoming classes!

Enjoy Storytime at Fernwood Botanical Garden Education Center from 2:00pm-3:00pm! Featuring a reading of Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert, illustrator of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Ten Little Caterpillars. This event is free with admission to Fernwood!

Test your Disney knowledge at the Disney Trivia Night hosted by Relay for Life of Berrien County from 3:00pm-5:00pm at Grand Mere Inn. Bonus, there's a costume contest!