Come and enjoy three days of Greek-style food, fun, and music on Labor Day Weekend (Aug, 31, Sept. 1 & 2) at Agia Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church, 18000 Behner Road (just off I-94, Exit 4) in New Buffalo.
Greek Fest kicks off on Friday at noon until 11 p.m. complete with DJ; Saturday opens at noon until 11 p.m. with DJ and a dance troupe appearance at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday opens noon until closing at 11 p.m. with music and the Greek dance troupe continuing.
Parking and admission are free. The traditional Greek dinner, served from noon until 9 p.m. daily, will be prepared by the Formal Fork, the Mamouzellos family catering service. Delicious Greek pastries are being offered as well. Father Paul Martin, parish priest, will lead tours of the Byzantine style church. The Greek Museum will also provide tours conducted by curator Elaine Thomopoulos.
A raffle, face-painting, souvenir tables, bean bag (corn hole), baklava sundaes, and outside vendors are among some of the fun things for the young and young at heart. OPA!
Three Oaks Masonic Lodge rededication
The Three Oaks Masonic Lodge 239 will be celebrating its 150th year with a public rededication of its lodge location on Saturday, Sept. 22, beginning with a public processional through the downtown area beginning at 1 p.m. The officers of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan will conduct the formal rededication ritual that is open to the public, in the main lodge room at 2 p.m. The lodge is located at 14 1/2 North Elm Street in Three Oaks above The Real Life Church.
Three Oaks Masonic Lodge received its official charter in January of 1868. Henry Chamberlain, who is also credited as being the founder of the Village of Three Oaks, founded the Three Oaks Masonic Lodge. That process began with a meeting in his business office in 1867. The minutes of that meeting along with other historical lodge artifacts are on display in the lodge. Much of that information reads as a working history of the Three Oaks community. The current location of the lodge is its fourth in its history all being within the village limits.
Tom Oldenburg, the current Worship Master of Three Oaks Masonic Lodge, stated, “I couldn’t be more proud and at the same time humbled to be leading this lodge at this historical milestone. Our lodge in its 150th year is still a valuable resource to its members and to the Three Oaks community just as those who founded our lodge intended.”
For more information please contact Tom Oldenburg by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hikers to look at the dunes
Harbor Country Hikers invite the community to spend a few hours or most of the day on Saturday, Sept. 15, learning about the movement to preserve Lake Michigan’s dunes and hiking the terrain.
“Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability” will be shown at 10:30 a.m. Eastern in the Pokagon Room of the New Buffalo Township Library, 33 N. Thompson, New Buffalo. The hour-long documentary tells how one region, “where rare plants grow in the shadows of smokestacks”, sparked a movement for a national park, a movement which eventually led to environmental policies with worldwide impact and unique partnerships on the path to a more sustainable world.
After the film, those interested will regroup at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time) at Cowles Bog in Dune Acres, Ind., to hike the same ground and ecosystems studied in the late 1800s by Henry Chandler Cowles. His papers on the succession of the area’s ecology have been studied by botanists ever since. The hike is rated moderate to difficult, with the option of a 3.5- or 4.5-mile routes, taking from two to three hours. Cowles Bog is about 30 minutes from New Buffalo at 1618 N. Mineral Springs Rd. Drinking water, bug spray and head covering are recommended.
For further information about Harbor Country Hikers or to request a membership form, visit harborcountryhikers.com.
The Ninth Annual Chikaming Open Lands Barn Benefit will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Granor Farm, 3480 Warren Woods Road, Three Oaks.
Get out your finest Western duds (jeans, cowboy boots and cowboy hats encouraged, but not required) and join us for some down-home fun! Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a fantastic auction and great company at Granor Farm. All proceeds benefit Chikaming Open Lands’ mission to preserve our shared natural places in this special corner of Southwest Michigan.Tickets ($120 each for Chikaming Open Lands members; $150 each for non-members (includes 1-year membership to Chikaming Open Lands; and $250 for Land Protector tickets — buyers will be listed in a special section of the program and on signage prominently displayed at the event)are on sale now at www.chikamingopenlands.org or over the phone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (269) 405-1006.
Ribbon-cutting at Vintage Goods
The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce will snip the ribbon at 12:30 p.m. Friday, September 7, to welcome Vintage Goods, 5 West Ash St., to the Village of Three Oaks. An afternoon Open House will follow featuring complimentary food, drink and a drawing for a raffle.
The shabby-chic store features an ever-changing collection encompasses a wide range of styles from industrial to farm house. One-of-a-kind furniture, home and garden accessories, clothing, jewelry and antiques are collected by the owner, Diane Wallenius and her like-minded vendors.
For more information, please visit the Vintage Goods Facebook page or Instagram- Vintage Goods MI.
Bridgman Library happenings
Join the Bridgman Library and Janet Schrader of Sand Pirate at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Weko Beach House as she conducts a presentation on the unique items one may find while walking on the beach. Bring your most interesting find. For more information call (269) 465-3663.
Students in grades 6-12 are invited to come and give suggestions for books to order or programming you want to attend at the library from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Sign up at www.bridgmanlibrary.org or call 465-3663. Pizza will be served.
Early Literacy Classes at The Bridgman Library start Monday, Sept. 10. Join other parents and caretakers in creative movement, song, dance, finger plays and more. Classes are held Mondays and Tuesdays for ages newborn to 5 years old. Go to www.bridgmanlibrary.org for times and ages for each class or call 465-3663 for more info.
Trinity Swiss Steak Dinner
The Ladies Aid Society of Trinity Lutheran Church, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer is hosting its famous Swiss Steak Dinner for all to enjoy from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 14.
Eat in or carry out. The menu includes swiss steak, mashed potatoes, corn, coleslaw, roll, dessert & beverage. Advance ticket price is $12, after September 4 it’s $15. Tickets must be purchased & picked up at the church office between the hours of 9:30-3:30 or at the door. Proceeds will benefit missions, office carpeting & electrical repairs.
For more, call 269-426-3151 or 269-426-3937.
Harbor Country Singers rehearsal
Harbor Country Singers is a local group of folks who simply love to sing. Perhaps you are one of many who claim, “I only sing in the shower...” but this group is special! No experience is required ... just a teachable spirit and a love of music.
The first rehearsal is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Arts and Education Center, 14 Maple St., Three Oaks. If it is your first time, feel free to come 15 minutes early.
Sale at St. Agnes
St. Agnes Church on Sawyer Road in Sawyer will have a Bake & Jewelry Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.
RV 40th Reunion
The River Valley High School Class of 1978 is hosting a 40th Class Reunion on Saturday September 22, 2018 at The Featherbone in Three Oaks. It begins at 6 p.m. and the cost is $25 per person (includes a buffet style Italian chicken dinner with a cash bar).
Please contact Debbie at email@example.com for further information. Reservations are due by September 10.
The Women of World War II
The role of women during World War II is the topic for the Friends of New Buffalo Library Community Forum on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in The Pokagon Room, 33 N. Thompson St.
Beyond Rosie the Riveter and the Atomic Girls, author Barb Deane will discuss the many new roles assumed by American women in both military and civilian life during World War II. Included in her discussion will be the American Red Cross Clubmobile program, essentially a mobile club featuring doughnuts, coffee and good old American girl-next-door friendliness brought to the frontlines in Europe, Asia, India and Australia.
Dean is the author of “On the Homefront” and “Killing Her Softly.”
Upcoming FOL programs include: a private afterhours tour of the Warhol Exhibit at Lubeznik Center in Michigan City at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17; “The Enduring History of Friendship Gardens” on Thursday, Oct. 4; “The Story of Magic in Michigan” on Monday, Oct. 15, and “Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir” on Monday, Oct. 22.
The Community Forum Series is sponsored by the Friends of New Buffalo Library, underwritten in part by The Pokagon Fund. For further information, call New Buffalo Township Library at (269) 469-2933, follow the Facebook link at newbuffalotownshiplibrary.org or email new.buffalo.FOL@gmail.com.
A Spaghetti Dinner is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Galien United Methodist Church, 208 N. Cleveland Ave.
A free-will offering will be taken at the door with proceeds for missions. Call 269-362-4917 for carry outs.
Galien Woods Historical Society
The Galien Woods Historical Society will hold at meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday August 30, at 108 S. Grant Street, Galien.
Following a short business meeting, our program for the evening will be presented by Mr. Rick Kuntz, an AEP power company employee. He was in Puerto Rico for one month following Hurricane Maria serving as a Regional Control Commander overseeing the daily areas in need of power repair. He will be presenting a power point program on his experiences there.
Everyone is welcome. For more information please call Elmer Doyle, President at (269) 545-8871.
NBHS 45th reunion
The New Buffalo High School Class of 1973 will hold its 45th year reunion the weekend of October 6, 2018.
A gathering will be held on Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. Indiana time at 4986 West Concord Drive, LaPorte, Indiana. The reunion is Saturday, Oct. 6, at merican Legion Post 169, 19121 U.S. 12, New Buffalo, with a 5:00 p.m. check-in time, dinner at 6 p.m. and music starting at 7:30 p.m.. A Sunday, Oct. 7, brunch at Rosie’s, 128 North Whittaker Street, New Buffalo is p;annex for 11 a.m.
For more information contact Deb Hartline Romaneschi at 509-342-1511 or Suzan Von Ehr at 219-508-5373.
Founding Documents course
A unique four-week course on America’s founding documents is coming to the New Buffalo Township Library.
The class will be held on four Wednesdays in September (the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Pokagon Room.
Attendees will have the opportunity to look at the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Federalist papers (selections), the Gettysburg Address, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural. Presented by John “Pat” O’Leary, active member of the State Bar of Michigan, past president of the Detroit Bar Association, adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. Class size is limited. You may sign up in-person or by phone, with the front desk of the Library (33 N Thompson St.). The phone number is (269) 469-2933
Music in the Park
Music in the Park features live music at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday evening in Dewey Cannon Park, Three Oaks. Upcoming shows include: The Bergamot on Sept. 1.
The free concert series is sponsored by Harbor Arts and generous community members. Bring a blanket, bring a snack, bring a friend! For more, go to www.HarborArts.com.
The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach features free music beginning at 7 p.m. as follows: Sept. 2 - Summer Reunion Band. For more, go to www.bridgman.org/ or call (269) 465-3406.