9 1 NOTES Outsiders

A sneak peek at the 2022 Outsiders Outside Art Fair in Harbert.

The Outsiders Art Fair returns for 2022 to southwest Michigan on Labor Day weekend.

Located at the Judith Racht Gallery, 13689 South Prairie Road in Harbert, the art fair will run Friday, September 2, from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, September 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event is held outdoors in tents and runs rain or shine.

“Our artists are so talented but they have not been formally trained as artists and that is what makes them outsider artists,” said Judith Racht. The art includes painting, woodcuts, sculpture, and fiber art. The artists use many non-traditional materials to make their art and that is what adds to the whimsical nature of the art.

“Many of the artists have exhibited here in the past but we always have some newly discovered artists too. This year, we have two new artists named Christy: one from Texas and one from Illinois,” she added.

This event is now in its 26th year. Food is available and there is always entertainment on opening night. Masks will be available but are not required.

Tickets are $25 for the Friday evening preview party and $10 for Saturday and Sunday. Children’s admission is free. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 269-469-1080. They are also available at the door.

NIMBY Pond watercross

NIMBY Pond Snowmobile Watercross races are scheduled to return on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 11470 Hills Road near Baroda (gates open at 9 a.m. racing starts at noon).

There is a suggested donation of $15 per person over 12 and a “Blessing of the Snowmobile” is planned.

Serenata concert

Harbor Country Opera will be presenting Romanian tenor Emanuel-Christian Caraman during Serenata, an Evening of Song for Tenor, Violin and Piano, at the Acorn Theater, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Caraman has performed the title role in “L’Amico Fritz” at the Miami Lyric Opera, made his debut in 2009 in Bucharest, and has appeared with Die Deutsche Kammer-philharmonie, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Chicago’s New Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera, Miami Lyric Opera and several others, according to event organizer Robert Swan of Rolling Prairie.

Harbor Country Opera’s Robert Swan said Caraman’s operatic roles also include Riccardo in Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera,” Edgardo in “Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor,” Rodolfo in Puccini’s “La Bohème,” Almaviva in Mozart’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Don Jose in “Carmen,” Ernesto in “Don Pasquale,” and Don Ottavio in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Ferrando in “Cosi fan Tutte,” Tamino in “Die Zauberflöte” and Alfred in “Die Fledermaus.”

The show will also include Jameson Cooper on violin and Mariah Boucher on piano. They will be performing works by R. Strauss, Kalman, Tosti, Rachmaninov, Toselli, Tchaikovsky, Romberg and Massenet.

Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, contact the theater at 269-756-3879 or go to acornlive.org/buy-tickets/.

For more on Acorn shows (including: Brooklyn Charmers – The Music of Steely Dan at 8 p.m. Sept. 2; The Second City presents Out of the House Party at 8 p.m. Sept. 3; Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts at 8 p.m. Sept. 4; Open Mic Night Featuring Playhouse at 7 p.m. Thursday, September), go to acornlive.org.

Hike in St. Joseph

The Harbor Country Hikers will hike an ancient lakebed and explore a combination of trails linked by an abandoned railroad right-of-way in St. Joseph, Mich. on Saturday, September 3. The hike starts at 10 am Eastern time at Maiden Lane Park and will last about two hours.

Hike leader and Hikers President Pat Fisher will discuss proglacial Lake Baroda, an ancient lake that once stretched nearly the entire length of Berrien County before it drained into Lake Michigan. The hike will meander through several parks and preserves connected by June Trace, a one-time right-of-way for an interurban railway and now a trail and power line corridor. Hikers will pass through a variety of habitats, including woodland, savanna, streams, marshes and urban areas.

Niki Schmutte, chief naturalist for LaPorte County Parks, will lead the Harbor Country Hikers on a two-mile hike through Luhr County Park on September 10 starting at 10 a.m. Eastern. The 94-acre park includes upland forest, wetlands, prairies, an observation tower and a fishing pier. Many of the park’s trails are paved, including a three-quarter-mile ADA path. At the end of the hike, the park will loan fishing gear and bait to those who wish to try their luck in its stocked pond. No license is necessary. Ph\An all-terrain rollator, a wheeled walker with oversized tires for unpaved areas, is available, on request, on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing harborcountryhikers@gmail.com. Driving directions and other details are on the group’s website, harborcountryhikers.com, and its Facebook page, Harbor Country Hikers.

Mobile food pantries

Feeding American Mobile Food Pantry visits are scheduled for: 3:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Harbert Community Church, 6444 Harbert Road, Sawyer; 4:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Woodland Shores Baptist Church, 3555 Shawnee Rd, Bridgman.

For information on other upcoming Mobile Food Pantry visits, log on to: https://www.feedwm.org/mobile -pantry-schedule/

Trinity Ice Cream Social

An Ice Cream Social is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 5791 Sawyer Road, Sawyer, sponsored by the Board of Youth Ministries & Thrivent Financial Services.

This event is taking place (rain or shine) in order to raise scholarship funds for Trinity’s Preschool Programs. A donation to this cause will be greatly appreciated. The community is invited.

Gather & Shop & Sell

Gather & Shop & Sell at the Friends of New Troy Community Center, 3372 California Road, New Troy, takes us back to our roots as we host a community sale with a twist from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 17.

We welcome vendors to bring their own setup and offerings for sale. In the Gather & tradition, we are waiving booth fees and simply asking for the donation of a non-perishable food item for our upcoming Food Locker. Friends of New Troy and Red Arrow Roasters team up again to offer complimentary hot dogs, vegan burgers, soda, and water to all shoppers and sellers.

Vendors must fill out an application and register by September 14th. Applications are available online at www.friendsofnewtroy.org or by visiting the community center during our normally staffed hours. Any questions regarding Gather & Shop & Sell should be directed to Marlene at friendsofnewtroynews letter@gmail.com.

GED assistance

Does going back for your GED interest you? Get in touch with Neighbor by Neighbor.

We have two volunteers that work with Michigan Works to get you the help you need so that you can take the exams. Call us at 269-231-0648 for more information. It’s never too late!

Story Hour in New Troy

Wiggles & Giggles with Miss Ollie, New Troy Community Center’s Story Hour for pre-schoolers, begins Tuesday, September 13, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and will continue weekly throughout the school year.

In addition to stories, children will do projects, games, crafts, and other learning experiences with former elementary school teacher, Ollie Jane Rosenthal, who always provides fo a fun, enriching time.

All children 3 years or older are welcome to attend. You do not need to be a resident of New Troy, but a parent or guardian is required to remain with the children.

The New Troy Community Center is located at 13372 California Road, New Troy. For more information, call the Community Center at 269-426-3909 or email FriendsOf NewTroy@yahoo.com.

Three Oaks Library events

Upcoming events at the Three Oaks Township Public Library include: Weekly Story Time for all ages – Tuesdays 10:30 – 11:00 and Thursdays 4:30 – 5:00; Knitting & Crocheting Circle Wednesday, 10:30 – 11:30; Lego Club @ the Library all day every Thursday; Take & Make Bags for children are available for pickup at the library desk.

Build the Barn concerts

Upcoming Build the Barn fund-raising concerts at the Paws for Humanity farm, 14671 Three Oaks Road, are scheduled for Sept. 4 and Sept. 18. Artists include Patti Shaffner, and Chicken Dolphin Band.

Tickets, available at the door; are a suggested donation of $20. Concert-goers should bring their own chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and snacks, and plan to settle in and enjoy the music with sanctuary animals looking on.

Build the Barn is a fundraising project to assist Paws for Humanity in building a facility including an indoor riding arena, conference room, small offices, and animal housing for educational and therapeutic support services. For more on upcoming concerts in August and September, go to pawsforhumanity.org.

Rosie the Riveter 5K

The Rebecca Dewey Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is partnering with the Miss Three Oaks/River Valley Committee to bring together a 5k Run/Walk, The “Rosie, The Riveter Yes, We Can!”

The Race will start and end at the Spring Creek School in Three Oaks Township (at the corner of Three Oaks Road and Donner Road) on October 1st beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Fifty percent of the funds from the race will support the chapter’s efforts to provide Evergreen Wreaths at Forest Lawn Cemetery for the Wreaths Across America event in December, and community classroom supplies and Good Citizen’s scholarship essay contest money. The other half will be given to the Miss River Valley/Three Oaks Committee.

Sign up for the race can be found at www.runsignup.com. Contact the Rebecca Dewey Chapter at rebecca.deweyto@gmail.com.

Red Arrow Highway work

Construction began Aug. 15 on Red Arrow Highway between Main Drive and Lakeshore Road in Chikaming Township.

The project will include pavement milling, asphalt paving, drainage and structure improvements, according to a news release from the Berrien County Road Department. Construction is expected to end Oct. 31.

Lane reductions will be in place throughout the project. Drivers should expect possible delays or seek alternate routes.

Weko Beach Concerts

The Bridgman Concert Series at Weko Beach (5239 Lake St., Bridgman) features free music beginning at 7 p.m. This season’s schedule follows: Sept. 4 – Saturday June Band. For updated information go to www.bridgman.org.

NB Farmers Market

The New Buffalo Farmers Market is back with a new location (2 East Buffalo St.) near the stoplight in downtown New Buffalo on the corner of Whittaker and Buffalo (U.S. 12) every Thursday from 4-8 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Vendors offer fresh Harbor Country produce, artisan made goods, live music, and food trucks.

Wednesday Night Music

Wednesday Night Music in the Park takes place weekly from 7 to 9 p.m. during the summer in New Buffalo Township’s Memorial Park. For more, go to newbuffalo township,org.

Music In the Park

Music in the Park is a free concert series held at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays during the summer in Dewey Cannon Park behind downtown Three Oaks.

The schedule follows: Sept. 3 – The Newports. For more information go to www.harborarts.com/music -in-the-park.

Three Oaks Farmers Market

The Three Oaks Farmers Market is held 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays June 2 through Sept. 28 in the parking lot across North Elm Street from Big C Lumber.

NB Library events

New Buffalo Township Library upcoming events include:

Youth Services (Weekly Programs) – All Day, Every Day – Craft-to-Go Bags; Mondays 9:00am @ New Buffalo Township Park – Mommy and Me Story Time; Tuesdays 11:00am – Music and Movement for Toddlers; Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm – Youth VR, Sign-up Only; Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm – Read to a Dog Sessions, Sign-up Only; Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm – Story Time; Saturdays All Day – Lego Club.

Bridgman Market

The Bridgman Open Air Market is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays beginning May 22 at 4509 Lake St. For more, visit the market’s Facebook page.

Skip’s Market

The Skip’s Open Air European Market is held every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from mid-May until October (weather permitting) in Skip’s parking lot at the corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lakeshore Road. Fresh local produce, herbs, flowers, cheeses, restaurant grade beef, jam/jellies, jewelry, art and more. For more, call (269) 469-3341 or go to the Skips Restaurant & Catering Facebook page.

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