The businesses of Three Oaks invite the public to join them in celebrating the 2023 Three Oaks Spring Stroll from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 27.
Explore the beautiful downtown of Three Oaks and take part in a day of shopping, sipping, and socializing. This year’s event will feature fun additions including a cookout at Drier’s Meat Market from noon to 4 p.m. with live music in their patio; a vintage car show in the Village Hall parking lot from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; live music by The Heavy Load; and a 10 a.m. Yoga Stretch and Stroll at Arbor3 Arts Gallery and sponsored by the Three Oaks Township Library. Additionally, the Acorn Theater will be presenting its first ever Acorn Tree House, featuring music for all ages, with a special focus on the music of the Beatles.
The Spring Stroll is organized and sponsored by the businesses of Downtown Three Oaks and the Three Oaks Downtown Development Authority. For updates on this and future events, join STROLL THREE OAKS on Facebook.
St. Mary’s Fest
The 2023 St. Mary of the Lake Family Festival will take place May 25-29 at 718 West Buffalo St. in New Buffalo.
Carnival provider Anderson Midways will have food, games and carnival rides for all ages. Advance tickets are $20 until May 21, and all-access, single day wristband sales will be available at the event for $25 each.
This year’s beer tent entertainment lineup includes: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25 – Acoustically Speaking; 7 p.m. Friday, May 26 – The Middle of the Road Band; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27 – Rhythm Giants; 6 p.m. Sunday, May 28 – DJ services by Jammin’ with Jerry.
Food vendor sponsors include The DogFather, La Chula, and Smoke on the Water. Fstival hours are: 4 p.m. to midnight May 25; noon to midnight May 26-28; and noon to 4 p.m. May 29.
For more, go to https:// stmarynewbuffalo.org/
Memorial Day observances
Traditional area Memorial Day weekend parades and ceremonies take place in Bridgman and New Troy on Sunday, New Buffalo (10 a.m. Monday starting at City Hall) and Lakeside (noon Monday) along with a Three Oaks memorial service (Monday 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery). Check local websites and social media for updates.
Harbor Country Pride Week
A variety of events take place during the June 1-5 Harbor Country Pride Week including a Music Night featuring Cosmic Country Showcase at 7 p.m. June 1 and Club Rainbow at 7 p.m. June 3 (both at The Acorn), a Teen Pride Prom/Grad Party, a Leather Night, a Family Fun Run/Walk, Beach Yoga and a Trivia Night. For more, go to harborcountrypride.com.
The annual Bike-N-Brunch benefiting WRHC-Radio Harbor Country is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 (ride-day registration at 8:30 a.m.). The ride offers several loops through beautiful countryside and culminates with a gourmet farm brunch. To register, go to https://www.radioharborcountry.org/events.
Dunes Summer Theatre new season
Dunes Summer Theatre kicks off its 2023 season with the classic farce “Boeing, Boeing” June 1-4, 9-11, 16-18. All shows take place at the theatre at 288 Shady Oak Drive, Michigan City, Ind. Showtimes are 7 p.m. CST (8 p.m. EST) Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. CST (3 p.m. EST) on Sundays.
Tickets ($35) can be purchased at dunesarts.org or by calling the box office at (219) 879-7509; season subscriptions are still available ($150).
Preview night, Thursday, June 1, is half-priced; there will be an opening night reception on Friday, June 2, at 9 p.m. to meet the cast, director and production team ($20 entry or free for ticket season holders and donors over $150).
Set in the 1960s, “Boeing Boeing” is a farce centering on bachelor Bernard, who has a flat in Paris and three flight attendants all engaged to him without knowing each other. Bernard’s life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay, and complications (unexpectedly bad weather, a new, speedier Boeing jet) disrupt his careful planning. Soon, all three flight attendants are in the city simultaneously – and catastrophe looms.
Featuring Dakohta Brown as Bernard, Lili Galluzzo as Gloria, Amy Gorelow as Bertha, Khyel Roberson as Robert, Hannah Rhode as Gabriella and Kylie Shay as Gretchen, “Boeing, Boeing” is recommended for more mature audiences.
Director Jay Espanõ, who in addition to acting, writing, teaching and producing is an award-winning filmmaker and the artistic director of Pride Arts! in Chicago, is inspired by Dunes Summer Arts Theatre’s mission of providing high-quality performing arts and education while promoting community spirit and striving for inclusivity, diversity and accessibility. In this spirit, Dunes Summer Theatre is thrilled to be partnering this summer with Harbor Country Pride. Supporters will receive 50 percent off all ticket prices by using the code PRIDE when making their ticket purchase all season long.
‘E. K. Warren and the Samaritans’
How did a Midwest industrialist form a lasting connection with a Mideast Christian sect, bringing a vast collection of ancient artifacts to Three Oaks? The story of E. K. Warren and the Samaritans is as fascinating as it is unlikely, and will be told at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 26 at Three Oaks Heritage Hall (8 E. Linden Street).
Tad Boehmer, Curator of Rare Books at Michigan State University’s Stephen O. Murray & Keelung Hong Special Collections, has read much of Warren’s correspondence regarding the Samaritans. His illustrated talk will include images of the manuscripts and artifacts Warren collected (one is more than a thousand years old!) and displayed in his hometown.
Admission is $5 for members of The Region of Three Oaks Museum, $20 for non- members (admission includes a membership).
Warren Dunes hike
The Harbor Country Hikers will hike up and over one of Warren Dunes State Park’s famous sand dunes during a June 3 hike. In brief introductory comments, Leader and Hikers President Pat Fisher will explain how nature builds dunes and anchors them with plants. The hike gets underway at 10 a.m. Eastern time.
The first stretch is a climb on mostly hard surfaces. There’s a great view of Lake Michigan from the dune crest. The trail to the beach is loose sand, and challenging. The Hikers recommends participants wear long pants, a sun hat, sturdy shoes or boots and insect repellent, and bring plenty of water.
Hiking distance is two miles, and physical difficulty is rated moderate to difficult. Though membership is preferred, all are welcome at this hike. For more information, including directions and parking instructions, visit harborcountryhikers.com or Harbor Country Hikers on Facebook.
Galien Legion anniversary
The Galien American Legion Post 344, 402 N. Cleveland Ave, Galien, Mich. will be celebrating their 100th anniversary on June 3, starting at 8 a.m. with breakfast and continuing until 10 p.m.
There will be fun for the family with games for the children, a poker run, live music and great food all day.
At noon will be the opening ceremony with guest speakers followed by honoring our fallen heroes with certificates given to their families in their honor There will also be displays of military memorabilia, and information about the Civil War and those that served in our area. We hope you will come and join the celebration.
Three Oaks Summer Reading
Summer Reading for all ages (including adults) at the Three Oaks Township Library is June 20 to August 1.
The library will provide each child in preschool through high school a Bridging Workbook for their specific age/grade so children must be pre-registered by visiting the library, calling (269) 756-5621, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The library’s certified teacher will be at the library and every Tuesday from June 20 to August 1 and everyone is encouraged to bring their Bridging Workbook and check in. Children will receive one entry into the Grand Prize drawing each Tuesday they check in. If you are unable to check in on Tuesdays, bring your workbook to the library any other day and receive an entry into the Grand Prize drawing. Children and adults will keep track of all the books they read on their Reading Log and receive one entry into the Grand Prize Drawing for each book read. All books must be checked out from Three Oaks Library (audiobooks and ebooks on hoopla and Libby count, too!). Summer Reading ends August 1 and Grand Prize winners will be notified by August 5.
Story Time during Summer Reading at Three Oaks Township Public Library will be Tuesdays 10:30 – 11:00 and 4:30 – 5:00.
Take & Make bags for children are available on a first come, first served, basis.
The Knitting & Crocheting Circle is meeting on Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:30. Individuals of all skill levels are invited to bring their projects.
Disney’s “The Aristocats” will be presented with the Children’s Coastline Film Festival on Thursday, June 22, at 7:00 p.m.
The Sarett Nature Center Traveling Naturalist will visit the for an exciting animal presentation on Tuesday, June 27, 1:00 p.m.
The Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary will present their On-the-Road Program on Tuesday, July 18, 1:00 p.m.
The Harbor Country Singers will lead a Campfire Sing-Along at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at the outdoor campfire circle at Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 14280 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert, MI 49115.
The event is free, but a food item donation for Neighbor by Neighbor is requested. Song books with music and lyrics will be provided. Musicians are welcome to bring instruments to play along. Logs will be available for seating or bring your own chair or blanket if preferred. The event will be moved indoors in case of rain.
Eastland Disaster presentation
A presentation at the New Buffalo Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, will examine the Eastland disaster, the 1915 sinking of a ship bound for Michigan City that killed 844 people.
Docked in the Chicago River, the S.S. Eastland carried 2,500 Western Electric employees and their families headed for an annual picnic in Washington Park. Moments after boarding, the ship rolled over on its port side in 20 feet of water, trapping passengers inside.
The disaster wiped out entire families and shocked Chicago and the nation. It remains the greatest loss-of-life event in Great Lakes history. The presenter is James Retseck, past president of the Michigan City Historical Society and the Old Lighthouse Museum.
The New Buffalo Township Library is located at 33 N. Thompson St. in downtown New Buffalo. The presentation is free and open to all and is part of the Friends of the New Buffalo Library’s Community Forum series.
Storyteller at Acorn
Paws for Humanity will present storyteller Phillip Gully at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks on June 2. Tickets available at https://www.acornlive.org/events/phillip-gulley/
Gully, a Quaker pastor from Indiana, will be speaking of community, and the connection and wisdom we gain with animals.
Paws for Humanity is an animal sanctuary offering unique opportunities for animals and people to connect, learn and grow from each other.
The Acorn Dramatic Arts Camp (ages 8 to 18) will launch June 19-July 13. The four-week long camp will conclude with a production put on by the campers of The Wizard of Oz! Space is limited. Go to acornlive.org.
Other upcoming events at The Acorn, 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, include: The Brit Pack at 8 p.m. May 26; Mr. Blotto at 8 p.m. May 27 (members of Mr. Blotto also will share the music of The Beatles for all ages at noon on May 27); The Real Pretenders and folk band the Naomi Ashley Band at 7 p.m. May 28; The deadline for entry in the 2023 Singer Songwriter Competition is noon on Monday, May 22.
Bridgman Boys Basketball Camp will be June 19 through June 23 and Bridgman High School.
The Camp will focus on FUNdamentals and a program of skill development for the off-season.
Grades 3-6 will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Grades 7-10t will meet from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost is $35 and includes a T-Shirt and prizes.To register contact Mike Miller at email@example.com.
Playing at the Vickers
Playing at the Vickers Theatre, 6 North Elm St., Three Oaks, are: “Blackberry” and “The Eight Mountains.” Coming soon are “You Hurt My Feelings” and “Spider-Man: Acoss the Spider-Verse.”
For more, go to https://vickerstheatre.com.
Bridgman Open-Air Market
The Bridgman Open-Air Market’s seventh season began on Sunday, May 14, and runs through Mid-October.
The Market, located in the United Federal Credit Union parking lot on the corner of Lake Street and Red Arrow Highway, offers visitors a local place to shop, while enjoying conversation with the people who created the products being sold in a friendly open-air setting. Visitors are welcome to stop by Sunday’s from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and explore dozens of vendors who will provide fresh produce, baked goods, artisanal crafts and much more.
Keep up with market events by liking and following their Facebook page: facebook.com/BridgmanOpenAirMarket.
The Skip’s European Farmers Market takes place every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. stretching through mid-October, great locally produced vegetables, fruits, jellies, jams, salsas, bread, maple syrup, homemade soaps, cut flowers, potted plants, eggs, cheeses, pastries, meats, sausages, fresh-made food products, art, jewelry, clothing and more will be available at New Buffalo European Farmers Market at Skip’s Restaurant, 16710 Lakeshore Road.
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