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Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals

Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals in beautiful St. Joe ... we offer family friendly Surrey bikes, beach cruiser bikes, tandem bikes, electric bikes, scooters and water rentals

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Benton Harbor - St. Joseph YMCA Family Center

Our Y community is a team of men, women, and children who are committed to the community. Stop in and see your newly renovated YMCA! And visit our website for information about our 16 summer camps! www.bhsjymca.org/camps

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Benton Harbor Public Library

Providing unlimited access to our world.

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Berrien County Youth Fair

BCYF.org is the official website of the Berrien County Youth Fair, in Berrien Springs Michigan. For over 50 years, families have made a tradition out of attending the Berrien County Youth Fair.

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Blossomtime Festival Inc.

The Grand Floral Parade is always held the first Saturday in May. Over 200,000 spectators annually enjoy the more than 125 units that roll down the street which includes floats, bands, clowns, antique cars and many other special units.

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Coastline Children's Film Festival

The mission of the Coastline Children's Film Festival is to bring high quality independent films and animation for children and young adults to the area.

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Curious Kids' Museum

Come to where Learning is Fun! We have permanent & traveling hands-on exhibits for toddlers-teens. This beach side setting is the perfect place to explore water exhibits, a climbing wall, Dance Recollections virtual reality room, a pin wall and more!

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Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve

Located on the St. Joseph River between Niles and Buchanan. 105 acres of gardens, scenic woodlands, trails, and nature center. Thirteen sculptures on the grounds and an art gallery. Railway garden and nature adventure garden, cafe and gift shop.

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Hidden Pointe Fun Park

18 Holes of mini golf, arcade, softball & baseball batting cages. Newly installed Go-Cart Track! Concessions available or bring a picnic basket. Fun for the whole family!

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Nye's Apple Barn & Farms

Our Farm Market is literally seconds off of I-94, on your way Silver Beach. Quality locally home grown fruits/veggies. We grow our own raspberries, peaches, pears, plums, apples, grapes and vegetables, Amish baked goods, jam, honey, syrup.

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Piggott's Farm Market & Bakery

Piggott's Farm Market & Bakery offers the freshest Michigan produce in season. We feature all of your favorites including, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, tomatoes, pumpkins, fresh baked goods, fresh cut Christmas trees and much more!

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Red Arrow Club for Endurance Running and walking Sports (SWMI RACERS)

The Red Arrow Club for Endurance Running and walking Sports (RACERS) formed in 2012 as a 501(c)3 non-profit by a group of friends to promote running and walking in Southwest Michigan to stay active and healthy while supporting community events.

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Sarett Nature Center

Provides quality environmental education to folks of all ages in our community.

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Silver Beach Carousel Society

The Silver Beach Carousel is located just below the bluff in the Silver Beach Center in downtown St. Joseph. The Carousel includes 48 hand-carved, hand-painted figures - you only need one token to ride the carousel.

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St. Joseph Library

Creatively serving the community with diverse resources and learning opportunities.

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Whirlpool Compass Fountain

Enjoy Michigan's largest Splash Pad! The Whirlpool Compass Fountain is located just below the bluff and steps away from downtown St. Joseph.

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Michigan Winters, Michigan Wines

Written by White Pine Winery on 06/20/2016

In the height of summer, it's easy to forget about the cold winds and snow that inhabit Michigan's Great Southwest. However, the winter greatly impacts the wine we are able to enjoy year round!

Dr. Dave Miller from White Pine Winery shares how the winters of the last few years have shaped our region's wines.

 

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(L) White Pine Winery Vineyards in fall of 2013
(R) Dave Miller PhD, author, Owner / Winemaker at White Pine Winery and Vineyards, LLC


I read a blog I wrote about this time in 2014 just after some of the coldest weather we’ve had in decades. I knew we were in for little to no crop on Vitis vinifera grapevines that year and I was right.  I had no idea that we would have similar weather again in 2015 with a similar result – little to no crop on Vitis vinifera varieties (e.g. Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet franc, Merlot).  Having two years in a row with little to no crop on those vines is unprecedented in Michigan.  

 

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U-Pick Fruit in Michigan's Great Southwest

Written by Tess Carragher on 06/15/2016

Michigan’s Great Southwest is known for beaches, rolling vineyards, fragrant orchards, and some of the best fruit in the country.  

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Ripe and ready peach from the 2015 season at Nye's Apple Barn

“The Fruit Belt” hugs the shoreline, offering the perfect soil and delayed frost for a wide variety of fruit. One of our favorite summer activities is picking the local produce ourselves; here’s our u-pick plan for the first part of summer! 

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Father's Day Weekend in Michigan's Great Southwest

Written by Tess Carragher on 06/13/2016

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19th. We found some awesome options to celebrate all weekend long. Here’s our plan...not just for Dads!

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Third Coast Paddling offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals on the banks of the Paw Paw River. They are open every day from 10:00-6:00!

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Whitney Behnke

Executive Director
St. Joseph Today

 Tess Carragher

Tess Carragher

Membership Coordinator
St. Joseph Today

Jill Stone

Former Executive Director
St. Joseph Today

Lauren Kniebes

Co-Owner
Lazy Ballerina Winery