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Berrien County Youth Fair Association

Berrien County Youth Fair

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Coastline Children's Film Festival

10 days of more than 75 award-winning features, documentaries, and shorts at eight screening locations along with hands-on workshops and post-screening discussions. Venues include the ARS Gallery Arts & Culture Center, Bridgman Public Library, Citadel Dance & Music Center (Oak Room), Krasl Art Center, the Loma Theatre, the New Buffalo Township Library, the Michigan City Public Library and the Stanley Clark School in South Bend.

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Curious Kids' Museum

The Curious Kids’ Museum inspires children to explore and learn through cooperative hands-on play.

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, next to Silver Beach, Curious Kids’ Museum (CKM) and the new Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone (DZ) invites you to come play, learn and be curious!

CKM was founded by educators and parents to provide an environment that invites curiosity, allows exploration, celebrates childhood and inspires learning!

Opened in 1989, the Museum on the Bluff has fulfilled the founders’ mission to provide a place where “Learning is Fun” through interactive, hands-on exhibits. In 2010, the Curious Kids’ Museum had the opportunity to expand and open a second location in partnership with the Silver Beach Carousel and Shadowland Ballroom, by opening DZ below the bluff.

With a shared mission and philosophy, both museums are places where children and their adults can pursue their natural curiosity through creative, hands-on play!

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Czars 505

Night Club in downtown St. Joseph, MI.

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Eden Springs Park

Eden Springs Park and Campground is adjacent to an historical park which offers miniature train rides on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day. We are conveniently close to many local attractions, including: beaches on Lake Michigan, Silver Beach Carousel & The Children’s’ Museum, world-class golf courses, shopping and sight-seeing in St Joseph, local farms for fruit and berry picking, hiking, water sports and fishing. Mary’s City of David is close by with informative walking tours, a museum and gift shop for those that are interested in additional accounts of the history surrounding the House of David.

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Hidden Pointe Fun Park

Hidden Pointe is a great atmosphere for family and friends to enjoy Southwest Michigan. We're your local Ma an' Pa Shop who take pleasure in providing a place for locals and visitors to have a good time.

We offer 18 holes of miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages, jump-shot basketball, arcade games, ice cream & smoothies, and plenty of smiles.  Come on down and have some fun!

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Howard Performing Arts Center

In February of 2001, John and Dede Howard, shared a generous gift with the intention of seeing a performing arts center constructed. The Howard Performing Arts Center, completed in 2003, sits at the end of the main entrance to the Andrews University campus. Each season, the Howard Center Presents... series features a combination of classical artists, Christian contemporary musicians, and other instrumental or world music acts. Hardly a weekend that goes by without 2-3 events happening at the Howard Center. The Department of Music's ensembles: Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Choirs regularly have concerts that cost as little as $3 to attend.

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Lake Effect Jazz Big Band

The Lake Effect Jazz Big Band was created in 2000 by Tom Weidle, a Herald-Palladium reporter, and Vito Tenerelli, a St. Joseph band instructor, who both wanted to create an "artistic" jazz ensemble, one that would read only the most state-of-the-art arrangements, and perform strictly as a "concert" jazz ensemble.  Tom (since departed for sunny California) and Vito, our first music director, brought the dream to fruition in January 2001 recruiting 20 of the area's finest jazz musicians to play within its ranks.

The heart and soul of the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band are music educators from Southwest Michigan. The essence of Jazz is positive self-expression and without educators like those in the band, this American art form is in danger of fading.

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Puzzlemental Escape Room Adventures

Puzzlemental is a immersive interactive adventure where you and your team has 60 minutes to find clues, crack codes, and solve puzzles to complete your mission to and escape. Use your wit and teamwork in an adrenaline filled race to beat the clock. Come with your friends, family, colleagues, or it makes a great Date night. Puzzlemental is where you can become a mobster, gangster, bootlegger, or an FBI Agent.

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Shuler Dairy Farm

Ever wonder where that milk and cheese really came from? What the life of a dairy cow is like? Come out and see and enjoy some delicious ice cream!! 

5th generation Centennial farm in Baroda, Michigan with latest robotic milking system, tunnel ventilation and happy, comfortable cows. Tour today and enjoy fresh ice cream, see calves and bull and the latest innovative farming technology.

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Silver Beach Carousel Society

You’ll find all the magic and wonder of the Silver Beach Carousel below the bluff in St. Joseph, just yards from Lake Michigan’s Silver Beach, named one of the top 10 family beaches by Parents magazine. Open all four seasons, you can ride a different carousel figure or chariot every week and fill the year with a new memory each time. Our sea serpent chariot is wheelchair accessible so everyone can ride! Tokens are available for cash or credit card at the admissions desk or for cash from our token machine.

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Southwest Michigan Cycleboat

The Harbor Hopper is Southwest Michigan's best way to tour the water! Perfect for parties, team building or just getting on the water to enjoy our beauty!

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Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

Today under the direction of Music Director Robin Fountain, the SMSO has acquired a reputation in the tri-state area for featuring new, surprising, and challenging works in a non-traditional repertoire.

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Striker's Bowl

Southwest Michigan's Number One Entertainment destination! Daily Bowling Specials, Leagues, Tournaments, Birthday Parties, Group Rates and more! 

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The Ghostlight Theatre

The GhostLight Theatre is a new theatre performance venue in the Benton Harbor Arts District that seeks to illuminate the arts and culture of the area. We will create events where children and adults are more than observers, and become active participants in creation and exploration of a variety of performance media.
 
The brainchild of tenor Paul Mow, The GhostLight Theatre is a collaboration of local performing artists, business people, arts supporters, and enthusiastic audience members. For years, Paul had his dream of a community-based theater and, when he partnered with Martha Hesse, the dream took form. In January 2018, we leased a building in the Benton Harbor Arts District, and began plans for creating a “black box” style theater, backstage and workshop areas, two offices and a beautiful front lobby.

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The Livery

Located in the Arts District of downtown Benton Harbor, Michigan, The Livery features 18 taps of hand-forged beer, an outdoor/pet-friendly beer garden, free WIFI, and a kitchen featuring salads, sandwiches, and spent-grain pizzas made with the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Music and other live entertainment is regularly featured on the Livery Stage. 

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The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College

Located on the campus of Lake Michigan College, the Mendel Center offers a rare combination of an ideal location, relaxed surroundings and excellent accommodations. Whether you are planning your wedding reception, entertaining clients from out of town or providing training for your staff, the Mendel Center is personally committed to ensure your utmost satisfaction.

Banquets:

  • From relaxed and casual to elegant and formal, you'll agree, too, that the Mendel Center is the perfect location to hold your next event. All in a place that's centrally located and easy to travel to.
  • Convenient location and parking
  • Close to major shopping areas
  • Within minutes to several major hotels
  • 10 multi-function Rooms
  • Executive board room
  • 1,559-seat Performing Arts Theatre
  • 234-seat Hanson Theatre
  • Over 20,000 square feet of meeting space
  • Comprehensive conference support services
  • On-premise, full-service catering operation with liquor license
  • Expert wedding reception consultation and planning services
  • Reunions
  • Corporate meetings & conferences

Concert/Entertainment Venue:
Each season The Mendel Center offers a star-packed season loaded with spectacular entertainment. The Mainstage has thrilled and entertained the residents of southwestern Michigan for 28 seasons.

The list of stars that have performed at the Mendel Center Mainstage includes Peter Frampton, Jim Belushi, Lewis Black, Paula Poundstone, Willie Nelson, Kenny Loggins, Weird Al Yankovic, Wild Kratts LIVE!, Jack Hanna, Little River Band, Mannheim Steamroller, and many more. Performances have also included international touring companies such as the Russian National Ballet and the Vienna Boys Choir.

The real star however is the Mendel Center Mainstage, with only 1,559 seats, the Mainstage provides intimacy between performer and patron. Patrons sit comfortably with plenty of leg room and unobstructed viewing. The stage, with an adjustable acoustic orchestra shell, can accommodate everything from a 100-piece orchestra to the biggest assemblage or a spotlight on a soloist.

Each season presents a fabulous variety of entertainment opportunities. The Mainstage is the heart of entertainment in southwest Michigan.

Weddings:
Few days will be as momentous as your wedding. Whether you are planning an intimate affair or a huge gala, the Mendel Center is the perfect venue for your once-in-a-lifetime celebration. With our beautiful outdoor and indoor settings, we can help you make your wedding as elegant or as informal as you wish. Our wedding coordinator not only will listen to your wishes, but also, if asked, will offer ideas to make your day even better than you imagined.

At the Mendel Center, you will enjoy unparalleled service and deliciously catered food. No detail will go unattended. Our years of wedding experience will help ease your stress so you can enjoy your special day.

  • On-site catering
  • Off-site catering
  • Full bar
  • Wedding reception packages
  • Spacious dressing rooms
  • Custom decorating
  • Custom menus

Check the Mendel Center website for more information regarding menus and wedding packages at themendelcenter.com.

Located one mile east of I-94 on Napier Avenue (Exit 30)

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Twin City Players

Formed in 1932, Twin City Players is a volunteer based nonprofit organization that strives to engage the community in quality theatre that changes lives and to be recognized for organizational excellence producing quality performances in southwest Michigan. The TCP Playhouse is located at 600 West Glenlord Road, St. Joseph, MI. For more information about TCP, call 269-429-0400 or visit us at twincityplayers.org.

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