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Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals

Join the party pad and walk on water in 2021. Scooter Joe's presents Lily Pads for fun on the water. Great for kids of all ages, our triple layer pads are 6' x 20' and super fun & wet on the water. Kickboards and our new exclusive waterproof speakers now available.


 Summer Fun at Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals

 

Season Opening in Mid May

Join the party pad and walk on water in 2021. Scooter Joe's presents Lily Pads for fun on the water. Great for kids of all ages, our triple layer pads are 6' x 20' and super fun & wet on the water. Kickboards and our new exclusive waterproof speakers now available.

Beach Fun at Scooter Joe's

Surreys, Cruiser, Electric, Fat Tire Bikes, Kayaks & More

Summer Fun at Scooter Joe's Wheel & Water Rentals

 

 

 

Create some memories on one of our Surrey bikes to enjoy the town at a slower pace. Bike the bluff and beach on a Beach Cruiser bike. Bolt around town on an Electric bike or a Fat Tire bike.

Get on the water with kayaks and canoes, or book a pontoon boat or jetski.

And don't lug around all your beach stuff ... we have beach umbrellas, beach chairs, beach wagons and even baby strollers for rent.

Scooter Joe's offers fun for everyone. Open daily at 10:30am through Labor Day.

BOOK ONLINE TODAY to reserve your fun or for more information.

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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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Eden Springs Park

Eden Springs Park is a historical amusement park which offers miniature train rides and museum on weekends on Memorial Day weekend and then from 4th of July weekend through Labor Day. There are special evening Halloween rides in October and Christmas themed rides in December.

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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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 Breeze Music Festival

More information coming soon!

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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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Lake Michigan College Mendel Center

Located on the Benton Harbor 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 Southwest Michigan for 33 seasons.

The list of stars that have performed at the Mendel Center Jenkins Theatre 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 Jenkins Theatre. With 1,559 seats, Jenkins Theatre 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. Jenkins Theatre 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 service
  • Outdoor weddings
  • On-stage theatre wedding packages
  • 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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Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail

The Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail is a collaboration of 15 quality focused wineries located in the Lake Michigan Shore AVA (American Viticulture Area). Representing everything from the largest to the smallest, our member wineries are dedicated to using locally grown grapes to establish our AVA as among the very best in the country.

For more information, visit us www.miwinetrail.com

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Lavender Bliss Flower Farm, LLC

Fresh cut mixed flower bouquets available at our farm stand, or visit us at the Bridgman Market!

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Lumberjax Urban Axe Throwing

Walk Ins Welcome - Appointments highly recommended
— Urban Axe Throwing —
Parties, groups, couples, leagues, tournaments, and more.
— Jax Smash: Rage Room - Booking Now —

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Peat's Cider Social

Peat's Cider Social offers a one-of-a-kind hard cider drinking experience featuring a newly remodeled taproom and party room. Stop in for the michigan-made hard cider, stay and socialize over the family-friendly bowling and arcade games.

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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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Slackers Family Fun Center

At Slacker's Family Fun Center, we have over 50 games to play in our arcade, bonce houses, Lazy Creek Mining, and a giant laser tag arena! Book your party with us today!

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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

Transforming lives through music in the heart of St. Joseph, Michigan. 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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The Acorn

The Acorn is a rare and remarkable independent performing arts venue presenting high-quality, professional live entertainment year-round. The intimate and eclectic non-profit performance space features Rock, Folk, Americana, Indie, Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, open mics, comedy, films and more! Performers of incomparable talent delight audiences in an acoustically rich and unique space. This gem of a theater has earned their reputation as “the one and only Acorn” bringing 150+ high quality events to the region!

As a nonprofit, and Southwest Michigan’s arts and culture hub, The Acorn aims to have nothing less than a profound impact on the culture, education and quality of life in their community and beyond.

Artistry, Up Close

There is magic and enjoyment for everyone who walks through The Acorn doors. From icons like Jeff Tweedy, Judy Collins and Mavis Staples to emerging artists like Abbie Thomas to the Singer-Songwriter competition to Open Mic Nights to community programs, The Acorn is truly the one and only performing arts center you will find in this corner of Michigan. 

An Experience to Outlast Any Performance

No two Acorn performances are exactly the same. Thoughtful curation brings a diverse mix of top talent to The Acorn, exposing audiences to both renowned and soon-to-be-discovered stars.

The Acorn’s Mission

To offer a broad range of high-quality arts and education programming that nurtures cultural experience, participation and community engagement among residents and visitors of all ages and enhances the economic vitality of the region.

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Getting There and Local Restaurants

The Acorn is located at 107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks, Michigan. We are approximately a half hour from St. Joseph, 40 minutes from South Bend and 90 minutes from downtown Chicago. Three Oaks offers several charming local establishments to have a bite to eat before your show - Froehlich's, Journeyman's Staymaker Restaurant, Patellie's Pizza and Tom Cat Tavern to name a few. 

FAQs

Do you have a bar?

The Acorn has a full bar with an exciting array of cocktails, an extensive beer list plus traditional bar snacks.

Where can we get a drink or meal before or after a show? Where can we stay and what can we do when we are in the Three Oaks area?

A truly one-of-a-kind accommodations experience awaits you right above The Acorn theater at The Loft! Rent our spacious, industrial-chic apartment above The Acorn theater and enjoy sound from the performance below! Click here for information and booking.

Is The Acorn available for other private events?

We can sometime accommodate private rentals for events/parties. Please email jesse@acornlive.org for more information.

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The Culinary Cottage

The Culinary Cottage provides fun hands on cooking classes, dinner parties, themed classes, kids & teen tuition based classes.  Located inside The Market at 301 Main. A unique collection of food & beverage venues, under one roof!

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The GhostLight Theatre

The GhostLight Theatre is a new theatre performance venue, opening in 2019 in the Benton Harbor Arts District We seek to illuminate the arts and culture of the area. The GhostLight Theatre creates 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 Little Things Play Cafe

The Little Things Play Cafe is an indoor playground geared toward 0-6 year olds, combined with a full coffee bar, snacks and comfortable seating for adults to sit back and relax while their children play in an open, clean, Montessori-inspired play space.

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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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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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