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Saturday, 22 September 2018 (All day)

 

HARVEST FUN ABOUNDS SEPT. 22 IN ST. JOSEPH, MICH.

Fall Fest, Roots & Brews and Public Art Auction Top Weekend Activities

 

Everyone’s favorite fall activities are coming together Sept. 22 in downtown St. Joseph, Mich. The weekend planned by St. Joseph Today includes a Fall Fest, Roots & Brews, and the City of St. Joseph’s Public Art Auction of its knights, dragons, and castle sculptures. There is so much autumn fun planned in this Lake Michigan resort community visitors will want to spend the night so they won’t miss any of the sunrise-to-sunset entertainment.

 

 

Featured Weekend Event:

 

Roots & Brews: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 22
St. Joseph Today invites everyone 21 years and older to celebrate fall in Southwest Michigan at this new premier tasting event. This event features regional craft brews, wines, cider, local cuisine, live music and front row views of the sunset. Admission is $35 and includes a tasting cup, 12 tokens, and live music. Music will be provided by Niles, MI based band Elephant Rescue who will feature their New Orleans Swamp Funk and headliner Arizona based band Jared & The Mill who will showcase their Western Indie Rock.

 

Featured breweries include B. Nektar, Founders Brewing Co., The Livery Microbrewery, North Pier Brewery, Peat’s Cider, Round Barn Brewery, Silver Harbor Brewing, Sister Lakes Brewing Co., Tapistry Brewing, Three Blondes Brewing and Watermark Brewing. Featured wineries include 12 Corners Winery, Lazy Ballerina Winery, Lake Michigan Vintners, and White Pine Winery. Food will be available for additional purchase from two local food trucks, Nosh Village and PotLuck. Tickets are on sale now, for more information visit stjoetoday.com/rootsbrews.
Sponsored by Vail Rubber and the Paul & Rose Suchovsky Charitable Trust.

 

 

Additional Weekend Activities include:

 

Sidewalk Sales: 10am-6pm on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22

Enjoy Sidewalk Sales in downtown St. Joseph from 10am-6pm on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.

 

Fall Fest: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 22

The Critter Barn brings rural living to the city featuring goats, rabbits, ducks and more animals from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lake Bluff Park. Families can gather up just-harvested fruits and vegetables, locally raised meats, cider and fall decorations at the downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along Lake Bluff Park. Story Time on the Bluff with Forever Books will also be along the bluff along with other activities including a face painter and balloon twisters from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by MedExpress Urgent Care.

 

City of St. Joseph Live Public Art Auction: 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 22

Since mid-May, the City of St. Joseph has displayed The Magical Kingdom of St. Joseph featuring sculptures painted by regional artists. Bid on your favorite brave knight, dragon or castle during the Public Art Auction.Returning this year for bidders who are unable to attend the live event to participate is a silent auction. To participate, bidders are asked to submit their contact information, the name of the art piece and the bid amount tosmccallum@sjcity.comor awright@sjcity.com. The Silent Auction will end at 11:59 p.m. September 21st. To snag a sculpture instantly, be the first to email an offer of $2,000 for the art you want to smccallum@sjcity.comby 11:59 p.m. September 21st. Include the name of the sculpture which can be found online at stjosephpublicart.com. A live auction will be held on Sept. 22 at the Roots & Brews grounds (corner of Lake Blvd. and Pleasant St.) at 2:30 p.m. Professional auctioneer Jerry Glassman will manage the auction for these original works. Registration for paddle numbers runs from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact: Greg Grothous, ggrothous@sjcity.com269.983.5541.

 

The Great Pumpkin Festival:10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.on Saturday, September 22

Presented by the Benton Harbor Sunshine Rotary. This fun-filled event includes pumpkin carving and decorating contests and culminates with the Great Pumpkin Race at 1:45 p.m. Participants will cheer on a flotilla of mini numbered pumpkins dropped in a pool on site. The first five pumpkins to cross the finish line will win $1,000, $300, $200, $100 and $50. A $10 entry fee will benefit Benton Harbor youth programs. All tickets will be sold by 1:45 p.m. and entrants do not need to be present to win.

 

For a full weekend of autumn fun, join us on Friday, September 21 for the Sixth Annual Great Bed Race. Onlookers can cheer teams as they race bed frames to the finish line. This fundraiser benefits Benton Harbor Sunrise Rotary youth programs and the Slumberland Furniture 40 Winks Foundation that provides mattresses and beds to children who need them.

 

St. Joseph Today is a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization dedicated to developing and promoting events and businesses in St. Joseph, Mich. and its surrounding communities. For more information about Fall Fest, Roots & Brews or upcoming events, visit stjoetoday.com, facebook.com/stjoetoday, the Welcome Center or call 269-985-1111.

Saturday, 20 October 2018 - 4:00pm

Live original music, food, local artisans, craft beers and Michigan wines take center stage at Indie Fest at The Mendel Center

 

The Mendel Center delivers a new take on the local music festival scene by bringing the party indoors and keeping the vibe alive well into the fall. Indie Fest 18 celebrates fresh original music, mouth-watering culinary variety from some of the area’s favorite food trucks, craft beers, Michigan wines, and local artisans when it takes over The Mendel Center on Saturday, October 20, from 4 – 10 pm.

 

The six-hour indoor festival is anchored by three, nationally touring headline bands performing on the Mainstage – Switchback, The Accidentals, and The Hunts – each known for smart songwriting, inspired musicianship, and energetic stage performances. Throughout the event, attendees can enjoy food from area food trucks parked outside The Mendel Center and pair it with an inviting selection of Michigan craft beers and wines available in the lobbies surrounding the Mainstage. Also featured in the lobbies will be a selection of creations on display and for sale from up to 20 local artists.

 

“As we planned the Mainstage season and looked ahead to the shorter, cooler days of fall, it made sense to bring all the sounds, tastes, and sights of the festival scene indoors within the comfortable confines of the largest performing arts and event center in the region. With that, Indie Fest 18 was created,” stated Mike Nadolski, executive director of The Mendel Center.

 

Nadolski explained that The Mendel Center decided to use this opportunity to reimagine and combine the best elements of the former Art of Beer and Winter Delights festivals the venue has hosted.

 

“The Mainstage provides the right environment to showcase the incredible entertainment we’ve lined up. Adding food, beverages, and artists’ creations to that creates a full sensory experience,” Nadolski added.

 

Unlike other Mainstage season events, Indie Fest is general admission seating.

“The general admission ticket price of $25 gives festival goers the freedom of staying for any portion of the six-hour event or soaking in every minute of the experience,” stated Nadolski.

 

The music schedule includes:

 

Switchback – 4 pm

There is a point in certain musicians’ careers where their music begins to be recognized for its influence on others and becomes the standard to build upon. The duo Switchback has become such a standard with critical recognition of their contribution to Celtic and Americana music, as well as their overall success as consummate entertainers.

 

With three PBS specials, music on NBC, and appearances with the Moody Blues, Jethro Burns, Clifton Chenier, John Hartford, Leon Russell, Dale Watson, the Chieftains, Liz Carol, Martin Hayes, and many others, Switchback has earned a place among musical legends. That said, it is perhaps the continuing mission of playing music for those who need it most, in prisons, special need homes, schools, juvenile detention centers, and nursing facilities that set them apart from their peers. As the creator of the National Poetry Slam and author Marc Smith said, “Switchback hits an everybody note.”

 

American Songwriter Magazine(along with Americana icon Steve Earle) praised Switchback as one of the seminal groups to blend American roots and traditional Celtic styles. Switchback’s hybrid has an energy and joyous abandon that Matt Malloy of The Chieftains proclaimed “powerful!”

 

In his review of their music, Ron Pen, professor and Director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music’s (division of musicology and ethnomusicology at the University of Kentucky) says Switchback is “more than Americana-it is America itself.”

 

The Accidentals – 6 pm

With Odyssey, their Sony Masterworks debut album, The Accidentals affirm their place among contemporary music’s most original and adventurous new bands. Multi-instrumentalists Sav Buist and Katie Larson, joined on stage and in the studio by drummer Michael Dause, have crafted a genre all their own, fueled by their uniquely limitless approach to musicality and songcraft.

 

Named among Yahoo Music’s “Top 10 Band to Watch in 2017,” The Accidentals’ adventure began in their hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, when Larson, a sophomore cellist, and Buist, a junior violinist, were paired for a high school orchestra event. They became fast friends and before long, bandmates. Having both grown up in musical families, their shared influences bounded between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure.

 

The Accidentals recorded and released a pair of independent albums in 2012 and 2013, the latter funded by a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. The original songs revealed a band with wide-ranging influences but always true to their orchestral roots. The past five years have seen The Accidentals perform over a thousand live shows, including headline dates, festival sets, and shared stages along with such like-minded acts as Martin Sexton, Brandi Carlile, Andrew Bird, The Wailers, Joan Baez, and others. 2015 saw the band embark on their first, full-scale national tour. That year’s SXSW debut saw them hailed by Billboard for “displaying a genre-hopping range of influences and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops.”

 

The Hunts – 8 pm

The Hunts are an indie-alternative-folk band comprised of seven brothers and sisters. Born and raised in the south land of Chesapeake, Virginia, the siblings grew up in a musical home and fell in love with composing their own music. Josh (guitar, lead vocals), Jenni (violin, lead vocals), Jonathan (keys, vocals), Jordan (drums, vocals), Justin (bass, vocals), Jamison (mandolin, vocals), and Jessi (viola, banjo, vocals) pour their blood, sweat, and tears into every song and strive to write music that moves hearts with beauty, power, and joy.

 

The Hunts have opened for world-renown bands such as The Fray, X-Ambassadors, Judah and the Lion, and OAR. They have appeared at world-class music festivals and stages including Austin City Limits, Red Rocks, Firefly, and Summerfest. Their music has been used for national TV shows and commercials and has over 13.5 million streams on Spotify. The band’s most recent record, Darlin’ Oh Darlin’, was recorded and mixed by Peter Katis (The National, Jonsi, Interpool, Head and the Heart, and more).

 

Between performances, local musicians will perform in the lobbies as festival goers enjoy food, drink, and artists’ displays. Information about featured food trucks, beers, wines, and artists will be posted on The Mendel Center website and Facebook page as they are confirmed.

 

Tickets for Indie Fest are on sale at www.TheMendelCenter.com, through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in the Grand Upton Hall lobby of The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor.

 

Indie Fest 18 is sponsored by swmichigan.org, 98.3 The Coast, and The Livery.

 

About The Mendel Center Mainstage
The Mendel Center raised the curtain on its first Mainstage season performance in the fall of 1992. Since that time, it has presented Mainstage season performances to more than half a million attendees. This is in addition to the scores of performing arts, national and international speakers, ceremonies, and community events hosted by other groups and organizations on the Mainstage. The 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Amenities include free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of services including catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, child booster seats, assistive listening devices, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and premium seats in the Stage Side section.

 

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 7:30pm

Event:              The Drifters, Cornell Gunters’s Coasters, and The Platters

When:              Thursday, October 25, 2018, 7:30 pm

Where:             The Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College

Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

Tickets:            $59 | $49 | $39

 

 

 

The Drifters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, and The Platters

coming to The Mendel Center October 25

Live in concert! “The longest running music show in Las Vegas history.”

Tickets on sale Friday, May 4, 10 a.m.

 

Three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends will be on the same stage, for one night only when The Drifters, Cornell Gunter's Coasters, and The Platters come to The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College on October 25 at 7:30 pm.

 

With more than 94 charted records and 45 top 10 hits combined, you’ll hear favorites like “Under The Boardwalk,” “Stand By Me,” “On Broadway,” “This Magic Moment,” “Up On The Roof,” “Save The Last Dance for Me,” “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown,” “Poison Ivy,” “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “Magic Touch,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” and many more.

 

Tickets for this special engagement go on sale to the public this Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. at www.TheMendelCenter.com, and through The Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm.

 

About the Drifters

The history of rhythm and blues is filled with vocal groups whose names -- the Orioles, the Cadillacs, the Crows, the Flamingos, the Moonglows, the Coasters, the Penguins -- are held in reverence by fanatics and devotees. The Drifters are part of an even more exclusive fraternity, as a group that managed to carve out a place for themselves in the R&B firmament and also define that music, not only at its inception as a national chart phenomenon in the early '50s, but also in the decade that followed. Their place in history is as complex as their role in it, by virtue of the fact that there are two distinct phases to their music and the continuity of their membership, and their extraordinary longevity -- only the Platters could claim as great a span of years as an active recording unit.

 

About the Coasters

The Coasters were one of the few artists in rock history to successfully straddle the line between music and comedy. Their undeniably funny lyrics and on-stage antics might have suggested a simple troupe of clowns, but Coasters records were no mere novelties -- their material, supplied by the legendary team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, was too witty, their arrangements too well-crafted, and the group itself too musically proficient. That engaging and infectious combination made them one of the most popular early R&B/rock & roll acts, as well as one of the most consistently entertaining doo wop/vocal groups of all time.

 

About the Platters

With classics such as "The Great Pretender," "Only You," and their rendition of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," the Platters were one of the preeminent doo-wop groups of the rock & roll era. Under the guidance of manager and producer Buck Ram, the Platters churned out hit after hit during the 1950s, bridging the gap between more traditional vocal-group stylings and the popular R&B grooves of the early '50s. Their sound was unique, marked by lead singer Tony Williams' powerful vocals and the feminine touch of singer Zola Taylor.

 

 

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About The Mendel Center Mainstage
The 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Amenities include free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of special services including valet parking, catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, booster seats for children, assistive listening devices, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and premium seats in the Stage Side section.

 

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 - 11:00am

Event:               Bright Star Touring Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland

When:               Saturday, October 27, 2018, 11 am

Where:              The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, Hanson Theatre

2755 E Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI

Mendel Center Box Office, (269) 927-8700, option 1, or www.TheMendelCenter.com

Tickets:             $7 adults, $5 children

 

National touring production of Alice in Wonderland to open the 2018-19 Hanson Theatre Living Room Series

 

Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, North Carolina, will open the fifth season of the Hanson Theatre Living Room Series hosted by The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College. The performance of their acclaimed show Alice in Wonderland is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 11 am.

 

The Lewis Carroll literary classic is magically brought to life in this 45-minute adventure. Join Alice on her journey into the rabbit hole packed with some eccentric and fantastical character who take you on an imaginative ride. Since 1865 this literary classic has been a favorite among young readers. Join the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and Alice on this adventure in Wonderland.

 

Audience members are invited to dressed up in their favorite costume for Halloween fun after the show.

This performance is great for children in grades K – 5 and their families.

 

The Hanson Theatre Living Room Series is sponsored by the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council.

 

About Bright Star Touring Theatre

Each year, Bright Star Touring Theatre serves nearly 1,400 audiences in schools, theaters, libraries, museums, and more across the country. They offer a wide variety of curriculum-based programs ranging from The Lady of Bullyburg to Heroes of the Underground Railroad. The company has gained international support, accepting an invitation from the U.S. Embassy to visit Moscow, Russia, with their programs. Bright Star is committed to providing professional theatre to audiences at an affordable and all-inclusive rate. Information about all their interactive shows, including production videos, photos, study guides, and more is available at www.brightstartheatre.com.  

 

About the Hanson Theatre Living Room Series

The Hanson Theatre Living Room Series is a live performance experience in the intimate setting of the 250-seat Hanson Theatre inside The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College. The venue is designed for maximum viewing and listening pleasure and provides audiences with the opportunity to connect more closely with the performers and the performances.

 

 

Tickets for Alice in Wonderland are on sale at www.TheMendelCenter.com, through The Mendel Center box office at (269) 927-8700, option 1, and in person weekdays from 10 am to 6 pm at the box office located in The Mendel Center, 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor.

 

 

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The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

 

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