Have a good one at the Round Barn in Baroda, the Heritage in St. Joe and Miller Beach where the options include a the Garden Club's official Secret Gardens Tour, gourmet groceries but, alas, no brewery....yet.
Thursday Fourth of July Causes Bold Decision-Making: The Miller Garden Club's annual housewalk officially know as the 14th Annual Secret Gardens Tour is not for the faint of heart. When these tourmasters say rain or shine they aren't kidding. This year the tour has been scheduled on top of the most popular holiday weekend in Miller Beach. Everybody in the Miller neighborhood has parties and fireworks. Fourth of July is the one weekend when the beach is actually crowded.There are whole families who anchor boats, put up big tents and build bonfires at night for only one weekend every single year, for decades and this is it.
The annual visitors will be happy to know they have an additional option this Saturday and Sunday. The garden tour begins at the Aquatorium in Marquette Park at 10 am and ends at 3 pm. There is a bike version of the tour which starts at 10:30 am. Shuttle service to the gardens will also be going until 2 pm. If you have questions contact Ayers Realty, Lake Street Gallery on Lake or ask around Marquette Perk or ask around Miller Beach Market Place --- you'll really love their custom picnics --- over on Shelby Street. Tickets to the garden walk are $10. Miller Beach is livelier than ever this year with the re-opened Miller Bakery Cafe, the gourmet grocery store, the dredged and landscaped lagoon and lakefront and a brand new kid's playground steps away from the Aquatorium. In the interest of full disclosure I have been a full-time Miller resident for almost 14 years and a lot of this excitement is brand new. We have had some dull years, this is not one of them. Caution, Drew Fox's 18th Street Brewery is not yet ready but reliable sources say craft beer is on the way in a couple of months.
Celebrate the Holiday in Michigan Wine Country: The first stop on the roster is the Round Barn Brewery & Public House, 9151 First St. In Baroda open Saturday and Sunday from 1-7 pm. The Cafe will be open along with kids activities and live music by Everyday People, Mr. Blotto, Top Secret and Alligator Blackbird. Free parking and admission.
St. Joe Heritage Museum Indoor Gardening Event July 5th: At 5pm architect Stephen Byrns and educator and conservationist Sarah duPont will showcase their work which spans from the gardens of Yonkers, New York to the remote jungle of the Amazon rainforests. Their films, "The Forgotten Garden" and "Amazon Gold," will be screened.The Forgotten Garden" is a brief film which documents Byrns's mission to uncover and restore the greatest Persian-style gardens in the western hemisphere, Untermyer Gardens. The 43-acre historical gardens are located in Yonkers, New York.