Memorial Day is fraught with important meaning but also crammed with fun in St. Joe; at the Acorn in Three Oaks and a couple of party art openings at IUN and Red Arrow galleries.
Michigan Here I Come: Just on the brink of the holiday weekend I always end up in Michigan. (This is not really a coincidence.) On Friday I'm headed to St. Joe and the Bistro on the Boulevard --- the weather is scheduled to be sunny and in the 60s --- and I will stop at Ken Kosinski's Buck Burgers & Brew in a renewed 1878 building that has 74 beers on tap, 60 of them locally brewed. (But brew fans already know about what a great destination St. Joseph-Benton Harbor is, they've been going to The Livery on the other side of the river since 2006.) This part of the world was traditionally a tourist destination, as Former Whirlpool CEO and driving force behind the Harbor Shores project, Dave Whitwam, tells Jane Ammeson in this month's issue of Shore. “All of us who lived here are aware of the heritage of this area...Now we're turning back to that time,” he says. Harbor Shores already has the golf course, the restaurant clubhouse and the new hotel is being built in the center of the harbor the rings the twin cities. The towns---the main street of downtown St. Joe as well as the Benton Harbor Arts District--- are certainly much busier at the start of the summer in recent years than even five years ago. But there is more to do, see and buy. (Yes, I'm thinking about Harborside Interiors, a store that I cannot go into without finding something irresistible.)
Acorn in Three Oaks is 10 Years Old This Year: On Memorial Day weekend, The Acorn Theater in Three Oaks presents a trio of stars: favorite rock n' roller Cathy Richardson (Friday, May 24); James' brother folk musician Livingston Taylor (Saturday, May 25); and the amazing Rickie Lee Jones, Up-Close and Personal (Sunday, May 26). And by the way, Free Anniversary Cake each night for your enjoyment in the newly built front lounge at the theater.
A Student Show at the IUN Savannah Center Opens Tonight: At the IU Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art at 5 p.m. there is going to be an “All Student Art Show” featuring interesting work submitted by non-art majors as well as the expected group of young artists whose work is worth taking a look at if you have the chance. Student art sometimes gets a bad rap, but I've learned through the artists who participate at South Shore Arts Association as well as the emerging designers who've shown their work at Fashion on the Shore these last two years, that student shows exhibit truly fascinating innovative and original work. And if you get good at it, you can spot a winner and then try to follow along as the artist grows (or sometimes gives up).
From the Shore Inbox: Red Arrow Gallery serves handmade Limoncellos along with new work this weekend. The invitation says, “ Join us for 'A Touch of Tuscany' on Saturday, May 25th from 5 to 8 pm.” Meet the artists and enjoy Roy's Limoncellos along with an array of Tuscan treats and music in the garden! View Roy's newest metal sculptures and Sue's unique glass garden creations as well as her beautiful jewelry.