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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, April 3, 2014

2014-04-02T00:00:00Z 2014-04-03T12:14:10Z Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, April 3, 2014By Pat Colander nwitimes.com
April 02, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The Round Barn in Baroda is one of 50 “Michigan Companies to Watch,” Michigan City's SSAA throws a banquet tomorrow and enthusiastic tree planters, with work gloves and spade shovels, are needed at Meadowlark in Valpo next weekend for a “reforestation.”

The Moerschs Rejoice in Baroda: The Round Barn Winery, Distillery & Brewery has been recognized as one of the 2014 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. (The ceremony is set for the organization’s event May 6th in East Lansing.) The center of the winery and distillery---and Round Barn was one of the first in the state to add hand-crafted spirits ---is a turn-of-the-century Amish round barn originally built in 1881. The white stone edifice now contains a microbrewery in addition to the winery and distillery. The Round Barn Winery is part of the Lake Michigan Shore AVA (American Viticultural Area) where the lake effect climate parallels the same micro-climate as the Alsace and Burgundy regions of France. Christian Moersch, Brew Master, describes his micro-brews as “session style and easy to drink” with 20 varieties available including Indecision Ale, Oronoko Cocoa Stout, and Kölsch Style. The Round Barn also produces bourbon, rum and vodka under the DiVine Spirits label.

Get Dirty for Arbor Day Planting With Free Lunch: In Honor of Arbor Day later this month, the Shirley Heinze Land Trust will host a volunteer tree-planting next Saturday April 12, from 10am to 3pm at Meadowbrook Conservation Center and Nature Preserve in Valparaiso. This 74-acre preserve has had a diverse land use history. For the first half of the 20th Century, the site was a farm called Triple Creek. In the early 1960s the property was sold to the Drifting Dunes Girl Scout Council and remained a scout camp until 2011. Portions of the site were planted with trees by the girl scouts and some areas have naturally reforested but there are old agricultural fields still in need of reforestation. Staff and volunteers will be planting a wide variety of tree species and installing protective tubes so participants are asked to bring work gloves and spade shovels if possible. Lunch will be provided. Volunteers are requested to RSVP and note any dietary restrictions. To RSVP, or for questions you can email jerdelac@heinzetrust.org or call the office at (219) 242-8558.

Try This Feast of Food Art Starting Friday Night: Opening reception for Southern Shore Art Association show, part of First Friday in Michigan City. “Banquet” exhibition features the work of 27 artists meditating on food and its trappings. As the artists’ association describes the scene: “ Looking down the gallery hall, along 50 feet of tables, you’ll appreciate eclectic table settings of wood, ceramic, alabaster, pewter, glass and textile. Thanks go to Franklin Street's Dove's Tale, Revive Consignment and Hoity Toity Fun Funky Furniture for the tables. On the tables you’ll see a display of bowls, goblets, teapots, wine caddies, plates, cups and more, befitting a culinary celebration. Even 'food' created in glass. Embellishing the tables will be woven runners and painting, photography or fiber art placemat-napkin sets. Footing the table line will be large photos, one a baker in his dusty 'uniform.'” Party starts at 5pm Friday and will end around 8pm, though the work will be on display until the end of the month. The SSAA Gallery is open on weekends from noon Friday until Sunday at 5.

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