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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014-05-28T02:00:00Z Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, May 29, 2014By Pat Colander nwitimes.com
May 28, 2014 2:00 am  • 

James Neary release party Friday night at Acorn in Three Oaks followed by an adult prom with dancing Saturday and get ready for the Heartland Alliance Tour next weekend including the Johos’ Spring Water Farm.

James Neary CD Release Concert and Party plus Adult Prom: At the Acorn in Three Oaks they’ll be celebrating the James’ first professionally recorded CD on Friday, May 30th beginning at 8 pm (ET). Admission to the concert is $5 and there will be a reception for the vocal artist afterwards. James has a powerful and unique voice so if you are not yet acquainted with his music, this may be a good chance.

Then on Saturday a good, old-fashioned dance party --- these are getting to be the kind I like best. If you have forgotten how much you can perspire on the dance floor, this could be your trip. Hit music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s is the soundtrack; cocktails and appetizers will be served in the lounge at 7 pm (ET) prior to the partying and dancing in the great hall theater. Retro-formal attire is encouraged and the event is free, so you can spend a lot of money on consignment clothes.

The Johos Get Ready for the Heartland Alliance Tour: The most famous home and garden tour of all is coming up next weekend on June 7th at 10 am (ET) in Harbor Country. One of the houses in the lineup this year belongs to Cynthia and (Chef) Jean Joho. I was lucky enough to keep a quick preview of the beautifully designed and exquisitely decorated home this week in the company of famed photographer Richard Hellyer. The day-long event always includes the most splendid houses and gardens and this year, lunch at the Chikaming Country Club in Lakeside. Tickets are $125 advance and $140 the day of event.

And it is for a great cause, the work of Heartland Alliance “and its supportive and affordable housing programs that move individuals from harm to hope and into homes.” This never fails to be one of the most amazing days in Harbor Country each summer and includes lunch at the Chikaming Country Club in Lakeside. Tickets: $125 advance, $140 day of event.

This spring tradition benefits the work of Heartland Alliance and its supportive and affordable housing programs that move individuals from harm to hope and into homes. Learn more at www.homeandgardentour.com

Harbor Market on Main in Benton Harbor: The third season for this fabulous and fun festival in the arts district is scheduled for 10 am- 3pm on Friday, June 6th. Forty of the 150 vendor artisans, farmers and other vendors will be there to feature “A Taste of Southwest Michigan” with fresh local produce, specialty foods and lunch! And that’s just for the kickoff. The Harbor Market is open every Friday all summer long. There is no-fee for the outdoor showcase just a show of support for the mission of helping local area businesses grow and succeed.

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