THIS KUTE KID IS… Gracelyn Reign Hannan at 8 months old. Gracelyn loves to explore and learn new skills every day!!! She is the daughter of loving parents, Willie Hannan and Samantha Hannan of Watervliet. Her great grandparents, Sharon Cooke Howe of Watervliet, and Darlene and David Napier of Sodus think this little girl is the most sweetest and energetic little pistol. They simply adore her!
Arcfest – Beer Release and Music Festival a first for Watervliet brewery, Sat., August 17
Arclight Brewing Company announces first ever Arcfest – Beer Release and Music Festival. The day-long event will take place Saturday, August 17, 2019 beginning at 3:30 p.m. and will feature a limited release of Soursmith Red Raspberry with acclaimed guitarist and songwriter, Ryley Walker headlining. Through a mutual friend Dave Coyle, founder of Arclight Brewing Company, met Michael Kunik, member of Chicago band Dream Version, and learned of his long-time desire to host a music festival in Southwest Michigan. Right then, it became a reality. “Like all good ideas, we decided to do this over some beers. He had the vision and the talent connections, and I had the beer and the space. It was a no-brainer,” said Coyle. The idea for the festival has been a long-held one of Dream Version drummer, Michael Kunik. “I think Southwest Michigan is one of the most awesome places in the world. I’ve always wanted to do something like this here with artists that typically wouldn’t have much opportunity to play this area of Michigan, and Dave has given me a platform to make it happen,” said Kunik. Dream Version released their second full-length studio album in Summer 2017. The album and tour that followed allowed Kunik to build relationships that were key to securing the exciting line-up. He said, “I’ve been lucky enough to meet some extremely talented musicians from across the country over the years. Coupled with guidance and input from some prominent music promoters in Chicago and the backing of Arclight, I am really proud of what we put together in a very short amount of time. My hope is to grow Arcfest every year and provide economic and entertainment opportunities to Watervliet and the surrounding area.” Acts include Ryley Walker, Wild Pink, Dehd, Dream Version, The Baby Magic, and Cowboy Jesus and the Sugar Bums. Kalamazoo’s DJ Dan Steely will provide music in between acts and after the headliner. Following three well received albums, headliner, singer/songwriter Ryley Walker, gained international notoriety with his reinterpretation of an unreleased Dave Matthews Band album, the Lillywhite Sessions. He toured throughout late 2018 and the beginning of 2019 in support of Deafman Glance released on Dead Oceans in May 2018. The Brooklyn band, Wild Pink, received an 8.1 rating for their second studio album Yolk in the Fur on trusted music website Pitchfork. Dehd’s 2019 record Water has also been critically acclaimed and landed them an opening slot for indie-rock darlings Twin Peaks this fall. The line-up will be rounded out with popular Chicago based acts Dream Version, and The Baby Magic. The first band of the day is Cowboy Jesus and the Sugar Bums, a group of Chicago Public Schools students who started the band after meeting at The Old Town School of Folk Music. Coyle said, “Watervliet has been such a great space for Arclight Brewing Company to thrive in. I see this as an opportunity to give back to the community, share it with people that may have never visited here, highlight the fantastic beer we make, and hopefully turn this into a large-scale annual event.” Arclight will be releasing their Soursmith Red Raspberry for the first time in five years for this inaugural Arcfest. Entry to the festival is $12, which comes with an option for ticket holders to reserve the right to purchase one large format bottle per ticket held. There will be a limited number of bottles for sale, so securing tickets in advance is recommended for those interested in this option. This is an all ages welcome event, and kids under 12 do not require a ticket purchase. Tickets and more information are available at Arcfest.net.
Sarett naturalists to appear for book signing at N.B. Historical Museum, Aug. 8
Retired Sarett naturalists Chuck Nelson and Richard Schinkel have had many experiences—some funny, some insightful, and some just plain weird. Their adventures are not limited to Berrien County, with forays to China, Kenya, and the Galapagos Islands in their pocket. The two have co-written and published a book, Nature Nuggets, which contains a variety of stories and anecdotes. The cover of the paperback playfully states that the authors “never let the facts get in the way of a good story.” On Thursday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m., Nelson and Schinkel will appear at the North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave. in Coloma, to tell some of these stories as well as sell and sign copies of the book—cash only. No RSVP is required for this free program. Please contact email@example.com for questions or call the Museum at (269) 468-3330.
Save the dates for FREE VBS!
Vacation Bible School, August 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Fun Fair, August 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Calvary Pentecostal Church, 13 South Haver St. in Hartford. Kids of all ages are welcome for three days of fun, games and food! They will be serving cotton candy during VBS and during the Fun Fair. The whole family is invited on Saturday for the Fun Fair. There will be games to play and they are serving cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn and snow cones. For any further information please contact, Kerri Archie at (269) 254-5929.
Silvique Jewelry sale at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Aug. 15
Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary will sponsor a Silvique Jewelry sale Thursday, August 15 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Community Hospital in Watervliet. The jewelry will sell for 50% off retail price. Items for men, women and children will be offered. All proceeds will benefit Auxiliary projects for Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet.
Agriculture History Day celebrated at N.B. Historical Museum Aug. 17
Do you recall the days when wood produce containers dominated orchards and markets in Berrien County? On Saturday, August 17 the North Berrien Historical Museum will honor the legacy of these containers and the market that was in high demand, the Benton Harbor Fruit Market. From 12 to 4 p.m., guests of all ages will have the opportunity to make their own basket, share memories and have a special guided tour of the machines that made the Benton Harbor Fruit Market possible. Tours of the machinery collection with Sam Monte, of Monte Package Co., will begin at 12 & 2 p.m. For kids, the Harvesting History: Picking and Packing the Fruit Belt will be offered at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. At 2 p.m., 12 preregistered guests ages 12 and up will make their own woven baskets to take home. Please call the Museum to reserve a seat to make a woven basket. North Berrien Historical Museum is located at 300 Coloma Ave. in Coloma. For additional information on this free family fun event contact the Museum at (269) 468-3330 or Info@northberrienhistory.org, or visit www.northberrienhistory.org.
Senior Services Hartford United Methodist Church, 425 E. Main St. OPEN: Mon., Tues., & Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monday, August 5 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Bingo – Cards/ Euchre/ Dominoes – Knitting/ Crochet/ Quilt Group, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Computer with Emma, 1 p.m.; Quilting/ Knitting/ Crochet – Cards/ Euchre/ Hand & Foot, 1:30 p.m. Friday, August 9 CLOSED FOR BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL – Join Senior Services under the Pavilion from 9-Noon! Any questions or comments, please contact Senior Services, Senior City on 76th Street at 269-637-3607 or Senior Services Paw Paw office at 269-655-8000. Rides are available through Van Buren Public Transit with no less than 24-hour advance notice at (269) 427-7921.