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Light on the bluff in Saint Joseph, Michigan.I love the winter in Southwestern Michigan.  Yes, it can be quite cold, but it is also exceptionally beautiful.  I possibly spend more time outside enjoying walks and taking photos in the winter than I do during the hot summer months.  

In fact, my love of the cold is partially to blame for me having not written a blog post in a while; I have just been spending too much time outside.

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"And You, Seas" by Richard HuntWith a sculpture collection extending along the west coast of Berrien County, you have probably visited the Krasl Art Center's collection without even knowing it.

When I moved to Southwestern Michigan several years ago, it was to take a job at the Krasl Art Center.   One of the features that captured my interest in the organization was the fact that its permanent collection was mostly outdoors and distributed throughout a variety of communities. 

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The Heritage Museum and Cultural CenterFor the next couple of posts, I will be writing about museums in Southwestern Michigan.
 
The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in Saint Joseph, Michigan is a unique gem in the community.  Museum exhibits, library, archive, gorgeous banquet facilities, and fascinating public programs and events provide various ways for guests to experience the organization.

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North Berrien Historical MuseumI have a nostalgia for the past that seems to peak in the Fall and Winter, and as a result, I find myself drawn to the North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma.

The simple and unpretentious displays of artifacts tell the story of North Berrien Country in a direct and easy to understand way.  Exhibits located in the main building cover thousands of years of history, and focus on Native Americans, rural life, schools, community business and resorts. 

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Sat. July 13th - 10am to 6pm & Sun. July 14th - 10am to 5pmKrasl Art Fair on the Bluff in Saint Joseph, Michigan

Admission: Free

One of the highlights of summer in St. Joseph, Michigan is the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff. Taking place annually on the second weekend in July, it is a cannot-miss for visitors and locals alike.

The art fair is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top art fairs by both visitors and artists.  There are several very good reasons for this: a jurying process for selecting artists based on the quality of art, hundreds of volunteers, gorgeous location, a city that loves to entertain, and Sara Shambarger, the dedicated and enthusiastic director of the art fair.

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