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As you look at the calendar and realize it's the middle of August, you may be wondering how you can I make the most of these last weeks of summer. Here are eight great southwest Michigan activities to do before the autumn leaves begin to fall.

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Car shows are a summer staple in Michigan. But this Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., something very special is happening when the Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 10th anniversary in downtown St. Joseph.

This isn’t your usual car show. This highly regarded invitational show will feature 94 of the most beautiful, interesting, and rare automobiles brought together from around Michigan and the Midwest to the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.

produceFruits and vegetables are at their delicious best right now in southwest Michigan! According to Allissa McManus who, with her husband George, owns and operates Piggot’s Farm Market and Bakery on Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor, summertime favorites are quickly coming into season as you can see in the photos of the beautiful produce from their market.

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.

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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