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In the heart of the Benton Harbor Art District, you’ll find the Mason Jar Café, where dozens of other people will be engaged in animated conversations between forkfuls of handmade foods. It seemed like only minutes after this breakfast/lunch destination opened four-and-a-half years ago that first-timers’ began insisting, “You have to try this place.”

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In Southwest Michigan, one of the rewards of apple season is fresh-pressed cider. Almost all the markets and pick-your-own farms have coolers filled with half-gallon and gallon jugs of their apple blends.

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Help Us Celebrate 40 Years at The Blueberry Patch!

Mmmm. Plump, juicy blueberries, steamed-in-the-husk sweet corn and mead are some of the best tastes of summer. To celebrate our 40th anniversary, The Blueberry Patch at 7015 Blackwell Dr., Sawyer, is bringing those mouthwatering treats together starting the weekend of July 21 & 22.

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Southwest Michigan is one of the best places to visit during the summer because there are so many ways to relax, play, and get outside. As summer rushes by, you may wonder “what’s the best way to enjoy it before it’s gone?” Here are 10 things to add to your “Last Days of Summer” checklist that you’ll want to experience before the season ends.

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On August 2-5, St. Joseph, Mich., is packing in as much summer family fun as it can! While chalk-wielding artists take center stage, there is plenty of entertainment for all ages in this Lake Michigan resort town. Here are some must-dos:

22nd Annual Chalk the Block
For 22 years, regional artists have been creating beautiful works of art out of chalk pastels using the downtown streets of St. Joseph as their canvas. This year they’ll be mapping out their ideas and transforming them into masterpieces on Broad St. between Lake Blvd. and State St. Artists draw whatever they choose so each piece is unique. You can watch the artists at work starting on Friday evening and view their finished pieces all day Saturday and Sunday. Walking by, you’ll see why this free event is a perennial favorite for thousands of locals and visitors.

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