The Bailey Museum is putting some education in your summer with talks under the walnut tree and a series of classes for children.
Brown Bag Botany talk on Weeds
The museum is presenting the second talk in our summer Brown Bag Botany series with Melody Williamson who will discuss weeds and how to manage them on Wednesday, June 28 at noon in back of The Bailey Museum. Admission is free and everyone is encouraged to bring a lunch and sit at picnic tables while listening to Williamson. Williamson is an avid gardener and has presented at the South Haven Senior Center.
Outdoor Explorers classes begin July 13
The Bailey Museum is presenting a series of five classes for children 6-11. The Outdoor Explorers is an exciting set of experiences in nature. See the Registration form for more information: Registration Form for Outdoor Explorers.
On Saturday, June 10, Pete Wehle is donating his considerable talents for a Benefit Concert at The Bailey Museum. Starting at 7:00, under the walnut tree behind the museum, Pete will perform a variety of songs by Frank Sinatra. Admission for the concert is a free-will donation and there will be some cool drinks and food.
He will perform for about an hour and a half, filling the air with his deep, smooth voice bringing the audience back to the time of the Rat Pack and the hey days of ole Blue Eyes.
Wehle will be selling his new CD, Pete Sings Sinatra, also to benefit the museum.
Please join us for this informal performance. Bring friends and help raise some money for the programs of The Bailey Museum.
The Bailey Museum is opening a new exhibition that is hands-on and family oriented. Bailey’s Backyard: a pathway into the natural world draws on the children’s book Nature All Year Long by artist Clare Walker Leslie.
This new show begins June 3 at 2:00 and will run through September 23 and is free of charge.
Museum director, Michael Fiedorowicz said, “This exhibition is a new direction for the museum, it is the first time we have created a hands-on show for children. Anne Long, who curated the show, has employed her teaching skills to make an engaging experience.”
Bailey’s Backyard will include the story of the seasonal cycle of animals and plants. Each colorful picture panel will depict the ways animals stay warm over winter, what plants bloom in spring, and how the cycle repeats.
Visitors to the show will find tables with activities for kids including a leaf and bark rubbing station, a slice of a tree to study age rings, floor puzzles, a sand table to make animal tracks, an opportunity to make a terrarium, a bird’s nest, and pencils and paper for bookmaking or journaling.
Copies of Clare Walker Leslie’s book, Nature All Year Long, will be on sale at the museum.
This program is made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and The National Endowment for the Arts.
The Bailey Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m until 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information please contact The Bailey Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 269-637-3251.
The Bailey’s Budding Naturalists is a great experience for students Ages six through eleven. The workshop is scheduled for June 19 through the 23rd. The session will begin at 9:00 and run until 11:45.
Participants will learn about plants from root to blossom! They will study the life cycle of seeds, effects of sunlight, animals, nature-inspired art and Liberty Hyde Bailey, Jr. Each participant will get a t-shirt on the first day of the camp. Each day a healthy snack will be provided. There will be three lessons daily: directed by Sarrett Nature Center and by Bailey naturalists.
It is designed for children in groups by ages 6 & 7, 8 & 9 and 10 & 11.
Students must register and pay in advance! The Registration Form is below.
Each age group is limited to only 10 participants.
Bailey’s Budding Naturalists is made possible with a generous gift from the South Haven Garden Club.
903 South Bailey Avenue, P.O. Box 626, South Haven, MI 49090
The Bailey Museum is kicking off spring with a celebration of Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 starting at 10 a.m.
The museum will have several speakers, a picnic and an opportunity for sharing garden books and magazines, bulbs and seeds. Wrapping up the day-long event will be an evening concert with The Bloomquists.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Dr. Fenske will present a talk on native bees. He will discuss their pollination habits and unusual houses. He will share his expertise on setting-up a ‘bee house’ in your yard. Bee houses and materials will be available for purchase.
At 11:00 a.m. Nor Serocki will discuss invasive species and eradicating them from the environment. Serocki is the coordinator for the Michigan Invasive Species Coalition for SW X SW.
After a free picnic lunch, Heather Catania will present a slide show on creating a landscape full of native plants at 1:00 p.m. Catania has converted her yard into a native plant sanctuary. She is a member of The Wild Ones, a native plant advocacy group.
At 3:00 Jim France, Director of the South Haven Memorial Library, will discuss the new Seed Library project. France will show participants how they can contribute and support the local project. This is part of a national trend to preserve seeds.
On-going during Earth Day, event participants can exchange seeds, exchange/swap garden books or magazines. There will be dozens of magazines or books. Participants can also buy surplus Canna Bulbs from the Bailey gardens. Earth Day events are free to the public and open to all ages. The museum exhibition and gift shop will be open.
Bloomquists in Concert
Finally, at 7:30 p.m. there will be a concert with Michigan folk duo The Bloomquists. Ruth and Max Bloomquist celebrate 40 years of performing their style of Acoustic Americana, with roots in Folk, Bluegrass, and traditional Country music. Ruth is well known for her songwriting as well as her striking alto voice.
The concert is produced by Foundry Hall and advance tickets are $10 and available online at www.brownpapertickets.com or in person at Phoenix Records in South Haven. $15 tickets are available at the door. Foundry Hall members are $10 at the door and kids are free!
Join the friends of The Bailey Museum tonight at the restaurant Taste. Taste is in downtown South Haven at the corner Kalamazoo and Phoenix streets, overlooking the harbor. Dining between 5 and 9 tonight will help raise money for South Haven arts and culture organizations. Part of the proceeds from tonight’s dinner bills will be contributed to museums.
Their menu can be reviewed at www.tastesouthhaven.com. They have a great selection of ‘small plates’ to share at the table and other entrees. They also have a great bar. Enjoy!
Next month, April 6, we’ll be gathering at Su Casa Restaurante.
The Art and Antique Store continues with many items to stuff stockings, fill boxes or just add to
your own collection! We have an interesting collection of Bavarian, French, Japanese and Chinese porcelain. We also have original photos, felt pins and dolls, and holiday cards. We have furniture, decorations and much more, come take a look.
We are getting ready to open this weekend! The museum is transforming into a cozy, holiday store with wonderful crafts and antiques.
We have displays of: felted art pins, gold and glass jewelry, paintings, antique furniture, and beautiful cards.
This is a great opportunity to buy some wonderful handmade gifts for friends and family. See the pictures of some of the items below.
The First Glance Party is Friday starting at 6:00, the sale then continues on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and on November 18 and 19. I hope you will join us.
The Bailey Museum is introducing a new event in conjunction with the third annual Art & Antiques Holiday Store, the First Glance Party to kick-off the sale will be on Friday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m.
The party will include hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a live performance by torch singer, Megan Dooley. Party goers get first crack at the sale of original artwork, crafts, furniture and antiques.
The First Glance Party is a great way to support the museum while soaking up the warm atmosphere of Art & Antiques.
Planning the event are museum trustees Robin Reva and Joan Hiddema. For three years they have been organizing this festive museum benefit.
Art & Antiques sale opens to the general public on November 12 at 9:00 a.m. until 6:00, free of charge. The sale will also be open on November 18 and 19 from 9:00 until 6:00 p.m.
Tickets for the First Glance Party are $20 each, $18 for museum members. Tickets can be purchased by calling the museum at 269-637-3251 or by email email@example.com.
Author, farmer and philosopher Maynard Kaufman will present a talk and tour on Thursday, October 20 at the Railroad Cafe in Bangor at 4:30. A carpool will gather at the museum at 3:30 then travel together to Bangor.
Kaufman will discuss his home, Sunflower, that utilizes the sun and wind for its energy needs and give a tour after. The home is ‘off the grid’ and self sufficient. for more information see michiganlandtrust.org/Sunflower
Maynard Kaufman and Barbara Geisler built Sunflower in 2001 after Kaufman retired from Western Michigan University where he was a professor of Environmental Studies. He and Geisler farmed and have been involved in Green Politics groups as far back as 1987 and were eager to live more independently and in harmony with nature without contributing to global pollution. They also operated an organic farm and taught farming.
Building a house that used renewable sources of energy was a natural step forward for them.
Their home uses solar panels, a wind turbine, a masonry stove and hydronic floor heat. It has electrical storage capacity to manage the flow of power. These and other features will be discussed on the tour.
Participants will travel in a carpool from The Bailey Museum at 3:30 on October 20 to Bangor’s Railroad Café for food, drinks and an informal talk on why they use renewable energy at 4:30. After that we will continue on to Sunflower.
Please sign-up with the museum by Friday, October 14 for this free event. Contact The Bailey Museum, 269-637-3251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.