July is in Full Swing with Talks and Classes for Children

July 7, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Brown Bag Botany

The Bailey Museum has a great talk for gardeners.  The third talk in our summer Brown Bag Botany series will be on Wednesday, July 12 at noon featuring Dane Terrill who will discuss worm composting or ‘Vermiculture.’  He will discuss the process of using worms to improve composting and turn it into nutrient-rich material to promote healthy gardens and rebuild soil.

Admission is free and everyone is encouraged to bring a lunch and sit at the picnic tables under the Walnut Tree behind the museum.

Outdoor Explorers

Every Thursday from July 13 to August 10 a new topic will be explored. Class time is 10 to noon and will include a light snack. Price is only $10 for each session per student and is for children ages 6-11.  The classes will be outside, unless the weather is rainy.  Each session is limited to only 15 children so register soon.

There are five topics:

July 13    Bees….Native bees, honey bees and the honey bee game!

July 20    Composting…Meet the critters that make soil great and make a mini composter to take home!

July 27    Amazing Arthropods…They live in the deepest part of the ocean to the highest mountain peaks…beautiful butterflies to creepy spiders come hunt for examples at the museum!

August 3     Geocaching in the Backwoods….Catch the latest craze in our backwoods…find treasures or study science with a GPS!

August 10    Fossils… Get up close and personal with bones in rocks!

Outdoor Explorers registration form


These activities are supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Children’s educational programs are supported by the South Haven Garden Club.

Contact the museum for more information at 269-637-3251 or info@libertyhydebailey.org.

Class sign-ups and Brown Bag talk with Melody Williamson

June 16, 2017 at 3:06 pm

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.

Come hear the smooth tones of Pete Wehle, June 10

June 8, 2017 at 3:10 pm

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.

Opening June 2 Bailey’s Backyard

June 1, 2017 at 3:59 pm

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 info@libertyhydebailey.org or by calling 269-637-3251.

Sign-up now for Bailey’s Budding Naturalists

May 2, 2017 at 11:51 am

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.

Email:  info@libertyhydebailey.org

903 South Bailey Avenue, P.O. Box 626, South Haven, MI 49090


We have exciting things planned for Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.

April 5, 2017 at 2:02 pm

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!

Night for Museums March 2

March 2, 2017 at 11:26 am

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 Special Holiday Store continues this weekend

November 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm

The Art and Antique Store continues with many items to stuff stockings, fill boxes or just add to

20161110_14342620161110_14361120161110_143147 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.


It is almost here…the third annual Art & Antiques holiday store

November 10, 2016 at 3:20 pm

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.20161110_14374020161110_14371120161110_14362920161110_14345420161110_14314720161110_14342620161110_14321620161110_143124