What's On This Weekend: Sept 27-29

This weekend is shaping up to be all kinds of magical, with unicorns and Ghostbusters, beloved Oz characters and Olaf and his pals all making appearances. There are also animal encounters, s'mores by the firesides, a car petting zoo and an enchanted nature trail, to name a few more. Don't let the gloomy weather stop you from getting out and exploring the wonderful happenings this weekend. Read on for more! FRIDAY Jump on a carnival ride and enjoy parades, entertainment, crafts, a car show and tasty food at the Four Flags Apple Fest in Niles (through Sunday) Watch as the enchanting land of Arendelle springs to life onstage at the Elkhart Civic Theatre during the production of Frozen Jr (throu

Fall Recipe: Deliciously Pink Slow-Cooker Applesauce

With just two ingredients (one of them is water) and three steps, this isn't even really a recipe, but it's definitely worth having in your culinary repertoire. I got the basics from a local mom friend who is a whiz in the kitchen, and she emphasized the use of Jonathan apples. Of course I only had Honeycrisps on hand the first time around, but it wasn't nearly as pretty or sweet as when I made it with the aforementioned Jonathans. Also, I added the slow cooker part because I'm lazy and it's easy. So go ahead and put all those freshly picked apples to good use. You won't regret it. DELICIOUSLY PINK SLOW COOKER APPLESAUCE Makes: about 3-4 cups of applesauce INGREDIENTS 6-8 medium-sized Jonath

Tricks & Treats: The Best Halloween Happenings In SW MI

Hands up if you think Halloween is the best holiday ever. There are the costumes, the zero expectations of gifts or crazy overspending, the whimsical, magical atmosphere, the crisp fall air, the candy. It's truly a bewitching time, made all the better by the fantastic smattering of wild and spooky events to mark the occasion. We've made our way through most of this list over the past four years and have some annual favorites, but there always seem to be new activities worth exploring. Check out the Halloween happenings running through the end of the month and get ready for the candy onslaught. Need costume ideas? Check out our easy DIYs from last year or rainbow of costumes for inspiration.

What's On This Weekend: Sept 20-22

It's a little bit quiet around these parts this weekend, which gives us the perfect opportunity to take it easy and not overplan our days. But for those who want a more lively than laidback atmosphere, you are in luck: There's the Wurstfest in Three Oaks, Fall Fest in St Joe and Apple Fest at Virtue Cider in Fennville all taking place this weekend. Keep reading for the weekend scoop. FRIDAY Head to downtown St Joe for the The Great Bed Race on Friday and face painting, story time and more on Saturday Call for screech owls and listen for bats on a night hike at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve -- just don't forget the DEET SATURDAY Bring the whole family to Three Oaks for the Wur

How Do You Like Them Apples? Your 2019 Local U-Pick Guide

Even though we are in the midst of our Second Summer and it feels like beach weather, apple-picking season has arrived. So maybe trade in that flannel shirt for a sundress and head out to your friendly neighborhood orchard to make some family memories this weekend -- or wait for the temperatures to dip low enough for that crisp fall feeling. We've compiled all the best spots to get your apple picking on across Southwest Michigan. Enjoy! SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN U-PICK APPLE ORCHARDS Shafer Orchards | Baroda Apples: Molly’s Delicious, Golden Supreme, Gala, HoneyCrisp, MacIntosh, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Empire, Bella, Sonata, Snow Sweet, Cameo, Ida Red, Mutsu, Fuji, Rome

What's On This Weekend: Sept 13-15

Well, we blinked and summer ended, but that doesn't mean the fun is all behind us. Some of our favorite events of the year are just around the corner, including the Live Mannequin Night in downtown Holland this weekend. Scroll on to make the most of your weekend. Have a beautiful one! FRIDAY Stroll the sidewalks of downtown Holland and spot live mannequins posing in creative scenes the windows and storefronts Collect special gems to take home, play games, watch demos and more Tulip City Rock, Mineral & Jewelry Show (through Sunday) ​Listen to the beautiful sounds of live jazz music outdoors in beautiful downtown South Haven during the Jazz Fest (through Saturday) SATURDAY Meet your favorite

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