Monthly Archives: October 2016

Be Irish for a Weekend

A couple of years ago we attended our first Michigan Irish Music Festival in Muskegon, Michigan and we were hooked.  This is one of the better run festivals we have attended and with the great music talent we have attended several years now.

Tickets are cheaper online and a weekend pass is the best deal.  The festival is Thursday night through Sunday.  Thursday is $5 at the gate, Friday and Sunday are $15 at the gate and Saturday is $20 at the gate.  Advance online tickets for Friday and Sunday are $10 and $15 for Saturday.  A weekend pass is $30.

On St. Patrick’s day they offered a buy one get on free weekend pass offer on their Facebook page.  We jumped on the offer to visit all weekend for $30 total for daughter and I.  In August they mailed us the two weekend passes.  Here is a link to their Facebook page:

(Graphic from Michigan Irish Music Festival)

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Don’t be Irish Only on St. Patrick’s Day

A few years back a family member invited us to an Irish musical festival. Having no plans for the Saturday we took them up on the offer and found a new genre that we loved.  Usually for one weekend in September we transfer from being Dutch to finding our Irish side.  This year we expanded our Celtic side over Labor Day weekend also.

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Cops & Doughnuts


We arrived in South Bend with a plan to get a cupcake at Yummy Cupcakes but they have closed since our last visit.  Plan B!  I had heard there was a new doughnut place called Cops & Doughnuts nearby.  We found it near the corner of Michigan and Wayne.

Cops & Douhhnuts Southbend

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Visiting the Studebaker National Museum

Part of our combo ticket to the History Museum in South Bend included admission to the Studebaker National Museum next door.  General admission to this museum alone is $8 or you can purchase a combo ticket for both museums for $12 for adults.  Seniors over 60 pay only $10 for a combo ticket.


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We took maybe an hour to tour all three floors of the museum. They do offer an elevator.

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Oliver Mansion Copshaholm in South Bend

Included with our Dressing Downton exhibit tickets was a tour of the Oliver Mansion called  Copshaholm.  The 38 room stately home sits on West Washington street just up the road a block from the Oliver Inn B & B and the Tippicanoe Place Restaurant.  In a previous visit we stayed at the Oliver Inn and dined at Tippicanoe, it makes for a fabulous weekend visit.

Here is a link to the Oliver Inn visit we took for a girls weekend.

Copshaholm Oliver Mansion

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Dressing Downton Exhibit in South Bend

My Daughter and I used to eagerly await Sunday nights for the next Masterpiece episode of Downton Abbey.  Just before 9pm my husband would retreat to the bedroom to watch something else and we would grab a snack to watch what wit the Dowager Countess would share that Sunday night. There were nights we screamed at the tv like when Matthew had his accident and nights we went to bed smiling over Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes.  Melted my heart watching them wade into the ocean hand and hand.  So of course when we heard there was a clothing exhibit from our favorite characters we had to view it.

We had wanted to view it when in Chicago but we were unable to find tickets for dates that worked with our schedule.  I hunted down a listing and found it would be in South Bend, Indiana in the fall.  I made it a point to sign up for the museums newsletters and Facebook page to know when I could purchase tickets.  In August I was able to purchase tickets and we had been eagerly awaiting the opening date in mid-October.

This weekend the exhibit opened in South Bend and we drove over on Sunday to have a look.  Tickets were $13 for youth 6-17 and $18 for adults.  We purchased the combo ticket that gave us entrance to the museum, dresses, Studebaker museum and Oliver Mansion. Upon arrival we were given a sticker that shows what ticket we purchased and we were immediately able to enter the Downton Exhibit.

Dressing Downton

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We excited to view the well laid out exhibit.  Costumes lined both sides of the walkway and great descriptions of the gown and time period were listed.

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Charleston Unitarian Church Graveyard

On our ghost tour the night before we were told the story of Ann Ravenel at the Unitarian Graveyard entrance on King Street.  Before we walked on to our next ghost stop my Daughter was talking about visiting here in the daylight.  After our time at the Slave Museum we walked the few blocks over to the small brick wall and gate area between two shops and across from the library on King Street.

Unitarian Cemetery

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There is a small brick path way that leader further back towards the Unitarian Church. There were a couple of benches and it was almost like an over grown park.  Such an interesting place! Towards Archdale Street the graveyard widens and has more pathways through the tangles.

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Fair Trade Friday October

We have so much going on this fall that the weeks are flying past.  I got the mail late the other night and was delighted to find my Fair Trade Friday package. Where did September go?

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