A focus on the arts

A young artist at Vicksburg’s 150 year celebration. Photo by Leeanne Seaver.

We say goodbye to beautiful October and welcome November, with all the work and preparations this month: leaf removal, winterproofing homes, tire replacement and rotations, and pantry replenishing. Often, our celebrations of Thanksgiving include a time to reflect on many things we have to be thankful for and to reach out to support those in need.

South County has always been a proud producer and supporter of the arts. From the indigenous people’s artisans, musicians, and dancers to our students’ amazing examples of movement, music, and the visual arts, the evidence of our talents and opportunities for expression appear. We will be showcasing the arts over the next few issues.

There are many things happening in South County: athletic competitions; holiday open houses, walks, parades and celebrations; and local governmental meetings and decision-making. We are pleased and privileged to provide information about many of these things in the South County News.

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September updates

Monarchs are a common sight this time of year. Photo by Stephen Badger.

Welcome, September! What a wonderful time of year in Southwest Michigan! The humidity has decreased, and the nights are cooler. Schools are back in session and the corn stands tall in the fields.

So many good things are happening in our area, some of which are featured in our September edition.
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Please note:

Betsy Wagner’s 90th birthday celebration will be held from 3-6 p.m. on September 21, in the Vicksburg District Library’s basement.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Martin of Tours Church is sponsoring a Walk for the Poor on Sunday, September 25. All are invited to join the Walk virtually or in person by donating and/or collecting pledges from other supporters. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Vicksburg Recreation Area/Trail parking lot off 12538 S. Sprinkle Road. Together, we can raise funds, and awareness, to help our friends in need from this area who are struggling with housing, food, utilities and more during these difficult times. For more information, call 269-649-1629 and leave a message for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, attention Liz Polasek or Mary Wills.

The Schoolcraft Ladies Library Association will hold its Cream Tea, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at the Ladies Library Association Building, Saturday, September 24. There are two seatings: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $18, by reservation. For reservations, please contact: Candy Shearer, the event chair, at 679-4289.

Having a great south county summer

Daisies in the summer garden. Photo by Leeanne Seaver.

Greetings from the South County News team. We hope you enjoy our August edition.

Our gardens are green and lush and will display the last of the day lilies this week, but the daisies and zinnias are timed to take over the show. I see so many beautiful yards and gardens while driving or walking in our area.

We tried the Merlin app, recommended by our columnist Jeanne Church last month, and are enjoying morning coffee and discovering birds we didn’t know were visiting the neighborhood: green herons, cedar waxwings, and even a loon registered on our phones. Thanks, Jeanne, we are enjoying it and learning a few things.

During the last month, many activities resumed, including Schoolcraft’s 4th of July festivities and Vicksburg Lions Club’s Summer Festival. Summer schools are wrapping up, beaches are busy, and athletes are preparing for fall sports.

This edition offers a snapshot of the many things happening in South County. You will find our regular features along with village and school updates.

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