The Buzz, June 15: Juneteenth Celebration

Published 10:18 am Wednesday, June 13, 2012

13th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday

LaSalle Park, South Bend, Ind.

The South Bend Chapter Indiana Black Expo Inc. presents 3-on-3 basketball, Church’n in the Park, the All American City Forum, a health fair, hip-hop, gospel, blues and R&B entertainment, prizes, amusement rides and soul food. Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S., was first held June 19, 1865, when the final slaves were made aware of their freedom. Visit

World’s Largest Flag Day Parade

2 p.m. Sunday

Three Oaks, Mich.

The Village of Three Oaks is celebrating 60 years of its annual Flag Day parade — what it considers to be the world’s largest. It averages more than 100 units of veterans, color guards, marching bands, clowns, drill teams and drum and bugle corps. Tractors displaying the flag are a tradition in this iconic parade, which coincides with the Three Oaks Flag Day Celebration Friday through Sunday. Visit

Father’s Day Festival and Corvette Car Show

Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Lemon Creek Winery, Berrien Springs, Mich.

Treat dad to a day of local wine, live music and fast cars. Children’s activities will be provided. Tickets $10 for ages 21 and over; children free if accompanied by a parent. Visit or call (269) 471-1321.

Underground Railroad Days

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 23 and noon to 5 p.m. June 24

Vandalia, Mich.

Discover the Village of Vandalia’s heritage as a stop on the Underground Railroad. There will be information booths about the UGRR and related topics. Tour buses will operate throughout both days showcasing several UGRR sites. The Bonine House, home of Quaker abolitionist James E. Bonine, will be open for visitors. Vandalia Village Hall will host several lectures and presentations both days. Visit

Wednesday Wine Walks

5 to 9 p.m. July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12

Downtown South Bend, Ind.

The Downtown Dining Alliance of South Bend began monthly Wednesday Wine Walks for charity this week. Each restaurant will provide three wine tastings paired with complementary appetizers. Choose any participating restaurant (Cafe Navarre, East Bank Emporium, South Bend Chocolate Cafe, Sunny Italy Cafe, Tippecanoe Place Restaurant or The Vine) as a starting point to purchase a wristband each evening and enjoy a stroll through downtown South Bend. Free horse-drawn carriage rides available, weather permitting. Tickets $40 per night. Visit