The Buzz, Sept. 14: Artoberfest

Published 11:06 am Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sculpture installation

9 a.m. to noon Sept. 15

Farr Park, Dowagiac, Mich.

Milwaukee-based artist Richard Taylor will be on hand for the installation of the latest piece of artwork, “Abundant Happiness,” in the “sculpture city” of Dowagiac. The public is invited.


Noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 15

Benton Harbor Arts District, Benton Harbor, Mich.

Visit Benton Harbor’s renovated arts district for Artoberfest. The festival features live music, art, craft beer and local food by The Organic Gypsy, Taqueria El Faro, Chicken Shack, Lark’s & Son, Kat’s Cakes and Bayias’ Ice Cream. Visit

Fourth Annual Fall Festival

8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15

Lake Charter Township Park, Bridgman, Mich.

Road trip to the lakeside community of Bridgman of its annual Fall Festival. Activities include a fireman’s pancake breakfast, children’s soccer, crafts, a farmers’ market, Boy Scouts brat fry, children’s games, kids’ finger prints by Elmo the Police Dog, a blood drive, archery clinic, pie baking contest, pedal pull and car show. Visit or call (269) 465-6601.

Pigskin Pub Tour Away Game Watch Parties

Saturdays during away Notre Dame football games

Downtown South Bend, Ind.

Pick up a Pigskin Passport at a participating pub (The Blarney Stone, CJ’s Pub, Club LaSalle, Corby’s, Four Horseman, Frank’s Place or Wild Style Wings) for the pub tour. Turn in a passport at the end of the season to be entered to win a 2013 away game package, including two game tickets, lodging and airfare. Parking available near pub tour locations; visit A shuttle will make loops to all participating pubs from one hour before kick-off until one hour post-game. Visit

Speakeasy dinner

5 p.m. Sept. 16

Cafe Navarre, South Bend, Ind.

Wear your finest ‘20s glad rags to Cafe Navarre for its speakeasy dinner — giggle juice and swanky fare provided. Prohibition-era cocktails, music, dancing and games. Assume an alias; admittance by password only. Cost $89 plus tax and gratuity. RSVP in person or call (574) 968-8101. Visit