Monday, March 25, 2019


Come to the Valparaiso Market weekly to shop for fresh local produce, handmade products, and beautiful plants and flowers. The fresh produce will liven up even your favorite recipes or grab lunch on the go from one of the wonderful food vendors. Beautiful plants and flowers make great gifts for friends or just to enjoy at home! The Valparaiso Market is located at the William E. Urschel Pavilion at Central Park Plaza, 63 Lafayette Street in Valparaiso. Visit with local growers and craftsmen to buy plants in early summer and the freshest vegetables from summer through fall. 
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Saw a robin in a tree this morning eating some berries but may not necessarily be a sign of spring. The Red-winged Blackbird is the first sign of spring seen here at Songbird Prairie over a week ago. visit 

Much like Punxsutawney Phil and his fellow groundhogs, sightings of the American robin are considered by many to be a sign that spring either is here or soon will be.

Or is it?

Recently, a couple friends and I heard and spotted several of the orange-and-black feathered friends - the state bird of Wisconsin, Michigan and Connecticut.
During a newsroom discussion of the sighting, fellow Daily Press reporter Rick Olivo said he, too, saw several robins during a trip to Madison last month. The environmental reporter in me immediately wondered whether evidence of global climate change could now be seen outside my window: "I shouldn't be seeing these birds for at least two or three more weeks," I thought.

As it turns out, some of the birds choose not to live up to the second half of their species name, Turdus migratorius. Instead, they opted to stick around northern Wisconsin and tough out the winter like the rest of us - with the exception of the so-called human "snow birds," of course. full article on By CHAD DALLY, The Daily Press, Ashland
ASHLAND (AP) - stay at Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa 

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Journeyman gears up for their spring Artisan Market!     Three Oaks Michigan April 6,7
75 vendors confirmed, cocktails and DONUTS. What more could you ask for?  Learn everything you need to know about the market here. Stay at Songbird Prairie and Drive up for the day 1 hour northeast of Valparaiso

Journeyman has been holding both a spring and fall market since 2012. Each year it continues to grow, with last year’s market attracting thousands of people over the span of the two day event.
The rustically refurbished Featherbone corset factory will be chock full of makers and artists from around the Midwest selling their handcrafted home goods, jewelry, clothing, food, and art. Visitors can make a day of it, enjoying cocktails and a limited food menu while browsing Warren Hall, or by pairing their visit with a stop at Staymaker.
The artisans appreciate the many enthusiastic shoppers that make this market part of their weekend plans, while shoppers love the variety and quality of artisans featured. Add to that, handcrafted cocktails made from Journeyman’s grain-to-glass certified organic and kosher spirits (YUM!), plus fresh food choices (including their VERY popular house-made donuts) and you have everything you need for a fun day!
Mark your calendars! The market will be held Saturday, April 6: 10:30am–7:00pm, Sunday, April 7: 10:30am–5:00pm. There is no fee to attend.
You can find out more about Journeyman Distillery, right here. 
The link to the event can be found here.

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