Celebrate South Bend’s 150th Birthday!

Countdown to a Celebration

Courthouse fronting a street in South Bend, Indiana

3rd St. Joseph County Courthouse in South Bend

As I begin writing this, there is a timer on SB150‘s website that reads 35 days | 9 hours | 45 minutes | 33 seconds. What is it counting down to? A momentous event in the history of South Bend, Indiana: its sesquicentennial (150th) birthday. Indeed, 150 years ago on May 22nd, the city of South Bend was incorporated. Now they’d like to celebrate that with an enormous birthday party.

If you like birthday parties, you are going to love South Bend’s 150th Birthday celebration. Probably the most disappointing part about a birthday party is when it ends. It lasts just that one day a year. But South Bend is going to celebrate its 150th all year long beginning the weekend of May 22-24th, 2015. Also the weekend of memorial day, South Bend wanted a special way to commemorate its 150 year anniversary of incorporation alongside a cherished U.S. holiday that seeks to memorialize those patriots who perished while serving in the armed forces. It will be the absolute perfect way to honor the past, present, and future.

3-Day Celebration and Events

Here’s how the kickoff birthday celebration unfolds on the east and west banks of the St. Joseph River downtown:

May 22nd (Friday): Opening Ceremonies & River Lights Dedication, 7pm-10pm
May 23rd (Saturday): Birthday Weekend Celebration, 10am-11pm
May 24th (Sunday): Birthday Weekend Celebration, 11am-6pm

How Celebration is Done Right in South Bend:

Following are just a few of the notable forms of entertainment;

Main Stage: In the Century Center parking lot, a giant main stage will be setup to host a variety of acts. One notable performance will be pianist and songwriter Ben Folds, who will perform with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Tsung Yeh. Purchase tickets for the event here.

Taste of South Bend: 50 food vendors will gather on Jefferson Boulevard to offer the best in South Bend fare.

Kid’s Activity Zone: Got children? This is the place for them. Howard Park will become a veritable wonderland with everything from bouncy houses and face painting to outdoor movies.

Fireworks: An impressive display of fireworks will be discharged each night over the St. Joseph River.

Artisan Alley: If the artist in you is seeking some interactive art, it will be displayed and created on the riverwalk. To commemorate the celebration itself, large-scale pieces will be crafted during the event.

Island Wine & Brew Mixer: Have a taste for wine? Or perhaps brews? Even spirits? Taste any or all of these regionally crafted libations while enjoying live music, relaxing, and simply taking in the sights of the festival. Sometimes life is indeed a spectator sport.

More events are listed at the events page. Check back regularly for updates about what the weekend holds.

Also, because a series of year long events will take place to continue the celebration of South Bend’s 150th Birthday, we’ll be writing a series of blog posts detailing upcoming events. There will be lots of ways to enjoy the city’s rich history, its lively present, and its bright future.

Scottish Bed & Breakfast Relaxation Headquarters

So you’re already planning to visit for the weekend to enjoy South Bend’s wonderful 150th birthday celebration, but you’ve no idea where to stay. Stay with us. We’ve got quiet and restful accommodations, comfortable beds, modern amenities, and delectable breakfasts. It’s everything you need to get a good night’s rest before enjoying every day of the SB150 Birthday weekend. Check for rates and availability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival End of April

Lots of visitors and booths fill the street at Wakarusa Maple Syrup FestivalBeginning Friday, April 24, and lasting through Sunday, April 26th, 2015, the Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival will be celebrating 46 years of family fun and entertainment. It’s a time when folks can get together, be entertained and learn about a historic nook of the country. This year’s festival looks to be one of the best and with such a great turnout already expected, the festival has already reached its maximum capacity for food vendors, and the event is still several weeks away.

Don’t Miss The Events

Musicians of all ages and types will play vocal and handheld instruments on each of the 3 days. Northwood Middle School Singers will sing Friday afternoon. Country Music Star

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Amish Acres’ Round Barn Theatre 2015 Season

The Round Barn Theatre at Amish AcresAmish Acres’ Round Barn Theatre has released the schedule of its upcoming, fun-filled 2015 season: The Circle of Life Season: Round and Round We Go!

Northern Indiana’s only professional repertory theatre company, the Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres has produced well over 100 musicals since 1998 and has garnered rave reviews and a sterling reputation in the process.

2015’s schedule makes it clear they intend to continue the tradition!

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In Honor of Father Theodore M. Hesburgh

After 97 years of life, Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, died on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross House, adjacent to the University of Notre Dame where he served as president from 1952 to 1987.

Library Named in 1987 after Father Theodore M. Hesburgh

Photo by Mendaliv under the following license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0

During that time, he became highly influential in the world of higher education. Even after his service as President of the University concluded, he maintained a daily presence on campus, bolstering the proof of his passion for higher education.

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Visit the Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery

Food and Fun in the Heart of Northern Indiana Amish Country

The Blue Gate Restaurant & BakeryAmish Skillet Mealis part of the Riegsecker Marketplace of Shipsewana, less than an hour’s drive from Bremen, Indiana. Infused with Amish culture and atmosphere, the Restaurant is a popular attraction for anyone seeking a traditional, made-from-scratch meal.

The Riegsecker Marketplace has a rich history and captivating story about its humble beginnings that blossomed into a well-rounded shopping and dining venture in the heart of Amish country. Of course, part of that history is the birth of Bluegate Restaurant & Bakery, which began as Der Strudel Haus. Opened in the mid 1980’s, the Blue Gate originally had one dining room and 50 seats. As it grew to accommodate more patrons, it was clear a ground-up renovation was needed, so the original was torn down after 20 years and a new building erected in its place which boasted the capacity to offer 1200 seats, 9 dining rooms, and a fully functioning Bakery and theater.

Open Monday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Blue Gate offers dozens of mouthwatering entrees, desserts, and confections at a price range of $3.00 to $8.00, making it a prime selection for inexpensive and, yet, delectable fare. Diverse dietary needs are also accommodated, ensuring that those who need to dine wheat-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, or MSG-free can do so without narrowly confining the number of their entree choices. And with entertainment and shopping nearby, the Blue Gate can be a source of nourishment throughout the day as you and yours enjoy the many offerings of the Riegsecker Marketplace.

To fully enjoy your visit to the Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery, book a room with Scottish Bed & Breakfast. We offer delightful, comfortable, and clean lodging that suits all manner of travelers. After a fun-filled day at the Riegsecker Marketplace, come rest your head in one of our rooms and recharge your batteries for the trip home or, better yet, another day of wholesome fun.

 

 

Scottish Bed & Breakfast: Your Culver Academies Lodging

Scottish B&B for Culver Academies LodgingThe Culver Academies campus, less than 30 minutes away from us in Culver, IN, contains a popular set of college preparatory schools and leadership camps serving students in grades 9 through 12. Scottish Bed & Breakfast is proud to offer Culver Academies lodging to the families of these fine students.

Culver Academies – including Culver Military Academy, Culver Girls Academy, and Culver Summer Schools and Camps – offer not just top academics and competitive athletics to serious minded students but also a sense of leadership and responsibility as a global citizen that will last well beyond a student’s school days.

Founded in 1894, Culver Military Academy has since expanded to encompass all potential students, grades 9 through 12, who are looking for a challenging environment to better develop their mind, spirit, and body.

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Elkhart’s Historic Lerner Theatre

Elkhart's historic Lerner TheatreCatching some good entertainment is a great way to pass the time as we wait for warmer weather. Elkhart’s historic Lerner Theatre has plenty of that on tap throughout 2015 and beyond!

The Lerner Theatre has been on the corner of Franklin and Main Streets in downtown Elkhart, Indiana since November 24, 1924. Of course, it has seen lots of ups and downs since the grand opening – vaudeville, big band, the innovation of movies.

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Scottish Bed & Breakfast’s Valentine’s Day Special

Valentine's Day SpecialFebruary is for Lovers and Scottish Bed & Breakfast, in Bremen, Indiana, is helping to make that true for you and that special someone in your life by extending our Valentine’s Day Special to every weekend in the month!

Yes, you read that right: book your Valentine’s Day stay at our Northern Indiana Amish Country inn for any weekend in the month of February, 2015

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Enjoy a Northern Indiana Sleigh Ride!

Northern Indiana Sleigh RidesThe lyrics to “Jingle Bells” are all about it but – have you ever ridden in a one horse open sleigh? Now you can with a Northern Indiana Sleigh Ride!

It sounds almost like something out of a fantasy or from a time now long since passed – bundled up, perhaps under a thick blanket, the cool, fresh winter air in your lungs and on your face, the jingle-jangle of the tack and the hiss of the sleigh runners as they cut through the snow on the forest path – I can see it in my mind’s eye and now I’m all ready for that return-home hot cup of cocoa by a warm fire – and so can you be, too!

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The Scottish Bed & Breakfast New Year’s Eve Special

New Year's Eve SpecialIt’s hard to believe but 2014 is almost history. Start 2015 right by treating yourself to the Scottish Bed & Breakfast New Year’s Eve Special!

Taking a Northern Indiana holiday vacation is a great way to celebrate the end of this year and the coming of the new. An Amish country getaway is always rewarding but, around the holidays, things really light up with beautiful decorations and entertaining celebrations wherever you look.

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Travel Back In Time at the Bremen Holy Walk 2014

Bremen Holy Walk 2014How would you like to visit the world of the Nativity? To not just view statues of it from the sidelines but actually enter into that very first Christmas in Bethlehem? You can at the Bremen Holy Walk!

We all know the Nativity – it’s everywhere this time of year from big displays in people’s yards, to tiny ones on their mantle, to re-enacted versions on television specials – but to be able to actually travel back in time to witness the Nativity … now that would be something.

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Scottish Bed & Breakfast Ten Year Anniversary Special!

The Scottish Bed & Breakfast Ten Year Anniversary SpecialScottish Bed & Breakfast in Bremen Indiana just passed a very special milestone – our tenth year in business! Help us celebrate by taking advantage of our Scottish Bed & Breakfast Ten Year Anniversary Special!

It’s hard for us to believe that ten full years have passed but I guess what they say is true: time flies when you’re having fun – and have we had a lot of fun! We’ve absolutely loved hosting all the great folks who have stayed with us, here at Scottish Bed & Breakfast during their northern Indiana Amish Country getaways – and we look forward to many more years of the same!

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Tour the South Bend Chocolate Company

The South Bend Chocolate CompanyChocolate is a wonderful holiday treat that makes a great gift, and The South Bend Chocolate Company not only makes wonderful chocolates but also a day’s outing with tours of their chocolate factory and chocolate museum!

A lot of people immediately picture Willy Wonka’s when they hear “chocolate factory tour” but, while the South Bend Chocolate Company doesn’t employ Oompa Loompas, have a river of chocolate, or use a great, glass elevator to get around their building, it’s still a fun and fascinating place to tour!

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Visit Bonneyville Mill

Bonneyville Mill County ParkVacation time is often described as an attempt to break out of the daily grind – well, what if I told you that you could accomplish that very thing by visiting a daily grind? Bonneyville Mill, a historic grist mill in Bristol, IN that still grinds corn, wheat, rye and buckwheat the old-fashioned way: slowly and methodically with massive grist stones.

Bonneyville Mill, in the center of beautiful, Bonneyville Mill County Park, is a functioning grist mill and fascinating window to the past that you can visit and tour. It’s historic facilities are open to visitors May through October, while the expansive park it is in is open year-round!

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Reserve Your Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday Getaway Now!

Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday GetawayThe holidays are coming up and you wont want to miss out on the perfect way to spend them with your family – the Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday Getaway!

We’re taking reservations now and they’re going to go fast – the Scottish Bed & Breakfast Happy Holiday Getaway is a very popular option as a special gathering place for your family’s Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!

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Fall Flower Carpets Along The Heritage Trail

Fall Flower Carpets Along The Heritage Trail

Summer is busy changing into fall and, in northern Indiana, that means it’s time once again for the colorful Fall Flower Carpets Along The Heritage Trail!

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Have An Indiana Horseback Riding Adventure

Northern Indiana Horseback Riding AdventureWhat better way to get out into the great outdoors and forget your cares than an Indiana horseback riding adventure!

Nothing is as fun and relaxing as getting up in the saddle of a friendly, well-cared for horse and going for a trail ride. Something about the feel of that big, beautiful animal moving beneath you as you both work together, taking in all that fresh air – a wonderful sport!

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Get a Taste of the Marshall County Blueberry Festival

Marshall County Blueberry Festival 2014 Autumn is sneaking up on us and that means just one thing: it’s time once again for the excitement and fun that is the Marshall County Blueberry Festival!

The 2014 Marshall County Blueberry Festival, held in Plymouth, IN, is Indiana’s largest, four-day festival – and all for this humble yet delicious and healthy, little blue fruit!

In its 48th year, Marshall County Blueberry Festival is a free event with the 3 stages of live entertainment, a parade, hot air balloons, horse pulls, tractor pulls, food and craft booths, fireworks, carnival rides, a spectacular car show, blueberry-pie eating contests (of course!), and tons more.

Montgomery Gentry at the Marshall County Blueberry Festival 2014This year’s headlining entertainers for the Marshall County Blueberry Festival are country music super duo, Montgomery Gentry! Known for their blue-collar anthems and “heavy Southern rock” sound, Montgomery Gentry has had fourteen Top 10 singles, including five number 1’s: “Something To Be Proud Of,” “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All,” and “Roll With Me.”

Montgomery Gentry will be supported by guest Frankie Ballard and will be on the Centennial Park stage in Plymouth at 8pm. Tickets for the show can be purchased online.

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Whitewater Rafting In South Bend, Indiana

Whitewater Rafting In South Bend, IndianaYes, you read that right – you can go Whitewater Rafting in South Bend, Indiana – downtown South Bend! – thanks to the East Race Waterway.

East Race Waterway, on Niles Avenue, allows you to go whitewater rafting in South Bend in a kayak or raft, solo or in a group, beginner or advanced. South Bend Parks & Recreation supplies all the equipment for a modest fee.

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Crowing About Art at the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

2014 Amish Acres Arts & Crafts FestivalThe end of July and beginning of August is booming here in Indiana Amish Country with the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival taking place July 31st through August 3rd, 2014.

The 52nd annual Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival is a huge draw to the Nappanee area with over 300 booth spaces representing nearly 250 cities in over 30 states with arts, crafts, and goods to charm your eye and tempt your pocket book.

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Shop ‘Til You Drop at Shipshewana Flea Market

Shipshewana Flea MarketEvery year, from May to October, the Midwest’s largest flea market opens its doors – The Shipshewana Flea Market in Shipshewana, Indiana!

Shipshewana Flea Market is over 100 acres of goods presented by over 900 vendors, plus a restaurant, auctions, a farmer’s market, antique stores, and more! If you can’t find it here, it doesn’t exist and even if you’re not in the market for anything to buy? Shipshewana Flea Market offers hours of enjoyable distraction for the whole family.

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Fun in the Sun at Northern Indiana Parks

Northern Indiana Parks - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore State Parks

Summer is upon us and what better way to spend your Indiana vacation than in the great outdoors at some of our beautiful, northern Indiana parks and recreation areas?

There are lots of great northern Indiana parks for you to picnic, hike, bike, explore, and relax at. Here are just a few that come to mind:

Jane’s Parks in Bremen, IN
Jane’s Park in the southeast Bremen on Woodies Lane has a number of nice features including picnicking shelters, playground equipment and sports fields, and the park’s name spelled out in topiary. A charming and beautiful place for an outing just minutes from Scottish Bed and Breakfast.

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Visit The Village at Winona

Visit the Village at WinonaThere is a little arts community on the shores of Winona Lake just southeast of us that makes for a wonderful Northern Indiana day trip: The Village at Winona.

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Tour the Quilt Gardens Along The Heritage Trail

Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail

Spring has sprung and now is the time to plan your tour of the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in Northern Indiana’s Amish Country!

Open from May 30th through October 1st, Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail were inspired by the famous and colorful flower carpet festivals of Europe, a practice that has spread worldwide, even to our neck of the woods with the Napanee and Elkhart Fall Flower Carpet display.

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South Bend Wednesday Wine Walks

South Bend Wednesday Wine WalksIt’s Wednesday and you’re in beautiful South Bend, Indiana – what to do?
South Bend Wednesday Wine Walks, that’s what!

Downtown South Bend is definitely the place to go if you’re in the mood for great food, drinks, shopping, arts, and entertainment; anything and everything you need to make a great evening even better.

South Bend has food – from traditional American fare to ethnic, from modern cuisine to fusion, from casual to fine dining – and South Bend has music: jazz. rock, r&b, blues.

There’s something for everyone in downtown South Bend – and the South Bend Wednesday Wine Walks will help you to discover it all!

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