Pat Moody 2018-01-11 03:10:37
The team at Southwest Michigan’s largest entourage of wine, craft beer and spirits makers has hit the ground running here in the first days of the New Year, bearing not only a new brand moniker but plans to capitalize on the romance of the vineyard with new event destinations for bridal parties, corporate events and beyond. Matt Moersch and his team welcomed a hearty band of invited guests who ventured into the cold on a recent winter’s night for an informal roll-out of exciting new plans for the newly named Moersch Hospitalty Group. The family enterprise that has been known for years as Entente Spirits is now Moersch Hospitality Group, home to Round Barn Winery, Brewery & Distillery…Round Barn Public House…Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant…and Free Run Cellars, all clustered in the Baroda-Buchanan region of mid-Berrien County. As an inviting fire warmed the newly renamed Grand Mark dining room, anchor space to the Tabor Hill Restaurant, Matt and his General Manager, HR guy, and Private Events Director Nick LaFlex told the small cadre of friends on hand that they will be breaking ground as soon as possible on a new 100-by-40-foot Tabor Hill outdoor venue designed to make the vineyard a remarkable new destination event center targeted first and foremost to brides & grooms, but available to multi-faceted events into the future. Once they reach the actual ground through all of the fresh snow that piled up, the new glass-walled-andwindowed, tent with full flooring will launch construction complete with a new 800 square foot, lighted outdoor patio area, and a separate ceremony site just steps away right in the midst of the vineyard. A new private drive through the vineyard will lead guests to the new venue space nestled among the vines, and also on tap are an air-conditioned bridal cabana for the bridal party to relax in and an executive washroom. LaFlex says plans are to have the venue, capable of hosting more than 250 people inside, ready to host when doors officially open by the end of May. Both Moersch and LaFlex shared a PowerPoint slide deck that also shows the old, smaller, original dining room dating back to the earliest days of the Tabor Hill Restaurant is being renamed the Vineyard Room and will be capable of hosting up to 50 seated guests or 60 guests in a cocktail party setting. The Grand Mark, with its soaring vaulted ceiling, large stone fireplace, and 180-degree vineyard views will be available for private events capable of hosting up to 80 seated guests or 100 guests in a cocktail setting. Tabor Hill is located at 185 Mount Tabor Road near Buchanan. Meanwhile, the Moersch Hospitality Group’s Free Run Cellars property, situated on the edge of the vineyard at 10062 Burgoyne Road in Berrien Springs which features gourmet epicurean food pairings from Chef Brad Thornburg with wine tastings of Free Run vintages will host smaller, more intimate weddings, parties and events for up to 46 guests either seated or cocktail party style in that beautiful, panoramic setting. Nick LaFlex told the invited guests, “Our event spaces are the perfect setting for couples who share our passion for experiencing great wine and food in one of the most unique backdrops of Michigan. But we are not just about receptions… consider your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and even your postwedding- day brunch!” From wine pairing dinners to corporate meetings and private receptions for any occasion, Matt made it clear that the Moersch Hospitality Group is committed to adding to the reputation in Michigan’s Great Southwest of being a major wedding destination region where rental options are oftentimes booked well into the future. You can call 269-422-1161 for information and booking, or contact them via email at Events@TaborHill.com. Stay tuned for additional updates as team Moersch continues to evolve the face of hospitality across Michigan’s Great Southwest. In the meantime, click the link below to see what they shared with guests that evening: MoerschHospitalityGroup. Don’t ever tell Dennis Bowen there’s no such thing as a time machine. He and his compatriots Bob Ehrenberg and Steve Reed have mastered the imagery, if not the mechanical contraption itself, by hosting St. Joseph High School ENCORE presentations biennially dating back to 2014, and they’re ready to fire up the marquee again here in the New Year returning the acts of yesteryear. In fact, auditions for the 2018 ENCORE performance began on New Year’s Day. While the show itself — the St. Joseph High School Variety Show Reunion Tour — doesn’t take the stage until next August 17th and 18th, auditions are underway now so they can whittle the show down to a manageable contingent ready to showcase those talents and more. ENCORE is a production of talented alums who have graduated from SJHS between the years of 1950 and 2010. Participants have performed in either the SJHS Variety Shows or SJHS Musicals. Some of the Variety Show Acts are the same people using the same material they performed while in high school. Others provide dif-ferent material or have established careers since graduation. The inaugural reunion show was back in 2014 when “students” from those eras replicated acts first mastered 15, 20, 30, even more than 50 years ago when they were in high school in a first-class setting to benefit the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to raise, steward and distribute resources to enrich the education of students in the St. Joseph Public Schools. ENCORE is one of the means of raising funds for the Foundation to meet their goals. The Act Selection Committee is now accepting audition materials and will continue to do so through the 1st day of April 2018. Acts will be accepted from: Variety Show Acts… Performers from SJHS Musicals… and Accomplished performers (performing material from their personal careers.) Auditions may be sent in the following ways: e-auditions, CD, DVD, via Facebook, and similar methodology. Along with the audition itself, applicants must submit the Encore Application Form. That form should be submitted to Dennis Bowen at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Dennis Bowen, 30 Water Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Questions regarding the show and the audition process can reach out to the following individuals, based on the type of act you are planning to showcase: Questions regarding Instrumentals: please contact Steve Reed email@example.com. Questions regarding Drama/Skits/Monologues, etc: please contact Donna Metz firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions regarding Chorals and Vocals: please contact Dennis at Dennisbowen230gmail.com. You can also find more information at the showcase performance process by going to this link: www.sjhsencore.org/get-involved/. If anticipation is getting the better of you… they’ve finally established an opening date for the new Four Winds Casino at South Bend, and the date you’ll want to circle on your calendar is rapidly approaching. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds Casinos have announced that their newest property, located on 166 acres of tribal trust land in northern Indiana and the first casino in the state of Indiana owned and operated by a Native American tribe, will open on January 16 at 4pm to the public. The casino, Four Winds South Bend, shares the Four Winds brand with the other Pokagon casino locations including New Buffalo, Hartford and Dowagiac here in Michigan. Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos, made the announcement. Freedman says, “This property will be an entertainment destination that complements our Four Winds brand, offering the latest in gaming and a full array of our signature restaurants including The Buffet, Copper Rock Steakhouse, Timbers Fast Food & Deli, White Birch Market and introducing Kankakee Grille.” Freedman adds, “From the moment we began construction, we did so with the full support and cooperation from the National Indian Gaming Association, our local, county and state governments, and most importantly, from the community. We are proud of the coordinated efforts of all of our partners in construction to keep us moving forward.” John Warren is Chairman of the Pokagon Band. He says, “When we broke ground in December 2016, we did so knowing we’ll have a significant economic impact on the region.” Warren adds, “Once operating, it will generate revenue to fund services and programs that will create additional economic opportunities for Pokagon Citizens, the city of South Bend, and also fund community projects, local organizations and schools. Our commitment to our tribal citizens, children and families of this region is our greatest priority. From the moment of the groundbreaking and beyond when the casino opens in January, the benefits will multiply.” Partners supporting the Pokagon Band and Four Winds Casinos in the construction of Four Winds South Bend include the following: Architect: HBG Design, Memphis, Tennessee…Civil Engineer: Wightman and Associates, Benton Harbor, Michigan…Construction Management Company: F.A. Wilhelm, Indianapolis, Indiana…Owners Representative: Kramer Management Group, Lansing, Michigan. Four Winds South Bend will have 175,000 square feet and include 1,800 games, four restaurants, a players lounge, a coffee shop, three bars, a retail outlet, and approximately 4,500 parking spaces including an enclosed parking structure. When complete the casino will employ approximately 1,200 people. The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ sovereignty was reaffirmed under legislation signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. The Pokagon Band is dedicated to providing community development initiatives such as housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation for its approximately 5,000 citizens. The Pokagon Band’s ten-county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northern Indiana, with main administrative offices located in Dowagiac. In 2007, it opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, followed by Four Winds Hartford in 2011 and Four Winds Dowagiac in 2013. It owns and operates a variety of business via Mno-Bmadsen, the tribe’s non-gaming investment enterprise. More information is available at www.pokagonband-nsn.gov. Four Winds New Buffalo is located at 11111 Wilson Road in New Buffalo, Four Winds Hartford is located at 68600 Red Arrow Highway in Hartford, Four Winds Dowagiac is located at 58700 M-51 South in Dowagiac and the new Four Winds South Bendis located at 3000 Prairie Road in South Bend. Two of the most heavily traveled destination attractions in Michigan’s Great Southwest enjoyed great times over the Christmas and New Year’s break, but they are now closed for two weeks of much-needed maintenance and tender loving care to get them ready for ongoing excitement among the younger set in the year ahead. The Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone located at 333 Broad Street, below the bluff in Saint Joseph and located inside the Silver Beach Center will be closed to refinish the floors from January 8 through January 21, 2018. During that same time frame, the Silver Beach Carousel itself will be also be shuttered for maintenance of the colorful ride. In a grateful gesture, so that members don’t come up short, all Discovery Zone memberships will be honored at the top of the bluff at the sister property, the Curious Kids’ Museum, affording those members a change of pace on two levels of fun overlooking Lake Bluff Park and the shoreline of Lake Michigan. The Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone regular hours will resume when it re-opens for business on Thursday, January 25 at 4PM. At the Curious Kids’ Museum, the hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 10AM to 5PM and on Sundays from 10AM to 4PM. Admission for the museum is $6 for everyone age 1 and older. Members and under age one are admitted free of charge. Geared for ages 3-12 years, Discovery Zone is located just steps away from Curious Kids’ Museum, in the Silver Beach Center along with the Silver Beach Carousel at 333 Broad Street in St. Joseph. That’s it for this week, folks. Have a spectacular weekend, and we’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax, or 24/7 online at www.MoodyontheMarket.com. Pat Moody Morning Radio Personality WSJM Radio email@example.com (269) 925-1111 Read more at www.MailMaxOnline.com
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