Over the years, WVPE has become known for collaborating with many unique organizations and venues in Michiana, producing a stellar series of musical events. For the second year, IU Health Goshen Hospital has agreed to fund the 2013 events. So far, we have enjoyed Meet Me in the Gallery, in the Warner Gallery of The South Bend Museum of Art, and Goshen Gathering at The Old Bag Factory in Goshen.
The series resumes Friday July 5th with Meet Me on the Island, at Century Centerís Island Park, in downtown South Bend. The Elwood Splinters Blues Band will take the stage at 5:30 pm for a funky, high energy performance that goes until 9:00pm. At a premier venue, this event provides an evening of music, an artist marketplace, socializing and networking. Underwritten by Center for Hospice Foundation.
July is a busy month, as The Elkhart Environmental Division and WVPE present Envirofest, from 5:30 to 9:00, on July 12th at the Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart. Entertainment is provided by The New Electric Band. This event features displays, eco-games and crafts, kids activities, and local food vendors, making it a great opportunity for family fun.
The following week, we head north for Fernwood Friday, July 19th, from 5:30 to 9:00 pm, at Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve, located near Buchanan, MI. We welcome Jenna Mammina, recognized as one of the nations' leading women of Jazz/pop crossover. In the beautiful garden surroundings at Fernwood, this event is consistently a resounding success.
Music in the Gardens, a long-standing event in the historic Oliver Gardens at the Center for History in South Bend, is August 2nd, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. This event features the polished and exciting dance band, The Whistle Pigs, with an eclectic mix of contemporary music, classic rock, Jazz, and Rhythm and Blues. Underwritten by Center for Hospice Foundation.
Warsaw Blue Friday concludes the IU Health Goshen Hospital Event Series, on August 9th, from 5:30 to 9:00pm at Spikes Beach Grill at Noa Noa Wood Grill & Sushi Bar in Warsaw. Bring your beach chairs and/or blankets for this Beach Blues Bash, featuring Rachel & the Blue Rays.