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The Dowagiac Area History Museum

201 E. Division Street

Admission: Free

The Dowagiac Area History Museum is an interactive adventure in local history and an exploration in science and technology for all ages. For information on hours, exhibits and a calendar of events, visit: www.DowagiacMuseum.info

National Heddon Museum

414 West Street

Admission: Free

The National Heddon Museum preserves the history of the Heddon family’s many contributions to the fishing tackle industry and to the City of Dowagiac.

It was in the late-1890s, when James Heddon sat along the banks of the Mill Pond whittling while waiting for a friend. When he got up to leave, he tossed the small piece of wood into the water. A bass struck at it. That seemingly insignificant event led him to build a top-of-the-water lure which he called “The Dowagiac.” By the 1920s, James Heddon’s Sons Co. was the world’s largest producer of quality fishing lures.

The centerpiece of the family's history and of the museum is the business that bore James Heddon’s name. From its inception in 1902 until its departure in 1984, the company made fishing tackle, golf club shafts, ski poles, violin bows, box kites and even radio antennae during World War II.

For hours and event information, visit www.HeddonMuseum.org

 
THEATRE

Beckwith Theatre Company

100 New York Avenue

Admission: $15 for main-stage shows or $75 for season tickets.

Come see live theatre at its best! Evening and matinee performances are held in the 1925 Neo-Gothic building. Formed in 1990, Beckwith Theatre Company is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the performing arts. Its productions include dramas, comedies, musicals and even a bit of Shakespeare.

The modern-day theatre company takes it name from Beckwith Memorial Theatre, once located at the corner of Beeson and Front streets.  Built in 1892, it was regarded as one of the finest theatres between New York and Chicago.

For show times and tickets visit www.BeckwithTheatre.com

 

Southwestern Michigan College

58900 Cherry Grove Road

Admission: Contact the Box Office

The Starlight Series brings to Dowagiac international performing arts groups and speakers, showcased within the Dale A. Lyons Theater. Productions have featured the Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble, New York Voices, renowned for its excellence in jazz, to children's theater. For a list of upcoming events, visit www.SWMich.Edu/BoxOffice

 
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Dogwood Fine Arts Festival

207 Commercial Street

Admission: ticket prices vary per show

The Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival is a community tradition that plays host to nationally recognized visual and performing artists each May.  The 10-day multi-arts and cultural event dates back to 1991.  The fine arts celebration utilizes venues across the city, ranging in size from 60 to 800 seats. For information about this year’s festival, visit www.DogwoodFineAarts.org

 

Public Art

Sculptures in the City 

Admission: Free

A major component of the Dogwood Festival has been the generous donation of permanent sculptures to the city. These beautiful pieces of art may be seen within greenspaces throughout our community. In and of themselves, they represent a city sculpted over time. Take our “Sculptures in the City” tour.  You'll see our passion for creativity and beauty.  On a daily basis, our lives are enriched by these wonderful works of art.  For a map and description of the sculptures, click here.

Latest News from your Chamber

  • March 31st, 2019

    Vineyard 2121 to Host Fundraiser for Pageant Scholarship

    The Miss Dowagiac Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, April 13, will present “Reds, Whites & Flights,” at Vineyard 2121. The early evening event, from 4 to 7 p.m., is a fundraiser for the Miss Dowagiac Scholarship Fund, featuring spirits, entertainment and silent auction. Vineyard 2121 on Red Arrow Highway in Benton Harbor is one of several venues where musician and pageant master of ceremonies, Joe Jason, performs on a regular basis.

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  • March 31st, 2019

    Chamber Spotlight Shines on Olympia Books

    Olympia Used and Rare Books is a family business that opened in 1987 by Paul and Karen Pugh as Olympia Books and Prints in downtown Dowagiac at 208 S. Front St.

     The store then dealt in used and rare books, as well as posters and prints, and would eventually branch off to the framing business.

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  • March 31st, 2019

    Steeped in Tradition, Caruso’s at Nearly 100, Feted at BAH

    Antonio and Emilia Caruso would be proud of their granddaughter and third-generation candy maker, Julie Johnson, known to most in the community by only her first name. Second, third and even fourth generation business legacies are something this community knows well.

    At the Chamber’s Business After Hours March 13, co-hosted by Caruso’s, the legacy of candy-making that began in 1922 was feted, as attendees also congratulated Dick Judd on his upcoming retirement, as they welcomed Bryan and Jolynn Smith, the new owners of the business now marking its 160th year in the community.

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