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3 things to do this weekend: Garden talk, Mackinaw wine and beer fest, jazz in the park

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Here are 3 things to do for the weekend of May 24-26, 2024, curated by WGLT's Lauren Warnecke. You can find more coverage on our Datebook - Arts & Music page or by subscribing to WGLT's Weekend Scoop email newsletter, which goes out every Friday.

Have fancy flights, rain or shine: Mackinaw Valley Vineyard’s annual wine and craft beer festival convenes dozens of brewmasters and vintners supplying flights to sip on the winery’s gorgeous grounds. Ropp Jersey Cheese and Grandma Nana’s Cookies will be on hand to supplement your picnic, with extra snacks from the Lions Club and live music all day long. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday; $15 admission includes a tasting glass and 5 tickets ($5 for guests age 13-20; kids 12 and under are free). mackinawvalleyvineyard.com.

Bee part of the solution: The second in this season-long series of monthly talks on pollination gardens focuses on setting yours up for success with soil preparation, plant selection and pollinator-friendly pest control. 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Wild Harvest Honey Farms in Heyworth; free. wildharvesthoney.com.

Kick it in Charterwood Park: The Heartland Jazz Orchestra kicks off the season with two sets of big band classics and a few deeper cuts. Saxophonist Shireen Banigan shows off her silky vocal with songs like Summertime, Easy to Love, When I Fall in Love and Almost Like Being in Love… are you sensing a theme? There’s a wide range of bops, too: Play that Funky Music and Count Basie’s Corner Pocket among them. 4 p.m. Sunday in Charterwood Park, 19352 Deerhaven Dr., Bloomington; free. hjojazz.com.

Lauren Warnecke is a reporter at WGLT. You can reach Lauren at lewarne@ilstu.edu.