It all starts on Thursday, June 16 with the Annual Petoskey Gallery Walk, and then the ball is tossed over the Bay Harbor Concours Festival on Friday and Saturday with a quick relay Saturday night to Bay View for jazz legend Chick Corea for what should make a great triple play weekend.
Petoskey Gallery Walk
Now in its 6th year the Petoskey Gallery Walk has become a Northern Michigan tradition. This year 15 galleries in downtown will be participating and most will offer food and refreshments. Past years walks have attracted 1,000 plus art enthusiasts who walk from gallery to gallery to receive dots on their walk cards. After completing the walk participants turn in their cards at the After Glow Party in Pennsylvania Park for a chance to win pieces of art donated by the galleries.Organizers see this as a great opportunity to give exposure to Petoskeys downtown gallery district.
Gallery Walk is a great evening to wander through the galleries of downtown Petoskey, including five new studios, said Liz Gowans-Ahrens of the Crooked Tree Art Council. This is the perfect event as gallery owners exhibit new, original artwork, you get the chance to socialize with friends while enjoying some complimentary refreshments and best of all it is free of charge.
Getting started is simple, just head to one of the 15 downtown galleries and pick up a Gallery Walk Card, or if you want an advance peek, cards may be picked up at the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. and street musicians from the Bliss Music Organization will perform through the evening. At 9 p.m. the After Glow takes place in the park with the Harbor Springs High School Jazz Band.
For more info visit www.petoskey.com or call the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce at (231) 347-4150.
Bay Harbor Concours Festival
Seven years ago Dave Draper and other car enthusiasts started the Bay Harbor Concours dElegance. Each year the event has grown in attendance, so organizers have decided to expand the format.
Actually we have completely restructured the event and renamed it the Bay Harbor Concours Festival, said Draper, festival chairman. It is now actually several festivals under one festival umbrella. Another big change is we have eliminated the gate admission so there is no charge to enter the show or the Food & Wine tent.
The several festivals in one concept include the traditional Concours dElegance on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Village at Bay Harbor. Several Concours cars, boats and motorcycles will be on display.
New this year will be the Cruise Night/Street Gala at the Village at Bay Harbor. There is no admission or entry fee and anyone with a classic car, boat or motorcycle is encouraged to bring it and show it off. Music and street entertainers will perform throughout the evening that starts at 4 p.m. and concludes at 10 p.m.
Running simultaneously with the Street Gala will be the Food & Wine Experience featuring wines from the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners, craft beers from Shorts Brewing Company in Bellaire and gastronomic fare from the Inn at Bay Harbor, The Crows Nest, The Galley Gourmet, The Bay Harbor Golf Club, Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, with Entertainment by Doc Woodward and Friends.
The Food & Wine Experience will return on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. with a new menu and entertainment from Leo Creek. The band features Drew Abbott of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
For info visit www.bayharborconcours.com or call them at (231) 599-3133.
Theres no better way to close out the weekend than with jazz legend Chick Corea. He performs with his band Touchstone on Saturday night at the John Hall Auditorium in Bay View.
Corea made a name for himself playing the electric piano for Miles Davis in the 1960s. During the 1970s Corea collaborated with several musicians including Al Di Meola and Herbie Hancock. He is attributed with developing the jazz-fusion movement of that era.
Corea has numerous albums to his credit and as a 10-time Grammy winner he has maintained an eclectic approach to his music.
My interests change and vary as the years go along, with different emphases all the time, said Corea. The more I play in different situations, the more possibilities I discover for what I can do. Rather than think in terms of my music developing, I choose to bask in the glow of one thing for a few minutes, then let it go.
As for a favorite song, he doesnt have one, but feels he is best known for one in particular.
If there is any one song that listeners seem to know me best by, I guess that song is Spain, as I get the most requests for it and hear it mentioned more than any of the others, said Corea. I wrote the song in 1971 and play it frequently. I re-harmonized the theme and made a brand new arrangement of it for the Akoustic Band trio in 1988, and have generally turned the song inside out through the years.
While Corea wont commit to a set list, it is a guarantee that this seasoned musician will put on a memorable performance to make the final out in the triple play weekend. For additional information visit www.crookedtree.org or call the box office at (231) 347-4337. The show starts at 8 pm and advanced tickets are recommended.
Summer is really kicking off with a creative explosion in Petoskey, said Liz Gowans-Ahrens. We are showing off the best of Northern Michigan in this weekend long celebration of automobiles with style, local original art, cool jazz in an historic setting and of course fabulous Leelanau Peninsula wines.