Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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By Erin Crowell - July 31st, 2013  

JULY AUG 29-04

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham brings his cast of cranky and off-color puppets to Kewadin Casino's DreamMakers Theater, in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday, Aug. 1. Dunham currently has three of the top five most-viewed programs on Comedy Central. There will be two opportunities to catch his act, 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. with tickets available for $55.50 & $48.50. Visit kewadin.com for details.

monday 7/29

Crescent Woods Gathering: The Front Street Jazz Band perform at Unity Church of Traverse City, 3600 Five Mile Rd., 7:30pm. Suggested $10 donation. 938-9587.

Author Mardi Link: Presents her book, "Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm" at Peninsula Community Library, TC, 7pm.

Traverse City Film Festival: Parties, live music and lots of movies held at various locations throughout TC. For a complete schedule and ticket info, visit traversecityfilmfest.org.

Health Care Reform: Presentation open to the public, hosted by the Health Dept. of Northweset Michigan and Michigan Consumers for Healthcare at the University Center, Gaylord, 1:30-4pm. RSVP to 800-432-4121.

"The Friendly Atheist": Author and speaker Hemant Mehta will discuss, "The Young Atheist's Survival Guide" at the Traverse Area District Library, 7pm. Hosted by the Grand Traverse Humanists. Free.

tuesday 7/30

Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park: Sara wheeler and Little Groove perform in Pennsylvania Park, Petoskey, noon.

TC Film Fest Open Space Movie: Showing "Across the Universe" at dusk.

Yachting & Fashion: Designer, Susan E. Riley, gives a lecture on the sport and the clothes at the Harbor Springs Library, 4:30pm. Light refreshments, 4pm. Cost, $15. RSVP at crookedtree.org.

Traverse City Film Festival: (See Mon.)

wednesday 7/31

Storyteller LaRon Williams: Nationally acclaimed performer will be at the Kalkaska County Library, 11am.

TC Film Fest Open Space Movie: Showing "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" at dusk.

Grappa and Cherry Concentrate Demo & Tasting: Hosted by Michelle White at Bella Fortuna, Lake Leelanau, noon. Cost, $40. Call 994-2400.

Elk Rapids Harbor Days: Races, tournaments, live music, demos, pet show, beer tent, fireworks and more in Elk Rapids. For info, elkrapidsharbordays.org.

Author Reading: David L. Roll presents his work, "The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler" at Dog Ear Books, Northport, 7pm.

Archipelago Project: Joint music performance at Oryana Natural Food Market, TC, 3pm.

Lunch & Learn: Free program on the benefits of creative play at Pathfinder School, TC, noon.

Album Release: Roots/rock/folk singer-songwriter, Drew Nelson, will perform music from his latest album, "Tilt-A-Whirl!" at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor, 8pm. Includes Highway 2 Band. Tickets, $15; $13 for members; ages 18 & under are free.

Traverse City Film Festival: (See Mon.)

thursday 8/1

Boyne Falls Polish Festival: Parade, polka tent, car show, carnival, truck mud run and more in Boyne Falls. For details: boynefallspolishfestival.com.

Roots on the River: May Erlewine performs at the Jaycees' Gazebo, Manistee, 7pm. Free.

Pasta Maker Demo: Crystal Crate & Cargo, Beulah, 11am-2pm.

Miniature & Fairy Garden Workshop: Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, 1pm. Cost, $5. 231- 533-8314.

Budweiser Clydesdales Parade: Cheboygan, 5-7pm.

Jeff Dunham: Comedian puppeteer performing at Kewadin Casino, Sault Ste. Marie, 7pm & 9:30pm. Tickets, $48.50 or $55.50.

NMC Summer Concert Band: Performs American roots music at the Grand Traverse Pavilions lawn, 7pm. Free admission.

Cheboygan Sidewalk Sales: Downtown, all day.

Dinner in the Park: Veteran's Memorial Park, Elk Rapids, 5-7pm. Tickets, $12.50/person.

The Harbor Voices: Performing at Peterman Auditorium, Elk Rapids, 7:30pm.

Old Mission Historical Society: Presentation on the Hoxsie House in Acme, located near Bayside Park, 7pm. Call 231-313-9770 for info.

Film Fest Reception with U of M: Student filmmakers and faculty present film clips and shorts, along with appetizers and cash bar at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, 5pm. Free. RSVP to grandtraverse@umich.edu.

POMHA Tour of Interesting Places: Hosted by Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, from 10am-4pm. Features a tour of homes in Frankfort. For info, 703-298-9428.

Concerts in the Park: M&M Band perform at Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort, 7pm. Free.

TC Film Fest Open Space Movie: Showing "Some Like It Hot" at dusk.

Marion Days: Parade, duck race, food, softball tourney, tractor show, music and more in downtown Marion.

Lakeside Shakespeare: Performance by local and Chicago-based actors: "Romeo & Juliet," with a minimalist set, on Aug. 1; and "The Comedy of Errors" on Aug. 2. Shows start at 7pm and take place at The Tank Hill amphitheater, Frankfort. Admission and parking are free, with a suggested $15 donation. lakesideshakespeare.org.

Trunk Show: Featuring Chan Luu, Prairie Underground at Boutique a la Vie on Front Street, TC, 4-9pm. Includes raffle.

Traverse City Film Festival: (See Mon.)


Pride of Baltimore II: Tall ship visits Boyne City, all weekend. For details: Pride2.org.

Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park: James Greenway Band performs in Pennsylvania Park, Petoskey, noon.

Onekama Days: Classic car show, luncheon, wagon rides, parade, chicken dinner, 5K run on Saturday, flea market, teen dance and more. For a complete schedule, visit onekama.info.

Friday Night Live: Live entertainment, food, demos and sales in downtown TC, 5:30-9pm.

Downtown Street Sale: Part of the first Friday Night Live, in downtown TC, 8am-9pm.

BJ Thomas: Known for his songs, "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" and "New Looks from an Old Lover," performing at Odawa Casino, Petoskey, 8pm. odawacasino.com for tickets.

Historic Festival: Cook-out lunch, dark sky park viewing opportunities, dancing, 5K foot race, wagon rides and more at Heritage Village, Mackinaw City, all day. Visit mackinawhistory.org. 

uthors Event: Over 20 area authors, including Aaron Stander, Mardi Link and Jack Driscoll will sign copies of their book in downtown Glen Arbor, 2-4pm. Rain location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Chocolate Bake-Off: Harbor Pavilion, Elk Rapids, 7-9pm.

Cheboygan Sidewalk Sales: Downtown, all day.

Family Pig Roast: Food and games at the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA, 6-8pm. Free to Y members; $15 for non-member families.

Aaron Lewis in Concert: Staind lead singerturned country rock performer will be at Streeters Ground Zero, TC, 8pm. Advance tickets, $27. Must be 18 or older. Includes guests Ryan Davis & Rick Monroe. GroundZeroOnline.com.

BMW Motorcycle Demo Rides: Held at the now closed "Lorenzo's" off M119, Harbor Springs. For info, 616-530-6900.

The Harbor Voices: Performing at Peterman Auditorium, Elk Rapids, 7:30pm.

5th Plein Air Paint Out: Artists will be set up in the Village of Glen Arbor, all day. Quick sale of paintings from 6-7pm at the Township Hall. Paint Out Sale on Saturday, 5:45pm-7:30pm. $10 donation at the door.

Trunk Show: Featuring Before & Again at Molly's, Leland, all day.

TC Film Fest Open Space Movie: Showing "Independence Day" at dusk.

Rootennany: Three-day music fest at Rocky Top Preserve, Ellsworth, featuring Rootstand, Seth Bernard, UV Hippo, The Macpodz, Billy Strings & Don Julin and the Ben Daniels Band. Camping available. Visit rootstand.com for details.

First Fridays: Live entertainment by Mark Sanders Band, Talantis & Jans and others, demos, art, samples, sales and more at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 5-8pm.

Diamond Rio: Country music performance at Southside Festival Grounds, Buckley. Includes guest Whitey Morgan. Gates open at 4pm. Tickets, $25 or VIP for $50. startickets.com.

Boyne Falls Polish Festival: (See Thurs.)

Pasta Maker Demo: (See Thurs.)

Lakeside Shakespeare: (See Thurs.)

Traverse City Film Festival: (See Mon.)

Marion Days: (See Thurs.)



Beat the Heat Tour: Choose from 22-mile or 40-mile routes in Charlevoix. For registration, visit michiganmountainmayhem.com.

Port Oneida Run: 5K trail run/walk at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, at historic Charles Olsen Farmstead, 9am. Cost, $25 by Aug. 1 and $30 after. phsb.org.

Chris Brubeck & the Triple Play: Blues and jazz performance at Hall Auditorium, Bay View, 8pm. bayviewfestival.org.

Cherryland Coin & Stamp Club Show: Free admission at 3400 Veterans Dr., TC, 9am-4pm. Call 231-709-3400 for info.

Kilwin's Fudge Bucket Classic Vintage

Baseball Tourney: Petoskey Winter Sports Park and Bay View's Swifts Field. For more info, mossback.wix.com/baseballclub (see related story).

Portside Arts Fair: Held at Elm Pointe, East Jordan, 10am-5pm on Sat.; 10am-4pm on Sunday.

Book Sale: Suttons Bay Bingham District Library, 10am-6pm on Saturday; 10am-4pm on Sunday. Preview party sale on Friday, 6:30-8pm ($10). Call 231-271-3512.

Stargazing: Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Mackinaw City, 9-10:30pm.

Dougherty House Fundraiser: Drinks, hearty hors d'oeuvres, along with live music at the Grand Traverse Yacht Club, 5:30-8pm. Tickets, $45. Call 231-223-8778.

Harborun: 10K & 5K in Elk Rapids, 8:30am. Cost, $25. Free kids fun run at 8am. Benefits Elk Rapids High School athletics.

Cheboygan Sidewalk Sales: Downtown, all day.

Harrietta Blueberry Festival: Pancake breakfast, morning parade, quilt show, blueberry patch tours, sundaes, dinner, fish hatchery tour, cake walk and lie music, 8am-5pm. Call 231-389- 2242.

Suttons Bay Art Festival: Featuring over 100 artists from across the Midwest, starting at 10am, at Marina Park. Breakfast on the Bay happening Sunday, 8:30-11:30am. SuttonsBayArtFestival.com.

Grits and Glamour Tour: Tracy Lawrence performs, along with Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, at Leelanau Sands Casino, Peshawbestown, 7:30pm. Tickets, $64 or $79. StarTickets.com.

Culture of Hip Hop & Break Dancing: Presented by Mark Wilson at the Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center, Peshawbestown, 1-3pm. Free.

Portrait Session: Paulino Cecilio Jr. will be doing marker portraitures at Live for Art Gallery, Beulah, noon-2pm.

TC Film Fest Open Space Movie: Showing "Apollo 13" at dusk.

Northwestern Michigan Fair: Auction, horse pulls, carnival, live music, demos, motocross and more, located just south of TC. northwesternmichiganfair.net for complete schedule.

"Oklahoma!": Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical performance at Northport Community Arts Center, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. Tickets, $20; students, $5. 231-386-5001.

Horse Shows by the Bay: Western Reining Series, from 10am-4pm. Held at Flintfields Park, Williamsburg. horseshowsbythebay.com.

"SpiritTed": Performance with a message of finding inspiration in modern times, by columnist/ humorist Jonathan Richard Cring and artist/musician Janet Clazzy. Immanuel Lutheran Church, Suttons Bay, 6:30pm; and Sunday at 8:30am, 10am and 7pm.

Short's Fest: Part of Harbor Days, in Elk Rapids, featuring tastings, swag, food trucks, music and more at the Elk Rapids production facility, 6pm.

Big Leg Emma: Performing original Americana roots music at Aten Place, Boyne Falls, 7:30pm. Tickets, $16. atenplace.com.

Antiques at the Fairgrounds: Petoskey, 9am- 5pm on Saturday; 10am-4pm on Sunday. $5 admission.

Tongue Family Band: Performing at 3600 5 mile Rd., TC, 7:30pm.

Trunk Show: Featuring Before & Again at Molly's, Leland, all day.

Bats on the Hunt: Learn more about little brown bats at the Grass River Natural Area, Bellaire, 7:30pm. Cost, $5. Call 231-533-8314.

Walk-A-Thon for Seniors: Six mile walk starts at Bellows Park, Benzonia, 9am. Call 231-325- 0138 for info.

Cheboygan County Fair: Mud run, horse pulls, livestock auction, petting zoo, live music, carnival and more, located on E. Lincoln Ave. cheboyganfair.com.

Boyne Falls Polish Festival: (See Thurs.)

Pride of Baltimore II: (See Fri.)

Pasta Maker Demo: (See Thurs.)

Rootennany: (See Fri.)

Historic Festival: (See Fri.)

Traverse City Film Festival: (See Mon.)

BMW Motorcycle Demo Rides: (See Fri.)

Onekama Days: (See Fri.)

Marion Days: (See Thurs.)

sunday 8/4

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra: Performing with the Northern Michigan Flute Choir at the Church of the Straits, Mackinaw City, 4pm. Admission is free.

Mambo Italiano: Faculty artists and opera singers by Italian composers, Hall Auditorium, Bay View. bayviewfestal.org.

TC Film Fest Open Space Movie: Showing "The Princess Bride" at dusk.

"At Sundown" Quartet: Performance featuring Paul Keller at the Cheboygan the Opera House, 7:30pm. Tickets, theoperahouse.org.

Off the Page Series: Heather Shumaker presents her book, "It's OK Not to Share...and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent & Compassionate Kids" at Darcy Library, Beulah, 7pm.

Trunk Show: Featuring Before & Again at Molly's, Leland, all day.

Manitou Music Fest: Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered perform at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor, 8pm. Tickets, $15; or $13 for members.

Dave Arcari: Slide guitarist from Scotland performs at the InsideOut Gallery, TC, 7-10pm. No cover.

"Oklahoma!": (See Sat.)

Boyne Falls Polish Festival: (See Thurs.)

Portside Arts Fair: (See Sat.)

Pride of Baltimore II: (See Fri.)

Cheboygan County Fair: (See Sat.)

"SpiritTed": (See Sat.)

Book Sale: (See Sat.)

Northwestern Michigan Fair: (See Sat.)

Horse Shows by the Bay: (See Sat.)

Suttons Bay Art Festival: (See Sat.)

Rootennany: (See Fri.)

Antiques at the Fairgrounds: (See Sat.)

Traverse City Film Festival: (See Mon.)

Onekama Days: (See Fri.)


Bocce Players Wanted!: Calling for teams in the Sept. 7 Bocce Tournament at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, noon-5:30pm. Cost, $15/person or $60/team. Visit brownpapertickets.com/ event/428045.

Open Mic by the Bay: Presented by Freshwater Events in Clinch Park, TC, every Tuesday, 6-8pm and Sunday, 1-3pm. Sign up: freshwaterevents.com.

Glen Arbor Farmers Market: Township Hall, every Tuesday, from 9am-1pm.

Fridays with Britt: Learn more about gardening with Grow Benzie, 5885 M115, Benzonia, every Friday from 9am-noon.

Evenings on River Street: Live music every Wednesday, in Elk Rapids, 6-9pm.

Free Ranger Programs: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, every Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, in Empire, through Sept. 2. For info, visit nps.gov/slbe.

Alden Evening Strolls: Featuring live music, every Thursday, 7-9pm, through Aug. 15.

Stone Circle Gatherings: Poetry, storytelling and music every Saturday, 9pm, through Aug. 31. Located 10 miles north of Elk Rapids. Cost, $5/adults; $3/kids. terry-wooten.com.

Downhill Bike Race Series: Every Wednesday through June 26 at Mt. Holiday, TC, 6:30pm.

Family Fun Day: Wednesdays at the gym at North Central Michigan College, Petoskey, 11am-7pm, through Aug. 28. Cost, $5/family.

Great Lakes Fossil Exhibit: Boardman River Nature Center, TC. natureiscalling.org.

Golden Ticket Raffle: Hosted by Parkside Arts Council of Bellaire, featuring travel voucher giveaway. Ticket drawn Sept. 28. For info: parksidearts.org.

Jazz at Sunsets: Thursdays, 7-9:30pm, featuring live music at Chateau Chantal, TC. Free. Includes live painting demo by Artist in Residence, Lisa Flahive.

Epsilon Jass Band: Gospel, Dixieland band practices every Thursday in July & Aug. at Petoskey First Presbyterian Church, 7pm.

Hilly Hollow Playdates: Hosted by TC Cooperative Preschool at 720 S. Elmwood St., TC, 10am-noon on June 25, July 9 & 23, Aug. 6 & 20, Sept. 10. For info, tccoop.org.

Sundays on the Porch: Live music every Sunday through September at Douglas Valley, Manistee, 1:30-4:30pm.

The Young Americans: Dinner theater at Boyne Highlands Resort, June 21-Aug. 24. Boyne.com.

Softball Skills: Hosted by the TC West girls softball team every Monday, 5:30-7:30pm, through July 22. Open to all female athletes. Cost, $3 or $10 for all sessions. facebook.com/TCWTitanSoftball.

Petoskey Rocks!: Live music, ghost walks, horsedrawn carriage rides, movie in the park and more, every Friday from 6-9pm, through Aug. 9.

Boyne Stroll the Streets: Sidewalk sales, live entertainment, store discounts and more every Friday, 6-9pm, in downtown Boyne City.

Ellsoworth Farmers Market: Tuesdays through mid- October, 5-7pm, near the high school.

Music in the Park: Every Wednesday in Erickson Center Park, Curtis, 7pm.

Alden Farmers Market: Thursdays, 4-8pm, East Park, through Aug. 29.

Sara Hardy Farmers Market: Wed. & Sat. in downtown TC, 7:30am-noon.

La Baron Raffle: Mosaic-decorated car up for raffle through the Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. Drawing held Sept. 18. For info, 231-352-4151.

Hike to Fort Dewey: Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville, July 13 & 27. Cost, $10. michiganlegacyartpark.org.

Photo Fun with Chris: Workshop with former Ansel Adams Gallery staff photographer at Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville, June 19; July 10, 17, 24 & 31; Aug. 7 & 14. Cost, $10; free for kids.

Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution: National Geographic traveling photography exhibit featuring 39 species of exotic birds at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, June 15-Sept. 22. dennosmuseum.org.

Sketching with Deborah: Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville, July 18 & 25. Cost, $10. michiganlegacyartpark.org.

Michigan Legacy Art Park Golf Tours: June 25; July 9, 16, 23 & 30; Aug. 6 & 13. Cost, $10. Located in Thompsonville.

Alden Farm Market: Thursdays, 4-8pm, East Park.

Petoskey Farm Market: June 14-Oct. 4, every Friday from 8:30am-1pm on Howard Street.

The Grand Traverse Region: Vibrant Reinvention: Traveling exhibit of 12 panels, which explores a separate topic. traversehistory.org.

Kirstyn's Kitchen: Foodie themed event from a favorite book, June 22, from 10-11am, at McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey. Open to kids. Cost, $10 per session or $25 for series.

Elk Rapids Farm Market: Rotary Park, every Friday, through Oct. 11, 8am-1pm.

Fife Lake Farm Market: Springfield Township Park, every Thursday, 3-7pm, through Oct.10.

Kalkaska Career Connection: Job opportunities meeting every other Tuesday, 9am, at the Kalkaska Michigan Works! Center.

Monday Bike Group: Road bicycle rides gradually increase from 9 miles to 20 by the end of the season (ends Oct. 28), departing from the Harborage Marina, Boyne City, 9am. Hosted by the North Country Bicycle Club. schedule: cmjbrown@live.com.

Traverse History From Above: Aerial photos of TC landmarks from the 1920s through the 1970s on display at the TC History Center, now through June.

Frankfort Farmers Market: Downtown, every Saturday, 9am-1pm.

Village Farmers Market: Every Monday on the piazza of the Grand Traverse Commons, 3-7pm, featuring live music.

Wednesdays with Wine: Bring your knitting, sewing, craft or other art projects. Every Wednesday at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 6-8pm.

Boyne City Farmers Market: Veterans Park, Saturdays, 9am-1pm.

Northwoods International Folk Dances: Every Wednesday at the Unitarian Church, TC, at 7pm. $2 donation to participate. 947-6675.

Country Jamboree: All musicians welcome, held the first Saturday of every month, 6-9:30pm, at Manton High School's Ranger Room. Round and square dancing. Donation entry.

Charlevoix Farmers Market: Indoor market at the Charlevoix Public Library, 9am-1pm, every Thurs.

Grand Traverse Baby Pantry: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, TC, every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 10am-4pm. 941-0655.


Quilt Show: Depot Museum, Alden, Aug. 2-4, from 1-4pm. Free entry.

Local Artist Trunk Show: Hand-spun and handdyed wools and pottery at Wool & Honey, Cedar, Aug. 2, from 6-9pm and Aug. 3, 10am-4pm.

Surf & Murf: Art inspired by water and stones by Charles Murphy and Kimberly Bazemore at Cog's Creek Gallery, TC, Aug. 2; 6-9pm.

Studio & Pottery Demos: Sturgeon River Pottery, Petoskey, July 27, 10am-4pm. Free. 231-347-0590.

Creativity from Start to Finish: Featuring Rex Benson at Bier Art Gallery, Charlevoix, 6-9pm, July 29-Aug. 10.

"One Woman Show": Featuring Donna Johnston of Leelanau County at the Old Art Buildling, Leland, Aug. 2, 5pm; Aug. 3, from 9am-8pm; & Aug. 4, 10am-4pm.

School of Fish & Shiny Things: Sculpture works by Stephen Palmer at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village, Aug. 3-14; opening reception Aug. 3, 2- 7pm.

Call for Artists: Display your work at the weekly Friday Music in the Park event at the Northport Marina, 6pm. Email redmullein@gmail.com.

Fresh Air: Plein air paintings by Heidi Marshall at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. threepinesstudio.com.

Wood, Water & Stone: Ceramic art at Tamarack Gallery, Omena, July 20-Aug. 19.

Watercolor Immersion: Featuring 30 award-winning paintings from the Michigan Water Color Society traveling exhibit, along with lectures on watercolor by artists, at the ArtCenter, TC, July 13-Aug. 16. artcentertraversecity.org.

Juried Fine Arts Exhibition: Acccepting entries into the Crooked Tree Arts September show. For complete rules and info, visit crookedtree.org.

Visions of the Valley Photo Contest: Hosted by the Jordan River Watershed. Deadline, Aug. 5. For info, friendsofthejordan.org.

Fear & Folly: Forging A Life on Canvas: Paintings by Marcia K. Hales on display at Gallery Fifty, in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.

A Taste for Variety: Original paintings by Dan Clark at Petoskey Public Library through July 30.

Oil Painters of America: Featuring over 350 paintings from across the U.S. and Canada, on display at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, June 20-Aug. 21.

Farm to Frame: Good Food, Good Neighbors: Juried photo exhibit that raises awareness of the benefits of local farming, happening at the Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey. Accepting submissions June 1-Sept. 12. For info, crookedtree.org.

Cadillac Characters: Seward Johnson sculpture exhibit returns to the streets, parks and sidewalks of Cadillac, through August.

MackinacMasterpieces: Detroit Institute of Arts exhibit reproductions of masterpieces, displayed outside Mackinac Island tourist spots. For info: dia.org/insideout.

Art of the Watershed: Photography by Mark Lindsay and John A Gessner available for sale at the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, through Sept. 19.

Open Knitting, Crocheting & Spinning: Saturdays, 9-11am, at Wool & Honey in Cedar.

Leelanau County Land & Water: Presented by Grand Rapids artist Margo Burian at Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor.

Diamond Rio has been rocking the country music charts with such hits as "One More Day," "Beautiful Mess" and "Meet in the Middle." They'll bring their Grammy-winning performance to Buckley's Southside Festival Grounds on Friday, Aug. 2. General admission is $25.

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