TC Men’s Night: Even ladies hop down to Men’s Night! Held in downtown this Thursday, December 19 from 5-9pm, men can finish their last minute shopping while enjoying food, refreshments, entertainment, specials, gift-wrapping, & downtown prize drawings. 922-2050 or www.downtowntc.com
Ladies’ Night in Downtown Manistee: From 5-8pm enjoy shopping, promotions & fun.
The Amazing Life of Amelia Earhart: Larry Inman, local expert, will share his 20 years of research along with artifacts in this presentation. 10:30am, Grand Traverse County Civic Center, TC. 922-4911.
Events at Horizon Books, TC: 10-11am: Story Hour. Enjoy “Penguins” and do some activities & a craft. 5:30-7pm: Book Release & Wine Party: Join author & Traverse City counselor Joseph R. Sanok & celebrate his new book, “Mental Wellness Parenting”. www.horizonbooks.com
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli: This author will talk about the murderous mind & where she finds inspiration for her acclaimed novels. 6:30pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. www.tadl.org
American Big Band’s “Home for the Holidays”: A cast of eight singers/dancers & 12 musicians meld popular classics with the latest show tunes. 7:30pm, City Opera House, TC. Tickets: $40/$25. www.cityoperahouse.org
Full Moon Owl Hike: Rebecca Lessard of Wings of Wonder will start with a program featuring several live birds of prey, emphasizing owls native to our area. Then there will be the hike. 6-8pm, Boardman River Nature Center, TC. $10 adults; $5 kids under 12. www.natureiscalling.org or 231-941-0960.
Night Lights Digital Photography: With Lisa Lirones. 5pm, Alden District Library. $5 materials fee. 231-331-4318.
InterActive Story Time: Enjoy “Bear Stays Up” by Karma Wilson. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org
Petoskey Madrigal Singers: 7pm, East Jordan High School Auditorium. 231-536-3385.
Acoustic Soul Singer-Songwriter Duo Genna & Jesse: Promoting their debut album “Give and Take” as well as their new single “Tumbleweed and Tonic,” this duo performs at Lake Street Cafe at Oryana Co-Op at 3pm. 947-0191.
Men’s Night in Downtown Manistee: Get those last minute gift ideas & complimentary gift wrap from 5-8pm.
Alan Tricker’s “Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol”: 7:30pm, Old Art Building, Leland. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors (65 & up). 231-620-7287.
Handel’s Messiah: Performed by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra & Chorus at 7pm at St. Francis Xavier Church, Petoskey. Tickets range from $20- $75. www.mynorthtickets.com or 231-487-0010.
Friends of the Alden District Library Christmas Luncheon: 11am, Helena Township Community Center. 231-331-4318.
Pageturners: This book group will discuss “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver at 7pm at Peninsula Community Library, TC. www.peninsulacommunitylibrary.org
Acoustic Soul Singer-Songwriter Duo Genna & Jesse: (See Weds.)
Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours: 5:30-7:30pm, Bella Vita, Boyne City. www.boynechamber.com
Men’s Night Pre-Party - Sausage Fest: Featuring live music with Joshua Davis & Joe Wilson. 4- 8pm, The Workshop Brewing Co., TC Warehouse District.
Men’s Night, TC: Held in downtown TC from 5-9pm, this is the busiest shopping night in downtown TC. Merchants will have in-store specials, gift-wrapping, refreshments & downtown prize drawings. 922-2050 or www.downtowntc.com
Interlochen Arts Academy Choir & Band: 7:30pm, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 seniors & students. www.interlochen.org
Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours: 5-7pm, Elk Rapids District Library. Celebrate the Island House Victorian Christmas.
Benzie County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours: 5-7pm, Brookside Inn, Beulah. $5 donation. www.benzie.org
Sobo Coffeehouse: Featuring stand up comedy, poetry, music & readings. 6-9pm, Boyne District Library’s Community Room. Sponsored by Boyne Writers Circle. 231-675-2253.
Events at Horizon Books, TC: 5:30-7:30pm: Todd & Brad Reed, “Tuesday with Todd and Brad Reed”. This father & son team of photographers shares their Northern MI photos from their Tuesday tradition. 8:30-10:30pm: Live music with Songwriters in the Round. www.horizonbooks.com
Naughty & Nice Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction: A benefit for Women’s Resource Center, TC. 5pm, Side Traxx, TC. www.sidetraxxtc.com or 935-1666.
Polar Express Storytime/Santa: Enjoy this classic story & welcome Santa Claus as he reads “The Night Before Christmas”. 4pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. www.tadl.org
SwingShift & the Stars: Six local celebrities are paired with six local dance instructors for this dance off that benefits area non-profits. Doors open at 6:30; dance lessons at 6:45; show starts at 7:15, City Opera House, TC. Tickets start at $25. www.cityoperahouse.org
Wild Wonders Moonlight Snowshoe Hike: 7pm, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville. Call 800- 968-4676, ext. 7000 for details.
Artist Talk with Barbara Webb: 5:30-7pm, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort. Barbara presents her paintings, technique & career. http://oliverartcenterfrankfort.org
Alan Tricker’s “Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol”: (See Thurs.)
Acoustic Soul Singer-Songwriter Duo Genna & Jesse: Promoting their debut album “Give and Take” as well as their new single “Tumbleweed and Tonic,” this duo performs at Right Brain Brewery, TC from 7-9pm. www.rightbrainbrewery.com
Left Foot Charley Presents Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night”: A free outdoor participatory sound sculpture. 6pm, Left Foot Charley in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, TC. 995-0500.
HERTHA Holiday Concert: Featuring
Rachael Davis, Joshua Davis, Dominic John Davis, Dylan Sundberg &
many others. Benefit for the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall. 8pm, Elk
Rapids Town Hall. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 door. 231-267-5479.
Toddler Time: Enjoy turning boxes into box cars, engines & cabooses. 10am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC. www.greatlakeskids.org
Wheat the Pearents Release Party: 7pm, Brewery Ferment, TC. A festive winter wheat beer that features pear, vanilla and oak chips. www.BreweryFerment.com
Handel’s Messiah: (See Thurs., except tonight’s time is 8:30pm.)saturday 12/21
Lakes of the North Winterstart: 10K Freestyle XC ski race at Lakes of the North in Mancelona. www.nordicskiracer.com
Winter Solstice Celebration, Three Pines Studio, Cross Village: 1-5pm. Featuring workshops, food & fun. 231-526-9447.
Christmas in The Village: Featuring
horsedrawn carriage rides around The Village, Grand Traverse Commons,
TC from 2-5pm. Enjoy shopping, snacks & drinks from 5-9pm. www.thevillagetc.com
Santa’s Workshop: 12-2pm, Rose Garden Veranda, Perry Hotel, Petoskey. Visit Santa in his sleigh. http://www.staffords.com/perryhotel
Events at Horizon Books, TC: Author
Signings: 10am-12pm: Sandy Carlson, “Tales of the Lost Schooner”.
12-2pm: Jason Link, “The Legender” & Natasha House, “The Jade
Series”. 2-4pm: John Mitchell, “Grand Traverse The Civil War Era”. www.horizonbooks.com
Santa Comes to Town: 11am-3pm, Norman Township Community Center, Wellston. Come see Santa & enjoy goodies. 231-859-4119.
Acoustic Soul Singer-Songwriter Duo Genna & Jesse: Promoting
their debut album “Give and Take” as well as their new single
“Tumbleweed and Tonic,” this duo performs at Northern Latitudes
Distillery, Lake Leelanau from 5-8pm. www.northernlatitudesdistillery.com
8th Annual Blissfest Winter Solstice Concert: Pre-concert
winter feast & potluck at 5:30 pm. At 7pm musicians include The
Crane Wives, Seth and May, Josh, Rachael and Dominic Davis, Dr. Goodhart
and The Home Remedy and Kirby. Emmet County Fairgrounds Community
Building. Tickets range from $5-$25. Proceeds help raise funds for the
Blissfest Arts Recreation Center’s Solar Initiative. www.blissfest.org
“Gift Twice Given” Benefit: Shoppers
that make purchases at the Ward & Eis Gallery in Petoskey today
will be giving a gift “twice given” because 20% of each sale will be
donated to the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM).
Green Room Romp: Parallel
45 presents this holiday fundraiser at the InsideOut Gallery, TC at
7pm. Featuring local music (by Miriam Pico), food & drink as well as
a performance of “The Comple te Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)”.
Tickets, $50. www.parallel45.org
Winter Solstice Celebration: Bonfi re at Stonehenge, 7 -11pm, Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan.
Company Dance Traverse Presents “Winter Dances”: Guest
performances by Company Dance Traverse alumni & Dance Arts
Academy’s Fusion Company. 2pm & 7pm, Milliken Auditorium, Dennos
Museum Center, TC. Tickets, $15 orchestra seating; $10 balcony seating.
Glenn Wolff: This artist & illustrator will sign any of his work for you at Brilliant Books, TC from 2- 5pm. www.Brilliant-Books.net
“The Nutcracker”: Performed
by CTAC School of Ballet dancers at the Harbor Springs Performing Arts
Center at 3pm & 7pm. Tickets: $50 reserved, $15 adults, $5 students.
Winter Solstice Celebration Concert: Presented by Michigan based Celtic band Finvarra’s Wren at 7:30pm at the Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee. Enjoy Irish, Scottish & Celtic-American folk music. Tickets, $15 in advance & $20 at door. www.MyNorthTickets.com or 1-800-836-0717.sunday 12/22
Holiday Concert: Featuring
E Minor, Blake Elliott, Steven Leaf, The Accidentals, Miriam Pico, Mary
Sue Wilkinson, & Sierra Creamer at the Old Art Building’s WT Best
Theater, Leland. Doors open at 6pm with Santa; show begins at 7pm.
Tickets, $12 adults; free for children 12 & under. www.oldartbuilding.com
Winter Sonnewende Freestyle & Classic: At
Michawye Resort in Gaylord, this is a Michigan Cup XC ski race
including a 17K freestyle for seniors & 7.5K classic for juniors. www.nordicskiracer.com
The Jingle Bell Run: 5K
through downtown TC beginning at the Park Place Dome at 5:30pm. Bring
non-perishable food item for donation. Wear reflective & festive
holiday attire. $15; $20 day of, children 12 & under free. www.tctrackclub.com
Santa Breakfast: 8:30-11am, Perry Hotel, Petoskey. http://www.staffords.com/perryhotel
Horizon Books, TC: Author/Illustrator
Signings: 1-3pm: Jim Cook & Judy Prevette, “Ronnie Rocket in Outer
Space,” and Laurie Cass, “Lending A Paw”. 3-5pm: Michele Cerny, “No More
TLC Handbell Concert: 2pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC. www.tadl.org
Acoustic Soul Singer-Songwriter Duo Genna & Jesse: Promoting
their debut album “Give and Take” as well as their new single
“Tumbleweed and Tonic,” this duo performs at Brew, TC at 8pm. www.brewtc.com
“The Nutcracker: (See Sat., except today’s only performance is at 3pm.)ongoing
11th Annual Festival of Trains: Held
Dec. 14 - Jan. 4 at the History Center of Traverse City. Featuring the
Historic Miniature City from Clinch Park, interactive model trains &
more. Dec. 16-20: Santa visits nightly, 5-7pm. Admission: $5
individuals (4 & under free), $30 family pass.
Arnold Employees Collecting Donations: Of
new, unopened toys & non-perishable food items. Donations go to
Toys for Little Ones. Through Dec. 20 at the St.Ignace Dock 1 Ticket
Office. Drop off: Mon. - Sat., 7am-4pm & Sun., 10:30am- 4:30pm.
East Jordan Lighted Christmas Village: In EJ Tourist Park through Jan. 5.
Lighted Village & Model Train Display: At 138 River St., downtown Elk Rapids. Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through Christmas from noon-5. www.elkrapidschamber.org
Visit Santa & Mrs. Clause: In Grand Traverse Resort & Spa’s Gallery of Shops on the lobby level, 6-8pm, on: Dec. 7, 14, & 21.
Sparkle in the Park: Through Jan. 1 at Hopkins Park Campground, Bear Lake. http://suapi2.org/api/0/e/detail/options:eventid=30729
Earthwork Music Mondays Live: Starting in Dec., 6-8pm, Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.
Christmas at the Island House: This
special holiday exhibit is open on Fridays & Saturdays from 1-4pm,
from Dec. 6 - Jan. 5 at the Elk Rapids Historial Society.
Visits with Santa: Saturdays through Dec. at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey.
Technique Cooking: Thurs., Fri. & Sat. at noon; Thurs., 5:15pm, at Fustini's, Petoskey. Cost, $10 which goes toward purchase.
Winter Farmers Market: Held the second Thursday of each month at the Civic Center, East Jordan. Special holiday date: Dec. 23.
Michigan Folksong Legacy: Discoveries from the Great Depression, a traveling exhibit from MSU, at the Dennos Museum Center, TC, through Jan. 5. www.dennosmuseum.org
Calling Poetry Submissions: The annual Poets’ Night Out presented by the Traverse Area District Library is now accepting poetry submissions until Jan. 25 for its 2014 public poetry contest on April 27 at the Traverse City Opera House. Visit www. tadl.org/pno2014 for official entry form & submission details.
Village Farmers Market: Saturday, indoors at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 10am-2pm.
Petoskey Winter Farmers Market: Fridays, 8:30am-1pm, NCMC Student Services Bldg.
Harbor Springs Winter Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9am, HS Middle School.
Frankfort Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9-1, inside Lions Club.
Boyne City Indoor Market: Every Sat., Nov.-April at the Red Barn, next to the Boyne District Library on Park Street, 9am-1pm.
Kids Open MIC: Held every Saturday at 3pm at Northern Natural Cider House, TC. 943-1078.
22nd Annual Tree of Lights: For each $10 donation either in honor or in memory of a pet or person, a light will be lit on the Christmas Tree of Lights. Cherryland Humane Society, TC. Donations can be sent here too. 946-5116.art
Blissfest Music Organization invites artists to submit designs to be
considered for the 34th annual Blissfest Music Festival logo. Submissions
must be original artwork & of a size easily scalable for a variety
of uses including T- shirts & posters. All formats are acceptable,
however, digital artwork preferred in a vectored format. Entries must be
received by Feb. 1. For more info, visit: www.blissfest.org
Holiday Art Exhibit: Animal acrylics & watercolors artist Anni Crouter is one of ArtPrize 2013’s top winners. See her exhibit at Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids now through Dec. 29: Weds. - Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., noon - 4pm. 231 264-0123.
Milagros: This all media exhibit runs from Dec. 6 - Jan. 12 at Charlevoix Circle of Arts. This is a collection created by members of the Fiber Artists Coalition that celebrate “milagros,” the small miracles & surprises in life. 231-547-3554.
Christmas at the Manistee Art Institute: Member
artists feature many different mediums from watercolors and pastels to
ceramics, pottery, collage, photography, mixed media and fabric art.
Hardy Hall, Ramsdell Theatre, Manistee. For times & more info, call
Crooked Tree Arts Center’s 2013 Holiday Art Bazaar: Held through Dec. 18 at CTAC galleries. (231) 347-4337. www.crookedtree.org
Jordan River Arts Council’s Gift Market: Held through Dec. 20 at East Jordan High School Auditorium. jordanriverarts.com or 231-536-3385.
“Cabin Fever”: Exhibit at the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Frankfort, through Jan. 3.
Dennos Museum Center, TC: “Shine On:
Gregory D. Seman”: Photographs of Northwest Michigan. A solo exhibition
of black & white silver gelatin prints, presented in association
with the publication of a book by the same name. Through Jan. 5; “Art of
the Sleeping Bear Dunes”: Transforming Nature into Art. More than 100
artworks in a variety of media including acrylic, oil, watercolor, &
fabric, from some the region’s most versatile artists. Exhibition
produced in conjunction with release of book by the same name. www.dennosmuseum.org
Glancing Back, Looking Forward: Featuring work by Delbert Michel, Village at Grand Traverse Commons, through Dec.
Call for Artists: Accepting
all types of media for the March exhibit, "Community, What's Your
Connection?", at Bay Pointe Church, TC, Feb. 24- 28. Opening March 14,
Art of Recovery: The Human Journey: Exhibition hosted by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health at the InsideOut Gallery, TC. northernlakescmh.org.
Bier Art Gallery’s 4th Annual Ornament Show: Located
in the red & white schoolhouse 6 miles south of Charlevoix on US
31. Discover a unique selection of handmade ornaments & gifts
featuring the creative works of many talented artisans. Bier Gallery is
open daily throughout the holiday season & the ornament show will
continue through this time as well. 231-547-2288.
Art of the Watershed: Featuring Lindy Bishop & Heather Harris-Brady, at the Watershed Center, TC. A portion of sales protect GT Bay. www.gtbay.org
The Shards of Winter Exhibition: Through March at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447. www.threepinesstudio.com
Fresh Air: Plein air paintings by Heidi Marshall at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village.
Art Babes Reunion!: This holiday show runs through Christmas; Tues. - Sat., 11am-6pm, Cog’s Creek Gallery & Studios, TC. www.cogscreekgallery.com
Calling Artists!: The Gaylord Area Council for the Arts calls entry for the 2014 Juried Photography Exhibit. Registration & info available at: www.gaylordarts.org or 989-732-3242. Entries should be submitted by email from Dec. 16 - Jan. 10. GACA is also looking for high school age students from the area to enter the Visual Arts Student Award show. Entries taken Dec. 14-21. Form available on web site or at the Arts Center.
Green Room Romp: Parallel 45, a professional theatre company based in northern Michigan, presents its holiday fundraiser extravaganza this Saturday, December 21 at the InsideOut Gallery, TC at 7pm. Featuring local music by Miriam Pico, food & drink as well as a performance of The Complete Wrks of W llm Shkspr (Abridged). Tickets, $50. www.parallel45.org