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Jamie Kauffold - December 16th, 2013  

DEC 16-22

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

monday 12/16

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”.

tuesday 12/17

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.

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.

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. or 231-941-0960.

Night Lights Digital Photography: With Lisa Lirones. 5pm, Alden District Library. $5 materials fee. 231-331-4318.

wednesday 12/18

InterActive Story Time: Enjoy “Bear Stays Up” by Karma Wilson. 11am, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC.

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.

thursday 12/19

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. 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.

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.

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

Interlochen Arts Academy Choir & Band: 7:30pm, Corson Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tickets: $10 adults, $7 seniors & students.

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.

friday 12/20

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.

Naughty & Nice Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction: A benefit for Women’s Resource Center, TC. 5pm, Side Traxx, TC. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wheat the Pearents Release Party: 7pm, Brewery Ferment, TC. A festive winter wheat beer that features pear, vanilla and oak chips.

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.

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.

Santa’s Workshop: 12-2pm, Rose Garden Veranda, Perry Hotel, Petoskey. Visit Santa in his sleigh.

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”.

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.

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.

“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). 231-347-2750.

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.

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. 941-4234.

Glenn Wolff: This artist & illustrator will sign any of his work for you at Brilliant Books, TC from 2- 5pm.

“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. 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.

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.

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.

Santa Breakfast: 8:30-11am, Perry Hotel, Petoskey.

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 Rules”.

TLC Handbell Concert: 2pm, Traverse Area District Library, TC.

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.

“The Nutcracker: (See Sat., except today’s only performance is at 3pm.)


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.

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.

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.

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. 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.


The 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:

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 231-723-2682.

Crooked Tree Arts Center’s 2013 Holiday Art Bazaar: Held through Dec. 18 at CTAC galleries. (231) 347-4337.

Jordan River Arts Council’s Gift Market: Held through Dec. 20 at East Jordan High School Auditorium. 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.

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, 6pm. 922-9882.

Art of Recovery: The Human Journey: Exhibition hosted by Northern Lakes Community Mental Health at the InsideOut Gallery, TC.

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.

The Shards of Winter Exhibition: Through March at Three Pines Studio, Cross Village. 231-526-9447.

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.

Calling Artists!: The Gaylord Area Council for the Arts calls entry for the 2014 Juried Photography Exhibit. Registration & info available at: 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.

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