17th Annual Young Writers Juried Exposition: Call for Young Writers: Elementary, middle & high school students who attend schools served by the Char-Em ISD (or home school students in Charlevoix or Emmet counties) are invited to submit one work of poetry, prose, or one of each. Must be submitted online by a parent or teacher beginning at 9am on Tues., April 2 through 5pm on Fri., April 12. The submission page is located under Teacher Resources ...
Call For Artists: The call is open now through Mon., March 4 for the American Impressionist Society’s third annual “AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase.” This 2019 summer exhibition will run from Sat., June 1 through Sat., Aug. 31. All submissions must be oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, or gouache, & submitted by current American Impressionist Society (AIS) members.
Frozen Torch 5K Snowshoe Race & Winter Carnival: YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha's annual snowshoe race will be followed by the Winter Carnival. The carnival is free & includes a zip line, climbing tower, arts & crafts & more.
2019 Juried Photography Exhibition: Juried by John Fergus-Jean, this exhibition includes 43 photographs by 34 exhibiting photographers of local & regional acclaim. An opening reception will be held on Sat., Jan. 19 from 2-4pm.
Fire & Ice: Enjoy a trailside bonfire with wine & beer tasting & marshmallow roasting from 12-2pm; Gnome House Hunt from 9am-6pm; sledding; Children's Biathlon at 11:30am; Snowshoe Biathlon at noon; X-Country Ski Biathlon at 1pm; Fat Tire Bike Biathlon at 2pm; & Snowman Explosion at 3:15pm.
Presidents' Weekend at Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs: Feb. 15-17. Includes a costume contest, Rail Jam, Snow Globe Ski & Snowshoe, Treasure Hunt, live music by Union Guns, Chili Cook off, & Murder Mystery Dinner.
Betsie Bay Frozen 5K: For runners who are willing to face 10-degree temperatures & 30-mph gusts off Lake Michigan. The course starts at the top of Elberta’s lookout of Lake Michigan & continues down the hill through Elberta, around the bend, along Betsie Bay via scenic M-22, then heads into Frankfort at Main St., with a finish at the other end of downtown, just before you reach the lighthouse. Bussing ...
Breakout for Teens: Teens (13 +) team up with Marla Gerber to solve the Escape Room in a box. BreakoutEDU is a game that will have them thinking critically, problem-solving, troubleshooting, working collaboratively & having fun. Please RSVP by 2/15.
Green Point Dunes Winter Hike: Participants will learn about the property, check out tree species & look for animal tracks. This is a strenuous hike on steep terrain - come prepared with all of your own winter gear, water & a snack.
Knee High Naturalist: Winter Wonderland : For 3-5 year olds. Enjoy a walk through the woods as you gather materials to create your very own nature snowmen, look up close at snowflakes, & discover what stories are left behind in the snow.
Walk 4 Warmth: Enjoy a super-hero themed walk through downtown Cheboygan, with food, music & other activities along the route. All donations go towards the United Way Walk 4 Warmth fund, which provides heating assistance to Cheboygan County residents in need. Walk starts at the Eagles Hall (626 N. Main St., Cheboygan). Registration: 9am; walk: 10am.
Wine Label Art Competition: Mission Point Lighthouse Friends and Bowers Harbor Vineyards are sponsoring a contest to design a label to be used for the BHV 2019 Lighthouse Pinot Grigio release. Visit bowers harbor.com/events for details. Submission deadline is March 11. The winning entry wins a $250 cash prize & will be displayed on each 2019 Lighthouse wine bottle.
Winter Outdoor Fun Day: For children birth to eight, with parents/caregivers. Older siblings welcome too. Includes snowshoeing, nature hikes & exploring, sled rides on the trails, snow mazes, angels, games, hot chocolate, bonfire & more. Find on Facebook.
Winterlochen with brotha james: Interlochen's annual family-friendly outdoor festival celebrating all things winter. Featuring a full day of hands-on experiences, a variety of indoor & outdoor activities, performances & workshops. Held in Corson Auditorium will be an afternoon performance by brotha James, a solo musical performer who does "live looping," which is layering recorded sounds on top of each other to create a full band effect.
Vine To Wine Snowshoe Tour: A snowshoe hike with guides, stopping at Suttons Bay Ciders, Ciccone Vineyards & BigLittle Wines. Enjoy a lunch of chili & soups with wine purchase pick up service. Tour starts at BigLittle & L. Mawby Vineyards, Suttons Bay.
“2019 Crooked Tree Photographic Society Juried Fine Art Show": Juried by current Crooked Tree Photography Society members. Showcases the work of fifteen current members. Subject matter includes, but is not limited to, nature, landscapes, wildlife & northern MI scenes.
Free Ice Fishing Day for Kids at Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga, Alanson: For kids in kindergarten through 8th grade & their parents. Food & fishing gear is supplied. If the outside temperature (including wind chill factor) is below zero degrees, the event will be held on Sun., Feb. 17. There will also be a Snowman Building Competition by the Rec. Hall.
Grand Traverse Art Bomb : A collaborative art show with talent from around northern MI. Featuring three reception events throughout the show. It supports artists & their creative endeavors, by giving them an opportunity to showcase their talents with minimal cost. An Encore Reception will be held on Sat., Feb. 16 with live performances starting at 1pm.
"Entire Life in a Package": The story of millions of refugees with millions of packages, suitcases...sacks. “Life packages” that hold the desire to survive. In this exhibition Ben-Ami sculpts the packages carried by refugees shown in Reuter’s new photos in iron & then mounts them to the photo in place of the photographic image of the package. Runs Feb. 3 - May 5. Hours: Mon.-Sat.: 10am-5pm. Thurs.: 10am-8pm. Sun.: 1-5pm.
2019 Northwest Michigan Regional Juried Exhibition: Featuring art made by local artists over the last year, juried by a regional arts professional. Runs Feb. 3 - May 5. Hours: Mon. - Sat.: 10am-5pm; Thurs.: 10am-8pm; Sun.: 1-5pm.
Chili-Cook Off: Tickets are available at the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Nifty Things, Cellar 152, & the Elk Rapids EZ Mart. Sample each competing chili prepared by Downtown Elk Rapids merchants & restaurants. Once you’ve tried them all, cast your vote for fan favorite.
Benzie Audubon Club Field Trip: You will be looking for waterfowl in the Logan's Landing area of TVC. Doug Cook will lead & help identify birds. Meet at Logan’s Landing off Airport Rd. in TC. Depending on weather, the group may carpool to other nearby locations, so plan to be flexible. Optional post-field-trip gathering for refreshments & birding stories at a local establishment.
GT Democrats' Winter Rally: Featuring Brianna Scott, Jon Hoadley, Betsy Coffia, Bryce Hundley & Paul Kanan. There will be live music by The Lookout Cats Duo. Participants are encouraged to bring a donation for the TC High School Food Pantry. A suggested donation of $20 is also appreciated.
Capitol Steps: The group that puts the “mock” in Democracy. The Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, "Make America Grin Again." No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum & all things equally foolish.
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper: This premier bluegrass fiddler has ten International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards under his belt. He brings his band Flamekeeper.