National Morel Mushroom Festival: May 16-19, Boyne City. Today includes the Morel Breakfast, 59th Annual Morel Mushroom Competitive Hunt, "Run For Their Lives" 5K, Taste of Morels, concert featuring Yankee Station & more.
30th Annual Zoo-De-Mack: May 17-18. Today includes registration from 7:30-10:30am in the lobby below the Zoo Bar; the ride starts between 7:30am & 10:30am at Boyne Highlands in the Ski Area Parking Lot; lunch from 10:30am-2pm at Legs Inn; Post Ride Party from 12-5pm at The Crossings, Mackinaw City.
Benzie Audubon Club Big Day Bird Count: You will count only species, not individual birds, & look wherever you wish in Benzie County. After a morning of birding, meet for a brown bag lunch & tally at the home of the club’s president, Sally Cook. 231-930-8722.
Early Morning Bird Hike at Lighthouse West: Light House West Natural Birding: Warbler Wave & more. Docents Ann McInnis, Ed Ketterer & Bert Thomas will guide birders to learn on this birdie “bed & breakfast” (and nesting) natural area.
GT Conservation District Native Plant Sale: Featuring over 50 species of native plants. Plant experts will also be on hand to help answer questions about what plants would work best in your landscape.
Enhance East Jordan: Five projects to choose from: Friends of the Jordan, City of East Jordan - Parks, East Jordan Public School - Bike Trail, Grandvue Medical Care Facility, or Raven Hill Discovery Center. Register: firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-536-7351.
Great Northern Fine Art - Fine Craft Expo: An outstanding fine art—fine craft open to all MI artists 18 & older, offering eight juried category awards - $500 each, & a grand award determined by the People’s Choice: $1,500. Can submit through May 31. Downtown Grayling becomes an art gallery during the fifteen days of voting: July 19-Aug. 3. Artists’ demos & the Performing Arts Music Competition will take place on Sat., Aug. 3, ...
The Cats On The Prowl: A Superior Adventure Exhibition: In 2016 five Leelanau County painters followed in the historic footsteps of seven Canadian painters. The result is a visual record of “The Cats on the Prowl: A Superior Adventure.” An exhibition of paintings generated by that trip are on display, May 10–26. A reception to meet the artists is Fri., May 10, 6–8pm. GAAC hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-3pm; & 12-4pm on Sun.
"Italy: Close Up": An opening will be held on Fri., May 10 from 6-8pm. Photographers Kathie Carpenter, Marilyn Hoogstraten, Kathy Silbernagle & Babs Young will discuss how their photography captured the beauty of a country as well known as Italy from a fresh perspective. Runs through May 25.
2019 Empire Asparagus Festival: Friday night includes a pig roast & live music by Jack Pine. Sat. includes the 5k Kick Yer Ass-paragus Fun Run/Walk at Empire Beach, live music by the Benzie Playboys, 5th Gear Band & others, the Asparagus Recipe Contest & Cook-Off & much more.
Call For Artists: Modern Archetypes: An all female artist exhibit exploring the idea of human consciousness & how archetypes unite all of us. Submit up to 2 pieces each which really capture the idea of the role archetypes play not only in your own life personally, but in society as a whole. Deadline to apply is July 1 at midnight. Exhibit runs Sept. 6 - Oct. 4.
Days for Girls/Rumpled Quilts Kin Guild: The quilt guild along with the Days for Girls in Benzie (Kathy Ross) are making reusable sanitary products for third world countries. Days for Girls is a non-profit organization that helps girls stay in school & retain dignity, giving back important days of their lives. Anyone who would like to participate in this project can help for any amount of time.
Knee-High Naturalist: Critter Catchers (3-5 Year Olds): Take a peek under logs & turn over leaves to uncover some critters. Take a look at the world of insects & decomposers to discover their unique adaptations & the places they call home. Pre-register: 231.347.0991 or landtrust.org/events/.
Spring Hike at Old Indian Trail: Join botanist Judy Kelly as she shares her knowledge about woodland flora & fauna. Please pre-register for the free event by contacting the Benzie Conservation District: 231-882-4391; email@example.com.
Journal-Keeping in Nature: A Workshop with Karen Anderson: Join IPR essayist Karen Anderson for a discussion of journal-keeping in nature—with tips, prompts, & sample writings from many famous naturalists, including Annie Dillard, Peter Matthiessen, Aldo Leopold, & Terry Tempest Williams. Bring a notebook & favorite writing implement. Be prepared for going outdoors for a brief excursion.
"Bodies of... Juried Exhibition of Ceramic Arts": Juror Sigrid Zahner selected approximately 60 works by Great Lakes regional artists to be included in this exhibition. Runs April 27 - July 20. An opening reception will be held on Sat., April 27 from 2-4pm.
"DRAWN TO" Women of Contemporary Illustration: A curated exhibit featuring 14 female illustrators from around the world. Runs May 3 - June 7. An opening reception will be held on Fri., May 3 from 5-9pm (during Art Walk).
"Portraits of Whimsy": Paintings, assemblages & sculptures that illustrate that "whimsy" can truly acquire the status of sophisticated fine art. An opening reception will be held on Fri., April 12 from 5-7pm. Runs through June 8.
"The Art of Coming Undone" Exhibit: Over 40 artists interpreting the work of Daniel Belardinelli. An opening reception will be held on Fri., May 3 from 5-9pm during the Downtown Traverse City Art Walk. Exhibit runs through mid-June.
Horizon Books, TC Events: 11:30am-12:30pm: Book Release Party with Brianne Farley, author of "Charlotte the Scientist Finds a Cure." 2-4pm: Mary K. Eastman will sign her book "Return to Sleeping Bear."
Centennial Summer Fun Open House: Celebrate the MI state parks centennial & National Kids to Parks Day. Get ideas for family-friendly outdoor fun offered by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) & area organizations to encourage learning-through-adventure all summer long. “Touch the Trucks” where kids can get hands-on with the biggest equipment the DNR uses to maintain parks, stock fish, enforce laws & fight fires. Participate in the Centennial Summer Fun ...
Mohawks for Munson: Annual fundraising event that supports the local cancer community & Cowell Family Cancer Center at Munson Health Center, TC. Register. Enjoy BBQ, live music by Mike Moran, free Moomers ice cream, a bounce house, face painting, crafts for kids, Mohawk shaving & a faux-hawk styling for kids.
Science Day: Earth & Space: Featuring activities developed by the National Informal STEM Education Network. Kids of all ages can take part in ‘make-it, take-it activities’ which will give guests an opportunity to construct an electroscope to detect static electricity, make a pocket solar system, build & test simple rockets & more. 231-536-3369.
Water Sensors Career Exploration Day: This session recaps & continues to work with water sensors, with an exploration of groundwater & inland streams. It wraps up with careers in water round table. For ages 11-20. Contact: Mark Ewing: 231.631.7490; firstname.lastname@example.org
Gallery Talk: "Discovering Life in a Package": Enjoy a guided, interactive viewing of Orna Ben-Ami’s Entire Life in a Package exhibition. Led by Rev. Wayne Dziekan, the program will focus on connecting the exhibition’s art & message to our own lives & experiences with the goal of helping to build solidarity with migrants, refugees & asylum-seekers around the world. Reserve your spot: 995-1055.
"Bodies of Color... Recent Work by DeCarlo Logan": Logan’s artwork analyzes the intangible aspects of identity to encourage dialog & understanding. Two recent mixed media series by the artist will be on display. Runs April 27 - July 20.
The Return of the Crosshatch Benefit: A mid-spring dance party featuring DJ Ras Marco, a local food special, the launch of the Crosshatch spring matching gift campaign, & the first ever Imperial Crosshatch Beer.
Flag Raising Tailgate Party at West Bay Beach Resort: Join the American Legion & VFW for a Flag Raising Ceremony from 6-6:30pm featuring Levi Britton singing the National Anthem. Relax and dance after the ceremony to the tunes of Levi Britton and Sweetwater Blues Band from 6:30-10pm.
Benefit for Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation: Sponsored by the Singing Sisters of Northern Michigan, Gaia Women of the Great Lakes Basin and St. Andrews Social Justice Committee, this benefit supports the concern of Michiganders for our water, one-fifth of the world’s fresh water. People in MI are particularly concerned with the health of the Great Lakes surrounding our state.
Peter "Madcat" Ruth: Enjoy this Ann Arbor Grammy Award-winning virtuoso harmonica player. Peter also sings & plays ukulele, guitar, high-hat, jaw-harp, penny-whistle, kalimba, banjo & other folk instruments.
THE WHO'S TOMMY: By Peter Townshend & Des McAnuff. After witnessing an accidental murder, a young boy is so traumatized that he loses his ability to see, hear, or speak. He also ceases to care about life & suffers various abuses until he discovers pinball. Tickets: 947-2210, oldtownplayhouse.com, or at OTP Box Office.