16th Annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run: This event showcases high performance boats, roaring through the waters of Lake Charlevoix & Lake Michigan on a 150-mile excursion to get the best poker hand. Lakeside viewing of the parade lap of these boats starts at about 10am Saturday in Boyne City. For the registered captains & crew members, the day includes card stops in Elk Rapids, Northport, Bay Harbor, Harbor Springs & Horton Bay, ...
Beach Trash Art Exhibit: Artist Deborah Hecht uses objects she has found on Lake Michigan beach to create mosaics. Runs June 21 - July 20. A silent auction will be held from 5:30-7pm on June 21 with remaining pieces for sale until July 20. Proceeds from the sale of her mosaics throughout the month-long exhibit benefit Inland Seas Education Association.
Gaylord Alpenfest: July 9-13. Today includes the 43rd Annual Alpenfest Run (10K, 5K, 1 Mile, Kids Run), Gaylord Alpenfest Art Van Grand Parade, Petoskey Steel Drum Band Concert, Classic Car & Truck Show, Alpenfest Idol Finals, Martial Arts & much more.
39th Annual Blissfest Folk & Roots Music Festival: July 12-14. A celebration of music, culture, art & community featuring a world of diverse & innovative folk, world & roots music & dance. Artists include Spirit Lake, Kellerville, Nathan & Jesse Band, Luke Winslow King Band, Ben Daniels Band, The Brothers Crunch, Thrift Shop Cowboys, Turbo Pup, May Erlewine Trio, The Fitzgeralds & many others.
Adopt-A-Highway Clean-up: Help clean up a 3 mile stretch of highway along M-72 near Valley Road. Meet at the District Office (406 S. Cedar St., Suite A, Kalkaska) to carpool to adopted section. Equipment (gloves, safety vests, sunblock, grabbers tools) & light refreshments provided. RSVP's are welcomed online or by calling 231-258-3307.
New Views: Home/Place - An Exhibition: A juried show of 27 2D & 3D works that explores home & place identity from original & unexpected perspectives. The exhibition opens Fri., June 7 with a 6pm reception & continues through Aug. 8. There will also be a full range of programs – from author interviews to panel discussions -- that explore the exhibition’s theme from a wide variety of perspectives. Beginning June 1, ...
"Impressions Small Works Showcase": Presented by the American Impressionist Society. Nearly 200 original paintings from artists across the nation will be on display for this showcase. Runs through Aug. CTAC will host a four-day Impressionist plein air paint out in the Petoskey area on June 5–8, which will culminate with a “wet paint sale” & opening reception from 5-8pm on Sat., June 8. There will also be live painting demonstrations ...
"Small Works, Big Impact: Community College Project": Over 100 community members, ages 3 to 80+ created work for this exhibition. It is a fundraiser & as the work sells, it is taken off the wall. Runs through Aug. 16.
Fly Fishing: Join the LTC & Miller Van Winkle Trout Unlimited Chapter for a morning of fly fishing, fly & knot tying & aquatic insect discovery along the Pigeon River. Equipment & snacks provided. Age requirement: 8 & up; limited to 15 participants. Location: Agnes S. Andreae Nature Preserve. Register: 231.347.0991.
The Magic Thursday Artists Summer Show & Sale: Runs July 1 - Aug. 31. Enjoy over 100 works of original art in oil, pastel, acrylic & watercolor. Hours are weekdays from 10am-5pm. The opening reception is on July 10 from 5-7pm. A special feature this year is “Art Takes Flight," a nod to the beauty of birds in northern MI.
Traverse Area Historical Society Downtown Tours: Meet at the Perry Hannah statue at the corner of Sixth & Union streets. These tours are conducted by guides with a special interest in TC history & provide an experience of TC’s past. Find 'TAHS Downtown Walking Tours' on Facebook.
"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.
"Pencil and Paper": This summer is dedicated to the fine art of drawing, a fundamental building block of which most other forms of art are created. This exhibit will highlight works from three regional artists: Paul VanHeest, James Johnson, Erwin P. Lewandowski, & two Charlevoix-based artists: Paul Andrzejewski & Steve Toornman. Runs June 14 - Aug. 10.
Authors Signings: 11am-1pm: Brandon Kroupa will sign his book, "The Seventh Year." 1-3pm: Maggie Pill will sign her book, "Captured, Escape, Repeat." 3-5pm: Susan Crandall will sign her book, "The Myth of Perpetual Summer."
"Minglings: The Migration": Featuring internationally recognized fiber artist Gerhardt Knodel. Inspired by a 17th century Ming dynasty textile fragment that traveled in its day from China to Portugal. Runs June 9 - Sept. 8. Open daily 10am-5pm & Sundays from 1-5pm.
Charles Murphy Presents "Little Dwellings of Wildwood Lane" Home Tour: Murphy will talk about the tiny dwellings he has created for his latest children’s book. You can doodle as you listen to stories about each little home’s inhabitants.
"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.
National Writers Series: An Evening with Doug Brinkley. Doug is CNN's presidential historian & a professor of history at Rice University. He is also the author of 12 books, including five New York Times bestsellers. He'll take stage with John U. Bacon to talk about his newest book, "American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race."
TC Class of '99, 20 Year Reunion: TC Central & TC West High Schools Class of 1999, 20th Class Reunion. Catering provided by Sugar 2 Salt Beer and Wine; included with admission. Discounted tickets on sale until July 7: $50. Full price tickets on sale 7 days prior to event & at the door: $60.
"Music for a Summer Day": Presented by North Oakland Concert Band. Featuring a mix of musical genres including "Music from the Incredibles" & "Navigation Inn." Robyn Myers will perform "Rhapsody for Flute" & James Kircoff will play "Rhapsody for Euphonium," plus much more.
HAIR Presented by Parallel 45 Theatre: HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical Books and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado. Music by Galt McDermott. The new outdoor venue will have food trucks, wine & more. Complimentary post-show talk back on July 14 after 2pm matinee.
Leelanau Conservancy Yoga Summer Series: With Katherine Palms. Proceeds benefit the Leelanau Conservancy. A slow flow practice modified for outdoor purposes. The focus is on integrating breath & movement through Sun Salutations, balancing & core work. All levels welcome.