Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 2, 2013

Community in Brief: 06/02/2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — Night of Harmony

TRAVERSE CITY — “The Tunes of Our Times” is the theme for the Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus June Night of Harmony.

Concerts feature the guest quartet Ebb N’ Flow and start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Lars Hockstad Auditorium in Central Grade School, 301 W. Seventh St.

Tickets are $16 each; $14 each for groups of 10 or more. They are available at the Captain’s Quarters, from chorus members, at or, or by calling (800) 836-0717.

Ice cream and fun

TRAVERSE CITY — Buchan’s Blueberry Hill and the Traverse City Parrothead Club are planning an Ice Cream Social and Family Fun Day to benefit United Way of Northwest Michigan.

The fundraiser will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Buchan’s, 1472 Nelson Road. Games, activities and hot dogs are included in the $5 admission. There also will be a petting zoo, bounce houses, lawn games, food, Buchan’s homemade ice cream and more. United Way will be collecting new and gently used children’s books and book donors receive $1 off the entry fee.

Proceeds benefit United Way community grants. For details, call Michelle Gallagher, 947-3200, ext. 201.

Pottery trunk show

TRAVERSE CITY — Americana Gallery will hold its annual Polish Pottery Trunk Show from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the store, 224 E. Front St. New patterns, shapes and sizes will be available and the importer will be on hand to answer questions.


Contra dance

TRAVERSE CITY — The Bayside Travellers Dance Society will host a contra dance Saturday, June 8, at Twin Lakes Park, 6800 N. Long Lake Road.

A free lesson from 7 to 7:45 p.m. will be followed by dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. to music by Aunt Lou and the Oakland County All Stars. Admission is $8 for members, $10 for non-members and $6 for students with ID. For details, call 313-2596, email or visit

Trash to Treasure

CHARLEVOIX — Johanna Alexander from Castle Farms will lead a “Trash to Treasure” workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Castle Farms, 5052 M-66 North.

Participants will learn how to turn bottles and other household items into something new and unique. Admission is $5 or $3 with a non-perishable food donation for the Manna Food Project. Reservations are required; call 237-0884 or email

Legacy Gala

NOVI — David David Barr and Beth Dwaihy-Barr will receive the Legacy Award Saturday, June 15, at the Legacy Gala at the Novi Civic Center. The gala is the signature fund-raising event for Michigan Legacy Art Park located in Thompsonville.

David Barr has been a sculptor for 50 years and is the founder of Michigan Legacy Art Park. His wife, Beth, played a fundamental role in his career and has touched and influenced the lives of many through her own work as a professional dancer, instructor and choreographer. They will receive the Legacy Award at the event, which features a reception, music by Michele Ramo, a silent auction, dinner and a keynote speech by former Novi Mayor David Landry.

Tickets are $75 each and are available at or by calling 378-4963. To become an event sponsor, contact Renee Hintz, 378-4963 or

Wine fest addition

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival has added a new Winemaker’s Party to its line-up.

The event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 21, will be held under the tent on the festival grounds at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Attendees can mingle with local winemakers as they each pour a specially selected wine and talk about their wine and the art of wine making. Seven area chefs also will serve small plates inspired by the wine and fresh local ingredients.

Tickets for the Winemaker’s Party are $50 each and include eight wine tasting tickets and three small plate tickets. Additional plates and pours will be available. Entrance to the party is also included in the Wine Festival weekend pass, which is $70 per person. Tickets are available at

Rolling Thunder set

MANISTEE — Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter #1 will host its fourth “Thunder at the River” salute to veterans.

The Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23, event will be held at the Little River Casino Resort, U.S. 31 and M-22. Saturday events include the traveling Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall, the Pure Thunder Veterans Memorial Ride from noon to 3 p.m., blessing of the bikes, a classic bike show, live music, silent auction, refreshments and more. Activities on Sunday include a non-denominational worship service from 10 to 11 a.m., a Poker Run from noon to 2 p.m., vendors, prize drawings, silent auction, food and beverages and more.

For details or ride information, visit, or

National Theatre set

WASHINGTON — The oldest continuously operating theater in the nation’s capital that has drawn top performers dating back decades before the Civil War is getting a fresh start and a makeover after years of struggle.

A season of shows announced this week at the National Theatre includes its first world premiere of a new musical bound for Broadway in years — “If/Then,” from the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning “Next to Normal,” will star Idina Menzel in November.

The season also includes the return of “West Side Story.”