— To the Interlochen Center for the Arts community. After 20-plus years of dreaming, drawn and re-drawn blueprints and fundraising, the Music Center opened its doors to eager Interlochen faculty members, students and alumni during a Thursday evening dedication.
The 65,000-square-foot space boasts 25 instruction rooms, two rehearsal halls and 10 practice studios. It also houses new offices for music staff, conference rooms and work and meeting spaces for students.
Fundraising for the center — and other major Interlochen projects — has topped $135 million. Construction of the center itself ran the academy about $24 million, Interlochen President Trey Devey said.
“Now there will be one central hub for music — a permanent place that shapes the future of any musician that seeks artistic and personal enlightenment here at Interlochen," said Devey.
“Just imagine the possibilities.”
— To the Traverse City St. Francis baseball team, which has won 46 Lake Michigan Conference games in a row. The Gladiators finished off another undefeated LMC slate — their third in a row — with a 15-0 and 7-2 sweep of Kalkaska. It also wraps up St. Francis’ sixth straight LMC championship.
“We’ve had about 10 one-run games in there,” Gladiators coach Tom Passinault said. “The streak just keeps adding up.”
— To the Traverse City Pit Spitters baseball team, which awarded a $2,500 grant to American Legion Post 35 as part of the Share the Glove program, which is operated by the Northwoods League Foundation. The award goes toward equipment, including catcher’s gear, batting helmets, gloves, baseballs and bats for youth ages 9-12.
— To Traverse City Track Club, DTE Energy Foundation and Tri-County Bicycle Association-DALMAC Fund officials. TART Trails recently received funding for the work on a 1.7-mile portion of the trail between Three Mile and Hastings roads. The Track Club, Foundation and DALMAC Fund each donated $10,000. The project involves replacing the aging asphalt trail, new parking, road crossings, landscaping and public art.