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Historic Barns Park Open House set for Saturday, October 5

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – September 26, 2013 – Curious about all the work going on around those big old barns at the Grand Traverse Commons?

A behind-the-scenes look at the ongoing redevelopment of Historic Barns Park will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to the public, the free “Walk in the Park” Open House is a great opportunity to learn more about park projects and activities.

Once the agricultural area for the former Traverse City State Hospital, Historic Barns Park is being redeveloped into a unique multi-use public park that includes space for agriculture, horticulture, recreation, education and community events.

The 56-acre park is owned and managed by the joint Traverse City/Garfield Township Recreational Authority, with management and programming assistance from two community nonprofit organizations, the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park and SEEDS. The park is also home to a large community garden. Docents and representatives from park programs will be on hand throughout the event to give tours and answer questions. Maps and directions for self-guided tours will also be available. Specific programming includes:

10:30 a.m. – Welcoming remarks and brief park overview, Traverse City/Garfield Township Recreational Authority
11:00 a.m. – Agricultural overview, SEEDS
11:15 a.m. – Community Garden overview

Years of planning and fundraising led to a busy construction season this past spring and summer, including environmental and demolition work on several park buildings, the installation of a geothermal well field to help heat and cool the massive Cathedral Barn, the construction of a new commuter trail across the length of the park, and extensive remodeling of the former farm granary into a new Visitor Center that will be the home base for the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. The “Walk in the Park” will be the first public opportunity for a sneak peek inside the new Visitor Center, which will not officially open until next spring.

“We hope everyone comes out to take a Walk in the Park and help us celebrate the progress being made this year,” said Ross Biederman, chair of the Recreational Authority Board of Directors.

Historic Barns Park sits on the northwest corner of the intersection of Silver Lake Road and Franke Road/Silver Drive. Day-of-event parking is available at the nearby Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) on Red Drive, or at Copper Ridge. Shuttles will be available between the park and TBAISD. For more information, visit www.historicbarnspark.com or call 231-929-3696.

Fundraising is ongoing for additional capital improvements to the park. All donations at this time are being matched by another donor, currently doubling every dollar that is pledged to the Historic Barns Park and Botanic Garden campaign. Donations can be made through the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation at (231) 935-4066 or http://www.gtrcf.org/give/our-funds.html/75/.

Arlo Guthrie Comes to Traverse City Opera House

Arlo Guthrie, the eldest son of America's most beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie performs a night of inspiring music accompanied by heartwarming storytelling. With his exceptional solo skills, Arlo proves that the folk tradition his father helped create is still alive and well.
 
 
"Backed by a band which includes his son Abe on keyboards, Guthrie performs a set that touches all four corners of the fabric of American music, including standards, some of his own songs (along with the Steve Goodman-penned "City of New Orleans," which he made famous) and Woody Guthrie's anthem "This Land Is Your Land." This is a unique opportunity to see this legend perform!
 
Arlo Guthrie “Here Come the Kids”
City Opera House
Friday, October 4, 2013
City Opera House
Box Office 231-941-8082 xt201
Order online at www.cityoperahouse.org

 
 
 

Experience the Moody Blues at Soaring Eagle Casino

For over thirty years, The Moody Blues have been musical mainstays on concert stages, recordings and the airwaves. Their remarkable consistency has generated the sale of over 55 million albums and created a standard for classic rock music which has brought them numerous awards and a priceless place in rock history. Tickets start at just $38!

DATE: Saturday, September 28
TIME: 8PM (Entertainment Hall)
PRICES: $38, $44, $55 & $59
TICKETS: ON-SALE NOW!


Midland Will Be Filled With Hot Air This Weekend

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Midland - The RE/MAX of Midland Balloon Festival is celebrating their 23nd Anniversary September 12-15, 2013 at the Midland County Fairgrounds, which kicks off the United Way campaign in Midland. The launch is usually between 8:00-8:30 and is a beautiful sight to see on your way to work, school or just enjoying the day. Later that morning, the pilots will visit the area elementary schools and talk about their experiences and give them a little education on hot air ballooning.
The public is invited to Midland County Fairgrounds for all events at no charge other than a canned food item for the Food Pantry of Midland County. RE/MAX of Midland is probably the only big hot-air balloon show in Michigan that does not charge admission. This is just a reminder that THERE ARE NO RIDES GIVEN TO THE PUBLIC. The pilots take up only the sponsors and organizations that help support his event.
The best way to view this event is to come to the Midland County Fairgrounds. For safety reasons we ask that you do not follow the balloons by car or do not cross the ropes on the fairgrounds unless authorized. People like to try and get a closer look, but while the balloons are inflating and deflating this could be very dangerous.
If you would like to see what it’s like to be a crew member, you can call Casey Helmreich at 989-923-4321 and you can volunteer for a pilot that is in need for crew members. Crew members are expected to help throughout the weekend and be prepared by bringing work gloves and being in good physical health and able to lift. This is not an easy task, but very enjoying.
THE FOLLOWING IS A TENTATIVE BALLOON SCHEDULE:
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at approximately 7:30 a.m.
Friday and Saturday evening at approximately 6:00 p.m.
Skydivers are schedule at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Saturday evening
AFTER GLOWS Scheduled for Friday and Saturday evening at DUSK
(All scheduled events are Weather Permitting)
PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR CANNED FOOD DONATIONS
(information obtained from www.MidlandIsHome.com)

Sunday in The Parkapalooza, Sanford Style

Come join the biggest event this September will see.  The Parkapalooza happens this Sunday, Sept 8th, 2013 starting @ noon - Sanford Lake Park.  Featuring 8 bands, Kid's Activities, Sand Sculpting Contest, Huge Silent Auction and much more.
Band Line-Up
12P - Acapulco Gold
1P - Ten Hands Tall
2P - The Juice Roosters
3P - The Matt Ryan Band
4P - The Sinclairs
5P - Steel Wheels
6P - Avenue 5
7P - Burn Around
Come give Summer one last kiss goodbye or celebrate the beginning of Fall with the Annual Parkapalooza.  See you there!

Dally in the Ally, in the D

Who said Summer festivals had to end after Labor Day?  With such a great turnout and excitement still steaming from the hotness in Royal Oak known as Arts, Beats, & Eats, there comes yet another Detroit style event that will satisfy the soul like only Detroiters can.  This Saturday, in Downtown, be sure to check out the ONE DAY ONLY EVENT that will keep you begging for more.

The 36th Annual Dally in the Ally is back.  A 12 hour event with 5 stages, more than enough vendors and thousands of people excited to share in the experience. This Saturday, Sept 7th, from 11A - 11P.
If you're not there, then you better have a good excuse.  Peace out!

For more info.  www.dallyintheally.com

Where Will You Be This Saturday?

Are You Going to Chris Cagle Saturday September 7th Tickets On Sale: Thursday, May 16th Advance Tickets: $27 + $3 Handling Doors @ 7, Show @ 8 Must be 18+ w/Valid Photo ID  *For Reserved Tables, Bottle Service, Group Services: Call 231-932-1300 TICKETS WILL NOT BE SHIPPED. YOU MUST PICK TICKETS UP AT THE STREETERS BOX OFFICE USING VALID PHOTO ID. *For pick up, Box Office hours are Monday - Friday: 3pm - 6pm in Traverse City?

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