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Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival – May 23, 2015

The Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival celebrates one of Michigan’s finest natural resources – the unique Petoskey Stone, Michigan’s official state stone.

8:30 a.m. Antrim County Petoskey Stone Festival 5k Fun Race – Register here

Enjoy the flora and fauna of the hiking trails in Antrim County’s Barnes Park! No race fee, pre-registration required or register at race time. Sponsored by Shanty Creek Resorts and the Antrim Conservation District.

9:30 a.m. 10th annual Commissioner’s Kids’ Stone Skipping Contest 

Sponsored by Antrim County Commissioner Mike Crawford and Crawford Builders, LLC. Pre-registration required at PSF registration booth in festival area.

10:00 a.m. Let the fun begin – the festival officially opens!

Fun for everyone all day long, with the best gem and mineral vendors in the Great Lakes, a free Kid’s Trout Fishing Pond sponsored by the Bellaire Conservation Club, the antics of Albo the Clown and well-known juggler Tommy Tropic, great food and entertaining music provided by our beloved Danny Bellenbaum!

11:00 a.m. 10th annual Petoskey Stone Hunt

Keep the stones you find on Barnes Park’s beautiful Grand Traverse Bay beach and win great prizes, too! Pre-registration required at PSF registration booth in festival area. Open to children and adults.

strong>12:00 p.m. 10th annual Betty Dinger Memorial Award

Our annual tribute to the great lady who inspired us and those who have contributed so much to our festival, Antrim County’s tourism industry, and the preservation of Michigan’s natural resources.

1:00 p.m. Rebecca Lessard and the Wings of Wonder

A very special presentation of birds of prey native to our great state of Michigan by one of Michigan’s best known wildlife rehabilitators. Sponsored by Alden State Bank.

2:00 p.m. Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Schaub and “Ruslan”

A very interesting presentation of a law enforcement canine search and rescue team at work! Sponsored by Armor Express.

3:00 p.m. GT Band of Odawa & Chippewa Indians Dance Group 

Watch, learn and enjoy the native music, dances and customs of those who gave Michigan’s state stone its name-a presentation not to be missed! – Sponsored by Dewey Insurance

4:00 p.m. – Festival closes. See you next year!


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Crystal Mountain – 10th Annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival – May 23, 2015

Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment from Sweetwater Blues Band and The RockShow Band while sampling over 75 of Michigan’s finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. Held outdoors, slopeside.

Breweries and Brat Vendors Listed Below!


VIP Access: 3-4pm
Beer and Brat Festival: 4-8pm


VIP Admission

• $40, includes 10 tokens
• Early entrance to festival – 3pm
• Admission includes commemorative drinking glass and t-shirt
• Only available until Friday, May 22, 2015

Day of Admission

• $30, includes 5 tokens
• Additional tokens: $2 each
• Children 2 years old and under are free
• Admission includes commemorative glass, while they last.

Buy Online and Save

Buy Admission Online and in Advance to Save
• $25, includes 5 tokens and a commemorative drinking glass

Must purchase online admission by Friday, May 22, 2015

Buy Admission Online »


Additional tokens cost $2 each and are available for purchase during the festival.
Two Tokens: One whole brat or full glass of beer
One Token: One half brat or half glass of beer


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Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula – Divas Uncorked – June 12, 2015

Get Pampered During Girls’ Night Out

Friday, June 12, 2015

This Girls’ Night Out – which sells out within just a few days – is an evening devoted entirely to women, wine, food, and fun. Enjoy a wine selection served in a souvenir glass with food pairing at each of the eight member wineries, as well as giveaways and pampering. Unwind and recharge as only girls know how!

There are transportation companies which you may hire separately from the event, but most guests simply drive themselves.  The entire peninsula is only 19 miles long and five miles at its widest, so all wineries are within a just a few miles of each other. Click here for a list of transport companies if you’d like to hire a shuttle tour.

Tickets are $35 per person, $25 for our Designated Divas (designated drivers). Tickets will be on sale Monday, April 13, at 10:00 am at this link!

Save the date!
Friday, June 12, 2015


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Leland Wine and Food Festival – June 13, 2015

A northern Michigan tradition…  2nd Saturday in June!

NEW for 2015:
• Timeline change ~ 1-8pm (previously 12-6pm)
• New ticket price ~ $15 online/early ~ now $20 at event
• Three Musicians ~ provide non-stop music!
• Updates & surprises to our Leland Harbor venue!

Summer Bliss Starts Here…
Enjoy tasting award-winning wines from local wineries, delicious specialties from local restaurants and vendors… while soaking up beautiful views of Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands. Our ‘come & go’ re-entry encourages you to explore our beaches, unique shops and Fishtown.

In celebration of our 30th and as The Oldest Wine Festival in Michigan! – we are planning our BEST Festival yet! This year we begin a NEW timeline: 1-8pm (previously 12-6pm) and are jazzing up, and incorporating a few surprises to the venue! Tickets remain the same – $15 if purchased online/early (see below). Tickets purchased at event are now $20 – So, be sure to get your tickets early to save $5!

Spend the day/weekend – kicking your summer off right!
Drum roll… back by popular demand – SOUL PATCH will have everyone groovin’ to their eclectic, organic reggae, bluegrass, funk, surf, rockabilly and blues – beat! Sharing the stage this year – you’ll love sassy, indie folk-rock-blues singer/songwriter Blake Elliot – AND the sweet, smokey melodies of local ​singer/songwriter E Minor.

Tickets ~ New Rate:
Adult – $15 online/early  |  $20 at event
• Age 10-20 or food only – $10 online/early  |  $15 at event
Weekend Package – $30 online only: includes ticket to
Artscape ~ Fri, June 12 (Save $5)

Buy your tickets early to save money & be in the fast line!
Tickets available April 2015:


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Michael McDonald – Interlochen Arts Festival – June 18, 2015

Singer-songwriter Michael McDonald’s style is the embodiment of “blue-eyed soul.” Sing along with favorites such as “I Keep Forgettin’,” “and “What A Fool Believes.”

Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ’70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin'” through two highly-acclaimed Motown albums, genre-busting guest spots and innovative concept shows, the five-time Grammy Award winning McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving.

Beyond his music, McDonald has long been an active humanitarian. He has lent his talents and energies to many causes and benefits, including MusiCares, the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the 7UP Grammy Signature Schools Program and was part of a star-studded lineup at Kokua For Japan, a concert that raised $1.6 million for tsunami relief.

After moving from his hometown of St. Louis to Los Angeles in the early ’70s, McDonald honed his talent as a session musician and singer before being invited to join Steely Dan. Over the course of four classic albums, from Katy Lied to Gaucho, McDonald became an integral part of the group’s sound, singing background vocals on FM staples like “Black Friday” and “Peg.”

In the mid-’70s, McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers, helping the band redefine their funky R & B sound as a singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such Top 40 singles as “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Minute By Minute” and “What A Fool Believes.”

His distinct vocal style also made him one of the world’s most sought-after session singers. Beyond his hits with The Doobies, McDonald has lent his voice to records by an A-Z of artists, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill and Grizzly Bear. During the ’80s and ’90s, his solo career zoomed from success to success on the wings of evergreen hits like “Sweet Freedom,” “On My Own” (a duet with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning duet with James Ingram “Yah Mo B There.”

Continuing to explore new vistas, McDonald released his Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling pair of Motown albums in 2003. Then in 2005, he partnered with Hallmark for a special Christmas album, Through The Many Winters, which sold 500,000 copies in its first two weeks.

In 2008 McDonald released the acclaimed crossover album Soul Speak (which hit three different charts simultaneously), and in 2011 received an honary doctorate from Berklee School of Music. Recently he and co-horts Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs an 11-piece soul supergroup who tour as The Dukes Of September, released their first live DVD. McDonald continues to tour extensively as a solo artist, with symphonies, altruistic events and plans to tour this summer with Toto.

With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes, personal and professional accolades, as well as collaborations with some of the world’s most prominent artists, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music.

Michael McDonald
June 18, 2015 – 8:00pm
Ticket price(s):Platinum $58.50 Gold $53.50 Silver $48.50 Bronze $41.50
Audience: Age 3 and older

Kresge Auditorium


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