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Northern Lake Michigan | M22 Lakeshore Trail



Sunday, March 19, 2023 | 3:00pm
Corson Auditorium
Jim Stephenson, Guest Conductor

The TSO symphonic series continues with an important component of the orchestral genre, namely the ensemble of soloists! Composer and Conductor, Jim Stephenson, leads a program with some of the greatest names in American music, including Copland, and Menotti, as well as his own music inspired by these towering greats. Featuring his homage to this art form, a Concerto for Solo Trumpet inspired by American dance legend, Martha Graham and her collaborations with some of the 20th Century’s most inspiring composers.


St Patrick's Day-Live Music
North Bay Celtic Band

Friday, March 17, 2023  2:30-4:30pm

Ciccone Vineyard and Winery Tasting Room

10343 E Hilltop Road, Suttons Bay, MI 

“North Bay Celtic” formed in the spring of 2007 as a local practice group for the Traverse City Celtic bands, they play jigs, reels and waltzes. Currently, they have a small gang of fiddlers, a couple guitars, flute, mandolin, penny whistle, and a few bodhrans (Irish drum)!

Winter Sport

Crystal Mountain Resort Mid-Week Overnight Stay Specials
Thompsonville, Michigan

Aching for a mid-week getaway - maybe just working remotely in a spot that puts you slopeside for easy ski access? Crystal Mountain resort is offering big savings on overnight stays through March.

Ask about their Stay and Play Midweek specials, with 20% off all lodging.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Ever feel like you’ve stood on top of the world? This is the place to get a taste. Hovering over 400 feet above the vibrant Lake Michigan baby blues, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a treasure that never fails to awe its visitors (and locals). 

If you’re here for a short summer weekend, head to Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive and hop out at the Lake Michigan Overlook. It’s stunning, it’s shocking and it’s an unmatched iconic view. But if you do have the luxury of time, take a tour, scout out a few trails for a hikebike ride or snowshoe, or get a killer workout in at the infamous Dune Climb. Whatever you chose, be sure to stop in at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center in Empire for park updates and information.


Lake Bluff Preserve

Incredible views, lodging on site

Plan early (the best dates go quickly!) for your most cherished event at Lake Bluff Preserve where Mother Nature greets you with gifts of wonderment throughout each season!


Weddings • Family Reunions  •  Corporate Retreats

Caucasian woman laying on sand dune

Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau

Philip A. Hart Visitor's Center
22 miles west of Traverse City


Frequently mentioned favorites

Include the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, Glen Haven Maritime Museum and Life Saving Station, the Dune Climb, canoe trips on the Crystal and Platte Rivers, and the biking and hiking trails - especially the new Heritage Trail for hiking and biking and the new Palmer Woods trail for mountain biking. Those trails with scenic overlooks at Inspiration Point and Pyramid Point are also popular as are the ranger-led tours and campfire programs.  Many visitors enjoy stopping off for an ice cream cone and driving the backcountry roads to see the scenery and wildlife. For more information, visit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.


Charter Specialty Sails

Suttons Bay, Michigan

Two-Hour to Multiple Day Sails


Throughout the summer, the schooners Inland Seas and Utopia are available for charter sails for private and corporate groups. Day programming is available for groups up to 38 people while overnight programs can accommodate 10 people.

  • Team Building

  • Family Events and Milestones 

  • Corporate Retreats

  • Motor Coach Trips

  • Weddings

  • Multi-day Adventures

These custom-made charter sails range from two-hour sails to multiple-day sails and may include optional Great Lakes learning stations like those found on our Day Science and Sailing Programs Pricing varies depending on the season and day of the week. For more information, contact Izzy Cooper at (231) 271-3077 or


830 Cottageview Dr., Traverse City

The Village at

Grand Traverse Commons

Visit the country's largest historic preservation and adaptive reuse development. Located just a few minutes west of Traverse City's downtown shopping area is The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a unique collection of dozens of historic buildings, on beautiful wooded grounds, that are being renovated into an exciting and fun area to explore. In 1885, the State of Michigan chose Traverse City as the site for the Northern Michigan Asylum, a hospital dedicated to the idea that fresh air and beautiful surroundings could ease the suffering of the mentally ill. The hospital closed in 1989, but its extensive forested grounds and stately castle-like buildings have been preserved. The Commons (as it is now called) is a favorite place for walking, running, skiing, and bird watching. Stroll these historic grounds and discover restaurants, retail shops, wineries, a brick oven bakery, and much more.

"A Feral Housewife" Exhibit
Mary Beth Acosta
January 5 thru April 21, 2023
Glen Arbor Arts Lobby Gallery



Working under the creative nom de guerre “The Feral Housewife,” Acosta uses simple, familiar tools and a range of recycled, vintage papers to create collages about mid-century housewives, big-finned cars, and “labor-saving” appliances that were promoted as drudgery-busting machines that would revolutionize the modern home.

A video interview with Acosta about her materials and methods can be seen as part of the online version of this exhibition: A Feral Housewife may be view at the GAAC during business hours. The GAAC is located at 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor.

Spring Short Term Rentals


Lake Bluff Preserve |

Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts
March 25, 2023
Show starts at 7:30 pm

The Neil Diamond Legacy

Coming to The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, don’t miss “The Neil Diamond Legacy.” For more than 50 years, this icon of American music has entertained millions around the world. This exciting show will celebrate his extraordinary career with a concert recreation. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.


Benzie Area Historical Society
and Museum 

View "A History of Frankfort Harbor With Andy Bolander" by clicking the link below.

This lecture was presented on January 19, 2023 at the Benzie Shores District Library in Frankfort, Michigan. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Benzie Area Historical Society, where Andy Bolander is a volunteer research historian. He is the author of “Aux Becs Scies:  Frankfort Harbor 1860-1910.” 


Cotton Creek Farms
11885 Jewell Road,  Thompsonville

Cotton Creek Farms is an alpaca farm with over 50 loving alpacas. The farm offers interactive alpaca tours and onsite shopping for alpaca loves of all ages. You can book a one-hour tour or just stop by and feed the alpacas at the store. The alpacas will be eager to meet you, eat treats from your hand, and take selfies with you. The store is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tours are at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Visit the website's event calendar for a full list of activities and tour times. Tour tickets can be purchased in advance to guarantee your spot. Feed is also available in the store for $1/bag.


Point Betsie Lighthouse

Frankfort, Michigan

Built in 1858, the Point Betsie Lighthouse marks the southern entrance into the Manitou Passage. Ships were guided by a fourth order Fresnel Lens which remains on display in the lighthouse. The Point Betsie Lighthouse was fully automated in 1983 and the light is still fully operating. The lighthouse served as housing for Coast Guard personnel and their families in more recent history. Currently, the building is owned by Benzie County and maintained by the non-profit group, The Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse. The Point Betsie Lighthouse is easily found off of M-22 at the end of Point Betsie Road. The lighthouse opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend and closes near the end of October. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6. For more specific information on open hours, please visit our website. 


Parking at Oliver Art Center is limited. Overflow parking can be found along the east side of Second Street, which leads to Oliver Art Center, as well as on Main Street. Parking is prohibited in the adjacent lots of Harbor Lights, The United States Coast Guard Station, and at private residences.

Schedule an Art Party at Oliver Art Center

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts
132 Coast Guard Rd., Frankfort, MI 49635
T: (231) 352-4151

Host your next birthday party, wedding or baby shower, or night out at Oliver Art Center!

We will work with you to create an artful event for kids or adults, including private art instruction, a yoga class, or cooking class. Our art, pottery, or wellness studios, or kitchen will be yours for the duration of your event.

Please contact us at to plan your event.

Crooked Tree Arts Center

5th Annual Paint Grand Traverse 2023
Paint Grand Traverse is presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center. CTAC is a community-based arts center serving northern Michigan from its campuses in Traverse City and Petoskey.

Paint Grand Traverse is an annual plein air (outdoor) painting festival and competition, presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center and located in Traverse City, Michigan. Each summer, talented artists from across the country come to Traverse City to be inspired by the region's beautiful landscapes, Lake Michigan shorelines, and charming town and villages. The festival includes classes, live demos, kids activities, art sales, exhibitions, and more!


Play Reading: Smokefall

March 22-23, 2023

Parallel 45 Theatre

Traverse City

“Smokefall,” a family drama unlike any you’ve ever seen.


Old Town Playhouse

Volunteer with us!  

All production related jobs are performed by volunteers who give of their time to OTP. While sharing their time and talents, they also make and enjoy rich friendships and laughter. Join us!

We have more information for Performers and those that wish to participate Beyond the Stage.

Production Manual

Download the Production Manual, which generally describes the who, what, where, when, and why for volunteers at Old Town Playhouse.

Volunteer Release Form

Download the Volunteer Release Form, which all volunteers must sign to participate in Old Town Playhouse events.


The Bay Cinema Society

Monthly Films and Discussion


Every fourth Wednesday of the month, at 2 p.m., The Bay Theatre will host The Bay Cinema Society, an opportunity for local film-lovers to meet, view a film screening, and participate in a post-screening discussion. The Bay Cinema Society is free to join, and the film screening is $2/person. Members of The Bay Theatre may attend free of charge.


Tech Tuesdays

Every Tuesday, 10:30-Noon

Benzie Shores District Library | Frankfort

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