Weekly Events for July 7th – July 13th, 2014

 

 

By Iva Johnson

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 If you’re reading this than I assume you made it through all the Fourth of July festivities and you’re ready for more Michigan adventures!

While looking at the week ahead it’s obvious it’s summer in Michigan because there are concerts and fairs going on all over the state – and it’s only the beginning. From Journey in Clarkston to the Eaton County Fair in Charlotte, we have a lot going on around Michigan and I hope everyone reading this has the opportunity to enjoy something this beautiful state has to offer.

Concerts:

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI (www.palacenet.com/venues)

  • Fall Out Boy and Paramore: This concert begins at 7pm and the ticket prices are $38.50 – 68.50 for the pavilion and $28.50 for lawn seating. July 8, 2014
  • Journey and The Steve Miller Band: This should be a great show with these two bands on deck! The show begins at 6:45pm and the ticket prices range from $45-$145 for seating in the pavilion and $38.50 on the lawn. Contact the venue for additional information . July 9, 2014.
  • Aretha Franklin: Here’s your chance to see the “Queen of Soul” in person! Tickets for this show are: pavilion – $25, $35, $45, and $65 and to sit on the lawn will cost $15. The concert begins at 7:30pm. July 12, 2014
  • Under The Sun 2014 Concert: What a lineup! Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker, Sugar Ray and The Blues Traveler all together for one concert. Ticket prices for the pavilion are $35 – $55 and lawn seating is $15. July 11, 2014

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI (www.palacenet.com/venues)

  • Queen + Adam Lambert: On their North American Summer Tour, this concert is being touted as one of the most highly anticipated shows of the summer. Ticket prices are $35, $55 and $85. The concert begins at 8pm. July 12, 2014

Kewadin Casino, Hotel and Convention Center

  • Trace Adkins: This concerts starts at 7pm in the DreamMakers Theater and tickets prices are $58.50 and $68.50. July 13, 2014

Fairs:

  • Eaton County Fair, Charlotte, MI: Located at the Eaton County Fairgrounds, this fair offers Motocross shows, tractor pulls, horse shows and midway amusement rides and fun. Carnival ride armbands are available for most days at a price of $18. For additional information, visit the fair website at http://www.eatoncountyfair.com. July 7 – July 12, 2014
  • Mecosta County Agricultural Free Fair, Big Rapids, MI: You can find this fair at the Mecosta County Fairground along with a day (or night) of fun. Harness racing, Figure 8, and Motor sports, along with carnival rides are just a few of the events to enjoy while visiting the fair. Ride armbands are available. You can find more information at the fair website – http://www.mecostafreefair.com. July 6-12, 2014

Festivals:

  • BlackRock Medieval Festival, Augusta, MI: This annual medieval event is held at the The Olde World Village at 13215 M-96 in Augusta, Michigan. Held every Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm, from July 12 – August 3, 2014, this event is held rain or shine and offers a variety of entertainment to occupy your day. There is live jousting, bards, games and more to hold your attention as you stroll the village. Admission is only $10 for adults and children 12 and under are free! Personal note – if this renaissance fair is anything like the one held in Holly, Michigan August – September, it is a great time for your family and the admission price is HALF that of the Michigan Renaissance Festival – GOOD DEAL!
  • Elsie Dairy Festival, Elsie, MI: Come join the fun! Whether you want to participate in the 5K Run. watch the parade or hop on a carnival ride, there will be plenty to do here. The festival is only three days long, so don’t wait! July 10-12, 2014.
  • Saline Celtic Festival, Saline, MI: Located at Mill Pond Park, this is a Celtic Festival that thousands attend each year! There are three stages for non-stop entertainment and fun. The festival has children’s activities, social tents, Highland Games and, of course, bagpipers. For more information visit http://www.salineceltic.org. July 11-12, 2014

This is by no means a complete list of events and venues around this beautiful state of Michigan. It is meant to inspire you to go out and explore it on your own, to venture a little further than you would normally – to go beyond your own front door. I love Michigan and I could never imagine living anywhere but here and I want to share this state with everyone!

If there is something fun and exciting going on near you that I have not included, please tell us about it in the comments. Make sure you leave enough details!

Take a second to follow me here and the head over to Twitter and follow me there too! I can be found by typing Iva Johnson in the search bar on Twitter or by my Twitter ID of @heresmymichigan. As I here of more events or upcoming events, I leave info on my Twitter feed – so be one of the first to hear!

Now, go beyond your front door and have fun!

 

*Photo found on Bing.com images with no photographer credit of Eaton County Fair

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Weekly Events for June 30th – July 6th, 2014

By Iva Johnson

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I think it is pretty safe to assume that most of the events this week center around our nation’s birthday. We have multiple firework shows all around the state and I will list a few here but I encourage you to call your local village, township or city office to inquire about shows specific to your area. Every week I ask that if you have an event you would like others to know about, please leave the information in the comments section for all to read.

I will group the firework shows together first:

  • Saint Ignace: Fireworks over the Bay – July 4, 2014. Various events throughout the day including a parade at 1 pm.
  • Pentwater: Fireworks in Pentwater (Charles Mears State Park) – July 3, 2014. A recreational passport is required to enter state parks – fee.
  • Jackson: Jackson Summer Celebration Fireworks Extravaganza – July 3, 2014
  • Boyne City: 4th of July in Boyne City (Veteran’s Memorial Park) – ALWAYS held on July 4th.
  • Grand Haven: Grand Haven 4th of July Fireworks (Waterfront Stadium Musical Fountain) – July 4, 2014
  • Traverse City: Traverse City 4th of July Fireworks (West Bay shoreline) – July 4, 2014
  • Houghton Lake: July Fireworks Display (Houghton Lake Airport) – July 5, 2014
  • Caseville: Caseville’s Fireworks Display (Over Lake Huron) – July 5, 2014

Other events around the state this weekend:

  • Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival 2014 (Battle Creek, MI)- This event is being held at the W.K. Kellogg Airport and will have a little bit of everything for everyone! Carnival rides, crafters, food vendors and, of course, hot air balloons. There will also be present the US Air Force Thunderbirds putting on shows. Admission is free and is you would like additional information, please visit their website at http://www.bcballoons.com. July 2  – July 6, 2014
  • National Cherry Festival 2014 (Traverse City, MI) – This festival has everything from amusement rides to a farmer’s market to concerts to BBQs and more. Too much to list here so I encourage you to visit the website with all the information for you – www.cherryfestival.org. July 5 – July 12, 2014
  • Thunder Bay Maritime Festival (Alpena, MI) – A community event, this festival will let you enjoy live music, eat fresh fish from the area, and explore exhibits. Located at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center and it runs from 10 am – 6 pm. July 4, 2014
  • Oakland County Fair (Davisburg, MI) – The fair will give attendees lots of free events to enjoy, as well as, events that you can pay to enter in addition to your gate price. Admission to the fair is $5 to walk in the gate, $10 per vehicle which includes admission for all passengers and $5 for motorcycles that includes all passengers. There are special days for a discount on arm bands for the ride midway. Visit http://www.oakfair.org for more details and daily event listings. July 4-13, 2014
  • Waterfront Invitational Art Fair (Saugatuck, MI) – Located at Cool Park from 10 am- 5pm, you can enjoy strolling along the Kalamazoo Lake and viewing original works of artists and artisans. http://www.saugatuckdouglasartclub.org. July 5, 2014
  • Flea Market and Antique Show (Marshall, MI) – Join Cornwell’s Turkeyville, USA for their monthly show. Wander around the grounds and pick from the wares of antiques dealers and when you’re done, enjoy a turkey drumstick off the grill. There is no admission for the antique show but bring your money for the food. And don’t forget to visit the store where you can buy bakery items, trinkets, and more turkey! http://www.turkeyville.com. July 4 – 6, 2014

Join me on Twitter where I give updates and announcements as I hear of them. You can find me by typing my name – Iva Johnson – or my id – @heresmymichigan in the search bar on Twitter. Follow me here and you will receive emails every time I publish a new blog posting.

I always encourage my readers to leave comments and tell me of events in their areas that I may have missed.

Now, go explore your Michigan and enjoy!

 

TRAVEL TIP: Regardless where you go, you will want to take pictures – and probably lots of them! Depending on your camera, make sure you have extra batteries or that your chargeable battery is fully charged and ready to go. No matter how many times you hear this advice, it can’t be stressed enough. If you can afford another chargeable battery, I suggest purchasing one and having that ready too!

* Photo found on http://www.bing.com

Firework Display Schedule for Ingham County, MI 2014

 

By Iva Johnson

Here is a list of the firework shows scheduled in Ingham County this July. If you know of any shows that are not listed, please leave the information in the comment section. Have a safe Fourth of July and enjoy the show!

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Lansing 4th of July Fireworks

Date: July 4th at 10pm

Place: Adado Riverfront Park

300 N Grand Ave, Lansing, MI

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Williamston 4th of July Fireworks

Date: July 3rd at Dusk

Place: First Baptist Church

3185 N Williamston Rd, Williamston, MI

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Mason Fourth of July Celebration

Date: July 4th at Dusk

Place: Ingham County Fairgrounds

700 E Ash St., Mason, MI

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Meridian Township 4th of July Celebration

Date: July 4th at 10:15

Place: Central Park South

5151 Marsh Road, Okemos, MI

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This list is complete with the information I have at the moment but as new announcements come in, I will certainly update. I would encourage all my readers to follow me on Twitter for these updates, as well as, new announcements and upcoming events. I can be found by typing my name – Iva Johnson – in the Twitter search bar or by typing in my id – @heresmymichigan.

Lastly, here are some tips on firework safety from The National Council of Firework Safety (www.fireworkssafety.org):

  • Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
  • Always have water ready if you are using fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; Read the caution label before igniting.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Only light one firework at a time.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you!
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
  • Lastly, soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor, fire resistant garbage can away from buildings and flammable materials.

*Photo found at http://www.bing.com

 

Firework Display Schedule for Jackson County, MI 2014

By Iva Johnson

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE fireworks – I also HATE it when I have missed them because I didn’t know when they were. So this week I am posting county schedules for what I can find. If you know of displays in your area and I have missed it, please leave a comment with the information.

Enjoy the shows!

Jackson Summer Celebration Fireworks Extravaganza

Date: July 3rd, 2014 at Dusk

Place: Cascades Falls Park

1401 S Brown Street in Jackson, MI

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Wolf Lake Fireworks Show

July 3rd and July 4th at Dusk

Place: Camp Teetonkah

3710 Burkhart Road in Jackson, MI

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Hanover-Horton Area Fireworks

Date: July 3rd, 2014 at Dusk

Place: Perrine Park in Hanover, MI

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Brooklyn 4th of July Fireworks

Date: July 4th, 2014 at Dusk

Place: Columbia Middle School Football Field

310 School Street in Brooklyn, MI

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Lake Columbia Fireworks

Date: July 5th, 2014 at Dusk

Place: Over Lake Columbia in Brooklyn, MI

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This is the my most complete schedule so far but as I come across more towns and shows I will update the list. Please follow me on Twitter where I give updates for upcoming events around the state of Michigan continually, not just on Mondays. You can find me by entering my name – Iva Johnson –  in the search bar of Twitter or by my id of @heresmymichigan.

Firework Safety Tips from The National Council of Firework Safety (www.fireworksafety.org) –

  • Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
  • Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
  • Always have water ready if you are using fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; Read the caution label before igniting.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
  • Only light one firework at a time.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Avoid using homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you!
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.
  • Lastly, soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor, fire resistant garbage can away from buildings and flammable materials.

 

*Photo by shauntee and located at http://www.bing.com

Weekly Events: June 23rd – June 29th, 2014

By Iva Johnson

 

Wow! There seems to be a lot going on around this beautiful state of Michigan for the next few weeks! I am going to give highlights of events that I feel will be of particular interest to the majority of my readers but if there is an event, festival, fair or BBQ going on that you would like to share, please leave a comment with the details.

Wherever your taste takes you, I hope you grab your keys, discover a town you’ve never been to and go enjoy Michigan!

For this first entry, I am going to group a few events together. If you are in Sault Sainte Marie area – located straight north of the Mackinac Bridge and top of the state – you will not be bored next weekend. The area has at least five events on the calendar! They are:

  • Alice Cooper Concert at the Kewadin Casino, Hotel and Convention Center. The concert begins at 7pm in the DreamMakers Theater and tickets are $58.50 – $68.50. If you need additional information, please call (800) 539-2346. 6/27/14.
  • Cloverland Hydroelectric Plant Tour. This is an annual open house with free admission, free hot dogs and popcorn, demonstrations and self guided tours from 9am – 4pm, and tours of the LSSU Aquatic Lab. You can call the Sault Ste Marie Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 647-2858 if you have questions or need additional information. 6/27/14
  • Soo Locks Engineers DayA celebration of the engineers, men and women who made this historic Michigan landmark. Open to the public only one day a year, this is an opportunity to find out how the locks work and even walk across the top of the of the walls of the locks themselves! Call The Sault Ste Marie Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 647-2858 for times and more. 6/27/14
  • International Bridge WalkThis is a 2.8 mile walk across the bridge that connects Sault Ste Marie, Michigan with Sault Ste Marie, Canada. There is no admission charge to walk across the bridge but there is a $2 charge to ride the bus back to Michigan. Don’t forget that you will need to have a passport or other acceptable form of identification in order to cross over into Canada. You will want to take a camera, as well. This is meant for everyone of any fitness level. 6/28/14
  • The Great Tugboat RaceWatch the Parade of Tugs at noon as they make their way across St. Mary’s River and when that is done you will be immediately treated to a race of the tugs as they compete for “title”. The race is from noon to 2pm and make sure you grab a good seat in Aune-Osborn Park which is the best place to watch from. 6/28/14

Now for the around the rest of the state:

  • Livonia Spree, Livonia, MI – It’s a birthday celebration for the founding of the city that will last an entire week! Located at Ford Field (the corner of Farmington Road and Lyndon Rd), the party will have a family carnival, food, music and a firework finale on Sunday night. More information can be found at or by calling (734) 427-8190. 6/24/14 – 6/29/14
  • Michigan Challenge Balloonfest 2014, Howell, MI – This is the state championship of hot-air ballooning and the weekend will be full of activities for the entire family to enjoy. The festivities will be located at the Howell High School Complex and some of the featured events include skydiving jumps, a carnival, music, and more activities in downtown Howell. Friday night will have a firework show and Saturday will offer the balloon glow. Hey – isn’t Howell where Melissa Gilbert lives now? If you have any questions about the weekends events, you can call the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce at (517) 546-3920. June 27-29, 2014
  • Sturgis Fest, Sturgis, MI – This festival last an entire week and there are events planned for every single day! Some of the events include Bike Night on Thursday evening, A classic car drive-in on Friday night and a 5K run to support Veterans on Saturday. There is also softball games and BBQ’s on the agenda. Please visit the official website at http://www.sturgisfestmi.com for details about each day and event. 6/21/14-6/28/14
  • Montcalm County 4H Fair, Greenville, MI – This is a family friendly fair that will offer exactly what you would expect from a 4H fair including a demolition derby, tractor pulls, carnival rides and much more! The fair is held at the Montcalm County Fairgrounds and if you would like additional information you can checkout the fairgrounds website at http://www.montcalmcountyfairgrounds.com 6/22/14 – 6/28/14
  • Ringo Starr Concert, Clarkston, MI – If you are a Beatle Fan then here another chance for you to see one of your favorites in concert. The concert is at the DTE Energy Music Theatre and begins at 7:30pm and the prices range from $25-79 for the pavilion and $15 for lawn seating. Additional information can be found at http://www.palacenet.com/venues. 6/27/14
  • Bay City River Roar, Bay City, MI – Located at the Veterans Memorial Park, downtown Bay City will be host to powerboat racing at it’s best. The 1-mile course on the Saginaw River is sure to give thrills, spills and screams as you watch the power boats take on rough waters! More information can be found at http://www.riverroar.com, including events details and any prices that are charged for them. 6/27/14 – 6/29/14
  • Harbor Festival, Ludington, MI – Come for one day or come and play for nine days! This festival gives you a chance to have a great vacation while enjoying all the festivities around town. Some of the events include a 5K race, tours of the Tall Ships and Lighthouses, kids carnivals, a parade, horse shows and, of course, fireworks. Find out more at http://www.ludingtonharborfestival.com. 6/27/14 – 7/6/14

This is just a sampling of events going on around Michigan this next week. I encourage you to follow me on Twitter where I mention events, fairs, concerts and more as I find out about them. You can find me by the name Iva Johnson or by @heresmymichigan.

Time to enjoy your Michigan!

Weekly Events: June 16th – June 22nd, 2014

By Iva Johnson

Here is a brief list of events going on around Michigan this week. If there is something in your area and you would like to share the information, please feel free to leave a comment with the details for everyone to see. Now go out and enjoy Michigan!

  • Manchester Community Fair, Manchester, MI– Located at Alumni Memorial Field. Admission is Free. Entertainment includes midway rides, tractor rides, a parade and more. For additional information call (734) 385-616906/17/14 – 06/21/14
  • Red Cedar Jubilee, Williamston, MIA week long celebration that has a kid’s parade, a demolition derby, Boy Scout Breakfast, steak and beverage tent and lots more. For more information contact  or call (517) 655-3831 06/16/14 – 06/22/14
  • Tecumseh’s Classic Car and Bike Show, Tecumseh, MILocated in the United Bank & Trust Hickman Financial Center parking lot at 205 E Chicago Blvd, the show has over 200 cars and motorcycles on display. The show takes place in downtown Tecumseh from 6-8 pm. 06/19/14
  • Northville Summer Carnival, Northville, MIThis family carnival can be found at the Northville Downs Horse Race Track parking lot at the corner of 7mile and Sheldon. Features rides, games and other amusements. Contact  (248) 349-7640 for more information. 06/19/14 – 06/22/14
  • Big Ticket Festival, Gaylord, MI – This festival features live music, a kid’s zone and extreme sports. For a complete lineup and more details including prices visit the link or call.  (989) 731-2808. 06/19/14 – 06/21/14
  • Beach Survival Challenge, Grand Haven, MI – Located at the Grand Haven State Park, the 11th annual challenge will have teams participating in various sport events such as Sand Soccer, Tug-O-War, Ultimate Beach Survival Obstacle Course and other beach designed activities. If you would like more information about the event or to inquire about participating, call  at (616) 842-1757. 06/21/14
  • South Haven Harborfest 2014, South Haven, MI – A celebration of the areas maritime history, the festival features a pancake breakfast, craft fair, dragon boat races and much more! For information on the festival or area contact  or call (269) 767-4225. 06/19/14 – 06/22/14

For those looking to bring back nostalgic memories of summer, check out a drive-in. There are only a handful still active in Michigan and if you need a list, you can find it here at www.michigandriveins.com/open.  This is a great experience for kids and not a bad value for Mom and Dad. The price is usually around $8/person with young children being free but that is for a double feature. All theaters should be open now. Call ahead or look at the theaters website for movie and price details.

Have a great week and enjoy your Michigan!

Once Upon A Mattress

By Iva Johnson

It may be Spring but Mother Nature is still not cooperating with the weather. We all have cabin fever and are looking for something to get us out of the house for a couple of hours – right?

Well, if you’re in the Jackson area, you’re in luck! This is the weekend that the Northwest Community Players are having their annual production. The group always does an outstanding job and it will be an experience that you probably haven’t had this winter. Here is all the information you need to enjoy the show!

Go out and have fun in your community this weekend!