Free City Festival Brings Art, Performances to Chevy Commons

Flyer by Oaklin Mixon

Flyer by Oaklin Mixon

Free City – a large-scale public art festival that temporarily reclaims the former Flint‐Chevy manufacturing site along the Flint River for public use – is returning to Flint this weekend for its third consecutive year.

According to the Flint Public Art Project’s website, “the festival features dozens of music, dance, and theater performances, art installations, and hands‐on workshops to reconnect residents to the Chevy Commons site and its future potential. A critical mass of temporary activities turns the abandoned industrial property into an active public space, highlighting the ongoing transformation of Flint.”

Featured artists at this year’s event include:

  • Emily Puthoff (Kingston, NY; Wayfinding Series, traveling film series)
  • Garret Linn (New York; minimalist sound wave installation)
  • Eric Barry Drasin (New Jersey; audio-visual performance)
  • Paige Barnett (Detroit; Inside Out Project, large-scale photo installation)
  • Peter Pawlicki (Sterling Heights; meditative labyrinth)
  • FIG Projects (Montreal; Dial-a-Citytelecommunications performance)
  • Melisa Morgan (Detroit; #POINTBEING social media performance)
  • Kriss Gaynes(Detroit; video and live performance)
  • Gregory Hatch (Columbus, OH; Are You a Pink Collar Worker?, textile performance)

There will also be musical performances by DJ Vintage Future, MOG, Apollo’s Din, Handwringer and Saturday Night Gypsies curated by Jay Rowland and Ariel Sammone.

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, July 3, at Spring Grove, at 2nd Street between Ann Arbor and Hall Street. It will also run from 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, July 4 at Chevy Commons, at Stevenson Street between University and Kearsley.

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Flint Symphony Orchestra to Play Patriotic Favorites at Crossroads Village

july-2642_1280As part of the 2015 Music in the Parks Concert series, the Flint Symphony Orchestra will play some patriotic favorites at Crossroads Village on Thursday, July 2.

The evening’s program will include:

  •  Star Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key
  •  Highlights from the musical Annie, arr. by Strouse and Lang
  •  Cowboys’ Overture, John Williams
  •  America the Beautiful
  •  Stars and Stripes Forever, John Philips Sousa

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages in plastic containers are permitted; concessions will also be available for purchase from the venue.

Located at 6140 Bray Road in Flint, Crossroads Village is home to more than 34 historic structures. With extensive programming and a robust schedule of events, the venue provides visitors with a glimpse into life in a thriving Great Lakes town at the turn of the century.

Founded in 1991, Music in the Parks celebrates the area’s diverse cultural heritage through music, presenting performers from a variety of genres each year. This year’s lineup also includes:

July 16 – The Elders Irish Rock (Kearsley Park)
July 30 – Scott Gwinnell Jazz (Mott Park)
Aug. 6 – Sweet Willie Tea (Max Brandon Park)
Sept. 10 – Gospel Music Celebration (The Whiting)

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. In case of rain, concerts will be held at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley St., Flint. For more information, visit or

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FIA to Host Temporary Edvard Munch Exhibition

Vampire II by Edvard Munch

Vampire II by Edvard Munch

The Norwegian artist Edvard Munch – best known for his painting The Scream – estimated that he had produced around 30,000 graphic works in his lifetime. Starting Sunday, July 5, more than 25 of those pieces will be on display at the Flint Institute of Arts.

On display through September 6, the exhibition includes lithographs, woodblocks, etchings, drawings, drypoint and intaglio, mostly from his early years. (Munch’s graphic activities spanned 50 years from his first prints in 1894 to his death in 1944.)

Munch was associated with the international development of Symbolism in the 1890s and later regarded as a pioneer in the Expressionist movement. Like some of his contemporaries’ works, his art was very much influenced by his mood and personal life.

The Flint Institute of Arts is located at 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint. Click here to learn more.

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4 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day in Flint & Genesee

fireworks-1758_640The Fourth of July is fast approaching. Here are four festivals and fireworks displays that will keep area residents and visitors entertained this week.

Flint’s Carnival and Fireworks Display, July 2-5
Downtown Flint’s Entertainment District, Saginaw Street

Enjoy four days of family fun in downtown Flint with carnival rides, vendors and more. Fireworks are scheduled for Friday evening.

Clio Family Fun Day, July 4
Clio City Park, 402 N. Mill Street, Clio

The 33rd annual celebration will begin at 2 p.m. with a flag raising ceremony and end with a fireworks display at dusk.

Fenton Freedom Festival, July 4
Fenton Community & Cultural Center, 150 S. Leroy Street, Fenton

The 25th annual celebration will feature a pancake breakfast, parade, 5K race and fun run/walk, food vendors, rubber ducky race, classic car display, arts and crafts and more.  A fireworks display, set to music, will light up the sky at Silver Lake Park starting at dusk. The event runs from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks in Montrose, July 4
Montrose Township Barber Park, 11410 Seymour Road

Hosted by the Montrose Patriots Club, the event will include a petting zoo, the launching of sky lanterns, concessions, music and entertainment. Residents can purchase a lantern for $5 at the Farmers’ Market on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. or at M-57 Aggregate in downtown Montrose.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of June 29–July 5

Information and dates are subject to change without notice. Please call ahead to confirm.

Independence Day Celebrations

July 2 – 5: “Flint’s Carnival and Fireworks Display” at Downtown Flint’s Entertainment District, Saginaw Street, Flint *

  • (Check website above for activity times) Enjoy 4 days of family fun in downtown Flint with carnival rides, vendors and more including an Independence Day Fireworks display Friday evening.

July 4: “Clio Family Fun Day” at Clio City Park, 402 N. Mill Street, Clio * (810) 686-5850 *

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.) This 33rd annual celebration begins at 2 p.m. with a Flag Raising ceremony and ends with a spectacular fireworks display at dusk.

July 4: “Corunna 4th of July Celebration” at Hugh McCurdy Park, 560 W. Corunna Road, Corunna * (989) 723-1166 *

  • (Event begins at 7 a.m.) Enjoy this fun-filled family day with arts & crafts, children’s games, food vendors, a duck race, a Fire Cracker 5K race, game tent, mini golf, live entertainment, car show and more. End the day with a fireworks celebration finale at dusk.

July 4: “Fenton Freedom Festival” at Fenton Community & Cultural Center, 150 S. Leroy Street, Fenton * (810) 629-5447 *

  • (Event runs 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.) Enjoy this 25th annual celebration featuring a pancake breakfast, parade, 5K race & fun run/walk, food vendors, rubber ducky race, classic car display, arts & crafts and more. A fireworks display, to music, will light up the sky at Silver Lake Park starting at dusk.

July 4: “Lapeer Fireworks Celebration” at Rolland-Warner Middle School, 3145 W. Genesee Street, Lapeer *

  • (Event begins at dusk) The city of Lapeer will celebrate Independence Day with a colorful fireworks light show.

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Drink Up: July is Craft Beer Month in Michigan

A glimpse of the selection at the Fenton Winery & Brewery

A glimpse of the selection at the Fenton Winery & Brewery

Those looking to celebrate Michigan’s Craft Beer Month in July won’t have to travel far. The brew is bubbling all over Flint & Genesee at breweries and wineries including:

  1. Almar Orchards in Flushing: With more than 30 varieties of apples, Almar produces one of the best tasting apple ciders, J.K.’s Scrumpy Farmhouse Organic.
  2. Fenton Winery & Brewery: Founded in 2007, Fenton Winery & Brewery began as a typical winery featuring 15 wines and a tasting bar. It now offers a variety of beers on tap and over 20 wine choices (three on tap) with a steady rotation of seasonal wines and specialties.
  3. The Laundry in Fenton: Not only does The Laundry feature 100 classic and house cocktails at their full bar, Lynchpin Beer Company brews right onsite, specializing in Lynchpin taps, seasonal brews and growlers.
  4. The Red Baron Brew Pub & Tap Room in Burton: The Red Baron offers 56 beers on tap that are meticulously maintained for all to enjoy featuring a small selection brewed by Red Baron, itself, such as a Chocolate Vanilla Crème Stout and a Naughty Eskimo IPA.
  5. Redwood Brewing Company – Redwood Steakhouse Brewery & Grill in Flint: Part of Flint’s Redwood Steakhouse, Redwood Brewing Co. has been brewing award-winning beer since 1996.
  6. Spicer Orchards & Carriage House Cellars Winery and Tasting Room in Fenton: Taste a selection of wine and/or hard cider by the glass while enjoying lunch, or a romantic setting, on the patio overlooking the beauty of the apple orchard.
  7. Tenacity Brewing in Flint: Located in one of Flint’s downtown old fire stations. Come taste some extraordinary and creative beer brewed with pride in Flint.

Genesee County also is home to at least one hops farm – an ingredient vital to crafting beer. The 55-acre Top Hops Farm in Atlas Township yielded 6,300 pounds of hops in 2014. Hops from the farm have been used in brews at several Michigan restaurants and breweries, including Redwood Brewing in Flint and Fenton Winery & Brewery.

For more information about Genesee County’s breweries and wineries, click here.

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Celebrating International Mud Day at Bluebell Beach


This weekend, the Genesee Township Fire Department will bring in 7,000 gallons of water to help create the ultimate mud pit at Bluebell Beach in Flint.

“We mix the water with about 30 yards of dirt, and then we tell everyone to go for it,” says Nancy Edwards, Recreation Programs and Grants Officer at Genesee County Parks, which will celebrate International Mud Day Saturday, June 27.

“Everybody starts out so tentatively,” she says. “They might only dip a toe in at first. But after a few minutes, all heck breaks loose, and everyone is running around and rolling and laughing and just having a ball.”

Now in its third year, Bluebell’s Mud Day is free and open to families of all ages and abilities. (It probably goes without saying, but as far as dress code goes: wear some old and be prepared to get dirty!)

“Afterwards, people can just go down to the lake and wash off,” Edwards says.

The event is scheduled to run from 1 to 3 p.m. at the beach, at 5500 Bray Road in Flint. For more information, click here.

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