‘Camp Hatchet’ to Host One-Night, Horror-Themed Camping Event

tents-801926_1280Love a good scare? Why not sign up for a camping experience that promises “twelve hours of pure horror?”

On Saturday, Sept. 12, individuals signed up for Michigan Fear Camp will meet in Mt. Morris at 6:30 p.m., after which they will be transported via bus to a secret location being referred to as “Camp Hatchet.” According to the camp’s website, its name refers to an urban legend involving a murderous family who has survived in the woods for decades.

How campers spend the rest of the evening depends on their ticket levels, which include:

  • FRIGHTEN EASILY: You scare easily but want to check this out. Your tent is your safe zone. You can venture out into the woods if you are feeling up for it but can always retreat back to your tent. The Hatchet family members may venture into your area, but they are known to retreat back, deep into the woods, as the night goes on.
  • I WANT TO BE SCARED: You like to be scared, but don’t like to cry. You will encounter Hatchet family members, and they may touch or grab you for attention. They will not drag you, or go into your tent during the night.
  • EXTREME SCARE: You are brave and up for anything! You will not get much sleep, if any. You will need to be prepared to be touched, grabbed and even dragged. Nothing is off limits, not even your tent is safe. You will have more encounters with the members of the Hatchet family than the other zones.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.michiganfearcamp.com.

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Flint Public Art Parade Brings Large-Scale Fabric Installation to Ramona Park

An example of Amanda Browder's work in Birmingham, Ala.

An example of Amanda Browder’s work in Birmingham, Ala.

The Flint Public Art Parade returns Thursday, this time to Ramona Park in the historic Metawanene Hills neighborhood.

Each monthly event – a collaboration between the Flint Public Art Project and the Neighborhood Restoration Coalition – features art and performance elements, such as marching bands, jazz musicians and spoken word poets.

This month’s parade will take participants to Cook School, where a large-scale fabric art installation hangs from the eaves of the building. The piece was created by Montana-native Amanda Browder in collaboration with area textile artists Ariel Sammone, Ash Arder and Gregory Hatch, and alongside Metawanene Hills Neighborhood Association co-chairs Wendy Johnson and Bill Hammond.

After a parade led by thundering Nightfire Drumline, and a neighborhood hangout hosted by great DJ Tomas Tello, guests can enjoy live music by Mod Tie Etiquette and savory eats from Mixed Grill BBQ.

The event is scheduled to run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at North Grand Traverse, between Stone and Edgewood, in Flint. For more information, click here.

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Atwood Stadium to Host Ira Rutherford Classic, Fireworks During Grand Re-Opening


High school football will return to Flint’s historic Atwood Stadium this Thursday as Flint Northwestern takes on Beecher during the Ira Rutherford Classic.

The game, which kicks off at 7 p.m., marks the official grand re-opening of Atwood Stadium and will include pre-game and halftime festivities as well as a fireworks display after the game.

“The renovation and grand re-opening of Atwood Stadium on our campus represents a significant milestone in the ongoing rebirth of the city of Flint,” said Robert K. McMahan, President of Kettering University. “We invite the entire community to join us in celebration of the amazing institution that is Atwood and to help us mark as a community the beginning of the next exciting chapter in the life of this legendary facility.”

The full schedule includes:

  • An open house with food trucks and games from 3-5 p.m.;
  • A parade featuring bands from Flint Northwestern and Beecher High Schools, Congressman Dan Kildee, Mayor Dayne Walling, Ira Rutherford and other dignitaries will march from Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary School at the corner of University and N. Chevrolet Avenue to the front entrances of Atwood Stadium off of University Avenue beginning at 5 p.m.;
  • The Ira Rutherford Classic between Beecher and Flint Northwestern at 7 p.m. (admission is $5);
  • A fireworks display at the conclusion of the game.

Attendees at the open house will have the opportunity to see the new turf at Atwood Stadium up close through field goal kicking competitions, lawn games and other family-friendly activities. (Fun fact: The turf is the same kind used at Ford Field in Detroit and Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor in Atwood Stadium.)

For more information on the event, parking and Atwood Stadium, visit www.kettering.edu/Atwood.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of August 24-30

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


August 24 – 30: “Genesee County Fair” at E.A. Cummings Event Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Road, Mt. Morris * (810) 687-0953 * gcf.org

  • (Fair runs daily 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.) Come out and enjoy this family event that attracts over 150,000 visitors annually featuring live stock, a 4-H horse show, carnival rides, an entertainment tent, monster truck and derby races, elephant encounters, Pure Pro wrestling and lots more including daily special grandstand events with Chris Young performing Thursday evening and Eric Paslay Friday night. For a detailed list of scheduled activities visit the above website.

August 25: “Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes” at Flushing County Park (Pavilion #1), 4417 N. McKinley Road, Flushing * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Come dressed in your fairy and gnome best for stories, crafts and a building adventure. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

August 26: “Disgusting Science” at Davison Roadside Park Pavilion, 6160 Davison Road (at N. Belsay Road), Burton * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) It’s gross, it’s disgusting, but it’s so much fun! Learn the science behind unmentionable bodily functions while doing some truly nasty experiments. Grow germs and fuzzy molds, mix up a batch of coagulating fake blood or come make a stinky intestine. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

August 27: Kettering University’s Grand Re-Opening at Atwood Stadium, 701 University Avenue, Flint * (810) 766-7463 * kettering.edu/atwood

  • (Event begins 3 p.m.) Come celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Atwood Stadium with games, food, family activities, a 5 p.m. kick-off parade from Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary to the stadium and a 7 p.m. Ira Rutherford Classic football game as Flint Northwestern vs. Flint Beecher. Then enjoy a fireworks display after the game.

August 27: Flint’s Monthly “Jazz Walk”, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District * (810) 238-ARTS * geneseefun.com

  • (Event runs 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.) Stroll Flint’s numerous downtown clubs while listening to highly talented Jazz musicians. A food menu is available at most locations. Just look for the “Jazz Walk” sign in front of participating Flint hotspots.

August 29: “National Toasted Marshmallow Day” at Buell Lake County Park (Ball Field at the back of the Park), 14098 N. Genesee Road, Clio * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) In 1927, the Girl Scout Handbook was the first publication to share a recipe for roasted marshmallows combined with chocolate bars and graham crackers, what we know as s’mores. Bring chairs or blankets and come celebrate the gooey, sticky, yumminess of marshmallows! Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

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Foodie Fave Friday: Canning, Pickling Classes at the Flint Farmers’ Market

Learn how to preserve the summer harvest with Lisa Treiber, MSU Extension Food Safety Education. Treiber has two upcoming classes scheduled in the demonstration kitchen at the Flint Farmers’ Market (300 E. 1st St., Flint).

Canning Food at Home: The Basics – Tuesday, Aug. 25 (5:30-7 p.m.)

Learn how to use a pressure canner for low acid foods and a water bath canner for acid foods. This class will provide you with handouts and resources to reference. To register by Aug. 24, click here.

Pickling: It Isn’t Just for Cucumbers! – Tuesday, Sept. 22 (5:30-7 p.m.)

Learn how to prepare pickled foods using a water bath canner. To register by Sept. 21, click here.

Admission for each workshop is $15 per person. Registrations for SNAP and WIC participants will be waived upon verification at check-in.

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Genesee County Fair Brings Chris Young, Eric Paslay to Mt. Morris

ericpaslay-frontThe Genesee County Fair kicks off Monday, Aug. 24, with an entertainment lineup that offers something for everyone.

In addition to daily events, such as professional wrestling performances and sheep shearing demonstrations, the fair will host one major show each night. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. and include:

  • Monday: Monster Truck Show
  • Tuesday: Figure 8 Demolition Derby
  • Wednesday: Enduro Demolition Derby
  • Thursday: Chris Young
  • Friday: Eric Paslay
  • Saturday: Rodeo
  • Sunday: Truck & Tractor Pulls

Fair Fun Passes are priced at $30/person and include admission to each of the seven grandstand events. The event will be held at the Genesee County Fairgrounds’ E.A. Cummings Center, at 6130 E. Mt. Morris Road, Mt. Morris.

For more information about the fair, visit www.gcf.org.

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Enjoying the Crim Festival of Races from the Sidelines

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If you’re not among the 15,000+ people expected to participate in this weekend’s Crim Festival of Races, don’t worry. There’s plenty of fun to be had from the sidelines. After all, onlookers always welcome to cheer on the participants during the 10-mile race, which kicks off at 8 a.m.

“University Avenue, Saginaw Street and the Bradley Hills are popular locations for spectators,” says Theresa Roach, Communications & Outreach Manager for the Crim Fitness Foundation. “One area where racers may need a pick-me-up is the hilly area along Parkside (about eight miles into the 10-mile course).”

Roach recommends bringing along anything from lawn chairs and posters/signs to water toys and cheerleading pom poms.

If you’re headed for downtown Flint, know that parking lots tend to fill up early. As such, starting at 6 a.m. and running until3 p.m., there will be a free parking and shuttle service at the McLaren Medical Testing Lab, about 2.5 miles from the start/finish line.

While you’re downtown, be sure to check out the festival lot entertainment at Kearsley and Saginaw streets. A beer tent, live music and food vendors will be on-site from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (as well as 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday). Race awards will be presented on the stage at 11:30 a.m.

To check out the full course map, click here. For more information about the Crim festivities, click here.

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