Flushing Harvest Festival to Feature Chili Cook-off, Beard Contest

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The annual Harvest Festival will hit downtown Flushing Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The autumn extravaganza will showcase all things fall, with activities including scarecrow competitions, pumpkin painting and beard contests.

A chili cook-off will take place on the southeast corner of Main and Cherry streets, where visitors can buy a commemorative mug for $5 and use it to sample and vote for their favorite chili from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Entertainment on Main Street will kick off 9:45 a.m. with the Flushing Youth Cheerleaders. There will also be a pet parade, featuring cats and dogs, at 3:15 p.m.

For more information about the event, click here.

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Shhh! Secret Con Heads to Farmers’ Market


You didn’t hear it from us, but the Flint Farmers’ Market may be hosting a comic and gaming convention on Saturday, Oct. 10.

From the Secret Con Facebook page:

The first rule of Secret Con is that there is no Secret Con. Spies in the area have heard rumors of a comics and gaming convention coming to the Flint MI area, but have denied it’s existence for years. Now the rumors might actually prove to be true. Comics, art, books, gaming, and reputed guests well worth the price of admission. More details IF and when they become available. Remember, DON’T tell your friends, deny all rumors of any Secret Con, and remember to forget you were here at all!

IF the event were happening, it would probably be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special guests including William Stolpin, a printmaker and dragon illustrator, and William Messner Loebs, the writer/artist behind “Journey: The Adventures of Wolverine MacAlistaire” and other works.

Admission would likely be $5 per person.

For more information about what may or may not happen, click here.

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‘Barbecuing Hamlet’ with the Clio Cast & Crew

1440902328-bbqhamlet-ckThis weekend, the Clio Cast & Crew will take on “Barbecuing Hamlet,” a play-within-a-play-style comedy, at Theatre 57.

The show follows Margo Daley, who has been hired to direct a William Shakespeare play at a renovated funeral home with a cast of only four actors. Considering that Margo has to meet certain demands – such as inserting sponsoring names into the play, which is set in the Old West – things don’t go as smoothly as she might like.

“Barbecuing Hamlet” runs Oct. 2-4 at 2220 W. Vienna Road, Clio. Tickets are $14.

For more information, call (810) 687-2588 or visit www.cliocastandcrew.com.

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Flint’s Favorite Ghost Train Returns to Crossroads Village

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Crossroads Village re-opens Saturday, Oct. 3 – just in time for the Huckleberry Ghost Train Express to hit the tracks. The 40-minute train ride will take passengers through the haunted countryside, where guests can keep an eye out for spooky displays, both old and new.

Scheduled to run through Oct. 31, Halloween Ghosts and Goodies offers families a fun (but never frightening) way to celebrate the Halloween season. Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes as they visit 20 candy stops and enjoy fresh cider and doughnuts as well as magic shows in the opera house.

For those who would like to take a cruise around Mott Lake, the Genesee Belle, a replica of the riverboats that traveled the Mississippi River in the 1800s, was recently restored and will begin carrying passengers again this Saturday.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. Event officials recommend purchasing tickets for the Ghost Train Express in advance, as the activity often sells out.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of September 28–October 4

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

Seasonal Fun

September 28 – October 4: “Pumpkin Fantasyland Tours” at Montrose Orchards, 12473 Seymour Road, Montrose * (810) 639-6971 * montroseorchards.com

(Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Bring the children and enjoy a 30-45 minute hayride through a decorated trail with nothing scary, just good family fun. After the tour, pick your own perfect pumpkin, shop for hard to find items and great gifts, enjoy some cider and freshly made donuts and more (all tours include complimentary apple cider and donuts).

September 28 – October 4: Spicer Orchards Corn Maze and Fall Fun, 10411 Clyde Road, Fenton * (810) 632-7692 * spicerorchards.com

  • (Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m./Corn Maze open until 6 p.m./Pick Your Own 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Enjoy daily fall festivities featuring hayrides, fruit picking, a cider making process, a large farm play area, donut production, winery and vineyard, a bee keeping display and more. Also, take on the challenge at Spicer’s Corn Maze!

October 1 – 4: Country Corn Maze, 450 N. Vernon Road, Corunna * (989) 743-6899 * cornmazefun.net

  • (Open Thursday & Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Spend a day at the farm while working your way through four professionally designed corn mazes including a fun maze for kids. Also, enjoy a corn cannon, pumpkin patch, apple cider, donuts and more.

October 2 & 3: “Exit 13” Haunted House, 6069 N. Saginaw Street, Mt. Morris (1/4 mile south off of I-475) * (810) 858-9768 * exit13hauntedhouse.com

  • (Open 7 p.m.) Get up-close and personal with some of the scariest Halloween creatures featuring live actors and state of the art effects with vampires, werewolves, clowns, monsters, the pig man and chainsaw man.

October 2 & 3: The Crypt Haunted House, 4247 S. Dort Hwy., Burton * (810) 742-2260 * thecrypthauntedhouse.com

  • (Open dusk to 12 a.m.) Enjoy this in your face Crypt chilling and thrilling haunted house featuring live actors and state of the art effects that will leave visitors breathless. Experience the black hole, claustrophobia and more. Beware of the Crypt!

October 2 – 4: “Saint Lucifer’s Haunted Asylum and 13 Feet Under” at Playland Fun Center, 5290 S. Dort Highway, Grand Blanc * (810) 695-8200 * playlandfuncenter.com

  • (Box Office opens 8 p.m.) Rated Flint’s top haunted house, St. Lucifer’s, for the mentally insane, was boarded up and left for dead in 1974. Be one of the bravest to enter and discover the meaning of fear as the brutal past of the abused patients come alive, including many that have disappeared into the 5 miles of underground tunnels.

October 3: Flushing’s “Harvest Festival”, Downtown Flushing’s Entertainment District on Main Street * flushingchamber.com

  • (Festival begins 10 a.m.) Enjoy this autumn extravaganza showcasing all that is fall in Michigan. Activities include an apple pie baking and eating contest, chalk art contest, bread contest and a chili cook-off along with local entertainment, dance shows, pumpkin painting, arts & crafts and more.

October 3: “Flint Zombie Walk” at Flint Local 432, 124 W. First Street, Flint * flintzombiewalk.com * info@flintzombiewalk.com

  • (Event runs 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Flint’s 7th annual charitable Zombie Walk will thrill all ages with a parade of the dead, entertainment, horror celebrities, vendors and more. Then join the after party for raffles, prizes, a pub crawl, etc.

October 3 & 4: “Halloween Ghosts & Goodies” at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, 6140 Bray Road, Flint * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Open 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Join Crossroads for some silly Halloween fun when the village becomes filled with friendly witches, happy ghosts and some of our favorite spooky friends. Find your way through an amusing straw maze and an enchanted forest where trees have eyes. Watch an old-fashioned magic show and take a 40-minute ride on the famous Huckleberry Ghost Train Express! There are trick-or-treat stations throughout the village with plenty of doughnuts and candy for everyone. It is highly recommended to purchase train tickets in advance as seats do sell out.

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MCC Fine Arts Gallery Presents Work of Matthew Zivich

ArtGallery-ZivichThe work of Saginaw-area artist Matthew Zivich will be on display in Mott Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery from Monday, Sept. 28 through Oct. 13.

According to Zivich’s artist statement:

The Americana Series started about seven years ago initially as drawings using a historical genre depicting events by means of appropriated imagery from several different sources. The generalized historical depictions become more politically significant with a concentration on American history, specifically martial events.

Subsequent paintings followed the drawings using the same, or variations of American historical events. For the most part, the drawings were concerned with a layered effect of different media and the use of disparate elements such as wallpaper; tinted and textured, handmade paper grounds, stitchery. The use of titles for word/image puns was utilized as influenced by several artists such as Marcel Duchamp. Karl Wersum and William T. Wiley.

Zivich, an art professor at Saginaw Valley State University, will give a public gallery talk on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Visual Arts and Design Center (Room 128).

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information call the Art & Design office at (810) 762-0443.

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Beyond Books: Libraries Offer Yoga, Cheesemaking Classes


The Genesee District Library has 19 branch locations, many providing community events in addition to the standard book, movie and music offerings. Here’s just a sampling of programs being offered in the near future.

  • Yoga at Grand Blanc-McFarlen Library (Monday, Sept. 28)
    • Stretch, reach and bend your way toward a calmer life. Bring a mat, towel and belt (or stretch band) and improve your flexibility and stress levels. 6-7 p.m.
  • Cheesemaking at Flushing Area Library (Tuesday, Sept. 29)
    • Attendees will learn how to make mozzarella and ricotta during this demonstration. 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Magic Show at Mt. Morris Library (Saturday, Oct. 3)
    • Dynamike, a professional children’s magician, will entertain the whole family from 11 a.m. to noon.
  • Makin’ Sweet and Sour Chicken at Clio Area Library (Saturday, Oct. 10)
    • Chef Ming Louie will teach attendees how to make this popular Chinese dish during a demonstration that runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

For more information about upcoming events and classes, visit www.thegdl.org.

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