Fenton Village Players to Perform ‘Addams Family: The Musical’


You know what they say about the Addams Family: They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re all together ooky, and starting this Thursday, their story will be told by the Fenton Village Players.

In this musical tale, Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.

Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents

Performances be held from Aug. 6-9, Aug. 14-16 and Aug. 21-23. All performances will be held at 7 p.m., with the exception of Sunday shows at 2 p.m.

For more information about the play, directed by Stevie Visser and produced by Joy Carr and Jill Tomlin, click here.

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FIA to Host Flint Premiere of Documentary Following Boxer Claressa Shields

Flint-native Claressa Shields was just 17 years old when she became an Olympic gold medalist in 2012, the first year that women’s boxing was including in the games.

Since then, Shields has gone on to secure accolades and awards including USA Boxing National Champion (2013, 2014, 2015); World Champion (2014); and Pan American Olympic Festival Champion (2014). She was also the subject of “T-Rex,” an award-winning documentary that premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas earlier this year.

On Wednesday, August 5, the film will make its Flint premiere at 7 p.m. at the Flint Institute of Arts there. Admission is $5.

“We’re thrilled to bring the film to Michigan — and to Flint especially,” said Zack Canepari, co-director of the film, in a statement. “The city isn’t just a backdrop to this film, it’s a main character. Claressa calls herself “a child of Flint” and it’s true. The city, all of it—the toughness, the violence, the strong sense of family, loyalty and the love—have all shaped her.”

Prior to the community screening, there will be a free youth screening at 10:30 a.m. To register for the morning screening, email sue@suejaye.com

For more information about the film, visit www.t-rexthefilm.com.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of August 3-9

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


August 3: “The Extreme Duct Tape Workshop with Joel Tracey” at Linden County Park (Clover Beach Pavilion), 15349 S. Linden Road, Linden * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Come choose from 50+ colors and prints of duct tape, custom templates and all the necessary supplies to make and take anything you can dream up. Fun prizes will be awarded for Best Creation, Silliest Creation and Best Wearable Duct Tape Creation. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

August 4: Clio Amphitheater presents a Tribute to Woodstock with “Magic Bus”, 301 Rogers Lodge Drive, Clio * (810) 686-5850 * clio.govoffice.com

  • (Gates open 6 p.m. show begins 7 p.m.) Relax and enjoy an evening dedicated to the Rock-n-Roll sounds of Woodstock.

August 6: “Bring Your Lunch and Learn” at Applewood, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 * applewood.org

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Stroll the grounds of Applewood and soak in the beauty of Mother Nature. An optional short learning activity will be presented at noon. Bring a sack-lunch. Free admission.

August 6: “Music in the Parks” at Max Brandon Park (Forest Park), 3606 Dupont Street, Flint * thefim.org

  • (Music runs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Music in the Parks celebrates Flint & Genesee’s diverse cultural heritage through music, presenting performers from a variety of genres each year. Tonight’s concert will feature “Sweet Willie Tea.” Bring a picnic basket, blanket or lawn chair and the whole family for this fun and casual concert! Rain location will be held at The Whiting at 1241 E. Kearsley Street, Flint. Free admission.

August 8: “Honeybee Hive Inspection” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) Join For-Mar’s favorite beekeeper, Jim Withers from Withers Mountain Honey Farm, as he opens up some learning hives to check on some busy bee friends. Meet at the apiary in the Arboretum, weather permitting. Recommended for ages 16 and older. Free admission.

August 8: “Strolling Saturday” at Applewood, 1400 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 233-3835 * applewood.org

  • (Event runs 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) Explore the beauty of Flint’s Applewood Estates in a casual setting. Free admission.

August 8: Flint’s “Drop Fest”, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District, Buckham Alley * facebook.com/events/279833485474089/

  • (Festival runs 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Enjoy this 4th annual mid-Michigan electronic music festival with three stages featuring electronic music with over 30 DJ’s from around the Midwest, live art demonstrations, vendors, workshops and much more. Free admission.

August 8: “Flint’s Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club” at the William S. White Building (U-of-M Flint Campus), 509 Harrison Street, Flint * whaleyhouse.com

  • (Game begins 2 p.m.) The Lumber City Vintage Base Ball Club will play against the Fallasburg Flats. This Flint baseball club is part of the Whaley Historic House Museum’s History Everywhere initiative and the University of Michigan-Flint Department of History and combines contemporary features with elements of the game as it was played in the nineteenth century. Games are played on a unique space nestled along the Flint River on the U-of-M Flint Campus. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

August 8: Auto City Speedway presents “CRA/JEGS Dog Days of Summer”, 10205 N. Saginaw Road, Clio * (810) 687-7384 or (810) 686-9500 * autocityspeedway.com

  • (Gates open 4:30 p.m. and races begin 7 p.m.) Experience a fast-paced, fun-filled family night at the tracks offering $1.00 hot dogs tonight!

August 8: Sloan Museum presents “Movies in the Courtyard”, 1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3450 * sloanlongway.org

  • (Doors open at 8 p.m. and movie begins at dusk) Bring a blanket and settle in for a relaxing evening, outside, watching the movie “The Wedding Ringer”, which is about a socially awkward guy who, just two weeks shy of his wedding, enters into a charade by hiring the owner of a company that provides best men for grooms in needs (Rated R). Concessions and a cash bar will be available.

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Foodie Fave Friday: Grab a Burger at Fuddruckers

BuffaloBurgerWhen you order a burger at Fuddruckers, you know you’re going to get three things: 1) a fresh bun, made from scratch; 2) a patty that’s never been frozen; and 3) the opportunity to customize your meal after it’s been delivered to your table.

Like all Fuddruckers restaurants, the Flint location has a fresh produce bar where customers can personally pick their desired toppings: fresh sliced tomatoes, hand leafed or shredded lettuce, sliced onions, pickles, pico de gallo, sliced jalapenos and a number of condiments. (Don’t forget the Fudds Cheese Sauce!)

Not in the mood for beef? No worries! They also have turkey and veggie patties, grilled salmon, crispy fish, and ribeye steak. And if you’re looking for a burger of the more exotic variety, they offer buffalo, elk and wild boar (availability varies).

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. It is located at 2373 Austin Parkway, Flint.

For more information, click here or call 810-235-8585.

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Michigan Warrior Dash to Feature Two-Story Balance Beams, Other Obstacles

full-sized-promo-93[1]More than 13,000 people are expected to attend the fifth annual Michigan Warrior Dash in Mt. Morris this weekend. After all, this isn’t your typical 5K.

During the 3.2-mile race, to be held August 1-2, participants will take on a dozen obstacles — the kind that involve racing across a two-story balance beam, climbing up and over a 40-foot vault while fighting through a spray of water and swimming to and from floating docks in the water.

While the course may sound intimidating, it’s anything but.

“The great thing about Warrior Dash is that it can be a challenge for athletes of all abilities,” says Lauren Gardner, spokesperson for the race’s parent company, Red Frog Events. “(This is true) whether it is your first 5K, or you’re striving for a fast time to compete in the Warrior Dash World Championships this fall, or anywhere in-between.”

Those who complete the race will be rewarded with a finisher medal (that doubles as a bottle opener and magnet), t-shirt, fuzzy Warrior helmet and ice-cold beer. They’re also invited to the post-race party, which will feature live music and entertainment.

According to Gardner, event organizers began set-up at E.A. Cummings Park last weekend and will continue through this week.

For more information, or to register, click here.

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All Aboard: Crossroads Village to Host ‘Railfans Weekend’

IMG_1190Calling all train enthusiasts: Crossroads Village has dedicated two days this summer to the history of the Huckleberry Railroad and its historic railcars.

Set to run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, “Railfans Weekend” will offer one-of-a-kind train shop tours, historical rail interpretations and a special photo run at 10 a.m. both days.

There will also be a number of railway exhibitions, including several different scale model train displays from railway groups throughout Michigan and Ohio. Guests can also stop by the “hobo camp,” where they can sing along to railroad songs and receive a piece of coal from the steam locomotive 464.

For more information about the annual event, co-sponsored by Genesee County Parks and Mid Michigan Railway Historical Society, click here.

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Goodrich Festival Offers Family-Friendly Activities This Weekend

11742718_1505521746154703_4879324199291225803_nGet ready for “Good Times in Goodrich” – the annual festival will be bringing several events and activities to the downtown Goodrich this Saturday and Sunday. Highlights include:

The Kayla O’Mara Memorial Road Race (August 1)

The Kayla O’Mara Memorial Road Race is held annually at Goodrich High School. The course offers a tour of Goodrich with a variety of terrain.

  • 7 a.m. – Race Day Registration Begins
  • 8 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk Begins (Cost: $20 with shirt; $10 without shirt )
  • 9 a.m. – 1/2 Mile Fun/Run ( Cost: Free; $5 with shirt )
  • 9:15 a.m. – Awards

The Parade (August 1)

The parade will travel from along Hegel Road from Shuman Drive to Clarance Street, beginning at 10 a.m. School-age children are encouraged to join the fun by participating in the bike component of the parade. To participate, arrive at the staging area on Shuman Drive at 10 a.m. with your bike, skateboard, rollerblades or non-motorized scooter. Bonus points if you dress in costume.

Car Show (August 1)

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., vintage cars will be lined along Erie Street in downtown Goodrich. There will also be a fire engine parade, live music, vendors, food, crafters, a kids zone and duck race, followed by a beer tent at Goodrich Country Club at 6 p.m.

Movie in the Park (August 1)

Watch a family-friendly film at Goodrich Commons Park at 9 p.m. Be sure to bring along a lawn chair or blanket for the outdoor showing.

For more information about the two-day festival, visit www.goodrichfestival.com.

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