3 Things to Do at St. John Applefest


St. John the Evangelist of Fenton is bringing back Applefest for its 43rd year. The festivities begin Thursday, Sept. 17 and run through Sunday, Sept. 20.

Here are three ways to join in the fun:

  • Eat an apple. Festival goers can choose from dumplings, cider (frozen and traditional) and more. Event organizers say they usually sell more than 2,600 pies – baked fresh with apples purchased from area orchards – during the event.
  • Listen to some Bob Seger (as performed by tribute band Lookin’ Back). The six-member band will take the stage from 8p.m. to midnight on Friday. Also performing during the festival will be Westfall and Rook.
  • Go for a run. The festival’s road race kicks off Saturday morning, with a 10K run, followed by a 5K Run/Walk, 1-Mile Run and ¼-mile. Online registration ends Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. Late registration will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. at St. John School, and day-of registration will be available at the entertainment tent at the north end of the school from 7-8:30 a.m.

The full schedule includes:


For more information about the event, visit www.facebook.com/SJApplefest.

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Foodie Fave Friday: 7 Orchards Making Cider in Genesee County

Mueller's Orchard in Linden

Mueller’s Orchard in Linden

We have a few more weeks before we start seeing peak fall color, but apple season is already underway in in Genesee County. Here are seven area orchards where you can enjoy freshly made cider, among other fall-favorite treats:

  1. Almar Orchards in Flushing: With more than 30 varieties of apples, Almar produces the popular J.K.’s Scrumpy Farmhouse Organic, a fermented hard cider that has no artificial flavors, additives or preservatives.
  2. Koan’s Orchard in Flushing: Situated on more than 100 acres, this country store offers freshly made cider, doughnuts, jams and jellies. The shop, at 12183 Beecher Road, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and winter seasons. (810) 659-8720
  3. McCarron’s Orchards & Bakery in Flushing: This small farm market and bakery features seasonal fresh cider made from McCarron’s own apples and pressed on-site at their cider mill.
  4. Montrose Orchards: Ready for cider, donuts and hayrides? The orchard – home to a farm market, bakery, pumpkin patch and more – will host its annual Fall Kick Off Sept. 19-20.
  5. Mueller’s Orchard & Cider Mill in Linden: This family operation offers freshly squeezed cider, a variety of doughnuts and family activities, including a petting zoo.
  6. Porter’s Orchard Farm Market & Cider Mill in Goodrich: Stop by for traditional apple cider or an ice-cold apple cider slushy. In addition to the bakery/donut shop, Porter’s offers a fall corn maze, a pumpkin patch, hayrides and more.
  7. Spicer Orchards in Fenton: This farm market, winery and cider mills has a 10,000 bushel storage area, a sorting machine, donut shop, bakery, cider mill, family-fun activities including a fall maze

For more information about area orchard and farms, click here.

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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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Foodie Fave Friday: ‘Taste in Fenton’ Falls on July 30

EventPhotoFull_Taste in Fenton Sponsor LogoFrom cake pops to smoked pulled pork sliders, there will be something for everyone at “Taste in Fenton” next week.

Based out of the Fenton Community and Cultural Center, the July 30th event will offer food sampling and music in addition to a kids zone, raffle, pie eating contest and beer stein holding contest.

Participating restaurants will be offering taste-sized portions of the following menu items:

  • Beale St. Smokehouse BBQ
    • Smoked Pulled Pork Slider
    • Memphis Style Ribs
    • Sweet Northern Corn Bread
  • Biggby Coffee
    • Menu Coming Soon
  • Crust
    • Menu Coming Soon
  • Spring Meadows Country Club
    • Honey Chipotle Pulled Pork Slider
    • Smoke Salmon Crostini
    • Cake Pops
  • Tami’s Sweet Treats
    • Homemade Buttered Noodles
    • Caramel Corn
    • Assorted Cookies
  • Fun With Frosting
    • Gourmet Cupcakes
    • Cake Push-Pops
  • Legend’s Sports Café
    • Pizza Slice
    • Wings
    • Baked Mac & Cheese
  • The Laundry
    • Menu Coming Soon
  • Tropical Smoothie Café
    • Smoothies

Tickets will be sold at the event for $15. Those purchased in advance of the event are available online for $10/person.

For more information about Taste in Fenton, which runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., click here.

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Where to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day in Flint & Genesee


National Ice Cream Day falls on July 19 this year, and Genesee County Parks is ready to celebrate. From 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the staff at Bluebell Beach in Flint will be making homemade ice cream to share with the public.

Whether or not you can make it out to this free event (which will also feature a bounce house and live music from the Saints of Soul Band!), there are plenty of places you can grab an ice cream cone in Genesee County. To name a few, there’s:

Who are we missing? Share your favorites in the comments below!

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Foodie Fave Friday: Flint’s Ground Floor Market Offers Grab-n-go Convenience

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There’s a new breakfast/lunch option in downtown Flint, but there’s no need to call ahead for carryout.

Located in the Dryden Building, at 601 S. Saginaw St., Ground Floor Market is a grab-n-go convenience store that offers just about everything you could need for a quick snack, breakfast or lunch.

Not only does the small store carry on-the-go basics like gum, coffee and chips, it also sells baked goods from Crust Bakery and sandwiches and salads from The Laundry, which are freshly prepared each morning in Fenton.

The store is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more info, click here or call (810) 547-5591.​​

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ArtWalk, Bastille Day Race to Take Over Fenton on Saturday

550_1_FentonArtWalk2015SaveDate(1)More than 1,500 people are expected to attend The Laundry’s Bastille Day 5K Run/Walk and 15K Run in Fenton on Saturday, July 11.

Now in its 14th year, the Bastille Day race raises about $10,000 to $15,000 annually in support of Genesee County’s Habitat for Humanity. The 5K race winds through the neighborhoods surrounding downtown Fenton, and the 15K run is challenging and hilly, according to event officials.

Running in conjunction with the race will be the 5th Annual Fenton ArtWalk, which will run from 11 a.m.  to 4 p.m. along Leroy Street in downtown Fenton.

As part of the free community event, local and regional artists will display their work inside participating businesses and at local organizations. New this year, the Fenton Community and Cultural Center, or FCCC, will host a fine art exhibit displaying each artist’s work.

Visitors can participate in the “Peoples Choice” voting for contests including:

  • Downtown Merchant Window Decor
  • Artzy Hat Prize Competition at FCCC
  • Fine Art Exhibit at FCCC
  • Billmeier Camera Photo Contest at FCCC

For more information or to register for the Bastille Day races, click here.

To learn more about Fenton ArtWalk, click here.

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