Flint in 48 Hours

 By Kim Skeltis

Step inside Table & Tap with its graffiti mural and communal table of reclaimed barn wood, and you could be in Chicago. A rack of hoodies with the phrase Hard as Flint reveals the restaurant’s locale – an apropos saying for a city that’s had more than its share of hard knocks.

Hard as Flint is the mantra of a reborn city. Its tragedies have shaped a community of creators and doers who work hard to make Flint a better place, shifting from producing cars to beer, bread and boots. They know where the city has been, salvaging the best of its history to move forward. And from that grit and perseverance emerged a softer side of Flint. A college town. A foodie mecca. A beer city. An historic gem. And it makes Flint worth visiting right now.

If you’ve got 48 hours free, you can cover many of the city’s highlights and hidden gems. We’ve suggested a weekend itinerary below – hit everything or slow down the pace and pick some standouts.

FRIDAY EVENING – Downtown Immersion

Accessible from I-69 and I-75, Flint is an easy drive from most Midwest cities. Check into your hotel around 5 p.m. to enjoy a full evening. For proximity, Holiday Inn Express downtown can’t be beat. Or book one of six literary-themed rooms at elegant Knob Hill B&B, also in the city.

Start in the heart of downtown with a cocktail or glass of wine at Cork on Saginaw (Happy Hour runs until 6 p.m.), featuring 150 wines from around the world. Or hit Café Rhema for a pick-me-up at this Great Gatsby-inspired café. Order a cold coffee brew or share a French press. Kids will love fruity bubble tea or Italian soda.

After a cocktail or coffee, either stay at Cork for an eclectic European dish, or visit Table & Tap for dinner. This hotspot specializes in locally sourced food and barbecued meats, along with 30 rotating beers on tap, top-shelf bourbon and cocktails. If you’re feeling social, sidle up to other diners at the communal table.

Tonight, try one of Flint’s cultural offerings. University of Michigan-Flint features theater and dance performances Friday and Saturday evenings (October to April). Or check out the Flint Cultural Center with eight institutes on the wooded campus, including The Whiting, a 2,000-seat professional performing arts venue with live performances ranging from local Flint Youth Theatre to national touring productions like Blue Man Group. Other options include the Flint Institute of Arts Theater showing independent and classic films (starts in September), Longway Planetarium (Michigan’s largest) with First Friday events and special programs, and the 100-year-old Flint Symphony Orchestra hosting chamber music and Music in the Parks (summer), and classical concerts (October to May).

Got a late-night food craving? Cast your vote for Flint’s best burger between two watering holes: Soggy Bottom and the Torch Bar & Grill, ranked by Thrillist as one of the “33 Best Dive Bars in America” and its Torch Burger as one of the “33 Best Burgers in America

SATURDAY – Flint Food and Culture

Shop and nibble through your morning at the Flint Farmers’ Market. In existence since 1905, this storied market moved into the Flint Journal’s former 32,000 square-foot printing facility in 2014 after a 70-year hiatus from downtown. The bright, airy space holds 50 year-round vendors (another 20 outside in summer), commercial and demonstration kitchens, and event space. Wander the stalls of fresh produce, pop-up restaurants and handmade gift items, sampling a cinnamon roll at CINNAMOM or pho soup at MaMang. Stock up on weekend snacks like imported cheeses at Hills Home Cured Cheese or wine at d’Vine Wines. Steady Eddy’s Café is an alternative if you prefer a sit-down brunch.

Fueled on market finds, drive to Applewood Estate, a 34-acre, three-story estate built by automotive pioneer Charles Stewart Mott in 1916. While the grounds have been open for years, the home is open to the public for the first time this centennial year, offering free guided house tours daily (reservations recommended). You can also join a free guided garden walk (daily at 1 p.m.) or explore the grounds and exhibits on your own – kids can even check out an activity backpack. For lunch, stop at Applewood Café, a student-run, upscale casual restaurant inside nearby Mott Community College (open during school session).

You’re a stone’s throw from the 85-year-old Flint Institute of Arts, the second largest art museum in Michigan. Need another reason to stop? Free Saturdays! Spin through the highlights using a free, self-guided audio tour that brings the collection to life, followed by the gift shop.

Hit happy hour at Tenacity Brewing, Flint’s first brewery whose name became a prophecy during the Flint Water Crisis. Opening in 2015 in a 1912 fire station, Tenacity features 10 beers, two hard ciders plus a root beer on draft, so there’s something for everyone. While Tenacity doesn’t have a kitchen, food truck fave Vehicle City Tacos parks outside regularly.

Enjoy dinner downtown at 501 Bar & Grill, a fresh, modernist restaurant known for small plates and martinis. From chicken and waffles to bone marrow, you’ll find an eclectic selection of sharable, bite-size entrees. Healthier appetites may prefer a flatbread pizza, burger or full entrée.

Take in a local sporting event tonight like a Flint Firebirds ice hockey game at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center east of downtown. Games are Fridays and Saturdays (season starts in September). For another type of skating, watch the Flint City Derby Girls at Rollhaven Skating Center in Grand Blanc.

SUNDAY – Suburbs/Genesee County

A visit to Flint isn’t complete without visiting its surrounding environs of Genesee County, boasting Michigan’s largest county park system, dozens of fruit orchards, 17-mile asphalt Flint River Trail and 142-mile Flint River. The hardest part will be narrowing your options.

Option #1: Small-Town Shopping and Dining

Enjoy a leisurely morning, then drive 25 minutes to quaint Fenton with its circa-1830s downtown. Indulge in a pastry at CRUST, cranking out 2,000 cookies and 1,000 artisan-style bread loaves daily that are sold locally and across the country, including to DEAN & DELUCA and Williams-Sonoma. Linger over a pain au chocolat and latte in the café or grab a dozen chocolate chip and sea salt cookies to go. Inquire about pie, scone/biscuit and bread-making classes.

Next, shop Fenton’s unique downtown stores like La Petite Maison and The Iron Grate for home décor, Yesterday’s Treasures for antiques, Fenton’s Open Book for literary treasures, and Eclections for clothing and accessories. Walk to the Fenton Fire Hall, a 1938 fire station resurrected in 2013 by the owners of famed Clarkston Union and Vinsetta Garage in metro Detroit. Photographs of volunteer firefighters adorn the walls with old fire station ledgers, memos and other correspondence in homage to its roots. Share a legendary mac and cheese dish or slow-smoked pulled pork for a snack.  Be sure to scan the 48 beers on tap. Then drive to nearby Heavenly Scent Herb Farm, a 1910-era barn and gardens with gift items, flowers and plants for sale.

Your Flint weekend is winding down, but not before you indulge in one final culinary experience. Visit The Laundry Room, a private event space next door to The Laundry, in Fenton by 5 p.m. when Chef Jody prepares a four-course Sunday Supper once a month for the first 24 people who arrive. Menu items are unveiled tableside and served family style. If you miss Sunday Supper, don’t fret – The Laundry’s standing menu of European-inspired dishes gives plenty of options.

Option #2: Historic Village

Kids and history buffs alike will love Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad (May through September). Turning 40 this year, the park showcases 34 Genesee County buildings replicating an 1800s village. Also check out Halloween Ghosts and Goodies in October and Christmas at Crossroads Holiday Magic in December.

Take a 40-minute ride on the circa-1857 Huckleberry Railroad steam locomotive.  Legend says that it ran so slow that a person could jump off, pick huckleberries, and jump back on. Another park jewel is the Genesee Belle Paddlewheel Riverboat replicating riverboats that traveled the Mississippi a century ago. Catch a 45-minute cruise around Mott Lake (May through September).

Close your weekend with a local tradition – a Flint Original Coney Island at the 24-hour Starlite Diner that the owners have been cranking out since 1966. According to locals, the dry, loose meat makes it a Flint-style Coney. Add a side of Coney Cheese Fries, and you’re primed for the drive home.

NOTE: All Flint businesses mentioned here use a combination of certified water filters, bottled water and hydration stations to provide visitors with clean, safe water.

See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of August 22–28

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

Events

Monday-Sunday, August 22 – 28: “Genesee County Fair” at the E.A. Cummings Center, 6130 E. Mt. Morris Road, Mt. Morris * gcf.org

  • (Open daily 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.) Come out and enjoy this family event that attracts over 150,000 visitors annually featuring live stock, carnival rides, an entertainment tent, monster truck and derby races, a baby animal tent and petting zoo, Bingo tent, Chases’s Racing Pigs, a hog calling contest, a dog show, Cornhole tournaments, tomato baseball, Pure Pro wrestling, an X-Treme chainsaw show and more. Grandstand events happen daily with Chris Janson performing Friday night, Three Days on Saturday and finishing up with a Rodeo on Sunday (Grandstand events begin at 7:30 p.m.). For a detailed list of scheduled daily events visit the above website.

Tuesday, August 23: “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 a story, a craft and a building adventure. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Wednesday, August 24: “Made in Michigan” at Davison Roadside Park Pavilion, 6160 Davison Road, Burton * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Learn all about Michigan agriculture, recycling, organic farming, livestock and composting. Meet Violet the Dwarf Nigerian Goat, Kiki the Silver Appleyard Duck, Champ the Modern Game Chicken, Toffee the Pygmy Pigeon, Peanut Butter and Cinnamon the Silkie Chickens and Roy and Sammi the Japanese Phoenix Chickens. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Friday, August 26: “Music in the Parks” at Downtown Flint’s Entertainment District, Saginaw Street, Flint * thefso.org

  • (Music begins 7 p.m.) Music in the Parks is a fun way to get out and celebrate Flint’s diverse cultural heritage through music. Tonight, enjoy a kickoff celebration to this year’s Crim Festival of races with the Flint Symphony Orchestra performing. In inclement weather, the concert will take place at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearlsey Street, Flint. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Friday & Saturday, August 26 & 27: 40th Annual “HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races” at Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District, Saginaw Street, Flint * crim.org

  • Enjoy two-days of family fun as the city of Flint welcomes over 15,000 runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts to participate in this annual event featuring the Crim 10-Mile Race along with a variety of other races, a Health & Fitness Expo, a Friday evening Crim Pasta Party and the Michigan Mile Race Series. Races begin Saturday at 7:30 a.m. followed by an afternoon entertainment tent with live bands, food vendors and more. For a detailed schedule of activities and times visit the above website.

Saturday, August 27: “Swartz Creek Art at the Park” at Elms Road Park, 4071 Elms Road, Swartz Creek * facebook.com/swartzcreekkiwanisart

  • (Event runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Known as one of the most successful annual art fairs in Mid-Michigan, browse and purchase fine art along with entertainment, local foods and engaging children’s activities while also enjoying the many comforts, joys and experiences of Swartz Creek’s Elms Road Park. This is a juried fine arts show that includes painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media and more.

Saturday, August 27: “Monarch Festival” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Enjoy a magical day filled with butterfly games, crafts and naturalist led hikes through the new butterfly house and gardens at For-Mar. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Saturday, August 27: 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 Early Riser Club of Detroit. This baseball club of Flint is part of the Whaley Historic House Museum’s History Everywhere initiative and the U-of-M Flint Department of History and combines contemporary features with elements of the game played in the nineteenth century. Enjoy watching the game at a unique space nestled along the Flint River on the U-of-M Flint Campus. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Saturday, August 27: “Blues on the Lawn” at the Flint Public Library – Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Music runs 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) The Flint Public Library presents some sizzling, hot summer blues featuring Maurice “King of the Party Blues” Davis and his band. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Recommended for families of all ages.

Sunday, August 28: “Paddle the Flint River” hosted by the Flint River Watershed Coalition, Montrose Barber Memorial Park to Birch Run * flintriver.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.) Enjoy the beauty of summer with a lovely 2½-hour easy paddle ride down the Flint River. Stop at a sand bar for lunch along the way (lunch on own). Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one, which includes insurance and shuttling fees. A limited number of canoes/kayaks are available for rent – early registration suggested. To register and/or reserve a kayak/canoe contact Jamie Welch at jwelch@FlintRiver.org or call (810) 767-7140. (Trip: Montrose Barber Memorial Park, south of Vienna Road on Seymour Road in Montrose, paddling to Morseville Road in Birch Run.)

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Where to Catch the Rolling Cruise during Back to the Bricks

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Classic and collector cars of all makes and models will head to Saginaw Street this Wednesday through Friday as part of the Rolling Cruise, a fan favorite in the annual Back to the Bricks lineup of events.

Starting at Fifth Avenue in Flint and ending at Cook Road in Grand Blanc, the cruise runs about 10 miles, with spectators watching from lawn chairs and blankets along the way. The event will run from 5-9 p.m. each day.

While there are lots of places to catch the cruise, event organizers expect that car enthusiasts will gravitate toward three hot spots in particular.

  1. IINN, at Hemphill Road and Saginaw Street. This Flint Mega Site will have various vendors and food offerings all three days, and DJ entertainment on Friday evening.
  2. The Hot Dog Stand, at 11338 S. Saginaw St. in Grand Blanc. Why not enjoy a hot dog and cold root beer while watching the cars go by?
  3. The intersection at Bristol Road and Saginaw Street. Just bring your lawn chair and settle in!

“Non-cruise” traffic is asked to use the center lanes to provide spectators with a better view of the parade cars.

For more information about this week’s events visit, https://backtothebricks.org. For a map of the Rolling Cruises, click here.

See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the week of August 15–21

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

Events

Monday-Friday, August 15 – 19: “Tunes at Noon Festival” at Downtown Flint’s Willson Park, 303 E. First Street (located across the street from the Flint Farmers’ Market) * geneseefun.com

  • (Live music runs 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. daily) Enjoy lunch with an eclectic soundboard of musicians featuring Faatima Brandon (Monday/R&B), Eddy Blues Barney & Bluehouse (Tuesday/Blues), Dave Huber (Wednesday/Jazz), Ben Schlater (Thursday/Jazz) and Tzell & Johnny (Friday/Gospel). Tunes at Noon rain location: Greater Flint Arts Council, 816 S. Saginaw Street, Flint.

Tuesday-Saturday, August 16 – 20: 12th Annual “Back to the Bricks” Cruise and Car Show, Flint’s Downtown Entertainment District and Genesee County * backtothebricks.org

  • (For a schedule of daily events and times visit the website above) Be part of one of the biggest car events that attracts over 500,000 car enthusiasts yearly. This five-day extravaganza begins Tuesday with a family-friendly evening at US 23 Drive-In Theater with the showing of BULLITT, a 1968 thriller starring Steve McQueen. Tuesday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., crowds will line Saginaw Street from downtown Flint to Grand Blanc for rolling cruises. Friday night’s concert will take place at the IINN Property on Saginaw Street, starting at 7 p.m., starring the Motortown All-Stars – a Motown review group from Detroit. Then on Saturday, stroll the bricks downtown Flint, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admire vehicles of every age and description. Free admission.

Tuesday, August 16: “Caterpillar Kids: Know Your Butterflies” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Meet at the Butterfly Garden and learn how to identify the many different butterflies and caterpillars that call Michigan home through games, crafts and nature hikes. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Wednesday, August 17: “Paddle the Flint River” hosted by the Flint River Watershed Coalition, Birch Run, Morseville Road to Seymour Road * flintriver.org

  • (Event runs 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. arrive no later than 4:45 p.m.) Escape the heat by taking a refreshing 2-hour paddle on the Flint River. This gorgeous stretch is home to many Bald Eagles. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one, which includes insurance and shuttling fees. A limited number of canoes/kayaks are available for rent – early registration suggested. To register and/or reserve a kayak/canoe contact Jamie Welch at jwelch@FlintRiver.org or call (810) 767-7140. (Trip: Birch Run Road to Morseville Road, across from the Taymouth Township Office, paddling to Seymour Road by the railroad tracks.)

Wednesday, August 17: “Reuse, Recycle, and Repurpose!” at Davison Roadside Park Pavilion, 6160 Davison Road, Burton * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day by reusing old picture frames and making them new again. Frames and supplies will be provided or feel free to bring your own frame and anything you would like to use to decorate. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Thursday, August 18: “Music in the Parks” at Max Brandon Park – Pavilion #2, 3606 Dupont Street, Flint (near MLK and Stewart Avenue) * thefso.org

  • (Music runs 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Music in the Parks is a fun way to get out and celebrate Flint’s diverse cultural heritage through music. Tonight, enjoy a Gospel Gathering. Please bring lawn chairs and blankets. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Friday, August 19: “Acting OUT with Flint Youth Theatre” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.) Working with a Flint Youth Theatre Educator, participants will create amazing characters and stories from literature and their own imaginations, while working on acting techniques, teamwork, confidence, self-worth and responsibility. Class will be outside, weather permitting. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Friday & Saturday, August 19 & 20: “Flint Public Art Project’s Free City Festival” at Chevy Commons, N. Chevrolet Avenue, Flint * flintpublicartproject.com

  • (Event runs 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. both evenings) Now in its fourth season, Free City takes on the theme of Motion and Play inviting installations, sculptures, projections and performances employing movement of objects and people through unexpected, unexplainable and uncanny means. In its investigation of the phenomenology of motion, the event invites artists and participants to ask – how do we move and for what purpose?

Saturday, August 20: “Float the Flint” hosted by the Flint River Watershed Coalition, M-15 to Irish Road * flintriver.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.) Escape the heat by enjoying a relaxing 2-hour paddle on the Flint River. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one, which includes insurance and shuttling fees. A limited number of canoes/kayaks are available for rent – early registration suggested. To register and/or reserve a kayak/canoe contact Jamie Welch at jwelch@FlintRiver.org or call (810) 767-7140.

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See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of August 8 – 14

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

Events

Monday, August 8: “Edible Weeds” 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.) Weeds are everywhere! Come view some of the common weeds found in the earth that can also become part of your diet. Recommended for ages 16 and older.

Monday-Friday, August 8 – 12: “Tunes at Noon Festival” at Downtown Flint’s Willson Park, 303 E. First Street (located across the street from the Flint Farmers’ Market) * geneseefun.com

  • (Live music runs daily 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.) Enjoy lunch with an eclectic soundboard of musicians featuring The Greyhounds (Monday/House Rockin Music), Free2B (Tuesday/Variety), Gary Grooves (Wednesday), Reichlin Small (Thursday/Jazz) and Sherri Burau (Friday/Celtic Harpist).

Tuesday, August 9: “Bat Walk” at Flushing County Park – Pavilion #1, 4417 N. McKinley Road, Flushing * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.) Investigate the myth and mysteries of one of the most misunderstood creature, the Bat! Listen in on their secret calls and learn how these nocturnal super heroes protect us and our food from a variety of pests. Then walk the grounds and watch their super powers in action. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Tuesday, August 9: Clio Amphitheater presents “The Rock Show” a Tribute to the 80’s, 301 Rogers Lodge Drive, Clio * (810) 686-5850 * clio.govoffice.com

  • (Gates open 6 p.m. show begins 7 p.m.) Enjoy an evening listening to those great “hair-band” songs of the 1980’s.

Wednesday, August 10: “Things That Make You Go EWWW!” at Davison Roadside Park Pavilion, 6160 Davison Road, Burton * (800) 648-PARK * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.) It’s time to gross everyone out! Learn how to make fake boogers, pretend barf and phony blood. They are all disgusting and so easy to make! Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Friday-Sunday, August 12 – 14: “Flint Jazz Festival” at the Flint Cultural Center Meadow, 1231 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 238-ARTS * geneseefun.com

  • (Event runs Friday 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) Relax to the cool sounds of jazz at the 35th Annual Flint Jazz Festival. Enjoy an eclectic mix of international, regional and local performers, artistic and food vendors and more. Friday’s headliner is Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, Saturday is the Christian Sands Trio and Sunday showcases the Dave Bennett Quartet.

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The Palette Café: Yet Another Solid Reason to Visit the FIA

The Flint Institute of Arts is the second largest art museum in Michigan and one of the largest museum art schools in the country. Its collection exceeds 8,000 pieces and dates back 5,000 years. It also screens a variety of films each weekend, starting in September, from the comfort of its 330-seat theater.

The fact that the venue’s in-house cafe makes a mean turkey bacon gouda sandwich? Now that’s just the cherry on top. 

The Palette Café, located next to the museum’s gift shop, is led by Chef Antwain Trimble, who studied at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute and previously worked in the kitchens of the Hilton Garden Inn in Ann Arbor and Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit.

“I’ve been to a lot of different places, but Flint is home” says Trimble, who attended Carman Ainsworth High School before moving to Pittsburgh in 2000. “I’m excited to be back.”

Since taking the reigns at the Palette in April, Trimble has been experimenting with different specials each week, paying close attention to what performs well and what doesn’t. He plans to release a new menu by the end of the summer that features customer favorites — based off of both the current menu as well as the weekly specials.

While the new menu has yet to be solidified, there are a few items that Trimble confirms will make the list. These include the Turkey Rachel, the Caprese Sandwich and the Cobb Salad. 

The FIA has also talked about launching open mic nights in the near future. When they do, Trimble plans to have a special bar menu that’s “short and sweet,” with items like chicken wings and homemade caramel corn.

Sweet treats are favorite of Trimble, who highlights different pastries and desserts throughout the week in the cafe’s glass display. “I make a very delicious salted caramel cheesecake that has a pretzel crust,” he says.

According to Trimble, the cafe is busiest on Wednesdays, when the museum hosts Art à la Carte — an free lunchtime program focusing on the arts. The event kicks off at 12:15 p.m., and participants are welcome to bring their lunch or grab something from The Palette. (The next three Art à la Carte events will show the three-part PBS series, The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements, which explores the discovery of the basic building blocks of matter. For details, click here.)

The Palette is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p..m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

Members of the FIA receive a 10 percent discount. To place a carry-out order, call 810-249-0593.  

To read the current menu, click here.

See What’s Happening In and Around Flint & Genesee for the Week of August 1–7

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

Events

Monday-Friday, August 1 – 5: “Tunes at Noon Festival” at Downtown Flint’s Willson Park, 303 E. First Street (located across the street from the Flint Farmers’ Market) * geneseefun.com

  • (Live music runs daily 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.) Enjoy lunch with an eclectic soundboard of musicians featuring Jymi Dill (Monday/Song Stylist), Randym Cyrcumstance (Tuesday/Variety), Stephanie Monear (Wednesday/Jazz Vocalist), the Blue Mykals (Thursday/Jazz) and Ovcaciir (Friday/Jazz).

Tuesday, August 2: Clio Amphitheater presents “Magic Bus” a Tribute to Woodstock, 301 Rogers Lodge Drive, Clio * (810) 686-5850 * clio.govoffice.com

  • (Gates open 6 p.m. show begins 7 p.m.) Enjoy the songs, the look and the feel of the Woodstock Era…Magic Bus replicates the music of this historic time in the late 60’s.

Friday, August 5: First Friday’s at Longway Planetarium – “Become a Citizen Scientist,” 1310 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 237-3409 or 237-3400 * sloanlongway.org

  • (Doors open 5:30 p.m. and event begins 6 p.m.) Have you ever wanted to be a scientist? A wildlife biologist? An entomologist? For-Mar’s Park Naturalist, Nicole Ferguson, will visit Longway to discuss the many educational and volunteer programs at Genesee County Parks that can help you become a Citizen Scientist. Learn how you can help real scientist combat environmental issues and make local habitats healthier and more diverse.

Saturday, August 6: “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.) Meet at the apiary in the Arboretum, weather permitting, and watch as Jim Withers, For-Mar’s favorite beekeeper, opens up some learning hives to check on some busy bee friends. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Saturday, August 6: Flint River Corridor Alliance 3rd Annual Flotilla, Tenacity Brewing – 119 N. Grand Traverse Street, Flint * (810) 241-6966 ext 2 * frcalliance.org

  • (Event runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – flotations launch at 12 p.m.) Float down the Flint River on whatever flotation device you can think up such as a kayak, boat, inner tube or even a 30-foot raft! If you have a smaller flotation device the day of the event, drop off your car at Mott Park Golf Course (enter off Sunset Drive) and a shuttle will transport you to registration and launch site (Tenacity Brewing). Those with a larger device, such as a kayak or canoe, should drop it off at Tenacity Brewing before going to Mott Park Golf Course to be shuttled back for registration. Online registration available. Event will occur rain or shine.

Saturday, August 6: “Flint Drop Fest” at Buckham Alley, Downtown Flint’s Entertainment District * flinttown.com

  • (Event begins 12 p.m.) Enjoy this all ages Art and Electronic Music Festival unlike any other featuring over 40 DJs from across the Midwest on four open-air stages along with vendors, live art, workshops and more spanning the streets of Buckham Alley and on the Rooftop of the Rutherford Parking Ramp. This event is all about the community and bringing people together to enjoy electronic music, the community it creates and the history and impact it has made on the world. r this event FREE to the public as one of very few events that are truly an open door for expression, creativity and community with the hopes of spreading the ideas that anything is truly possible with teamwork,dedication and a little foot work.so… Come out and enjoy a great time in Downtown Flint and see what has been keeping us alive for 5 years in the making!

Saturday, August 6: “Tell-A-Tail” at the Flint Public Library (Main Branch), 1026 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 232-7111 * fpl.info

  • (Event runs 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Local, friendly therapy dogs will accept any, and all, petting as children practice their reading skills using their favorite book or one selected from the library. Recommended for toddlers, preschool and elementary school ages.

Saturday, August 6: “Astro Nite” at For-Mar Nature Preserve, 2142 N. Genesee Road, Burton * (810) 789-8567 * geneseecountyparks.org

  • (Event runs 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.) Join For-Mar and the U-of-M Astronomy Crew for a night filled with astronomy activities, crafts, a campfire, telescopes and more. Recommended for families of all ages. Free admission.

Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7: “Grand Blanc Art Fair” at Physician’s Park, 270-298 Reid Road, Grand Blanc * grandblancartscouncil.org

  • (Fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days) Browse and purchase from a variety of juried vendors featuring original art, fine crafts, music and more. All media will be represented including metal, sculpture, glass, painting, photography, wood and jewelry. Event held rain or shine. Free admission and parking. Physician’s park includes a pavilion, clean indoor restrooms and a children’s play area. Restaurants and the Sunday Farmer’s Market are within walking distance from the fair.

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