Sun, Fun, And The Beach Come To Downtown Flint This Weekend

sun of a beachIf you’re a Parrothead then the smell of cheeseburgers, the sound of crashing waves, and the thought of a margarita are the summer thoughts that get you through the rest of the year but for those folks that aren’t as familiar with the music of Jimmy Buffett this may all seem a little odd. This Saturday though the beach and summer fun will be coming to Downtown Flint as the Sun of a Beach Festival hits town for one day only.  The festival is a one day celebration of Jimmy Buffett and the life and love of the beach.  The event is sponsored by Chasse Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio and Landshark Lager and will run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Attendees will be greeted by 160 yards of sand and professional sand castle artists turning that sand into beautiful sculptures.  Keeping everyone moving will be Buffett tribute band Parrots of the Caribbean as well as ZBTB, a tribute band playing the music of the Zac Brown Band.  Set up around the Festival will be food and drink vendors to keep everyone well fed and not thirsty and all attendees are encouraged to bring their beach chairs and beach blankets so they can be comfortable as they kick back and enjoy the day.

For those that are interested in attending there are Advance tickets available for FREE at several local locations listed on the event’s website but if you miss out you can get in for only $5 and for a day of fun, sand, and music that’s a pretty small price to pay. The surfing may be rough out in the Flat Lot this weekend but the sand will be great and the beach will definitely be in full effect.

Sun Of A Beach Festival

Saturday, June 14, 2014

1PM – 7PM

Flat Lot – Corner of Saginaw Street and Kearsley Street in Downtown Flint

Tickets – $5 at the door

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The Summer Will Once More Be Filled With Shakespeare In The Parks

Kearsley ParkThis year marks the tenth anniversary of Shakespeare In The Park in Kearsley Park and over the years it has become a beloved summer staple in Flint. For those with a love of theater and the great bard though the Kearsley Park Players will be taking their troupe on the road and not just in the park this season. The production for the 2014 season will be the comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor and the season kicks off on Friday, June 13 in Kearsley Park. From there the show will move to For-Mar, then to the Linden County Park, and will close out in Flushing County Park on June 21. The play is beloved for its comedic take on class, wealth, and the usual jealousy and revenge Shakespeare is known for and the play will be directed by Kay Kelly, who oversees Kearsley Park.

Shakespeare In The Park has become a summer tradition in Flint and is truly one of Flint and Genesee County’s treasures. Theater season is about to be back and it’s a great time to start making your plans.

Shakespeare In The Park 2014 Season

The Merry Wives of Windsor

June 13 – June 21

All dates except the opening night gala are FREE!

June 13 – 8PM – Kearsley Park (Opening Night Gala)

June 14 – 8PM – Kearsley Park

June 15 – 2PM – Kearsley Park

June 19 – 7PM – For-Mar Nature Preserve

June 20 – 7PM – Linden, Clover Beach

June 21 – 7PM – Flushing County Park (Season Ending Show)

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The Sweet Sounds Of Bluegrass Music Will Echo Through Kearsley Park This Saturday!

Bluegrass BazaarThis Saturday historic Kearsley Park will be filled with the sounds of Bluegrass Music as the Kearsley Park Bluegrass Bazaar sets up shop for the day. This celebration of bluegrass music will kick off the music at noon and will go until nine at night with several bands from across Michigan hitting the stage throughout the day.  Along with the music there will be workshops and projects from local artists as well as vending from local crafters, vintage dealers, and artisans.  Musicians won’t be left out of the fun though as they are encouraged to bring their instruments along with them for impromptu jam sessions and networking in the park.  For those that want to learn a little more about music and all its varied forms Mott Community College will be on hand to let anyone interested know about their music programs and offer assistance in signing up if it is needed.  This is a free event thanks to the support and participation of several local sponsors.

There are a lot of festivals in the county throughout the summer but very few of them are as dedicated to music as this one is and there are few things finer than sitting outside on a warm summer day and listening to live tunes.

Kearsley Park Bluegrass Bazaar

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Noon – 9PM

Kearsley Park – Flint, MI (Located off of Robert T. Longway, just past the Mott campus)


The Holy Reedemer Community Festival Heralds An Early Start To Summer Fun

Holy RedeemerSummer fun is right around the corner and the arrival of some beloved festivals is ushering the warmest season in a little early this year.  The Holy Redeemer Festival kicks off today and goes through Sunday with plenty of opportunities to share in all the fun.  The big attraction this year, as every year, is the music and there are some great performers lined up for Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night will bring Michigan country act Wildfire to the stage and Saturday it will be time for Toppermost to play the classics of The Beatles.  Music isn’t the only thing in store at the festival though as the midway is bound to be crowded with people looking for an adrenaline rush on one of the many thrill rides.  Admission for the adults and little ones is free and for everyone in between – 11-20 years old – you just need to purchase a ride bracelet to wander the grounds.

If all of that wasn’t enough to keep you and your family busy there’s a beer tent, a used book sale, a casino and card tournaments, kids games, and more, more, more.  If you cannot find something fun to do at the Holy Redeemer Festival then my friend you doing something wrong.

Festival season is upon us friends, and it’s time to start planning for all the fun that is in store for you and the family.  The weather hasn’t been very accommodating for much this year but I have a feeling that we’re finally out of the woods and it’s just in time!

Holy Redeemer Community Festival

May 29 – June 1, 2014

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church – 1227 E Bristol Rd, Burton, MI 48529

Admission costs vary

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wam posterOn Friday, May 30 the YWCA of Greater Flint will be presenting the Fifth Annual Walk a Mile In Her Shoes event.  This event is a fundraiser for the many services and programs that the YWCA provides and also serves as a reminder of the struggles which many women must face.  This event isn’t all about serious issues though as the focus here is on the fun part of fundraising.  For this event men will don everything from high heels to sparkly flip-flops and will show their support of speaking out against rape as they walk from the YWCA to 501 Bar & Grill in Downtown Flint in all their glory.  Men can walk as teams or as individuals as they raise money and try to win some prizes as you do and all money goes directly to the YWCA to support the work it does but this is truly an event where the more people that participate the merrier.  Walkers must raise a minimum of $50 in pledges but will be registered when they do, will get a  t-shirt, and a ticket to the after party if you join the fun.  Non-walkers who want to support the cause and come out to party can also purchase tickets to the after party for $30.  Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes is never an easy prospect but when you can help raise money for a very worthy organization a little pain becomes a very big gain.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

 YWCA Greater Flint • 310 E. Third Street • Flint, MI 48502

Friday, May 30, 2014

Registration – 5:30PM

Walk – 6PM

$50 pledge fee

$30 just for the after party

To register, please call – 810.238.7621 Extension 305

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Take A Lunch To Applewood And Learn How To Better Care For Your Lawn

LUNCH__LEARN_82It’s never easy to keep your lawn looking healthy and beautiful throughout the year. With the weather and any one of a hundred types of weeds and critters there to wreak havoc on your lawn most of us could use some tips on how best to keep things green, lush, and healthy. Wednesday, May 21 brings another Lunch and Learn at historic Applewood and their topic for this session is Lawn Care and Games on the Green.  This free event allows you to bring your lunch and eat on the beautiful grounds of Applewood as you learn about growing a healthy and stunning lawn of your own from the horticulturists that keep this Flint landmark so pristine.  While you are there you can even take some time to see some classic lawn games that the family will love.  This is a free event but they ask that you consider bringing food or personal care items to be donated to a local shelter.  The lesson in lawn care will begin promptly at noon.

Bring Your Lunch And Learn

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Applewood Estate – 1400 East Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503

11AM – 2PM

Lecture at Noon


Grab The Kids! The Detroit Circus Is Coming To Town

Detroit CircusThis Friday the circus will officially be in town, the Detroit Circus to be specific.  Friday’s Orlando J. Roberts Spring Children’s Concert will bring the Detroit Circus to the Flint Public Library for a late morning show.  Featuring human performers who are masters at contortion, juggling, acrobatics, illusion and magic, and acts of physical wonder this will be a show for all ages that promises to have everyone breathless for its duration.  If you still can’t wrap your head around what makes Detroit Circus different than other circuses out there think of acts similar to Cirque du Soliel which take what we believe about what the human body can do and blows those constraints out of the water.

For parents this show is a wonderful way to teach kids that the body can do far more than we ever imagine and that for people like the performers in the Detroit Circus magic really does exist while those without children can go and appreciate the physical feats of the troupe.  The performance is suitable for all ages and takes place at the Flint Public Library from 10:30AM – 12:30PM.  Grab the family, pack a lunch, and get ready for a morning of mind-blowing fun that may really have your kids really wanting to run away with the circus.

Orlando J. Roberts Spring Children’s Concert : DETROIT CIRCUS

Friday, May 16, 2014

10:30AM – 12:30PM

Flint Public Library – 1026 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI, 48503