5 Memorial Day Weekend Events in Flint & Genesee

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Memorial Day is just around the corner! If you haven’t yet solidified your weekend plans, here are five events to consider adding to your calendar.

  1. Make greeting cards for hospitalized veterans, watch a Flag Retirement Ceremony and more at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad. During the three-day celebration, which starts Saturday and honors America’s armed forces, veterans/active duty personnel and one guest will receive free village and train admission. (6140 Bray Road, Flint)
  1. Watch the fireworks display during the 14th Annual Summer Kick-Off Celebration at Bluebell Beach. The free event, to be held from 4-11 p.m. will also include bounce houses, live music and other activities. (5500 Bray Road, Flint)
  1. Go for a run (or walk) during the city of Burton’s Memorial Day 5K Run and Walk on Monday. Registration for the event kicks off at 7:30 a.m., followed by the race at 9 a.m. and Memorial Day parade at 2 p.m. (Atherton High School, 3354 South Genesee Road, Burton)
  1. Attend a public memorial service at McFarlan Veterans Memorial Park at 9:30 m. Monday. (Located at Saginaw Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard in downtown Flint)
  1. Take part in some family friendly fun during the Genesee Memorial Day Fest, to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. The free event includes a live band, car show, petting zoo, cookie-eating contest and more. (Genesee Lions Club Pavilion, located at the end of Green Arbor Drive in Genesee)

How will you be spending Memorial Day weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Ways to Get into the Holiday Spirit in Flint & Genesee

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With Christmas less than two weeks away, we’ve compiled a few ways to get into the holiday spirit in Flint and Genesee. Here are five festive events and attractions worth checking out with your family and friends!

  1. Paint Christmas-Themed Scenes at Painting with a Twist (Various Dates)

Take an art class at this Fenton-based, BYOB business, which provides painting supplies and instructions for artists of all levels. Upcoming classes will focus on Christmas wreaths, Santa, stockings and more. Admission varies.

  1. Be Dazzled by “Cosmic Christmas: The Light Show” (Now through Dec. 23)

Longway Planetarium has set 16 holiday songs – both old and new – to 4,000 visuals in this original laser light show. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (60+) and youth (2-11) and free for children under 1.

  1. Go Back in Time for “Christmas at Crossroads” (Dec. 18-20, 22-23, 26-27 and 29-30)

From live entertainment at Colwell Opera House to a holiday craft workshop at the Stanley School House, the turn-of-the-century-themed Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad offers something for everyone this holiday season. Admission varies.

  1. Meet Santa’s Reindeer at the Davison Farmers’ Market (Dec. 19)

Visitors are encouraged to bring along their cameras to take free photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, who will be stopping by with their pets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  1. Sing Carols at Stockton Center (Dec. 19)

From 5:30-8:30 p.m., Stockton Center at Spring Grove in Flint will host a Victorian Christmas, during which guests can sing carols and enjoy festive crafts and treats. Admission is $5/person.

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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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Crossroads Village Opera House Hosts ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

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“The Importance of Being Earnest,” a comedy written by Oscar Wilde, first premiered in London in 1895. Now, 120 years later, it will grace the stage of the Crossroads Village Opera House Sept. 24-27.

The production, which concludes the Flint’s Kearsley Park Players 2015 Theatre in Our Parks program, follows John Worthing, who often uses his fictitious brother, “Ernest,” as an excuse to leave town. It is one of the most widely performed comedies and has been described as “the second most known and quoted play in English after Hamlet.”

The performance will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 through Sept. 26. It will also be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 27.

General admission is $5/person. Students with a current school ID will be admitted for free.

For reservations, call 810-736-7100, ext. 6. Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information, visit www.kearsleyparkplayers.com.

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Pictured above: Oscar Wilde, the author of “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Kearsley Park Players Present “The Mikado” at Crossroads Village, Kearsley Park

From front to back: David Lindsay as Ko-Ko,; Center: Ethan Rodgers as Nanki-Poo and Caroline Marie Collins as Yum-Yum; and Michael Kelly as the Mikado.

From front to back: David Lindsay as Ko-Ko, Ethan Rodgers as Nanki-Poo and Caroline Marie Collins as Yum-Yum, and Michael Kelly as the Mikado.

When “The Mikado” was first presented in 1885, its London production ran for 672 performances—one of the longest runs of any theater piece up to that time. By the end of the year, it was estimated that at least 150 theater companies in Europe and America were producing the musical comedy at the same time.

Since then, the play has been has been translated into numerous languages and continues to be Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular work. And starting this Thursday, residents and visitors to the Flint area will have the opportunity to see the famous musical themselves.

This weekend and next, Flint’s Kearsley Park Players will tell the story of star-crossed lovers who overcome numerous obstacles to find happiness together. Placed in ancient Japan, the story uses its setting to poke fun at English and American society.

The schedule is as follows:

  • August 13-16: The Opera House at Crossroads Village – 7:30 p.m.
  • August 20-22: Kearsley Park Pavilion – 7:30 p.m.
  • August 23 – Kearsley Park Pavilion – 3:00 p.m.

For ticket reservations at the Opera House, call 810-736-7100, ext. 6. For reservations at Kearsley Park, call 810-845-4050.

Tickets are $5/person.

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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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Flint Symphony Orchestra to Play Patriotic Favorites at Crossroads Village

july-2642_1280As part of the 2015 Music in the Parks Concert series, the Flint Symphony Orchestra will play some patriotic favorites at Crossroads Village on Thursday, July 2.

The evening’s program will include:

  •  Star Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key
  •  Highlights from the musical Annie, arr. by Strouse and Lang
  •  Cowboys’ Overture, John Williams
  •  America the Beautiful
  •  Stars and Stripes Forever, John Philips Sousa

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages in plastic containers are permitted; concessions will also be available for purchase from the venue.

Located at 6140 Bray Road in Flint, Crossroads Village is home to more than 34 historic structures. With extensive programming and a robust schedule of events, the venue provides visitors with a glimpse into life in a thriving Great Lakes town at the turn of the century.

Founded in 1991, Music in the Parks celebrates the area’s diverse cultural heritage through music, presenting performers from a variety of genres each year. This year’s lineup also includes:

July 16 – The Elders Irish Rock (Kearsley Park)
July 30 – Scott Gwinnell Jazz (Mott Park)
Aug. 6 – Sweet Willie Tea (Max Brandon Park)
Sept. 10 – Gospel Music Celebration (The Whiting)

All concerts begin at 7 p.m. In case of rain, concerts will be held at The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley St., Flint. For more information, visit www.thefim.org or www.facebook.com/flintinstituteofmusic.

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