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.

5 Flint Area Festivals to Check Out in August

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August is shaping up to be a busy month for Genesee County. Here are five festival favorites that are headed to Flint next month.

August 6: Flint Drop Fest

More than 40 DJs from across the Midwest will take the stage at this all-ages and electronic music festival. There, they will be joined by vendors, live art, workshops and more spanning the streets of Buckham Alley and on the rooftop of the Rutherford Parking Ramp. This event aims to bring people together to enjoy electronic music, the community it creates and the impact it has made on the world.

August 6: Flint River Flotilla

Float down the Flint River on your favorite flotation device, be it 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. Admission is $10/adult or $30/family. Children 12 and under are free.

August 12-14: Flint Jazz Festival (pictured above)

The 35th Annual Flint Jazz Festival will return to the Flint Cultural Campus in late August. Featured musicians and bands include The Bobcats, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, Kevin Collins Drum Company, Swingin’ Chopin, Tapology with Bruce Bradley, Lunar Ocetet, Christian Sands Trio, Joe Frye, Ovacir, People’s Jazz Band, Dave Bennett Quarter and more. Admission is $5-10 for the general public.

August 16-20: Back to the Bricks

This five-day extravaganza kicks off Tuesday with a family-oriented party at U.S. 23 Drive-In Theater. On Wednesday through Friday, from 5-9 p.m., spectators gather to watch the “Rolling Cruises” that start in Flint and end in Grand Blanc. On Friday, there will be a car show, concert and dance party with a Motown theme, followed by the Saturday celebration on the bricks.

August 26-27: 40th HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races

In addition to the races along the blue line, there will be plenty of entertainment (i.e., a beer tent, food vendors, free music) in the festival flat lot, at the intersection of Saginaw and Kearsley. On Friday evening, the general public is invited to the Crim Pasta Party, which runs from 4:30-9 p.m. The $10 admission includes all-you-can-eat pasta, salad, bread and drink, and benefits the Shelter of Flint.

5 Wine Tastings, Classes to Check Out in Genesee County

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Did you know that April is Wine Month in Michigan? Good thing there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate (in moderation) in Flint and Genesee!

In addition to being home to vintners including the Fenton Winery & Brewery and Spicers Orchards & Winery, the region also lays claim to several vino-loving restaurants and establishments. Take, for instance, the following locations that offer wine tastings and classes throughout the year:

  • Cork on Saginaw in Flint regularly hosts wine tastings on and off premises. On April 19, the eatery will offer a class exploring wine’s “quality/price ratio.” Admission is $25 per person by reservation. For more information, call (810) 422-9625 or click here.
  • Special to this month, the Flint Institute of Arts will hosts its 17th Annual From Vine to Wine tasting event on April 16. The event will feature a wide selection of wines, food provided by local restaurants and live entertainment from the Mott Community College Jazz Combo. Tickets start at $100 per person. For details, click here.
  • In addition to the beer and wine tastings held each Saturday, Oliver T’s in Grand Blanc also offers monthly wine classes, priced at $25 per person. Upcoming themes include Modern Portugal (April 21) and Main Street vs. Wall Street (May 19), a blind tasting where you’re the judge. To learn more, call 810-695-6550 or click here.
  • Redwood Steakhouse & Brewery in Flint Township hosts wine tastings the fourth Monday of each Monday. Admission is $25 per person and includes four wines paired with food courses. The April tasting will meet early this month (April 18) and will features pairings such as Mahi Mahi with shrimp and vanilla sauce with Murrieta’s Well The Whip. For more info, call 810-233-8000 or click here.
  • Signature Chop House in Flushing offers wine tastings on the last Thursday of each month. Tickets are $50 per person and include five wines paired with five courses. To learn more, call 810-867-4319 or click here.

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3 Holiday Festivals Happening in Flint & Genesee

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Believe it or not, December is here! And from roasted chestnuts to an elf parade, there are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit in Flint and Genesee — regardless of whether or not there’s snow on the ground. In fact, there are at least three family friendly festivals scheduled this week:

Flushing’s Candlewalk Holiday Celebration, Dec. 3-4

Thousands of softly glowing candles will light up the streets in downtown Flushing during this event, which runs from 6-10 p.m. Visitors will enjoy holiday music, ice sculptures, wood carvings, live performances, a train display, refreshments, horse drawn rides and more. There will also be chestnuts roasting on an open fire, warming stations and Santa arriving in the grand parade, on Thursday night, to light the ceremonial tree.

Fenton’s Jingle Fest, Dec. 5

Starting at 10 a.m., visitors can head to downtown Fenton for holiday shopping, live music, horse drawn wagon rides, a live Nativity, children’s games, Christmas tree decorating and Jingle Jog (3 p.m.), food vendors, a bake sale and a holiday lighted parade (6 p.m.) followed by an annual Christmas tree lighting and fireworks.

Davison’s Christmas on Main Street, Dec. 5

Celebrate the holiday season in downtown Davison with an elf parade, hay rides, reindeer games, refreshments, craft tables, live music, strolling carolers and more. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Flint Cultural Center to Host 32nd Annual Holiday Walk

Holiday WalkAs part of the 32nd Annual Holiday Walk, the community is invited to tour the Flint Cultural Center’s 33-acre campus on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The free event will begin at 5:15 p.m., when City of Flint Police Chief James Tolbert and Santa Claus will lead the annual tree lighting ceremony. From there, Santa will make his way to The Whiting for family visits and free photos.

The Flint Institute of Arts will offer live music as well as the opportunities for kids to meet with PBS’ Sid the Science Kid. There will also be a holiday film shown in the FIA Theater as well as a children’s activity in the FIA Art School.

Applewood will host ice-carving demonstrations and carolers, and the Buick Gallery will have Santa’s classic car on display.

Visitors can also swing by the Flint Public Library, where they can make a holiday ornament, listen to the bell choir from Goodrich United Methodist Church or watch a Punch & Judy performance.

There will be a number of musical performances at the Flint Institute of Music (in both the atrium as well as MacArthur Recital Hall) as well as a holiday comedy show and staged reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Flint Youth Theatre. 

Longway Planetarium will kick off its showings of Cosmic Christmas: The Light Show. Both the Sloan and Whaley Historic House museums will host holiday crafts.

The MTA will provide a free shuttle bus that runs from the Flint Farmers’ Market, at the corner of East 2nd and Wallenberg streets, to the Flint Cultural Center. The bus will run every 15 minutes, starting at 5:15 p.m. and ending at 7:45 p.m.

Admission is free, although donations of non-perishable food or personal care items are encouraged. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

The Flint Cultural Center campus is located along Kearsley Street off I-475 at Longway Blvd. in Flint. For more information, call 810.237.7333 or visit www.FlintCulturalCenter.org/holidaywalk.

50 Artists to Participate in FIA’s Arts & Crafts Fair

first frostThe 10th Annual First Frost Arts & Fine Crafts Fair, to be held Nov. 7-8, 2015, will feature approximately 50 artist displays for holiday shoppers.

Held inside the Flint Institute of Arts, the festival will also feature trees and wreaths created by local designers, florists, community organizations and volunteers. The pieces will be available for purchase through a silent auction held throughout the event.

There will also be glassblowing demonstrations, musical entertainment, “living statues” and holiday bake sale, all in support of the Flint Institute of Arts.

Fair hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $5, Seniors 62 & above are $4 and children 12 and under are free of charge. The FIA galleries will be open free of charge.

For more information, call 810-234-1695 or visit www.flintarts.org/artfairs.

 

Michigan Food, Beer and Wine Festival Returns for Fourth Year

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On Saturday, Nov, 7, the atrium of the Flint Farmers’ Market will be transformed into a park – complete with sod and lawn games – as part of the Michigan Food, Beer and Wine Festival.

The adult-only event will feature more than 160 Michigan-made beers and wines. General admission, which is $25 in advance and $30 at the door, includes 10 sample tickets. Each ticket can be redeemed for a 1-ounce sample of wine, 2-ounce sample of beer or food sample (offerings vary by vendor).

Vendors will be competing for bragging rights as well as gold, silver or bronze medals that will be awarded in the food, beer and wine categories.

The event will run from 6-10 p.m., and will also include live music and a free photo booth.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.michiganfoodbeerwine.com.

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