7 Apple Orchards to Visit in Genesee County

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The first day of fall is fast approaching. Why not get into the autumn spirit and check out one (or more!) of Genesee County’s apple orchards?

  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. (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: Enjoy a 30- to 45-minute hayride tour, which includes complimentary apple cider and donuts. Please call ahead to confirm hours.
  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.

4 Cool Ways to Break a Sweat in Flint & Genesee

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Considering that health and wellness are ever-popular New Year’s resolution themes, here are a few ideas for staying fit in Flint & Genesee this winter.

  1. Check out a pair of snowshoes at For-Mar Nature Preserve. On the off-chance the snow doesn’t stick this winter, the Burton-based nature preserve also offers walking sticks for visitors looking to stroll the property’s seven miles of hiking trails.
  2. Scale a wall of ice at Peabody Ice Climbing. The Fenton-based venue provides both a great place for experienced climbers to train as well as a controlled environment where newbies can learn the ropes from a certified guide.
  3. Skate around the University Pavilion Ice Rink. Starting Jan. 2, the outdoor rink will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Local indoor options include Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena in Burton on Flint Iceland Arena, both of which offer public skating sessions and gear rentals.
  4. Take a winter run. The Ididarun 8 Mile Challenge will take runners along snow-covered roads at trails in Linden on Jan. 9. Afterward, they can warm up with hot, homemade soups and breads provided by the high school’s cross country team. Then, on Feb. 6, participants will carry logs and climb over cars during the Frozen Fun Run in Davison.

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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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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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‘Shakespeare in the Park’ to Kick off County-wide Tour

Guests enjoy an outdoor showing as part of "Shakespeare in the Park."

Guests enjoy an outdoor showing as part of “Shakespeare in the Park.”

Flint’s “Shakespeare in the Park” is back for its 11th year, this time bringing one of the playwright’s most popular comedies to various venues throughout Genesee County.

Twelfth Night – which opens at Kearsley Park with evening performances Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, and an afternoon matinee on Sunday, June 14 – focuses on twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Disguised as a boy, Viola falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man.

With the exception of the opening night fundraising gala at Kearsley Park, admission to all performances is free. Gala tickets start at $25 per person, and include strawberries and cream before the show and champagne with the actors afterward.

The full list of performances is as follows:

  • June 12, Kearsley Park Pavilion – “Opening Night Gala” – 8 p.m.
  • June 13, Kearsley Park Pavilion – 8 p.m.
  • June 14, Kearsley Park Pavilion – 3 p.m.
  • June 18, ForMar Nature Preserve – 7 p.m.
  • June 19, Linden County Park – 7 p.m.
  • June 20, Flushing County Park – 7 p.m.
  • June 21, Max Brandon Park – 3 p.m.

Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs to the shows at the ForMar, Linden, Flushing and Max Brandon parks.

Directed by Kay Kelley, Twelfth Night is part of the “2015 Theatre in OUR Parks,” a collaboration between the City of Flint Parks and Recreation Department and Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission, funded by a grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation.

For more information, visit www.kearsleyparkplayers.com.

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Jingle All the Way to Fenton’s Jinglefest This Weekend

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You’re invited to join the holiday fun during Fenton’s Jinglefest celebration Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, in the Downtown Entertainment District.

Enjoy the lighting of the luminaries, a gingerbread house display, a JingleJog (3 p.m. Saturday), a holiday lighted parade (6 p.m. Saturday), shopping, tree decorating, live music, ice sculptures, Santa Paws pictures, a JingleJam entertainment tent, bake sale, fireworks and more.

The celebration gets under way Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. See a full Jinglefest events calendar and learn more here.

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Flint & Genesee Chamber to Debut Art of Achievement Awards; Nominations Open

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Do you know of a business that is committed to making a difference in the community, a person who provides exemplary customer service or an establishment that deserves recognition? Then consider nominating the business or person for a Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Art of Achievement Award.  The inaugural 2014 Art of Achievement Award nominations are currently being accepted.  The gala event in celebration of excellence throughout Flint & Genesee will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint.

The Art of Achievement Awards are the evolution of previous celebrations of business excellence hosted by the Chamber as part of the biennial Business Awards and Athena Awards programs combined with the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau’s celebration of service excellence hosted through the annual Hospitality Awards program.  As a comprehensive recognition of achievement in the region, the new program will honor businesses and individuals in 12 categories covering business and hospitality.

Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint & Genesee Chamber, says businesses and individuals in the region should be celebrated for continuing to play a role in building a strong regional brand.  He says hosting a gala to celebrate achievement at all levels makes sense for Flint & Genesee.

“There is an art to achieving success,” said Herman.  “A successful region is comprised of a community that goes above and beyond to have a positive impact on the community. We want to shine a light on those among us who have made great strides and set a standard of excellence.  This is our way of letting the community know who is making a difference in Flint & Genesee.”

Learn more about Art of Achievement and submit your nominations here.

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