This is one of those weeks where there are a hundred things to do and the hard part becomes deciding what exactly you want to do most. Too often we default to the most convenient thing or the thing we always do but the only way to find true adventure is to go looking for it and the only way to do that is to do something different. This week Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad has two opportunities to celebrate the Fourth in fun and unique ways.
July 3 will bring the Flint Symphony Orchestra to Crossroads as a kick off to the 2014 Music in the Parks series and they’ll be playing patriotic music starting at 7PM and running until 9PM. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for this free show and if you get a little hungry or thirsty the park will have their concessions open for business.
On the Fourth there will be games, a carnival mid-way, and everyone’s favorite – an Ice Cream Social. Instead of dealing with loud crowds and the stress of arriving hours early so you can get a good spot to see forty minutes of fireworks you can step back in time and have a simpler, stress free celebration. The Fourth is a wonderful time to visit Crossroads and to remind ourselves what America used to look like and of the many struggles that were overcome to get us to where we are today. And, you know, there’s ice cream!
Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
6140 N. Bray Road, Flint, MI, 48505
Summer 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
For more information – https://seeandbseen.org/2015/11/30/see-whats-happening-in-and-around-flint-genesee-for-the-week-of-november-30-december-6/home
It’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
This 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
EVENT INFO – https://seeandbseen.org/tag/genesee-county/page/4/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D109941067%26view%3Devent%26-childview%3D
DETROIT CIRCUS – https://seeandbseen.org/2015/12/24/how-to-ring-in-2016-in-flint-genesee/
This weekend will see the world premiere of a new theater production set in Flint. Bloom is a play written by playwright Andrew Morton as he was in residency in France and from there the play has been generating both buzz and acclaim and will now see the stage in the city it’s set in. The play tells the story of Daniel, who moves to Flint after the death of his father. After an incident at school throws Daniel’s world into even more turmoil he begins to work with a man who does urban gardening in the city in abandoned lots. As Daniel and Bobby, the gardener, get to know one another they find that together they may be able to put heal their wounds.
The play is set to premiere this Friday, May 9 at 7:30PM at the Flint Youth Theater with an opening night reception to follow. If you can’t make it to the opening night though there are plenty of opportunities to catch this play before it hits the road once more. The play runs through the month of May.
It isn’t often we are able to see Flint with new eyes that have a higher interest than pointing out the issues of the city and Bloom seems to capture a view of the city not often seen and a sense of the heart that we all know is there, just rarely given its due. Bloom opens it’s World Premiere production in Flint this Friday.
World Premiere Production
May 9 – 25
Varying Days and Times
Tickets – $12 – $18
Recommended for ages 12 and up
FLINT YOUTH THEATER – https://seeandbseen.org/2013/10/24/celebrating-halloween-with-the-family/#
This Saturday Max Brandon Park will play host to a day of fitness and fun. The Friends of Max Brandon Park are partnering with the Crim Fitness Foundation’s AmeriCorps service members, Berston Bicycle Club, and several UM-Flint student service groups to offer a day of fun and games throughout the park. The event will be from 1PM – 4PM and will feature music, prizes, and activities like playing Frisbee, playing parachute games, a hop-scotch rally, relay races, basketball, and Hula Hoops. There will even be interactive storytelling and nutrition information for the times when the kids and family are taking a breather from all the fun. This event is absolutely free for all ages and there will be light refreshment provided.
If you are looking for ways to get your family outside and active now that the warmer weather has finally arrived look no further than Max Brandon Park this Saturday because they’ll have plenty to keep everyone moving.
Day Of Play
Max Brandon Park, Flint, MI
Saturday, May 3, 2014
1PM – 4PM
This Saturday will mark the five year anniversary for the Downtown Flint Comix Con, the one day comic convention put together by Mid-Michigan’s only comic newspaper Flint Comix. When it first began the notion of a comic convention in Downtown Flint was not something everyone thought would work. Over the last decade there had been two pop-culture conventions held in the Flint area that had comic creators involved and which were both well attended but part of the draw each year was the pop-culture aspect which brought in television and movie celebrities along with everyone else. For many people the notion of a comics focused convention seemed too niche to do well in an area not known for its comics culture. The Flint Comix folks saw that as a challenge though and not a limitation. With the creation of a free monthly comics paper Flint Comix was able to begin building a base of support that only grew as the paper itself grew. Focusing on many local and regional writers, artists, and comic creators the paper invested into the area they were from and they are continuing to do that with their conventions.
For those that have never attended a Downtown Flint Comix Con you have a very fun day ahead of you. For just five dollars for adult admissions guests will be treated to dozens of vendors selling everything from comic books, art, crafts, books, and more. Along with the vendors there will be an appearance made by the 501st Legion, a fan group that has a local chapter that dresses as Stormtroopers from the Star Wars films and who do appearances and charity events. Fans of Star Wars will also have a chance to have their picture taken with R2-D2, who will be making an appearance as well. Also during the show there will be a costume contest at 1:30PM and an art contest at 3:30PM to keep everyone busy as they browse and people watch.
With free admission offered to kids under twelve this is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to have a fun day together and a great way for kids and young adults to speak to people who are working in the arts. While there are bigger conventions in the region the charm of a show like the Downtown Flint Comix Con is that fans have the opportunity to actually spend a few minutes speaking with artists and comic creators and we are very lucky to have such a passionate group of people in our area and a showcase like this convention for them to gather at.
Downtown Flint Comix Con
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Downtown Flint Masonic Temple – 755 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI, 48502
$5 for adults – Kids 12 and under FREE!
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