A Weekend For Festivals

tokyo-ferris-wheel-odaibaYou can tell that summer has finally arrived now that all of the area’s festivals are kicking into full swing.  This is one of those weekends where truly, if you can’t find something fun to do with your friends and family then the problem is you!

 ‘Fun In The Sun’ Flushing Summer Festival

Kicking off with a Luau Parade and duck race things only get better with rides, several music performances, and a talent show for local country acts. Truly, there is plenty to keep everyone busy.

Flushing Summer Festival

June 18-21, 2014

Downtown Flushing



Linden Mills Days Festival

Along with the usual midway fun there will be a car show, fireworks, an ‘80’s hairdo contest and more. The highlight may well be the Highland Games though which has kilted competitors testing their skills, stamina, and power in several feats of strength such as the Stone Put, the Kaber Toss, the Hammer Throw and more. Now they just have to make a strong wind doesn’t play heck with those kilts…

Linden Mills Days Festival

June 19 – 21, 2014

Downtown Linden



Grand Blanc Family Fun Fest

A Superhero and Princess parade, a Rising Star contest, an entertainment tent, carnival rides, a beautiful baby contest and a 5K run/walk – what more could you need? Probably a nap after a day at the Fun Fest!


Grand Blanc Family Fun Fest

June 19-22, 2014

Physician’s Park area



Greek Festival

The Greek Festival returns to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church for this weekend celebration of Greek traditions and culture. There will be LOTS of Greek food on hand as well as entertainment for the whole family. Foodies may want to make a special trip out to the Greek Festival because I have a feeling that your mouth won’t stop watering until you do.

Greek Festival

June 20-22, 2014

Assumption Orthodox Church


2014 Flint Art Fair

If you are looking for a more relaxed pace with a touch of the arts then you might want to head out to the 47th Annual Flint Art Fair this weekend where dozens of artists will be on hand with their arts and crafts for sale on the grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts. Along with the artists there will be food vendors for when you get hungry and thirsty and music to keep you moving. This is the perfect event for the patrons of the arts out there and for people looking to add to their art collection.

2014 Flint Art Fair

June 21-22, 2014

Flint Institute of Arts grounds


A Day Of Peace and Remembrance

This is an event that is a little more serious than the others but is a wonderful way to get involved in the community. The focus here is a Unity March and a Community Expo just outside of Downtown Flint. Things kick off at 11AM with the Unity March where participants will walk together to promote peace and people are encouraged to bring memorial tributes to their loved ones. This will be followed up by a Community Expo with dozens of organizations offering information on the many services they provide. There will be free food for all that attend as well. Later in the evening there will be a Gospel Fest to end the evening with musical fellowship.

A Day Of Peace And Remembrance

June 21, 2014

6901 N. Saginaw Street – Our Savior Lutheran Church


 And along with all of THIS there’s also the opening of the new Flint Farmer’s Market site so there is no shortage of things to see, hear, and experience this weekend. It’s the kind of weekend that makes this area so special and reminds you of the diversity and wonder our area holds and truly beckons you to see and be seen.



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)

For more information go to – http://www.kearsleyparkplayers.com

It’s Walleye Time In Flushing!

WalleyeIt’s funny how time flies because it’s once more time for Flushing’s Walleye Festival.  The event will kick off this Friday with on-site registration from 4 – 6PM and the first weigh-in of the weekend at 7PM so you will have plenty of time to try to reel in that big one before you make your way to the fish fry where you can get your fill of our finned friends and get ready for the rest of the weekend’s fishing.

All weekend there will be a trout pond set up for the kids that will be open during day time hours.  Saturday there is a Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast from 7AM – 10:30AM with the proceeds benefiting the Flushing Christian Outreach Center and the Hurley Pediatric Cancer Unit and there’s not a better way to start your day.  After you have you had all you can eat of pancakes you can either head out to fish or hit up the Family Fun Expo, which will be held indoors at the St. Roberts Activity Center where the other indoor events will be held all weekend.  After Saturday night’s weigh-in at 6PM you can head off to a Wild Game Dinner put on by the Lions Club and then end the night with a friendly Texas Hold ‘Em Tourney.  The Festival winds up with more fishing on Sunday and a final weigh-in at 1PM with the awards ceremony to follow.

This is going to be a fantastic festival with fun for the whole family and lots to do both indoors and out.  Get all of your fishing gear ready, get out your warmest clothes out and make plans to be in Flushing this weekend because even if you don’t fish there’s lot to see, to do, and lots of memories waiting to be made.

2014 Flushing Walleye Festival

March 7 – 9

Flushing, MI

Times and events vary.

For more information –



Would You Like To Dance?

1024px-Moore_Theatre_100_Years_-_swing_dance_01With Valentine’s Day fast approaching hearts and minds begin to turn to the romantic and there are few things are romantic as dancing and few dances as exciting as swing dancing.  Swing dancing is a very high energy type of dance that features a lot of movement, a lot of motion, and lots of spins and dips.  If you have ever been interested in learning how to swing dance then the Great Lakes Swing Dance Club is the perfect place for you to learn.  The GLSDC meets every Wednesday at Rollhaven roller rink in Flushing at 6PM with group lessons offered for the first hour and then from 7 – 10PM there is open dancing on the large wooden floor of the rink.  There are instructors on hand to help teach the intricacies of swing dancing with DJs spinning tunes to keep you moving.  You must be a member of the group to attend regularly but this is a great chance to learn more about swing dancing and to get out and moving and this is the perfect time to surprise someone special with the moves you learn in the next few weeks.

For more information on the Great Lakes Swing Dance Club head to their website where they give all the details on their organization and the many fun events they have planned for the year.

The Great Lakes Swing Dance Club

Wednesdays, 6 – 10PM (instructed dance from 6-7PM with open dance following)

Rollhaven Flushing

3464 Ann Drive, Flushing, MI

Membership is needed to regularly attend.


Business ‘booming’ at City Shop Cafe in downtown Flushing

FJ photo

I love reading stories about local businesses people who, despite all the humdrum economic news, are still making it. Better still are stories about people who are actually flourishing, like Kelly Miller at the City Shop Cafe in downtown Flushing.

From Mlive:

Once hidden in the back of a downtown Flushing business, City Shop Cafe has taken over the store front of The Town Office.

Now located at 103 E. Main Street, owner Kelly Miller said her cafe is booming with business since it opened in the new location on May 18.

“The foot traffic at our business has tripled since we’ve been here,” said Miller, 32, of Flushing. “Right out of the gate over here we’ve been busy every day.”

Photo of the Day: The water rescue on the Flint River near Flushing

Here’s a great photo of the Memorial Day rescue of three canoeists on the Flint River near Flushing. Everyone got out safely, but the situation is a reminder of how dangerous any river can be given the right conditions. (Photo by Joseph Tobianski | The Flint Journal )