Things to Do: Entertainment in the Midland, Great Lakes Bay region
Wednesday, Sept. 2
Full Moon Watch: Visit Chippewa Nature Center for a guided experience to watch the Harvest Moon rise over the Homestead Farm from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. A CNC naturalist will share information about nocturnal animals during this evening program. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, flashlight, and insect repellent. Park by the Homestead Farm and follow the path to the Timber Frame Barn. For more information visit www.chippewanaturecenter.org.
“The Most Famous Shipwrecks of All Time” by Ric Mixter, will be presented from 7 to 8 p.m. by the Bay County Library System online via Zoom and live streamed on the library’s Facebook page. Registration is required for Zoom attendance and limited to 100 devices. Please only register one seat per family. The Zoom link will be emailed before the program. In this presentation, Mixter separates fact from fiction and shows the oldest artifacts ever discovered as well as Great Lakes stories that have become legend. From Black Beard to the Titanic, Christmas Tree Ship to Edmund Fitzgerald, you’re sure to learn something in this brand new on-line discussion. https://www.baycountylibrary.org/events/evening-sessions-ric-mixter-most-famous-shipwrecks-all-time
Thursday, Sept. 3
This week’s Uncorked will feature Allie Pieschke, a solo artist who plays a variety of genres, from oldies, to 90s and the top 40, making this an evening of music for all ages to enjoy. Uncorked is a weekly outdoor happy hour that takes places from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in front of the Center. Drink specials and hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase while guests enjoy free, live music.
Midland Center for the Arts will host Curbside Comedy featuring Vince Carone and Kara Coraci. The outdoor event starts at 8 p.m. with seating starting at 7. Pre-sale tickets cost $10 and tickets are $15 the day of. Because of socially distanced seating, there is limited capacity and pre-purchasing tickets is strongly recommended. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled. Curbside Comedy provides 90 minutes of comedy every other week from nationally touring comics in a safe, socially distanced setting.
Yoder’s Amish Flea Market & Quilt Auction, 10885 N Leaton Rd, Clare. The event is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. https://www.claremichigan.com/amish-events/
Saturday, Sept. 5
Saturdays on the Saginaw Tour. Depart Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m., returning at 3:30 p.m. Board at 12:45 p.m. Route is north (downriver). Tour guide highlights wildlife, what to see and do in Bay City and points of interest along the river including the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse (weather and river traffic conditions permitting). Tour may be scheduled on either the Princess Wenonah or Islander. Meet at Middlegrounds Dock, Adults $20, Children $10 Limited capacity this season. Advance reservations highly recommended. Masks required on all trips. Park free at Middle Grounds docks in front of Scotty’s Sand Bar on the Saginaw River, 1201 Evergreen Drive, Bay City. Tickets, baycityboatlines.com/public-events/full-calendar-of-events
Sunday, Sept. 6
Trinity Episcopal Church Friends of Music in Bay City announces the live music program, “The Ringing of the Tower Chimes” at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City. Members of the church and the community are invited to sit on the church lawn or in cars to hear a 45-minute program of hymns played on the historic Deagan Chimes. The 10 chimes were installed in 1926 and have been played for the community since that date. The September program will feature tunes from the original Deagan Chimes Tune Book of 35 secular and sacred tunes as well as other hymn tunes from The Hymnal 1940 and The Hymnal 1982. In addition, a new setting for the Chimes commissioned from Dr. Scott Hyslop from Frankenmuth will be premiered. The program is open to the public free of charge. Trinity Episcopal Church is located in Bay City at 815 N. Grant Street on the corner of Grant and Center Avenue. For more information contact Trinity Church via the church website.
Wednesday, Sept. 9
In this week’s Matrx:Midland , the spotlight falls on the Golden Globe and GRAMMY-nominated film “Seven Years in Tibet.” The virtual film discussion will be hosted by Northwood University President Ken McDonald, and begins at 7:30 p.m. Discussions take place every other week this summer and begins at 7:30 p.m. Registration for the free event is required and closes at 7 p.m. on the day of the discussion.
Migrating Birds Morning Stroll is set for 9 to 10 a.m. at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland. While many species of birds leave the area to head south, we have some that will consider our location as their wintering ground. Join Interpretive Naturalist Lindsey Harrell to discuss which birds will go and which choose to stay during a casual walk on trails near the Visitor Center. Free for ages 18 and older. Registration is required. www.chippewanaturecenter.org
Thursday, Sept. 10
Mike Brush will take the stage at Uncorked. He is an award-winning musician who specializes in jazz and blues music as a pianist, vocalist and composer. He has been a performer for over 50 years while simultaneously teaching music education in Saginaw Public Schools for 30 years. Brush has produced five albums of music, “Words,” a collection of his lyrics and “Songs for Us,” a collection of socially conscious songs for young people. Uncorked is a weekly outdoor happy hour from 5 to 8:30 p.m. that takes places in front of the Center. Drink specials and hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase while guests enjoy free, live music.
Friday, Sept. 11
Improv legends and Whose Line Is It Anyway? veterans Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood unleash a wild, comedic ride with Stream of Consciousness, an all-new LIVE Improv show via Zoom, where you are in the driver’s seat. The event begins at 8 p.m. and is hosted by The Dow Event Center. This truly interactive experience is fueled by audience suggestions, leaving Colin and Brad to rely only on their wits and intuition. Each ticket allows viewing on one device, so you can choose to enjoy the show solo or share the fun with the entire family. Capacity is limited. https://doweventcenter.com/
Sept. 11-12, 18-19
The Midland Downtown Business Association invites visitors to tee off downtown for Mini Golf on Main Round 2. This free event allows guests of all ages to test their skills at putting greens located throughout downtown Midland. The current course includes holes at the following locations:Joyful Tantrum, Imagine That!, Proper Taco, Ways to Wellness, Heather ‘n Holly, Grape Beginnings Winery, Ace Hardware & Sports, Serendipity Road. To start playing, pick up a free mini hand sanitizer, putter, golf ball, and scorecard at the “clubhouse” at Joyful Tantrum 213 E. Main Street. When the round is over, return putters and scorecards to the clubhouse for a chance to win one of eight prizes donated by the participating downtown Midland businesses.
Fall Bird Migration Bandathon is set for 7 to 9 a.m. Friday; 7 to 9 a.m., 9 a.m. to noon, noon to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and from 7 to 9 a.. and 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. See resident and migratory birds up close as birds are caught in mist nets and banded for research. Join Mike Bishop, Alma College instructor and researcher, and CNC staff at the east Wetlands Area parking lot off Grey Road (the gate will be open during banding hours). Free for 9 and older; under 18 w/adult. Registration is required. www.chippewanaturecenter.org
Saturday, Sept. 12
The Legacy Center for Community Success has scheduled its first-ever Virtual Storytime at 10 a.m. The Virtual Storytime will feature children’s book author and illustrator Amanda Driscoll, who will read her book, Wally Does Not Want a Haircut, live to participants via Zoom before teaching them how to draw the main character. The event is an early celebration of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, which will be observed from Sept. 20-26. All event participants will hear the story read by the author, participate in a drawing lesson, and receive downloadable coloring pages and participation questions to use after the event. Attendees will also be entered to win a signed copy of the book. The event costs $5 per family, with a limited number of tickets available at www.tlc4cs.org or by calling 989-496-1425. All proceeds from the event will benefit TLC.
The Midland Saxophone Quartet, featuring Tim Lemke, Jon van Regenmorter, Larry Carbary and John Anderson, will play from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the lawn at Creative 360 in Midland. Join us on the lawn with your chairs, blankets, masks, drinks and maybe even a picnic. They are returning to play their wide variety of songs ranging from Bach to the Beatles with a little bit of history and fun facts thrown in. The lawn will be marked in a grid to keep groups socially distanced. Come celebrate music and community. Cost is $10, and can be purchased in advance; ages 10 and younger free. Rain date is Sept. 19.
Families in Nature: Backyard Butterflies is set for 2 to 3 p.m. at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland. Have you ever wanted to catch a butterfly? Join a CNC naturalist as we learn about and look for beautiful butterflies. Free for all ages, under 18 w/adult. Registration is required. www.chippewanaturecenter.org
Dstreet Music Foundation (those fun folks who give you Parkapalooza) is teaming up with The Village of Sanford, The Historical Society, Sesquicentennial Committee, and Salt River Acres Campground, to bring you The Sanford Palooza Street Fair set for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Sanford. This will be a free show, family friendly with musical surprises. Music: 11 a.m., Cold Cut Trio; noon, Straight 8’s; 1 p.m., Todd Michael Band; 2 p.m., Cornpone; 3 p.m., The Reliks; 4 p.m., Hipakritz; 5 p.m., The 338th U.S. Army Rock Band with special guests Three Men & a Tenor; 7 p.m., The Screaming Casanovas, and 8 p.m., The Rock Show
Pooches at the Pool is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plymouth Pool in Midland. Owners will have the opportunity to fetch their Fido and take a swim in Plymouth Pool. Each dog (up to 30 dogs per session) will get 30 minutes in the pool (sorry-only one owner per pup this year!). Owners will be responsible for providing proof of vaccinations on the day of the event. In addition, local canine organizations will be on hand to showcase their services and to provide volunteer assistance. Cost is $8 per dog. Registration and payment in advance is necessary. Registration will end when all spots are full and will only be taken on the day of the event if space is available. Register online at www.cityofmidlandmi.org/recreation or in person at Parks and Recreation.
Visit Leaman’s Green Applebarn, 475 N River Road, Freeland, to enjoy its annual Country Craft Show, which opens at 10 a.m. both days. The weekend showcases different types of crafters such as jewelry, photography, wood art, metal crafts, candles, hair accessories, purses, clothing and many more handmade items. Along with the crafters, Leaman’s has all its baked goods, donuts, pies and cider for sale.
Sunday, Sept. 13
Siberian Husky Club of Greater Detroit is hosting its September Speciality before the nationals. The event is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Great Hall Banquet & Convention Center at the Valley Plaza Resort in Midland. Judging includes best puppy, sweepstakes, junior showmanship and specialty.
Thursday, Sept. 17
Wildlife Wander is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland. Nature is always changing! Join an Interpretive Naturalist once a month this fall to walk the trails, look for wildlife and experience the transition of CNC’s natural landscape. Free for ages 18 and older. Registration is required. www.chippewanaturecenter.org
Acoustic Cocktail and The Sinclairs Band are back with a performance at Uncorked. Jeff Poirier and Dave Miller have been familiar faces on the Great Lakes Bay music scene for over 20 years. As the duo “Acoustic Cocktail,” they serve up an intoxicating mix of upbeat hits from the 60’s through the 90’s laced with plenty of two-part harmony. Uncorked is a weekly outdoor happy hour that takes places from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in front of the Center. Drink specials and hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase while guests enjoy free, live music. The event is on September 17 from 5:30-8 p.m.
This week’s Curbside Comedy will feature Norm Stulz and Derek Graff. The outdoor event starts at 8 p.m. with seating starting at 7. Pre-sale tickets cost $10 and tickets are $15 the day of. Because of socially distanced seating, there is limited capacity and pre-purchasing tickets is strongly recommended. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be canceled. Curbside Comedy provides 90 minutes of comedy every other week from nationally touring comics in a safe, socially distanced setting.
Thursday, Sept. 24
Unwind after a long week at Midland Center for the Arts’ happy hour, Uncorked, featuring Michigan trumpeter and guitarist Jacob Wisenbach. He has performed in a variety of groups in the Tri Cities, including The Standard Session, Barbarossa Brothers, The Straight Eights, Chemical City Band and more. Wisenbach’s group The Standard Session received a Review Music Award for Best Small Combo and Best Big Band. Uncorked is a weekly outdoor happy hour that takes places from 5:30-8 p.m.in front of the Center. Drink specials and hors d’oeuvres will be available for purchase while guests enjoy free, live music.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Midland’s Open Door will host its annual fundraiser, Dine on the Door at 6 p.m. on a virtual platform. This year’s honorary chairs are Mark and Mary Bassett. Participants will have the option to open their doors and host a minimum of 10 people. The H Hotel will cater dinner directly to homes while Jerry O’Donnell will be the auctioneer for a live auction. To sign up as a host, or to be placed in a host home, call the Open Door office at 989-835-2291 or visit midlandopendoor.org