Things to Do: Entertainment in the Midland, Great Lakes Bay region

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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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Sept. 12-13

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.

Thursday, Sept. 17

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

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