Category Archives: Arts and Culture

Michigan historical site to be revived after Enbridge gives grant

The Michigan Historical Center hopes to rebuild the Father Marquette museum in St. Ignace, almost 16 years after it burned down.fathermarquettememorial_398077_7

The center’s goal to rebuild the museum has become a reality after receiving a $20,000 grant. Continue reading

Retired Mackinac Island carriage horse taps into his creative side

Margaret and Nick painting

Margaret and Nick painting

A former Mackinac Island carriage horse is living up his retirement years in Illinois. He’s been tapping into his creative side, with help from his trainer.

Nick may look like your average 22-year old Appaloosa/Clydesdale mix – but he’s far from a normal gelding. Continue reading

Evart puts in an ice rink and begins a new era for the community

 

DSC05376The community of Evart, in Osceola county, is glad to see the recent cold weather. Residents can finally skate on their new outdoor ice rink.

The ice rink started as an idea in the mind of Deb Booher, a local resident, Director of the local community volunteer group, and all around spit fire. She wanted to give community members, and particularly kids, something to do over the winter months.

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Practicing stargazing at the planetarium

Picture from Murray's observing.

Picture from Murray’s observing.

If you’ve always wanted a telescope for Christmas, but had no idea where to start looking, you’re in luck

On Friday Dec. 2nd, Director of the Bay City Planetarium Mike Murray will teach you how to choose the perfect stargazing instrument.
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PBS documentary tackles the challenges of raising an older special-needs child

Photo of Dona (left) and Mimi (right) from the film.

Photo of Dona (left) and Mimi (right) from the film.

A documentary airing tonight on PBS sheds light on the challenges of dealing with disabled people as they and their caregivers grow older.

The show, called Mimi and Dona focuses on an elderly mother who can no longer take care of her daughter who has an intellectual disability. Continue reading

Local photographer opening gallery in Petoskey

Joe Clark, founder of Glass Lakes Photography plans to open his new photo gallery in Petoskey

Joe Clark, founder of Glass Lakes Photography plans to open his new photo gallery in Petoskey.  – Photo credit: Sean Miller, Petoskey News Review

The vision of a local photographer is coming into focus as final preparations are made to open a new photo gallery in the heart of downtown Petoskey. Continue reading

Wayne Shorter tribute concert this weekend at SVSU

Wayne Shorter from the 'Blue Note' era. SVSU will host a tribute concert for Shorter's music performed by Jeff Hall and Michigan musicians.

Wayne Shorter from the ‘Blue Note’ era. SVSU will host a tribute concert for Shorter’s music performed by Jeff Hall and Michigan musicians.

Jazz musicians from around the state are hard at work putting together a tribute concert scheduled for Saturday, November 14th at Saginaw Valley State University. Continue reading

An introduction to outer space

Example of what may be in store for viewers this Friday (10-2) Courtesy of the planetarium.

Example of what may be in store for viewers this Friday (10-2) Courtesy of the planetarium.

The Bay City Planetarium is attempting to restore some of the intrigue and wonder towards outer space that some people may have lost since childhood.
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Downton Abbey Series Finale

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Downton Abbey Season 6.


A show that has given PBS many record breaking nights and is loved by many around the world, nears it’s final season.

PBS is ready to close the door on Downton Abbey. The show debuted in 2010. The 6th and final season will premier in January. Continue reading

Saginaw Art Museum featuring a different type of artist- Katherine Gonso Mitchell

The Saginaw Art Museum is expanding into a different kind of artist- an avant-garde stylist who was popular in the Tri-Cities in the 1960s and 70s.

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Gonso acrylic painting from 1966 titled “Dragonfly.”

The Artisan Wing of the Saginaw Art Museum is known to feature contemporary artists. This time around it decided to feature artist Katherine Gonso Mitchell. Continue reading

Hell’s Half Mile Fest Marks 10 Years in Bay City

>Hells Half MileMichigan is home to many film and music festivals. One that combines both — and has built a long-running and loyal following — is Hell’s Half Mile in Bay City.

As the festival marks ten years this month, founder and Festival Director Alan LaFave, sat down with David Nicholas to talk about its past, present and future — and as their conversation began, the origin of the name…

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On The Map goes out of this world

Planetarium from the outside.  Courtesy of the Planetarium.

Planetarium from the outside. Courtesy of the Planetarium.

Near the riverfront in Bay City is a huge red and orange colored cone set into a modern looking black building.

This stark architectural contrast to the rest of the city is the Delta College Planetarium.
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‘On the Map’ visits one of the world’s largest toy museums

If you’re young at heart or craving a taste of nostalgia, look no further than Bay City.

Home to one of the biggest toy collections in the world, The Antique Toy and Fire Truck Museum is every kids worst nightmare. Thousands of toys, but you can’t touch them! Jimmie Dobson is the the man behind the museum, and it’s his collection that makes up most of the exhibits. Continue reading

Young artists further their talents at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp


A performance at Blue Lake's outdoor William Stewart memorial music shell.

A performance at Blue Lake’s outdoor William Stewart memorial music shell.

Nestled within a thousand acres of forest, about 14 miles north of Muskegon, is a place where gifted young artists go to flourish.
On the Map went to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where Matt Sumner learned how an artistic world helps creative minds reach their full potential. Continue reading

Bay View author reflects on an influential virtuoso

An album of the Busch Quartet c.1951. From left: Adolf Busch, Hugo Gottesmann, Bruno Straumann, Herman Busch.

An album of the Busch Quartet c.1951. From left: Adolf Busch, Hugo Gottesmann, Bruno Straumann, Herman Busch.

Seventy three years ago, jewish violin virtuoso Hugo Gottesmann fled Nazi persecution, finding a home in Bay View in northern Michigan. Today, his memory lives on in the form of scholarships offered through the Bay View Music Festival. Continue reading

Comedy theater club to perform on Beaver Island

A theater stage waiting to open for a live theatrical performance

A theater stage waiting to open for a live theatrical performance

Students from Central Michigan University are hard at work this summer preparing for a series of performances led by director Steve Berglund. It is part of a comedy series that includes three productions, one of which is written by famed comedian Lewis Black. Continue reading

Photography class takes a snapshot of Beaver Island life

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.

Picture captured by Melanie Mrozek during the class.


In an interesting twist on a photography class, a CMU art professor left for Beaver Island with 15 honors students and a five day lesson plan.

The students were asked to explain the narrative of day-to-day life on Beaver Island, using nothing but pictures they took on their smartphones. Continue reading

Big band jazz comes to Midland

The Michigan Jazz Trail Big Band

The Michigan Jazz Trail Big Band

When you think of big band music, you probably have a few artists in mind like Ellington, Basie, and Thad Jones. But what do they, along with many other big bands have in common? A passion for the art of jazz. And on Sunday June 21st, sounds of the big band will honor that passion. Continue reading