Grand Ledge Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner and Award Ceremony – January 15th at 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Ledge Opera House.
The Story of the Irish Immigration to America -Saturday February 9, 2013 -Sun Theater, Grand Ledge, Michigan
Come enjoy an evening of laughter and tears as Jerry Belanger and Doug Berkshire tell the journey of the Irish Immigration to America through the songs and stories of the Irish. Jerry and Doug have performed in all of the great lakes states along with Tennessee, Kentucky, Las Vegas, North and South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and Canada . Numerous Irish festivals and ethnic pubs have been their homes on the road. Their funny stories, and ballads will pull at your heart, all who attend will walk away with a smile on their faces a tear in their eye and a lilt to their walk.
Doors Open at 3:30 – Hors d’ ouerves and Irish Cheer – Catering Provided by Professional Party Planner – Show Starts 4:15 – $25 Per Person – Tickets are available at the Sun Theater or Log Jam in downtown Grand Ledge .
All proceeds will support the Sun Theater’s new digital projector and the Grand Ledge St. Patrick’s Day Parade Association.
Bridal Show - Sunday February 17th 11 am to 3 pm at the Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge Street. Admission is $4.00 For more information please call 517-627-1443.
Bell Choirs of Grand Ledge – Sunday February 24th at 3:00 pm at the Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge Street. Featuring First Congregational United Church of Christ, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wacousta Community United Methodist Church. Tickets are $8 presale and $10 at the door. Students are $5 and Immediate Family is $18. Tickets available at MacDowell’s Hearth and Flowers, The Grand Ledge Opera House, and True Value Hardware. For more information please call 517-627-1443.
St. Patricks Day Festival and Parade – March 15-16 – A two-day event including a parade, Irish Stew Cook Off, Irish dancers, and more. Please visit the website link above for more information.
Grand Ledge Fitness Day - March 16th 10 am to noon at Greenwood. Come get your blood pressure checked and more. Try a mini Zumba or mini Pilates classes for free. Get information on upcoming Park & Recreation programs. Face painting for the kids. Healthy eating tips. Try a spinning bike from Snap Fitness.
8th Annual Art Aid/Silent Auction and Raffle - March 22nd from 6 to 8 pm Ledge Craft Lane, 120 S. Bridge St. Admission is $10 or 2 for $15. Come bid on some amazing packages. Raffle tickets are also available with a chance to win $175 visa card, $165 MSU motif quilt, or $160 Michigan Princess River Boat Gift Certificate.
Benefit Spaghetti Dinner for Victorian Days – March 25th from 11 to 8, please join the Victorian Day Committee at A&W Restaurant for lunch or dinner. Committee members will be in Victorian Day in costume.
9th Annual Red Hat Day - April 11th from 11 am to 4 pm. Begins at Big Purple Bloomers, 304 S. Bridge Street. For more information please contact Marilyn Sample at Big Purple Bloomers or e-mail Marilyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retirement Party for Suzanne Bowles – Friday, April 12th from 5 to 7 pm at the Grand Ledge Area District Library. Help us shower Suzanne with cards and celebrate 30 years of dedicated service.
Grand Ledge Bridal Tour – Sunday April 14th from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. The Grand Ledge Bridal Association is hosting a citywide bridal show. This show is different from most bridal shows because it will travel around Grand Ledge. Brides and their guests will be transported around Grand Ledge in limousines and horse drawn carriages from business to business. This will allow brides to experience the “full effect” of each business. Each tour stop will host an event that showcases their offerings. Some examples of events are mock weddings, mock receptions, fashion shows, and food and cake tastings. There will be a grand prize drawing at the end of the day for a package of prizes from each vendor. The show will take place throughout Grand Ledge at local businesses. Facebook/GrandLedgeBridalAssociation
An Afternoon of Jazz with Elizabeth April 21st at the Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge St. at 3:00 p.m. Elizabeth Kunc will sing a variety of jazz standards accompanied by a winning jazz trio including Arlene McDaniel on piano, Gene Rebeck on stand-up bass and Mike Daniels on drums. Her smooth sultry voice promises to touch you to the very center of your hear and leave you longing to hear more. Selections will include Let’s Face the Music and Dance – Irving Berlin, Route 66 – Bobby Troup, Summertime – DuBose Heyward/George Gershwin, The Lady is a Tramp – Richard Rogers/Lorenz Hart and Crazy – Willie Nelson (with Elizabeth’s special twist). With over 30 years of experience as a performer, and nearly a three octave range, Elizabeth is extremely versatile. Not only is she classically trained but she also brings her heart and soul to the music she performs. Pre-sale tickets are $8.00 for adults available at the Opera House, MacDowell’s Hearth and Flowers and True Value Hardware. Tickets are $10 at the door. Student tickets are $5. Information is available at 517-627-1443, 517-627-5170 or visit www.gloperahouse.com
Reuse & Recycling Day - Saturday April 27th from 8 am to 2 pm. at the Grand Ledge/Oneida Township Recycling Center. This event is open to Grand Ledge and Oneida Township residents only. Residents can drop off scrap metal, electronic waste, usable furniture, lead acid batteries, mercury thermometers and thermostats, old tires, used books, usable clothing, general refuse, and cell phones. For more information, call Amy at the Public Service Garage, 627-2144.
The Doowops concert – May 3rd – Ledges Playhouse, 133 Fitzgerald Park Dr., at 7:00 pm. Tickets $10.00 pre-sale, available at the Grand Ledge Opera House, True Value Hardware and Jim Jones Salon located at the Michigan Athletic Club, $12.00 at the door. Information 517-627-5170 or 517-333-6677.
Victorian Days – May 4th & 5th – Grand Ledge celebrates Michigan artists, local culture, and our rich Victorian heritage by inviting visitors to join us for historical demonstrations and themed activities in our beautiful downtown, overlooking the river and picturesque ledges. Please visit the website link above for more information.
Grand Ledge Area Historical Society’s FREE monthly seminar - Did you know Grand Ledge has murder, robbery, and mayhem in its past? Hear more about dinosaur relics, mistaken identities, and amusingly colorful characters at the Grand Ledge Area Historical Society‘s FREE monthly historical seminar on Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. We will share anecdotes and interesting occurrences pulled from the pages of the Grand Ledge Independent. Please call 517-202-5656 for more information.
An Evening with the Madrigals – May 14th at the Grand Ledge Opera House from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for students. Tickets are available in Grand Ledge at MacDowell’s Hearth & Flowers, True Value Hardware, and the Opera House. More information available at phone 627-1443.
May Artist of the Month – Ledge Craft Lane -AliceRose B. Vettraino Artist Reception May 18, 2013 at 2:00pm at Ledge Craft Lane, 120 S. Bridge St. You may view her work at Ledge Craft Lane the entire month of May and at her website www.artbyalicerose.com.
Grand Ledge Farmers Market – May 18th through October 26th. Each Saturday at Maypole Park stop by and buy yourself some fresh vegetables and baked goods from 9 am to 1 pm. Entertainment is also provided so bring the whole family!
Astrophotography Imaging Nights at Fox Park Public Observatory May 18, 9:00 p.m.—Midnight, Basic Lunar Photography & June 8, 9:00 p.m.—Midnight, The next step: Scopes and Mounts. Bring your camera and work with experienced photographers to capture photos of our beautiful night sky. If the cloud cover does not permit sky viewing, theme based work sessions and power point presentations will be held instead. Program fee is $5 per person, payable on site. The Observatory, located at 3979 E. Gresham Hwy. near Potterville, is an open air facility. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots for the 200 yard walk to the Observatory. For more information or to register, please e-mail Jason Blaschka at email@example.com. For more information on Eaton County Parks programs, please visit our website at www.eatoncountyparks.org or call the Park office at 517-627-7351.
Hayes Middle School Select Men & Women Choir Spring Concert – May 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Ledge Opera House, 121 S. Bridge St. Tickets are available at The Grand ledge Opera House, MacDowell’s Floral and Fireplace, and Ace Hardware. Adult and student tickets are $5.00 pre-sale and at the door. Immediate Family group tickets are $12 pre-sale and at the door. For more information, call 517-627-1443 or 517-627-5170.
Music in the Park Series Begins
Music in the Park – Global Village – June 6th. Maypole Park. We will begin at a new time this year at 7:30 pm. Bring your lawn chairs! Global Village has been together for almost 20 years. They play a variety of exciting styles of music, including funk, soul, old school R&B, rock and roll, blues, jazz, hip hop, reggae, and ska. This 7 piece horn band will make you dance! http://www.globalvillageband.com
Astrophotography Imaging Nights at Fox Park Public Observatory June 8, 9:00 p.m.—Midnight, The next step: Scopes and Mounts. Bring your camera and work with experienced photographers to capture photos of our beautiful night sky. If the cloud cover does not permit sky viewing, theme based work sessions and power point presentations will be held instead. Program fee is $5 per person, payable on site. The Observatory, located at 3979 E. Gresham Hwy. near Potterville, is an open air facility. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots for the 200 yard walk to the Observatory. For more information or to register, please e-mail Jason Blaschka at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Eaton County Parks programs, please visit our website at www.eatoncountyparks.org or call the Park office at 517-627-7351.
The Grand Ledge Area District Library Summer Reading Program June 10 to July 31, 2013. Registration begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 10 at the Grand Ledge Main Library and at 3 p.m. at the Wacousta Branch Library. This program is for Read-to-Me (0-kindergarten); Elementary (1st -6th grades), Middle School (7th & 8th grades) High School (9th – 12th grades) and Adults. June 10 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon the summer program kickoff at the main library with the Grand Ledge City Public Service Department. There will be city vehicles used by our City for children and patrons to see. June 17 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for Art in the Park with Ruth Thompson at the Wacousta Looking Glass Valley Park Pavilion.
Music in the Park – Squid Band – June 13th. Maypole Park. 7:30 – Bring your lawn chairs. One of the premier classic rock bands in Michigan. The Squids have been bringing rock and roll to every room they play in (and some that they don’t), in an intimate and personal way. Squids have played in pole barns, conference centers, wedding halls, corn fields, hotels, bars, big stages, little stages, next to pools and on the floor of a bowling alley. http://www.squidslive.com
Yankee Doodle Days – June 20-23. Located in Downtown Grand Ledge.
Music in the Park – Root Doctor- June 27th. Maypole Park. 7:30 – Bring your lawn chairs. Root Doctor has humble beginnings in Lansing, Michigan’s fertile open mic scene. Freddie Cunningham (lead vocals) and James Williams (bass guitar & vocals) first played together as a pick-up band, but both instantly recognized their chemistry and Root Doctor was soon born. Root Doctor plays a diverse mix of classic soul and R&B, alongside traditional blues and inspired material. Root Doctor’s latest CD, Change Our Ways, was nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the WC Handy Awards) for Soul/Blues Album of The Year in 2007. http://www.rootdoctorband.com
Mudge’s Follies – June 27-28. The theme this year is “Passport to Mudge’s Follies” with songs from around the world. Performances are at 7:00 p.m. each evening at the High School Auditorium. Contact Libby Brandon at 517-627-2715 for more information.
Music in the Park – Three Men and a Tenor – July 11th. Maypole Park. 7:30 – Bring your lawn chairs. Great pop vocal music, quick witted humor and overall likeability give Three Men and a Tenor a unique style of performance that cannot be matched. Even though the name may make you suspect that it is a barbershop act, or a classical or jazz musical presentation, “Three Men and a Tenor” sings entirely pop music, classic rock, country, Motown and standards. What you actually get are four of the finest musicians with so much musical savvy that you think you have heard a full band of music, while they are using only their voices! http://www.threemenandatenor.com
Life Line Screening July 13, 2013 at Independence Village of Grand Ledge. Have You Taken Control of Your Health Today? Life Line Screening will be offering five safe, painless, non-invasive preventive health screenings that are typically not a part of a routine physical. To be more proactive about your health and live longer for yourself, your family, and your community, call to register at 1-800-690-0323 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners. You can learn your risk of having stroke or vascular disease, prices range from $129 to $159. There is no time like the present to take action!
Paws with a Cause sponsored by the Grand Ledge Area District Library July 15 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wacousta Looking Glass Park Pavilion. Learn more about how these special dogs are raised to help people
Music in the Park – The Backwoods Band – July 18th. Maypole Park. 7:30 – Bring your lawn chairs. The Backwoods Band brings a new dimension to the music scene in Mid Michigan. These talented performers are guaranteed to rock the dance floor! The Backwoods Band truly has some remarkable talent and continues to be one of the most sought after bands in the area.
Music in the Park – Jen Sygit – July 25th. Maypole Park. 7:30 – Bring your lawn chairs. Jen has three albums under her belt with her latest release “So Long Pollyanna” named as album of the year by both John Bommarito (107.1 fm Ann Arbor, MI) and the Progressive Touch and Twang (88.9 fm East Lansing, MI). “So Long Pollyanna” was also nominated for two Jammie Awards (WYCE Grand Rapids, MI) including Best Song for “Sugar High”. http://www.jensygit.com
Grand Ledge Area District Library Scavenger Hunt – July 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. End of Summer Reading Program Scavenger Hunt. Unravel mysteries at the main library as you search for clues.
Music in the Park – Showdown - August 1st. Maypole Park. 7:30 – Bring your lawn chairs. Showdown pays tribute to the great music of the 70s and 80s including Earth Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, Def Leppard, Journey, Bob Seger, Styx, Foreigner, Hall and Oats, Rick James, Bon Jovi, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Temptations and Steely Dan to name just a few. Entertaining audiences for over 3 decades, they lived this music, they love this music and it shows when they take the stage. http://www.showdownband.com
Music in the Park – Kris Hitchcock – August 8th. Maypole Park. 7:30 – Bring your lawn chairs. Two-time Texaco Country Showdown State champions and national recording artists Kris Hitchcock and Small Town Son have become one of the midwest most heralded and sought after country groups. With one self-produced album under their belt and another with Nashville producer Jimmy Dulin (Jaron and the long road to love) on the way, awe-inspiring musicianship and dynamic live shows, this Michigan-based 5 piece band are starts on the rise. Kris Kitchcock, the bands frontman and songwriter, worked for years on the craft of songwriting before taking the plunge to begin writing in Nashville, T. with a lyrical sense in the stroke of Springsteen and Mellencamp, and a direction towards honest and personal experiences turned into songs, Kris turns pictures of life’s moments into midwest rock anthems for the people of our times. http://www.krishitchcockmusic.com
Music in the Park – Delilah DeWylde – August 15th. Maypole Park. 7:30 – Bring your lawn chairs. Mixing their own self-penned songs with vintage country/honky tonk hits, rockability favorites, and surf gems by such artists as Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Wanda Jackson, Buck Owens, Gene Vincent, and Dick Dale, Delilah and the Lost Boys come out on stage looking and sounding like a step back in time. Dressed to the nines in the tradition of pre-color television, the band thrilled audiences across the Midwest with its spirited performances. http://www.delilahdewylde.com
Music in the Park – Soulstice – August 22nd. Maypole Park. 7:30 – Bring your lawn chairs. The members of Soulstice take pride in providing a memorable experience for their audience. Professional, fun and energetic; Soulstice is Michigan’s Premier Dance band. Come on out and join us on the dance floor. http://www.soulsticeinfo.com
Music in the Park – Toppermost – August 29th. Maypole Park. 7:30 – Bring your lawn chairs. Toppermost is a tribute to the greatest band in music history, the Beatles. Toppermost will take you on a musical journey spanning the early days of the Beatles live performances from 1963 to their last studio album in 1970. The music is perfect for all ages, puts a smile on everyone’s face and always manages to get you dancing. http://www.toppermost.info
Island Art Fair – August 3rd. The best and oldest one-day Art Fair in mid-Michigan with 100 artists & craftsman. Located on Island Park. Please visit the website by clicking on the link above.
2nd Annual Grand Adventure Race – September 22nd – Paddle, Bike and Run! This modified triathlon begins and ends at Jaycee Park in downtown Grand Ledge with a 2 mile kayak loop on the Grand River with a view of the majestic sandstone Ledges, transitioning to a 11.5 mile road bike race, and finishing with a 5K run. Proceeds go towards Grand Ledge Parks improvements. Go to www.grandadventurerace.com to register or volunteer.
Color Cruise and Island Festival – October 11-13. Step back in time and see demonstrations of black kettle caramel corn, apple cider pressing, blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, wood carving and other old time activities. Please visit the website link above for more information.
Halloween – Grand Ledge Trick-or-Treat hours are Halloween Night, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Christmas Parade – December 6th. Family fun to kick off the Holiday Season including a lighted float parade through town ending with Santa at the Sun Theater. Please visit the website link above for more information.
Holiday Traditions Tour - December 7-8. Visit beautifully decorated homes and businesses. Tickets are available at the Grand Ledge Opera House, Grand Ledge Library, True Value Hardware, Ledge Craft Lane and MacDowell’s Hearth & Floral. For more information contact Joan at 627-7247