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July 9, 2009 - Diane Speer
We're about three weeks into the inaugural Passport to the Arts program, and I have to say that I'm please with how it is running and how it has been received.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, just pick up a FREE passport at the Besser Museum, Art in the Loft, Thunder Bay Arts Council, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Presque Isle District Library in Rogers City or the Craftmaker's Cabin in Harrisville.
The passport then serves as a handy calendar of all the wonderful art, history and cultural activities taking place around the region this summer. Everyone who attends 10 of the events and gets their passport stamped at each location along the way, is then eligible for a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer. And what a grand prize it is - a trip for two to New York City!
There are so many cool events going on just this weekend alone, that a person could practically have their passport filled by Sunday evening! Starting Friday, there's the always popular Friday Night! Downtown event for kids and families, an author event and book signing at Art in the Loft, a seed bead bracelet demo at Traveling Ladders and a concert by musicians Brian Carter and MaryAnn Hubbard at Grace Lutheran Church.
For Saturday, passport holders can choose from a crop event at the Forget-Me-Not Scrapbook Shoppe, classical music played at the Duck Park during the annual Shelter, Inc. Garden Walk, a strawberry social at the Train Depot in Lincoln and another one of those great True North Radio concerts at Bay View Park.
Come Sunday, you can either attend an afternoon of Renaissance music/Shakespeare readings at Alpena Civic Theatre or a pottery demonstration at the Kahn Gallery in Greenbush.
You certainly don't have to get your passport filled in one weekend flat, but there are 10 outstanding events that would definitely do it. Make sure you check out at least one or two of them. I know I'm going to....
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