June 19: Events in Mecosta, Osceola counties

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please check with your club or organization to be certain of meetings, outings, and classes as they may be canceled due to inclement weather or COVID-19.If a listing is inaccurate or to submit an event, contact Julie Norwood at 231-592-8358 or julie.norwood@Pioneergroup.com.

• Music Festival 131: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at 22520 Trails End Drive, Reed City. The outdoor music festival will feature local bands. Cost: $ 10 each (plus $ 5 parking) available at Affordable Prints, at 9622, US-10, Evart. 231-679-2606, or by participating bands. More information on facebook.com/131musicfest.

• June 15th Freedom Day picnic: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at Hemlock Park in Big Rapids. Celebrate the freedom of African Americans. Bring your kids, parents, loved ones, water guns, games, blankets and chairs.

• Canadian Lakes Campground Crafts Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at Canadian Lakes Campground, 6663 110th Ave., Stanwood. Contact: AA&K Crafted Creations at [email protected] or 616-788-8879.

• Brower Park Art Barn events: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19 and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at Brower Park, 23056 Polk Road, Stanwood. Includes games and cards for Father’s Day. Contact: 231-823-2561, [email protected]

• Wine & Canvas: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. Grab a friend and a bottle of wine for this acrylic painting workshop. Cost: $ 40. Register at artworksinbigrapids.com. Contact: 231-796-2420.

• Fused glass hearts: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. Learn how to cut small strips of glass and arrange them to create a heart. Cost: $ 75. Register at artworksinbigrapids.com. Contact: 231-796-2420.

• Big Rapids Aerial Festival: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 26 at Roben-Hood Airport, 21325 18 Mile Rd, Big Rapids.

• Automobile festival 2021: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26, along North Michigan Avenue in downtown Big Rapids. Features a car show, raffle, live music, food, and Touch-A-Truck with BRDPS police and firefighters. Contact: Duey Parsons at 231-499-8196, bigrapids.org/carfest.

• Tuba Bach Summer Hootenanny: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 27 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 726 Fuller Ave., Big Rapids. Free live outdoor concert with The Deep Fried Pickle Project Jug Band. Contact: Ed Mallett at [email protected], 231-287-7615. Learn more: tubabach.org.

• Culpepper & Merriweather Circus: Two shows, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., June 29, at the Mecosta County Fairgrounds. Cost: $ 15 for adults, $ 8 for children 2-12 and those 65 and over, children under 2 are free Discounted tickets available in advance. Part of proceeds for the benefit of Angels of Action. Contact: 1-866-BIGTOP-6, cmcircus.com.


Mecosta village


• Vintage car show: 4 pm-6pm Friday July 2, Mecosta city center.

• Music on the River, featuring Elvis impersonator Jake Slater: 6:30 pm-8pm Friday July 2 at Bromley Park.

• July 4th parade: Saturday July 3rd at 11 am, Mecosta city center.

• Fireworks: At dusk on Sunday July 4, in downtown Mecosta.

Great rapids

• Fireworks: at dusk on Friday July 2, at the Mecosta County Fairgrounds

• Mecosta County Area Sports Hall of Fame / Alumni Game: 6:30 p.m. Saturday July 3 at Hemlock Park

Canadian lakes

• Fireworks: at dusk, Friday July 2, at the Highlands Golf Course, near the Highland Haus and Alpine Haus. facebook.com/canadianlakes.

• July 4, 2021 Boat Parade: 4 pm to 6 pm Sunday July 4 on Blue Lake in Mecosta County. facebook.com/TheTriLakesAssociation

Township of Chippewa

• 10 p.m. Saturday July 3: Fireworks over Lake Chippewa. chippewatwp.org/calendar



• Parade: 11 am on Saturday July 3

• Party in the park: from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday July 3

• Fireworks: at dusk on Saturday July 3, at City Properties by Airport


• Ferris Summer Band Concert Series: 7 p.m. Wednesdays through July 7 at Hemlock Parks Bandshell, behind Big Rapids Middle School.

• Bandshell Sumer Concert Series: 7 p.m. Wednesdays July 14-August. 18, at Hemlock Parks Bandshell, behind Big Rapids Middle School.

• Pocket Park musical series: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, June 4, Sept. 4, 3 at 125 N. Michigan Ave., in downtown Big Rapids. Contact: Josh Pyles at [email protected], 231-592-4038.


• Big Rapids Farmer’s Market: Tuesdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Big Rapids Town Hall parking lot, 226 N. Michigan Ave. Contact: Josh Pyles at [email protected], 231-592-4038

• The generous harvest: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, at 5356 9 Mile Road in Remus. Includes flowers, meat, and produce. Contact: [email protected], 989-309-1325.

• Grant’s family farm: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at 10636 14 Mile Road, Rodney. Includes flowers, vegetables and seasonal produce. Contact: 231-972-8193.

• Purple Pepper: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through October 30, at 18700 20th Ave., Barryton. Includes ‘locally grown vegetables, locally grown fruit and many varieties of peppers’. Contact: [email protected], 231-250-5151.

• Flowers and vegetables from LeeAnn: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at 1205 N. State St., Big Rapids. Includes flowers, vegetable plants, and produce. Online: facebook.com/LeeAnnsFlowers.

• Paris farmer’s market and garage sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday May 27, June 17, July 1, July 22, August 22, September 2 and 23, at Stone Hatchery Park, 21331 Northland Drive, Paris. Includes garage sales, new items, crafts, products, plants and flowers.

• Barryton Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays starting May 29, at Central (M-66) Park, 195 Rose Ave., Barryton, behind Williams Cafe.

• Evert farmer’s market: 9 am-1pm Saturdays Jun 12-Oct 9, at Evart Depot, 200 South Main St., Evart.


• Charles E. Fairman community pool: Open June 7 to August 13, at 106 Hutchinson Street, Big Rapids. For times and fees or to register for swimming lessons, visit brpr.org. Contact: 231-796-7798.

• Tai chi: Noon on Wednesdays at Hemlock Park. Improves muscle tone, flexibility, balance and coordination. New arrivals are welcome. brpr.org.

• Mecosta Co. genealogical company: Open 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Saturday at 424 N. Fourth Ave., Big Rapids, next to Recycle. Thousands of obituaries and hundreds of books with the history and genealogy of the Mecosta Co. area. Drop by or call Maureen Nelson at 231-250-5555 to make an appointment.

• Cedar Creek Bandat the Reed City depot: 7 to 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month through September, at 200 N. Chestnut St., Reed City

• Mecosta County Sheriff’s Group: 7:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Mecosta County Jail Basement Practice Room, 225 S. Stewart Ave., Big Rapids. This group of volunteers is always looking for more members. For more information call 231-250-9241

• Pantry of the Lord’s Table: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Faith Community Church, 610 Green St., Big Rapids. Everyone is welcome.

• Reed City pantry: The cellar will be closed from June to August. It will reopen in early September. For emergency needs, call 231-215-6996.


Address: 151 7th St., Morley.

• Adult pickleball: From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. on Thursdays. Cost $ 3 per person.

• Open gymnasium for students: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

• Coffee time: 8-10 a.m. on Fridays.

• InteriorGarage sale: 9 am-3pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Donations accepted. Contact: 231-349-2004.

• Farmer’s Market: 9 am-3pm Saturdays until September.

• Ancestry class: 5 pm-7pm on the first Thursday of the month. The computer lab can be opened by appointment. Contact: [email protected], 231-856-4496

• Craft evening: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month from May 11. All supplies are provided. Mask and social distancing required. Class size limited. Dial 231-856-7013 to reserve your spot.


106 N. Michigan Ave. at Big Rapids / 231-796-2420 / artworksinbigrapids.org

• Open pottery: 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost: $ 10 per session, $ 60 for a punch card of eight sessions. (Additional baking charges apply. Clay can be purchased in bulk for $ 20 per 25 lbs.) Call 231-796-2420 to schedule your session.

• Summer camps: The first three sessions are sold out. There were still openings for the July 27-29 and August 10-12 sessions. More information at artworksinbigrapids.org/summercamp2021.

• ExhibitionWild Things, Jeff Best and Anni Crouter: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday May 31-July 1.

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