Artist After Hours - Networking in the Arts
May
29
4:30 PM16:30

Artist After Hours - Networking in the Arts

This month, Higher Art Gallery and Crosshatch team up to help host a networking event to follow up from the Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Network Summit (May 9th). All are welcome. Come connect with other arts and culture thinkers, creators and organizers who are continuing to stoke conversations and actions to uplift the arts in our region.

Artist After Hours is a social event for artists and creatives of all genres and professions to connect and learn from one another. We meet at the end of each month on different days. Snacks and beverages are provided. Call for more information: (231) 622-5252.

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Field School - Summer
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Field School - Summer

Crosshatch Field Schools are hands-on, on-farm learning days. Field Schools offer experienced instructors and small group sizes with both classroom time and field work for an in-depth education. Included is a local food lunch and a post-workshop social networking hour.

Field School Summer features these three tracks: Tomato and Cucumber Growing with Brian Bates, Advanced Beekeeping with Ana Heck and Flowers with Rachel Cross (at Spirit of Walloon Market Garden.)

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Benefit Party at Short's Brewing Company
May
18
4:00 PM16:00

Benefit Party at Short's Brewing Company

Join us for a mid-spring dance party at Short's Brewing Company, featuring DJ Ras Marco, a local food special, the launch of the Crosshatch spring matching gift campaign, and the first ever Imperial Crosshatch Beer, Honey Root Field Ale, made with local honey, hops, maple syrup and sweet potatoes.

We'll have an arts interlude with live music and poetry from Crosshatch's Long Memory Project and news about Crosshatch's big projects on 8th Street in TC and the 52 acre "Hatchquarters" site in Bellaire.

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Food and Farming Network Picnic
May
15
4:30 PM16:30

Food and Farming Network Picnic

Connect with Food and Farming Network members and other food enthusiasts at this month's network social. Bring your own picnic dinner/snack or a dish to pass and share with others. Or just come for outside time together, a stroll through the Sculpture Walk, and maybe enjoy some of the great food in Elk Rapids. (Come early and stay late as you wish).

The Northwest Michigan Food and Farming network strives to build Northwest Michigan’s agricultural future by identifying areas of need throughout the region’s food system and coordinating action to address them. https://foodandfarmingnetwork.com/

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Field School - Spring
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Field School - Spring

Crosshatch Field Schools are hands-on, on-farm learning days—more than the 101 for farmers but friendly enough for homestead scale growers. Field Schools offer experienced instructors and small group sizes with both classroom time and field work for an in-depth education. Included is a local food lunch and a post-workshop hour to continue the discussion or catch up with your peers.

Field School Spring features these three tracks: Mushroom production with Bernie Ware, Herbs with Sierra Bigham and Grazing for Regenerative Farms with Jason Rowntree and Matt Raven and Soil.

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Artist After Hours: Creativity and Community Building
Apr
30
5:00 PM17:00

Artist After Hours: Creativity and Community Building

Come to connect with artists, creatives of all types and community leaders for this free monthly networking event. Join us at Commonplace for snacks and socializing in a vibrant community co-working space.

This month we're asking: What does artistry and creative vision
contribute to community building? Come to find fellowship and engaging conversation with others who are committed to art-driven approaches to community innovation.

This event is free, but please email Daniel to RSVP.

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Artist After Hours: Saving Spring Inspiration
Mar
26
5:30 PM17:30

Artist After Hours: Saving Spring Inspiration

Come to connect this month with fellow creatives and learn how to make your own simple notebook to capture observations, especially as the natural world continues waking up for spring. Artist Michelle Tock York will lead a journal making for you to create a simple Japanese notebook or pamphlet as a handy tool you to use to record your ideas and inspirations for your art. Hosted by the beautiful and inspiring Twisted Fish Gallery, located in Elk Rapids, we are excited to gather and share the ways we find and record inspirations to incorporate into our creative processes. Bring your own art supplies such as fine point pens or drawing pencils to spend some time sketching or journaling in the gallery or outside among sculptures and nature.

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Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

Choose from over 35 sessions covering specific crop and animal cultivation techniques, farm-wide management and production strategies, and business and marketing savvy.

Plus check out the two-day Trade Show, including the Friday evening cocktail hour with live music by 1000 Watt Prophets and NEW dinner ticket option. Also, we announce the return of the Farmer Bulletin Board and Seed Lounge, as well as a locally-certified lunch on both days.

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Farm School
Jan
25
9:00 AM09:00

Farm School

FLOWER SCHOOL with Gretel and Steve Adams of Sunny Meadows Flower Farm

HOOPHOUSE SCHOOL with Andrew Mefferd, author of The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook and The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution.

PERMACULTURE SCHOOL with Richard Perkins, author of Making Small Farms Work

Plus check out the two-day Trade Show, including the Friday evening cocktail hour with live music by 1000 Watt Prophets and NEW dinner ticket option.

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Artist After Hours—Women in Art at Higher Art Gallery
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours—Women in Art at Higher Art Gallery

Join Crosshatch, Blackbird Arts and Higher Art Gallery for Artist After Hours—a social event for artists of all genres: writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers.

We are excited to partner with woman-owned and operated Higher Arts Gallery in Traverse City in October. This fall evening, we desire to stir the conversation around women in art—the opportunities as well as the challenges. Artists of all genres are encouraged to attend for a full dialogue on the past, present and future role of women artists.

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Field School - Fall
Sep
30
8:30 AM08:30

Field School - Fall

The Field School series for farmers and homesteaders continues in September at 9 Bean Rows.

Choose from three tracks:

Track 1: Advanced Beekeeping
with Dr. Meghan Milbrath of University of Michigan: 

Track 2: Farm Resilience: Soil Health and Farm Design
with Nic Welty of 9 Bean Rows: 

Track 3: Seed Saving
with Ben Cohen of Small House Farm:

PRICING:
Ticket sales are now open until September 22. Click here for registration.

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Artist After Hours—The Art of Storytelling
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours—The Art of Storytelling

Join Crosshatch, Blackbird Arts and Here:Say Storytelling for Artist After Hours—a social event for artists of all genres: writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers.

September brings fall and fall is bringing out the storytellers. This month we partner with Here:Say Storytelling, the local live storytelling show, for a discussion on the art of storytelling. Gather around with drinks and eats at The Workshop Brewing Company to learn how storytelling transcends 'interesting' to 'art form.' As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow artists.

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GT Bees Workshop and Showcase—Beekeeping in Changing Times
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

GT Bees Workshop and Showcase—Beekeeping in Changing Times

  • Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On Saturday September 15th from 10:00AM - 3:00pm at the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station (Bingham Township), the Grand Traverse Beekeeping Club (GT Bees) is hosting a day of presentations and activities. This event is open to all including farmers, beekeepers and people interested to start keeping bees. Register until September 12th at bit.ly/beefair

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Twilight Tour—Planting for Pollinators
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Planting for Pollinators

ABOUT TWILIGHT TOURS:

Join Vic Lane of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy for a Twilight tour at the iconic Maple Bay Farm. See where farming meets conservation with a discussion and tour of pollinator planting, grassland bird habitat and wetland protection. We'll also discuss soil fertility through cover crops, site prep and no-till efforts, with plenty of time to meet and connect with other farmers.

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Twilight Tour—Rooted in Permaculture
Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Rooted in Permaculture

Walk through Kirk and Mati Dillon's young permaculture garden. They will cover the concept of permaculture and how it differs from typical farming. See their over 125 varieties of perennial and annual plants, and trees and shrubs in a "food forest" format and learn about time, planting zones, companion planting, tree guilds, living fences, rocket stoves and rocket mass heaters.

Twilight Tours are free but please RSVP.

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Twilight Tour—Michigan Hop Alliance
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Michigan Hop Alliance

See this beautiful hop farm in action! What started out as a purchase of a cherry farm for camping has turned into the Michigan Hop Alliance, a small 30 acre hop farm owned and operated by Brian and Amy Tennis. Michigan previously wasn't known as a hop growing region, but our 45th parallel location proved ideal. View the 12 hops varieties and learn about how the flavor of hops dictates the beer.

Twilight Tours are free but please RSVP.

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Field School - Summer
Aug
18
8:30 AM08:30

Field School - Summer

Hands-on, full-day, on-farm conferences are coming this year. In addition to workshops with expert teachers, Crosshatch Field Schools will include one-on-one consulting with farm experts, a local food lunch, and a post-workshop social networking hour. Registration is open!

Farm School Summer Tracks:
Animals on the Small Farm with Ryan Romeyn
Market Your Farm with Andrea Romeyn
Hoophouse Growing with Austin Weed and Stacy Sangsland

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CANCELLED—Artist After Hours—Walk of Art Outdoor Sculpture Park
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

CANCELLED—Artist After Hours—Walk of Art Outdoor Sculpture Park

Join Crosshatch and Blackbird Arts for Artist After Hours—a social event for artists of all genres: writers, visual artists, musicians, performers, and designers.

This month we'll be at Art Rapids! We will convene for an evening of eats, drinks, and conversation around art of all kinds. Join us for a guided tour of their Walk of Art Outdoor Sculpture Park followed by drinks and conversation at Pearls New Orleans Kitchen. As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow artists.

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Twilight Tour—Lavender Hill Farm
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Lavender Hill Farm

Hop in the cart and see the various varieties of lavender on Lavender Hill Farm (10,000 plants and 23 different varieties!) and learn how it has grown and cultivated for superior quality. Included will be special demonstrations at the lavender drying shed as well as the distillation process for lavender oil. The farm gift shop will be open that night. Lavender products and local artisan crafts will be for sale.

Twilight Tours are free but please RSVP.

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Twilight Tour—Leelanau Specialty Cut Flowers
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Leelanau Specialty Cut Flowers

For six seasons Leelanau Specialty Cut Flowers has been growing hundreds of varieties of cut flowers, herbs and edible flowers. Join Michelle Shackleford for a farm tour through the flower fields for a real hands-on visual on flower farming. See how she traverses such farming obstacles as seed starting, field prep, planting and harvesting and soil fertility.

Twilight Tours are free but please RSVP.

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Artist After Hours: Write-In at L. Mawby Vineyards
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours: Write-In at L. Mawby Vineyards

Join Blackbird Arts and Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology as we celebrate summer and writers.

This month we'll be at L. Mawby Vineyards for a Write-in. Partake in an evening of bubbles, conversation, and writing. We'll provide the space with some eats and drinks, you provide any current pieces you’d like to work on amongst the vineyard scape. As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow writers.

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP by email or visit our Facebook Page.

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Fruits and Nuts for Northern Michigan
Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Fruits and Nuts for Northern Michigan

Join us at picturesque Gabriel Farms to hear the story of how they established their diverse fruit crops, get an update on the dreaded spotted wing Drosophila, and hear about the potential for chestnuts in Northern Michigan.

·        Duke Elsner, MSU Extension; Understanding and managing spotted wing Drosophila.
·        Dennis Fulbright, MSU professor emeritus; Potential for chestnuts in Northern Michigan.
·        Kristi Schuil, Owner, Gabriel Farm; Establishing and managing diverse fruit crops: apples, grapes, haskaps … What’s a haskap? You’ll have to come to the field day to find out!

Register online here.
Fee: $20
For more information call or email Larry Dyer: 231-881-2784 or ldyer3913@gmail.com

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Twilight Tour—Daybreak Dreamfarm
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Twilight Tour—Daybreak Dreamfarm

Gather with us for a tour of Daybreak Dreamfarm. Farmers, Kelly Doyle and Patrick Scharinger, will take us through their small, diversified farm operation, highlighting their production of shiitake, oyster and lion’s mane mushrooms. The tour will also include a walk-about through the hoophouses, fields and gardens to discuss small-scale veggie and flower production.

Twilight Tours are free but please RSVP.

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Oryana+Ignite Series
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Oryana+Ignite Series

Small Farms Guild Workshop

In collaboration with Oryana, join us for an informational gathering bringing together small farmers or anyone interested in becoming a small farmer to discuss resources available.

The Small Farm Guilds are organized by farmers for farmers, though anyone who desires to farm is welcome to join. This guild’s activities include farm tours, informal workshops, member potlucks, meet and greets over drinks, and shared purchases. Sunday, June 24, 7 - 8:30 pm (meet at Oryana's green roof gazebo by the cafe picnic tables)

This workshop is FREE but registration is required. Please call Customer Service at 947-0191 or stop by the store. You can also sign up at eventbrite.com.

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Artist After Hours: Veggie Sketch at Providence Farm
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours: Veggie Sketch at Providence Farm

Join Blackbird Arts and Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology as we take to the road and head for Central Lake for an on-farm Artist After Hours.

This month we'll be at Providence Farm for a "veggie sketch" — an evening of drinks, conversation, and veggie drawing. Get inspired by the beauty of Providence Farm and have some fun drawing vegetable still-lifes picked from the garden that day. We'll provide some drawing materials, or you can bring your own. As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow artists.

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP by email or visit our Facebook Page.

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Skill Swap
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

Skill Swap

Start your summer off learning some new skills, gathering with other curious folks and moonlight dancing in the beautiful Earthwork farmscape.

In partnership with Earthwork Farm and Human Nature School, we present a full day of hands-on workshops, followed by dinner and live music. Choose from 20 classes in the categories of Earth, Art, Tinkering, and the Real Home Ec — taught by the community for the community. 
 

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Artist After Hours: Glenn Wolff Studio Tour
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours: Glenn Wolff Studio Tour

Join Blackbird Arts and Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology as we tour the studio of Glenn Wolff, local and nationally recognized artist.

This month Artist After Hours attendees will get a fortuitous glimpse into the studio and works of Glenn Wolff. As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow artist with eats, drinks, and conversation.

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP by email or at our Facebook Page.

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Field School - Spring
May
5
8:30 AM08:30

Field School - Spring

Hands-on, full-day, on-farm conferences are coming this year. In addition to workshops with expert teachers, Crosshatch Field Schools will include one-on-one consulting with farm experts, a local food lunch, and a post-workshop social networking hour.

Field School Spring features these three tracks: mushroom production with Bernie Ware, beekeeping with Charlotte Hubbard and fruit production with Trevor Newman. 

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Oryana+Ignite Series: Bees
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

Oryana+Ignite Series: Bees

Ignite your passion for the artistry of beekeeping. Join a local expert from Crosshatch's Bee Guild for a free demonstration and learn how to start on your path to beekeeping and how to foster the local pollinator population. If you're so inspired, Guild members can answer questions about their group and will be offering free sign-ups. This event is free, but pre-registration is preferred.

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Artist After Hours: Life Drawing at The Little Fleet
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Artist After Hours: Life Drawing at The Little Fleet

Join Blackbird Arts and Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology as we plant ourselves at The Little Fleet from some spring tonic.

This month we’ve partnered with a local illustrator to organize a life drawing night at The Little Fleet! We’ll provide the materials and models, you bring some friends and some beer money. As always, there will be plenty of unscheduled time for networking with fellow artists.

Bring your friends and prepare to make new ones!

This event is free, but please RSVP by email or visit our facebook page.

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