This outstanding arts fair is held the first full weekend of August at East Jordan’s beautiful Elm Pointe on the shores of Lake Charlevoix. Artists come from all over to display and sell their beautiful creations. Music, Food, Kids Craft Table, East Jordan’s Historical Society Museum. Saturday – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sunday – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rain or Shine
Kiersten’s Ride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing help, hope, and healing through suicide prevention programs in Northern Lower Michigan. We are committed to raising awareness in our community so that future acts of suicide may be prevented.
This three generation family dream nestled in the heart of beautiful northern Michigan is a must-stop destination. Grab fresh farm-to-table style breakfast or lunch from our Cafe, a handmade treat from our Bakery, or choose from a wide variety of locally-made foods and goodies that make great snacks! Sit inside, on our back porch, or at our outdoor picnic tables while the kids play on the playground and visit our friendly goats. Don’t forget to check out our house-made specialty foods in our Marketplace and our ever-changing, unique gift and souvenir selection in our General Store. We welcome you to eat, shop, and play – the Friske way! Not Your Average Fruit Stand – Since 1962.
A working studio & warehouse for turning good junk into great decor. Discover everything from salvage finds to finished, repurposed, one-of-a-kind items to inspire your cottage, vintage or industrial style. Custom design, build and finishing services available. DIY workshops offered for individuals or small groups.
Open all year.
Jordan Valley Glassworks is a working art studio offering a range of glass items starting with delicate jewelry items, and goes all the way to large wall hangings. In between are free form sculptures and vases, stained and blown glass chandeliers, seasonal stained glass wall hangings and blown ornaments, one-of-a-kind paperweights with outstanding examples of torch work, lawn ornaments, custom stained glass chandeliers in both stained and blown glass; lamp shades; and in the more mundane artifacts are hand mirrors, baskets, and jewel/trinket boxes, and more. We can also take the cremation remains of loved ones or pets and encase them in glass so you can have them forever in a very special place.
You are invited to stop by Jordan Valley Glassworks to watch the artists work blowing glass. The gallery is open seven days a week. Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Items in the gallery are available for sale.
Otis Pottery 01691 M-66 N East Jordan, MI 49727 HOURS Sunday noon-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Winter hours vary. Please call (231) 536-7856 before your visit to make sure we will be open.)
The Jordan Valley Fiddlers Jamboree, Inc. is a Michigan nonprofit, consisting of 3-12 members located in Northern Michigan, whose mission is: “To promote, maintain and pass down traditions of old time fiddle music and dancing.” Currently, this is achieved by offering an annual jamboree and dance on the last Saturday in April with the proceeds, after expenses, distributed to applicants interested in pursuing some course of study related to the playing old time fiddle music, dance calling or old time dance. The organization raises money by selling ads in its annual program, taking donations at the door the day of the event and offering food and other items the day of the event.
The Antrim County Fair is an annual community based event focusing on local youth and 4-H groups, local crafts, and businesses. There are many activities including equestrian events with multiple age groups and classes.
There is the market and showmanship divisions for swine, cows, poultry , sheep and other animals. Also included in the activities are local performers, craftsmen and educators. There is a exhibition barn that houses the many crafts, foods, photo and art exhibits. A small animal barn that houses the many ducks, chickens, turkeys, rabbits and other small animals that participate in the fair activities.
There is a veterans day, senior citizens day and kids day where we have all kinds of activities geared towards kids! And adults that think they are still kids! We have many local entertainers and vendors. So please come join us at the Antrim County Fair.
August 10 – 12, 2017
The East Jordan Freedom Festival is East Jordan’s signature festival. The week long schedule of events offers something for the whole family. The week kicks off on Wednesday and continues throughout the week with an outdoor movie for all ages, Old Time Kids Games on Wednesday evening with fun and games for the kids. Thursday offers a Farmer’s Market in the morning with Schmidt Amusements, and Live Music in the Park for the evening. Friday is a favorite with locals, as well as, visitors from near and far with the Youth Parade, Friday Night Block Party with Live Music, Button Drawings for great prizes and vendor booths from local non-profits. Saturday is the highlight of the week with the Grand Parade, Food Vendors, Live Entertainment in the park followed by the Lip Sync Contest, Prize Raffle, Festival 500 Raffle and much more. The evening ends with the Fabulous Fireworks shot from a barge in the middle of the beautiful South Arm of Lake Charlevoix and synchronized to music. The weeks ends with the Freedom Lovers Breakfast put on by the Sno-Mobilers Club. Please make plans to join us in East Jordan for this fun filled week of events.
Visit the Freedom Festival website for a full schedule of events and times. http://www.eastjordanfreedomfestival.org.
World Class Music – Right Here At Home!
The Vision of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra is that we will be
“the Resident Chamber Orchestra of Northern Michigan that produces a sustainable,
high-quality product that delights the community.”
The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix sits on 400′ of lakefront with a beautifully manicured lawn perfect for your wedding ceremony and can be used throughout the evening. Classy and elegant, our indoor and outdoor wedding venue features large windowed doors that allow for fabulous 180 degree of the lake and downtown. The entire event space is privately yours for exclusive use by you and your guests.
Castle Farms of Charlevoix is one of Michigan’s premier historic tour attractions and destination wedding venues. This beautiful French Renaissance castle built in 1918 features soaring stone towers, romantic courtyards and magnificent gardens, plus Norm, the Castle’s very own dragon! Museum quality collections showcased throughout the Castle include antique toys, castles, and royalty memorabilia from around the world. The Castle’s Outdoor Model Railroad is the largest in Michigan, with 68 G-scale trains steaming across more than 1/2 mile of track. The Castle also provides the perfect venue for weddings, proms, corporate events, or private parties. Open year round, Castle Farms is listed on the National and State Historic Registries.
Straddle Books produces childrens’ books featuring true animal stories with happy endings. Books are available at Jordan River Arts Council and Stonehedge Gardens between East Jordan and Ironton.
Sponsored by the East Jordan Garden Club, this long running Farmer’s Market is an important part of the East Jordan Community. Held every Thursday from 8:00 AM – Noon at the East Jordan Sportsman’s Park. Vendors of all kinds gather with their baked good, fresh picked fruits and veggies, crafts, honey, pure maple syrup and much more.
Jordan River Arts Council
As a leader of the Jordan River area’s cultural community, the Jordan River Arts Council promotes, encourages, and nurtures the artistic endeavors of local residents and provides an organized framework through which quality workshops, classes, exhibits, programs and performances can be presented.
Recognizing its responsibility to nurture art in daily living and to provide participation opportunities in all areas of the arts, JRAC serves a diverse and growing community. To accomplish this mission, the Arts Council relies upon a volunteer Board of Directors and the cooperation and support of area communities.
The Jordan Valley Community Band is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary during the 2020 season. The band will hold a special 30th Anniversary Concert on May 3rd at 7:00 PM. Our volunteer musicians range from students to senior citizens that rehearse at the East Jordan High School Band room on Thursday evenings from 7-9 PM. Rebecca Palmiter directs this group of musicians who represent Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego Counties. The annual winter concert is the first Sunday in December, the annual spring concert is the first Sunday in May. These concerts are held at the East Jordan High School auditorium at 3:00 PM (May 2020 Concert at special time – 7:00 PM) and are free. Following the May concert, the audience is cordially invited to an Afterglow to celebrate our anniversary. During the month of July, the band performs in the bandshell in East Jordan’s Memorial Park on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM. New members are always welcome. For further information, call Rebecca Palmiter, Director at 231-675-0543. The Jordan Valley Community Band is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.
Raven Hill Discovery Center is a regional science and technology center. It is located on 157 acres in a rural area of northwestern Lower Michigan next to the Little Traverse Conservancy’s Raven Ridge Nature Preserve. It is also a cultural, historical and art center. Raven Hill Discovery Center is the only place in northern Lower Michigan where children and adults can link science, history & the arts with hands-on activities and explorations both indoors and outdoors. Connections emerge through classes, exhibits and facilities that provide opportunities for all ages to learn, create, grow and play. The Center is located between East Jordan & Boyne City, just off C-48 at Pearsall Road. Can’t make it during regular hours? Call to schedule an appointment at your convenience. For more information, phone 231-536-3369 or toll free 877-833-4254 or email email@example.com. You can also check the Center’s website: http://www.RavenHillDiscoveryCenter.org for more information.
Make your up north vacation the best one ever. Spend the day exploring the countryside and small towns and villages along C-48 the Breezeway.
The C-48 Breezeway is a well known scenic route connecting Atwood, Ellsworth, East Jordan and Boyne Falls. Not only is it the fastest route from point A (Atwood) to point B (Boyne Falls) but this 25 mile scenic rural ride is sure to please everyone. This scenic route offers everything from spectacular views, award winning cuisine, nature preserves, orchards, attractions, artisans, and much more. C-48 The Breezeway signs clearly mark its route through beautiful forests and valley vistas, drumlin carved hillsides dotted with orchards and various lakes along its way. Visit the website at www.ridethebreezeway.com
Ribbon Cutting – June 16th – 11:00 AM meet in Memorial Park
East Jordan Music in the Park – Summer 2021
All Shows 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Memorial Park
Chamber Chat Zoom Update with Mary H. Faculak – Contact the Chamber for Zoom Code
June 23, 2021 – Noon – 12:30 PM Guest: Charles Hayes of Bergmann Center
County Wide Business After Hours – September 29, 2021 – 5:30 PM at The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix
AREA FESTIVAL & EVENT DATES – 2021
June 16 – Jordan Art Walk Ribbon Cutting – 11:00 AM
June 18 & 19 – Ellsworth Pig Roast Parade Registration
June 19 – Freedom Festival Pre-Arm Band Sale – Community Park, 10 AM – Noon (or until gone)
June 23 – 27 – East Jordan Freedom Festival – All registration forms at http://eastjordanfreedomfestival.org
July 10 – South Arm Classic Car & Boat Show
July 10 – Sweaty Yeti 5K and Fun Run
July 24 – East Jordan Garden Club Flower Show
August 7 & 8 – Portside Arts Fair
August 21 – Kiersten’s Ride
September 11 – Depot Teen Center Golf Tournament
September 17 & 18 – Paddle Antrim
September 25 – Fall Fest
September 25 – Jordan River Fall Raft Excursion
September 25, Oct. 2 & 9 – Breezeway Fall Color Cruises
September 25 – Charlevoix County Crop Walk
October 20 – Fall Pumpkin Festival
October 29 & 30 – Depot Teen Center Pumpkin Walk
November 13 – Jordan River Arts Council Holiday Art Fair
November 27 – Small Business Saturday
December 2 – Jan 2 – Lions Christmas Village
December 8 – Wooden Shoe Holiday Festival