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.
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.”
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 Good Samaritan Family Services is a Christian service ministry striving to assist families in need.
HOURS: Tues. 10am-7pm, Wed.&Thurs. 10am-4pm, Fri.&Sat. 10am-2pm
SPECIALTY: Food Pantry & Resale Shop/ Mom & Tots Center
Teens will have a place to BE: safe, accepted, supported, entertained, fed, mentored, and loved.
Offer teens a path to BECOME: connected, confident, responsible, equipped, and an adult follower of Jesus.
To introduce teens to Jesus
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.
“Sail Charlevoix (Lake Charlevoix Mariners, Inc.) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit charitable educational organization, dedicated to supporting the development and access to youth and adult sailing opportunities for our community. Since 1985, we have served hundreds of students every year, many of whom wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to access Lake Charlevoix without our affordable programs and two, Boyne City and Charlevoix locations. We aim to offer students of all levels, a learn-to-sail (or race) program, with an on-the-water and classroom approach, while providing a safe, informative, and hands-on experience for all.”
The East Jordan Lions Club meets the first and third Mondays of the month at 6pm at the Jordan Inn, September through May, at the Pavilion at the Tourist Park, June, July and August.
Easter Fun and Games, Saturday before Easter,
Mother Daughter Banquet, Saturday before Mother’s Day,
East Jordan Mother of the Year Award, May,
Spring Raffle, May-July,
EJ Classic Car and Boat Show, July,
Fall Gun Raffle, Sept.-Nov.,
Christmas Tree Sale, December,
EJ Christmas Village, December
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.
The mission of the South Arm ORV Club is to educate and promote a safe and family fun environment for the sport of ORV’s through club activities and public education of ORV laws pursuant to the State Of Michigan.
Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month, 6:00 PM at the East Jordan Sno-Mobilers Club House – Mt. Bliss Rd.
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.
Friends of the Jordan River Watershed, organized in late 1990, is a grassroots, non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve the natural resources and protect the environmental quality of the Jordan River and its watershed.
Our goals include: Preserving the natural character of the river and watershed; Informing and educating the public about our activities and issues involving the Jordan River Watershed; Protecting water quality; Promoting wise resource management on public and private lands within the watershed; Facilitating the coordination of policies and actions of various individuals, groups, and agencies affecting the environment within the watershed; Developing financial resources to carry out our mission and goals; and Pursuing broad-based support for our activities.
Over the years, FOJ has hosted numerous public information seminars and activities and continues to network with many groups and organizations as well as mentoring students on water quality and natural resource issues. We steadfastly remain an advocate for the wild and scenic Jordan River and its watershed, seek ways to remediate abuses of the past and strive to balance sustainable use for the future.
FOJ needs and welcomes the support and participation of all those who value the pristine natural wonders freely found within the Jordan River Watershed. For more information, or to become a member, please visit our website or contact Ashley Cousens, our Program Director.
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
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.
A non-profit organization providing year-round programs, experiences, and companionship to children with cancer and their families, at no cost.
To Foster Beauty in our Community – Scholarship (Horticulture related) Projects:Wreath/Craft Sale, Plant Fashion Show-Farmers Market
Garden Club meets 3rd Monday at 12:30p.m. at the Jordan River Watershed
Farmers Market-Begins last 2 weeks in May… Closes third week in Oct.-Sportsman’s Park-Thursdays 9-1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check the Center’s website: http://www.RavenHillDiscoveryCenter.org for more information.
Classical Portraits for
Northern Michigan’s premiere portrait studio, home of
professional portrait artist, Karen Walker
With the distinction of being an International award winning artist and the
area’s only Certified Master Photographer and Master Artist, Karen Walker Studio
has been serving Northern Michigan and beyond since 1992.
Call 231-536-3663 today for your personal appointment.
Pride and Joy….
What makes you proud? Your family? Your achievements? The milestones you’ve
What brings you joy? Your children? The precious moments in your life?
Honor those moments with a beautiful commissioned portrait.
Two Distinct Styles From one of the most award winning
studios in Michigan.
Your family deserves a professional portrait artist with
the knowledge and experience to create a top quality portrait that you will
enjoy for years to come. With twenty years in the photography business, Karen
knows how to create that special keepsake that will be treasured today and for
future generations. Karen offers two styles of portraits; classical photography
and portraits that are digitally enhanced and hand painted.
Located in the Walker Building at 507 Water Street (M-66),
just east of the traffic light at the intersection of M-66 and M-32. Hours are
by appointment. Please call 231-536-3663.
Rotary Variety Show 2nd Weekend of June. East Jordan Community Auditorium
Rotary Chili Supper Friday Night of Snowblast Weekend in February at the EJ Snowmobile Club.
Rotary Color Tour Plane Rides by Island Airways Second Saturday in October
Welcome to the Camp Daggett Adventure Center (CDAC). Experiential education, team-building opportunities, and low/high ropes challenge courses offer empowering moments for growth in challenging, safe and fun environments. For some, this type of learning environment may seem unique, but whether you feel right at home, or you find yourself a little bit hesitant; the programs provided at the CDAC are designed as an “invitation to learn” for all participants. It is in that same spirit, that we invite you to explore and learn more about all that the CDAC and its wonderful programs have to offer. We are ready to share in an unforgettable experience, and we hope you are too!
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
Chamber Golf Outing – Date TBD
County Wide Business After Hours – To be rescheduled – Date TBD
AREA FESTIVAL & EVENT DATES – 2020
East Jordan Music in the Park
Ellsworth Fireworks – July 3, 2020
Portside Arts Fair – August 1 & 2, Elm Pointe
Kiersten’s Ride – August 15, 2020
Paddle Antrim – September 11 & 12, 2020
Breezeway Garage Sales – May 22 & 23, 2020 POSTPONED DATE TBD
Ellsworth Pig Roast – June 19 & 20, 2020 CANCELLED
East Jordan Freedom Festival – June 24 – June 28, 2020 CANCELLED
South Arm Classics Brew Fest – July 11, 2020 CANCELLED