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 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.
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.
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 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
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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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
Off The Cuff – March 11, 2020 @ South Arm Cafe, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
March 19, 2020 – Jordan River Arts Council – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
April 8, 2020 – East Jordan American Legion Hall – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – BINGO
May 20, 2020 – County Wide – The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
AREA FESTIVAL & EVENT DATES – 2019
E.J. Sno-Mobile Club Breakfast – Sunday’s, 7:00 AM – Noon, December – March
39th Annual Sno-Blast Winter Festival – February 21 – 23, 2020
East Jordan Public School Extravaganza – March 7, 2020
East Jordan Lion’s Club Easter Fun & Games – April 11, 2020
Rotary Father/Son Banquet – April 11, 2020
Miss East Jordan Scholarship Pageant – April 18, 2020
Rotary Variety Show – April 24 & 25, 2020
Jordan Valley Community Band Concert – May 3, 2020, Special Time 7:00 PM
Breezeway Garage Sales – May 22 & 23, 2020
Ellsworth Pig Roast – June 19 & 20, 2020
East Jordan Freedom Festival – June 24 – June 28, 2020