The Jordan Valley and Breezeway feature some of the finest artists and craftsmen in the country.The Jordan River Arts Council is a non-profit organization, offers re-known exhibits, workshops, classes and special events that highlight the region’s plethora of artistic offerings in various mediums. Be sure to check out their galleries and retail shops in the area. Visit their website at Jordan River Arts Council
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.)
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The newly formed Ellsworth Community Housing Solutions Committee is conducting a housing survey to help assess the housing needs for single adults, families and seniors living or wishing to live in Ellsworth. You are invited to participate in this anonymous survey containing 13 questions and an opportunity to share your opinions on housing, your current or future housing needs. Members of the Ellsworth Community Housing Solutions Committee organized by the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce include: Hugh Campbell – Village of Ellsworth President, Alex Busman – Banks Township Supervisor, Lynn Spearing – Village of Ellsworth Council Member, Jane MacKenzie – Executive Director Northern Homes Community Development, Mary Peterson – Village of Ellsworth Downtown Development Authority Board Member and Mary H. Faculak – President/CEO East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce.
Surveys are due back by Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The committee will begin to review the results at their April 21st meeting.
For more information contact Mary at the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce Office, 231-536-7351 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to take the survey: https://forms.gle/iwhTLFEyW95QapFi8
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 Chat Zoom Update with Mary H. Faculak – Contact the Chamber for Zoom Code
March 10, 2021 – 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
March 23, 2021 – 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Special Guest: Casey Hagerty – Contractor at Ground Work Center for Resilient Communities
County Wide Business After Hours – To be rescheduled – Date TBD
AREA FESTIVAL & EVENT DATES – 2021