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
JORDAN ART WALK
Exploring Nature Through Art on the Jordan Art Walk – Take an inspiring and healthy nature walk around East Jordan and view the beautiful art work from Michigan artists on display throughout downtown East Jordan. Memorial Park, across the Joining Jordan board walk to Sportsman’s Park. For more information contact the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce 231-536-7351
Classical style portraits for children, families, and pets. Also expert copy and restoration of your old or damaged photos. With her mobile studio, Karen can set up at your home, office, or outdoors and create professional studio quality portraits you will be proud to display.
A native of Northern Lower Michigan, Karen has been pursuing art and photography since childhood. In 1992, Karen opened a photography studio in East Jordan specializing in portraits and weddings. She has since escaped the confines of a brick and mortar studio to explore a wide variety of interests including fine art and writing.
A Master Photographic Artist, Karen has collected numerous awards for her outstanding photographic work. She has served on several volunteer boards and is past president of Professional Photographers of Michigan, Jordan River Arts Council, and the East Jordan Chamber of Commerce. More of Karen’s work can be found on her website, http://www.KarenWalkerStudio.com.
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
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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.
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.)
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.
Straddle Books produces children’s books featuring true animal stories with happy endings. Books are available in East Jordan at Jordan River Arts Council, Books N Things, The Maple Tree and Stonehedge Gardens between East Jordan and Ironton.
East Jordan (September 26, 2023) While shopping last year for holiday gifts to be donated to the Community Christmas, David Schweer and Mary Faculak were overwhelmed at how many requests for warm blankets appeared on the lists. The two have been shopping for the past nine years for a Secret Santa benefactor and these increased blanket requests were very concerning and troublesome. They began thinking and talking about what they could do to help fulfill this very basic need for their community members. Through discussions and research they developed a plan. The two invited Shannon Fender who helped them with formulating a plan to help collect new blankets and then offer them to those in need anonymously and conveniently.
Thus, “East Jordan’s …Operation Blanket” was organized. The trio are inviting individuals who are able to donate a new blanket(s) on Saturday, October 14th from 9:00 AM to Noon. There will be a market and parked enclosed trailer in the Main Street Center (100 Main St.) Parking Lot. If you are not able to do so on that day, new blankets may be dropped off at the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce Office Monday, through Friday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. David and Mary’s Secret Santa was so touched by this project they offered to donated a $100.00 Chamber Check that will be drawn to one blanket donor. A ticket will be given to donors for every new blanket they donate. Drawing will be held on Monday, October 23rd at 3:00 PM at the Chamber Office.
The new, warm blankets will be available to be picked up by those in need on the following dates: Saturday, October 28 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM and Wednesday, November 1 from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.
For more information on this project contact Mary Faculak or Shannon Fender at 231-536-7351 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
October 19, 2023 – The Depot Jordan Valley Teen Center, 5:00 – 6:30 PM
East Jordan Fall Fest – September 30
Breezeway Fall Color Cruises – Sept. 30, Oct. 7 & 14