Midweek mornings in Manistee held by three local nonprofits

MANISTEE — The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts (RRCA), the historic Vogue Theatre and the Old Kirke Museum are partnering to highlight a special series for Manistee County.

Midweek Mornings in Manistee features free and low-cost programming in July and August. The series are every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. The launch of this program is during the Manistee National Forest Festival.

The full schedule can be found at www.RamsdellTheatre.org/MidweekMornings.

On Tuesdays at 10 a.m., the RRCA will bring “Talks, Tunes, and Tours.” Come hear local and regional leaders speak about their passion. Talks, Tunes, and Tours features a 45-60 minute active learning session, with an artistic component and a free tour of the Ramsdell.

This event is free and open to all ages, and is located at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Hardy Hall — 101 Maple St. in Manistee.

The event features speakers like Tasha Stielstra, a professional sled dog racer. She will be talking about teamwork and how it relates to sled dogs and children. This event is on July 2 at 10 a.m. It’s perfect for kids.

Other speakers include photographer Bob Paetschow on July 10, and artist Richard Kooyman on July 31. You will hear wild and interesting percussion instruments, led by the nationally recognized percussion group, “Identity Cubed” on July 24.

Each Wednesday at 10 a.m. the Vogue Theatre presents Wednesday Morning Classics, with a classic film selection brought to the big screen. See film “as it was intended” in the state of the art, air-conditioned Vogue Theatre.

This year the series celebrates The 80th Anniversary of The Vogue with one selection from 1938 each month.

“With a balance of titles there is literally something for everyone,” said technical manager Marty Yaple. “Our summer choices have a few more blockbuster sensations–just for the fun of it.”

Read up on upcoming titles at voguetheatremanistee.org/2-classics, call the movie hotline at (231) 222-5199, or stop by and chat with a friendly Vogue Volunteer for a full description of weekly shows.

On Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. in July and August, the Old Kirke Museum at 304 Walnut St. will present a free series of “First Person Stories and Songs,” featuring a wide array of entertainers and speakers.

The series will kick off on July 5, with Californian magician Evan Ginsburg doing close-up magic, followed by the dedication of the Madsen Lumbering Dioramas in the Museum’s new exhibit hall, both to celebrate the Building’s Sesquicentennial.

The other Thursdays in July include talks by artist Ken Cooper and Kentucky songwriter Mark Royal, as well as one on religion during the Civil War by noted historian, Dr. William Anderson.

August will bring talks on the deteriorating health care system in the America by Dr. Hashem Hilal; the looming global fresh water world-wide water crisis and what industry is doing in response by John Helge; Manistee in the 1960’s by historian Gary Skory; and personal tales and songs from Bang-on-the-Can All Star and Paul Simon’s musical director and lead guitarist, Mark Stewart, and former Broadway star, Ramsdell favorite, and art educator Karen Curlee.

Join the three groups to end mid-week in Manistee with entertainment and enlightenment.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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