Bayou in the Barn: Blues & Zydeco Party

What?
This evening fundraiser celebrates the cultural connections Louisiana and Michigan share through music, food, and community leisure. National and local musicians perform blues and zydeco music, while the menu stirs Louisiana & Michigan together: jambalaya, andouille, redskin potatoes/corn/greens, shrimp poboys, cajun fish tacos, sweet potato fries, BBQ pork sandwiches, crab & corn fritters, cornbread, Grow Benzie salads, beignets, strawberry shortcake, sweet tea and lemonade. Ticket prices include admission to the event and auctions- food, alcohol, beverages and merchandise will be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and dancing shoes. Yard games including bocce ball, bean bag toss, ladder ball, and disc golf will be available. All funds raised will benefit Grow Benzie’s community center, youth and educational programs (www.GrowBenzie.org).

When?
Friday, July 7th, 2017
5:00pm-11:30pm

Schedule?
4:00pm: Doors Open
4:45pm: Barefoot
6pm: Peter “Madcat” Ruth (Grammy Award Winner) & the Midnight Blues Journey
7:30: Community Toast & Recognition
7:35: Live Auction
8pm: Chubby Carrier (Grammy Award Winner) & the Bayou Swamp Band
10pm: K. Jones & the Benzie Playboys

Where?
St. Ambrose Cellars
841 S. Pioneer, Beulah, MI 49684
19 miles from Chum’s Corners (US-31/M-37)
4 miles from Honor (US-31)
8 miles from Crystal Mountain (M-115)
36 miles from Manistee (US-31)

Who?
Everyone is welcome!

How much?
Link: https://mynorthtickets.com/events/bayou-in-the-barn
Advance Tickets: $20
General Admission: $25
Age 14-18: $10
Ages 13 and under: Free

Grow Benzie Potluck: True Cost

Grow Benzie Winter Potluck, Topic: Textile & Fiber Industry in Northern MI

WHAT?
Grow Benzie hosts bi-monthly dinner and potluck discussions through the winter, typically on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. This evening will be a potluck and discussion, followed by the movie “True Cost” – a documentary about the real price of fast fashion.
Can Northern Michigan support a full-loop textile system and become an economically viable industry that uses local sources? Can natural dye-plant growers, small farmers raising fiber from sheep, alpaca, yak, llama and goat, and small business owners, processors, and existing networks that support the different segments in the system sustain a full-loop textile system?  Through discussion can we find the gaps that are current impediments to achieving 100% locally made products?
True Cost, the movie, is an opportunity to learn more about the reasons why there is an effort to move toward bringing textile manufacturing back to Northern Michigan. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
Preceding the screening will be a panel discussion with people in the textile loop, including:
Liz Neddo: Owner of Wool and Honey, yarn purveyor and educator
Amy Tyler: Fiber artist, teacher & owner of Stone Sock Fibers
Chris Nelson: Owner Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm, Benzonia
Learn more about the film: http://truecostmovie.com/
Learn more about individual venue screenings: crosshatch.org/events
WHEN?
Tuesday, February 28th, 6pm
WHO?
All ages welcome.
HOW MUCH?
$3-5 suggested donation, however no one will be turned away.
WHERE?
Grow Benzie Event Center
5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115), Benzonia, 49616
1 mile west of stoplight in Benzonia
Questions: 231-882-9510
WEATHER OR NOT?
If Benzie County Central Schools are closed, the event will be cancelled.
Grow Benzie Potluck: Water Festival

Grow Benzie Dinner, Topic: MI Water

WHAT?
Grow Benzie hosts bi-monthly dinner and potluck discussions through the winter, typically on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. This evening will be a dinner, and we will be hosting the Benzie Community Water Council celebrating the 7th Annual Benzie Water Festival. Panel discussion includes Ed Hoogterp (Benzie County Drain Commissioner), John Ransom (Benzie Conservation District), Liz Kirkwood (Executive Director, FLOW-For the Love Of Water), and Holly & Percy Bird (Standing Rock Legal Council/Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Tribal Council). Dinner will be made from scratch, courtesy of the Northern Michigan Culinary Arts Community. Proceeds benefit Grow Benzie’s culinary programs.

WHEN?
Tuesday, February 14th, 6pm

WHO?
All ages welcome.

HOW MUCH?
$10 suggested donation, however no one will be turned away.

WHERE?
Grow Benzie 5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115), Benzonia, 49616
1 mile west of stoplight in Benzonia
Questions: 231-882-9510

WEATHER OR NOT?
If Benzie County Central Schools are closed, the event will be cancelled.

Grow Benzie Potluck w/Pride of BC

Grow Benzie Winter Potluck: Being a Kid in 2017

**ATTENTION**
THIS EVENT WAS POSTPONED FROM JAN 24 (due to multiple rehearsal cancellations from power outages and school cancellations in the new year)

WHAT?
Grow Benzie hosts bi-monthly dinner and potluck discussions through the winter, typically on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. This evening will be a potluck, and we will be hosting Benzie Central High School’s BC Pride team. BC Pride is a student initiative at Benzie Central High School whose 25+ members perform skits, dances, and monologues that promote self-esteem, self-awareness, and anti-bullying to their peers. They have performed at multiple schools and have been featured in newspapers and local tv news.

WHEN?
Tuesday, February 21st; 6-8pm

WHO?
Public is welcome.

HOW MUCH?
Free. Folks are encouraged to bring a dish to pass, but is not required. There will be a free-will donation basket at the door, with proceeds benefiting the BC Pride team.

WHERE?
Grow Benzie 5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115), Benzonia, 49616
1 mile west of stoplight in Benzonia
Questions: 231-882-9510

WEATHER OR NOT?
If Benzie County Central Schools are closed, the event will be cancelled.

Midsummer Night’s Garden Party: Grow Benzie’s Annual Auction Fundraiser

Midsummer Night’s Garden Party:
Grow Benzie’s 8th Annual Auction & Dinner Fundraiser
 
Every year we look forward to our annual fundraiser here at Grow Benzie. The event has become a tradition for area visitors and residents which includes gourmet local food presented by favorite area chefs, good music and great company. Tickets are $50 per person and will be available June 1st. We accept all major credit cards. Mark your calendars, and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, July 12th, 7:00pm-9:00pm.
 
For more information, call 231-882-9510 or email info@GrowBenzie.org

 

Bayou on the Bay: Blues & Zydeco Picnic in the Park

 What?
This one day festival celebrates the cultural connections Louisiana and Michigan share through music, food, and community leisure. The 10-piece Gabriel Brass Band (Detroit) and Luke Winslow-King (New Orleans) will be performing, and of course our hometown heroes, K Jones & the Benzie Playboys! We’ll have plenty of food this year- Louisiana cuisine made with Michigan ingredients including jambalaya, barbecue pork, blackened chicken kabobs, and a returning favorite from Hotel Frankfort: a cajun boil featuring andouli sausage, shrimp, crayfish, mussels, corn, and redskin potatoes.
All funds raised will benefit Grow Benzie’s community center and farmstead.
 
When?
August 13th, 2016: 3pm-11:30pm
Music?
2pm: Gabriel Brass Band teaser show at Stormcloud Brewing Company, then will march down the sidewalk through Frankfort to arrive at the festival site at 3pm.
3-4:30pm: Standing Hamptons
4:50-6:15pm: Gabriel Brass Band
6:30-7:00pm: Barefoot
7:20-9:10pm: Luke Winslow-King (band)
9:30-11:30pm: K Jones & the Benzie Playboys
 
Where?
Open Space Park, Frankfort, MI
 
Who?
Everyone!
 
How much?
General Admission: $25
Age 14-18: $10
Ages 13 and under: Free
Sauerkraut & Kimchi

October 22: Sauerkraut & Kimchi: Grow Benzie Garden Wisdom & Preservation Series

Join Britt Uecker (Grow Benzie’s Garden Educator ) Sauerkraut & Kimchi-It’s not rocket science. Naturally fermented cabbage provides probiotics, designed by nature to enhance your internal flora and fauna.

When?
Wednesday, October 22nd 5-7pm.

Where?
Grow Benzie
5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115), Benzonia 49616
1 mile west of Benzonia/US-31, 5 miles east of Frankfort/M-22

How much is the class?
$10.00 per person
Questions and RSVP:
Britt at 231-882-9510 or Britt@GrowBenzie.org