Libby’s Picks: Northern Michigan Events February 24–March 4

The MyNorth Calendar of upcoming Northern Michigan events highlights some of the amazing things going on across the North. Hand-picked by MyNorth Media’s Calendar Editor, Libby Stallman, there’s something for everyone.


February 24

A Taste of Success: Formerly the Grand Traverse Tasters Guild Auction, this annual event at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus features a strolling dinner of international cuisine served at 6:30 p.m. The cuisine is prepared by Great Lakes Culinary Institute students and features local and select regional and international wines and craft beers. All proceeds benefit NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute students, 231.995.1196.

February 24–March 5

Noises Off: Slamming doors, on and off stage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Center Stage Theater, West Shore Community College, Scottville, 231.843.5507. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com.

February 25

Met Opera Live! – Rusalka: Rusalka is in many ways a definitive example of late Romanticism, containing folklore, evocations of the natural and the supernatural worlds, and even a poignant interpretation of the idea of a love-death. Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee, 231.398.9770. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com.

Winter Hike at Pelizzari Natural Area: Join the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy from 10 a.m.–noon.

Dogman Challenge Fat Bike Race at Mt. McSauba: This is a two-hour winter endurance event held entirely on the multi-use trails around Mt. McSauba Recreation Area and North Point Nature Preserve in Charlevoix. The course consists of a fast and challenging 2-mile loop through rolling and wooded terrain. The rider who completes the most laps in 2 hours is the champion and will receive a cash prize and trophy. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both the Men and Women’s Expert and Sport divisions.

Cooking Class at Chateau Chantal: French Cuisine, 12:30–4:30 p.m., Chateau Chantal Winery, $95/person, with 12 maximum per class. Bring an apron and a favorite knife. One day advanced booking is required. Sign up here.

February 26

Schubert in the Round: Up close and personal with Schubert, the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, a trout, some dried flowers, death, and a maiden! Audience members surround Maestro Rhodes and the TSO string section along with special guests principal flutist Nancy Stagnitta and baritone Jeffery Norris in this intimate performance of Schubert masterpieces in an exclusive “In the Round” configuration at the City Opera House, Traverse City, 231.941.8082. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com.

NMC Children’s Choir Winter Concert: Join the award-winning NMC Children’s Choirs for their winter concert. The concert features Dolce, Bel Canto, Lyric, Ragazzo, and Cantus Choirs. 3–4:30 p.m., Lars Hockstad Auditorium in Traverse City. 231.933.5600 or 800.836.0717. Tickets available at MyNorthTickets.com.

February 26–March 4

Restaurant Week in Traverse City: A true culinary adventure during Traverse City Restaurant Week. Downtown restaurants and beyond offer amazing 3-course meals for $25 per person.  Reservations recommended. For more information, 231.922.2050, downtowntc.com.

February 27

WinterFolk Concert Series: A Brighter Bloom: An indie folk & pop duo out of Grayling, spun off the popular band The Stand Ins. Full of excitement and emotion, this duo utilizes guitar, keys, foot drum, percussion & vocal harmonies to deliver covers you know & love. Charlevoix Public Library, 231.547.2651.

National Writers Series: Beth Macy’s latest book, “Truevine,” set in the Jim Crow South. Enjoy a conversation about circus freaks, kidnappings and a mother’s quest. Her first book, “Factory Man,” is a national bestseller. Guest host back by popular demand: John Bacon from the University of Michigan, author of “Endzone.” Doors open at 6 p.m. with live music by Clark Miller, cash bar and sweet treats. Q&A and book signing post event. Admission: $15.50 General Admission; $25.50 Reserved Seating; $5.50 Students.


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