Libby’s Picks: Can’t-Miss Northern Michigan Events April 1–8

The MyNorth Calendar highlights the amazing things going on across the North—Cadillac up to the Upper Peninsula. From cooking classes and wine tastings to bike races, book readings and performances by internationally-renowned musicians, there’s something for everyone.

Each week, we pick a few of our favorites to share with you. Curated by MyNorth Media’s Calendar Editor, Libby Stallman, here’s what’s happening Up North April 1–8.


April 1

Murder Mystery Dinner — Experience a night of murderous mayhem at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme during “Murder at the Speakeasy.” This gin joint will be rockin’ on Saturday, April 1, with a cocktail reception, prohibition era cocktails, four-course dinner and, of course, a night of murder, mystery and “who done it.” 1920’s era costumes are encouraged, with prizes awarded. Must be 21.

Tickets are $50 for an individual, $90 for a couple or $450 for a table of 10. Tickets are available at MyNorthTickets.com. Seating is limited, so please purchase tickets in advance.

April 2

Beer Yoga at Jolly Pumpkin — Do you like beer and yoga? Then you are going to LOVE Beer Yoga at Jolly Pumpkin! Reserve your spot for an hour of beer yoga led by the wonderful Jennifer Haase of Yen Yoga & Fitness. All levels are welcome, no experience necessary. Bring a yoga mat and come thirsty. The session will take place April 2 from 1–3 p.m. at Jolly Pumpkin. $10 includes yoga session and your first beer. Email [email protected] to reserve your spot.

April 3

Schoolship Instructor Training — ISEA’s Schoolship program is for students from 4th–12th grade. Instructors guide students in small groups as they rotate through stations and discover the wonders of the Great Lakes. Three classes held beginning April 3, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a Schoolship volunteer or have any questions, please contact ISEA’s Volunteer Coordinator Tom Maynard at 231.271.3077. Here’s a look at what you’ll be doing!

Local Author Visit — On Monday, April 3 at 7 p.m., Old Mission’s own Stephen Lewis will be at Peninsula Community Library to talk about his new book, Murder Undone, which is a sequel to Murder on Old Mission. Come hear how actual Old Mission events inspired these historical fiction novels. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

April 4

NCMC: Herbal-Infused Vinegars and Tinctures — Herbalist Sierra Bigham will teach us how to use health-promoting herbs in a simple and practical way by exploring the ancient art of infusing tinctures and vinegars. Class will be from 5:30–8 p.m. Participants will make and take home one infused tincture or vinegar, as well as learn health benefits of some safe and effective herbs. To register, email [email protected] or call 231.348.6613.

April 5

Wine Down Wednesday – Bingo edition! — Games are free to play with prizes after each round. Back by popular demand, Chef Perry will be rolling out a new “flights and bites” menu for the event. Enjoy a flight of CGT wine paired with a small bite for just $10! Wine by the glass will also be available as you play the night away in the cozy Tasting Room at Chateau Grand Traverse. Doors open at 6 p.m., with games beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Immigration Challenges in Leelanau: Who Will Harvest Our Produce? — On Wednesday, April 5 at noon at the Leelanau County Government Center the Farm Labor Task Force of the League of Women Voters Leelanau County will highlight the impact current immigration policy has on area agricultural employers and their workforce. For more information call 231.271.0072 or 231.271.6273, or visit LWVLeelanau.org.

April 6

Oliver Art Center Spring Read — Join us on April 6 from 5:30–7 p.m. in the main gallery of the art center where we will enjoy listening to talented writers from our region and beyond. We welcome the friends and families of readers to join us, along with anyone who enjoys literature. Event is free and open to the public.

April 7–8

Ben Whiting, MORE Tricks Against Humanity — Laugh. Drink. Be amazed. Don’t bring the kids. Performed by international magician and mind-reader, Ben Whiting, MORE Tricks Against Humanity promises to be a hysterical evening of magical entertainment based on games and TV shows from the ’80s and ’90s through now. Two nights only. Cash bar. For audiences 18 and up. Tickets are $20. Tickets are available on MyNorthTickets.com.

April 8

“Good on Paper” Improv Show! — The Good on Paper Improv comedy troupe continues its seventh season of comedy with 90 minutes of improvised comedy scenes based on nothing more than audience suggestions. Show starts at Inside Out Gallery at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 (cash) at the door.


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