Northern Michigan Events: Sweet, sweet summertime! Kick-off your Northern Michigan summer with Michigan Legacy Art Park's dedication to their newest sculpture, Michigan – a tribute to Lake Michigan and a perfect symbol for the Up North summer that lies ahead!

The sculpture dedication, an interactive and fun event appropriate for all ages, will be held on Sunday, May 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Michigan Legacy Art Park, located on the grounds of Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa in Thompsonville.

The Michigan sculpture, created by artist Brian Ferriby, will be dedicated to Governor William and Helen Milliken for their legacy of conservation and environmental protection. The sculpture, titled "Michigan," is the second Great Lakes sculpture in a series of five at Michigan Legacy Art Park.

Here's what you can look forward to:

1 p.m.—Create your own flag and other art projects at the amphitheatre with artists Patricia Innis and Clarissa Wright 1:30 p.m.—Hike to the Fort for the annual raising of the flag
2:00 p.m.—Observe the sculpture dedication at the sculpture site near the Fort
2:30 p.m.—Participate in a fun bingo game or photo scavenger hunt (bring your own camera!). Tour the Michigan Legacy Art Park with a group or on your own to discover over 40 outdoor sculptures 3:00 p.m.—Interact with Art Park artists; create your own art projects; and enjoy refreshments at the amphitheatre.

Boy and Girl Scouts of all ages can earn a special patch during the event after walking the trails, viewing the Michigan-inspired artwork, and completing a booklet of activities.

The Summer Kick-off is free with admission to the Michigan Legacy Art Park, $3 per person or $10 per household. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors at Crystal Mountain. For more information about the Michigan Legacy Art Park visit or call 231-378-4963.

Read more about Ferriby's Michigan sculpture at Michigan Legacy Art Park, click here. Or check out a blog Rachel North wrote after talking with Brian Ferriby about the Michigan sculpture and his plans for more sculptures in Michigan Legacy Art Park.