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(Press release provided by Crooked Tree Arts Center)

PETOSKEY: The 2016-17 Swirl event series at the Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey kicks-off on Thursday, October 20, featuring a sampling of creative appetizers and fine wines from Bel Lago Vineyards & Winery and Petoskey Cheese. Local musicians Oh Brother, Big Sister will perform in the galleries.

Swirl is a monthly wine tasting with music and the most recent art exhibit on display. Each month the Arts Center partners with local wine purveyors, restaurants and performers to put on an evening of culture and entertainment for the community. Three exhibits will be open including the “36th Annual Juried Fine Arts,” the “Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors: SOLILOQUY,” and “Back to School” Exhibition during the October Swirl.

For the October Swirl, CTAC is partnering with Little Traverse Civic Theatre to present a special evening of local culture. An additional combo ticket option of $25 will be available for admittance to the Swirl and the performance of “Murder by Poe” on Thursday, October 20. Original artwork created by local artists for “Murder by Poe” will be on display during the Swirl and for the play’s duration, available for bidding through silent auction.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with food and music going until 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 per person the day of Swirl, and may be purchased online at or by calling 231-347-4337. Tickets are available now, and subject to availability.

The Swirl series will continue with the Holiday Wine Market on Sunday, November 13 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with seasonal appetizers, accompanied by a variety of wines, while the Crooked Tree Jazz Ensemble will be performing holiday favorites on stage. The Art Tree Gallery will be brimming with the work and products from local and regional artists and artisans to help you get a jump start on your shopping. Tickets for the Holiday Wine Market Swirl are $20 in advance and $25 per person the day of the event.

After a break in December, Swirl continues on Thursdays in 2017:

January 19, 2017 – Bayview Wine Trail and Shorts Brewing and music by Jeff Pagel
February 23, 2017 – Petoskey Brewing and Vernales and music by Kirby Snively
March 23, 2017 – Lake Street Market and music by Kellerville
April 20, 2017 – Chandler’s – A Restaurant and Symons General Store and music by Sky & Signal
June 1, 2017 – City Park Grill and music by Chris Koury; this special Swirl coincides with the opening of “Ansel Adams: The Masterworks”

The fifth annual Summer Super Swirl will be held Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. with D&W’s Fresh Market providing wines and food. This Super Swirl is a strolling, tasting, music and art event with demonstrations and performances throughout the Arts Center and the Carnegie Building. Tickets for this event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Crooked Tree Arts Center, 231-347-4337 or visit The Crooked Tree Arts Center is located at 461 E. Mitchell Street, downtown Petoskey.

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