Over the past 20 years, the Alden Volunteers have completed more than 500 community service projects to enhance and preserve this quaint village on the shores of Torch Lake. On September 21, the group is hosting a fundraising celebration to raise funds for the Alden Art Walk and renovations at Mrs. Smith’s Village Park. 

Autumn on the Lake // Saturday, September 21 // 5–8 p.m.

This musical and fine-dining experience will include: 

  • The evening begins with John Orpheus,a Trini Troubadour and Pan-African poet whose musical journey has taken him from the Trinidad bush, to blues and folk festivals across Canada, to some of the biggest rock and roll stages in the world. His trio includes Alden native Sarah Riegler as its percussionist.
  • Acclaimed and award-winning Rich Travis, former executive chef at Tapawingo and now owner-operator of Your Personal Chef, will prepare your dinner and dessert. (This event is BYOB.)
  • 50/50 raffle and spectacular live auction items.
  • “Michigan’s Songbird,” May Erlewine, will cap the evening off with her musical magic. Growing up in an eclectic, music-infused, homeschool environment, May played in punk bands, train jumped and hitch-hiked across the US when she was a teenager, and later settled down on a farm in Michigan. Her stories and songs are captivating and relatable. Her latest album, Mother Lion, is her best writing yet, named WYCE’s Album of the Year in 2018.

Seating is limited to 100 people. Ticket sales will conclude on September 13 and are available online at MyNorthTickets.com

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner