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On this one night a year, Raven Hill is reserved for adults only, with a “Steampunk” theme visible everywhere.
Area musicians entertain, Nathan Bates Catering provides hors d’oeuvres and guests enjoy wine, coffee, tea or lemonade as they browse the spectacular silent auction and explore the grounds. There is a robotics demonstration in the Evolving Technology Building, the new Wood Shop is open and the off-the-grid Energy House has a retrospective of co-founder, Tim Leach’s artwork.
Guests may explore the hands-on exhibits in the museum, meet the animals, enjoy the wheelchair-accessible Tree House and explore many other exhibits at the Center.
A short program ends with the annual balloon pop where guests may purchase $10 balloons, each holding a prize valued from $10 to $350.
Raven Hill Discovery Center is the only place in northern Lower Michigan where children and adults can link science, history and the arts with hands-on activities and explorations both indoors and outdoors. Connections emerge through classes, exhibits and facilities that provide opportunities for all ages to learn, create, grow and play. The Center sits in the middle of 157 acres and is surrounded by forests, fields, swamps and ponds. It is adjacent to Little Traverse Conservancy‘s Raven Ridge Nature Preserve. Since 1991, more than 175,000 visitors have enjoyed the offerings.
Open seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Raven Hill Discovery Center is also open all year on weekends and always by appointment.
$30 person, tickets available in advance or at the door on the day of the event. Call 231.536.3369 to make a donation or reservation, or send an email to [email protected] Reservations are encouraged. More information available at www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org
Proceeds from Raven Hill’s annual summer festival support ongoing programs to connect science, art and history, as well as provide much-needed matching dollars for grant awards. As a nonprofit and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, both monetary and in-kind donations to Raven Hill are federally tax-deductible.
East Jordan is on M-66 between US-131 and US-31.
Image [cropped]: “Steampunk,” courtesy Raven Hill Discovery Center.