Hold on to your hats! Prepare for a wild, wonderful and WATERY summer at Raven Hill!
Raven Hill has been chosen to host the national Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Water/Ways exhibit August 11 to September 23, 2018. This exhibit has been traveling around the country since 2016. A variety of water-related programs will be presented by Raven Hill and local water, history & arts organizations before and during the exhibit. Water/Ways is a chance to highlight the importance of northern Michigan’s water as a natural resource to be treasured for its historical and cultural importance.
Other “happenings” at Raven Hill this summer:
The call is out to artists of any age and ability to create a fish for our School of Fish outdoor exhibit. Fish will be displayed on metal rods and be swimming in a school behind Raven Hill Schoolhouse. Deadline for submission is August 1, 2018. Fish must be weather-proof and can be created of glass, clay, metal, found objects or junk as fantasy or realistic fish! Sculptures should be 12 to 36 inches in size and will be on display during the Water/Ways exhibit. At the end of the exhibit, artists may choose to take their fish home or to have Auctioneer Scott McKenzie auction them off on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at a 4pm “Garden Party” with 50% going to the artist and 50% going to Raven Hill to help support Water/Ways programming.
Discovery Camps Are Perfect for Discovering!
Raven Hill’s Discovery Camps are open to kids from 4 to 14 years old. Sign up today! Fees include admission to the museum during camp days. Bring a bag lunch, sunscreen, hat and bug spray. Some scholarships are available. There are also options for childcare before and/or after camp. Call 231.536.3369 or email email@example.com to register or for more information.
Explore flags, maps, language and other forms of communication throughout history from July 9th to 13th in History Camp. Make your own maps, flags and secret codes. Cook like a pioneer and have fun with some old-fashioned toys.
Nature Lovers camp is from July 23th to 27th and sponsored by Friends of the Jordan River. In conjunction with the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit in August & September, this camp will focus on the wonders of water, so bring your water gear and get ready to explore the pond, creek, swamp and rain gardens.
Science Camp is scheduled for August 20th to the 24th. Be a scientist for the week and explore the magic of chemistry and physics with a little earth and space science thrown in for good measure!
Raven Hill is reinventing its ANNUAL FUNDRAISER to meet its MISSION! Families, Guests & Sponsors will experience fun science, history & art for all ages! The new date and time is Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 4 pm to 8 pm, so plan to come and bring the whole family! Tickets are $10 per person. Children one and under are free. Explore the hands-on museum, animals and outdoor exhibits & facilities, PLUS enjoy laser tag, drones, slime & more! Boyne Valley Lions will be there with their food booth. If you are interested in being an event, station or general sponsor, please call 231.536.3369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Otherwise, bring the family and enjoy Summer Magic Family Festival
FREE Second Saturdays
Since 2010, FREE Second Saturdays have entertained local families from our area. Upcoming dates are July 14th, August 11th, September 8th and beyond, so mark your calendars and come play in the hands-on museum, hold some animals and explore the outdoor exhibits. These days are free admission for families. No groups please. For more information or to sponsor a day, call 231-536-3369 or email email@example.com
The Center has major Weekend Events planned. Starting Saturday, August 4th, the Center will host its third 5k Raven Run/Walk over the wetlands boardwalk and around the Center’s pond and on Sunday, August 5th, bike riders can enjoy a Lake Charlevoix Bike Tour—the Pedal, Pig and Pint event co-sponsored with Stiggs Brewery—which starts and finishes at Boyne City Veteran’s Park. Saturday, August 11th is the Grand Opening of the Water/Ways exhibit. In addition to music, food and speakers, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians will perform a Water Ceremony to bless the water. On Saturday, August 18th, an Alternative Boat Show will feature the unique and unusual boats, like Amphicar, airboats, LTBB’s jimaan, kayaks and river boats. At the same time, artist Kelly Boyle will lead a community mural painting. Everyone is invited to help paint a Water mural to be permanently displayed in the Center’s new Open Space at the junction of Pearsall Road, Fuller Road and C-48. Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will perform an open air concert and play Handel’s Water Music. On Saturday, September 1st, the community is invited to recreate the Labor Day Excursion by land or by “sea”. In 1898, the water excursion went from Boyne City to East Jordan via Ironton. In 2018, the community is invited to plan their own trip from Boyne City to Ironton and back down the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix to East Jordan by boat, car, bicycle or on foot. Everyone will meet at Raven Hill afterwards and receive a Certificate of Completion. There will be music and light refreshments served. A Water Festival is planned for September 8th and an Art Festival for September 15th. Water/Ways will wrap up the weekend of September 22nd with a Grand Finale including a live Fish Art auction featuring the fish sculptures created by local artists for the “School of Fish” that will be on display in August and September behind Raven Hill’s Schoolhouse. The Water/Ways exhibit will wrap up on Sunday, September 23 with a Closing Ceremony. Water enthusiast, Jill Ryan from Freshwater Futures will encourage stewardship of our water resources “into the future”. The “Water/Ways Passport” drawing will also be held during the Closing Ceremony.
Other exhibits and programs are also planned to draw guests. In addition to the big Weekend Events, an Evening Speaker series and a Book Talk series, classes and workshops and several small exhibits at the Alternative Energy House (Charlevoix Weavers Guild show, Painted Paddles, Boyd Kuieck paintings, Wave exhibit, multi-media show and a student photography exhibit of water) will draw visitors with varied interests. The Center’s main museum room will feature 20 water display boxes and models of water technology—old & new. Model-makers are creating miniatures of water technology, such as groundwater models, dams, bridges, Roman aqueducts, Shaduf, locks, grist mills, treatment plants, etc. Visitors can view a running Power Point presentation of the Historical Uses of Water around Lake Charlevoix. Raven Hill also features a pond, rain gardens, wetlands boardwalk and Deer Creek for visitors to explore. A boardwalk & platform will be installed along Deer Creek for greater accessibility. Other events and programs will take place throughout the community, such as Yoga by the Water, family kayaking trips, wetlands wildflower walks and more. All events, exhibits, programs and facilities will expand the visitor experience and connect to the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit.
For more information on Water/Ways in general and the “Water/Ways Passport” in particular or for a full calendar of events, check out Raven Hill’s website (www.MiRavenHill.org ) or call 231.536.3369.