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Black Star Farms Winery Tour and Reception at Northwestern Michigan College
Monday, April 14, 2009
2:30pm - 7:00pm

Plan to bring your family and join your colleagues for a 40-minute scenic ride from the resort to visit Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. This is a winery like none other as it is home to a beautiful inn, equestrian center and creamery where they make delicious European-style cheese. The afternoon will include a brief discussion about Black Star Wines, wine tasting, cheese sampling, plus a visit to their small farmer's market and petting zoo.

Following the tour of Black Star Farms, we will travel to Northwestern Michigan College on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay for a reception hosted by the College and their Culinary Institute. The college is also home to the Great Lakes Maritime Academy where they have one of the few maritime simulators in the world. For the adventurous, you will be invited to guide a freighter through treacherous waters and safely to port.

The afternoon's events will end in time for individual dinner plans at the Resort or in town.

Who can attend: This tour is open to registered attendees and registered spouses/guests.


Shop Downtown Traverse City
Tuesday, July 14
9:30am - 2:00pm

Explore Traverse City's enchanting beachside main street shopping district which stretches for several blocks along the southern end of Grand Traverse Bay. Downtown Traverse City shopping is about more than acquiring goods – it's about walking up and down tree-lined streets and stopping to browse, carefully examining every item in shop windows and admiring the Victorian details of the buildings. More than a walk through a nostalgic place, shopping is about finding unusual and beautiful things that recall the Traverse City area. There are more than 100 specialty stores of all varieties selling clothing, furniture, art, music, sporting goods, foods, cameras, books, bicycles, eye wear, jewelry, stationary, tobacco, kitchen accessories, toys, kites, antiques and on and on. Landmarks of a former time are also a part of downtown shopping excursion, one being the beautifully restored City Opera House on Front Street. Others include the original fire station, and the Ladies Library. After shopping, enjoy lunch at one of the numerous downtown restaurants, many with outside dining.

Who can attend: This activity is open to registered spouses/guests.


Docent Tour of the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College
Wednesday, July 15
9:30am - Noon

The Dennos Museum Center is a premier cultural facility offering a dynamic array of exhibitions and programs in the visual arts, sciences and performing arts. This tour will include the Power Family Inuit Gallery, Outdoor Sculpture (weather permitting), and changing exhibitions: Contemporary Japanese and Chinese Ceramics from the Dai Ichi Gallery and Photography of Charles Lindsay.

About the exhibitions:

Contemporary Japanese and Chinese Ceramics from the Dai Ichi Gallery
From the prestigious Dai Ichi Gallery in New York City, this exhibition features the work of contemporary ceramicists from China and Japan, juxtaposing the themes of Chinese work relationships, social issues and human relationships with the Japanese attention to aesthetics of form, texture, color and materials.

Up Stream: Fly Fishing in the American West
An exhibition of photography by noted photographer and fly fisherman Charles Lindsay. Lindsay visualizes the essence of fly fishing from the perspective of fishing alone in a trout stream. The images explore the experience both above and below the water. Please note that the images from below the water lead to the Carbon exhibition.

Carbon: Science Fiction Worlds of Charles Lindsay
An extension of the Up Stream work leading to large scale photos and video/sound installations based on the microscopic worlds found in the trout stream.

Power Family Inuit Gallery
Selected from more than 1000 objects in the Museum's permanent collection, the exhibition features artists from numerous communities within Nunavut, a Canadian territory in the Canadian Arctic. As a whole, the exhibition is intended to reveal the vision and scope of Contemporary Inuit art, not only through first generation but also of new artists whose works reflect not only Inuit traditions of years past, but of contemporary life and current issues in the Arctic and the art world.

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Who can attend: This activity is open to registered spouses/guests.

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