Water/WaysName: Water/WaysDate: September 29, 2018 - November 10, 2018Event Description:
“The Michigan Humanities Council and Artworks bring the Smithsonian to Big Rapids.”
Water/Ways is part of the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street initiative designed to bring high quality exhibits to small-town cultural organizations. Artworks is one of six locations in Michigan that will be part of this exciting touring exhibit. Water/Ways focuses on the unique impact and essential role that water plays in our communities. This exhibit allows Michigan to rediscover the value of water as both a resource for humans and a cultural symbol.
The Muskegon River Watershed, which flows through Big Rapids and all of Mecosta County, has a rich history and has been instrumental in shaping our culture and our way of life. This interactive exhibit will remind our community of the importance of our waterways and encourage us to engage in dialogue and stewardship. Also, to remind us that water is central to the rituals of our life and that we are all downstream.
Artworks has partnered with many community organizations to design events, additional exhibits and programs that will deepen our understanding of what the water means to us.
“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” Sylvia Earle, oceanographer.
A partial list of Water/Ways events and exhibits:
The Water/Ways Exhibit will be at Artworks from September 29 through November 10.
- Opening Reception of Water/Ways exhibit: October 4, 5:30-7:30pm
- FSU Fine Arts Gallery: H2O exhibit. Featuring artists: Loralee Grace, Randall David Tipton, and Tom Tomasek
- Muskegon River Trash Bash cleanup: An organized cleanup of the Muskegon river by the Big Rapids Jaycees
- Brown Bag Presentations: Rain gardens, Michigan’s Water Resources, Vernal Ponds, Respect the Muskegon, Wetlands, Invasive Species
- Kayak Water Tours
- Film Viewing: Search for Sustainability, Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes, The Ottaway: Rebirth of a river, Yellow Jug, Old Jug
- Labor Day Arts and Crafts Fair: Project Wet, Sammy Salmon, and more
- Book Reading: “The Muskegon, the Majesty and Tragedy of Michigan’s Greatest River.” by Jeff Alexander
- Splish Splash: “Water and You” exhibit
- Self-Guided Tours: Stroll the Riverwalk and White Pine Trail
- Project Wet: Water education for teachers and our community
- Mecosta Conservation District: Meet and greet your natural resource providers
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Here's what's happening in December...Holiday Fun Has Just Begun!It’s hard to believe that December is already here and the New Year is just around the corner. As 2018 has been a busy and amazing year here at the Mecosta County Convention & Visitors Bureau we are anxiously awaiting for 2019 as we have many upcoming, great events and promotions planned for Mecosta County in the coming year.For this last month of the year there are numerous community events and happenings to choose from. Don’t forget to also check out our Things To Do Pages on the Mecosta County CVB website. Get all the details you need before hitting the trails to snowmobile, snowshoe or cross-country ski.For the hunting and fishing enthusiasts out there, we have you covered as well. Find a great list of area lakes, how to purchase your fishing license locally or online.Be sure to “Like” and check out local community highlights on our Facebook page as well.Everything you need to Create Your Own Winter Adventure can be found either online at BigRapids.org or stop in and see us at the Welcome Center at 127 S. State Street, Big Rapids.Thank you!It's the most wonderful time of the year which means celebrations every day as the National Days of December role on by.Deck the halls with boughs of... poinsettias! December 12th is Poinsettia Day which means you should stop on by to Band of Locals member Patterson's Flowers on Maple Street for some holiday decor. Interested in something besides poinsettias? With your Band of Locals blue band or keychain you can receive 20% off any one non-perishable item. Visit another Band of Locals member, LeeAnn's Flowers and Vegetables, on North State Street for more poinsettia options! If other flower options catch your eye, keep in mind that the blue band discount is buy two hanging baskets, get the third 50% off.Fitting with the seasonal weather, December 13th is National Cocoa Day. Take a break from Jack Frost nipping at your nose by stopping into Three Girls Bakery on Michigan Avenue for a cup of cocoa and a delicious treat. Get some savings by using your blue band for a discount of 15% off your entire order. There's also Biggby Coffee on State Street that offers a selection of any warm beverage you'd need to get rid of the chill with 10% off your entire order using your Band of Locals blue band or keychain.While it might seem like it's already here, the First Day of Winter is officially on December 21st. Take that day to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year by exploring all that Mecosta County has to offer during the winter months. 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