12/25/2013 12:01:00 AM Ring in the New Year with Arts Center
Crooked Tree Arts Center is getting ready for New Year's Eve at the Arts Center. This will be the seventh year for this popular community celebration, which was established in an effort to create an all ages, family friendly, alcohol-free, artistic and cultural alternative to ring in the New Year. Programming and workshops are provided by CTAC instructors, area artists and organizations including Blissfest Music Organization and Petoskey District Library. There will be over 20 performances and 14 workshops available this New Year's Eve including the return of several crowd favorites after a brief hiatus, such as: the adult improv troupe, Laugh & Disorder; singer songwriter Charlie Millard; speed painter Martina Hahn; local folk ensembles, Kellerville and Dr. Goodhart's Home Remedy; and an Old Time Dance for the whole family presented by Blissfest Music Organization.
Blissfest Music Organization is also offering a button crafts workshops as previously seen at their ever-popular Kid's Tent during the summer music festival. The library's staff will be reading several of their favorite picture books, and several sessions of Music & Movement time with Mr. Ron. CTAC's potter's wheel, visual arts and dance studios are offering a number of workshops for the 4 hour event among several other offerings. The arts center is expecting over 900 participants and 50 volunteers to help ring-in 2014.
New Year's Eve at the Arts Center will be held Tuesday, December 31, 2013 from 5:00-9:00 PM, concluding with a "Midnight at 9" Times-Square style ball-drop on Division Street. The entertainment on the street begins at 8:30 p.m. with the ball descending at 9:15 p.m. Tom Moran, of Moran Iron Works, constructed the 6 ft. diameter ball which is home to over 1,000 lights. "On a clear evening, you can see the ball from across the bay in Harbor Springs, and we are finding that each year more people are coming out just to see the activity on the street" said the Arts Center's executive director and Harbor Springs resident, Liz Ahrens.
Admission buttons are $7 for Adults and $3 for Students and the "Midnight at 9" celebration is open to the public. For further information please contact Crooked Tree Arts Center at 347-4337 or www.crookedtree.org.
New Year's Eve at the Arts Center is sponsored in part by Moran Iron Works.