Old Art Building hosts Merry MarketPlace, Joshua Davis, May Erlewine

From staff reports

The Leelanau Community Cultural Center will host Holly POP! Come to the Old Art Building in Leland, on Nov. 23-24 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and step into a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, featuring distinctive artisanal products and celebrate the beauty of the holiday season. Holly POP! will intrigue both children and adults. The interior and exterior of the Old Art Building will be transformed into a fresh holiday environment. Now in its second year Holly POP! will become a yearly tradition, creating lasting memories for families in Leland, Leelanau County and beyond.

Surrounding the Old Art Building will be engaging displays and stations where guests can pick up their seasonal wreaths, roping and trees, take their children to pet the reindeer and have plenty of holiday photo opportunities.

This year the event will feature: a professional family photo session, a wreath workshop, and gingerbread house decorating. Sign up and register online at OldArtBuilding.com.

After sipping hot cocoa and warming up by a fire, guests can enter Holly POP! A large Christmas tree will welcome you into the unexpected scenes within. Throughout the space, clever presentations of the artisanal gifts will be reminiscent of the holiday window displays of days gone by. Take in the joy of small town hospitality! It is our goal to make Holly POP! a fresh and fun shopping environment where guests will look forward to the excitement of the first day of the holiday shopping season! What will it be THIS year? No crazy crowds, just the most unique creations and gifts for everyone on their shopping lists!


2018 Merry MarketPlace, Dec. 1

The Leelanau Community Cultural Center invites you to attend the 2018 Merry MarketPlace. This annual Art and Craft Show at the Old Art Building will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each year the artists gather on the first Saturday in December to share their artwork for unique holiday gifts and holiday decor.

This year you will see many of your favorite artists and we’ll introduce you to a few new ones —making for a good mix of holiday finds. This year’s show will feature 19 local artisans with, jewelry, willow furniture, pottery, specialty foods, candles, herbal and soaps and lotions, cards, clothing for children, hand knit items and much more.

Join us for complimentary cookies and coffee and a delightful holiday market!

2018 Merry MarketPlace Artists include: Sierra Bigham, Bear Earth Herbals; Stephanie Blount, Leelanau Candle Comp; Naomi Call, Alchemy Farms; Jennifer Dezeeuw, Bean’s Bark and Baubles; Maia Hausler, Nature Illustrations & Wears; Jo Ann Inman, Hand Painted Ornaments; Sarah Jane Johnson, Pottery; Roxanne Langner, Jewelry; Bill Perkins, Willow Furniture & Home Decor; Kathy Powell, Children’s Clothing; Jenee Rowe, Recycled Sail Cloth Bags & Home Décor; Cecelia Shepherd, Creations By Cecelia; Bill Smith, Author-Picture Books and Art; Steve & Janie Tavener, North Shot Photography; Cookie Thatcher, Bay Lavender Company.


An Afternoon with Joshua Davis

The Leelanau Community Cultural Center is delighted to welcome “The Voice” finalist and Leelanau County resident Joshua Davis to the Old Art Building stage for An Afternoon with Joshua Davis on Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. This is a second performance. The show on Saturday evening sold out. Joshua and the LCCC agreed to add a second performance with proceeds benefiting the Leelanau Children’s Center. This “Josh only” show, will feature heartfelt stories of family, friends and traveling on the road interspersed with original and cover songs. Tickets for this event will be $20, children 6-12 $5. Tickets are available at MyNorthTickets.com or by calling 231-256-2131.

In July Joshua Davis released Second Hand. A collection of covers that had been an idea on his mind for quite some time. After pouring everything into his last album The Way Back Home, it felt like the right time. He brought in old friends Mike Lynch, Michael Shimmin and Drew Howard. In one-of-a-kind all-analog studio, “The Goon Lagoon” they rolled the tape … no computer screens, no auto-tune … just one or two takes, just unprocessed music in a beautiful room.

The music that moves me is imperfect, honest and raw,” said Joshua. “Those qualities are what turned me on to Delta blues, to punk rock, to old soul and traditional music from all over the globe. It’s all about feel. It’s ragged but right.”

It was an important moment for me to take a step back and remember why I love music so much. That feeling when a song hits you in the gut, gives you goosebumps, makes you think, makes you cry. On Secondhand, songs from friends Jen Sygit and David Fetzer sit alongside tunes from some of my other favorites like Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and St. Vincent. These are songs that I love.”

This project served as a reminder to me that what I value—and not only in music—is not perfection, but heart, hard work and community. From my heart to yours, I hope that these songs will speak to you in a familiar way.”

Joshua Davis released The Way Back Home, in Sept. 2017. The Way Back Home, produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, is Davis’ latest full-length studio album and first since his 2015 appearances as a Top 3 finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” (season 8). The 11 original Americana songs featured on The Way Back Homereflect an honest, hardworking family man scribing scenes of the cycle of life through dark, broken, hopeful, and triumphant times.

A tried and true Michigan musician, with an upbringing that occupied the urban landscapes of Detroit while spending summers in the wilderness in Marquette, brings into view the backdrop of Davis’ latest works. The Way Back Homefollows a series of singular recordings by the prolific songwriter who has shared the stage with a “Who’s Who” of American folk music icons such as Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Greg Brown, and Abigail Washburn.

For more information about Joshua visit JoshuaDavisMusic.com

This concert is sponsored in part by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Edmund F & Virginia B Ball Foundation. For more information visit OldArtBuilding.com or call 231-256-2131.


May Erlewine and the Motivations Dance Party

The Leelanau Community Cultural Center will host May Erlewine and the Motivations Dance Party on Dec. 14, 8 p.m. at the Old Art Building. Erlewine is bringing the boogie around the Great Lakes State! So, get up and dance. Tickets for the event will be $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and can be purchased through MyNorthTickets.com or call 231-256-2131. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Erlewine’s retro-groove band, the Motivations will be performing their ‘Winter Dance Party’ to promote the release their first EP called, ‘In the Night’. This four-song collection is meant to move you (onto the dance floor). This will be the third year Erlewine has gotten people up on their feet and feeling the community during the holiday season. The shows are all about coming together and celebrating each other, wherever we are at. If you are feeling the weight of the world, these concerts are meant to get you moving your body and feeling connected. Intentionally.

May Erlewine, usually known as a tender songwriter from the Americana scene, takes a few dates out of the year to front ‘the Motivations’ and bring you original boogie jams and classic cuts. The Motivations this December will feature, Phil Barry on guitar and vocals, Joe Hettinga on synth, keys and vocals, Eric Kuhn on guitar and vocals, Max Lockwood on bass and vocals, Mike Lynch on organ and keys, Terrence Massey on trumpet and vocals, and Michael Shimmin on drums, percussion and vocals. There are bound to be some special guest appearances!

This event is sponsored in part, by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center, The Edmund F and Virginia B Ball Foundation, the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, please visit OldArtBuilding.com or call 231-256-2131.