One of the questions I often hear is: what is there to do around here in the winter? Or, in the non-question form: this place dies around here in the winter.
Don’t believe it!
Here are some of the special and ongoing events that happen downtown over the winter months.
1. Thunder Bay International Film Festival, January 24- 28. This annual film festival brings the best of ocean and Great Lakes films from around the world to Alpena. In addition to film screenings, the festival also includes receptions, educational activities, a student film competition, and the chance to meet filmmakers. More information found here. Hosted by the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
2. Art and culinary classes at Art in the Loft. Art in the Loft has classes all year round, including culinary classes, corkscrew & canvas events, and Saturday morning art classes for kids. Some upcoming events include:
- Homemade Tortillas with Ric Jasso (Jan 17 at 1 pm) ($30/ person)
- Craft Beer 101 (Jan 18 at 5:30 pm) ($50/ person)
Follow Art in the Loft on Facebook for notifications about upcoming events.
3. Workshops at Soaps and Such. Pamper yourself in these cold months with handmade, all natural soaps and beauty products. Upcoming workshops include: Mineral Make-up Musts & Know Hows (Jan 18 at 5:30 pm), Let’s Face It! (Jan 25 at 5:30 pm), and Let’s Make It! Spa Style Rose Petal Sugar Scrub (Feb 1 at 5:30 pm & Feb 3 at 9 am). Full information found here. Classes are $15-18 and include consultation, samples, and a glass of wine/ beverage.
4. Live music at the Fresh Palate and Thunder Bay Winery. Every Tuesday night, the Fresh Palate has live music in their back seating area, including live jazz twice a month. Thunder Bay Winery frequently has live music in the tasting room on Friday’s, such as Easy Street on Jan 12.
5. Events at the Black Sheep Pub. This British-style pub has numerous events throughout the winter months, including:
- Black Sheep Wine Club (meets the third Tuesday of each month)
- Murder Mystery Wine Dinner (Feb 14, 6 pm)
- Open mic nights
- Live music
Follow the Black Sheep on Facebook for updates on upcoming events.
6. Classes at Bella Rose Yoga and Fitness Studio. Shake off
hibernation mode the winter chill by taking a class at Bella Rose, who offer power yoga, gentle yoga, vinyasa, buti yoga, zumba, and barre classes. Through January, they’re also holding basic ballroom dancing lessons AND open ballroom dance.
Make sure to check out classes at Bay Urban Fitness as well.
7. Concerts and programming with Thunder Bay Arts Council & Gallery. Committed to promoting, supporting, and preserving the arts, TBAC hosts arts programming year-round. Winter events include:
- Guitar Summit (Jan 27 at the Aplex, begins at 7:30 pm) Music by Birch Road Band, Bobbing for Piranhas, Music for You, and more.
- Judy Sima, Holocaust Storyteller (Feb 5 from 7-9 pm at Alpena Public Library)
- Western Jazz Quartet (March 2 at 7:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church)
Ticket information can be found here.
8. Programming at Alpena Public Library. Recurring programming includes preschool playdates and Tinker Tuesdays for kids, and other education programming for adults, such as 3D Printing classes. Follow them on Facebook here.
10. Coffeehouse Friday’s at Thunder Bay Theatre. Every Friday in February, Thunder Bay Theatre will host an acoustic concert by a local musician. Local musicians that have been booked include Conor Larkin, Chris Crown & Lee Kitzman, and Charles Madison. Tickets $15, coffee $2. Performances begin at 7 pm.
Stay warm out there– and see you downtown!
Blog Downtown Alpena is written by Anne Gentry. Share this post with a friend who is always asking what there is to do.