The fifth-annual Chowder & Chili Cook-off is only a few weeks away– and like last year’s event, the cook-off will be completely zero-waste with the help of a local group of students. What does it mean to be zero-waste? Zero-waste events … Continue reading Alpena Chowder & Chili Cook-off to be zero-waste event
REGISTER HERE: Chowder and Chili Cook-off Registration Packet 2018 Save the date: The 5th Annual Downtown Alpena Chowder & Chili Cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 12-4 pm. Like last year, the event will take place on Second … Continue reading Registration is live for the 2018 Downtown Alpena Chowder & Chili Cook-off
It is the height of summer still in Alpena, Michigan. You can feel the energy downtown as everyone rushes to enjoy these next few weeks before school starts up again and the air cools. On Sundays, the energy of our … Continue reading 15 Things to do Downtown on any Sunday
If you’ve been downtown lately, you may have noticed a new pop of color (or three!) in some of the windows. Maybe you were driving along Chisholm and thought to yourself, “was that a giant green hotdog in a hot pink bun on the old Hallmark building?” Yes! Yes, it was! Art in the Loft, Omega Electric and Sign Company, and the Downtown Development Authority partnered together to bring this new project to life in our downtown windows. Justin Christensen-Cooper, the Executive Director of Art in the Loft, was originally inspired by another program in Philadelphia that he came across … Continue reading #REACHourpotential: Bringing Color Downtown
Alpena is one of 120 sites worldwide that will be a host for the Paddling Film Festival World Tour, and according to Stephanie Gandulla, who worked to bring the festival here, one of the few sites in Michigan selected to show the films. Continue reading Paddling Film Festival coming to Downtown Alpena this Thursday
1.Start the day off with a bloody mary or mimosa at Fresh Palate. From 9 am- 3 pm, the Palate will have build-your-own bars for both beverages. Grab a breakfast burrito or bowl while you’re at it. 2. Catch the … Continue reading Ten things to do in Downtown Alpena this July 4th
Just thinking about what kind of fun you can get into this weekend? Here’s what’s happening tonight and tomorrow: Fresh Palate The Fresh P & Nucleus Lounge kick off their weekend-long celebration today. Some of the specials available both Friday … Continue reading St Patrick’s weekend events in Downtown Alpena
Curious about Essential Oils? Want to learn what they’re all about? Here’s your chance. On Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 12-4 pm, come to the Fletcher Street Depot for an afternoon of learning about essential oils, oil-infused products, and the … Continue reading Want to learn more about essential oils? Here’s your chance
It’s Valentine’s Day Week! Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or just want an excuse to splurge, here are some of the specials happening throughout downtown this week. 1. Valentine’s Day dinner & food specials: Fresh Palate: From 4-9 pm, … Continue reading Valentine Day’s Guide 2018
After the last blog post, a few readers asked: What about kid-friendly things to do in Downtown Alpena over the winter months? Here’s what I could find: Young kids 1.Preschool Playdate at Alpena Public Library. Every other Tuesday, kids 3-5 years … Continue reading Things to do in Downtown Alpena over the winter: Kids Edition!
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 … Continue reading What’s there to do in Downtown Alpena over the winter?
November is here. Is it too early to start getting festive? The blog thinks not. Here are ten things to mark your calendar for this holiday season in downtown Alpena: 1. Shop at the Downtown Holiday Open House, hosted by … Continue reading Ten ways to get festive this holiday season in downtown Alpena