Happy New Year! Now that 2017 is over, we can say with certainty that it was, indeed, from start to finish, a great year. We’ve compiled some of our favorite photos of Downtown Alpena from 2017– we hope you enjoy! … Continue reading 2017 in Downtown Alpena: in photos
January is upon us. The month of January is conventionally thought to be named after Janus, the Roman god who was depicted as having two faces– one to look forward, and one to look backwards. As 2017 comes to a … Continue reading 2017: A Year in Review.
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
Something may be rotten in the state of Denmark– but something awesome is coming to the state of downtown Alpena. On Saturday, November 4th at 6 pm, the Alpena Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Thunder Bay Theatre are launching their … Continue reading Plays in the Park program kicks off with free outdoor performance of Hamlet
Attention all chefs: registration for the fourth annual Chowder & Chili Cook-off is live! The event this year is planned for Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 12-5 pm. Based on feedback the DDA Promotions Committee has received, there are going to … Continue reading Registration is live for Chowder & Chili Cook-off 2017
There’s been an air of melancholy every time I walk down Second Avenue this week, every time I pass that “closing sale” sign at Country Cousins. Most who grew up in Alpena know that iconic bright pink storefront– and remember … Continue reading A brief history of Country Cousins & the Douville Bakery
After a year and a half, the blog now has a second writer! Molly Stricker recently moved to Alpena, Michigan to work for Thunder Bay Theatre– and is getting ready to bring some great new content to the blog. Before … Continue reading The blog welcomes new writer Molly Stricker!
This weekend is the first ever Sunrise 45 Film Festival, happening from August 18th- 20th throughout downtown Alpena. The festival, which is being organized by the group that organizes Summer Movies by the Bay, will be screening over 40 independent … Continue reading Downtown Sunrise 45 Film Festival kicks off this weekend
What’s been happening in downtown this past month? 1.As You Wish Gourmet Eatery has a new chef. Chef Reid Krebs was officially welcomed to the team this week, in addition to Chef Kevin. Make sure to stop in and see … Continue reading News in brief: July 2017
An iconic Alpena tradition, and true marker of summer, begins tomorrow: The 43rd Annual Michigan Brown Trout Festival! The week-long festival offers plenty of opportunities and activities for fishers and non-fishers alike– and will have some new events this year. … Continue reading Brown Trout Festival offers more than just fishing
The hours between us and the holiday weekend are dwindling. (Does it count as a holiday weekend if the holiday is Tuesday? Blog thinks yes). Here’s what’s planned for this weekend and through the fourth: 1. The first Alpena Art … Continue reading Alpena’s Fourth of July weekend events
Looking for something to do on all these rainy days now that school has gotten out? The State Theatre is holding a special kids’ series every Monday and Wednesday through mid-August! The special showings will begin at 10 am, … Continue reading State Theater holds kids’ summer movie series