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
Have you read the Alpena News this week? There’s been some great coverage on what’s been going on downtown– in fact, every day this week there has been at least one article about downtown! Here’s what made the news. 1.Thunder … Continue reading Ten times downtown made the news this week
This summer, Art Walks are coming to downtown Alpena the final Friday of each month, June through September, from 5-8 pm. What are Art Walks? Art Walks are events held in small towns and big cities alike that feature live … Continue reading Galleries to host summer Art Walks
The band shell had its first Concert in the Park this weekend– and that means Movies by the Bay are on their way. Yesterday, Movies by the Bay, the group which puts on the free film screenings at the band shell, … Continue reading Movies by the Bay: Summer 2017 schedule is live!
Share your photos of downtown by using #downtownalpena or tagging @downtownalpena in your photos. Blog Downtown Alpena is written by Anne Gentry, Executive Director of the … Continue reading Spring in photos