by Pat Leavy
on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 2:15pm.
While the ice meanders around Little Traverse Bay and settles in the boat harbor, finches return to feeders, and outdoor furniture reappears in some yards, spring doesn’t officially begin in the area until the Crooked Tree Youth Arts Festival kicks off. Such was the case this past weekend.
Each spring every school in our Char-Em District sends student art work and literary ventures to the Crooked Tree Arts Center for a juried disposition with accompanying awards. The culinary art departments at the various high schools also provide their wares for hungry participants and guests as the April entourage grows culminating in an awards ceremony on May 6th where students proudly read their winning literary entries. There is also a musical component where student musicians play at various concerts throughout the month. Families and friends come and go making sure everyone sees, hears, and tastes everything available.
So popular is the event, that Crooked Tree is beginning to run out of wall space and had to move the literary awards from the crowded galleries to the concert stage. It is a wonderful opportunity for kindergartners through high school seniors to feel good about their efforts and have the community applaud each student. The literature is even published in the local News-Review prior to the awards ceremony giving everyone a preview.
When you arrive in our community, enjoy the Youth Arts Festival as part of your visit and immerse yourself into our Up-North, culture-rich lifestyle.