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Smithsonian Water|Ways exhibit

August 11 - September 23

Raven Hill is pleased to announce that the Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) has chosen Raven Hill Discovery Center as one of six sites for the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Water/Ways exhibit tour for 2018-19. The Council will partner with Raven Hill to present Water/Ways at the Center from August 11 to September 23 of 2018. The community is invited to a special opening of the Water/Ways Exhibit on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 4pm and then the exhibit will be open to the public through September 23, 2018. A variety of water-related programs will be presented by Raven Hill and local water, history and arts organizations over the course of the six-week exhibit both at Raven Hill and at other sites in the community. This Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit is a chance to highlight for the community-at-large the importance of northern Michigan’s water as a natural resource to be treasured, as well as water’s historical and cultural importance in this area.

Check this website for more details as they become available.  Meanwhile, if you have questions or need more information, feel free to call Cheri at 231.536 .3369 or email

  • check out this comprehensive list of events, speakers, classes and workshops happening at Raven Hill and throughout the community–all celebrating the science and culture of our beautiful waters.

  • Tap your artistic side and create a fish of glass, clay, metal, wood or found objects and then bring it out for display in our “School of Fish” that will be swimming together behind the Schoolhouse during the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit.

  • Bring the family to enjoy a display of fun and unusual boats and help with a community mural painting with artist Kelly Boyle.

  • Bring lawn chairs or blankets and treat yourself to an open air concert by the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.


Events specific to Bellaire Chamber Members:

August 14: “Junk Fish” Workshop with Karen Brennan at Deer Creek Junk in East Jordan (1pm – 3pm)

August 14, 21, 28 & September 4, 11: Wetlands Wildflower Walk at Grass River Natural Area (10am)

August 16: A River Runs Through It art project at Grass River Natural Area (1pm)

August 18: Kayaking the Grass River at Grass River Natural Area

August 22: Yoga Outdoors at Grass River Natural
Area (10am)

August 23: Riverwalk Group Mural at Grass River Natural Area (1pm)

August 30: Reflections art project at Grass River Natural (1pm)

September 13: Yoga Outdoors at Grass RiverNatural Area (10am)

September 13 to 15: Paddle Antrim Festival in Ellsworth


August 11
September 23
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