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Friday, December 28, 2012

Coming Events at Alden District Library.

Coming Events at Alden District Library. Please call 231/331-4318 to sign up. Contact Sue at aldenlib@torchlake.com for more information. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Off the Wall Movie Thursday, January 3. Dinner 6 pm, movie 7 pm; optional donation or bring food for dinner. Win-Win, rated R, starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor. Disheartened attorney (Giamatti), moonlights as a wrestling coach and stumbles across a star athlete through questionable business dealings while trying to support his family.

Cruising Down the Rhine on a Riverboat Sunday, January 13, 2 pm. Presented by Ray and Nancy Ludwa. This travelogue will feature the benefits and highlights of riverboat cruising as well as a photographic presentation of the various ports along the Rhine and details of what travelers can see and do in each port. Refreshments served.

Off the Wall Movie Thursday, February 7. Dinner 6 pm, movie 7 pm; optional donation or bring food for dinner. The Hedgehog,not rated. (French with subtitles) Paloma...has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday as her appointment with death approaches, Paloma finally meets some kindred spirits…[who] inspire Paloma to question her rather pessimistic outlook on life.

Beginning Again in Papua New Guinea Sunday, February 17, 2 pm. Presented by Catherine Frerichs, who taught at a university there in 2011-2012, where she grew up as the daughter of missionaries. This experience enabled her to develop her own adult perspective on the country and its people. The presentation will provide an overview of the country, its beauty and current challenges, with an emphasis on education. Refreshments served.

Joe Mariage presents the History of Rapid City Sunday, March 3, 2 pm. Refreshments served.

Off the Wall Movie Thursday, March 7. Dinner 6 pm, movie 7 pm; optional donation or bring food for dinner. Monsieru Lazhar, Rated PG-13. (French subtitles) Algerian immigrant is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically. While the class heals, nobody is aware of his painful former life. Optional donation or bring food for dinner.

Book Sale Monday, March 4 to Friday March 8. 10 am to 5 pm.

Off the Wall Movie Thursday, April 4. Dinner 6 pm, movie 7 pm; optional donation or bring food for dinner. The Seven Samurai , 1954, not rated. The film depicts the story of a veteran samurai who gathers 6 other samurai to help him protect a village from bandits. Optional donation or bring food for dinner.

Bee Keeping Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m. presented by Heather Miller. [insert description]

Off the Wall Movie Thursday, May 2. Dinner 6 pm, movie 7 pm; optional donation or bring food for dinner. Good Will Hunting, Rated R, Starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. A touching tale of a wayward young man who struggles to find his identity, until one day he meets his soul mate who opens his mind and heart. Optional donation or bring food for dinner.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Alden Holiday Illumination" Night!

The Downtown Alden Business Association (DABA) proudly announces that our "Alden Illumination" will take place on Saturday, November 24th at 5:30 PM in Downtown Alden.

Activities include...Caroling, Gifts for the Kids, Refreshments, A Visit from Santa and the Illumination of the Alden Christmas Tree.

This is a fun family event!

Alden is located on the southeastern shores of beautiful Torch Lake only a short drive from most northern Michigan towns.

For further information, please contact DABA President Pro-Tem Harvey Bartel at 231.645.1251

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Alden Heritage Days"

The Downtown Alden Business Association (DABA) is proud to announce that "Alden Heritage Days" will be celebrated on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October7th in Alden located on the shores of beautiful Torch Lake in Antrim County.
Saturday Events
  • Local Artisans in some of the Stores (10:30-4)
  • Farmers' Market and Craft Booths (10-2)
  • Pumpkin Painting & Kids' Events (Noon-4)
  • Sales in Many of the Stores (All Day)
  • Sprigs & Sprouts Apple & Bake Sale (10:30-4)
  • Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Hall (7-11)
Sunday Events
  • Sales Continue in the Stores (All Day)
  • Vintage Car Show (11-4)
Alden is located on the southeastern shores of beautiful Torch Lake just a short drive from anywhere in Northern Michigan.
For more information, please contact Doug Hickman on 231.676.3300 days only...please!

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Juried Show of Art & Fine Crafts
Saturday, August 25 from 10:00am to 5:00pm

The Alden Volunteers invite you to apply to the Alden Depot Arts Festival to be held in the Alden Depot Park on the shore of beautiful Torch Lake.DATE: Saturday, August 25 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Registration and set up Friday 5:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday 7:00am to 9:30am. Register and receive your booth assignment prior to setting up. Registration will take place at the Alden Depot. Staff will be wearing Alden Volunteer Badges.MEDIA: This is a juried show open to selected crafts and fine art. NO BUY/SELL ALLOWED.
JURYING: Applicants will submit three pictures: one of current work, one of work in progress and one picture of booth setup. Label each picture with the artists name and description of the work. Applications will be juried as they are received. Jurying will be done by Roberta Amstadt and Babs Young.

RULES: A list of rules is enclosed with your application. The committee has the right to exclude any exhibitor not abiding by the rules, to remove any work considered inappropriate or not consistent with the rules. No refunds to accepted artists.
BOOTH FEE: Booth size is 11’x12’ and the cost is $120.00 per space.
DEADLINE: Applications must be received by July 1, 2012. Late applications will be assessed an additional $20 to be considered. All applications will be juried. It is to your advantage to APPLY EARLY, notifications will be sent out after jurying. Applying early increases your chance of becoming an exhibitor and getting your space preference.
SASE: Enclose a business size, self-addressed, stamped envelope with TWO first class stamps for the return of jury results and photographs.

FOOD: There will be food on site as well as information on local restaurants within walking distance.
ADVERTISING: We are committed to timely print ads in local and regional newspapers, calendar of events, internet, public announcements and craft magazine publications.CONTACT:  www.visitalden.com, or Bob or Barbara Widmer, e-mail:  rwidmer2@aol.com , phone:            231 377 6305      

Sponsored by the Alden Volunteers

2012 Alden Sidewalk Sale on September 1 & 2

The Downtown Alden Business Association is sponsoring the 2012 Alden Sidewalk Sale on September 1 & 2.  All Alden stores are participating with fabulous End-of-Summer deals!  Shopping hours are 10 AM - 5 PM each day rain or shine!
Our Alden restaurants and bars are also whipping up some great specials to commemorate this event.
Alden is located on the eastern shore of beautiful Torch Lake, less than 30 minutes from almost anywhere in northern Michigan!
For more information, please contact Doug Hickman at             231.676.3300       (days only please).

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Alden Thursday Evening Stroll Information

The Downtown Alden Business Association produces the Thursday Evening Strolls each year beginning in late June and continuing into early August.  These “Strolls” occur every Thursday (weather permitting) beginning at 7 PM and continuing until 9 PM.  There is Live Musical Entertainment each week along with assorted other fun activities for the entire family.
Popper the Clown will be making her balloon creations and local favorite Crazy Richard will be doing what he does best!

These events take place right in the heart of downtown Alden* and on the sidewalks of the downtown shopping district.  In fact, many of the Alden merchants and eateries stay open during the Strolls as well.

*Alden is located on the eastern shore of Torch Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world!

Below is a schedule of the Live Entertainment scheduled for this Summer…

June 28th
Happy Time Banjos

July 5th
Keith Scott Blues Band

July 12th
The 3 B’s

July 19th
The Mark Saunders Band

July 26th

August 2nd
Sweetwater Blues Band

August 9th
Sunshine String Band

For more information, please contact DABA Member Doug Hickman on 231.676.3300, or at doughickman@charter.net, or visit www.VisitAlden.com.

Monday, July 23, 2012

This is a reminder that Alden Days happen this weekend, July 28th and 29th. The Alden Run is the kick-off to this event and occurs on Saturday morning beginning at 8:00 AM.  Hundreds of runners participate in this annual event and fun is had by all!

Downtown merchants and Eateries will be putting out their finest wares and deals abound all weekend!

There is also a Beef Roast at the Alden Tennis Court Park on Saturday beginning at Noon and continuing until 5 PM.  This event is put on by the Alden Firefighters.

Alden is located on the eastern shore of Torch Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world!

For more information, please contact Doug Hickman (DABA Member) at 231.676.3300, or email to doughickman@charter.net

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Gnome takes up residence at Alden’s Mill House-By Priscilla Miller

When a large section of a 92 foot pine tree,blew down during a storm, and damaged the roof of the Alden Mill House, owners Colleen Richmond and Joy Moglovkin, had no choice but to have the tree cut down. Colleen had an idea however, she wanted to do something that would honor her parents,Gino and Joy Moglovkin, founders of the Mill House. She had all but a 12 foot section of the tree removed and then began looking for someone who could do chain saw carving. 

 She consulted Dave Hilberg of East Jordan, owner of The Wood Butcher, explaining to him, that for 20 years a gnome garden statue sat in the front yard of the Mill House and then two years ago, someone decided to walk off with it. Colleen showed Hilberg a gnome figurine she had, and asked if he could duplicate it using what remained of the old tree. 

Hilberg fired up his chain saw and went to work. Three days later, his work was complete. Hilberg, who has been carving for ten years says, “It’s the first time I’ve ever done a gnome. It was a real challenge, but I had fun doing it and a real feeling of satisfaction, when I saw how pleased Colleen was with the carving.” 

Employees of the Mill House, chipped in and secretly commissioned Hilberg’s wife Wendy to carve a magnigicent chair, complete with lumbar support for Colleen, so now she can sit in comfort and admire the as yet, unnamed gnome.  Colleen says,“I’ve had several suggestions, but I’m leaning toward naming it Gnomeo.” Several other carvings by the Wood Butcher and his wife, are also on display in the Mill House gardens, but the giant gnome, is the center of attention, as tourists stop to admire it, and pose for photos next to it.  

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