November 3, 2018
Celebration of Water
Poet Alison Swan, editor of the Michigan Notable Book "Fresh Water," reads from her poetry about the waters of our state. This is a special event related to the Smithsonian traveling show Water|Ways, which opens two weeks later. This program begins at 5 p.m. at the Harrisville branch of the Alcona County Library.
October 7, 2018
'Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman'
This acclaimed movie showed how three small communities made local agriculture better and at the same time helped preserve their enviroments. About 55 people was the movie at the Alcona High School auditorium.
October 6, 2018
Opening of the Water|Ways Art Exhibit
Artists from six northwest Michigan counties entered the competition for this juried show, which ran for the rest of the month, to celebrate Michigan's waters and the Smithsonian touring exhibit coming in November to the Alcona County Library. Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki, president and CEO of the Michigan Humanities Council, was the juror.
October 4 - 7, 2018
Third Annual Lost Lake Writers Retreat
At the third annual retreat, students learned from six talented author-teachers including novelists Jacquelyn Mitchard and Michael Zadoorian; poets Cecilia Woloch, Kathleen McGookey and Jack Ridl, and songwriter-poet Emily Rose. Hosted by John D. Lamb.
September 13 - 27, 2018
British Comedy Series
All were shown on the big screen at the Harrisville branch of the Alcona County Library. Free movie, free popcorn and free beverages.
SEPTEMber 5 - 8, 2018
Seventh Annual Alcona Arts Retreat
The annual retreat ended with a tasty farewell cookout. Instructors were Colleen Wilson (jewelry), Joan Schwartz (mosaics), Helen Kleczynski (pastels), Richard Jordan (plein air all media) and Laura Whitesides Host (experimental watercolor).
August 17, 2018
Patsy Cline tribute
Kim Casey and the BobCat Band played from 6 to 8 p.m. at the pavilion at Harrisville State Park. Their repertoire consists of many Patsy Cline hits, some Joni Mitchell and a variety of country hits. Attendance was about 75 people at the outside venue.
July 14, 2018
Brunch at the Harbor
Inspiration Alcona sponsored its first brunch under the big tent above Harrisville Harbor, serving breakfast burritos in several combos. Response overwhelmed us; we sold out in less than an hour and a half in a planned three-hour event. We'll make more food next time.
June 19 - July 19, 2018
Summer Art for Youth
This annual summer event covered drawing, watercolor, pastels and sculpture in eight sessions.
April 28, 2018
Fourth Annual Alcona GospelFest
The fourth annual Alcona GospelFest was held at First United Methodist Church in Harrisville. Jean Wilson of Saline, Michigan, was back again to lead the mass choir. Solo and small group performances opened the concert before the gospel choir took over. The next Alcona GospelFest will be held in 2020 as the event adopts an every-other-year schedule.
March 29, 2018
The magician not only baffled Alcona Elementary School students but also showed them the importance of reading.
January 25, 2018
Thunder Bay International Film Fest
The 2018 "On the Road" version of the festival drew 130 people. One special highlight was the showing of local resident and former Hollywood producer Mary Ellen Jones' short film, "Mindjimendamowin" ("Blood Memory"), which starred local actor Travis Agosa (with the mic above).
October 5-8, 2017
Second Annual Lost Lake Writers Retreat
Teachers Jack Ridl, Anne-Marie Oomen, Craig Holden, Maureen Dunphy and Whit Hill led this all-Michigan version of the writers retreat.
September 30, 2017
Fermentation Workshop and Dinner
David Klingenberger of Ann Arbor's The Brinery taught a crowd of almost 100 about natural fermentation. A dinner of certified local products was praised. After dinner, a mini farmers market sold local food to participants.
September 7 - October 12, 2017
Reeling with Laughter
Film historian John Blakemore, who summers in Black River, led a six-session class about movie comedies. The films were "Duck Soup," "Roman Holiday," "The Thin Man," "Top Hat," "Dr. Strangelove" and "Blazing Saddles."
September 18, 2017
Spaghetti a la Alcona
This special dinner featured the traditional dish but made with all Michigan products. The meat and sauce were sourced locally and the pasta came from downstate. This event kicked off fundraising for the February 10, 2018, Alcona Regional Farm Conference, designed to promote the farm to fork movement in Alcona County.
September 9, 2017
An Evening of Acoustic Music with Neil Woodward and Suzanne and Jim
This event marked Inspiration Alcona's second benefit for the newly re-formed Alcona Schools band. More than $800 went into the band activity fund.
June 21 - AUgust 29, 2017
Summer Art for Youth
Free weekly art lessons for elementary through high school students, taught by local professional artists. Twenty new artists showed up for the first class, drawing with Joe Jenney. (Some came late and missed the picture.) The series continues at 10 a.m. Tuesdays (except Wednesday, July 5 instead of July 4). Click to learn more.
May 27, 2017
Spruce Country Days
This event celebrated the completion of the Spruce Windows Project. There were art and craft booths, antique booths, kids games for all ages, antique tractors, and more. In the evening there was a pig roast followed by a country style dance.
April 29, 2017
First Baptist Church of Lincoln hosted this year. Our prized director, Jean Wilson of Saline, Michigan, was back again to lead the mass choir. The choir numbered 58 singers, plus musicians Susan Armstrong, Jeremy Smith and Terry Thomas, and assistant director Pam Barkel. The public event once again began with a dinner provided by and benefiting the church in late afternoon to early evening.
April 21 and 24, 2017
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Actors from Thunder Bay Theatre in Alpena performed a modernized version of the fairy tail "Three Billy Goats Gruff" for elementary students at Alcona Elementary School. The troll, an otherwise nice young woman in a pig nose and weird green glasses, wasn't quite as frightening in this rendition, largely because she wasn't interested in eating the billy goats. Resolving the problem about crossing the troll's bridge involved pizza.
March 25, 2017
Author visit: Tom Stanton
In this work, Tom Stanton revealed the secret society that used murder and terror to try to control Detroit during the years when all the city's sports teams — and boxer Joe Louis — were winning almost every title available. Tom has written four other nonfiction books, all about baseball.
March 5, 2017
Patsy Cline Tribute
This fundraiser for the Alcona Community Schools band program featuring vocalist Casey Makela and a live band drew more than 500 people to the Alcona Community Schools Auditorium. It raised more than $3,400 for the band.
January 20, 2017
Thunder Bay International Film Festival
Inspiration Alcona and the Alcona County Library co-hosted the first ever showing of the Thunder Bay International Film Festival away from its home base in Alpena. Attendance numbered 75 people. The two-hour show featured an intermission at which refreshments were served.
October 9, 2016
with Mardi Jo Link
with Mardi Jo Link
A full house of about 75 listened as this Michigan author discussed her career in true crime fiction and memoirs.
October 8, 2016
Farm to Fork
Twenty-two people learned how to use local foods in daily menus during demonstrations by chef Ben Kline.
October 6-9, 2016
First Annual Lost Lake Writers Retreat
Six teachers and 37 students came to the 2016 retreat.