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Holiday Events

TOURS

Felt Mansion Tours

EVENING HOLIDAY GUIDED TOURS:  On Friday and Saturday evenings, beginning Saturday, December 8, we have Guided Holiday Tours.  No reservations or tickets needed. Guided tours are $20 for adults; $15 for students and seniors; children 12 and under are free.  Free Passes (such as those given at the concert series) ARE eligible for these tours.  Our guided tours are from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  We have one guided tour per evening that begins at 6:05 p.m. and last roughly 1-1.5 hours.  You will see the mansion and hear stories of the restoration from director, Patty Meyer.  Patty and a group of volunteers began the restoration in 2002.  Here first-hand accounts of the triumphs and trials encountered during the restoration of the Felt Estate.  While children are welcome, guided tours last over an hour, and some children may experience fatigue.  Parents are encouraged to do the Felt Mansion scavenger hunt with children instead of following the guided tour.

AFTERNOON HOLIDAY GUIDED TOURS are also available Sunday afternoons (beginning December 9) and on New Year’s Day, from 2-4 p.m.  No reservations or tickets needed.  Guided tours are $20 for adults; $15 for students and seniors; children 12 and under are free.  Free Passes (such as those given at the concert series) ARE eligible for these tours.  Our guided tours are from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  We have one guided tour per afternoon that begins at 2:05 p.m. and last roughly 1-1.5 hours.  You will see the mansion and hear stories of the restoration from director, Patty Meyer.  Patty and a group of volunteers began the restoration in 2002.  Here first-hand accounts of the triumphs and trials encountered during the restoration of the Felt Estate.  While children are welcome, guided tours last over an hour, and some children may experience fatigue.  Parents are encouraged to do the Felt Mansion scavenger hunt with children instead of following the guided tour.

AFTERNOON SELF-GUIDED TOURS are available during the week from Monday through Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. beginning December 10.  No reservations or tickets needed. Self-guided tours are $15 for adults; $12 for students and seniors; children 12 and under are free.  Free passes (such as those given at the concert series) ARE eligible for these tours.  (No Tours on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.)

HOLIDAY TASTE AND TOURS

Three Thursday evenings during December we do our Taste and Tours.  These are beer and/or wine tastings paired with an intimate concert in the parlor of the Felt Mansion.

Brews & Blues

The first is BREWS AND BLUES, December 13, 2018 from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.– a beer tasting, guided tour of the mansion, and concert by Madcat Midnight Blues Journey. Cost: $45.00 per person. This includes your beer tasting, a guided tour of the mansion, heavy hors d-oeuvres, and the concert. Tickets will be available through Eventbrite. Tickets are also available at the door for $50.00 per person.  Doors open at 5:30; tour begins at 6:00; music begins at 7:00 p.m. Free passes are NOT eligible for this event.

MMBJ

In 2012, The Madcat Midnight Blues Journey first appeared on the Michigan music scene. That is when Peter Madcat Ruth, Captain Midnight, Papa Schrock and Kid Shimmin first played music together as a quartet. Now, just three years later, they are one of the hottest Blues/Roots/Americana Bands in Michigan.

Conducted by harmonica wizard Peter Madcat Ruth, this eclectic electric quartet is fueled by the guitar and steel fireworks of Drew “Captain Midnight” Howard, and propelled by the mighty rhythm section of bassist Mark “Papa” Schrock and drummer Michael “Kid” Shimmin.

Veterans of the concert and festival stage, the recording studio, clubs, and listening rooms, the Madcat Midnight Blues Journey (aka MMBJ) brings seasoned stage presence and improvisational exuberance to standard and obscure blues tunes, folk and jazz melodies, and original music.

Expect a rocking journey through familiar blues destinations… but be ready to take a trip down the musical fork in the road with Madcat Midnight Blues Journey.

The Madcat Midnight Blues Journey is:
Peter Madcat Ruth – harmonica, electric ukulele and vocalsDrew Howard (aka: Captain Midnight) – guitar, lap steel and vocals
Mark Schrock (aka: Papa Schrock) – bass and vocals
Michael Shimmin (aka: Kid Shimmin) – drums

 

Backseat Drivers

Wine & Dine

The second is WINE AND DINE, December 20, 2018 from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.  – a wine tasting, guided tour of the mansion, and concert by Backseat Drivers.  Cost:  $45.00 per person.  This includes your wine tasting of Fenn Valley Wines, a guided tour of the mansion, catered hors d-oeuvres, and the concert. Tickets will be available through Eventbrite.  Tickets are also available at the door for $50.00 per person.   Doors open at 5:30; tour begins at 6:00; music begins at 7:00 p.m.  Free passes are NOT eligible for this event.

Beer, Cider and All That Jazz

The third is BEER, CIDER, AND ALL THAT JAZZ, December 27, 2018 from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.  – a beer-, mead-, and cider-tasting, guided tour of the mansion, and concert by The Diana VandeWater Trio.  Cost:  $45.00 per person.  This includes your beer/cider tasting, a guided tour of the mansion, catered hors d-oeuvres, and the concert. Tickets will be available through Eventbrite.   Tickets are also available at the door for $50.00 per person.  Doors open at 5:30; tour begins at 6:00; music begins at 7:00 p.m.  Free passes are NOT eligible for this event.

Diane VandeWater