Jump Into Summer
5-9 PM | What’s the secret to a superb summer? Start it off with the fresh, feel-good sounds of Michigan native pop-rock band Mike Mains & The Branches – and add in multi-generational fun, food, cocktails, and lots of community and conversation.
When you need to stop and catch your breath from dancing, join in on the opening of our summer exhibition Elevating Humanity by Sandra Antongiorgi, community art projects, all-ages activities, local vendors and, most importantly, opportunities to connect with community members and friends. This event is free, open to the public and family-friendly!
Soak up the Saugatuck sun on the Outdoor Plaza at the SCA, or follow our dancing, costumed crossing guards across the street to Coghlin Park! We’re turning the Park’s green space into an accessible, welcoming space for everyone to play in, while providing needed space for safe distancing. Local organizations are bringing games, educational opportunities, giveaways, and activities! Guests can express their creativity through art, get their bodies moving, interact with live animals – both with feathers and scales, OR even meet their very own new furry friend at the Adoption Drive hosted by Wishbone Pet Rescue!
You can celebrate with all sorts of friends at Coghlin Park, including:
• Outdoor Discovery Center (Featuring live birds of prey, turtles, and snakes!)
• Wishbone Pet Rescue
• 4 Paws Lakeshore
(Expand your heart and your family at Jump – Animals available for adoption will be on site!)
• Saugatuck Douglas History Center
• Saugatuck Douglas Public Library
• Saugatuck Douglas Boys & Girls Club
• Ox-Bow School of Art
• Big Read Lakeshore
• Fennville Children’s Museum
• Children’s First Lakeshore
• Douglas Park Project
• Mt Baldhead Challenge
Mike Mains & The Branches
Mike Mains and The Branches is a pop-rock band based in Nashville Tennessee (originally from Michigan). Since their conception in 2012, the group has built a reputation for their fantastical instrumentation and unforgettable live performances – trust us, we have been to see them live and the shows are phenomenal!
Mains began writing songs early in his career between shifts at a casino, which is an apt illustration of Mains perspective on life: it’s a comedy, a tragedy, and a fairytale. It’s that perspective that laces itself throughout the band’s catalogue, where the songs make you dance while lyrics make you cry. And while the juxtaposition of glitter and gloom should feel confusing, it renders itself joyfully therapeutic. And that’s their goal—particularly in their live shows—to strap you into a rollercoaster you never want to get off of. Their boisterousness began when founding members Mike and Shannon fell in love, got married, and in doing so, minted the focal experience of the band’s music and lyrics; not just love, but the swirling highs and the bruising lows of choosing to live life together.
After releasing an EP and two full-length albums, they chose to partner with Tooth & Nail Records on their latest release. The record, When We Were In Love, is their most honest yet. Although their agenda remains the same—to combat numbness with joy, pain, and wings to fly—this latest pursuit is more of an honest reflection in the struggle to love. The result is an infectious and colorful album full of tragedy, comedy, and the freedom to forget fairytales.
Looking for Parking?
Parking in downtown Saugatuck can be tricky – we’re here to help! We have arranged off-site parking and a FREE shuttle service to Jump to save you headaches and time trying to find a parking spot!
For the duration of Jump – vendors and guests can park at the Christian Reformed Church (6591 Old Allegan Rd), located less than a mile down the road from the SCA. The Interurban will be picking up/dropping off at the Church and the SCA every 15 minutes from 5 pm – 9 pm with last call for pickup at the SCA at 8:45 pm.
5-9PM Coghlin Park | All ages welcome | Cost free, while supplies last
Stop by, meet our visiting Artist and make your mark
The SCA is jumping into our exciting 2021 summer season with hearts full of joy, pockets full of gratitude, buckets of sanitizer and a whole lot of bold color! We recognize that our community is what makes us strong, and we are so happy to gather with you again at our summer kick-off event. We’ve been looking forward to this moment for a while now and are eager to give our friends the opportunity to make art- together!
Our Visiting Exhibition Artist, Sandra Antongiorgi will be on site all evening painting with us in the park! Participants will have the chance to add their unique marks to our collaborative mixed-media paintings that will be exhibited in our corridor gallery all summer long. Through drawing, painting, and writing, families will be invited to visually represent how they envision a healthy vibrant community to look and feel like.
What community do you belong to? What’s your favorite thing about your community? What are you most looking forward to doing this summer in your community? …
Sandra Antongiorgi is an accomplished singer, songwriter and painter. She is a Puerto Rican native whose life experiences in Chicago and inherent talent have woven together with a diverse and impressive body of work in the arts. Check out her Exhibition “Elevating Humanity: Forging Healing Through Connection” in the SCA’s main gallery space June 4- September 10.