FALL in love with the ARTS

Ahh… the sweet smell of autumn in the air and changing colors on the leaves is making us feel artistic.

Fall’s transformative beauty unlocks inspiration in our hearts and we’re excited for you to join us in the magic as nature becomes our muse.

What will your curiosity ignite for you this Fall? We’ll get you started with sparks of creativity at our upcoming programming.

A Bright Night

Friday, October 27 | 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Back by popular demand, A Bright Night is a FREE celebration closing out the summer season. We’re kicking off the Halloween weekend with an all-ages party featuring exhibition artist Michael Belmore.

Stationed throughout the entire SCA campus, guests can partake in charming, themed activities and special moments while enjoying a mix of specially curated music on the headphones provided for our silent disco. Flip your headphones between local jams curated by WYCE, upbeat popular hits, or relaxing acoustic.

Save time in line and pre-register your group for the party. Registration is FREE and not required, but is appreciated and we’ll guarantee you a set of headphones for the first hour with pre-registration.

Ningaaseg works by Michael Belmore

Exhibition opens October 27

Michael Belmore, of Anishinaabe descent, based in Ontario, Canada. Michael works primarily in sculpture; utilizing a variety of materials, including wood, stone, and metal. Michael’s work is focused on the Great Lakes environment, land, water, and what it means to be Anishinaabe.

Seemingly small things, simple things, inspire Michael’s work: the swing of a hammer, the warmth of a fire, the persistence of waves on a shore. Ningaaseg explores our familiar dune and waterscapes while challenging us to see them through new eyes.

You can meet Michael at A Bright Night on October 27, and explore his exhibition at the SCA through January 26, 2024.

Winter's Eve Market

Friday, November 3 | 4:30 – 8:30 pm

Come for the drinks, stay for the shopping!

Enjoy an open air shopping experience under the lights at the SCA with artisan craft cocktails, Michigan made wares, and live music. Stroll through art, fine-craft, and artisan edible products in the Outdoor Plaza at the SCA.

Before you get started shopping, grab one of our specialty craft cocktails at the bar to enjoy while you’re browsing our incredible friendors (that’s what we call a vendor who’s also a friend). You could get started on your holiday shopping while at the Winter Market – or just get a little something for yourself, we won’t tell.

Dancing Through the Pages: Change Sings

Saturday, November 4 | 1:30 – 4:00 pm

A collaborative event with the SCA, StrikeTime Dance Theatre, and Little Read Lakeshore.

StrikeTime Dance Theatre will celebrate Amanda Gorman’s Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem. Through dance and music, this interactive performance invites the audience to join in and embrace community and one’s individual voice. The audience will experience themes of change, hope, dream, unity and love. We can hear change coming. Won’t you dance along?

Following the performance, families will be invited to engage in hands-on art-making activities, movement and story together. Suitable for families with elementary aged children. One ticket includes supplies for up to 4!

Anishinaabe Beadwork Design Class

Saturday, November 11 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm

“To learn about a culture, study their art.”

Learn a brief history of Native American beadwork and design with Anishinaabe artist and educator, Stephanie Jackson. Create your own beaded applique floral brooch using instructor-provided Anishinaabe/Metis designs. Students will learn the 4-bead flat stitch, as well as a demonstration of the picot edgework stitch that can be completed at home. All supplies will be provided, as well as take-home kits and informational packets for students to complete their projects on their own.

Bravo! Opera, Broadway, and Jazz

Saturday, November 11 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday, November 12 | 4:00 – 6:00 pm

World-class voices bring beloved songs from Opera to musical theater to the jazz standards to life in our boutique “club” setting in the SCA lobby. Experience Leah Crocetto, Moises Salazar, and Micah Graber in this two-night only performance. All proceeds from the event support the SCA’s cost-free, literacy programming for K-12th graders.

Ticket includes one complimentary drink plus desserts by Chef Mindy Trafman, SCA Creative Fellow.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Saturday, November 18 | 7:00 pm

Grammy-winning, fiddle-picking, bluegrass legend Michael Cleveland and his band, Flamekeeper, take the SCA stage for the first time. Michael began playing the fiddle at the age of 4, attended the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville, studying the Suzuki method of violin. In addition to touring with his band, Michael has performed with a legendary list of bluegrass greats like Billy Strings, Béla Fleck, Tommy Emmanuel, Vince Gill, and more. Limited VIP tickets available.

Thank you to our sponsors

A Bright Night Sponsors

Short’s Brewing Company | Haworth Helps | MillerKnoll Foundation | Saugatuck-Douglas CVB | Pam + Joe Mauro | Bill Underdown + David Geen

A Bright Night Partners

Gun Lake Tribal Library | Saugatuck-Douglas District Library | Grand Rapid’s WYCE

Sponsors of Ningaaseg

MillerKnoll Foundation | Haworth Helps | Flagstar Foundation | All Saints’ Church | Pam + Joe Mauro | Michigan Arts & Culture Council | National Endowment for the Arts | Michigan Humanities Council

Winter’s Eve Market Sponsors

Saugatuck Brewing Company | The James Boutique | Auto-Owners Insurance | Saugatuck Harbor Insurance Agency

Bravo! Hosts

Laura Baird + George Zulakis | Susan + Tony Pastor | Kim Redlin + Phil Crump | Jim Sellman | Pat Sharp | Shirley Sutton + Dick Shaw | Mary Terzino + Gregg Potter


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