The Great Lakes Children’s Museum: Traverse City, MI


Children are explorers, they’re creators, dreamers and learners. In a place like the Great Lakes Children’s Museum these qualities are not only encouraged but strongly developed. From InterActive StoryTime to Food Art & Tie Dye, The Museum creates fun activities with the opportunity for children to build skills adaptable to their lives today and the future ahead of them.


The Great Lakes Children’s Museum annual fundraiser Farm Fête, will be held this upcoming Saturday, February 23rd. In order to make the event accesible to more couples and guests the price was reduced this year to $50 for a complete farm-to-table dinner and access to a group of incredible live & silent auction items benefitting the Museum.

The farm-to-table dinner will take place at the beautiful Inn at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay, celebrating our grand agricultural region while honoring the Museum as a special place here in Traverse City that is devoted to our community’s future, the children.


As a part of the Gala planning committee I’ll be attending Farm Fête this year and I’m thrilled to be involved in an event that is not only for a great cause but celebrates the local food and agriculture of our region. The menu, an ode to the incredible offerings in Northwest Michigan even at the heart of winter, will consist of the following courses:

The Menu                                                                                                                              

Focaccia with whipped butter

Roasted beet and pear salad, candied marcona almonds, goat cheese, spring greens, verjus vinaigrette

Coffee and red wine braised beef short ribs, fromage blanc baked polenta, wilted arugula, crisp leeks

Vegetarian entrée: Grilled potato and Autumn vegetable napolean , tomato confit, parsley oil

Warm Apple Pie tart, Vanilla Bean whippecrème, Riesling caramel and spun sugar

Each course paired with Black Star Farms wine


My involvement with the event  has allowed me to help in the development of this local food celebration as well as gain insight into programs the Children’s Museum offers the community that the public might not be fully aware of. One specifically, that truly interests me the most is the +Plus Program. The program “assists children, families and educators for whom admission costs pose a significant obstacle to attending the museum.”  In addition to raising funds for the general operations of the Museum, the Farm Fête event will strive to raise money for the +Plus Program, ultimately providing more museum scholarships to those of our community in need.


I’m looking forward to a successful event on Saturday and I encourage those of you who are interested in attending to register for the Farm Fête event here, tickets are still available but we’re filling up quickly!

You can make a donation to the +Plus Program even if you’re unable to attend the event by calling the Museum at 231-932-4526

Ride among the ‘Waves of Wonder’




2 thoughts on “The Great Lakes Children’s Museum: Traverse City, MI

  1. Pingback: Farm Fête 2013: Suttons Bay, MI | Growth by the Season

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