Arts & Culture


Do you sing or dance? Play an instrument? Do you do Gymnastics or a Pom Routine? Are you an Actor, Magician or Comedian?
Show your talent and win prizes! 

  • Groups and Individuals 
  • Age Categories: 5 to 12 and 13 to 19
  • Performers must enter in advance of the show.
  • Contact: Mrs. Woodruff, Elementary or Mrs. Hubble, Jr. & Sr. High
  • Contact: Jada Carland, E-mail: 


SATURDAY, FEB. 24, 6 p.m.

With a grant  provided by the Michigan Humanities Council and Beaverton Downtown Development Authority, Beaverton Activity Center's Arts and Culture Committee is proud to bring THE MOXIE STRINGS to the stage for a return engagement on Saturday, February 24. This year's engagement in Beaverton will include a music clinic for Beaverton Rural Schools on Friday, February 23. 

Nationally known for their unique, high energy instrumental act, this young trio has redefined the sound of stringed instruments and percussion. Alison Lynn performs on her newly-invented electric cello, with Diane Ladio playing a contemporary five string violin. They enhance their sound with a variety of audio effects pedals. Fitz McGirr backs them with a mix of world percussion instruments. Classically trained as musicians and composers, they have toured nationally and internationally and wowed audiences with their Celtic/Americana music that mixes in foot stomping rhythms. For an excellent view of the trio's ablility to fire up audiences, search "Moxie Strings Promotional Video 2013" on You Tube.

Tickets for the 6 p.m. concert can be purchased on site with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Seating will be first come/first serve, and a large crowd is expected.



Soon after forming in 2007, The Moxie Strings were inspired not only to perform, but also to teach. Having made the exploratory journey from classical music to a world of eclecticism and musical creativity, the three have now dedicated their careers to helpingyoung musicians make this life-changing and transformative transition. Moxie Clinics focus on musical self-discovery and the importance of incorporating socially and culturally relevant genres of music in the music classroom.

They have taught clinics in over 100 schools throughout the US, and also present on their research andmethodologies to teachers at many music education professional developmentconferences. During most clinics, The Moxie Strings perform for students on electric instruments, teach music by ear, and introduce non-classical playing styles. The group has researched and created an innovative sequence of activities designed to introduceimprovisation to classically trained musicians, which they employ at every clinic. The Moxie Strings deliver their message in a fun, accessible way, and stand before students as the illustration of the many opportunities that music holds.



BAC, Gladwin Area Friends of Theatre & Gladwin County Chamber jointly present a 
bus trip to see the Broadway production of "The Lion King" at the Wharton Center in East Lansing

Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING, making its triumphant return to Wharton Center! More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage.

Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award®-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

There is simply nothing like THE LION KING. Don't delay - a limited number of tickets are available now. 

  • Theatre: Wharton Center, East Lansing
  • Date: Tuesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Bus travel schedule will be determined and posted soon, please check back for more details. 
  • Disney recommends this theatre performance for children who are age 6 and older. 
  • Ticket Cost: $110 per person - includes premium seat, bus fare, driver tip and snack 
  • Payments accepted: Cash, Check (payable to GAFT) or Credit Card
  • Purchase tickets at BAC or Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce
  • Credit card purchase by phone: 989-802-1771
  • Questions: Yvette Keast, 989-802-1771, E-mail:
  • Questions: Jada Carland, E-mail: