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Grading the 2014 National Cherry Festival

Grading the 2014 National Cherry Festival

By Beth Milligan

2,100 volunteers. $2.3 million in revenue. An estimated 500,000 visitors in one weekend.

The numbers from this year's National Cherry Festival (NCF) were record-breaking – reflecting the success of an event that, in its 88th year, continues to defy expectations. But with that outsized performance come increasing standards. Here's how key stakeholders are grading this year's event.

Residents
Fifty-five users took advantage of the city's new online event feedback form to share concerns with city leaders on this year's NCF. Chief among their complaints: that the event generated “too much trash,” drew “too much of a crowd,” was “too long,” and had “too little police and/or security enforcement” on-site. more

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Used Book Sale, Peninsula Library, TC

9:00am Annual Friends & Fine Editions Used Book Sale. July 24 - August 7. Peninsula Community Library, located inside Old Mission Elementary School, 2699 Island View Rd. Book Sale Hours July 24: 7-9 p.m. M & Th: 9-9 & T, W F: 9-5:30 223-7700

Art Leelanau Exhibition

10:00am Art Leelanau Exhibition and Sale. Leland's Old Art Building, 111 Main St, Leland, MI. Info: (231) 256-2131. OldArtBuilding.com

Film Camp: Stop Motion Clay Animation

11:00am Lights, Camera, Action! Film Camp: Stop Motion Clay Animation (ages 10-16). Work with professional clay artist Phil Wilson and multi-media artist Kaz McCue to create a movie short that will be shown at Lars Hockstad on the BIG SCREEN during the Traverse City Film Festival. Cost: $150 includes all materials. Students should bring a packed lunch. Blackbird Arts, 1485 Barlow St and the registration link is blackbirdartstc.com or (231) 421-8085.

Mad Science Monday

1:00pm Mad Science Monday: Children will explore the science of what makes things float, and they will make a boat to take home. Great Lakes Children's Museum, TC. greatlakeskids.org

Free Kid's Concert

4:00pm Free Kid's Concert with Mary Sue & Ms. Tiyi at The Little Fleet, TC. For families and kids of all ages. Stay for dinner afterwards. Co-sponsored by The Pathfinder School. thelittlefleet.com more

Live Music: Dayclub, WBBR

5:00pm Live Music: Dayclub, West Bay Beach Resort, TC. With Brian Nolf. 947-3700 or www.tcwestbay.com.

Open Mic Night, Left Foot Charley, TC

6:00pm Open Mic Night, Left Foot Charley, TC. Hosted by Blake Elliot. 231-995-0500.

TC Celtic Jam

7:00pm TC Celtic Jam: For all musicians at Bravo Zulu, Williamsburg. www.bravozulubrewing.com more
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