Our greatest contribution to the community to date is the number of scholarships we have been able to provide to local students. To date we have granted over $25k for youth music, art and theatrical scholarships at summer camps. We also sponsor a monthly visiting artist during the summer months and this summer plan to hold at least two art classes targeted for elementary-aged children.
The Community Choir is a changing collection of 30-40 folks who like to get together and sing and perform. They put on two concerts a year and are sponsored by the EUPFAC. The concerts are free, but donations are encouraged. All monies raised at the concerts are earmarked specifically for the scholarship program.
Every year we put on one or two theatrical productions. THis year we will be doing two comedies: A Bad Year for Tomatoes in May and Neil Simon's Rumors in August. This program has been wildly popular.
Fine Art Festival
The EUPFAC sponsors a fine arts festival the last Saturday in June. Weather permitting, it is an outdoor festival type of affair with painters, jewelry makers, craftsmen and much more.
Over Labor Day weekend we have some guest musicians come and bless us with their talents. We've had harpists, opera singers, folk musicians and the last three summers we've had a string quartet of visiting musicians from the Grand Rapids Symphony. The concert is free, but all donations will go toward the building restoration fund. There is a champagne reception after the performance.
A Village Christmas
The first Saturday in December our little village takes a walk back in time. Folks dress in victorian era clothes, a horse and buggy wagon circle the town and local artists and crafts people display and sell their wares.
The EUP Fine Arts Council puts on three regular fundraiser events each year. We kick off the spring with a Derby Night. Wear your big hats (or not) and come and bet on your horses. You can use your "EUPFAC Bucks" winnings to bid on great gift baskets donated by EUPFAC members. Mint juleps and appetizers are also in attendance. It is a lively and fun event enjoyed by everyone who attends.
By mid summer we do a silent auction and art festival. Local artisans, businesses, and artists provide the lovely and unique items upon which you can bid. We've had hand-painted rockers, original paintings, woolen arts, handmade jewelry, wood carvings...a wide selection of unique items. Once again, we will be combining forces with Sacred Heart and their infamous chicken BBQ to provide the community with a really great event.
In the fall, usually the first weekend of October we put on a Fall Fashion Show. Area clothing retailers provide the stylish duds and EUPFAC provides the models. A luncheon is included with your door entry as well as coupons from some of the participating retailers. Grab a girlfriend, mother, daughter or sister and come have a girl's afternoon out.