Grand Traverse Pavilions Proud Sponsor and Host of National Cherry Festival Senior and Intergenerational Events

Traverse City, MI –June 20, 2016 –The Grand Traverse Pavilions’ will once again sponsor the National Cherry Festival Lifetime Leadership Breakfast, along with hosting and sponsoring an Intergenerational Picnic on the Grand Lawn. During Cherry Festival Week the Concerts on the Lawn will feature The Accidentals with Nik Carman.

The Lifetime Leadership Breakfast will be held at the Elks Lodge on July 4 at 9 AM. Nominated Seniors will be recognized for their impact on the community, with one senior being honored with the Lifetime Leadership Award. The winner will get to ride in the Cherry Royale Parade on Saturday. Reservations are required for the breakfast, which costs $5 a person, and can be made by calling the Traverse City Senior Center at 231-922-4911.

“We are proud to once again sponsor the Senior Events at the National Cherry Festival as well as hosting the Intergenerational Picnic,” says Kory Hansen, Administrator/CEO of Grand Traverse Pavilions. “This is a great way for us to give back to the community and to bring the community to our beautiful campus.”

Hosted on the Pavilions Grand Lawn on July 6 from noon to 2 PM, the Intergenerational Picnic is an event for the whole family. Entertainment will be provided by the Northport Community Band and there will be games and activities for the whole family, including a petting zoo and a water bounce house (bring your swim suit!). Tickets are free, but must be picked up ahead of time at the Cherry Festival office, the Traverse City Senior Center, or the Grand Traverse Pavilions Main Lobby.

On July 7, the Concerts on the Lawn will feature Traverse City natives and rising stars The Accidentals.  Described as, "one of the most ground-breaking musical experiences one might just have in a lifetime” by Jonathan Frahm at Yahoo Voices, The Accidentals are just getting started despite having recorded three albums under their belts before graduating high school.  They played over 200 shows last year, and aren’t letting up at all this year. Opening for them will be Bluegrass artist Nik Carman, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Suttons Bay, Michigan. He plays guitar, mandolin, and banjo. He’s opened for a variety of acts and released his first album in February 2015. All while still attending elementary school.