Fiber Arts Exhibit

The Lakeside Club of Manistee and the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts will present a Fiber Arts Exhibition in the Assembly Hall (ballroom) of the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm and on Sunday, November 19th, from 1:00 until
4:00 pm. A Fall Tea will take place on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 also in the ballroom, with a viewing of the exhibit to begin at 1:00. Both exhibit and tea are open to the public.

This one-time exhibit will include spinning, weaving, rug-hooking, quilting, sewing, knitting and needle arts, along with other fiber arts. The Lakeside Club is currently looking for exhibitors. Anyone interested in exhibiting can do so by downloading the application at and click on “Fiber Arts Exhibitor App.” You may also pick one up at the Ramsdell during office hours. Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri from 10am – 5pm. Closed on Wednesdays and weekends.

There is a $10 cost for a table to the exhibitors, with set-up on Friday and tear-down on Sunday. During Sunday’s exhibit hours, exhibitors are also able to do hands-on demonstrations of their art or hold small classes for attendees to learn how to make their particular craft or art. The Fiber Artists also have the opportunity to sell their art at this event.

Tickets for the exhibit ($5) are available at the door during open times of the exhibit. Reservations and tickets for the tea ($15) on Saturday are available by calling 723- 4395. A delicious three-course tea will be served, and each table will be decorated by members of the Lakeside Club and others displaying their own artistic talents. Proceeds from this event will be added to the 2018 Lakeside Club Hometour and then granted to area nonprofits.

Honoring our WWI Veterans

Honoring our WWI Veterans

This Veterans Day, come to the Ramsdell Theatre and honor our veterans. The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts (RRCA) presents “Honoring our WWI Veterans,” a live concert by the River Raisin Ragtime Revue (R4), Michigan’s premier ragtime orchestra. In partnership with the Arts & Culture Alliance of Manistee County, the event will coincide with a WWI exhibit that reflects this period. The event is on Saturday, November 11 and starts at 4pm with the exhibit, and 7pm with live music.

Thanks to our local museums, we have items, memorabilia, even uniforms that were collected and are being showcased at the Ramsdell. “The launch of this show is significant to our community. I’m so grateful for the arts & cultural alliance group for making this a reality,” said Xavier Verna, executive director of the RRCA. “The River Raisin Ragtime Revue, with a premiere at the Ramsdell Theatre, will play wonderful music for our veterans.”

R4 is a professional theater orchestra dedicated to educating and entertaining via the performance, preservation, and restoration of significant American music. R4 highlights the development of our country’s original popular musical style – ragtime. R4 Co-Founder and Executive Director William Pemberton says “the concert is a tribute to all of our veterans on Veterans Day, and will include a special Armed Forces Salute, where veterans in attendance will be recognized for their service. The program also commemorates the 100th year anniversary of America’s entry into WWI, with ragtime and patriotic songs of that period.”

Tickets are on sale now through Call 1-800-836-0717. Merchandise by the River Raisin Ragtime Revue will be sold at the event. Concessions will also be sold at 6pm and during intermission.

R4 is represented by Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates, Ann Arbor, MI.

Art Exhibit at the Ramsdell – Jamey Barnard

The Work of Play – An Exhibit by Jamey Barnard

Jamey Barnard returns to Manistee to present an exuberant exhibit titled “The Work of Play.” The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts (RRCA) is proud to host Barnard’s exhibit, which launched Saturday, October 21 from 12pm – 4pm, and continues on to Thursday, November 9. Admission is free. A special reception open to the public is being held on Friday, October 27 from 6pm – 8pm, with Jamey Barnard.

Barnard makes bright, loose paintings, which are composed with improvisation, creative confidence, and a willingness to experiment. He is a fan of flat, bold color and strong lines. “Improvisation is based on being free and confident, which is how I feel when I paint. There are no boundaries,” says Barnard. Barnard is represented by Roan & Black Contemporary in Saugatuck, MI.

He has no formal art training but has always painted and made things. He lives in Michigan with his wife Susan, also an artist, who introduced him to the West Michigan Coast. “This exhibit is special because it appeals to art lovers from the very young to the wise connoisseur,” said William Hattendorf, RRCA board member. Regionally, Barnard has previously held shows at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, West Shore Medical Center in Manistee, Artdeck in Onekama, Center Gallery in Glen Arbor,  and the Old Art Building in Leland, MI.

Admission is free for the exhibit and it is held in Hardy Hall. Artwork will be available for purchase. The entrance to Hardy Hall is off of Maple St. The schedule is below. We also are listing some concurrent events for your convenience.


  • Oct 21 | 12pm – 4pm (MET Opera: Magic Flute) – with Jamey Barnard


    • Oct 23 |  6pm – 8pm (State of the Ramsdell Presentation – open to public)
    • Oct 26 | 12pm – 4pm


  • Oct 27 | Reception from 6 – 8pm with Jamey Barnard


    • Oct 30 & 31 | 12 – 4pm
    • Nov 2, 3, 6 | 12pm – 4pm


  • Nov 7 | 12pm – 4pm and open again at 6pm – 9pm during the Jeff Daniels show


  • Nov 9 | 12pm – 4pm


The exhibit is closed on the following dates:

Oct 22, 24, 25, 28, 29

Nov 1, 4, 5, 8


Job Title:                     Administrative Assistant (PT)

Department:               Office

Reports To:                 Executive Director



 The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts seeks a highly-motivated individual with a business and marketing background to promote programs and to seek and book event and rental business with a focus on weddings. This employee must have previous experience in public relations and/or sales and possess excellent communication skills. This person will also be responsible for day-to-day administrative duties. The expectation for office hours would be 20 hours per week at $12.50 an hour. Some evening and weekend hours may be required. Send resume, cover letter, and job application to by Friday, November 3. For questions, call 231-398-9770.




 Provide administrative assistance to ED

  • Scheduling calendar and update website
  • Accept and make phone calls
  • Sending memos
  • Accepting visitors
  • Setting business meeting agendas
  • Coordinate volunteer needs


  • Build and manage a rich content/editorial calendar that draws audiences to our programs
  • Grow new wedding and rental leads, by converting site traffic through calls-to-action, landing pages, and lead generation content (including offers)
  • Optimize our marketing automation and lead nurturing processes through email, content, and social channels
  • Understand marketing trends and how that activity turns into customers, and continually refine our process to convert customers
  • Work with our area business partners and local newspapers to increase our reach


  • Work as contact for renters
    • Clear all date requests with Executive Director (ED)
  • Create contracts for agreed upon facility uses
    • Clear rental/use costs and present final charges for creation of invoices to ED
  • Plan, coordinate & provide oversight of facility setups
  • Oversee rentals and ensure everything is in order
  • Provide assistance as needed



If you have ever entertained the idea of joining a production at the Ramsdell, now is your chance. The cherished family classic, A Christmas Carol, will be presented at the Ramsdell Theatre this December as part of the “Sleighbell at the Ramsdell” celebration.   After adapting the story for the stage and adding original music along with traditional Christmas Carols, director, Dr. Rick Plummer rechristened the show – A Tuneful Christmas Carol.   He promises a production heartily infused with the Christmas Spirit which will deliver holiday fun for the whole family.

 A Tuneful Christmas Carol includes all of the beloved and delightful Dickens characters from Scrooge to Tiny Tim; Fezziwigs to Cratchits; and Christmas Spirits galore.  Designers are already hard at work to fully produce this classic tale in a style that is both beautiful and visually captivating along with more than a little magic.  Actors of all ages are needed to fill the many character parts as well as dancers, and singers for the a cappella choir of Carolers. The character of Charles Dickens himself appears as a Narrator who, in both song and in spoken word, stitches together the magical threads of the beloved family Christmas classic.  Auditions are scheduled for Sunday, October 8th from 2 to 5pm and on Monday, October 9th from 7 to 9pm in Hardy Hall at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts.  Actors do not need to prepare an audition piece – simply be ready to read from the script, sing a Christmas Carol that will be provided at auditions, and dance a bit.  All levels of experience are welcome.  

South American Music at the Ramsdell!

South American Sounds Tour to Include Ramsdell Stage

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts will showcase the South American sounds of two outstanding groups on Friday, October 6th, at 7pm. Both Choro Das 3 (CD3) and The Alberto Rojo Trio will be visiting Manistee and the Ramsdell stage for the first time and are looking forward to sharing their unique musical styles.

CD3 performs a Brazilian music style known as Choro, an instrumental music genre that transpired in the 19th century from Brazil. The three sisters and their father are excited to play music from their eight albums. This visit to the Ramsdell is part of their 2017 USA tour.

“Sharing our music with as many people as possible is our dream. We’ve never been to Michigan before,” said Corina Ferreira, CD3 band member. “Including the Ramsdell Theatre in our tour is such a treat for us, especially in this remarkable year, when we celebrate our 15th anniversary, our 5th USA tour and release our 8th CD.”

Joining CD3 for the evening will be The Alberto Rojo Trio. Their music focuses on both traditional Argentinean folk songs and styles along with new compositions. The band members Alberto Rojo, Michael Gould, and Mikael Berglund perform styles such as The Tango, Chacarera, and jazz that they arrange with South American flare.

“We are excited to come to the Ramsdell theatre to be a part of this concert,” said Gould. “We look forward to people coming out and enjoying the blend we have developed with not only Argentinean music and Jazz but also our interests in science and art mixed with the music we play. See you there!”

“The RRCA plans to continue creating opportunities for cultural exchange like this” said the organization’s Executive Director, Xavier Verna. “I’m so thrilled to welcome Choro Das 3 and The Alberto Rojo Trio to the Ramsdell stage as part of their tour. We’re getting an extraordinary mix of genres at this concert. Seldom do we see how fusion of traditional folk music and jazz is created. This will be a highly enjoyable and educational experience for all!”

Join these two incredibly talented groups for a night full of music. Tickets are $22 for Adults and $13 for Students. Concessions and merchandise will be sold starting at 6:00pm. There will be a short intermission. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 1-800-836-0717.