Arts & Entertainment

Sturgis has cultural advantages that other towns merely dream about. Its extensive possibilities for artistic expression rival those of much larger cities. With programs ranging from the Scouts to the Sturgis Council of the Arts, Sturgis residents have a myriad of opportunties to enjoy.

Sturgis District Library is a lovely facility serving Sturgis and the surrounding townships. Its friendly staff is highly skilled and knowledgeable. The library is invaluable to Sturgis because of its services to the ocmmunity. Throughout the year, all age groups can enjoy programs and activities. Programs specifically aimed toward children include Story Hour, Mother-Daughter Book Club, Summer REading Program and art classes. Activities designed for adults include an annual chili cook-off; the mystery book of the month club, Lethal Lunches (it meets at noon); the Firends of the Library organization (gets the public involved with the life of the library); and a homebound program serving more than 250 seniors. Some of the speical services that the library offers include interlibrary loans, large print books, the History Room, genealogy classes, and computers and internet use.

The library features more than 65,000 volumes (including a Spanish collection), 230 periodicals and newspapers, audio and videotapes, and CDs and DVDs. The library regularly hold book and audio/video sales to raise money for th epurchase of new materials.

A truly amazing feature in the Sturgis downtown area is the Open Door Gallery. It was formed by an alliance of artists and is staffed by the artists themselves, who volunteer their time.

The Open Door features the works of local and regional artist and authors. Many speical events take place throughout the year at the Open Door. A wide variety of art classes, taught by the artist themselves, are offered for all ages. The gallery's annual wine-tasting event is a huge draw, and "Art Bounce" is a strolling event in which visitors tour artwork displayed in various downtown businesses and are treated to finger foods and drinks. This Culture and Commerce event is a cooperative presentation with the Chamber of Commerce, Council of the Arts, and the DDA.

The Sturgis Council of the Arts was established in 1974 through an endowment from Flora Kirsch Beck. The council promotes the arts and huanities throughout the region by sponsoring various activities and events, including school programs, art exhibits, a permanent art collection adn the performing arts. The Visiting Author Program brings authors and illustrators into local schools. The Great Art Program coordinates art presentations in elementary classes. There are creative writing and hands-on art projects for youth. Ballet, music and theatre programs are also offered to children.

The extraordinary Sturgis Wind Symphony and the talented Sturgis Civic Players display their musical and acting talents to the appreciation of hundres of area residents through various conerts and performances throughout the year.

One of the finest facilities in the Midwest is the Sturges-Young Civic Center and Auditorium. It is an incredible building that seats nearly 1,000 in the suditorium and provides seating for up to 300 in the dining room.

The facility is used for a vast array of events, such as meetings, conventions, receptions, lectures, educational and social functions, and art exhibits. The Auditorium hosts a variety of performances each year, with acts of interest to all different tastes from classical to rock an roll, from country to gospel.

The Sturges-Young Auditorium also provides wonderful meals for banquets and special occasions of all kinds, as well as a weekly SUnday breakfast/brunch buffet served between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm.