Our unique community has the privilege of housing the Clinton County Historical Museum (Paine-Gillam-Scott House), as well as the Clinton County Arts Council and the Briggs District Library. The City of St. Johns is just twenty (20) miles north of Lansing, the center of many arts and cultural activities.
Paine-Gillam-Scott Museum (west Side of Courthouse Square)
Hours: Wednesday 2:00-7:00 P.M.; Sunday 1:00-4:00 P.M.
Museum is open from May - December (closed for holidays and holiday weekends ~ July 4, Memorial and Labor Days, Thanksgiving)
CLINTON COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Artifacts from the 2019 Exhibit, Clinton County Police and Fire Departments, are located in the Paine-Gillam-Scott House and the Carriage House. Check out the hand pump fire extinguisher and many more artifacts in the Carriage House.
Located in the Paine-Gillam-Scott House are police and fire uniforms, history of the departments, many photographs and unique artifacts from both departments. In addition to the 2019 Exhibit, wedding gowns are on display in June and July.
The Museum is open Wednesdays, 2-6 pm and Sundays, 1-4 pm. Closed on holiday weekends.
We are located west of the courthouse, at 106 Maple St., St. Johns, Michigan. Group tours and individual tours are welcome. For more information call 989-224-2894, email PGSmuseum@gmail.com, visit our web page pgsmuseum.com or Facebook at Paine-Gillam-Scott Museum.
The museum scans photographs, documents and newspaper clippings, etc. and stores the images in the Past Perfect software program. If you have photographs or documents you want scanned instead of donating, please call 989-224-2894 or 989-292-9096. Email is email@example.com. An appointment can be made, or visit on Wednesday 2 pm-6:30 pm or Sundays 1 pm-4 pm.
CLINTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Meets the first Monday of the month at 1:00 P.M., November through March; and at 7:00 P.M., April through October. Meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church, 200 E. State St., St. Johns.
For anyone needing additional information, send requests to CCHS, P.O. Box 174, St. Johns, MI 48879.
Open Tuesday - Friday 10:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M. Open Saturday 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Click on the above Clinton County Arts Council logo for information regarding all events, projects, programming and branches: Clinton Northern Railroad Museum, Concert in the Park series, Homegrown Productions and our Mint City Singers
“Concert in the Park” Series Announced
The 16th annual Concert in the Park summer music series is set and ready to go with another great lineup in 2019. Concerts are held every Wednesday evening, June 12 through Aug. 28, at the William E. Tennant Performance Shell in the St. Johns City Park. The music begins at 7 p.m., rain or shine.
"St. Johns is definitely the place to be on Wednesday evenings in the summer," says Bill Tennant, concert coordinator. "We have outstanding performers lined up again this year for our mid-Michigan audiences. The quality of performers along with the great variety of music makes this one of the best series in the state of Michigan."
This year’s 12-concert schedule includes 5 popular groups back from last year – 4 returning groups who have performed before – and 3 new groups. “With 7 different groups this year, it provides a refreshing mix of sounds,” explains Keith Mino, emcee. “It’s great to introduce new groups to our series each year, but equally fun to bring some of the better groups back from previous years to revisit their music – see how they’ve progressed.”
New this year is a trio of performers, The Mountain Town Brass, the Dave Bennett Quartet, and Ross Mead and North Country – an elite brass band, a unique jazz/rock group, and a wonderful country band.
The Mountain Town Brass is an amazing brass band performing in the British band tradition. This group is made up of some of the best virtuoso brass players in the state coming from the greater Detroit area, Grand Rapids, Mt. Pleasant, Lansing and Petoskey.
Ross Mead and North Country is a modern country band headquartered in Fenton. The band consists of seasoned musicians with over a century of combined experience. Presenting rock, soul and twang in equal measure, the band features vocalist acoustic guitarist Ross Mead as a compelling and entertaining front man.
The Dave Bennett Quartet enthralls audiences with toe-tapping music not only from the Swing era, but will also touch on country, rockabilly and pop. Dave’s music will include a sweeping variety of musical styles, everything from Benny Goodman to Jerry Lee Lewis, with even some Elvis, the Beatles, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel in the groups playlist. Dave has performed in over 50 performing arts centers throughout the world including Carnegie Hall.
A quintet of the series' most popular groups return from last year, including The Sea Cruisers (July 10); Matt King and his tribute to Elvis (Aug. 28); Toppermost and their tribute to the Beatles (Aug. 7); Capitol City Chordsmen (July 17) and the popular Saline Fiddlers (Aug.14).
Four additional groups will be returning to the shell after varying years of absence from the series. The Louie Longoria Band will open this year’s season (June 12)); the Lansing Concert Big Band (June 26); the popular Lansing based Root Doctor (July 3); and Jeff Dietrich’s Miranda & the M80s featuring the music of Queen and the ‘80s (July31).
"Bring a chair, a blanket and head to the beautiful St. Johns City Park to partake of a wonderful feast that will fill your musical palette with many delights throughout the summer," Tennant says.
The St. Johns Lions Club will have food available with all the proceeds going back into the community. There is no admission charge; donations are greatly appreciated to help pay for the series that is sponsored by the City of St. Johns and Clinton County Arts Council.
LCB 'Big Band' performs June 26 at Concert in the Park
ST. JOHNS - Songs from the "Great American Songbook" will float on the summer breeze when the Lansing Concert Band 'Big Band' performs June 26 as part of the St. Johns Concert in the Park summer music series. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the William E. Tennant Performance Shell in the St. Johns City Park. There is no admission charge.
The concert features jazz standards and music made popular by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Orchestra. The Lansing Concert Band ‘Big Band’ was formed in 1993 by members of the Lansing Concert Band who wanted a performance opportunity to play those songs.
Tom Fredericks, a member of the trumpet section, is among the band members who have a passion for ‘big band’ music, just like Margaret Gallighugh who is a member of the saxophone section. She wanted a new music performance experience to complement her classical music training and her private music teaching.
This year's LCB Band Big Band performance features two very talented Lansing-area vocalists. Kelly Sandula-Gruner is the female vocalist. She is a cantor at St. John Church and Student Center in East Lansing, as well as a member of the LCB french horn section. Dan Templin is the male vocalist. Dan is a jazz pianist, choir member at the First United Methodist Church and singer in the "Take Note" barbershop quartet. Kelly and Dan perform with the Singers on the Grand and in productions of the "Starlight Dinner Theater.
All of the LCB Big Band members have a passion for excellence and having great fun in performing these exciting and romantic ‘big band’ instrumental and vocal arrangements. The LCB Big Band has performed for concerts, fund-raising events and for dinner dance events for WKAR TV and radio volunteers.
The LCB Big Band was founded by and is directed by Jim Kasprzak, lead trumpet and Principal Trumpet in the Lansing Concert Band. For more information visit https://www.lansingconcertband.org/index.php
Concert in the Park is sponsored by the Clinton County Arts Council and the City of St. Johns with support from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Concerts are held each Wednesday evening; rain or shine. The St. Johns Lions and Lioness Club staff a concession stand offering light refreshments.
For detailed information on the Concert in the Park series visit the CCAC web site, http://www.clintoncountyarts.org/ and check out the St. Johns City Park Performance Shell page on Facebook
St. Johns Community Band, contact Roy Davis at 989-227-4273 for information on how to join.
Click on the logo to go to the Briggs Public Library website