The outdoor summer concert series hosted by the Livingston Arts Council and the Howell Opera House began July 4 and will continue through August 29.
Special thanks to our Sustaining Partner, Robert and Maxine Parker Foundation, and Supporting Sponsors Scully-Monroe Agency, Heart of Michigan, and Howell Family Dentist.
All concerts are free and open to the public. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Hot dogs, ice cream, drinks and popcorn are offered on site by the Howell Kiwanis Club.
See the Events page for a complete schedule.
The Great Foodini is back
for another summer Pop Up Bistro!
August 20 - Noon to 1:00 p.m.
$12 per person
The Great Foodini, Renee Chodkowski, shares her recipes, kitchen tips, and cooking skills with guests who will enjoy her delicious lunch prepared from fresh seasonal produce!
Reservations are required!
Seats are limited and this event fills up quickly!
RESERVE NOW by calling 517-540-0065 or with PAYPAL below for the Bistro's on August 20 and September 17!
ART at the Opera House - Fine Art Show & Sale
Held during the Howell Melon Festival
Friday, August 15 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 16 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 17 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Exhibit and Sale is free and open to the public. A variety of mixed media art on display and available for sale.
A children's Make & Take art table will be on site for youth to create their own work of art! Plus, free tours of the 2nd floor theater throughout the weekend!
Restoration Moving Forward!
The face of the Howell Opera House is getting an uplift!
The Window and Façade Restoration phase that began last fall is nearing completion. The long, hard winter made some of the work impossible but now all 22 original windows have been removed, sashes restored, and trim scraped and painted. All of the original windows have been replaced and new storm windows added.
A new window and sash had to be built to replace the fire escape door that was once located on the west side of the building.
In addition to this gleaming achievement, black and gold fleur-de-lis architectural accents between each window have been painstakingly hand painted. Some of the wood accents were remade because of deterioration.
The Window and Façade Restoration project was done by Jim Turner and his crew from Turner Restoration, Detroit, considered a Michigan master of historic preservation.
“It has been a pleasure working on the Howell Opera House,” says Turner. “It’s one of mid-Michigan’s jewels. It provides a vehicle not only for tomorrow, but a pathway to our past, culture, and heritage.”
The restoration project is possible in part by a large donation from automotive supplier, Thai Summit America Corp. The necessary additional funding required came from many generous community members who received naming rights for sponsoring a window.
The Livingston Arts Council is grateful for support for this phase of the restoration project that has created a big step forward. Be sure to drive by and look up!
HISTORY OF HOWELL
Images of America
New Addition - First Time in Print!
Authors: David D. Finney Jr. and Judith L. McIntosh.
Images of America: "Howell" features vintage photographs of the town, most of which have never before been published. This visual documentation spans the decades from the 1850s to the 1950s, telling the story of Livingston Centre, known today as Howell.
Learn more about the incredible history of the Howell community generations ago through unique photos, facts, and stories!
Available at the Howell Opera House for $21.99. For your copy: Call 517-540-0065
(Add $5 for shipping if you request a copy mailed to you.) A portion of the proceeds benefit the Howell Opera House.
Support the Howell Opera House restoration project by purchasing a high quality sweatshirt from the Plank Road Questers #236 of Brighton!
ALL PROFIT from the sale of shirtswill be donated to the Window and Facade Project beginning late summer at the iconic building. All of the original double sashed windows will be restored for safety, sound, and insulation in the second floor theater.
Purchase and wear the shirt to show your support for this important phase of the second floor restoration! Shirts are $38.00 and can be ordered in any size by calling Judith Coebly, 586-872-4535. (All shirts are royal blue with white stitching.)
Howell Opera House
January 30, 2002 - Outstanding Community Initiative Award for commitment to restoration as an architectural and cultural centerpiece.
July 10, 2006 - Michigan Registered Historical Site - Michigan Historical Commission
2007 - Significant Historical Building - Howell Main Street
2008 - Historical Preservation & Design Award for Preservation Stewardship - Howell Main Street
Listed on the Register of Historic Places, in Washington DC, 1987
2013 - Designated as an Historic District of the City of Howell: Howell Opera House Historic District