• villagepuppets7The Village Puppeteers present “Lost in Storyland” in the Black Box!

    In a raucous comic romp, their internationally acclaimed puppeteers riff on classic fairy tale characters.  Packed with silly antics and featuring a cavalcade of colorful puppets, Puss ‘N Boots, the Three Little Pigs, Humpty Dumpty,  Little Miss Muffet and Rumpelstiltskin are joined by a host of others, including a handsome prince, a maiden in distress and a dazzling dragon. Fun for the whole family!

    Click here to purchase tickets! $5, children 3 and under are free with a ticket. Black Box. General admission seating.

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact the Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • the-neverending-storyJoin in on the fun and kick off the 2016 Baby Food Festival by watching The NeverEnding Story, the tale of a boy that dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book.  It stars Noah Hathaway, Barrett Oliver and Tami Stronach.  The 1984 film is rated PG and runs 94 minutes.

    Black Box. General admission seating. Free admission, donations accepted at the door to help support the programs of the Dogwood Center.

    Dogwood Center is located one mile east of downtown Fremont at 4734 Campus Court.

  • The Dogwood Center Summer Youth Theater presents Alice in Wonderland!

    Curiouser and curiouser. This version of Alice in Wonderland combines both Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Join us for this whimsical production performed by community middle school aged students and up!

    The Dogwood Summer Youth Theater is directed again this summer by Chelsea Webb.

    Show dates and times are Thursday and Friday,  July 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 30 at 3:00 p.m.

    Free admission. Donations accepted at the door to support Dogwood programs. Main Stage. General admission seating.

  • The Dogwood Center Summer Youth Theater presents Alice in Wonderland!

    Curiouser and curiouser. This version of Alice in Wonderland combines both Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Join us for this whimsical production performed by community middle school aged students and up!

    The Dogwood Summer Youth Theater is directed again this summer by Chelsea Webb.

    Show dates and times are Thursday and Friday,  July 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 30 at 3:00 p.m.

    Free admission. Donations accepted at the door to support Dogwood programs. Main Stage. General admission seating.

  • The Dogwood Center Summer Youth Theater presents Alice in Wonderland!

    Curiouser and curiouser. This version of Alice in Wonderland combines both Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. Join us for this whimsical production performed by community middle school aged students and up!

    The Dogwood Summer Youth Theater is directed again this summer by Chelsea Webb.

    Show dates and times are Thursday and Friday,  July 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 30 at 3:00 p.m.

    Free admission. Donations accepted at the door to support Dogwood programs. Main Stage. General admission seating.

  • crystalbowersoxguitarCrystal Bowersox has made it her mission to live life and her music to the fullest. With a gentle warmth and wisdom well beyond her years, the consummate artist has an uncompromising vision of herself and her music that is refreshing and rare. “I believe if you stand for something, stand your ground; stand it strong and stand it proud.”

    It is this fortitude and courageous spirit that resonated with millions night after night when the 2010 American Idol runner up took the stage. There is a sincerity and authenticity about her that just can’t be manufactured. The same can be said about her musical prowess, which has all the markings of a creative force to reckon with who is in it for the long haul. Her rich blend of blues, country, folk and rock makes her one of the most dynamic young voices in music to come along in years. She has performed alongside everyone from Harry Connick Jr., Joe Cocker, and Alanis Morrisette, to Michael Franti, John Popper and BB King.

    All That For This, Crystal Bowersox’s sophomore release and Shanachie Entertainment debut, is a powerful testament to her talents as both a singer and songwriter, as well as her unerring musical vision.

    Bowersox’s new recording is a finely crafted and beautifully arranged tapestry that illustrates the dynamic singer’s keen ability to shape a narrative poetically and metaphorically, inviting listeners into her world.

    Bowersox rejoices on the sweepingly beautiful Amen for my Friends, speaking to the blessings of friendship.  All That For This also includes Dead Weight, featuring Crystal’s rich and emotive alto ringing truth with the potent lyrics, “If you don’t know I’ll tell you now…Don’t go beating dead horses keep steady your course.. if you’re holding on to dead weight it’s just holding you down.” Crystal penned the song Till The Whiskey’s Gone with a dear friend of her husband’s, Austin musician Charlie King. She brings the heat on this rocked out anthem, as only she can. The zen and funky Fall Into Place opens with an insatiable guitar riff and Crystal makes her declaration for independence and bares all on the show stopping bluesy number Moving On. Throughout Bowersox raises the bar as a triple threat adept at shining as a vocalist, composer and guitarist.

    Although the spotlight shone on Crystal when she appeared on American Idol, she was already a seasoned veteran of the folk circuit before she was on the show. She began performing regularly at ten and by her teens she was gigging steadily. In 2004 she relocated to Chicago where she spent several years honing her skills on Chicago’s North Side, busking at train stations and performing at clubs and bars, as well as internationally.

    2010 was a big year for Bowersox who placed second in one of the nation’s biggest singing competitions, married fellow musician and friend Brian Walker, and released her critically heralded Farmer’s Daughter. Her recording debut was a powerfully moving and personally revealing recording that dealt with real life issues including childhood abuse, love and life’s everyday challenges.

    For more on Crystal Bowersox please visit her website by clicking here.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $17.50. Black Box. General admission seating. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets. Call the Dogwood to reserve yours today!

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact the Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • occidentalgypsyOccidental Gypsy plays an exhilarating blend of gypsy swing, jazz and world music that enraptures the listener with a complex acoustic sound, burnished by smooth vocals reminiscent of the first era of swing.

    Hailing from the New England,  Occidental Gypsy plays a dynamic, multi-genre mix of original vocal and instrumental pieces. And they’ve been recognized for notable covers like a “gypsyfied” take on Michael Jackson’s Thriller.  The Boston Globe has named them a “Best Bet for Weekend Entertainment,” and musician David Bromberg said of the group, “great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, with high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band.”

    Well known as capable heirs and nouveau pioneers of the music of Django Reinhardt, Occidental Gypsy was featured at the 2015 DjangoFest in Mill Valley, California.  The band has sold out legendary venues such as Nighttown in Cleveland, as well as  offering workshops and shows at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Ark in Ann Arbor, The Triple Door in Seattle and many other notable spots.  The band has shared the stage with greats like Rikki Lee Jones, Jorma Kaukenen, Stanley Jordan, Joe Sample, Tony Rice, and David Bromberg.  Band members have also participated in side projects that have brought them around the world alongside legends, like the 24 year old Eli Bishop who has played with Wynton Marsalis, and regularly performs at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

    The band features Eli Bishop, a Nashville prodigy who recently won 1st Place in the Mississippi Fiddle Championships. Bishop stuns crowds with his lightning-fast and emotional violin.  Lead guitarist and composer Brett Feldman drives the sound with masterful gypsy swing guitar.  Jeremy Frantz — a protege of legendary jazz guitarist Joe Negri— brings his sultry, “retro” vocals and expert jazz guitar to the front line, and serves as an exquisite counterpoint to the down-and-dirty driving sound brought by Brett.  Percussionist Jon Chapman and bassist Jeff Feldman fill out the band’s rich sound and keep crowds moving with beats and complex rhythms that make their audience keep coming back for more.

    Occidental Gypsy’s sound is appealing to a wide spectrum of people, and their shows consistently attract enthusiastic audiences at colleges, arts centers, festivals, concert halls and clubs. Their fans include musicians who enjoy the sophisticated compositions and masterful play, but most folks just come to enjoy the music and dance.  The band has found a unique beat and brings to every show a dynamic mix of original vocal and instrumental pieces– and a few memorable standards– in fun, exhilarating performances.  Occidental Gypsy’s music cannot be easily classified; a bit of jazz, a catchy strain of pop, a seismic swing experience, and “a whole lotta’ gypsified groove…”

    An Occidental Gypsy performance includes so much more than just music. Jeremy, Eli, Brett, Jeff, and Erick are incredibly energetic and charming entertainers who interact with fans on a personal level, and incorporate audience participation into every show.  On stage, the dialog between band members is entertaining, to the delight of the audience. Perhaps this is why the Boston Globe recommends an Occidental Gypsy show as a “Weekend Best Bet.”

    For more on Occidental Gypsy, check out their website here.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $15. Black Box. General admission seating. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets. Call the Dogwood to reserve yours today!

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact the Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • taiko

    Raion Taiko is a professional performing group sponsored by the Great Lakes Taiko Center in Novi, Michigan. The Great Lakes Taiko Center also offers classes and instruction in Japanese Taiko Drumming.

    “Taiko” in general is often used to mean the relatively modern art of Japanese drum ensembles (kumi-daiko), but the word actually refers to the taiko drums themselves. Literally, taiko means “fat drum,” although there is a vast array of shapes and sizes of taiko. Within the last fifty years since kumi-daiko was created, it has seen phenomenal growth to the point where there are over 8,000 taiko groups in Japan by some counts. Borrowing on thousands of years of tradition, taiko groups are now taking the style worldwide. Taiko promises to be the first native Japanese music to spread through the world.

    Tickets on sale soon! Tickets $12.50. Main Stage. General admission seating. 3:00 p.m.

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact the Artsplace at 231.924.4022.


  • nelsonsillusionsNelson Illusions is a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle that combines rare and original illusions from around the world with award winning, jaw-dropping magic. The show features four Master Magicians, each with an exciting, engaging, original style. The show combines a thoroughly entertaining blend of mystery, drama, romance, and comedy with some of the most beautiful and astonishing stage magic in existence today…and audience members are brought on stage to share the wonder! A girl sawn in half in plain view, an elegant lady who floats in circles, a man who melts through a sheet of solid steel, a woman who gets shot out of a cannon, a man who risks death between two four-foot tall spinning saw blades, and much more. Nelson Illusions is the largest touring illusion show in the United States, carrying over 30,000 pounds of equipment.

    For more information on Nelson’s Illusions visit their website here.

    Tickets on sale soon! $17.50 adults, $10 kids 18 and under. Main Stage. Reserved seating. 3:00 p.m.

    Dogwood Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. For more information please contact the Artsplace at 231.924.4022.