Some great news from the Blandford Nature Center Facebook page recently: Their syrup has come in #1 in a contest and live music returns this summer.

First, the great syrup! Blandford Nature Center won the 2021 Alpine Historical Commission's annual Maple Syrup Contest! This contest was held in mid-April. Syrup from six producers in the West Michigan area took part. Check out the video of the contest here. If you haven't had any of their award winning syrup yet, it looks like there is still some available in their online gift shop, but quantities are low. There is nothing better than a stack of pancakes with some great maple syrup cascading over the top and down the sides, to the reservoir of syrup pooling on your plate!

In other news, live music is back at Blandford Nature Center! They are excited to announce this year's lineup for the Bands at Blandford Outdoor Concert Series! They have made safety of the community their top priority when planning this year's concerts. A few of the precautions that will be in place will be limited capacity pre-sale ticketing and socially distanced circles throughout the schoolyard to allow those attending to safely space out and enjoy the live music.

Blandford Nature Center has also partnered with The Diatribe Inc. to bring live poetry to several of the concert dates!

Make sure to get your tickets quickly, as the shows will sell out fast!
June concert tickets go on sale Monday, May 3rd
July concert tickets go on sale Thursday, June 3rd
September concert tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 3rd

The schedule includes: The Bootstrap Boys (June 12th), Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps (June 26), Cabildo (July 10), Last Gasp Collective (July 24), Peace to Mateo (September 11), and Molly (September 25).

Additional details can be found on the Blandford Nature Center website. The center is located at 1715 Hillburn Avenue on the northwest side of Grand Rapids.