Elm Pointe Estate
At the point where Monroe Creek winds its way to the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix stands a lovely park. Elm Pointe, the original site of a pioneer homestead, later became an estate consisting of eleven acres, a residence and lodge. This estate was granted to the City of East Jordan by owners Dr. and Mrs. George Westgate, on June 30, 1972; and gratefully accepted by the city “on the basis that all said property shall be used and devoted exclusively for public purposes.” In 1999, Elm Pointe was designed as a Michigan Historic Site.
During the summer months the small beach and picnic areas are immensely popular. The buildings, too, are fully utilized. The main residence, with its summer home atmosphere, is an ideal setting for meetings, family reunions, showers, weddings and recitals. The main floor of the lodge houses the East Jordan Portside Art and Historical Museum. The museum has artifacts from the lumbering era, an excellent agricultural exhibit, E.J. and Southern Railroad memorabilia, a salute to the military and local manufacturing, as well as new exhibits each year. Adjacent to the museum is the Cygred Riley Art Gallery with its impressive collection of Purchase Prize paintings and crafts (1971 to present) from the annual Portside Arts Fair. The Fair is always held on the grounds the first full weekend of August. It offers audiences a juried selection of fine arts in a setting that celebrates man’s inspiration by nature and the desire to share that inspiration with others in a spirit of community.
The Portside Arts Fair
The fair is sponsored by the East Jordan Historical Society. Admission is free, however, all donations made at the gate benefit the Historical Society. Approximately 2100 guests visit the Fair each year.
The juried art fair is open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There are 70 booth spaces spread out throughout the driveway and lawn area. Booths in Section A & B will have some mulch, pavement or lawn depending upon exact location. Booths in Section C are on the lawn.
There are two small lots and one large lot available. The first borders the beach area just before the Elm Pointe driveway, the second is in the woods just past the Elm Pointe driveway and the third is the field across the road which is only available during the fair. Overnight parking of vehicles or trailiers are not permitted in any of the lots.
Vehicles may be driven only on the paved driveway area. They are not allowed into Elm Pointe during Fair hours.
The Art Fair is organized and operated by volunteers. Volunteer positions include: board members, hosts/booth sitters, museum docents, information booth, gate greeters, and Saturday morning unloaders. If you are interested in volunteering on Saturday or Sunday, please give us a call.
On Saturday, a judge will award 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional purchase prizes. The selected art will then become part of the permanent collection housed in the Cygred Riley Gallery at Elm Pointe. The 2016 purchase prizes are sponsored by Charlevoix State Bank (charlevoixstatebank.com) and East Jordan Plastics (eastjordanplastics.com). Up to $1,000 will be divided between this year’s purchase prize winners.
Hosts will visit each booth throughout the day with free lemonade and water. They will be available, free of charge, to watch your booth for short breaks.
Lutheran Church Concessions:
Will be on site both Saturday and Sunday with a variety of American favorites and their famous home-baked fruit pies.
Children’s Activity Booth:
Each year several free craft projects are offered to fair visitors to make and take home. Parents may leave their child(ren) at the table and shop or stay and assist with the projects. Past crafts have included: paper bag puppets, pinwheels, sun catchers, wind socks, salt dough medallion necklaces, kaleidoscopes, rain sticks, plastic egg creatures, and origami. The Children’s Booth is sponsored by the 4Front Credit Union (baywindsfcu.com).
Live entertainment is usually scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday. Performers are located in the center grass area by the flag pole.
There are public restrooms located on site. During the fair additional facilities are brought in to accommodate shoppers. Handicap accessible.
The East Jordan Portside Art and Historical Society museum is open to the public from June through September. During the Fair, docents offer additional information about the exhibits. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. Handicap accessible.
Portside art and historical society merchandise is available for purchase.
Currently the water is shallow enough to moor small boats off shore and wade in to the Fair. There is no dock at Elm Pointe.
There is a small sandy beach on the property with picnic tables and BBQ grills.