Attend Our Events in 2022


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August 21 at 6:00 p.m. EDTAn Intimate Evening with Seth Bernard: A Benefit Concert to Protect and Celebrate WATER!

If you love water and live music, this is the event for you! On Sunday, August 21, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EDT, Northern Michigan’s celebrated singer-songwriter Seth Bernard will perform at the Amphitheater at Civic Center Park in Traverse City. Fully 100% of ticket sales will be donated to two organizations that are all about water: FLOW and the Traverse City Tritons High School Girls Swim/Dive Team. The event is underwritten and hosted by Naperala Consulting; thank you so much to Sarah Naperala, vice president of FLOW’s Board of Directors and the parent of a swim/dive team member, for hosting. Act fast! Tickets are limited. Learn more and buy your tickets today!


August 25 at 7:00 p.m. EDT (public reception at 6:00 p.m.)—National Writers Series Event Featuring Authors Dave Dempsey and Jerry Dennis

Join us as FLOW senior policy advisor Dave Dempsey and writer Jerry Dennis—two of Michigan’s most acclaimed environmental authors—take the stage to talk about protecting the Great Lakes, the threats our water supply are facing, the dangers of climate change to our natural surroundings, and other topics covered in books by Dempsey, including Great Lakes for Sale, and Dennis, including Up North in Michigan, and The Living Great Lakes. MLive environmental reporter Sheri McWhirter will be the guest host. If you love the Great Lakes, you won’t want to miss this event hosted by the National Writers Series. The public reception at 6:00 p.m. will provide a chance to meet the authors and FLOW staff, who will be sharing information on how to get involved in the movement to keep our fresh water public and protected. The reception will include light appetizers, live music, a cash bar, and art displayed by Glenn Wolff, who beautifully illustrates Jerry Dennis’ books. Get your in-person or livestream tickets today!


August 22–September 3 (exact date TBD)Jake Bright to Swim the Manitou Passage to Benefit FLOW, North Manitou Light Keepers

Traverse City native Jake Bright will solo swim 6.91 miles across Lake Michigan’s Manitou Passage to the lighthouse on South Manitou Island in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for charity, with 100% of donations will benefit nonprofits For Love of Water and North Manitou Light Keepers.

Bright, a trained open water swimmer, will pursue the first official solo swim of the Manitou Passage following USA Swimming’s open water rules, including the use of a buoyancy neutral wetsuit and without any aids, such as fins, paddles or flotation devices. The specific date of the swim will depend on weather conditions, and will occur between August 22 and September 3 andupon completion—will receive ratification by the World Open Water Swim Association.

“The incredible fresh water of Lake Michigan and the amazing beauty of the Sleeping Bear Dunes are central to my upbringing, so I want to do something inspiring and charitable to celebrate them,” Bright said. Follow the event on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #ManitouSwim. Click to learn more & donate.