The Howell Opera House, built in 1881, is a recognized landmark in downtown Howell serving the community with a variety of quality arts and cultural events throughout the year.
Learn more about the historic icon in the following pages and discover why the Howell Opera House provides a significant sense of place in our community.
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Restoration Moving Forward!
THANK YOU, Thai Summit! We are proud and happy to announce the following:
A major grant from a local manufacturer will help boost renovations at the Howell Opera House.
Thai Summit, a Howell-based automotive supplier, announced Friday that it is donating $60,000 to restore 22 windows on the building’s second and third floors. The announcement came during Friday evening’s Restore the Glory fund raising event on behalf of the historic downtown building.
“This is a major grant for the opera house and it’s very exciting to see,” city Manger Shea Charles said.
To further boost renovations, the opera house has filed for State of Michigan Historic District status. If granted, Charles said, such status would allow the opera house to seek additional grants as well as obtain tax savings.
The Livingston County Arts Council, which operates the site, seeks to complete major renovations on the building, which is currently used for concerts, art shows, and other community-based activities.
Livingston Arts Council President Blythe Patterson said she was excited about the new partnership between the opera house and Thai Summit and praised the company for its community involvement.
Thai Summit representative Woody Iddhibhakdibongse announced the grant on behalf company President Somporn Jungrungruengkit.
POP UP LUNCH with the GREAT FOODINI, Renee Chodkowski
Thursday, May 16
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
$12 per person.
Great cooking tips, recipes, and a cooking demo...plus a fabulous lunch!
Fresh Veggie Herb Tortellini Salad w/lemon basil dressing
Bread Basket including homemade corn muffins
Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake
Call 517-540-0065 or on line below with PayPal!
Concerts at the Courthouse
2013 Summer Schedule:
All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring the family and your friends and enjoy the best outdoor musical entertainment in the county! Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday nights beginning July 5.
Metro Jazz Voices - Four Part Jazz and Pop Vocals
The Jill Jack Band - Rock, Pop and Folk Originals
The Saints of Soul - Rhythm and Blues
Cats and the Fiddler - Bluegrass and Pop
Rhythm Society Orchestra - 19 Piece Big Band
Air Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffett Tribute
Emerging Soul - Rock & Soul
Rusty Wright Blues Band - The Best Blues in the Land
Lucas Hoge - Nashville Rocks Out
Community Contra Dance!
Grab your dancing shoes and join the fun on Wednesday nights, once a month for this popular dance program.
Bring a friend or grab a partner there! All ages welcome; dance steps taught on site by caller Glen Morningstar accompanied by live music of fiddle, violin, and guitar! 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Pay $5 per person at the door!
Please note the addition of Newcomer Lessons at 6:30 pm just before the dance begins at 7:00 pm!
Remaining 2013 Schedule: One Wednesday a month through May.
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