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A Northern Tradition 2019 HEader

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Jay's Sporting Goods in Clare, MI

A Northern Tradition

Save the Date: Future Dates TBA

Join the Mid Michigan College Foundation and Jay’s Sporting Goods for the 19th annual benefit, A Northern Tradition. This exclusive evening at Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare includes shopping, great food from local restaurants, raffle prizes, silent auction, shopping spree giveaways, and more!

Your $50 Ticket Includes

  • $25 Gift Certificate to Jay's Sporting Goods
  • Limited Edition Art Print or Notecards
  • All-You-Can-Eat Appetizers and Desserts
  • Chance to win a $500 Jay's Shopping Spree

2020 Featured Artist - Anni Crouter


Born in Chicago, but growing up in Flint, Michigan, Anni Crouter started painting and drawing before she could read or write. Soon after relocating to Michigan in 1965, this natural ability caught notice by her mother and both her grandmothers, who encouraged her to express herself. The life on a farm in rural Michigan with a father who was a veterinarian lent itself to many aspiring subjects to paint and draw such as horses, barn cats, dogs, birds, and other wild and domesticated animals. Many of these subjects still remain her favorites to paint.

Following school, she attended Mott Community College (Flint, MI) majoring in business, with a minor in art. Her artwork mainly focused on oil, and sometimes, acrylic mediums. Her big breakthrough came with the introduction into the world of watercolors. She credits her longtime mentor, Jim Ames, AWS. Under his guidance her knowledge in art theory and artistic abilities has continually progressed, and now her work can be seen in national and international trade journals, art galleries and businesses in several states, and in the homes of private collectors.

Anni married Dr. Nathan Boggs, DVM in 2001. They currently reside in Flint, MI, where she shares space at her husbands practice - he fixes them on the ground floor and she paints them in the studio located on the second floor. It seems that when you love your subjects so much, you make sure that you are around them as much as possible.

Get Your Tickets Today!

Tickets are available for purchase at Mid’s Harrison and Mt. Pleasant Campus Stores, Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare, ONLINE, or by calling (989) 773-6622 x181.


Many local businesses and individuals support A Northern Tradition each year.

Contact Tom Olver at or (989) 386-6675 if you are interested in being a sponsor.

A Northern Tradition

2020 Special Guest

JD_Boardman2_crop.jpgMichigan native Jerry Dennis has earned his living since 1986 writing about fishing, hunting, nature, and the Great Lakes for such publications as Field and Stream, Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, and The New York Times. His award-winning books, including The Living Great Lakes, The Windward Shore, A Place on the Water, and Canoeing Michigan Rivers, have been national bestsellers and have been translated into seven languages. Among his many honors are the Michigan Author of the Year Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, and four best-book-of-the-year awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He lives with his wife Gail Dennis near Traverse City.
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