Compete for the Bocce Cup!

Bocce is a game of precision,  for some that may be a skill and others might rely on luck, but truly it’s all about enjoying a beautiful day with family and friends. The 7th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament will be held on the Historic Front Lawn this Saturday, August 16th from Noon- 5 PM. Over 64 players will compete for the coveted bocce cup, through a series of games on clearly marked courts. Read more


Faces & Spaces: Evelyn Shelagowski

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is considered home to many interesting people. Their unique experiences & living spaces help tell the story of what makes the Village a community…

Evelyn Shelagowski has spent nearly a full decade as a resident of The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. She was the first person to live in these renovated halls and if given the chance, she would have moved in as soon as Ray Minervini purchased the property. Evelyn is an artist who studied architecture for her own personal interests and to strengthen her skills in perspective. The minute she heard about the gorgeous structure, how it would be saved, and ‘The Village’ it would become, she knew she wanted to live here. Read more

Red Drive

Red Drive is Back!

When the gravel streets of the Traverse City State Hospital were first given their name, careful thought was put into who would be navigating these roads. Its our understanding that literacy was the factor under consideration, and with a wide range of education levels the streets were given the names of colors with a corresponding colored sign. Read more


The History behind Kirkbride Hall

The newly restored Kirkbride Hall is brimming with rich history in both place and name. The structure was originally built between 1883 and 1885 as the Chapel of the former Northern Michigan Asylum. The central Chapel Building, occasionally referred to as a Lecture Room, is characteristic of a Kirkbride Asylum, or those based on a standardized design and construction for mental health treatment known as the Kirkbride Plan. This concept originated with Pennsylvania physician Thomas Story Kirkbride in the mid-19th century.  As a pioneer of the moral treatment of the mentally ill, Dr. Kirkbride intended for these grand structures to be the ideal sanctuary for the mentally ill and act as a participant in their recovery. Read more


Traverse Symphony Orchestra: July 19th 2014

Close your eyes and imagine the resonant sound of the symphony. The historic front lawn is vibrant with activity and musicians play under a spectacular structure akin to an ethereal amphitheater. The laughter & conversation with friends adds another element of music to your ears and the comforts of the setting bring the beautiful peninsulas close enough to touch. Read more


Faces & Spaces: Christine Krzyszton

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is considered home to many interesting people. Their unique experiences & living spaces help tell the story of what makes the Village a community…

Walking through the doorway into Christine Krzyszton’s living room, you’ll take notice of the bold and bright colors, beaming from the abstract paintings that adorn every wall. Christine, among many things, is an Artist and her work can be characterized by the cheerful primary colors she paints with; reminiscent of youthful energy & the happiness of childhood. “My place is full of my art in every corner,” says Christine, “Each piece was created in this room.” Read more


Announcing Kirkbride Hall

Kirkbride Hall is the newly debuted event space at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Located at the heart of Building 50, the recently restored Kirkbride Hall was the original Chapel of the Traverse City State Hospital built in 1885. The 30 ft ceilings and 2,600 sq ft make for a gorgeous event space that will host a wide array of social and corporate gatherings, non-profit events and even act as an entertainment venue. The multi-function event space is targeted to preserve it’s historic function as the heart of the local community.

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Traverse City Wine & Art Festival 2014

This weekend marks the sixth annual Traverse City Wine & Art Festival on our  Historic Front Lawn. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons has played host to the festival since its inception in 2009. The event celebrates the incredible wine produced in Northern Michigan accompanied by beautiful original artwork, live music and local food. Read more