BACK TO THE BRICKS






 

 

GENESEE COUNTY— Residents will be given a glimpse of automotive history as Back to the Bricks rolls through town for its eighth year on Aug. 14-18.

Founder and Chairman of Back to the Bricks Al Hatch started Back to the Bricks — which is a free event — because he missed the days of when individuals would hop in their muscle cars and just drive around.

In the years since its launch, Hatch has said the event continues to grow every year, becoming a real celebration of auto heritage that put Flint on the map.

An integral part of the event’s growth stems from the Grand Blanc community as it embraces Back to the Bricks by traditionally being the home to about 16 of the 40 host sites.

This year is no exception with businesses throughout the city and township gearing up for the crowds of automobile enthusiasts.

The Grand Mall, the Hot Dog Stand and Al Serra Auto Plaza in Grand Blanc are all popular sites during the rolling car cruise, which will be taking place from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Aug. 15-16.

Holy Family Church, sponsored by the Parish Life Commission, will also once again be holding its annual Family Summer Celebration in conjunction with Back to the Bricks rolling car cruise. Not only will Holy Family be providing bleachers for spectators on Thursday night, but they will also have bounce houses for children, food catered by Cranberries Cafe in Goodrich and a People’s Choice Car Show. There is no entry cost for the car show.

Prior to the rolling car cruise, Kirkridge Presbyterian Church, G- 8070 S. Saginaw St., will be hosting a swap meet and craft yard sale from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on both Aug. 15 and Aug. 16.

In addition to all the fun, familyfriendly human activities planned in the Grand Blanc area, the Paw Palace has decided to leave its paw print on the festivities by becoming the official Puppy Pit Stop of the rolling cruise. From 4 p.m. -9 p.m., the Paw Palace — located at 8145 Industrial Park Drive — will be having a “Hounds in Hot Rods” party complete with music, refreshments, classic cars and photographers to capture pets in and around the cars.

According to the 2012 Official Back to the Bricks magazine, there are some new additions to the event.

• A Chevrolet display on Saturday will be taking place under the “Big Top”-the skating rink at UMFlint’s University Pavilion. The theme for this event is “Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet.” Free hot dogs and apple pies will be given to the first 2,000 car exhibitors.

• An expansion to the cruise is set with the addition of a block. The cruise will add the area of South Saginaw Street, from Court Street to Fifth Street and two blocks of Court Street, from Harrison Street to Beach Street.

Details: Visit www.backtotthebricks.org.

SCHEDULE of events

Tune Up Party Week

August 9: Linden/Fenton
August 10: Richfield Township/Davison Township
August 11: City of Mt. Morris

Tuesday, August 14th

Free Drive-In Movie at US-23 Drive-In Theater. Car show and DJ at 5 pm and the movie is Footloose

Wednesday August 15th

10:00 am- 5:00 pm Swap Meet/Craft-Yard Sale, Kirkridge Presbyterian Church, G-8070 S. Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc

5:00 pm-9:00 pm Rolling Cruise on Saginaw Street from Fifth Avenue in Flint, through Burton, Grand Blanc Twp. & Grand Blanc to Cook Rd.

Thursday, August 16th

10:00 am- 5:00 pm Swap Meet/Craft-Yard Sale, Kirkridge Presbyterian Church, G-8070 S. Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc

5:00 pm-9:00 pm Rolling Cruise on Saginaw Street from Fifth Avenue in Flint, through Burton, Grand Blanc Twp & Grand Blanc to Cook Rd.

Friday, August 17th

11:00 am-3:00 pm FREE hot dog lunch to cruisers at Duke’s Car Stereo – 2833 S Dort Hwy

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Car Show, Downtown Flint

6:00 pm-9:00 pm Automotive Art and church tours etc. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 711 South Saginaw Street

6:00 pm- 9:00 pm Vendor Marketplace in Saginaw Street central lot, Food Vendors on First Street, on Saginaw Street by McFarlan Park

7:00 pm Music in the Parks 2012 The Spinners are joined by the Flint Symphony Orchestra on Saginaw St. just south of the river. Parking available at UM-Flint surface lots and the William S. White parking lot.

Saturday, August 18th

6:00 am Show car parking begins, Downtown Flint

8:00 am 8:00 pm Car Show

10:00 am Opening Ceremony, Central Lot, Downtown Flint

8:00 am – 8:00 pm Vendor Marketplace in Saginaw Street central lot, Food Vendors on First Street, on Saginaw Street by McFarlan Park

10:00 am-8:00 pm Automotive Art and church tours etc. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 711 South Saginaw Street

The Fairlanes will perform in McFarlan Park from 1-3 pm

JD Winegarden along with Stina’ Brokaw, Garry Purkey and Tim Ruwart will be performing from 1-4 pm at the corner of Third Street and Saginaw

Rich Eddies Rockin Oldies Band will perform on the flat lot from 2-4 pm The Rev. Right Time Band will perform from 5-7pm on the flat lot.

Three disk jockeys will play music and make announcements at different locations on Saginaw Street from 8-8 on Saturday. They are Bob Steel, Dan McPhail and Aileen England.

Schedule of events courtesy of www.backtothebricks.com and All Trinkets and Printing, Inc.


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