In 2016 the City of Hart purchased the property at 33 South State Street, an empty lot between Dale & Gail’s Music and Art Gallery and Lakeside Rehab and Family Fitness. Downtowns refer to these properties as “Pocket Parks”, and in downtown Hart, this space has been used as a pass through from parking to the access to the State Street store fronts. To make better use of the space, Hart Main Street is holding a design Charrette, a planning session to gather the ideas of the community for the design of the Pocket Park.
On June 14 from 5 – 7PM, volunteers will be in place showing ways the space could be used, and inviting the community to share what they would like to see and do in the park.
There will be examples of fitness, entertainment, picnicking with free hotdogs and bottled water, some playground equipment, a free little library space, a sensory garden to explore, and a water feature. The idea of enhancing this space is to give the community a reason to come downtown and spend time, or linger.
49 South State Street
P.O. Box 449
Hart, Michigan 49420
Phone (231) 301-8449
Monday-Friday, 9:00a to 5:00p
Hart Main Street has launched a Downtown Hart Street Light Banner project to dress up the streets of downtown with our art and our history. Working in partnership with the Hart Public Schools, the Hart Historic District, and the Oceana County Historical and Genealogical Society, over 40 banners will be hung throughout downtown displaying our history, and the student’s art depicting “Hart at Play”, the theme chosen by the Design Committee for their art work. The Design Committee is also in the planning stage for the next mural to be commissioned for downtown Hart, considering the theme “Oceana at Play”; to continue the mural series following the first mural currently located on the north side of the La Fiesta Restaurant, with the original work located in the City Hall Council chamber, titled “Oceana at Work”. The banners have been generously sponsored by many of the area businesses and organizations as part of the sponsorship package for the Hart Main Street annual campaign, with sponsors labeled on each banner. A visit downtown this summer will be an enjoyable walking tour of art and history!
note: the banner pictured appears horizontally in this format, but will be vertical on the street light posts.
Music on the Commons Concert Series
Thursdays in Hart is the place to be! Starting in June, alternating with the Downtown Hart Farmers Markets every other Thursday is LIVE music at Hart Commons on beautiful Hart Lake!! Concerts are from 7PM- 9PM. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy a delicious dinner at one of our local eateries, plus have time for dessert! Our concerts are unique, because the musicians that perform play most, or all, of their own original music, with a few covers thrown in from time to time.
We know you'll love our line-up this year! Dancing is always encouraged!!
In the case of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Heritage Hall, in the Hart Historic District.
June 14th- ClusterPluck
New Grass, Folk, Acoustic, Grass Roots, Americana
You're in for a treat, ClusterPluck is back to kick off Music On The Commons!!
This four piece band from St. Louis, Missouri, puts their heart and soul in every performance, playing a wide range of instruments to please every age and ear.
June 28th- Jen Sygit & Sam Corbin
Folk Roots, Americana
Earthwork artists Jen Sygit & Sam Corbin have been performing regionally as a team of songwriters for the better part of a decade. Together they have six albums between them and are also both founding members of Americana band “Lincoln County Process”. Soulful vocals laden with rich harmonies, a variety of instrumentation including banjo, acoustic guitar, telecaster and harmonica round out the duo's eclectic rootsy sound.
July 12th- The Crane Wives
The Crane Wives came together in 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and immediately began gathering a following with intricate melodies, sister-harmonies, and compelling songcraft.
Initially part of the indie folk boom, their sound has grown and broadened with each new recording till categorization becomes difficult: rock, pop, folk? Just call it really good music.
July 26th- The Smokin Dobroleles
Bluegrass and more!
The Smokin' Dobroleles hail from across West Michigan, but when they come together to make music they create a sound that is uniquely their own. With influences from bluegrass, gypsy jazz, Americana, and even reggae, the Smokin' Dobroleles infuse each performance with high-energy and passion.
August 9th- The Hackwells
Americana at its best!
Back by popular demand, The Hackwells original songs remind us of our life and times here in the beautiful state of Michigan! Brian McCarty on guitar, Jeff Schott on bass, Larry Everhart with harmonica, John Dobat on guitar and banjo. Call it roots, Americana, whatever. The Hackwells believe in substance over style, that a good song is a good song, and the song should determine the feel—that's the Hackwell way!!
August 23rd- Ravon “Steely” Rhoden
Professional Steelpan Musician
To end our concert season with a party, we are encouraging you to sport your tropical ware! Hawaiian shirts a must! Ravon “Steely” Rhoden is bringing the sounds and rhythms of the Caribbean to the shores of Hart Lake! Ravon has enchanted adults and children alike with his energetic music on cruise ships for lines including Disney, Celebrity, and Holland America.