Sustainer’s Circle Events

We host a number of annual events exclusively for our Sustainer’s Circle of Donors. We hope these fun and informal events give you a chance to get out on the trails to enjoy and learn more about the network and experiences you’re helping to support! Please consider joining us at one or all of them! Not a sustainer? Learn more here.

TART Trails’ Oktoberfest Celebration
Brengman Brothers
9720 S Center Hwy, Traverse City, MI 49684
Thursday, Oct 3

5:00 – 8:00 pm
Please join us for our annual Sustainer’s Circle of Donors celebration. Doors open at 5:00 as the evening kicks off with social hour until 6:30, followed by a family style dinner brought to you by The Boathouse. Libations will include Brengman Brothers wines, Short’s brews and Northwoods soda. The State of the TART address will be delivered by Julie Clark and we’ll present the Jim Mudgett Trail Pioneer Award to an individual who has shown leadership and passion for our local trails.

Registration is $40 per person and tables of eight may be reserved for $300. Capacity is limited. Please register by Friday, September 27. If you have questions please contact Kate Lewis at

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Past Events

Saturday, August 24 – Bike & Boat
Noon – 7:00 pm

Our annual partnership event with Inland Seas! A one-way bike on the Leelanau Trail from Suttons Bay to Traverse City followed by a sail back to Suttons Bay on the Inland Seas Schooner, enjoying dinner, drinks and good company on board. Due to overwhelming response, this event is now filled. Please contact Madison Meter if you would like to be placed on the wait list!


Thursday, August 8 – Bubbles and Buddies at MAWBY Vineyards
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

TART Trails has generously been selected as a feature nonprofit in MAWBY’s new charitable giving program. Join us in the tasting room to celebrate and help us grow our Sustainer’s Circle of Donors. If you know someone interested in becoming a member of the Sustainer’s Circle, please bring them along! Check out this helpful link for reasons why it’s a great idea to join this special group of trail lovers.


Thursday, May 30 – Maximize Your Giving
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Please join us at the Hotel Indigo for a conversation about Charitable IRA Distributions, planned giving and other ways to most effectively leverage your super power of giving with the new tax laws. TART Trails’ Board Member and fellow Sustainer George Bearup will provide tips and tricks on the most beneficial ways to give. Join us for food, drinks and some friendly conversation. Please RSVP to Madison by May 21 if you plan to attend.


Saturday, February 16 – Ski & Snowshoe Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is calling! Join us for a guided afternoon cross country ski (or snowshoe hike). Soak in the fresh air while learning about the history of and future plans for the trail, then join us from 2-4pm for warm snacks and a refreshing Leelanau Lambic at Cherry Republic’s Public House in Glen Arbor. Please bring or rent your own skis/snowshoes. RSVP to Madison by 2/8/2019.


Friday, December 14 – Coffee & Treats on the Vasa Snowshoe Trail
8:30 am – 10:30 am

Meet up at the Bartlett Road trailhead. Weather dependent, look forward to a snowshoe or trail hike in the company of TART staff and our talented groomers, followed by a warm up by the bonfire. Cozy!