While summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, this beautiful weather has already allowed us to enjoy many summer traditions. Barbeques with the fam? Check. Bonfires and s’mores* with friends? Check. Trip to the beach (don’t forget your sunscreen)? Check and check.
If you’re looking for even more ways to enjoy the summer, or maybe to establish new summer traditions, here are a few local and budget-friendly ideas that include discounts exclusive to ECCU members.
Blues Fest is a three-day celebration of blues music, culture, and history. Offering something for everyone, you’ll enjoy continuous performances, a variety of free workshops covering topics such as guitar and harmonica techniques, slide guitar secrets, and home-made instruments, a large children’s activity area, a great selection of blues-related merchandise, a shade tent for those hot July days, and a wide variety of food and drink vendors.
Visit the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association for festival details.
Get The Deal: As a sponsor, ECCU is able to sell 3-day passes in advance for just $20. Passes are available for purchase at any ECCU branch, and represents a $12 savings over the total price of daily tickets. Bonus: new this year, passes include entrance into the All Start Blues Jam to be held Thursday night after the festival at Shakespeare’s Lower Level!
I married into a car-enthusiast family. Despite my complete lack of knowledge about historical cars, I quickly learned to appreciate them and enjoy visiting Gilmore Car Museum several times a year. Not only do they have some pretty impressive cars on display year-round, but they host a variety of special enthusiast shows each month.
Visit the museum’s website for an event schedule and to plan your visit.
Get The Deal: Stop by an ECCU branch for your Buy-One-Get-One-Free admission vouchers, which are good through the end of 2015.
You know it’s summer when Barn Theatre releases their lineup of shows! This year marks the Barn’s 69th Season, and they’re performing Escanaba In Da Moonlight, Mary Poppins, Ghost (The Musical), American Idiot, Rock of Ages, and more. View their complete season schedule here.
Get The Deal: ECCU members receive a $5 discount on regular ticket prices (limit 5 per show) when purchasing through the ticket office. Because you must show proof of credit union membership (either by using an ECCU debit or credit card), online ticket purchases are not eligible for the discount.
ECCU has had a longstanding relationship with Western Michigan University since 1958. One of the many ways members benefit from this is enjoying discounts to Bronco Sports and Miller Auditorium performances.
Get The Deal: Tickets can be purchased in person at the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or by calling 269.387.2300 or 800.228.9858. Phone orders will be held at the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office and can be picked up by presenting a valid form of ECCU identification prior to or on the night of the performance.
ECCU offers many discounts to members year-round. From shopping to health and fitness, and from Sprint to home and auto insurance, there’s a discount for just about everyone. View the complete list of ECCU member discounts here.
*In case you’re wondering, my favorite way to build a s’more is with a peanut butter cup instead of the traditional chocolate bar. But, I do also enjoy those cute little coconut marshmallows with the traditional chocolate bar.