Twenty Seven Years of Bringing Community Together

The Friendship Community Center serves the Leelanau community as a gathering place for people of all ages.

Located at the corner of Broadway and St. Mary’s Street in Suttons Bay, the community center hosts classes, activities and lunches on a regular basis.   It’s also available to individuals, businesses and community groups who need a place to meet.

The center was founded in 1988 to serve the growing senior citizen community in Leelanau County, but the focus has always been on encouraging generations to mix by bringing them together through community-based programs.

Over the years the Friendship Community Center has been the place to go for health and wellness classes, served as an after-school drop in center for local students, as a lunch site for senior citizens, a place to play cards and games, a site for wedding receptions and for artistic performances.

Today the center remains focused on providing educational and recreational activities for community members throughout the Suttons-Bay Bingham area and providing space for community meetings and events. Guests from around the county and neighboring counties are always welcome.

The center is supported in part through seasonal fundraisers including the Friendship Center Golf Outing, Cellar Sales that run from mid-May through mid-December and the Annual Cookie Sale which is coupled with the  Celebrate Holiday Celebration and Silent Auction each December.   The Celebrate Holiday Celebration and Silent Auction features hors d’oeuvres and local beverages.   

While the center and its programs have changed in the past 27 years, our mission remains the same: to offer a safe and healthy place for interaction between cultures and all generations through recreational, social, and educational opportunities. 

 We encourage you to learn more about the Friendship Community Center by exploring this website and invite you to visit the center to learn more about our organization.