The owners of the new Harmony Hill (former Mott Mountain) in Surrey Township just outside of Farwell, Michigan, were very pleased to welcome an entourage of Clare County representatives to their new venue on Thurs., Jan. 24, 2013. Aaron Mohr (Pickney, MI), Ray Moran (Gross Pointe Farms), Kyle Eckles (Clarkston), Johannah Scarlett (Farmington Hills), and Robin Watkins, who along with “silent partner” Doug Murphy (Detroit), their CFO, were amazed at the support from local business leaders, civic leaders and the press as they took visitors on a tour of their property’s main buildings, which includes the largest stage in Michigan.
“This visit confirms our belief that the development of this property was the right fit for us,” said Aaron, “We strive to become part of this close knit community and the support we received from this visit reaffirms that we will be able to develop a strong relationship with the citizens of Clare County.”
Attending the visit was a delegation from the City of Clare, led by City Clerk Diane Lyon , City Manager Ken Hibl, His Honor, City Mayor Pat Humphrey and Karla Swanson, a City Commissioner, was the high point, as Mayor Humphrey presented the group with a key to the City as a token of their appreciation.
“We hope to begin this partnership with Harmony Hill to continue to develop the area’s commitment to arts and entertainment,” said Humphry, who added, with a smile, “We offer this key to you in ‘harmony’ and good will.”
Also in attendance were representatives from both Surrey Township and the Village of Farwell, who have already made fast friends with the owners as they were pursuing the purchase of the property late last year.
“It is an amazing venture, one that despite the darker past in its Mott Mountain incarnation, appears to be so completely opposite not only in the passion and determination of these young folks, but also in the decisive and businesslike manner they are approaching this endeavor,” said James Conlay, a Village of Farwell Council member, who attended the meeting with the Village Clerk Janet Conlay.
Mohr pointed out that Harmony Hill is willing to assist non-profits in holding fundraiser events, allowing them to have vendor stands at concerts and he hopes that if there are any concerns they are brought to their attention immediately.
“We don’t anticipate having much resistance from our neighbors and hope to continually work with them to insure they are happy. Safety is our number one issue; I enjoy music, I love entertainment, but for me, it’s all about the safety,” said Scarlett.
Harmony Hill’s restaurant was slated to open in February, but the group is awaiting confirmation of the liquor license transfer, which can be lengthy.
Further announcements – including the line up for their kick off concert event – will be released as the details are finalized.
Harmony Hills managing partners have been involved in Michigan’s film industry for years, working on films such as The Five Year Engagement, Oz the Great and Powerful, Red Dawn (2012), and The Ides of March with George Clooney.