Elk Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce
Monday Minute Newsletter
May 10, 2021

Chain of Lakes Area
Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake * Eastport * Ellsworth *
Elk Rapids * Kewadin * *Rapid City * Torch River * Williamsburg
2021 Save the Dates (so far)

May 15 - Super Recycling Day 9 am - 3 pm
Shredding Service from9 am - Noon, @ Government Bldg. parking lot, Super Recycling listings is on greenelkrapids.org
May 22, Curbside Recycling, Village of Elk Rapids
May 29, Arts & Craft Show 10 am-4 pm
June 1-15, Art Galleries present "15 days of Art"
June 5, ER Household Hazardous Waste Collection
June 11-12 - Wooden Boat Show
June 12, Free Fishing Weekend
June 26, Harbor Summer Concert"Royal Grand"7-9 pm
June 30 - Fishing Expo @ Harbor 4-7 pm
-DNR Survey Ship "Steelhead" in Harbor 3:30-5:00 pm
June 30, Evening on River Street, 6-9 pm
July 4, Harbor Summer Concert "On the Sun" 7-9 pm
July 7, Evening on River Street, 6-9 pm
July 13, Elk Rapids Garden Walk, 10 am-5 pm
July 14, Evening on River Street, 6-9 pm
July 17, Arts & Craft Show, 10 am-4 pm
July 17, Harbor Concert "Nathan Walton" 7-9 pm
July 21, Evening on River Street, 6-9 pm
July 28, Evening on River Street, 6-9 pm
July 29, Art Rapids! Concert in the Park
August 1, Harbor Concert"1000 Watt Prophets"7-9 pm
August 4, Evening on River Street, 6-9 pm
August 4-7, Harbor Days Festival
August 7, Harbor Concert "Delilah DeWylde" 7-9 pm
August 11, Evening on River Street, 6-9 pm
August 21, Harbor Concert "Gasoline Gypsies" 7-9 pm
September 3-4, Friends of the Library Jewelry Sale
September 4, Arts & Craft Show 10 am-4 pm
September 16-18, Paddle Antrim Festival

Arts and Craft Shows
May 29, July 17, and September 4

Farmer's Market Registration Now Open
Friday's June 11 ~ October 8, 2021
8:00 a.m. until Noon


Evening on River Street
Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
June 30 ~ August 11
Stay tuned for details

For information on the Wooden Boat Show
Registration, schedule, sponsorships, advertising, Click on https://elkrapidsharbordays.org/events-schedule/forms-and-applications/

Please email laura@elkrapidschamber.org with any updated event dates you may have!
Antrim County Household Hazardous Collection Day is for households ONLY. If businesses would like information on disposing of hazardous waste, please call (231) 533-8363 ext 1 for guidance. 

Public Meetings about YOUR Community

Monday, May 10, Milton Township, 7:00 p.m.
Monday, May 10, ER Harbor Commission 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 11, ER Township Meeting 9:00 a.m. | Agenda
Tuesday, May 11, Milton Township Planning Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 12, ER DDA Meeting 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 13, ER Library Meeting 5:00 p.m.

Village of Elk Rapids Website: www.elkrapids.org
Jurisdiction includes:
Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
Letter to the Editor:

Wouldn't it be wonderful for Antrim County to be the first county in Michigan to achieve an 80% COVID-19 vaccination rate? To say "Welcome to an up north county where your family, friends, and visitors can see smiling faces, have fun and feel safe". Right now Antrim County's rate is 54.7% and ranks 19th in the state for initial vaccinations. Three of our nearby counties rank first, second and third in the state (Leelanau - 68.4%, Grand Traverse 61.8%, Emmet 61.3%). Let's top them.

Vaccination is more than protecting your own health, it's also about the health of others and the economic recovery of our community. Hesitancy is driven by misinformation and fear. Those can be overcome by taking advantage of the multitude of information sources available to you. Check out more than one, such as our regional health department, nwhealth.org, or Munson's Ask-A-Nurse, 231-935-0951, or your own healthcare provider. Take advantage of clinics being provided by the health department – call 211 to get sites/times. As Mark Twain said, "Courage is the resistance and mastery of fear, not absence of fear."

Be brave. Check out the data. Get the shot. Help make Antrim County the place to be.
Myrna Holland, RN
May 10, 2021   

Gov. Whitmer Announces 55% of Michiganders Vaccinated,
First Milestone of MI Vacc to Normal Plan Achieved  
The State anticipates allowing all in-person work to resume on May 24. 
LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced that 55% of Michiganders have received their first dose of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement marks the first milestone of the 'MI Vacc to Normal' plan, which would enable in-person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24. Governor Whitmer released a video on social media congratulating Michiganders for achieving this important step and encouraged others to get vaccinated to help us get back to normal.    
"I am excited that 55% of Michiganders have gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine because it puts us one step closer to getting Vacc to Normal," said Governor Whitmer. "Everyone is eligible to get their safe, effective shots, and it's on all of us to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities. On May 24, we anticipate allowing a return to in-person work across all sectors, and as more Michiganders get vaccinated, we will continue lifting restrictions to get Vacc to Normal safely."   
To date, Michigan has administered 4,455,395 vaccines, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michigander's ages 16 and older as soon as possible. To date, 55% of Michiganders have received their initial dose of the vaccine. 
"The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is the most important tool we have to reduce the spread of the virus. By getting shots in their arms as soon as possible, Michiganders can help end this pandemic as quickly as possible," said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. "We urge all eligible Michigan residents to make an appointment or locate a walk-in vaccine clinic to get their vaccine as soon as they are able by visiting Vaccinefinder."   

Milestones to Reopening
The 'MI Vacc to Normal' plan will use four vaccination-based milestones -- using data for Michiganders 16 years or older who've received their first dose -- to guide future steps required to get back to normal:

Step 1: 55% of Michiganders received the first dose, plus two weeks
  • Allows in-person work for all sectors of business
Step 2: 60% of Michiganders received the first dose, plus two weeks
  • Lifts the curfew on restaurants and bars
  • Increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%
  • Increases indoor capacity at conference centers/banquet halls/funeral homes to 25%
  • Increases capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%
Step 3: 65% of Michiganders received the first dose, plus two weeks
  • Lifts all indoor percentage capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties
  • Further relaxes limits on residential social gatherings
Step 4: 70% of Michiganders received the first dose, plus two weeks
  • Lifts the Gatherings and Face Masks Order such that MDHHS will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants
Registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) is now open at restaurants.sba.gov. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register.
SBA will begin accepting applications via the application portal on Monday, May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted. 
In preparation, qualifying applicants should familiarize themselves with the application process in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient application. In addition to registering at the portal, follow the steps below. If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register.
  • Review the sample applicationprogram guide, and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. SBA also added screenshots of the application portal that are available here.
  • Applications must be submitted in English or Spanish. SBA has documents in additional languages to help you understand eligibility requirements, fill out applications, and answer frequently asked questions. See the additional languages and materials here.
  • If you were unable to attend one of the webinars held earlier this week which covered program details and a demonstration of the application portal, you can watch the recording here.
For more information, visit sba.gov/restaurants

Who can apply
Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include:
  • Restaurants
  • Food stands, food trucks, food carts
  • Caterers
  • Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns
  • Snack and nonalcoholic beverage bars
  • Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts)
  • Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products

For complete information:
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.
Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

May 11, 2021, 1:00pm EDT
We'll share important details about the RRF and SVOG relief funds, and spend the majority of time addressing YOUR specific questions. Read more

May 13, 2021, 1:00pm EDT
Important considerations of purchasing goods and services in today’s business environment and the impact it will have in the area of profitability. Read more
202 E. Grandview Pkwy. Traverse City
(231) 947-5075

Member News
The Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in Elk Rapids!

River Pharmacy is excited to be able to offer the Moderna vaccine, starting April 19. The vaccine is free to anyone ages 18 and up, and requires pre-registration. Start the process at

River Pharmacy * 124 River St. * Elk Rapids * (231) 264-8165
Planning ahead for Summer?

Summer Wine Dinner Series, Fly Fishing, and more at Waterfire Vineyard
Conifer and Waterfire will come together on the last Sunday of the month, May through October*, to bring you a unique dining experience. Join us for a 5-course tasting menu of carefully crafted dishes that focus on local, fresh ingredients. Select your favorite wine and enjoy the evening! 

JUNE 6, 2021
5:00 pm

Learn the basics of Fly Fishing from world-renowned Fly Fishing Instructor Jeff "Bear" Andrews while enjoying wine and charcuterie.
Bear is a 3-time world record setter through the International Game Fish Association and is the youngest person to ever receive the Buz Busek Fly Tying award, the highest honor a fly tier can receive. Known for his educational skills and conservation focus, Bear is right at home in our Sustainably farmed Vineyards.

For Dates and Ticket Information Click on:
Wildflower Soapworks!

Grab these perfectly boxed gifts sets up for graduation, birthdays, bridal showers, and just because!

Gift sets are $20.00
Available in these scents
  • Lake MI Breezes
  • Lavender
  • Mackinac Island Lilac
  • Petoskey Stone Happy
Open seven days a week, curbside available, and always online

Wildflower Soapworks * 117 River St. * Elk Rapids * 231-264-8000
Summer Clay Camp
July 13-16, 2021
Art Rapids' popular Summer Clay Camp is planned for July 13-16, 2021 at the Walk of Art Sculpture Park. We have two separate camps, one for 5 to 8 year-olds in the mornings and one for 8 to 12 year-olds in the afternoons. This year's theme is Putting A Face on Trees for the younger kids ($85 for three mornings) and Totem for the North Woods for the older kids ($125 for four afternoons).
Registration opens May 1, 2021 . Please visit www.artrapids.org for a full description and to enroll. 

6500 Alden Hwy ~ Bellaire
(231) 533-8576
check online for other great events: www.grassriver.org
Open Mon-Saturday
Grass River Center
open 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Restrooms, educational exhibits, and the gift shop are available inside. A staff Naturalist is available to answer questions and provide directions. Stop in and see us! Masks are required when coming indoors"
Check out all the upcoming events at Grass River:

Blooms and Birds: Wildflower Walk
Tuesdays, May – September 2021, 10:00 am-noon
Free, Pre-registration is not necessary
Go for a relaxing stroll on the trails with GRNA docents Julie Hurd and Phil Jarvi each week to find and identify the beautiful and unique wildflowers at Grass River. Along the way, you will listen and look for the birds that call Grass River home.

NMC - Mushrooms of Spring
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$39 per person, Pre-registration is necessary

Join us for a GRNA naturalist-led fungus foray in search of morels and other interesting fungi. Learn about the famous and delicious morels that are a joy to find during this yearly spring ritual, and get tips and tricks to identify the other mushrooms of Michigan. This class begins outdoors at Grass River Natural Area, 6500 Alden Hwy., Bellaire, and we may travel to some other nearby locations. This course qualifies toward the Naturalist Certificate.Register through NMC here: https://www.nmc.edu/resources/extended-education/find-a-class/adult-classes/index.html
ERDL - (231) 264-9979 www.elkrapidslibrary.org

For craft instructions and Story Time with Miss Sue and Jacquie, Click on: YouTube Channel for ERDL
Check out our new instructional video, How to Log into Libby. Aaron guides you through using the app to access ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines.

When you have that down, watch How to Find Magazines on Libby. These short tutorials will have you using digital content like a pro! Thank you, Aaron!
May Specials
Celebrating Mother's Day all Month

25% OFF All Retail Purchases
Note: Discounts do not apply to online purchases. The salon is open by appointment only. Purchases can be made Tuesday thru Friday during your regular scheduled appointment or by calling the salon at (231) 264 8184.

404 Bridge St. Elk Rapids, MI (231) 264-8184
ER Bodywise
Outdoor Summer Schedule

Beginning May 24, 2021, or sooner, classes will be led every weekday morning in downtown Elk Rapids at the beach or harbor.

(231) 264-6688 or email info@erbodywise.com
Northern Michigan Author Releases Third Michigan-Based Novel
"A delightful story of life and love on a northern Michigan farm."
–Brenda, Goodreads review
Karin Beery released her third Michigan-based novel last month, though this is her first digital-only story. Her newest book—Avoiding Marriage: A Practically Married Novella—once again takes readers to the fictional town of Boyne Heights, Michigan, but this time readers will need a tablet, phone, or laptop to read the follow-up to her award-nominated novel Practically Married.
"The nice thing about novellas is they're shorter, so they're easy to read in a weekend," Beery said. "They're also less expensive to publish digitally, so I can keep the cost down for readers who are on a budget."
But cost isn't the only reason to pick up Beery's latest release. Early reviews are in and they're positive, and they're also rerouting the author's plan for the future.
"I hadn't planned to write a sequel to Practically Married, but readers asked questions about one of the characters so I decided to write her story. Readers are already asking me what's next. I didn't think there was going to be a "next," but the story ideas are already forming."
Avoiding Marriage: A Practically Married Novella
Two years ago, Jessica Miller made a mess of her already confusing life. Now, she's back in Boyne Heights, and she's determined to fix her reputation. She can't seem to avoid the past that haunts her, but that's the joy of small-town life—word spreads and people remember. Intent on her mission, however, she faces her past head-on, taking a job with her ex-boyfriend while avoiding her grandmother's attempts to find her a new one.
Karin Beery grew up in a rural Michigan town, where she wrote her first novel in high school. Today, she writes contemporary stories with a healthy dose of romance. When she's not writing fiction, she's reading, editing, or teaching it. In her free time, she enjoys watching University of Michigan football and action-adventure movies with her husband and fur babies.
For more information on Karin Beery and her books, visit www.karinbeery.com.

Tuesday, May 11 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and include canvas, art supplies, and one glass of 1918 Cellars wine. *
*All seats will be socially distanced per household. Hand sanitizing stations can be found throughout the Queen’s Tavern. Masks are required on site. Once seated, masks can be removed.
1918 Cellars/Castle Farms * 5052 M-66 North * Charlevoix

Bonnie Twiss Music Instruction

  • Piano Lessons
  • Music Composition & Theory
  • All Ages Welcome-
  • In Elk Rapids,
  • call (248) 648-9741 or (231) 498-2181
  • Healthy Safety Protocols Observed
  • Gift Certificates Available
  • Piano Lessons are available year-round.

Quote from a happy family who has studied with Bonnie......

" So, if you  are looking for  a one-of-a-kind teacher, Bonnie is it . 
She teaches music not just piano. If a song is too  difficult, she will transcribe it to your ability. If you like puppets, she's your teacher.   
We travel three and a half hours, one way , for lessons if that tells you anything ! "  A. Meyer 
Greetings Friends,

We have some exciting news to share!

Beginning Thursday, May 13th, at 6:00 pm, we will be offering a brand-new evening class with our new fitness teacher, Nancy Taylor. The class is called PiYo and is a fun, music-driven class that combines the strengthening benefits of Pilates with the flexibility and enhancing effects of yoga.

It is a dynamic, energetic program that provides a full-body workout to burn calories, tone muscles, work on balance and get a great stretch.
Each section of the class has patterns, so learning is easy, and you build confidence with each class! Although it is high energy, the movements are low impact and adaptable to all ages and fitness levels.
We’ll be trialing the class in studio for the first couple of weeks and possibly move it outside to accommodate more students in June. If you are interested, sign up soon, we will not be offering the class via Zoom at this time. 
Meet Nancy Taylor

20+ year ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor
Nancy has been an ACE-certified group fitness instructor since 1997 and has practiced and taught yoga for over 20 years. Her training includes various fitness-based yoga programs including PiYo and YogaFit. She is also trained in mat Pilates, low-intensity aerobic and HIIT classes, and resistance and strength training. She is passionate about creating a welcoming environment for all students with a focus on aligning both body and mind while having fun! Continue Reading

 Elk Rapids Yoga Flow * 212 River St.* Elk Rapids * (231) 463-4556
Mondays at Maplehurst for the month of May. 5-6 PM. Fun for the whole family. Anyone is welcome, bring a bike, we will meet at the trailhead and head out on the trails together!
Our cold spring has delayed things a bit, but flowers and leaves are braving the weather to come out anyway.
ACTS * 8925 M-72 E. * WILLIAMSBURG, MI * (231) 938-2990


To: Friends and Family everywhere
From: Cheri and Raven Hill
Date: May 8, 2021
Re: Weekly Update

Hope you had a Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

Raven Hill is remembering and honoring all mothers this weekend, those who are still with us, and those who remain with us in our memories. Nothing is quite as beautiful as the memories of the mother who raised us. These thoughts also remind us that mothers are unique and wonderful people in their own right.

This beautiful icon of spring reminds me of my mother, my childhood and Raven Hill. Mom let me spend many a day exploring the woods around our summer cottage. Trout lilies carpeted the area, just as they do here at the Center. Not only is the trout lily an early harbinger of the sunshine and warmth soon to come, it is a wildflower that comes with multiple “titles”, just like most mothers. This diminutive wildflower is known as a trout lily because its leaves are spotted like a trout. It is called a fawn lily for its leaves, which look like the perky ears of a fawn. Another name is spotted adder’s tongue because the leaves emerge from the ground looking like an adder’s tongue. The name I learned first as a child is dog tooth violet. While not really a violet at all, it is small like a violet and the underground bulb is shaped like a canine’s tooth! What fun to have so many names and what good memories this special little flower holds........Continue Reading
Mission: Raven Hill Discovery Center provides a place that enhances hands-on and lifelong learning for all ages by connecting science, history and the arts. Check us out daily on Facebook and the website (www.MiRavenHill.org) for informal learning activities, photo memories, updates, and more. We may also be reached via email (info@miravenhill.org) or phone: 231.675.6025. Call to make reservation to visit.