Elk Rapids Area
Chamber of Commerce
Monday Minute Newsletter
September 28, 2020

Chain of Lakes Area
Acme * Alden * Atwood * Bellaire * Central Lake * Eastport * Elk Rapids * Torch River * Williamsburg
View Open Forum That Was Held
Wednesday, September 23 @ 7:00 p.m.
With Village Council Candidates

Passcode: l95*PUCE

The Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an open online forum for interested voters who want to hear the views and comments of the six candidates running for the Elk Rapids Village Council. The forum was held via Zoom on Wednesday, September 23, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, and was facilitated by Village resident Rick Bellingham. Each candidate was allowed two minutes to give voters an overview of why they are running. Candidates were then asked a series of questions regarding issues facing the community. Finally, audience participants were allowed a chance to ask the candidates their own specific questions.
The election is Tuesday, November 3.
Candidates are:
James Janisse * Douglas Bronkema * Patricia Perlman
Charles Pryde * Laura Shumate * Teresa Fosdick

For more information contact the Chamber at info@elkrapidschamber.org or 231-264-8202. 
Friday, October 2 is the last market for the season.... Open 8:00 a.m. - Noon

Get on jump on your holiday shopping: beautiful, locally-produced maple syrup, honey, flavored vinegars, goat milk lotions, soup mixes (for chilly nights), wine, spices, granola and more.

~~ New Chamber Members Featured ~~

Puddingtone House
(Rental Home)
8612 Cairn Hwy.
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 620-4300

Truestream/Great Lakes Energy
1323 Boyne Ave.
Boyne City, MI 49712

Public Meetings
About Your Community

Thursday, October 1, Parks & Rec. Meeting 6:30 p.m. Zoom
Monday, October 5, Village Council Meeting 7:00 p.m. Zoom
Monday, October 5, ER School Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.

DEADLINE, September 30 Elk Rapids Township/Village Response Rate to date = 52% •
Every resident counted represents $3000 per year

Census counts determine local funding for programs such as:
• School lunches, special education, Head Start, rural and adult education
• Child abuse protection programs
• Hospitals and fire departments
• Rural development infrastructure grants and low-interest loans
• Highway construction
• Natural disaster response
• College Pell grants and vocational training.
Also, the number of House of Representative seats each state gets (voting power) $675 BILLION in federal taxes are distributed based on census response
Michigan received $29 Billion in 55 programs in 2016, based on 2010 census data
Bring your federal taxes back home. www.my2020census.gov You can still use the link, even if you don’t have the code you received in the mail. This link is also posted on the homepage of our website at www.elkrapids.org
Note: Open House on Wednesday, September 30 from 5-7p.m. for more information on the Ames District Improvements at the Government Center.
The Friends of the ERDL are Hosting the
“Biggest Little Pumpkin Give Away”

Saturday, October 3, 2020, 11:00 a.m. ~ 2:00 p.m. in Elk Rapids!
Enjoy autumn downtown and pick up a pumpkin and paint set for a fun craft project for the kids! There will be cider and donuts from King Orchards for a great fall treat! 
Join us downtown (at the bear) and meet some Friends!

The Friends of the ERDL are dedicated volunteers, committed to provide services to contribute to the welfare of the ERDL and the community.
On Friday Governor Whitmer announced more reopenings – Beginning October 9, a number of previously closed businesses are slated to reopen statewide, including indoor theaters, cinemas, performance venues, arcades, bingo halls, bowling centers, indoor climbing facilities, trampoline parks, and more.


Work on your interviewing skills or your resume at a Northwest Michigan Works! Virtual Workshop.
Stay connected with Northwest Michigan Works! online at a Virtual Career Connection meeting where you can learn about job opportunities and improve job search skills while networking with other job seekers and professionals. On Tuesday, September 29 from 2-3:00 pm, Career Connection will focus on Petoskey area job opportunities and on Thursday, October 1 from 10-11:00 am Career Connection will focus on Traverse City area job opportunities. There is no charge to attend Career Connection but space is limited. Check the Northwest Michigan Works! Workshop Calendar for registration information.
Networks Northwest
PO Box 506
Traverse City, MI 49685-0506
(231) 929-5000

Manufacturing Day Goes Virtual: More Than 1,500 Local Students And 20 Schools Participate Annually

Among all that has changed in a COVID-19 world, there’s one thing that hasn’t: A desire to excite local middle and high school students about careers in manufacturing.
To that end, Manufacturing Day – an annual event connecting students with Grand Traverse manufacturers – is on this year, but as a virtual event. Continue Reading
Creating the Future of Work - Workshop
Date and Time
Thursday Oct 1, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
Please register for this event in advance - Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom link to the workshop. If you do not see the confirmation email, please check your spam folder.
Contact Information * Molly MacGirr * Send Email
Veteran Supporters,
Due to the overwhelming positive response to:
The Dave Abbott Memorial Northwestern Michigan Veterans Golf Outing campaign, we are postponing the outing from:

September 13, 2020 to October 4, 2020

This is due to the fact that A-GA-MING cannot accommodate the number of registrants we have for the September date. The shotgun start time will move to 10:00 a.m. with registration from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.
We greatly appreciate the fantastic support for our veterans through this event and we deeply apologize for the inconvenience. We understand that some people may not be able to switch to the new date and we will provide refunds to those who can’t. Please contact either Jerry Hubbell or Rich Newer to facilitate processing of your refund or if you have additional questions.
Thanks again for your support and we hope you will join us on October 4, 2020.
Jerry Hubbell (231) 883-8769 * Rich Newer (248) 960-5647
Buy any Gazelle E-Bike in September or October and receive $100 in Bayfront Bucks that can be used at any of these fine establishments in beautiful Elk Rapids. Please see store for offer details. 

Cellar 152 * Ethanology * My Michigan Roots * Mullaly's 128 Gallery Stoney Cabin Toys * Nifty Things * The Nature Connection *Stuff n' Such * Wildflower Soapworks *

Bayfront Beach & Bike * 130 River St. * Elk Rapids * (231) 498-2295
Acme - Elk Rapids
Design development of the trail between Bayside Park in Acme Township and the Village of Elk Rapids is moving forward. As this phase of planning progresses we plan to meet with landowners and community leaders about trail design this winter. Stay tuned for more updates as the project team continues to work on this section with the community.
Samaritas is now offering both in-person and virtual tours at the Williamsburg location. To schedule a tour, call Kristen Koon at 231-590-0226 and/or visit virtually by clicking link below for virtual tour: https://www.samaritas.org/Senior-Living/Locations/Traverse-City/Virtual-Tour.

Also offering a short stay getaway option. A furnished Independent Living apartment that someone can stay in and try them out for a month or so with no deposits needed and no long term commitment!

Samaritas * 4354 Mt. Hope Rd. * Williamsburg * (231) 938-4673

Where science, history, and art connect!

To: friends and family everywhere
From: Cheri and Raven Hill
Date: September 26, 2020

Greetings, everyone! As I posted on Facebook this week, it’s too bad I don’t like beer! The hops are looking great this year. They are growing at the old Todd home site here at Raven Hill! (circa 1860’s) Hops vines are native in Eurasia and the Americas. They have been cultivated for brewing for over 1200 years. The dried female flowers or cones are used for their “mellow bitterness and delicate hop aroma, as well as for their preservation properties”! —Encyclopedia Britannica. Personally, I’m happy collecting a few hop flowers to dry for a spot of green in the white of winter. They dry easily and definitely give off an aroma!  .....Continue Reading Update on September 26, 2020

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. Stay safe and keep in touch, everyone.

Would you be interested or know of someone who may be interested in beginning a Chair Yoga class? Chair Yoga provides all the benefits of regular, or floor yoga, but without the need to be on the floor.  
Who is this for? Who would benefit from Chair yoga? EVERYONE!!

This class is especially suited for those who prefer not to be down on the floor. All yoga postures will be done seated in a chair or standing, using the chair to help with support and balance. These classes will offer a well-rounded variety of yoga poses, breath work and relaxation designed to leave you feeling stronger, more flexible, calm, and energized. 
This is an all levels class; poses will be adapted for individual needs and preferences. Let us know if you or someone you know may be interested! 
 Due to COVID, we are limited to 5-6 students per class. This class may also be available via Zoom.   

Contact Jan if you are interested.  231-463-4556 or email jan@elkrapidsyogaflow.com
Short’s Brewing Co Announces Partnership with The Pink Fund® to Support Breast Cancer Patients

Short’s Brewing Co. and The Pink Fund are teaming up for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a fundraiser for cancer patients leveraging the brewery’s flagship brand, Soft Parade. The Pink Fund is a national nonprofit that provides financial support on behalf of breast cancer patients to help meet basic needs, decrease stress levels, and allow patients in active treatment to focus on healing while they’re fighting for their lives. Their 90-day grant program pays critical expenses like housing, transportation, utilities, and insurance for patients. Continue Reading
Elk Rapids Garden Club

Add Beauty to the Community and Support Your Garden Club – Buy a Brick!

While 2020 has had its challenges, one thing that continues to add beauty and respite to visitors and locals alike are the 10 community gardens maintained by the members of the Elk Rapids Garden Club.  Support for these gardens comes from the Club’s fundraising efforts and this year the Club’s major fundraiser, the Garden Walk was cancelled.
Interested in supporting the Garden Club’s great work? You can still do so by purchasing a brick on the Club’s Patron’s Path located at the Pedestrian Bridge Garden. A great way to honor someone special and the purchase is tax deductible. Go to www.elkrapidsgardenclub.com/support/#patronspath for further information and to complete your application. 

For more information about the bond, please visit:

BRAND NEW EVENT! Bigger AND Better than EVER! Huge tent. (just like downtown) filled with all things Apple Fest including Apple Cider donuts made FRESH right before your eyes. Enjoy LIVE MUSIC with the Cherry Blossom Ramblers performing on Fri. Oct 9 from 2-6pm and on Sat. Oct 10 listen to the sounds of Jim Hawley and this band from 12-4pm (outside weather permitting) Take a Wagon Tour of our orchards and learn a little about Friske's. Also in our tent you will find: •Fresh-Pressed Cider • Caramel Apples • German Apple Cake • Caramel Apple Mini Pies • Caramel Apple Cookies • Apple Fritters • Friske's Famous Chili • Fresh-smoked BBQ Pulled Pork ...AND mounds and mounds of your favorite Friske Apples! Pumpkins • U-Pick • Giant Apple Slingshot • Big Apple Balloon • Specialty Food & Gift Shopping • Scratch Baked Goods Galore and so much more!
acme drive in
Fall...breathtaking color, rich culture and outdoor adventures. It's time you experience fall splendor in Pure Michigan. 
Explore nature's amazing color transformation along pet-friendly trails, parks and colorful shorelines. Grab a paddle and traverse our lakes and streams against a backdrop of jewel-toned scenery. Set up camp under a kaleidoscope of vibrant leaves at one of our many campgrounds & RV parks. Taste a perfect pour of Michigan flavor.
Over the next week: check out Michigan Vintage VW Club in Fenton, Full Moon Watch in Midland, Macktoberfest on Mackinac Island, or the Charlevoix Leif Eriksson Day Row and Run.
You're just one click away from this week's fall color report.
Greetings to All Potter Wannabe’s!

This is to announce that Silly Sister will begin Pottery Classes Round 3.0 for October-November 2020, as detailed below. As this may be the second or third round of classes for at least some of you, classes will be geared BOTH toward newbie potters, as well as continuing potters. Instruction and demos will be geared toward multiple levels of ability, so never worry about getting bored! 

6 – week session, once/week
Tuesday evenings, 6 – 9
October 13, October 20, October 27, November 3, November 10, November 17

6 – week session, once/week
Wednesday mid-day, 10:30 – 1:30
October 14, October 21, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18.

ADMISSION IS ON A FIRST COME – FIRST SERVED BASIS as received by email, per the ‘sent’ date and time on the email. 

For more information, please click on: Silly Sister Classes

Our Thrift Store Manager Lucy wants to resume 10-5 operating hours (now 10-3), but we need more volunteers to make it happen. Please consider volunteering at ACTS from 3-5 pm on any days, Tuesday-Saturday. To get started, call Carol at (231) 267-3002.

Acme Christian Thrift Store
8925 M-72 East
Williamsburg, MI 49690

Amvets Post #114
410 Bridge St. * Elk Rapids

CORRIE COY @(231) 676-0148
Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
305 U.S. 31 * Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 264-8202 * www.elkrapidschamber.org