Charlevoix State Bank   *   231-459-4701
Raven Hill hosts Business After Hours tonight 
Raven Hill
Raven Hill Discovery Center will host the Boyne Chamber's Business After Hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, June 20th. Raven Hill is located at 4737 Fuller Road, East Jordan. Business After Hours is the Chamber's monthly business networking event, held at member businesses. There is no charge for admission or refreshments. Raven Hill Discovery Center is the only place in northern Lower Michigan where children and adults can link science, history and the arts with hands-on activities and explorations both indoors and outdoors. Connections emerge through classes, exhibits and facilities that provide opportunities for all ages to learn, create, grow and play. Raven Hill is will be hosting a "Third Coast Conversation" that will focus on water from 4 to 5 p.m.  June 15th, and the community is invited. (Details on this event is included in today's newsletter.)
> This will be the last Business After Hours before we take off for summer vacation in July and August. Here is our fall/winter schedule:
September 17 (Tuesday) - Northern Michigan Antique Flywheelers
October 17 - Schraw & Associates
November - Business Expo & Taste of Boyne at Boyne Mountain
December 12 - Resort Rentals North
Stroll the Streets
Friday means fun and music for Stroll the Streets
Music, fun and great times fill the streets of downtown Boyne City again this summer as Stroll the Streets returns for its 16th season every Friday from 6-9 p.m. Stroll the Streets is a signature summer event for downtown, organized by the Boyne City Main Street program.  Musical entertainment ranges from contemporary, country, bluegrass, traditional, folk, jazz, to rock. Special activities include magicians, caricature artists, face-painting, balloon twisting and more fun activities for kids. Thanks to event organizer Karen Guzniczak of Country Now & Then and map designer Robin Lee Berry of Freshwater Art Gallery. V isit  for the full summer schedule and updates. 
> Weather update: Last week's Stroll was rained out, but the forecast for this Friday is for sunny skies and a high of 72 degrees.
> Here is the entertainment lineup for this Friday:
  • Sunset Park - Boyne City High School Band, 5-6 p.m.
  • Coldwell Banker Real Estate - Indigo Moon Girls
  • Harbor House - Full Circle
  • Parkside Grill - Twister Joe & Jerry Douglas Face Painter
  • Pat O'Brien Real Estate - To be announced
  • Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen - Blair Miller
  • Kilwin's - Steven D & The Keys
  • Old Sportsman - The Third Degree
  • Kidd & Leavy Real Estate - Dos Hippies
  • The Lawn at Lynda's - To be announced.
  • Freshwater Art Gallery - Terry Coveyou
  • Lady Barber Shop - Pooch the Magician
  • SOBO Disco - Main Street. This is an arts and music event planned during select evenings of Stroll the Streets, making its debut this Friday, June 21. The organizers are seeking vendors interested in selling, displaying or creating their works during the event. Those interested can send an email with attached examples to SOBO Disco will take place from 6-9pm on the evenings of June 21st, July 5th and 19th, August 2nd, and 16th on Main Street.
Michigan Barefoot Memories
Calamity Jane performs in Gazebo concert Wednesday
Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane
The second in the Evenings at the Gazebo concert series continues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26th with Calamity Jane. Theresa Wagner and Kathy McCoy make up the acoustic guitar and vocal duo. They met 20 or so years ago and have written music together and performed whenever possible together, and now with a large combined following of supporters, they perform live as Calamity Jane. 
The  2019 Gazebo concerts are presented by Black Diamond Broadcasting ., and the Calamity Jane concert is sponsored by the Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. 
The Boyne Chamber concerts are held in Old City Park on summer Wednesday evenings.  Here is the schedule:
June 26 - Calamity Jane - Theresa Wagner and Kathy McCoy, sponsored by Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau.
July 3 - No concert (4th of July festivities include live bands playing in Veterans Park from 1-7 p.m.)
July 10 - Matt Gabriel, sponsored by Pat O'Brien & Associates
July 17 - Wyatt & Shari Knapp
July 24 - Mike Dhaseleer
July 31 - Full Cord, sponsored by Pat O'Brien & Associates
August 7 - Awesome Distraction
> IN CASE OF RAIN, concerts will be held at First Presbyterian Church - Community Room, 401 S. Park St.
> CHARLEVOIX COUNTY TRANSIT will offer bus service for the Gazebo concerts on Wednesday nights. Schedule rides in advance by calling 231-582-6900. Thanks to the Charlevoix County Council on Agning, seniors ride free; all other rides at normal posted fares.
> You can become a sponsor of one of the remaining concerts for a donation of $500. All sponsors get to introduce the band on behalf of the Chamber and you can also make a brief announcement introducing your organization at the beginning of the show. You can have a booth or tent set-up promoting your business at the concert you sponsor. Your donation will be acknowledged on our fliers, posters, newsletter and website, The Chamber will also provide a banner that will be on the gazebo the night of the concert. Please mail your donation to the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce, 28 S. Lake St., Boyne City MI 49712. For information contact Kim Akin at 231-582-6222 or email
Buy your Duck Race ticket before the 4th of July and win more!
Duck Race We're getting our ducks in a row in preparation for the Duck Race!  $10 tickets are now on sale for the Boyne Chamber's 31st annual Duck Race at 2 p.m. on July 4th in the Boyne River.
NEW! Purchase your ticket(s) prior to July 4th and you are automatically entered to win a $25 Chamber Check!
The Boyne City Fire Department will once again bring its hi-rise ladder truck to the Harbor House Publishers parking lot and will start the duck race with a big splash as they drop 1,200 rubber ducks from "way up high" into the Boyne River.  
Hundreds of cheering spectators will be watching as the   ducks float down the river to the finish line behind Lynda's Real Estate. Each ticket and duck is numbered, and the lucky owner of the fastest duck will win $1,000. Second prize is $250, third prize $100, and 4th through 10th prizes are $50 each.
   Boyne Chamber office, 115 S. Lake Street
   Lynda's Real Estate Service, 27 S. Lake Street
   Challenge Mountain Resale Store, 1100 Boyne Avenue
   Evenings at the Gazebo concerts, Old City Park on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8
   Stroll the Streets at the Log Cabin on Friday, June 21 and 28 from 6-9 p.m.
> Thanks to our raffle ticket sponsor, Marty Moody of Lynda's Real Estate Service. Marty's sage advice is: "Don't be a schmuck - Get your duck!" and he notes that duck racers shouldn't wait to buy their tickets as only 1,200 tickets will be sold, and they could be sold out in advance.
Boyne Chamber Boyne Chamber seeking new board member; 
Let us know if you'd be interested in serving
The Boyne Area Chamber is looking for a new board member to fill a vacancy. "We thank Chris Bandy for his service on the board, including some of that time as board president," said Executive Director Kim Akin. "We want to make sure that our board is diverse and that as many areas of our business community as possible are represented in our board makeup," she  said.
This board vacancy will be filled right away, and the chamber will also be looking to replace a retiring board member later this year. Any chamber member interested in serving on the board is invited to click here to read our Board Participation Guidelines and fill out an application to serve.
Boyne City Main Street awards $20,000 in façade grants
Banner Law
The Banner Law building will receive a grant to restore it to its historically accurate original facade.
Boyne City Main Street is pleased to announce 123/125 Water St. and Banner Law as recipients of the 2019-20 Façade Program grants. The Façade Grant Program provides matching funds for Main Street District property owners and tenants to improve the facades of their buildings, in order to maintain the architectural character and economic viability of downtown.
The application process was extremely competitive, with five grant requests totaling over $80,000.
Banner Law, located at 213 S. Lake Street, is the recipient of $15,000 from the grant program, for a complete, historically accurate, front façade overhaul to the building.
123/125 Water Street (the building that houses The Wine Emporium) is the recipient of $5,000 from the grant program, which will be used for the second phase of renovations that began last year. Phase two will focus on returning the front façade to historical accuracy, by bumping out the area currently set in. New windows were installed on the front and back facades in 2018.  
"The support the Main Street Design Committee has been able to provide downtown building and business owners is really exciting, both through the grants and the conversations that take place during the grant application review," said Kelsie King-Duff, Boyne City Main Street Executive Director.
Funds are provided by Boyne City Main Street with dollars raised through Boyne Thunder. There is no set minimum or maximum number of projects per year.
The grant program seeks to encourage private investment through the rehabilitation and improvement of facades within the Boyne City Main Street District, to encourage good design that will serve as quality examples, and to preserve the architectural character that is distinctive to Boyne City. By improving the appearance of the building facades, the program aims to improve the economic viability of the downtown.
> For more information about Boyne City Main Street and the façade grant program, visit or email
Pat O_Brien

Details and more photos   *   231-675-6677
Walkabout Sculpture Show unveils newest piece in Sunset Park
Puddle Jumper
Boyne City Main Street is pleased to present the 5th Annual Walkabout Sculpture Show, throughout downtown Boyne City. The newest piece, "Puddle Jumper," created by Indian River artist Pamela Dueweke, was installed in Sunset Park last week. The Walkabout Sculpture Show brings art out of the gallery and into the out-of-doors. Eight original works from Michigan sculptors are installed in various locations throughout downtown to showcase the bond among art, nature and observer. The show is unique in that it is accessible 24 hours per day, and free for all viewers.  
Three pieces are permanent installations - including "Draco Viewer," by Wally Barkley, located at the river mouth, "The Last River Draw," by Martha Sulfridge, located in the Boyne River at Old City Park, and the mosaic by artist Svetlana Ottney located at Peninsula Beach Park.
All works of art are for sale. Sales support both the artist, and Boyne City Main Street. 20 percent of each sale goes back into the funds for the Walkabout Sculpture Show.
The 2019-20 season is sponsored, through the Boyne Bee, by Charlevoix State Bank. The Boyne Bee, a spelling bee fundraiser for the show, takes place each spring. Details regarding the event can be found at
> Anyone interested in purchasing a sculpture may contact Kelsie King-Duff, Boyne City Main Street Director, at 231-582-9009. For information on the sculptures, and locations, visit
Land bank officials speak to Housing Solutions group June 20
Boyne Housing Solutions will hold its next work session at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at City Hall. The featured speaker will be Jim Tischler, Development Director for the State of Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority, who will discuss how land banks can be used to create housing solutions.
Jim Tischler serves as Development Director for the State of Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority. In this role, he leads the agency's land/project development and redevelopment operations and staff, coordinates state-sponsored development/redevelopment projects and consults regional/local development and land bank entities in their projects. He has more than 33 years of experience in the fields of urban planning, real estate, community/economic development, and redevelopment, working for public organizations and consulting with private sector firms. Tischler holds a Master of Urban Planning degree from Wayne State University and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.
Also on the agenda will be Marilyn Cousineau, Chair of the Charlevoix County Land Bank Authority, who will discuss Land Bank accomplishments in Charlevoix County and goals for the future.
100-year-old John DeMartino is July 4th parade Grand Marshal
Grand Marshal of this year's 4th of July Grand Parade is John DiMartino, who is a youthful 100 years old and has been an honorable pillar of Boyne City for many years. The following are some of the wonderful things he has contributed to our nation and community:
  • WWII Navy Aviation Machinist Mate, 2nd Class and recipient of the American Area Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Asiatic Pacific Medal. He was recently honored at the Honor Flight for WWII Veterans in Washington DC.
  • Member of the Boyne City Catholic Church since 1953. Served on the Board of Directors for over 60 years and was chairman of the Building Committee for the new church and rectory.  
  • Boyne City School Board member for 10 years from 1960-1970.
  • Served on the Camp Daggett Board since 1962.
  • Boyne City Rotary Club member since 1957 with perfect attendance for 30 years and he is a Paul Harris Fellow.
  • Founding member of the 4-H Swim School and served on the Board for 15 years.
  • United Technology Plant Manager for many years.
This is just a sample of the incredible dedication and sacrifice John has given to his community. However, his most important contribution throughout the years is the love he has for his late wife Ann, their three children and five grandchildren.

July 4th fireworks show to be dedicated to John "Ron" Gielda
Ron Gielda This year's 4th of July Grand Fireworks Show is lovingly dedicated to John "Ron" Gielda, who passed away last August. Ron, a longtime Ellsworth resident and lover of Boyne City, worked for Wolverine Fireworks and designed and shot our world-famous fireworks show for 25 years. The first shell of the show was always Ron's favorite and this year's first shell and boomers were specially designed in Ron's memory. Ron will forever be remembered fondly and loved dearly by the 4th of July Committee and Boyne City Fire Department.
4th of July Festival desperately needs volunteers and donations  
4th of July
An open letter from the 4th of July Festival Committee:
Boyne City, we need your help! We've built something quite special over the years evolving from a small-town Fourth of July Festival to a nationally touted extravaganza recognized by Good Morning America, USA Today and the Travel Channel... but the festival does not run itself. We operate solely on volunteers and charitable donations. This year, we are facing a serious shortage of both! The beloved Soapbox Derby has been cancelled because we did not have someone step up to coordinate it.    
> VOLUNTEERS - We are in desperate need of volunteers to walk in costume during the parade (call Char at 989-980-7246) and work parade barricades and assist with handicapped parking (call Gail at 231-881-4325). 
> ADOPT A FIREWORK!  Donations may be sent to Boyne City 4th of July Committee, PO Box 407 Boyne City, MI 49712. Questions or more info: contact Jessica White at Adopt A Firework donation form . Sponsor opportunities .
> THANK YOU, SPONSORS! The Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is only possible because of our generous sponsors and donations. Here is the list of our sponsors and information about how you can donate to support this major event.
> Full schedule , event details and registration forms -
It's time to register for 4th of July parade, races and more
4th of July Boyne City's acclaimed 4th of July Festival is only four weeks away, and it's time to register for some of the fun events including the parade and the Independence Day Run. 
The celebration starts on Wednesday, July 3rd with Bouncers and More and the Waterside Arts & Crafts Show in Veterans Park all day Wednesday and continuing Thursday.   Also Wednesday is the All-Class Reunion in Veterans Park from 1-3 p.m.
Thursday starts with running race registration at 6:30 a.m., breakfast at the Eagles from 7-10, the 2 mile and 10k races at 7:30 a.m. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary  will again be grilling hot dogs & brats as well as selling fun July 4th trinkets. The  Grand Parade (entry form) starts at 10 a.m. on Water and North Lake Streets, with a theme of  "Our nation's Independence, family, fun, and fireworks."
After the parade you can enjoy the Boyne Valley Garden Club Pie Sale and Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue, plus children's games and a pie-eating contest organized by Boyne City Kiwanis. From 1-7 p.m. there will be live music in the park all afternoon with Full Circle performing at 1 p.m., Yankee Station at 3, and Northern Nites at 5.  Also in the afternoon is the Chamber's annual Duck Race where you can win $1,000 at 2 p.m. (details in related story), and the Raft Race on the Boyne River at 2:30 (no water balloons, please). Of course the day's grand finale is the fireworks show at 10:30 p.m.
> Full schedule, event details and registration forms - PDF schedule you can print.
> Check out this great 4th of July video from Alex Childress.
Stroll Sponsors Sponsors make Stroll the Streets possible every Friday night
Thanks to those who make this great weekly event possible!
Alpine Chocolat Haus
Barden Lumber
Blissfest Music Organization
Boyne City Hardware
Catt Development
Coldwell Banker
Eyes on Main
Kiwanis of Boyne City
Long Road Distillersd
Magnum Hospitality
Northern Michigan Escapes
O'Brien & Associates
Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau
Progressive Dental Care
Van Dam Custom Boats
Boyne Yacht Sales
Boyne Boat Yard
Lake Street Pub
Country Now & Then/ Up the Lazy River
Forgotten Treasures Consignment
Kilwins Boyne City
KorthaseFlinn Insurance & Financial Services
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
inspired living
Paga Family Dentistry
> Here is the week-by-week schedule of Stroll the Streets performers.  Download a full-size poster including list of all entertainers on second page.
Polish Festival Polish Festival to honor past royalty this year
The Boyne Falls Polish Festival is inviting all past festival royalty to be part of this year's 45th festival. You're invited to ride in the parade and to be recognized in the Polka Tent after the parade at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 3rd. If you're one of the many past festival royalty, you are asked to call Sandra Erber at 231-330-0823 or email .
This year's Royalty are:
Little Miss - Alyssa Reynolds
Little Mister - John Matelski
Honored Citizen - Patricia West
Honored Citizen - Dorris Danbert
Grand Marshals - Mike and Marilyn Seelye
This year's festival will be held August 1-4.  
NLEA expands Pitch Night competition to all county businesses
Grand event
Last year's Grand Event Pitch Night winners.
Charlevoix County will hold their first county-wide business pitch competition this fall. The Northern Lakes Economic Alliance is seeking entrepreneurs with a well thought-out business plan or businesses that are two years or younger to compete for their slice of $15,000 in the Charlevoix County Pitch Night. 
This event is one of three county pitch night competitions under the umbrella of Northern Michigan Pitch Night (Antrim, Charlevoix, and Cheboygan Pitch Nights), hosted by NLEA and local community partners. Previous pitch nights in Charlevoix County were not open to all businesses in the county.  Entrepreneurs can submit their business plan and an application for a chance to be selected to compete. The businesses will go through a preliminary judging process and the top 10 applicants will be selected to move forward in the competition.  Prior to the event, entrepreneurs will prepare their four-minute pitch and will go through a coaching night.
On the night of the competition, entrepreneurs will deliver their four-minute pitch to the audience and a panel of judges. Once all the pitches have taken place, the judges will deliberate and select the 1st ($10,000), 2nd ($3,500), and 3rd ($1,000) place winners and the audience will cast their vote for the People's Choice Award ($500). Full press release.
> For more information regarding Charlevoix County Pitch Night, contact the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance at (231) 582-6482.
"Log Cabin Volunteers" will debut for this Friday's Stroll
Log cabin
The Boyne Area Chamber and the City of Boyne City 
have launched a Log Cabin Volunteers group that will be giving out information from the Sunset Park cabin this summer. Longtime Chamber volunteers Barb and Bill Bryant will be staffing the log cabin during Stroll the Streets this Friday night. 
So far, 10 local people have volunteered as part of a group that will provide visitor information in the log cabin formerly occupied by the chamber. We plan to provide staffing during prime times when visitors are in town - such as the 4th of July, Boyne Thunder, Friday night Stroll the Streets and Saturdays.
The Chamber of Commerce recently moved its office a block away from the aging log cabin, and the new office still offers member and visitor information and five-day-a-week staffing to serve members, visitors, and residents. But because the log cabin served as a visitor information center for many years in the past, the chamber and the city are working together to see if visitors might still be interested in stopping into the log cabin for information as they did in the past.
> VOLUNTEER! We can use all the help we can get. If you are interested in volunteering at the log cabin for a couple of hours, you can click here to see what times are available and sign up.
June 30 deadline for  "Week at the Lake" Local Hero nominations
Local hero There's a new community honor for residents of Charlevoix and Emmet County, supported by Pat O'Brien and Associates of Charlevoix and Boyne City - and the deadline for nominations is June 30th. It's called "A Week at the Lake" - The Local Heroes Awards. The winner will receive a free week's vacation on Lake Charlevoix. The award is  created "to recognize and reward the unsung heroes of service and contribution in our communities." Watch a video about the awards programs.
We all know people in our community who always give and never ask.  They enjoy giving of themselves for others, improving lives, providing comfort, a reassuring hug or a smile. They are the "gold nuggets of good" in our area and while they are not motivated by thanks, they are certainly deserving of it.
This is a chance to do a little something to recognize and appreciate all that they've done.
Nominations are being accepted through June 30th. Just send in a letter or email nominating a deserving candidate and telling their unique story of service, sacrifice or contribution. The finalists will be announced on July 5th at the Boyne City Stroll the Streets. There will be an opportunity for the community to "like their favorites" online until July 31. The winner will be announced Aug 2nd and rewarded with a much deserved "Week at
the Lake," featuring a beautiful Lake Charlevoix home with up to 10 friends and family, use of a high-performance Tritoon boat and all the fixings for a final night barbecue jamboree.
> Send your nomination letter to Pat O'Brien and Associates or email us at
> For more information contact Geoffrey Nelson at 818-929-2555 or
Send us your news by Tuesday; Ads are available in July
The Chamber/Main Street E-News comes to your inbox each Thursday morning. If you submit news for next week, please send it by Tuesday to More than 1,200 people open our newsletter each week, and you can reach them with your advertising message and a link for as little as $50. We have ads available July 25th and other dates.
> SPREAD THE NEWS - We'd love to send you and your friends the weekly Boyne Business News. To subscribe, just  email us .
Water Street Cafe
From left are Water Street Cafe owners Kirt and Jennie Ploe and Stacy and Jim Ploe.
Water Street Cafe
Main contact: Kirt Ploe
113 Water St.
Boyne City  MI  49712
(231) 497-5050
ABOUT US:  Water Street Cafe has been a big hit with an expanded menu and expanded hours since new owners took over May 1st. The new proprietors are all members of the same local family. Jim and Kirt Ploe are the chef and front of house manager, spouses Jennie and Stacy are the servers, and their kids are helping out too. Kirt and Jim have extensive restaurant experience, but they've never owned their own place until now. "As soon as I walked in here, I knew this was the place we wanted," Kirt Ploe said. They've kept many of the same menu items as previous owners Larry and Valerie Glasgow, and they've added some of their own creations as well. The most popular addition so far has been a $12 Sunday breakfast buffet, which includes eggs, sausage, potatoes, waffles, fruit, biscuits and gravy, and baked goods. For now they are open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. plus Friday and Saturdays until 9 p.m.  New menu.

Chamber member benefits    |    Member application    |   Call 231-582-6222 or  email us
HELP WANTED                        Check the listings on our  Jobs Page
Looking for summer staff? Make a job posting!
Chamber-member businesses looking to hire summer staff are encouraged to post their jobs on the chamber website job posting page. You can do this with your member log-in with just a few simple steps. If you need assistance with your log-in, email

WATER STREET CAFE is now hiring summer staff. Looking for wait staff and a cook - please apply in person at the cafe, 113 Water Street.

DIRECT CARE WORKERAlternative Services, Inc. supports individuals with mental illnesses, physical disabilities, and/or developmental disabilities. We have full and part time positions in Mancelona, Charlevoix, and Boyne City. Starting pay is $12 per hour with advancement opportunity and paid training. We also offer great benefits to full-time employees after just 60 days of employment. $500 Sign On Bonus. To schedule an interview, call 231- 587-8150 or apply online at  and we will contact you.      

BOYNE DISTRICT LIBRARY is looking for a part-time circulation clerk. Must have strong customer service skills, be comfortable with technology, and have a passion for literature. This position requires nights and weekends and will average 18 hours per week. The starting wage is $11.50 per hour. Must be 18 and have a high school diploma. If interested, stop by the library at 201 E. Main Street and pick up an application today.   

HOME- DELIVERED MEALS DRIVER and Kitchen Helper, a part-time position, is sought by the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging for the Boyne Area Senior Center. This position is Monday through Friday, 10a - 2p, for up to 20 hours a week. Starting pay is $11.20 an hour and no benefits are provided. Mileage will be paid if a COA or County fleet vehicle is unavailable. Details and application information.

Castle Farms - Operations Staff and Garden Railroad Attendant
American Waste - Route Driver
Drost Landscape - landscape laborers and more

We encourage Chamber members to list their openings on our Jobs Page.
FUN, FOOD, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -   Special events   
Paula Poundstone returns to Boyne City June 29th
Paula Poundstone
From the Northern Express: Paula Poundstone is bringing her smart, observational humor and spontaneous interaction with the crowd to the Boyne City Performing Arts Center. Again. Her upcoming June 29 date will be the third time the comedian has performed in Boyne City. "My manager asked, 'Would you work there?' I said, 'Of course.' I'll go anywhere. I like to work," said Poundstone.
She said doing shows at smaller venues is something she enjoys, engaging the audiences both in performances and following the show. As an example, she mentioned a recent show in Bozeman, Montana.
"It was a teeny little theatre that had been restored. Afterward I often do a meet and greet, say hello. The people after were delightful, saying 'Thank you for coming all the way to Bozeman.' It's kind of charming. It should be the other way - you bought a ticket."
The comedian said her stand-up shows vary from night to night. She often incorporates material derived from the area she's visiting, from the audience, or even on her drive to the theater where she is performing. "Part of the joy in my job is [incorporating] something in the theater or on my way to the venue. In the old days, I tried to ignore distractions. Now my whole act is a distraction. Full story.
> Reserved seats are $40 and $45 for this  fundraiser event sponsored  by the Boyne Country Community Center and are still available at or Boyne City Ace Hardware, 231-582-6533. Every weekend, Paula appears live in major cities all across the USA and Canada, and this is her only scheduled appearance in Michigan this year. Don't miss this opportunity to see this Las Vegas headliner when she comes to our beautiful Boyne City Performing Arts Center next month.
Farmers Market
New layout makes its debut at the Boyne City Farmers Market
This year, the Boyne City Farmers Market Committee decided to introduce a new layout at the market. It has been a challenging but exciting change! Listed below are some reasons why we chose this layout:
  • Equal access to all vendors: With this new layout, you can see every vendor from any spot in the park.
  • A community space feel: With the open space in the middle, the market has more of a park vibe. This summer, the space will be utilized by Boyne City Rocksthe Boyne District Library's Bookmobile, the Farmers Market Booth, outdoor games (such as cornhole), picnic tables, and various community non-profits.
  • Less crowding: The popularity of the Boyne City Farmers Market is well known, which has made the rows feel very small at times. With this layout, there is plenty of space for wandering from booth to booth without feeling crowded.
Here is a video of the new layout from our Facebook page.  The market continues its outdoor schedule from 8 a.m. to Noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays in Veterans Park.  The Farmers Market is a program of Boyne City Main Street. For more information, visit the Market Facebook page or email
BRIDGE CARD and Double Up tokens are available at the Market Manager's Booth. Match up to $20 in SNAP for fruits and veggies with Double Up Food Bucks.
MARKET MUSIC is featured on Saturdays, thanks to Grain Train and Blissfest: June 22 - Linda Hammond, June 29 - Pearl Street String Band.
> SPECIAL JULY 3RD MARKET - The Farmers Market will move to Peninsula Beach on Front Street from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 3rd, because Veterans Park will be full of 4th of July Festival activities.  
June 27th Raise the Roof event benefits Habitat for Humanity
Habitat For Humanity
It's time to Raise the Roof with Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity. Join us on Thursday, June 27th for our 7th Annual Raise the Roof event at Stafford's Perry Hotel from 6-9pm. The evening will feature entertainment from local musicians Hannah Harris and Dane Hyde. There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, door prizes, a "wine-pull," and a raffle-style auction, all leading up to the main event of the night... the live auction. Guests will have a chance to win Northern Michigan inspired auction-baskets that include items unique to our beautiful area, such as a weekend stay the Grand Hotel, a Sip & Sail Cruise, family passes for a Glass Bottom Boat Tour, and much more. For tickets or VIP table information visit  
Boyne Eta Nu members again raise funds for July 4th fireworks
Eta Nu
Boyne Eta Nu members are preparing to raise needed funds for the 4th of July fireworks.
The Boyne Eta Nu women are up to the challenge to support the fireworks - how about you? The women are making patriotic tiaras to give out to those who make fireworks contributions at Stroll the Street and the Farmers Market. Boyne Eta Nu Charities is proud to be a gold sponsor of the Boyne City 4th of July Festival.  Thanks to the generosity of community members and visitors to our city, we have collected and donated over $35,000 the past 20 years; last year we contributed $3,500.
You can find the Eta Nu volunteers with patriotic tiaras, beads, pinwheels and flags at Stroll the Street event on Friday, June 21 and 28, in front of 120 Water Street. We will accept donations at the Farmers Market on Saturday, June 22, Wednesday the 26th and Saturday the 29th.
As always, the Boyne Eta Nu women will be patrolling the 4th of July parade route an hour before the start of the parade accepting fireworks donations and handing out patriotic beads, pinwheels and flags. All monies collected go directly to the Boyne City 4th of July Festive fireworks fund.
Finisher medal Register early and save; July 4th race has cool new features and finisher medals
Registration is now open for the 43rd Annual Boyne City Independence Day Run, and this year's event features some cool new features, including: 
  • Start and Finish Line timing mats so you get a true finish time.
  • Finisher medals for all participants, pictured at right.
  • Finish Line video so you can watch your finish and share with friends.
As always there will be event T-shirts to first 800 registered participants and age group awards. Register online at . Paper registration forms are available at the Chamber Office or print it here. You can choose from either the 2 Mile or the 10Km distance and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4th. Registration for adults age 13 and over is  $20 in advance or $25 on site July 3rd & 4th. Children 12 and under register for $10 in advance or $15 on site July 3rd & 4th.
> Thanks to  Pat O'Brien & Associates Real Estate, the Gold Sponsor of the 43rd Annual Independence Day Run!
Celebrate the longest day of the year with outdoor yoga
yoga Please join balanced living instructors and fellow yogis again this year as we celebrate the 5th International Yoga Day by performing glorious variations of Sun & Moon Salutations from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. overlooking beautiful Lake Charlevoix on Friday, June 21.
Preregistration is not required for this event. Join us for some or all of the time, behind the old Chamber of Commerce building (the little log cabin) in Sunset Park. Please bring your yoga mat or blanket, some food and drinks to enjoy along with some camaraderie  from your fellow yogis afterwards and watch the sun set on the longest day of the year. If there is inclement weather we will celebrate at the studio. We will have some yoga mats available for use.
> balanced living is also offering outdoor yoga with Join Dakini at 6:30 on Friday evenings this summer under the willow tree in Veterans Park, across from the studio. In the event of rain, class will be held at the studio.

Belly dancing Discover the art (& fun) of belly dancing
Discover the art of belly dancing in three belly dancing workshops with Lola Kennedy at balanced living. The workshops touch on technique, building from the ground up and by the end of the workshop you will be shimmying across the room. Workshop includes warm-up, basic moves and techniques, plus relaxation. There is no choreography to memorize - you'll be guided to allow the music to mesmerize you while you enjoy this fun and empowering movement. Hip skirts are provided for use during the workshop.
Three workshops will be held this summer, all at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays, June 29, July 27 and August 17. Workshop fee is $20 if preregistered or $25 at the door. Advance registration is suggested as space is limited. No experience is necessary; belly dancing is a fun way to enjoy exercising with friends.
Conservation District and Library offer Backyard Nature Series
Back to Nature Charlevoix Conservation District is planning a Summer Backyard Nature Series on Wednesdays in July, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Old City Park. This program is in partnership with the Boyne District Library. Here are the weekly themes:
July 10th - Goin Buggy
July 17th - Fairy Houses & Gnome Homes
July 24th - Boyne River Discoveries
July 31st - Journey Sticks
Open to families of all ages, but geared toward ages 4-8 years. Program is free, no registration required. Questions, or for more info, contact District Manager Alison at 231-582-6193.
COMMUNITY ROOM AVAILABLE - The Conservation District's newly completed Community Room is available for rent. Details can be found at, or by contacting the District office at 231-582-6193. The room is available days, weeknights and weekends by request. Non-profits with 501c3 status can rent the room for free, or the room fee is $25/hour, $50/half day, $75/full day to all other groups & private parties. A cleaning & damage deposit fee is required upon your reservation. Room application, policy & post-use checklist forms are available at the District office, online or can be mailed directly to you. The District office is located at 303 North St. in Boyne City.
Promote your business to 1,000 visiting Harley riders in July
HOG Rally
Here's a scene from the last time the Harley owners visited in 2011.
The Great Lakes HOG Rally (Harley Owners Group) returns to Boyne Mountain Resort this July 18-20. Potentially 1000+ passionate Harley-Davidson riders will be coming to take in the beautiful scenery as they ride on various routes throughout the area and beyond. During their time here they will be visiting local businesses, restaurants, bars/pubs and scenic attractions. 
PROMOTE YOUR BUSINESS - All Rally participants receive a wristband to wear, so if you'd like to extend any special discounts or offers to them if they show you their wristband, you can place a FREE ad for your business (include a mention of the discount/offer) in the booklet that each attendee receives upon check-in. Come out to the Food Truck Rally on Thursday the 18th and watch them ride into Boyne City during a police-escorted ride by our very own Harley-riding police chief! Give them a wave if you see them on the road, or a handshake if you happen to see them around town!
> Follow the Rally on Facebook  and contact Mary Cusack at if you're interested in offering a discount and getting a free ad in the Rally Guide.
Put together a foursome for Chamber Golf Outing on Sept. 12th
Alpine Course
Boyne Mountain's Alpine Course.
The Boyne Area Chamber invites you to their 1st Annual Chamber Golf Outing. Join us at the 
Boyne Mountain Alpine Course  on Thursday, September 12th. We will begin with lunch at noon, a shotgun start at 1 pm, followed by dinner and awards ceremony at 6 pm. The fun includes a 50/50 raffle, goodie bags, door prizes and more. Only 18 teams of four will be available for this Best Ball Scramble event.  Register online . Download registration form. Single registration is $110, and a foursome is $400, including green fees, cart rental, lunch, dinner and prizes. Single and team registrations are welcome. 
Single and team registrations are welcome.
Beverage Cart Sponsor - Bay Area Management
Hole Sponsors - Great Lakes Energy, Networks Northwest, Michigan Works!, Charlevoix State Bank
Sponsorship opportunities (click here for details):
Title Sponsor $2000 (1 available)
Gold Sponsor $1000 (4 available)
Hole in One Sponsor $1000 (1 available)
50/50 Sponsor $500 (1 available)
Hole Sponsor $150 (17 available)
We are also looking for goodie bag items and raffle prizes.
Good Neighbors Food Pantry thanks silent auction donors
The Good Neighbors Food Pantry of Boyne City would like to acknowledge the following individuals and merchants who generously donated goods or adventures to our silent auction held at Stiggs Brewery on June 15th. Thank you for making it a great success and lots of fun!
A Beautiful Nails
Joe Abdella
Bella Vita
Boomer Women Travel
Boyne City Hardware
Boyne Co-op True Value
Boyne Trading Co
Boyne Mountain Resort
Boyne Water Sports
Pam Brown
Linda Burnham
California Closets (Linda Merchant)
En Vogue Salon
Eyes on Main
Margaret Fitzpatrick
Grain Train 
Great Lakes Motor Works
Huff Pharmacy
Doug Hunt
Inspired Living
Lake Charlevoix Coffee Co
Lake Street Market
Lavender Hill Farm
Mike Lindley
George and Susan Loesel
Kelly Looze
Mary's of Boyne
McGill Nature in Motion (Teresa McGill)
Melissa & Stacy's Cleaning Service
Dawn Noblett Griffin
North Country Cycle Sports
Outdoor Beerdsman
Northern Pet Salon
Joanne Park-Foley
Red Brick Salon
Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation
Marie Sheets
Betty Smith
Stiggs Brewery and Kitchen
Sunshine Charters
Susie and Chloe of Provisions
Sweetgrass Framing
Timber North Vacation Rental (Nancy Simon)
Upsy Daisy Floral
Wildwood Rush
52 Weekends

"Honor system" Bike Share program continues this year
Bike Share The Boyne Bike Share program launched last year returns this spring and summer. Four bikes are parked on the north side of the Sunset Park Log Cabin at 28 S. Lake Street, and the concept is simple: "Borrow a bike and bring it back for others to enjoy." There is no checkout system, just the honor system, organizers say. They only ask that the bikes be returned each day and not kept overnight.  The bikes were donated by community members and service clubs, and they were refurbished by Mike Cortright of North Country Cycle Sport. Helmets are also available with the bikes.
Partners making this new program possible are: Boyne City Kiwanis, Boyne Valley Lions, Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce, Boyne City Main Street, City of Boyne City, and North Country Cycle Sport.
BARREL BACK 04069 N M75,  Walloon Lake , (231) 535-6000
FOOD SPECIALS -Serving breakfast every day from 8 to 11 a.m. 
Monday - All You Can Eat Wings
Wednesday - Half Off One-Topping Pizzas
Thursdays - Burger & A Beer 
Saturdays -  Bottomless Mimosas from 8am-2pm
BC LANES & THE VENUE SPORTS BAR , 1199 S. M-75, Boyne City. (231) 582-6353.
Fridays - All you can eat fish fry, $11.99 4-10PM, served with all you can eat fries, coleslaw & tartar sauce.
HAPPY HOUR- $3 20oz Domestic Draft $4 20oz Craft Draft
Monday-Friday 4PM-6PM & Sunday 1PM-3PM
BOYNE MOUNTAIN , 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls, 231-549-6000
Bike Night continues every Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. in the circle drive in front of the Clock Tower Lodge. June 25 - Pistil Whips, July 2 - Zeke Clemons, July 9 - Pistil Whips, July 16 - The Shifties, July 23 - Pistil Whips, July 30 - The Shifties..
Forty Acres Tavern, 231-549-7270, 7-10 p.m. in June, 8-11 p.m. in July
Thursday, June 20 - Charlie Reager
Friday, June 21 - Darby O'Bell
Saturday, June 22 - Sean Bielby
Thursday, June 27 - Charlie Reager
Friday, June 28 - Zeke Clemons
Saturday, June 29 - Pistil Whips
Thursday, July 4 - Charlie Reager
Friday, July 5 - Chris Koury
Saturday, July 6 - A Brighter Bloom
Thursday, July 11 - Charlie Reager
Friday, July 12 - Sean Bielby
Saturday, July 13 - Bill Oeming
Thursday, July 18 - Charlie Reager
Friday, July 19 - Pistil Whips
Saturday, July 20 - Adam Hoppe
Thursday, July 25 - Charlie Reager
Friday, July 26 - Chris Calleja
Saturday, July 27 - Michelle Chenard
The Beach House, 6-9 p.m.
Friday, June 21 - Bill Oeming
Saturday, June 22 - Darby O'Bell
Friday, June 28 - Nathan Bates
Saturday, June 29 - Syndi Kann
Friday, July 5 - Zeke Clemons
Saturday, July 6 - Under The Moon
Friday, July 12 - Michelle Chenard
Saturday, July 13 - Blake Elliott
Friday, July 19 - Holly Keller
Saturday, July 20 - A Brighter Bloom
Friday, July 26 - Sean Bielby
Saturday, July 27 - Nathan Bates

The Beach House Tiki Hut, 1-4 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday, June 29 & 30 - David Cisco
Saturday, July 6 - Pistil Whips
Saturday, July 13 - Chris Calleja
Saturday, July 20 - Pistil Whips
Saturday, July 27 - A Brighter Bloom

Snowflake Lounge 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
Fridays & Saturdays - DJ Mike, DJ Bill Oeming or  DJ Bill Da Cat

CAFE SANTÉ , 1 Water St, Boyne City,  (231) 582-8800
> Fridays, 8-11 p.m.:   June 21st - Ben Overbeek, 28th - Genna & Jesse. July 5th - Nathan Bates, 12th - A Brighter Bloom, 19th - Nelson Olstrom, 26th - Michelle Chenard.
Saturdays, 8-11 p.m .:   June 22nd - Holly Keller, 29th - Michelle Chenard.  July 6th - Pete Kehoe, 13th - Sean Bielby, 20th - SYDNI, 27th - Holly Keller.
Blue Monday FRESHWATER GALLERY/CONCERT VENUE, 217 S. Lake St., Boyne City, (231) 582-2588. "Blue Monday" open mike night from 7-9 p.m. every Monday this summer, hosted by Robin Lee Berry. This event has been growing every week and attracted 30 people and nine performers this week. We invite you to bring and sing or chill and listen. Summer gallery hours are 10am-7pm, except Sundays 12-4 Mondays 10am-9pm.
GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR THE ARTS - Single tickets are now on sale  for the  2019 Summer Season, " Where Passion Comes Alive."  Choose from a diverse lineup of events, from spectacular musical performances to stand-up comedy, to intellectual dialogue with engaging speakers.  For ticketing or event questions, contact the Box Office by phone at 231.439.2610 or by e-mail at
June 21 - Jorge Federico Osorio, internationally-awarded pianist and Steinway artist, tickles the ivories this Friday Osorio has performed a wide variety of repertoire with many of the world's leading ensembles. Experience the "music we need in our everyday lives" and mastery of Jorge Federico Osorio, Pianist in Recital, Friday, June 21 at 8:00PM.
Some highlights of the summer schedule include:
June 29, 30, July 1 -  Million Dollar Quartet musical
July 5 - Michael Feinstein
July 28 - Grand Rapids Symphony
August 2 - Mitch Albom and Special Friends
August 24 - The Joffrey Ballet
Aug. 3, Sept. 1 - McKechnie & McArdle Celebrate Sondheim & Hamlisch

LAKE STREET PUB , 202 S. Lake St., Boyne City,  (231) 497- 6031.
> Pub Time - Monday thru Friday, 4-6pm, enjoy $1 off libations and select appetizers for $5 or less.
> Wing Wednesdays - Every Wednesday, all day, enjoy 6 wings for $8 or 12 wings for $15.
Enjoy from an assortment of sauces including Chef's Choice sauce of the day.
> Poker Karaoke Thursdays - Every Thursday, 8-11pm. Every time you sing, you get a card. The singer with the best poker hand at the end of the night wins a $25 gift certificate provided by the DJ.
LAVENDER HILL FARM - 7354 Horton Bay Road North, Boyne City,  231-582-3784. 
Moxie Strings
The Moxie Strings
Individual show tickets for 12 concerts in The Series at Lavender Hill Farm are now available. Seat selection takes place at the time of purchase, so log in and choose your seats. 
Visit our website for more information about The Series, ticketing and the musicians. 
Here is the 2019 lineup: 
June 22: The Moxie Strings Hailed by The Grand Rapids Press as "top-notch, instrumental wizardry," The Moxie Strings offer listeners the unique opportunity to experience some of the world's best-known instruments through a young, progressive lens. Diana Ladio and Alison Lynn hold Bachelor's degrees in music performance and music education, which have given each the technical foundation to explore the limits of her instrument and helped the group build a reputation for musical excellence. Alison performs on a newly-invented, electric cello, and Diana on a contemporary 5-string violin. Both use a variety of audio effects pedals. The Moxie Strings compose the majority of their pieces and arrange melodies from many countries, resulting in a genre-blurring blend of ear-catching, mainstream melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms. The band's polished, high-energy show continues to redefine strings' role in contemporary music, and offers audience members a diverse, fun, musical experience.
June 29: Lemon Squeezy 
July 5: Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs 
July 6 & 7: Thunderwüde 
July 27: Brian Ashley Jones 
August 2 & 3: The Appleseed Collective 
August 24: Jill Jack 
Aug 31 & Sept 1: Sons of the Never Wrong
September 7: Suzie Vinnick
RED MESA GRILL , 117 Water St, Boyne City, (231) 582-0049
"Casa Tuesdays" - $3 Casa Margaritas, $3 Premium Drafts, $3 food features and live music 6-9 p.m.:
June 21 - Missy Memorial Party with Buddha Sweet **7-10pm**
June 25 - Blake Elliott
STIGGS BREWERY & KITCHEN, 112 S. Park St., Boyne City,  (231) 497-6100
> EUCHRE MONDAYS - 6 p.m. Top two weekly winners get prizes, half off Euchre Pilsner from Arbor Brewing Co.
LIVE MUSIC at 7 p.m. unless noted:
Friday, June 21 - Blair Miller
Saturday, June 22 - Pistil Whips
Friday, June 28 - Under The Moon 
Saturday, June 29 - Nelson Olstrom
Wednesday, July 3 - Charlie Millard Band
Thursday, July 4 - Jeff Pagel, 3 p.m.
Friday, July 5 - Something Great
Saturday, July 6 - Chris Michels Band
Thursday, July 11 - Grayson Barton
Friday, July 12 - Crosscut Kings
Saturday, July 13 - Chris Koury
Friday, July 19 - Under The Moon
Saturday, July 20 - Nelson Olstrom
Friday, July 26 - Blair Miller
Saturday, July 27 - Aunt Vicki
Pavilion BOYNE VALLEY GARDEN CLUB begins its 40th Anniversary celebration by hosting a gathering at the new Boyne City Pavilion in Veterans Park at 1PM Thursday, June 27th. Members from the Petoskey, Charlevoix, and East Jordan Garden Clubs have been invited to share garden club ideas and projects (and cake!).
Lifetree Cafe
THE IMPACT OF CONCUSSIONS will be discussed at Lifetree Café on Sunday, June 23 at 6:30. The program, titled "Concussions: A Former NFL Player Speaks Out," features a filmed interview with former NFL tight end Ben Utecht, who suffered five confirmed concussions during his career. "My concussions, as they continued to happen, had a greater and greater impact on my personality," Utecht explains. "Loss of short- and long-term memory is an issue I deal with, and I'm only in my 30s." During the program, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas for reducing the risk of concussions in sports at all levels. Video.
> Lifetree Café is in the First Presbyterian Church, 401 S. Park St., Boyne City. Use the Pine St. entrance. It is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. Questions may be directed to Julie Hasse at 231-582-7983 or
Sweaty Yeti Run THE SWEATY YETI RUN will be held on Saturday, July 13 starting at 8am with a 5K race. The One Mile Fun Run will take place immediately after at 9:30 am. The 5K is $35 and includes a dry fit T-Shirt and a medal for qualifying racers.  The one mile is $15 and includes a cotton T-shirt and a medal for all participants. Details and registration.

- Downtown Boyne City, Front Street, this 1568 sq. ft. space includes multiple offices, conference room, handicap-accessible entrance. Includes 2000 sq. ft. of storage, and plenty of on-street parking. Rent is $1700/month. Call 231.675.9892 for more information.

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE at 120 Water Street, Boyne City - 156 sq. ft. All utilities + internet included. $300/month plus security deposit, one year's lease. Now available. Call 231-675-5014.
VISITORS GUIDE - The Boyne Area Chamber's Visitors Guide/Business Directory is available as a digital magazine as well as a beautiful 4-color printed magazine. It contains interactive content, including page-turning, links to websites and video, as well as a full search function. To view the digital publication,  click here

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