Chamber Alliance works to "Fix the damn roads" and save high school robotics programs
The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance released a 5-part plan with recommendations on generating and distributing new state revenues for road and bridge construction in Michigan. The Alliance's "2019 Road Funding Principles" document calls on state lawmakers to dedicate new fuel taxes or fees to road and bridge construction under regional funding models that bring parity to Northern Michigan. The priorities were drafted in the wake of renewed calls in Lansing for more dedicated revenue - including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's proposal to raise the state's gasoline tax 45 cents per gallon to raise an additional $1.5 billion for roads. See our road funing recommendations.
> Funding cut for robotics competition - Many of us have seen the positive impact area school robotics programs have had on students. Many students in Petoskey, Pellston, Charlevoix, and Boyne City are pursuing careers in STEM related fields thanks to the skills and passion they learned through local robotics programs. We just learned that the state funding that supports FIRST and VEX robotics programs has been pulled out of the House version of the School Aid Budget. The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance is actively working to see that funding is maintained. We see the need to fill STEM careers as crucial for Michigan's economic future and recognize robotics programs as a natural gateway to help students into these careers. Those who agree are urged to contact their State Legislators to support the Michigan Senate version of Section 99H of the FY 2019-2020 School Aid Budget that allows multiple robotics programs in all schools and increases the budget for grants statewide by $200,000
Take action here
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Duck Race tickets selling fast; Get them at Stroll the Streets
NEW! Purchase your ticket(s) prior to July 4th and you are automatically entered to win a $25 Chamber Check!
Duck Race tickets are going fast! Boyne Chamber staff will be selling $10 tickets during Stroll the Streets this Friday, so you can get yours early. The Chamber's 31st annual Duck Race starts at 2 p.m. on July 4th in the Boyne River.
We had lots of local winners last year. Could this year be your lucky year?! Dozens of spectators will be watching and cheering as the ducks float down the river to the finish line behind Lynda's Real Estate. Each duck and corresponding duck race ticket 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.
> PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS at:
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 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.
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 Boyne City Main Street.
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
for the full summer schedule and updates.
> Here is the entertainment lineup for this Friday:
- Coldwell Banker Real Estate - Forward Bluegrass Band
- Harbor House - Punching Babies
- Parkside Grill - Twister Joe
- Boyne City Hardware - Painted Lady Face Art
- Pat O'Brien Real Estate - Charlie Witthoeft
- Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen - Under the Moon
- Red Mesa Grill - Deb Adamcik Caricature Artist
The Lawn at Lynda's - Lou Thumser
Kilwin's - Kirby
- Old Sportsman - Plumville Project
- Kidd & Leavy Real Estate - Dos Hippies
- Freshwater Art Gallery - Robin Lee Berry
- Lady Barber Shop - Pooch the Magician
It's time to register for 4th of July parade, races and more
Boyne City's acclaimed 4th of July Festival is less than a week away, and there is still 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.
See stories below on the parade grand marshal, the Independence Day Run that atrrcts 1,000 runners to town, and how you can volunteer or donate support to the festival.
Next Gazebo concert features Matt Gabriel on July 10
The Evenings at the Gazebo concert series continues at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, with a performance by Matt Gabriel in Old City Park. (There is no concert this Wednesday, July 3rd.)
2019 Gazebo concerts are presented by
Black Diamond Broadcasting
., and the Matt Gabriel concert is sponsored by the Pat O'Brien & Associates.
Matt Gabriel is a singer/songwriter who has spent over a decade writing and performing music around the country - the quality of folk and blues you would expect from an artist who grew up between Chicago and Detroit. He's got a must-see live show and a very approachable recorded sound. It's music you can trust and believe in.
Here is the schedule of future concerts:
- Full Circle
> 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
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.
Boyne City Triathlon - Duathlon
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Peninsula Beach, Boyne City, MI
EVENT SUMMARY: USA Triathlon Certified Races
Olympic Triathlon: 1,500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run
Sprint Triathlon: 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run
Sprint Duathlon: 5km run, 20km bike, 5km run
Events can be completed INDIVIDUALLY or as a RELAY team.
EVERY ATHLETE RECEIVES: A custom gear bag, finisher medal, finish line photo, post-race meal from on-site food trucks including Happy's Taco, Cheese and Co., and K&J Grill. More options and swag being finalized daily.
Boyne City Main Street awards $20,000 in façade grants
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.
||Correction: We ran the wrong building picture in last week's newsletter. Here is the Banner Law building that will receive a grant to restore it to its historically accurate original facade.
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.
> For more information about Boyne City Main Street and the façade grant program, visit
or email email@example.com.
Now is the time to apply for our next Leadership class
If you someone you know is interested in being a participant in Leadership Charlevoix County, now is the time to apply for the Class of 2020.
Applications are now available online here
, and more information about the program is at
. Filling out the application could take you between 1-2 hours, however, you can leave and return to it as you are filling it out. The class is limited to 16 participants, so be sure to spend time and answer the questions thoughtfully and thoroughly. The application deadline is July 15th.
"Unbreakable Bond" joins Walkabout Sculpture Show
Local artist Bob Melvin has added another of his creations to
Boyne City Main Street's 5th Annual Walkabout Sculpture Show. This piece is "Unbreakable Bond" displayed on the corner of Water and Park Streets. Also new this year is "Puddle Jumper," created by Indian River artist Pamela Dueweke and installed next to the Log Cabin in Sunset 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.
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
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.
> News-Review feature: What did John do on his 100th birthday? Went to the Secretary of State's office to renew his driver's license, of course!
July 4th fireworks show to be dedicated to John "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
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).
> 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.
Sunday deadline for
"Week at the Lake" Local Hero nominations
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 this Sunday, 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.
> For more information contact Geoffrey Nelson at 818-929-2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Log Cabin Volunteers" are on the job in the busy days ahead
The Log Cabin Volunteers project is off to a good start. Volunteers have signed up to cover six two-hour shifts from June 21 through the 4th of July and July 12, the day before Boyne Thunder.
The Boyne Area Chamber and the City of Boyne City
have launched the Log Cabin Volunteers group to give out information from the Sunset Park cabin this summer. Longtime Chamber volunteers Barb and Bill Bryant staffed the log cabin during Stroll the Streets last Friday night. They welcomed visitors from Georgia and other places and sold a tickets to the 4th of July Duck Race.
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. Our goal is to provide staffing during prime times when visitors are in town - the 4th of July, Boyne Thunder, and Friday night Stroll the Streets.
Habitat For Humanity hosts open house at new home on July 14
Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity will be hosting an Open House for our Boyne City home at 335 Bailey St. from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 14. We will be looking for a Home Ready Program partner to purchase the home. Applications will be available at the Open House as well as at our Habitat Office in Harbor Springs. For questions on our programs or on this particular home, contact Julia at (231) 348-6926 ex. 105. Print a flyer.
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.
Episcopal Church welcomes Rev. Christine Humphrey Sunday
On Sunday June 30 Episcopal Church of the Nativity welcomes The Rev. Christine Humphrey to preside at our service. Worship time is 10 a.m. at 209 East Main Street.
Chris was an elementary school teacher who loved teaching but also felt a call to be a priest. After a career of teaching and serving churches, she is retired except for working at the Round Lake Bookstore in Charlevoix, and sometimes leading our service.
On Friday evenings during "Stroll the Streets", we offer "Blessings To Go: Let Us Pray With You". Program Coordinator Dave Penniman and a volunteer will be on hand at the church front steps to pray with or talk with people who come by. Everyone has some concern or worry, or something wonderful to be thankful for.
Early deadline next week; Send us your news by Monday
The Chamber/Main Street E-News will come to your inbox next Wednesday instead of Thursday, due to the Independence Day holiday. If you submit news for next week, please send it by Monday to email@example.com. More than 1,200 people open our newsletter each week, and you can reach them with your news (at no cost) or an advertising message and a link for as little as $50. We have ads available July 25th and in August.
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WELCOME, NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS!
Main contact: Kirt Ploe
113 Water St.
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.
Check the listings on our
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CITY PUBLIC WORKS DEPT. - We've just had another opening for a seasonal staff person in the Public Works Department of the City of Boyne City. Contact director Tim Faas at 231.582.0375 if you are interested. We would like someone on board before the 4th of July. For the most part no weekends and no evenings. Men and women are encouraged to apply. EOE.
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 WORKER - Alternative 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 asi-mi.org 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.
Castle Farms - Operations Staff and Garden Railroad Attendant
Drost Landscape - landscape laborers and more
We encourage Chamber members to list their openings on our Jobs Page.
FUN, FOOD, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -
Boyne Appétit! "Small town, epic food" |
Paula Poundstone returns to Boyne City this Saturday
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 https://www.boynecc.com 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 moving to Peninsula Park next Wednesday
The Boyne City Farmers Market will be in its regular Veterans Park location on this Saturday, June 29th, but the market will move to Peninsula Beach on Front Street next Wednesday, July 3rd. That'
because Veterans Park will be full of 4th of July Festival activities on July 3 and 4.
The market will also move to Peninsula Park on Saturday, July 13th, to make way for Boyne Thunder, the boating event that takes over Veterans Park and the harbor.
The market is open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon every Wednesday and Saturday.
Here is a video of the new Veterans Park layout from our Facebook page.
The Farmers Market is a program of Boyne City Main Street. For more information, visit the Market Facebook page or email email@example.com.
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 29 - Pearl Street String Band.
July 6 - Chris Michels, July 13 - Bill Wilson, July 20 - Annie & Rod Capps, July 27 - Harbor Hoedown.
Boyne Eta Nu members again raise funds for July 4th 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.
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.
Flywheelers to rebuild historic log building on their show grounds
Two loads of logs were trucked from Good Hart Farms Storage to the Northern Michigan Antique-Flywheelers (NMAF) show grounds between Boyne Falls and Walloon Lake on June 8th. The logs were donated by Jay and Shawn Neff and will be reassembled into a usable structure once again after being in storage for over a decade. Originally built on Kapella Road in the Posen area at the turn of the 20th century, the logs had been part of a square log house that stood for over100 years and a nearby round log granary.
The construction process is expected to take several years to accomplish. "This is a tremendous undertaking," said longtime NMAF club member Bob Crandell. "The logs were marked when the house was taken down but we don't yet have any pictures to help us or the architect. We are working toward getting the architectural drawings and the necessary building permits without a clear idea of the building it will become. However, it is a Northern Michigan historical building and the prospect of having it at the club has created a lot of excitement, so we are thrilled to get this donation."
With the club's annual show just around the corner on July 25-28, members will not start working on the building until later in the summer. When rebuilt, the log house will be the second historic building at the club, joining the one-room schoolhouse that was moved to the grounds from the Pellston area in 2017.
Astronomy Club and orchestra mark the 50th anniversary of moon landing
Northern Michigan Astronomy Club will hold its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the Wildwood Observatory. The discussion topic with be "Remembering the Apollo 11 Moon Landing on its 50th Anniversary." The observatory is located one mile north of Boyne City at 1825 Wildwood Heights Road. Club members will provide a tour of the night sky, weather permitting. All are welcome. Details and directions.
CELESTIAL SUMMER - To coincide with the 50th year anniversary of the first man landing on the moon, the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra has scheduled free two Celestial Summer performances that focus on Space. The program includes pieces that are
inspired by space exploration, as well as by planets in the solar system. Flyer with details. The performances are:
> SUNDAY, JULY 14 - 2 p.m. at Mission Point, One Lakeshore Drive, Mackinac Island.
> THURSDAY, JULY 18 - 7 p.m. at Raven Hill Discovery Center, 4737 Fuller Road, East Jordan.
Put together a foursome for Chamber Golf Outing on Sept. 12th
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.
. 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.
Hole Sponsor $150 (15 available)
> We are also looking for goodie bag items and raffle prizes.
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
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 www.charlevoixcd.org, 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.
Bike Share program continues at Sunset Park Log Cabin
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.
LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
04069 N M75,
, (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
Bottomless Mimosas from 8am-2pm
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
THURSDAYS - Trivia at 7 p.m.
FRIDAYS - Live music from 8-11 p.m. upstairs in the Pine Lake Lodge
June 28 - Yankee Station. July 5 -
Jelly Rolls Blues Band.
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 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 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 -
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
, 1 Water St, Boyne City, (231) 582-8800
> Fridays, 8-11 p.m.:
June 28th - Genna & Jesse. July 5th - Nathan Bates, 12th - A Brighter Bloom, 19th - Nelson Olstrom, 26th - Michelle Chenard.
Saturdays, 8-11 p.m
June 29th - Michelle Chenard.
July 6th - Pete Kehoe, 13th - Sean Bielby, 20th - SYDNI, 27th - Holly Keller.
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
This weekend at the Center, Tony Award-winning rock n' roll musical Million Dollar Quartet tells the true story of the twist of fate that brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for one of the greatest jam sessions of all time! Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock 'n' roll, gospel, R&B, and country hits, performed live on Center Stage by world-class actors and musicians, Saturday, June 29 through Monday, July 1 at 8:00PM. For tickets and more information visit
, or call 231.439.2610.
Some other highlights of the summer schedule include:
July 5 - Michael Feinstein, Seasons of Sinatra
July 11 - Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Midsummer Night's Dream
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
> 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.
Individual show tickets for 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 29: Lemon Squeezy was founded on a dark and snowy night in the beginning of February 2010. Since then, the quartet has developed a crisp and delightful sound throughout a big variety of songs, ranging from Swedish men's choir to Elvis Presley. The quartet grew out of the rich soil of Swedish choir tradition. Throughout grade school, all four members attended Adolf Fredrik's School of Music, Sweden's most renowned choir school. Afterwards, they all made the natural transition into Stockholm Music Gymnasium, and today all four are members of Zero8, Sweden's most prominent male barbershop chorus. In the summer of 2012, Lemon Squeezy won the Collegiate World Championship in Barbershop. Two years later, in Las Vegas, they achieved 5th place in the open International Competition, moving on to 4th in 2015 and an honorable silver medal in 2016.
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
"Casa Tuesdays" - $3 Casa Margaritas, $3 Premium Drafts, $3 food features and live music 7-10 p.m.:
July 2 - Mike Oregano
July 9 - Crosscut Kings
July 16 - Aunt Vicki
July 23 - Project 6
July 24 - National Tequila Day Party with Mark Lavengood
July 30 - The Groove Suns
> 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 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
CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE - First Presbyterian Church of Boyne City will hold its annual Rummage Sale from 9 to 5 this Friday, June 28, and from 9 to 2 on Saturday, June 29. Many items just $1, and anything not sold drops to half price beginning at noon Saturday. Everything must go - sale items include assorted clothing, toys, tools, household items and a working upright piano, free to a good home. The church is located at 401 S. Park St. and the corner of Pine Street. Flyer to print.
BOYNE TRADING CO., 109 E. Water St. Spend $50 this weekend on BoyneWear and choose a car decal for $1. One decal per purchase. Additionally, save 20% on all Cotton Trader shirts, new for 2019 at Boyne Trading Co. Sale prices continue through Sunday.
| 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!).
HOW TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF ABUSE will be considered at Lifetree Café on potluck Sunday, June 30 at 5:30 please bring a dish to share. Program begins at 6:30. The program, titled "Blowing the Whistle on Abuse: One Courageous Teenage Girl Tells Her Story," includes a film of a young woman who was abused by her father for 11 years. "My dad started sexually abusing me when I was 5. I didn't know what it was, but I knew it felt wrong because he told me not to tell mom. I felt trapped," says the young woman, who chose at 16 to finally tell her story. Participants will also get a glimpse of the cost of her going public with the abuse she experienced as well as the freedom that came when the abuse ended.
> 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 Lifetree@fpboyne.org.
| 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 RETAIL SPACE available August 1st, at 120 Water Street (Karen Walker Studio space). 12'x24'. 288 sq ft. Everything included. $800/ month. Call Liz 231-675-5014.
OFFICE/RETAIL SPACE FOR RENT - 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.
- 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,