Boyne Boat Yard
Happy holidays
Happy Holidays from the Boyne Area Chamber
and Boyne City Main Street!
OUR STAFF HAS THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT as they gather for a picture in our last 
newsletter before Christmas. From left are Kelsie King-Duff, Main Street Executive Director; Ingrid Day, Main Street Administrative Assistant; Lisa Luebke, 
Chamber Associate Director; and Kim Akin, Chamber Executive Director.

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!
Classic Instruments owner McLeod will be keynote speaker at Chamber's Annual Awards Gala 
Awards Gala
Classic Instruments owner John McLeod will be the keynote speaker for the Boyne Chamber's Annual Awards Gala on January 16th. 
John McLeod
John McLeod
McLeod has built his automotive business from a one-man operation to a nationally recognized industry leader with 29 employees. He is a former winner of the Sally Roselli Business Leadership Award that will again be presented at this year's Awards Gala. McLeod was recently presented with the Hot Rod Industry Alliance's Industry Recognition Award at the annual Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show in Las Vegas. A former Boyne City policeman who still works part-time for the department, McLeod has been called "the world's coolest cop" by the Hot Rod Network website. Here is a feature story on McLeod from the Petoskey News-Review.
You can hear McLeod's keynote address when you attend the Chamber's Annual Awards Gala at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 16th, at the Boyne Mountain Civic Center.   Get tickets here
Presenting sponsor for the gala is  KorthaseFlinn Insurance and Financial Services . The gala features the presentation of awards to community leaders and the installation of chamber board members along with a buffet dinner, cash bar, bucket raffles and a live auction. Tickets are $55.
Bucket raffles will be held for great prize packages - 10 tickets available for $25. There will also be a raffle with $10 tickets for a Yeti Cooler full of spirits and goodies sponsored by Boyne City Hardware. The Live Auction is sponsored by Boyne Mountain. We are seeking donation items for raffles and bottles of spirits for the cooler raffle.
> Click here to reserve individual seats, table sponsors and other sponsorships. 

Thanks to our sponsors!
Pat O'Brien & Associates
Charlevoix County Community Foundation
Kiwanis Club of Boyne City
Kammerman & Bascom
4Front Credit Union
Charlevoix State Bank
Challenge Mountain
Raven Hill Discovery Center
Coldwell Banker Schmidt Real Estate
'Off the Clock' schedule announced for the new year
The Boyne Area Chamber has announced the 2020 schedule for "Off The Clock," our new name for Business After Hours. This is the Chamber's monthly business networking event, held at member businesses. The first one of the year, as always, is the Annual Awards Gala at Boyne Mountain Resort on Thursday, January 16th. Except for the Awards Gala and the Regional Business After hours, there is no charge for admission or refreshments. Here is the schedule for 2020:
Off The Clock January 16th - Annual Awards Gala, Boyne Mountain
February 20th - Boyne Valley Vineyards, 5325 US 131 North, Boyne Falls
March 19th - Lynda's Real Estate, 27 S. Lake St.
April 16th - Catt Development, Edward Jones, and Boyne City Massage & Wellness, One Water Street.
May 21st - Bella Vita, 2911 Boyne City-Charlevoix Road
June 18th - Parkview Dental, 216 N. Lake St.
September 17th - Humane Society, 614 Beardsley St., & Stiggs Brewery, 112 S. Park St.
October 15th - Good Neighbors Food Pantry, 624 State St.
November 19th - Water Street Café, 113 Water St.
December 17th - To be announced.
> Thanks to Kecia Freed Design for creating our new Off The Clock logo!
Urgent Notice to Boyne Area Chamber Members
Are your membership dues up to date? We realize that the membership changes that have happened this year may have been a bit confusing.  We do not want any of our members to miss out on benefits such as being included in our 2020 Visitors Guide and Business Directory, which will go to print early.  If you have not paid your membership dues yet or are not sure, please contact our office as soon as possible at 231-582-6222.
We look forward to working with all our members in the coming year. Thank you!
Pat O_Brien

Website   *   231-582-1700
Community Christmas still needs volunteers (today), donations
Students and other volunteers started packing Christmas boxes Wednesday.
Want to volunteer to help out packing baskets for Boyne Area Community Christmas?
No need to sign up - just show up for packing/distribution day TODAY , Thursday, Dec. 19th,  at the Boyne City Education Center, 321 S. Park Street, from 9am to 6pm. Any amount of time that you can give is appreciated!
Basket pick-up will be from 1-6 p.m. today, December 19 at the Boyne City Education Center Gym. Deliveries will start at 11 a.m. 
For monetary donations, please make checks payable to Boyne Area Community Christmas and send them c/o Eleanor West, Treasurer, at 915 Robinson Street #15, Boyne City, MI 49712.
For additional information, contact Heather Ross at (231) 459-5588.
Holiday closings for Chamber, Main Street, City and more
BOYNE CHAMBER and BC MAIN STREET will be closed December 23-25 and Dec. 30 through January 1.
BOYNE CITY HALL is closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.
BANKS will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, and many will close at noon or 2 p.m. on Dec. 24.
BC POST OFFICE will close at noon on Dec. 24 and all day Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
BOYNE DISTRICT LIBRARY will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1.
COUNTY TRANSIT will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1.
BOYNE SENIOR CENTER will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1.
Presbyterian Church continues free community Christmas dinner 
First Presbyterian The First Presbyterian Church of Boyne City will continue its tradition of offering a free Christmas dinner for anyone and everyone in the community from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 25th. The church is located at 401 S. Park St.  Please use the Pine Street entrance. Rev. Elizabeth Broschart said, "Boyne City area residents are invited to join us for a Christmas Dinner as we celebrate the birth of Christ and join our hands in fellowship. If you would prefer not to eat alone, please join us." The congregation is cooking a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin's. The dinner is paid for by contributions from the congregation, the public and local grocery stores. Anyone who would like to support the effort may call  231-582-7983.
> On Christmas Eve, First Presbyterian will have worship at 7 p.m.  They invite you to join them for a service of carols, the Christmas story, Communion, and candlelight.
Pre-scheduled rides get priority
County Transit offers cheap bus rides on New Year's Eve  
Transit bus
Charlevoix County Transit will again be offering low-cost countywide bus service on New Year's Eve. It's cold out. You've had one or two drinks. The roads are bad. Whatever your reason for not wanting to leave the house, why not ride the bus? County Transit's friendly staff and warm buses will get you where you're going on New Year's Eve. Fares are just $2 for adults, $1.50 for youths age 3-18, $1.50 for disabled people and free for seniors age 60 and over. 
> Call 231-582-6900 and pre-schedule to get the best time slot.
On New Year's Eve, Transit will be open their regular hours plus extended hours with last pickups at 2 am. There will be a dispatcher on duty all day and evening. Transit Manager Jill Drury said, "We will have four buses serving the county throughout the evening. Pre-scheduled rides will take priority, however we will accommodate as many same evening calls as possible."
BC Massage

Last chance for  Chamber Checks, the ideal "shop local" gift
Chamber ChecksFriday, Dec. 20th is your last chance to buy Chamber Checks. It's a great last-minute Christmas gift, maybe for someone who is hard to buy for. Chamber Checks are available at the Chamber Office, 115 S. Lake Street, Boyne City. Chamber Checks make the ideal "shop local" gift that can be redeemed at many businesses in the Boyne area. Chamber Checks are issued through Charlevoix State Bank by the Boyne Chamber and are redeemable much like a gift certificate or any bank check. Chamber Checks are available in denominations of $10, $20 and $25 certificates. We appreciate advance notice for orders of 6 or more checks. If you have questions about Chamber Checks, call the Chamber at 231-582-6222 or email
HOLIDAY BONUSES - Chamber Checks are a great way to give holiday bonuses to your employees. This year we have filled an order for a total of more than $8,000 in Chamber Checks from one local employer. It's a great way to reward your employees and keep money local!
PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES are listed here. To add your business to this list, email
Veterans Park pavilion progress
The photo above shows the recent addition of new columns on the North Lake Street side of Boyne City's Veterans Park Pavilion. The columns will support two new peaked-roof covered picnic areas. The trusses for those new roofs are scheduled to go up before the end of the week. The entire project, which also includes glass door enclosures and heat for the main floor area to allow for comfortable year-round use, a commercial kitchen and a new fifth restroom, is scheduled to be completed before the 2020 Mushroom Festival. The project is being funded through local contributions and grants including up to $408,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
BELOW IS AN IMAGE showing approximately what the finished picnic areas will look like.  It is not exactly like what the finished product will look like, because the main building has yellow shake style siding on it and is not all brick as shown in the image.
Pavilion drawing
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Did you know you can check out your membership visibility on the Boyne Chamber website? Log in to the Member Information Center here and click on "Reports." It will show you your member visibility - how many views and impressions your listing has had in the last 12 months. While you're there, you can also update your contact information, add your logo, post jobs and "Hot Deals." and add an event to our event calendar. Participating in any of these options increases your visibility on our website and helps you make the most of your membership.
If you've never logged in to the chamber website and need assistance, reach out to Lisa at the chamber office and we will get you set up with your own login and help you navigate the system for the first time. Give us a call at 231-582-6222 or email us at and we'll help you get started today!
Please take our Earlier than the Bird Survey
Thank you to those who participated in Earlier than the Bird 2019. Please click here to take this short survey to help Boyne City Main Street and the Boyne Area Chamber evaluate the event and plan for next year.
Old motels, campsites and shelters help fill area housing void
Motor lodge
Four Seasons Motor Lodge burned last summer.
From Bridge Magazine: Fire cut out the heart of the Four Seasons Motor Lodge in the middle of a summer afternoon. It burned through the pitched black roof and scorched the painted shutters meant to evoke an Alpine spirit for visiting skiers. A mountain of dark smoke dwarfed the treeline. No one was hurt. But the old inn on US-131, just south of Boyne Falls, was destroyed, displacing 20 or so people. Not tourists - they were residents. Northwest Michigan is in a desperate housing crunch. It might seem counter-intuitive for a region of abundant beauty, where property values and buyer interest are ever escalating. But there are simply not enough places for seasonal employees or even those in mid-salary jobs, such as teachers, city workers or emergency personnel, to live. A number of intersecting forces stunt the region's ability to develop new and more diverse housing. Local leaders are pushing for structural changes across the 10 counties, but residents need a place to live today. That means campgrounds. Shelters. Couch-surfing. Or, for Dustin Mellios, tenancy in an old roadside motel.
Mellios is in his mid-20s and the father of three young girls who stay with him on weekends. He works full time at Bulmann Dock & Lift in Boyne City, which is where he was on the Wednesday afternoon in July when "the whole town started messaging me" about the fire. Full story
> BC School District acquires lots for 12 student-built homes - Story.
Duncan Studios Duncan Studios grand opening
Yes, it's pretty cool when Santa and Mrs. Claus show up for your grand opening ribbon cutting! That's what happened Saturday at Duncan Studios' new shop at 120 Water Street in downtown Boyne City. They bring people together to take memories and ideas and splash them onto a canvas. They do everything from nonprofit work and paint & sip classes to personalized commissioned pieces. Follow them on  Facebook for updates on the studio, paint & sip classes, community events and more. Their phone number is  (231) 313-2112, and their website is
New year means no more fines at the Boyne District Library
Boyne Library A new year is coming, which is a great time to resolve to reconnect with your local library. Libraries strive to be accessible to everyone, so a number of area libraries are working together to break down barriers to borrowing by going fine-free this January. If overdue fines have kept you or your family from using the library, libraries are now saying "Welcome back."
In the past, charging an overdue item fine was used as a method to encourage patrons to return their library items on time. However, research shows that instead of enticing return of items, it actually contributes to loss of items because once an item was late, patrons would not want to incur a late fee, so just wouldn't return the item. Patrons who are financially unable to pay fines, or have difficulty getting to the library, often stop visiting altogether once an item is overdue. Petoskey Youth Services Librarian Megan Goedge stated, "Children and teens often have little to no control over when they can return items to the library, so being a fine-free library means we can continue to provide our young patrons with access to books, materials, and digital resources. We are happy to eliminate a barrier to access and we welcome back patrons who may not have visited in awhile!"
Starting January 1, 2020, overdue fines will no longer be charged on most items (eBook readers, Wi-Fi hotspots and non-traditional items are excluded), and all outstanding overdue fines will be forgiven. Most patrons' existing overdue balances will be wiped clean to give them a fresh start to the year. Patrons will continue to receive reminders to renew or return materials on or before their due date to allow those items to be borrowed by other patrons.
> If you have any questions, contact the Boyne District Library at 231-582-7861
College partnership with Boyne yields culinary program
North Central Michigan College is launching a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship program that will give culinary professionals the opportunity to build their skills and advance their careers. The program is the result of North Central's partnership with Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Highlands Resort, the Inn at Bay Harbor, Northwest Michigan Works! and the American Culinary Federation.
The comprehensive apprenticeship program is open to Boyne employees and includes paid, on-the-job training that will culminate in a North Central Certificate of Development in Hospitality, a U.S. Department of Labor credential, and Certified Sous Chef® designation from the American Culinary Federation, which is widely regarded as the gold standard in culinary accreditation.
"The hospitality industry is vital to our region's economy," said Charles Hayes, North Central's dean of Business, Manufacturing and Technology. "This program will allow culinary professionals to take the next step in their career while simultaneously filling the talent pipeline with highly skilled, educated employees. The result will be a more robust, sustainable Northern Michigan economy." Boyne is offering the two-year, 4,000-hour apprenticeship at no cost to its employees.
Boyne employees may apply for the apprenticeship program via Boyne's website through December 20.
Boyne City superintendent receives "highly effective" rating
Pat Little
Supt. Patrick Little
From the Boyne City Board of Education: The Boyne City School Board held Superintendent Pat Little's evaluation at their regular meeting on December 9th. The Board unanimously agreed on a "highly effective" rating for the four-year employee of the district. This is the third consecutive "highly effective" rating for Superintendent Little. "Pat Little's heavy educational experience and motivation for strong academic performance in all grades focus on our district and the educators on excellence," said Zareena Koch, board secretary. 
Little's vision for our district encompasses every child, she said. New initiatives have paid off big for students, such as educational/emotional evaluation for preschoolers to determine progress and program success. This has proven to be an excellent example of his commitment to Boyne City's youngest citizens. Ross McLane, Board Treasurer, described Little as being a "highly professional" leader of our district. Little continues to work closely with the community he serves. "Pat Little is a dedicated and hardworking employee for our district," said Jeff Mercer, board vice president. The board looks forward to working with Little to further the educational opportunities for all students.
Courtyard by Marriott Petoskey at Victories Square is open 
Featuring an innovative lobby space as well as Courtyard's latest contemporary room design, the new Courtyard by Marriott Petoskey at Victories Square provides flexibility and choices that allow guests to optimize and elevate their travel experience. Located at 1866 Bear Place, the 139-room hotel is only minutes away from popular area attractions.
The five-story hotel features views of Little Traverse Bay, an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, patio with a fireplace, business center, a large fitness center, 24/7 Starbucks, a Kid Zone and Arcade, guest laundry, complimentary parking, and breakfast, dinner, and drinks at the Bistro.  Other hotel amenities include 1,620 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 90 people. Website.
Make your year-end gift count for more local trails
Trails As the year comes to a close, consider making a year-end gift to the Top Of Michigan Mountain Bike Association. Your generosity will bring more mountain bike trails to our community. And more local, outdoor activity options improve our quality of life and helps to drive the local economy.
TOMMBA is working hard to bring world-class mountain bike trails to you and we need your help. A recent agreement between the City of Boyne City and TOMMBA solidified the final piece of the puzzle bringing the Boyne School Forest trail expansion concept one step closer to reality. Land acquired earlier this year by the Walloon Lake Trust and Conservancy connects the school forest trails to the city's property.
Our next goal is to raise funds for this trail expansion. With your help we can bring in a professional trail builder to design and complete six miles of new trails on this property as quickly as possible.
You can donate here  or send a check to: TOMMBA, PO Box 112, Boyne City, MI 49712. 
Or email us for more information:  Know that 100% of your donation stays right here and will fully fund more trails.
Sponsorships available for Sports Impact Luncheon
Herman Moore Bear River Health of Walloon Lake has a number of sponsorship opportunities available for its upcoming Sports Impact Luncheon on Saturday, Jan. 25. The luncheon will feature a discussion with Herman Moore, Detroit Lions legend, on how addiction affects us all. A private VIP Reception will be also held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. Sponsorships and vendor booths are available - call 231-535-2822 x 3006 for details. Sponsors have the ability to meet Herman Moore one on one Friday night at a dinner supported by Boyne Mountain and take home a personalized autograph picture as well. Separate tickets are available for the dinner through Bear River Health encourages you to review sponsor options for this important event to bring awareness to Mental health and Substance Use to our community. Our goal is to spread awareness and advocate for access to services.
In the News
   Missed grant trips up Boyne City-Charlevoix trail extension again - Story

   Great Lakes water levels projected to keep rising in 2020 - Story

   Eliminating Pure Michigan funding may hurt area tourism - Story    
Early deadline for the holidays; Send us your news by Monday
The Chamber/Main Street E-News comes to your inbox each Thursday morning. Because of the holidays, we have early deadlines the next two weeks. If you submit news, please send it by Monday to Nearly 1,400 people open our newsletter each week, and you can reach them with your advertising message and a link for as little as $50. Ad space is available for January and beyond.
> SPREAD THE NEWS - We'd love to send you and your friends the weekly Boyne Business News. Click here to subscribe .
WELCOME, NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS!                      Member benefits
Alexandra McCann
Alexandra McCann CPA PLLC
2545 Fall Park Rd
Boyne City, MI 49712
Phone: (231) 268-0221
ABOUT US: Certified public accountant based in Boyne City, serving small businesses and individuals. We provide:
Accounting Services - Bookkeeping and accounting, forecasts and projections, and preparation of financial statements.
Tax Services - Return preparation for businesses and individuals, electronic filing, and tax planning.
Support - Advising for new small businesses, general business consulting, and QuickBooks setup and support.
Boyne Forward Boyne Forward
Contact: Jamie Woodall
Phone: (231) 923-9501
ABOUT US: Boyne Forward is new business network and member of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce. Our group is working to provide slightly different resources for the business community. The Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce has been supportive in the initial stages in forming Boyne Forward and will continue to assist, therefore Boyne Forward intends to encourage all participants to consider becoming members of the chamber for further resources and encouragement. Boyne Forward business-coffee groups of 8 to 12 people will launch in January bimonthly Wednesday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at the Lake Charlevoix Coffee Company. There will also be quarterly social events starting with a Boyne Forward happy hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7th at Stiggs Brewery and Kitchen. If you would like to be notified of future events, please email Jamie Woodall,
Chamber member benefits     |     Member application    |   Call 231-582-6222 or  email us
HELP WANTED                        Check the listings on our  Jobs Page
Looking for staff? Make a job posting!
Chamber-member businesses looking to hire 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

Administrative Assistant at Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors - Details

Bookkeeper at Van Dam Custom Boats - Details

Retail Associate, part-time, at Long Road Distillers - Details

Caregiver, second shift at Pineview Cottage. Details.

Bookkeeper/Payroll at Bob Mathers Ford. Details.

Clinical Business Manager at The Brook. Details .

Sales & Real Estate Trainee at Bluegreen Vacations. Details

Deputy Treasurer for the City of  Boyne City. Details

Charlevoix County Housing Ready Program DirectorDetails.

Hiring event NORTHERN MICHIGAN ANNUAL HIRING EVENT will return for the third year, scheduled for April 4, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ellison Place in Gaylord. The goal is to have 70 companies registered and at least 400 job seekers attend. Employers can save time and money by booking now. Early Bird registration is available until January 31, for $325. Regular registration beginning in February will be $375. This is an opportunity to showcase your business as one of the premium companies in lower northern Michigan and the eastern U.P. This event is free to job seekers and a great opportunity to network with employers from multiple industries. Details and registration.
Avalanche warming house and sledding hill open for season
Avalanche sledding
Boyne City is pleased to announce that the Avalanche Preserve warming house has opened for the season. It will be open weekdays 4-9 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Weekend hours will be observed during holidays when schools are not in session and half days. The sledding area is lit for evening use. A limited number of free sleds are available when the warming house is open. Donations of sleds and ice skates are welcome. While the ice rink is not open yet, preparations are getting underway to do so soon. The opening of the ice rink will be announced in the media, social media and on the city's website.
Grooming of bike and walking trails for winter use has begun and is taking place by volunteers on a regular basis. Whether on foot, snowshoe, cross-country skis or fat tire bike, come and check the winter trails at Avalanche.
Public restrooms and an indoor fireplace are available at the warming house. All services at Avalanche Mountain are free to the public. Skate sharpening services are also available. Contact the warming house attendant for details and arrangements. Avalanche Mountain is located south of Division Street at 1129 Wilson Street.
> For more information you may call Avalanche 231-373-3342 (during warming house hours) or City Hall 231-582-6597 (during business hours).
Fat & Flurrious Bike Race is part of Shorts series on Jan. 11
Fat _ Flurrious
The third annual Fat & Flurrious Bike Race returns for 2020 on Saturday, January 11th with a new partner. This will be the first race in the Short's Brewing Fat Bike Series. Fat & Flurrious is a winter fat bike race that starts in front of Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen in downtown Boyne City and flows around the groomed single-track and hiking trails at Avalanche Mountain. Just like previous years, the course is condition-dependent. Bad snow = shorter course, great snow = longer course. The Open category, which will be two loops around Avalanche, will finish between 1.5-2.5 hours. The Sport Category will only ride one lap and will finish between 50 minutes-1.5 hrs. Only the open category counts towards Shorts' overall points. The event is also a fundraiser for Top Of Michigan Mountain Bike Association to build new mountain bike trails. Register here.
Stiggs hosts the after-race parking lot party, which coincides with their third anniversary. They will have large heated tents full of fun and entertainment by the Lonely Lovers and Lavender Lions. They invite you to make your best chili recipe in their first annual Chili Cook-Off with public voting and tasting beginning at noon. All entry fees will be donated to the Good Neighbors Food Pantry of Boyne City. Limited to 12 entries. More info and registration .
Wine Lounge offers Roaring Twenties NY Eve Wine Dinner
Celebrate the New Year with Provisions Wine Lounge and enjoy a professionally paired four-course wine dinner with a Roaring Twenties theme. Two seating times available are available at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Dinner includes a choice of appetizer (Whitefish Pâté or Stuffed Dates), salad (Goat Cheese or Caesar), main course (Seafood Thermidor or Chicken Marsala with Mushroom/Truffle sauce), and dessert (Chocolate Mousse or Praline Cheesecake), with four professionally paired wine services. Purchase $75 tickets via Eventbrite
Farmers Market continues indoors at City Hall on Saturdays
The Boyne City Farmers Market continues in the lobby of City Hall from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday. This year-round Farmers Market is packed full of beautiful produce, greens, homemade goodies and so much more. 
19 FARMERS & VENDORS - The indoor market includes: Bear Creek Organic Farm, Beehouse Cookies, Big Medicine Coffee, Blackbird Gardens, Bluestem Farm, Charlevoix Lavender, Charlevoix Moon Artisan Wine, Cook Family Farm, Daybreak Dream Farm, Ken's Fresh Fish 'N Tales, Korthase Sugarbush, Mini Farm, Providence Organic Farm, Siegrest Farm & Greenhouse, Spirit of Walloon, The Rustic Baker, Walloon Lake Winery, Winnie's Brand, Ziibimijwang Farm.
MARKET MUSIC - Thanks to our sponsors, Blissfest and Grain Train: Dec. 21st - Kirby.
CHRISTMAS VACATION - There will be no Farmers Market on December 28th.
> The Boyne City Farmers Market is a program of Boyne City Main Street. For more information, visit To sign up for our weekly newsletter, email

Farmers Market Committee seeks applicants
Boyne City Main Street is seeking applicants for the Farmers Market Committee. Two positions are open - one for a patron and one for a vendor. Applications are due January 9th at noon and can be found here
Bella Vita Italian restaurant reopens from Dec. 26th to Jan. 4th
Bella Vita Italian restaurant will be open for dinner for 10 days from December 26th to January 4th. Kelly and Matt invite you to call 231-582-3341 for reservations. For gift certificates, call or e-mail to make arrangements. Bella Vita is located at 2911 Boyne City-Charlevoix Road.  Website .
Senior center hosts Christmas dinner celebration Friday
Senior Center
The Boyne Area Senior Center will host its Traditional Christmas Dinner and Celebration  on Friday, December 20. 
CLOSINGS - County senior centers and the Commission on Aging Office will be closed December 24th and 25th and January 1 in celebration of the holidays.
NEW YEAR'S EVE - We will be counting down to Noon on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31st in all of the senior centers. Join us at 11:30 a.m. for appetizers, musical entertainment and fun activities.
STAY UP TO DATE on the latest goings on at Senior Center sites by liking our Facebook page and visiting our website Click here for a calendar  of activities, lunch menus and entertainment.
BOYNE AREA SENIOR CENTER is located at 411 E. Division St., Boyne City, 231-582-6682. Site coordinator is Loretta Bayless .
TOMMBA gear Support trails by giving TOMMBA gear for Christmas
New this year, you can give TOMMBA Gear to support the trail-building efforts of the Top Of Michigan Mountain Bike Association. 

You or your favorite mountain biker will look great sporting a TOMMBA hat, Active-wear T-shirt, license plate, or bumper sticker. 

Check out the TOMMBA Store and support your local trails and trail-builders. 
Episcopal Church hosts services on Sunday and Christmas Eve 
Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church of the Nativity marks the fourth Sunday of Advent on December 22, at 10 a.m. In the Gospel, we meet Joseph, who was a do-the-right-thing kind of guy. 
On Christmas Eve, Tuesday December 24, we gather at 5 p.m. The Rev. Canon Anne Hallmark will preside at our Christmas Eve Communion. We are near Boyne Mountain Resort, so if you are skiing over the holiday, come on over - ski clothes are always welcome at Church of the Nativity in Boyne City. 209 East Main Street, Boyne City. .
BCHS alum William Raveau to perform in BC Dec. 27th
William Raveau
William Raveau
Boyne City High School alum William Raveau will perform in concert in at Freshwater Gallery & Concert Venue at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27. Enjoy an evening of Christmas songs and songs from his upcoming album. Tickets will be available at the door but availability is not guaranteed. VIP tickets include early seating and a champagne reception before the concert. 
William Raveau is a Boyne City High School graduate now performing and residing in New York City. During his time in Boyne City, he was seen in a number of BCHS Drama productions and the Little Traverse Civic Theatre and Bay View Music Festival. After performing in roles and receiving a BFA in Musical Theatre from Oakland University, he moved to New York City in pursuit of an acting career. During his two years in NYC, he was seen in cabarets in venues like the Laurie Beechman Theatre and The Duplex, as well as in Frankenstein the Musical, making his off-Broadway debut at the historic St. Luke's Theatre. 
> Tickets for his Boyne City concert start at $15 and can be purchased online  as well as by emailing . This concert is part of a fundraising effort for Raveau's upcoming album, and is not part of the winter concert series produced by Freshwater.
Stiggs Brewery to host Pint and Paint on January 9th
Pint and Paint
Stiggs Brewery's next Pint and Paint party is scheduled for Thursday, January 9th from 6-9 p.m. in the basement of the brewery. Instruction will be the "Art of Mandala Drawing," using simple tools to create beautiful designs and patterns. Lexie Brummeler will walk you through the process of painting a beautiful mandala on a stone and Sue Metzger help you create a wonderful mandala on canvas. You will be able to take home two beautiful pieces of art. All materials will be provided and registration includes a drink of your choice for $25. Profits will go to the Charlevoix Area Humane Society to help fund some much-needed projects, including a small surgical suite to spay and neuter strays and a new HVAC system. Enrollment is limited to 15, so register early by calling Sue at 231-582-7567, email or mail a check to Susan Metzger, 05804 Lake Street, Boyne City MI 49712. Event flier to print.
BARREL BACK 04069 N M75,  Walloon Lake , (231) 535-6000. Open daily @ 8:30AM
WINTER SPECIALS and promotions beginning October 7th:
  Sunday - Build your own pasta night.
  Monday - Smoke house platter night. Array of our smoked meats.
  Tuesday - Taco Tuesday (Chefs Choice of three weekly)
  Wednesday - Half off one topping pizza night
  Thursday - Fish Fry
Entertainment Monday through Wednesday:
  Mondays, 6-9 p.m.: Michelle Chenard Dec. 22, Sean Bielby Dec. 29.
  Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.: No music Dec. 24. Holly Keller Dec. 31.
  Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.: No music on Dec. 25.
BC LANES & THE VENUE SPORTS BAR , 1199 S. M-75, Boyne City. (231) 582-6353.
Open 7 days a week: Sunday 1-9PM, Mon-Thurs 3-10PM, Fri & Sat 3PM-12AM
FISH FRY - All you can eat fish fry on Fridays, $11.99 4-10PM,  served with all you can eat fries, coleslaw & tartar sauce.
HAPPY HOUR - Thursday-Friday 4PM-6PM & Sunday 1PM-3PM,  $3 20oz Domestic Draft $4 20oz Craft Draft.
LIVE MUSIC, 9 p.m. to 12 midnight on Saturdays:
December 28th - Scarkazm
December 31st  - Gibson Seal, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with a champagne toast at midnight on New Year's Eve . There is no cover charge.
January 4th - Yankee Station
January 11th - Northern Nites
January 18th - Tribe Of Chiefs
January 25th - Gibson Seal
BOYNE CELTIC SESSION will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, January 5th, in the Community Room of the Boyne District Library. We invite the public to come and enjoy traditional Irish music - free admission on the first and third Sundays of the month. Anyone wishing to receive a PDF of the book we use to play our music is encouraged to contact Gaeyle at 231-883-7664. 
BOYNE CITY TAPROOM/PINE LAKE LODGE, 220 S. Lake St., Boyne City,  (231) 459-4487. 
* Weekly Lunch Special - $7. Watch Facebook for details.
* Nightly Specials:
  Tuesday - 1 lb Basket of Ribs with Fries and coleslaw, $10
  Wednesday - Fried Chicken with Fries and coleslaw, $10
  Thursday - Half pound Pot Roast with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, $10
  Friday - AYCE Fish with Fries and coleslaw, $12.95
  Saturday - Chef's Choice
  Sunday - AYCE Pancakes, $6
* All Day Tappy Hour on Sundays
* Kids eat free on Sunday with adult meal purchase
THURSDAYS - Fall Trivia Series at 
7pm. Prizes each week for top three teams.
FRIDAYS - Live music upstairs in the Pine Lake Lodge, 8-11 p.m. unless noted.
Dec 20 - Yankee Station
Dec 27 - BioMassive
Dec 28 - Jelly Rolls
Dec. 31 - Sleeping Gypsies

BOYNE MOUNTAIN , 1 Boyne Mountain Road, Boyne Falls, 231-549-6000.
Mountain Crawl MOUNTAIN CRAWLEvery Thursday at Boyne Mountain, walk, stumble or crawl to four different bars for the all-new Mountain Crawl. Make stops at four different locations - Everett's, Trophy Room Pub & Pizzeria, Forty Acres Tavern, and Eagle's Nest - and enjoy deliciously discounted beverages and appetizers. Stop at all and receive a Mountain Crawl Hat. Participants must be 21+ to participate. The specials are: $3 domestic drafts, $5 craft beer, $5 select wine, $5 select apps. You can also enjoy live music at Forty Acres Tavern and karaoke in the Snowflake Lounge.
12 days of Holiday Gifts - Perfect gifts for everyone on your list.
NEW YEAR'S EVE - Family Dinner Buffet & Family Dance Party in the Matterhorn plus the annual Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Extravaganza on the Victor Slope at 9:30 p.m. and Ball Drop on the big screen in the Matterhorn at midnight. Music from DJ Thomas and photo booth from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. plus a visit from Fritz at 11 p.m.
Forty Acres Tavern, 231-549-7270, 8-11 pm unless noted
Thursday, Dec. 19 - Charlie Reager, 7-10 pm
Friday, Dec. 20 - Eric Jaqua, 7-10 pm
Thursday, Dec. 26 - Michelle Chenard
Friday, Dec. 27 - Chris Calleja
Tuesday, Dec. 31 - Pistil Whips
Thursday, Jan. 2 - Charlie Reager
Friday, Jan. 3 - Under The Moon
Thursday, Jan. 9 - Zeke Clemons
Friday, Jan. 10 - Sean Bielby
Thursday, Jan. 16 - Charlie Reager
Friday, Jan. 17 - A Brighter Bloom
Thursday, Jan. 23 - Eric Jaqua
Friday, Jan. 24 - Chris Calleja
Thursday, Jan. 30 - Charlie Reager
Friday, Jan. 31 - Sean Bielby

Stein Erickson's, 6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 24 - Nelson Olstrom
Wednesday, Dec. 25 - Chris Calleja
Tuesday, Dec. 31 - Under the Moon

Stein Erickson's Family Party
Every Saturday in January - DJ Roger Coates 

Snowflake Lounge, 4-7 p.m. unless noted
Thursday, Dec. 26 - The Real Ingredients
Friday, Dec. 27 - Chris Calleja
Saturday, Dec. 28 - Pistil Whips
Sunday, Dec. 29 - A Brighter Bloom
Monday, Dec. 30 - Charlie Reager
Tuesday, Dec. 31 - Zeke Clemons
Saturday, Jan. 4 - A Brighter Bloom
Saturday, Jan. 11 - The Shifties
Wednesday, Jan. 15 - Holly Keller, 8-11 pm
Saturday, Jan. 18 - The Real Ingredients
Sunday, Jan. 19 - A Brighter Bloom
Wednesday, Jan. 22 - The Shifties, 8-11 pm
Saturday, Jan. 25 - Zeke Clemons
Wednesday, Jan. 29 - Under The Moon, 8-11 pm

Snowflake Lounge, 8-1
DJs Dec. 26 thru 31 and Jan. 19 plus every Saturday. Also DJs Fridays in January.

Mountain Express, 12-4 pm - DJs Dec. 26-31 and Jan. 19, &  Saturdays in January.

BOYNE VALLEY VINEYARDS5325 US 131 N,  Boyne Falls,  (231) 373-2099.
Saturday, Dec. 21st -  live music, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 28th - Chris Calleja, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 31st - Chris Calleja, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Igloos and snowshoes are available.

 CAFE SANTÉ , 1 Water St, Boyne City,  (231) 582-8800
> Americano breakfast special - 2 eggs your way, herbed potatoes, toast and jam, and a beverage for $7. Monday through Friday, 8-11am.
> Mondays, 6-9 p.m.:  $5 pizza special and Nathan Bates performs.
Tuesday, Dec. 31st, 8-Midnight: New Year's Eve Party featuring The Shifties
> Wednesdays and Thursdays - Winter Biergarten menu of German food and $5 German beers, 11 a.m. to closing.
> Fridays, 8-11 p.m.: Dec. 27th, - Pete Kehoe. January  3rd - Blake Elliot,  10th - Nelson Olstrom,  17th - Under the Moon,  24th - Chris Koury,  31st - Brett Mitchell.
> Saturdays, 8-11pm: Dec. 28th - A Brighter Bloom. January 4th - Sean Bielby, 11th - SYDNI, 88th - Holly Keller, 25th - Pete Kehoe.
Josh Davis
The Voice star Joshua Davis
 FRESHWATER GALLERY/CONCERT VENUE, 217 S. Lake St., Boyne City, (231) 582-2588. "Blue Mondays" open mike night from 7-9 p.m. (doors open at 5) on the second and fourth Mondays this fall, hosted by Robin Lee Berry. We invite you to bring and sing or chill and listen. Fall gallery hours are 10am-6pm, except Sundays 12-4.
THE JOSHUA DAVIS TRIO will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 28th. Davis has previously performed at Freshwater with the band Steppin' In It. Since then, he became nationally famous when he finished third in The Voice televised competition in 2015. Already a touring/recording artist, Davis performed duets with Sheryl Crow and Adam Levine on The VoIce and helped break the mold as the first artist to sing original compositions on the show. Tickets are $35 in advance, call 231-582-2588. Here is a 2017 story about Joshua Davis from  

GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR THE ARTS -  For schedule and tickets, visit or call 231.439.2601. 
> Thursday-Friday, Dec. 19-20 - Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Presents: Handel's Messiah, 7 p.m.  The quintessential musical crown of the season, the GLCO performs with dazzling vocal solos, instrumental fireworks, and splendid choral writing making this one of the most beloved Holiday traditions. Soloists include Karen Hughes Beacom, Christine Amon, John Bragle, and Clay Thompson. Libor Ondras leads the orchestra and chorus in a performance not to be missed. Two 7:00 pm performances December 19th and 20th at The Great Lakes Center for the Arts. Tickets $25-$50, age 18 and under free. Tickets and details at or call 231.487.0010. News-Review story.
Saturday, Dec. 21 - Naturally 7, world-renowned a capella ensemble.
Friday, Dec. 27 - Rock Baby Rock! Lance Lipinski and his Chicago-based group the Lovers in Rock Baby Rock cull together revitalized sounds from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. This ever-shuffling night features both obvious and slightly less common touchstones, including era-defining material from Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Bill Haley & The Comets, Chubby Checker, Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, The Dells, Ike Turner, and Jerry Lewis' top tunes.
Saturday, Dec. 28 - Sound of Music Movie Singalong.
Friday, Jan. 3 - An Evening With Jake Allen.
LAKE STREET PUB , 202 S. Lake St., Boyne City,  (231) 497- 6031.
> Pub Time - Monday thru Friday, 3-6pm. En joy $1 off Cocktails, Craft Beer & Wine.  $2 Draught Domestics,  $12 Bucket of Domestic Bottles - 1/2 dozen on ice,  $1 Each- Ice Cold Peel & Eat Shrimp.
> Masterminds Trivia with Matt Hall every Wednesday, 7-9pm, teams of 1-8 people. Prizes for each week's winners, (sorry, may not to be used on the night won): 1st - $50 Gift Certificate, 2nd - $25 Gift Certificate, 3rd - $15 Gift Certificate
> Trivia Theme Night on the last Wednesday of every month. Every player who dresses with the night's theme receives 10% off their individual bill.
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.:
Dec. 24 - Closed on Christmas Eve
Dec. 31 - Tic Tac Go
Jan 07 - Marsupials Acoustic
Jan 14 - Chuck & Jamie ( Charles Witthoeft & Jamie Balousek)
Jan 21 - Buddha Sweet
Jan 28 - Lou Thumser

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 & events at 7 p.m. unless noted:
Friday, Dec. 20 - Chris Koury
Saturday, Dec. 21 - Crosscut Kings
Friday, Dec. 27 - Jeff Pagel
Saturday, Dec. 28 - Sydni K, 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 3 - Crosscut Kings
Saturday, Jan. 4 - Chris Koury
Thursday, Jan. 9 - Pint & Paint, 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 10 - Something Great
Stiggs anniversary Saturday, Jan. 11 - Third Anniversary Party and Fat & Flurrious Bike Race. Race starts at 10 a.m. in front of Stiggs and flows around the groomed single-track and hiking trails at Avalanche Mountain. Stiggs also hosts the after-race parking lot party, which coincides with their third anniversary. We will have large heated tents full of fun and entertainment by the Lonely Lovers and Lavender Lions. 
Make your best best chili recipe for the first annual Chili Cook-Off with public voting and tasting beginning at noon. All entry fees will be donated to the Good Neighbors Food Pantry of Boyne City.  Limited to 12 entries.  More info and sign up here.
Friday, Jan. 17 - The Real Ingredients
Saturday, Jan. 18 - Jeff Pagel
Friday, Jan. 24 - Eric Jaqua
Saturday, Jan. 25 -  Under The Moon
Friday, Jan. 31 - Nelson Olstrom

WHI-SKI INN2670 US 131 South, Boyne Falls, 231-549-3346.
Wine, Wings, and Whiskey all 20% off every Wednesday.
LIVE MUSIC is 7-10 p.m. unless noted:
Friday, Dec. 20 - Lou Thumser
Ugly sweater Saturday, Dec. 21 - Ugly Sweater Party with Nathan Bates.  We all know you have it hidden in the back of your closet...the ugliest sweater known to man. Pull it out, dress it up and come on down. Awards announced at 9pm. Must be present to receive award for Ugliest or Most Creative. 
Thursday, Dec. 26 - Ty Parkin
Friday, Dec. 27 - The Lopers
Saturday, Dec. 28 - Two-Track Mind
Sunday, Dec. 29 - Ty Parkin
Monday, Dec. 30 - The Shifties
Lifetree Cafe
THE JOY, KINDNESS, AND LOVE behind Santa Claus will be examined at Lifetree Café on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 6:30. The program, titled "The Spirit of Santa: The Legend, the Love, the Lowdown," features a filmed interview with Mark and Teresa McGraw, a couple who professionally play the roles of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. During the interview, the McGraw's explain that they don the costumes and personalities as a way to bring joy to those around them, particularly kids. "We both just love children so much," says Teresa. "We reach out to them because we know that not all children out there are loved. Not all of them get gifts or have homes. If we can just be a sparkle in their Christmas, that's great."
> 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 Elizabeth Broschart at 231-582-7983  or

is embracing the holiday spirit with free tastings all December long. No strings attached. Come hang out with us and we'll share some of our best with you. Long Road's Boyne City Tasting Room is located at 
118 Water St., phone (231) 459-4393.
BOAT SLIP RENTALS - It's official... you may now make your Boyne City harbor boat slip reservations on the DNR central reservation system. Book your stay up to 6 months prior to your arrival date. Seasonal slip rentals are also now available in the Village of Walloon Lake. Call or text (231) 535-6039 or email to secure your slip.
BOYNE TRADING CO., 109 E. Water Street, carries your favorite BoyneWear for everyone on your Christmas shopping list. Now through Christmas Eve, save 30 to 40% off store-wide, including Vera Bradley, Life is Good and accessories. Mention the Boyne E-Newsletter and receive an additional 10% off now through Tuesday.
OFFICE SPACES AVAILABLE - 800sf, 1,430sf, 1,440sf, or 3,670sf of office space available. Located in a beautiful building, center of town with lake views and natural light on One Water Street above Cafe Santé. $12/sf/yr includes common area maintenance (excluding utilities, internet, and trash). Call 989-732-9722 or
RETAIL AND/OR OFFICE SPACE available on Lake Street in downtown Boyne City. Approximately 2000 sq.ft. Public parking lot adjacent. Call 517-230-0914.
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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