'Best 4th in the North' today and Thursday
The Boyne City 4th of July Committee has planned another fun-filled holiday that includes events from dawn to dusk and beyond on Thursday. Already recognized by USA Today and the Travel Channel as one of the best small town Independence Day celebrations in the nation, Boyne City's 4th of July Festival was honored recently by Reader's Digest as one of the top 15 in the nation.
WEDNESDAY starts with Bouncers and More and the Waterside Arts & Crafts Show in Veterans Park all day and continuing Thursday. The Boyne City Farmers Market moves to Peninsula Beach today from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Also Wednesday is the All-Class Reunion in Veterans Park from 1-3 p.m. Registration and packet pickup for the 2 mile and 10k Independence Day Run is held between 5 and 6 p.m. today (Wednesday) in Sunset Park behind the Log Cabin.
THURSDAY starts with race registration from 6:30-7:15 a.m. in Sunset Park, breakfast at the Eagles from 7-10, and the races at 7:30 a.m. Next is the Grand Parade 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 in Veterans Park, you can enjoy the Boyne Valley Garden Club Pie Sale $3 a slice) and Rotary Club Chicken Barbecue Dinner ($13), 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 with Full Circle performing at 1 p.m., Yankee Station at 3, and Northern Nites at 5.
Also in the afternoon on the Boyne River is the Chamber's 31st annual Duck Race where you can win $1,000 at 2 p.m. (details below) and the Raft Race at 2:30 (no water balloons, please). 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 attracts nearly 1,000 runners to town, and how you can volunteer or donate support to the festival.
You might win $1,000 in Thursday's Chamber Duck Race
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! 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.
> WINNERS WILL BE POSTED on the Chamber office door at our new location - 115 S. Lake St. - at 3 p.m. Winners will be notified and if they are available they can collect their check from 3 to 4 p.m. at our new location. We will also post the winners on Facebook.
> PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS at:
- Boyne Chamber office, 115 S. Lake Street on July 3rd.
- The Log Cain in Sunset Park on the 4th of July from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - look for the Duck Race Tent.
> 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 AREA CHAMBER OFFICE HOURS at our new location - closed July 4th - open only from 3 to 4 for Duck Race winners. Visitor information can be found at the log cabin - 8:30 to 1pm. on July 4th.
July 5th - Chamber office open at new location - 9am to noon.
4th of July Festival website has all the event details
The Boyne City 4th of July Festival website,
, has the full schedule of events. This major community event can always use more volunteers. If you can help, email email@example.com.
> ADOPT A FIREWORK! We need your help! This festival is only funded by fundraisers. NO tax monies given, NO grants received. It's only funded by people like YOU! This two-day event is filled with family, fun and fireworks, and the fireworks alone cost $22,000. So if you enjoy the festival PLEASE HELP so that this festival can continue. 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 231.675.3387 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Adopt A Firework donation form.
> PRINTED SCHEDULES are available at the Chamber office, 115 N. Lake St., on July 3rd and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 4th at the Log Cabin in Sunset Park.
> KIDS BIKE & COSTUME PARADE lineup is 9-9:30am and judging is at 9:30 sharp. 1st - 3rd place ribbons awarded for ages 8 and under and 9-14. All participants receive a free ice cream coupon. Lineup is at the Early Education Building Playground on the corner of Main and Park Streets.
> PRE-PARADE FUN - Come join the fun on the 4th of July from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Boyne City Eagles on Lake Street. The Ladies Auxiliary will have their annual Pre-Parade Family Fun Center. There will be grilled hot dogs and brats, chips and pop, Fourth of July trinkets, club hats and pins, and an opportunity to win $100 of Michigan Lottery scratch-off tickets. All proceeds go to the Eagles 1583. Flier.
> TOSS WATER, NOT BALLOONS - Posters are again being distributed urging people, "This 4th of July, toss water, not balloons" with a graphic of a baby duck and a water balloon with a slash mark through it. "Water balloons are a death blow for the fish and birds who swallow them," the poster says. "But who doesn't love a great water fight in Boyne City? So this 4th of July, leave your water balloons at home, but bring your water guns, squirt cannons and soakers and let it fly!" News-Review story.
> RAFT RACE participants should check in at Riverside Park between the Boyne City Motel and Consumers Energy by 2pm at Riverside Park on Spring St. In an effort to keep our beautiful river clean and wildlife safe, we encourage throwing water, not balloons News-Review Story.
> VOLUNTEERS - We need 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).
> FARMERS MARKET will move to Peninsula Beach today, Wednesday, July 3rd, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Horton Bay parade set for 1 p.m.
Hundreds of people come out for the offbeat Horton Bay parade, whose theme is "L
egends and Lore of Horton Bay
." The Horton Creek bluegrass band plays at noon on the General Store porch before the parade. And remember, it isn't over until the fat lady sings. Check the
Horton Bay Parade page
on Facebook for more information.
Walloon 4th of July: fireworks and Jedi Mind Trip band
The Village of Walloon Lake will again host a 4th of July celebration from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Jedi Mind Trip will provide upbeat live music from 6-9 p.m. in Village Green Park. At 9 p.m. there will be a drawing for a guided pontoon boat ride to watch the fireworks for 8 people. Also featured will be kids games, face painting and a cotton candy and popcorn charity bar with donations going to pay for the fireworks. These activities are sponsored by Tommy's Boat Shop, Barrel Back restaurant, Hotel Walloon and the Walloon Lake Inn.
Our 4th of July Festival sponsors make it all possible
The Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is only possible because of the support of our generous sponsors and donations:
Great Lakes Energy
- official sponsor of the Grand Parade, and Boyne Eta Nu Charities Clown Donations,
Pat O'Brien & Associates
- official sponsor of the Independence Day Run.
- Boyne City Hardware, Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau - area lodging information, Boyne City Rocks, Boyne City Rotary, Dr. Danielle Swartz Progressibe Dental, Magnum Hospitality - Cafe Sante & Red Mesa Grill
- Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark, Barden Lumber, Boyne City Motel, Boyne Falls Polish Festival, Carroll Family, Harborage Condominium Association, Magna LexaMar Corporation, Odawa Casino.
Bayko Concrete Service Inc., Boyne Valley Lions Club, Catt Development, Industrial Magnetics Inc., Lake Street Pub, Mark Patrick - State Farm Insurance, The Landings Association.
July 4th race has cool new features and finisher medals; Still time to register
Registration is still 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 and packet pickup for those already registered is held in Sunset Park from 5-7 p.m. July 3rd and 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. on July 4th. Entry fee for adults age 13 and over is $25, and $15 for children 12 and under.
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.
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 - Wyatt & Shari Knapp
- Harbor House - Northern Nites
- Parkside Grill - Twister Joe
- Boyne City Hardware - The Painted Lady Face Art
- Pat O'Brien Real Estate - Craig Cottrill Band
- Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen - Something Great
The Lawn at Lynda's - TBA
Kilwin's - Robert Yates
- Old Sportsman - Tribe of Chiefs
- Kidd & Leavy Real Estate - Dos Hippies
- Freshwater Art Gallery - Dr. Goodhart
- Lady Barber Shop - Pooch the Magician
- Main Street - SOBO Disco -
- SOBO Disco - Organizers are seeking vendors interested in selling, displaying or creating their works during the event. Send an email with attached examples to email@example.com. SOBO Disco will take place from 6-9pm on the evenings of July 5th and 19th, August 2nd and 16th.
Boyne Thunder roars into Boyne City July 12th and 13th
The 16th annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run brings beautiful boats and excitement for all ages to Boyne City and parts of Northern Michigan Friday and Saturday, July 12th and 13th. The poker run showcases 120 high performance boats from across the country, roaring through the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan on a 130-mile excursion, in search of the best poker hand.
The Poker Run, where proceeds benefit Camp Quality, Challenge Mountain and Boyne City Main Street, begins with a series of parade laps starting at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 13th, leaving from the Boyne City Marina. Veterans Park, Peninsula Park and Tannery Beach offer some of the best views for spectators. Boats in the poker run will speed off to Elk Rapids, Northport, Harbor Springs, and Bay Harbor, with a lunch stop in downtown Charlevoix, and a final card stop near Horton Bay. The day concludes with a dinner and an auction at Veterans Park where participants "play" their cards to see who has the best hand.
EASY DOES IT - With near record high water levels in Lake Charlevoix, the parade laps will be run at slower speeds this year. "We want to be good stewards of the environment," event chairman Bob Alger said.
> SPECIAL STROLL THE STREETS - In addition to the Poker Run, the weekend offers other activities in Boyne City, including a Friday night dinner for the boaters in Veterans Park and an expanded Stroll the Streets downtown running an extra half hour from 6 to 9:30 p.m. with music and entertainment and an incredible displays of boats and classic cars.
> SUPPORTING NONPROFITS - Boyne Thunder is brought to you by Boyne City Main Street and supports Camp Quality, Challenge Mountain, and Boyne City Main Street programming.
> DOUBLE PLATINUM SPONSOR - A special thanks to this year's Double Platinum sponsor,
Wise Men Distillery
features information on viewing locations, the event schedule, frequently asked questions, the route and more.
Boyne Thunder Champagne Cruise benefits Camp Quality
North Harbor Christie's International Real Estate of Boyne City invites you to join them for a beautiful day on Lake Charlevoix for a Champagne Cruise benefiting Camp Quality Michigan. You'll enjoy an up-close view of the spectacular Boyne Thunder boats on Saturday, July 13th, aboard a top-notch vessel enjoying appetizers and beverages from local establishments. Your donation of $150 to Camp Quality can make a difference in the life of a child with cancer by providing the joy of one day at camp. To purchase tickets, contact Jeff Wellman at 231-675-9892 or Deb Jason at 231-881-0018. 100% of the proceeds from this event support Camp Quality Michigan. Flier to print.
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
Leisel Litzenburger Meijer and Boyne Heritage Center .supporters gathered for check presentation.
Boyne Heritage Center gets inaugural $15,000 donation
In a special ceremony, Liesel Litzenburger Meijer presented to the new nonprofit, Boyne Heritage Center, its first major donation of $15,000 plus another $10,000 if it is matched by additional donations. Her gift will go toward the construction of the historical interpretive center to be housed in the Boyne City City Hall.
Meijer commented, "I think you are doing a GREAT thing for Boyne... it will be fun to be an early part of this super project."
Responding to the wishes of the community, the Boyne Heritage Center has set its goal to become a world-class collaborative historical hub, preserving and promoting the stories of Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Walloon Lake, Advance, Ironton, Horton Bay, and surrounding townships.
The City of Boyne City will house the Boyne Heritage Center, but the new nonprofit will assume governance and management. A board of directors has been formed, bylaws written and strategic planning done. The board plans to hire an executive director and support staff to manage, promote and develop the center for continued growth and expansion.
In addition to the interpretive exhibit, the Boyne Heritage Center will offer programs, services, events and online resources to preserve and promote the history of our area.
Michelle Cortright expresses the community's enthusiasm, "In Boyne, we treasure our history. The Boyne Heritage Center is going to showcase our treasures in a unique and creative way." Full press release.
Excited about this project?
Interested in donating or serving on the board? For more information, visit
or contact Kecia Freed at 231-622-2492, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline Friday for stores to join Sidewalk Sales on Aug. 2-3
Boyne City Sidewalk Sales have been scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3. Friday night will of course include Stroll the Streets, so it will be a good time to engage with the crowds. Sidewalk sales, when done right, are a great way to showcase your business, move some inventory, make some money and bring in new customers.
If you will be participating, the Chamber will promote you on our website, newsletter and Facebook if you let us know by Friday, July 5. Please fill out this form with a short description of your sale highlights and email to
IMPORTANT NOTE - You will, as in the past, be allowed to use a parking spot in front of your store (in addition to sidewalk space) if you want to. BUT, you must fill out and return this form to City Hall by July 12th to get permission.
Food Truck Rally includes local food, drink and music on July 18
Please join us on Thursday, July 18th from 6- 9pm for Boyne City Main Street's 6th Annual Food Truck Rally.
Set in Veterans Park on the shore of Lake Charlevoix, this
is a "must attend" outdoor food festival.
enjoy savory and sweet dishes with a wide variety of menu items available
The event will also feature many of the market's outstanding artisan food producers and beverages served from Michigan breweries and wineries. Admission for those 21 and over is $10 and includes tickets for two drink tastings, and additional tickets are available. Anyone under 21 is admitted free. All proceeds benefit the Boyne City Farmers Market.
This fun event with live music by Tribe of Chiefs attracts a lively crowd of food enthusiasts. It is meant to forge connections between friends and strangers, while sharing food in a communal setting and support the smallest of small business.
Boyne City thrives on promoting "farm to table" local foods and is proud to offer a myriad of great local food opportunities by ways of its Farmers Market, popular local restaurants as well as gourmet and local food stores. Food trucks are a natural extension of our great community.
Our tasty town is known for excellent local foods and cooking. Come join us and experience it yourself!
KorthaseFlinn acquires Tompkins agency in Traverse City
KorthaseFlinn Insurance & Financial Services has acquired the assets of Tompkins Insurance Agency of Traverse City. Tompkins Insurance Agency, owned and managed by Steven Tompkins, has been serving clients in and around Traverse City for over 50 years.
According to Steven, the decision to join KorthaseFlinn was important from a client perspective. "With KorthaseFlinn, our clients now have access to the expertise of a full-service agency. KorthaseFlinn offers Personal Insurance, Business Insurance, Financial Services, and Health & Wellness products. I can move to the next chapter of my life knowing that my clients are in good hands."
According to Randy Flinn, President of KorthaseFlinn, the decision to bring Tompkins Insurance Agency into the KF family supported strategic objectives. "Expanding into the Traverse City market has been on our strategic roadmap for several years and we were fortunate to connect with Steven at the right time. The opportunity to bring the KF capabilities to the Tompkins Agency clients is very exciting. We are honored that Steven has selected KorthaseFlinn as the firm to build upon all that he has achieved."
This acquisition represents the latest in a series of KorthaseFlinn investments in Northern Michigan. In April the firm acquired Northern Michigan Benefits Agency of Charlevoix, which followed the January acquisition of the Glasser Insurance Agency of Gaylord. KorthaseFlinn now serves over 21,000 customers from offices in Boyne City, Petoskey, East Jordan, Gaylord, and Traverse City.
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.
Next Leadership class applications are due by July 15th
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.
Church welcomes Rev. Humphrey on Sunday
On Sunday July 7 Episcopal Church of the Nativity again welcomes The Rev. Christine Humphrey to preside at our service. Worship time is 10 a.m. at 209 East Main Street.
On Friday evenings during "Stroll the Streets," we offer "Blessings To Go: Let Us Pray With You." We are 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.
"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.
So far, 11 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.
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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.
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Farmers Market moves to Peninsula Park this morning
The Boyne City Farmers Market will move to Peninsula Beach on Front Street this morning, Wednesday, July 3rd
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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 on the 4th of July. 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.
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.
Voices Without Borders concert and Sister City partner ceremony planned for July 18th at Boyne City Performing Arts Center
Boyne City will host one of the major concerts of the 23rd Children of the World in Harmony youth choir and dance festival. The concert will be held in conjunction with a Sister City partnership ceremony at the High School Performing Arts Center starting at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, July 18. The concert will feature:
- Nearly 200 young singers, dancers, directors and accompanists with the Crystal Children's Choir from the San Francisco area.
- Espuelas de Plata, a Mariachi band from Texas.
- Gluais, a traditional Irish choir from Trim, Ireland.
- The Yip's Children's Choir from Hong Kong.
- The Wattana Girls Chorus from Thailand.
- Our own Little Traverse Youth & Treble Choirs and Dancers Without Borders from Northern Michigan.
The concert will begin with the official twinning (Sister City announcement) between Boyne City and the Boyne River Valley Ireland. Last year, VWB's Little Traverse Youth Choir with singers from throughout Northern Michigan traveled to Ireland and Scotland to perform in several venues. While in Ireland's Boyne River Valley, the choir represented Boyne City in a special presentation in which they presented a certificate of greeting and other items from Boyne City to the residents of Ireland's Boyne River Valley.
As a result of that presentation, representatives of the Boyne River Valley of Ireland have traveled to Michigan to meet with officials of Boyne City will formally establish a Sister City (or "twinning" as they call it in Ireland) relationship. This ceremony will begin at 6:45pm at the Performing Arts Center. The Concert will follow at 7:15pm. The concert has been generously supported by the Boyne City Kiwanis Club.
Please help us fill gift bags for visiting children's choirs
The Voices Without Borders organization is requesting your help to fill gift bags for our visitors during the Children of the World in Harmony Festival and Boyne City Twinning Ceremony July 15-20. We have 110 children and adults who are coming here from all parts of the world (see story above). The Little Traverse Youth Choirs and Dancers Without Borders serve as hosts for the festival.
We would appreciate any little freebies, stickers, pamphlets, candies (nothing that can melt, please!) of any amount. We're hoping to present these guests with a taste of what our area offers in hopes that they return for another visit.
Please bring all donations to the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce office, 115 S. Lake Street, by Wednesday, July 10 or contact Patti McCreadie 231-373-2196 or email@example.com to make arrangements.
Restaurant receives liquor license just in time for 4th of July
Water Street Cafe's new owners have received their liquor license, just in time for the 4th of July weekend. The downtown Boyne City cafe will now be serving beer, wine, cocktails and mixed drinks. The restaurant 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 of the cafe located at 113 Water Street. They're getting involved in the community already, signing on as the Pirate Farewell Party sponsor in this summer's PirateFest.
The cafe is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. plus Friday and Saturdays until 9 p.m. Their menu includes many popular holdovers from previous owners Larry and Val Glasgow plus some new items including a Sunday breakfast buffet. Facebook Page. Phone (231) 497-5050.
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.
PirateFest looking for boats and crew for August 9th "invasion"
The Boyne City PirateFest is looking for boats and crew to participate in the Invasion Flotilla during Stroll the Streets on Friday, August 9th. The pirates assure locals that this flotilla will "enter the town in peace." Organizers said, "For further details like coordinated landing to unload or to remain docked in town during Stroll the Streets we would like to communicate with you - though most ship mates are simply in search of rum and loose women."
> Boyne City's second annual PirateFest will be held August 8-12.
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.
Gardening guru to present day-long seminar a NCM College
Gardeners have a constant thirst for knowledge, and Advanced Master Gardener Janet Macunovich will help feed that desire at a day of study planned this summer at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey.
The Northern Michigan Master Gardeners Association is hosting the dynamic professional gardener at a day-long seminar on Saturday, Aug. 3. Registration is currently under way and gardeners have until July 19 to register ($45 including lunch and snack breaks) for what promises to be a fun-filled day of learning.
Macunovich is a prolific author of garden books including "Caring for Perennials," "All About Successful Perennial Gardening," "Designing Your Gardens and Landscapes" and "8 Months of Color." Her garden columns appear in Michigan Gardener magazine, and she is the former garden columnist for the Detroit News and Better Homes and Gardens.
> For further information and to register for the Janet Macunovich seminar in Petoskey, contact Linda Caldwell at (231) 330-5780. Checks can be made payable to NMMGA and mailed to Caldwell at 5923 Cincinnati Point Trail, Petoskey, MI 49770. Registration must be received by July 19. Details in full press release.
Library offers a Universe of Stories (and more) all month long
Boyne District Library welcomes July with events and programs for all ages - many with "A Universe of Stories" theme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. Most events are free and open to anyone interested in attending. Information for all library events and programs can be found at www.boynelibrary.org. To RSVP (register) for any events: www.boynelibrary.org/programs choose Children, Teen, Adult and then select RSVP for the event from those listed.
Through July 31st: "A Universe of Stories" - Adults are challenged to read 6 books over the summer. RSVP or stop by the library and receive a reading log. Return completed log to BDL by August 2nd and you will be invited to an ice cream social celebration on Thursday, August 8th and will receive a cool travel mug.
Boyne Thunder programs for kids 10 and under. Friday, July 12th, 10am, Sink or Swim. Saturday, July 13th, 10am, STEAM Floating Challenge.
Travelogue Haiti: Pearl of the Antilles - Monday, July 15th, 6pm join us as Jesse and Jordan Place talk about their experiences in Haiti and their non-profit Project Piti Pami (3P) and the work they are doing to help improve the lives of Haitian people.
"A History of the Blues through the Decades" with musician Joey Leone at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25th. Program is free and RSVPs are appreciated.
Summer Reading Program 2019 continues through the month of July. Pick up a Reading Bingo Card and read, read, read your way to great prizes. Other Summer Reading events in June include:
Every Monday morning at 10:30am, A Universe of Stories Storytime
Join us on Thursdays for A Universe of Stories STEAM Workshops 1pm for ages 5-10, 2:30pm for ages 10-18. All summer long, come to the library to explore space through fun, hands-on activities. (No program July 4th.)
July 9th, 10:30am, Community Room - Acting Up Theatre Company proudly presents "Space for Rent" written by Chad Patterson. Join us for a fun, engaging performance.
July 16th, 10:30am, A Universe of Stories: Starlab Planetarium, experience the night sky and so much more inside a planetarium. RSVP required for this event. Space is limited. Youth ages 10 and under.
July 17th, 10pm, A Universe of Stories: Evening at the Observatory. Join us with local NASA ambassador Rod Cortright, at his own personal observatory. He will guide us through what to look for in the summer night sky and so much more. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a guardian. Please RSVP to get the address and more information.
July 20th, 8am, A Universe of Stories Storytime. Catch us at the Farmers Market for fun space-filled stories, songs, and a craft.
July 23rd, 10:30am, A Universe of Stories: The Music Lady will take kids on an adventure through interactive stories and songs all about the adventures in space.
July 31st, 6pm, A Universe of Stories: Family Movie Night, Come watch "Mars Needs Moms" and enjoy fresh popcorn and fun for the whole family.
Attention crafters, scrap-bookers, quilters... on one Saturday every month from 9am-12 noon, BDL has reserved our Community Room as a Craft Open Lab. Bring your materials, spread out and enjoy conversation and complete some of those projects. July 20th is our next Craft Open Lab, RSVP online or call 231-582-7861 for more information.
Join our lunchtime Brown Bag Book Club. Our next meeting is Tuesday, July 23rd at 12-1pm. Come late, leave early, but plan to spend your lunch-time with us to discuss our book of the month. July's book choice is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen.
Additional adult and family programs in July include:
9am, Mondays, free Yoga Class with Reb Andrews, No class July 8th.
Beginning Computer Classes every Tuesday at 2pm.
Tai Chi Class meets every Wednesday, 9am for beginners, 10am for advanced students, cost is $5 per session. No class July 10th.
July's Sensory Storytime is available for our special needs adult patrons will take place Friday, July 19th (special date). Caregivers must accompany participants.
* The Library Book Club meets at 7pm on July 22nd. This month's book is Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield.
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 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:
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. 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, 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, 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, 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.:
July 5th - Nathan Bates, 12th - A Brighter Bloom, 19th - Nelson Olstrom, 26th - Michelle Chenard.
Saturdays, 8-11 p.m
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 has attracted 30 people and nine performers on recent Mondays. We invite you to bring and sing or chill and listen. Summer gallery hours are 10am-7pm, except Sundays 12-4, and Mondays 10am-9pm.
Some 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.
Seat selection for the summer concert series 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 summer lineup:
||Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs, July 5
July 5: Cari Ray & The Shaky Legs
With a unique blend of heart and grit, this power duo will have your heart breaking one minute and your hips shaking the next... all while wondering where they're hiding the rest of band.
July 6 & 7: Thunderwude
is a Chelsea, Michigan, based bluegrass trio fronted by singer/songwriter Jason Dennie. His masterfully crafted songs have become staples of the Thunderwüde experience.
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 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:
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
SENIOR CITIZEN FRAUD - The Charlevoix County Commission on Aging has issued a press release warning that genetic testing company representatives are offering "free" genetic tests to Medicare beneficiaries. These tests can also be referred to as DNA screenings, cancer screenings, and hereditary testing, to name a few. The representatives go to senior centers, senior housing, health fairs, and even parking lots to convince people to let them take a cheek swab for testing. They advertise on TV and online. They promise that the results will help recipients avoid diseases or find the right medications. All they ask for in return is the person's Medicare number. While this may sound harmless, in reality it is dangerous. "These companies can steal people's medical identity and falsely bill Medicare, draining the system of needed funds. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a fraud alert on the topic. It advises the public to be suspicious of anyone who offers free genetic testing and then requests their Medicare number. Full press release.
KINDER CLOSET at Christ Lutheran Church is open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on
and the second Saturday of every month. Free baby items are provided, including diapers; wipes; clothes and more, for any Charlevoix County parent with a newborn to 24 month-old-child. Christ Lutheran Church is located at 1250 Boyne Avenue in Boyne City. For more information, call 231-582-9301.
TRANSGENDER'S JOURNEY - The filmed story of a man who is changing gender will be presented at Lifetree Café on Sunday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. The film follows a man named Bob, who says he knew at the age of 4 that he was really a girl in a boy's body. The program, titled "When He Becomes She: A Transgender's Journey," examines issues surrounding transgender people such as family dynamics, workplace complications, and spiritual implications. Lifetree Café spokesperson Craig Cable said, "This issue raises all sorts of questions for people. Increasingly, our schools, workplaces, and faith communities are looking for answers. This Lifetree program provides some insight."
> 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,