Ugly Sweater Crawl includes 27 merchants on December 14th
Ugly Sweater Grab your family and friends, wear your ugliest sweater, put on those tacky pants and head to Boyne City for the first Shop Small Ugly Sweater Crawl on Saturday, December 14th. The event is being organized by Ivette Lopez, owner of Outdoor Beerdsman and Hoppy Hound Coffee & Dog Bakery. "You can sip, shop and eat local for a good cause," said Lopez, noting that all proceeds from the sale of "Let's Get Ugly" tote bags go to the Good Neighbors Food Pantry. Purchase a $15 tote bag here
Everyone wearing an ugly sweater will get discounts at 27 participating merchants, who will have drawings, food and drinks while you shop. A grand prize (and a picture in this newsletter) will go to the person with the ugliest sweater.
The event also includes a judged snowman-building competition sponsored by 4Front Credit Union from 12-2 p.m. for kids in Sunset Park. 
> For information or questions, contact Ivette at 231-459-6808 or email at info@outdoorbeerdsman.com.
> Here are the 27 participating local merchants and here are their discounts
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Alpine Chocolat Haus
Barden Lumber
Boyne Avenue Greenhouse
Boyne City Bakery
Boyne City Hardware
Boyne City Taproom
Boyne Co-op/True Value
Boyne Country Provisions
Boyne Trading Co.
Cafe Sante
Duncan Studios
En Vogue Salon
Forgotten Treasures
Freshwater Gallery
Hoppy Hound Coffee & Dog Bakery
Inspired living
Kilwin's
Lake Street Pub
Long Road Distillers
Mary's of Boyne
North Country Cycle Shop
Outdoor Beerdsman
Peninsula
Red Mesa Grill
Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen
Water Street Cafe

Tickets on sale for Chamber's January 16th Awards Gala  
Awards gala
Tickets are now on sale for the Boyne Chamber's Annual Awards Gala at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the Boyne Mountain Civic Center. Presenting sponsor for the gala will be KorthaseFlinn Insurance and Financial Services. In addition to the presentation of awards to community leaders and the installation of chamber board members, the event will feature 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. 
Coming soon - a survey on who deserves the awards.

KorthaseFlinn
Thanks to our sponsors!
PRESENTING SPONSOR
GOLD SPONSORS
SILVER SPONSOR
Boyne Avenue Greenhouse NEW THIS WEEK!
TABLE SPONSORS
Charlevoix County Community Foundation
Pat O'Brien & Associates
Kammerman & Bascom
Kiwanis Club of Boyne City
4Front Credit Union

Details and more photos   *   231-675-6677
Resort Rentals North hosts Business After Hours next week
Resort Rentals North
This Lake View Chalet will host Business After Hours on December 12th.
Resort Rentals North is hosting the Boyne Area Chamber's holiday Business After Hours on Thursday, December 12th, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. It will be held at "Lake View Chalet," 1113 Marshall Road, one of our newest properties. There is no admission charge and appetizers, beer and wine will be provided at no charge. There will be a 50/50 raffle and the grand prize will be a two-night stay at the Lake View Chalet (some restrictions apply). Door prizes consist of holiday arrangements created by Upsy Daisy. Boyne Area Community Christmas will receive the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle. 
Resort Rentals North takes pride in getting people the right property for their needs. We help to bring families together to make unforgettable memories while assisting clients in generating reliable, profitable revenue. Whether you are a client with a property you would like to rent or a guest looking for the perfect rental for your next vacation, our full-service property management business can help. Looking to purchase a home or investment property? Let our brokerage assist you with all your real estate needs. From marketing and administrative tasks to management and maintenance, our locally owned business does it all. Contact us at 231-535-0010, info@resortrentalsnorth.com or visit our office at 5 W. Main Street, Suite 4.
OFF THE CLOCK - The Boyne Area Chamber is changing the name of Business After Hours to "Off the Clock" starting in the new year. Stay tuned for the new schedule, starting in February, after the January 16th Awards Gala.
History in the making - Heritage Center receives holiday gifts
Bob Lahti
Bob Lahti painted the walls of the Heritage Center.
The Boyne Heritage Center, based in Boyne City Hall, received an early holiday gift this year. Through the generosity of Bob Lahti, owner of All American Painting Services, and Boyne Co-op True Value, the exhibit space walls and ceiling will be painted flat theatrical black in preparation for the future construction and fabrication of the interpretive exhibit. With the room freshly painted, a paper walk-through mock-up of the design concept will be staged to give people a better feel of what's to come. Events will be held to help raise awareness and the funds needed to transform this space into a beautiful new historical center. 
The Boyne Heritage Center, a new 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is poised to become a flagship attraction and history hub, preserving the stories of Boyne City, Boyne Falls, Walloon Lake, Advance, Ironton, Horton Bay and neighboring areas. This new historical interpretive center will be the living voice and collective memory of those who came before us and those who will come after us.
> Visit the Boyne Heritage Center online at www.boyneheritage.org or check out our  Facebook Page
Last chance for Poinsettia sale at Farmers Market on Saturday
The Poinsettia sale benefiting the Boyne City Farmers Market will be wrapping up at this Saturday's market.  Order forms  submitted to the Main Street office or Market Manager between now and Dec. 7th will be available for pick-up at the market on Dec. 14th. Thank you to Upsy Daisy Floral for partnering with Main Street and the market for this fundraiser.  The indoor market continues from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays at Boyne City Hall.
WELCOME, JORDAN!  Jordan Peck joins the Farmers Market team as market manager this Saturday, December 7th. Many of you may have already met him from the Boyne City Bakery, where he is one of the bakers and crepe makers. 
MARKET MUSIC - Thanks to our sponsors, Blissfest and Grain Train:  Dec. 7th - Mike Bass, 14th - Liz Thorp, 21st - Kirby, 28th - Dolph.
> The Boyne City Farmers Market is a program of Boyne City Main Street. For more information, visit www.boynecityfarmersmarket.org. To sign up for our weekly newsletter, email farmersmarket@boynecity.com.
Take our survey about the Business & Community Expo
Chamber members and anyone who attended our recent Business & Community Expo at Boyne City High School are encouraged to take our survey about the event. We value our member feedback and will use the results to help plan future events. 
Drost Tree Service

Details on our tree service   *   231-348-2624
Chamber Checks - ideal "shop local" gift is good all over town
Chamber Checks Need a gift, maybe for someone who is hard to buy for? Don't forget 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 traveler's 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 lisa@boynechamber.com.
HOLIDAY BONUSES - Chamber Checks are a great way to give holiday bonuses to your employees. Already 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 lisa@boynechamber.com.
Main Street Main Street program seeks applicants for board positions
The Boyne City Main Street program is seeking applicants for two positions on the board of directors. Board terms are four years and start in January. Applications are due at noon on December 10th.  Board application
Community Christmas gearing up to help the less fortunate
Community Christmas As we start gearing up for the 2019 holiday season, Boyne Area Community Christmas asks that you remember those less fortunate by making a donation.  Non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys, games and books can be dropped off Monday through Thursday through Dec.16, from 10am-2pm at the Boyne City Education Center, Pine Street entrance. 
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 or to submit the name of a child in need, contact Heather Ross at (231) 459-5588.
Basket pick-up will be from 1-6 p.m. Thursday, December 19 at the Boyne City Education Center Gym (321 South Park Street). Deliveries will start at 11 a.m. that day. 
Want to volunteer? Bring a friend and just show up for packing/distribution day on Dec. 19th at the Boyne City Education Center, 9am to 6pm. 
From all the volunteers at Boyne Area Community Christmas and the many grateful families of our community, thank you for your continued support and generosity!
"World's Coolest Cop" wins hot rod industry award
John McLeod
Cool cop/hotrodder John McLeod
From the Hot Rod Network website: A Boyne City, Michigan police unit lit up behind a driverless GMC C10 pickup? At first glance, one might believe they are looking at the aftermath of a police pursuit where the GMC driver is in custody and the police officer next to it is waiting for a wrecker to haul the Jimmy off to impound. But that's not the case - the cop standing in front of the GMC is the truck's owner and consequently one of the nicest guys in SEMA's automotive aftermarket.
In a release from our friends at Classic Instruments: Classic Instruments is proud to announce that its owner, John McLeod, recently received The Hot Rod Industry Alliance's Industry Recognition Award. John was presented the award during the company's trip to the annual SEMA, Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association, show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each year, the HRIA presents this award to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the Hot Rod industry over a period of the past 10 years. Over the past 10 years John has contributed immensely to furthering the hot rod industry through many new product innovations and support of various organizations who exist solely to build the industry.  Full story.
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Kids can visit Santa's helper in the log cabin Sunday
It is that magical, snowy time of year where our eyes light up, taking in the beauty of the season. For our wee folks, the Sunset Park Log Cabin has had several visitors from the 'North Pole,' including the always wonderful Mrs. Claus, this past Saturday. Even better news, one of Santa's special helpers will be in the log cabin this coming Sunday, Dec. 8th, from noon until 2pm. Be sure to stop by and say hello and drop off your letter to Santa.


Judy Kuheana Breakfast benefits food pantries on Saturday
Judy K benefit Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City will host its 23rd Annual Judy Kuheana Benefit Breakfast this Saturday, December 7th. An all-you-can-eat Latin-American Breakfast Buffet will be offered from 8-10:30 a.m. A silent auction table with beautiful wreaths and other great prizes generously donated by local merchants will be held that morning as well. All proceeds from both the breakfast and silent auction will benefit Boyne area food pantries through the Manna Food Project.  Last year, the event attracted 134 guests, raising $2,389. This included $1,502 from the breakfast and donations and $887 from the silent auction.
Judy was a founder of the 7th Day Adventist Food Pantry. She passed away in October of 1996. The Red Mesa Grill, with the help of Judy's brother Jerry Kelts has held the Judy Kuheana Benefit Breakfast on the first Saturday of December since it opened in 1997, raising close to $35,000 to benefit Boyne Area food pantries.
Magnum Hospitality also participates in the "Help Everyone Eat Program."
The first Thursday of every month, Magnum Hospitality restaurants donate 5% of every dollar spent directly to area food pantries via the Manna Food Project, Father Fred Foundation in Traverse City, and the Elk Rapids Community Cupboard. Since inception, Magnum's "Help Everyone Eat" program has raised over $165,000 for these excellent charities.
McLaren recognized with an 'A' hospital safety grade
McLaren McLaren Northern Michigan was awarded with an 'A' safety rating from the Leapfrog Group for the fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grade. The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the nation's health care system. Using 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, The Leapfrog Group assigns grades of A, B, C, D, and F to more than 2,600 hospitals twice a year. The methodology and results of the grading are fully transparent and the results are free to the public. 
"Safety is at the center of the care we provide our patients," stated Todd Burch, President and CEO at McLaren Northern Michigan. "Providing a safe environment where our patients can heal is a top priority. This award is a testimony to the dedication of our physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, and ancillary staff who deliver the highest level of excellence and care every day."
McLaren Northern Michigan rated Above Average in 19 of the 28 measures including infection prevention, surgical safety, error prevention, patient bedside safety, and staffing, with 7 measures being unreported. 
To see grade details for McLaren Northern Michigan and other Michigan hospitals, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org. For more information regarding services offered at McLaren Northern Michigan, visit mclaren.org/northern or call 800.248.6777.
Santa Claus
Santa & Mrs. Claus to visit Duncan Studios for grand opening on Dec. 14th
Duncan Studios' Grand Opening is Saturday, December 14th in their new location at 120 Water Street. Come visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus from 10am - 5pm, with your ugly sweater on! We will have studio-wide discounts, including our Sip & Paint class tickets. We can't wait to see you there.  We're excited to bring people together to make memories through art." 
Follow them on Facebook @DuncanStudiosBoyneCity for updates on the studio, paint & sip classes, our website, community events, and more. Contact them by phone at (231) 313-2112.
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. Light of Joy event on December 7th.
> 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.
Bay Township Wreaths ceremony honors veterans on Dec. 14
Everyone is invited to attend the Bay Township Wreaths Across America Ceremony at Dyer Cemetery at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, December 14th. Wreaths Across America in Bay Township is celebrating its sixth year.
You do not have to be a wreath sponsor to participate in the ceremony. At Noon (EST) a moment of silence will be held across the entire nation. At this time the seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed on the graves of the veterans throughout the township's three cemeteries and the Scattering Garden at the Horton Bay United Methodist Church. The Boyne City American Legion Ernest Peterson Post 228 will be assisting at this ceremony. It will be a very special time to honor all our veterans and their families. "Everyone Plays a Part" is the National Wreaths Across America Day Theme for 2019. We will have hot drinks and snacks at Dyer Cemetery before the ceremony and everyone is welcome to return there after all four locations are covered.
> Here is an information and sponsorship form. Note that the organization has made online sponsoring much easier now. The deadline for 2019 sponsorships has passed but  additional wreath donations will carry over to 2020. Call Georganna Monk at 231-883-9867 if you have any questions. 
In the News
   
   School board to consider $26 million bond proposal ballot language - Story  

   Boyne Valley Township plans hearing on ambulance service audit - Story

    City discusses how to tackle troublesome trail extension - Story

   Chx County Community Foundation awards grants - Story  Recent grants

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Charlevoix County Housing Ready Program Director - This new position will be based in Charlevoix County. The individual will work with the Housing North Executive Director, Board of Directors, and local housing networks, city, county, village, and township officials, local philanthropy, private and nonprofit developers, employers and other stakeholders to help Charlevoix County communities coordinate local housing initiatives and offer assistance in the development process. Details, responsibilities and how to apply by January 3.
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FUN, FOOD, EVENTS, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -   Special events   
Boyne Mountain Boyne Mountain open daily for skiing starting Friday
Boyne Mountain will be open for skiing daily starting this weekend. Here's their announcement: "It's official! Thanks to Mother Nature and our amazing snowmaking team, we will reopen for skiing and riding Friday, December 6 at 9am and remain open daily for the remainder of the season. We will continue snowmaking operations as long as temperatures permit." The slopes have been open for skiing and riding on weekends since Nov. 14th.  Current conditions and webcams.
School Boosters sponsor Holiday Hobby Craft Show Saturday
Craft show The Holiday Hobby Craft Show will again present 150 arts and crafts vendors when it is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Boyne City High School. Admission is $2 for adults and no charge for students. Hourly drawings will be held for $20 Boyne Chamber Checks giveaways. Refreshments are also available for this 41st annual event that raises funds for the Boyne City Booster Foundation. The Booster Foundation's fundraising efforts help support all arts, academics, and athletics for Boyne City Public School students. For information contact Colleen Calo at 231-582-6156.  Vendor application and details.
"Celebrate Bob" event will benefit Patriot Place 
Celebrate Bob Red Mesa Grill will host a "Celebrate Bob" event to honor Bob Huff from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15th. Huff was the long-time local pharmacist who passed away on September 29th. Bob was a beloved patron of the Red Mesa Grill for many years, and the restaurant will donate 10% of all food sales and $1 from every Bobo Wabo premium margarita to Patriot Place in honor of Huff. Patriot Place is a program of Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan and the region's only veterans transitional housing community for male veterans who are experiencing homelessness. Live entertainment with Project 6 will be featured from 6-9 p.m. on December 15th.
Sommerset Pointe presents Cloud Wine dinner on Saturday
Cloud Wine Sommerset Pointe presents Cloud Wine, "an evening of decadent food and fine wine at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 7th. There is limited availability at $50 per person, and the dinner includes four courses with four wine pairings - Fried Mozzarella, Curry Kissed Walleye, Classic Steak Au Poivre and Chocolate Espresso Cake Bites. Reservations must be made by December 6th at 231-582-9900. For further information email contact@spyachtclub.com . Flyer with details.
T.G.I.Fish FryThe Strand restaurant at Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club has extended their T.G.I.Fish Fry on Fridays from 5-9 p.m. (except December 13th). The fish fry features all-you-can-eat fish served with fries and coleslaw for $17. Other entrees on the menu are Grilled Hanger Steak, Fried Chicken Sandwich and BBQ Ribs (half or full). Appetizers include Truffle Fries, Butternut Squash Bisque, and Caesar Salad. Fine dining overlooking Lake Charlevoix at 00970 Marina Drive, Boyne City. Note: the For reservations, call (231) 582-9900. Click here to see the menu and prices.
Boyne Valley Fire Santa coming to Boyne Valley Fire Dept. Open House Saturday
Boyne Valley Fire and Rescue is having a Holiday Open House and Silent Auction from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7th at the fire hall, 2286 Railroad Street, Boyne Falls. Come and meet the fire department staff and see the trucks. Santa and his elves will be there along with crafts, games and snacks for the kids. There will also be a silent auction from 2-4 p.m. with proceeds going to the Fire Department.
Celtic Christmas Celebration supports NCMC Irish scholarship
Claire Wellman
Boyne City resident Claire Wellman won the scholarhip in 2016.
A Celtic Christmas Celebration is planned for this Saturday, Dec. 7th, to support an annual annual study abroad scholarship competition at North Central Michigan College (NCMC). The event is organized by the Robert Emmet Society, which sponsors the scholarship funding. The winning NCMC student will attend Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Galway City, Ireland, to study Irish culture and history in the fall semester of 2020. Robert Emmet Society funding for the scholarship provides the winning student with transportation, room, board and educational materials needed for the classes. Tuition is provided via an exchange program administered by the Galway-Mayo Institute.
Two Boyne City residents have won the scholarship - Katelynn Herrman in 2013 and Clarie Wellman in 2016. All of the scholarship winners are honored on a plaque of nameplates displayed in the college library. The plaque was designed and produced by Bruce Janssen and his team at The Wood Shop of Boyne City.
Saturday's celebration begins at 6 p.m. at City Park Grill in Petoskey, with dinner served at 7. For members of the Robert Emmet Society, the three-course meal will cost $30. Non-members will pay $35. Memberships to support the scholarship will be for sale at the door. They range from $100 per year to $500 for a Life Membership. Some of the 20 past scholarship winners will attend Saturday's celebration and offer stories of their time in Ireland. They will be introduced by NCMC President David Finley. Dinner music, including singing the Irish National Anthem in Irish, will be provided by Boyne City's Gaeyle Gerrie-Boss and her Simple Gifts trio. Upbeat music will be offered by Jim Gillespie and The Hooligans. News-Review story
Kids can hear a holiday story and make a bird seed ornament
Bird seed ornament The Charlevoix Conservation District will be hosting a youth holiday event in their Community Room at 5 p.m. Thursday, December 12th at 303 North Street in Boyne City. We will be reading the story, Night Tree, by Eve Bunting, while enjoying cocoa and a cookie before making our own bird seed feeder ornaments for outdoor trees. The event is free, but space and materials are limited so RSVPs to 231-582-6193 are appreciated. Geared toward ages 4 & up.
Thanks to the many county businesses who donated raffle prize items for the Conservation District's 71st Annual Meeting. Seventy guests attended the event. Here's a list of all the businesses that donated.
The district's Community Room is available to rent for holiday parties - free to nonprofits and most service groups, but available for private groups and businesses to rent for a small fee. Details are here, or contact our office, M-F 8am-4:30pm. There is room for up to 30 adults including two kitchenettes a bathroom and more. 
"It's a (Gift) Wrap" on December 16th at Independence Village
Gift wrap Join us for a taste of the season from 4-6 p.m. Monday, December 16th, at Independence Village. Stop in to share a cup of cheer and take home a gift bag full of wrapping paper, gift tags and bows. We know that the holiday season is a busy time of year for our professional partners. That's why Independence Village would like to help make life less stressful and help celebrate wrapping up a great year. Stop by, enjoy a warm beverage from our hot cocoa bar and take home your complimentary "It's a Wrap" bag full of all your gift wrapping needs. Please RSVP by December 13th by calling 231-348-8498. Independence Village is located at 965 Hager Drive, Petoskey.
Senior center hosts holiday decoration bus tour Dec. 17
Senior Center
The Commission on Aging Local Travel Club will be taking a Christmas Light and Decoration Tour in each of our communities. The bus will leave the Boyne Area Senior Center at 6 pm, returning about 7:30 on Tuesday, Dec. 17. These tours will be weather dependent and you must sign up at the Senior Center for the trip you want to attend as there is limited room. Hot cocoa and cookies will be included.
CHRISTMAS DINNER - Join us at any of the senior centers on Friday, December 20, for our Traditional Christmas Dinner and Celebration. 
CLOSINGS - The 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, give 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. 
Astronomy Club to discuss the Star of Bethlehem
Northern Michigan Astronomy Club will discuss the Star of Bethlehem during its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12, at the Wildwood Observatory, 01825 Wildwood Heights Road, Boyne City. If the Star of Bethlehem existed, what might it have been? The Bible states, "After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, 'Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him."
The Astronomy Club will discuss natural phenomena that may have accounted for the star mentioned in the Biblical passage. This is also the group's annual Christmas Party. All are welcome to attend. Observing will occur after the discussion, weather permitting. For more information contact Rod Cortright at (231) 675-0393 or cortrig@msu.edu. Facebook page.
Special services planned at Episcopal Church of the Nativity
Episcopal Church The Episcopal Church of the Nativity is planning some special services leading up to Christmas:
"The Longest Night" - 4 p.m. Sunday, December 15: The holidays are not happy for everyone. Perhaps it is the first (or more) Christmas since the death of a loved one or the breakup of a marriage. Join us for a special service that surrounds our sorrows in word and prayer, in the company of others who feel the same kinds of loss.
Christmas Eve Communion Service - 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 24: Join us for a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The Rev. Canon Anne Hallmark will be with us to lead our festive service. All are welcome at the Table of the Lord. 209 East Main Street, Boyne City, www.episcopalboyne.com.

Prepare for Christmas with Light of Joy program at church
First Presbyterian Church of Boyne City invites everyone to join them for "Light of Joy," an exciting intergenerational way to prepare for Christmas. This event will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 7, at the church at 401 S. Park St. Hear the Christmas Story through the eyes of the prophets, Mary and Joseph, angels, shepherds and wise men. There will be a pancake and sausage breakfast, a take-home craft, a take-home devotional and Bingo with prizes. Children will participate in a drama titled "The ABCs of Christmas." You will hear God's story as you talk and learn together with the people at your table. This event is open to all, but an adult must accompany children and participate in the activities. Activities are suitable for all ages. To save your spot, call 231-582-7983 and leave your name, telephone number and how many will attend. Event flyer.
Advent services will be on Dec. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 11 a.m. Advent Bible Study will be held each Wednesday in December at 9:30 a.m. Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. will be "Joy Has Dawned" choral presentation with congregational singing, communion, and candlelight. All Sunday morning services begin at 11 a.m.
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 as Baby John in West Side Story, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Sid Sorokin in The Pajama Game, The Man in the Chair in several Boyne Meets Broadways, among other roles at 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 williamboynecityconcert@gmail.com . 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.
Lectures look at conspiracy theories, fake news and kayaking
North Central Michigan College's luncheon lecture series for the fall semester features a wide variety of topics.  Programs are held on Fridays in the Library Conference Room. $12 includes lunch, which begins at 11:30 a.m. The program begins at noon.  Reservations are required - call 231-348-6600 or email  luncheonlectures@ncmich.edu  to make a reservation. Here are the upcoming lectures:
December 6 - Conspiracy theories , fake news, media and politics.
December 13 - Kayaking Lake Superior.
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music
LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT
 
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.: Sean Bielby through Dec. 29, except Dec. 22 - Michelle Chenard.
  Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.: Phillip McLellan through Dec. 17. No music Dec. 24. Holly Keller Dec. 31.
  Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.: Dec. 11 - Sean Bielby, Dec. 18 - Pete Kehoe. Dec. 25 - No music.
 
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 7th - Northern Nites
December 14th - Tribe Of Chiefs
December 28th - Scarkazm
December 31st  - 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. Any new team that joins by Dec. 5 receives two free one-topping pizzas after attending three times.
FRIDAYS - Live music upstairs in the Pine Lake Lodge, 8-11 p.m. unless noted.
Dec 6 - The Shifties
Dec 13 - Tribe of Chiefs
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
SIX-FOR-ONE DAY for skiers (details) on Friday. Dec. 13, and Holiday Open House with Santa and more on Saturday night, Dec. 14.
12 days of Holiday Gifts - Perfect gifts for everyone on your list.
Forty Acres Tavern, 231-549-7270, 6-9 p.m. unless noted
Saturday, Dec. 7 - Charlie Reager
Saturday, Dec. 14 - Sean Bielby
Thursday, Dec. 19 - Charlie Reager, 7-10 pm
Friday, Dec. 20 - Eric Jaqua, 7-10 pm
Thursday, Dec. 26 - Michelle Chenard, 8-11 pm
Friday, Dec. 27 - Chris Calleja, 8-11 pm
Tuesday, Dec. 31 - Pistil Whips, 8-11 pm
Stein Erickson's, 6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 24 - Nelson Olstrom
Wednesday, Dec. 25 - Chris Calleja
Tuesday, Dec. 31 - Under the Moon

Snowflake Lounge, 4-7 p.m.
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
Snowflake Lounge, DJ Mike or DJ Bill Da Cat e very Saturday plus Dec. 26 thru 31
Mountain Express - DJ Bill Da Cat, 12-4 p.m. Dec. 26-31

BOYNE VALLEY VINEYARDS5325 US 131 N,  Boyne Falls,  (231) 373-2099.
Saturday, Dec. 7th - Sean Bielby, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14th - live music, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21st -  live music, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 28th - live music, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 31st - Chris Calleja, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Igloos and snow shoes 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.
> Wednesdays and Thursdays - Winter Biergarten menu of German food and $5 German beers, 11 a.m. to closing.
Friday, Dec. 27th, 8-11pm - Pete Kehoe
Saturday, Dec. 28th, 8-11pm - A Brighter Bloom
Tuesday, Dec. 31st, 8-Midnight - New Year's Eve Party featuring The Shifties
 
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.
  
GREAT LAKES CENTER FOR THE ARTS -  For schedule and tickets, visit greatlakescfa.org or call 231.439.2601. 
Saturday, Dec. 14 - Crooked Tree Arts Center Presents: The Nutcracker, 3 and 7 p.m. News-Review story.
Sunday, Dec. 15 - rooked Tree Arts Center Presents: The Nutcracker, 3 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, Dec. 19-20 - Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Presents: Handel's Messiah, 7 p.m.
 
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.
  December 18- Holiday Trivia, (Ugly Sweater Party!)
 
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. 10 - Brett Mitchell
Dec. 17 - Blake Elliott
Dec. 24 - Closed on Christmas Eve
Dec. 31 - Tic Tac Go

 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:
Thursday, Dec. 5 - Pint & Paint , 6-9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 6 - The Real Ingredients
Saturday, Dec. 7 - Nelson Olstrom
Thursday, Dec. 12 - Burger, Beer & Blues Night
Friday, Dec. 13 - Under The Moon, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14 - Something Great
Wednesday, Dec. 18 - Open Mic Night hosted by Nelson Olstrom
Friday, Dec. 20 - Chris Koury
Saturday, Dec. 21 - Crosscut Kings
Friday, Dec. 27 - Jeff Pagel
Saturday, Dec. 28 - Sydni K, 6 p.m.

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. 6 - Crosscut Kings
Saturday, Dec. 7 - Lou Thumser
Wednesday, Dec. 11 - Ty Parkin, 6-9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13 - Two-Track Mind
Saturday, Dec. 14 - Pistil Whips
Wednesday, Dec. 18 - Ty Parkin, 6-9 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 20 - Lou Thumser
Saturday, Dec. 21 - Ugly Sweater Party
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
NEWS BRIEFS  
Coffee talk COFFEE WITH THE SUPE - Everyone is invited to a Superintendent Coffee Talk with Boyne City Public Schools Superintendent Patrick Little from 8 to 9 a.m. on December 6 and the first Friday of every month. The coffee is courtesy of the superintendent, and this Coffee Talk will be held at Water Street Cafe. Join Pat for casual conversation about the school topic of your choice, stay as long as you like or just stop in for a chat. Locations for this Coffee Talk will rotate around the community.
Lifetree Cafe
PRACTICAL TIPS for adding meaning and purpose to life will be explored at Lifetree Café on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6:30. The program, titled "Stuck in a Rut? Get Unstuck... One Step at a Time," features a filmed interview with Kenyon Eastin, a man who began a coast-to-coast walk across the country in April 2014. Although he faced multiple hardships from weather and unforeseen complications, Eastin says his walk gave him a life-changing perspective. "I've wanted to do something like this for a while," explains Eastin. "I felt if I didn't grab this opportunity, it wouldn't happen. I knew I wouldn't regret it, so I took the leap."
> 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 Lifetree@fpboyne.org.
FREE BABY ITEMS - Kinder Closet at Christ Lutheran Church is open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on December 14th 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.
BOYNE TRADING CO., 109 E. Water Street Shop this weekend and save 30% off storewide. Find one-stop shopping for your entire Christmas list for infant through adult sizes. Mention the Chamber/Main Street newsletter for a free decal of your choice.
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 www.cattdevelopment.com.
OFFICE SPACE - 5 month rental. Fully furnished office in a small house in Boyne City. All the comforts of home including office desks (2), storage space, 3 ft x 6 ft conference table, WIFI, printer, TV and utilities included. Lots of parking, Available December 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020. $1200 per month. Call Sue at 602-677-1953.
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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