December 8, 2022

Tickets $35 - $45 - $55

FREE for Veterans, Active Service Members and Students 18 and under.

Great Lakes Center for the Arts

800 Bay Harbor Drive, Petoskey

Details & Tickets | Call 231-487-0010

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Inside this issue of Harbor Happenings:

  • Elaine Warner to lead chamber board in 2023
  • College wants child care input from employers & employees
  • Fox & Hound is our December Office Sponsor
  • Join us for Chillin' at the Chamber on Dec. 21

Chamber board elects officers for 2023

The Harbor Springs Chamber Board has elected officers for 2023: 

  • Board Chair - Elaine Warner, Collins & Associates
  • Vice Chair - Brandon Leetsma, First Community Bank
  • Treasurer - Derrick Brown, Brown Motors
  • Secretary - Abbey Wilson, Michigan Community Capital


Welcome to our four newly elected board members:

  • Rebecca Adams, Admired in Harbor
  • Barbara Boonstra, Perry Farm Village
  • Doug Brown, D.R. Brown Photography
  • Elaine Keiser, Elaine Keiser Architect


Returning to the board will be:

  • Damon Whitfield, Harbor Springs Therapy & Wellness (Past Chairman)
  • Mandy Gray, The Highlands at Harbor Springs
  • Katie Hammond, Harbor Wear
  • Scott Langton, Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre
  • Derik Mott, Harbor Sotheby's International Realty
  • Connie Warner, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

The chamber is also expressing appreciation for the service of two board members who are retiring from the board on December 31. They are Bridgette Frye and Frank Bower.

> The 2023 officers and board will be formally introduced to members at our Annual Meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday, January 19th at Harbor Springs City Hall. All chamber members and the public are welcome to attend.

Elaine Warner looks forward to an "incredibly successful year" as chamber board chair

An active board member for the Harbor Springs Chamber for two years, Elaine Warner has been elected chairman of the board starting in January.

She is “honored to have been selected by my team to chair the executive committee and to work more closely with Bonnie and the board. I feel that the Harbor Springs Chamber is in a really great place and I’m excited to help it continue to grow. I am looking forward to an incredibly successful upcoming year.”


Elaine is a lifetime Harbor Springs resident and has been in the insurance industry since 2011. A Personal Lines Manager for Collins & Associates, she enjoys working with both her internal team as well as her clients. Working with each individual to discuss ways to succeed is a challenge that she embraces and thrives on, consistently striving to deliver a higher level experience.

Elaine energetically volunteers for all aspects of high school sports. She’s a former board member for the Harbor Springs Kiwanis Club and was a longtime instructor for Junior Achievement. In her free time she enjoys boating, camping, attending concerts and traveling with her family.

Elaine Warner: "The Harbor Springs Chamber is in a really great place and I’m excited to help it continue to grow."

231-526-1500 * Details

College wants input from employers and employees on child care needs

North Central Michigan College’s Child Care Initiative is conducting a research study to understand and respond to the early care and educational needs of children, families, providers, and employers in Emmet County. They are interested in understanding the impact childcare may have on local businesses and to determine effective capacity building strategies that meet the needs of the workforce and your business. There are two surveys they have distributed. Each takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete. For further information or questions, contact the college's research team at: [email protected].

> Employer Survey should be completed by the owner, administrator, or human resource director at your business. Only one person from your business should complete this survey. All survey responses are confidential.

> Employee Survey is to capture input from individuals who are parents/future parents. We ask that employers distribute this survey to their employees. For ease of distribution, you may share this with all of your employees and those who are not parents will be filtered out within the first few questions.

Welcome, new chamber members!

CPA firm partners Jamie McLane and Adam Blatchford

McLane Blatchford CPA Firm

Jamie McLane, CPA/Partner

Adam Blatchford, CPA/Partner

321 S. Spring St.

Harbor Springs MI 49740

(231) 437-5300

Email: [email protected] 


About Us: McLane Blatchford CPA Firm, based in Northern Michigan, provides a full range of accounting, bookkeeping, consulting, outsourcing, payroll and business services, either in your facility or at our location. We can provide qualified accounting professionals who can ensure that your financial records are maintained correctly and accurately. Our bookkeepers can also assist in setting up and training your staff on the financial systems that you might be using or installing, such as QuickBooks or other legacy systems. We work with you to ensure that your personal or business processes are conducted in a manner that ensures ongoing integrity in your financial transactions. Accounting services no longer require in-house staff and all the accompanying overhead expenses and hassles. Advances in technology now allow us to securely provide you with accounting and bookkeeping services anywhere in the world. You can access your financial information and business files online, anytime, for a fraction of the cost of in-house accounting.

Chamber member benefits

> Member application

> Call 231-526-7999 or email us

Fox & Hound is the Chamber Office Sponsor of the month

Fox & Hound Boutique is the Chamber Office Sponsor of the month. Located at 204 Petoskey Street in beautiful downtown Petoskey, Fox and Hound Boutique is a children’s clothing store that inspires little adventurers to feel and look their best. Founded by Northern Michigan native Alexis Murphy, the boutique offers children’s clothing from newborn to sizes 8/9, baby goods, nursery decor and much more. For more information call (231) 489-8122 or visit their website, Facebook and Instagram

> If you’re interested in sponsoring a future month at the chamber office, call 231-526-7999 or email [email protected]. We thank our sponsors in the e-newsletter, social media, as well as giving you an area to display anything you want on the Chamber wall.

Join us for these ribbon-cutting celebrations!

10 a.m. Thursday, December 8th, to welcome new member Northmen Den Youth Services, 801 Northmen Drive, Petoskey.


10:45 a.m. Thursday, December 8th, to congratulate Harbor Shores Cleaning Company on their new location, 300 W. Mitchell Street, Petoskey

4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 10, to welcome the new Birches Assisted Living Facility at Perry Farm Village, 4211 Village Circle Drive, Harbor Springs. Open house starts at 4 p.m.

Running Water ribbon cutting and grand opening

Chamber officials welcomed Chelsea Simms and Running Water with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, followed by their grand opening celebration Saturday during the Merchants Holiday Open House. Running Water is located at 289 E. Main St. Your first class is only $5 if purchased in the month of December. The class schedule is live on their website.

Festive Downtown Open House

Chamber Executive Director Bonnie Kulp welcomed dozens of visitors to the chamber office during the Merchants Downtown Open house last Saturday. Big crowds turned out for shopping, refreshments and music from the Petoskey Steel Drum Band during this popular annual event.

Thrive45 Heartfelt Holidays card drive underway


Holidays can be hard on senior citizens, especially those who may be isolated or don't have a support system. Luckily there's something easy and fun we can all do to make a difference. Thrive45 Young Professionals group is kicking off our third annual "Heartfelt Holidays" Letter Drive to reconnect with our community's elders.


Making holiday cards is a perfect activity for kids and adults alike - get your friends, family, classroom, or workplace involved and help us reach our goal of 1,000 letters. 


Mail or drop off your letter(s) to the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce anytime during the workweek (M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) by Friday, December 16. The letters will be collected, screened, and counted by Thrive 45 volunteers before being sent to senior living communities and service agencies the following week.


Please read and share this flyer for details on how to participate. Any questions can be directed to our team at [email protected]. We can't wait to see your creations! 

Join us for Chillin' at the Chamber on Dec. 21

Join us on the third Wednesday of each month for some appetizers and drinks at the Chamber office from 4-6 p.m. Stop in Wednesday, December 21, for some holiday cheer with beverages and a light snack provided by Comfort Keepers. The Chamber is located at 118 E. Main Street in downtown Harbor Springs. No RSVP is needed. Find out what’s happening around town and meet some wonderful people. Print a flyer.

Our next Coffee and Conversation event will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 3rd, at the Chamber office. The informal agenda is conversation and connections with chamber and Harbor Brenn staff, and other members. Mark your calendar for the first Tuesday of every month for Coffee and Conversation.

> If you’d like to sponsor any future Coffee or Chill events by providing refreshments, contact the chamber. We’ll promote you in our newsletter, website and social media.

We're featured in Hallmark ‘Christmas Cams’

Lights, camera, Christmas Cam! Harbor Springs is being featured featured from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily on for a special livestream view of the yuletide décor that makes the season shine so bright. Click here to visit the Chismas Cams. The Christmas Cam livestream will continue through December 30. To spread Christmas cheer, the network is teaming up with Harbor Springs and other towns across the country that "evoke the real-life essence of the festive communities featured in Hallmark holiday movies." Website visitors are invited to "Learn more about the towns," with a link to the Harbor Springs Chamber website.

Thanks for renewing your memberships in November!

The Harbor Springs Chamber thanks the following businesses and organizations for renewing their memberships during the month of November - and we've included the dates they joined the chamber. We appreciate your continuing support! We will print December renewals next month.

  • 119 Studio, 10/2/2021
  • Adelaine Construction, Inc. , 11/17/2003
  • Bay Bluffs - Emmet County Medical Care Facility, 12/6/2010
  • Bay View Association, 5/18/2000
  • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 12/8/1978
  • Collins & Associates Insurance Agency, 12/21/2015
  • County Wide Power Sports & County Wide Adventures, 5/14/1984
  • D R Brown Photography, LLC, 12/11/2021
  • Dressed Boutique, 8/25/2016
  • Elaine Keiser Architect, Inc.,8/22/2000
  • Emmet Association of Realtors, 12/20/2001
  • Emmet County Road Commission, 12/9/2005
  • Johnston Engineering, PLLC, 12/1/2003
  • Kimble + Kimble LLC, 12/11/2018
  • Lauer Pest Control, Inc, 8/12/1993
  • MacGregor Plumbing & Heating, Inc., 12/7/1962
  • McLaren Northern Michigan, 3/19/1997
  • Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity, 12/8/2007
  • Pepsi Beverages Company, 4/11/2012
  • Petoskey Real Estate Group, 12/6/2021
  • Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, 12/1/1993
  • The Highlands at Harbor Springs, 12/1/1984
  • Traverse Bay Canvas, Inc, 12/29/1993

Santa's mailbox is now accepting letters

Santa's Mailbox has been installed in front of the Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre again this season. Make sure your children write their letters to Santa and drop them off any time before Christmas.

2023 added to Special Events Calendar

* = Chamber events | ** = Chamber Foundation events | = Chamber Member Events

All events are subject to change. Printed below is the calendar through October.

Click here to see a printable PDF of the updated 2023 full year calendar.

Dec 1-31 – Chamber Office Sponsor of the Month* – Fox & Hound

Dec. 17 - Farmers Market at the Museum

Dec 21 – Chillin’ with the Chamber 4p-6p*


Jan 1-31 – Chamber Office Sponsor of the Month* – Cornerstone CPA

Jan 3 – Coffee with the Chamber (HSACC, 118 E. Main) 8a-10a* (1st Tues of month)

Jan 14 – Kiwanis Park Sledding & S’mores, 5pm – 8pm (Kiwanis Park) (City of HS)

Jan 18 – Chillin’ w the Chamber (HSACC, 118 E. Main) 4p-6p *(3rd Wed of Month)

Jan 19 - Chamber Annual Board Meeting, 8a. (Harbor Springs City Hall)*

Jan 28 – Kiwanis Park Sledding & S’mores, 12pm – 3pm (Kiwanis Park) (City of HS)

Feb 1-28 – Chamber Office Sponsor of the Month* –

Feb 4 – Kiwanis Park Sledding & S’mores 5pm – 8pm (Kiwanis Park) (City of HS)

Feb 7 – Coffee with the Chamber (HSACC, 118 E. Main) 8a-10a* (1st Tues of Month)

Feb 10-11 – Downtown Harbor Springs Ice Fest (DDA)

Feb 15 – Chillin’ w the Chamber (HSACC, 118 E. Main) 4p-6p *(3rd Wed of Month) –

Feb 18 – Kiwanis Park Sledding & S’mores, 12pm – 3pm (Kiwanis Park) (City of HS)

Feb 23 – Annual Meeting (TBD) 8a*

Feb 24 – March 5 – Restaurant Week*

Mar 1-31 – Chamber Office Sponsor of the Month* –

Mar 7 – Coffee with the Chamber (HSACC, 118 E. Main) 8a-10a* (1st Tues of Month)

Mar 9 – State of the Community (Stafford’s Pier) 11:30a*

Mar 15 – Chillin’ w the Chamber (HSACC, 118 E. Main) 4p-6p * (3rd Wed of Month) –

April 1-30 – Chamber Office Sponsor of the Month* –

April 1 – Bowling Down Main Street (State and Main Streets) 12p-2pm

April 4 – Coffee and Conversation (HSACC, 118 E. Main) 8-10a* (1st Tues of Month)

April 19 – Chillin’ w the Chamber (HSACC, 118 E. Main) 4p-6p * (3rd Wed of Month) –

May 1-31 – Chamber Office Sponsor of the Month*

May 2 – Coffee with the Chamber (HSACC, 118 E. Main) 8a-10a* -

May 16 – S.T.I.R.* 8:30-10:30a - TBD

May 17 – Chillin’ w the Chamber (HSACC, 118 E. Main) 4p-6p *(3rd Wed of Month) –

May 24 – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (TBD) 9a*

May 27-Oct. 14 (Saturdays) – Harbor Springs Farmers Market (Corner of State & Main) 9a-1p

May 30 – Memorial Weekend Parade 10 a.m. and breakfast at the Legion 7-9 a.m.

June 1-30 – Chamber Office Sponsor of the Month* –

June 6 – Coffee with the Chamber (HSACC, 118 E. Main) 8a-10a* -

June 7-Aug. 31 (Wednesdays) – Harbor Springs Farmers Market (Corner of State & Main) 9a-1p

June 21 – Chillin’ w the Chamber 4p-6p* -

Jun 27 – Night of the Arts Gallery Walk* 5:30p-8:30p*

June 29 -Aug 24 – Street Musique** (Every Thursday) 6:30p-8:30p

Jun 29 – Blessing of the Fleet

July 1-31 – Chamber Office Sponsor of the Month* -

July 2 – Sunday Music in the Park (Marina Park) 4p-6p*- Rivertown Jazz Band

July 4 – Parade* & Fireworks**

July 4 – Harbor Springs Community Schools Art Show (Zorn Park) 9a-4p

July 7 – Friday Night Music in the Park* (Marina Park) 6:30p-8:30p* -

July 7-9 – Blissfest Music Festival

Full 2023 calendar

GIFT IDEAS: Harbor Springs hats, puzzles, T-shirts, notecards, ornaments available at the chamber

You can help support the Harbor Springs Chamber by purchasing puzzles, T-shirts, Car Festival hats, ornaments and notecards featuring scenes of our community. All are available at the chamber office, 118 E. Main Street.

TILEWORKS ORNAMENTS - We are offering our first Limited Edition Chamber Ornament in blue with choices of 5 ribbon colors. Only 100 have been made. Thanks to Little Traverse Tileworks for producing this one-of-a-kind ornament for us! Ribbon colors are black, white, olive, gold, and gray. Purchase online or at the Chamber office for $20 including tax.

HARBOR SPRINGS PUZZLES - The new 2022 Winter Puzzle has just arrived, and we also have Trisha Witty 4th of July Parade puzzles available for $35 plus tax at the chamber office. Also selling the newest puzzle are Kelbel Pharmacy, Harbor Wear and the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society. Details.

CAR FESTIVAL HATS - For the first time, we are offering a Commemorative Car Festival soft cotton hat with the Car Festival logo for $30. Details.

HARBOR SPRINGS T-SHIRTS were designed by Mary Hramiec Hoffman of Hramiec Hoffman Gallery. They are a great souvenir or keepsake from Harbor Springs. Limited availability in Men’s, Women’s and Youth sizes. Prices range from $23 to $32, depending on size. Details. Harbor Springs Market also sells these great shirts. Street Musique and other shirts are also available from the chamber.

HARBOR SPRINGS NOTECARDS - A set of beautiful Harbor Springs notecards is available for $15.95 including tax per set of 12. With your purchase you will receive 3 each of the 4 photographs, in a lovely bag sealed with the chamber logo, ready for you to give as gifts or individual notes. You can mail up to three sets for an additional $10. Details.

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Grandma’s baking inspires Birch Tree Bakery

From the Northern Express, 12-3-22, by Eric Cox: Nichole Hall of Harbor Springs grins when she thinks about who influenced her love of baking - a love that led to the launch of her own bakery. “My grandma has always inspired me,” Hall, a 2010 Harbor Springs High School graduate, says. “She has baked forever, and she always has like six different kinds of cookies and always a bake or a pie on the counter. My favorite is her sour cream cookies. Yum!”

Those youthful experiences of baking at home and with grandma (Judy Johnston, also of Harbor Springs) led Hall to launch Birch Tree Bakery & Cafe in February, located at 181 E. Main, in a space that formerly housed Cochon Gourmet Market and Coffee House.

With a small but thoughtful menu of baked goods, Hall has been slowly scaling up Since her February launch, Hall, a Harbor Springs native, has learned a lot about how to handle a service operation in a community thick with seasonal visitors. Those slower late winter and spring months gave her a chance to fine tune the restaurant before the throngs arrived. Full story.

Orchestra presents Messiah concert Dec. 15-16

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents its popular annual performance of Handel’s masterpiece “Messiah” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, and Friday, Dec. 16 at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, 800 Bay Harbor Dr., Petoskey. 

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Chorus and guest soloists, led by Director André Strydom, will join the orchestra led by GLCO Conductor and Music Director Libor Ondras. 

The performance opens with Camile Saint-Saëns’ “Oratorio de Noel,” and concludes with the first and second sections of Handel’s famous “Messiah” oratorio, ending with the celebratory Hallelujah Chorus.

Each event will feature a post-concert reception with light refreshments and cash bar. 

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra is a non-profit organization headquartered in downtown Petoskey. Tickets from $35 - $65 are available at The concert is free for veterans, active service members and students 18 and under by calling 231-487-0010.

Carter’s moves to new location on North US 31

It is official! Carter's Imagewear & Awards has moved to our new location. We have been working very hard moving over the last 6 weeks. We are still organizing and updating, but we are ready to provide our customers with our high standard of customer service that they deserve. We will also have 3000+ square feet of rental space available in the front of the building.

We are located just two driveways north of Harbor Fence Company and across the road from the new County Wide Powersports building and Brown Motors. Our new address is: 2049 North US 31, Petoskey, MI 49740. We’re planning a ribbon cutting after the first of the year. More info: call (231) 487-1445,

Shopping can support Women's Resource Center

Support Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) services during December. Ward and Eis Gallery donates 20% of all purchases on December 10 and 17 to support lifesaving and life-changing services provided through WRCNM for survivors of abuse and assault. Ward and Eis Gallery is located at 315 East Mitchell Street, Petoskey. McLean and Eakin’s The Giving Tree benefit, held through December 14, encourages book donations to share with children staying at WRCNM’s Safe Home.

The Harvest Food and Supply Drive encourages donations of grocery/supermarket gift cards, nonperishables and financial contributions to support daily food, household and personal care needs of individuals and families utilizing WRCNM Safe Home services. To donate or learn more, call WRCNM at (231) 347-0082 or donate online at

Unique gift idea: Tea towel subscriptions

New for 2023: Tea Towel Subscriptions from Three Pines Studio! Give a unique gift of wood blocked tea towels to a friend, or purchase a subscription as a practical indulgence for yourself. Each month, a unique handmade tea towel will be mailed with a design that is unique to that season or month. Choose a Full Year Subscription for $360 or a 4-Month Subscription for $120. Purchase online, just in time for gift giving.

Crooked Tree Arts Center hosts Nutcracker ballet

Celebrate the magic of the holidays with the Crooked Tree Arts Center School of Ballet's The Nutcracker on December 10 & 11 at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. With original choreography, awe-inspiring sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, "The Nutcracker" has become one of Northern Michigan's favorite holiday traditions. It’s a spectacular holiday treat for the entire family.


Saturday, December 10 at 3:00 and 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 PM

Matinee: Adults $30 / Evening: Adults $35 / Students $10 / *Friend of SoB $50 / Box $75

> Details and tickets.

Troll for Trout plays at Crooked Tree on Friday

“Gettin’ out of town, driving in your car

Pulling off the road, stoppin’ at a bar

Yeah, we’re headin’ out tonight, the mirror compass reads N

And it feels so free to be this direction again”

Those lines from Troll for Trout’s anthem, “Gettin’ Out of Town,” capture the spirit of the band’s colorful 25-year history. Troll for Trout has always been about a lifestyle. The band performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 9, at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. It’s that excited feeling of leaving work early on a beautiful Friday afternoon and pointing your vehicle North where there’s no schedule. It’s about camping, cottaging, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, cooking outside, cocktail hour with good friends, good conversation around a campfire, river paths, reflecting, reading, and relaxing.


Opening Act is Lara Fullford, who Blissfest Music Organization refers to as "the songstress of the Inland Waterway." She has years of experience singing songs to crowds across northern Michigan. Between classic songs you know and love, and her own original tunes, Lara offers a variety of genres and will have you smiling by the end of the night.

> Tickets are only $15 | Full schedule, Downtown Sound Series


> Nub’s Nob open daily starting Friday

The lifts at Nub’s Nob will spin seven days a week beginning this Friday, December 9th. The hill will be open from 9 AM through 4:30 PM until night skiing begins on December 26th. In the short term, we will continue to have at least 10 runs open on the Front Side, consisting of premier beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain. More runs and lifts will be opened as soon as possible.

> Enchanted Trail opens at the Highlands

Embrace the magic of the season and experience The Enchanted Trail this winter with your friends and family at The Highlands at Harbor Springs. Enjoy a night-time snowshoe hike or an evening walk on a two-mile softly-lit wooded trail. Stop halfway for a cozy bonfire, s'mores and a warm beverage at a beautifully decorated Yurt. Complimentary hot cocoa and s’mores will be provided. Special holiday drinks for the adults will be available for purchase. Time slots are available from 5:30 - 8:30 p,m. Details and reservations.

> Boardwalk fundraiser at the New York

Now is the time for giving back to the community, the New York is hosting a fundraiser for the boardwalk rebuilding project from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday December 16th. This is the perfect opportunity to show your support and make a tax deductible gift that will directly benefit our community. Any donation received now through the first of the year will be matched by the Ayrshire Foundation up to $100,000. Tickets are $100 with 50% going to the fundraiser. The evening includes a heavy hors d'oeuvres appetizer buffet, a cash bar and music from the Pistil Whips from 8 to 10 p.m. Enjoy an evening with friends for a good hometown cause. The restaurant will be closed for normal business that night. For reservations, call the New York at 231-526-1904.

> Wine Guys Pairing Dinners

Wineguys Restaurant Group presents three December pairing dinners. Kicking off the lineup is Palette Bistro’s Cattleya Wines Wine Dinner on December 14. Indulge in five courses, featuring Cobb Salad, Cioppino, French Dip, Braised Pork Belly and Rosemary Lemon Chiffon Cake; special guest Bibiana González Rave, Winemaker, will guide guests through pairings. On December 22, Palette presents Casamigos Tequila Dinner, pairing flavorful dishes like Mushroom Chow Mein Soup, Fruit Salad, Salmon, Smoked Duck Breast and Tequila Truffle. City Park Grill is thrilled to host the Stags’ Leap Wine Dinner on December 22, with Charred Baguette, Seared Tuna, Lamb and Goat Cheese Meatballs, Oven Roasted Beef Tenderloin and Red Velvet Cake. Palette Bistro: 231.348.3321. City Park Grill: 231.347.0101.

Wineguys Restaurant Group Holiday BONU$: Receive a free $20 gift certificate for every $100 gift card purchase. One card to use at all three restaurants: Roast & Toast, City Park Grill and Palette Bistro.

> Northern Michigan Women's Club to meet Wednesday

Northern Michigan Women’s Club will meet at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, December 14, at Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club. Each of the club’s 10 grant recipients has been invited to speak briefly about their agency or organization. Any women interested in joining the Northern Michigan Women's Club can contact Julie Bernstein at [email protected] or call 526-0113. Please contact Julie by Friday, December 9, to confirm your reservation. There will be a Board meeting at 10 a.m.

> Beacon Bistro releases new lunch menu

Lunches are back seven days a week at Beacon Bistro, and here is the newly released lunch menu. We open at 11 a.m. serving lunch, moving on to happy hour starting at 3 until 5:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Dinner service runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Beacon Bistro is loacted at 319 Bay St, Petoskey, 231-489-7999. Website.

> Moose Jaw Junction hosts Santa and Talent Contest

Moose Jaw Junction Talent Contest continues from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through December 15. There is a $500 grand prize.

Santa is coming to Moose Jaw Junction from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 11. 

Moose Jaw Junction is located at 966 W. Van Road, Pellston, phone 231-539-8528. Website

> Douglas Lake Bar & Steakhouse

We welcome you to our 2022 holiday season. 

  • December Hours - Open Thursday through Saturday through December 23rd.
  • Closed December 9th.
  • Open every night December 26th - 31st.
  • Seating starts at 5, bar opens at 4:30. 

The DLB is a great place for office parties and large family holiday gatherings. Make your holiday reservations today. Now accepting reservations for New Year's Eve. Phone

231.539.8588, website.

Magnetic attraction at Raven Hill Discovery Center


From the very beginning, the magnet table has fascinated visitors of all ages at Raven Hill Discovery Center. This special table was one of the first interactive exhibits moved into Raven Hill - on a forklift, with a tractor, through what was then a garage door. In the beginning, one idea for the Center was that local business and industry might donate exhibits. When I approached Mike Stowe at Industrial Magnetics about creating something, he said, “What do you want?” I replied, “I want something that will entertain a lot of people and never break.” That is exactly what we got! The magnet table remains just as popular today as it was the day we opened the doors at Raven Hill.


As we check visitors in at the front desk, we remind people that they need to keep their cell phones and credit cards, plus any electronic devices, like pacemakers, hearing aids and insulin pumps an arm’s-length away from the table, so that the magnetic field does not affect those objects. This warning does not dampen visitor interaction with this very unique table. Full story and more pictures.

Many ways to support Humane Society this season

There are many ways to support the homeless animals at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society this holiday season. Give the gift of second chances by making a tax-deductible donation to the LTBHS Gift Giving Guide. Or purchase a LTBHS Holiday Ornament created by Little Traverse Tileworks. This would make a beautiful addition to any animal lover's holiday tree. LTBHS 2023 Calendars are also on sale now, which make a great gift for family and friends.

You can support the organization by adopting a homeless animal as well during the BISSELL Empty the Shelters Event taking place December 1-10. The adoption fees for adult dogs and cats (excludes puppies and kittens) will be waived during this time thanks to the generosity of the BISSELL Pet Foundation. Purchase items, make a donation or learn more about the organization on the LTBHS website or by calling 231-347-2396.

NCMC lecture: Harbor Hall and how it has grown

North Central Michigan College’s popular Luncheon Lecture series continues with hour-long programs held at noon on Fridays in the Library Conference Center. The attendance fee is $15 and includes a lunch buffet served at 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required.

December 16 – Harbor Hall: What started as a small, men-only halfway house has grown into a comprehensive health care company with services available for the entire community. Harbor Hall is now building a large apartment complex on Emmet Street in Petoskey for expanded short-term living services. Peter Bucci, executive director and chief clinical officer, will explain where Harbor Hall started, where the agency is today and what services can be offered in the future. Bucci has been in the field of professional counseling and psychology since 2009. He began working at Harbor Hall in 2015 and took over as executive director in January 2022.

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Peter Bucci

Now showing at the Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre: Last chance for Pinocchio, Devotion & Strange World. Meet Me in St. Louis Friday. ELF & The Hours Saturday. The Return of Tanya Tucker, Till, & The Menu open.

Tickets and showtimes.

> We recommend purchasing tickets in advance via our app or website and arriving early to check in, purchase concessions, and enjoy our pre-show.

Chamber members, help us promote you!

Let us know about your business news, promotions and events! Our Harbor Happenings newsletter deadline is Tuesday for publication each week on Thursday morning - it’s a free benefit of membership.

> HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: The chamber office will be closed for the holidays starting at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, and reopening at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2. There will be no Harbor Happenings newsletter on December 29th.

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City of Harbor Springs news

Upcoming city meetings, also shown on Zoom or YouTube:

  • City Council, 7 p.m. Dec. 19.
  • Downtown Development Agency (DDA), 8:30 a.m. Dec. 14.
  • Parks & Recreation Board, 6 p.m. Dec. 20.
  • Planning Commission, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15.
  • Full city calendar.

OPENINGS ON CITY BOARDS - The City is seeking City residents to serve on the following boards and commissions. Appointments will be made at the December 19 Council meeting. Please submit a citizen participation application, which can be found on the Job Opportunities webpage at City of Harbor Springs Government Jobs. Please contact Victor at [email protected] for more information. Submission does not guarantee appointment.

  • Planning Commission
  • Parks & Recreation Board
  • Board of Review
  • Tree Advisory Board
  • Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Downtown Development Authority

SIGN UP HERE for the city newsletter and meeting notices. November newsletter.

Friendship Center open for lunch, fun and classes

Looking for something to do to occupy your time? Consider visiting the Friendship Center of Harbor Springs for lunch, some fun and camaraderie.

Start your day with one of our exercise or dance classes. We offer yoga, strength and balance, and line dance. On Friday afternoons, we offer crafts, Wii bowling, bunco, and bingo.

In addition to regular activities, we schedule informative presentations, and other special events. Check out our website: or our Facebook page for scheduling, or feel free to contact Jennifer, the coordinator, at 231-526-6061 with any questions.



Members are invited to post their openings on the Chamber Jobs Page. Log in to post, or email [email protected] for assistance.

GREAT LAKES ENERGY - Searching for an experienced Director of Human Resources. Details.

HARBOR HOUSE PUBLISHERS - Art Director/Graphic Designer. Details.


COLDWELL BANKER FAIRBAIRN REALTY - Real estate sales associate. Details.

CORNERSTONE CPA SOLUTIONS - Seeking a remote/virtual, part-time (as-needed) bookkeeper. Details.

BIRCHWOOD FARMS COUNTRY CLUB - Various positions - Details.

ODAWA CASINO - Employment Page.


TOP OF MICHIGAN TRAILS COUNCIL - Development Director - Details.





WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER - Various job opportunities.

EMMET COUNTY - Various positions. Details.

College Central Network for North Central Michigan College.

Find a job or post a job opening.

Thank you and welcome, new Chamber members!

These local businesses and organizations have joined the Harbor Springs Chamber in recent weeks. We'd love to have you join them - and us!

Chamber member benefits

> Member application

> Call 231-526-7999 or email us

Please consider donating to one of our four Chamber Foundation funds:

  • Harbor Springs Chamber New Building Fund
  • Harbor Springs Annual 4th of July Fireworks
  • Harbor Springs Street Musique
  • Harbor Springs Car Festival

Details and donation link.

Membership in the Harbor Springs Area Chamber is open to all businesses, organizations, and individuals. Information presented in the chamber newsletter does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Harbor chamber or its membership. It is provided here as information only, as provided by member businesses and organizations.

SPREAD THE NEWS - We'd love to send you the weekly Harbor Happenings newsletter. To subscribe, unsubscribe, advertise or submit your news, email

[email protected].

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