October 4, 2023

NOTE: We’re sending our Thursday newsletter early to get the word out about our Harbor Stars winners!

Inside this issue:

  • Harbor Stars award winners
  • City candidates forum is tonight, Wednesday
  • 90 Skeletons rising all over town
  • FALL FUN at Pond Hill, The Highlands, Three Pines Studio, Marina Park Fall Fest, Nub's Nob, Raven Hill and more...

Harbor Stars award winners gathered for a group picture.

Jan McDonald named Citizen of the Year; 6 others honored at Harbor Stars dinner

Jan McDonald was named Citizen of the Year, and six other people and organizations were honored at the gala Harbor Stars Community Awards Dinner Tuesday night. Nearly 300 people attended the sold-out event.

The award was presented by Rob Mossberg on behalf of the Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, and he told the audience about Jan's long history of commmunity involvement.

Rob Mossburg presents Jan McDonald with Citizen of the Year award

Citizen of the Year Jan McDonald

Jan McDonald is a retired Harbor Springs school teacher who continues to volunteer in the school and works one-on-one with many students. She is very active in the community in the Historical Society, Festival of the Book, Methodist Church, Garden Club and more. She always has a smile on her face and gives from her heart.

> Runners-up for the award were John Cupps Jr., Bill Mulder and Gregg Garver.

PRESIDENT’S AWARD - Derrick Brown of Brown Motors presents the award to Andy Bultman of The Rocking Horse Toy Company. Andy has been an active member of the community throughout his 43 years in business, serving on the Chamber Board for many years and the DDA Board at two different times, once as a founding member of the original DDA back in the 80s. Andy is the “go to” guy. If you want something done in the community, ask Andy! 

> Runners-up for the award were Stafford’s Pier/Pointer Boat, The Highlands, and

First Community Bank.

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD - Gregg Garver of First Community Bank presents the award to the Spencer Family of Pond Hill Farm. This vibrant farming family models agritourism in every way. Their recent expansions of the farm to include more spaces for dining and music along with new special events and continued updates of the trails have made Pond Hill Farm a gathering place for families, the community and visitors.

> Runners up for the award were Anita Cousino of 119 Studio, Wendy Nellett of Harbor Shores Cleaning Company, and Perry Farm Village.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD - Dr. David Finley of North Central MichiganCollege presents the award to Chelsea Simms, owner of Running Water. Last year, Chelsea’s lifelong dream of opening a wellness studio came true when Running Water, named after the sailboat she and her husband own, opened downtown. This inviting space includes running, rowing, and strength classes for all skill levels.

> Runners-up for the award were Greg Bennett of Cornerstone CPA Solutions, and Jena Offield of Little Juice.

BEAUTIFICATION & ARCHITECTURAL AWARD - Eric Baldwin of Stafford's Hospitality presents the award to Nancy Zuker, president of the Harbor Springs Garden Club. This volunteer group of gardeners is a big reason that many areas of Harbor Springs have amazing gardens. The club maintains the flower beds throughout downtown Harbor Springs – cleaning up, planting, summer long deadheading and weeding, fall planting, and readying of the gardens for winter.

> Runners-up for the award were the Harbor Springs Boardwalk, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, and Harbor Springs Market and Cellar.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD - Matt Meyer of Meyer Ace Hardware presents the award to Mary Jane Kiogima.A long-time school crossing guard, Mary Jane's love of children moved into the schools as she and her late husband promoted the Odawa language and sold tickets at sports events. She has volunteered with Northwest Community Mediation and is the well known boat watcher at Ford Park.

> Runners-up for the award were Scott Reiss, Nancy Zuker, and Marianne Moffatt.

MARTY DAN DE CAR COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR - Megan Swadling of Dave Kring Chevrolet presents the award to Amy Gillard, executive director of the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book. Each September, authors travel here from across the country, most for the first time, to share their works with more than 1,300 book festival participants. Since the first festival 8 years ago, presenters have visited more than 150 classrooms in six area elementary, middle, and high schools. Getting books in children’s hands is a major focus of the festival board.

> Runners-up for the award were Cora Smith Waite of Little Traverse Tileworks, Harbor Springs Baseball Association, Tonya Fagen of Comfort Keepers.

Thanks to our Harbor Stars sponsors!

> Premiere Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield & Blue Care Network of Michigan

> Venue Sponsor: Manthei Capital

> Audio Sponsor: Harbor Boys

> Red Carpet Sponsor: Alona Kelly of Pecado Ltd.

> Thanks to the award sponsors who are supporting this event:

> Trophy Sponsor: Carter's Imagewear

> Stage Sponsor: Taylor Rentals

> Event Photographer: D R Brown Photography

> Dinner was catered by Vernales. Sweets were provided by Kilwin's and snacks byTom's Mom's Cookies.

> Table Sponsors:

  • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
  • Brown Motors
  • City of Harbor Springs
  • Cottage Company of Harbor Springs
  • Cupps Masonry
  • Dave Kring Chevrolet Cadillac
  • Decka Digital
  • Edward Jones-Tim Knapp, Financial Advisor
  • First Community Bank
  • Gaslight Group Properties
  • Graham Real Estate
  • Harbor Boys
  • Harbor/Brenn Insurance Agency

  • Harbor Springs Festival of the Book
  • Harbor Springs Market
  • Harbor Springs Therapy & Wellness
  • The Highlands at Harbor Springs
  • Ivy Boutique
  • Korthase Flinn Insurance & Financial Services
  • Meyer Ace Hardware
  • North Central Michigan College
  • Perry Farm Village
  • Petoskey-Harbor Springs Community Foundation
  • Small Batch at the Cupola
  • Stafford's Hospitality
  • Stafford's Pier Restaurant

Chamber sponsors candidates forum tonight online and in person at City Hall

There are only two candidates for two open seats on the Harbor Springs City Council in the November election. Both Michael Behrmann and Kathy Motschall will be new to the council, and they will be participating in a forum sponsored by the chamber at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, at City Hall. The public is invited to attend or watch online and to submit questions todirector@harborspringschamber.com..

Chamber Executive Director Bonnie Kulp will moderate the forum. The Chamber will broadcast it live on the City of Harbor Springs YouTube Channel and the City Zoom. The forum will also be recorded so it can be viewed later. We will provide a link to the forum in an upcoming newsletter. 

The council vacancies are open because council member John Lio is termed out after serving three two-year terms, and John Cupps is not seeking reelection. 

Behrmann served as superintendent of Harbor Springs Public Schools for four years before retiring in 2022. He now works as a school bus driver during the school year and works at Petoskey State Park in the summer. 

Kathy Motschall is an accountant who retired as CFO from Walstrom Marine in 2019. She has lived in Northern Michigan since 1987 and in Harbor Springs Since 2011. She has been regularly attending City Council meetings and is a member of the City Zoning Board of Appeals since 2022.

Bricklayer skeleton at work at Emmet Brick & Block.

High school students' skeletons are rising from the dead.

91 hilariously creative skeletons rise again - all over Harbor Springs!

“Skeletons Arise,” our unique, fun and popular Halloween promotion,has returned for its fourth year with a record 91 scary/hilarious participants. Show your community spirit, get creative and buy or sponsor a skeleton to dress up and display in front of your place of business, home or somewhere in the downtown for the month of October. Only a few remain!

There will be a contest at the end of the month for the most creative. Once the skeletons have been placed, online voting will determine the most creative skeleton. Note: you do not have to be a chamber member to participate in the Skeletons Arise program.

Visit our Skeleton registration page and click REGISTER to reserve your skeleton with a map location and sponsorship sign for $125 to be placed in Harbor Springs. 

Little Juice Shop made a bloody good skeleton.

Rocking Horse Toy Company

Outfitter skeleton is ready for winter.

Check this Skeletour Map, and here is a list of 91 businesses and individuals that have already signed up this year:

  • 119 Studio
  • A.R. Pontius Flower Shop
  • Admired In Harbor
  • American Spoon Foods
  • Angell Healing Arts Wellness Center
  • Bar Harbor
  • BC Pizza of Harbor Springs
  • Belle Aquatic
  • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
  • Best Western of Harbor Springs
  • Birch Tree Bakery & Cafe
  • City of Harbor Springs
  • Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors
  • Colonial Inn
  • Comfort Keepers
  • Cottage Company 
  • Cottage Company Interiors
  • Craig Ryan Fine Menswear
  • D R Brown Photography, LLC
  • DDA Prefinish Studio
  • Decka Digital, LLC
  • Edward Jones-Tim Knapp, Financial Advisor
  • Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls
  • Emmet Brick and Block
  • Finishing Touch
  • First Community Bank
  • Gaslight Group Properties
  • Gattle's Inc.
  • Graham Management
  • Graham Real Estate
  • Great Lakes Home Care Unlimited
  • Harbor Brenn Insurance Agencies
  • Harbor Point Association and Golf Club
  • Harbor Springs Area Historical Society
  • Harbor Springs Dressage LLC
  • Harbor Springs Garden Club
  • Harbor Springs Library
  • Harbor Springs Market
  • Harbor Springs Mattress Co.
  • Harbor Springs Public Schools
  • Harbor Wear
  • HARBOR, Inc.
  • Insurance By Burley
  • Irish Boat Shop
  • Ivy Boutique
  • Johan's Pastry Shop
  • Julieta y Romeo
  • JW Morris Kitchen & Bath, Inc
  • Kelbel Pharmacy
  • Kimble + Kimble LLC
  • L'Esprit/elle
  • Last Chance Resale Store
  • Little Juice
  • Little Traverse Bay Humane Society
  • Little Traverse Bay Veterinary Clinic
  • Little Traverse Bay Boarding, Grooming and Daycare
  • Little Traverse Bay Community Center
  • Little Traverse Conservancy
  • Little Traverse Sailors
  • Little Traverse Tileworks
  • McClutchey's Store
  • Meyer Ace Hardware
  • Moose Jaw Junction
  • Munson Healthcare Little Traverse Primary CAre
  • New Beginnings Resale Store
  • Northern Community Mediation
  • Nub's Nob Ski Area
  • Paper Station Bistro
  • Perry Farm Village
  • Pet Pantry
  • Pierson's Grille
  • Polished on Main
  • Ramer & Moore P.C.
  • Rocking Horse Toy Company
  • Small Batch at the Cupola
  • Stafford's Pier
  • The Boathouse of Harbor Springs
  • The Depot Club and Restaurant
  • The New York Restaurant
  • The Outfitter of Harbor Springs
  • Tom's Mom's Cookies
  • Toski Sands Market & Wine Shop
  • Touring Gear
  • Tres Belle, Inc.
  • Turkey's Cafe & Pizzeria
  • Vernales
  • Witty Art Galerie
  • Yummies


  • Fred Tabor
  • Emmet Cottage

Small Batch, High Five Spirits host Chill Oct. 18th

Small Batch at the Cupola and High Five Spirits will host our next Afternoon Chill event from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 18th, at 340 State Street. Afternoon Chill is held on the third Wednesday of each month with drinks, appetizers and conversation. No RSVP is needed. Find out what’s happening around town and meet some wonderful people.

If you'd like to sponsor a future Afternoon Chill event by providing refreshments, contact the chamber at 231-526-7999 or email director@harborspringschamber.com.

Thanks for renewing your memberships in September!

The Harbor Springs Chamber thanks the following businesses and organizations for renewing their memberships during the month of September - and we've included the dates they joined the chamber. We appreciate your continuing support! Not a member yet? Join us!

  • 119 Studio, 10/2/2021
  • Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls, 10/29/2007
  • Harbor House Publishers, Inc., 10/15/2010
  • Hramiec Hoffman Fine Art & Craft, 10/8/1999
  • Kandahar Building Company, 5/18/2000
  • Keller Pest Control, 10/3/2018
  • Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, 4/14/1998
  • Mary Ellen Hughes, 8/6/2015
  • MerryMakers, 4/10/2012
  • Northern Michigan Sports Medicine, 10/10/2001
  • Pet Pantry, 10/29/2009
  • Phillips Maintenance, 10/27/2016
  • Small Batch at the Cupola, 9/13/2016
  • The Shores On Crooked Lake Homeowners, 10/20/2015

Chamber Board nomination deadline is Friday

The Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations through this Friday, October 7th, for open seats to serve 3-year terms on the chamber Board of Directors.

Nominees must come from businesses or organizations that are members in good standing with the Harbor Springs Chamber.

Ideal candidates serve in leadership roles in their organization and/or bring specific skills, talents, or experiences that can benefit the mission of the chamber, which is "To promote, enhance and contribute to the success of the business community and visitor experience."

To nominate yourself or another individual, please send an email to Executive Director Bonnie Kulp (director@harborspringschamber.com), writing BOARD NOMINATION in the subject line. The email should include a brief message of why the candidate would be interested in serving on the chamber’s board of directors, and the skills and talents they can bring to the board. Nominations must be received by Friday, October 7th.

> Current Board of Directors.

Thrive45 hosts fall social on October 13th

Thrive45 young professionals group is hosting their fall social at Bear Creek Organic Farm on Friday, October 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. Join them for an evening of networking, good food, and enjoying the beauty of this wonderful season. Bear Creek's new Farmside Kitchen food truck will be open and serving wonderful food you can purchase. See the amazing menu here. Thrive45 will provide cider for people to enjoy.

It is free to attend, but please RSVP here so they know how many will be attending. 

If the weather is poor, they have inside space and a greenhouse that could both function as a meeting location as well. Bear Creek is located at 4012 Atkins Road.

Stop out and learn more about Bear Creek Organic Farm - Petoskey's first-ever USDA Certified Organic Farm and Michigan's first B Corp Certified Farm.

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 for a printable PDF of the full year calendar.

Now thru Oct. 14 (Saturdays) – Farmers Market (Corner of State & Main) 9a-1p

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

Oct 1-31 – Skeletons Arise*

Oct 7 – Annual Fall Festival (Marina Park) (City of HS)

Oct 18 – Chillin’ w the Chamber 4p-6p* - On the Road – Small Batch at the Cupola with

High Five Spirits (340 State Street)

Nov 1-30 – Chamber Office Sponsor of the Month* – Cornerstone CPA

Nov 1 – Holiday Window Decorating Contest Begins*

Nov 11 – Ladies Night Out 4:30p-7:30*

Nov 15 – Chillin’ w the Chamber 4p-6p*

Nov 25 – Christmas Tree Lighting 6p*

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

Dec 2 – Merchants Holiday Open House 6p-9p*

Dec 20 – Chillin’ w the Chamber 4p-6p*

Full 2023 Calendar

Check out our area webcams

  • NEW WEBCAM at Nub's Nob - Take a look at the Green Lift construction progress, enjoy the fall colors and see what the crew is up to as snowmaking approaches - View
  • Graham Real Estate Bluff Cam - View
  • Steeple Cam from atop Holy Childhood Church - View
  • Lyric Theatre, downtown - View
  • The Highlands at Harbor Springs - View


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Fall Fest features family fun Saturday

Fall Fest in Marina Park will return for its third annual event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 7 in Marina Park. Family fun includes games, live music, pumpkin painting, donut eating contest, caramel apple dipping, and a large Straw Mountain (200 bales) to climb. Hot dogs, snacks and drinks will be available to purchase from Small Batch. Flier with details.

Pond Hill Fall Fest continues thru October

Pond Hill Farm’s popular Fall Fest is held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, and continuing through October 29th. Kicking things off, They’re calling it Up North Pumpkin Paradise with this lineup of fall fun:

Immerse yourself in autumn at The Highlands

The Highlands Fall Color Segway Tour | Now through October 15

Glide through the colors of a northern Michigan fall on a Segway journey. The adventure begins on The Heather Express, your gateway to the top of the hill, where you and your friends will follow a guided tour through the woods to North Peak. Join us for an adventure only available at The Highlands. Get ready to glide, explore, and discover the magic of fall colors in Harbor Springs with us!

Harvest Fest | Saturday, October 7

Enjoy the beautiful fall colors and scenic views during The Highlands' Harvest Fest! There will be activities for everyone, including face painting, keg bowling, burlap sack racing, pumpkin ring toss, and more! Everyone loves cider and donuts this time of year! We will also tap the keg for our winter Heather Beer by Petoskey Brewery! Be sure to enter to win a piece of northern Michigan history- a 1963 Valley chair!

Harvest Hues: North Peak Dinner Series | October 6-7, 13-14

ANNOUNCING a new autumn event at The Highlands! Immerse yourself in the magic of the autumn season. Enjoy the golden glow and harvest hues against the woodland backdrop at North Peak this October. Join us for a rustic 4-course dinner and seasonal menu on select evenings through October. Make sure to book early, as reservations are limited. 

Nub’s Nob open house returns Saturday

The annual Nub's Nob Open House returns Saturday, October 7, from 9 AM to 4 PM. 

Have your season passes printed (please buy online in advance). Here's what's happening:

  • Enjoy a free lunch with hamburgers, brats and hot dogs (while supplies last)!
  • Find a great deal on used ski & snowboard gear at the Harbor Springs Ski Team Swap from 9 AM to 1 PM.
  • Drop off your skis and snowboards at the Tune Center for a discounted Pre-Season Tune! Includes a stone grind, edge sharpen, wax and ski binding check (must bring one boot).
  • Deals in the General Store.
  • Live music will be performed in the Winter Garden.
  • The Snowmaker's Challenge: think you have what it takes to be a snowmaker? Challenge yourself in this uphill foot race. The route is simple: from the base of the hill to the top. The race begins at 2 PM. All ages are welcome and there is no cost, simply sign-up in the lodge on the day of the race. Awards and SWAG at 3:00 PM on the Nub's Pub deck (weather permitting).

NEW WEBCAM - We've installed a new webcam atop the clock tower. Take a look at the Green Lift construction progress, enjoy the fall colors and see what the Crew is up to as snowmaking approaches.

The Pointer Boat Ride season at Stafford’s Pier has been extended until October 5th! Take advantage of the beautiful 7-day fall forecast in Northern Michigan and plan your trip now. With 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. rides available Sunday through Thursday (No Tuesday rides available) you can enjoy a peaceful ride on the lake any day of the week. You can reserve your boat ride tickets here.

Trovato at Hidden River offers Fall Color Tour dinner special 

Spend an afternoon enjoying the fall colors and end with dinner on the Maple River at Trovato at Hidden River. Enjoy a three-course dinner with a special treat from Chef Dean for only $49.99 per person plus tax & gratuity with our prix fixe menu. Please note: When making your reservation, you must specify the fall color tour special for the prix fixe menu and deal. This special runs from now through October 7.

Get outside this fall with Conservancy events

Contradictions, dilemmas, and difficult choices in conservation 

Thursday, October 5th, 6:30-7:30pm at Nathan "Barry" Driggers Memorial Nature Preserve. Join LTC Director of Stewardship, Derek Shiels, on a walk and share outing at the Driggers Nature Preserve. How do we make decisions about the care of our lands? Why does LTC cut trees? Can we conserve rare species and develop mountain bike trails? Come with your hard or burning questions as we take a slow stroll through the trails at the Driggers Nature Preserve and muse on the philosophical underpinnings of conservation. No charge, but registration is requested at www.landtrust.org/events/.  

Hike The New L. John And Helen Bishop Working Forest Reserve

Friday Oct. 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Curious about this recently protected working forest reserve? Join LTC staff on a casual walk of the new trails found just outside of Afton, east of Indian River. This 360-acre reserve list is adjacent to the Agnes S. Andreae/Boyd B. Banwell preserve complex, creating a spectacular amount of protected land within the Pigeon River watershed. Nearly 1½ miles of the Little Pigeon River flows through the Bishop Reserve creating a beautiful backdrop at this time of year that may be peak color!  No charge, but registration is requested at www.landtrust.org/events/.  

Two arts events at Three Pines Studio on Saturday

Three Pines Studio and Gallery is hosting two great events on Saturday, October 7th! The 14th Annual Great Lakes Glass Pumpkin Patch opens at 11:00 AM and features pumpkins by local glass and ceramic artists. A new “Northern Stories” art show features original oil paintings by Douglas Barron and Brian Goff with an artist reception at 2:00PM. Celebrate opening day of these two events with music, crafts, and treats! View the Three Pines calendar for more details - https://www.threepinesstudio.com.

Rusty Saw North plans Oct. 14th Battle of the Barrels

Battle of the Barrels is set for Saturday, October 14 at Rusty Saw North as Cheboygan Brewing and Shorts Brewing take over their taps from 6-9 p.m.

Rusty Saw North is located at 3459 US 31 in Brutus, phone (231) 529-6574

Your fall fun might just be a tropical cruise

Tracy Hunt of Key to the World Travel reports: “I just got back from sailing on Virgin Voyages, Mayan Sol itinerary where we experienced Mayan ruins in Costa Maya and an amazing beach club in Bimini.”

Virgin Voyages is an adult only cruise line (18+) where you will find amazing made to order fine dining, included gratuities, WiFi and onboard entertainment.

Ask me how to get 25% off and up to $600 in free drinks - sipping and celebrating every sunset, each new horizon, and every memorable moment all voyage long. 

If you have status on another cruise line, ask me how to match it and get added perks on board a Virgin Voyage, even if you have never sailed with them before.

Sail to Puerto Plata, Grand Turk, Martinique, St. Lucia and many more amazing destinations. Let's talk about the itineraries and what dates work for you so we can plan your perfect getaway in 2024 - just do it before the extra sips (and savings) sail away on October 31st.

Email me at t.hunt@keytotheworldtravel.com and we can talk about your options, or give me a call at 231-330-0390 and I would be happy to talk to you about all of my favorite moments on this recent Virgin Voyage.

Smithsonian Spark! Places of Innovation in Rural America at Raven Hill until Saturday

The Smithsonian Spark! Places of Innovation in Rural America exhibition is inspired by an exhibit from the National Museum of American History. Spark! features “small towns that have big ideas for creating a better today and a more hopeful tomorrow.” 

Spark! Places of Innovation includes “stories from over 30 rural communities across the nation that reveal the dynamic relationship between place and creativity. For every community, there is a unique combination of history, resources, leadership, collaboration and opportunity that resulted in invention and innovation– socially, artistically, technologically or culturally.”

The Smithsonian exhibit will be on display at Raven Hill Discovery Center until Saturday, October 7. We hope that you will stop and take some time to peruse it.

Long, after Spark! has moved on to the next host site, however, Raven Hill‘s Evolving Technology Building will remain, revealing more about “the dynamic relationship between place and creativity”, this time from communities around the world and throughout time from the Stone Age to the Information Age. Raven Hill‘s Evolving Technology Building explores the past few thousand years of history from the appearance of man to our own digital age. Visual timelines show how the world’s greatest innovations and inventions have changed our lives. Packed with authentic artifacts and reproductions, the ET building is an exciting and intriguing history of many things found in our daily lives.


NC Mediation adds Kurt Grangood to staff

Kurt Grangood has joined the Northern Community Mediation team. Among his responsibilities as a case manager, Kurt will handle school attendance, victim-offender, child protection, small claims, landlord/tenant, real estate and employment types of cases. Kurt has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan and a Master's in Education in Leadership from Ferris State. He has extensive experience as a teacher, principal and superintendent. In those capacities, he was able to implement programs to reduce tardiness and to integrate restorative justice principles into the school setting.

In his application cover letter, Kurt stated, “I have cooperatively constructed safe learning environments and built responsible relationships with students, parents, teachers and other community members.” With this background and perspective, Kurt will be a true asset for Northern Community Mediation. 


Northern Community Mediation is a non-profit organization that provides an alternative means of resolving conflict. Trained mediators, who meet with the parties involved in a dispute, facilitate the process so that the individuals themselves can resolve the conflict. Anyone interested in learning more about Northern Community Mediation may contact Dr. Jane Millar at 231.487.1771.

Community Connections men's group to meet Thursday

Community Connections Men's Group meets from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, October 5 at First Presbyterian Church of Petoskey located at 501 East Mitchell Street. It is a meeting for men to continue the conversation about creating safe and thriving communities that protect the health and well-being of each of its community members. New members are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. To learn more or RSVP, contact Megan King, Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan’s Violence Prevention Coordinator at mking@wrcnm.org or call (231) 347-1572.

Emmet Republicans plan Saturday FUNraiser with Sen. John Damoose

The Emmet County Republican Party (an HSACC chamber member) is planning an October 7th Fall FUNraiser. The event will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Uncle Frank’s Apple Town, 4391 US‐31, in Brutus. Join State Senator John Damoose and other invited guests for a hayride, corn maze, cider, and a donut. Admission is $15 and attendees should RSVP here. Event flier

Questions? Contact Geri Szymanski at emmetrepublicans@gmail.com or 231‐838-8517.

Free concert by Cummings Quartet on Oct. 15th

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) will present The Cummings Quartet at 4 p.m. Sunday October 15, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Petoskey.

The public recital is part of GLCO’s Sunday Series, which features small orchestra ensembles performing free concerts in churches around Northern Michigan.

The Cummings Quartet is a northern Michigan-based ensemble of professionals who perform with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and is named after the benefactors of the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program for area youth. The quartet serves as teachers and artistic representatives of the program, and includes Dr. David Reimer, violin; Rodrigo Quintana, violin; Dr. Benjamin Wu, viola; and Elizabeth Bert, cello. Featured works are Quartet No. 8 by Shostakovich and Quartet in F, Op. 59, #1 by Beethoven (Razumovsky).

Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 1020 E. Mitchell St. in Petoskey.

For more information about the performance and the non-profit Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, visit www.glcorchestra.org or call 231-487-0010. Generous support for the Sunday Recital Series is provided by Carolyn Klender.

Bay Bluffs + NCMC collaborating to fill healthcare staffing vacancies

Foresighted collaboration between Christy Lyons, North Central Michigan College (NCMC), Dean of Corporate and Community Education (left), and Lisa Ashley, MSW, LNHA, Bay Bluffs - Emmet County Medical Care Facility Administrator (right), resulted in new nursing certification courses to benefit the entire region.

To meet the growing demand for healthcare workers, the partnership is introducing a number of certified and licensed healthcare programs, including those available through NCMC FastTrack accelerated courses. The focus is on certifying new colleagues and increasing the pool of available recruits.

"It is an enormous step in building workforce capacity," Ashley said. "Of course, our priority at Bay Bluffs is filling vacancies within our own facility, and we’re offering tuition reimbursements and incentives to encourage participation. However, our long-term efforts and partnership with NCMC will also help to address the overwhelming shortage of healthcare workers across our region. It's a win-win for the entire system!"

> Read the full story.

> Click to REGISTER for the first CNA Certification Course this October.

Bay View Inn plans Oct. 27-28 murder mystery dinners

Stafford’s Bay View Inn presents a murder mystery with two performances on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. Doors open and appetizers are served at 5:30 p.m., and the murdery mystery begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $69 per person and includes appetizers and dinner. A cash bar will be available.  

For reservations, call 231-347-2771 and specify Oct. 27 or 28. Stafford’s Bay View Inn is located at 2011 Woodland Avenue, Petoskey.

Here is the dinner menu:

  • APPETIZERS: Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Fried Pitas and Cherry BBQ Meatballs.
  • SALAD COURSE: Cherry Bibb Salad (GF & VE). Dried cherries, walnuts, berries, white cheddar cheese, cherry vinaigrette, cottage rolls.
  • ENTRÉE COURSE: Beef Short Ribs & Chicken Morel Combo or Saffron Roasted Cauliflower (GF & VE) with wild mushroom risotto, arugula, garlic sautéed vegetables.
  • DESSERT: Apple Pie.

Health Department schedules flu clinics in area

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has scheduled a number of flu clinics in the area. If people have questions or would like to schedule a flu shot, they can call 800-432-4121 or view the full list of regional clinics here

  • 10/20/23: Friendship Center - Harbor Springs 305 W. Main St. Community Room Harbor Springs 1:30-3:30 pm 
  • 10/25/23: Harbor Springs Middle School 800 S. State St. Cafeteria 3:30-5:30 pm

Farmers Market season winds down with two more Saturdays remaining

By Hannah Bianchi, Market Master

The reverse countdown continues - only two more outdoor markets remain. Although please check our Facebook page Saturday morning, because there is a chance that the October 7th market may be canceled due to weather. We have lucked out with weather so far this season, so we can’t be too upset by a little rain. 

October 14th is our final outdoor market of the season and also our annual fall festival, “Harbor Harvest.” There will be a beautiful team of Clydesdales from Highland Roots Farm offering wagon rides. We will have pumpkin painting, apple cider and other fun fall activities. 

Then, after our outdoor season concludes, mark your calendars for “Market at the Museum” on Saturdays, November 18th and December 16th. These indoor markets are held at the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society Museum from 9am-1pm. It is the perfect place to pick up fresh ingredients for your holiday meals and even some local gifts for family and friends. 

For now, enjoy the bounty of local farmers, tomatoes, eggplant, squash, apples, carrots, peppers, brussels sprouts, radishes, microgreens and more! Our new fall Harbor Springs Farmers Market tote bags have finally arrived. They are cute, sturdy, and have nice long handles for easy carrying. Stop by the front booth to pick one up to fill with fresh market goodies. Our last order of Farmers Market sweatshirts have also arrived, so be sure to get your 2023 market merch before we switch it up for next season. 

> The Harbor Springs Farmers Market remains outdoors right downtown on Main Street, Saturdays only from 9am to 1pm through October 14th.

Odawa Country Concert Series continues Oct. 13

Odawa Casino's Victories Country Concert Series continues Friday, Oct. 13, with CJ Solar. We're bringing you up and coming country artists in Victories Sports & Entertainment on the second Friday of every month. Doors will open at 7, show will be at 9, and it's just a $10 cover charge. Head to odawacasino.com or tune into Big Country 102.9 for all the details.

Ovation Hall concerts:

  • Molly Hatchet, Oct 6
  • Marshall Tucker Band, Nov. 10

FUNNY BUSINESS - Enjoy a night of comedy and fun on the first and third Thursday of the month at Odawa Casino. Doors open at 7, and shows start at 9 inside Victories Sports & Entertainment. $5 cover.

KARAOKE WITH LEE on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW - Odawa Casino is now taking applications for our Holiday Craft Show on November 4th. For application forms contact Sandy Williams by email swilliams@OdawaCasino.com.


BOYER GLASS WORKS Studio and Gallery’s 14th Annual Great Lakes Pumpkin Patch will be held from Oct. 7-14 at 207 State Street, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain or shine, the event is indoors and warm. We will be demonstrating blown glass pumpkins every day. Celebrate the Color of the Flame with mixed tones of reds and oranges. 231-526-6359, Boyerglass@gmail.com. Facebook Page.

BENEFIT AT LEGS INN - As the summer season winds down and the colors begin to change, we ask you to join us this week at historic Legs Inn as we partner with Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity to #GiveBack and help local families build/improve places to call home. Three dollars from every Legs Inn Polish Entree sold from October 1 through October 7 will be donated in an effort to raise awareness and to help bring affordable housing to our local Northern Michigan community. Thanks in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you all real soon! Legs Inn is open daily 12-8p (closed Tuesdays) serving lunch and dinner through our last day of the 2023 season, Sunday October 22.

WELCOME OCTOBER with new fall features at Wineguys Restaurants. City Park Grill hosts Trivia Night, Tuesdays at 7pm. Come back Wednesday for WINESDAY – 40% OFF wine bottles under $100; plus, second glass is only a $1 (equal or lesser value)! Fridays are for Prime Rib Night and then Karaoke at 9:30pm. (CITYPARKGRILL.com | 231.347.0101) JAX has NEW FEATURES nearly every day of the week! Start the week off with Meatloaf Tuesdays, Meatloaf with demi-glace, mashed potatoes and fresh vegetable. Wednesday is Italian Night — chicken parmesan with garlic bread. Plus, 1 featured Italian entrée offering. Stick around for Trivia Night at 7pm. Come back Thursday for Fajita Night. Kick-off the weekend with Fish Fry Fridays and Prime Rib Night on Saturday! (Jaxchx.com | 231.437.6400) Visit Wineguysgroup.com/events for a full events calendar and restaurant details.

SKI SWAP - The Harbor Springs ski boosters are holding their annual ski swap to benefit the school ski teams during the Nub's Nob open house on October 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clean out your unwanted and unused ski and board gear and retain 80% of the selling price. Drop off gear on Thursday, October 5, or Friday, October 6, from noon to 6:30 p.m. More information.

NUB’S NOB season passes are on sale. The best way to purchase your pass is online at nubsnob.com. There are two discounts available through October 10:

> All passes and locker renewals are 10% off.

> Immediate families of four or more individuals buying passes at the same time receive 15% off.

Friendship Center hosts lunches & activities

The Friendship Center of Harbor Springs has lots of fun activities and events planned on their September Calendar. Come enjoy lunch with us. We have a great menu and would love to visit with you. Lunch is a suggested donation of $3 for those 60+, and $5 for those under 60. We have a variety of exercise programs such as Yoga, Strength & Balance Drumfit and Line Dancing.

Check out our activities: We have Bingo, Rummikub, Jewelry Making Class and Ice Cream Socials. The Friendship Center is located at 305 West Main St., Harbor Springs, phone 231-526-6061. Website.

Now showing at the Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre: The Creator, Paw Patrol, & Stop Making Sense play daily. Tickets on sale for Killers of the Flower Moon. 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.

REACH 1,000 people with your ad or press release in Harbor Happenings. You’ll get great local exposure - our newsletter goes out to 2,000 people and is opened by more than 1,000 each week. We can create your ad or give you the specs to have your people do it. We invoice you after your ad runs. Here are your advertising options:

  • Display ad and web link at the top of the Thursday newsletter - $75.
  • Display ad and web link after the third story in the newsletter - $50.
  • Exclusive e-blast featuring your business, any day but Thursday - $150.

To send us your news, reserve an ad or ask questions, email jim@harborspringschamber.com.

City of Harbor Springs news

Upcoming city meetings, also shown on Zoom or YouTube:

  • City Council, 7 p.m. Oct. 16.
  • Downtown Development Agency (DDA), 8:30 a.m. Oct. 11.
  • Parks & Recreation Board, 6 p.m. Oct. 17.
  • Planning Commission, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19.
  • Full city calendar.

CITY NEWSLETTER for October. Sign up here to receive the city newsletter and meeting notices.

TEXT THE CITY for information, to report an issue or to sign up for notifications - details and sign-up.


Members are invited to post their openings on the Chamber Jobs Page. Log in to post, or email angie@harborspringschamber.com for assistance.

PETOSKEY BREWING - Production Brewer. Full-time, salaried position. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and will represent an advancement over the candidate's current compensation package. Relocation assistance will be provided. Details.

STAFFORD’S WEATHERVANE is seeking a restaurant assistant manager. Please apply to hospitality@staffords.com with salary requirements, cover letter & resume.

BAY BLUFFS and other healthcare facilities need nurses aides. October 16th Fast Track Nurse Aide Training course information here.

> Bay Bluffs is hiring a cook. Competitive wages, attractive benefits program. Details.

> Resident Assistant (Free Certification & Paid Training). Details.

> Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). New sign-on bonus of $5,000. Details.

> Registered Nurse (RN)/LPN. Details.

TIP OF THE MITT WATERSHED COUNCIL - Finance Director. Details.


> Roast & Toast - Full- and Part-time Positions: Barista, Cashier, Kitchen Staff. Details.

> Palette Bistro - Full- and Part-time Positions - Wait Staff, Bartender, Grill and Sauté Cooks, Dishwashers. Details.

> City Park Grill - Full- and Part-time Positions: Bartenders, Servers, Kitchen Staff. Details.

MOOSE JAW JUNCTION - We are hiring Dishwasher, Cooks, Host, Hostess and Waitstaff. Apply within, 231-539-8528.

HARBOR SPRINGS MARKET - Help wanted, full and part time, flexible hours, 401k, competitive pay, 10% off groceries. 300 W Lake St, (231) 526-2101.

PIERSON’S GRILLE & SPIRITS is looking for full time and part time positions for front and back of house, including servers and hosting. Competitive wages, flexible schedule, and willing to train. Please bring in your resume, or apply online at piersonsgrille.com. Resumes can also be emailed to brea@symonsgeneralstore.com. 231-526-2967.

NEW YORK RESTAURANT is accepting applications. Competitive wages, consistent hours and food discounts. Stop in Wednesday through Sunday 3-9 to fill out an application. Email qualifications to info@thenewyork.com or text 231-330-2810.

SASSY LOON RESTAURANT at Northern Lights Recreation - Servers & Line Cooks. Email your name, email and phone number and/or your resume to ManagerNorthernLightsRec@gmail.com.

WINEGUYS RESTAURANTS are hiring Server, Bartender, Food Runner, Line Cook, Dishwasher and more for summer employment. Great team, great benefits. CLICK for an online application or call 231.347.0101 for more information.

PINEVIEW COTTAGE, a Premier Assisted Living & Memory Care Community, is looking for second-shift caregivers to join our great team. Excellent starting pay and benefits for those who have compassion and a desire to work with elderly people. Full or part-time positions available. Click to apply online or print our application. Call 810-516-8928 or email dean@pineviewcottage.com. Pineview Cottage is located at 3498 Harbor-Petoskey Road, Harbor Springs. Website.

STAFFORD'S HOSPITALITY - Employment Opportunities

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

Hats, puzzles, T-shirts, notecards, ornaments available online and at the chamber office

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.

CHAMBER T-SHIRTS - The chamber’s summer T-shirts are available at the Chamber office. This shirt was designed by Harbor Springs High School art student Nat Mills. Thanks again to art teacher Jenna Treado for your time and assistance with this project. Street Musique and other shirts are also available from the chamber. Limited sizes are available and remaining shirts are $25 at the chamber office, 118 E. Main St.

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 - Several recent puzzles are available for $35 plus tax at the chamber office. Also selling the puzzle are Kelbel Pharmacy, Harbor Wear and the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society. Details.

CAR FESTIVAL HATS - We are offering a Commemorative Car Festival soft cotton hat with the Car Festival logo for $25. Details.

HARBOR SPRINGS NOTECARDS - A set of 12 is available for $15.95 including tax. 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.

Final 35 Gazebo bricks now available

The second installment of bricks has been placed at the Chamber's Gazebo information booth in Marina Park.

We now have 35 final bricks available for purchase. Small bricks are $100 - 4x8 inches with room for two rows of 15 spaces or letters per row. Large bricks are $250 - 8x8 inches with room for four rows of 15 spaces or letters per row. Purchase bricks here.

Please consider donating to one of our 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 chamber or its membership. It is provided here as information only, as submitted 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


Chamber office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., M-F

118 East Main Street, Harbor Springs MI 49740

231-526-7999 | info@harborspringschamber.com


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