Williamston Area
Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Member and Events Newsletter 
March 8, 2018



All dinner ticket purchasers receive early entry to Explorer Elementary's production of Cinderella.   All proceeds from the Lasagna Dinner support teacher grants for Williamston Community Schools

Brookshire Golf Club Hosts Irish Buffet with Blackthorn Saturday, March 24

Traditional Irish Buffet: 6:00-8:00pm

Irish Storytelling Concert: 8:00-10:30pm

Cost: $48.00 Per Person/$96.00 Per Couple

Reservations Required. We do sell out of tickets. Reserve your seat today!

Blackthorn welcomes you to the rich tapestry of Celtic music. 
Traditional  songs of emigration, sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and ancient airs  combine with some of Ireland's best contemporary songs for a musical
experience that captures the history and legend of Ireland and its people.*

What makes a Blackthorn show unique is the variety of tunes, tempos and
textures. Each member of the band plays multiple instruments, including
wooden flute, accordion, tin whistle, five string banjo, cittern, bones and
more. These instruments complement the lead vocal of Belfast native Richard
McMullan and the band's tight blend of four part harmony.

205 W Church St, Williamston, MI 

Williamston Theater Presents A National New Play Network 
Rolling World Premiere Beginning March 22
Tickets Now On Sale
Mid-Michigan's award winning professional theatre company, Williamston Theatre, located at 122 S. Putnam Street in downtown Williamston, is proud to announce the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Doublewide by Stephen Spotswood. Performances begin Thursday, March 22 and run through Sunday, April 22. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 27 at Noon.
Jim Starkey's version of the American Dream is a modest one: to build a home on his one-acre plot of land and replace his doublewide trailer with something that he and his wife Sharon can leave for their daughter Lorelai to inherit.  When a highway expansion project shatters their plans, Jim and Sharon have differing plans on how to make their dreams come true, and Lorelai has to consider what kind of future to build for herself. A heartfelt and funny exploration of how far one family will go to hold on to their dreams... and each other. (Contains Adult Content/Language)
The cast of Doublewide consists of two newcomers to the Williamston stage, Michigan
State University students
Katelyn Hodge and Sean McKeon, along with Joseph Albright (While We Were Bowling, Every Christmas Story Ever Told), Brenda Lane (Too Much, Too Much, Too Many) and Emily Sutton-Smith (Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, Miracle on South Division Street). Williamston Theatre's Artistic Director, Tony Caselli (Beau Jest, 1984) is the Director for Doublewide. The production team includes Scenic Design by Kirk Domer (Our Lady of Poison, 1984), Lighting Design by Dana White (Too Much, Too Much, Too Many), Costume Design by Holly Iler (The Taming, Murder for Two), Sound Design by Quintessa Gallinat (The Taming, The Nerd) and Props Design by Michelle Raymond (Our Lady of Poison, Beau Jest). The Stage Manager is Stefanie Din (Beau Jest, The Taming).
Performances for Doublewide will run from March 22 through April 22 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at eight o'clock and Sunday afternoons at two o'clock. Starting March 31, a three o'clock performance will be added to the remaining Saturdays of the run. The first four performances of Doublewide, March 22 - 25, are Preview performances where audience members will have the opportunity to take part in the process of creating a show by participating in a talkback session with the director following each performance. The Official Opening Night is Friday, March 30 and the Conversation Sunday for Doublewide is Sunday, April 15th.  Please note there is no performance on Sunday, April 1.

March Classes
Facts of Life
Tracking down birth, death, and marriage records
Wednesday   March 14, 2018      6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Navigating Census Records
Getting the most out of federal and state census records
Wednesday     March 21, 2018       6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
The Maiden Name Treasure Hunt
Tips for expanding the female lines on your family tree
Monday       March 26, 2018     6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

      115 W. Grand River Ave.  Suite B
Williamston, Michigan 

Williamston Chamber to Offer Cash Scholarship to 
Williamston High School Senior

The Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce will be awarding a $500 cash scholarship to a member of the 2017-2018 Williamston High School graduating class.  To be considered eligible for the Williamston Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship:

A) Student must be a member of the 2017-2018 Williamston High School graduating class
B) Student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
C) Student must submit this application with a completed essay based on the Essay Topic
by  March 31, 2018 to  michelle.r.eichler@gmail.com


Spread the love with FLOWERS!

Call Vivee's at 517-655-2191

We have gifts for many occasions or something to pick up for yourself. Williamston Wicks candles, hand-made clutch purses, flasks & openers,delicious candies, jewelry & more. 

Vivee's can do arrangements for any occasion! Weddings, Graduation, Birthdays, Congratulations, New Baby and more.   

We are located next to the Sun Theatre at 142 W. Grand River Ave.
in the purple building.

Help Make Williamston Beautiful
by Purchasing Christian Greenhouse Gift Certificates from
Williamston Red Cedar Garden Club

The Williamston Red Cedar Garden Club is selling gift certificates from both of the Christians Greenhouse and Garden Centers. Sales begin March 13 and go through May 9. Gift certificates come in denominations of $50, $25, $20 and $10. They may be used to purchase anything at Christians and do not expire.
This is a major fund raiser for the club and the proceeds of the sale are used for the Club's City Beautification projects in Williamston. The club hopes you have noticed the relandscaping of the gazebo garden and the repainting of the gazebo last year. The garden club also plants and maintains flowers at the Depot Museum, in front of the rest rooms at McCormick Park, butterfly garden/ Blue Star Memorial, Williamston U.S. Post Office, Police Station and some of the city planters at the four corners.

To place an order or for more information contact Arla Weaver at (517) 655-1839, arlaira@wowway.com , 632 Pine Meadow Lane , Williamston, MI 48895 or any member of the Williamston Red Cedar Garden Club (WRCGC). The gift certificates will also be sold at D&W Fresh Market on May 5 and 6, the weekend before Mother's Day. The Williamston Red Cedar Garden Club thanks you for your support. Happy gardening.


Are you in Retirement Rescue mode or just plain scared? Many people lost quite a bit of money in the correction of 2008 with money in the stock market. Because of the great growth in the stock market they might have made the money back or might be close to whole and are now worrying what to do to keep their life savings. We use the term life savings because to many of us it is our life savings. 

Call us today 517-655-7879

If you're looking for options for your retirement give us a call, we can help you get the answers you're looking for and create a plan for your retirement!!  

Williamston Area Senior Center
P.O. Box 343   201 School Street   Williamston, Michigan 48895   517-655-5173
March Events
Monday, March 19 , 2018, Sing Along with Dewey Longuski from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Williamston Area Senior Center. No registration, no fee, just the magical music of Dewey. You may have heard him play around town with his band, the Red Cedar River Boys.
Movies at the Williamston Senior Center - On, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 12:30 pm the Senior Center will be showing "The Best of Benny Hill" Free Popcorn. Open to all Seniors.
Free coffee for all seniors Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm.
Presentations in March - Osteoporosis by Grandhaven Manor on Thursday, March 8, 2018; Tri County Triad services for seniors on Wednesday, March 14, 2018; Senior issues by Crosaires on Thursday, March 29, 2018.
These events will be held at 12:30 pm at the Williamston Area Senior Center.

Other March Activities at the Senior Center - Thursday, March 22, 2018 Senior Safety with Chief Bob Young; Legislative update with Senior Rick Jones on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 and Rep. Tom Cockran on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. 
On any March Wednesday at the Senior Center join us for the following activities:
EUCHRE - 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
Needle Craft Group - meets after lunch between 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Adult Watercolor Classes Offered at Keller's Plaza

#215 Keller's Plaza, 107 S. Putnam St. (next to Fireworks Glass Gallery), downtown Williamston

Serious Beginner's Watercolors (level 1) 
Friday Mornings 10:00a-12:00pm 
March 9, 16 & 23
6 Weeks - $120.00. Adults 16 +.
Self-help books and on-line art tutorials not working? This class is the "next step" in learning basic watercolor techniques with a live working artist/instructor. References, sketches, written instructions, in-class demonstrations and gentle critique when asked. The class is a positive fun way to learn in a relaxed atmosphere. Supply list provided upon request.  

Serious Beginner's Watercolors (level 2/3)
Thursday afternoons 1:00-3:00pm
March 8, 15 & 22.
6 weeks - $120.00  Adults 16 +
(Some previous painting experience any media helpful. This is not a Basic Beginners or Serious Beginner's level 1 class.)
Spring in Watercolors, What could be more fun on a dreary afternoon? This class has a spring theme while learning about color mixing and texture techniques.  References, sketches, written instructions, in-class demonstrations, and gentle critique and individual discussion upon request. More fun with Watercolor!  Supply list provided upon request.  

Go to  www.michiganlighthouseartgallery.com  classes for details or call Anita at 517-256-8335 with questions and to register.
All watercolor classes are held in the Upstairs Commons Area of Keller's Plaza. Not handicap accessible, but a helping hand available going up/down stairs. Free parking on streets and city parking lots.


Get that heart rate up and get in shape for spring!! Join today and run or walk inside!

Our members have 24/7 access to work out so it doesn't matter what your schedule is like. 

The gym is staffed on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 3pm-7pm if you would like to look around.  We're ready to assist you in achieving your health and fitness goals.

HIIT classes!  Join Alexa Boyce  
Every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5:30 AM OR 6:15 AM for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)  

No pre-registration required / $10.00 drop in fee!  It's a perfect class to kick start your fitness goals.

Call Today -  517-996-6050

Friends of Williamston Parks Give Fundraising Update 
at Sunrise Rotary 

Friends of Williamston Parks (FOWP) gave Williamston Rotary an update on its efforts to rebuild a playground at Volunteers Community Park, next to the Commons. The group has been fundraising for the past year, and will continue throughout the summer to raise approximately $75,000 needed to rebuild the playground. They have reached the $25,000 mark, and are hoping for a DNR Recreation Passport Grant to get them closer to their goal. (For those of us who are old enough, the playground will go where the Space Net was years ago.) Williamston Sunrise Rotary has donated $1,000, and other service organizations in town are also supporting their efforts.

A major fund-raiser is scheduled for  Saturday, May 19, when FOWP will stage a Play-a-thon at McCormick Park from  8AM to 10PM. Kids from the Williamston area will contacting you to pledge funds for a 'playday'. The kids will play at McCormick Park for as many hours as they can. In addition to music, special activities and games, D&W will provide hot dogs at  noon and Old Nation Brewery will be there with its amazing root beer.


The Wedding Gallery

101 E. Grand River Ave., Williamston


The Wedding Gallery has everything you'll need to create 
the perfect wedding look.

We're open Saturdays from 1pm-5pm.  Appointments available other days.

~Designer Gowns from LaSposa, Eden Bridal, Jasmine, Moonlight, DaVinci, Mori Lee and more.

~Mother of the Bride & Groom, Bridesmaids, Prom & Formal Dresses, veils & accessories.

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Elizabeth Williams Dance Studio 

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