Michigan Festivals & Events Association MichganFun eNewsletter
  Issue 8
September 2015
In this issue:


Dear Members,
We are looking for your best photographs and or videos from your Festivals, Fairs, Events, Destinations and Main Attractions. 

Please email your images and state your event to media@mfea.org
Feel free to tag and share them on Facebook and Instagram using

We would love to promote your events and feature your pictures throughout our social media posts.

Party @ MI Place , hosted by  Sue Bila , reviews festivals and events from around Michigan, looks ahead to upcoming events, and highlights people in the festivals and events industry who are making a difference in Michigan's economy.
12:00 PM every Wednesday
Replay Wednesdays: 6:00 PM, 12:00 AM, 6:00 AM 
Available on-demand via a podcast on  michiganbusinessnetwork.com

REMINDER: Please send in your member update forms by October 10th 
Forms must be submitted to be included in the 2016 Brochure and Membership Directory

23rd MFEA Annual Convention 

The 23rd MFEA Annual Convention is quickly approaching and we are getting very excited! We would love to see you all attend, reach out to your friends, colleagues and volunteers. 

The 2015 Convention will feature exceptional Educational Workshops, a tremendous Industry Trade Show, superior Showcasing, a Silent Auction, never-ending Networking and more! 

Click Here for the Preview
  All Attendees
   1. Register Today Convention Registration Forms
        Vendors see your link to  "Trade Show Registration" below 

    2. Visit  mfea.org/Convention  for more information
   3.  Submit your MIFun Awards
       Postmark by October 7th
       Send in your best ideas, promotional products and swag to win
        For more information on MIFun Awards   
        MIFun Awards App
    Book your Marketplace Trade Show Booths Today 

Book with Boyne
MFEA 2015 Convention, November 5 - 8, 2015 
Boyne Mountain Resort (800) 462-6963
Make your room reservations Today! 
Rooms starting at $69 
Tulip Time Generates $12.9 Million in New Economic Activity 
Articles and Information Provided by Tulip Time Festival 

In 2015, the Tulip Time Festival generated $12.9 million of new economic activity in the Holland area according to an economic impact study released this week.
The study, completed in partnership with Anderson Economic Group, examines the economic benefits of the Tulip Time Festival on the Holland area as well as an attendee profile.
Read More
Check out the Statistics

Learn More about Economic Impacts from Festivals and Events during an educational session at the MFEA 23rd Annual Convention 
"Economic Impact of Festivals and Events"
Presented by Cristina Benton, Anderson Economic Group
Friday, November 6

Proudly Introducing 
Our Job Posting Section
Please send in any job postings you would like to offer for future newsletters to media@mfea.org

We would be happy to include these opportunities for both the employers and employees looking.
Youth & Arts
Article Written by: Ashley Rop

I am excited to begin a short column in the MFEA monthly newsletter about various topics surrounding festivals and events! My name is Ashley Rop, I am proud to be representing Chelsea Area Festivals & Events while serving my first year on the MFEA Board of Directors. I recently graduated from the University of Michigan Flint with a Masters in Arts Administration, gaining experience and knowledge in fundraising, marketing, aesthetics, budgeting, and production. As a Board Member, I will use my energy and passion for the arts and our Michigan communities to advocate and broaden opportunities for our members.

This month, we are focusing on Youth Engagement. I think it is important to define youth as not only school aged children but also young adults and define engagement as participation in events and educational opportunities, volunteering, and advocating. 

Links to Arts Administration Programs

2015 MFEA 23rd Annual Convention Featured Guest Speaker

Meet the MFEA Staff
Serving you in anyway we can

Sue Bila
Sue is the creator of the Michigan Festivals and Events Foundation and it's Association. She serves as the MFEA Executive Director and began the Association 25 years ago. Sue's passion for our industry has helped the association grown and flourish into what is its today with over 870 members. MFEA is noted as the largest State Association of its kind in the Nation.

Cindy Clark
Cindy is a veteran with the MFEA office. She has been with us for over 2 1/2 years and we couldn't be happier to have her on board teaching and guiding our new staff members. Cindy is a jack of all trades as we all tend to be in this industry. Cindy is a graduate of Ferris State University where she studied Hospitality Management.

Sabrina Smith
Sabrina recently joined our team the beginning of September. Sabrina is a graduate of Central Michigan University where she studied event planning, hospitality and business. Sabrina came to us from the Governor's Executive Office as part of the Lansing and Mackinac Island Residence and Events Team. She married the love of her life this past August and has recently moved to the Chesaning area where the MFEA staff calls home.

Eileen (Gabby) Chapman
Gabby recently came to us from the Cadillac Conventions and Visitor's Bureau. She has brought a wealth of knowledge from her extensive background working with (CAFE) Cadillac Area Festivals and Events and the success they have accomplished. Gabby currently serves as a part time staff member.
Volunteer Compensation Ideas
We asked our members...

 "How do YOU compensate your volunteers for their time before and during your festivals?"
Thank you to all who contributed!
We are a college town. All of the Albion College students need to perform volunteer hours as part of their "grad" requirements. So, everyone gets a "staff" tee shirt they can keep but they volunteer because they have to do something... and our event offers pretty fun volunteering...
Festival of the Forks

6 Ways to Think of GLOBAL That Are Out of This World!
Article written by: Caleigh Nowlin 

For the past few weeks, we've had the opportunity to introduce some cross-cultural concepts and explore the influence that they have on hospitality and the success of today's festivals and events. By examining factors such as the importance of relational loyalty to early Egyptians, the color perceptions of Namibian tribes, and the aesthetic appeal of Scottish gatherings, we have begun to understand the relevancy of many cross-cultural characteristics. Through these examples, we've been viewing culture as: "the collective programming of the mind distinguishing the members of one group or category of people from another"[1] whereas these 'groups' refer to national populations with distinct sovereign boundaries throughout the globe. However, as we understand more and more about interacting across global cultures, it is important to avoid thinking about this concept only in these terms.
Why are your Facebook Tips Better Than Mine?
Article Written by: Peter Clay
I am asked by my clients all the time: "What is it that you do that makes your Facebook posts do better than mine?" It really boils down to three things.

1)  First, you need to start with the image (photo) you are using for the post.   Step one is to know that the image is the most important element in your post.  If you are posting anything on your business page without an image- stop that right now!  
Ask yourself: What does my image represent? Can it stand on its own? Is it pleasing to the eye?  Is it different?  Is it clever?

Learn more about digital media during an educational session at the MFEA  23rd  Annual Convention 
"Let's Face It...Be a Know It All"
Presented by: Peter Clay, Brooke Nobach and Susan Angel, Media General/Lin Digital
Friday, November 6th 

Events that Give
Thunder Through the Northwoods, Cadillac, MI

The 2nd annual Thunder Through The Northwoods Hospice Motorcycle Ride was held July 25, 2015 at Caberfae Peaks Golf and Ski Resort in Cadillac, Michigan. The event is organized by a small group of motorcyclists from the Cadillac area with 2 specific goals in mind.

First is to generate funds to donate to Munson Hospice Cadillac to aid them in providing end of life services to under and uninsured individuals in the area. The second focus of the event is to encourage and enhance motorcycle tourism in the Cadillac area. Northwest Michigan is ripe with fantastic roads and abundant scenery that are best enjoyed on a motorcycle.

The event features a 120 mile escorted motorcycle tour with two stops at local establishments for refreshments and camaraderie. Once the group returned to Caberfae Peaks, there was a live band to entertain the participants. Dinner was served buffet style from Caberfaes' fantastic wedding menu and there was a silent auction with items donated from local businesses and individuals.

This year there were 167 motorcycles from 4 states at the event. Total attendance was 249 people, all of whom were there mainly because their lives have been impacted by Hospice. The group was blessed to be able to present Munson Hospice Cadillac a check for $5743.05, bringing the 2 year total donation to nearly $9000.00.

Anyone interested in participating in or supporting the event can contact the organizers at cadillacbikeshow@gmail.com or the event can be found on Facebook  at Thunder on the Lakeshore

Save the Date:
July 30, 2016 at Caberfae 

Short's Brings Home Silver From 2015 Great American Beer Festival
Photo credits: Short's Brewing Company
Article and Information: West Michigan Tourist Association 

Bellaire, MI Short's Brewing Company  received a silver medal at the 34th annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO this past  Saturday Melt My Brain , an Experimental Golden Ale took the silver medal in the Experimental Beer category. This is the first medal for Melt My Brain, originally brewed in honor of Short's 11th anniversary in April, 2015.

Melt My Brain is an Experimental Golden Ale brewed with coriander, juniper berries, limes and blended with tonic water to create the tasting experience of drinking a gin and tonic cocktail.

To find an event featuring Short's beer near you, please visit  shortsbrewing.com/events


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Main Attraction Feature
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

Photo Credit: mackinacisland.org
 Welcome to America's Summer Place.
 Every year since 1887, Grand Hotel has welcomed countless guests    and families to Mackinac Island, where bikes and horse drawn  carriages are the favored modes of transportation. As Travel +  Leisure's 500 World's Best Hotels and Conde Nast Traveler's Top 5  Midwest Resorts, Grand Hotel offers outstanding accommodations  where no two guest rooms are alike. Enjoy spectacular views of the  Straits of Mackinac in a rocking chair on the world's longest  porch.  Learn More

Grand Hotel is featuring their first ever Halloween at the Grand. Take advantage of the opportunity to stay and see Grand Hotel as it has never been seen before. It is guaranteed to be a spooktacular Grand time.

Grant Awards Announcement
We are honored to inform you that the Michigan Festivals and Events Foundation was awarded a Services to the Field $50,000 grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)

We were recently awarded on behalf of the panel and Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission a $1,000 Minigrant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program for the Fiscal Year 2016 to be used for Professional or Organization Development. 


MFEA Welcomes New Members: 

St. Ignace -  Fort de Buade Museum


Art Gallery & Studios

Festivals, Fairs, & Events:

Ann Arbor - Michigan Musical Heritage Project
Owosso - Harps Royale
Garden City - Two Timin Band
Gahanna, OH - Simba Jordan Music
Frankenmuth - Bavarian Bleachers
South Bend, IN - Hot Spot WiFi PODs

Tourism Colleges:

Brook McGinnis - University of Michigan, Flint

Ideas Shared...Visions Formed...A New Level!

Quick Links...

Michigan Festivals & Events Association  * P.O. Box 22   * Chesaning, MI 48616
Phone: 989-845-2080 * Fax: 989-845-5074  *  www.michiganfun.com 
Email: info@mfea.org 

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