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2020 Chain of Lakes Guidebook can now be viewed on the chamber website:

The Books are Here! Will be distributing over next few weeks! Look for them at local shops and venues.

The cover is an amazing aerial shot of the Albatross (located in Elk River) taken by Jeff Turick of Lakehouse-Creative .

Public Meetings
Stay Informed of Your Community

Monday, June 29 ~ Village Council Special Meeting via Zoom to set a public hearing for Short-Term Rental Business Ordinances on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Click for Agenda

Monday, June 29 ~ Planning Commission via Zoom regarding Short Term Rentals Business Ordinances at 6:30 p.m. Click for Agenda

Thursday, July 2 ~ Parks and Rec MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Monday, July 6 ~ Village Council Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Antrim County creates the Antrim Promise to support local businesses

Antrim County, along with several local organizations, is working on a recovery plan, entitled Antrim Promise. The plan is being organized for area businesses as we all recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdowns.

Teaming up with the Antrim County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), local Downtown Development Authorities (DDA), as well as Chambers of Commerce from Elk Rapids, Bellaire, Mancelona, Central Lake and Ellsworth/East Jordan, the Antrim County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be providing the plan to all Antrim County businesses.

“It is critical at this time that we are all working together, unified in mission,” said Jeremy Scott, Antrim County PIO. “Each organization brings unique capabilities and perspectives that we need to serve local businesses and find a path to recovery.”

The Antrim Promise will start with the EOC offering PPE Readiness Packs, which will include hand sanitizer, gloves, cloth face masks (enough to outfit each employee with two), and KN95 masks (for qualified businesses). Additional, individualized, needs can be requested and will be fulfilled according to availability.

Antrim Promise supply request form: SUPPLY REQUEST

Shop your favorite foods--fresh produce, meat, fish, honey, syrup and so much more--just as you always have! This summer will be a little different: please send only one shopper per family, wear a mask, and follow distancing and traffic flow guidelines.

List of vendors that have signed up... some may not be here every week.
Altonen Orchards * Bear Earth Herbals * Big Medicine Ranch * Boss Mouse * Charlevoix Moon Wine * Countryside Gardens * Cultured Kombucha * Erickson Family Farms * Fainting Robin Farm * Farmer White's * Gallagher Centennial Farm * Grateful Kitchen (GF) * Guntzviller's * Hammond's Pure Hone * Hillside Harvest Farm * Ken's Fresh Fish * MY TCBD * Natalie's Petals * Northern Growin * Ona Mission Honey Farm * Pine Hill Nursery * Providence Farm * Rural Good * Saltless Sea Creamery * Silver Star Goods * Sobremesa Tamales * The Farm at Cherry Hill * Undertoe Farm (pre-order pickup only) * Walk Around Ranch * Water's Edge Sweet Tooth * Winnie's Originals.
COVID-19 Small Business Support Webinars

Register for On-Demand Webinar Library

Click on list below for all sites that have the up to date information on COVID-19 and Business Assistance.

Lists are now available on website:


Michigan’s Work Share program allows employers to restart their business and bring employees back from unemployment. Employers can also retain their current workforce and are given the flexibility to choose which of their employees are part of a Work Share plan. Learn more at:
Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA)   launched a new website for COVID-19 Workplace Safety. Visit   for the latest guidance and resources.   #COVIDWorkplaceSafety   #MaskUpMichigan

Several new, upcoming webinars are up on our  SCORE Mentors  website, which can be viewed here:

PPP Forgiveness . July 2, 2020 @11:30 a.m. The best part of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is that 100% of the loan can be forgiven—if you meet certain criteria.

How to Protect & Grow the Value of Your Business During a Pandemic. July 2, 2020 @ 11:00 a.m. Understand the value of your business today, and how to take advantage of the abundance of opportunities that exist to protect and grow your business value.


Antrim County is updating its Community Park and Recreation Plan and they want to hear from you. Now is the time to speak up for what you want to see in your community. Results from this survey will help guide the decisions made by Antrim County commissioners for the future of your public outdoor spaces.

Anyone interested in providing input into the future of Antrim County’s Park and Recreation Plan should take this   SURVEY  before July 31, 2020.

The goal of the plan is to inventory existing facilities and resources, identify community recreation and open space needs and set a 5-year plan of action. A comprehensive plan derived from the input of its citizens will ensure that Antrim County, which boasts nearly 20,500 acres of freshwater lakes and rivers and 280 square miles of public and private forests, continues to be a destination sought for its abundance of year-round recreational activities. Using guidelines set forth by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this plan will have many potential benefits, including better environmental protection, efficiency in providing park and recreation opportunities, increased funding sources, greater potential for tapping into new, creative ways of accomplishing recreation goals, and enhancing public support for parks. Once complete, this plan will serve as a road map for future projects and opportunities necessary to enhance our natural and recreational spaces.
Great Lakes Equestrian Festival This Week!
Spectators are not allowed at this time
Check website and facebook for updates
ACTS Food Pantry
Open: Tuesday 5:00 -7:00 p.m.
Wed 1:00- 4:00 p.m.
Sat 10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m

Thrift Store Hours:
Tues: 10 am - 3 pm
Wednesday High Risk: 10 am-Noon Regular: Noon-3 pm
Thurs-Sat 10 a.m. - 3 pm

Receiving Hours: Tues, Thurs. Sat 10 am - 3pm

BIG SALE JUNE 30 ~ JULY 3 $1 clothing sale ~ $1 per item!

We truly appreciate what you can send to keep our Pantry open. ACTS -- Working Hard To Help People in Need
The Good Samaritan Food Pantry is open for curbside/drive-thru pickup:
(231) 588-2208

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wed-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 1:30 p.m.

We have changed things to help protect our staff and community, as we now offer a drive thru service to receive food, and baby items (diapers, wipes, formula, food, etc.). If baby items are needed beyond the basics please call (231) 588-2200. We are doing our utility and emergency assistance through phone by calling (231) 588-2208. One thing we are in need of is bar soap to hand out with our food boxes.
Friday, July 3, 2020, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Provide financial relief to many neighbors struggling from COVID-19 closures by giving to The Salvation Army of Petoskey at The Village Market, Elk Rapids . Say “Hi” to Elk Rapids Rotary ringers before 10am; after, take a selfie with one of the Elk Rapids Lion’s Club members who will be there ringing the bell until 6pm! Give at any other Red Kettle sites; Oleson’s Food Stores- Petoskey and Charlevoix, Louie’s Fresh Market-Petoskey and Boyne City, JC Penny- Petoskey, or IGA- Harbor Springs, from 10am-6pm, or donate online, " HERE ."
As Businesses Re-open....

  • Please Be Patient.

  • Let's All Work Together.

  • Support Local Business.
  • As businesses re-open, please follow their guidelines for social distancing, sanitary procedures, and safety measures.
  • Some places might not be ready to fully open yet. Give them time to rebuild their stock and supplies.
  • Some businesses may feel uncomfortable with opening fully and may remain closed for awhile or continue with curbside service ~ respect their decision.
  • They may not be able to operate at full person capacity.
  • Service may be a little slower until getting fully staffed.
  • Be Positive ~ Better days are coming!
  • Be Patient and respectful.
We are happy you are here and thank you for your patronage. Please do your part to stay safe and keep Elk Rapids open!

As Elk Rapids and Antrim County begin reopening retail, restaurants, and other allowable activities on Friday, May 22, 2020 (as authorized under Executive Order 2020-92), residents and second homeowners are asked to Stay Safe to Stay Open. Continuing to keep our community safe by honoring Our Commitment to Community.

As you enter our Elk Rapids Community, you are confirming that you are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and that you agree to follow the above Commitments.
Together, we can be a model for the State of Michigan and allow economic recovery in our region, without risking the health of our residents or capacity of the regions’ healthcare system. We are all dependent on one another to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
Elk Rapids Yoga Flow is Re-Opening June 29, 2020!!

We have missed you, our yoga community, so much. And more than anything we want to do our best to safely get us through our reopening process successfully. We ask for your patience as we monitor our progress and hope you understand if things need to change again.
We will be offering a variety of classes, including in-studio, outside, and Zoom in hopes of meeting your yoga needs.  
To protect yourself and the well-being of others, Elk Rapids Yoga Flow will operate and practice according to recommended CDC and Yoga Alliance Guidelines when re-opening the studio.   Our in-studio class size will be decreased to allow 6-8 feet distancing.  
Please know we are taking every precaution to ensure all of our safety and well-being, while also maintaining a sanctuary for our yoga practice. 
Your support and understanding will be instrumental as we move forward. 
Please check out our website for class listings.  

ERYF Teachers

Music Update
(click on venue name to get updates from Facebook on music)

Cellar 152  ~ Friday -- Saturday --
Edward C. Grace Harbor  ~ Saturday-- Royal Grand
Ethanology   ~ Friday -- Saxsquatch 8-11, Saturday -- Gregory Stovetop 8-11
Pine Hill Nursery   ~ Friday -- , Saturday --
Short's Brewing Co . ~ Pull Barn Saturday --
Torch Lake Cafe   ~ Friday & Saturday Leanna Collins & Iven Grielick
Townline Ciderworks   ~ Friday -- 6-8 pm
Waterfire Vineyards   ~ Sunday -- Live Music w/ Summer Green
Summer Concert Series @ the Harbor Begins Saturday 7-4-20

Come join us at the harbor for our sunset concerts. Bring your chairs, a snack, and enjoy the music.

Entertainment line-up:

July 4: Royal Grand 7-9 pm   Saturday
July 11: On the Sun 7-9 pm   Saturday
July 19: Petoskey Steel Drum Band  4-6 pm
July 26: Barbosa Bros. 7-9 pm
August 2: Flylite Gemini 7-9 pm
August 16; Escaping Pavement 7-9 pm

Since most businesses have reopened and the list was mighty long, will be featuring the businesses reopening in the coming weeks.

It's always best to call ahead, check websites, and facebook before heading out the door to see their hours and safety practices.
Please contact me if you have any changes, events, or something you would like added to the newsletter.

Elk Rapids Cinema
Now Open!

Currently showing Forest Gump
3:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Starting Friday July 3
Walt Disney's Jungle Book

Showtime 3:30 and 7:00 p.m.
Anchor Station @ Siren Hall

Open Anchor Station carryout
Hot Dogs, Coney Dogs, Frito Dogs, Killer Nachos, BBQ Pork Sandwich, Caesar Salad, and Now  🍦  Ice Cream and donuts!

Daily Features will be available too!
Open 11:30 - 8:00 pm
Tuesday thru Saturday

Starting Tuesday, June 30
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 4:00 - 7:30 pm

Blackened Whitefish, Blackened Shrimp, or Jerk Chicken served with dirty rice and French green beans (haricot verts)
Come on down to the outdoor kitchen Anchor Station Take-a-way to order.
151 River Street * Elk Rapids

From now through October, the Center will be open 7 days/week from 10:00-4:00, barring any changes in the COVID-19 situation.
Staff have been working hard over the past few months to create new procedures that ensure the safety of our visitors; chief among these are requiring all visitors and staff to wear masks and to practice social distancing while inside the Center. If you're not comfortable visiting us in an indoor space, we will still have the Roving Naturalist tent set up by the cabin on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30-1:30, where a naturalist will be available to answer questions. And, of course, our trails are open every day from dawn to dusk.
The safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. If you have any questions about our new safety procedures or about GRNA in general, please don't hesitate to connect with us via Facebook or via email at . We hope to see you soon, whether it's inside the Center, under the Roving Naturalist tent, or on the trails!!
The Petoskey Antique Shows bring over 170 dealers from across the country to one location. A wide variety of antiques and collectibles are offered: furniture from Victorian to rustic to country-style, china, quality glass items, textiles and quilts. Both vintage costume and high-end jewelry are for sale. Outdoor furniture is also available: wicker, metal and enameled, as well as artworks and decorative items, industrial fixtures, architectural salvage pieces ... and so much more!

The two Petoskey Antique Shows will be held July 4 & 5, 2020 and August 1 & 2, 2020. Parking is free, admission is $5 per person for the weekend, under 15 no charge. Hours are Saturday 9 am–5 pm and Sunday 10 am–4 pm. Food is available on site for purchase from Julienne Tomatoes (of Petoskey) and Bubba’s BBQ (of Wolverine). Sorry due to insurance policy requirements, no pets are allowed, but we have plenty of shade by the gate and the workers can keep an eye on your pet for you. For more information visit:
Short's Pull Barn
211 Industrial Park Dr. * Elk Rapids

Open every day 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Old Mission Eats Food Truck serving burgers daily from 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Castle Farms is open for Self-Guided tours from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

• Masks must be worn on site by all guests over the age of 2.
• Social distancing of at least 6ft is required for those not from your own household.
• Our Welcome Center and Gift Shop has a maximum capacity of 25 people at a time.
• At this time, we are not offering guided tours or tram rides.
• Hand sanitizer stations have been placed around the Castle for guest safety.

You can expect our staff to be doing our part as well, by wearing masks and social distancing. We're excited to see you!

Castle Farms * 5052 M-66 North * Charlevoix * 231-237-0884 *
Free  Ideal Protein
 Weight  Loss Seminar
Call for Meeting Options
Tuesday July 7, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m.
Come learn about the doctor supervised Ideal Protein Weight Loss Program proven to promote fat loss, naturally suppresses appetite, and provides nutrition education and support to maintain weight loss. Sample foods available on the program.
Admission is free, but please RSVP, call 231-264-0700.
Presented by Dr. Ann Kuenker
Elk Rapids Skin & Laser Clinic * 516 Bridge Street * Elk Rapids
(Mon. July 6 in Traverse City, Thurs. July 10 in Petoskey)
To Benefit Elk Rapids Fireman’s Association

    In support of public education, training and Fireman’s Memorial Walk and bench

Saturday July 11, 9:00-11:30 am
Harbor Pavilion

Pancakes, sausage, juice, milk, and coffee
Generously supplied by Village Market


Sponsored by the Elk Rapids Yacht Club

Greetings, everyone, Nine years ago, when Raven Hill celebrated twenty years of connecting science, history and the arts with a “birthday bash”, an invitation went out to artists to “think outside the box” and to create a special box as an auction item for Raven Hill’s Summer Magic Festival. As always, I was one of the Center’s best supporters. Four boxes never left the premises...... Continue Reading Update on June 26, 2020

Check us out daily on Facebook and the website ( ) for informal learning activities, photo memories, updates and more. We may also be reached via email ( or phone: 231.675.6025. Stay safe and keep in touch, everyone.
We are excited to announce that the Garden Café will be reopening on June 24th! We will be operating with limited hours (12 pm-6 pm Wednesday – Sunday) for the first week and then extending our hours in July to (12 pm-8 pm Wednesday – Sunday). The health of our staff and guests is our TOP PRIORITY, please give us a call if you would like to make reservations. 231-599-1131.
Help Wanted Classified

Hairport Salon and Spa of Elk Rapids is currently seeking a Licensed Cosmetologist and Nail Technician. Starting salary based on level of experience. Clientele base not necessary. Flexible schedule and safe working environment.

Please submit resume to .

If you have questions, please call (231) 264-8184

404 Bridge Street * Elk Rapids * 
Farmer White's Now Hiring!

Farmer White's is looking to fill a bakery position, full or part time available. Please call (231)632-1500 or stop in and see Mary at the market. 

New summer hours: open 7 days a week.
Mon-Sat. 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Sun. 10:00 am-5:00 pm 

Smart Thermostat Giveaway
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic Consumers Energy remains committed to achieving our clean energy goals! One pillar of our Clean Energy Plan is to help our customers use energy more efficiently. To keep those goals on track, we are working with Google to give away 100,000 Nest Thermostat Es to Consumers Energy residential customers from now through the end of July.
We know that people who use the Nest E reduce their energy usage by up to 15 percent on average. Which is why we’re eager to get the word out about this exciting new program. Use Google Chrome to access the attached link for more details about how to take advantage of this limited time offer or visit: . This is only for residential customers of Consumers Energy and the customer must have air conditioning and WiFi to be eligible. Have your Consumers Energy Account Number ready. Once eligibility is verified, a cost of $0.00 will appear in the shopping cart. The customer will be responsible for shipping costs. A complimentary Customer Care Kit will be provided to those customers who are not eligible. 
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2020 Watershed Challenge Saturday, July 25 ~ Saturday August 22, 2020

2020 has been quite a year! With all our current challenges and uncertainty, there is one thing that has allowed us to escape and find some semblance of normal - getting outside and enjoying the numerous lakes, streams, and protected lands in our area...... Continue Reading
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