July 21st Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce Biz Blast

Venetian Festival_____________________________________________________________

The week we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived & volunteers are needed! If you’d like to get involved, take a look below to see how you can help.

Merchandise Tent: FRIDAY, July 24th from 5:45-10:15pm

Kids Day: THURSDAY, July 23rd from 9:30am-12:30pm or 12:15-3:15pm

Runners/Helpers: WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, & SATURDAY, July 22-25th from 5:45-10pm

Call Sarah at the Venetian Festival headquarters at 547.3872 or email her at info@venetianfestival.com.

The Charlevoix Venetian Festival, July 18-25th. The following is an overview of the week’s activities.

Tuesday, July 21
Youth & Adult doubles Service Club Challenge; Downtown East Park at 1:30pm; on-site registration. Contact David Fowler at 547.9314 or Dean Davenport at 547.6433.
Held at the Shanahan Field a Youth, Men, Women 3-on-3 tournament; 2 day event with finals on Wednesday, July 22; a Recreation Department form is needed to participate; Carol Madison, 348.3317 or 675.3122.

Michigan Beach 5 to 9pm
Battle of the Bands

East Park 7:30 to 10pm
Tiki Tent Stage -Tom Zipp
Charlevoix Community Band
Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band

Wednesday, July 22
Senior Men & Women are invited to Bingo in Bridge Park OR East Park. For additional information, contact Earl Muma at 547.5361
Sailing Regatta
A Recreation Department form is needed or for more information contact Rod Tinney at 536.3447
All ages are invited to participate at the Community Pool. To participate, pre-register before July 22nd. Contact Al Gooch at 547.0982

Carnival in Downtown Charlevoix

East Park 6 to 10pm
Tiki Tent Stage ~Chris Dominic
Darryl Worley

Thursday, July 23
Kid’s Day at Lake Michigan Beach 10am to 3pm

Carnival in Downtown Charlevoix

Tennis Finals at the Shanahan Fields/Stroud Park Courts; Youth, women, men, co-ed, and seniors may participate. Pre-registration is required at the Recreation Department or www.venetianfestival.com; Contact Karen Peters at 547.4368

East Park 6 to 10pm
Tiki Tent Stage ~David Cisco
Northwest Academy Jazz
The Fabulous Horndogs
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels

Friday, July 24
Carnival in Downtown Charlevoix

The Detroit Pistons and Shock invite boys & girls of all ages to attend a basketball clinic at the Charlevoix Middle School Gym; Pre-register at the Venetian Headquarters, 547.3872 ($15), or on-site ($20). Contact Sarah Titus at 547.3872

East Park 6 to 10pm
Tiki Tent Stage ~Mitch Girt
Charlie’s Root Fusion
Venetian Queen Coronation Ceremony
The Contours

Ferry Beach 8 to 10pm
Up North Big Band
Night Sky Fireworks dusk on Lake Charlevoix

Saturday, July 25
Carnival in Downtown Charlevoix

Venetian Street Parade on Bridge Street at 11am

Drenth Memorial Footrace 5K & 10K and Family Walk
Register at venetianraces.com or Lake Michigan Beach on Friday, July 24th from 4 to 7pm or July 25th from 6:30am to 8:30am. Contact Matt Peterson at 675.1746
Ryan Shay Mile
Following the Drenth Memorial Footrace. $4,000 prize money. Participants are by invitation only.
At 12, noon on Ferry Beach; 6 player co-ed teams. Contact Chris Seymour at 547.6513

East Park 12:30 to 2:30pm
Sault Ste. Marie Pipe Band
Zion Lion
Bridge Park 12:30pm
Plymouth Fife Drum Corps

East Park 6 to 11pm
Tiki Tent Stage ~Tom Zipp
Soul Express
KIDS from Wisconsin
Venetian Boat Parade
Harbor Fireworks ~dusk on Round Lake Harbor

Official Business______________________________________________________________

Cruise Along
In a short week on July 30th, Charlevoix has the exciting opportunity to be a part of the Making Lake Michigan Great 2009 tour! The W.G. Jackson vessel, a 65-foot specially designed outreach and education vessel of the Grand Valley State University Annis Water Resource Institute (AWRI), will be visiting Charlevoix. The purpose of the tour is to spread word about the Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) for Lake Michigan and to gather input on lakewide issues from the public at the various ports. On cruises, participants experience hands-on science as they sample and analyze lake water. They will be offering 4 cruises throughout the day. The following are the available time slots: 1 to 2:15pm or 2:45 to 4pm. Due to the limited space available on the ship, there will be a maximum of 30 passengers (ages 9 and up) on each trip. There is no charge to participate. If interested, please contact Lauren at the Chamber at 231.547.2101 or manager@charlevoix.org.

Have You Heard?
If so, the rumors are true! This year the Chamber will be raffling off a candy-apple red, 2010 GT Mustang Convertible. Tickets are $100 each or three for $200. Call the Chamber and reserve your lucky numbers today at 547.2101.

Charlevoix Farmers Market
If you’re looking for the freshest produce, flowers, or baked goods around, look no further! The Charlevoix Farmers Market has begun! Market hours are from 9am to 1pm every Thursday. Please make a note that due to the Venetian Festival, the market will be held in Bridge Park found just before the bridge next to the Woolly Bugger. Whether you’re a market newbie or a veggie veteran, we hope to see you there! Contact the Chamber of Commerce with any questions -547.2101.

Save the Date!
The 10th Annual Charlevoix Chamber Golf Outing is quickly approaching! Clear your calendar for Friday, August 28th at the Belvedere Golf Course. Registration is now open so be sure to contact the Chamber of Commerce at 547.2101 to reserve your spot!

Legislative Update

Pure Michigan Funding
Of course, you are busy, it’s July one of the busiest months of the season. However, 2 minutes of your time is needed. Michigan’s first-ever national promotional campaign, Pure Michigan, is in financial limbo. The Michigan House of Representatives is currently discussing the continued funding of the campaign. If they choose not to continue the promotion, the funding will be cut from $30 million this year to just $5.1 million in October. That is an 83% funding cut! If you feel as though this is an important matter that needs to be addressed, all it takes is a phone call and/or email stating your name, where you live, to Charlevoix area Representative, Kevin Elsenheimer to kevinelsenheimer@house.mi.gov.

A Note From Doug DeYoung -July 27 Hearing on Regulatory Reform & JobsNext Monday, July 27th, a hearing will take place in Traverse City on Regulatory reforms needed for businesses and manufacturing to help create jobs. The hearing is open to the public. All members are encouraged to show support for reform and we would ask them to write a short two or three paragraphs on how reforming regulations that they face everyday could help create growth and job opportunities.

The panel would like bullet points with specific examples of how it could lead to job growth. They are looking for specific regulations that put either a cost burden or slow the process of growth on a business. The panel would like to be able to take ideas and suggestions and draft legislation for regulatory reform.

Jobs and Regulatory Reform Hearing
July 27th
Hagerty Center NMC Maritime Campus
Traverse City

Hosted by Representative Wayne Schmidt Representatives those invited and scheduled to attend include Jase Bolger ( Southwest Michigan), John Proos ( St. Joseph), Bill Rogers (Brighton), & Darwin Booher.

For additional information, contact Doug DeYoung at deyoung@tcchamber.org.

Member- of-the-Month____________________________________________________________

The Inn at Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast

306 Belvedere Avenue, Charlevoix

Celeste Murdick’s Fudge & Candy Kitchen

321 Bridge Street, Charlevoix

Celeste Murdick’s Fudge & Candy Kitchen, owned by Leon and Celeste Murdick, opened its doors in Charlevoix in 2000. They agree that the best part of being in business in Charlevoix is that it’s “a magical place in the summer, actually from May through October there is no place on planet Earth that we would rather be!” When asked why they chose to go into the business they said that family ties played a large role -Celeste’s family literally pioneered the confectioning industry in northern Michigan. One thing they have on their Bucket List is to close down Beaver Island’s Shamrock Bar on New Year’s Eve!

Member Spotlight________________________________________________________________

This week, the Board of Directors, Ambassadors, and staff of the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize the member Marinas -Slip Rentals:

Charlevoix Municipal Marina
Hal Evans
Harbor Master Facility, Downtown East Park, Charlevoix

Northwest Marine Yacht Club
Eric Kammermann
110 Park Avenue, Charlevoix

New Members __________________________________________________________________

The Chamber would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest members:

Indy Media Group
05252 6 Mile Lake Road, Ellsworth

Indy Media offers affordable, small business website packages in northern Michigan. Specializing in web design, graphic design, website marketing, and copy marketing.

A Tid-bit & Trivia Tip______________________________________________________________

The following is a new fun fact about Charlevoix and Michigan. Even if you aren’t the curious type, it may just help you at that next dinner party…

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pew donated the Charlevoix Railroad Station to the Charlevoix Historical Society in June 1992, on the 100th anniversary of the first train arriving in Charlevoix. Today it is used as a meeting place for history programs and other activities sponsored by the Historical Society.
In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world.

Member Updates________________________________________________________________

Fiber Arts Show
If you think of oatmeal when you think of fiber -think again! It’s a shopping extravaganza with more than 50 vendors showcasing hand made goods including sweaters, original lace shawls, hats, mittens, and much more! Live animals – interactive demonstrations – Sheep dogs at work – Sheep shearing presentations – Fashion Show! Held this weekend on Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th at Castle Farms. 237.0884 or www.castlefarms.com.

A Music Must
Looking for a new place to hang out on Saturday night? Then stop by Sadie & Jake’s Gallery & Cafe to listen to the muscial talents of area artists! This Saturday, July 25th from 7 to 9pm, Gordon Howie -music & vocals- will be performing. If you can’t make it Saturday, no need to worry. On August 1st, Pam & Kelly, a harp/dulcimer/acappella duo will be on stage. Followed by Michael Lee, guitar/vocals, on August 7th. For additional information drop by Sadie & Jake’s at 327 Bridge Street, or call 547.2097.

Detroit Tiger Giveaway
The fun never ends at Odawa Casino Resort! The Rendezvous Lounge will be giving away 4 tickets to a Detroit Tigers Baseball Game plus a parking pass. On August 7th at 6pm, the winnng tickets will be drawn. The baseball game is on August 15th, Tigers vs. Royals. Earn entries by purchasing any Budweiser product or by hitting 4 of-a-kind natural on video poker. Additional prizes include dinner in Sage and dinner at the Waas no de Buffet. Must be present to win. One prize per person. For more details visit www.odawacasino.com.

Children of the World in Harmony
The Children of the World in Harmony Festival is coming to Charlevoix! At 7pm on July 27th, the infamous international youth choir and dance festival will be performing at the Charlevoix Public Library. Performing is Rolnicka Praha from Prague. Internet Pen Pals will also make a presentation.

Charlevoix Area Hospital Guild’s Silent Auction
The Charlevoix Area Hospital Guild’s Silent Auction will be held on Thursday, August 6th from 10am to 3pm. There will be something for everyone, be it in art, baby, fashion, home decor, jewelry, kitchen, Vera Bradley, and area-wide gift certificates.

Black Cat Concert Series at Dhaseleer Events Barn
Concerts held weekly in the Dhaseleer Events Barn as part of the summer Black Cat Concert Series. A wonderful place to spend the evening with family & friends. Participate in the intermission potluck or bring your own picnic, meet the artists and enjoy the rural farm setting. Tickets are available at the Woolly Bugger Internet Cafe 204 Bridge St Charlevoix. More information on this concert & other events at www.blackcatconcerts.com. The next performance is scheduled for July 30-31 given by The Squeaky Clean Cretins. The Squeaky Clean Cretins call the Lake Superior country of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula home. If you listen just right, you might hear the rolling waves of the Big Lake woven intricately into the fabric of their songs. The Cretins adhere to the deep roots of folk tradition while adding a contemporary spin to their songwriting. They definitely have a niche for combining beautifully crafted melodies with blended harmony vocals and infectious guitar riffs!

1st Annual “Hollywood Night” Charity Ball
The Charlevoix Golf & Country Club cordially invites you to the 1st Annual “Hollywood Night” Charity Ball on August 15th at 6pm. It will be an evening of dining, entertainment, and libations with proceeds benefiting charity. It is an $85 per person donation and tickets are limited. The charities to benefit from this event include Folds of Honor Foundation, Harbor Cup Charities, and the Charlevoix Junior Golf Program. The Charlevoix Golf & Country Club would graciously accept and appreciate any donation for the event’s silent auction. For more information, please contact Dave Mocini or Heidi Jones at the Club at 547.9796.

Paws for a Story
Spend time with a loving dog at the Charlevoix Library -by reading to it! On Wednesdays, throughout the month of August, from 10:30am to 1pm. Dogs are great listeners and they want to hear your stories. Pre-registration is required. Contact the library at 547.2651 to reserve your spot!

Pencil It In! ____________________________________________________________________

July 19-25 79th Annual Venetian Festival; www.venetianfestival.com

July 23 Charlevoix Farmers Market; 9am to 1pm, Bridge Park

July 25 Gordon Howie Performance; 7 to 9pm; Sadie & Jake’s Gallery & Cafe, 547.2097

July 25-26 Fiber Arts Show; 10am; Castle Farms, 237.0884

July 27 Children of the World in Harmony; 7pm; Charlevoix Public Library

July 29 Jazz at the Library; 7pm; Charlevoix Public Library

July 30 Ambassador Meeting; 4:30pm; The Landings Restaurant; Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce, 547.2101

July 30-31 Black Cat Concert Series -Squeaky Clean Cretins; 7pm at Dhaseleer Events Barn, 547.6945

Contact Us ____________________________________________________________________

Questions? Contact the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce at 231.547.2101 or visit www.charlevoix.org.

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