Sunday, August 21, 2016

Registration opens for 8th annual Business Expo & Taste of Boyne

Registration is now open for the Boyne Chamber's 8th Annual Business Expo and Taste of Boyne. The Expo will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at a new location -  the Civic Center at Boyne Mountain Resort. This expo is always one of Northern Michigan's largest business networking events, as 1,300 people come to see 90 local exhibitors, including a dozen Taste of Boyne food booths. The public is welcome to attend for $5 admission, which includes tastings from a dozen food and beverage providers. Exhibitors receive extra admission passes for their employees, friends and clients. A cash bar will be available. Online registration plus pictures and the exhibitor list from last year are at
Register early! Sponsors receive top booth location priority, followed by exhibitors in the order that they turn in their registration and payment. Booth space on the Main Level of the Boyne Mountain Civic Center is limited to about 65 exhibitors; additional space is available on the Lower Level, and booth fees are lower for that level. Expo exhibitors are limited to Boyne Area Chamber members. If you're not yet a member, here's how you can join us.
Petoskey News-Review * 9 and 10 News * Boyne City Gazette
Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital, Boyne Area Health Center and Boyne Rehab Center
> Email, for info on how to become a sponsor.

Birds Nest moves to new location in cottage on Water St.

The Birds Nest has moved to its new location at 230 Water St. in the cottage next to Bob Mathers Ford. Store hours are 10-5 M-TH, 10-9F, 10-4 Sat, 12-4 Sun. Owner Holly Watson posted this message on Facebook: "Thanks to all of you for your kind words of encouragement as we transition to our new Nest. It's been 10 wonderful years of helping you shop for a special gift or outfit and maybe even just having a good ole chat on your visits. Being an up north store gives us the freedom to become more personable with our customers and many of you have become our dear friends. We are grateful to each and every one of you for supporting our store. The changes we are making no doubt have been very stressful and emotional for myself and staff, a few tears and a few laughs as we reminisce over the past years. They say three times is a charm and so we move into our third location, which is a charming little cottage where we will nestle in, in the lovely town of Boyne City."

Friday, July 29, 2016

11 years later - First segment of BC-Charlevoix Trail opens

Click here to see a video of part of the trail.
The first two-mile section of the long-awaited Boyne City-Charlevoix Non-Motorized Trail officially opened July 29. The open section runs from the Boyne City limits through Young State Park to Nelson Road. County Parks Director Ross Maxwell tells us the next mile from Nelson Road to Park of the Pines at Springwater Beach Road should open in a week or so. We snapped pictures of a runner and several cyclists, including Bill Cross, who said the new trail was "fantastic." 
Longtime trail supporter Mike Sheean took pictures of the trail paving as it began and emailed this note to friends who have supported the project: "Friday, July 22nd was a very special day in my life and I would like to thank you for making it happen. Attached is a photo of the first paved section of the Boyne City-Charlevoix Trail. I followed the asphalt trucks out to the middle of Young State Park. After 11 years of struggle, I am very happy to see this project come to fruition." The next section of the trail from the Little Traverse Wheelway south about three miles is due to go out for bids this fall and Maxwell hopes construction will begin in the spring. News-Review story.  

E-Commerce Round Table debuts to help local business

Are you interested in learning more about using e-commerce in your business? Or would you like to share your knowledge with other entrepreneurs? And maybe have a beer and do a little networking? Then you should come to the first Boyne City E-Commerce Round Table at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, upstairs at the Boyne City Taproom, 220 S. Lake St. Jonathon Thompson of Outline Industries and his brother Jeff Thompson of Shaggy's Skis, both local businesses and Chamber members, are hosting this informal gathering at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, upstairs at the Boyne City Taproom. The first Round Table meeting will be a simple meet and greet for the group and to meet the founders and have some light discussion of the plan moving forward, and take input on the group's direction and how we can help the members. Business people from Charlevoix and Emmet Counties are welcome.
> You can see more info, get updates and RSVP on Facebook

Thursday, June 30, 2016

USA Today features Boyne City: "Small towns that go all out on the 4th of July"

From USA Today: From a soap box derby to a pie-eating contest, foot races to raft races to duck races, Boyne City epitomizes the perfect small town American Independence Day celebration. The big highlight here is the Commemorative Raft Race, where participants race down the Boyne River that flows through town on homemade rafts, while the crowd of onlookers douses them with water balloons, buckets of water and water guns. After the raft race comes the duck race, when nearly 1,000 rubber ducks are thrown into the river and prizes are awarded to the first ducks to cross the finish line. After dark there's a big fireworks display to cap off the birthday weekend. USA Today story & photos  |  July 4th schedule.

Friday, June 24, 2016

13th Annual Boyne Thunder roars into Boyne City July 8-9

Bigger than ever, the 13th annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run will bring speed, thunder and excitement to Northern Michigan on July 8 and 9 in Boyne City. The poker run showcases 115 high-performance boats from all over the country, including California, Washington State, Florida, New York and Ontario, roaring through the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan on a 130-mile excursion in search of the best poker hand. 
The Poker Run begins with a series of parade laps starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, leaving from the Boyne City Marina. Veterans Park offers some of the best views for spectators. Card stops include Northport, Elk Rapids, Harbor Springs and Bay Harbor, with a lunch stop in downtown Charlevoix The Beautiful. Boaters wrap up their day on the water with a final card stop near Horton Bay and a reception at Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club. The day concludes with a dinner and an auction at Veterans Park, where participants play their cards to see who has the best hand.
In addition to the Poker Run, the weekend offers other activities in Boyne City, including a Friday night dinner for the boaters in Veterans Park and Stroll The Streets, running from 6 to 10 p.m. This downtown even includes music, entertainment and incredible displays of power boats and classic cars filling the streets for people to see up close. This year the addition of Fountain Friday will showcase a wide array of Fountain boats lining Lake Street. While here, people can also enjoy Boyne City’s newest dining establishments – the Boyne City Tap Room and 7 Monks Taproom, both located on South Lake Street.
Saturday activities also include the “best in the north” farmers market from 8 a.m.-noon at Peninsula Beach, a beautiful park on Lake Charlevoix, just south of downtown, and a Champagne Cruise to get an up-close view of the spectacular boats aboard yachts generously donated for the day by area boat owners.
Boyne Thunder is brought to you by Boyne City Main Street and supports two non-profit organizations, Camp Quality and Challenge Mountain. Camp Quality serves children with cancer and their families by providing a year-round programs, experiences, and companionship. Challenge Mountain is dedicated to enriching and improving lives for the mentally and physically challenged through outdoor recreation.
SPONSORS - Main Street and the Boyne Thunder Committee expressed their special thanks to their major sponsors: Mystic Power Boats, Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club, Fox Motors and Ajax Paving. For more information about Boyne Thunder, visit or email

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Boyne City SOBO Arts Festival Set For June 24 and 25

The 7th annual Boyne City SOBO Arts Festival will be an interactive art extravaganza on June 24 and 25, from noon to 6 p.m. in Sunset Park. Committee co-chair Becky Harris commented, “In the spirit of encompassing all arts, this family-friendly interactive art festival is about creating an experience through art. Stations will invite guests to interact in a variety of art forms in an engaging, entertaining and collaborative way.”

The event will kick off Friday night during Stroll the Streets with the celebration and installation of 9 new sculptures in the second year of the Walkabout Sculpture Tour. In all, there will be 12 sculptures in the tour, scattered about town and ready for enjoying.

Saturday events include a Plein Air Paint-Out Competition taking place throughout town from 8 am to 3 pm. Come and see artists, inspired by the beauty of historic Boyne City and Lake Charlevoix, create beautiful work. Artists arrive with a blank canvas and will create a one of a kind piece that will be available for viewing and purchase at the artists’ reception and exhibition taking place at 5 p.m. where the winners will be announced and cash prizes awarded.

New to this year’s festival is the Sidewalk Chalk-Out Competition. Artists will create chalk art on the sidewalk surrounding Sunset Park. Artists of all ages and abilities – from the beginner to experienced chalk artist - are welcome to be a part of this contest which runs from noon to 4 pm, with winners announced at the 5 pm reception.

Pre-registration is required. To get complete set of rules, go to, call Becky Harris at 231-330-2704 or email Please send the $10 fee to SOBO Arts Festival, 319 N. Lake Street, Boyne City, MI 49712 or pay when you arrive.

Family friendly activities include interactive stations that will be placed throughout Sunset Park where everyone can enjoy music, dancing, a puppet show, puppet-making workshops, a paint graffiti wall, a chalk wall, selfie photo opportunities, live statues, art vignettes, pottery making, gratitude stations, Salvador Dali and more. Bring the entire family for an afternoon of artistic, hands-on fun.

The festival is supported by major sponsors Lynda’s Real Estate Service, Charlevoix County Community Foundation, and Petoskey Area Visitors Bureau. For more information, go to, or