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Benzie Chamber of Commerce
Calendar of Events

This calendar changes frequently.  Details are subject to change.

Please call ahead to verify event, dates, times, and locations.

If you have an event you would like listed here,

please email it to chamber@benzie.org.   We reserve the right to edit.

   
 

2014

   
 

APRIL

 
17

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce April Business After Hours

5-7pm at The Independent Order of Odd Fellows building across the street from the NEW Betsie Valley District Library, in Thompsonville.  Tours of the new Betsie Valley District Library will be given but the After Hours meeting will take place across the street. Hors-d'oeuvres, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes, $150 Member Raffle (designated member representative must be present to win) $5 Donation. Sponsored by; Betsie Valley District Library, Geno's Sports Bar & Grill, & Family Markets of Copemish & Honor

 
19

Frankfort Easter Egg Hunt

Mineral Springs Park, Downtown Frankfort. Over 3,000 eggs to be found in the new Playground! The Easter Bunny will arrive at 9:30am and will be available for pictures. Be on time for this fun event – the eggs are found quickly! The Hunt begins at 10am SHARP! For more info call 231-352-7251

 
19-20

Crystal Mountain Easter Egg-stravaganza

Search for over 3000 eggs! Find the Golden Egg and win an Easter Basket full of fun! Held on the grounds of Crystal Mountain, 10am sharp. After the Easter egg hunt, get a photo with the Easter Bunny, 11am-Noon in the Inn at the Mountain lounge. Easter Buffet - Sunday 11am-4pm. Easter Sunday Brunch at the Crystal Center is your time to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. 800-968-4676

 
19

Benzonia Easter Egg Hunt

1pm at Benzonia Memorial Park (soccer/ball fields). For more information visit www.clcba.org

 
22

Benzie Chamber of Commerce Business EXPO 2014

At Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville. Open to the Public, Free Admission, Door Prizes. NEW this year - Breakfast Seminar at 8:30am presented by GOOGLE and LUNA TECH 3D! Expo hours 11am-5pm. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 
23

Grow Benzie Workshop - "Starting a Business"

Grown Benzie co-hosts this workshop at the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center, Traverse City, 9am to 11:30am with presenter Betsy Evans. This workshop will offer individuals considering self-employment or in the beginning stages of starting a business a wide variety of helpful information.  The workshop will be taught by SBDC Business Consultant Betsy Evans and will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company, and evaluate market and sales potential for their products or services. Start-up costs, financing options, and business planning will be introduced, along with necessary steps to getting started. No cost for workshop, onations encouraged.  Pre-registration is requested by emailing  growbenzie@gmail.com or calling 231-882-9510

 
25

Benzie Community Water Council Hosts 2014 Water Festival - Keeping Our waters Blue

Noon to 5:00pm Platte River Elementary School - KID TIME with the return of live amphibians, Marlene Woods Recycling Corner and Kid's Science Fair. THEN 6pm-9pm at The Garden Theater with Derek Bailey, keynote speaker, the Blue Water panel of area experts such as Bernie Ware, Rob Karner, Chris Olsen and Bill Crawford. The celebration of water comes from the popular band Graham Parsons and the Go Rounds. For more information call 231-882-4391 or visit www.benziecd.org

 
25

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Monthly - Star Party - "Wildlife in the Stars"

9pm -11pm at the Dune Climb parking lot. Celebrate National Park Week’s “Go Wild” theme by learning about the wildlife in the stars. View Jupiter, Mars, and brighter star clusters. Park in the row furthest from the dunes facing M-109. Join park rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) for a guided exploration of our night sky and even a few daytime events. Each special event takes place at a different location throughout the National Lakeshore to take advantage of strategic viewing opportunities. Kids of all ages can participate in the Night Sky Junior Ranger program. For all astronomy events, bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car and bug spray, if needed. Park Rangers & staff will be wearing red glow bracelets at the events. Star Parties cancelled during inclement weather. Decision made 3 hours in advance. Call rangers at 231-326-4700, X 5005, for a voicemail message with the decision. Programs free but participants need purchase the Park Entrance Pass or have an Annual Pass displayed in their vehicle to join in.

 
27

WILD ROSE Concert Series 2013-2014 featuring Jennifer Trowbridge, guitar  & Michael Coonrod, piano.

3pm at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 785 Beulah Hwy., Beulah. Free Will Offering. Proceeds will go to fund music scholarships for Benzie students

 
28

Grow Benzie Incubator Kitchen Spring Class - Basic Small Business Accounting/Quickbooks 101

Cindy Niswonger  & Jennifer Christopher of Weishaar and Company, Beulah. 6pm. Grow Benzie located at 5885 Frankfort Hwy (M115), Benzonia. As part of its entrepreneurial series of classes on developing businesses, Grow Benzie will host two classes designed to help people with their start-up businesses. Next class May 7. For more info visit www.growbenzie.org or call 231-882-9510

 
29

Benzie Conservation District Volunteer Stream Monitoring Training

2pm – 4pm at the Benzie Conservation District, South Benzie Boulevard, Beulah. Join us to learn how to monitor our local streams. This is a training event for our upcoming collection event on May 10. Feel free to join this training event even if you can't make it on May 10. For more information call 231-882-4391 or visit www.benziecd.org

 
   
 

MAY

 
all month

Credit Union collecting for BACN -

May: Baby Items; Diapers, Wipes, Formula, Clothing etc

Frankfort Community Federal Credit Union will be collecting donations each month for Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN). A collection box is located in the credit union lobby.

 
1

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce presents CHERRY BOWL JUBILEE

Join us to celebrate the new digital projection system at The Cherry Bowl Drive In Theatre in Honor. Family fun activities including Putt-Putt, Cake Walk, Dunk Tank, Music, Face Painting, and of course the classic movie: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial as chosen by our online poll. Family fun activities including Putt-Putt, Cake Walk, Dunk Tank, Music, Face Painting, and the classic movie: Gate opens at 6pm.
Activities from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Movie starts at dusk.
$10 in advance for ages 6 & up, $13 at the gate, Under 6 FREE. Ticket includes: Movie, small pop, small popcorn, games and activities. CLICK HERE for more info, to order tickets or learn about great sponsorship opportunities!

 
3

3rd Annual Honor Area Restoration Project (HARP) Auction & Benefit Dinner

Greystone, Honor. 5pm Social Hour & Silent Auction, 6pm Dinner & Program, 7:30pm Live Auction. Live Music, Cash Bar, Door Prizes. Tickets $30/person available at the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce. For more info contact Bruce Wildie at 231-409-0105 or Paul Sadows at 248-464-1800. Visit www.restorehonor.org. All proceeds support Honor's ongoing restoration efforts

 
7

Grow Benzie Incubator Kitchen Spring Class -Social Media Marketing for Your Small Business.

Katrynia Strikwerda  from Social Creature Consulting, Traverse City, 6 pm. Grow Benzie located at 5885 Frankfort Hwy (M115), Benzonia. For more info visit www.growbenzie.org or call 231-882-9510

 
9

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Monthly - Star Party - Platte River Point

9pm -11pm at Platte River Point. Get out on the beach to view the night sky. Focus on the moon, Jupiter and Mars.

Join park rangers and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) for a guided exploration of our night sky and even a few daytime events. Each special event takes place at a different location throughout the National Lakeshore to take advantage of strategic viewing opportunities. Kids of all ages can participate in the Night Sky Junior Ranger program. For all astronomy events, bring a flashlight for the walk back to your car and bug spray, if needed. Park Rangers and GTAS staff will be wearing red glow bracelets at the events. Star Parties will be cancelled during inclement weather. Decision is usually made 3 hours in advance. Call park rangers at 231-326-4700, ext. 5005, for a voicemail message with the decision. Programs are free. Participants need only purchase the Park Entrance Pass or have an Annual Pass displayed in their vehicle to join in the fun.

 
10

Benzie Conservation District Volunteer Stream Monitoring Field Collection

9am – 2pm at the Benzie Conservation District, South Benzie Boulevard, Beulah. Join us in monitoring the health of our local streams. For more information call 231-882-4391 or visit www.benziecd.org

 
14

Grow Benzie Incubator Kitchen Spring Class -Insurance for your Small Business.

Joel Bowman from Bear Lake Insurance Agency  Bear Lake, 6pm. Grow Benzie located at 5885 Frankfort Hwy (M115), Benzonia. For more info visit www.growbenzie.org or call 231-882-9510

 
15

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce May Business After Hours

5-7pm at Live For Art Gallery, Beulah. Hors-d'oeuvres, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes, $ Member Raffle (designated member representative must be present to win) $5 Donation. Sponsored by; Live For Art Gallery

 
16-18

Turtle Lake Campground Equestrian Spring Fling

Come on out with your horse and enjoy nice trails and enter in for the events to win a buckle! Family fun with your horse ! 854 Miller Rd., Beulah. Call 231-275-7353 for more information

 
17

Benzie Conservation District Garlic Mustard Pull

Garlic Mustard Pull w/ the Benzie Conservation District. at Tank Hill & Railroad Point. Join us to prevent the spread of invasive species! More details to come. For more information call 231-882-4391 or visit www.benziecd.org

 
22

Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Auxillary 19th Annual Golf Benefit

Crystal Mountain. This Golf benefit be held on the Mountain Ridge Golf Course at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. Come out and celebrate the end of a very long winter!  This 4 player scramble/shotgun format, starts at 11:30AM, includes 18 holes of golf with cart, a delicious barbeque buffet at 6PM, and many games, team awards and door and raffle prizes. Golfers limited to 144, so it is advisable to submit your registration early.  The cost remains at $100/person. If one wishes to attend only the buffet, the cost for that is $35.  If you don’t have a team of 4 people, we will do our best to pair you with others who need to complete a team. For more information, please call Judy Caris at 231-882-5866.
 
23

Benzie Conservation District Otter Creek Water Tour

9am – 12pm - Otter Creek at Aral Rd, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Join us for our first water tour of the year. For more information call 231-882-4391 or visit www.benziecd.org

 
31

Grow Benzie Incubator Kitchen Spring Class - Tour of WeeBee Jammin in Bear Lake

Simone Scarpace, Owner 10am. For more info visit www.growbenzie.org or call 231-882-9510

   
   
   
 

JUNE

 
all month

Credit Union collecting for BACN -

June: Canned Pantry Goods; Vegetables, Meats, Canned milk, Pasta sauces, etc

Frankfort Community Federal Credit Union will be collecting donations each month for Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN). A collection box is located in the credit union lobby.

 
7

Frankfort Lupus Walk - in memory of Josephine VanHam.

Registration 9-10am and start up 10am at Mineral Springs Park, Frankfort. Walk goes from there to Elberta & back on Betsie Valley Trail.

 
14

Bike Benzie

Bike Benzie is taking on a new look this year, and a new date! Now being held in June, in addition to tour rides of 30, 62 and 100 miles, riders can also opt to participate in our new Fondo to experience the challenge of a timed ride. Participants will also enjoy a Party with food and music at Crystal Mountain after the ride. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on March 1 at www.zapevent.com and is limited to 800 riders. Early registration discounts are available. For more information on Bike Benzie, please visit our website at www.bikebenzie.org and click on “The Ride” or contact our event coordinator, Tim Krause, at -231-882-0791.

 
14

Benzie Sunrise Rotary Bike Benzie Tour

8am start. More info to follow

 
18

Benzie Conservation District 70th Birthday Party & Open House

4pm – 7pm at Benzie Conservation District, South Benzie Boulevard, Beulah. Join us in celebrating our 70th birthday! Live music, local food, and more! For more information call 231-882-4391 or visit www.benziecd.org

 
19

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce June Business After Hours

5-7pm at Labadie's Summer Place Casuals, Honor. Hors-d'oeuvres, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes, $ Member Raffle (designated member representative must be present to win) $5 Donation. Sponsored by; Labadie's Summer Place Casuals

 
21

Benzie Conservation District Betsie River Clean Sweep

8:30am – 2:30pm at the Benzonia Congregational Church. Join us in a morning of fun and meaningful work in making our Betsie River more beautiful and clean! We start off the morning with a pancake breakfast at Benzonia Congregational Church. Then, we divide into teams and all clean a stretch of the Betsie River. If you have a kayak or canoe, great! If you don't, please contact us and we will find a boat for you to use. For more information call 231-882-4391 or visit www.benziecd.org

 
23-26

Benzie Conservation District Nuts for Nature

1pm – 4pm for all 9 to 12 year olds. Benzie Conservation District, South Benzie Boulevard, Beulah. This will be an engaging, educational program for young people. Come for one day or come for all four days! To register, please call us at (231) 882-4391 or email lisa@benziecd.o?rg Nuts for Time: 1pm to 4pm each day. Monday, "Habitrekking" Tuesday, "Dig into Dirt", Wednesday, "What's in the Water?" Thursday, "Art in the Park". Cost: $10 per day or $35 for all four sessions. (Discounts available for multiple family members). For more information call 231-882-4391 or visit www.benziecd.org

 
27-29

Big Bob's Up North Outfitters - Battle at the Betsie

Friday  - Ladies Battle. Saturday - Battle at the Betsie. Prizes, Bonuses. For more info visit www.bigbobsupnorth.com

 
28

Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Auxillary Wine & Stein

12noon-5PM In the Open Space on Main Street, Frankfort. This is a new event featuring samples from Northern Michigan wineries and breweries. Pig Roast by Odette’s Custom Catering and Entertainment by DJ Duane. Every hour there will be a 50/50 raffle. There is a $25 Entry fee which includes a Souvenir Tasting Glass and 4 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets are available for $1each. This is a Cash Only event. This exciting new event is sponsored by Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Auxiliary/Munson Healthcare

 
28-July 19

ArtPrize 2013 1st place Winner Ann Loveless & ArtPrize 2013 2nd place Winner Anni Crouter pieces showing together at State of the Art Framing & Gallery, Inc

Artists reception June 28 4-8pm. Located at 261 S Benzie Blvd., downtown Beulah. For more info see www.stateoftheartgallery.com

 
   
 

JULY

 
5

20th Annual Lake Ann Homecoming

Fun day in Lake Ann! Tractor parade and lots of other awesome activities! Watch for more info coming soon! For more info call 231-275-7557 or 231-275-7362 or 231-313-1960

 
5

44th annual Beulah Art Fair

Located in the Beulah Park, on Crystal Lake. Original paintings, jewelry, pottery, graphics, crafts, sculpture and photography. 10am-5pm. Rain or shine. For more info contact Anne Ritchards at 231-325-6642.

 
12

Benzie Home Health Care 45th Annual Pasty Dinner

4pm - 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, Frankfort. Give and Get! Give $10 and get a great meal - homemade pasty, coleslaw, beverage and ice cream sundae. You'll also get the knowledge that you are helping the seniors of Benzie County. It's a win-win! Individual pasties available for $5 each. For details, call Mary Dykstra at 231-325-0138 or email bcsbhhc@sbcglobal.net

 
17

Frankfort United Methodist Women 10th Annual Very Cherry Smorgasbord

537 Crystal Ave., Frankfort, 5pm - 7pm. Cost $12 for those 13 years and older, ages 4 -12 - $6.  Children 3 and younger free. We have cherries of some form in every dish (with the exception of the potatoes). There are no advance ticket sales - tickets are at the door only!  For more info call Mary Jo Hamlin at 231-352-4723

 
19

Benzie Conservation District Pearl Lake Water Tour

9am– 12pm at Pearl Lake Access Site, Wagner Road. Join us for our second water tour of the year. More details to come! For more information call 231-882-4391 or visit www.benziecd.org

 
23

36th annual CSA Arts & Crafts Fair

Decorative, Whimsical, Wearable Art. 10am–4pm, at the Assembly Ball Field, M-22 at Crystal Lake, Frankfort. More than 100 artists from all over Michigan and beyond. Jewelry of all kinds, from adornment made with old silverware to semi-precious stones, Decorative art, pottery wall hangings to oil paintings, watercolors, fine photography of local landscapes, Wooden objects of art – vases, bowls, birdhouses, Children’s delights – American Girl doll clothes, books, handmade toddler outfits, handcrafted herbal soaps, paper goods, baskets, furniture, Wearable art & much more. Food tent will offer breakfast, lunch, including donuts, pizza, snacks, beverages. Bake sale. Cottage Treasures sale 9am - 2pm inside the CSA assembly building next to the ball field where the FAIR will be rain or shine. To be a vendor contact Beth Madden, bfitzmadden@gmail.com or 816-304-4123 and for more info contact Laurie Burns at lmburns@yahoo.com or visit www.summerassembly.org

   
   

AUGUST

 
1

Benzie Conservation District Little Platte Lake Water Tour

9am – 12pm at North Branch Creek at Deadstream Rd. Join us for our third water tour of the year. More details to come! Only one more water tour this year! For more information call 231-882-4391 or visit www.benziecd.org

 
2

Benzie Home Health Care 34th Annual Walk-A-Thon

Put your best foot forward! Join us for a beautiful morning walk along the shores of Crystal Lake, enjoy a delicious brunch and help Benzie Home Health Care provide care for Benzie County seniors. Join a team, pledge a walker, donate time or resources. You can make a difference! Time: Morning
Location: Bellows Park on South Shore Drive. For more information, please call Mary Dykstra at 231-325-0138 or email bcsbhhc@sbcglobal.net

 
7

Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Auxiliary 32nd Annual Tour of Interesting Places

10am - 4pm. A delightful variety of homes in and around Frankfort. This year’s Tour of Interesting Places is titled “Frankfort through the Ages”, and guides participants through some of the many fascinating homes in the immediate area.  More detailed information regarding the tour will be come as the date nears. People interested in more information can call Beverly 703-298-9428.

 
8

Grow Benzie Golf Tournament

Noon - 8pm. Crystal Lake Golf Club, Beulah. More info to follow.

 
13

3rd Annual Benzonia Art Fair

10am -5pm in Benzonia Village ‘Academy’ Park, just to the south of Mill’s Community House, in Benzonia. Original paintings, Graphics, Crafts, Sculpture and Photography in the Rain or Shine. For more info contact Anne Ritchards at 231-325-6642

 
16

Benzie Conservation District Upper Platte Lake Water Tour

9am – 12pm at Veteran's Campground Access Site. Join us for our fourth and final water tour of the year. More details to come! For more information call 231-882-4391 or visit www.benziecd.org

 
22-24

Honor Coho Salmon Festival

More info soon to follow!

   
   

SEPTEMBER

 
16

Benzie Conservation District Leave No Trace/Salmon Classroom Trips

At Platte River @ Riverside Canoes. This event is for local youth in local schools, but we wanted you to know it was happening this month! In September, we take local youth out in canoes on the Platte River to learn about Leave No Trace and about the Salmon. For more information call 231-882-4391 or visit www.benziecd.org

   
10

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce GOLF OUTING

at Crystal Lake Golf Club, Beulah. Watch for more info to follow!

 
18

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce September Business After Hours

5-7pm at Take Action Photo Studio, M115, Frankfort. Hors-d'oeuvres, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes, $ Member Raffle

(designated member representative must be present to win)

$5 Donation. Sponsored by; Take Action Photo & Webber Insurance

   
   

OCTOBER

 
   
16-19

6th Annual Frankfort Film Festival

Watch for more info to follow! For more info visit www.frankfortgardentheater.com. The Garden Theater is located on Main St in downtown Frankfort. 231-352-7561

 
16

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce October Business After Hours

5-7pm Honor Bank. Hors-d'oeuvres, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes, $ Member Raffle (designated member representative must be present to win) $5 Donation. Sponsored by; Honor Bank & Family Markets of Honor & Copemish

 
18

Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Auxiliary - Evening of Fun and Entertainment

More details to be announced as the event nears. Crystal Mountain Convention Center 5 - 6:15 pm - Cocktail Hour and Silent Auction 7 pm - Dinner

   
   

NOVEMBER

   
20

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce November Business After Hours

5-7pm at Stormcloud Brewing Company, Frankfort. Hors-d'oeuvres, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes, $ Member Raffle

(designated member representative must be present to win)

$5 Donation.Sponsored by; Stormcloud Brewing Company,

State Savings Bank, & The Garden Theater

 
 

DECEMBER

 
20

Benzie County Chamber of Commerce December Business After Hours

5-7pm - Location to be announced. Hors-d'oeuvres, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes, $ Member Raffle (designated member representative must be present to win) $5 Donation. Sponsored by; Weishaar & Company, Central State Bank,

& Brookside Inn

   
   
   
   
 

04/17/14

     
 
Benzie County Chamber of Commerce
826 Michigan Ave., P. O. Box 204 • Benzonia, MI 49616
Call: 1.231.882.5801
     
 
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