SATURDAY, NOV. 22: Annual Christmas Holiday Crafts, Art and Gift Show at the Fairgrounds

The 8th Annual Christmas Holiday Crafts, Art and Gift Show to benefit Brother Dan's Food Pantry will once again take place at the Community Building at the Fairgrounds in Petoskey.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. The Community Building is located at 1129 Charlevoix Ave., at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Use the Eppler Road Entrance.The entry fee is $2 or a non-perishable food item. Concessions will be offered by Brother Dan's Food Pantry. Numerous vendors will be displaying and selling their holiday wares during the event. If you have questions, contact Madelyn Brecheisen (231) 348-5479.

THIS WEEKEND! 'Thanksgiving New Moon Stargaze' on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Headlands

'Thanksgiving New Moon Stargaze'

Date: Saturday, Nov. 22
Location: Guest House at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, 15675 Headlands Road, Mackinaw City
Time: 7 to 9 p.m., rain, snow or shine!

As the asterism of the Summer Triangle begins its slow wane into the West, the mighty Hunter Orion crests the horizon in the East, climbing into the night with his companion dogs and the Taurean Bull, shifting our attention from the warm and lazy days of summer to the brisk and more inwardly wakeful nights of winter. Orion stands triumphant, master of seasons that change in his wake here below.

At Headlands we are taking advantage of Orion's charge by gathering at November's New Moon. This will be the last weekend of quiet before the onset of the holiday season, so gather with us and together we will count our lucky stars, said Mary Stewart Adams, Dark Sky Park Program Director.

Tonight we will explore the many traditions of stories and science connected with the Orion Region of the sky, where the horse-head nebula, the pearly gates, the point of origin for our celestial system and more, all find their home.Program will be held indoors and out, with seasonally specific light refreshments. Program takes place rain, snow or shine and reservations are not required.

Click here to view the 2015 program schedule, just announced!

To view remaining 2014 programs, click here.

Emmet County residents invited to offer comment on Draft Master Plan Update

Emmet County residents are invited to review and comment on the DRAFT Emmet County Master Plan 2014 update currently in-process by the Emmet County Planning Commission.

Several years ago, the Emmet County Planning Commission conducted a comprehensive review of Emmet County for its 2009 Master Plan. Updates have been proposed for that plan, including 2010 Census figures, additional development of the current Master Plan and projections for future land-use decision-making.

The Emmet County Board of Commissioners has authorized distribution of the plan and comments about the plan are encouraged to be submitted by Jan.16, 2015, to the Planning office. Please send comments via email to or call Tammy Doernenburg, Planning and Zoning Director, at 231-439-8998.

Click here to read and review the Emmet County Master Plan.

Emmet County's parks have groomed trails for winter fun and NEW for 2014-15: Snowshoe rentals at Petosega!

Cross country skiing at Headlands!

Emmet County's Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga and Headlands International Dark Sky Park are open year 'round and that includes for winter-time activities, too! With all this fresh snow we are receiving in Emmet County, make a plan to visit the parks for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Both parks offer free admission for day use and offer about 5 miles of trails through scenic woodlands, full of fresh white snow! Trails at both Pet-O-Se-Ga and Headlands will be groomed by mid-week, with staff working hard to keep on top of all the snowfall.

NEW at Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga this year: Snowshoe rentals! Park visitors can rent snowshoes for a half day for just $5. Call Park Manager Mark at (231) 330-5217 or the camp office at (231) 347-6536 to reserve your pair before heading out to the park.

Camp Pet-O-Se-Ga is located on Pickerel Lake in Alanson; cabin rentals are available through the winter months too. The Headlands is located 2 miles west of downtown Mackinaw City on Headlands Road.

Emmet County hopes you get out and enjoy the many parks and recreation opportunities offered year 'round in Northwest Michigan!

If you have questions about Emmet County parks, call (231) 348-1704 or email

Deadline is Nov. 30, 2014, for the Emmet County WATERS photo contest

"Ice berg dragon" by Greg Teysen, Mackinaw City

Fall submission deadline is fast approaching ...!

If there is one attribute that defines Emmet County – both geographically and in the hearts and minds of its residents and visitors – it’s the abundance of water in Northwest Michigan. In the tip of Michigan’s mitten, the Great Lakes are a constant presence, and our inland lakes, rivers and wetlands are magnificent natural resources that are the source of recreation, pride and protection.

To celebrate our unique water resources, Emmet County is holding its second-annual photo contest, Emmet County Waters. This follows on the heels of the successful 2013 Emmet County Skies photo contest, which drew photographic entries for more than 50 area photographers.

The Emmet County Waters contest will operate the same as the Skies challenge: Through November 30, 2014, please send your Waters photos via email to We've got a couple great prizes lined up for the winner!



Imagine magazine 2014


Emmet County's annual magazine, Imagine, features the people, places, organizations and communities that make Emmet County a one-of-a-kind place to live, work and play. Up here, quality of life is everything.

This year's magazine, published by Harbor House Publishers in Boyne City, also includes a number of enhancements, including numerous videos that further showcase the unparalleled natural beauty and the residents who are invested in making Northwest Michigan a place like no other. An expanded section on the features of Emmet County is also a new addition to this sixth annual edition.

To have a complimentary copy of Imagine magazine mailed to you, contact its writer/editor Beth Anne Eckerle with your mailing address:, or (231) 348-1704.


Download the Emmet County App!

Take Emmet County with you on your smart device, cell phone or tablet by downloading our NEW app! 

  • Details about the county's parks and recreation opportunities, including McGulpin Point Lighthouse and the Headlands (with trail map);
  • Program schedule for the monthly events at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park;
  • Locator map of all the public parks within Emmet County (including city, village, township and other parks);
  • Locator map of all the historic sites in Emmet County and details;
  • Trail maps for the Little Traverse Wheelway, Headlands and Petoskey and Harbor Springs snowmobile routes;
  • Pellston Regional Airport information;
  • Links to the County's social media sites.

Download the free app and check it out! It's available now in the Google Play and iOS app stores.