MEETINGS & EVENTS CALENDAR

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Jan
17
Sun
Snowshoe or Hike at the Headlands
Jan 17 @ 12:00 pm
Emmet County Parks & Recreation is hosting a Snowshoe & Hike at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park on Sunday, Jan. 17, starting at noon. Walk with a group or venture out on your own anytime. (A copy of the Headlands’ trail map is online here.) Social distancing and masks will be required for group walks. Dress appropriately for cold weather. Access to the trails is available from the parking area just inside the Headlands’ park entrance. Follow the event on the Headlands Facebook page for any changes.
Jan
24
Sun
Snowshoe or Hike at Camp Petosega
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm
Emmet County Parks & Recreation is hosting a Snowshoe or Hike at Camp Petosega on Sunday, Jan. 24, starting at 1 p.m. Walk with a group or venture out on your own anytime. (View the Camp Petosega map online here.) Social distancing and masks will be required for group walks. Dress appropriately for cold weather. Those wishing to walk with the group should meet at 1 p.m. in the beachfront parking (go straight past the registration office, towards the shoreline). Follow the event on the Camp Petosega Facebook page for any changes.
Jun
19
Sat
Cruise-in & Car Show at County Fairgrounds
Jun 19 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Emmet County Parks and Recreation is hosting a car show at the Emmet County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 19, from 4-8 p.m. A variety of makes and models will fill the fairgrounds for automobile enthusiasts to appreciate. Admission to the event is free. Park staff is still accepting participants for the event. Entry fee is $5 per vehicle. Those interested in participating can download registration documents here. For more information, or to request the registration forms be sent by mail or email, please call the fairgrounds sales coordinator at (231) 348-5479 or email [email protected].
Jun
26
Sat
Summer Craft Show at County Fairgrounds
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Emmet County Parks and Recreation is hosting a summer craft show at the Emmet County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local and guest vendors will be selling a variety of items including jewelry, clothes, handmade gifts, cards, and more. Admission to the event is free. Park staff is still accepting vendors for the event. Cost is $50 for a 10×10 space with one table and chairs provided to the first 30 vendors who sign up. Those interested in participating can download registration documents here. For more information, or to request the registration forms be sent by mail or email, please call the fairgrounds sales coordinator at (231) 348-5479 or email [email protected].
Aug
28
Sat
Meet-n-Greet with author Tyler Benson at McGulpin Point
Aug 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Emmet County Parks and Recreation is hosting a free Meet-and-Greet event at McGulpin Point Lighthouse on Saturday, August 28, from noon to 2 p.m., with author of the children’s book series The Adventures of Onyx. Tyler Benson, who lives with his family in St. Ignace, has served in the United States Coast Guard for over 18 years. He began writing short stories about his search and rescue adventures in the Coast Guard to educate his young children about what he does when he goes on duty for 48 hours at a time. He wanted them to learn the importance of service to their country and helping those in need. To help them better understand his job, Tyler wrote the stories featuring his station’s morale dog, Onyx. These stories soon evolved into a dream — to publish a book series that would serve as a tribute and a way to bring recognition to all who serve or have served in the United States Coast Guard. Check out the flyer for more information.
Sep
19
Sun
Goodbye Summer Car Show
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Emmet County Parks and Recreation is hosting a car show at the Emmet County Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A variety of makes and models will fill the fairgrounds for automobile enthusiasts to appreciate at this Goodbye Summer Car Show! Admission to the event is free for the general public. Entry fee is $10 per vehicle. There is no early sign-up period. Gates open at 9 a.m. the day of the event for vehicle registration. Trophies will be awarded to the Best of Show, Best Modern Car, and Best Classic Car around 12:30 p.m. with door prizes given out during the day. Food vendors will also be on site. For more information, please call the fairgrounds sales coordinator at (231) 348-5479 or email [email protected].
Nov
11
Thu
Veterans Day Free Breakfast
Nov 11 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11. Ceremonies and events, as well as restaurant specials and store discounts, will be available for veterans and their families throughout the county. The Emmet County Veterans Affairs Department has partnered with North Central Michigan College and Odawa Casino to honor those who have served with a Veterans Day breakfast. Veterans and their families are invited to the annual free breakfast at the Petoskey Odawa Casino on Thursday morning from 7-10 a.m. For more information, please call Emmet County VA Director Jeff Urban at (231) 348-1780 or email [email protected].

Dec
11
Sat
Holiday Open House at McGulpin Point Lighthouse
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
McGulpin Point Lighthouse will host a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 1-4 p.m. Free self-guided tours though the historic building, including to the top of the lighthouse tower. Cookies and beverages will be offered while supplies last. This is a great chance to find a unique item for your holiday shopping in the lighthouse gift shop. For questions, please call the park programming coordinator at (231) 330-2761 or email [email protected].
Dec
18
Sat
VISIT WITH SANTA!
Dec 18 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Emmet County Parks & Recreation staff invites the public to stop by and visit with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 1-5 p.m. inside the Equestrian Center at the Emmet County Fairgrounds in Petoskey. Cookies and beverages will be provided and visitors can create their own holiday-themed arts and crafts too. No cost to attend. For questions, please call the park programming coordinator at (231) 348-5479 or email [email protected].
Aug
10
Wed
Camp Pet-o-sega’s Disc Golf Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Aug 10 @ 3:30 pm
Sep
23
Fri
How to Limit Light Pollution with Robert Parrish
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm

Robert Parrish, International Dark Sky Association Delegate and Michiana/Kalamazoo Astronomical Society Member, will touch upon identifying light pollution’s three main components and how to mitigate it. Also covered will be how human and environmental health is negatively affected by improper lighting, as well as the relationship between crime and outdoor lighting. For more information, please call the programming and sales coordinator at (231) 348-5479 or email [email protected].

Dec
10
Sat
Visit with Santa
Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Santa will be visiting the Emmet County Fairgrounds’ Community Building. Guests will be invited to take a photo with Santa, make crafts to take home, and enjoy delicious cups of hot cocoa as well as cookies. Entry is free.

Jun
23
Fri
Space Weather, Aurora Borealis and Photographing the Northern Lights with Ross Ellet
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm

The next few years could bring the best northern lights viewing to Michigan in 20 years! Ross Ellet will explain his strategies for successfully chasing the Aurora in recent years and how to photograph them with a camera and smart phone. Entry is free!

Jun
29
Thu
Introduction to Astrobiology with Veronica Klawender
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm

What is Astrobiology? What role does the James Webb Space Telescope play in this field? Find out by joining us at the Waterfront Event Center where University of Arizona, Student, Veronica Klawender will give a presentation on the topic. Entry is free!

Aug
3
Thu
Comets, Broom Stars of the Night Sky
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm

Join us at the Headlands Waterfront Event Center where we will be discussing a brief history of comets, how best to observe them, and what equipment will be needed for observation.

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Sep
20
Wed
Space, Rocks and Ice: Connecting Astronomy, Antarctica and Northern Michigan
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm

In this talk, Polar geologist Jamey Stutz will draw connections between the glacial landscape of Northern Michigan and the massive Antarctic Ice Sheet and show how the world’s largest chunk of ice not only regulates global sea level but sets the stage for Astronomers to look, listen and feel into deep space. This talk is family-friendly, and Antarctic rock samples and polar gear will be on display for all.

Oct
21
Sat
EMS Community Food Drive
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Dec
9
Sat
McGulpin Point Lighthouse Holiday Open House
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

McGulpin Point Lighthouse Holiday Open House

December 9, 11-3 pm
500 Headlands Rd. Mackinaw City, 49701

Take a free self-guided tour of a festive and historic 19th-century lighthouse.
The gift shop will also be open and we invite you to enjoy the complimentary cookies and hot cocoa* while you shop.

View the wintery Straits of Mackinac from the top of the lighthouse tower.

*cookies and cocoa are available while supplies last

Feb
17
Sat
Annual Ice Fishing Day Cancelled
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Annual Ice Fishing Day – Camp Petosega – 2/17/24 – 12pm – 4pm – Emmet County Parks and Recreation is hosting the annual free Ice Fishing Day for Kids at Camp Pet-o-se-ga. The event takes place Saturday, Feb. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. and coincides with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ free fishing weekend. Kids in kindergarten through eighth grade along with their parents or guardians are welcome to join us for an afternoon of ice fishing and fun. We supply the fishing gear and bait while parents supply the warmly dressed kids. Please note that parents must remain with their children throughout the event. Volunteers will be helping kids with baiting and fishing.
Participants will be able to get warmed up in the campground Rec Hall with free snacks and hot cocoa. If the outside temperature (including wind chill factor) is below zero degrees, the event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 18.

Cancelled
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