County Meetings & Events Calendar

Fall Mushrooming Workshop/Emmet Conservation District
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Emmet Conservation District Annual Meeting
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
College Night at NCMC
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

North Central Michigan College invites high school juniors and seniors and their parents to College Night, Wednesday, October 14. The event will be held on the Petoskey campus in the Student and Community Resource Center from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

High school students and parents can meet with representatives from more than 50 public and private colleges and universities from throughout the Midwest about higher education options, admission requirements, programs of study, costs of college, campus activities and residence life. Armed Forces representatives will also be available. A North Central financial aid advisor will be present to answer questions about federal financial aid for college.

The program is offered to the community by North Central as a free service for college-bound students and families, and is supported by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers.

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and a Military-Friendly School®.

Business After Hours, Petoskey Chamber
Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm



Area businesses and staff are invited to Business After Hours on Thursday, October 15, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Petoskey Bay View Country Club. This event is our annual local foods theme that will feature local farmers as well as business that support the local food initiative.

Sponsors for the event include: Taste the Local Difference, The Local Food Alliance sponsored by Grain Train Natural Foods Market, Emmet County Recycling, and Kilwin’s Chocolate Kitchen. Local farmers will also be in attendance and the evenings hors d’oeuvres will also have several local features.

Attend this event for networking opportunities, along with hors d’oeuvres created with local foods, cash-bar refreshments and door prizes. Cost is just $7 for Members or $12 for Not-yet-members. No Advance Registration is required.

Business After Hours is a well-attended "end-of-the-work-day" networking event designed to help participants make new business contacts, develop potential new customers, and build exposure for their businesses.  Inexpensive and informal, after hours are ideal for meeting fellow professionals and establishing long-lasting business relationships.

To help build business relationships, you need to be in the right places to meet members of the business community. The Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is the right place to be each month. An average of 125 chamber members attend each after hours event for networking opportunities. For more information please call Nikki Devitt at 347-4150.

2nd Annual Ghost Supper community meal
Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm – 12:00 am

On Sunday, October 18, 2015, the Mackinaw Area Historical Society will host its second Annual Ghost Supper in Heritage Village, 2 miles west of Mackinaw City off Central Avenue.

 The Ghost Supper, or Spirit Feast, is a celebration of Native American culture that is observed in the fall as a traditional time of remembering and honoring deceased loved ones and relatives through the offering of food and tobacco (semaa) at a community meal. The tobacco is offered to the spirit fire, in honoring one’s ancestors at this gathering. The food is prepared to feed the ancestor’s at the spirit fire. The ghost feast shares elements of Halloween, All Souls Day and Mexico’s Day of the Dead. “This custom has been practiced for as long as the AnishInaabe (Odawa, Ojibwa and Potawatomi) have lived in Michigan,” said Gennie Morgan, a Native Elder specializing on Ojibwa traditions, the medicine wheel and drumming.

 In many occasions when Ghost Feasts are held, the tradition will begin when tribal members use colorful crepe paper to make wreathes which are placed on their ancestor’s burial sites as an invitation to the ghost suppers. With fall generally being a rainy season, the crepe paper wreathes get wet and the color drains out of them – a sign that the spirits of the ancestors have accepted the invitation to the supper.

The general public is invited to share in this ceremony. Bring a favorite dish of an ancestor to share plus your own table setting. Cider and water will be provided. The ceremony, which will begin at 2:00 in the afternoon at the Heritage Village pavilion, will include drumming and singing and enjoying a community meal around the sacred fire. This is an outside event so participants should dress warmly. Heritage Village is located on West Central Avenue about 1.5 miles west of downtown Mackinaw City.

Veterans Day Events
Nov 11 all-day

Veterans Day in Emmet County: Notices of events on Wednesday, Nov. 11

Services: Several events in Emmet County are planned to recognize Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11. “At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we will remember and honor our veterans with a walk into Pennsylvania Park. 5th grade classes from around the area will help carry the flag and read and sing and honor our veterans,” according to the Angel Ambassadors.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., students and staff from Central Elementary School and other participants will walk from the school to Pennsylvania Park downtown Petoskey, where a veterans’ honor ceremony will take place.

Breakfast for Veterans: Veterans and their families are invited to a free breakfast at the North Central Michigan College cafeteria on Wednesday, November 11, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.  The college’s Student Veterans Association and Chase Bank are sponsoring the event to show appreciation to our local veterans and their families. No reservations are necessary.

Veterans Day Pow Wow: The LTBB Waaniigaanzijik Youth Council will host a Veteran’s Day Pow Wow on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Petoskey Middle School cafeteria and gym. A potluck feast begins at 6:15 p.m. and the Grand Entry is at 7 p.m. All drums and dancers are invited to participate. For more information call (715) 558-3891.

Discounts: Free lunch of dinner at Applebee’s and Bob Evans all day on Veterans Day; 10 percent discount at Lowe’s

Read Emmet County EMS Director Larry Hansen’s tribute to Veterans on the EMS home page.

Petoskey holiday parade downtown
Nov 28 @ 10:00 am


Holiday spirit will be in the air with the 2015 Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. The parade will wind through Downtown streets and end at the Perry Hotel, where children will have those all-important conversations with Santa.

Downtown Petoskey is proud to announce this year’s parade will be an excellent way to support local families in need! As part of the Toys for Tots program, the U.S. Marines will collect new, unwrapped toys for the many nothern Michigan families who will be unable to afford gifts during the holiday season.  On behalf of the Harvest Food & Supply Drive for the Women’s Resource Center Safe Home, Grain Train will be collecting items of need.

In addition, there will be performances by the Petoskey High School Marching Band, floats, and walking ensembles representing many businesses and nonprofits in the community, and much more.

The parade is always the Saturday after Thanksgiving

Downtown Petoskey Holiday Open House
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Held the first Friday in December, Holiday Open House begins with an appearance by Santa Claus, who flies in to town to light the giant Christmas tree in Pennsylvania Park. Merchants open their doors to offer warm holiday greetings. The streets are filled with merry entertainment by carolers and the Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band. And don’t forget to visit the bean pots and enjoy a cup of soup made by the Petoskey Snowmobile Club. Come downtown and enjoy the smiling faces and Christmas fun with your family with this evening that is a holiday tradition on the first Friday in December every year.
Harbor Springs Annual Merchants Open House
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a Norman Rockwell painting when visiting this lovely resort town during the holidays! The most anticipated event of the year is the Annual Downtown Merchant Holiday Open House.  Enjoy a fun-filled day of shopping and an unforgettable evening of special music including the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, hot and cold refreshments, and yummy holiday treats and hors d’oeuvres.  Main Street will be closed to allow the community to stroll in between stores and enjoy a relaxing evening of tradition.
Facilitative Leadership Workshop
Jan 27 @ 9:30 am – Jan 29 @ 3:00 pm

Facilitative Leadership

From the Michigan State University Extension Office: If you haven’t taken Facilitative Leadership yet, here is your opportunity! It is one of the most highly acclaimed programs we teach! This three-day class focuses on creating an inclusive culture of collaborative learning in teams, communities and organizations. It is for both new and experienced leaders, managers, facilitators and graduate students who would like to develop or improve their facilitative leadership skills.

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Contact: Julia Darnton, Emily Proctor

‘The Mighty Mac: An Icon in Michigan’ program set for April 27
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

‘The Mighty Mac: An Icon in Michigan’ next Essence of Emmet program on April 27, 2016

Free public event takes place Wednesday, April 27, from 6 to 8 the Fairgrounds in Petoskey
The story of one of Michigan’s most recognized and beloved landmarks, the Mackinac Bridge, will be the topic of the Essence of Emmet historical collaborative’s Spring 2016 program.

The program will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Community Building at the Emmet County Fairgrounds, 1129 Charlevoix Ave (U.S. 31), Petoskey (use the Eppler Road entrance). It is free and open to the public; reservations are not required and refreshments will be served during an intermission.

On this evening, several speakers will offer insights and background on the Mighty Mac, which connects Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The program will begin with Mackinac Bridge Authority Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney and his presentation on how the bridge was built, including photos and anecdotes about this engineering marvel.

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Bob Sweeney, Executive Secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority

The bridge opened in 1957 and has served as a driver of economic development and tourism in Northern Michigan for the last nearly 60 years. The bridge has a foundation in three counties: Emmet, Cheboygan and Mackinac in the UP. As Executive Secretary of the MBA since August 2002, Sweeney oversees all operations of the bridge, its maintenance and staff.

During an intermission, guests can enjoy refreshments and watch a video of Emmet County staff climbing the south tower of the bridge with Sweeney.

After intermission, a seldom-told but intriguing angle on the bridge’s history will be presented. Attorney Patrick McGow, with the Miller Canfield legal firm in Detroit, will share how sharp lawyering skills allowed for the bridge’s financing to go through at the last minute. Because no suspension bridge of this length had ever been built anywhere in the world, coupled with challenging construction conditions, negotiating the financing of the bonds came down to the wire and nearly failed.

McGow is a bond attorney, advising cities, counties, townships, villages and authorities on a broad range of infrastructure financing and related legal matters.

Patrick McGow, atop the Mackinac Bridge’s south tower.

At the end of the program, the public may have the opportunity to hear from several people who worked on the bridge’s construction, during a Q & A session.


The Essence of Emmet group works to promote the rich history of Northwest Michigan. Members of the Essence of Emmet include Emmet County, the Emmet County Historical Commission, Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, Harbor Springs Area Historical Society, Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Little Traverse Historical Society, Mackinac State Historic Parks, Mackinaw Area Historical Society and Pellston Historical Society. Information can be found online at about the group and its projects.

The Essence group has published three of four parts of an historical magazine series exploring the history of Emmet County and its people. The construction of the bridge is featured prominently in Part 3, which covers the timeframe of 1918 through 1960.

To receive complimentary copies of the first three of four installments of the Essence of Emmet history magazine, contact Beth Anne Eckerle at (231) 348-1704 or email Part 4 will be published in January 2017.

For more information about the group or the April 27 program, contact Eckerle. The second program of the year will take place in the Fall, on Sept. 28, 2016, also at the Fairgrounds.

Students and senior groups interested in our history are encouraged to attend the historical programs.

Put Your Pills in the POD! Emmet County Drug Collection Event on July 23rd
Jul 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

To help citizens properly dispose of unwanted or expired medicines, there is an upcoming POD (Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Drop-Off) collection event in Harbor Springs. This collection event will take place at the Emmet County Drop-Off Center, 7363 Pleasantview Road, on Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 12:00 Noon..

This is an environmentally safe, convenient, and free way to dispose of unwanted and expired pills. Area residents can bring unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications in the original containers including pills, liquids, ointments, lotions, and even pet medications. We request that residents keep the medicines in the original container for easy identification of the medicine but erase or black out all personal information from the prescription bottles.

“Improper disposal of unwanted and expired medicine can pose a significant danger to our Northern Michigan waters, community, and families,” said Jennifer McKay, policy specialist, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. “By using the POD Program and properly disposing of unwanted pharmaceuticals and drugs, residents will help us keep our rivers and drinking water clean and our communities and families safe.”

Traditional methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards and should be avoided. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Residents may also dispose of medicines throughout the year at permanent POD Drop-off Boxes, located at law enforcement agencies throughout Northern Michigan.  For more information, including drop-off locations,<>.

The service is made possible through cooperation of the following entities: Emmet County Household Chemical Drop-off Program, Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, HARBOR, Inc., Harbor Springs Police Department, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, McLaren Northern Michigan, Petoskey Department of Public Safety, and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.

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