Three Munising businesses were recently awarded by the City Center Development Authority for their impressive holiday exhibits.
Each year, the Munising DDA hosts a business decorating competition, encouraging those in its neighborhood to get into the holiday spirit by providing matching grant funds of up to $ 250 for decorations. Institutions had until December 2 to set up their displays and a panel of judges determined the winners that evening.
While each participating company has done an outstanding job in turning Munising into a winter wonderland, the top three recognized establishments are Driftwood Deli, in first place; South Bay Outfitters, second place; and Superior One O Nine Salon, third place.
The DDA also purchased new festive decorations – colorful wreaths, snowflakes, candy canes and stars – this year for the M-28 / Munising Avenue corridor. They can be found adorning light poles that were recently installed as part of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s highway project.
While local organizations and city workers have certainly done their part to beautify the city this season, we also want to thank the Boyak and Cromell families. Most of the decorations you will find around Munising were not only donated by Deanna Boyak and the Fuzzy Boyak Memorial Fund, but are installed by families every year.
For the past two weeks, the Peoples State Bank and the American Legion Post 131 have hosted holiday parties. Our office prepared gift bags for the children which were distributed on both occasions.
On December 4, several local fire departments, including the town of Munising and the townships of Au Train and Munising, came together for an event called “Fill the fire truck food drive” where area residents and high school students volunteered with the firefighters, going door-to-door and collecting non-perishable food and monetary donations. According to event organizers, more than 3,000 pounds of food was donated to a local store in Saint-Vincent-de-Paul and the Algiers County Pantry.
Events to come
There will be a parade in Chatham starting at 3 p.m. on December 18. As the event poster indicates: “Santa Claus is coming to town on a horse-drawn wagon!” Be in Chatham to see him walk down the freeway and around the corner to the township fire hall where he will be handing out candy. Children: there will be a special box for letters to Santa Claus. I’m sure he will respond if there is a return address on the letter. Free hot chocolate. Beware of the Grinch.
There will be a Town Hall bake sale following the parade, the proceeds of which will be donated to Superior Central students in need of winter gloves, hats and jackets.
Also on December 18 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Munising High School Key Club Christmas party will take place in the Algiers Parks and Recreation building. There will be holiday themed games and activities and a visit with Santa and other characters.
The Munising Lions Club will judge the Holiday Shows on December 22 between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The judges will take an Altran bus around town and vote for their favorites. The winners will be announced on the group’s Facebook page. Those who want to make sure the judges don’t miss their posting can submit their address to the Munising Lions Club Facebook page.
Editor’s Note: Jaymie Depew is the Communications and Special Projects Assistant at the Algiers County Chamber of Commerce / Grand Munising Bay Partnership for Trade Development, Downtown Development Authority of Munising and the Munising Visitors Bureau.