Boyne Area Chamber
28 South Lake St. (Map)
Boyne City, MI 49712
Ph: (231) 582-6222
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Boyne City Winterfest

Winterfest fun planned in Boyne City
on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

winterfest_newlogoNearly everything in the family-friendly Winterfest is free. Here is the schedule. Please check back for updated details: 

All day - INDOOR SIDEWALK SALES at many downtown merchants. Details.

All day - SNOW SCULPTURE CONTEST - Sunset Park, west end of Water Street. Call 231-582-6222 to register.

All day - Great sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing at Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area, end of Wilson Street. Warming house has restrooms and free loaner skates and sleds.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Boyne City Farmers Market features Winterfest Frozen Features - Market Chili to taste and take home, along with other produce, meats and baked goods. In the Red Barn next to the Boyne District Library on S. Park Street.

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - David Wyant of Harbor Springs, author of "The Town That Haunted Hemingway," will be at Local Flavor Bookstore, reading from his new book "Side Door to Heaven for Hemingway." After the reading, he will answer questions and sign books. Call Local Flavor at 231.582.7499 to reserve your place for this event.

12 and 1:30 p.m. - Fat Bike the North races on the groomed trails at The Hill Nature Preserve on West Clute Road. Beginner Class race at noon, Sport and Expert Classes race from 1:30 to 3:30. After Party at Boyne City Lanes starts at 4:30 p.m. Save $5 if you register by Jan. 22.  Facebook page.

12 to 2 p.m. - HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH RIDES starting from Old City Park, no charge.

1 to 3 p.m. - KIDS' GAMES at Old City park, including Frozen Fish Toss, Frozen Turkey Bowling. Complimentary hot chocolate and doughnuts from Glen's Market. Old City Park, corner of Park and River Streets.

1 p.m. - X-C SKI LESSONS - Boyne Mountain Cross-Country Ski Center gives free half-hour lessons at 1 p.m. and free snowshoeing on their trails from 1 to 3 p.m. Ski rentals are available; bring your own snowshoes.

1 to 3:30 p.m. TEA AND TAROT at balanced living in the Huntington Bank Building. Workshop provides you with the opportunity to, in a safe, fun space, explore a different way of perception. With tea a bubbling, let's open a dialog about the nature and importance of symbolism in one's life. Mini-tarot readings will be available with an opportunity to schedule a full tarot reading if you desire. In addition, we may even have a professional sitar player to provide additional entertainment to our experience. $20 in advance or $25 at the door.


chili trophy3 p.m. - CHILI COOK-OFF - Open to restaurants and anyone with access to a state-licensed kitchen. Call Libbie at 231-582-6554 to register, then bring one gallon of chili in a crock pot to Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors, 231 Water St. Tasting starts at 3 p.m.  Entries so far include Red Mesa, Cafe Sante, BC Lanes, Frog Hollow, Parkside Grill, Barrel Back, Porter Creek Fish House, Boyne USA and Grain Train. Due to limited space, the cook-off is limited to the first 13 entries. Prizes awarded for Judges Choice and People's Choice. Winner gets a traveling trophy, pictured at right.

3 p.m. - CROSS-COUNTRY SKI TOUR led by Jack Laurent at Young State Park. Easy, flat trails through beautiful forest. No charge, sign up by emailing

4 to 7 p.m. - WINE TASTING - Stop by the Wine Emporium, 123 Water Street,  for a complimentary taste of three seasonal offerings, conversation and snacks.

5 p.m. - SNOW SCULPTURE CONTEST winners announced in Sunset Park. Rules and information.

5 to 6 p.m. - STAR GAZING with Bryan Shumaker of the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club (cloud cover permitting), in Sunset Park.

8 p.m. - LIVE MUSIC from "Under the Moon" at Cafe Sante, One Water Street.

 Downtown merchants offer Winterfest "Indoor Sidewalk Sale" shopping specials on Jan. 24: (check back for more)

  • balanced living - Tea and Tarot Session, 1 to 3:30 p.m. $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Details above.
  • Boyne City Hardware - 20% off all sleds, luges, snow tubes, toboggans & winter hats, 40% off decorative picture frames. Yankee Candles - buy one, get one half off.
  • Boyne City Farmers Market - Chili tastings and more, open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Library Red Barn.
  • Boyne Trading Company - Storewide sales.
  • Cindi Franco's Cool Stuff - Pop a balloon savings for indoor sidewalk sales.
  • Country Now & Then / Up The Lazy River - inventory reduction sale with up to 60% off on select items throughout the store.
  • Grain Train - 10% off everything in the store.
  • inspired living - 60% off of “Love this Life” and Men’s Clothing, 75% off on selected books, 50% off selected teas.
  • Local Flavor - Book reading and signing with "Side Door to Heaven for Hemingway" author David Wyant, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Details above.)
  • Mary's of Boyne - Fight the winter blues with 30-70% off selected items throughout the store. Warm cozy sweaters, vests, puffer coats that convert to vests... and don't forget the fleeced lined leggings.
  • North Country Cycle Shop - All clothing (Columbia, Pearl Izumi, Bontrager and Endura) 25-50% off plus sale prices on many bikes.
  • Parkside Grill & Treats - 10% off any Whiteout.
  • Red Mesa Grill - 25% off all merchandise sales - glasses, t-shirts, caps.
  • Self Indulgence Salon - 40-50% off selected accessories including Tosca purses, necklaces and watches, lotion, winter headbands, wallets and mini flat irons. Also, 10% off all regular-priced merchandise including products, scarves and jewelry. 9 to 1 only.
  • smitten designs - 30% off all items.
  • Subway - Free medium fountain drink or coffee with purchase of any sandwich, salad or pizza.
  • Other stores will also be having specials and sales.