Can you feel it, can you feel it? Sunshine and days in the 1950s, snowbirds are slowly returning from their warm winter states. Local businesses are beginning to extend their opening hours. All the signs of spring in Cheboygan.
Not only are businesses expanding their opening hours, but there are new businesses to check out! And don’t forget to visit the indoor SPRING Farmer’s Market, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old Junior High School (504 Division St.). The market will return on Festival Square Memorial Day weekend.
Did you catch the Northland Players Dinner Theater? If you didn’t, you missed it! It was a hilarious, well-attended show. Stay tuned for their next production. There is a one woman show, “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman” at the Opera this Saturday March 26 at 3 p.m. Always so much to do in our little town.
It’s spring break this week for schools in the Cheboygan area. They return on Monday. When they return, three quarters of the school year is over! The students are preparing for their summer jobs! Many job fairs in the region take place.
The annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 7. Another sure sign that it’s spring! Speaking of the bedroom, there are new opportunities there. Polly Schneider is going to be the manager of Cheboygan Main Street/DDA here in town. Theresa Cole, the chamber’s bureau chief, has accepted a position at Alanson. Thus, new management positions are available. The Chamber and Visitor Center play an extremely important role in our community. You can be part of it!
Earth Week Plus events begin this Saturday, March 26 with a traditional sugar bush event with Keith Knecht. If you missed last week’s article, you can find all of the adventures listed on earthweekplus.org. One thing that was not printed in the brochure is an electronics recycling event. The recycling will take place in conjunction with the Solar Panel Tour at East Elementary on Saturday, April 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. Have you stored old computers, monitors, cell phones, and other electronics? Now is your chance to get rid of them for recycling. Just bring them to East Elementary on March 23 between 1 and 3 p.m. If you still have CRT TVs to dispose of, you will be charged a fee.
The MSRW (Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch) is in full swing in Mackinaw City. Hey, if the birds are crossing the strait, it must be spring! For count locations, see mackinacraptorwatch.org.
Our local Dairy Queen has been open for several weeks already. Nothing like a delicious dairy treat to get you in the spring mood.
Spring is a special time for us in Northern Michigan. We have a minute to regroup before we dive into the hectic summer months of tourism and the always welcomed, sometimes hated, tradition of company! Glad to see them come, glad to see them go. Remember the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.”
Go outside, enjoy the spring air and the buds of the trees. Take a stroll or walk one of our many trails. Get ready for summer!
— Linda Rogers is a retired business teacher and serial volunteer. She serves on the Cheboygan Town Planning Commission and the Cheboygan County Planning Commission, and is a board member of the Straits Area Community Foundation. Linda is also president of our local Rosie the Riveter. She lives in Beaugrand Township with her husband Vince Lumetta.