Friday June 13 kicks off the first Stroll the Streets in Boyne City

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Beth Gohs

Staff Writer

Summer in Boyne City means a lot of entertainment and fun, and what better way to kick off June than with the first of many 2014 Stroll the Streets events!
Bands such as Dagtopia, Natural Reaction and Shady Hill, among others, are included for the lineup on the event’s first night of the year, scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Friday June 13.
“It seems like everybody in Northern Michigan knows about it and it’s been great for our businesses,” said Jim Baumann, Executive Director of the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce. “It brings so many people downtown. It’s for locals, too, not just for out-of-town-ers.”
He added, “I’ve talked to businesses owners who say they’d have a lot more trouble thriving and surviving if they didn’t have that Friday.”
According to Baumann, the event, while sponsored by the Mainstreet Program, is supported by donations by many businesses.
“They realize how much it helped them so they want to make an investment,” said Baumann.
Local business owner Karen Guzniczak began the event 11 years ago.
“I personally—and I think the community—appreciate(s) the efforts of Karen Guzniczak… It wasn’t easy back then. There were people who didn’t think it was a good idea,” Baumann said. “And, she just stuck with it. It’s become such a wonderful successful event now and much of the success was due to Karen’s effort.”
In addition to all the music, children’s entertainers, treats, increased business traffic and community fellowship, Baumann said the event is a perk for the local restaurants.
“There is kind of a long wait at some of the restaurants but it gives everyone something to do if they do want to go out to eat,” Baumann said. “That’s why the restaurants like it—because it gives people something to do. You don’t just tell them there’s an hour wait and they just go home or go to some other town.”
The event will continue throughout the summer, with its last occurrence of the season planned for Friday Aug. 29.

June 13
Jania Taylor, magician
Kowalske Family Band
Natural Reaction
Shady Hill
Sky & Signal

June 20
Charlie & Gerald Millard
Elizebeth Cannon
Joyful Creation, face painting and balloon twisting
Kirby Shively
Kowalske Family Band
Rum Boogie
Whiskey River

June 27
Bob Greenway
East Port
Kowalske Family Band
Lake Street Ramblers
Scott And Mary Paquette
Twister Joe
July 4
Blue Shadow Band
David Cisco
Harbor Hoe Down
Kowalske Family Band
Melissa Welke
RFD Boys
Twister Joe

July 11
Bob Garza Duo
Craig Cottrill Band
Horton Creek
Jon Archambault Band
Kowalske Family Band
Neil Sauter,
Michigan Stilt Walker
Off Duty
Ty & Cody
Debra Adamcik, caricature artist

July 18
Dwain Martin and 45 North
Full Circle
Kowalske Family Band
Randy Reska
Rustic Heart
The Sunshine String Band
The Vermeers
Twister Joe
Debra Adamcik, caricature artist

July 25
Jania Taylor, magician
Keith Scott
Kowalske Family Band
Night Shade
Smith & Puroll
The Pistil Whips
Wyatt & Shari Knapp
Zeemo the Magnificent, yo-yo artist

August 1
Bruce Walker
Don Judd & Friends
Frontiers Men
Kayla Jo Cross
Kowalske Family Band
Plumville Project
Sky & Signal
Twister Joe

August 8
2nd Time Around
Family Of Christ
Finding Eden
Fonda Starr
Karen Brooks
Kowalske Family Band
Steve Guthrie
Twister Joe

August 15
Adoph Cwik
Bob Greenway
Genesis Church
Jania Taylor, magician
Kowalske Family Band
Tom Monley

August 22
Don Rivers & Jim
Ernie Mindel & Cedar Valley
Joyful Creation, face painting and balloon twistings
Kowalske Family Band
Lake Street Ramblers
Straight Forward Bluegrass Band
Wooden Nickels

August 29
Craig Cottrill
Horton Creek
Kowalske Family Band
Northern Nights
Steven D and The Keys
Twister Joe
Wyatt & Shari Knapp