Boyne City Winterfest Saturday January 24

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Beth Gohs

Staff Writer

The Boyne City Winterfest is scheduled this year for all day Saturday Jan. 24, which will include kids games, a chili cook-off, the fat bike race and free ski lessons at Boyne Mountain.

The day-long festival begins 9 a.m. with the farmers market and lasts until 8 p.m. with a music duo, “Under the Moon,” performing at Café Sante.

“We have a lot of great outdoor winter activities just here naturally,” said Jim Baumann, Executive Director at the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce. “We just thought it would be fun to call attention to those and add some indoor things like wine-tasting and music and that sort of thing.”

New events to be expected at this years Winterfest include: free ski lessons and snowshoeing at Boyne Mountain and the fat bike race at The Hill Nature Preserve.

“All events are free. We had toyed with the idea of having sleigh rides for a dollar a person, but we co-sponsor the event with Main Street … so we decided to just make it free,” said Baumann. “Everything is free (except) the bike races. They have prize money, so that is a thing that people have to register and pay for.”

The chili cook-off, hosted by Coldwell Banker Real Estate for its second year; and there will be commercial restaurants competing for a trophy award—tasting is from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“The fun thing for me to participate in is the chili cook-off,” Baumann said. “That’s a lot of fun and it’s really amazing. There are a dozen entries in the chili cook-off, it’s really great. And I’ve got to be a judge in the past few years and it’s just phenomenal.”

“We are trying to promote the positive side of winter and we have kids games like frozen turkey bowling and frozen fish toss … skiing and sledding and all fun stuff,” Baumann said.

winterfest events:

All day

indoor sidewalk sales

Downtown businesses’ Indoor Sidewalk Sales

All day

snow sculpture

Snow sculpture contest- Sunset Park, west end of Water Street. Call 231-459-4007 to register. Snow Sculpture info and rules.

All day

sled, skate, ski

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.

farm market fun

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.

author reading/signing

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 582-7499 to reserve your place for this event.

12 and 1:30 p.m.

fat bike races

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.

12 to 2 p.m.

sleigh rides

HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH RIDES starting from Old City Park, no charge.

1 to 3 p.m.

kids games

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.

cross country ski lessons

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

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.

3 p.m.


Open to restaurants and anyone with access to a state-licensed kitchen. Call Libbie at 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.


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.


Stop by the Wine Emporium, 123 Water Street, for a complimentary taste of three seasonal offerings, conversation and snacks.

5 p.m.


Winners announced in Sunset Park.

5 to 6 p.m.

see the stars

STAR GAZING with Bryan Shumaker of the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club (cloud cover permitting), in Sunset Park.

8 p.m.


“Under the Moon” performs at Cafe Sante, One Water Street.