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Tawas City and East Tawas - The 29th Annual Arts & Crafts Show will be held Saturday, May 28th from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, May 29th from 10am to 4pm at Tawas City Shoreline Park. Events on Monday, May 30th will begin with the annual Memorial Day Celebration in Memory Gardens Cemetery, located at 427 Meadowview Dr., in Tawas City.  It is scheduled to start at 9am and will be led by the Tawas City VFW Post 5678 and the Tawas Area Veterans Honor Guard.  During the celebration where will be a segment know as The Roll Call, wherein the names of every known military veteran buried in the cemetery are read. Then the Memorial Day Parade will take place in downtown East Tawas starting at 11am from the East Tawas Post Office and conclude at the East Tawas State Harbor where a ceremony will take place to honor veterans lost at sea. Following that ceremony the veterans groups will make their way to the American Legion Cemetery on Lincoln Street in East Tawas to conduct another service.


Oscoda - The Oscoda American Legion Post 274 will begin Memorial Day tributes on Friday, May 27th with the public invited to place American Flags on the graves of military personnel in Pinecrest Cemetery located on Adams Road, starting at 9am.  The flags will remain in place through Veterans Day.  Then on Monday, May 30th the American Legion will hold a Memorial Day service at 11am at the Legion building at 849 S. State St.  The Oscoda VFW Post 3735 will also be holding a Memorial Day service at 11am on Monday, May 30th at the VFW Post located at 240 Chrysler Rd. Then at starting promptly at 1pm the ceremony continues at the Veterans Memorial Park of Northeast Michigan located at 4800 Skeel Ave. on the former Wurtsmith Airforce Base.


Whittemore - There will be a Memorial Weekend breakfast on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th from 7am to 10am at the Whittemore Area Chamber of Commerce located at 405 E Sherman St. A parade will also be held Saturday, May 28th at 11am and run from Whittemore Speedway and conclude at the chamber property. Parade awards will also be presented at the Chamber after the parade and where the Burleigh-Reno-Whittemore Fire Department will be hosting their popular annual cookout.  Whittemore Chamber of Commerce will again host the Michigan High School Rodeo Association's Junior High School Finals, slated to begin at 1pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  The first race of the year at Whittemore Speedway will also be on Saturday, May 28th at 7pm.


Hale - Members of the Hale Eagle Riders, will host their Memorial Weekend Turkey Dinner from 4pm to 7pm on Saturday, May 28th at the Hale Eagles Aerie No. 4217 located north of downtown Hale,5971 M65.  Cost for the dinner is $11 for adults and $6 for children age 10 and under.  Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army. On Monday, May 30th, the Memorial Day Parade will kick off at 10am from Bernard Building Center and will end at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Plainfield Township Resource Center.  The Hale Veterans group will conduct a brief ceremony at the site and then continue on to the Esmond Evergreen Cemetery for a formal service including a Roll Call of names of all the veterans laid to rest at the cemetery.  After the cemetery the VFW will open to the public for a luncheon at the post located 203 E. Ainsley St. and the meal is free but donations are accepted.  After lunch the veterans group will split into two groups with one going to Oak Grove Cemetery in South Branch, and to the Logan Township Cemetery. The other group will start out at Pioneer Cemetery on Old State Rd., and then move to Reno Township Cemetery, and then continue to the Saint James Cemetery just south of Whittemore.  The final ceremony will take place at the Burleigh Cemetery located at 2736 Wilson Creek Rd.


Arenac County - The Memorial Day Weekend will kick off in AuGres, Sunday, May 29th with their Memorial Day Parade starting at 1pm.  The parade route is starting at US23 and Water Street and it will end at the AuGres-Sims School.  Also on Sunday, May 29th local veterans will pay visitations to Cedar Valley Cemetary in Mason Township at 8:45am; Omer Cemetery at 9:30am; Linwood Cemetery in AuGres Township at 10:15am; and Sims Whitney Cemetery in Sims Township at 11am.  On Monday, May 30th the veterans will assemble at the Arenac County Veterans Club, 3221 M-76 in Standish at 7:30am and will proceed to cemeteries in the northern and southern parts of the county. A short ceremony will also be conducted at 12pm, Monday, May 30th in front of the Arenac County Building 120 N. Grove St. in Standish.


Spring Into Art - Tawas Bay Art Gallery will be holding various events in May through August.  A photo class field trip instructed by Bill Lauderbach will be held Saturday, May 7th from 9:30am to 2:30pm.  The class will gather at Tawas Point State Park for shooting during the morning.  The course will cover birds, landscape and lighthouse photography.  In the afternoon the group will move to the gallery where the pictures will be downloaded and discussed.  So bring your camera and your longest lens, a fully charted battery and plenty of memory on a card.  A tripod is optional.  You will need to have a Michigan State Park Passport or you will need to purchase a day pass.  Then Wednesday, May 11th from 1pm to 3pm there will be Creating With Alcohol Ink taught by Jan Doak.  You will learn alcohol ink techniques, and after some practice you will choose one technique and create a painting on Yupo paper.  June brings in the Art Stroll, Saturday, June 11th at the gallery and other businesses on Newman Street.  Then Paint Tawas Bay Thursday, June 16th and Saturday, June 18th.  Exploring Watercolor will take place Friday, June 24th and carry on through July on Fridays. July dates are July 1st, July 8th, and July 29th. August dates are Friday, August 5th, and August 12th.  Class runs from 1pm to 3pm.  Use your own materials or purchase for $5.oo each week.  Cost is $25 per day or pay for all 3 weeks in a session in advance for $60.00.  The Tawas Bay Art Gallery is located at 302 Newman St., East Tawas.  You may call to register at (989)362-5613.


Lumberman's Monument Summer Events

Nature Hikes will take place every Sunday from July 3rd to August 7th starting at 11am where a forest ranger will take groups out on a hike along Lumberman's Monument's trails.

Life of a Wild-Land Firefighter, on Tuesday, July 5th a 1pm firefighters from the Huron Shores Ranger District will come to present on what it is they do to combat forest fires.  They will show off some of the tools they use and answer questions. Smokey Bear may even make a surprise visit.

Birds of Prey will be held Tuesday, July 12th at 1pm.  Want to see a raptor up close and personal? Falconer Jenny Schroeder will have live birds and share knowledge about owls, falcons and hawks.

Laughs & Lures Great Lakes Timber Show, two shows will be held July 16th and will highlight lumber jack skills seldom seen outside the forest.  The shows will be at 1pm and 3pm.

Every Tree for Itself will be held Tuesday, July 19th where everyone will learn about different trees of the forest and what unique niche they inhabit in the northern Michigan ecosystem.

Become a Junior Forest Ranger will take place Thursday, July 21st at 1pm.  This event for kids gets them ready to become a forest ranger for a day.  Kids can earn a Junior Forest Ranger Badge and help Smokey prevent wildfires. For this event please call the Ranger Station to register at (989)362-8961 so they can get the right amount of goodie bags.

Sea Lampreys Great Lakes Invader will be held on Tuesday, July 26th at 1pm. This event will teach about this jawless fish that attaches to healthy fish in the Great Lakes.

Macro Invertebrates will be held Tuesday, August 2nd at 1pm and will feature all sorts of bugs and crawlies commonly seen throughout the forest.

Life of a Lumberjack with Bill Jamerson will be held Wednesday, August 6th.  Bill is a lumberjack and he will have colorful tales to share about the old lumber jacking days when Northern Michigan was just a vast stretch of White Pines.  He will also explain the step by step process of harvesting trees and the importance of team work.

Smokey's 78th Birthday Party will be held Tuesday, August 9th with the celebration starting at 1pm.  Come and help Smokey put out another fire...the candles on his birthday cake! There will be fun and games, and winners will win prizes.

The Amazing Atlatl An Ancient Hunting Tool will take place Tuesday, August 16th at 1pm. Rangers will be there with the atlatl, and ancient hunting tool used by early humans to hunt big game.

All events are subject to change so call ahead at (989)362-8961.


40 Mile Point Lighthouse - "Afternoon of Arts & Crafts" show will be held in the Presque Isle County's Lighthouse Park, Sunday, May 22 to Tuesday, May 24th from 10am to 4pm. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the work of many talented artists, musicians, and crafts people from all over Michigan.  Memorial Day weekend is also the Annual Open House weekend at 40 Mile Point Lighthouse.  This is a great family setting offering visitors a chance to step back in time surrounded by history or just sit a spell and enjoy the view.  You may climb the Lighthouse tower, tour the Museum and Gift Shop, step aboard the restored Calcite pilothouse or visit a shipwreck on the beach.  The Memorial Day Weekend event has it all and admission is free. Visit the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Facebook page or their website


Whittemore Memorial Day Parade - The city of Whittemore will hold their Memorial Day Parade Saturday, May 28th with line up at 10am and start 11am.  The parade will start at the Whittemore Speedway, and end at the Whittemore Chamber of Commerce. 


Memorial Day Arts & Craft Show - The Tawas Area Chamber will be hosting the 2022 Memorial Day Arts & Craft show Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th, at Shoreline Park in Tawas City. Watch for more info in the coming weeks.


Gospel Hootenanny - The Lupton Bible Baptist Church will be hosting a Gospel Hootenanny. The dates are June 2nd thru June 4th.  Thursday and Friday will be at 7pm and Saturday will start at 10am ending at 2/2:30pm.  This year the musical performers are Jim Britton, Travis Alltop, Ricky and Terri Gore along with Andy and Rachel Leftwich (Friday and Saturday).  Free lunch and lots of fellowship and great music.  Don't miss this weekend of blessings and fellowship.  For more info please call Pastor Heaton at (989)473-2107 with any questions.


Back to the Bricks - Back to the Bricks has chosen the Tawas Area as a destination on its 2022 Discovery Promo Tour. The event is expected to bring upwards of 350 unique vehicles to the Tawas area.  The cars which will also be stationed at Tawas City Shoreline Park are set to roll in on Saturday, June 4th and will be on display from 3pm to 7pm in downtown East Tawas. 


Tawas Football Golf Scramble -  There will be a Tawas Football Golf Scramble, Saturday, June 4th with a noon shotgun start.  This is a 3 person scramble, 18 holes with cart, food and beverages.  Cost is $150 per team with the money going to the Tawas Area Football team.  There will be a men's and ladies longest drive and closes to the pin.  Plus other fun events and contests on the course.  There will also be a 50/50 drawing. A hole in one on #4 wins a brand new Sea Doo Spark Jet Ski. For more info email


Blood Drive - Lakeview Manor in Tawas City, will be holding a Blood Drive, Friday, June 10th from 11am to 3:45pm.  To schedule an appointment visit or call 1-800-733-2767. Or you can call Lakeview Manor at (989)362-2211 and ask for Theresa.


Art Stroll - Tawas Bay Art Gallery is again working with downtown East Tawas businesses to produce the 12th Annual Art Stroll and Silent Auction.  The event begins at 4pm Friday, June 11th with businesses asked to keep their doors open until 7pm, provide refreshments for the public and permit artists to display their work inside. Art lovers can "stroll" downtown East Tawas and have the opportunity to view and purchase art, talk with the artisans from the Sunrise Coast, have refreshments, shop and talk with merchants, dine in restaurants and listen to music on the streets. For more info call the art gallery at (989)362-5613 or online at


Golf Outing - Alcona Elementary PTO will be holding their 2nd Annual Golf Outing at Eagle Ridge Golf Club of Glennie, Sunday, June 12th with registration starting at 9am and Shotgun start at 10am.  This is an 18 hole 4 person scramble, with an early bird special cost of $75 per person and after June 5th cost is $80. To preregister please call Adrienne at (989)370-2079 or Eagle Ridge at (989)735-3500.


Nor-East'r Music & Art Festival - The AuSable Valley Nor-East'r Association of Folk will present the 2022 Music & Art Festival, from Friday, June 10th to Sunday, June 12th. The Festival will be held at the Oscoda County Fairgrounds, 1889 Caldwell Rd., Mio. Tickets are on sale now with early bird pricing until April 15th. Second level discount April 16th to June 9th.  Full price at the gate.  For tickets and info please visit


Hot Rods and Pinups -  Hot Rods and Pinups will be in Oscoda, Saturday, June 18th, with cars lining up by 4pm and hang out.  Hot Rod registration is free, with a trophy for the Best In Show.  There is also a Pinup contest with 22 contestants!  There will be cash prizes for the First, Second and Third place ladies. So come on out and check out the Hot Rods and Pinups.


Maximum Michigan Madness - Come on out to the Iosco County Fair Grounds for the Maximum Michigan Madness, Friday, June 24th and Saturday, June 25th.  This is an action packed Side X Side event. There will be camping, food vendors, side x side barrel races, drag racing, side x side short course. Open riding area/mudding, light show and night riding.  For more info go to


Art On The Beach -  Art On The Beach in Oscoda will be held Saturday, June 25th, 9am to 5pm and Sunday, June 26th 10am to 4pm. This exciting show has been a favorite for over thirty years!  Slated for the last full weekend in June, this show gets bigger and better every year.  Over 100 Artisans from around the country display and sell their handmade arts, crafts, and hobbies on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron, at the Oscoda Beach Park in Oscoda. For more info call (989)739-7322 or email:


Out Of The Mist Life Coaching & Reining Hope Ranch - Out Of The Mist Life Coaching and Reining Hope Ranch will be hosting a one day women's retreat, Saturday, June 25th from 10am to 4pm,the location of Reining Hope Ranch is 2816 Conrad Rd., Standish, MI. There will be discussions on how to help with stresses that affect women everyday.  You will also spend time with the horses to help you feel calm and grounded.  For more info please contact Tina at (989)820-4085 or email to reserve your spot for June or any of the other retreats.  The next retreats will  be on Saturday, July 30th, Saturday, August 27th, Saturday, September 24th, and Saturday, October 8th. 


Log Cabin Day -  Take a step back in time at the Besser Museum's annual Log Cabin Day, Monday, June 27th from 12pm to 4pm.  It features Historic Village tours, 1928 Katherine V wooden commercial fish tug tours, fossil digging, woodcarving, flint knapping, spinning, weaving and butter making demonstrations, musical performances, face painting, and planetarium shows.  The Besser Museum is located at 491 Johnson Street, in Alpena.


Michigan Mud Jam -  Come on out to the Largest Mud Bogg in the North! At the Iosco County Fairgrounds, Tuesday, August 16th through Sunday, August 21st. Come and see the Royal Rumble Mega Truck Race with 40 of the baddest trucks in the country. There will be Open Pit Mudding, Nightly Entertainment, Side X Side racing, Tough Truck Competition, Tuggs/Truck Pulls.  So come on out for some fun in the mud.  For more info go to


AuSable Canoe Marathon Time Line

AuSable Canoe Marathon Theme"

The theme for this year's AuSable Canoe Marathon is:

"People, Places, Paddles: Life on the AuSable River"

Contact information for:

Curley Race July 16th - 17th

contact Justin Griffith at (989) 736-3111 or riverjustin@gmail.comAuSable Canoe Marathon July 30th - 31st

contact Kathy Erickson at (989) 820-5031 or

Heather Tait at (989) 906-6096 or

For more info go to


Vintage Market -  Monthly Charity Fundraisers Outdoor Vintage Dealer Sales under the Big American Flag, Bruggers Plaza 312 W. Lake St. (US23) Tawas City. The sale takes place the 2nd Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. 

May 14th - Hope Shore Alliance Women's Shelter

June 11th - Tawas Area Fireworks Show

July 9th - Iosco County Humane Society

August 13th - Backpacks for Kids Program

September 10th - Special Olympics

October 8th - Seton Breast Cancer Center

Come on out and support local charities and find that one of a kind item you have been looking for.

















K of C Burger Night - Did you miss Fish and Burger Monday's at the Rushman Hall in East Tawas??  Monday's dinners are from 4:30pm to 6:30pm dine in or take out.  There  will be fish and a 1/2 lb Smash Burger and a whole lot more.  So come on in for some fantastic food and burgers. Call ahead for take out (989)362-6333.


AuGres Friday City Market - The City of AuGres will be holding a Friday Market starting May 27th to September 16th at the Riverside Park.  The market will run every Friday from 9am to 2pm, with various weekly and seasonal vendors.  For more info please contact Sharon Boensch at (989)254-9735 or email


Northeast Michigan Regional Farm Markets



Starting in Tawas City on May 7th at Gate Way Park from 8am to 1pm

Starting in Oscoda on May 11th at Shoreline Park from 8am to 1pm


Tuesday Night Live Summer Street Dance Downtown East Tawas

June 21      23 North Band

June 28      Hippy Bob Music

July 5         Motor City Memories

July 12       FLIPSIDE

July 19       Michele Spitz Tribute to Linda Ronstadt

July 26       The Rock Band CRASH

August 2     Blues Abusers

August 9     Way Out Wayne

So come on out and enjoy the summer weather and music.























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