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February 19 - 22, 2014

Celebrate Winter at the Downtown Petoskey Winter Festival

Thank you for a fantastic Winter Festival! See you again in 2015!

 

WINTER FESTIVAL EVENTS.......

The Downtown Office regrets to announce that the 5K Fun Run scheduled for Saturday morning has been cancelled due to predicted high gusting winds and slippery conditions.  We apologize for any inconvience and advise all runners and walkers to sleep in and come Downtown later in the day for Retail Therapy, Play! Downtown, a Snowman Building Contest, and Petoskey's Got Talent. See details below. 

Wednesday, February 19

    Retail Therapy, All Day Long! Visit any of our Downtown retailers and be entered to win $100 worth of Downtown Treasure Certificates! Ask the stores for an entry slip and bring that slip to the Downtown Office before 5 pm on Saturday, February 22.  No purchase is required.

    Fustini's Gives Back, All Day Long! 10% of all sales for the day will be donated to Manna Food Project, so now is a great time to stock your kitchen and your gift supplies for the year!

    Grandpa Shorter's Gifts Kiss Carlos, All Day Long!  Show your love for Carlos the Bear! Have the staff at Grandpa Shorter's take a picture of you kissing Carlos the Bear and be entered for a chance to win him! Also, stop in the store and enter to win a gift basket full of Grandpa Shorter's products (no need to kiss Carlos for this drawing!). Winner will be drawn on Saturday the 22nd.

    Ruff Life Pet Outfitters's Giveaways, All Day Long!  There will be in-store giveaways for shoppers who spend $50 or more! Also enter to win a special prize for the drawing at the end of the week!

    Petoskey District Library, Blind Date with a Book, All Day Long!  Stop in at the main desk to select your "date." Rate your date for a chance to win a prize!

    Hop Into Spring with Trillium A Complete Salon, LCC, All Day Long!  Take a tour of the salon and schedule an appointment to receive a free Aveda lip gloss! Also, enter a drawing to win prizes!

    Fustini's Iron Chef Competition, Professional Division at 2 pm, Amateur Division at 5 pm. 2 Amateur Chefs and 2 Professional Chefs go head to head in a 3 course competition for the title of Fustini's Iron Chef! Registration must be turned in by Wednesday, Feb. 5. Click here for full details and registration form.

    Red Sky Stage's A Cabin Fever Coffeehouse, 6 to 9 pm.  The Petoskey District Library's Young Adult Readers' Theatre (YART) will present some original pieces in a slam/beat style and a classic readers' theatre script. Six 15 minute Open Mic slots have been reserved for comedians, poets, storytellers, or musicians. Performances need to be family friendly. Suggested donation is $5 at the door. To sign up for a slot, call Marty Scott at 487.0000.

    Sales, Sales, Sales!  Watch this section as more stores add their Winter Festival sales. 25-50% off on yarn and gifts at Cynthia's Too! 20% off select paintings and accessories at Stafford's Gallery! 1-2-3 sale at Bearcub Outfitters! Indoor Sidewalk Sales at J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile! North Country Cycle Sports is having 10% off current bike models, 25% off last year's bikes, and 20% off all in stock accessories and clothing! Art Cats Gallery is having 10-25% off everything in the gallery!

Thursday, February 20

    Retail Therapy, All Day Long! Visit any of our Downtown retailers and be entered to win $100 worth of Downtown Treasure Certificates! Ask the stores for an entry slip and bring that slip to the Downtown Office before 5 pm on Saturday, February 22.  No purchase is required.

    Chocoholic Frolic, 11 am to 4 pmStop in the Downtown Office and pick up your Stamp Book, which lists all of the participating stores. Tour the stores, take your time, enjoy delicious chocolate treats wherever you go.  Return your Stamp Book to the Downtown Office at 4:00 and enter to win a Chocolate Lover's Treasure Chest!  Participating Stores: Meyer Ace Hardware, Fustini's, Art Cats Gallery, American Spoon Foods, Horizon Books, Trillium A Complete Salon LCC, Twisted Olive, Stafford's Gallery, J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile, Grandpa Shorter's Gifts, Northgoods, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Mackinaw Trail Winery, Grain Train Natural Foods Market, Bearcub Outfitters, Threads, Frivolous Sal's, Northern Michigan Artists Market, McLean and Eiken, North Perk Coffee, Schooner Bay Gallery, Pretty Woman Boutique, North Country Cycle Sport, The Circus Shop.

    Retro Game Night, 6 to 9 pmVisit the stores to play on the video game consoles you grew up with! Each store will keep a score sheet and the highest scorer at the end of night will win prizes. Participating Stores: The Rocking Horse Toy Co., McLean and Eakin, Northern Michigan Artists Market, Roast and Toast, Beards Brewery, Bearcub Outfitters, Meyer Ace Hardware

    Grandpa Shorter's Gifts Kiss Carlos, All Day Long!  Show your love for Carlos the Bear! Have the staff at Grandpa Shorter's take a picture of you kissing Carlos the Bear and be entered for a chance to win him! Also, stop in the store and enter to win a gift basket full of Grandpa Shorter's products (no need to kiss Carlos for this drawing!). Winner will be drawn on Saturday the 22nd.

    Ruff Life Pet Outfitters's Giveaways, All Day Long!  There will be in-store giveaways for shoppers who spend $50 or more! Also enter to win a special prize for the drawing at the end of the week!

    Petoskey District Library, Blind Date with a Book, All Day Long!  Stop in at the main desk to select your "date." Rate your date for a chance to win a prize!

    Hop Into Spring with Trillium A Complete Salon, LCC, All Day Long!  Take a tour of the salon and schedule an appointment to receive a free Aveda lip gloss! Also, enter a drawing to win prizes!

    Fustini's French Masters Cooking Demo, 4 to 6 pm.  Chef Andy will be featuring dishes inspired by Chef Jacques Pepin. Salmon Cake with tomato fennel relish, Croque Monsuer, Scallopped Potates, and Chocolate Mousse are just some of the samplings that Chef Andy will teach you to create. For only $49 you'll get the class, food, and a $10 in-store gift certificate good within 30 days of the date of the class! Space is limited so call 231.758.3575 to make your reservations.

    Winter Memories, Presented by the Little Traverse Historical Society, 7 pm.  Do you remember bump jumpers, skating, and sledding at Petoskey's Winter Park, winter queens and their thrones? If you do (or are curious about these things), join us for the presentation on winter activities in the Petoskey area at Petoskey's Carnegie Library Building. The presentation will be followed by an informal sharing of memories and experiences by audience members. Free and open to the public. For more information, please call 989.859.8914.  www.petoskeymuseum.org

    Sales, Sales, Sales!  Watch this section as more stores add their Winter Festival sales. 25-50% off on yarn and gifts at Cynthia's Too! 20% off select paintings and accessories at Stafford's Gallery! 1-2-3 sale at Bearcub Outfitters! Indoor Sidewalk Sales at J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile! North Country Cycle Sports is having 10% off current bike models, 25% off last year's bikes, and 20% off all in stock accessories and clothing! Art Cats Gallery is having 10-25% off everything in the gallery!

Friday, February 21

     Retail Therapy, All Day Long!  Visit any of our Downtown retailers and be entered to win $100 worth of Downtown Treasure Certificates! Ask the stores for an entry slip and bring that slip to the Downtown Office before 5 pm on Saturday, February 22.  No purchase is required.

    Wine and Dine Progressive Dinner, 6 pmTickets are available for this event at the Downtown Office.  $45 each.  Move from one wonderful restaurant to the next for each course.  Starting at American Spoon Foods for an appetizer, you will move onto Chandler's Wine Cellar for wine and cheese, Palette Bistro for the soup course, followed by City Park Grill for salads, Whitecaps for the entree, and Stafford's Perry Hotel for the dessert course.

    Grandpa Shorter's Gifts Kiss Carlos, All Day Long!  Show your love for Carlos the Bear! Have the staff at Grandpa Shorter's take a picture of you kissing Carlos the Bear and be entered for a chance to win him! Also, stop in the store and enter to win a gift basket full of Grandpa Shorter's products (no need to kiss Carlos for this drawing!). Winner will be drawn on Saturday the 22nd.

    Ruff Life Pet Outfitters's Giveaways, All Day Long!  There will be in-store giveaways for shoppers who spend $50 or more! Also enter to win a special prize for the drawing at the end of the week!

    Petoskey District Library, Blind Date with a Book, All Day Long!  Stop in at the main desk to select your "date." Rate your date for a chance to win a prize!

    Hop Into Spring with Trillium A Complete Salon, LCC, All Day Long!  Take a tour of the salon and schedule an appointment to receive a free Aveda lip gloss! Also, enter a drawing to win prizes!

    Petoskey District Library's Hobbies in the Lobby, 1-2 pm.  Craft your own page-saver during this all-ages workshop. Choose to make a colorful chevron bookmark or a folded bookpage heart - or make one of each! Materials will be provided. No cost to attend.

    Dance Your Tail Off! 7-10 pm. Swing by Leo's Upstairs Lounge to enjoy music by the Pine River Jazz Band and light snacks for a cover charge of $10. All proceeds support the homeless animals at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. Cash bar available. For more information or to register, go to www.ltbhs.com.

    Sales, Sales, Sales!  Watch this section as more stores add their Winter Festival sales. 25-50% off on yarn and gifts at Cynthia's Too! 20% off select paintings and accessories at Stafford's Gallery! 1-2-3 sale at Bearcub Outfitters! Indoor Sidewalk Sales at J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile! North Country Cycle Sports is having 10% off current bike models, 25% off last year's bikes, and 20% off all in stock accessories and clothing! Art Cats Gallery is having 10-25% off everything in the gallery!

   Saturday, February 22

    Retail Therapy, All Day Long!  Visit any of our Downtown retailers and be entered to win $100 worth of Downtown Treasure Certificates! Ask the stores for an entry slip and bring that slip to the Downtown Office before 5 pm on Saturday, February 22.  No purchase is required.

    5K Winter Fun Run, 8 amFeel the fresh air Petoskey Winter style.  Run, walk, push the stroller through Downtown streets.  Get your exercise first and play the rest of the day. 8:00 a.m. check in at the Gazebo in Pennsylvania Park. 8:30 a.m. start for the 1 mile Fun Run. 8:45 a.m. start for the 5K Fun Run. Registration form here!

    Play! Downtown, 11 am to 2 pm. Bring the kids and have fun in Downtown in many ways.

       Fustini’s – Cookie Decorating

        The Rocking Horse Toy Co. – Board Games and Refreshments

       Meyer Ace Hardware – On-Going Jigsaw Puzzle

       Art Cats Gallery – Community Paint

       The Circus Shop – M&M Jar Count Guess

       J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile – Free Wooden Puzzle with $20 Purchase

       Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts – Pipe Cleaner Creations

       Northgoods – Face Painting

       Grain Train Natural Foods Market – Co-op Kid Approved Tasting

       Talulu Beauty Lounge – Complimentary Nail Painting/Princess Do for $20/Mom’s Play! with Makeup

       Bearcub Outfitters – In Store Scavenger Hunt

       Sky’s the Limit – Kids' Create Bouquets

       Petoskey District Library – String and Board Games and Snacks in the Program Room

       Downtown Petoskey – Snowman Building Contest in Pennsylvania Park

    Build a Snowman Contest, 8 am to 4 pm.  Craft a snowman next to Councilman John Murphy's GIANT SNOWMAN in Pennsylvania Park by the Gazebo. Judge's favorite will win $50 in Downtown Treasure Certificates. If you can guess the height of Councilman John's snowman without going over, you can also win $50 in Downtown Treasure Certificates! Prizes will be awarded at 4 pm.

    Petoskey's Got Talent, 9 pm. Enjoy your Saturday night watching the local talent!

    Grandpa Shorter's Gifts Kiss Carlos, All Day Long!  Show your love for Carlos the Bear! Have the staff at Grandpa Shorter's take a picture of you kissing Carlos the Bear and be entered for a chance to win him! Also, stop in the store and enter to win a gift basket full of Grandpa Shorter's products (no need to kiss Carlos for this drawing!). Winner will be drawn on Saturday the 22nd.

    Ruff Life Pet Outfitters's Giveaways, All Day Long!  There will be in-store giveaways for shoppers who spend $50 or more! Also enter to win a special prize for the drawing at the end of the week!

    North Perk Gives Back, All Day Long!  10% of all sales for the day will be donated to the Watershed Council! If you haven't been into Petoskey's newest coffee shop yet, today's a great day to do it!

    Hop Into Spring with Trillium A Complete Salon, LCC, All Day Long!  Take a tour of the salon and schedule an appointment to receive a free Aveda lip gloss! Also, enter a drawing to win prizes!

    Celebrate National Cherry Month at American Spoon!  Come in for a recipe tasting of Cherry BBQ Meatballs and sample many other great cherry products made right here in Petoskey!  12 to 3 pm. 

    Roast & Toast Coffee Lab, 10 am.  Learn about different mehods of roasting and brewing.  And sample!!

    Grandpa Shorter's Gifts Walking Tacos, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.  Refuel at Grandpa Shorters with Walking Tacos!

    Whitecaps Cooking Demo, 1 pm.  Chef Morey will demonstrate three ways to prepare a Northern Michigan classic - whitefish: potato encrusted, roulade, and pastry. Space is very limited so call 231.348.7092 to make your reservation today! $25 per guest.

    Twisted Olive Wine Tasting and Tapas, 3:30 to 5 pm.  The tasting will be of 3 Spanish wines paired with 3 Tapas (small plates) as Master Sommelier, Ron Edwards, explains the pairings. Cost is $30 per guest. Please RSVP at 231.487.1230.

    Bearcub Outfitters Torchlight Snowshoe Outing, 5 to 9 pm.  Snowshoe by torchlight and help support Camp Daggett.  More information at www.bearcuboutfitters.com

    Stafford's Inkeeper Buffet and Sleigh Ride, 5:30 to 8:30 pm.  Feast on the buffet for $19.95 per guest, and enjoy a leisurely sleigh ride (weather permitting) for $10 for dining and lodging guests and $15 for the public. For reservations, please call 231.347.2771.

    Sales, Sales, Sales!  Watch this section as more stores add their Winter Festival sales. 25-50% off on yarn and gifts at Cynthia's Too! 20% off everything at Meyer Ace Hardware! 10% off everything to everyone at Grain Train Natural Foods!  20% off select paintings and accessories at Stafford's Gallery! 1-2-3 sale at Bearcub Outfitters! Buy Two Get One 1/2 off all makeup at Talulu Beauty Lounge! Indoor Sidewalk Sales at J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile! North Country Cycle Sports is having 10% off current bike models, 25% off last year's bikes, and 20% off all in stock accessories and clothing! Art Cats Gallery is having 10-25% off everything in the gallery!

 

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Holiday Open House

Join the merchants of Downtown Petoskey for the Holiday Open House, the region's premier holiday season event!Holiday Open House

Held the first Friday in December, December 5, 2014 from 6 to 9 pm, the Holiday Open House begins with an appearance by Santa Claus, who flies in to town to light the giant Christmas tree in Pennsylvania Park!  After the tree lighting Santa will sit in the Gazebo and listen to children's holiday wishes. At the tree lighting ceremony the Little Traverse Civic Theater will be performing carols, and the winner of the Treasure Downtown Contest, as well as the winner of the Holiday Window Contest, will be announced. All of this, and an interview with Santa, will be featured live on 9&10 News.

This is the night when the streets close down and the merchants open their doors to offer warm holiday greetings and hospitality. The streets are filled with merry entertainment by carolers and the Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band. And don't forget to visit the bean pots and enjoy a cup of soup made by the Petoskey Snowmobile Club or the Kiwanis tent for grilled brats.

Come Downtown and enjoy the smiling faces and Christmas fun with your family with this evening that is a holiday tradition on the first Friday in December every year!

 Please contact Kate Manthei, Downtown Promotions Coordinator, at 231.348.0388 or kate@petoskeydowntown.com for information on non profit organizations applications.

 

Stafford's Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade

Stafford's HospitalityAlways the Saturday after Thanksgiving

Holiday spirit will be coming your way during the 2014 Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade, Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 10 am. The parade will wind through Downtown streets and end at the Perry Hotel, where children will have those all-important conversations with Santa.

Downtown Petoskey will again join with the US Marines Toys for Tots to collect new, unwrapped toys for the many nothern Michigan families who will be unable to afford gifts during the holiday season.  

In addition, there will be excellent performances by the Petoskey High School Marching Band, floats, and walking ensembles representing many businesses and nonprofits in the community, and much more.

This is an event for the whole family and one you won’t want to miss in.  If you are having guests, sign them up for a Holiday Parade Weekend package at Stafford’s Perry Hotel www.staffords.com/perrypackages.     Come Downtown on Saturday, November 29 by 10:00 am for the 2014 Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade!

If you would like to enter a float or other entry into the parade, click here.

Thank you to our 2014 parade supporters!

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