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Mardi Patty Gras Crawl

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We dare you to say it five times fast. It’s the Mardi Patty Gras Crawl and it’s coming to Downtown Petoskey on Friday, March 6! A fresh take on the always popular progressive dinners, this foodie crawl is bringing life to downtown during a typically quiet time of the year.

What is it exactly? It’s an hors d’oeuvre crawl through 21 participating Downtown stores, followed by an entrée and dessert in Downtown restaurants. There are two choices for the restaurant crawl; you can either purchase the Mardi Package which is an entrée at Palette Bistro and dessert at Whitecaps or you can go with the Patty Package- entrée at Tap 30 and dessert at the Perry.

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Tickets for the Mardi Patty Gras Crawl are just $30 and are on sale now and available at the Downtown Office, located on Park Avenue, a pedestrian pathway that borders Pennsylvania Park in the block between Lake and Bay Streets. To make reservations or for more information  call 231.348.0388.

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Participating Stores:

Northern Michigan Artists Market
North Country Cycle Sport
Grain Train Natural Foods Market
Pretty Woman Boutique
Arlington Jewelers
Spice Merchants
County Emmet Celtic Shop
Grandpa Shorter's Gifts
Robert Frost Fine Footwear
J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile
Linda Michaels of Petoskey
Bearcub Outfitters
Sunglass Shoppe
It's Always Good
Ciao Bella! Home
American Spoon
Talulu Beauty Lounge
Salon Nouveau Vous

Holiday Open House

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

Held the first Friday in December, December 4, 2015 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. The interview with Santa and the tree lighting countdown 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. New this year is the Merry Makers Marketplace at the Crooked Tree Arts Center! Held indoors in the galleries at Crooked Tree Arts Center on December 4 – 5, this is an art fair, a holiday celebration, and all kinds of fun – CTAC will be transformed into a holiday festival with artists’ booths and local entertainment.  Meet the artists!  Shop for unique, handmade gifts!

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

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Holiday spirit will be coming your way during the 2015 Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade, Saturday, November 28, 2015 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 is proud to announce this year's parade will be an excellant way to support local families in need!  As part of the Toys for Tots program, the U.S. Marines will collect new, unwrapped toys for the many nothern Michigan families who will be unable to afford gifts during the holiday season.  On behalf of the Harvest Food & Supply Drive for the Women's Resource Center Safe Home, Grain Train will be collecting items of need. Please consider using the Stafford's Downtown Holiday Parade as a way to give back to the community!

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 28 by 10:00 am for the 2015 Stafford’s Downtown Petoskey Holiday Parade!

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

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Saturday, November 28, 2015 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join Downtown Petoskey in supporting your local small business by sticking around after the parade to shop and dine at our local small businesses!

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