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Ladies Opening Night


Holiday shopping season is starting off with a bang! Ladies, while your husbands ready for deer camp, come Downtown Petoskey on Friday, November 13th to create your ultimate holiday wish list! Join us afterwards for a deer camp of your very own at Stafford’s Perry Hotel to win prizes off the buck pole!

From 5 to 8 p.m., start your evening off in any of the participating stores which can be found at www.petoskeydowntown.com, and from there grab a wish list and start hunting! While you set your sights on your ultimate holiday wish list, enjoy games, gifts, and nibbles throughout the participating stores. Show your completed wish list at deer camp in order to register for the prize drawings off the buck pole. You can win gift certificates to Downtown stores just in time for your hunter to fulfill your holiday wishes!

The tradition of hunting and deer camp is one that pulls together the threads of tradition, camaraderie, and a good time. It is Downtown Petoskey’s hope that the first Friday of hunting season will be the start of a similar tradition for those ladies who would rather hunt for bags over bucks.

2015 Participating Stores:

52 Weekends - Refreshments and shoot for the bullseye for discounts & giveaways!
American Spoon Foods - Recipe Tastings and Prizes with Purchase
Arlington Jewelers
- Hors D'oeuvres

Art Cats Gallery
- 15% off jewelry
B. Jeweled
- Discounts up to 50% off, raffles, and refreshments
Bearcub Outfitters - Snacks & in-store discounts
Beards Brewery - Doe's Happy Hour from 4-5 pm! 20% off drinks and merchandise
Cheekadee Meekadee
- enter to win raffle!
Ciao Bella! Home
- Hors D'oeurves & "Bag our Bucks" to enter in a raffle for prizes!
The Clothes Post - 20% off storewide tonight only!

Craig Ryan Menswear - Shoot for your discount! 5-25% off your purchase & refreshments
Expressions - open for holiday browsing!
Oil & Vinegar - Appetizers, samplings, and chances to take home a bottle!

Gattles - 20% off ponchos & 30% off Oilily travel accessories
Grandpa Shorter's Gifts - Photobooth with Carlos the Bear, $50 gift certificate drawing, hunter's chili & cherry black bean salsa snacks
J. Philips - receive a beautiful Pink CZ slide/pendant with any purchase
J.W. Shorter & Son Mercantile - $50 gift certificate drawing & s'mores snack mix
Harbor Wear - Refreshments to fuel your holiday shopping!
It's Always Good
- Drawings for prizes & discounts
Lake Affect - free Lake Affect perfume with $100 purchase
McLean & Eakin - $5 off Cards Against Humanity tonight only!
Monarch Home & Garden - 40% off autumn decor & refreshments
Northgoods - $5 off $20 purchase & refreshments
Northern Michigan Artists Market - Prize drawing for "Fifty Bucks"
North Perk Coffee - 20% off retail merchandise & BOGO drink specials
Pappagallo - 20% off storewide tonight only!

Petoskey Cheese - 15% off all purchases, free gift with purchase, & raffle for a small catering tray
Pretty Woman Boutique
- 15% off storewide, drawing for $50 gift card, & hors d'oeurves
Robert Frost - “Buck Snort” bag toss for discounts
Rocking Horse Toy Co. - 20% off store wide, refreshments & free gift wrapping
Ruff Life Pet Outfitters - 20% off storewide except food
Sandra Lee Photography
- Camouflage photobooth & raffle

Stafford’s Gallery
- 10% off accessories & art, refreshments
Somebody's Gallery - Refreshments & 10% off jewelry and clothing
Sunglass Shoppe - Sips, snacks, & gift certificate specials
Symon's General Store - "99 Bottles of Wine on the Wall" Guessing Game for $25 gift card, hot apple cider, cheese samples
Talula Boutique
- 20% off storewide & refreshments

Tap 30
- Tap Take Over (Ladies Addition)!
Threads - Sales & Sips

Trillium Salon - Free chair & hand massages, author Christine Wilson signing her book "Recovered Essence", raffles, coupons, and more!
Vogue Salon
- 5% of shampoo & conditioner purchase donated to Manna's Backpack for Kids program & 20% off Aveda's Hand & Foot Relief


A Moveable Feast

Hemingway w Credit If you are lucky enough to have experienced Petoskey, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Petoskey is a moveable feast.

***Due to the cold temperatures and intermittent rain showers, the Movie in the Park at Dark will be moved to the Carnegie Library for Friday, October 16th. Movie will start at 8 p.m. in the upper level of the Carnegie Building. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Paying tribute to the many years that Ernest Hemingway spent growing up in Petoskey, Downtown Petoskey is set to host A Moveable Feast, a weekend of fun, fall activities modeled around Hemingway’s hobbies. Activities will take place October 16-18, 2015.

Friday, October 16
CTAC Artisans & Farmers Market, 10-1 pm
Movie in the Park at Dark: Hemingway, A Portrait and The Killers, 8 pm.
Sponsored by the Petoskey District Library

Saturday, October 17
Store Activities:
Fustini's -
Seafood Cooking Class from Noon-2:30 & Master Chef cookbook series featuring Jacques Pepin recipes from 5-7:30
Grandpa Shorter's -
Tailgate Party, U of M vs. State, Walking Tacos @ 11:30
Lake Affect - free Lake Affect perfume with $100 purchase & 20% discount on locally made, Hemingway etched wood print with handcrafted frame
B. Jeweled -
20% off and cider
Sandra Lee Photography -
October special, Fabulous Fall Fotos! $25 per person covers sitting fee and 1 5x7 print
Petoskey Cheese -
Grand Opening Weekend! Giveaways & samples from 12-6 p.m.
McLean & Eakin Booksellers -
Dewey Bob Party for kids from 10-11 a.m. and Nancy Sindelar from 2-4 p.m.
It's Always Good -
Pumpkin Cupcakes
American Spoon - Tailgate Party Tastings from 11-3 pm
Bearcub Outfitters - Bring in a receipt from any local restaurant dated Oct 16th - Oct 23rd and receive 20% off any outerwear

Hemingway Art Exhibit: Heidi Marshall at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, 8-4 pm

RUn with the Bulls Logo
5K Run with the Bulls
, 8 am

11-3 pm: The Old Man and the Pumpkin Patch
                For Whom the Squashes Roll Bowling
                Hemingway on Pumpkin Painting
                Green Hills of Petoskey Horse-Drawn Hay Rides

Chili Cook Off Logo
Winner Takes Nothing* Chili Cook Off
, 1-3 pm
     1st Place = $250 in Downtown Treasure Certificates
     2nd Place = Spicy Gift Basket from Symon's General Store
     Downtown Businesses will have their own division and will be competing for The Chili Cup,
     bragging rights for a year, and a marketing package donated by Lite 96.3 FM.
Cornhole Tournament, 5-8 pm
Sign your team up at Tap 30! 21 & over, sign up deadline is October 12.
     2 person teams/$10 per team (sign up fee donated to the Little Traverse Historical Society)
     Prizes and tournament sponsored by Tap 30.

To Have and Have Another Drink Tent with music by the Jelly Roll Blues Band
, 5-8 pm

Beards Brewery Logo Black Symons   Tap 30 Ticket proceeds benefit
Historical Society
The Little Traverse Historical Society

Michigan Hemingway Society Conference: Keynote Speaker, Nancy Sindelar, 8 pm
Movie in the Park at Dark: The Old Man and the Sea and To Have and Have Not, 8 pm.
     Sponsored by the Petoskey District Library

Sunday, October 18
Michigan Hemingway Society Conference: Trolley Trip to Pine Barrens, 11 am
Hemingway Art Exhibit & Reception: Heidi Marshall at Stafford’s Perry Hotel, 3-7 pm
Movie at the Perry*: For Whom the Bell Tolls, 7 pm.
     ***Due to poor weather forecasts, the movie will be held inside the Perry's Reycraft Room. There will be a cash bar available.
     Sponsored by the Petoskey District Library & Stafford’s Perry Hotel

Ghost Walk

Ghostly Girl Lampost

For the past century, Downtown Petoskey has had its fair share of spooky hauntings, Edgar Allan Poe inspired deaths, and mobster dealings. Many of these hauntings have happened repeatedly over the years, and our local historian, Chris Struble, has gathered the facts and the local lore that inspire these stories that tell the history of Petoskey from an otherwordly perspective.

Join us on every Friday the 13th of the year, as well as every night of our Friday night event series, Petoskey Rocks, for an hour long ghost walk. Tickets are $15 per person. Please call the Downtown Office at 231.348.0388 to make your reservation.

Friday, February 13th at 6pm. Meet in the lobby at the Perry Hotel.

Friday, March 13th at 7:30pm. Meet in the lobby at the Perry Hotel.

Friday nights in July and August at 8pm. Meet at the blue tent in Pennsylvania Park. See Petoskey Rocks for more event info.

Friday, November 13th at 8 pm. Meet in the lobby at the Perry Hotel. Advanced tickets are required.

Haunted Halloween Progressive Dinner

Ghostly Girl Lampost

Haunted buildings, Petoskey ghosts, and progressively spirited dining...Mark your calendars for what's sure to be a wickedly good time!

On Friday, October 30, Downtown Petoskey will promote its ghostly history with a progressive dinner throughout haunted establishments Downtown. Learn about the crying toddler, the employee who fell in love with a ghostly visitor, the mysterious fan, the woman in the wall, and much more as you treat yourself to good eats in our very haunted Downtown.

Appetizers will be at Stafford's Perry Hotel, Entree at City Park Grill, and dessert at Jesperson's. Appetizers starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Rose Room at the Perry. Arrive a few minutes early to check, enjy a cash bar, and Bumps in the Night Paranormal Group. The dinner will last approximately 3 hours. Tickets are $45 per person and reservations are required.

Please call 231-348-0388 for more information.

Downtown Trick or Treat

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Ahoy, mateys!

It’s almost time for the Little Treasures Costume Trot!

Be ye pumpkin, princess, or pirate with superpowers, join us on Saturday, October 31st at Central Elementary School at 9:45 a.m. and be ready to walk the plank down Howard Street to Pennsylvania Park in Downtown Petoskey! Parade starts at 10 a.m.

Trick or Treat your way through Downtown Petoskey from 10 a.m. to Noon! Visit our Downtown Stores that display the Trick or Treat poster on their door for great treats & treasures.

Before the parade, collect your Narnia Passport at Central Elementary School, and it will guide you to the C.S. Lewis Festival Narnia Activities at Stafford’s Perry Hotel from 10 a.m. until Noon! Stick around for a kid’s buffet in the Noggin Room from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. for $1.99 per child with a paid adult from the full price menu.

After the Downtown Trick or Treat, head to Red Sky Stage to celebrate Halloween by listening to Scary Stories & Songs with Ron Fowler! Ron has been telling stories and singing songs to kids and families from Marquette to Jackson and Alpena to Traverse City for over 30 years. The stories may come from his family, literary or folkloric sources or even an original or two. The program will last about an hour and a half and feature “slightly” scary stories for younger elementary students during the first half of the program (grades 1-3) and those with “darker” themes appropriate for older elementary/middle school students during the second half. Content is not appropriate for preschoolers. The program will be interspersed with some songs as well.

It’s ‘arrr wish to see ye mateys Downtown on October 31st!

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