The fifth annual Flurry Fest (on Dec. 3) resulted in the Grey Gables Inn defending its "Best Hot Chocolate" title for the fourth time. It also provided a great reason for several hundred residents and visitors to spend time celebrating everything that makes Charlevoix such a terrific community in which to live. Despite the wet weather, festival-goers were treated to a heated tent full of wondrous varieties of hot chocolate provided by our generous local eateries Edgewater Bistro, Grey Gables Inn, Kilwin's, Sadie & Jake's Gallery & Cafe, Scovie's Gourmet, Stafford's Weathervane Restaurant, Whitney's of Charlevoix and served by their wonderful employees. Seasonal musical favorites were supplied by Tuba Christmas, the Petoskey Steel Drum Band, Tiger Bear Jon and Ms. Jodi Thompson and the Charlevoix High School Christmas Glee ensemble. Santa, escorted by the Charlevoix Volunteer Fire Fighters Association, also made his customary appearance to gather Christmas wishes from children and distribute candy donated by Northwestern Bank.
Flurry Fest was created partially to help coax our local residents to visit downtown for their holiday shopping, but more importantly to give us all an opportunity to celebrate the season with our friends and neighbors. This mission is supported by the individuals and businesses who give their time and resources to ensure Flurry Fest continues to be part of the Charlevoix holiday season. Organizing and coordinating an outdoor event in early December is no easy task and the lion's share of the behind-the-scenes work was once again performed by Ga Ga for Kids owner Jodi Bingham and Whitney's of Charlevoix general manager Paul Andrzejewski. Direct financial support of the event was offered by Bay Winds Federal Credit Union, Bingham Insurance Services, Charlevoix Ace Hardware, Charlevoix Courier, Landscape Logic, Way Transportation and Todd & Pam Wyett. The city of Charlevoix continues to support community events through the efforts of street superintendent Pat Elliott and city engineer Don Swem and their hard-working crews. Charlevoix Ace Hardware donates lighting equipment each and every year and this year loaned the event a commercial popcorn popper. The Charlevoix Lions Club graciously provided two stunning Christmas trees which Landscape Logic beautifully decorated to add a festive touch to the event.
A special thank you to all of those who braved a wet and chilly day in downtown Charlevoix to experience Flurry Fest. We hope you enjoyed your time under the tent and visiting Santa's reindeer. We also hope you spend some time in our local businesses, patronizing those who help make our community so special. We wish you and yours a safe and uplifting holiday season filled with everything you cherish.