Story and photos by Lisa Carolin
Perhaps the busiest spot in downtown Chelsea Saturday, day three of the Sounds and Sights Festival, wasn’t the KidZone at the Clocktower complex nor the Pet Parade forming at the Train Depot.
It wasn’t even the Festival Social Tent behind The Common Grill. To hear Bob Pierce, executive director of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce tell it, it was the parking lot of the Farmers Market that was really hopping.
“It’s borderline chaos, but great fun,” said Pierce, attributing the market’s Main Street/Palmer parking lot location to its big draw. “The crowds have been astounding.”
Pierce, clad in an orange Chelsea Area Festival Events shirt, was directing traffic into the market’s parking lot from 9 a.m. until it ended at noon.
“People are coming to the Festival from as far away as Ohio,” he said. “It’s a great attraction.”
Main Street was continually crawling with cars and pedestrians checking out the sidewalk vendors and the Art Market.
Chelsea Farmers Supply sponsored the annual Pet Parade at 10 a.m. with the theme Zombie Apocalypse. Jason Kalinski brought his goat Honey, who wore a garment indicating that she was a survivor.
Matt Trenary came with his dog Luci, who wore faux bloodied bandages around her paws. His 15-month-old son Mack relaxed in his stroller made up as a zombie.
Five-year-old Ben Hickman was also made up and came with his dog Daisy.
“We thought it was crazy being zombies but fun,” said Ben’s mom Alecia Hickman.
The KidZone offered three Bouncy Houses, a bubble blowing station, Chelsea Lanes’ portable bowling alley, and tattoos from Inflate Your Party.
“I like working on kids because they’re so happy about tattoos,” said Allison Turner. “Boys like the skulls and sharks, and girls like the butterflies and hearts.”
Twin sisters Mia and Eva Brenner, 9 years old, participated in the Chalk Art Contest. They both drew colorful versions of their dog, a Puggle.
Volunteer Sudha Naraharisetti has helped at the Festival for the last five years.
“Everybody is really wonderful and friendly,” said Naraharisetti, who works as an ambassador for the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce and helps coordinate events all around town.
(Chelsea Update apologizes for the mistake in the date of this event.)
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I’ve had a number of folks contact me that the Biggby Coffee coupon had expired and I wanted everyone to know that it’s now valid again. My sincere apologies.
And, while I’m at it, please check out the new classified ads that have gone up recently. You can find a tab for classifieds on the top of the site or click here.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Tom Hodgson and the Waterloo Natural History Association for the information and photos in this column.)
Back in February when we were still shoveling and shivering, the great egret was already in the thick of its breeding season … in Florida. Although its white feathers would be a perfect camouflage against the winter snow, our frozen lakes would not yield any fish for its dinner. Therefore, we have to wait until mid-summer to enjoy this magnificent bird.
After the breeding season is over, great egrets begin wandering north, perhaps in search of feeding areas with less competition. It may also be because winter is Florida’s dry season when ponds and wetlands shrink, concentrating food and making it easier to catch. In spring, when the rainy season begins, the ponds and wetlands expand and deepen, making food harder to find and forcing the egrets north in search of better foraging.
They are now arriving in Michigan and should remain through October. They especially like the undeveloped portions of lakes with natural shorelines; and shallow, marshy wetlands where they feed on small fish, crayfish, frogs, tadpoles and an occasional snake.
In past years, egrets have been frequent visitors to Pond Lily Lake on Harvey Road just east of Clear Lake Road, to the marsh at the south end of Crooked Lake, to Mud Lake on Loveland Road just south of Waterloo, the Haehnle Audubon Sanctuary on Seymour Road and Mill Lake on McClure Road. However, they may appear on just about any local lake from time to time.
This member of the heron family is the second largest in North America and is 3-feet tall with a 4-foot wingspan. Only the great blue heron measuring 4-feet tall with a 6-foot wingspan is larger. The beautiful nuptial plumage grown only during the breeding season was nearly this bird’s undoing. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries these nuptial plumages were highly valued to decorate women’s hats. Market hunters nearly brought them to extinction.
The National Audubon Society was created in part to save these birds. The great egret is the organization’s symbol to this day. Market hunting was finally outlawed for good with the passing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Since that time, the great egret and its smaller cousin the snowy egret, also valued for its plumage, have been making a comeback. Today, there are even a few confirmed nestings of great egrets in Michigan along the shores of Lake Erie and Saginaw Bay.
However, a majority seen in the state are post season wanderers from the southern states. Although we can now expect to see great egrets each summer, the sighting of a snowy egret in Michigan is still a very rare occurrence.
Although we can admire these stately birds, we will not see them dressed in their breeding finery as their nuptial feathers are shed long before they arrive in Michigan. I’ve included a few images of great and snowy egrets in breeding condition to show what we in Michigan are missing. Of course, we could all become snowbirds and spend some time in Florida this coming winter to see them first hand for ourselves.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Cindy Mitchell for the photo and information this this story.)
AJ Mitchell, 13, got his first hole in one on Wednesday, July 22 on Hole #5 at Inverness Golf Course.
He has been spending many of his days this summer at the golf course, making the Summer of 2015 a very special one indeed.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Joe Yekulis for the information in this story and Kelly Flaherty for the photo gallery.)
St. Louis Center continues to receive strong community support for its fundraisers, and the month of June featured two back-to-back events with a dinner at Paesano’s Restaurant in Ann Arbor on June 14, followed by the 21st Annual Golf and Glory Outing at U-M Golf Course on Monday, June 22.
Each event is unique in its own way, with the link being the generosity of Paesano’s owners Michael and Bridget Roddy, who have been supporting St. Louis Center for many years through this golf outing and their restaurant events.
The Paesano’s dinner provides an opportunity to honor the priests of the Servants of Charity, and this year’s honoree was Fr. Satheesh Alphonse, SdC. As a member of the Servants of Charity, Fr. Satheesh was ordained at the Don Guanella Minor Seminary in Chennai, India in 2002 and came to St. Louis Center in 2006. He is now the Director of the Pious Union of St. Joseph in Grass Lake, MI.
Fifty people turned out to honor him at the dinner, and several people spoke during the evening to tell their favorite Fr. Satheesh stories. At the end of the evening he received a portrait of Our Lady of Velanhanni, India and a gift certificate.
The Golf and Glory Outing was another successful venture, as a full course of 144 golfers devoted their day to St. Louis Center as one of their favorite non-profits.
Celebrity golfers in attendance included such notable figures from the sports world as Tom Nowatzke, President of the Detroit Lions Alumni Association, Mike Lucci (Lions-ret.), Elaine Crosby (LPGA-ret.), Paul Seymour (Lions/Bills-ret.), Dean Look (MSU and Super Bowl Referee-ret.), and Wayne Welton (Chelsea HS AD Retired/Director of Baseball Operation – U-M).
This year was former Detroit Lion Tight End Tony Scheffler’s (Chelsea HS) first year to participate, and Michigan Supreme Court Justice David Viviano and Celebrity Chairman George Blaha (Pistons/MSU Broadcaster) were also present for the event.
Following 18 holes of golf, golfers were treated to a beef tenderloin dinner, live and silent auctions, sponsor recognitions, and a drawing for an Alaskan Cruise Raffle. After over 1,200 tickets were sold, the winning ticket was Sue Phillips of Grass Lake.
St. Louis Center is a residential care center for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and run by the Servants of Charity. For more information about St. Louis Center, click here.
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Friday was the deadline to withdraw from the Chelsea City Council race and one candidate has done so.
Chelsea City Clerk Laura Kaiser said Jan Bernath withdrew her name from the race for City Council in November.
This leaves four candidates vying for three seats. They are incumbents Jane Pacheco and Frank Hammer, as well as Peter Feeney and Tony Iannelli.
The deadline for any write-in candidates is Oct. 23 at 4 p.m.
Chelsea Farmers Market (8 a.m.-noon) @ Palmer Lot
Merchant activities and events, visit chelseamich.com
Art Market and demonstrations (Noon-8 p.m.)
Food court on W. Middle Street (Noon-10 p.m.)
Pet Parade at the Train Depot (10-11 a.m.)
Chalk Art Contest and community chalk quilt by Clocktower and Glazier Building (8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
KidZone behind Clocktower complex (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), activities, entertainment and more.
Chelsea Area Historical Society guided walking tour (1 p.m.) at Chelsea Depot. Wear comfortable shoes and plan for two hours. Suggested donation of $5 for non-members.
Social Tent opens at 1 p.m., live music from 1-5 p.m. (Free)
Liquid Monk (1-2:30 p.m.)
The Shelter Dogs (3-4:30 p.m.)
Social Tent reopens at 6 p.m., live music from 7-11 p.m., $5 cover