By Crystal Hayduk
Friends Jane Kalmbach Bryan and Kathy Cavender arrived before dawn to ensure choice seating in the Multipurpose Arena for the popular Ladies Day event on Friday, Aug. 26.
When the doors opened at 8 a.m., the 228 ladies who rose early were rewarded with muffins, juice, and hot coffee.
Women shared their enthusiasm as they waited for the morning’s activities to begin.
Barb Wolfgang still has fond childhood memories of coming to the fair with the Ann Arbor Riding Club. Her daughters and grandchildren were involved with livestock and small animals, and she credits participation in the fair as a way for children to learn a variety of skills.
“The fair is more than just a carnival,” she said. “The love between a child and an animal is priceless.”
Dorothy Richards began coming to the Chelsea Fair in 1992, and now attends with her daughters and grandchildren – all Chelsea residents. “It’s clean and safe, with nice people,” said Richards. “The food’s outstanding and I feel that the rides are well attended. There’s so much joy to be had at the fair.”
Ladies Day Superintendent Mary Tobin introduced lifelong friends Laurie Williams and Debbie Colesa, who opened the two-hour program with a harmonic, a capella rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Williams and Colesa said the two met when they were only a year old. “Debbie’s dad was the pastor of the church that my family attended,” said Williams. “The story goes that we spotted each other – our birthdays are only four days apart and we were about the same height – and we’ve been friends ever since.”
Women over 18 years old received a goodie bag, and registered for more than 150 door prizes of goods and services donated by local businesses and individuals.
Entertainment was provided by dancers from Studio 3 Performing Arts Center and vocalist/musician Rob Crozier.
Highlighting the morning’s events was the announcement of the winners of the homemaking contest. Entrants 18 and over vie for Champion Homemaker; age 17 and under compete for the title of Champion Junior Homemaker.
Contestants submit an entry and earn points for exhibits entered in at least four of nine departments: agriculture exhibits, antiques, arts, canning, floriculture, food preparation, machine sewing, needlework, and quilting.
Gloria Mitchell was crowned Champion Homemaker with 279 points. Mitchell is married to John, has three grown children, and eight grandchildren. This is the first time she’s registered for the homemaking contest, but she’s participated in 4-H all of her life, and has entered many exhibits over the years.
“I was born and raised on a farm,” said Mitchell.
Granddaughter Katie Wickman won Junior Champion Homemaker last year and encouraged Mitchell to apply. “She had more points with her entries than the person who actually won last year, so I told her she should just try it,” said Wickman.
Elizabeth Richardson was named Runner-up Homemaker with 174 points.
Richardson, a photographer and writer, is married to Ross. She entered the contest with the goal of learning new things. “I’ve had a wonderful time and met so many nice people,” said Richardson. “The superintendents were so kind and warm when I was submitting entries on Sunday. They made it a special day.”
Danielle Lobdell was crowned Junior Champion Homemaker with 267 points. A senior at Chelsea High School, she is the daughter of Cathy Lobdell. Danielle, who began entering exhibits at an early age, was named runner-up in 2013, and has competed every year since then to reach her goal of champion. “It’s nice to be acknowledged for my work,” said Danielle.
Kylie Kuebler was named Runner-up Junior Homemaker with 196 points. Kylie is also a senior at Chelsea High School, and is the daughter of Darryl and Kolleen Kuebler. A seasoned exhibitor, this is Kuebler’s first attempt in the homemaker contest. She said that making and entering the number of items required to do well takes a great deal of effort. Her advice to would-be contestants is to start early and set aside the whole day for entering exhibits.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Dennis Strzyzewski for the information in this story.)
The Chelsea freshmen football team began its season with a 34-0 home win over Milford on Wednesday night.
Kyle Knight had a long touchdown run and threw touchdown passes to Riley Sumner and Ross Stofflett in the first quarter.
Garrett Steele and Gus Reynolds each scored on touchdown runs of over 70 yards in the second quarter. Riley Sumner converted 4 out of 5 extra points to make the score 34-0 at the half. The second half remained scoreless.
Gabe Vowles and Aidan Boote led defensive effort. Vowles had 12 tackles and Boote made 8 stops and snagged an interception.
“I was happy that we were solid in special teams. It was nice that everyone was able to play a lot,” said coach Dennis Strzyzewski.
We have a lot to work on, the coach said. “We need to be more physical up front, and our kids are still learning what it means to play hard, but the kids have had great attitudes at practice, and I am sure we will get to where we want to be.”
Chelsea plays Wednesday night at Whiteford JV.
(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bob Milbrodt for the information in this story.)
Kiwanis members had fun working in our concession trailer this week. We appreciate the support from everyone who visited us for our signature knockwurst and sauerkraut, (“one with”) and other items.
It has been fun working with some new folks in the “wienie wagon” joining with the veterans.
Our trailer will be located at the Chelsea High School football field for all home games. Also next to the field will be Punt, Pass and Kick on Friday, Sept. 23. It is a free event open to boys and girls from ages 6-15.
This Monday will be a recap of the operations at the fair, but also the drawing for our raffle. The winner will receive a week’s stay in a luxury villa in the Cayman Islands and $400 for expenses.
There is still time to purchase a chance to win; see a Kiwanian, stop at our trailer, or catch our meeting before the 7 p.m. drawing. Proceeds from the raffle support the Chelsea Kiwanis Club Foundation which annually grants scholarships to graduating seniors from Chelsea High School to further their education at a university, college, or trade school.
The club meeting begins each Monday at 6:15 p.m. in the St. Joseph Mercy-Chelsea Hospital cafeteria, and the speakers begin at about 6:45 p.m.
Everyone is invited to the club’s meetings to learn about Kiwanis.
Go to www.kiwanisclubofchelsea.org for more information.
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Donna Lorraine Reincke, age 90, of Chelsea, Michigan, formerly of Traverse City, passed away on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.
Donna was born on December 2, 1925, in Traverse City, Michigan, to Hollis L. and Bertha Marie (Bisel) Hubbell.
Upon graduating from Traverse City Central High School, where she had been an excellent student, sung in the choir, and performed in school plays, she pursued her goal to become a nurse. Her nursing career started at Wayne State University; however, it ended suddenly due to a serious illness.
An even greater dream was fulfilled in January 1947 when she married her high school sweetheart, Wesley Reincke of Suttons Bay. They spent the next 67 years together making a home, raising a family, moving to Lansing, and returning to Traverse City (where they lived in the same house for 55 years), traveling, building a cottage, and working towards an early retirement. In retirement, they enjoyed life at their summer home on Lake Leelanau and spending winters in Florida and Alabama.
Donna was a kind and generous lady, who was also talented and creative. She loved to do needlework and was an exceptional seamstress. Over the years, she fashioned clothes for herself, her daughter (including Sarah’s wedding dress), and others. She was known to give new life to an old piece of furniture by refinishing or reupholstering it.
A memorial service will take place later this fall at the Keswick United Methodist Church south of Suttons Bay, Michigan. Final interment will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Bingham Township.
For the full obituary, please click here.
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By Lisa Carolin
Chelsea Update is running a series on businesses in Chelsea beginning with businesses that belong to the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.
Amber Indigo is now in its second year in Chelsea.
Owner Robin Leach has created an environment that caters to the five senses and offers treatments that include customized back massages, facials that tone and tighten muscles, Bioelements acne-clearing facials that can treat against acne and Bioelements Oxygenation facials that rejuvenate the skin.
“I am proud of the things I can offer my clients – relaxation, education, facials and a little bit of peace to help when things are going as planned.” said Leach. “Even when you arrive, you may have to climb a few steps but there is beautiful art for you to study along the way up.”
Amber Indigo is located on the building’s second floor at 107 1/2 North Main Street in downtown Chelsea. The studio has a retail space and a separate treatment room. Currently visits are by appointment only, but Leach hopes to have open hours soon.
“There is soft lighting, gentle sounds, subtle smells, and great textures to help people focus on relaxation and wellness,” said Leach. “Each treatment offered is catered to each client’s wants and needs.”
Leach says that her main goal is to help people feel beautiful. She focuses on both physical and mental well-being.
She is working toward offering more education, which already includes classes on beauty and wellness. She is also partnering with other local businesses.
Leach says that Amber Indigo is a great fit for Chelsea.
“I adore Chelsea and the surrounding areas as it has always held a place in my heart,” said Leach. “It is a quaint yet unique town, and you cannot find another small town in Michigan like it.”
“What I enjoy the most is the community and the people of Chelsea. Most importantly, I am proud to be a part of the great group of female business owners and leaders in the downtown area,” she said.
Jada and Bria Van Riper had a fun morning in the dairy cattle ring Thursday morning, taking home the champion and reserve champion trophies.
Although it was a small entry this year, Judge Zeke Breuninger had a number of positive things to say about all the entries.
Sloan Steele was the winner of the young showmanship class.
Jada Van Riper won the elementary showmanship class.
Sabrina Luckhardt was the winner of the intermediate showmanship class.
Bria Van Riper won the junior class.
Taylor Luckhardt took the senior showmanship class.
Krickett Luckhardt, one of the dairy cattle superintendents, said that two years ago, every species of dairy cattle was represented at fair, but this year, the program is “in the balance of being cancelled,” next year.
She’s hoping that despite the dwindling number of dairy farms in the area, that youth will be interested in reviving the program for next year.
“Personally, I think dairy is one of the most important breed of livestock,” Luckhardt said.
She explained that you don’t need to live on a dairy farm to have a dairy cow. “They are very docile, easy to train and we welcome dairy-beef crosses.”
The fair is open to youth in Chelsea, Dexter and Grass Lake and Luckhardt encourages anyone interested to contact her for details.
“We have pizza parties and everyone works together during the year,” she said.
Luckhardt doesn’t want to see the dairy cattle program at fair cancelled next year so if your child has an interest, please call her at 734-945-3096 and she’ll be able to answer your questions.
Please enjoy the slideshow below from Thursday’s judging.
(Friday’s events ran yesterday.)
Saturday, Aug. 27 marks the last day of the 2016 Chelsea Community Fair, and the fair board saves the best for last — the fair parade, which begins at 1 p.m. following the Run For The Rolls.
Gates open at 10 a.m. and rides begin at 1 p.m. Plus, it’s your last chance to roam through the Merchant Barn and the Nature’s Creation of Life barn, see all the livestock and the amazing creative efforts of local folks in the Green exhibit barn.
It’s fun day in the horse arena and you can root on all the best showman from all the species when sweepstakes showmanship takes place at 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Arena.
At 7:30 p.m., the 4-wheel and 2-wheel drive pulling and diesel pulling contest takes place in the Main Arena.
Don’t forget, if you entered exhibits in the Green Barn, entries should be picked up between 9-11 a.m. on Sunday.