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Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015

Bulldog-logoChelsea sports fans there is a double header today — hockey and football.

The hockey team plays in the finals of its Thanksgiving tournament at Arctic Coliseum today at 3:30 p.m. after downing Walled Lake Friday night.

And, the football team plays in the state championship game at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Ford Field. If you can’t go to the game, TV information is in the link.

Chelsea hockey plays Waterford United for the championship this afternoon.

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015
Ryan and Buzz are rooting for the Michigan Wolverines and the Chelsea Bulldogs today.

Photo by Alan Scafuri. Ryan and Buzz are rooting for the Michigan Wolverines and the Chelsea Bulldogs today. Go Blue. Go Dogs.


Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bob Milbrodt for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea Kiwanis Club just completed our Warm the Children service project. Several of our members accompanied families in need of winter clothing to Walmart in Saline. Mary Stewart runs the non-profit organization her father founded, which raises thousands of dollars to provide new clothing for children. Groups like ours volunteer to administer the funds at the store. More information can be found here.

There is just over a week left before hundreds of cases of fresh citrus fruit arrive in Chelsea. Direct from Florida, oranges, tangelos, and grapefruit are a healthy way to keep the sunshine over the upcoming winter season. If you have room in your refrigerator, or can keep the fruit between 32 and 40 degrees, it will stay in good condition until March.

If you did not get a chance to order before now, we have ordered some extras. As you see us delivering the orders, (from Dec. 7-10), speak up to get some of this delicious harvest.

Proceeds from the sale support the many service projects Chelsea Kiwanis undertakes during the year.

The Kiwanis Club will be helping out at the hospital’s Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 5.  Staff at SJMC hospital can invite children for a visit with Santa, continental breakfast, crafts, and games. Our club members, as well as Dexter and Chelsea Key Club members, will assist the children with the crafts and games.

To learn more about Kiwanis, please click here.


Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015
Courtesy photo. Matthew Millar owner of Renovatio Woodworks.

Courtesy photo. Matthew Millar owner of Renovatio Woodworks.

Although he won’t be at the Winter Farmers Market on Saturday, Renovatio Woodworks will be open at his new location on Jackson Road (where the rock shop used to be) from 10 a.m-4 p.m.

Owner Matthew Millar will welcome folks with non-alcoholic wine and will be offering 30-percent off commissions on his handmade furniture.

Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015

Cub-Scout-Toy-Drive(Chelsea Update would like to thank Linda Detterman for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea Cub Scouts – Bears Den 5 from Pack 435 – are playing host to Santa in support of a toy drive for Toys for Tots for children through age 12.

Santa’s Toy Drive will take place at Chelsea District Library McKune Room on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 1-3 p.m.

Bring a new, unwrapped gift for a boy or girl. When you drop off your gift, take a picture with Santa (great for those wanting to put together a holiday card). Families must bring their own camera, as there will not be a photographer present.

The Cub Scouts will be building stanchions, decorating the room, and providing some line entertainment and candy canes to help manage the excitement in meeting Santa.

They have also begun to collect money to cover supply costs and hang flyers from Chelsea businesses and have been met with incredible support.

Click here for the Event Facebook page.

For more information, contact Ekrzysikpack435@gmail.com

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Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015



Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015



Lisa Allmendinger on November 28th, 2015

Nancy C. Bowling of Chelsea, age 72, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at Allegiance Hospital in Jackson.

She was born on Nov. 4, 1943, in Milan, Tennessee, the daughter of William and Wafie (Madery) Perry.  Nancy was a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Ravenna, Kentucky.  She was very proud to have been a bus aide for Estill County School District in Kentucky for 12 years.  She enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, flowers, and especially her roses.

For the full obituary, please click here.



Lisa Allmendinger on November 27th, 2015


This Saturday, the new Chelsea Winter Farmers Market, which will take place in the cafeteria of the Washington Street Education Center from 9 a.m. to noon.

Below is a list of the vendors who are expected to be there, but please keep in mind that plans can change unexpectedly.

Chandra June – jewelry

Robin Hills Farms – Herbs, arugula, beets, Brussel sprouts, salad mix, carrots, cilantro, Swiss chard, collards, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, spinach, tatsoi, baby pac choi, squash, potatoes, onions.

Dave’s Honey – Raw Local Honey: 2 oz., 8 oz, 16 oz, 6 lb jars — Bee’s wax, Candles, Propollis, Bee Pollen and a fabulous Honey Health Drink.

cookiesLa Baguette – baguettes, boules, madeleines, brioche

Breakin Away Cafe – Cookies, caramel corn, breakfast bars, cereal made from oats, nuts, seed and dried fruit, two snack mixes – one with nuts, dried fruits and M and M’s and the other is a Chex mix.

Carolyn Myer – jams

Finding the Trails Soap – Cold processed natural soaps

Frog Hollar – winter fruits and vegetables, cookies, salsas

soapAffeathermations – Seasonal creations and natural media, earthwork arts and crafts for ceremony or celebration.

Pictures and Thread – custom embroidery

Kapnicks Orchard – Baked goods, cider and apples

Healing Energies – salves, essences

Janet’s LLC – flavored nuts, rubs, assorted sweets and treats

pottery at the farmers' marketCountry Hills Pottery – Wheel thrown functional pottery and a variety of unusual gifts. Weather permitting.

Debbie’s Bead Design – Fun woven and strung beaded work including bracelets and ankle bracelets, earrings, necklaces and Swarovski beads.

Golden Fleece Farms – eggs, grass fed beef

Goetz Farms – carrots, Swiss chard, kale, sweet potatoes, fingerlings and Christmas Evergreen Decorations – wreaths, grave pillows, roping, door swags, center pieces.

Judi Sweets – gourmet chocolates



Lisa Allmendinger on November 27th, 2015


Christmas on the Farm
Sunday, Dec.6, noon – 4 p.m. @ Waterloo Farm.
This annual recreation of the holiday’s traditions includes tours of the ten-room farmhouse, the authentic log house, eight outbuildings, and the one-room Dewey School. Hand-crafted greens, homemade baked goods, and gift items will be available for purchase. Free refreshments and live music will be among the offerings for this homespun weekend.

The Nutcracker Ballet
2 p.m. @ Chelsea High School, Freer Road.
Ballet Chelsea will dazzle crowds of all ages with its 178th annual presentation of The Nutcracker, a timeless holiday classic. Visit balletchelsea.org for tickets

Chelsea Chamber Players Holiday Concert (2 shows)
3 p.m. and 7 p.m. @ Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street.
A special holiday performance featuring “Gloria” from Mass in B Minor by J.s. Bach, “Magnificat” by Mark Hayes, and “Concerto Grosso” by Bloch and a Christmas Carol sing-a-long. Presented by Chelsea’s talented Chamber Players with students from the Chelsea High School Orchestra (Jed Fritzemeier, Conductor), Chelsea First United Methodist Church Choir (Kyle Webber, Conductor) and Chelsea High School Choirs (Steve Hinz, Conductor). Free admission.

Chelsea Creche Celebration

2 – 7 p.m. @ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1330 N. Freer Rd, Chelsea 

Come join us during the Chelsea Hometown Christmas Celebration as we host a special event called “O Come Let Us Adore Him”. This free event is open to the public and will feature creche displays (nativity scenes) from around the world. Along with the displays, two brief musical programs at 3PM and 6PM will feature traditional Christmas hymns as well as a performance by Tenor Stanford Olsen, professor of voice at the University of Michigan. Professor Olsen is a frequent guest soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and, in the past, has been a regular performer at the New York Metropolitan Opera House. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1642314092691482/

Merchant Events

Merchant Events and Activities – There are numerous activities, presentations and holiday specials going on all weekend at participating merchants in Chelsea. Details are available on the Chelsea Community Calendar at www.ChelseaMich.com.