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Brewed In Michigan - Wiltse's Brew Pub

Wiltse's Brew Pub, Oscoda - If you love craft beer, books and books about craft beer, you'll want to be at Wiltse's Brew Pub from 7:00pm - 8:30pm Thursday May 31st! where author William Rapai will discuss "Brewed in Michigan," presented by the Iosco Arenac District Library. "Brewed in Michigan: The New Golden Age of Brewing in the Great Beer State," is not a beer-tasting guide. Rather, the book, according to Rapai, "highlights the unique forces behind and exceptional attributes of the leading craft breweries in Michigan." The author met with brewmasters at microbreweries around Michigan over the course of 18 months and arrived at the conclusion that Michigan craft beer is "brewed by individuals with a passion for excellence who refuse to be process drones ... who have created a culture that values quality over quantity and measures tradition and innovation in equal parts." 

Another aspect of "Brewed in Michigan" is Rapai's attention to the taprooms associated with these craft breweries, which he refers to as "conduits for conversation." He argues that these brewpubs and taprooms are an example in "resourcefulness -- renovating old churches and abandoned auto dealerships in Michigan's biggest cities, tiny suburbs, working-class neighborhoods, and farm towns. Beer, as it turns out, can be the lifeblood of a community."

What would be a better way to help Rapai celebrate his book than by having a conversation at Wiltse's Brew Pub while enjoying your favorite craft beer? We would argue that it's hard to top a night like that. 



Throughout the presentation there will be a guided tasting for attendees who purchase a flight of beer.  This is free and open to the public.  For more info please contact the Iosco Arenac District Library at (989)362-2651 or


About the author:

William Rapai lives in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and is the author of two other books: "Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes," and "The Kirtland's Warbler: The Story of a Bird's Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It."


Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Many activities will be taking place in observance of Memorial Day and all those who gave their lives for our country!  There are numerous activities and events in and around the Listening Area this weekend where you can pay your respects and remember all those who gave so much!




Oscoda Township:


Friday May 25th, 9:00am

Pinecrest Cemetery. Placement of American Flags on the graves of deceased Veterans by The Oscoda American Legion Post 274. Public is welcome!  Flags remain in place till Veterans Day


Monday May 28th, 11:00am

Memorial Day Observance Ceremony at the American Legion Hall, 349 South State Street.  Oscoda American Legion with VFW Post 3735.  Luncheon will be served following the ceremony.  Public is welcome. The public may then join our veterans at the Circle of Flags at Veterans Memorial Park of Northeast Michigan for a flag raising ceremony at 12:00pm.  The park is located at the entrance to the former ar base, just off F-41 Oscoda.






Saturday May 26th. 2:00pm

Tawas City Veterans Park, Us-23 & Matthews Street

Tawas Area Veterans Honor Guard

Unveiling of the new Bench donated by the Kendall Family

Unveiling of four granite walls which are engraved with 1,800 names of veterans who lived in Iosco County prior to entering the service.

The Public is welcome!


Monday May 28th, 9:00am

Memorial Day Observance Ceremony, Memory Gardens Cemetery on Meadow View Dr, in Tawas City.  VFW Post 5678


Monday May 28th, 11:00am

Memorial Day Parade.  Parade will start at the Post office in East Tawas on Newman Street and conclude near the DNR State Dock at Harbor Park.

Following the parade, a ceremony will take place at the American Legion Cemetery

On Lincoln Street. East Tawas.





Saturday May 26th, 11:00am

Memorial Day Parade.  Parade Route from The Whittemore Speedway to the Whittemore Chamber of Commerce, M-65


Following the parade:

Memorial Day Observance Ceremony, on the Chamber Grounds.

In Attendance, VFW Post 7435, VVA Chapter 882 & the American Legion Post.

After The Service, Chamber of Commerce planned activities.





Monday May 28th, 10:00am

Memorial Day Observance Parade

Parade Route will be from Building Center to the former Plainfield Township Hall, M-65.


Monday May 28th, 11:00am

Following the Parade and a flag raising ceremony on the property, the Hale Area Veterans will go to the Esmond Evergreen Cemetery for a Memorial Day Service which

Includes: National Anthem, Firing Squad and Roll Call.  All veterans who have been laid to rest will have their name read aloud!  After the ceremony everyone is invited to a light lunch.


After Lunch Veteran groups will continue services at several other cemeteries:


Oak Grove Cemetery in Goodar Township

South Branch Logan Township Cemetery on State & Sage Lake Road

Pioneer Cemetery on Old State Road in Grant Township

Reno Township Cemetery on Towerline Road in Whittemore

St James Catholic Cemetery in Whittemore

Burleigh Cemetery on Wilson Creek Road in Whittemore.




Tuesday May 29th, 11:00am

Memorial Day Service will be held on the courthouse lawn on Tuesday, May 29th at 1:00am.  Local veterans will gather during this public ceremony to remember those who have been lost! Lunch Veteran



Arenac County:


Monday May 28th, Arenac County VFW Post 3724 members will meet at Cedar Valley at 7:30am.  The Cemetery visits will proceed as Follows:


8:45am - Cedar Valley Cemetery

9:30am - Omer Cemetery

10:15am - Linwood Cemetery

11:00am - Sims Cemetery




Monday May 28th 1:00pm - Parade Start

Lineup at the city docks at 12:15pm.  There will be a program following the parade at the school in AuGres.



Monday May 28th  12:00pm Parade Start.

Lineup at the Industrial Park Road.  Ceremonies will be held at the courthouse.



Ogemaw County:


Monday May 28th  10:15am - 11:15am Alger Cemetery ceremoney, put on by the Alger Parks & Recreation.


Monday May 28th 11:00am - Memorial Day Parade in Downtown West Branch presented by The Ogemaw County Veterans Affairs Office.  The parade will begin at North Second Street and travel to the Ogemaw County Veterans Memorial across the street from the county building where a ceremoney will be held after the parade.


Wednesday May 30th 11:00am -  A Memorial Day ceremoney will be held at the Mills Township Cemetery on Elbow Lake Road put on by the Skidway Lake American Legion.


Alcona County:


Monday May 28th:


Indian Cemetery, Kings Corner Road, 9:00am

Mikado Civic Center, Mikado, 9:45am

Mikado Township Cemetery, 10:15am

Village of Lincoln Fire Hall, 11:00am

Harrisville Courthouse Lawn, 12:00pm

American Legion Post, Mikado, 1:00pm



Whittemore Speedway - Season Opener May 26th

Come on out this weekend!  Saturday its the 70th Anniversary Season Opener!  The Whittemore Speedway, Michigan's Oldest Speedway has Time Trials at 5pm with Racing at 7pm!  Pro Late Models, Super Stocks, Lead Sleds, Front Wheel Drives and Spectator Drags Round #1. 



Bring the whole family for an exciting night of racing action!  Don't You Dare Miss It!




Plainfield Township Sesquicentennial

Save The Dates!  June 23rd thru June 30th!  It marks the dates for the Painfield Township Sesquicentennial.  Thats right, Plainfield Township is celebrating it's 150th Birthday with a party and you are invited!  Check out all the events!







Plainfield Township

Hale, Michigan





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Shoreline Arts & Crafts Show - The 26th annual Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce  Shoreline Arts & Crafts Show, Saturday May 26th and Sunday May 27th in Tawas City.  10-5 on Saturday & 10-4 on Sunday..  The annual event takes place at Shoreline Park on US-23.  Lots of great items for sale!


Tuesday Nights Downtown East Tawas - It all happens in Downtown East Tawas on Tuesday Nights this summer!  The Schedule for 2018: 

June 26th, Down Home.

July 3rd, Boogie 2 Schooz.

July 10th, Gibson & Seal.

July 17th, Way Out Wayne.

July 24th, Flipside.

July 31st, Hippie Bob.

August 7th, Bob Barcalow & Friends.

August 14th, Ron Tucker Blues Abuser.


Tuesday Night Live in Downtown East Tawas - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Also, Kids Activities, face painting, balloons, etc.


6th Annual Holy Spokes Bicycle Tour - The tour will start Saturday, May 26th at 9:30am with registration at 8:30am at the  Oscoda United Methodist Church with three different rides.  There will be a 9 mile ride, a 20 mile ride and a 50 mile ride.  Entry fee is $20 for pre register and $25 for day of tour.  For more info please contact (989)739-4617.


Brewed in Michigan - Wiltse's Brew Pub and the Iosco Arenac District Library will be hosting a special program Thursday, May 31st from 7pm to 8:30pm at Wiltse's Brew Pub.  The program will have 2018 Notable author William Rapai who will share the unique stories, history and future of Michigan's craft beer artisans and breweries revealed in his award winning book "Brewed in Michigan".  Throughout the presentation there will be a guided tasting for attendees who purchase a flight of beer.  This is free and open to the public.  For more info please contact the Iosco Arenac District Library at (989)362-2651 or


Annual Rummage Sale - Grace Community Church of Oscoda is holding it's Annual Rummage Sale, Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd from 9am to 5pm.  The church is located at 6012 Skeel Ave., Oscoda, MI next to the Parks Library.


Junque In The Trunk - Arenac County Fair is hosting "Junque In The Trunk" community yard sale.  The sale will be held Friday, June 1st, and Saturday, June 2nd, from 9am to 5pm, at the Arenac Fair Grounds, 2392 Airpark Dr., Standish. All proceeds will be donated to the Arenac County Fair Queen Scholarship Program.  For more info please call (989)846-4461. 


Ride For RugRats - Fundraiser to support "Helping 2 Overcome", Saturday, June 2nd starting and finishing at Twisted Twinz Emporium, 1131 W. Lake St., Tawas City, next to the Tawas Moose Lodge.  The fun starts with Sign In at 10am, Kick Stands up at Noon with a 4pm return.  The fun continues with Dinner starting at 4:30pm, and Auction at 5:30pm.  Then the fun kicks up a notch with the music of "Hipakritz" from 6:30pm to 10:30pm.  $15 includes the Ride, Dinner, and Entertainment or $10 for Dinner and Entertainment. The Dinner and Entertainment will take place at the Tawas Moose Lounge where there will also be a Cash Bar.


Tawas Bay Art Gallery - Alcohol Ink-Flowers will be presented on Thursday, June 7th from 11am to 2pm at Tawas Bay Art Gallery, 302 Newman St., East Tawas.  Cost is $30 which includes your supplies.  For more info please contact (989)362-5613 or look them up on Face Book.  Registration and a deposit is required for all classes.


Tawas Point Lighthouse - Come join us on Saturday, June 9th at 4pm for the dedication of a Michigan Historical Marker at the Tawas Point Lighthouse at the Tawas Point State Park.  The marker will tell the story of our 142 year old lighthouse and its significance in Michigan maritime history.  Vernors Ginger Ale floats will be a part of the celebration to commemorate  the selection of Tawas Point Lighthouse in the first teaming of the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Pure Michigan campaign to release a limit edition can of the popular ginger ale that will feature 5 Michigan Lighthouses with Tawas Point Lighthouse being one of them.  Although there is no fee to attend the event, you will need to enter the State Park so your vehicle will need a valid Recreational Passport to enter.  For more info please contact Jane Chandler, President, Friends of the Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park at (989)362-3238.


Free Fishing Weekend - Take the whole family to your favorite fishing hole....June 9th and June 10th is the annual Michigan Free Fishing Weekend. Free Fishing starts at 6am on June 9th and ends at 11pm on June 10th.  So grab your fishing poles, and some worms and head on out to the water for some fishing fun.


Tawas Bay Art Gallery - Kids Make and Take "Father's Day" will be held Saturday, June 9th from 9am to 11am at Tawas Bay Art Gallery, 302 Newman St., East Tawas.  Cost is just $5 which includes your supplies.  For more info please call (989)362-5613 or look them up on Face Book.  Registration and a deposit is required for all classes.


Oscoda Class of 2019 - A benefit 4 Person Putt-Putt Golf Scramble will be held Thursday, June 14th at Hunt's Canoe & Miniature Golf.  Registration starts at 5pm, with a 6pm start.  All proceeds will benefit the Senior Trip & All Night Party.


Sunrise Solstice Art and Music Festival - The Festival will be held Saturday, June 16th from 6am to 11pm, at the Shoreline Park in Tawas City.  There will be an art competition, with artist registering online and then get their canvas stamped on the morning of the 16th.  They may then go and paint anywhere in the Tawas area, and return their completed work by 5pm for voting by the festival goers. First place earns $500.00, Second place is $300.00, and Third place is $200.00.  There will also be live bands at the Towne Square in the afternoon until 9pm.  Many more activities to come, so please keep an eye on their web site at  Proceeds to benefit Tawas Area High School fine arts (visual and musical) and student athletes.  All applications can be found on the web site.


Our Heritage Monthly Lecture For June - Come and enjoy the monthly lecture at the Iosco County Historical Museum every third Wednesday of the month.  This month will feature a lecture on the "Rum Runners In Michigan", on June 20th at 6:30pm. Each lecture will talk about the amazing history of our great State Of Michigan.


Arts And Crafts - 26th Annual Memorial Day Arts & Crafts will be held Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th at the Shoreline Park in Tawas City.  Saturday hours are from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. So don't miss this wonderful collection of over 100 booths of crafters, and food.  You are sure to find something perfect for your home, yard and more.


Breeze On Tawas Bay - Come and enjoy kite flying for all ages, Saturday, June 2nd from 10am to 6pm on beautiful Tawas Bay.  This is a free fun filled day of kite flying for the young and old alike. There will be kite making for the kids, free kite give away, and candy drops.  Come and enjoy stunt kites and kites of all shapes and sizes.  For more info please call (810) 653-3633.


Tawas Point Celebration Days - With many activities for the family to enjoy, starting Saturday, June 11th, from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, June 12th, from 10am to 4pm. So come and enjoy the activities from historical and educational displays, lighthouse tours (cost is $2), demonstrations of traditional crafts, such as spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, and wood carving.  There will be children's activities, fishing derby, guided hikes, traditional music, and even period encampments with period dress.  For more info please contact the park at (989)362-5041.


Pops In The Past - Start a family tradition by bringing the kids and keep the classics alive!!!! "Pops In The Past" vintage car show will be held Saturday, June 16th at the Arenac County Fair Grounds in Standish.


Alpena Blues Festival - "Help Stamp Out Hunger With The Blues", presented by The Alpena Blues Coalition will be held Saturday, June 16th, from 12pm to 12am. So come and enjoy some of the best Blues Bands around. Tickets are on sale now with the price of only $20 there is camping also available at the Alpena Fair Grounds.  Campsites are $20 per night and you are right where all the action is.  For campsite reservations please call the Fair Grounds at (989)356-1847 please leave a message and someone from the Fair Grounds will return your call. For information on the show please email


Tawas Bay Art Gallery - A Jewelry Class will be held Monday, June 18th from 11am to 1pm at the Tawas Bay Art Gallery, 302 Newman St., East Tawas.  Cost is $15 with a $5 supply fee. Also on June 20th there will be a Colored Pencil Beginner/Advanced class from 11am to 3pm.  Cost for this class is $30 and you need to bring your own colored pencils. For more info please call (989)362-5613 or look them up on Face Book.  Registration and a deposit is required for all classes.


Michigan Fallen Military Memorial Wall - There will be a Motorcycle Escort for the Michigan Fallen Military Memorial Wall on Saturday, June 23rd.  Line up will be at the Shoreline Park in Tawas City, with line up starting at 8am, and kickstands up at approximately 9am.  All motorcycles and riders are welcome, and the route will be from the Shoreline Park on US 23, through Tawas, East Tawas, and Oscoda to final destination, Oscoda Veterans Memorial Park (near circle of flags on the old Wurtsmith AFB). Law Enforcement Assisted Ride.  Memorial Wall will be set up and on display all day Saturday, June 23rd as part of the Oscoda Veterans Memorial Park Musicfest.  Free admission and viewing of the Memorial Wall for everyone.


Shore Fun Beach Run - HealthQuest is holding it's 2nd Annual Shore Fun Beach Run will take place on Saturday, June 23rd at 10am with registration at the Oscoda Beach Park Bandshell.  There will be a 5k Beach run/walk which starts at 11am, and a 1 mile Kids Beach run/walk at Noon, so come on out and enjoy one of the only runs in Michigan that takes place entirely on the sand.  Check out our Sister event "Art on the Beach" happening a block away. Fees are before June 22nd are $25 for the 5k, and $5 for the Kids run, Day of Race $30 for the 5k and $10 for the Kids run/walk. Prizes are awarded by age group.  For more info please contact Lauren Dietrich Race Director at (586)242-7584 or


Save The Date - Plainfield Township will be hosting their Sesquicentennial Celebration, Saturday, June 23rd thru Saturday, June 30th.  Come on out and enjoy lots of fun from a golf outing at Wicker Hills Golf Course, an Ice Cream Social, Live Music, Horse Show, Movie Night, Dancing In The Streets, Encampments & Reenactments, Bounce Houses, Dunk Tank, Fun and Games, Corn Hole Tournament, Lumberjack Shows and Fireworks to close the Celebration on Saturday, June30th.  All taking place in Hale, and at the Iosco County Fair Grounds.  For more info please call (989)728-2811 or check out their FaceBook page at PlainfieldTownship 150th.


Art on the Beach - 35th Annual Art On The Beach will be held June 23rd and June 24th at the Oscoda Beach Park, Saturday from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.  The Oscoda Garden Club will be holding an auction Saturday at noon.  For more info please call (989)739-7322 or visit


Music Fest 2018 - The festival will be at the Oscoda Veterans Memorial Park on the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd.  Admission is $10 per day with the entertainment to start about 7pm both nights.  Proceeds to benefit ongoing development of the Veterans Memorial Park.  You don't want to miss the acts that include "The Bombshell Duo" performing the spirit and style from the '40s, Mike Suggs, and Jeff Carr performing Toby Keith, and Willie Nelson, on Friday night.  "The Soul Men" with their outstanding Blues Brothers Tribute, and "The Paradise Band" performing Oldies, Rock, Motown to Country and everything in between, on Saturday night.  For more info call Joe Brinn at (989) 906-2155 or Rose Mary Nentwig at (989)820-8747. 


Tawas Bay Art Gallery - Brush by the Bay "Field of Lavender" will be held Thursday, June 28th from 6:30pm to 9pm at Tawas Bay Art Gallery, 302 Newman St., East Tawas.  Cost of class is $35 which includes your supplies.  For more info please call (989)362-5613 or look them up on Face Book.  Registration and a deposit is required for all classes.


Freedom Festival - Come and enjoy the "Ultimate 80's Rock Experience" as performed by "Rockstar", July 4th from 4pm until the fireworks start.  Enjoy the beach, music and fireworks at the Oscoda Beach Park.  For more info please call (989)254-0931.


Smokey The Bear - Come to the Harrisville State Park, Saturday, July 7th, to visit and take pictures with "Smokey The Bear".  He will be at Host site #2 from 11am until Noon, then follow him into town for the Children's Parade at 1pm that goes thru downtown Harrisville. Then stay into the evening and enjoy the fireworks from the Harrisville Harbor.  Fireworks are also viewable from the day use beach at the Harrisville State Park. A current Recreational Passport is required to enter the State Park.


Our Heritage Monthly Lecture Series - Come and enjoy this months lecture on July 18th at 6:30pm at the Iosco County Historical Museum.  This month learn about the "Saginaw Chippewa Tribal History".  This will be a fascinating lecture about the history of our area and our great state.






























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