The leaves are officially off of the trees and the snow has started to fall. With that the hunters have gone to camp and many of us are planning our turkey dinners and giving thanks. To list all the things that I am thankful for would take far more words than I am allowed here.
So just to start, I'm thankful for friends and family, a great neighborhood to raise my children in, the days (few and far between) where the sun shows her face. I'm thankful for ice scrapers, for Yooper scoopers, chocolate, and coffee. But I'm also thankful to the chamber members that use this time to focus on bringing our community together.
So let's focus on some of them:
Gather your girlfriends for the Ishpeming Business Association's Annual Ladies Night Out from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday. Stop by any participating business for a chance to win prizes, see in-store specials, prizes and goodies.
The Butler Theater will be revived with live music and Rollie's Furniture will host the Bazaar featuring local artists, crafters and vendors. Come and check out the businesses in your backyard.
On Saturday be sure to head to Negaunee for the inaugural "Iron Town Turns into Tinsel Town" event. Iron Street will be bustling from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and will include Christmas lights galore, carolers walking the streets, and in-store specials and sales.
You will be given a Tinsel Town Passport for participating businesses and if you fill your passport you can drop it into Santa's Mailbox for a chance to win. Come down and see Iron Town transformed.
Start your Thanksgiving out strong with the St. Onge Insurance IshpeturkeyTrot for Hunger. On Nov. 28, you can combat the buffet bulge with this 5K/10K walk-run race that will take place on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. You can register with a $5 donation per person and you are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items. All of the proceeds will benefit local food banks and be matched 100 percent by St. Onge Insurance.
Once again, the chamber is encouraging you to "Shop Small- Shop Local" during the Christmas season. From Nov. 23 to Dec. 23 we'll have the Chamber Punch Card. Make a purchase at any chamber member's business and have them punch your card or attach a receipt. Bring the full cards to the chamber office for a chance to win some great prizes.
Contact the chamber for more information or stop by and take a look at the great local art on display and for sale in our reception area.
Lastly, I'd like to welcome to our newest members, Straight Line Archery and the Marquette Builder's Exchange. We are officially beginning our fourth year and we could not be here without the members and our community support. If you are not a member and want more details, just give us a call or check out our website.
If you are already a member, the chamber is most thankful for you.
Editor's note: Kori Tossava is director of the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce.