On June 19th, 2003, Boyne City Main Street became one of the first four Michigan Main Street Communities. After countless hours and meetings and many miles of travel, the city welcomed this new program with open arms and an eagerness to grow with Michigan Main Street. Charged with economic revitalization and an eye toward historic preservation, Main Street relied upon a newly appointed board and a host of volunteers to start the work. Read more about our history here.
Twenty years later – and one Great American Main Street Award in 2020 – we are able to celebrate the successes of this valuable program. The last standing of the original programs, Boyne City Main Street was proud to celebrate its history, accomplishments and especially our community of volunteers and businesses on Thursday, September 14th.
Relying once again on our downtown community, dinner was provided by food and drink establishments within the DDA. There were videos, music, lots of chatter and smiles but most importantly, we had a chance to celebrate the many people that have made Main Street what it is today. Joined by Norma Ramirez de Meiss, National Main Street, and Laura Krizov, Michigan Main Street, we were able to reflect on the many special events brought to our city over the years:
· Forty years of the best Farmers market in the north
· 20 years of the single most iconic event in our history: Stroll the Streets
· 20 years of Boyne Thunder Poker Run
· 20 years of historic preservation and celebrating art installations
· And so much more!
We are proud to foster small businesses, civic pride and the myriad opportunities to volunteer and give back to your community. We know our success today came because we stand on the shoulders of those that came before us and with the past as a guide, our current team will be the caretakers of the future.
Above all else, though, are the people that live, work and volunteer in our downtown. All of these friendly faces – and all the ones that we have seen over the 20 years of Main Street – are what make us a true community, a place that is welcoming to neighbors and visitors alike, all year round.