Pub crawl generates funds for Michigan Parkinson’s foundation
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
Over two dozen people found a cure for cabin fever on Saturday as the temperatures warmed up for the weekend.
The Grayling Eagles Club Auxiliary #3465 held a Snowshoe Pub Crawl on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Tanya Wolcott, the event organizer and a member of the Grayling Eagles Club Auxiliary, got the idea for the Grayling Eagles Snowshoe Pub Crawl last year. She participated in a similar event in Traverse City where participants traveled between wineries.
Proceeds from the event were raised for the Michigan Parkinson’s Foundation.
Wolcott’s father-in-law, Fred Wolcott, has been battling Parkinson’s disease for several years.
“He was a teacher in Grayling for 30 years,” Wolcott said. “He’s well known in our community.”
Participants planned to snowshoe or cross country ski between different pubs in the community. The weekend warmup, however, prevented that part of the event from happening.
“Mother Nature didn’t cooperate, so we hiked instead of snowshoeing,” Wolcott said.
A total of 35 people signed up for the event, and 30 people hiked between the participating establishments.
A shuttle bus dropped hikers off at the Rolling Oak Brewing Co., where snacks were served. The hikers then made their way to other pubs. Drink tickets for the event were provided at Spike’s Keg ‘O’ Nails and the Gray Rock Pub & Grub.
Unlike the rainy start to the week, Wolcott said participants enjoyed being outdoors and moving around.
“Even though we couldn’t use our snowshoes, it was still beautiful out,” Wolcott said.
The event was capped off at the Grayling Eagles Club, where cornbread and chili were served. A gift basket was raffled off for $200 and a 50/50 raffle was held.
The goal for the fund-raiser of $1,000 was surpassed, as it generated $1,471.
“We were definitely very happy,” Wolcott said.
The Auxiliary plans to make the snowshoe pub crawl an annual event.
“We are 100 percent going to try to do it again next year,” Wolcott said. “I would like to thank our community for its support because we did so well.”