From the Desk of the Main Street Program Director
Coming up: the Christmas Walk, and Girls’ Night Out
by Rae Gosling, Grayling Main Street Program Director
Harvest Fest and the Funky Fish Races are over. Despite the less than spectacular weather we still saw good crowds in the morning and had a fun time racing fish in the afternoon. To everyone who came out and played along with us, it was a pleasure to see your smiling faces!
Now it is time to start preparing for our next exciting endeavors. In the coming weeks the Grayling Main Street (GMSt) volunteers will be building up to the holiday season, as we prepare for the 40th Annual Christmas Walk. As you may recall I briefly discussed this a few weeks back. We are very excited to have the returning chairperson and her team of re-committed, returning, and new committee volunteers. If you are interested in joining their team, or volunteering on the day of the event please reach out, and I will get you in touch with the chairperson.
But, before we get knee deep in the holiday spirit we want to encourage everyone to take a little “me” time. Our Fall Girls’ Night Out (GNO) is just a couple weeks away. It is the perfect time to find yourself a treat, catch up with your pals as you stroll Downtown Grayling, and enjoy the last few calm moments before the season of giving starts taking. If you are anything like me, once Halloween hits its go-go-go until January.
This is also a great opportunity for you ladies to check in on your health. As previously mentioned, we are partnering with Casting for Recovery to build awareness about women’s health, specifically breast cancer. Casting for Recovery will be screening three short films before the start of GNO, which makes attendees eligible for a great give-away. If you choose to participate in the GNO event, and visit all the participating businesses in the Think Pink Passport, you will earn additional entries into the give-away.
While our events are certainly big news, and we do enjoy hosting them, GMSt volunteers and staff are more than just party planners. We are also economic developers, historic preservationists, fundraisers, promoters, and most importantly, Grayling Champions. One of our less visible projects is working with elected representatives at the state and federal level to bring attention to rural Michigan, and our needs. GMSt is very fortunate to have a good relationship with city staff, our state coordinating program, other state programs, and organizations in our community; so that as a collective we can get in front of legislators, and advocate for the many needs of Grayling and Northern Michigan.
This past week I was able to leverage a celebration of the city staff’s hard work, to bend the ear of an elected representative. This kind of collaboration is quite possibly, the most valuable. The city did not have to invite me, or anyone from GMSt, to the small gathering they had to receive their award from Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). But, they knew it could be advantageous, for our community, if we were able to offer a little more narrative, and show the passion and drive that exists here.
Want to know more about GMSt and what is going on in Downtown Grayling? Check back in future editions of the Avalanche for more From the Main Street Director’s Desk. You can also check out our website, www.DowntownGrayling.com, find us on Facebook, or email your questions to DowntownGrayling@gmail.com.
Rae Gosling is the Program Director for Grayling Main Street. She has been with GMSt since April 2016. She is a Grayling resident, wife, mother, local shopper, avid supporter of all things Grayling, and keeps everyone on their toes wondering what color her hair will be next.