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Request for Bid – Bellaire Chamber of Commerce Website Redevelopment

Request for Bid – Bellaire Chamber of Commerce Website

Bellaire Chamber of Commerce is seeking bids from chamber members for the redevelopment of their website,

Bids due July 14, 2017 @ noon!

The bid must include the following:

  • Wordpress Plarform – including:
    • CMS with full access
    • Member and area news section (blog)
    • Media gallery
  • Homepage with dynamic content from blog articles
  • Banner Ads by members
  • Membership directory with search function and available members’ only section.
  • Events Calendar with external event submission (pending admin approval) and linking to existing members information.
  • Request for information and mailing list signup feature
  • Online membership sign up & renewal
  • Integration with Paypal as a merchant service provider
  • Mobile Friendly and connected to existing social media platforms
  • Virtual Server Web Hosting & Virtual Email Services (held in the clients name)
  • Search Engine Optimization program
  • Google Analytics integration/ website stats
  • Client (chamber) will have admin access to website to provide ongoing updates and backend changes. Potential for monthly maintenance work.

Bellaire Chamber of Commerce

Paddle Antrim Festival offers great experience on the Chain of Lakes Water Trail

Bellaire, MI – Paddling is becoming an even more popular recreational activity and Paddle Antrim is offering kayakers a great way to get out on the water with the third annual Paddle Antrim Festival. This Festival celebrates Northern Michigan’s waters and communities and highlights the diversity of the Chain of Lakes Water Trail.

This two day festival, September 15-16, is a fun, non-competitive kayak event where paddlers can enjoy being out on Antrim County’s Chain of Lakes. There are opportunities for all levels of paddlers, from beginners to advanced, to enjoy a great time both on and off the water. Kayakers can choose to paddle one or both days and choose the distance they want to travel. Those looking for a relaxed paddle may exit after 7 miles, while those looking for a challenge may continue up to 42 miles, with many exit points in between to make it the ideal paddle for anyone. This Festival includes live music, great food and drinks all weekend long for both paddlers and the entire community.

This event highlights the wide-range of paddling opportunities that Northern Michigan’s Chain of Lakes provides. The first day begins with a series of small calm lakes which is a must-see, perfect for all paddlers. The second day you can explore up to five lakes and two rivers including the tranquil Grass River Natural Area and the crystal blue waters of larger lakes such as Torch and Elk Lakes. Over the two days paddlers will enjoy the charming communities of Ellsworth, Central Lake, Bellaire, Alden, and Elk Rapids as they make their way down the waterway. To make the event stress-free, meals and shuttle service can be added at the time of registration.

“We are excited to offer a paddling experience for all levels of kayakers to get out on the water”, says Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim executive director. “This is a great opportunity to highlight the different types of paddling the Chain of Lakes Water Trail offers and have the entire region come together to celebrate the remarkable waterways and region we live in.”

Beyond great paddling, the weekend is filled with great food and festivities.  Beginning Thursday night, each day there are local events with music and refreshments open to all. The Festival ends with a bang at the Final Bash Saturday night in Elk Rapids hosted by the Festival’s top sponsor, Short’s Brewing Company. This all-ages party is for paddlers and the entire community to come out and enjoy live music and great food and drinks. Short’s Brewing Company and Festival sponsor, Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen, will be there serving up the most amazing food and finest brews for all to enjoy.

The Paddle Antrim Festival not only encourages folks to get out and enjoy the lakes and rivers but also raises money to support Paddle Antrim’s mission to protect the waterway, focusing on stewardship, education, and increasing access for all to the waterways through development of the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. The water trail, the aquatic equivalent of a hiking trail for non-motorized boats, provides information on available access sites and paddling experiences for everyone to enjoy all season long. By working with local jurisdictions and other supporters and champions, Paddle Antrim is leading efforts to create a premier water trail for all to enjoy in Northern Michigan.

For additional information on Paddle Antrim, the Chain of Lakes Water Trail or Paddle Antrim Festival, go online or contact Paddle Antrim at or 231-492-0171.

About Paddle Antrim

Paddle Antrim is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to protect our water resources by using paddle sports to connect people to our waterways.  Through stewardship, education, improved water trail access, and promotion of our waterways we will increase water resources protection and enhance the economic vitality of the region.


Bellaire, MI (June 22, 2017) – Paddle Antrim recently awarded $3,000 to three projects that benefit Northern Michigan’s waterways through their Ripple Effect Mini-Grant Program.  “We are so excited to support these great projects. Our Ripple Effect grant program provides a wonderful way for us to expand our impact by funding projects that support our mission of protecting our waterways and connecting people to these amazing waters through paddling” says Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim’s Executive Director. The awards are for the following projects:

The Village of Bellaire was awarded $1,500 toward the initial planning to develop a non-motorized boat launch at Richardi Park.
Conservation Resource Alliance was awarded $1,000 for development of a new recreational access site on the Jordan River at Old State Road. 
Three Lakes Association was awarded $500 for a water quality study on Torch Lake, Clam Lake, and Lake Bellaire. 

Paddle Antrim’s Ripple Effect Mini-Grant Program awards grants to local non-profit and governmental organizations whose projects align with their mission to protect the water resources and enhance the economic vitality of the region through stewardship, education, improved water trail access and promotion of the waterways.  The next round of funding will be in November 2017. To learn more about Paddle Antrim, the Ripple Effect grant program or the Chain of Lakes Water Trail, please visit 

Northern Michigan Cideries take home medals at the 11th Annual Great Lakes International Cider and P


A number of Northern Michigan cideries and wineries were awarded medals at the 11th Annual Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP), held on April 23-24 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The world's largest cider competition, GLINTCAP gathers cider aficionados from the United States, Canada, and England, for a blind, panel judging of cider and perry varieties from around the world. This year, of an unprecedented 1,000+ entries, 764 medals were awarded for both commercial and non-commercial cider entries.  “Entries this year came from 31 US states and the District of Columbia, 5 provinces of Canada, 5 counties of the United Kingdom, and several other nations including France, Spain, Ireland, and the Czech Republic,” (

Bryan Ulbrich, owner and “Winery Sherpa” at Left Foot Charley, says, “GLINTCAP is a well managed competition where the judges spend over 10 minutes analyzing each sample. Earning any medal at GLINTCAP has proven to be quite difficult, as the largest cider competition in the world. The best part of GLINTCAP is that as an entrant I receive the judges’ notes directly.”

Bee Well Mead & Cider, from Bellaire, were among the thirty-one Michigan cideries to medal, and just 1 of 5 Michigan cideries to bring home a Gold Medal.  First year entrants, Bee Well were also pleased to hear of their reception of silver and bronze medals for their additional cider entries. “The gold was exciting news, but we were as stoked that our newest Family Tree cider placed with silver.  That was a community project of so many families' apples.  It well-represents what we love to do, and we're excited to release that.”


Starcut Ciders, also of Antrim County, were among those awarded both silver and bronze medals in a variety of categories.  Tony Hansen, of Starcut Ciders, shares that he was “happy to see each of the Erraticus series #1-4 earn medals. I feel like they are Starcut Cider's secret project that most people don't know about yet."

Other local cideries of the Grand Traverse and surrounding areas include 45 North of Lake Leelanau, Bel Lago Winery of Cedar, Big Belly Ciderworks of Empire, Big Little Wines, L. Mawby and Tandem Ciders of Suttons Bay, Black Star Farms and Left Foot Charley of Traverse City, Northern Naturals of Kaleva, and St. Ambrose of Beulah, Michigan. Congratulations to all of our local medalists.  For more information about GLINTCAP, visit

Bellaire, MI named #1 in Flip Key’s “50 States: Most Affordable Vacation Rental Destinations”

Photo by Jamie Creason, Applesauce Inn Bed & Breakfast, a TripAdvisor company recently announced their “50 States: Most Affordable Vacation Rental Destinations” list and Bellaire has been recognized as #1 in the state of Michigan. researched the most bang-for-your-buck vacation rental getaway locations across the country. They choose these destinations based on data collected over the past 18 months pointing to those locations with at least 5 listings that also had the lowest average weekly rates for a 2-bedroom accommodation.

Bellaire was listed as having an average rental of $600 per week, stating three reasons to visit: Kayak or boat the Chain-O-Lakes, hike the trails at Grass River Natural Area, Fat Tire Biking or Snowshoeing at Glacial Hills Pathway.

The Village of Bellaire, surrounded by glacier-carved hills and steep valleys certainly fits this description by It is centrally located on the chain of lakes, connecting 75 miles of waterway. Several of the larger ones, like Torch Lake and Elk Lake are considered among the most beautiful in the world, and the region has long been a favorite destination for boaters and fisherman. 

After a day on the trail or out on the boat, feast at a variety of family friendly restaurants and unique lounges; grab a glass of locally produced beer, mead or wine; or visit area farm markets and u-picks to take home a taste Northern Michigan. The peaceful Intermediate River runs through downtown Bellaire, with unique shops and a state-of-the-art movie theater. Stay at one of the numerous cottages, resorts, bed & breakfasts, campgrounds, and motels to retreat to after a full day of exploring the area. 

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HOMES: Tied by Water - Circling the Great Lakes through an Artist's Lens


Bellaire - Join a diverse gathering of local artists and be a part of a roving interdisciplinary project as it weaves our part of the Great Lakes into a new conception of this region. ISLAND’s Artist Meet & Greet with Moheb Soliman's Great Lakes Work will take place from 5:00pm to 7:00pm pm at Blackbird Arts, 1485 Barlow St in Traverse City. Performance-Lecture starts at 6:15pm. 

HOMES: Tied by Water is a work‐in‐progress that has this poet, performance artist and Joyce Foundation Fellow, Moheb Soliman, tracing the entire Great Lakes coastline by land for four months this summer. ISLAND and Blackbird Arts will host him locally for a special event sharing his creative work and inviting others to contribute to it. Moheb will give a short performance using a mock talk format, where the subjective stands in for the objective in overlays of images, language, and gesture. He'll also have a low-fi installation using an old overhead projector and camping tent, which visitors can interact with and contribute their own "memory maps" of the lakes to his project. Moheb hopes for a dialogue and creative exchange with our locality in exploring the place of nature in modernity and identity, the differing narratives of belonging in the region, and the extent to which the wild, populous Great Lakes borderland has a coherent culture rooted in its geography.

"The stories and sheer beauty of this precious fresh water source anchor us in places along the shoreline, giving a sense of pride, and connecting us in integral ways,” says ISLAND's Jen Schaap. “This aspect of the Great Lakes is being explored by former ISLAND Hill House artist resident Moheb Soliman, and we are excited for him to include local artists and residents in his unconventional approach to telling the story of the place we call home."

Also on Aug 26, 27, and 28, Moheb invites anyone interested to join him on local excursions and help with creative protocols he's enacting all around the Great Lakes feel out a stretch of the lakeshore through inhabiting a favorite place, taking a walk in water, capturing a conversation or interaction through audio/video, "tidings" - an on‐going performance/installation piece where natural and cultural materials and excess from other Great Lakes locations "wash up" here temporarily, "a poem of sublime proportion" - an on‐going epic poem being written into/erased by the entire Great Lakes shoreline, and others. His goal is to connect with diverse people and places here. Contact Moheb at to participate, or to show him someplace important, secret, or special to you in this corner of the region.

To RSVP to the Artist Meet & Greet, or learn more about ISLAND contact Jen Schaap at 231-622-5252 or visit Supported by the Joyce Foundation and Mizna. More information on Moheb Soliman’s project:

ISLAND is a NW Lower Michigan non-profit based in Bellaire,MI that builds strong communities through the intersections of art, farming, ecology and economy.


Jen Schaap
Food and Farm Programs Coordinator
Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND)
mobile: 616-856-1163

Beaches Near Bellaire, Michigan

by Laura Rico, Demand Media

Bellaire is a village in a scenic region of Michigan's northwest Lower Peninsula. It's near several inland lakes and Grand Traverse Bay off of Lake Michigan. The Intermediate River slices through town, providing Bellaire's only small beach area. The village's largest draw for tourists is the Shanty Creek ski and golf resort and eclectic shops and eateries. There are a number of larger beaches within 30 miles of Bellaire.


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Bellaire Farmers Market


For those of you that may not know, Area Seniors, Inc. has obtained management of the "Antrim County Farmer's Market" which is now the BELLAIRE FARMERS MARKET.  Our committee met yesterday and are excited about the upcoming season!  We're having a start-up/vendor meeting on Tuesday, March 31st at 10 a.m.
If you are a vendor or know someone that is a vendor that is not currently involved in our market, please share the meeting date and time as we're accepting new vendor applications now and throughout the year!  2015 Rental fees remain unchanged: $10 per day or $125 for the season.
Thanks to Doug Bedell for agreeing to continue on in 2015 as the opening representative.  Vendors should check in with Doug by 7:30 a.m. at the latest, each Friday.  Vendor space that is not set up or confirmed with Doug will be released to other day or season vendors.
Area Seniors, Inc. Board Of Directors has assigned the position of "Market Manager" to me, so all questions should be directed to me at the office at (231) 350-8835.  I will be accepting vendor applications, inquiries, and fees commencing the meeting next Tuesday.
Please go to facebook and "LIKE" our market page:     Many thanks to Renee and Matt for keeping the page up and going, and to all others that have supported the site with pictures and comments.
We are looking forward to an exciting and busy summer at Area Seniors, Inc. Yard Sale and Bellaire Farmers Market!  Opening Day: Friday, May 22nd continuing through the month of October.

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Festivals in Bellaire, Michigan

by Sally Barber, Demand Media

The tiny community of Bellaire, Michigan, marks seasons with creative community festivals year after year. Villagers bring together family, friends, neighbors and guests to celebrate the gifts of the season, resulting in this northwest Michigan village of roughly 1,000 swelling with visitors eager to join the fun. Its signature celebrations demonstrate Bellaire’s knack for engaging all ages in activities, mixing traditional events with a touch of whimsy and connecting with the natural beauty surrounding the town.


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