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The Betsie Valley Trail is 22 miles long and extends from Frankfort through Elberta and Beulah to Thompsonville in Benzie County Michigan.

The entire trail is excellent for bicycles and pedestrian use.

Pets are permitted on most parts of the Trail as long as they are on a leash and under control. Pets (except leader dogs) are not permitted on the portion of the Trail between Mollineaux Road and Beulah.

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Great turnout today in Thompsonville celebrating the dedication and unveiling of a Michigan Historical Marker at the Diamond Crossing and to celebrate the official recognition of the site’s historical impact and significance.

The diamond-shaped crossing of steel rails, constructed in 1889, and the subsequent rail traffic that it facilitated was instrumental in the growth and economic development of Northern Michigan in the late 19th and early 20th century.

The event was hosted by the Benzie Area Historical Society, the Village of Thompsonville, Weldon & Colfax Townships, and the newly formed Thompsonville Area Revitalization Project (TARP). Crystal Mountain Resort sponsored the celebration.

The vision and mission of the newly formed Thompsonville Area Revitalization Project (TARP) is to provide an attractive and historically compelling destination for users of the Betsie Valley Trail, cultural tourists, student groups, and Thompsonville Village and adjacent townships residents.

The Friends hope the revitalization of the former “Biggest Little Town in Michigan” will stimulate further development and the extension of the Betsie Valley Trail eastward towards Copemish and Mesick.
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Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail

Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail are all invited to the Diamond Crossing Historical Marker Dedication & Celebration, this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. by the Caboose.

Come celebrate the past and help to create a new vision for Thompsonville’s future!

Kindly RSVP (231) 882-5539 or info@benziemuseum.org Hosted by the Benzie Area Historical Society, the Village of Thompsonville and Colfax and Weldon Townships.
Crystal Mountain Resort, Event Sponsor
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Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail are all invited to the Diamond Crossing Historical Marker Dedication & Celebration, this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. by the Caboose.
 
Come celebrate the past and help to create a new vision for Thompsonville’s future!
 
Kindly RSVP (231) 882-5539 or info@benziemuseum.org Hosted by the Benzie Area Historical Society, the Village of Thompsonville and Colfax and Weldon Townships.
Crystal Mountain Resort, Event Sponsor

BAYOU IS BACK!!
TICKETS ARE ON SALE!!

Grow Benzie is happy to announce the return of their annual blues and zydeco fundraiser on Friday, July 30th alongside beautiful Betsie Bay at the Elberta Outdoor Amphitheater. Live music, food, drinks, and friends!

Internationally renowned musicians perform blues, jazz, and zydeco music with food vendors cooking up southern style cuisine (from Michigan ingredients when possible!). Ticket prices include admission to the event and live/silent auctions. Food, alcohol, soft drinks, and merchandise will be available for separate purchase. Fundraising proceeds benefit Grow Benzie's community center and partner programs (GrowBenzie.org).

*** Be prepared to follow current MI COVID protocols ***
*** Bring blankets and beach chairs for the grassy, amphitheater seating ***
*** No outside coolers/beverages- alcoholic beverages available for purchase and (free) water filling stations and iced tea available ***

>>> FUNDRAISER ALERT <<<
SILENT AND LIVE AUCTION INCLUDES CERTIFICATES, TRIPS, KAYAKS, AND MORE!

Tickets and details can be found here:
mynorthtickets.com/events/Bayou2021
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Congratulations to the Garden Theater on this $50,000 grant from Rotary Charities!New Blog! bit.ly/2TAfxfB

Downtown Frankfort would feel very different if a group of locals had not purchased the dilapidated Garden Theater back in 2009, preventing the site's redevelopment into condos. The Friends of The Garden Theater has been awarded a $50,000 Assets for Thriving Communities grant to support major renovations to improve and preserve the building. Now, they are poised to save the single-screen theater as a community gathering space, ensuring generations of memories to be made.

The Garden Theater was built in 1923 and opened its doors in downtown Frankfort in August of 1924. Those first movies were black and white silent films, and "talkies" made their way to the screen over time. At that moment in history, movies were novel entertainment, and "movie houses" or sometimes "movie palaces" were the center of their communities. Still today, The Garden Theater anchors the lively downtown and brings movie-goers to the coastal town of Frankfort not only to enjoy a film but to spend their dollars throughout the community.

"There is zero money to be made by a single-screen theater in a seasonal town," says Rick Schmitt, underlining the theater's fundamental operating goal just to break even. He also points out the challenges and expenses of addressing the deferred maintenance that threatens the buildings' structural integrity. "It's hard to catch up to a nearly 100-year-old building." Bringing the Garden into the modern age has been a community effort.
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Congratulations to the Garden Theater on this $50,000 grant from Rotary Charities!
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