2017-07-13 / Happenings

Roscommon ‘WOWs’ with Busy Weekend

Photos by Cheryl Holladay & Krista Tacey-Cater


SMOOTH SAILING Ava Kelsey’s cardboard boat held up to the waters of the AuSable River during the cardboard boat race at Riverfest July 9. Kelsey, 9, of Saginaw, took first place in the 12 and under division, Corbin Christner of Roscommon took second and Chloey Christner of Roscommon took third place. SMOOTH SAILING Ava Kelsey’s cardboard boat held up to the waters of the AuSable River during the cardboard boat race at Riverfest July 9. Kelsey, 9, of Saginaw, took first place in the 12 and under division, Corbin Christner of Roscommon took second and Chloey Christner of Roscommon took third place. The Village of Roscommon was bustling with activities the weekend of July 7-9 for itsWOW Weekend.” Some of the events included the annual Roscommon Arts Festival, Roscommon Riverfest, an open house at the Roscommon Community Garden and a quilt show at Michigan Warm Hugs Quilts Shop.



BEST IN SHOW Dean and Marilyn McNeill of Roscommon (holding prize) were surprised with the Best in Show award by members of the Higgins Lake-Roscommon Chamber of Commerce July 8 at the Roscommon Arts Festival. The McNeills manned a stones and gems booth at the event. Also pictured are chamber members (left to right) Terry Morley, Dar Stead-Smith, Andrea Weiss, Kurtis Norton, Executive Director Cathy Boyle and Matt Boyle. BEST IN SHOW Dean and Marilyn McNeill of Roscommon (holding prize) were surprised with the Best in Show award by members of the Higgins Lake-Roscommon Chamber of Commerce July 8 at the Roscommon Arts Festival. The McNeills manned a stones and gems booth at the event. Also pictured are chamber members (left to right) Terry Morley, Dar Stead-Smith, Andrea Weiss, Kurtis Norton, Executive Director Cathy Boyle and Matt Boyle.

SECOND PLACE Placing second at the quilt show was Sandy Figley of Roscommon for her three-dimensional treat­ment of flowers and animals. Ty­ing for third was Martha Clapp and Theresa Ekdom, both of Roscommon. SECOND PLACE Placing second at the quilt show was Sandy Figley of Roscommon for her three-dimensional treat­ment of flowers and animals. Ty­ing for third was Martha Clapp and Theresa Ekdom, both of Roscommon.

QUILTING COMPETITION (Above) Robin Bonaguro of Naperville, IL, received the most votes for her blue and white “double wedding ring” quilt in a contest at Michigan Warm Hugs Quilt Shop in the Village of Roscommon. (Below) Molly Peterson (left) and Jeanne Hough check out a pirate quilt by Bonaguro. QUILTING COMPETITION (Above) Robin Bonaguro of Naperville, IL, received the most votes for her blue and white “double wedding ring” quilt in a contest at Michigan Warm Hugs Quilt Shop in the Village of Roscommon. (Below) Molly Peterson (left) and Jeanne Hough check out a pirate quilt by Bonaguro.

BIG WINNER Ethan Starke of Freeland was the winner of the Riverfest kayak raffle July 9. Each child who par­ticiapted the cardboard boat race was entered in a drawing to win a kayak donated by Walmart. BIG WINNER Ethan Starke of Freeland was the winner of the Riverfest kayak raffle July 9. Each child who par­ticiapted the cardboard boat race was entered in a drawing to win a kayak donated by Walmart.

FLY TYING Gunner Otwell of Roscommon is shown the proper way to make a fly fishing hook during Riverfest from Graeme Zaparzynski of Trout Un­limited Mason-Griffith Founders Chapter. FLY TYING Gunner Otwell of Roscommon is shown the proper way to make a fly fishing hook during Riverfest from Graeme Zaparzynski of Trout Un­limited Mason-Griffith Founders Chapter.

MUSICAL SERENADE Greg Bogus of Houghton Lake en­tertains the crowd at the Roscom­mon Arts Festival. He played a mix of popular songs, both older and newer. MUSICAL SERENADE Greg Bogus of Houghton Lake en­tertains the crowd at the Roscom­mon Arts Festival. He played a mix of popular songs, both older and newer.

GROWING LIKE A WEED (Left) Annabel Fisher, granddaughter of Crawford-Roscommon Con­servation District Secretary Janice Balcom (left), checks out the zucchi­ni in the community garden as Natural Resources Educator Julie Crick of MSU Extension looks on. Crick said the community garden, located on the corner of South Main Street and George Street, has both public and private plots. People may enter the fenced-in garden from dawn until dusk to weed, water and take what they will eat. Crick said volun­teers and donations from organizations and businesses got the garden started. GROWING LIKE A WEED (Left) Annabel Fisher, granddaughter of Crawford-Roscommon Con­servation District Secretary Janice Balcom (left), checks out the zucchi­ni in the community garden as Natural Resources Educator Julie Crick of MSU Extension looks on. Crick said the community garden, located on the corner of South Main Street and George Street, has both public and private plots. People may enter the fenced-in garden from dawn until dusk to weed, water and take what they will eat. Crick said volun­teers and donations from organizations and businesses got the garden started.

GREAT AUSABLE DUCK RACE Roscommon Rotary Club members Dr. Karrie Williams and Tom O’Brien (hidden) dumped a garbage can of rubber ducks into the AuS­able River from the Lake Street bridge near Wallace Park July 9 as part of the Great AuSable Duck Race. THAT SINKING FEELING Although it looked like Conner Christner of Roscommon was going to sink nearly the entire time he was competing in the 13-to-17-year old division of the Riverfest cardboard boat race, he managed to stay afloat and take first place. The second place winner was Chae Kelsey of Sagi­naw and taking third place was Emily McKinnon of Houghton Lake. GREAT AUSABLE DUCK RACE Roscommon Rotary Club members Dr. Karrie Williams and Tom O’Brien (hidden) dumped a garbage can of rubber ducks into the AuS­able River from the Lake Street bridge near Wallace Park July 9 as part of the Great AuSable Duck Race. THAT SINKING FEELING Although it looked like Conner Christner of Roscommon was going to sink nearly the entire time he was competing in the 13-to-17-year old division of the Riverfest cardboard boat race, he managed to stay afloat and take first place. The second place winner was Chae Kelsey of Sagi­naw and taking third place was Emily McKinnon of Houghton Lake.



TASTE TESTING Jean Bradley (right) and Samantha Dinkins of Roscommon taste test some gourmet dipping sauces at the Pam’s Pantry booth. TASTE TESTING Jean Bradley (right) and Samantha Dinkins of Roscommon taste test some gourmet dipping sauces at the Pam’s Pantry booth.

GARDEN CLUBBERS Tending to things at the Kirtland Garden Club booth are (left to right) Stephanie Colie, Glenda Sinclair and Martha Clapp. They were selling perennials and other plants, as well as gently used gar­den related items. GARDEN CLUBBERS Tending to things at the Kirtland Garden Club booth are (left to right) Stephanie Colie, Glenda Sinclair and Martha Clapp. They were selling perennials and other plants, as well as gently used gar­den related items.

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