May 2020 as began with some of our businesses being allowed to re-open. With social distancing, executive orders, and concern for one another navigating the “new normal” could seem a bit overwhelming. CharlotteRising and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce have been working with many regional, state, and national groups to compile information that businesses can access to create a plan for “Re-Opening”. Each business will have an individual approach to how this will look based on the business needs, safety of their staff, and safety of their customers/clients.
As Charlotte’s Community Calendar, MICharlotteEvents.org wants to do all we can to make information available to everyone for the safety of our community. Here are some links from various different sources that provide information about re-opening your business.
Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing/ OSHA
Barry Eaton District Health Department
Michigan Main Street Re-Opening Toolkit
National Retail Federation – Operation Open Doors – Checklist
OSHA Retail Guidance
Department of Labor – Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
With the current information being issued by the Governor in relation to gatherings and events the staff at MICharlotteEvent.org would like to encourage you to verify all events listed with the entity that is hosting or running the event. MICharlotteEvents.org Community Calendar lists the events that were scheduled prior to COVID-19 governmental instruction. If we receive notification that an event as been cancelled or rescheduled the calendar will be updated to reflect new information. Please be sure to verify with the location hosting the event before you travel to attend.
Please continue to support our local Small Businesses during this time. Each business is taking extra precaution to keep their customers safe. Some of our businesses are offering alternative ways to receive their products. Our business owners care deeply about our community but also have staff that depend on them. Please support these businesses that are owned and staffed by many of our friends and family. Purchasing Gift Certificates, ordering a meal to go, online purchases (where available), are all great ways to continue support during a very difficult economic situation.
MICharlotteEvents.org would like to thank Community Members, Business Owners, City Government Officials, Emergency Personnel, Charlotte Public Schools, and many other groups and individuals that are helping to ensure the children and families in our community are still able to receive meals they count on weekly despite the necessary social restrictions. We truly live in a community we can all be proud of.
Festival Season begins in Charlotte, Michigan with the 5th Annual Michigan Nordic Fire Festival.
It is getting toward the end of cold weather season, which means Mid-Michigan’s popular and growing late-winter event, the Michigan Nordic Fire Festival, is right around the corner. Held each year on the last weekend of February, the MNFF is a medieval Viking fantasy come to life, with historic re-enactments, awesome costumed participants, cool vendors and lively entertainment.
Running from Friday evening, February 28, with an opening ceremony that includes the now-traditional burning of a Viking long ship, through Sunday afternoon, March 1, the festival grounds will be packed with educational, entertainment and family-friendly activities for all ages. Whether you are looking for historically accurate demonstrations, or just want to wear a silly hat and enjoy a little revelry, you will find what you’re looking for.
Many of your favorite acts and vendors from previous years will be back in 2020, but expect more of everything. Younger visitors can take on the Viking Kids Quest, with its age-appropriate games and activities; and adult visitors can impress their friends with their Viking prowess at various games, contests and feats of strength. Back again for 2020 is the on-site Viking Mead Hall, which will be open both Friday and Saturday nights, with mead, ale and entertainment for adults 21-and-over.
The festival takes place at 620 West Shepherd Street, across from Lincoln Park in the City of Charlotte. Parking is at Charlotte High School, with free shuttle service to the festival grounds provided. The festival itself takes place both inside and outdoors, with some activities in heated tents. Visitors should come prepared for winter weather. A fun and friendly ‘survival guide’ is available on the festival website at www.michigannordicfirefestival.com. Individual tickets are $10, but a family pass can be purchased for $20 — proceeds are used to grow and fund the event. Tickets can also be purchased online at the organization’s website.