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Lewiston Events

 

January, 2016:

Sno*Drift Rally
January 29-30
Sno*Drift Rally is the only part of Rally America held in the winter. Real Roads, Real Fast, is the motto and they mean it. Roads are closed for each stage, there are about 18 stages over the weekend, Friday night in Lewiston and on Saturday, in Atlanta and Hillman. All of it is within Montmorency County. The cars run in one minute intervals, leaving from downtown Lewiston and are timed on each stage, the cars must drive within the speed limits between stages, but once the stage is hot, anything goes, snow and ice doesn't slow them down, if anything it makes them go faster. Approximately 50 to 75 cars may enter, every year is different. It is definitely an exciting race and it is the first one on the Rally America National Championship. You can pick up a spectator guide at many businesses throughout Montmorency County to get maps and directions to popular spots to watch. Dress warm and enjoy the outdoors in Northern Michigan.

 

February, 2016:

Wertz Warriors Annual Ride
Since 1981, this group of snowmobilers makes an endurance trek across Michigan to raise money for Michigan Special Olympics. Each year they make a stop-over in Lewiston. More information is available at www.wertzwarriors.com.

SnowFest, Lewiston Fun Ones
Saturday, February 13
The Lewiston Fun Ones hosts their annual SnowFest each February. Snowmobilers can have their snowmobiles blessed at the Blessing of the Sleds, followed by a Fun Ones Run, with cards available at various Lewiston businesses. Get lunch at the Weenie Wagon and dinner hosted by the Lewiston Fun Ones. Buttons for the event are $12 for adults and $6 for children aged 5 to 12. More information is available at www.lewistonfunones.org.

 

May, 2016:

Morel Mushroom Festival
Saturday, May 7
On Mother's Day Weekend, Saturday only, The Annual Morel Mushroom Festival takes place at the Lewiston School. This includes a Mushroom Tasting, area restaurants and individuals offer dishes containing several types of mushrooms for you to try. Only 100 tickets are sold. There is a guided hunt to help people learn how to find Morels, what to look for and the difference between a real Morel and a fake one. There is an early morning hunt and one after lunch. The gymnasium is full of crafters with beautiful items for sale, great gift ideas for all the Moms in your life! Also, the American Legion Post 198 will host an outdoor expo featuring guns, crossbows, and camping in Veterans Hall, on the hill behind Family Fare. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spring Band Concert
Wednesday, May 11
The Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools will hold an all-band spring concert at the High School Gymnasium in Johannesburg at 7 p.m.

Memorial Day
Saturday, May 28
The Saturday before Memorial Day, Lewiston has a Parade at 11:00 leaving from the beach and marching to the Museum. At the museum there is a nice ceremony with music from the Johannesburg/Lewiston High School band. After the parade there are several rummage sales all over town, just follow the signs, every year the Lutheran Church and the Band have rummage sales to raise money. So you can help out a great cause and find a hidden treasure.

 

June, 2016:

Lewiston Car Show
Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21
Spend your Father's Day Weekend admiring classic cars of yesteryear. Starting Saturday with a Cruise around East Twin Lake at 7:00, followed a street dance downtown. The Annual Car Show is an all-day event on Sunday with over 200 cars for you to see! A great time for the whole family. There is also a craft show in the park and food vendors, prizes throughout the day.

 

July, 2016:

Independence Day Events
On the 4th there is a parade (floats line up at the school at 10:30) down Bourn street in front of OMH Medical Center and start on County Road 612 (Salling Ave) from the Iron Kettle to Talley's, down Kneeland to PNC bank, in front of Lewiston True Value and back to the school. Boat Parades on both East and West Twin Lake, starts at 5:00 - decorate your pontoon and join in on the fun, or watch from your dock and wave at the boats as they float by you. On the 5th Habitat for Humanity hosts a pancake breakfast at the Catholic Church St. Francis of Assisi, proceeds go to a family or two who are building a new home that year.

ATV Rodeo
Saturday, July 16
The 6th annual ATV Rodeo will be held in the field next to Ace Hardware See ATV's do barrel racing and other "rodeo" style stunts while being timed! Prizes and trophy's for the fastest in each class. A DJ, Food Booths and Vendors will be on site. ATV classes include ages 6-9, ages 10-13, adults 14 and up, side by side, dirt bikes, and 4x4. Registration begins at 10 a.m. For more information call or text 989-858-3230 or 989-858-1988.

Annual Beach Party
Saturday, July 16
The Twin Lakes Property Owners Association presents their annual summer Beach Party at East Twin Lake Public Beach, with live music, games and fun for all ages.

Montmorency County Fair
Late July, TBA
The Montmorency County Fair has fun activities for all ages, tractor pulls, concerts, queen pageants, carnival rides, barns, and much more.

 

August, 2016:

Timberfest
August 5-7
Timberfest features three days of live Entertainment, Food Court, Chainsaw Carvers, Crafters in the Park, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, a variety of bounce toys for kids, waterslide, pony rides, fire department demos and much much more.

 

September, 2016:

Mackinac Bridge Walk
Monday, September 7
Labor Day, Bridge Walk, walk the Mackinaw Bridge, starting at 7:00 am until 11:00 am, park in St. Ignace and walk across the five mile bridge and take a bus back to your car. It costs $5 to ride the bus, but walking the bridge is free for everyone.

Atlanta Elk Festival
September 23-25
Elkfest in Atlanta starts with a parade at 6:00 on Friday night. There are vendors galore, a beer tent with live entertainment, crafters, and fun activities all weekend.

 

October, 2016:

Halloween at Tee lake Resort
October, TBA
Tee Lake Resort presents 31 days of Halloween! Drive Thru Haunt is open from October 1 to November first from dusk until 10:00 pm nightly. Feel free to park and walk through, take pictures and use your smart phone to follow along.

Christmas in October Bazaar
October, TBA
Christmas in October Bazaar at the Lewiston Elementary School benefiting Habitat for Humanity. A great place to start your Christmas shopping, beautiful handmade crafts, unique gifts for that special person in your life.

Terror on Tee Lake
October, TBA
Enjoy a haunting experience with "Terror on Tee Lake" haunted house, cost is $5 per person, not recommended for young children, monsters will jump out at you. Enter at your own risk.

 

December, 2016:

Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree
December TBA
Lighting the Christmas Tree in front of the Chamber of Commerce by the Lewiston Lioness, you can buy a bulb to honor someone who has passed. Singing carols and waiting for Santa to arrive by firetruck, get your picture taken at the town hall and enjoy some hot chocolate and homemade cookies.

 

Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Snowmobiling

Snowmobile01You don't need to travel all the way to the Upper Peninsula to enjoy snowmobiling. Lewiston is home to an extensive network of snowmobile trails, which are interlinked with other trail systems across the northern Lower Peninsula. Local organizations, such as the Lewiston Fun Ones, work in cooperation with the Michigan Snowmobile Association and the DNR to keep these trail well-groomed throughout the winter.

During the winter months, snowmobiles are a common sight in town, and occasionally outnumber cars outside local restaurants and bars. Lewiston is also a traditional stop for the Wertz Warriors, a group of long-distance riders who raise money for Special Olympics each winter.

Related Links:
Lewiston Fun Ones: www.lewistonfunones.com
Michigan Snowmobile Association: www.msasnow.org

Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

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For Nordic style skiing, Lewiston offers the Buttles Road Ski Trail. Snowshoeing is possible anywhere when conditions are right, and both sports offer a quiet tour through our winter scenery.

Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

ORV & ATV Riding

ATV06There are a number of trails in the area for off-road and all-terrain vehicles. The Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail runs through the area, and many trails connect to that. Near Lewiston, the Avery Hills trail is popular. West of Lewiston, of Old State Road, the Crapo Creek trail offers a loop ride.

South of Lewiston., trails connect with Mio and Grayling.

Trails are color-coded with small triangles, some for trail motorcycles only, some for four-wheeled vehicles, and some for mixed traffic, including four-wheel drive full size trucks. For safety, know the system and check the maps available at DNR offices and on the internet. Try www.fishweb.com/recreation/orv/maps or michigan.gov/dnr or michigantrails.us.

Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Skeet & Trap Shooting

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Lewiston Sportsmen League offers a shooting range northeast of Lewiston. Their sporting clay range has shooting stations up a former ski hill and offers long vistas of the surrounding area. They offer skeet near the clubhouse. The trap range is currently used as part of the sporting clay course. A 200 yard rifle range is also available, open to the public the week before rifle deer season, and open to club members when the sporting clay course is not in use, since that is above the target area. There is an archery target range at the club also. Drive east on County 612 to a left turn on County 491 and follow the signs.

The Northland Sportsmans Club in Gaylord offers skeet, trap and five-stand courses. They also have rifle and pistol ranges and an indoor pistol range for winter shooting. Others in the area are the Grayling Sportsmen's Club, Hillman Sportsmens Club, Alpena Sportsmens' Club, all with shooting ranges of one type or another.

Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Hunting

Deer01Hunting: So many options!

Northeast Michigan, especially around Lewiston, has long been a favorite place among hunters.

Whitetail deer: "Deer camp" is a tradition here. The whitetail hunt can be in the high hills, in the low swamps, along farmland edges, or wherever your hunting skills prefer. Michigan's seasons are plentiful, with opportunities for youth, handicap, bow, crossbow or gun.

Upland bird hunting: Wild turkey are plentiful in a spring season, and also in a fall hunt. Using turkey calls from a blind works best. The young aspen stands hold ruffed grouse and woodcock, and nothing beats a well-trained bird dog working in the beautiful autumn colors.

Waterfowl: Our area's lakes and wetlands hold a variety of ducks and geese, and the area is along the flyway from Canada for flight ducks and geese. In the late part of the season, the diving ducks make a stop here.

Black bear: There are bear opportunities for both still hunters and hound runners, and one of Michigan's largest trophy bear was taken in the Lewiston area.

Elk: Michigan's elk herd is just north of Lewiston. It is a controlled hunt with licenses on a lottery, and those fortunate enough to be drawn get a hunt of a lifetime for these huge animals.

Small game: Squirrel hunting is great for the beginning hunter, and our mix of gray, red and fox squirrels are a fun quarry. Black squirrels are plentiful here, too. Winter rabbit hunting is great sport for man and beagle, with cottontail and snowshoe bunnies dashing from brush-piles. A few highly skilled hunters go after bobcat, a very elusive animal.

Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Color Tours

Color02There are three fabulous fall color trips right at our Lewiston door step. Here are some favorites:

  1. Start out at C.R. 489 and C.R. 612 by the Marathon Gas Station, go east on 612 to 489 North. Look for the "Fun Ones" sign, turn left on 489 towards Atlanta. This road does turn to gravel, but the scenery and hills are worth it. Turn around when you get tired or proceed to 487 N. into Atlanta. If you go S. on 487 it will take you back to C.R. 612.
  2. Start out again at C.R. 612 & C.R. 489, go east of C.R. 612 until it dead ends at M-33. Turn left (north) onto M-33 to M-32. Turn right (east) onto M-32. You will go through Hillman and can go all the way to Alpena (1 hour). Turn around when you get tired.
  3. From the Marathon Gas Station go west on C.R. 612 to Meridian Line Road as if you were going to Gaylord. Turn right on Meridian (North) and cross M-32 at Vienna Corners. Stay on Meridian Line Road until you see Sparr Road (F-44). Turn left on Sparr Road. (Meridian Line Road turns to gravel at Sparr Road if you go too far). After you go through Sparr (one store and 3 houses), turn left at stop sign, Marquardt Road. After driving a short distance, 1/8 mile, turn right and you are at the bottom of Treetops Resort. Make your way up the hill to the restaurant. Look to the north over the Sturgeon River Valley and see what is the best color view in northern lower Michigan.

These three suggestions are not in the AAA trip approval guide. Bring a map and or GPS and enjoy. Getting lost is the bonus!

Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Bingo

Bingo01Young and old alike will find plenty of opportunity to play Bingo in Lewiston.

There are weekly games held in 2 locations. You can find listings in the Montmorency Tribune or can call the Fifty Plus Club and VFW for times.

Weekly at:

Lewiston Fifty Plus Club
2811 Kneeland
989 786 3721

VFW Hall
5195 County Road 612
989 786 4746

History of Bingo.... Did you know?

The game of bingo can be traced back to a lottery game called "Il Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia" played in Italy in c.1530. By the eighteenth century, the game had matured, and in France, playing cards, tokens, the reading out of numbers had been added to the game. In the nineteenth century, Bingo was widely used in Germany for educational purposes to teach children spelling, animal names, and multiplication tables.

Le Lotto was then subsequently created by the French in 1778. This unique lotto variation featured 27 squares in a unique layout of three rows and nine columns. The numbers within the boxes ranged from 1 through 90. Only five squares within each row contained numbers which subsequently led to the design of modern day bingo.

Hugh J. Ward standardized the modern game at carnivals in and around the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania areas in the early 1920s. He went on to copyright "Bingo" and author the rule book on it in 1933.

The game was further popularized when at a traveling carnival near Atlanta in December 1929, toy merchandiser Edwin Lowe noticed how engaged the players were of a Beano game using Ward's rules and dried beans, a rubber stamp, and cardboard sheets. Lowe took the idea with him to 1930's New York where he introduced the game to his friends. He conducted bingo games similar to the ones he had witnessed and Ward had standardized, using dried beans, a rubber numbering stamp and card board. His friends loved the game. One theory on the origin of the name is that one of his players made bingo history when he was so excited to have won that he yelled out "Bingo" instead of "Beano." However the word was used in Great Britain since the 1770s and had migrated to the Pittsburgh region at least a generation before Lowe's 1930's claim.

The Lowe produced Bingo Game had two versions; the first a 12-card set for $1.00, the second a $2.00 set with 24 cards. Bingo was a wild success. By the 1940s Bingo games were all over the country. Lowe had many competitors he requested that they pay $1.00 a year to conduct the games and to use the name Bingo.

Source: Wikipedia

Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Tennis

Tennis08If you enjoy playing tennis we've got you covered in Lewiston. There are 2 sets of courts for your enjoyment.

Two courts are located at the Lewiston Village Park right in town on County Rd 612.

Two courts are also located at the Buttles Road Park.

Tennis is very popular in Lewiston and there are frequently players looking for a pick game. So head to the courts, have a ball, and perhaps make a new friend or two.

Top Ten reasons to play Tennis!

  1. Tennis is a sport of a lifetime
  2. Tennis develops your body
  3. Tennis develops your mind
  4. Tennis is FUN
  5. Tennis can be anything you want
  6. Tennis teaches life lessons
  7. Tennis is a family sport
  8. Tennis is social
  9. Tennis makes for a happy life
  10. Tennis helps you will longer
Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Parks and Playgrounds

EastTwinBeachPark11Lewiston has abundant natural and recreation space and amenities. That includes its many parks and playgrounds: Buttles Road Park, Lewiston Village Park, Bingham Park, Lions Park, and the East Twin Lake Public Beach.

Buttles Road Park
Size: 40 acres
Buttles Road Park is located northwest of the Lewiston community, just south of the corner of Buttles Road and Airport Road. At 40 acres, it is the largest park operated by Albert Township. The park includes two softball fields, two tennis courts, and two horseshoe pits. It also has playground equipment and facilities for picnics such as a pavilion, outdoor picnic tables, restrooms, and barbecue grills. Some parts of the park retain their original natural character, but are open for snowmobiling, hiking, and other outdoor recreation.

Lewiston Village Park
Size: 2 acres
Lewiston Village Park is located immediately adjacent to the Township Hall in downtown Lewiston. It features two tennis courts, but it is most popular as a community gathering place thanks to its gazebo and picnic facilities.

Bingham Park
Size: 2.5 acres
Bingham Park, in the heart of Lewiston, hosts the youth baseball league for Albert Township. Its facilities include a regulation field, a concession stand, restrooms, picnic area, and playground equipment.

Lions Park
Size: 1 acre
Lions Park is located just south of Lewiston community, across the street from the East Twin Public Beach. The park is popular as a picnic spot, with a pavilion, barbecue grills, and outdoor picnic tables.

East Twin Lake Public Beach
Size: Less than 1 acre
East Twin Lake Public Beach is the public access to East Twin Lake, located at the north end of the lake. In addition to the swimming beach, the park contains playground equipment, restrooms, and picnic facilities. It also has bike racks. Immediately next to the Township's park is a public access to the lake for non-motorized craft such as canoes and kayaks. The boat launch is operated by the DNRE and is no longer available for motorized craft because of concerns over the safety of swimmers.

Lewiston School
The Johannesburg – Lewiston Area School District operates one school within Albert Township – Lewiston K-6 School. Located at the north end of village of Lewiston, the 20-acre school grounds provide approximately the same level of service as a Neighborhood Park. The grounds of the school feature a basketball court, a soccer field, and playground equipment. Inside the school, the gymnasium and auditorium stage have been used for community recreation as well.

Other areas of interest include:

Avery Lake State Forest
Size: 30 acres
Avery Lake State Forest encompasses most of the northeastern portion of Albert Township. Available activities include fishing, swimming, and boating on Avery Lake, snowmobile trails, and camping in two separate locations within the forest. Hunting is permitted in much of the forest. It is rustic in nature.

Little Wolf Lake State Forest
Size: 8 Acres
Little Wolf Lake State Forest is the smallest of the three state forests in Albert Township. Located southeast of the Lewiston community, Little Wolf Lake also offers camping and lake-based recreation, including fishing and swimming. Little Wolf Lake is more developed than its sister forests, with more man-made features and a prohibition on hunting. A small portion of the forest is accessible to persons with disabilities. Little Wolf Lake offers camping for tents and campers shorter than 40 feet.

Buttles Road MDNR Facilities
Size: 6 miles of trails
Located along Buttles Road, these state-maintained nature trails are popular for hiking and cross-country skiing, depending on the season. The unpaved trails run through undisturbed natural areas, but do not connect directly to Buttles Park or the core downtown Area.

Sage Lake Flooding Area
Size: Less than 1 acre
The Sage Lake Flooding Area is a natural open space area along Sage Lake, in the far eastern portion of the Township. It provides an opportunity for passive recreation along the side of the lake, which is difficult to reach in other places.

CCC Camp Lunden
Size: Less than 5 acres
Camp Lunden is a historic site located within Albert Township which was used during the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a "New Deal" jobs program. There are many similar sites throughout Northern Michigan. However at this site, notably the workers landscaped an earthen scale model of the State of Michigan in front of their barracks. The dug out lakes--Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and St. Clair--were fed by an artesian well and stocked with fish.

Recreation Quantity Location
Baseball/Softball Fields 3 Buttles Road Park, Bingham Park
Basketball Courts 1 Lewiston School
Soccer Fields 1 Lewiston School
Tennis Courts 4 Buttles Road Park, Lewiston Village Park
Horseshoe Courts 2 Buttles Road Park
Playground Equipment 4 Buttles Road Park, Bingham Park,
East Twin Public Beach, Lewiston School
Camping 3 Avery Lake, Big Oaks, Little Wolf Lake
Hiking Trails 3 Buttles Road MDNR Facility, Avery Lake, Big Oaks
Picnic Facilites 5 Buttles Road Park, Lewiston Village Park
Bingham Park, Lions Park
Boat Launches 2 Avery Lake, Sage Lake
Fishing Docs 2 Big Oaks, Avery Lake
Snowmobiling 3 Avery Lake, Big Oaks
Historic Sites 1 CCC Camp Lunden
Nature Education 1 Hunt Creek Research Station
Restrooms 5 Buttles Road Park, Bingham Park,
East Twin Public Beach, Big Oaks, Little Wolf Lake

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