Chelsea News and Blog


Midwest Literary Walk welcomes critically acclaimed authors to Chelsea, Michigan

The annual spring Midwest Literary Walk welcomes critically acclaimed authors from all over the country and from various fields of writing, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry and even horror. The festival features readings at venues throughout historic downtown Chelsea, such as the Purple Rose Theater, Chelsea Train Depot, Chelsea District Library, […]


Art, music, food, exhibits and a little bit of something for everyone at the 2015 Chelsea Spring Expo

The 9th annual Chelsea Spring Expo is back with even more attractions to make this a fun filled day for all ages. Nearly 150 different vendors will be on display at the Washington Street Education Center on Saturday, April 18th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with information, samples, crafts, […]

Purple Rose presents Talley's Folly | Chelsea, Michigan

Purple Rose Theatre presents Lanford Wilson’s “Talley’s Folly” through May 23

A Pulitzer Prize-winning Comedy About Two Unlikely Sweethearts The Purple Rose Theatre Company brings in the spring season with the comedic love story, Talley’s Folly by Purple Rose benefactor, Lanford Wilson. Do you believe that one mesmerizing evening can change the course of two lives forever? At the end of World […]


City of Chelsea Spring 2015 Newsletter

The City of Chelsea’s Spring 2015 newsletter contains the latest info for residents about for the city office holiday schedule, city curbside leaf and brush pick up services, water quality report, safe routes to school project, as well as useful tips and community reminders. 2015 spring newsletter More about the City of Chelsea Offices


Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights to hold open auditions for 2015 season

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, one of Michigan’s premier summer concert series, is accepting applications to be considered for this summer’s entertainment lineup. Live auditions will be held March 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 400 N. Main Street in downtown Chelsea. Celebrating its eleventh season, Sounds & […]

Winter Carnival & Fishing Derby in Chelsea

American Legion Winter Carnival

American Legion Post 31 welcomes everyone each year to its Winter Carnival event, held in early February. This is normally a weekend long (Friday-Sunday) event with ice fishing, food and beverages.  Click here for this year’s details!               Typical Friday: 7pm Euchre Tournament – $10 Entry Fee […]

John Van Hoek from Chelsea Monitors Baseball Club at his “History of Baseball” table

Chelsea Festivals of Tables on Feb 14 is a delicious way to celebrate Valentine’s Day

4th Annual Festival of Tables to be held on Saturday 2/14 If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, join the Chelsea community at the St. Mary Parish Hall for a delicious lunch and a feast for your imagination! The fourth annual Festival of Tables will be held on […]


Maple Festival Comes To Chelsea Michigan

The Big 400 Maple Festival Includes a Pancake and Beer Breakfast, Maple Wine Releases, Maple Food Specials, Maple Syrup Facility Tours, DNR Guided Outdoor Walks and ‘How-To’ Maple Syrup Demonstrations   Click here for times and details for the 2015 Maple Festival March 21, 2015 It’s almost spring in Michigan so […]


Shop Chelsea Gift Guide

On the hunt for a novel holiday idea? Friends and relatives would love to receive these gifts from local Chelsea merchants: Groovy felted oven mitts will rock your favorite cook!  Check out other fair-trade suggestions at Global Marketplace.  Every Kid needs a new set of Pokemon cards to trade and […]


Community Center Days invites families for activities, games, gym and more on Dec 21-23

Chelsea area families are invited to Community Center Days on December 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 1-6 p.m. at Washington Street Education Center (WSEC—the old high school) to enjoy holiday movies, open gym, Trivia Smackdown, Wii games, Tai Chi and other fun activities. Parents and grandparents: still have wrapping to do and cards […]


Shop local and celebrate the holidays in Chelsea, Michigan

The holiday season in Chelsea awakens a magical time where families come from all corners of the state to cut christmas trees in our forests, skip the big box stores to explore family owned shops featuring unique gifts, and warm up with friends to sip a hot cocoa or peppermint […]


Chelsea, Michigan’s 2014 State of the City Address available online

In case you missed it, Chelsea, Michigan’s annual State of the City Address by Mayor Jason Lindauer is available both online (below) and on Channel 18. Mayor Lindauer delivered the speech on November 20, 2014 at the Chelsea Retirement Community, and reports on the city’s progress, goals and strategic plans. Watch […]


City of Chelsea Winter 2014 Newsletter

The City of Chelsea’s Winter 2014-15 newsletter contains the latest info for residents about schedules for city office holiday schedule, city curbside pick up services, property tax and assessments, snow removal ordinances, as well as useful seasonal tips and community reminders. 2014 winter newsletter More about the City of Chelsea Offices


Learn about Chelsea’s local shuttle service

Beginning in January 2014, the WAVE (Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express) free shuttle service will expand to include both morning and afternoon service in Chelsea. The Chelsea Community Ride shuttle is free and stops at locations along the route between major bus stops. The number of loops will increase from three […]


Ballet Chelsea to present annual Nutcracker performance and Sugar Plum Tea

BALLET CHELSEA ANNOUNCES ITS 2014 NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCE Chelsea, Mich. – Ballet Chelsea will present its 17th annual Nutcracker performance during Chelsea’s Hometown Holiday weekend, December 5-7, 2014. The Nutcracker ballet will be performed Saturday, December 6 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 7 at 2 p.m. This family favorite is a full-length, narrated ballet, choreographed by […]


Chelsea Depot Artisans’ Market featuring gifts by local artists to take place November 8

Unique and whimsical handmade goods and gifts by local artists and craftspeople will be found at the 4th annual Chelsea Depot Artisans’ Market during Chelsea’s Wine, Women and Shopping Day on Saturday, November 8 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Organizers Michele Friss and Marsi Parker Darwin, both of Chelsea, promise shoppers […]


Annual Gingerbread House Displays

Build and Decorate your own Gingerbread House to be displayed at Chelsea Merchant Locations The annual Gingerbread House Show is a festive way to show off your creative skills and get ooh’s and ahh’s from friends and neighbors. So get out the recipes, the baking dishes, the gum drops and […]

Sandhill Crane Migration in Chelsea Michigan

Cranes Colors & Cabernet Festival

[View the events calendar for the 2015 Cranes, Colors, & Cabernet Festival…] Saturday, October 17, 2015 This is a major annual event in the Chelsea area that takes place in October of each year while the Sandhill cranes gather before their migration south. Numbers of these great birds very from year to […]


Plaid Melon Cafe: New breakfast and lunch option in downtown Chelsea

Plaid Melon Cafe offers casual dining and an eclectic menu seven days a week New to downtown Chelsea, Plaid Melon Cafe offers an eclectic mix of breakfast and lunch selections, as well as ice cream and an assortment of coffee drinks, in a casual dining atmosphere. Owner, Dave Gallinat comes […]

Haehnley Sanctuary, Grass Lake, Chelsea Michigan

Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary

Dedicated to the conservation of wildlife, this sanctuary of 497 acres was donated by Casper Haehnle to the Michigan Audubon Society in memory of his daughter Phyllis. This is location is particularly prized for the sandhill crane gathering before their migration in the fall of each year, before their flight south. […]