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2014 Hometown Holidays | Chelsea, Michigan

Hometown Holiday 2014

The 27th Annual Chelsea Michigan Hometown Holiday is a multiple event community celebration of holiday season. The activities start with the ceremonial lighting of the giant Christmas tree at Pierce Park on Friday, December 5th. The highlight of Hometown Holiday is the Annual Chelsea Light Parade that will take place this year (2014) […]


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 […]

Purple Rose Theatre presents Annapurna

Purple Rose Kicks off new season with Michigan premier of an off-Broadway Sensation

Annapurna runs September 18 – December 20, 2014 at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan The Purple Rose Theatre Company is thrilled to bring the bittersweet comedy, Annapurna by Sharr White to Michigan for the first production of their 24th Season. What if you had experienced the defining moment of […]


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 […]

Sandhill Crane Migration in Chelsea Michigan

Cranes Colors & Cabernet Festival

Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 11 am- evening Sandhill Crane Vineyards Sandhill Crane Vineyards and Phyllis Haehnle Sanctuary celebration of the the annual sandhill crane migration. The vineyard will be open all day for tastings and cheer and stay open late for crane watchers. [View the events calendar for the 2014 Cranes, Colors, […]


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. […]


Wine, Women and Shopping event in Chelsea, Michigan set for November 8, 2014

Chelsea hosts 9th Annual Wine, Women, and Shopping Event on November 8, 2014 Each year, early in November, the town of Chelsea hosts Wine, Women & Shopping, an event that draws people from as far away as Grand Rapids and Chicago. The city-wide event includes special offers, trunk shows, demonstrations and […]


Ghoultide Gathering: A Fun House of Halloween Art

2014 Ghoultide Gathering | A Halloween Fine Art Fair in Chelsea, Michigan Creating an assortment of curios that delight patrons with wacky whimsicality, the artists participating in Ghoultide Gathering October 4th in Chelsea look beyond traditional Halloween imagery for inspiration. Their passion for the season fuels the creative process and produces artwork that is […]


Best places in Chelsea to celebrate kids’ birthday parties

Chelsea is a great place to have fun with kids, whether you live in the area or are just visiting. Here are our locals’ favorite picks for children’s birthday party venues in Chelsea, Michigan: Party Venues Chelsea TreeHouse Arctic Coliseum Chelsea Lanes Beach Middle School pool – Chelsea Community Services handles school facility reservations […]


‘Motorcycle Mamas’ art exhibit at Silver Maples

Chelsea artist presents ‘Motorcycle Mamas’ at Silver Maples By Jennifer Eberbach Special to The Chelsea Standard CHELSEA — A life-sized doll resembling motorcyclist and stunt rider Bessie Stringfield (born 1911) points the way to Gallery 100’s new exhibition, “Motorcycle Mamas.” Vintage motorcycles and artistic dolls, as well as historical photos […]

Chelsea Community Center - August 9 Imagine

August 9th event planned for residents to share ideas about a Community Center in Chelsea

Click to view calendar listing for Community Center event on August 9th Open gym time for drop-in basketball, after school space and programs for tweens, art studio space, open fields for pickup games, outdoor courts for pickleball, educational programming, community spaces, perhaps a community pool — imagine the possibilities that a Chelsea […]


2014 Primary Elections: Don’t forget to vote on August 5th

On August 5th, before you head off to work or summer activities, make a quick stop to cast your vote in the 2014 Primary Elections. If you’re not actively keeping up with politics and local elections, it may feel strange to think about voting in the middle of summer instead of in […]

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Chelsea awarded grant to improve walking and biking routes

The City of Chelsea is a recipient of a $377K grant from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and the Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) for safer routes to walk and bike. Improvements will include adding and improving sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, and intersections for routes in and around Chelsea schools. The projects are expected to be completed […]


2014 Chelsea Community Fair: August 19-23

Your Guide to the 77th annual Chelsea Community Fair | 2014 Click here for the calendar view of Chelsea Fair events The 2014 Chelsea Community Fair has something for everyone! Favorites include the ever popular demolition derby and tractor pulls, horse shows, family entertainment, livestock judging, crafts, agriculture and art exhibits, midway games […]


Sounds & Sights Festival: Live Music, Art Market, Family Fun and more!

Sounds & Sights Festival is an annual summer weekend event in historic Chelsea, Michigan. The two-day, three-night festival features live music and social tent, indie art market, kids’ entertainment and activities, a classic car show, and much more. All performances and activities are held in downtown Chelsea, Michigan. Thursday, July […]


Celebrating the 4th of July in the Chelsea area

Where does Chelsea gather for fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July? Although Chelsea does not have its own fireworks display, we do have some great options near by. Public fireworks displays that are the favorites of locals include: Manchester – Carr Park July 3rd at dusk Carr Park 600 […]

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Chelsea’s Historic Newspaper Project

Chelsea Historic Library’s Historic Newspaper Project: Final Years Up for Grabs! The Chelsea District Library is actively working to digitize all 134 years of Chelsea’s  newspapers, making more than a century of local history stories and images available and searchable online, 24/7. We are taking newspapers preserved on microfilm and […]


Chelsea Historical Society to host Annual Chelsea History Fest at Timbertown

Family friendly event to showcase vintage baseball, old-fashioned games and exhibitions The Chelsea Area Historical Society (CAHS) will host a celebration of history on Sunday, June 22, from 11a.m. until4 p.m. at Timbertown Park in Chelsea, Michigan. Chelsea History Fest is a free, family-friendly celebration of history. The afternoon’s highlight will be […]