Last week, I had a chanceto chat for a few minutes witha passenger on the GrandMariner. The Grand Marinersails on a sixth-port cruise of Lake Michigan and Manistee isa favorite stop. As I talked withthis woman, I learned that shewas charmed by our historicdowntown and was especially impressed by the warm wel-come she received as the GrandMariner docked and as shewalked around visiting stores.I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite sayings — “It’sno use waiting for your ship tocome in if you haven’t sent oneout.” The fact is that great com-munities, interesting stores, qual-ity products and talented peoplearen’t “discovered” with successand riches following immediately after. When you hear of overnightfame or fortune, or when a busi-ness suddenly takes off, youcan be sure that the back story includes some heavy-duty reach-ing out to the marketplace. Andchances are, that “overnight suc-cess” spent months or even yearssending out ships before one eversailed in carrying a cargo of fameand fortune.Think of the businesses inour community that you woulddefine as successful and ask yourself whether they’ve sent outa ship or two.Do they advertise? Volunteer?Contribute to causes in the com-munity? Offer stellar serviceto every single customer every single time? Sure they do. Thesame is true for communities as a whole. We must send out severalships — economic developmentships, educations ships, manu-facturing ships, tourism ships— in order to see our ship comein. With all the port cities onLake Michigan, why does theGrand Mariner always includeManistee as one of the three onthe Michigan side?Because we send out shipafter ship of charm, welcome,history and service and thoseships always return to port. Sendout a few ships of your own this week.
New events atthe Forest Festival
The 2010 Manistee NationalForest Festival, presented by thechamber since 1936, promisesentertainment and fun for theentire family. There will be thetraditional events including thecarnival, parades, fireworks, artexhibits, tours, and so muchmore.New this year is the Wineand Food Tasting Extravaganza which will be held on July 1 from5-9 p.m.The event will feature winesfrom Douglas Valley Organic Vineyard and other local foodsand wines. The event will beheld in the open air overlook-ing the Riverwalk, 400 RiverSt. Admission is $5 per person, which includes a commemorativeManistee National Forest Festival wine glass and samplings of wineand food. Additional tastings areavailable for purchase. Music will be provided by Triple Shot, athree-piece acoustic group. Another exciting new event isthe garden tractor pull which will be held on July 3 from 1-4 p.m.at the National Guard Armory.The event is presented by the Western Michigan Old EngineClub. Lunch will be availablefrom Bravo Troop 1st SQDN,126th Cavalry. The event is spon-sored by West Shore Bank. A traditional event held annu-ally is the Bed Race which will be held at its new location onDivison Street and presented by Division Street merchants. Five-
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Beds will race fromManistee Tire parking lot toWahr Hardware parking lot
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The Western MichiganOld Engine CLUBGarden Tractor Pull
Saturday,July 3rd1pm - 4 pm
Manistee National Guard Armory Parking Lot
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