100 Main Street | P.O. Box 137
East Jordan, MI 49727
Ph: 231-536-7351 | Email: info@ejchamber.org


East Jordan’s….Operation Blanket

East Jordan (September 26, 2023) While shopping last year for holiday gifts to be donated to the Community Christmas, David Schweer and Mary Faculak were overwhelmed at how many requests for warm blankets appeared on the lists. The two have been shopping for the past nine years for a Secret Santa benefactor and these increased blanket requests were very concerning and troublesome. They began thinking and talking about what they could do to help fulfill this very basic need for their community members. Through discussions and research they developed a plan. The two invited Shannon Fender who helped them with formulating a plan to help collect new blankets and then offer them to those in need anonymously and conveniently.

Thus, “East Jordan’s …Operation Blanket” was organized. The trio are inviting individuals who are able to donate a new blanket(s) on Saturday, October 14th from 9:00 AM to Noon. There will be a market and parked enclosed trailer in the Main Street Center (100 Main St.) Parking Lot. If you are not able to do so on that day, new blankets may be dropped off at the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce Office Monday, through Friday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. David and Mary’s Secret Santa was so touched by this project they offered to donated a $100.00 Chamber Check that will be drawn to one blanket donor. A ticket will be given to donors for every new blanket they donate. Drawing will be held on Monday, October 23rd at 3:00 PM at the Chamber Office.

The new, warm blankets will be available to be picked up by those in need on the following dates: Saturday, October 28 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM and Wednesday, November 1 from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

For more information on this project contact Mary Faculak or Shannon Fender at 231-536-7351 or info@ejchamber.org


The Breezeway Communities Are Ready for You!


The Breezeway Communities of East Jordan, Ellsworth and Atwood are looking forward to a very fun-filled and memory-making spring and summer season. New events have been added to an already active schedule of activities.

The 14th Annual Garage Sales Across the Breezeway return on Memorial Day Weekend, Friday and Saturday, May 26 – 27. Twenty-six miles along C-48 The Breezeway, participants, residents and organizations hold garage sales. While searching for ‘great treasures” and “deals” along the route, be sure to visit the communities of East Jordan, Ellsworth and Atwood. Several businesses, resale shops, restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, art center, farmers markets and more await you, your family and friends.

East Jordan and Ellsworth will be offering a spectacular line-up of summer concerts. The East Jordan Music in the Park Concert Series kicks-off on Friday, June 2 and runs thru Friday, July 28th at 7:00 PM in the bandshell located downtown in Memorial Park. The series features Bernadette Kathryn and the Lonely Days Band for its first concert. Bring your chair or blanket and be ready to enjoy a great concert by the waterfront. The Ellsworth Concert on the Square welcomes Lou Thumser to the gazebo on the Square on Wednesday, June 28th at 7:00 PM. Throughout July, the Jordan Valley Community Band will be playing on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM in the East Jordan Memorial Park Bandshell. All events are free to the public and are made possible by generous donors.

The Ellsworth/Atwood Pig Roast will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 16 – 17. This year’s theme is “Family Style”. The long running event features a water-slide, music, kid’s games and activities, horse pulls, parade, dinner, historical tours and much more. East Jordan’s Freedom Festival is gearing up for a five-day family fun event starting on Wednesday, June 21st with the Little Miss & Mr. Firecracker Pageant and runs through Sunday, June 25th with the Freedom Lover’s Breakfast at the Jordan Valley Trailblazers Clubhouse. The festival features two parades (Youth and Grand). The Family Fun Tyme” Carnival will run from Thursday evening thru Saturday evening. This year’s theme is “Live Free in 23”. New events on the schedule for Saturday include kid’s activities in the morning and Saturday throughout the day entertainment near the stage in Memorial Park and Saturday evening beginning at 6:00 PM an “Enhanced” music concert featuring: Midnight Cattle Callers, OZ and The Michael Allman Band, Like Father like Son featuring Allman Brothers music with special guest Kenny Olson on guitar.

The Grand Parade will roll down the street at 3:00 PM featuring floats, music and more. The magnificent fireworks display will be shot from a barge over the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix at dusk. This fireworks display is one of the area’s largest and most impressive shows. You don’t want to miss them!

This is just a few of the many upcoming events scheduled for our area. Please visit our website at www.ejchamber.org or call us at 231-536-7351. Celebrate spring and summer with us in 2023!

2023 Award Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to the Award Winners from the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting/Dinner/Awards/Auction held Saturday, January 28th.

Spirit Award – Ellsworth DDA
Ambassador of the Year – Billie Jo Solgot
Angel Award – Training Wheels Childcare Center
Angel Award – The Depot Jordan Valley Teen Center
East Jordan Business of the Year – Foundry Bar & Grill
Breezeway Business of the Year – Royal Farms
Citizen of the Year – Nancy Carey

Annual Meeting/Dinner/Awards/Auction

East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting/Dinner/Auction/Awards

Saturday, January 28 

The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix

To RSVP – Contact the Chamber Office

231-536-7351 or info@ejchamber.org


A HUGE thank you to our sponsors and auction donors for the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting/Dinner/Awards/Auction

Gold Sponsors

  • East Jordan Plastics
  • DTE Energy
  • EJ
  • 4Front Credit Union
  • Charlevoix State Bank
  • Beckett & Raeder, Inc.
  • Charlevoix County News

Silver Sponsors

  • The Insurance Shop
  • Lake Street Center

Auction Item Donors

  • East Jordan Historical Society
  • Jordan Valley District Library
  • East Jordan Trailblazers
  • Jordan Valley Outfitters
  • Southwood / Northwood Restaurant & Lounge
  • Petoskey Hair Parlor
  • Wineguys Restaurant Group
  • VUE Wine Bar
  • Odawa Casino Resort
  • Junction Bar & Grill
  • SPUDS Boyne
  • Weathervane Terrace Inn & Suites
  • Apple Tree Inn
  • Gill-Roy’s Got it
  • Bob Mathers Ford
  • East Jordan / Ellsworth Shopping Guide
  • Pro Image Design
  • Rev. Dr. Lois Aroian
  • House on the Hill Bed & Breakfast
  • The Inner Structure
  • Ellsworth Wooden Shoe Campground
  • Socks Kick
  • East Jordan Freedom Festival
  • The Depot Jordan Valley Teen Center
  • East Jordan Lion’s Club

Mingle & Jingle and Jubilee of Trees for 501-C3’s

Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and Caroling will be at 4:30 PM, Nov. 26.

Jubilee of Tress for 501-C3’s – The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Thank you to the wonderful donors of the beautiful trees and baskets:

Tree & Basket Donors
St Joseph’s Catholic Church
East Jordan Lion’s Club
Gretchen Peck – 2
Girl Scout Troop 4455
Bergmann Center
The Insurance Shop
Training Wheels Childcare Center
Wendy Warren
Martha Wagbo Farm & Education Center
The Depot Jordan Valley Teen Center
The Inner Structure
Munson Healthcare Jordan Valley Rehab
Denise Micallef – 2
Charlevoix County Democratic Party
Tropic Bros Productions
Jordan Valley Community Band
Jordan River Arts Council
The Landing Restaurant
Girl Scout Troop 4853
Girl Scout Troop 4738
Cellar 1914
Billie’s Floral and Boutique
Jessica Mania
Debbie Peck
Jeremy & Nicholas Bingham Scholarship
Howard Hanna Real Estate
A13 Creative
Jennifer Burr Group

Holiday Business After Hours

Join us at the Foundry Bar & Grill, Monday, December 5th from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM for an evening of fun, food, cash bar, networking and holiday cheer. Proudly Sponsored by EJ.

Entry to the event will be by cash donation to benefit Care & Share Food Pantry and Good Samaritan Food Pantry. Foundry Bar & Grill is a Toys for Tots drop off location. Please feel free to bring a new unwrapped toy for our local Toys for Tots Program.

Honor Star

We Need Your Help:
Your help is greatly appreciated! We look forward to building the Jordan Valley Honor Star. The total project cost is $10,000, which will cover materials, design and placement of the sculpture. We are asking for $5,000 for this GoFundMe. The other $5,000 will be raised through grants. Your donation and support of this special community project will be appreciated and enjoyed for years. We can’t do this without your help. Consider a donation today!
Visit jordanartwalk.org to donate

Congratulations Scarecrow Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Scarecrows Across the Breezeway Contest.

Business Division:

1st Place – Jordan Valley EMS Authority

2nd Place – EJ Shoppe

3rd Place – The Inner Structure


Residential/Non-Profit Division:

1st Place – Tropic Bros

2nd Place – Sandy Webster

3rd Place – David Schweer


A HUGE thank you to our sponsors of the event. Gary Roberts of Pat O’Brien & Associates Real Estate and EJ/Ellsworth Shopping Guide.

Fall Fast Approaching on The Breezeway

Driving across the 26 scenic miles of C-48 The Breezeway this past week for events, there are hints of “fall colors” starting to happen on trees. At our Chamber Office, we are already planning for the 13th Annual Breezeway Fall Color Cruises (scheduled for three consecutive Saturday’s – Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and Oct. 8). From 10:00 AM – Noon at Royal Farms in Atwood pick up your goodie bags filled with coupons, business swag, “Trip Tips” sheet of attractions, events, etc. and then “tour” 26 miles of the Breezeway at your own pace. Explore and discover businesses, events and places of interest on your schedule and choice! Plenty of places to dine at, shop and experience fall!

On September 23 & 24, the annual East Jordan Fall Fest will be held at the East Jordan Tourist Park located on the beautiful South Arm of Lake Charlevoix. The event, sponsored by the City of East Jordan Parks and Rec., Department features music, a co-ed softball tournament, food, beer tent, corn hole tournament, hayrides, children’s games, face painting, art and craft show, campsite decorating contest for campers at the park, early Trick or Treating at the campsites, plus more. Fun for all ages!

Friday night will feature the very popular Jelly Roll Blues Band from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Saturday’s line-up includes 10:00 AM – Lou Thumser, 12:00 Noon – Nelson Olstrom, 2:00 PM – Charlie’s Root Fusion, 4:00 PM – Two Track Mind and local rock band Derailed from 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

If you are simply interested in taking a fall drive throughout the Breezeway and Jordan Valley during the week, the Chamber has suggested color tour routes and maps available. There are also several nature preserves throughout the area for great hiking. Fall is also an excellent time to canoe or kayak the wild and scenic Jordan River or the Chain of Lakes Water Trail. The Annual Paddle Antrim Festival takes place on September 15 – 17, 2022 on the Chain of Lakes. For more information on the Paddle Antrim event visit www.paddleantrim.com.

For more information on any of these events or fall color tour routes, contact the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-536-7351 or email – info@ejchamber.org or website www.ejchamber.org

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