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What's Happening In Northern Michigan This Weekend?

Keara Lou

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After a cold week, Northern Michigan is finally getting some warm weather in time for the weekend. We're watching the weather, hoping this week is the last week for wearing winter coats. But now, we're looking at anything we can do outdoors this weekend!

We may be in a pandemic right now, but that doesn't mean there isn't something we can do. It doesn't matter if it's live or virtual; we can find something. What's there to do on the last weekend in April?

The Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival

Since 1958, Shepherd holds an annual Maple Syrup Festival every last weekend in April. Visitors can find delicious pancake meals as well as parades, arts and crafts, and more!

This year, the Maple Syrup Festival will be scaled down. Pancake and sausage meals will be drive-through, but there will still be a parade and a 5K Run for anyone interested in attending. You can also look on the festival's website for more information.

April Online Auction in Gladwin

This Sunday, there is an online auction event happening in Gladwin. If you're looking for lawn equipment, costume jewelry, and more, this auction might be the place to look! If you're interested in browsing or making a bid, you can check out this website for more details.

Jazz Band Concert in Clare

Do you like jazz? Do you miss going to a jazz concert? The Clare High School Jazz Band is hosting a concert at the Venue on Saturday night at six! There will be food, raffles, and more than entertaining music. If you want more information about this event, you can check out the Facebook page for more details.

Remember to follow CDC guidelines no matter where you go this weekend.

We're not out of the woods with the pandemic yet. Almost 30% of the state is fully vaccinated, meaning we should still mask up and follow social distancing guidelines.

If you still haven't been vaccinated, there are vaccine clinics all across the state you could attend this weekend. You can find them on Google. Don't forget your mask and a small bottle of hand sanitizer when you go in for your shot! And be sure to sign up for VSafe when you take your vaccine.

Final thought

The pandemic isn't going to take our lives away from us that easily. As long as we keep following CDC guidelines, our lives will get back to normal soon. All of these events happening are signs of hope that our lives are slowly going back to normal. Now, it's up to us to make sure we keep working to speed it up.

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I'm a Forever Middle-Child who doesn't have the ability to sit still. I often write about travel, relationships, life, books, food, humor, and life as a fat woman. Women's issues are a passion of mine too. I often write a lot of opinion pieces about what's going on in the world with a little touch of politics. I'll write about anything that comes to mind.

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