EAST TAWAS – The Memorial Day Arts and Crafts Show at Tawas City Shoreline Park would have entered its 28th year this month. But, like many other activities as of late, the event has been cancelled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sponsored by the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC), the annual arts and crafts show has traditionally been held on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. The occasion consistently brings in a large crowd and, as reported, the 2019 show boasted more than 150 booths with crafts, paintings, furniture, jewelry and other attractions.

However, the TACC Board of Directors recently took action to officially cancel the 2020 event, advised board president Jeremy Broughton.

“This was not an easy decision as we appreciate that the Tawas communities and visitors to our area have long-enjoyed this popular annual event,” he expressed.

“After ongoing review of the current state of public health and after consulting with local health experts however, the decision was made to cancel this year’s show and focus on preparations for future events,” Broughton continued.

“Many of our valued ‘Crafters’ have already made a commitment to participate in this year’s anticipated Labor Day Arts & Crafts show or have acknowledged their planned participation in the 2021 Memorial Day event,” he added.

Broughton says that, throughout these difficult times, TACC continues to be an integral part of the business community. “Although our building remains closed, we are working remotely to serve the Tawases through promotion of local businesses who offer online shopping options, those who are providing drive-up/delivery service, and our local businesses who have been able to remain open for in-store shopping during this public health crisis.”

He noted that TACC is also serving as a point of reference to resources that may be of help in economic recovery as many local businesses look to reopen once current restrictions are lifted.

“We have and will continue to keep working for our communities and members to promote Prosperity in Business, Strength in Community,” Broughton assured.

He was also asked about some of the next major events TACC will be working on – assuming that Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and other restrictions are, in fact, lifted after May 15.

“We will continue to review the public health climate for appropriate action regarding our annual Independence Day celebrations,” Broughton stated.

He added that, at this time, TACC is proceeding with plans for the annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show, and working on ideas for potential new events to be held this fall. 

The TACC office in East Tawas, which can be reached by calling 362-8643, will have limited phone service while staff are working remotely. So, Broughton says the best way to stay on top of the chamber happenings and receive updates is through the TACC Facebook page, which can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/StrengthandProsperity.