Struggling hospitality industry faces new challenge as winter looms

HOSPITALITYCOVID: The state’s hospitality industry adjusted to COVID-19 with mixed results but now there’s a new challenge: winter. Patio season is coming to a close and restaurants are only half full, as a result of a recent Michigan Department of Health and Human Services order calling for restaurant capacity to remain at 50%. “If people can’t be outdoors, we think we’ll lose 5,000 restaurants, which is roughly a third of the restaurants in the state,” said John McNamara, vice president of government affairs for the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association. We talk to HopCat in East Lansing and the MEDC. By Chloe Alverson FOR LANSING CITY PULSE, GONGWER, MIRS AND ALL POINTS

Sun Theatre Williamston delays reopening

The Sun Theatre Williamston plans to reopen in a few weeks, said owner Lisa Robitaille, postponing the scheduled Oct. 9 reopening due to COVID-19 concerns. For now, the theatre will continue serving popcorn ‘to go.’

Closed indefinitely

Robitaille announced on March 16 via Facebook the temporary closure due to COVID-19 concerns. The theatre saw an outpouring of support on social media. The first popcorn ‘to go’ event happened days after on March 19.

Cover of cookbook "Eating with the Seasons, Anishinaabeg, Great Lakes Region"

New cookbook highlights food of Great Lakes Indigenous peoples

NATIVE AMERICAN COOKBOOK: A new cookbook serves up the culture along with the food of the Anishinaabeg people of the Great Lakes region.“Eating with the Seasons, Anishinaabeg, Great Lakes Region,” combines recipes, language and the history of the culturally related tribes of Indigenous tribes such as the Odawa, Saulteaux, Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oji-Cree and Algonquin peoples. mostly in Michigan, Canada and elsewhere in the Great Lakes area. We talk to the author and the illustrator. By Carin Tunney. FOR BAY MILLS, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, PETOSKEY, HARBOR SPRINGS, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, CHEBOYGAN AND ALL POINTS

COVID-19 cancels Michigan’s largest free festival

Jillian Felton / Michigan State UniversityThe Lapeer Days website sharing that the event has been cancelled due to COVID-19. The aromas from vendors that travel from all over the country and crowds filled with people that come from near and far won’t be present in Lapeer this year. 

Michigan’s largest free festival since 1902, Lapeer Days, will not be happening this year because of COVID-19. Neda Payne, director of the Lapeer Chamber of Commerce, said that everything for the event is run through the chamber office. There is a committee of about 25 people, and everyone handles a different aspect of the festival. Payne said that the festival  fortifies the economy in Lapeer County and estimates the event brings in 300-400 thousand dollars each year. 

“Our hotels are always full, the restaurants in the downtown area are very busy, the gas stations usually are making a ton of money,” Payne said.

Citizen Yoga instructors, practitioners discuss outdoor classes and practicing in a pandemic

Courtesy of Lindsey YoakumLindsey Yoakum stretches during an outside yoga class

“Yoga has saved me,” is a common expression stated by yoga teachers and practitioners alike. “I’m a different person [because of it],” said Daniel Johnson, yoga practitioner. “I have this whole thread of joy that I never had before.”

Due to COVID-19 shutting down exercise facilities such as gyms and yoga studios, there is now a greater demand for different methods of exercise. That is why Citizen Yoga has curated alternative ways for yoga practitioners to enjoy an hour’s worth of peace and quiet with their Zoom classes and new, free outdoor yoga at Grand Circus Park in Detroit. The summer classes began June 21 and take place every Sunday at 7 p.m. through Aug.