A quiet summer ahead?

Linda Gallagher

REGION - With the current COVID-19 restrictions and thoughts that a return to normal life may be, at best, gradual, numerous area spring and summer events and festivals have been canceled or postponed, leading to a very real possibility of a quiet summer in both Antrim and Kalkaska counties.

First to cancel in the area on March 18 was the Bellaire Conservation Club's annual Kids' Fish Day, held annually at Meadow Brook Medical Facility's pond on the last Saturday in April.

"This would have been our 44th Kids' Fish Day," said Bellaire Conservation Club President Eldon McPherson. "We've only had to cancel it one time before now. But we all know, with the restrictions on gathering in groups and social distancing, the reasons why this is necessary, especially with the proximity of Meadow Brook's residents and our responsibility to the community. But we will be here in 2021."

Also cancelled on the last Saturday in April was a similar Kids' Fish Day in Mancelona, Short's annual anniversary bash, which has been postponed until October, and sadly, the National Trout Festival in Kalkaska.

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