From the Desk of the Main Street Program Director

Girls Night Out and Christmas Walk are coming up
by Rae Gosling, Grayling Main Street Program Director
As you may recall last week you learned about our exciting fall events, Harvest Fest and the Funky Fish Races, as well as our excitement to continue our partnership with Grayling Promotional Association (GPA). This week I will continue the events conversation, with our upcoming Girls’ Night Out (GNO), and a community staple, the Christmas Walk.
The GNO event committee is a dedicated team that strives to draw shoppers to Downtown Grayling and through our retailer’s doors. In recent years each event has had a new theme, and aimed to increase attendance. We have Dug Our Heels In during construction, sported our favorite fancy hats for Derby, and even donned our most stylish waders to Fish for Deals in Downtown.  
The GNO committee is at it again. This fall we are working to partner with a phenomenal organization, Casting for Recovery, and gear the event toward health awareness and support. Casting for Recovery is a national program that coordinates fly fishing retreats for women recovering from breast cancer. Grayling is sometimes a destination for these retreats and we are pleased to be working with them. The combination of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, our community’s love of the river and rich fly-fishing history, as well as our conveniently timed retail event, has lent the event to a wonderful Think Pink theme. 
As the committee works diligently to pull all the pieces together we would like you to mark your calendars for a Think Pink Girls’ Night Out in Downtown Grayling on October 21.
Our final event for 2017 is a downtown staple that I am certain many of you have enjoyed over the years, the Christmas Walk. This dynamic community events incorporates a number of elements to draw everyone into town. There is shopping, connections with community groups, activities for children, and of course, the holiday spirit filling the streets. This year will certainly be no different. With 39 years of experiences backing the event, Grayling Main Street (GMSt) is proud, and honored, to be presenting the 40th Annual Christmas Walk, in Downtown Grayling, on November 18.
Over the years Christmas Walk has evolved and grown, as any good event does. While my experience with the event is confined to only one occurrence I have learned a little about the history. The fee structure, host, and events have all been modified over the years, but one thing remains unchanged: Downtown Grayling’s commitment to a bright and cheery holiday season. Christmas Walk consistently draws folks from all over the state to our beautiful community to enjoy deals from our retailers, the “shortest parade ever,” and Santa.
Just as I mentioned last week, we are always looking for community champions to help make these events and programs a reality. If you are interested in joining these committees, participating as a vendor, or just want more information about the festivities, please give us a call, shoot us an email, or visit us online via Facebook or our website.
Want to know more about GMSt and what is going on in Downtown Grayling?  Check back in future editions of the Avalanche for more From the Main Street Director’s Desk.  You can also check out our website,, find us on Facebook, or email your questions to
Rae Gosling is the Program Director for Grayling Main Street. She has been with GMSt since April 2016. She is a Grayling resident, wife, mother, local shopper, avid supporter of all things Grayling, and keeps everyone on their toes wondering what color her hair will be next. 

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