Friday, August 23, 2013

Chip Sauer loves Charlevoix because...

Many thanks to  Pastor Chip Sauer , our guest blogger this week, as he shares with us why he loves Charlevoix. Enjoy!

I love Charlevoix because . . .
Our family moved to Charlevoix in 2005.  In the last eight years, we’ve fallen in love with this community for so many different reasons.

Great place to raise a family.  Our son’s experience with Charlevoix schools has been incredibly positive – great teachers, administrators, interactions with other students.  He’s able to be involved in so many different activities whether it’s Little League, Camp McSauba, 4-H Soccer, snowboarding, swimming at Depot or McSauba, junior golf, playing in the fountain downtown, swimming lessons at the Community Pool, all of the Venetian festivities, an awesome library, or simply playing with friends in our neighborhood.  We’ve felt safe, connected, and welcomed as a family into the community of Charlevoix.

Natural beauty and outdoor opportunities.  Did I mention the beaches, the trails at McSauba, a Frisbee golf course, lakes both small and large to fish or boat on?  It’s hard to imagine anyplace else I’d want to be in the summer.  I remember one of the first nights we spent in Charlevoix in the middle of February where we experienced a night sky unlike anything we’d seen before.  We’re a day trip from Sleeping Bear Dunes, Mission Peninsula, East Jordan River Valley, Fisherman’s Island, the Mackinac Bridge, Soo Locks, Mackinac Island, Cross Village, Boyne Mountain, Avalanche Bay, Beaver Island and the list goes on.

People.  Charlevoix’s greatest asset is people.  There is such an eclectic mix of natives, out of towners, retired folks, young families, outdoorspeople, democrats, republicans, artists, entrepreneurs, and people of faith.  It’s small enough to bank on seeing someone you know when you go out, yet especially in the summer, brings in such a diverse mix of people from around the country and even around the world.  We enjoy the small town atmosphere where we know the community leaders, school administrators and teachers, and business owners. 

Plus.  Mushroom bisque soup at Grey Gables.  Lobster bisque at Scovie’s.  Toasted coconut ice cream at Kilwins.  Fudge at multiple locations.  Reese peanut butter cup avalance at Dairy Grille.  A glazed donut at Johan’s.  The farmer’s market.  Apples from Friske’s.  Incredible cheeses at Esperance.  (This last section is exclusively me because I’m the food lover in our family.  My son would be on board with the ice cream and donuts.)

We are thankful to be a part of Charlevoix and feel very blessed to live in this ‘beautiful’ community.

Chip Sauer (Alisa, John, & Anna, too)
Community Reformed Church

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