Celebrating community: Elk Township hosts Music in the Park

ELK TOWNSHIP — The last big summer weekend for the year ended on a great note in Elk Township. Families from the area enjoyed good live music, tasty food and a chance to visit with neighbors at Elk Township's Music in the Park on Saturday, Sept. 4.

The event took place in a peaceful setting, at the pavilion tucked in between the historically renovated township hall and the Little Manistee River winding through the forest just across the road.

"We've done this a number of times for the community," Elk Township Supervisor Lou Fitz said. "We enjoy bringing people together with a bit of music and food. Music brings people together. We have people from a few different locations with us today, from Sauble and Eden townships, and other places."

The Country Folk Band, from the Irons area, provided many selections of older country tunes, as people enjoyed grilled hot dogs and the fixings, homemade baked beans and potato salad, and a cake to commemorate the occasion. A campfire also added to the fun.

Since the township built the pavilion three years ago, it has been getting much use. During times of COVID, the township would use the pavilion area for township meetings, Fitz said, and is still used by area groups such as the Little Manistee Rivershed Conservation Council.

Fitz looks forward to the Elk Township Music in the Park next year, and years to come.