2020 Mint Festival cancelled

After much deliberation the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 St. Johns Mint Festival.

With continued concerns about the COVID-19 virus, the Board felt that this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. They are very disappointed that the community is unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters, but they know that it is the right decision based on the information the community has today. The Board cannot in good conscience continue with an event they know draws thousands of people from across the state and beyond and could put the health and safety of so many people at risk.

In the coming days they will begin outreach to the donors and vendors, and after that they will redirect their efforts toward preparing for a Mint Festival celebration in 2021 that will be positively spectacular.


Concert in the Park series set to move forward

A decision was recently made to move forward with the 17th annual Concert in the Park summer music series this year. A great lineup of 10 concerts is scheduled at this time on Wednesday evenings from July 1 through September 2 at the William E. Tennant Performance Shell in the St. Johns City Park. The music begins at 7 p.m., rain or shine.

The concerts are being presented under strict safety guidelines that have been established by the State of Michigan, the City of St. Johns and the Performance Shell Committee. During these unprecedented times, the guidelines must be followed if the series is to be continued each week.

“Safety is of our utmost concern in starting up this summer’s concert series,” says Bill Tennant, concert coordinator. “We need to protect the health of everyone. It’s about protecting lives. We have an excellent series put together starting with the popular Sea Cruisers on the first of July. We want people to come out and enjoy the music each week. But it is imperative that the guidelines be followed, or we will shut the series down if we feel that it’s not safe to attend. That’s the agreement we have with the City.”

With experts still stressing Social Distancing and the Wearing of Masks as the best ways to prevent people from spreading the virus, here are the guidelines, the rules that have been agreed upon and put into place for this summer’s concert series.

– Social distancing is a must at the concerts. People must only sit in the seating areas that have been marked off within the performance area. Smaller spaces are for 1 or 2 people – larger ones are for 3 or 4 people. Once those spaces are gone, people will not be permitted to sit in the designated performance area. There are other areas throughout the park close to the shell where people can sit and hear the music.

– The wearing of masks is a must when entering, moving around in, or leaving the performance area. Once everyone is seated and the concert begins, people can remove their masks. Seating areas will be 6 feet apart. When walking through the performance area, people won’t be 6 feet apart. Hence the importance of leaving masks on while people move through the area.

“We feel that these guidelines will provide safe results,” Tennant continues. “We’re trying to do something good for our community during this very difficult time, and are hoping that everyone appreciates our efforts by following the rules that have been put in place.”

So, bring your lawn chairs and your masks, social distance and enjoy the season. For up-to-date information, please visit our Facebook Page at William E. Tennant Performance Shell or the new Clinton County Arts Council website at: www.clintoncountyarts.org. A complete listing of the concerts is below.

The concerts are presented by the Clinton County Arts Council and the City of St. Johns. Please visit the CCAC website listed above to donate to the series because they will not be passing the buckets this summer.


Concert in the Park Series – 17th Season Schedule
William E. Tennant Performance Shell, St. Johns City Park, Wednesdays – 7:00 p.m.

July 1 – Sea Cruisers – Good Old Classic Rock
July 8 – Jeff Richards and Friends – Great Vocals
July 15 – Jack Clarkson Band – A Dynamite Band
July 22 – Miranda and The M80S – The Best Of The ‘80S
July 29 – Root Doctor – Classic Soul, R&B & Blues

Aug. 5 – Vintage 20s – Great Roaring Twenties Band
Aug. 12 – David Shelby – Country With A Motown Twist
Aug. 19 – David Gerald – The Very Best Of Blues
Aug. 26 – Dave Bennett Quartet – From Swing To Rock

Sept. 2 – Matt King – His Award Winning Tribute To Elvis

All Concerts Will Be Held Rain Or Shine

Sponsored by The Clinton County Arts Council and the City Of St. Johns

Bring your lawn chairs and your masks – enjoy the concerts!

For concert updates each week, please visit our Facebook Page
or the CCCA website at: clintoncountyarts.org


Doctors, Druggists and Dentists at the Museum

Who were our early health care providers? Where was the first hospital in Clinton County?

The first brick and mortar building used for a hospital was located at 108 Spring Street in St. Johns. Built in 1881 as a personal residence for Dr. Andrew J. Wiggins, it was eventually used for his Wiggins Sanitarium where he treated people for kidney, bladder and nervous diseases. In 1911 it became the Hart Clinic, also known as St. Johns Hospital, owned and operated by Drs. Arthur O. and Eugene Hart.

At a much earlier date Dr. Oliver C. Joslen cared for patients in his home, known as the Joslen Infirmary located on the corner of Ottawa and State Streets.

The decision to showcase the medical professions was made last year, but in light of our current pandemic situation, it seems like a very timely subject. If you have photos related to this exhibit that might enhance our display please share them with us. Although our exhibits naturally focus on the past, we sincerely salute those in the medical field who are on the front lines of the current pandemic.

The Clinton County Historical Museum at 106 S. Maple, St. Johns, is currently closed until further notice due to Covid. Please contact pgsmuseum@gmail.com or call 989.224.2874 if you have any material related to this exhibit and/or are interested in helping out.


SJHS Auto Program to host cruise July 18

The St. Johns High School Auto Program is pleased to announce we will be hosting a cruise on Saturday, July 18.

Everyone was extremely disappointed in having to postpone the 50th Anniversary Car Show, so what better way to cure our COVID woes than social distance with a cruise?

The cruise will begin at the high school and travel through Ovid (3:50), Laingsburg (4:05), Bath (4:30), DeWitt (4:45), Eagle (5:10), Westphalia (5:15), Pewamo (5:25), Fowler (5:40) and return to St Johns.

Participants will line up at 3:00 p.m. in the St. Johns High School Parking Lot, or you may join in along the route.
The Cruise will roll out at 3:30 sharp. The tour will travel approximately 90 miles in two and one half hours. The only cost is your time and fuel

Local law enforcement will be patrolling our route – Drive slowly, Quietly, Safely!

Upon return, please patronize the many food and ice cream establishments St. Johns has to offer.

The 50th Anniversary Celebration has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2021.


IQhub opening August 3 with new exhibits


Emily Crambell, IQhub Education and Outreach Manager, welcomes the public on Aug 3 with new exhibits

The IQhub, the learning center that features agricultural history and innovation, is re-opening on August 3 with a new dairy-focused display.

The United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Exhibit Farm, and the IQhub worked together to launch the exhibit, which features a cow being milked. It also offers nutritional information and highlights careers in the dairy industry.
“Working on behalf of Michigan’s 1,200 dairy farm families, our mission at the United Dairy Industry of Michigan is to build demand for dairy foods by sharing nutrition information and showing modern dairy farming practices. Through partnerships with IQhub and others across the state, we are telling the real story about dairy farming. We show the compassion dairy farmers have in caring for their cows and how every day they provide nutritious milk to families in Michigan and beyond,” said Jolene Griffin, UDIM Director of Industry Relations.

The IQhub is also opening with an upgrade to the Dirt on Soil exhibit. The wall of touchscreens and monitors has been revamped, and visitors can now even select their age level to personalize their experience.

“I’m looking forward to everyone coming back to enjoy the IQhub during the next few weeks before school starts,” said Emily Crambell, IQhub Education & Outreach Manager. “Our visitors will notice two new exhibit changes. The Dirt on Soil wall has been improved and is even more interactive, which I know people will like. Also, I’m excited to show visitors our new dairy cow exhibit. We have to find her a name, and I know our families will have good suggestions.”

The IQhub is a non-profit organization that operates on donations and grants, so there is no admission fee. The IQhub is located at 1130 South Dewitt Rd, St Johns, inside AgroLiquid headquarters. Open Monday-Friday 9-4:30 starting on August 3. For more information visit iqhubag.org or call 989.227.3847.