Chelsea is a great place to live, work, and play. This is highlighted every year at the Chelsea Spring Expo where people of all ages spend a fun day enjoying music, art, and learning a little bit more about the community.
On Saturday, April 13th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Chelsea Spring Expo celebrates 13 years of community engagement. Over 140 different vendors including area businesses, crafters, non-profits, and school groups will have booths on display at the Washington Street Education Center (WSEC).
As the event organizer, the Chelsea Senior Center engages community partners and volunteers of all ages to make this family friendly event a huge success. The KidZone at the Expo is a partnership with SRSLY, a coalition established to empower youth to live healthy, substance-free lives by bringing the community together. Decked out in the SRSLY lime green color, the KidZone will have face painting, crafts, games, and MakerSpace activities from the Chelsea District Library.
This year, the library will also feature a virtual reality demo! Fowling (bowling with a football) provided by Chelsea Lanes will return for a second year. The KidZone is a big draw for the Expo and is packed throughout the day with young families and grandparents with their grandchildren. According to Monica Monsma, Executive Director of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce, “The Spring Expo has something for everyone. It’s the best opportunity to learn about our community, area businesses, local groups and more. It’s one of Chelsea’s best events.”
Want to be wowed by birds of prey? Meet live hawks, owls, falcons and vultures up close and personal and learn all about the amazing adaptations of birds of prey! This free program will be put on by the Howell Nature Center at 1:00 p.m., be sure to arrive early for a seat!
Come find out what your community has to offer and enjoy free goodie bags and door prizes. Stop by the best-ever bake sale offered by the Chelsea Senior Center for homemade pies, bread, and other delicious treats. Listen to the Mighty Cukes as they stroll and perform ukulele songs throughout the Expo from noon to 1 p.m. With free admission and parking, it’s a fun day and a fun way to explore your community! According to Rodney Payne, a long-time Chelsea Spring Expo committee member, “The Expo marks the beginning of spring with the lazy, sunny days of summer not far behind. It is a community event where we greet old friends and meet new ones. A place to update ourselves on the many wonderful things Chelsea offers.”
All exhibits will be indoors, so rain or shine, plan to meet your friends, bring your family and join us at the Washington Street Education Center at 500 Washington Street, Chelsea, MI. A terrific lunch menu offered by the Chelsea School District will also be available, so bring the family for a fun afternoon and come celebrate spring. There will also be a designated sensory- and nursing-friendly area. Call 734-475-9242 for more information or visit www.chelseaseniors.org.