Show Your Love for Old Town by Becoming a Board Member

The Old Town Commercial Association is looking for Board members!  If you are interested in finding out more information, there will be an informal meeting that will outline what the job entails on Jan. 3 at the OTCA office.  Please call 517.485.4283 with any questions.

kristinaOld Town volunteer Kristina Kauffman is always ready to pitch in to help make Old Town great — and she does it with a smile on her face. At Old Town’s most recent event, Kristina, donned her “Smiling’s my favorite” cap from the movie “Elf,” and helped bring holiday cheer during the Scrooge Scramble and Holiday Hullabaloo.

Helping organize our many volunteers, and do any other task needed, Kristina’s smiling face is one that greets Old Town visitors all year long. Thank you for everything you do, Kristina!

barb-hranilovichBarb Hranilovich has been a staple in Old Town for as many years as we can remember. From designing the illustrations on our Oktoberfest posters and many events, to serving on the Scrapfest committee, to making baubles to sell, to endless weeding in the Busby garden and public flower beds, and setting up festivals to cleaning the office, Barb is always there to help!

In addition, Barb has been a great supporter of Old Town businesses throughout the years. We can think of several businesses and lofts she has helped to paint (inside and out), and she makes a mean batch of cookies and scones. Thanks to Barb for all of her dedication and work!

It’s finally Spring! And it’s time to get Old Town ready for the warmer weather and the visitors that festival season brings.

Join us from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 for the annual Spring Cleanup event. Stop by after work or school, get your hands a little dirty and join us as we weed, garden and spruce up Old Town.

To register for the cleanup, visit

If you have questions, email

We can’t wait to see you!

shannon-cropShannon is a newly elected board member as well as a component of the organization committee where she manages our volunteer needs. At festivals and beyond, Shannon has made volunteering your time for Old Town a pleasant and rewarding experience. Listening to the needs of both veteran Old Town volunteers and new, she is making sure that everyone feels comfortable with their volunteer roles and fostering relationships that will keep them coming back to help us out again. Thank you, Shannon!



mckMolly joined the organization committee this year as a volunteer working primarily on the newsletter, but has stepped up in all four areas of the committee and beyond.

She volunteers at most events, helps with membership recruitment, enhances communication at the OTCA information booth and even took part in the fundraising training this month which helped us take a look at better ways to tell the story of the Old Town Commercial Association.

edFor the last few festivals, Ed Nicolas has been our “pit boss” and helped with the volunteers serving cocktails. He’s done this from start to finish, taking on what in the past, several different volunteers have done in multiple shifts. He’s a quiet presence, making sure the volunteers are happy and well-trained, as well as ensuring that our festival patrons are happy, safe and enjoying the festival. We certainly couldn’t do it without him and are so happy to have him as a volunteer!


lynnLynn Ross, in addition to being a business owner at Mother & Earth Baby Boutique on Turner St., has also led the design committee through a number of excellent projects. With projects like the flowering baskets that have stayed alive all summer on our light poles, plans for wayfinding signs coming soon, special tour events and (most recently) our new bike racks all the way from Scoops to Zoobie’s; she puts great energy behind every project she helps with and is a true asset to Old Town.



drewDrew Thomasson has been a great help over the summer as OTCA’s intern. We wish her the best of luck during her senior year at Central Michigan University, where she is majoring in public relations and minoring in communications.

Thanks for your efforts with newsletters, helping at the festivals and beyond!




beebeMichael Beebe is one of the newest members of the Old Town design committee, leads the Friends of the Turner-Dodge House and jumped into gear to organize the Urban Garden Tour.

We are lucky to have you Mike!