About the Organizers

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, the Sounds & Sights Summer Festival and Hometown Holiday are brought to you by the Chelsea Area Festivals & Events, which is a not-for-profit organization in Chelsea, Michigan.  The festivals are funded through sponsorships and donations. Our events draw thousands of visitors each year, and would not be possible without the support of local businesses, non-profits, and many, many volunteers in the community.

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Mission Statement:

Chelsea Area Festivals & Events is a not-for-profit organization that enriches Chelsea, and the surrounding communities, by promoting the presentation of and participation in quality performing and visual arts throughout the year.



Board of Directors

  • Craig Common - President
  • Bob Pierce - Treasurer
  • Gary Munce - Secretary

Committee Members

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights

  • Craig Common - President of Board
  • Bridget Favre - Marketing/Public Relations
  • Dave Marsh - Logistics
  • Gary Munce - Entertainment Advisor
  • Bob Pierce - Secretary of Board
  • Bridget Favre - Event Coordinator
  • Denise Cugliari - Chalk Art Coordinator

Sounds & Sights Festival

  • Craig Common- President of Board
  • Bob Pierce and George Merkel - Logistics
  • Bridget Favre - Event Coordinator
  • Bridget Favre  - Marketing/Public Relations
  • Gary Munce - Entertainment Advisor
  • Patti Schwarz - Art Market (River Gallery)
  • Anita Mosier - Volunteer Coordinator
  • Leslie Surel - Website (Surelutions, chelseamich.com)
  • Patty Roberts - Comedy Coordinator (Chelsea District Library)
  • Vicki Kaiser - Car Show
  • HK Leonard - Pet Parade (Chelsea Farmer Supply)
  • Dave Marsh - Logistics (Knights of Columbus)
  • Ed Toth (Chelsea Police Department)
  • John Papas - Graphic Designer (12 Acres Studio)
  • Josh Kuck - KidZone Coordinator
  • Riley Curran - SRSLY Cinema (SRSLY)
  • Denise Culigari - Chalk Art Coordinator
  • Jon Van Hoek (Monitors Baseball)
  • Tammy Lehman (Lehman & Scheffler Real Estate Services)

Hometown Holiday

  • Bob Pierce - Secretary of Board (Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce)
  • Leigh Swartz - Event Coordinator
  • Bridget Favre  - Marketing/Public Relations
  • Leslie Surel - Website (Surelutions, chelseamich.com)
  • Chelsea Police Department
  • Barb Jaynes - Gingerbread Displays
  • Chelsea Children's Co-op Preschool
  • Deanna Robbins - Live Nativity (Gateway Restoration)
  • Lake Trust Credit Union - Breakfast with Santa Sponsors
  • Breakfast with Santa (Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center)
  • Courtney Aldrich (First United Methodist Church)