‘Bones of Broadway’ to grace streets of Mount Clemens

By: Kristyne E. Demske | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published October 8, 2021

 The skeleton in front of the Crocker House, 15 Union Street, is dressed as a character from “Hair.”

The skeleton in front of the Crocker House, 15 Union Street, is dressed as a character from “Hair.”

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


MOUNT CLEMENS — Broadway may have been dark for 18 months, but it’s coming back to life in New York.

It’s returning to Mount Clemens, too, with a spooky twist.

The Beautification Committee of Mount Clemens is resurrecting its popular Mount Clemens Skeleton Contest for the fourth year in 2021 with the “Bones of Broadway.”

Sherri Gavie, of the Beautification Committee of Mount Clemens, said she came up with the idea to get the community together for a fun and positive activity. She solicits local businesses and organizations to participate in the contest, during which they dress up skeletons to match the year’s theme for Halloween.

“Last year, we had it, but it wasn’t as good because of the pandemic,” she said. “We’ve done different themes every year, but I really love this year because I love theater.

“Theater has finally come back on Broadway, so that’s even better.”

Visitors will be able to spot about 18 skeletons around town paying tribute to such hits as “Hair,” “Wicked” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” around town, among other Broadway staples. The contest starts Oct. 15 and runs through Halloween.

The Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, is paying homage to “The Book of Mormon” with its skeleton.

“When we were looking at an array of plays, that one stuck out. It’s a popular one, so we thought people would recognize it,” said Anton Art Center Exhibition Manager Stephanie Hazzard. “We thought we’d have fun with it and, because the theme was from any play of our choosing, we chose that one.”

She said the center has enjoyed participating in the contest in the past. While volunteers have helped decorate skeletons before, the staff will be working together to decorate the skeleton this year.

“We definitely like to participate, to show our city spirit,” Hazzard said. “It’s a fun thing to do, to be a part of things that go on around town, and we support the Beautification Committee any way we can.”

Businesses pay $35 to participate in the contest.

“It is fun, and I think everybody enjoys it,” Gavie said. “It’s a fundraiser, but it’s more like Mount Clemens participation theater.”

The entries will be judged Oct. 29 by the mayor, and prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m. to the first-, second- and third-place winners, whose skeletons will get the chance to ride in the Mount Clemens Santa Claus Parade in November.

“I think this year — because everybody, they want to live again — everybody’s looking forward to doing it,” Gavie said.