Monday, June 18, 2018

Cars Cruising to Civil War Reenactments: What's Happening This Weekend in the Blue Water Area

School's out and the sun is shining. Time to get out, explore and discover. This weekend there's plenty to see and do when you Discover The Blue too.

Car enthusiasts from all around the area are getting revved up to be in Fort Gratiot as it is time for Blue Water Cruise Weekend. Engines are started on Friday night with many sets of wheels showing off their shine and sound along 24th Avenue in Fort Gratiot and Port Huron's main drag. Along the strip, there will be live music and plenty of places to get a bite to eat for both participants and spectators.

The festivities continue into Saturday the 23rd with the 12th annual Keith Peterson Memorial Car Show at the Birchwood Mall during the day and fireworks in the evening. Also, new this year, there will be a carnival happening at Moran Chevrolet. To see the full schedule of events, check out the Blue Water Cruise Weekend website.

Entering its 47th year, the St Clair Art Fair is one of the oldest art fairs on this side of the state. This weekend there will be over 120 artists located throughout Riverview Plaza and Palmer Park along the St. Clair River. Featured artists this year will be up and coming artists from the Blue Water area. Find out more about the artists participating here.

A couple of other art events in the Blue Water Area this weekend include the Michigan WOCP Porcelain Art Sale at the Blue Water Convention Center on Saturday and the Midsummer Art Market at Goodells County Park on Sunday.

This Saturday will be a choice day to take a walk around Port Austin, especially if you're a fan of live music. The 3rd Annual Port Austin Porch Fest is a casual gathering that gives visitors a chance to hear a wide variety of music, take a stroll, maybe grab a bite to eat and check out the beauty that the tip of Michigan's Thumb has to offer. Who's playing when and where at Porch Fest this year? Take a look at the map and schedule.

Also in Port Austin this weekend is the Sea Kayak Symposium. This event focuses on paddlers with day touring and touring kayaks.  The instructors and coaches are hand selected to provide the students with fun, safe classes to develop long-term paddlers.

Soldiers of the Union and the Confederacy camp and re-enact battle in the streets of Lexington this Saturday and Sunday. This year, Civil War Weekend will feature an appearance by President Lincoln, a fashion show from the period and much more.

The live stage scene is always bumpin' in the Blue Water Area and this weekend is no exception. The Barn Theater in Port Sanilac is presenting The Perfect Crime, Port Huron's Citadel Stage has their production of the Odd Couple and at The Snug Theater in Marine City, it's What Doesn't Kill You.

Looking towards the following weekend, Algonac hosts their annual Pickerel Festival as well as its classic and antique boat show.

Find out all the things that are happening at our events page.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Fun For Fathers Day Weekend

Father's Day is this Sunday. If you're like me, you are probably still racking your brain about what to get dear old dad. You don't want to be "that person" who goes for the old standbys like a tie or something like that. There's the dilemma of figuring out what he may want though. I don't know how many times I've tried to find hints of something he might want but most of the time he pretty much says "I have everything in the world I need."

The solution? Why not take him out and spend some time with him this weekend. The Blue Water Area has a few things going on that might be right up his alley.

First things first, even if pops says he doesn't want any gifts, he's probably just being nice. I mean, who doesn't enjoy opening a gift, right? But what if you end up waiting right before the last minute to get him one?

This Saturday, June 16th, the Grand Trunk Marketplace in Port Huron will have 40 vendors inside and many outside for a Father's Day flea market. You never know what kind of unique item you'll find for pops there.

When you're young your dad is bigger than life. And what should a bigger than life fellow have? A big truck, right?

This Saturday there will plenty of big rig on display for the big man at the Harbor Beach Truck Show. From the super semi's that ply the highways to the trusty workhorses that run the back roads, trucks of all shapes and sizes with buffed and shined to show off. Who knows, maybe you can even talk someone into letting your dad up in the cab so he can blow the horn.

What dad doesn't enjoy great storytelling and jokes? Take him out to see comedian Norm Stulz at the Lexington Village Theater. Norm's a father of three and talks about plenty of things parents will laugh along with.

Also up Lexington way on Saturday night are the Mountain Babies at the Water Tower Sports Pub. The Water Tower has been voted one of the top ten best pizza places in the state of Michigan according to MLive and the Mountain Babies laid back rural psychedelia sound can often be reminiscent of Neil Young. What dad doesn't dig Neil Young, right? 

Think about taking the ol' man out for a brew this weekend. The Blue Water Area has three great craft breweries making tasty suds. In Marysville, the Harsens Island Brewery opens their doors at 9am to fill pints all day as well offering several different Father's Day dinner specials. If you're just looking for a quick one or two to sip with him, don't forget that War Water Brewing in St. Clair and the Lexington Brewing Company are welcoming you and dad to belly up to the bar this weekend as well.

Perhaps your plan is to take your father out for breakfast on Sunday but you don't know where yet. Every year Kate's Downtown in Port Huron has a brunch based around bacon, beer and bourbon. This year is no different. Spots for it fill up fast though so if you need some seats to it contact the cafe at 810-984-2233.

Looking toward things happening in the following weekend, the Blue Water Cruise Weekend is June 22nd & 23rd, Porch Fest in Port Austin is happening and the St. Clair Art Fair runs the 23rd and 24th as is Civil War Weekend in Lexington

Find out about more things happening this summer around the Greater Port Huron area at our events page.

Happy Father's Day!

Monday, June 4, 2018

From local artists and shiny chrome to sipping brews and state settlers: What's happening this weekend in the Blue Water Area

All along Michigan's eastern shores, there's plenty going plenty to see and do this weekend. Let's take a look at some of the events happening in the Blue Water Area for it.

Art On The River, a two day art and music festival, has become a tradition for the second weekend of June in Port Huron. This year they're shaking things up a bit. The family friendly event with art workshops, hands on art, music to dance to and food to enjoy will still be happening on Saturday and Sunday but also this year they're adding Friday night to the mix with a dance party and beer tent.

Over the weekend, Art on The River will play host to many different artists and musicians including 4 time Detroit Music Award winner Barbara Payton, who is the headline act at the festival on Saturday evening this year.

On Saturday, June, 9th see hot rods, custom and muscle cars at Rumble In The Park at Marysville Park.  The next day, the park will host stock and unmodified rides that are at least twenty five years old for The Past and It's Wheels. This show well known for having quite a few Wills Sainte Claire cars. Wills built approximately 12,000 cars between 1921 and '26 in a Marysville factory. There are only 75 remaining in the entire world.

Just a ten minute drive from Marysville is St. Clair. On the evening of the 9th, you can sip on many hop, barley and malt beverages at the St Clair Beer and Wine Festival. The festival, which will take place at St. Clair's Riverview Plaza courtyard, features over 100 beers, wines and craft cocktails from more than 40 breweries, wineries & distilleries from across the state and around the globe. Tickets are available here.

This weekend Native, Voyageurs & Settlers Days are at the Sanilac County Museum & Historical Village in Port Sanilac. At this event, families can expect to have talks and demonstrations that include beeswax candle making, showing furs, rope making, cooking and much more. Everyone is invited to come experience and learn about the rich history connected with the voyagers, Coureurs de Bois native Americans and early settlers of our Great Lakes. It runs from 10am-4pm this Saturday and Sunday.

On the live stage scene, Hypnotist Amye Scharlau is at Lexington Village Theatre on Friday. Also, the Snug Theater in Marine City presents "Two Across" and Lewis Black's "One Slight Hitch" is at the Barn Theater in Port Sanilac this weekend.

Find out more when you Discover The Blue at our events page.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Summer is already off to a great start in the Blue Water Area

Though the calendar says summer doesn't officially start until June, 21st, the warm weather events are already starting to go into full swing in the Blue Water Area.

First, let's take a peek at what's happening in Port Huron this weekend.

Starting at 10 AM on Saturday, June 2nd is Be a Tourist in Your Own Town which features many of Port Huron’s signature attractions and many at no charge. Be A Tourist is a chance for visitors and area residents to discover and rediscover the attractions and history that brands Port Huron the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes.

See the list of the things to see and do at Port Huron's Be A Tourist In Your Own Town here.

The Blue Water Sturgeon Festival offers close encounters with lake sturgeon, the “Gentle Giants of the Great Lakes”. 

It kicks off at 8 in the morning this Saturday with Run With The Sturgeon, a 5K race and 1K fun run along the beautiful Blue Water River Walk on the shores of the St. Clair River.

At 10 AM the festival opens at the Great Lakes Maritime Center and Vantage Point. Check out the full list of activities at the Sturgeon Festival's website.

Also on Saturday, Harbor Beach's Pro King Fishing Tournament is a going on. It's a contest where all anglers fish with the same spoon.

Saturday evening, the Obitsuns (featuring Vinnie of 90's alternative rock hitmakers Sponge) bring their Motor City Outlaw Country to the Lexington Village Theater.

The summer live theater scene is blossoming again. The Barn Theater in Port Sanilac kicks off their summer season with Louis Black's One Small Hitch. In Marine City, Two Across starts its run a the Snug Theater. Port Huron's Citadel Stage present their production of the Odd Couple starting on June 15.

Looking towards next weekend, Shiny chrome and high gloss paint will be glittering in the sun at Marysville Park.

On Saturday, June, 9th see hot rods, custom and muscle cars at Rumble In The Park.  The next day, stock and unmodified rides at least twenty five years old will be shown off at The Past and It's Wheels. This show well known for having quite a few Wills Sainte Claire cars. Wills built approximately 12,000 cars between 1921 and '26 in a Marysville factory. There are only 75 remaining in the entire world.

Just a ten minute drive from Marysville is St. Clair. On the evening of the 9th, you can sip on many hop, barley and malt beverages at the St Clair Beer and Wine Festival.

Also on the 9th & 10th, Art On the River is in happening in Port Huron and Native, Voyageurs & Settlers Days are at the Sanilac County Museum & Historical Village.

Find out more when you Discover The Blue at our events page.

Monday, May 21, 2018

The First Long Weekend Of A Michigan Summer

Memorial Day weekend is just a moment away. First observed as Decoration Day in 1868 as a day of remembrance of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during wartime, the name of the day gradually shifted to Memorial Day throughout the years and was officially changed to that name in 1967.

In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.

Many Blue Water Area communities will be having Memorial Day parades, observances and ceremonies on Monday the 28th.

At 10AM,  Harbor Beach will hold military honors also at 10am at Rock Falls Cemetery. The parade starts at the American Legion Hall on Trescott Street then goes through downtown ending at Veteran’s Park.

Marine City honors veterans with their parade at 10 AM. Port Huron has their Memorial Day parade at 11 AM.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Lexington invite you to join them at to remember those who help keep the country safe at 11 AM.

Also at 11AM, the Port Huron Memorial Day parade will start at the corner of Huron Avenue and Quay Street, downtown Port Huron and travel north to Pine Grove Park where a memorial service will follow.

Port Austin pays tribute to the men and woman who've served at 11:30 AM.

At noon, Port Sanilac blesses the fleet with a 21 gun salute and echo taps from their area chapter of the VFW.

St. Clair's American Legion post will have their parade at 1 PM and a ceremony following at Memorial Park.

Along with honoring those who've served and kept us safe, there are quite a few other events happening over the upcoming long weekend too.

Harbor Beach will be a treasure hunt this Thursday through Sunday as it is time for their annual city wide garage sale. You never know what you'll find!

This Saturday and Sunday you can take a step back in time at the Feast of the Ste Claire. Held at Port Huron's Pine Grove Park, this event has been a long running tradition in the city with periods of early Michigan history brought to life by reenactors living in historic-style camps and demonstrating daily life of that era.

"Head First", "Back On My Feet Again", "Isn't It Time" and "Missing You." Those are just a some of the hits John Waite has scored as the singer of the Babys and as a solo artist in a career that has spanned close to four decades now. Hear those and many more when he plays the Lexington Village Theater this Saturday night.

If live theater is your thing, Popcorn Falls is happening this weekend at the Snug in Marine City.  Join in the fun as the two actors portray over 20 characters in this fast-paced comedy farce that celebrates small town can-do spirit!

Don't forget that the Lady's Slippers are in full bloom if you visit Port Austin this weekend too. The Lady’s Slipper Festival at Huron County Nature Center welcome you to join them for food, fun, crafts, music and activities for all ages this Saturday and Sunday.

Another sure sign that summer is just around the corner is that plenty of the Farmers Markets will be open. Port Sanilac and Harbor Beach are on Friday. Port Huron and Port Austin have them happening on Saturday.

Looking ahead, the first weekend in June is next week. Thing happening then include Port Huron's Be A Tourist In Your Own Town and the Blue Water Sturgeon Festival. To find out more about these and plenty of other happenings in our area Discover The Blue at our events page.

What are your plans for this long weekend?