Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Haunting We Will Go

Are you ready for shrieks and frights and leaping from things that go bump in the night? The Blue Water Area has a few places where you can walk through spooky woods, wander a haunted railroad and event blast some zombies and creepy clowns.

Featuring a half mile walk through a wooded area of eerie sights that lead up to a ghostly and ghastly residence, Panic At Pine Stump Hollow, located at 6310 Gratiot Avenue in St. Clair, is not for the faint of heart. It is for anyone who enjoys to be frightened though. It's open Friday and Saturday through the from 8pm until midnight.

Located at the old Chicory Factory at 1129 12th Avenue in Port Huron, the Black River Haunted Railroad & Infected Zombie Paintball Shoot is divided in two parts that are guaranteed to give you thrill and chills. Outside, where the abandoned railroad tracks runs, monsters lurks and jump. If you still have your wits about you after that, you can enter the ominous looking building where can take am zombies and clowns with paintball guns. The fright experience is open Thurs through Sundays evening all the way to Halloween.

Meet the unexpected residents of the buildings at the Sanilac County Historical Museum and Village. Open Saturday, October 15th and the 21st, the Family Haunted Village and Spook Walk, located at 228 South Ridge St in Port Sanilac, sets you out to wander in the Halloweeny Woods and cemetery where meet the Wicked Witch and Snow White, Dr. Loop, the Mad Hatter, the Grim Reaper and more.

Port Huron Parks and Rec invite the family to take a Halloween Stroll through Sanborn Park on Saturday, October 29th. Come and encounter various stations of Halloween scenes with lots in store. Per-registration is required for this event which can be done here.

Also on the 29th, Halloween In Lexington has a day full of family fun in store including Children's Costume Parade, Pet Costume Parade, Children's Activities & More!

Find out more about these and many other things happening at our events page.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hoppin' Around Port Huron

Friday nights are usually hopping in the city of Port Huron. This Friday night though they'll be doing even more so with two events that will have people out and about.

One of the thing's happening is Port Huron Museum's annual Hoptoberfest. The museum invites you to join them at the Fort Gratiot Light Station for dinner, drinks and music from Ian Smith & Co. From there, transportation will be provided so you can hop to see some other sights in town. This year hoppers get a special treat as the event includes a chance for hoppers to check out the Sperry's Theater before it opens to the general public.

You can hear an interview that Port Huron Museum's executive director Susan Bennett and event co-chair Jim Berry did with WPHM's Paul Miller about Hoptoberfest here.

Tickets, which include 2 beverages, transportation, appetizers, a full meal and entertainment, are $65 or 2 for $125 for museum members and  $75 or 2 for $140 for guests. You can get them by calling the museum 810-982-0891 ext. 110 or at Eventbrite. All proceeds from Hoptoberfest go to benefit the museum's four sites and you must be 21 to attend.

A couple of times each year, downtown Port Huron shops and offices turn into art galleries. From 6-9pm this Friday they'll be doing it again with the Fall Art Hop. Take a stroll around to 21 locations on Huron Avenue and Military Street and check out with many local area artists, musicians and craftspeople will have on display. Find out more at the Port Huron Art Hop Facebook page.

You can also check out all the other things happening around the Blue Water Area at our events page.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Five Happenings Of Frightful Fun For October

Halloween is creeping up closer every day. The ghosts and ghouls will be making the bumps in the night often through the month of October and the Blue Water Area has quite a few things happening where you can be part of a hauntingly good time.

 This upcoming weekend (Sept 30th-Oct 1st), North Park Campgrounds in Harbor Beach get all spooky with Halloween Weekends. Campers will be decorating their sites in ghoulish finery and both Saturdays will feature a costume contest and a parade, hayrides, trick or treating, a live dj in the evening and much more. The campground will also be hosting a 2nd Halloween weekend on the 7th through the 9th. To make reservations call 989-479-9554.

The world's record for the most simultaneously carved pumpkins is 1,060. On Saturday, October 15th Marine City plans on breaking that record 140. At an event called Pumpkins, Popcorn & Politics, 1,200 pumpkins will be set up in Nautical Mile Park and people are invited to join in to set a new Guinness World Record. "But where does the popcorn and politics part of the event come from?" you ask? Well, along with the pumpkin carving, Marine City is also going to shoot for setting the record for making the longest string of popcorn. The politics part is to remind people to vote in the upcoming election. To learn more about this event and to register to be part of it visit the Pumpkins, Popcorn & Politics website.

The buildings of the Sanilac County Historical Village and Museum in Port Sanilac all have a storied past. Did you know some of them might be ghost stories though? On the evenings of Saturday, October 15 and the 22nd, spirits of the past lurk the grounds and structures at the Haunted Village and Spook Walk. Come warm up around the bonfire and sample goodies at the Food Boooooth after getting chills from a walk through the cemetery in the woods and meeting the likes Wicked Witch, Dr. Loop, the Mad Hatter and the Grim Reaper. If that is not enough of shriekful thrills, the village also has day of family fun on the 22nd at Boooo Fest.

Would you like to take a straaange journey? How about one into the world’s favorite rock’n’roll musical! The Rocky Horror Show Live! returns for its eighth season to the McMorran Place Theatre in Port Huron.  There will be three shows all together. Friday, October 21 at 8 pm and Saturday October 22 at 8 pm and midnight.  Tickets are now available at the McMorran box office and Ticketmaster. Come down and be a part of one of the Bluewater Area's favorite Halloween traditions!

On the last Saturday of October (and just a couple days for the trick or treaters come to your door) enjoy Halloween in Lexington with Children's Costume Parade, Pet Costume Parade, Children's Activities & More!

To find out more about these happenings along with plenty of other things going on around the area you can Discover The Blue at our events page.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sound The Horn! It's Time For Whistles On The Water

     One of the sounds that was characteristic of the shoreline of the Blue Water Area for centuries was that of steam powered freighters sounding their whistles. In the 19th and early 20th century when steamships were the royalty of of Great Lakes trade, Ship captains would tune their steam whistles to create a unique sound so that their ship could be identified before it could be seen.  The whistle’s unique sound allowed another ship captain to identify the ship in bad weather and let people on shore know which ship was docking.

     As the stream driven vessels gave way to petroleum powered engines, the steam whistle also found itself being replaced with horns and sirens to signal their positions and other notifications to fellow boats and people along the shore. With modern technology such as GPS doing the work these days, even those sounds have become heard less save for foggy conditions, to alert wayward boats that may be in the fishing channels or as a greeting to other ships they may pass.

     This Saturday in St. Clair you can hear the sounds of those bygone days at Whistles On The Water. Powered by a giant custom-made steam generator, a plethora of steam whistles will be sounded as well as the history of each whistle given and what different series of toots and blasts meant as message being sent out. One of the crowd favorites whistles includes a whistle that was originally on The Boblo boat SS Columbia. It also really cool when a passing freighter sounds their horn back to those on shore checking out the event.

     Along with the many whistles that will be sounded off by the professional collectors, the general public can have a chance to blow off steam along Palmer Park's boardwalk with a variety of smaller whistles too.

     While in St. Clair this Saturday to check out the whistles be sure to take a walk across the street from Palmer Park to the Riverview Plaza to Chalk The Walk and put your artistic mark on the sidewalk.

Chalk the Walk will have kids, teens, adults and young-at-hearts filling the sidewalks and the downtown streets of St. Clair with imaginative imagery.  

Both these events start around 9am on Saturday and admission to both is free.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Boats and the Lights That Guide Them

Some of the most beautiful and iconic pleasure boats in the world have a lot of Blue Water Area history to them.

At the age of 13 years old Christopher Columbus Smith built his first boat in the city of Algonac. By 1881, his skiffs had been reknown across the Great Lakes, so him and his brother Frank went into building boats full time. In 1922, Smith and his family formed the Chris Smith and Son Boat Company, producing fast and economically priced runabouts for the general public. During World War II the company, now known as Chris Craft, the company 12,000 military vessels such as patrol boats, utility launches, and rescue vessels for the United States Navy and Army.

Following World War II, the American economy started to grow immensely. Families had more money to spend on fun things.  Boats were high on a lot of people's lists and the company's vessels, from the finest mahogany, their boats were considered to be the best available. Though Chris Craft built custom vessels for superstars such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, even their lower-priced boats were known for their high quality by using woods like mahogany and teak as well as having many luxury items most other boats did not come with.

Within ten years Chris Craft became virtually synonymous with pleasure boating, offering 159 different models and became the sales leader in many categories of small civilian powerboats.

This Saturday, you can see plenty of those models plus many more on display at the Blue Water Antique & Classic Boat Show being held at Port Huron's River St. Marina. Along with the many classic, wooden boats made in Michigan as well as other interesting buoyant beauties to marvel at there will be free antique boat rides from 11 am until 2 pm, a marketplace, shore fun, entertainment and children’s events.

Before GPS and all the other navigational available at a watercraft's reach these days, lighthouses played an integral role in guiding the way along the coast. While many lighthouses now have private owners, they still operate as beacons along the shores as well as functional historical sites overseen by the US Coast Guard. One of those is the Port Sanilac Lighthouse. The octagonal shaped structure, built in 1886, stands 59 feet tall and has been opened for tours only once. Until this Saturday, September 10th, that is because the public is invited to the Port Sanilac Lighthouse Open House and Tour to celebrate it's 130th birthday from 10am-6pm. This rare opportunity gives visitors a chance the original 1886 classical lighthouse Fresnel Lens that has sat on top of the tower one last time as the the US Coast Guard will be replacing it with a new LED light in the following weeks.

If you'd like to visit more than one lighthouse this weekend, you can also take the boat taxi ride in to take the Harbor Beach lighthouse tour from 10am-1pm on Saturday or climb the 94 steps to the top of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron Friday through Sunday between 11am and 5pm.

Other Blue Water Area events this weekend include The Port Huron Hobo Fest on Friday and Saturday, The Fall Craft Show in St Clair, Algonac's Annual Car Show and the Great Lakes Tattoo Expo at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron.

Find out more about the many things happening around the area at our events page.