Thursday, January 18, 2018

TBT: Riverside at The St Clair Inn

With the news of the work starting on restoring and refurbishing the St Clair Inn, we figured it was a good day to Throwback Thursday with a postcard down by the riverside of the hotel's days of yore. Though the postcard is undated, the St Clair Inn was originally opened in 1926 and it is thought that this hand-painted card was made around the same time.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Christmas Horses

When it comes to mentioning some of the very unique events that happen around the holidays in the Blue Water Area, the Old Fashion Christmas Horse Parade in Lexington makes the top of the list. This Saturday, people gather will gather in the village's streets to watch the horses dressed in holiday finery step lively by.

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Don't take just our word for it though. Check out this article that horse lover and Michigan resident Karen Braschayko wrote about the 2016 parade.

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Don't forget to share your photos of this years Horse Parade on Instagram and Twitter too. Use the hashtag #LexHorseParade and we can share them with our readers and social media followers.

Find out more about the Lexington Christmas Horse Parade at their website.

Along with the horse parade, there's also plenty of other things going on in the Blue Water winter. Check our events page to see all that is happening.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Take A Night Time Climb of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron

Photo by Dale Merrill
The Christmas Candlelight Tours of the Lighthouse at the Fort Gratiot Light Station have become a holiday tradition in the Blue Water Area in just a few short years.

Though tours of the site are available in the warmer months during the daylight hours, these Christmas season night tours give visitors to the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse a unique, evening view from of the Blue Water Bridge, Lake Huron and the St. Clair River and everything else for as far as the eye can see

Your tour starts with the walkways leading up to Michigan's oldest lighthouse illuminated by many candles. The lighthouse itself is dressed up in twinkling finery with red lights wrapped around observation deck railings at the top and strings of white lights cascading down the sides of the tower. It's quite a sight.

As you climb the 94 cast iron steps of the 84 foot structure, a tour guide will give you bits of history and trivia about the lighthouse. They're well versed in their knowledge of the building and Great Lakes lore so don't hesitate to ask them any questions. Don't forget to bring your camera too because the view at the top is always something to behold and keep a memory of.

The Candlelight Tours of the Fort Gratiot Light Station will be held each Saturday evening from 5-8pm through December 16th. Find out more at the Port Huron Museum's website.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

TBT: Port Huron's Thanksgiving parade in 1954

People gather in Downtown Port Huron to welcome St. Nick to town in 1954. Following the parade, Santa would then set up a workshop in Sperry's department store and welcome children all ages to come a visit him throughout the Christmas season.

Santa Claus makes his first stop in Port Huron this year on Friday, November 24th.
(Photo courtesy of the Times Herald files)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Two things we all must remember this time of the year. That is to not pout or cry. Why? Because Santa Claus is coming to town.

As we all know before he makes his rounds dropping off gifts to good little boy and girls on Christmas eve, he likes to check in to places before that to make sure everyone is behaving. Thanks to some connections we have at the North Pole we're able to let you know when and where some of those stops will be in the Blue Water Area.

St. Nick's first stop will be in St. Clair on Friday, November 17th at 6pm. After riding his sleigh down S. Riverside Street in the parade he'll be given the key to the city and the tree at Palmer Park will be lit.

His next visit will be the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, November 21st when he stops in to help ring in the excitement of the season during Marine City’s Lighted Santa Parade!  

The night after Thanksgiving, November 24th, Santa kicks off the official start of the holiday season in the city of Port Huron with a parade too. Following the city's parade, he'll throw the switch that lights the McMorran Christmas Tree and leads the crowd in singing holiday carols. 

After a week back up at the North Pole he returns to the Blue Water Area to check on all the good girls and boys in Marysville on Saturday, December 2nd at 4pm their annual parade

The jolly man in the red suit has a bit of a tight schedule on that Saturday because he's also part of Harbor Beach's Annual Lighted Christmas Parade which starts at 5:30 on Trescott St.

Saint Nick give his reindeer a night off on Wednesday, December 6th and arrives on the back of a decorated in lights antique tractor for Algonac's Santa Parade and Tree Lighting.

On Saturday, December 9th, you may not see reindeer in Lexington but you will see a lot of four-legged creatures into the spirit of the season at the Lexington Old Fashioned Christmas Horse Parade. It starts at 2pm.

To find out about all the things happening around the Blue Water Area during the holiday season check out our events page.