Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Riding With The Lady

We recently took a voyage with the Lady. The Huron Lady II river cruise to be exact.  The 1.5 hour cruise takes place in the St. Clair River then goes under the two Blue Water Bridges into Lake Huron.  
Here's some of the sights we saw via our Instagram.

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The tour is narrated and focuses on the history of the area, local sights and the significance of shipping on the Great Lakes. The Huron Lady tour boat is ideal for summertime tours of the Blue Water Area in Port Huron.

Check out more of what you will see on the Huron Lady river cruise here as as well.

To find out more about the Huron Lady cruises visit their website here or call 810-984-1500 for more information.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Celebrate Our Local Farmers At Harbor Beach's AG Venture Day

The downtown streets of Harbor Beach will be closed this Saturday. Not for construction or roadwork though. It's because all types of agriculture and farm equipment be filling the streets for the public to experience up close and celebrate those that feed us at city's first AG Venture Day.

On AG Venture Day many local farmers and agribusinesses are donating their equipment and time for this event. They're doing it to ensure those in attendance are able to gain an understanding of how the various pieces of equipment operate, and everything it takes to provide a safe and affordable food source.  

The day kicks off with a Farm Fit obstacle course 5K that gets under way at 8am. Competitors will have the option to run a 5K, walk two miles or those looking for that extra fun and intense workout, can treat themselves to the Farm Fit Challenge, a 5K with farm obstacles to maneuver. Plan to get wet, sandy and sweaty on the Farm Fit Challenge course. Registration for it starts at 7am and you can get a form to participate here.

The rest of the day’s activities get underway at 10:00 a.m. and run through 4:00 p.m. Stroll the downtown streets to get up close to the equipment and talk with local farmers. Kid games by the Harbor Beach FFA and Kiddie Tractor Pulls will take place on the Murphy Museum Lawn, while food will be available at the local businesses. Country bands Shotguns and Violins and The Taylor Tucky Band will play sets throughout the day.

Also starting at 10am are the farm tours. Learn about the beef and dairy industry while experiencing the farm and animals first hand. Buses will leave Harbor Beach at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. and 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. for this two-hour round trip to tour a beef farm and robotic dairy farm.

While checking out AG Venture Days be sure to stop in at the Harbor Beach Community Theatre to see the film “Farmland", which spotlights various types of farms and how land is preserved while producing America’s food. This documentary will be showing at 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. 

At 1pm there will be a “Mooing Contest.” All ages, young and wise, can give their best “Mooooooo” for a chance to win. There will be three age groups with appropriate prizes presented to the winners.

AG Venture Day will be filled with activities and unique experiences you are sure to enjoy, all free of charge, because of the many supportive sponsors.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Port Huron Is Awesome

Joel Heckaman of the Awesome Mitten was in Port Huron to check out the sights for one of their Mitten Trips this past weekend.

A full article of his adventures will be on their website soon but throughout the weekend both the Awesome Mitten and Joel's own Instagram page posted updates of where he was at. Let's take a look at some of the things he saw.




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Be sure to follow Awesome Mitten on Facebook and Twitter too.  While out on an adventure in the Blue Water Area don't forget to hashtag #DiscoverTheBlue to share your experiences too.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Blues In The Blue

From the fields of the deep south, dusty back roads and front porches to going electric when it moved to the big city factory shifts and late night barrooms the blues have changed and adapted with the times just as the world has.

This weekend, Sanilac county celebrates this uniquely American musical art form with the 3rd annual Port Sanilac Blues Festival. At 3pm this Friday, the music starts at the Port Sanilac Farmers Market with  Detroit blues great Carl Henry.

Having been called everything from The Human Jukebox to a long and tall with a voice beckoning from the deep bottom land, Carl's deep roots sounds has gotten him nominated for several Detroit Music Awards including outstanding acoustic performer in 2014.

At 4pm that afternoon, the things heat up with the festival itself opening at Harbor Park with a beer tent stocked with a lot of great Michigan craft beers. Vendors tents selling a wide variety of food, souvenirs, art work and crafts open at 5pm.

At 6pm, the music on the main stage starts with youngsters (we're talking kids between the ages of 12 to 15) Red Herring. After they get the crowd warmed up, Roadside Rick & the Breakdowns turn up the boogie heat at 7:30 pm.

As one of the Blue Water Area's favorite blues bands, Rick and his gang know how to make any place, be it a nite club or an outdoor concert, feeling like a house party.

Speaking of a house party vibe and a Friday night, there aren't many others who can get the place rockin' like Detroit's Howling Diablos.

Since their formation in the 90’s the Howling Diablos have shared a stage with the likes George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, The J. Geils Band, Alice Cooper, Albert Collins, Hank Williams Jr, NRBQ, Incubus, The James Gang and many more. With eight albums under their belt as well as collaborations with Kid Rock, RL Burnside and Nathaniel Mayer as feathers in their cap, The Howling Diablos rockin' & funky blues sound has made them a Detroit institution. They hit the stage at 9:30 and close out the first night of the festival. 

Even before the music starts on Saturday,. there's still plenty happening in Port Sanilac in the morning. The Lighthouse Fun Run starts at 9 and the Civil War Weekend is happening at the Sanilac County Historical Museum and Village. Music starts with the funky blues and soul of the Chris Canas Band at noon.

Sweet Willie Tea has to sit down when he plays the blues. That's because he's laying down delta-style sounds on a wide range of old timey instruments with his hands and playing drums with his feet! He plays at 2pm. The rockin' blues with attitude from The Alligators, the soulful moods of Bobby Murray with Lenny and Tosha and a super session hosted by the Pazman keep the blues coming as the afternoon glides into evening

At 9:30, headliners Kenny Parker Band featuring Jimmy McCarty take the stage. Any fan of classic Detroit Rock-n-Roll will recognize Jimmy's name. As the six string slinger in Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, The Rockets and Cactus he's made his name indelible when taking about dudes who set the bar for guitar heroes in the Motor City.

Grab a lawn chair, bring a blanket and let the blues wash over you along the shores of Lake Huron this weekend.  Find out more about what is happening in the Blue Water Area at our events page.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Finishing July and Greeting August In The Blue Water Area

Even though this coming Sunday marks the end of month, there's still plenty of time left to celebrate summertime. The Blue Water Area has quite a few things happening over the weekend to finish up July and welcoming in August.

Imagine gliding across the cool, refreshing waters of Lake Huron with friends and family this weekend. Taking in the fresh air and the laid back pace as sunshine shimmers and sparkles of the lake. Whether you're new to kayaking or an old pro, you can experience that at the Port Austin Kayak Rendezvous, which starts this Friday and runs through the weekend. Paddle by the sights that the tip of Michigan Thumb's shoreline has to offer along with many other activities such as equipment demonstrations, food, fun camping and dancing.  For more info contact the Port Austin Chamber of Commerce at 989-738-7600.

The fun isn't limited to just the water in Port Austin this weekend either. Port Crescent State Park takes a blast to the past this Saturday at the annual Vintage Camper Show. Last year's even saw Tin Can Tourists bringing more than 85 cool, classic and kitschy vintage trailers and campers to the park to show off and have people check out. Visit and see how grandpa camped. 

Another port along the eastern shores is having a party too. Starting Friday at 5pm with a barbecue and a beer tent, The Port Sanilac Summer Festival kicks off and runs through Sunday. The fun for the weekend includes Kid's carnival games, a watermelon eating contest, inflatables, a karaoke contest and live music. 

How long will a cardboard boat float? How fast can an outhouse move? And, most importantly, who will be the next King and Queen of Bologna. All these questions and more will be answered at the Yale Bologna Festival this weekend. This 3 day weekend event closes the streets of Yale's downtown and transforms the community of just under 2,000 to a gathering of over 20,000 Bologna starved party-goers! Find out more at the Yale Bologna Festival website. You can also download the schedule here
Come see what Port Huron has to offer, view the many cars, see old friends and make new ones this Saturday. The MainStreet Memories Car Show will many have sweet machines of the past up to modern times to check out along Quay Street starting at 10am and through the afternoon. Find out more at their website.

The water is gonna roar and there's a party on the shore at St. Clair's Riverfest this weekend. On the St. Clair River thundering powerboats charge in a race to be the fastest machine on the water! On land, there will be a carnival midway along with live music from Fuel on Friday and Dokken on Saturday. Admission to the races and concerts are FREE! See the whole schedule of action at the Riverfest website.

Looking ahead to the first full weekend in August there's the Port Sanilac Blues Festival, the Sanilac County Historical Museum and Village is hosting a Civil War Weekend, the Fine Art Street Fair returns to Lexington and the Ribs On The River BBQ Competition is happening in Marine City.