Tuesday, April 26, 2016

And Our Next Contestant Is....

Do you remember those classic television game shows of the past? The fun, the fanfare and especially the prizes? Have you ever wished that you could be in the audience of one of these games and maybe even be a contestant? Well, you don't have to catch the next plane to Studio City, California to be part of the excitement. Just visit the Harbor Beach Community Theatre on Saturday, May 7th for the annual Game Show series.

Though this will be the 6th year for the series, the inspiration for presenting such a show stems back to over 20 years ago.  "I was the youngest of 4 children" states Clark Ramsey, host and producer of the show. "We grew up watching all the classic game shows."

When thoughts were tossed around about to raise funds to support Harbor Beach's  Maritime Festival, Clark proposed the game show idea. The first year him and his crew presented their takes on Minute To Win It and Pyramid. The crowd response was phenomenal.

Photo courtesy of the Harbor Beach Game Show series
To capture the feeling of the classic television games shows of the 1970's a crew of 35 spends 600 hours in preparation for the show. For this year's presentation the sets of Match Game '76 and Password Plus were recreated to appear identical to the way they looked on the TV back in the day.  To set up the video monitors that are located throughout the theatre for the show alone uses over 1075 feet of HDMI cable.

Even with all the attention to detail and practice that goes into the production and presentation, the show itself is all about spontaneity of a live production. Clark tells me "We have $1500 in cash prize to give away. We call contestants up from the audience."

"We want people smiling from the moment they get out of their car and enter the theater and laughing to the time they get home" he added.

Photo courtesy of the Harbor Beach Game Show series
To add to the feeling that you are in a time machine that has landed you in the era of leisure suits, mood rings and 8 track tape players, the show also presents classic skits from the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and a variety of vintage commercial breaks.

When I ask Clark what the audience should expect from the show he says "Near tears crying...from laughter."

General admissions tickets for show are available for $10 each. There's also a limited number blocks of premium reserved seats are available too. Contact the box office at 415-915-9539 or visit the Harbor Beach Game Show Series Facebook page more information

Thursday, April 21, 2016

President of Blue Water Area CVB receives top honor "CVB Star of the Year" at Pure Michigan Governor's Conference on Tourism

Marci Fogal, President of Blue Water Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) attended the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Lansing on Sunday, April 17th thru Tuesday, April 19th where she was presented the CVB Star of the Year award.  Fogal was chosen out of 65 Michigan CVBs for her striving efforts to promote the Blue Water Region as a tourist destination. 

Fogal was thrilled about the award saying, “It is just as exciting for our eastern shores of Michigan to be recognized as a great vacation spot for families and people seeking a fun retreat.”  She went on to say that her staff and Board greatly add to the force behind her endeavors.   

Each year the Stars of the Industry Awards are presented at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism to those individuals outstanding in their field of lodging and tourism.  Fogal attended the awards ceremony supported by her staff and several Board members.   

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Port Huron to Host “Boat the Blue” 2018 International Antique and Classic Boat Show

The local chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) is pleased to announce that the city of Port Huron will host the 2018 International Antique and Classic Boat Show.

This event’s theme is “Bring Your Boat Home” and will feature historical watercraft built by Chris Craft, Garwood, Dodge and many more and will give spectators a rare chance to see some of the finest boats ever built up close. Boat The Blue will be a world class event and a great occasion to showcase the Blue Water Area and its love for boating.

Festivities will kick off with events hosted by the Michigan Chapter of the ACBS from Sunday, Sept, 9th through Thursday, Sept 13th, 2018. The show itself will be held on Friday and Saturday, Sept 14th and 15th, 2018.

For further information and the latest updates on the Boat the Blue event visit www.facebook.com/BoatTheBlue