Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Where Are The Fireworks This Weekend?

The 4th of July celebrations will be plentiful this weekend. Picnics and parties are on many agendas to celebrate the United States independence from the British Empire. Two of the main things that people look forward to during the holiday are the fireworks displays and parades. Many of Blue Water Area communities will be having both over the weekend.

The village of Lexington kicks off a weekend of 4th of July fun with fireworks at dusk this Friday night, their annual parade on Saturday at 11 in the morning.

On Saturday evening Lexington Harbor gets occupied with the music of Swingin' London when the Invasion plays the British hits of the 60's that rocked the world. On Sunday, enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Lexington village hall.

Port Sanilac kicks off a day of celebrating Saturday with their annual Independence Day parade down main street at 11 AM and fireworks in the harbor at dusk.

Starting Thursday and running through the 4th of July, The Algonac Pickerel Festival promises fun with a carnival midway, games, live entertainment, food and many other activities throughout the weekend. Saturday evening their skies will light up with color.

On July 4th itself festivities are in full gear too. Port Austin kicks off the day with floats and pageantry with a parade at 1pm. At dusk, families and friends will gather at Bird Creek County Park, Veterans Waterfront Park, Port Austin State Harbor and along the shoreline to watch the fireworks.

St. Clair invites you to grab and blanket or lawn chair and come sit down along their boardwalk on the evening of July 4th around dusk. That'll be the time the fireworks display happens over the river there.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Four Fun Things To Do In Port Austin This Weekend

Located at the tip of Michigan's Thumb, Port Austin has been a destination for vacationers and day trippers alike. It's a haven for those who want paddle on the water, hike a trail or peddle around on a bike and for those who want just simply want to kick back and watch the sun shine over Lake Huron all day long.

While things to do in Port Austin are quite plentiful in the summertime, there's some weekends where there's even more happening. This weekend is one of those.

Photo courtesy of www.riversidekayak.com
Surrounded by water on three sides, one of Port Austin's biggest diversions is kayaking. For the beginner taking on the activity may seem a little intimidating at first but once they get the hang of it their hooked.  Starting on Friday and running through the weekend the 7th Annual Port Austin Kayak Symposium covers many aspects of the fast growing sport.  The symposium is one where the teaching is entirely student driven.  Tell the teachers what you want to learn and they'll will coach you at your own speed in a fashion in which you learn best.  A lot with lesson there will guest speakers, demonstrations, guided paddles, plus bonfires, cookouts and parties. There's still some spots open for this weekend and you can register at Riverside Kayak's website.

Selected by Michigan Travel as one of the top ten farmers markets in the state the Port Austin Farmers Market is always bustling. Open 9am to 1pm every Saturday throughout the summer the market offers fresh produce and flowers along crafts, hand made items, antiques and a whole lot more.

Speaking of fresh produce the Port Austin Area Historical Center celebrates the start of strawberry season with treats, activities & music at their Annual Strawberry Social on Saturday from 3 to 6pm.

While in Port Austin this Saturday don't forget to take a stroll around the streets of town. You'll notice many front yards will be filled with music. 20 homes in the downtown region have donated their porches for the first annual Porch Fest.  Offering a wide variety of music throughout the day from artists such as Mountain Babies, Still Running, the Bill Denbrock Big Band and many more, Porch Fest could go on to become an annual tradition to be enjoyed by many for years to come.

After your adventure is done and people ask you what you did over the weekend you can hold up your hand, point at the top of your thumb and simply say "here." 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Lighting Up The Sky

The calendar says it's officially summer and the Blue Water Area is celebrating it in a couple places with fireworks this Saturday evening.

One of the first festivals of the season in the area is Marysville Days. Sure, the carnival rides, games, food and live entertainment are all part of the fun of the four day event but one of the biggest highlights is watching the fireworks. Families bring blankets and set them down along the banks of the St. Clair River to watch the skies light up in a fantastic display of pyrotechnics.

This Saturday ohh's and ahh's will be heard all along the waterfront as people watch not only the sky fill with many colors but also from seeing them reflect and ripple on the water at Marysville Days Annual Fireworks night.

Following the Blue Water Cruise on Friday evening and the Keith Peterson Memorial Car Show at the Birchwood Mall on Saturday afternoon Fort Gratiot Township, classic cars will park along Keewahdin Rd. in the evening and families will watch the skies light up with many colors at the Fort Gratiot Fireworks at 10:15pm. Find out more happening for Cruise Weekend here.

Classic pieces of transportation and pleasure wont just be on display in Fort Gratiot this weekend. The Village of Lexington revs up with vehicles of the past this Saturday at the A&W Classic Car Show and the Algonac Harbor Club will have many buoyant beauties built of wood at the Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show.

Find out more about these and the many other things happening around the Blue Water Area at our events page.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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 "that person" who goes for the old standby's that fuel many an corny joke or anything of the sort. There's also the dilemma of figuring out what he may want. I don't know how many times I've tried to find hints of what he like but most of the time he pretty much says "I have everything in the world I need." The solution? Why not take pops 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.

Does pops like to turn the music up loud when there's some classic rock playing? The Lexington Village Theatre has a couple things happening that will get him to say "Turn It Up" this weekend.

Since he began in the business in the 1960s Carl Palmer has sold over 50 million records! He is considered a drummer's drummer. His dynamic style behind the kit has been thrilling audiences for five decades in bands such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Asia. 

Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy is a tribute to the prog-rock supergroup that brought him his biggest claims to fame. Between 1970 and 1978 Emerson, Lake & Palmer landed five albums in the US Top 20 charts. Carl and his band will play songs from those record on Friday evening at 8:30.

Delivering a live performance the showcases signature four part harmonies and intricate musical interludes, seeing Almost Queen put on one of the most authentic Queen live shows since the actual band itself. They'll be at the theater for two shows, 7pm and 9:30pm, on Saturday night.

Purchase tickets for Carl Palmer and Almost Queen at the Lexington Village Theatre box office.

Lexington doesn't just have things to do with dad on Father's Day weekend just in the evening. You can take him on a trip back to time by pulling up to the Lakeside A&W on the village's main street and having the car hops come up, take your order and bring it back to your window. They weather looks great for the weekend so the old man and you can even enjoy a frosty mug of famous root beer on the restaurant's patio.

After grabbing a bite to eat this Saturday afternoon the Lexington A&W this Saturday take a stroll with pops out back of the place and check our the Antique Tractor Show going on from 10am-5pm. Equipment from the early days of agricultural machinery all the way up to modern times will be on display throughout the grounds.

While out with dad in Lexington this weekend why not sit and talk over a sip at the Lexington Brewing Company and Wine House. Their newly remolded building is rustic yet cozy place to try one of their handcrafted beers and award winning wines.

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 4th Annual Harbor Beach Truck Show. From the super semi's that ply the highways to the trusty work horses 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 cap so he can blow the horn.

Find out more about these happenings and more at our events page.

Happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Jim Dandy To The Rescue

Brasher than Lynyrd Skynyrd, rowdier that the Allman Brothers and more down-home than Molly Hatchet, Black Oak Arkansas have been cooking up their brand of southern fried rock for close to five decades now. During the 70’s they racked up five album in the US top 100 charts as well as top 20 single with the cover of the Lavern Baker song “Jim Dandy (To The Rescue.)”

Fronted by Jim "Dandy" Mangrum, who's on stage performances inspired the likes of David Lee Roth, Black Oak Arkansas toured relentlessly throughout 70's and appeared several times in Port Huron back then as an opening band and the main act. This Saturday night, Jim and the band return to town as the headliner of Art On The River, a two day celebration of talent both locally and beyond, that happens on the banks of the Black River along Quay Street in Port Huron.

Along with Black Oak Arkansas, Art On The River will have local acts such as Mountain Babies, Dale Beavers, The Hatchetmen and the Jeff Hoagland Blues Band on Saturday. On Sunday,  Detroit band the Orbitsuns, who are fronted by Vinnie from Sponge, close out the festivities.

While in Downtown Port Huron on Saturday, don't forget to take a look at all the classic cars that'll parked along main street from 5-8pm when the Back To The Bricks Friendship Promotional Tour rolls through town. As an offshoot of the Back To The Bricks classic car show, the tour picked Port Huron as one of it's six stops in the state before their big show happens in Flint in August.

Don't forget that also in Port Huron on Saturday to check out the 15,000 square feet of great deals and hidden treasures at the annual McMorran Garage Sale.

The Blue Water Area is well known for it's maritime history and lore. In St. Clair this Saturday, collectors and enthusiasts of all things nautical will gather at the Riverview Plaza for the annual Great Lakes Maritime Market. With over 40 vendors offering various items relating specifically to the ships and shipping industry of this region, this market a great way to learn more about the fascinating history of the Great Lakes shipping for the beginner or the advanced historian.

In Port Sanilac this weekend learn how the Native American and the early settlers of the area lived and worked and worked the land at Native, Voyageurs & Settlers Days at the Sanilac County Historical Museum. Along with seeing the tools and crafts of the era Genot Picor, Voyageur extraordinaire, will provide songs and stories of the period this year.

To find out more about these as well as many other things happening around the Blue Water Area check out our events page.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

TBT: Chris-Craft's New Line for 1948

Following World War II, the American economy started to grow immensely. Families had more money to spend on fun things. In 1948, Algonac based boat company Chris Craft promoted their new lines of pleasure boats for that year with this ad geared to those who were looking for to enjoy time out on the water.
Made 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 summer you can see many of the beautiful boats from this classic era on display at the Annual Antique Boat Show in Algonac in June, Port Sanilac's Classic & Vintage Boat Show in August and the Blue Water Antique Boat Show happening in Port Huron in September.
Looking a couple of years ahead, in 2018 Port Huron will host "Boat The Blue" which is the Antique & Classic Boat Society's annual International Antique and Classic Boat Show and is one of the largest gatherings of its type in the world.