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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Keeping Cool On The Hot Days

The weather forecast is calling from some serious heat over the next few days. Luckily, this is the Blue Water Area and we have Lake Huron to cool us down. Today we've selected five photos from Instagram of the area showing how some people beat the heat.

A photo posted by kathleen hale stewart (@katstew72) on
Port Austin

A photo posted by Karl Rosaen (@krosaen) on
Port Sanilac

A photo posted by Abby May (@abbylmay) on

A photo posted by Nikki Nowicki-Frazho (@nikkifrazhophotography) on
Port Huron

A photo posted by Slow Cycle & Paddle St Clair (@slow_cycle) on
St. Clair

Don't forget to to check out our Instagram page. Tag them #discovertheblue and we may use them in a future post too.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Port Huron Rotary's 2016 International Day Parade

Did you happen to miss the 2016 International Day Parade in Port Huron? Or were you there and you'd like to watch it all over again? We here at Discover The Blue have got you covered with some of the highlights here.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

TBT: Port Huron's International Day Parade 1969

Wasn't it a great parade in Port Huron last night? Plenty of fun for the whole family and though it looked like rain toward the end the clouds held out until it finished.

For this Throwback Thursday we go back the 1969. On that year, the International Day Parade was held on July 16th on that year which also happened to be the same day that the Apollo 11 was launched for it's journey to land on the moon. None the less, people filled the streets of downtown Port Huron to watch the floats, marching bands and, as in this photo, the Lionettes majorettes passing in front the Harrington, go by.

See some photos from this year's parade over at our Facebook page.

This year's Blue Water Fest kicks off today with Family Night activities starting at 5pm and fireworks at dusk.

What are some of your favorite Blue Water Fest memories?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hold On Tight! It's Time to Race to the Beach

Every summer Harbor Beach's Trescott street has many people on it heading down to the water. One Saturday each July though there's transportation a little more unusual than normal heading down to the shore.

Based on the same type of set up one would see at an American Soapbox Derby Association competition, it's time for the annual Harbor Beach Cart Derby this Saturday.

This community event, co-sponsored by the City of Harbor Beach and The American Legion, is open to to ages 8 years old an up with four division competing throughout the day. The first green flag drops at 9 in the morning with the over 18 group and races continue through to around 2 in the afternoon. Come on down, cheer them on and make summertime fun memories for the young and young at heart.

See photos and more from last year's derby at the Harbor Beach and American Legion Cart Derby Facebook page.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Festivities On The Sand

The Blue Water Area has two big beach parties happening this week. Both of them serve up a unique kind of fun that only the eastern shores of Michigan can offer.

Now in it's 4th year The Blue Water SandFest is Michigan's first and only Master sand sculpting and Advanced Amateur competition/festival. For 3 days the grounds of the Fort Gratiot Light Station will see extraordinary sculptures crafted from sand and water that will dazzle and impress visitors to the site. 

Voted on of the 10 Best festivals of its sort by USA Today, the Blue Water Sand Fest is much more than just checking out the impressive works of art.

There will be an eclectric array of live music through out the weekend, a Quick Sand Speed Sculpting Show, hands on sculpting lessons, tours of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse and much more.

The Blue Water Sandfest runs July 8th-10th in Port Huron. Download the full schedule here.

Ask anyone who has been to Harbor Beach's Maritime Festival and one of the first things they'll mention is the Jet-Ski races.  For good reason too as the festival is home to one of the world’s largest personal watercraft races in the largest man-made harbor in the world. The races though are just one part of the many things this summer party has happening.

Starting on July 7th and running through the 10th, the Maritime Festival is four days of fun in a great Michigan beach town. 

There will be a whole lot of music on Friday and Saturday for starters! The weekend also brings hometown fun like a Frog Jumping contest, a craft show, a volleyball tournament, lighthouse tours and a car show. Fireworks light up the harbor on Saturday night.  And let's not forget the roar just off starts at 10AM on Saturday with the H&R Block Invitational Jet Ski Races.

Discover all the things to do in the Blue at our events page.