Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The First Long Weekend Of A Michigan Summer

Memorial Day weekend is just a moments away. First observed as Decoration Day in 1868 as day of remembrance of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during wartime, the name of the day gradually shifted to Memorial Day throughout the years and was officially changed to that name in 1967. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.

Many Blue Water Area communities will be having Memorial Day parades, observances and ceremonies on Monday the 30th.

At 9 on that morning, Harbor Beach will hold military honors at Rock Falls Cemetery. The parade starts at 10am at the American Legion Hall on Trescott Street the goes through downtown ending at Veteran’s Park, Marine City honors the veterans with their parade at 10am, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Lexington invite you to join them at to remember those who help keep the country safe at 11am. Port Huron's Parade, which will be honoring Dave Bellaire who was active in veterans organizations and many other organizations in the city, starts at 11am. Port Austin pays tribute to the men and woman who've served at 11:30am. At noon, Port Sanilac blesses the fleet with a 21 gun salute and echo taps from their area chapter of the VFW.

Along with honoring the nation's vets lots will be celebrating what is considered the start of the summer season with many events around the area.

This Saturday and Sunday you can take a step back in time at the Feast of the Ste Claire. Held at Port Huron's Pine Grove Park, this event has been a long running tradition in the city with our periods of early Michigan history are brought to life with reenactors living in historic-style camps demonstrating daily life of these eras.

On Saturday many artisan of the Blue Water Area will be showing their work at the Thumb Arts Guild Spring Exhibit in Port Austin.

While in the Port Austin area this weekend, don't forget to stop in for some fun, food and music at Lady's Slipper Festival being held at the Huron County Nature Center on Saturday and Sunday.

On stage this weekend in the Blue Water Area there are both laughs and good ol' Michigan Rock-n-Roll. The Snug Theater in Marine City presents "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" this weekend and Rare Earth plays their hits "Get Ready", "I Just Want To Celebrate", "I Know I'm Losing You" and much more at the Lexington Village Theatre for two big shows on Sunday.

To find out more about these shows and plenty of other happening in our area Discover The Blue at our events page.

What are your plans for this long weekend?

Friday, May 20, 2016

Welcoming The Warm Months With Lakeside Park's New Splash Pad

Port Huron's Lakeside Park looks a little different this year.  With help from the city, grants and donated funds the park is in the process of a $500,000 facelift. One of the major new things people will notice is the brand new splash pad.

Yesterday, city officials held the ribbon cutting for the splash pad. In this video, Mayor Pauline Repp discusses where the park, which is home to the city's most popular public beach, has been and some of the great things that are planned for its future.

Photo by Dale Merrill
The splash pad itself pays tribute to the Blue Water Area with structures that resemble the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse and the Blue Water Bridge.

Photo by Dale Merrill
New benches, shower stations and landscaping are some of other projects that are also happening at the ADA compliant park.

Photo by Dale Merrill
City of Port Huron, Fort Gratiot and Port Huron Township residents can buy annual parking passes for $5. Residents from other parts of the county can pay $35 for a year or $5 per day. For Out-of-county residents it's a $10 daily entrance per vehicle. These passes are available at the park's entrance booth.

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Art Of Chris Kro

When most people talk about how rock-n-roll has influenced them it's usually how it has affected the music they are making.

Though Blue Water Area based artist Chris Kro is a musician (he plays bass and sings in the band Dirty Copper),the records he grew up cranking loud as a youngster not only inspired him in that way but also the way album covers looked help shape his head into the design perspective it has. Earlier this week Chris gave us a little insight into his work.

Combining the rough-hewed and the comfortably frayed with vivid colors and street level aesthetics, his work is a feast for the eyes for fans for classic rock album cover and poster design but with a modern age twist.

Photo by Dale Merrill

The designs Chris has done have been seen not only promoting concerts appearances for Wille Nelson, rock legends CCR's John Fogerty and The Beach Boys Brian Wilson but also on works for biker fuzz rockers the Lords Of Altamont, Americana favorites Jason Isbell and Billy Joe Shaver and the DVD box design for Funkadelic.

Photo by Dale Merrill

Posters and album covers are just a few of the formats Chris works in as he's also designed the MC5 and Thirteenth Floor Elevators skateboard decks for pro skater Corey Duffel.

Photo by Dale Merrill
Fans of locally made craft beer may be familiar with his work and not even realize it as Chris has been mastermind behind many of the images that celebrate the brews being made at Port Huron's Thumbcoast Brewery.

The Art Of Chris Kro runs through May 30th at Studio 1219 in downtown Port Huron.

While we're on the topic of checking out some art in the Blue Water area, the first Art Hop of 2016 is happening next Friday from 6-9pm in Downtown Port Huron. Also on Saturday, May 28th, the Thumb Arts Guild will be having it's annual Spring exhibit at the Port Austin Gymnasium.

 To find out more about these happenings along with many more-check out our events page.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

All Aboard! It's Time for the 34th Annual Blue Water Area Railroad Show & Swap Shop

America's love for trains and the lore that goes with it has lasted since the first tracks were laid in the country back in early 1800s. As the first form of mass transportation over land many stories have told and mementos exchanged. Recreations gathered from them on smaller scales have been built in homes,  businesses along with locations out of the ordinary for over a century.

For over three decades now many enthusiast of trains, both of scale models and the steel horses that have plied nation's tracks, have gathered in Port Huron for the annual Blue Water Area Railroad Show & Swap Meet. This year, the 34th annual edition of the show is happening at the Blue Water Convention Center on Sunday, May 22nd.

Fans of locomotion travel miles to check out the show, looking for that particular piece for their collection from the many vendors. It's not just a swap shop and flea market though. There will also be operating exhibits, displays and scenic train layouts to captivate generations of hobbyists. Bring the little ones too because for a dollar they can take a train ride with Dan The Choo-Choo Man.

If you're a vendor and are interested in being part of the show-you still have time to register. It's to all exhibitors with an interest in model railroading of all scales and gauges. Also, railroad memorabilia, antiques, time tables, dining car silverware and china or any railroad items may be displayed.  You can download a vendor application here or contact the Blue Water Convention Center at 810-201-5513 for more information.

The 2016 Blue Water Area Railroad Show & Swap Meet is open to the public. Admission $5.00 at the door and kids under 5 are free.

Monday, May 2, 2016

May We Take In Show?

Wanting to take in a live show? There's quite a few to chose from happening in the Blue Water Area throughout the month of May.

The Port Huron Civic Theatre presents Kiss Me, Kate this weekend at McMorran Place. Featuring the music of Cole Porter, this play about romantic misunderstanding won 5 Tony Awards when it premiered on Broadway over six decades ago and has continued to delight audiences ever since.

In Marine City, Charles Schultz's Peanuts come to life on stage May 20th through 22nd and the 26th through 29th when the family favorite musical You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown takes the stage at the Snug Theatre.

If you are looking a play of a more serious subject, The Port Austin Community Theater is presenting the Diary Of Anne Frank as their spring drama on May 6-8th.

Have you ever wanted to be in the middle of the excitement of a classic TV game show? Well, you can get the feeling without traveling to California to be in a studio audience. This Saturday evening, May 7th, the Harbor Beach Community Theatre will feature Match Game '76 and Password Plus as it hosts the annual Game Show Series.

Laughs will be a plenty at Port Huron's McMorran Place on Tuesday, May 10th when Jim Breuer, SNL alumni and star of the film Half Baked, brings his family friendly show to town.

Perhaps you'd like to listen to some music? The Lexington Village Theatre has that covered with country music singer/songwriter Keith Anderson this Friday, the Pink Floyd Laser Light Spectacular on Saturday, May 14th and the return of Detroit psychedelic soul/rock legends Rare Earth on Sunday, May 29th.

There's some unique sounds happening in Port Sanilac this month as well. On Sunday, May 15th, The Sanilac County Historical Museum and Village welcome Tritone Paradox. This trio composes and performs instrumental acoustic guitar/percussion based music inspired by rock, jazz, bluegrass, country, folk, avant-garde and world music.

To find out more about these happenings along with many others, check out our events page.