Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Five Happenings Of Frightful Fun For October

Halloween is creeping up closer every day. The ghosts and ghouls will be making the bumps in the night often through the month of October and the Blue Water Area has quite a few things happening where you can be part of a hauntingly good time.

 This upcoming weekend (Sept 30th-Oct 1st), North Park Campgrounds in Harbor Beach get all spooky with Halloween Weekends. Campers will be decorating their sites in ghoulish finery and both Saturdays will feature a costume contest and a parade, hayrides, trick or treating, a live dj in the evening and much more. The campground will also be hosting a 2nd Halloween weekend on the 7th through the 9th. To make reservations call 989-479-9554.

The world's record for the most simultaneously carved pumpkins is 1,060. On Saturday, October 15th Marine City plans on breaking that record 140. At an event called Pumpkins, Popcorn & Politics, 1,200 pumpkins will be set up in Nautical Mile Park and people are invited to join in to set a new Guinness World Record. "But where does the popcorn and politics part of the event come from?" you ask? Well, along with the pumpkin carving, Marine City is also going to shoot for setting the record for making the longest string of popcorn. The politics part is to remind people to vote in the upcoming election. To learn more about this event and to register to be part of it visit the Pumpkins, Popcorn & Politics website.

The buildings of the Sanilac County Historical Village and Museum in Port Sanilac all have a storied past. Did you know some of them might be ghost stories though? On the evenings of Saturday, October 15 and the 22nd, spirits of the past lurk the grounds and structures at the Haunted Village and Spook Walk. Come warm up around the bonfire and sample goodies at the Food Boooooth after getting chills from a walk through the cemetery in the woods and meeting the likes Wicked Witch, Dr. Loop, the Mad Hatter and the Grim Reaper. If that is not enough of shriekful thrills, the village also has day of family fun on the 22nd at Boooo Fest.

Would you like to take a straaange journey? How about one into the world’s favorite rock’n’roll musical! The Rocky Horror Show Live! returns for its eighth season to the McMorran Place Theatre in Port Huron.  There will be three shows all together. Friday, October 21 at 8 pm and Saturday October 22 at 8 pm and midnight.  Tickets are now available at the McMorran box office and Ticketmaster. Come down and be a part of one of the Bluewater Area's favorite Halloween traditions!

On the last Saturday of October (and just a couple days for the trick or treaters come to your door) enjoy Halloween in Lexington with Children's Costume Parade, Pet Costume Parade, Children's Activities & More!

To find out more about these happenings along with plenty of other things going on around the area you can Discover The Blue at our events page.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Boats and the Lights That Guide Them

Some of the most beautiful and iconic pleasure boats in the world have a lot of Blue Water Area history to them.

At the age of 13 years old Christopher Columbus Smith built his first boat in the city of Algonac. By 1881, his skiffs had been reknown across the Great Lakes, so him and his brother Frank went into building boats full time. In 1922, Smith and his family formed the Chris Smith and Son Boat Company, producing fast and economically priced runabouts for the general public. During World War II the company, now known as Chris Craft, the company 12,000 military vessels such as patrol boats, utility launches, and rescue vessels for the United States Navy and Army.

Following World War II, the American economy started to grow immensely. Families had more money to spend on fun things.  Boats were high on a lot of people's lists and the company's vessels, 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 Saturday, you can see plenty of those models plus many more on display at the Blue Water Antique & Classic Boat Show being held at Port Huron's River St. Marina. Along with the many classic, wooden boats made in Michigan as well as other interesting buoyant beauties to marvel at there will be free antique boat rides from 11 am until 2 pm, a marketplace, shore fun, entertainment and children’s events.

Before GPS and all the other navigational available at a watercraft's reach these days, lighthouses played an integral role in guiding the way along the coast. While many lighthouses now have private owners, they still operate as beacons along the shores as well as functional historical sites overseen by the US Coast Guard. One of those is the Port Sanilac Lighthouse. The octagonal shaped structure, built in 1886, stands 59 feet tall and has been opened for tours only once. Until this Saturday, September 10th, that is because the public is invited to the Port Sanilac Lighthouse Open House and Tour to celebrate it's 130th birthday from 10am-6pm. This rare opportunity gives visitors a chance the original 1886 classical lighthouse Fresnel Lens that has sat on top of the tower one last time as the the US Coast Guard will be replacing it with a new LED light in the following weeks.

If you'd like to visit more than one lighthouse this weekend, you can also take the boat taxi ride in to take the Harbor Beach lighthouse tour from 10am-1pm on Saturday or climb the 94 steps to the top of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron Friday through Sunday between 11am and 5pm.

Other Blue Water Area events this weekend include The Port Huron Hobo Fest on Friday and Saturday, The Fall Craft Show in St Clair, Algonac's Annual Car Show and the Great Lakes Tattoo Expo at the Blue Water Convention Center in Port Huron.

Find out more about the many things happening around the area at our events page.