Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Urchins Of The Thumb: Mountain Babies Play Port Austin's Porch Fest This Saturday

This weekend, people on porches across the village of Port Austin will extend more than just their always friendly waves and warm greetings.

Now in its second year, the Porch Fest welcomes musicians from all around the region to come and play songs in the porches, yards and gazebos of Port Austin residents. Featuring 30 different acts this year, the casual gathering gives visitors a chance to hear a wide variety of music, take a stroll, maybe grab a bite to eat and check out the beauty that the tip of Michigan's Thumb has to offer.

One of the groups returning to play the festival this year is Mountain Babies. Though the band is Port Huron based these days, their shepherd Dave Peters has a lot of ties to Port Austin. We had a little chat with him about what area means to him.

The region has had an lasting effect on Dave and served a lot of the inspiration and subjects on their 2015 album The Cottage, The Creek & The Spirit.

That thread of exaltation still runs through their music on their latest release Existence Of Resistance. Sometimes, it's obvious with song titles such as "Pine Cones & Grindstones" but also is in mood in general as songs such as the arcadian feel of songs such as "The Temple."

It's like one can practically see the stars twinkle in the clear night sky and smell the smoke of a bonfire while the song plays.

Port Austin's Porch Fest runs from 1 to 5 pm this Saturday, June 23rd. Mountain Babies play at 4 pm at 111 W. Spring St. To find out more and to see a full schedule of all the acts playing check out Porch Fest's website.

Monday, June 19, 2017

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.

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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 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.

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. Many homes in the downtown region have donated their porches for Porch Fest.  Offering a wide variety of music throughout the day, Porch Fest is now in it's second year and

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."

Find out all the things happening this weekend at our events page.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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 want to be "that person" who goes for the old standbys like a tie or something like that. There's the dilemma of figuring out what he may want though. I don't know how many times I've tried to find hints of something he might want but most of the time he pretty much says "I have everything in the world I need."

The solution? Why not take him 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 village of Lexington has something that will get him to say "Turn It Up" this Saturday

John Waite first made a name for himself as the lead singer of the Babys. With classic rock standards such as "Head First", "Isn't It Time", "Every Time I Think Of You", "Back On My Feet Again" and "Midnight Rendevous", his voice had made an indelible mark on the rock-n-roll scene with the band in the late 70's and early 80's. Following his departure from the groupband he continued to make smash hits as a solo artist and with Bad English.

John be performing many songs from his long and illustrious career at the Lexington Village Theater this Saturday.

If taking pops to Lexington, why not make the day of it? 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. The 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.

If dad is "car guy", he might also get a kick out the vintage rides at the Classic Car Show in Lexington that's happening at the A&W on Sunday too.

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 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 cab so he can blow the horn.

Find out about more things happening this summer around the Greater Port Huron area at our events page.

Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Free Concerts, Great Theater and Bocce Balll…Who Knew?!

Eastern Michigan summers bring people to the water’s edge to bask in the sunshine, splash in the fresh lake water and to view an incredible horizon line. Who knew you’d also get free concerts, great theater, vintage shows and the best master sand sculpturing competition in the state? The Greater Port Huron Area and its blue shores meander along Lake Huron and the St. Clair River and pack the summer days with fun and excitement for the whole family.

Free waterfront concert series take place in nearly every shoreline community in the Greater Port Huron Area. The concerts usually occur on the same day every week, and the days vary by town. Music genres range from current hits and songwriters to oldies but goodies, jazz, county and more. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and be ready to enjoy the water view and the moving rhythm.

Unexpectedly, delightful theater has also ripened in the Greater Port Huron Area. Lexington Village Theatre brings rocking musical acts, comedians and fun entertainment to the stage in Lexington. Grab dinner in town then a play or musical at two venues in Marine City: the River Bank Theatre and Snug Theatre. The Citadel Stage conveys an intimate ambiance to Port Huron’s theater scene while the McMorran Place Theater presents a grand stage. The Barn Theater of Port Sanilac is indeed a barn; however, its rousing talent brings brilliant performances to the stage and the crowd to their feet.

Awesome festivals also take place along these eastern shores. Blue Water Sand Fest, occurring July 14-16 in Port Huron is a master sand-sculpting competition and the only one of its kind in Michigan. Master sculptors from around the country compete to create the greatest sculptures from sand and therefore present an incredible display for public viewing. Quick sculpting contests as well as amateur contests are also part of the fantastic festivities that take place.

Harbor Beach’s Maritime Festival is happening July 6-9 and brings a great weekend of entertainment to the shores of Lake Huron. Live music all day and all weekend, tasty eats, friendly competitions like frog jumping, hotdog-eating, bocce ball (reportedly Michigan’s biggest bocce ball tournament) and even an invitational jet ski race take place right on the beach. What says summer-fun more than that?

Antique car shows, vintage boat shows, impressive art shows and even kayaking events will take place this summer in the Greater Port Huron Area amongst an array of other adventures to partake in. For more details on these events and other things to do on the blue eastern shores of Michigan, please visit

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

From Sculptures to Sturgeon: How Port Huron Is Kicking Off Summer

Though the calendar says summer doesn't officially start until June, 21st, the warm weather events are already starting to go into full swing in the Blue Water Area. Especially in Port Huron this weekend.

Starting at 10 AM on Saturday, June 3rd is Be a Tourist in Your Own Town which features many of Port Huron’s signature attractions and many at no charge. Be A Tourist is a chance for visitors and area residents to discover and rediscover the attractions and history that brands Port Huron the Maritime Capital of the Great Lakes.

Explore the River Walk, tour Michigan’s oldest working lighthouse, see how a Sea Cadet training ship operates, learn the history of ice harvesting, see the original train depot Thomas Edison worked in as a young inventor and take part in kids science activities. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Port Huron has a variety of downtown restaurants and a collection of art sculptures located throughout the city.

See the list of the things to see and do at Port Huron's Be A Tourist In Your Own Town here.

The Blue Water Sturgeon Festival offers close encounters with lake sturgeon, the “Gentle Giants of the Great Lakes”. It kicks off at 8 in the morning this Saturday with
Run With The Sturgeon, a 5K race and 1K fun run along the beautiful Blue Water River Walk on the shores of the St. Clair River. At 10 AM the festival opens at the Great Lakes Maritime Center and Vantage Point. Check out the full list of activities at the Sturgeon Festival's website.

The Port Huron Art Initiative is kicking off their year-long outdoor sculpture exhibition with an art-filled picnic on Saturday too.

The day will feature 20 new sculptures along the Thomas Edison Parkway, guided sculpture tours, art talks, sculpture demos, kid-friendly art activities and more. Live music will be provided from local favorites like Mountain Babies and Gasolines Gypsies to name just a couple. Visit the Port Huron Art Initiative's website to see all the things they have happening.

 Other events in the area this weekend include the Scale Model & Radio Controlled Boat Show in St. Clair, Harbor Beach's Pro King Fishing Tournament on Saturday and The Polar Bears-WWI Battalion Sent to Siberia Lecture at the Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum in Port Sanilac on Sunday.

Find out about all the things happening around the Greater Port Huron Area at our events page.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The First Long Weekend Of A Michigan Summer

Memorial Day weekend is just a moments away. First observed as Decoration Day in 1868 as a 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 10 on that morning, Harbor Beach will hold military honors at Rock Falls Cemetery. The parade starts at the American Legion Hall on Trescott Street then goes through downtown ending at Veteran’s Park.

Marine City honor the veterans with their parade at 10 AM. Port Huron has their Memorial Day parade at 11 AM.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Lexington invite you to join them at to remember those who help keep the country safe at 11 AM.

Port Austin pays tribute to the men and woman who've served at 11:30 AM.

At noon, Port Sanilac blesses the fleet with a 21 gun salute and echo taps from their area chapter of the VFW.

St. Clair's American Legion post will have their parade at 1 PM and a ceremony following at Memorial Park.

Along with honoring those who've served and kept us safe, there are quite a few other events happening over the upcoming long weekend too.

Harbor Beach will be a treasure hunt this Thursday through Sunday as it is time for their annual city wide garage sale. You never know what you'll find!

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 periods of early Michigan history brought to life by reenactors living in historic-style camps and demonstrating daily life of that era.

Also in Port Huron, Saturday you can meet the artists, instructors and students of Studio 1219 and participate in free art demonstrations and art projects at the annual Hands on Art event.

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

Don't forget that the Lady's Slippers are in full bloom if you visit Port Austin this weekend too. The Lady’s Slipper Festival at Huron County Nature Center welcome you to join them for food, fun, crafts, music and activities for all ages this Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, enjoy the greatest American and British hits from the 1960s through today when Your Generation rock the Lexington Village Theatre.

Another sure sign that summer is just around the corner is that plenty of the Farmers Markets will be open. Port Sanilac and Harbor Beach are on Friday. Port Huron and Port Austin have them happening on Saturday.

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

What are your plans for this long weekend?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

3 North Vines: A Small Winery with Big Flavors

In the last 5 years, sales of wine made in Michigan has increased by 34%. With 2.4 million gallons of wine being produced a year in the state, taking just one day or only a week to celebrate them just wouldn't seem enough. That's why the state has dedicated all of May as Michigan Wine Month.

The Blue Water Area is home to several wineries and we're stopping in to pay a couple of them a visit and share a bit of their story with you. Our stop this time is 3 North Vines.

A quick half hour drive northwest from Port Huron and less than a 5 minute hop from Lexington, 3 North Vines owners Kristi and Nate Shopbell searched around Michigan for several years for the right spot to start growing grapes and start a winery.

After looking at many properties all over the state, they purchased land on Peck Rd in Sanilac county in the fall of 2007. The area was perfect not only because of it's rolling hills and three ponds on the 35 acres of property but also that it's location in the northern part of the Port Huron Moraine which provides a lake effect climate similar to the ones in Michigan's better known wine regions. This climate is integral to creating the distinctively unique flavors in the grape varieties grown they grow. Also, Kristi is a Marine City native and she mentioned to us that it's nice to have family not too far rather than having to drive across the state to visit them.

In 2008, their first vines went in on the property. In 2011 3 North Vines had their first 3 vintages produced and bottled in a repurposed and reclaimed barn on the property. They were a light bodied with great red fruit notes and an oak charactered Pinot Noir, the zesty and crisp Albarino and a fruit forward Pinotage which is a cross in between Pino Noir and Hermitage varieties.

With several windows letting the May sunlight bathe the tasting room in a warm and friendly tone, we took seats at the bar and Kristi served us up some sips of their vintages.

When I mentioned to people that I would be visiting 3 North Vines for an article several of the told me that I HAD to try their Lucky Shoe. It just so happened to be the first thing we did try. It was a great choice to start things off as it fit with the pleasant spring day in the country. Lucky Shoe is a semi-sweet white that's very light and lively. Open a bottle of it on a perfect Michigan summer day and it will possibly make it even more perfect.

All the wines we tried at 3 North Vines were quite flavorful and all with their own particular nuances but the one that captured and delighted my taste buds in a new way was the Marquette. It wasn't a variety I was familiar with but as it seems not many others either yet. The Marquette is a cold-hardy complex hybrid grape that was pat
ented by the University of Minnesota in 2006. It can handle the frigid temperatures that the northern states winter can dish out. 3 North Vines is one of the small number of wineries in the state to be using the grape so far and its popularity is starting to grow. 

The wine the Marquette grape produces is ruby red and color and very juicy on the noise. It's bold but not overbearing flavor is that of refreshing cherries and berries along with light compliments of oak and vanilla. It's a kind of wine that will go excellently with both backyard barbecue burgers or a spendy steak as it does also on a summer evening or a winter day. 

With the warm weather now upon us, you can also enjoy 3 North Vines offerings right out by the vines as the have a patio right out the door of the tasting room. Enjoying a glass of red or white under the shade on a sunny day while enjoying a nice country breeze coming off Lake Huron? There's not much more one could ask for.

3 North Vines is located at
5940 Peck Rd in Croswell, Michigan and is open for the season. They are looking forward to you making them a stop while you're out on the Thumb's Up Wine Trail or just passing the time.

Be sure to try some of their wines at the Thumbs Up Wine Trail Taste Fest 2017 which is happening on May 21st at the Seaway Terminal in Port Huron.

Find out more about 3 North Vines at their website and follow them on Facebook too.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Green Barn Winery: A Place For White and Red

May is Michigan Wine Month. A time to celebrate the grapes grown in the state and the makers that turn them into wonderful vino. Home to 127 wineries, bottling over 2.4 million gallons of wine a year, it's become quite an industry for the state. In the past 5 years Michigan wine sales, the majority of which is from Michigan-grown grapes, has increased 34% over the last 5 years.

While the national focus on Michigan wine tends to be what is produced on the western side of the state, the eastern side is making some tasty vintage too. The Blue Water area is home to three that are recognized by the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council. They are Green Barn Winery in Smith's Creek, 3 North Vines in Croswell and the Blue Water Winery in Lexington.

We took a ride out to Green Barn Winery last week to check things out and learn a little about their place. Come and join us on our visit.

Located a quick fifteen minute drive west from downtown Port Huron, the seeds of Green Barn Winery started when owners Becky & Mike Wrubel were on their honeymoon and were touring wineries. It was discovered that Becky was allergic to sulfites, a preservative that is added to most wines. Being wine lovers, they then set out to make wines that were sulfite free that they could enjoy. What started out as a hobby for them grew and the wines were quite flavorful. They thought maybe others would enjoy them too, so in 2012 they opened the winery to the public.

When first arriving at Green Barn, we were met by Casey. Casey is a 18 year old calico who may like to make people think she is the guard dog but her actual job is more of being a greeter and her modus operandi is to get visitors to pet and scratch her. She's a big fan of getting a massage behind her ears.

We got inside to take a look around. We weren't the only ones checking out the reds, whites, fruit wines, ciders and meads either. Being a member of the Thumb's Up Wine Trail, Green Barn Winery is an often visited stop for vino lovers from all around.

As I mentioned at the start of this article, Green Barn Winery is a recognized by Michigan's Wine and Grape Council. The council has some stringent rules to be part of their organization. To receive recognition, and to be included in their publication Michigan Wine Country, a majority of the grapes used by the respective winery must be grown in Michigan. Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Concord, Merlot, Cabernet, Amarone and White Zinfandel grapes are grown on their own property surrounding the winery. Not only does Green Barn have this prestige, they use no pesticides on their grapes they grow and are fertilized organically.

With so many different flavors to choose from, you will want to sample want to sample at least a few of what Green Barn produces on their family owned and operated production facility and store housed in the converted barn on their property. Their cozy tasting room welcomes you to do exactly that.

Since the Green Barn Winery is in what was an actual barn, you can even sip a wine while saddling up as they have several saddles located around the building that you can sit on while sampling.

We sampled many a great wine while there, ranging from a light and lively Piesporter and a tasty ciderlike John Dee Apple to a fine robust and oaky Grand Merlot. My wife, who joined me on this excursion, has been on the search for a regional Pinot Grigio that she could declare her new favorite, took one sip of theirs and said "Oh, this is one" and we purchased a bottle to take home to have with dinner soon. That "soon" ended up being this past Saturday evening when it complimented some salmon very nicely.

After sampling the wines you also get to keep the glass as a souvenir.

With so many offering to choose from, it may be hard to decide on which bottle you might want to take home after visiting. Green Barn Winery offers many of their varieties in smaller, old school soda bottle sizes too.

After making our choices, we thanked owner Becky and her Aunt Connie for their hospitality, the tour and their help on guiding us through their different wines as well as some history on the winery itself. They were very excellent and friendly hosts. And yes, we did give Casey are few more pets and rubs behind the ears before we left too.

The Green Barn Winery is located at 775 N Wadhams Rd in Smiths Creek and is open year round. Not only is the winery open to the public, the building can be rented for private tasting parties for groups as small as 10 people along with a party room for groups up to 45 people.

Look for Green Barn Winery's booth at the Vantage Point Farmers Market in Port Huron this summer and don't forget to try some of their wines at the Thumbs Up Wine Trail Taste Fest 2017 which is happening on May 21st at the Seaway Terminal in Port Huron.

You can also visit Green Barn Winery at their website and follow them on Facebook too.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

TBT: Fishing In Lexington

Sunday Morning Fishing at Lexington, Mich, postcard via Flickr user Wystan
Families gather along the piers in Lexington to reel in fish in this early 20th century postcard.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Celebrate International Dark Sky Week at Port Crescent State Park

In celebration of International Dark Sky Week 2017, April 22-28, twenty-two Michigan State parks will stay open later than usual to welcome stargazers to bring a blanket, relax and enjoy the night sky. One of the places will be Port Crescent State Park in Port Austin.

Named a dark sky preserve in 2012, Port Crescent State Park is just the eighth dark sky preserve in the nation and third in the state.

Held during the week of April's New Moon, International Dark Sky Week was started by a high school student named Jennifer Barlow in 2003 with goals to encourage light users to take precautions against outdoor light pollution.

Light pollution has been said to have adverse effects on nocturnal animals, human circadian rhythm and sleep patterns, growth patterns of plants and trees and an overuse of energy resources.

Port Crescent State Park provides a place for stargazers to get an unobstructed view of beautiful, naturally-dark skies as well as bringing awareness to the concerns of light pollution. For more info on the park give them a call at 989-738-8663 or visit them on the web here.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Cast A Line In A Blue Water Area Fishing Tournament

Now that winter is starting to be behind us for another season, many Michiganders will be getting their boats ready to ply the waterways. A lot of those vessels will have fishermen on board looking to reel in the many varieties of fish that the Great Lakes have to offer.

While all Blue Water Area anglers bait their hook and cast their line to catch what's below the water's surface and to enjoy the relaxing pace of the day, there's some that want a little more excitement and friendly competition when it comes to reeling the big one in. For them, there are several tournaments throughout the season.

The angling action heads St. Clair way at the end of this month. The Blue Water Salmon Stakes are happening April 29th. The tournament, first organized by Quota International of Port Huron and the Blue Water Sportfishing Association almost 40 years ago, is the longest running contest of its kind in the area. 

Blue Water Salmon Stakes catches photo via the Times Herald

At the Salmon Stakes anglers will compete for a share of thousands of dollars in prize money for the largest King, Coho, Steelhead, Brown Trout, Lake Trout and Walleye in addition to the “super skipper”.  Fishing is from 6 am to 1 pm by boat on the day of the tournament, with the weigh-in taking place in St. Clair at the Voyageur Restaurant. Potential prize-winning catches will be open for viewing by the general public from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 pm in the Voyageur’s parking lot, along with great prize raffles and activities for children or all ages.  Festivities will conclude by 6:00 p.m.  Proceeds from the tournament go to support various service projects benefitting the hearing and speech impaired and disadvantaged women and children in the Blue Water Area. 

You can register for the 2017 Blue Water Salmon Stakes at The Voyageur Restaurant and Anderson’s Pro Bait.  For more information visit the Blue Water Sportfishing Association on the web

St. Clair is also the host of the annual Blue Water Marbleye Classic which runs from May 19th through the 21st this year. On this weekend hundreds of fishermen drop their boats and lines into the quick and swift currents of the St. Clair River in hopes of landing the Hog-the biggest walleye during the annual tournament.  Visit the Marbleye Classic's Facebook page to register and to get the latest updates.

On Saturday, May 6th, many boats and hundreds of fishermen will be on the waters of Harbor Beach for the 2017 Can2Can Fishing Tournament. Hosted by the Thumb chapter of the Steelheaders, proceeds from this event go to help their Net Pen Project, which helps maintain and preserve the fish stock of the region. Visit the Can2Can website for more information and registration

Entering it's 79 year in 2017, the Algonac Lions Club Pickerel Festival is one of the celebrations of its kind in the Blue Water Area. Running June 30 through July 4th this year, the festival not only includes daily cash prizes for the three largest fish but also a grand prize of $1,000 for the “whopper” which is awarded on the final day, as well as carnival rides, food and other family fun throughout the weekend. Visit the Algonac Pickerel Festival website for more information and how to register for the tournament.

The best of luck to all the anglers out there. Fish on!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

TBT: A Port Sanilac Beach in the 1930s

CEN Port Sanilac MI RPPC 1930s Future SANILAC BEACH BABES Viewing the NEW VILLAGE BEACH with there Moms and Dads Lake Huron Beach Scene in Sanilac County
Photo via of Don "The UpNorth Memories Guy" Harrison's Flickr page.
For this Throwback Thursday a family checks out the sand and shore of what was a new public beach area in Port Sanilac in the 1930's.

What are some of your favorite summer time beach memories of the Blue Water Area?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

2017 Port Huron Pub Crawl Bus Routes

The party buses for the Port Huron Pub Crawl run two routes in a continuous loop between 1pm and 7pm this Saturday. The hub and transfer point will be on Quay St, in front of the Roche and the H.A.C. From there, they stop at their selected destinations before returning to the hub.

The south route includes Tio Gordo's, Fuel Woodfire Grill, Active Lounge, Tailgators, The Outpost, The Eagles Club, Figaro's, Jack Tavern and Conner Street Pub. From there the bus heads back downtown and do the route again.

The north route has stops at the Brass Rail, Casey's, the Office Lounge, Freighters, the Royal Cafe Bar & Grill, The VFW and Zebra Bar before heading back downtown to start the loop again.

To ride the buses you need a wristband. They can be purchased in advance at any of the participating pubs or the Blue Water CVB office for $10 each. Wristbands on the day of will be $15.

Don't forget to use the hashtag #PHPubCrawl when sharing photos and fun on social media.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Port Huron Celebrates St. Paddy

March 17th is St. Patrick's Day. It's a time for those who are Irish (or simply Irish at heart) to wear their best green and celebrate. With things going on to commemorate the holiday in the Blue Water Area, celebrating is definitely on the agenda.

On Saturday the 11th, raise your spirits and your heartbeat with the Y’s Leprechaun Loop in Port Huron at 9am. Don your finest emerald colored gear as there will be awards for the most innovative outfit, greenest garb and best leprechaun following the race.

Photo by Dale Merrill
Also at noon on Saturday, March 11th, the streets of Port Huron will be filled with the Celtic spirit when the St. Patrick's Parade starts at Pine Grove Park and then winds through downtown.

Following the parade, the revelry continues in Port Huron with the 2017 Pub Crawl. Purchase a wristband for $10 through March 10th ($15 on March 11th) and ride the party buses to many watering holes in the city between 1pm and 7pm.

You can pick up the wristbands at any of the participating pubs or at the Blue Water Convention and Visitors Bureau located in the Blue Water Convention Center at 500 Thomas Edison Parkway in Port Huron.

To find out more about these events along with many other things happening in the Blue Water Area this month, Discover The Blue's event page.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

TBT: Steamers At The Port Huron Dock

People gather and line up to board the steamer ships moored at the Port Huron dock. 

The year of this postcard is 1908. The first somewhat affordable automobile to the average person, the Ford Model T, wouldn't even roll out of the factory doors until that autumn. The fastest transportation to travel long distances at the time were either the trains that cut across the landscape or hopping on one of these passenger boats to get to your destination.