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Sleeping Bear Dunes – Saturdays at the Lakeshore – Saturdays, Feb. 15 – March 8, 2014

Every Saturday Weekly from 02/01/2014 to 03/08/2014

Park rangers say “Let it snow!” so you can explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on snowshoes this winter! Join the rangers for a guided snowshoe hike every Saturday throughout the winter. Snowshoe hikes will be offered every Saturday at 1:00 p.m. through the end of February. Meet at the National Lakeshore visitor center in Empire. If you don’t have your own, snowshoes will be loaned at no charge. Participants need only purchase the park entrance pass or have an annual pass to join in the fun. Reservations are required whether you need to borrow snowshoes or have your own. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are limited to 30 participants. Please call 231-326-5134, extension 328, for details and to make reservations.

Snowshoe hikes are fun for all ages. Inside the visitor center, rangers will first provide basic snowshoeing instructions, and then everyone will travel by car to the trailhead or area of the National Lakeshore pre-selected for that day. Once there, the ranger will help participants learn about the park’s unique features and winter’s effect on them by exploring and discovering clues on site. Be prepared and plan to be outside until about 3:00 p.m. Dress in layers and wear waterproof boots to be most comfortable.

Not only is snowshoeing easy, fun, and good exercise, it is also an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. The ranger-led hikes are mildly strenuous, yet they proceed at a leisurely pace for only one and a half miles at the most.

Location: Meet at visitor center
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Fee Information: Park pass required
Contact Name: Lisa Griebel
Contact Email: e-mail us
Contact Phone Number: 231-326-4700


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Crystal Mountain – 10th Annual Michigan Beer & Brat Festival – May 23, 2015

Kick off the summer with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain. Enjoy live entertainment from Sweetwater Blues Band and The RockShow Band while sampling over 75 of Michigan’s finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. Held outdoors, slopeside.

Breweries and Brat Vendors Listed Below!


VIP Access: 3-4pm
Beer and Brat Festival: 4-8pm


VIP Admission

• $40, includes 10 tokens
• Early entrance to festival – 3pm
• Admission includes commemorative drinking glass and t-shirt
• Only available until Friday, May 22, 2015

Day of Admission

• $30, includes 5 tokens
• Additional tokens: $2 each
• Children 2 years old and under are free
• Admission includes commemorative glass, while they last.

Buy Online and Save

Buy Admission Online and in Advance to Save
• $25, includes 5 tokens and a commemorative drinking glass

Must purchase online admission by Friday, May 22, 2015

Buy Admission Online »


Additional tokens cost $2 each and are available for purchase during the festival.
Two Tokens: One whole brat or full glass of beer
One Token: One half brat or half glass of beer


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Glen Arbor BBQ and Brew Summer Celebration – June 20, 2015

Glen Arbor, Michigan’s annual salute to the beginning of summer, with delicious local fare and the best of Northern Michigan micro-brews!

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WHEN | The 2015 Glen Lake BBQ and Brew Summer Celebration will be the on the third Saturday in June each year. This year it falls on Saturday June 20th 2015, with a run time from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

WHAT | Glen Arbor area’s annual celebration, saluting the beginning of summer. A gathering of Michigan micro-breweries, BBQ food and other great small plates from local food purveyors. In addition to craft beer, lots of great drink options, non-alcoholic beverages, and a Wine table! There will be Live Entertainment throughout the event, a dining tent to eat, socialize & enjoy the music. This is a family-friendly event located just a short walk from Lake Michigan and your favorite Glen Lake shops, restaurants, galleries and recreation.

WHERE | At the corner of M-22 and Lake Street, in the center of downtown Glen Arbor, Michigan.

1 – 4:00pm will be great music and prize giveaways by The Brew Crew during their onsite live broadcast of ROCK 105 and THE BEAR 98.1. From 4-8pm The Rick Hick’s Band returns from Muskegon to provide a flavorful mix of Blues and Motown.

2:30 – 4:30pm | KIDS ACTIVITIES! The Painted Lady Face Art coming for the kids. Other fun kid/adult games/activities will be available, like Corn Hole + more.

4:30 – 5:30pm | What will you win at the LIVE AUCTION???

• Authenticated M-22 Sign • Weber “Summit” S-240 Gas Grill from Northwoods Hardware
• 30 x 40 Photographic Canvas Print by Life on the 45th Parallel Photography • Charter Fishing Trip for 6 from the Sportsman Shop • 2 Night Condo stay at The Homestead • Dining Packages from Blu, La Becasse, and Trattoria Funistrada • Golf, Dine + Stay at The Homestead
• Recreation Package from Crystal River Outfitters • Leelanau Wine Trail Packages
• Pelz full-day Golf Clinic • Ski Lift Tickets for 4 at Bay Mountain • 2 Nights at The Sylvan Inn & Gift Basket

DELICIOUS BBQ & OTHER FARE | Participating local restaurants and purveyors of fine food from:

Art’s Tavern • Firedog Artisan Pizza • Pleva’s meatsGabe’s meats

Cherry RepublicJoe’s Friendly Tavern Nate’s Best Kettle Corn

DRINKS | Craft beer from various Michigan Micro-breweries in addition to selections at our Wine Table, plus N/A choices from Bay Lavender and the Cherry Republic. Michigan Breweries include:

Bells BreweryBrewery Terra FirmaFounders Brewing CoRight Brain Brewery

New Holland Brewing CoCheyboygan Brewing CoShortsand more!

ADMISSION | Admission is $15 per person, which includes an all-day wrist band and four tickets to use toward the purchase of beverages. Food Vendors will be collecting cash for small or larger plates ranging from $5 to about $8. Children under 12 are FREE, and a reduced rate for youth ages 13-20.

Social Media:

Facebook Page: facebook.com/BBQandBrew

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National Cherry Festival – June 29 – July 6, 2019

National Cherry FestivalJune 30 – July 7, 2018 in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan!

The Grand Traverse region, known for its world-record tart cherry harvest, bursts with visitors eager to savor the flavor of cherries tucked into everything imaginable. Each day Festival goers find cherry delights along with parades, family and kids events and entertainment. In all, there are more than 150 events along the shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay.

The Festival has been named in USA Todays top ten festivals for several years running.

Check out the 2019 schedule of events for more information:

Parades at the National Cherry Festival!


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National Cherry Festival On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the National Cherry Festival Page On Facebook.


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I saw a little parade with the prince and princesses! It was so sweet. All the cars waiting honked horns and waved. ❤️

Good job with the virtual festival. I know it came up quickly, little time to plan. The parade of porches was fun; I saw several of the homes decorated and am amazed at the ingenuity.

Wondering where to find your favorite cherry products all summer long?

You can find our signature items and much more at www.cherryfestival.org
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Wondering where to find your favorite cherry products all summer long? 

You can find our signature items and much more at www.cherryfestival.org

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Picked 3+ quarts of sweets at Jacob's Farm today; eating cherry hamburgers tonight!

Warren Orchards fruit stands on OMP & the cherry pies at Grand Traverse Pie Company. 🍒

We picked some up today from McManus Orchards

We hope you have been enjoying the National Cherry Festival in your own way this week. We know that a huge favorite for those over 21 is the beer tent by the bay! So we thought we would provide a few of our favorite recipes. Don't feel like mixing something up, grab a glass of Bell's Brewery Beer, Michelob ULTRA, Bud Light, or Bud Light Seltzer which would also have been at the beer tent! ... See MoreSee Less

We hope you have been enjoying the National Cherry Festival in your own way this week. We know that a huge favorite for those over 21 is the beer tent by the bay! So we thought we would provide a few of our favorite recipes. Dont feel like mixing something up, grab a glass of Bells Brewery Beer, Michelob ULTRA, Bud Light, or Bud Light Seltzer which would also have been at the beer tent!Image attachmentImage attachment


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The Homestead – Music on the Mountain – Blue Water Ramblers – July 5, 2015

The Blue Water Ramblers sing extraordinary folk music- the folk song of Michigan, America and YOUR life. They perform wherever people want to celebrate: Folk festivals and concerts, paddle wheelers and lake ships, in cities and out in the woods, on stages and around campfires, at church gatherings and traditional dances.

The Blue Water Ramblers’ repertoire comes right out of our Michigan life experiences and the history of the Great Lakes region. It includes lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmers’ paeans, Michigan humor, ’60s civil rights and protest music, love songs, gospel music and children’s ditties. Everyone agrees that these combine into a versatile repertoire to the delight and entertainment of their audiences. “I think my hero, Woody Guthrie, would approve,” opined Banjo-Jim. “We’re singing the people’s songs about the people’s lives and they can join right in and sing along.”

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door

To purchase tickets, call 231.334.5100 or visit mynorthtickets.com

Music on the Mountain concert series presents The Blue Water Ramblers.

Sunday, July 5th, 2015 on Bay Mountain

Concert: 7pm to 9pm

Transportation and Happy Hour (cash bar): 6pm to 7pm


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