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Mackinaw & Northern Michigan Calendar of Events 2012

Mackinaw & Northern Michigan Calendar of Events for 2012, sponsored and provided by Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping.
office@CampMackinaw.com
(231) 436-5584

Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping presents the
Mackinaw and Upper Michigan Area Calendar of Events 2012

Please confirm events before planning to travel! Events listed are for Northern Michigan, the Mackinaw City Area and the Mackinaw Island Area.

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January

Saturday, January 7, 2012
13th Annual Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race - Newberry, Michigan

Hosted by the Rainbow Lodge. For more information, visit www.tcsdr.org
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Seminar: Climate Change and Lake Levels - Suttons Bay, Michigan

7-8pm
Inland Seas Education Center, 100 Dame Street, Suttons Bay, MI. The Inland Seas Education Association will present a seminar that focuses on the changing water levels in the Great Lakes and how that is related to Global Climate Change at 7:00 pm on Tuesday January 10th, at the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay. The program will be presented by Drew Gronewold, a Hydrologist and Physical Scientist from NOAA. This seminar is free and open to the public.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Thursday, January 19-22, 2012
Winterfest - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Winter Carnival
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, January 21, 2012
Mackinaw Pepsi International Outhouse Race - Mackinaw City, Michigan

At Shepler’s parking lot across from the Dixie Saloon.
Info provided by: www.mackinawouthouserace.com
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Saturday, January 21, 2012
Audie’s Black Tie Scholarship Ball - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, January 21, 2012
The Blessing of the Snowmobiles and Radar Run - Paradise, Michigan

For more information, visit www.paradiseareanightriders.com
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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February

Wednesday, February 1-28, 2012
Ice Spearing Contest - Carp Lake, Michigan

Sponsored by the Friends of Paradise Lake.
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, February 4-5, 2012
Mackinaw Mush - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Weather dependent.
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, February 4, 2012
I-500 Snowmobile Race - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, February 11, 2012
Paradise Lake Ice Fishing Tournament - Carp Lake, Michigan

Weather dependent.
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Seminar: Save the Sturgeon - Suttons Bay, Michigan

7-8pm
Inland Seas Education Center, 100 Dame Street, Suttons Bay, MI. The Inland Seas Education Association will present a seminar that focuses on the research being done on sturgeon and the stewardship plan that protects them at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February, 14th, at the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay. The program will be presented by Marty Holtgren, the Senior Inland Fisheries Biologist with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. A screening of a short documentary will precede Marty’s presentation. This seminar is free and open to the public.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Friday, February 17-18, 2012
Mardi Gras de Snow - Paradise, Michigan

A Snowmobile Festival of Games and Races for the whole family! For more information, please visit www.paradiseareanightriders.com
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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Friday, February 17-19, 2012
U.P. Pond Hockey Championship - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Sunday, February 20-26, 2012
WISSA - World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, February 25, 2012
Broomball Tournament - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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March

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Cabin Fever Dinner - Mackinaw City, Michigan

By the Historical Society.
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Seminar: New Sea Lamprey Barrier Methods - Suttons Bay, Michigan

7-8pm
Inland Seas Education Center, 100 Dame Street, Suttons Bay, MI. The Inland Seas Education Association will present a seminar that focuses on new sea lamprey barrier methods at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 13th, at the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay. The program will be presented by Michael Wagner, Assistant Professor and PERM Scientist at MSU. This seminar is free and open to the public.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Maple Sugaring Day - Paradise, Michigan

10am-4pm
Maple Sugaring Days. Join park staff and local enthusiasts to take part in seeing how sap is transformed into maple syrup!
10am-4pm at Tahquamenon Falls State Park (Upper Falls). For more information, call Theresa Neal at (906) 492-3415 or visit us on the web at : www.paradisemichigan.org
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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April

Friday, April 13-14, 2012
Home Show & Spring Expo - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Monday, April 16-21, 2012
Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program "International Dark Sky Week" - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, April 27-29, 2012
Spring Fling - Paradise, Michigan

Birding Programs and Banquet
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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May

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Opening Day for Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park & Colonial Michilimackinac - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Annual Kid’s Fishing Day - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce Annual Community Breakfast - Mackinaw City, Michigan

M. Reception & Conference Center (St. Anthony’s)
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Opening Day for Fort Mackinac - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, May 5, 2012
Tent Event Auction - Mackinaw City, Michigan

At the Mackinaw Crossings Mall.
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, May 5, 2012
Opening Day for Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, May 5, 2012
Cheboygan Area Business Expo & Taste of Straits - Cheboygan, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Business After Hours - Mackinaw City, Michigan

5-7pm at Depot Restaurant in Mackinaw Crossings.
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Spring Show - Paradise, Michigan

6-9pm
Showcase of Area Business and Services with Guest Speakers and refreshments. 6-9pm at the Whitefish Township Community Center. Sponsor: Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce.
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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Friday, May 11-12, 2012
Monster Truck Show - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Mackinaw Crossings Mall
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, May 11-13, 2012
Troop Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Weekend dedicated to Girl Scouting
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, May 12, 2012
Plant Week Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
Come join us on-board Schooner Inland Seas for a Great Lakes science education sail!! During this program you will become scientists and assist with the collection and analysis of samples. We will be discussing the impacts of non-native and invasive species on the Great Lakes ecosystem. This sail is FREE, the suggested donation is $20.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Emily Shaw at Inland Seas to reserve your spot.
231.271.3077 or eshaw@schoolship.org.

This sail is made possible by the Invasive Species Network, a regional network dedicated to educating the public about invasive species.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Friday, May 18, 2012
Presentation: Lighthouses of the Shipwreck Coast - Paradise, Michigan

7pm
Featuring Shipwreck Museum Operations Manager Bruce Lynn
Info provided by: www.shipwreckmuseum.com
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Friday, May 18-20, 2012
Zoo-De-Mac Bike Race - Harbor Springs to Mackinac Island, Michigan

7pm
Featuring Shipwreck Museum Operations Manager Bruce Lynn
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Opening day McGulpin Point Lighthouse - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Zoo-De-Mac Finish Line Party - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Depot Restaurant in Mackinaw Crossings Mall.
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, May 26, 2012
9th Annual Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Run - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Memorial Day Parade & Fireworks - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1pm Parade
Fireworks at Duskby MAVB
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Paradise Community Yard Sale - Paradise, Michigan

10am-5pm
Maps available at Paradise businesses. Some yard sales may be open on Friday, May 25. Sponsor: Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce.
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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Saturday, May 26-27, 2012
Native American Festival - St. Ignace, Michigan

Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, May 26-28, 2012
Colonial Michilimackinac Pageant 50th Anniversary - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Monday, May 28, 2012
Memorial Day Observance - Mackinaw City, Michigan

10am
Marina Lawn to Cemetery - American Legion
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Monday, May 28, 2012
Memorial Day Service - Carp Lake, Michigan

Sponsored by the Paradise Lake Association
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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June

Friday, June 1-3, 2012
Diva Days - Viva La Mackinaw! Red Hat Getaway - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Trailhead Opening Day - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Hike Between Da Falls - Paradise, Michigan

Take the free shuttle at the Lower Tahquamenon Falls State Park, bringing hikers to the Upper Falls to hike the four-mile River Trail (906) 492-3415.For more infor visit: www.mi.gov/dnr
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Tall Ship Birding Cruise to Gull Island - Suttons Bay, Michigan

Join birding experts as we take a close look at the ruins of Ustick Cottage and the gulls, terns and cormorants nesting on Gull Island. Due to the sensitive habitat of the island, we will not be going ashore.

The program is offered for adults only at a cost of $55 a peroson, which include lunch. The schooner will leave from and return to Suttons Bay. The cruise is limited to 25 people, so call 231-271-3077 today to register!
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program "Venus Transit" - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Governor’s Summer Residence Tours - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island State Park
Located at the corner of Fort Street and Huron. Tours start between 9:30am - 11:30am. Constructed in 1902 as a private summer cottage, this residence has served as weekend getaways for Michigan governors since July 1945. (The nearby Major’s Quarters was used as the official "Governor’s Cottage" between 1935 and 1945.) Every Wednesday between mid-June and mid-August, the governor’s summer residence is open to the public between 9:30am - 11:30am for a guided tour. Free to the public No reservations required.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Friday, June 8, 2012
Presentation: 1812: War and Shipwreck on the Upper Great Lakes - Paradise, Michigan

7pm
Featuring GLSHS President and author, James Spurr.
Info provided by: www.shipwreckmuseum.com
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Friday, June 8-9, 2012
Mackinaw Crossings Rockin Ribs Competition - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, June 8-17, 2012
63rd Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival - Mackinaw Island, Michigan

Week long festivities commemorate these flowering shrubs, some of which are over 200 years old. Daily events, hayrides, music and dancing, fireworks. Grand Parade on June 17th.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, June 9, 2012
St. Ignace Downtown Garage Sales - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, June 9-10, 2012
Big Mac Spring Shoreline Scenic Bike Tour & Sunday Ride Across Mackinac Bridge - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, June 9, 2012
St. Ignace Downtown Garage Sales - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, June 9-10, 2012
Michigan Free Fishing Weekend - Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Governor’s Summer Residence Tours - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island State Park
Located at the corner of Fort Street and Huron. Tours start between 9:30am - 11:30am. Constructed in 1902 as a private summer cottage, this residence has served as weekend getaways for Michigan governors since July 1945. (The nearby Major’s Quarters was used as the official "Governor’s Cottage" between 1935 and 1945.) Every Wednesday between mid-June and mid-August, the governor’s summer residence is open to the public between 9:30am - 11:30am for a guided tour. Free to the public No reservations required.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

2-5pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

2-5pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Saturday, June 16, 2012
DeTour Reef Lighthouse Tour Program - Drummond Island, Michigan

Departure times are 11:30am and 2:00pm
For those people who love to visit lighthouses, a tour of the DeTour Reef Lighthouse is indeed an outstanding experience. It is rare that lighthouse lovers get to visit an offshore lighthouse let alone one that isnot on an island but rather is built on a 60' by 60' crib sitting about one mile offshore in 24' of water and is still an active aid to navigation. Tours depart from Fort Drummond Marine, located on Drummond Island. Cost per person is $75 for DRLPS members and $95 for nonmembers. For more info visit us at www.drlps.com/visit/Tours.aspx
Info provided by: www.drpls.com
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Saturday, June 16, 2012
Mackinaw Crossings Mall Sweet 16 Celebration - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, June 16, 2012
Bark in the Park - St. Ignace, Michigan

American Legion Memorial Park
Registration fee of $15 includes t-shirt for yourself, and a bandana for your best friend! Bring your favorite 4-legged friend (dogs only) and join us as we celebrate all things 'dog'!
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, June 16, 2012
Bass Tournament - Carp Lake, Michigan

Sponsored by the Paradise Lake Association
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Sunday, June 17, 2012
63rd Annual Lilac Festival Parade - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Sunday, June 17, 2012
15th Annual Father’s Day St. Mary’s River Cruise - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

9:45am-6pm
The DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society is proud to present the 15th Annual Father’s Day River Cruise on the St. Mary's River. The cruise is operated by Soo Locks Boat Tours from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and provides a comprehensive, narrated tour of the St. Mary’s River. Along the tour you’ll get to see the DeTour Reef Lighthouse up close and conclude the tour with a trip through the historic Soo Locks.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17, 2012. The cost of the trip is $95 per person. Your trip will include the narrated tour, breakfast buffet, lunch and a chance to win door prizes. Soo Locks Boat Tours will also be providing a cash bar. A portion of your ticket price is tax deductible, and all profits will be used for restoration and preservation efforts of the DeTour Reef Lighthouse.

Boarding begins at 9:45 at the DeTour Ferry Dock with departure at 10:05am. The boat tour concludes at Soo Locks Boat Tours Dock #2.

A bus will leave Dock #2 at 8:15am to take you to the DeTour Ferry Dock or, if you park your car in DeTour, a bus will transport you back to DeTour Village, arriving at approximately 6pm.

Treat Dad right this year with a trip on the historic St. Mary’s River, the Soo Locks and the DeTour Reef Lighthouse!

For question and more details, please email Rivercruise@drlps.com
Info provided by: www.drlps.com
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Astronomy Under Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9pm-11:45pm
Ever gaze-up at the night sky and wonder which constellations you see? On the Astronomy Under Sail trip, we will set sail on Suttons Bay before sunset and get away from the shore lights for a clear view of the night sky. During the evening, astronomer Dick Cookman will help you identify constellations and explain the legends behind their names. In addition to the star gazing, you will become the unofficial "crew" of Inland Seas, as you work the halyards and sheets to get us under sail.

The program is designed for adults, with a cost of $45/person. This program is limited to 25 participants, so sign-up early (this is our most popular adult offering).

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolsail.org
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Governor’s Summer Residence Tours - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island State Park
Located at the corner of Fort Street and Huron. Tours start between 9:30am - 11:30am. Constructed in 1902 as a private summer cottage, this residence has served as weekend getaways for Michigan governors since July 1945. (The nearby Major’s Quarters was used as the official "Governor’s Cottage" between 1935 and 1945.) Every Wednesday between mid-June and mid-August, the governor’s summer residence is open to the public between 9:30am - 11:30am for a guided tour. Free to the public No reservations required.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Nordic Tugboat Rendezvous - St. Ignace, Michigan

St. Ignace City Marina
The Great Lakes Area Nordic Tug Owners Association (GLANTOA) is once again conducting a Nordic Tugboat Rendezvous. Once again, this year’s destination is the St. Ignace Municipal Marina in beautiful St. Ignace, MI! Boats will begin arriving on Thursday, June 21st, and will depart on Sunday, June 24th. The arrival of the Nordic Tugboats will coincide with the beginning of the Antiques on the Bay Car Show. Boats will be coming from ports as far away as Chicago, Illinois, and Cleveland, Ohio.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, June 22-23, 2012
Antiques on the Bay Classic & Antique Car Show - St. Ignace, Michigan

Friday - Registration & Mackinac Bridge Rally
Saturday - Vehicles on Display
The first of three auto-related events, this show features original and restored classic and antique vehicles on display along the downtown waterfront. Must be all original vehicles 1987 and older. Period clothing, entertainment, and a Mackinac Bridge rally all add to the festivities.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, June 22, 2012
Making the Great Lakes Great - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique opportunity to experience the Great Lakes as you become a scientist for the day. You will gain an understanding of the health of the Great Lakes and how it is determined, as well as issues that face the Great Lakes and the plans to address these issues. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in partnership with Grand Valley State’s Annis Water Resources Institute, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, and BaySail. This program is free and open to ages 7 and up.

If you have questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Friday, June 22, 2012
Astronomy Under Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9pm-11:45pm
Ever gaze-up at the night sky and wonder which constellations you see? On the Astronomy Under Sail trip, we will set sail on Suttons Bay before sunset and get away from the shore lights for a clear view of the night sky. During the evening, astronomer Dick Cookman will help you identify constellations and explain the legends behind their names. In addition to the star gazing, you will become the unofficial "crew" of Inland Seas, as you work the halyards and sheets to get us under sail.

The program is designed for adults, with a cost of $45/person. This program is limited to 25 participants, so sign-up early (this is our most popular adult offering).

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolsail.org
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Friday, June 22, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Friday, June 22, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1:30pm-4:30pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Friday, June 22-24, 2012
Summerfest - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Mackinaw Crossings Mall
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, June 23-24, 2012
Fine Arts & Craft Show - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Music in Mackinaw, 2012 Concert Series - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Conkling Heritage Park.

The Four Man Fishin’ Tackle Choir
This group is the country’s premier sportsman’s quartet. Their brand of up north humor has allowed them to "worm"
their way into the hearts of audiences all across the United Sates and Canada.

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park.
Subject to change without notice.

Saturday, June 23 - The Four Man Fishin’ Tackle Choir
Saturday, June 30 - The Genesee Valley Concert Band
Tuesday, July 3 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 7 - The Low Road Ramblers
Tuesday, July 10 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, July 17 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 21 - Sister Wilene
Tuesday, July 24 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 28 - The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
Tuesday, July 31 - Straits Area Concert Band
Friday, August 3 - Dance North
Saturday, August 4 - 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music
Tuesday, August 7 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, June 23, 2012
The Great Race - St. Ignace, Michigan

1pm in Downtown St. Ignace
The Great Race, the world’s premiers old car rally, is a cross-country rally that pits driver/navigator teams against the clock and against each other. This year’s event will be around the Great Lakes, covering 19 cities, 2 countries and 4 states. Entrants will participate in a timed, controlled-speed, endurance competition over scenic public highways and roads. The scores for each team are the result of a team’s ability to follow all designated course instructions precisely.

The event, which starts in Traverse City, Michigan, and circles the Great Lakes through Canada before finishing in Dearborn, Michigan, is free to the public and will last for several hours beginning around 1pm.

St. Ignace is the first stop on the nine-day international trek. It will begin in Traverse City that morning and stop in Sault Ste. Marie overnight before heading into Canada for four days.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1:30pm-4:30pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Sunday, June 24-28, 2012
Lake Superior Islands Excursions - Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

This incredible lighthouse adventure begins on the morning of Monday, June 25 as we board the 100-foot vessel KEWEENAW STAR in Sault Ste Marie. Over the following four days, we will make our way from the Soo across the southern shore of ake Superior, staying two nights in Marquette and one night in Hancock. Along the way we will obtain close-up water views of 32 lighthouses, including the difficult to see lights at Manitou, Gull Rock, Grand Island North, Stannard Rock, Huron Island, Granite Island, Caribou Island and Ile Parisienne. The price for this amazing excursion for GLLKA members is only $1,360.00 per person double occupancy, and $1,575.00 per person single occupancy. This price includes all hotels, meals and transportation from Sunday afternoon through breakfast on Friday morning. Non GLLKA members will need to add $40.00 for a 1-year individual membership or $55.00 for a 1- year family membership in order to participate. To register, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Making the Great Lakes Great - Traverse City, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique opportunity to experience the Great Lakes as you become a scientist for the day. You will gain an understanding of the health of the Great Lakes and how it is determined, as well as issues that face the Great Lakes and the plans to address these issues. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in partnership with Grand Valley State’s Annis Water Resources Institute, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, and BaySail. This program is free and open to ages 7 and up.

If you have questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Special EXTENDED Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1:30pm-5pm
In addition to the lighthouses you see on our standard Lake Huron cruise, on a Shepler’s Extended Eastbound Lighthouse Cruise you’ll be treated to a chance to see the elusive Spectacle Reef Lighthouse. This lighthouse may only be viewed up-close from a boat and the cruise allows you unbelievable photo opportunities of this remarkable lighthouse. The cruise is four hours long. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruse is $68.00 per person, children 5-12 years - $39.25, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Governor’s Summer Residence Tours - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island State Park
Located at the corner of Fort Street and Huron. Tours start between 9:30am - 11:30am. Constructed in 1902 as a private summer cottage, this residence has served as weekend getaways for Michigan governors since July 1945. (The nearby Major’s Quarters was used as the official "Governor’s Cottage" between 1935 and 1945.) Every Wednesday between mid-June and mid-August, the governor’s summer residence is open to the public between 9:30am - 11:30am for a guided tour. Free to the public No reservations required.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Special EXTENDED Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1:30pm-5pm
In addition to the lighthouses you see on our standard Westbound cruise, you’ll be treated to a chance to get an up-close glimpse of Skillagalee Lighthouse, where you will be able to take some wonderful photos from a great vantage point on board this cruise. The cruise is 3.5 hours long. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the crise. Cruise direction could change due to severe weather. The cost is $61.00 for adults, and $35 for Children (5-12 years), with children under 5 years riding free, and includes a boxed lunch and soft drink for all guest. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Thursday, June 28-30, 2012
St. Ignace Car Show Weekend - St. Ignace, Michigan

28th - Kewadin Casino Cruise Night
29th - Down Memory Lane Parade
30th - Straits Area Antique Auto Show - Vehicles on Display

One of the largest all-make, all-model shows in the country! Hundreds of antique, custom, and celebrity automobiles take part in this internationally acclaimed event. Parades, cruises, awards, and more!

Guest of Honor at the 2012 car show is "Top Hat" John, Joseph Jendza III. "Top Hat" is a well known local specialty automotive historian and enthusiast car collector. He is a member and 2nd time elected (current) Director of the Henry M. Leland Chapter of the Society of Automotive Historians, hosts classic car shows, has hosted and produced 200-plus automotive cable television shows and supplies investors, collectors, enthusiasts and insurance companies with appraisal services for insurance and investment requirements.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Maritime History Under Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

6pm-9pm
The cost is $55/adult, this includes dinner aboard the schooner. On the Maritime History Under Sail program you will discover the rich maritime heritage of Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Omena, and Peshawbestown on a 3-hour evening sail aboard the schooner Inland Seas. Along with the ship’s crew, guest faculty will present local history as seen from the deck of our schooner. Dinner will be served while underway. This program is highly rated by past participants.

This History Under Sail program honors the memory of Claudia Goudschaal and her life-long dedication to Great Lakes heritage.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Friday, June 29, 2012
St. Ignace Car Show Parade - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, June 29, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Friday, June 29, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Music in Mackinaw, 2012 Concert Series - Mackinaw City, Michigan

The Genesee Valley Concert Band
Formed in 1996 as a summer concert band and outreach of the Flint Symphonic Wind Ensemble, this group of 48 or so musicians performs programs that include marches, Broadway tunes, well-known bam burners, novelty numbers, patriotic pieces, and songs from a variety of sources.

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park. Subject to change without notice.

Saturday, June 30 - The Genesee Valley Concert Band
Tuesday, July 3 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 7 - The Low Road Ramblers
Tuesday, July 10 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, July 17 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 21 - Sister Wilene
Tuesday, July 24 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 28 - The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
Tuesday, July 31 - Straits Area Concert Band
Friday, August 3 - Dance North
Saturday, August 4 - 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music
Tuesday, August 7 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Mud Run - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Summer Day in Paradise - Carp Lake and Paradise Lake, Michigan

Sponsored by the Paradise Lake Association
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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July

Sunday, July 1, 2012
Canada Day - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Mackinaw Crossings Mall
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Sunday, July 1, 2012
Outdoor Movies by the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

American Legion Memorial Park
American Legion Park, on the bay in St. Ignace, will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater every Sunday evening from July 1 through September 2. Enjoy the fireworks on Saturday nights, and stay for the movies on Sunday! Come one, come all to our free family-friendly "Movies by the Bay" this summer in St. Ignace! Free popcorn! Other concessions will be available for purchase.

2012 movie schedule:
July 1 - Kung Fu Panda 2
July 8 - Zookeeper
July 15 - Puss in Boots
July 22 - Dolphin Tale
July 29 - Rio
August 5 - The Muppets
August 12 - Cool Runnings
August 19 - The Adventures of Tin Tin
August 26 - We Bought a Zoo
September 2 - Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax!

So pack up the kids, grab your chairs and blankets, and come enjoy an outdoor movie alongside beautiful Lake Huron!
Outdoor Movies by the Bay is being sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Monday, July 2, 2012
Star Line Sunset on the Straits Cruise - St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, Michigan

Monday Evenings July 2 - August 13
July 2, 9, 16, 23 - 8pm St. Ignace departure & 8:30pm Mackinac Island departure
July 30 & August 1, 6, 13 - 7:30pm St. Ignace departure & 8pm Mackinac Island depart.
Come Cruise with us. Take a one and a half hour Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Sunset Cruise on Monday evenings throughout the summer season. The Sunset Cruise navigates through the Straits of Mackinac and includes a narrated tour near the Round Island Lighthouse near Mackinac Island, the Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse and Colonial Michilimackinac along the shore of Mackinaw City and a view of the spectacular Lake Michigan sunset under the Mackinac Bridge. Refreshments will be available to purchase during the cruise.
For reservations call 1-800-638-9892
Info provided by: www.mackinacferry.com
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Monday, July 2, 2012
The St. Helena Island Experience - Mackinaw City, Michigan

9am-4pm
Travel to beautiful St. Helena Island, six miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, for an all-day tour of its restores lighthouse compound. The cruise departs Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock at 9:00am, returns around 4:00 pm and includes lunch on the island. As you pass under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, you will soon go back in time to 1912. On the horizon, the tall white tower of the ST. Helena Light Station will appear. Shortly, the boat will be moored off shore and we will transport you to the dock aboard a motor-driven dinghy. You will be given a tour of the keeper’s dwelling and grounds before the lunch bell rings and your historic lunch is served in the boathouse. After the meal you will have time to explore, hike the beach, climb the tower, or just relax in a lawn chair and watch the freighters pass by. Cost for GLLKA members is $80.00 per person. Non-members will need to add $40 for a 1-year individual membership or $55 for a 1-year family membership. To register, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Monday, July 2, 2012
Presentation: The Wreck of the Daniel J. Morrell - Paradise, Michigan

7pm
Featuring Morrell sole survivor and author Dennis Hale.
Info provided by: www.shipwreckmuseum.com
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Monday, July 2, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Monday, July 2, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1pm-4pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Live at the Pavilion Wine & Beer Tasting - St. Ignace, Michigan

5pm-7pm
The Pavilion, 180 N. State St.
Local businesses will prepare hors d’oeuvres, and live music provided by local artisans. Samplings from local, national and international wineries. The $7.00 admission includes six 1-ounce tastings of wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Tuesdays in July and August
July 3
July 10
July 17
July 24
July 31
August 7
August 14
August 21
August 28

Sponsored by the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with The Winery.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Tuesday, July 3
Friday, July 6
Saturday, July 7
Tuesday, July 10
Friday, July 13
Saturday, July 14
Tuesday, July 17
Friday, July 20
Saturday, July 21
Tuesday, July 24
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
Tuesday, July 31
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park. Subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, July 3 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 7 - The Low Road Ramblers
Tuesday, July 10 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, July 17 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 21 - Sister Wilene
Tuesday, July 24 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 28 - The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
Tuesday, July 31 - Straits Area Concert Band
Friday, August 3 - Dance North
Saturday, August 4 - 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music
Tuesday, August 7 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Fourth of July - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Celebrate an all American 4th of July in Mackinaw City

Scheduled Events:
1-3pm Enjoy games on the Marina Lawn (fun for all ages)
9pm-dusk Straits Area Concert Band to perform at Conkling Heritage Park
At Dusk - the largest fireworks display in Northern Michigan (shot off over the bay)

Location: Conkling Heritage Park, Mackinaw Crossings, Marina Lawn
Contact Information: Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau
E-mail: info@mackinawcity.com
Phone: 231-436-5664 or 1-800-666-0160
Info provided by: www.mackinawcity.com
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise - Mackinac Island, Michigan

9:30pm
Enjoy the 4th of July aboard one of our ships, enjoying the splendor of the 4th of July fireworks performance!

Rates - Adults (13 and up) $20, Child (5-12) $10, 4 and under Free

Come join us for an evening of FUN!
-Soft drinks and snacks will be available
-Cruise will last approximately 1½ - 2 hours
-Watch the fireworks from the deck of our boat as they are launched from Mackinac Island and St. Ignace.
-Please call 1-800-638-9892 to reserve your seat.

Cruise will go as scheduled unless prohibited due to weather.
Info provided by: www.mackinacferry.com
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Waterfront Events & Fireworks - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Star Spangled Fourth of July - Mackinac Island, Michigan

2pm & 7pm
Fort Mackinac
The historic island fort is decked out in patriotic finery with banners, flags and bunting. It is an 1880’s Independence Day, with 38-gun salutes honoring the states of the period, performances of patriotic music, and Victorian children’s games. Guests join the party and participate in Victorian dances and games on the fort parade ground. No additional admission charge for this special event above standard Fort Mackinac admission rates.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
An American Picnic - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Checkered red and white tablecloths spread on the grass of Fort Mackinac’s parade grounds create a patchwork quilt welcoming hungry patriots with Grand Hotel’s all-you-can-eat tangy BBQ baby back ribs, grilled chicken breasts, hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey burgers, corn on the cob, and a slew of salads, fixings and desserts. Stay for the fireworks!

Advance tickets purchased before 6p, July 4 include picnic and Fort Mackinac admission:
Adults $45, Youth (5-17) $30, Children 4 and under - Free

Tickets purchased after 6pm, July 4 include picnic and Fort Mackinac admission:
Adults $55.50, Youth (5-17) $30, Children 4 and under - Free

Mackinac Associates tickets purchased anytime include picnic and Fort Mackinac admission:
Adults $34.50, Youth $16.50, Children 4 and under - Free
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Mackinaw City Women’s Club Strawberry Social - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Marina Lawn
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Pancake Breakfast - Paradise, Michigan

7am-11am
Whitefish Township Community Center PARADE
PARADE 1pm in Downtown Paradise
GAMES 3-5pm at Whitefish Township School Grounds
FIREWORKS at dusk behind the Whitefish Twonship Community Center and over Whitefish Bay.
Sponsors: Paradise Area EMS and Whitefish Township
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Governor’s Summer Residence Tours - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island State Park
Located at the corner of Fort Street and Huron. Tours start between 9:30am - 11:30am. Constructed in 1902 as a private summer cottage, this residence has served as weekend getaways for Michigan governors since July 1945. (The nearby Major’s Quarters was used as the official "Governor’s Cottage" between 1935 and 1945.) Every Wednesday between mid-June and mid-August, the governor’s summer residence is open to the public between 9:30am - 11:30am for a guided tour. Free to the public No reservations required.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Locals on the Bay Free Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Enjoy FREE waterfront entertainment by local musicians during an evening performace on the shores of Lake Huron, marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace. Donations accepted.

2012 schedule of performers is:
July 4 - Elastic Waist Band, Classic Rock
July 11 - Charlie Reager, Acoustic with Harmonica, Classics & Originals
July 18 - Donny Hartman, Variety of Blues to 70s & Originals
July 25 - Michelle Chenard, Singer, Songwrite, Folk, Rock
August 1 - Springsteen Brothers, Rock & Country
August 8 - Jim Bishop, Swingin’ Oldies
August 15 - Jas’Mai, Classic & Original Tunes
August 22 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
August 29 - Cedar Straits, Acoustic
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Thursday, July 5, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Thursday, July 5, 2012
Bayside Live! Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Bands, folksingers and comedians entertain and amuse the audience during free evening performances on the shore of Lake Huron, new marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace.

The weather’s going to be beautiful - what better way to spend your evening than by listening to great music while enjoying the beauty of a Great Lake!

2012 schedule of performers is:
July 5 - Saint of Steel, La Salle High School Steel Drum Band
July 12 - Bishop-Davidson, Jazzbo Acoustic Folk with Tabasco
July 19 - Blue Water Ramblers, michigan humor, love songs, gospel & children’s ditties
July 26 - Petoskey Steel Drum Band, Sounds of the Islands
August 2 - Conga Se Menne, Finnish Reggae
August 9 - Boogie 2 Shooz, Jazz, Blues and Spirited Latin
August 16 - Joe, Chris & Ben, Acoustic trio with a lot of harmonies!
August 23 - Jody Gaskin, Contemporary Native American Music
August 30 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Thursday, July 5, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Friday, July 6, 2012
Fab Friday! - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-9pm
This fun-filled evening will have something for everyone! As you stroll along the streets in downtown St. Ignace, you will see a variety of activities to watch and/or participate in.

The museum of Ojibwa Culture will have a historic walking tour and Native American drumming and singing, while City Hall and Colonial House Inn will have music to draw you in!

You can also enjoy music at Fort de Buade Indian Museum, or check out the display of wild animal tracks, or show off your singing skills withKaraoke across from B.C. Pizza. Be sure to watch out for "Pizzarelli" the crossing guard, who will make sure you cross the street safely! Walk the runway at Runway Fashions! Enjoy kid’s games and balloon art at The Pavilion! Or the bounce house and face painting in front of the First National Bank.

Fridays in July and August

Event Dates:
July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27
August 3
August 10
August 17
August 24
August 31

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casino.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, July 6, 2012
Straits of Mackinac Vesper Cruise - St. Ignace, MichiganFab Friday! - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm
Arnold Transit Company, 800-542-8528 www.arnoldline.com
Enjoy spiritual music and peaceful meditations aboard an evening cruise through the Straits of Mackinac. Boat will leave from the Arnold Line Dock #1 in St. Ignace.

Event Dates:
July 6
July 13
July 20
July 27
August 3
August 10
Info provided by: www.festivalandfireworks.com
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Friday, July 6, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Friday, July 6
Saturday, July 7
Tuesday, July 10
Friday, July 13
Saturday, July 14
Tuesday, July 17
Friday, July 20
Saturday, July 21
Tuesday, July 24
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
Tuesday, July 31
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, July 6, 2012
The St. Helena Island Experience - Mackinaw City, Michigan

9am-4pm
Travel to beautiful St. Helena Island, six miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, for an all-day tour of its restores lighthouse compound. The cruise departs Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock at 9:00am, returns around 4:00 pm and includes lunch on the island. As you pass under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, you will soon go back in time to 1912. On the horizon, the tall white tower of the ST. Helena Light Station will appear. Shortly, the boat will be moored off shore and we will transport you to the dock aboard a motor-driven dinghy. You will be given a tour of the keeper’s dwelling and grounds before the lunch bell rings and your historic lunch is served in the boathouse. After the meal you will have time to explore, hike the beach, climb the tower, or just relax in a lawn chair and watch the freighters pass by. Cost for GLLKA members is $80.00 per person. Non-members will need to add $40 for a 1-year individual membership or $55 for a 1-year family membership. To register, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Friday, July 6, 2012
Evening Under the Stars - Drummond Island, Michigan

6pm
Every year since its founding in 1998, the DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society has sponsored a benefit dinner to raise funds to help with the preservation of the DeTour Reef Lighthouse. In 2000, the dinner was moved outdoors on the shore of picturesque Potagannissing Bay on the north side of Drummond Island adjacent to the Bayside Restaurant at the Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center when it became named Evening Under the Stars.

The 13th annual Evening Under the Stars benefit event will be held on Friday, July 6, 2012 at the Bayside Restaurant waterfront beginning at 6:00pm. The full program includes cocktails, fabulous hors d’oeuvres, delicious dinner, talented live music and some unique auction items. The dress is dressy resort wear (business casual) and reservations are requested by June 22. The cost for this elegant, popular fundraiser is $125 per person and a portion of the ticket cost is tax deductible as allowed by law. For reservations or additional information, please contact chairperson Jeri Baron Feltner by email at starsevent@drlps.com or by phone at 313-268-6846.
Info provided by: www.drlps.com
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Friday, July 6, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Saturday, July 7, 2012
Ghastly Mackinac - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Fort Mackinac
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Saturday, July 7, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Saturday, July 7
Tuesday, July 10
Friday, July 13
Saturday, July 14
Tuesday, July 17
Friday, July 20
Saturday, July 21
Tuesday, July 24
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
Tuesday, July 31
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, July 7, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

2pm-5pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Saturday, July 7, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

The Low Road Ramblers
Two married couples: the merging of four northern Michigan artists, each with a lengthy pedigree of performing in a multitude o Michigan bands over the last 40 years, create a deep well of old country roots music experience, playing Old Time Dance Band, Old Country, Honky Tonk, Hillbilly Blues and American Folk Music in the same soulful style as the great American Innovators.

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park. Subject to change without notice.

Saturday, July 7 - The Low Road Ramblers
Tuesday, July 10 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, July 17 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 21 - Sister Wilene
Tuesday, July 24 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 28 - The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
Tuesday, July 31 - Straits Area Concert Band
Friday, August 3 - Dance North
Saturday, August 4 - 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music
Tuesday, August 7 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, July 7, 2012
Fireworks Over the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

10pm
Moran Bay
Come and enjoy the fireworks over the bay in downtown St. Ignace! Saturdays in St. Ignace have gotten better! Every Saturday night from July 7 through September 1st, fireworks will decorate the sky over Moran Bay. Visitors can enjoy the display from the Huron Boardwalk, area restaurants and motels, or even just strolling through the business district. Saturdays at 10pm, come and join us in St. Ignace, Michigan!

Event Dates:
July 7
July 14
July 21
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Sunday, July 8, 2012
Outdoor Movies by the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

American Legion Memorial Park
American Legion Park, on the bay in St. Ignace, will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater every Sunday evening from July 1 through September 2. Enjoy the fireworks on Saturday nights, and stay for the movies on Sunday! Come one, come all to our free family-friendly "Movies by the Bay" this summer in St. Ignace! Free popcorn! Other concessions will be available for purchase.

2012 movie schedule:
July 8 - Zookeeper
July 15 - Puss in Boots
July 22 - Dolphin Tale
July 29 - Rio
August 5 - The Muppets
August 12 - Cool Runnings
August 19 - The Adventures of Tin Tin
August 26 - We Bought a Zoo
September 2 - Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax!

So pack up the kids, grab your chairs and blankets, and come enjoy an outdoor movie alongside beautiful Lake Huron!
Outdoor Movies by the Bay is being sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Monday, July 9-13, 2012
Great Lakes Maritime Education Workshop - St. Helena Island, Michigan

Step back in time to a simpler life on uninhabited St. Helena Island. Participants will be immersed in the life and times of Great Lakes lighthouse keepers, including history, culture, and songs. Educators and youth leaders will sleep in the lighthouse bedrooms, cook with each other in the summer kitchen, and keep watch on the lantern deck as lighthouse families did 100 years ago. Activity classes, all based on the Michigan State Standards, offer the participant a means to integrate real world Great Lakes concepts into their classrooms. Some examples of these activities include topographical mapping, lens/prism and sound technology, use of primary reference materials, storytelling, journal entry and decision making, to name just a few. Full cost to put on each workshop is $800 per person, however, the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association will subsidize the majority of the cost, including boat transportation out of Mackinaw City, Michigan, to and from St. Helena Island. The workshop fee is $275.00, which partially pays for educational materials, food, housing at the 1873 historic light station, and a personal membership in the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. Placement in the workshop will be on a first come- first serve basis. While the program is geared towards teachers, it is open to anyone with an interest in maritime history. The workshop size is limited to 12 to 15 participants. If you have any questions, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Monday, July 9, 2012
Star Line Sunset on the Straits Cruise - St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, Michigan

Monday Evenings July 2 - August 13
July 2, 9, 16, 23 - 8pm St. Ignace departure & 8:30pm Mackinac Island departure
July 30 & August 1, 6, 13 - 7:30pm St. Ignace departure & 8pm Mackinac Island depart.
Come Cruise with us. Take a one and a half hour Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Sunset Cruise on Monday evenings throughout the summer season. The Sunset Cruise navigates through the Straits of Mackinac and includes a narrated tour near the Round Island Lighthouse near Mackinac Island, the Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse and Colonial Michilimackinac along the shore of Mackinaw City and a view of the spectacular Lake Michigan sunset under the Mackinac Bridge. Refreshments will be available to purchase during the cruise.
For reservations call 1-800-638-9892
Info provided by: www.mackinacferry.com
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Tuesday, July 10
Friday, July 13
Saturday, July 14
Tuesday, July 17
Friday, July 20
Saturday, July 21
Tuesday, July 24
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
Tuesday, July 31
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Live at the Pavilion Wine & Beer Tasting - St. Ignace, Michigan

5pm-7pm
The Pavilion, 180 N. State St.
Local businesses will prepare hors d’oeuvres, and live music provided by local artisans. Samplings from local, national and international wineries.

The $7.00 admission includes six 1-ounce tastings of wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Tuesdays in July and August
July 10
July 17
July 24
July 31
August 7
August 14
August 21
August 28

Sponsored by the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with The Winery.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1pm-4pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigam

Straits Area Concert Band

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park. Subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, July 10 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, July 17 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 21 - Sister Wilene
Tuesday, July 24 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 28 - The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
Tuesday, July 31 - Straits Area Concert Band
Friday, August 3 - Dance North
Saturday, August 4 - 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music
Tuesday, August 7 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Governor’s Summer Residence Tours - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island State Park
Located at the corner of Fort Street and Huron. Tours start between 9:30am - 11:30am.
Constructed in 1902 as a private summer cottage, this residence has served as weekend getaways for Michigan governors since July 1945. (The nearby Major’s Quarters was used as the official "Governor’s Cottage" between 1935 and 1945.) Every Wednesday between mid-June and mid-August, the governor’s summer residence is open to the public between 9:30am - 11:30am for a guided tour. Free to the public No reservations required.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Locals on the Bay Free Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Enjoy FREE waterfront entertainment by local musicians during an evening performace on the shores of Lake Huron, marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace. Donations accepted.

2012 schedule of performers is:
July 11 - Charlie Reager, Acoustic with Harmonica, Classics & Originals
July 18 - Donny Hartman, Variety of Blues to 70s & Originals
July 25 - Michelle Chenard, Singer, Songwrite, Folk, Rock
August 1 - Springsteen Brothers, Rock & Country
August 8 - Jim Bishop, Swingin’ Oldies
August 15 - Jas’Mai, Classic & Original Tunes
August 22 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
August 29 - Cedar Straits, Acoustic
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1pm-4pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Making the Great Lakes Great - Escanaba, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique opportunity to experience the Great Lakes as you become a scientist for the day. You will gain an understanding of the health of the Great Lakes and how it is determined, as well as issues that face the Great Lakes and the plans to address these issues. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in partnership with Grand Valley State’s Annis Water Resources Institute, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, and BaySail. This program is free and open to ages 7 and up.

If you have questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Thursday, July 12-14, 2012
River Fest & Wanigan Parade - Cheboygan, Michigan

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Thursday, July 12, 2012
Bayside Live! Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Bands, folksingers and comedians entertain and amuse the audience during free evening performances on the shore of Lake Huron, new marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace.

The weather’s going to be beautiful - what better way to spend your evening than by listening to great music while enjoying the beauty of a Great Lake!

2012 schedule of performers is:
July 12 - Bishop-Davidson, Jazzbo Acoustic Folk with Tabasco
July 19 - Blue Water Ramblers, michigan humor, love songs, gospel & children’s ditties
July 26 - Petoskey Steel Drum Band, Sounds of the Islands
August 2 - Conga Se Menne, Finnish Reggae
August 9 - Boogie 2 Shooz, Jazz, Blues and Spirited Latin
August 16 - Joe, Chris & Ben, Acoustic trio with a lot of harmonies!
August 23 - Jody Gaskin, Contemporary Native American Music
August 30 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, July 13-16, 2012
Writers Retreat - Mackinaw City and St. Helena Island, Michigan

Spend three days at the restored St. Helena Island light station while participating in daily sessions in which you will explore writing topics guided by two experienced teachers. Some of the topics discussed will be: critiquing and being critiqued, setting and mood, voice and character. Afternoons will be filled with time to write, explore the island, kayak, walk or relax. The price for this unique retreat is $225.00 per person for GLLKA members, and includes all transportation, food and consumables. Non members must also include the $40.00 price of membership. Participants will leave from the Mackinaw City Marina at 9am Friday, and will return to Mackinaw City around 2pm on Monday. To register or for questions, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Friday, July 13-14, 2012
Bridging the Gap with Music 2012 - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1pm-10pm
Conkling Heritage Park
This event is for people interested in the enjoyment of musical talent, featuring local bands & inviting our visitors to showcase their own talents by interacting with the music through Karaoke. Visitors of all ages, bridging the gap of time through the beauty of music in an area overlooking the bridge & the Straits of Mackinac, which can best be appreciated in Mackinaw City, MI

Two-Day Event - Bands begin at 1pm and play to 10pm with Karoake every two hours between band performances.$10.00 karaoke fee- winner takes half of all entry fees as grand prize.$25.00 for two day festival pass (bands and karaoke contestants are free)

Bring your friends, family, chairs or blankets to enjoy a weekend full of talent & fun! No food or beverages can be brought onto the festival grounds - No overnight camping on the festival grounds. Contact: 231-436-5664 or 1-800-750-0160
Info provided by: www.mackinawcity.com
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Friday, July 13, 2012
Fab Friday! - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-9pm
This fun-filled evening will have something for everyone! As you stroll along the streets in downtown St. Ignace, you will see a variety of activities to watch and/or participate in.

The museum of Ojibwa Culture will have a historic walking tour and Native American drumming and singing, while City Hall and Colonial House Inn will have music to draw you in!

You can also enjoy music at Fort de Buade Indian Museum, or check out the display of wild animal tracks, or show off your singing skills withKaraoke across from B.C. Pizza. Be sure to watch out for "Pizzarelli" the crossing guard, who will make sure you cross the street safely! Walk the runway at Runway Fashions! Enjoy kid’s games and balloon art at The Pavilion! Or the bounce house and face painting in front of the First National Bank.

Fridays in July and August

Event Dates:
July 13
July 20
July 27
August 3
August 10
August 17
August 24
August 31

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casino.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, July 13, 2012
Straits of Mackinac Vesper Cruise - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm
Arnold Transit Company, 800-542-8528, www.arnoldline.com
Enjoy spiritual music and peaceful meditations aboard an evening cruise through the Straits of Mackinac. Boat will leave from the Arnold Line Dock #1 in St. Ignace.

Event Dates:
July 13
July 20
July 27
August 3
August 10
Info provided by: www.festivalandfireworks.com
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Friday, July 13, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Friday, July 13
Saturday, July 14
Tuesday, July 17
Friday, July 20
Saturday, July 21
Tuesday, July 24
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
Tuesday, July 31
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, July 13, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1pm-4pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Saturday, July 14-15, 2012
Port Huron to Mackinac Island Yacht Race - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Skippers may choose to race north on Lake Huron from Port Huron, race the 235-mile Shore Line Course up the Michigan coastline, or the 290-mile Southampton Course, which directs sailors toward Southampton Ontario, and then to the finish line at Mackinac Island. The fastest boats will usually finish Sunday evening.
Info provided by: www.mackinawcity.com
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Saturday, July 14, 2012
Fireworks Over the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

10pm
Moran Bay
Come and enjoy the fireworks over the bay in downtown St. Ignace! Saturdays in St. Ignace have gotten better! Every Saturday night from July 7 through September 1st, fireworks will decorate the sky over Moran Bay. Visitors can enjoy the display from the Huron Boardwalk, area restaurants and motels, or even just strolling through the business district. Saturdays at 10pm, come and join us in St. Ignace, Michigan!

Event Dates:
July 14
July 21
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, July 14-15, 2012
Campeau’s Company Encampment - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Colonial Michilimackinac
July 14 9am-5pm
July 15 9am-3pm
Wander among the tent encampment outside the fort to meet costumed re-enactors of the early revolutionary war period demonstrating militia musket drills, camp life, and crafts. No additional admission charge for this special event above standard Colonial Michilimackinac admission rates.
Info provided by: www.mackiancparks.com
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Saturday, July 14, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Tuesday, July 3
Friday, July 6
Saturday, July 7
Tuesday, July 10
Friday, July 13
Saturday, July 14
Tuesday, July 17
Friday, July 20
Saturday, July 21
Tuesday, July 24
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
Tuesday, July 31
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Sunday, July 15, 2012
Outdoor Movies by the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

American Legion Memorial Park
American Legion Park, on the bay in St. Ignace, will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater every Sunday evening from July 1 through September 2. Enjoy the fireworks on Saturday nights, and stay for the movies on Sunday! Come one, come all to our free family-friendly "Movies by the Bay" this summer in St. Ignace! Free popcorn! Other concessions will be available for purchase.

2012 movie schedule:
July 15 - Puss in Boots
July 22 - Dolphin Tale
July 29 - Rio
August 5 - The Muppets
August 12 - Cool Runnings
August 19 - The Adventures of Tin Tin
August 26 - We Bought a Zoo
September 2 - Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax!

So pack up the kids, grab your chairs and blankets, and come enjoy an outdoor movie alongside beautiful Lake Huron!

Outdoor Movies by the Bay is being sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Monday, July 16, 2012
Star Line Sunset on the Straits Cruise - St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, Michigan

Monday Evenings July 2 - August 13
July 2, 9, 16, 23 - 8pm St. Ignace departure & 8:30pm Mackinac Island departure
July 30 & August 1, 6, 13 - 7:30pm St. Ignace departure & 8pm Mackinac Island depart.
Come Cruise with us. Take a one and a half hour Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Sunset Cruise on Monday evenings throughout the summer season. The Sunset Cruise navigates through the Straits of Mackinac and includes a narrated tour near the Round Island Lighthouse near Mackinac Island, the Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse and Colonial Michilimackinac along the shore of Mackinaw City and a view of the spectacular Lake Michigan sunset under the Mackinac Bridge. Refreshments will be available to purchase during the cruise.
For reservations call 1-800-638-9892
Info provided by: www.mackinacferry.com
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Monday, July 16, 2012
The St. Helena Island Experience - St. Helena Island, Michigan

9am-4pm
Travel to beautiful St. Helena Island, six miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, for an all-day tour of its restores lighthouse compound. The cruise departs Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock at 9:00am, returns around 4:00 pm and includes lunch on the island. As you pass under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, you will soon go back in time to 1912. On the horizon, the tall white tower of the ST. Helena Light Station will appear. Shortly, the boat will be moored off shore and we will transport you to the dock aboard a motor-driven dinghy. You will be given a tour of the keeper’s dwelling and grounds before the lunch bell rings and your historic lunch is served in the boathouse. After the meal you will have time to explore, hike the beach, climb the tower, or just relax in a lawn chair and watch the freighters pass by. Cost for GLLKA members is $80.00 per person. Non-members will need to add $40 for a 1-year individual membership or $55 for a 1-year family membership. To register, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Monday, July 16, 2012
Mackinaw Crossings Mall Sweet 16 Celebration - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Tuesday, July 17
Friday, July 20
Saturday, July 21
Tuesday, July 24
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
Tuesday, July 31
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Live at the Pavilion Wine & Beer Tasting - St. Ignace, Michigan

5pm-7pm
The Pavilion, 180 N. State St.
Local businesses will prepare hors d’oeuvres, and live music provided by local artisans. Samplings from local, national and international wineries.

The $7.00 admission includes six 1-ounce tastings of wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Tuesdays in July and August
July 17
July 24
July 31
August 7
August 14
August 21
August 28

Sponsored by the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with The Winery.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Straits Area Concert Band

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park. Subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, July 17 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 21 - Sister Wilene
Tuesday, July 24 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 28 - The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
Tuesday, July 31 - Straits Area Concert Band
Friday, August 3 - Dance North
Saturday, August 4 - 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music
Tuesday, August 7 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Locals on the Bay Free Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Enjoy FREE waterfront entertainment by local musicians during an evening performace on the shores of Lake Huron, marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace. Donations accepted.

2012 schedule of performers is:
July 18 - Donny Hartman, Variety of Blues to 70s & Originals
July 25 - Michelle Chenard, Singer, Songwrite, Folk, Rock
August 1 - Springsteen Brothers, Rock & Country
August 8 - Jim Bishop, Swingin’ Oldies
August 15 - Jas’Mai, Classic & Original Tunes
August 22 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
August 29 - Cedar Straits, Acoustic
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Governor’s Summer Residence Tours - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island State Park
Located at the corner of Fort Street and Huron. Tours start between 9:30am - 11:30am.
Constructed in 1902 as a private summer cottage, this residence has served as weekend getaways for Michigan governors since July 1945. (The nearby Major’s Quarters was used as the official "Governor’s Cottage" between 1935 and 1945.) Every Wednesday between mid-June and mid-August, the governor’s summer residence is open to the public between 9:30am - 11:30am for a guided tour. Free to the public No reservations required.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1pm-4pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Bayside Live! Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Bands, folksingers and comedians entertain and amuse the audience during free evening performances on the shore of Lake Huron, new marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace.

The weather’s going to be beautiful - what better way to spend your evening than by listening to great music while enjoying the beauty of a Great Lake!

2012 schedule of performers is:
July 19 - Blue Water Ramblers, michigan humor, love songs, gospel & children’s ditties
July 26 - Petoskey Steel Drum Band, Sounds of the Islands
August 2 - Conga Se Menne, Finnish Reggae
August 9 - Boogie 2 Shooz, Jazz, Blues and Spirited Latin
August 16 - Joe, Chris & Ben, Acoustic trio with a lot of harmonies!
August 23 - Jody Gaskin, Contemporary Native American Music
August 30 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1pm-4pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Friday, July 20, 2012
Fab Friday! - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-9pm
This fun-filled evening will have something for everyone! As you stroll along the streets in downtown St. Ignace, you will see a variety of activities to watch and/or participate in.

The museum of Ojibwa Culture will have a historic walking tour and Native American drumming and singing, while City Hall and Colonial House Inn will have music to draw you in!

You can also enjoy music at Fort de Buade Indian Museum, or check out the display of wild animal tracks, or show off your singing skills withKaraoke across from B.C. Pizza. Be sure to watch out for "Pizzarelli" the crossing guard, who will make sure you cross the street safely! Walk the runway at Runway Fashions! Enjoy kid’s games and balloon art at The Pavilion! Or the bounce house and face painting in front of the First National Bank.

Fridays in July and August

Event Dates:
July 20
July 27
August 3
August 10
August 17
August 24
August 31

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casino.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, July 20, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Friday, July 20
Saturday, July 21
Tuesday, July 24
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
Tuesday, July 31
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, July 20, 2012
Straits of Mackinac Vesper Cruise - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm
Arnold Transit Company, 800-542-8528, www.arnoldline.com
Enjoy spiritual music and peaceful meditations aboard an evening cruise through the Straits of Mackinac. Boat will leave from the Arnold Line Dock #1 in St. Ignace.

Event Dates:
July 20
July 27
August 3
August 10
Info provided by: www.festivalandfireworks.com
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Friday, July 20, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Friday, July 20, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Saturday, July 21-24, 2012
Spinnakers at St. Helena - St. Helena Island, Michigan

Imagine spending three days with eleven of your friends or family with exclusive access to the St. Helena Island light station while watching the sailing vessels pass the island as they complete the Chicago to Mackinac Race. Yes - that’s right - you and your friends will have the entire lighthouse completely for your own use! The fee for this unique 4-day, 3-night once in a lifetime opportunity is $3,000, and includes boat transportation, food and all consumables during your stay. For answers to questions or to reserve the lighthouse for your group, please call
the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Saturday, July 21-22, 2012
104th Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race - Mackinac Bridge, Michigan

12pm
Boats will pass under the Mackinac Bridge heading East.
Contact information: Greg Miarecki. racecoordinator@chicagoyachtclub.org
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Saturday, July 21
Tuesday, July 24
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
Tuesday, July 31
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Fireworks Over the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

10pm
Moran Bay
Come and enjoy the fireworks over the bay in downtown St. Ignace!
Saturdays in St. Ignace have gotten better! Every Saturday night from July 7 through September 1st, fireworks will decorate the sky over Moran Bay. Visitors can enjoy the display from the Huron Boardwalk, area restaurants and motels, or even just strolling through the business district. Saturdays at 10pm, come and join us in St. Ignace, Michigan!

Event Dates:
July 21
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Vintage Base Ball Game - Mackinac Island, Michigan

6:30pm
Fort Mackinac
I vintage game of "base ball" as it was meant to be played, barehanded and by gentlemen’s rules on the old Fort Mackinac ball field behind Fort Mackinac, the oldest continually used ball field in Michigan! Learn an old- fashioned cheer, watch players fined for smoking cigars on the field, and enjoy a good old-fashioned rivalry! The game pits the Fort Mackinac Never Sweats against the Bay City Independents.

Family $18. Adult $56. Youth (5-17) $3. Children 4 and under and Mackinac Associates above Heritage level - Free.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Sister Wilene
Sister Wilene will take you back to the days when country music was a pocketful of heartfelt ballads and great swing songs you could dance to. From the traditions of Patsy Cline to Bob Wills, from the honky-tonks to the dance halls to the front porches, this band will take you down memory lane or perhaps introduce you to some of the greatest American music ever played.

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park. Subject to change without notice.

Saturday, July 21 - Sister Wilene
Tuesday, July 24 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 28 - The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
Tuesday, July 31 - Straits Area Concert Band
Friday, August 3 - Dance North
Saturday, August 4 - 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music
Tuesday, August 7 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
The St. Helena Island Experience - Mackinaw City, Michigan

9am-4pm
Travel to beautiful St. Helena Island, six miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, for an all-day tour of its restores lighthouse compound. The cruise departs Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock at 9:00am, returns around 4:00 pm and includes lunch on the island. As you pass under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, you will soon go back in time to 1912. On the horizon, the tall white tower of the ST. Helena Light Station will appear. Shortly, the boat will be moored off shore and we will transport you to the dock aboard a motor-driven dinghy. You will be given a tour of the keeper’s dwelling and grounds before the lunch bell rings and your historic lunch is served in the boathouse. After the meal you will have time to explore, hike the beach, climb the tower, or just relax in a lawn chair and watch the freighters pass by. Cost for GLLKA members is $80.00 per person. Non-members will need to add $40 for a 1-year individual membership or $55 for a 1-year family membership. To register, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Harley Davidson Event - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Red Hacker 3on3 Basketball Tournament - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
St. Ignace Fish Feast - St. Ignace, Michigan

4pm
Come to the celebration! St. Ignace is the home of the "Great Lakes Fish Fry". We have something for everyone! By having our event on the city dock you are sitting out in Lake Huron, surrounded on three sides by beautiful blue water, with Mackinac Island as a backdrop! You can sit back, relax, and enjoy a meal while being entertained with live music!

Tentative schedule of events beginning at 4pm, include:
-Sampling area fish delicacies prepared by local restaurants
-Beer, wine and soft drinks tent
-Dunk tank, bounce house, basketball toss, baseball throw, bowling, washer toss, dart toss, and more!
-Kid’s live trout fishing pond
-Artisan booths
-Live musical entertainment from 5-10pm
-Fireworks over Moran Bay at dusk!

All activities will take place in the St. Ignace Public Marina and on the City Dock. Admission is $3.00 per person 21 & older; $2.00 per person 12-20 years of age, and under 12 if FREE!
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Lamplight Tour of Whitefish Point - Paradise, Michigan

8:30pm
Featuring guided tours of the Whitefish Point Light Station, tower tours (fee applies, all $$ raised benefits light-tower restoration) and refreshments.
Info provided by: www.shipwreckmuseum.com
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Saturday, July 21, 2012
16th Annual Crisp Point Lighthouse Conference - Paradise, Michigan

10am
The 16th Annual Crisp Point Lighthouse Conference & Picnic will be held on July 21, 2012 (the third Saturday of July). We will meet at 10:00am at the Whitefish Township School in Paradise on the day of the conference. Coffee, juice, baked goods, etc. will be provided for breakfast. We will be giving everyone an update on the happenings and future happenings at Crisp Point. Later, you can pack a lunch to eat at the school or at the light. Dinner will be at the lighthouse, with hot dogs and all the fixings. Admission is free for all who register before July 14, 2012. If you do not pre-register, the price will be $5.00 per person, or $15.00 for a family, at the door. Print out a form you can mail, or you may also email Margaret with your name, address, phone number and the number of people in your group. All are welcome, you do not have to be a member to attend. Call Rick at (517) 230-6294 (cell) or (517) 546-5283 (home) if you have any questions (or email Rick at cplhs@sbcglobal.net).
Info provided by: www.crisppointlighthouse.org
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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Triathlon - 3D Racing - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Outdoor Movies by the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

American Legion Memorial Park
American Legion Park, on the bay in St. Ignace, will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater every Sunday evening from July 1 through September 2. Enjoy the fireworks on Saturday nights, and stay for the movies on Sunday! Come one, come all to our free family-friendly "Movies by the Bay" this summer in St. Ignace! Free popcorn! Other concessions will be available for purchase.

2012 movie schedule:
July 22 - Dolphin Tale
July 29 - Rio
August 5 - The Muppets
August 12 - Cool Runnings
August 19 - The Adventures of Tin Tin
August 26 - We Bought a Zoo
September 2 - Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax!

So pack up the kids, grab your chairs and blankets, and come enjoy an outdoor movie alongside beautiful Lake Huron!
Outdoor Movies by the Bay is being sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Monday, July 23, 2012
Star Line Sunset on the Straits Cruise - St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, Michigan

Monday Evenings July 2 - August 13
July 2, 9, 16, 23 - 8pm St. Ignace departure & 8:30pm Mackinac Island departure
July 30 & August 1, 6, 13 - 7:30pm St. Ignace departure & 8pm Mackinac Island depart.
Come Cruise with us. Take a one and a half hour Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Sunset Cruise on Monday evenings throughout the summer season. The Sunset Cruise navigates through the Straits of Mackinac and includes a narrated tour near the Round Island Lighthouse near Mackinac Island, the Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse and Colonial Michilimackinac along the shore of Mackinaw City and a view of the spectacular Lake Michigan sunset under the Mackinac Bridge. Refreshments will be available to purchase during the cruise.
For reservations call 1-800-638-9892
Info provided by: www.mackinacferry.com
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Tuesday, July 24
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
Tuesday, July 31
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm, Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Live at the Pavilion Wine & Beer Tasting - St. Ignace, Michigan

5pm-7pm
The Pavilion, 180 N. State St.
Local businesses will prepare hors d’oeuvres, and live music provided by local artisans. Samplings from local, national and international wineries.

The $7.00 admission includes six 1-ounce tastings of wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Tuesdays in July and August
July 24
July 31
August 7
August 14
August 21
August 28

Sponsored by the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with The Winery.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1pm-4pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Straits Area Concert Band

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park. Subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, July 24 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, July 28 - The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
Tuesday, July 31 - Straits Area Concert Band
Friday, August 3 - Dance North
Saturday, August 4 - 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music
Tuesday, August 7 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The St. Helena Island Experience - Mackinaw City, Michigan

9am-4pm
Travel to beautiful St. Helena Island, six miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, for an all-day tour of its restores lighthouse compound. The cruise departs Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock at 9:00am, returns around 4:00 pm and includes lunch on the island. As you pass under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, you will soon go back in time to 1912. On the horizon, the tall white tower of the ST. Helena Light Station will appear. Shortly, the boat will be moored off shore and we will transport you to the dock aboard a motor-driven dinghy. You will be given a tour of the keeper’s dwelling and grounds before the lunch bell rings and your historic lunch is served in the boathouse. After the meal you will have time to explore, hike the beach, climb the tower, or just relax in a lawn chair and watch the freighters pass by. Cost for GLLKA members is $80.00 per person. Non-members will need to add $40 for a 1-year individual membership or $55 for a 1-year family membership. To register, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Mighty Mac Golf Outing - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Mackinaw Club Golf Course
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Governor’s Summer Residence Tours - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island State Park
Located at the corner of Fort Street and Huron. Tours start between 9:30am - 11:30am.
Constructed in 1902 as a private summer cottage, this residence has served as weekend getaways for Michigan governors since July 1945. (The nearby Major’s Quarters was used as the official "Governor’s Cottage" between 1935 and 1945.) Every Wednesday between mid-June and mid-August, the governor’s summer residence is open to the public between 9:30am - 11:30am for a guided tour. Free to the public No reservations required.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Locals on the Bay Free Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Enjoy FREE waterfront entertainment by local musicians during an evening performace on the shores of Lake Huron, marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace. Donations accepted.

2012 schedule of performers is:
July 25 - Michelle Chenard, Singer, Songwrite, Folk, Rock
August 1 - Springsteen Brothers, Rock & Country
August 8 - Jim Bishop, Swingin’ Oldies
August 15 - Jas’Mai, Classic & Original Tunes
August 22 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
August 29 - Cedar Straits, Acoustic
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program - Mackinaw City, Michigan

"The Northern Lights: A Northern Michigan Experience"
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Bayside Live! Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Bands, folksingers and comedians entertain and amuse the audience during free evening performances on the shore of Lake Huron, new marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace.

The weather’s going to be beautiful - what better way to spend your evening than by listening to great music while enjoying the beauty of a Great Lake!

2012 schedule of performers is:
July 26 - Petoskey Steel Drum Band, Sounds of the Islands
August 2 - Conga Se Menne, Finnish Reggae
August 9 - Boogie 2 Shooz, Jazz, Blues and Spirited Latin
August 16 - Joe, Chris & Ben, Acoustic trio with a lot of harmonies!
August 23 - Jody Gaskin, Contemporary Native American Music
August 30 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1pm-4pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
St. Anthony’s Catholic Church BIG Garage Sale - Mackinaw City, Michigan

9am-4pm
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, July 27-28, 2012
Downtown Cheboygan Music Festival & Street Fair - Cheboygan, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, July 27, 2012
Straits of Mackinac Vesper Cruise - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm
Arnold Transit Company, 800-542-8528, www.arnoldline.com
Enjoy spiritual music and peaceful meditations aboard an evening cruise through the Straits of Mackinac. Boat will leave from the Arnold Line Dock #1 in St. Ignace.

Event Dates:
July 27
August 3
August 10
Info provided by: www.festivalandfireworks.com
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Friday, July 27, 2012
Fab Friday! - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-9pm
This fun-filled evening will have something for everyone! As you stroll along the streets in downtown St. Ignace, you will see a variety of activities to watch and/or participate in.

The museum of Ojibwa Culture will have a historic walking tour and Native American drumming and singing, while City Hall and Colonial House Inn will have music to draw you in!

You can also enjoy music at Fort de Buade Indian Museum, or check out the display of wild animal tracks, or show off your singing skills withKaraoke across from B.C. Pizza. Be sure to watch out for "Pizzarelli" the crossing guard, who will make sure you cross the street safely! Walk the runway at Runway Fashions! Enjoy kid’s games and balloon art at The Pavilion! Or the bounce house and face painting in front of the First National Bank.

Fridays in July and August

Event Dates:
July 27
August 3
August 10
August 17
August 24
August 31

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casino.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, July 27, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
Tuesday, July 31
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, July 28-29, 2012
Fiber Festival  Charlevoix, Michigan

At Castle Farms - www.castlefarms.com
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, July 28-29, 2012
Eastern Woodland American Indian Art Exhibit and Sale - Mackinaw City, Michigan

9am-7pm Saturday & Sunday
Inside the Colonial Michiliamackinac Visitor’s Center
Enjoy a dramatic visual interpretation of 18th-century America through a frontier art exhibit featuring works by Robert Griffing. Included in Colonial Michilimackinac admission.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Saturday, July 28-29, 2012
Jaeger’s Battalion of Roger’s Rangers Encampment - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Friday & Saturday - 9am-5pm
French & Indian War hero Robert Rogers’ battalion of Rogers Rangers will once again visit. These re-enactors will display their knowledge of the tactics and history of this famous unit of frontier fighters, as well as demonstrations of camp life. No additional admission charge for this special event above standard Colonial Michilimackinac admission rates. Included with park.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Saturday, July 28, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Saturday, July 28
Tuesday, July 31
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

2pm-5pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Fireworks Over the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

10pm
Moran Bay
Come and enjoy the fireworks over the bay in downtown St. Ignace!
Saturdays in St. Ignace have gotten better! Every Saturday night from July 7 through September 1st, fireworks will decorate the sky over Moran Bay. Visitors can enjoy the display from the Huron Boardwalk, area restaurants and motels, or even just strolling through the business district. Saturdays at 10pm, come and join us in St. Ignace, Michigan!

Event Dates:
July 28
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
Whispers of the North, a five piece band that replicates the songs, styles and moods of the Canadian singer- songwriter’s best! Be ready for a visual, acoustic trip from the Great Lakes to the Canadian Rockies; through the pains of lost lovers and haunting melodies.

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park. Subject to change without notice.

Saturday, July 28 - The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute
Tuesday, July 31 - Straits Area Concert Band
Friday, August 3 - Dance North
Saturday, August 4 - 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music
Tuesday, August 7 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Outdoor Movies by the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

American Legion Memorial Park
American Legion Park, on the bay in St. Ignace, will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater every Sunday evening from July 1 through September 2. Enjoy the fireworks on Saturday nights, and stay for the movies on Sunday! Come one, come all to our free family-friendly "Movies by the Bay" this summer in St. Ignace! Free popcorn! Other concessions will be available for purchase.

2012 movie schedule:
July 29 - Rio
August 5 - The Muppets
August 12 - Cool Runnings
August 19 - The Adventures of Tin Tin
August 26 - We Bought a Zoo
September 2 - Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax!

So pack up the kids, grab your chairs and blankets, and come enjoy an outdoor movie alongside beautiful Lake Huron!
Outdoor Movies by the Bay is being sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Making the Great Lakes Great - St. Ignace, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique opportunity to experience the Great Lakes as you become a scientist for the day. You will gain an understanding of the health of the Great Lakes and how it is determined, as well as issues that face the Great Lakes and the plans to address these issues. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in partnership with Grand Valley State’s Annis Water Resources Institute, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, and BaySail. This program is free and open to ages 7 and up.

If you have questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Monday, July 30, 2012
Star Line Sunset on the Straits Cruise - St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, Michigan

Monday Evenings July 2 - August 13
July 2, 9, 16, 23 - 8pm St. Ignace departure & 8:30pm Mackinac Island departure
July 30 & August 6, 13 - 7:30pm St. Ignace departure & 8pm Mackinac Island depart.
Come Cruise with us. Take a one and a half hour Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Sunset Cruise on Monday evenings throughout the summer season. The Sunset Cruise navigates through the Straits of Mackinac and includes a narrated tour near the Round Island Lighthouse near Mackinac Island, the Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse and Colonial Michilimackinac along the shore of Mackinaw City and a view of the spectacular Lake Michigan sunset under the Mackinac Bridge. Refreshments will be available to purchase during the cruise.
For reservations call 1-800-638-9892
Info provided by: www.mackinacferry.com
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Monday, July 30, 2012
Star Line Sunset on the Straits Cruise - St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, Michigan

Monday Evenings July 2 - August 13
July 2, 9, 16, 23 - 8pm St. Ignace departure & 8:30pm Mackinac Island departure
July 30 & August 6, 13 - 7:30pm St. Ignace departure & 8pm Mackinac Island depart.
Come Cruise with us. Take a one and a half hour Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Sunset Cruise on Monday evenings throughout the summer season. The Sunset Cruise navigates through the Straits of Mackinac and includes a narrated tour near the Round Island Lighthouse near Mackinac Island, the Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse and Colonial Michilimackinac along the shore of Mackinaw City and a view of the spectacular Lake Michigan sunset under the Mackinac Bridge. Refreshments will be available to purchase during the cruise.
For reservations call 1-800-638-9892
Info provided by: www.mackinacferry.com
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Monday, July 30, 2012
The St. Helena Island Experience - Mackinaw City, Michigan

9am-4pm
Travel to beautiful St. Helena Island, six miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, for an all-day tour of its restores lighthouse compound. The cruise departs Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock at 9:00am, returns around 4:00 pm and includes lunch on the island. As you pass under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, you will soon go back in time to 1912. On the horizon, the tall white tower of the ST. Helena Light Station will appear. Shortly, the boat will be moored off shore and we will transport you to the dock aboard a motor-driven dinghy. You will be given a tour of the keeper’s dwelling and grounds before the lunch bell rings and your historic lunch is served in the boathouse. After the meal you will have time to explore, hike the beach, climb the tower, or just relax in a lawn chair and watch the freighters pass by. Cost for GLLKA members is $80.00 per person. Non-members will need to add $40 for a 1-year individual membership or $55 for a 1-year family membership. To register, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Tuesday, July 31
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

2pm-4pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Live at the Pavilion Wine & Beer Tasting - St. Ignace, Michigan

5pm-7pm
The Pavilion, 180 N. State St.
Local businesses will prepare hors d’oeuvres, and live music provided by local artisans. Samplings from local, national and international wineries.

The $7.00 admission includes six 1-ounce tastings of wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Tuesdays in July and August

July 31
August 7
August 14
August 21
August 28

Sponsored by the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with The Winery.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Straits Area Concert Band

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park. Subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, July 31 - Straits Area Concert Band
Friday, August 3 - Dance North
Saturday, August 4 - 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music
Tuesday, August 7 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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August

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

2pm-5pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Locals on the Bay Free Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Enjoy FREE waterfront entertainment by local musicians during an evening performace on the shores of Lake Huron, marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace. Donations accepted.

2012 schedule of performers is:

August 1 - Springsteen Brothers, Rock & Country
August 8 - Jim Bishop, Swingin’ Oldies
August 15 - Jas’Mai, Classic & Original Tunes
August 22 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
August 29 - Cedar Straits, Acoustic
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Governor’s Summer Residence Tours - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island State Park
Located at the corner of Fort Street and Huron. Tours start between 9:30am - 11:30am.
Constructed in 1902 as a private summer cottage, this residence has served as weekend getaways for Michigan governors since July 1945. (The nearby Major’s Quarters was used as the official "Governor’s Cottage" between 1935 and 1945.) Every Wednesday between mid-June and mid-August, the governor’s summer residence is open to the public between 9:30am - 11:30am for a guided tour. Free to the public No reservations required.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Thursday, August 2, 2012
Bayside Live! Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Bands, folksingers and comedians entertain and amuse the audience during free evening performances on the shore of Lake Huron, new marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace.

The weather’s going to be beautiful - what better way to spend your evening than by listening to great music while enjoying the beauty of a Great Lake!

2012 schedule of performers is:

August 2 - Conga Se Menne, Finnish Reggae
August 9 - Boogie 2 Shooz, Jazz, Blues and Spirited Latin
August 16 - Joe, Chris & Ben, Acoustic trio with a lot of harmonies!
August 23 - Jody Gaskin, Contemporary Native American Music
August 30 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, August 3-6, 2012
Rendezvous in Mackinaw Trade Show - Mackinaw City, Michigan

10am-10pm 
Conkling Heritage Park
Mackinac Bay Trading Company
Experience 18th & 19th Century life in the Native American, Military and Civilian encampment. Outstanding trade companies with 18th and 19th century crafts, clothing and accessories. Cannon and musket firing demonstrations with hawk & knife, archery and other competitions.
Contact: email info@mackinawcity.com phone 231-436-5664
Info provided by: www.mackinawcity.com
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Friday, August 3, 2012
Straits of Mackinac Vesper Cruise - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm
Arnold Transit Company, 800-542-8528, www.arnoldline.com
Enjoy spiritual music and peaceful meditations aboard an evening cruise through the Straits of Mackinac. Boat will leave from the Arnold Line Dock #1 in St. Ignace.

Event Dates:
August 3
August 10
Info provided by: www.festivalandfireworks.com
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Friday, August 3, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, August 3, 2012
The St. Helena Island Experience - Mackinaw City, Michigan

9am-4pm
Travel to beautiful St. Helena Island, six miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, for an all-day tour of its restores lighthouse compound. The cruise departs Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock at 9:00am, returns around 4:00 pm and includes lunch on the island. As you pass under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, you will soon go back in time to 1912. On the horizon, the tall white tower of the ST. Helena Light Station will appear. Shortly, the boat will be moored off shore and we will transport you to the dock aboard a motor-driven dinghy. You will be given a tour of the keeper’s dwelling and grounds before the lunch bell rings and your historic lunch is served in the boathouse. After the meal you will have time to explore, hike the beach, climb the tower, or just relax in a lawn chair and watch the freighters pass by. Cost for GLLKA members is $80.00 per person. Non-members will need to add $40 for a 1-year individual membership or $55 for a 1-year family membership. To register, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Friday, August 3, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Dance North
A showcase of Michigan youth performing dance techniques learned at a "summer intensive workshop" taught by professional dancers from New York City.

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park.
Subject to change without notice.

Friday, August 3 - Dance North
Saturday, August 4 - 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music
Tuesday, August 7 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, August 3, 2012
Making the Great Lakes Great - Saute St. Marie, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique opportunity to experience the Great Lakes as you become a scientist for the day. You will gain an understanding of the health of the Great Lakes and how it is determined, as well as issues that face the Great Lakes and the plans to address these issues. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in partnership with Grand Valley State’s Annis Water Resources Institute, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, and BaySail. This program is free and open to ages 7 and up.

If you have questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Saturday, August 4, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Saturday, August 4
Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, August 4-5, 2012
Michilimackinac Marines Encampment - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Saturday, 9am-5pm
Sunday, 9am-3pm
Camp reenactors show cooking, camp life, children’s games, and dress up. Inside the fort, demonstrations of reliability firing tests, flag raising, and marching of the 1750’s French soldiers and civilians at Michilimackinac. Included with admission.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Saturday, August 4, 2012
Bayside Music Festival - St. Ignace, Michigan

4pm
St. Ignace downtown area
Come and join us for an afternoon and evening of great music, food and fun!

We will have:
-Live music
-Street dancing
-Food booths
-Family games
-Beer, wine & soft drink tent
-Fireworks at Dusk!

Admission will be $3.00 per person for 21 & over; $2.00 per person for ages 12-20; FREE for under 12 years of age. More details will be posted as soon as they become available!
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, August 4, 2012
Fireworks Over the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

10pm
Moran Bay
Come and enjoy the fireworks over the bay in downtown St. Ignace!

Saturdays in St. Ignace have gotten better! Every Saturday night from July 7 through September 1st, fireworks will decorate the sky over Moran Bay. Visitors can enjoy the display from the Huron Boardwalk, area restaurants and motels, or even just strolling through the business district. Saturdays at 10pm, come and join us in St. Ignace, Michigan!

Event Dates:
August 4
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, August 4, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

2pm-5pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Saturday, August 4, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music
Formed in 1975, this group of Highlander Band of Music is America’s premier 18th century band of pipes, fifes, and drums, and has performed for audiences all across the country. The 42nd performs a wide repertoire of music - drawing primarily from 18th century sources, but incorporating selections from 20th century bagpipe collections.

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park.
Subject to change without notice.

Saturday, August 4 - 42nd Royal Highlanders Band of Music
Tuesday, August 7 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, August 4, 2012
Mackinaw Area Historic Festival - Mackinaw City, Michigan

11am-5pm
At Historical Village
The Mackinaw Area Historical Society invites everyone to an old-fashioned celebration of summer, 1880’s style, on Saturday - August 4th, 2012 at their historical village site on Wilderness Park Drive. The event will feature: fun, food, music, vintage baseball, and tours of our restored one-roomed, Freedom School and Pest House Infirmary.
Info provided by: www.mackinawcity.com
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Saturday, August 4, 2012
Bayside Music Festival - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Sunday, August 5, 2012
Outdoor Movies by the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

American Legion Memorial Park
American Legion Park, on the bay in St. Ignace, will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater every Sunday evening from July 1 through September 2. Enjoy the fireworks on Saturday nights, and stay for the movies on Sunday! Come one, come all to our free family-friendly "Movies by the Bay" this summer in St. Ignace!
Free popcorn! Other concessions will be available for purchase.

2012 movie schedule:
August 5 - The Muppets
August 12 - Cool Runnings
August 19 - The Adventures of Tin Tin
August 26 - We Bought a Zoo
September 2 - Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax!

So pack up the kids, grab your chairs and blankets, and come enjoy an outdoor movie alongside beautiful Lake Huron!

Outdoor Movies by the Bay is being sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Monday, August 6-10, 2012
St. Helena Women’s Retreat and Quilt Camp - St. Helena Island, Michigan

If you are a quilter or the idea of spending a few relaxing days on a beautiful remote Lake Michigan island with like-minded women far from the maddening crows sounds appealing, then this 5-day retreat is perfect for you. There is no electricity on the island, so hand quilting will be the order of the day. The price for this unique camp for GLLKA members is $250.00 that covers transportation, food, and lodging. Non members will need to purchase a GLLKA membership for an additional fee of $40.00. Participants will leave from the Mackinaw City Marina at 9am Monday and return to Mackinaw City around 2pm on Friday. To register, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Monday, August 6-10, 2012
Star Line Sunset on the Straits Cruise - St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, Michigan

Monday Evenings July 2 - August 13
July 2, 9, 16, 23 - 8pm St. Ignace departure & 8:30pm Mackinac Island departure
July 30 & August 6, 13 - 7:30pm St. Ignace departure & 8pm Mackinac Island depart.
Come Cruise with us.
Take a one and a half hour Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Sunset Cruise on Monday evenings throughout the summer season. The Sunset Cruise navigates through the Straits of Mackinac and includes a narrated tour near the Round Island Lighthouse near Mackinac Island, the Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse and Colonial Michilimackinac along the shore of Mackinaw City and a view of the spectacular Lake Michigan sunset under the Mackinac Bridge. Refreshments will be available to purchase during the cruise.
For reservations call 1-800-638-9892
Info provided by: www.mackinacferry.com
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Monday, August 6-10, 2012
The St. Helena Island Experience - Mackinaw City, Michigan

9am-4pm
Travel to beautiful St. Helena Island, six miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, for an all-day tour of its restores lighthouse compound. The cruise departs Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock at 9:00am, returns around 4:00 pm and includes lunch on the island. As you pass under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, you will soon go back in time to 1912. On the horizon, the tall white tower of the ST. Helena Light Station will appear. Shortly, the boat will be moored off shore and we will transport you to the dock aboard a motor-driven dinghy. You will be given a tour of the keeper’s dwelling and grounds before the lunch bell rings and your historic lunch is served in the boathouse. After the meal you will have time to explore, hike the beach, climb the tower, or just relax in a lawn chair and watch the freighters pass by. Cost for GLLKA members is $80.00 per person. Non-members will need to add $40 for a 1-year individual membership or $55 for a 1-year family membership. To register, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Tuesday, August 7
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Live at the Pavilion Wine & Beer Tasting - St. Ignace, Michigan

5pm-7pm
The Pavilion, 180 N. State St.
Local businesses will prepare hors d’oeuvres, and live music provided by local artisans. Samplings from local, national and international wineries.

The $7.00 admission includes six 1-ounce tastings of wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Tuesdays in July and August
August 7
August 14
August 21
August 28

Sponsored by the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with The Winery.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Special EXTENDED Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1:30pm-5pm
In addition to the lighthouses you see on our standard Lake Huron cruise, on a Shepler’s Extended Eastbound Lighthouse Cruise you’ll be treated to a chance to see the elusive Spectacle Reef Lighthouse. This lighthouse may only be viewed up-close from a boat and the cruise allows you unbelievable photo opportunities of this remarkable lighthouse. The cruise is four hours long. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruse is $68.00 per person, children 5-12 years - $39.25, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park. Subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, August 7 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Antique Show with Picnic Lunch - Mackinaw City, Michigan

10am-4:30pm
Mackinaw City High School
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Governor’s Summer Residence Tours - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island State Park
Located at the corner of Fort Street and Huron. Tours start between 9:30am - 11:30am.
Constructed in 1902 as a private summer cottage, this residence has served as weekend getaways for Michigan governors since July 1945. (The nearby Major’s Quarters was used as the official "Governor’s Cottage" between 1935 and 1945.) Every Wednesday between mid-June and mid-August, the governor’s summer residence is open to the public between 9:30am - 11:30am for a guided tour. Free to the public No reservations required.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Locals on the Bay Free Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Enjoy FREE waterfront entertainment by local musicians during an evening performace on the shores of Lake Huron, marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace. Donations accepted.

2012 schedule of performers is:

August 8 - Jim Bishop, Swingin’ Oldies
August 15 - Jas’Mai, Classic & Original Tunes
August 22 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
August 29 - Cedar Straits, Acoustic
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Special EXTENDED Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1pm-4:30pm
In addition to the lighthouses you see on our standard Westbound cruise, you’ll be treated to a chance to get an up-close glimpse of Skillagalee Lighthouse, where you will be able to take some wonderful photos from a great vantage point on board this cruise. The cruise is 3.5 hours long. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the crise. Cruise direction could change due to severe weather. The cost is $61.00 for adults, and $35 for Children (5-12 years), with children under 5 years riding free, and includes a boxed lunch and soft drink for all guest. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Thursday, August 9-11, 2012
Downtown Cheboygan Sidewalk Sales - Cheboygan, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Thursday, August 9-12, 2012
Bruce Peninsula Excursion - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Join us on this four day excursion discovering the unique lighthouses of Ontario’s beautiful Bruce Peninsula. After dinner in Southampton, we will tour the Bruce County Museum and view its Third Order Fresnel lens from the Stokes Bay Light. Friday we board a motor coach to tour Point Clark lighthouse, and then head for the Kincardine light and lunch. We then go to Tobermory for dinner and a good night’s sleep. Saturday we board a boat to view Big Tub, Flowerpot and Cove Island lighthouses before rejoining the bus for the trip to lunch at Cabot Head lighthouse. Then its off to Lions Head lighthouse and dinner and our hotel in Owen Sound. Sunday after breakfast, we board our bus to return to Southampton to view the range lights before boarding another boat for the trip out for lunch at the Chantry Island lighthouse. On the trip we will also view McNab Point Range light. After lunch in Southampton, we return to our cars and the end of our 4 day excursion. Ticket price for members will be $895 per person for double occupancy, and $1,125 for single occupancy. Non GLLKA members will need to add $40.00 for a 1-year membership or $55.00 for a 1-year family membership in order to participate. To register, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Thursday, August 9, 2012
Bayside Live! Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Bands, folksingers and comedians entertain and amuse the audience during free evening performances on the shore of Lake Huron, new marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace.

The weather’s going to be beautiful - what better way to spend your evening than by listening to great music while enjoying the beauty of a Great Lake!

2012 schedule of performers is:

August 9 - Boogie 2 Shooz, Jazz, Blues and Spirited Latin
August 16 - Joe, Chris & Ben, Acoustic trio with a lot of harmonies!
August 23 - Jody Gaskin, Contemporary Native American Music
August 30 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, August 10-12, 2012
Ironworkers Festival - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Friday 3pm - Walk of Iron inductees
Saturday 10am - Parade
The International Ironworker Festival is an annual event held each summer in Mackinaw City. It attracts Ironworkers from across the United States and Canada to compete in friendly competition. It is open to the general public, although only Ironworkers and Retirees can complete in the skilled events. These events include knot tying, rod tying, rivet toss, spud throw, column climb (Field Event), and the World Championship Column Climb.
Info provided by: www.mackinawcity.com
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Friday, August 10-12, 2012
1st Annual Lumberjack Tournament - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Mackinaw City’s "Bull of the Woods" Lumberjack Tournament
Hosted by Dan McDonough. See real lumberjack competitions as seen on ESPN
Info provided by: www.mackinawcity.com
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Friday, August 10, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, August 10, 2012
Straits of Mackinac Vesper Cruise - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm
Arnold Transit Company, 800-542-8528, www.arnoldline.com
Enjoy spiritual music and peaceful meditations aboard an evening cruise through the Straits of Mackinac. Boat will leave from the Arnold Line Dock #1 in St. Ignace.

Event Dates:
August 10
Info provided by: www.festivalandfireworks.com
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Friday, August 10, 2012
The St. Helena Island Experience - Mackinaw City, Michigan

9am-4pm
Travel to beautiful St. Helena Island, six miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, for an all-day tour of its restores lighthouse compound. The cruise departs Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock at 9:00am, returns around 4:00 pm and includes lunch on the island. As you pass under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, you will soon go back in time to 1912. On the horizon, the tall white tower of the ST. Helena Light Station will appear. Shortly, the boat will be moored off shore and we will transport you to the dock aboard a motor-driven dinghy. You will be given a tour of the keeper’s dwelling and grounds before the lunch bell rings and your historic lunch is served in the boathouse. After the meal you will have time to explore, hike the beach, climb the tower, or just relax in a lawn chair and watch the freighters pass by. Cost for GLLKA members is $80.00 per person. Non-members will need to add $40 for a 1-year individual membership or $55 for a 1-year family membership. To register, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Friday, August 10, 2012
Fab Friday! - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-9pm
This fun-filled evening will have something for everyone! As you stroll along the streets in downtown St. Ignace, you will see a variety of activities to watch and/or participate in.

The museum of Ojibwa Culture will have a historic walking tour and Native American drumming and singing, while City Hall and Colonial House Inn will have music to draw you in!

You can also enjoy music at Fort de Buade Indian Museum, or check out the display of wild animal tracks, or show off your singing skills withKaraoke across from B.C. Pizza. Be sure to watch out for "Pizzarelli" the crossing guard, who will make sure you cross the street safely! Walk the runway at Runway Fashions! Enjoy kid’s games and balloon art at The Pavilion! Or the bounce house and face painting in front of the First National Bank.

Fridays in July and August

Event Dates:
August 10
August 17
August 24
August 31

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casino.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, August 10, 2012
Making the Great Lakes Great - Petoskey, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique opportunity to experience the Great Lakes as you become a scientist for the day. You will gain an understanding of the health of the Great Lakes and how it is determined, as well as issues that face the Great Lakes and the plans to address these issues. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in partnership with Grand Valley State’s Annis Water Resources Institute, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, and BaySail. This program is free and open to ages 7 and up.

If you have questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture

Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Saturday, August 11
Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

2pm-5pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Fireworks Over the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

10pm
Moran Bay
Come and enjoy the fireworks over the bay in downtown St. Ignace!

Saturdays in St. Ignace have gotten better! Every Saturday night from July 7 through September 1st, fireworks will decorate the sky over Moran Bay. Visitors can enjoy the display from the Huron Boardwalk, area restaurants and motels, or even just strolling through the business district. Saturdays at 10pm, come and join us in St. Ignace, Michigan!

Event Dates:
August 11
August 18
August 25
September 1

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

The Younce Guitar Duo
After many years of their own individual music making, father and son Jerry and Ryan Younce have fused their musical energy to create a unique instrumental guitar duo with a dynamic sound to behold. Creative and innovative, while accessible and audience friendly, their sound is distinctly balanced and rich with imaginative approach.

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park.
Subject to change without notice.

Saturday, August 11 - The Younce Guitar Duo
Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Les Cheneaux Island Antique Wooden Boat Show - Hessel, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Lighthouse Keeper’s Day at Whitefish Point - Paradise, Michigan

1pm
Featuring special programs, walking tours and music
Info provided by: www.shipwreckmuseum.com
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Tahquamenon Trail Run - Paradise, Michigan

10K and 25K trail races sponsored by Great Lakes Endurance.
2K kid’s race on Friday, August 10. Jeff Crumbaugh ((715) 701-0360, www.greatlakesendurance.com
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Outdoor Movies by the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

American Legion Memorial Park
American Legion Park, on the bay in St. Ignace, will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater every Sunday evening from July 1 through September 2. Enjoy the fireworks on Saturday nights, and stay for the movies on Sunday! Come one, come all to our free family-friendly "Movies by the Bay" this summer in St. Ignace!
Free popcorn! Other concessions will be available for purchase.

2012 movie schedule:
August 12 - Cool Runnings
August 19 - The Adventures of Tin Tin
August 26 - We Bought a Zoo
September 2 - Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax!

So pack up the kids, grab your chairs and blankets, and come enjoy an outdoor movie alongside beautiful Lake Huron!

Outdoor Movies by the Bay is being sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program - Mackinaw City, Michigan

"True-Blue with the Perseid Meteor Showers"
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Jim Montcalm Memorial Underwater Scuba Treasure Hunt - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Monday, August 13, 2012
Star Line Sunset on the Straits Cruise - St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, Michigan

Monday Evenings July 2 - August 13
July 2, 9, 16, 23 - 8pm St. Ignace departure & 8:30pm Mackinac Island departure
July 30 & August 6, 13 - 7:30pm St. Ignace departure & 8pm Mackinac Island depart.
Come Cruise with us.
Take a one and a half hour Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Sunset Cruise on Monday evenings throughout the summer season. The Sunset Cruise navigates through the Straits of Mackinac and includes a narrated tour near the Round Island Lighthouse near Mackinac Island, the Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse and Colonial Michilimackinac along the shore of Mackinaw City and a view of the spectacular Lake Michigan sunset under the Mackinac Bridge. Refreshments will be available to purchase during the cruise.
For reservations call 1-800-638-9892
Info provided by: www.mackinacferry.com
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Monday, August 13, 2012
Making the Great Lakes Great - Bay Harbor, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique opportunity to experience the Great Lakes as you become a scientist for the day. You will gain an understanding of the health of the Great Lakes and how it is determined, as well as issues that face the Great Lakes and the plans to address these issues. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in partnership with Grand Valley State’s Annis Water Resources Institute, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, and BaySail. This program is free and open to ages 7 and up.

If you have questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Tuesday, August 14
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1:30pm-4:30pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Live at the Pavilion Wine & Beer Tasting - St. Ignace, Michigan

5pm-7pm
The Pavilion, 180 N. State St.
Local businesses will prepare hors d’oeuvres, and live music provided by local artisans. Samplings from local, national and international wineries.

The $7.00 admission includes six 1-ounce tastings of wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Tuesdays in July and August
August 14
August 21
August 28

Sponsored by the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with The Winery.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park.
Subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, August 14 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Making the Great Lakes Great - Charlevoix, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique opportunity to experience the Great Lakes as you become a scientist for the day. You will gain an understanding of the health of the Great Lakes and how it is determined, as well as issues that face the Great Lakes and the plans to address these issues. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in partnership with Grand Valley State’s Annis Water Resources Institute, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, and BaySail. This program is free and open to ages 7 and up.

If you have questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Locals on the Bay Free Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Enjoy FREE waterfront entertainment by local musicians during an evening performace on the shores of Lake Huron, marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace. Donations accepted.

2012 schedule of performers is:

August 15 - Jas’Mai, Classic & Original Tunes
August 22 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
August 29 - Cedar Straits, Acoustic
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Governor’s Summer Residence Tours - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island State Park
Located at the corner of Fort Street and Huron. Tours start between 9:30am - 11:30am.
Constructed in 1902 as a private summer cottage, this residence has served as weekend getaways for Michigan governors since July 1945. (The nearby Major’s Quarters was used as the official "Governor’s Cottage" between 1935 and 1945.) Every Wednesday between mid-June and mid-August, the governor’s summer residence is open to the public between 9:30am - 11:30am for a guided tour. Free to the public No reservations required.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Thursday, August 16-24, 2012
St. Ignace Heritage Week - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1:30pm-4:30pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Bayside Live! Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Bands, folksingers and comedians entertain and amuse the audience during free evening performances on the shore of Lake Huron, new marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace.

The weather’s going to be beautiful - what better way to spend your evening than by listening to great music while enjoying the beauty of a Great Lake!

2012 schedule of performers is:

August 16 - Joe, Chris & Ben, Acoustic trio with a lot of harmonies!
August 23 - Jody Gaskin, Contemporary Native American Music
August 30 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Mackinaw Crossings Mall Sweet 16 Celebration - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, August 17-18, 2012
Gold Wing Road Riders Midnight Ride from Grand Rapids & Parade of Lights - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, August 17, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, August 17, 2012
Fab Friday! - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-9pm
This fun-filled evening will have something for everyone! As you stroll along the streets in downtown St. Ignace, you will see a variety of activities to watch and/or participate in.

The museum of Ojibwa Culture will have a historic walking tour and Native American drumming and singing, while City Hall and Colonial House Inn will have music to draw you in!

You can also enjoy music at Fort de Buade Indian Museum, or check out the display of wild animal tracks, or show off your singing skills withKaraoke across from B.C. Pizza. Be sure to watch out for "Pizzarelli" the crossing guard, who will make sure you cross the street safely! Walk the runway at Runway Fashions! Enjoy kid’s games and balloon art at The Pavilion! Or the bounce house and face painting in front of the First National Bank.

Fridays in July and August

Event Dates:
August 17
August 24
August 31

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casino.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, August 17, 2012
Astronomy Under Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

8:30pm-10:45pm
Ever gaze-up at the night sky and wonder which constellations you see? On the Astronomy Under Sail trip, we will set sail on Suttons Bay before sunset and get away from the shore lights for a clear view of the night sky. During the evening, astronomer Dick Cookman will help you identify constellations and explain the legends behind their names. In addition to the star gazing, you will become the unofficial "crew" of Inland Seas, as you work the halyards and sheets to get us under sail.

The program is designed for adults, with a cost of $45/person. This program is limited to 25 participants, so sign-up early (this is our most popular adult offering).

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolsail.org
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Friday, August 17-19, 2012
Wild Blueberry Festival - Paradise, Michigan

Arts and Crafts Fair, Unique Entertainment, Local Food Specialties, Blueberry jamboree and more!
Location: Whitefish Township Community Center
Sponsor: Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce
Blueberry Festival: www.paradisemichigan.org/blueberryfest.html
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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Saturday, August 18, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Saturday, August 18
Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, August 18, 2012
Gold Wing Midnight Ride for Juvenile Diabetes - Mackinac Bridge, Michigan

8am
Sponsor: Gold Wing Midnight Riders
Info provided by: www.mackinacbridge.org
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Saturday, August 18, 2012
Fireworks Over the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

10pm
Moran Bay
Come and enjoy the fireworks over the bay in downtown St. Ignace!

Saturdays in St. Ignace have gotten better! Every Saturday night from July 7 through September 1st, fireworks will decorate the sky over Moran Bay. Visitors can enjoy the display from the Huron Boardwalk, area restaurants and motels, or even just strolling through the business district. Saturdays at 10pm, come and join us in St. Ignace, Michigan!

Event Dates:
August 18
August 25
September 1

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, August 18, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Conga Se Menne
The musical style of Conga Se Menne is impossible to pigeon hole, running the gamut of Blues, Funk, Latin, Reggae, Caribbean beats and ethnic Finnish sounds. Island beat percussion blends smoothly with mellifluous keyboards, sonorous Horns and big-shouldered guitar work - all mixing with an influence or traditional styles.

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park.
Subject to change without notice.

Saturday, August 18 - Conga Se Menne
Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, August 18, 2012
Presentation: The Eastland Disaster - Paradise, Michigan

7pm
Featuring maritime historian Mike LeButt
Info provided by: www.shipwreckmuseum.com
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Saturday, August 18, 2012
Case Knife Show - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Coffman Hardware
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Sunday, August 19, 2012
Outdoor Movies by the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

American Legion Memorial Park
American Legion Park, on the bay in St. Ignace, will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater every Sunday evening from July 1 through September 2. Enjoy the fireworks on Saturday nights, and stay for the movies on Sunday! Come one, come all to our free family-friendly "Movies by the Bay" this summer in St. Ignace!
Free popcorn! Other concessions will be available for purchase.

2012 movie schedule:
August 19 - The Adventures of Tin Tin
August 26 - We Bought a Zoo
September 2 - Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax!

So pack up the kids, grab your chairs and blankets, and come enjoy an outdoor movie alongside beautiful Lake Huron!

Outdoor Movies by the Bay is being sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Sunday, August 19-26, 2012
St. Ignace Heritage Week - St. Ignace, Michigan

Fort de Buade Indian Museum and Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Join us as we pay special tribute to our rich history during this 8-day event. Fort de Buade Indian Museum and the Museum of Ojibwa Culture will offer special presentations, community walking tours, historical fashion shows, an All Family Reunion, and more. Native American singing, geocaching and a variety of other events will all occur during this celebration.

This event is being sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Sunday, August 19, 2012
Astronomy Under Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

8:30pm-10:45pm
Ever gaze-up at the night sky and wonder which constellations you see? On the Astronomy Under Sail trip, we will set sail on Suttons Bay before sunset and get away from the shore lights for a clear view of the night sky. During the evening, astronomer Dick Cookman will help you identify constellations and explain the legends behind their names. In addition to the star gazing, you will become the unofficial "crew" of Inland Seas, as you work the halyards and sheets to get us under sail.

The program is designed for adults, with a cost of $45/person. This program is limited to 25 participants, so sign-up early (this is our most popular adult offering).

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolsail.org
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Monday, August 20, 2012
Special EXTENDED Lighthouse Cruise through Les Cheneaux Island - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1pm-6:30pm
New for 2012! This cruise is bigger and better than ever! Join us on a 5.5 hour extended cruise into the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands in northern Lake Huron. On the way to the stunning Les Cheneaux Islands, you will pass by British Landing on Mackinac Island where, 200 years ago on July 17th, Fort Mackinac was captured by the British in one of the first major events in the War of 1812. You will also enjoy exceptional views of six lighthouses including Martin Reef, Spectacle Reef, and for the first time on this cruise, the DeTour Reef Light, in addition to the Bois Blanc Lighthouse, the Round Island Light and the Round Island Passage Light. The cost includes a boxed lunch. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. Cruise direction could change due to severe weather. This cruise is $77.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $42.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Tuesday, August 21
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Live at the Pavilion Wine & Beer Tasting - St. Ignace, Michigan

5pm-7pm
The Pavilion, 180 N. State St.
Local businesses will prepare hors d’oeuvres, and live music provided by local artisans. Samplings from local, national and international wineries.

The $7.00 admission includes six 1-ounce tastings of wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Tuesdays in July and August
August 21
August 28

Sponsored by the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with The Winery.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park.
Subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, August 21 - Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

2pm-5m
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Locals on the Bay Free Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Enjoy FREE waterfront entertainment by local musicians during an evening performace on the shores of Lake Huron, marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace. Donations accepted.

2012 schedule of performers is:

August 22 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
August 29 - Cedar Straits, Acoustic
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Area BAH - Mackinaw City, Harbor Springs and Petoskey, Michigan

Legs Inn
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Governor’s Summer Residence Tours - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island State Park
Located at the corner of Fort Street and Huron. Tours start between 9:30am - 11:30am.
Constructed in 1902 as a private summer cottage, this residence has served as weekend getaways for Michigan governors since July 1945. (The nearby Major’s Quarters was used as the official "Governor’s Cottage" between 1935 and 1945.) Every Wednesday between mid-June and mid-August, the governor’s summer residence is open to the public between 9:30am - 11:30am for a guided tour. Free to the public No reservations required.
Info provided by: www.mackinacparks.com
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Bayside Live! Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Bands, folksingers and comedians entertain and amuse the audience during free evening performances on the shore of Lake Huron, new marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace.

The weather’s going to be beautiful - what better way to spend your evening than by listening to great music while enjoying the beauty of a Great Lake!

2012 schedule of performers is:

August 23 - Jody Gaskin, Contemporary Native American Music
August 30 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

2pm-5pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Friday, August 24-25, 2012
Mackinac Island Fudge Festival - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, August 24-26, 2012
Rendezvous at the Straits Pow Wow - St. Ignace, Michigan

1pm Friday - Blessing of the grounds
1pm Saturday & Sunday - Grand Entrance

A rendezvous at the Straits French Voyager Reencactment and Powwow, a family event celebrating the history of the St. Ignace area, will take place Friday, August 24, through Sunday, August 26, 2012, at the Father Marquette Memorial Park in St. Ignace. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for elders and students. There will be no charge for children younger than 12.

The blessing of the grounds will take place Friday, August 24, at 1pm. Grand Entrance will be at 1pm on both Saturday & Sunday.

This family event is to be alcohol and drug free. It is sponsored by the St. Ignace Events Committee, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the Michilimackinac Historical Society, and Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, August 24, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, August 24, 2012
Fab Friday! - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-9pm
This fun-filled evening will have something for everyone! As you stroll along the streets in downtown St. Ignace, you will see a variety of activities to watch and/or participate in.

The museum of Ojibwa Culture will have a historic walking tour and Native American drumming and singing, while City Hall and Colonial House Inn will have music to draw you in!

You can also enjoy music at Fort de Buade Indian Museum, or check out the display of wild animal tracks, or show off your singing skills withKaraoke across from B.C. Pizza. Be sure to watch out for "Pizzarelli" the crossing guard, who will make sure you cross the street safely! Walk the runway at Runway Fashions! Enjoy kid’s games and balloon art at The Pavilion! Or the bounce house and face painting in front of the First National Bank.

Fridays in July and August

Event Dates:
August 24
August 31

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casino.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, August 25-26, 2012
Mackinaw City Arts & Craft Show - Mackinaw City, Michigan

10am-7pm Saturday
10am-3pm Sunday
Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau to host the Mackinaw City Arts and Craft Show on August 25-26, 2012 at the Conkling Heritage Waterfront Park on South Huron Avenue. The show will feature many artists from around the country. Exhibits to include: paintings, woodwork, hand-crafted jewelry, hand-designed clothing, self-published books, nature photography, gourmet dips and salsa, seasonal décor and much, much more.
Info provided by: www.mackinawcity.com
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Saturday, August 25-26, 2012
Corvette Crossroads Auto Show - Mackinaw City, Michigan

10am Auto Show Saturday
7pm Parade Saturday
Mackinaw City, Michigan is the site for the annual Corvette Crossroads event held August 26th and what a fun place to be. This event is hosted by the Mackinaw Area Chamber of Commerce and supported by the area businesses, is definitely a must for Corvette vacationers. The corvette Parade across the Mackinac Bridge is Saturday evening at 7pm.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Fireworks Over the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

10pm
Moran Bay
Come and enjoy the fireworks over the bay in downtown St. Ignace!

Saturdays in St. Ignace have gotten better! Every Saturday night from July 7 through September 1st, fireworks will decorate the sky over Moran Bay. Visitors can enjoy the display from the Huron Boardwalk, area restaurants and motels, or even just strolling through the business district. Saturdays at 10pm, come and join us in St. Ignace, Michigan!

Event Dates:
August 25
September 1

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, August 25, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Saturday, August 25
Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

2pm-5pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Music in the Mackinaw Crossings Mall - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Sunday, August 26, 2012
Outdoor Movies by the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

American Legion Memorial Park
American Legion Park, on the bay in St. Ignace, will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater every Sunday evening from July 1 through September 2. Enjoy the fireworks on Saturday nights, and stay for the movies on Sunday! Come one, come all to our free family-friendly "Movies by the Bay" this summer in St. Ignace!
Free popcorn! Other concessions will be available for purchase.

2012 movie schedule:
August 26 - We Bought a Zoo
September 2 - Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax!

So pack up the kids, grab your chairs and blankets, and come enjoy an outdoor movie alongside beautiful Lake Huron!

Outdoor Movies by the Bay is being sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Tuesday, August 28
Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Live at the Pavilion Wine & Beer Tasting - St. Ignace, Michigan

5pm-7pm
The Pavilion, 180 N. State St.
Local businesses will prepare hors d’oeuvres, and live music provided by local artisans. Samplings from local, national and international wineries.

The $7.00 admission includes six 1-ounce tastings of wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres and live music.

Tuesdays in July and August
August 28

Sponsored by the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with The Winery.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Straits Area Concert Band
Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park.
Subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, August 28 - Straits Area Concert Band
Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Making the Great Lakes Great - Frankfort, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique opportunity to experience the Great Lakes as you become a scientist for the day. You will gain an understanding of the health of the Great Lakes and how it is determined, as well as issues that face the Great Lakes and the plans to address these issues. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in partnership with Grand Valley State’s Annis Water Resources Institute, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, and BaySail. This program is free and open to ages 7 and up.

If you have questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Locals on the Bay Free Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Enjoy FREE waterfront entertainment by local musicians during an evening performace on the shores of Lake Huron, marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace. Donations accepted.

2012 schedule of performers is:

August 29 - Cedar Straits, Acoustic
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Bayside Live! Waterfront Entertainment Series - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
St. Ignace City Marina Pavilion
Bands, folksingers and comedians entertain and amuse the audience during free evening performances on the shore of Lake Huron, new marina pavilion, downtown St. Ignace.

The weather’s going to be beautiful - what better way to spend your evening than by listening to great music while enjoying the beauty of a Great Lake!

2012 schedule of performers is:

August 30 - Catholic Girls Gone Bad, Songs from the 40s on up
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

2pm-5pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Friday, August 31, 2012
History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-8:30pm
Location: Begins at Museum of Ojibwa Culture
Come and experience "History & Mystery Guided Walking Tours", held every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings during July and August. Take a historic ghostly walk with stories told by U.P. storyteller, Woodsmoke Jim. This guided walking tour along the Huron Boardwalk is full of surprises, legends, stories and mysteries of St. Ignace. All tours being at the Museum of Ojibwa Culture (566 N. State St.) at 7pm and are free of charge. Tips are accepted and appreciated. Tours last 1 ½ hours, and will go rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

Friday, August 31

Come early and experience Native Culture in the Longhouse at 7pm. Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, August 31, 2012
Fab Friday! - St. Ignace, Michigan

7pm-9pm
This fun-filled evening will have something for everyone! As you stroll along the streets in downtown St. Ignace, you will see a variety of activities to watch and/or participate in.

The museum of Ojibwa Culture will have a historic walking tour and Native American drumming and singing, while City Hall and Colonial House Inn will have music to draw you in!

You can also enjoy music at Fort de Buade Indian Museum, or check out the display of wild animal tracks, or show off your singing skills withKaraoke across from B.C. Pizza. Be sure to watch out for "Pizzarelli" the crossing guard, who will make sure you cross the street safely! Walk the runway at Runway Fashions! Enjoy kid’s games and balloon art at The Pavilion! Or the bounce house and face painting in front of the First National Bank.

Fridays in July and August

Event Dates:
August 31

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casino.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, August 31, 2012
Making the Great Lakes Great - Frankfort, Michigan

2pm-5pm
A unique opportunity to experience the Great Lakes as you become a scientist for the day. You will gain an understanding of the health of the Great Lakes and how it is determined, as well as issues that face the Great Lakes and the plans to address these issues. This program is sponsored by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in partnership with Grand Valley State’s Annis Water Resources Institute, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Sea Grant, and BaySail. This program is free and open to ages 7 and up.

If you have questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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September

Saturday, September 1-2, 2012
Arts & Crafts Dockside - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, September 1-2, 2012
Royal Craft Show - Charlevoix, Michigan

At Castle Farms www.castlefarms.com
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Fireworks Over the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

10pm
Moran Bay
Come and enjoy the fireworks over the bay in downtown St. Ignace!

Saturdays in St. Ignace have gotten better! Every Saturday night from July 7 through September 1st, fireworks will decorate the sky over Moran Bay. Visitors can enjoy the display from the Huron Boardwalk, area restaurants and motels, or even just strolling through the business district. Saturdays at 10pm, come and join us in St. Ignace, Michigan!

Event Dates:
September 1

Sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

2pm-5pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Music in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Northern Michigan Brass Band
Now in its 12th year of operation, this 27 piece, British-style ensemble is an all-volunteer band which has attracted adult brass players from across Northern Michigan from Alpena to Traverse City and north to Mackinaw City. Since the band was formed in 1999, they have presented more than 60 concerts in various venues throughout Northern Michigan.

Tuesday & Saturday Evenings at 8pm, unless otherwise noted. Conkling Heritage Park. Subject to change without notice.

Saturday, Sept 1 - Northern Michigan Brass Band
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Astronomy Under Sail: with a fireworks show - Suttons Bay, MIichigan

8pm-10:15pm
Ever gaze-up at the night sky and wonder which constellations you see? On the Astronomy Under Sail trip, we will set sail on Suttons Bay before sunset and get away from the shore lights for a clear view of the night sky. During the evening, astronomer Dick Cookman will help you identify constellations and explain the legends behind their names. In addition to the star gazing, you will become the unofficial "crew" of Inland Seas, as you work the halyards and sheets to get us under sail. This sail will take place during the full moon and there will be a fireworks show during the sail.

The program is designed for adults, with a cost of $45/person. This program is limited to 25 participants, so sign-up early (this is our most popular adult offering).

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up please contact our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolsail.org
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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Family Science Sail - Suttons Bay, Michigan

9am-12pm
A unique hands-on experience for the entire family (ages 7 and up). Learn more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests. Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. $40/person, $35/children under 18.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up for the sail please call our office at 231-271-3077.
Info provided by: www.schoolship.org
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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Whitefish Point Annual Fish Boil - Paradise, Michigan

Info provided by: www.shipwreckmuseum.com
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Sunday, September 2, 2012
DALMAC - Mackinac Bridge, Michigan

8am-10am
Sponsor: Tri-County Bicycle Association
Info provided by: www.mackinacbridge.org
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Sunday, September 2, 2012
Outdoor Movies by the Bay! - St. Ignace, Michigan

American Legion Memorial Park
American Legion Park, on the bay in St. Ignace, will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater every Sunday evening from July 1 through September 2. Enjoy the fireworks on Saturday nights, and stay for the movies on Sunday! Come one, come all to our free family-friendly "Movies by the Bay" this summer in St. Ignace! Free popcorn! Other concessions will be available for purchase.

2012 movie schedule:
September 2 - Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax!

So pack up the kids, grab your chairs and blankets, and come enjoy an outdoor movie alongside beautiful Lake Huron!

Outdoor Movies by the Bay is being sponsored in part by Kewadin Casinos.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Monday, September 3, 2012
State St. Bridge Walk - Cheboygan, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Monday, September 3, 2012
55th Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk - St. Ignace to Mackinaw City, Michigan

7am-11am
Join thousands of pedestrians as they participate in a long standing tradition, the Labor Day Bridge Walk. The walk begins at 7am on Labor Day and concludes at 11am. This is the only day of the year that walking the "Mighty Mac" is allowed.
Info provided by: www.mackinawcity.com
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Special EXTENDED Lighthouse Cruise through Les Cheneaux Island - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1pm-6:30pm
New for 2012! This cruise is bigger and better than ever! Join us on a 5.5 hour extended cruise into the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands in northern Lake Huron. On the way to the stunning Les Cheneaux Islands, you will pass by British Landing on Mackinac Island where, 200 years ago on July 17th, Fort Mackinac was captured by the British in one of the first major events in the War of 1812. You will also enjoy exceptional views of six lighthouses including Martin Reef, Spectacle Reef, and for the first time on this cruise, the DeTour Reef Light, in addition to the Bois Blanc Lighthouse, the Round Island Light and the Round Island Passage Light. The cost includes a boxed lunch. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. Cruise direction could change due to severe weather. This cruise is $77.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $42.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Eastern Lake Ontario Excursion - Mackinaw City, Michigan

The wonderful Riveredge Resort serves as our base of operations for al five nights and four days of this wonderful excursion in the eastern basin of Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands area. The schedule of events includes trips on beautifully restored mahogany runabouts to cruise by Sisters and Rock Island lighthouses and enjoy lunch at the Rock Island lighthouse, boat trips to land on Horse Island and obtain rare close-up views of its elusive lighthouse; a trip out into Lake Ontario to view the lighthouses on Tibbetts Point, East Charity Shoal, Galloo Island and Rock Island, among others; and a trip on World War II era tugboat to obtain a close up view of the Oswego west breakwater light. The price for this incredible opportunity for GLLKA members is only $1,100.00 per person double occupancy, and $1,350.99 per person single occupancy. This price includes all hotels, meals and transportation, from Wednesday evening through lunch on Sunday afternoon. Non GLLKA members will need to add $40 for a 10year individual membership or $55 for a 10year family membership in order to participate. To register, please call the GLLKA office at 231-436-5580 during office hours.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Thursday, September 6, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1:30pm-4:30pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets onling.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Friday, September 7-8, 2012
Hopps of Fun Beer & Wine Festival - Mackinaw City, Michigan

5pm-11pm Friday
1pm-11pm Saturday
Mackinaw Crossings Mall
On September 7th & 8th, 2012 Mackinaw Crossings will host "Historic Depot Happy Hour Hopps of Fun". This unique event will feature extensive sampling of 50+ award winning Michigan micro brewed beers and over 40 wines from Michigan’s four internationally recognized wine regions. Plenty of food, wine, beer, entertainment and fun! Festival grounds are located at Mackinaw Crossings in downtown Mackinaw City.
Info provided by: www.mackinawcity.com
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Saturday, September 8, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1:30pm-4:30pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Saturday, September 8, 2012
8 Mile Run/Walk - Mackinac Island, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

3:30pm-6pm
Departing from Shepler’s Mackinaw City dock, you’ll bear west and pass directly under the mighty Mackinac Bridge, setting the stage for this 3-hour round trip tour. Visible to the south along the 20 mile run to White Shoal Light is Wilderness State Park. To the south lies Gray’s Reef Light, originally built in 1891. Your ship will then double back toward the medieval-looking Waugoshance Light. The 12 mile eastward run to St. Helena Island provides ample opportunity for plenty of lighthouse lore. The final pass on the Westward Cruise swings by the St. Helena Island Light, then back to Mackinaw City. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets onling.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics - Mackinac Bridge, Michigan

2:30pm
Sponsor: LETR
Info provided by: www.mackinacbridge.org
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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1:30pm-5pm
You’ll start by passing under the Mackinac Bridge for a close-up view of Big Mac. Then you’ll head across the Straits between Round Island Light and Round Island Passage Light. Turning east, you’ll pass by the privately owned Bois Blanc Light. Poe Reef and Fourteen Foot Shoal Lights mark your turn into the South Channel. A quick trip up the Cheboygan River takes you past the Cheboygan Crib Light before you head back. En route, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters of the Straits, a bird’s eye view of the Coast Guard cutter "Mackinaw", and plenty of maritime history. This cruise is hosted by Shelper’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruise is $52.50 per person, children 5-12 years - $27.50, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Friday, September 14-16, 2012
17th Annual Richard Crane Memorial Big Rig Truck Show - St. Ignace, Michigan

Downtown St. Ignace
See these awesome semi-trucks with customized cabs, extraordinary paint/artwork and neon light displays.

September 15 - Semi-trucks on display and Mackinac Bridge "Parade of Lights" at dusk. This is very cool; you don’t want to miss it!

September 16 - Semi-trucks on display and awards ceremony.

This event is being held in conjunction with the On The Waterfront Car/Toy/Truck Show.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Friday, September 14, 2012
5th Annual Owosso Tractor Parts Antique Tractor Bridge Crossing & St. Ignace Show - St. Ignace & Mackinaw City, Michigan

10am Bridge Crossing
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Special EXTENDED Westbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1:30pm-5pm
In addition to the lighthouses you see on our standard Westbound cruise, you’ll be treated to a chance to get an up-close glimpse of Skillagalee Lighthouse, where you will be able to take some wonderful photos from a great vantage point on board this cruise. The cruise is 3.5 hours long. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the crise. Cruise direction could change due to severe weather. The cost is $61.00 for adults, and $35 for Children (5-12 years), with children under 5 years riding free, and includes a boxed lunch and soft drink for all guest. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436-5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Saturday, September 15-16, 2012
Big Mac Shoreline Fall Scenic Bike Tour - Mackinaw City, Michigan

7am Saturday
Mackinaw City Recreation Center
Join us for a one of a kind bike tour that has become a tradition for many bikers in Michigan and in surrounding states. On Saturday, September 15th, over 300 participants celebrate a 25, 50, 75, or 100-mile bike tour along the shores of Lake Michigan. The routes are clearly marked and a number of rest areas dot the course. SAG Safety Wagons also circle the route to ensure safety for riders.
Info provided by: www.mackinawcity.com
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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Annual Big Truck Parade of Lights - St. Ignace & Mackinaw City, Michigan

At Dusk
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Paradise Tahquamenon Wilderness Canoe Race - Paradise, Michigan

"The Great Race from the Lower Falls to Lake Superior"
Sponsors: PACC & Michigan Canoe Racing Association www.miracing.com
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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Sunday, September 16, 2012
Special EXTENDED Eastbound Straits of Mackinac Lighthouse Cruise - Mackinaw City, Michigan

1:30pm-5:30pm
In addition to the lighthouses you see on our standard Lake Huron cruise, on a Shepler’s Extended Eastbound Lighthouse Cruise you’ll be treated to a chance to see the elusive Spectacle Reef Lighthouse. This lighthouse may only be viewed up-close from a boat and the cruise allows you unbelievable photo opportunities of this remarkable lighthouse. The cruise is four hours long. This cruise is hosted by Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises, with GLLKA experts serving as your guides, providing narration and answers to questions throughout the cruise. The cruse is $68.00 per person, children 5-12 years - $39.25, and children under 5 ride free. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Shepler’s at (800) 828-6157 or (231) 436- 5023 or you can order tickets online.
Info provided by: www.gllka.com
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Friday, September 21-23, 2012
5th Annual Biketemberfest - Harbor Springs, Michigan

A brand new fall adventure that has all the fun of our spring Zoo-De-Mack ride without all the planning. It’s a simple weekend package that can be booked with one telephone call. This weekend package includes two huge parties with a great band, a lot of sunshine, one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country, and a chairlift ride to the top of the Boyne Highlands ski area (with your bike) for spectacular views and a thrilling downhill ride through the woods.

THIS IS NOT A RACE!!! Instead it’s a collection of outdoor enthusiasts who want to enjoy a little physical exercise together in one of the most beautiful areas in the state of Michigan. The ride is approximately 44 miles in length and starting and ending at Boyne Highlands Resort. We will ride up and down the rolling countryside, through forests and farmland, and will be overwhelmed by breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from atop 400’ high bluffs. We stop approximately half way at a unique place called the LEGS INN where we have a leisurely lunch and swap stories. The ride continues through farmland, hardwood forests, and gently rolling hills with a stop at the Moose Jaw Junction Bar before ending up back at Boyne Highlands Resort. As an added bonus, Boyne Highlands will have a chairlift open all weekend. Put your bike on the chairlift and catch a ride to the top of Boyne Highlands ski area for spectacular views of Lake Michigan and Little Traverse Bay. There are scenic downhill trails for the inexperienced and extremely hard-core trails for the adventurous.

This event is a smaller, relaxed version of our spring ride, with 300 participants vs. 3000 and minimal planning. If you think the spring Zoo-de-Mack ride is too crazy, this ride is for you!

For more info visit www.zoo-de-mack.com
Info provided by: www.zoo-de-mack.com
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Saturday, September 22, 2012
Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program - Mackinaw City, Michigan

"Harvest Moon Pot Luck"
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, September 22, 2012
Historic Quilting at Whitefish Point - Paradise, Michigan

10am
Hosted by Village Fabrics and Crafts (Paradise, MI) owner Vicki Hallaxs
Info provided by: www.shipwreckmusuem.com
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Saturday, September 22, 2012
Fall Migration at Whitefish Point - Paradise, Michigan

While Spring migration at the Point is very well known, Fall migration can also be quite spectacular. Water birds tend to dominate the views through birders’ scopes during Fall migration, but so do rare species like Jaegers. Target birds, in addition to the numerous waterfowl, include Red-throated Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Scoters, and Sandhill Crane. Owl banding will be in operation during the night and we may be able to view a Saw-whet or Boreal Owl the research staff captured the previous night.

Additional details:
-This is an all-day trip that will begin in Paradise, MI. You will be notified beforehand about the exact starting time and meeting place.
-Transportation during the field trip is via personal vehicles.
-Participants are responsible for arranging their own overnight accommodations.
-Trip cost: $40/person for WPBO members and $65/person for non-members (fee includes membership).
-The fee does not include meals, overnight accommodations, or park fees (if any).
Info provided by: www.wpbo.org
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Friday, September 28, 2012
Cash Bash Raffle - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Mackinaw Reception Center
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, September 28, 2012
Presentation: The Sinking of the Carl D. Bradley - Paradise, Michigan

7pm
Featuring TV 9&10 News Director of Photojournalism Corey Adkins
Info provided by: www.shipwreckmuseum.com
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Saturday, September 29, 2012
Dinner and… - Paradise, Michigan

6pm
Enjoy a night our with dinner served by Chamber of Commerce Members. 6pm at the Whitefish Township Community Center. Tickets (906) 203-1420 or at North Coast Realty.
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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October

Friday, October 5-6, 2012
Fort Fright - Mackinaw City, MIichigan

Colonial Michilimackinac
6:30-9pm
On October 5th and 6th, Colonial Michilimackinac will be transformed into a haunted habitat where werewolves, witches, and other legendary characters roam. Operating under the name "Fort Fright" for these two nights, the 18th century fort and fur trading village will be open from 6:30 to 9pm, with admission sent at $18 for families, $6 for adults, $3 for youth (5-17), and free for children 4 and under.

The characters that will be seen and talked about throughout the evening are drawn from a book called Were-Wolves and Will-o-the-Wisps: French Tales of Mackinac Retold , which was authored by Dirk Gringhuis and published by Mackinac State Historic Parks in 1974. "The book describes the best-known legends in French-Canadian folklore," explained Brisson, "like the man who can change into a wolf, the ghostly light known as ‘will o’ the wisp’, and the good and bad goblins called ‘lutins.’" Many of these legends spread to other countries, Brisson noted, and some are still believed in today - with a twist. "For instance, Gringuis’ book tells us that black cats - now thought of as bringing bad luck - were originally considered the best of the good lutins."

Priced at $6 a copy, the softbound Were-Wolves and Will-o-the-Wisps will be available for purchase at the Visitor’s Center on the nights of the event.

Information is available at 231-436-4100 or on the web at www.mackinacparks.com
Info provided by: www.mackinawcity.com
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Saturday, October 6-7, 2012
Great Waters Festival - St. Ignace, Michigan

St. Ignace City Marina
Saturday, Oct. 6 - 11am-6pm
Sunday, Oct. 7 - 11am-3pm
The bounty of fall and the best that Michigan has to offer - that’s the potent combination that awaits you at this festival, showcasing Michigan-made products. Visit the tents and partake in crafts, artwork, foods, beverages and live music. Join the Crabby Apple Road race, try your hand at The Great Pumpkin Roll, and enjoy the free family-friendly activities on the St. Ignace City Marina Dock.
Info provided by: www.stignace.com
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Saturday, October 6, 2012
4th Annual Fall Colors Bridge Race - Mackinaw City, Michigan

7am Foot Race
Headquarters at Mackinaw Recreation Center
Enjoy the breathtaking view from the top of the Mackinac Bridge and Michigan in all its Fall splendor! This race, in its third year, promises to be one you won’t forget - it’s a unique opportunity to run the Mighty Mac! The event will take place on October 6, 2012. See 2011 Bridge Run Photos at fastphotopro.com
Info provided by: www.mackinawcity.com
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Saturday, October 6, 2012
Fall Jog - Mackinac Bridge, Michigan

7am
Sponsor: St. Ignace Visitor’s Bureau & Mackinaw Area Visitor’s Bureau
Info provided by: www.mackinacbridge.org
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Saturday, October 6, 2012
Fireworks over the Marina - Mackinaw City, Michigan

MAVB
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, October 6, 2012
2nd Annual Crabby Apple Road Race/Autumn Apple Days/The Great Pumpkin Roll - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Sunday, October 7, 2012
Mackinac State Historic Park sites close for the season

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Dinner - Mackinaw City, Michigan

At the Admiral’s Table
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Thursday, October 11-14, 2012
Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival - Alpena, Michigan

The four day event provides activities for the young and old including lighthouse tours (aerial, boat or personal vehicle), entertainment, and vendors. The festival boasts over 100 maritime related vendors including lighthouse preservation groups, artists, authors and more.
Info provided by: www.lighthousefestival.org
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Friday, October 12-13, 2012
The Haunted Trail - Paradise, Michigan

7-10pm
Held at Sawmill Creek Township Park on Whitefish Point Road 1-10pm, Admission $5.00.
Sponsor: Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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Friday, October 12-13, 2012
Harvest Fest - Paradise, Michigan

Autumn Camping at Lower Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Friday Night Fright!, Pumpkin Carving, Site Decorating, Chili Cook-Off, Costume Contest & Trick-or-Treating.
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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Friday, October 12-14, 2012
Great Pumpkin Hunt - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Chamber of Commerce
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Friday, October 12-20, 2012
Fall Shopper Festival - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Second Annual Whitefish Point: Run for the Light - Paradise, Michigan

9am
5K & 10K Fun Run and Walk (fundraiser for Light Tower restoration)
Info provided by: www.shipwreckmuseum.com
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Wednesday, October 24-31, 2012
Antique Dress & Quilt Display - Charlevoix, Michigan

At Castle Farms www.castlefarms.com
Info provided by: www.castlefarms.com
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Saturday, October 27, 2012
9th Annual Trunk or Treat and Haunted Woods - St. Ignace, Michigan

Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, October 27, 2012
Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program - Mackinaw City, Michigan

"4th Annual Headlands Challenge"
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Sunday, October 28, 2012
Grand Bridal Expo - Charlevoix, Michigan

At Castle Farms www.castlefarms.com
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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November

Saturday, November 10, 2012
Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial Serivce - Paradise, Michigan

7pm
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point
Sponsor: Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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Saturday, November 10, 2012
Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program - Mackinaw City, Michigan

"Understanding Eclipes"
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Paradise Christmas Bazaar and Tree Lighting - Paradise, Michigan

10am-4pm Bazaar at the Whitefish Township Community Center. Shop for unique handcrafted Christmas gifts! Lunch and refreshment counter.

6pm Downtown Tree lighting and caroling
Sponsor: Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce
Info provided by: www.paradisemichigan.org
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Friday, November 30 to December 2, 2012
Christmas in Mackinaw - Mackinaw City, Michigan

Parade - Friday at 5pm - Santa, tree lighting at Indian Pathways Park. Cookies
Weekend shopping and dining
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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December

Saturday, December 15, 2012
Headlands International Dark Sky Park Program - Mackinaw City, Michigan

"Mayan Astronomy: What Did They Know?"
Info provided by: www.mackinawchamber.com
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Previous Calendars:
- 2009 Calendar of Events
- 2010 Calendar of Events
- 2011 Calendar of Events