Mackinaw and Mackinac Calendar of Events 2014

 

Mackinaw and Mackinac Calendar of Events 2014 provided by Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping and Mackinac Lakefront Cabin Rentals. Events listed are for Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island and surrounding areas in Northern Michigan and Upper Michigan.

 3 Disciplines
 Chicago Yacht Club
 Crisp Point Lighthouse Historical Society
 Great Lakes Endurance
 Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society
 Inland Seas Education Association
 Mackinac Arts Council
 Mackinac Bridge Authority
 Mackinac State Historic Parks
 Mackinaw Area Historical Society
 Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau
 Mackinaw City Area Arts Council
 Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce
 Mackinaw Woman's Club, Inc.
 Michigan Canoe Racing Association
 Nostalgia Productions, Inc.
 Owosso Tractor Parts
 Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce
 Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse Society
 St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce
 APlex Alpena Events Complex
 Colonial Michilimackinac
 Conkling Heritage Park
 Fort Mackinac
 Grand Hotel
 Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
 Heritage Village
 Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum
 Inland Seas Education Center
 Mackinac Bridge
 Mackinac Island State Park
 Mackinaw City High School
 Mackinaw City Municipal Marina
 Mackinaw Club Golf Course
 Mackinaw Crossings
 Michigan Governor's Mansion
 Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse
 Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum
 Sawmill Creek Township Park
 Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Preserve
 Tahquamenon Falls State Park
 The Headlands - Emmet County Park
 Wawatam Park
 Whitefish Township Community Center

  • Local events are listed here as a courtesy; local events are in no way sponsored by us (unless otherwise specified).
  • Please confirm events before planning to travel.
  • Events listed are for Northern Michigan, the Mackinaw City Area and the Mackinac Island Area.
  • Please contact us to submit corrections and/or additions to our Mackinaw City area Calendar of Local Events.

 

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May

Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run

 

Event Date:

May 3rd, 2014

The Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run includes a 5k run and a 1 mile kids run.

Bring all your friends and family to run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer. Then enjoy a colorful and magical party afterward in the Mackinaw Crossings, where you can Tie-Dye the Sky (not to mention all your friend!) in this ultimate celebration of life, friendship, fitness and fun.

Great Lakes Seminar Series: Lake Michigan in a Dugout

 

Event Date:

May 13th, 2014, 7:00pm

Lake Michigan in a Dugout

Amy Lukas and Mary Catterlin, boat builders, will speak about their experience paddling 1,200 of the 1,638 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline in a dugout canoe they built themselves. More information.


Every year Inland Seas Education Association hosts the Great Lakes Seminar Series. This monthly seminar series includes presentations about environmental issues important to the Grand Traverse Bay Region. Presentations range from underwater video, to research presentations, to stories, and much, much more! These seminars are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

All presentations are in our Education Center. If you would like to receive our e-invites, please contact Emily Shaw, Education Coordinator, by e-mail or phone 231-271-3077 to be added!

If you would be interested in becoming a seminar speaker, contact Emily Shaw, Education Coordinator, by e-mail or phone 231-271-3077.

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June

Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence Tours

 

Event Date:

June 4th – August 27th, 2014

Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence Tours

Explore the Governor’s Summer Residence on Mackinac Island each Wednesday from June 4 to August 27. Built in 1902 as a private summer cottage by Lawrence A. Young, it has served as the Governor’s summer Residence since 1945.

The residence was listed in the Michigan Register of Historic Places in October 1975. In November 1997, the house was named to the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of America’s most historic buildings and sites.

Throughout the tour, which lasts approximately 15 minutes, experienced docents will guide small groups through the first floor of the home.

When:
Wednesday’s from June 4th to August 27th
9:30 am – 11:30 am

This is a free event.

Visit www.mackinacparks.com for more information.

Great Lakes Seminar Series: Green Roof Technology

 

Event Date:

June 10th, 2014, 7:00pm

Green Roof Technology: Environmental and Economic Benefits

Casey Conn and Jud Downer of Green Roof Jungle and Nathan Griswold of Inhabitect will speak about the positive impacts of low-impact development. They will share pictures, information and resources on how to develop your property with the environment in mind. More information.


Every year Inland Seas Education Association hosts the Great Lakes Seminar Series. This monthly seminar series includes presentations about environmental issues important to the Grand Traverse Bay Region. Presentations range from underwater video, to research presentations, to stories, and much, much more! These seminars are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

All presentations are in our Education Center. If you would like to receive our e-invites, please contact Emily Shaw, Education Coordinator, by e-mail or phone 231-271-3077 to be added!

If you would be interested in becoming a seminar speaker, contact Emily Shaw, Education Coordinator, by e-mail or phone 231-271-3077.

Whitefish Point Marathon

 

Event Date:

June 14th, 2014

The Whitefish Point Marathon is a USA Track & Field Certified Course north of Paradise Michigan located in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Run from Sawmill Creek Park upbound (North on) Whitefish Point Road to Whitefish Point, then back to Whitefish Township Community Center. For more details visit their event website at WhitefishPointMarathon.org OR Register online.

Event Sponsor: Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce

Great Lakes Discovery Sail

 

Event Date:

June 19th – August 22nd, 2014
Great Lakes Discovery Sail (Full Schedule)

A unique hands-on experience for the entire family aboard our 77′ schooner Inland Seas. On our Great Lakes Discovery Sails, "students" of all ages become Great Lakes scientists for the day, learning more about the Great Lakes ecosystem by trawling for fish, collecting plankton, sampling the lake bottom, and completing water quality tests.

(Ages 5 and up; $35/person, $25/children under 18)

Become part of the maritime sailing tradition by raising the anchor, hoisting the sails, and steering the schooner. While the schooner is under sail, small groups move through a series of learning stations. These stations feature hands-on activities built around the samples collected earlier in the trip. At each learning station the ecology of the Great Lakes is stressed and related to the history and culture of the area. You will see and understand your place within the ecosystem.

As the ship returns to the dock, participants have an opportunity to reflect about their experiences aboard the Schoolship and to consider their role in protecting the Great Lakes. Each sail is 3 hours in length. Please arrive at the Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay (or other designated location) one half hour before sailing time.

2014 Schedule for Great Lakes Discovery Sail

All morning (AM) sails are from 9am to 12pm, all afternoon (PM) sails are from 2pm to 5pm unless otherwise stated.

  • June 19, (PM) Traverse City
  • June 25, (PM) Escanaba
  • July 3, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay
  • July 7, (PM) Traverse City (DTE Sponsored)
  • July 10, (PM) Traverse City (DTE Sponsored)
  • July 11, (PM) Traverse City (DTE Sponsored)
  • July 17, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay
  • July 19, (AM & PM) Charlevoix, Venetian Festival
  • July 20, (AM) Charlevoix Venetian Fest
  • July 28, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay
  • July 29, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay
  • July 31, (PM) Elk Rapids, Harbor Days
  • August 1, (AM & PM) Elk Rapids, Harbor Days
  • August 2, (PM) Elk Rapids, Harbor Days
  • August 5, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay
  • August 6, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay
  • August 14, (AM & PM) Frankfort
  • August 15, (PM) Frankfort
  • August 19-22, (AM & PM) Suttons Bay

Making the Great Lakes Great

 

Event Date:

June 19th – August 29th, 2014
Making the Great Lakes Great (Full Schedule)

A unique hands-on experience for the entire family. 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. Learn about issues that face the Great Lakes and the plans to address these issues. Each sail is 3 hours in length (please arrive 20–30 min prior to sail).

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.

(Ages 5 and up; No Cost)

2014 Schedule for Making the Great Lakes Great

Free of charge, paid for by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. All morning (AM) sails are from 9am-12pm, all afternoon (PM) sails are from 2pm–5pm unless otherwise stated.

  • June 19, (AM) Traverse City
  • June 25, (AM) Escanaba
  • July 2, (AM) Suttons Bay
  • July 20, (PM) Charlevoix, Venetian Festival
  • August 2, (AM) Elk Rapids, Harbor Days
  • August 13, (AM) Leland
  • August 15, (AM) Frankfort
  • August 26, (AM) Boyne City
  • August 28, (AM) Petoskey
  • August 29, (AM) Harbor Springs

Music in Mackinaw – The Ragbirds

 

Event Date:

June 21st, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – The Ragbirds

Led by dynamic, energetic front woman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds are a fusion of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler’s bow.

Like a mix tape made by a well-traveled friend, The Ragbirds music is diverse and foreign, yet somehow familiar. The voice at the front of The Ragbirds carries the freshness of the journey itself, and the lyrics point out the scenery like a friendly tour guide.

The energy of multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle demands attention. She is the songwriter and front woman of the band, skillfully switching between violin, mandolin, accordion, banjo and percussion, all while dancing. Zindle wears an infectious smile and a positive message, always spun through a poetic loom.

Visit The Ragbirds website for more information about the band.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

Music in Mackinaw

Boat Tours Aboard the Schooner

 

Event Date:

June 25th – August 29th, 2014 (Time and length vary)
Boat Tours Aboard the Schooner (Full Schedule)

Curious about the 77’ schooner docked in town? Come check it out! Boat tours of Inland Seas provide a unique opportunity to walk around and peer below the deck of a traditionally-rigged schooner. Tours also include information about our Schoolship programs and a glimpse into the science taught on them.

Want more? Join us for one of our sails this summer!

2014 Schedule for Boat Tours Aboard the Schooner

  • June 25–26, 6pm–8pm, Escanaba
  • July 5–6, 4pm–8pm, Traverse City
  • July 7, 10am–11:30am & 6pm–8pm, Traverse City
  • July 10–11, 10am–11:30am & 6pm–8pm, Traverse City
  • July 12, 2pm–6pm, Traverse City
  • July 19-20, 6pm–8pm, Charlevoix
  • July 26, 11am–5pm, Classic Boat Show
  • July 31, 6pm–8pm, Elk Rapids
  • August 1, 6pm–8pm, Elk Rapids
  • August 16, 11am–6pm, Frankfort Classic Boat Show
  • August 27, 6pm–8pm, Petoskey
  • August 29, 6pm–8pm, Harbor Springs

Young Women and Men in Science – Great Lakes Research Method

 

Event Date:

June 28th – July 16th, 2014

Inland Seas Education Association’s Young Men in Science and Young Women in Science is a time when high-school ages students will become scientists and crew for two days onboard the schooner Inland Seas. They will conduct research projects related to the ecology of Lake Michigan. To accomplish their research objectives, students will learn to perform water chemistry analyses; determine the thermal structure of the lake; collect fish, plankton, and benthos; and analyze lake sediment. Students will also record weather observations several times a day for the National Weather Service. Students will enter their data on the shipboard computer for analysis, and prepare and present a short research report. Research results will be posted on ISEA’s website.

Young Women and Men in Science is a two-day overnight research-based program for high school students with a strong interest in science. The ten participants will work in small groups to design and complete a research project on Great Lakes invasive species or other water related issues. Students finish the program with a public presentation of their research results. Students have meals and sleep aboard the schooner. Sponsored by Michigan Zonta International. Call the Inland Seas Education Association office at 231-271-3077 for application details.

(High School aged students – $360, scholarships available)

Students will also experience shipboard life and the demands of sailing a traditionally-rigged vessel. Students will learn boating safety, navigation and sailing theory. They will stand watch, help in the galley, and assist the crew with all phases of vessel operation including raising the anchor, hoisting sails, sail handling, and steering the boat. Team-building techniques will promote the students’ ability to work cooperatively with their peers.

Call Emily Shaw 231-271-3077, ext 104 or email eshaw@schoolship.org for more information or to submit your application.

Program

Young Women In Science

Young Men In Science

Young Women In Science

Dates

June 28th – June 29th

July 8th – July 9th

July 15th – July 16th

Port

Escanaba – Fayette

Suttons Bay – Traverse City

Suttons Bay – Suttons Bay

Download Application

Music in Mackinaw – The Wilenes

 

Event Date:

June 28th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – The Wilenes

This band will take you back to the days when country music was a pocketful of heartfelt ballads and jumping dance hall favorites.

The members of this band have played country music all over the world, from The Grand Ole Opry to Europe’s biggest country music festivals. From Canada’s major folk festivals to Rockefellar Center and the White House. L.A. to Boston, Iowa to North Carolina, north to south, at home and abroad. As Hank Snow would say, "I’ve been everywhere." From the traditions of Patsy Cline to Johnny Cash to Hank Williams, 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. Added to the traditional country material are original songs penned by band member Roger Brown.

Visit The Wilenes website for more information about the band.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

Music in Mackinaw

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July

Making the Great Lakes Great – Educator Workshop

 

Event Date:

July 2nd, 2014, 1pm to 5pm

This Making the Great Lakes Great – Educator Workshop will provide formal and non-formal educators the opportunity to further explore current Great Lakes issues on-board the schooner Inland Seas. Participants will collect and analyze limnological samples and will build upon their previously existing understanding of the interactions between different trophic levels. This workshop will also provide the opportunity to learn about the impacts of invasive species from Great Lakes professionals. Participants are eligible to receive a small stipend thanks to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, who is sponsoring this workshop. Additionally, participants will receive some educational materials that can be shared with colleagues and students.

There is no cost to participate in this program.

Click here to view the program agenda
Click here to apply for the program

Mackinaw City – 4th of July Celebration

 

Event Date:

July 4th, 2014
Full Schedule of Events

Celebrate an all American 4th of July in Mackinaw City!

Mackinaw City – 4th of July Week Events

Wednesday, July 2

  • 7pm to 10pm – Mayhem at Michilimackinac, Colonial Michilimackinac

Thursday, July 3

  • 6pm to 9pm – Karaoke with Bubba Joe, Mackinaw Crossings

Friday, July 4

  • 12:30pm to 4:30pm – Games on Marina Lawn (Penny Scramble, Frisbee Toss, 3 Legged Race, Egg Toss, Basketball Shooting and Golf contest)
  • 1pm to 5pm – Women’s Club Strawberry Social on Marina Lawn
  • 1pm to 4pm – "Denny Beach/Sam King" on stage in Mackinaw Crossings
  • 6pm to 10pm – "Billy Jewell and His Bad Habits" on stage in Mackinaw Crossings
  • 9pm – Straits Area Concert Band, Conkling Heritage Park
  • 10pm or Dusk – Largest fireworks display in Northern Michigan
  • "Fireworks Cruises" – contact the Ferry Companies
  • After fireworks Laser Light Show in Mackinaw Crossings

Saturday, July 5

  • 1pm to 4pm – "Toast N Jam" on stage in Mackinaw Crossings
  • 6pm to 10pm – "Billy Jewell and His Bad Habits" on stage in Mackinaw Crossings
  • 8pm – Music in Mackinaw – "Claudia Schmidt," at Conkling Heritage Park
  • 9pm to 11pm – "Nature’s Fireworks," Headlands International Dark Sky Park
  • 4pm to 6pm – Variety of Music in Mackinaw Crossings
4th of July Celebration

Dennis Hale Book Signing

 

Event Date:

July 3rd – July 5th, 2014
August 30th – September 1st, 2014

Dennis Hale Book Signing will be available at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Paradise, Michigan on July 3rd, 4th and 5th. Dennis Hale, Survivor of the 1966 Wreck of the Daniel J. Morrell will be at the Shipwreck Museum for book signings.

For more information about this event, please call the Great Lakes Shipwreck Society office at 906-635-1742.

Paradise Celebrates July 4th!

 

Event Date:

July 4th, 2014

On July 4th, celebrate our nation’s birthday in Paradise. Recapture your patriotism by celebrating with our local community starting with pancakes and ending with fireworks. Rediscover or provide your family an opportunity to celebrate the "GRANDNESS" of the United States!

  • Pancakes: 7am-11am at Whitefish Township Community Center
  • Parade: 1pm in Downtown Paradise
  • Games: 3pm-5pm at the Whitefish Township School Grounds
  • Fireworks: at dusk, behind the Whitefish Township Community Center and over Whitefish Bay.

Event Sponsors Paradise Area EMS and Whitefish Township

Music in Mackinaw – Straits Area Concert Band

 

Event Date:

July 4th – August 26th, 2014
Straits Area Concert Band (Full Schedule)

Music in Mackinaw – Straits Area Concert Band

The Straits Area Concert Band was formed by Doctor Raymond Roth in 1983 to provide an opportunity for interested instrumentalists in the area to perform band literature and provide entertainment for local residents as well as tourists to the area.

Visit The Straits Area Concert Band website for more information about the band.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

2014 Schedule for The Straits Area Concert Band

Conductor: Doug White

  • Friday, July 4
  • Tuesday, July 8
  • Tuesday, July 15
  • Tuesday, July 22
  • Tuesday, July 29
  • Tuesday, August 5
  • Tuesday, August 12
  • Friday, August 26
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Music in Mackinaw – Claudia Schmidt

 

Event Date:

July 5th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – Claudia Schmidt

To say that Schmidt is simply a performer with a talent to entertain would be a miscarriage of understatement. Schmidt takes her audiences into her world of folk and jazz as easily as the child who discovers the endless universes that exist in a cardboard box.

More than 4 decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners.

She has recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.

Visit Cluadia Schmidt’s website for more information about her music.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

Music in Mackinaw

Music in Mackinaw – Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic

 

Event Date:

July 12th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic

These amazing young players pull their audiences into their world of serious fiddling simmering in fun. Everyone leaves feeling good and asking the Fiddlers to come back again!

The Saline Fiddlers astound audiences every time they take the stage. They are fully equipped, amplified and present an energetic, polished stage show that includes music, song and dance from the traditions of American folk fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western swing and Celtic music. Their repertoire, which grows every year, includes many pieces composed or arranged by an exceptionally talented artistic team, headed up by Artistic Director Brad Phillips.

Visit the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic website for more information about the band.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

Music in Mackinaw

Plein Air Painting

 

Event Date:

July 12th – July 13th, 2014

Plein Air Painting: The Direct Approach with Richard Jordan

I am an oil painter and the list I’ve made is based on that. However, I know we will have artists who will work either in watercolor or pastel. If you work in watercolor, try to purchase colors that match the listed colors. If you’re a pastel artist please buy a deep warm dark and a deep cool dark — no black.

You are welcome to buy any extra materials I’ve listed if you choose, but it is not necessary.

I will be meeting and painting with you for the first time. I’m very humbled and honored you have decided to take my workshop. We will work hard, but we’ll have lots of fun along the way.

Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions about the materials. My contact information is below:

Richard JordanM
6123 Torrington
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Phone: 269-501-4383
Email: artistrichardjordan@gmail.com

Visit www.mackinawcityareaartscouncil.org for more information.

Speaker Series – World War II on the Great Lakes

 

Event Date:

July 18th, 2014

Speaker Series – World War II on the Great Lakes

At 7pm on July 18th, Mike LeButt, Great Lakes maritime historian, will present the pivotal role the Great Lakes played during the second world war as America became the "Arsenal of Democracy."

Speaker Series events are free for Society Members, and $5.00 donation for the general public. For more information about this event, please call the Shipwreck Society office at 906-635-1742.

Photo #: 80-G-43078. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois Company 833, made up of African-American recruits, in formation on 20 August 1943. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, courtesy of www.history.navy.mil.

Music in Mackinaw – Goethes Groove Connection

 

Event Date:

July 16th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – Goethes Groove Connection

From Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp comes the Goethes Groove Connection, from Emmendingen, Germany, with their Jazz and Big Band sound. 24 young musicians between the ages of fourteen to seventeen will be visiting Mackinaw City for two full days – our opportunity to show off the pride we hold in our community.

Visit the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp website for more information about the band.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

Music in Mackinaw

50th Anniversary Mustang Car Show

 

Event Date:

July 17th – July 19th, 2014

Join Us for the 50th Anniversary Mustang Car Show

A Ford Mustang Car Show to celebrate its 50th Anniversary at Conkling Heritage Park in Mackinaw City, Michigan. The Mackinaw Mustang Stampede party will include Mustangs from 1964 to 2014 on display, Detroit bands and local talent on stage, food/ drink, kids activities, a craft show and will be topped off with a parade of Mustangs across the Mackinac Bridge. An event not to be missed.

Tentative Schedule:

  • Thursday evening the cars will start registering.
  • Friday cars will be on display and will be judged. Music, food and activities all day.
  • Saturday parade around 4pm. Music, food and activities all day.

Registration will remain open until July 13th!
Register as a Car Owner

50th Anniversary Mackinaw City Mustang Stampede - Car Show

Music in Mackinaw – Michelle Chenard

 

Event Date:

July 18th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – Michelle Chenard

Please Note: Though most "Music in Mackinaw" concerts are at 8pm, this show will be from 5pm to 6:40pm as part of the 50th Anniversary Mustang Car Show Weekend.

Michelle Chenard is a veteran singer/songwriter who has been continually voted a favorite in Northern Michigan as Best Solo Performer, Best of the Best and more in Northern Express, Northern Michigan’s largest newsweekly. In addition to her solo career, Michelle has been writing, recording and performing with her new band, The Blood Sisters.

Singing and playing guitar since she was seven years old, it’s no surprise that Chenard has garnered such respect and accolades. Her acoustic performances have built her a strong following throughout the Upper Midwest. From Michigan’s unspoiled Upper Peninsula down the coast of Lake Michigan and back, it is her powerful vocals, accomplished guitar work and award winning songwriting that continues to captivate.

Visit Michelle Chenard’s website for more information about her music.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

Music in Mackinaw

Music in Mackinaw – Magic Bus Band

 

Event Date:

July 18th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – Magic Bus Band

Please Note: Though most "Music in Mackinaw" concerts are at 8pm, this show will be from 7pm to 10pm as part of the 50th Anniversary Mustang Car Show Weekend.

Psychedelic Music, The Sixties and Seventies.

Do you remember the Woodstock era?

It was a period of musical and creative energy that has never been equaled before or since! If you are too young to remember that magical time, you can now be transported back there instantly with the one and only "Magic Bus."

Come and take a psychedelic ride with us. Let Magic Bus re-create the atmosphere for you! Their incredible musical abilities and authentic look will transcend the modern and jet you back to the Haight-Ashbury District of San Francisco in 1967. It was a time of true Rock and Roll as it was meant to be!

Visit the Magic Bus band’s website for more information about their band.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

Music in Mackinaw

18th Annual Crisp Point Lighthouse Conference

 

Event Date:

July 19th, 2014

The 18th Annual Crisp Point Lighthouse Conference & Picnic will be held on July 19, 2014 (the third Saturday of July). This year we will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Whitefish Township Community Center on M-123 in Paradise. The address of the Community Center is 7052 N. M-123, Paradise, MI 49768. It is about 1/4 miles south of the school on the east side of the road. 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 make a lunch to eat at the Community Center or pack one to eat 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 12, 2014. If you do not pre-register, the price will be $5 per person, or $15 for a family, at the door. Click here to print out a form you can mail, or you may also email Margaret (crisppoint1904@gmail.com) 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).

Music in Mackinaw – Lookin’ Back Band

 

Event Date:

July 19th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – Lookin’ Back Band

Please Note: Though most "Music in Mackinaw" concerts are at 8pm, this show will be from 7pm to 10pm as part of the 50th Anniversary Mustang Car Show Weekend.

Detroit’s Bob Seger Tribute Band

Nearly 40 years ago (legend has it) Bob Seger first introduced The Silver Bullet Band to a surprised audience following a performance by BTO at Eastern Michigan University in Ann Arbor, MI. The rest is rock-n-roll history still in the making.

Lookin’ Back is a forward-looking project comprised of six noteworthy Detroit-area musicians united to keep the music of Bob Seger performed on Metro-Detroit and regional stages for those legions who profoundly identify with the man’s poetry, energy and vast catalog of hits spanning five decades.

Visit the Lookin’ Back’s band website for more information about their band.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

Music in Mackinaw

106th Annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac

 

Event Date:

July 19th – July 20th, 2014

The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is a race like no other. More than three hundred fifty boats leave Chicago every July for a dash to Mackinac Island.

The race starts off of the Chicago light house, traveling 333 statute miles (289.4 nautical miles) from Chicago, starting just off Navy Pier, to Mackinac Island, Michigan. It is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. The boats cross the finish line between the lighthouse on Round Island and the race committee trailer on Mackinac Island.

The 106th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac officially has 333 registrants as of the June 13 entry deadline — a coincidental number of participants for the 333-mile race that begins July 18 and July 19. More than 3,000 individual sailors from throughout the Midwest, the U.S. and Canada are participating in the 2014 event.

Visit www.cycracetomackinac.com or www.chicagoyachtclub.org for more information.

106th Annual Grand Porch Party

 

Event Date:

July 20th, 2014

The Grand Porch Party, Presented by Veuve Clicquot

Sunday, July 20, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST

The Porch Party is one of the most anticipated afternoons for friends, families and volunteers who are on the island awaiting the racers to cross the finish line. Join us on the longest hotel porch in the country to toast the race, its many supporters, the Grand Hotel, and our sponsor, Veuve Clicquot.

Men are required to wear a coat and tie. Dresses are preferred and hats are encouraged for women.

Advance tickets for the Porch Party are $50 and must be purchased by Friday, July 18. Tickets are available at the door for $60. Please call the CYC front desk at 312-861-7777 with questions.

This is an adult party. A children’s party is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations for the children’s party are available here.

Visit www.cycracetomackinac.com or www.chicagoyachtclub.org for more information.

Music in Mackinaw – Conga Se Menne

 

Event Date:

July 25th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – Conga Se Menne

The musical style of Conga Se Menne runs 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 of traditional styles.

Visit Conga Se Menne’s website for more information about their band.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

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Music in Mackinaw – The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Band

 

Event Date:

July 26th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Band

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.

Visit the Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Band’s website for more information about the band.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

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Vintage Base Ball

 

Event Date:

July 26th, 2014

Vintage Base Ball at Fort Mackinac

A 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 Rochester Grangers.

When:
Saturday, July 26
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Price:

  • Adult $4.00
  • Youth (5-17) $2.00
  • Child (4 and under) Free
  • Entire Family $10.00 (includes 2 adults and all children UNDER 18)
  • Mackinac Associate – above Heritage Level Free

Visit www.mackinacparks.com for more information.

Astronomy Under Sail

 

Event Date:

July 27th, 2014, 9:00pm
August 22nd, 2014, 9:00pm

Astronomy Under Sail is a public sailing program in Suttons Bay, Michigan that is organized by the Inland Seas Education Association several times per year.

The night sky is a vast, beautiful region that not many have the privilege of enjoying—from the shore it can be difficult to view. On the Astronomy Under Sail program, you can view the stars and new moon, uninhibited.

During the sail, Astronomer Dick Cookman will help you identify constellations as well as discuss their legends. Cost is $45 per person.

Mackinaw Multi-Sport Mix

 

Event Date:

July 27th, 2014

The Mackinaw Multi-Sport Mix is in downtown Mackinaw City at Wawatam Park, steps from dozens of all the stores, shops and hotels. Why an international distance? So you can finish and still enjoy the rest of your day in beautiful and historic Mackinaw City or jet over to Mackinac Island for the rest of the day. After swimming in the shadows of the Mighty Mac bridge, you will enjoy a great ride out to Wilderness State Park, which takes you along both lakes and a nice little climb, as well. Then the run will take you under the bridge, past Historic Fort Michilimackinac to a turnaround down a tiny street on Lake Huron before coming back downtown past the lighthouse for a great finish in downtown Mackinaw City, MI.

See our blog article about Team Maddy!

Competitions include:

  • Sprint Triathlon – 800m swim, 30k bike, 5k run
  • Duathlon – 2mi run, 30k bike, 5k run
  • Aquabike – 800M Swim, 30k bike
  • Kayatri- 2 mile Kayak/stand-up Paddleboard, 30k bike, 5k run
  • Open 5k run

PARKING
DO NOT park in Sheplers Ferry parking lot UNLESS you plan on taking Sheplers Ferry to the Island after the event. DO NOT park in Church parking lots. There are very strict parking rules for this event due to past issues with athletes parking in these lots in the past. Please use your parking map provided in your confirmation emails leading up to the event. Parking in these areas will result in a ticket and potentially having your vehicle towed.

AMENITIES
A custom event shirt, custom finishers memento, custom latex swim cap, sponsor supplied samples, professional chip timing with results available online, awards to top three in each age group, a great sponsor supplied raffle and awards ceremony following the last finisher. Also the best post race snack table out there.

Visit www.3disciplines.com for more information.

Jaeger’s Battalion of Rogers’ Rangers Encampment

 

Event Date:

July 27th, 2014

Jaeger’s Battalion of Rogers’ Rangers Encampment

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.

When:
Sunday, July 27
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Visit www.mackinacparks.com for more information.

Mighty Mac Golf Outing

 

Event Date:

July 29th, 2014

The Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce Mighty Mac Golf Outing will be held Tuesday, July 29th at the Mackinaw Club Golf Course. Each summer the Mackinaw City Chamber supporters gather for a day of fun on the links. There is a 12:30 PM shotgun start with a scramble format. Women’s, mixed and men’s 4-person teams are welcome. The cost is $240 per 4-person team. Prizes include: Cash Hole in One Award, a variety of golf games and door prizes. Each player will receive 2 drink and/or pop tickets plus snacks.

Mighty Mac Golf Outing

Jewelry: PMC Silver by Rosemary Gould (Artistic Class)

 

Event Date:

July 29th – July 30th, 2014

Mackinac Island Arts Council’s Workshop Series

This group artistic class is Jewelry: PMC Silver by Rosemary Gould.

This two night Jewelry class will focus on PMC Silver. Supplies will be provided, and you can take your completed pieces with you at the end of the class.

When:
Tuesday, July 29
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Price:
Fee $75. Class size is limited, so call 906-984-4124 to reserve a spot.

Visit www.mackinacparks.com for more information.

War of 1812 Tour

 

Event Date:

July 30th, 2014

War of 1812 Tour

For the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the soldier and townsperson will be leading people around to talk about the war, its effects on the fort and the American army and the town of Mackinac Island, and how the people of the island responded, what happened to the displaced American soldiers, and how the British soldiers lived with the American citizens for 3 years of occupation.

(Limited to 35 participants. Walking for about 3/4 – 1 mile.)

When:
Wednesday, July 30th
7:15 pm – 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Price:

  • Adult – $5
  • Youth (5-17) – $3
  • Children 4 & under and Mackinac Associates above Heritage level – Free.

Visit www.mackinacparks.com for more information.

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August

Mackinaw Area Historic Festival

 

Event Date:

August 1st – August 2nd, 2014

The Mackinaw Area Historic Festival takes place at Heritage Village with Vintage 1880′s Baseball, period clothed docents in each of the historic buildings, children’s games, Native-American displays and more.

The Historic Festival is on Friday, August 1, from 6:00 p.m. till dark, and Saturday, August 2, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Heritage Village offers a fun filled family event that celebrates history with historic programs that are free and open to all. Watch a vintage baseball game, ride on a hay wagon, take a trolley ride, play historic children’s games, dance around a maypole, square dance, watch quilters and spinners or run in an historic foot race. Chat with quilters and spinners and lumberjacks or be a heckler at the historic ball game.

Travel back to the history and stories from 1880 to 1917 at Heritage Village, just outside Mackinaw City. Visit a period of unparalleled changes in lighting, transportation, communication, housing, health care and nearly every aspect of Straits-area living. Forty three acres of natural beauty includes buildings that bring history alive and tell stories from the lives of our great grandparents and grandparents. Costumed docents in every building tell the stories of the families who lived there and talk about a time before electric lights, airplanes, and television.

Visit www.mackinawhistory.org for more information about the Historic Festival.

Rendezvous in Mackinaw

 

Event Date:

August 1st – August 3rd, 2014
Rendezvous in Mackinaw (Full Schedule)

Rendezvous in Mackinaw & 18th Century Trade Fair Conkling Heritage Park

18th & 19th Century life in Native American, Military & Civilian Encampment. The Fort Michilimackinac’s intent is to present Native Americans, Americans, French & English as they mixed together in the 1700′s & early 1800′s in the Mackinaw Region.

The 18th Century Trade Fair will feature merchants & blanket traders with 18th & 19th Century crafts, clothing and accessories. There will also be Musket Firing, Cooking and other demonstrations. Hawk and knife, archery and other competitions. See below for a schedule of events.

2014 Rendezvous in Mackinaw Tentative Schedule of Events

Friday August 1st, 2014

10am

Camp setup, Merchant area open to the public

1pm

Kids Games & Competitions

*******

Camp Closes

Saturday August 2nd, 2014

10am

Encampment & Merchant area open to the public

11am

Hawk & Knife Competition

12pm

Musket firing demonstration

1pm

Looting of Merchant stores, Central Avenue & Mackinaw Crossings. Ending with a Skirmish in Mackinaw Crossings Performance Court with Native American Militia.

3pm

Fashion Show

4pm

Kids Games/Camp Competition

8pm

Public Auction of 18th & 19th Century items and blanket raffle. Mackinaw Crossings at the Performance Court.

10pm

Encampment and Merchant area closed.

10pm

Live band performing at The Depot in Mackinaw Crossings.

Sunday August 3rd, 2014

10am

Encampment & Merchant area open to the public.

11am

Looted items presented to Re-enactor’s and Merchants.

1:30pm

Skirmish in Performance Court in Mackinaw Crossings.

4pm

Encampments are closed to public.

** Times and Events are subject to change due to weather or other situations. Demonstrations will be going on throughout camp from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Sponsored by the Fort Michilimackinac Pagent, Inc. and in Cooperation with the Village of Mackinaw City and the Mackinaw Crossings Shopping Center. Proceeds going towards 2014 & 2015 events in Mackinaw City.

Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse Heritage Festival

 

Event Date:

August 2nd, 2014

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse Heritage Festival. The festival will be held Saturday, August 2nd, from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Entertainment will be provided by Lee Murdock and Annie and Rod Capps. Lee draws heavily on archives of authentic sailing songs collected in the early 20th century and housed at the University of Michigan. Annie and Rod have earned praise for both their songwriting and musicianship, with two albums topping the Folk-DJ charts and several Detroit Music Award nominations.

The Lighthouse tower will be open to climb throughout the Festival ($2.00 per person; you must be 4 feet tall to climb – no flip-flops, please). The Festival Cafe will be offering hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, ice cream, and roasted corn. Story teller Annette Goldkette will entertain, as will a group of Civil War re-enactors. The raffle prizes this year were created by Quilting-by-Janice based on designs by famed shipwreck explorer and maritime artist Robert McGreevy. First prize is a Queen-sized bedspread valued at $1,200. Second is a wall hanging and third is a table runner. The prizes are pictured below. Raffle tickets are $5.00 and are available by calling 989-428-3035. Credit cards are accepted. Subject to availability, tickets will also be available at the Festival.

A silent auction will be conducted the day of the Festival; bidding will close immediately before our traditional buffet dinner in the "big" tent. Refreshments will begin at 5:00 pm, followed by dinner at 6:00 pm, and our speaker at 7:00 pm. This year’s speaker is Robert McGreevy, who will tell us about the "Mystery of the Keystone State." Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 989-428-3035.

Music in Mackinaw – The Moxie Strings

 

Event Date:

August 2nd, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – The Moxie Strings

The Moxie Strings is the electrifying combination of fiddler, Diana Ladio, and electric cellist Alison Lynn. With their feel-good melodies and foot-stomping, rock-influenced rhythms, these young women have put a fresh, enticing spin on Celtic and Americana music. They join forces with dynamic drummer and world percussionist Fritz McGirr, who lends his spirited expertise of traditional music’s percussion component.

The ensemble calls on Bluegrass, Celtic, Canadian, Rock, Jazz and Old Time influences to create their unique, American hybrid sounds.

Visit the Moxie Strings website for more information about the band.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

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Mackinaw City Paint Out

 

Event Date:

August 2nd, 2014

The Mackinaw City Paint Out is scheduled for Saturday August 2nd 10-4pm with check in from 7:00-10:00am at the Historic Village Chapel on Central Avenue. Please bring you canvases to check in so we can date stamp the back. This event will take place during the Heritage festival.

At 3:30 pm artists will be asked to bring their paintings to the Chapel where our judge, Richard Jordan will review the pieces from each participating artist and then select a first second and third place winner. Richard Jordan is a Michigan based painter and the founder of the West Michigan Plein Air Artists. Framing is encouraged for this event but not mandatory. Judging will start at 4pm.

The headlands, Dark Sky Park, McGulpin Point, Wilderness State Park, Mackinaw Crossing along with the Mackinaw City downtown area, marina and bridge park are available for artists interpretation. We do ask that you start and complete your work on location. We can assist you with moving materials, watch your easels for bathroom breaks and bring your lunch and beverages.

This is a volunteer event replicating the Impressionist era where artists would paint and work together for a day in the park.

Questions or a request for a participation form can be emailed to mcaac2012@gmail.com or call Lorie Axtell @ 989-529-0752.

Artist participation is voluntary and the event is a community event and does not offer payment to participate. Artists should be 15 yeas of ago or older to participate if painting without and adult. Artists must be set up and ready to work by 11am. Artists may select to sell their work at the conclusion of the event with a 20% commission going to MCAAC.

Visit www.mackinawcityareaartscouncil.org for more information.

45th Annual Mackinaw Antique Show and Sale

 

Event Date:

August 5th, 2014

The Mackinaw Woman’s Club presents the 45th Annual Mackinaw Antique Show and Sale.

Location: Mackinaw City High School on W. Central Ave., 5 blocks west of the I-75 Underpass.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Admission: $2.50 and is good for all day, (Children 10 and under FREE)

Refreshments and lunch menu available beginning 11:00am, sold and served by the Woman’s Club members.

Antique Dealers interested in participating in this show and/or to request a contract online, please contact the Chairperson, Joann Leal, at 231-436-5626 or joannpleal@gmail.com. Contracts must be completed, signed, paid and sent to the Chairperson no later than June 1st.

Visit the Mackinaw Woman’s Club website for more information.

Music in Mackinaw – Dance North

 

Event Date:

August 8th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – Dance North

A showcase of northern Michigan youth, ages 6 to 18 will perform a variety of dance techniques choreographed and learned at their 13th annual "Summer Dance Intensive," taught by professional dancers from New York City, led by Ann Cooley, retired Radio City Rockette and daughter of TeePee Campground owners, Gene and Jo Cooley.

Visit the Dance Northwebsite for more information.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

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Icebreaker Mackinaw 70th Anniversary

 

Event Date:

August 8th – August 9th, 2014

Icebreaker Mackinaw 70th Anniversary

A former crew reunion will be held August 8-9, 2014 in Mackinaw City, MI, the home of retired USCGC Mackinaw WAGB 83. The ship is now a floating museum.

Welcome to all former men and women who served on Mackinaw’s deck. The reunion also welcomes the spouse or children of former Mackinaw crew members.

Come and enjoy old sea stories with family and friends.

Visit the Official 2014 Icebreaker Mackinaw WAGB83 reunion website for more information about the reunion.

Tahquamenon Trail Run

 

Event Date:

August 9th, 2014

The Tahquamenon Trail Run includes 10K and 25K adult trail races and a 2K kid’s race, sponsored by Great Lakes Endurance. Races begin at Tahquamenon Falls State Park in Paradise, Michigan. Races start at 8am.

For more information, contact Jeff Crumbaugh at (715) 701-0360.

Event Sponsor: www.greatlakesendurance.com

Music in Mackinaw – Raion Taiko

 

Event Date:

August 9th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – Raion Taiko

Taiko is the dramatic and exciting Japanese art of ensemble drumming. With a repertoire ranging from traditional to modern, this group of up to seven, led by leaders who trained in Taiko drumming at Asano Daiko in Japan, have shared their passion by performing throughout Michigan since opening the Great Lakes Taiko Center in 2009.

Visit the Great Lakes Taiko Center website for more information.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

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International Ironworkers Festival

 

Event Date:

August 9th – August 11th, 2014

The International Ironworkers Festival is an annual event held each summer in Mackinaw City, MI, located on the Straits of Mackinac overlooking the beautiful Mackinaw Bridge. 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 compete in the skilled events. These events include knot tying, rod tying, rivet toss, spud throw, column climb all on Saturday and the World Championship Column Climb on Sunday. The old-timers events are also held on Sunday. This years festival will take place August 9th, 10th, and 11th.

Visit the International Ironworkers Festival website for more information.

Wild Blueberry Festival

 

Event Date:

August 15th – August 17th, 2014

The Wild Blueberry Festival in Paradise, Michigan is held each year during the third weekend in August to celebrate a part of local heritage, wild blueberries. An art fair, entertainment, and wonderful local food are part of the festivities. The celebration also showcases informative programs of music, nature, and lore all featuring local history.

Visit their website for more details: www.WildBlueberryFestival.org

Location: Whitefish Township Community Center

Event Sponsor: Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce

Music in Mackinaw – Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble

 

Event Date:

August 15th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble

An official USAF Band of Mid-America

The Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble, a Mid-America Air Force Band, is a group of 18 professional enlisted musicians whose repertoire ranges from traditional big band jazz, to bebop and swing, to modern jazz. At one of their concerts, you are just as likely to hear the music of contemporary composers as you would the classic sounds of Count Basie or Glenn Miller.

Visit the United States Air Force Band of Mid-America website for more information.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

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Music in Mackinaw – The Pangbourne Band

 

Event Date:

August 16th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – The Pangbourne Band

The Pangbourne Band is a traditional British Brass Band based in the village of Pangbourne in Berkshire in the South of England. A small ensemble of fifteen members will be visiting America in August and spending time exploring the Great Lakes area.

Visit the Pangbourne Band website for more information about the band.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

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Corvette Crossroads Auto Show

 

Event Date:

August 22nd – August 23rd, 2014
Corvette Cross Roads (Full Schedule)

If you like cool cars, this is the event for you!corvette Hundreds of Corvette enthusiasts gather at this celebration of the Chevy Corvette held each August. This isn’t your average car show, though. Those who attend can vote for their favorite car and enjoy a host of related entertainment and events.

Free Dash Plaque to first 200 vettes registered.

2014 Corvette Crossroads Auto Show Full Schedule

Friday, August 22, 2014 (Registration)

10am – 6pm

Registration/Packet Pickup – Chamber Office, 226 E. Central Ave., next to Scalawag’s Whitefish & Chips

6pm – 9pm

Free Live Entertainment – at the Mackinaw Crossings Mall entertainment stage. Drink specials at the "Caboose." Dusk laser light show.

Saturday, August 23, 2014 (Show & Parade)

9am

Registration/Packet Pickup – Mackinaw Crossings Mall Parking Lot

10am – 2pm

Corvette Crossroads Auto Show – Mackinaw Crossings Mall Parking Lot. All registered Corvettes on display. People’s Choice Judging.

10am – 2pm

Vette Shop Walk – Free to all registered Corvette owners and family. Prizes awarded at 2:30 PM.

3pm

Show Awards Presentation – Mackinaw Crossings Mall Parking Lot

4pm – 6pm

Enjoy a dinner at one of many fine restaurants.

6pm

Mackinac Bridge Parade LINE-UP – FacingWest Mackinaw Crossings Mall Parking Lot

7pm

Mackinac Bridge Parade – FREE TO ALL REGISTERED CORVETTES, otherwise $5.00per Vette. Return on your own.

10am – 7pm

Mackinaw City Fine Arts & Crafts Show – Conkling Heritage Park, S. Huron Ave.

6pm – 9pm

Free Live Entertainment – at the Mackinaw Crossings Mall entertainment stage.

Saturday, August 23, 2014 (Show & Parade)

9am

Registration/Packet Pickup -Mackinaw Crossings Mall Parking Lot

Sunday, August 24, 2014

10am – 3pm

Mackinaw City Fine Arts & Crafts Show – Conkling Heritage Park, S. Huron Ave.

Award Classes:

  • 1953-1962
  • 1963-1967
  • 1968-1973
  • 1974-1977
  • 1978-1982
  • 1984-1996
  • 1997-2004
  • 2005-2013
  • 2014-2015
  • 1953-1973 Modified
  • 1974-1982 Modified
  • 1984-1996 Modified
  • 1997-2004 Modified
  • 2005-2013 Modified
  • 2014-2015 Modified
  • 1953-2015 Full Modified

Club with most registered autos wins award. Registered auto that travels the farthest wins award. All judging is people’s choice only! If you have knowledge of noncompliance, please notify event staff. Enjoy this annual event on the Straits of Mackinac. We recommend all Chamber of Commerce service and business members.

Corvette Crossroads Auto Shop at Mackinaw Crossings in Mackinaw City, Michigan.

Music in Mackinaw – The Skylarks Jazz Band

 

Event Date:

August 23rd, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – The Skylarks Jazz Band

This group of seasoned pros will have you bobbing your heads and dancing in the aisles with their fresh take on great American music: Soulful, virtuosic, toe tapping musical fun. From the soaring improvs of the trumpet, tenor sax, baritone sax, flute and trombone, to the rhythmic authority of the piano, bass and drums. The Skylarks promise a great concert experience!

Visit the Skylarks Jazz Band website for more information about the band.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

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Mackinaw City Premier Arts and Craft Show

 

Event Date:

August 23rd – August 24th, 2014

Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau to host the Mackinaw City Arts and Craft Show on August 23-24, 2014 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 decor and much, much more.

Community Funded Sailing Trips

 

Event Date:

August 24th – August 29th, 2014
Community Funded Sailing Trips (Full Schedule)

2014 Schedule for Community Funded Sailing Trips

Free of charge, sponsored by the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the Petoskey/Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. All morning (AM) sails are from 9am-12pm, all afternoon (PM) sails are from 2pm–5pm unless otherwise stated.

  • August 24, (AM & PM) Charlevoix
  • August 25, (AM & PM) Boyne City
  • August 27, (AM & PM) Petoskey
  • August 28, 3pm–6pm, Harbor Springs
  • August 29, (PM) Petoskey

Music in Mackinaw – Northern Michigan Brass Band

 

Event Date:

August 30th, 2014

Music in Mackinaw – Northern Michigan Brass Band

Now in its 16th year of operation, this 27 piece, British-style ensemble is an all-volunteer band which had 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.

Visit the Northern Michigan Brass Band website for more information about the band.

Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Conkling Heritage Park on Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm.

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September

57th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk

 

Event Date:

September 1st, 2014

57th Annual Mackinac Bridge Walk

Thousands gather to join the Governor of Michigan to make the annual Labor Day trek across the third longest suspension bridge in the world.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority, the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Mackinaw Area Chamber of Commerce would like to make your BRIDGE WALK as pleasant as possible and offer the following information:

1. There is NO FEE or registration to participate in the walk. Bus transportation from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace is available at $5.00 per person (infants are free).

2. The walk begins at 7:00 a.m. You may START walking anytime after the Governor’s party starts the walk at approximately 7:00 a.m. NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO START AFTER 11:00 a.m., so ARRIVE EARLY.

3. The walk begins in St. Ignace, at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge in the UPPER PENINSULA, and ends in Mackinaw City at the south end in the LOWER PENINSULA. To begin the walk you may:

a. Drive to St. Ignace, park your vehicle, walk the bridge and then return to St. Ignace on school buses provided by the Mackinac Bridge Authority. There is limited parking space available west of the Mackinac Bridge Authority plaza area. The bus loading area is located at Conkling Park and the State Dock on South Huron Avenue in Mackinaw City, or…

b. Buy your tickets in Mackinaw City at the bus loading area, board a bus to St. Ignace, walk the bridge and then return to your vehicle. The buses are hired for your convenience by the Mackinac Bridge Authority. The Authority strongly advises walkers to arrange for their own transportation to the starting point because of the increasing demand on the buses.

4. Tickets go on sale and buses begin transporting walkers at 5:30 a.m. from Mackinaw City. Bus service from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace will end at 2:30 p.m. Handicap buses will be available. A limit of two people may accompany the handicapped person on the handicap bus.

5. The two EAST lanes on the bridge are used by walkers until 9:30 a.m. and the two WEST lanes by vehicular traffic. After 9:30 a.m. only one EAST lane is available to walkers. The National Guard and other official personnel will be available in the event of an emergency. Please note, there are NO RESTROOMS ON THE BRIDGE and the average length of time to walk the bridge is about two hours. Portable toilets will be located at both ends of the bridge and at the bus loading area.

6. Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the bridge during the walk. NOT ALLOWED are: bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, wagons and similar types of devices. With the sole exception of seeing-eye dogs, NO ANIMALS ARE ALLOWED!! Walkers MUST stay away from bridge railings and the center mall which divides the walkers from the vehicular traffic. EXCEPT FOR THOSE PRE-QUALIFIED, PRE-REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS IN THE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS JOG, NO running or racing is permitted. Playing tag on the bridge is not permitted. For information on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Jog, please go to www.michiganfitness.org or contact the Governor’s Council at 517-347-7891.

7. You will receive a numbered bridge walk certificate at the completion of your walk. The number on your certificate may match a number on display in any of the store windows in Mackinaw City or the City of St. Ignace on LABOR DAY ONLY. If you have a winning number, you are entitled to claim a prize which may be worth anywhere from $15 to $150. Good Luck!

8. Individuals under the age of 18 should have the permission of a parent or guardian to participate in the walk. Any two or more people walking together should make plans for a meeting place in the event that they become separated during the walk.

9. Disclaimer of liability. Before beginning the walk, all participants should carefully determine that they are physically fit and medically able to participate in the annual walk since the physical strain of the walk could lead to serious health problems. Participants should also understand that walking involves risks of injury from falls due to the surface condition of the bridge, contact with other participants, and the effects of weather, including high heat and/or humidity.

The State of Michigan, Mackinac Bridge Authority, St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce, Mackinaw Area Chamber of Commerce, and all their respective employees, agents, volunteers and sponsors are not assuming any obligations with regard to such risks and specifically disclaim any and all liability arising from any walker’s participation in the annual walk.

As in the past, persons who need reasonable accommodations due to disability may contact the Mackinac Bridge Authority by September 1st, 2012 at 906-643-7600. TTY users may call the Michigan Relay Center at 800.649.3777.

Contact the Mackinac Bridge Authority at (906) 643-7600 or visit www.mackinacbridge.org for more information.

7th Annual Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing

 

Event Date:

September 5th, 2014

7th Annual Mackinac Bridge Antique Tractor Crossing

The Mackinaw City parade travels through town and gets on the bridge right behind the bridge parade. The tractors for the 2014 event will travel over the Mackinac Bridge and into the city of St. Ignace, Michigan.

Tractor Unloading and Parking, Mackinaw City: Staging Area West of Town, Central Ave.

Tractor Parking, St. Ignace: Little Bear Arena (only)

Mackinaw City Public Tractor Viewing at the staging area west of town on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 between 3:00-6:00pm only.

Public Viewing in St. Ignace (Little Bear Arena) Starts on Friday at approx., 10:00AM. & Sat. 8:00AM-5:00pm.

Imagine unloading nearly 800 tractors in one field in one day. Nearly all of the tractors pull into the staging area in Mackinaw City on Thursday the day before the event to line up with their respective clubs. Friday morning around 9:00am we have the Mackinaw City parade and the Mackinac Bridge parades leave the staging area at the same time. It takes about 50 minutes to clear over 800 tractors from the lot. The Mackinac Bridge Parade travel directly to the bridge and enter the bridge with the Mackinac Bridge Authority directing them. The Mackinaw City parade travels through town and get on the bridge right behind the bridge parade. The tractors for the 2014 event will travel over the Mackinac Bridge and into the city of St. Ignace, Michigan. The whole travel time from beginning to end is about 3 1/2 hours.

In 2013 there were 907 Tractors that crossed the Mighty Mackinac Bridge. What a great time we all had. A new location in downtown St. Ignace and new loading ramps helped make the event a success.

Visit www.owossotractorparts.com for more information.

18th Annual Hopps of Fun

 

Event Date:

September 5th – September 6th, 2014

18th Annual Hopps of Fun

On September 5th & 6th, 2014 Mackinaw Crossings will host "Historic Depot Happy Hour Hopps of Fun."

This unique event will feature extensive samplings of 50+ Award Winning Michigan Micro~Brewed beers and over 40 Wines from Michigan’s four internationally recognized wine regions. Weekend of Entertainment & Fun!

Tent opens at 5:00pm.

Festival grounds are located at Mackinaw Crossings in Downtown Mackinaw City.

Logo for Hopps of Fun event in Mackinaw City, Michigan

Speaker Series – The Great War on the Great Lakes

 

Event Date:

September 12th, 2014

Speaker Series – The Great War on the Great Lakes

The Great War on the Great Lakes at 7pm on September 12th. Bruce Lynn, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, will guide museum guests through the "Great War" on the Lakes. Unexpected happenings, such as French shipwrecks on Lake Superior and German spies at Whitefish Point will be highlighted!

Speaker Series events are free for Society Members, and $5.00 donation for the general public. For more information about this event, please call the Shipwreck Society office at 906-635-1742.

Whitefish Point Light Station, courtesy of www.uscg.mil.

19th Annual Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show

 

Event Date:

September 12th – September 14th, 2014

19th Annual Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show

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

Sept. 13: Semi-trucks on display in St. Ignace and will cross the Mackinac Bridge and come through Mackinaw City for the "Parade of Lights" starting at dusk. This is very cool; you don’t want to miss it!

Visit www.nostalgia-prod.com for more information.

Tahquamenon Wilderness Canoe Race

 

Event Date:

September 13th, 2014

The Tahquamenon Wilderness Canoe Race consists of two MCRA sanctioned races: an individual challenge and a team of two event.

"The Great Race from the Lower Falls to Lake Superior" is the perfect way to start the morning. This 17 1/2 mile, two-person (C-2) canoe race starts at 10am. A shorter (6 1/2 mile) one-person race (C-1) begins at 3:30pm at the Tahquamenon River Mouth. The day’s events conclude with a banquet and awards program.

Check the event website for registration and schedule details at TahquamenonWildernessCanoeRace.org

Event Sponsors: Michigan Canoe Racing Association and the Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce

Big Mac Shoreline Fall Scenic Bike Tour

 

Event Date:

June 14th – June 15th, 2014
September 13th – September 14th, 2014

Please note: There is no limit on the number of riders for the Big Mac Shoreline Fall Scenic Bike Tour!

Bicycle enthusiasts will once again be filling the area mid June & mid September for a chance to pedal the area’s scenic routes and infamous Mackinac Bridge during Mackinaw City’s Annual Spring & Fall Shoreline Scenic Bike Tours. Riders from across the Midwest assemble at the Mackinaw City High School early on Saturday morning and will have the opportunity to choose between several different scenic routes, both inland and along the lakeshore.

All routes will be clearly marked by color-coordinated directional arrows to prevent riders from going astray and Big Mac safety wagons, distinguished by flashing lights and magnetic signs, will be patrolling designated areas in case of any cycling mishaps.

Registered participants will also be provided with a light, cookout-style lunch upon completion of their rides including hot dogs, veggies, potato salad, chips & cookies that afternoon back at the school pavilion.

On Sunday, riders over the age of 13 will have the opportunity of a lifetime as they are allowed to pedal across the Mackinac Bridge and take in the picturesque surroundings of the Straits of Mackinac.

The Spring Bike Tour was created in 1992 and the Fall Tour was added in 1994 to compliment the Spring Tour. These tours are designed as a recreation event allowing families to enjoy this healthy activity together.

It takes a Community of involved volunteers to put on this successful ride. Bike tour positions include: food/rest stop organizers; Registration; Lunch; Lunch chefs; Ham operators throughout the ride; Stop hosts; Sag vehicles and route supervisors; Bridge ride directional; Bridge safety vehicles. We would also like to thank the Mackinac Bridge Authority, Shepler’s Ferry, the Mackinaw City Police, & Dave Paquet.

Family Science Day

 

Event Date:

September 21st, 2014, 10:00am-Noon
October 19th, 2014, 10:00am-Noon
November 16th, 2014, 10:00am-Noon

Family Science Day is where families come together and discover Great Lakes Science. These discovery sessions are filled with Family Friendly hands-on science activities! Each day has a theme that will focus on an aspect of the Great Lakes. There are stories, crafts, and experiments sure to evoke the young scientist in everyone. The program itself is geared toward children 5-12 years old but families of all ages are free to enjoy our Education Center. Family science day is from 10 AM to Noon. An adult is asked to stay with children. Cost per class is $5.00.

Upcoming Family Science Days

September 21: What’s for Lunch in the Great Lakes?
Learn about the the web of life in the Great Lakes. Young scientist will create their own food chain and even be apart of one!

October 19th: Fall into Science
Learn all about autumn and the changing seasons.

November 16th: The Legend of the Loon
Discover the majestic loons and other water fowl that call the Great Lakes home.

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October

19th Annual Lighthouse Festival

 

Event Date:

October 9th – October 12th, 2014

The Annual Lighthouse Festival is a four day event that 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.

For more information, visit http://lighthousefestival.org/

Tahquamenon Harvest Festival

 

Event Date:

October 10th – October 11th, 2014

The Tahquamenon Harvest Festival is a two-day event in Paradise, Michigan celebrating the harvest season.

Friday, October 10th
Autumn Camping at Lower Tahquamenon Falls State Park Friday Night Fright! Pumpkin Carving, Site Decorating, Chili Cook-Off, Costume Contest & Trick-or-Treating.

Saturday, October 11th
Harvest Festival, Saturday, October 11 at the Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Participate in our annual autumn camping experience at the Overlook and Riverbend Campgrounds! Events include pumpkin carving, campsite decorating, chili cook-off, costume contests, trick-or-treating and a haunted trail in Paradise. Families, groups and couples have made camping during Harvest Festival a tradition. Contests have categories for all ages, including a pet costume contest!

Event Sponsors:Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Camp 33 Gift Shop, Tahquamenon Brewery & Restaurant, A Piece of Paradise, Tahquamenon Treasures Gift Shop

The Haunted Trail

 

Event Date:

October 10th – October 11th, 2014

Kick off your family Halloween events right! Hike the Haunted Trail as ghouls, goblins, and gremlins dance among the pumpkins, pines, and pitchforks. Held at Sawmill Creek Township Park just north of Paradise on Whitefish Point Road. The trail is open from 7:30 -10:00 pm. Admission is $5.00. Souvenirs, snacks, and beverages are available on sight for additional costs. Have a spookin’ good time! Check their spooky website!

Event Sponsor: Paradise Area Chamber of Commerce.

6th Annual Fall Colors Bridge Race

 

Event Date:

October 10th – October 11th, 2014

6th Annual Fall Colors Bridge Race

Enjoy the spectacular views from the top of the Mackinac Bridge and all its Fall splendor! This race in its 6th year, promises to be one you won’t forget – it’s only one of two chances for a unique opportunity to run the "Mighty Mac" each year! The other possibility being: Saturday during Memorial Day weekend. This event will take Place on October 11, 2014.

Fall Fireworks
Changing leaves are not the only source of Awe Inspiring Colors this fall! Join us October 11th 2014 at 9:30pm in Conkling Heritage Park for awe-inspiring lakefront fireworks over the Straits of Mackinac.

ENTRY FEE:
The entry fee is $45.00 per participant if postmarked by September 1, 2014. Entry fees after September 1, 2014 are $50.00 and onsite registration will be $60.00. Entry includes: Race across the Mackinac Bridge, ChronoTrack disposable B-Tag timing device, official race T-shirt {Please note there is NO guarantee of receiving a commememorative T-shirt or the size T-shirt requested after September 29th, 2014! Please accept our apologies in advance}, Commemorative Medal, Transportation to the starting area, Awards for division winners and HOT breakfast. Additional breakfast tickets can be purchased for $9.00 each.

REGISTRATION:
Event registration closes at midnight on October 8th. You may either send a printable registration form in with check or money order or register online at www.mackinawcity.com. Onsite registration will be offered on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at race headquarters. There will be NO ONSITE REGISTRATION OFFERED ON THE DAY OF THE RACE (October 11th).

CHECK-IN:
Friday October 10, 2014 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Saturday October 11, 2014 at 6:30 am. Check-in & packet pick-up is at the Mackinaw City Recreation Center 507 W. Central Avenue (race headquarters) the finish line will be at the Mackinaw City Recreation Center. Transportation from race headquarters to the starting area is from 7:00am- 8:30am. THE LAST TRANSPORT BUS WILL DEPART NO LATER THAN 8:30 AM.

STARTING TIME:
October 11, 2014 at 7:30am official race begins with staggered start times (we will have plenty of buses so no transport times will be assigned – please arrive 15 minutes prior to your desired departure time). Transportation from race headquarters to starting area is 7:00am – 8:30am. Transportation from Mackinaw City to the starting line is the only provided transportation. The last bus will leave at 8:30am you must be there NO LATER THAN 8:15am to guarantee you catch the last bus to the starting line.

LOCATION:
The race will begin at Bridgeview Park at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge and will end at the Mackinaw City High School located next to race headquarters in Mackinaw City. When you exit the Bridge, you will follow the cones to the Finish line. Transportation from Mackinaw City to the starting line is provided.

COURSE:
The first half of the race is a steady incline with a slope of 5º. The total length of the course is 5.6 miles. For more bridge statistics please visit www.mackinacbridge.org.

FACILITIES:
There will be restrooms at the starting line of the event and at the finish line at race headquarters, but none are provided during the course of the race. A water stop will be provided on the exit of the bridge. You may also carry your own water in a self-contained, litter-proof container.

REFRESHMENTS:
Full HOT Breakfast and refreshments will be available at the race finish line at race headquarters starting at 8:00am – 9:30am.

CANCELLATIONS: No refunds will be given.

AWARDS:
All entrants will receive commemorative medal and T-shirt for this event. Trophies’ will go to the Top 3 Finishers in each age category and gender, there is also an overall Men’s and an overall Women’s’ award. An award ceremony will follow breakfast at approximately 9:30am or later when ALL runners have completed the race.

AGE DIVISIONS:
Men and women: 14-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65 & over. All runners must be able to run a minimum of a 12 minute per mile pace to race in this event. No walkers and no baby joggers are allowed.

RESULTS:
Results will be scored by Gault Race Management. Results will be posted on race day, or the next day on www.mackinawcity.com.

INFORMATION:
For more information on the event please call the Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau at (231) 436-5664, (800) 750-0160 or go online at www.mackinawcity.com. This event qualifies runners to enter the lottery for the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Run 2014. For more information, call or visit: Governor’s Council (517) 347-7891, (800) 434-8642 www.michiganfitness.org.

2014 Fall Colors Run Application

4th Annual Whitefish Point – Run For The Light

 

Event Date:

October 11th, 2014

The Fourth Annual Whitefish Point – Run for the Light. All Proceeds will benefit ongoing restoration of the Whitefish Point Lighthouse. Run For The Light Registration. Or download a GLSHS PDF Registration Form. Fill out the form and mail it back to us.

  • What: Half Marathon, 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk*
  • When: Saturday, October 11, 2014
  • Where: Whitefish Point Shipwreck Museum**
  • Time: Foghorn Start at 9 a.m.

Registration: Shipwreck Museum or online at Active.com. Race Packets may be picked up Friday, October 10, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 7-8 a.m.

Fees: $20, $25 September 28 through Race Day 8 a.m., $15 GLSHS Members

* All participants will receive a Whitefish Point Run for the Light Race Souvenir with Race Packet.
** Course: Chip Timing, Flat Paved Roadway. Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes!

For more information about this event, please call the Shipwreck Society office at 906-635-1742.

Fourth Annual Whitefish Point: Run For The Light, courtesy of www.shipwreckmuseum.com.

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