If you have been looking for a chance to see elegant and historic Tall Ships, you’ll definitely want to visit the upcoming Schooner Festival in Traverse City. See history come alive right before your eyes!
In today’s fast-paced, high tech world, there aren’t many opportunities to distance ourselves from the “bits and bytes” overtaking our daily activities. Appreciation of natural wonders and time to reflect elude us as we struggle to do what has to be done in “nano time.” But there is a local event that is taking hold in a community known for its beauty, culture, and charm…and that is the Michigan Schooner Festival in Traverse City.
There is a majestic quality afforded to Tall Ships as wood and canvas merge with wind and water, creating silhouettes of beauty carving their way silently through the sparkling waters of the bays around Lake Michigan. There is excitement in the cannon fire exchanged in a mock battle between His Majesty’s Armed Sloops, and there is fun in learning without realizing that the lessons of yesterday are still valid today.
This is a festival to be enjoyed by all ages at a time when we are not quite ready to say “goodbye” to summer. This is an invitation to visit Traverse City, Michigan on September 9th – 11th. Help them welcome the visiting Tall Ships from South Haven, Bay City, and Milwaukee, and say, “Hello” to the local entrance as they sail down West Bay at sunset.
Mingle with marauding pirates who will challenge and entertain you. Learn about Traverse City’s great maritime history, and try your hand at games played during long sea voyages which are suitable for kids and adults alike. Be entertained by a variety of musical groups, explore local tasty treats or simply enjoy the unparalleled vistas around the boat. Embrace all that makes Traverse City the place to be.
This is Pure Michigan. See you there!
Footage from the first annual Michigan Schooner Festival, September, 2009
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