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Starts September 19, 2014 Ends September 21, 2014

Michigan Schooner Festival 2014


Michigan Schooner Festival 2014 is scheduled for September 19-21 and will include a parade of tall ships on Friday, Sept 19 and two days of deck tours, cruises aboard the sailing vessels, and related activities at Clinch Park Marina and the Discovery Center Great Lakes dock. Great Lakes schooners that will be participating include:

Additional activities are taking place related to the maritime history of the area, including theatrical performances, movies, concerts, lectures, and other educational presentations. Many Michigan authors, historians, and craftsman will be participating.  We will have approximately 10 venues and a total of 30-40 individual events over a two-week period.

        PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE NOW!

                  ADVANCE TICKET PRICES ARE REDUCED
                        - FULL PRICE AT-THE-DOOR - 
           ONLINE TICKETING ENDS AT 4PM SEPTEMBER 17

 

Here are some of the outstanding events:

  • Presentation of the unforgettable music/video, STORM featuring Dan Hall and Ric Mixter (see a preview at www.lakefury.com ) scheduled for Saturday, September 20 at 8:30 pm.
  • Traverse Symphony Orchestra concert featuring the overture from Wagner's opera The Flying Dutchman and a wine and cheese reception aboard a schooner
  • Parade of Sails September 19, 4 - 6 pm.
  • Maritime history presentations
  • Downtown Pirate Treasure Hunt on Friday and Saturday mornings
  • Maritime music by Tom Kastle throughout the day on Saturday, September 20 at Clinch Park
  • "Pirate Chase" between Cutter Champion and Friends Good Will, Friday September 19 at 11 am, Saturday, September 20 at 10 am and Sunday, September 21 at 11 am.

Here are some of the events featuring food

  • Pirate Pancake Breakfast, with Guinness Book of World Record famous Chris Cakes - Saturday, September 20,  8 - 11 am and Sunday, September 21,  9 - 11 am
  • Downtown TC Soup, Suds and Sail pub crawl all weekend
  • Great Lakes Fish Boil at Black Star Farms
  • Lunch at the Boathouse Restaurant in Bowers Harbor with boat tours, music and tour stops of Old Mission Peninsula historical locations
  • Nautical-inspired Art of the Watershed starting September 18. For more information visit www.gtbay.org

 

Here are the events in more detail:

PRE-SCHOONER FESTIVAL EVENTS SEPTEMBER 16-18

September Book Read with Class and Sail

Tales from the Great Lakes, Robert Townsend, books available at Horizon Books downtown Traverse City and to reserve.

C.H.J. Snider (1879-1971) chronicled this era in his 1,303 "Schooner Days" columns for Toronto's The Evening Telegram between 1931 and 1954. A great marine researcher and artist, Snider himself worked aboard schooners in his youth and studied first-hand the development of the Great Lakes region. Coupled with Snider's writings are those of Robert B. Townsend, who, besides introducing Snider's stories, adds some of his own.

FROM NMC Website: EESA 763 -- Books in Action - September: Tales from the Great Lakes by Robert Townsend. Discuss on Tuesday and sail the next day. We’ll book passage on the Maritime Heritage Alliance ship Champion (cost included) for a 2-hour sail to create our own tales. You’ll be ready for the TC Schooner Festival later in the month.
Registration Code = CRN 3178
Meeting dates = Sep. 16 
Meeting days = Tuesday
Meeting time = 10:00AM-12:00PM
Location = University Center; Building & Room = University Center, Room #214
Instructor = Margaret Schaal
Cost = $85, includes sail 2-hour sail on Champion
Click here to register online now https://banweb.nmc.edu/nmcpj/flexreg/index.jsp?frc=EESAVAIL&q=subj:EESA+numb:763 (NMC Account needed) or call (231) 995-1700

THE FIRST SESSION OF THIS HAS BEEN FILLED! A SECOND SESSION HAS BEEN ADDED.

September 17 5:30 pm or 7 pm

Great Lakes Fish Boil at Black Star Farms (10844 E. Revold Rd., Suttons Bay, MI 49682)  Two Seatings: 6pm (arrive at 5:30 pm) and 7:30pm (arrive at 7pm)

From The Black Star Farm website: http://www.blackstarfarms.com/dining/
"Arcturos Great Lakes Fish Boil
Supporting the Great Lakes Tall Ships Association
Traditional Fish Boil Menu to include....
Great Lakes whitefish and trout with potatoes, Harvest themed salads, coleslaw, sauces and dessert. Complimentary glass of Arcturos H-28 Riesling, Non-Alcohol beverage options to include lemonade, iced tea and iced water. Option of grilled half chicken upon request.
Our special Arcturos H28 Riesling will be available for purchase at the event!"

Purchase Fish Boil at Black Star Farms

September 18 from 4-5pm

History of Maritime Heritage Alliance presented by several of this organization’s board members and founders. At the MHA Boat Building. Then go next door to the Art of the Watershed Opening Reception.  Free event.

September 18 - October 24 from 5-8pm

Art of the Watershed Opening Reception of their nautical-themed juried art show taking place at the Watershed Center, 13272 S W Bay Shore Dr., TC.. All mediums will be represented that are inspired by the waters of the Bay. Proceeds from the exhibit support The Watershed Center and its mission to advocate for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and protect and preserve its 1,000 square mile watershed. Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served, and while there is no charge donations are appreciated. Advance reservations requested by emailing khaas@gtbay.org or call 231-935-1514.

September 18 from 6-8pm

'Meet the Crews' Reception at Grand Traverse Yacht Club 13653 S W Bay Shore Dr., TC. Mingle with members of the schooner crews and listen to short presentations by the captains of these magnificent vessels, and enjoy a buffet dinner with cash bar. Cost is $20 per person with advance reservations required and $15 for Maritime Heritage Alliance members.  Your name tag will be waiting for you at the yacht club upon arrival. 

Purchase Meet the Crews Tickets

September 18, starts at 5:30pm

Wine Tasting at Burritt’s featuring Leelanau Cellars Tall ship Series wines to reserve call Shawn at 231-946-3300. More details to follow.


*THERE WILL BE A SHUTTLE BUS GOING BETWEEN CLINCH MARINA AND THE DISCOVERY CENTER, LEAVING EVERY 15 MINUTES. THIS SERVICE WILL BEGIN FRIDAY AT 10AM, LEAVING DISCOVERY CENTER, MAKING ROUND TRIPS 8-9 PM. ON SATURDAY, IT WILL BEGIN AT DISCOVERY CENTER AT 10AM AND ENDING SERVICE AT 9PM. SUNDAY HOURS WILL BE 9AM-2PM.

EVENTS & PRESENTATIONS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19

Schooner Deck Tours and Sails – September 19 - 21 

Experience 19th century tall ship history by walking the decks of these schooner replicas of yesteryear. Cost Advance Reservations $15 per adult ($20 at the entrance for both adults and children). Children under 10 years of age $ 12.50 advance purchase only.

Times for the self guided deck tours are show from start to ending time, so they are open throughout the timeframe. Since deck tours will take a minimum of ½ hour please arrive early enough to give you sufficient time or plan to return later the same day to finish your tours. Also as the boats take about 15 minutes to either get ready to sail or to be open for deck tours upon return, please understand the times listed are only approximations.

Or for an even more exciting immersion into life aboard, set sail for a 1 ½ hour sail on the schooner of your choice on the beautiful waters of Grand Traverse Bay. Sunset cruises and Pirate Chaser sails will highlight your visit to Michigan Schooner Fest. Cost $50 per person in advance $60 at the entrance. Discount for children under 10 years of age on advance purchase only $ 42.50 and available only on the Denis Sullivan and Inland Seas sails. Tickets to sail on one of the schooners during the Parade of Sail on Friday, September 19th are $100 per person with advance reservations only, with a duration of approximately 3 hours.

Advance tickets must be purchased by 4pm September 17th to qualify for the advance purchase discounted price. Thereafter door prices will apply. Only certain ships offer a children’s price discount, noted by an *.

Deck Tour and Boat Sails Schedule

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Friends Good Will Pirate Chaser Sails!!!

Bring the kids, grandkids and the young at heart!  One of the most popular experiences for children on vacation, visiting for the day, or just a chance to make a unforgettable memory!
A one and a half hour sail aboard the tall ship Friends Good Will as young and old capture the pirates and keep our harbor safe and sound!  Share the treasure and this awesome experience with someone you love! 

All children must be at least 4 years of age and accompanied by an adult.

Times, as shown in above Deck Tour Schedule, are Friday 11-12:30pm; Saturday 11:30-1pm; Sunday 11:30-1pm.

Purchase Pirate Chaser Sails

Parade of Sail on West Grand Traverse Bay 

Friday, September 19 from 4-6pm for viewing; 2-6 pm if sailing in the Parade

For an up-close participating view of this event, purchase a ticket in advance for this once-in-a-lifetime experience aboard one of the schooners for $100 per person. Or watch from the shores of Grand Traverse Bay or at one of the participating restaurants that grace the waters edge. Music performed by Hammer’d will greet the boats upon their return to the marina.  Hammer'd plays Traditional Acoustic Music with hammer dulcimers,  bodhran, and concertina.

Purchase Parade of Sail Tickets

 

Historical Presentations @ Maritime Heritage Alliance in Discovery Center located at 13268 S. W. Bay Shore, Traverse City, MI 49684

10amNautical Classical Music with Thom Paulson from Interlochen Public Radio. Thom will be discussing classical music with a maritime inspiration.

11am - "The Role of Tall Ships in Great Lakes History" will be presented by Historian Ted Karamanski, professor of history at Loyola University in Chicago.  Karamanski has been a prolific author in the fields of American Indian, Great Lakes, Civil War, and nineteenth-century American history.  He has written and edited numerous books including “Schooner Passage: Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier”; “Maritime Chicago”; and “Deep Woods Frontier, the History of Logging in Northern Michigan”. He has written more than 30 articles in a variety of journals and has enjoyed an equally prolific career as a public historian.

1pm - "USS Silversides Submarine" presented by the museum’s Associate Director Frank Marczak.  Frank is a former educator and college administrator. He served in the US Navy aboard an Aircraft Carrier, the USS Lake Champlain, which was ironically a “sub-chaser” during the cold war era.  He retired from Muskegon Community College and was “wooed” out of retirement to become the Director of the Silversides Submarine Museum. A Submarine’s Tale features two submarines, one that still exists in Muskegon and serves as a symbol to the US Navy Silent Service.  The other submarine, the USS Flier went down with 78 hands lost on August 13, 1944. Eight men survived, two from West Michigan.  The story is compelling and describes the service that men of the submarine service gave to this country. 

2pm - “Lighthouses and Shipwrecks” presentation by Stef Staley, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse. What can be more intriguing along a northern coastline than the stories from those beacons of light that tried to prevent ships from meeting their demise in treacherous waters? This presentation will explore the lighthouses of the Manitou Passage area including South Fox, the Manitou Islands, Point Betsie, GT Lighthouse and Frankfort. Through fascinating photos, you'll explore shipwrecks in Cathead Bay and see an ROV, the remote vehicle that lets you peer into deep waters.

3pm - "Underwater Archaeology" with Dr. Mark W. Holley. Have you ever wondered what secrets lay deep below the waters of Grand Traverse Bay? Do you know about the shipwrecks and other archaeological sites that lie just off shore? Join Dr. Mark W. Holley as he talks about the Underwater Archaeology Program at Northwestern Michigan College and leads you on an exploration of the many archaeological sites found both in Grand Traverse Bay and along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Dr. Holley received a Ph.D. in Underwater Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) in 1998. His Ph.D. thesis involved the high resolution field survey of prehistoric underwater artificial islet sites located on remote islands off the west coast of Scotland. Dr. Holley has twenty years of field experience in the survey of underwater prehistoric sites, and has been principal investigator for several surveys of underwater sites in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Greece and the United States. Dr. Holley is a senior instructor for the Nautical Archaeology Society and teaches cultural anthropology and underwater archaeology at Northwestern Michigan College

Cost $5 per person for each of the above Historical Presentations, or choose 3 for $10.

6pm - MOVIE and POPCORN with Rich Brauer, one of Maritime Heritage Alliance's founders. Rich’s movie “Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island” will be shown with a pre-show discussion with Rich and Dan Hall, who wrote the music for the film and is appearing Saturday night in the Festival's big event STORM. (STORM will be shown at the State Theater at 8:30p). Cost is a $10 donation to MHA for Movie and Popcorn.

Purchase Historical Presentations

State Theatre

Friday Night Flick featuring "The Life Aquatic" Time TBA


EVENTS & PRESENTATIONS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20

Throughout the Day and Evening -- Continuation of Boat Deck Tours and Boat Sails (see above schedule)

Pirate Pancake Breakfast 

8-11am at the MHA Building in the Discovery Center – 13268 S. W. Bay Shore TC. Enjoy the flapjack flipping antics of Chris Cakes, music by Saldaje & Friends and there will be PIRATES!  There will also be children's activities!

From Chris Cakes Website:  "Beware of Flying Pancakes" "Chris Cakes is the catering company that makes pancakes... BY THE MILLIONS! We use a custom designed grill and dispensing unit that allows us to feed large and small groups extremely fast and efficiently. Add a dose of humor and some fancy pancake flipping, and you have a one of a kind event that people love to watch while enjoying our delicious pancakes!"

Advance tickets $7.50 per person and $9 at the door. Ticket includes a $1 discount/per person off ticket at the Great Lakes Children's Museum.

Purchase Pirate Pancake Breakfast Tickets

State Theatre

Kids’ Matinee at 10am will be "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"  Tickets at The State are $.25/each

 

Bijou by the Bay (next to Clinch Marina in Downtown Traverse City) Presentations 

9am "Schooners in the Movies" – Maritime Heritage Alliance Captain Bryan Smith has compiled a selection of movie clips featuring tall ships and will narrate a description of these magnificent vessels' characteristics. Not to be missed while you are waiting for your own sail aboard a schooner at Clinch Marina. Free event

10am - "Diving on Great Lakes Shipwrecks" by Ric Mixter combines underwater video and archive interviews with his own spun stories of adventure. In 2012 Ric was commissioned by the Michigan Underwater Preserve Council to produce a PBS video on shipwreck preservation efforts. Sunken Treasure spotlights the wreck of the Sandusky, lost in the Mackinac Straits. In 2009 he was honored for over 20 years of maritime contributions by the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History.
History has fascinated Ric Mixter since high school.  By age 16 he had memorized the Phoenician alphabet, frustrating teachers as he signed his homework in ancient text. He was a television reporter from 1983 until 1998, and his favorite stories involved history.  It was Ric who was on duty during live coverage of the largest tanker disaster on the Great Lakes. Ric’s fascination with the Jupiter’s loss led him to become SCUBA certified, and that first year his underwater coverage of Thunder Bay’s shipwrecks earned him top honors from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.  In 1993 Ric located two survivors from the 1913 Storm. His documentary was awarded by the Associated Press. In 1994 Ric served as underwater camera for the Delta Submersible visit to the Edmund Fitzgerald. Filming all of the shots of the sub as it descended deep below Lake Superior.  That next year he was on an expedition to film Lake Michigan’s largest shipwreck, the Carl D. Bradley.  He produced a short documentary called The Best Adventure Yet in 1995, and his insight on shipwrecks was published in a book by Steve Harrington called “Voices of the Lakes” in 1996. Ric was the first to produce a PBS series on Great Lakes shipwrecks.  Great Lakes InDepth ran for 26 episodes on Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan PBS stations.  The series was also aired in Canada and on the Vision Network.  Ric’s underwater work has appeared on every major news network and also on the Outdoor Channel, History and Discovery Channels.Ric’s comprehensive coverage of the Great Storms from 1905 to the Fitzgerald is unmatched.Cutter Rescue took this research to another level, adding shipwrecks lost near Iceland and off the coast of Florida.  Each were built in Michigan but today rust in saltwater, far from the shipyards that launched them.  Rare archive footage and interviews from survivors make this documentary unique.

11am - Old Town Playhouse's Aged to Perfection presents Myth of November by Steve Morse  The Myth of November looks at the "The Witch of November," a Great Lakes maritime legend associated with the powerful, late season storms that occur on the Great Lakes. On November 5, 1980, the tug boat Lauren Castle collided with the freighter SS Amoco Wisconsin while providing towing assistance after the Wisconsin had become disabled and unable to continue under her own power. The impact caused the Lauren Castle to sink in approximately 400 feet of water in West Grand Traverse Bay, south of Suttons Bay, MI. Seen through the eyes of Leigh Boyer, a fictionalized young deckhand working on the tugboat Lauren Castle, we come to understand that the legend haunts us still. Much of this story is based on the actual findings of the National Transportation and Safety Board Marine Accident Report. The performance will be dedicated to the memory of Bill Stephan who was lost in the accident.  His remains were never recovered. Written especially for the 2014 Schooner Festival, The Myth of November will be performed by the Old Town Playhouse reader's theater group Aged to Perfection. Plan 45 minutes for this nautical play performance.  Cost: $5/per person

Between 10am and 2pm - Coast Guard "On Water Rescue" near Clinch Marina. Subject to weather and equipment availability

Noon, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm - Music at the Marina - Clinch Marina

Tom Kastle is a singer, songwriter, tall ship captain, and teller of tales based in the Great Lakes who has traveled the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Pacific. He toured as half of Tom & Chris Kastle for two decades, producing a dozen recordings and a soundtrack for PBS (WTTW-TV Chicago). His original songs run from the romantic to the nautical. His ballad Cold Winds has been covered by performers in the US, England, and the Netherlands.

For more information please visit http://tomkastle.com

1-2:30pm The New Jazz Trio is excited about the upcoming Schooner Festival. Please join us on the festival grounds.

Maritime Heritage Alliance

Presentations Saturday, September 20th

Cost $5 per presentation or $10 for your choice of 3 throughout the festival

1pm - "USS Silversides Submarine" presented by the museum’s Associate Director Frank Marczak.  Frank is a former educator and college administrator. He served in the US Navy aboard an Aircraft Carrier, the USS Lake Champlain, which was ironically a “sub-chaser” during the cold war era.  He retired from Muskegon Community College and was “wooed” out of retirement to become the Director of the Silversides Submarine Museum. A Submarine’s Tale features two submarines, one that still exists in Muskegon and serves as a symbol to the US Navy Silent Service.  The other submarine, the USS Flier went down with 78 hands lost on August 13, 1944. Eight men survived, two from West Michigan.  The story is compelling and describes the service that men of the submarine service gave to this country.

2pm - "History of the Inland Seas Organization" with Founder Tom Kelly and Executive Director Fred Sitkins.

3pm - "Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary" Presentation – Learn about the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center with video showing the 448-square-mile Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary that protects one of America's best-preserved and nationally-significant collections of shipwrecks. Fire, ice, collisions, and storms have claimed over 200 vessels in and around Thunder Bay. To date, more than 50 shipwrecks have been discovered within the sanctuary and an additional 30 wrecks have been located outside of the sanctuary boundaries. Although the sheer number of shipwrecks is impressive, it is the range of vessel types located in the sanctuary that makes the collection nationally significant. From an 1844 side-wheel steamer to a modern 500-foot-long German freighter, the shipwrecks of Thunder Bay represent a microcosm of maritime commerce and travel on the Great Lakes.

MHA - Katie4pm - "Great Lakes Boat Building" PresentationBe captivated by this presentation by Bud McIntire of Great Lakes Boat Building School about the construction of the‘Katie’ is a traditionally-built 20’ gaff-rigged pocket cruiser designed by Harry Bryan of New Brunswick, Canada and was built by the Comprehensive Boat Building classes of 2013 & 2014.  She has a large comfortable cockpit and a cabin with two berths. ‘Katie’ was inspired by the legendary Herreshoff ‘Fish Class’ sloop. The boat will be on display during the festival as well.

5pm - "Shipwrecked Schooners of the Manitou Passage"  Author, diver and Shipwreck Hunter Ross Richardson is often thought of as the "underwater Indiana Jones" of the Great Lakes Region. In 2010, he discovered the wreck of the treasure ship "Westmoreland" which was considered one of the most sought after shipwrecks in the Great Lakes Region. Explore with Ross the shipwrecks of the Manitou Passage and learn what sailing vessels remain to be found there.

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Grog & Grub at Harrington’s By the Bay 3 - 5pm

Stop in after a lecture or on your way to a deck tour or sail and have a schooner of beer or cup of chowder or other Schooner Fest offerings by this fantastic restaurant on West Bay M22. This is Saturday’s restaurant of choice for festivalgoers; just show them your ticket for a hardy “aaaargh “ of a welcome by the Harrington’s crew.

The restaurant is donating a portion of their proceeds to MHA this afternoon.

State Theatre 8:30pm STORM

“If history were taught in the form of stories. It would never be forgotten”- Rudyard Kipling

It’s fair to say most of the stories of shipwrecks on the Great Lakes have been lost to the ages.  Thousands of ships- from sailing schooners to steel freighters- have vanished on these inland seas.  The cause of these accidents varies, from collisions to fire and strandings.  But November gales are the most notorious, appearing with little notice during the months when shipping companies are scrambling to get their final loads across the lakes before freeze-up.

STORM remembers these terrifying gales, and the survivals of sailors who were caught in the tempest.  Combining actual eyewitness interviews with spellbinding underwater video, STORM fuses contemporary music to create a history lesson that cannot be forgotten.

Ric Mixter hosts STORM, transporting the audience back to the age of sail and steam.  In 2012 Ric was commissioned by the Michigan Underwater Preserve Council to produce a PBS video on shipwreck preservation efforts. He has been featured on the History and Discovery channels as an expert on Great Lakes storms and has produced over 30 programs for PBS. He tours the Midwest as one of the most popular shipwreck lecturers.  Ric has visited over 100 shipwrecks, from German U-Boats to 150-year old schooners.  He’s traveled thousands of miles to record wrecks in the ocean and on the lakes, and he’s one of the few to actually visit the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Dan Hall provides the melody, with lyrics derived from historical accounts of survivors.  Dan’s songs are as powerful as the massive modern freighters he heralds in “Thousand Foot Keel," and his amazing voice provides requiem for those lost to the lakes. Dan wrote the music for Rich Brauer's movie "The Treasure of Sawtooth Island," being shown on Friday night.

STORM merges the unique on-stage personas of Hall and Mixter, utilizing the big screen to share archived imagery during the songs and stories.  Over 300 years of exploration and navigation are unveiled to the audience, from French fur trading ships to modern cement boats that currently ply the lakes.  Customized to each audience, the show changes as the duo tours around the Great Lakes.  The history of shipyards at Bay City may be replaced with the Black Friday Storm when visiting Cleveland.

The sinking of the Cedarville at Mackinaw City is shared with audiences in Northern Michigan, while the tragedy of the carferry Milwaukee is highlighted in Wisconsin.  Each concert is unique, allowing for fans to see multiple performances during the year.  And with an estimated 5000 shipwrecks on the lakes, STORM will always be a new experience.

Click here to view a quick preview of this presentation: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10203802962307627

State Theatre 8:30pm STORM. Cost $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door

Purchase STORM Tickets


EVENTS & PRESENTATIONS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 21 

Pirate Pancake Breakfast

9am – 11am at the MHA Building at the Discovery Center – 13268 S. W. Bay Shore TC. Enjoy the flapjack flipping antics of Chris Cakes, music by Saldaje & Friends and the antics of PIRATES! There will be children's activities:

Advance tickets $7.50 per person and $9 at the door. Ticket price includes a $1 off the ticket price, per person, at the Great Lakes Children's Museum, good for Saturday and Sunday.

From Chris Cakes Website:  "Beware of Flying Pancakes" "Chris Cakes is the catering company that makes pancakes... BY THE MILLIONS! We use a custom designed grill and dispensing unit that allows us to feed large and small groups extremely fast and efficiently. Add a dose of humor and some fancy pancake flipping, and you have a one of a kind event that people love to watch while enjoying our delicious pancakes!"

Purchase Pirate Pancake Breakfast Tickets

Bijou By The Bay - Next to Clinch Marina

9am - “Lighthouses and Shipwrecks” presentation by Stef Staley, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Lighthouse. What can be more intriguing along a northern coastline than the stories from those beacons of light that tried to prevent ships from meeting their demise in treacherous waters? This presentation will explore the lighthouses of the Manitou Passage area including South Fox, the Manitou Islands, Point Betsie, GT Lighthouse and Frankfort. Through fascinating photos, you'll explore shipwrecks in Cathead Bay and see an ROV, the remote vehicle that lets you peer into deep waters.

Purchase Lighthouses & Shipwrecks

Corson Auditorium

3pm - Traverse Symphony Orchestra Concert – our symphony will play the “Flying Dutchman” by Wagner in conjunction with the Schooner Festival, along with pieces by Grieg and Sibelius at Corson Auditorium. For tickets, visit  http://www.traversesymphony.org/concerts-tickets#.U-pp6laViA0 or call the TSO office at 231-947-1120.

6pmPost-TSO Concert Schooner Reception - After being inspired by the driving stormy sounds of the “Flying Dutchman” at the concert please join fellow TSO patrons aboard one of the tall ships in Traverse City for the Michigan Schooner Festival hosted by Maritime Heritage Alliance. For $45 per person you will enjoy a taste of the “Sparkling Schooner” wine from L.Mawby’s and hors d’oeuvres from Harrington’s by the Bay. We will musically journey from the concert’s Grieg and Sibelius to the lighter Gilbert and Sullivan as you are entertained by “The Three Wenches” with songs from HMS Pinafore and Pirates of Penzance. Then be escorted on a private deck tour of the ship. Reservations for this event starting at 6pm following the concert are limited so please call the TSO office 231-947-1120 or visit the website http://www.traversesymphony.org/grieg-sibelius-post-concert-reception as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, September 17th, to secure your “berth”.


WEEKEND-LONG ACTIVITIES:

Treasure Hunt at participating stores

Pick up your entry at MHA’s office or from the program, and then on Friday and Saturday find the item in each of the 10 stores on which you have found Captain Jack. Bring the completed form back to the Treasure Chest at Clinch Marina by 6pm on Saturday. Drawing for prizes will be held at 7pm on Saturday and each winning person will in turn be able to select from a wide variety of items that have been donated by the Downtown Traverse City Merchants.

Soup, Suds, and Sail 

Downtown TC brewpubs and restaurants will be offering special Schooner Fest promotions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; such as a cup of fish chowder with the purchase of a sandwich, or a complimentary schooner of beer with dinner, and many more. Just look for the pirate face in the window of participating establishments.


POST-SCHOONER FEST MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22

11am – 3pm Old Mission Nautical History Tour

Your nautical history tour will start at 11am at Bowers Harbor Marina where you can step aboard the tall ship Madeline for a deck tour and learn of her historical connection to Bowers Harbor.

At 11:45am, lunch will be served at The Boathouse Restaurant, one of the premier restaurants on the Peninsula.

Following lunch, the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society will host a history tour of several of the Peninsula's historical sites.

     *Step inside the 1854 Hessler Log House and learn its history.

     *Meet Lightkeeper Sarah Lane in the upstairs bedroom of the Mission Point Lighthouse.

     *Enjoy music inside the Old Mission Congregational Church.

     *Stop for refreshments at the Old Mission Inn and take a tour of their museum

     *Meet the Reverend Peter Dougherty on the porch of the Mission House, learn about his mission and why he came to this area.  Tour the house, summer kitchen and restored icehouse and outhouse. Learn what will be next in the restoration of this historic site.

     *Visit the replica of Reverend Dougherty's first Mission Church.

     *End your tour with a stop at the historic Old Mission General Store for a soda or ice cream.

A driving map will help you find your way or hop on one of two 10-passenger vans and let 'Old Mission Tours' do the driving while they tell you even more historical facts about the Peninsula.

All proceeds will go to support the Maritime Heritage Alliance and the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society.

Tickets are $75 per person. A minimum of 10 people must sign up for this event. Online ticketing ends September 17 at 4pm.

 

Purchase Old Mission Nautical History Tour Tickets


PLEASE NOTE: The SS Badger has graciously offered to extend a 20% discount to anyone needing to cross Lake Michigan who wishes to travel to the Schooner Festival via ferry. All you need to do is mention 'Schooner' to receive this complimentary discount! For tickets, go to http://www.ssbadger.com/


                                                                                                         

 

MHA would like to thank its sponsors who have made this event possible through their generous giving.

 

~MAIN EVENT SPONSOR~

GLOBAL MARINE INSURANCE COMPANY 

Global Marine

 

~VENUE SPONSOR~

MICHAEL & RHONDA ESTES
DENNIS & SANDY STOCKEMER
CAROLYN COLLINS OF CENTURY 21 NORTHLAND
GRAND TRAVERSE GOURMET CRUISES
BURRITT’S FRESH MARKETS
LEELANAU WINE CELLARS

 

~AD SPONSORS~

BLACK STAR FARMS
BRAUER PRODUCTIONS 
FIFTH THIRD BANK
FLOOR COVERING BROKERS (MUSIC VENUE SPONSOR)
GREAT LAKES SAILING COMPANY
HAGERTY FOUNDATION
HONOR BANK
NAUTI-CAT SAILING CRUISES
ORYANA NATURAL FOODS MARKET
PICTON-CASTLE

 

~EVENT PARTNERS & IN-KIND DONORS~

HARRINGTON’S BY THE BAY
L. MAWBY WINERY
OLD TOWN PLAYHOUSE
PARK PLACE
STATE THEATRE AND BIJOU BY THE BAY
TRAVERSE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


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  • date and time
  • location
  • a brief description of the event
  • your name and contact information

Events must be submitted two weeks prior to the event date to ensure publication.

Maritime Heritage Alliance
13268 S West Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684
231-946-2647