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Thumbs UP!, JULY 2009


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Michigan’s full of bologna, and something fishy, too, on a fun-packed festival weekend

in late July. As rail fans heed the call of “All Aboard” for a vintage train ride, serious

paddlers will be rollin’ on the river vying for prizes in one of the nation’s richest canoe

marathons, and cooks will get creative in a baby food cook-off. Old Glory will fly for

the 85th time over nautical festivities on the Lake Michigan waterfront, and specialty

brewers will be raising a toast to it all! For all the fun details contact Jenny or Joanna.


The sweet town of Ann Arbor will be filled with the annual arts festival in late July.

However, come early for the unique Rolling Sculpture Car Show on July 10 with

more than 400 exotic, antique, classic, and concept cars. A DJ will be spinning 18

hours of all hot rod tunes. Cool, dude. This show also features a special “Dream

Street” exhibition including educational and race car demonstrations. Rev up your

engines and give Jenny or Joanna a honk for more information.

45th ON THE 45th

What do plywood, the Swiss village of Pontresina, and the World’s Largest Coffee Break

have in common? An Alpine-themed celebration, of course! Gaylord, located on the 45th

parallel, has enjoyed a “sister city” relationship with Pontresina since 1965, the year of

the first annual Alpenfest. Now hosting its 45th annual party July 14-18 with food,

entertainment, a festival queen, grand parade, plus Sechselauten, Suppen Mahlzeit, and

the Burning of the Boogg preceded by a traditional Lampion Parade. Need a translation?

Just yodel and Jenny or Joanna will reply.



On an island where the horse is king, it’s hard to believe that this year’s Festival of the

Horse is a first. Taking place on Mackinac Island, July 23-25, the festival is being

organized by the Mackinac Horsemen’s Association and features a variety of hoofstomping

fun. Events will include a lecture on Mackinac’s Horse Culture, Historic Guided

Stable Tours, Antique Carriage Parade and even an Old Fashioned Barn Raising Party.

Many events are free; those with costs associated benefit the Mackinac Community

Stable Fund. Want more information, stop horsing around and contact Jenny or Joanna.


OK, so maybe you don’t have that famous stuffy blue jacket that Thurson Howell III so

proudly wore, or an SS Minnow to sail, but you can join thousands of landlubbers in Port

Huron to celebrate the kickoff start of the Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race on

July 25. Preparations are now underway for land locked festivities including a carnival,

boat show, food and more. To find where to go, what’s going on and what to wear to

look like modern day sailor, contact Jenny or Joanna.


Movie buffs probably remember Audrey Hepburn playing this song on a sloop with

Humphrey Bogart in the movie Sabrina. It seems strange that a song about bananas

was used since the yellow fruit is considered bad luck for sailors. Will any crew member

of the Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race place a silver coin under the masthead

to ensure a successful voyage? Let us help you sort out all the superstitions and

quirky rituals for a gr
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