Ann Arbor Summer Festival – Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Ann Arbor Summer Festival – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Presented during June and into July , the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an exhilarating celebration of performing arts, outdoor entertainment, and community spirit. A boutique music and arts festival, the three-week gathering offers dozens of performances, activities, exhibitions, and screenings representative of the best in music, dance, comedy, film, street arts and family entertainment. Drawing guests from 50 miles and beyond the Ann Arbor city limits, 80% of the festival is admission free.

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Beaver Island Boat Company – Charlevoix, Michigan

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Beaver Island Boat Company – Charlevoix, Michigan

Beaver Island Boat Company is the ferry service to Beaver Island, MI! They have two vessels, the Emerald Isle and Beaver Islander. In the summer months both vessels are running on weekends. The Emerald Isle is the largest vessel with a maximum capacity of 293 passengers. The Beaver Islander has a capacity of 198. Both vessels are car-ferries are well. To make a car reservation, please call 231-547-2311.

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Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan – Alpena, Michigan

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Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan – Alpena, Michigan

The Besser Museum was established from a gift of Jesse Besser and other contributors.  The Beser Manufacturing Company got its start as a crude concrete block-making company prior to 1904.  In 1904 Jesse Besser’s father obtained an old foundry and his future was set.  Not only did they create blocks for domestic use they also, in time, expanded into the international market.

Jesse Besser grew up in Alpena, went to high school there and then to work for his father.  It was while he was working his way up in the company that his ability at engineering became apparent.  He redesigned the hand-operated block machine.  He, at the age of 22, then started making improvements to every machine in the plant.  Becasue os his genius the company won world leadership acknowledgement for Besser equipment.

When Jesse was 43 his father retired and Jesse became president of the Besser Manuacturing Company.  During WWII the company converted to wartime production of winches and breech-blocks for the Navy.

The first block proudcing machine ahd the capacity of making 200 block during a 10 hour day.  By 1954, machines could produce 10,000 during the same time period.

Due to the generousity of the Besser’s the communicty is blessed with this fabulous museum.  The purpose of the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan is an educational institution dedicated to serving the public of all ages and abilities in art, history, and science.  Through research, it collects, preserves, and interprets artifacts, specimens, and information concerning the 15 counties in Northeast MIchigan.  Through programs and exhibits it promotes understanding and appreciate of the past and present.

The Museum offers a wide array of different art forms for you to enjoy.  They also offer some wonderful expereinces for the school children of the area and even provide teaching kits for area educators.  Bring your children to the Museum for a fantastic learning experience.

There are hands-on stations that everyone will enjoy.  Check out their Microworld microscope, Infinity Mirror, Leaf Hunt Challenge, Native American Scavenger Hunt, the Kid’s Corner and much more.

Locaiton:

491 Johnson Street
Alpena, MI 49707
(989) 356-2202

Museum Hours:
The Museum is open year round from
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Closed Sunday

The Museum is now OPEN on Monday!

Public planetarium shows are given on
Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

Admission for the Museum is:
$5 adults, $3 children, students, and seniors.
No charge to persons with disabilities or
children under 5.
Admission is free to all on
Wednesday’s from 3:00PM-5:00PM.
Planetarium shows are an additional $3 for adults and $2 for students. Under 5 is free.

General Information
Marketing Coordinator
Amanda Dozier
adozier@bessermuseum.org

Driving to the Musuem:

Coming from the South follow US 23 through town. You will pass Alpena General Hospital on the right (East) as you come to the intersection of Johnson Street. Turn right (East). Besser Museum is on the left (North) about 1/4 mile from the intersection.

Coming from the West on M-32 follow it into town to the junction of US 23 (Chisholm Street). Turn left (North). Follow US 23 through town. You will pass Alpena General Hospital on the right (East) as you come to the intersection of Johnson Street. Turn right (East). Besser Museum is on the left (North) about 1/4 mile from the intersection

National Marine Sanctuary – Alpena, Michigan

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National Marine Sanctuary – Alpena, Michigan

If you are interested in the hsitory of shipwrecks you will want to visit the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary where you will be able to see nearly 200 historic shipwrecks.  Because Lake Huron is a cold, freshwater lake it preserves many of these shipwrecks intact and in water depths ranging from a few inches to 2oo feet.  Becasue of the water depths it makes a perfect place for divers, snorklers and kayakers to come and see the shipwrecks.

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Hazen’s Blueberry Farm – Howell, Michigan

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In the 1950’s and 60’s Arthur and Edna Hazen purchased 25 acres of land in Commerce Township and 80 acres in Howell, Michigan. After clearing the land during evenings, weekends, and holidays, Art and his son, Dennis planted over 25 acres of blueberry bushes and launched the future of Hazen’s Blueberry Farms.

Dennis continued to help his dad in the fields. And while he was growing up, Dennis and the rest of the family, would pick, clean, and package the berries for sale to large markets and local stores. As time passed the farms consolidated in Howell and became strictly U-pick, offering an exceptional variety of fruits including blueberries, red raspberries, black raspberries, apples, plums and peaches.  Picking your own blueberries costs $1.32 per pound with them providing the buckets.  If you insist in missing the experience of picking your own you can buy pre-icked at $4.50 per pound.  The require 24 notice for all pre-picked orders.

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park – Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Regardless of the time of year you can enjoy the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.  There are 132 acres of natural wetlands, woodlands, meadows and display gardens for you to enjoy with the indoor tropical, arid, carnivorous, Victorian and seasonal gardens.  You will be able to enjoy the changing sculpture galleries with exhibits by some of the worlds greatest artists.  The outdoor area features the internationally acclaimed Sculpture Park, Children’s Garden, Michigan’s Farm Garden, the amphitheater for those fabulous summer concert events and of course the wonderful nature trails and boardwalks.

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American Museum of Magic – Marshall, Michigan

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American Museum of Magic – Marshall, Michigan

Filled with magicians’ artifacts is the American Museum of Magic in the small town of Marshall, Michigan.  The museum is the largest privately owned museum of it’s kind which is open to the public.  Robert Lund was a writer, historian and collector and put together the collection for the public to see and learn from.  The purpose of the museum is to educate.  The Museum is devoted to magic as entertainment and not the occult.

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Ypsilanti Heritage Festival – Ypsilanti, Michigan

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Ypsilanti Heritage Festival – Ypsilanti, Michigan

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is a celebration of the rich history of the area. The three day event is free to everyone and is a family friendly event. It features historic tours; Living History activities and Blanket Traders, arts and crafts, stage entertainment, Children’s Village, Petting Farm and the always popular Rubber Duck Race, the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival truly has something for everyone. Parades, contests and delicious food are just some of the surprises that await you and your family.

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Odawa Casino Resort – Petoskey, Michigan

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Odawa Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, offers exceptional gaming in a casually elegant setting in the beautiful Northern Michigan resort town of Petoskey.

If it’s gaming you’re after, you’ll find it here. Choose from 1,500 slot machines that let you play anything from a penny up to $100 a pull, dozens of table games, a poker room and Bingo. It’s no wonder why they were voted the Best Casino in Michigan in 2009.

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Caledonia Mine – Ontonagon, Michigan

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Situated on the south shore of Lake Superior are the Porcupine Mountains.  Here you will be able to play miner for a day if you want to at the Caledonia Mine.  You can spend the day digging your way through a pile of ore and search for native copper, silver, datolite, quartz, feldspar, calcite and epidotic.  With that many different minerals to find you will probably come out with a number of different specimens.  You can have your own private pile to work with.  It is a great time for couples, families or groups. The times are between 9 am and 1 pm EST.

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