Thursday, July 14, 2011

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area

Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area is a Michigan Beachtown (Nominated by Travel & Leisure as one of America's Best Little Beachtowns) located along Lake Michigan’s sweeping shoreline just a few miles west of US-31 between Muskegon and Pentwater, Michigan. Just a short few hours from Chicago, Detroit, Traverse City and the Mackinac Bridge. The home of the National Asparagus Festival and annual Apple & BBQ Cook-off Festival.

During your visit at Silver Lake Sand Dunes, you will find an endless amount of sand piled into lofty mountains, miles of pristine shoreline beaches, unique attractions and events, great food, excellent accommodations and memory-making family fun…all to explore. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are the only dunes East of Utah to drive a private motorized vehicle from April 1st through October 31st .

Current Local Events

The History of Crystal Downs: Presentation on
the fi rst round of golf played in August 1972 at the
Benzie area golf course, happening at the Mills
Community House, Benzonia, at 7pm.

Historic Port Oneida: The Land Tells It's Side
of the Story: Presentation at the Olsen Farm, Glen
Arbor, at 7pm. National Parks Service presentation.
Petoskey Steel Drum Band: Performance on
the grand lawn of the Grand Traverse Pavilions,

The Poetry of Painting: Create a poem inspired
by nature with added watercolors at the Grass
River Natural Area, Bellaire, 10am. Pre-register at

Adventure Hike: Guided hike through the Grass
River Natural Area, Bellaire, 2pm, geared for all

Beaver Island Music Festival: Weekend-long
event featuring music from Ernie Douglas, Dave
Boutette, Baynard Kurth and much more. For lodging
and ticket info, visit

Street Legends Car Show: Held in downtown
Charlevoix, featuring a Friday cruise-in (with live
music by Dominic Fortuna), car show on Saturday
with games, music, food and prizes, as well as a
silent auction. Visit

Roots on the River Concert Series: Lindsay Lou
and the Flatbellys perform on the river in downtown
Manistee, 7pm.

Voices Without Borders: Multi-national children's
choir performs two free concerts (12:30pm &
7:30pm) on the lawn of the Village at Bay Harbor.

Music in the Park: Peacemeal String Band performs
at the East Jordan Band Shell, 7-9pm.

Full Moon Paddles: Guided tour along Lake
Charlevoix, 8:30pm. Includes a bonfi re. Cost, $35.
Visit jvoutfi for details.

Senior Center Dance: Featuring music from the
High Society Wise Guys at the Grayling Senior
Center, 6pm. Cost, $10 per person. 231-348-7123.

Igor & the Red Elvises: Russian rock n roll group
performing "Siberian Surf Rock" at the InsideOut
Gallery, TC, at 9pm. Tickets, $20 in advance or $25
at the door. Call 929-3254.

Kaleva Days: Celebrate your Finnish heritage with
live music and a beer tent, 5k run on Saturday,
parade, arts & crafts show and more. Located in
Manistee County. Visit for info.

Cadillac Festival of the Arts: Held in City Park,
featuring a juried art fair, children's games and

Dat Phan: Last Comic Standing winner performing
at Interlochen's Corson Auditorium, 8pm. Tickets,

Kingsley Heritage Days: Softball, volleyball and 3
on 3 basketball tourneys, bounce house, food and
more, starting at 10am. Call 231-631-3309 for more
info on silent auction.

Summer Sounds Concert Series: Jim Hawley,
Lawrence "Doc" Probes and Donna Wilson Probes
of Peter, Paul & Mary Remembered will perform
at the Michigan Legacy Art Park, located on
the grounds of Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa,
Thompsonville, 7pm. Tickets, $10 adults; free for

Song Writers in the Round: Local musicians perform
at Horizon Books, TC, 8:30-10:30pm. Free.

Perry Paint Out Auction: Silent auction and reception
at the Perry Hotel, Petoskey, 7-9pm. Portion of
proceeds benefi t the Women's Resource Center of
Northern Michigan.

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Singer/songwriter performing
with her fi ve-piece band at the City Opera
House, TC, at 8pm. Tickets, $30-$55. cityoperahoouse.
org for more info.

Art in the Garden Show & Sale: Mixed media on
display and for sale at Bellwether Gardens, Suttons
Bay, from 10am-5pm on Saturday; noon-4pm
on Sun. Light refreshments served. Call 231-271-

ISLAND Benefit Concert: Live music by Seth and
May, Gifts or Creatures, Mike Shimmin, Samantha
Robbins, Airborne or Aquatic and Josh Davis at
Short's Brewing, Bellaire, 4pm to late. Suggested
$10-$20 sliding scale donation benefi ts Institute for
Sustainable Living, Art & Design. 231-480-4515.

Port City Run: 5k run and one mile fun run in
Goose Park, Frankfort, starting at 8:10am. Visit for more info.

Annual Venetian Festival: Battle of the bands,
parade, food and beverage tent, live music (includes
Think Floyd) and much more. Held in downtown
Charlevoix. Visit

Survey Expedition: GPS track invasive species
at the Boardman River Nature Center's Sabin and
Boardman Ponds bottomlands, 8am-noon. RSVP
by calling 941-0960.

Aquapalooza: On-water party featuring the
Caribbean Blue Band, 12:30-5pm, on Ferry Beach
in Charlevoix. Includes fun activities for all ages.

Roscommon River Festival: Fly fi shing-tie workshop,
canoe & kayak boat show, paddle demos and
more. Visit for more info.

Leo Kottke: Six and 12-string guitar player performing
at Interlochen's Corson Auditorium, 8pm.
Visit for more info.

26th Annual Art in the Park: Held in Pennsylvania
Park, Petoskey, featuring a variety of area artists.
Visit for more info.

Emerson Drive: Nashville recording artists will perform
such hits as "I Should Be Sleeping" and "Fall
Voices without Borders, featuring children from
around the world, will perform two free choir
concerts (12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) on the lawn
of the Village at Bay Harbor, July 14.

source: Northern Express