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Activities & Special Events


Activities & Special Events

 

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Activities & Special Events


Activities & Special Events

 

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Daily Schedule


Daily Schedule

 

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Daily Schedule


Daily Schedule

 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

10:00 a.m.  Festival opens to the public; deck tours available
5:00 p.m.  Festival closes to the public. Ballads and Brews opens at “The Quarterdeck” in Vets Park
9:00—11:00 p.m.  Parks open for casual viewing; no deck tours
7:00—9:00 p.m.  Rock the Dock in Wenonah Park ($50 per person; BUY TICKET)
11:00 p.m.  Ballads and Brews closes at “The Quarterdeck” in Vets Park

Sunday, July 17, 2016

10:00 a.m.  Festival opens to the public; deck tours available
5:00 p.m.  Festival closes to the public. Ballads and Brews opens at “The Quarterdeck” in Vets Park
9:00—11:00 p.m.  Parks open for casual viewing; no deck tours   
7:30 p.m.  Ballads and Brews closes at “The Quarterdeck” in Vets Park

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ships depart on their own schedule

Thursday, July 14, 2016

12:00 p.m.  Festival opens (note: no ship boarding permitted & limited activities available)
2:00–4:00 p.m.  Arrival of ships (approximately)
5:00–8:30 p.m.  Parks open for casual viewing; no deck tours
7:00–8:30 p.m.  Bay Concert Band performance in Wenonah Park (free)
8:00–11:00 p.m.  Street Party on Third Street (between Saginaw and Water)

Friday, July 15, 2016

10:00 a.m.  Festival opens to the public; deck tours available
5:00 p.m.  Festival closes to the public. Ballads and Brews opens at “The Quarterdeck” in Vets Park
9:00—11:00 p.m.  Parks open for casual viewing; no deck tours
11:00 p.m.  Ballads and Brews closes at “The Quarterdeck” in Vets Park

 


Schedule subject to change.

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International Maritime Music


International Maritime Music

 

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International Maritime Music


International Maritime Music

 

Songs of the sea and those who sail upon it have become an increasingly popular part of Tall Ship Celebration. Each year, we seek out the most talented shanty musicians in the world and invite them to perform for you as part of our maritime festival. Sponsorship from SC Johnson supports the appearance of participating musicians especially those traveling from Europe like Bernie Davis from England, Harmony Glen from The Netherlands, Iarnrod from Finland, and Pod Waitr and Za Horyzontem from Poland. Participating musicians from the US include Lee Murdock from Illinois, Roane from Michigan, and Hoolie and Whiskey and Water from our own Great Lakes Bay Region.

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Bernie Davis (England)

Bernie is a natural entertainer whose songs and stories bring alive those far off days of hard-case captains and bucko mates, legendary clipper ships, dock-side floosies, shipwrecks and Cape Horn storms that were the Golden Age of square rigged sailing ships. For many years, he has been a regular performer at major nautical & sea-song events throughout the U.K. and Europe. Accompanying himself on melodeon, concertina and guitar, his repertoire includes a wide variety of traditional sea songs and some original songs which are now being picked up and used by other performers.


Bocca Musica (Michigan)

Bocca Musica is an international, award winning, band based out of the Metro Detroit area. Known for their spicy and raucous sense of humor, they perform a wide range of genres from original pirate and bawdy tunes to Celtic and traditional sea shanties. No matter where Bocca goes or what they sing, one thing remains the same...their love of tight harmonies and making people laugh!


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Harmony Glen (The Netherlands)

Harmony Glen is a Dutch folk group founded in 2005. Their music is based on Irish-Celtic folk but regularly incorporates sounds from other parts of the world. The band stands out not only through their music but through their stage presence as well. Harmony Glen's shows have been described as “Irish Folk Extravaganza” and people who attend can't seem to stand still as the energy is always on a maximal level. The band has toured extensively throughout Europe including festivals in Denmark, Germany, the Azores, United Kingdom and Belgium. In Ireland, they participated in the Fleadh Cheoil (world championship for traditional Irish music), the first band ever from Holland to make it into the world finals.


Hoolie (Michigan)

Hoolie is an internationally acclaimed trio specializing in maritime music, and songs and stories of the Great Lakes. Kathy plays tin whistle, banjo, bodrhan, and guitar,guitar. Bruce on fiddle and concertina and Jerry on guitar and harmonica, All sing lead and harmony vocals. Hoolie is right at home in performing concerts, festivals, renaissance fairs or pirate events. The exuberance, energy, and sheer fun, will make you want to hoist anchor and follow them to their next port-of-call. 


Iarnród (Finland)

The group Iarnród hails from the Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea in Finland, Northern Europe. They sing and play shanties, roots music and as you might guess from their name, traditional Irish songs. All this they do with a unique creative flair.


Lee Murdock (Illinois)

With 20 CDs and still counting, Lee Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories in the Great Lakes. There is an amazing timelessness in this music. Great Lakes songs are made of hard word, hard living, ships that go down and ships that come in. Noted as a fluent instrumentalist, Murdock's musical influences span fifteen generations, combining ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles with his flair for storytelling in songs. Making folk music for the modern era, Lee Murdock’s work is a documentary and also an anthem to the people who live, work, learn and play along the freshwater highways of North America.


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Pod Wiatr (Poland)

Pod Wiatr hails from Poland, a country surrounded by sea to the north and mountains to the south. The natural beauty of their homeland’s borders inspires the band's music. Since their founding in 2006, Pod Wiatr has kept a consistent theme of traditional nautical songs with Irish and Bluegrass twists. An impressive repertoire of instruments include: violin, banjo, low and thin whistle, flute, mandolin, sopilka, accordion, bodhran, acoustic bass and guitars. The band has been a fixture at over twenty nautical festival around Europe and made their U.S. debut at Ballads and Brews in July 2015.


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Roane (Michigan)

With a unique acoustic sound and intricate three part vocal harmonies, Roane specializes in Celtic, folk, and maritime music. Their repertoire consists of traditional Celtic melodies, American traditional favorites, and sea shanties with their own personal twist. Roane’s original compositions embrace the spirit of the storyteller. Pouring out heart-felt lyrics and melodies, their music embodies the soul of their Celtic ancestry, while adding their own modern harmonies and instrumentation.


Whiskey and Water (Michigan)

The five members of Whisky and Water hail from Bay City and Midland, Michigan. Their expertise in numerous musical instruments and styles regales audiences at halls and stages all over Michigan. Collectively members have honed their craft through experiences with classical training, Marine Corp and other bands, European tours and torchbearer of family legacy. Whisky and Water engages audiences, singing and performing fast-moving jigs and reels, sea shanties, sea songs, and the occasional waltz or Irish polka. Dancing is welcome; singing along is irresistible.

 


Za Horyzontem (Poland)

Za Horyzontem is a Polish folk group whose songs tell stories about the sea from a female point of view. Their music is inspired by Irish folk music and they play their own original material. Since 2003 they have performed almost 500 concerts both in Poland and abroad. Colorful costumes and feminine charm create performances that are entertaining and engaging.


International Maritime Music Schedule

Friday, July 15, 2016

Time

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

Wenonah Park

Bernie Davis

Hoolie  

Pod Wiatr

Lee Murdock

Bernie Davis

Pod Wiatr

 Za Horyzontem

Vets Park

Iarnrod

Roane

Bocca Musica

Roane

Iarnrod

Whiskey and Water

Harmony Glen

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Time

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

WENONAH PARK

Bernie Davis

Hoolie  

Roane

Lee Murdock

Bernie Davis 

Whiskey and Water

Za Horyzontem

VETS PARK

Roane

Iarnrod

Pod Wiatr

Bocca Musica

Pod Wiatr

Iarnrod

Harmony Glen

SUNday, July 17, 2016

Time

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

WENONAH PARK

Bernie Davis

Hoolie  

Roane

Lee Murdock

Bernie Davis

Za Horyzontem

Bocca Musica

VETS PARK

Pod Wiatr

Iarnrod

Za Horyzontem

Pod Wiatr

Whiskey and Water

Iarnrod

Harmony Glen

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Ballads & Brews


Ballads and Brews 2016

Join us for three-days of amazing music and merriment in the spirit of our popular maritime festival.

 

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Ballads & Brews


Ballads and Brews 2016

Join us for three-days of amazing music and merriment in the spirit of our popular maritime festival.

 

Ballads and Brews

When the festival closes at 5:00 p.m., Friday—Sunday, July 15—17, the more lively shanty musicians can be heard in The Quarterdeck at BALLADS AND BREWS. Making the transition from the daytime International Maritime Music stage to the nighttime BALLADS AND BREWS stage are Za Horyzontem, Harmony Glen and Bocca Musica. Appearing only at BALLADS AND BREWS, the incredible Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers will have you on your feet with their own style of “pirate rock.”

When the festival ends for the day, the music carries on into the evening and the taps flow with Michigan craft beers. $5.00 coverage charge to enter The Quarterdeck for BALLADS AND BREWS, waived if you present your Souvenir Passport at the door.

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Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers

Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers play with the fervor of the Pogues and the sensitivity of the Buena Vista Social Club. Their songs transport you to the wildest pub in Port Royal at the turn of the eighteenth century. Their new CD "The World is Ablaze" draws on the fact that pirates sailed the world around and pirate crews were an international lot, so their music would be a medley of styles plundered from all over.

Tom’s theatricality and musicianship make for an explosive mix. His songs conjure up a life on the seas in an era when the only hope for destitute sailors was to go “on the account”, to become pirates.

Ballads and Brews Schedule

FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016

5:00 p.m.
The Celtic Jam
5:45 p.m.
Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers
6:45 p.m.
Za Horyzontem
7:45 p.m.
Harmony Glen
8:45 p.m.
Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers
9:45 p.m.
Bocca Musica

SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016

5:00 p.m.
The Celtic Jam
5:45 p.m.
Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers
6:45 p.m.
Za Horyzontem
7:45 p.m.
Harmony Glen
8:45 p.m.
Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers
9:45 p.m.
Bocca Musica

SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2016

5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
All Hands Sing Around

 

CLOSED FOR 2016!

Can’t get enough? BALLADS AND BREWS is produced annually to keep the spirit of Tall Ship Celebration alive during the years when the fleet isn’t in the Great Lakes. Mark your calendars for July 21—23, 2017!

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Activities & Special Events

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Activities & Special Events

In addition to the International Maritime Music that brings the festival to life, The following activities are located within the festival grounds and are available during regular festival hours Friday—Sunday, July 15—17, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

Art in the Park (Veterans Memorial Park)
Presented by Studio 23/The Art Center

Shop for one-of-a-kind original creations at this juried fine art show.

Crew Games (Veterans Memorial Park)
Join us at the ballfields in Veterans Memorial Park for a kickball tournament featuring crew and trainees from visiting tall ships (south of bridge). 

Ring of Steel Action Theatre
(Veterans Memorial Park/Pirate Cove)

Learn how to dress, talk and fight like a pirate at Pirate Cove. Play pirate games like balloon fencing and Jacob’s Ladder and practice your hand at archery and knife throwing. Enjoy action-packed, life action shows from two stages through the festival.

Small Boat Building Workshop
(Veterans Memorial Park)
Presented by Balcer Boat Works
Sponsored by Fisher Companies

Lend a hand to our professional boat builders and you may get to take a custom built boat home with you at the end of the weekend.

Storyteller’s Corner (Wenonah Park)
Presented by the Bay County Library System and Sponsored by Friends of the Bay County Libraries

Some of Michigan’s best professional storytellers spin yarns of ships and life on the high seas in a cool, shady spot.

Kid’s Krafts: (Wenonah Park)

“Color Our World” Giant Mosaic Mural:
Presented by Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum and Sponsored by Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Grab a paint brush and add your own artistic expression to “tiles” that will form a giant mosaic mural.

Make and Take—Tall Ship Kit
Sponsored by Saginaw Valley State University

Build your own tall ship from kits designed and produced locally.

Facepainting
Presented by the Child Abuse and Neglect Council and Sponsored by Two Men and a Truck

Fanciful face painting for our whimsical guests.

Sailor’s Village (Veterans Memorial Park)

Visit this collection of activities and displays for maritime-related crafts, photo ops and fun!

Boating Skills Virtual Trainer
Presented by US Power Squadron 

Experience the industry’s best interactive simulation-based boating safety program allowing students to virtually maneuver a “Boston Whaler” on a 3.5 x 4 mile lake. 

Knot-tying
Presented by BaySail
Learn how to tie knots and make a souvenir.

Make and Take—A Nautical Masterpiece Presented by Studio 23/The Arts Center
Sponsored by Covenant Healthcare
Artists from Studio 23/The Art Center will teach you how to paint your own nautical masterpiece that you can take home as a souvenir of your Tall Ship Celebration experience.

Make and Take—Lighthouse Kit
Presented by Saginaw River Marine Historical Society
Sponsored by Valley Roofing

Build your own lighthouse and learn about our own Saginaw River Rear Range Light.

Make and Take—Scrimshaw Art
Presented by Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Galler
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Learn how to replicate the fine art of scrimshaw on special Yupo paper.

Sail-Raising
Presented by Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association

Lend a hand and help raise the sails.

Tall Ships America STEM Scavenger Hunt
Presented by US Sailing 

Stop by to enter a Scavenger Hunt for 6 simple machines. Tall ship captain and crew will help along the way. Prizes awarded to those who successfully complete the task. 

The Amycita
Presented by Saginaw River Marine Historical Society

See one of the last of her kind! The Amycita is a wooden boat built from a “knock-down frame” kit purchased from Defoe Boat and Motor Works in 1915. 


Special Events: These special events occur outside normal festival hours and may require an additional ticket.

Bay Concert Band
Join the Bay Concert Band for a free concert in Wenonah Park on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. (Free)

Pancakes with Pirates: Presented by Do-All, Inc.
Watch out for pranks and shenanigans when pirates join you for breakfast in The Quarterdeck (Veterans Memorial Park) on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 & 17, from 9:00—11:00 a.m. (Tickets available at the door: $7 adults; 5 & under $4)

Rock the Dock: Sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance
You are invited to ROCK THE DOCK on Saturday, July 16 from 7:00—9:00 p.m. at Tall Ship Celebration. New to the festival in 2016, ROCK THE DOCK will be an energetic evening of music, food and drink riverside in Wenonah Park in the shadow of visiting tall ships. A cash bar will be available and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided by local restaurants. Tickets are $50.00 per person and only 200 will be sold. Get your ticket now! Proceeds from ROCK THE DOCK will be shared with five area non-profits selected by participating restaurants.

First @ Friendship
You are cordially invited to attend First @ Friendship, a non-sectarian and informal worship service presented by First Presbyterian Church in Wenonah Park on Sunday, July 17 from 8:15—9:00 a.m. The service will feature a special blessing of the tall ship fleet. (Free)

Sail-Away on a Tall Ship Adventure
Have your own tall ship adventure! Regular departures from Veterans Memorial Park are available aboard Bay City’s own Appledore IV an Appledore V throughout the festival. Click here for schedule and pricing.

Around Town

These events and activities occur outside of the festival and are produced by businesses and organizations in the Bay City area in support of Tall Ship Celebration.

Bay County Maritime History Exhibits (321 Washington Ave)
The Historical Museum of Bay County is a treasure trove of all things nautical. Don’t miss the “Bay City: Seaport to the World” exhibit and maritime gifts in the gift shop. Open Thursday—Friday, July 14 & 15, 10 am—5 pm and Saturday—Sunday, 11 am—4 pm (Free)

Luncheon River Cruise aboard the Princess Wenonah
(1201 Evergreen Drive )
View tall ships and enjoy a buffet luncheon during a 1.5 hour long river cruise aboard the PRINCESS WENONAH. Departures at 10 am, 12:30 and 3 pm. Advance reservations are recommended. 
Call (989) 891-2828 or visit www.baycityboatlines.com. ($30) 

Maritime Art Exhibit (901 N Water St)
Visit Studio 23/The Art Center for a special exhibit of maritime and tall ships themed art featuring artists of all mediums from Michigan. Thursday, July 14—Saturday, July 16, from 11:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m. Opening reception on Friday, July 15 from 5:00—7:00 p.m. (Free)

Narrated Boat Tours
A narrator will entertain guests with facts about the visiting tall ships as you view from the water. Tours depart on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes. Departures from Wenonah Park behind the band shell. (Tickets: $15.00. Click here to purchase tickets. Separate festival admission required.)

Planetarium Shows (100 Center Ave)
Sit back, relax and be awestruck by the heavens in a 360° circle vision experience. (Shows TBA). Shows at the Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center will start hourly on Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, from 1:00—6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, July 17, from 1:00—4:00 p.m. Call 989-667-2260 for more information. (Tickets: $6 adults)

Starbridge Street Party on Third: Welcome Tall Ships! (Third Street)
You are invited to a street party to celebrate the return of the tall ships fleet to Bay City! Join residents and visiting crew on Third Street in Downtown Bay City and visit a traveling exhibit from the Northern Illinois University School of Arts “Tattoo: An American Evolution.” 8:00—11:00 p.m.

Storm: A Visual Concert Experience (913 Washington Ave)
Presented by the State Theatre
Mid-Michigan's contribution to maritime history is impressive. Hundreds of ships were created here and lost in terrible storms or collisions all around the world. From Coast Guard cutters to the ship that found the Titanic, explore the history of our maritime past with a live concert event featuring musician Dan Hall and historian Ric Mixter. With rare interviews, underwater video and exclusive archival footage, STORM is a musical history lesson you will not soon forget. State Theatre, Friday, July 15 at 7pm. ($12 Adults; $7 Students)

"Tattoo: An American Evolution" (113 Third St)
Visit a traveling exhibit from the Northern Illinois University School of Arts “Tattoo: An American Evolution." Explore the symbolic and aesthetic origins of tattoos, how their meaning and acceptance has evolved with American culture and what the future might hold for tattooing. Located at Golden Gallery and Custom Framing. (Free)

Tours of the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse (Vets Park)
The Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse is rarely open to the public. Members of the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society are offering tours Friday— Sunday, running continuously starting at 10 a.m. Tours will take approximately 1 ½ hours and include stops at the USS Edson and the Antique toy and Firehouse Museum; the last tour will leave at 5 p.m. (Adults $7; Children $3 upon boarding)

Tours of Trinity Episcopal Church (815 N Grant St @ Center Ave)
Dating to 1887, the imposing Gothic structure hosts an impressive collection of stained glass windows from a variety of artists.
Friday—Sunday, July 15—17, from 12—4 pm (Free)

USS Edson Tours (1680 Martin St)
Recently featured on “Ghost Asylum,” the USS Edson is a Forrest Sherman class destroyer built in Bath, Maine, for the US Navy in 1958. A valuable member of the South Pacific Fleet, she was in service during the Vietnam War and was decommissioned in 1988. The USS Edson arrived at her new home in Bay City in 2012. Available daily from 9 am—6 pm (Adults $10; Children $8)